Balancing Going Back to Work and Daycare

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The relentless question that always afflicts working but soon-to-be-mothers is, “Should I go back to work when this baby is born?” This is a question which should ultimately be made by you and your partner. Some women prefer to stay home and watch their children grow and achieve milestones in front of their very own […]

Uncomfortable in my Own Skin

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A few weeks ago my husband came home telling me that his battalion was having a dinning in and spouses were welcome. Before he even finished his sentence I told him I wasn’t going. You see, I’m pregnant with our first child and I was at that awkward pregnancy stage where I was gaining the […]

Going Back to School While Active Duty, is it Possible?

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Going Back to School While Active Duty, is it Possible? No problem! More and more active duty members are taking the plunge and are going back to school. Whether they are young or older, they are doing it. When I went to college in 2001, online college was an unknown thing. It existed, but no […]

New Year-New You: 5 Steps For You

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New Year-New You: 5 Steps For You New year, new you. That is everyone’s motto when the new year arrives. We use the new year as an excuse to get fit or start eating healthier or making decisions about our job or family. We begin creating our new selves, and hopefully, this time around we […]

Remembering Veteran’s Day as a Foreigner

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I remember this one Veteran’s Day, my husband, who was my fiancé at the time, was stationed in Germany. Since Germany doesn’t recognize Veterans Day, there wasn’t anything different about that day. But all day long, I wanted to tell my future husband, “thank you.” but I wasn’t sure if I was “allowed”. Since I’m […]

Pan con Tomate

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My dad once said, “You will always find bread, tomatoes and olive oil in a Spanish kitchen. Without those three ingredients, its as if your kitchen doesn’t exist!”   Another typical, and super, easy “meal” in Spain is “pan con tomate” (bread with tomato). Its quick, simple and your taste buds go wild at the […]

The Military Luxuries

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A few months after my husband and I got married I was chatting with someone whom I thought was a good friend. We were chatting about life and so forth and somehow got into the discussion about health insurance and how much money she has to pay out of pocket for a medicine. I replied […]

Summer Recipes: Gazpacho

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When summer came around and my family and I were in Spain, my mom would make gazpacho religiously. Since part of the summer was spend in Madrid and the other wherever my family wanted to vacation, you wanted something fresh, filling and cold to you through the hot summer days. Today I’d like to share […]

The Single Family

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A single family, I am talking about those families who don’t have kids. Some may chose not to have kids because they don’t see that in their future. For others, they simply are not able to conceive children. Others feel that they are still too young to have kids and want to enjoy married life […]

The Candy Stealer

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I’m a huge believer in care packages, ask my husband. I think he received one care package every week, filled to the rim with candy, for the entire time he was deployed. His family sent a bunch, as well as friends. Needless to say, he was the Marine you would go to if you were […]

The Unemployed Wife

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As I sit here writing this, it is well into the afternoon and I am still in my sweat pants and t-shirt. I find that this attire best suits me when I’m in the house and doing “house-ly” things. Never in a million years did I think to myself that I would be a stay […]

Relocation Assistance

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In a couple of months my husband and I will be saying goodbye to Twentynine Palms and hello to his new orders. Even though this move will happen in the later portion of the year, the OCD freak that I am is already freaking out. My mind is racing 100 mph with questions, ideas, thoughts […]

Resolutions

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Resolutions. It can be one of the most dreaded words when your resolution for the New Year has gone completely down the toilet. The New Year has arrived and resolutions start crowding your mind, “This year, I’m going to loose weight.”, “This year, I’m going read one book a week.”, “This year, I’m going to […]

Pets: PCSing OCONUS

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This is the second, and last installment, of PCSing with Pets. So, your spouse just got orders to go overseas and you have officially begun to freak out. How am I going to pack in time? Will my children go to a local school? What about our two dogs? About a million and one questions […]

Real Tree vs. Fake Tree

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This year, due to a couple of issues, my husband and I have decided to spend Christmas at home, just the two of us. So now the question of decorations and Christmas trees has come up. You see, we may have been married for almost three years, but those first two years were spent  with […]

Pets: PCSing CONUS

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PCSing with a pet CONUS or OCONUS can be extremely stressful. When I was growing up my family moved from country to country every 4 years, due to my father’s job, and so did our pets. It was costly and tiring, but in the end a pet is your family and wouldn’t you do anything […]

Pets: Why You Should Own a Pet

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I am a huge advocate that everybody should have a pet. I also understand that not everyone can have a pet. Aside from the not-so-fun-part of having to crate train them or clean out their cage, I swear, owning a pet is much more than that, trust me. For instance, my mother was one of […]

Fall Recipes: Beef Stew

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Beef Stew (taken and adapted from Real Simple) Ingredients 1lb of beef stew meat 1 cup of flour Olive oil 2 large onions, diced (2 cups) 1 can tomato paste (6oz can) 1 cup red wine 1 pound potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 4 cups) 1/2 pound baby carrots (about 2 cups) 2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 bay leaf Directions Coat […]

Military Lodging

Military Lodging

One of the many privileges of being a military member or military dependent is taking advantage of the amount of amenities on your respective base. For example, the low cost facilities we have access to on military bases, those hidden deals just for us. Great discounts at selected theme parks, even small discounts at stores. […]

The Unexpected Changes

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One of the many differences between the civilian lifestyle and the military lifestyle is that things will change from one minute to the next and we, the families, have to take things as they are without trying to “fix them”. Whether it is from your spouse getting orders to report to Japan unaccompanied for two […]