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Military Spouse and Family Spotlights

Milspouse Creative: IML Founder Christina Etchberger as Community Leader this Week!

Join Christie this week at Milspouse Creative! Thank you SO Much Moni Jefferson for creating Milspouse Creative – a platform where MilSpouses get to connect and share and grow their businesses. This week, Christina Etchberger is the Community Leader. Christina Etchberger ( Christie ) is a military spouse entrepreneur on a mission! As the creator … Continue reading Milspouse Creative: IML Founder Christina Etchberger as Community Leader this Week!

Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life: A Holding Down the Fort Podcast Feature

Interview By: Jen Amos, with co-host Jenny Lynne Stroup from Holding Down the Fort Podcast Christina Etchberger, founder of It’s a Military Life Take a listen as Christina Etchberger talks about It’s a Military Life with Holding Down the Fort Podcast! “While her husband is deployed and she’s home with the kids in the midst … Continue reading Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life: A Holding Down the Fort Podcast Feature

IML Must-Read: Adventures with a Military Kid, with Author Amy Schweizer

Interview By: Christina Etchberger Join us as military spouse and author, Amy Schweizer, reads about the adventures of a military child named Roman, while his Daddy is deployed! Soccer, his stuffed lion sidekick Trooper, and his friend Mason, will all be there as you listen to this amazing story. The Read Aloud The Story Amy … Continue reading IML Must-Read: Adventures with a Military Kid, with Author Amy Schweizer

IML Must-Read (Read Aloud): Milly’s PCS Worries with Author Amy Rivera

Amy Rivera is a school counselor, mom, and military spouse. She combined what she loves with who she is to make her first children’s book, “Milly’s PCS Worries.” As a school counselor, she has a passion for working with children and helping them cope with their feelings; combining this passion with her experience of being … Continue reading IML Must-Read (Read Aloud): Milly’s PCS Worries with Author Amy Rivera

Life’s Exponential Impact Podcast: Interview about Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life

Written By: Christina Etchberger Podcast Interview By: Life Exponential Impact Podcast I’m a military spouse and mother of two boys. I am a homeschool teacher, but I am an active Military child advocate, providing education and family resources through It’s a Military Life. My life changed drastically when I married my husband and the Army. … Continue reading Life’s Exponential Impact Podcast: Interview about Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life

IML Must-Read (Read Aloud): Bloom, with Children’s Author Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell is a military spouse and mama who has recently added children’s author to the various hats that she wears! Her first children’s book titled, Bloom, follows a dandelion seed(named Bloom) on a grand adventure where she calls upon the wisdom from her father to find her way. It is a story of adventure, … Continue reading IML Must-Read (Read Aloud): Bloom, with Children’s Author Kelly Campbell

Inaugural USO Trot for the Troops

Inaugural USO Trot for the Troops Kicks Off Season of Thanksgiving ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 29, 2020 — During this season of giving thanks, the United Service Organizations (USO) invites the public to join in a united expression of gratitude for our service members, along with their families, who sacrifice for our great nation. The inaugural … Continue reading Inaugural USO Trot for the Troops

IML Must-Read (Read Aloud): Air Force Ace with Author Katie Marcucci

Join us as we learn more about Air Force spouse and children’s author – Katie Marcucci, along with her book Air Force Ace! Read Aloud sneak peek included. Continue reading IML Must-Read (Read Aloud): Air Force Ace with Author Katie Marcucci

PILLAR

Pillar Deployment Retreat

What is PILLAR and who can get involved? PILLAR is the first ever digital retreat for deployment countdowns!  We’ll be gathering more than 21 military spouses and lifestyle experts online November 8- 10 to share their best strategies for a healthy, happy deployment countdown. The entire retreat will happen right in our private Facebook Group … Continue reading Pillar Deployment Retreat

Jen McDonald, Milspouse Matters Podcast

Feature Spotlight Written By: Jen McDonald I’m Jen McDonald and I was a military spouse for nearly three decades until my husband’s retirement, and I’m also the mom of an active duty son. My heart is for military families! I published my book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse … Continue reading Jen McDonald, Milspouse Matters Podcast

AAFMAA and SpouseLink

Spotlight Interview By: Gisella Mancilla, SpouseLink Ambassador @spouselinksandiego Meet Gisella from SpouseLink in San Diego! Gisella is another one of our amazing supporters that donated a great giveaway. Subscribe to our blog to enter for a chance to win! Winners will be announced in our October newsletter. Hi! My name is Gisella Mancilla and I … Continue reading AAFMAA and SpouseLink

Spotlight: Rachelle, Owner and Creator of Sea to Sea with Love

Meet one of our featured small businesses who donated a great giveaway for our IML subscribers! More information about the giveaway below. Let’s meet Rachelle! Hello! I’m Rachelle and I’m the owner and creator of Sea to Sea with Love. I’m a Navy wife and mom to three amazing kids!  I started Sea to Sea … Continue reading Spotlight: Rachelle, Owner and Creator of Sea to Sea with Love

