Milspouse Matters

Jen McDonald

Milspouse Matters is the podcast dedicated to encouraging military spouses! I'm your host, Jen McDonald, and I was a military spouse for 30 years until my husband’s retirement. We lived all around the world, raised four kids, and dealt with all the challenges and adventures of military life, just like you! I’m also the author of two books for military spouses. Over the years, I came to believe that we military spouses are tough, but we're only stronger together. Whether you’re a new or more seasoned spouse…Whatever life is throwing your way? Let’s talk about it! read less
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Episodes

Learn How to PCS Proof Your Fitness - Ep. 114
Jan 17 2024
Learn How to PCS Proof Your Fitness - Ep. 114
Some of the most listened-to episodes for this podcast are on the topics of self-care and fitness, and so I’m delighted to bring you today's guest Grace Barnick-Damazo. We're talking all about how to “PCS proof” your fitness routine, along with some practical tips you can start using today. Grace is the Head Coach and Owner of FitPath Coaching, LLC. She’s spent years learning from the best in the fitness industry, so that she can get you the results that you deserve. Grace is a Navy spouse, and she understands the unique challenges that military life plays in reaching your health and fitness goals. It’s her mission to provide solutions that work for active duty women and military spouses, including her most recent fitness program, PCS Proof Fitness!  Grace was voted the 2018 Personal Trainer of the Year by her peers, and she’s committed to providing the highest level, science-backed, proven programs to women in military life in a supportive, approachable, and affordable way. Fitness doesn't have to be complicated, and Grace breaks it all down for us in this episode. As she says, "When in doubt, go for a walk!" Grace is generously offering your first month of #PCSProofFitness completely free! Use this exclusive promo code on her site when you check out: MSMFREE Connect with Grace and her programs at:   https://www.fitpathcoaching.com/pcs-proof-fitness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracebfitness/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracebfitness Spouse-ly Store: https://spouse-ly.com/store/fitpath-coaching-llc/   ---- Connect with Jen: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
A Talk with the Authors of Unwavering: Taylor Kiland and Judy Gray- Ep. 113
Dec 13 2023
A Talk with the Authors of Unwavering: Taylor Kiland and Judy Gray- Ep. 113
On this episode, I'm honored to be speaking to Judy Gray and Taylor Kiland, the authors of the newly released book, Unwavering: The Wives Who Fought to Ensure No Man is Left Behind. About the book: In a time when women faced countless challenges and societal limitations, these military wives dared to defy the status quo. They transformed from bystanders to frontline activists, passionately advocating for the return of their missing and captive husbands during the Vietnam War. Their unwavering determination made the fate of their men—and the others who were POWs and MIA— a national priority, despite the odds stacked against them. "Unwavering" is not just a book; it's a love letter to military spouses everywhere. Judy and Taylor, both military veterans themselves, take us on a journey behind the scenes of this incredible project. Discover what inspired them to tell this powerful story and what kept them motivated throughout the writing process. Get a sneak peek into the remarkable tales of perseverance and courage found within the pages of Unwavering. This is the quintessential American narrative of how a group of women, once silenced and sidelined, reshaped the way America fights its wars.  Watch the Unwavering book trailer and see this episode's complete show notes here. Get the Unwavering book on Amazon here. Connect with Unwavering, Judy, and Taylor: Unwavering book website: https://www.unwaveringbook.comX, Facebook, and Instagram as @UnwaveringbookLinked in: Judy Silverstein Gray, Taylor Kiland Mentioned in this episode: Military Moves and Deployments During the HolidaysJen’s new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our StoriesGet 20% off the 5-Day Deployment Devotional during December with code December23 here Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Military Moves and Deployments During the Holidays - Ep. 112
Dec 7 2023
Military Moves and Deployments During the Holidays - Ep. 112
Are you dealing with a military move or deployment right smack dab in the middle of the “most wonderful time of the year”? Let's talk about ways to cope and giving yourself permission to do what works for you and your family.   Mentioned in this episode:  Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters  Get 20% off the 5-Day Deployment Devotional during December with code December23:  https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/  Surviving a Military Move During the Holidays from MilitaryByOwner: https://blog.militarybyowner.com/surviving-a-military-move-during-the-holidays Getting Through the Holidays While Your Spouse Is Deployed: https://jen-mcdonald.com/getting-through-the-holidays-while-your-spouse-is-deployed/ Episode 99: Dealing with Anxiety as a Military Spouse: https://jen-mcdonald.com/show-notes/episode-99-dealing-with-anxiety-as-a-military-spouse/ The Christian Milspouse Podcast: https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcast/christian-milspouse-podcast/ Free mental health help and counseling:  https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ Telemynd (covered by TRICARE): https://www.telemynd.com/humanamilitary Having a Baby Overseas: What Military Spouses Should Know: https://jen-mcdonald.com/having-a-baby-overseas-what-military-spouses-should-know/ Want me to speak at your next military spouse event, book club, or conference? I'm also happy to drop in virtually to your book club or meeting! Contact me here: https://jen-mcdonald.com/contact/ Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Coming Back from Rock Bottom with Charlynda Scales - Ep. 111
