Why Thank You

blog awards

Last week, I was thankful to receive nominations for two blog awards. Blogging has been such a beautiful, rewarding experience so far, and I am so grateful for the community it has allowed me to be a part of.

The Inspiring Blog Award nomination was from a blogger friend in Chicago, In Real Life – a lovely slice-of-life blog (with some of the cutest kids in cyberspace!). The Liebster Award nomination came from my beautiful and inspiring cousin Anna who writes This Mom’s Gotta Run, documenting her fitness journey.

While I haven’t had the time to follow through on the official rules for these awards, I do want to share with you some friends who have inspired me – as a blogger, as a military wife, and as a woman. I hope you’ll check them out!

Planted Oak

The Sustainable Spot

Navy Wife Chronicles

Brighton the Day

Snugs and the Man

The Cautious Crow



Dear Olympia

Aprons and Cammies

Good Read

blog.inc book

In the week and a half that I’ve been blogging, I’ve really enjoyed it more than I expected… But I’ve also learned that it’s a lot more behind-the-scenes work than I expected. This lovely book has been a godsend. Written by Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, it is simple (thank goodness), easy on the eyes and full of great advice for a newbie like me. I highly recommend it for all you bloggers (novice or otherwise) out there! I bought my copy here.

I’m New Here.


My husband joined the Navy seven months ago. Formerly a beach lifeguard in San Diego and 29 years old, it was a dramatic shift for him, and definitely for our lifestyle.

The military is a brand new world to me. The acronyms, the bureaucracy, and the lifestyle in general have been somewhat intimidating… But there is such beauty in the strength and dedication I see in the wives and families of those who serve, and I want to learn from them. And I want to share the beautiful things I find in everyday life.

I hope you’ll come back and visit me often, and share with me! I have a lot to learn.