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

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…

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…

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…