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

Deployment Series: Friendship

When I mapped out this monthly deployment series, I assigned myself topics to write on in no particular order: Introduction, technology,meal planning, and anxiety. You can imagine my surprise when I turned the calendar to November and saw that friendship was on the agenda. November. When you hear people throwing around that phrase,“Friendsgiving.” I couldn’t…

A Vacation From Our Vacation: A Palm Desert Re-Cap

It’s no secret that we live our everyday lives in sunny San Diego, a vacation destination by all accounts. But, no matter where you call home, a change of scenery once in a while from where you work and do laundry is a must. Even when we were stationed at Pearl Harbor, we island-hopped to…

Hour-by-Hour Halloween Survival Guide for Solo Parents of Littles

If you are a military spouse, the reasons are many why you may find yourself in this predicament: duty, TDY, deployment, a geo-bachelor situation, sea trials, you name it. No matter the reason, one thing is clear. Halloween rests on your shoulders, Mama. This magical holiday of costumes and candy that your kids have been…

Fall Traditions Military Family-style

Did you grow up in a place where autumn meant crisp air, brightly colored leaves and pumpkin patches? Boots, sweaters, football, pot roasts and cider?  Well, chances are, if you married someone in the military, you’ve lived in places where your long-held seasonal traditions don’t exactly match the geographic location or weather. And it can…

Tribute to A Few Good Men (and one in particular)

This week our family is celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday and I wanted to give him a shout out (and embarrass him a little). Once in a while it’s a good idea to acknowledge some of the very best things about the man I share my life with, and remind him that he is much…

Deployment Series: 8 Ways to Combat Anxiety

Here we are in the fourth installment of the monthly deployment series and also the most difficult topic I never wanted to write about. Introduction, technology, and meal planning posts will catch you right up and bring you to today’s topic of anxiety. Blindsided. That’s the absolute truth. A capable, responsible mom of three, 16…

Making Peace with the Nomadic Nature of Military Families

As a recent college graduate and brand-new Navy wife, moving in to base housing was like a dream come true. We had it made in our freshly renovated 2-bedroom duplex with linoleum floors throughout. My college friends were mostly living in apartments or houses with ever-changing roommate situations and I was a married woman with…

Building Confidence as a Military Spouse

I have to admit, some of the first military spouses I met as a newlywed Navy wife exuded confidence. I secretly wished for the day that I might also feel like I knew enough about the military lifestyle and sub-culture that I’d have some knowledge to pass on to a younger spouse. The years went…

Date Night: A Moving Target

As a teenager, I used to babysit for a couple who went on regular “date nights”. I imagined, as I got older, that I would also carve out that special weekly Saturday night with my future husband. And then I married a submariner. Where the only schedule is that there is no schedule. Ok. I…

Deployment Series: Meal Planning (Take It Down a Notch)

Cereal for dinner? Ice cream for breakfast? You’ve no doubt heard the jokes and seen the memes about how military moms let it all go during deployment. There is some absolute truth to the jokes for sure, but did you know there is actually a way to feed your kids mostly healthy meals for months…