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The 3 Most Popular Budget Myths (And How You Can Overcome Them ASAP)

I remember the first time I heard the word "budget". I was twenty-one years old, newly graduated from college, and my Air Force second lieutenant bars were fresh from the factory.  It only took one time when the money ran out before the month that I realized I really hadn't figured out much since leaving mama and daddy's house! Experience really is a great teacher. Other people's…


Added by Lori Bell on March 17, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

2014 NAMMAS Theme: Cultivating Community


YES....we made it!! What did you make it through? What did you leave behind with sweat on your brow, kicking the dust from your shoes? Many of our members have just started their journey with the military and lots of scary emotions come up. Your service member is…


Added by Lori Bell on January 2, 2014 at 10:15am — 2 Comments

Not Alone In A Crowded Room

A few weeks ago I posted a question on our NAMMAS Facebook page asking about the top 3 spouse/mom challenges. It was inspired by a post on our Chatter Box forum. A military spouse said she didn't want her experience at NAMMAS to be "like many other aspects of the military where I feel alone in a crowded room."

I read that…


Added by Lori Bell on October 24, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

How To Send Holiday Love To War

I recieved this email recently from a Navy mom. Her daughter was deployed to Afghanistan and she found an awesome way to send Christmas to war! Try this the next time you fill your holiday care package:

"Lori, this is the first time I've used this email addy in a long time, and so happy to be able to post one more time.  You have the greatest number of members to whom I hope this will prove useful.

I wrote about it when my daughter was in Afghanistan, and…


Added by Lori Bell on December 13, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments

Thanksgiving Day Video Surprises

Here's some Thanksgiving tear-jerking cheer from our friends at Welcome Home Blog. Get your tissues ready...…


Added by Lori Bell on November 21, 2012 at 5:15pm — No Comments

10 Things Blue Star Parents Should Know About Reintegration

Here's a great post I found on www.veteransunited.com! If you're excited to welcome your service member back, here's great information on what you can expect. Originally posted by Claire Shackleford.

The thought of reintegration is a sweet one. Knowing your military member is back…


Added by Lori Bell on November 21, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments

Oprah and The Distinguished 1%: Military Spouses Make It To Primetime

It was a breathtaking scene. Thirty military spouses, laughing, crying, and hugging in a foggy haze of the holiday scene going on around us. It was October just outside the doors of this room, located just a few miles from my own house.…


Added by Lori Bell on November 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Make Date Night A Night to Remember

Want a fun and creative way to spice up date nights? Make a Date Night Can! Decorate an old can of some fruit or vegetable...make sure it's big enough to put your hand inside...and fill it with date night ideas written on scraps of paper. To really awaken the kid in you, get your kids to help fill the can!




Added by Lori Bell on September 30, 2012 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Sometimes It's Ok to Be A Baby...

Have you ever had a bad computer day? The email doesn't work right, you can't access the files you need, or you simply can't get connected.  My day is like that today, with all of the above going on.  It sounds like a small thing but when you can't get what you need when you need it, it can be like the world is on fire!  But I was looking in my journal and  found this message from January 26:

"Today I want you to picture Me cradling you.  Whenever you feel the stressors of the…


Added by Lori Bell on August 8, 2012 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

Does He See You?

So often we question and wonder...does He see me? Does He know me? Does He love me? I was wondering the same thing one day.  Here is God's message to both of us:

Why do you love me? Don't you see me? What is it about me that thrills you?

"You are like me. You are part of me. You are mine. I created you to love. Everything about you is fantastic. Sure there are things we're going to work on, but you, the eternal you, you are divine and simply beautiful.  I want…


Added by Lori Bell on August 8, 2012 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Giving You Everything...

Here is what God has in mind concerning you today:

"I love you and I really do want what's best for you. I'm excited about you! Just walk with me. Talk with me. Give me everything you are so I can give you everything I am. I want to make myself known to you, as the Father makes himself known to me. I'm not holding anything from you. I want to give you everything.  Abide in me and let my words abide in you."

