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I’ve had natural hair for over a year, which means chemical-free. I haven't had my hair trimmed in about that same amount of time. So one day I made a last-minute decision to try to get a hair appointment....
When you think of fall, you most likely think of the sound of leaves crunching under your feet as you walk, the crisp autumn air, hayrides, and, of course, all things pumpkin. But fall also brings something else; it's...
A little over a year ago we jumped on the RV camping bandwagon --  thanks, in part, to a bonus my husband took to extend his military service contract. Our modest, 32-foot Outback Ultralight Toy Hauler Bunkhouse has been...
Let's face it, whether you own or rent, home maintenance can be overwhelming. This is especially true for military families who move every couple of years and do not know where to look for recommendations. One of our main...
If I'm really honest with myself, I spent most of my kids' early years feeling like I was always falling short. Call it mom guilt, call it the natural response to four kids and only so much of me...
I find myself constantly asking myself “why is it so hard to just be nice??” It seems that every time I turn around, I’m hearing about stories of bullying at schools, reading degrading or demeaning comments on social media,...
When I had my first daughter in 2006, I didn’t know anything about babies or parenting. Literally nothing. I didn’t babysit. I avoided small cousins toddling around family gatherings. I just… wasn’t interested. So, when my precious daughter entered...
Do you have clothes and friends? Do you kind of hate those clothes but like those friends? Do you have sweaters and dresses you probably paid too much for that stare at you each time you open your closet and condescendingly...
It was hard to take fashion advice from someone who used to dress like a pirate on the regular, but there I was standing in front of my husband in my Soffe shorts and flip-flops being told to go...
Being deep in the throes of a PCS purge, I find myself ruminating on one -- seemingly impossible -- idea. So impossible, in fact, I guarantee that as my husband reads these very words, he’ll be left mouth agape,...
Let me start off by saying, any spouse who supports his or her service member in any branch of service - I salute you (Wait, can I do that?)! If you are one of the lovely women or men who...
It was my most difficult goodbye. We spent a month leaving jobs and schools; friends and people who had became family; favorite places and foods. I ate more currywurst und pommes and drank more espresso doppio and Hefeweizen than...

Military Lifestyle

Trusting the Transition

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Our grey Toyota Corolla shuddered to a stop again, wrenching my body. I looked at my dad with tears in my eyes. “I’m never...
cartoon hands shaking with "What is a Navy Ombudsman?" in text and MMC logo

What is a Navy Ombudsman?

family unpacking a house with Dad hanging a clock. "Unpack Your Room First" in text and MMC logo

Unpack Your Room First