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David's Bridal Wedding Gown Preservation Kit Review

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, April 8, 2015,
Finally after two years from my wedding day, I've decided it's time to finally wash and preserve my wedding gown! I know it's gross that I didn't get it dry-cleaned right after my wedding, but it wasn't that dirty and I didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars of getting it dry-cleaned when I can do that with David's Bridal for cheaper (plus get it preserved at the same time)! 

Usually, I would go online and check out David's Bridal website to see if there are any specials. They are usually $189...
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My son is 11 months old with 6 teeth and I am still breastfeeding

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, January 14, 2015,
I can't believe I have been able to breastfeed my son for this long. It is the best gift. The benefits of his own mother's milk is undeniable. Because it has antibodies (unlike formula), my son's immune system is great and he hasn't gotten really sick yet! Knock on wood! Also, because mother's milk is organic, it's easy on his stomach and easily digestible. I can list about 10 more benefits but then this will really drag on. Today I am celebrating 11 months of being able to breastfeed my son....
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My baby son had eczema and I've tried 5 different creams but only 1 works

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, January 8, 2015,
When my son was about a couple of months old, he started getting eczema around his arms and legs. I was really worried that he was allergic to our dog. It was something I was very suspicious of because I am allergic to cats and some dogs. 

He was born during the winter in South Carolina so his skin got really dry from the heater in our room and the cold outside. At the time, the only lotion I used was Johnson's baby lotion and after I would apply it on his skin, it would get so red. I was so s...
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Eating ice cream while nursing

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, December 16, 2014,
I've been craving a lot of ice cream lately. I have mint chocolate chip from Edy's and coffee flavor from Prestige in the freezer right now. Usually I don't eat much ice cream. Maybe only when I am out at the mall or at a restaurant on a rare occasion. However, lately I've been craving it and I wonder if it's my body telling me that I need more fat content to feed the baby?

My baby son is now 10 months old and I am still breastfeeding. He's been thinning out in the last couple of months becaus...
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Grand Bohemiam Hotel in Asheville - Very Impressive

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, November 30, 2014,
My husband took me and my son to Asheville, NC for the first time for our 2 year wedding anniversary celebration. I've heard so much about Asheville and about the Biltmore Estate. When we went there, everything exceeded my expectations, especially our hotel stay at the Grand Bohemiam Hotel near the historic village. He bought the Romance package which included a massage, breakfast and champagne for two so I felt like a queen for a day! 

Here are some pictures from our trip. It was very family ...
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Feeling burned out by real estate as an agent

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, July 29, 2014,
While I was pregnant with my son, I took a real estate class and got my license to become a REALTOR. I joined an agency and my wonderful office took me in and showed me the ropes. I got my license in October, gave birth in February (4 months after joining the agency) and am now just slowly getting back into it in July (5 months after giving birth). Even though I've been in real estate for only 9 months, I feel really burned out. 

While I was pregnant, I showed some homes to a couple who were r...
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I broke my Droid phone today by accidentally running it over

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, July 28, 2014,
Thank God I had Google Picasa back up on my phone for the last few months because I accidentally ran over my phone with husband's truck today. I dropped it without knowing it and ran over it while I was backing out of the parking lot. What if I didn't set up that account before I did that? All of my photos would have been gone forever. I really suggest you all make sure you activate your Google Picasa account so that it links to your Google account if you have an Android phone. All of the pho...
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Nursing Cover Review - Use PROMO code 4132E9 to get for Free

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, July 27, 2014, In : Motherhood 
I was tired of using a blanket or towel to cover my baby and me when we had to stop somewhere to nurse the baby at a gas station so I needed something light and breathe-able without worrying about someone see me nurse. Initially I thought I could make it myself but who was I kidding? I had the promo code for a free nursing cover with having to pay a 11.95 fee for shipping and handling. I'm bringing it with me on the plane for my baby's first plane ride. See my review below. You can use PROMO ...
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Losing a lot of hair 4 months after giving birth

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, In : Motherhood 
Around 4 months after giving birth, I noticed a lot of hair from my head is falling out every time I finished showering and combing my hair. I was really worried. I wondered if it's because I lost my pregnancy weight so fast? I am also breastfeeding so I thought maybe it's because a lot of the nutrients is going to the baby during this time through my breast milk. 

Then I asked my friend who has two kids if she went through the same thing. She said she did and that the doctor told her that 80%...
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Another 7-7 birthday (July 7)

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, July 1, 2014,
I was born on July 7 so I legitimately have a reason why 7 is my lucky number. Sorry I just had to said that. It's okay if other people want to claim that number too but I'm still going to be a snob about it.

Today is July 1 and it is officially my birthday month. I usually treat myself with some online shopping and take advantage of the 4th of July sales going on. I also take advantage of the discount and free coupons in my emails for my birthday. It pays to join rewards. 

When I was younger, ...
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2 siblings who passed away in the same week

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, June 26, 2014,
I have a wonderful boss. She is like another mother who I wish was my own. She took me under her right wing and treats me like family. She gave me my own office and made sure I was set up to succeed. 

