The Blended Tribe

Holiday Blending

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Tis the season to be jolly right?!? Not for all families! The Holiday’s can be extremely tough on blended families.

Here are some tips to get you through the Holidays:

1) Plan ahead. You know when you do and don’t have your kids. Make sure that you plan the month out and be organized and prepared.

2) Be flexible. Although you need to plan out your month according to your parenting agreement, some things just aren’t going to be at your scheduled time with the kids; this goes both ways. Try to be as flexible as possible with the kid’s other parents without messing up your schedule. Everyone has important activities that they want to do during the Holidays so keep an open mind to that.

3) Have a good attitude. Stay positive and don’t let drama get you down or ruin your mood. Focus on your family and the true meaning of Christmas.

4) Make new traditions. It’s fun to make new traditions that your blended family will come to know and appreciate. Get creative and even if some of the kids “act” like they aren’t into it, they will probably be the first ones asking to do it the next year. At least that’s what usually happens around here. Along with making new traditions make sure you respect any existing traditions that are important to the kids or your spouse.

5) Be sensitive. Realize that the kids have a lot of non-stop activity going on during this time of year. Parent’s trying to cram traditions and activities in half the time with their kids. The kids might be a little worn down and overstimulated. Try to have extra patience and understanding during this time.

 

Blended Family

 

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No Fishing Zone

 

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Fishing for information out of your kids about the other parent or what happened at the other parent’s house while they were with them is a big NO-NO!  It makes things uncomfortable for the kids, and honestly, it does YOU no good.  I”m not saying I haven’t learned this the hard way but I did figure out very early on that I don’t need to know EVERYTHING that happens when my kids aren’t with me.  It’s something that I had to come to terms with and as a mother, that’s not easy, but I now know that I’m better off for it.  All of our kids know that they can come and talk to us about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.  We are always here for them, and we will be as honest and straightforward with them as much as allowed.

A long time back, I decided that I don’t want or need to know and let me tell you, it felt so good. I know people that will social media stalk and hound their kids for any information about the other parent. If you are one of these people…..STOP right now!! Naturally, you want to make sure your children are safe and being well-cared. Keep an open and well-communicated relationship with your children and trust me, they will tell you when things aren’t right all on their own. When they do tell you things, you then have to come up with a neutral response or try to listen without forcing your opinions in on the matter. Also, please never show emails or texts between you and your ex to your children. There’s no need to put kids in the middle of grown-up situations. Their not ready to be dealing with these things and kids these days already have so much drama on their plates, they don’t need their parents/step-parents adding to that.

Encouraging Podcast!

I listened to an excellent podcast yesterday by Jimmy Evans with MarriageToday. I highly recommend checking this one out. He gives encouraging advice for blended families and married couples. Name of the podcast. The name of the podcast is called The Dynamics of Blending. You can click HERE to take you right to the podcast. ENJOY!!

 

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Surgery + Lice = NO FUN!!

Things have been crazy around my house.  My hubby went in for knee surgery a couple of days ago, and all went well with that.  He had his meniscus repaired.

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I get the kids home from school that day to discover my daughter has LICE!!!  FREAK OUT MOM MOMENT!!   First lice experience.  I never had it growing up, and none of the kids had gotten it until now.  Here’s a photo of what I pulled out of my daughter’s hair. I about died. I talk to about seven different people right away to get advice on what to do. I get about seven different answers. Go to the drugstore and try Nix first. Even though I heard mixed opinions on the Nix, it killed the lice. The next morning she still had a ton nits in her hair that I had to pick out one by one. The next day we soaked her hair in apple cider vinegar and picked out more nits. I found that the ACV did help loosen up the nits and made it a little easier to get them out. That night, I used a mixture of coconut oil with tea tree oil and had her sleep with that on all night. This morning, I had her wash her hair, and when I sat to pick out the nits, I found that she had a lot fewer nits to pick out this morning. On top of nitpicking and cutting a couple of inches off her hair, I’ve had to wash all the bedding, and blankets, curtains, rugs, EVERYTHING in our house. I’ve bagged all stuff animals and hats. Getting rid of these nasty things have not been fun, and we’re not over it yet. Our Pediatrician has called in a prescription to try as well, and we are waiting for it to get here. Hoping to try that out tonight. I’ll update with what ended up working the best for her. I’m thinking the coconut oil, and tea tree oil is the winner so far.

