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Overseas American School Projects

One of the benefits to serving in the overseas jobs, that Horatio serves in, is the wonderful schools our boys attend.  This past week, three of the four boys have made videos for school projects.  To show the progression of how the quality evolves.

Harold, Grade 2:  Life cycle of a Darkling Beetle

Bob, Grade 6: Colony Commercial Project, The Great Land of New York

Dwight, Grade 9: Lord of the Flies Character Analysis


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Spartan Fit- New Book and Race Giveaway

Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena is coming out with a sequel to his bestselling book, Spartan Up! –


Spartan Fit!

31 Days. Transform your Mind. Transform Your Body. Commit to Grit. No Gym Required.

  • A 31-day workout and diet plan to prepare for the Spartan Sprint — or to just get you in ultimate shape
  • Full-body workouts requiring no gym and no weights
  • How to build fitness levels from one race to the next
  • Inspiring, motivating stories of Spartans

A complete Spartan training guide, Spartan Fit! arms readers with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again, both on and off the race course.

Spartan Race also has a crazy new endurance race called the Agoge

Enter to win a free race code

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Tricare Authorizes Urgent Care Visits for Military Families, Without Pre-Approval

Tricare released good news for military families.  Families like ours will soon be permitted two in-network urgent care visits per family member, per fiscal year, without pre-approval.  This is good news not only for families, but also for medical care facilities.  Care for acute illnesses is often difficult to obtain, due to appointment scarcity, so we are sometimes left with no choice but to visit an emergency rooms, in non-emergency situations.


For families like ours, who are stationed overseas but find ourselves traveling in the US, with no primary care provider to turn to, being able to visit an urgent care clinic for a sudden ear infection, or onset of strep throat, can make a huge difference in the amount of time and cost spent, for both the family and Tricare.  This is a pilot program to investigate whether the referral-free urgent care visits help to eliminate the overuse of emergency rooms in non emergency situations.

Read more about it here.


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Drop Stop On Shark Tank’s: Beyond the Tank

This April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and as Drop Stop was born to reduce this very thing, it is the perfect time to help raise awareness about Drop Stop, one of the only products that can truly reduce Driver Distraction.

Inventors Jeffrey Simon and Marc Newburger (The Drop Stop Boys) wanted me to let you know about some very exciting news!  As most of you know, Jeffrey and Marc were on the Emmy Award winning TV show Shark Tank back in 2013 and since then their lives have never been the same.

The experience for them was surreal, amazing and absolutely life changing when they partnered with the Warm Blooded Shark Lori Greiner who is not only the best partner they could ever have, but a true friend, and part of the Drop Stop Family.


Shark Tank has now created a spin off TV show called “Beyond The Tank” which follows the entrepreneurs behind the scenes of what it is really like to be them, day in and day out, since being on Shark Tank.  Their episode AIRS TONIGHT AT 10:00PM Easter Time ON ABC!!!

They hope you can tune in (or DVR) the episode and join them for this yet another exciting moment on the Drop Stop journey!  Jeffrey and Marc said when they first started, they won’t stop until every vehicle seat gap is filled with a Drop Stop and this episode is another momentous step into making their mission a reality!

Drop Stop is offering FREE SHIPPING on your entire order for any Deployment Diatribes fans who visit the BuyDropStop.com website.  This offer will be valid from now until midnight Sunday 4/10/2016.

Support them and DRIVE SAFELY!

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Find Flexible, Portable Work That’s Right for You

LiveOps Contributed Article

It’s difficult to balance work and family. No one seems to have found the mathematical solution to make all the pieces fit perfectly together. Having a spouse in the military with the transfers and moves that are part of military life can make it even more challenging to find work that fits your family’s needs.

I have a few friends who have faced that challenge. They moved to military bases with their husbands and had to find new jobs, and then they needed to find work again when their husbands were relocated. It takes an incredibly strong person to be able to juggle the usual chaos of raising children with moving and finding new work opportunities every few years. And, let’s be honest, those work opportunities need to be flexible when you’re single-parenting during deployments.

So what’s the solution? Portable work that can move with you. This includes flexible, remote work and the options are increasing. With technology making remote work easier and more seamless, more companies are flexing to keep their experienced workers even when they move. Virtual call centers, like LiveOps, contract with agents who work from home across the United States, making it easier to keep working when you move.

There are so many options for flexible, remote work and many of these are, or could be, portable work too. Whatever your skill set—customer service, marketing, sales, teaching, nursing—there is likely a remote work opportunity for you, and nearly any office job can be done remotely if your employer is flexible. You may just need to make the case for taking your work with you!

