Amazon Review- Car Seat Cover for Dogs

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I love this cover for my back seat. I bought a medium sized new car on July 4th weekend and as much as I love to take my puppies out and let the in the car with me, I have nice new seats that I would prefer to protect from hair and dirt and gosh knows what else my dogs will do to my car.
They did seem a bit hesitant to use the backseat, not only because they want to sit in front with me, but because they aren’t used to anything like this. After a small amount of time, they warmed up to it though. Over time, they have really come to love having their own space. It protects them a little bit if I need to make a quick stop. But, more than anything it protects my seats from their dirty paws.

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Amazon review- Car Garbage Bag

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This car trash bag is the best. So often I eat food on the way to work or school, and I have candy and gum and other types of wrappers all over my car. They may not be “dirty” but it is super gross to have stuff all over you car, and I often forget to take my small trash with me when I get out of the car. Right now this is strapped to the back of my passenger seat and I can lean back and load it up. I empty it once a week, but honestly it holds so much that you could wait a lot longer than that. Great quality, it has a nice liner that wont allow for any leaks and it keeps any sort of odors from making your car smell disgusting. My car is a lot cleaner now, I love it.

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Amazon Review- Garment/ Travel Bag

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This summer my husband and I had to make so many trips for vacations and weddings, I didn’t know how we were going to store all of our nice clothes that couldn’t be wrinkled. I love the sturdy quality of these bags, they allow for the clothes to move with you as you walk but it also keeps them stiff enough to not wrinkle. I have used these for my husband’s uniforms and it has just been wonderful! They stay very crisp and we only need to steam out a few wrinkles, if any at all. I will be recommending these to my friends who travel as much as we do.
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Amazon Review- TSA Approved Carry On Bottles

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These carry on pouches are way cooler than I was expecting. Also, bigger than I thought they would be.
They are made of a really cool gel-like material and fit a lot more product than I assumed they would. This is a great travel companion and I have used it for a few different products.

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10 Things to remember on your first PCS move across country

Now that Kyle and I are a little more settled in, I’ve been reflecting on what we could tell our friends who have yet to have the experience of a PCS move.

1. Budget– This seems silly but it might take awhile for your reimbursement to come in, and no one likes to feel as though money is too tight to buy a slurpee or go out for a drink.

2. Write a list of your necessary buys– I have no idea where Kyle and I went wrong but it seemed like on our first house shopping trip we bought everything we saw. I really feel like if we had waited to do most of it, we would have been just fine.

3. Shop around– Other than your bed, there is no piece of furniture that you ABSOLUTELY need right away. Shopping around, using online sites, and asking the locals is perhaps the smartest thing you can do. Buying most of your furniture right away would make life easier but honestly, if you have a soft bed and a roof protecting you, you will be ok. Kyle and I bought our couch, dining set, desk, and coffee table with a week or two between each other and it turned out fine.

4. Think about adopting a pet- The adjustment period is so hard for a couple when it seems like they left all of their friends behind and don’t have people to turn to. If you are like me, you’ll be changing your life quite a bit, and it is hard to move across the country and be unemployed with nothing to do while your husband is gone. Kyle and I looked for a dog the minute we moved into our apartment, and it took awhile to find one. But, Odin has made our lives so much smoother, he has gone through the transition with us and has been a positive influence on our relationship through these changes.

5. Volunteer– Giving back to the community you moved to will help you feel more established as well as let you meet people.  Especially if you feel like you are always on base or always at home, volunteering will get you out and let yo. experience your town in a new way.

6. Make a list of places to visit– If you are new to travelling the country, make a list of the things (landmarks, restaurants, local sights) that you think you might like. This is a great way to learn about your new home and have fun while doing it. Again, ask the locals what they recommend. Sometimes it can be fun to look up restaurants from TV  shows such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Kyle and I have had man fun date nights this way.

7. Pick “Your Spot”– When I say this I am referring to a restaurant that you might frequent, but if you choose another spot, that’ll work just as well. Finding your spot will help you associate yourself with being a local, this is your new home and you should want to be excited to be living there.

8.  Make a routine– Though it may seem small, a set routine that you can count of will make transition smoother and life a lot more fun. With a routine you can know each others schedules and it makes the time fly by and the transition more fun.

9. Keep in contact with friends– This has been a very hard lesson for me to learn. I wanted my friends to take the time to contact me and to want to talk to me but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you might be hesitant to be bothering them or they might think you’re too busy with your move to talk.

10. Make time to relax, as a couple– This is your new home for at least a bit, you should want to explore the town and meet people, but it is also important to have down time to appreciate your new surroundings and be comfortable in your home. Have a night in, make dinner, sleep in one weekend and make time to explore.   Moving is all about taking the leap and being comfortable in your new home. Have fun, explore, and don’t be afraid to ask questions to anyone if you need to. Happy PCS-ing!

My family comes first. Maybe that’s what makes me different from other guys. -Bobby Darin

Today I am really realizing how important family is. Kyle is my new family and I am so proud to be with a man who will do anything to make our relationship stronger. I have some friends back home who at one point I had considered family and I have realized two things

1. If they are a true friend, distance won’t matter because it is the connection that keeps you close

2. The friends who let go of you because of distance have no place in your life

I know I am majorly cliche and what-not but it is so helpful when you are going through a time of transition.

The 5 BEST Things about being a Military Wife.

Everyone thinks that their husband is the best and they probably are but I have 5 BIG reasons why being a Wife of a Man in the Military is the best thing a girl can do.

1. You’re considered family in the eyes of his chain of command. Now I can’t speak for the Army but from what I have heard from my friends who are married to men in other services (namely Navy and Marine Corps), it is like being part of a team. Just recently, I went to briefings for Kyle’s in-processing and the staff was amazing. I was the only civilian there but I learned so much about the base that we will be calling our home for the next 3 years. I met people who cared about our housing situation and who wanted to help me fit in and maybe find a way to be involved on base.

2. It’s a constant learning experience. I thought I had learned a lot when I was in ROTC but I am always learning more when Kyle and I talk about work and his future Air Force career. I am learning how to work with different departments on base, I am learning the easiest ways to adapt to a new city (more on that later), and I am learning how to make the most of every opportunity that the Air Force gives us.

3. It is a huge adventure. I have already traveled to a part of the United States that I had never been before. I think it is amazing that I am given the opportunity to move across the country (and possibly later the world) and learn about different states and history about our country. Kyle and I have the opportunities to take trips with people on base, and alone on long weekends. Later in his career we will also have the ability to be stationed in more places and with more flexibility. I love that it is just a roll of the dice to see where we will go next.

4. You can grow as a person. I have seen myself tested because of our first PCS together. It is difficult to move across the country, away from your friends and lifestyle and not really have a solid plan in place other than where you will live. I really have seen myself develop far more in organizational and planning skills. (Yes I know this isn’t my resume but it is true, Military Moves make you a more organized person). I am feeling much more confident calling places on base to ask questions myself (poor Kyle had to do so much of it for me) and I am more willing to take the leap and try new things.

5. You get an automatic pass for ridiculous amounts of patriotic pride. For anyone who knows me, I am a huge supporter of all things America. I have loved the military since I was a little girl and now I get to show my pride as a Military Wife, can you say color coordinated (Red White and Blue0 couples photo shoots? This may seem like a silly reason but you should never be with a man in uniform if our great country isn’t in your top 10 favorite things of all time.

This is just a small list of some of my favorite things about supporting my man in uniform. Now, I know there are a ton more reasons to love Military Wife Life, so tell me some of your favorites.