2018 BAH Rates Announced

The rates for 2018 BAH (Basic Housing Allowance) have been released.

Some areas may see lower BAH rates, however, there is a provision of individual rate protection to all members.  Even if rates in your area goes down, an individual member who maintains uninterrupted Basic Allowance for Housing eligibility in a given location will not see his/her Basic Allowance for Housing rate decrease.  This ensures that service members who have made long-term commitments leases or purchases are not penalized if the area’s housing costs decrease.

To find out what your BAH will be in 2018 use the DOD BAH Calculator. To use the calculator you need to know the zip code for your duty station (not the zip code you live in).

Camp Pendleton Zip – 92055

San Diego Zip – 92134


Islands at The Shoppes in Carlsbad- Military Discount

My family is so happy that we finally have somewhere great to eat while shopping at The Shoppes in Carlsbad. It’s been a long time coming and I think Islands was the perfect addition to this mall. This holiday season while you’re out scrambling for presents I’d like to encourage everyone to stop at Island’s. They recently invited my family to dinner at their NEW Carlsbad restaurant. It was a great time overall, with a great atmosphere and extremely friendly and attentive wait staff, plus a great 10% military discount with valid ID. Right now if you buy $25 in gift cards you’ll get a bonus $5 card for free.  If you’re looking for lunch AND Christmas presents, I recommend you go to Island’s: Get yourself a great meal, a $25 gift card for someone at home or the office, plus another $5 gift card for yourself or someone else.

I love their surfer / Islands themed décor and the kids really enjoy watching the surfing videos that play in the waiting area and while waiting for our order.

Let me say that I absolutely LOVE their cheese fries! These are great, especially with their specialty Secret Seasoning.  The fries come with just the right amount of melted cheese on top and a generous sprinkling of scallions too.  Don’t forget the ranch for dipping!  My husband insists on trying a different thing on the menu each time he goes I, however, am a creature of habit. I always have the Northshore Tacos because they’re always delicious.  What’s not to love about warm flour tortillas stuffed with spicy chicken and covered with cheddar and jack cheese? 

My son (who made me feel guilty for choosing a healthier meal than I chose) chose the Shorebird on a wheat bun with a side salad… showoff.

We were so full and we really shouldn’t have, but the kids and I shared their fudge brownie.  It’s a rich brownie served warm and with vanilla ice cream on top making it the perfect way to end our time there.

If you’re looking for lunch AND Christmas presents, I recommend you go to Island’s: Get yourself a great meal, a $25 gift card for someone at home or the office, plus another $5 gift card for yourself or someone else.

Veteran’s Day Military Discounts 2017

EUGENE, Ore., Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Veteran’s Day is a day to honor the men and women who so bravely served our country, and in that spirit, organizations of all kinds are stepping up to show their appreciation to those heroes with new, exclusive offers available only to the military community through digital verification provider SheerID.

Brands including Lowe’s, Sprint and Target have long been dedicated to serving their military customers with incredible service and specials, however, this Veteran’s Day, they are upping their offers and creating new deals never offered before.

“Sprint is committed to supporting those that serve by offering the best value in wireless today and every day throughout their lifecycle,” said Jim Hyde, President of Wholesale, Affiliates & Strategic Partnerships. “It’s the least we can do to give back and salute those who serve.”

Each of these brands has gone above and beyond to ensure that these offers remain exclusive by collaborating with SheerID, the world’s leading digital verification platform.

“Serving the military community has long been at the core of who we are and what we do here at SheerID, and each year, we’re lucky enough to work with brands that share those same ideals,” said Jake Weatherly, CEO of SheerID. “Veteran’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show additional support to our veterans and all of those who serve, and we’re honored to stand alongside these brands as they show their appreciation to those who deserve it most.”

Here is a detailed look at the offers available to the military community this coming Veteran’s Day:

Cabela’s: Cabela’s is proud to support the military community year round with a Legendary Salute Military 5% Discount Program. This Veteran’s Day, to show appreciation for those who serve, Cabela’s will offer an additional 5% discount available Nov. 9-12. For additional details, please visit www.cabelas.com/military

Expedia: This Veterans Day, Expedia is offering amazing deals on dozens of upcoming cruises in addition to the benefits servicemembers get year-round with their free gold+ membership. Gold+ benefits include free drinks at VIP Access hotels, spa discounts, free room upgrades, and dedicated customer service agents. For more information visit https://www.expedia.com/dailydeals

Lowe’s: Lowe’s is proud to offer 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnel and veterans. Learn more at https://www.lowes.com/mylowes/register?context=military

QALO: QALO has created a one of a kind functional wedding ring dedicated to those men and women who serve and have served to protect our freedom. To show our gratitude on Veteran’s Day, QALO has created a special 15% off discount. Learn more at https://qalo.com/collections/us-military

Rockwell Tools: As Veteran’s Day approaches, we are proud to launch a new Military Discount for all purchases at RockwellTools.com! Rockwell now offers a 10% discount to all active U.S. military service members and veterans. Visit https://www.rockwelltools.com/military-discount to learn more.