There’s also the option of becoming an entrepreneur, building your own independent business that moves with you. Do you have a gift for photography? Years of experience that could be applied as a consultant? Outstanding people skills to put to use in a virtual call center? Amazing creativity with baking or event planning? Teaching experience with the desire to do personal tutoring? The sky’s the limit. You can move your business with you, and if you already work remotely you may even be able to maintain your clients.

So how do you get started if you want to find a portable job or flexible work? Do your research. There are many legitimate work from home opportunities, and there are some opportunities to be wary of…those that promise you’ll get rich quick.

  • Look on established sites such as FlexJobs and Indeed.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau if you are unsure—you’ll be able to see complaints and resolutions.
  • Review any work-from-home opportunity carefully to make sure the work, schedule and company is the right fit for you.

Trying to find flexible work that fits your interests, skills, and lifestyle may seem overwhelming (especially on top of everything else that goes along with a move)—but you can do it. Finding the right portable work opportunity now could mean that you can take your work with you on the next move and have one less thing to worry about. Thank you for your devotion to our country. And best wishes in your search for flexible work opportunities!


Lisa Lozeau works on the Acquisition and Onboarding team at LiveOps. She helps connect talented individuals with independent contractor opportunities that allow them to work from home and provide professional call center services to LiveOps’ diverse client base. As a work-from-home mom herself, Lisa understands the value and importance of flexible work. She is passionate about helping people find greater work-life balance through professional work-from-home opportunities. For more information about LiveOps, please visit: join.liveops.com.


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Midnight Special- Movie Ticket Giveaway


Midnight Special is about the power of a parent’s love – How far a mother and father would go to protect their child. This movie will encourage us to reflect on the importance of family and the responsibility parents have to encourage and shield their children from society’s wrongful perception of what “normal” should look like.

The film written and directed by Jeff Nichols stars Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, and Jaeden Lieberher.

The story is of A father (Michael Shannon) who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncovers the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.

Enter the giveaway to see the movie for free!ms movie money

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Book Review, The Best Place on Earth, By Ayelet Tsabari

The Best Place on Earth, by Ayelet Tsabari is an intriguing collection of short stories about a very diverse group of Mizrahi Jews in Israel.  The characters run the full spectrum to encompass all walks of life and travel round the world.  Each story is unique and interesting and heartwarming or heartbreaking, sometimes both.  The pieces are tight and fresh and there is something for everyone to enjoy.


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Book Review: Multiple Listings, By Tracy McMillan

Family drama ensues when Nicki’s ex-con father suddenly comes to visit…and stays.  The action keeps the reader turning the pages of this novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan.


Nicki is a home appraiser and a single mom whose boyfriend is less than reliable.  When her father shows up, with nowhere else to go, she reluctantly lets him in and no one is more surprised by the positive effects he has on the family than she.

This unique, fresh tale has multiple twists and turns.  I was entertained and intrigued by the characters and polished writing from beginning to end.  While the story is unexpected, the characters are 100% relatable and realistic.

It was easy to picture the action unfolding and I enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

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Shark Tank Invention Drop Stop Is Great In Theory and Practice + Giveaway

The inventor of Drop Stop®, a product featured on the TV show, Shark Tank, reached out to me to try out his product.  I’d seen the episode featuring Drop Stop and was eager to have the opportunity to use it in my car.  After all, I am a busy mom, often shuffling my four kids around for activities and appointments, and have been known to drop my phone into the dreaded black hole gap between my seat and the center console of my minivan, which we affectionately refer to as, The Family Ferrari.

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The Family Ferrari, as seen in this post.

I never text or talk on the phone and drive, but will pick up the phone to check something at a long red light, and when I set it on the console, I sometimes miss and down it goes, into the abyss.


I installed the two Drop Stops into the car as soon as they arrived.  It took only a minute and I could see, immediately, that these would definitely be an asset to my driving adventures, wherever they are.

Watch this funny video to see how Drop Stop® can keep you safe!

There are very few things a driver can do to protect themselves from accidents before the fact.  While car insurance can help in the aftermath – Drop Stop® is preventative.  As the parent of two teenagers, I can see how this will be a huge improvement to the design of the car when they are driving.  Teen brains are impulsive and often addicted to the connectivity of the phone.  If they were to drop the phone under the seat, they’d probably think it would be ok to reach down and try to find it while they drive, and the result could be tragic.  I highly recommend the product.

Drop Stop®, which is partnered with Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner was named Oprah.com‘s #1 way to declutter your car and is endorsed by various police departments and AAA as a must-have safety device to reduce driver distraction for all vehicles.  It’s designed to protect drivers of all ages in all Cars, Trucks, and SUVs.

Every single day, there are accidents and deaths reported in the news of people looking away from the road reaching for a fallen phone, or other items.  This is why Driver Distraction has now overtaken Drunk Driving as the #1 killer on the roads.

Enter to win a set of Drop Stops for your family’s safety!

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