Why I Went Back to School at 27

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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 […]

Hot Topic: Sears Cancels Heroes at Home Wish Registry

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]