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Mary Ann Eckberg

Originally from Nebraska, Mary Ann Eckberg is a writer, a dreamer, an animal rescue softie, a laundry ninja, a football fanatic, and a cupcake connoisseur. Honored to be a military spouse, Mary Ann collects good friends and good memories at every assignment. Follow her adventures with blog posts at www.militarybyowner.com.

Posts By Mary Ann Eckberg

May 30, 2019

Can My House Plants PCS?

PCS Moves

Once upon a time, a lovely friend gave me the cutest little sprout of a lemon tree. With a level of anticipation similar to “Jack and the Beanstalk,” I found great joy observing the seedling as it gre...

May 29, 2019

5 Things to Do Before the Movers Arrive

PCS Moves

With orders in hand and a moving date set, you’re ready to roll with your upcoming PCS! Here are a few things to do before the moving truck is parked outside your door. 

March 28, 2019

Make Pre-PCS Cleaning a Breeze with this Checklist

PCS Moves Home Maintenance

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The flowerbeds are waking up. Your neighbor finally put away his outdoor Christmas décor. It must be spring! Along with this vernal season comes the need to...

February 27, 2019

Mortgage Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: What ...

Renting/Buying a Home Home Financing

February 01, 2019

7 Things to Know Before Renting Out Your Home

Property Management

Recently, my spouse came home from work and shared unexpected news. We have military orders to a new assignment. Apparently, we will not be enjoying the upcoming season in this home. The good news is ...

June 08, 2018

7 Best Doughnut Shops in Hampton Roads

Military Life Travel Tips

From the glisten of the glazed to the jubilance of the jelly-filled, does your sweet tooth long for doughnut bliss? If so, you're not alone. In 1938, Salvation Army volunteers in Chicago, Illinois beg...

May 09, 2018

4 Simple Steps to Selling Your Home

Selling a Home

With trees budding, birds chirping, and the grass greening up, it's clear that spring season is well underway. While out on a walk or driving around, you may notice flowerbeds with colorful blooms and...

April 27, 2018

7 Must-Know Tips for Your First PCS Move

PCS Moves

“Since we first heard we'd be moving, I’ve been searching MilitaryByOwner for a house in the best school district at our next duty station. But, what else should I be doing before our first military m...

April 23, 2018

Easy Outdoor Living with These MilitaryByOwner Hom...

Renting/Buying a Home

When it comes to military life, you never know what to expect with your outdoor living space at a new location. If you happen to end up with a postage stamp size of a yard, it can be tricky to make yo...

March 21, 2018

What Military Families Should Know Before Buying a...

Renting/Buying a Home

“You’ll be the first to live here!” the salesperson exclaims. Touring the fresh new model home, you find yourself swooning over the many features and amenities. With your upcoming assignment, the “mad...

March 13, 2018

Military Move with Pets: 5 Tips to Prepare

PCS Moves

With the excitement of a PCS ahead, are you noticing changes with your pet’s behavior? Has your cat been frequently climbing into your lap? Does your dog beg for attention more often? During the initi...

March 02, 2018

Take a Tour of 6 Civil War Sites in Virginia

Travel Tips

“There’s a 3-day weekend coming up...what would you like to do?” I thought my spouse would suggest going to dinner or going for a long run with our dogs near where we live in Virginia Beach. Instead, ...