Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Elf on the Shelf
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) and Happy New Year!
Our "Elf on the Shelf" arrived on December 1st. We had a lot of fun with our elf Elmo! Goodbye Elmo, see you next year!

Day 1, riding on Rudolph, hanging from the ceiling fan

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elmo the Inappropriate Elf...

Like many households this time of year we have an Elf on the Shelf who visits us. The kids named him Elmo. Well, sometimes Elmo gets a little naughty while the kids are sleeping....


This is my entry into the Inappropriate Elf Contest @ BabyRabies.com please go vote for me to win!!

http://www.babyrabies.com/2012/11/inappropriate-elf-contest-2012/

Monday, November 12, 2012

I Felt Fabulous, Thanks to TheRoseDress.com

Saturday was the Marine Corp Ball which is held every year to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corp! 237 years! I have to say, I absolutely love my dress and I felt fabulous!
I was approached many times throughout the night by random women asking where I got my dress? To which I replied, The Rose Dress .com

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"No Poo" For Me - No More Shampoo!


I have not used shampoo since February and my hair has never been healthier, smoother and less frizzy!

If you begin searching online you will find a lot of different methods for going "No Poo" (Shampoo Free). First off, let me tell you my hair type, because when I first started searching that was the one thing I wanted to know. What works for women with hair like mine?

My hair is very long (middle of my back), naturally curly w/ tight frizzy curls, yet I have thin hair. Also I color my hair regularly and I never use a blow dryer. I live in a humid climate, which also has a lot to do with how hair behaves.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bored Mom
"Ask Mrs. Marine"

Dear Mrs. Marine,
I’m a new stay at home mom, I want to know, how do you manage? Do you network with other moms? Is it easier over the internet because it is not like walking up to a stranger?

~ Bored Mom

Dear Bored Mom,
When my daughter began preschool my whole world kind of changed. Not only did our routine change but I had somewhere to go five days a week. I would drop her off at school in the morning, then hang around and talk with the other moms who were there. In the afternoon I would get to school early so I could hang out and talk some more. I have made friends with a few of the moms so now I am able to get the daily adult interaction that I need.
I didn't have that in the beginning. I was at home every day with my daughter just sitting around the house. Some days were really boring. We didn’t have anywhere to go and I didn’t have any friends. It makes you feel isolated after a while.
When my daughter was two I found a "Mommy & Me" Gymnastics class that we would go to once a week. My daughter LOVED it and it got us out of the house. I found myself looking forward to it every week, we had so much fun. Any kind of class or playgroup is a great way to get out and socialize. Also most public libraries have "story time" once a week. Although I would much rather talk to someone in person or on the phone, I don’t always have that option, so, I turned to the internet. There are so many resources online to help you connect with other stay at home moms. The number of mom bloggers is constantly growing, along with online communities for moms. It’s easy to find other people to relate to. Blogs are a good way to communicate with other stay at home moms, to feel that someone else understands your life.
If you’re a stay at home mom, you have to find something to break up the monotony. It can be something as simple, and cheap, as having a picnic in your yard, or on the floor in your house (pretend you’re outside). Or craft projects, there are plenty of ideas online. Build a fort in your living room, pretend you’re camping. Children have such great imaginations. Doing anything out of the ordinary at least once a week can help prevent mom and kids from becoming board and restless.

Sincerely,

Monday, October 08, 2012

Special Days
"Ask Mrs. Marine"

Dear Mrs. Marine,
What kinds of things do you do to make birthdays, holidays and other special days "special" when your spouse can't be there for them?
My son just turned 3 and my husband missed his birthday due to being at a school. My parents came down to celebrate his birthday and we had a little party and let him pick out his cake. He had fun and didn't seem to mind that daddy wasn't there.

~Special Days

Dear Special Days,
My husband has unfortunately missed several birthday’s, my kids were born in the same month, so if he misses one, he misses both, at least its fair. You have the right idea; you had other family there to help you celebrate! The most important thing is that your child feels loved and knows the absent parent is thinking of them. One idea is, if possible, have your spouse make a video with a special birthday/holiday wish ahead of time that the child can watch on the special day! Also, if your spouse is able to send a special gift from wherever they are that is unique to the location, for example, I always like those T-shirts, “Someone who loves me went to Japan and got me this shirt”. During one deployment, my husband bought two little stuffed bears. He slept with them for a few days so they smelled like him and had someone take a picture of himself holding the bears. Then he sent us a package with the bears and emailed me the picture, my kids loved it!

Sincerely,

Monday, October 01, 2012

Where has the time gone???

My house is decorated for Halloween! How is it already October??? (Doesn't feel like it outside because its still 80 degrees every day) Where has the year gone?
My days/weeks have become pretty monotonous. Wake up at 6:45, get the kids ready, fed and off to school. Come home, do housework or run errands. 2:00 go get the kids from school. Then they have ABA Therapy from 2:30-4:30 at home every day except Wednesday's when school is out at 12:30 and Wednesday's Suck (if you missed that post here is my rant about it). I get the kids at 12:30 and don't get home until 6:00, its always stressful.

