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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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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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Raising Brave Kids in a Fearful World: 5 Things to STOP Doing Now

Raising Brave Kids in a Fearful World: 5 Things to STOP Doing Now

I once thrived on current events and the daily buzz of world news that streamed to my phone and television. Now, it seems that I wait with bated breath for the next news update that will take my breath away. Like many fellow parents, I’m concerned about how my child will eventually process these instances. […]

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What The Seasoned Mil Spouse Can Learn From The New Mil Spouse

There are three terms usually used to describe the military spouse who has been living the military life for a while: senior, seasoned and experienced. For this post, I’ll stick with experienced. There are different types of experienced military spouses – those who have been married to the military for 10 plus years, have been […]

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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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The Five Stages of Friend Dating

The Five Stages of Friend Dating

You know the drill.  After you finally arrive in your new city, the to-do list generally looks a little like this:  -unpack the coffee maker -set up the internet -figure out which day is trash day -make some new friends Depending on how old your kids are, they’ll probably have no trouble making some new […]

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Thanksgiving Printable: A Bird That Serves

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than turkey (or tofurkey in some cases). Thanksgiving in the military often means spending the holiday away from family and with friends in a far off place. Here, we’ve combined that main dish plus service to our country for a fun craft. This three page Thanksgiving printable is sure to keep […]

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15 Signs The PT Test is Approaching

Once or twice a year it happens; the required military Physical Fitness Test (PT Test). And we all know when it’s approaching, don’t we? We know WAY BEFORE our spouse even tells us that it’s that time of year. How do we know? We know because our husbands or wives all begin to act differently […]

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Go Back To Where You Came From: What the Playground Taught Me About Racism

A few months ago, my 10-year-old daughter came home from school and said, “Mom, today at school, a girl told me to go back where I came from. She also told me that they are a certain type of family here, and I just don’t fit in. I am not like them. What did she […]

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Falling Back and Pushing Pause

This Sunday, while I set our clocks back and prayed our kids got the memo and slept in an extra hour (likely story), I also took a moment to reflect. For me, stronger seasonal winds seem to blow with passing years, and it behooves me to stop and reflect on intentional living in the latter […]

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2017 Veterans Day Deals

Veterans Day is right around the corner and to celebrate service, many restaurants and retailers are giving away free meals and amazing discounts! Be sure to call ahead to verify if your location is participating! And thank you for your service! Sunday, November 5, 2017 McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree Veterans and Gold Star families […]

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