Alicia is a mom of two girls and married to her National Guard-turned-Active Duty husband for 15 years. Alicia has left part of her heart in the hills of Kentucky, the Piney Woods of East Texas, every taco in San Antonio, the snow of Fairbanks, Alaska and now resides in Northern Virginia. She spends her time learning watercolor painting, reading too many books, trying new foods, and riding, then telling everyone about the Peloton.
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Good is Good Enough

I don't strive for perfection. I acknowledge the entropy in my house and it doesn't bother me too much. I know I'm not a perfect parent, but am hoping that love and fun outweigh...
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What I Learned From A Bad Haircut

I got a bad haircut in December. I'd like to share with you what I learned from the experience. Nothing. I learned almost nothing. There is no silver lining except increased empathy for your bad...
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Measuring Time In The Military

In the Broadway musical “Rent,” the cast sings a song about measuring time in "Seasons of Love." As military families we are familiar with measuring time. Whether you love or hate where you’re stationed, we’re...
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6 Things To Keep On Hand For Adventure

With spring here and summer close behind, it's starting to be adventure time at our house! I am a spur of the moment person, so I find it helpful to prep to allow us to...
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Donate Blood + Be a Superhero Today

I started donating blood in high school. I’d like to say I was an altruistic teenager, but I signed up with my friend Matt because I heard we could get out of English and that there...
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Overwhelmed And Embarrassed Is Not How I Like To Be

Military spouses are no strangers to being new and having frequent adventures. For me, this transition to a new life, community and much busier area has been harder than I anticipated. We moved from...
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The Worst Christmas Songs That Take Away My Holiday Cheer

I love the holiday season. Seeing enormous inflatables taking over everyone’s lawn fills me with delightfully tacky glee. I love the delicious food I can’t stop making and consuming. And I love Christmas music. I love the...
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Adding Appreciation of Native American People and Culture to Your Thanksgiving

I love pie and turkey but want to learn a more accurate history of Native America people and the Thanksgiving holiday. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian states:  "We encourage you to celebrate...
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Rediscovering My Forgotten Love of Poetry

In 2020 my brain was overstressed. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of personal growth because I was spending my time feeling anxious, wiping off groceries, and doom scrolling more than I...
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Tested and Approved: 5 Pumpkin Candles to Love This Fall

It is fall, and I love it. It’s hard to give up an Alaskan summer, but as a prior Texas girl, one of the things I love about Alaska is the cool, crisp autumn....
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Dear School Teacher: A Letter From A Mom Who Homeschooled Last Year

Dear Teacher, I’m a mix of emotions this new school year.  I'm thrilled that my daughter will attend public school in person again and be in your class. But I'm also a little concerned at...
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Remembering To Give Our Friends (and Ourselves) a Little Grace

I’ve turned into an introvert who can play extrovert as I’ve grown older. I don’t believe the pandemic has helped me socially, as we’ve been quite cautious and done very, very little with friends...