UPDATED FALL 2018
When my son was a newborn, I started blogging as a creative outlet. I wasn’t used to being at home all day long, and my Navy husband was often at sea or away for training in another state. Blogging really helped me stay mentally sharp.
Blogging is a lot of fun, and it continued to help me hone the skills I gained working as a public affairs specialist in the Army Reserve and as a high school teacher.
When my son was 2, I went back to work full-time as a journalism and photography instructor for the Department of Defense.
We live in the DMV area (that’s District of Washington, Maryland, and northern Virginia). Many of the locations I blog about are in this area.
I enjoy sharing my life experiences with others, and I also love to review products! In the past I did post sponsored product reviews, but I don’t have time to work with companies any more. Anything I post now is unsponsored. If that changes, there will be a big disclaimer at the top of the post, and I’ll update this page.
I categorize myself as a “lifestyle” blogger, and you’ll find my blog covers¬†numerous topics: parenting/motherhood, military family life, fitness, baby, family, food, cloth diapers, DIY, eco-friendly products, product reviews, and more. I don’t think I really fit a niche; I just blog about things that interest me.
I also maintain a “Family Outing” page. The Hampton Roads area (where we used to live) is home to numerous military installations: Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, and several more. With so many military families constantly moving into the area, I thought it might be helpful to others if I listed family-friendly places to visit, and so the Family Outing posts began. Over time, I’ve expanded those posts to include the DC/Maryland area (which is also a big military family area), even Pennsylvania and Orlando…basically, anywhere we get the chance to travel!
Thanks for visiting!
I’m smack dab in the midst of figuring out how to be a SAHM. My toughest job yet…
Yeah, it’d be nice if it came with an instruction manual and an extra pair of hands, wouldn’t it?!
Your extra hands haven’t come in yet? Eventually you get to the point where it certainly seems like you’ve grown an extra pair. Then just wait till your “baby” is getting ready to go away for college or your oldest is buying his first house – then those extra pair of hands don’t seem all that important anymore. Trust me some how, some way you will get everything that is important done … Somehow it all works out.
Oh, I don’t even want to think about him going to college! ūüôĀ I want him to stay little forever…just maybe learn how to walk, feed himself, and poop in the potty. But stay little. ūüôā
I totally understand the whole workaholic-to-mom-aholic scenario! It’s been 5 years since I stopped working and started being a full time stay at home mom. If only I knew then what I know now! The fact that my husband is an active duty Marine also keeps us all on our toes! Twice, i’ve traveled half way across the country pregnant to get to our new duty station. It wasn’t easy! This third baby was the only birth my husband was able to experience..just in the nick of time too! God bless you, and may you prosper in your business! It’s not easy, but then again, no one ever said life was easy! Every day is a challenge, but what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger!
That’s so sad that your husband wasn’t there for the first 2 births! J got home from deployment 2 weeks before baby J was born, so I guess they both had good timing! I would’ve been heartbroken if he hadn’t made it, I think. I’m glad your hubby made it to the last one at least!
Being a SAHM is such a change for me too. Now that my son is 15 months I am starting to get the hang of it. We are finding things to do outside the house and I am trying to start being more crafty….except he wants to “help” with everything I do!
What a beautiful family!
Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
Have a nice day!
I love the new look of your site!!!! and those pics of you and your now-not-so-little guy are wonderful!
Thank you very much! =D
I’m a work-at-home-mom, and it is tough doing my full time job at home, blog full time and be a great mom and good wife. I have a special wonder-cape in my closet for particularly challenging days ūüėČ
I think I really need to do better on time management!
Hello! I found your blog through Picket Fence Blogs. I’m the mother of a toddler and it is truly an amazing and blessed experience. I love every minute of it. I’m looking forward to following your blog from this point forward!
Hi Kate, thanks for following!