Military Monday: Nicole- Jacksonville, NC


The Military Monday duty station feature on this blog is designed for us military families to meet our fellow military spouses and also to learn about duty stations across the world.  We all get to (or have to depending on your outlook and particular set of circumstances), move every couple years to different duty stations that are scattered throughout the country and the world.  This feature will allow us the opportunity to explore these different areas of the world before we get there.  If you are interested in being highlighted for this feature, please send me an email.  

Today's Military Monday, spouse highlight is Nicole, the lovely blogger behind the blog, Flip Flops and Combat Boots.  Go spend some time with her! 

Name and Blog: Nicole. Flip Flops and Combat Boots (

Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps

Where Currently Stationed: MCAS New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina

How long have you been there?: We've been here for 3 years!

Favorite restaurant in the area: Jacksonville is full of chains, you have to search to find a reallygood place. Marrakesh is a Mediterranean restaurant, they have amazing lamb chops and tabouleh. For a more laid back place, I love Marina Cafe. It's right on the New River and during the summer they offer cruises and a FREE pig roasts! And finally, if sushi is your thing....Sake Asian Fusion is a great place!

Previous Duty Stations: This is our first (and probably only) one.

3 favorite things to do in your current city: 
1: Drink wine. There are no wineries IN Jacksonville, but almost every surrounding town has one. Huffmans Vineyard in Richlands is the closest. And if you wanna travel for really good wine, Duplin Winery is less than an hour away. There are 105 wineries in North Carolina and I want to visit them all!
2: Meet new bloggers. There are a ton of bloggers out there...and you'd be surprised how many are living in your town. MilSpouse bloggers are so much fun to meet up with. I've met SIXTEEN!
3: Go to the beach: Jacksonville is close to some really great beaches. There is even a beach on LeJeune and a smaller beach on New River. Our favorite is Topsail, not very crowded and the puppy loves it!

Favorite duty station so far: Even though this has been our only one, I really love it here. We are never bored, we are always on the go, and I've been able to make amazing friends. We love it so much that we are buying a house and making North Carolina our home!

Are there any local festivals your have attended or are planning to attend?: YES! We love festivals! But usually we do have to travel a little to go to a good one. There are always a ton of beer and wine festivals. Jacksonville has the Oktoberfest, which I recommend skipping!

Have you joined any groups on base: I sure have! The Heavy Lift Ladies have monthly events. These are all the girls from New River and Cherry Point whose husbands work on the CH-53s.

Who is your hero: All the men and women who have fought and are fighting for our country.


If you are a military spouse and want be featured for this post, please send me an email at HandlingWithGrace {at}

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  1. I've met Nicole ;) She's pretty awesome. Her husband is pretty funny too.

  2. Did not know about NC wineries. Interesting!

    Nice feature! :)

  3. new follower from the military monday blog hop! love your blog!

  4. Stopping by via the Military Monday hop.

    Have a great week!

    Athena @Our Crazy Life

  5. These posts are always really interesting for me to read! My husband is not in the military, but he is in law enforcement. I appreciate everything these men and women do for our country and to protect us everyday. Thank you for these posts!

  6. Love this idea! And I "know" her through Instagram! Small world :)

  7. Great interview - I always love learning more about fellow bloggers :)

  8. i am about to move to kinston, north carolina, & reading a post about a town so close made me even more excited to make the move!

  9. I've met Nicole also. Her and her hubby are amazing people! :)

  10. There are parts of NC I really wouldn't want to live in again, but the coastal and mountain areas are just beautiful! Loved reading your review of the area :)


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