Free Summer Acvities!

Our summer break starts Friday and before you hear “I’m bored” about a million times. Here’s a list a free stuff to do in Kansas City to pass the time!

Parkville Nature Sanctuary: The kids and I visited this weekend and had so much fun.  You can hike trails, see the waterfall and play in the low line creek.  There are several benches to stop and rest or read a book or have a snack. The city of Parkville is adorable and there are several places for lunch, ice cream or mini-golf if you want to make a whole day of it.  Here's a list of events and rules to plan your visit:

Hours: Open every day, sunrise to sunset Rules: NO dogs or other pets allowed on the trails, Stay on trails, Put trash in proper receptacles, No unauthorized vehicles (including bicycles, skateboards, etc.), No fires, No hunting, fishing, or trapping, No picking, collecting, or digging, No firearms, No camping, No weddings

  • Ongoing through 2018: There is a monthly amateur photo contest for images taken at the Sanctuary FLYER

  • June 6-8: Nature Day Camp for students entering 3rd through 5th grades in fall 2018 (9:30am-2pm) FLYER

  • June 18-20: Youth trail maintenance volunteers 6th through 12th grades (9am-noon) FLYER


Ride the Street Car! You can catch it any of these stops:


Cool Off at a Spray Park:

Here is a list of spray parks, be sure to check the recommended safety rules for each park before you go. Kansas City Missouri Spray Parks:Harmony Park: E. 10th St & Agnes Ave., Jacob L. Loose Park: W. 52nd Terrace & Summit Ave.(Closed Wednesdays.), Sunnyside Park: W. 83rd St. & Summit Ave., Longview Tract: 7107 Longview Rd., Golden Oaks Park: N.E. 46th Street & N. Antioch Rd., Garrison Square: E. 4th St. & Forest Ave., Central Park: Linwood Blvd & Bales Ave., Nelson C. Crews Park: E. 27th St & Michigan Ave., Douglass Playground at Grace Williams Nicholl Park: 2632 Jarboe St.

Independence Missouri Spraygrounds: McCoy Park: 24 Highway & N. Delaware,  Rotary Park: 24th & Hardy

Grandview Missouri Spraygrounds: John Anderson Park: 4701 E. 135th Street

Liberty Missouri Spraygrounds: City Park: 970 S. Highway 291, Ruth Moore Park: 401 N. Morse

Kansas City Kansas Spraygrounds: Eisenhower Park: 2901 N. 72nd St., Heathwood Park: 10th & Parallel Pkwy, Pierson Park: 1800 S. 55th St.

More Free Activities:

  •  Marble making demo and Moon Marble Company. The kids can even learn how to shoot marbles and take a few home. Demos are usually given Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 or 10:30.
  • Cabela’s: A retail showroom, is a 180,000 sq. ft. hunting, fishing and outdoor gear store. Visit the 11,500 square ft. Mule Deer Country Museum with the world's largest collection of life-size trophy mule deer in their natural surroundings, including two world records and numerous state and province records. This retail store includes a laser arcade, archery range, art gallery, furniture department, gun library, restaurant, general store, fly fishing store, bargain cave and gift shop.  Kids will enjoy exploring the exotic animals in the African Diorama and coming face-to-face with giant catfish in the Aquarium
  • It goes without saying that the Nelson-Atkins Museum is a KC treasure and it’s free! It is closed Monday/Tuesday. Wednesday 10-5. Thursday/Friday 10-9 and Saturday/Sunday 10-5.
  • Scheels Mega Sports store in Overland Park. 16,000 gallon aquarium, Ferris wheel and games that cost $.25 to play.
  • Kidscape at the Johnson County Museum. 6305 Lackman Road. Kids can play dress up, be mayor for the day and see the suburban streetscape design.
  • Kalidoscope is always free, but reservations are recommended visit for times.
  • The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank is an experience that even your teen will like. It is also free and open to the public. Here you’ll watch millions of dollars in currency being processed at KC’s Federal Reserve Bank and see an impressive collection of coins. Walk-in and guided tours are available and all guests undergo a security screening. If you are over 18, you’ll need to bring your ID. Call 816-881-2683 for more information.
  • The Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center has over 36 acres of wildlife and native plants with walking trails, wildlife habitat, pond and a small cave for kids to explore. Amazingly enough, it’s in the middle of the city. Location: 8701 E. Gregory Blvd. Hours: 9 am to dark every day. The Nature Center is open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday. The Center is free, but small donations are accepted.
  • Attend a free family fun night at Mahaffie Stagecoach:
  • Take a tour of The Roasterie and learn about coffee. This is great for the pre-teen set and I did it on my last birthday and it was fun and I learned a lot about coffee!
  • Hike at Ernie Miller Nature Center.
  • Visit the free National Archives of Kansas City and explore their free exhibits.
  • Build a free project at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Both offer free workshops on select Saturdays.
  • Explore the Central Branch of the Kansas City Library, because any library with a parking garage painted with classic books has been named one of the coolest libraries to visit in the country!
  • Take a free class at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center.
  • Imagine you’re in the Wild West at Antioch Park in Shawnee, Kansas with an old town set up.

Be sure to check your city website.  Each city is full of summer activities, concerts and movies.  New to Lenexa this year is the Public Market.  Check out their website for a full list of fun things to do there:


Enjoy summer break, they will be back to school in no time!

