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Photo Credit: Flickr user MilitaryHealth   If taking charge of your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to add getting a Pap test to your to-do list. January is Cervical Health Awareness …

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Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil, Flickr.com For those of you who do not know Ms. Amos, she is the former First Lady of the Marine Corps. During her tenure, she created a reading list to mirror the …

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Photo Credit: Amanda Govaert, Flickr.com   Every once in a while a girl just needs a good old-fashioned sleepover: cute pajamas, good food, great friends, deep conversation and very little sleep. Recently I had the opportunity to join …

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Ruhama Quadir   The moments before, during, and after deployments are strange. They can make you feel light as air and fill you with bliss; yet they can also crush you as you …

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Sometimes I truly wish that after my wedding, I received a textbook detailing what it is to be married, especially to someone enlisted. I would love to say that I was naïve back then, but …

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I love my dentist. He’s honest about what fillings I actually need, gets the work done quickly and painlessly, and he even has an office dog. However, he has one annoying habit. Without fail, each …

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Krissy Venosdale   Whether it’s cooking dinner for our neighbor or volunteering tirelessly to support our service member’s unit, we have all given something. Maybe we were there for someone who needed a …

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Nobody knows discipline like a service member. Boot camp, deployments, physical fitness tests year after year. For Derick Carver, those feats were even more difficult after losing his leg to an IED; but the Army …

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Air Force spouse Vista Bartholomew knows a thing or two about growing a business.  Her company, VistaPix Media, is a photo scanning, photo restoration and film and media preservation service. In just a few short …

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Photo credit: Flickr user Nathan O'Nions   Hindsight is always 20/20. If we could just read the story of our lives ahead of time, we would know what choices to make and what decisions to avoid. Sometimes …

New Spouse Articles

Top 6 Questions Asked – Cervical Cancer Awareness

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Photo Credit: Flickr user MilitaryHealth   If taking charge of your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to add getting a Pap test to your to-do list. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and considering that more than 70 percent of women and men will come in contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the sexually transmitted infection that leads … [Read more...]

Top 6 Questions Asked – Cervical Cancer Awareness

Call to Action: Mrs. Amos Recommended Reading List

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Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil, Flickr.com For those of you who do not know Ms. Amos, she is the former First Lady of the Marine Corps. During her tenure, she created a reading list to mirror the long-standing tradition of reading lists that the Commandant of the Marine Corps has long promoted for his troops. Remarked Terri Barnes in an article for Stars and Stripes in … [Read more...]

Call to Action: Mrs. Amos Recommended Reading List

Will War and Marriage Ever Mix?

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Photo Credit: Amanda Govaert, Flickr.com   Every once in a while a girl just needs a good old-fashioned sleepover: cute pajamas, good food, great friends, deep conversation and very little sleep. Recently I had the opportunity to join several friends for an out of town, honest-to-goodness-we-don’t-have-kids-around sleepover. The women in attendance were all military spouses and … [Read more...]

Will War and Marriage Ever Mix?

My Spouse is Finally Back and I Feel Different

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Ruhama Quadir   The moments before, during, and after deployments are strange. They can make you feel light as air and fill you with bliss; yet they can also crush you as you carry the heavy weight of guilt, anxiety, and stress. Even the healthiest of couples find deployments to be difficult at times. So what does one do if he or she feels like they’re … [Read more...]

My Spouse is Finally Back and I Feel Different

A New Wife’s Plea

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Sometimes I truly wish that after my wedding, I received a textbook detailing what it is to be married, especially to someone enlisted. I would love to say that I was naïve back then, but have now learned all that it means to be a military spouse. Or a spouse in general, actually. I am, quite possibly, the world’s worst military wife. I have no idea what I’m doing at military … [Read more...]

A New Wife’s Plea

4 Responses When You’re Criticized for Getting Married Young

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I love my dentist. He’s honest about what fillings I actually need, gets the work done quickly and painlessly, and he even has an office dog. However, he has one annoying habit. Without fail, each time I come in for an appointment, he comments on how I’m “too young to be married” (I’m 24, and my husband is 25) and gives me a sarcastic “good luck,” as if it would be a miracle if … [Read more...]

