Jeannette Swanson

Jeannette Swanson
Jeannette has three fiercely independent children ages seven and under and is a Marine Corps EOD spouse. A Southern California native and resident up until 2018, Jeannette now lives outside of city limits in North Carolina. Her front porch is fitted with two white rocking chairs, and she's grown pleasantly accustomed to being offered sweet tea and being called 'ma'am.' After a bit of a hiatus after writing for San Diego's Red Tricycle and a couple of California lifestyle magazines, Jeannette is thrilled to join the leagues at Military Moms Blog. During the week, except in off-seasons, Jeannette gets filled up weekly ministries and Saturday service. When she's not jotting something down or testing a coffee recipe she found online, she's probably trying to figure out her second grader's math homework while reminding herself she should do a workout today. She's happy to meet you and wishes that your coffee always be strong and your cream sweet!
non-candy movie snacks

Friday Favorites – Jeannette’s Top Non-Candy Movie Snacks

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

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

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

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...
woman warming up for fitness

Friday Favorites-Jeannette’s Favorite Fitness Channels

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

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...
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I’m Not Buying What the World Says About Motherhood

Even though it happened over two years ago, I can still recall the conversation. Shortly after our cross-country move, my husband and I updated our drivers' licenses on base. We made joint appointments with the...
child doing schoolwork at home

Week by Week, I’m Struggling…But Still Trying

It had been one week since our governor canceled all public schools through at least March 30th, and yesterday it was pushed to May 15.  At that moment, I was sitting cross-legged on the floor, typing...
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It’s Not You, It’s Me – My Breakup with a Coffee Chain

I am comfortably curled into the left end of our sofa with my "Don't Stress Do Your Best" Threshold mug from Target. I slowly bring the stoneware vessel to my mouth and inhale the...
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Awkward Meetups and Friend First Dates: Finding My Place Even If No One Finds...

I sealed the dishwasher and pressed the start button for the second time that day. I sighed and reached for my grande-sized beverage on the breakfast bar, reheated it for the umpteenth time since...