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? […]

77 Inspirational Quotes to Cheer You Up When You’re Feeling Down

Feeling down? Use these inspiring quotes to lift you up.

Sometimes, you need a little support – a little inspiration, if you will – to keep you motivated and balanced. But it can also be really hard to find just the right inspirational quote to cheer you up when you’re down. We’ve pulled together a master list of our favorite quotes and sayings to help […]

4 Ways You Can Give Back to the Military Community This Year

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Navy Federal Credit Union. All opinions are 100% mine. Navy Federal is federally insured by NCUA. ‘Tis the season for shopping, gifts, turkey, trimmings, sparkling lights and… giving back. This year, especially for many families—military and civilian alike—are feeling the pinch and squeeze of […]

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 […]

These Are the 2022 USPS Holiday Deadlines for Mailing Military Care Packages

Get these holiday mailing dates on your calendar

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to think about the 2022 holiday mailing and care package season! Every year, the United States Postal System shares mailing deadlines and suggestions for military families so they’re able to plan and send gifts and goodies to their loved ones, no matter where they’re stationed or deployed. […]

How to Incorporate Physical Touch Into Your Long-Distance Relationship

This is not a sponsored post, but it is from my friends at Tangible. They’re a group of Stanford grads who are trying to make long-distance relationships more… well, tangible! I knew you’d want to hear what they have to say!  The Dominant Love Language  Let’s embrace it – physical touch is the dominant love […]

Do Military Spouses Need Insurance?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of USAA Life Insurance Company and USAA Life Insurance Company of New York. All opinions are 100% mine. I used to be a teacher. When John and I were dating and engaged, I taught English to juniors and seniors in Baltimore City. I loved 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 […]