December 11, 2011

December 9, 2011

Holiday Krispy Kreme

Don't forget your holiday doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. They're great for holiday gatherings. Of course, they're delicious any time. :)

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December 6, 2011

My Love Book Give-Away

Recently, I posted a review for MyLoveBook. You can read my review here. Now, I want to offer you all a chance to win one of your own. First, I want you to leave a comment on this post telling me who you think you would like to give one of these books. Then, just follow the other instructions below. Please make sure you leave a comment for each entry, and that I have a way to contact you if you win. This give-away ends on December 22, 2011 at midnight. Good luck everyone, and thank you for visiting my blog.
Happy Holidays!

Valentine's Day Giveaway Blog Hop

Chubby Cheeks Thinks

Please consider joining Mama To 4 Blessings and Chubby Cheeks Thinks in their Valentine's Day Giveaway Blog Hop. It's sure to be fabulous! Go check it out the details here.

Wordless Wednesday

December 2, 2011

We Love Sons

Author: Elias Massey
When my husband lost his job in finance, we found ourselves desperately trying to find ways that we could save money. I started to color my own hair, I clipped coupons, and we limited eating out to only special occasions. We also decided, in an attempt to save money, to drop our direct tv down to basic programming. In doing so, we still retained our local channels including PBS, so we could still stay informed of the world’s happenings, and our daughter could still watch the few shows she enjoyed. All of this seemed like a good idea, until we realized our new package no longer contained the FX network. “What??” my husband screamed on a random Tuesday night. I came racing in the living room fearing a child injury! There stood my husband, remote in hand, scrolling through our on-screen guide. “You are trying to tell me that we don’t get FX anymore? This means no “Sons of Anarchy!” yelled my husband. This was all it took. By the next morning, my husband was on the phone amending our account back to its regular status. No job or not, we have to have our “Sons!”

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

It's time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog.

1) If I could be on any reality TV show, I’d want to be on TLC's What Not to Wear. I wouldn't let them get rid of my multitude of Converse, but I would definitely go on the show.

2) This past Thanksgiving was smaller than I would have liked it to be. The house smelled like Thanksgiving, but it didn't sound like it. There were not enough voices in the house this year.

3) I’m looking forward to December because it's a new adventure, in a new state, with a new weather experience...snow!!! ( *a little note to say all of these reasons are also why I'm not looking forward to December.*)

4)One thing I’d like to accomplish this month is getting prepared for Christmas before it becomes stressful to me.

5) To me, winter is  going to be much colder this year than it has been in years past.

That's all for this week's edition of MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. Don't miss out if you're a military spouse, or going to be one soon. Go link-up so I can read yours too! :)

November 25, 2011

My Love Book Review

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a custom made book from MyLoveBook. A LoveBook is a book you create for someone special in your life. It's not another photo book. As fabulous as giving a photo book is, a LoveBook is much more unique. LoveBooks have been described as an answer book, and that's essentially what a LoveBook will be for you. Your book will start off with a title page that is as personalized as you would like. You create your book by answering some questions for your loved one. These questions are simple, to complex. You choose the type of questions that you would like to answer. Then, you simply fill in the blank. You are able to choose something simple such as, "I  love to make you:" (you fill in your answer) or something like: "The time I felt closest to you was:" (you fill in your answer) That may require more thought. There are even easier pages you are able to create on there. Some of the ones I discovered were "Your Top Five Most Admirable Talents:" and "Ten Words to Describe You."

When I first thought about making a LoveBook, I thought I knew right away who would be receiving this gift. As I begin to research the LoveBook, that decision became more difficult. Upon seeing it, I knew there were so many people that I would really like to have one of these books. After some long thought, I decided to go with my husband. His birthday is not long after Christmas, and sometimes it doesn't get the attention that it deserves. Therefore, the LoveBook I created is going to make his birthday more special.

