Kristin Ruthstrom

Kristin is a Lee’s Summit suburb transplant, after living in the Brookside and Plaza areas for over eight years. Raising three young boys with her husband, Jake, has helped her to embrace the messy, wild side of life where love is expressed in bear hugs and body slams. Professionally, she can be found teaching classes as an adjunct professor in the areas of Business, Marketing and PR. She is able to provide her students with applicable, real-life knowledge as she draws from several years working in the corporate sector. “Free time” (ha!, what's that again?) is spent on an occasional date night to favorite local restaurants, reading blogs on everything from home design to politics, riding her sweet beach cruiser bike and thinking of ways to convince her husband to do yet another home improvement project.

Holiday Markets in Kansas City

Looking for an original, locally sourced gift for someone you love this holiday season? Craft fairs and holiday markets are an amazing way to give a unique present that supports artisans within your own...
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Which Kansas City Nutcracker Performance is Right for Your Family?

A sugar plum fairy. Sparkling snowflakes. Exquisite costumes. Fantastical sights and sounds. The story and presentation of “The Nutcracker” adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original short story has been amazing audiences for decades. A Christmastime tradition for many, the...

Where to Donate Excess Halloween Candy in Kansas City

Have you had your fill of fun-sized chocolate bars and Skittles bags for the season? If the trick-or-treaters were scarce this year or you simply overbought, there’s plenty of ways for the candy to...
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Kansas City’s 100+ Best Date Night Ideas

  The calendar is blocked and the sitter secured, now for the hardest part of date night, figuring out what to do! Kansas City has no shortage of amazing places, so let this list guide you...
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Best Chapter Book Series for Boys by Grade

The beauty of a chapter book is it allows a child’s imagination to run wild, creating a unique vision of the author’s depiction and its characters. A series of books, or the continuation of...
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Best Local Wineries in Kansas City

Despite being located almost 2,000 miles from the prestigious wine country of California, Kansas City has begun quietly making its mark, impressing connoisseurs, right here in the heart of the Midwest. With over 100...

Best Corn Mazes in Kansas City

The thrill of the hunt, the possibility of fright around every corner and good, clean fun is what keeps families coming back year after year to visit corn mazes around Kansas City. Parked in...

Enjoy the Ozarks in the Fall at These Top 3 Destinations

Arguably the most frequently visited tourism spot in Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, visitors flock to the Ozarks primarily for water recreation and to be immersed in the beauty of the region. The summer months...

Top Missouri State Parks to Visit with Kids

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri State Parks systems is one of the most well funded in the country thanks to a sales tax started in 1984. Generous funding and exceptional management,...

Top Kansas State Parks to Visit with Kids

The Sunflower State has no shortage of beautiful landmarks, state parks and recreational opportunities for families to visit and explore. Kansas is home to 28 state parks, including one recently added in April after...

Escape the City with a Trip to Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Broken Bow Oklahoma, in the southeast corner of the state, is gaining in popularity for spring, summer and fall recreation despite the 6+ hour drive from Kansas City. For those wanting to connect to...
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The Kansas City Zoo Welcomes the Sobela Ocean Aquarium

This post is sponsored by the Kansas City Zoo and Aquarium. Eight thousands animals within 34 different habitats are on display at the Sobela Ocean Aquarium, the newest jewel of the Kansas City Zoo. Local...
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Places to Play Pickleball in Kansas City

A game for all ages and abilities, pickleball has officially swept the nation. The fun of the sport is contagious. It is a low impact sport that feels accessible for almost anyone, has a...
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Attending Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp with Kids

Kansas City Chiefs mania is poised to begin once again with the inaugural kick-off of training camp! Located in St. Joseph, Missouri, Chiefs training camp is a free, family friendly event for any and...

Family Friendly Bingo in Kansas City

For those with a competitive spirit and a love for wholesome family fun, an organized game of Bingo is just what you need to shake things up a bit on the weekends. Local Kansas...
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