5 Tips For Using Your TRICARE Benefit Breast Pump

5 Tips For Using Your TRICARE Benefit Breast Pump This post is sponsored by the Breastfeeding Shop! If you are pregnant or have a new baby, you could be getting ready to purchase or find your breast pump. Having a breast pump can be a good idea for a variety of reasons. Breast pumps are useful for encouraging your milk supply, to allow you to continue to breastfeed when you go back to work, and to help you store milk if you do need to be away from your baby for any reason. Here are five tips for using your …

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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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Santa’s Dog and Bandana Giveaway

Santa'a Dog

Santa’s Dog and Bandana Giveaway If you caught me on social media in September, you might have seen a post about Santa’s Dog. This book was written by JoAnn Sky and illustrated by Ed Koehler. JoAnn has offered up an awesome giveaway for my readers 🙂 Santa’s Dog is a rhyming story about the adventures of Santa’s best dog, Lance. He falls from the sleigh on Christmas Eve and is taken in by the animal shelter and then brought home by a military family who needs some help as Dad is called to serve his country. When Christmas Eve comes, …

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7 Must Have Baby Products For Your New Baby

7 Must Have Baby Products For Your New Baby

7 Must Have Baby Products For Your New Baby This post is sponsored by the Breastfeeding Shop Getting ready for a new baby is always a whole lot of fun and with a new baby comes new baby products. Some you need, some you don’t. When you go to register for your baby shower, you can become quite overwhelmed by everything that is out there. What kind of stroller should you get? Which type of crib? Do you even need to buy a swing? There are so many options! And while it is true you don’t need everything, even if …

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When You Feel Like Your Military Children Are Missing Out

When You Feel Like Your Military Children Are Missing Out

When You Feel Like Your Military Children Are Missing Out I remember feeling so torn during our first deployment. I didn’t want to do this Military life thing anymore. I didn’t want my kids to be without their dad. I didn’t want there to be so many pages of my scrapbook where dad was missing. I started wondering if military life was worth the cost. Was it worth it for my kids to miss so much? I started wondering if despite my husband’s desire to serve, that our family needed to come first and that he shouldn’t do this anymore. That …

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Preparing For Your Fall or Winter Baby

Preparing For Your Fall or Winter Baby

Preparing For Your Fall or Winter Baby This post is sponsored by The Breastfeeding Shop! It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was pregnant with my first little boy, waiting for the long summer to end. The last trimester of pregnancy isn’t fun, but if you are due during the fall and the winter, you really can’t wait for days to get cooler, and summer to be over. 14 years ago, I was due with my first baby on October 13th. I knew when he was born we would be right in the middle of fall, …

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What You Need To Know About Ordering Your TRICARE Benefit Breast Pump Accessories and Supplies

What You Need To Know About Ordering Your TRICARE Benefit Breast Pump Accessories and Supplies

What You Need To Know About Ordering Your TRICARE Benefit Breast Pump Accessories and Supplies This is a sponsored post by the Breastfeeding Shop.  If you don’t already know, you can receive one breast pump at no cost through your TRICARE benefit, for every birth event. A birth event would be giving birth to a baby or an adoption. This started in 2014 and allows military spouses and service members to be able to have a new breast pump for each baby that they have. Learn How To Order A Breast Pump That Is Covered By TRICARE, if you would like more …

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How To Make Friends When Your Kids Are All In School

How To Make Friends When Your Kids Are All In School

How To Make Friends When Your Kids Are All In School When your kids are small, making friends seems to be a bit easier, especially within military communities. Everyone has small kids, or so it seems. But something happens when your youngest child goes off to school, and you don’t have anyone at home with you all day anymore. Finding friends can be a bit more difficult once those toddler years are over. While a lot of civilians still live near people they met when their kids were younger, military spouses might not have that luxury. I know for me, …

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How To Order A Breast Pump That Is Covered By TRICARE

How To Order A Breast Pump That Is Covered By TRICARE

How To Order A Breast Pump That Is Covered By TRICARE This is a sponsored post by the Breastfeeding Shop.  Did you know that you can order a breast pump that is covered 100% by TRICARE? This started in 2014, and yes it is true. For every one birth event you have, you can receive one breast pump. Here is how you can do so with the Breastfeeding Shop: A birth event is considered either giving birth or adopting with plans to breastfeed. This benefit is for all types of TRICARE, and all types of military service. That means it …

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