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5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals

December 30, 2016 at 12:23 PM • Posted in Holiday, Mom Resources, Organizing Family ChaosComments Off on 5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals

Good morning, Kansas City! As we say goodbye to 2016, many of us are looking forward with goals for the new year. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great strategies to set your 2017 year up for success. Check it out (and have a great and SAFE New Year!)

5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year's Goals


5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals


It’s no surprise that when the New Year rolls around, everyone will have their resolutions underway, or they are setting their goals in place. But one thing about the New Year is for sure. How you start it will set a tone for the remainder of the year!

When I start thinking of the upcoming year, I like to think about all the things that went wrong, went right or I didn’t get to do! In case you don’t know me, lists are like my little mind saving, stress reliving life saver! I make lists for just about everything, so why not for the upcoming year?!


#1 Find a Calendar

When I start planning, the first thing I do is find a super cute calendar! In my mind, if it’s pretty it will keep your attention lol. I find a cute calendar that I can place in my “mommy binder” (how I keep my #momlife in order), and I fill it with our set in stone dates i.e. birthdays, Holy Days, anniversary and so on. Knowing the dates and seeing those written keeps me from double booking our days and allows me to work other schedules around them!


#2 Set Goals for Yourself

Second, I set my goals for ME. I set my weight loss goals by dates, my blogging and promoting times and anything else that I need to take care of that are for me, (hair, threading, girls night etc). Once I have those dates marked down, it gives me some peace of mind knowing that no matter how crazy or hectic my life is, I can plan my “escape” and enjoy a little me time! I’m sure you also get wrapped up in what your families have going on and often forget or neglect time for yourself. I chose to put my dates second because I know that they are needed and if I put them in last or after my family’s dates, my calendar will fill up without me!


#3 Add plans from the other people in your family/life

Third, I add everything dealing with my kids and husband. We home school so most of what I plan for them are school dates, field trips and fun days to kind of get them out of their routine and have a little extra “school free” time. I also add in appointments for the Dr. Office, dentist and I make little notes to ask for referrals for specialists so I won’t forget!


#4 Reflect on areas of improvement from the past year

Fourth, I think about all the things that went wrong during the year, my short comings or things that I need to get better at. Once I know what those are, I hit up Pinterest for a little motivation. Pinterest has great motivational articles, pictures and tips.. so go crazy! I have two boards specifically for motivating me as a mom and wife and they truly have helped me more than I would have thought.


#5 Set the Tone

Fifth, I set the tone! I tell myself that the upcoming year will be great! I remind myself of all the things that I want to accomplish in my home or in my business and I burn it into my brain! My husband and I sit literally for an hour or so and talk about how things are going to get better or change for us in the New Year. The more I talk about the things I want to change or accomplish the easier they become to achieve them!


I hope you had a great year and I hope your 2017 is even better!


From iFamily to Yours,











10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

December 26, 2016 at 6:11 PM • Posted in Mom ResourcesComments Off on 10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

Hello, Kansas City! We’re now less than a week away from the new year, and many of us are ready to tackle a new year, or perhaps make a few changes. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has an awesome list of 10 ways to kick your new year off on the right foot. Check it out!

10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right


10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right


The new year can be something that you either look forward to or not. You can be over stressed, over worked, and completely out of order. So why not take the remaining few weeks of the year to plan out how you will attack the upcoming year!

Here are 10 tips that are sure to get you focused, organized and ready to start a new chapter in your life!

#1 Clean

A lot of people do their annual deep cleaning in spring, but what about all the stuff that gets accumulated during the summer and fall? New school clothes, summer camp and family vacation souvenirs have filled your home and now it’s time to break out the winter coats and make room for all the upcoming holidays, birthdays and new family pictures! Doing a deep clean in the winter not only makes your spring cleaning easier but it will get you ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

#2 Organize your house

Along with cleaning, organizing your house takes away so much stress! You can what you have too much of, need more of and it gets your new year started off in an organized way instead of total chaos!

#3 Finish projects

Another thing that goes along with cleaning and organizing, finishing projects! Take a week or weekend to finish up all your Pinterest projects!

