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Europe in the fall

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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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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I Hate it Here …. No, Wait, I Love it!

In terms of military assignments, I’ve been pretty fortunate. Even for some locations with mixed reviews, I have always found something positive about my time there. Bloom where you’re planted and all. What I never expected was to instantly and thoroughly dislike a place I lived.  We arrived in Belgium on a cold, wintery day in […]

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My mother and I learned to be very quiet during the day while my father slept.

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military Family

As moms in the military community, it’s important to educate ourselves on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If left unchecked or untreated, it can potentially lead to substance abuse, violent behavior, or suicide. What is PTSD? Everyone has painful memories, right? But not everyone is affected the same way. PTSD is a debilitating condition that can emerge after a frightening […]

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Embracing Your Overseas Orders

So you received orders to move overseas? You may be scared of the unknown. You may be sad to sell your house or leave behind your friends. If you have kids, you may be dreading the fact that they have to start a new school. And if you are pregnant, you are, for sure, a […]

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