The Guy Behind the Blog :: November 2016

The Guy Behind the Blog - Ry tells as much as we can squeeze out of him.

Once a month I talk about what’s going on in my life at that moment with Currently posts, and then the kids get a monthly post where they get to shine; this post is where Ry gets to take over for a day each month. Hosted by Betsy and Laura, TGBTB linkup is on the last Thursday of each month if you’d like to join up too! (They have since ended the linkup..) Plus it means I get to spotlight this amazing man I have been blessed to share my life with for the past 15 years 😉

In case you are new around here: Ry and I were high school sweethearts, married after I graduated high school, he enlisted in the USAF, and our first kiddos arrived 4 years after that. Our oldest is 6.5, our daughter is 3.5, and our youngest a little more than a year and a half.

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Our Thanksgiving Menu 2016

2016 Thanksgiving Menu - a day to eat and be thankful

Growing up, #TurkeyDay was always my favorite holiday of they year. It was one of the times my entire extended family got together and enjoyed each other’s company and caught up on the going’s on.
There wasn’t any stress about behaving and ‘liking’ a present, no matter how horrible it was, getting in trouble for opening a gift early, or avoiding all the foods and sweets I wasn’t allowed. (Coconut and I are NOT friends)
Instead it was about being grateful for what we had, who we spent time with and of course, the amazing food. If there’s one thing my family did well above all else, it’s eat food and love each other.
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The Circle :: November 2016

The Circle Linkup

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

While Kiki has decided to discontinue hosting the linkup; I like the concept, so will be using a list of blog post prompts to continue the tradition.

This month’s prompt is: Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?
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The Kids Behind The Blog :: November 2016

The Kids Behind the Blog

Everyone loves getting to know the person(s) behind the blog, but these posts spotlight our little ones, a handful of our #MOMbloggers have put together “The Kids Behind The Blog”. A new Linkup showcasing the blessings that call me Momma. Each month you ask your little one(s) a handful of questions that the TKBTB hosts provide and then share those answers with in a link-up post the second Wednesday of each month.
Hosted by: Our Pretty Little Girls, The Adventure Starts Here, Secrets of A SAHM, Wife Mommy MeHall Around Texas.

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Tips to Improve the Health of your Household

Tips to improve the health of your household

Are you trying to be healthy and prepare your family healthy food? This is great, that you are working on making your family more healthy and feeling better. But sometimes only proper diet and exercise are not enough, if the environment that you live in is toxic. The benefits of the healthy food you eat will be neutralised and will not help your family if your home is, in a way, poisoning you. But do not worry, here you will read a few very easy and helpful tips on how to improve the health of your entire household.
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Wild Women Wednesday :: Jennifer

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. Far too many women are caught up in the disease of competition with one another; everyone just wants to be Instagram famous, with no qualms about tearing one another down in the process. My hope is that this becomes a series that builds community and friendship in the blogosphere.

Meet Jennifer; a yoga loving, OCD, mom of a three year old, and three fur babies. A self-identified neat freak, doing her best to leave the world a better place; all while it seems the world has turned upside down. Jennifer is from a variety of places in Pennsylvania, growing up mostly between Philadelphia & Lancaster. Currently married in to an Active Duty Air Force Guy, she and her family have recently, been lucky enough to escape what is commonly referred to as the “black hole base” in New Mexico. She currently resides in in the sweet state of Georgia.
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Currently :: November 2016

Currently

A new month means that it’s time for another Currently. Month’s prompts from Anne are: discoveringcelebratingstartingwearing, and googling.

I am going to join in on Gretchen and Kristin‘s link up called “What’s New With You?” which is more or less the same concept as ‘Currently’. Their prompts are more of a status check-in which will be good for accountability for me. (more…)

My ‘Guest Room’ Apology

The Guest Room Apology From Your Mama Friend

I’m part of a few ‘Mommy Groups’ over on Facebook, and occassionally I come across some amazing posts. The following post as an open letter to a dear friend about her guest room was shared in the Bringing Up the Littles by Allison Wilson Wright; and she gave me permission to share it with you. She captures the changes in friendship and life that having children can have, and I love her way with words and the delicate story she shares.
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The Circle :: October 2016

The Circle Linkup

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

While Kiki has decided to discontinue hosting the linkup; I like the concept, so will be using a list of blog post prompts to continue the tradition.

This month’s prompt is: What is the scariest thing you have ever eaten?
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After Kids, ‘Well Rested’ is a Myth.