Nov 9 2023
Coming Back from Rock Bottom with Charlynda Scales - Ep. 111
I'm so happy to bring you my talk with Charlynda Scales, author of the brand new book, Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline, which has already ranked as a best new release in its category! She’s a veteran, now a reservist, a former military spouse, and an entrepreneur. Charlynda is not only impressive, but she's a kind-hearted person who is wise beyond her years. But that wisdom has been hard-won. We discuss the stories behind her book, her journey to becoming an entrepreneur, aligning yourself with others who are like-hearted vs. like-minded, advice for entrepreneurs or anyone starting over, and how to come back when life has brought you to rock bottom. As Charlynda says about the idea of "rock bottom has a trampoline," "I've heard the saying, 'rock bottom has a basement.' How freaking depressing is that statement? There's no faith in that. There's no light at the end of the tunnel in that quote. If you believe in something bigger than yourself, you'll never truly be at rock bottom. Rock bottom is not a place you go and stay. Rock bottom is a moment." Here’s more about Charlynda: Charlynda Scales is a serial entrepreneur: She serves as founder and CEO of Mutt's Sauce LLC and OH Taste LLC; Director of the OH Taste Foundation (501c3), and creator of The Empower Collection. She is the author of the business empowerment book, Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline. Charlynda is a sought-after speaker and mentor for women's empowerment and small businesses. Her military career spans over 15 years; she's currently an Air Force Reservist stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Her son, David, is, in her opinion, her finest achievement. I'm certain you're going to be so inspired by Charlynda, just as I was. Get Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline Here: https://amzn.to/3Qv3DNM Get Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters  5-day Deployment Devotional, half off in the month of November with code November23: https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/  PILLAR online FREE deployment retreat, Nov. 17-19, 2023  - sign up here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/209167998492858  Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
PACT for Animals: Fostering Pets for Military and Veterans - Ep. 110
Nov 1 2023
PACT for Animals: Fostering Pets for Military and Veterans - Ep. 110
It's no secret that military families love their pets! But what do you do if you're facing a deployment and have no one to care for your pet? Or if you get an overseas assignment to a location your pet can't go? Enter PACT for Animals! PACT for Animals is dedicated to fostering pets for active duty U.S. military members on deployment or an assignment where they cannot bring their pet and veterans in medical crisis.  On this episode, I’m speaking with Julie Zantopoulos from PACT for Animals. Julie shares the mission of PACT for Animals, which functions in all 50 states, information on how to foster or find care for pets, and ways you can support PACT for Animals. They’re the only nationwide nonprofit that screens and matches pet fosters, facilitates the reunion, and also supports both the foster and pet’s family through the duration of the separation. Connect with PACT for Animals:  Reach Julie: julie@pactforanimals.orghttps://pactforanimals.org/https://www.facebook.com/PACTforAnimalshttps://www.instagram.com/pactforanimals/https://www.linkedin.com/company/pactforanimals/https://twitter.com/PACTforAnimalshttps://www.youtube.com/@PACTforAnimals  Mentioned in this episode:   Get Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters  5-day Deployment Devotional, half off in the month of November with code November23: https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/  PILLAR online FREE deployment retreat, Nov. 17-19, 2023  - sign up here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/209167998492858  Podcast deployment episodes: https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcategory/deployment/ Deployment blog posts: https://jen-mcdonald.com/category/deployment/ See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMep110 Connect with Jen and Milspouse Matters: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcdMilitary spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloadsBooks: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
A Home for Surviving Spouses and Veterans: A Chat with Brooke McLean, CEO of the Air Force Enlisted Village - Ep. 109
Oct 26 2023
A Home for Surviving Spouses and Veterans: A Chat with Brooke McLean, CEO of the Air Force Enlisted Village - Ep. 109
