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For The Moms and Dads Who Love To Read…The MMB Book Club

The MMB Book Club was founded in August 2017 as an online community for book lovers. We started out with just our team members and have slowly grown to include members around the world.

Our book selections are varied in genre and theme. From classics to the newest must-read book, we cover a little of everything. Because that is what our book club is – readers of many ages, backgrounds, preferences, and locations. 

I like to brag that it is the most low maintenance book club you will ever be a part of! Our members can read a monthly selection or not; they can contribute in online questions or ignore them entirely; they can ask questions or never say a thing. If you are interested in joining our book club, click here. You can also find us on Facebook: just search for “MMB Book Club” and request to join!

Here are the monthly reviews of our books, with commentary from our members and even a few author interviews. Come back every month to see what we are reading!

 

I Understand It Now: Confessions of a Reformed Hugger 

A friend came over recently and brought my husband and me freshly-baked scones and homemade masks. It was a personal and lovely gesture during a time when we all could […]

Friday Favorites-Jeannette’s Favorite Fitness Channels

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Guilt-Free Screen Time : YouTube Read Alouds to the Rescue

How many books can one mom read aloud to her children?  Five? Ten? Seven hundred and thirty-eight? COVID-19 is helping me find out. Before social distancing and days devoid of […]

Cheap Summer Sensory Bins For Preschoolers

In the UK, schools are out for summer break at the end of July. For a whole six weeks. And that isn’t including the eleven weeks prior to that where […]

Dear School Districts: Keeping Schools Closed Does Not Work For Everyone

To Whom It May Concern: As the mother of two elementary-aged children, the decision of whether or not to reopen schools this fall and how that will look is a great […]

Funny Parenting Moments: Gambling on a Fart…and Losing

We all have our funny parenting moments. The anecdotes that make the rounds at family gatherings; the ones we still giggle about years later. They may not seem humorous at […]

Happy Mail: A Summer Boredom Buster for the Entire Family

Like everyone else when the COVID-19 pandemic began, I was overwhelmed with a deep need to do something to help. I heard heartbreaking stories of elderly men and women confined […]

Rethinking the Front Porch Portrait: a Message from the Past

The front porch portrait and its appeal somewhat elude me. Maybe I’m not sentimental enough; it’s definitely the contrarian in me. These family pictures do fascinate me, though. I find […]

What to Watch: Some Feel Good Must See Shows on Hulu

What do you like to watch or stream? My typical TV choice involves violence and mystery. I am a big fan of the cop/investigation type shows, which sometimes leave me […]

Online Etiquette for the New Normal

In all the places we’ve lived, I’ve never really been one to join the neighborhood Facebook group. Then we moved overseas and lived off base in a community where I […]

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Love Stories in the Military

Friday, June 26th marks the 5th anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark civil-rights case where the supreme court deemed marriage equality a constitutional right for LGBTQIA+ couples. By 2015 [...]

Friday Favorites – Jen’s Favorite Kitchen Tools

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You Might Be at the Commissary If…

No matter where we have been stationed, people argue back and forth over whether or not they like shopping at the commissary. At our base, we are fortunate enough to […]

Go Green: Your Guide to a More Eco-Friendly and Wallet-Friendly Period

When you really think about it, menstrual products create a large amount of waste. Tampons, pads, liners, menstrual discs, and soiled undergarments end up in landfills. If your period lasts 5 days, […]

Confessions Of A Mom: My Summer Of NO

I have decided that this summer I’m saying NO.  I have three kids, a houseful of things that need to be done (don’t we all?), plenty of supplies from all […]

How This Former Gym Rat Got Her Exercise Groove Back

Once upon a time, I was a regular at the gym. Most everyone knew my name; it was like Cheers. The cardio equipment, the sauna and steam room, and the […]

Friday Favorites – Black Artist Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

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10 Summer Fun Ideas While Social Distancing

Ah, summer. The weather is warming up, and the country is slowly going back into “normal.” We see across the nation some retailers starting to open their doors with precautions and […]