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How to deal with lice in a blended family. You have to make sure you tell all parents about what’s going on. If some of your kids aren’t with you, see if they can stay at the other parents’ house or try to keep the kids and treat them until all lice are gone.  We were very blessed in the fact that my stepkids mom was able to keep them for us while we’ve been dealing with this mess.  This entire situation is not fun but preventing it from spreading and nipping it in the butt as quickly as possible is essential.

 

We’re on the mend.

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I’m exhausted and ready for a vacation……a mom can dream right?!

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***UPDATE—The lice situation was no joke! I used Nix, the medication prescribed by the doctor what seemed to work the best was coconut oil with tea tree oil…..this is stuff I always have on hand. It took a good week for all the nits to be out. I’m still checking her hair every morning before school just to be on the safe side. It looks like we’re in the clear though.

Blended Wedding

Blended Wedding

Blended weddings can be a challenge.  For us, we didn’t want to spend a ton of money since this was our second go around and we already had a large household to care for. We came to the realization early on that we also needed to include the kids in the process so they could have a strong and positive memory of us becoming a family unit.
We wanted to keep the day super casual, simple and fun!  Even though it rained on our wedding ceremony, it was an experience that none of us will ever forget.  It was actually a lot of fun to plan a wedding the way I wanted, and it was perfect without all the drama that comes with extravagant events.  We made it about the kids and about the people that we love.
Here are a couple things that we did to make our blended wedding special for the kids: We had leather bracelets made with the date and all our initials on them.  I ordered them from Etsy and we were very pleased with the way they turned out.   In addition to exchanging wedding rings, we gave each kid their bracelet during the ceremony.  I placed bracelets on Jon’s kids and he did the same for mine.  We also arranged it so our kids made up our wedding party.  My son even walked me down the aisle and gave me away.
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We were so blessed to have my dear friend Jay @ www.weddedfilms.com photograph our event.  He’s amazing!  He also made this little clip of the day
There are many different ideas for blended weddings.  You can get a ton of them off of Pinterest.  I think the most important thing is to make it work for you and your family.  Pick things that are important to you guys and go with it.  Make it unique and make it memorable.

Happy Veterans Day!

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A HUGE thank you to all who have served and all who are serving!

 Also, big thanks to the spouses that are supporting their loved one in the military or caretaking the ones that are now out.  Your bravery and dedication is something that should not go unnoticed.  

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Here’s a list of freebies and discounts in celebration of Veterans Day.  Go take advantage of these deals, you deserve it!

