Journey Through Deployment Book Review

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned below for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” I love all the support that is out there for us Military spouses. I got the privilege of reviewing an E-book by fellow Blogger and Military Spouse, Kathryn …

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Why Military Wives Don’t Ask For Help

Why Military Wives Don't Ask For Help

Why Military Wives Don’t Ask For Help “Just let us know if you need anything.” As a Military spouse, I have heard this phrase from many different people. It is a great thing to hear. When you hear it you now know you have someone to call if you need to. It is so great that people want to help. But here is the thing…   Most Military spouses don’t ask for help, even if we could use it. We want to be able to take care of the home, the kids, the money, the yard and everything that comes …

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Very Last Deployment

Today’s post for Everyone Serves  for Blue Star Families I will be talking about how this is our last deployment, my feelings on homecoming and what the future looks like for us. November 2005 my 30-year-old husband of almost 3.5 years re-enlisted in the US Army. He had been in before for a little over two years before I met him. Now that is it almost November 2013 I can look back on the last eight years and think about what our life will be like after the Army. My husband will be getting out of the Army in June …

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How Does The Government Shutdown Affect Americans

Today’s post for Everyone Serves for Blue Star Families will be about the Shutdown. Well it happened. The government shutdown. And while Active Duty Military will still get paid, a lot of other people won’t.   A lot of things are happening and it is frustrating to watch. I hate that the government has shutdown. I personally believe it didn’t have to be this way. I just hope it doesn’t last long and is resolved quickly. The fact is this shutdown is hurting a lot of Americans. These same Americans are the ones that voted for the people who have …

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I Didn’t Think I Could Do It Either

As Military spouses we often hear the phrase, “I could never do it” when talking about a deployment or time as a Military spouse. It is not meant to be anything but a compliment (in most cases) but it still stings. Why? Because for a lot of us it sometimes feels like we can’t do it either. That feeling is a horrible one. When you know what is in front of you and you really don’t think you are strong enough to get through it. I have felt this way many times during the last few years. When my husband …

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Best Army Life Moments

I have a countdown on my phone with the amount of days we have left in the Army. I don’t check it every day. I did check it today. We have about 290 days to go. Less than 300. I remember when I put it on my phone we were at 400+ days. That seemed like really far into the future. 290 days doesn’t seem as far. That is less than a year. I am ready, so very ready for this change. I am not sure what it will look like. I know my husband will no longer be able …

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Learning From Other Military Spouses

One of the best things about living in the Internet age is being able to connect with other Military Spouses, to hear what they have to say and to learn from them. This was of course done in years past but now we can get this type of information a lot easier. If you are the only one in your local circle of friends with a deployed spouse, you can find others online to connect with. If you get a chance please download the Everyone Serves Guide. There is a lot of great information in it for those of us …

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Stories in Uniform A Look at the Heroics, Laughs, Sorrows, and Tragedies of Our Soldiers Review And Giveaway

Stories in Uniform A Look at the Heroics, Laughs, Sorrows, and Tragedies of Our Soldiers By Editors of Reader’s Digest Published by Reader’s Digest Hardcover: 224 pages May 2, 2013; $15.99 US/$16.29 CAN; 9781621450634 Description From boot camp to combat, a collection of Reader’s Digest’s unique, emotional, and wide-ranging coverage of military life. Stories in Uniform is a chronological retrospective of the best military pieces Reader’s Digest has run; pieces that will make you weep, make your heart sing, inspire you, enrage you, and make you laugh. Beginning in World War I and continuing though to the war in Iraq, …

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How friends and family can help a deployed spouse

During a deployment the spouse of a Military service member needs a lot of support. He or she may be going through a difficult time and would really benefit from people helping them. Most of us Military spouses don’t want to ask for help. And even if someone says, “Let me know if you need anything,” we don’t like to take them up on it. I know that I have a problem with that, I don’t want to ask for help if I can try to do it myself… to read the rest of this post, please visit How friends and family can …

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Saving Money at Publix

Saving Money at Publix

Every since we moved back to the states I have been a little conflicted about which grocery store was cheaper. I had essentially three main options. Kroger, Walmart and the Commissary.  I came to the conclusion that certain products were cheaper in certain stores.  A lot of people swear by the Commissary but since it takes me about 15-20 minutes to get there and most of the time that I am already on post, I don’t always have the time to go there.  Plus, I want to avoid the Commissary on payday. We use to live right by a Walmart so …

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