Kansas City Live: Fun outdoor activities for the whole family

This was a fun segment to do! I recruited my husband and neighbor for a morning game of HydraPong and I have to say, they stole the show.

This was my first time with the guest co-host Marty, and it cracks me up when I show him the Terra Spyglass and he says, “Wow, the colors!” which I assume was a joke because it’s a telescope not a kaleidoscope. Then Marty said my husband looked “shifty” in his sunglasses, which I had just given him for Father’s Day. Like, dude, I’m the one who gets to publicly critique my husband’s appearance. Also I’ve been legally advised to mention none of the toys I ever recommend to you are toxic.

There’s nothing better than a cringey live tv segment so I hope you enjoy my awkwardness and my shifty looking husband as much as I do ūüôā

*Catch my next segment July 25th for summer entertainment hacks! Plus links to shop below.

Floatation IQ

Terra Kids Spy Glass by HABA

Terra Kids Running Hand Glider by HABA 

Educational Insights Bug Bright

Learning Resources Liquid Reactor Super Lab

Learning Resources Beaker Creatures Magnification Chamber

Thank you to all these fabulous companies for providing these summer must-haves!

Also check out my daughters playing with the Super Lab:

 

 

 

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Actual Things: It’s the 90s

Mommy and Savvy Plaza Swan
Savvy (4) just came running upstairs from the playroom and said breathlessly: Mom! I have bad news. You know that Barbie from when you were a kid? We found her body.
Me *after taking a beat for dramatic emphasis: So you just burst into my office like this and blurt out that you found her body? No Kleenex? What if I had started hysterically crying from shock and grief?
Savvy *unfazed: Well are you mad?
Me *feigning reluctance: Well I don’t know…is there even a search underway?
Savvy *chewing gum: For the head?
Me: Her head.
Savvy *with the indifference of a DMV employee: Yeah, we can look. If we don’t find it we can put the old Ken doll head on her.
Me *resigned: I guess anything goes. It’s the 90s.
Savvy: Yeah, it’s the 90s.
 
She repeated “it’s the 90s” in solemn agreement, as if I had just said a universal thing people say like, “well that’s life.” Then she gave me a stern little nod, the way men acknowledge one another at the funeral of an elderly distant relative, and scampered off, leaving me mostly amused but slightly unsettled.
Now I’m wondering if she’s going to be on a date someday and the waiter will say,
“I’m sorry, Miss, but we’re out of the halibut, may I suggest the salmon?”
And she’ll shrug and say, “Sure, it’s the 90s.”
And her date will be like, “Wait, what?”
Her: “Y’know, it’s the 90s. Like, it’s whatever.”
Him: “That’s not a thing.”
For the record, “Hey, it’s the 90s” is a quote from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire which was released in the actual 1990s, and I do use it indiscriminately because I think it’s funny. But she doesn’t know that.
Oh well. When in Rome.

Don’t Leave A Message

This is going to be a short post. The reason I say so is less to set your expectations, and more as a note to myself because I have a lot to do.*

(*Post-post edit: Narrator’s voice: It was not going to be short.)

I went for a bike ride the other morning and as I was careening down a hill covered by a canopy of trees, listening to Dashboard Confessional (Hands Down) I had this really intense euphoria of the universe telling me, “You have literally no idea what is going to happen to you! Isn’t that so exciting???” And I instinctively didn’t trust my own thoughts, because usually the future is a mental montage of my own poorly-reenacted life story that begins with a narrator sternly saying, “She always carried an uneasy suspicion she would someday be murdered, but she never imagined it would be by someone so close to her…” Continue reading

Missed Connections: The Extreme Version

I just stumbled across this gem and it sparked a memory.

