Military Life

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…

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…

Committing to Fitness Goals: My Honolulu Marathon Story

Have you ever accomplished something so monumental that all the hard work it took to get there seemed worth it? I took a personality quiz the other day, sort of like “which Disney Princess are you”, except actually legit. It turns out, I’m what you call, an “obliger.” Just another way of saying “people pleaser,”…

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…

5 Excuses Not to Exercise…and Crushing Them

Running, swimming, kickboxing, CrossFit, yoga, circuit-training, tennis, Curves, Pilates, soccer. You name it, I’ve been committed to it. For a season. Or a month. Or a week. I enjoy being active and moving my body but then I had 3 kids and between childcare and military moves, daily exercise fell further down my list of…

Homeschool vs Public School: Education Options for the Military Child

Military moving season brings a host of decisions to be made, including whether to live on-base or off and if you have kids, whether to enroll them in public school, private school or homeschool. There is no right or wrong way to educate your children, pros and cons exist with all choices, but before making…

Deployment Series: I Love Technology

No, I’m not talking about the song from Kip and Lafawnduh’s wedding at the end of Napoleon Dynamite, I’m talking about the miracle of communication through technology during military deployments in this second installment of the monthly Deployment Series. If you missed the series intro, check it out here. Oh yeah, military spouses LOVE us…

5 Reasons to Form a Fantasy Football League Today – Don’t Miss Out!

MilSpouses, listen up: I know you don’t want to think about fall yet. I know it’s still 80 degrees out. But I also don’t want you to miss out on what could be your best addition to fall since Starbucks debuted the #PSL. So, while we have a few lazy days of summer left, it’s…

THAT Military Spouse: A Hermit Wife’s Rebuttal

The other day, I stumbled on a hilariously accurate post by JD Collins on her site, A Semi-Delicate Balance: Don’t Be THAT Military Spouse: 7 Kinds of Toxic Spouses to Avoid. It’s a few years old, but timeless, in my opinion. Reading through the list, I found myself nodding along, agreeing with every one of…

To the Military Spouse Who Feels Clueless

Remember the Friends episode where Joey pretends like he understands what everyone else is talking about, but really, he doesn’t have a clue? The one where he buys a set of encyclopedias so he can sound smart and fit in with his more intelligent buds? Have you ever felt like that?   Years ago, in…