Well, this week, 2 of her siblings died unexpectedly. As she was flying to another state to attend her sister's funeral, her brother passed away. I couldn't even imagine it. I feel sick to my stomach thinking about it. I've already sent my condolences earlier this week when her sister passed away...
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Big Wong BBQ inside the Hong Kong Supermarket Mall in Norcross, GA near Atlanta

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, June 9, 2014, In : Atlanta 
We were really impressed with the Hong Kong Supermarket Mall in the Atlanta Area (5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
NorcrossGA 30093
). It not only is a huge supermarket, it has small shops inside with bakeries and other restaurants too. I wanted to get some Roast Pork with the crunchy rind on the outside and went to Big Wong BBQ. It was probably the best I've ever had. 

This is how the front of their place looks like inside of Hong Kong Supermarket.


This is the Roast Pig that I got. Get the Roast Pig, ...
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Lee's Bakery in Atlanta Georgia - Sailor Girlfriend Review

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Atlanta 
We went to Lee's Bakery (4005 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345) for the first time when we were visiting the town. It was so busy. It took us 15 minutes before we were able to put in our orders. A lot of people dined in as well. They serve soups and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with the special offer of "Buy 5 get 1 Free" for those taking banh mis to go. 

We ordered 2 special banh mi, 3 grilled pork and 1 grilled chicken. I do not recommend getting the grilled chicken. I highly recommend the ...
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3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About the First Months for a Baby

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Motherhood 
As a first time mother of a 4 month old baby, I've learned so many things about taking care of a baby. However, there are certain things I wish I knew so I could make a better decisions about some of these things early on.
1. Flat Heads 
Every reading source and and health professional would tell me to put my baby on his back to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). What they didn't tell me is that this can cause flat heads. I noticed my baby started getting a flat side on the back of hi...
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Use a sturdy cardboard box to make an end table

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, June 7, 2014, In : DIY 
I like to keep boxes around the house because I always end up using them for storage or shipping something to a friend. I don't want to buy boxes when I can reuse the ones that I get from getting things shipped to me. My husband thinks that I'm weird that I hoard these boxes but they really come into great use! 

I got creative one day and realized I needed an end table for our bedroom near my closet. I didn't want to go out and buy one and I recently got a sturdy cardboard boxed in the mail. I...
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How to remove the extra space on your watch band video

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, In : DIY 
I recently bought a watch for the first time in many years. I haven't worn a watch since high school. I forgot that usually the band is too big for me so instead of going to a shop to get it fixed, I decided to buy a home kit for $8 online and do it myself. Here is a video of how I removed the extra space on my watch band for the first time below: 

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Things you gladfully gave up after giving birth to a baby

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, In : Motherhood 
My newborn is no longer a newborn now that he is 3 months old so I've been doing some reflecting. A lot has changed about me, from my hair to my way of thinking. I put him first before my needs and I am glad to do it. I just want him to grow up happy and strong. Here are some obvious things I gave up after giving birth to a baby, and these are things many moms have done:

  • I no longer have long hair. I now understand why so many moms get a bob after giving birth. My baby is getting to the point ...

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My 3 month old baby pulls his ear so much, it tears

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, In : Motherhood 
My 3 month old baby has been pulling his ears a lot whenever he gets sleepy. I'm so worried. It just started to tear a little. I would put neosporin on it and hope it would heal. I've been trying to get him to not tug on it as much when he gets sleepy by covering his ear with my hand when he reaches for it. We were going to go to the doctor to get it looked but I had a feeling that most likely, he will just say to "leave it alone". It's just like a millimeter tear on the top. 

I realize that b...
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My husband gives me an Easter basket every year but this one sings Bieber!

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, May 8, 2014,
Ever since I met my husband in 2010, he's given me an Easter basket every year filled with candy. This year he topped it off with an Easter chick with bunny ears. It's animated and sings one of my pop star's famous song: "baby baby". Yes, I am a Beiber fan. I like his music even though I don't like his personality. It's amazing that my husband found an animated stuff animal that did this. Check it out believe. It's cute!

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I think my baby is allergic to Johnson & Johnson Shampoo with rashes

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, May 4, 2014,
My baby is 11 weeks old. For the last month and a half, my baby has been suffering from rashes on his face on and off. It would get better and then worse again. We've been using 1% hydrocortisone and vaseline and it's been helping with clearing it and then recently I noticed that after I give him a bath, he starts rubbing his eyes a lot. We've been using Johnson & Johnson Shampoo every other bath or so. It says it's gentle on the eyes but does it cause irritation after? 

My baby would only hav...
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How do I tell a family member to not post pictures of my baby

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, May 4, 2014, In : Motherhood 
I'm one of those first time mothers who are showing some overprotective traits. After I gave birth to my son, I decided to not post any pictures of his face on social media. With facial recognition and the digital world making it hard for privacy, I want to make sure my son has his first years as private as possible and away from crazy creepy old men's eyes. 

