Jujube Be Hip Bag

#A2Z Challenge - Jujube

With my oldest; it felt like we went through 100 diaperbags. (I think it was 10) they broke, they were too big, they were ugly, or they just weren’t functional. Just before Lea was born, I found this bag on Amazon for less than a 1/3 of what the other bags of the same brand were going for; so I snagged it. And 3 years later, it’s still getting regular use.

The ultimate diaper bag must:
  • Stand the test of time.
  • Hold more than a black hole.
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Look attractive.
  • Have flexible and logical organization.

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It is What You Make of It. (NOT!)

#A2Z Challenge - It is what you make of it.

I must confess… this phrase will get my blood boiling faster than you can say ‘dependa’ twice. Mostly because it’s so incredibly judgemental and callous. It is NEVER another person’s job to tear someone down; much less mil-spouses doing it to each other. Yet time and time again, you will see this phrase posted whenever someone even whispers about the possibility of not liking an assignment. And ya know, some of them just suck.

You can shine it up, shape it how you want and paint it all pretty; but a turd will always be a turd.

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Homeschooling: Our Reasoning

#A2Z Challenge - Homeschooling

Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular with an average increase of 2-8% every year according to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). What once was a stigma is now slowly becoming the norm. What used to be considered “cutting-edge” by many is almost “mainstream” today. And why not? The benefits are a plenty and it’s never been easier to enroll in a homeschooling program that provides the curriculum and teaching aids for the parents.

But let’s face it; the road of homeschooling is not all sunshine and roses all the time.  Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of homeschooling your children…

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Finance Friday – Proactively Pay Off Debt

Financial Friday - Pay Off Debt

A lot of people say they want to pay off debt they’ve accumulated; that they want to be debt free, unshackled from the chains of debt that hold them down. But most don’t follow through with it. Procrastination is the enemy. I’m not just talking about paying off debt here – procrastination is the enemy of everything worth anything in life.

It can be overwhelming thinking about paying off your debt. I mean, we’re talking about a commitment that will likely take years here (if you are like most people in the U.S. today who have an average of $5,700 in credit card debt alone, according to research done by Value Penguin). However, worrying about the debt, fretting over it day after day is not going to help you. Being proactive about paying off your debt will help.
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Genesis 2:24

#A2Z Challenge - Genesis 2:24

Genesis 2:24 records the moment that God, immediately after creating woman from the rib of man, establishes marriage – the union of a male and a female – as the foundation of the family, the child rearing unit. The meaning of this is as clear as mountain air: God intends for children to be reared by a man and a woman who are committed to one another for life. Period.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

I won’t lie, Ry and I had a rough start to our marriage. We were young (only 18 and 19 when we married) and had a lot of growing up to do. I really wish that we had made it a point to study the bible together as newlyweds; but hindsight is 20-20 and the future is cloudy.

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Flower Symbolism in the Military

#A2Z Challenge - Flower Symbolism in the Military

The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, is a means of cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The significance assigned to specific flowers in Western culture varied — nearly every flower had multiple associations, listed in the hundreds of floral dictionaries — but a consensus of meaning for common blooms has emerged. Often, definitions derive from the appearance or behavior of the plant itself.

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Election Year (Yuck!)

#A2Z Challenge - Election Year

I hate politics. Mainly because it never fails to cause a fight. I love a discussion; but I haven’t been able to have a really good one without emotions going into overdrive for some time now (Thanks pregnancy and breastfeeding!) And every where I turn (TV Commercials, Facebook, Mommy meetups, Twitter, the coffee shop down the road, etc) SOMEONE is trying to change or sway my opinion. And girl, it just doesn’t work that way. I despise being ‘sold to’ and ‘talked at’ Show me facts, figures, actual concrete things. Not opinion and promises.

So out of curiosity, when a friend shared a link going around Facebook, I filled out the entire questionnaire to see which candidate I actually might vote for. (The answer surprised me, but only because I have been hiding my head in the sand)

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Wild Women Wednesday :: Amy

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

#WWW 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.

Today’s interview is Amy Bushatz of Military.com (and a distant mentor of mine through the Facebook group Mil-Blogging Buddies.) She is a mom of two and freelances in addition to her ‘day job’. 

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Children are Happy.

#A2Z Challenge - Children are Happy
Children are happy; if we let them just be. | www.emmmmerz.com

It’s simply impossible to simply impossible for us to grasp; that our offspring are HAPPY. They just ARE. And because we have lost this ability, we have a tendency to try to improve their lives; better games, better meals, better activities; and just “happier.” We clean, we plan, we upgrade, we do more, we presume we know their unspoken desires and over prepare.

And what happens? We get a raging headache for all of our laborious drudgery.

