When the Holidays Don’t Feel Like the Holidays

When the Holidays Don’t Feel Like the Holidays The holidays are here, and with this season comes decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate. This season means parties, and gift wrapping and baking yummy holiday treats. This season means being together with family, and being thankful for everything in your life. But what do you do when your spouse is deployed? When they are off in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, or some other part of the world too many miles from where you are? What do you do when you just don’t feel like doing Christmas? When you just …

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Surviving A Military Deployment

Surviving A Military Deployment

Surviving A Military Deployment I am sitting in my living room, in our 3rd-floor stairwell apartment in Schweinfurt, Germany. We just got back from the park, and my two-year-old is finally asleep. I am nursing my baby to sleep and will put him down in a bit. I plan to take a well-needed bubble bath once I do. It’s been a day. It’s been a week. It’s been a rough deployment.   And we still have so much more time to go…   Way too many days…way too long. And while every day is a day closer, the time ahead …

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Shopping All-American For Your Holiday Decorations

Shopping All-American For Your Holiday Decorations

Shopping All-American For Your Holiday Decorations This is a sponsored post!  The holidays are here! I can’t believe it. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve always seem to come in a blur of excitement and memories. As you look ahead to these holidays, you might be waiting for your spouse to return home from a deployment. There have been a few times when my husband got home right before Thanksgiving. These holiday homecomings were the best as he was home with us in time to celebrate. You might be waiting on family to come for a visit. Maybe this is …

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10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head During Thanksgiving

10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head During Thanksgiving

10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head During Thanksgiving Raise your hand if you are completely ready for Thanksgiving? Well, you better be, the day is coming up very soon. As a parent, you probably have a list of 100 things you have to do before the big day, or maybe, you are keeping things rather simple this year? Either way, Thanksgiving weekend can be interesting. Here are 10 thoughts that might go through your head during Thanksgiving:  “I hope I don’t forget anything!” via GIPHY If you are traveling during Thanksgiving, packing can be stressful! Will you remember everything? What if …

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5 Misconceptions About Breastfeeding

5 Misconceptions About Breastfeeding

5 Misconceptions About Breastfeeding This is a sponsored post!  Before I ever had children, I knew I wanted to breastfeed once I had them. I was committed to doing this. But once my first baby was born, I realized that I had been wrong about some parts of breastfeeding. I just assumed that because I wanted to breastfeed my son, and breastfeeding was natural, breastfeeding would be easy for us. That he would be born, I would start to nurse him, and everything would fall into place. In reality, things were more complicated than that. We eventually figured out how to …

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How to Get Through a Deployment With Toddlers

How to Get Through a Deployment With Toddlers

How to Get Through a Deployment With Toddlers Deployment #2, my husband left, and it was just me, my two-year-old, and my four-year-old. A deployment with two toddlers. If you have ever had a toddler, you know how much work they can be. Toddlers are a handful, even the easy ones. And here I was home with two of them, with my husband too many miles away. I was a SAHM and didn’t have a spouse coming home at the end of the day. I didn’t have a spouse who could watch the kids for 15 minutes so that I …

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How You Can Really Support A Veteran This Veterans Day

How You Can Really Support A Veteran This Veterans Day

How You Can Really Support A Veteran This Veterans Day Veterans day is coming up this next weekend. A day to honor those who have served, whether they did so years before you were born, or doing so now. And every year, you might wonder the best way to honor the veterans in your life. Maybe you are married to a veteran, maybe your dad or mom or a grandparent or someone else in your family has served. Maybe you just want to give back to the veteran and military community as a whole. Here are some things you can …

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When You Are Living a Military Life

When You Are Living a Military Life

When You Are Living a Military Life I have lived in a military community ever since I got off the airplane in Germany back in 2006. I have been through seasons of deployment after deployment. I have watched my friends go through this too. I have gone through a few PCS moves myself, I can’t even count how many people I know going through one this year. A military life can be so different than a civilian one. I have learned this over the years, both from personal experience and the experiences of other military spouses I have known. The …

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Your Bookish Gift List For This Holiday Season

Your Bookish Gift List For This Holiday Season

Your Bookish Gift List For This Holiday Season Books have an amazing way of transporting us on journeys and adventures that we would never be able to experience if not for these amazing stories. No matter who we are or where we are located in the world, a good book, audiobook, or poem can transform and enhance our everyday experience. Hopefully, this bookish gift list sparks some ideas for that special book lover in your life. J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is timeless tale for all ages. This tote bag comes in a yellow golden print with a forest green background. …

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No, Your Military Man Doesn’t Need Money For Food

No, Your Military Man Doesn't Need Money For Food

No, Your Military Man Doesn’t Need Money For Food This post contains affiliate links!  As a military spouse blogger, I do get emails or messages from military girlfriends that are a little concerned about the military service member they are dating. There is something about the relationship that doesn’t sit right to them. Their gut is telling them something, and something just doesn’t feel 100% right. The situation is usually that a woman has met someone online. This is of itself isn’t strange in 2018. A lot of people meet online, and many happy and successful marriages and relationships result from …

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