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Note: What I am about to share with you is deeply personal, a reflection of my military family healing journey that has both broken and built me in ways I could never have anticipated. It’s a story that, until now, I’ve only shared in pieces, always mindful of the delicate balance between vulnerability and strength. …

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Sometimes without warning, life can become incredibly busy and chaotic causing stress not only on your day, but on your body as well. Using these 4 Ways to Decompress a Stressful Day will help you unwind, regroup, and regain focus. Photos by the uber-talented Frenchly Photography. My personal life has had it’s share of ups …

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsungUnlocked #CollectiveBias Recently, I hosted a Smartphone Photography Workshop for a small event planning firm in the DC area.  While getting ready to host this workshop, I realized a few things about my process of taking and editing …

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EnterTheWonderVault #CollectiveBias Friends, I’m so excited for this post because it’s sponsored by two of my favorite brands, OREO and Kroger! Best Friends Movie Night Hosting a Best Friends Movie Night doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. …

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Once a year, on May 12th, the country recognizes the strength and resiliency of those who stand beside their service members on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.    Today, I wanted to share a look back at a few of the military spouses who have made me who I am today. <img=”” class=”wp-image-20729 size-full” src=”https://javacupcake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/4392_758190004098_3820533_n.jpg” alt=”” …

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Since 2009, I’ve been running JavaCupcake completely on my own.  I’ve had a few amazing friends and fellow bloggers helping me out from time to time with guests post, but I’ve never hired anyone to help out long-term.  Until now! Photographer & Videographer I’m so excited to introduce to you Fanette Rickert of Fanette Rickert Photography! …

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Have you ever hosted a child’s birthday party at home? Have you ever wondered how to stop 15 sugar-filled children running around your kitchen and climbing on your gloss dining table and chairs? Instead of hosting your child’s next birthday at home, why not bring the party to their school?! Use this How to Host …

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Hello Friends, As many of you know the last 2 years have been a difficult journey for me.  My husband’s PTSD from 8 years at war finally reared its ugly head and changed our lives forever.   We went from living a safe, secure life in Germany to being civilians trying to navigate the transition …

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This week was the end of the first round of classes and rotations of the Summer 2016 Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program!  I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks of the program, time has flown by and so many memories have been made. That handsome man in the blue shirt in the center of this …

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I can’t fight the past and I can’t control the past, but I can do something about the future. So, from today forward, building the new… building my new future is what I am going to do. Let’s recap some of the highlights from the program over the last two weeks! Dog Tag, Inc was …

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Another fantastic week of the Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program has concluded and my head and heart are about to explode with knowledge, emotions, and ideas! <img=”” class=”wp-image-19718″ src=”https://javacupcake.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/13645268_10105308259951408_4593718470965578287_n.jpg” alt=”Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program – Summer Cohort 2016″ height=”525″ align=”aligncenter”> Testing soups from a vendor to potentially be sold at Dog Tag Bakery. =”This week …

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This summer, I have the pleasure of being involved in the Dog Tag, Inc Fellowship Program in Georgetown, Washington DC.  Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities, spouses, and caregivers by offering an education at Georgetown University and experiential learning in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon …

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Usually my blog is reserved for happy posts about baking, crafting and travel.  Today, I’m taking a moment to talk about something more serious… the impact a decade of war has had on me. Living with a Wounded Warrior who suffers from combat related PTSD, major depressive disorder, and chronic pain is no walk in the …

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In my family, the most fun we have is when Grandpa comes to visit and over the years we’ve done some really fun things! I’ve put together a collection our favorite 5 Fun Things to do with Grandparents! Time with Grandparents is so special especially if you don’t live particualrly close to them. For example, …

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In the bustling suburbs of Washington, DC, Georgetown Cupcake is a famous bakery that serves up delicious cupcakes to thousands of fans hoping to get a glimpse into stars behind the Food Network’s hit show DC Cupcakes. It didn’t take me too long for me to visit Georgetown cupcake after moving to the DC area.  On …

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I’m excited to finally be able to announce… We’re moving! After five fabulous years living in Germany and traveling around Europe, it’s finally time for our family to say goodbye.  Dave has been reassigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia with the US Army and we will be moving there late January 2016. We’ve already been offered …

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The holidays are about dressing up and making memories with the ones you love.  This season, I created a festive & fun holiday outfit for under $100 that is just too fabulous not to share!  You may be wondering what this baking blogger is doing sharing a fashion post.  Let me explain.  A few months …

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Earlier this year, Germany began receiving thousands of refugees fleeing Syria and the surrounding countries in the middle east.   Many of these men, women, children and families began being housed within miles, minutes from our home here in Germany.  In September, I asked my local community and you, my readers, to send me your …

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine. Being a military family, we can’t plant our roots in one place and call it home.  We move every few years and our home becomes wherever the military takes us.  Thankfully, we’re able to bring …

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Last week I had the privilege of attending a life changing spiritual resiliency pilgrimage throughout Rome and the Vatican.  This trip was completely funded by The Chaplain’s Office of the US Army Europe using Chapel Tithes and Offerings in conjunction with the strategic planning of the USO Rome for the Wounded Warriors of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe and their family …

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