Dining

  • 54th Street GrillFree Entree up to $12 to veterans and active duty on Veterans Day (Saturday Nov. 11, 2017). For dine-in only.
  • Applebee’sFree entree for Veterans from their special Veterans Day menu which includes: American Standard Burger, Butcher’s Meat and Potatoes, Chicken Tenders Platter, Double Crunch Shrimp, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad, Oriental Chicken Salad, and Three-Cheese Chicken Cavatappi. Many Applebee’s locations go above and beyond to decorate the restaurants in Red, White and Blue, create balloon arch openings, share letters to veterans from local school, as well as performances by local marching bands and color guards. Simply show proof of military service, such as a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, DDT214 Citation or Commendation, your U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) or your Veterans Organization Card.
  • Back Yard BurgersFree Classic Burger for Vets and active duty military on Saturday Nov. 11. Show military ID or dress in uniform.
  • Baker’s SquareFree breakfast for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. Choose from buttermilk pancakes, french toast or a belgian waffle. Show military ID.
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Veterans and active duty military get a free meal on Friday Nov. 10, and Saturday Nov.11, valued up to $12.95. Additionally, BJ’s is honoring active duty and retired military all month long with its Buy a Hero a Beer program. Starting on Nov. 1, guests over the age of 21 may contribute $6 toward a pint of BJ’s craft beer (or BJ’s handcrafted soda) for a veteran or military hero at a BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse nationwide. You can contribute online at bjsrestaurants.com/hero, on the BJ’s mobile app or directly on your restaurant bill. Active and retired military who would like a beer can sign up online to reserve one. They will then receive a promo code to redeem their BJ’s craft beer or handcrafted soda.
  • Black AngusSpecial $9.99 Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin Steak, served with home-style mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a beverage to veterans and active-duty military. Offer is valid from open to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11, with a military ID present.
  • Bob EvansFree meal from a choice of six options for veterans and active-duty military personnel on Nov. 11, 2017. Meals valid for the promo include: Stack of hotcakes (buttermilk of multigrain), Freshed Back Brioche French Toast, Country Biscuit Breakfast, Mini Sampler Breakfast, Farm Boy Sandwich, and Country Fried Steak Dinner. Eligible identification includes a U.S. Uniformed Services (current or retired) Identification Card, a current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), or a Veterans’ organization card (American Legion or VFW, for example). Guests wearing a military uniform on Veterans Day also are eligible.
  • Boston MarketBuy one individual meal and drink and get one individual meal free with this printable Veterans Day coupon. Promo valid Nov. 10 – 12.
  • Buffalo Wild WingsFree small traditional boneless wings and side of fries on Nov. 11 for active and retired service members. Dine-in only, no substitutions or upgrades. Must be in uniform, or present proof of service (includes: permanent or temporary US military ID cards, a DD 214, veteran’s card, a photograph of yourself in military uniform, or dine-in at a participating location in uniform).
  • California Pizza KitchenFree entree for past and present members of the U.S. military on Nov. 11. Service members can order from a special Veterans Day menu that includes pizzas, pastas and full-size salads. Dine-in only, no substitutions. Guests must be in uniform or show proof of service.
  • Carrabba’sFree appetizer for Veterans and active military members on Nov. 11 with the purchase of an entree and a Coca-Cola beverage. Mention the offer to redeem.
  • Chevys Fresh MexFree Build your own 3-item combo for Veterans and active military on Nov. 11. Choose from a selection of Tacos, Enchiladas, Chile Relleno, Tamale or Flautas. All persons must have one of the following forms of identification: (a) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification Card, (b) U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, © Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), (d) Veterans Organization Card (i.e. American Legion and VFW), (e) DD214 Certificate, (f) Veteran Identification Card (VIC) or, (g) Photograph in U.S. Uniform or wearing U.S. Uniform.
  • Chicken Salad ChickFree Chick Special and drink for veterans on Nov. 10, 2017. Must show proof of service with VA ID, military ID or DD214. See a map of locations here.
  • Chili’sFree entree to veterans and active military on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. At participating Chili’s restaurants, the menu items being offered will include the following: Chicken Crispers, Chicken Bacon Rach Quesadillas, Oldtimer with Cheese, Classic Bacon Burger and Chili or Soup & Salad.
  • ChipotleBuy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion from 5 p.m. to close on the Tuesday before Veteran’s Day, Nov. 7. Valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders. All active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID, are eligible for a BOGO at all Chipotle restaurants in the U.S. on this day.
  • Claim JumperFree Meal for Veterans Nov. 13. Please note this offer is for the Monday after Veterans Day. The menu includes Chicken Pot Pie, Hot Turkey Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Salad, Classic Cheeseburger, Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes, Coconut Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp, Country Fried Steak, and Black Tie Chicken Pasta. Veterans must show official verification of their service. See full menu.
  • Denny’sFree Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 10 for inactive and military personnel from 5 a.m. to noon, at participating locations. Must have a valid military ID for the offer. Includes your choice of breakfast items such as two fluffy buttermilk or hearty wheat pancakes, two eggs cooked to order, two sizzling bacon strips or hash browns.
  • Famous Dave’sFree Two Meat Salute for former and current military. Choose two meats from a select menu. Served with choice of one side and a corn bread muffin. Dine-in only. Must provide valid photo identification and proof of military service (including U.S. Uniformed Services ID card, form DD-214 or current leave and earnings statement with photo ID).
  • Fazoli’sFree Spaghetti with Meat sauce or Marinara for Veterans and active military with coupon and with valid ID or while in uniform, on Veterans Day Nov. 11 at participating locations. No purchase necessary. E-Family members will be offered a $1.99 Spaghetti with Marinara or Meat Sauce with Drink Purchase.
  • FirebirdsFree lunch or dinner for veterans and active-duty military on Friday Nov. 10. Purchase of entra of equal or greater value required.
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & SteakburgersFree combo meal card to be given out to Veterans and active-duty military only on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The card can be received only by Veterans/active-duty military but can be redeemed by anyone.
  • Friendly’sFree Big-Two-Do breakfast or free burger on Saturday, Nov. 11. Veterans and active military with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card will receive a free Big-Two-Do breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage) during lunch or dinner hours at their local Friendly’s restaurant.
  • Frisch’s Big BoyFree Big Boy Sandwich to veterans on Nov. 11. Show military ID or Veterans Administration ID Card. Dine-in only (not valid for drive-through orders).
