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    Pumpkin Spiced Latte Macarons and Why You Should Make Them

    I started baking on a whim. I threw together some cake mix cookies before work because I had been non-committal about attending a coworker’s baby shower on my lunch. I was new to the team and didn’t know her, so I couldn’t genuinely celebrate with them. (I could now.) Actually, I remember that someone asked if I was okay. Surprisingly, everyone loved the cookies. I ended up making them again by request and gaining the confidence to try other things and ultimately took on the the fabled macaron. Macarons Macarons look fancy, which signifies the level of skill they demand. There are hundreds of articles, videos, and blog posts about…

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    New Mom, New Me

    I have a terrible haircut right now thanks to postpartum breakage. My baby is 7 months old and I still can’t fit into any of my old, regular-sized clothes. I quit my job, but my house isn’t always clean, dinner isn’t always done. Who am I right now? Racked with anxiety and reclusive tendencies, I can clearly see I am not the same person. I used to be so shiny and ambitious. I used to be mad at my husband because he wasn’t as eager to please me as I was him. Now going above and beyond on anything doesn’t cross my mind. Instead, I exist in the relentless cycle…

  • social

    Host a Killer Cookout

    Hosting a cookout is opening the arms of your space to a bunch of your friends. The premise is that there will be food and people, but there are several factors in the middle that impact outcome. A BBQ is a great way to get people together and avoid making a 20-minute drive or ride home, or if you are like me, it is a great way to exercise the skill of being a host. Beyond the food and the people, the atmosphere is what really makes the event. Generally, people are happy when they get to eat and get to hang out with their friends, so the goal is…

  • Wellness

    Stop Feeling Silly in the Gym

    Many people who embark on exercise as adults find going to the gym intimidating. Being among others who are possibly way farther along in their fitness journeys and around equipment that isn’t obvious to use can make a newbie self-conscious. Knowing that people have trouble feeling comfortable in that new environment, I have jotted some notes that I think will help prospective exerciser feel empowered at the gym. First, I have a confession: I don’t like working out that much. I even dislike walking long distances, like at a festival. I work out because I want to look good, and second because I like being strong, but certainly not because…

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    4 Easy Steps to Learning to Cook

    When asked if you can cook is your answer “yes?”? That was me three and a half years ago! Now I am comfortable cooking for guests. If you can’t confidently say “yes,” you can’t really cook, by the way, but you can learn! A better question is, “Do you have skill in cooking?” Before teaching myself to cook, I was insecure about the process of learning. For many this stops them from trying, but I have outlined the basic steps for improving your proficiency in the kitchen. If I knew what it took to be confident in cooking, I would have been more eager to teach myself before I spent…

  • life

    Intervention: Addicted to Breastfeeding

    I should have known what I was in for when you came out of the womb and went straight for my breast. You nursed for 45 minutes! I was smitten and so proud. Once we were home, I cheerfully raised your helpless body up to my chest. Daddy helped you learn where your mouth should be. I swooned at your gulps and sighs of bliss. Everyday you were home with me and I fed you. I happily spent my days dispensing and collecting milk because you were so precious. You knew I was your lifeline and rewarded me with your affection. Watching you be so tender and sweet and dependent upon me…

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    Budget Hacks

    One of the side effects of quitting a job is having less income. Surprise, surprise. Prior to obtaining the job I just left, we were living on E-4 (specialist) pay. I didn’t like it. As soon as I started working I commenced the bougie behaviors I had been forced to deny myself. Now we will be living on E-5 (sergeant) pay but with extra expenditures like diapers. Could be a recipe for disaster. Never to be outdone, I have spent some time hacking our spending in hopes of finding money in our pockets as is. It is not a secret that people tend to increase their standard of living to…

  • social

    7 Ways to Make Friends

    One of the hurdles of being a military spouse is having to make friends as an adult. The younger you are the easier it is, but at some point you won’t be 21 and able just find friends based on who likes to go out. When I moved away to St. Louis, MO after college, I had to make an effort to make friends in a city with people who weren’t interested in making friends because they still had theirs from high school. When I moved to Fort Bragg, I was used to the routine and used some of the same methods I had tried before. Now I would say…