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Happy Galentine’s Day | MILITARY EDITION

Valentine’s Day without your significant other can be a rough holiday.  Expressions of love at your favorite store can bring out more sadness than romance when your significant other is miles away.

Why not celebrate “Galentines Day” with your favorite Gal Pals who have stood by you as you “other” significant other while yours happens to be, well, somewhere else?

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Goosebumps Movie Night with Monster Bark Recipe

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I absolutely love movie nights with Mini Me.  In fact, with daddy away, these evenings mean that much more to us.  We laugh, we cry, and we bond.  We typically watch movies at home, just because its so much more comfortable.  We can lounge around, have our choice of snacks and relax after a long week of school and work.  Its even better in the winter when its too cold to go outside.

This past weekend, when the weather was on the chillier side, we chose to watch the new movie Goosebumps, with Jack Black.  He is one of my favorite actors, always silly and fun, but in this role, he was even more outstanding.  I was a fan of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps as a kid.  He started writing them in 1992, when I was 9 years old.  So I was super excited to get to watch this new movie, a culmination of so many of his stories into one fast paced, super fun, family movie.  Mini Me loved the stories too, so it was a great way for us to bond over our two childhoods, and for her to make fun of how old I am.  (Prehistoric, I might add)

The most important part of watching movies at our house, though, is the snacks.  The luxury of watching movies at home is I can make fun snacks beyond the concession stand offerings.  Themed snacks may very well end up on the lineup that evening.  This evening was no exception with Monster Bark, perfect for all the movie’s monsters.  (more…)

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Why I Didn’t Need to Give My Kid a Cell Phone

This post was NOT sponsored or paid for.  In fact, I really liked the product so much, I had to write about it!

My daughter is in middle school, and by this point, every.single.kid has their thumbs firmly attached to a cell phone.  Well, every single one except for mine.

Go ahead, tell me I’m a parent of the dark ages.  Tell me how my kiddo is suffering, and this will land her on a therapist’s couch when she emancipates herself at age 17.  I realize how traumatizing this must be for her (there is sarcasm in those words, I promise you).

But growing up closer to the technology age, I also realized how easy it is for technology to get out of hand.  How easy it is for her or any other kid to misuse this privilege.  A cell phone is not a right bestowed on a six-year-old, it is a privilege granted to a teenager when they have shown they can respect technology rules.

So, for the past several years, I have heard a litany of reasons why my daughter should own one.  It started as a way to communicate with her friends, and recently ended in, “please, don’t let me be uncool.”  While the last reason certainly tugged at my heart string, it was not enough to make me go to the nearest Verizon store and buy her an iPhone 6s (we all know that is what ALL the kids own, right?) (more…)

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Staycations for Military Families: Central California Coast

Central California Coast is best portrayed in the movie Sideways.  Its a blend of Tuscany and Coastline.  I’m always amazed at the lush agriculture this region produces, many of it wines, and it’s a second “Napa” for those who don’t want the pretentiousness of that region.  Its laid back like California should be, not pretentious like other regions have grown to be.

This is the region my husband lives in, so visiting him is not only a treat in the sense I get to hold him tight, but also it is really a vacation.

If you are stationed or visiting friends in California, head up (or down) the 101 towards Santa Barbara, and you will find some beautiful countryside, straight out of Italian cookbooks.

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MilCents: Find Your Financial Freedom

I will be the first to admit I can easily blow $100 at Target and forget the one thing I went in for. Costco? Try $200. I get too many projects off Pinterest and White Walls that take me down rabbit holes of impulsive shopping sprees.

When my husband met me, my finances were a mess.  Our agreement was he would take over and help right my wrongs and I would stop being so impulsive. We’ve both held up our ends of the arrangement, him better than I at times (there’s still that darn Target store that eats me alive…)

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