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So there I was, 28 years old, newly married in a place with no family, my husband just informed me that he “volunteered” for a 12 month deployment, and my doctor is congratulating me on being pregnant…..#thisisdeployment. Honestly, my first thoughts were of panic. How can I do this alone? My mom and sister are teachers, which meant they would not be off when the baby was due. It quickly became clear that this was going to be entirely on me, which was slightly terrifying.  However, after my initial panic attack and my husbands excited... Read Article →

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It’s summer, and we still have a long time until the kids go back to school. If this is a deployment year for your family, it may seem like summer is dragging on forever. But don’t worry, there are plenty of easy ways to occupy military kids in the summertime. And most of them won’t cost much money either! So if you need to get out of the house and the kids are driving you crazy, try these ideas between now and payday. 9 cheap and easy summer activities for military kids Library Summer Reading... Read Article →

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This guest post by Megan Harless is part of the #ThisisDeployment campaign, where I encourage military spouses to share their deployment stories and learn from each other. In this post, Megan shares how she learned to ask for help during deployment.  As a military spouse we often fit the stereotype of being everything to everyone. We will bake the cookies needed for the FRG bake sale, we will chaperone the school field trip, and suddenly find ourselves sitting on the board of post organization because someone asked us to.  However, one thing we often find... Read Article →

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Once again, we were waiting for PCS orders. My husband and I have been through this routine four times before, so this time it felt familiar. I began anticipating the move a year ahead of time, by cleaning out closets and making trips to the thrift store. My husband had spent three years with the same military unit and deployed with them twice, so we knew he was eligible for new orders. But for our branch and his job description, there is no wish list. There is only “the needs of the military.” There was... Read Article →

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I have had some dark days as a military spouse. Military life is not easy. Sometimes the responsibilities, the constant changes, and the long-distance strain can be an emotional burden that seems impossible to carry. Hey, military spouse– I know you’re feeling frustrated and like you’re at the end of your rope. But I’m here to tell you that you can get through this. Even though you may feel like you are fighting by yourself, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. No military spouse is ever truly alone, because there is an entire community of military families... Read Article →

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I have had some dark days as a military spouse. Military life is not easy. Sometimes the responsibilities, the constant changes, and the long-distance strain can be an emotional burden that seems impossible to carry. Hey, military spouse– I know you’re feeling frustrated and like you’re at the end of your rope. But I’m here to tell you that you can get through this. Even though you may feel like you are fighting by yourself, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. No military spouse is ever truly alone, because there is an entire community of military families... Read Article →

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It was spring of my Senior year of college, just weeks away from graduation. The cherry trees were blossoming, the sun was shining, and students were taking advantage of the lovely weather to get outside and study or play Frisbee on the campus’s green lawns. I had taken my laptop outside to soak up some sun while working on one of my final papers. When I came back to my dorm room, there was a Post-it note on my desk, written by my roommate. Apparently I had missed a phone call. It said, “Your boyfriend... Read Article →

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This post is sponsored by FlyBaby. As a military spouse and mom of four little ones, I’ve done my fair share of traveling with children—especially when we lived overseas in Europe. Some of our trips went surprisingly well, like the time I flew cross-country with all four kids by myself! (because… deployment). Other times, however, we had a ‘learning experience,’ like the time we returned from living overseas and the baby cried for most of the trans-Atlantic flight! Note to self: bring the baby carrier. One of the hardest parts about traveling with children is... Read Article →

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This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of The Breastfeeding Shop via SoFluential Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I never wanted to go through deployment with a baby AND toddler, but I did it. TWICE. When I had my second baby, I mastered the art of holding the baby with one hand while doing everything else with the other. Every mom eventually figures this out, and feels like Super Woman as she develops the unique skill of doing everything one-handed. I could cook, vacuum, read a book, complete homework assignments, or push... Read Article →

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This one is for you, solo mom. There are working moms and stay at home moms. There are single moms who raise their children without a spouse. And then there are ‘solo moms’–women who are married, but temporarily raise the children on their own while their spouse is away for work. If you are a military wife taking care of the kids during a deployment, you are a solo mom. I know the days are exhausting: you get up early, feed children, then spend the day trying to accomplish one task after another, while you... Read Article →

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