Sunday, January 15, 2012

"As the Song Goes,"Don't Worry,Be Happy"

Part Two: Choosing to Being Happy
Whether you're new to this life or a seasoned vet,we can all agree it's a crazy one.But the key to being succesful at anything in life is to enjoy what you have,not what you don't have.Now don't get me wrong,if you're not happy with your life first look at yourself then go from there on making your life the life you want for yourself,otherwise be happy and grateful with the blessings you do have.Like I was saying last week"Always Wanting More", will only leave you with heartache and frustration,this diar need of constant want for the "Better" of what you already have,when what you already have is exactly what you need,nothing more,nothing less,but a roof over your head(and your kids head,not to mention the same roof your husband puts his saftey on the line for),food in your belly(and your kids belly),clothes on your back(and their's),and the humility to be happy with what you have.Like I also said a couple weeks ago,"This is not your year,This is your time".Get your priorities together,be that amazing wife and amazing multi-tasking mom you know you are.Now his orders are gonna come either way,he will get deployed sooner or later and you will have to move again,but make the best of it.Turn that frown upside down and make those lemons a sweet tasting lemonade,nobody likes a negative nancy(no offense to you ladies named nancy).If I had a dollar for everytime we have moved or tried to figure out this week when and where we're going next,I'd be a millionaire,but that's the kind of exciting and frustrating part about the military life,it's never the same constant thing,you're going to see all these great places as you guys travel over the years,can't get much more exciting than that.Not all military base locations can be the best,but I guarantee you'll be driving distance from seeing things you'd probably never see had you stayed in your hometown your whole life.Us military wives can get in this rut of the mundane day to day,but let out your inner explorer out and go see everything that you can for the short time your there,make a scrapbook of you guys traveling over the years and seeing the world's largest ball of yarn or biggest rocking chair.I promise you it's a hard life,but one you'd never change anything else for.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Contest Time!

Contest time!

Our friends at have been generous enough to sponsor our first official scavenger hunt! AND there wont be one winner....but TWO winners for this contest! The winners will receive a year’s subscription for "O" Magazine or "All You" Magazine...winner’s choice!

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We have Scavenger hunt items hidden around our website (no worries we’ll give you the links) and all you have to do is get a picture of these household items together (in one picture) and email it to us. The first two people that find the most items will win! The contest will begin on 1-12-2012 and end on 1-21-2012. The winner will be announced on our website’s blog at on the 21st. Please remember:

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Like They Say,It's the Simple Things That Matter"

Do you really believe that or do you just think it's another one of those sayings that somehow got passed down from a far back generation,that we still say today? I really believe it.

For the next four weeks I'll be doing a four part series on what it's like to be in the military life and keeping it simple.How do you keep it simple?How do you make your memories?Do you do family night once a week?

Part One: Always Wanting More
We're always looking for the next best thing.Car,home,phone,(ha,home phone,who even has those anymore right?)clothes,relationships.But we can never be satisfied,only for a moment till we get bored again and open another credit card to do some more damage on all the latest gagdets,or get bored in our relationships and move on.Or get bored with where we just got stationed and can't wait to move on and up already,"maybe next duty station we'll go somewhere less humid,or less cold".Let's face it,our lives as humans,have been constantly evolving since the begining of time.We finally hit our peak of necessities I'd say in my opinion in the 1940's/50's.We as a civilization had everything we needed,homes,one car per household,electricity,2 working spouses(one could stay home if prefered),I think the only thing past needing all that and sliced bread and an ice box is medicine constantly evolving.Having said that,we've just pushed for bigger,better,faster,I want it now attitudes and it's gotten us in a very sticky place.It's not a realistic place to be,it puts us in a position to be pushy.Even though we have a crazy life with our spouses job field,doesn't mean we can't have a simple home life.I don't mean simple "boring",I mean simple as in,having family game night once a week.Maybe going to the park every Sunday afternoon,We do what I think can save any marriage(date night once a week).Doesn't even have to cost anything or maybe craft day with your kids,get them off the t.v. and get 'em outside.Host a neighborhood block party.Now some of you are probably thinking"I wouldn't do a block party,I can't stand or trust my neighbors".And that's the whole reason behind this.We shouldn't be at a point where we can't even have conversation with our neighbors,We don't have to be best friends but we can be cordial and friends for the time we have to live by eachother..which consider yourself lucky because being in the military one of you will get orders sooner than the other.Focus on that this week,taking last's week into consideration too,go for a walk at least 3 times this week.Find a new homemade recipe you've been wanting to try and try it(thriftstores have great old recipe books).Military Life can be and is very stressful,but there's corner's you can cut to make it less stressful and more enjoyable.Especially since you don't know when he might have to leave again,so make the best of it while you're all together.Start a scrapbook this year of all the memories you'll be making as you go along,it wil be alot of fun to look back at it on a rainy day,or a great feeling for your spouse to recieve in a care package.Happy Simplifying!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year?New You.

Well it's here,whether you're ready or not,the new year is here.All your "New Year's Resolution's" have now been officially been put to the test.It's now the first week in the new year,how are you doing holding up to those"resolutions"?Broken a few already?Or maybe since you we're hungover or slept in on New Year's Day,you'll start your "fitness regime", "next week".Cut your self some slack,just be you,a BETTER you.One thing you can do to set yourself up for failure,resolution or not,is to keep making broken promises to yourself.So you wanna be healthier this year,that's great,but don't go spending $200 at trader joe's and then on your lunch break at work snack from the vending machine.Just make it happen for yourself,one step at a time.I got this from a friend of mine and I think soo many of us need to read it.Here's the link All you military wive's,kids or no kids...TAKE TIME FOR YOU THIS YEAR!!! We all know the stresses of this crazy life and as much as we want to think we can handle it all,we NEED to take care of ourselves first.In order to help others(family,friends,kids,work)you have to take care of you first.Get a walking group together with girlfriend(s),or do a book club and then host a party one evening at your house with some wine and snacks and talk about the fabulous book you just read.Do a pedicure once a month,live near the beach?Go early in the morning and just sit,sit for about 20 minutes.Your batteries will all be recharged.Take a walk while you're there.Live inland?Find a great local park or nature trail and do the same.This is not your year ladies,THIS IS YOUR TIME.
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