Surviving the TLF with Kids

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Let’s start by putting the wondering minds to rest, TLF stands for temporary lodging facility in military land, and there are three reasons why...

4 Things to Know About Having a Baby in Germany

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I remember the day we got orders to Germany like it was yesterday. We were so excited, ready to continue our married adventure in...

But All My Friends Have a Phone

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There are moments in your child’s life where all of a sudden you flashback to when they were in diapers. And as they move...

Surviving a PCS Road Trip with Kids

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You’re about to set off on an epic road trip across the states! You’ve got an awesome playlist already streaming through your mind. You’re...

To the Bonus Dads on Father’s Day

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To many, the term bonus dad means step-father. This is not always the case for military kids. For military kids, bonus dads come in many...

Surviving a Deployment with Kids

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Your spouse just left for a six-month deployment. Fear bubbles up inside. You think of all the possible scenarios, and you pray for his...

5 Important Things I Learned Growing Up Military

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The dandelion is the official flower of the military child because it can sprout anywhere, goes where the wind takes it, and adapts to...

5 Easy & Kid-Friendly Vegan Snacks

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If you're a busy parent, chances are that you've fallen victim to giving your child those easy go-to snacks that are packed with sugar...

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....

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...

5 Creative Dollar Store Preschool Activities

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You already love the dollar store for party and cleaning supplies (can we talk about LA's Awesome Cleaner?!), but did you know that you can...

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...

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...

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....

5 Ways to Ease the Emotional Burden of Motherhood

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Motherhood is a glorious, exhilarating, and fulfilling journey. It’s also exhausting. When a mother says she’s tired, she’s not really telling the whole story....

DIY Alphabet Book for Some Learning Fun

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We are all Marie Kondo-ing right now. We have old books, magazines and catalogs leftover from the holidays, and newspapers ads that seem to...

Podcasts for Moms

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Podcasts are a fun way to absorb useful information, be inspired, or simply be entertained. But finding the right podcast can be intimidating. With...

Does “Babies in Arms Are Welcome” Always Apply?

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For those of us that have chosen to have children the "Babies in Arms" concept is a constant reminder of our dual roles. We...

Managing Maternity Leave: Military Spouse Life as CEO

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You're the Financial Director, Event Organizer, Chief Operating Officer, and CEO of your household, not to mention entrepreneur on the side. So how do...

Raising a Generation of Girl Coders

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Whether we realize we are doing it or not as parents, we often propel our children toward activities that are normalized for their genders....

Military Kids and Guns: Discussing Their World

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Certain opinions and luxuries exist in the civilian world that just can’t logistically survive in the military community. Oh, you’ve lived in that house...

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...

Is your Car Seat Ready for an Overseas Move?

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Moving overseas can be a wild ride! There are some things you don’t even think about until you need them. Sometimes moms may be too busy with the move to think about car seats overseas. This can be a challenge especially if you are not stationed near a military installation with an exchange. Even then the selection of car seats is not anywhere near what is available stateside.

Is Your Child Ready to Sit in the Front Seat? Probably...

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Picture this: you’re loading up kids into your awesome minivan, counting heads as they all leave the house and making sure the dog isn’t...

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...

Finding Your Zen When Your Spouse Works Late

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It's 4 p.m. and the countdown to dinner, bath, and bedtime is on! Knowing your spouse is close to being home to tag-team the...

Sensory Activities: Making Them Part of Your Play Routine

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Little ones get bored playing with their toys — if we're counting, often within just minutes. But, they can splash endlessly in a water table. Likewise, puzzles...

Sanity-And-Happenings Manager: The New Definition of SAHM

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Why does “Stay-at-Home Mom” (SAHM) have such a negative connotation -- especially in a community where many spouses are rocking this title out of...

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...

Cleaning with Kids: How to Clean With a “Velcro Baby”

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Every mother simultaneously looks forward to and dreads the time when her child grows up and leaves the nest. It’s the cycle of life....

3 Tips for Car Seat Safety in Real Life

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You’ve seen the posts, memes, and witnessed the social media shaming over what car seat a child is in, and judgments over the decisions...

8 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Independently

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What mom wouldn't love for someone to help with the cooking? But, when given the option of having their own children be the ones...

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...

7 Ways to Teach Your Child How to Study

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Teaching your child how to study is the most important skill you can give them to carry on throughout their school years. Introducing study...

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...