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We've gathered 7 inspirational quotes from famous individuals who lived their lives to pay it forward. We shared with you 7 stories of the everyday man proving that there is good in the world as …

Me time

I’m sitting in my closet. I mean, right now. At this moment. Lights off, door locked, laptop at 43%, sticky hands banging on the door, my free hand stuck in a bag of chocolate-covered almonds. Yes, I’m …

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Students of all ages are gearing up for school and many of us military spouses are always looking for ways to make our lives a little bit easier. That’s why we researched and tested some …

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She never could have imagined that sharing a photograph would change her life, but photographer Vanessa Hicks knows that life loves to throw curveballs. A Navy veteran and mother of two, Vanessa decided to pursue …

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When people ask me how married life is going I often laugh. We are a dual-military couple, cross-branched, and stationed 502 miles apart. I have no idea how married life is going. While I usually …

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Toes in the sand, smell of sunscreen, and book in hand. That is my favorite way to spend a summer day. For some summer reads are light and fun. For others it’s the perfect time …

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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 …

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21 Ways to Pay it Forward in the World

pay it forward

We've gathered 7 inspirational quotes from famous individuals who lived their lives to pay it forward. We shared with you 7 stories of the everyday man proving that there is good in the world as he or she lives to pay it forward in their daily life. We posted 7 photos of situations where the little things in life that you choose to do each day to pay it forward truly make a … [Read more...]

21 Ways to Pay it Forward in the World

Remembering “Me” Time

Me time

I’m sitting in my closet. I mean, right now. At this moment. Lights off, door locked, laptop at 43%, sticky hands banging on the door, my free hand stuck in a bag of chocolate-covered almonds. Yes, I’m sitting on the floor amid shoes and off-season clothes just so I can get a minute of me time, just ONE SOLITARY MINUTE before I go back to the “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom” of the … [Read more...]

Remembering “Me” Time

The Most Controversial Photograph?

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She never could have imagined that sharing a photograph would change her life, but photographer Vanessa Hicks knows that life loves to throw curveballs. A Navy veteran and mother of two, Vanessa decided to pursue her passion for photography after her corporate job was cut one week before she and her husband were to spend a year apart due to his military commitment. “My husband … [Read more...]

The Most Controversial Photograph?

9 Lively GIFs of Solo Activities for the Military Spouse

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When people ask me how married life is going I often laugh. We are a dual-military couple, cross-branched, and stationed 502 miles apart. I have no idea how married life is going. While I usually can make a joke out of the situation, oftentimes the curious folks ask me how I occupy all that time alone. And that is not something unique to a dual-military couple. Nearly all … [Read more...]

9 Lively GIFs of Solo Activities for the Military Spouse

9 Hottest Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer

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Toes in the sand, smell of sunscreen, and book in hand. That is my favorite way to spend a summer day. For some summer reads are light and fun. For others it’s the perfect time to get lost in the world of crime dramas. And then of course there are those who want to catch up on the newest memoir hitting the shelves. No matter what type of book you’d like to get lost in I’m sure … [Read more...]

9 Hottest Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer

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

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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