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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Are We Numb to Mass Shootings?

When they come home from war, we expect them to be safe. They expect to be safe. When I work homecoming retreats, so often soldiers and sailors and Marines and airmen tell me that their feeling at … [Read more...]


Poll: Combine the Commissary and Exchange?

The CEO of Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) has officially proposed combining with the commissary in an effort to save them from the higher prices and potential closings under a new potential … [Read more...]


Military Caregiver Study Findings Left Me Stunned

A newly released study found something that stunned even me – there are 1.1 million post-9/11 military caregivers in the US. As the program coordinator for Operation Homefront’s wounded warrior … [Read more...]


We Just Got the Best PCS Orders Ever

Dear Family and Friends, My husband and I are excited to FINALLY announce our next duty assignment! It's always hard to think about moving (again). But hey! We knew what we signed up for, … [Read more...]


Ban Tobacco and I’ll Still Mail It

Urged on by members of the Senate, Defense Secretary Hagel is busy mulling over whether the military should quit selling tobacco products in Exchanges or on ships. His reasoning? No one thinks … [Read more...]


Embarrassing Debt? Not About The Money

I do understand why I need to maintain a budget. I understand I need to limit spending in order to pay down my debt. I completely get it that more money must be sent to my debt and less money needs … [Read more...]


Salad Shake-Up at Commissaries in Europe

If you are stationed north of the Alps in Europe you're about to see some changes in the produce section that could change prices and increase freshness. A few weeks ago we reported that the … [Read more...]


Top 10 Things I Had To Learn About Military Marriage

Last night while I was waiting for my two-year-old to stop crying after being moved to her big girl bed, I realized how far I’ve come since I was a military bride of 22…and how much I have stayed … [Read more...]


Does Your Resume Need Professional Help, Too?

After months and months of searching for a job, I knew I must be doing something wrong. I suspected that there was something the matter with my resume. I am searching for jobs in the administrative … [Read more...]


Behind the CNN ‘Military Wife’ Weight Loss Story

When deployment slaps you across the face do you let it get you down, or do you fight back? You may have seen the story floating around Facebook early this month – “Military Wife Drops More … [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...]


YDU: I Got All My Sisters With Me

Why didn’t you tell me that with each mention of a deployment getting underway, my heart would rip out of my chest. I know that pain. Why didn’t you tell me that every homecoming would bring … [Read more...]


Poll: What Are You Doing With Your Tax Refund?

My friends who attack their finances with the precision of a money ninja think tax refunds are for the birds. They have figured out their paychecks just so – and manage to not give their federal and … [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...]