Changes to Your New Home

New Home Changes

I have moved over 15 times and about 1/2 of those were in my adult life.  Moving is what we do in the military.  Change is inevitable. Moving can be a fun, yet exhausting adventure.  When you move in to your new place, you either want to start packing immediately or crash because of all of the packing, the move itself, and the unloading. However, how often do you think of the little things you need to change? Here are 5 changes you need to do when you buy your new house. *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! Change the Locks You never know if the last owner/tenant still have keys to YOUR new house. This is the most important […]

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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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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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Key West Travel Guide

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Are you feeling drinks on tropical beaches?  But you haven’t applied or renewed your passport.  I am totally in this boat with you.  After months of teaching and then being pregnant, I could use a vacation on the beach.  However, the Caribbean is not on my list! Key West – although is! Look at that!! Do you see it? I see a perfect place for a hammock! Key West is known for their beaches, tours, and nightlife on Duval Street.   Spend the morning watching dolphins or taking an aerial tour, followed by a few hours of sunshine on one of Key West’s sandy white beaches, and then go have drinks at popular places such as Irish Kevin’s or Sloppy Joes. *This post contains affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting us! To […]

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Seattle Quick Guide

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Sleepless in Seattle, Grey’s Anatomy, Frasier, An Officer and a Gentleman. All cinematic or television  that may come to mind when you think of the beautiful city of Seattle.  It could be the Space Needle, the Puget Sound, Starbucks, or Pike Place.  Whatever it is, Seattle has many treasures within the beautiful city that is known for it’s rainy weather. Surrounded by mountains, water, and forests, many locals enjoy the scenery of this Washington town. Becoming a local? You can benefit from different services found at the Seattle Government website found here. The Quick Guide below is a list that will help you navigate the city on your next vacation or upcoming move to the city.  Save Ferry boat riding is a MUST.  Take a trip to Bainbridge Island, Kingston, or Bremerton. Save However, in downtown Seattle, you must check out a few places.  The Space Needle has multiple things […]

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Boston – Quick Guide

Boston City Guide

Boston Travel Guide Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, is one of the oldest cities in the United States.  Additionally, it is home to the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and New England Patriots, it also hosts academics such as Harvard and Boston College.  One of the most well known events is the Boston Marathon, which is held on the third Monday of April.  Save Save Save *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! Boston played an important role in the American Revolution, which can be seen in the museums that surround the area.  Paul Revere, a revolutionary fighter, was instrumental in the war against the British famously riding on horseback to warn colonists. If you are traveling or moving to the area, find […]

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How to Stay Physically Stable During a PCS

Keeping it together during a PCS

“Wait. What’s a PCS?” That was me almost twenty years ago when my husband suggested we get married during his PCS from Alaska to Florida. Oh, young and ignorant me … back when military speak was not a part of my world. I have come to truly love and appreciate so many amazing and wonderful things about military life. But PCSing, otherwise known as Permanent Change of Station, otherwise known as moving all your household goods and family to a different military base, is not one of them. I am about 17 years into married life. I married my husband, and I married the Air Force way of life. As someone who grew up in the same house her entire life, I was rather fascinated by the concept of moving often and excited about all the opportunities. And to be honest, I still get excited about new homes and new […]

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New Orleans – Quick Guide

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In the Coast Guard world, orders are cut from winter until spring typically.  One of my friends, a fellow Coastie wife, had the unfortunate circumstance of her husband’s orders being pulled three, yes three, separate times.  Long story short, he ended up qualifying for Warrant Officer and was finally given official orders to New Orleans – I believe these will stick. As a part of a new series, I will be highlighting a military city for those visiting or moving to the area.  Perhaps, it will even help those that currently live there discover their new “home” town.  I have heard such amazing things about this city and base all of my information off of reviews. Travel Guide – New Orleans New Orleans is known best for their annual Mardi Gras festival in February.  To start planning for next year’s festival – visit here. However, the city has many exciting […]

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