#AmericanSoup: A Call to Break Bread and Heal Wounds

Have you ever heard of American Soup? America has been nicknamed “the melting pot” because of our widely diverse population. People from every nation, tribe, and tongue have settled here […]

I’m Not The Fun Mom I Thought I Would Be

When it comes to being a mom, I have a confession: I don’t think I’m a very fun one.   I’m constantly bombarded on Facebook by images of children splashing […]

Don’t Worry about Your Quarantine 15

It sounds catchy: the Quarantine 15. In case you haven’t been on social media way too much lately (like I have), the Quarantine 15 refers to the 15 pounds that people […]

10 Female Abolitionists to Inspire Anti-Racism Today

At some point in our education, we learned about slavery in the United States.  We learn about the slave trade. We discuss what life was like for most slaves living [...]

Friday Favorites: Baby Feeding Favorites

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Hooah! Happy Birthday Army!

Happy Birthday to the United States Army! 245 years old! Congrats!   It’s the time of COVID-19, so the big party you’re planning may have to wait. But that doesn’t […]

Tethered- A Life Distracted by Technology

Do you remember the tetherball? Tetherball was a game where two opponents knocked a volleyball back and forth. The idea was to sneak it past your opponent, with a wrap-around […]

As An Asian-American, I Understand Why Black Lives Matter

When I was in 5th grade I was getting on the bus to head to school. As I took my seat, a white boy sitting in the seat in front […]

Gossip Girl: What the End of a Friendship Taught Me About Motherhood

  “She’s lying about me.” “She hurt my feelings.” “She’s being mean.” Any of these statements could’ve been uttered by my eight-year-old daughter; and, to be sure, they have, on […]

Friday Favorites – Lorren’s Favorite Books by Black Writers

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How We Will Talk About 2020 To Our Grandchildren?

The year 2020. I wonder how it will be described when we are grandparents? This is what I think we’ll say. The year nature and disease forced us – really […]

The Easiest and Best Cookie Recipe: A Family Favorite

Let me start out by saying that I LOVE to bake. I really like making cookies, especially simple recipes. I am sure you are looking at the title of this […]

When You’ve Lost It with Your Son: How to Bounce Back and Feel Closer than Ever

Emotions and feelings run hot while patience seems in short supply these days. The pandemic continues to amplify the cracks that may already exist in our relationships with our kids. […]

Addiction in the Family: The Journey and Lessons Learned

It has been two years since our family started walking in the world of drug addiction, but longer than that for someone I love. You see, this person had experimented […]

BEST Gifts for Dad: The 2020 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Here at Military Moms Blog we hand-picked this list of the best gifts for dads. Some of the content is sponsored, but all of our opinions are our own. We […]

May Book Club: The Testaments

But among these bloody fingerprints are those made by ourselves, and these can’t be wiped away so easily. Over the years I’ve buried a lot of bones; now I’m inclined […]

Friday Favorites – Dani’s Favorite Movie Escapes

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Dear White Parents: Our Fate Rests With You

My 7-year-old was reading a book about Jackie Robinson last night. Robinson was born in 1919, and in 1947, he became the first African American to play for a Major […]

The Five Best Sourdough Bread for Newbies

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My Anxiety is Giving Me a Hard Time

My anxiety is giving me a hard time.   It doesn’t show, even to me, because my coping mechanism of choice is avoidance. I push my fear of the unknown […]

Dear Young Mom, Your Day is Coming

Dear Young Mom, I remember how hard it was to have 3 kids under the age of 4. The days were long and the nights were longer. When the 4th […]

Friday Favorites – Podcasts for Kids

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and [...]

