Alexandra is a former educator turned project manager and advocate for military-connected students. A seasoned Navy Spouse, she has six military moves under her belt and counting, including an overseas tour. Alexandra and her husband are parents of two children they are raising to be bilingual and proud of their American, Jewish, and Latino cultures. Their family is currently stationed in New Orleans, LA.
Alexis is an occupational therapist, the mama to four energetic kids (ages 11, 9, 9, and 7), the wife of a National Guard helicopter pilot, and a child of God. The military life has taken them to different states and through several deployments, but they currently call Nebraska home. Alexis enjoys singing for their church, going on camping and canoeing adventures with her crew, and reading anything (everything) under the sun. She volunteers for the National Guard FRG and is a contributing writer to Her View From Home. You can follow her on Facebook at This End Up in Life.
Alicia grew up in The West and met her husband at Utah State University where the fun began. In the last 11 years, they have become a National Guard, Army Reserve and now Active Duty family. The adventures started in Kentucky, East Texas and now the San Antonio area with their two girls. Alicia loves books, especially children’s books and has been collecting/hoarding them long before she had children. Before staying at home with her kids, Alicia taught preschool, served families through community education and worked in various nonprofit organizations. Today, she spends her time loving her girls, trying new foods, finding time to exercise and sneaking in moments to read a book or play the piano.
Amanda is a Miami native, Navy veteran turned military spouse. Amanda has 5 year old twins and blogs on her free time about motherhood, health & wellness, and military life.
Amber has two young children and her husband serves in the United States Coast Guard as a Master Chief. He has been to New York twice, Alaska, South Carolina (where she joined him in 2009) and two billets in Michigan, their home state. Their final tour will be spent in California. Amber is a Michigan girl to the absolute core. In what free time she has, she enjoys yoga, aromatherapy, *all-things-Detroit* and sweet, sweet sleep.
AshLeigh, a veteran of the United States Army, formally served as a Captain in the Logistics Corps. A graduate from Pennsylvania State University, AshLeigh holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations: National Security. Her husband, Jake, serves as a Captain in the United States Army. They have two children, James and Wren, and currently live in Vicenza, Italy. AshLeigh enjoys writing, reading, cooking, traveling with her children, pottery making, and is beginning to train for her first triathlon. AshLeigh hopes through her writing with The Military Mom Collective, she can inspire mothers to know creativity can thrive in the margins of motherhood.
Ashley Dolar is an experienced freelance writer, blogger, and certified language arts teacher. She is married to her high school sweetheart who is now a member of the Army Reserve. They have a three-year-old daughter.
Ashley likes to read, write, and get to the gym on a semi-regular basis. Her family has lived six states in ten years, and she currently lives in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington, D.C. You can connect with Ashley on LinkedIn.
Casey is the wife of a 25-year Army Veteran, still living in Central Texas where the Army whims blew them. They have spent the last 5 years trying to decide what to do next. She is a mental health advocate, Mom-supporter, and connection-maker whose jobs all fell under “community” in one way or another. Two adult daughters have reassured her that they weren’t too scarred by the fact that she always felt, and still feels, like she is winging it daily. Nothing is more exciting to her than sharing something via writing or speaking, and having someone tell her, “I thought it was just me” or that they feel seen and understood in a way they hadn’t been before.
Born and raised in coffee country (looking at you, Seattle), Courtney Boyer is passionate about helping others. After marrying her college sweetheart, she began her career in sexuality education and counseling. Throughout her Army husband’s early military medical career, Courtney stayed at home with their three children, connecting and volunteering with other military spouses. Courtney is the founder of Stepping Stones Coaching, a speaker, contributing writer, and running enthusiast. She has never strayed from her coffee roots and enjoys meeting new people over a steaming cup of joe (or glass of red wine). Courtney and her family are currently living the OCONUS life in Germany.
Dani was born and raised in South Carolina where she met her husband. They married and dove into the Air Force life shortly after, moving to Texas where they have lived for over fourteen years. Dani is a stay at home mom of three wild little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. If the boys don’t have her on the run, the dogs usually do with their mischief. She enjoys reading, watching way too much TV with her husband, and “running away” kidless to pretty much anywhere. You can follow her family’s adventures here at www.troublecomesinthrees.com.
**Picture credit to Blakeman’s Photography**
Emily Smith is a Marine Corps veteran and mother as well as a National Guard spouse. She is currently living in Okmulgee, OK with 8 of her 9 children. Emily is a certified life coach, and blogger. She currently work from home helping women rediscover their muchness and become the Shero of their own story. Emily loves to read and write, play board games, and create art. You can find more of her work, written and artistic, at muchnessmama.com. She is also on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.
