Sunday, August 26, 2012

First deployment, first baby
"Ask Mrs. Marine"

Dear Mrs. Marine,
I am 21 with a handsome baby boy! I am going through my first deployment with my husband and man do I get down a lot. What do you do to keep busy? Also, I'd like some advice on how to manage a 'newer' marriage, first deployment, AND a new baby without feeling overwhelmed. I try to keep my hubby as involved in what’s going on as possible but I don't want to over-do it or under-do it. He works ALL the time and rarely gets any time for himself so I feel like the last thing I should do is bombard him with things from home that will just remind him of how much he misses everyone!

~First deployment, first baby

Dear First’s,
I feel we all struggle at times to “keep busy” during deployment because if you don’t, time seems to slow down. It’s simple enough in theory, think about what you enjoy doing, and get out and do it! If you’re on or near a base, your husband’s unit should have activities for the wives and family. Attending those is a great way to make friends and interact with other wives whose spouse is also deployed.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Floating Social Toolbar

Have you noticed my new Social Toolbar at the bottom of my blog! I created it myself! I know there are several Toolbar widgets out there to choose from but all seemed to be lacking something I wanted. So I finally decided to try and create my own and I figured I would be nice and share it with you!

It's easy to install! If you would prefer a toolbar on the side I have a code for that as well! It will look like this:

It can easily be configured to be on the left or right side of your blog. Unfortunately, I have yet to figure out a way to make the Facebook buttons work sideways. Which is why I prefer the bottom toolbar.

Installation instructions:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Living Apart, supporting two households
"Ask Mrs. Marine"

Dear Mrs. Marine,
I am a newly-wed Marine wife, and am seeking advice as to my options for benefits: Due to the great expense of my chosen degree, I am continuing to attend college in (another state), despite my husband being stationed in North Carolina. Since we will be living apart, he would have to move off base to receive BAH and try to support two households with the allotted amount. This does not seem like it would be in our best interest. Is there a benefit, program, etc. that I (as a spouse) am entitled to that would cover my housing expenses even though we don't live together (like a spousal "housing allowance")? If so, what is it's name?

Any info would be much appreciated! Thank you!

(asked via email)

Dear Ashley,
A Marine who is a Geo (Geographic) Bachelor does not rate a room in the barracks as per Marine Corps Order. If there is room in the barracks for the Geo-Bachelors, the command may give the Marines rooms. The BAH (Housing Allowance) is given to Married Marines for that Marine and his/her spouse and kids (if applicable) to live out in town or in Base Housing (which, the allowance is then deducted). The spouse living elsewhere is by choice and not put into consideration by the Military regardless of the reason.