Rachel Banning

Rachel Banning
Originally from the Wichita area, Rachel’s greatest adventure began 20 years ago when she married her husband. Together, they have one living child with Asperger’s (Dylan, ‘03) and one heavenly daughter with cerebral palsy (Mia, 2000-2013). She is a homeschool mom and business owner. Rachel is an unapologetic advocate for children of all abilities, a bookworm, and she will find any excuse to use her Kitchen Aid and wear Junior League red.

Special Needs Kids & Medical Procedures: Tell or Wait?

After enduring two years of braces, our son’s smile lit up the x-ray machine the day he got his braces off. To our disbelief, four teeth that were not part of his smile on...

Thankfully Thanksgiving – 8 Hosting Hacks to Make Your Life Easier!

Whether you are hosting this year's feast, or playing musical chairs between houses for dinners, these Thanksgiving Day hacks are sure to help you save time and sanity so you can genuinely experience the...

The Question Every Mom of A Child with Special Needs Hates

Over the years, I’ve answered a lot of questions about our kids with special needs. I don’t mind, I’m a big believer that knowledge is power and questions usually mean genuine interest. But as...
Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, and Fall Events in Wichita

Wichita Area Fall Festivals, Fairs & Carnivals

It’s fall y’all! Fall season in the midwest means weekends full of small town bustle and excitement for the young at heart and old timers alike. Festivals are a wonderful way to connect with...

Hugs Can Take Many Forms – Global ‘Hug Your Kids Day’

Just like a day for mothers, fathers, lovers, and donuts, it seems a bit odd to me that we have a global day to recognize an activity that should occur naturally on a daily...

Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Color

I’m not sure what phase of adulting we call this, but we’ve lived in our house for almost 15 years and it is time to update. I’m not talking complete remodel, just an update...

When Boredom Gets the Best of Me

Down time doesn’t last long at our house. It is cherished, but very quickly becomes foreign to our usually hectic, beautiful, chaotic life. I love to read, but if I am waiting on a...

Our Rules for Teen Dating

After overhearing a conversation our teen son was having that consisted of asking a girl out, my husband and I realized his adolescent years were waning to young adult years. Companionship has always been...

5 Favorite Pizza Joints in Wichita

I’ve always been a beer and pizza kind of gal. Although I’m not a “foodie”, I’ve loved writing these "best of" posts featuring our city’s most amazing food dives. (See WMB’s Best of Burgers...

Surviving Your Child’s Hospital Stay

Having a daughter with cerebral palsy and a son with special needs has earned us frequent flyers status at hospitals. As some point, I quit counting the number of hospitalizations, and I quit worrying...

Teen Vaping :: What Every Parent Needs to Know

In October, I had an opportunity to attend the Sedgwick County Drug Summit hosted by the Wichita Crime Commission. What I received that day was a very harsh slap of reality of what teens...

Hosting the Holidays

I love a full house during the holidays. Family, friends, neighbors, overnight house guests, come and go guests--each person we welcome into our home during the holiday season offers a unique and intimate opportunity...

Compost 101: How to Get Started

Did you know that Americans generate 4.40 pounds of waste per person per day? Food and lawn waste accounts for 25% of waste in landfills! Early in our homeschool lives, our son did a project...

A Woman’s Best Kept Secret (Everything You’re Afraid to Ask About the Cup)

One thing women don’t often talk about much is actually being a woman and the monthly authority that comes along with this reality. Although I consider myself to be a traditionally formal and private...