Our Family PCS’ed During The Pandemic

My husband is Army Reserves. For the last 18 months, we have been on active duty orders and stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama. What came as a shock to me […]

It Is Really Going to Be OK – Surf and Life Lessons

Ten years ago I found out I was having my first son. I imagined weekends at birthday parties, baseball games, and spending time with the other moms while our kids […]

It’s Not a Sign of Weakness – It’s a Gift of Generosity

Sometimes a trip to the playground is a frustrating exercise in attempted adult conversation. Other times, you get some truth bombs laid out that resonates with you long after the […]

When Life Has Not Slowed Down, Practice Mindfulness

Our family is going on week five of the COVID-19 stay-at-home routine. I call it a routine, but it has not in any way come to feel like a new […]

Friday Favorites – My Fave Grab-and-Go Snacks

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I Was Not Meant To Be This Kind Of Teacher

I remember a time in early motherhood where I was voluntold to work in a children’s class. Voluntold because there was a need and some of that need was a direct […]

Tired of Cooking? Try a Snack Tray

Did I have to cook this much before social distancing? I think I did. I cooked dinner every night. We only ate out occasionally.  But somehow staying home all day […]

We are NOT in the Same Boat: Gratitude and Support During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has changed lives across the planet. One of the things I keep seeing all over social media is “We’re all in the same boat!” While I appreciate the sentiment of […]

I’m Not Buying What the World Says About Motherhood

Even though it happened over two years ago, I can still recall the conversation. Shortly after our cross-country move, my husband and I updated our drivers’ licenses on base. We […]

Happy Mother’s Day from Military Moms Blog!

Our Military Moms Blog team is incredibly unique. We live in different states and countries. We come from varying backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. We have different family sizes. We are [...]

Military Moms and Spouses in Popular Media

My husband and I recently finished watching the Netflix series “Bodyguard.” Military moms and spouses: consider this your spoiler alert and also a trigger warning.  The plot of “Bodyguard” crucially […]

No-Contact Ways to Connect With Friends Right Now

As military spouses, we are well-practiced in loving and supporting one another from a distance. We have connections in other states and other countries that we don’t see often. But to […]

The Not So Simple Answer on Screen Time for Kids

I am an expectant first-time grandma with a serious case of baby fever. Any time I’m out in public, my eyes are invariably drawn to babies. While standing in a […]

We Have Masks: Our Choice for #Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was established in 2012. It started with a simple idea of enabling people to do good for others. It has grown into a global movement that inspires people […]

10 Cardboard Box Crafts and Recycling Activities For Kids

Being a forces family, we move around a lot. By default, that means a LOT of boxes. Big boxes, small boxes, broken boxes, over taped boxes, you name it. A [...]

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? I’m Still Figuring It Out!

Our youngest graduates high school this May, so there is a lot of talk about majors and decisions on futures in our house. She’s kiddo #5, and this is not […]

April Book Club: The Catcher in the Rye

For book club this month, I chose The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I originally chose it because I assumed most of us would have read this classic […]

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – A Tale of Two PCS’s

You know it well, friends. Your orders are cut. Your new life is just around the corner. You have only a few short months until you, your spouse, and your family […]

Friday Favorites -Aishah’s Newborn Stage Favorites

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In Its Own Way, COVID-19 Has Made Me Appreciate Military Life

Life as a military spouse is not often framed in the most glowing of terms. We endure a unique set of challenges, after all. But when discussed positively, it’s almost […]

Undiagnosed Day: Raising Awareness for Those Without Answers

“Does she have autism?” Oh, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question.  My daughter is six years old and developmentally delayed. She is completely nonverbal.  […]

Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

This is part one of a series about making your own sourdough bread starter and bread recipes. Make sure to come back for part two next month! So, there’s a […]

A Mom’s Timeline for a Successful Date Night

Date night takes on a whole new meaning with kids on the scene. Gone are the days of impromptu happy hours and last-minute dinner decisions. Now, date night needs to […]

What I’ve Learned: Observations In The Time Of COVID-19

As I write this, I am several weeks into social distancing/quarantine/isolation in response to COVID-19. It is a surreal time to be sure. In fact, time itself has become an […]

Friday Favorities- Dani’s Coronavirus Survival Picks

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Waiting for a Pineapple Assignment

Everyone has a “dream base”. That one base that seems so unrealistic actually to get, but it is everything you want. For us it was Hawaii. Of course, my husband’s career […]

COVID-19 Has Created a New Class of Heroes – So Thank Them

A friend from college texted me the other day. She was worried about her father, a doctor, contracting COVID-19. I told her I had some idea what she might be […]

