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  • How to Cope When Deployment Means Missing Family Milestones

    How to Cope When Deployment Means Missing Family Milestones

    The Internet has become an incredibly important tool for the military community to document and share their experiences. Personal blogs and social media have given everyone an opportunity to share their story. National Guard wife Ali Gibbs uses her blog, Better Together, as a springboard for her thoughts and feelings. And that insight can amount to a lot of unique feelings that come with being married to the milit…

  • Skip the Kit: Gingerbread House DIY

    Skip the Kit: Gingerbread House DIY

    Of all the Yuletide traditions in my home, my favorite is our annual construction of a gingerbread house. Throughout my family's many moves to various places and spaces, this tradition has remained. We've created miniature dream homes during times when we were less than thrilled with our own dwelling. By the time everyone in the family contributes their own little touch (like chicken coops, American flags and back…

  • Pack It Up: How to Move By Yourself While Your Spouse is Deployed

    Pack It Up: How to Move By Yourself While Your Spouse is Deployed

    Moving houses can be intimidating in the first place, but having to move by yourself can be downright frightening. If you're a military spouse, that might be the reality at some point in your life when your spouse is deployed. "I am an active duty military spouse with two children and six 'on my own' moves under my belt," said Roxanne Reed, Executive Director of the Military Spouse Foundation and Marine Corps …

  • 18 Military-Themed Elf on the Shelf Ideas

    18 Military-Themed Elf on the Shelf Ideas

    There's countless holiday traditions that families enjoy together, but perhaps none as creative (or adorable) as Elf on a Shelf. Recently, Elf on the Shelf has been gaining popularity as a new tradition in many more homes. According to tradition, this mischievous elf comes out every year before Christmas and checks in on little children on behalf of Santa Claus. While this elf visits your home, he comes alive at n…

  • A Different Kind of Thankful: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    A Different Kind of Thankful: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    If your Facebook friends are anything like mine, you have probably noticed a trending status topic this November: 30 Days of Thankfulness. Although I have not participated in this exercise, I have gained much insight into the hearts of my friends that have been faithful to pen their thankfulness. As I read the lists that include things like friends, a warm home and freedom, I can’t help but think beyond these lists…

  • Small Thanksgiving Dinners: Less Turkey, Less Worry

    Small Thanksgiving Dinners: Less Turkey, Less Worry

    Thanksgiving dinner commonly evokes thoughts of a large family gathered around a table overflowing with food centered around a 30-pound turkey. The reality of Thanksgiving is often a lot less extravagant, with families spread all across the country and conflicting schedules. Members of the military community know that spending Thanksgiving with your extended family doesn't always work out. That said, don’t let…

  • Halloween Must-Haves for Homemade Military Costumes

    Halloween Must-Haves for Homemade Military Costumes

    Sometimes the best part about Halloween for kids and their parents is getting to build their own costume from scratch. Not only can making a homemade Halloween costume be fun and save a little money, you can avoid going to a big-box Halloween store with costumes that don’t always fit or include everything you want. Homemade military costumes a great way to show off your crafty side and support the military commu…

  • Show Your Soldier Love With a Hometown-Themed Care Package

    Show Your Soldier Love With a Hometown-Themed Care Package

    A hometown-themed care package, much like other care packages, is a great way to send fun reminders from a familiar place and keep military members connected to family, friends and their community during deployments. This gift-giving adage – “something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read” – is a great one to keep in mind when building your care package. Just make sure th…

  • Keys to the Past: 5 Crafty Ways to Remember Your Former Homes

    Keys to the Past: 5 Crafty Ways to Remember Your Former Homes

    Members of the military community often struggle to get a true sense of home while they are constantly moving. One way to improve your attitude is to create crafts and art that represent the different places you have lived so you'll always remember where you've been and be able to take them with you. Check out these great crafts and ideas to help you channel your memories of past homes into great visual and…

  • Military Spouse Interview: Being A 'Veteran Military Wife'

    Military Spouse Interview: Being A ‘Veteran Military Wife’

    You might have read Life Lessons of a Military Wife blog before, but you probably aren't too familiar with the blogger and military spouse behind the military and life advice. The blog's author, who chooses to be known as Veteran Military Wife and currently lives in Germany, was once in the military herself, so she approaches her blogging with expertise and understanding of the service. She shares some of her …