Since my first pregnancy seven years ago, I have come to relax … a lot. But first a disclaimer: The information included in this article is not directly supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (acog.org). Please consult...
Like many military spouses, my husband traveled frequently when our first daughter was born. Often when he would come home, our daughter would treat him like a stranger and cling to me. Not only did I desperately need a break, it was...
While reading fellow contributor Rebecca Hurtley’s excellent post on self-love recently, I was reminded of the adage: you are what you think. It occurred to me that in the practice of self-love, you really need to remember that simple phrase....
I recently got my hair cut. It is nothing fancy—just a standard bob-sort of hair cut where the front is probably a little longer than my chin. I have curly hair, and in this Texas humidity, I like to keep...
When I think of a luxury wellness resort, I conjure up images of calm and serenity. I see spa treatments and carefully curated, nutritious meals. I imagine yoga, meditation, and an overall sense of peace. In short, it sounds...
My dear, sweet friend recently had her first child. Just like any new mother, she is overwhelmed; overwhelmed with love, with exhaustion, with joy, and with change. I ache with happiness and empathy for her because I have been there....

Aspiring to Be a Gym Rat

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  I've never been extremely comfortable at the gym. For me, it feels a bit like visiting someone's house. Not really a stranger, but maybe a relative who has furniture you're not sure you can sit on. The machines can look...

When Motherhood Feels Heavy

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Motherhood is unlike anything else. I know that sounds incredibly cliche, but it's true. It's more than a job. It's more than a position or trait. It turns your entire life upside down and spits you out on a...
  I recently read Chip and Joanna Gaines' The Magnolia Story.  I loved the book. I love every story that births something from the bare dirt into something so much more. What I love most about these stories is that...
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, pain, suffering, etc. that go...
"You're really hard on her," my friend told me. I knew it was true, and I knew it was awful.   This was almost four years ago, and I can recall it as clearly as the block of cheese I...
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. Are you on the hunt for some...

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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...
children waiting in airport and a travel case with "The Dreaded Travel Dilemma" in text and MMC logo

The Dreaded Travel Dilemma