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“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea” – Isak Dinesen

Military Spouse Mental Health: Losing it in the Lego Aisle and Other Cries for Help

I noticed her in the next aisle over, pushing her shopping cart through the toy section. Action-figures and Monster trucks proved too tempting for her grabby toddler who was riding in the cart way past his bedtime. His arms lunged for the colorful boxes on the shelves, swiping wildly and begging his mom for a…

“Flying Solo” Brave Crate Unboxing

I opened my eyes and forgot for a few seconds what day it was. Disoriented from a good night’s rest, it all came flooding back. I was five months into my husband’s deployment, very near the halfway point. I think I was supposed to have “hit my stride” by then, but each day brought more…

No-fuss Easter Resources for Kids

We know that person who goes all out for Halloween and your other friend who starts decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving? Everyone’s got their favorite holiday, that’s for sure. For me, it’s Easter. New life, springtime, and the celebration that Jesus is risen are some of my reasons for loving this holiday. Growing up, we…

Messing About in Boats: Captain Dave’s Legacy

I typically stick to writing about topics that pertain to military life, motherhood, food and nutrition, and local living. Today, however, it feels right to acknowledge a milestone in my family. Two days ago, my dad, otherwise known as Captain Dave, hopped in his pick-up truck and drove home from work for the very last…

Re-Cap: InDependent Wellness Wednesday Experience

If you’ve paid any attention to of my social media posts this last week, you’d have seen that I was the Wellness Wednesday guest for InDependent, a non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of military spouses. I had just attended InDependent’s 4th annual Military Spouse Wellness Summit, held the first week of March. Well, it…

Deceptively Delicious…The Mom Edition

Who remembers when Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious hit the market? It was 2008, I had two toddlers, and this book was the talk of every mommy circle. There was finally a way to get our kids to eat fruits and vegetables without a struggle- this cookbook taught us how to sneak pureed carrots and…

5 Alternatives to Ballpark Snack Shop Dinners

Spring is here. If you have kids who play baseball, you know what that means. Ballpark dinners. For the past 9 years, our family has spent several evenings a week at the ballpark watching our sons play baseball. The snack shop offers the usual candy, chips, soda, and while the burgers and local burritos are…

Deployment Series: Motherhood

We’re rolling along in the monthly deployment series on the blog, and we’re tackling motherhood today. The rest of the series can be found here if you’d like to get caught up: Introduction, technology, meal planning, anxiety, and friendship. Living the military lifestyle calls for a whole lot of solo parenting, and let’s be honest,…

Military Spouse Wellness Summit 2019

I sat in the chair at the hair salon recently, looking pretty cute in the black cape, like we girls do. My stylist brushed out my long hair and asked me when the last time I had a haircut. She examined my split-ends and her facial expression made it clear I was long overdue for…

The IF:Military Movement is on the Rise

I visited Dallas this past weekend, and it was my first trip ever to Texas. I’m not sure why I expected it to be warmer, but even the Lone Star state couldn’t escape from the cold front sweeping the nation. It was freezing. And I didn’t pack adequately. But, besides sprinting down the sidewalk from…