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Encouragement for military spouses. Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military spouse support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthen ...
 
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Podcast where military spouses are free to espresso ourselves! Your podcast Baristas Leslie & Britni have a latte on our minds. Along with our occasional Open Mic Guests, we’ll serve up some of the hottest topics in the military community! This coffeehouse podcast is BYOB - fill your mug with your drink of choice & join us as we serve up the hottest topics in our military spouse world! (Ear Bud Alert! MilSpouse Coffeehouse is podcast for military spouses.This podcast may be inappropriate for ...
 
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It’s so important to feel connected as a military spouse! We’re talking about that today with Lizann Lightfoot and hearing about her brand new book, Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses, a collection of letters for military spouses straight from her heart and experience. You don’t want to miss this! On this episode, we talk abou…
 
This episode of the Milspouse Matters podcast is sponsored by SpouseLink, which was created in 2012 by AAFMA, the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. The goal of Spouselink is to support, inform, and inspire military spouses. Learn more at Spouselink.org. Someone wise once told me many years ago, What kind of marriage do you want in 30 ye…
 
This episode of the Milspouse Matters podcast is sponsored by SpouseLink, which supports, informs, and inspires military spouses. Learn more at Spouselink.org. I’m so excited to be talking about Milkid Mailkit™, a pen pal program for military children, with one of the program’s co-founders, Brunella Costagliola. Brunella and her husband Michael Gos…
 
Welcome to the latest Listener Q & A episode! Just a reminder, you can send questions to me on the Milspouse Matters Instagram or email me for possible inclusion in the next round! Today, we’re covering questions like: What are your thoughts on planning weddings in the military? Or just trying to plan anything as a milspouse with this unpredictable…
 
In light of what’s going on in Afghanistan, I thought it was important to address it. We’re a proud military family, and our son is now also serving on active duty. While most of us agree that it was time to be done in Afghanistan, we deserved a better ending. You know who else deserved a better ending? The people of Afghanistan and our allies. I’m…
 
I'm taking a little break this summer! On this episode, I’m sharing what’s been happening the past weeks, where I’ve been, and what’s ahead for the podcast. Thank you so much for listening for the past few years! I couldn’t do this without you amazing listeners. Interested in being a guest? Have an idea for a show topic? Keep listening! CLICK HERE …
 
When their dad was deployed, my kids were encouraged and impacted for the better by Trevor Romain and his work with the Comfort Crew for Military Kids, a non-profit organization that has a mission of supporting military children through all the stresses and challenges they face. (Maybe you’re familiar with their work too, and the Comfort Crew’s mas…
 
If you know a military child, you know how incredible they are, as well as the many challenges they face. They make me want to be a better person! April is the Month of the Military Child, so let's talk about resources for our amazing military kids! But first, a little history behind it, as well as the 10 ways my military kids have inspired me. Cli…
 
Are you a new military spouse or know one? This episode is for you! OR maybe you want a refresher yourself. I’m reaching back into the vault of my own experiences from nearly 3 decades of life as a military spouse as well of years of writing. I’m also sharing some great tips from friends and listeners (thank you to all who contributed!). We’re disc…
 
Today I’m talking to Natalie Gross and Andrea Scott from the Spouse Angle podcast, which is just an amazing resource for military spouses, bringing you all the latest news. In fact, I was on the Spouse Angle Episode 26: When Your Kid Goes to War, where I talked about being a military spouse and then a military mom as our oldest went on active duty.…
 
On this episode, I’m talking to Stephanie Montague about how to make the best use of your military travel benefits, including Space-A flights (Space Available) and military recreation facilities. She also shares how she and her husband did not do the typical ‘life after military retirement’ and how they’ve instead traveled and lived overseas since …
 
On this episode, I’m joined by Ashley Keller of GlowBodyPT. She’s a veteran, a professional triathlete, a military spouse, mom of 3 young children, and a prenatal/postnatal exercise specialist and certified personal trainer. I first connected with Ashley on Instagram and just love her posts and her positive attitude, as well as her realistic and pr…
 
On this episode, I’m giving you an update of what’s been going on (fun things like a site relaunch, not so fun things like having COVID--ugh). During this past hard year that was 2020, we’ve all become more familiar with waiting. I hear from so many of you--you’re waiting for your loved one at boot camp, you’re counting down the days to the end of …
 
