I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Charities that Represent the Things I Am Most Passionate About

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. Here is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. This post also has sponsored links. I hope you enjoy reading and will take the time to explore these charities further.

When I say I’m passionate about food, I don’t just mean eating it. Although, that’s where it started! I constantly advocate for people to learn just how easy and inexpensive it is to eat healthy foods. Whenever someone tells me how hard it is to afford quality foods I always recommend two places. The first is their local farmers market. The second is Thrive Market.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to members at wholesale prices. At 25-50% off retail, most Thrive members make back their $60 membership fee in savings within their first two orders. Their mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. That’s why, in addition to already affordable health foods and products, Thrive Market’s Spread the Health program donates a membership to low-income families, teachers, veterans, and students for every purchased membership. More than 23 million Americans today still live in “food deserts”—low-income neighborhoods without healthy food. This leads to low-income families resorting to buying food they know isn’t healthy just to make ends meet. The lack of access contributes to a number of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. By donating, you help food-insecure families stock up on wholesome pantry essentials and kick-start their journey to good health. Use my Thrive Market link to enjoy a 30 day free membership trial.

It wasn’t until my daughter was born that I realized just how awesome and amazing a privilege it is to raise a child. Children are capable of being the most intelligent, compassionate human beings. If we as their parents, teachers, and role models don’t hinder them from fulfilling their potential. Unbound and Show Me Shoes Foundation, both based in Kansas City, MO, are two charities that are on a mission to help children and the families that raise them.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Unbound is an international nonprofit bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways. They deliver financial assistance to people in 19 countries. Each sponsorship directly benefits an individual and helps pay for education, skills training and livelihood programs. They believe families and communities can overcome the challenges that face them when we all work together. Unbound also creates opportunities right in my hometown of Kansas City, MO. Every week, Operation Breakthrough cares for more than 400 children. More than 20 percent of the children are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless — living in battered women’s or homeless shelters or transitional living programs in Kansas City. Unbound provides funding for mental health care for those kids and family services to help their parents give a better life. Unbound staff members also volunteer weekly by tutoring children at Chalet Manor public housing in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, KS. The Learning Club of KCK serves more than 100 children, focusing on homework help and enrichment activities. Unbound and the Learning Club of KCK share the goal of helping children who live in poverty meet their highest potential through one-on-one relationships.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Show Me Shoes Foundation launched when friends Anneka Maquay and Shiv’on Bullock shared a vision to inspire young girls to follow their dreams and to help build confidence from the “Sole”. Show Me Shoes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a goal to create a movement of confidence through self-love, mentors and sisterhood. Show Me Shoes has served young girls and women in chapters in Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA and Kansas City, MO. With the support of volunteers and donations, they are able to make a difference by restoring strength and self-love through the “sole”.

When it comes to adventures the more unique they are the more I like them! I don’t just mean bungee jumping of a cliff or flying off top a getaway on the beach in Bali. Sometimes the most treasured explorations are to be had right where you call home. Social Heart provides a myriad of my kind of adventures all year-long.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Social Heart is a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer managed. Their purpose is to create a better community by supporting all local charities in the Greater Kansas City area in uniquely impactful ways. Social Heart is helping to improve the city through creatively fun events, promotions, marketing, donations, and volunteer support. A few of their biggest events are the annual Mardi Gras celebration, Laugh Your Ass Off comedy show, and National Volunteer Appreciation Month. They also host monthly happy hours at a variety of local places. The best thing about Social Heart is that all funds raised go directly to the charities.

Thank you so much for reading! What are you most passionate about? What are some of your favorite charities? Leave a comment below.

10 Amazing Companies that Created Unique Sightseeing Tours in Kansas City

Maybe it’s that I love history. Learning about where things got started has always interested me. Lucky for me, where I live, there is plenty to learn and explore. Here are 10 amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City.

