Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursdays! What Are You Thankful For This Week?

So last week, I was thankful for family. This week, I'm thankful for financial solvency. When I was in college, I struggled a bit. Perhaps I should re-phrase that. By no means was I stuck eating ramen every night or anything like that. But I definitely lived off of my refund check and depended solely on help from parents for things that I needed/ wanted. I took advantage of every possible grant/ scholarship but I definitely had to take out loans as well. The last few years, I worked at Bath and Body Works, which I loved, but everyone who's ever worked there will probably agree with me: it's definitely not a pay-your-bills kind of job. More like a little extra spending money on the side.

A few years ago, I decided to get my real estate license. The 75 hour course was extremely boring and required a lot more effort than I was used to. The one thing that kept me motivated was the thought that I would finally be able to make enough money to take care of myself completely without my family's help.

Fast forward to now, and, I have to say, the hubby and I are pretty blessed to be where we are. I'm on a few wives' groups on Facebook and every other day, some poor soul is asking for help with diapers and formula or rent. And if you take a quick look at any of the fundraising sites there are thousands of folks asking for help with this or that. We try to donate where we can and give back, because we both realize how lucky we are. We're not 100% to where we want to be. We eventually want to purchase investment property and have kids, but we've agreed to hold off on both in order to build up our nest egg and focus on doing the fun things we're able to do now like vacations and meet friends for dinner.



I guess this post will probably go right back to family because I also want to add that we're both blessed with parents that instilled in us the value of a dollar and a strong work ethic from early ages. My parents, for example, didn't let me work through high school (they wanted me to focus on school) but I was given an allowance and encouraged to budget and think twice before spending anything. This helps now, when we're purchasing things for the house or paying bills. So, thanks, Mom and Dad! What are you thankful for this week? Tell me below!

**Quick note, you probably won't hear a lot from me next week until my next Thankful Thursday post. I'll be taking a few days off for my birthday on Monday and Thanksgiving! Talk to you soon!

Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat
Where to live
What to do

Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveAmy24

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How Are You Avoiding Drama This Season? 4 Tips to Stay Sane and Keep the Zen

So today, I want to talk about drama. Or, more accurately, how to avoid it. A few posts ago, I mentioned that this time of the year is basically my favorite. Not because of the temperature (I could definitely take that or leave it) but because of excitement of the holidays period. Christmas music, shopping for presents, spending time with loved ones on Thanksgiving. For me, November and December kind of meld together into one big super-month full of fun stuff to basically distract me from my job every day.

For some others though, this season is full of stress and drama. Maybe you're dreading making that ten hour drive with three kids and two dogs to see family or fighting the crowds on Black Friday for the 65" your husband and/or kids are dying to have. Or maybe you're SO is currently deployed and you'll be spending the holidays without them. Admittedly, these things all suck. But they don't have to completely ruin the next few months. I'd like to share a few of my favorite tips for avoiding drama, and you know, saving it for your mama (I couldn't resist!)


Embrace The Crazy
I know this seems counter-intuitive, but, honestly, some things are just out of your control. Take a quick survey of everything that's currently stressing you out. I'll bet 90% of those things are completely outside your control. So acknowledge the stress and then try to move on. Maybe engage in an activity that relaxes and calms you (for me it's reading and working on this blog). And try to focus on the positive things that are happening in your life. As for the crap you can control, do something about it. Maybe this is the year you DON'T stand in line outside of Best Buy in the early hours Friday morning. I've read that Cyber Monday sales are typically just as good anyway.


Lean On Your Friends/ Family
This goes especially for you if your SO will be deployed during the next few months. Spend time with friends and family who understand what you're going through (and if they don't, hopefully they're good at offering a shoulder to cry on). And if it's your family that's stressing you out? I suppose the easy answer is to just not go. But I'd say go, drink the eggnog, eat the free food, and be graceful. Remember, it's a few days out of your entire year and then you can resume your normal life. And when your Aunt Annie asks for the third time why your SO was not allowed to come back for the holidays, take a deep breath, paste a smile on your face, and give a vague answer. And then spike your eggnog with something extra (Kidding! Sort of...)




