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[…]

Moving to Fort Riley? What Military Families Need to Know

By Riley Kennedy, US Army Captain Nestled in Kansas’ Flint Hills region, just east of center, Fort Riley is home to the 1st Infantry Division. Also known as the “Fighting First” and more notably the “Big Red One,” this well-known and prestigious unit has seen the earliest stages of battle in almost every major conflict since Read more about Moving to Fort Riley? What Military Families Need to Know[…]

8 Kitchen Essentials to Bring With You During a PCS

By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse I don’t pretend to be a great cook. In fact, if you ask me what I’m making for dinner, I’ll respond with my usual “I don’t cook dinner.” I really don’t. I mean, food is prepared in my house for my family to eat 6 out of the 7 nights Read more about 8 Kitchen Essentials to Bring With You During a PCS[…]

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[…]

PCS Stories You Wouldn’t Believe!

By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse We all have that one PCS memory, the one that stands out as being the most ridiculous or hilarious or nightmarish. Sometimes we look back and sigh with frustration at the time the movers lost our favorite piece of Polish pottery. Other times we laugh about how ridiculous we must Read more about PCS Stories You Wouldn’t Believe![…]

PCS Like a Pro with a Virtual Business

By Rebecca Alwine,  Army Spouse I visited my 95-year-old grandmother last month, and we got to talking about life. She was a Navy wife during World War II, following my grandfather around the country with babies in tow. She understands a bit about this life and is really good about not comparing her hard times Read more about PCS Like a Pro with a Virtual Business[…]

Mil-Spouses Starting Over: Take Time to Create the Best You

By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse You may have guessed it, but I have moving on the brain. It’s probably because I’m thinking ahead. Two weeks from today, we’ll be leaving our duty station on to our next adventure. Am I excited? Sure. Am I nervous about what’s in store? A little. Am I ready? Yes! Read more about Mil-Spouses Starting Over: Take Time to Create the Best You[…]

Start the Conversation

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications The military version of a horror story is definitely the PCS. Just take a look at Facebook or Instagram, and you will see and read about one disaster move after another. True, wake in the middle of the night, cold sweat stories about lost items; broken heirlooms; Read more about Start the Conversation[…]

Dialing Down the Military Stress Level

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Ahhh! There is nothing quite like a deployment or PCS to get the stress level going! The memories of a bad move can stay with you forever. A yearlong deployment can put a strain on a military marriage for years to come. These staples of military life Read more about Dialing Down the Military Stress Level[…]

The Added Challenge of PCSing with an Exceptional Family Member

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate There are SO many challenges that come with a military move. From making new friends to finding schools to what you should pack yourself, it can be overwhelming. Luckily, with the growth of the internet and websites like PCSgrades.com relocating is getting a bit easier each year. But for Read more about The Added Challenge of PCSing with an Exceptional Family Member[…]