Monday, August 22, 2011

Civilian Friends and Military Friends

Now that I have been a working mom I have had the opportunity to broaden our range of friends. I work with a few amazing people that are so genuine and are NOT living, no never have lived, the military lifestyle.

I have many things in common with my civilian friends except for the fact of the military life.

Have any of you ever tried to have a get together or party and invited both civilians and non civilians? How did it go?

I can tell you that at our DS's birthday party; my civilian friends and their families felt out of place. They never admitted it, but you could tell. The Marines felt out of place as well. Us women, civi or not, can spark a conversation with anyone, but the men had a harder time! The Marines felt lost and out of the loop and the civilians seemed like they felt intimidated. I never ask them, nor did I want to.

Has anyone else have this issue? Did I make sense?

I told my hubby, "I think I want to have a BBQ with my civilian friends only!" It was just an awkward mess at DS's birthday.  I felt like I had to spend my time in different parts of the house because that's exactly how it was! Military families in the kitchen and front patio; civilian families in the living room!

Maybe my guests don't talk to strangers! Haha. I'm not sure!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Changes are always for the better. When I was writing as SAHM and Marine Wife I was having fun, but also I couldn't keep up with the demand of giveaways and trying to reach numbers. It was too much time spending away from my family. I would find myself up all hours of the night to get the "perfect" post. I'm sorry for not being the best at giveaways, the best blogger, or even the best "blog" friend.

I no longer am a SAHM as you may now have recognized. In fact, I tried, I really did, to want to be a SAHM. My family knew me better than I knew myself. I like working. Yes, I'm a work-a-holic. Did I want to admit that now that I am a mom? NO! I didn't. I didn't want to face people telling me that I would miss many things in your child's life by being a way from them. Oh and DAYCARE. The world will end by putting your child in daycare? I turned out okay and I went to daycare starting at just a few weeks old. I think it may have even been beneficial to my social life. I've met wonderful people through day care.

I am a corporate girl. Hospitality and hotels are my passion. People are my passion. My son and family are my passion. I can balance all of this. I can multi-task. I just have had to learn to rekindle my "SAHM" relationship with my son in another way. It means more mommy and me time in the evenings and the weekends. It means, only MOMMY puts DS to bed!

Back to the daycare concern. I love our daycare. Which our son loves as well. It's a military daycare. So, yeah we can't cloth diaper there but I do still try to save the environment by using a biodegradable diaper. His daycare more or less has a curriculum concept than "baby-sitting". Our son is speaking more and more clearly everyday. I am a huge advocate of daycare/learning centers for little ones. Even if  you don't work a child should be in a group environment for their social skills at least a couple days a week. Our son is an only child right now so his social development from his peers is beneficial to his growth.

With that being said you will see me "around" the blog sphere more often. I probably wont be posting every day or even every other day. I will post when I have time. Working outside of home, owning my own business, and being a wife, and mom, may have me bogged down but I will be around.

I will not be focusing on giveaways. Like I said, I had fun while doing it, but I don't have time for it. If it comes across me without intentionally looking for one, I will do it. But seeking out businesses and vendors took a lot of work!

Enjoy my family friendly posts!

Cio for now!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Military Monday

Hey...I think I have been doing a decent job lately making an effort to link back up with my weekly link ups.

Oh where do I start with my weekend! We had a GREAT anniversary. We spent time as a family ALL day Saturday. We went shopping in Hershey, had a yummy and filing dinner at Red Robin, and came home to have movie night! Everything went well except for movie night. We were hoping to watch an On Demand Movie but the service happened to be down! we put DS to bed (we were going to let him stay up late for our special night), I fell asleep on the sofa, and hubby probably just ended up watching sports center! Oh well, at least we had a nice afternoon.

Have you checked out my online baby boutique? It's called Milies! I sell everything from Cloth Diapers to Blankets to BabyLegs!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Special Anniversary!

You know you are a military wife when: You're husband has been gone for the past TWO wedding Anniversaries due to a deployment (OR unaccompanied tour in Japan!).

This is a very special Anniversary! SIX Years for us. It has gone by super fast! You know what the BEST part is so far about today? DS slept in until 8am! This RARELY happens! Thank you baby boy for a great anniversary present for mommy and daddy!

A short background on the anniversary couple:

*We are high school sweat hearts
*Cheerleader/football play (yes we were THAT couple)
*I stayed with him KNOWING he was going to join the military
*HERE we are six years later! Love you Hubby!

Look at how YOUNG we are!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday/All Dressed Up !!

Woohoo. I did a LOT of participation for this weeks WIWW & All Dressed Up! Once again I'm linking up with No Model Lady and The Pleated Poppy!!
 Dress: Ross Dress for Less (Ralph Lauren)

 Sandals: Lucky Brand @ Macys

 Look at that cutie next to me!
 Shirt: Gap Outlet
Leggings: Probably Old Navy (I have tons of leggings)

 MOTHER's Day!!!
Dress: Kohls
Necklace: Don't remember (its old)

Hat: I honestly can't remember....maybe Target a few years ago!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Twitter Hop Tuesday

TWEET TWEET!! Let's follow eachother! Link up with Real Mom Reviews first! Okay?

I hope you all had a FABULOUS Monday. Tweet tweet!

Okay!! I posted this not realizing I forgot to add MY Twitter Link: HAHA @SAHMUSMC

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Military Monday Blog Hop

Just another Monday.....a Military Monday! Link up all you military spouses, military families, and military supporters! That's right you don't have to be military to join in on the fun!

Have you checked out my baby boutique online?