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Orders come in and now is the time to start figuring out your plan for housing. If buying a house is in your future, your very first decision should be finding a real estate professional to help guide you through the process. For people who serve in the military, this is especially critical because you are often moving from one state to another, and the process and contracts can vary widely.

The most important thing to know about real estate agents is that you have a choice. You can ask for recommendations from friends or family, you can read online reviews, but at the end of the day it important that you make time to have a few conversations and interviews with the agents that might best be able to serve you. Ask questions, find out more about

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If you’ve ever looked up care package ideas for your service member, you’ve probably seen posts on “Open When” letters. While technology has certainly made it easier to communicate when apart, sometimes it's nice to get reminders from the people we love during times that they're not there. “Open When” letters give you the ability to spend a little time dedicated to making sure your loved one knows how you feel, that you support them, and that they are special.

The best part about “Open When” letters is that they are not just for service members. The idea behind the letters is to write a bunch of them and mark them for when to open them. But service members aren’t the only people who need some words of support from time to time. Service members can

You may not be in the home you purchase for the long haul, but buying a home as a service member can help build your wealth and give you a great place to make memories at your duty station. Here are some important tips for getting started in the home buying process.

1. Find an agent you can trust.

Ask around and talk to friends. Chances are you know a military friendly real estate agent already. Don’t be afraid to look around and talk to a few agents before choosing someone to work with. You need someone who can help navigate the unique challenges of a military move, so be sure to find someone with plenty of experience working with military folks.

2. Know your budget.

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Summer is winding down, and maybe you already took all the big vacations you could. Or maybe you just made a move and aren’t familiar with your new home.

This is the perfect time for a staycation. The staycation is a vital component to sanity offering the perfect blend of quality family time, low-stress levels, and they are traditionally easier on the wallet than the standard vacation. Anyone can take one, and the best part is you can take one for a week or just a weekend. 

Here are our ideas to inspire your next staycation:

1. Seek Water

Pond, lakes, the ocean, swimming holes, or the pool on base on in your backyard. Seek out a place to swim. Play games, float and relax, have a cannonball contest, or make a day of a hike to a local spot. The

Living the military lifestyle can be fairly nomadic, and it can have you living in environments you weren’t expecting. What if hot summer temperatures are a new thing to you? How are you going to get through these next few months?

The given way of being safe and comfortable is to stay hydrated and be indoors during the peak sun hours.

However, even the inside can get warm and uncomfortable. If you don't have air conditioning, here are five unconventional ways to stay cool this summer, from Katy Galimberti at

1. Load up on spices.

While it may sound strange, eating spicy foods can cool your body down. The heat of a spicy dish will make you sweat and, in turn, cool you off naturally.

If that sounds too extreme, Nancy

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Pensacola, FL!

Wait a minute; I didn’t list Pensacola as one of my choices. I don’t know anything about that area, and now I’m moving my family there?

There’s an unwritten rule of military service: at some point, you’ll be sent somewhere you’ve never thought of going, and you’ll know nothing about that area.

But never fear: is going to help you figure out some of what you might need at your new duty station and how to get your family situated. Each month, we’ll cover different regions, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up

Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle, a seaport on Pensacola Bay.

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As a military family, you’ll probably move a few times during your career, either from one local home to another or to a different base, a couple states away. Some of that will depend on your personal preferences on relocation, as well as the needs of your military branch and your rate, and the nearby commands at which you could be stationed.

Your first military move could be the first truly stressful thing you experience as a military spouse. But, with the right amount of pre-planning, there are ways to get through your first PCS move like a seasoned pro.

1. Know your schedule, in advance.

Once you know when your PCS packers and movers will be arriving, make sure you aren’t dealing with them on your own. Find a family member or a good friend

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We’ve all heard the horror stories- the waiting, the delays, the full trash can that gets packed by the movers. PCSing has a bad reputation.

Focusing on the good in a situation can help you get through the not so good parts. We want to remind all the military families we know about the positive aspects of PCSing. So here is our short list. Please let us know what you would add! 

New Home

 You know how you hate the mud pit that is the back yard or the wall that you share with your (very loud) neighbor? Well, that’s about to change. New duty station, new housing. And whether you choose on or off base, buy or rent, now you have a chance to possibly find something you love about a new place to call home.

New Area to Explore

My friends

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It is scientifically proven that moving becomes more challenging with each additional family member added.  Alright, we totally made that up, but in the case of moving with little ones, we don’t feel like it would be too hard to prove that theory. For such tiny humans, babies and toddlers have a significant amount of power in the family structure. And they are not afraid to wield that power, as evidenced by the power meltdowns we’ve all witnessed.

So how do you make a move easier when there are littles involved? Here are our top tips for keeping tots (and you!) sane during a PCS. 

1. Take lots of small bites.

We’re not actually talking about food, but the business of getting a plan and putting it into action. It’s unrealistic to think that

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999, to ensure the nation publicly demonstrates their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, both past and present. Each year, the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the critical role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.

May was selected because it has most days set aside for celebrating and commemorating our military's achievements, including Loyalty Day, established in 1921; Victory in Europe (VE) Day, commemorating the end of WWII in Europe on May 8, 1945; Armed Forces Day, created in 1949; Military Spouse Appreciation Day, formed in 1984; and of course the best known of the May