Grace Selous Bull
Grace is a Royal Air Force wife and has been for nearly 8 years. She is mama to two fiery girls and one paw pad, and is undeniably British!’ Creative by nature, creative in life she and her family are a consciously creative household. With her background in the arts, before marriage she worked in the London art scene, both at an international auction house as well as for an international art consultancy. Leaving this behind her passion for creativity, art education and the arts didn’t fade but spilled over into her family life. This led her to become an author of a children’s art educational book, Potty About Pots: arts and crafts for home and school and start up her own website, The Rainbow Tree: making creativity accessible. She also began to write for companies like Super Simple. After a particularly difficult deployment last year she has become a strong advocate for creative mindfulness after watching her eldest struggle with anxiety throughout. Using creativity as a tool to get through, she saw her daughter more able to deal with day to day life. Grace believes that creativity is an innate gift every human has and that using it every day allows us to maintain a healthy well being. This is is especially important for children who benefit developmentally, socially, emotionally and mentally in being creative day to day.
Heather is originally from St Louis but is now livin’ the dream in sunny Orlando, FL. Her husband is a medically retired wounded warrior, having served in the USMC and the Army. Together, they homeschool 4 out of their 5 kids as the oldest is now attending college in TN. Heather is passionate about sharing her life and faith with others as a source of hope and encouragement, so she created Let’s Do Life Together where she minces no words about raising teenagers, living with lupus, raising a child with cancer, and life as a wounded warrior family. She’s also working on her first book and a subscription box start-up that she and a friend are creating to bring a history-based adventure into the homes of kids every month. If she finds a free moment, Heather loves to read a good historical fiction novel, spend time with her tribe, love on her German Shepherd rescue (Meka), write curriculum for the homeschool co-op that she co-directs, and serve as the Treasurer of Women at Rest Ministries.
Jen Dodrill is a Navy brat from a long line of Navy brats. Born in Virginia, she moved to the Florida panhandle in 6th grade. After vowing to never date a Navy guy, she moved to Nashville, TN where she met and fell in love with Eddie who was – you guessed it – in the delayed-entry-program for the Navy. They met in June, married the following February, and almost 34 years later are still sweethearts. They moved back to West Tennessee in 2008 after his retirement. Jen stayed home to raise their 5 kids, and she homeschooled the youngest three. The “baby” graduates in May, but Jen refuses to bow to empty-nest syndrome! She teaches Oral Communication as an adjunct instructor for Dyersburg State Community College and writes curriculum under History at Home at TeachersPayTeachers. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her kids and adorable granddaughters. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and her favorite place – Pinterest! You can also visit her site “History at Home” here.
Jessica Lynn, a seasoned Air Force wife and mom to three young kids, shares the good, the bad, and the laughable when it comes to life. You can find her talking about exciting parenting wins or her mom mishaps, local favorites in America, adventures around the globe (currently stationed in Germany), or sharing easy, no-fuss, family-friendly recipes; she likes to keep things real. In fact, she just wrapped up a year-long deployment and an OCONUS PCS, right smack dab in the middle of the pandemic…and lives to talk about it.
When she’s not out exploring Europe or hurdling her little humans, you can find her reading a book, scrolling through instagram (come say, “hey” @jesstagirl), or taking care of her first love: her blog of 16+ years, JessicaLynnWrites.com.
Julie Abad Smith
My name is Julie Abad Smith. I was born and raise in Quito, Ecuador. I have a nine-year-old daughter and a two-year old fur baby (Eevee, she is a sweet Maltese). My husband is in the Air Force. We’ve been married for 18 years!! We have moved 9 times during our military journey – two overseas experiences. I love to learn about different cultures. We are a bilingual family (English and Spanish). One of my favorite things is to bake with my daughter! Our favorites are cupcakes and brownies. I also like to hike, read, write, take pictures of nature, and also FaceTime with my parents and family in Ecuador. We are currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Kalie Vidales is a lover of Jesus, her husband, their two children, and all things floral. She has been following her Active Duty Soldier around the country for the last 8 years to 5 different duty stations. She spends her days leaving half-finished cups of coffee around the house as she chases her kids, reads C.S. Lewis when she has 5 minutes alone, and desperately tries to keep her black
lab, Skip, off the couch. She loves to write about her faith, family, and the grief of losing her mother way too early. She has an M.A. in Linguistics which has aided her very little in convincing her kids they have to wear pants every day. As an Army Brat who grew up and became an Army Wife, she enjoys plugging into church, building deep relationships, and making a home wherever the next PCS sends her.
Katie has been married to her active duty Air Force husband for 12 years, and together they have four kids- Layla, Joey, and twins Eva and Vivi. Their family is currently stationed at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH.
Kwame Curtis is an Air Force dad and father of three. After living in Nebraska, Missouri, Italy, Texas, and England, his family is currently stationed in Mississippi and his kids are loving the warm weather and good food. When given the chance, he loves to drag his kids to famous sites all over Europe, feed them local food from different countries, and teach them the important things in life, like the words to every Michael Jackson song.
Hey, ya’ll! I’m Leslie and I’m a homeschooling mom of 4, a Navy wife, and a doctor when we’re stateside. I’m from South Carolina but we’ve lived in the southeast of the United States for the past 10 years and currently reside in Sasebo, Japan. In case you don’t know, that’s near the bottom of Japan. It’s a crazy change, but a welcome one.
