This year, it’s your turn to revel in being a mother on Mother’s Day. Congratulations! That new baby in your arms has changed you from being the one buying the gifts and cards into the one receiving them. Of course, being a mother isn’t all about sweetly sentimental presents. In fact, there’s a lot of stress involved in your new role, too! That’s why I’ve rounded up five tips to make life with a new baby in the car safer, easier, and more enjoyable.
Mother’s Day is only a week way, and hopefully you’ve planned a lovely surprise for the special woman in your life. If not, though, allow me to introduce some great Sunday brunch spots in Kansas City. Below are just a few of the many wonderful dining options you’ll have on May 8th. Mom will thank you for not having to cook!
– Located in the heart of the Kansas City Power & Light District with optional outdoor seating, this swanky seafood grill is sure to win Mom’s heart. With their amazing menu and top-notch service, Bristol is always a solid choice. Their brunch selection includes everything from shrimp enchiladas and smoked salmon to maple Belgian waffles and decadent omelettes. You can also top things off with a butterscotch cappuccino or vanilla bean crème brûlée!
– Located on the cliffs of Briarcliff Village, Trezo Mare has a fabulous brunch and great view of the downtown skyline. Their exclusive Mother’s Day buffet will include a carving station, seafood bar, and made-to-order omelets. They’ll also have brunch favorites like crispy potatoes, praline bacon, buttery biscuits, and more! Ala carte items will be available as well as a children’s menu. If you want a delicious meal made from fresh and local ingredients, look no further!
Classic Cup Cafe
– Located in the heart of the Country Club Plaza, this is the best outdoor brunch spot in town. Voted best place to dine outdoors in Kansas City, the Classic Cup Cafe will make you feel as though you’re dining al fresco in the European countryside. Their Sunday spread includes favorites like the Florentine Ham Frittata and the Classic Eggs Benedict… either of which your mother will thank you for.
Additionally, here is a list of all the Kansas City Mother’s Day Events
happening in May! From floral arranging workshops to tea at the castle, you’re sure to find something special.
In an effort to keep the population more informed, the Health & Wellmobile of Kansas City has been tackling important health issues every month. By bringing awareness to these under-discussed illnesses and issues, H&W hopes to promote health and wellness throughout Kansas City and beyond!
If you didn’t already know, February is more than just the month of love… it’s also American Heart Month and National Low Vision Awareness Month! These two campaigns may not be as publicized as other February celebrations, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important. Let’s take a look at how these issues and their respective diseases are affecting Americans every day:
American Heart Month
began in 1964 when President Johnson declared February a month for dedicated heart health awareness. The Obama Administration has also made great efforts to reinforce the campaign and bring national attention to the number one killer of people in America. The American Heart Association spends more than $100 million annually on medical studies, awareness, and research, but the disease still rages on. Even with the plethora of resources going towards the fight against heart health, deaths and diagnoses of cardiovascular disease has only increased in recent years, largely due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Check out Health & Wellmobile’s informative guide on preventing cardiovascular disease
and recognizing the warning signs of heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest.
National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month:
AMD, also known as Age-related Macular Degeneration, and low vision affect nearly 15 million adults over the age of 50. They are the leading causes of vision loss and can be extremely debilitating. AMD develops slowly and silently. In fact, by the time you realize what is happening, it’s oftentimes too late to reverse the damage. The disease, for which a cause is currently unknown, destroys the central vision and makes daily life extremely difficult. Health & Wellmobile has put together a great list of AMD symptoms and risk factors
, and provides resources for scheduling health diagnostic screenings and low vision examinations.
Health and wellness in Kansas City should be a top priority. Let’s work together to prevent these horrible diseases and live happier, healthier lives.
November is here! Though the month has only just begun, the holidays will be in full swing before we know it. And although the holidays bring so much excitement, fun and magic, there are some downsides too: stressful planning, buying gifts, — and holiday traffic!
If you’re like the majority of the population and traveling some distance for Thanksgiving this year, you may already be dreading the gridlock you’ll have to face to get over the river and through the woods!
But after reading this post, hopefully some of your anxiety will be gone with the wind. Check my tips for beating the holiday traffic this Thanksgiving!
1. Leave a day early or stay a day longer.
The easiest way to avoid holiday traffic is to stay off the roads when everyone else is planning their travel. If you can swing it, hit the road a day early or later than peak holiday travel. For example, most people will be leaving on Wednesday to arrive at their Thanksgiving destination. So if you can travel on Tuesday instead, you’ll definitely have a better experience on the road.
2. Take a different route.
If you aren’t able to leave for your holiday trip on a day that’s off peak hours, you can always try taking a different route. Avoid major freeways and highly populated areas, and you may end up getting to your destination faster than if you’d taken the usual “short” route.
3. Hit the road at a less common hour.
Another great way to avoid traffic is to leave the house at a random hour. If you are a night owl, you can leave in the wee hours of the morning or even after work. It may be slightly inconvenient, but you’ll be grateful as you pass the gridlock by!
