motherhood

Deceptively Delicious…The Mom Edition

Who remembers when Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious hit the market? It was 2008, I had two toddlers, and this book was the talk of every mommy circle. There was finally a way to get our kids to eat fruits and vegetables without a struggle- this cookbook taught us how to sneak pureed carrots and…

Deployment Series: Motherhood

We’re rolling along in the monthly deployment series on the blog, and we’re tackling motherhood today. The rest of the series can be found here if you’d like to get caught up: Introduction, technology, meal planning, anxiety, and friendship. Living the military lifestyle calls for a whole lot of solo parenting, and let’s be honest,…

Hour-by-Hour Halloween Survival Guide for Solo Parents of Littles

If you are a military spouse, the reasons are many why you may find yourself in this predicament: duty, TDY, deployment, a geo-bachelor situation, sea trials, you name it. No matter the reason, one thing is clear. Halloween rests on your shoulders, Mama. This magical holiday of costumes and candy that your kids have been…

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…

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…

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…

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…