Time for the Big Game!

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Time for the Big Game! Now that the holidays are behind us we can begin to focus on the most exciting time of year for football fans, Super bowl! Only two lucky teams will make it to the big game but regardless of if your team is one of them it is a night for […]

Veterans Day Discounts 2013

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As we celebrate this extremely special holiday I send a big hug and a “thank you” to all those service members past and present, and to their families, thank you for your service as well. Veterans Day this year is Monday, November 11th. Below you will find some great discounts and freebies for Active duty, […]

Moving On

Life brings us on our knees. But we have the choice, to keep lying on the floor or to rise again.

As much as our lives change, for military families there is always a feeling of consistency. We can count on moving every few years, count on the chaos. We know we will make new friends and get new jobs. Even though so much of what we go through is crazy and turbulent there is a […]

Cucumber & Tomato Summer Salad

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Ingredients: 2 large cucumbers (hot house are fine) 2 large tomatoes (or a pint of cherry/grape) 1 red onion 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup red wine vinegar salt and pepper Preparation: Peel cucumber (if you have hot house, you can leave the skin on), cut cucumber in half and with a small spoon scrap […]

Memorial Day Discounts and Freebies!

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    • 24 Hour Fitness- Active duty, veterans and reservists can work out for free during Memorial Day Weekend. • Walgreens/Duane Reade- With valid ID or proof of service, members will receive 15% off eligible items and 20% off Walgreens, Nice! and W products. • Knott’s Berry Farm - Free admission for active and retired military on Sunday, […]

My Journey to Creating My Military Kid

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My husband and I weren’t sure we ever wanted kids. There were many reasons behind our decision but one was our military lifestyle. My husband and I signed up for this life, he enlisted and I met him after he was in the service, I knew what I would be getting into but what if […]

Ida Lewis: The True Keeper of the Light

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Preface: In continuing with my articles on influential members of the Coast Guard, I thought it fitting to write about another hero, this time a female, during National Women’s Month.   Idawalley (Ida) Lewis was born February 25th, 1842 in Newport, Rhode Island. Her father was a Captain in the Revenue Cutter Service (modern day […]

Vincent W. Patton III – First African American Master Chief of the Coast Guard

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Vincent W. Patton III, a native of Detroit, MI was born in 1954. During high school he was an Eagle Scout, a part of the Naval Sea Cadets Corps and after graduating in 1972 he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He began his career as a Radioman but in 1979 changed rate to Yeoman. During […]

Bobby C. Wilks, First African American Coast Guard Aviator

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Bobby C. Wilks was born in St. Louis, MO in 1931.He graduated from college in 1954 and then enlisted in the US Coast Guard Reserve the following year. He was ordered to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1956. Not long after he was sent to Pensacola, FL to attend flight […]

Black History Month: “Hell-Roaring Mike”

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  Preface: As we celebrate February and Black History Month I wanted to give everyone a peek into the tremendous history of African American’s in the Coast Guard. With several articles dedicated to those amazing men and women. In 1839, near Macon, Georgia, Michael A. Healy was born to an Irish planter and a former […]

Valentine’s Day, Near or Far

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Chocolate, candy, flowers, cards, romantic dinners and “be mine”, that is what Valentine’s Day is to most people. To military spouses however, Valentine’s Day is much more, and most times very different. Sure, we get cards, chocolate, candy and flowers too; the difference is sometimes our gifts arrive at our door via delivery man instead […]

Finding My Resolve

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I am not making resolutions anymore. I have in the past but I am not going to anymore. As I thought about it in December, I truly couldn’t remember the last time I actually kept one. I get the idea behind it, change, commitment, improvement. I just don’t know that it works for me. I […]

Zombies Among Us?

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Zombies seem to be everywhere in pop culture right now. Zombie movies, television shows, festivals, even on the news but who would’ve thought there were zombies walking among us who had gone largely unnoticed for decades? Zombies with bags under their eyes, moving silently, even sleepily throughout their towns, Zombies in bathrobes, pajamas, wrinkled clothes, […]

When Breaking Tradition, Becomes Tradition

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I am a holiday junkie. There I said it. I love this time of year. I love everything about it. The decorations, the music, the food, all of it, and I always have. Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. I always loved having lots of family around, everyone helping in the kitchen, all the food smelling […]

What’s Your Score on the Life Test?

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I don’t know why people are so scared of getting older, especially women. What is it about age that gets people in such a tizzy? Who in their 30’s would really want to go back to being 20? Not me! Getting older shouldn’t be such a sad thing. It should be embraced, celebrated and revered. […]

Is the Grass Really Greener When it’s Yours?

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How different is that grass really, on the other side? The side that settles down, buys a house, stays in one place. Is it greener when you own instead of rent? Does it make you feel different about your town, your state, when you stay in one place? In the last nine years I have […]

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

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We’ve heard it in songs and sayings a million times, “life’s a journey, not a destination”. This phrase however can be little consolation when orders are cut and we find ourselves staring into the unknown. It’s classic “easier said than done” but it is something we have to embrace and even something to live by. […]

To Bruce and Freddie: My Saving Graces

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I don’t have dogs. I have furry children. Sure, they are technically dogs but they are truly so much more than that. They are my heart. They are my protectors, my laughter and my comfort. When my husband is gone, when I am in a new house alone, when I need someone to make me […]

Finding the Silver Lining

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It is so easy to fall into self-pity as a military wife. We are faced with things on a daily basis that would make most people’s heads spin. We can’t fall apart though can we? Falling apart is not in our make-up, not something acceptable in this lifestyle. We have to face everything head on […]

Pregnancy Military Style: Part III

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Thank goodness for lists. Lists are my best friend right now. The movers are coming in less than a week and man oh man do I hope I am ready. I guess I should probably check my list. I have called everyone to get things set for the new house and cancelled for the old […]