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Operation That’s My Dress: Mission Accomplished!

If the mission of Operation That’s My Dress is to reward dependents and active duty military members with a gorgeous gown and make them feel like Cinderella for one evening, then I’d say “Mission Accomplished!” Recently I received an email from Jessica McAndrews, Vice President of Programs, Services and Operations of USO. As a past […]

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see you later

The Goodbyes and the See You Laters

We are weeks away from our cross country Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and the “going away” coffees, lunches, potlucks, and parties are in full swing. We’re slowly making our way around to the various groups of people that have been a part of our lives while we’ve lived here for one final get together. […]

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maternal instinct

Maternal Instinct and Why You Don’t Need a Reason for Your No

Mom Gut. Maternal instinct. You have it. Trust it. I loved this article by Michelle Martin of the Huffington Post. It speaks volumes about emotional intelligence (EI) and how our culture tends to undermine it. Emotional intelligence/instinct are not necessarily the same, but they’re comparable. Here, I’m primarily referring to maternal instinct; however, the reason […]

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parenting with the internet

The Pros and Cons of Parenting in the Age of the Internet

  I have heard lots of older adults marvel at baby carriers, fancy double strollers, and other baby gear that they would have appreciated in their day. Parenting now is a lot different than in generations past. The biggest difference in parenting (in my opinion) is the Internet and technology. I have a love/hate relationship […]

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Pensacola Beach and the Blue Angels

The Best of Pensacola for Kids of All Ages

Pensacola, Florida, is known for its white sand beaches and emerald waters. It also is the home to multiple Naval Air Stations and specific training schools that will land many in the area for weeks or years at a time. Unfortunately, many of the family attractions are geared for school-aged kids, so it took me […]

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Pregnant lady

Pregnancy Rules Around the World

Since my first pregnancy seven years ago, I have come to relax … a lot. But first a disclaimer: The information included in this article is not directly supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (acog.org). Please consult your health care provider for complete individualized recommendations. So, while, I offer you encouragement in your […]

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Galentine's Day

Why Galentine’s Day Is the Most Important Made-up Holiday of the Year

The show Parks and Recreation aired an episode called “Galentine’s Day” back in 2010. Though it may have taken eight years, this unofficial holiday of women celebrating women has finally gained some momentum. Like many out there, I fell head over heels for Parks and Rec with its dynamic, intense, and lovable female lead. The […]

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