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Article Originally Published at JoMyGosh.com When John was deployed, I listened to a lot of music… and a lot of the same music over and over again. And I know I’m not alone. I put an …

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April is the Month of the Military Child. What an amazing thing that this country sees fit to establish such a month and that organizations find ways to honor all of those wonderful, silly, smart, enthusiastic, …

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by MilitaryByOwner Staff Writer Karina Gafford While last month we were encouraged to embrace and appreciate our emotional attachments, for many military families, this month is time to start creating an emotional detachment. PCS season is …

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In the long, cramped, and stressful days during a PCS the last thing that you’re likely thinking about is healthy eating and exercise. In fact, it’s far more likely that you’re concentrating on not pulling …

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Military families and their awesome creativity continues! A welcome home drawing of the whole family for dad! Photo Credit: Dana Schaefer "Welcome home, love of my life, you 'moist' come kiss your wife" "I've waited 210 days for this moment." Photo …

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Dear Mindy, I am not sure what to do. I am the very rare and hardly noticed male military spouse. I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere. My wife is always being invited to both …

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Due to the overwhelming amount of beautiful photos we received this week, Military Spouse brings you a special #MilitaryCrushMonday: Military Dads and Their Kids. It is almost April, the month of the military child. We …

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This article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer I read an opinion column in The Washington Post written by retired Lt. Col. Dave Duffy titled "Enough With Entitlement Among Veterans and Military Families." My Facebook page …

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There is something about this time of year that just makes me want to tear my house apart and fix it all up. I know it’s called spring-cleaning for a reason. I have no desire …

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Last year Military Spouse did a series of anonymous confession articles, giving our writers a chance to share their thoughts on topics they had previously been nervous about sharing publicly. The series was a big …

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The Only Deployment Playlist You’ll Ever Need

deployment playlist

Article Originally Published at JoMyGosh.com When John was deployed, I listened to a lot of music… and a lot of the same music over and over again. And I know I’m not alone. I put an all call out on Facebook and asked for deployment song suggestions – you know, the ones that speak to you, that you can’t get out of your head, that you just have to listen to. Here’s what a … [Read more...]

The Only Deployment Playlist You’ll Ever Need

Setting an Example

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April is the Month of the Military Child. What an amazing thing that this country sees fit to establish such a month and that organizations find ways to honor all of those wonderful, silly, smart, enthusiastic, talented and caring military children. But maybe we have an obligation, too. Maybe that obligation is also to set an example. People tell me that I write articles that … [Read more...]

Setting an Example

PCS Time: How to Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

healthy living during PCS

In the long, cramped, and stressful days during a PCS the last thing that you’re likely thinking about is healthy eating and exercise. In fact, it’s far more likely that you’re concentrating on not pulling your hair out from the stress and food is an afterthought, only relevant when your stomach is loudly grumbling and you’re searching for whatever is easiest to grab to quiet … [Read more...]

PCS Time: How to Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

Sincerely, Left Behind Male Spouse

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Dear Mindy, I am not sure what to do. I am the very rare and hardly noticed male military spouse. I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere. My wife is always being invited to both military member events and spouse events because they mistake her for the actual dependent. I feel like I have lost myself within a world that does not yet accept male spouses. I love my wife and I love … [Read more...]

Sincerely, Left Behind Male Spouse

#MCM: Military Dads and Their Kids

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Due to the overwhelming amount of beautiful photos we received this week, Military Spouse brings you a special #MilitaryCrushMonday: Military Dads and Their Kids. It is almost April, the month of the military child. We are kicking things off early by honoring those kids who go through so much with parents in the military. Here are some of the top photos this week!  Photo … [Read more...]

#MCM: Military Dads and Their Kids

“Entitlement” Stereotype Hurts Military Family

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This article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer I read an opinion column in The Washington Post written by retired Lt. Col. Dave Duffy titled "Enough With Entitlement Among Veterans and Military Families." My Facebook page was buzzing. The article was shared multiple times and sparked heated debate. The comments about spouses, Duffy, the military and the … [Read more...]

“Entitlement” Stereotype Hurts Military Family

4 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Spring Cleaning

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There is something about this time of year that just makes me want to tear my house apart and fix it all up. I know it’s called spring-cleaning for a reason. I have no desire to spruce everything up once the temperature drops, but opening my windows for those first few days of nice weather just puts me in the mood to dust, discard, and organize everything. Sometimes that seems … [Read more...]

4 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Spring Cleaning

Confession: I Am the Weary Military Spouse

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Last year Military Spouse did a series of anonymous confession articles, giving our writers a chance to share their thoughts on topics they had previously been nervous about sharing publicly. The series was a big hit and gave us the chance to delve into some discussions that had previously not been explored due to their sensitive nature. As a part of that series I wrote a piece … [Read more...]

Confession: I Am the Weary Military Spouse