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 Summer is officially here! Spending time outdoors...
It’s hard to believe that anyone might say the words “breastfeeding saved my life,” but in my case, it did.  It was always my dream, as it is with any new mom, to breastfeed my baby. In fact, during our...
For over 30 years music and reverence has been a monumental event on the lawn of the nation's capitol every Memorial Day weekend. This year, the tradition continues with more music and tributes honoring our fallen heroes.  On Sunday, May...
The end of a very long, often chaotic, and definitely unprecedented school year is here. You can honor your favorite teachers in many ways. It may seem more challenging this year, especially if your student has just met their teacher...
Time is a precarious thing, most especially for us as parents living a life in the military. It either can’t pass quickly enough (deployments and Mondays as a SAHM), or it slips right through our fingers (what do you mean my baby...
Alcohol. Illicit drugs. Those were not my preferred vices. I preferred the socially acceptable one. The one that no one questioned. The one that was rewarded, which of course, fueled my desire for this even more.  “You’re like a real...
Military families quickly become accustomed to living far away from their family members and loved ones. The distance is challenging in the best of times, but what happens if a close family member becomes ill or is diagnosed with cancer...
If you have ever lived or been stationed near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, you know "the mountain." It is Mount Rainier, the snowy volcano that towers at over 14,000 feet in elevation. It is the tallest mountain in...
Are you deep in end-of-the-year planning for your high school or college senior? Will you also throw a graduation party for them? All five of our kids have finished high school, and each ceremony and get-together has been totally different. But...
**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 stop reading right now. I...
Are you worried about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? With all states on board to approve anyone 16+ by May 1st, people are talking about it: whether they'll get it, which vaccine they'll get, and how bad the side effects are...
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. Preparing a good meal while traveling used...

Military Lifestyle

Changing My Perception (and Yours) of the Key Spouse Program

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The term “Key Spouse” (or even just "spouse") can sometimes bring up some unfavorable feelings. But how many of us really know what a Key...