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    Coupon crazed

    I recently had the pleasure of attending Army Wife Network‘s “Coupon Boot Camp Webinar”, supported in part by the Commissary Shopper. I have to admit while I was sitting through it, two days for a couple hours each day, I began to question what I was being taught compared to what I already knew.  Pretty basic stuff.  But it was an opportunity to educate myself and I took it all in, reaffirming mostly and taking in a few bits and pieces as well.  (As an example, I had no idea you could use a manufacturer coupon and a BJ’s coupon on the same item … two coupons for one item; TOO cool!) But then yesterday…

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    Tips, Tricks, and Photos from Pinterest

    A few of my favorite tips, tricks and photos for the week: Images of our US Military and Families: Source: Uploaded by user via MilitaryAvenue.com on PinterestPets are family, too April – Month of the Military Child: Source: militaryblog.militaryavenue.com via MilitaryAvenue.com on PinterestThere are SO many words that can describe a Military-Child. Resilient is the word that pops in to my head, first and foremost. Other great descriptions: Loyal – Adaptable – Strong – Supportive – Compassionate – Empowered Military Family Financial Readiness: Source: soc.li via MilitaryAvenue.com on PinterestAmazing budgeting worksheet from wholeliving.com. I especially like the ‘Save to Spend’ section which encourages saving for ‘fun money’, ‘household projects’ &…

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    Dedicated Dads and Moms and the Month of the Military Child

    April is Month of the Military Child and it is a very appropriate recognition: therefore, a big shout out and thank you to these patriots! They have certainly served our nation in their many sacrifices and the challenges they face as children of active duty, reserve and guard parents. So just before that month of recognition I thought maybe we should recognize another group of folks that are rarely mentioned in the media or at the Department of Defense. In fact, unless there is a tragedy it is a like a silent majority type of group. The parents of our soldiers, airmen, marines, coasties and sailors have raised children that…

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    Tasty Tuesday: Asparagus & Bacon Bundles

    There are some foods I love. Bacon happens to be at the top of the list. Bacon makes /anything/ taste better I’m pretty convinced. (Ice cream, also at the top of that favorite list, might be the exception while I think about it.) Another favorite … crispy, fresh asparagus.  I LOVE asparagus but I’m picky about it.  I don’t like cold asparagus it has to be fresh off the grill, the range or the broiler.  I don’t like limp asparagus either.  None of the frozen, boiled stuff for me, like Mom always served at Thanksgiving, ergo I was quite convinced till recently that I hated it.  Now that fresh asparagus is…

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    Ah the memories…

    I am coming up on a milestone, my twenty-year High School graduation-anniversary.  Some would say 20 year High School Reunion but, alas, there will be none of that for us.  I graduated from a small DoD School at the now closed Keflavik NAS, Iceland. Thank you for the memories! Funny how this post from Wife on the Roller Coaster suddenly triggered one for me out of the blue. June 7, 1992, I graduated from high school in the middle of my /final/ pcs as a military-brat. We hopped on a plane back to the states June 10, 1992. There were moves after high school. Mom and Dad PCSed two times while I was…

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    Operation Purple Camp and your Military Child

    Flashlights, extra socks, money for the Canteen, shoes that can get dirty, a bar of soap (that may or may not ever get used), a sleeping bag… all the makings of great memories, new friends, growing older.  My nine-year old is registered for a week long summer camp.  His first time away for an entire week, away from home, away from family, away from /mom/.  (Emphasis made my mom herself) Can I tell you how excited he is?  He is pumped!Operation Purple Camp is accepting applications.  If you have a military-brat between ages 7 and 17 jump at this chance.  They are accepting applications from now through April 19th.  This is a great chance…

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    April – Month of the Military Child

    I have a few favorite pictures.Each with a story to tell.Each with a sentiment to share.Source: militaryblog.militaryavenue.com via Leanne on PinterestSource: militaryblog.militaryavenue.com via Leanne on PinterestSource: militaryblog.militaryavenue.com via Leanne on Pinterest Did you know April is Month of the Military Child?  These are four of my favorite military-brats.  I am a military-brat as well.  “Brat-hood” has defined who we are. We have started a board on Pinterest celebrating our US Military children.  I would love to add your child’s story.  Share a photo and tell me what makes them a ‘brat’.  What makes them shine? What makes you so very proud of them?  Use one word or several.  Send your submission as an email (leanne@militaryavenue.com) or…

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    “The Doctor is in – Become an Engaged Patient”

    Many of us avoid the doctor for years but there will be a time when all of sudden a family member or even yourself becomes a patient with more than a cold or the flu. You should have information on how best to be a good, no, great patient. As an aircrew member I enjoyed years of doing an annual physical and saying thank you and being on my way. We did deal with a chronic illness for one child but overall we had fantastic health and enjoyed using the military medical care system with few exceptions. When I saw this article on DoDLive, I wanted to see what the…

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    Facebook Lists & Military Support

    Have you heard of Facebook’s new list feature? Facebook lists are a great way of consolidating different groups of related information.  You can create your own or subscribe to other public lists.  This is a great way to stay informed and that is certainly one of MilitaryAvenue’s goals.  Helping the military family stay Informed and Empowered: If you would like to empower, educate and stay informed be sure to subscribe to one or more of these lists:Military & Family Empowerment – General Military Facebook pages like United Through Reading, Flat Daddies, The Commissary, Department of Defense and more.  Subscribe today: Simply click on the link and then click on Subscribe in…

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    A Military Spouse Who Cares about the Finances of Military Families – Why She Recommends the FINRA Internship

    “God wanted me to help people” MilitaryAvenue’s team frequently gets to meet, talk to and get to know some wonderful military members, family members and supporters. This morning we met a passionate military spouse who has served members of the Air Force, Army and Coast Guard during her military travels and career! Mitchia (Shay) D. Tull-Cook talked to me this morning about her experiences after she was accepted into the FINRA financial internship program for military spouses! Shay was truly passionate about the need to support the troops with financial assistance. She said that young folks across the board during wartime needed help. Maintaining financial communication during long deployments is…