A Story Before Bedtime

May 24, 2016 11:00 am

Imagine reading a bedtime story to your children while you are thousands of miles apart. A Story Before Bedtime, is on a mission to connect families through reading. Stories are recorded in your own voice and then sent to your family where they can follow along in the book as you read. You no longer have to give up these precious moments because of distance.

A Story Before Bedtime is giving away free recordings to parents in the U.S. military who are on deployment or are deploying. Head over to their website to sign up for your free recording, and send your voice to those you love.

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Apps for Military Life Part II

May 10, 2016 11:01 am

We are back with even more apps that can help simplify your daily routine. These apps will make it easy to track down illusive base information, get a great deal at your commissary and local grocery store, or find a gas station in a brand new city when the dreaded light comes on.


Ibotta is affectionately known as “The Cash Back App,” and they make good on this promise. The deal is pretty straightforward, visit their app (available on iOS and Android devices) and check out the weeks offers. Unlock these rebates by completing simple tasks and then head to the store. After you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, snap a pic of your receipt on the app. You will have the rebate deposited into your account within 48 hours. Ibotta has partnered with hundreds of retailers to offer their rebates including Military Commissaries, Target, Walmart, Costco and more.

Military Traveler

The Military Traveler App is a universal base directory app available on iOS and Android devices. Set the app to open up to you “home base” and a wealth of information is at your fingertips. There is no need to dig through the web to find the hours of the gym or movie times at the base theater. With continual updates, this app gets you the information you need when you need it.

Around Me

When you are at a new duty station, finding a nearby coffee stop, gas station, or restaurant can be a head-scratching task. This app aims to solve this problem. Open the app when you are out and about and select from a long list of categories like movies, parking, bars, coffee shops, and more and the app pulls up a list of the nearby locations. Who knew there were three coffee shops in walking distance of your new house? The app also offers great information like local guides and current weather.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

May 3, 2016 11:00 am

Photo courtesy of Jo Cooks.

If you needed an excuse to eat more Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo is almost here. The countdown to tacos and tres leches cake is on. We hunted down some of the best melty, creamy, and crunchy Mexican recipes for your Cinco de Mayo table.


Is anything better than queso? Hold the velveeta for this traditional Queso Fundido that features chorizo sausage and a blend of Mexican cheeses. Another traditional south of the boarder starter would be these Mexican Corn Fritters. These bites are big on both corn flavor and crunch. Serve them with salsas and sour cream for an impressive appetizer spread. If you are looking for a home-run crown pleaser, nachos are always a hit. Try these Restaurant Style Nachos with Chipotle Crema for an instant hit, or mix things up with these Loaded Nacho Fries.


Burritos, tacos, and enchiladas might be the bread and butter of Mexican cuisine served here in the tates, but dig a little deeper and there is an extensive variety of delicious Mexican dishes just waiting to be discovered. Take these Creamy Cheesy Chicken Flautas for example, they are like taquitos, but wrapped in flour rather than corn tortillas. These Flautas are baked rather than fried for easy at home preparation. Then there are these Authentic Corn Tamales. Filled with sweet corn and corn flour, these easy-to-make tamales are big on flavor. For a meal in a bowl, try this Red Beef Pozole. This Mexican soup is fragrant with ancho and guajillo peppers, garlic, oregano, and rich pork shoulder.


Is a Mexican meal complete without sauce? Whether it is Red Charred Salsa for your tortilla chips, Tomatillo Sauce for your tamales, or this Cinco De Mayo Guacamole for everything, the sauce often makes the meal. For a unique twist, whip up this Mole Sauce and serve it over chicken. If you are looking to add some gourmet spice, this Guajillo Chile Hot Sauce deserves a place on your table.

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