#4 Set new goals

This speaks for itself! Create a brand new bucket list, weight loss/gain plan or whatever task you have been putting off. Make a plan to get it done before the new year or if it’s a really big one, set a date in the new year and start a countdown.

#5 Organize your life

One thing people forget to do outside their home, is to organize their life! Weather it’s setting up a bill paying schedule, a family menu or even planning a family calendar. Organize all those small things in your life to keep it as organized as possible.

#6 Get rid of negativity

This can be people, a job or habit. Get rid of it! If someone in your life is always negative, a lot of times it’s necessary to remove them. Job causing unnecessary stress or negativity in your life, look for a new one or change your career path. Have a bad habit? Use the remaining time of this year to get ready and kick it. Don’t go into the new year with a habit that causes you stress, creates negative emotions or so on in your life.

#7 Start a vacation fund

Saving for a whole year can really pay off! So why not start a vacation fund and take a winter vacation or visit distant family.

#8 Pick up a new hobby

Unless it is a true passion, drop the old and pick up a new hobby! There are so many things out there that you could experience why only stick to one?!

#9 Start a journal

This is something that I love to do! Journaling is very freeing and relaxing! Having a journal where you can pour all of your emotions, thoughts and goals into is a great feeling. Try challenging yourself by writing in it every day for the year and see how you have changed at the end!

#10 Create a vision board

This is my favorite! I am a pretty artsy person so vision boards are definitely one way I can get myself focused on starting off on the right foot. You can make one about anything or as many as you want! Keep it somewhere where you will have to see it every day!

I hope you found some inspiration from these tips on how you can start your new year off right!

From iFamily to Yours,







25 Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

December 24, 2016 at 11:56 AM • Posted in Coping, Holiday, Mom Resources, Organizing Family ChaosComments Off on 25 Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

Christmas Eve is upon us here in the metro area and, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably frantically getting in those last minute errands that you’ve been putting off forgotten about, baking holiday treats, and cleaning the house in anticipation of loved ones later this evening (or in my case, first thing tomorrow morning). It’s okay, we can all be superheroes from time to time, right?! Don’t stress out, it’s all going to be fine…right? RIGHT? Thankfully, our very own iFamilyKC Mom Squad team member Leah shares her 25 tips for managing holiday stress with us right here on the blog. Take a look…

25 Ways to manage holiday stress

25 Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

If you are anything like me you are guilty of trying to do a thousand things at once. I find myself being  pulled between trying to locate the “perfect gift”, attempting to stay on budget, pull money out of thin air, working more hours to afford “the perfect gift”, ordering things online, and trying to create time to wrap gifts all while trying to balance my daily tasks. Needless to say this momma is wore out.

The holidays tend to add so much stress and chaos to our already over packed lives. Yet, their intention is to the opposite. This year I am determined to approach things differently. I don’t want my son to judge holidays based around how well I may or may not handle stress. We all know that kids see everything even when we think otherwise. I want to make sure he sees me handle things with grace. After all I cannot expect him to if I don’t.

It really is my goal to learn how to master stress so it does not master me. I know that I will not be able to completely avoid stress. However, that doesn’t mean that I cannot try to handle it better when it arrives. I have found some pretty simple ways to help make your holidays a little less hectic. I hope that you can find one or two them useful.

#1 Take an Epson Salt bath – for an added stress relief add essential  oils

#2 Create a daily gratitude journal- use this to remind yourself what you are grateful for in yourself and others

#3 Go outside for a walk or run- being around the sunlight can improve your mood

#4 Instead of stressing out over dinner give yourself permission to order out

#5 Turn on some good music

#6 Have a glass of wine

#7 Have a cup of tea- there are so many teas out there to help you relax

#8 Give your partner a massage then have them return the favor ( or just book an appointment at a salon)

#9 Go get your hair done… I always feel better after a good hair cut

#10 Set a budget and stick with it

#11 Schedule a lunch date with a friend  and share a good laugh

#12 Turn off your phone so you can get stuff done without being distracted

#13 Try to give out “group gifts” when you have to buy for a family. This will help you stay on budget. You can buy them a movie, popcorn, snacks, etc. Plus this encourages them to do something as a family.

#14 Pace yourself- you do not have to do everything in one day. I find it useful to break my to do list down to a daily list instead. This also helps me feel less overwhelmed.

