About Raleigh Duttweiler

Raleigh Duttweiler is a writer, amateur cook, and Marine Corps wife living at Camp Lejeune, NC. She insists on pronouncing Lejeune "luh-jhoon," and defends this mispronunciation by citing the pronunciation of Houston, Texas and Houston Street in New York City, her home for the last decade. When she's not on SpouseBUZZ or Spouse Channel, she can be found at the helm of her tutoring company, Tactical Advantage, which serves military children and their families as they bridge the gap between schools and navigate the college application process, finishing her Ph.D., and writing about food at DesignMom.com. She blogs at www.bunnyvictorious.com.

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10 Military Halloween Costumes We Love to Hate

Oh hey, Halloween. How ya doing. I haven't seen you and your (incredibly ... interesting?) military Halloween costume choices for awhile. But then here you are, landing in my inbox, as if somehow you … [Read more...]

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We Got the Pink Slip – And We’re Okay

Every time I see a story like this one about another service member getting pushed out and another family getting the pink slip, my stomach turns. Partially out of fear (because I know that sinking … [Read more...]

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Five Tips for Cleaning Military Uniforms

Because camouflage doesn't clean itself. And, for reasons I don't understand (and, for the record, don't like), the 'don't touch my gear' rule seems to apply to everything but the dirty cammies. The … [Read more...]

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Flag Cake Recipe for Normal People

I've been ogling flag cakes for years. Those gorgeously layered, red, white, and blue baked beauties that the instructions swear are easy to make. (I see what you did there, Pinterest. Pulling me in … [Read more...]

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It’s Time to Run for Office

What if I told you that you should run for office? Give me a chance, here - you're bright and capable, I know you have issues that mattered to you (hello, Tricare much?), and you're a military … [Read more...]

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The Best Boot Camp Graduation Gifts

For the last few months, everyone here at SpouseBUZZ HQ has been stressing out about various basic training graduation gifts. Y'ALL. IT IS HARD WORK! I mean, I know boot camp must be hard and all -- I … [Read more...]

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What I Learned at the Spouse Summit

You know that crazy awesome feeling of inspiration and new-leaf-ness you get when you attend the Spouse Experience? The Spouse Summit is like that, only amped up on coconut cupcakes, coffee and a … [Read more...]

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Manage those Business Cards

Conferences like the Military.com Spouse Summit (our favorite conference, obviously) are a great place to rub elbows and network in your field. They're a treasure trove of new contacts, and with them, … [Read more...]

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12 Rules For Moving Home During Deployment

If you're thinking about moving home during deployment, you're not alone. Forty-eight percent of SpouseBUZZ readers agree -- depending on your circumstances, moving home can be the right idea. We … [Read more...]

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I Sexy Skype and You Should, Too

Here is a short list of things I did last year: Had a baby, waved at my husband (while sobbing) as he boarded a bus for a plane to Afghanistan, volunteered more hours at church than I can count, and … [Read more...]

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10 Truths About Military Transition

After the worst move in military history (really: every single table we own was either broken in half, smashed, or crushed), the Big Change has finally happened: We're civilians. Well, the hubs is … [Read more...]

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Deployment DIY: Perfect Deployment Valentine

Valentine's: The time of year where we gorge ourselves on candy hearts, pretty red peeps, and boxes of chocolate that we will spend the rest of the year working off. See also: the holiday every MilSo … [Read more...]

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Mailbag: MilSpouse Student Loan Forgiveness?

You're not the only one asking Google if there is any form of military spouse student loan forgiveness. In fact, people have even been asking us. One reader writes in: I was curious about student … [Read more...]

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Deployment DIY: New Year’s Care Package

A fun New Year's Care Package how-to: New Year's hats, decor, sparkly drink, and even a Hoppin' John feast. All of the fun, none of the champagne. (We'll toast an extra one in your honor!) Step … [Read more...]

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Poll: Is Going Back to School a Waste of Money?

Every tenth of the month, I sit down at my computer, check my student loan bill, and empty my bank account to pay off my monthly installment. I loved school, I'm glad I have my degree and can attest … [Read more...]

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Syracuse Opens Classes to MilSpouses, Registration Ends Sunday

One of the biggest challenges we hear from spouses looking for work is that they need more education to get the job they want. A degree, a professional certificate, more training. Enter the Institute … [Read more...]

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Just in Time: Military Themed Gift Round-Up

If you are looking for a patriotic or military themed gifts and presents, we just want to commiserate: There are only so many years you can give grandma the "USMC MOM" sweatshirt without feeling … [Read more...]

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How to Stay Merry Through a Christmas PCS Move

Moving at Christmas? PCS over the holidays? No problem. This year, we have the great luxury of spending our holidays mid-move. As anyone who has done it before can attest, there is nothing quite so … [Read more...]