  • Gatti’s PizzaFree buffet or free medium 1-topping pizza for carryout for veterans and active military members with ID.
  • Golden Corral – Veterans and active-duty members get a free thank-you dinner as part of Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night. The event will take place Nov. 13, 2017. Plus, enter the Honor Your Hero Photo Contest for a chance to win free dinner every month for a year. Details here (ends Nov. 14).
  • Hof’s Hut20% off entire month of November (Military Families Month) for veterans and active-duty military. Free dessert (on top of the 20% discount) on Veterans Day. Show military ID or proof of service. Excludes Thanksgiving Day, alcohol and catering. The 20% offer is valid for up to four guests.
  • HootersFree Meal for Veterans and Active Duty on Nov. 11 The Veterans Day menu includes the following items (choose one with beverage purchase): 10-Piece Traditional Wings; 10-Piece Boneless Wings; Buffalo Chicken Sandwich; Buffalo Chicken Salad or a Hooters Burger. The dine-in only offer is valid for all military members – retired and active – with proof of military service.
  • Johnny’s Italian SteakhouseFree lunch or dinner (including sides and a non-alcoholic beverage) on Fri. Nov. 10. Veterans and active-duty military can order from a special menu. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner will be served 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring proof of service. Only some locations are participating. For participating locations and the special menus, go here.
  • K&W CafeteriasFree meal for all who have served with presentation of military ID on Saturday Nov. 11 (11 a.m. to closing). One free meal per ID. Free meal includes entree, two vegetables, bread and refillable beverage. See menu.
  • Little CaesarsFree lunch combo on Nov. 11 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Includes four slices of deep-dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. Must show proof of service. Order must be placed before 2 p.m.
  • Logan’s RoadhouseFree meal for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose any American Roadhouse Meal. Cannot be combined with any other offers (including the 10% military discount). Military ID required. Not all locations are participating. See participating locations here.
  • MargaritasFree entree on Veterans Day for veterans and active-duty military, plus their significant others (for up to two complimentary entrees — one for themselves, one for their significant other). Open til close (check local hours).
  • Max and Erma’sFree cheeseburger meal for veterans and active military. Complimentary meal includes a half-pound hand-crushed cheeseburger with endless seasoned fries and a fountain drink.
  • McCormick & Schmick’sFree entree on Sunday Nov. 5. Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) are eligible for this offer. Military identification required. Dine-in only. See free entree options here.
  • Mighty Kitchen20% off entire month of November (Military Families Month) for veterans and active-duty military. Free dessert (on top of the 20% discount) on Veterans Day. Show military ID or proof of service. Excludes Thanksgiving Day, alcohol and catering. The 20% offer is valid for up to four guests.
  • Mimi’s CafeFree entree for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. The free entree can be ordered from a special Mimi’s menu with purchase of beverage and proof of service.
  • Ninety Nine RestaurantsFree lunch for veterans and active military on Nov. 11. Purchase any entree and receive a free lunch from their 9 Real Size Entrees for $9.99 menu. Dine-in only, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with military ID.
  • O’Charley’sFree meal for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. Free meal can be ordered from the restaurant’s $9.99 menu. Show military ID or proof of service.
  • Old Country BuffetOngoing daily discount of 15% for all active duty, reserve or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID. In addition, on Military Monday, the service member can get a discount for up to three other family members. All you have to do it show proof of service – from a valid ID to a VA card to a photo of you in your uniform – and you can enjoy a discounted meal with your family.
  • Olive GardenFree entree from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans on Veterans Day. The special menu features six of Olive Garden’s most popular items. Entrees are served with unlimited homemade soup or famous house salad and warm, garlic breadsticks.
  • On the BorderFree combo meal for active and retired U.S. military on Saturday Nov. 11. Military guests will receive a free Choose 2 or Choose 3 Combo meal that includes their choice of enchiladas, crunchy or soft tacos, empanadas, chimichangas, soup, salad and more. Present a valid military ID or proof of service.
  • Panera BreadFree breakfast sandwich at participating locations on Nov. 11. Available until 10 a.m. Show military ID. Not all locations are participating, so call in advance.
  • Primanti Bros.Free Classic Primanti Bros. sandwich all day on Nov. 11. Dine-in orders only. You must provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, current Leave and Earnings statement, veterans organization card, photograph in uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation. Additional items (sides, beverage, desserts) not included.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube – Offering a variety of specials at participating locations nationwide on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Veterans and active-duty military members will have an opportunity to take advantage of deals including:
    • Free meal from a limited menu
    • Vets Eat Free (up to a certain dollar amount — either $10 or $12.99)
    • 50% off a meal
    • 25% off their meal at the Council Bluffs restaurant and 20% off at the Pinellas location.
  • SizzlerFree lunch for veterans and active-duty military Nov. 11 until 4 p.m. Show proof of military service to get a six-ounce tri-tip sirloin steak, Malibu Chicken or six jumbo crispy shrimp with a choice of side dish and beverage at participating locations. Beverage choices are coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink. Proof of service includes a U.S. military-issue or veterans group identification card, appearance in uniform or a photo of the person in uniform. Dine-in only.
  • Spaghetti WarehouseBuy 1 Get 1 Free meal Nov. 10-12 with this printable coupon. Choose Lasagne, any Original Recipe Spaghetti entree or Grilled Chicken Alfredo. Served with sourdough bread and choice of salad or soup for lunch or dinner.
  • Texas RoadhouseFree lunch on Saturday Nov. 11. Active, former or retired military can order from special Veterans Day Menu. Lunch includes choice of iced tea, sweet tea, soft drink or coffee. Present Military ID card, Veterans Affairs card or discharge papers. Dine-in only.
  • Texas Steakhouse & SaloonFree meal for military Nov. 11. Available 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with identification. Choose from a select menu. Includes free soft drink.
  • TGI FridaysFree lunch-menu item up to $12 for those who have served. Promo runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. This promo also includes the Big Ribs entree in the half-rack portion. Military guests will also receive a $5 coupon for future use. Dine-in only.
  • Tijuana FlatsFree meal for veterans and active-duty military Nov. 11. Must show valid ID.
  • Village InnFree breakfast for veterans and active-duty military Nov. 11. Choose four items from their V.I.B. menu to create your breakfast. Available all day. Military ID required.
  • White CastleFree combo meal, including breakfast combos, for all veterans and active military. This promotion will run all day Saturday November 11, 2017. No other purchase is required. Present military ID.