LINDSAY SWOBODA is a writer, editor, and military spouse. She is the mother of two and lives wherever the Marine Corps sends their family next. Her work has been featured in Legacy Magazine, Coffee + Crumbs, The Line Literary Review and Books Make a Difference Magazine. She is the former editor-in-chief for the U.S. Embassy Quito Newsletter. Lindsay hosts The Choosing Brave Podcast and welcomes connection on Instagram and on her personal blog. When she is not writing Lindsay is either seeking time in nature or pursuing her other favorite hobbies: reading and sewing. She tries not to miss having tea in the afternoon with a cookie.
Lorren is a mama to two blue-eyed boys and a brand-new baby girl, a military wife, a nurse, a bibliophile, and a writer. She lives in North Carolina.
Her work has been featured on Coffee + Crumbs, Mothers Always Write, Holl & Lane, Upwrite Magazine, Tribe Magazine, and Parent.com.
Maggie Phillips is an Army brat raising three Army brats of her own. She has been married to her soldier for over 10 years. Maggie is a former Biden Foundation Military Families Fellow who has written about military life for ARMY Magazine, Military Spouse Magazine online, NextGen MilSpouse, the Military Officers Association of America, and the National Military Family Association. She is a web and social content writer by profession and a standup comic because of a deep-seated need for attention. Follow her on Instagram at @maggies_words.
Mary is an Army wife of 7 years, mother to three wild boys, and owner of a small business helping other moms as a sleep consultant and potty training coach (yes- it is a thing!) called Mother Together.
She is originally from Gettysburg, PA, has an undergraduate degree in education from American University in Washington, DC, and taught middle school before following love into the adventure that is a military marriage.
Mary proudly considers herself the millennial everymom: rocks the side part, overuses the laugh crying emoji, looks forward to a daily glass of wine, and will probably be buried in skinny jeans. Her hobbies and interests include exploring local businesses and restaurants, camping when the weather is just right, knitting, coffee, and casual amounts of moderate exercise to create balance to her love of cooking. Mary is perpetually seeking new binge-worthy shows and audiobooks, so feel free to connect and share your interests!
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Melissa is an Air Force spouse who enjoyed 13 years living along the I-35 corridor in North Dakota, Louisiana, and Texas. The Air Force gods finally broke her free of the Central Time zone this summer and sent the family to Hawaii – just five weeks after baby #4 arrived! She works remotely for a non-profit in Louisiana as the Director of Technology and Strategic Operations and is currently pursuing her Project Management certification. Her oldest son (age 9) has Down Syndrome, and her oldest daughter (age 7) has an undiagnosed genetic disorder, so there are a lot of therapy and medical appointments; however, the chaos is balanced with weekly trips to the beach, hikes, and trying new restaurants.
Melissa is an Air Force spouse and mama to three littles. She is originally from Michigan and currently lives in Las Vegas. A former Spanish teacher and college academic advisor, she now stays home with her children. Some of her favorite things are afternoon lattes, bookstores, and spontaneous dance parties. You can read more by Melissa on Instagram and on her personal blog.
Hey there, I’m Rebecca! I am a believer, proud military wife, and Mama of 4; 2 in Heaven and 2 here with us. I’m originally from Florida, but we moved to Ohio about three years ago and I honestly LOVE the change. Dayton was quick to feel like home to us, and we’ve definitely been enjoying the seasons! Being a Mom is the happiest full-time job, but I love making the time to keep up with my personal interests as well. I run a blog and Instagram @theivynest; where I share a bit of our story and everyday life, along with my love of home decor and keeping things simple. Life is definitely busy, but I truly believe that it is equally as beautiful when we choose to see it that way!
A mom of two boys and three dogs, Sarah’s life is a bit of a circus. The dogs are barking at the mailman, the baby is learning to crawl and the toddler is running around without pants, and her husband can’t find his keys. But there’s living overseas, learning French, coffee, laughter, photography, dancing with her husband in the kitchen, fresh baked cookies, family travel and adventure planning, and every so often, a chance to serve her country when Sarah works as an Air Force Public Affairs Reservist.
As an Army daughter, wife, and mother, Suzanne Paulo knows “home is where the Army sends you.” A proud graduate of Washington State University, Suzanne now lives in North Texas where she is a middle school teacher. She enjoys reading, traveling, riding motorcycles, and alpine skiing.
Wendi Iacobello is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts in Educational Media. She also has a BS degree in Early Childhood Education. Her professional career in education spans across ten years in the public education sector to include; middle and high school special education, adult education for incarcerated men, women, & youth, compensatory education, High School Equivalency instruction formerly known as GED, community college instruction in Early Childhood Education curriculum courses, and most recently as an Instructional Design Assistant for a virtual school for at-risk high school students. Wendi has been an Army Spouse since 2015 and became a first time mom in the fall of 2019. In addition to chasing around her energetic toddler daily, she is a blogger, freelance writer, brand ambassador, and instructional design assistant. Wendi became a published author in 2020 and has been published in multiple military affiliated websites and magazines. Her hobbies include; volunteering in the local community, gardening, baking, and encouraging the military community through her blog Strength 4 Spouses.