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Erin Bartel

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Wichita Mom's Content Director, Erin owns Elite Media Ink, a marketing + PR agency in Wichita. She spends her days helping local businesses and non-profits navigate the ever-changing waters of social media and Marco Polo-ing her BFFs. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of 2, Erin's hobbies include bribing herself to exercise, traveling with (and without) her family, and trying to remember where she hid the chocolate.

Top 20 Museums to Visit with Kids in Wichita KS

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The best museums in Wichita are listed below - whether you're looking for things to do with kids in Wichita, date ideas, or things to do with visitors in Wichita, you'll find plenty of...

20 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer in Wichita

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Somewhere between the camps, family vacations, and stops at the closest ice cream shop, you're going to need a few budget-friendly boredom busters. Here's a list of free things to do with kids in Wichita...

5 Gentle & Effective Facial Cleansers for Tweens & Middle Schoolers

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Finding the right facial cleanser for middle schoolers and tweens can be a challenge. It's not uncommon for girls as young as 10 to start developing hormonal skin issues - or even start their...

Douglas Dessert Festival Coming to College Hill | June 11-13

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Wichita, KS - The first ever Douglas Dessert Festival will be held in College Hill June 11-13, 2021. Wichita’s foodies and carb-lovers are invited to visit participating restaurants any time during regular business hours...

What We Learned: Education Imagine Academy’s 2020-21 Experience (USD 259)

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This article is sponsored by USD 259 Wichita Public Schools. Remote learning. Virtual learning. Asynchronous. Synchronous. Microsoft Teams. Virtual fieldtrips. These concepts were unfamiliar to most parents before the COVID-19 pandemic shook up the world of...

Bartlett Arboretum Now Open for Spring 2021 Season

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Spring 2021 - Bartlett Arboretum is a hidden gem 30 minutes south of Wichita in Belle Plain, KS. Their exquisite gardens are perfect for a picnic lunch on a spring day, or a mini...

Why Your Kids Need A “Yes Day” (and You Do, Too)

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This article was originally published in 2017. I used to be fun and spontaneous. It's not that you can't be those things after you become a mom, but they morph into "responsible" and "flexible", which...

Where to Rent an RV or Camper in Wichita for Your Next Family Vacation

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Are you looking for a fun way to travel with kids while still following social distancing guidelines? You can rent a camper or RV right here in Wichita! Tour the U.S. or hit up...

Teach Your Kids This “Rude” Behavior to Help Prevent Sexual Abuse

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This article was originally published in 2016. My kids have reached an age that necessitates difficult conversations about how not every touch from an adult or a "friend" is always innocent. They don't understand how...
How and where to give blood in Wichita KS

How & Where to Donate Blood in Wichita

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Human blood, platelets and plasma are natural resources that do not yet have (legal) synthetic alternatives - which means that when our stores run out, we're out. That probably doesn't sound so bad as...

7 Mystery Books for Middle Schoolers Who Love Enola Holmes

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If your kids are anything like mine, they can't pass up a good mystery - especially one solved by an eager underage gumshoe (or two!). My 10-year-old flies through books at lightning speed, so...

Good Moms Have to Send Their Kids to Therapy, Too

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In early 2017, I was hospitalized twice in a span of 3 weeks while my husband was in France on business. My two  children (aged 6 and 3) expressed the expected amount of worry...

The ULTIMATE List of Wichita Date Ideas | 100 Local Things To Do

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These Wichita date ideas are more than just a list of Wichita restaurants and movie theaters - our comprehensive guide offers 100+ ideas for every budget. Think you’ve run out of Wichita date ideas? Think...

Wichita Breastfeeding Clinics and Lactation Consultants for New Moms

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Wichita Breastfeeding Support and Services for New Moms *Hours and availability are subject to change due to COVID-19. Please contact each provider to get information on their current services & safety protocols. ICT LACTATION A private lactation...