A Topeka native, Caroline was lucky enough to get her high school sweetheart to marry her. She spent her first few years out of college as a gifted education teacher and dance team coach in St. Louis before fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a stay-at-home mom. Upon moving to Kansas in 2014, Caroline founded KC Tot Spot , a current collection of the best KC-area hangouts for young kids. When she’s not designing complex wooden train track configurations for her two toddler boys, you’ll find Caroline at a local theatrical performance, attempting to sing and play piano at the same time, or daydreaming of one day cultivating a thriving vegetable garden.

Why Every Men’s Restroom Should Have A Changing Table

The dads I know give midnight feedings. The dads I know play hours of peekaboo. The dads I know cut every meal into tiny toddler bites. The dads I know change diapers. I'll never forget the...

Kid-Friendly Winter Drinks

I love a hot chocolate packet, don't get me wrong, but by mid-January I've reached my instant hot chocolate threshold. To spice things up, my kids and I tried a few warm winter drink recipes:...

Allow Yourself the Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

  I love a fresh start. The newly opened crayons at the beginning of the school year. The carefully vacuumed carpet in a new home. The hip new hairdo after chopping off lifeless locks. Fresh starts feel good....
Three Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas to Make Your Presents Pop

3 Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas to Make Your Presents Pop

Nothing says, "I care about you," quite like spending a few extra minutes wrapping a gift. Most of us are struggling to find a few extra minutes, though, in the festive-filled holiday rush. Lucky for us,...

5 Quick Tips For Playroom Organization

I'm the kind of dork who has systems, checklists and protocols for all aspects of my life. My boys' playroom is no exception. Maybe I'm too much of a stickler, but I would argue...

Best Indoor Play Spaces in Kansas City

Before long, the crisp fall breeze will transition into bitter winter bluster, but don't feel trapped inside watching endless episodes of Daniel Tiger. I've scoured the city, two tots in tow, for the best indoor play spaces. Let's...
10 Tips for Moving with Toddlers

10 Tips For Moving With Toddlers

Moving with two toddlers is no picnic. Scratch that, it’s lots of picnics, on paper plates, with plastic silverware, in kitchens walled by boxes. We relocated to Kansas to raise our kids closer to extended family....

RIE: The Most Surprising Parenting Advice That Works

I'm far from a perfect parent. But the days I get it right, I owe a lot to RIE. RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers, pronounced "wry") receives plenty of attention for discouraging sippy cups, jumperoos, and...
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A KC Mom’s Guide to a Weekend in St. Louis

As summer break nears its abrupt end, the cries of Kansas City parents echo through the streets, "But we never squeezed in a summer vacation!" Fret not. Four hours and one state away, St. Louis is the Midwest’s...
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