Every Pink Ribbon Tells a Story

Every Pink Ribbon Tells a Story

For some people, Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be merely about wearing pink ribbons. But for one Kansas City survivor, Breast Cancer Awareness Month may have saved her life. In October of 2010, Kim, age 49, saw pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and remembered she needed to schedule a mammogram – her first […]

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Mommy, cancer patient, survivor

Mommy, cancer patient, survivor

Kristen sat in the salon chair with her toddler son on her lap. Together, they watched in the mirror as her long blond hair got shorter and shorter. Finally, her husband and brother take the first shaves with the buzzer. Soon, the girl staring back at her in the mirror was bald. The story began […]

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I Know A Girl …

… her name is Shea. Shea is the kind of girl everyone loves: she’s kind and funny. Smart and uber-talented. She is a wife, a mother of three, a former middle school math teacher, and a business owner; and if that list doesn’t impress you, then what if I told you she’s now a published […]

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The Bite Club.

The Bite Club

My phone vibrated in my purse as I pulled into a parking spot at work one recent Monday morning. I parked my car and checked the message, not at all expecting to read the words in front of me: “Sorry to report news like this so early in the day … your daughter bit another […]

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Camp Out! {as seen on Fox 4}

Bonfires, s’mores, and tents, oh my! The crispness in the air brings with it a new energy, a desire to get outside and enjoy all of the colors, scents, and cozy-up weather that Fall brings. Weekend camping adventures are only a car ride away – or maybe no further than your own backyard – so […]

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Squeeze Me: the Diary of a Mammogram Virgin

I loathe the smell of doctors’ offices, which hardly makes me unique. The smell of this one bothered me a bit more, possibly because the scent of my own fear was mixed into the energy around me. Then again, maybe it had something to do with the fact that I was ordered not to wear […]

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Remembering Our Babies: “Forever Loved”

For these, there are rarely funerals, sympathy cards, grave stones or obituaries – but the feelings of loss for our babies that we didn’t get a chance to know is very real. On this Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the grief, often silent, that so many of us mamas have lived through. As mothers, we want to […]

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

When Does Motherhood Begin?

This post has been written in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Everything about the timing of my first pregnancy seemed perfect. I had just completed grad school, we had recently moved out of a small apartment and into a house, and my due date was in February which meant I would not […]

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Can you live without sugar? {a CLEAN eating update}

My family and I, along with other families around Kansas City (and maybe the US!) have been eating clean for almost two weeks now as part of a 3o-day clean eating challenge. Here are my main tips and takeaways, two weeks into this month-long journey toward a healthier life: 5. You really can live without […]

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Clean and Natural Living: Simple and Safe Recipes for the Mindful Care of Your Family

Clean and Natural Living: Simple and Safe Recipes for the Mindful Care of Your Family

It can feel overwhelming to research and scrutinize all the product ingredients we use on a daily basis. With all the proverbial plates moms spin, this task is next to impossible – and with shifting, fluctuating information and varying opinions, it can seem so hard to ever get it “right.” At the same time, moms […]

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