Flexible is a word that we all know very well when it comes to our home and how we decorate our home. It’s a word that screams don’t get too excited about the large house you are living in now because when you PCS, you’ll probably end up in a something cozier (read: tiny house)!
Or maybe you bought that beautiful piece of furniture because it fits that particular space in your current home-perfectly, only to move on and have no place to put it. We’ve all been there.
Easter will be here soon! The grocery and departments stores have been filling their aisles with Easter decor/candy and spring break has arrived for some of the children world wide. Even the weather is changing! The days are getting warmer and those creepy little crawlers called insects are starting to make their appearance. Seeing a bumble bee or a yellow jacket flying around is usually my first clue that spring is here.
Welcome to the first installment of The Confessional! Everybody’s got their secrets and little white lies to help them cope with day-to-day life. And sometimes they eat at you until you just have to tell someone…
Spring is right around the corner! I don’t know about you but Spring is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect, the grass is green, and the flowers are blooming. Spring is so refreshing.
It’s also a time that my house gets that annual deep cleaning, we all know it as Spring Cleaning!
We all know the basics for cleaning our home, but Spring Cleaning is different. It’s when we clean those things we never clean. You know what I’m talking about…those tedious jobs that we really don’t want to do. It’s time to open up the windows, turn on some music, and have some fun!
Welcome to our first edition of the NextGen MilSpouse’s Blog Blotter! Our Blog Blotter is all about highlighting the biggest, baddest, mother-shut-your-mouth milspouse bloggers who are blogging all about our current month’s theme! So, if you’re a blogger and you want to be featured, watch our themes and submit a post for the BB. (That’s right, “the BB”…it’s a thing now. Go forth and use more of our inner-circle acronyms.)
This month’s theme is all about breaking away from the usual day-to-day routine and incorporating adventure into your life wherever and however you can.
Since this month’s theme is about being adventurous, I figured I’d write up an article on doing this very thing….in the kitchen. Being audacious in the kitchen stems from being motivated and inspired. The thought of cooking anything from four course meals to frying bacon can seem a bit overwhelming to even an experienced cook. So how does one stay motivated?
Here are a few tips on how to get your kitchen mojo going. Be careful though. Once you start, you may not be able to stop!
Ahhh… it’s that time of the year again. Spring and warmer weather is just around the corner! We all know what that means…send the kids outside to play! Spring and summer also usher in the season for vacations and numerous activities taking place in the areas we live. TV commercials for resorts and cruises look like a dream come true, but with the prices, they will continue to be a nice dream for many.
Don’t let cost keep you and your family from having a fun filled summer! Vacation Milfam style! Each military branch has its own family programs division that is rich in entertainment, recreation, and travel activities for military families.
MWR/MCSS from Staycations to Vacations for Your Military Family
The Marine Corps’ MCCS and the Navy, Army, and Air Force’s MWR programs offer families and individuals a wide range of activities and support information. The sites have information about sports, fitness, base recreation activities, and resort hotels (yes please!). On top of military branch websites, each military installation has its own MCCS or MWR website with specific activities for where you are located.
For example, Camp Lejeune has Onslow Beach where you can rent a cabin on the beach for 3 nights for less than a stay on local islands like Topsail and Emerald Isle. There are also equipment rentals, like kayaks, for when you feel like taking a mini adventure down the Intracoastal Waterway. And try this on for size…the Army base in San Antonio, TX is having a Jazz and Wine event (the wine part caught my attention from the very beginning!). How cool is that?
I know there are stereotypes out there about base activities or military sponsored activities, but don’t knock ‘em til you try ‘em! You may find yourself pleasantly surprised. But if you want to have some family fun beyond base activities, you should check out the ITT office.
Make ITT Your Military Family’s First Stop Shop for Vacation Planning
ITT Tech? No! Information, Tickets and Travel offices offer discount tickets and travel for events, destinations, amusement parks, concerts, you name it! Before hitting the road for any type of trip, be sure to check with your ITT office for some money savings! Even if you don’t want to plan a big trip or take part in a group event, the staff can provide you with activities in the area for you and your family to do.
Local Fun? Two Words: Military Discount
Military often receives free admission to museums, sometimes it is just the service member though. Hey, a few bucks saved is a few bucks saved! Sometimes they’ll let family members slide. When my husband and I visited the various museums in Chicago, they let me in with free admission as well.
Just because a location doesn’t advertise a military discount, don’t be afraid to ask! We’ve received tickets at the Senior Discount price because there wasn’t a specific military discount advertised.
- Or if you are relatively close to a park, military also receives free entrance to National Parks.
- Busch Gardens, Sea World, Water Country USA, and Adventure Island offer a one-time free admission to military families as well.
- Then there are the always exciting discounted tickets and resort stays at Disney! See your ITT office for more information!
With all the money saving offers for military and countless activities offered at your local installation, I bet you and your family have no trouble keeping busy this summer… and keeping some of your hard earned money in the bank!
What other money saving resources do you know about for military members and their families?
I’m not a naturally flexible person…and I’m not talking about yoga. In many ways I’m very carefree. I work as a veterinary technician in an ER and I respond to stress with a calm and collected nature; I understand how to “go with the flow” because life in an ER is not predictable. Despite my ability to roll with the punches, my natural inclination is to plan.
- When I go on vacation, I research every detail right down to the average weather temperature so I know exactly what to pack.
- If I’m having a party, I’ll organize my guest list into categories including who is likely to come without RSVPing and who is likely not to show even though they didn’t bother RSVPing.
I would love to call it being prepared, but in my heart I feel it’s more that I’m flexible- with an asterisk. [Read more…]