Monday, September 26, 2016

Military Spouse Wellness Summit 2016: Speaker Highlights

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I am SO excited about the range of topics that the Military Spouse Wellness Summit is bringing to both military AND first responder spouses this year! Some of these folks, as experts in their respective fields, would cost $100+ an hour to consult with in person. However, Corie Weathers, Armed Forces Insurance, and are bringing them to YOU for the cost of $0!!! 

Today, I'm going to shine a light on this year's speakers. Get excited, because they are all coming to your inbox the week of October 17th! All you have to do is sign up HERE
**If you'd like to be in the running for some AMAZING prizes, be sure to register for VIP access (use code EARLYBIRD to get 44% off through September 30th!)

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  • Dr. John Townsend, expert on establishing boundaries & New York Times best-selling author
  • Dr. Les Parrott, expert on relationship development & New York Times best-selling author

Linking up with Molly today!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Why I'm Excited for the 2016 MilSpouse Wellness Summit

In the words of General Ray Odierno at his retirement:

On his wife-- "She sacrificed her whole life for me. I can never repay her for that."

On military spouses-- "It's often hard for me to stand up here and make other people understand how much our spouses sacrifice. You don't understand. You don't understand everything that they do everyday in order to make us a better Army. I don't believe there's any other profession that we count on our spouses to do so many things."
This speech went viral in the MilSpouse community when GEN Odierno retired. Even though retiring service members often thank their spouses for their support, this was the first time that such a high-ranking officer went so far as to specifically say that people outside of our world cannot understand the life we live. Of course, all spouses commit to loving their partner through the ups and downs of life, but military couples have added (and sometimes very heavy) burdens. 

Unfortunately, military spouses are often so focused on everyone else's needs that they forget to take care of themselves. I am so excited that Corie Weathers, 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Spouse of the Year and author of the recently released Sacred Spaces, is leading this year's Military Spouse Wellness Summit: Happily Ever After! on helping people improve their marriages through self-care. 

The summit is a VIRTUAL event, so attendees don't have to worry about traveling, missing work, or child care. Also, it's FREE! Some of these experts charge $100+ an hour for their time as experts in their respective fields. And the Military Spouse Wellness Summit brings them to you for nothing at all! 

Here are all the details--

Who: You and 10 experts on topics from health to relationships to finances
What: A virtual summit helping you improve your marriage by enriching yourself!
When: October 17-22 for general admission, and unlimited listening for VIP registrants (use code EARLYBIRD to get 44% off until October 1!).
Where: Your house, your car, the gym, or wherever you feel comfortable
How: Sign up HERE!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Currently | September 2016

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Linking up with Anne & Beth today!

reading my way, slowly, through Brene Brown's work. I loved Brene's TED talks, her SoulShine talk about trust, and basically everything she's ever shared on social media. I finally got my hands on a copy of Daring Greatly at my local library and I am LOVING it (and simultaneously hating how much it is kicking me right in the feels). I can't wait to delve into her other books and start applying the lessons to real life.

trying to break out of my comfort zone since we've arrived at our new base. I am a textbook introvert but I know that getting out there makes all the difference come winter time, especially. Since becoming a stay-at-home mom two years ago, I really learned how easy it is to take for granted how much more socialization you get working in an office. So, I volunteered to be a Key Spouse for my husband's unit, signed up for the base's Officer Spouse Club, started going to a weekly playgroup, signed up Bug for a once a week preschool co-op, and enrolled both girls in tumbling classes. Yes, this means I will probably be busier than ever with "extracurricular" type activities, but I'm hoping that it will have a good payoff. 

hoping that the fast-approaching winter (seriously, they're predicting the first freeze in only a couple weeks!!) will not be too brutal, and that I'll be officially heading back to school within the next couple of months, as soon as I get the financial assistance piece sorted out. Since my husband "started over" when he commissioned last year, I am now eligible for an educational grant I barely missed out on when we got married. I've got just under three years before it expires and I think I finally decided on how to use it.

decorating the house a bit for the upcoming holidays. For some reason, despite my lack of decorating for basically everything in the past, this year I feel like putting up a few things here and there. Mostly I blame living near a good Target again (the one near our last home was awful!) and the Dollar Spot.  

to-do listing non-stop! With Big Girl getting back to school last month, preschool starting this month, my husband's unpredictable work schedule, and my plans to start class(es) again soon, my life feels like one long to-do list. It never ends, and more things than I'd like end up getting pushed to the next day, but I just keep trying! If only my toddler would pull her own weight around here. ;)

What are you up to this month? Anything exciting on the agenda for the coming Fall months?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

yummy snacks for new moms


If you:
- are pregnant
- know someone who is pregnant
- recently had a baby
- know someone who recently had a baby
- are nursing a baby (or babies)
- know someone who is nursing a baby (or babies)
- or like delicious, healthy recipes

check out my guest post over at Jenna's blog, Shallow Roots Living, today! I'm sharing recipes for a delicious lactation cookie (no bake!) and a great drink for new moms. These were lifesavers in the early days for me!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Military Spouse Wellness Summit 2016

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I am so excited to share that registration is officially open for the 2016 Military Spouse Wellness Summit, the theme of which is Happily Ever AfterThe event's mission is to inspire spouses to achieve health and wellness independently in mind, body, and emotion and positively impact their military marriage.

The summit is brought to you by InDependent, Corie Weathers, and Armed Forces Insurance, and it all begins Monday, October 17.  For six days, participants will have access to talks by 10 leaders in individual and relationship wellness, with a bonus day on Saturday when the grand-prize--a ROMANTIC GETAWAY--donated by Military Benefit Association will be announced!

The best part of the summit is that you don't have to worry about traveling, childcare, or missing time at work. All you have to do is listen online! General Admission participants can access recordings during the week of the event (Oct. 17-23). VIP participants will be able to download all recordings after the summit for unlimited use.

EVERY VIP REGISTERED participant receives a 1-year membership to Thrive Market (Retail Value $60) and a chance to win PRIZES from vendors like emeals, Elva Resa Publishing, Gaia, Green Chef , QALO rings, R.Riveter, Zest Tea, ZZZBears and many more.

VIP Access is only a $15 donation until October 1, after which it will increase to $27 (Code: EARLYBIRD). Nowhere else can you access all of these experts or be eligible to win great prizes, all of which will positively impact your marriage, for less than a date to the movies--not to mention the yearlong access to the awesome Thrive Market!

For more information, or to sign up for the summit, visit the event page HERE!