It’s great to be a military child! (but not always)

April is Month of the Military Child. It's a great month to live on or near a military base, and it is nice to give our kids a month of their own in which we recognize their sacrifices in this life that we chose for them.

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A Sunday at Makapu’u Lighthouse

I have never been an outdoor person, but I LOVE hiking on this island. Maybe it is the gorgeous views on practically every ridge or peak. It could be all the plant life and greenery that still seems foreign to this Midwest girl. I know that it is the combination of exploration and physical activity;…

The Beautifull Project

There are so many different websites and media dedicated to women. Entire bookstore sections are dedicated to women's health, beauty, fitness, and more. Magazines and advertisements are everywhere with images of the perfect female form. Yet how many are focused on your beauty, without standards or conformity to what society deems "normal?" Enter The Beautifull Project.…

From 2 to 14 – parenting at all the ages

It's been a hot minute since I have written. Why, do you ask? Because I have 4 kids, a husband, a job, a volunteer position, and a lot of books to read. I generally do not like to complain about how exhausting life can be (except to my husband), but lately the parenting has been…

When you realize you are not as cool as you thought

I've been a mother for over 13 years.  I knew that as a young mother, I would have the advantage of retaining my cool factor for a little longer than most mothers.  I could follow what was trending, the best clothes and music, the newest makeup trick or food fascination, etc.  I liked the idea…