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make memories on a PCS budget

by Dawn Smith, MilitaryByOwner staff writer With many PCS adventures behind us, I can look back and see, after the boxes were loaded and the keys were returned, the fun that followed our family as we …

PCS without older children

While stationed in Guam with our young family, I met a couple whose three older children were all back in the states: they were attending college, married, or living on their own. They now found …

same sex military couples

In case you missed it, on Friday 26 June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unlawful to deny a couple the right to be married just because they happen to be …

10 things about military wives you probably don't want to know

Originally published at merelymothers.com. A couple of years ago, I wrote a post for Yahoo! called “Ten Things you May not Know about Military Wives.”   Lots of people read it. It was truthful, but a …

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Our school-aged children have sent in their teachers’ gifts, signed the yearbooks and dumped the contents of their backpacks onto the living room floor. However, the end of school means more to military families than …

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Article originally published at JoMyGosh.com. Is there a time that we fret more over the way we look and feel than homecoming? From deployment weight loss challenges, to Pinterest boards full of homecoming outfit ideas, to …

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The online bashing, ridicule and embarrassment of the military spouse community has been a frequent visitor to my timeline this week after an article on the subject made it on the front page of the …

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It's true, we often find ourselves in a sea of cammies, combat boots and dress blues. Our world consists of 50 shades of green, missing PT belts, and various other clothing items described with a …

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Photo Credit: Lauren Hammond Life Insurance is Critical for Protecting your Financial Future Remember the time it took preparing for your wedding? From the location to the seating arrangements, you budgeted and planned with all the military traditions …

Military Homecoming

Guest Post: Wynona Benson, Photographer Photo Credit: Wynona Benson Why do you need a military homecoming photographer? I get that question a lot. And when I was standing there waiting for my client’s husband  a couple days ago, …

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Make Memories on a Budget While You PCS

make memories on a PCS budget

by Dawn Smith, MilitaryByOwner staff writer With many PCS adventures behind us, I can look back and see, after the boxes were loaded and the keys were returned, the fun that followed our family as we made our way to the next destination. This is probably the only time I would ever accept a dare from my 7-year-old to try the “barf” flavored jelly bean at the Jelly Belly … [Read more...]

Make Memories on a Budget While You PCS

PCS’ing Without Your Older Children

PCS without older children

While stationed in Guam with our young family, I met a couple whose three older children were all back in the states: they were attending college, married, or living on their own. They now found themselves a very different family with their last child at home. Looking at my own small children, I had a little flash of foreshadowing as I tried to wrap my brain around how … [Read more...]

PCS’ing Without Your Older Children

What Does Friday’s Ruling Mean for Same Sex Military Couples?

same sex military couples

In case you missed it, on Friday 26 June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unlawful to deny a couple the right to be married just because they happen to be a same sex couple. It’s a ruling 11 years in the making. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to legalize gay marriages. Since then, 34 other states have followed. In … [Read more...]

What Does Friday’s Ruling Mean for Same Sex Military Couples?

10 Things About Military Wives You Probably Don’t Want To Know

10 things about military wives you probably don't want to know

Originally published at merelymothers.com. A couple of years ago, I wrote a post for Yahoo! called “Ten Things you May not Know about Military Wives.”   Lots of people read it. It was truthful, but a feel good piece. And now, I want to offer you the dark side. 1. We are always at our limit. One of my close military wife friends said this to me, and I have never forgotten … [Read more...]

10 Things About Military Wives You Probably Don’t Want To Know

9 Things You Need To Know When Changing Schools

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Our school-aged children have sent in their teachers’ gifts, signed the yearbooks and dumped the contents of their backpacks onto the living room floor. However, the end of school means more to military families than sleeping in, summer camps and pool parties. For many of us, the end of school usually means PCS season is in full swing, packers are coming, emotional goodbyes and … [Read more...]

9 Things You Need To Know When Changing Schools

Why I Care About MilSpouse Bashing

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The online bashing, ridicule and embarrassment of the military spouse community has been a frequent visitor to my timeline this week after an article on the subject made it on the front page of the Army and Marine Corps Times. As I clicked on the comment section of these pages, I was surprised that the nastiness so prominent in the conversation no longer bothers me. At this … [Read more...]

Why I Care About MilSpouse Bashing

31 Photos of Everyday Military Life

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It's true, we often find ourselves in a sea of cammies, combat boots and dress blues. Our world consists of 50 shades of green, missing PT belts, and various other clothing items described with a mouth full of acronyms. In contrast to the often painted portrait of our lives through outsider eyes, we aren't all about uniforms, order, and all things military. Our children are … [Read more...]

31 Photos of Everyday Military Life

Attention Newlyweds!

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Photo Credit: Lauren Hammond Life Insurance is Critical for Protecting your Financial Future Remember the time it took preparing for your wedding? From the location to the seating arrangements, you budgeted and planned with all the military traditions in mind. And you have beautiful photos to remind you of that special day for a lifetime. You dreamed and talked about … [Read more...]

Attention Newlyweds!

Ft. Benning MSOY, Eryn Mounticure, Named Director of Teach for America’s Military Veteran Initiative

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Teach For America recently announced that Eryn Mounticure will be leading its military veteran and spouse recruitment and cultivation efforts as director of the organization’s Military Veterans Initiative, effective immediately. Mounticure is the daughter of an Army Colonel and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Florida State University and a master’s degree from … [Read more...]

Ft. Benning MSOY, Eryn Mounticure, Named Director of Teach for America’s Military Veteran Initiative