Victoria Lynn Kelly
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  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • United States
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Bevin Landrum commented on Victoria Lynn Kelly's blog post Paris! Oh the Romance...
"Take the time to go to Normandy.  I was just in Paris last month and we went out to the American Cemetery, museums, etc.  It was fantastic.  But do take a tour.  It's a lot cheaper than your own euro priced fuel and tolls…"
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Blessings

My husband and I are on vacation with our infant daughter in Grand Cayman, and while it has been a wonderful, relaxing way to spend time together (and get away from the chaos of the Navy life), and introduce our winter daughter to warm climates, I have been thinking a lot about blessings on this trip.While getting my daughter arranged in her beach tent our first day on the beach, a shy, young security guard asked how old she was. "I miss when my daughter was that age," he said. We started a…See More
Mar 24
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Mar 13
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The Secret to Living Well on a Military Budget

The military community is a strange phenomenon, financially. It is one of the only communities in which you know exactly how much money your friends make--usually, because it's the same as you're making. With the constant threat of relocation looming, spouses often choose not to work, or are unable to find stable jobs, making a lot of military familes one-income households. While I work part-time teaching at a university, this brings only a little income, and, essentially, my household is one…See More
Feb 25
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Reflecting on LONE SURVIVOR

Last week my husband and I were finally able to get a babysitter so we could go see the movie LONE SURVIVOR, based on the book by Marcus Luttrell. I had read the book when it was first published; I remember I was on an airplane going to visit my husband, and I could not put it down. When I finished it I was crying, still sitting on the airplane, and I could not speak. It touched me tremendously.I thought the movie was equally emotional and realistic. Being around military men for so many years,…See More
Feb 23
Crystal C commented on Victoria Lynn Kelly's blog post Baby Update!
"It will get better, my son was like that, and he is allergic to peanuts, wheat, soy and eggs...it was rough but once we figured out what he was allergic too as a baby it got easier when he turned one. As a baby he lived on rice and grits..then as he…"
Feb 13
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Baby Update!

Well, it's been a long road with our infant daughter. As my last post explained, my husband and I have been dealing with severe food allergies/intolerances in our little girl. After almost two months of nonstop bleeding with every bowel movement (a major sign of digestive issues/allergies), a children's gastro-intestinal specialist put me on an extreme elimination diet: no dairy, soy, gluten, nuts, fish or eggs. Essentially, this would eliminate the most common children's allergens. At first,…See More
Feb 11
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Jan 23
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My Favorite Baby Products, Part 1

Shore tours are a common time for military members to think about expanding their families. As I have babies on the brain, I thought I'd put together a list of baby products I think are great for those expecting military moms!1. Baby K'tan: My daughter does not like to be left alone in a crib during the day. She loves to be cuddled against me, which makes getting anything done difficult. I am writing this post with her tucked quietly into my Baby K'tan sling, size Small. This cotton sling is…See More
Dec 23, 2013
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Dec 19, 2013
Alice Swan commented on Victoria Lynn Kelly's blog post MY FIRST BABY!
"Congratulations - she's beautiful! Been wondering when the big event would happen, and now we all know. Glad Alida and mom are doing well."
Dec 19, 2013
Alice Swan commented on Victoria Lynn Kelly's blog post Waiting!
"Good luck Victoria. I remember being in that holding pattern. What a wonderful event to be "Waiting" for. Can't wait to see pictures of our next blogger baby."
Nov 26, 2013
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Waiting!

A few months ago, I announced that I would be having my first baby in December! Well, now that December is almost here, my husband and I have to endure that dreaded end-of-pregnancy state... waiting. As I am currently 38 weeks along, we wake up every morning saying, "Today could be the day!"We do feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful friends and family checking in on us. Not a day goes by that I don't get an email, phone call or text message asking how I am. Many of these friends are from…See More
Nov 25, 2013
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A Symphonic Weekend

Last Friday, my husband and I attended the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's performance of Beethoven's Fifth, opening with a piece by Stravinsky. It was a spectacular performance; I used to find myself bored in instrumental concerts, much preferring ballets or Broadway, with their stunning visuals, but I found myself for the first time put under a spell by the music.I think a lot of military families believe they can't afford to attend concerts, but there are ways to enjoy them on a budget. At the…See More
Nov 20, 2013
Alice Swan commented on Victoria Lynn Kelly's blog post Thinking of a Personal Chef?
"Victoria – What a great idea. You’d probably pay as much or even more going out to a nice restaurant any way. And I am always looking for excuses not to cook. So, Military District of Washington residents, here are some personal chef…"
Nov 7, 2013

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Paris! Oh the Romance...

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:21pm 1 Comment

Oh, the wonders of the shore tour...

In a few months, my husband and I are taking the trip-of-a-lifetime--to Paris! We are bringing our baby daughter (we'll see how she fares on the transatlantic flight...), and plan to spend a week exploring the not-so-touristy parts of the city (we visited Paris many years ago, and saw a lot of the "must-see" things, like the Louvre--but then I got debilitating food poisoning, so my memories are hazy).

My dream has always been to take a trip…

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Bead for Life

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:12pm 0 Comments

In many military communities, Mary Kay, Stella-and-Dot, and other direct-sales parties are very popular. It is a way for women to get together, shop and have fun at the same time, especially in areas where there may not be very much else to do! Recently, I discovered a new kind of party--the fundraising party.

Bead for Life is a nonprofit organization that aims to help eradicate poverty in Uganda by hiring women to make colorful paper beaded jewelry. The women are trained in business…

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Blessings

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

My husband and I are on vacation with our infant daughter in Grand Cayman, and while it has been a wonderful, relaxing way to spend time together (and get away from the chaos of the Navy life), and introduce our winter daughter to warm climates, I have been thinking a lot about blessings on this trip.

While getting my daughter arranged in her beach tent our first day on the beach, a shy, young security guard asked how old she was. "I miss when my daughter was that age," he said. We…

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Addicted to Technology?

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 9:19pm 0 Comments

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the amount of time I spend on my iPhone. I check my email constantly, multiple times an hour; I read the news; I text friends; I take photos of my daughter; I look at baby apps and shop Amazon. I even watch television shows on my phone. My husband, rightly so, often get annoyed when I pull out my phone, because it takes my attention away from other things and keeps me out-of-the-moment. 

Don't get me wrong--I think technology can be a great…

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