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.
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Guide to Shopping for Tall Moms

What's awesome about being tall? Seeing over everyone's head in a crowd. What's not awesome about being tall? Buying pants. Also, one-piece swimsuits, coats and maxi-length dresses. We might as well include mini-length dresses in that list, too....
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Spending an Afternoon at YaYa’s Alpaca Farm

A self-proclaimed agritourism destination, YaYa’s Alpaca Farm in Garden City, Missouri, has blossomed from one man’s sanctuary, to a Kansas City area must-see working farm. After a personal tragedy of losing his wife to cancer,...
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Top Apple Cider Destinations in Kansas City

Apple cider is the quintessential autumn drink both kids and their parents can enjoy. Thanks to an abundance of orchards and a collective love of everything the season has to offer, Kansas City has no...

Best Places for Kids to Fish in Kansas City

Why travel hours to the Ozarks for prime fishing, when great bodies of water and an abundance of fish are right here? If your little one loves the thrill of a nip on their...

Meet the Kidpreneur of Aaron’s Sodas

Servaes Brewery, located in Shawnee, Kansas, opened its doors in April 2019 after its owner, Courtney Servaes, wanted to bring her love of interesting flavors and passion for brewing to the masses. Innovative and...
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Professional Bull Riding is Coming to Kansas City

Cowboys and cowgirls grab your boots and Wranglers because Professional Bull Riding Team Series is coming to Kansas City! It is bringing the entertainment, excitement and heart-pounding adrenaline for fans of all ages. In its...

Meet the Kidpreneur of Crafty Girl Creations

She is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, a business owner of seven years and philanthropist. Such an impressive resume makes it hard to believe our featured entrepreneur is only 13-years-old and entering eight grade...

Summer Drink Guide Featuring Boulevard’s Quirk, Fling Flavors

As Alice Cooper famously sang, "School's out for summer," and that is worth celebrating! Moms, throw those lunch boxes out the window because we won’t be packing them for three whole months. CHEERS TO...
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A Weekend in Springfield, Missouri

In exchange for a little over a two hour drive, a weekend packed full of activities awaits you in Springfield, Missouri! A destination that boasts the best aquarium in the United States (USA Today), also...

Meet the Kidpreneur of Nelson’s Flavorades

A budding entrepreneur by age 8, Nelson McConnell, now at the age of 11, is a seasoned veteran and the proud owner of Nelson’s Flavorades! Local and national leaders, area businesses and thirsty customers...
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Best Farmer’s Markets in Kansas City

Between Missouri and Kansas, there are impressive options for those seeking locally sourced, organic food to visit throughout the week and every weekend April-November, with one in Overland Park consistently being ranked as one...
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Kansas City Sourced Easter Basket Fillers

  Our Easter basket tradition is to gift our kids with items we most likely would have purchased to enjoy in the spring and summer anyway. Kites, swimsuits, bubble machines, sunglasses, water toys, books and...
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Opening Day at The K with Kids

Baseball is back, baby! The birds are chirping and the grass is greening, so grab your mitts and caps and fire up the grill because The K is expecting us. There’s nothing like a...
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Tips for a Weekend Trip in Northwest Arkansas

I am a slightly reluctant to share how much my family deeply loves our trips to Northwest Arkansas. It’s not because we don’t highly recommend it, but rather a part of me wants me...
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Guide to the 2022 Winter Games

Less than six months after the closing ceremony in Tokyo, the 2022 Winter Games in Bejing are set to commence in just a few short days! It is the first time in more than...
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