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supporting those in blue Meaningful gift ideas for National Police Week

Supporting Those in Blue: National Police Week Gift Ideas

National Police Week is the time of the year when I just can’t help but stop and think about all the incredible work our law enforcement officers do day in and day out. And when I think about how to show my appreciation, I always come back to Spouse-ly. Let me tell you why.

Spouse-ly isn’t just a regular marketplace, it’s a community of military and first responder families, and I feel right at home. It’s where I’ve found this special way to support law enforcement during National Police Week, and it feels personal in all the right ways.

So, here’s what Spouse-ly does for me during this meaningful police week:

First off, every time I buy something on Spouse-ly, it’s like I’m not just getting a product; I’m making a direct impact on the lives of military and first responder families. And that feels pretty darn cool.

And oh, don’t even get me started on the stuff they have that’s perfect for National Police Week! It’s like they know exactly what I’m looking for—these unique, meaningful items that not only remind me of all the sacrifices officers make but also start these important conversations about their role in our communities.

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I can even customize gifts for officers or their families.

Let me tell you, it’s such a special touch. It’s like tailoring a gift specifically for them. Whether it’s a badge holder engraved with their name or a heartfelt message on a piece of jewelry, it’s those little details that really make a difference.

It’s like saying, “Hey, I see you, and I appreciate everything you do,” in the most personalized way possible.

And I think that means a lot, especially considering the sacrifices they make every single day. It’s a way to show them that they’re not just faceless figures in uniform. They’re individuals with families, passions, and dreams, just like the rest of us.

So, being able to customize gifts through Spouse-ly adds this extra layer of thoughtfulness that truly speaks volumes about the gratitude and respect I have for law enforcement officers and their families.

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But Spouse-ly isn’t just about shopping; it’s about connection.

I’ve met some incredible people on there who share my love and respect for law enforcement. We chat, share stories, and just lift each other up—it’s pretty amazing.

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National Police Week isn’t just a time for me to reflect; it’s a time for action.

With Spouse-ly by my side, I feel like I’m really making a difference in the lives of those who keep us safe, and the families supporting them.

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guide to pcs season From moving tricks to retirement gifts

Guide to PCS Season: From Moving Tips to Retirement Gifts

Spring is in the air, and for military families, that often means one thing: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or embarking on your first move, navigating the nitty and gritty of PCS season can be daunting. From packing up your life to bidding farewell to beloved colleagues, and even celebrating retirements, each step requires careful planning and consideration.

To help make this transition smoother, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide covering everything from moving tips to retirement gifts.

Moving Tips:

  1. Start Early: Begin planning your move as soon as you receive orders. The earlier you start, the less stressful the process will be.
  2. Declutter: Take this opportunity to declutter your home. Donate or sell items you no longer need to lighten your load.
  3. Organize Important Documents: Keep important documents like passports, birth certificates, and medical records in a secure, easily accessible location.
  4. Pack Strategically: Pack items you’ll need immediately in a separate box labeled “essentials” for easy access upon arrival at your new home.
  5. Label Boxes: Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking much more manageable.
  6. Stay Connected: Stay in touch with your new base’s housing office and movers to ensure a smooth transition.


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Saying Goodbye:

  1. Host a Farewell Gathering: Organize a farewell gathering with friends and colleagues to celebrate your time together.
  2. Exchange Contact Information: Stay connected with friends and colleagues by exchanging contact information and social media handles.
  3. Create Memories: Take photos and create keepsakes to remember your time at your current duty station.
  4. Express Gratitude: Take the time to express gratitude to those who have supported you during your time at your current duty station.

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Retirement Gifts:

  1. Personalized Keepsakes: Consider gifting personalized items such as engraved watches, photo albums, or custom artwork to commemorate their service.
  2. Travel Experiences: Treat the retiree to a travel experience they’ve always dreamed of, whether it’s a relaxing beach getaway or an adventurous outdoor expedition.
  3. Professional Development: Invest in their future by gifting them professional development opportunities such as online courses or workshops.
  4. Memory Book: Create a memory book filled with photos, letters, and mementos from their time in the military.
  5. Gift Cards: Give them the gift of choice with a gift card to their favorite restaurant, store, or online retailer.


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PCS season is undoubtedly a time of change and transition, but with careful planning and thoughtful gestures, it can also be an opportunity for new beginnings and exciting adventures. By following these tips and ideas, you can navigate PCS season with confidence and ease, creating lasting memories along the way. Whether you’re bidding farewell to familiar faces or celebrating the end of a distinguished military career, embrace the journey and cherish the moments that make military life so unique.

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Strengthening Military Entrepreneurship: A Collaboration between Spouse-ly and The Rosie Network

Strengthening Military Entrepreneurship: The Rosie Network Collaboration

We are delighted to share an exciting collaboration between Spouse-ly and The Rosie Network (TRN)! Our organizations are deeply committed to empowering military-connected entrepreneurs and nurturing the growth of military-family-owned businesses around the globe. 

