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5 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for the Military Family in Your Life

It’s that time of year again, friends; the Christmas shopping season is upon us. In every store we enter, expertly executed displays will entice us. Festive tunes will coax us.  Children will thumb through toy catalogs, eagerly selecting dozens of this year’s most proficiently marketed baubles … it’s practically a rite of passage. And at […]

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Cognitive Restructuring for the Military Spouse: How to Turn Your Less-Than-Sunny Attitude Into One of Gratitude This Thanksgiving Season

Ever feel like you’re on a merry-go-round of negativity? Like your gut reactions line up a liiiiittle too well with Debbie Downer? Then you might need a little cognitive restructuring in your life, my friend. ** Essentially, cognitive restructuring is taking negative associations or thoughts and mentally re-working them for a more positive outcome. At […]

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10 Reasons To Love Fort Lee, Virginia

When my husband and I lived in Petersburg, Virginia, just outside of Fort Lee, we were fresh out of AIT (advanced individual training) and low in rank and worldly experience. Our apartment complex, which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent, was an experience – to say the least. We lived above a part-time pot […]

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You Do You: What My Dead Lawn Taught Me About Life

They say that comparison is the thief of joy, and darned if that little bugger doesn’t creep up everywhere in military life. Nowhere is comparison more evident than in the perfect succession of idyllic, (if not repetitious) suburbia-esque homes of base housing. Unfortunately, when everyone on the street starts with exactly the same thing, differences […]

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The Kindness Rocks Project

Make the Last Days of Summer ROCK!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (pun totally intended), you’ve probably heard about or seen The Kindness Rocks Project (or one of its MANY offshoots) in action.  The concept is simple — brighten someone’s day by painting rocks, hiding them in your neighborhood for others to find, and then hunting for some yourself! Join your […]

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Feeling Invisible in an Awards and Promotions Driven World

Won any awards lately?  Any big promotions on the horizon?  Eh, me either girl, you’re in good company here.  It turns out we’re not the only ones who struggle with feeling invisible, and with a moniker like the silent ranks, it’s not difficult to imagine why a military spouse might feel unnoticed in this awards […]

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