The gift of privacy is something a lot of mothers think about on Facebook. Well, I am going to give my son that gift. I had that privacy...
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Using Vitamin E Oil to help with baby's dried eyelids and rubbing

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, April 24, 2014, In : Motherhood 
My newborn is 2 months and 3 weeks old and he has been consistently rubbing his eyelids. He rubs his left one more than his right so his left one is really swollen and red. It doesn't look as bad if he doesn't rub it for awhile but then it gets swollen again once he rubs it. I've tried putting petroleum jelly on his eyelids to see if that helps heal it faster but I think his constant rubbing is preventing it from getting better. 

This morning I tried something different and swaddled him while ...
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10 simple things that is now a luxury for a breastfeeding mother

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, April 3, 2014, In : Motherhood 
It seems like nowadays, breastfeeding and pumping are consuming most of my time. Ever since I had mastitis (see older blog post), I have been religiously pumping every 3-5 hours (depending on how much my son fed from my breasts) so that I don't get too engorged and feel pain again. Between diaper changes, feeding, comforting the baby when it's fussy time, bath time and comforting him to sleep, pumping is my #1 priority for any free time I have. Here are the things I miss since giving birth to...
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Extremely annoyed by my dog now that I have a newborn

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, April 1, 2014,
I feel guilty for feeling this way but it's the truth. I am extremely annoyed by my dog now. It started when I was pregnant. I would get really mad when he jumps on my belly because I was afraid he'll knock me over or hit too hard on the fetus. Even when I tell him no, he would do it so it got to the point where I had to become unfriendly to him so he doesn't try to do that to me when when I get home. That means I don't pet him anymore or play with him. Well, it worked while I was pregnant an...
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I've come to realized that Breastfeeding is a full time job

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, March 29, 2014,
One side of one of my breasts is extremely plugged right now and it is very hard in this area. I feel at least 5 bumps in there so my ducts in that area are plugged. I have no idea how to unplug it and I've been sitting with my pump to try to empty that breast the for the last hour. My baby is napping right now so I can't directly feed him at the moment because it's a much needed rest for him. I've come to the conclusion that breastfeeding is a full time job in itself (in order to make sure w...
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Breast Pumps Comparison: Medela vs. Ameda Double Pumps

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Motherhood 
I am currently nursing my 22 day old newborn and own 2 different types of breast pumps. To ensure that I get a continuous supply of breast milk for my baby, I try to pump every 3 hours for 15 minutes. 

At first I started out with the Medela Advanced Pump In Style. It's quiet, has a lot of accessories available at many stores and many moms like it. Then, I started using the Ameda brand with their Purely Yours double pump a few days later because it was free with my husband's insurance after giv...
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Childbirth Side Effects - Constipation even after 3 weeks

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : childbirth 
I knew it was going to be hard going to the bathroom after giving vaginal birth, but I had no idea I would still be constipated even after 3 weeks. I have taken laxatives 3 times and I hate that I need those in order to empty my waste. 

I also feel that my hands are still numb after I wake up from my sleep, which is very little these days. My numbed hands are what I had while I was pregnant towards the end of my third trimester. I wonder if that is a result of all the toxins built up in my bod...
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Amount of breastmilk I am producing - from less than 1 oz to now over 5 oz

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, In : Motherhood 
When I first started pumping my breast milk, my first 15 min session produced under 1 oz and that's including both breasts! On the 3rd day after I gave birth was when I started pumping to get more milk coming. Now, 15 days later, I am finally producing over 5 oz. What a difference and relief! I'm finally making a surplus for my baby.

 We are no longer supplementing my baby's diet with formula.
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Feeling like I was sexual abused by my lactation consultant

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, February 22, 2014, In : Motherhood 
While I was pregnant with my son, I decided that I was going to breastfeed instead of using formula since so many medical professionals highly encouraged it. When my son was born, he latched onto my breasts right away and I felt like we had a good thing going on. On the second day, I got worried because his lips were getting really dry and that made me think I was not producing enough liquids from my breasts. We decided to see a lactation consultant the next day.

I'm not sure if it's because o...
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Dealing with Post Partum after Childbirth

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, February 20, 2014, In : pregnancy 
It's been 13 days since I gave birth to my beautiful son and I'm dealing with postpartum. I've been crying a lot and we've had a lot of visitors and their dogs come stay at our house to meet the baby. We've also recently did a 2.5 hour road trip each way for 2 days so other family members can meet the baby as well. All of this on top of healing physically and emotionally has been hard. The baby is not even 2 weeks old yet.

Am I being too nice to let so many visitors come and see our baby, dis...
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Took me 6 days after Child Birth to Poop

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, February 13, 2014, In : pregnancy 
The day finally came! I pooped! I gave birth 6 days ago and did not poop until today. The days up until this date has been brutal. I've been eating normally as well so I have no idea where all of that food is stored in my body. With the stitches down there and my nipples hurting from breastfeeding, this third problem made the last several days really uncomfortable.

