Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 2

We landed and sprinkles — nothing more, no ferocious pelting rain — dotted the window on the row-20 window of our Japan Airlines flight. Carry-ons...

Bring Your Van to the Next Level with These Minivan Organization...

This post is sponsored by Lloyd Mats. You fought it for so long, but here you are- you...

Celebrating Holidays in a TLF

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

5 Ways to Ease the Emotional Burden of Motherhood

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...

To the Bonus Dads on Father’s Day

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

Kids’ Christmas Gifts that Aren’t Things

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...

Dad Is More Fun and It’s OK

It wasn’t so long ago that dads were mostly absent from parenting — working all day, then coming home to dinner on the table...

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

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

Surviving the TLF with Kids

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...

To Bring Kids or Not to Bring Kids to Events

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...

3 Tips for Car Seat Safety in Real Life

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

Is Homeschooling Right For Your Military Family?

As more and more people join the homeschooling bandwagon, it’s normal to wonder if it would work for you. Let’s face it, one reason...

Surviving a Deployment with Kids

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...

Military Kids and Guns: Discussing Their World

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...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 4

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

DIY Alphabet Book for Some Learning Fun

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

We Don’t Do Thanksgiving

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...

Worldschooling with the WildBradburys: Combat Loneliness on the Road

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....

4 Reasons This Family Needs Summer Camp

Children love summertime. They feel free without the constraints of bedtime, homework, and school. Do you remember the awesome feeling of doing whatever you...

5 Easy & Kid-Friendly Vegan Snacks

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...

MOPS: A Place of Support For New Moms

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

Worldschooling with The Wild Bradburys: Bringing History to Life When You...

For years, I have heard people say how much they disliked history growing up. It was my least favorite subject in school...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 1

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

6 Ways to Celebrate Your Baby’s 1st Birthday That Aren’t Cake-Smashing

The adorable props are set, a first birthday candle has been bought, the balloons tied to the mailbox gently sway, and gifts...

4 Tips to Getting Dressed Every Day as a New Mom

As a new mom, I struggled a lot in the beginning to make time for myself. Getting dressed every day seems...

How To Simplify Your Life With Kids

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....

Surviving the Japan Floods: Part 3

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

Adjusting Parenting Styles After Your Spouse Comes Home

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

How to Move Past the Mom Guilt

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...

5 Family Friendly Fall Break Ideas on the East Coast

Fall is a beautiful time to be living on the East Coast. When the weather turns cooler, the leaves begin to change...

11 YouTube Alternatives for Kids

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

Managing Maternity Leave: Military Spouse Life as CEO

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...

7 Ways to Teach Your Child How to Study

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

Podcasts for Moms

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

5 Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas for the Win

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...

What You Need to Become a Toy Minimalist

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