Here’s Why My Family Prioritizes Life Insurance

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This post is sponsored by USAA Life Insurance Company and USAA Life Insurance Company of New York. All work and opinions are my own.  Life can be surprising.  And, sometimes, military life can be absolutely shocking. From unexpected orders to PCS problems, from making life-long friends at the most desolate base to a surprise geo-baching […]

Military Spouses and the USO: Everything You Need to Know

Use these free programs from the USO to make life a little easier as a military spouse.

by Nicole Vogel It feels like just yesterday when my husband and I embarked on our first assignment in Ramstein, Germany, back in 2009. At that time, I was a newlywed with little knowledge about the military lifestyle and had left my entire support system of family and friends in Ohio.  However, that quickly changed […]

Military Daddy Dolls: What They Are and How to Get One

Deployment is coming up and you’re worried that your little ones will be inconsolable without their military parent. Luckily there is a solution: daddy dolls. Military daddy dolls are used as a way to help kids feel connected to their parent during a deployment, injury or other worrisome event What Is A Military Daddy Doll? […]

5 Things Military Families Must Know About FEDVIP Open Season

Here are 5 things military families must know about fedvip open season this year

This post is sponsored by Blue Star Families. Opinions and work are my own.  I’m a little embarrassed to share the next few sentences with you. When I was first a military spouse, I had NO idea that I had to opt-in to dental coverage. I had a pretty rude awakening when I realized my […]

How to Talk to Your Kids About Military Deployments

Word just arrived and your service member is shipping off for deployment. Now what? And most importantly, how do I tell our kids? If you’ve ever struggled to find the right words to say to a child regarding a parent’s deployment, read on. 1: Be Honest And Open If your child has ever found you […]

How to Choose Between Public, Private, and DODEA Schools for Your Child

Military families move often, which means picking new schools with each PCS. Choosing between public, private, and DODEA schools can be difficult. We take a look at the different options and factors to help you make the best decision for you. Basics: What Are Public, Private, And DODEA Schools? There are three types of schools […]

Are You On a #GratitudeMission This November?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Navy Federal Credit Union. All opinions are 100% mine. I don’t know about Gratitude Mission you, but this year has gone by so fast! It’s hard to believe that Veterans Day is past and Thanksgiving is just a few days later. The entire month, […]

What to Expect When Your Loved One Attends Basic Training

This step-by-step guide helps families of new recruits learn what to expect when their loved one joins boot camp through guidance, tips, and inspiration. #militaryfamily #milfam #military #bootcamp #basictraining #milspouse #militaryspouse #milso #milsos #milspo #milspos #militarymom #militarydad #whattoexpect #advice #army #navy #airforce #marines #coastguard #nationalguard #reserves #spaceforce #sailor #soldier #marine

by Meg Flanagan Your loved one is off to join the military. As they head to basic training, often called “boot camp,” you’ll need to do a little learning of your own. Welcome to your new role as a military-connected family member! Let’s walk through everything you need to know so you can be ready, […]

10 Things You Should Know When Choosing a DoD School

For military families, choosing whether their children will attend a DoD school is a big decision. Here's absolutely what you need to know about your military child's education at a DoDEA school #military #pcs #oconus #militaryfamily #milfam #militarychild #militarybrat

by Meg Flanagan Hello and welcome to your crash course in everything DoDEA. That’s the Department of Defense Education Action or, in other simple terms, public K-12 schools located on military installations, serving military families and funded by (you guessed it) the Department of Defense (DoD). There are a few important things to know about […]

Here’s What LGBTQ+ Milspouses Should Know When PCSing

Today, I’m excited to welcome Emily Starbuck Gerson, an Air Force military spouse and dear friend, as a guest writer on Jo, My Gosh! PSCing to a new place is intimidating for any military spouse, but it’s particularly nerve-wracking for those of us in the LGBTQIA community. We worry if the area will be safe […]