27 of the Best Military Spouse Holiday Blog Posts

 

I personally love this time of the year when all the fall and winter holidays are upon us.  Over the summer, I recently moved from a house to an apartment to be closer to my wife base. I don’t really have as much space as I use to in the house. As I moved, I had  to get rid of many of my outside holiday decorations. Of course I still have like two boxes of Christmas decorations! This season I kind of feel out of place and don’t exactly know how I will celebrate the holidays.

I have traveled across many different Military Spouse Blogs to bring you this awesome listing of advice about the holidays. I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us already. This is a great time of the year to make memories. Sometimes it can be difficult if you recently just PCS’s somewhere new or if you spouse is deployed or if you have no idea where to start or if you really don’t care about the holidays. I wanted to bring you a special holiday blog listing no matter your circumstance.

 

Important Things to Keep In Mind during the Holiday Season:

Deadlines for Delivering Holiday Care Packages to Your Servicemembers

3 Ways to Embrace the Holidays with your Military Spouse

How to Make Your Holiday Budget Work for You

6 ways to have the best military holiday season ever

 

Halloween:

4 Reasons Why Trick or Treating on Base Is the Best

Improve Trick-Or-Treating for MilKids With One Trick

13 Reasons Halloween Is Actually The BEST

October and Autumn Celebrations

 

Thanksgiving:

New Milspouse’s Guide To Making The Thanksgiving Turkey

Celebrate Thanksgiving Miles From “Home”

Military Family Tips to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving When they are Deployed

 

Christmas:

22 Amazing Milspouse-Owned Etsy Shops For Your Holiday Shopping

The Making of a Military Holiday

3 Most Important Tips for Military Families Struggling During the Holidays

How To Cope When Your Spouse Works During The Holidays

18 Military-Themed Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Gift Ideas for your Deployed Loved One

 

New Year’s:

6 Resolutions for the Milspouse

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

31 Perfect Military Spouse New Year’s Resolutions

New Year Promises for the Military Spouse

 

Not Feeling the Holidays:

10 Ways Military Spouses can face the Holidays alone during Deployment

Military Life: Celebrating the Holidays Alone

Hate Halloween? Here’s What to Do Instead

To The Military Spouse who feels alone this Holiday Season

How to Handle Holiday Separations

 

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The Big Boo-tastic List of Halloween Themed Care Packages

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The weather is changing, fall is here and pumpkin spice lattes are here at long last. Halloween is fast approaching, check out this big boo-tastic list of Halloween themed care packages. Care packages can help you feel connect to your spouse when they are away especially during the holidays. Look for the Halloween deal and get to packing and making those Halloween care packages!

1. “Classic Halloween – We Miss you”

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2.  “We Only have EYES for You!”

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3.  “Zombie Crossing – Missing you and Stay Safe”

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4. “Happy Halloween Pumpkin!”

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5. “I am Batty Over You… I miss you Boo”

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6. “Jack Skellington – The Nightmare Before Christmas Theme”

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7. “We’re going Batty without You!”

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8. “Trick or  Treat! Happy Halloween”

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9. “Boo, Trick or Treat!”

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10.” Zombie Outbreak – Stay Safe Out There”

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11. “Happy Halloween Boo!”

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12. “To Some Boo-itful Ghouls”

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14 Fabulous Fall Themed Care Packages

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Fall is here today. It’s September 22, 2017 its officially fall! Now you can start creating those crafty fall care packages. If you spouse significant other is deployed they will probably be miss all the comforters of home, especially during fall when football is getting back into full swing, the weather is cooling off and all the fun holidays are coming up. I am excited for fall and hope you are inspired.

Send a care package to your spouse and give them a taste of home even if they are far from home.

Also, this is a great time of the year to reach out to other solider who might not have a family or not support from home. There are wonderful out reach groups like Operation Gratitude or Homefront Hugs USA where you can volunteer to assemble care packages. You can also donate items to help create care packages to our troops. Consider participating in letter writing to deployed troops, veterans or wounded warriors.

The little reminders of home can lift your soldiers spirits.

Check this fabulous fall list of care packages to get your creative side flowing. Also, at the bottom see some suggestions to send your spouse or significant other during fall.

1. I’m still falling for you after all this time

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2. Fall Is Here

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3. Football is here

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4. It’s Fall Y’all get a little country

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5. ‘Owl’ miss you!

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6. Happy Fall yummy snacks

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7. Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice that’s what Fall is made of

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8. I’m Nuts about you

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9. September – Happy Fall Baby

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10. ‘Owl’ love you

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11. I’d fall for you every time

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12. I miss you! Happy Fall!

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13. I hunted down everything that makes me think of you

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14. Can’t wait to fall back in you arms

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Fall Themed items for Care Packages:

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Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

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September is National Preparedness month. Are you prepared?

This year’s theme is:  Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You CAN!

 

First things first, do you have an emergency plan for your family? If  you do not already have a plan make Your Emergency Plan today.

