Military - Celebrating Family

Patriotic Flag Pin Craft

There are many opportunities throughout the year for the community to show its love and appreciation for the troops. We are directly and indirectly reminded of their sacrifices on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, and several other patriotic-themed holidays. Those of us directly connected to the military by enlistment, commission, marriage, family, […]

Megan Leavey (Movie Review)

We have all watched personal accounts of war experiences shared on the big screen. These movies always move us and often leave us feeling a little shell-shocked. Megan Leavey is a war movie that is unlike most of the war movies you have seen. It is based on the story of a real-life Marine who […]

Honoring Our Heroes with Kleenex and Kroger Stores

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HonoringOurHeroes #CollectiveBias There has been an explosion of superhero movies during my children’s lifetimes and I love it. However, if you ask my kiddos who their hero is, they will tell you it’s Daddy. As I have shared in the […]

Fisher House Foundation – Helping Troops in Their Time of Need

There are so many good charitable organizations that help military families, but Fisher House Foundation has a special place in my heart. After my husband was injured in Afghanistan, he was sent to an Army medical facility far from our home. I worried about being able to go to him and be there as he […]

TRICARE Dental Program – Protecting Military Families’ Smiles

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Military families have the normal day-to-day worries all other families have, but they also face frequent moves, deployments, and the stressors that go along with being in […]

Army Camouflage Cupcakes – Fun and Easy to Make

My son and I have a great time every year trying to decide what kind of cupcakes to make for his birthday. We have made Ninjago cupcakes, snake cupcakes, and ocean cupcakes. As he gets older it gets more difficult to think of cupcake ideas that he will like that I can actually make. My […]

I Did It! Pat’s Run 2013

I have been struggling to get back into running after I developed a knee injury a few years ago and I am pleased to say that I just ran in the 9th Annual Pat’s Run. I have wanted to participate in Pat’s Run for years but always had a reason why I couldn’t. As an Arizona State University alumni and an Army wife, this race holds special meaning to me so I made […]

Our Military Kids and NASCAR, Supporting Military Kids

I recently got this wonderful story sent to me and I wanted to share it with my readers. As an Army Wife this story was particularly touching and I certainly understand what kiddos go through when mommy or daddy is deployed. Check out this touching story. Last Thursday evening, before his race in the Talking Stick Resort 60 at the Phoenix International […]

How To Support Your Friends During Deployment

Chances are that somebody you know has been affected by a military deployment. My own family has been through about a half dozen deployments both inside of and outside of the United States, and if you include our extended family that number more than doubles. Friends of a deployed soldier or military spouse often have no idea how to be supportive and sometimes do […]

Military Families: Save Money at the Commissary

I love shopping at the commissary.  Even though I have to drive for an hour to get there, I try to make it out as often as I can because the prices are unbeatable and I always save money at the commissary. I love the wide selection they have which includes a large range of international items. It is fun to find the German cookies […]

Act of Valor

Yesterday my husband took me to go see Act of Valor. We were interested in seeing it even though most of the reviews we had heard were negative. What intrigued us was that those who had seen it and loved it were people who hold the military in high regard. We are a military family and we often grow tired of the seemingly endless stream of movies that make the military look like […]

Veteran’s Day Discounts and Freebies!

If you or a family member is a veteran of the US Armed Forces, you know what sacrifice means. Veteran’s Day is a chance for the community to say thanks and recognize veterans. There is no shortage of businesses offering deals to vets this Friday. Here is a list.  Share it with your favorite vet. A couple of things to remember: bring […]