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Embrace Valentine

I’m one of those people. I decorate my mantle. I hand make the cards. I serve dinner on the nice plates. I buy gifts. I celebrate love. With all the pressure of Pinterest perfection we have pulled away from celebrating. Valentine’s Day has been one of those that has been cast aside. It’s not a […]

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How to Brain Dump and Mind Map

I am in a unique position where I get to witness every parenting style on a daily basis. It’s amazing to see families learn from each other, to take advantage of their knowledge and grow from one another’s experiences. As I’ve watched this happen, I have found there are a handful of things we all […]

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Your First Day of School

You are my first. I am learning to be a mother because of you. You’ve taught me more about myself and about life than anyone ever has. We are about to begin an entirely new chapter. This is such a big change for both of us. I am not ready for it. But here we […]

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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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The Girl From On This Day

Like many of my fellow millennials, you have probably been “lucky” enough to have your entire adulthood immortalized on the internet. AOL Chatrooms and MySpace anyone? If you had to have a college email address to create a Facebook account you can relive the best, and unfortunately the worst, of your memories. As ill advised […]

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Unexpectedly Expecting

The blue balloons flew out of the box and all the emotions consumed me. The exciting afternoon of my son’s (my second child) gender reveal gathering  was a happy day.  The happy emotions of knowing I’d have a daughter and a son passed quickly as I was secretly was more excited knowing I was done after him. I […]

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Be Kind. Be the Change.

Groggy morning routine begins. Diaper changed. Cartoons turned on. Brewing coffee. Toddler signing for milky. Stumbling over toys. Four year old comes into kitchen and asks, “Mommy why did that bad guy kill people?” I thought I had turned on some harmless Daniel Tiger, but I had actually switched to the morning news. The heartbreaking […]

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