Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms & TRICARE Breast Pumps

The Breastfeeding Journey While every new mom has a beautiful vision of happily breastfeeding her newborn baby, most do not always realize that breastfeeding may take some time and work. All moms and babies are different and that can lead to an easy experience, a difficult one, or a painful one. This is why it

7 Meaningful Ways to Volunteer in the Fort Bragg Community

Over the last 3 years, I have found my own strength in military life through volunteer service to the local military community. The great thing about Fort Bragg is that there are ample opportunities to volunteer, no matter what your schedule may be. Many special events need volunteers throughout the year, while other organizations simply

Instant Teams is Leading the Charge in Remote Employment for Military Spouses

Did you know “The unemployment that affects military spouses as a result of the military lifestyle costs the U.S. economy almost one billion dollars a year” (Blue Star Families). Underemployment and unemployment are two key issues that have been a hot topic for years. Instant Teams is doing their part to open doors to portable and remote careers

Experienced Military Moms Offer Advice to Military Spouse Moms-to-Be

Military moms have more than the transition of motherhood to adjust to. Often times than not, they have to adjust to motherhood while separated from their spouse due to deployments or TDY’s. Many do not live near their family or support system, which can make this transition very scary. In hopes of helping new military

4 Ways to Support Military Couples without Children

Do you have any kids?  This is the dreaded question that many frequently face, even more so as a military spouse. For some reason, society thinks if you are a military spouse, you are very fertile and drive a minivan packed with kids, but that’s not always the case. There are many military couples out

Re-Defining Bravery during Deployment

  **Guest Post by Kara Ludlow** It wasn’t supposed to be this way. After all, I had selected the word, “brave” as our family’s word for the year. Grace, my ten-year-old, had painted the word in gold letters on white cardstock and artfully framed it with fabric backing. BRAVE hung on the wall in the

The Male Military Spouse Perspective-Part II

Each year, I am so fortunate to meet a male military spouse within the military community. They are becoming increasingly common as females serving in the armed forces has also increased and their opinions are valuable. It is my absolute pleasure to share their stories and viewpoints in a special series titled “The Male Military

What Defines Love in the Military World?

How does military love differ from relationships in civilian life? Some would say military love can be “fast and furious,” “delicate and timely,” or maybe “cherished and limited.” In the military lifestyle, we know that things can change in a moments notice, so showing love to each other is extremely important and timely. For my

The Career Switch from Traditional Education to Entrepreneur

*Guest Post from Zoie Hoffman* Growing up, I knew that I wanted to teach in some capacity. I was always the girl who lent a hand to the kid who was being left out or left behind. In my teen years, I loved helping the kids I babysat with homework and often researched new ways