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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Sep 18th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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This episode is the third and final in a series about Back-to-School time. In today's show, I talk to Zoie Hoffman of Hoffman Tutoring Group (name change occured after episode aired) all about growth mindset and how it can help your students this school year, but also how it can help them win at life!

Zoie is a passionate educator, cat mom, bookworm, and proud Air Force spouse. As the owner and founder of Zoie Hoffman Tutoring, an online tutoring company that serves students in K-6th grade, Zoie dedicates her days to ensuring kids get the education and mindset building they need through personalized tutoring sessions that cater to their personality, preferences, and learning style. Zoie prides herself in being a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing a masters degree in math instruction at Boise State University. When not helping students, leading her team of talented tutors, or doing homework, you can find Zoie exploring the beautiful mountains near her home in Boise, ID.

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Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Guess Who's in the MilFamily: Morgan Freeman! Links below!

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veteran-morgan-freeman.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Freeman

Sep 14th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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September, 14 2018:

-This week on Dear MilFamily I talked to Wendi Iacobello of Strength 4 Spouses about her hashtag campaign #morethanamilspouse after some online bullying she experienced last December. Lauren is one half of the Dependas which can be a stigmatizing word. She shares how they are taking that word back.

-Sept. 11th: We share where we were and how the terrorist attacks affected us.

-Hurricane Florence is threatening to take the East Coast down. Read up on some disaster preparedness whether you live in hurricane territory, tornado alley, earthquake zones, or wildfire country here.

-Check out these other amazing podcasts for moms that DMM put together.

-Facebook Live with Moni Jefferson & Maria Reed talking about My Ultimate PCS App! Send Sheena your questions for Moni & Maria at dearmilfamily@gmail.com

-DMM has some amazing Back to School Homework tips from Meg Flanagan of MilKids Ed.

-September is Childhood Cancer awareness month! Help DMM raise funds. Record a video of your story of how childhood cancer has affected your family and email it to Lauren! lauren@dailymommilitary.com. Share the image on their facebook page or donate here!

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Sep 11th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Bullying can happen whether in person or online. But bullying on the internet or social media is more widespread because so many of us feel comfortable saying hurtful things when we are behind a computer screen than we would if we are face to face. So how do we stop it and what can you do if it happens to you? I talk to Wendi Iacobello of the blog Strength 4 Spouses about her story and how she's trying to fight back. 
 
Wendi Iacobello is an Army wife and a Beagle mom. She has spent the last nine years as an adult educator, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and recently graduated  with her Master of Arts in Instructional Technology. She is a blogger, freelance writer, instructional designer, and advisor to military spouses seeking career and education assistance. In her free time, you can usually find her volunteering at story time, outdoors gardening, running, or playing with her Beagle puppy. Wendi is extremely passionate about helping others find their strength by sharing her experiences, insight, resources, and inspirational stories on her blog.
 
Find Wendi here:
 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

 Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Sep 7th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Sept. 7th: What are you pinning for healthy meals? Have you given up? I’ve also pinned a few MilSpouse articles on packing school lunches that I’ve also shared this week.

-DMM has some great articles on Military Sister Wives and What to Do When Your Spouse is Passed Over for Promotion.

-Enter their giveaway for the Robin McGraw Georgia Gift Set here.

-September is Childhood Cancer awareness month! Help DMM raise funds. Record a video of your story of how childhood cancer has affected your family and email it to Lauren! lauren@dailymommilitary.com. Share the image on their facebook page or donate here!

-PCS Kids is now live go check them out and help your kids make friends before or after a PCS!

-Katie Haney of Belle Fitness and Nutrition has an interesting take on food and talking to your kids about food that we talked about on this week’s podcast. Listen here--------->Ep 33 A Healthy School Year

-Stitch Fix Giveaway & I’m in the MilFamily Sticker Giveaway! Check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

-SGT Sleeptight from ZZZ Bear on Side Hustle School Podcast. Created by a former marine. Buy a bear for your child who has problems going to sleep with any branch of service uniform. And they have teamed up with TAPS (tragedy assistance program for survivors) you can donate a bear to a child whose parent died while serving. ZZZ Bears
 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

 

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

 

Sep 4th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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This episode is the second in a series about Back-to-School time. This one is all about keeping your family healthy during the school year with exercise and nutrition. If you're like me, sometimes during the school year you can get into a rut and don't really make the best choices. I talk to Katie Haney of Belle Fitness and Nutrition about how to make those healthy choices that also make your life easier. 

Katie is a Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition coach who believes in hard work, enjoying life, and laughing a lot. As a trainer, she has earned several specializations in order to serve her clients better including: Fitness Nutrition, Corrective Exercise, Group Training, Youth Fitness, Weight Loss, Women's Fitness, and Pre and Postnatal Fitness. She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, three kids, and German Shepherd puppy. When she's not training clients, she works part time for Operation Gratitude, an organization that supports our deployed troops, veterans, military kids, and first responders. 

Find Katie:
 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Guess Who's in the MilFamily: Ice-T! Links below!

