Your Washington D.C. Bucket List

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Stategic Communications Director Those stationed in the National Capital Area, know firsthand how unique a duty station it is! It is often said that you could pick something to do or see every day and still not see everything. Here is PCSgrades’ Washington D.C. Bucket List of “once in a lifetime” things[…]

Out & About in Colorado Springs

  There’s no better time to get out and enjoy Colorado Springs and Colorado than in the winter months.  The weather might be a bit chilly but there is plenty to do! Enjoy winter festivals, concerts, and family-friendly events all around town.  And find some great ideas for Valentine’s Day too! Cirque du Soleil OVO       […]

Traveling with Kids – Your Entry into the New “Mile High Club”

By Amy Rowland The couple attempts to discreetly work their way to the back of the plane without drawing too much attention to themselves. After anxiously waiting in the galley for a minute, they slip into the cramped restroom virtually unnoticed. The woman sighs with relief that they have not yet attracted the attention of[…]

Tips for Sticking to Those New Year’s Resolutions

By Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney Oh, the new year of 2017! How exciting! Fresh slate! Time for changes! But also a bit daunting considering the pressure of resolutions perhaps?! Instead of setting goals, trying your best to achieve them, but then feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, then eventually throwing in the towel, let’s make 2017 the year where[…]

New Year’s Resolutions for a Milspouse

By Carla Olivo Looking to Lose 20 Lbs or Have the Smoothest PCS Ever? Over the years, I’ve made my share of New Year’s resolutions. Lose 20 pounds…Check! Have more patience…..Check! Some years I am very specific. My goal might be to get through an upcoming PCS without killing anyone. Or sometimes, it is very[…]

T’was the Night before Christmas (and a PCS)

  T’ was the night before Christmas (and a PCS), When all through the base house, Not a soldier or Marine was stirring, not even a mil-spouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that the packers would not soon be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds,[…]

Ugh! The Dreaded Holiday PCS

By Rebecca Alwine Moving is hard. Moving over the holidays is even harder. There are so many questions and things to consider. Do you decorate? Where do you ship presents? Will you be in a hotel or visiting family? Sometimes it feels easier just to skip the holiday season when it comes in the middle[…]

Give Yourself the Gift of Healthy Choices

By Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney Tis the season! The holidays are officially in full swing. This busy time of year is full of parties of all varieties: office parties, neighborhood parties, friend get-togethers, family gatherings and then Christmas itself! It’s a blast but it can also be stressful, especially when you know that tasty treats are around[…]

At Last…Equal Survivor Benefits for Equal Sacrifice

  On December 23, 2016 President Barack Obama signed into law one of the most important bills passed by Congress each year  – the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill sets funding levels for the armed services and outlines spending priorities. This 2017 version authorizes a military pay raise of 2.1 percent, the largest[…]