Kinzy Gillespie

Kinzy is a self-proclaimed “cool mom” to 3 spirited kids: Kellan (2012), Harper (2014), and Charlotte (2019). Her husband James is a Des Moines Firefighter whose only real downfall is his wholehearted participation in “Movember.” When she’s not working diligently to answer the ten thousand questions her kids ask in a day, she can be found slamming coffee, adding things to her shopping carts online knowing full well she’ll never actually checkout, and laughing at her own jokes. She spends most of her days reminiscing about when naps were still a thing, avoiding household chores, and striving to perfect the work/life balance.

Playdate (Business) Cards

My son came home from school and handed me a crumpled-up piece of paper with nothing but a phone number. “Mom, so-and-so wants to have a playdate, can you call their mom?” Well, first-of-all, I’ll text...
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I’m Not a Runner

As I rounded the final corner of the track, which had to have been at least 10 miles long based on my lungs and side cramp, I finally saw the finish line. Everyone else...

Lessons from Loss

In 1987 my best friend, my little brother, was born. We were 16 months apart and inseparable. We would raise hell all around the country, get in serious trouble almost daily, and always blame...
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How to Host a Virtual Baby Shower

What to expect when you’re expecting? A global pandemic probably wasn’t high on that list. A lot of the things you’d envisioned for your pregnancy journey went right out the window, including large gatherings...
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What I Learned When My Daughter Got Her Ears Pierced

My daughter just celebrated her 7th birthday. When we started talking gifts, we revisited the idea of getting her ears pierced. She’d been talking about it for years, but always with apprehension. I knew...
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Why I Love Family Gaming Online

Unplug. Be present. Limit screen time. I’m sure you’ve all heard the key phrases. The words encouraging you to put down your phone and focus on the here and now. The words are meant to inspire parents...
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25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

It’s 9 p.m. and you just crawled into bed after another exhausting day of parenting. You start to drift off when suddenly you’re jolted awake by one reoccurring thought… I forgot to move the...
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I See You

There was recently a trend going around on social media: Post a picture of yourself when you were at your lowest and nobody knew. I started thinking about what picture would accurately portray that time...

Learning Something New

What was your favorite part of today? What is something good you did today? What is something you learned today? These three questions are the topics of our dinner conversation every night. As we sit down to...

Saying Goodbye to Tampons Forever

My husband and I recently went on a vacation… ALONE!! (or at least it was supposed to be). We all have that one family member who refuses to take a hint. Despite having the tough...