The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.

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May 15th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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 "Moving is one of the top stressors in life, right along with death of a loved one, divorce, a major illness, and job less" says Carol Morgan of The Huffington Post (Check out the full article here). With all that stress, it can really take a toll on your physical health. But if you get in control of it before you start the move, you might be able to reduce the impact. On this episode, I talk to Tatiana Mone of Tatiana Mone Fitness. She gives some amazing tips and advice on how to stay healthy before, during, and after a PCS.

 

Tatiana wears many hats on a daily basis. She is a military wife, mother, project manager, fitness competitor and Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her journey to health and balance came out of necessity. She was unhappy, over her healthy weight, in toxic relationships, and too career focused. She had always known what it meant to look healthy but she had to learn what overall wellness really meant. She had to learn to let go of the negativity in my life, set clear goals, and focus on what was important. Today She is an empowered, happy, and loving my life. Her goal is to inspire others and equip them with the tools to live a happy healthy, balanced life. You can find her:

https://www.tatianamonefitness.com/

FB Group: Facebook.com/groups/tmfwellbalanced

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tatianamonefitness/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tatianamonefitness/

May 8th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Military life brings about a unique set of circumstances for military spouses. We have to decide many times if it worth it to try to find a job or just wait until our servicemembers are finished with their military careers. But we can actually choose to do something else! We can start our own business and become an entrepreneur! And these types of careers usually translate into a PCS proof business; one in which the business can travel with you wherever you go. In this episode, I speak with Moni Jefferson of Dog Tags and Heels LLC and MilSpouse Creative.

Moni Jefferson is a MilSpouse entreprenuer and owner and creator of Dog Tags and Heels LLC a PR company, the MilSpouse Creative a group devoted to MilSpouse entrepreneurs, MilCam Filter App, and MilEmojis. She is an Air Force wife of 20 years and mother to three brilliant children. 

Connect with Moni:

Facebook    

Linkedin  

Instagram  

 Twitter   

Creator of MilCam App

This episode was sponsored by Sudio Bluetooth Headphones. Go grab a pair of their amazing headphones to use to listen to the podcast. Use code: MILFAMILY to get 15% off your purchase.
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May 1st, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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What do you do when your family gets orders to move, but you haven't sold your house? Whether you have fallen into property management by accident or on purpose, Sharon Gran of MilitaryByOwner has some great tips on how to be a landlord. We also discuss other things you should be looking out for when buying, selling, renting, or leasing your home.
 
Sharon and her husband, Dave, started MilitaryByOwner in 2000.  As a USMC military spouse of 21 years, she has loved (most of the time) 7 different duty stations, 3 deployments, 4 children, teaching and now owning a business with her husband. MilitaryByOwner started with the vision of helping military families connect during a PCS move to buy, sell or rent a home. Today that vision still holds true within the company. 
 
MilitaryByOwner   
This episode was sponsored by Sudio Bluetooth Headphones. Go grab a pair of their amazing headphones to use to listen to the podcast. Use code: MILFAMILY to get 15% off your purchase.
Website:              https://goo.gl/roieF9
Instagram:            www.instagram.com/Sudio
 

 

Apr 17th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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April is the month of the military child! And what better way to celebrate than to have an episode entirely dedicated to the wonderful children who face more challenges in their young life than many people ever have to and they do with grace and style! So sit back and listen
MilKids of all ages explain what military life is or was like for them. 
 
Special thanks to Cohen, Declan, Ruby, Lillian, Jamie, Colin, Elliot, Luke, Cameron, Nicholas, and Karen!
 
This episode was sponsored by Sudio Bluetooth Headphones. Go grab a pair of their amazing headphones to use to listen to the podcast. Use code: MILFAMILY to get 15% off your purchase.
Website:              https://goo.gl/roieF9
Instagram:            www.instagram.com/Sudio
 
 
Jamie's Podcast: MomSip
 
 
Apr 3rd, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Military life can be difficult for even the youngest members of the family. With moving, frequent separations from a parent, and academic challenges these kids have to deal with a lot. On this episode, Sheena talks to a former military child who decided to turn active duty after college about the differences between life as a military child and as the actual military member.

 

Aaron Arting is a Major and has been an active duty member in the US Air Force for the past thirteen years. He was born into a military family and spent the first eleven years of his life at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. As a child, he lived through separations from his father during his service and a few military moves to Hawaii and California. Aaron decided to attend the University of Idaho where he got a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and decided to join the Air Force ROTC program there. Now, he works as a developmental engineer with the AF in Acquisitions. He met and married Sheena in 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. Together they are raising two boys and two dogs and have lived in Texas, New Mexico, Florida, and Virginia.

 

This episode was sponsored by Sudio Bluetooth Headphones. Go grab a pair of their amazing headphones to use to listen to the podcast. Use code: MILFAMILY to get 15% off your purchase.

Website:              https://goo.gl/roieF9

Instagram:            www.instagram.com/Sudio

Mar 20th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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 In this episode, Sheena talks to Lizann Lightfoot of the blog The Seasoned Spouse about how to deal with multiple deployments. Dealing with one deployment can be difficult, but when faced with having to deal with multiple deployments over the course of your spouse's career that can be daunting. Lizann has some great tips and advice to offer spouses that are dealing with their first deployment or wondering how they are going to get through another deployment. 

 

Lizann Lightfoot is the voice behind the blog, The Seasoned Spouse, Military Advice, an author, military spouse, mother, and all around super woman. She has been on a 17 year military journey with her husband and has had to deal with 6 deployments over the course of his career in the marines. She wrote the book Welcome to Rota after living on naval base Rota in Spain and noticed that many families that were PCS-ing over there had lots of questions and she could help answer them! 