Sprint: Sprint salutes the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and Veterans. Through its Sprint Works℠ Program, the company offers savings to active duty, reserve and veterans and now they are doing even more! Sprint is honored to donate $30 on behalf of each new military and veteran customer account activated to Fisher House Foundation, an organization best known for its network of more than 70 comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. To learn more visit sprint.com/dod. Donation offer ends 10/1/2018.

Target: In honor of Veteran’s Day, Target will offer all active duty military, veterans, National Guard, Reserves, and their spouse and/or dependent children (up to age 18 years old) a 10 percent discount on their purchases – both in-store and online at Target.com – from Nov. 7-11, 2017. Visit http://www.target.com/military for more information.

TOMS: In honor of Veteran’s Day and the millions that have served and continue to serve, TOMS is offering an exclusive 15% off all full-priced items until 11/15 to all active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, dependents, and their spouses. Redeem the offer at TOMS.com/military-discount

Worx Tools: They’ve served us. Now it’s our turn to serve them. Worx Tools now offers a 10% discount to all active U.S. military service members and veterans. Our country’s servicemen and women embody the “can do” attitude that we at Worx instill in each of our power tools and yard tools and this is our way of saying thanks for their service. Learn more at https://www.worx.com/military-discount-program

To learn more about SheerID’s instant verification platform and subsequent military verification,  please visit https://www.sheerid.com/

Connect with us at http://www.sheerid.com or follow @SheerID on Twitter or Facebook at www.facebook.com/SheerIDdotcom.

About SheerID

SheerID’s leading digital verification platform instantly verifies the identity of individuals and businesses, enabling enterprises to deliver authenticated offers and experiences to high-value customer segments while mitigating fraud and minimizing friction. By using authoritative data sources to verify credentials in real-time within an organization’s brand experience, SheerID delivers a seamless customer experience that reduces churn and fuels loyalty to drive revenue growth. As a result, the world’s biggest brands – including Spotify, Foot Locker and Microsoft – rely on SheerID as their trusted verification partner. Founded in 2011, SheerID is backed by Voyager Capital.

Blue Star Family Books on Bases on Camp Pendleton

Col. Johnston reading “A Big Guy Took My Ball” to military families.

We attended a truly fantastic event today – Blue Star Families’ Books on Bases!  Held at the De Luz Family Housing Office and in coordination with Disney who donated thousands of books, it was simply a fantastic event.

A simple tent kept the grown ups out of the hot sun while the kids played on the playground.  They handed each family a hard cover copy of “A Big Guy Took My Ball!” that was then read to us by Colonel Johnston, a Disney voluntEAR, and a guest from the crowd.  Plus, a visit from Mickey Mouse!  Afterwards, they led us into the Housing Office where each child could pick out 5 books apiece, plus a gift bag of goodies that included plush dolls, snacks, and a photo with Mickey.  All books were hardcover and the age range was 12 and younger.  My two little readers were in heaven and are both reading their books now while I type this thank you post to Blue Star and to Disney.

Every family had a chance to take photo with Mickey!

Blue Star Families’ Books on Bases program visits bases all over the world to distribute books to the children of our warriors.  Thanks to support from Disney, the Books on Bases program has distributed more than 70,000 books.  These events help military families spend time together, nuture a strong, family environment, and most importantly, they demonstrate to our children that our nation loves and appreciate the sacrifices that military families make in the support of our great nation.   Read more about this amazing organization here: https://bluestarfam.org


Sailors-Skip a PRT cycle!

According to the just released NAVADMIN 141/17, Sailors who are within body

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy L. Grisham/Released)y
fat standards and score an overall “excellent low” or better will be exempt from the next PRT, as long as no single event is scored lower than “good low.”  This will free up the administrative burden on Command Fitness Leaders as well as thousands of man hours spent on the PRT each cycle for
thousands of Sailors.  Read the entire NAVADMIN because there’s other changes as well, including the elliptical no longer being authorized as an alternate cardio event.  All-in-all, we think it’s a great move by the Navy!

