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How to Cope: When Older Sibling Joins the Military and Moves Away

February 2, 2017 By · No Comments

I was a military child for my entire childhood. We moved to one base and stayed there. I’d never moved state to state or out of country like many of my friends had experienced. I definitely knew the securities of living on base, how you could walk absolutely anywhere without being afraid of kidnappings, etc. It wasn’t until high school that we would learn what living off-base was like (minus the few times we’d visit our biological mother or relatives) I was the oldest child, I never experienced what it was like to have a sibling move away. I would have no clue of this until many, many years later.

I married a Marine, which meant I finally moved away, but I was the oldest and our ties were severed before leaving home. So there was no writing letters home, etc. I wouldn’t even talk with my family for over 2 years. Fast forward to 19 years later and we have five children. Our oldest already graduated high school, he has a job and was going to college…when he wasn’t at work/college he was home playing video games. Extremely close to all his siblings. After school his younger brother would immediately tell him about his day and any girls he thought was pretty or share a secret of something funny that happened that day. His younger sister would tell him all about something she learned from STEM or Science class. Nicoli would keep him busy any time at home, whether it was chatting up a story, reading a book or helping him play video games.

One day he informed me he was thinking about joining the military. I must admit pride came inside me, I came from a long line of men/women in the military. To me this was nothing unusual, the only difference was the tight-knit family and how I would make everyone feel okay with him moving away. I knew all along he’d move away, whether he joined the military, went off to college (not in town), moved out on his own or got married. Below is a few tips on how to cope when a sibling moves away and joins the military.

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FREE $10 Darden Gift Card after Cashback

January 31, 2017 By · 1 Comment

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post, if you click them I might make a couple bucks.

How would you like to receive a FREE $10 gift card to the Darden family of restaurants?  *This is for New TopCashback members only: Darden Restaurants Gift Card (worth $10) FREE after cashback! These would make great gifts to give to that special someone for Valentine’s Day. Or just to take yourself out.

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The restaurants included:

  • Olive Garden
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Yard House
  • Seasons Fresh Grill
  • Red Lobster

Confession time:

I must admit I have this thing for both Red Lobster (sadly I haven’t been there in years) and Olive Garden. I love their pasta and seafood. You had to guess that I mean I love Red Lobster too. If you haven’t been there in a while you can get lunches starting at $6.99 and you’ll enjoy it with soup or salad and breadsticks. Do you have a favorite meal you like? What is it?

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Lysol Wipes Freebie after Cashback

January 23, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This post is just to inform you about a great deal, yes the links are affiliate and if clicked will make me a bit of money. 
FREE Lysol Wipes for NEW Topcash Members. If you haven’t signed up or just signed up you can get in on this deal. If you are already a member you can make money by letting others know to sign up under you. I don’t know about you but we are constantly needing Lysol wipes for spills in the kitchen and bathroom. Plus with cold/flu season it is good to wipe down doors, doorknobs, faucets, etc.

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Teach Chess To Young Children So They Remember It

January 20, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: While this post was definitely not paid for (I did pay for the game) I wanted to tell you about our love for board games. There are amazon affiliate links throughout and if you click them you might earn me a Starbucks. That would be so nice this week.

Teaching Chess to Young

It’s Board Game Friday!! What does this mean? Simple this is the day the family and I decided on board games and play. I love Fridays. This week I picked Harry Potter’s Wizard Chess Set! Soccerboy (Antonio) got this game for Christmas from us. He’s a big Harry Potter Fan (like myself) and he absolutely LOVES Chess so the two went hand-in-hand.

Harry Potter’s Wizard Chess Set is NOT like the game before you ask. No, they do NOT move around the board by themselves. Nor do they kill each other, etc. This set has two mesh bags (black/silver) with the pieces fitting nicely inside each bag. The board and game rules fit nicely inside the sturdy box. Sadly the pieces are light plastic, I don’t know why but I thought they would be heavier, maybe even stone. But each piece has detail in them.

chess pieces

Teach Chess to Young Children:

When did you teach your kids to play chess? Years ago I was homeschooling Antonio and he expressed interest in watching Chess on television. I saw how much love he had just watching it. Not wanting him to miss out on anything I went to the library and borrowed a really old book on learning chess. I figured we could learn the game together and play it too. Even if he didn’t like the game at least he’d know how to play it by the time we were done reading it. At this time I simply bought a dual set Chess/Checkers.
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January’s Ipsy Bag Reveal!

January 16, 2017 By · No Comments

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BalletGirl (age 16) has decided she wants to start ordering Subscription boxes with her paycheck. I mean what girl doesn’t like makeup and free samples right? But better, who here hates to purchase something they end up hating?  She decided her first purchase would be the January Ipsy bag because it was only $10 and came with quite a bit of stuff.

I loved that she told me if she liked the stuff she’d know to purchase more of it later and if not at least she wouldn’t waste her money on it. Plus, it was make up at her door monthly that she didn’t have to go search for.

The process is pretty simple you head over to IPSY (her link here) and sign up. If you sign up through someone’s link they do get so much off their next bag. It’s a win-win! Feel free to sign up for the January Ipsy Bag through her link. The service is $10 a month for 5 products and a bag.

January Ipsy Bag Reveal!

She waited for two whole weeks for this to come. Every day she’d check the mail once it said it had been shipped. haha. I must admit I loved it because of the pretty pink bubble wrap envelope they shipped it in. (sorry didn’t get pictures of that) Every month that she receives one we will post about it here on the blog. Hope ya’ll enjoy the reveals!

The January Glam Bag

January Ipsy Bag

First when you open the pretty envelope you’ll immediately see a card (explaining what the theme is for the month) and an Ipsy Bag. This month we got a blue/gray some call it a silver bag with holes. This month’s theme from Ipsy Glam Bag is Metropolis! Fun in the city!

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