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The Estrogen in the Room

     As I scanned the room at Military.com’s Spouse Summit in Vienna, VA this week, it was clear that I was the elephant in the room. Not as in ‘the issue or problem that everyone knows about but won’t discuss’, but literally an elephant. The conspicuously large presence that is hard not to notice.

     The main ballroom at the Sheraton Premier was a sea of female faces. Oh, there were men there, of course. But they all tended to be from sponsor organizations. Of course, this didn’t…

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Added by Chris Field on May 8, 2014 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

The Great Family Vehicle Debate!

If you have more than one child, no wait. If you have a child at all then you've heard of this. You know the discussion. The one that causes you to get heated, upset, defensive even, and the funny thing is, it's not even about what you think it should be about. 

Nope. 

Ladies and gentlemen, the debate I speak of is all about 

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Cars! 

Not just any cars, but family cars, and not just any family cars... I'm talking about...

Minivans VS Sport…

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Added by Lori T. on May 7, 2014 at 8:08pm — No Comments

SPOUSE IN BLOOM

Once upon a time there was a naive young bride. She had married her prince in his handsome uniform and headed to the land of castles and fairy tales for an enchanted adventure. When she arrived in the lovely country, all was green and blossoming. Her husband opened the door to their new home surrounded by charming…

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Added by Alice Swan on May 6, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

“Are You Still Hungry?”

     Last weekend in Columbia, MD, aging rockers and their fans converged on the Merriweather Post Pavillion for the M3 Festival, a yearly two-day celebration of hair metal bands that had their heyday in the 80s. It had been promoted on all of the rock stations on Sirius XM, and I understand that it had become a fairly big event.

     I had won tickets to the show, and though I…

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Added by Chris Field on May 5, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

HELLO...IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

There was an important birthday last week that we forgot to celebrate. Do you realize DC Military Family Life is two years old? For the past 24 months, our site bloggers have been sharing experiences, joys, sorrows and advice with military families throughout the Greater Washington area.

Just for grins I looked back and discovered that I've written 106 blogs, some 82,000 words and have met some fascinating individuals. My blogging journey began with just a 50 word rant about waiting…

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Added by Alice Swan on May 1, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Complimentary Admission and More for Military at THE PLAYERS Championship

Are you going to FL or will be going to FL around May 3-11, 2014? Are you an golf fan or enthusiast? One of the premier golfing events in the world, THE PLAYERS Championship, is returning to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida from May 8-11, 2014 and will be honoring the military’s men and…

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Added by Crystal C on May 1, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Calling all Hampton Roads Residents!

Have you ever dreamed of living in a beautiful, custom-designed home, and thought, as a military family on a limited income, that it was permanently out of your reach? This week, the Hampton Roads St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is ending. For $100, you could make an impact for the St. Jude organization as well as be registered for a chance to win this year's home in Chesapeake's Summer Park. The house, valued at $450,000, has 2,725 square feet, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. It comes with…

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Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on April 28, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments

What a difference a year makes!

I can hardly believe that we've been stationed in the DC area for a year now! We arrived a bit culture shocked and not knowing what to expect, but I can say with honesty that this year living here has been one of the best in all our years of travel. It's been great getting to know more about the rich history and the foundations on which our amazing country was laid. It's been even moreso of a pleasure to write here about our life and experiences. I'm looking forward to what our second year…

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Added by Lori T. on April 28, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

Private Shopping Event and Tips from a Professional Stylist

In the DC metro area? National Military Spouse Network hopes you'll join them for an exclusive opportunity to shop, learn and network while enjoying great food and fun. Hurry you only…

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Added by Crystal C on April 28, 2014 at 8:41am — No Comments

2014 Military Spouse Summit here in the DMV region

Have you ever attended one of these events? I have in the past and they are really informative, packed with a lot of information and the best part is, is that it is free! Free? My goodness I like things that are free, especially when we are in this budget cutting season. Yes, military.com…

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Added by Crystal C on April 28, 2014 at 8:31am — 2 Comments

FOUR KEYS TO BUILDING RESILIENT MILITARY KIDS

Valuable tips from Real Warriors and Sesame Workshop

Though the Department of Defense’s deployment footprint may be shrinking, service members will always face separations from families due to training missions, crisis response or career…

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Added by Alice Swan on April 25, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Cell Phones For Soldiers

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? Many people here in the United States will be giving their time and energy, and not get paid for it. It’s national volunteer month! One organization is called…

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Added by Crystal C on April 23, 2014 at 10:02pm — No Comments

LIVING HISTORY

It started with one person on a cold January day, standing silently outside the White House holding a large sign. Supporters took turns holding the placard in four hour shifts. Through snow, wind and rain, they kept their 24-hour silent vigil through February, March and April. By May and June, their numbers had grown, with more followers lining the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue. They stood quietly holding signs, but their presence loudly called attention to their…

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Added by Alice Swan on April 22, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Trapped

     My first thought after reading Alice Swan’s section of our ‘Sharing the Podium’ piece was that it wasn’t necessarily military life trapping children today, it has something to do with the culture at large. And while I certainly don’t have Alice’s experience and perspective when it comes to changing duty stations and starting anew in a strange place, what I have seen isn’t quite the ideal situation I’d hoped for in raising my kids. I…

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Added by Chris Field on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

GovX is now offering special priced tickets for MLB games

If you are like me, baseball season is the best! We just went last week to my son's Opening Ceremonies. I love this sport. With baseball season underway, GovX is now offering special priced tickets for MLB games through its proprietary online verification technology. All active, reserve, veteran…

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Added by Crystal C on April 15, 2014 at 5:47am — No Comments

Paris! Oh the Romance...

Oh, the wonders of the shore tour...

In a few months, my husband and I are taking the trip-of-a-lifetime--to Paris! We are bringing our baby daughter (we'll see how she fares on the transatlantic flight...), and plan to spend a week exploring the not-so-touristy parts of the city (we visited Paris many years ago, and saw a lot of the "must-see" things, like the Louvre--but then I got debilitating food poisoning, so my memories are hazy).

My dream has always been to take a trip…

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Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on April 14, 2014 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Bead for Life

In many military communities, Mary Kay, Stella-and-Dot, and other direct-sales parties are very popular. It is a way for women to get together, shop and have fun at the same time, especially in areas where there may not be very much else to do! Recently, I discovered a new kind of party--the fundraising party.

Bead for Life is a nonprofit organization that aims to help eradicate poverty in Uganda by hiring women to make colorful paper beaded jewelry. The women are trained in business…

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Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on April 14, 2014 at 3:12pm — No Comments

SHARING THE PODIUM: Month of the Military Child

Chris and Alice discuss the joys and challenges of raising ‘Brats’

Dear Chris: I can only imagine how long this winter has been for you, with young children in the house. Even the strongest military parent needs a break…

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Added by Alice Swan on April 14, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

What really works?

Until recently I thought people were referring to other military spouses when they used the term “seasoned spouse.”  Then a friend asked me what I’ve done to survive 23 years of this crazy lifestyle and I finally had to admit that I am probably in that “well seasoned” category.  It…

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Added by Bevin Landrum on April 11, 2014 at 6:15pm — 2 Comments

A Talk Worth Having... Why SGLI is important.

Today I read something that shocked and saddened me. I read an article about a Gold Star Wife named Theresa Jones and the terrible situtation that her deceased husband Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones left her in. 

You can read the full story here

Though I'll give you the gist of it now. Her husband was a very money savvy and frugal gentleman, whom…

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Added by Lori T. on April 8, 2014 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

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