4 Responses When You’re Criticized for Getting Married Young

5 Reasons Your Excuses Aren’t Legit

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Krissy Venosdale   Whether it’s cooking dinner for our neighbor or volunteering tirelessly to support our service member’s unit, we have all given something. Maybe we were there for someone who needed a listening ear. Maybe we took their kids for a few hours so they could just rest for a moment. WHY? Maybe someone did these things for us and we want to … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Your Excuses Aren’t Legit

5 Super Workout Tips from an Army Ranger

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Nobody knows discipline like a service member. Boot camp, deployments, physical fitness tests year after year. For Derick Carver, those feats were even more difficult after losing his leg to an IED; but the Army Ranger didn’t let the challenge intimidate him, instead he conquered feats others can barely imagine. And now, he’s opening a new Crossfit Gym in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, … [Read more...]

5 Super Workout Tips from an Army Ranger

Do What You Love!

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Air Force spouse Vista Bartholomew knows a thing or two about growing a business.  Her company, VistaPix Media, is a photo scanning, photo restoration and film and media preservation service. In just a few short years, Vista went from taking on local clients, to serving clients across all regions of the United States. And she did so while managing a household, two children, a … [Read more...]

Do What You Love!

What I Wish I Knew Last Year

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Photo credit: Flickr user Nathan O'Nions   Hindsight is always 20/20. If we could just read the story of our lives ahead of time, we would know what choices to make and what decisions to avoid. Sometimes it hurts to learn the lessons that give us that good vision, but the key is in growing and adapting! Here are three areas of insight on things I learned over the last year as … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Knew Last Year

War Is Over– Or Just Beginning?

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Liz Snell is a military spouse and the CEO and Founder of Military Spouses of Strength Photo Credit: The U.S. Army, Flickr.com A ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan “officially” ended the war Sunday, December 28th, 2014. A ceremony that included leaders-- our military leaders. This ceremony was formal, and as you would expect any military ceremony to be, full of circumstance. Yet, I … [Read more...]

War Is Over– Or Just Beginning?

Welcome to the Military Spouse Book Club!

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Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram, Flickr.com We are so excited to launch this new project, and are equally as excited about all the fascinating books we will read together! There will be a range of books, from blockbusters, to those written by military spouses, to those about the military or military spouse way of life, to just plain ol’ great stories we want to share. By joining our … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Military Spouse Book Club!

5 Ways To Be A Happier Person in 2015

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Photo Credit: Flickr User Paul Hocksenar   Ringing in a New Year can bring on some negative emotions. We may feel guilty for not doing enough for our families or remorseful that we didn’t accomplish last year’s resolution. These thoughts put a ton of pressure on the year ahead to be a fresh start or new beginning, but if we don’t make realistic goals to change the habits that … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Be A Happier Person in 2015

What I Really Want For Christmas as a Military Spouse

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Martina K   Dear Santa,  Just a warning St. Nick, this list might be long. I gave up waiting for my birthday or any other holiday to deliver, so the pressure is all on you. Sorry. First of all, I was hoping you might have some elvish connections in my husband’s battalion. He was supposed to be home by Thanksgiving, but now it looks like it might be a … [Read more...]

What I Really Want For Christmas as a Military Spouse

Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts Giveaway!

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The tree is lit and carols fill the air-- ‘tis the season of cookies and giving and care.  To you and your family good tidings we share. But that’s not enough-- we want to do more! What if we could gift you something from our favorite store? What about a fun game we can play? One where we bring you… A Christmas gift GIVEAWAY! The Navy Exchange and Military Spouse promise you … [Read more...]

Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts Giveaway!

Just…Breathe.

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In a world where our calendars become so overwhelmed with spouse events, kid events, and our own work schedules, sometimes it’s hard to remember that we need to slow down and take a moment to breathe. We hear the phrase “happy wife, happy life” and laugh it off, but there is a grain of truth to that. So what is it you do to slow down and make yourself happy? Is it physical … [Read more...]

Just…Breathe.

Luke’s Wings Gives Back In A Big Way!

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Looking for a concrete way to give back to our veterans? Luke's Wings is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving wounded warriors during hospitalization and rehabilitation by uniting these heroes with their families. The road to recovery for wounded service members can be a long one, and while the military provides up to three flights for qualifying family members, it is … [Read more...]

Luke’s Wings Gives Back In A Big Way!