Full transparency here: As a Registered Dietitian, I made an intentional plan to introduce our kids to as many foods as possible at a young age. This creates experience, it broadens their palate, it opens their mind to new...
I remember laying in the hospital shortly after the birth of my firstborn and hearing so many people telling me to “really soak it in, it just goes by so fast!” As I lay there in my hospital gown,...
Dog Man was the first graphic novel our kids brought home, many years ago. Our then-first-grader devoured it, as did many of his classmates. I was not a fan.  The book’s premise (the main character is surgically created to be half...
It's almost Pancake Day! I did not know the history behind this day until recently. Follow along as I talk about what it is and share some recipes my family is making on Shrove Tuesday.  What is Pancake Day? Pancake Day...
No one can prepare you for the day your child is diagnosed with an incurable disease. No one can prepare for life as you know it to change forever. Not a single person.  Our almost 9-year-old daughter, Kai, has type...
I am a white mom, living in a predominately white city, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't care about Black History Month.  February is Black History Month (also known as African American History Month). It is an annual celebration of...
It’s January. It’s cold. It’s dreary. It’s the dead of winter in Iowa. Perhaps a beach vacation is sounding pretty good right about now … but you have little kids. If the idea of a beach vacation with littles sounds...
The days are getting shorter, the air is colder, and your kids might start to get more restless without the outdoors as a place for them to expound some energy. Whether it’s too cold to go outside, or you’re just...
“Am I doing enough to prepare my child for kindergarten?” “How will I know if my child is socially and emotionally ready for school?” “Should my child wait a year to start kindergarten?” Have you asked yourself these questions? If you’re a parent...
She was a lovely gray, indistinguishable from the many other metal-colored Sienna vans on the road. Her name was Misty Stephenson III, a title decided by our children somewhere in Colorado during a family road trip. She was a member...

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What Can You Buy With 529 Distributions?

Some of the biggest challenges many face when it comes to education are financial. Luckily, a 529 college saving plan can help. And they're...