Ralph Foster Museum at The College of the Ozarks – Branson, MO

Ralph Forster MuseumIf you are ever in the Branson area, you have to stop at The College of the Ozarks. The College of the Ozarks has many free and low cost things to see and do. One of the things to do here is to visit the Ralph Foster Museum.

The Ralph Foster Museum has a collection of items that pertain to the Ozarks. It has 3 floors full of interesting items. There is something for everyone in this museum.

Some of the things you will see in here are:

  • The original car used in the Beverly Hillbilly show.
  • old antiques
  • taxidermy animalsTaxadermy animals
  • gunsgatlin gun
  • Indian artifacts
  • saddles from famous people
  • dolls
  • outfits and shoes
  • farm equipment
  • and other itemstelephone

Basically they have a little bit of everything in this museum and is worth your time to go see it. It doesn’t cost that much to see the museum either. It is $6.00 for adults and is free for those high school age and under. Senior citizens are $5.00.

So go check out this unique museum when you are in Branson.

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Frugal Friday – Buy Samples, it might be cheaper.

frugal fridayI was at Wal-Mart the other day buying a few things and one of the things was some more K cups for our Keurig machine. I had picked up our usual Great Value kind because I really like that one. Then while I was shopping, I noticed they had this huge bin of Great Value K cups in 3 different flavors. Each box contained 3 cups each for a $1 a box.

This got me thinking if it was cheaper to buy these sample packs over the box I already had in my cart. In fact after figuring it, it was cheaper. Granted it was only a few cents, but I was saving a few cents. So I put back my original box and got a few of these sample boxes.

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K cups at $1 a box.

By the way I also picked up 1 each of the other kinds so that my hubby can try them.

k cups

All of my K cups at $1 a box.


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4th Grade National Park Pass

national park pass

Once again the National Park Service is giving 4th graders and age equivalent homeschoolers a National Park Pass. This pass is very easy to get and has the potential to save your family a lot of money.

Kids don’t normally need to pay an entrance fee for most National Parks, but what is unique about this pass it lets the 4th graders family into the National Park as well.

We took advantage of this last year and it saved dour family some money as we traveled to several National Parks. It was so simple and easy to use once we turned in our paper copy and got a hard card.

So if you have a 4th grader in your house be sure and check out the National Park Service website and get a free National Park Pass.

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3 ways to make money to buy gifts for Christmas

Shades of Green Christmas Tree

Here we are almost 3 months till Christmas, boy where has the time gone. Have you thought about what you are going to be giving as gifts for this Christmas yet?

Well if you haven’t, have no fear, there is still time to figure that out.

If you have, that is great. But if you haven’t you might be asking, how am I going to get some extra money to buy those Christmas presents?

Well today I am going to share ways that you can get some extra money before Christmas. So here we go:

  1. Earn Swagbucks. I was first introduced to swagbucks a few years ago and now I earn swagbucks to buy Amazon gift cards. If I put my mind to it, I am able to buy 1 $25 Amazon gift card a month. Once I buy the gift card, I then put it in my Amazon account. Then I just leave it there and watch it grow every month. Then at birthday time and Christmas I have money to buy my kids presents. Sure it takes work, but it is like getting free money for a little bit of time.
  2. Sell stuff on Ebay. I have had an Ebay account for several years now and I have sold things off and on. Basically I haven’t had that great of success at it in the past, but my husband just recently started selling things on there and we are having a little better luck this time around. What we are doing is selling things that are taking up space around the house that we no longer need or want.
  3. Make and sell crafts on Etsy. I used to be a big sewer, but like got busy and now I don’t sew as much as I used to. But when I did I opened an Etsy shop and sold a few things on there. So if you are crafty or artsy this is an option for you.

What is your favorite way to earn money for Christmas gifts?


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Around our house….

azaleasThis past week brought a few surprises around our house. We discovered that one of our azaleas was blooming and it looks so pretty. We bought this azalea during the spring for our daughter because she really wanted this particular color. As you can see it is quite pretty.


Also we discovered our persimmon tree had a ripe persimmon. Yep, we are quite excited about our persimmon and can’t wait for the other 4 to ripen.

persimmon persimmon

We also checked on our grapes and found some to be ripe. This is the first year they are producing so we were surprised to find out they were ripe. They also happened to taste really good.


Looking forward to seeing what is going to happen around the house this week. How about you?

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Do you want to go where everybody knows your name?


natureWe have a CD from Sons of the Silver Dollar that we picked up from Silver Dollar City that has a remake of some older songs. One of those songs is the theme song from the TV show “Cheers”.

The lyrics are:

“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name. ”

Every time I hear this song, I am reminded that I don’t see what the writer meant and I just have to say, “No, I don’t want to go somewhere where everybody knows my name.”