4. Keep up on traffic reports.
Check your local traffic reports to keep up on peak hours or car accidents that may have occurred. Unfortunately, accidents are far more common with more people on the road! Luckily there are many apps that make it even easier to follow the traffic report. Check out this site
for app suggestions!
5. Bring entertainment.
If all else fails…you might as well enjoy the ride! Sitting in traffic for extended hours will be less painful if you have plenty to keep you entertained. These days, the extra features in cars and phone technology can certainly give you hours of activity. Or you could try some good ol’ fashioned games with family and friends!
I recently read a very sad article
about how young pedestrian deaths double
on Halloween night, in comparison to other nights of the year. Since 1990, more than 115 children and teens have been hit by a car and killed on Halloween night.
Though that number may not seem like a huge amount for more than 20 years, the number is on the rise, and of course if it ever happened to someone you loved, that one death would be all that mattered.
I wanted to write this post to make sure we are all aware of the dangers and can spread the word to keep children (and adults!) safe this Halloween. People worry about unsafe candy or mischievous Halloween pranks, being safe while walking around the neighborhood is certainly the biggest concern. And one that we can easily have control of!
Here are a few tips on playing it safe this Halloween:
- Don’t let children go trick or treating alone, even if it’s still light outside
- Always use crosswalks to cross the street, and never let children run across the street by themselves
- Carry flashlights and use them going from house to house
- Wear reflective clothing, just as late-night bikers and pedestrians would any other night
- Make sure teens aren’t distracted by cell phones if they go out on their own
- Drive extra slow on Halloween night, and always double check intersections when making a turn
If we all follow these precautions, we’re sure to have a much safer and happier Halloween experience. Now go enjoy the ghosts and goblins of the night!
It’s that time of year again, time to write down your New Year’s resolutions! Most common resolutions are quit bad habits, fit into your skinny jeans, and save money to buy a new vehicle.
I know that keeping a resolution alive throughout the year can be difficult. For example, saving your money to buy a new vehicle can be quite hard when you want those new shoes. That is why I made some quick tips about how to keep a resolution.
Tip #1. Put some thought into it. Make sure that this year you will accomplish something you really want to get done. Don’t let other people persuade you, make it your own.
Tip #2. Write it down. Most years I completely forget what I wanted to accomplish. If you write it down, either in a journal or a calendar, then you are more likely to remember your resolution.
Tip #3. Make a plan. It’s hard to finish a goal without some form of steps to achieve it. If you are trying to save money for a new car, then budget your money so you can afford it. Start by saving x amount of dollars from your paychecks each month.
Tip #4. Carry it out. This is the hard part, but also the fun part. Try not to skip a month, week, or day of your resolution. Try your hardest, and you will gain the reward.
Tip #5. Reward yourself. If it’s buying a new car, make that day a special one! Facebook, Instagram, and tweet to everyone that you accomplished your goal!
What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
The holiday season is here, and that means one thing, spending lots of time with loved ones! I’m especially excited to visit my family this week, but sometimes long drives can be daunting. If you’re gearing up for a long road trip this winter, make sure to expect the unexpected. You never know if you’ll experience a flat tire, carsickness, or a deer crossing. That is why I’m here to give you some helpful road trip advice this holiday season.
1. Flat Tires-
We’ve all experienced the occasional flat tire, and if you haven’t, your time will come. One thing that is important to remember is to bring a spare! Nothing is worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere with no cellphone reception. Make sure to keep in the back of your trunk a jack, a tire iron or lug wrench, and a spare tire.
For advice on changing your tire quickly, visit my previous post located here:
How to Change a Tire Quickly
When I was a kid on long winding road trips, my mother use to say, “Eyes on the road!.” Carsickness is caused by your body sensing a difference between what you see and what you feel. Looking at the road can balance your inner ear, making you feel less nauseous. If that doesn’t help, try short breaks, and make sure to take deep breaths through your mouth. Breathing deeply has been known to relax the stomach. Also try bringing candy canes for your little ones! Peppermint candy has been known to cure or relieve carsickness, and they will also put you in the holiday spirit.
3. Oh Deer!-
Santa’s furry friend could be out walking around at the same time your traveling to your grandmother’s house. Hitting a deer or a moose could be fatal, not only to the animal, but also to you and your passengers. Here are some tips to avoid a collision this holiday season.
First tip, read the signs. Deer collisions most often occur in prime animal habitat locations. Road signs will warn you where these animal habitat areas are located. Make sure to reduce your speed, and be cautious of your surroundings.
Second tip, use your high beams. When there are no oncoming cars, using your high beams will most likely scare the animal. Plus the light will illuminate more of the area that you are traveling through.
Finally, if a deer comes in front of your car, do not swerve, but instead brake firmly.
Wishing you and you loved ones a fun and safe road experience this holiday season!