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One of my single biggest pet peeves is when women, generally civilians, openly complain about their husbands’ “annoying” everyday habits. “He’s so messy…he’s so lazy….never loads his dish in the dishwasher…would be nice if he …

5 success secrets for military spouse business

In a country where unemployment rates are already dismal, the unemployment rate for military spouses is alarming: 26%, or 3x the national average. Here on Military Spouse Magazine, we explored the unemployment problem last year. Many MilSpouses have …

how i saved enough to buy a house in cash

According to a recent survey done by SunTrust, a quarter of American households earning more than $100,000 a year are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Americans are struggling to save their money and income level can’t be the …

12 mantras everything military spouse should live be

I am a firm believer in the power of a good pep talk. Knowing that someone else is on your team, that they believe in you, is often the best medicine to remedy a mopey …

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Author: Alex Brown, 2015 JB San Antonio Spouse of the Year The story is one we all know well: orders drop and the frantic search for information on your new duty station begins. Whether it’s your …

We currently live in Washington state and my oldest child will be starting kindergarten this upcoming September. We have her enrolled at the same private school she attended preschool for. We will be PCSing to …

financial lessons I learned in my first year of marriage

Money arguments are the number one cause of marriage fights and divorce. Why is it then that there aren’t more obvious pieces of advice for newlyweds? Maybe it’s because newlyweds don’t want to hear it. …

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A wedding is one of the biggest days in your life, but it can also be the biggest expense of your life as well. With all the stress that sometimes comes along with planning a …

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It’s 10:37 p.m. on a Thursday night. I’m sitting here unshowered with one hand stuck in a large bag of chocolate chips, writing, erasing, writing, erasing some more, desperate to pull some magic from thin air …

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Why I Love My Pet Peeves

pet peeves

One of my single biggest pet peeves is when women, generally civilians, openly complain about their husbands’ “annoying” everyday habits. “He’s so messy…he’s so lazy….never loads his dish in the dishwasher…would be nice if he could fold the laundry every now and again.” Now, granted, some military wives certainly complain about these types of things, as well. But I can … [Read more...]

Why I Love My Pet Peeves

5 Success Secrets for Military Spouse Businesses

5 success secrets for military spouse business

In a country where unemployment rates are already dismal, the unemployment rate for military spouses is alarming: 26%, or 3x the national average. Here on Military Spouse Magazine, we explored the unemployment problem last year. Many MilSpouses have taken matters into their own hands, trading PCS for profits by starting their own portable businesses. From web design to … [Read more...]

5 Success Secrets for Military Spouse Businesses

How I Saved Enough to Buy a House with CASH

how i saved enough to buy a house in cash

According to a recent survey done by SunTrust, a quarter of American households earning more than $100,000 a year are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Americans are struggling to save their money and income level can’t be the only thing to blame. We also need to take a closer look at our spending habits. My husband and I got married right before we moved overseas to our first duty … [Read more...]

How I Saved Enough to Buy a House with CASH

12 Mantras Every Military Spouse Should Live By

12 mantras everything military spouse should live be

I am a firm believer in the power of a good pep talk. Knowing that someone else is on your team, that they believe in you, is often the best medicine to remedy a mopey moment (or several). But who said that motivation had to come from elsewhere? It’s completely possible to give yourself the best sports-coach game-face talking-to you ever did hear. I’ve lost count of the amount … [Read more...]

12 Mantras Every Military Spouse Should Live By

PCS…Pain Free!?!

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Author: Alex Brown, 2015 JB San Antonio Spouse of the Year The story is one we all know well: orders drop and the frantic search for information on your new duty station begins. Whether it’s your first PCS or your fourteenth, the process doesn’t change. I’ll never forget my first. “We’re moving where?!” When I went online and found out where the duty station was, I was … [Read more...]

PCS…Pain Free!?!

Temporary Homeschooling in RI?

We currently live in Washington state and my oldest child will be starting kindergarten this upcoming September. We have her enrolled at the same private school she attended preschool for. We will be PCSing to Newport, RI in march 2016 and then PCSing to Pearl Harbor, HI some time in late 2016 after the 2016/17 school year starts. My husband will have a TDY either before or … [Read more...]

Temporary Homeschooling in RI?

What I Learned About Money In My First Year of Marriage

financial lessons I learned in my first year of marriage

Money arguments are the number one cause of marriage fights and divorce. Why is it then that there aren’t more obvious pieces of advice for newlyweds? Maybe it’s because newlyweds don’t want to hear it. Maybe they think that they are too in love – money arguments would never get the best of them. Maybe outsiders don’t want to ruin this blissfully innocent stage for the couple … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Money In My First Year of Marriage

10 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs (The 1st OR 2nd Time!)

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A wedding is one of the biggest days in your life, but it can also be the biggest expense of your life as well. With all the stress that sometimes comes along with planning a military wedding (the first OR the second time!) the last thing you need to be worrying about is budget as well... Here’s 10 ways to enjoy your wedding day without breaking the bank: Sit down with … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs (The 1st OR 2nd Time!)

5 Ways to Readjust Expectations During Deployment

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It’s 10:37 p.m. on a Thursday night. I’m sitting here unshowered with one hand stuck in a large bag of chocolate chips, writing, erasing, writing, erasing some more, desperate to pull some magic from thin air for an overdue article. Two of my three girls are locked in their room finally tucked into their beds after countless glasses of water and several empty threats about … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Readjust Expectations During Deployment