Here is an Emergency Plan I recommend if you don’t have a plan yet:

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As a semi-urban survivalist deep down I always want to be prepare for any situation that might arise.  I feel like if you are prepared you are less likely to panic. I also think in any disastrous situation if you have a basic idea of what to do you can help your family and others in your area.

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Flooding

I live in California and recently we had a huge rain storm a few weeks ago and it was chaos. No one can drive in the rain on Southern California freeways. During this huge rain storm  I didn’t even go to work one because there were 15 freeway Sig Alerts due to the of the rain.

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I also couldn’t even buy dog food because the Target I usually use was flooded as well. Just because you might not have experienced a flood first hand doesn’t mean you want face one in the future.

Here are some things you should know flooding:

“Anywhere it rains, it can flood. A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow.”

During A Flood

  1. Evacuate to higher ground if you can, if not go to the highest floor in your house like the attic.
  2. Don’t attempt to walk or drive through flowing streams as you might get swept away.
  3. Listen to news reports on the radio and stay informed on any updates regarding weather changes.

After a Flood

  1. Return home when the flood water has receded and the authorities say its safe for you to go home.
  2. Take pictures of your house flood damage and file a claim with your insurance.
  3. Remove all wet items from your house to prevent mold growth.

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Wildfires

Fires are a common occurrence in Southern California just this year alone the has been  fires. California even has its own website Cal Fire that lists all fires that happen through out the year and how many aces were burned and containment percentages of each fire. Check out the GeoMAC Wildfire Map which lists all the current fires actively burning in the United States.

Here are some things you should know about Wildfire:

During  a Wildfire

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  2. Remove any flammable material like wood or brush at lest 30 feet away from your house. Also,
  3. Listen to news reports on the television, radio or the internet.
  4. Be prepared to evacuate if authorities order it. Make sure to load up any valuables or supplies before hand.
  5. Call 911 if you see a fire.

After a Wildfire

  1. Return home after it is safe to and the fire is contained.
  2. Keep gutters and roof free of debris.
  3. Restock or build a survival kit for the next possible disaster.
  4. If your house was damaged in the fire take pictures for insurance purposes.

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Hurricanes

Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.”

Here are some things you should know about Hurricanes:

Before a Hurricane

  1. Know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning.

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  1. Board up windows and secure outdoor objects or furniture.
  2. Make sure you have enough food and water for each family member.
  3. Leave low lying flood areas if possible and seek shelter.

During a Hurricane

  1. Pay attention to weather reports and get updates.
  2. Let family members know where you are staying.
  3. Stay away from windows and remain indoors to avoid winds and rain.
  4. Evacuate if you the authorities issue an evacuation.

After a Hurricane

  1. Return home after it is safe to and avoid any downed power lines or debris in your neighborhood.
  2. Listen to news reports for you area to stay informed on any changes.
  3. Restock or build a survival kit for the next possible disaster.
  4. If your house was damaged in a hurricane take pictures for insurance purposes.

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Power Outage

Anyone who has electric in their homes has experienced at least one power outage in their life. I think its always a good reminder to know what to do when you have no power. We live in such a digital world I always try to be prepared with books for entertainment because after you use all your charge on your phone you won’t be able to charge your phone.

Here are some things you should know about Power Outages: 

During a Power Outage

  1. Keep your fridge and freeze closed to keep food cold.
  2. Use flashlights for light source to see instead of candles to prevent a fire.
  3. Depending on your climate if its hot  during a power outage stay cool by staying inside or seeking a cooling shelter in your area if possible. If you are live in a colder climate stay warm during a power outage by putting on extra clothes and using blankets.

After a Power Outage

  1. Throw away any spoil foods.
  2. Restock or build a survival kit for the next possible disaster.

“America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!”

National PrepareAthon! Day  is September 30th .

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DoD Pushes for Preparedness in September

Here is a great blog I found with tons of resources for you and your family.

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Hurry up and Wait and What it Really Means

Hurry up and Wait and What it Really Means

In the late 1940’s the Military began using “hurry and wait” a saying  that officially became one of many unofficial motto’s still practiced today. What does hurry up and wait really mean? The idea of hurry up and wait is to be ready on time without compliant or worry and be ready to what for the next thing. However, like that country song from Alabama goes “I rush and rush until life’s no fun.” Military personnel and spouses alike can be rushing and rushing until life is no fun because they are caught between being there or here and doing this or that. I think you have to find a balance between waiting and being ready especially when your spouse is in the military.

“We need to chill out and trust that everything will work out how it is supposed to. Freaking out about it won’t make it come any faster and will only stress your family out.”

My wife is hurrying up and waiting to reenlist in the military and I am excited and happy for her to start again. I have noticed ever since I met my wife she always love the Army. I could tell over time civilian life was tough for her. After a few years of marriage and taking a good hard look at what we both want out of life reenlisting in the military is the best choice for our family.

However, it’s a process – your spouse waits to meet with a recruiter, your spouse finally sees the recruiter, your spouse talks to the recruiter, then your spouse’s goes back later, your spouse goes home fills out paper work, and then goes back again. Sometimes the holidays or a sick day or a leave come in between being able to sign up and reenlist in the military as I am finding out. My wife is hurrying up to wait.

