11 Totally Epic Military Retirement Gift Ideas for Service Members
Rules / Etiquette

11 Totally Epic Military Retirement Gift Ideas for Service Members

Inside: Ultimate guide to military retirement gift ideas that’ll have service members feeling appreciated, honored. Funny, unique, personal gifts to forever cherish. Retirement! What a time to celebrate. Over the past twenty years (at least!) the honored service member has devoted their life to service. Now it’s time to party! But when that retirement ceremony…

7 Unforgettable Ways to Create a Memorable Courthouse Wedding
Rules / Etiquette

7 Unforgettable Ways to Create a Memorable Courthouse Wedding

Courthouse weddings are common among military couples. The reasons for getting married by a Justice of the Peace have less to do with eloping and a lot more to do with unpredictable military schedules. Many couples get married in a courthouse before a deployment or right after Basic training because that’s the only time they…

The Blind Spots of Military Life You Didn’t See Coming
Military Wife

The Blind Spots of Military Life You Didn’t See Coming

Five years ago, while stationed in North Carolina, we had orders to Iwakuni, Japan. Spoiler alert: We never went. Mentally, we prepared for months. When I was pregnant with our first child, I anxiously explored options for how we would handle the Iwakuni move with a newborn. Would I stay back and meet my husband…

42 Best Moving Away Quotes for Saying Goodbye to Friends & Family
PCS Moves

42 Best Moving Away Quotes for Saying Goodbye to Friends & Family

Inside: The ultimate list of moving away quotes to express your love and friendship perfectly as you say farewell. Goodbye quotes for friends, family, kids and more. Life is full of hellos and goodbyes. We even have official functions for them! Going away gifts, parties, or cards are common in our community, especially when we…

Why Long Distance Best Friends Are Actually The Best Thing Ever
Friendship

Why Long Distance Best Friends Are Actually The Best Thing Ever

It happens every time we move. I experience some sort of existential crisis – where I question if my life has any meaning, purpose or value. You relate, right?! Because here you are in another brand new place where you know no one, you have no job, your stuff is all broken from the move,…

How to Have Fun at a Military Ball… When You Don’t Know Anyone!
Military Balls

How to Have Fun at a Military Ball… When You Don’t Know Anyone!

There I was, walking into a hotel ballroom for another military ball. As usual, my husband was in his dress blue uniform, looking sharp. I was in a formal dress with hair styled and nails done. The kids had been dropped off at childcare, and we were ready for a fun evening! There was just…