Darin Wisner

Darin Wisner
My name is Darin Wisner. No, my parents did not think they were having a boy, they just love unique gender-neutral names. I have been happily married to my Husband Greg for two years now, and we have a smiley, cuddly, and loving seven-month old girl. We also have two doggie daughters, Caroline and Shasta. My sisters and I are also the primary caretaker for our Dad. I am a born and raised Kansas City Metro girl, moved to Lawrence, KS for my first-ever teaching job, and moved back to the Lee’s Summit area once I got married. I am a proud high school teacher coming from a family of educators, as well as a high school softball coach. I love everything Kansas City has to offer, and I hope to be a source for other first time Mom’s in the KC area to find fun, exciting things to do while navigating the new life of motherhood.
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Fall Cocktails Using Five Ingredients or Less

Fall is here and the holidays are quickly approaching. Many will be hosting holiday celebrations, gathering with family and friends, and toasting to good health and happiness. If you are like my family and...
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I Didn’t Love My Baby Right Away

"From the moment I laid eyes on my child, I was in love." This is said by many parents, and therefore is also the feeling most new parents expect. They will tell you how beautiful...
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A Day Date in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Being a born and raised Kansas girl, I was reluctant when my then-fiancé, now-husband and I were gearing up to move across the border to Tiger Country (Missouri) due to job changes. We were...
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We Made It! Teaching a Full School Year In-Person During COVID-19

“Pandemic Teaching,” “Emergency Teaching,” “Survival Mode" — These are some of the ways we teachers have described teaching one full school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine months ago, when my district let us know...

Birth Story: Facing a Long Labor

This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  It was Wednesday, July 17, 2019. I was 36 and a half weeks pregnant with my first child, a baby girl. My husband was heading...
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Baby Number Two — Am I Ready?

“So, when are you going to give your daughter a sibling?” If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me this question after giving birth to my first child 20 months ago,...
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Celebrating Pi Day in KC — Kansas City Pie Guide

March 14th is every math nerd’s favorite day of the year. Why, you may be wondering, would this day be so important to these number-loving, equation aficionados? The number sequence for March 14th is...
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Freezer Meal Guide – Meals for a Month with Little Effort

Before becoming a mom, I never really thought twice about dinner. My husband and I would run to the store whenever we needed to, make whatever we felt like, never worrying if we had...
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How a Women’s-Only Gym Helped Me Set 2021 Intentions

I hate the gym. I hate walking in a looking at endless weight racks and equipment. I hate feeling like everyone there knows way more than I do about fitness all because they are...
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Giving Tuesday: 50 Places to Donate in Kansas City

There are many non-profit organizations that have either started in Kansas City or have a local Kansas City chapter from a national organization that are accepting donations for their causes this holiday season. These...
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New Mom Expectations vs. Reality

Before our daughter was born, as a first-time parents, my husband and I were constantly being asked about how we were going to parent our child. Questions like, “So do you plan on breastfeeding?”...
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Why I Hired a Children’s Sleep Consultant

My biggest fear when becoming a mom was the sleepless nights that many had warned me about. Going all night with no sleep and only a few naps during the day did not seem very appealing...
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High School Athletics and Activities During a Pandemic

Athletics and activities are a big part of many students' high school experiences. With the threat of those being taken away this fall due to the pandemic, and in some cases already disappearing from...
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Families Separated: Senior-Living Safety During a Pandemic

You wake up. Breakfast is being delivered to your studio apartment for the 100th day in a row. You used to be able to eat in the dining hall, but now, you are restricted...
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10 Things to Do with Baby During Quarantine

Quarantine life has been hard with a baby under the age of one (10-months old to be exact). At first, I felt like I was constantly reaching to come up with ideas to entertain...
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