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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

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

Family Fun at the Monster Truck Thunder Drag!

Family Fun at the Monster Truck Thunder Drag!

Disclosure: My family and I received four tickets to the Ozark 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals Thunder Drag in exchange for writing this post. All opinions expressed herein belong exclusively to myself and my family.  My birthday weekend theme of trying new things continued with a trip to take in a Thunder Drag race at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, MO.  The race is part of a four part series called the 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Things to Do

Winter Weekend Getaway: Grand Country Resort in Branson

Winter Weekend Getaway: Grand Country Resort in Branson

It’s often hard to find somewhere fun to go for a weekend getaway in the winter.  Warm climates are too far of a drive, so we look for a location that has lots of indoor activities for our family.  While researching indoor waterparks in Branson, Missouri, I came across Grand Country Resort’s Summer Fun in the Winter package. From January 1 through the first week in March, the package costs $199.32 after tax and includes: 2 … Read entire article »

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

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 »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Education, Frugal Fawn, Missouri, Mommyhood, Spending Less, Things to Do, Travel

Redefining Relocation

It’s been seven months since I wrote the blog post called For Sale about how we had two houses on the market and were living life in limbo. That seems a world away now, although change and adjustment have been constants in our lives since then. If we’re IRL or FB friends, then you probably already know that we did indeed sell our house in Little Rock and have moved back to Missouri. I’ve sort-of mentioned it here on the blog and you may have noticed that the backdrop has changed in our photos, but I never really wrote about the big changes. The number one question I get asked about our move is whether it is a good thing or not. My answer is always longer than the asker bargained for. … Read entire article »

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