Leap of Faith

Published in March 2022 Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine Celebrity encounters for most people are unexpected. One might even find themselves staring, awestruck, or hoping to get a quick photo. However, for Acting Coach Warner Loughlin seeing an A-lister is just another day in the office, literally. Loughlin has worked for almost four decades with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, helping them with upcoming film roles. But when she’s not living the hustle and bustle life of Hollywood, Loughlin calls the Lowcountry…

Listening and Learning with Dr. Jill Biden

Published in Military Spouse Magazine January 2020 To say Dr. Jill Biden is a busy lady would be an understatement. The wife of former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Dr. Biden served as second lady from 2009-2017 during the Obama administration. She has been traveling nonstop since her husband announced his candidacy for president. However, Biden’s efforts go far beyond her husband’s campaign trail. When we spoke in mid-December, Biden was a full-time professor at Northern Virginia…

Want To Be a Teacher? Learn How These Milspouses Made it Happen

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. There are many challenges a military spouse faces within this unique lifestyle, but finding a stable career often tops the list.  There needs to be both passion and flexibility especially when the most consistent aspect of this way of life is inconsistency. Popular careers include in-home businesses, healthcare, and computer graphics, but many military spouses turn to teaching. Many spouses may embrace the idea of becoming a teacher, they…

The Military Child

Independent, strong, resilient, respectful: these are just some terms used to describe America’s military brats. Over 1.2 million children in the United States currently live in an active duty military home. Of those 1.2 million, 900,000 will have experienced at least one deployed parent. To honor their commitment and sacrifice, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child. So, what is it really like to be the child of a service member? I was born and raised…

A Whole New World-Thailand

Thailand was never really at the top of my list of places I wanted to visit. I knew a little bit about the country from random pictures and movies, but it just never stood out to me until we moved to Japan. Being just a five-hour flight from our home, it quickly jumped the line of places I wanted to visit. Sorry Sydney, Australia…Thailand may have just taken the number one spot as my favorite destination! We started the trip…

48 Hours in Beijing, China (with kids)!

  Seeing The Great Wall of China has always been high on my bucket list (along with seeing the other six modern wonders of the world). Well, I finally got the chance this past Veteran’s Day weekend. On Friday, my family boarded a plane headed for Beijing. We booked our trip through a travel agency, and they arranged everything for us (driver, hotel, full itinerary, meals, tickets. etc.). When we arrived, our travel guide, Alice, was waiting for us and…

Top 10 Tips: Traveling with Toddlers (and Infants):

Those that know me know I have a strong love for travel. When asked where do I want to visit, my answer is always the same: Everywhere! But I seldom travel alone (or even just with the hubs). I almost always have my two under two with me, and although I would never say it’s easy, it’s definitely possible. I understand that just the thought of traveling with young children is enough to cause anxiety even in the most tolerant…

Touring the Land Down Under

Australia is a popular bucket list item for a lot of people, myself included, but it was always in the far off distance. “I want to go to Australia one day,” I had so often said, so when my husband, Jesse, started putting together a summer trip for us, I was beyond ecstatic. Since Sydney is such a big, sought-after area, we decided to spend our full eight days there, and we were so glad we did. We were never…

Hawaii of the East: 72 Hours in Okinawa

  Okinawa has been referred to as the “Hawaii of the East.” As Japan’s southern most prefecture, the island of Okinawa offers a tropical climate that can be an easy escape from the more northern parts of the country. Memorial Day weekend gave my family a couple of days to take the quick trip and do a little exploring ourselves. We booked our trip through our base’s IACE Travel department, which made things so easy from the start. The flight…

Navigating Tokyo

Sometimes, well most times, military families do not get much of a decision when selecting a duty station. The Marine Corps sends my husband where he is needed, and the family just tags along; however, in our particular case, we were asked out of AZ, CA, & Japan, where would we like to go next? For us, Japan was the obvious choice. We sometimes get weird reactions when we tell people that, but we were born to travel. We want…

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