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{ARE WE THERE YET}: Best April Fools Pranks for the Quirky Family

{ARE WE THERE YET}: Best April Fools Pranks for the Quirky Family

This morning my girls and I splashed cold water over the door at my poor showering husband and then took his towels – leaving a bath robe so not to be entirely cruel. Now the girls are hooked on this unusual holiday, April Fools, and they left for school trying to conjure up new... »

{FINDING HAPPY}: Grace and Accountability

{FINDING HAPPY}: Grace and Accountability

Tanja Haaland, LPC, NCC Psychotherapist, Mom, Pastor’s Wife, and Shawnee Resident 913.904.8565 Tanja.haaland@yahoo.com www.Tanjahaaland.com   One of the most thought-provoking concepts I have ever heard of (from a therapist friend of mine) is known as “Grace and Accountability.” I also call it, “Knowing When.” It basically says that there is a time to let... »

{KANSAS HAS WHAT!}: Rock and mineral identification

{KANSAS HAS WHAT!}: Rock and mineral identification

Curious about the 'Kansas coral' I did a little research. After consulting with the Kansas Geological Survey I can tell you that you're not going to find a whole lot of coral around these parts. But you will find some other pretty cool rocks, like the jasper, amber, and agate. »

{ARE WE THERE YET}: Losing Emma Rose and Hidden Dangers in Your Baby’s Nursery

{ARE WE THERE YET}: Losing Emma Rose and Hidden Dangers in Your Baby’s Nursery

In 2011 we lost our third daughter to bi-lateral renal agenesis, resulting in Potter’s syndrome. Simply put, Emma Rose never developed kidneys or the piping to make donor kidneys work. She was born at 36 weeks with no way to urinate and underdeveloped lungs. She lived for a short 2 hours. We were devastated.... »

{RECIPE FILES}: Baked Mac & Cheese

{RECIPE FILES}: Baked Mac & Cheese

Our family has made a new commitment to eating more at home and from scratch. We have given up much of the takeout and box meals. Our goal is to spend more time together in the kitchen and around the dinner table. {RECIPE FILES} is a monthly column to share with you some of... »

GET2HEALTHY: New Heart Health Survey Tool for JoCo

GET2HEALTHY: New Heart Health Survey Tool for JoCo

New Heart Health Tool for Johnson County Overland Park Regional recently rolled out a fantastic new tool to help you evaluate how healthy your heart is. It is a comprehensive, online survey tool that gives instant results on your heart’s age in relation to your biological age, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and... »

ARE WE THERE YET: Revisiting the ‘budget’ word

ARE WE THERE YET: Revisiting the ‘budget’ word

I recently read about this couple living on $14,000 per year, Danielle and Jason Wagasky, she a homemaker and he a college student living off of his GI bill from a stint in Iraq. On this small amount of money these two were feeding, clothing, sheltering AND entertaining a family of 4. This is... »

FINDING HAPPY: Mindfulness and gratitude in everyday activities

FINDING HAPPY: Mindfulness and gratitude in everyday activities

Tanja Haaland, LPC, NCC Psychotherapist, Mom, Pastor’s Wife, and Shawnee Resident 913.904.8565 Tanja.haaland@yahoo.com www.Tanjahaaland.com   It’s 4 am. Throughout the night I have been up multiple times with my children. Being a mother of a two year old toddler, who doesn’t sleep well, and nearly five month old twins, I find myself lacking sleep... »

RECIPE FILES: Nibal’s Chicken and White Bean Soup

RECIPE FILES: Nibal’s Chicken and White Bean Soup

Chicken and White Bean Soup from the kitchen of Nibal Henderson – mom of 3, pastor’s wife, friend and busy entrepreneur. A warm and comforting soup that is herby and soothing. Perfect for a cold winter day. Ingredients 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 whole Onion (large, Diced) 5 cloves Garlic, Minced 1 teaspoon Salt 2 teaspoons Cumin 1 teaspoon Chili... »

ASK KELLY: Best Money Saving Smart Phone Apps – (Awesome!)

ASK KELLY: Best Money Saving Smart Phone Apps – (Awesome!)

Today I’m dishing about great SmartPhone Apps to help save you money and keep you organized. There are thousands of apps to choose from…but these are my favorite!! Front Flip Great for restaurants and retailers. Scan a QR code at retail location, virtually scratch the offer, and get a special coupon immediately. In addition,... »