My in-laws are coming to visit tomorrow and will be here for a week. They just want to see the kids, they don't really care about doing the touristy stuff, so it's a nice break for me and Hubby. Also Hubby will be on leave the entire time!!! My kids are on fall break from school all week. Their school is year round, so the summer break is shorter and there are two extra week long breaks during the year. One in October and one in April.

Stay Put
"Ask Mrs. Marine"

Dear Mrs. Marine,
During deployments, do you stay put or do you move back home with family or closer to family?

~Stay put?

Dear Stay Put,
Every time a deployment rolls around I get the same question from other wives "are you going home for deployment?" Meaning "home" as in where I am originally from, which to me, that's not my home anymore. My home is wherever we are currently stationed. Out of our 8 deployments so far, I have moved back in with family for 1 of them, only because the initial plan then was we were getting out after the deployment. Obviously that didn’t happen. It made me feel like I lost a sense of my independence. It was nice to have the support of my family, but all in all, I prefer staying put if at all possible. Primarily, I don’t want to uproot my kids from their home. I feel it makes the separation even harder on them.

It seems like many wives think "my husband is deploying so I need to leave too." So they move back with their families for the entire deployment, uprooting children and leaving friends behind. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would want to do that. Do they feel they can’t survive without their husbands, they can’t be alone? It makes it harder on the wives who stay because not only does your husband leave, but your friend leaves too. It makes everyone want to leave, it’s a domino effect.

In my experience, if you stay put and tough it out, you will find strength and independence you never knew you had. You have to test yourself in order to find out what you’re truly capable of. I have learned so much about myself since I became a Military wife. I am a strong woman and you can be too if you give yourself a chance to spread your wings.

Sincerely,

Monday, September 10, 2012

Moving Tips
"Ask Mrs. Marine"


Dear Mrs. Marine,
How do you to transition through a move smoothly? I'm not sure if we are moving this fall or next summer, but I'd like to get a little head start on keeping things orderly. The last move was a mess (my first move with hubs). So if you could share your tips that would be great! Like how can you find a job ahead of time so when you get there you won't be stressed looking for a job? Is there any military spousal support to help you find a job? How do you deal with these moves?

~Moving tips?

Dear Moving Tips,
First important thing to always remember, smile at the lady you see in the mirror and keep your important papers with you! Moving can be stressful, unfortunately there is no sure fire way around that. However, there are simple things you can do to make the move go more smoothly!

Monday, September 03, 2012

To Move, or Not to Move
"Ask Mrs. Marine"


Dear Mrs. Marine,
My husband wants me to move to NC but I’m not sure if I’m ready because it’s going to be a last minute move and he is getting deployed in March. I’m just not sure if I should go or not and we haven’t found a place yet, plus we have two kids. I’m scared. We have a little over a month and then he will be gone and I’ll be there alone not knowing anyone.

~To Move, or Not to Move

Dear Move or Not,
It’s alright to be scared and uncertain. When we moved to our second duty station I was in your shoes. My husband deployed a week after my daughter and I arrived. It was hard but I got through it. You are stronger than you think you are.

Monday, August 27, 2012

First deployment, first baby
"Ask Mrs. Marine"


Dear Mrs. Marine,
I am 21 with a handsome baby boy! I am going through my first deployment with my husband and man do I get down a lot. What do you do to keep busy? Also, I'd like some advice on how to manage a 'newer' marriage, first deployment, AND a new baby without feeling overwhelmed. I try to keep my hubby as involved in what’s going on as possible but I don't want to over-do it or under-do it. He works ALL the time and rarely gets any time for himself so I feel like the last thing I should do is bombard him with things from home that will just remind him of how much he misses everyone!

~First deployment, first baby

Dear First’s,
I feel we all struggle at times to “keep busy” during deployment because if you don’t, time seems to slow down. It’s simple enough in theory, think about what you enjoy doing, and get out and do it! If you’re on or near a base, your husband’s unit should have activities for the wives and family. Attending those is a great way to make friends and interact with other wives whose spouse is also deployed.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Floating Social Toolbar

Have you noticed my new Social Toolbar at the bottom of my blog! I created it myself! I know there are several Toolbar widgets out there to choose from but all seemed to be lacking something I wanted. So I finally decided to try and create my own and I figured I would be nice and share it with you!

It's easy to install! If you would prefer a toolbar on the side I have a code for that as well! It will look like this:


It can easily be configured to be on the left or right side of your blog. Unfortunately, I have yet to figure out a way to make the Facebook buttons work sideways. Which is why I prefer the bottom toolbar.

Installation instructions:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Living Apart, supporting two households
"Ask Mrs. Marine"


Dear Mrs. Marine,
I am a newly-wed Marine wife, and am seeking advice as to my options for benefits: Due to the great expense of my chosen degree, I am continuing to attend college in (another state), despite my husband being stationed in North Carolina. Since we will be living apart, he would have to move off base to receive BAH and try to support two households with the allotted amount. This does not seem like it would be in our best interest. Is there a benefit, program, etc. that I (as a spouse) am entitled to that would cover my housing expenses even though we don't live together (like a spousal "housing allowance")? If so, what is it's name?

