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 [...]

Mondays of Doom™

sunrise

My body clock is getting used to the early wake-up call, so I’m the first one up on the weekends now. 7:15 – 7:30am the latest. I know what trying to force myself back to sleep feels like (awful), so I don’t fight the “awake,” I just get up, brew some coffee, and go. To quote Anna, “The [...]

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 [...]

Dressing Up in Costumes from BuyCostumes.com

How to Dress as Abby Sciuto from NCIS

I’m a compensated BuyCostumes.com ambassador. I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED! I haven’t been THIS excited about a Halloween costume in, oh, FOREVER! I love NCIS. I love Abby and Gibbs and DiNozzo and Duckie and McGee and Palmer and GOSH. ALL OF THEM. As soon as I opened the box from BuyCostumes.com and saw my [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W41} #happinessis

brother's sandwiches taste the best

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 [...]

Decorating for Halloween and Fall in the New House

Fall and Halloween Decorating 2014

YES! I love decorating so so much! Particularly, I loooove love decorating for Halloween and fall!! It was like Christmas unpacking our boxes from the movers – not only did we have a surprise in each box (because they weren’t packed properly – Christmas stuff in Valentines, Easter stuff in Fall/Halloween, etc), but we had [...]

Morning Walk Musings #truththursday

morning sky

While I miss San Antonio, my Texas friends and family. I cannot deny that I’m really loving North Carolina. We used to have to wait for the “cooler” weather until November in San Antonio, suffering through 90’s (and even 100’s) until that point. But here? The cooler fall weather already hit in September, and it’s [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W40} #happinessis

I love you pillow

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 [...]