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.

Preparing for Mother Nature’s Worst Tantrums

Let’s face it, parenting is a full-time job with no vacation or sick days, and that job often includes the task of keeping our families safe. Recently my kiddos' tantrums have coincided with Mother...
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Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month, a special month for both those in and out of the military. Of course we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave...

Waiting Games For The Whole Family

This season has been rough. I don’t know if we can blame it on the immunity gap, unmasking, bad luck, or a combination of other factors. Regardless, our family, like many others, has been...

Stories and Authors That Grow With Your Family

Three years ago, at the start of the pandemic, our family, like many others, went on furlough. We decided to spend each weekend outside, primitive camping. It was during that time that we started...

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...
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