Check out the April/May issue of MOM

Click on the image below to view the April/May 2020 MOM Magazine in Lane County. In this issue, cover MOM Meliske Millward tells her story, tips for designing a nursery that leaves your wallet and sanity intact, go bananas for tasty treats using bananas, and much more.

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Check out the February/March issue of MOM

Click on the image below to view the February / March 2020 MOM Magazine in Tri-Cities. In this issue, cover MOM Kim Bonus tells her story, celebrating Black History Month reading list, insider tips for birthday cakes to remember, and much more.

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Get Ready for the Tri-City Family Expo

fe_logo_print_4x6_300dpiGiving back is the goal of the upcoming Tri-City Family Expo, happening January 24 and 25, 2020. A donation from admission sales will go to Royal Family Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to the immediate needs and mentorship of local foster children. The Expo will take place at the Hapo Center, formerly the TRAC, at 6600 Burden Blvd, Pasco WA. The purpose of the Family Expo is to provide families with a weekend of fun, by bringing together local businesses, vendors, entertainment and non-profit organizations.
The event will begin with "Quiet Hours" on Friday, from 10-12 pm, allowing a less overwhelming experience for the Autistic community. Families can visit each booth and purchase goods or play games provided by the vendors. Local attractions such as Knockerball, Eric Herman and the Puppy Dogs and Vivid Imaginations Face Painting will be in attendance. There will be other performances on the stage such as Big Top the Clown, Mixx Fit for Kids and demonstrations from Exhibit Sponsor, US World Class Taekwondo. A full entertainment schedule, including "Story Time with Cinderella" and "A Frozen Tea Party" can be found at www.tcfamilyexpo.com. Also new to the Expo, are online ticket sales. Families can avoid long waiting times in the winter weather, by purchasing their admission ahead of time.

 

 

 

Check out the December 2019/ January 2020 issue of MOM

Click on the image below to view the December 2019/ January 2020 MOM Magazine in Tri Cites. In this issue, Cover MOM Naomia May tells her story, how to survive and thrive during power outages, cowboy Christmas treats, Book Lover's gift guide, and much more.

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Saving early and often can make all the difference

Kids want to know everything. From what you are doing and why you are doing it, to when it will happen and how long it will take. One of the joys of being a parent is getting to show them hows and whys along the way. One thing worth teaching them early on is the importance of saving. Children are seven times more likely to attend college if they know they have a college savings account waiting for them.

National student loan debt has topped $1.5 trillion, with the average student graduating with $37,000 in debt. Studies show that this debt takes its toll, causing graduates to delay plans to buy a house or start a family. Planning ahead with a 529 college savings account can help families save for future higher education expenses, making college more affordable and more accessible.

The key to being prepared is to start saving early, make regular contributions, and choose a savings option that will help you meet your goals. Every family is different, and no single approach is a perfect fit. That's why Washington College Savings Plans (WA529) provides families with a diverse set of options to build a college savings strategy that works for them. With WA529, families can choose between the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program, and the DreamAhead College Investment Plan.

As a prepaid tuition plan, GET guarantees that if you buy 100 units today, those units will always be worth one year of tuition and state-mandated fees at the state's most expensive public university, regardless of how much tuition changes. You don't have to worry about the ups and downs of the stock market. You can rest assured that the money you save in GET will be there when your student is ready for college. GET's annual enrollment period runs from November 1 through May 31.

The DreamAhead College Investment Plan complements the GET program and provides additional savings options for Washington families. DreamAhead is a market-based 529 plan, and its investment returns are tied to financial market performance. Families have multiple investment choices with varied degrees of customization and risk. DreamAhead's investment options range from funds that automatically adjust as your student approaches college age, to others that give account owners greater control. DreamAhead is open for enrollment year-round.

It's impossible to know where the ambitions of our loved ones might take them, and the freedom for them to choose their own path is priceless. With GET and DreamAhead, they can use their college savings nearly anywhere in the country at public and private universities, colleges and technical schools. In addition, all earnings and withdrawals from any 529 plan are tax-free when used for qualified higher education expenses. You can learn more about how these programs work at www.wastate529.wa.gov

 

 

Check out the October November issue of MOM

Click on the image below to view the October November issue of MOM Magazine featuring Cover MOM, Luz Elena Rosales Suarez, Halloween survival guide, broccoli power, surviving Daylight Savings Time and more.

Thank you Amy Purvis Photography for capturing this beautiful families photos for us to share this issue!

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Don’t Let the Thought of College Savings Scare You

Have you been looking forward to fall? Evenings are getting cooler and conversations with your kids about this year's Halloween costume have started. Do you want to be a skeleton? A unicorn? A dinosaur?  Oh, the joys of fall!

Conversations with our kids include a variety of topics. From Halloween costumes, to snack preferences, to what they want to be when they grow up. Their dreams of becoming an astronaut, teacher, or firefighter can become a reality. Yes, many jobs require a certificate or degree, which can seem overwhelming when we start to think about where the funding will come from. The thought of putting your child through college shouldn't paralyze you, and definitely shouldn't be scarier than the masked-characters that show up on your doorstep on October 31st.

With hard work, dedication, and some planning, your child's future goals are attainable.

Conversations around college savings can never start too early, and anything saved now will benefit your child in the future. The cost of a college education can be daunting, yet planning ahead with a 529 college savings account can help provide peace of mind.

Washington administers two 529 plans that offer families a variety of savings options. The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program is a prepaid 529 plan that guarantees your contributions will keep pace with the cost of tuition at the most expensive public state school in Washington. The DreamAhead College Investment Plan allows you to choose your own stock market-based investments, and your investment returns are tied to financial market performance.

Did you know that friends and family can also contribute to your 529 account? Inviting others to contribute provides your loved ones an opportunity to influence your child's future. Contributions in both GET and DreamAhead can be used at colleges, universities and technical schools across the country, and even abroad. Funds in a 529 account can be used for a variety of expenses (tuition, room and board, books, supplies, etc.), and contributions grow tax free if they're used for qualified higher education expenses.

Don't be scared to start the dialogue and include the family in the conversation (yes, even the little ones!). Explaining the importance of saving for college may inspire your kids to reach even higher!

So, take a deep breath, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte, and start saving!

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Check out the August September issue of MOM

 

Click on the image below to view the August September issue of MOM Magazine featuring Cover MOM, Lisa Weiss, Back to school gear guide, recipes kids can cook and more.

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Check out the June July issue of MOM

Click on the image below to view the June July issue of MOM Magazine featuring Cover MOM, KC Garza, fresh summer blueberry recipes, a cross-country train adventure and more
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