With love and blessing


Added by Lori Bell on August 8, 2012 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Great Math/Science Program for Military High Schoolers Now At 52 Schools

NMSI Executive Announces Initiative for Military Families Expansion at Military Child Education Coalition Conference

4:56 PM CDT on 6.27.2012


DALLAS – Gregg Fleisher, Senior Vice President of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), told the Military Children Education Coalition’s national training seminar Wednesday that NMSI’s highly successful Initiative for Military Families (IMF) will be…

Added by Lori Bell on July 25, 2012 at 6:13am — No Comments

Motivation Monday, Issu #2: Just how free are you?

We're celebrating independence day this week and it got me thinking about freedom.  How many of us truly live like we're free? I've heard the "glass ceiling" and the "fixed income" and all sorts of things we tell ourselves to explain why we haven't excelled past where we are. So what's holding you back?

What hinders you from feeling and being free? What one thing can you do this week to free yourself from judgement, schedule, conflict, worry, etc?

Start the conversation and…


Added by Lori Bell on July 2, 2012 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Can't Get A Job? This Should Help...

First Lady Announces New Effort to Hire Military Spouses and Veterans

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 04, 2012

The First Lady announced today during a conference call with Military1Click and various media outlets, the new efforts to hire military spouses through her Joining Forces initiative. Mrs. Obama, was joined by Joining Forces Executive Director Brad Cooper and Dawn Schaeffer, a military spouse partnered with Arise Virtual…


Added by Lori Bell on April 5, 2012 at 4:17am — No Comments

ABC TV Contacts NAMMAS To Cast Military Moms and Spouses For Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Season 3

In a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” documents the amazing makeover of courageous, obese people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis.…


Added by Lori Bell on January 28, 2012 at 4:23am — No Comments

We're Up To Something...

Hi NAMMAS Family!

I hope you're having a fantastic week and and awesome new year...we're already 26 days in! It's amazing how quickly a month passes by.  Welcome to all of you who are just joining us...we're excited you're here!

I wanted to send you a quick message to clarify the changes that will be happening at NAMMAS on Feb 1.  There have been some questions as to what to expect and…


Added by Lori Bell on January 26, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

How Big Is Your Net?

Since creating NAMMAS two years ago, I have learned that a person's social and professional net worth is directly proportional to their network.  This basically means you can be of little value to those around you unless your network extends beyond your small circle of friends.


Here's what I mean:


This week has been one of my most fun ever! There were back-to-back events that I was invited to attend and since I love to be where moms of service members and…


Added by Lori Bell on September 23, 2011 at 6:44am — No Comments

Where did summer go??

Every year it seems summer gets shorter and shorter! It's been a world-wind for my family and me...we just completed a second move in a year.  It was a local move, but still involved the packers, boxes, the logistics, the letting go, the keeping close, the....EVERYTHING! There's still something refreshing though about starting over.  It's a clean start.  Another opportunity to finally get as organized as I've always wanted to be. 

On top of all that, two of my kids started…


Added by Lori Bell on August 19, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

“I’m glad to see a website for moms...”

It's a comment I hear all the time when I go to military family events or even speak at military spouse conferences.  And it's all over our site.  Moms are happy to be connected to a group of people who are just waiting to talk, help and…


Added by Lori Bell on August 5, 2011 at 8:01am — 2 Comments


NAMMAS has seen some amazing growth during our first year on the WWW.  We are delighted that so many of our members pass the word on to friends, relatives, other spouses and moms and people who love supporting the military.  Unfortunately, many times when groups of like minds congregate together, that also attracts others with unscrupulous intentions ready to take advantage of a wonderful community.  I wanted to write a special post on OPSEC, Operational Security, to remind you that even in…


Added by Lori Bell on February 28, 2011 at 8:26am — 3 Comments

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