Jenn Smith

Jenn Smith
Hey I'm Jenn, NYer turned OKie after my husbands 30 year ARMY career. We have four pretty amazing adult kids, two of which are active duty soldiers, so yes we are "empty nesters" But that didn't last, we bought 40 acres called The Roost and a few chickens to fill that void. Though my career was Physical Therapy many years ago, I chose to stay at home with our kids during my husband's active duty career with lots of volunteering added to my resume. I dabbled in substitute teaching at many duty stations and started contract work with R. Riveter as a Remote Leather Riveter, RR131 :). I love to cook, garden, create garden/field to table recipes and listen to audiobooks while doing that. My goal is to "keep moving" so staying active as long as I can through running, yoga, biking is my go to, but I do enjoy a frothy cup of black coffee, a glass of wine and chips and salsa. Here with Military Mom Collective I want to inspire, guide, share tips and tricks that we have learned through our military journey. Also to help other empty nester moms out there who have kids that are active duty. It is a different ball game when your kids are active and deploying, but we can get through it together.

National Eat Your Vegetables Day

What day is it??? It’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day. Today June 17th is a day for us to add a few extra vegetables in your day as part of your healthy diet. We work so...
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Reading is “FUN’NY”

Did you know that April 1st is World Reading is Funny Day? I didn’t either.  “It is aimed at rekindling a passion for reading among the younger generation” But let’s take it a step...

From Mom: What to Send When They Leave

Here I am preparing for both of my sons to deploy on two different missions, just as my husband did. As a mom, my mind begins racing in 1000 different directions: all while feeling...
Corned Beef

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Quick and easy Corned Beef and Cabbage just in time for St. Patricks Day with a leftover idea you will LOVE to try! Ingredients 3-4 pound Corned Beef Brisket 1 small onion sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled and...
Cheese Ball 3 Ways

Cheese Balls – 3 Ways

If your a cheese lover like me and need a quick go-to appetizer recipe give these a try. These are so easy to make, the flavors are incredible and you can use crackers, veggies...

Keep Moving in 2024 [Part I]

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl but by all means keep moving forward” -Martin Luther King Jr. I absolutely LOVE this quote. At...

6 Ingredient Micro-Green Juice

I've heard that a little green juice is great for detoxing after the holidays or whenever you have overdone it with food and beverage! Not sure if that is a true fact but I...

Are you “Empty Nesting” this Holiday Season

Always the hustle and bustle with our past trying to see both families on the East Coast. I thought it was so hard and easy at the same time. Renting a car to fit...

Our Transition Out of ARMY

Our “Transition” journey out of the ARMY. What the transition out of the ARMY was like for this mom. The word transition as per google: transition noun movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject,...

Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

This Retiree is keeping up with the Pumpkin Spice Craze. With a little extra protein added in these are GREAT for after a run/walk, bike or hike. Read all the way to the bottom...