Stressors of Military Children Part III: Divorce

In this three-part series, we will be taking a deeper look into the stressors of military life, how they impact kids, and strategies to help children cope and heal. To read Part I, about deployments, click here. To read part II, regarding frequent moves, click here. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of

Recap of MilSpouse Fest at Fort Bragg

What exactly is MilSpouse Fest?  It was founded by Jen Pilcher as MilitaryOneClick, which is an online resource center to find information all in one place to help you with military life. Then, MilSpouse Fest was an extension of the online resource to provide a day of celebrating, learning, resource sharing, connecting, and winning prizes

The Challenge of Finding a Mobile Career

Naturally, I’m a planner. I even made a career out of planning by getting my Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. As sweet, unpredictable life goes, I happened to meet my Marine during my last year in school and all of my graduation plans began to change. I told my Dad I thought he was the

Review of the Novel “War Torn”

War Torn is a novel written by Wall Street Journal’s best-selling author Jeffrey Wilson. It follows the journey of a service member through pre-deployment, war, and the return home. The struggle with faith is intertwined into the storyline as Jake, the main character, has many questions for God that only he can find the answers

Recap of the Salute to Military Spouses Summit

It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of the USO. I have been a volunteer with the NC chapter for over four years and have seen both as a volunteer and as a military spouse the many ways this organization assists and uplifts military families. On November 14, 2018, the USO put together

Stressors of Military Children Part II: Frequent Moves

In this three-part series, we will be taking a deeper look into the stressors of military life, how they impact  kids, and strategies to help children cope and heal. To read Part I, about deployments, click here. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stress Health an initiative of the Center for Youth

Faith-Based Infertility Resources for Those in a Season of Waiting

There is nothing more faith-testing than going through infertility. It is hard on your marriage, your self-worth, and it tests your faith constantly. I am here to tell you that holding on to your faith will help you brave the battle of infertility. God has perfect timing and while it may not always make sense

The Journey of Motherhood & Finding Yourself Again

When I left the military to become a mom and military spouse, I thought I was giving up my hard life for the good life. Being a mom looked like so much fun. It didn’t look lonely, stressful, or tiring. From the outside, it looked easy and fun. I had heard stories of parenting struggles,

Lucky Bamboo & A Military Marriage

Lucky Bamboo represents luck, strength, love, and prosperity.  It is typically given as a gift and can last for a long time if properly cared for.  In comparison, marriages too can be long-lasting if the proper care and attention are given. Marriages are not easy, but military marriages have to survive extreme pressures consistently.  Distance,

6 Lies You Should Not Believe After Pregnancy Loss

Losing a baby is one of the most devastating losses one can experience.  The grief is such an unbearable pain that takes quite some time to fully heal from. Beyond the sadness you feel, negative thoughts can tend to take root. Those who have gone through pregnancy loss, tend to blame themselves for what happened,

Recap of the Military Influencer Conference 2018

In 2017, I watched as a flood of pictures took over social media from the 1st annual Military Influencer Conference. It looked like everyone had such an amazing time.  I knew that I didn’t want to be watching in pictures again this year and I wanted to be a part of it. So, I purchased

The Journey Through Multiple Miscarriages to 3 Healthy Boys

My Story My husband and I were two years into our conception journey with 3 miscarriages under our belt. Never in a million years did I see myself in this spot, does anyone? The pain was unbearable and everywhere I looked I don’t think there was a woman who wasn’t expecting. Literally, every time I

The Stay Strong Mom Box

It’s no secret that pregnancy loss can be devastating.  What most people don’t realize though is that the healing journey is different for everyone.  The time it takes to heal from such a loss is immeasurable.  I have my days where I am full of hope, then I have other days where I long to

Find Your Way to Health with 10 Military Spouse Nutrition, Fitness, & Wellness Entrepreneurs

As we approach a new season, it’s time to revisit health and wellness goals.  More than half the year is over, but it’s never too late to set and achieve goals to live a healthier lifestyle. Now is a great time to review and re-write your goals before the holidays and these ten military spouse

Surviving a Medical Emergency at a New Duty Station

My baby wouldn’t stop crying. Although my baby boy was six weeks old, it had been a tough six weeks. We had already been experiencing problems that had taken us to the doctor multiple times without a solution, but this time it was different. I could see the pain in his eyes. I went so

