Blue Star Families Blog

A Chocolate Lover’s Deployment

February 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Day 1 Spouse just left for six month deployment. Kids in bed and house quiet, missing him already. Scan pantry for half-empty chocolate box from last Valentine’s Day, leftover Halloween candy from last year, or that one uneaten solid milk chocolate Easter bunny that narrowly escaped the clutches of the 4-year-old. Sweet success, I eat […]

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3 Ways to Up Your Game with Blue Star Families Resources

February 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

It happens to all of us. Deployments come fast and furious, orders sneak up on us, we get stuck in a rut, and then we’re left feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. If you’re looking to shake things up, improve your game, and do something for you, look no further! Blue Star Families’ has some exclusive resources […]

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All About Blue Star Families’ Spouseforce Program

February 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Sound familiar? “You’re perfect for this job, BUT we know you’re moving soon, so we chose another candidate.” Or… You get the education, certifications, and internships to apply for a job in your dream career field, land the job after endless interviews, climb that ladder, and are finally start seeing progress in your career path, […]

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PCS Paralysis: When You Feel Like a Stranger in a Strange Land

February 17, 2017 by Amanda Moore

By: Jill Qualters Sometimes this nomadic military life can be really hard. And when things feel out of control and a mess, is it okay for us to complain? Complain to our spouse, our friends, or scream at the sky? Punch pillows and cry because we feel ungrounded while it appears that everyone around us […]

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Treat Yourself, Know Yourself, Love Yourself

February 13, 2017 by Amanda Moore

As a military spouse, it can be easy to lose yourself. You are usually “so-and-so’s spouse” or “dependent”. In a system where you are rarely known by your own name, and personal decisions are based on mission requirements, you can easily forget who you are and what makes YOU happy. And, since military spouses are […]

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Bargain Hunters Unite!

February 10, 2017 by Amanda Moore

I have to confess, I love a good deal. The word “sale” sends chills down my spine and I just don’t feel I should ever pay full price for anything, when I know I could find a better price somewhere. I may actually have a problem (maybe there’s a name for this?) because I love […]

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What to do When Your Body & Heart Disagree

February 3, 2017 by Amanda Moore

It’s completely frustrating when your heart wants to do something but your body says, “NO!” A few years ago, life decided to teach me what my husband and other injured soldiers may feel when they want to do something the same way they always have, yet they are limited by their current physical status. On […]

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7 Things to Expect During an OCONUS PCS

January 31, 2017 by Amanda Moore

It never fails that once you feel at home at one station, you are on to another. Such is the life of a military family. I might be a bit biased, but if you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll get to PCS OCONUS. The process is a bit longer and more tedious, but […]

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PCS Diaries Part III: Getting There and Finding Home

January 27, 2017 by Amanda Moore

By: Jill Qualters at Keep Calm & Have a Cosmo (Missed Part II? Check it out here!) Assimilation, or lack thereof. When I committed to writing a three part PCS series back in October I truly thought I would write them all in about 3 weeks. My diatribe about how everyone thinks we have it super easy […]

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People Purpose Passion Pizza Planters

January 17, 2017 by Amanda Moore

Try and say that three times fast!   Blue Star Families and Booz Allen Hamilton teamed up last November to build a garden for the children at the Lackland AFB Youth Center. The end result was more than just a fun garden for the kids; it was a worthwhile activity for the whole family. In 2015, […]

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