Monday, December 11, 2017

Military Monday: Know His Better then Yours

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Military Wife

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

Yesterday we talked about gifts for soldiers. Today I want to talk about gifts for Army wives. Many times Army wives spend birthdays, anniversaries, and the holidays without their spouse. They often purchase gifts for the kids and have to sign the husbands name to it. Giving a gift to an Army wife can really brighten her spirits especially if her spouse is deployed or TDY during the holiday season. 

This tank top is really cute and would make a great workout shirt. 

I was given this book, the Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage when I married Brian.  


I know a lot of Army wives that have decals like this one on their cars, computers, lockers, and notebooks.
I LOVE this Army wife throw pillow. I think it is so cute. I may get one to put in the chair in my office. The poem on it would also make a great needlepoint project. 

I was given the Army Wife Handbook when Brian and I got engaged and it has been very helpful over the years. It would make an excellent gift for a new Army wife!

Also a subscription to a wine of the month, chocolate of the month, or even a datebox subscription could be a fabulous gift for a Military wife!
What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Soldiers

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

As many of you know, my husband and I run a Christian functional fitness ministry from our home. Because of this ministry, we deal with a lot of athletes so we have a pretty good idea of the things that they could use for Christmas. 


I wrote about the Qualo ring on the athletes gift guide but they are a great gift for soldiers too. My husband has been to several training courses where he couldn't wear his wedding ring for safety reasons, getting the Qualo was super helpful for him. They come in fun pretty colors and more serious/professional colors too! 


I really like this Army shirt. Sleeve length is always challenging for Brian so anything that doesn't have super structured lines can be a good thing!

I love these Army decals. I think that this would be a great gift for anyone who is retired Army.

So sharing your faith in the Army can be really tricky. Being a Christian and being open about your faith can be delicate. An easy way to share your faith without saying a word is how you decorate. I think this praying solider statue would make a fabulous book end for a soldier's desk!

A good boot sock can make all the difference in the would for a soldier. I know that when Brian was doing a lot of ruck marches a good pair of boot socks meant the difference between a quick recovery and painful walking for days. 

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Gardeners

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

I don't know about y'all but we have a BUNCH of gardeners in our family on both sides. While I am NOT a gardener by any means (go ahead, ask me about my black peppers... I dare you) I love buying gift for them! So here are the things on my list for the gardeners in my life. 

I love these funky vegetables. I think this would be a great gift for a homeschool mom or kids that are really in to gardening. It would be a fun science project! 

I really like these Heirloom Varieties of Tomatoes They are non-GMO and there are 20 different varieties in this pack. 


I adore this folding seat for the garden. I love that it has a tool pouch. I think this would be a great gift for a grandma that is always in her garden. It could also be taken to baseball and soccer games that never have enough seating!

This vertical gardening tower could be a good gift for someone that would like to garden but doesn't have much space, especially if all they have is a patio or balcony. 

This gardener's journal could be a great way to support the gardener in your life. I know Brian likes to make charts and graphs for when to plant, transplant, and harvest based off of the frost date, before we moved to San Diego of course! A notebook like this might help to keep all of that information organized and in one place. 

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Athletes

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

As many of you know, my husband and I run a Christian functional fitness ministry from our home. Because of this ministry, we deal with a lot of athletes so we have a pretty good idea of the things that they could use for Christmas. 


Brian and I each have a Qualo ring and we LOVE them. I have had mine for two years now and it is still in fabulous condition. 

While we don't allow earphone/earbuds in our gym during coaching sessions, I know a lot of people like to use them during cardio. I like these a lot!

Recovery is a crucial part of fitness training. I think this kit would make a great gift for just about any athlete. 

Compression socks are an athlete's best friend. I LOVE some of the patterns available here, especially this one

I don't know a single female athlete that doesn't struggle with keeping her hair out of her face. These headbands are great and I love all the colorful patterns.  

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Teachers

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December.  Last week, we focused on gift guides for family members. This week we are going to focus on important people in our lives! You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

I owe a large part of who I am to Mrs. Gonzales, Mrs. Reid, and Dr. Quam. Each one of these women made a big impact on me while I was growing up. Saying thank you to a teacher can be difficult, but remembering them on Christmas can be a great way to say "thanks for all you do!" Today I want to talk about great gifts for teachers. 


Every single teacher that I know drinks coffee by the gallon. It doesn't seem to matter if they teach preschool or 12th grade, coffee is a requirement. This mug is so precious and I think the saying is incredibly true!  

I think this math wall clock would be a great gift for a math teacher! 

I know when I was teaching kindergarten there was never a time when I couldn't use an extra tote bag. This one is super cute and I LOVE the leather detail. I also really like this bag and all the pretty colors! 

I know that a lot of teachers have to adhere to a pretty strict dress-code, but socks often times aren't regulated too closely. These socks could be a super sweet gift to the teacher in your life. 

This 101 Blessings for Teachers would be a sweet way to start the conversation about Christ with your child's teacher!

I adore this personalized wall art for a teacher's classroom! I think it would be such a neat addition to any classroom. 

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!