Ready to Leave This Place, Not Ready to Leave This House

When I was about ten years old I watched a house get taken apart and put on wheels. I watched this from my grandparent’s driveway. It was a historical home […]

Uncover Our Names: How Cleaning Veterans’ Tombstones Connects My Husband to the Past

He could have picked golf. Or fishing. Or even shooting. The list of potential hobbies are endless for a retired warrior, yet my husband chose a pastime that honors the […]

The BEST Gifts for Mom – 2020 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Friday Favorites – True Crime Podcasts

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Top Ten Things Military Musicians Wish You Knew About Their Life

When I joined the Marine Corps, my recruiter sold me on joining the band. Frankly, it was a pretty easy sell, since I loved music. The problem was that she […]

40th Birthday Lessons and Why I am Too Old for Cheap Wine

I just recently hit a milestone and turned the big 4-0. It truly is hard to believe. I remember my mom turning 40 and while it seems like it was […]

Pandemic Induced Insomnia? You Are Not Alone

I’m a night owl, and it’s been a long-time fantasy of mine to convince the world to run on my personal clock. This is what it would look like:  Sleep […]

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About the Loneliness of Motherhood?

My husband walked in on me yelling at the kids tonight. He was hauling bags of groceries through the entryway right at the moment that I lost my cool. They […]

What Makes a Good Mom? It’s Simple – Love

You are a good mom. Unfortunately, I don’t think mothers are told that enough. Some people are lucky to have “words of affirmation are my love language” partners, friends, or family […]

For the Last Time…A List of Things I Will Not Have to Do After Retirement

For some military members and families, retirement can be a scary or bad idea. Others find the idea amazing and exciting.  Our family wholeheartedly associates with the latter. At the […]

Let’s be like Moira – Lessons from an Unusual Mother

Can you learn anything about being a good mom from a woman who can’t remember her daughter’s middle name? Can you learn anything about being a friend from a woman […]

March Book Club: Hunger

Warning: This memoir contains accounts of sexual assault and trauma. Please be advised before reading this book or this review. “The story of my body is not a story of […]

Friday Favorites: Meals for the Stay at Home Era

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Candy-less Easter Baskets- The Ultimate List

Spring is already upon us, and another sugar-filled holiday is around the corner. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about what the Easter Bunny will be bringing to your house […]

“Some Things Never Change” – Making Frozen II Your Pandemic Playlist

Someone knew we'd need Frozen II in 2020. I'm not necessarily talking about the amazing people at Disney+ who released it months ahead of schedule. But someone up there - [...]

Army Brat for Life: Lessons for Children After ETS

As a west coast native, it feels strange to me that my daughter has a Tennessee birth certificate and will always have a tie back to the south. Especially as […]

Easter Ideas in the time of COVID-19

Times are wild, am I right? I’ve been wanting to try some new things for Easter but COVID-19 has been messing with all my plans.  There are a lot of things […]

Resolutions After January – Making Your Own New Year

“How’s that New Year resolution working for you?” That’s what the marquis sign at the local swim club would read this time of year at our last duty station. My […]

I Am Bipolar – And I Refuse To Be Ashamed

I am bipolar but didn’t know it until I was 34 years old. I thought I was just a hormonal moody teenager. Small things would send me over the edge. […]

Military Moms Neighborhood Egg Hunt

We may not be able to attend our favorite events and holiday activities right now, but with a little help from our communities, we can still do an Easter Egg [...]

Week by Week, I’m Struggling…But Still Trying

It had been one week since our governor canceled all public schools through at least March 30th, and yesterday it was pushed to May 15.  At that moment, I was sitting […]

COVID-19 Dispatches from Around The World

No matter where you are in the world, you are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. Our Military Moms Blog team is located in multiple states and countries. We are all [...]

