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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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Sometimes you’re dreaming of a warm, tropical vacation… and then you remember you’re a military family and your budget will barely get you across the state line! Don’t worry, there are several great ways to get military discounts on travel so your family can plan a cost-saving vacation. Watch this FB Live video to learn more about military discounts on travel, or continue reading my tips below. Here are cost-saving vacation ideas that will give you the best military discounts on travel. Use military discounts to plan a fun ‘staycation’ The cheapest way to plan... Read Article →

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May is the month to honor the military, with Armed Services Day on the 3rd Saturday and Memorial Day on the 4th Monday. There is also a holiday honoring Military Spouses– Military Spouse Appreciation Day is the 2nd Friday of the month. This guest post by milspouse Jennifer Grant of the American Flag mission honors the patriotism and sacrifice of military spouses. Honoring patriotism on Military Spouse Appreciation Day To the average citizen, most forms of patriotism pale in comparison to the sacrifices that military members make for their country. The idea of loving your... Read Article →

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Looking to get the best rates and military discounts for vacation and date night adventures? I recently wrote about the importance of being a tourist in your home town and around base. A great way to save money while doing that is by using your base ITT office. ITT stands for ‘Information, Tickets, and Tours.’ That’s a pretty good description of what they do! The ITT office has lots of information and brochures about local activities. They have discounted tickets for attractions or airline travel available to military individuals and families. And they sometimes arrange... Read Article →

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  I was eating dinner one night with my military kids when my Kindergartener said, “Hey Mom, remember that place with the monkeys?” “Sure,” I said, “you mean the zoo?” “No, no, the other monkey place. Where we went in the tunnels and saw the cannons.” “Ohhh,” I said with a smile. “You mean Gibraltar.” (Our family used to be stationed near the tiny country of Gibraltar, and our kids have been there three times.) “Yes, yes, Gibraltar!” he said, excited. “I loved that place. And they spoke English!” “Yep, that was a good thing,”... Read Article →

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How do military kids handle military deployments at different ages? April is the month of the military child, and military kids often have to go through deployments. I have been writing about military kids a lot this month because, well, I have 4 of them! They have all gone through several deployments, at different ages. Some they were too young to remember. Other times they are old enough to act out and have a deployment affect the rest of their life. My readers often ask: Is my military kid prepared for deployment? How will my... Read Article →

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This post is sponsored by Nomades. If you have a mom, Mother’s Day is an important holiday. It’s the day you celebrate the woman who gave you life and/or raised you. If you are a mom, it’s the day you celebrate the love you and your children have for each other, and a chance for them to (hopefully) recognize and appreciate all that you do for them. Perhaps no gift can ever recognize the love, sacrifice, and hard work of a mother. But you have to try, right? If you’re a military spouse, Mother’s Day may... Read Article →

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A military base can feel like a whole new world as soon as you pass through the base gate. But first you have to get through the gate. Here’s what you need to know the first time you visit a military base. My first military friend was a girl I met in high school. I was a civilian who had spent zero time thinking about the military for my first 16 years of life. When a new girl joined our class, I was fascinated to learn that she lived at a nearby military base. She... Read Article →

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