Appetizers and treats

  • Arooga’sFree pretzel on Nov. 11 for veterans and active-duty military. Some locations excluded, or ending the promo at 4 p.m. Eligible orders for the free pretzel deal include Soft Pretzels with Fat Tire beer cheese, Arooga’s Crab Pretzel and Arooga’s Buffalo Pretzel.
  • Carrabba’sFree appetizer for military personnel in uniform or with military ID on Nov. 11.
  • Cracker BarrelComplimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Nov. 11 at all 640+ Cracker Barrel locations. Cracker Barrel is also running a giving campaign benefiting Operation Homefront. Between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11, it will donate 20% of proceeds from Lodge Cookware online and in store to Operation Homefront to help support military families.
  • Dunkin’ DonutsFree donut for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. Show military ID. Not purchase necessary, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.
  • Huddle HouseFree sweet cakes for the military on Nov. 11. Active and retired military, all day. Please provide military ID.
  • IHOPFree order of Red, White & Blue Pancakes for retired and active-duty military personnel on Friday Nov. 10 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at participating IHOP locations. Veterans and active-duty military can receive their free Red, White & Blue Pancakes by showing proof of military service, including: U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (e.g., American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of self in U.S. military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Print your coupon for a free appetizer on Veterans Day Nov 11 with purchase of an adult entree. Must print or show the coupon along with military ID.
  • Red LobsterFree appetizer or dessert on Saturday Nov. 11, 2017, for veterans, active duty military and reservists. Show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer. Guests may choose their free appetizer or dessert from a special menu. The appetizers include: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster and Langostino Pizza and Signature Shrimp Cocktail. Desserts include: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Warm Apple Crostada, Chocolate Wave and Brownie Overboard.
  • Ruby’s DinerOne free adult entree for guests who present a valid military ID (Nov. 11, 2017). Valid for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meal options include a Two Eggs Combo Breakfast (available until 11:30 a.m.) or the Classic Ruby Burger (available open to close). See full details and menu.
  • Ruby TuesdayFree appetizer up to a $10 value for veterans, active duty and reserve service members on Saturday, Nov. 11. To participate, all military personnel can visit their favorite Ruby Tuesday, present military identification and let their server know which complimentary appetizer of their choice they would like to order. Note this offer is valid only for dine-in guests and is not available in Guam, Hawaii, Manhattan, airport and international locations.