Friday Favorites – Erin’s Picks for Gentle Parenting

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Babies Will Cry, and It Will Be OK

My sister sat next to her crying baby on the ground, hand on her forehead. Her little boy wailed, arching his back and swinging his limbs at her if she […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me – My Breakup with a Coffee Chain

I am comfortably curled into the left end of our sofa with my “Don’t Stress Do Your Best” Threshold mug from Target. I slowly bring the stoneware vessel to my […]

15 Ways to Use PlayDough For Learning and Play

Do you like playdough? Do your kids? Most of us have play dough in the house or perhaps like to make our own. We like using playdough for learning and […]

It’s Not About The Toilet Paper – It’s About Our Humanity

Covid-19 pandemic…or a toilet paper crisis? I keep thinking about this toilet paper crisis during this pandemic, a crisis that seems to only affect those of us in the United […]

Air Force Ace: A Children’s Book About Deployment

Every so often in life, you get to a duty station and you find a tribe that makes your time there so, so easy. You support each other through life’s […]

Friday Favorites: The Dad Edition

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Step Out On That Limb

As military spouses, we know walking down the aisle into our marriage that we will be giving up control of our lives. We know that we will be required to […]

Self-Isolation: Human Responsibility VS American Rights

I posted this yesterday on Facebook after days of reading article after article about the current pandemic: OK. That’s it. I’m tapping out. I’m now going into self-isolation for the […]

Three Things My Chronic Illness Has Taught Me About Motherhood

Shortly after my twin boys turned one, I was diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness called pulmonary hypertension. As a then-28-year-old, first-time mom and military wife, living across the country […]

As the Wife of an Emergency Physician, I Beg You, Please Stay Home

This weekend, on the cusp of Spring Break, my phone was abuzz: “What are we thinking about Mom’s Night Out? Are you still going?” “That pool party’s still okay since […]

Schools Closed? 7 Sanity Saving Tips and Activities From a Seasoned Homeschooler

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Friday Favorites – Suzanne’s Favorite Teas

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When You Don’t Feel Like You Have A (Mom) Tribe

Everyone says you need to “find your tribe.” You’re supposed to have that group of women with whom you do life, spend time with, and support each other. Your tribe […]

Dispatches from Northern Italy: How to Survive A Coronavirus Quarantine with Kids

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5 Ways to Prepare your Child for Deployment

Five weeks. My husband was home for a measly five weeks when he got orders for his next deployment. That marked four deployments within six years. Our world would be […]

Recommended Family Viewing for the Shut-In Season

If you’re like my family, the winter months are a time for hibernation and family bonding. This year we’re even more reclusive with a raging flu season, a newborn in […]

Everything I Need To Know About Life I Can Learn From My Toddler

They say that with age comes wisdom. I think most of what we figure out about life as adults is what we’ve forgotten from childhood. We grow older and tend […]

Women FOR Women on International Women’s Day

“You should be ashamed of yourself for being a stay at home wife.” These are the words that have haunted me for years. Every now and then they resurface, nudging […]

Teaching Our Girls That Their Voices Matter

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When Something Is Wrong With Your Kid

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My Haircut is None of Your Business

I recently got my hair cut. It is nothing fancy—just a standard bob-sort of hair cut where the front is probably a little longer than my chin. I have curly […]

February Book Club: My Friend Anna

You are out with a group of friends, eating dinner or getting a drink. The bill comes along, and a friend offers to get it for the group. You all […]

The Not-So-Easy Transition from Active Duty to Military Spouse

Transitioning from an active-duty Army soldier to an Army spouse seems like it would be easy. You are going from working full time to staying home full time; what’s not […]

Having a Leap Day Baby: How Does That Work?

My first baby came right on time. My second baby came 2 weeks early. When I found out I was pregnant the third time, I looked at the calendar and […]

Friday Favorites – Emily’s Art Journaling Supplies

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As An Idealist, I Had to Learn to Live with Disappointment

I am an idealist. Since I was a little girl, I’ve held this innate belief of ideals over practicality. I don’t look at facts. I look at hope beyond reasonable explanation. […]

An Updated List of 7 Things You Need to Know about Your VA Loan Benefit

One of the amazing benefits of military service is the use of your Veteran’s Administration Home Loan! Without a VA loan, many service members would not have the ability to […]

The Milestones I Am Happy to Leave Behind

Milestones are different for everyone. We watch and wait, sometimes cognizant of hitting them in our families with our children. Sometimes they surprise us. We find ourselves almost longing to go […]

Pancake Day is February 25: Let’s Celebrate!