In this episode of Milspouse Matters, Jen talks with Brooke McLean, retired CMSgt and President/CEO of the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV), a one-of-a-kind-community which has a mission of providing safe, secure homes for surviving spouses of military retirees and retired military couples. They discuss Brooke's military background, the mission of AFEV, and some of the wonderful stories of the residents, several of whom are featured in Jen’s new book! Hear about a day in the life of a resident, eligibility criteria for residents, some heartwarming stories, and future plans for AFEV—including future developments like Victory Village and help for caregivers of our nation’s Wounded Warriors—along with encouraging words for current military families.  Brooke also talks about his YouTube series, "Cook with Brooke," and ways listeners can help support AFEV, a 501c3 nonprofit. As Brooke says, if you’re having a bad day, just get out and visit with one of the residents. Find out how to plan a visit to AFEV and tune in for an inspiring conversation about supporting military widows and retired couples.  Mentioned in this episode:  Get Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters 5-day Deployment Devotional, FREE through Oct. 31 with code deployment23: https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/ PILLAR online FREE deployment retreat, Nov. 17-19, 2023  - sign up here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/209167998492858 See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MM109AFEV Connect with the Air Force Enlisted Village:  www.afev.ushttps://www.facebook.com/AirForceEnlistedVillage/https://www.instagram.com/afev.us/https://www.youtube.com/user/AFEVAFEVhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/afenlistedvillage/ Connect with Brooke McLean: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-mclean-1b531329/ Connect with Jen and Milspouse Matters: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
After the Boxes Are Unpacked with Susan Miller- Ep. 108
Oct 6 2023
After the Boxes Are Unpacked with Susan Miller- Ep. 108
Have you ever felt lost after a military move? Are you trying to figure out how to get connected? Do you feel "stuck"? Susan Miller from Just Moved Ministry is here to talk about settling in, plugging in, and finding your new normal after a move...after the boxes are unpacked! As she says, "Don't isolate yourself. Join up, and join in!" She not only understands and validates the feelings of being alone and rootless after a move (she was both a military brat and military wife), but gives practical tips on getting involved and connected. She reminds us, "God will not take you anywhere that He doesn't have a place for you." In 1995, Susan launched Just Moved Ministry out of a desire to offer the encouragement and hope of Jesus Christ to women uprooted by a move. Thousands of uprooted women around the world have contacted Just Moved Ministry for personal encouragement, helpful resources, inspiration, prayer support, an online community, and to find the location of an After the Boxes Are Unpacked study group.  Connect with Just Moved Ministry at justmoved.org and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JustMovedMinistry and Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/justmovedministry/ Get Jen's new book! https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters This episode's ad:  Munk Pack 1g Sugar Nut & Seed Bars: Gluten-free, keto friendly, plant-based, non-gmo verified, and delicious! Pretzel dark chocolate and other flavors. Use promo code SAVE10MP for 10% off all Munk Pack Nut & Seed Bars, Amazon only, ends 12/31/2023. https://amzn.to/3t1KcUv  Connect: This episode's complete show notes: https://jen-mcdonald.com/show-notes/after-the-boxes-are-unpacked-with-susan-miller-ep-108/ Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Best of: Preparing for Deployment and Reintegration - Ep. 107
Sep 22 2023
Best of: Preparing for Deployment and Reintegration - Ep. 107
On this episode, I'm discussing the issues that spring up with deployment and reintegration with guest Terri Laurent, a seasoned military spouse who’s sharing a ton of wisdom. This episode is a "best of" from waaaay back on Episode 34.  Have you dealt with the emotional build up leading up to deployment? Have you wondered why the service member’s homecoming isn’t like what you see on TV or the movies? Maybe you’re struggling, and you think you’re the only one. We talk about preparing your heart and marriage for deployment and reintegration, that time period after the service member returns home from a long separation/deployment.  This is part two of our talk–listen to part one on Episode 31, all about mentoring. Mentioned in this episode:  The 5 Love Languages Military EditionTerri’s blog: Even the Birds Believe and business website, First Light Photography Podcast episodes on deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcategory/deployment/ Blog posts about deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/category/deployment/  This episode's ad:  Are you pregnant or a new mama? My daughter who just had her first baby has loved the teas, morning sickness help, and more from Pink Stork. This is a company founded by a military spouse and they have supplements to support fertility, pregnancy, and more! All products are third-party tested. Subscribe and save 20% on your Pink Stork favorites. Learn more---> https://amzn.to/3Lyvwmd Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB *some affiliate links
Help Your Marriage Thrive During Deployment and Military Separations - Ep. 106
Sep 15 2023
Help Your Marriage Thrive During Deployment and Military Separations - Ep. 106
