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Happy Galentine’s Day | MILITARY EDITION

Valentine’s Day without your significant other can be a rough holiday.  Expressions of love at your favorite store can bring out more sadness than romance when your significant other is miles away.

Why not celebrate “Galentines Day” with your favorite Gal Pals who have stood by you as you “other” significant other while yours happens to be, well, somewhere else?


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[How To] Open When…. Emails for a Long Distance Relationship

I love seeing lists of “Open When” letters to a significant other.  They really help connect two people together across the miles.  But what if writing out a letter is too much?  Say, your significant other is deployed and you are juggling a household of kiddies?  Or what if they can’t take too many personal affects with them (or not want the embarrassment of opening them)?

Here is a MODIFIED way of completing the “Open When” letters when you just can’t put a stamp on it! (more…)

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Putting Blood, Sweat and Tears into our Newest House

About a month ago, I mentioned we bought ourselves a new house.  This is our fourth house we have purchased, and our second one to undergo renovations.  What was super exciting for us is this will be my husband’s place for the next few years and then turn into an investment property after that.  While it wasn’t his “dream home,” (read:  move in ready) this house certainly has great bones and a lot of potential on the back-end for us.

As a military family, we are constantly thinking about the future.  What will we do when he retires in 4 years, what assets will we have, and how will we afford our daughter’s college?  So investing in property has been a great way to build our retirement plan long-term.  However, the only way we can see our investment grow is through hard work, blood, sweat, and tears; emphasis on the sweat part.  We like to call it “sweat equity.” (more…)

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The Worst Part of Separation

The Worst Part of Separation

Yesterday, I said the words again.  It was 2:30 in the morning, I was groggy, he was barely awake.  My bags were packed the night before, but that didn’t prevent me from rushing through his house, gathering items I almost left behind.  After packing the rental car, I went back inside, grabbed my jacket and walked back into his bedroom, where he was nearly asleep again.

And that’s when I said it.  That’s when I felt it.  That is the worst part of our separation; the part I hate the most – the goodbye. (more…)

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20 MORE Long Distance Relationship Conversation Starters

20 {MORE} Long Distance Relationship Conversation Starters

One of my most popular posts here at 1200 Miles Away is my 20 Long Distance Relationship Conversation Starters post.  What I have found is that so many people are in long distance relationships, and keeping the conversation going after so many weeks can be daunting.  Beyond simply checking in on someone’s day, or saying, “I love you,” things can get rather stale, rather quickly.

So here are 20 {MORE} Long Distance Relationship Starters for you and your significant other to share – over the phone, over Skype, or even together over a candlelight dinner before watching Netflix. (more…)

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