Alicia

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Alicia is a mom of two girls and married to her National Guard-turned-Active Duty husband for 14 years. Alicia has left part of her heart in the hills of Kentucky, the Piney Woods of East Texas, every taco in San Antonio area and now resides in the interior of Alaska at Fort Wainwright. She spends her time learning watercolor painting, reading too many books, trying new foods, and trying to stay warm in Alaska.

Spring Cleaning: 3 Places to Donate, Buy or Sell

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As a military family, it feels like we’re always coming or going. My house and closet seem to be in a perpetual state of sorting; organizing and tossing things before a move; selling or...
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Are We There Yet? Deciding When Your Family Is Complete

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This is part of a series of perspectives from our contributors on a subject that no one quite has the answer to: when is your family complete? Come back later this month for another...
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Best Friends That Don’t Know I Exist

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Sometimes it feels like I have best friends who don’t know I exist. I put in the time to see them, listen to the stories they tell, and send them messages to let them...
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Beyond Netflix: Fresh Ideas for Date Night In

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Dating your spouse can be hard as kids, work, and the military fills up your time.   They can/will be/are gone a lot, and it can be challenging to keep that connection. Whether you’re quarantining with...
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Attainable December Resolutions

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  One of my best friends sent me a TikToK where a woman shared her resolutions for 2020, made at the beginning of this wild year. By the end she was laughing out loud and...
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First Time Homeschooling: What’s Working and What’s Not

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This post is about my family's choice to homeschool. I realize we are extremely fortunate that it is a choice and acknowledge that for many families it is not viable. Every family makes the...
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Five Things to Love About Living in Fairbanks, Alaska

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So you're coming to Alaska! If you’ve recently moved or are moving to Fort Wainwright or Eielson Air Force Base, welcome to the Fairbanks North Star Borough! Interior Alaska is wild and can be...
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Real Life + Embarrassing Military Moments!

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We all have our embarrassing gaffes or mistakes; those stories that make us cringe. We let time pass and hope that the years will help us forget those moments. But when these things happen in...
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Advice for Moms: Preparing My Daughters for Puberty

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The other day I was at the bookstore with my daughter. We happened upon The Care and Keeping of You from the American Girl Library. She picked it up and asked me what it was...
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Hooah! Happy Birthday Army!

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Happy Birthday to the United States Army! 245 years old! Congrats!   It’s the time of COVID-19, so the big party you’re planning may have to wait. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate you! It...
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No-Contact Ways to Connect With Friends Right Now

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As military spouses, we are well-practiced in loving and supporting one another from a distance. We have connections in other states and other countries that we don't see often. But to me, this isolation due...
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Let’s be like Moira – Lessons from an Unusual Mother

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Can you learn anything about being a good mom from a woman who can't remember her daughter's middle name? Can you learn anything about being a friend from a woman who has lost all...