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Rachel Banning

Rachel Banning
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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 Resources for Kids and Families in Wichita

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The day after our daughter’s traumatic entrance into this world, we learned she had cerebral palsy. On top of midnight feedings and dirty diapers, those first years for us were also filled with surgeries,...

How to Have a Difficult or Potentially Awkward Conversation with Your Spouse, Child, or...

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I don’t think I became a good communicator until our son was 6 years old. At that point, I had been married for about 10 years, I was fluent in avoidance and passive aggression. Our...

Write It Down! 5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Thoughts (and Life) in 2021

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One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves is, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” - only to discover 2 hours later, we cannot remember what we were suppose to...

How to Balance Online Shopping While Supporting Local (from A Small Business Owner)

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Last year I saw a small business our family loved close its doors. It was heart-wrenching for the owner, and for me as I watched her dream fizzle. She couldn’t compete with online competition....

3 Ways I Stay Informed in a World Filled with Misinformation

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With all of the noise I've allowed into our home to help us safely navigate COVID19 and along with the last few election cycles, my head is spinning, and my ears are ringing, and...

Favorite Fall Drink Menu: 4 Sips You’ll Love!

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Fall is my favorite season. Even with all of the excessiveness this season brings like smokey hair scent on my pillow from sitting to close to a fire pit the night before, endless raking...

Accidentally Developing Signature Style (and How You Can Do It Too)

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Disclaimer: I am not to be confused with Rachel Zoe, nor am I a style icon. But I am a mom, wife, and woman who values comfort over style, and recognize that image is...

The Question Every Mom of A Child with Special Needs Hates

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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...

National Video Game Day

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by Dylan Banning Next to Mario Day (March 10, aka Mar10=Mario), National Video Game Day is this gamer’s favorite nontraditional holiday. This year, it falls on a Wednesday, July 8, which is perfect because I...

How I Overcame A Mountain of Laundry and the 3 Things I Do To...

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At our house, the laundry room is the first thing I see when I walk in the door. Trust me, if the first thing I encounter after a long day of working or momming...

Dear Moms of 2020 Seniors

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Dear Moms of Seniors, I’m writing you this letter in the middle of the night because my heart is breaking for you. I don’t have a child graduating high school this year, but I see...
Dempsey's Burger Pub

Six Must-Try Hamburger Joints in Wichita

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I’m not a chocolate lover. I am, however, a hamburger lover. Any time, any place, you cannot go wrong with an All-American classic (unless, of course, you don’t use real beef). I’d have hamburgers everyday...

How to DIY Your Hair Color At Home

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I consider my hair and makeup essential, however the government does not, so until Instagram or Zoom figure out how to filter my grey hair, I’m resorting to this classic hair color routine as...

You Are the Solution: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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As spring finally emerges, you may begin to see a lot more blue skies, and bright futures, but you will also see blue ribbons, blue pinwheels, and women carrying around blue trash bags to...