Deployment

How to Prepare for a Deployment

Have One Last Date Night You guys won't see each other for a while, so make the most of the last of your face-to-face time. Even if you have kids, go out without them. Remember, you have 30 days of free childcare and probably a whole lot of friends who will watch them for you… Continue reading How to Prepare for a Deployment

Money

How to Start a Budget

As I type I'm planning out my budget step by step to give you a better understanding of how budgeting works. First, I what to tell you why you should make a budget. They allow you to have freedom and peace of mind. I have found if I don't tell our money where to go,… Continue reading How to Start a Budget

PCSing

Tips on Living in the UK

The Language is Different (No, Really) The RAF Commander asks if anyone speaks English. Of course, everyone raises their hands and he says "No, you don't, you speak American" and he's absolutely right. They have different words than we have. Example: we say bathroom, they say toilet or loo. Also, the same word may not… Continue reading Tips on Living in the UK

Deployment

12 Things to Help Get You Through a Deployment

Find a Hobby or Goal This will help the time go by faster and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete something. While my husband was away I've taken up crochet, worked towards my Bachelor's' degree, got in shape, and decorated care packages (Thanks, Jo). Stop by her site to get some care… Continue reading 12 Things to Help Get You Through a Deployment

Leaving the Military

So You’re Spouse is Getting Out of the Military….

Preparation So your spouse is getting out of the military. This can afford you many different opportunities. The military can be a great stepping stone to give your spouse the training or benefits they need to get started in a field, or to build discipline for a career. Sometimes, people come in and find the… Continue reading So You’re Spouse is Getting Out of the Military….

Deployment

Deployments: Back in the Day vs Today

Today I'm reflecting how far, at least the Air Force has come in giving support to spouses during deployments. I'm a Key Spouse for my husband's squadron and I've actually been doing this a while (since 2011). I went to a Deployed Spouses Town Hall. This is basically a briefing letting people know about some… Continue reading Deployments: Back in the Day vs Today

Employment/Education

Types of Jobs Available to Military Spouses (On and Off Base)

"Oh my gosh, I have to find a job!" How many times have you said that...? ...Lost count yet? Well hopefully this article will help you understand the different types of positions you can apply for. General Schedule (GS) Positions General Schedule(GS) position jobs allow you to have many of the benefits that active duty… Continue reading Types of Jobs Available to Military Spouses (On and Off Base)

Relationships

How to be a (Mostly) Happy Military Couple

How to be a (Mostly) Happy Military Couple Marriage can be hard, but being in the military makes it even harder. There can be long hours at work, TDY's, deployments, and just the added stress of your spouse having one of the most difficult jobs in America. At the same time though, your spouse and you are actually… Continue reading How to be a (Mostly) Happy Military Couple