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NOT JUST SALAD!

Not Just Salad! Easy Ways to Eat Veg Around KC

The most common thing people ask when they hear that our family – 3-year-old daughter included – eats a plant-based diet is, “But where does she get her protein?” I often bite my tongue and instead of saying, “The same place gorillas/cows/elephants/oxen/rhinoceroses/bulls/all the largest land mammals get theirs!” I say, “Plants! Plants have protein!” One, […]

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This Alexander Austin mural is painted at the busy intersection of 31st and Troost.

Troost Isn’t a Four-Letter Word

“You’re moving where?” said a well-meaning friend one morning when I told her the good news that we found a super cute house. “A few blocks east of Troost. A little bungalow south of Rockhurst.” “Oh,” she replied and didn’t say anything else. When we were getting ready to move into our current house, I […]

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Kansas City Rocks

Most of us that live in the Kansas City metro area know that Kansas City rocks. There are amazing parks, fabulous shopping, great places to eat (hello, barbecue), wonderful museums, awesome sports teams, and so much more. But lately, Kansas City has literally been rocked.   Painted rocks have been popping up all over the […]

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See Ya, Suburbs!

A few months ago, my husband and I did something drastic: we sold our home in the suburbs, got rid of half our stuff, and moved into a small two-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city. The reasons for doing so ranged from not wanting to do yard work anymore, wanting to be able […]

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My grandfather, Macario, and I on my wedding day in 2004.

Why I Keep My Maiden Name

“Mrs. Collins!” My son’s friend had to yell in my direction at least three times before he caught my attention. I was caught off guard. You see, I do not use my married name on a daily basis. Before you judge, you need to read the whole post to understand my unconventional choice. Don’t get […]

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Be Fancy AND Frugal with Craigslist!

When I decided to quit working and stay home with my children, I knew it would be necessary for me to contribute to our family in a different way. Like most stay-at-home moms, I did not choose this lifestyle because we were making too much money as a dual-income household. In fact, a large part […]

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Book-Themed Summer Stay-cation Ideas

Book-Themed Summer Staycation Ideas

Does anyone else feel the pressure to plan a bunch of fun activities for her kids once summer rolls around? Is anyone else terrible at that? Especially when you work full time year-round and summer feels pretty much like any other time of the year. I may not be great at activity planning (thank goodness […]

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Lee’s Summit Parks

If you are lucky enough to have visited any of the  fabulous parks in Lee’s Summit you’ll understand why they are an award winning Parks and Rec Department. A dedicated group that provides such great spaces for all ages of kids and adults in this area. In a booming, family friendly community as welcoming as […]

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