Power of Attorney – 5 Reasons You Must Have One

Power of attorney

I can’t tell you how many times I have called a company to deal with my husband’s bills or handle something, and I get, “We can’t discuss that with you!” Sound familiar? I handle everything in my household – EVERYTHING.  So that was a big issue for me.  Even if you don’t handle everything, there may come a day when your spouse is deployed or gone and you will need to manage things. This is why you must make getting a Power of Attorney a TOP priority. I will give you 5 reasons this is so important and how it can help your family. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Power of Attorney – In Simple Terms So what is […]

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Why It’s Absolutely Fine to Stalk Your Movers

Stalking your movers

Why I Stalk the Government Movers There are opposing views to this idea, and that is okay! Some feel the need to stay out of the movers way and let them do their job.  But the other group feel compelled to be more “involved,” and that is perfectly okay.  After all, the stuff in your home is your stuff – everything you have worked for or been gifted.  You are placing that in someone else’s hands. Let me give you some examples: When we filed an insurance claim after a hurricane hit our home – I made sure my roofer and I were there to ensure that he saw everything.  When my father was having his house built, he went every week to see the work site.  As a teacher, I welcomed parents in to see my method of teaching – it is their child. There is oversight in many […]

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The Complete Moving Guide

Complete Moving Guide

I have made several military moves in my lifetime.  From California to South Carolina, Maryland to Georgia, I have learned a few tricks along the way to create a quick and easy complete DIY guide.  Moving can be one of the most stressful experiences for any person.  Whether you are doing it yourself or having help, there are countless things that are bound to…well drive you a little nuts.  Even government moves can be stressful.  It really depends on what type of person you are and what you prefer. *This post contains affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Getting Prepared I love having a plan.  It helps me lower my stress and know just what I intend to do.  I have created a moving […]

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How to Win Over Your In-Laws

In-law Tips

I see it all the time.  The countless posts about the “in-laws.” They don’t understand the military life. They don’t see their grown child enough.  They don’t see the grand babies enough. But this is not just a military issue, this is actually quite common for all types of families. Whatever the case is, the holidays is usually the time when family gets together. Sometimes it’s awkward, sometimes tense, rarely glorious – but undoubtedly, it elicits some type of emotion. So how do you get those in-laws to be excited for your visit to turn that awkward or tense to happy and joyous family time? *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Bring a Gift Bringing gifts often show that you […]

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Get Baby to Sleep Like a Baby

Get Baby Sleeping

After having a 5 year old and no other children, you think to yourself how great a baby would be (and it is). I can do this all over again, they are sweet and cute and cuddle-able… Until you are weeks in with a newborn, remembering how sweet sleep used to be when you realize that you are not getting nearly enough.  Anyone with me on this one? Yes – A.S. and A.C. are exactly 5 years 1 week apart.  My first born – intelligent, sensitive, SLEEPING (well now, not then)… Yep, forgot ALL about those early non-sleeping days. But 10 weeks in, I have some tips that are working for us now that may work for you too! *This post contains affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. […]

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Making Sure You are Prepared For An Emergency

Emergency Preparedness

How Do I Know I was 3 when Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina, living in Myrtle Beach, we had to evacuate.  Hurricane Matthew last year forced us to evacuate when it was projected to be a direct hit as a Category 4.  Luckily, we did not see the devastation as it downgraded and skirted more north. However, I did stay through Hurricane Bertha, Hurricane Gaston, Hurricane Ida, Hurricane Fran, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Sandy (which hit us on the southern end in Maryland). I learned several key things through going through those storms that I want to share. Search and Rescue My husband conducted search and rescue for 8 years prior to us coming to a security unit.  I know how hard that was on him after back to back missions, so I cannot imagine how days of continuous rescues would be after watching the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. […]

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House Selling Tips

Maximizing Profits When Selling

Selling a house is a scary process.  Will the house sell?  Will it sell for the amount you want or need?  For military sellers, will it sell before you transfer to your next unit?  We bought a home when we came to Georgia.  We are up for orders this year, so I solicited some of the best realtors to provide me their best seller’s tips. They are sure you will maximize your profits on selling your house if you do some of these things below. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Tips from Jessica Kelly With prices rising and inventory low, this is a great time for military home owners to maximize their investment when selling their home. Here are […]

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San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego is one of my favorite cities in the United States.  I mean like #2 in my top 5.  My dad often had training on Coronado Island in his F-16 back in the 90’s, and me remember my stepmother driving my sister and me in our Cadillac DeVille from Tucson, Arizona to San Diego. We would bike all over Coronado, stop at local mom and pop places and eat ice cream, and enjoy the parks and beaches. When my dad became a commercial pilot, I begged to go on one of his San Diego layovers.  When I did go, I made him take me all over.  I had some of the best cheesecake in a delightful cafe in the Gas Lamp Quarter, walked around Seaport Village, shopped in Westfield Horton Open Plaza, and even casually had a drink in the famous Top Gun Diner, which is Kansas City Barbeque. […]

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Airline Travel Tips

Airline Travel Tips

A big part of being in the military is traveling.  Whether it is traveling to newly assigned units or to visit family, it’s important to know travel policies so your trip goes hassle-free.  Airports and each airline has varying policies so these are only some tips that cover a broad range.  *This post contains affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Arrival Time Airports are insane (if you didn’t already know that).  From parking to check-in to the biggest time killer – security.  Depending if you are flying through a major hub like in Atlanta, or a smaller airport such as in Richmond, VA – your timing can vary.  Since most airlines are allowed to over sell their seats (due to no-shows, cancellations, weather delays, […]

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Are You Getting the Most House for Your BAH?

Are You Getting the Most House for Your BAH

Home buying is such as important endeavor for families and individuals.  It is such a huge financial move that you want to make sure you are on the right side of things when you pick that perfect starter home or forever dream home. I remember my experience buying our first home, and MAN what an experience that was.  I will write a whole separate post on that journey.  However for now, I took to the experts to get all the best tips on buying your first or next home. Tips to Ensure You are Getting the Best Deal Tips from Realtor Lauren Taylor 1. Start with Virtual House Hunting. Ask your Agent what type of tools they use to facilitate long distance house hunting. Our buyers benefit from house hunting for months prior to when them arriving at their new duty station. It’s saves homebuyers time and money in the […]

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