Motherhood

Taking the Mystery out of Meal Planning

Food. Planning. Lists. Grocery shopping. Organization. These are a few of my favorite things! (Cue the von Trapp’s) Right out of the gate, I’ll tell you that I’m a Registered Dietitian, so I literally studied food in college and was graded on my chimichurri sauce and angel food cake. Combine that knowledge with my natural…

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…

Recently PCS’d to Camp Pendleton? 5 Things To Do Right Now!

Did you just hit the military jackpot and receive orders to sunny North County San Diego? Or maybe you aren’t jumping for joy because you’ve heard housing and cost of living is astronomical in that area? Whether you can’t wait to live in flip-flops for 3 years or are nervous about the strain on your…

Is Deployment A Badge of Honor?

You knew this was coming. No self-respecting military spouse blogger would omit deployment, the granddaddy of all military life topics. Dun, Dun, Duuuun!!! (dramatic sound effect) After all, for military spouses, isn’t deployment where the majority of our badges of honor are hard-won? I say yes and no. I realize deployment lengths can vary greatly,…

3 Tips for a Festive 4th of July for the Disconnected Military Spouse

Have you recently PCS’d and lack close friendships in a new town? Is your service member deployed or otherwise not with you geographically this 4th of July? Do you feel like everyone has BBQ and fireworks-viewing plans except you? If so, I have some tips for you today that will help you make the most…

Why I Gave Up Homemade Pizza

I planned to write about exercise this week. I was going to show you a picture of my cute, sparkly barre socks that I get to wear to my studio classes, which is my new favorite thing. I’m just not feeling it today, though. School got out a week ago and it’s been an absolute…

It’s PCS Season: Who’s Your Neighbor?

It’s PCS Season: Who’s Your Neighbor?

School’s out and it’s PCS time, or moving season, for many military families. We aren’t moving this year but are saying goodbye to a couple families who are. We don’t live on base and are not part of any sort of tight-knit military community. But when my daughter met another military kid at school, there…

Hi Mom, It’s Me, Summer. You Ready?

Once upon a time, I agreed to watch my niece and nephew for an entire summer, giving me sole charge of 5 children, ages 7, 6, 5, 2 and 1 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. I thought it sounded magical; cousins playing in the backyard together, catching ladybugs and running through sprinklers, making lasting…