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Commissary and Plastic: No Ban on the Horizon

As more and more grocery stores and municipalities ban plastic bags or, in some places like Washington, D.C., tax their use, the commissary still offers them. But after one website questioned … [Read more...]

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Thanks to the L’il Helper at Home!

I’m always a little uncomfortable when some general or admiral or elected official decides to thank a crowd of military spouses for all we do. It isn’t that we don’t deserve thanks. We do. … [Read more...]

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10 Ways To Be An Awesome Mom — On The Cheap!

The things that make a person a good mom or dad always seem a little boring to me. I can do them. I can cook nutritious meals and brush little teeth and make itty bitty kiddies feel safe and cuddly. … [Read more...]

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Kids Worry About Your Safety, Too 

Kids are going to say what they are going to say when they want to say it. The trouble is I have no idea what I am supposed to say in return--especially when it comes to deployment. When I had a … [Read more...]

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Operation Homefront Food Event Coming to You

A new free grocery and healthy eating event may be coming to a military installation near you thanks to Operation Homefront and grants from the Walmart Foundation. The Growing Healthy Military … [Read more...]

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US Produce at Commissaries in Asia Safe for Now

A plan announced in February to slash the amount of produce flown from the U.S. to commissaries in Asia and instead source all produce locally has been put on hold for now, commissary officials … [Read more...]

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YDU: Graduate School Grant for Military Spouses?

Why didn't you tell me there was a graduate school grant for military spouses?  As a teenager, I believed you had to be extremely smart or wealthy to attend a college or university. I was neither, so … [Read more...]

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New TAPS Education Program for Bereaved Families

Ashlynne Haycock was only ten years old when her father Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Haycock was killed in Iraq. But Ashlynne already knew education was important to him. “He made me learn all 50 … [Read more...]

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Will ISIL Panic You into a 21st Century Bomb Shelter?

Sarah, one of our favorite spouse bloggers, wrote us a post about the recent threats from ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) calling for an attack against individual military … [Read more...]

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MilSpouse Up for Pillsbury Bake-Off Award

A D.C. based Marine Corps spouse is one of 100 finalists for the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off contest thanks to a handy homemade donut recipe. Megan Beimer, 31, said she has always enjoyed baking … [Read more...]

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Stay-at-Home Dad Group Gives Unique ManSpouse Support

In the male heavy military with so many spouse support groups focused on the female majority, stay-at-home Dads (SAHD) can seem like a rare breed. As hard as being a SAHD stationed stateside is, … [Read more...]

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Dear Duchess Kate: I Feel You, Girl

This past month, the world was squealing with excitement over the news of Duchess Kate’s pregnancy. (It was the whole world, right? Not just me?) The palace then quickly followed that with the … [Read more...]

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MSJDN Conference Helps Spouses Make the Right Moves

Three moves in five years. A resume filled with time gaps and a string of unrelated past positions. Limited job opportunities at some duty stations. Repeated fees for relicensing. The dreaded … [Read more...]

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Some Tricare Paper Notifications Going Away

Tricare is moving many of its notifications from postal mail to an online system, the agency announced Oct 1. The change will be effective immediately, according to a release from Tricare, and … [Read more...]

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Don’t Give In to Reintegration Exhaustion

A woman standing next to me in the airport once complained, “I didn’t get married to be a single mom, this isn’t what I bargained for. I’m so exhausted!” She explained that her husband had … [Read more...]

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Why Cars Shipped Later by IAL Get Delivered First

As we muddle through the continued drama over vehicles shipped to and from overseas military bases by a Defense Department contractor, I've had the honor of listening to or reading the complaints and … [Read more...]

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Are Your Kids Afraid of Online Threats to Military Families?

Online threats to military families? I confess I ignored the recent news story about how extremists urged “lone wolves” in the United States to find military families online and kill … [Read more...]

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Anti-Hunger Org Calls for DoD Food Benefit Changes

Junior military personnel or those with large households can apply for a Defense Department food assistance subsidy to be added directly to their paycheck every month, instead of applying for or using … [Read more...]