Do Military Spouses Have To Be SAHMs?

Do Military Spouses Have To Be SAHMs?

Visit any military community and you are going to find plenty of SAHMs. From women that have always wanted to be one to those that simply can’t find a job in their field or can’t find a job that would pay enough for child care. With the busy schedule that comes with the career of someone in the military, it only makes sense to be a stay at home mom, right? If you marry someone in the military, you need to give up your own career to stay home with your children, right? Wrong. Although there are a lot of …

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How To Survive The Election When You And Your Friends Don’t Agree

Whether you like it or not, election season is here. Soon, it will be time to vote and with that comes more campaign ads, debates and an increase of political Facebook posts. If you are into politics, this is an exciting time. If you are not, well, sorry, you just have to put up with it. But what happens when you and your friends really don’t agree politically? How do you survive the next year? What can you do about it? In person Offline you can avoid political talk when you get together. This isn’t always easy and sometimes it …

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The Truth About Parenting

The Truth about parenting

Want to know the truth about parenting? I have been a mom for almost 11.5 years now and it has been quite the journey. It has been nothing like I thought it would be. Back in junior high, high school and college, I babysat a lot. I watched a lot of kids over those years. I thought I had it figured out. And maybe I did have the basics figured out. That you needed to make sure they were fed, changed, dressed and loved. That you could make them laugh and that you could help them grow up. What I …

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On Buying Christmas Gifts For Your Children

On Buying Christmas Gifts For Your Children

On Buying Christmas Gifts For Your Children Tis the season for buying Christmas gifts for your children. The stores are having sales, your kids are making Christmas lists and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. You remember Christmas as a kid and you want to make Christmas for your kid just as special as you remember your childhood Christmases being. In some cases you might want to be doing more since you might not have the best memories when you were growing up. How do you decide what to give your kids? How do you make Christmas …

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How To Find New Mom Friends

How To Find New Mom Friends

How To Find New Mom Friends In the last 11 years, I have lived in five different cities. Each time I have moved I have had to make new friends. This can be a hard task and one that seems a bit overwhelming. There is usually a long period of time where I don’t have any new friends in my new city and that can get lonely. Staying home with young children can be hard when you don’t have a local support system. It so great to have a group of friends to get together with, make playdates with and just …

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When Your Youngest Child Turns Five

When Your Youngest Child Turns Five

Today my youngest son turns 5! If you have been with my blog for a while you might remember that I got pregnant with him right after we moved back to the US after four years in Germany. In some ways I just can’t believe we are here. My youngest child is now five years old! I feel like I hit a bit milestone there. When your oldest child turns 5, there is celebration. There is something about that number that means your child is no longer a preschooler. They are a regular kid, getting ready to start kindergarten. As …

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On Simplifying and Realizing I Can’t Do It All

On Simplifying and Realizing I Can’t Do It All I can’t believe it is going to be 2016 very very soon. 2015 has been an interesting year for me. It’s been a hard year. It’s be frustrating. But now it is almost over. As I think ahead to 2016 a word keeps coming to mind… Simplify I know a lot of people pick a word for the year and I think mine is going to be “simplify” for 2016. I have recently come to the conclusion that I can’t possibly do it all. Not all at the same time anyway. There is …

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Am I A Different Person Then I Was Five Years Ago?

I just finished the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. In it she talks about her 1,000 mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. She went on this trip to help her deal with the death of her mother and her recent divorce. It is also a movie with Reese Witherspoon, one of my favorite actresses. We also saw the movie a few weeks ago. The book and the movie touched me greatly. I have not gone through a divorce or the loss of a parent but I feel like the last few years have been a journey of some kind. …

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To My Oldest Son On His 11th Birthday

To My Oldest Son On His 11th Birthday

My oldest son will be turning 11 next week. I know it is a little cliché to say but how did we get here? Where did my little baby go? 11? For reals??? The truth is, as fast as time has gone, as quickly as it has seemed that the years have passed, I have really embraced every stage of his life. From when he was a baby, to a toddler, to that stage that had me loosing my mind between 3-5, though his younger elementary school years and now as an official pre-teen heading closer and closer to those teenage …

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More Than Just A Mom

I always wanted to be a mom. I always wanted to get my college degree. I wanted to find a good man, get married after college, have some kids and stay at home with them. That is exactly what I did too. I have three boys that call me mom, I have been married for 13 years and I have been able to be home with them the whole time. However… For most of that time I have been a Work At Home Mom. I had an Ebay business back when I just had one little boy. These days I …

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