PTSD in Veterans and the General Population

PTSD in Veterans

When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we usually think of it in terms of combat veterans. In reality, civilians aren’t immune to the effects. However, the reason the disorder is associated so heavily with combat veterans is because they are one of the most visible and are vocal examples of the effects of PTSD. What is PTSD? PTSD usually develops after someone has experienced a terrifying ordeal, which could be a one-time event, such as a mugging or similar violent crime, … [Read more...]

It’s Official: We’re Moving to…


We're a military family. It's a known fact that we are going to move a lot, but for some reason we haven't. We have been here at our first duty station for over 6 years now, and finally two months ago we got word: it's time to move! Orders didn't come down exactly. My husband saw that they were looking for people in the state of our choice, so he applied for a job and he got it. We were excited because this is the exact place we wanted to go when we did PCS because it is a great area for … [Read more...]

Dear Deployment: Respectfully, Molly

Molly Military

Dear Deployment, This is the first time we’re meeting face to face and I’ve already decided that we are not friends. I’ve known you from a distance before of course. You’ve acquainted yourself with my family when my brother was a young man, but this time, you’re intruding on my personal space and I really don’t like it. You’ve only been here for a few days, but you’ve been lingering on the horizon of our lives for some time now. You’ve been stressing me out, making me irritable and … [Read more...]

How to Write a Perfect Pinterest Pin Description


I have been coaching people on Pinterest for a few years now and have seen a lot over the years. But one of the things I have noticed the most is that people's Pinterest Pin descriptions are not always the greatest. A good description is SO important for getting your pins pinned. I know that a lot of people like to let their image do the the talking, after all Pinterest is all about images! But I believe a pin description is just as important as the image. It can help with SEO and help give … [Read more...]

Special Needs: Why a Feeding Tube?

Why a Feeding Tube?

When I was thinking about the title of this post, I wasn't sure the term, "special needs" fit the bill. My daughter was developmentally behind, but now she is thriving and a very smart girl! The term "special needs" doesn't just mean that someone mentally requires assistance, it can also refer to medical assistance as well. Wikipedia says, In the United States, special needs is a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for … [Read more...]

Join the Online Jamberry Fundraiser For Our Family


A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked  me if she could do a Jamberry fundraiser for my family. If you have been following along for the past year or so, you know that my daughter was hospitalized 7 times last year and it's been quite a rough time for us. Between my daughter's needs and my son's we have had over $15,000. in medical expenses just over the past year. Because my friend asked, I agreed for her to do a fundraiser for our family. You can read about both of my kid's stories on this … [Read more...]

I Have Special Needs Children and I Vaccinate


I have been thinking about this topic for a long time now. I've been debating about whether or not to post my thoughts on just my personal Facebook or on my blog. After doing more reading though, I decided that I wanted to have my say. To speak the words that have been boiling up inside me for a long time. I have two special needs children. My son, Adam was diagnosed with a feeding disorder at age one, and Autism, SPD, and Apraxia at age two. Like Carrie Cariello, I have seen all the … [Read more...]

5 Small Ways To Enhance Your Marriage

Enhance Your Marriage

The best marriages don’t become that way by accident — they take effort and intentionality. And, believe it or not, many times it’s the small, everyday actions that speak louder than the grand gestures. By regularly thinking about your spouse and showing love to him or her, even in little things, you communicate how much your relationship matters. So, with that in mind, what are some specific ways you can make your marriage stronger and happier? What are some small ways to enhance your … [Read more...]

Your 2015 Guide to Valentine’s Day

Guide to Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and you don't want to miss out on a single idea that you can use in the coming days to decorate, celebrate and enjoy Valentine's Day. Like every year, I provide you with a guide to Valentine's day so that you don't have to worry about it. Enjoy!     Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunts Valentine's Day Love Scavenger Hunt Are you looking for a fun activity for your little ones on Valentines Day? This adorable scavenger hunt will keep them … [Read more...]

Win a Photo Book From Montage for Valentine’s Day


I don't know about you, but I do not use old photo albums anymore. You know, the ones where you have to slide in each developed photo by hand? It's out with the old, and in with the new! Nowadays, there are plenty of websites you can use that make your albums for you and it's all online. No work, no waiting for photos to develop, and your book is ready to look at as soon as it arrives. One of these such websites is Montage is one of the best websites for photo books that … [Read more...]