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I’m so lucky to have so many heroes!

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of La Brea Bakery, but all my thoughts are my own. Today is my husband’s birthday — HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEY! — and in a couple of days, it’s Veterans Day. Along with celebrating my beloved’s special day of birth, it’s also time to celebrate all the countless Veterans out their for their service to protect the wonderful country I call home. I mentioned that I’m luck to have so many heroes and it’s because I really look up to all the men and women that put on a uniform. It…

Nominate your hero for a free meal!

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of La Brea Bakery. As military families, we are very familiar with time apart from our service member. We’re used to missed birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. It comes with the territory. With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s natural for us to think of others, especially for those that make us thankful for what we have. We can’t leave out our loved ones that have to spend the holiday away, serving our country. I’m lucky to be married to a special soldier and have a retired airmen as a father. We learn to…

My Day with Prince Harry, the First Lady and Doctor Biden

Talk about an amazing whirlwind experience! First, a huge thank you goes out to my homegirl, Jo, My Gosh for being such an amazing person and for allowing my crazy self to sit next to her at the event. Plus, an even bigger thank you goes out to Blue Star Families for their continued support to military families everywhere. If it weren’t for y’all at BSF, we wouldn’t have been able to go, so you rock! I’ve been in the Metro DC area now for almost two years and consider myself lucky to be surrounded by so many awesome historical…

It’s time to buck up: why I let go during my husband’s TDY

Earlier this month, my husband returned back from a short two month TDY. In the two months, I managed to keep myself extremely busy with work, visits to friends and family — and what I’m not exactly proud of, but overall laziness. I don’t know what it was about August and September. I didn’t go to the gym once (it’s even painful to admit…) and I pretty much spent any free time binge watching Netflix. I. Couldn’t. Even. For some reason, I didn’t take any of my advice about making the most of separations or or anything for myself really.…

Keepin’ it Weird: My Austin Food Tour

My dad had some use it or lose it vacation time and decided to take off a week in September. After he told me about it, I started entertaining the notion of visiting home, if I find a good deal. Lately, I’ve been flying Southwest Airlines because they have a direct flight from DCA to AUS. I tested some dates near my dad’s time off and came across an awesome sale. It was too good to pass up! So, I bought my ticket with the intent to work my hours during the time my mom was at her job and…

Life Lately: Alaska, Parents Visit, Camping and More!

As I welcome August, it also means that my husband will be leaving for a two month TDY soon. For the past month or so, we’ve been making the most of our time together before the summer ends. That means, all the free time I have is spent with him (I know, I know, when will I get tired of him?!). Another new development, I’ve been very involved with the local spouses’ club, so that has been utilizing my spare time. As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun! I’m still working on juggling it all. My adventures…

Virginia Adventures: Westmoreland State Park

My husband and I officially kicked off Summer with our first camping trip of the season! During our time here, we’re trying to make an effort to explore all the regional parks as well. Last year, we cabin camped at Lake Anna State Park and we don’t even count that as “real” camping because we didn’t pitch a tent. Our camping time was cut short last year because of a series of TDYs. This year, we’ve given a little more Summer time, but it will still have to end short for another TDY! That meant we needed to schedule some…

The 9-11 Memorial and Museum

I know, I know…where the <beep> have I been?! Well, I’m not going to bore you with excuses. Life got in the way! After my husband and I’s trip to NYC this past weekend, it sparked me to share my experience. I was inspired. Particularly, our time at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. I was overwhelmed with emotion and stunned silent as we walked past the memorial ponds that represented the North and South Tower. The Memorial and Museum opened around the time I PCSed out of the great city. I was preparing for a job turnover and move to…

Alone on Valentine’s Day? Make it all about yourself!

Back in 2013, I wrote a handful of blog posts for MilPages. The site now operates as forum for military members now and all my entries aren’t live anymore. I thought it would be appropriate to share my very first entry with them because it was about Valentine’s Day — and how I’ve used to spend the day alone…. Here is what I wrote two years ago: I’ve never spent Valentine’s Day with my husband and I won’t this year either. It doesn’t bother me though. I swear I’m not the Valentine’s Day scrooge. I believe we should show love…

We’re All in this Together — One MilFam

I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to be a part of the military spouse community. Seriously, it’s the main reason I haven’t lost my mind. Everyone, and I really mean everyone, I met in my journey to military spousedom and beyond have been A-MAZING and helpful — whether I’ve met them on or offline. Not only that, they have given me (and continue to give me) a generous amount of support. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the people that I’ve met and they have also given me the drive and motivation to empower others that might end…