February 22, 2011

Follow Me Back Tuesday


Survey Junkie


It's time for Follow Me Back Tuesday! If you want to join in this week just follow the three hosts, Survey Junkie,Little Yaya's, and, Boobies Babies & A Blog, and their guest hosts for the week,Michelle from Ace & Friends, and Jacqui from Single Parent Retreat. Grab the Follow Me Back Tuesday button and post it on your blog. Then, go back and link up your Follow Me Back Tuesday post. You only have to add your blog to the list once. Follow as many blogs as you would like. Just make sure you leave them a comment so they know you are following them. This is a great way to meet new blog friends and followers!
                                    Happy Tuesday!







February 18, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


It's time for the MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog. Here are the five questions, and my answers this week:


1) What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your
own)? submitted boy Our Crazy Life
There are many that I enjoy, but my favorite is
Mrs. K. and Captain J.

2) What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife
     In general, one my favorite perks is working-out, (I do this when he's home, but it's fun to think about how I will look different when he returns...so, I work harder) Another one of my favorite things is becoming more independent. I am very dependent on him when he is home. There is also the perk of not waking up at 5:15 every morning, (then again, I still seem to have a built-in alarm clock even when he's gone.) Another perk is not having to schedule things around him...His schedule is not set in stone, therefore, I try to schedule appointments, etc. around his schedule. I like to be home when he is home, and be available for him when he needs me.

3) How long did you date your before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic There were 14 months and 10 days of dating before we were engaged, and 2 years and 8 days of being together before we were married.

4) What do you think your would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared By now, he may have his own computer company. I should note that he is very passionate about what he does in the military, and ( as much as he loves being home, ) he loves being at sea. You can take a Sailor off the sea, but you can't take the sea out of the Sailor.

5) If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families? submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife My suggestion wouldn't improve the lives of the families, (unless that includes a less smellier Daddy and spouse☺) but, I would talk to them about the food that is served in the military. As grateful as I am to know that my husband is fed three meals a day, I would really like it if those meals were healthier.

February 17, 2011

Join Saving Dinner's Crock Cooker Contest!


Leanne is giving away three slow cookers. Y'all should go join her contest! It is really easy! Click on over to Saving Dinner. Have a great weekend! ☺

February 8, 2011

Follow Me Back Tuesday

Survey Junkie

It's time for Follow Me Back Tuesday! If you want to join in this week just follow the three hosts, Survey Junkie,Little Yaya's, and, Boobies,Babies & A Blog, and their guest hosts for the week, Holly from Diamond Potential, and Tisha from Inspired Moments. Grab the Follow Me Back Tuesday button and post it on your blog. Then, go back and link up your Follow Me Back Tuesday post. You only have to add your blog to the list once. Follow as many blogs as you would like. Just make sure you leave them a comment so they know you are following them. This is a great way to meet new blog friends and followers!

                                  Happy Tuesday!

February 6, 2011

Married to the Military Monday-Deployment Savings

While brushing my teeth this morning, I started thinking about saving money. I usually save a lot of money during deployments, and I was thinking about the ways I accomplish this. (No, deployments aren't all bad.)

Some of the ways that I spend less money are obvious, and simple. For instance, less electricity and water are used when he is not home. When he is home I wash a ton of uniforms and a lot of other clothes. I don't have to have his uniforms clean over deployment, so I save money on electricity, and most of all...water. Another way I save on water is by showering alone. When he is home, we shower together nearly every night. I don't have to tell you that this results in much longer showers. We usually shower until the water starts to turn cold. When he is gone, I get in an out of the shower as quickly as possible. After all, it gets lonely in there when I'm by myself.

Another way I save on money is on the grocery bill. I am sure that I'm not the only military spouse who throws gourmet meals out of the menu plan when the man of the house is gone. Instead, I opt for more kid-friendly meals, and something that is a lot more simple. Sure, there are days when I just want something "good," but most days it's I want something quick. I will also cook something in the crock-pot, or slow cooker, and we will eat whatever it is for two or three days. Even when my Sailor is home, I use coupons. This is an obvious way to save money on the grocery bill. Some of you out there say you don't have time to clip coupons. If you are a military spouse, I think deployments would be a good time for you to use coupons. I got to thinking that when your spouse is home, you're probably spending your spare time with him. So, now...as boring as it sounds...you have some extra time to organize, and clip coupons. Isn't that great? Yeah, I think so too. ☺

My husband has a gym membership. The gym we go to has a military program. While he is gone, we pay a small amount to keep his membership active. This way, he doesn't have to pay a new registration fee when he returns. We just let them know when he gets home, and they start drafting the account for the full membership when he returns. If he is only going to be home for a few days, etc., we just keep the military membership active. Besides, he doesn't always feel like working out right away...so,we may wait to tell them for a little while. I would also advise you to check with your cell phone service provider. They have military programs too. I believe it is called a military suspension, and they will turn the phone off for the duration of his absence. If you don't have an international plan, or aren't going to be using the phone for a while, I advise this route.

Saving money can be as simple as spending less money. Just make sure you aren't frivolously spending extra, just because you have it. I know that deployments can be hard, and many of us tend to spend more to fill the void of a missing spouse. Just remember that there are other outlets, or ways to feel better about yourself.

Oh, one more thing...when you talk to the people at the gym, or cell phone provider, or anyone else about military discounts, keep this in mind: they may ask you when your spouse is returning, or how long to suspend the service,etc. Please, don't ever tell them exact dates. Just let them know that you are not at liberty to discuss that information with them. Simply tell them that you will get back to them to let them know when the military discount rates are no longer needed. Keep our spouses, and ourselves safe.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

February 5, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in (the I completely missed Friday edition)

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

It's time for the MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. I am linking up with Wife of a Sailor. It's a great way for Military Spouses to visit each others blogs and get to know about each other. Each week Wife of a Sailor posts five questions for us to answer. We post them on our blog, and then go link-up to Wife of a Sailor's blog. Here are the five questions, and my answers this week:



1)Since most of the country has had nasty weather, what has your weather been like this week?
    The beginning of the week was gorgeous. It was actually hot outside. The end of the week was  
     rainy, and the temperature dropped significantly.


2)What is/are your best money saving tip(s)?
    My best money saving tip is simple. Don't believe that you saved money because the bottom of 
    your receipt states that you saved "x" amount on your purchases. Think about how much you
    spent.
3)What was your favorite vehicle you’ve ever owned?
    My favorite vehicle was my 1985 5.0 Mustang GT. I still think of that car often.

4)What is a question you’d like to see asked in a future fill-in? (Your question & blog just may appear one week!)
    I've answered this one before, but in true, lame-fashion, I will say the same thing this time. ☺
    I would like to know, "What is one thing that you actually look forward to doing when your
    spouse is away?" It has to be something that you wouldn't do while they're around, or that
    you do more of when they're gone.
   

5) Fill in the blank: You might be a MilSpouse if….
     You are married to your computer. (It's the first thing you visit when you wake up in the
     mornings, it's the first place you go when you walk in the door, it's the last place you
     are at nights, and last but not least, you even make dates with it.)