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given was this: “If they are happy, let them be”

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Birthday ‘Experience’ Gift Ideas

#A2Z Challenge - Birthday 'Experience' Gift Ideas

When you live thousands of miles away from your closest relative, sometimes getting gifts can be challenging. However, we are trying to transition away from ‘things’ in our life anyways, so we are asking for ‘experience’ gifts for the littles from here on out.

Research indicates that experiences make us happier than things do. With that in mind, some are turning from the mall to the museum, looking for experiences their friends and family can enjoy all year. Giving an experience gift is riskier, he notes, because it falls outside social norms. To choose such a gift, you need to know the recipient’s taste in music, theater, magazines or museums. But the right experience gift rates high on the happiness scale.

What the heck does that even mean? It means that we’d rather give them memories rather than clutter. New learning opportunities rather than something else to pick up and take care of.

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Avatar Assumption

The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging event that encourages writers to post, interact, and network. This is my first year participating, along with almost 2,000 other bloggers! A post each day of April (except Sundays) following alphabetical order.

What is it?

av·a·tar ˈavəˌtär/ (noun) an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc.

While the majority of avatars are photos from movies, cats, or sometimes memes. The avatar I am talking about using can be seen all over this site, the caricature of one’s self. A digital rendering of your own likeness. 

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The Guy Behind the Blog :: March 2016

The Guy Behind the Blog

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! 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 5, our daughter is 2.5, and our youngest just hit 8 months.

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Modeling an Older Style

The Path to a Modest Lifestyle | A book reminding us to dress for god.

Lace 7

This is a review of a novel given to me in exchange for an honest review. Not only do I get to read it; I get to give away a physical copy to one of you guys! Schweet!

The book isn’t terribly long; which to me is a good thing, as it’s a bit out of my comfort zone: fashion and clothes. Amanda wants to show our younger generation that the media’s perception of how females should be dressed is in direct conflict with what the Bible teaches, and she hopes to remind and guide us back into the fold. (I say us, because I too needed the kick in the pants regarding how I dress.) (more…)

Blogging 101 {By an Amateur}

Blogging 101 {By an Amateur} www.emmmmerz.com

I am not an expert. But I have been around the blogging scene for some time now. And I’d like to share some of my mistakes and lessons learned for the new bloggers. (Although I think some of you are way past me already, I still need content for my own site, and possibly this post will help somebody, haha.)

Blogging is here to stay, and I think most folks can have a good blog about whatever, as long as they’re passionate about the topic, knowledgeable and can spell. Plus, it’s very easy to get a website up and running in a matter of a few hours. Which is both great, and not so great. Sometimes setting up is the best part, and you get so carried away with it that you forget the actual first step…

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American Goulash

American Ghoulash - Penny pinching budget dinner in a flash.

Classically American, it’s a knock out form of comfort food, with delicious tomato-infused beef and perfectly cooked pasta.

This goulash is super tasty and perfect for feeding a crowd; plus it’s not one of those fussy meals that takes hours to create. Ask anyone, and their recipe for this meal (AKA: American Chop Suey, Traveling Man’s Hash, Beefaroni, Macaroni and Beef, Chili Mac, Beef and Mac, Slum Gumption, and Kentucky Burgo and my fave: Dogfood) and their secret recipe is going to be different; which is part of the fun of tradition, amiright?

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The Circle :: March 2016

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.

Spring Break Dreams, Plans and Goals.
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The Kids Behind The Blog :: March 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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Wild Women Wednesday :: Kara

#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.

Our second installment features Kara; whom I met through a military blogger networking group on Facebook. Kara used to be the Green Mtn Girl (who I actually had followed some time ago! Small world) but has since evolved into The Hippy MilSpouse. While we haven’t met in person (and maybe never will) I do feel that Kara and I are supposed to be friends (CREEPER ALERT!) So I had a little bit of an ulterior motive when I asked to interview her.

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Some of my favorite products for toddlers

Toddler Tools: Save your sanity with this list of helper items | @Emmmmerz www.emmmmerz.com

And our third installment in baby gear is here! Toddlerhood is a very trying season, and these items can help lessen some of the stress.

For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.
— Benjamin Franklin

How I broke down my lists:
Pregnancy (duh)
Newborn (0-2mos)
Baby/Infant (2-12Mos)
Toddler (12-24mos)
Preschooler (2-4years)
** some preemies might be better categorized based on their “adjusted age”.
Toddler Tools
Potty training starts in this period, along with major communication skills, annnnnnndddd…… the dreaded teething!(Keep in mind, each item is going to have a referral link, which just means that at no cost to you, you can help support the blog! Yay!)

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The Guy Behind the Blog :: February 2016

The Guy Behind the Blog

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! 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 5, our daughter is 2.5, and our youngest just hit 8 months.

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