5 Resolutions to Get You Saving in the New Year

save-money1

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

Torn-Marriage1

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 […]

Dear Service Member: A Letter From Congress

AP0901060255551-e1323728513880

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

mad_woman

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

de-stress-unwind-these-3-free-relaxation-apps

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

01611

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

Photo Credit: freedigitalphotos.net

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

Waistline

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 […]

The Value of a Teachable Heart

Lisa White

I often find myself thinking about all the things I have learned since becoming a military wife. I look back on the past eight years and am amazed at how much military life has taught me about patience and perseverance, the importance of community and friendship, and the significance of the phrase “Semper Gumby,” always […]

The Sun Still Shines

Sun

Sometimes getting through the darkness means being willing to find the sun. “Be still, sad heart, and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.” This is the writing of the […]

Bargaining for a Better Price on Storage

Blue storage units

If you’ve ever visited or lived in another country, you might have been surprised how common it is for consumers to bargain for almost everything. While your grandparents and great-grandparents might remember a time when they could walk into a grocery store and haggle with the vendor over an item’s price, in today’s America prices […]

Should We Stay Or Should We Go: Bonding As a Married Couple and Family Unit

Sarah Peachy

One thing I’ve learned over the last four years as a military spouse, is that the military consumes a lot of my husband’s time. Even when he’s home, he isn’t always there because of work calls or stress. When we have time to take a break and get away from the installation, we always jump […]

The Strength Within

2007

  It has been seven months since my husband was officially medically retired from the Army, something that we never imagined would happen in his “career” of being a soldier. So many emotions overwhelm me when I look back over the years, especially when I think back to being naïve to things in life at […]

Perceptions

A Girl

When my husband was deployed, I noticed a stark difference in how my life was suddenly being led. I had always thought of myself as a civilian and it never occurred to me how the perception of who I was might change, in my own eyes or others. But it did change. And it changed […]

Time Management for the “Non-Average” Family

Home Management Binder

Military family life is complicated and special needs parenting is no picnic. Combine the two and you have a family with much more on their plate then the average one. Welcome to my world!  My family is composed of me (SAHM/Blogger), GI Joe (career soldier), Blondie (our special needs child) and Ginger (our spunky baby).  […]

DIY Decorative Tray

Before and After

One of my favorite parts of moving is the chance to redecorate and change up my home décor. I love to create small vignettes using items like candles, and pretty picture frames all contained inside a chic tray. I am not sure I can explain my love affair with trays. They are an easy way […]

Five Creative Ways to Save Money on Food

Save-Money-on-Food-Cheap-Recipe-Blog

It seems like everybody is trying to save money these days: Military families and civilian families alike. It’s true that one of the biggest expenses for families is food, but there are countless ways in which to cut down on the amount you spend. It just takes a little bit of creativity and planning. If […]

Guest Author Blog, Have You Met My Wife? By: Christine Gilbreath

Christine Gilbreath

  Have You Met My Wife? By: Christine Gilbreath In June of 2006 the National Guard went through a major restructuring. For my husband Scott’s unit this meant a complete break-up of the existing unit and the forming of new unit configurations. Each of these new units had to be complete ‘stand alone’ entities, with […]

A National Guard Valentine’s

MaryCorbett

I used to get really revved up and nervous when Hallmark holidays rolled around. But the longer I’m married the more I know that flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners can’t compensate for a husband that doesn’t treat you well the rest of the year. I also think that women (including myself) have to watch our […]