East Coast snob finds happiness in Midwest. That would be my headline if I was a news story. Here's the real story though: I'm Courtney, mother to 6 year old James. I'm a New England native who moved to KC in 2004 for a TV news job and had no idea what I was in for. Fast forward to now and my son is a Kindergartner, we live in the urban core, and I'm a recovering TV news producer who loves working in the KC civic and non-profit community, currently for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. I'm passionate about public education, supporting small businesses, the Chiefs, the Red Sox (sorry not sorry), and living in the city. My son is passionate about LEGOs, books, hot wheels, and jokes about poop and butts.
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To All My Fellow Mothers: I’m Sorry

Happy Mother's Day! I'm sorry. Bear with me. As you're reading this, I'm luckily spending today in Connecticut, after flying out from KC yesterday with my son to surprise my mom this weekend. Her birthday is...
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My First Colonoscopy and Why I Had One

There are so many jokes I could use to start this piece. Or so many raunchy jokes about poop and things like that. But the reality is, a colonoscopy is no joke and it...

Step Right Up to Science City’s Newest Exhibit, Designed by Kids!

This post is sponsored by Science City, Kansas City's dynamic, hands-on science center at Union Station.  Who doesn't love a carnival? Especially the games along the midway. You don't have to go to an actual...
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Pandemic + Pressure = A Recipe for Relapse

By the end of the first week of January, about a day after people invaded the U.S. Capitol and killed their fellow Americans, I started seeing social media posts with things like "well there...

The Big Weekend: Headed to my College Reunion, Kid-Free

They say you can’t go home again, but this weekend I’ll definitely try. It’s my 20-year college reunion, and I’ve planned a full weekend in Boston. It will involve revisiting the city, my old...

An Ode to the Golden Hour

The bath is done. The jammies are on. The bedtime stories have been read. The child is finally asleep. Let the golden hour commence, and I don't mean sunset. You know what I'm talking about....

Amazing KC Kids: Meet Brooklyn, Creator of Brooklyn’s Backpack Drive

When most kids go back to school shopping at 5 years old, they’re either bored by the whole experience or they focus solely on what kind of backpack they want to buy. Brooklyn Stewart...
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Fall Fun at Johnson Farms

This time of year there is no shortage of pumpkin patch/harvest festival/cider mill, etc type stuff to visit. It’s all a great time, but my favorite place to visit in the fall is hands...
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Settling Into Myself Without Having to Settle

The other day I saw a group of young women walking into Target, They were tall, had beautifully highlighted and trimmed hair, had really cool handbags, and were laughing a lot. They walked into...

“Mommy, Please Don’t Go to Work!”

Rhiannon Ally is a busy woman. The The KSHB-TV news anchor co-anchors the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts at 41 Action News with her husband, Mike Marusarz. She has two small children, and...

Mommy, Put Your Phone Away

It's a gorgeous August evening. The peepers are peeping, the moon has just popped out, and my 3-and-half-year-old son and I are enjoying one of our favorite summer traditions: porch popsicles. A pretty perfect...

Getting New Glasses: My Excellent Experience at Eyemart Express

My 3 and a half year old son wears glasses. We discovered this past winter that he will need to wear them “all waking hours until he’s a teenage" according to his ophthalmologist. Because...

My Mom Cut is More Than Just a Cut

When you become a parent/caregiver, you change a lot of external things about yourself. You might buy a minivan. You might move to the suburbs. You probably get way more excited about new Cat...

More than a Mani/Pedi: Creating My Self-Care Quilt

This past weekend I celebrated another birthday. It was a milestone birthday for me: forty-one. The big 4-1. Blerg. Forty didn’t bother me at all. But here on the other side of 40, closer...

Why My Son’s Library Card Gives Him the World

Did you know there are more than 1.2 million library card holders across the greater Kansas City area? Doesn’t that give you chills? More than one MILLION people across our community are using their...
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