The Secret to Coping with PTSD

PTSD Secret

Dogs are widely utilized to assist men and women who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. There are a number of specific reasons why dogs can help heal a person afflicted with PTSD. Dogs are Vigilant in Watching Over Their Owners One of the reasons dogs can assist in coping with PTSD arises from the fact that they are truly vigilant. Researchers have concluded that the vigilance of a dog, in relationship to his or her owner, is akin to soldiers and the buddy system in the military. *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! A person who has a nightmare with a dog in the room can better appreciate the level of vigilance associated with a canine. When […]

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The Best Tips for Military Families at Disney

Disney on a Budget

Disney World is one of the most magical places on Earth. From the smells, the treats, the rides, the characters, and the smiling and friendly staff, Disney is a favorite vacation location for us. Want to know how we did Disney in a week for less than $2,500 for a family of 4 (at the time it was 3 adults, both parents, a grandparent, and 1 child)? I will share my budget and tips for how we made amazing memories in the happiest place on earth! We love Disney so much, my daughter and I have been 4x in the last two years with a combination of different family members and friends. *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! Buy Military […]

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Tips When Traveling With Your Infant

Tips for Traveling Infants and Newborns

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. If you have questions about my full disclosure, click here. When I was 19, I traveled to Spain with my family for a family vacation.  The first leg was with my step-mother and two-year-old sister from Atlanta to England.  When we went to de-board the plane, my sister fell out right there in the aisle – full out wailing, and complete humiliation for me! My stepmother walked right off the plane. And there I was. Like a cat herder – railing it in. If that is not natural birth control, I don’t know what is. I vowed that I would do everything I could to have a plan with my own children. Yes, I know you are laughing because plans usually go out the window […]

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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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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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Did You Know This About SGLI

What's the big deal about SGLI

As many know, I recently had another addition to our family. Naturally for me, that meant I needed to update my life insurance policy to add my daughter and seek out more coverage. This started to get me thinking about my husband’s SGLI (as it is his only life insurance policy). Do you know all the facts about SGLI (Servicemembers Group Life Insurance)? One thing as a young adult that many of us overlook is life insurance. However, if you have a family or your active duty member is the sole provider (or perhaps a main contributor), you want to prepare for the absolute worst case scenario. The military offers SGLI (which ALL members should take in my opinion because it’s dirt cheap for the amount of protection is covers).  Let’s talk about why this is important. Eligibility Service members of all five branches (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, […]

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7 Life-Changing Essentials for Every Pregnant Woman Under $20

7 Pregnancy Essentials Under $20

If anyone knows me, it is that I am the RESEARCH queen. I am not an impulse buyer AT ALL. I have to research everything, comb through reviews, check every little thing about a product to see if I really need it.  This is great for you because I have done all of the legwork – as I do in all my posts – so that you can see what products are really worth it.  Trust me! I am the queen of budgets. All of the products below I own or have personally tried and want to share my goodies with you because 10 months of pregnancy can really weigh on you especially if your husband is gone. Seven of the items are under $20 (I did put two items over $20 for a total of 9 items, but I believe you will agree with me that they are worth […]

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