Strength in Unity: 

In the spirit of “teamwork makes the dream work,” Spouse-ly and TRN have teamed up to create a supercharged support system for our community. We firmly believe that when organizations join forces, the possibilities are endless, bringing our entrepreneurs to new levels of success. 

Rosie’s List Evolution: 

Rosie’s List, a free online business directory, launched the start of The Rosie Network over 12 years ago. Since then, it has connected thousands of military family-owned small businesses with American consumers seeking to patronize them.  

During this time, The Rosie team recognized a gap in knowledge affecting those transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses seeking to launch and grow their business. TRN set out to develop what is recognized today as a best-in-class, national award winning program called Service2CEO. This curriculum-based virtual training and mentoring program and its on-going Alumni master classes are offered year-round and impacts approx. 5,000 military entrepreneurs each year.

Driving Success through Spouse-ly: 

This collaboration marks a transformative shift as Rosie’s List redirects its energy towards supporting Spouse-ly’s thriving online marketplace. By doing so, both organizations aim to create a dynamic collaboration where businesses not only survive, but thrive together. It’s about building a community where success is not singular but shared among all participants. 

Navigating the Entrepreneurial Landscape Together: 

The Rosie Network, focused on its training and mentorship program, Service2CEO, has decided to drive traffic to Spouse-ly. Why? Because Spouse-ly’s online marketplace takes what Rosie’s List started and offers a way to purchase products from military-connected small businesses directly. 

This collaboration goes beyond redirecting traffic; it signifies a collective commitment to provide exceptional wraparound services and support to our military entrepreneurial community. By joining forces, Spouse-ly and The Rosie Network are able to amplify the impact, provide unwavering support, as well as, celebrate the victories, big and small, of our incredible veterans and military spouses.

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs:

The Rosie Network’s Kidpreneur Camp is an interactive and supportive program designed to empower the next generation of military entrepreneurs. It does this through daily small group mentoring, creative brainstorming, and fun activities. (Not age specific). Teens will learn essential business concepts and skills, leading to the final day of camp where they present their business pitch deck. This virtual camp fosters teamwork, collaboration, and self-confidence, providing military-connected kids and teens with the tools they need to succeed as entrepreneurs in a positive and encouraging environment.

The Rosie Network Opportunities: 

TRN’s Service2CEO program, Alum master classes, Mentors MATTER initiative, and other offerings empower our nation’s next generation of military-connected small business leaders. These leaders are 10x more likely to hire other veterans and military spouses, impacting the financial stability of those who serve, our economy, and the communities in which they live. 

Next Steps: 

Over the coming months, Spouse-ly and The Rosie Network will share details of this collaborative effort and stories of those small business owners impacted. Please visit our websites to learn more: 

We believe when organizations work together we create a ripple effect that strengthens our entrepreneurial community. Teamwork truly does make the dream work. 

Stephanie Brown and Monica Fullerton

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Celebrate Love and Support Heroes: Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while it’s a time to celebrate love, it’s also an opportunity to spread kindness and support those who deserve recognition. This year, why not make your Valentine’s Day gifting experience extra special by not only expressing love to your significant other but also extending your appreciation to the unsung heroes of our society? At Spouse-ly, we believe in celebrating love while supporting small businesses and honoring the military and first responder community.

Here are some thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will warm hearts and make a difference:

1. Handcrafted Jewelry

Consider gifting a beautifully crafted piece of jewelry from a small, independent artisan. These unique creations often carry personal touches and stories behind them, making them meaningful symbols of affection. Moreover, many jewelry makers actively support causes close to their hearts, contributing portions of their proceeds to charitable organizations or supporting local initiatives.


2. Personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts

Nothing conveys thoughtfulness like a personalized gift. Whether it’s a custom-made photo album, engraved keepsake, or hand-painted portrait, these items become cherished memories that reflect the uniqueness of your relationship. Seek out small businesses that specialize in personalization; they often infuse passion and attention to detail into every creation.

Customizable Candy Heart Glass

Personalized Family Valentine’s Day Print


3. Artisanal Chocolates and Valentine’s Day Treats

Who doesn’t love delicious treats on Valentine’s Day? Opt for artisanal chocolates, handcrafted desserts, or gourmet food baskets from small-scale confectioners. Not only will your loved one indulge in exquisite flavors, but you’ll also be supporting local businesses passionate about their craft.

Valentine’s Day Royal Icing Cookies


4. Handmade Home Decor

Gifts that beautify the home are always appreciated. Consider unique, handcrafted home decor items such as pottery, candles, or handwoven textiles. These pieces not only add warmth to living spaces but also support artisans and small businesses that put their heart and soul into their creations.

Embroidered Valentine’s Day heart towel

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Personalized Rustic Name Sign


5. Supporting Heroes: Military and First Responder Community

At Spouse-ly, we are committed to supporting our heroes—those who serve in the military and as first responders. When you choose to shop with us, you contribute to our initiative to support these brave individuals and their families.

