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PTSD and Kids

Over the last couple of years, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have come to the forefront of conversations within the military. It took some work, but the military, each branch, …

kids and deployment

So, your spouse comes home with deployment orders and you're finally going to drop the bomb on your kids telling them their active duty parent is about to head overseas. If you're anything like me, …

The Military Child- Fractured, Yet Beautiful

I was born into an American subculture that consists of millions, yet is truly understood by few on the outside. I was born the daughter of a U.S. Army soldier. When I was a young …

deployment tips after homecoming

Deployment. One of the most dreaded words in our community. Although many service members are ready (sometimes even excited) to put their hard work and experience to use by deploying, leaving the comforts of home …

curveballs of life

Nothing ever prepares you for parenthood. No amount of “new parent classes.” No matter how many kids you have. No matter how many disasters you encounter as a parent, you are never prepared for the …

unrealistic expectations in marriage

On February 15, 2014, my now husband popped the question in our hotel room in Charleston, South Carolina. When I saw him down on one knee, I actually collapsed with happiness (I’m not even sure …

military spouse guilty until proven innocent

There are jerks everywhere, especially when you’re looking for them. We’re human, so we are flawed by nature and all of us have said or done things we regret. However, there’s been a disturbing trend …

10 Must-have Apps for military spouse

Article originally published at Jo, My Gosh! I use my phone incessantly. Sometimes too much. But my life is on my phone– both work and social– so it’s hard to give it up. Instead, I’ve tried …

marriage engine

When I was in my early 20’s I learned a very valuable lesson in a very hard way. I blew up the engine in my car because I didn’t know that you had to change …

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Inspiring Expats: A military wife who won't take No for an answer, Rosette Obedoza Article Credit: Jacqui Miyabayashi This month I am thrilled to be chatting with an incredibly inspiring expat: Rosette Obedoza. When I heard about Rosette Obedoza's business …

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Your Military Child and PTSD

PTSD and Kids

Over the last couple of years, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have come to the forefront of conversations within the military. It took some work, but the military, each branch, found a way to fight the stigma associated with seeking help after deployments. It may not be gone forever; there are still men and women too embarrassed, afraid … [Read more...]

Your Military Child and PTSD

5 Ways to Drop the Deployment Bomb

kids and deployment

So, your spouse comes home with deployment orders and you're finally going to drop the bomb on your kids telling them their active duty parent is about to head overseas. If you're anything like me, having to explain it all and have this conversation is one of the things that will bring you to your knees. There's nothing quite as intimidating as knowing you're giving your kids … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Drop the Deployment Bomb

The Military Child: Fractured, Yet Beautiful

The Military Child- Fractured, Yet Beautiful

I was born into an American subculture that consists of millions, yet is truly understood by few on the outside. I was born the daughter of a U.S. Army soldier. When I was a young child, my life was largely unaffected by this fact. I lived in snowy little town in Northern Minnesota, where my dad was assigned to work as a recruiter. Life there was small and simple; ordinary, yet … [Read more...]

The Military Child: Fractured, Yet Beautiful

Unprepared for the Curveballs of Life

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Nothing ever prepares you for parenthood. No amount of “new parent classes.” No matter how many kids you have. No matter how many disasters you encounter as a parent, you are never prepared for the many curveballs that life, and parenthood, send your way. Add military life on top of that, and you are in for an even bigger surprise. When my daughter was born, I felt every … [Read more...]

Unprepared for the Curveballs of Life

The Military Spouse: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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There are jerks everywhere, especially when you’re looking for them. We’re human, so we are flawed by nature and all of us have said or done things we regret. However, there’s been a disturbing trend where campaigns are started against a specific group of people. I’m talking about the dependa-epidemic. Dependas, Dependas, Everywhere So what exactly is a dependa? Some in our … [Read more...]

The Military Spouse: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

10 Must-Have Apps for Military Spouses

10 Must-have Apps for military spouse

Article originally published at Jo, My Gosh! I use my phone incessantly. Sometimes too much. But my life is on my phone– both work and social– so it’s hard to give it up. Instead, I’ve tried to use my phone to simplify and enrich my life, rather than letting it become a huge time suck. I know I’m not alone. Military spouses are often chained to their phones, and with good … [Read more...]

10 Must-Have Apps for Military Spouses

A Military Wife Who Won’t Take No for an Answer

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Inspiring Expats: A military wife who won't take No for an answer, Rosette Obedoza Article Credit: Jacqui Miyabayashi This month I am thrilled to be chatting with an incredibly inspiring expat: Rosette Obedoza. When I heard about Rosette Obedoza's business for the first time I was skeptical that it could really be as she said it was. Rosette is the director of a … [Read more...]

A Military Wife Who Won’t Take No for an Answer

Facing the Commis-scary

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Four tips to help prepare you for shopping at your local Commissary. This is embarrassing, but I fully admit to being scared of shopping at the Commissary when I first got married. I’m not really sure what it was about it that scared me. Maybe it was the guards at the gate that I had to show my shiny new military I.D. to, maybe it was the fear of navigating the maze of … [Read more...]

Facing the Commis-scary

Glamour Power Women and the Military Spouse Community

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For as many years as I can remember now, I have proudly been an advocate for the military family; most prominently the military spouse community. Not only have I been a member of the community for almost 16 years, but I truly believe that our community as a whole is an incredible group of resilient individuals who, given some unique challenges, have thrived during over a decade … [Read more...]

Glamour Power Women and the Military Spouse Community