Holidays can be stressful for anyone. But being in a military family often makes creating meaningful memories a little more challenging. Going "home" isn't always an option. Your family rarely lives nearby. A holiday doesn't always mean a day off...
That's a pretty loaded title, eh? While this black elderberry syrup probably won't change your life, I do swear by it for curing whatever ails my family.  It is my first line of defense and go-to for just about...
Why is it that summer always has the illusion of time - no school, no extracurricular activities, more daylight hours - but there's still never enough time in the day?? Even in the summer a "quick meal" is the...
My children are competitive swimmers. This means that they spend long days at the pool, especially during swim meets. Weekend races can take all day, but most of the time my favorite swimmers are sitting pool-side snacking while they...
My husband just crushed his Air Force fitness (PT) test. He did so well, in fact, he does not need to retake the test for an entire year rather than the standard six-month requirement. He also recorded the lowest weight...
After seeing my OB/GYN doctor for nine months, I felt a huge void after I gave birth. I got along well with her and felt like I was getting excellent care. Then I had my baby. I saw her...
If you have ever been stationed in Japan or had a spouse deployed out here, then you probably know about CoCo’s (Curry House CoCo Ichibanya). CoCo’s is a chain restaurant specializing in Japanese-style curry. I was excited to try...
I loved Saturday mornings as a kid, and not for the cartoons. Growing up, we happily climbed into the minivan early in the morning. We didn't mind because we were going to Great Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Roy,...
We celebrate a lot of things in America. Some are well known and important like Veterans Day. Some are aimed at a niche group like May the Fourth. Some are strange like Hoodie Hoo Day, and some I just...
I have yet to read Rachel Hollis' exceptionally popular book, Girl, Wash Your Face. I can't speak to how life-changing it actually is, but I do like what I assume is her no-nonsense approach to telling people what to do....
  Seven and a half years.  Besides the state I grew up in, this is the longest I have lived anywhere. When we first moved to Texas, things felt foreign. They have now become so familiar -- of course when we...
Presenting Your Ultimate Holiday Meal Plan! When you live far from extended family, as many military members do, you might end up sharing holiday meals with friends and co-workers. However, I've found that as an exchange officer in a foreign...

Military Lifestyle

Root Bound and Feeling Stuck: When Everyone is Changing Except You

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I feel as root bound and hemmed in as a plant that has been in its pot for too long. Restless, edgy, stuck...I am...
children waiting in airport and a travel case with "The Dreaded Travel Dilemma" in text and MMC logo

The Dreaded Travel Dilemma