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5 Ways to Make it Feel Like “Home” For the Holidays

5 Ways to Make it Feel Like "Home" For the Holidays

The holidays are here, there are holiday treats everywhere you look, holiday sales, holiday celebrations, holiday decorations, the list just goes on and on. While it’s generally a joyous time, for a military family like mine, the holidays are also a reminder that we are far from our loved ones. Some years, it’s simply not […]

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Veterans Day Deal at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Many businesses offer a deal on Veterans Day to thank members of the military, past and present, for their extraordinary service to our country. With a rambunctious toddler on hand, we like to go to family friendly places in order to 1) keep our little guy entertained 2) not disturb other diners’ experience. When Chuck […]

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The Pros and Cons Of Staying or Moving Home During Deployment

moving home during deployment

Lately, I’ve been feeling that it’s deployment season in our circle of friends. Either this one is leaving or this one is coming home, or this one just reached the halfway mark. For the military families that have an upcoming deployment in their future, we try to provide all of the support we can. It’s […]

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7 Ways to Build Your Family’s Resilience During Deployment

7 Ways to Build Your Family's Resilience During Deployment

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jockey. All opinions are 100% mine. As a military family, the way that the Jockey #ShowEm campaign celebrates values like family, perseverance, and courage hits close to home. It takes strength, resilience, and a lot of courage to face the up and downs of […]

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5 Simple Ways to Make Communication During Deployment a Whole Lot Easier

5 Simple Tips to Make Communication During Deployment a Whole Lot Easier It was Friday night, I just finished my makeup, had my nails done earlier in the day, curled my hair, and sat there anxiously waiting. I was so excited for date night! It was 11pm and I was all ready to go see my husband. That’s right... 11pm. My husband was deployed at the time and we were enjoying our monthly video chat date. Communication is key in a relationship. When your partner is deployed, communication transitions from a tool to a hurdle. For obvious reason, communication during deployment is difficult for both parties involved. Here are some tips to make communication during deployment a whole lot easier. Manage expectations This was my biggest mistake for our first deployment. I had seen another military couple go through similar circumstances and they were basically talking every day via email. They were talking via phone weekly, and video chat every other week. I mean, the service member was posting photos to instagram DAILY while he was deployed. I thought to myself, “if that’s what it’s like, things will be fine.” I was wrong. So very wrong. Out communication was basically ¼ of what they had. So 1) it was wrong of me to compare deployments 2) it was wrong of me to expect communications like that. Even if service members are in similar fields, it does not meet that their deployments will be the same. Make sure you are on the same page about how often and when you guys will be able to communicate with each other. Arm yourself with the best equipment The military spouses, girlfriends, and families of today have it a little bit easier than our predecessors. Don’t get me wrong, deployment is still hard, but at least, we have some technology on our side. If you’re communicating via phone, make sure your signal is strong. If you’re communicating via the internet, make sure your connection is strong. Technology is great but it can also be unreliable at times so have multiple solutions if your internet connections does go down or is slow.. Choose your topics wisely You both are going through a stressful time right now. Sometimes, you just want to vent to the other person about what’s going on in your life. However, before you do that, think to yourself… “will this really improve things for the two of you?” Will this topic strengthen your relationship? Any negativity (that’s not an emergency) can linger into the spouse’s or service member’s work life and a distraction like that is completely unnecessary. You both might just need to let go of the little things. Get creative Communication doesn’t all have to go through phone, emails, or video chats. I personally love making and sending creative care packages as a way to let my deployed husband know that I am thinking about him. Within the care packages, you can add personalized letters, cards, crafts, photos, and videos. This is a great way to also get the kids involved. You can also send recordings of your voices and have them put onto books or stuffed animals. Talk to other people You guys will certainly miss each other a lot during this whole ordeal. However, it doesn’t make sense to spend all of your free time hanging around a computer, waiting to talk to your partner. Set aside some time to hang out with your friends, family (for the spouse), colleagues, co-workers. Your spouse may not be able to discuss the latest episode of The Walking Dead, but your friends probably can. What are your tips for improving communication during deployments?

It was Friday night, I just finished my makeup, had my nails done earlier in the day, curled my hair, and sat there anxiously waiting. I was so excited for date night! It was 11pm and I was all ready to go see my husband. That’s right… 11pm. My husband was deployed at the time […]

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Making Communication Easier with the AT&T Unite Explore Device

Making Communication Easier with the AT&T Unite Explore Device

With frequent and unpredictable deployments, separations, PCS moves, communication can be considered a hurdle in military life. Thankfully, technology keeps getting better and better. Nowadays, internet connection is practically a lifeline for most military families. With so many things up in the air, there is a way to solidify your internet connection… no matter where […]

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