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Kristin Ruthstrom

Kristin Ruthstrom
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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.

The Suburbs Don’t Suck After All

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My husband and I both grew up in small towns. Neighbors were sparse and dirt roads plentiful. Friday night lights were the social gatherings and everyone knew everyone else’s business. Following college we both...
Simple Valentine's Crafts for the Non-Pinterest MOms

Simple Valentine’s Crafts for the Non-Pinterest Moms

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Valentine’s Day really sneaks up on us moms. It feels as if we are just getting settled from the mayhem of Christmas and all of a sudden this pesky little holiday appears out of...
When Your Baby Hates the Car

When Your Baby Hates the Car

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So, your baby hates the car. I get it. I’ve been there, with both of my children. It’s beyond miserable for everyone involved. The baby is crying hysterically, the siblings are covering their ears trying...

Holiday Hacks for Parents

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The holidays are a magical time, especially when lived vicariously through children. There truly is nothing better than watching them experience the wonder. Social media shows the highs of the Christmas season: matching outfits, well-behaved...

This Holiday Season, I Promise to…

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The holidays are a special time. A time to be thankful, to revel in the joy sparkling in our children’s eyes and a reason to spend precious moments with the ones we hold dear....

9 Easy Ways to Lose the Dreaded Baby Weight

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As new mothers, the shape and condition of our postpartum body should be about 112th on the list of concerns. We have enough to worry about and figure out, right? But it always inevitably...

Politics and Parenting: Why We Must All Take a Stand

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This is not a partisan post. This is not a post about who we should or should not vote for in the coming election. This is a post about showing our children our opinions,...

7 Tips for Out-of-the-Box Boy Fashion

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In a past life, I dreamt of being a fashionista. Then, I got pregnant and found yoga pants and that dream was far-gone. When I became a mom of two boys I thought my visions...

When the Fog of Infancy Lifts

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“This too shall pass.” “It gets easier.” “The fog will lift.” “You have your hands full!” We’ve all heard these statements from friends, family or well-meaning bystanders as we tiredly rock a crying baby or try to race...

Tips for a Safe and Fun Summer of Swimming

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Like peanut butter and jelly, summertime and swimming go hand in hand. Children love nothing more than splashing, jumping and cannon-balling into any amount of water, mud puddles included. The problem with this love affair,...
The Ultimate Mom Life Hack

The Ultimate Mom Life Hack

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Good news, ladies. I am pretty sure I have found the ultimate mom life-hack. It magically provides a peaceful shower (taken alone), a moment to sip (hot) coffee in the morning and allows time...

My Quest to Raise Feminist Sons

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It was just another ordinary night when my son unknowingly crushed my feminist soul. The family dynamic in our home, at the moment, is one in which I am home more often with the children...
The Gross Truths of Parenting

The Gross Truths of Parenting

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There’s a saying in our house: "Parenting is 25% mental toughness and 75% dealing with bodily fluids." Mere moments after the first sweet smell of perfect newborn head, kids will undeniably test parents' propensity in dealing with truly...
Marriage After Children - The New Normal

Marriage After Children – The New Normal

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On the first night home from the hospital with our newborn son my husband and I looked at each other and said, "Now what?" Everything we once knew had been erased, and the meaning...
Building Your Village

Mom Friends: How to Know if You’ve Found a Keeper

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Let’s be real for a second. Husbands are great. We need them as our companions, partners and Netflix-watching comrades. Moms, sisters, aunts, mothers-in-law, they are all invaluable resources and sounding boards. Coworkers can be...
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