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Our Southwest Missouri Summer Bucket List

Our Southwest Missouri Summer Bucket List

Bucket Lists are gaining in popularity, and being semi-new in town, I thought it would helpful to put together a list of things that we can check out as a family right here in Springfield and Southwest Missouri.  It’s also a component of the 100 Days of Summer planning process.  Last summer I made a Little Rock, Arkansas bucket list, if you’re interested. Activities that are Free are marked with a ^ Activities Askinosie Chocolate Bass Pro (Free “summer camp” … Read entire article »

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“Cloudy Day” Activities (and a few words on Pinterest)

“Cloudy Day” Activities (and a few words on Pinterest)

On Tuesday we had some friends over for some playtime.  These sweet girls have a new baby sister at home, so I thought they might like a chance to make some noise, get messy, and do something new.  Thus, our “Cloudy Day” plans were hatched. First, we made Cloud Dough.  Simply a mix of 1 part baby oil to 8 parts flour, Cloud Dough is super soft, but can be shaped and manipulated. We took turns mixing … Read entire article »

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5 Free Smart Phone Apps for Busy Moms

5 Free Smart Phone Apps for Busy Moms

I’ve been the happy owner of a Motorola Droid smart phone for nearly two years now.  It’s sort of funny to me that we call these little wonders smart PHONES, since I use the actual phone function way less than the apps.  So, I thought I’d share five apps with you that have made my life as a mom easier or better. 1. My Fitness Pal – This app is great if you are counting calories, … Read entire article »

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Making a Plan…

Making a Plan…

Today I’ve been in spring-summer planning mode, thanks to a great article I found on The Savvy Source website called Planning Your Year. If you have a preschooler in your house, I think you’ll love this resource too. The article starts with an introduction to planning, and then highlights specific holidays and seasonal pass-times with links to specific crafts and activities for each month.  From doing coin rubbings this Monday for Presidents Day, to planting a … Read entire article »

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For the Love of the (picture of the) Couch

For the Love of the (picture of the) Couch

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve already read my essay about how I love my couch.  In January, Little Rock Family printed that essay in their “Family Chatter” section, accompanied by the art above.  While I wish I had put a little more polish on the essay, I am madly in love with this image.  I’ve never met Hannah Alexander, but somehow she looked into my mind’s eye and drew it.  … Read entire article »

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Supporting a Soldier (or two, or three…)

Supporting a Soldier (or two, or three…)

I recently sent a care package to my old high school buddy, Travis, who just started a year-long tour in Iraq.  I had never sent a care package before, and it turned out to be an educational project.  It’s a great project if you have middle school and older kids, too.  It gets them thinking about what everyday life is like for the soldiers, and of course there are the lessons in geography and politics … Read entire article »

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