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

The Seven Letter Word that Military Spouses Loathe

In honor of the great Martin Luther King today, I will not remain “silent” any longer “about things that matter.” I know you have heard the term either loosely mentioned in a conversation or plastered into memes. It’s a word that puts all military spouses into a stereotypical category of “not’s.” The word I am

The Importance of Self-Care

Guest Post by Taneisha Dale. What is self-care? All around social media you might see people talking about self-care this and self-care that, but what exactly is self-care? People have made their own definitions to what they think self-care is and people practice it in different ways. Self-Care’s most basic definition is the care of