Spotlight: Ashley Weinert and Counting Our Heroes Home

Written By: Ashley Weinert @countingourheroeshome … a business that sends families all the tools that they need to be successful during deployment, spend quality time as a family and strengthen the bond between the child(ren) and their deployed parent. Ashley Weinert and Counting Our Heroes Home My name is Ashley Weinert, I’m an Army wife … Continue reading Spotlight: Ashley Weinert and Counting Our Heroes Home

Spotlight Special: Partners in PROMISE 2021 Military Special Education Survey

Information from Jennifer Barnhill at Partners in PROMISE and the original article Why Another Survey? Partners in PROMISE’s 2021 Military Special Education Survey and Official Press Release Partners in PROMISE was founded because we knew how powerful telling our personal stories would be. We are a storytelling organization, but we also want to do the … Continue reading Spotlight Special: Partners in PROMISE 2021 Military Special Education Survey

Spotlight Special: Jessica Sweet and The Whole Family Neuro Resource Project

Children often feel confused, scared, helpless, and even guilty when they see a loved one undergo a sudden and dramatic change. Many times, they no longer know how to interact socially with their loved one. Jessica NaDona Sweet, MS, CCC-SLP “The Whole Family Neuro Resource Project”: 1) Alert families about the four exciting, newly available … Continue reading Spotlight Special: Jessica Sweet and The Whole Family Neuro Resource Project

Spotlight: Paulette Fryar and The Million Mile Project

Written By: Paulette Fryar My name is Paulette Fryar and I am a Coast Guard Spouse to my husband, Troy, who is in his 31st year of active duty service. We have 4 college age sons, with one entering the Air Force this fall. We are currently stationed at Scott Air Force Base. In May, … Continue reading Spotlight: Paulette Fryar and The Million Mile Project

Spotlight Special: Nadia, Military Spouse and Real Estate Agent

Resources Provided By: Nadia Anac, Realtor, J.D. Meet Nadia! As an active duty military spouse, Nadia has first-hand knowledge of the need to buy or sell your home quickly and efficiently. Armed with a law degree, a background in business entrepreneurship, and a thorough understanding of the real estate market, Nadia uses the most up-to-date … Continue reading Spotlight Special: Nadia, Military Spouse and Real Estate Agent

Spotlight: Bryant, Mark, and Oliver from @thecozyhomegays

Thank you so much Bryant, Marko, and little Oliver from @thecozyhomegays, for interviewing with It’s a Military Life for our Happy Home page launch and getting us excited for our theme week: Making a House a Home. We will be focusing on ways to make a house a home, with DIY projects, home decor advice, … Continue reading Spotlight: Bryant, Mark, and Oliver from @thecozyhomegays

Military Marriage Day Spotlight: Military Couple on their 10th Wedding Anniversary

Happy Military Marriage Day to all our military couples! Today is a historic day marking the first annual celebration of military marriages from all around the world. It’s a Military Life, and Military Marriage Day, have the honor to highlight a very special military married couple that happen to be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary … Continue reading Military Marriage Day Spotlight: Military Couple on their 10th Wedding Anniversary

Spotlight: Bree Carroll and Military Marriage Day!

Our marriages are the core of our families & when they are strong our force is strong. …have a desire to improve your relationships or looking for something to keep it going? Military Marriage Day is for you!   Bree Carroll, Creator of Military Marriage Day 1) We are so excited to start celebrating this … Continue reading Spotlight: Bree Carroll and Military Marriage Day!

Spotlight Special: Brooke Collins, Founder of Team Dare to Move

Written By: Brooke Collins, Founder of Team Dare to Move We all have a day 1. We all have the fears.We all have the doubt.We all have the overwhelm. & we all have the choice… The choice to decide day one is better than “some day”. It’s a hard choice to make because it feels … Continue reading Spotlight Special: Brooke Collins, Founder of Team Dare to Move

Spotlight Special: Wendi, Founder of Strength 4 Spouses

My platform is a place to find hope, resources, inspiration, and most importantly inner strength through 4 pillars; fitness, faith, volunteerism, and finding purpose. Wendi Founder of Strength 4 Spouses 1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey so far as a military spouse. My name is Wendi Iacobello. I have been an … Continue reading Spotlight Special: Wendi, Founder of Strength 4 Spouses

Spotlight: Ashlee Meaux-IML’s Makeup Collab

My name is Ashlee Meaux, and I am a military spouse and my husband is active duty in the Air Force.  When I met my husband in December of 2014, I had no idea what it meant to be with someone in the military.  We were living in California, where I was born and raised, … Continue reading Spotlight: Ashlee Meaux-IML’s Makeup Collab

Spotlight: Milsomuster App and Creator Jasmin Cruz

“Milsomuster is not just an app but a space for anything and everything military.” Jasmin Cruz, Creator of Milsomuster 1) Tell us a little bio about yourself and how got inspired to launch the Milsomuster App. I’m Jasmin, 26 years old and originally from Miami, FL. My husband joined the navy in 2016 and his … Continue reading Spotlight: Milsomuster App and Creator Jasmin Cruz

