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No-fuss Easter Resources for Kids

We know that person who goes all out for Halloween and your other friend who starts decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving? Everyone’s got their favorite holiday, that’s for sure. For me, it’s Easter. New life, springtime, and the celebration that Jesus is risen are some of my reasons for loving this holiday. Growing up, we…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…