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Dear Middle School Girl, I’m talking to you, the one who wishes they could change some part of your body. I want to tell you about a 12-year-old girl nicknamed “poof”. That would be me. I have a lot of hair that’s not quite curly or quite straight. When I blow dry it, it looks …

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VTechParentGuide #CollectiveBias One of my very best friends from childhood had just thrown me my first baby shower. After the food was eaten, the gifts were opened and the guests were gone, I lingered so we could talk. …

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This is the tale of two brothers, each born with separate life-threatening medical conditions. I am their mother. I prayed day and night for God to intervene and heal their broken body parts. God said “yes” to one request and “no” to the other. Or so it may seem. Our oldest son Anderson was born …

The post Why God Gave One Son a Miracle and Not the Other appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DiaperGenieForTheWin #ForBetterBeginnings  So, it’s been a while since the pregnancy stick showed a pink plus sign. You’ve got your medical care set, are (hopefully) coming out of that nauseous phase and are now wondering—what do I do next? I’ve had …

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News Anchor to Homemaker by Jillian Benfield - 2w ago

Today is my 31st birthday and I’m here to tell you the sun comes out again. A year ago, on my 30th birthday, my life looked much different. I woke up in a coral colored room with nothing but a makeshift closet in the corner and rough industrial carpet beneath my feet. I was living …

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This is a sponsored blog post for 1 Natural Way written by me. All opinions are my own. It was December 2014. I was 35-weeks pregnant and we had just PCS’d (moved) to Tucson, Arizona. We were at our former base in New Mexico for only three months. We moved so quickly because that growing …

The post Why Military Spouses Make the Best Friends appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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It was a night marked by glitz and glam—a real rarity for us parents of three children under the age of five. A remarkably kind couple invited my husband and me to sit at their table at a Gala for a local Down syndrome association. We found a few old items in our closets, put …

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It’s the beginning of June, but as soon as I turned the calendar from December to January my thoughts turned to summer— What am I going to do? I’m a part-time, work-from-home mom. My day starts with waking up before my kids to get work in, handling all of the morning duties, squeezing in another …

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News Anchor to Homemaker by Jillian Benfield - 1M ago

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. This military life is an extreme ride, isn’t it? So many benefits and so many hassles. Due to my husbands’ residency programs and our kid’s health concerns, we PCS’d four …

The post How to PCS Like a Boss appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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We recently had friends over who went to the same college as us-The University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! I decided to make a copy-cat recipe from our favorite Restaurant there, Last Resort Grill. This Salmon with Grits and Caper-Cream Sauce is just so decadent and delicious. It has a really strong flavor, which I love! …

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