Drinks

  • Peet’s CoffeeOne free drip or tea (any size) for veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
  • World of BeerFree beer for veterans and active-duty military (if legal), or $5 off. Present valid VA card or military ID on Nov. 11.

Retail

  • AvaCare Medical – This medical supplies store is offering 10% off on entire order on Nov. 11 with a valid military or veterans ID at checkout, use code: VET10 for the discount.
  • Great ClipsFree haircut for veterans and current military members on Nov. 11, or receive a free haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers who purchase a service on Veterans Day can receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran they know. Haircut cards are redeemable until Dec. 31.
  • Lowe’s – The home-improvement store offers an ongoing 10 percent off discount to active-duty military and veterans. You must enroll in the discount program to receive this benefit, and you can do so (and see more program details) here.
  • Splash Car WashFree car wash from Splash, which has 18 locations in New York and Connecticut, on Nov. 11. Veterans and active-duty military are eligible. Splash Car Wash is just one of the car-wash companies participating in Grace For Vets. To find more participating car-wash businesses near you, search here.
  • SportsClipsFree haircut with proof of service. Valid at participating locations only. See a map of participating locations here.
  • Target10% off entire purchase Nov. 7 – Nov. 11 for active-duty military and veterans. You must register in advance to verify your eligibility. Once you register, you’ll receive a coupon sent via email that can be used once by Nov. 11. Exclusions include alcohol and some toys and electronics.
  • Toys “R” Us15% off total store purchase through Saturday Nov. 11. Valid for all service men and women currently in the Military, reserves, dependents or retired.
  • Tractor Supply Co.15% off entire purchase on Nov. 11 for current and former military personnel. Present valid military ID or other proof of service.

Entertainment, travel

  • Chuck E. Cheese’sOne free personal cheese pizza with any food purchase on Veterans Day (Saturday Nov. 11, 2017). Must show ID. Coupon code #5500. U.S. locations only. Chuck E. Cheese’s also has ongoing specials for military families.
  • Knott’s Berry FarmFree admission and discounted tickets for active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel may. Receive free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm for yourself and one guest from Nov. 1 – 16 and Nov. 27 – Dec.15. Show your Military I.D card or DD214 at the Knott’s Berry Farm main gate to redeem this offer. Additional Knott’s Berry Farm admission tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate by active, retired or veteran U.S. military personnel. Spouse and children are not eligible to purchase these tickets without the military member present. Up to six discounted admission tickets may be purchased for $35 each when visiting from Nov. 1 – 16 and $40 each when visiting from November 27 – Dec. 15.
  • Red Roof Inn40% off the room rate for online bookings for active-duty and retired military between Nov. 1 and Nov. 22. This “Home for the Holidays” discount is good for stays through the end of February 2018.
  • Top Golf – Veterans and active-duty military are eligible for a 20% discount on memberships and 10% off Topgolf play. Must purchase at venue. Valid ID required.
  • State ParksFree admission for active-duty military and veterans at California State Parks, Florida State Parks, Alabama State Parks and more.
  • World of Coca-ColaFree admission at World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta for veterans and active-duty military — and half-price admission for up to four loved ones (Nov. 2 – Nov. 12). Active military and veterans get complimentary admission year-round — the extra Veterans Day promotion is half-off tickets for four loved ones. Present a valid Armed Forces ID.

Forgive & Move On

“Forgiveness doesn’t make them right, it makes us free.”

Forgive and move on

The quicker you can let yourself get to the point of letting go, the better off you’ll be.  It took me a bit and my biggest problem was thinking that by forgiving it meant that I was condoning or that I had given in.  Nope, not true!  It’s the most freeing thing in this world.

Happy Fall!

It was a busy weekend.  Filled with a jr. higher’s first dance, flag football party, first swim meet, pumpkin painting, family game night, making caramel apples, church and baseball.  The sad thing is that it was a pretty relaxing and mellow weekend for us.  Mom had to give up a couple of fun events that I really would’ve liked to have done, but getting to keep up our family traditions was way worth it.

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