The year was 2007. I was browsing the frozen foods section at the Sunfresh market in Westport around ten o’clock on a week night. In those days that was the only time I had to shop, since I worked for a political consulting firm that took up roughly one thousand percent of my time and energy. I remember looking at my now-husband’s job and thinking, wow, the sweet life. Mind you, he was busting his ass building a law career so he could someday be a partner, which has come full circle because now he is. He has an amazing, humble, rock-solid work ethic and serves as a daily example to both me and our daughters of how to set goals that challenge you, be a good person, and work like hell to bring your dream to fruition because no one is going to hand it to you. Blah blah blah, back to me. At the time, I thought it was perfectly normal to work on holidays and weekends and compulsively gaze at your Blackberry as if it were the last working oxygen mask on a disturbingly turbulent flight. (Kids, a “Blackberry” is a turn-of-the-century torture device used on young professionals in the early 2000s. Fun fact, the stress of having a Blackberry has been linked to the gene mutation that causes bosses of millennials to be so mean to them. See: survival mode.) Continue reading

KC Live: The COOLEST Bath Toys for Toddlers (And gerbils?)

“So there I was, alone in a Ritz Carlton, crying into my used/hotel-issued ‘luxury’ bathrobe”….is a way I could start more than one story. But for now,¬† I’ll stick to Monday night. It was my own fault, in that I drank a bunch of white wine and turned on Mamma Mia on Netflix. If you have a little girl and think you could watch Meryl Streep sing this song without drunk-crying, fight me. Continue reading

KC Live: Sweet Must-Haves For Baby

I got my favorite viewer comment yet this week from a stranger, but through the magic of Facebook it got forwarded to me. He said: “Local morning shows: I’ll never get over the possible train wreck of them. A woman called “Mrs. Kansas Mommy” just mentioned the “cutest little breast pump I’ve ever seen”….”Guncle” (google it)…. and “craft beer” within 3 minutes of air time.. I want to have this woman over for a dinner party. She can work it.”

I sound even more insane than I realized!

Here are all the adorable things I featured on KC Live on Wednesday with some outtake pictures per usual:

Sweet Must Haves for Baby! (3)

Hello Magazine for Babies by Highlights

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They have put so much thought into the details of this product from the design and construction to the way it helps parents bond with their babies while building a foundation for early-reading skills. The magazines are even dishwasher safe! I love this subscription as a non-traditional  baby-shower gift or 1st birthday gift!

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

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This cheerful, portable breast pump does the work for you by pumping your milk through the power of suction. It comes with a super cute little stopper that looks like a flower to prevent spills. Perfect to toss in a purse or diaper bag and it’s completely free of BPA or any other harmful materials.

Marcus and Marcus Amusemat and Organic Teething Bibs

This is the cutest solution for a picky eater. Marcus and Marcus have made this plate called an “Amusemat” that can keep little ones enjoying meal time and focused on food. This would also make an excellent gift for a toddler birthday. My kids are 4 and 6 and they totally want one.

The Organic Bibs feature little teethers on the bottom, which are perfect for catching the extra drool when the little chompers start breaking through, and you don’t have to worry about them dropping it on the floor!

Gigglespots entertain your baby’s brain.

These sophisticated little spots were created by a mom to be a versatile way to entertain baby anywhere with black and white patterns that help develop the sense of vision. They come with Velcro stickers so you can easily have them on the changing table or stroller. You can use them as a focal point for tummy time or even make a mobile. (Check out the one I made with straws in the segment) See all the patterns on GiggleSpots.com and order here.

Hi Little One Love Rules Collection

You have to check out this fabulous company with the chicest clothing for kids. My two girls live in their Hi Little One t shirts because they are the softest thing ever.

Guncle

Strasburg Children Heirloom Christening Set

This keepsake Christening set is such a perfect Godchild gift and elegant way to protect a family baptismal gown. This is a great place to turn for special occasion clothes, think weddings and family portraits. I love how Southern everything looks! It’s all made with hand-embroidery and French seams so it’s intended to be passed on for generations. I have my girls’ dresses set aside for their hope chests.

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On Camera face..

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Last Monday.

Last Monday

Today was the last Monday morning of preschool for my four year old Savvy. The idea of the last beginning is hitting me harder than the actual ending of preschool.¬†To say I have “mixed feelings” is, well, just a polite way of saying I have voices in my head, but thanks to the movie Inside Out, we’ve mostly normalized it.

