5 Ideas for Military Spouse Appreciation Day {and an iPad Mini Giveaway!}

5 Ideas for Military Spouse Appreciation Day {and an iPad Mini Giveaway!}

As a military spouse with a husband who’s been in war, I know that my job is not nearly as difficult as his is. Even now, Sam is in the desert for 5-6 weeks living in tents and eating out of packages (MRE’s) while I’m at home.

However, it warms my heart to know that other people think of us spouses as well. I remember getting a gift basket when Sam was in Iraq filled with treats and cards. It made me feel a little less lonely and isolated, as can happen so often when our other half is gone.

I forgotten all about Military Spouse Appreciation day until AT&T reached out to ask if I’d be willing to write on it (and host the giveaway below!). I know many of us aren’t sure what a military spouse might want/need either on this day or a time of deployment/hardship, so I’m giving you 5 ideas for Military Spouse Appreciation Day based on my own experience and other spousesΒ I’ve met through the years.

  1. Post a “thinking of you!” on their Facebook wall. It’s simple but meaningful – and if you’re up to it, throw in one of those Starbucks or Barnes and Noble cards that Facebook offers.
  2. Offer to watch the kids for the afternoon. In a time when most parentsΒ without their spouse home don’t get a break, it’s great to have those few hours to get things done or simply lay on the couch and revel in the silence.
  3. Ask how you can pray for their family and spouse. It means so much to know friends are praying for my husband and family’s well being when we are all apart.
  4. Head to lunch.Β Some times getting out of the house is a welcome break in the monotony of the days when no one comes home in the evening to change up the routine.
  5. Help sort and pack.Β Many times after the spouse returns home, the family is scheduled to leave soon after. Having some of the basic stuff done and house cleaned is a tremendous help.

Don’t forget that many men are military spouses too! Often their wives leave for extended periods of time and they’re home holding down the fort as well.

Now for the giveaway! Ready to win an AT&T gift basket with an iPad Mini? They are the best of both worlds – like a bigger iPhone and a not so clunky iPad.

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Good luck!

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Lily Jade Giveaway!

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Dare I say more?

Do I need to?

I’m partnering up with Lily Jade bags to give one of you their designer diaper bag. Your style, your color.

I wrote on their bags last month. I have the Caroline, so perfect for everything that I take with me. My camera, Bella’s toys and books, snacks, first aid kit, etc. It has so many pockets that I could hold just about anything in there.

Here’s a look at just two of the colors and styes to pick from:

Caroline:

I love that this bag also becomes a cross carry with the snap-on of a longer strap (included).

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Madeline:

This sweet little number doubles as a backpack.

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Baby Bag:

This comes with each bag, but can be purchased separately for a large tote that needs some storage. Look at all those pockets!

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Ready to win one? It’s open worldwide! Good luck!

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DAVID KIND // Personalized {$250} Eyewear Giveaway

Does shopping for eyeglasses completely overwhelm you? Do you ever wish you could have someone who knows style and fit and frames stand there with you at the eye doctor and tell you you’re about to make a huge mistake? How about having someone who actually designs frames and styles people in their sleep offer you something you may never have considered, but that actually refines your face shape, enhances your unique coloring, and compliments your style instead of defining it?

Recently, David Kind styled 7 bloggers (including me!) based solely on head shots we sent their stylist, in order to demonstrate how personalized this service is. But the fun thing is, they didn’t do anything for us that they don’t do for all of their clients. If you sign up for a free style set, simply share a photo, you too will be personally styled by a professional, and you too will be matched with frames to choose from that flatter your face and coloring and style – six frames picked just for you and shipped to your home at no cost.

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See what they did for us and why, then be sure to sign up to be styled yourself AND enter the giveaway below!

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Want to see more? Watch this amazing video they created to visually show you the process — and the luxury of trying on your frames at home! You can read more about the process on the David Kind website as well!

And NOW – a happy and generous giveaway from our friends at David Kind! Enter below for a chance to win one of TWO Visa Gift Cards worth $250 each. (i know!)

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Gift of Literacy: Win One of 5 MeeGenius 12 Month Reading Club Subscriptions

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Earlier this month, I wrote about an app that has really changed our days and the way we think of technology around here. MeeGenius offers over 700 quality children’s books, all read by professional narrators, for your children.

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The Pioneer Woman – A Year Of Holidays Cookbook Giveaway!

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You all know my undying adoration of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. I met her last year at BlogHer and literally almost passed out. Ask Rebecca (another amazing cook), I think by the time Ree and her girls came through the door she might have been googling nearby hospitals to take me to.
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