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Article originally published at JoMyGosh.com. Is there a time that we fret more over the way we look and feel than homecoming? From deployment weight loss challenges, to Pinterest boards full of homecoming outfit ideas, to …

Military Homecoming

Guest Post: Wynona Benson, Photographer Photo Credit: Wynona Benson Why do you need a military homecoming photographer? I get that question a lot. And when I was standing there waiting for my client’s husband  a couple days ago, …

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There were a lot of things I expected when I married “into the military." I expected the long hours and crazy schedules my husband would have, after all I’d already been used to those for …

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  When we’re little girls we’re told we can do anything and be anything, and in today’s society that almost seems true. After all, women are finally at a place where we’re almost making the same …

surrounded by greatness MSOY

I consider myself a “Jack of Many Trades, Truly, Master of None.” I’m a super volunteer, but as of yet, have not done anything groundbreaking. I fill voids when they need to be filled; support …

bridesmaid gifts

Wedding planning can be overwhelming and when you’re marrying someone in the military it can be even more overwhelming. Due to long hours and deployments, the bulk of the wedding planning often falls on you. …

34 things we wish we would have known about milspouse life

No matter how familiar you are with the military culture, no matter how prepared you think you are to embrace it, when you say “I do” to someone who wears combat boots to work every …

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Whenever I attend military spouse events or conferences, one of the hottest topics for discussion is the challenge of keeping a career afloat while embracing the military lifestyle. Many of us have left jobs to …

homefront operations, Betty Welsh

Article originally published at Fayetteville Observer Throughout my adventures to Washington DC, I have had the opportunity to meet with our military’s senior leadership spouses. These women are fantastic and when I meet with them, I …

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The rising temperatures don’t lie; summer is almost here, a fact that is both exciting and terrifying for many women. With summer comes happy anticipation for barbeques, lazy days at the beach, and cute summer …

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7 No-Fail Beauty Tips For Homecoming

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Article originally published at JoMyGosh.com. Is there a time that we fret more over the way we look and feel than homecoming? From deployment weight loss challenges, to Pinterest boards full of homecoming outfit ideas, to our own little internal conversations, we are merciless to ourselves when it comes to homecoming. When John was coming home, I literally bought four … [Read more...]

7 No-Fail Beauty Tips For Homecoming

Why Do You Need a Military Homecoming Photographer?

Military Homecoming

Guest Post: Wynona Benson, Photographer Photo Credit: Wynona Benson Why do you need a military homecoming photographer? I get that question a lot. And when I was standing there waiting for my client’s husband  a couple days ago, I thought: I really need to take the step and write about this. Homecoming is long, and yet it’s very short. After a deployment, your … [Read more...]

Why Do You Need a Military Homecoming Photographer?

Spouse Wars

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There were a lot of things I expected when I married “into the military." I expected the long hours and crazy schedules my husband would have, after all I’d already been used to those for years. I expected the mixed emotions of the excitement, anxiety and fear that come with each PCS and transfer. I expected the confusing acronyms and the military jargon. I even expected the … [Read more...]

Spouse Wars

Women Can’t Have It All

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  When we’re little girls we’re told we can do anything and be anything, and in today’s society that almost seems true. After all, women are finally at a place where we’re almost making the same amount a man makes in the same position. (Although at 73 cents on the dollar it is sadly still almost.) Our heads are slowly peeking over that glass ceiling and it’s about time. … [Read more...]

Women Can’t Have It All

Surrounded by Greatness

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I consider myself a “Jack of Many Trades, Truly, Master of None.” I’m a super volunteer, but as of yet, have not done anything groundbreaking. I fill voids when they need to be filled; support efforts championed by others; and try to be a positive figure in my community. That is my niche, doing and leading as able. This isn’t meant to be self-deprecating. More, an honest look … [Read more...]

Surrounded by Greatness

5 Bridesmaid Gifts for the Military Bride (or just for fun!)

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Wedding planning can be overwhelming and when you’re marrying someone in the military it can be even more overwhelming. Due to long hours and deployments, the bulk of the wedding planning often falls on you. And there often isn't much time! It’s easy to forget little details; one thing that's important to remember is to thank the amazing women that help make your day possible. … [Read more...]