While creating my book, I realized there is so much more I could say to him. Being a military wife, you think there are no more words to describe the love you feel. You say it all too often in letters and e-mails...I love you, I love you, I love you...What else is there to say? The LoveBook definitely helped me figure that out. Creating this book got me thinking about the love we share, and just how much he means to me. Sure, I know that everyday, but there are only so many ways to say it on a daily basis. As I was answering these questions, I started reminiscing on our years together...the happy times, the sad ones, the funny and the silly ones...

I love that man so much, and LoveBook helped me say it in different ways. I got to have a song in my book that reminds me of him. I got to do some fun fill in the blanks, such as "If you were a car, you would be." There are even suggestions for you to choose...drag and drop, et cetera. How much you want to say is really up to you.

I was really impressed when I got this book. It is sleek and beautiful. There are three covers to choose from and, although I would like to see more choices in the future, I like how this one turned out. It's not just a gift for women. The red interior is great for a man too.

All in all, I am impressed with MyLoveBook. I am going to make another one for my sons upcoming birthday. One of my favorite options was having my book reviewed by an editor free of charge. When my book was reviewed for publishing there were no spelling errors found, but they did some spacing in my book which I really liked a lot. I then had the option to have the original or the edited version printed. The shipping of my gift was quick, and that made me happy. Although, it's a gift for someone else, I've had plenty of time to open it, look at it, and really get a feel for the quality of this book. I really like it, and I know my husband will too.

November 22, 2011

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I finally made homemade cranberry sauce! I say that I'm going to do this every year. I don't know why I put it off so long. I'm so proud of myself! :)

November 15, 2011

Kotex Tampons Have Been Recalled!

Consumer news reports that there has been a recall for the following Kotex Tampons: Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency manufactured by Kimberly-Clark. The 18 count and the 36 count packages contain tampons that were made with raw materials contaminated with a bug that could cause health issues such as vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory diseases and other health problems. You can read the full report here. It seems bad if consumers are being urged to call Kimberly-Clark's Consumer Services Division to be informed on the safe disposal of these products.

November 1, 2011

Men's Winter Fashion

  As it's getting cooler here, I've been thinking a lot about winter fashion. I know that I don't want to look frumpy all the time. It's really easy for me to throw on a pair of sweat pants and to layer under a sweat shirt. I'm pretty much set on the way I want to look this autumn and winter. It's dressing up the men in my family that is the hard part.

  For starters, my husband can't stand wearing long sleeves. It's a challenge just to get him into a winter coat. I've been looking for him some good-looking winter fashion this year. I've taken him to the stores with me a few times, but that doesn't get me any where. The moment I turn my back to look at something, or ask him about it...he's gone to look at something that interest him a lot more. It's not that he dislikes shopping with me, it's that he very much dislikes trying to dress himself.

  It's been a challenge to put together a whole outfit for him, so I've decided to start off small. I've been looking at some warm hats for him. I've found the best place for men's winter hats. There is every hat you could imagine your man sporting. I've found many that I know he won't mind wearing. They have cute, fun, and sophisticated looking hats that will be sure to warm the short, military cut hair on his head. :) I'm tempted to get one for myself.

 What are some of the things that your man will be wearing this year? Are you shopping for him, or does he pick out his own clothes?

October 21, 2011

Wearing Scrubs and Feeling Good

Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous Friday! It's been a while since I told you all about
I'm still wearing my scrubs and feeling mighty comfy in them. They have so many different looks and styles. You don't have to work in the medical field to wear scrubs. I bought my son some scrubs to wear while he does his art work. I know a lot of new moms that are loving wearing their scrubs with a newborn in their arms. You really save your clothes, and you don't have to go around wearing old sweat pants and stained up tops. Consider getting yourself some discounted scrubs.

Have a great weekend friends.

It's Time for Old Navy SUPER C-A-S-H!

Between October 21st and November 13th you can earn $10 in SUPER C-A-S-H for every $20 you spend.This offer is valid in stores only, and there is a maximum of $30 in SUPER C-A-S-H per transaction. Go back to Old Navy between November 17th and November 22nd and redeem $10 in SUPER C-A-S-H for every $20 you spend. That's a fabulous deal!

October 11, 2011

Bath & Body Works Winner!

