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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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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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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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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5 Tips To Survive a Remote Tour

Tips to Survive a Remote Tour

I’ll never forget it. I was heading into my office when my phone rang and I heard my husband Ethan say: “Babe, I got orders.” It’s the one sentence that as a military spouse can take you from 0 to 100 in .25 seconds. We had been in Alaska for 3 years now, so while I knew it was coming, I wasn’t prepared for what came out of his mouth next: “I got a remote tour…to South Korea. And I leave in a few months.” Girlfriend let me tell you…my heart DROPPED and almost immediately, it felt like I went through the seven stages of grief. I was in shock, I was angry, depressed…you name it, I experienced it. I was on an emotional roller coaster. “How could he PCS by himself,” I thought. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive […]

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