The Power of a Photo: Infertility from a Male Perspective

**Guest Post by Chris G.** Everyone around us was getting pregnant. They were the ones who weren’t trying and who didn’t even want to have a child. They were the ones doing everything “wrong” and still got pregnant. The news of those close to us being pregnant were greeted with the fake “Congratulations, I’m so

The Determination to Finish: My Graduate School Journey

Everyone has a story of how they reached success despite hardships.  Many people have a journey that has not been easy, but somehow they reached their ultimate goal. In this post, I will share with you how I achieved success in graduate school despite bumps in the road and hardships along the way. The Choice

Planning for College: 5 Tips for Adults Returning to School

Going back to school is a huge decision and should not be taken lightly. In order to be competitive in today’s economy, having some sort of formal education is a necessity. This has prompted many adults of all ages to return to school for further education and training. Strength 4 Spouses is a participant in

The Infertile Woman Inside Me

***Guest Post by Sheena A. *** I’d like to think of myself as a pretty strong person. Like everyone, I have different hats and sides to my personality that I show to the world at different times. There’s the inspiring and exacting teacher that believes in helping her students to achieve all they want, and,

Giving Back to Military Families, One Room at a Time

How do you give back to your community?  Is it through volunteering your time? Do you give back monetarily? Giving back to your local community is important and helps connect you with like-minded individuals. Not to mention, it makes the heart and soul feel good. Military spouses love to give back, because we have all

5 Reasons Why It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Your Running Bestie

When I married my husband and became a military spouse, I left behind a whole network of friends and exercise buddies. I was so lost without them.  I no longer had my 5am running buddy. Those dark and early mornings were filled with such beautiful conversations about life.  With each mile, whatever was stressing us

Book Review: 10 Steps to Predicted Success Out of the Uniform

Synopsis Marine Corps Veteran, Chris Hoffman, has made it his mission to help others transitioning out of the military.  He adds personal experience combined with research to guide service members through a process of “10 steps” to achieve success when you re-join the civilian world.  This is a self-help E-book that aims to inspire, educate,

The Growing Popularity of Remote Work for Military Spouses

As many military spouses find out the hard way, the traditional 9 to 5 outside of the home is becoming increasingly difficult.  It is a myth that we have no desire to work or pursue our own careers.  In fact, military spouses are a very ambitious, compassionate, and driven population of people. However, when duty

Surviving Cancer During Deployment

I was asked to share my story in hopes to connect with fellow military spouses who might be going through a similar situation. Sometimes, all it takes is that extra reassurance that no matter what, You are strong, You are a fighter, and You can do and get through anything that comes your way, even

WOW: Women on Writing’s Blog Book Tour Review of “Catch a Dream”

I am honored to review my 3rd book this year from WOW: Women on Writing’s Blog Book tour.  Author Wendy Brown-Baez stopped by the blog earlier in the week to discuss the healing power of writing.  Her book, To Catch a Dream, was a true journey of faith, healing, and exploration for her. Disclaimers: This

Top 5 Gifts for Him Made by Veteran-Owned Companies

Are you looking for a Father’s Day gift that will not only wow a special dad, but will also support veteran-owned businesses? Look no further than these five veteran-owned companies below that offer some pretty amazing products that will surely aim to please. 1- For the dad who loves a good drink Merica Bourbon Whiskey

To the Childless Father This Father’s Day

While pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and miscarriage are still very taboo to speak of, so is the grief of the childless father. Men weep too, we just don’t always see it. There are more bereaved dads out there than society realizes. Let’s make sure they are remembered this Father’s Day. They hurt and need comfort too. From

Embracing Time and Life Lessons in Seoul

**Guest post by Lindsay Swoboda of Uplifting Anchor** What can I do right here and right now? This is the question I ask myself during the most challenging portions of my military spouse journey. It is not a question I automatically knew to ask, but it is one I have gained perspective with over time. Time

WOW! Women on Writing’s Blog Book Tour: Review of “I’m Not Okay”

Anxiety and depression have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember.  It has taken years and experiments with all types of therapies and treatments to find what works best.  Every person is different and what may work for one may not always work for someone else. I am

