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School’s Out – Time to Save for College!

School’s Out – Time to Save for College!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vanguard and Missouri’s MOST 529 College Savings Plan. We have had MOST 529 college savings plans for our children since they were born. All opinions expressed herein are my own. I’m excited to be co-hosting a Twitter chat with MOST 529 College Savings Plan next week, complete with prizes! More on that in a minute, but first, I want to share the story of why we have 529 savings plans for our kids.Both my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Frugal Fawn, Mommyhood

UncommonGoods = Uncommonly Good Gifts

UncommonGoods = Uncommonly Good Gifts

This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods.  However, I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a few few years now, so you can rest assured that all opinions are genuinely grown in my own brain. March is a big birthday month in my family. My husband, my son, and my nephew will each earn a notch on their trips round the sun belt. And there’s something about these March birthday boys – they’re a little difficult … Read entire article »

Filed under: Go Green, Mommyhood, Product Reviews

Battling Anxiety

Battling Anxiety

About five years ago, I took Yaz birth control for about five months. It caused several health issues, including debilitating anxiety. I still get lots of comments on the blog posts that I wrote about how I dealt with my “Yaz withdrawal.” The majority of the questions I get are about anxiety. This blog post started out as an email response to two readers who were asking those questions. My anxiety was how I really measured whether I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health, Health & Fitness

January Cross Training: Week 4 #xtrainJan16

January Cross Training: Week 4 #xtrainJan16

Well, I have to say that week 4 of this project has definitely been the toughest. Frankly, I’m running out of new workouts to do. Not that there aren’t tons of things I haven’t tried, but accessing and scheduling these things is definitely a science. Two weekends in row of travel didn’t help either. But alas, we have made it to the end. I think I have taken more selfies this month than the cumulative … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fitness, Health & Fitness, Mommyhood

January Cross Training: Week 3 #xtrainJan16

January Cross Training: Week 3 #xtrainJan16

All but one of this week’s workouts were things I had never done before.  Lots of punching and kicking this week! Here’s how it went: Friday, Jan 15 – Bob Harper’s Pure Burn Super Strength (Inside Out Method) What can you expect from a workout that has lots of fitness buzzwords in its title? Lots of fitness, that’s what. The total run time of this workout is 1:09, but that includes a nice warm up and cool … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fitness, Health & Fitness, Mommyhood, Product Reviews

Why Aren’t You Ordering Your Groceries Online!?

Why Aren’t You Ordering Your Groceries Online!?

Friends, on Saturday I went to Hy-Vee and spent $200, but I never even went inside!  I spent 5 minutes in the parking lot and went home with a trunk crammed full of groceries. Yes indeed, I ordered my groceries through Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online program. The only regret I have is that I did not know about this service sooner! If you order at least $100 worth of items, the Aisles Online service is completely free.  And if … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Grocery Shopping, Homemaking, Product Reviews, Shopping