Surprise!

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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

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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

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“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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Our New House Tour (Mostly)

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While a bulk of the unpacking has been done already, there are still some odds and ends that don’t have homes, or organization for those things (so they’re sitting in boxes until I can figure it out), and our garage has been untouched so far (yikes!). Plus, we’ve done NO planting whatsoever (which is SO unlike […]

The House

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It was 6 hours from where we once lived to the area where we were moving. Just long enough for our butts to become numb but not so long that we were antsy, thankfully. We’d nervously planned our first official weekend of house hunting with our new realtor on the east end of town. Neither […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W26} #happinessis

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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 […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W13} #happinessis

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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 […]

I Think The Medical Profession Hates Me

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There’s a reason why people are afraid to go to the doctor – they’re afraid. Some are afraid of needles. Some are afraid of the tests conducted (and even more afraid of the results). Some are afraid because they fear taking medications (and their side effects being worse than what they’re taking the medicines for […]

Home

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Blearly-eyed and sleep-deprived, I stepped off the airplane exhaustedly just after five-am, expecting to be greeted by silence in the near vacant airport. Sure, it was the holiday season, but I didn’t expect to see many souls, let alone awake ones, occupying the many airports chairs when I stepped out of the stifling tube from […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Nine} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

The Story of Our First Home Purchase

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This post is brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential. When the orders finally came down to leave Fort Polk, we couldn’t have been more excited. Finally, after three long years stuck in the woods, secluded from civilization, we were leaving! Hooray! I swear, my husband practically showed anyone who he came across that he […]

Why Our Retirement Plans Changed

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This post is brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential. We always kid around with our friends about our children. “With the way our son argues, he’s going to be a litigator some day.” We’ll all share a chuckle or two about his arguing skills, and how he’ll single-handedly pay for our retirement with all the money he’ll […]

Why Women Should Learn Money Management Now

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Before my husband deployed, there was a mandatory pre-deployment brief that both service-members and their families had to attend. My husband was already hip-deep in the pre-deployment military training and readiness craziness, which helps ensure the soldier is “battle ready.” It didn’t surprise me in the least to discover they had a “battle ready” seminar […]

The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Spent Apart EVER

my husband's valentine's gift

I never thought I’d write those words. I mean, who am I kidding. We’re always seemingly apart on Valentine’s Day. I’d (mostly) gotten used to it by now. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the “holiday” anyway, mainly only because I like decorating for it, and baking for it, but I personally don’t need […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Six} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Today Can Suck It

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Have you ever had a day that began with burning the roof of your mouth accidentally on a warmed cinnamon roll, skinning the roof of your mouth, making fresh coffee and anything else hot too painful to consume? While you’re licking your wounds and cursing all things heated, you stumble around in your non-caffeinated state […]

Two Weeks

hubs and me

He’s gone again. This time, for two weeks. Gone during Valentine’s day (again). He left at 3am early Monday morning, after only sleeping for a couple hours (if that). We clung to one another while we slept. I fell asleep sobbing, holding him, as I normally do the night before he leaves. Reality sets in […]

Exclusive Military Only General Mills Coupons

General Mills-Commisary Text and Save

As if you didn’t already know this, we have a BIG family. And with a big family comes big food costs. It’s actually the most expensive thing we need to budget for. (More than our mortgage!) Being a military family, though, we have the opportunity to shop at the commissary, which is fantastic (and something […]

YesVideo Video Memory Sharing Giveaway for Military Families

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My husband deployed Valentine’s Day 2004. I can honestly tell you that was, hands down, the worst Valentine’s Day I’ve ever experienced. Being away from us, from our children’s happenings, he was starved for photos and videos from home – some sort of normalcy amongst the chaos of war. Back then, though, it was hard […]

Mornings From Hell™

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When it was told to us that my son’s football practice would be at 6:15am BEFORE SCHOOL, I panicked. Six kids would be sleeping, to include a fussy infant. What would I do? How would I work this? How COULD I do it? He didn’t know anyone else in our neighborhood on the team, and […]

Making It Count

feeding ducks at SeaWorld San Antonio

Some days are more frantic than others – when no matter how hard I run after it, I can’t catch my breath, I can’t find where I last placed my sanity, and a quick whiff under my arm tells me I’ve forgotten more than my first name and whether or not I had breakfast. But […]