Holy Yoga

Holy Yoga

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “Holy Yoga.” I had no idea what to expect. My only thought was that it seemed like a weird, oxymoronic phrase – I mean, isn’t yoga kind of spiritual, anyway? What makes Holy Yoga different? Whenever I think about trying something new, I do my research […]

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Favorite stops at the Overland Park Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, I wake up giddy to start my day knowing that I get to go to my weekly “oasis”: The Overland Park Farmer’s Market! I love supporting and getting to know local farmers, buying fresh produce, meeting up with friends, watching my kids dance to the live music or run through the water fountain and […]

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A NEWBORN. The first six weeks … and how to survive.

My husband and I have three kids. We love our growing family, but we dread the first six weeks with a newborn every time. We are so thankful for our sweet babes, but the days are still dark. During The Dark Days, there is no difference between day and night; being sleep deprived is an […]

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The Kansas City Zoo: a Guide for Toddlers

The Kansas City Zoo: a Guide for Toddlers

Thanks to the relatively mild summer we’ve had so far, we’ve had the opportunity to visit the Kansas City Zoo several times. My son, Charlie, is almost two and we’ve finally reached the age where he “gets it” — as soon as he sees his first animal, he runs from exhibit to exhibit signing and […]

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Backdoor Memories

“Are you crying again?” my husband asks. I reply, “NO!” as I desperately try to stop the sobs and tears rolling down my face. I was simply staring out the sliding glass doors in my kitchen as I washed them – doors I’ve looked out every day for the past 6 years. The images of the many […]

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It’s A Small World After All

It’s true. Children believe that the world does, in fact, revolve around them. Such innocent self-centeredness stems from this limited period in their lives when they are fully catered to, their needs are met without request or explanation, and virtually all of life’s problems can be solved with a blanket warm from the dryer, some […]

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Twins-2, Mom & Dad-0

Before I had kids, there were a million things I SWORE I would never do. You know how it goes … “When I have kids, I will never (insert that thing you will never do here).” I said I would never spank. I have spanked. I said I would never give them junk food. They […]

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When Mom Leaves Town …

My husband arranged for me to take a much-needed trip to Chicago to visit a girlfriend over the 4th of July weekend. I was beyond excited! I cherish my time with my family more than anything, but I was ecstatic to sleep in, lay out in the sun, shop, eat, etc. without my little “shadows” […]

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Garden Mama: Plant, nurture, wait … harvest!

I just  came in from the garden. Meaning, I literally just walked in the door minutes ago, took off my dirt-clad shoes, and came up to my office to write this post (I’ll spare you a photo of the dirt under my nails and the mosquito bites on my legs, but trust me, I’m a […]

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Hit and Run 5K: Making {Kansas City} Ninjas Cry

When was the last time you took your kids to their favorite water park or indoor play area (complete with inflatables, slides and obstacle courses) and didn’t  think to yourself, “man, I wish I could get in on some of that fun?” I don’t know about you, but that kind of fun ALWAYS looks like a […]

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Destination: Omaha

Each summer, we try to take at least one road trip to explore life outside of the metro area – preferably far enough away to require a hotel stay because in hotels, people clean for you! This year we loaded up the car, including a screaming six-week-old and traveled three hours north to Omaha, Nebraska. In the four […]

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Weekend Getaway: Warm Springs Ranch

With a very active toddler, the idea of taking a summer vacation can be daunting – which is why I’m a big fan of “staycations” or short road trips within a 2-hour “nap-time drive” of our house. So when Warm Springs Ranch contacted KCMB at the beginning of the summer inviting one of our contributors […]

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Trader Joe’s to the Rescue: a Busy Mom’s Top Trader Joe’s Picks

My husband and I had a night out to ourselves recently. Looking forward to it all day, I cleaned up, may have donned some lipstick, even put on a (clean!) skirt, and after sneaking a little kiss, pulled up to … Trader Joe’s. Now, before you make any judgement calls on the state of our […]

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Sea Life and LEGOLAND: two attractions, LOTS of fun!

Kansas City has a plethora of family-friendly venues; two such “staycation”-worthy spots are Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND, located at Crown Center in the heart of Kansas City. I was so excited to have the opportunity to take my kids to both of these places for the first time this summer! Now, I will confess that […]

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Your Husband is (Likely) Not a Saber-Toothed Tiger

Dear Vanessa, Ever since my husband and I had kids, it seems like our marriage is suffering. We don’t have sex anymore, we snap at each other over stupid things. It seems like we are just going through the motions of work and meals and daily stuff. I know some of this is normal, but […]

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