The winner of this give-away has been contacted.
Thank you all for entering! I am so blessed to have
you all as my followers, readers, and friends.

October 4, 2011

Halloween Scallop Tags Give-Away!

My Hobby Shop is having a great give-away for you scrapbook lovers. Just hop on over here to enter by October 7th. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop, too.

Win a Halloween Prize Pack

Boobies Babies & A Blog is giving away this awesome Halloween Prize Pack. Just click on over here to enter by October 19th. Check out her other give-aways while you're over there.

Bath & Body Works Give-Away! {{CLOSED}}

It's give-away time! Aw! That makes me happy. A few days ago, I told you all that I had placed my annual Halloween order from Bath & Body Works. The order just arrived, so I can officially post this give-away for you all! I want to give one of my readers some of these Halloween hand sanitizers. The actual ones you get will be slightly different. Never fear, I picked out some good ones. ;) I even got you a cute little bag to carry them in! {{I Love Halloween}}
We really like having these all year long. Bath & Body Works changes these out seasonally and I like ordering the different scents and decorated ones seasonally. Okay, I'll get to the fun part! Here are the different ways to enter this give-away:

+1- Follow me via GFC
+1- Follow me via Networked Blogs
+5- Blog about this give-away
+5- Post about this give-away on Facebook
+1- Follow me on Twitter @The4MProject
+1- each time you post about this give-away on Twitter using my handle @The4MProject

Post your entries in the comments section after each one is complete. If you all ready follow me using any of these methods, including Google Reader, just let me know that, too.

This give-away ends on Sunday 9 October at midnight. I want to have time to get your Halloween goodies to you. Since the following Monday is a holiday, that will give me time to notify you and get your package in the mail first thing Tuesday!

 Thanks everyone! I sure do appreciate all of you.

October 3, 2011

Watching Wicked the play after reading the book

Guest post written by Alice Woodward

As soon as I found out that I was probably going on a holidays trip with some of my girlfriends to New York City, I did something that I've been putting off for a really long time. I decided to read the book Wicked. I'd had several friends reading it, including the ones that I'm traveling with in December. Plus we're going to go and see the play so I decided to read the book.

I was looking online about ordering tickets for us, because that fell under my duties for the trip. When I was browsing ticket prices, I came across the site I looked through it some and scheduled a hearing test next week. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to get fitted with hearing aids.

I know that if that is what ends up happening to me, I'm just going to enjoy the Wicked play even more than I thought beforehand. I'm so ready to see the bright lights and big city. Plus, I might just have to bring an extra suitcase so that I can get some serious shopping done!

October 2, 2011

Let's Get Social Sunday

image6 Lets Get Social Blog Hop 10/2

What is Let’s Get Social? Let’s Get Social is a weekly link-up hosted by a fabulous group of four bloggers which includes myself, Bridget of Guide to Smart Shopping, Jennifer of Sweep Tight, Tree of Mother of Pearl It Is, and Brandi of Life with Five Monkies. We created Let’s Get Social as a means to socialize with other bloggers as well as help you gain more followers!

You can follow via any social method you like. You can also follow more than one method and we encourage you to do so! Please be sure to leave a comment letting the person know how you followed so they can follow you back.

To Participate: -Follow all hosts in the first four spots. Please leave a comment on our Let’s Get Social post letting us know how you follow and we will follow you back. Please be patient with us as it might take us a couple days to get through everybody.
-Add your link
to the linky and visit as many sites as you want. Please be courteous and follow back those that follow you. The more connections you make the more followers and back links you will have!
-Spread the Word! Help us get the word out about the hop by posting our button on your site, posting about the hop, adding the hop to directories, and posting on forums. The more people that know about the hop the more connections we can make.

- The hop opens at 9 PM EST on Saturday night and runs through Sunday. Direct links to your site only please; links to your blog hop or giveaways will be deleted.

This is a Blog Hop!

