Kinzy Gillespie

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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.
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Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

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WE ARE FAM-I-LY! Now that I’ve gotten that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day, let’s stay on that subject. Family (defined): a group of one or more parents and their children...
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25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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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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6 Reasons to Host a Birthday Party at Urban Air Adventure Park

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Urban Air Adventure Park has you covered from start to finish. Boasting a “stress-free” birthday party experience, Urban Air truly delivered on that promise.

How Lists Save My Sanity

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She’s making a list, writing it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and who actually does things right the first time. Ok so my back-to-school jingles could use a little refining, but honestly so could my kids’...

Why I Switched from Breastfeeding to Formula Feeding

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As I stood in the kitchen in the middle of the night, sobbing as I carefully measured scoops of formula to dump into a bottle, I couldn’t shake the overwhelming feeling that I was...

Playdate (Business) Cards

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...