Facts and Data: Why the Resident Energy Conservation Program is broken

Resident Energy Conservation Program

A complicated name, for a complicated program. The Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) was implemented across all branches of the Department of Defense to reduce energy consumption among those living on base. The program creates a baseline of average use and then provides a 10% buffer above and below that baseline — those who go over the […]

If you give a military spouse an opportunity….

if you give a military spouse an opportunity

If you give a military spouse an opportunity, they’re going ask when they can start. When you give them a chance, they’ll probably exceed your expectations. When they’re finished for the day, they’ll give you a big smile. Then they’ll get home and want to look in the mirror to remind them, that this is […]

Official Bio/Photos for Press

Kristine’s Official Bio for Press and Publications:  Kristine Schellhaas’s success as an entrepreneur and nationally known advocate for military families is the result of her unwavering passion, fearless commitment, and unique authenticity. Kristine has spent nearly two decades with her Marine and her journey has provided inspiration and opportunity for those who call the military […]

15 Years of War: Press Release

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15 Years of War: New Book Delves into Longtime War Deployments and Life on the Home Front Tells the Untold Story of Military Families. Kristine Schellhaas, a Marine Corps spouse for nearly two decades, tells her military family’s story of support and sacrifice in her new book, “15 Years of War: How the Longest War […]

Exclusive: Dakota Meyer opens up about struggles with transitioning from Corps


Many may be surprised to hear that it’s one of the hardest things Dakota Meyer has had to deal with–transitioning out of the Marine Corps. I met with Dakota Meyer at the Hiring our Heroes Program at Camp Pendleton to discuss his personal experiences. I asked him what he would say to Marines who think […]

Living in my Veteran’s shadow as a military spouse


Most days, I’m on fire. I love my Marine, love living on base, love this life. I’ve spent years supporting military families by volunteering in my husband’s unit, through chaotic deployments and workups, supporting wounded warrior charities, and helping non-profit organizations in the local community. When the demands of the Corps forced my hand and […]

Private homecomings: Preserving the peace with family

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Homecomings are synonymous with our military lifestyle and I was blessed recently to be a part of my friend’s for a few brief moments, to videotape their family reunion. I too felt the excitement as her Marine stepped off the bus and was thrilled that I could repay the favor of capturing those special moments, […]

Military moves: Keeping kids connected helps preserve friendships

Military Kids Say Goodbye

The first week in April was a special week for us. Two sets of hometown friends and their children came to stay with us for spring break. I love that our military kids tend to make friends quickly – they always accept newcomers easily and it’s game on as usual. For me, friendships have been the […]

The Problem With Dependas and the Social Justice Vigilantism that Follows


There are jerks everywhere, especially when you’re looking for them. We’re human, so we are flawed by nature and all of us have said or done things we regret. However, there’s been a disturbing trend where campaigns are started against a specific group of people. I’m talking about the dependa-epidemic. Dependas, Dependas, Everywhere So what […]

Bright Mountain Acquisition Corporation Acquires usmclife.com

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Bright Mountain Acquisition Corporation (http://www.bmaq.com) (OTCQB: BMAQ), an owner, acquirer and manager of customized websites for military and public safety audiences, has acquired usmclife.com, an online publication which connects, inspires and educates Marine Corps families to help navigate military life easier. Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) January 09, 2015 The announcement was made by W. Kip […]

9 unexpected perks of military service


1. Dress Blues It’s pretty much a fact. Once service men and women step into their dress blues, they become the hottest, most attractive individuals on our planet. Plus they get to don swords. That’s bad ass. 2. Honor Every servicemember who has served our country has the distinction of serving on behalf of our […]