Being Thankful Despite the Hard Days

thankful

It's the night before Thanksgiving, the kids are in bed and I am left with wondering. Wondering how I can put into words how I am feeling, and wondering how I can be so thankful and yet struggle so much with a heart of thanksgiving. It's been a rough year for my family. My daughter has been hospitalized seven times so far this year and as I look at everything around me, it's hard for me to not feel so very lonely. I see the kid's toys all over the floor, the smooshed cheerios in the … [Read more...]

15+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Wife

Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Wife

It's that time of the year again, where we get to try and find the perfect gift for the ones we love! Last year I did 245+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Husband and this year I want to focus on gifts for the wives. A lot of wives tend to ask for gifts that they need instead of what they want. This year, instead of getting the love of your life something she might just need, get her something she really wants! Find the Perfect Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Wife Here: 1. A Beautiful Pearl … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Feel Inferior to “Pinterest Moms”

Pinterest Moms

I hear a lot of talk about "Pinterest Moms." You know, the ones who throw big birthday parties, only cook the cutest and healthiest foods, and do Pinterest-inspired crafts all day long. Can I be honest? I am not a Pinterest mom. While I absolutely love Pinterest, and I use it a lot to come up with ideas for dinner, my blog, and social media, I am just not one to go crazy for crafts or huge parties. Does this mean that I think moms who love doing these things are bad? Of course not, some of … [Read more...]

On Seeing Loved Ones Grow Old

Old

Last week we took a trip to Florida. I did not grow up in Florida, but my mom moved there during my college years. Later my grandparents (my mom's parents) moved in across the street so that she could see them and help them in their older years. You might remember me talking about these grandparents previously on the blog. I did a post about their 67 years of marriage (now 70 years) and interviewed my grandmother on any marriage tips she might have. You can read it here: Married 67 Years: … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Teach Manners at a Young Age

Manners

Manners may not be a priority for every family, but in our family manners are important. I want my kids growing up to be polite, well-mannered, and respectful. My son is only four years old, but so far I have gotten a lot of complaints on how polite and well-mannered he is. I plan to do the same things with my daughter.  SergiyN | Dollar Photo Club 5 Ways I Taught my Son Manners: 1. Sign Language Some of the first signs I taught my son were "please" and "thank you." "Please" was an … [Read more...]

Pinecone Home: Handmade State Picture Frames

Pinecone Home Giveaway

It's been awhile since I have been able to feature an awesome product that I just love. This one is from Pinecone Home and is handmade with lots of love. I think this is going to be a favorite for military families, but really this product is great for everyone! While Pincone Home has lots of handmade products, one of the best ones they sell (and my favorite) are the state picture frames. Just imagine a huge gallery wall in your home filled with these wooden state frames. Each one could … [Read more...]

How to Use and Make Money with Fiverr

Fiverr

Have you heard of Fiverr yet? It's an amazing website where you can buy or sell services for $5.00! I had heard a lot of bloggers talking about it and recommending it for services, but I was nervous about using it when it sounded so cheap. How much quality work was I going to get for only $5.00? Once I started selling services on it I understood it better and have now bought services on there as well. Here is a better definition of what Fiverr is all about: "Fiverr is a global online … [Read more...]

Overcoming the 9 Most Overlooked Marriage Threats

Marriage Threats

I recently came across an article on Huffington Post about the 9 Most Overlooked Threats to a Marriage. As I read it, I realized that a lot of these can be avoided or overcome in just a few small ways. You don't always have to look at your marriage as something that can or will be "threatened," but you can be more aware of how to take care of your marriage and help it grow. Here is my response to Kelly Flanagan's article and my thoughts on how to overcome these threats to your … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong During Deployment

Keep Your Marriage Strong During Deployment

Keeping your marriage strong is hard work, but keeping your marriage strong during deployment can be even harder because of the distance. Even though your spouse may be thousands of miles away, there are plenty of unique things you can do to stay close and keep your marriage strong. Unique Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong During Deployment: 1. Read. Read Military Marriage Books, Read Deployment Books. Read the Same Book together and Then Chat/Email about it. My Book: Journey Through … [Read more...]

Dear Mom of a New Tubie

Tubie

Dear Mom of a New Tubie, I feel how scared you are. So many questions running through your mind. Take a deep breath. Just breathe. I know there have been a lot of new words and abbreviations thrown out there lately... NG, NJ, G-tube, GJ, peg tube, and more. It all seems so overwhelming. There are new things to worry about: granulation tissue, cellulitis, blockages, and more, but that's not for you to worry about too much right now. Take it one day at a time. You wonder how you will … [Read more...]