#15 Take a break and go do something fun as family

#16 Go see some Christmas lights and get yourself back into the Christmas spirit

#17 Light some candles around the house

#18 Meditate – this is an amazing stress reliever

#19 Go to the gym

#20 Call a friend or a family member that puts you in a good mood

#21 Get some sleep

#22 Don’t be afraid to ask for help

#23 Don’t sweat the small stuff

#24 Remind yourself that if something does not get done there is always tomorrow

#25 Listen to yourself- only you know your limits

To follow Leah further please go to her page at  www.facebook.com/solaceforthesoul

From iFamily to yours,


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How Safe Hearts Makes Hard Conversations Easier

November 8, 2016 at 8:05 AM • Posted in Coping, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Health & Wellness, Mom ResourcesComments Off on How Safe Hearts Makes Hard Conversations Easier

Good Morning, Kansas City!

Take a moment to think about the five most important women in your life. Now think about this: Statistically speaking, one of those women will be a victim of sexual abuse at some point in her life. It could be your mother, your sister, your best friend, or your child. It could have been you. Among the many roles and responsibilities that we have, as parents, keeping our children safe is among the top. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to having tough conversations with your child. That’s where the new Safe Hearts program from Damsel in Defense comes in.

Safe Hearts

Safe Hearts is a proactive program that helps parents talk through tough conversations with your kids about creating boundaries – and it’s a lot easier than you think. Damsel In Defense, in conjunction with a team of mental health experts and abuse survivors, have come up with a series of colorfully illustrated books to help you introduce these topics to your child. I recently had the opportunity to share the first two stories with my five year old daughter, Charlotte, and found the books to be a really effective way to communicate with her about such an important topic.

As a mom, I always try to balance the line between encouraging Charlotte to view the world from her naturally pure perspective while also helping her to understand that there are tricky people who might not have her best interest at heart. As someone who has been in tricky situations myself, I get the importance of teaching her how to prevent someone from taking advantage of a situation. I found the Safe Hearts books to be really helpful in my mission to help my daughter protect herself. I can rest easier with the confidence that my child can identify tricky situations and that she will know what to do if she encounters one.

The first book, “My Friend’s New Toy” follows the story of Olivia, a little girl who meets a new friend in her neighborhood. While over for a play date, Olivia finds herself in an uncomfortable situation when her new friend tries to encourage her to take off her clothes while playing dolls. The request leaves Olivia feeling unsettled and unsure of how to handle the situation and that’s where the Heart Defenders come in. This team of kids (the Heart Defenders), spanning all ages, help kids to identify when something isn’t right and remove themselves from the situation. The material presents tough topics to children of all ages in a way that isn’t overwhelming for young readers. Charlotte resonated with the Heart Defenders and felt encouraged to defend her own heart after reading the story.

The second book, “Madison’s Big Brother” follows a similar journey for older readers. Isabella, the main character, finds herself in a situation where an older boy that she cares about and trusts tries to force her to kiss him. The Heart Defenders step in to help guide Isabella toward making a safe and sound decision that she can walk away from while feeling proud. I read this book to Charlotte and she understood the storyline, but I definitely think that this book skews towards older readers. All in all, though, both books can be read by children of all ages with their parents. The question prompts at the end of each story help parents and caregivers to reiterate the messaging throughout the books.

Safe Hearts Heart Defenders

The Heart Defender series currently has these two books available with more stories rolling out over the next year or so. I strongly encourage each of you to look into getting these books for your family and sharing them with friends and relatives with children. They also have a parent guide to help you understand each book, suggestions about how to effectively communicate with your children, and the overall goals that you should have going into your conversation.

For more information on the Safe Hearts program or Damsel In Defense, call Mary Hiesberger at (816) 309-3348 or email prepare2prevent1@gmail.com.

From iFamily to yours,




5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

November 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM • Posted in Holiday, Mom Fun, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City! I hope you all are recovering from Halloween last night. I can hardly believe it’s November! The great part of this month is that it often reminds us to be grateful. Sometimes, with all the hustle and bustle of life, it can be difficult to keep perspective with this. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette has some great tips to help you encourage gratefulness in your kiddos. Check it out!

