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Silver Dollar City in Branson

What to do in Branson, Missouri

May 16, 2018 Recently, I was invited to Branson, Missouri to experience everything it offers. We were hosted by Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center in the heart of Branson. Branson has always been interesting to me, since my mother was born in… ~800 words

The best digital photo frame we’ve owned: Aura Frames

May 8, 2018 The digital photo frame from Aura Frames is easily one of the best things in our home. We easily add photos to it via an app on our phone, and it becomes a centerpiece of conversation for visitors and friends of our kids. Get $50 off your Aura Frames order by using the link in this post. ~400 words

Straightened hair with the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

How this Revlon hair dryer changed my life…

Apr 29, 2018 On my latest trip to Italy, I ruined all my hair styling tools. I’ve been dragging my feet on re-purchasing these items until I saw a video that showed off the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer. This blow dryer is magical, and can give you a pretty good blow out in just minutes. ~400 words

Canadian Island Summer Camps

Summer camp in the heart of Tuscany, Italy

Apr 24, 2018 Canadian Island offers amazing summer camp experiences in the heart of Tuscany for kids of all ages. Kids spend the week learning Italian, horseback riding, experiencing art and drama, cooking classes, and of course swimming. While the kids are having a blast at summer camp during the day, adults can take their own time exploring the city of Florence. ~500 words

Choco Story Stars

Visiting a chocolate museum in Paris?!

Apr 2, 2018 Going into the third week of our European vacation, our girls were over the museum scene. I really can’t blame them, I’m not a superfan either. But for some reason, taking advantage of museums seems necessary when traveling. However,… ~500 words

Mall shopping in Florence

The Mall in Florence, shopping in Tuscany

Mar 18, 2018 When I knew for sure that I would be traveling to Italy, I knew that I’d be getting a new handbag. You see, years ago… before we had children… Doug and I took a trip to Italy. Doug even… ~500 words

Hair Fairies for Lice

How to get rid of lice, let’s talk about it…

Mar 16, 2018 Up to 12 million school children ages, 3 to 12 will get head lice this year. These harmless but pesky bugs are hard to get rid of but here’s how to do it… ~600 words

Strolling the streets of Salzburg

Spend a day in Salzburg, Austria

Mar 12, 2018 I really can’t believe it’s been over six months since we went to Europe. I needed a little trip down memory lane today and wanted to share about our day trip to Salzburg. Our family is still talking about what… ~700 words

Toyota Highlander driver's side window

Our experience with a Toyota Highlander SUV

Mar 8, 2018 As our family keeps getting busier with sports, Girl Scouts, after-school activities, and playdates, and with friends and family coming to visit now and then, we’ve realized maybe it’s time to consider a third-row vehicle. While we’re looking for… ~600 words

Girl Scout Cookie booth time

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

Feb 12, 2018 Here are five things not to say to a Girl Scout selling cookies, and a simple suggestion for what you could say instead. ~900 words

Girl Scout Cookie Trefoils

Why do Girl Scout cookies have different names?

Feb 1, 2018 We are in FULL Girl Scout cookie mode around here. We take our girls door to door and sell as many cookies as we can. Our oldest daughter has a very ambitious goal of 1000 boxes of cookies. Thankfully, our… ~400 words

Addie is wearing her CozyPhones headband headphones!

Packing light with CozyPhone headphones

Jan 30, 2018 CozyPhones are the new parent best friend and space saver for those of us who love to travel and need the extra space. We love them because they are really lightweight and washable. ~300 words

Bowman family photo

Growing up Goofy is… Growing!

Jan 25, 2018 Growing Up Goofy started as a wedding website over thirteen years ago. My husband, Doug, has finally agreed to start writing here now and then. ~300 words

Our girl holding up a box of Samoas

Ten reasons you should not sell Girl Scout Cookies

Jan 18, 2018 If you don’t want your child to grow up smart, strong, independent and brave, here are ten reasons why you shouldn’t sell Girl Scout cookies. ~800 words

Traveling made easy: Creating a travel wardrobe

Jan 13, 2018 We love to travel… a lot. Any chance we get, we’ll hit the road. Since I’m the one that packs up three out of four of us, I pretty much have this down to a science. I know exactly… ~300 words

Rock Bag

Kindness matters: How we are spreading kindness

Dec 4, 2017 Making “Kindness Rocks” is a fun way to get girls engaged, create conversations, and spread kindness. ~400 words

Junior Scope

Omano Junior Scope: perfect for your Girl Scout troop!

Nov 30, 2017 Our friends at BSM Media and Omano sent us a Junior Scope microscope for kids. With the help of this microscope, we were able to take water samples and analyze what is in our drinking water, fresh water, and an area pond. ~400 words

Top five best hostess gifts under $40

Nov 25, 2017 Cyber Monday is just a couple days away and I have the top five best hostess gifts under $40 just for you. One of the reasons I love the holidays so much is because of the festivities. I have always… ~500 words

Food for flight: our inflight experience on Air France

Nov 18, 2017 When Emelia was asked to run the Venice Marathon and I volunteered to go carry her shoes, it wasn’t until we were boarding our flight that it finally hit me that we were actually going to Italy. We walked… ~400 words

Advent Toys Grab Bag

Advent Grab Bag: A new twist on a cult classic

Nov 15, 2017 Last year I realized very quickly that our traditional advent calendar was not going to work with three kids in the house for two weeks. When I saw these Advent Grab Bags from Maggie Mason and the Secret Cake Society ~300 words