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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

Sell-Free, Simple School Fundraiser – Shoparoo!

Sell-Free, Simple School Fundraiser – Shoparoo!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I really do use Shoparoo, and I really am excited about it, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it!  All other opinions expressed herein are my own, too. I have a confession to make. I do not like school fundraisers. I abhor spending money on over-priced things that I don’t really want so that a portion of the proceeds will go to my school. It irritates the heck out of me that my kids … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Frugal Fawn, Grocery Shopping, Mommyhood, Product Reviews, Shopping

Teacher Appreciation 101

Teacher Appreciation 101

Disclosure: VolunteerSpot.com asked me to write this article.  My “pay” is a $25 donation to DonorsChoose.org, which I will be matching with a $25 donation of my own. It’s back to school season (as if you didn’t know).  My own little lovelies have been back to it for a few weeks now, but I am still seeing “first day” photos flooding my facebook feed. Every year I am in awe of the job that teachers do. Not only do they … Read entire article »

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Kids in the Garden: Watch them Grow

Kids in the Garden: Watch them Grow

I am proud to say that I have a guest post up over on the Happy Family Blog.  It’s all about two of my favorite topics – my kids and our garden.  I would super-duper appreciate it if you would hop over and leave a comment.  Happy Family is one of our favorite organic food companies – the kids love their smoothie pouches – I freeze them and put them in their lunches, so they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Garden, Go Green, Guest Blogger, Health, Health & Fitness, Mommyhood

5 Things I Like: The Kids’ Music Edition

5 Things I Like: The Kids’ Music Edition

My kids are 5 and 7, and already I am starting to see their music tastes change, but they are still lovers of the music that we spent their preschool years listening to.  I wanted to share a list of our top five children’s music albums. From my kids to yours – enjoy! 5. Laurie Berkner – Best of the Laurie Berkner Band – We listened to a lot of different Laurie Berkner albums (we checked them … Read entire article »

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Gifts that Feel Good #3: Teaching Children to Give {giveaway}

Gifts that Feel Good #3: Teaching Children to Give {giveaway}

Teaching a child how to give is a gift that not only benefits that child, but also society as a whole. The materialistic American culture is much more about “getting” than “giving”, more about seeing what we can amass for ourselves rather than making sure others have what they need.  Giving isn’t in innate skill for most – it’s something that we need to teach, and when the concept clicks with a young one, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Mommyhood