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    Wrapping up Month Of The Military Child: Brat Town Bugle

    Today is the last day of Month of the Military Child; but isn’t it something we should celebrate all year long? We highlighted some great resources throughout April on our Facebook page.  We shared Tips on Relocation, YMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort Program, and most importantly a reminder that YOU are the ultimate resource for your military child PLUS so much more.  (Scroll through Facebook.com/MilitaryAvenue to see them all.) One more resource I want to share is Operation We Are Here‘s Brat Town Bugle ™.  The Brat Town Bugle is a wonderful way for your child, children, whole family to showcase what is happening at home.  It could be a monthly project to…

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    How to Paint Your World Yellow

    How to Paint Your World Yellow Plan, Plant, Play! Plan: Picture a garden. Let the flow of colors move with the seasons! Continue Reading for Gardening Tips Spring seems to inspire the love of yellow… stronger and longer sunshine. New leaf green definitely has the yellow tone. Hallelujah for the emergence of tulip and daffodil bulbs and then forsythia. Plant: Place daffodil bulbs in clumps, not spread out individually. They grow and love the friendship of kissing cousin bulbs… They will pop though your garden turf and each year bring on new family members. Trim bushes after flowers have faded. The goal is to get the bush compact and not…

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    “Welcome to Stagecoach”

    A quick introduction to our MilitaryAvenue guest blogger.  Mike Liguori is a Marine veteran and we are excited to share his coverage for MilitaryAvenue of Stagecoach.   He is doing tweets, Facebook posts and blogs for us during this fun event!  Be sure to follow along on some great stories about the performers and military supporters at “Stagecoach”. Today was quite the day for me. I barely have been able to sleep due to the overwhelming excitement of covering the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. You think after not getting the consistency of a good night’s sleep I would be dead tired today. Well folks, you are wrong. I am actually…

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    40 Ways to Find Solace in a Storm

    “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ― Oscar Wilde  Call your dad Sip a hot cup of coffee Take 10 minutes to soak up some sun on a warm, sunny front porch Feet up & a good book Jump on your bike and take a ride Grab the music player, pop in the ear buds, play your favorite upbeat music and ask the vacuum to dance (Bonus you get some clean floors) Give a lingering hug with someone you love Look through old photos, create a collage of someone you love using Picasa or other photo editor…

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    Today’s Teachers: Frontline of Defense for Military Children

    Today’s Guest Post is from Levi Newman of Veterans United Network  Today’s military children have to adapt to more stressorsthan ever before. Their parents are deployed more frequently and many kidschange schools anywhere from four to twelve times during the course of theirparents’ military service. It’s a stress many outside the military are unfamiliar with,especially teachers. The biggest service we can offer to these children andtheir teachers is to preparethem both for these transitions. And while the children can ask theirparents how to prepare for these changes, who is there for the teacher? You may be thinking, “What does a teacher need to know aboutthe child’s move?” Well, it really depends…

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    5 PCS Tips Before the Movers Arrive

    Today’s guest post is from Army Wife, mother and blogger at RecreateAndDecorate.comWith PCS season quickly approaching, many military families will be moving worldwide.   Moving is known to be one of the most stressful events we encounter.  However, planning ahead can reduce unnecessary stress and help your move run smoothly.  Here is a list of tips that you can do in advance that will help eliminate some stress during your next PCS.1.  Decide what items you will be packing and moving yourself then separate them from the rest of your household goods. If you are moving overseas, make sure you keep your passports and other essential paperwork  out of sight…

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    It is a Matter of Our Future

    “Due to budget issues, Fort Bragg is cancelling its 4th of July celebration and reducing services in many other areas.” – Fort Bragg Family and MWR “Navy Cancels 2013 NAS Oceana Air Show with Blue Angels” – Naval Air Station Oceana The 2013 Air Show has been canceled due to the impact of federal government sequestration budget cuts on Department of Defense and Aerospace Industry support of public air shows. – Cleveland National Air Show Air Combat Command Stands Down Units Amid Budget Cuts: According to Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage, the ACC commander, “Historically, the Air Force has not operated under a tiered readiness construct because of the need…

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    Pets for Patriots > A “How To” for Veterans

    Stephanie and Fly > Photo Credit BelowOur four legged friends can be the best when we face the tough times: Sharing our time, greeting us at the door, telling us when we need to pet them, finding us when we need to “snuggle”, a warm blanket while watching March Madness, taking walks in the woods, chasing squirrels while we laugh, playing “catch”, sitting on our feet when they know we are deep in thought and so much more! So it was with eager anticipation that I waited to talk with Beth Zimmerman, the founder of Pets for Patriots! Are you a veteran or active duty service member? Do you need…

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    Tutor.com for Military Families

    My poor blessed children. When I was a child I wanted to be a teacher.  The need to teach is somehow still ingrained in my bones. Now the need to teach and the need to see my children succeed are intertwined.  We finished up Spring Break last week and much to their groans and moans we did 30 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of education… EVERY DAY of break.  “BUT MOM we are on vacation”“BUT MOM we would rather be playing”“BUT MOM …” Didn’t matter. For us education was either time spent on some workbooks I had stored in the closet, time on  educational website I had approved, or doing some creative…

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    The Insecure Military Brat (That’s Me)

    I started a wonderful book over Spring Breaktitled ‘The Artist’s Daughter’, a memoir by Alexandra Kuykendall.   MOPS International gave it to me and I have a hard time putting it down each time I pick it up. If you ask me about my identity (a key question in this memoir) I struggle to answer.  I have grown a lot through the years.  Especially now, as a mom, wife, a resident of the same city for the last 12 years.  But years before that?  I was (and still remain) a Military Brat.  I was always a little awkward.  I had a SUPER hard time making new friends.  The shy introvert who just wanted…