5 Reminders When Getting Ready for Back to School in a New City

By Julie Provost, National Guard Spouse New backpacks, school supplies, and the sound of school buses in the morning. Back to school is an exciting time but what if you are new to the area? How can you get ready when everything is still so new? Here are 5 things to think about when getting ready Read more about 5 Reminders When Getting Ready for Back to School in a New City[…]

Keeping Kids Busy Post-PCS during the Homestretch of Summer

By Julie Provost, National Guard Spouse You just moved into your new home; you don’t know a soul, your kids don’t know anyone else. However, summer is here, and they want to play. You want to unpack and organize, but you are not sure what to do with your kids. Here are some tips to help Read more about Keeping Kids Busy Post-PCS during the Homestretch of Summer[…]

Must Have Tips for Waiting for your Household Goods to Arrive

By Lizann Lightfoot, Military Spouse When we first moved overseas on military orders, it took a month for our Household Goods (i.e. furniture and everything we owned) to be delivered. All we had with us were our suitcases and whatever clothes and cooking supplies we had sent in our Express shipment. At the time, we Read more about Must Have Tips for Waiting for your Household Goods to Arrive[…]

“I’m Bored!” How to Keep the Kids Amused Mid-Summer

By D’Antrese McNeil, Navy Spouse Summer’s here. Your PCS is over and the weather is finally beach appropriate. The days for the next 2-3 months don’t involve early wake ups and lunch preparing. Life will be filled with leisure for this quarter of the year. Just being lazy, relaxing and doing nothing sounds great……to us…the Read more about “I’m Bored!” How to Keep the Kids Amused Mid-Summer[…]

Graduation! A Wedding! A PCS! Oh My!

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications As if PCSing wasn’t stressful enough, what happens when life gets in the way of the pack out? The first time it happened to me, I was planning my wedding. The Movers came and packed the entire house. A week later my Marine and I walked down Read more about Graduation! A Wedding! A PCS! Oh My![…]

Great Ideas for End of the Year Teacher Gifts

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications It’s the end of another long school year, and whether you are PCSing or sticking around for another year, you want to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher. I think most teachers would tell you that it doesn’t need to be extravagant, that it truly is Read more about Great Ideas for End of the Year Teacher Gifts[…]

Out and About Fort Hood – Summer Edition

By Jenah Wieczorek, PCSgrades Social Media Director Summertime at The Great Place is….HOT!  In addition to checking out the on and off post pools, there are plenty of other activities such as water parks, festivals, exhibits, and tons of family-friendly Fort Hood events! Around Town JUNE 3rd Annual Battle of the Food Trucks– June 3rd Read more about Out and About Fort Hood – Summer Edition[…]

Life Lessons of a Military Brat

By Jacqueline Olivo My name is Jacqueline, I’m twenty years old, and I was raised as a military child. My Dad served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. I’m currently studying film at an arts conservatory in North Carolina. From K-12, I attended six schools in three states – but when people ask me Read more about Life Lessons of a Military Brat[…]

Finding a Trusted Babysitter after a PCS

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate Like anything else you want to know when moving to a new place, word of mouth and personal recommendations are key. Social media groups, community groups, and new neighbors are full of information that may help you feel settled. But when it comes to someone caring for your children Read more about Finding a Trusted Babysitter after a PCS[…]

Out of the Mouths of Military Babes….

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications My husband and I have often had a good laugh at the antics of one of our kids, our military babes. Usually, it is something they say, but sometimes it’s their wacky assumptions about military life. One time, my six-year-old son and I were dropping my daughter Read more about Out of the Mouths of Military Babes….[…]