Military-Grade iPad case - Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines

A cracked screen, sand in the casing, or jostled  insides in an iPad can render it useless.  As military members and military families we can be hard on our technology.  (Take a good look at my own case on my phone and you have proof positive.)  Whether using our iPads, tablets or phones on the job or packed in our goods for entertainment they need strong protection from the bumps, tumbles, drops and poundings of life.

Looking for a good recommendation?  You have come to the right place!  I am very impressed with Trident's Military-Grade iPad case.  It is rugged, and it shows our pride in the service.   It meets military standards, is proudly made in the US, and is an officially licensed product of the United States Armed Forces.  (Details, details, found here)

You may even extend the life of your iPad with a case like this.  (What a great investment, because we know this technology is not cheap!)

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My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move

So you have orders.  Your military-family is once again PCSing.  The children have been told and there is excitement, worry, dare I even say some anger?  A mixed ball of emotion from your grade-school children.  Emotions they can't quite vocalize.  Feelings that are all jumbled up inside.  Tension that you can see in their eyes, their shoulders, down to their toes.  I know.  I have been that child.

I recently reached out to Lori Woodring, Ph.D., when I read she put together a workbook for children ages five to eleven titled, "My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move".  (Pretty darn perfect title if I do say so myself.)  Wow, there are thousands of military-children experiencing a PCS ("moving" in civilian-speak) every year.  Thousands of children ages 5 to 11 that could benefit from a book like this!

The book starts with a note to the parents from the author, "Moving is among life's biggest stressors."  As military-spouses we know this statement is true, for us and for our children.  Not only the stress of the unknown, but the stress of saying good-bye, the stress of saying hello for the first time and the the stress within the family associated with getting all the pieces of the puzzle put together.

Moving Tip: Use Gallon Bags

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Use gallon bags to keep drawer items together in the kitchen, bedrooms or bathrooms.
When you unpack after your PCS you simply dump items in their new spot & nothing gets lost.

Career Road-map for the Military Spouse

a Department of Defense Roundtable 

Maps are good.  Especially when you are in unknown territory.   You can reference them as you plan a trip across the country, or glance at a map (perhaps your GPS) as you make your way across town.  We need maps unless we want to wander... aimlessly.

As a military spouse we often find our way into new territory.  A PCS (again), a deployment (again), a family to raise, a spouse who is quite frankly married to the _______ (fill in your branch).  When we are plotting out this course called 'life' and we want a career to be a part of that it often feels quite next to impossible.  But it is not.  Especially with tools, like maps.

Operation Stay Young

So we are a month in to our New Years Resolutions or Goals.  How are you doing?  I'm feeling pretty good.  Hubs bought me a pedometer, a basic Fit-Bit, for Christmas and it has been a wonderful motivator for me.  It reminds me if I want to meet my goal by the end of the day I need to move.  That may mean doing a little running in place while I fold laundry, having a mid-afternoon dance party in the kitchen with the kids (making sure I move my feet to keep those steps going) or just a couple extra jogs up and down our steps.  For me it's the little things the help me feel good.

I also dusted off the stationary-bike, put it in the corner of the kids' play-area in the basement and am using it once or twice a week.  I want to bring that number up so I still have work to do.  But by making it practical I can workout while the kids play.  (And my new Pandora workout station with ear buds sure helps motivate me!)

Online Vocational Training Scholarship for Veterans

There are so many opportunities afforded to our military veterans after all they have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. However, sometimes we just don't know what is out there.

There are 15,000 job openings in the commercial-food service industry for service technicians and Vet2Tech wants to provide scholarships to Veterans for the online vocational training that is required.

Head to Vet2Tech Scholarship Challenge! to learn more (including how to apply for this scholarship opportunity:

Hurry for this one though.  Applications are due Friday, January 31st.  Share this opportunity on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (you can use the handy tool bar on the left if you aren't mobile) or send a quick email to a veteran with the link in your life that is looking into a vocational field.  They will surely thank you!

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Simple Ways to Keep Household Chores Organized

I am not a clean freak.  A clean bathroom is such a good feeling.  Dumping the dirty water in the utility sink after washing the kitchen floors makes me smile. Crawling into bed at night with newly washed sheets is heavenly.  But getting it all done.  Such. A. Pain!

Enter the power of Google Calendar (my preferred family-calendar).  I use their simple Task interface to list the necessities.  Then my must-dos are integrated with the family calendar as well as my weekly meal plan and it is all simple and easy to stay organized.

Some things are done every 10 days, some things once a month and then some things even every couple of months.

Add an item as a Task and add any notes (I comment on how often I would like it done so I remember when it's time to advance it ... I'll explain in a moment).

Ugly Sweaters

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Just a super quick blog to tell you about a FUN way to win $1,000 from Pioneer Military Loans!  Because who couldn't use a little extra money this time of year?  Head to their Facebook page to learn more and good luck.  (And perhaps if you win the $1000 it's time to buy some new sweaters?!)

Hurry - Contest ends December 20th

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Home for the Holidays #HickoryTradition

Home for the Holidays. It can mean so much to the mobile, military family.  Sometimes it means having your spouse beside you as you celebrate a quiet Christmas, just the two of you.  It can mean jumping in the car and travelling thousands of miles to be home with Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters.  Then there are the holidays when your kids surround you as the anticipation mounts for such a fun day all the while talking with their mom or dad on Skype while they serve over seas and in foreign lands.

Home for the Holidays #HickoryTradition
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Staying Safe while Christmas Shopping

The Christmas season, rather synonymous with "the shopping-season". We grab the lists, grab the keys, and head to our local department shops to buy gifts for loved ones.  But what can be a time of merriment and fun can quickly go south if we become unsuspecting victims.

Here are five quick tips to staying safe and protecting your belongings while hitting the crowded malls and department shopping stores.

1.  Situational awareness.  Be aware of those around you.  Put down your phone, keep an eye on other shoppers, watch your 3 o'clock, 9 o'clock and even your 6 o'clock.  (Can you tell I'm the daughter of a pilot?).  Don't be so focused on your shopping that you miss the pick-pocket that "accidentally" brushed up against you.

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