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My Dad’s Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

In honor of summertime and Father’s Day last week, I’m sharing my dad’s recipe for his amazing bourbon barbecue sauce. Not only will you use it during the summer grilling season, you’ll want to make a few extra batches to have on hand once the hectic pace of the school year gets underway. First, let me […]

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Eat Me, I’m Irish: Authentic Shepherd’s Pie

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I’m sharing my family’s recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. This is the real deal – trust me. I married into an Irish family, and they take things like Shepherd’s Pie (and Guinness!) very seriously. Shepherd’s Pie is great comfort food for the cold fall and winter months. You’ve […]

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PCS’ing to Belgium? Here Are 8 Reasons Why SHAPE is the Place to “BE”

The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is located near Mons, Belgium (about 30 minutes south of Brussels) and is the military headquarters for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Because it is a posting that you don’t hear about very often, it can be difficult to find information about life at SHAPE. We (Sarah and […]

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5 Planners for Every Mom and Every Budget

I used to be a pretty organized and together person. Before my kids came along, I remembered everything. I knew where my husband left his keys; I was able recall dates on the calendar from memory; I knew how many meetings I had scheduled on a particular day; and even friends’ birthdays and wedding anniversaries. […]

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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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Europe in the Fall: 5 Weekend Trips with Kids

Fall is my favorite season – I love the beautiful colors of the foliage, the cooler temperatures, and the calm in the schedule before the hectic pace of the holidays begins.  We’ve been stationed in Europe for the past 2 ½ years, and our family has been enjoying the change of seasons that we didn’t […]

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"I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education." -- David Rockefeller

Traveling with Kids: It’s Worth the Hassle

“Because getting there is half the fun. You know that.” — Clark W. Griswold (National Lampoon’s Vacation) Sometimes I feel like this quote from one of my favorite movies should really say, “Getting there is half the work …” When it comes to family vacations, it seems like we spend more time packing and preparing for […]

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