Kristin, Senior Writer

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Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking…. She married an Army guy and 23 years, 3 kids, a few dogs, 7 homes, and 2 continents later she’s now a single mom living here in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; managed volunteer organizations, coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide, biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers a little math before forging new trails writing, teaching and financial planning. She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life (and the Army!), throws at her with a smile and a laugh. She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!!

2018 Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Farms in Colorado Springs

The kids are back to school, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are starting to turn colors, and if you’re like me, fall is a fun season to enjoy with the family! I’ve scoured...

2018 Guide to Fall Festivals in Colorado Springs

The kids are back to school, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are starting to turn colors, and if you’re like me Fall is a fun season to enjoy with the family!  I’ve scoured...

The End of Summer Vacation: Time For Mimosas Or Tears?

Is summer vacation over?  Is it time to go back to school? Sumer vacation is over!! It's time to go back to school!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh.............. Yup, there it is.  Sighs of relief being released by mothers everywhere (and...

Why I Have A Will (And You Should Too!!)

Unfortunately, my sisters and I had to start talking about Dad's funeral.  It's hard.  Really hard.  Trying to decide what to do when he passes.  As we're wrestling with some decisions, I'm really really...
Holidays

The Holidays Dilemma: Are Simple Celebrations Enough, Anymore?

I turned to one of my favorite Facebook groups, a group of moms in my area. I wanted to see if I was out of touch or right in with everyone else. Why not? Facebook was one of the main sources where I was getting the idea I might be out of touch—it seemed like the right place to ask!! What I found surprised me. Based on dozens of responses (mostly from strangers), it appears that I am not out of touch. I am not doing significantly less for my kids than many other moms out there. I am on par with the masses.

2018 Guide to Easter in Colorado Springs

It's one of my family's favorite things to do, hunting for little plastic eggs in a field of grass. We wouldn't miss it for the world, so I'm really happy to share some options...

Beyond Valentine’s Day

One thing stands out to me: Good relationships should be celebrated and Valentine's Day should be celebrated in some fashion. Whatever fits your relationship, your personalities and where you are in your journey: cute, fun, gimmicky, reflective, serious, sensual, sexual. Whatever fits the two of you the best at that point in your relationship. Have fun with your Valentine's Day, but celebrate each other and what you mean to each other—whatever that is.

My First New Year’s Resolution: Pay More Attention

Time with them is slipping through my fingers, like water wildly gushing from a faucet. I know I can do nothing to stop or alter the flow. But I need to do a better job of closing my fingers and creating a cup to drink from and savor before it flows over and passes me by.

Skipping Christmas? Yes, Please!

I didn't really notice until it smacked me in the face.  I don't enjoy Christmas anymore.  With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I wasn't taking time to enjoy it. So Much To...

Facebook OR Fakebook? I Choose Real Life

Here's the deal.  I am a what-you-see-is-what-you-get person.  I don't hide the bad: I roll it right on out there.  Everyone who knows me, knows my crap.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the fantastic, the insane, the beautiful, the gross and the crazy that is my life.  I am who I am.  And my life is what it is.