‘Well Rested’ is a Myth

At the beginning, individuals comprehend that bringing new life brings weariness. Individuals inquire as to whether the infant is sleeping through the night, as though that is the mysterious key to them feeling like completely human again. In any case, each parent knows, it is most certainly not. I’m entirely certain that moms never feel like fully functional human beings again. Perhaps they simply change the meaning of what “Cognizant” means, which no longer infers anything firmly identified with “rested”. Here’s the reason:

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The Kids Behind The Blog :: October 2016

The Kids Behind the Blog

Everyone loves getting to know the person(s) behind the blog, but these posts spotlight our little ones, a handful of our #MOMbloggers have put together “The Kids Behind The Blog”. A new Linkup showcasing the blessings that call me Momma. Each month you ask your little one(s) a handful of questions that the TKBTB hosts provide and then share those answers with in a link-up post the second Wednesday of each month.
Hosted by: Our Pretty Little Girls, The Adventure Starts Here, Secrets of A SAHM, Wife Mommy MeHall Around Texas.

The Kids Behind the Blog
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How a SAHM can earn Christmas Money

How a SAHM can earn Christmas Money

It’s not always possible for a SAHM to work outside the home, but with Christmas coming up, not every family has the extra cash needed for the craziness that can be the holiday season.
This list is not exhaustive, and considering how many times some of these have been suggested by others, they must be true, however, there might be a hidden nugget listed below that you haven’t been explored yet.
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Wild Women Wednesday :: Kelly

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Far too many women are caught up in the disease of competition with one another; everyone just wants to be Instagram famous, with no qualms about tearing one another down in the process. My hope is that this becomes a series that builds community and friendship in the blogosphere.

Meet Kelly Stillwagon; Marine Wife, Mother of Kittens, Blogger, Ghost Hunter, Teacher. She currently lives in Japan, and is enjoying the experience thoroughly. She is a photographer and would love to hep you get some memories captured.
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Child-Free isn’t a slap in the Face…

friends

Moms need female friends; and Child-Free can be the best kind...

Why Moms shouldn’t shame Child Free Women, but instead Embrace them as Friends

I have a few friends that want nothing to do with motherhood. And that is awesome. Everything in life is a choice, and reproducing is one of those choices. Being a mother is one of my favorite things in my experience. I LOVE everything (well, mostly, haha) about being a mom. I love being pregnant, the birthing process, and most especially shaping these blessings into a person that will improve the world.

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Daily Blog Post Themes

Daily Blog Post Themes

Sometimes my writing stalls. Ok, who am I kidding, I stall out all the time. Especially since moving almost all my recipes to Dimpled Kitchen, which cut a lot of out of what I was planning on writing here. I am slowly getting back into the personal side of blogging, and sharing (safely) parts of our lives, hoping to help others going through or about to go through some of the same things.

The ideas below are here to help break through writers block, and maybe make it easier to link up to Blog Hops to gain more exposure and interact with other bloggers.

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The Circle :: September 2016

The Circle Linkup

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

While Kiki has decided to discontinue hosting the linkup; I like the concept, so will be using a list of blog post prompts to continue the tradition.

This month’s prompt is: If you had a personal assistant who would do your most dreaded tasks, which items from your to-do list would you assign out?
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Wild Women Wednesday :: Kaley

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.

Meet Kaley Taylor. She is from the Greater Seattle Area who blogs about her life as a new Air Force milso (military significant other) in hopes to help other couples understand the military life and strengthen relationships. She will one day pursue her PhD in neuroscience in hopes of going into research, but in the meantime she’s planning her wedding and the big move to Las Vegas with her diva kitty. Kaley is obsessed with Batman, Pink Floyd, and glitter (to her fiancé’s dismay).
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Wild Women Wednesday :: Laura

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.

Meet Laura, a former inner city teacher, she is passionate about helping others earn money and helping them have a lifestyle business they love. She went from part-time freelancing to a six figure business in just 18 months. You can see her on the Huffington Post, Writer’s Weekly, and Business Insider. Laura left education and corporate America behind to work for herself in 2012 and has never looked back.

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Wild Women Wednesday :: Kelly

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.

Boston based mental health advocacy and lifestyle blogger who spends way too much time on Netflix and not enough time crafting her novel. She recently moved back home from Minnesota to help take care of her mom leaving her boyfriend and his two girls behind. She will soon be trained as a NAMI speaker to advocate through public speaking. Also, she just turned 30 so feel free to send her presents 😉
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The Circle :: June 2016

The Circle Linkup

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

Kiki has decided to discontinue the Circle
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Wild Women Wednesday :: Jessica

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.

Meet Jessica:
A mom that I met at our last duty station in New Mexico. She has two beautiful daughters and is married to an active duty Airman; currently stationed in England. Formerly a CDC Tech, she now stays home with her girls and keeps the house running.#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday
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