Funny how my son introduced me to this video blogger. His German teacher actually shows some of his videos in German class. Sam does an excellent job of detailing what life is like in Germany with a sense of humor and through the eyes of a young American. Great insight and fun to watch, especially if you have orders in hand and have never been overseas.
Being overseas, Amazon.com has been such a welcome in giving us a taste of home with their products, American-style customer service and super fast shipping. In the past two weeks, something has happened where it is no longer a bed or roses and in fact is a thorn in our sides! To be specific, many of us LOVE the Amazon Subscribe and Save Program where we have products we regularly use ship to us on a schedule. It’s no fuss and requires no extra brain or computer power. We get our items on a regular basis to our APO box and at a very nice discount. Now, without a real reason or response from corporate, our orders are being cancelled, items are “not available” to ship to APO, and we suddenly feel like we are getting customer “no service”. Here’s what some Amazon.com customers are saying and some solutions to what you can do to still get your products.
Wow, I’ve been collecting these new blogposts since January. High time I share some of my very favorites! As always if you see something interesting out there that pertains to being a military wife, saving money, cool tips and tricks and traveling thru Europe (or living there), this is where I highlight other peoples’ good stuff…in my round up!
This is one of my most FAVORITE events of the entire year! This year, the mountain fires falls on 21 June for the Ehrwald, Austria area (just across the border into Austria from Garmisch). This tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice goes back a few hundred years to the year 1796 (yes the same year as the founding of our own United States) and is a phenomenal thing to experience. Read on for the scoop and details!
I thought I’d address visiting Munich’s Oktoberfest as it seems the closer we get to the event, the more email questions I get on it! I’m going to preface this by saying I’m cheap. Sure I can spend thousands on hotel rooms jacked up 10x in price, and I can also buy a seat in any of the beer tents from a third party consolidator for a pretty penny…even now, this late in the game. When I was a tour operator, I used to stay up late to get all my table requests in, and since I was such a small player, I had to weasel my way in to get noticed amongst the big players who have been buying seats at beer tables for YEARS to decades. Last year I got email in the few months before asking how to get a seat and where to book a hotel…well, that’s too late in the game, sorry. But, how about I leave you with an inexpensive way to enjoy Munich’s Oktoberfest, only the largest beer festival in the world, and it doesn’t require a lot of advance planning either? Follow along below for my tips.
I recently met a fellow milspouse who shared some wonderful tips on how to fulfill a lifelong dream of sailing the Mediterranean, and you don’t have to be a celebrity or rich to do it! Julie took her family from their duty station in Germany, boarded a sailboat in the Mediterranean with her husband and two children under the age of 13 and followed the direction of their German captain, doing what he asked of them on his own personal sailboat. How’s that for an adventure?! Julie wanted to share how their trip panned out and said that you too can plan such a trip. They followed the winds to a variety of different locales and islands and saw and experienced things an average cruiser on a megaship can only dream about. Let’s see where they went and what they did!
Have you ever been in charge or been charged with coming up with gifts for volunteers? Whether we’re talking about simple but ingenious little hand outs or more elaborate things that cost a little more, at some point in your military spouse career, you’re going to need a gift to give (and pay for them out of your own pocket as donated funds aren’t what they used to be). Check out some of these great ideas both big and small!
I’m one of those people who is never happy with their current ipad and iphone case. I am one of those people who is constantly paranoid about dropping the things and breaking screens. I watch my ipad while in the bath tub, bathroom (don’t tell anyone), kitchen while cooking…everywhere but while driving. That is one area that is still taboo…and should be! I’ve been pretty happy with a leather case with flap but after a year, I started to get annoyed with the velcro and how the ipad kept wanting to slip down and out of the thing when I had it in the standing position. Trident cases came to the rescue and offered me another alternative. Here’s how I fared.
It never fails. I don’t even know why I bother. Whenever I get these two friends together, the topic always comes down to this. One feels strongly…very strongly….that military spouses as a whole have a sense of entitlement like no other. The other friend believes that as a spouse of a servicemember, that is the least our country can do for them and they deserve those entitlements and special programs and everything that is offered. Where do you fall in this argument?
I am on a multitude of different overseas Facebook pages, many of them listed here. Every once in awhile a good conversation comes along that bares repeating. This is one such conversation. If there was ONE THING you had known before moving overseas, what would it be? See below for some good answers.