Did you know that today is Pancake Day? It is an entire day devoted to one of my favorite breakfast foods. Maybe it is the nostalgia that comes with cooking […]

A Note to The Friend With The Status Change: I See You

Facebook is a world of constantly changing statuses. Social media culture, in general, is very interesting to me. I am on Facebook daily. I am not ashamed of my screen […]

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Friday Favorites – Aishah’s Pregnancy Favorites

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“Lead Me, Guide Me” – A Peaceful Parenting Method

My kids have a favorite song from church that includes the line “Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way!” I love the imagery that this […]

Awkward Meetups and Friend First Dates: Finding My Place Even If No One Finds Me

I sealed the dishwasher and pressed the start button for the second time that day. I sighed and reached for my grande-sized beverage on the breakfast bar, reheated it for […]

Love Languages: 5 Creative Ways To Show Your Child Love

February. The month of love. Shops, adverts, and magazines all tell us how love should feel and what it should look like. In our house, Valentine’s Day is known as […]

So Your Toddler is in a Cast – What Now?

When my toddler refused to walk after a fall, I took her to the ER doing my due diligence. I didn’t know what was wrong, but I was unprepared for […]

FREE Activity Printable from KinderCare!

Did you know that all KinderCare Learning Centers are both licensed AND accredited? This means that all childcare facilities – from their buildings to their teachers to their curriculum – […]

Friday Favorites – Jennifer’s Favorite Books & Authors

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‘Twas the Night of St. Valentine: Moms Edition

‘Twas the night of St. Valentine, and all through the house, Mama was stressing and rushing around. Dishes were dirty, the baby’s tooshie was bare, While the pre-teen screamed over […]

My Decorating Style? Call it Military Chic

My daughter recently asked me what my decorating style is; an odd question since my house had also been her house for eighteen years. Someone had asked her the question, […]

5 Ways Your Child Can Benefit From Toddler School

You walk into your toddlers’ room and you see him dumping all his toys on the floor. He’s not engaging in any of the toys he’s dumped but merely stumbling […]

Thankful for the Ordinary Days

Today is one of those ordinary days. He usually wakes up earlier than me. He’s probably gone to PT and already come home before I even wake up. When he […]

Friday Favorites – Dani’s Favorite Family Recipes

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Winter Slump: How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love Winter

I once wrote a paper in college about the movie “Groundhog Day” and Nietzche’s doctrine of eternal recurrence: would you choose to live the exact same life, the exact same […]

Upset over Upcycling-Am I Raising a Hoarder?

I could blame a very popular pup on TV who instructs our children to not lose it, “reuse it!” Or I could blame the abundance of Amazon boxes in my […]

January Book Club: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

We read a great deal of fiction books that dissect the American family. We like these books for their relatability; their portrayal of fictional characters in all-too-real situations; their gritty […]

Tradition, Memories, and History: Uncovering a Secret Family Recipe

How many meals do you fall asleep dreaming about? As kids, my brother and I grew up eating my mom’s secret recipe breakfast casserole on holidays and special occasions; it […]

Friday Favorites- Gretchen’s Necessities for Traveling with Small Children

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Moving Out of Our Old House and into Our New Lives

Moving is never easy. Since I’ve done it six times in ten years, I sort of go on auto-pilot: arrange for movers, declutter closets, call all utility companies on both […]

Pain, Chronic Pain Go Away – Come Again Another Day

When I think of my chronic pain, I think of a time that my nephew was ill. We both handled our pain in the same way. Let me paint a […]

How a Birthday Party Taught Me About Acceptance and Love

In the early part of my adult life, if someone had asked me to define love, I may have spent an absurd amount of time thinking about cute dates, beautiful […]

Five Things I Refuse to Care About in the New Year

The New Year brought with it a barrage of posts about New Year’s Resolutions all over social media—goals to improve who we are, how we look, how much money we […]

