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It doesn’t matter if you’re heading a large family or trying to make sure you don’t eat popcorn and wine every night while you’re spouse is deployed, meal planning can help. Not only does it …

when strong things break

I’m going to sing a song that you all know. The tune goes a little something like this: my husband got deployed and I met Murphy, I thought I knew him before but I was …

memorial day quotes

Article published at Quotery.com To many, Memorial Day, the federal U.S. holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend. It’s also known as the …

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toddler tips for PCS final

If a regular PCS is challenging, planning and completing a move with toddlers takes it to another level, as a move rocks a toddler’s entire world. Our first military-mandated move involved only my husband and …

deployment, military marriages, homefront, good kill

Article and Photo Credit: Besa Pinchotti for NMFA Last night, I attended the D.C. premiere of the new Ethan Hawke-January Jones movie, “Good Kill,” about Air Force pilot turned drone operator, Maj. Tom Egan. If you’re interested …

OCONUS and television

In the fall of 2014 my husband and I made our first OCONUS move. Around that time we started watching the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black. And before you could say “parole” …

new wife and new mom

Photo Credit: Blue Franswa Fotografia I am a military spouse—a Navy wife. By not being exposed to anyone in the military during my youth; I was not prepared for the journey of being the wife of a …

birthdays without mom or dad

If you have a military kid, chances are they've had to spend at least one birthday without their Service Member parent. Some have to go through it more than one. Others are lucky enough to …

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How to Apologize During Deployment

  Article Credit: JoMyGosh.com I hate being upset with John. Even now, living in the same apartment, I absolutely hate arguing with him. We don’t often…but when we do, it’s usually my fault. No, I’m not … Continue Reading

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The Friend Zone

A sad fact of life is that the older we get the harder it is to meet and make new friends. Outside the social bubble of the school system, there’s just not as many opportunities in our adult lives to meet people. … Continue Reading

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Meal Planning Simplified

meal planning

It doesn’t matter if you’re heading a large family or trying to make sure you don’t eat popcorn and wine every night while you’re spouse is deployed, meal planning can help. Not only does it save money when you’re creating a comprehensive shopping list before heading to the store on an empty stomach but you are also more likely to make healthier choices when you know there is a … [Read more...]

Meal Planning Simplified

When Strong Things Break

when strong things break

I’m going to sing a song that you all know. The tune goes a little something like this: my husband got deployed and I met Murphy, I thought I knew him before but I was mistaken. I’m a seasoned veteran when it comes to sending the boy away and holding down the fort while he’s gone. This time it was different, a scary different and not a scary different that you are probably … [Read more...]

When Strong Things Break

25 Glorious Memorial Day Quotes

memorial day quotes

Article published at Quotery.com To many, Memorial Day, the federal U.S. holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend. It’s also known as the day that marks the official start of summer and as a day devoted to getting great deals at the mall. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond … [Read more...]

25 Glorious Memorial Day Quotes

11 Toddler Tips for Surviving the Next PCS

toddler tips for PCS final

If a regular PCS is challenging, planning and completing a move with toddlers takes it to another level, as a move rocks a toddler’s entire world. Our first military-mandated move involved only my husband and myself. No kids, no pets. Fast-forward to move #2 a few years later, and we now had a newborn and a two-year-old to consider. I’ll never forget our toddler sitting very … [Read more...]

11 Toddler Tips for Surviving the Next PCS

Is War From the Homefront Sabotaging Military Marriages?

deployment, military marriages, homefront, good kill

Article and Photo Credit: Besa Pinchotti for NMFA Last night, I attended the D.C. premiere of the new Ethan Hawke-January Jones movie, “Good Kill,” about Air Force pilot turned drone operator, Maj. Tom Egan. If you’re interested in drones, you’ll learn a lot from this movie—but what hit home for me was how this service member’s high-stress job impacted his relationship with … [Read more...]

Is War From the Homefront Sabotaging Military Marriages?

5 Ways OCONUS is Like A TV Show

OCONUS and television

In the fall of 2014 my husband and I made our first OCONUS move. Around that time we started watching the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black. And before you could say “parole” the similarities between OCONUS and the TV show were evident. 1. Culture Shock Piper Chapman struggles in her early days in prison. She doesn’t understand the hierarchy, terminology or … [Read more...]

5 Ways OCONUS is Like A TV Show

Year 1 – New Wife AND New Mom

new wife and new mom

Photo Credit: Blue Franswa Fotografia I am a military spouse—a Navy wife. By not being exposed to anyone in the military during my youth; I was not prepared for the journey of being the wife of a sailor; especially during our impending first deployment when I was also the new mother of an infant. In 2009, my husband went on his first deployment as a father.  Our daughter, … [Read more...]

Year 1 – New Wife AND New Mom