Look! Over there! A leprechaun!
Army Wife Network connects with spouses
How to turn a picky eater into a healthy one
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The leprechaun is one of the most popular and enduring symbols of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day, Leprechauns are seen in cartoons, on cereal boxes, and in horror movies. (Trivia: The 1993 movie Leprechaun was future Friends star Jennifer Aniston’s first feature film.)
In Irish folklore, the leprechaun is a little old man, typically dressed in a coat of red or green. As a group they’re sneaky and mischievous, and when they’re not jealously guarding their gold and treasure (left by the Vikings when they raided Ireland around the end of the 9th century), they make shoes. The word “leprechaun” may come from leath bhrogan, shoemaker, although some say it’s from the word luacharma’n (pygmy), since they’re known as the “wee folk.”
If you happen to catch a leprechaun, you may be in luck. But be very careful—he’ll promise you anything if you set him free, including all his gold, but leprechauns are famous for their cunning and will likely trick you out of any treasure they offer.
Improving the quality of life for Soldiers and their families is the shared focus of Corvias Military Living and The Army Wife Network (AWN) and has led to an exciting partnership around the theme of “Heart Your Home”. Through this year-long partnership, Corvias is supporting AWN’s mission of empowering and informing spouses by sharing first-hand information about the posts Corvias serves, as well as advice on moving, relationships and ways to “Heart Your Home.”
AWN is a powerful resource for peer-to-peer sharing of experiences and information between Army spouses. Whether you’ve been married to a Solider for a month or 20 years AWN is the place to learn and share your experiences with those who understand it best.
AWN connects with Army spouses through a weekly podcast, blogs and a variety of military-lifestyle columns. Additionally, AWN is actively keeping their audience connected on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. This mix of sites allows followers the flexibility to connect when and how they want.
Army Wife Talk Radio is an hour-long, weekly webcast program. The show has been in production since 2005 and has an archive of almost 500 episodes. Recent topics have included deployments, relationships and finding personal fulfillment. Produced in a live format, listeners may call-in or tweet and actively join the conversation. To participate in a live show, visit AWTR Live! at 8 p.m. (EST) on Mondays.
Loving a Solider, the official blog of AWN, offers a wider, more casual atmosphere for spouses to post and share information. Written by members of the AWN community, this blog is where AWN began its mission of spouse empowerment. The site also connects readers with niche blogs in the military spouse community, including special needs, crafts and Army husbands. The AWN blogroll includes Army spouses’ blogs, blogs from relevant organizations and topical blogs with topics like money, careers, and travel and leisure.
The AWN organizes columns by topic and includes tips and suggestions from fitness experts to financial advisors. The Relocation/PCS Column will also feature articles supporting the Corvias “Heart Your Home” campaign. Look for the first Corvias contribution which posted February 24. Other columns include military benefits, parenting and relationships.
Corvias is proud to bring the AWN Field Exercise™ program to three installations in 2014. This energetic, four-hour seminar series is designed to empower and rejuvenate military spouses by providing them a time to connect, share support, obtain resources and enjoy camaraderie. Spouses attending the events experience networking opportunities, dinner and interactive discussions related to challenges and opportunities faced by military spouses. Corvias and AWN will host events at Fort Bragg in April, Fort Meade in September and Fort Sill in November.
Being married to a Soldier has always presented challenges, from moves to deployments and everything in between. Corvias Military Living and AWN are working to bring spouses together, online and in person, and create a community of support and empowerment.
Do you have a picky eater in your family? As part of National Nutrition Month in March, don’t miss these tips for how you can successfully convince your favorite picky eater to try new, healthy foods:
• Don't make a big deal about trying the new food. Instead, simply set the plate in front of your picky eater and let them explore the food for themselves.
• Make it fun. Draw smiley-faces on the healthy foods, or serve them in exciting cookie-cutter shapes. Offer peanut butter or yogurt as dip for fruit, and pair ranch dressing with steamed vegetables.
• Make it familiar. Mix the healthy food with other food they already like. For instance, add vegetables to pizza. Bake muffins with fruit or vegetables.
• Explain why healthy foods are important, but in a way the picky eater will understand and appreciate. A doughnut will not give them enough energy to climb the jungle gym or keep up with their friends in the pool.
• Eat the healthy food with the picky eater. If you show that eating a big salad or fish can be enjoyable, they may be more inclined to try it.
For more great picky eater tips and ideas, visit choosemyplate.gov or letsmove.gov.
If you find some things you can live without during your spring cleaning the Fort Rucker Thrift Shop is always in need of donations. Located directly in front of the post theater, the thrift shop has a donation shed that is open 24/7. With the exception of mattresses and box springs, all items are accepted. Donations are tax deductible. For more information visit the Fort Rucker Thrift Shop website.
Please discourage your children and teenagers from playing in the wooded area behind Brady Drive and East Harris Drive. Flood damage and erosion in that area has created gullies which could be unsafe.
Corvias maintenance crew will post warning signs around the area in early March. Please remember to be aware of where your children are at all times.
Please call the Munson Heights Community Office at (334)503-3646 if you have any questions or concerns.
Who doesn’t like to be recognized for doing the right thing? Corvias Military Living recently began a program to do just that! The Resident Spotlight program is a fun way for us to give residents kudos for taking care of and contributing to their community.
Our team is on the lookout for residents who take pride in their home and community. There are many ways to be an exemplary resident such as, consistently demonstrating care and cleanliness of your home, picking up after your pet regularly, taking time to beautify your yard and regularly returning your trash can to your home, just to name a few.
Thank you cards are awarded in four categories: care of home, yard, pets and community. If you are spotted being an outstanding citizen of Fort Rucker you will be entered into a drawing to potentially win a $25 gift card. There will be one winner from each community on post
How can you clean vegetables and save water? It’s easy! Instead of letting the faucet run while you clean your vegetables, just rinse them in a plugged sink or in a pan of clean water.
Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Story Time: March 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Munson Heights
Daylight Savings Time begins March 9
Birthday Club: March 12, 3 to 4 p.m. at Bowden Terrace
Nutrition and kitchen safety: March 28, 4 to 6 p.m. at Bowden Terrace
Would you like to win an iPad mini? Here’s your chance! All you need to do is tell Corvias Military Living how we’re doing because we know the only we will continue to improve is by hearing from our residents. That’s why we contract an independent property management research firm, SatisFacts, to send an annual resident satisfaction survey.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey notice from “residentsurveys.com”. The deadline for completion is mid-March and participation is voluntary, but encouraged. Everyone who participates will be entered into a gift drawing to win a mini iPad. Contact your community office for more information.