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5 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for the Military Family in Your Life

It’s that time of year again, friends; the Christmas shopping season is upon us. In every store we enter, expertly executed displays will entice us. Festive tunes will coax us.  Children will thumb through toy catalogs, eagerly selecting dozens of this year’s most proficiently marketed baubles … it’s practically a rite of passage. And at […]

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Overseas and Unsupported: 5 Tips for Transition

Moving overseas to a military post/base is one thing, but moving overseas to a place that is not affiliated with the military in any way is an entirely different beast. When you move to an overseas base, there are people there to welcome you (hopefully); people who speak English; people who  understand how pretty much […]

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Cognitive Restructuring for the Military Spouse: How to Turn Your Less-Than-Sunny Attitude Into One of Gratitude This Thanksgiving Season

Ever feel like you’re on a merry-go-round of negativity? Like your gut reactions line up a liiiiittle too well with Debbie Downer? Then you might need a little cognitive restructuring in your life, my friend. ** Essentially, cognitive restructuring is taking negative associations or thoughts and mentally re-working them for a more positive outcome. At […]

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The Five Stages of Friend Dating

The Five Stages of Friend Dating

You know the drill.  After you finally arrive in your new city, the to-do list generally looks a little like this:  -unpack the coffee maker -set up the internet -figure out which day is trash day -make some new friends Depending on how old your kids are, they’ll probably have no trouble making some new […]

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10 Reasons To Love Fort Lee, Virginia

When my husband and I lived in Petersburg, Virginia, just outside of Fort Lee, we were fresh out of AIT (advanced individual training) and low in rank and worldly experience. Our apartment complex, which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent, was an experience – to say the least. We lived above a part-time pot […]

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Base housing

Base Housing Doesn’t Have to be Basic

At some point in a military career, you are likely to live in military base housing or some type of off-base, privatized housing. Base housing isn’t always basic, but it usually is a standard home with builder grade materials. In some locations, you may be lucky enough to get a historic home where the layout […]

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