The Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award recognizes military spouses’ important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country. The award gives recognition to military spouses from all branches of service. More than a million men and women maintain the home front while our service members defend this great nation. The program receives nominations from the military community and all Americans. There are four phases of voting, culminating in the announcement of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of…Continue Reading “2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year nominations is open”

My Husbands Thirty-One Christmas Gifts for his Travels

As expected my husband has been on the naughty list but that only concerns Santa.  This year was the year to update his Travel Bags.  He has been using the same matching set of Thirty One duffel bags for years.  Just so happened that I was able to earn enough to get my family gifts and have left overs for him to update all this bags.  It took all my strength to keep them a secret for as long as I had them but here…Continue Reading “My Husbands Thirty-One Christmas Gifts for his Travels”

wrapping paper isnt recyclable

I’ve come up with a few ways to be more environmentally conscience this holiday season with what you use to wrap gifts. Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non–paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled. … A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.   So most of the fancy stuff is a no no if you are trying to be good to the environment. Some creative ways that I have…Continue Reading “Wrapping Paper is not always recyclable, creative ways to get around it.”

Thirty One Dec 2018 Specials

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION!40% off gifts they’ll love Stock up on select new styles and Customer favorites with no limit and no qualifying purchase. It’s just one way we’re saying “thanks” for shopping ! All Pro Tote (4345) $48 $80 VALUE This versatile tote is perfect for the gym or travel, with a separate compartment for shoes and plenty of pockets to keep you organized. SHOP NOW Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote(4451) $21 $35 VALUE One of our most popular and versatile styles, the ZOUT is a baby bag,…Continue Reading “Thirty One Dec 2018 Specials!”

My #1 favorite activity to do for myself is tied between getting my nails done and TAKING A BATH!  That warm feeling just flowing around me is heavenly. It relaxes every bone in my body, relieving the stress of standing on my feet, and lets all the stresses of life just disappear. That being said here are some of the benefits of the almighty bath. A hot bath can cure your pains; Warm water helps speed up the expulsion of lactic acid, which is the…Continue Reading “Benefits of a hot bath, more to love about soaking.”

essential storage tote by thirty one

Only recently I discovered that China used to buy 75% of all the recyclable material from the United States, now they are barely taking in more than 3%.  This is alarming because not only do we have barely any idea what to do with everything but its starting to fill our landfills and really cripple the recycling programs. A ton of paper used to sell for 150$ a ton to China, now India buys it for only 13$.   I learned this when my husband started…Continue Reading “Alarming news, Call to Action to start using reusable bags”

holiday safety tips 2018

Keep your Situational awareness when out shopping, criminals are cowards and look for easy targets most of the time. Remove the row Column: 1 Column: 2 -Don’t park in areas that may put you at higher risk. -Try and scan crowds often for lurking or shifty body language. -Watching to see if someone has been hovering around you in multiple instances. -Keep your eyes on the hands, you can keep the surprises minimized by watching their primary forms of attack so maybe you will be…Continue Reading “Megans safe holiday shopping tips 2018”

Baby Bags by Thirty One Gifts

I know we have a lot of expectant moms and new moms in the group!  Here is the new Baby by Thirty-One Digital Catalog!  I love the baby line but their uses extend far beyond babies, let me know what you think. https://www.mythirtyone.com/us/en/meganvan/collection/baby-by-thirty-one-gallery?page=1

easy tennis ball back pain fix

If you have pain in your back or sciatic nerve issues, I have found a nice technique that has helped me using a tennis ball. As a stay-at-home mom of 5, I find my self sitting a lot. I am either helping with homework, waiting for the babies nap to finish or keeping an eye on the kids in the backyard while they play. Excessively sitting is a leading factor to this kind of pain around your hips. It also carries over to making you…Continue Reading “How to Use a Tennis Ball to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain and Back Pain”