5 Bridesmaid Gifts for the Military Bride (or just for fun!)

34 Things We Wish We Had Known About Milspouse Life

34 things we wish we would have known about milspouse life

No matter how familiar you are with the military culture, no matter how prepared you think you are to embrace it, when you say “I do” to someone who wears combat boots to work every day, there are things you will learn that may never have occurred to you. Some of us pick up on those things quickly, and some of us are still (after decades of this life) figuring things out on a … [Read more...]

34 Things We Wish We Had Known About Milspouse Life

The Rosie Network

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Whenever I attend military spouse events or conferences, one of the hottest topics for discussion is the challenge of keeping a career afloat while embracing the military lifestyle. Many of us have left jobs to follow our service member around the world, changed careers completely, find ourselves returning to the workforce after taking years off to raise children, or hope to … [Read more...]

The Rosie Network

Homefront Operations: Meet Mrs. Betty Welsh

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Article originally published at Fayetteville Observer Throughout my adventures to Washington DC, I have had the opportunity to meet with our military’s senior leadership spouses. These women are fantastic and when I meet with them, I find myself wondering about their lives. How many deployments have they endured? Did they have to take a sick kid to the ER in the middle … [Read more...]

Homefront Operations: Meet Mrs. Betty Welsh

7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Summer Slimdown

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The rising temperatures don’t lie; summer is almost here, a fact that is both exciting and terrifying for many women. With summer comes happy anticipation for barbeques, lazy days at the beach, and cute summer outfits, but unfortunately summer also often brings a feeling of dread surrounding some of women’s most feared things. Things like bikinis, tank tops, and short dresses. … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Summer Slimdown

You Are Enough

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I still remember the day I started to forgive myself. Forgive myself for all the things I wasn’t and all the things I would never be. More importantly, it was also the day I started to accept myself. I was in a yoga class and if you’ve been to yoga before you know that they often like to leave you with a message towards the end of class to take home with you. I was resting in … [Read more...]

You Are Enough

Dear Mindy, I’m Scared Sick

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Dear Mindy, I am newly married and my husband just finished basic training. We are set on our very first move. This will be my first time ever being away from my hometown, my family, my friends and everyone I care about. I am so scared it is making me sick. I love my husband very much, but I am not sure how I can handle moving to a new place. Is it normal to feel like … [Read more...]

Dear Mindy, I’m Scared Sick

Hiding in the Silent Ranks

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I have always been patriotic at heart. Growing up and even now, still I romanticize about the sacrifice, loss and love of the military families in wars past and present. It is an odd romance as I am immersed within the military community with a husband who has been Active Duty for thirteen years now. Yet, sometimes I have not considered myself a true member. I have felt like an … [Read more...]

Hiding in the Silent Ranks

Just a Retiree Spouse

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JUST a retiree spouse. I know it has been talked about before. A little thing called stereotypes. We have all heard them. There is one that is very rarely talked about though. The retiree. When we think of retirees we think of a older,gray-headed person living in an RV traveling from base to base. I admit, I have done the same thing. I sit here now thinking about 1 year from … [Read more...]

Just a Retiree Spouse

6 Ways to Beat Retailers and Score Big

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Has your tax return hit your bank account yet? While many people will put that money into savings, some may put a little aside to splurge on some wanted items without feeling guilty. This is the perfect time to get ready for summer by hitting the stores ahead of the new season. You can beat retailers and their game by scoring some big deals!   Happy Hump Day! When … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Beat Retailers and Score Big

My First Year as a Military Wife

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In just 2 days (ahhh!) we’ll be celebrating our first wedding anniversary! So much has happened this year– a PCS, major changes in my (un- and re-) employment, C school, totaled cars, new cars, new apartments! It seems both like we said, “I do,” much longer than a year ago… and at the same time, it seems like yesterday. I’ve done a little thinking and reflecting (just like I … [Read more...]

My First Year as a Military Wife

4 Ways to Embrace Sex Positivity

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I don’t remember learning about sex in middle or high school. In fact, I don’t even remember having many conversations about it in college. No one ever asked me what I wanted sexually, and I never thought about it myself because I didn’t know I was allowed to. Wasn’t I supposed to be ashamed that I’ve had sex with more than five people (gasp!) and be modest about my body and … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Embrace Sex Positivity

Why We Chose to Live Apart

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Photo Credit: Morning Calm Weekly News It’s funny how our opinions on certain things change as our life experience shifts. For the majority of my marriage I have always believed that keeping the family together, no matter what, was always a better decision than “geo-baching” (living in a different state/country than your service member due to school, work, other … [Read more...]

Why We Chose to Live Apart