October 1, 2011

Bath & Body Works Halloween Style

It's late, and I'm tired, but I'm happy. I just got my annual Halloween order placed with Bath & Body Works. I just adore getting all the holiday items from there. I especially enjoy the antibacterial soap, and the little hand sanitizers! Right now, they have much of their Halloween items 50% off. On top of that, I used the usual code to get 20% off my order, and FREE shipping! Whoo-Hoo! Get your orders placed so that you can enjoy your Halloween items, too. I'll let you know when my goodies get here. I ordered a little something extra, just so I can have something to give away to one of y'all. I'm looking forward to that!

Dinner in a Pumpkin

*I posted this last year, but I think it's worthy of bringing back.*

Dinner in a Pumpkin

Jenny Miller

1 sugar pumpkin

1 small onion, diced

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup mushrooms

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cupss white rice (uncooked)

Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and clean it out. Put rice and water in a microwave safe dish and cook on high until rice is tender (or use a rice cooker).

Brown ground beef in a large frying pan and add onions to saute.

When ground beef is no longer pink, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until completely mixed. Mix ground beef mixture and rice together and pour into pumpkin. Put the top back on the pumpkin and bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Be sure to scoop out part of pumpkin when serving.

Here is a link to the video of Dan and Kathy Oaks preparing the Dinner in a Pumpkin. They are adorable!
Dinner in a Pumpkin Video

September 30, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #60

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In
It's time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog.

1) I always feel like I’m  23 years old, but in reality, I'm just married to a younger man.

2)I wish my family understood better when I tell them I am very easy to please .

3) If you saw me when I go to the Navy Ball , you’d think I was a total girly-girl, but if you saw me when I'm fishing or playing basketball, you’d think I was a tomboy through-and-through.

4) I feel like I’m in a totally different universe when since I've moved to Chicago!

5) In honor of this being MFF #60… 60 months ago (exactly 5 years ago, so September 30, 2006) I lived in a nice house in Florida and my life was totally different because I wasn't in Chicago yet! 

       That's all for this week. I sure have missed y'all! I'll
       be catching up and hopping around!
       Enjoy your weekend friends!

August 12, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In
It's time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog.

1) The best thing my parents taught me to do when I was a child was to be myself.

2) However, one thing I wish they did differently was help me out when I needed them the most.

3) One thing I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t is scuba diving in Belize.

4) One thing I never thought I’d try but I have is driving from Georgia to Chicago by myself.

5) If I could give my 16-year-old self one piece of advice I’d tell myself to believe in God, and believe in myself.

August 11, 2011

Rachael Ray just 6 Nutrish sample.

Click here to get a free sample of Rachael Ray's just 6 dog food. Just 6 Nutrish is made with just six simple ingredients. It has no corn, no wheat, no soy, and no by-product meal or fillers. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or artificial preservatives in it. I've ordered these samples before, and they've been good sized portions.

August 5, 2011

MilSpose Friday Fill-In

 MilSpouse Friday Fill-In
It's time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog.This week, we have been given the first part of some famous quotes that we will fill-in with our own version of the quotes. Here are my versions:

  1. Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll still do it HIS way!
  2. It is amazing what you can accomplish if  your kids are at camp!
  3. If you can’t stand the heat then go skinny dipping!
  4. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what's for dinner!
  5. Well behaved women seldom speak.  (thanks This American Wif and Every Branch for this last quote!).
  6. Join us military spouses next week! Enjoy your weekend! ♥

July 21, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

 MilSpouse Friday Fill-In
 It's time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog. Here are the five questions, and my answers this week:

1)Do you eat raw cookie dough? Yes...I do eat raw cookie dough. I use to eat it more often than I do now. Of course, I prefer chewy cookies to the harder ones. Those I dip in milk.

2)When you get online for the first time of the day… what site do you immediately head to? The first thing I do is check my e-mail.

3)What was your favorite pet as a child and why? I had too many pets to choose a favorite. I have fond memories of several of my pets.

4)If you had a snail that could magically grant wishes, what would you name it? Spiral

5)How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? My husband said three... and that he saw the commercial.

July 19, 2011

Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Sample

Get a FREE sample of Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff shampoo here.

Moe’s Southwest Grill- Free Queso Day!