5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids


5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids


As a mom of 4, I know what it’s like to go all day, all week feeling underappreciated. Even the embarrassment of apologizing for your kid’s attitude, rude comments or just being straight up ungrateful. And over the years, I have learned that raising kids is not some cookie cutter fantasy land where everyone is perfect. Let’s face it, kids will be kids! But does that mean that we just let them flow freely trying to figure out how “they” want to treat others or how “they” want to respond to certain situations? Of course not… we want our kids to be well mannered, respectful, wholesome children.

As a seasoned mom, I know that a child who is grateful, tends to ease a lot of pain in the parenting world. So, I have decided to share with you my top 5 tips on how to encourage gratefulness in children.

Be a GRATEFUL parent

Our kids are like little sponges and they soak up everything. We must lead by example at all times… and because we are human, when we know we are not showing respect or being ungrateful, we must correct ourselves. How can we expect our little ones to be appreciative if we aren’t?

Don’t give in.

No matter how cute they say “mommy/ daddy please” or how many times they flutter those lashes, we can’t always give them what they want. No matter how much they whine, cry or if they are like mine, bargain, just say no! It’s ok, look at it as character building. Which leads me to…

Allow them to “adult” i.e. work for it.

Chores and responsibilities are a major deal in our house. The more they work to earn something, the better they will take care of it and appreciate it. When they are older you can start making things even more clearly by going over a budget with them. Let them see just where everything goes and how much time and effort goes into making the whole family comfortable. Every grocery trip I tell my kids our budget and we get what we need first. Then, if we have room in the budget we can throw in a few wants too.

Remind them of all the blessings you have.

You don’t have to throw it in their face every single second of the day, but when it’s clear that they are just not getting the full picture, don’t be afraid to remind them! Let’s be honest, with kids we want to paint the world for them as sunshine and rainbows. But the reality is, it’s not and them being reminded that whatever they have, someone somewhere doesn’t is ok.

Last but not least,

Please and thank you!

I tend to go overboard with this one lol. A please and Thank you is required for just about everything! Not only does it show respect, but it shows that you are kind and grateful for what some has done for you or what they will do for you. You can honestly never say it enough.

Well there it is folks! My top 5 tips on encouraging your child to be grateful. Does it happen overnight? Nope! Will it be constant work? Yep! Will it be worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

What do you do to encourage gratefulness in your kids? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

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10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

October 21, 2016 at 3:40 PM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got several bottles of old medication from over the years that you’re not sure what to do with. Did you know that they have a whole day dedicated to just that?! National Prescription Take Back day is here to help and we’ve got a list of locations that you can go across the metro to dispose of your old drugs. Take a look…

prescription take back day

One safety precaution that often gets over looked is the danger of disposing prescription drugs.

Many of us are guilty of holding onto prescription drugs even after they are expired. Often times it is because we think we may “need” them again someday. Chances are if we were taking a medication for a tooth pain, which we eventually had surgery for, the pain is now gone .Therefore the need for the medication is now gone also. The likelihood that you will have tooth pain again is rare. If you were to experience the same dental issue the Dentist would write you a new prescription. So, long story short, there is no need to hold onto it. Or, we fear if we throw them away them may end up in the wrong hands. We fear that a drug seeker may make their way into our trashcan. Which is a very valid concern. In all reality this does happen and is worth avoiding. Throwing your prescriptions in the trash is never a good idea. Even if they do not end up in an addict’s hands they still in up in our landfill. Another reason people fear throwing away their expired prescription medication is due to their personal information being on the bottle. Which does make perfect sense. Our privacy and personal information is worth being protected.

Many people admit that they dispose of their medications in the toilet. By flushing them down the toilet they think that is the “safest way” of disposal. However, those medications end up in our sewer systems and possibly even in our drinking water. You can see how this could be potentially very hazardous to many people. All of these concerns are very valid and are worthy of being addressed.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took all of these concerns into account. They in return created a day to where you can come and safely dispose of any of your expired unused prescriptions this Saturday all around the Kansas and Missouri areas. This event will be hosted nation -wide.

Saturday from 10 AM- 2 PM there will be sites that safely dispose of them – no questions asked.