So for those who has never given birth before, consider this a warning that you may not be able to poop for awhile! Fortunately, ...
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Weak in the knees when there is a contraction (39 weeks)

Posted by SailorGirlfriend.com on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, In : pregnancy 
This morning I claimed to have suffered from Braxton Hicks for the first time in my blog this morning and now it's 3:57pm and it has come back. I wonder if this is all real labor and that I'm just at the very beginning stages? I am already 39 weeks today so it is possible right?

As I was walking around the house, I did feel like my right leg would get weak all of a sudden like a sudden shot through my leg went up my spine and I had to stop for a second a few times. Is this caused by my contrac...
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What products to get to minimize pregnancy stretch marks

Posted by SailorGirlfriend on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, In : pregnancy 
See video below on three products to use to minimize pregnancy stretch marks and scars. Use them throughout your pregnancy.

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Braxton Hicks "False Labor" at 39 weeks is painful

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, In : pregnancy 
I am exactly 39 weeks today and I suffered from Braxton Hicks for the first time this morning at around 1am. I really thought I was going into early labor because I had a hard time getting up and my abdominal area was hurting so bad. I went to the bathroom and noticed some watery discharge so I thought that my amniotic fluid is slowly leaking out. I noticed some mucous plug yesterday and the day before as well so that is why I thought it was my amniotic fluid today.

Anyway, I had a doctor's ap...
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37 weeks and 4 days pregnant and my nose is growing bigger

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, January 26, 2014, In : pregnancy 
My husband and I decided to not take professional maternity photos for my pregnancy. It was due to a combination of forgetting, delaying and not wanting to spend money for pictures of my unattractive big belly. I figured I'd just wait for my child to be born to take family photos. 

Anyway, since I am growing very massive today at 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant and there is a chance that the baby might arrive earlier than expected, I decided to take some selfies. People say that your nose grows w...
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Many old timers are not susceptible to change

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, January 25, 2014,
I guess when I get to my 50s, I might be this way but as a 30 year old and being surrounded by a lot of 40s and 50 year olds, I noticed that old timers are not susceptible to change.

With new technology, there is always going to be new tools introduced to an industry. Not only old timers don't accept the new processes easily, they even outwardly complain. They have no problem or shame and voices their frustration even before the process and changes have happened.

Anyone experienced the same t...
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Got my Group B Strep test last week after 36 weeks

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : pregnancy 
My OB/GYN said that after 35 weeks, pregnant women have to get tested for Group B Strep so I had to get another vaginal exam where they stick a stick test in there. It was quick and painless. It's not like a cervical exam where they stick their fingers in there.

They said that about 20 - 30% of women have this and they want to find out ahead of time to ensure the baby doesn't get infected during delivery. It can cause stillbirth and serious infections for some babies.

I haven't gotten a call ...
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Unemployment Benefits if you Quit Your Job as a Military Wife due to Relocation

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, January 13, 2014,
When I moved from California to South Carolina due to my husband's contract with the navy ending and he found a new job in a different state, I had to quit my job. After sadly turning in my resignation letter after 6 years of working for the company and taking a couple of weeks to move, someone asked me if I had put in my unemployment claim because I was a military wife.

I didn't think I was eligible because I voluntarily quit. But because I had to quit due to my military spouse's job situati...
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A lot of work from home jobs that are scams on craigslist

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, January 6, 2014,
I've been looking online to look for possible side projects I can get paid for and I see a lot of sketchy ads regarding work from home positions. I wish there are legitimate sites where I can find legitimate work from home options. A lot of them have exclamation points in their messages and no direct company name labeled on the ad.

Is any one going else through the same frustration?

Being a mommy soon makes it hard to physically leave your newborn and work. I wish there are more options on th...
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I really hate my mom.

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, January 4, 2014,
I'm 30 years old and I hate my mom. Trust me, she gave me very many valid reasons to feel this way. Although I would never tell her in front of her face, the truth is, I don't really like being around her.

My mom is a bully. She bullies everyone I know and it's always the "my way or the highway" mentality for her. She was also never supportive of my education and dreams. She always wants me to quit everything that I'm doing because she thinks it's never good enough. When I was working on my B...
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Thankful for my husband wanting to go to all prenatal doctor visits

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, December 31, 2013,
I am 33 weeks and 6 days pregnant and am getting closer to hitting full term. For the last couple of months, I've been going to my ob/gyn office every 2 weeks (which is normal at this stage) and pretty soon, I'll have to bump it up to once a week.

My husband has been very supportive and always wants to go to my doctor visits with me. It's reassuring to him as well, to see the ultrasounds, hear the heart beats and making sure I'm healthy and nothing is wrong, directly from the doctors themselv...
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Best part about having a leftover turkey is making sandwiches the next day

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, December 28, 2013, In : food 
I didn't have to roast a turkey for Thanksgiving because we went to my mother in law's house and my cousin in law's house for 2 Thanksgiving dinners during November. So I decided to roast the turkey at home on Christmas Day.

