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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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All Aboard at Christmastime

Celebrating the holidays with kids always seems to include lights, Santa, presents and trains. We are currently obsessed with trains! In our opinion, the ultimate holiday train experience is the Polar Express Train Ride in Branson, but there are other options locally, too. For those who can’t afford The Polar Express Train Ride or just […]

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Beyond the Hunt: tips for making Easter fun for your kids

We love a good Easter egg hunt in our family. Who doesn’t enjoy the great variety of Tootsie Rolls, Peeps, chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs and bunnies, Easter Sweet-Tarts, and more? That said, it’s very important to me that my children understand the reason we celebrate Easter, beyond the candy-filled eggs left behind by the bunny. So, in […]

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Paint, Glaze and Fire

KC Activities that Bond Parents and Children

Kids that grow up feeling connected to a secure and loving caregiver have the relationship tools to be in healthy romantic relationships, have successful interpersonal skills with friends and coworkers, and even have stronger immune systems to fight disease and stress as adults! The Kansas City metro area is a fabulous place to raise a […]

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Unrealistic Expectations

Ah, Christmas. A time for joy, cheer, shopping, sharing, eating, laughing, and that time-honored tradition of watching Christmas Vacation. I can empathize with Clark Griswold a little. I, too, have unrealistic expectations … Ellen: You set standards that no family activity can live up to. Clark: When have I ever done that? Ellen: Parties, weddings, […]

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The Perfect Snow(ed in) Day

It’s Sunday night. I’m sitting in front of the fire, beneath the glow of the Christmas tree, a cup of hot chocolate in my hand. I just finished watching “Home Alone” with my little guy and am listening to the quiet of my babies sleeping. The snow is falling outside, and … I am secretly […]

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