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

MilSpouse Support for I/A Deployments

Warning: Super-specific post ahead. This post is meant as a resource page for any military spouse facing deployment in an Individual Augmentee (I/A) situation. This information will likely also pertain to those who have service members on an unaccompanied tour. If none of this applies to you, please skip this week’s post and hang on…

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,”…

Kara’s Real Food Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies have long been known as an excellent way to increase daily fruit and vegetable intake and for good reason. You can pack a ton of produce in the blender and make a delicious, kid-friendly and completely versatile treat! I’ve recently been intrigued by its close cousin: the smoothie bowl. Sometimes referred to as an…

Brave Crate: A Military Spouse’s Ace in the Hole

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to start Crossfit together. It was a noble idea, us working out together, trading high-fives following box jumps and pull-ups. It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize that we could buy similar equipment and set up a home gym in our garage instead of…

Happy New Year!

Good morning, 2019! What?? Did you make it to midnight? Are you getting ready to watch College Football games all day, or is this Day #1 of the “new you?” working towards health goals? You won’t find any restrictive eating over here at our house, but possibly a recommitment to higher fruit and vegetable intake…

Holiday Pesto Bread Recipe

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of attending holiday parties, it’s this: finger food sells. If it requires to be scooped onto a plate and eaten with a fork or spoon, the dish is likely to remain on the buffet table while the finger food disappears into the tummies of chatty, mingling party-goers.…

Kara’s Favorite Things 2018

I’m not sure anyone is paying attention, but the second Tuesday of every month has been dedicated to a deployment series. Now, I was right on schedule to post my thoughts on Family Separation Allowance (FSA), that little extra added to the paycheck during deployments. But, to my surprise, the post was picked up by…

Serving as a Family in the Season of Giving

There are plenty of things I have mom-guilt over: I’m not volunteering in the classroom this year, it’s been years since I’ve made each kid their annual scrapbook, and our youngest got two cavities because we let him brush his teeth independently (#thirdchild). But one of the things I’m most proud of as a mom…

Family Advent Resource Round-Up

Between constructing gingerbread houses, baking cookies and writing letters to Santa, parents know that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually jam-packed with holiday fun. But if you believe Jesus is the reason for the season, you gotta include some meaningful Advent activities as well. I love planning Christmas events to do with my…

A Thanksgiving Feast for Twelve…or Two

The submarine had been out to sea for about four weeks and was due to return my husband to me just before Thanksgiving. This particular day was extra special to us because he had proposed to me on Thanksgiving two years prior, and we were separated by deployment on turkey day during our first year…