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/stars-who-served-in-the-military/13/

https://www.military.com/veterans-day/these-guys-served.html

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veteran-ice-t.html

https://atlantablackstar.com/2014/07/26/8-black-celebrities-may-known-served-us-military/

Aug 31st, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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In this week's briefing we talk about:

-How do you volunteer? Show your pics of how you volunteer using the hashtag #spousesvolunteer,one person will win a "I'm in the MilFamily Sticker" Ends Sept. 7th

-Facebook live Sept. 3 1030 am EST Get Out and Volunteer with Marla Bautista 

-TSgt John Chapman, first airman to get medal of honor since Vietnam, posthumously promoted to MSgt, died at Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan, his widow Valerie Nessel has been instrumental in helping other Gold Star Spouses since. She is definitely #morethanamilspouse.

-Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the US capitol in Washington D.C. today. A special ceremony will be held there at 10 am and members of the public will be allowed to visit from 1 - 8 pm. He will be laid to rest at the US Naval Academy cemetery on Sunday in a private service.

-EventPrep is giving away a franchise to one lucky MilSpouse. Go vote for one of these amazing MilSpouses at eventprepfranchise.com/contestants.

-Friend of the podcast, Seasoned Spouse Lizann Lightfoot, is holding a Deployment Master Class beginning today. It gives you the tools you need to face deployment with confidence and feel supported by the milspouse community. You get access to a 28 page deployment guide and exclusive video interview from military spouse who share their experiences and expertise in creating a budget, quick and easy meal planning, sending and making care packages, and much more! And you also get access to the exclusive facebook group with over 900 milspouses also going through a deployment. Click the link to sign up! https://seasonedspouse.com/deployment/

-Hurricane Lane and Disaster Prep. Read this DMM article -------> Living in Hurricane Territory

-DMM is doing their Muster with PCS Grades on Facebook. Share your PCS stories with them! 

-September is Childhood Cancer awareness month! Help DMM raise funds. Record a video of your story of how childhood cancer has affected your family and email it to Lauren! lauren@dailymommilitary.com. Share the image on their facebook page or donate!

 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

 

Aug 28th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Do you volunteer? There are so many ways to do it in our military community and so many reasons why from helping with animals, children, the community you are living in currently, or even with your spouse's unit. You are needed, and your help is valued! On today's episode, I talk to Marla Bautista, an avid volunteer, about how to do it and the benefits for everyone. 
 
Marla Bautista is a published author of My Thoughts Abandoned, released in January 2017. She is a freelance writer and blogger. Marla is also the Co-Founder of The Bautista Project, a custom décor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of their profits to provide for homeless communities. She was recently named Armed Forces Insurance 2018 Military Spouse of the Year Base Level Winner for Fort Drum. Marla is an all-around generous woman who thrives on the happiness of her local community. She has volunteered within the U.S. Army community since 2008.
 
 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Guess Who's in the MilFamily: Bea Arthur! Links below.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/bea-arthur-was-truck-driving-marine

https://www.military.com/veterans-day/famous-women-veterans.html

Aug 24th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Dear MilFamily Podcast and Daily Mom Military are teaming up to bring you a weekly briefing of all the good things we are seeing going on for military families on the internet and in the real world. 

For our first episode, we talk about Back to School time, Bad PCS stories to share with DMM on a Facebook Live with PCS Grades, homemade margarita recipes, and the new Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018. Take a listen and tell us what you think!

 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

 

Aug 21st, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Welcome back! Not only is it the start to our latest season, but it's also back to school season of course. This episode is the first in a series about back to school and how to get started off on the right foot. I talk to Meg Flanagan of MilKids Ed about just how to do that. We talk about how to partner with and communicate with your child's new teacher. And also how to help your child after PCSing and with the homework struggle. Don't suffer in silence, get help!

Meg Flanagan, founder of MilKids Ed, is a teacher, mom and military spouse. She is dedicated to making the K-12 education experience easier for military families. Meg has regularly writes for MilitaryOneClick, Military Shoppers, The Military Wife & Mom and NextGen MilSpouse.

 

You can find Meg, and MilKids, online on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

http://milkidsed.com/

twitter: @milkidsed

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milkidsconsulting/

instagram: @mlkidsed

Some of her resources include:

 

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here.  https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

 Guess Who's in the MilFamily: Drew Carey! Links below.

http://www.businessinsider.com/celebrities-who-were-in-the-military-2016-11

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Carey

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veteran-drew-carey.html

 

Jul 10th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Finding friends as an adult can be difficult, but finding military friends can be even harder! We all need someone to lean on during the roller coaster of military life. When you just PCSed to a new area (or maybe all your friends just PCSed) it's scary to think about putting yourself out there again. But it is so important that you do! I talk to Lauren and Michelle of The Dependas of how to find that military friend and keep trying to find your people despite setbacks.
 
Lauren is a USMC spouse to her husband, James, and a mom of three girls. She is an avid fitness buff to include lifting heavy weights, running further than most people find sane, and yoga so she doesn’t kill anyone around her. She is one half of #TheDependas as well as a small business owner specializing in brand development and VA services and the managing editor of Daily Mom Military. 
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Michelle is the other half of The Dependas. She is an Air Force wife, and the mother of two monkeys and a fur baby. She loves her  Mama, Jesus, and America, too! In addition to managing the controlled chaos of motherhood and military life, she is also a registered nurse and dietician who gets her kicks providing TLC to laboring mamas and new babies. Military life has given her the realization that she is not in control and that is incredibly freeing. She enjoys  running, watching real-estate shows with my hubby, and credits her positive attitude in life to her faith, lots of laughter (often to inappropriate things), and the power of relatively cheap Riesling and sweet red wines. 
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You can find these wonderful ladies at:
#TheDependas
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