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No Matter How Commonplace Moving Becomes, There’s Always the Dreaded Week of Lasts

We are moving this week. I am a pro at moving. We’ve done it enough. Staged house to sell. Separated stuff into piles. Cleaned out closets. Transferred utilities. We’re good at it. Moving is easy. But no matter how often I fill out a change of address form on the post office website, there is […]

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What to Know Before They Deploy

There are things in life to look forward to with eager anticipation; a deployment is not one of them.   For us, the dreaded deployment is underway and with each new document, training or additional uniform, there’s greater awareness that the date is looming.  This post takes a holistic approach for spouses of service members with an upcoming deployment. I’ve combined logistical […]

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5 Must-See Beaches When Stationed in Jacksonville, NC

When military families first find out they’re going to be stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina, they tend to be less than thrilled. They were maybe hoping for somewhere a little more glamorous like California or Hawaii. In their minds, they picture Jacksonville as a typical military town littered with tattoo parlors and barber shops.  What […]

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Taking the FAST Out of Breakfast

Saturdays mornings were my favorite as a child. My great-uncle would treat us to breakfast often. At times, the trio of us (my sisters and I) joined hands with Uncle Dick, promenaded ourselves out to the car and took a short drive around the corner to Denny’s. There was something special about that time together on Saturday mornings. My uncle would joke along the way, pointing out a stop sign here or there, asking what it said, then screeching […]

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8 Date Night Alternatives

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many of us may be brainstorming ways to spend it with that special someone. Maybe you’re thinking a trip to the movies followed by dinner at a fancy restaurant? Ya know? The usual.  Well forget it! Why not try something new this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’ve been with your significant other […]

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