Why No Milspouse is an Island

Why-no-milspouseis-anisland
I didn't realize the importance of having military spouse friends until we went to our second duty station. When we first got married, we didn't live on base. We didn't want to. Home was a place to escape military life. Sure, we often had friends over, and most of his friends were other Marines, but the military wasn't my life. That was his thing. ...
Continue reading
368 Hits
0 Comments

Cooking with Essentials Oils: Are you for real?

Cooking-with-Essential-Oils
Using essential oils for aromatherapy is something even the most skeptical person can usually get behind. Applying them topically to your body is a stretch for some people. And when I start talking about ingesting Young Living Essential Oils is when I usually lose people entirely. So, let's start out at the beginning, what are essential oils?  ...
Continue reading
99 Hits
0 Comments

4 Ways to Eat Oatmeal for Breakfast

oatmeal-cover-2
About this time last year  I went on a cereal strike. I was so tired of my children eating multiple bowls of cereal for breakfast and then coming back for a snack an hour later. I was also equally tired of buying enough cereal for them to do so! So I made a simple decision. No cereal for breakfast.   It took some adjusting, on both our pa...
Continue reading
258 Hits
0 Comments

3 Things to Do After Publication

3-Things-to-Do-After-Your-Piece-is-Published
Your  first freelance writing assignment is complete. You are published! After you share your piece with everyone you know and read it a million times over, there are some practical steps you should take. Hopefully. you are already keeping track of ideas, pitches, and assignments. So adding a few extra columns to your trusty Excel spreadsheet ...
Continue reading
204 Hits
0 Comments

7 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

shopping-879498_1920
As a mother it is very hard to shop smart and be frugal. I don't know about you, but I have always hated grocery shopping. Why? Because the cost of  groceries is crazy expensive. I can't imagine how families with more than three people can afford it. And the prices just keep going up. I hate how much money we spend on groceries. There are seve...
Continue reading
332 Hits
0 Comments

Yes, you really need an Instant Pot

instant-pot-cooking
"I don't need an Instant Pot," I told my friend for the millionth time. "I have a crock pot." I could list a half a dozen reasons the Instant Pot wouldn't save me any time or money. I had been using my crockpot, almost daily, for years. Years! For a while, I even had two of them. I could make anything in my crockpot. Unless I forgot to take the mea...
Continue reading
475 Hits
0 Comments

The Journey That Started with a Drop

lavender-farm
In fall of 2014, I was searching for something. I'm not sure I even knew what I was searching for. Life was good, my family was healthy but something felt off. My shoulder was bothering me, my back was bothering me and I was looking for some alternatives. My journey took me to my friend Carolyn, who asked if I was interested in learning about Young...
Continue reading
86 Hits
0 Comments

How to make 2018 a year of reading, for everyone

2018-Kids-Reading-Challenge
This year was full of many things, but for me, it was a very slow year of reading. From having a baby to moving across the country to working almost full-time from home, I just didn't have enough time left to pick up a book. I read a few, in short spurts, and I loved them, but I didn't read as much as I wanted to. Each year, there is a great readin...
Continue reading
128 Hits
0 Comments

Yes, It Fits My Macros

yes-it-fits-my-macros
I'm starting week 7 of my macro journey with Stay Fit Mom and I'm loving it. I've been attempting to eat macro-friendly meals for almost 5 months and wasn't seeing enough results. I got frustrated and stopped, just like I have with almost every other eating program I've tried. But then I decided to get serious, and get a coach. Tracy is amazing. Sh...
Continue reading
167 Hits
1 Comment

Three R’s to Help You Prepare for 2018

neverquit2
As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of another, it's important to complete a few minor things to prepare for a fulfilling and successful year.   Reflect First, you should reflect on 2017.Taking time for reflection is key to self-improvement and clarity. Find a quiet place, and simply think about the year. You can ask yourself ...
Continue reading
190 Hits
1 Comment

5 Chores I Don’t Do Anymore

5 Chores I Don’t Do Anymore
I remember doing chores growing up, as I'm sure you do as well. It wasn't always a big deal, they weren't always labeled as chores. They were mostly things we did around the house because Mom asked us to. (Or yelled at us when we didn't do it, which is something I understand now more than ever before.) My children have been doing chores for ye...
Continue reading
840 Hits
0 Comments

10 Things We’re Watching to Prepare for Season Two of The Crown

the-crown-netflix
​This post was co-written by myself and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love . We have a wonderful long-distance relationship that centers around random texts, harried phone calls, and our love for historical fiction.   I don't know if you know this about us, but we are huge fans of history. Well, history that comes in pretty dresses and love stories...
Continue reading
338 Hits
1 Comment

16 Things We Love from This Year

16-things-we-love-from-2017
I can't believe it's almost December! Thanksgiving was a great break from the hustle and bustle of the world, and now that we're gearing up for school and work tomorrow, it's time to get serious about holiday shopping. There are at least 72 holiday gift guides telling you all about the fantastic gifts you should buy. My favorites include the ones t...
Continue reading
448 Hits
1 Comment

Renew You in 2018 with the Military Spouse Wellness Summit

msws18image_20171114-120825_1
​Six months ago I was frantically checking flights and looking at arrangements to see if there was any way I could pull off two, week long trips in the month of October. With three kids, an active duty husband, and living nowhere near family, I was feeling quite stuck. I knew that these events were going to be helpful to me, professionally, but I k...
Continue reading
1228 Hits
0 Comments

No Greater Love - A True Testament to the Bond of Soldiers

no-greater-love-movie-poster
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~John 15:13 Few can know the feelings of actually being in a situation faced with the decision to sacrifice their life for their friends. Each and every service member has taken on that burden; some have put themselves within the reach of enemy fire time and time agai...
Continue reading
1605 Hits
0 Comments

5 Ways to Celebrate Veteran’s Day Overseas

bob-2
Even though we do our best to carry grateful, patriotic hearts throughout the year, November 11th is the day we've set aside to thank and honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. John F. Kennedy once said, "as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but...
Continue reading
911 Hits
0 Comments

5 Reasons to Join Mil Freelance Writers

5-reasons
​So often when we see something we want fixed, we jump right in to fix it. That's what I've done this morning!  I recently attended the Military Influencers Conference in Dallas, Texas and while I haven't written a full recap yet, let me just tell you, it was eye-opening. So many amazing people within our community solving problems and helping...
Continue reading
1019 Hits
1 Comment

3 School Lunches You Can Find in My Freezer

freezer-cooking-made-simple-blue_250x250
​You all know I'm a fan of freezer meals, right? I rarely cook dinner at dinner time, I love my Instant Pot, and I love having meals available at all times.  While cooking dinner with crazy kids and a toddler in the witching hour is one my least favorite things to do, making school lunches absolutely tops the list of things I dislike. I mean, ...
Continue reading
1729 Hits
0 Comments

Sync with CinchShare

cinch-logo-rgb-negative-1200_orig
I have been using CinchShare to help make the most of my social media time for just over a year now. I really have enjoyed utilizing this program to schedule Facebook Posts. There are many programs out there that provide this service, and I've tried most of them. Here's why I stick with CinchShare:  It's Quick. It's Easy. With storage that you...
Continue reading
211 Hits
0 Comments

What’s for Dinner this Week: My Instant Pot Menu

southwestern-casserole
​While I don't technically shop, chop, and prepare meals each week, I do make a meal plan. I stick to it 95% of the time, often swapping Tuesday's meal for Thursday's meal when I decide to be picky. But I make a plan.  This week everyone is home on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. The afternoon and evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday are a little m...
Continue reading
221 Hits
0 Comments