By selecting gifts from small businesses and supporting our mission to assist the military and first responder community, you’re not just celebrating Valentine’s Day; you’re making a meaningful impact. Join us in spreading love, gratitude, and support to those who truly deserve it.

This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate love in its purest form—by sharing it with those who make the world a better place. Shop with us at Spouse-ly, and let your gifts resonate beyond the moment.

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Care Package Sticker Kits 

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Small Business Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Spouse-ly!

Shopping Spouse-ly: Small Business Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Every Personality

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the joy of finding the perfect stocking stuffers for our loved ones. While big-box stores and online retailers often dominate the shopping scene, there’s something special about supporting small businesses. Not only does it bring your gift-giving a level of uniqueness, but it also nurtures local economies and celebrates the creativity of independent entrepreneurs.

This year, why not make it a mission to shop Spouse-ly with our one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer ideas offered by small businesses. Here’s a curated list that caters to various personalities, ensuring there’s a little something for everyone:

Gift ideas for the Nature Enthusiast:

Handcrafted Wooden Gifts:

Explore local artisans who specialize in crafting beautiful wooden earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. These pieces often encapsulate nature’s beauty and offer a sustainable touch.

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Seed Packets or Plantable Pencils

Consider gifting seed packets of flowers or herbs or eco-friendly plantable pencils embedded with seeds, perfect for someone who loves gardening.

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Stocking ideas for the Foodie:

Cookies and other Treats

Seek out small chocolatiers or confectioners who create delightful treats. From unique flavors of chocolate bars to handcrafted caramels, there’s a vast array to tantalize taste buds. You can check out some of our food vendors here


Specialty Spices or Seasonings

Find local spice shops that offer curated spice blends or exotic seasonings, ideal for adding a flavorful twist to meals.

Aloha Smoke Spice Smoked Hawaiian Seasoned Salt Blend

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Gifts perfect for the Bookworm:

Handmade Bookmarks

Look for handmade bookmarks crafted by local artists. These often feature unique designs, making them a thoughtful addition to any book lover’s collection.

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Literary-themed Candles or Soaps

Discover candles or soaps inspired by beloved books or characters, providing a cozy ambiance or a luxurious bath experience.

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Stocking ideas for the Wellness Advocate:

Aromatherapy Blends or Essential Oils

Explore local wellness shops offering unique essential oil blends or aromatherapy sets for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Handmade Bath Bombs or Natural Skincare Products

Opt for small-batch bath bombs or skincare products made from natural ingredients, promoting self-care and indulgence.

Oatmeal Milk & Honey

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Wrapping It Up for Small Business Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

Remember, the essence of holiday gifting lies not just in the gift itself but in the thoughtfulness and care behind it. By choosing to shop Spouse-ly for stocking stuffers, you’re not only offering unique and meaningful presents but also supporting the dreams and livelihoods of small business owners in the military and first responder community.

So, this holiday season, embrace the joy of giving while making a positive impact on small businesses—it’s a win-win for everyone involved!


Sweater Weather Aesthetic: Spouse-ly Edition

It’s time to swap out your summer wardrobe for something cozier and start embracing the sweater weather aesthetic.

One of the most exciting aspects of this change of season is the opportunity to revamp your wardrobe. It’s time to pull out those chunky knit sweaters, oversized cardigans, and warm scarves. There’s something undeniably comforting about wrapping yourself in layers of soft, cozy fabric. Pair your favorite sweater with jeans and ankle boots for a classic look, or go for a more relaxed style with leggings and sneakers.


Toddler Oversized Hand Embroidered Name Sweater

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Pumpkin Stud Earrings

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Kid’s hand-dyed merino fingerless mitts

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Handmade Chunky knit beanie

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While dressing in cozy fall fashion is delightful, transforming your living space is equally important.

Consider adding some throw blankets and decorative pillows to your couch or armchair. Choose textiles with warm, tactile textures like faux fur or knitted wool. Scented candles with fragrances like cinnamon, apple spice, or pumpkin will add a delightful aroma to your home.


Aviation Plush Velvet Blankets/Throws

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Sweater Weather Candle

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FALLing for you Reed Diffuser

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Sweater weather is the perfect time to indulge in some comforting activities.

Take leisurely walks through parks or forests to admire the changing foliage. Visit a local pumpkin patch or orchard to pick apples and pumpkins, or host a cozy bonfire night with friends and family, complete with marshmallows and hot cocoa.

When it comes to food, embrace hearty and warming dishes like soups, stews, and pies. Pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider are quintessential fall beverages that can be enjoyed at home or from your favorite coffee shop.


Orange & Spice Black Tea

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Crackling Campfire- Ground- Light Roast- Coffee for Patriot’s

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Hand-dyed merino mug cozy

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Incorporating the sweater weather aesthetic into your life allows you to fully embrace the beauty and coziness of autumn.

Whether through your fashion choices, home decor, or seasonal activities, there are endless ways to savor this special time of year. So, grab your favorite sweater, cozy up with a blanket, and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of sweater weather. It’s a season filled with warmth, comfort, and the simple joys of life.

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