Koasty Kids *Giveaway*

My last Koasty Kids giveaway got such a great response that I couldn’t resist hosting another one! Just in case you missed it Koasty Kids is an amazing company ran by fellow Coastie Wives who make beyond adorable Coast Guard apparel and do it all while supporting some great causes! This time I get to giveaway these uber cute legwarmers, love them!!!

As I mentioned they are sincere about helping out other military spouses, especially Coast Guard wives, and right now they are gathering information on schools in different areas and physicians as well. If you could take just a few minutes and fill out either of these it would be such a valuable resource to other Coastie wives! I just went in and recommend the OB/GYN who delivered Amber in NC.

Fill out the Physician Form Here

Fill out the School Form Here

PS–if you fill out the forms it’ll get you extra entries! Just sayin ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Homecoming Outfit

So it’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here with hubby getting home and then he had 2 weeks of leave time (vacation time for my civilian readers ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) He’ll be headed back to work soon and things are starting to get into a more normal routine for us…which means I finally got the chance to upload my stuff from when he first got home ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy this video!

Just in case you were wondering I used this tutorial to create my eye look and bought the brushes and primer I used based on fellow RMW.tv video here


sew i shoot *Review & Giveaway*

You can see the *adorable* homecoming shirts I had made for the kids in the video above! The fellow Coastie wife who makes them runs the page sew i shoot on Facebook and she makes any kind of embroidered shirt (not just military!) and darling diaper bags, covers, etc! Go check out her page and give her some “liking” love-then be sure to enter below to win a shirt of your choice!

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sew i shoot *Review & Giveaway*

You can see the *adorable* homecoming shirts I had made for the kids in the video above! The fellow Coastie wife who makes them runs the page sew i shoot on Facebook and she makes any kind of embroidered shirt (not just military!) and darling diaper bags, covers, etc! Go check out her page and give her some “liking” love-then be sure to enter below to win a shirt of your choice!

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Home Again!!!!!

As many of you know my hubby has been deployed for the past 7 months, I’m *thrilled* to be able to say that this past week he arrived safely home!!!! Homecoming was absolutely amazing, we decided it would be best if I went and picked him up by myself since he was getting in late at night and we didn’t want his first reuniting with the kids to be when they were exhausted and cranky. I arrived 2 hours early to make sure I wouldn’t miss it, but thankfully made a new friend in one of the reservist’s wives. She was a fellow mom of two and super sweet, we chatted as she chased her kiddos around and that helped to pass the time. When they all started stepping off of the bus I got goosebumps and *almost* started to cry, my MIL reminding me that I’d look like a racoon because of all my eye makeup helped me stop though ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s pretty amazing when the person you’ve been with for nearly 10 years can still give you the biggest butterflies ever!

Fox News was there covering it ๐Ÿ™‚ They got our hug and kiss on tape but it didn’t make the final cut, if you look at 34 seconds in the clip you’ll see me and hubby flirting in the background ๐Ÿ˜€

Koasty Kids *Giveaway*

If you hadn’t figured it out from the name of my blog (haha!!!) I’m a proud Coast Guard spouse! The Coast Guard is the smallest branch by far but it’s pretty super special! Of course anytime I run across any type of military ran business I want to support it all I can, and if it’s a Coastie wife ran business, selling Coastie merchandise, benefiting Coastie kids….well…you know I’m ALL over that!!! Koasty Kids is exactly that business.

ย How stinking cute is this onsie??!!

Here is a little bit about this *amazing* company right from one of the owners:

We started this company because we wanted to make cute colorful modern clothing that our kids (yes, we are coastie wives too) would like and wear with pride. We want them to feel special that they are part of this unique Coast Guard culture and family, and know that they are a part of it. The profits we make are used to fund primary education scholarships for Coast Guard kids stationed in areas with sub-standard public schools. We are currently compiling information to identify these cities. We will provide financial assistance to parents in the form of supplies, books, uniforms, tuition, or a combination of these.

We would be delighted to donate a onesie or t-shirt for one of your giveaways to help raise awareness.
So please pass this on to any Coastie spouses you might know or enter to win a gift for one of them!ย 
(Shoot–enter to win it for ME! If you have no one to give it to I will gladly accept a gift of one of these *darling*ย  outfits!!!)
Be sure to check out Koastie Kids Website , friend them on Facebook, and peek by their blog as well!

Deployment Goodie Box Ideas

**Update They just changed the Amazon Mom program-you can read the updates and changes here

Also we all did receive our books! Hubby said his were old but he brought them to their boat house so they could read them on duty (and hey–it’s free!) Our box was great! There were some that I gave to the thrift store but I was SUPER happy with the board books we got sent–and we got sent one Fancy Nancy book and a super cute Chicken Little storybook. So definitely check all those out!