Stop by any participating Moe's tomorrow to get a FREE 6oz. cup of their delicious Queso, along with some tortilla chips. This stuff is really good. *Fair Warning* You might be tempted to purchase something while you are there. :)

July 11, 2011


It's not easy to find scrubs that cost little, but are also made of good quality. Recently, I found a place that does both of those things. This place offers many different scrubs for men, women, and even children. They have something for all your needs.

I use scrubs for many different things. When I was in the field, I needed many different sets. Now, I find that I like to wear them when I am around children in the nursery, and preschool areas, at church. It helps to have a comfortable fit that will allow me to maneuver around with the children. With all the holding, and tugging going on, I like to be relaxed in my scrub clothing.

I also like to have a pair to wear when I am cleaning the house. I have many just for these purposes. It helps me to have a top with pockets on the front. When I am with the children, I fill the pockets with tissues, and hand sanitizer. Around the house, I carry my cleaning tooth brush, rags, and anything else that might come in handy for that days cleaning session.

There are many uses for this type of clothing. The main thing, is that you find a pair that is right for you.

Enjoy the rest of your week friends. ♥

July 1, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

 MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

It's that time again...I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog. Here are the five questions, and my answers this week:

1) Have you (spouse) ever considered joining the military and what do you think of dual military couples? submitted by Project Army Wife Yes, I considered joining the military. It was while the Sailor was on reserve duty. I went to take my ASVAB and all that good stuff. I was ready...Then, he pretty much begged me not to...gave this "because he loves me" spiel...and, that was that.

2) What is your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon? submitted by A Few of My Favorite Things
church, food, and something relaxing/fun with the whole family together...oh, and there's nothing to clean, I have cooked beforehand, or we're going out to dinner :)

3) What do you usually do for the 4th of July holiday? submitted by Anchor’s Away
There is nothing in particular that we do, but we like the usual, fireworks, family, and fun. I also like to make a German Chocolate Cake and put those flag toothpicks in it...Although I can't eat it, the 4th of July is my Granddaddy Bell's birthday.

4) If they could make an Olympic event JUST for you that you know you’d medal in, what would it be? submitted by Pants are Confusing
 Hmm...a Battle of Whits...maybe. :) I will have to give this one some more thought. Maybe, I'll ask around and see what others think about me. :)

5) What have you been doing to get yourself bathing suit ready for the summer? submitted by Not Just an Army Wife
I've been working my butt off...literally. I ♥ Zumba! Between Summer, and Homecoming Day...I'm trying to look better, but I am definitely feeling better in the process...That's what is the most important aspect of slimming down, and living a healthy lifestyle.

That's all she wrote for this edition. Now, go meet some more military spouses. Most if us are a rare breed.

Enjoy your long weekend. Please, keep smart, and stay safe. ♥

June 30, 2011

Maintaining Healthy Finances

This deployment is almost over. Just like past deployments, I have saved money and continued to use coupons whenever the right ones for me are available. There have been a few times that I have splurged and stopped by Sonic, and I even ordered pizza once. It's not that I regret doing those things, but I do have a hard time spending money. When we got married, we were all ready in debt. As my husband and I were dating, he would take me out to dinner...a lot. That probably explains why I am not big on going out to eat now. Anyhow, every time, my then boyfriend, went to pay for all those dinners, he would have a card swiped. At the time, I thought it was a debit card...I would find out much later, that it was indeed a credit card...and not just one of them. He had three!

It wasn't until much later that I realized I was marrying into so much debt. It took us even longer to pay it off. Years later, I can gratefully say we have a much better credit score than we did when we were first married. I have managed to stay out of "bad debt," but it takes a lot of work on my part.

Last week, I went to the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale. Every time I have ever been there, they offer me their Angel's Card. It is a store credit card that you can use there, or at Bath & Body Works. I always turn them down, and tell them that I might get it later. They always tell me the same thing too...that it won't go against my credit if I don't qualify. It is tempting, but a credit card is not for me right now. I have thought about getting a store credit card, and maintaining the payments on it, just to build my score. My husband doesn't think that's a bad idea. He knows I will pay it just like I would if I was using cash.