This take back day protects not only our environment but it also protects addicts from finding them in the trash.

Use this direct link to The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Website that tells more about The National Take Back Initiative Collection day. I have also included several locations around the Metro area that offer drop offs. Saturday, October 22, 2016  from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

#1 City Hall – Independence, MO  

Prescription drop off will be across the street from the police department in downtown Independence. 111 East Maple Independence, MO 64050.

#2 Children’s Mercy – Kansas City 

2401 Gillham Road Kansas City , Missouri 64108

#3 Main Corp – Kansas City 

3215 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64110

#4 Gladstone Police Department – Gladstone, MO 

7010 N Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64118

#5 Kansas City Police Department – Kansas City North 

1001 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155

#6 Sugar Creek Police Department – Sugar Creek, MO

1001 Heroes Way, Independence, MO 64053

#7 Shoal Creek Police Department – Liberty, MO 

6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157

#8 North Kansas City Police Department – North Kansas City, MO 

2020 Howell St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

#9 Roeland Park Police – Roeland Park, KS

4950 Roe Avenue Roeland Park, KS  66205

#10 Prairie Village Police Department – Prairie Village, KS

7710 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208

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5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!

October 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Mom ResourcesComments Off on 5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!

Happy Sunday, Kansas City! With the craziness of the fall months, it can wear us parents out. And frankly, sometimes we need more than just a night out. We need a weekend to ourselves to reconnect and get a break from the kiddos (regardless of how much we adore them). Thankfully, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette gives 5 fantastic tips on scheduling that getaway. Check it out!

5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!



5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!


Finally have the time to go on vacation? Need a break from the reality of, well, life?! Nothing is more fitting than a kid free weekend getaway! But as a mom and as someone that is borderline OCD, I know how stressful it can be to plan, arrange and even execute a successful kid free getaway.


First off, give yourself time to plan!


Don’t try and rush your time away, you will more than likely forget something, go over budget and in some cases, end up disappointed in one way or another. Try to plan your weekend getaway at least one month in advance. That will give you time to really look around for deals, local attractions and if you are like me, read every review you can find! Remember, before you book your destination, make sure you read their cancellation policy! Can you get a refund? Can you reschedule? All that jazz…


Leave your children with someone they are comfortable with.


One thing you definitely don’t want is your child giving them such a hard time that they are forced to call you… TRUST ME! Make sure they enjoy their time there and you know that they are willing to follow your rules and schedule. You will be able to relax a lot more knowing that things back home are solid!


Lists, reservations, confirmation numbers, and directions


Once you have those ducks in a row, make a list of places or things you are going to do and a list of alternatives, call and make reservations, print confirmation numbers and directions! It’s no fun and really annoying when you have a plan that gets canceled because of weather or because the wait time at a romantic restaurant is over 2 hours! As much as we rely on our phones for numerus things, having directions printed, saved or even just written down can be a life saver. I can’t count how many times my phone signal would get lost driving out in no man’s land. So just to be on the safe side, keep a set of directions that don’t require service!


Packing, packing, packing


When it comes to packing, I have one simple rule. “Days x 2.5!” Pack 2 outfits per day then throw in one or two alternative outfits incase a sudden change in weather or change in plans. Be prepared! When it comes to shoes, accessories, makeup and all that, bring a few options as well. You never know what the weekend will hold!


Have fun!


Last of all and probably the most important thing, HAVE FUN! Relax, take in the scenery and let the stress of the week go away. Listen to your favorite music, have a drink or two and just have a good time! As parents, we don’t get enough time off or breaks, we are literally 24/7… and as much as we try to keep it together, we need our time!

So next time you are planning a kid free getaway, I hope you will remember these little tips to make your getaway even more memorable!

Let us know your favorite tips for scheduling a weekend getaway. Share in the comments!