1. American Jazz Museum Tour

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through visual arts, interactive exhibitions, films, and performing arts. Public programming for all ages enliven the history and music at the center of the American Jazz Museum. The engaging Museum tours bring Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington to life. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for 65+, $6 for children 5-12. Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more. Tours are perfect for family reunions, corporate outings, networking events, and more. Call 816-474-8463 for scheduling.

2. Boulevard Brewing Company Tour

The Boulevard Brewing Company Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO
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Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty craft beer brewer in the Midwest. The brewery offers two options for tours of its factory. Enjoy free public one hour walking tours of the brewery, which close with samples in their Tasting Room. The entire day’s tickets become available at 10 am each day, and are on a first-come, first-served basis from the Tours & Rec Center Welcome Desk. Public tours are open to ages 6 and older and offered at regular intervals from 10 am to 4 pm. Thirsty for more? Then the Smokestack Tour & Tasting is for you. Join Boulevard for a two-hour experience including the tour plus guided food and beer pairings. Smokestack tours are available Sunday through Friday for guests 21 and older. Tickets are $25 per person and released online the first Monday of each month for the following month’s tours.

3. Chocology Tour

Chips Chocolate Factory, in Crown Center, makes more than 200 chocolate confections by hand including over 40 flavors of Kansas City fudge. Their Chocology tours are a unique experience where you learn the history of chocolate, where is it grown, how is it harvested, and how is it made. You’ll also watch the resident candy makers transform fresh ingredients into a loaf of smooth, creamy fudge. Scheduled group visits are between 10:30 am and 5 pm, excluding Tuesday and Sunday. The cost for the visit is $5.00 per person and includes a bag filled with yummy Chips Chocolate Factory goodies. Tours need a minimum of 10 people. Each visit lasts about 45 minutes. To schedule your group visit, call 816-421-0012.

4. The Gangster Tour

The Gangster Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO
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Kansas City was a favorite spot of the “old timers.” The Gangster Tour puts you hot on the trail of this city’s most notorious Goodfellas. But don’t make the guides twist your arm. Grab your chopper, hop on the bus, and you’ll spend 90 minutes immersed in a melodramatic look at mob homes and hangouts, turf wars and infamous crimes like the Union Station massacre. Tours are held every Saturday year round for $29 per person. Sorry kiddos, adults only. Dinner and a tour is also available for groups of 15 + at $69 per person. For reservations or ticket information call 816-471-1234.

5. Harley-Davidson Assembly Tour

Harley-Davidson has built a legacy of fulfilling dreams of personal freedom. Step into the process of that legacy with tours of the Vehicle and Powertrain Operations Factory. Two tour options feature a series of displays that guide you through the various manufacturing and assembly processes. Classic Factory Tour are free and offer people and small groups an intimate view of Harley-Davidson’s assembly line and fabrication areas. The Steel Toe Tour goes behind-the-scenes through areas previously unseen by the public. Tickets are $38 per person. This is the only Harley-Davidson factory tour where you will see a Harley-Davidson powertrain and vehicle assembled and brought to life.  Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the tours. Visit website for more information, including tour times.

6. Historic Kansas City Tour

Historic Kansas City Neighborhood Walking Tours and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

Historic Kansas City is the only greater Kansas City nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. The Historic Kansas City Foundation offers a variety of walking tours featuring the diverse architecture and history of neighborhoods across Kansas City. Trained volunteers lead tours that last between 1 and 1.5 hours. Tour pricing is $10 per person. Members of Historic Kansas receive a 50% discount. Email hkcf@historickansascity.org or call 816-931-8448, at least one week in advance, to schedule a tour date.