Take "YOU" Time
This is a given during any other time of the year, but it's even more imperative during the holidays. You must take time out for yourself even if it's 30 minutes at Starbucks enjoying a coffee or a little online window shopping (another of my favorites, I basically have my whole winter wardrobe planned out). During a time that tends to shift much of your focus towards others (your mom wants to know what dish you're contributing for Thanksgiving Dinner, you STILL haven't finished Christmas shopping, you're volunteering to help with the church play, etc.) it really helps to spend some time every day being completely focused on doing what you want to do. I think I've mentioned this before and I feel it bears repeating; this advice is especially important if your a "milspouse" or significant other. We spend so much time bowing to the needs of the Army (insert whatever branch you or your SO serves here) and it's nice (and healthy!) to attend to our own needs when we can.


For God's Sake, Avoid the Facebook Groups
I read an interesting post the other day about the things we as spouses/ significant others need to "get over". I have to say, it was dead on. I would only add these Facebook groups. Don't get me wrong, they're an awesome source of information and support. I'm a member of several for Fort Stewart alone. But you know how when someone posts and you can almost tell they're having a bad day? And then some well-meaning person responds and then all of sudden, there's an out-and-out fight laid out for everyone else's entertainment (or irritation). I always wonder what's going in those people's lives to make them snap on social media like that. Okay, yes it's possible, they're just miserable human beings who like to cyber-bully others for sport. But couldn't it be that they're just having a sucky day and whatever comment is was ended up being the last straw? For me, it's safe to say Facebook groups are not where you should go to vent or fuss. The odds are against you that someone will comment something that ends up upsetting you even more and then you're right back where you started. Need to rage for a bit? Why not do so with the people in your life who actually know you and care about you. I guarantee it makes for much better results. And if you happen to be a commenter on one of these crazy posts? Perhaps a few kind words of encouragement are in order. Or you know, you can do what the old adage dictates and say nothing at all.


What are some of your tips for avoiding stress during the holidays? Tell me below!


Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to live
What to do
Where to eat


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24

Monday, November 17, 2014

Home For The Holidays! Savannah/ Hilton Head Airport is Giving Away 2 Round-Trip Tickets

If you've got a family member stationed elsewhere who calls the Savannah area their home, this contest is for you! Savannah/ Hilton Head International's Bring our Heroes Home for the Holidays program is giving two very luck service-members round-trip economy class tickets to come home for Christmas.



The Fine Print:
--Must submit a letter (300 words or less) on why the service-member deserves a round-trip ticket (Service members cannot nominate themselves)


--Must be a resident of Appling, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pierce, Screven, Telfair, Truetlen, Wayne, Wheeler counties of Georgia OR Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, counties of South Carolina


--Must be Active Duty


--Must be eligible for Leave (Must obtain that Leave within 14 Business days of selection)


--Travel dates must be from December 3 through January 31


--Deadline for all entries: 12AM on November 26th (that's in 9 days!!)


Click here to download the Official Contest Rules.


This is such a cool program! So many soldiers end up stationed too far away from there original hometowns and can't always afford the trip home for the holidays. Kudos to Savannah/ Hilton Head International for attempting to help a couple out. Will you be entering for your son, daughter, uncle, cousin, etc.? Good luck!




Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat
Where to live
What to do


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Club! The Darkest Child

So, last post I mentioned I had joined a book club. We're on Facebook if you're here at Fort Stewart and would like to join us! If you don't live here and would still like to participate (or you just want suggestions for new books to try) I'll be posting every few weeks what we're reading and as well as my review on each book. This week, we're reading The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips.


I've actually read this one already, for an African American Lit class in college, but you know how it goes with assigned reading. I probably had to write a paper on it which means lots of speed-reading and SparksNotes, so it'll be much more fun to read for enjoyment this time around. Pick up your copy today to join in, let me know what you think!


Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat (they used to have another place called Loco's that closed down a few months back. But this place is still here and amazing)
What to do
Where to live


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24

Friday, November 14, 2014

Don't Miss The Homes For Heroes Event to Benefit Hounds 4 Heroes!

So a few weeks ago, I gave you guys a sneak peek of tomorrow's community event and what to expect. If you're in the Hinesville/ Ft. Stewart area, I want to extend the invitation to come on out! We'll have food, fun, games, and a demonstration with the service dogs. And, of course, we're giving away a Four Wheeler. Raffle tickets are at $10 a piece and we've still got a few left. Hope to see you there!





