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Rhino Laces Your boots are only as strong as your laces.
I have another awesome company to share with you today!! Rhino Laces were invented by wildland firefighters who were tired of their laces breaking at the worst possible times (usually while fighting a fire), so they made a pair of laces that are UNBREAKABLE!
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Share this with your military friends and squad leader to buy 10+ pair and get a squad discount of $20 OR Buy 25+ pair and get a platoon discount of $75
Welcome to my very first local photographer from the North Country of New York! YAY! Jennifer of McCluskey Photography has shared a pretty winter themed wedding. Jennifer enjoys photographing weddings and feels so honored that
so many couples over the years have let her in to record their special
wedding day. Her specialty is capturing the moments of emotion and
beauty that happen during the wedding. Those moments pass by so
quickly and she wants to make sure the bride and groom will have lasting
memories and beautiful photographs to show their children and
grandchildren. Jennifer serves Upstate NY, including Watertown,
Potsdam, Canton, Ogdensburg, Massena, Alexandria Bay, Thousand Islands,
Malone, Syracuse, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Old Forge, Lake Placid, the
Adirondacks, Saranac Lake, and other areas in the North Country.
From Brittany, "We met on match.com while Donavan was in Afghanistan and we messaged back and forth as just friends. I finally got my first date when he came home. The summer after that we fell in love. He proposed with my favorite yellow roses and we decided to plan a quick wedding. I had surprised him a military themed cake. We had an amazing wedding day. Even despite the weather everyone who came made it an even better day.
Funny story that her M.O.H. told during her toast about how Brittany had always said she didn't want to change her last name when she was married, but when she first saw Donavan Lawless' profile she said she could see changing her name for that."
On that snowy winter day shortly before Christmas Brittany and Donavan were married at the Brandon Wesleyan Church in North Bangor, NY and the reception was at the Adirondack Room at Mo's Tavern, Malone, NY. Thank you Brittany and Jennifer for sharing this winter wonderland wedding.
Before the winter is over (which if you are like me and Kellie Hetler and live in the North, you are probably soooooo ready for it to be gone, gone, gone!) I have a couple winter weddings for you to enjoy! Today's winter wedding is from Hetler Photography who specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography-serving mainly Michigan, but willing to travel. I absolutely love their flowers, the reindeer, and Kevin's Mess Dress Air Force uniform! From the bride, Debbie, "Kevin and I met in the mid 1990s while working at the same restaurant. We dated for a short time, then went our separate ways. We reconnected again in February 2010 when Kevin flew me to Las Vegas while he was briefly stationed there. We started dating again after that, and got engaged in April 2013 while I was visiting him in North Carolina. We wanted to get married in 2013, but it had to be a the end of the year because of Kevin's 3-month deployment in late summer/early fall. We ultimately choseDecember 7because it didn't interfere with Thanksgiving or Christmas plans. We had a great wedding experience. I enlisted the help of my sister-in-law, Aletha Vander Maas of Pearls Events, to help with the planning because we wanted to get married in Grand Rapids, but I was living in Lake Orion (near Detroit), and Kevin was in North Carolina and then overseas. Aletha helped us find all of our vendors, which saved us a lot of time. During one week in July, Kevin and I were both in Grand Rapids and we did the marathon of meetings. We met with the caterer, florist, cupcake maker, minister, photographer, and church wedding coordinator within the span of 2 days. We decided on blue and white for our main color scheme with a hint of red. The wedding day was perfect. Everything ran smoothly, and everyone had a wonderful time." Thank you Debbie for sharing your story and to Kellie Hetler for sharing their beautiful photos.
This is my 3rd post for the Spartan Race and I just can't get enough of the inspirational people who endure these races, but today's post is about the man behind Spartan. If you missed my last Spartan posts click here and click here. I've had quite the treat!! I get to read a brief synopsis of Joe DeSena’s new book“Spartan Up!” before it is released on May 17th. But you can pre-order your copy here: http://spartanupthebook.comAfter reading the outline of the book, I'm hooked! There are so many great passages like these, "I've been through so much already, I push through when others would stop." "You just commit to something and then get it done, no matter what." "Failure can be your greatest asset if you use it to move forward and keep progressing."
Who is Joe?
An entrepreneur from 8 years old
Joe has had a passion for life that moves the ball forward against all odds.
