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Beach Vacation Meal Plan

Beach Vacation Meal Plan

You’ve probably seen the jokes, or perhaps this article from the Onion,  about how moms still have to run a household when on vacation at the beach.  It’s kind of true (I swept up at least five pounds of sand, ran three loads of wash, and cooked several meals on our last visit), but homesteading in a beach condo is still pretty nice if you ask me. One thing that makes it a little easier is to … Read entire article »

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Florida’s 30a Beach Trip on a Budget

Florida’s 30a Beach Trip on a Budget

Vacations are something that every family needs (IMO), but planning one on very limited funds can be stressful. We love the beach, but getting (and staying) there frugally can be a real challenge.  We are lucky that the nearest beach is one of the most beautiful in the world, Florida’s Emerald Coast, which is also known as the Beaches of South Walton, and sometimes just by the name of the highway that runs along it … Read entire article »

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Free Fun in 417 with Kids: March 13 – 20

Free Fun in 417 with Kids: March 13 – 20

This Week: Thursday, March 13th – Spring Break Crafternoon @ The Library Station in Springfield, 1-4pm Grades K-5. School can be fun, but it also gets boring. Drop by anytime to make awesome crafts. We’ll haul out the good stuff– glitter, glue, feathers, sand, sequins, who knows? Thursday, March 13th – Spring Break Crafternoon @ The Library Center in Springfield, 2pm Grades K-5. Get ready for the first day of spring by making something pretty. We’ll provide the supplies and you supply the … Read entire article »

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Free Fun in 417 with Kids: February 28 – March 6

Free Fun in 417 with Kids: February 28 – March 6

This Week: Friday, February 28th - Egyptology @ The Library Center in Springfield, 2:00pm Grades K-6. Explore hieroglyphics and pyramids as we discover treasures and stories about Ancient Egypt. Friday, February 28th - Hot Dog Party with Mo Willems’ Pigeon @ Republic Branch Library,  4pm Grades K-5. Read “Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog” and party Pigeon-style with crafts and activities.  Materials provided. Saturday, March 1st - Piggie Party @ Republic Branch Library, 11am PreK-Grade 1. Celebrate National Pig Day with Mo Willems’ stories about Elephant and Piggie, games and … Read entire article »

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Free Fun in 417 with Kids: February 21-27

Free Fun in 417 with Kids: February 21-27

This Week: Friday, February 21st - Introduction to Trout Fishing @ Walter Woods Conservation Area near Joplin, 6:30pm-8pm Ages 7 and up. Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing, but didn’t know what to use or where to go? We will introduce locations to fish in southwest Missouri, what equipment and bait you need, and how to clean and cook your catch. Call 417-629-3423 to register or for more information. Saturday, February 22nd - Women’s Hike @ Busiek State Park, 8am-12n, Girls ages … Read entire article »

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Free Fun in 417 with Kids: February 14-20

Free Fun in 417 with Kids: February 14-20

This Week: Friday, February 14th – Love is in the Air @Midtown Carnegie Branch Library in Springfield, 10am All Ages. Celebrate this special day of love and friendship with books, songs, and a Valentine’s Day craft. Materials provided. Friday, February 14th – Un-Valentines Day Party @ Midtown Carnegie Branch Library in Springfield, 3pm Grades 6-12. Hang out in the Teen Scene, make Un-Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, and have some special treats. Friday, February 14th – Be My Valentine Ornaments … Read entire article »

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