Shopping your Closet: New Looks without Spending a Dime

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Guest Post by: Carrie Leaders Hi everyone! I am so thrilled to be back and blogging for the Homefront United Network! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season, and are finally settling back into the swing of a “normal” routine. I know I can’t be the only one whose bank account is […]

Strength in Fear


A couple of days ago, Military Spouses were threatened by ISIS on Twitter and Facebook. This is the response from one concerned military spouse… Strength in Fear… The Military Community is very much my community. It is my home, my safe place. It is everything I know, learned and have been challenged to become. It […]

Why I Went Back to School at 27


Guest Post by: Rachel Howard I had just gotten remarried and was expecting our second son, my oldest was five and from a previous marriage. I had sold all of my belongings and moved on base to be with my new husband. I had always wanted to go to college but the fear of how […]

Veterans Be Your Own Boss: JDog Junk Removal & Hauling


Guest Post By: Jerry Flanagan, Founder and CEO of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling (based in Berwyn, PA)   The transition from active duty military to civilian life is not easy for anyone. With government programs, enticing corporate incentives and career advisors muddling the landscape, it is difficult to know what the best option may […]

How One Word Can Change Your Life


As we begin 2015 we create New Year resolutions, set goals and start fresh. We look forward in hope that the year ahead is filled with success, prosperity and good health. We search for resources, tips, books and information that can help us change our lives for the better. But there is a simple thing […]

You Knew What You Were Getting Into: Active Guard Reserve


Want to see my eyes roll back and my head start spinning around in a good “Rosemary’s Baby” impression? Look me dead in the eye and tell me, “well you knew what you were getting into!” What I signed up for was the Weekend Warrior version of the game of Life. You know, the one […]

Party Attire: What to Wear to your Holiday Events


Guest Post by: Carrie Leaders Party Attire: What to Wear to your Holiday Events… The holidays tend to bring a barrage of party invitations, many with phrases like “cocktail attire” and “black tie optional.” For the inexperienced fashionista, these terms may be daunting, but I’m here to help you decode them all. It is important […]

ShaveMOB: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!


Recently the Homefront United Network was asked to review ShaveMOB. I was actually excited upon receiving this email. First reason is that I have a love/hate relationship with shaving. The only part I like about it is the fact that I only have to do it once a week, I barely have any hair. The […]

Fall Fashion Trends For Every Size, Shape, and Budget


Guest Post By: Carrie Leaders With the exception of pumpkin overload, there is nothing about fall that I don’t absolutely love. The air gets a little crisper, the leaves a little crunchier, and suddenly, my wardrobe needs to be changed. I’m usually ready for boots and layers by the end of August, so I relish […]

The Capacity But Not the Will to Fight the Islamic State?

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Though recent media saturation suggest that the Islamic State (IS) emerged almost overnight last summer, this band of Sunni militant fighters has existed in one form or another since 1999. As al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), these militants fought against American and coalition forces in Iraq during the past decade. With a now estimated 30,000 fighters, […]

Hot Topic: Sears Cancels Heroes at Home Wish Registry


A few days ago, Sears made the following statement about discontinuing their Heroes at Home Wish Registry program:   Sears has long supported military families through many programs, including Heroes at Home. We are thankful for the generous support of our associates and members to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry, which raised more  than $19 […]

Raising Strong Military Kids: One Mom’s Story

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  Raising Strong Military Kids: One Mom’s Story I will never forget my first time shopping at a commissary. At 21 and newly married, my husband Jim and I had just packed up all of our belongings to drive across the country from Seattle to Fort Belvoir. We were new to the military way of […]

5 Resolutions to Get You Saving in the New Year


5 Resolutions to Get You Saving in the New Year  By: Andia Dinesen, AFC® VP Communications and Operations Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA) January is a perfect time for servicemembers and their families to perform a financial check-up and determine if saving more money should be one of your New Year’s resolutions. Is […]

Love Honor and Obey


You’d call me a traditional Army wife.  When I got married the minister asked if I wanted “love, honor and obey” left in my vows- of course.  My husband is the head of my household, and it is my duty as his wife to obey him just as it is his duty to obey his […]

Dear Service Member: A Letter From Congress


Dear Service Member: A Letter From Congress Dear Service Member, Your voice doesn’t matter to me. Your service doesn’t matter to me. The promise made with your oath doesn’t matter to me. You don’t matter. You are expendable. Your physical and mental wounds of war do not matter. Your marriages lost, do not matter. Your childhoods missed, […]

The Times When Being a Reserve Spouse Sucks


The Times When Being a Reserve Spouse Sucks: I write about being a Reservist’s wife a lot.  It’s the number one topic that people request when they want a guest post or to feature me on their website.  Everyone wants to know the ins and outs of reserve life and how it’s different from active duty […]

10 Ways to Unwind for Free


Work, home and love life aren’t always easy to balance when you’re the spouse of a military service member, and it’s easy to get stressed under the circumstances. Stress can be one of the largest causes of strokes and heart attacks – therefore it’s really important to find ways to de-stress, and weekends are perfect […]

From Saluting to Selling: Easing the Transition Into the Civilian Job Market


Finding a great job in today’s economy can be tough, especially if you’re transitioning out of the military and into civilian life. Whether you’ve been in the service for a full career or a few years, you’re going to face an uphill climb. But I’m here to assure you that you can find your dream […]

When Mom Gets Sick: Sick Day Planning for Special Needs Families

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Uh..oh! Mom is SICK! It’s that time….we anticipate it every year….. yes, it’s flu season!  This year seems to be more aggressive and widespread than in recent years. The young, the elderly and those with medical issues are much more susceptible to contracting the flu and falling gravely ill. Military spouses are often far from […]

Holiday Stress: Gyms on Base


It’s December and I’ve already indulged this season with savory foods, delectable deserts, shopping excursions and late nights.  My waistline is increasing slowly week by week and I’ve decided that I need to do something before January 1st. Why do we all wait for the New Year to make changes? Is it because it’s easier […]