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10 DO’S and DON’TS of your First College Packing List

By Jacqueline Olivo, Marine Daughter As Military families, we move A LOT! But packing up and moving away to college is a whole other ballgame. Below you’ll find ten DO’S and DON’TS of your first college packing list – perhaps with a couple of items you might not typically think of! 10 DO’S and DON’TS Read more about 10 DO’S and DON’TS of your First College Packing List[…]

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Help! I’m Packing Out Alone!

By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse In a perfect world, our spouses are around to supervise packers, our children are at hourly care, and our friends are coming over with buckets and mops to help us on our final cleaning. But in the real world of PCS season, our spouses are nowhere to be seen, the Read more about Help! I’m Packing Out Alone![…]

You Can’t Always Take It With You

By Rebecca Alwine,  Army Spouse A friend recently asked me my top piece of advice for a PCS. She’d moved a few times before, but they were certainly not seamless moves. I immediately thought of 5 Items Military Families Should Pack Themselves with some really good tips. Packing things to carry yourself is never on Read more about You Can’t Always Take It With You[…]

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3 Words That Change Everything in a Military House

By Carla Olivo, USMC Spouse “We’ve got orders.” Three very powerful words that can be good news or dreaded news for a military family. My husband usually didn’t even have to say it. I just knew by the look on his face. It was time to move….again. I have to admit. Most of the time, Read more about 3 Words That Change Everything in a Military House[…]

Is a DITY Move Right for Your Family?

By Jenah Wieczorek, PCSgrades Social Media Director It Pays To PCS Door to Door: PPM/Full DITY Every military family has thought about doing a Personal Procured Move (PPM) or DITY move at some point along the way. Was it the time the screws to the crib were lost, or you had to sleep on the air Read more about Is a DITY Move Right for Your Family?[…]

Words of Advice from a Military Spouse – “Start a PCS Budget”

By D’Antrese McNeil Ok, let’s face it, PCSing can be the most stress-filled, anxious and exciting times of our military lives! But with it comes the aspect of money, and you can’t move or travel without it. To add to the stress, PCSing is different for everyone. I’ve learned that it’s not one size fits Read more about Words of Advice from a Military Spouse – “Start a PCS Budget”[…]

Welcome to the PCS Limbo

By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse I keep repeating to myself, “It’s the year of the PCS.” It brings all sorts of emotions. But the one at the front is comprised of frustration and anxiety. Because in true military fashion, we don’t know where or when we’re moving. I know y’all understand that. During any given Read more about Welcome to the PCS Limbo[…]

Give Yourself the Gift of a Smooth PCS

By Julie Provost If you are looking ahead to a PCS in the next few months, you might be getting a bit nervous. There is always so much to do to prepare for a move, even when it’s the military moving you. The good news is there are things you can do ahead of time, Read more about Give Yourself the Gift of a Smooth PCS[…]

Need To Vent About Your Nightmare PCS?

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications We all have our share of PCS horror stories! Name the most disgusting item erroneously packed by your movers… for me it was used coffee grounds and of course, trash. For others, I’ve heard everything from wet towels to dirty diapers. I’ve caught movers raiding my fridge, Read more about Need To Vent About Your Nightmare PCS?[…]