5 Fitness Must-Haves For Beginners

As the colder weather gets closer, it’s hard to find the motivation to exercise, let alone get to the gym in the first place. But since it’s about to be the holidays, exercise is vital to staying sane and fit. If you’ve been thinking about joining a gym, or integrating some at-home exercises, now is the time to start. When I first joined a gym, I was about 16 and I was playing a lot of school sports at the time, so I really just went to run on the treadmill. I usually brought a water bottle and some headphones, and that was it. I didn’t really know what I needed. Continue reading

How To Deal: 10 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming A MilSo

It was a hot August day, and we had just arrived on base for our very first Family Day. I was so excited to see all of the other wives, girlfriends, sisters and mothers that were gathered, with children running all over the place. I thought, “This is going to be great! I finally get to meet people outside of his work.” Kyle had been welcomed into his new unit in February 2014, and had gotten to know the other soldiers really well in the last 6-7 months. But I had only seen them in passing, and I was eager to get to know everyone. Continue reading

6 Things I Need To Stop Spending Money On

Over the past year or so, Kyle and I have really buckled down and started to save for our future. It started with the cars we wanted, and now it’s moved into more “adult” dreams, like a house. It’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve both come in our careers, and the strides we’ve taken to build a more stable life. But one thing that constantly threatens our ability to budget and continue this growth are all the little things that we waste our money on.Β  Continue reading

My Top 10 Military Inspired Etsy Shops

Happy Monday everyone! I’m celebrating the start of a busy week, as well as my 100th blog post. And even better than that, Kyle has this coming weekend off! It’s the second weekend we’ll have off together since June, and we’ll be attending a wedding with a few of our close friends. I’m super excited to see everyone, and to finally have time with him. Continue reading

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

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 Β and fun than I ever imagined it could be.Β  Continue reading

All The Things We Forget About Deployment

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

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