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MOMS - It's time for us to step up to the plate and get to grilling!  All too often, the grilling is left to the guys. Well, it's time for that to end. I'm here to tell you that grilling is...
I've been around the military for a long time. I became a tried and true Army brat with my first cross country PCS move over 32 years ago at a mere 3 weeks old. After 8 more moves around the...
How I wish kids came with a warning label or an instruction manual. You know, something to the effect of: doesn’t sleep through the night will only wear shoes with socks, so don’t waste money on sandals needs a 3...
I have four youngish kids.   That's not double digits or anything, but I acknowledge it's larger than the average family. I don't normally take them out all together in public right now aside from the daily marches around our block,...
Welcome to one of our favorite 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. With summer upon us, we...
Did you know that June 21st is not only the Summer Solstice but also National Selfie Day? What better way to use the longest day of the year than to perfect your selfie game! In all honesty, I take horrible...
18 years into my career, my professional bio reads, “Louise Valentine is an award-winning wellness expert, best-selling author, competitive athlete, and a fierce military spouse.” But here's the thing: It took me 17 years of experience, including running a business...
Because of COVID and disruptions to school, I've been worried about how my kids will cope going back to school full-time in the fall. And more than that, I've been extremely worried about how my 5 year old will...
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...
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...
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 Lifestyle

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