Friday Favorites – Sarah’s Weekly Treats for Busy Moms

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Refresh Your Child’s Diet with Low-Sugar Options

Many families look to the new year as a time to reset their eating habits and focus on making healthier choices. However, adults aren’t the only ones who could use […]

For My Children, I Am Stable

In my children’s world of military chaos and disorder, I am the constant, the always present person and place. But this role isn’t easy. At our new library, we walk […]

Wear The Fun Socks: Learning to Slow Down and Enjoy the Small Things

Everyone seemed to be so excited when Disney Plus came out. And by everyone, I meant adults everywhere. People counted down days until its arrival; some even took the day […]

Friday Favorites: Leah’s Favorite Books

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“Touched Out” Has New Meaning as a Mom and a Sexual Assault Survivor

It was 3am, and neither of us had slept. My red-faced, two-day-old son was screaming and writhing in my arms, refusing to latch to my bruised and bloody nipples. His […]

5 Ways To Be More Creative With Your Kids in 2020

  I don’t have a creative bone in my body. I get overwhelmed and wouldn’t have the first clue where to start. Creativity and art are expensive, and I don’t […]

10 Ways to Spark Joy this Winter

As military families, we’re constantly on the move. You may be tired of your warm winter or waiting to get out of your cold winter. But winter is just that […]

How to Actually Stick to Your Nutritional and Fitness Resolutions

When I make a New Year’s resolution regarding my body, I typically stick to it for about 3 weeks. Or in the case of this year’s plan of Sober January […]

Five Rules for the Accidental Stay-At-Home Mom

I have a confession to make: I’m not great at being a stay-at-home mom. It was never part of my plans but neither was marrying a soldier. And because that […]

Friday Favorites – Amber’s Hygge Heaven

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A Letter to My Friends After My Mom’s Death

Dearest Friends, As you know, my mom died this summer.  It’s taken me a long time to type those words. It’s hard to keep my fingers moving on the keyboard […]

11 Military Perks You May Not Know About

We all know that being in the military and being a military spouse is not easy. Understatement of the year.  But it is not all grey clouds and rain. Despite […]

December Book Club: The Alice Network

We. Love. Historical. Fiction. I knew that The Alice Network by Kate Quinn had to be a pick for our book club. The reviews were great, every other book nerd […]

Skip the Resolutions: Live Your Best Life with a Bucket List

  There’s something so hopeful and expectant about the New Year. Sometimes you have big, exciting plans for the next year; other times it’s just a year you’re eager to […]

Friday Favorites: Amie’s Newborn Essentials

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Hello 2020 – and Hello From Your Military Moms Blog Team!

Hello to 2020 - and to new team members! Military Moms Blog has always been focused on providing information, community, and support to military families in all stages of life. [...]

Hello from Amie Glazier and Rachel Carpenter!

Meet Amie & Rachel - your new Military Moms Blog owners! Both of us have been contributors on Military Moms Blog since it began in 2017. We have seen what [...]

So Long But Not Goodbye from Christy Curtis and Julie Cohen

Nearly 3 years ago, Christy and I (Julie) signed our contract to start Military Moms Blog while sitting in the lobby of a San Antonio Gold’s Gym — we were […]

Our Top 10 Posts of 2019!

As 2019 is rapidly coming to a close, we are reflecting on all that our team has accomplished this year. We published over 200 original posts. We worked with countless [...]

Friday Favorites: Heather’s Favorite Christmas Cookies

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and [...]

My “In Case I Die” Binder: Important (and Neurotic) Info

I recently wrote a piece about my increased worry since becoming a mother. Along with this generalized worry came the fear of how my family would manage if I died. […]

How Stronger U Can Help You Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays can be hard when it comes to weight management. Many of us work hard all year to keep our weight and fitness in check only to struggle now […]

Creative Parenting: Team-Building Activities As “Punishment”

Are your kids constantly fighting? If your kids are like mine, they start fighting the second they get into a car. Recently during one of these tumultuous car rides, I […]

The Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Curse: A Mother’s Log

The following is a log of a mother's experience with hand, foot, and mouth disease or HFMD. The entries were shared after the family's survival from this rampant, inconvenient, and [...]

