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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...
How Good Nutrition Can Help Your Mood

How Good Nutrition Can Help Your Mood

  It is interesting to learn how much the food we eat can affect our mood. I think it’s no accident that since the advent of processed food with added sugar in the Western diet, depression and other mood disorders have dramatically risen. We look for ways to increase...
Setting Him Up for Success

Setting Him Up for Success

There are so many duties that we tackle as FireWives. Cleaning the home, cooking dinner, taking care of kids and working jobs outside of the home just to name a few things. One of the most important things we can do though, is support our husbands. Sometimes that...
Fitting It All In

Fitting It All In

If I’ve learned anything over the nearly two decades of us being in the fireservice, it’s that you CAN NOT fit everything in. Something’s gotta give. I know some of you type A personalities are saying, “nope, I get it all done”....
Flying Solo to Summer Events

Flying Solo to Summer Events

I’m sure your calendar looks a lot like mine over the summer months – weddings, graduations, graduation parties, barbecues, family reunions. There’s a pretty good chance if your husband is a full-time firefighter a lot of these events fall on shift...
Dear Uninformed Taxpayer

Dear Uninformed Taxpayer

 If you are on Facebook and in the firelife, you’ve probably seen the post from a guy in Vegas that went on a rant about the taxes he pays and what he thinks firefighters do on shift. It was a poor choice of his to make that little rant public. He ticked off...