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.

A Day at Prairiefire in Overland Park

Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, has officially morphed into a full-service entertainment district. Chalked full of recreation, eateries and shopping, a family could spend an entire day, or an entire weekend, exploring the area....

Adventures in Rocheport: A Guide to Enjoying the Charming Town

Biking, hiking, quaint restaurants, antique shops, wineries and tree lined views of the Missouri river are what helped to make Rocheport, Missouri one of the “Best Tiny Towns” in America according to Southern Living....

Family Friendly Bike Trails in Kansas City

Whether it be pedaling around the neighborhood or hitting a local trail, biking is a fantastic family activity. As a mother of three active boys, our family has embraced and grown to adore cycling...

Where to Take Sports Fans in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to tried and true sports fans. That dedicated support, along with recent big wins and a welcoming culture have catapulted our beloved town in to the national spotlight. We are...

Guide to the Best BBQ in Kansas City

From upscale dining to gritty stops in unexpected places, Kansas City BBQ offers it all. This town is the BBQ capital of the world, famous for our tenderly smoked meat, accompanied by complex sauces...

A Day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

The charm of the farm animals, the intentional areas to explore, and the emphasis on conservation and preservation are just some of the reasons Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a favorite destination for Kansas...
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Best Burgers in Kansas City

The Midwest, more specifically Kansas City, knows its beef, and we aren't just a one trick pony with world class barbecue! Our access to locally raised meat from quality producers translates to high quality...
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Where to Take Dinosaur Loving Kids in Kansas City

If your house is filled with the constant roars of raptors, and your little ones are always up for a fossil sighting, then plan on heading to one of these dinosaur attractions in Kansas...
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Best Places for Train Lovers in Kansas City

There’s something about the chugging of the engine, the roar of the whistle and the allure of the conductor that has kept kids enthralled with trains since their inception. Who can blame them? They...

50+ Things for Teens to Do in KC This Winter

Finding new and different outings for teens can be difficult sometimes, as it seems most activities are geared toward toddler and elementary aged children. But, Kansas City actually offers a multitude of entertainment and...
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Guide to Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri

The only way to endure the long and sometimes harsh Midwest winters is to embrace the outdoor activities that embody the fun of the season. Skiing, tubing and snowboarding are the ultimate winter sports...
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Where to Shop for Chiefs Gear in Kansas City

Hometown pride is alive in well in Kansas City, and for good reason. The barbeque, the sports teams, the unrivaled Midwest kindness and the deep-rooted support for one another make this town a unique...

Family Friendly Places to Watch the Chiefs Game

Cross all your fingers and knock on any wood in close proximity, because the Kansas City Chiefs are once again throwing out Super Bowl vibes! If you are looking to watch Mahomes and Kelce...

A Journey with Asthma, One Family’s Story

Every parent knows the feeling of helplessness and worry when their child is sick. Sleepless nights are consumed by the checking and re-checking of symptoms. It is an out of control feeling coupled with...
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Holidays at Union Station: All You Need to Know

One of the most iconic holiday destinations in Kansas City is Union Station. The beautiful, historical building is adorned with the magic of the season as families bustle about to the buzz of miniature...
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