Author Archives: Jackie Toops

About Jackie Toops

A self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” Army wife Jackie Toops is a mother of two and enjoys writing, travel, art, languages, slow cooking and peaceful parenting. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. She is a contributing author for Wall Street International Magazine and has discussed her articles on-air with AFN Wiesbaden. She’s usually seen adventuring with her Canon, a coffee and two small children.

A Mountain Escape For Your Military Family

When was the last time your family enjoyed some fresh air, sunshine, scenic landscapes and wildlife? Isn’t it time you take a break to make memories and connect? Why not surround yourself with the nature and adventure of a state…

17 Hacks For A Green Military Home

Being green saves energy and money. In fact, at my house in Fort Meade, MD, we receive a rebate every month just for being conservative with our energy consumption. Additionally, my children are learning green practices and ensuring a brighter…

Help! My Spouse Is A Gamer!

We all need to decompress and unwind after a long day. But what happens when a pastime infringes on home life and becomes problematic? We asked AW101 readers if their spouses gamed and how they felt about it. Some were…

Diary of a Deployment 5: Homecoming Jitters

My name is Jackie and I am an Army wife. My husband has served for five years and has been fortunate enough (in my eyes, not so much his), to be assigned to non-deploying units. Everything changed the day he…

A Hidden Gem for Your Next #MilSpaWeekend

You need a getaway. An escape. An opportunity to step out of reality and relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Every milspouse does. I whisked away two of my best gals for a #MilSpaWeekend at the magical Berkeley Springs State Park. We…