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I Married A Grinch: Navigating the Holidays with a Less Than Jolly Spouse

My husband hates Christmas.  Oh ho ho…ho … he’ll tell you that’s not true. He’ll plead traditional Christmas values; he’ll cunningly argue “not ’til after Thanksgiving;” he will espouse a movement away from commercialism. But the truth is: he’s a Grinch.  Now, he LOVES presents. It’s his secondary Love Language. But he grimaces at jolliness. […]

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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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How to Get a Free Christmas Care Package Through Support Military Spouses

Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you’re anything like me then you’re now entering panic mode. Between Christmas shopping and budgeting and planning a holiday menu, you’re probably feeling pretty wiped out already.  Here Comes the Holidays … and the stress. Moms everywhere are in overdrive this time of year, and for military spouses, in […]

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A Love Letter to Tricare

When I married into the military, I wasn’t thinking about the perks. Mostly, I was thinking about the challenges, such as long separations and frequent moves. However, there are benefits to being a military dependent.  I totally married my husband for the 10 percent discount at Lowe’s.  (Actually, I do get a lot of happiness out […]

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I Need Time Away From My Kids, and I Will Not Feel Guilty About It

I love my children. I love their spunk, their personalities, their joy at the little things, their unpredictability, and their curiosity for the world. But, honestly, I cannot spend every minute with them. The same things I love about them also can become the things that make me want to hide in my bathroom (which […]

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5 Reasons Why We Love Elf on the Shelf

The “Great Debate” – Elf or No Elf? Our family falls into the former category. Catch up on why fellow Military Moms Blog Contributor Michelle hates the elf here. Our elf, Martin, was given to us when I was pregnant with our first child. While it wasn’t until our son’s fourth Christmas that he was […]

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The Aroma of a Memory: Apple Crumb Pie

Like most basic white girls, I eagerly await the advent of fall. The crispness in the air is positively life-giving after a long, sticky summer. Everything feels fresh and new, which is the epitome of irony, given that fall is the beginning of the end.  The Danish concept of hygge, pronounced “hoo-guh” and defined as […]

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Overseas and Unsupported: 5 Tips for Transition

Moving overseas to a military post/base is one thing, but moving overseas to a place that is not affiliated with the military in any way is an entirely different beast. When you move to an overseas base, there are people there to welcome you (hopefully); people who speak English; people who  understand how pretty much […]

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