10 Military Spouse Blogs We Think You'll Love
During one recent school year, about 24 hours before the first day arrived, a big snafu was revealed when the mailman didn’t deliver teacher assignment letters. As you can imagine, in a heavily involved parent community, this didn’t go over well.
Parents throughout the neighborhood tossed out their best guesses as to why they weren’t sent in a timely manner and began to share inside scoops and back-up plans they’d gleaned from “sources” inside the school. By way of piecing together bits of info, some of the uncertainty was alleviated and we all relaxed a little, realizing there were bigger problems in the world.
After a string of group texts about the situation, I half-jokingly texted, “inefficiency breeds ingenuity.” Leave it to the moms and dads to get the info needed! As a side note, half of those parents were military kid parents. This leads me to the military spouse bloggers who, somewhere along the way in their military careers, noticed inefficiency. At the commissary, within the command, at the doctor's, undoubtedly at the pharmacy, and in plenty of other places, I am sure. These inefficiencies stoked their ingenuity (sometimes survival instincts!), and we as readers are much better for their advice, opinions, and hard-earned wisdom.
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Their topics are as varied as their personalities, but you can bet experiences with their servicemembers and families are huge contributors to their blog entries. We hope readers will benefit from their sage advice.
Read on and pick some to follow, because these milspouses know a few things about a life lived in the military.
As the creator of one of the most encompassing and revered websites for milspouse endeavors, Krystel Spell has been informing and entertaining all branches of military spouses for years through the content found on Army Wife 101. Parenting, travel, discounts, and work/life choices are just a few of the universal topics featured.
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Retired spouse and MilitaryByOwner contributing writer Stephanie Montague shares all things Space-A travel on her popular blog, Poppin' Smoke. She also covers living overseas post military retirement, tips for RV and other travel, destination trips, and information about lodging and other military related travel benefits. Get all the info you need to plan your next trip!
In addition to her Content Editor and writer duties here at MilitaryByOwner, Jen McDonald is the author of a book for military spouses,You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, and the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast. With a heart for serving military families, Jen fills her blog posts and extensive resources with inspirational and supportive advice on moving, deployment, raising military kids, and practical help for military spouses stemming from nearly 30 years of military life.
One of the OG milspouse bloggers, Julie Provost has been a military spouse for over 17 years, shedding light on life as an active duty Army family, and now as a National Guard spouse. Julie provides guidance and support for deployments, PCS moves, and more, and also highlights the humorous side of military life.
As a Army chaplain's wife, most people expect Claire to have all the answers about the uncertainty of military life. However, she’ll be the first to tell you, she doesn’t. Thoughtful and honest, Claire writes and fills chapters of her life with topics that include everything from gardening to writing to military marriages.
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6) Macho Spouse
Our male milspouse counterparts must not be forgotten! Chris Pape created Macho Spouse to provide male spouses the resources they need to support their path through military service. A thorough video collection of military life matters makes Macho Spouse even more unique.
Here’s a twist. What about a Canadian military spouse? Kim shares similar realities and insights we go through in the U.S., but her sharp wit and honest musings are extra refreshing to read because it’s not always easy to be Rah, Rah about military life.
From basic financial planning questions to more involved topics like the Survivor Benefit Plan or hashing out finances in a military divorce, Kate Horrell (also another MilitaryByOwner contributing writer!) has you covered. Kate's passion is helping military families make the most of their pay and benefits and she has been covering this topic for years. She and her husband have bought and sold multiple homes and have acted as landlords for over 20 years.
Navigating deployment and PCS issues is Lizann Lightfoot’s strong suit. With multiple deployments and moves in her past, she enjoys connecting with readers to ease their transition worries. Plus, she’s written a collection of guides and books as well as a master class to guide new spouses through military life.
As you can see, these spouses have the experience to help others work though some of the inefficiency in military life. You know who else has tried and true military advice to share?
Who could use a master class on military moving? All of us! Not only does Melissa blog about the best moving tricks and the teeny, tiny details of an organized PCS, she helps to transform your chaotic military life into peace and sanity with her expert organization tips.
Check out these other veteran military spouse bloggers you might have missed:
*As for our teacher assignments; they were texted and emailed to us by 10 a.m. the day we were supposed to meet teachers. Not surprisingly, most of us had figured out the placements already. Leave it to the moms and dads.
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