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We’ve talked about the importance of having a hobby as a way to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another deployment project: cooking your way through an entire cookbook. Click here to read our last blog post about scanning all of your old photos.

Recipes are easy to come by these days. They’re in books, magazines, on Facebook, there are entire websites devoted to recipes, and you can get tried and true recipes from family members. But to make this project work, you’ve got to put yourself on a recipe diet: pick out one cookbook and stick with it, only cooking dishes that come from one book until you’ve made your way through its entirety.

If the idea sounds familiar to you, it’s how Julie Powell

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project defines domestic violence as, “A pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.”

For more information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline's information page: Is This Abuse? Get the Facts.


We’ve been talking about the importance of having a hobby to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another project idea: photo scanning.

Depending on your age and the size of your family, you might have totes full of photo albums or loose photographs stashed away in a closet. Over time, pictures can fade or become stuck together. By scanning and saving them now, you can preserve those family memories.

There are services you can hire to scan your photos for you. You can find them online by searching, “photo scanning services.” However, with a moderate cost for some simple equipment, you can do the same thing yourself on your schedule.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • The hard drive of

In the United States, next Monday, the 11th, is known by a variety of names: 9/11 or National Day of Service and Remembrance, when we remember the people that lost their lives that day in 2001.

Here at PCSMoves, we call it by the name on our calendars: Patriot Day.

If you would like to participate in an event, in memory of an individual loved one or all the people that were affected, here is a list of some events taking place:

  • Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 9 AM on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Main Post Parade Field. The ceremony will be held at Hercules Gym on Pope Army Airfield in the event of inclement weather.The ceremony will include a wreath laying by local firefighters and police

In July, we talked about the importance of getting together with your friends and having a hobby as a way to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another deployment project: cake decorating.

With this new hobby, you’ll rejuvenate your personal life and you’ll learn a new skill. It’s also a hobby you can take up that is completely outside the military lifestyle, giving you a chance to rest that side of your brain so the creative side can take over.

Cake decorating classes can be perfect for refining your skills or for helping you get started. And like with the book club, you’ll get some company, some grown-up conversation,

Michael’s, the arts and crafts store, has Wilton Method of Cake Decorating

Are you in a place when you can watch the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017? That's the day a total solar eclipse will be visible, within a band, across the entire contiguous United States. The event will begin on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse, at 9:06 AM PDT (12:06 PM EST), ending as a partial eclipse in Charleston, SC, at 4:06 PM EST.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun for people on Earth. When it's a total solar eclipse, all direct sunlight will be blocked, turning day into darkness.

Be sure to protect your eyes when viewing the eclipse. The only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection is when the sun is completely covered by the

On Friday, Aug. 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrates 227 years of honor, respect and devotion to duty. As the nation’s premier maritime law enforcement community, Coast Guard personnel serve to save lives, protect the environment and defend the homeland.

As of 2014, the Coast Guard had over 36,000 men and women on active duty, 7,350 reservists, 29,620 auxiliarists, and 7,064 full-time civilian employees. The U.S. Coast Guard by itself is the world's 12th largest naval force.

During times of peace, our Coast Guard operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. President can transfer it to the U.S. Department of the Navy at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice, in 1917 during World

You’ve probably heard it several times before: if your spouse is leaving on a deployment, it’s best to keep yourself busy once he or she leaves. Julie, the wife of a National Guard soldier, and writer of the Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life blog, suggests, “Plan some regular get-togethers with friends. Have book club at your house every Friday night…Having these regular get-togethers can make the deployment go by so much faster.”

So choose a deployment project for the next 6-9 months. How about starting a book club? You’ll have some company, have some grown-up conversation and you won’t feel like your brain is turning to mush while you listen to the Disney channel in the background of your life. offers a checklist on how to put together your

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.

It's definitely birthday season! The Coast Guard Auxiliary is celebrating its 78th birthday next Friday, on June 23. Congress established the Auxiliary on June 23, 1939, as the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Reserve. It was re-designated as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on Feb. 19, 1941.

When the United States entered World War II, 50,000 Auxiliary members joined the war effort. Many of their private vessels were placed into service to protect our country.

As of 2015, there were approximately 32,000 members in the Auxiliary, serving in 1,000 units.

Collectively, the Auxiliary contributes over 4.5 million hours of service each year and has completed nearly 500,000 missions in service to support the USCG. Its primary mission