This year, Christmas is wonderfully quiet because I'm 8 months pregnant and not advised to travel. Plus, my husband has to work overtime so we had 2 great excuses to not have to drive far to see family. I love seeing family but after such a busy Thanksgiving week, this pr...
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Loving your husband so much

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, December 28, 2013,
Sometimes I am so overwhelmed by how much I love my husband. He's the person I live for and the reason why I want to live for as long as I can. I fear death because I fear losing him. I love being around him and am so blessed to have him in my life as my partner.

I really appreciate my husband a lot. He works long hours for his job and spends every waking moment with me and thinks of me so much. We've been married for 13 months now and I feel our love just continues to grow as we grow up toge...
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Did you work when you were pregnant?

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, December 23, 2013,
I'm almost 33 weeks pregnant and I currently go to the office 4-5 days a week to work. I recently became a real estate agent because marketing positions are slim here in my town. I started going to real estate school when I was about 3 months pregnant and after I received my real estate license, I started working for a real estate office when I was 5 months pregnant.

However, before that, I was trying to find a job and started doing some part time work when I was 3 months pregnant (around the...
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When your new boss beats your old boss as the best boss

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, December 19, 2013,
I used for work for a company where I had 4 different bosses within a span of 6 years that I was employed there. There was one particular boss there who was always rooting for me and wanting me to succeed financially and professional. He helped me believe in myself and gave me confidence that I deserve every bit of credit that I rarely received from other higher ups in the company.

He would also be proactive in making sure I get the raise I deserved and scheduled regular reviews with me to le...
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Eating McDonald's once in a while, while you're pregnant

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, November 21, 2013, In : pregnancy 
I rarely crave meat while I'm pregnant but today I was really craving a big mac with fries from McDonald's. I am a very loyal McDonald's eater. I don't like Burger King, Wendy's or even In N Out (a California burger chain). There's a big nostalgic value with McDonald's with me even though I know their quality is crap. It brings back to my happy and excited times when we would pull in the drive-thru and get a meal from my favorite fast food chain as a kid. 

Anyway, today I had it. I ordered a #...
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Baby moving inside of you is like growing an alien

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, November 4, 2013, In : pregnancy 
Ever since the baby started moving inside of my stomach around 4 months, I started thinking that maybe there isn't enough room for him in there. 

Now that I am at 5.5 months, I can feel the baby moving constantly. And recently when I was in one of my post-licensing class for real estate, I would see a ripple across my belly as I was sitting in class. It was a bit freaky but I guess the baby was bored. Sitting down in class for 8 hours isn't that fun and I'm usually moving about when I am at ho...
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Ranting because I'm bored

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, September 17, 2013,
I am so bored at the moment. I think ever since I became a housewife 8 months ago, I've only been bored for a handful of times. Today is one of those days. 

The dishes are cleaned, my trip for this weekend has been planned and all I need to do is pack but I have three days to do that. 

I remember when I used to work for an office job, I would get really bored sometimes and actually google for ideas on what to do when I'm bored at the office. I would clean my desk, clean out my computer files an...

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Do it yourself Gift Basket from local goods

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, September 16, 2013, In : DIY 
I am visiting a good friend soon and wanted to bring something local from South Carolina and give it to her when I see her so I decided to make my own little gift basket that is presentable and plane-friendly.  I used a cardboard box that I had at home and wrapped it in brown paper to cover the exising print on the box. Then I used tissue paper to keep the 3 items I have in place inside the box. I made sure I wrapped each item with some sort of clear wrap to keep the products fresh then I wra...
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17 weeks pregnant and still not craving meat. Maybe I'm becoming a vegetarian?

Posted by Sailor Girlfriend on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Motherhood 
This is my very first pregnancy and ever since the first trimester, I have not been craving meat. It actually made me really nauseous thinking about eating meat so I stayed away from it as much as possible. The things I do crave are cereal with milk, ice cream, cheese, salads and fruits. Occasionally I'll crave some ramen noodles with a crack of an egg. It's kind of an easy egg drop soup for me. I feel like I'm becoming more of a vegetarian since I've gotten pregnant. I guess my body doesn't ...
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I'm of Vietnamese descent and I was born with double eyelids okay?

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Saturday, July 6, 2013,

A couple of years ago, my coworker asked me if I had something done to my eyes to get double eyelids. I was so shocked that she asked me that?!!! No one has ever asked me such a weird question about my looks before so I was caught by surprise, especially in a work setting. I was like "No, do people do that?"

