military life

Military Spouse Mental Health: Losing it in the Lego Aisle and Other Cries for Help

I noticed her in the next aisle over, pushing her shopping cart through the toy section. Action-figures and Monster trucks proved too tempting for her grabby toddler who was riding in the cart way past his bedtime. His arms lunged for the colorful boxes on the shelves, swiping wildly and begging his mom for a…

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…

Building Confidence as a Military Spouse

I have to admit, some of the first military spouses I met as a newlywed Navy wife exuded confidence. I secretly wished for the day that I might also feel like I knew enough about the military lifestyle and sub-culture that I’d have some knowledge to pass on to a younger spouse. The years went…

Date Night: A Moving Target

As a teenager, I used to babysit for a couple who went on regular “date nights”. I imagined, as I got older, that I would also carve out that special weekly Saturday night with my future husband. And then I married a submariner. Where the only schedule is that there is no schedule. Ok. I…

Deployment Series: Meal Planning (Take It Down a Notch)

Cereal for dinner? Ice cream for breakfast? You’ve no doubt heard the jokes and seen the memes about how military moms let it all go during deployment. There is some absolute truth to the jokes for sure, but did you know there is actually a way to feed your kids mostly healthy meals for months…

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…

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…