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.

3 Ways to Be Happier, Even When Life Is Hard

I know that the holidays are typically associated with happiness and love, but the truth is, that’s not always the case.  Whether you’re facing financial issues, conflicts with family or friends (especially after an election year), a death in the family, or any other hardship, you might just not be feeling all that jolly this year.

And heck, while we’re talking about hard things, maybe it’s all the crappy stuff about cops in the news that’s getting you down.

Whatever it is, I get it.  It’s sucky to be in a season where you want so badly to be happy and you’re just… not.

So if this sounds like you in any way, I want to help you out.

10 Gifts For Police Officers (That Will Actually Get Used)

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I know it’s still a smidge early to be talking about Christmas, but I personally start thinking about Christmas way earlier than December.  To be honest, since most of my gifts are handmade, I start the planning process around December 26th each year.

But I wanted to help you guys out in case you’re not sure what to get your husband this year.  I know gift giving for men can be hard, but I think giving things to a police officer, you have a small advantage because there are certain things you know he’ll love and use regularly.

When Your Husband Doesn’t Want To Talk About It

One of the biggest challenges of being married to a first responder is the fact that they see awful things day in and day out, things that they don’t want to tell you about (or bring up at all, ever.)

If you’re married to someone who works at, say, a bank, it’s pretty easy to ask them, “Hey, how was your day?”  It’ll probably be a lot of boring stuff, maybe drama with a coworker or two or frustrations with his boss.

I mean, sure, banks occasionally get robbed.  Sometimes exciting things happen.  But really, for the most part, the answer you get to this most basic question is going to be pretty bland.

Why Being Incompatible With Your Spouse Is A Good Thing

At some point in your marriage, it’s going to be glaringly obvious how different you and your spouse are… and there’s a good chance it’s going to frustrate the crap out of you.

I don’t know whether that difference is going to be a fight over where to go to dinner, or if your husband accuses you of being too trusting (and you, in turn, accusing him of being jaded.)  Maybe it’s a difference of opinion in how to approach your toddler’s tantrums, or how to deal with a wayward teenager.  You think he’s too harsh, he thinks you’re too soft, or vice versa.

Whatever it is, whatever is currently frustrating you, I think some perspective might be in order (for both of you, but let’s focus on you right now, since you’re the one reading this :))

3 Reasons to Study Genealogy With Your Kids: Guest Post

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

If you’re not familiar with My Joy-Filled Life, it’s a blog mainly for homeschooling families.  While we don’t yet consider ourselves a homeschooling family (simply because A is only a year old), it’s something we’re really excited about doing in the future. 

Both my husband and I love to learn, and would love to teach our son to enjoy learning just as much.

To The Police Girlfriend Who Feels Left Out

I received a message from a fan a few weeks ago.  She said she was feeling a little disheartened because all the information she was finding on police relationships was geared toward married couples, and she and her boyfriend are (obviously) not married.

She talked about feeling left out around law enforcement wives.  How she felt looked down upon, and generally felt those around her didn’t understand her struggles.

It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about it, but I can definitely relate to that feeling.

5 Ways To Embrace Your Brokenness Together

“Nobody’s perfect.”

I feel like this is such an easy phrase to apply to acquaintances and even friends, but when you try to apply it to a marriage, it seems to fall apart.

I know I hold my husband to my own standard of perfection sometimes that’s totally unfair.  When he comes home from work, I sometimes expect that he’ll be the perfect conversationalist (since, after all, the only person I’ve talked to all day only wants to talk about choo-choos – I’m dying for real conversation!).  I also expect him to be an engaged father and help with the chores somehow.

I also want him to give me a break, and make sure to thank me for every single thing I’ve done that day.

I 100% realize it’s unfair.  And I’m pretty good about catching myself… Most of the time.

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.

3 Ways Comparisons Destroy Your Happiness

Theodore Roosevelt is often quoted as saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  This is so true, and such an important concept to keep in mind in the age we live in.

After all, we can easily tune into other people’s lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We can more easily and directly compare our lives to others than ever before, and it’s making us sadder and lonelier than ever.  So much for social media, right?