Get your quarter ready- it's time to explore Aldi! Our family lives an hour away from the closest commissary, so we have had to get creative to stay on budget for grocery shopping. There is an Aldi close by, and...
When my wife and I meet someone new on base, soon comes the question of, "What do you do here?" That question is always directed at me. When we say it’s Rachel who is the service member, there’s still...
It was over ninety degrees, and I was encapsulated in full length jeans and a lightweight sweater. I was a female Steve Carrell in my eighteen layers of clothing, minus the fact that Crazy Stupid Love's Ryan Gosling hadn't...
MOMS - It's time for us to step up to the plate and get to grilling!  All too often, the grilling is left to the guys. Well, it's time for that to end. I'm here to tell you that grilling is...
I've been around the military for a long time. I became a tried and true Army brat with my first cross country PCS move over 32 years ago at a mere 3 weeks old. After 8 more moves around the...
How I wish kids came with a warning label or an instruction manual. You know, something to the effect of: doesn’t sleep through the night will only wear shoes with socks, so don’t waste money on sandals needs a 3...
I have four youngish kids.   That's not double digits or anything, but I acknowledge it's larger than the average family. I don't normally take them out all together in public right now aside from the daily marches around our block,...
Welcome to one of our favorite series! In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. With summer upon us, we...
Did you know that June 21st is not only the Summer Solstice but also National Selfie Day? What better way to use the longest day of the year than to perfect your selfie game! In all honesty, I take horrible...
18 years into my career, my professional bio reads, “Louise Valentine is an award-winning wellness expert, best-selling author, competitive athlete, and a fierce military spouse.” But here's the thing: It took me 17 years of experience, including running a business...
Because of COVID and disruptions to school, I've been worried about how my kids will cope going back to school full-time in the fall. And more than that, I've been extremely worried about how my 5 year old will...
Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between Summer is officially here! Spending time outdoors...

Military Lifestyle

The Art of Reaching Out as a New Spouse

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Sometimes during life as a military spouse, one will hear statements like, “You knew what you signed up for when you marry a military service...