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5 Tips to Plan an Exciting & Kid-Free Weekend Getaway



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13 Mouthwatering Brunch Ideas Your Family Will Love

October 9, 2016 at 8:51 AM • Posted in Food, Mom Fun, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 13 Mouthwatering Brunch Ideas Your Family Will Love

Autumn has officially settled into the metro area and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store for your family this season. One of my favorite ways to bring in the weekend is with a relaxing morning at home and our family loves to brunch – and we are not alone! Check out these 13 mouthwatering brunch ideas your family will love from fellow foodie and iFamilyKC Mom Squad contributor Leah. Take a look…

brunch ideas for busy families

13 Brunch Ideas: Falling Into Food

Raise your hand if you don’t love food. I dream about food and find myself thinking about it all day. I have a crush on food – I’ve even seen tacos wink at me (right before I ate them). All jokes aside, food is seriously magical. It makes life better. I’ve compiled several recipes that will add to your (food) happiness because who can go wrong with brunch? Imagine a sleep-in kind of Sunday followed by getting up to create some of these yummy recipes below. Grab the family, grab some coffee, and get cooking! If you have any left, feel free to drop them off to me. Enjoy!

#1 Cheesy Egg White Breakfast Muffins

Easy cheesy egg white muffins for your morning. Low carb, gluten free, and delicious!


  • 2 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese of choice (I love cheddar, Colby jack, or pepper jack)
  • 2 tablespoons of skim milk or plain Greek yogurt (not necessary, but gives them a bit of fluff)
  • salt and pepper

Find full instructions for this mouthwatering recipe over at The Ambitious Kitchen.

#2 Quick Breakfast Egg Wraps

Use leftovers from your Saturday night dinner to create a simple brunch in just under ten minutes! Combine a healthy fat (like ghee or coconut oil), eggs, and leftovers (like meat and veggies) for a delicious morning pick me up.

#3 Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Cupcakes

“Mini-cakes conquer breakfast! These individually sized cups feature cinnamon swirl raisin bread and a crumbly streusel topping. Prep the day before to make this dish a brunch-time breeze. “

Find the full instructions online at Betty Crocker’s website.

#4 Apple-Bacon Cheddar Mini Breakfast Pies

“Don’t be fooled by their small size. These individual pies combine a harvest of hearty flavors—cheddar, apple and bacon—for a flavor-packed breakfast treat.”

Grab the recipe online now and save it for your next brunch!

#5 Brie, Bacon, and Spaghetti Frittata


  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 pound spaghetti
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 ounces Brie cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Find the full recipe online at SaraMoulton.com

#6 Pumpkin Spice Sticky Buns


  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 Thomas English pumpkin spice muffins, cut into 1 ½ inch

Find this recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything

#7 Breakfast Bread Bowls Recipe


  • 1/2 cup chopped pancetta
  • 4 crusty hard rolls (4 inches wide)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere or fontina cheese

Grab the full recipe at TasteofHome.com

#8 Potato Bacon Cheddar Frittata


  • 3 cups diced roasted potatoes
  • ½ pound crisp cooked bacon, chopped
  • ½ pound diced aged cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 10 large eggs (preferably at room temperature)
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili flakes (optional)

Visit Rocket Recipes online for the full details.

#9 Perfect Popovers


  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk or half-and-half, warmed
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Grab the recipe online now at What’s Cooking America?

#10 Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche


  • 6 thick bacon slices
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup uncooked stone-ground grits
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cupes half-and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions

Grab the whole recipe online at MyRecipes.com

#11 Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • onion (optional)
  • chives (optional)
  • cheese (optional)
  • oil or Crisco for frying
  • sour cream or applesauce (optional) for garnish

Food.com has the full recipe for this brunch idea.

#12 Chili Cheese Omelet


  • 1 15-ounce can of chili
  • 12 eggs (3 per omelet)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup onions – diced
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers – finely chopped
  • salt and pepper – to taste

Grab the recipe over at MrBreakfast.com

#13 Repurpose Last Night’s Dinner

Hungry for more? Check out this Huffington Post article that gives you great tips for re-purposing your leftover stew, rice, vegetables, meat, and other foods into a fantastic brunch for your family.

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Experience Fall Fun at Worlds of Fun!

September 27, 2016 at 7:42 AM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Family Events & Activities, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Experience Fall Fun at Worlds of Fun!

Good Morning, Kansas City! Worlds of Fun is a staple in the Kansas City, and has been offering family fun for decades. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, took the kiddos to check it out and shares some fun upcoming fall events–including FREE Pre-K Season Pass. Don’t miss out!