She said "yea, a lot of Asians do it". I thought maybe she was being racist but the other times, she's really nice to me so I try to brush it off and can't blame her for being ignorant if ...
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My experience as a Bachelor's degree grad, enrolling to get my Associate's

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : school 

I am planning on going back to school to get an associate's degree and since I already have my bachelor's degree, I figured enrolling into a technical college and getting accepted into any associate's program of my choice would be piece of cake, considering a bachelor's degree is a higher degree than an associate's. You would think that right? I thought that. In actuality, I think I have more headaches enrolling into a technical college for an associate's degree than I did as a high school st...
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Pensacola, Florida has a beautiful white sand beach that is breath-taking

Posted by sailorgirlfriend.com on Monday, June 10, 2013,
We went to Pensacola Beach over the weekend to meet up with our friends and I was so taken away by the beautiful beach. The sand is like a powder and the water is so clear and warm. We also dined at nearby seafood restaurants with very inexpensive oysters. Everything is so fresh. See pictures below from our adventure. 
The beach is so clean and beautiful.

You can find fresh oysters by the box at Joe Patti's.

 You can find baked oysters like these at the Flounders Chowder House Restaurant. This o...
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I took a pregnancy test today and I have double lines

Posted by sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Motherhood 
I was supposed to have my period earlier this month but I only saw a bit of faint blood, not enough where I needed to wear a pad. A couple of days later, I still had nothing but I decided to take a pregnancy test and I got double lines. 
I like how this one shows what two lines mean and what one line means right on the stick. It's easier to determine the results. My first thought was, "oh my gosh, this has never happened before". I just bought another pregnancy test pack see if I'll get the sa...
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Pretty Pictures of Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Tuesday, May 21, 2013,
We went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the first time in May 2013 and we were very happy with our adventure. The rollercoasters were scary, there was a lot to see with themed European countries and animals and the weather was perfect. See the pictures I took from that pretty day at the park below. 

We bought a fun pass that's good for the whole summer because it was the same price as a one day pass for $70. However, if I were to do it all over again, I would go on the AAA website to get dis...
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I cried when Dawn back stabbed Brenda on Survivor Caramoan (season 26, episode 14) tonight

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Thursday, May 9, 2013,
I saw Survivor tonight where Crybaby Dawn brutally backstabbed Brenda Lowe and when Brenda said "it's hurts", it hurted me too. I've never been so heated up about a player's backstab but this one was so wrong. I don't know what was in it for Dawn for allying with Cochran over sweet, loyal Brenda. Dawn is not going to get picked over Cochran if she is in the final 2 because of her bad move.

I know it's just a game but there have been good alliances that make you a more likeable player but Dawn'...
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Advantages and Disadvantages for being a housewife without kids

Posted by Sailorgirlfriend.com on Sunday, May 5, 2013,
I've been a housewife for the last 3.5 months and realized that there are many advantages and disadvantages for being a housewife without kids. We've been married for 6 months now and after my husband left the military when his term was over, we moved across country 4 months ago for a new adventure for his new job as a civilian. I had to leave my job behind as well.

At first I was scared about being home with just our dog while my husband was at work. I overcame that fear and it helps to have...

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Make homemade stickers for your welcome bags.

Posted by Till Master on Sunday, March 3, 2013,
We bought blank stickers from Michaels and printed them with text to thank our out of town guests for coming to our wedding. 
 
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Bride with tattoo is "Just like a tattoo, I'll always love you."

Posted by Till Master on Friday, February 8, 2013,
I always respect a bride who doesn't let her tattoos affect her beautiful wedding dress decision. It's a part of you now, so don't go out of your way to hide it. Your make up artist and friends might ask you if you're covering them with make up or not. Don't let that bother you. A lot of people are still trying in their mind to conform to certain standards. There shouldn't be a standard you need to follow for your wedding day. It is your day. See below of picture of a bride with tattoo. All t...
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Finding a job takes hours a day. It's a job itself.

Posted by Till Master on Wednesday, January 30, 2013,
I've been applying online for jobs. Every application takes hours to fill because they are all different with their own different tests to take. And the sad thing is, most of them don't call you back. Imagine when there were no online applications and you had to fax it or mail it in? Then you knew at least someone was touching your paper. Now, there are scanning softwares that scan resumes for recruiters so they can find the right key words without sitting for hours shuffling through papers. ...
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Bojangles is better than KFC

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
I went to Bojangles for the very first time in South Carolina and I've got to say that I think this place has better fried chicken than KFC. I grew up eating KFC so this is a bold statement. I recommend that anyone need to try this if they are in the South! Don't pass it up. It comes in a nice box with cajun fried chicken!



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Yard House in Virginia Beach, Va - Good stuff!

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
With over 30 beers on tap, this place guarantees selection. I went here for the first time earlier this month on a Saturday night and it was so busy! There was a 2 hour wait for a table of 7 and also many people sitting and standing at the bar to order drinks. It was amazing. This seems like the hot spot for the beach town. I totally recommend it, if you don't mind the large crowd.


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Famous Sutton's Drug Store near UNC (they have good burgers!) and it's inside a drug store. What?

