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...]


Renter Vs. Home Owner: Pick One

The difference between military home owners and military renters is simple.  It can be found in how well the employees at Lowe’s know you and how much money you have left over every month. There … [Read more...]


How to Help Your Toddler PCS

If you have been in the military community for any length of time, you know that PCSing can create feelings of excitement ...  and nausea. Waiting for official confirmation for your next move, … [Read more...]


PCS Alone: Any Ideas To Survive?

No one thinks of going through a PCS move during a deployment and thinks, Oh, Joy! Rapture! Instead they think, Oh @$&^%^%! Asami is the mother of two “really, really active boys” ages 5 … [Read more...]


Why I Miss the Magic of Military Housing

I wouldn't trade living in our new home in the outer 'burbs for anything. Yet, when I drive onto base I'm suddenly flooded with a sigh of relief and a twinge of homecoming. Could it be that I'm … [Read more...]


New PCS Rule Gives Users More Power Over Movers

Have a really bad moving crew? Starting in May 2014, a new rule gives you a bigger say in whether or not they get to keep working for the government. But to make it work, you've got to fill out the … [Read more...]


Is It Cheaper to Live On or Off Base?

It's a question every military family asks when they make a permanent change of station (PCS) move -- is it cheaper to live on or off base? And how do you choose which path to take? We linked up … [Read more...]


16 Tips for PCSing With a Special Needs Child

We are rapidly approaching the main PCS season for military families and are already into that time of year where families learn where they are moving to this summer. As the Facebook administrator … [Read more...]


21 Genius Moving Tips from Military Families

When you are moving, anyone can tell you to contact the transportation office, check your insurance or research the place you are going to live online.  A real friend gives you genius moving tips so … [Read more...]


Stationed in Alaska: Shovel Your Way Through

After surviving an epic road trip across the pot-hole-ridden roadways of the United States and Canada, we arrived at our home in the frontier land of Fairbanks, Alaska. My husband and I were thrilled … [Read more...]


Should You Rent Out Your Home or GeoBach Until You Sell?

I have a sixth sense for when we are about to get orders. I inexplicably start painting everything white. When we move in to a place, I see color -- apple greens, butter yellows, sky blues. As … [Read more...]


What if They Ditched BAH, Added New Allowance?

A plan to replace Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)  and the smaller Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) allotments  is quietly being discussed by some Defense Department (DoD) officials, … [Read more...]


Why F-Bombing the Post-PCS Low Didn’t Work

I try not to drop the F-Bomb. It usually slips out when I am really ticked off. Or driving. I woke up today in good spirits. My husband actually got to sleep in which meant so did I, since I do not … [Read more...]


The ‘See Ya Later’ Timeline: How Do You Farewell Military Friends?

I just said 'see ya later' to yet another great military friend and her family today. As we were saying goodbye, I told myself, "MJ, you've done this SO many times.  It looks like you might get out … [Read more...]


On-Base Housing Listings in One Convenient Place?

You know the drill: you’re in the process of moving to a new base and you want on-base housing. But their website, when you finally find it, has no photos, floor plans, or helpful information about … [Read more...]


Dear Boss: Moving Is Not “Following”

"I'm so sick of wives who follow their husbands around the country and just work entry-level job after entry-level job."  My boss said this to me-- about me.  I immediately bristled. I had to … [Read more...]


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...]


3 Steps To Survive A Remote Coast Guard Location

As a Coast Guard spouse, you anxiously wait for orders like you are in a military version of Jerry McGuire-- Show me Key West! Then the news rolls in. It isn’t Key West.  “Honey, we’re … [Read more...]