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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You Should Try This Revolutionary Tool to Home Buying

Savvy Homes

Only some people know about my first home buying experience. It was crazy. We lived in Maryland and got orders to Georgia, April 1st. But wait, we were moving in June.  We had to determine our housing situation and quick.  Would we live in housing?  Would we rent?  Was it finally time to buy even though we would only be there for 3 years. We spent two days in Georgia – TWO! Checked out base housing – NOPE.  I wanted to avoid that if possible, not because I don’t like base housing (we were living in base housing in Maryland), but it didn’t bode well for our situation. The rental market – well that didn’t work well either.  All of the rentals that were big enough for our family were $400 over our BAH – ugh! So we drove down and spent two days from our vacation to look at […]

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Charleston Travel Guide

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My Charleston Story In 2004, when I was fresh out of high school, I made the best decision to attend college in one of the most historic cities in the United States – Charleston. Driving up to my dorm, the first thing I saw was…BOYS! And no, not from the college because the College of Charleston has a crazy girl to guy ratio in favor for the guys, but the Citadel boys in their uniforms. You guys know I am a military brat, so it should be no surprise that I am a sucker for those uniforms. Beyond that, I experienced four years of all the treasures Charleston has to offer. It is a beautiful city with amazing food, sights, history, and opportunities. So much so that I have been dying to get stationed there again. Why? My husband and I met while he was on the now decommissioned Dallas. […]

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Are You Picking the Right School – A FREE Analysis

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Ahhhh, PCS season. Boxes, trucks and general chaos are everywhere. If you have school-age children, it’s also time to find your next awesome school. While the military will tell you when and where to go, finding a school is almost 100% on you. There are a lot of choices out there, but the first step to finding the perfect school is to narrow down your choices. Public or Private? This is the first main question to tackle. Let’s walk through the basics about both public and private schools to help get you started. Public Schools Every county, city, and town have public school systems. They are organized differently in different locations, usually by county, parish, town or region. Most districts will have three to four levels of schools: primary (PK-2), elementary (K-5/6), middle (5/6-8), high (9-12). These different groupings will be spread across three to four different buildings Some districts […]

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