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The rising temperatures don’t lie; summer is almost here, a fact that is both exciting and terrifying for many women. With summer comes happy anticipation for barbeques, lazy days at the beach, and cute summer …

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I still remember the day I started to forgive myself. Forgive myself for all the things I wasn’t and all the things I would never be. More importantly, it was also the day I started …

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Dear Mindy, I am newly married and my husband just finished basic training. We are set on our very first move. This will be my first time ever being away from my hometown, my family, my …

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I have always been patriotic at heart. Growing up and even now, still I romanticize about the sacrifice, loss and love of the military families in wars past and present. It is an odd romance …

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JUST a retiree spouse. I know it has been talked about before. A little thing called stereotypes. We have all heard them. There is one that is very rarely talked about though. The retiree. When we …

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Has your tax return hit your bank account yet? While many people will put that money into savings, some may put a little aside to splurge on some wanted items without feeling guilty. This is …

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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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7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Summer Slimdown

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The rising temperatures don’t lie; summer is almost here, a fact that is both exciting and terrifying for many women. With summer comes happy anticipation for barbeques, lazy days at the beach, and cute summer outfits, but unfortunately summer also often brings a feeling of dread surrounding some of women’s most feared things. Things like bikinis, tank tops, and short dresses. … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Summer Slimdown

You Are Enough

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I still remember the day I started to forgive myself. Forgive myself for all the things I wasn’t and all the things I would never be. More importantly, it was also the day I started to accept myself. I was in a yoga class and if you’ve been to yoga before you know that they often like to leave you with a message towards the end of class to take home with you. I was resting in … [Read more...]

You Are Enough

Dear Mindy, I’m Scared Sick

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Dear Mindy, I am newly married and my husband just finished basic training. We are set on our very first move. This will be my first time ever being away from my hometown, my family, my friends and everyone I care about. I am so scared it is making me sick. I love my husband very much, but I am not sure how I can handle moving to a new place. Is it normal to feel like … [Read more...]

Dear Mindy, I’m Scared Sick

Hiding in the Silent Ranks

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I have always been patriotic at heart. Growing up and even now, still I romanticize about the sacrifice, loss and love of the military families in wars past and present. It is an odd romance as I am immersed within the military community with a husband who has been Active Duty for thirteen years now. Yet, sometimes I have not considered myself a true member. I have felt like an … [Read more...]

Hiding in the Silent Ranks

Just a Retiree Spouse

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JUST a retiree spouse. I know it has been talked about before. A little thing called stereotypes. We have all heard them. There is one that is very rarely talked about though. The retiree. When we think of retirees we think of a older,gray-headed person living in an RV traveling from base to base. I admit, I have done the same thing. I sit here now thinking about 1 year from … [Read more...]

Just a Retiree Spouse

6 Ways to Beat Retailers and Score Big

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Has your tax return hit your bank account yet? While many people will put that money into savings, some may put a little aside to splurge on some wanted items without feeling guilty. This is the perfect time to get ready for summer by hitting the stores ahead of the new season. You can beat retailers and their game by scoring some big deals!   Happy Hump Day! When … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Beat Retailers and Score Big

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

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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

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 … [Read more...]

Will War and Marriage Ever Mix?

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