Can't attend but would still like to help out? Donate here



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursdays!

So, in conjunction with my #100HappyDays, I decided to do Thankful Thursdays for the rest of the holiday season (perhaps, I'll push it into next year, not sure yet). Anyway, I figure there's so much to appreciate in my life, too much to put all into one post so why not stretch them out? First things first, I'm thankful for my family. This is my hubby's second duty station (first one with me) and we're BOTH thankful that we get to be so close to our families (his parents stay about 2 1/2 hours away, mine are right up the road from us).

Growing up, I've always been pretty close to my family and I think I appreciate them now even more as me and my siblings continue to grow and get older. Having done this all before (you know, the whole being married to a soldier thing), my mom is the perfect source of advice for and my younger sister and I talk on the phone several times a week, trading stories about our lives. It's a pretty cool relationship. And given that there are so many families that aren't quite as close as we are, I'm thankful for the ability to go to anyone for help, advice, or just a good laugh.



What are YOU thankful for this week? Tell me below!

Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat
What to do
Where to live

Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Buying a Home in Hinesville/ Ft. Stewart: What's The Process?

One of the first questions a new client will ask me when we're just starting out is, "What's the process for buying a home? How do we get started?" I'm always a bit surprised at just how little some people understand about the whole thing; to be fair, that's probably because I'm around it ALL THE TIME. The average person will probably buy a home only a few times in their lives. And that process is a tad different in every state, so it's not that big of a deal if you're a little lost. That's where I come in. Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you the most important steps in purchasing a home. And if you're purchasing here, near Ft. Stewart? You know who to call.


Okay, so Step #1, also known as the most important step ever: GET PRE-QUALIFIED! For every client I have that admits to being completely clueless about the home buying process, I get 10 others who come armed with a list of 10 homes they want to see as well as there "wants" and "don't-wants" already mapped out. But what they always forget about is the pre-qualification stage. Speaking with a lender BEFORE you start your search is super-important because it lets you know exactly where you stand financially, You'll know BEFORE you fall in love with that 200k, 3000 square foot home with the gorgeous granite counter-tops if you can afford it. And if you can't? No harm, now foul and you haven't wasted your time looking at homes that are way out of your price range.

So you're probably thinking, "Well, I can just use one of those online calculators to figure out my mortgage payment." The short response? Yes, you can. But the thing to remember with those pesky calculators, is they sometimes automatically factor in a 3% down-payment. If you're a soldier/ active duty family member and you're reading this, you're most likely taking advantage of the awesome, zero-down VA guaranteed loan. So that 3% won't necessarily apply to you. (Go here for an accurate idea of what a specific monthly payment will look like),

**Helpful Hint: Looking to purchase within the next year? You may also want to check out the Homes for Heroes. It's a national program that offers rebate/ discounts for military buyers. (There are a few other groups too, so it's worth taking a look whether you're military or not). So that's it for now! Can't wait for Part 2 of the Home Buying Process in Hinesville/ Ft. Stewart series? Register here and request a one-on-one appointment!


Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat
What to do
Where to live


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Helpful Hints From an Admittedly NON-Expert Newlywed

Let me clear, I'm NO expert on married life. The hubby and I are coming up on our one year anniversary in a few months, and I still feel like I have a lot to learn in the marriage department. But even so, I've learned a lot about myself and about my husband in the last year. My first year as an army wife has been much harder than I expected but also rewarding, fun, and exciting. I'd like to share a few words of encouragement for others who are either just starting out like myself or getting ready to take the big plunge. And if you're reading this and you've already been married for quite a while, I would love your opinion! Or, you know, you can at least have a good laugh at my expense.



The First Year Is NOT The Worst
Right before and right after we got married in January, EVERYONE had advice they wanted to share with us. The number one piece I heard over and over was that the first year (or two) is always the worst. We've got two months left, but I have to say, I disagree. I think what folks mean by that is it's adjustment period. You go from thinking about yourself and what's best for you to considering how your every action affects the other person. And that's hard for some people (including me, don't get me wrong),  but it's also eye-opening and truly a learning experience. I was watching a talk-show the other day and one of the hostesses mentioned that she feels like her husband makes her a better person because she considers him in her every day life. Not saying now that you're married, your life has to be all about your spouse. But I think it's sweet that caring for your spouse (your wife OR your hubby) and considering their opinions and thoughts can make you feel like your best version of yourself. It's definitely different than what I was used to as a single person but I'm enjoying the change (most days).