Living with Anxiety and Depression

*I am honored that Author Renee Antonia has provided a guest post while on her WOW: Women on Writing Book tour. She will talk about her experience with anxiety and depression, which inspired her book I’m Not Okay. .* Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on the link provided and purchasing the book mentioned in

Review: Studex Earrings

I was very apprehensive about taking part in this review for post earrings.  I have not worn them since elementary school. This is when I found out they were the reason my ears got irritated, itchy, and infected.  My skin is extremely sensitive and allergic to metals. In fact, I cannot even wear watches that

Mother’s Day Salute: Life Lessons from Mom

Being married to someone in the military is not always peaches and cream.  There’s the distance, unexpected schedules, moving rapidly, and the list goes on.  Do you think milspouses just acclimated to this lifestyle or did their upbringing help to prepare them for this whirlwind life? To honor moms for Mother’s Day, I decided to

The Sacrifice and Strength of the Modern Day Military Spouse

May 11th, 2018 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It started back in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan and was declared to be celebrated on May 23rd. This date changed over time and is now observed the Friday before Mother’s Day each year. Why is Celebrating Military Spouses Important?  There’s a difference of opinion when people

My Top 5 Favorite Military Spouse Owned Retail Businesses

Through social media and the art of collaboration, I have been able to interact with some amazing military spouse entrepreneurs.  Out of the numerous companies owned by some pretty talented milspouses, I have chosen my top five favorite retail companies.  Not only do each of these businesses carry some fabulous products that I completely stand

Remembering the Grieving Mom on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is all about showing appreciation for your mom and appreciating so many mothers all across the globe. However, there are many women who will not be celebrating Mother’s Day with their child or children this year. That first Mother’s Day after child loss is the most painful.   In fact, most holidays and milestone

Top 5 Reasons Why Military Spouses Should Breastfeed

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. May is the month to honor military spouses and moms. What better way to honor both than to focus on the importance of breastfeeding. This is not only important

Reinventing Your Career in Education

**Guest Post by Meg Flanagan** Every person faces challenges in their life and career. Raising young children, sick days, aging parents, and life’s little surprises (like a car that won’t start) all add little hiccups to professional lives and careers. Military spouses have the extra challenge of frequent moves and transferring professional licenses across state lines.

Children’s Book Review-Deployment: One of Our Pieces is Missing

To celebrate month of the military child, I have partnered with the National Center for Youth Issues to review a new book for military children that is hot off the press. This book is written by Julia Cook, M.S. She is a well-known national author of children’s books, counselor, and an expert on parenting. To

Back from the Field Meals: Grilled Fish Tacos topped with Avocado-Kale Salsa

When you are married to someone in the military, you realize how important a home cooked meal is for your spouse.  My husband is like a growing child, he is always hungry. When he comes back from the field, I know he is ready to enjoy real food after eating MRE’s for days, weeks, and

Review of Thrive: Feel Stress Free App for Mental Health

I am always on the lookout for alternative therapies and holistic healing measures for mental health.  When asked if I would be interested in reviewing an app that exists to help others with their mental health, I could not turn it down.  I was delighted to try it out and share with you a review

The Male Military Spouse Perspective

Last Fall, I was honored to meet a male military spouse at Military One Click’s MilSpouse Fest. Due to the voice of male military spouses being one that is rarely heard, I humbly asked if he would be willing to allow me to interview him for the blog and share his story.  He politely agreed

5 Life Lessons Learned While Training For and Completing My First Half Marathon

If you would have asked me a year ago if I would ever think about running a half marathon, I would’ve politely smiled and boldly stated “NO WAY!” Throughout 2013 & 2014, I was pretty competitive in running 5K’s. I even completed the Spartan race in March of 2014. In the summer of 2014, I

Easter and the Dogwood Tree Legend

Did you know the Dogwood bloom is the state flower of North Carolina? While walking my dog on a trail the other day, I was immediately struck by the beauty of white blooms on a lone Dogwood tree.  It was the first bloomed tree I have noticed so far this year. The blooms arrived at

Facing Challenges with Strength: Moving Overseas

**Guest Post by Lizann** Strength is… moving to another country where you don’t even speak the language. It is learning new things every single day. It’s bravely leading your children forward, when you have no idea what you’re doing. For military spouses, moving overseas can be one of the defining moments of their lives. It

