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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Travel Essentials

Essentials for Your Next Trip

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do.  I love exploring new cities and what they have to offer.  Packing, on the other hand, is one of those tasks that I always wait until the last minute to do.  I have to pack my husband, myself, and my daughter (not how I envision a fun afternoon – laundry and mental checklists).  You would think I would have a system by now for packing – perhaps, I will create a visual checklist. Any who, as a daughter of an airline pilot, I have been fortunate enough to visit multiple cities (not only as a moving spouse – but actually enjoy visiting).  I have learned the ins and outs of airline travel and want to bring some of my best tips that I use for my family to yours. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from […]

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The Best Hotels for Military Families with Pets

Pet Friendly Hotels

We just completed our 9 day (turned 10 day) cross country move from Georgia to Washington.  There was a lot of prep work and a lot of lessons learned along the way. For the most part, our hotels were great and one was, well…not the best! However, everywhere we stayed accommodated dogs for a reasonable price with some preparation beforehand. *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! Making Cross Country Travel Plans If you read any of my social media posts about our crazy cross country trip, you will know that we had quite the adventure. On day 3 of our adventure, we had to spend an extra night in Texas, and I spent 2 hours calling 6 hotels and rescheduling […]

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Businesses You Can Run Successfully While Traveling

Escaping the 9 to 5

You may be at a juncture in your life at which you would like to travel a bit more than you’ve been able to do historically.  This desire may be coupled with the fact that you’re also interested in working for yourself. With the advent of these two desires, you want to identify a business that you can successfully pursue while traveling. Through the list of possible businesses you can run online, you may find something that you think is perfect for you. On the other hand, this list of potential business options may actually provide you food for thought from which you may be able to come up with your own business idea that is ideal for a person who is traveling. *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 […]

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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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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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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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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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