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Kristi Howard-Shultz

Kristi grew up in Danville, Indiana where she met her childhood sweetheart and now husband Elliott. After years of living apart including graduate school in New York City and military tours abroad, they resettled and started a family in Indianapolis. Together, they are raising two bright and busy boys—Henry and George. She has a Master's Degree in Social work from New York University and is a RYT 200 Yoga Teacher. In her “spare” time, she enjoys reading memoirs, chasing her boys, and listening to her husband, the funniest person she knows.

Fall, It’s “Stoup” Season!

It's officially “stoup” season. Thicker than soup, thinner than stew, these hearty meals are perfect for the transition to fall. As the weather cools down, there's nothing more comforting. These vegetarian-based fall stoup recipes...

Back to School Lunch Ideas

It’s back-to-school season and that means lunchtime packing! If you have picky eaters, your child has allergies, or you are simply trying to work within your school’s requirements and limitations, you know this can...

::Heart of IM – Non-Profit Spotlight:: Servants at Work

May is Mobility Awareness Month. This month helps shine a light on the need and options available to help people with disabilities. It's a time to bring attention to the millions of Americans who...

Reclaim Your Creativity

I am tired. I have pandemic fatigue, fatigue. My mind feels broken as we enter year three of this (still) brutal pandemic. All of this complex problem solving has maxed out my creative thinking. I used...

Honoring Connor this Sanfilippo Awareness Day

November 16th, 2021 is Sanfilippo Awareness Day. This international day aims to spread awareness and spark conversations about Sanfilippo Syndrome. Today we honor children worldwide living with Sanfilippo, those we have lost to this heartbreaking...

Permission Granted: Slow Down!

It’s back-to-school night, and I’m in a fog of anxiety and overwhelm. I walk into the kitchen, determined but determined to do what? I’ve already forgotten by the time I arrive. Ah, I went into...

Giving Thanks With Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week and, in a year with challenges unlike any other,  it’s the perfect time to recognize faculty and staff with the praise they deserve every...

10 Things I’m Trying to Encourage Independence

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” -Dr. Maria Montessori I love this sentiment.  I know that providing opportunities for my toddler to develop...

Low IgA: Our Immunity Disorder Journey

  I recently had a COVID test.  Thankfully, my immunity is strong. I was not symptomatic and ultimately, not positive. It was standard for a procedure I was having.  My test took place in the same hospital where we...

“Enough” My Mid-Life Mantra

I turn 40 this month and, as I approach this mid-life milestone,  I am reflecting on where I have been and where I would like to go.  I am working to begin each day...

Ten Ways to Play Outside This Winter

It’s the longest, darkest, coldest time of the year. As quarantine drags on, and winter madness sets in, it’s still time to play outside!  I realize this may seem like the last thing you (or...

::Heart of IM – Non-Profit Spotlight:: Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)

October is Blindness/Visual Impairment Awareness Month. In celebration of this month, I want to introduce you to an organization providing vital and life-changing services to families in need throughout the state of Indiana, Visually Impaired...

Just Say “No!”

I don’t know about you, but just when I thought life could not get any busier-- COVID-19! Our entire lives have been rearranged overnight.  Six months in, there seems to be no end in...

Go Play Outside!

It’s that Goldilocks time of year, not too hot, not too cold, just right--and that won’t last long!  It’s time to play outside. With summer camp canceled and quarantine prolonged, even I’m tired of...
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