Kinzy Gillespie

Kinzy Gillespie
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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Take the Vacation!

Take the vacation. Not the family trip. The vacation. The one where you get to spend some time discovering yourself on a solo trip or rediscovering your spouse on a getaway that is most likely long overdue...
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Fresh Focus in the New Year

2022 was a year. Literally. It was stressful, beautiful, exciting, heartbreaking, and overwhelming. It was 365 days of the highest highs, the lowest lows, and a wide range of emotions in between. At the end of each...
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Tips for Reducing Stress

Anyone else having a series of “I’ve just got to make it through this week”, but like every week? From about September to January, the stress is as plentiful as pumpkin spice products at local...
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Don’t Miss: Raccoon River Rally, Sat Oct 8

All my favorite words start with F. FAMILY. FUN. FESTIVAL. FREE. Good news for me and any other families in the metro area, those things are fairly easy to come by. You can scope out any weekend...
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The importance of preventive care

By the time I schedule all the kids’ appointments, rearrange my work schedule to get them to said appointments, drive to the pharmacy to pick up any required medications, and add in-home nurse to...

10 Great Patios in Des Moines

I don’t know about you, but the second the temperature gets above 70 degrees I suddenly want to forgo all responsibilities and take up permanent residence on a patio. Lucky for me, there are...
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Why I didn’t potty train my child

Weaning. Transitioning. Training. If you’re a parent, chances are these are all words you’ve added to your parenting resume. A resume that is more extensive than you could have ever imagined. Parenting is the hardest, most underpaid...
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5 Things to Look for in an Employer for Working Moms

Four years ago I made the decision to retire from being a stay-at-home mom / in-home daycare provider. I was ready to go back to work. I wrestled with the decision for a long time...
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Learning to Say “No”

12:01am 01.01.2022 I made it. By some miracle, I made it. Survival was my mantra for the past few months. I did it. And if I accomplish nothing else, that will be enough. I sat down last week...
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Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

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...