How Non-Bloggers Can Support Their Family Member Bloggers

For the most part, I’ve kept my blogging world completely separate from my real-life world. I always had my blogging universe and then, separately, I had real-life. The two didn’t mix and that was just how it was; but that all changed when I suddenly got serious about the ‘hobby’ turned profession.

My blog started to come up in day-to-day conversations. Blog friends met real-life friends. Family started following my blog. My real life friends started asking about WordPress coding. My worlds were colliding. It freaked me out. Then one day a non-blogging friend said,

“I so don’t understand blogging but if there’s ever anything I can do to help you out…”

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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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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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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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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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Child-Free isn’t a slap in the Face…

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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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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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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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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Baby Prepping 2.0

#babyprepping #freezermeals | @Emmmmrz www.emmmmerz.com/

DaBaby is due this week, and we spent the past weekend running around like crazy between playgroup coordinator meeting, grocery shopping, a birthday party, cleaning/re-organizing, AND prepping these meals. I am sure Ry is ready for this baby to be born so we can slow down a little, haha.

Again, to ensure that we aren’t eating terribly horrible the entire time we are adjusting to having 3 babies, we are prepping some meals for the freezer to make as needed. (Hoping more than 1 friend makes us a meal this time!)

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DIY Pizza Night

Sigh; the bane of every SAHM’s day would be the shows their kids get attached to. Most of Jam’s don’t bother me, but Cailou is a love/hate thing. I feel that he has taught a lot of good things (beig kind to others, sharing, kindess to animals, being the big brother, etc) but sometimes the twinge of Cailou’s voice is just not bearable…
pizza
Today he was watching on PBS, and they made Pizza’s with the twins, which inspired tonight’s dinner:

DIY Pizza ala Cailou

Inspired by these recipes:
Veggie Pizza
California Avocado Pizza
Roasted Garlic Chicken White Sauce Pizza
Meatball Pizza
Hawaiian Pizza
Fruit Pizza

Ingredients:
3 rolls crescent rolls
1 roll sugar cookie dough
2 rolls pizza dough
2 packs cream cheese
2 blocks cheddar cheese
1 block mozzarella cheese
1 small container feta cheese
1 small carton sour cream
thinly sliced smoked ham
pesto sauce
marinara sauce
powdered ranch dressing
1 small can sliced black olives
canned artichoke hearts
basalmic dressing
marshmallow creme
fresh broccoli
fresh green/red peppers
shredded carrot
1 heirloom tomato
2 ripe avocados
med. red onion
sliced white mushrooms
portabello mushrooms
kale
asparagus
small bunch green onion
1 small cucumber
kiwi
strawberry
banana
blueberries
2 granny smith apples
canned pineapple chunks/tidbits/slices

Directions:

1st Cool Veggie Deluxe Pizza
2nd Mighty Mighty Meatball Pizza
3rd Califoracado Spifeta Pizza
4th Hawaiian Hula Pizza
5th Fabulous Fruit Pizza

Now, stuff your face. And pray Cailou is a quickly passing phase…

Baby Names

We are expecting a new family member to join us May 2015 (on Lea’s birthday!) And won’t be finding out the gender of RedHot until the 2nd of January, but are excited to figure out a name. We won’t be releasing our decision until we can tell RedHot their name face to face, so you’ll just have to wait 😉
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31 Things about me

It’s my birthday again! Birthday’s are very important to me, I take them as a reminder of why I am so thankful for the person and their part in my life. For my own I like to reflect on what makes me, me, and how to improve that me. Here are random things, facts, habits, or goals about me.

  1. I had a cat growing up, she was 20 when she died in 2007.
  2. I love chocolate, coffee, and mashed potatoes…separately.
  3. I used to want to change my name; but grew to love how unique it is (Well, was. Emma made top 10 girl names since 2002).
  4. I tend to wear my levi’s to death, and hate to part with them.
  5. I adore reading…and will stay up all night with a cliffhanger.
  6. Purple is my all time fave color, especially lavender (scent too).
  7. I have a black thumb, and have killed every plant I have tried to keep.
  8. I don’t like apple pie, cheesecake, orange juice, or toffee.
  9. If you pull up beside me in my car, I am probably singing along with the radio.
  10. One of my nicknames is Tigger.
  11. Happy bunny always makes me smile.
  12. As does Grumpy Cat.
  13. I have bad knees.
  14. And am a very reliable weather vane.
  15. Ry calls me CDO (it’s like OCD, but alphabetized).
  16. I pretend to be artistic, and sometimes succeed.
  17. Our current duty station has brought out my craftastic side.
  18. I refuse to EVER drunk/tipsy drive, and do my damnedest to stop others from doing so.
  19. Don’t understand serious celebrity crushes.
  20. Can be rather vain about my hair.
  21. Makeup is more work than I am willing to put towards my appearance 99% of the time.
  22. All 4 of us (Ry, Jam, Lea and me) were born on a Monday.
  23. Car seat safety is incredibly important to me, and seeing kids not being protected by their parents gives me anxiety.
  24. Country linedancing is a great workout and I really miss going every week.
  25. I don’t really follow astrology/tarot/etc but it fascinates me nonetheless.
  26. I still try to learn something new every day, if nothing else it encourages my son’s thirst for knowledge.
  27. Brutally honest and lacking in sympathy.
  28. I HATE exercising for execising sake. Give me a to do list with some good old fashioned hard work any day!
  29. Parents that don’t do their own research on as much as possible for their kids drive me batty.
  30. I don’t do ‘drama’
  31. Reality TV is trash, mainstream news is biased, and society needs to read more.

Enough

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough ‘Hellos’ to get you through the final ‘Good-bye.’

What I won’t be blogging…

The internet can be a super scary place so there are a few things that you will not be seeing on this blog; especially since we are a military family and personal security is very important!

Persec: A military acronym. Short for PERsonal SECurity. Used in conjuction with Operational Security (OPSEC) to protect the flow of information to undesirable or non-essential parties. Often personal information about a person/soldier/civilian that, if leaked or passed on to the wrong party, could result in either harm, defamation, or potentially even death to said person.

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