Any info would be much appreciated! Thank you!

Sincerely,
Ashley
(asked via email)

Dear Ashley,
A Marine who is a Geo (Geographic) Bachelor does not rate a room in the barracks as per Marine Corps Order. If there is room in the barracks for the Geo-Bachelors, the command may give the Marines rooms. The BAH (Housing Allowance) is given to Married Marines for that Marine and his/her spouse and kids (if applicable) to live out in town or in Base Housing (which, the allowance is then deducted). The spouse living elsewhere is by choice and not put into consideration by the Military regardless of the reason.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Finally; ABA Therapy for Sissy!!!

It only took 4 months, lots of jumping through hoops, lots of phone calls and appointments to finally get the correct referrals which one doctor refused to give because she didn't agree with the diagnosis my daughter was already given....

Last Monday, Sissy started ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy! Booboo began ABA Therapy last August. Sissy was officially diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome the beginning of March, but it took until now to get all the referrals done because one doctor wouldn't give them...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Why I Don't Like Wednesdays

I rarely look forward to Wednesdays, it's always a long tedious day with lots of driving. Both of my kids schools have half days every Wednesday and every Wednesday (unless I cancel it) my son goes to "Group" for 4 hours in another city across the island 30 minutes away.

This is the schedule:
I try to plan a crock pot meal so my husband doesn't have to cook dinner, which I will get going before I leave. Otherwise we would plan something quick for Hubby to cook (he is a good cook, but it needs to be quick in case he gets home from work late). I need to find more crock pot recipes we like... When Hubby is gone, me and the kids would get fast food for dinner... Not the greatest I know...

I leave my house at 11:45 to go get in the pick-up car line at Sissy's school. Although school isn't out until 12:30 I have to get there early to be in the front of the line. Otherwise I am late getting to Booboo's school (yes, he is at a different school, this is why) which gets out at 1:00. It takes about 10 minutes to drive from one school to the other. I can't do the car line at Booboo's school, I have to go to his classroom, which isn't a big deal, just more in and out of the car.

Weird Little Kitty
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

I've never seen a cat sleep stretched out and crooked like she does. She is such a weird little kitty. We suspect she is part dog.





April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism
Asperger Puzzle


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Stalk Hop Friday" - Taking a Break

Stalk Hop FridayI'm sorry to say, I have not had time to keep up with Stalk Hop Friday for quite some time. I have finally decided the Hop will be taking a break. I'm not sure for how long, but I thoroughly enjoyed hosting it so it will be back! As always if you follow me in any way let me know and I will return the follow! Happy Hopping!

Thanks for participating!
For more Blog Hops check out my
Blog Hop Directory

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cute Kitties
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

They Love each other!


April is Autism Awareness Month
Asperger's Awareness
Autism Awareness


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Stalk Hop Friday" (Apr 13)

Blog hops are a great way to find new blogging friends!
The Linkys are open all week long so link-up any time!
Stalk Hop Friday
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STALK Follow Me!
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Follow me in every way you choose, then leave a comment to let me know you did so I can Stalk you back!
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Be Careful With Your Credit Cards...

This was a forwarded email I had to share:

New way of STEALING... ESPECIALLY READ SCENE THREE...

This is a new one. People sure stay busy Trying to cheat us, don't they?

SCENE 1.

A man went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, 'Funny, I thought I locked the locker...
Hmm, 'He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order.
Everything looked okay - all cards were in place...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting for the Bus
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up



Aspie Girls

Autism Awareness Month


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Thursday, April 05, 2012

"Stalk Hop Friday" (Apr 6)

Blog hops are a great way to find new blogging friends!
The Linkys are open all week long so link-up any time!
Stalk Hop Friday
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STALK Follow Me!
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Kitty Watching TV
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

She likes Animal Planet the best, but she also watched Titanic with me for about 15 minutes.


April is Autism Awareness Month
Aloha Friday w/Mrs. Marine
Aloha Friday w/Mrs. Marine


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Sunday, April 01, 2012

It's Autism Awareness Month

Are you ready to LIGHT IT UP BLUE tonight? I am!

Autism AwarenessIf you didn't know already, both of my children have Asperger Syndrome which is a form of High Functioning Autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.

For more information visit: Light It Up Blue or Autism Speaks
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I made the two Aspie Girls images from similar images I found since I couldn't find any related to girls with Autism.


The rest of the images I found Googeling.
Autism Awareness
Autism Awareness
Autism Awareness
Autism Awareness
Get the above image on a T-Shirt
Aspergers Puzzle
Feel free to snag any of these awesome images. Right click on the image you want and choose "Save image as.." to upload it yourself or "Copy image URL" and use this code, paste the image URL where indicated:

This code does not link back here, it links to www.lightitupblue.org If the image is too large adjust the width by adding a number to the code: width="HERE"