Budgeting for Hotel Stays & Meals When You PCS to Germany

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I recently had the opportunity to guest post on the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN)’s blog. The series is seven posts long, and covers a variety of aspects of budgeting for your family’s PCS to Germany. I hope you’ll check out the entire series, but that you’ll also read, share, … Continue reading

Budgeting for Passports and Licenses When You PCS to Germany

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Moving overseas with the military means that you have to consider things that aren’t part of a domestic PCS. Because OCONUS PCSs can get expensive, the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) invited me to do a series of guest posts for their blog on budgeting for a PCS to Germany. The series broken out … Continue reading

The Lamb Cake: A German Easter Tradition

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Happy Easter from Germany! It’s Easter Sunday here in Bavaria, and we’ve had a weekend full of family, food, baking, and Easter egg-dying. Easter, and the renewal it represents, is my favorite part of the Christian calendar. Every year, I find myself thinking about how blessed I am by the … Continue reading

What’s in an Osterhase

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I love trying out new things, so Easter season at German bakeries is a time that’s ripe with opportunities to indulge my curiosity. Easter is an important time in German culture, both socially and spiritually. Schools take a week off, and many families take a long vacation the week of Easter. Of … Continue reading

Our Bavarian Bloggers’ Meet-Up at the Nuremberg Easter Market

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One of the best things about blogging is meeting — and learning from other bloggers. Last weekend was my first bloggers’ meet-up in more than two years, and this wasn’t just any meet-up; it was a meet-up of American bloggers living halfway around the world in Bavarian Germany. Betsy (a.k.a. @JavaCupcake) … Continue reading

Planning for Your Car When You PCS to Germany

The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The fourth post in the series is all about how to plan and budget … Continue reading

Our Afternoon at the Audioversum Innsbruck

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We spent a nice four-day weekend in Innsbruck, Austria with friends, recently. We wandered the Altstadt, had Nepali and Thai food, and enjoyed some sunshine. While the rest of the crew skied on Saturday, I took Small Shaw with me on a long run along the Inn River. It was … Continue reading

Adapting to European Electricity when You PCS to Germany

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The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The third post in the series is all about budgeting for European electricity … Continue reading

Traveling Overseas with Your Military Family’s Pet – AHRN.com

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The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The most recent post in the series is all about budgeting to bring … Continue reading

My Hope for Military Spouses of the Future

Last night, a fascinating job offer arrived in my inbox, uninvited. A startup founder in Berlin offered me a position doing something I’d be good at, at the intersection of technology, writing, and international business — three areas of distinct professional interest. The potential was inspiring, but when they found out … Continue reading

An Easter Market in Bindlach, Germany

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Germany is a country of festivals and markets, or (auf Duetsch) Feste und Märke. With each new season comes a new series of fests or markets to explore, and spring is no exception. Once Fasching is behind them, Germans spend their weekends looking ahead to spring — and more specifically, to Easter — … Continue reading

Budgeting for Your Family’s PCS to Germany – AHRN.com

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This week, the Automated Housing Referral Network published the first in a seven-part content series I created for them. These seven posts detail the many expenses a military family should consider budgeting for before starting their PCS to Germany, and I hope that they help other military families to prepare … Continue reading

One Military Spouse Entrepreneur’s Journey to Incorporation: Part 3

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This is Part 3 in a multi-part series about my journey to incorporation as an LLC as a military spouse entrepreneur stationed overseas. I hope that by documenting this journey publicly, I can help other spouses navigate the waters more smoothly, and that I can raise awareness about policies that make entrepreneurship (a concept … Continue reading

Celebrating Shrove Tuesday in Bavaria

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Today is the last Tuesday of Fasching, so it’s the last big hoorah in Germany before Lent begins tomorrow. Over the last several days, there have been plenty of celebrations in our little corner of Bavaria, but when you’re celebrating Shrove Tuesday in Bavaria, it’s all about the parades. Sunday was … Continue reading