Being in the military, it is important to maintain good credit. In fact, they will kick you out if you are not handling your finances properly. The FFSC (Fleet and Family Support Center) offers free financial classes for active duty and their dependents. I have went there and worked with a financial counselor. They helped me work out a budget, and told me how I can obtain my free credit score. I was nervous about doing that. I don't suppose I am the first person to be nervous when finding out those numbers. The FFSC financial counselors also gave me some good advice. They told me that there are three major reporting places that I should seek when obtaining my credit reports; and that I should not use all those places at once. Apparently, you can receive copies from these places once a year, so they said that I should use one of the three major places quarterly. I like that advice. When I was giving financial advice at one of our FRG (Family Readiness Group) meetings, I gave the same advice to the women at the meeting.

I am happy that we are now much more soundly aware of our finances. My husband leaves the finances to me, and he knows that I will keep them healthy. He knows that I replace all my unmentionables at the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale, and he's okay with that. Every once in a while, I splurge on him too. :)

June 27, 2011

Kara Was There

Guest post of the week by Brittany Booker

Moving to a new city was tough, but since my best friend Kara already lived there, that softened the blow a little bit. Kara was able to point us in the right direction when it came to homeowner’s insurance and a lawn maintenance guy and she told my husband and I about HOME-Alarm-Systems.COM as well. It’s been great having her here to introduce us to her network and because of Kara, I don’t think we’ll have any trouble at all finding a new group of friends. My husband and I love our new house and I can’t say enough good things about Texas already, so I’m really excited for the next few years here! Where we move is always up to the higher-ups at my husband’s job but as long as we’re together, both of us are happy. Well, that is, us together in addition to our lab mix, Corkie! Neither of us would go anywhere without her, even if it was the greatest city in the world!

June 24, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

 MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

It's that time again...I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog. Here are the five questions, and my answers this week:

1) Are you a different person than you were five years ago? submitted by Sisterly Thoughts
 I think I am a different person than I was five years ago. I have become much more relaxed with this whole "military thing." I mean, if he's home... he's home...If he's not...he's not. I've gotten much better at fixing things, and situations on my own. On the other hand, my tolerance level of handling a bunch of bull-hockey as since depleted. I just don't put up with as much of it as I use to. I suppose, as my Daddy says, I am getting closer to the age of "old-age and treachery." :)

2) If you could go on Amazing Race, who would you take with you as your partner and why?    
    submitted by Thoughts from a Poekitten
This is an easy one! I would definitely take my husband! Working with him is like not working at all. We have so much fun when we work together. We make great team partners. The time always seems to ease by. Yeah, we would rock that show!

3) Does Facebook or Twitter actually bring more stress or good in to your life?
submitted by Just an Arizona Girl
Well, I was very hesitant to branch out to Facebook. I was weary that some kind of drama would rear it's
ugly head...and, I was right. Recently I discovered the very ugly side of Facebok. For several days, I let it get to me. Then, I remembered that I am in control of my own life, and I took care of the pests. :)

4) June is National Soul Food Month- what’s your soul food? submitted by NH Girl Displaced
You know, I could name a lot of stuff, but I'm going to go with what first came to mind...Red Beans and Rice, Turkey Kielbasa, and a biscuit!

5) If you could live in any other era than the current, which one would it be & why?
    submitted by Sugar in My Grits
As an adult, I am going to go with the days of "Bewitched." That would be the mid-sixties, to the early seventies. I think that would be nice.

June 13, 2011

The Tuesday Train

I'm hopping on the Tuesday Train with My Mad MindThe Survival Mama, With Faith, Family, and Friends, and The House on the Corner. Hop on over to link-up and take a ride with us, and meet new friends.

                                Happy Tuesday Friends!

June 5, 2011

Tate's Bakery Shop Giveaway

Welcome To My Kitchen

Sheila is hosting a giveaway from Tate's Bake Shop. Hop on over to Welcome to My Kitchen  to enter. This giveaway ends 8 June 2011. Have a blessed week. :)

June 3, 2011

CSN Stores Blog: CSN Stores Giveaway: Le Creuset!