7. Kansas City Ballet Tour

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity is home to the Kansas City Ballet. Located at 500 W. Pershing in downtown Kansas City, the facility houses the professional company, Kansas City Ballet School, Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater, and Kansas City Ballet’s artistic and administrative staff. Kansas City Ballet invites you and your group to come see the company at work. Call to arrange a tour of the studios for groups of 10 or more people. The presentation includes information about productions in progress and you can take a peek at their professional dancers in rehearsal. You’ll also be able to see costumes in the making in their costume shop. For more information about tours, please contact 816.216.5583

8. Kansas City Fun Tours

Kansas City Fun Tours and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

A Kansas City Fun Tour is the best first thing to do in Kansas City. Get acquainted with popular sites, local favorites and hidden treasures that the city has to offer during their fully narrated 75 minute, 15 mile guided tour. Take the tour in style aboard an authentic trolley. Some of the things you’ll experience are art museums, fountains and statues, where to go for the best nightlife and live music, and great restaurants to enjoy cuisine from around the world. Scheduled tours are daily at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for children 12 and younger, $18 for 60+ and military, and $20 for adults. For scheduling book tickets online or call 816-500-5417.

9. The Roasterie Factory Café Tour

The Roasterie Factory Café goes to great lengths to bring you the best coffee in the world. Enjoy tours of the factory that gives you an up close look at their cupping, roasting and blending processes. You’ll learn about the history of the company, get a behind the scenes look at the factory, and experience a manual coffee brewing demonstration along with a Q&A. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for the 45 minutes long tours. The best day for a Roasterie Factory tour is Thursday. Public Cuppings (coffee tastings) are held on the first and third Thursday of the month. On these days, from 5 pm to 6 pm, you can sample a myriad of coffees from all over the world. One hour private tours are best for groups of 15 or more. Here’s a link to my last visit to the Roasterie Factory.

10. Taste of Kansas City Food Tours

The Taste of Kansas City Food Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

Taste of Kansas City Food Tours started in 2012, becoming Kansas City’s first food and culinary tour company dedicated to helping visitors and Kansas City residents enjoy the best Kansas City food and cultural experience off-the-beaten-path. In addition to tasting deliciously crafted foods, participants will learn about the history, culture, and neighborhood entertainment offerings of the Crossroads Arts District. Whether through the Crossroads, Prohibition, Sunday Brunch, or on the KC Streetcar Line, any of the four Taste of Kansas City Tours are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Ticket pricing starts at $54 per person. Visit website for more tour information and schedule.

Which tour  your favorite? Leave a comment. Thank you so much for reading!

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party at the Historic Brass on Baltimore

On Thursday March 16, 2017 I found myself attending the Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party. The event was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, beach themed cocktails, local brews, and games. This mini getaway from my norm, set in the historic Brass on Baltimore, was an enjoyable way to kick off the last few days of Spring Break.

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

Yelp KC is a great source of real information about local places in Kansas City. The Yelp KC app occasionally features deals on restaurants and more. It gets even sweeter if you’re part of the Yelp Elite Community. Elite Yelpers have bonus access to meet-ups, parties, special events, and the built-in social community. To become an elite member of Yelp you have to play nice on the app. Basically that means writing quality and honest reviews, liking and commenting on others reviews, and staying connected to the community talk pages.

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

The Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party took place on the 4th and 5th floors of the Brass on Baltimore. My first stop was the Seasons 52 table. Their trifle like dessert was richly sweet. It consisted of a creamy goat cheese and caramel sauce, topped with nuts. Later I came back for their savory and filling ahi tuna bites. I also sampled tastings from Ruby Jean’s Juicery, The Lucky Taco, ’37 Steak, and Betty Rae’s Ice Cream. My favorite was the candied bacon from ’37 Steak. It was thick cut stripes of smoky bacon covered in a mix of brown sugar and spices.

The Kansas City Ladies Social Society

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

The best part of any party is not just having a good times with old friends but meeting new people as well. The Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party was without exception. Once I ventured to the 5th floor I made introductions with a few of the women from the Kansas City Ladies Social Society (KCLSS). These women are a warm and welcoming bunch. No sooner had we met than had they pulled me into their group for the rest of the night.

The KCLSS focuses on developing new friendships among women in their 20s and 30s. They are a diverse group of young professional women who meet quite often throughout the month. One of the women said there are opportunities to socialize every week. I also checked the KCLSS page on meetup.com and it already has several events listed for April. Whether you’re new to Kansas City or have lived here for years this group is a great way to explore and create new friendships.

