Amber Cross

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Amber is a mom of two and wife to a United States Coast Guard Veteran. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in the suburbs with her family in their forever home. Her first tour as a military spouse was in Charleston, South Carolina, followed by two tours in Michigan and just recently her last tour was spent in the Bay Area of California. Amber's hobbies include all-things-Hygge, aromatherapy, CrossFit, and sweet, sweet sleep. Amber holds a BS in Journalism from Central Michigan University. She has been with Military Mom Collective since its inception in 2017.
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I Do My Best Parenting When My Kids Are Asleep

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I do my best parenting when my children are sleeping. It’s kind of the same type of parenting I did before I had children. You know what I’m talking about - the kind where you...
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Friday Favorites – Amber’s Favorite Craft Beers

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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. This week,...
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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...