Memorial Day Discounts via SheerID 2017

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and many retailers like to show their appreciation for our military with some amazing deals.  To ensure that these special discounts only make it to military servicemembers our friends have SheerID provide an instant verification system to identify eligible customers while delivering a smooth customer experience.  They have several companies listed on their site but our favorites are:

  1. Kaaboo Del Mar Festival- 

    This year Kaaboo Del Mar is offering active and retired military service members, and their families, 10% off 3-day Hang Loose passes. The 2017 lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!NK, Tom Petty, Muse, and many more including Ice Cube, and DJ Diesel (Shaq).  Guests will also enjoy hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, incredible cuisine, craft libations, and personal indulgences. Get your military passes at https://verify.sheerid.com/kaaboo-military/. More info and full lineup at kaaboodelmar.com

  2. PureGear PureGear is recognizing military service by introducing a 35% discount on military grade screen protectors, cases, and other cell phone accessories. Visit https://verify.sheerid.com/puregear-military-landing/ for more details.
  3.  Goodwear USA t-shirts and apparel are made in the United States. To thank active duty service members, their families, veterans, reservists, and the Guard for their service, Goodwear USA now offers a 20% discount on orders placed at https://verify.sheerid.com/goodwear-military/
  4. MiiBaby gives a 30% military discount on their patented, premium, anti-colic bottles and accessories at https://verify.sheerid.com/miibaby-landing/. All of MiiBaby’s glass bottles are made in the USA.
  5. TOMS- During Memorial Day weekend only, TOMS is increasing their everyday military discount to 15%. Shop shoes, sunglasses, bags and more at https://toms-military-discount-may.sheerid.com/

For more information about exclusive offers available to the military community through SheerID’s verification services, please visit: https://www.sheerid.com/deals-we-protect/?filter_segment=military

Empowering Women *Activewear Giveaway*

Amari is a new activewear brand based out of Solana Beach, CA.  They focus on empowering women to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Amari’s athletic-casual clothing makes women feel confident and beautiful in their premium-quality pieces.

Amari’s new campaign focuses on empowering women. They are highlighting strong women in the community. They recently invited me, and 4 other military spouses, to a photo shoot and to share our story with them. Because let’s face it, military spouses are some of the strongest women out there!

Check out Amari’s spotlight on military wives!

I had a great time, got to meet some amazing military spouses AND I got to come home with my new favorite pair of workout capris.

Now it’s my turn to share the love by giving away a pair.

Amari Activewear Surge Capris Giveaway


New Evaluation System for Navy Sailors

Big news for every Sailor: A new evaluation system is in the works, with plans for a limited release this  fall, most likely with Petty Officer First Class evaluations.

 There are several big changes to the evaluation, main ones being:
– Year long counselings instead of just the mid-term
– Higher emphasis on Sailor performance instead of longevity or seniority at the command

– Eliminating the ranking of Sailors within their paygrade

There’s lots of changes and most of them sound like big improvements.  Read them for yourself at

For the 22- Bringing Awareness to Veteran Suicide

Walking across American to bring awareness to veteran suicide.

Twenty-two veterans a day take their own lives.  22 brave men and woman who deserve better. This is absolutely heartbreaking, especially considering what these veterans gave up for our freedom and safety.  It’s also saddening that no matter what the military tries, this number sees only minor changes each year.  However, one thing that we can do is increase awareness of this epidemic.  Acknowledging the problem is important. We need to bring awareness to this epidemic and educate the public about how they can help.  We can educate in hopes that one of us steps in and gives a helping hand to a veteran in psychological pain.

Ernesto Rodriguez believes in this wholeheartedly and on Wednesday he completes what is surely one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: a 2,200 walk across the country, from Clarksville, Tennessee to Santa Monica, California.  He’s set to arrive on Wednesday, April 19th and will stake a flag in the ground at the Santa Monica Pier and do 22 pushups #forthe22 veterans that commit suicide every day. However impressive this challenge may be though, Ernesto would like everyone to know that it pales in comparison to the daily battles and psychological pain that veterans with PTSD

Ernesto is a 15 year veteran who served four tours of duty, including time in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was medically discharged due to injuries. When he returned to civilian life he suffered from PTSD himself.  Although he’s improved from where he once was, he did lose friends to suicide from PTSD-related depression, leading him to start his 2,200 mile journey.

You can follow Ernesto’s journey online by following #forthe22, @nerdnesto (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat). His journey is supported and celebrated by the American Soldier Network and Team RWB.