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The Not-So-Terrible Twos

Recently, my youngest turned two. I’m fully aware that some deem them to be the “terrible two’s” but I’m convinced they’ve got it all wrong. Two is a magical age, with one foot still stuck in babyhood and the other moving forward into childhood. My oldest was already a big brother before he turned two and I regret viewing him as older than he really was. When my second son was two, I then had two toddlers, meaning my attention was divided and I was, consequently, very scatterbrained and tired. Now with our third born, I’ve decided to enjoy it, not wish the hardest parts of it away nor lament the end of a sweet season.

Five Delicious Ways to Enjoy S’Mores in Kansas City

Enjoy a unique take on the summer classic at one of these restaurants, where they’ve upped the ante and improved the s’more with their own personal touch!

5 Books from Your Childhood Worth a Reread

As demonstrated by the current popularity of children’s and young adult books from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, great writing knows no age boundaries. It isn’t surprising that many adult readers love devouring books geared toward a younger audience. After all, these titles often offer fast-paced stories along with a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Kansas City: A Bibliophile’s Paradise

From locally owned and operated bookstores to a fantastic series of library systems, Kansas City is home to both well-established places and exciting events that encourage its citizens to fall in love with reading themselves. But don’t take my word for it. Check out these local gems for yourself!

Kansas City Farmers Market Guide

Kansas City is home to more than 30 farmers markets. They range from small markets selling exclusively organic produce to the City Market with more than 140 local vendors. You can purchase fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, homemade soaps, baked goods and even live animals. If you are new to the world of the farmers market, this simple guide will get you started!

10 Things You Should Do for Yourself in 2015

If I could focus on one thing for this new year, it’d be the art of learning to take care of myself. Parents, but especially mothers, tend to deprioritize themselves. Picture a totem pole and try to visualize where you’d rank yourself on it. I bet you’d be somewhere closer to the bottom, right? With kids, spouse, extended family and friends higher up? Even the family pet might rank higher, and that’s an indicator something clearly has gone awry.

Creative Gender Neutral Baby Shower Themes

Baby shower planning. There are a million different themes, color palettes, and menu items all at your disposal. But why is it when Baby’s gender is a surprise, the theme always ends up being yellow & green? Here are a few unique themes to push past the standard fare.

Long-Distance Holiday

Whether you just moved out of state (or country) or have lived a long distance from family for years, staying in touch over the holidays each year can prove to be tough. However, when you and your children take time to get creative, staying connected can be a lot of fun for everyone in the family!

Christmas Shopping

“This year, I’m going to trust you to get Mom something all by yourself. Choose something she will like. I don’t even want to see it ’til Mom unwraps it on Christmas morning. Do you understand?”

Sacred Traditions

Traditions. They’re meant to usher us into a season of comfort and joy, peace and goodwill, but often leave us feeling more harried than merry. Take, for instance, the daily ritual of an Elf-on-the-Shelf’s soaking in marshmallow bubble baths, T.P.-ing the tree and plunging down zip lines over the breakfast table. For such tiny creatures, these sly imps demand an inordinately large amount of my time and sanity, commodities already in short supply over the holidays. Trying to conjure up a Norman Rockwell Christmas is not only exhausting, it’s a series of “Pinterest-fails” waiting to happen.
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