Emily Spess

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Emily is an import to Pensacola, hailing originally from the Mitten State. She is a lawyer, Army wife, and mom to two wild boys. Her favorite things include good coffee, children’s books, photography, rainy days, and playing in her kitchen. She reads cookbooks for fun and loves a good podcast. Her happy places are the library and the woods. Emily has lived in five countries, five states, and the District of Columbia. She has traveled around the world (literally), has crossed the U.S. while living out of an RV (twice!), and believes strongly in educating children through travel.

Pictures of Home

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There it was, right in the middle of my Facebook feed: my childhood home. To be fair, it's not as though my parents decided to sell the house I grew up in without telling me....

Grown Ups Need Easter Baskets, Too!

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It has recently come to my attention that a number of people think that Easter baskets are something people eventually age out of, like trick-or-treating at Halloween. Well, I am here today to emphatically...

Pediatric Nutrition Bites with Calee Taylor

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"Mac and cheese, cannoli, jelly and nut butter sandwiches, ice cream, cereal, and McDonald's. Oh, and anything with Chick-fil-A sauce!" That was my kindergartener's response when I asked him to list his favorite foods. Proud...
bedtime book club

Bedtime Book Club

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Mamas, have you heard? The Pensacola Mom Collective is starting a book club, and it's open to all of YOU! This was very exciting news for me because, despite my long-standing affinity for books, I...
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Organizing Your Memories With Family Yearbooks

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Aaaaah, January! My favorite month of the year! The month of fewer commitments, fresh starts, resolutions, and organization! While I'm probably not the person to turn to for advice on how to lose 20...
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It’s Time to Say Thank You

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'Tis the season to be thankful! I know what you're thinking - we just did that in November. This is New Years resolution season! But stay with me here. Remember all of those gifts...

The New Kids Need You

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At the start of every new school year, we scurry around trying to make sure that our children are prepared for school. New school clothes? Check. School supplies? Check. School physicals and immunizations? Check....

Finding Your Way Home With Rachael Johnson

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  If there is one skill that military families are famous for honing, it’s moving. My family, for example, averages less than two years in a given location before having to pick up and find...

Have Fun With Your Food! Get Your Family’s Meals Back on Track With Weelicious

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One Family. One Meal. I like to consider myself a cookbook enthusiast. For me, my cookbooks don't just decorate my shelves; I read them cover to cover. I dog-ear pages and take notes in all...

Chill Out With Kids’ Podcasts

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Today was day forty-bazillion of quarantine. And that would make it the forty-bazillionth day in a row that everyone’s tensions were running just a little bit high from just a little too much togetherness....