Lets catch up!

Well Hello There!

It has clearly been some time since I last blogged and figured it was about time I jumped back on here! If you follow me on Instagram you know that a lot has changed for our family and if you don’t, you should, you are clearly missing out on all my sweet pictures!

For those that have no idea what is going on let me fill you in! Matt graduated from TBS (The Basic School) in May and became a Warrant Officer for the USMC. In April, we got orders that we would be moving to California! After almost 11 years in NC we were officially changing bases! A week after Matts graduation the movers arrived, and we were off! After 6 days of traveling we officially made it to our new home!

Well it has officially been a month since we have made California our home.  So far, we have really enjoyed our time here and everything California has to offer. We are completely unpacked and settled in. Our movers were amazing, they gave us major tips on the most effective way to unpack which helped a lot, we were about 90% unpacked before they even left. We moved into a great neighborhood filled with lots of kids and everyone is so sweet.

Greetings from San Diego

There is still a lot to get used to, the traffic, the way the roads are set up have been a huge adjustment that I’m still not a fan of! Other than that, it has been a nice change of pace to have so much to do right near us. I even found myself complaining that I would have to drive 20 mins the other day…which if you know Eastern North Carolina, it takes 20 mins to just get to Target!

I did create my California Bucket List that we have been slowing crossing off. I really wish I would have done this when I first moved to North Carolina. The girls and I have been hiking around San Diego and seeing what all these little towns have to offer! Between all the yummy food and attractions, we have stayed very busy.

La Jolla Secret Swing Hike

So here is to the next 3 years of making California our home and seeing what the west coast has to offer our family! I promise I will jump on here more and let ya’ll know how our time is going and what California has to offer!

 

– Homefront Housewife

#HashHashBaby

Hash Kitchen

While on vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona my mom, sister and I were looking for a good place to have breakfast. As most of us do, I went right to yelp to find us a place, and one of the first couple of listings was Hash Kitchen! The name itself caught my attention, as I scrolled through the reviews and pictures on yelp I knew we had to go and I am so glad we did! This place was AMAZING, heres why!

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First off, the yelp reviews do not do this place justice. As soon as you walk through the doors you instantly get the feel that this is the go-to place or breakfast/brunch in Scottsdale, the restaurant itself is very well lit with a modern feel. They have both indoor and outdoor seating to choose from. On the nice days the garage style windows slide up, so you have full access to Arizona’s largest Bloody Mary Bar! YES, I said the largest Bloody Mary Bar! For all of you Bloody Mary lovers this is the place for you! If Bloody Mary’s are not your thing don’t worry they didn’t leave you hanging. Their Mimosa flight and Prosecco Mash were so light and tasty! They also have Cereal Cocktails that that take you back to your youthful days but be advised they do have alcohol in them so make sure you order a virgin for your kids!

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Now onto the food! The menu itself is very creative and will make you want to order everything. We decided to order a bunch of different dishes and shared them amongst the 5 of us!

Our Order:

Cannoli Doughnuts

Italian Hash

Cinnamon roll pancakes

Parfait

Classic French Toast

Memosa Flight

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Drinks

Mimosa flight

PROSECCO SMASH

HK Bloody Mary

 

 

I do not have a single complaint about any of the food we ordered, everything was amazing, it all came out together and were big enough portions to share. There Cannoli Doughnuts are to die for seriously, my mouth is watering just writing this. I am a big cannoli lover and they blew me away, they were perfect. The Cinnamon Roll Pancakes were a huge hit for my girls, it was a stack of three big pancakes that the five of us couldn’t even finish half of!

 

Bloody Mary Bar

Over all I was extremely impressed but Hash Kitchen, everything from their food, to their staff was top notch. It is hard to find restaurants that can work for all types of events from a lady’s day brunch, to a business meeting in the middle of the week, Hash Kitchen works for everyone. The best part which I wish we could have enjoyed is they do they do have a DJ that plays on Sundays for brunch and some holidays! What a cool twist to Sunday Brunch!  If you are near one in Scottsdale, Arizona you have to stop in and check it out! Don’t forget to hashtag them in all your pictures! #Hashhashbaby

TurnTables & Mimosas

 

– Homefront Housewife

The Perfect Backpack for Moms!

Diaper bag shopping might be one of the most stressful items you will shop for. You want that perfect bag that will fit everything you need but doesn’t really look like a diaper bag. Believe me I totally get it! My kids are not in diapers anymore, but I wanted a backpack that was stylish and could hold a lot of stuff for when I travel with my 4 and 5-year olds. Here is what I found!

I went to a lot of big box stores, spent hours looking on websites and Pinterest until I found the Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Backpack from Skiphop! Let me start by saying this bag is amazing! It was everything I wanted, it was stylish that it wouldn’t look awkward carrying it while I was dressed up and still looks great as I strolled DC and Phoenix! One of the thing I love about this bag was the material it was made out of, it is the perfect material for moms, anything that gets on it just whites right off.  In Arizona my family and I went on a Jeep tour of the Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona, my bag had a lot of red dust all over it and all I had to do was whip it right off.

