• Freelance,  Personal

    Monthly Goals – September

    Last month, I shared my monthly goals for August so I wanted to review those and evaluate what worked for me and what didn't. I also want to go ahead and share my new goals for the month of September - some of them are repeats of August, but I really want to refine my goals each month to tailor them to what I need. I hope that through this goal setting exercise, I'll learn what helps me to be productive by outlining what I need to accomplish, what will help me to grow, and what is actually practical for me this month.

  • Military Life

    Acronyms New Army Spouses Actually Need to Know

    In military life, there are acronyms and abbreviations for literally everything. And while it seems that some spouses spend their days memorizing all of the gazillion acronyms, I'm not about that life. And I'm sure many of you aren't either, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this post. After more than a year as a military spouse I've figured out which acronyms are actually relevant to my life, and what actually would have been helpful for me to know in my first few months after marrying into the military. I thought I would make life easier for all of us and create this little guide of acronyms you'll actually need to know as…

  • Military Life,  Travel

    Best Food in El Paso, Texas

    Since living in El Paso, Ivan and I have made it a point to eat at locally owned restaurants as much as possible (and reasonable). We love getting to try food that is unique to the area, and that we can’t get just anywhere. So for a change of pace, I thought that today I would share our favorite El Paso restaurants. If you’re planning a trip to El Paso, moving to Fort Bliss, or just a local looking to try something new, I think there’s something for everyone on this list.   Breakfast:   Bonny’s Cafe I’ve recommended this restaurant before because it is soooo good, and definitely unique! I’ve only…

  • Travel

    Weekend Arizona Roadtrip

    A few months ago we went on a quick Arizona roadtrip to visit Sedona and the Grand Canyon with my husband's parents. This was my first, and only time so far, in Arizona and let me tell you, it was breathtaking! I absolutely loved getting to see all of the amazing natural wonders between Phoenix (where we flew in) and the Grand Canyon. Arizona is full of beautiful scenery and if we had the time we could have stayed for weeks and not run out of things to do. Alas, we only had 3 days to fit in as much of Arizona as possible, and I think we made good use of…

  • Guest Post

    Interview with Emily Fagan of ThisWifestyle

    Today's blog post is a little different from usual because today is the day I get to share my interview with Emily Fagan from This WifeStyle! Emily is such a sweet person, and it has been great to get to know her a little bit through this interview. We both thought this would be a fun way for us to compare and contrast our experiences as a military and a law enforcement spouse. So at the end of this post, I'll place a link where you can check out her interview with me! I hope you enjoy hearing from a different voice today as Emily shares a bit about her perspective…

  • Books, Movies, and Music

    The Best Musicals of All Time (in my own humble and accurate opinion.)

    If you know anything about my family, you know we are very opinionated about our musicals. Growing up we watched a ton of old movies, and many old movies just happen to be musicals. That being said, I've spent a lifetime refining my taste in musical movies, and have therefore dubbed myself an expert in the field. So, without further ado, I present you with: The Definitive Ranking of Movie Musicals (in my own humble and accurate opinion.)   1. The Sound of Music. via GIPHY I'll start this list with the obvious because The Sound of Music is hands down the best musical of all time. The story, the songs,…

  • Freelance,  Personal

    Monthly Goals – August

    Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about myself – from going from being a college student to a military wife. And from moving to a new city to working from home (and blogging!) One thing I’ve learned that increases my productivity by 1000% (give or take) is to simply write things down. So now, every day I have a checklist on my phone of what I want to accomplish for the day. Like, seriously, everything I want to accomplish. Water plants – check. Laundry – check. Answer emails – check. All of this to say, I’ve realized throughout these various seasons of life, that I’m a very task-oriented…

  • Personal

    Friday Favorites

    Just a few of my current favorite things this month.   Book: I wrote earlier this week about some of my favorite biographies and mentioned the one I’m tackling this summer – Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. All 542 pages of it.    Blog: The Motivated Millennial. Hannah’s blog is incredibly helpful and inspirational. She provides a ton of great resources for entrepreneurs, millennials, students, and military families. I’m super glad I found her blog in the beginning stages of my blogging experience.   Recipe: This Corn Dip. I loooooove this corn dip recipe. I’ve made it a few times for parties (including today!) and it’s always a big hit. I like it best…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Faith

    7 Essential Biographies

    Reading has always been an important part of my life and learning, but while I used to read a ton of fiction, over the past few years I’ve switched to reading nonfiction almost exclusively. Novels hardly hold my attention anymore. I’ve come to really appreciate how biographies give you a picture of the lives of actual people throughout history. So, while it’s only been a few weeks since I’ve shared some recommended reading, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to some “must read” biographies. So here it goes:   1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand This is one of my favorite books…

  • Military Life

    13 Things I’ve Learned in 13 Months as an Army Wife

    Today is our 13 month anniversary. And no, I’m not one of those people who celebrate every single month’s anniversary. But this year we weren’t able to celebrate our one year anniversary, so we are celebrating 13 months instead. 13 has always been a good number for us – we met on Friday the 13th, and this past weekend we celebrated our anniversary on Friday the 13th. Since 13 has traditionally been a good number for me, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few of the things I’ve learned in the past year of being a military spouse by giving you this list of 13…