Friday Favorites- Amy’s List of Holiday Favorites

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and [...]

This Year Will Be Different: My Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress This Season

I stood in the center of my kitchen; one hand on the counter and one hand on my head. I could feel the panic welling up inside me. Thoughts of […]

The Ghost of Milspouse Friends Past

It’s that time of year again… Holiday parties are in full swing, trees glitter through frosted windows, and the eggnog pours freely. Festive movies dance across our television screens all […]

How To Find, Interview, and Keep a Good Babysitter

Good babysitters can be hard to find. With my oldest child being 12 and having moved a whole lot, I have searched many, many times for babysitters. I will admit […]

Tis Better To Give Than Receive: Easy Service Activities This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us once again, and so are the pressures to buy and consume more and more. Serving others tends to take a backseat. It is difficult […]

Friday Favorites: A Coffee Addict’s Must-Haves

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and [...]

More Than Noodles and Nostalgia: My Favorite Comfort Food

Chips with French onion dip. Homemade Alfredo sauce. Mashed potatoes. Chocolate cake with tons of buttercream icing. Am I making you hungry yet? Today is National Comfort Food Day and […]

Where Are You From? Let’s Rephrase the Question

It was October of 2017. Our family had just PCSed back to my home state. My oldest son was four years old, and we had just enrolled him in preschool […]

November Book Club: The Last Romantics (and a Surprise Interview)

“This then is the true lesson: There is nothing romantic about love. Only the most naive believe it will save them. Only the hardiest of us will survive it. And […]

Military Mama Spotlight: A Day in the Life of a Navy Band Member

How many people actually get to say that they have their dream job and are doing what they love? I’m not talking about people who enjoy their job. I hope […]

Friday Favorites – Rachel’s Picks for “Winter” in Hawaii

Welcome to our newest series. In “Friday Favorites,” our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and [...]

I’m Listening to Christmas Music Early This Year

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve seen evidence of this month’s greatest controversy. This issue crosses party lines. It affects both rural and urban communities; the coastal […]

You Need These Fall Recipes: 3 Vegetarian Options To Try This Season

I love everything about the fall season: football, cooler weather, and above all … fall recipes! I’ve been a vegetarian for several years, and I am always on the hunt […]

2019 Advent Calendars: From Basic to Over the Top

I love a good advent calendar. I always have. When I was little, my mom would buy one for my brothers and me to share. I would calculate the order […]

Friday Favorites: Julie’s Picks for Italy’s Rainy Season

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and [...]

11 Small Changes for a Healthy Life

This 3-part fitness series is written and sponsored by Samantha Costello, a Marine Corps spouse and owner of Core Fit. If you’re interested in joining a group to help you stay […]

4 Simple Ways to Help Change the World

My oldest daughter is quite the idealist. If there’s anything to volunteer for at school, she is the first one who raises her hand. Last year she joined Student Council […]

Do You Pee When You Sneeze? You Might Need Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Do you pee when you sneeze? This is sort of a sensitive question and topic, and this might be too personal for some of us to answer. But asking this […]

The New Normal: A School Shooting Threat

My day had begun pleasantly. My kids were at school;  my husband was at work; I was preparing for my day. I was getting ready for work and left my […]

Friday Favorites: Christy’s Picks for Winter

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These favorite things can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to [...]

11 Healthy Snacks for On-The-Go

This 3-part fitness series is written and sponsored by Samantha Costello, a Marine Corps spouse and owner of Core Fit. If you’re interested in joining a group to help you […]

How to Host a Fuss-Free Friendsgiving (Recipes Included)

Holidays can be stressful for anyone. But being in a military family often makes creating meaningful memories a little more challenging. Going “home” isn’t always an option. Your family rarely […]

True Life: It Took Me Three Years to Bond with My Baby

This post was written in honor of World Prematurity Day on November 17th and aims to spark conversation and awareness about an often overlooked repercussion of traumatic births.  In an […]