Christa

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Christa is a wife, mother, military spouse, and an educator.
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Trading Gifts for Time: the “Experience Gift”

The holiday season is upon us. Some of us are furiously trying to watch for sales and check off gifts from our lists.  Some are having the almost daily visits from the delivery man...
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A Season of Lonely

Fall is my favorite season.  It brings cooler weather, hot drinks to sip, beautiful changing colors, and warm cozy clothes.  But fall also brings some crazy windstorms, shorter days, and busy schedules.  I’ve learned...
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10 Creative Matching Costumes for Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, our house is abuzz with costume talk.  I have two kids – a girl and a boy – and they have dressed in matching Halloween costumes for eleven...
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To My Daughter on Your 16th Birthday

My daughter will be sixteen this month.  Sixteen!  She amazes me everyday with how independent, strong, and sensible she is.  Making responsible decisions, weighing the options, and considering the consequences.  She is the perfect...
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5 Frozen Treats to Beat the Summer Heat!

Beating the summer heat isn’t easy these days.  We are either inside playing and working on projects in the precious air conditioning, or outside in the water trying to keep cool.  It seems pools...
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The Heartbreak of Teen Suicide

This week, I had to walk my daughter through something I prayed I never would – the suicide of a friend. The news came as she was wrapping up practice. She came out to the...
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Military Kids: Not just Surviving but Thriving!

I have two kids.  My daughter is fifteen and currently prepping for her seventh move and sixth new school.  My son is ten and this will be his fifth move and his fourth new...
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Road Trippin’ – The Old-Fashioned Way!

My family loves a good road trip! From the time my kids were little, we’ve been hitting the roads to see the sights and visit family. We are also a military family and find...
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Beer and Food Pairing 101

Last year, I attended a dessert and beer pairing.  The whole event intrigued me.  Now, I’m not new to the world of craft beer.  I’ve traveled the United States, tasting the local brews from...
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Life Happens: When a Plan Goes Wrong

I’m a planner.  I plan pretty much everything in my life.  I’m talking from weekly meals, to school pickup schedules, to house cleaning, to grocery shopping, and everything in between.  It’s just who I...