CSN Stores Blog: CSN Stores Giveaway: Le Creuset!: "Here at CSN we would like to THANK all of our loyal fans by giving away a Le Creuset 6 ounce Petite Au Gratin Dish in Cherry with matching chery spatula"

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

On the way home today, I saw so many flags that were improperly displayed. If you are going to display our flag, please make sure that you do so properly. Any other way is just disrespectful, and it might as well not be up at all. If you're not sure about how to display it, please, find out before you put it up. Okay, I'll step off my soapbox now. I just felt the need to get this out there.

On Memorial Day, the flag should be hung at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to the top of the staff. Read more about when and how to display the U.S. Flag here: Flag Etiquette

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

May 28, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog. Here are the five questions, and my answers this week:

1)Do you think civilians, in general, understand the meaning of Memorial Day?
    I think anyone,civilian or not, can have a false  
    understanding of the meaning of Memorial Day.

2)What are your plans for the Memorial Day Weekend? My family's plans are still in the making.

3)What skill/talent do you wish you had? submitted by The 3 Turners
     I wish that I had more of a talent for decorating, and
     organizing my home.

4)Which came first: the chicken or the egg? submitted by I Married Into The Army 
     The egg came first.

5)What is the best thing about your post (base)? The worst? submitted by Randomly, Robyn
     The best and worst thing about our current base, is it's
     size. It is a smaller, which means it is easier to  
     navigate; and I really like that aspect of it.
     On the other hand, it lacks some of the commodities of a
     larger base; and I am looking forward to those things at  
     our next duty station.

May 23, 2011

Follow Me Back Tuesday

It's time for Follow Me Back Tuesday! If you want to join in this week just follow the three hosts, Survey Junkie, Little Yaya's, and, Boobies Babies & A Blog, and their guest hosts for the week, Kerry from SparkPicks, and Vanessa from Vanessa's Soda Fountain. Grab the Follow Me Back Tuesday button and post it on your blog. Then, go back and link up your Follow Me Back Tuesday post. You only have to add your blog to the list once. Follow as many blogs as you would like. Just make sure you leave them a comment so they know you are following them. This is a great way to meet new blog friends and followers!
                                  Happy Tuesday!

Married to the Military Monday- The LES

It's been a while, let's have a Married to the Military Monday...shall we?

I woke up this morning to find a few e-mails from my husband in my Inbox. One of those e-mails was requesting me to log in into his MyPay account and get some information from his LES. This got me thinking that some of you that are new to the military might not even know what an LES is. Even those of you that have been married to the military for a while may not know what information an LES contains. I'll start with the basics:

LES stands for Leave and Earnings Statement. It is the equivalent of a pay stub from a civilian paycheck. Unlike a civilian paycheck, it contains information about the military member that is much more in-depth.

The first thing you will see is the military members name. It is listed formally: Last name, First name, Middle initial. This is just as it would be if you sent them a letter.

The next thing listed is their social security number.

You will also see their Pay Grade. This is the rank they hold in the military. Their pay is based on this, as well as time in service, and the number of dependents they hold.

At the top, you will also see the Pay Date. This is the date that the military member entered active duty military status for pay purposes.

To the right of that you will see the box that lists the number of years the member has in the service.

ETS is next, the Expiration Term of Service. This is the date that the military member's contract is up, and unless they reenlist or something else changes, they are no longer obligated to serve past this date.

Branch is also listed at the top. This is, of course, the branch of military service that you are attached to, or what program they are enrolled in.

ADSN/DSSN is next, and that looks all confusing. This is the Disbursing Station Symbol Number used to identify each disbursing/finance office, and more than likely, nothing that you will need to worry about.

Period Covered is simply the pay period that you are being shown, and paid for, below.

The next columns you will see, are as titled: Entitlements, Deductions, Allotments, and Summary.

