Our Changing Lives

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Surfs Up at Cocoa Beach, Florida

This year we decided to spend our post-Thanksgiving taking a well-deserved trip. The plan was to make it a celebration of our 35th Anniversary, so a number that big needs a significant itinerary. We chose to start it with a couple days in the Cocoa Beach area. Our hopes were that some beach time would help us slow our pace from the everyday rushing that seems to permeate our lives. It always seems that the holidays add extra expectation to the already busy schedules.Continue reading

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Flip Your Disc with Frisbee Golf at Rosedale Park

Golfing, while fun, can be an expensive sport. There is the cost of a bag of clubs, and golf balls. You better bring extra if you are new to the game, because you will be losing a few. If you don’t want to carry your clubs all over the course, you will need to invest in a hand cart or rent a golf cart. Greens fees can run from costly to unbelievable. So what alternative is there that will still allow a person to get outdoors and enjoy the nature? How about Frisbee Golf!Continue reading

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See the War to End All Wars at the World War I Museum

We’ve all seen the pictures from the Kansas City Royal’s World Series rally at Union Station. Everyone remarked about how large of a crowd assembled, and how it was such an oddity. Well it was not the first time in Kansas City history that a massive crowd assembled near this site. If you were able to travel back to 1921 you would behold another massive gathering near these grounds. It may not have been 800,000 people, but considering the travel conditions of those days it was still an impressive event. This large mass of humanity gathered to witness a once in a lifetime event commemorating the dedication of the first World War I Museum to be built in the United States. Continue reading

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Quirky Finds at Easy, Tiger

It is amazing to hear the background stories from some of the businesses around town. People can be very inventive when they launch a start-up, and if successful, the business may slowly transform into something almost unrecognizable. Such is the case for Easy, Tiger located in the West Bottoms. The premise of the company started with delivering greeting cards. Not your average frilly, and sugary-sweet type of greeting cards. Their product has sarcastic overtones, and comes emblazoned with retro style graphics. The end result usually brings a smile to the face of the giver and receiver, so the cards accomplish their purpose. They just do it with a twist.Continue reading

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Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

We are always on the lookout for some indoor alternatives, especially during the winter. While spending some time in the cold air can be exhilarating, it’s not conducive to leisurely strolls. A Kansas City staple for indoor entertainment is the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. Each weekend you will find singles, couples, and families admiring the vast collections. Art students are strategically positioned to practice capturing works of masters, as well as creating their own pieces. Tour guides lead eager groups through the vast expanses feeding their charges with interesting tidbits of information.Continue reading

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Traversing the Flatlands

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Being based in the Kansas City area means that we are considered “Flatlanders”. This is a little misleading, because we are positioned at the confluence of two major rivers, so there are plenty of hills in our vicinity. Of course none of these begin to compare with what we find when we head West towards the Rocky Mountains. The drive across the state of Kansas can be grueling if you are only passing through. For those with a sense of exploration it is a vast canvas of untapped potential. This is not to say that there haven’t been times we merely rushed across on our way to a specific target, but for those looking to meander there are hidden gems to be found. What are some of the hidden gems you have found in the “flat lands”?

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Tin Kitchen: Weston, Missouri

Just a short drive from Kansas City you will find Weston, Missouri. This nearby day trip location is a quaint little river town filled with small town shops. The downtown area is a popular place for couples, families, and small parties to gather for a day of leisurely activities. Between shopping, winery visits, and other interesting stops, you can work up quite an appetite. There are a handful of dining choices, but on our recent visit we picked the Tin Kitchen.Continue reading