Rebecca Hurtley

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Hey there, I'm Rebecca! I am a believer, proud military wife, and Mama of 4; 2 in Heaven and 2 here with us. I’m originally from Florida, but we moved to Ohio about three years ago and I honestly LOVE the change. Dayton was quick to feel like home to us, and we've definitely been enjoying the seasons! Being a Mom is the happiest full-time job, but I love making the time to keep up with my personal interests as well. I run a blog and Instagram @theivynest; where I share a bit of our story and everyday life, along with my love of home decor and keeping things simple. Life is definitely busy, but I truly believe that it is equally as beautiful when we choose to see it that way!
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My Military Spouse Friendships Fill a Void like No Other

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Chances are if you are reading this, you have at least one friend who is a military spouse, or on the flip side of that, maybe you are that friend to someone else. We are...
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5 Tips for Making Your Rental Feel More like Home

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No matter how far you are into this military journey, I bet most of us have or will at some point have to rent. And we all dread those white walls that feel so...
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Mama, Take Care of Yourself {Make the Doctor Appointment}

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I am sure I am not alone when I say that scheduling time for myself isn’t something very high on my priority list, especially not to go to the doctor. I spend my days...
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The Space Between: Navigating the Months Between Getting Orders and Your PCS

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If you’ve been living this military life long enough to have made your first move, you know all about this “space” that I am referring to in my title. I remember when we first got...
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When Mother’s Day Is Bittersweet {Celebrating Amidst the Grief}

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**I want to preface this post by saying that my words may trigger some of you. If you feel like your heart is in a tender spot today, it is more than okay to...
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Self-Love Over Self-Care: Finding Happiness From Within

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I’m sure that we have all heard about the importance of self-care, especially as moms. We need to take some time for ourselves, we should focus on eating and drinking enough water, or how setting...
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5 Ways to Minimize Your Life and Maximize Actually Living

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Let me just preface this post by saying that I am in no way, a master of minimalism. I feel like on the scale of novice to expert, I am somewhere in the lower...
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Saying Goodbye to New Year’s Resolutions in 2021

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What do you think of New Year's resolutions? January 1st always brings with it a certain expectation, one that over the years I have grown more and more apprehensive of. It's an expectation to start...
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I Wasn’t Made for This Life

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” A question I am almost certain that all of us have been asked at least once in our lives. I can remember as a little...