This whole hurry up and wait game can sometimes be frustrating. It seems like nothing is ever really set in stone. Not to mention when your spouse begins talking to the recruiter midway to the end where you can enlist, it can feel like you are playing telephone and nothing that was said at first is what actually happens at the end. Which is okay because based on different thing rank, skills, education, and open positions your spouses is narrowed down. My wife has helped to  understand there is a process in the military and each process as many different outcomes.

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My advice is be flexible, patient and understanding.  Your spouse is in the same situation you are in when it comes to hurrying up and waiting. I have create a quick list to help and remind you of what to when the whole “hurry and wait” gets overwhelming.

  1. Have plans instead of expectations – Plan for the future rather than have a strong believe that something will happen. Plans help you readjust when things don’t go as planned. Expectations can lead you to disappoint and up set because your beliefs can be crush when things don’t happen the way you want.
  2. Be ready for various outcomes – Next once you have your plan set plan some more for different  scenarios that could happen. This builds flexible into your thinking and without creating disappointment. Also, thinking about different outcomes allows you to openly your mind to new possibilities rather than only hoping for one outcome that might not happen.
  3. Work on what you can control – Focus on your daily life and routines like work, school, or taking care of yourself and home instead of worrying about the unknown. No matter what there will always be times you  are waiting for the next thing. It better to live in the now and do better where you can.

Whether your hurrying up and waiting for your spouse to join the military, come back from training or a deployment, waiting for a promotion, to move to the next city, or to raise your child you are always hurrying up to wait. It’s just what it is. Hurry up and wait! Now that your spouse in the military get used to this type of philosophy.

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The Best Military Deployment Music Playlist Ever

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Music is exactly what you need when you are missing your other half. Music can help heal the soul and make you feel whole. I remember all thru my early twenty’s  I was always creating playlists and making CD’s for me to listen in my car. I created music playlist for when I went to the gym, for when I felt sad or happy, or for when I wanted to go out and party. There are so many benefits from listing to music like being able to sleep better, relieve stress, ease physical pain, and music makes you happy!

“Music seems to play an important part in the lives of most people. In the realm of a relationship, it is a key ingredient in any romantic night. Music is powerful in that it can take you back in time to specific moments.” – Tips for Married Couples Dealing With Deployment

As a military spouse now I realized music can help me when cope with military life while my wife is away at training or deployed. I can make playlists and download them on my wife’s phone and we can connect thru music. Sometime we get busy in life and forget about all the little things that help make our world turns. If you are far away you can tell your significant other or spouse to listen to a song. Music is a wonderful way to express how you feel and share what you are feeling.

Here are some great songs to listen to when you are needing extra love.

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Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

Earned it (Fifty Shades of Grey) – The Weeknd

Whatever, Whenever by Shakira

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Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

Far Away – Nickelback

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Summertime Sadness – Lana del Rey

Meet In The Middle– Diamond Rio

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

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All of Me – John Legend

I miss you – Incubus

I would walk 500 miles – The Proclaimers

Wait For You – Elliott Yamin  

No Air – Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown

Remember, no training or deployment is forever it’s only a temporary part of you significant others or spouses job. Keep your head up and stay positive. Make playlists to help you on days when its hard for you.

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If you need some more music inspiration check out these other playlists created by other military spouses:

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National Military Appreciation Month: Everything you Need to Know

National Military Appreciation Month in May was designated by Congress to give Americans time to reflected back on and show our thanks  for those who serve, served or gave their lives for this great country we call the United States of American. I am very proud of my wife who served in the Army for 5 years. She continues to serve in the State Military of California alongside the National Guard.

Looking back on military history allows new generation’s time to learn about what happened and time to prepare for the future. Our world is every changing and getting smaller and smaller by the year. It is up to us to remember our history, to remember our victories as well as our failures to keep America great and free.

National Military Appreciation Month: May 2017 Days to keep in mind

Loyalty Day May 1st, 2017

“We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform ‑‑ from the American Revolution to the present day.  Their unwavering loyalty and fidelity has made the world a safer, more free, and more just place.” – President Donald J. Trump

Public Service Recognition Week: May 7 – May 13, 2017

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER)and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

VE Day May 8th, 2017

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany‘s unconditional surrender of its armed forces.[3] It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 12th,2017

Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces. Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.

Armed Forces Day  May 20th, 2017

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

Memorial Day  May 29th, 2017

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers

Ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month

There are many ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month. Here are 10 ways to support our military and veterans:

  1. Display the American Flag on your home or business.
  2. Engage in social media to highlight military and veterans.
  3. Send a care package to a soldier through USO.
  4. Donate to “The Wounded Warrior Project” and support the thousands of wounded warriors and their families.
  5. Encourage elected officials at all levels to recognize our military and veterans.
  6. As a business, when offering military discounts, include all who serve and have served or hire a veteran.
  7. Like National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) on Facebook.
  8. When you see a person in military uniform, shake their hand and thank them for their service.
  9. Volunteer or visit your local VA Hospital to honor veterans from past conflicts.
  10. May is also American Military History Month learn something new.

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