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
Have you ever heard of a good sandwich/burger joint inside of a drug store? I know it's weird. If I didn't see it for myself, I would never thought that would work! Sutton's Drug Store is a well known drug store/restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC near the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus where the tar heels roam the land. You've got to try it if you're visiting. They make great burgers. I am very surprised and it does make you feel odd if this is your first time coming here. Look at the p...
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Chinese style birdhouses

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
It's so refreshing to see bird houses with different architecture! I was visiting a relative's home in Chapel Hill and found these amazing Chinese bird house. They are really rare. See the picture below. This was taken in winter.


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We stop at the Abilene rest area on our road trip and it was the nicest rest area among the 7 states we visited.

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
We stop at the Abilene rest area on our road trip and it was the nicest rest area among the 7 states we visited. I was really amazed. There was a mural inside of the women's rest room and the decor of the rest area was really nice! Make sure to make this your rest area stop.


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Golden Corral instead of Hometown Buffet in North Carolina

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
In North Carolina when I was visiting, Golden Corral was the more popular thing than Hometown Buffet for the area and I went for my very first time at 29 years old. My grandpa in law took me here and it was delicious! I can see why he raves about this place! There is so much food. There is no way you can try everything! They have a nice salad bar, bbq section, chocolate fountain in the dessert section and also an Chinese section with Chinese food. It was unbelievable!


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Collards Greens are popular in the south!

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 29, 2013,
I just moved to South Carolina from California and I've noticed that they really promote, advertise collard greens in the grocery stores! Everyone eats them regularly here. You'll see them at buffet lines often too. Of course this whole experience is new to me but I do learn to adapt and bought my first bag of collard greens. I've got to say it's a big bunch too. I got this for $1.50!
 
What I've noticed with collard greens compared to my usual greens like napa cabbage and spinach is that they ...
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Picture of bride with tattoo - Flaunt it, don't hide it.

Posted by Till Master on Friday, November 16, 2012,
Who says it's not proper to show your tattoo on your wedding day? It's part of who you are now so don't cover it in make-up. You can see my tattoo peeking out of chest in this dance with dance. Luckily, my family never asked if I was going to cover my tattoo because they are loving and understanding like that. Don't let anyone give you a hard time about this.
 
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My maid of honor and matron of honor decorated my car in secret while my make up artist was working on my face

Posted by Till Master on Friday, November 16, 2012,
7 days after parking our car at the airport for our honeymoon, there were at least 100 bird poops on our car. My cousin in law says it's good luck.




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My mom decorated the bird cage for our cards

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, November 15, 2012,
My mom did such a great job of decorating my bird cage for the wedding reception where guests can put their cards in there. It matched my wedding colors.
 
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Gifts for my groomsmen

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, November 15, 2012,
My groom got all of the groomsmen sunglasses but I also wanted to add to that and get my groom and his guys matching dragon bracelets.. We got married in the year of the Dragon so it was very meaningful. It was a hit.




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Gifts for my bridal party

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, November 15, 2012,
As a gift to my bridal party for planning the bachelorette party, shower and being a part of my wedding, I gave them all Gucci perfumes and also took care of the hair and make up expenses for the wedding day. They all loved it. I wrapped in different wrapping paper in my wedding colors.



Here are all 5 gucci bottles wrapped up.
 


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Wedding Welcome Bags - I did it myself

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, November 15, 2012,
Hi guys,

We did it! We got married and the grand ceremony and reception were exceptionally successful!

One week before our out of towners were coming in, I created welcome bags printing labels at home and sticking them on brown gift bags with tissue paper.

In the welcome bags, I had a bottle of iced tea, a bottle of Powerade, some snacks like oreos, trail mix, cheezit and granola bars to make their stay more comfortable.

I tried to decorate the bags that are my wedding colors. See pictures bel...
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Birdcage vs. veil vs. no headpiece

Posted by Till Master on Friday, October 12, 2012,
I debated whether I wanted a veil after I tried on some wedding gowns with it in May. I didn't like the way I looked with it because I'm already so short but now I'm debating on it again for my last fitting later this month at David's Bridal. 

I have little kids there who probably appreciate that. My cousin's daughter is so excited about my wedding, she keeps my wedding invitation in her purse. That is so cute.

Then I debated on having a birdcage but ever since Lady Gaga appears with birdcages ...
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Do you count the bride and groom in the final head count to your caterer?

Posted by Till Master on Friday, October 12, 2012,
I am having our wedding reception at a hotel and my contract includes for 150 guests. Do we count ourselves, bride and groom in this number or is this usually complimentary since we are not the guest?

I sent my catering manager an email about this and they said our meals are not free so we have to include ourselves in the "guest count" for food. My friend said her reception at the country club said she didn't have to include herself and the groom in her count.

What was your experience? 

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Sweetheart or head table for wedding?

Posted by Till Master on Friday, October 12, 2012,
At the beginning of our wedding planning stages, after we've secured a deposit for the venue, I originally wanted a head table because I thought it would be nice to not be just us getting the attention. I'm not very good at that. 

Then I thought about it some more and a lot of people in our bridal party have significant others and I don't want to separate them from their dates so now we've decided to have a sweetheart table. 

