Friday, May 20, 2016

4 Ways to Celebrate Military Appreciation Month

In my last post, I mentioned I was working on a post suggesting ways to celebrate military appreciation month. Well, here it is! I realize that the month of May is just about over, but I think these suggestions are still timely, as it's always nice to celebrate and recognize our armed forces whether the month is designated for it or not. So, here goes:

Visit A Local Museum or Monument
Why not express your appreciation by educating yourself on the history surrounding the military or remembering our Veterans and soldiers who have lost their lives? We're not, by any means, what you'd call a "super military" family, but I'd still like my kid to be aware of what her dad fights and stands for as she grows up. If you're stationed at Fort Stewart or at Hunter Army Airfield, you can check out Old Fort Jackson near Savannah or The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. Up for a road trip? Why not visit the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning (about four hours from Fort Stewart) which features the live Last 100 Yards exhibit that pays homage to infantry soldiers?

Date Night/ Couples Time With Your Soldier
On a more personal level, you could take this time to show appreciation to your own soldier and spend time together, just the two of you. I am, admittedly, a little obsessed with date night at this time in my life; we're lucky enough to live close to my folks so we try to spend time together without little mama at least once a month. Suggestions for a great date night in Savannah? Belford's on City Market (looove their bread pudding) or Treylor Park on River Street (interesting, unique dishes and yummy cocktails).

Adopt a Soldier
Let's not forget about our soldiers who are serving overseas away from their families. I went to create a link for this section and realized there are TONS of sites dedicated to showing a little love to our armed forces serving outside the country and even those single soldiers serving right here in the U.S. Awesome! Check it out HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE.

How WE'RE Celebrating
My team is celebrating the month by giving away mugs, t-shirts, and other swag to soldiers and their families this weekend. If you live in the area, come on out to Hartford Estates (off of Shaw Road on the right-hand side) this weekend from 1pm to 3pm. Check out our Facebook page for more info!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May Obsessions!

I'm a little late, but there's still time to enjoy everything the month of May has to offer!

National Military Appreciation Month!
Last week was the month of the military child, this month, it's all about the soldier! Confession time: this is the first I've ever heard of this month BUT it's apparently not a new thing. In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed legislation designating May as the month to appreciate currently serving soldiers as well as Veterans. So basically, it's as official as it gets, folks. I'm working on a post right now about how to celebrate the month with your own soldier; (watch this space!) in the meantime, check out these posted in 2014 (still very relevant!)
Confession time part two: I am the world's biggest shop-a-holic! So when my cousin sent me an invite to her online pop-up boutique for Lularoe leggings, dresses, and skirts, I jumped at the chance to indulge in some good old retail therapy. I grabbed a pair of leggings and an awesome dress, and let me tell you, those leggings are some of the softest, most comfortable pairs around (even better than my Victoria's Secret which are basically my standbys). You can't shop Lularoe through their website (though you can read up on the company's creator, DeAnne Stidham; her story is super inspiring) so if you're interested in purchasing, you'll want to catch a pop-up boutique either on Facebook or in person. PS: I am not a company spokesperson of any kind, wasn't paid for this mention, but, you know, if they want to send me free clothes, I'll gladly accept(;
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This Friday from 7-10pm at the Foxy Loxy Café (LOOVE that name!) FREE! Aspiring comics, it's a little late to submit your bit, but stand-up lovers, you're just in time for a fun night. Sounds like a great idea for Girls Night, right?
Outdoor Pools are Open On Post!
For anyone looking to cool off without having to drive out to Hilton Head or Tybee, the outdoor pools on Fort Stewart and Hunter will be open starting this Saturday, the 28th. Both Corkan here at Fort Stewart and the Hunter Outdoor Pool on Hunter Army Airfield will be open Thursdays through Mondays from 11am-6pm. Admission is $3 a person (kids under 4 are FREE) and guests are allowed as long as they're accompanied by an ID card holder.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In Celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week

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So you may have heard that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Designated in 1953 by the National Parent Teacher Asssociation with the first Tuesday set aside for Teacher Day, this week is all about recognizing and appreciating the hard work that goes into educating our children every day. Little mama is only three months old, so we're a ways away from personally recognizing teachers (if you're looking for ways to show your appreciation, check HERE or HERE) but I wanted to take the time to remember my favorite teacher, Ms. Cowles.

Ms. Cowles taught sixth grade English at Wuerzburg American Middle School when we were stationed in Germany and she was AMAZING! You know that teacher that helped you learn to appreciate Math or nurtured your love for science experiments? Mrs. Cowles was that teacher for me. I was this shy kid who loved to read, loved to write, and once she discovered that, she strongly encouraged both passions. She would suggest books for me to read and even helped me submit a short story I'd written for class in a writing competition for kids at Wuerzburg and the surrounding bases. Though it was a super fun experience (they had workshops that you could attend for creative writing) I didn't win and I remember my Mom told me Ms. Cowles was genuinely upset on my behalf; she swore with an almost maternal intensity that mine had been the best short story submitted.

We were assigned an especially memorable project that year; we had to create a scrapbook with pictures and stories detailing our lives up to that point. I think everyone else was crying about how much work it would be, but my Mom and I had so much fun with that project! We gathered tons of pictures and she regaled me with hilarious stories about me and my siblings that she thought might be fun to put in the book. I think that was most enjoyable homework assignment I've had. And later, during my Senior year when my AP English teacher assigned a similar project for our class, I was already prepared and knew what to expect!

Several years ago, I reconnected with Ms. Cowles on Facebook. I can tell from her Facebook posts that she's still the kind of teacher that makes learning fun and encourages her students to explore their interests and widen their horizons. Now, with a kid of my own, I appreciate my sixth grade experience even more and fervently hope that my little lady will have similar teachers throughout her scholastic experience. Remember to take the time to appreciate your kids' teachers not just during this week, but throughout the year, ESPECIALLY if they're anything like Ms. Cowles. Having had the pleasure myself, I can tell you that a teacher that good is not only a rarity but definitely a game-changer as far as how your kids view learning and teachers in general. 

Do you have a positive teacher-student experience you'd like to share? Sound off below!

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