The Yellow Brick

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

Local non-profit, The Yellow Brick, benefitted from the Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party through suggested donations. The Yellow Brick believes every woman is beautiful and deserves happiness in their life. Their mission is to grow and cultivate self-esteem within the women they serve through education, mentoring, and support.

Thank you for reading! How did you celebrate Spring Break? Share your adventures in the comments below.

Don't Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life.

Don’t Await It, Create It Women’s Retreat for Successful Life and Leadership Skills

Don’t Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life. The retreat takes place March 24-26, 2017 at the Hotel Sorella on the Country Club Plaza. During the three-day event attendees will receive intimate training, coaching, learning, and reflection to plan personal, effective leadership strategies for their careers and lives.

Don't Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life.

The Don’t Await, Create It retreat is for women who are ready to take the next step in their personal or professional leadership journeys. Now is the time to stop looking to others for permission to shine! The world needs strong, bold, beautiful women to share their authentic leadership from the inside out. This is for you if you want success AND a life you love but you often feel overwhelmed and undervalued. This is for you if you feel stressed and isolated with too much to do and too many people to please with no clear path forward.

What Can You Expect from Don’t Await It Create It?

The structure of Don’t Await It Create It is around the Planning for Results process to craft a plan for you to have the most productive year of your life. By day three, you’ll be able to clearly express what you will be accomplishing within 30 days of this retreat. You’ll have chances to build relationships with other creative successful women. You’ll learn new skills in resilient leadership, presence, and persuasion.

Goals of Don’t Await It, Create It:

Don't Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life.

  • A clear vision for your work and your life
  • A concrete actionable plan for achieving your most important goals
  • A list of resources that you can carry out immediately
  • New communication skills to become a team builder and leader
  • Knowledge about your leadership strengths and how to put them to use
  • Specific strategies to battle fatigue and burn out
  • A new network of colleagues, and a mediated group follow-up process for the year following Don’t Await It Create It.
  • The Create It Construct, and an exclusive planner valued at $75

What Makes Don’t Await It Create It Different?

You may have attended leadership events that were bombastic OR lacking content for tangible results. Don’t Await It Create It is different. Their mission is to help you define, measure, and celebrate success YOUR way. You will come away from this retreat knowing what to do next.

Don’t Await It Create It pieces together eight training and coaching modules in two-hour sessions along with plenty of time for reflection and review. Registration is $397 with My City Adventures promo code: KC365. In addition to the transformational Don’t Await It, Create It content, registration includes two breakfasts, a lunch, and two receptions. This event is an investment in yourself that will pay dividends for years to come. Visit DontAwaitCreate.com to register.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. However, while this holiday is traditionally for lovers I've found some ways that anyone could celebrate it. If you're happily in love, looking for a fun night out, wanting to show someone a little kindness, or seeking a sweet treat for yourself, keep reading. I'm sure you'll find some inspiration here.

All the Ways I Would Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017

This post about Valentine’s Day 2017 contains sponsored links to gifts I love and I think you will too.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The scent of love has already been faintly drifting through the air for quite some time now. However, while this holiday is traditionally for lovers I’ve found some ways that anyone could celebrate it. If you’re happily in love, looking for a fun night out, wanting to show someone a little kindness, or seeking a sweet treat for yourself, keep reading. I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration here.

All the Ways I Would Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017

A Nice Dinner and a Show

La Bodega is a celebration of delicious Spanish food, lifestyle and the traditions of Northern Spain. This traditional way of eating in Spain brings food and socializing with friends together. Such tradition also occurs with each meal at La Bodega, located in Kansas City, MO. My favorite time to dine there is during their amazing daily happy hour from 2-6 pm. In fact, it should be called the happiest hour! What I have been craving, in particular, is their Zarzuelo de Mariscos. It’s a Spanish version of cioppino with saffron rice, PEI mussels, clams, shrimp and chorizo with sofrito, in a spicy fish stock.

