Easy Dinner Solutions with Jimmy Dean Frozen Entrees (& $50GC Giveaway!) #ShineAnytime

Jimmy Dean Delights Entrees

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. My husband’s job is at it again – derailing our normal family schedule. The other night, he endured his first “staff duty” here. Staff duty is a 24-hour shift where he and another soldier help to watch over the barracks, which means spending the night at the [...]

The Importance of Saying “Thanks” to Our Military

army uniform

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Marie Callender’s. This is the porch to our new house on post. We use our monthly BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) to live here, which is a stipend for service members with families to live and pay rent. These fresh-faced, hand-holding children below attend Department of Defense schools here on post [...]

Quick and Easy Lunch Solutions for Busy Parents #ShineAnytime

Jimmy Dean Delights Entrees

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. We knew moving here that my husband was going to have to commute a little (no worse than he did in San Antonio). With his new position and new demands for his time, he can’t come home for lunch like he used to some years [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W38} #happinessis

umbrella baby

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

My Son’s Steelers Game Surprise {Video}

Steelers surprise

See this face? This is the face of a kid who was tricked into thinking he was going to Ikea with his dad but they were really going to the Steelers game in Charlotte instead. My son thought he was earning $50 helping my husband. He had no idea what he was REALLY getting! This [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W35} #happinessis

amazing sunsets

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Settling In

new kitchen dinner mess

We took a walk after dinner last night, and my husband and I chatted a little about anything and everything when I looked up at the sky, at the crescent moon and stars, and said “I really like it here.” He seemed somewhat confused. “Really? It’s hard to tell.” He went on to tell me [...]

End of Summer Fun

fun in the sun

I am in denial that summer is almost over. School starts next week for us, and I’m not ready. This summer has been a fantastic one, and I’m not ready for 5:30am mornings and practice schedules yet. We’ve been busy setting up our new house here, and drinking in all the delicious sunshine (when we [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W28} #happinessis

SATXBloggers Pool Party

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Baby V Learned to Swim! (Kinda)

Baby V smiling and learning to swim

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of joining other San Antonio bloggers for a pool party! Baby V is such a water baby, but she’s been pretty dependent on one of us because of her inability to control her lifevest and stay afloat… until now. Yesterday, she learned to swim! (Kinda.) We’d purchased her a new [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W26} #happinessis

sexy soldier alert - rawr

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

My Husband, The Poet Dad

husband's poem to the kids

We realized late last night we’d run out of toilet paper, so my husband vowed to pick some up before work early this morning. Sneaky husband, he decided to also surprise the kids with doughnuts for breakfast, and an adorable note. My husband, the poet dad. (P.S. Would you like to see more of my [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W23} #happinessis

dad being awesome

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Man Cave Inspiration and Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Man Cave Inspiration

This is a sponsored post for Walmart.com, but all awesome Father’s Day suggestions are mine. Father’s Day is almost upon us – do you already know what you’re going to get for your husband (or dad)? Now, I’m a pretty good gift-giver, and I’ve given my husband some pretty awesome gifts in the past (especially [...]

Our Newest Family Member

back to sleep

It’s not every day you find your newest family member at a gas station, but that’s exactly what happened. – – “Mom? Dad? Our gas says “free (three)!” Baby Dude worriedly pointed out. (He is such a little mini-me with his planning, organization, and logistical look at things. He keeps tabs on the gas reading [...]

This is Why My Husband Isn’t Allowed to Pack Sack Lunches Anymore

Batman lunch sack

“Do you think he’d be mad at me if I write “Merrizzle my Dizzle” instead of his name?” My husband asked me while he playfully flipped the Sharpie in his hand. “Um, babe? The teachers will be holding onto his sack lunch for him, and they won’t know it’s for him.” (In case you’re wondering, [...]

A Perfect Day for Kite Flying

Baby V flying kite for the first time

The wind was so strong, it was blowing flowers off and our porch was covered in rose petals everywhere. I knew it would be a perfect day for kite flying, the kids had only been begging us since we bought them last week, it just hadn’t been windy enough to do it… until now. She [...]

First Time Fishing

altogether

It’s not that we, ourselves, had never fished, we’d just never fished with our kids. Together. Our older daughter had fished for catfish with her friend in Fort Polk. Our older son had fished with his friends, too. Both my husband and myself, we’d fished with our family and relatives on our own, but never [...]

Easter 2014 in Pictures

ready for easter egg hunt

Here’s a little taste of our Easter weekend in pictures with a sneak peek at the bottom. Here’s your sneak peek at the planting portion of our holiday. Just a little taste as we add the final touches before we share! How was your Easter?

Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

soccer taking it up the field all alone

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Parents, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

heart-shaped handprints craft

My husband hates being late. No matter how early we begin preparing, somehow we always find some way to magically leave the house later than expected (especially for soccer games). (I’m thinking it has something to do with having eleventy-billion kids with eleventy-billion things to keep track of.) I hate being late, too, but I [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W13} #happinessis

flower-picking

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

My Husband’s Promotion!

promotion to master sergeant

He’s been waiting so long for this, and he didn’t want to wait a single solitary second. As soon as he was given the news that he would be a Master Sergeant as of April 1st, he began planning his promotion ceremony. April Fools or no, he was doing it. Sure, he had to face [...]

This is Life

rockstar bike ride

The baby had me tossing and turning at around 5am to 8am. She was restless, and restless upon me. Breastfeeding wasn’t helping, laying beside me wasn’t helping, clearly she was still tired yet hungry, but still attempting to sleep (as was I). When she finally rose at 8am, I grumbled with drowse that wouldn’t blink [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W9} #happinessis

making a wish

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Houlihan’s New Low-Cal Menu Items & $50 Gift Card Giveaway #SoEatingThis

Houlihan's Lighter Menu Options #soeatingthis

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends. For an afternoon “date” (or as date-ish as you can get with two kids along for the ride), hubs and I ventured to our neighborhood Houlihan’s restaurant [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W7} #happinessis

happiness is

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]