Jeannette Swanson

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Jeannette is a mom of three ages eight and under and wife to a Marine Corps EOD tech. They’ve been married twelve years and they’re back in Jeannette’s home state for what might be their last duty station. Her husband has served twenty-three years and a lot of their conversations involve what may be next. Jeannette can usually be seen stifling a yawn and so she follows a very predictable coffee drinking schedule of 7 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. In her free time she likes to read, jot down her thoughts and make lists and get her steps doing YouTube exercise videos whenever time allows. Jeannette recently celebrated a year with the Military Mom Collective.
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How We Made Our Extended Stay More Comfortable

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If you've seen some of my most recent posts, you may have seen that we've just PCS'd. We've been living the extended stay life while waiting for a house on base to become available. We...
Sandwiches and salad on platter with "Friday Favorites: Jeannette's Favorite Hotel Meals

Friday Favorites- Jeannette’s Favorite Hotel Meals

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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. Preparing a...
a graphic of homes and streets with "PCS Uncertainty + Moving Without A Home"

PCS Uncertainty + Moving Without a Home

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You hear its rumble before you see its nose taking the corner. The trembling truck awkwardly pulls to the curb, and your heart instantaneously drops to your coffee coated stomach. You look around, memorizing...
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Friday Favorites – Jeannette’s Kid-Friendly Card Games

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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. Two Christmases...
black and white image of home with gold lettering stating PCSing During a Nationwide Housing Shortage

We’re PCSing During a Nationwide Housing Shortage

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A PCS usually brings its challenges. Scouting for neighborhoods and desired schools usually hover at the top of the list. But what about a nationwide housing shortage? Supply is short, but demand is high. And when...
neighborhood of houses and text "It's That Time Of Year Again"

It’s That Time of Year Again

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It's that time of year again. I'm blowing up the marketplace with items I don't want to be shipped to the next house. My husband's garage has turned into a warehouse for outgrown toys, farmhouse...
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Friday Favorites – Jeannette’s Top Non-Candy Movie Snacks

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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.  Our family...
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An Analysis of the Mom in the Memes

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There is always that mom in the memes. She is tired. And frazzled. And so over caring about it. I totally relate to the tired, frazzled wife and mom in so many social media posts....
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When You Need Help, You Have to Holler

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A year ago I caught my two youngest using their bare hands to slap, scoop, and stir the water in the toilet bowl. The bathroom was lacquered with water and pure elation radiated from...
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Whatever You Are Feeling Today is OK

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One morning at drop off, I noticed the moms carrying infant car seats back to their vehicles. The crook of my arm ached in memory of the seasons I'd carry a robustly full diaper...
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Friday Favorites-Jeannette’s Favorite Fitness Channels

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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. Mama, I...
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How This Former Gym Rat Got Her Exercise Groove Back

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Once upon a time, I was a regular at the gym. Most everyone knew my name; it was like Cheers. The cardio equipment, the sauna and steam room, and the green juice from the...