Experience Fall Fun at Worlds of Fun!


Experience Fall Fun at Worlds of Fun!


One of my favorite childhood memories is when my dad would load us up in the truck and we’d spend the day at Worlds of Fun! If you’re from KC, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Worlds of Fun is an amusement park with tons of cool rides and family fun! It keeps expanding every year to become even bigger and better! Somehow after all this time, the smells, sights and sounds of WOF have remained pretty much the same: funnel cakes, fresh blacktop, laughing and screaming voices! I’ve been going to WOF since I was about 5 and now I am so excited to create new memories with my own kids!


Experience Fall Fun at Worlds of Fun!


There are some really exciting things happening at WOF in the coming year! I wanted to share a few things that you may not know about!


  • First of all, WOF is offering a special FREE Pre-K season pass for the entire 2017 season for children 3-5 years old. This saves big $$$ because the regular season passes cost anywhere from $100-150! You can register online starting now.   You will need to show the child’s birth certificate when you come to the park to process the pass. If you process the pass between October 1st and October 30th, 2016, your child will receive one FREE visit in 2016! Find out more and register for the pass at https://www.worldsoffun.com/what-s-new/pre-k-pass


  • In my opinion season passes are definitely the way to go in 2017! For just $99, or 9 payments of $11 each with the EZ pay plan, the Gold season pass has so many benefits! Unlimited visits to Worlds and Oceans of Fun, FREE parking, FREE admission to Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, special dollar days with discounted food/games/merchandise throughout the season, bring a friend discount days, and early park access days. With the Gold season pass, you also will receive a free visit in 2016 so you can enjoy Halloween Haunt or The Great Pumpkin Fest!


  • Starting September 17th, 2016, you can get your scare on at Halloween Haunt or during the day kiddos under 14 can enjoy tons of fun activities at The Great Pumpkin Fest. https://www.worldsoffun.com/the-great-pumpkin-fest/things-to-do


  • Two new rides are opening in 2017 as well. Mustang Runner and Falcon’s Flight. They look awesome and I can’t wait to try them out! Check them out at https://www.worldsoffun.com/what-s-new/new-in-2017


  • Another reason I was personally sold on buying season passes, especially this year, is because for the first time in WOF history, starting in 2017, the park will be open until December! They are starting something called Winterfest with all kinds of winter activities: light displays, ice skating, holiday characters, and live entertainment. We’ll have to stay tuned to see what rides are available to ride in the colder temps!


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5 Ways to Encourage Children to Read at Home

September 24, 2016 at 7:01 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 5 Ways to Encourage Children to Read at Home

Hello, Kansas City! With the school year back in full swing, any parent knows the importance of reading. Reading begins a lifelong relationship between kids and learning, and is the foundation of success. Our Mom Squad Ambassador lays out 5 simple ways to encourage children to read at home. Start early and the benefits will reap for years to come. Check it out!

5 Ways to Encourage Children to Read at Home


5 Ways to Encourage Children to Read at Home


Reading is probably the single most important thing a child can learn. Opportunity knocks when I child has mastered reading. So, what are some ways you can encourage reading in your home? Check out these tips and feel free comment with your own suggestions!


  • Make reading fun

    Go to the library and get your child their very own library card. This is a huge deal for kids and they will love it! Let your child choose books at their reading level and ones they are interested in. Kids will be more likely to read if the book is something they like.


  • Read together

    A few times a week before bed my kids and I gather up a few books and pile in my bed for some reading time. I recently started reading some small chapter books like Charlotte’s Web and The BFG to the kids.


  • Set the example

    I love diving in to a good book! You show your kids how much fun and exciting reading can be by reading yourself.


  • Rinse and Repeat

    Well maybe not rinse but definitely REPEAT. Kids love to read the same books over and over again. Repetition is important because they memorize the words in the book and can eventually master putting the sounds together to form words.


  • Start early

    This may sound crazy but I started reading to my children when they were in the womb. I would read my books aloud instead of silently. If you have the opportunity, take your kids to storytime at the library. MCPL offers storytime from birth to school age and also a family storytime. We started taking my daughter to storytime around 6 months old.


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