Leslie and Britni chat with Becca from Milspouseology, " a collective group of military spouses who are striving to create a place for other spouses to get the help and resources with ease. Please, message us so we can connect you with one of our volunteer specialists." Check out Milspouseology's inclusive Facebook group for milspouses, where drama…
 
For whatever reason, you and your spouse have delayed having children or won’t ever have any. As far as the military goes, are you still a family? Do you often feel left out of military family oriented activities? Do the little jokes and comments about ‘when are you going to have a baby’ sting? Today, I’m being joined by Jennifer Brantley, who you …
 
On this special bonus episode, I’m speaking with Amy Palmer, the president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels, who’s sharing what Soldiers’ Angels offers and how you can support them or even request services. Soldiers' Angels is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families. Founded …
 
On this episode, I’m talking to Kaci Jones of Yellow Ribbon Box. Kaci is a veteran and also the spouse of an active duty Air Force member. When she decided to separate from active duty herself in order to spend more time with her daughter, she knew she wanted to continue to give back and serve. That's when she decided to start a small non-profit su…
 
Was military life not something you'd planned on? Has it taken a toll on your marriage? Then you'll want to tune to this week's episode. Today, I’m joined by Navy spouse Bryce Langley, who’s sharing some great thoughts and wisdom about military spouse life, military marriage, tips for getting through deployments, the importance of mentorship, and s…
 
In this episode, Britni surprises Leslie with not 1 but 2 mystery guests - Priscilla and Crystal of Crystal & Stone Company. We chat about Soul Sisters, connecting online as military spouses, and we learn about Priscilla & Crystal's unique story! https://linktr.ee/crystalandstonecompany Crystal Corl and Pricilla Stone are two spiritual mediums, mot…
 
This episode is for parents of military members. If you’re not one of those, I think you still might find some helpful resources, and at the least you can pass it on to your OWN parents and in-laws. My husband had served on active duty for over 25 years when our oldest son announced that he’d decided to join the military, too. It came as a bit of a…
 
On this episode, I’m sharing about our homeschooling journey, and how it fit in with military life! Let’s talk about some of the common fears and misconceptions, and some of my favorite resources and tips from over 20 years as a homeschooling mom. We homeschooled our four now grown children, who’ve all gone on to college and careers. I embraced a h…
 
Military spouses, we’ve all been there. We roll into a new duty station, the dust settles after the travels and unpacking, and we find ourselves struggling to make connections. One company that is trying to make a difference is Military Wild, an outdoor military community whose goal it is to connect military families with each other as they pursue …
 
On this bonus episode, I'm sharing a little bit of the story behind Milspouse Matters, why I started it, and my heart about it all. We're also discussing who or what you're allowing to speak into your life and who you're looking to for guidance in your military spouse journey! Is what you're hearing uplifting and positive? Is it realistic? Is it pu…
 
Have you lost your job or been furloughed during the pandemic? Facing financial difficulties due to PCS move delays or extra expenses? This episode is for you! I’m talking to Mark Steffe, CEO and President of First Command, and he’s sharing some great information about what First Command offers military families, along with some tips and advice for…
 
Kelly - AKA the Paranormal Housewife - joins us for the 2nd time, becoming the first 2 time guest in MilSpouse CoffeeHouse history! Kelly just had a paranormal investigation done on her home - listen to what the investigators found during their session! Kelly also has a blog, shares haunted military housing stories, and haunted history! AND she off…
 
On this episode, I’m talking to Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman, and Amanda Trimillos, who are the co-authors of Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers. You might remember Stacy and Amanda from Milspouse Matters episode 37, Easing Transitions for Military Kids, and they were so gracious to come back again and talk about he…
 
Britni speaks with Mark Steffe, President/CEO of First Command, about the pandemic, financial planning, and how easy it is to get a FREE consultation with First Command! Mark Steffe is President/CEO of First Command. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, graduating with high honors. He holds Series 7, …
 
Hello everyone! On this special bonus episode, I’m so glad to be talking to Jessica Strong, an Army spouse, mom of three, and the Co-Director of Applied Research at Blue Star Families. Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower military families to thrive as they serve. Their groundbreaking research and their annual Milit…
 
