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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Oct 30th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

It's Military Ball Season! Military Balls are full of tradition, formal attire, and etiquette. And it can be costly as a female spouse to be constantly update your wardrobe for all of the formal functions that go on through out the year. Well this amazing group of ladies at Operation: Deploy Your Dress came up with a way to share a dress swap with everyone in the military family. In this episode, I talk to Yvonne Coombes (one of the founders of ODYD) about military balls (aka adult proms).

Yvonne Coombes has been married to her Active Duty Army husband for 18 years. She is the cofounder if a nonprofit organization called Operation Deploy Your Dress (ODYD) which was started in Fort Bliss, TX and now has shops in 5 installation across the country. ODYD collects and distributes gently used and new formal attire to military and dependent ID card holders in an effort to offset the cost of military balls and other formal events. Yvonne and the other ODYD cofounders wanted to make these formal events accessible to ALL military families regardless of rank and/or budget. They have build this organization on their own with a little discovery learning and help from Spouses Clubs around the country. ODYD is actively looking to expand to more installations to help even more military families.

Find ODYD here:

https://www.facebook.com/operationdeployyourdress/

https://www.instagram.com/odyd1/

If you've ever gotten a dress from ODYD, share a pic on instagram with #dressdeployed

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

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

Oct 26th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

On this week's briefing:

I talked about...

Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB! Help if you can. Please donate to the American Red Cross or Air Force Enlisted Village. 100% of Tyndall Housing is unlivable, so our Air Force members need all the help they can get.

Here's the crazy pants story about the pipe bombs being sent in the mail to current and former politicians from the Associated Press.

Vote early or vote on Election Day Nov. 6th. Find out if you're registered at vote.org

Oopsie! Air Force accidentally droops a humvee

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

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

Oct 23rd, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

So many couples go through miscarriage and infant loss. It's unfortunately very common. This week I highlight two more MilSpouse stories of miscarriage and infant loss to continue the conversation on helping friends, families, neighbors, coworkers, or anyone you know that may be going through this difficult situation also. This week's stories feature Amanda Koch of My Well Balanced Life and Wendi Iacobello of Strength 4 Spouses.

Amanda is a Pilates Master Trainer, Nutritional Therapy Consultant, Director with Beautycounter, Air Force wife, and boy mom. She is a Texas born and raised girl (or 40-something woman) trying to survive in Alaska, where moose walking around in her backyard is no big thing. She LOVES really strong coffee with a splash of cream and maple syrup. She's the creator of the lifestyle site My Well Balanced Life that she created to help busy people keep it real in their lives.

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 Strength4Spouses.

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

Oct 19th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

On this week's briefing:

I talked about...

Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB! Help if you can. Please donate to the American Red Cross or Air Force Enlisted Village. 100% of Tyndall Housing is unlivable, so our Air Force members need all the help they can get.

Vote early or vote on Election Day Nov. 6th. Find out if you're registered at vote.org

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Ball season is coming! Daily Mom Military has put out a look book to help you. Check it out 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

Oct 16th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
October is Infant Loss Awareness month. It's an issue that is definitely close to my heart since our family has had to deal with a miscarriage and infertility. Infant loss is a difficult issue to talk about. It's awkward. It's heart wrenching. It's hard to know if you are saying the right thing. But we need to, so we can make it better and easier for everyone. I hope I've done the topic justice. On this episode I talk to Heidi Starr about how she survived this season of her life.
 
Heidi Starr is a military spouse and a mother to two young boys. Add a mix of special needs, heavy diagnosis, rambunctious boy-mom, homeschooling, military life as an active duty Marine Corps family, and now living in Washington DC after moving from overseas and that sums up my life! She has a Bachelors degree in design and a passion to be creative. Writing is her creative outlet and she writes on several topics that relate to our fun and exciting life!
 
Find Heidi:

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

Oct 12th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 3:03 pm

On this week's briefing:

We talk about Overseas PCSing from Ep: 38 of Dear MilFamily. Lindsay Swoboda of Uplifting Anchor is giving away a free Overseas PCS printable when you sign up for her email list. http://www.upliftinganchor.com

Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB! Help if you can. Here is the Facebook post I mentioned.

Vote early or vote on Election Day Nov. 6th. Find out if you're registered at vote.org

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

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

Oct 9th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
What's it like to spend your military life overseas? PCSing from one overseas installation to the next? Do you get homesick? How do you cope? In this episode, I talk to Lindsay Swoboda of the blog Uplifiting Anchor about her experience over her time as a military spouse and what it's like to PCS overseas (more than once in a row).
 
Lindsay is a military spouse, mom, and writer. Her blog Uplifting Anchor encourages mothers and military spouses. As a former professional dancer you can find her doing pirouettes in the kitchen whilst also flipping pancakes. She finds solace in hearing the sound of her sewing machine and a hot cup of coffee. She’s lived and traveled all over the world but believes there is always more to experience.
 
Find Lindsay:
 
Subscribe to email updates from Uplifting Anchor and get a free Overseas PCS Guide! http://eepurl.com/b09tPv
 
Guess Who's in the MilFamily!
This week it's Harriet Tubman!

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

Oct 5th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

On this week's briefing:

 

We talk about Special Duty Assignments from Ep: 37 of Dear MilFamily. Overseas Spouse Lindsay Swoboda will be on the next episode of DMF and she's giving away a free Overseas PCS printable when you sign up for her email list. http://www.upliftinganchor.com

From DMM:

We talked about the Military Ball Look Book they just put out. The giveaway from MilSpouse Author & Photographer Jesse McDonald. Get her new book From Overwhelmed to In Control. Enter here. Augie the coding robot, and recipes for apples which I need!

Please click on the link in the show notes to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

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

Oct 2nd, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Special Duty Assignment? That sounds like a terrible idea -says every MilSpouse out there. But seriously what is it and what does it mean for the military spouse and family? In this episode, I talk to Alicia Henderson, a Marine Corps Spouse and business owner, about her experience with her husband's special duty assignment and what that required of her.

Alicia Henderson is the Empire Building Business and Online Marketing Strategist for Powerhouse Women Entrepreneurs. She helps entrepreneurs position themselves and stand out as the expert authority in their industry, attract dream clients and make an impact so that they can live freedom based lifestyles. Alicia teaches women to utilize online marketing strategies such as Facebook live so that they can be known as the experts in their industries. Alicia is the CEO of Alicia Henderson Enterprises, the Founder of The Empirenista Business Success Academy™ and the former CEO of Henderson Medical Billing Solutions. Alicia has used her formal education and hands-on experience to grow, manage and successfully sell businesses. Over the years in her entrepreneurial journey, Alicia discovered there was a proven strategy for building profitable businesses and attracting dream clients that are willing to pay for valuable services. Alicia is a Marine Corps Spouse and a mom of two little girls. When Alicia isn’t helping women create and build their successful empires, she’s attending her daughter's soccer and volleyball games, going to Zumba and kickboxing classes, shopping at HomeGoods and hanging out at the beaches in Southern California.

 

Find Alicia:

Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin

Host: The Empirenista Business Success Podcast

Guess Who's in the MilFamily:

This week it's Jimi Hendrix! Links to articles:

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veterans-jimi-hendrix.html

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

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