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The other thing that was really important to me when I was looking at backpacks was that the straps had to be comfortable and didn’t dig into my shoulders when too much stuff was in it. This bag met all my expectations, not once did I have to readjust the bag or take it off to give my back and shoulders a break. The cup holders on the side made it easy for my kids to take the water bottles in and out of the bag themselves without needing my help, MAJOR PLUS!Inside my diaper bag

This bag has a lot of room inside so no matter if you have babies or older kids you will not run out of room for all their stuff. On my flight to Arizona the bag held, 2 Nintendo DS’s, an iPad, 2 kids headphones, my camera, activities to keep my girls busy on our flights, a gallon size bag of snacks, 2 water bottles, my little make up bag, and my wallet. Plus, I still had some room if I needed to put anything else in there! It fit everything I needed without making them have to carry their own bag, which we all know I would have had to carry at some point.

If you are a brand new mom or a mom that will be doing a lot of traveling this coming summer I highly recommend this bag. This bag is perfect for moms of  multiple children and children of different ages, it will fit everything that they both will need. It does come with a changing mat, along with the straps that give you the option to have the bag hook onto a stroller. Skip*Hop did an amazing job designing this bag with moms in mind, they truly made sure that you would not have to buy a different bag at the different stages of child raising! Great job Skip*Hop, I am in love with my bag!

I hope you found this helpful!

– Homefront Housewife

*In no way am I affiliated with Skiphop or the Carters brand. I was not paid for this blog or received this product in exchange for this review. This is simply my own personal review of a product I had purchased and love! 

Pancake Holes

My favorite thing to do on Sunday mornings is make a big breakfast for my girls, pancakes, French toast or even cinnamon rolls are their go to request.

Well just last week I was on FaceTime with a girlfriend who stationed in Japan, she was making breakfast for her son, and of course he is at the age where finger foods are a must. It got me thinking about my girls when they were his age and how I use to make Pancake Holes. Well Sunday morning came and I dug out my little Babycake cakepop maker out. My brother had given me this gift along with the babycake mini donut maker and this really cool popsicle maker at Christmas one year.

Anyways, Sunday morning came, and I knew I had to make these for them, the look on their face when they were done was so adorable! I love when they lit up with excitement!

Since I had lots of messages for the recipe here y’all go! Let me know in the comments on how your kids liked them!

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  • Pancake mix
  • Water
  • Sprinkles
  • Piping bag to put the pancake mix in
  • Syrup
  • Whip-cream
  • Babycake Maker

Seriously y’all this is the easiest thing you will make, plus it makes so many that you can freeze them for later!

1. Make pancake mix via the direction on the box, mine calls for 1 3/4 cups of water for 2 cups of mix

2. Add as the desired amount of sprinkles you want to the mixer. I go a little crazy with mine and then stir until all the clumps are gone.

2. Scoop mixture into a Piping bag or Ziploc bag works just as well and cut the end just enough that some comes out easily.

3. Pipe mixer into the Babycake maker, I fill mine up all the way and then close the lip and wait for the light to come back on to indicate that it is done!

4. Serve and Enjoy!

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I told you it was easy! When you finish cooking all the batter place the desired amount on plate with a side of syrup and you’re done! Your kids will have a blast dunking their pancake-holes into the little bowl of syrup and/or whipped cream! Let me know how your kids liked them!

 

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-Homefront Housewife

Our new adventure has begun!

Have you ever been doing laundry when all of the sudden all your emotions hit you at once, you find yourself hitting the start button on the dryer again so you can cry? Well that was me earlier this week.

Our new adventure is officially underway, Matt left over the weekend for TBS (The Basic School), we couldn’t be more excited for him. The next 5 months will be long, stressful, but also exciting as it will be filled with lots of first. Unlike all the deployments and WTI’s we have gone through I’m really not sure what to expect this time. My mind set it he’s 27141095_10156017955484793_1652008874_ogone just like a deployment, is that weird? I know he’s not in harms way but for me its easier to think like that as he’s gone.

For the first time being a military wife I wasn’t going to have my support system to help get me through these long months. I have been blessed even when Matt and I were just dating I knew other spouses and girlfriends in our squadron to lean on and go through the deployments with. This time it was going to be different, this time the girls and I were all alone.

We all have our core group of friends that we know will drop everything to be there for you. I was lucky enough to have 2 ladies in my group of girlfriends that also had husbands in Matts’ squadron. We had each other to lean on, complain to, and laugh with.  We went through a lot together, we grew up together, we went from girlfriends to wives together, to mothers together. Unfortunately, this will be the first time in 9 years I will not have them to help me through the hard days, the days where I say f-this who wants to meet up for dinner tonight, to the days where they just show up at my house with a bottle or two of wine because they know I had a hard week. This time is different everyone had left, some got out of the military, while the rest moved to all different parts 27144566_10156017941824793_1901152179_oof the world. I know they are always a phone call/ text message/ FaceTime away. I’m so grateful for the technology that we have, but it’s still not the same. It’s not the same as getting together in person and having Sunday night dinners, meeting up for a much-needed mommy night out, to just sitting on the back of my husband’s pick-up truck that hasn’t moved in maybe 7 months drinking some wine and watching all the kids play outside. This time is different and I felt alone.