The Entitlements column lists out everything that the military member is entitled to be paid for, as of that pay period. This could include, Base Pay, BAS, BAH, being Navy we get sea pay, et cetera.

Listed under Deductions you will see any deductions that are being taken out of the service members pay, before you receive your pay. This includes, tax, meal deductions, life insurance, and a number of other things.

Underneath Allotments will be the things listed that you are voluntarily having removed from your paycheck, such as dental insurance, car payments, or money that you want directly placed into a savings account.

The Summary breaks all these things down for you.

 + Amt Fwd: This is the amount of any unpaid pay or allowances from the prior LES.

+ Tot Ent: This is the total of all the Entitlements.

- Tot Ded: This is the total of all the Deductions.

- Tot Allt: This is the total of all the Allotments.

= Net Amt: This is the net amount of the service members pay.

- Cr Fwd: This is the number of all unpaid pay or allowances that will appear on the next LES.

= EOM Pay: This is the amount to be paid at the end of the month.

DIEMS: This is the date the service member initially entered military service.

RETPLAN: This is the type of retirement plan that has been chosen.

Now, let's talk about Leave. I know that you all know what Leave is when it's time for your military member to take Leave, but let me explain a little bit about the details of Leave on the LES.

Across the Leave row you will see some things that might not make sense to you. This may make it difficult for you to determine just how much leave your service member has accumulated. I'll break this down for you below:

BF Bal: This is the brought forward balance. This may be the balance earned at the beginning of the Fiscal Year*, or when they began active duty.

Ernd: This is the amount of leave earned, listed in days. This could be from the beginning of the Fiscal Year*, or the current term of enlistment, if the member has reenlisted since the beginning of the Fiscal Year*. This usually increases 2.5 days each month.

Used: This is the amount of leave used listed in days. This is the amount of Leave days that have been used in the current Fiscal Year*.

Cr Bal: This is the current amount of Leave balance that is current as of the end of the last LES statement.

ETS Bal: This is the projected leave balance to the member's Expiration Term of Service.

Lv Lost: This is any number of days of Leave that have been lost.

Lv Paid: This is any number of Leave days that have been paid as of the date of the LES.

Use/Lose: This is the number of days you will lose if you do not take these days of Leave within the current Fiscal Year*.

The next rows are the rows for tax purposes. You will see a list for Federal, FICA, and State Taxes.

M/S: "M" is for married, "S" is for single.

Ex: This is short for exemptions.

Next is your Pay Data row:

BAQ Type: This is the members type, with dependents, or without, of basic allowance being paid for quarter status.

BAQ Depn: This is what type of dependent the member claims, spouse, child, parent, et cetera.

VHA Zip: This is the zip code that is used to determine the amount of housing allowance that the member is entitled to receive.

Rent Amt: This is the amount of rent that is paid toward housing.

Share: This is the amount of people the military member shares the cost of housing with.

Stat: VHA status: This is rather the status of the member is accompanied, or unaccompanied.

JFTR: This is where the Joint Federal Travel Regulation code is listed. That is based on the location of the member so that the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) can be determined.

BAS Type: This is what kind of rations the military member is receiving.

Charity Type: This block is for any charitable donations the member has chosen to contribute to.

TPC: This field is typically used for the Army Reserves and the National Guard.

PACIDN: This is the active unit identification code, or UIC.

Thrift Savings Plan: These fields will be used if you have developed any type of savings plan, or contributions that requires there to be any withholding from your pay.

Remarks: Any notices will be in this section. This could be any allotments that have been started, or stopped. This could also be something like a notice of an upcoming case lot sale at your local commissary.

I really hope this helps some of you. I know that it helps me to know as much as I possibly can about my husband's career, the jobs he performs, and anything that helps me be a part of that life, or enables me to help him out on a moments notice.

*Fiscal Year- this is the accounting year, when the books are opened and closed for financial purposes. The federal governments Fiscal Year is October 1st- September 30th.

May 15, 2011

May 15th is...

National Chocolate Chip Day

Nylon Stockings Day

Straw Hat Day

International Day of Families

National Peace Officers Memorial Day