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Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

It Can Be Hard To Set Smart Goals

Did you set a big goal this New Years? You were going to get it done in 2018. How many times in the past have you set a huge goal such as to lose 50 pounds or exercise 5 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or usually days) later? Why did you fail? A...

Mind Over Matter!

Mind over matter!  I find myself clinging to that mantra a lot as a FireWife.  Especially with the history my firefighter husband and I endured.  The past can never truly be buried deep enough.  It always seems to nudge it's way through my thoughts as I go about my...

Wait, you BOTH work shift work?

A little over 2 years ago, I got this crazy idea to apply for a different type of job than I had previously been working.  For years, I worked at the local community hospital as an ED nurse on an "as needed" basis.  As our children got a little older, I started...

Laundry Basket Fortress

It's a never ending cycle. Wash. Dry. Throw it in a basket. Maybe take it upstairs. If you're lucky you have a main floor laundry. Sometimes you have to scramble 2 minutes before needing to leave to find the matching sock for the three year old and oh wait..the baby...
Odd Fire Prevention Pet Peeves

Odd Fire Prevention Pet Peeves

Our group is so diverse that I never know who’s firefighter’s behavior is the norm. I mean we only have those around us to set our conception of normal right? But in our group no matter what the topic, we’ll be split on everything. It’s...
Worried Kids

Worried Kids

It’s not just us that have to deal with the craziness. If you have little ones then you add a whole new dimension to what is going on in the house and how you need to handle things.   Question this week: How do you help the kids when they are worried about Dad?...
Firefighter Before You

Firefighter Before You

If you have a question for The Kitchen Table I’d love to hear it. Just fill out the contact form with your question 🙂 It’s that easy. We all come from such different stories. New wives, long time wives. A family of firefighters, never been in the firelife...
Formal Ball

Formal Ball

We love to see our firefighters in their Class A’s don’t we? Except for the fact that in most cases it means a funeral. 🙁 A fun reason to dress up is the cure for that. This weeks question: Does your dept have a formal ball?...
Dinner To The Station

Dinner To The Station

Good grief. I’ve been working weeks ahead on The Kitchen Table. But some moron (me) didn’t set them to schedule. They’ve been sitting in draft! So let’s do some catching up huh? This weeks question: Do you ever take dinner to the station for...

Free Time Policies

Free time? For some stations that may be a foreign idea. Then there are others that wish they didn’t have so much down time. Either way, there “should” be an official free time policy. Does it get followed? Well that’s a different story, right?...