Guest Post from Care.Com

First, Krystel, thank you so much for saying “yes!” when I proposed the idea of guest blogging on Army Wife 101. As the granddaughter of a World War II U.S. veteran, I am such a fan of your writing and really appreciate your honest insights into military life. I’ve already learned so much – from PCS to deployment to packing tips! I know that at we’ve heard from so many families that finding childcare can be rough, but having to find it after each relocation? I can’t imagine the dread and scramble to find a sitter just so you and your spouse can fit in a little alone time.


I founded to help families with just these types of struggles and I am finding that we can offer unique benefits to military families in particular! Check out these tips for using our site to find and manage care – from nannies to housekeepers. You can even use the site to get yourself a job.


5 Resources for Military Families on


–          Background Checks. Every profile that you look at on our site has been pre-screened by our stellar Mom Force. In addition, we provide free background checks for every babysitter, tutor, pet sitter, and senior care provider that you want to contact.

–          Nationwide Coverage. PCSing from Honolulu to Fort Bragg like Krystel? You can actually search for care providers using your new zip code before you even pack a single box.

–          Community: On- and Offline. Connect with families at your new installation with an online group. Join one that already exists or start your own.

–          Babysitting Co-ops. Co-ops are such a great way to exchange care and get to know local families. By using our points system, everyone gets child care for free! Search for co-ops near your zip code, or just start one yourself.

–          Job Search. Relocating again and trying to find a job? Try making a care provider profile, and respond to some job posts – you might be able to snag a job as a nanny or tutor before moving day.


Since Krystel was so kind to feature me on her blog, I want to give something special to you as her loyal readers!

Here’s how it works:

Go to and register for a free basic account.

*You can access’s database of background checked care providers, check out our community groups and read some great stories from moms like you.

*Post a comment on Krystel’s site ArmyWife101 to tell us what you would do with three hours of free time, knowing your kids were taken care of by a trusted babysitter.

*Krystel will randomly select a winner of a $25 gift card to go out and get a manicure or lunch on

*Plus, so that you can enjoy yourself and find that great babysitter, we’ll upgrade your membership for another free month of great advice, a knowing community and a vast resource of help for every need in your home and family.

Giveaway ends Friday March 18, 2011 at 11:59 EST

Winner will be chosen via

Disclosure: This post was written by . No form of compensation or product was received. All opinions listed within this post are those of and do not necessarily reflect the views of




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7 Comments on Need a Few Hours From The Kids?…Free Giveaway from

  1. Think the last time I had 3 hours to myself was when I was in the hospital having my second child lol. I am about to give birth to my 3rd girls in 5 weeks. I am a stay at home mom and my oldest is just turning 4 so she will be able to go to preschool starting in the fall. I would love to have the afternoon off to actually spend time with people my own age. Having just moved to Fort Sill I am still working on making friends. I have always been one to not leave my kids with just anybody so having something like that can give me the full 411 on someone is huge!! With 3 hours to myself I would take a long lunch since I am so use to juggling my lunch with 2 kids along my lunch always gets cold or I am eating fast and not getting to enjoy it as much

  2. With 3 hours of free babysitting I would go out on a date with my husband. It would be so nice to have a meal without having to entertain 2 kids the whole time.

  3. With 3 hours of free time I would get out on my own since hubby is overseas and just have some me time at the mall!!

  4. I would go clothes shopping! And be able to use a fitting room so that I know that what I’m purchasing fits me before I buy it! And I’d love to be able go get a coffee and sit in one of the chairs at the coffee shop and read a book for a half an hour. … Oh the possibilities are endless!

  5. Hi, this is Stacy. I’m a member of’s Mom Force—a team of work-at-home moms that helps with safety and customer service. I may be biased but as a mom I think is an amazing resource for finding care providers. The site offers free background checks, uses the Mom Force to review all care providers and job posts before we post them online, and gives you access to recorded references and reviews to help you decide who to hire. They also have exclusive members-only features like Care-on-Call (for last-minute care), Care Exchange (to meet families who want to exchange babysitting and pet sitting services). Plus an amazing selection so you’ll be able to find a match that’s right for you and your family. Good Luck in your search.

  6. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
    My blog covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly
    benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the way!

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