In this video I talk about Deployment Goodie Box Ideas. Here are the links I discuss in the video:
Amazon Mom program

Free Books for Military Familes
Free Books for Deployed Service Members

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

My blog design resulted in perfect timing, just as I’m unveiling my “new” military spouse blog, it’s Military Spouse Appreciation Day! With my new design comes a new direction for my blog. Although I will continue to bring the reviews, giveaways, and snippets of life I always do, I want to start focusing more on military life and support for military wives. I feel that there are not enough resources out there, and even though there are some great ones I want to make sure everyone is finding out about them!

This picture is of me and my sister-in-law. We’re both military spouses and our husbands are both currently deployed. We’re together because we’re staying with our hubbies parents. They’re the only kids in the family so that means my in-laws have both sons overseas at once as well. Although I’ve lived the military spouse lifestyle it wasn’t up until this deployment that I *really* lived it. I have so, so, so much admiration for all the women out there dealing with deployments, especially those who are having to go through the year long ones and go through them multiple times in their husbands military career. The last few weeks with everything that has happened have been the hardest I’ve ever had in my life. I think people who aren’t super close to a military spouse, especially military spouses with children, just don’t have any idea what life is really like for them. I’m hoping to bring more of that to light through my blog in the near future.

So for today I celebrate and salute all the brave, beautiful women who are sacrificing so much while their hubbies do as well. Thank you for your service to our country!

Coast Guard PCS Tips

Home is where the _______ sends us.

If youโ€™re a military spouse you have heard this phrase many times, and might even have it hanging up in wherever your current home might be! In the five years that Iโ€™ve been a military spouse, home has been Washington D.C., North Carolina, Wyoming, North Carolina (again), and currently Boston, MA.

Five out of state moves in five years has forced me to become somewhat of an expert when it comes to PCS moves! Our last move took place while I was 7 months pregnant no less!

When you PCS with the Coast Guard one of the biggest things you have to decide is what to do about housing. Unlike other military branches, very few Coast Guard bases have on base housing. You have to either rent on the economy or live on the base of a different branch of service. Our family has always chosen to live on the economy.

Living in a hotel room for a week while frantically searching for a new home is not my idea of a good time, especially with a toddler and while pregnant! Thankfully, during this move I came across a valuable resource I wish Iโ€™d known about sooner! Coastie Chicks is a wonderful forum/website filled with great resources and sweet, helpful people! I was able to get a ton of information about the Boston area, and we even ended up renting our new apartment, sight unseen, because I was able to talk to a Coastie wife who was currently living in the complex. She gave me the run down on how much utilities cost her each month to what the best grocery store was to shop at. We absolutely love our new place and we wouldnโ€™t have gotten it if it hadnโ€™t been for the site!

Although Coastie Chicks is only for those affiliated with the Coast Guard, there are many support sites across the Internet. From Facebook groups, to complete websites, you can find and network with other military spouses. Nothing can be more valuable than information from someone living the life youโ€™re about to live!

So get out there, get involved, and pick up some tips! Who knows, you might just have friends waiting for you in your new home when you arrive. What could be more valuable than that?!

The Big 2-3

Saturday ushered in my 23rd year of life. To celebrate I got to get up at 5:30 am and spent the day in 100 degree weather watching softball–woo hoo! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰ LoL, Bob had spent the past several weeks practicing to be in the Coast Guard’s softball tournament which happened to fall on my birthday. At first I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea (those of you who know me know just how much I love the sport) but ended up really enjoying myself all day. They played four games that day the first starting at 8 am and the last ending around 6:30 pm. They won two and lost two but managed to win their last game by enough points to qualify to play the next day. Yesterday they won one but lost two and with double elimination were out. The tournament was very large, all the teams were made up of members of the Coast Guard and there were teams from Charleston, SC to Headquarters in Washington DC present.

Bob’s highlights of the tournament were an in-field home run the first game and scoring the winning point in the second to last game when they were all tied up ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d say he’d did pretty awesome considering he’d never played the sport before!

As for me I had a really fun birthday. I got several awesome gifts (thanks everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and the Dicksons came to Bob’s 3rd and 4th games so I got to have a nice chat with Lara which is always awesome! It was very nice to get out of the house and fun to watch Bob play. I was the only wife to come to all the games and the only one at all to come watch the team play their first game thus I was dubbed “a trooper” by several of the guys on the team ๐Ÿ™‚
Amber really was a trooper because we got her up so early and she barely got any naps all day but remained a happy baby for the most part ๐Ÿ™‚ She liked to get her little toes in the grass and rub her feet back and forth, lol.

After the games and showers to wash the sticky humidity off we went to Outback for a late b*day dinner which was delicious as always. All in all it was a great way to spend a birthday!