There's Still So Much to Learn About Each Other
Before we got married, me and the hubby would talk for hours. About future kids, finances, everything we could thing of that might be hot-button issues in our marriage. And we did pre-marriage counseling as well (which I HIGHLY recommend). But even with all that, I still feel like I learn something new about him just about every day. Whether it's something small like a certain dish that I can't stand or an opinion he has on something on the news that totally surprises me, we're constantly "getting to know each other". I, for one, hope we never stop surprising each other.


Some Days You WILL NOT Like Him/ Her.
And that's okay! Obviously, I'm in love with my hubby, but some days (especially after a big fight) I'm not what you'd call his biggest fan. And I'm sure some days he feels similarly towards me. But the thing to remember is these feelings are temporary. We've both said some pretty hurtful/ unfriendly things during a fight or just accidentally in passing, but even when I can't stand him, I get that eventually someone will apologize, we'll talk it out, and that'll be the end of it. And sometimes we just need a break from each other. I think going from living alone to all of a sudden this other person is there all the time is a big change. Sometimes it's cool to hole up in your own space and get your head together.


Compromise, Compromise, Compromise!
This one's almost expected, it's in all the books, magazine articles, and blog posts about maintaining a happy, healthy relationship. But I think it bears repeating especially when you're talking about being married to a soldier. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on following my hubby from duty station to duty station. In a perfect world, would I rather just stay here? Of course! But that's part of what I signed up for as an army wife so I kind of have to go with it. As a "dependent" we'll always have to compromise parts of our lives because of what our soldiers have to do for their job. It sucks sometimes, but those are the cards we've been dealt so we have to learn to figure it out. This leads to my last tidbit,


Have Something For Yourself
Yes compromise is important. But I think it's equally important to have something for yourself. Something that you do solely because that's what YOU want to do. I meet with a book club every few weeks (more info on that later), and I have this blog, because it makes ME happy. For me, having parts of my life that are independent of my hubby make those aforementioned compromises so much easier.


What have you learned being married or engaged to your soldier? I'd love to hear!


Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat
What to do
Where to live


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24



Friday, November 7, 2014

The Low Down on Miss Swifty's Latest, 1989

Okay, so I've been a fan of Taylor Swift from the very beginning. My first year of college, my then roommate set me down one afternoon, asked, "Okay, have you ever heard this song?", played, Our Song, and I was pretty much hooked. So when 1989 first became available for pre-order on ITunes, I didn't even need to hear a single track. It was clear I would be ordering.

I've basically listened to the album non-stop since it dropped last week, and the first thing I want to say is how much I like the apparent change and growth. You compare songs and the vibe of 2006's Taylor Swift to this year's 1989 and it's easy to see how much she's evolved as an artist. With lyrics like "...his hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room." and "tangled up with you all night", 1989 showcases a much more adult Swift. I suppose the parents of Taylor's tween fans may not appreciate this (to which I say, probably monitor what your kid is listening to, but that's a whole other blog post) BUT for grown women like me who are constantly ridiculed by our friends for listening to "teenybopper music" this a nice change from Red (which I also pre-ordered, don't judge me!).

The best songs on the entire album? Easy:

Shake It Off
The first single to drop a few months ago, and it's no wonder. This song is bubbly, upbeat, and pretty much classic Taylor. I've normally got this blasting either on the way to work or while I'm getting dressed for work (or both). You literally cannot listen to it and be in a bad mood at the same time. Need extra laughs? For God's sake check out the video. Her awkward dancing makes me feel soo much better about my own random dance moves when I'm out with friends!

Wildest Dreams
By far my favorite track EVER, Wildest Dreams brings to mind the excitement and complete freedom of new love (or a new relationship, if you're not quite there yet). Everyone remembers the feeling of being with someone new before you've had your first fight, maybe before you've realized your parents hate him or her. It's just you and the other person and that's all that matters. (this song is basically the soundtrack to every relationship I had in high school).

