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Setting the Tone: Choosing Optimism

We’ve all been there. It’s PCS time, and we miss the things we left behind. We miss the familiarity of knowing where all our favorite ingredients are at the grocery store. There’s missing knowing how to get around. We miss our favorite little restaurants that save us on the nights we cannot imagine getting dinner […]

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January Book Club Questions

If you are like us, you are finally getting back into what is normal life after the holidays. Between the holiday parties, school events, days off, and the massive amounts of food consumed during those few weeks … it is no surprise that things might have slipped between the cracks — like us virtually meeting for […]

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How to Get a Free Christmas Care Package Through Support Military Spouses

Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you’re anything like me then you’re now entering panic mode. Between Christmas shopping and budgeting and planning a holiday menu, you’re probably feeling pretty wiped out already.  Here Comes the Holidays … and the stress. Moms everywhere are in overdrive this time of year, and for military spouses, in […]

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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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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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5 Tips for a Successful Night at the Military Ball

It’s that time of year again: beautiful formal gowns, perfectly manicured nails, and men in immaculate dress uniforms. Ball season only comes around once a year, and, for me, it is something I look forward to all year.  This year will be my fourth military ball. I have attended as a girlfriend, as a spouse, […]

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Knowing and Setting Your Limits as a Wife, Mother and Friend

Recently, a friend asked me to come over and help her babysit. She’d agreed to babysit another friend’s two children. I immediately said yes with absolutely no hesitation. I wanted to help her. And I did. But that request turned into another. She asked me to take over the babysitting job entirely. She felt overwhelmed taking care of […]

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See?  Don't I look happy despite all of the junk on the ledge behind me?

Being OK with Being OK

“You’re really hard on her,” my friend told me. I knew it was true, and I knew it was awful.   This was almost four years ago, and I can recall it as clearly as the block of cheese I ate for lunch. We were stationed in Italy and my dear friends and I had […]

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