You can find Lizann on social media at:

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeasonedSpouseBlog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeasonedSpouse

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seasonedspouse_military_advice/

Or on subscribe to her blog at: http://www.seasonedspouse.com/ 

She also has a special deployment group on facebook, visit www.SeasonedSpouse.com/deployment/  for more details.

 

This episode was sponsored by Sudio Bluetooth Headphones. Go grab a pair of their amazing headphones to use to listen to the podcast. Use code: MILFAMILY to get 15% off your purchase.

Website:              https://goo.gl/roieF9

Instagram:            www.instagram.com/Sudio

Mar 6th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 6:00 am
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 PCS season is coming! I've been through four now, and I've had smooth ones and bumpy ones. Sometimes, okay all the time, when going through a move, things feel so out of control. Well, we can still control some aspects of our moving process. In this episode, I talk to Bobbi Pack of Lost During My PCS and Todd Ernst of PCS Grades to talk about things that military families can do to be proactive to ensure a great PCS, but also what to do if things go wrong. 
 
Bobbi Pack is the founder of Lost During My PCS, the spouse of an active duty soldier and mother of two amazing kiddos (and two four-legged kiddos). She is a graduate of Ottawa University where she received a BA in Communications and broadcast as well as Baker University where she received a Master of Science in Management. 

While Bobbi is a broadcast marketer at heart, she has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop a well-rounded skill set that includes digital strategy, branding/awareness, performance marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, copy-writing, audience research and analysis, web analytics, social marketing, and mobile marketing. With her primary focus in digital marketing, her skill set is balanced out by successful work experience in radio and television marketing, direct mail, creative design, audience research, running successful advertising campaigns, international marketing, sales, and business development.

Bobbi uses her talents to develop integrated digital media campaigns, event planning, marketing objectives and campaigns. Bobbi is currently stationed in Sacramento,  and before you ask yes I am a HUGE SF Giants Fan! She enjoys baseball (the most romantic sport on earth), spending time with her family, visiting thrift shops in search of a hidden treasure, and most just enjoying every minute of life.  

 
Bobbi can be reached at lostduringmypcs@gmail.com
 

Todd "MB" Ernst retired from the Air Force after more than twenty-two years of active duty and reserve experience. He flew as a pilot in the T-38, B-1, and U-2 with more than 4,200 hours, including combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Todd’s civilian experience is in residential and commercial real estate as a REALTOR®, landlord, and entrepreneurial business owner. He previously co-founded a real estate firm, involving investment properties, property management, development, and construction. Todd has used this background to help numerous families purchase, sell, and lease homes over the years.

Todd also led the fight on behalf of surviving families of Guard and Reserve members to establish equal benefits for equal sacrifice for those who perish in the line of duty, while serving on an administrative pay status known as "Inactive Duty Training". The changes were signed into Public Law as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. You can learn more at www.95letters.com.

Todd currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Stacey, and their two boys. Their family has relocated 8 times due to a PCS.

Facebook: PCS Grades

Twitter: PCS Grades

Instagram: PCS Grades

PCSGrades.com

 

This episode was sponsored by Sudio Bluetooth Headphones. Go grab a pair of their amazing headphones to use to listen to the podcast. Use code: DEARMILFAMILY to get 15% off your purchase.

Website:              https://goo.gl/roieF9

Instagram:            www.instagram.com/Sudio

Feb 20th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 8:00 am
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Now that we've almost made it through two months of 2018, maybe your resolutions have slipped and maybe they've completely gone out the door. In this episode we talk to Meghan Meredith of Home Body Soul about how to make changes living this military lifestyle to make sustained changes and not just flimsy resolutions you might not follow through on.

Meghan Meredith is the founder of HomeBodySoul. She is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, MilSpouse, and holistic health and living coach. She currently resides in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, CA with her husband and their pup, Nusu. She believes in a holistic approach to living and that our environments profoundly impact our overall health and wellbeing.

You can find Meghan on Social Media and her website:

http://homebodysoul.com/

Facebook: Home Body Soul

IG: Home Body Soul

Twitter: Home Body Soul

Special offer for listeners! You can purchase your very own Whole Body Planner (link below). Use offer code Dearmilfam15 for 15% off your order now through April 2018!

www.wholebodyplanner.com

Feb 6th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 9:00 am
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Welcome back to Dear MilFamily after our month long hiatus! We are glad to be back. Today's episode is all about staying positive in life and especially when you are connected to the military. We talk to Megan Hall of Megan Hall Inspired about what MilSpouses can do to stay positive.

Megan Hall is a women’s empowerment coach, motivational speaker, host of The Inspired Women Podcast, and founder of The Inspired Women Community. Megan believes that by taking ownership of our own lives we can minimize the stress, chaos, and feelings overwhelm we experience on a daily basis. During her journey from homeless, unemployed, single mom to thriving military spouse entrepreneur Megan realized that life is not one size fits all so her approach to it isn’t either.

Megan currently resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband Jeremy, a Navy Sailor, their four children, and fur baby Tessa. In her “spare time” Megan hosts meet ups in her local area and loves to connect with other inspirational women. Megan’s dream is to one day travel on a worldwide speaking tour. 

Connect with Megan!

The Inspired Women Community: facebook.com/groups/inspiredwomencommunity
Dec 19th, 2017 by dearmilfamily at 11:04 pm
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Amanda is military veteran who served in the Air Force for six years as a Civil Engineer including a deployment to Afghanistan. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her two boys and follow her husband’s military career. Which currently has them stationed in Southern California leaving the dream and making frequent trips to Disneyland. Her blog Airman to Mom incorporates stories from her past military life and how she views life through her unique life experiences of both a veteran and military spouse. You can check out more about Amanda on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

 

Links:

www.airmantomom.com

http://www.airmantomom.com/military-life/sharing-deployment-stories/