I can see how some people would just be tickled pink to go someplace like that, but not me. I would prefer to just blend in and not be noticed. I don’t want people to know my name and if they did are they really glad you came? I wonder. My experience has been most people act like they really don’t care if you are there or not. So I would just assume go somewhere amongst the crowd or out in the middle of no where and be my happy little self.

What would you prefer, somewhere where everyone knew your name or not?

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A Family Guide to The Natchez Trace.

A family Guide to the Natchez Trace

Introducing A Family Guide to The Natchez Trace. This is an eBook about the Natchez Trace.

Have you ever heard about The Natchez Trace?

Well for those of you who haven’t, The Natchez Trace is an old road of sorts that was used by animals, Indians and travelers who were going from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. This road has so much history associated with it, that the National Park Service made this into a real road that travelers can drive on. This modern road follows the original Trace, but not exactly the original path. Since they did that, you can actually walk and drive on sections of the original path.

Today, the road is 444 miles long and along the way their are stops that you can explore.

Some things you can see along the way are:

  • Indian mounds
  • battlefields
  • ruins
  • nature trails
  • sections of the old trace
  • old villages
  • plus a lot more

There is so much to see and do along The Natchez Trace that there is something for everyone.

A trip along The Natchez Trace can be a fun and inexpensive vacation. In fact we did The Natchez Trace as a vacation a couple of years ago and loved it. In fact that is why I created this book about The Natchez Trace. I had a hard time finding out some of the answers to a few of my questions. So I decided to write this book and answer those questions.

Some things that you will find in this eBook are:

  • What the stops are along The Natchez Trace.
  • Some things that you can do along the way besides The Natchez Trace.
  • How we traveled the Natchez Trace as a family
  • Answers to some of the questions we had that we had a hard time finding the answers to.

So if you are interested in traveling The Natchez Trace as a vacation, this book is for you. It has pictures of some of the sites that you can see as well as information about those stops.

If you are interested in buying this eBook, be sure and visit my shop page. You can also find it at the top of the page under the shop tab that is located in the menu header.

Note: This is in no way associated with the National Park Service and is meant for informational purposes only.

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Happy Labor Day.

picking at the faarmHappy Labor Day to everyone out there. What are you planning on doing today?

Well, we decided to do something different this year. We usually do a BBQ for Labor Day but this year I decided I wanted to do something different.

What are we doing? We are baking a turkey. Yep, you read that right. We are having turkey. A 22 pound one to boot.

We actually had 2 turkey’s in our freezer, so I thought we really need to get these turkey’s out of there. So my problem is solved for something different.

What are you doing for Labor Day?

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Frugal Friday – Sign up and use your rewards.

frugal friday

Do you belong to any reward programs such as the one at Walgreens?

Did you know that you can sign up for a rewards program at different places and get “rewarded” for spending money at these places?

Walgreens has a reward program where you get points for so much you spend. Then when you get enough points, you can use those points as cash.

Dominos also has a rewards program. Theirs is if you order so many times online you get a free medium 2 toping pizza.

At our house we always have pizza night on Saturday night and we also watch a movie. The type of pizza always changes from week to week. Sometimes we have frozen, sometimes we order Dominos, sometimes we make it and sometimes we buy it fresh at the store.

Some time ago I discovered that when you order Dominos on the internet and sign up for an  account, you can earn free pizza. We have been doing this for some time now and we have earned several free pizza’s.

dominos pizza

This past week, we decided that we wanted to order a pizza and I knew we had a free pizza that we could take advantage of in our account. But to my surprise, when I went to look, I actually had 2 free pizza’s.

So I decided to order 2 free pizza’s. We got 2 thin crusts so that we wouldn’t blow our diet’s that bad.

cheese pizza peperoni and bacon pizza

I was totally surprised that I could just order the 2 free pizza’s and go along my merry little way.

So if you belong to any reward programs, be sure you take advantage of what you get from your programs, you will save money.


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Welcome to September!

100_12001September is here and I am so excited.

September means it will be cooling off soon and I can’t wait. I never did like the heat of summer. I love the cooler weather fall brings and when September hits that means fall is on it’s way.

Why do I like September so much, well I will tell you.

Here are some of the reasons why I like September.

  1. We celebrate 2 birthday’s this month.
  2. Cooler weather is coming.
  3. Fall stuff starts to come out.
  4. The official end of summer is Labor day.
  5. It used to mean school started in September. Growing up in New York school didn’t start till the Wednesday after Labor Day. It has been a hard adjustment to school starting in August here in Mississippi.
  6. The leaves will start to change soon.
  7. Did I happen to mention that the cooler weather is coming!

Do you like September also? I would love to hear why.

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