IML Must-Read: The Military Child Chronicles – Mission: Mistletoe

“A young boy, Atticus, experiences his first Christmas away from his grandparents in a new location. The story creatively depicts the challenges and complex emotions that military children may face during the holiday season and offers adaptive solutions to an adverse climate. Mission: Mistletoe also provides family activities to help build excitement and comradery in a military community. Come join Atticus as regains his holiday spirit and saves Christmas!” Read More

Why You Lose (or Gain) Weight while Your Spouse is Deployed

Before your spouse leaves, things are probably a bit chaotic. Routine may be tossed out the window because you’re focusing on packing lists, seeing people, pre-deployment leave, and quality time with each other. After they’ve been gone for a bit, you start to get into a new routine. Depending on your occupation, your schedule is likely more consistent, making it easier to create new routines.  Read More

IML Must-Read: Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses

There’s a new book for military spouses, and it’s making waves in the milspouse community! Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses released September 21st from Elva Resa Publishing of Military Family Books. The book is a collection of short letters for military spouses and significant others to “open when” they face common military life challenges. There are topics for every stage of the military life journey… Read More

Minimizing Pantry Waste during a PCS

We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to move, and you probably have quite a few groceries left. I mean, when do you really stop buying groceries? After all, you have to feed yourself, your spouse, and likely some kids or fur babies. At first… Read More

Finding Joy Where You are Stationed

If where we are stationed isn’t where we want to be and the appealing things are hard to find, how do we find those sparks of joy that leave us feeling content and happy with our current home? Read More

PCS Must-Have: MILLIE Scout

MILLIE is a one-of-a-kind resource for military families that provides tools and assistance to make military moves as seamless as possible. We recently had the opportunity to speak with one of MILLIE’s ‘Scouts’, Jana, who shared more about MILLIE’s mission, resources, and benefits. There are 3 tiers to MILLIE:

Pillar Deployment Retreat

What is PILLAR and who can get involved? PILLAR is the first ever digital retreat for deployment countdowns!  We’ll be gathering more than 21 military spouses and lifestyle experts online November 8- 10 to share their best strategies for a healthy, happy deployment countdown. The entire retreat will happen right in our private Facebook Group […]

It’s a Military Life: Be the Lead in Your Own Story, Origin of IML

Our Family Portrait @amandacreatesart: @amandacreatesart Written By: Christina Etchberger, Lifestyle Blogger and Founder of It’s a Military Life   Be the lead in your own story, while guiding others to also find themselves. Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life My name is Christina – Army wife, boy mom x 2, former full-time educator […]

Grandparents Day: A Tribute to Francisco Medina, A Proud Navy Grandfather

Tribute By: Christina Etchberger with Jasmin Cruz, and the The Medina Family “Grandparents hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” The military life is a lifestyle that is challenging in many different ways. I personally am so grateful for my Nana and Grandpa who have always been my rock […]

Spotlight Special: Partners in PROMISE 2021 Military Special Education Survey

Information from Jennifer Barnhill at Partners in PROMISE and the original article Why Another Survey? Partners in PROMISE’s 2021 Military Special Education Survey and Official Press Release Partners in PROMISE was founded because we knew how powerful telling our personal stories would be. We are a storytelling organization, but we also want to do the […]