Just One God, Just One-Making it Through Another Pregnancy Announcement

“If only I could hide away from the world online, somehow I feel like my pain would be less. Maybe I could shield my mind from exposure to things that trigger my grief.” These are things I speak to myself daily, when I know deep down inside that I cannot run from this pain and

Recap of the 2018 Military Spouse Wellness Summit

This year was my first time attending the online Military Spouse Wellness Summit organized by InDependent. 2018 marks the third year for this annual event. It is a free online wellness summit that lasts for a week and includes guest speakers on various topics pertaining to health and wellness, daily healthy recipes, exercise plans, financial

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders – You Are Not Alone

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I am honored to share this story of strength by Melissa. **Guest post by Melissa** In 2010, we welcomed our sweet son Cohen into the world ten weeks early and before we were truly prepared. He was tiny, but a fighter. He spent only five weeks in the NICU and

Battling Postpartum Depression

**Guest Post by Lauren C** Every deployment has its challenges and the last one was the icing on the cake.  I went into this deployment confident. My husband was given notice of an 8-month deployment two weeks after we found out we were expecting our first child. We would be given four months to prepare-

Bloom Where you are Planted: A Story of an Unexpected PCS Blessing

**Guest Post by Meghan Meredith** Summer is upon us in just a few short months, which means PCS season is upon us too. It was around this time of year three years ago when we found out our orders for our next assignment. If you’re anything like me, receiving orders for your next duty station

Floating for Wellness

When I first heard about a new local business in Fayetteville, Floating Shanti that specializes in health and wellness, I was very intrigued.  What fascinated me even more is that they offer float therapy in a floating tank. Disclaimer: Strength 4 Spouses, LLC received a floating session as compensation for an honest review.  I only

WOW! Women on Writing’s Blog Book Tour: Review of “Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62”

I am honored to be part of WOW! Women on Writing’s blog book tour!  For this tour, I was gifted a copy B. Lynn Goodwin’s memoir titled Never Too late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, in exchange for an honest review of the book. Lynn stopped by the blog earlier this week to talk about

Craigslist Dating: How One Woman Found Her Mate Online

*I am honored that Author B. Lynn Goodwin has provided a guest post while on her WOW: Women on Writing Book tour promoting her new book Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. She will approach the topic of online dating, which is a subject all too familiar in the military world.* It’s

Surviving a Year of Grief From Miscarriage: A Look Into Pain Through Poetry

On February 17, 2017 our son’s heartbeat stopped around my eighth week of pregnancy. For a year, I have tried to find myself again after my world shattered into a thousand pieces.  I never thought I could feel more love and contentment than the day I married my husband.  Then, we found out we were

5 Budget Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Have you noticed how much prices of things skyrocket around Valentine’s Day?  Retailers know you will pay anything to make your special someone feel loved on this day.  There’s a smarter way than to fall into the commercialization of this holiday and ruin your finances in the process. Below are five ways to celebrate Valentine’s

4 Ways to Spread Kindness in the Military Community this Valentine’s Day

Growing up, I always wished for some romantic gesture on the day of love. The problem was, I always seemed to be single on Valentine’s Day. During my childhood, there was one man who made sure I felt special on Valentine’s Day, my dad.  He always sent my sister and I flowers every Valentine’s Day

Finding Your Strength Series: Raising an Autistic Child

**Guest Post by Marla Bautista** Finding my strength after my child was diagnosed with Autism was something I never thought I’d have to do as a mother.  Often people outside the military world think we have it all.  Our civilian family and friends see the amazing homecomings, the places we travel, the pride in our

Back from the Field Meals: Buffalo Chicken Pockets

When you are married to someone in the military, you realize how important a home cooked meal is for your spouse.  My husband is like a growing child, he is always hungry. When he comes back from the field, I know he is ready to enjoy real food after eating MRE’s for days, weeks, and

The Third Time’s a Charm: Baby Showers after Pregnancy Loss

Baby showers are the last place any woman who has been through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infertility issues wants to be for a while. In fact, depending on the stage of grief, going to a baby shower can be a huge emotional trigger that most women in this situation try to avoid. Five months after my