Spotlight: Co-founders of Bloom (Empowering Military Teens)

Elena Ashburn and Matthew Oh are the co-founders of Bloom, a platform designed to empower and inspire military teens. Born into the Army lifestyle, they have each moved countless times and have experienced the struggles of military life. “The two met during their freshman year of high school in Pennsylvania and were inseparable. Elena is … Continue reading Spotlight: Co-founders of Bloom (Empowering Military Teens)

Spotlight: The Homeschool Project Podcast

Last year we decided that we were going to homeschool our children.  It was something that we had thought about for quite a while and we finally made the decision.  About 6 months ago we started the Homeschool Project Podcast to try and build a community for homeschool families and all those that might have interest in starting.   1) We are so excited … Continue reading Spotlight: The Homeschool Project Podcast

Spotlight: Becky Hoy and Brave Crate

How did Brave Crate get its start and how did it evolve into the brand it is today? “Brave Crate began when I sent a ‘self-care package’ to a friend who was counting down deployment.  I sent her self-care goodies like bath bombs and yummy treats along with self-development tools like planners, books and inspirational … Continue reading Spotlight: Becky Hoy and Brave Crate

Spotlight: Rebecca Hines and @Sadiegrace_xo

We are so excited to have Rebecca Hines @Sadiegrace_xo with us as our first Spotlight Interview: Children’s Edition. Rebecca is an Air Force wife, mother of three, and is especially passionate about her family’s journey regarding her daughter Sadie’s medical diagnosis. Her family has come together strong and empowered, for Sadie’s health and happiness, despite … Continue reading Spotlight: Rebecca Hines and @Sadiegrace_xo

Spotlight: Billie Jean Groncki

Billie Jean is a business consultant with Usborne Books and More. She is a military wife, and a mother to two adorable little ones. So excited to share about her amazing journey as a consultant for the Usborne Books and More company. Billie Jean loves working with such an amazing community that gets books in … Continue reading Spotlight: Billie Jean Groncki

Spotlight: Liz McChesney

We are so excited to introduce Liz McChesney to our team as our Motivation and Resource Expert. I met Liz at a luncheon for a new spouse in our battalion. She was so energetic and positive, and her energy made others open up and get to know each other better. I’m so happy to have … Continue reading Spotlight: Liz McChesney

Spotlight: Renee Walker

Renee Walker is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book My Letter to Daddy.  She was inspired to write the book for her children during her husband’s third deployment, and later published the book to support military children of all branches of service to express their various feelings during times of family separation or deployment.  … Continue reading Spotlight: Renee Walker

Spotlight: Desiree Walker

What inspired you to begin you social media platform?  “Honestly, I opened up an Instagram account because I was bored and lonely. At the same time I started a blog called ‘croutons for dinner’. My husband was deployed and I needed something to do to stay busy. I was a newish mom and it was … Continue reading Spotlight: Desiree Walker

Spotlight Special: Spouse’s Best Friend

In light of it being Pet Appreciation Week, I wanted to shine a little spotlight on my furry best friend-Andie. Andie is my family’s little four year old morkie, who has been with us since the beginning. My husband and I welcomed her into our family right when we got married. The first time I … Continue reading Spotlight Special: Spouse’s Best Friend

Spotlight: Patricia Allen, Military Spouse and IML’s Contributing Nutritionist

We are so excited to officially welcome Patricia Allen as one of our contributors for the It’s a Military Life community. Check out her weekly nutrition Facebook posts for #tacoboutnutritiontuesday. “My name is Patricia Allen, I’m a mom of two, mil spouse of 7 years with my loving husband. In 2013, I earned a Bachelors … Continue reading Spotlight: Patricia Allen, Military Spouse and IML’s Contributing Nutritionist

Spotlight: Steve Schmitt (@mrarmywife)

I am so delighted to put the spotlight on @mrarmywife, Steve Schmitt! Mr. Army Wife, Steve Schmitt has been a military spouse for 19 years.  He met his wife in college, they married in 2000 before joining the military in May 2001.  After 4 years, she reenlisted, attended Officer Candidate School and Steve became solely … Continue reading Spotlight: Steve Schmitt (@mrarmywife)

Spotlight: Casey Douglass Synder, IML’s Fitness Contributor

Meet Casey Douglass Synder! Casey will be bringing you lots of fitness and health info each week on #WorkoutWednesday! Follow @itsamilitarylife on Facebook and Instagram to check out her posts about how to add a little more health and fitness into your everyday routine. “Hi all! I’m Casey! A mom of two and married to my … Continue reading Spotlight: Casey Douglass Synder, IML’s Fitness Contributor

Meet the Creator

Spotlight: Christina Etchberger

Welcome to Spotlight! My name is Christina Etchberger, and I am the creator of It’s a Military Life. I am an Army spouse, among many, that has grown so much as an individual. I have learned a great deal from others who are experiencing a very similar military lifestyle-no matter what branch or rank. The … Continue reading Spotlight: Christina Etchberger