Inside my brain: Continue reading

KC Live: Screen Free Entertainment

(Spoiler alert: I HAVE A CODING ROBOT AND HE’S ADORABLE AND HE SCARES MY DOG AND IT’S AWESOME.)

Join me today at 10am on KSHB 41 for my segment on KC Live. As always, I’ll post pictures after the segment, but I wanted you to have the links to the toys and gifts I’m showing and where to get them!¬†Hoping my big brother will make a cameo as my on-camera assistant. Because really what kind of little sister would I be if I didn’t make inconvenient, last-minute demands. *Boss baby since 1984 (TM)

Tune in!

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Roostcrate.com Gorgeous custom and monthly gift boxes.

Botley‚ĄĘ the Coding Robot Amazon.com

Sculptapalooza Amazon.com

Doorway Puppet Theater HABAUSA.com

Highlights Write On Wipe Off Books Amazon.com

 

 

6 Easy Ways To Hide Your Inner Garbage Person

6 Ways To Look Put Together

Ditch the ponytail/messy bun for a side bun. Spray your side part with dry shampoo, then pull all your hair loosely to one side, secure the non-bun side with a single bobby pin to keep from having fly-aways, and do the usual messy bun on the other side, just below your ear. Add dangly earrings. Quick. Chic. Wear it on a date. Wear it to work. Wear it to church. Go crazy.

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Same amount of time and effort. Perfect for those of us in denial about our root situations.

 

 

Put self-tanner on your face, neck and chest. It’s fast, makes your skin look healthier, your teeth look whiter, and you can get dressed right away. My favorite.

 

Line your lips. This is a must for me, but I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends don’t bother with it. TRUST me. Lipliner is the new eyeliner. I buy the cheap ones in nude tones so I can keep one in my makeup drawer and one in my purse and they will work with any color lipstick or gloss (think Rimmel, Wet’n’Wild, etc.) Resist the temptation to buy the ones that don’t need sharpening. They’re convenient, but they don’t last nearly as long as the ones you have to sharpen.

 

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That’s a scab in my nose from having to blow it so much due to allergies. But I love you so I’m keeping it real and posting what appears to be a picture of me with an enormous booger. Could I go back and crop it out? Yes. Do I have the time or energy for that? Nope.

 

 

Don’t rely on your workout clothes as a go-to if you’re not actually working out. It’s so tempting to put on yoga pants and a zip up when we’re feeling blah, but that’s actually when you should toss on your favorite jeans, a button down, and some booties. I own exactly two button downs. One is from Old Navy and one is from Forever 21,¬† both are older than my 2nd daughter.

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Add a scarf. It makes you look instantly put together. Stella and Dot scarves are THEE best scarves ever. You can wear them tons of ways, including as a dress or pool cover up. True story, once I was wearing a beautiful silk white shirt with a scarf and I spilled red wine all over my white shirt so I just took it off in the bathroom and wrapped my scarf around me like a top. (This also allowed me to rinse the shirt before the stain set. Bonus.) Shop my favorites HERE and HERE. Wear them all year round. (Don’t forget you can always shop with me through http://www.StellaDot.com/emilykuhlman – DM me if you’d like my two cents!)

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Rethink baseball caps. I have tons of them. You will most likely find me in my KC Royals cap. When I got it my bestie had blinged out the logo with crystals, but they fell off over the years so now it’s just my plain, perfectly-broken-in, goes-with-anything, covers-my-greasy-roots, makes-me-look-like-I-care-about-the-sports cap. *I prefer hair-down to ponytails. Efficient on windy days, and doesn’t require ANY hairstyling.

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I urge you to resist the workout clothes and messy top-knots and tell me if it improves your day! There’s no need to feel frumpy just because you haven’t washed your hair in five days or gone shopping in five years. It might even boost your mood or score a compliment. Just know that no matter what you wear, you’ll always be the same beautiful garbage person in my eyes.

(You can find me on IG @MrsKansasMommy)