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 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…

Touring Near You: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

In 2003, actor Gary Sinise, along with Kimo Williams, founded the Lt. Dan Band. Named for Sinise’s iconic character in the film “Forrest Gump,” the cover band has played for 13 years for service members on military bases around the…

40 Signs You Were Stationed in Germany

One of the perks of military life is the opportunity to see the world. If you’re lucky enough to get orders to Germany, you will learn that pieces of Germany will stay with you for years to come. If you…

Win a Vacation for Your Military Family

This Memorial Day, your military family has the opportunity to enter to win an unforgettable vacation with your loved ones! Frommer’s is partnering with HomeAway®, the world leader in vacation rentals, to launch their “6 for 60” contest. Six winning military…

Why We Love Military Moms

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  ~Elizabeth Stone Becoming a mother changes absolutely everything. You have created, laughed, cried, struggled,…