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5 Kansas City Adventures–Local Tourist Link Up

Friday, March 30, 2018

5 Kansas City Adventures

As you know, my family loves adventures. We also like visiting local places in and around Kansas City. If someone tells me they are traveling to Kansas City and asks me where they should visit, here are the places I normally recommend:

1. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

When we first moved to Kansas, the farm was free to visit. Now it costs $2 per person on weekends and on weekdays between 9 AM and 2 PM. You can still visit for free after 2 PM from Monday-Thursday. The farm opens for the season next week (it is open April-October) and we can’t wait to visit!


2. The Kansas City Zoo

We used to be zoo members and we would visit all the time. Now, it’s been awhile since we’ve been and I really want to go! There is a new baby giraffe and soon there will be a stingray exhibit!

3. Country Club Plaza

Our iconic shopping area in Kansas City, MO, the Plaza is a Spanish inspired shopping district with many fountains and statues.


4. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Home of the famous huge shuttlecocks, a glass maze, and art from around the world, this art museum is free to visit!


5. Prairie Fire

This relatively new shopping area is the home of the Museum at Prairie Fire, a movie theater, a bowling alley, stores, restaurants, and more!


Do you like exploring areas local to you? Link up with Lauren and me here!

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Everything Looks Better In Black and White

Thursday, March 29, 2018


This week’s 52 Frames theme was Black and White. I have shot in actual black and white film in the past, but I don’t generally process my current pictures in black and white. However, after using to transform the photos I took at the local antique mall, I found I really liked the effects! Fotor has a lot of options in their effect menu, including monochromatic, B & W, and greyscale, so I had fun going through and choosing which effect worked best for each photo! Here’s what I ended up with!


What do you think?


What’s Up Wednesday–March

Wednesday, March 28, 2018



It’s been another busy month! Here’s what we’ve been up to!

1. What we’re eating this month…

We began the month with Purim, which means hamentashen, and now Passover starts on Friday night, so this week we’re eating all the bread and pasta we can! We also eat a lot of salad, and I shared my salad dressing recipe earlier this week!

2. What I’m Reminiscing About…

Earlier this month I reminisced about when the kids were younger and all the mistakes I’ve made!

3. What I’m Loving…

I’m still loving the 52 Frames community and looking through everyone’s wonderful submissions every week. Here are my photos from this month:

[depth of field]

[the sky]

[candid setup + extra credit – story]

[black and white]

4. What We’ve Been Up To…

The day after Purim was a day off and we went to play at one of our favorite parks.


We went to the auto show. Simon’s class had an open house so he could show us his work.


Gabbie’s birthday is during Passover and that means no real cake, so she really wanted to have a cookie cake on her Hebrew birthday. I invited her friends over and when she got home from dance, she was super surprised!


Gabbie also had her first dance competition of the season and earned a high gold.

(not my picture – photos weren’t allowed!)

We did a photo shoot in the library for my candid setup week – the one I chose is above! Here are some others:


We had a super nice day out so we drew with chalk on the driveway:


Now, spring break starts today!

5. What I’m Dreading…

Gabbie is finally getting her braces on in three weeks. Before that, she is having teeth pulled. I hope it goes well!

6. What I’m Working On…

Coming up with fun plans for spring break!

7. What I’m Excited About…

(Just realized I skipped that question last month – oops!) I’m excited because my girls’ trip to L.A. is happening! Soon!

8. What I’m Watching / Reading…

This month I watched Call The Midwife. Now I’m basically in between shows! Any recommendations? I like drama but not sci-fi.

As usual, you can see my latest book reviews here.

9. What I’m Listening To…

I went back to listening to The Bridge after my Billy Joel channel went away!

10. What I’m Wearing…

Nothing too exciting, sadly!

11. What I’m Doing This Weekend…

Celebrating the first two days of Passover, as well as Gabbie’s birthday!

12. What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month…

Having fun over spring break, seeing Zachary have a great time on his trip to his cousin’s bar mitzvah in Israel with Dave, and my trip to L.A.!

13. What Else Is New…

I think that about covers it! This month the Local Tourist Link Up will be on this coming Friday – if you have blogged about any local adventures you’ve had, please come share!

What’s up with you lately?


Three Quick Bathroom Updates

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


My two older kids share a bathroom and were recently discussing ways to change it up to acknowledge that they are older now. They got rid of their Disney themed drinking cups and they want me to remove the collage photo of them taking baths when they were young – but I don’t want to! It’s too cute! (I would consider moving it to my bathroom but I don’t have anything to replace it with yet).


I did help them update their bathroom a bit with three small changes.

First, I replaced the shower curtain rings. The ones we had on there looked nice, but they didn’t slide easily and came off at times. It was hard to put them back on, especially for us not tall people. So I replaced those rings with a simple set of clear ones. While I was up there, I also cleaned off the top of the rod. It was pretty grimy – maybe that is why the former rings wouldn’t slide!


Secondly, I took down that blue bag of bath toys. I neglected to do that last year while I was decluttering. We don’t have any kids who need bath toys living here! I did save our best toys for when we might have baby guests visit!

Finally, I added a cute decal to the bathroom door. It just so happened that Sarah from American Sign Letters contacted me and asked if I would like to try out a decal from her shop. They are a family owned business based out of Florida and they make many types of signs and decals. When I was looking at the decals available, Gabbie told me that she and Zachary had thought it would be cute to add a decal of a woman and a man on their bathroom door, like the signs they have on public restrooms. I let Sarah know the idea and she came up with a decal for us!

Decals come with mounting instructions and a squeegee tool to use to apply the decal to the wall.

I used painter’s tape to attach the decal where I wanted it, and then removed the bottom layer from the sticker.

Then I used the squeegee tool to press the decal onto the door. When it was stuck down firmly, I removed the top layer.

Doesn’t it look cute? Both of the kids were happy with it!

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What do you think of our bathroom updates?