I am so grateful for all the people I have met over the years and the amazing memories that were made. Sunday night dinners might not be the same without my girlfriends, but that’s okay. I might feel alone and out of place for the next couple of months, but I have to remember it’s all for the best.

For those of you who are going through a hard time, a recent PCS or maybe your friends moved but you didn’t, you are not alone. Times will be hard for a little while as you get into a new grove, but this feeling is only temporary. Take advantage of the amazing technology we have, don’t let distance get in-between your friendships. Take this time alone to reconnect with yourself, maybe start something new, join the PTA at your kid’s school, volunteer with your husband’s command or on base. Most importantly don’t be afraid to make new friends, tust me you can never have too many!

 

– Homefront Housewife

Hello 2018!

Hello 2018!

The kids are finally back in school and 2018 is in full swing. As we go into this year I’m really not sure what to expect, I have been blessed for many years (9 to be exact) on what my husband’s schedule will consist of, if Matt wasn’t already deployed he was getting ready for another deployment. In the last 10 years Matt has deployed 6 times, done 7 work ups, and countless rescue depts. As you can see, my husband isn’t really home that much!

Last year Matt came home from his 6th deployment and our world did a 180, the aircraft my husband has spent his career working on is in the process of being decommissioned. His squadron is one of the last squadrons to have the EA-6B Prowlers, but with the sun-downing coming up it was time to find a new aircraft to work on. Matt submitted two packages one to go work on the new F-35 and the other package was to become a Warrant Officer. The week after Matt arrived home from deployment we got word that his package to work on the F-35 had been approved! We were over the moon with excitement, this meant we were finally going to move after 10 years at MCAS Cherry Point.  In the 3 months that Matt was home before having to report to schooling in Florida, we went on our first ever family vacation that was not built around another family obligation (wedding, graduation, etc.), sold our house, and moved into base housing until we were due to move to MCAS Yuma, in Arizona. Matt came home at the end of September from school and we were in complete get ready to move mode. At the end of October, it was finally moving week, I had just picked up my mom from the airport, she flew down to help us with the girls so Matt and I could focus on this new process of having packers and movers in our house. Our suitcases were packed and we were ready to go. The day before packers where to show up at the house both our phones started blowing up, the Warrant Officer Board had just released the names of the Marines who would be in the 2018 Warrant Officer Class. Matt’s name was on the list!!! Holy S***! We stood in the kitchen with so much excitement when it both hit us, OMG what do we do now? What happens to our orders? Do we still move? Do we stay at Cherry Point? When do you leave for school? What is happening right now?! We spent the entire day running around base trying to get answer. The answer came in at 6pm with a phone call that said official orders have been cut and our orders to Yuma have been cancelled, and we were to stay put at Cherry Point. I honestly didn’t know what to think or how to feel, on one hand I was so excited for my husband, but on the other I was so excited to move, to see a new place, I mean I just sold my house! In the end, it took me about a week to work through a lot of emotions, and settle back in.

So here we are, its 2018 and in a couple of weeks we will be saying see you later to my husband again as he heads to VA for schooling. I have no idea what to expect this year, there are so many questions we will just have to sit and wait to have answered. The one thing I do know is this year will throw a lot at us but we are excited to take on another challenge. We will make new friends, hopefully move somewhere new and experience a different side to the military. Here is to 2018, may it be a good one for you and your family, and may it be filled with lots of love and laughter! Cheers! 

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– Homefront Housewife

Snow Day!

A real Snow Day in Eastern North Carolina only comes by every couple of years here! The average snowfall for Havelock, NC is estimated to be a little over 1 inch of snow, while the US averages over 26 inches every year! This year we got 5 inches and as you can assume everyone was very excited!26195480_10155974676474793_48106986487209156_n

6:30 this morning the sound of little feet running down the stairs filled the house, along with the screams of excitement as they looked out the front door and saw all the snow on the ground. These southern born babies don’t have any snow gear so instead I dressed them in 3 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of socks and some cowboy boots, and they were good to go! Watching their little faces light up as they ran out of the house grabbing snow to chuck at each other and flopping down to make snow angels, they were having the time of their lives. This Maine Momma was in heaven as well, don’t get me wrong I don’t miss the blizzards and the winters that last way to long. I do however miss the first snow of the season, the excitement that came with knowing that snow was coming, how it made everything look so pretty.
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Growing up in Maine taught me a lot, I didn’t appreciate it as a child but looking back at my childhood now I wouldn’t have it any other way. The memories I made in the snow where some of the best, my family would use the giant snow piles the plow would make plowing our driveway, and have a contest to see how far we could go on our snow tubs. We would do weekend trips to the mountains to go skiing and of course have the ultimate snowball fights! As we spent the day outside today using boogie boards as sleds, having snowball fights and just enjoying the snow it made me realize how blessed I was as a child and how much I wish we could raise our children in Maine. For now, we will soak in the snow we get every couple year, it’s like a little sweet treat for us!

 

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– Homefront Housewife