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Tomi Schwandt

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Tomi is a mover, shaker, and baby maker - which means she enjoys a good dance party in the kitchen and is a mom to two monsters of her own creation. Tomi has spent the better part of a decade zigzagging the country, following a boy in a military uniform she fell head over heels in love with almost 15 years ago. The Army life has been adventurous and challenging, but she has learned to embrace the journey. Tomi is from Kansas and is currently a Political Science instructor and author of the children's book, How to Make a Monster Smile.

12 Ways to Keep Toddlers & Preschoolers Busy While Siblings Complete School at Home

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The school year has taken many unprecedented twists and turns. As parents, we have had to make hard choices to adapt for our children's education. If you have a school-age child, I am willing to...

Taste of Wichita Baskets: A Gift Anyone Will Devour

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Let's face it, there is always someone on your gift list who leaves you stumped. Or, maybe you have an upcoming dinner party at your boss's house and Emily Post has instructed you to bring...

It’s Election Day – Let’s Talk Politics!

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I'm stepping out on a limb today to talk politics. On the internet. Why on Earth would one choose to talk politics to a diverse audience in a time when we may feel polarized,...

How to Explain COVID-19 to Your Children

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I have never parented during a pandemic. This is uncharted territory, which means I have concerns and questions about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Turns out so does my child. I am...

Want to Raise A Reader? Here Are 5 Tips from an Author Mom

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In our home, books can be counted by pounds and square footage. In the hustle of our home, we are committed raising readers. Here are some of the ways we have weaved reading into...

9 Things to Consider Before You Become A Stay-At-Home Parent

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The decision as to whether a parent will stay at home is made with great consideration. However, it is not the only question that will need some pondering! Transitioning to being a stay-at-home parent...

‘Twas the Christmas by Mrs. Claus

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'Twas three days before Christmas, And Santa came down with a cold. Between the sneezing and wheezing; moaning and groaning, Mrs. Claus declared, "Christmas cannot be put on hold." Mrs. Claus spoke to the elves via text, email...

Five, One or Free – Tricks for Building Healthy Habits

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I once lasted a whole six hours while doing a 72 hour juice cleanse. Most Mondays, I pledge to completely transform my nutritional and exercise habits. I am easily distracted, often misguided, and overwhelmed...

Must-Have Gear When You’re Expecting Baby #2

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When you have your first baby, you get all the things. Between the excitement, fear, and a baby shower or two, you are fully stocked with baby gear. You've got a wipe warmer, a...

Moms of College Freshmen: Do These 3 Things in July to Be Ready for...

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I know summer just started and we haven't had a solid streak of triple digit temperatures, but we need to talk about school in the fall. I promise to only briefly suspend your summer shenanigans...
Military family guide

Military Discounts for Families in Wichita

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Whether you call Wichita your current duty location or your home, as a military family there are so many ways to enjoy all the area has to offer. This list includes many of the...

What Happened to My Marriage?

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I met my husband at seventeen. We were young, we fell in love, and we got married. This year, we will be married ten years. A whole decade later, I can't help but wonder...

What Military Children Know

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The month of April is designated as Month of the Military Child. This month recognizes the more than 1.7 million children who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces - active duty,...

The “Last Time” Mom

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Motherhood produces a lifetime filled with firsts and lasts that will ultimately define who you are, what you have done, and what will endure - sometimes it’s a hello, other times, it is a...