How To Start Your Blog

1.       Pick a name.  Sounds simple, it is not.  You need something that is catchy and unique, but not so unique that people don’t know how to spell it when they are looking for you.

2.       Start with finding your niche.  I am a Lifestyle Blogger and that has evolved over time.  I started as an organizing blogger, then crafts, then added fitness and now lifestyle that encompasses more topics.  To start, you should decide what you are most passionate about and want to write about the most.

3.       Pick a host. I have used almost all of them and Word Press and Square Space are both very easy to use, especially for beginners.  The themes are great, easy to choose and edit yourself. They have options to sell products if that's what you plan to do, as well as connect all your social media channels. 

4.       Buy your domain name.  It’s always more professional to have instead of (for example).  Domains are easy to buy through your host (word press or square space or whoever you chooses).  They are usually about $20 per year.

5. Make sure your blog is in line with your social media.  A lot of bloggers have personal pages, as well as business pages to keep their message consistent.  I am my own brand, so my personal and business mix well. 

6. Start writing.  As a general guide, I would have 3 - 5 post ready to go before you launch. 

7. Be consistent.  Honestly, it is still something I am working on. You want to write quality post as often as you can. 

8. Sign up for blogger reviews.  Staring out, you will need to write in exchange for product or tickets or exposure.  You won't get paid post right away, you will need to build a following and audience. 

9. Promote yourself using hashtags.  I've been accused of using too many hashtags and that's not a thing! Hashtags are how brands find you, how people find you when search for your niche. USE ALL THE HASHTAGS! 

10. Go! “They blew out a breath and did the thing all heroes must do—they took that terrifying first step.” 
― Chloe NeillMidnight Marked

So, This is 40?!


I will admit, I have definitely been having a whoa is me pity party.  This is not the life I planned or where I saw myself when I turned 40. 

I could not have predicted that, I'd be a divorced, single Mom of three, working 2 jobs, writing a book, publishing a blog and having zero love life(more about that in a future blog).

I thought I'd still be married, I thought maybe I'd be doing more TV, I knew I'd be working full time, since all the kids are in school and my stay at home mom life would end, I knew I'd have a kid graduating and 1/3 of the nest would be empty. Other than that, I hadn't really looked that far past the big 4-0.

Now that I'm here, it is time to forget about the life I planned and start making the most of the life I have. 

Most people do a vision board at New Year's, but I have always started my vision board on my birthday. To be honest, I already started planning my 2017 in September. This year of 40 will the best decade yet, at least that's what all my friends have told me. I will say, I do feel the most comfortable in my skin. I am not sure if that is age or the work I've put in on being fit,  healthy and doing things on purpose. 

My vision board includes a ton of things,too many to list,but some of them:

Tops on that list- travel. There are lots of places I want to go, but first on the list is a beach. Maybe back to Cali or Hawaii, but the beach is definitely calling. 

Next - saving. Since, I'm getting older retirement is on the brain.  If it wasn't on my mind because of this birthday,  we can just say seeing Luke Perry on the cover of AARP cut like a knife! 

Do this splits - again. I used to be able to drop down and do the splits with ease. Those days are gone, but I'm still pretty flexible and plan to be able to do them again this year! Of course, there will be social media post when that happens! 

I won't bore you with too many more,but lastly - alone time.

There is just not a lot of it to go around. I know it won't always be this way, that kids do grow up and soon my nest will be totally empty. I also know that you can't pour from an empty cup,so taking care of me is on the list.

So, this is me - at 40. Ready to begin a new decade and excited for all the new dreams and promise it brings with it. 


All Things Mikita

Today, I launch my new blog. In a lot of ways it is perfectly me and in others it is what I aspire to be. This blog is a fresh start. A clean slate and a canvas to create exactly what I want. 

 I have started over a time or two in my. Well, 5 or 10 if I'm being honest and there is always a peace that comes with a fresh start. In my quest to reset, I started doing some research and study. I wanted to know how and why people start over. A googled, I asked some of my most deeply spiritual friends, I read and I meditated. 

One of the cleansing rituals that spoke to me was smudging. The practice of burning sage to "smudge" or clean a space. 

I won't lie, when I started this re-brand my whole damn life needed to be smudged. 

I figured could not hurt and maybe I'd learn something in the process. I Googled where to buy my smudge stick (found it at whole foods) and I began. 

I opened my windows, turned on my fan. 

Lit the smudge stick, then blew out the fire. Watched it smoke (much like you did with incense back in the day).

Walked through my room and set my intention for my space. 

Waved it over my lap top and said my intention for my blog. 

Finally, I cupped the smoke and pushed it around my body and said my prayer for myself. 


I know, it sounds way left. Total hippy and weird. I don't know if it was the quiet, the smoke or saying my intentions,but I immediately felt calm. Settled. Ready to open this new chapter. 

I'm not telling you to go smudge, but I will say, your words, prayers and thoughts have power. It is my goal to be intentional in my words for this blog and I think the smudging was a perfect start.


This blog will of course have the product reviews, weight loss tips, a giveaway or 2, beauty and fashion stuff that most blogs contain. It is also my hope that some of my words inspire you, provoke your thoughts and maybe motivate you to pursue your passion. 


Welcome to All Things Mikita.