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10 Healthy, Homemade Snacks To Keep Your Husband Energized at Work

For several years now my husband has worked as a first responder: first as the medic, and now as a police recruit. 

Through the years, I have always struggled with what food to send with him for lunch and snacks because of the unique challenges the field represents.

For starters, there is no set lunch hour.  In fact, there is often no predictability in when or if there will be a short break to eat.

There is also the issue of not having access to a refrigerator or microwave, making it difficult to send leftover or food that needs to stay cold.

And then there is the issue of how much physical work they are doing and how much energy they are expending during their shift. Running, walking, standing, sometimes sweating through their heavy uniforms and vests burns a lot of calories.

Finally, our husbands are often working LONG shifts – anywhere from 10 to 24 hours.  Instead of packing 1 lunch and 2-3 snacks, I am finding myself packing multiple meals and multiple snacks. 

It is no surprise that many of our first responders struggle with their health – because it is so hard to eat healthy with these challenges.  Sometimes our husbands are so busy taking care of others that they are unable to take care of themselves. 

5 Ways To Fire Your Boss And Make Money From Home

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Have you ever considered working from home?

Honestly, I’d never thought much about it.  All the work from home jobs I’d seen before seemed spammy and questionable, or were part of a multi-level marketing scheme (although, to be honest, I joined one of those once simply for the discount :))  The problem I had with that was, I didn’t want to be at the mercy of someone else.  I didn’t want to be locked into the number of hours I needed to work a week, or have to follow someone else’s set of rules.

What can I say?  I just like doing my own thing.

3 Ways To Set (And Actually Reach!) Financial Goals As A Couple

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I was so excited this year to set New Year’s resolutions.  I mean, my resolutions weren’t things I planned to do every day or anything, just goals I want to meet by the time 2018 rolls around.  Two of them are just mine (losing 15 pounds and publishing a book), but the third is one my husband and I are working toward together, and that is to save up a down payment for a house.

It’s been exciting!  I mean, it’s only February, but we’re relatively on track with our plan to save money each month.

And even more exciting than us progressing toward that goal is the time we’ve been able to spend thinking and planning together.  We spend a lot of time thinking about what we’d like in a house, what kind of neighborhood we’d like to live in, how many rooms we want to have, how we think A would like having his house, whether we want a dog someday, how we’d like to garden, and so on and so forth.

Having a goal in common has been amazing for our marriage.  There’s something about rallying each other to meet our big goal and getting to celebrate each accomplishment together that has made us excited about each other and about the future again.  It reminds me of when we were planning our wedding, and I’ve loved every second of it.

5 Ways To Help Your Husband Eat Better

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My goal this year has been to clean up my eating and get into a better exercise regimen so I can be healthier and more confident.  I’ve done pretty well so far (yay!), but it made me realize how much my husband struggles with it.

I mean, he actually enjoys vegetables, and he’ll eat pretty much whatever I make for dinner (even if it’s hours later), so pickiness isn’t an issue: the issue is time.

And it’s not uncommon.  That whole donut-eating-cop stereotype has a lot to do with police officers not really having time to sit and have a relaxed mealtime.  They’re usually downing energy drinks and whatever food they can eat in a hurry before they’re needed again.

Is the Dollar Shave Club Worth It?

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If you use Facebook in any capacity, I’m sure that, by now, you’ve heard of the Dollar Shave Club a few times.  If you haven’t used it, you might be wondering: is it worth it?

I’d seen the ads a few times, and I’d heard a lot of good things about it from friends, but something just kept holding me back.  I guess I was thinking, is it really that good of a deal, or is one of those spammy subscription services that I’ll regret ever signing up for?

We’ve been using the service for a few months now, and I really wish I’d signed up before, because it’s an awesome deal.

Why More First Responder Wives Should Blog (And How To Do So)

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While I don’t want to turn this little blog of mine into a “how to blog” blog (how many times can I say blog in one sentence?), this little blog of mine has been a huge blessing.  I’m so thankful for those who inspired me to start it, and for those who’ve encouraged me in my journey.

So I want to explain a little bit about why I love blogging and why I think more people (especially first responder wives) should do it.

5 Ways To Make Chores Suck Less

Let’s face it: Chores suck.

I know there are so many things to do around the house (like that fridge I haven’t cleaned in… ever? Oops.) but there are so many things I’d rather do.  Like read, or play with A, or heck, even get ahead on some work.

I’ve tried lots of ways to make them better.  Giving myself a reward afterward sometimes helps, but I have no discipline apparently, and sometimes say “well, I did my best,” and take my reward anyway.  Same with “prewarding” myself with the intention of doing the thing I don’t want to do later: it’s just not happening.

Have You Heard Of Groupon Coupons?

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So, after my post yesterday, I was contacted concerning Groupon Coupons… which I’ll confess, I had never heard of before.

But they’re actually pretty cool!  You can use them for dates, like I talked about yesterday (since they have coupons for activities, restaurants, that kind of thing), but they appear that they’d mostly be great to use for everyday expenses like housewares or clothes and shoes.

40 Ways to Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without: Guest Post

So, I apologize for the lapse between when this was published and my post about it. August (well, the whole summer, actually) has been a little crazy!  Here’s hoping things settle down a bit this fall.

Nonetheless, I wanted to let you guys know that my newest contribution to My Joy-Filled Life is live!

I was inspired to write it based on the Depression-era wisdom of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  It’s one of my favorite frugal living-related quotes, and it’s one I really like to remember to keep my head when I start thinking about all the “things” I want.  I think it helps keep things in perspective and helps me remember what’s really important.

Thin Blue Line Cake Balls

My husband doesn’t have a lot of close friends, but he has one who’s been a constant ever since they first met.

He’s always there for us.  He was at our out-of-state wedding without hesitation.  When the Hubs was faced with the prospect of losing his job, Paul drove four hours to where we lived at the time just to be with us.  And then there’s the time he pulled our car out of a ditch after a snafu with AAA, or the time he helped us get rid of a mattress.

He’s awesome… even if A has a weird fear of him. Oh, well.  It won’t be long before Uncle Paul is his favorite and Mom and Dad are old news.