One of my bucket list items is a show at The Murder Mystery Co. Murder-mystery dinners begin innocently enough. Guests arrive and mingle amid drinks and quiet conversation. As diners munch away, a sudden death interrupts the feasting. A detective comes on the scene to determine who the killer is, inevitably laying blame on one of the audience members. Table mates work together to prove their innocence and find the real killer through an interactive performance full of hilarious suspects and eye-catching costumes. All the while dining on the included three-course meal and taking advantage of drink specials.

Check out Groupon for hundreds of delicious deals on restaurants and fun local events near you!

A Good Glass of Wine

 

Winc connects you to a world of exclusive wines tailored to your tastes and delivered to your door. Their story began in 2012 when they founded Club W: the world’s first personalized wine club. They made the process of discovering and buying wine easier than ever. Rather than constantly searching for great deals and tastes like other wine clubs, Winc sources wines from exceptional vineyards and works with great winemakers from around the world. Because their focus is on smaller lots, they can work to tease out the highest quality and most distinct character from each lot. These wines are only sold through the club, not anywhere else.

Membership to Winc is free! Getting started takes 4 easy steps. Step 1. A palate profile of six questions helps determine which wines you are likely to prefer. Step 2. You’ll select your wines based on a list of recommendations. (Get $20 off your first order!) Step 3. Sit back and wait for your wines to arrive. Step 4. Review wines you’ve enjoyed or not enjoyed to refine your recommendations. Winc is also offering 4 bottles for $30 + free shipping until 2/12/17.

A Charcuterie and Cheese Board to Go with the Wine

Five Key Components to the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board from Thrive Market. - My City Adventures

I’ve been a member of Thrive Market for several months. I love the foods they offer and what they stand for. Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices. Plus every membership allows Thrive Market to sponsor free memberships for low-income families in America. Memberships are $59.95 annually. However, Thrive Market offers a 30 day free trial with 15% off your first purchase.

If you decide to become a member of Thrive Market or you already are one, you should take some time to read through their food blog. They have amazing stories on the benefits of healthy foods, delicious recipes, and inspiring posts about how to get cooking in your own kitchen. I found this gem on charcuterie boards and I can’t wait to try it at home! Here’s a link to the article: 5 Key Components to the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board.

A Weekend Getaway

The San Francisco CityPASS includes tickets to California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises, Adventure Exploratorium or de Young Museum, Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Unlimited Rides on Muni Buses and Cable Cars. - My City Adventures

My top choice for a long Valentine’s Day weekend would be exploring San Francisco. And the best way to make sure I get the most out of my vacation would be with a CityPASS.

CityPASS bundles prepaid admission to the most popular attractions in top cities across North America, at hugely discounted prices. (Depending on the city, savings is up to 54% off what it would cost to buy each admission separately.) Plus each CityPASS booklet is good for nine days from use of first ticket, so there’s no need to feel you have to rush. Here is what the San Francisco CityPASS includes:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
  • Exploratorium or de Young Museum
  • Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Unlimited Rides on Muni Buses and Cable Cars

As if that wasn’t enough, most booklets also contain great discounts for shopping, restaurants, and more.  CityPASS is available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, and Toronto. If you’re planning a trip to any of these cities, using CityPASS would definitely be a smart way to go! But don’t wait too long to grab one or two! CityPASS prices are scheduled to increase on March 1, 2017.

Now, where would I stay?
The Hotel Triton is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, 140-room wonderland in San Francisco, California. - My City Adventures
Living Social always has fabulous deals on getaways, worldwide. Through 2/10/17, you can use code CUPID for an extra 20% off already huge discounts. Harper’s Bazaar awarded the title of best hotel in San Francisco to the Hotel Triton. No big surprise there. The Hotel Triton is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, 140-room wonderland. The design of this boutique style hotel was inspired by the work of innovative local artists. Plus its location is ideal. It’s across the street from the Chinatown gates, two blocks from Union Square, five blocks from Moscone Center, and just a short walk to Little Italy. If San Francisco doesn’t catch your interest, Living Social has plenty of awesome escapes.
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