Sesame Street USO Show Not Just for Kids

You probably don't take your military child to a Sesame Street show so that you can also be reminded how to navigate military life. You're probably there for Elmo. Or Cookie. Or Elmo. But when my … [Read more...]

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Spouse Summit: Your BEST Military Life, Not Just His

Does it ever seem like the military only sees you in terms of what you can do for your husband? Or your wife? Or your partner? It can feel like they don’t quite realize that you have a life, … [Read more...]

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Money Nightmare: Commissary Changes and You

There seems to be three types of military grocery shoppers out there -- those who are certain the commissary saves them money, those who think it's a wash, and those who find they save more by staying … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Quit the Military!

Nobody “quits” the military. There is no walking into the first sergeant’s office and telling him that you are “grateful for the opportunity.” You can’t text the CO from your car in the … [Read more...]

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Sesame Street USO Show Not Just for Kids

You probably don't take your military child to a Sesame Street show so that you can also be reminded how to navigate military life. You're probably there for Elmo. Or Cookie. Or Elmo. But when my … [Read more...]

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Spouse Summit: Your BEST Military Life, Not Just His

Does it ever seem like the military only sees you in terms of what you can do for your husband? Or your wife? Or your partner? It can feel like they don’t quite realize that you have a life, … [Read more...]

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Money Nightmare: Commissary Changes and You

There seems to be three types of military grocery shoppers out there -- those who are certain the commissary saves them money, those who think it's a wash, and those who find they save more by staying … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Quit the Military!

Nobody “quits” the military. There is no walking into the first sergeant’s office and telling him that you are “grateful for the opportunity.” You can’t text the CO from your car in the … [Read more...]

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What To Write For SpouseBuzz

One of my favorite moments at a Spouse X event is when the writers appear at my elbow. “What can I write for SpouseBuzz?” they ask me. Some of them are professional writers already. They have … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Questions Before Your Military Transition

Leaving the military may feel like someone has just pushed you out of an airplane without issuing you a parachute. Whether your service member decides to leave the military due to the drawdown, … [Read more...]

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Newsflash: Marines Don’t Care a Lick About Pay

Marines don't care about their pay. And receiving less will make them better. That's what the Marine Corps' top enlisted official, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told Congress April … [Read more...]

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How This Service Dog Saved Her Soldier

When retired Army Spc. Josh Tucker first met his black Lab military working dog Ellen, he had no idea she would someday give him back his soul. After a injury and short recovery period in … [Read more...]

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Bad Interviewer: What Brings You To The Area?

Does your resume scream, “I’m a Military Spouse!” Mine sure does. With volunteer experience in military organizations and a variety of jobs (or the lack of jobs) every few months in different … [Read more...]

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My Shocking Discovering About Parenthood

Well, girlfriends, I have something I want to talk to you about. Our lives are busy, sticky, grimy, tumultuous, and sometimes it's all we can do to feed our children on any given day. However, … [Read more...]

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Ingenius Spouse Moves Family Training Online

Sometimes the best ideas are the ones right in front of you. That's how it was for Brandy Pearson. As a certified Army Family Team Building (AFTB) instructor currently far from a traditional base … [Read more...]

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We Don’t ‘Stand By’ For Tragedy

Before the phone rings, it is a normal Thursday morning. Then we get the official word that there has been a casualty at the command. The next of kin has been notified, but the name has not yet … [Read more...]

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7 House Cleaning Games For Lazy Parents

When you are a Must Have Parent (the kind who holds down the fort alone because your partner is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean or, say, Kabul), you are doing the work of two parents. So you gotta … [Read more...]

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She Had No Idea He Turned Down SGLI

Like so many of our service members, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones thought he was invincible. He was also the saver in his military home, squirreling away money for the future any way he could. Which is … [Read more...]

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Blame the Marshmallows, not the Military

When I dove into depression in the early years of military married life, I blamed it on the military. And yes, there were many aspects of military life that led to my unhappiness in those early … [Read more...]

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Online Classes Taught Me How To Manage Time, Too

My husband is active- duty, so we move more than the average family. Attending a brick- and-mortar school was therefore not an option to help me achieve my educational goals. I knew that if I … [Read more...]

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Why Increased Base Security Is a Mistake

If you think the most recent mass shooting on Fort Hood means that we really ought to tighten up physical security on military bases, I'm betting you haven't spent much time on one lately. With … [Read more...]

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When a New Duty Station Surprises You as ‘Home’

The Commissary was closed and only a small playground was in sight. “I can do this!” I remember thinking to myself. My husband arrived later that afternoon and the many errands that come with a … [Read more...]