Armpits of Fury™ Be Gone with Old Spice’s Hardest Working Collection #smellegendary

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Spice (P&G). My husband’s a hard working man, and always has been. In addition to his important soldier-y duties as a First Sergeant, he’s a soccer coach to eleventy-billion teams, Spider Killer Extraordinaire, Master Griller, Reacher of Tall Stuff, Lifter of Heavy Things, […]

Hosting a Community® Coffee Military Match Appreciation Breakfast

May is Military Appreciation Month, and I couldn’t be more thankful that Community® Coffee wanted me to host a little breakfast-and-coffee shindig at my house for my fellow military spouse friends in honor of their Military Match program. YES, PLEASE! I have some wonderful friends here in North Carolina, some of which are enduring a LOT of military […]

Surprise!

Surprise! We’re moving you to Fort Bragg, because you promoted, and we need First Sergeants right now, so when you get here you’ll probably get a company within a couple months. Surprise! No, no you’re not getting a company. You’ve been away too long. Oh, and you’re getting deployed. Surprise! Your husband isn’t leaving for deployment […]

How Big Brother Helps Fill Dad’s Role During Deployment #JohnsonsDaddyDos

I’ve partnered with JOHNSON’S® Baby as an ambassador. My husband readily admits that he’s not the best at “doing hair.” I’m the hair-doer in this household, whether it’s a lattice braid, heart-shaped braid, or other “Hair Experiment.” My husband celebrates when he does a ponytail (it’s kind-of adorable). While he might not style hair the […]

Deployment Thoughts

“Mom, I think you should make this barbecue chicken like this from now on..” my teen mumbled with sauce decorating the corner of her mouth. I’m not sure why I chose to make it differently this time, perhaps to save time, I guess? But I agree with her, it was the sauciest, lip-smackingly wonderful barbecue […]

Pre-Deployment Reality Check

Putting away the Valentine’s decorations feels like we’re boxing up love (even though that isn’t what we’re doing, even though it technically is) – we kept it up as late as we could this year. Putting up Easter, a holiday he won’t be here to celebrate, feels so empty and meaningless. I’m simply going through […]

Hello, 2015. Not Sure About You Yet.

I want to celebrate you. I want to toast to a “fresh start” and “new opportunities” with the flip of a calendar page. I want to slough off the old and used from 2014 to reveal shiny and new for 2015, like so many others are doing. Hopeful. Excited. Ready. But I hesitate. Your calendar’s […]

Tweet Cookies to Our Troops with Mrs. Fields @CookieMoment

Mrs. Fields is putting their money where our mouth is — literally — by teaming up with the USO to donate one Mrs. Fields cookie to soldiers for every tweet that mentions @cookiemoment through the USO’s USO2GO program. Want to help send cookies to soldiers? It’s really easy – simply click the image below and RT […]

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

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

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 […]