Author: Emileigh

Home Decor: Forget the Joneses

“My advice for you guys?  Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses.” That’s kind of random advice, I thought to myself.  Out of all of military life, this is what he chooses to share with us now?  Maybe he doesn’t realize how independent I am and how little I care what others think.   When a retired chaplain gave Jacob and I this advice in passing at an event for chaplain candidates, I’ll admit I didn’t think “keeping up with the Joneses” would be much of a problem for me.  Well… the man was right and I was wrong.  Although this...

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Fitness Gear: Feed Me Fight Me

Having the right gear for a workout makes all the difference to me.  I got my first items from Feed Me Fight Me this past Christmas, and I am SO happy with them!  Before I gush over the clothing, you know the coolest part about FMFM?  It’s owned by veterans, and they donate 10% of their profits veteran homelessness, addiction, and PTSD aid.  I’m glad to buy quality clothing, but I’m REALLY happy when I can buy quality clothing and do good with my money at the same time. I got the women’s camo shorts and “Burgers, Weights…” muscle tank.  They are THE...

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8 Creative Letter-Writing Ideas

It always seems so romantic to talk about “back in the day” when couples wrote each other letters during war time, but it’s quite another to actually have to do it!  Happily, modern technology allows us to talk with our loved ones in lots of ways, but there are still times when only letter-writing is allowed or possible.  Even when other kinds of communication are possible, letter-writing still has a special sentimentality. Don’t let your times apart go to waste!  Continue to communicate with each other and build yourself a fantastic stack of letters to cherish for years to come...

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Military Ball Color Palettes

Finding a flattering, classy outfit for a formal occasion is hard enough without having to throw color-coordinating into it!  Take some stress out of your formal shopping by using these color palettes coordinated for each branch’s dress uniform.  (You may need to adjust depending on which dress uniform the occasion calls for, but this will get you started!)  These work well for picking out formal gowns to go with a man’s uniform as well as ties and pocket squares to coordinate with hers. First here are some of my color-coordinating tips: Be careful if you choose a main uniform color like navy or...

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3 Life Lessons from “Shorty” Keough

A wise college professor once told me to treat great people of the past as mentors and to study their biographies as classrooms for life.  I’ve taken this advice to heart and learned a lot as a result. When I discovered Vernon “Shorty” Keough, I felt an immediate connection.  He was the shortest RAF pilot to ever serve and stood at only 4’10” tall.  As a 5’ tall person myself, I had to know more about this guy and his military service! Shorty Keough was an American who joined the RAF in 1940.  He was a 28 year old...

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