I Know Places
If Wildest Dreams is about new, untainted love, I Know Places speaks to that inevitable point in any relationship where EVERYONE seems to know more about you guys then you do. Everyone's got an opinion, everyone's got advice. This one's all about protecting you relationship (or your life, period) from those that don't necessarily wish you well.

How You Get The Girl
More classic Taylor on this track. The kind of addictive earworm song you'll be humming for days after hearing, How You Get The Girl is kind of like a hopeful and vibrant version of a break-up track.


I want your opinions! What did you think of Taylor Swift's latest album? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!

Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat (Definitely a special occasion kinda place. We had dinner a few weeks ago to celebrate the hubby's promotion)
What to do
Where to live

Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24


His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Obsessions!

November excitement! Go!





My Birthday, Of Course !
The year I was born, my birthday fell on Thanksgiving (the story goes that my mom's younger brother arrived just after and had the nerve to ask my mom if she was still cooking Thanksgiving dinner). This year, it falls on a Monday, so we'll probably be celebrating the weekend before. Most likely by having friends over and going to see the new Hunger Games movie!! (please excuse my extra exclamation marks, I've read the books a few times each and am waay too excited about this franchise).



Homes For Heroes Kickoff to Benefit Hounds 4 Heroes
A few weeks ago, I posted about a new awesome program we're partnering with, Hounds 4 Heroes. On the 15th of this month, we're holding a benefit for the group and we're all pretty excited about it. If you're in the area and you haven't yet RSVP'd, do so now, you don't want to miss out! And if you can't make it but would like to purchase a raffle ticket, you can call our office at 912-877-7100 and they'll square you away. We're giving away a freaking 4 wheeler!

Homes for heroes giveaway


Thanksgiving Dinner
So Thanksgiving and my birthday pretty much mark the beginning of my absolute favorite time of the year. (Yes, I'm a total clichĂ©; I love any and everything about the holidays). This year, we're heading to North Carolina to visit my uncle, his wife, and their kids. It'll basically be a full house with ALL of my mom's mom's (aka my Nana) kids AND grandchildren in attendance. In true foodie form, I'm also overly excited about the food. My uncle's wife's sister does a Sweet Potato SoufflĂ© that will knock your socks off.

Richmond Hill Farmers Market Extended This Year!
Hinesville's Farmer's Market ended last month, but the one in Richmond Hill is still going strong (at least, until the end of this month). Every Tuesday from 3-7 in JF Gregory Park. I've never been, but now that the one at home is on hiatus, I may check it out. See you there!

extended hours 2014

#100HappyDays
So I've seen this hashtag on various social media platforms and have wanted to look into for a while now. So last week, I finally took the time to Google it. Apparently, creator, Dmitry Golubnichy, started the project after going through what he called a "slump of sadness". His friends and family told him he had much to be happy about in his life and he decided to document these moments of happiness on social media. It caught on (like wildfire) from there. I just love the idea. I love my high-energy job but it can also be high-stress and I figured something like this is just what I need to help focus on the positive and ignore the negative. Want to join me? You can join the project here. And find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to share your own #Happydays!


Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat
What to do
Where to live


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24




Monday, November 3, 2014

You MUST Try Bubba's Bistro!

So this afternoon, I was in Richmond Hill getting video for out-of-town clients, and so I decided to stop in Bubba's Bistro, a super laid-back lunch spot in Richmond Hill right off of 17. If you follow my blog (if you don't you SHOULD!) you know a few weeks ago, I posted about welcome packets for anyone PCSing to Fort Stewart. I found a pamphlet for Bubba's Bistro in the Richmond Hill welcome packet and so we decided to try it. Let me tell you, me and my mom were NOT disappointed.


Walking up to the restaurant, my first impression was that this place was kind of low-key, unassuming. Tucked in a quiet shopping center next to a yoga studio. Out door seating, floor-to-ceiling windows. The food. Was. Amazing. Okay, so arguably, I've said this about every other restaurant I've reviewed so far. (either I have really good taste picking restaurants, or an especially easy-to-please palate). But I'm not kidding. It was soo good. I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT with a side of fries. The fried green tomatoes were fried to perfection and cut with just the right amount of thickness (not too thin, but not so thick they overrode the entire sandwich). I added bacon and Smoked Gouda; the only think I would do differently next time is leave off the bacon. The sandwich already comes with a bacon aioli; I added bacon strips because, well, what's a BLT without the bacon? But I ended up pulling some of the slices off; it was just too bacony. Is that a word? Anyway, this may not be a problem for the bacon obsessed, but for me, it was a bit much.


