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In just 2 days (ahhh!) we’ll be celebrating our first wedding anniversary! So much has happened this year– a PCS, major changes in my (un- and re-) employment, C school, totaled cars, new cars, new …

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I don’t remember learning about sex in middle or high school. In fact, I don’t even remember having many conversations about it in college. No one ever asked me what I wanted sexually, and I …

Why We Have Chosen to Live Apart

Photo Credit: Morning Calm Weekly News It’s funny how our opinions on certain things change as our life experience shifts. For the majority of my marriage I have always believed that keeping the family together, no …

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Credit shout-out to Jo, My Gosh. Hey. You. The one with the face. You’re amazing. Did you know that? I mean, really? Have you stopped and thought about how amazing you are today? Because you totally should. Who, me?  you might …

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Maybe your spouse is on recruiting duty; maybe you’re moving home while she deploys. Or maybe he’s been assigned to duty far from any military base. Whatever the reason, many military families find themselves located …

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Author: Cary Love, Navy Spouse 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 …

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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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Author: Joy Draper, Air Force Spouse 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 …

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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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My First Year as a Military Wife

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In just 2 days (ahhh!) we’ll be celebrating our first wedding anniversary! So much has happened this year– a PCS, major changes in my (un- and re-) employment, C school, totaled cars, new cars, new apartments! It seems both like we said, “I do,” much longer than a year ago… and at the same time, it seems like yesterday. I’ve done a little thinking and reflecting (just like I … [Read more...]

My First Year as a Military Wife

4 Ways to Embrace Sex Positivity

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I don’t remember learning about sex in middle or high school. In fact, I don’t even remember having many conversations about it in college. No one ever asked me what I wanted sexually, and I never thought about it myself because I didn’t know I was allowed to. Wasn’t I supposed to be ashamed that I’ve had sex with more than five people (gasp!) and be modest about my body and … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Embrace Sex Positivity

Why We Chose to Live Apart

Why We Have Chosen to Live Apart

Photo Credit: Morning Calm Weekly News It’s funny how our opinions on certain things change as our life experience shifts. For the majority of my marriage I have always believed that keeping the family together, no matter what, was always a better decision than “geo-baching” (living in a different state/country than your service member due to school, work, other … [Read more...]

Why We Chose to Live Apart

Military Spouse, You Are Amazing

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Credit shout-out to Jo, My Gosh. Hey. You. The one with the face. You’re amazing. Did you know that? I mean, really? Have you stopped and thought about how amazing you are today? Because you totally should. Who, me?  you might ask. But I’m wearing yoga pants. And a shirt with  spit-up on it. It’s not even my own. Or, you might say, But I haven’t been … [Read more...]

Military Spouse, You Are Amazing

No Base In Sight: 3 Challenges of “OFF Base Housing”

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Maybe your spouse is on recruiting duty; maybe you’re moving home while she deploys. Or maybe he’s been assigned to duty far from any military base. Whatever the reason, many military families find themselves located far from the familiar tan buildings of military bases at some point, and living in a civilian community that is unfamiliar with the unique military life in "off … [Read more...]

No Base In Sight: 3 Challenges of “OFF Base Housing”

Top 6 Questions Asked – Cervical Cancer Awareness

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Author: Cary Love, Navy Spouse 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 … [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

My Spouse is Finally Back and I Feel Different

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Author: Joy Draper, Air Force Spouse 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. … [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 … [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!