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Kansas City Weekend Guide

We are so excited that our beautiful city is starting to open back up, and in support of so many local businesses, we wanted to share with you our Kansas City Weekend Guide! Spoiler alert, you’re going to love it here! Of course, we hope you will stay for more than just a weekend, but in case you only have a full two days to visit, here is our roundup!

I would kick off the afternoon on the Char Bar patio. Known for great BBQ and a fun atmosphere, you can park yourself on the patio under an umbrella, sip a local brew & play yard games. This is a great option especially if you have a large party because they always have plenty of seating! Bonus, you can even bring your dog!

Louie’s Wine Dive is one of our favorite evening spots! Though it’s not open super late, it is the coziest atmosphere for good wine & the best brussels sprouts in town! It is located in the neighborhood of Brookside, which you will love even more if you happen to visit in the Fall. Fun fact: our realtor took us here the first time we came to Kansas City after we looked at houses & we have been in love with it ever since!

For a fun Saturday in the city, I would kick off the morning with coffee from the cutest (and tiniest!) coffee shop in town, Hi-Hat Coffee. No room to sit in side, so you’ll want to park it on their patio or get your beverages to go. If you have time for brunch, I would head to either Rye on the Plaza or Room 39 in Westport (the best french toast of your life!). Spend the day in the West Bottoms, enjoying some of Kansas City’s historic buildings & antique shopping. If you come on the first weekend of the month, you’ll get to enjoy lots of additional shopping, food trucks & live music in the streets!

On the other side of town, you can find more of our favorite spots, Pink Antler, at an outdoor shopping center called Park Place. Though this shop is small, you can probably spend at least an hour looking at all of their whimsical decor & treasures. Especially magical during the holiday season & you’ll likely be able to go ice skating while you’re in the area!

Make dinner reservations at the Rockhill Grille, it never disappoints, & then enjoy an evening of prohibition style cocktails at local distillery, Tom’s Town. You will love learning about the history of this spot while you are there! The people are thirsty!

Sunday morning is a perfect time to head to McClains Bakery, it is a family owned shop with the most darling atmosphere and some of the best baked goods & coffee in town. If you’re around for the day and up for a good time, Boulevard Beer Hall is where it’s at. On Sunday mornings, from 11-1 they host Bingo with a side of Biscuits & Gravy and it is high energy fun for the entire family!! Get there early as it fills up quick.

A few more of our favorites around town:

Best Hotels: Crossroads Hotel, 21C, Loews or The Raphael

Best Pizza: 1889 Pizza Neapolitan (stunning boutique pizza place that is perfect for a date night but also super kid friendly!) or Artego (try the wings too!)

Best Cocktails: Manifesto, The Rieger (try the seasonal G&T!), Crossroads Hotel Rooftop

Best Margarita: Mission Taco

Best Sushi: Prime Sushi

Best Mexican: Tiki Taco (get the Kansas City burrito, it will change your life) or Ponak’s

Best BBQ: Joe’s (the z-man!) or Q39 (possibly the best poutine & BBQ wings you’ve ever had), but both are extremely busy most of the time so maybe not worth taking a chance on getting a seat if you’re just here for the weekend.

Best Happy Hour: Parlor KC (a super fun collection of restaurants & bars inside a historic warehouse building with lots of fun games & seating areas for a full afternoon or evening!), Ça Va (champagne bar, yes please!) Westport Café, and The Campground

Best Patio: Char Bar, Gram & Dun or Brewery Emperial

Best Healthy Food: Ruby Jean’s Juicery & Caffeteria

Best Brunch: Rye on the Plaza, Fox & Pearl, Port Fonda, Mildred’s (breakfast sandwiches!), or The Farmhouse

Best Family Friendly Spots: Nelson Atkins Museum, Deanna Rose Farmstead, Boulevard Beer Hall, Crown Center and Union Station

And the cherry on top, Best Ice Cream: Betty Rae’s and Made In KC (also a great spot for finding a perfect Kansas City souvenir or stocking up on Chiefs gear!)

We hope you find this list super helpful in planning your trip to Kansas City!! I’m sure I missed lots of great spots so if you have a favorite, drop it in the comments! It is such a beautiful city and I know you will LOVE IT HERE!!

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School’s Out For Summer

Last week, we celebrated the girls last day of school. It has been a wild ride!! This was their favorite school year so far, they all loved their teachers so much (and so did we!), had lots of new friends and made so many good memories!

white denim shorts // basic tees // floral headband

And yes, Eloise decided she wanted to grow her “fangs” once again. Hoping wet pool hair will be more kind to us than trying to grow them out in the middle of winter during hat season.

We were so sad to see the school year get cut short but also can totally appreciate being able to sleep in and not pack lunches. Distance learning was a struggle, we much prefer hands on over electronics, so depending on the guidelines for school next year, we may actually explore homeschooling. Never thought I would say those words!

But for now, we are ready for lots of Summer fun!!!!! Hopefully spending lots of time in the backyard, seeing all of our friends & making our very first Summer memories at the lake house!!

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Let’s Stay Home // Favorite Things

How is everyone doing? Just as it seems we are getting used to this laid back lifestyle of staying home, it seems like there may be a light at the end of the tunnel, business are starting to open back up and good news is spreading like wildfire. Can you tell that I’m an eternal optimist over here?

Meanwhile, as we continue to stay home and live our best homebody lives, I thought I would put together a handful of my favorite things for staying at home, because we all need a super cozy Let’s Stay Home sweatshirt & a good faux tan right?

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

A few more things we are loving:

+ Sleeping in and slow mornings consisting of dinkytown and french toast.

+ A daily family workout (even if it is just walking to the local coffee shop or a quick online yoga class).

+ Having low expectations and even lower standards. Added stress or pressure is not welcome here.

+ Grade level workbooks for the kids on days that logging on their distance learning feels like too much work.

+ Afternoon cold brews with cold foam (we use skim milk or heavy whipping cream in the individual serve setting on this blender).

+ Movie nights way too often (current favorites are The Parent Trap, Honey I Shrunk The Kids & Evan Almighty).

+ Game nights: Uno, Spoons or Rack-O.

+ Writing down three things we are grateful for each day.

+ Our wine subscription. Clean wine, no added sugar or sulfites, and no hangover.

+ And trying new recipes!! Dying to make our own sourdough bread, have you tried it? Give me all your best tips and tricks!!

Hope you guys are surviving and finding silver linings in the current environment, I love you all so much and I am forever grateful for your readership!! Better days ahead, friends!!

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