My mom ordered the fried shrimp and grits. I cannot personally comment on this dish because I was too busy stuffing my face with my own food to try hers, but she says it was pretty good. The ONLY negative about our visit: they seemed a little under-staffed. Don't get me wrong, our waitress was wonderful, but she was basically taking care of most of the tables in the place and she seemed a little rushed. I would maybe have an extra server to assist during lunch hours.


We'll definitely be back. We're doing more and more business in Richmond Hill and Savannah, so I'll have an excuse to stop in once in a while. Have you checked out Bubba's? Tell me about it!


Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat (duh! THIS place, no link necessary!)
What to do
Where to live


Follow Me!
@Live_Love_24
LiveLoveArmy24

Saturday, November 1, 2014

PCSing to Ft. Stewart? Consider Hinesville Living!

The number one question I get when speaking with soldiers and their families PCSing to Fort Stewart: where to live, Hinesville or Richmond Hill? Some of our clients end up going with Richmond Hill. They prefer the schools or the proximity to Savannah. But Hinesville and it's surrounding towns (Ludowici, Midway, Allenhurst, etc) are pretty great places to live too. Hinesville is actually one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia by size AND population (I like to think our new construction helps contribute to those numbers). If you're reading this and you've already made your decision as to where to live, there's probably not a whole lot I can say to change your mind. But if you're still considering all of your options? I'd like to tell you what I love about the area.


First off; contrary to popular belief, there ARE tons of things to do here in Hinesville (and I'm not just talking about on Ft. Stewart). You've got the Midway Museum open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10-4pm. Home to tons of original furniture, paintings, and other historical artifacts, this place is a super fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Or you can check out the Geechee Kunda Cultural Center. Some of their exhibits feature artifacts from this area and from Africa dating all the way back to the 1700s. And they have tons of events throughout the year (at the end of this month, for example, they're having their annual Sugarcane Harvest and Art Show.) Not to mention, there are a variety of community wide events throughout the year like the Scarecrow Stroll, the Small World Festival, Blues and BBQ in Bradwell Park, etc. (these are ALL annual events, by the way).

And for when you want to just get away for a few days? We're centrally located. Two hours or less from Jacksonville and St. Augustine. An hour and a half from beaches on all sides (Hilton Head is my personal favorite but Jekyll Island is a close second). And of course, some of the best shopping around in Savannah and Pooler just forty minutes away.

The other thing to consider is the commute. Sure, on a normal day, Savannah to Ft. Stewart is around 50 minutes while Richmond Hill will run you around 30-35. But on a weekday during rush hour traffic? Your looking at an hour MINIMUM. Trust me, I've been in Savannah for work and gotten caught up, and it sucks EVERY TIME. Don't get me wrong, I've shown out there and they're both lovely places to live. But the commute is something serious. And definitely something to consider. We live about 15 minutes outside of Hinesville and my hubby loves the fact that he can swing home after PT and for lunch.

Okay last thing to consider (ESPECIALLY if you're thinking about buying a home near Ft. Stewart) the cost of living! Consider: a 125k home in Richmond Hill will run you about $1700 a year in homeowner taxes or an extra $141 a month. A similarly priced home in Ludowici? Only $116 a month. And the homes themselves tend to run a little lower as well. Land out here (especially in Ludowici and Midway) tends to be cheaper so the builders are able to pass those savings on to potential buyers. Right now, you can buy 3000 sq.ft. for right around 200k (base price); I dare you to find that in Richmond Hill or Savannah (just saying). Looking for the ultimate cheat sheet? Check out my post here where I discuss everything else you could ever think of to ask about the Fort Stewart and Hinesville areas!

So there you have it, just a few things I like about our small area. What do you think about Hinesville? I would love your opinion, let me know below!

Hinesville Lifestyle
Where to eat (incidentally, there's a town in Slovenia by the same name...)
What to do
Where to live 
Where to shop

Follow Me!
LiveLoveArmy24
@Live_Love_24