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I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program.

The other day, a friend and I were discussing how neither of us had ever thought we’d be a military spouse. I guess it goes to show you never know where life will take you!

Looking back, I realize a lot of the perceptions I had about the military and service members weren’t entirely accurate. In high school, I kind of assumed most guys in the military were super into guns, action movies, and bench pressing. After I turned 18 and graduated high school, my perceptions started to change as people I knew joined the military and I met others who had or were currently serving. A quiet, scholarly friend joined the Air Force right out of high school. A great academic team player from one of our big rival schools took a break from college to join the Airborne. A visual arts major friend joined after a couple post-graduation years in the ‘real-world.’ I met people who had recently served, like a grad school friend with an English degree and eight years as an Army officer behind her. I met my husband, a guy from Florida who loves kite surfing and rock climbing.

These diverse men and women do have something in common – they’ve all had to deal with a very stressful situations! That stress might take the form of being involved in a firefight, having to sleep in a tent next to artillery that sends out bombardments each night, or being crammed into a metal tube with lots of other people working 24 hours a day below the ocean’s surface with no daylight for weeks on end.

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Those stressful, and even dangerous, situations bring me to what this post is actually about: the Believe in Heroes® campaign by the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). In case you don’t know, the WWP’s mission is to create the “most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” They are committed to raising awareness for and helping service members succeed with physical and mental injury, illness, and wounds. In the 10 years since their founding, WWP has helped tens of thousands of service men and women (and their family members) adjust to life-changing injuries, severe depression, combat-related stress, PTSD, and other challenges so these individuals can achieve new goals and live fulfilling, empowered lives.

home of the free

Wounded Warrior Project relies on activities (like Tough Mudder runs) and fundraising events like the Believe in Heroes campaign. Believe in Heroes is currently in its fifth year and it’s a partnership with brands and retailers that support WWP. From September 7, 2014 through November 1, 2014 (or while supplies last) you can download coupons from these partnering brands so you can save money on everyday items while supporting the WWP. There are about $25 worth of free, downloadable coupons available on the Believe in Heroes site for some great things like almond milk (yum!), pet food, and coffee.

If coupons aren’t your thing, you can still participate in the campaign by:

  • Purchasing Believe in Heroes merchandise
  • Donating directly to WWP
  • Sharing these coupons and information about the campaign with friends!

Since its inception, Believe in Heroes has raised $16 million and has directly helped WWP expand programs that currently serve more than 40,000 injured service members. That’s a lot of good done so far, and you can help expand the program’s success by showing your support with coupons. How cool is that?

Whether or not there are service members in your family, I urge you to at least show your support by grocery shopping with the coupons; the men and women of today’s military are unique, diverse individuals, not cartoon stereotypes, and they deserve the chance to lead live fulfilling lives, even if they do sustain an injury while serving.

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Wordless Wednesdays – Pathway

bridge

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Monday Dose of Cute – Strut

slow walk

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Easy DIY Natural Hanging Air Freshener

My husband is one of the only men I’ve ever met who enjoys scented candles, potpourri, and air fresheners. He says “Oh, that smells nice!” when I put lotion on in the car instead of making coughing and gagging noise. It’s nice that he likes things to smell ‘good,’ but a lot of those chemical air freshener products make me sneeze! This natural hanging air freshener is my latest response to his desire to make things smelly (in a good way) and my desire to keep air-born chemicals at home and sneezing to a minimum.

Easy Natural Air Freshener

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Wordless Wednesday – Kilauea Lighthouse

kauai lighthouse

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Etsy Treasury Tuesday – The Printed Word

I can’t say that I was ever any good at calligraphy, but I did enjoy it. During parts of middle and high school, I was really excited about pens with nibs and teach yourself calligraphy books. I guess my love of lettering didn’t disappear, only took a little nap, because recently I’ve been intrigued by hand lettering and words as art. This inspired today’s Etsy treasury – The Printed Word.

Etsy treasury

 

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Monday Dose of Cute – Hitchin’ a Ride

dogs

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I must be on some sort of printable kick! This is my second week in a row posting a tutorial with some variety of free printable. I have to admit that it’s really fun! This week’s post is also in honor back to school season for the Blogging Business Artisan’s August challenge. I’ll admit that this isn’t the most sophisticated way to create a little notebook (or the most sewing machine friendly…), but it’s a lot of fun and a great way to make custom little notebooks for doodling, notes, and reminders. I don’t know about y’all, but I love carrying a little notebook around in my purse to jot down ideas and lists.

DIY Pocket Notebooks (with Printable!)

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Wordless Wednesday – Mauka

mauka

 

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Monday Dose of Cute – Need a Hug?

If so, this is for you. =)

need a hug octopus

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