Come out with friends and the family this Saturday to Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda to kick off the 2014 SSC Wounded Warrior Run.…Continue
February 2! Tomorrow I am going to check Punxsutawney Phil's forecast, head over to the Chinese Parade, then end up at a few Superbowl parties. I totally had you all thinking Superbowl with the title of my blog, but tomorrow is also Ground Hog's Day, and the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, Washington, DC.
I remember when I…Continue
Added by Crystal C on February 1, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments
With today’s world filled with play-dates, doctor appointments, homework, school, sports, etc. How bad your cleaning products are should be the last thing you should have to worry about… That is why I am here to help! For the next couple of weeks we are going to be breaking down the green clean barrier and making it simple and easy for all of us to do!
I first discovered making my own cleaning products when my daughter turned 2 and had to be hospitalized for severe allergies…Continue
Military spouses move frequently enough to require us to be expert job seekers. We have to answer the questions about gaps, short-term employment, lateral moves, frequent job changes and more. We have to constantly reinvent ourselves in different geographic job markets. It can be a daunting task to stay up on the five best practices for those seeking jobs in 2014.
I'll admit, since I last executed a job search, the process has been revolutionized. LinkedIn didn't exist when I…Continue
Added by Bevin Landrum on January 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
The first month of the new year is drawing to a close and it's hard to believe it flew by so fast. It feels like just yesterday I was up with these guys;
Having a fun family game night and watching the local New Year's Eve program on television. I remember us sitting…Continue
Added by Lori T. on January 28, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments
...until our son deployed.
Dear readers, for most of this last year I have been keeping a secret from you. Bloggers are supposed to write about topics they care deeply about, but I have been writing about everything except what I've been holding closest to my heart.…Continue
Well it seems that the month of January is the month for big Hollywood events, where the singers/actors/actresses get all dolled up! This is like the 3rd time I heard about some award show on the news, and did you see what he was wearing? OK OK I saw Pharell, and well yes that hat was definitely making a statement,…Continue
Added by Crystal C on January 27, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments
Though Mental Health Awareness Week is in early October, an argument could be made that it really should be in January, a likely high tide for Seasonal Affective Disorder. The short days compounded by the let-down after the holidays could very well be the cause of, not just ‘the blues’, but a serious case of depression, anxiety or despair. I think the recent incident…Continue
Added by Chris Field on January 23, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments
Many of the schools, business and government offices were closed on Tuesday. So did you have a SNOW DAY? Did you go sledding, make a snowman, have a snowball fight? Did you venture out in the snow? We did all of the above! I usually don't get many days off from work, when the kids get off from school, so I took…Continue
Added by Crystal C on January 23, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments
The recent F-18 accident last week in Virginia Beach--during which an F-18 pilot had to eject over the ocean and has been hospitalized with severe injuries--has really reminded me not to take my family and safety for granted. My husband was flying an F-18 at the time of the accident, and this is the second time he has been flying during a plane crash--the other occurred two years ago when an F-18 crashed into an apartment complex near our house. Amazingly, the pilots survived that accident,…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on January 22, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments
This month has been a difficult one and has prevented my posting for the past few weeks. We have been dealing with a mystery gastroenterological condition with our daughter Alida. It started when she was only 2 weeks old, when we discovered a huge amount of blood in her stool; our pediatrician sent us to the hospital, where they ran tests and performed an X-ray and determined that it was a milk protein allergy. They sent us home with instructions for me to take out all dairy from my diet…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on January 22, 2014 at 12:59pm — No Comments
As a continuation of my post last month on my favorite baby products (especially for new moms who are looking for advice, as I constantly was/am!), I would like to write about some more innovative and helpful products I've discovered:
1. Groovebook: My husband and I saw this app on Shark Tank last week, and immediately purchased it. For a $2.99/month membership, you can print out 100 photos every month straight from your phone; they come in a cute little booklet, and the photos are…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on January 22, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments
Over the years, I've read several marriage self-help books to aid with wedded communications. I've tried Five Love Languages and Men are From Mars, but I always go back to my mother's smart words, "Feed him well. It's true. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." I've even discovered that it's true for other people, too. Cooking for people is a way to show them love and earn it in return.…Continue
Added by Bevin Landrum on January 20, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
So I was completely surprised by this, but my husband nominated me for military spouse of the year! I'm surprised, honored, and completely humbled that he would do that. I am a helper by nature, I love my fellow MilSpouses (even the ones that don't love me), and I feel really blessed to be a part of this military spouse family.
So, I'm asking with a humbled heart if you would ever so kindly vote for me... Help me to become MSOY 2014, or even a runner up. I'm not picky.…Continue
Added by Lori T. on January 20, 2014 at 9:39pm — No Comments
First the info:
With apologies for the timing, I wanted to share that the nomination period for Military Spouse magazine’s Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY) award ends today. In conjunction with Armed Forces Insurance, Military Spouse magazine seeks to honor a deserving military spouse for their efforts and achievements throughout the year.…Continue
Added by Alice Swan on January 17, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments
Picture this. You've moved to a new location because of another PCS, school, promotion, opportunity, etc. Whatever the reason, you find yourself in a new city without your normal network of friends and connections. How do you meet people who want…
Have you noticed that people are increasingly being more impolite and almost rude to a degree? I have noticed that we have become an instant society. I am too, guilty, of wanting it now. When I shop online, I pay extra to have it overnight.
I really don't like…Continue
Added by Crystal C on January 14, 2014 at 10:43pm — No Comments
There is a misconception that the cuts in cost of living allowances in military pensions are a "benefit". You will hear all the talking heads refer to it as a "benefit". It is NOT. This is money that has already been earned by the servicemember through their 20 plus years of service. It is deferred compensation....NOT a benefit....unless we now refer to earning a paycheck as a benefit! They keep calling it a "benefit" so it doesn't sound as bad. And there is an effort to restore COLA for the…Continue
Added by Carla Olivo on January 11, 2014 at 12:48am — No Comments
This post will be short and sweet. I don't know if I've said it before, but writing here has been a complete honor and privilege. I really enjoy sharing life with you all and finding new exciting things to do here in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. My time here has been a joy and I look forward to blogging more throughout our time here. Thank you for reading my words.
Added by Lori T. on January 10, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments