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Things to Do on MacDill AFB

May 29, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Military Life

MacDill pic courtesyofAJtrips blogspot

There are plenty of things to do on MacDill AFB this weekend and in the next week. You can always find something worthwhile and at a not so expensive price on base. Some things you need to sign up for, so make your plans now!

  • The Base Pool is now open for military personnel, retirees and dependents. If your child is looking for a summer job, then lifeguards are needed at the pool.
  • The Skeet Range is open on Fridays to Sundays.  They have shotguns for rent.  You should probably purchase shells out in town because they aren’t always available on base and it’s also little cheaper to buy them on your own.
  • You can rent boats at the MacDill Marina! You need to take and pass the Boating Course so that you can rent a boat.
  • Crafters Corner at the Arts and Crafts building on MacDill has a number of classes scheduled for June.
  • MacDill Lanes is always a great place to take the family for inexpensive fun.  Next Friday it’s “Fiestarama” at MacDill Lanes.  There will be fully stocked taco bar available for $9.99 a person, a kids menu for $2.99 and drink specials.
  • The Bay Palms Golf Complex has a junior clinic on Saturdays from 8:30am to 9:30am for only $3.  It’s a great way introduce your child to golf.  Plus from 8-10 Jun, LGPA tour player Jennifer Gleason will be conducting free golf clinics including clinics for youths and women only.

If you have any other ideas of things to do on MacDill, please share it with us!  Enjoy the weekend!

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

May 28, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Concerts, Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB

vacation tips courtesyofcenyt

It’s almost the weekend and there are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area.  The weather should be fairly pleasant this weekend, but don’t forgot the sunscreen. Maybe just a quiet weekend at the beach is in store for you!

  • It’s Blast Friday in downtown Clearwater with some of the area’s best local bands.  There will food, fun and free music starting at 5:30pm.
  • The Lightning play game 7 on Friday night in New York.  If you can’t make it to New York, then come out to Channelside Bay Plaza for a Lightning Watch Party and enjoy the game with thousands of fellow fans.
  • It’s free admission to MOSI on Saturday for the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo to help you get ready for hurricane season which starts on 1 June.
  • On Saturday evening at 6pm, Country artist Rachele Lynae will have a free one hour concert before the Tampa Bay Storm game at Ford Thunder Alley outside Amalie Arena.
  • On Sunday at 6pm, it’s Yoga in the Park in downtown at Curtis Hixon Park.  It’s free for everyone!
  • Take a look around for participating Blue Star Museum.  Active duty military members and their family can receive free admission.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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You Have PCS Orders, Now What?

May 27, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, News, PCS Move, Things to do Near MacDill AFB

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You have PCS orders, now what? That is a question a lot of families in the MacDill AFB area are asking themselves at this moment. Receiving PCS orders can be stressful, and lately with the rules on shipping your household goods changing almost on a daily basis having the right resources to plan your move is essential.

I am seeing almost daily on social media questions on how to set up the shipment of your household goods. Along with the questions I have seen some interesting answers. Unfortunately with budget cuts etc.. the DOD has been making changes to the process. Some of the changes proposed this summer are in hopes of expediting the process. What your neighbor or husband’s CO did last year or even last week may not be the up-to-date information. The first step in planning your move is to go right to the horse’s mouth for your answers!

First step after receiving those orders is to go straight to Move.mil. This site has all of the latest information on how to proceed to getting your move set up. If this is your first move, you will need to set up an account with DPS (Defense Personal Property System). This system was put in place to allow you to self-counsel and set up your move without going to the transportation office. Once you have set up or logged into your account, you will be directed on how to proceed with the latest steps in setting up your move. I am no expert in this procedure, but from the looks of the information procedures may differ depending on your present duty station and where your next will be.

The Move.mil site has nformation on how to prepare for packing, your weight limits, preparations for an overseas move, and checklists. By reading the info on this site, you should be able to answer a lot of those questions I see floating around on social media such as what do I do if I am over my weight limit etc.. If you cannot find the answer to your questions, contact information is included on the home page.

Once your move is set up, check out the great resource page and blog on MilitaryByOwner.com for great tips on packing, planning your move, how to keep the kids happy, and information on moving with pets. This is also a great resource for information on housing at your new installation.

Good luck on your next adventure! Please share with our readers any tips or suggestions you have about what to do after those PCS orders arrive!!

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PCS Moving Tips to Lower Your Stress Level

May 26, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Finances, Military Life, PCS Move, Travel

PCS season is in full swing and many of you in the MacDill AFB area are preparing to pack out and move out. Whether it is your first move or 15th move, a PCS move is stressful. Use these PCS moving tips to lower your stress level and maybe enjoy your cross country move!

 

PCS Moving Tips To Lower Your Stress Level:

  • Plan and Organize. Having a to do list is a great way to start. A PCS binder or folder is another great organizational tool.
  • Get your finances in order. Creating a moving budget and knowing what your paycheck will look like is important in keeping your stress level down.
  • Use Pinterest for great packing and moving tips.
  • Plan your road trip. Map out the route you are taking and find some interesting and fun places to stop. Use PCS-Lodging.com to plan your nightly lodging.
  • Make a fun playlist.
  • Packing the car. Include healthy snacks and fun activities for the kids. Make a laminated copy of your route and let the family keep track of your progress. Do not forget to include snacks etc.. for your furry family members.
  • Plan some down time. Stop early enough in the evening to use the hotel pool, read a book, take a walk, or have a glass of wine. My family has never been morning people so we have tried to do activities in the morning such as eating breakfast by the pool or checking out a point of interest nearby.
  • Researching your new “home.” Using tools such as Military Town Advisor.com to scope out your new duty station will ease the anxiety of the unknown.
  • Research your new home options. Whether you are going to rent, buy, or live in base housing MilitaryByOwner.com is a great resource to start your new home hunt.

I hope that these tips will help to lower your stress level. I would love it if you would share with our readers your tips for making a PCS move a little less stressful.

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Memorial Day Events in the Tampa Bay Area

May 22, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Military Life

flagsforfallenvets courtesyofWFLA

Memorial Day is an informal start to the summer season.  But this holiday started out as Decoration Day to remember the soldiers who died the Civil War. The change to Memorial Day gradually took place, but this day was not declared a Federal holiday until 1967.  Besides all the parties and events to enjoy the extra day off from work, there are many Memorial Day events in the Tampa Bay area that remember the true reason for Memorial Day.

  • Bay Pines VA will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10am on Monday.  The keynote speaker will be the retired Sargent Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley.  Veterans, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend.
  • The Memorial Day Celebration at the Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Museum in Tampa will take place on Sunday starting at 11am. The public is invited to attend.
  • Museums participating in the Blue Star Museum program including the Henry B. Plant Museum, MOSI, The Ringling, the Florida Holocaust Museum, Bok Towers, and the Polk Museum of Art are offering free admission to veterans, active duty military members and their families this weekend.
  • Largo Central Park is the location for the annual Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony starting at 7pm with a color guard, a keynote speaker, music and a wreath laying on Monday.

Please share with us any events that we missed.  We hope you enjoy and celebrate Memorial Day.

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