On this episode, I’m answering your questions! We’re talking about the isolation felt living overseas, dealing with deployment…and you can find out what my favorite duty station was and maybe something you don’t know about me. Keep the questions coming! Next, I’m joined by recurring guest and veteran Army spouse Tara Howes, and we discuss some real…
 
Leslie records from a closet! Leslie and Britni chat about the power of manifestation, gratitude, and the law of attraction. It really works! Have you tried manifesting? Let us know! Check out The Resource by MilSpouse CoffeeHouse YouTube channel to view our How To's, including the Home Cleansing video we referenced in this episode. (If you're inte…
 
Britni surprises Leslie with a Surprise Guest - Monica Fullerton with Spouse-ly! This episode was so fun to record - we learned more about Spouse-ly, the background story to MilSpouse CoffeeHouse, and it's an all around good time that you don't want to miss. Britni's kid falls flat on her face during recording (LOL - she's ok) and Leslie has found …
 
Leslie and Britni chat with Devin Drake, fellow milspouse and Recruitment Manager at Boldly. Find out what kind jobs, experience, and what you need to do to apply for a job at Boldly! Why Military Spouses Love Working with Boldly For some it's taking their job with them wherever their latest posting takes them. For some it's maintaining their own c…
 
In the Season 4 opener, Leslie & Britni discuss how you can feel homesick for a duty station you thought you hated...until you moved away. What do you do when you feel homesick? Also discussed is the difficulty of PCS-ing during a pandemic. Normally, we advise to "get involved with the community and meet people", but that's exactly what you're NOT …
 
On this episode, I'm joined by Jennifer Brantley of More Than a Mrs. and The DiscardIt podcast to talk about “Where do we go from here?” as we all figure out how to move beyond hashtags and social media posts, in hopes of making an actual difference and combat racism in our corners of the world. I'm so thankful for her insight and willingness to di…
 
On this episode, we’re talking all about relocation and househunting after PCS, with some expert tips from Sharon Gran of MilitaryByOwner Advertising, Inc. I also share a few thoughts about living in military housing, including making the decision, pros and cons, and how to be a good neighbor when living in base housing. I’ve been working for Milit…
 
One thing that's usually certain about military life is that you will move at some point! Today, I have SO much information to share with you, and I really hope you will get something out of it, whether it’s your first move or tenth! Having been through 13 moves as a military family, I'm sharing practical tips for your PCS move, sprinkled with some…
 
Difficult Conversations—Are you having them? Today’s episode is a bit shorter and different than originally intended. In light of what’s been going on in our country the past couple of weeks, I just couldn't continue with it as if things were normal. With the killing of George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of a police officer while other police look…
 
This episode is a special remembrance for Memorial Day. I’m sharing a little bit of the history of Memorial Day (once called Decoration Day), along with some excerpts from my upcoming book. This week, let’s remember the fallen, along with their families who must carry on without them. How do we honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives for our coun…
 
Lisa Molinari describes herself as a “garden variety military spouse” who was never nominated for Military Spouse of the Year. Yet, through decades of military life, she looked for the humor inherent in hard and even absurd circumstances and discovered her own unique ways of coping with the challenges that are common to us all: worries about our ki…
 
On this episode, I’m talking to Mark Steffe from First Command, who’s sharing some very practical financial and money-saving tips for military families. We can all use some help with our budgets, right? He talks about ways to stay on track with your financial goals, even during this historic time of job losses and furloughs due to the coronavirus p…
 
On this episode, I’m talking to Stacy Huisman and Amanda Trimillos, coauthors of the book, Seasons of My Military Student. It was so fun to hear how they came together to write this important book that’s so helpful for military families and teachers alike. They share about that process and then give some great advice about how we can help our milit…
 
If you suddenly find yourself in charge of supervising your kids' schooling due to the coronavirus pandemic, this episode is for you! This week, Jen talks to Claire Wood, who is both a teacher and a homeschooling mom. Claire shares some great tips about 'temporary schooling from home,' including managing expectations, how to stay flexible while com…
 
On this episode, Jen shares encouragement and resources for U.S. military families as we navigate the “new normal” of life in the Coronavirus pandemic. Maybe your PCS move is on hold, the military member has been called up or is on extra duty, you’re suddenly working from home (or you’re out of work), your kids are out of school and it's up to you …
 
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