I Hate Our New Duty Station!

By D’AntreseMcNeil, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate I like to believe I am a pretty open person. I mean, you have to be as a military family, because you essentially never REALLY know where the military is going to place you every few years. With that said, I approach every new duty station with a positive outlook,[…]

Dogs On Deployment Military Pet of the Year

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Stategic Communications Director Voting is underway for the 2017 Dogs On Deployment Military Pet of the Year contest! Each year this national non-profit seeks to put the spotlight on military pet owners and their commitment to a healthy, engaged lifestyle with their dogs. Dogs on Deployment (DoD) provides a valuable network for[…]

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, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications 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.[…]

Making it through the Holidays despite a Deployment or a looming PCS

By D’Antrese McNeil Let’s be honest, deployments and PCS’s can suck especially during the holiday season when family time is the most wanted and needed. I have lived through two deployments without my service member and next year we will PCS smack in the middle of the holiday season. Oh, joy! I had to find[…]

When You Can’t Go “Home” For the Holidays

By Rheanna Christine During my life as a military wife, there has been many a holiday that I wasn’t able to go “home.” And I’m confident in saying that is true for a lot of military families. It’s a struggle for me especially since everything I feel about the holidays is steeped in tradition, and[…]

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[…]

The Gift of Good Partners

By Carla Olivo, Director of PCSgrades Strategic Communications 2017 is upon us! The time of year where we take stock of what’s happened in our lives over the last twelve months and look forward to the year ahead. If this past year encompassed a PCS, you might be thinking about all the new neighbors you’ve[…]

Military Spouses Can Thrive in a Virtual World

By Leigh Searl Military spouses are a unique subset of American culture.  They move ten times more than the average person, facing challenges the average person does not have to face.  The distinctive characteristics of a military life are what make military spouses the most resilient, hardworking and dedicated people you’ll ever meet. Yet, their[…]