4 Things You Can Still Do This Summer

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We all had grand summer plans. Bucket lists, craft projects, a schedule for our wonderful children to follow. But then real life happened. Dragging everything to the pool for an hour became less appealing. Instead of finding new books for them to read, you are googling for appropriate Netflix series for them to watch. You swear up and down next yea...
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Yummy Chicken Thighs

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Have you ever pulled out frozen meat and then changed your mind about the meal? Then a day later you now have this thawed meat ready to be cooked with little time or inspiration? That was me this week. We're nearing the end of Whole30, actually, we were on day 28 when this happened. It's a true story. I had pulled out 2 packages of chicken thighs f...
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30 Day Declutter Challenge Update

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I'd be lying if I told you I've done each day on the right day. BUT, I have been doing each step. So, let's recap a few things. I'm following Sarah's list over at Sincerely Anchored and I've been trying to get rid of stuff we don't need. We moved twice in the last year, so we don't have that much stuff that needed to go, but everyone accumulates a ...
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Summer Reading For Real Families

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Summer is such a wonderful time for relaxing by the pool, spending time with the kids, and eating ice cream. Unless you live in the real world where your kids demand to eat 15 times a day, whine when you make them go outside, and refuse to do anything "educational." About three weeks after school ends all of your great ideas and patience go out the...
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June is My New Year

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I'm a traditionalist. But this year, setting resolutions and making big changes in January was a fool's errand. So I didn't. In mid-May, I decided that I needed some goals and that June would be a great time to start. So June kicked off my new year. As a brief recap, here's my life the past few months. We moved, for the second time in seven months,...
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Alwine Adventures 2018: Richmond, Virginia

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It's summer! Last week, the kids finished school, and we loaded up to head north. My sister was getting married in a city we haven't explored yet, and we were going to make the most of it. (For the record, G and I visited Maggie last year and did a little exploring, and Steven has been there before.) I'd been talking up this adventure for months to...
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3 Ways to Regain Control During a Crazy Week

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This week completely unraveled by 10:30 am on Monday. I can see you nodding your head in agreement. Yup, it happens. To be fair, it's a short week and the last week of school. But come on, I should have at least been able to enjoy a second cup of coffee before the world came crashing down. Let me share a few of the things that are on the list for t...
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Adventures in Augusta: Baseball!

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Would you be surprised to learn that my first sporting event in our new town was baseball? Probably not. It is spring after all. But we also live in Augusta, so really, I probably should be writing something golf related, right? But I'm an all-American girl and I love baseball. I love minor league baseball even more. So when, once again, we found o...
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To My Fellow Military Spouses: Thank You, for Everything.

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This week, we celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day and with it comes stories of amazing military spouses who do wonderful things for their communities. A few years ago, I reflected upon my military spouse experiences after reading this blog post on military spouses. There are so many different ways military spouses support our Service Members...
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These are a Few of My Favorite Things

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Just in time for Mother's Day I used to say I was a pretty low maintenance girl, I rarely wear makeup, I spend most of my time in gym clothes, and I prefer a date night curled up on the couch opposed to going out. But when I was compiling a list of my favorite things, I realized quickly that my low maintenance lifestyle had a few pricey things on i...
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Travel? With an infant? Yes, you really can!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. There I was, sitting on an airplane with a baby, not yet three months old. I had just said goodbye to my husband, as he set off on another deployment to Afghanistan. I was flying "home" to the United States to live wi...
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Abi's Summer Wardrobe

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The weather is turning warmer here in Georgia, at least it is trending that way. So over Spring Break, my kids and I went through clothes. You know the exhausting drill of which I speak. It consists of: ‚Äč Washing the clothes Sorting the clothes Trying them all on Shopping for new ones For the most part, we were lucky this year. My boys don't really...
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Ingrid Christ Middleton ~ 5.7.1922 - 4.1.2018

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Ingrid Christ Middleton , 95, passed from this Earth on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, in the presence of family. She resided for the past eleven years at Shenandoah Place in New Market, Virginia, where she received loving care. Previously she lived in Hicksville, NY, Shelburne Falls, MA and Whiting, NJ. She was a member of Reformation Lutheran Chur...
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6 Ways for Augusta Families to Rock this Summer

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Summer is coming! I'm so excited about warm weather and sunshine. We just moved to the area earlier this spring and we've really enjoyed exploring what the greater Augusta area has to offer. As Spring Break snuck up on us, and the world descended on Augusta, I wanted to make sure I had a plan for the summer weeks. My kiddos will be 9, 8, and 2 this...
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5 Ways to Cut Spending in April

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Money may be a somewhat taboo topic in today's society, but one thing we can all agree we like to talk about is how to save money! My husband and I are fans of the Dave Ramsey plan of getting out of debt. If you don't know about the baby steps, check them out below. In early 2017 we paid off all of our credit card debt, for the last time! We have v...
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5 Cost Efficient Ways To Update An Older Home

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This is a sponsored guest post, but all opinions are those of the author. Hi everyone! My name is Alex Berger and I am a freelance writer and blogger at The Berger Bungalow. When my husband and I were looking to purchase our first home, we considered many different options. Older homes, new homes, and even homes to build. One thing I noticed with m...
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Living in Augusta: 2018 Bucket List

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I'm incredibly lucky to be living in a place full of friends. Not just new military friends, you know the ones you meet within the first few days after a move and hopelessly cling to as you both figure out your new life. But old military friends too. The ones you haven't seen in ten years but it doesn't matter; you pick up where you left off. The w...
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Four Things I Bought When I Moved

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Moving is exciting, right? Well, I'd argue that it gets less fun the more times you do it within a 12-month period. But, there are some aspects of moving that are exciting. Finding a new house, hanging pictures in new rooms, rearranging furniture. And, buying new things! We've been waiting to settle in a "permanent" home to buy a few new things. (Y...
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Going Green in the Kitchen

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I'm now settled in our new house in Georgia. Ok, that's a lie. I'm telling myself I'm settled because I'm done being "in transition." And this kitchen, just makes me so happy! An island, a big fridge, a nice pantry, and it's very pretty. And with the move into this house, I jumped right back into my paper-free kitchen plan. When we moved into our F...
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Military Spouse Events 2018

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Military Spouse life is so hectic! There are so many great events coming up this year that I decided we really need a central location to host them. All too often, the event invitations pile up in our inbox box and before we know it, we've missed them. Here's what I have. If I've missed your event, please email me and I'll add it!   August Sep...
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