What did you guys do? Did anybody have a head table that worked reall...
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Stressed out Bride-to-be - How to cope

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, October 4, 2012,
I am at the one month mark before my wedding takes place and I am so stressed out.

I have contacted all of my vendors (either called or emailed them) for the last three days to confirm when they'll be at my wedding site and am finishing up last projects in the next week.

My last projects include having my last hair trial, decorating party favors and completing seating chart/guest list for place cards.

Here's how I'm coping with my stress with now.
1. Venting to my fiance. He's been so understan...
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What accessories are you wearing for your wedding? No veil for me.

Posted by Till Master on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : bride accessories 
I am going to be a bride and just recently bought my first accessory for my dress, my shoes. What other accessories did you wear or planning on wearing for your wedding?

I don't plan on wearing veil because when I tried my dress on with the veil, it looked too much and cluttered. I'm also really short so it just looks big on me.

I bought a brioche for my hair for almost $60 with a gift card I received from my bridal shower and now am debating on wearing that or not as well. I'm really simple ...
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Scavenger Hunt Sample for Bachelorette Party

Posted by Till Master on Friday, August 31, 2012,
A few weeks ago, I planned a bachelorette party in Las Vegas for my friend who is also getting married. She requested to have a scavenger hunt so I did some research and borrowed, as well as, made up some tasks. If you'd like to borrow mine, see below:

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Welcome to Lisa’s (replace with your friends name) Bachelorette Party !  To start off the first night, we’re having a Scavenger Hunt!

 

Rules: 

 

·      There will be 2 teams. Teams will be randomly selected t...


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My bridemaids planned the best bachelorette party weekend for me!

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, August 30, 2012,
I truly have the best friends ever! My bachelorette party just happened over the weekend from Aug. 24- 26, 2012.

I told my bridal party that I'd be happy with just a slumber party for my bachelorette party and they turned it into a full weekend. They refused to let me pay for anything and booked at a high end hotel called Hotel Del Coronado for 3 days and 2 nights. They decorated the room, surprised me to yoga on the beach with a hired instructor and rented a limo to take me to a nightclub on...
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I learned a new word: Cummerbund (Cumberbund) and picture of what it is

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, August 14, 2012,
My fiance is looking for his tuxedo for the wedding and we've settled on a bowtie and cumberbund for his al fit instead of wearing a vest. This is the very first time I've heard of the word cumberbund and it's quite a fun word. If you want to know how it looks like, see image of the one I took. He's not wearing suspenders with his al fit, just a bowtie and cumberbund. I think it's actually spelt like cummerbund. The guy wear it around the waist.


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Planning a Bachelorette Party for my friend

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, August 14, 2012,
My friend is actually getting married as well and she asked me to be the organizer of her bachelorette party It was a 3 day 2 night event in Las Vegas with a scavenger hunt and pool day with a lot of partying. I started planning around March 2012 and the bachelorette took place between Aug. 3-5. It was a success!

We decorated her room before she arrived. Here are some pictures from the trip:

I put the names of everyone who's attending on a cup

We stayed at the MGM Grand. They recently renovated ...
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Wedding invitations from David's Bridal came in the mail last week

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, July 19, 2012,
I'm so happy. When I got home, I can't wait to see what the invitations looks like inside the boxes! We ordered and customized them from the internet so to hold them in our hands is so neat! I think David's Bridal nicely packaged them! They were inside 5 different sized boxes for each of the items. See photos below.
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Sweet Chocolate Covered Strawberries to brighten anyone's day

Posted by Till Master on Thursday, January 19, 2012,

Sweet Chocolate Covered Strawberries to brighten anyone's day

If you'd like to really surprise and make your lover or love ones feel special, order freshly chocolate-dipped strawberries and send it them. Whether it's for Valentine's Day, birthday, or just because you love them, no one can turn down these fresh fruit treats. I ordered my boyfriend's mom some freshly dipped cherries (instead of Strawberries because she loves cherries) from Shari's Berries and it brightened up her day. Save...


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One year with Sailor Boyfriend

Posted by Till Master on Tuesday, January 17, 2012,
I have a boyfriend who I've been with for over a year and I just love him so much. He is a "nuke", which is what the Navy calls sailors who work with nuclear power.

I am so proud of him and I feel like a lot of my friends who don't have a military boyfriend cannot relate to the pride that I feel for him.

This website is dedicated all of the girllfriends, fiances and wives of sailors who serve for our country. If you would like to share your story and have me publish here in this blog, feel fre...
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About the Publisher of Sailor Girlfriend.


Born and raised in San Diego, the publisher is a wife of a Navy veteran and has a passion for sharing knowledge and ideas to help other girlfriends, fiances and wives. She started this blog when she was still just a girlfriend of her sweet navy sailor. After dating for 1 year and 4 months, the sailor proposed to her and they got married 7 months later. He got out of the military 3 months after they wed, when his contract ended. Her husband served in the navy for 10 years.




 

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