Five Things You Won’t See Me Post On Social Media

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Being part of an online community is a wonderful experience. It enables you to meet new people, learn about different companies and services, and become more familiar with the world around you. In my own online community, I get to interact with military families, spouses, and service members from all over the world. It has been so much more fulfilling  and fun than I ever imagined it could be.  Continue reading

All The Things We Forget About Deployment

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The ‘D’ word can be a pretty dark subject among many military families, and I can’t say that ours is an exception. Deployment carries so many other things with it: separation, anxiety, loneliness, “danger”, etc. We worry about everything, from staying safe at home alone, to the many thing that could happen to our loved one. Whether it’s 6 months or a year, it’s hard to look past the days, weeks, and months as they build up before our eyes. It’s hard to accept that our lives together are on hold, while our lives as individuals continue on.  Continue reading

The Ultimate Workout Playlist

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Have you ever had one of those “Monday incidents” where it’s not even a Monday, but it certainly feels like one? So far this week, every day feels like a Monday. I’ve been struggling to get out of bed, and find the motivation to do what I have to do. A huge part of this is because I’ve started going to the gym in the morning again, and my body is a bit confused with the change of routine. Kyle can sleep through an alarm clock like it’s his job, (probably a habit formed when he had to sleep in a huge room with 60 other guys a.k.a. barracks) so I’m usually the one that has to wake us up.

I’m more of a morning person than most, but I do struggle sometimes to truly wake up. I move pretty slow at first, which can make the first 20 minutes of any morning workout feel like a complete waste. I don’t have much time to use before work, so as soon as I enter the gym I try to make the very most of it. One thing I really rely on in the morning is having the perfect playlist to keep me energized. Continue reading

15 Years

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Fifteen years ago yesterday, millions of Americans started their day like they would any other. Children began their morning of classes, businesses opened their doors, and nearly 2600 people entered the World Trade Center for the last time. At the same time, 125 employees of the Pentagon began their final day of work. Mere hours later, 246 people boarded 4 different planes, and as they reached their final destinations, the world was forever changed. It was a beautiful Tuesday, forever darkened by the events that would occur.  Continue reading

Sending Packages Overseas: 4 Common Issues And How To Avoid Them

About a week ago, I sent my first package overseas to my brother who is deployed in the Middle East. I had never sent one before, but I had many tips and pieces of advice to follow from those who have. I thought I was fully prepared, and with everything packed up, I left the precious package in the hands of the USPS and waited the 2 weeks for him to receive it. The package contained some simple items, all of which were acceptable according to customs’ restricted list. It contained a phone charger, hand warmers, books, a thermos, and some other simple items. We were so excited to hear from him because I know he really looked forward to getting mail. I knew it would make his week so much better. Continue reading

Beauty Haul 101: Face Masks

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Over the passed 2 years or so, I’ve expanded my collection of makeup and beauty products more than ever before. I was never really crazy about makeup to be honest. I had my favorite mascara, a subtle blush, and my go-to moisturizers, but the was pretty much the extent of it. I never imagined myself purchasing bronzers, illuminators, or palettes, but my beauty regimen has reached far beyond the basics. Continue reading

7 Things That College Really Taught Me

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For most people, college is 4 years of fun and a whole lot of stress. I’ll never forget the chaos of running from class to class, test after test, trying to make it through “finals season” twice a year. But when it’s all over, what do we really learn? Here’s what I learned during my 4 years of college! Continue reading