Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Marriage Retreats In the Army

Chris signed us up for a marriage retreat in the beautiful city of Bellevue, WA. Fully paid two night stay at the Emerald Suites! It was a very nice hotel and I kinda wished we had gone swimming...that is beside the point.
Some soldiers do not like the idea of attending marriage retreats. Why?
The idea of going to a marriage retreat means you are having issues in your marriage! False!
Strong Bonds is a program to strengthen the bonds you already have in your relationship. Better ways to communicate effectively. I own tons of books on relationships but the idea of staying in a nice hotel with child care provided...and free meals...why would you pass that up??? For Chris and I, it wasn't the free stuff, it was the retreat itself. We looked forward to the time we were going to be able to spend together with no worries.

 Christopher and I met later in life when he and I were both going through a divorce. We both agreed to attend marriage counseling before getting married and it is something I believe in completely. We were able to talk about our expectations and learn about the things we needed to improve on. It has made a world of difference and I believe that if you ever get the opportunity to go to a marriage retreat, do it!! You have nothing to lose really.

For more information please visit the Army Strong Bonds homepage!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Face Masque

Sexy I know!!
 I was strolling along the grocery store when I looked up and saw a long row of face masks. I thought that I would give one a try! I know it may sound bad but I hardly ever use products like these. I am simple when it comes to my face, I only use a facial scrub every other day and I have used the same one for years!!!! When it comes to products I love using the same brands that I have loved for years instead of buying new ones to try...I am a lot like my parents! But this time it was different, I thought I would try the Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Face Masque (that is one long name) for only 95 cents!! Ehh, why not??
So today after I filmed a TAG for my YT channel, I thought I would give it a whirl. I actually quite enjoyed it. Although it was quite messy trying to apply it, my face felt so smooth and fresh afterwards. I think my face deserved it! Since Chris has left I don't get a lot of sleep. I have insomnia when I am stressed and when I think too much. My brain just never stops so typically I am up at very late hours watching television in my room or surfing the net on my phone. BAD!!

I am starting to notice bags under my eyes...and to top it off I have not felt like eating as much as I should. Sure I may drop a few pounds but it is very unhealthy. Moral of this story is: Treat yourself well, your body and your mind. If you are a mother, your kids deserve a healthy mommy. If you are a wife, your husband deserves a healthy wife to come home to. Most of all you deserve to be healthy and happy. So this is my promise to myself and you that I will get more rest and I will treat myself better than I have been. No more late nights and no more skipping meals. STRESS is not my best friend.

As for the face peel off masque, I will be getting one every two weeks! You should give it a try if you haven't!!

Challenging Myself

My husband has gone to NTC and we have zero communication right now. It is a first for us...he has been gone to training before but with full telephone and internet access. Well not this time. I am alright!

I don't mean to sound overly happy because I do miss him. What helps me get through the days without him here is having a few things to do during the day that will keep me occupied, besides my children of course!
This month I decided to post 30 pictures on Instagram (SofiaAlejandra9) doing the Military Spouse Photo a Day Challenge. I also opted to film and upload 30 videos for 30 days this month!!!! Why??
Making videos takes time but not only that...it gives me something to put my creativity towards. When Chris gets back, I am going to be focusing on spending quality time with him before he leaves...
So there it is...my challenge! I am on Day 4 and it feels good!! Although on Sunday I ran into so many filming difficulties and editing problems!! AHH!
To film in my household...it takes for my children to be occupied, playing nicely. I usually film with at least one of my boys right next to me or just a few feet away. Usually it is done in the living room where I can sit and watch a movie with them as I edit...multi-tasking!! It has been hard!!
If you have any suggestions or maybe have a topic you would like to me to do, please leave it in the comment section below!! I am sorry I have neglected my blog. I will be writing more because I realize that there are some things that need to get on paper (screen) as I find the strength before my husband gets on that plane...more to come!!

Side Note: At NTC it is often true that some soldiers do not take showers for DAYS!!!!