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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...
Disney and Diversity

Disney and Diversity

When did we develop prejudices? Prejudice is a learned behavior. We know this. When we think about growing up, our first friends, we didn’t think about socio-economic status, color of skin, shape of eyes, color of hair, brand of jeans, sneakers or jewelry worn. It...
Three Fun Overnights for Kids on Shift Days

Three Fun Overnights for Kids on Shift Days

If you were to pull out a calendar and mark off all the days during your kids’ summer vacation that shift days fall on, the number would climb quickly. When we plan family outings, more often than not we plan them when Dad isn’t on shift. But why? Why do...
My Bucket List: Summer 2017

My Bucket List: Summer 2017

Every year as summer vacation approaches, I find myself setting high expectations for our family’s plans. I have grand ideas of park picnic lunches with the kids, weekend trips as a family, and lots and lots of hours spent outside soaking up the sun. We have two...
Vacation Station

Vacation Station

The usual family vacation itinerary usually includes things like amusement parks, state parks, zoos, and museums. However for fire families, searching out the nearest fire station can be a fun experience as well. It seems to be an unspoken rule in the firefighting...