MONDAY MUNCHKIN ROADS: Ugly Cry on the First Day of School

First day of school, and my kids were bubbling with excitement. New teachers, new school supplies, new friends to make. Oh, and the outfits!! We can't forget the First Day of School Outfit. Munchkin #2 could give a hoot about what she wore. She has a few favorite colors, but mainly her choice is motivated by comfort. Yes, this is my child. As long as M2 has underwear, shoes, and her backpack on, she is free to leave the building. Since my kids are Yin and Yang, Munchkin#1 is all about ... [ Read More ]

And the Winner of the KU Football Ticket Prize Pack is…

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JESSICA H. you are the big winner!!!!!       YAAAAAAY!!! Jessica I'm so happy for you and your family. The KU Athletic Department will be contacting you soon to get that prize pack to you. Just in case you forgot what you signed up for, here is your KU Football bling!! KU single game family 4-pack of tickets Downtown Lawrence $50 gift card One Junior Jayhawk Kids' Club membership Hope you and your family have a fabulous time and Rock Chalk ... [ Read More ]

Overeating to Numb the Past

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Everyone has a story from their childhood which stains their persona, causing permanent damage in the pattern of grief or pain. We are human. That's a perk of having a highly functioning brain and opposable thumbs. But how we handle those situations from our past is what forms our coping mechanisms. Let's face it, some adults handle stress better than others. The remainder of us have stressors which trigger unhealthy behaviors. Whether it be overeating, drinking heavily, smoking or extreme ... [ Read More ]

Awesome KU Football Tickets and Junior Jayhawk Kids’ Club Giveaway

Are you ready for some foot-baaaall? The KU Jayhawks are about to play their opening game and the sunflower state has caught football fever. From talks about the coaching, or the Seniors' potential, to how the newbies will perform. "Think we have a season, this year?" "Hellz, yeah!" "Awesome. Let's go to the Wheel!" Growing up in Lawrence, KS, I spent 35 years watching various KU football teams. And some of the games we even won!! I’ve seen just about as many changes to the stadium, but we’re ... [ Read More ]

You’ve Got Lice – Excuse me, What?

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  Happy first day of school, class! I am Mrs. Happy-to-be-Here and I will be your 1st grade teacher. This is my first teaching job, so I am thrilled to have you all as my first students. Before we go sit on the happy rug in criss-cross applesauce to sing our school's motto I have a few announcements: First from our Principal, he says, "Go Chipmunks!! We're going to have a nut-free year!" Well, that's cute, right? Next our school nurse, Nurse Mitsy has also sent me a little ... [ Read More ]

5 Ways to Teach Children Patience, Dammit!

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There are certain times of the year, when stress levels sky-rocket, leaving parents tense, agitated and inebriated after their kids’ bedtime. This is not a new concept. Holiday stressors are the highest on the list: mounting blood pressure, gastric maladies, and what some medical experts call “hide-in-a-dark-closet-in-the-fetal-position-until-New-Years” disorder. Since we have approximately 91 days until Thanksgiving - AND school is starting for many parents, I'm sharing from my ... [ Read More ]

Professional Teeth Whitening at Home Works

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(This is a sponsored post by the fabulous folks at Smile Brilliant! Even though I was given the products in return for this critique, I am shooting straight from the hip and offering you my true opinion as always.) Many years ago, after I had kids and sleep became an optional sport; I decided to treat myself to something nice. One day when waiting for my dental hygienist to return to the room after x-rays, I bided my time by reading wall literature. Next to the sign warning me not to ... [ Read More ]

Toddlers High Risk for Hand, Foot and Mouth

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If you have a child from the age of 1-4, welcome to the summer and the season of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease! This virus affects mostly toddlers, but is not limited to the age group. You ask, “How many body parts? And how are these connected? And isn’t that a livestock infestation?” Well, the answers are: “Three. Don’t know. And no that's 'Hoof and Mouth' disease, which is unrelated.” So despite what your Great Aunt Eunie tells you, you cannot catch HFM from the petting zoo! This ... [ Read More ]

My Kids and a Bucket List Begs for Epic Fail!

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(posted August 9, 14 in KC Star) When a woman reaches a certain age, it’s often difficult to find quality bonding moments with your parents. Life seems to get in the way. On the proverbial tree of life, it’s necessary for all children to break loose from their parent’s limb so their hands are free to grasp their new role in life. Like generations before, as a teen I pushed my parents away. However, in college I returned home for holidays and eventually began to appreciate our quirky family ... [ Read More ]

When is the Best Time for a Mom to Join the Circus?

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Many moons ago, when I was traveling with Ft. Worth's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "A Christmas Carol," my life was screwed up quite different. Every night the crew and cast would finish our stage performance in a gorgeous theater, climb aboard our double-decker bus, and then return to that night's hotel...bar. It's difficult to calm down after the adrenaline needed to sing, act and dance in front of thousands. So the hotel bar was a place where we could have seven two drinks, talk ... [ Read More ]

I’m Done With Glamour: Releasing my Inner Tomboy

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Since I began writing several years ago, I don’t get out of the house as often as I used to. My office is in my home, and after I shuttle the munchkins around to camps, friends’ houses and extra-curricular events, the last thing the munchkins and I want to do is go hang out in public. There's no place like home. Not only are my husband and I both homebodies, but our girls seem to appreciate our time together within our castle walls. We entertain each other well most of the time. There are ... [ Read More ]