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Book Review: 15 Years of War + Giveaway

Growing up, each summer I would visit the library weekly and walk out with a huge stack of books taller than my head.  I would curl up on my window seat and read hours upon hours each day taking myself to far off fantasy worlds that only existed in the books I read.

My daughter, now 13, is a mirror image of me.  She begs me to take her to the library weekly because the 12 books she checked out last week have all been read through at a speed record pace.  It’s incredible to see her enthusiasm for reading is stronger than mine ever was.

As I got older, though, those fantasies were substituted for the real world, and my time for reading books was given up for dishes, laundry and all of the other “real fun” things that keep a family in working order.  I began to live Cinderella’s lifestyle, without the glass slipper.

But I still enjoy picking up a book or two each summer, though I now carefully select them, instead of grabbing stacks off the shelves like my former youthful self once did.

I was extremely excited to read 15 Years of War, not because I have a penchant for military novels, but because Kristine Schellhaas‘ life mirrored mine, but in a parallel dimension sort of way.  Kristine and her husband Ross, are a military family, as are we, but they are Marine (unlike our alternate universe of being an Air Force family).  They, like us, were married in 2003 (see the similarities).  Another interesting quirk about our two families was I spent 5 years of my childhood in Boise, Idaho, as did Kristine.  That window seat where I found my love of reading was in the same town that Kristine and Ross fell in love.

There is a saying that the military is a small world, and I truly believe that.  There are 318 million people in the United States, yet, at one point in my life, Kristine and I may have actually been at the same grocery store when I was nine years old.  And nearly 25 years later, here I am reading the story of how two people endured two wars, countless moves, training exercises, loss and love.  It was an incredible story, but that’s not the half of it.


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Atonement in the Summer

I’m one of those people who views the new year as an opportunity to create goals and opportunities to try new things.  It’s a new year so a new beginning.  But this January, I realized, I didn’t quite do that.  Instead, over the winter, I was in a funk.  I’ve been in a strange place for about 9-12 months, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered this low point.

That’s when I discovered that I needed to create a new beginning for myself.

After a few weeks of self inflection, I realized I had a bit of atonement to do.


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Adulting is Hard

So, I realized that I haven’t been active on this blog for a month.  And while I would love to say I took a months’ long vacation in Cabo or Fiji, instead, I was just taking some time off to “deal” with life.  Because, well, Adulting is freaking HARD!!

Consider this my “back to blogging” post.

What have I been up to?  Well – take a look!


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Patriotic M&M’s® Monster Cookie Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateWithM #CollectiveBias

Memorial Day is coming up quickly!  Are you ready to kick off summer!?!  I sure am!

Typically, we spend the weekend at BBQs and then our neighborhood pool opens so there’s always the first dip to start our summer off right.  But being a military family, we also take a moment to honor WHY we celebrate Memorial Day.

It isn’t about the great sales on a new grill, or [finally] getting a 3-day weekend to spend with the family.  It’s about honoring those men and women who gave their lives to serve our great nation in the Armed Services.

One way I like to show my appreciation during Memorial Day is to give back to those troops still serving.  Whether it’s by providing meals to those who are working on the holiday, or just swinging by with some cookies to say, “thanks.” I know it isn’t easy for them to see the rest of us enjoy our holiday while they are still serving and protecting. (more…)

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Wait – I Have a Teenager?

Hold up.  Time for a reality check here.  I have a teenager.  I am having a life changing, what is going on, oh my gahd moment over here.

That could explain my absence lately because I’m hiding out, under the covers denying the very existence of this moment.  I may also be in my bathroom putting wrinkle cream under my eyes.  You laugh, but I am.  Amazon has it in bulk.   (more…)

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