Military Monday: Someone Else

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Grandparents

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

Grandparents often have a huge impact on a child's life. I am so grateful for the incredible older people (related by blood and not!) that love on our boys so well. Today, let's talk about great gifts for grandparents.

I love the idea of this family tree but for both sets of grandparents in our family they would need a MUCH bigger tree. Maybe thinking of a way to do this that is editable? I'm going to do some more thinking on this one and I may come back an update this with other ideas!


I haven't met a grandparent yet that doesn't LOVE to have pictures of their grandchildren all over the home. This picture frame is super cute and I think it would be a great gift, especially if you could get ALL the grandchildren in a picture together. 

This tape measure could be a great gift for grandparents especially if they live further away. It could be a neat tradition each holiday season to measure all the grandkids. Especially because it looks like it could be removed and taken with them if the grandparents moved. 

Board games make a great gift for grandparents! My boys love Chutes and Ladders, memory games, and Jenga. GIving these to grandparents is a gift that all of the family could enjoy when they visit Grandma and Grandpa.  

I love this devotional with a prayer a week for grandparents to pray over their grandchildren! I think this one will make our list this year for sure!

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Aunts and Uncles

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!
My boys are super blessed to have a large extended family and we are grateful for the ways that are impacting our kids lives from thoughtful gifts to praying for their salvation even though we are on the other side of the country! Today I want to spotlight gifts for those special Aunts and Uncles that impact our kids lives every single day.

I always seem to start with something coffee related. Maybe coffee is my love language? Is that possible? Anyways, I just love this coffee cup with the nutrition label of an aunt, especially if she is in the nutrition/health field! I really like this brother promoted to uncle mug for the guys! This mug set has a best uncle and aunt mug set and would be great for a married couple that really impacts your child's life. 

I am just now getting in to the essential oil world, but one of the aunts in our family is a HUGE believer. A pretty diffuser like this one could be a great gift for her office. 

I just love The Apologetic's Study Bible and I think it would make a fabulous gift for any Aunt or Uncle, especially if they are working on being able to defend their faith. 

I just LOVE this collection of Piano Hymns. We play it every single day during our quiet time. It is super relaxing and I love listening to it while I read the word of God. This would make a great gift for any aunt or uncle!

My last recommendation for Aunts and Uncles is one that doesn't cost a thing. If you live near your family and are able to help from time to time, a coupon book with things like "2 hours free babysitting" or "1 kid free weekend" could be a real blessing especially if finances are tight and affording a babysitter is a luxury. It is an easy way to bless them and encourage their marriage.  

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Children

Welcome to the Forgiven Former Feminist Gift Guide. As I mentioned in the INTRO, I will be posting gift ideas for different people throughout the month of December. You can find my other gift guides here. Just so you know, all the links on this list are amazon affiliate links which means that if you purchase something from the links The Forgiven Former Feminist gets a small commission. Thank you for all of your support. With that being said, lets check out today's gift guide!

Buying Christmas gifts for children is SUPER STRESSFUL if you let your priorities get out of whack. I don't try to get the must have toy of the year because frankly I think that is ridiculous. If you are focused on Jesus there is no such thing as a "must have" toy.  I try to focus on gifts that are long-lasting, practical, and affordable. I also don't do electronics for our children. My younger sister gave us a tablet for Christmas two years ago and we use it to watch family movies on once in a while or if we want to watch a YouTube video to supplement our home-school work, but that is it. WE often times give what many people would consider "old school" toys and books. I also go fairly gender neutral because I think boys and girls can (and often should) play with the same toys. So, let me give you my list of awesome Christmas gifts for kids. 


Two years ago we got William this Tonka Dump Truck. He has played with it literally every single day for two years and it is still in GREAT condition. It was $25.00 when we bought it so that was his "big gift" for the year. I looked at getting the crane version this year, but I was a little concerned about how many of the reviews said that the cord broke easily. Does anybody out there have one? If so, do you love it? 

Blocks are always a hit. I have seen 12 year old boys drop their video games to play blocks! My sister gave us this Melissa and Doug Block Set before William was born. It has been used by roughly 50 kids in the last three years and it still looks new (minus the one that Henry teethed on). William loves the set of magnet blocks that a friend of ours has so I think these will probably be under our tree this year! For littler kids that aren't ready magnets but have passed beyond the simple stacking blocks, the mega blocks are a great option! We have two sets of them and they are really good. 

I am really looking in to the idea of maker play and developing STEM skills for my boys. I think I will be getting this book specifically about STEM play at home and this book about Lego building

We LOVE books on CD at our house. William will be three next week and his FAVORITE activity is listening to a book and "reading" by himself. We have the Clifford, Cars, Stone Soup, Bob the Builder, and several others. I highly recommend trying them out, especially in long car rides!

The boys have outgrown their baby Bibles and we are ready for them to upgrade. We are going to move them to the Jesus Storybook Bible for Christmas this year and I am SO VERY excited! William has really started to catch on to the Bible stories that we read and I look forward to adding more "meaty" stories and longer passages with him! 

What do you think? Is there anything major that didn't make the list? If I left anything off please shoot me an email at theforgivenformerfeminist@gmail.com and let me know. You can also find me on facebooktwitter, and goodreads and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!