Born in Queens NY to a yoga teaching, meditation practicing mother and an
Italian father that was an uber-entrepreneur the author learned simple
techniques for forging ahead no matter the odds. Find out how a young kid
breaks out, builds multiple businesses, changes lives, and eventually partners
with military SpecOps.
So what is Spartan
Up! Guide to Life all about????
• If you want to change
your life you have to change your frame of reference.
• Anyone can demand
instant gratification... but if you can delay it, you might just get where you
want to go.
• Who says easier and faster is always better? Adversity paves
the road to success.
Up! Will comprise 10 chapters, designed
to teach you to systematically apply the Spartan way to every aspect of your
life: food/diet, working out, health, business or work, education,
relationships, parenting. Chapters will be structured around the
visceral description of an obstacle from Spartan races that symbolizes the
greater life challenges. Whether it’s mud or ice water or greased walls, the
rationale behind creating each obstacle will shed light on the lessons to be
learned from it. By the time the reader reaches the end of Spartan Up! they’ll
feel like they’ve run an entire race and have that same sense of accomplishment
Guidance and advice on applying the lessons of the obstacle to their own life.
Examples from my own history in adventure racing and business that illustrate
the points being made in the chapter. My own unique voice and life experience
will shine through at every turn, and while some may initially see me as a life
coach from hell, they’ll come to realize that I have a heart of gold (albeit a
Examples from those who have already undertaken the Spartan challenges. The
stories of these people will place readers on the edge of their seat, because
they see so much of themselves in the tales. Many of these people were leading
unsatisfactory lives and filled with self-doubt before entering a Spartan Race.
But doing such extreme racing in short periods of time merged their work and
their play, allowing one to bring meaning to the other.
Enjoy some video clips of The Journey to Becoming a Spartan and Joe talking about what a burpee is and why they suck.
Sometimes on this blog I would like to share important information which can be helpful to those in the military. I know you probably want pretty photos to look at, but don't worry I will have lots more pictures to share soon. - Layla
TheFederal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) administers the Federal
responsibilities of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
(UOCAVA). FVAP works to ensure Service members, their eligible family
members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have
the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world.
FVAP provides U.S. citizens worldwide a broad range of nonpartisan
information and assistance to facilitate their participation in voting -
regardless of where they work or live.
Unfortunately absentee voters still face unique challenges. FVAP
is continuously working to combat those challenges by improving the voter’s experience,
providing greater support to election officials, and fostering relationships
FVAP.gov provides many tools to
support the absentee voting process, including online assistants to quickly and
accurately fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal
Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
The FPCA is a form used by UOCAVA citizens to register to vote
and request absentee ballots.
The FWAB is a back-up write-in ballot UOCAVA voters can use if
they’ve made a timely application for, but haven’t received, their regular
State ballot. FVAP recommends voters use the FWAB 30 days prior to the
election. If after submitting the FWAB the voter receives the State
absentee ballot, he/she should vote and return it. If both ballots are received
by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.
FVAP encourages Americans who are eligible to vote to complete a
new Federal Post Card Application (FCPA) annually and with every change
of mailing address. The length of time the ballot request is valid varies by
State, so submitting a new FPCA in the New Year will ensure that you receive an
absentee ballot for each election in which you are eligible to vote.
The information you provide on the FPCA allows your local
election official to reach you. If you have moved, complete a new form to
make sure they have the correct address and contact information.
Where can you get an FPCA?
· A digital PDF
can be found online at FVAP.gov, and there is an automated tool to walk you
through completing it.
· Hardcopies of
the form are available at all military installations and U.S. embassies and
When filling out an FCPA, remember the following details so that
your form can be processed correctly:
· Write legibly.
· Remember to
sign and date the form before mailing it to your local election office.
· Submit your
FCPA in a manner in accordance with State law. (You can find your State’s
requirements at FVAP.gov/FCPA.)
· Submit the
form before the registration or request deadline.
Numerous absentee voting failures occurred in the ballot
delivery process due to late or no ballot arrival to the overseas voter, late
ballot return to the United States or an inaccurate completion. They want to
help solve these problems by promoting early registration and absentee ballot
requests, and successful completion of voted ballots. Together we will help
ensure military and overseas citizen voters who want to vote are able to
successfully exercise their most fundamental right - from anywhere in the