Amber Cross

Amber Cross
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Amber has two young children and her husband serves in the United States Coast Guard as a Master Chief. He has been to New York twice, Alaska, South Carolina (where she joined him in 2009) and two billets in Michigan, their home state. Their final tour will be spent in California. Amber is a Michigan girl to the absolute core. In what free time she has, she enjoys yoga, aromatherapy, *all-things-Detroit* and sweet, sweet sleep.
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I’m Not The Fun Mom I Thought I Would Be

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When it comes to being a mom, I have a confession: I don’t think I’m a very fun one.   I’m constantly bombarded on Facebook by images of children splashing in mud puddles and finger...
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For the Last Time…A List of Things I Will Not Have to Do After...

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For some military members and families, retirement can be a scary or bad idea. Others find the idea amazing and exciting.  Our family wholeheartedly associates with the latter. At the risk of sounding cheesy, when...

Friday Favorites – Amber’s Hygge Heaven

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Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. We've been...
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Things NOT to Say to Federal Employees During the Government Shutdown

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As we've all come to know by now, the only military branch not getting paid during the government shutdown is the United States Coast Guard. To read more about it click here. Over the last...

All Work and No Pay: What the Government Shutdown Means for the Coast Guard

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During the current partial government shutdown, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Army and the Navy are funded and will receive their paychecks for their service come January 15. They are part of...

Parenting With Anxiety When Your Kids Are the Trigger

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The guilt I am ridden with as I write this post is consuming me. To think that my beautiful children that I waited a lifetime to have can sometimes (not always) be the subject...

I’m Dirty and I Know It

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The other day my daughter came into our room to wake me up for the day and greeted me by saying, "Mommy, you forgot to change into your pajamas last night before bed!"  I thought...

Transparency in Parenthood: Why I Choose to Share It All

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We all know that our children are not born with instruction manuals to hand us at their births. No one in the world can warn first-time parents about all of the struggle, strife, hardships,...

This Is Not My Home: Our Latest Transfer Broke Me

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Both of our children were born during a tour that was supposed to last four years, and we were only a mere three hours from our hometowns. That tour was cut short by a...

To The Formula-Feeding Mother: A Letter of Praise and Encouragement

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This crazy life we call motherhood is a common bond that we all share, right? Yet I can't help but look at social media and see the division, the judgment, and the horrible "Mommy...

I Met You in the Middle: What I Missed the First Half of My...

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When I was young, I always knew I wanted to be a mother and a wife, but I never imagined I would become a spouse to a member of the military. The traveling, the...

Teaching My Children to Respect the American Flag

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When I was a little girl, I used to call the American flag the "Pledge-a-llegiance." My grandfather and I would spend countless road trips seeing who could count the most flags. I don't remember...