Travel Diary : Our Western Kansas Road Trip

If you’ve been following my online adventures for the past few years, you’ve heard of our annual trips to Western Kansas for dance camp. They are magic, you guys. I’ve written about them quite a bit, but this time around I wanted to share what it’s really like. I decided to attempt to capture some of our trip on film, and put together a little Travel Diary with some of our adventures. We are so grateful to kick off our summer every year spending time with old friends and indulging in the slower pace of life in the country.

But most of all, this video is a little love letter to my in-laws, who invite us in to their quiet home every year for a week and let us take over their lives! The last part of the video is my favorite, because it truly shows how lucky we are to be a part of this family. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins…this kind of closeness and joy is exactly what I always wished for my children, and I could not be more thankful that it is their reality.

Song Credit: Found A Heart by Emily Hearn (used with permission)

The Great Debate : Podcast vs Vlog

A few weeks ago I reached out to my social media followers with a question: Would you rather listen to a podcast or watch a video blog (aka, a vlog)? The answers surprised me a little! Podcast won the vote, but not by much, and many people said it was too hard to choose, because they like each medium, but for different reasons.

I mean, yes. That’s why I asked?! I couldn’t decide, so I was hoping my readers and followers would do it for me. But no dice. Rats.

So what did I decide to do….?

Being a Type A, recovering perfectionist, I decided to try both! The current plan is for the vlog to show a bit of behind the scenes and possibly also some “how-to” type segments, while the podcast is going to be an interview series focused on women who are totally amazing! My goal with the podcast is to talk with other women who have achieved some form of success (in their career, as an activist or advocate, creative, entrepreneur, mother, or just as a human doing good in the world) about how they have failed along the way and what motivated them to keep moving forward.

Do you know someone like that? Bonus if they are from KC or the midwest! Have them send me an email at or tag them in the comments if you think they’d be interested in being featured! And if you think YOU have a unique story to share, send me a note! I want to talk with you!

The Vlog and the Podcast will be coming out soon, so if you want to be sure you don’t miss them, sign up for the Crazy Bananas Newsletter!

Better Kansas City September 2016

Tips to Save Your Sanity in the Morning

Better Kansas City September 2016

Recently I was invited back to the Better Kansas City show to talk about how I manage stress while trying to get my kids out the door and off to school in the morning. I know it’s funny, but my number one tip is to have my kids sleep in their clothes! It works! And saves me at least 30 minutes of arguing over outfits in the morning. You can see the rest of my tips and tricks in the clip below.

Tate First Day of Kindergarten

Tate’s First Day of Kindergarten!

Yesterday was a big day in our house…my (not-so-little) guy, Tate, started KINDERGARTEN! I can’t believe both of my kids are in elementary school. It’s nuts. But I have to admit, it’s pretty wonderful dropping both of my kids off at the same place and picking them up together everyday. For the past 5+ years we have been shuttling between schools with very different schedules, so I’m grateful for at least two years of my kids having the same days off, same vacation days, same half days and being in the same building. We’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while!

When Lucy started kindergarten, we put together a fun little “Back-to-School Shopping” video (which you can watch here…it’s so adorable!), but Tate had zero interest in back-to-school shopping. So instead I decided to put together a little documentary style video of the morning of his first day. I have already watched it about a dozen times, and even though there were no tears yesterday, I will admit I have teared up watching the video. I’m just so grateful for this kid and I’m so excited for everything that’s coming his way. He was completely at ease at school and I know he is going to have an awesome year!

Song Credit : Here We Go by Clemency (Used with Permission)

Tate First Day of Kindergarten

CommunityAmerica Ballpark Dinner and a Show!

A few weeks ago our little family was fortunate enough to work with the crew from the Kansas City Star on an advertisement for CommunityAmerica Ballpark! The home of the T-Bones baseball team, the ballpark is running a fun special this summer where you can enjoy “dinner and a show” on Saturday nights. And I can tell you, we taste tested just about EVERYTHING that the stadium had to offer for this short ad spot, and it was all Peters family approved! The atmosphere at T-Bones games is so fun, and it’s a great, budget-friendly alternative when you want to get out to a pro baseball game, but don’t necessary want to drop a ton of cash. We had such a good time working on this ad and spending time out at CommunityAmerica ballpark! We will definitely be headed back again before summer is over!

Fun Fact: When we shot this ad, we had just flown into Kansas City from a few days away in Tennessee for a memorial service, so we were totally exhausted. I was worried about the kids keeping it together (even though the spot is short, the filming took a few hours) for the entire time, but the crew did such a great job keeping them excited and engaged. The production assistant even taught Tate how to beatbox, and he’s been running around doing it ever since! Thanks to the team from the Kansas City Star for such a wonderful experience!

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