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    January 2016 Reader Appreciation Giveaway: $25 Target Gift Coin

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    We’re doing it again! For the third year in a row, each month this year, we’ll have a month-long Reader Appreciation giveaway. The prize for January is a $25 Target Gift Coin like the one pictured here:

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    Winding Down 2015: What do you want to see in 2016?

    Winding Down 2015 | Chief Family Officer

    As a mom whose schedule revolves almost entirely around the school calendar, I feel like winding down as school winds down. Tomorrow is the last school day of this calendar year, and so I feel like 2015 is really coming to a close. That sense has been reflected in the slowing down of new articles here at Chief Family Officer, and will continue until the New Year. (But not to worry! At a minimum, you’ll get your daily dose of Morning Coffee, weekly store match ups, and at least one more giveaway before year’s end.)

    While I’ve been quiet on the outside, I’ve been ruminating at lot on the inside. The last month or two have been a time of inner growth for me, and I will share some of those discoveries with you next month.

    In the meantime, I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family, enjoying old traditions and starting new ones (one of my favorite new things this year has been the Lego Advent Calendar*), and cleaning (out) my house.

    I am also going to spend some time doing some serious thinking about next year, and what I want in 2016. That’s where you come in – I would love to know what kinds of articles you would like to see here next year. Do you want Chief Family Officer to post more deals, specifically deals broken down by transaction? Do you want more articles on topics like housekeeping, cooking, parenting, making and saving money, or some other topic? Do you prefer roundups like Morning Coffee, in-depth articles, or a mix of the two?

    Your feedback will help me make Chief Family Officer more useful to you, and help me figure out where to take things from here. So thank you!

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    Thank you to those who served

    It’s Veterans’ Day here in the U.S., and while for many of us, it’s a day off from school and work, a holiday to get things done and catch up with family and friends, it’s also a day that reminds us of the sacrifices that the members of our armed forces make every day, along with their families.

    My dad was active duty military when I was growing up, and at the time, I accepted it as our way of life. Many wonderful things came from all of the moving around, including the chance to live in different places, meet lots of different people, and do lots of sight-seeing (I’d been to most of the states, and seen more national treasures that I can remember, by the time I started high school).

    But now, as an adult with more self-awareness of my personality and traits, I also know what I missed out on, and often when I’m struggling, I wish that I’d had the benefits of growing up in one place, with lifelong friends and a greater sense of security.

    While I have no regrets (after all, I am who I am today because of the experiences I had growing up), I know that serving our country involves genuine sacrifices – not just the most obvious, terrible ones involving physical and psychological injury, but smaller ones like not being home for the holidays and regularly changing schools, often in the middle of the school year.

    So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to the members of our armed forces as well as their families!

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