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Our First National Park

Our First National Park

We just wrapped up a big trip to 9 national parks in the Rocky Mountain region, but coincidentally, an article I wrote about the FIRST national park my daughter ever visited published this week.  If you’re interested, you can hop over to the Hot Springs, Arkansas website and learn about the rather surprising National Park located right in the middle of town. You’ll also learn about how the Junior Ranger program works and get some … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arkansas, Education, Guest Blogger, Mommyhood, Things to Do in Central Arkansas, Travel

A Weatherproof Family Weekend

A Weatherproof Family Weekend

Looking for an easy weekend getaway this summer? Or, anytime, really?  The kids and I spent the weekend in Rogers, Arkansas recently and had a grand time. The first of a series of three articles I am writing about our trip is up on the Visit Rogers website. (Disclosure: I am being paid to write these articles, because, you know, that’s what I do for a living…) It covers the attractions that we visited that … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Arkansas, Travel, Weekend Getaways

Exploring Springfield, Missouri

Exploring Springfield, Missouri

Disclosure: This blog outlines my experiences while on an expenses paid press tour hosted by the Springfield CVB for Missouri Women Bloggers. All opinions are my own. We all know how it goes.  The place we live has something it’s famous for – some attraction, or park, or land formation that people come from far away to see.  But not you. You live here! You don’t do those touristy things! Well, this past weekend, I had the opportunity to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Missouri, Things to Do, Travel, Weekend Getaways

January Cross Training: Week 2 #xtrainJan16

January Cross Training: Week 2 #xtrainJan16

I’m kicking off the new year with a month of cross training – a different workout every day!  You can see Week One’s workouts here.  Here’s what I’ve been up to this week: Friday, Jan 8 – PiYo My mom and I traveled to Galena, IL on this day. We got stuck in Chicago and ended up driving across the state, which made our travel time a lot longer than planned.  Luckily, my mom is a total … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fitness, Health & Fitness, Mommyhood, Travel

Shopping Small with the Help of the Elves in Eureka Springs

Shopping Small with the Help of the Elves in Eureka Springs

Disclosure: We received a one night hotel stay plus a Shop Small goodie bag in exchange for this blog post. All opinions belong to myself, my family, and that pesky ghost that came with us from the Basin Park Hotel. We are long-time fans of the village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It’s only about an hour and forty five minutes from our home in Southwest Missouri, but a road trip to Eureka is like going through a time … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Arkansas, Day Trips, Travel, Weekend Getaways

Farmers are Mothers Too

Farmers are Mothers Too

Last Friday I had the pleasure of touring three working farms in Bolivar Missouri, thanks to the Missouri Farm Bureau, who reached out to the Missouri Women Bloggers to set up a blogger tour. I have had several opportunities to learn about agriculture in Arkansas, but this was my first chance to get behind the scenes here in MO. As I listened to three farmers talk about their farms at a row crop farm, then a dairy, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Go Green, Missouri