MOPS: A Place of Support For New Moms

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Military service members fight valiantly in war. As mothers, service member or civilian, fight our own war of sorts. Our wars may not have...

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a White Noise Machine for...

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White noise has a sound frequency that lets babies fall sound asleep. The white noise machine comes with many advantages. It blocks out other...

Study Says Moms Feel More Stressed During Tax Season

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Tax season is here and that means many of us are gathering papers, documents, and pretending we understand legal tax code and regulations in...

Embracing the Introverted Military Spouse

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The nomadic life of military spouses introduces them to a new community and a sea full of strange faces every few years. For an...

7 Best Goody Bag Gifts for Kids

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Children at parties and occasions bring more happiness to any event. You can bring more joy to them by giving them goody bag gifts...

11 YouTube Alternatives for Kids

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There is a hot topic going around social media about child safety issues with YouTube content. The recent uptick in shares from about a...

IF:Military: A Faith-Based Retreat for Military Women

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Maybe you’ve seen this term thrown around on social media lately, after all, it’s creating quite a buzz. But you don’t have a clue what it...

How to Move Past the Mom Guilt

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As a daughter, I tried to avoid the mom guilt at all costs. I was the goody-two-shoes kind of kid who deflated every time...

9 Hacks for Valentine’s Day at School

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Remember Valentine's Day back in elementary school? You found the box of valentines in the seasonal aisle of Walmart with your favorite character on...

Worldschooling with the WildBradburys: Combat Loneliness on the Road

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When I set out on this adventure, I was mostly concerned about the children's ability to make friends and feel included in this process....

Worldschooling with the Wild Bradburys: 4 Ways to Get the Most...

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With a master's in Museum Science, museum-going has been a love of mine for a long time. Even the museums with the dullest of content...

8 Ways to Recover from Your Phone Addiction

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Many of us are well aware we have a phone-addiction crisis on our hands. We know the importance of showing up, and we want...

How My Baby Helped Me Make Friends

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You know the phrase when it rains, it pours? Well, it might not rain in California, but for my husband and I, the move...

How to Support a Mom After Miscarriage

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Miscarriage is traumatic and heartbreaking and affects 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women. For many military spouses, miscarriages can occur when their partners are...

9 Tips for Navigating Deployment with School Age Children

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Preparing for a deployment is an emotional and stressful series of events. Trying to navigate the all the stressors of deployment with school age...

What You Need to Become a Toy Minimalist

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Every day we see our kids have the time of their lives with a pile of stones or the wood chips at the playground....

How To Simplify Your Life With Kids

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Life with kids will always come with some complications, but it doesn’t need to be as rushed and chaotic as you’ve been living it....

Adjusting Parenting Styles After Your Spouse Comes Home

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You just made it through six (or more) months of your spouse being on another continent — months of sleepless nights, screaming kids, household...

Kids’ Christmas Gifts that Aren’t Things

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It's the hap-happiest time of the year, but let's be real — you're looking at the toys your children already have and think, "We cannot bring...

The Unmatched Sibling Bond of Military Kids

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If there is an upside to packing up and moving around the globe every few years as military families do, it’s this: Those kids...

Taking on Military Life — What Extended Families Need to Know

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For many people, saying “I do” doesn’t automatically mean declaring, “Bye, Felicia” to the rest of your family. Unfortunately, this is kind of a...

5 Day Date Ideas with Your Service Member to Take Between...

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This post is sponsored by Noodles. Christmas is a hectic time of year. Between Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and unit events, it can often be...

Keeping the School Rhythm through the Holidays

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In our house, winter break is something we look forward to. It’s a time without crazy schedules filled with family, fun, and relaxation. Pushing pause...

What The Heck Do You Do About Childcare During Winter Break?

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Since September, you've had that (mostly) glorious school days daze...you're able to take a shower that's more than 37 seconds (and warm to boot)...

Deployment Tools for Children

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You’ve just been told that your spouse is leaving for a nine-month deployment, your first deployment with children. Your mind goes in a million...

5 Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas for the Win

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Nothing is more grating on parents’ nerves than crushing it in the kitchen, making Pinterest-worthy meals only to have our kids — our own flesh...

We Don’t Do Thanksgiving

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Military life gives us so much to be thankful for — priceless travel opportunities, a ride-or-die framily, opportunities to remind ourselves just how strong...

Celebrating Holidays in a TLF

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Yay! You got orders, and you successfully made it to the temporary lodging facility (TLF) at your new home base. You know (with like...

Indivisible — A Military Marriage Built on Faith

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Remember back to the first military movie you watched. Maybe it was as a new military spouse; perhaps it was as a kid. Either...

Teaching Kids About Earthquakes Without Scaring Them

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The unknown is a dark, scary place for a kid. And, when you think about it, so much of their world is unknown. They...

To Bring Kids or Not to Bring Kids to Events

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We’ve all seen those children. You know the ones, they're throwing fits during the invocation at a change of command or running around during...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 1

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Since World War II, Hiroshima, Japan has been a symbol of loss. A stroll through the Peace Park is sobering and gives me goosebumps...

Surviving the Japan Floods: Part 3

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From the invaluable perspectives of two people removed from the situation, it seemed best to navigate back to Higashihiroshima. I knew I could get...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 5

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I turned right out of the gas station parking lot with a determination I have never experienced before. This absolutely had to work. We...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: The Conclusion

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We made it across the bridge and kept going until I saw a sign for Route 2. This, when we weren’t in a hurry...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 4

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Never having pumped my own gas in Japan before, that could have easily have been the most eventful part of my day on any...