Can you actually strengthen your marriage through a military deployment or separation? I believe, yes, you can! With mindfulness and intention.   First, I'm sharing some tips from my experiences, then we’ll be hearing from other military spouses who’ve weathered deployments and separations. Mentioned in this episode:  Jen's book launch team - https://jen-mcdonald.com/books/new-book/ Podcast episodes on deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcategory/deployment/ Blog posts about deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/category/deployment/  This episode's ads:  Please consider supporting, which in turn supports the production of this podcast!  SpaLife: Pamper yourself or get a gift set for a friend. Use the code 20SLOWDOWN in your Amazon cart for 20% off all SpaLife products(Amazon only). https://amzn.to/48iv2dE  Munk Pack 1g Sugar Nut & Seed Bars: Gluten-free, keto friendly, plant-based, non-gmo verified, and delicious! Pretzel dark chocolate and other flavors. Use promo code SAVE10MP for 10% off all Munk Pack Nut & Seed Bars, Amazon only, ends 12/31/2023. https://amzn.to/3t1KcUv  VENO 2-Pack Extra Large Reusable Grocery Bags: Sturdy upright design with reinforced base and carrying handles. Collapsible for easy storage. No more wobbly grocery sacks! https://amzn.to/468BwtW  Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB *some affiliate links
Navigating Military Life with Humor - Ep. 105
Aug 18 2023
Navigating Military Life with Humor - Ep. 105
Life as a military spouse is an intricate dance of challenges and uncertainties, along with so many adventures. On this “best of” episode, we revisit one of my favorite interviews. I’m talking to author Lisa Molinari about her military spouse journey, and how she’s found solace and strength through humor and processing life through writing.  Lisa refers to herself as a “garden variety military spouse” (which you might disagree with after you listen to her story!). She's never been nominated for Military Spouse of the Year, but her journey is a story of resilience that will resonate with you. Throughout her decades of military life, Lisa learned to find humor in hard and even absurd circumstances. Rather than succumbing to the challenges that come with this lifestyle, she's chosen to seek out the silver lining and share her experiences through laughter. In my conversation with Lisa, she recounted instances where humor became a lifeline during her military spouse journey. With stories from “Pork Chop Envy” to unforeseen deployment hiccups, Lisa reminds us that these crazy things we go through will become the best stories one day! Connect with Lisa: Facebook I Instagram I Twitter I PinterestGet Lisa's book, The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit ComLisa's website:  The Meat and Potatoes of Life This episode's sponsors:  Please consider supporting our sponsors, which in turn supports the production of this podcast! Pink Stork, The Wellness Brand for Women®, was born out of military spouse Amy's desire to help others. Pink Stork offers clean, effective supplements supporting fertility, morning sickness, pregnancy, postpartum, nursing, and more. Prenatal Vitamins:  https://amzn.to/451psuqLabor Prep Tea: https://amzn.to/3DPQAk4Morning sickness help: https://amzn.to/3QKLgG7 Unbox Me Sunshine Gift for Women  Send a box of sunshine to someone who could use a pick-me-up. Maybe it’s yourself! Unboxme self-care gifts for women are carefully curated with high-quality, artisan products sourced from small, family-owned U.S. businesses. Box includes organic herbal tea, fluffy cloud socks, ceramic mug, honey sheet mask, hand-poured candle, beeswax lip balm, a fun floral scrunchie, and a “sending sunshine” card. https://amzn.to/45hdzke Connect: This episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMep105  Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB   *some affiliate links
Best of: Pro Tips for Your PCS Move - Ep. 104
Jul 13 2023
Best of: Pro Tips for Your PCS Move - Ep. 104
It's PCS move season and it's the perfect time to share some helpful resources for your military family.  Military life usually comes with a guarantee of change, and one of the most inevitable changes is moving. Whether you're a seasoned military family or embarking on your first Permanent Change of Station (PCS), my goal is to provide you with a wealth of information and actionable advice! With personal experience from living in 24 houses, going through 13 PCS moves, with 4 overseas tours in there, all while towing along 4 kids and a dog, I share some of my own tips along with insights gathered from fellow military spouses and listeners on this Best Of episode.  Here's to making your moving journey a little smoother and perhaps even injecting some laughter along the way! ***Find all resources mentioned (and more!) in this exhaustive PCS resource page: https://bit.ly/MMPCS See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMep104 This episode's sponsors:  Extended Stay America for PCS Lodging Needs: https://extendedstayamerica.3qag.net/YMJWr Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs Calling all pet owners! Are you looking for a natural solution to help calm your furry friend? Look no further than Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs. With all-natural and holistic ingredients, their customers rave about the hours of calming relief these delicious soft chews provide for their dogs. Made in the USA and veterinarian approved, you can trust the quality and effectiveness of Well Loved Calming Chews. Whether it’s a long flight with your pet or a visit to the vet, these chews can help ease anxiety and stress in most dogs within 30-60 minutes. Say goodbye to restless nights and nervous behavior—it’s time for a calmer and happier pup! What sets Well Loved Calming Chews apart is not only their calming effects but also their irresistible taste. Dogs love the delicious soft chews, making it a breeze to give them the relief they deserve. These chews have been a game-changer for our nervous puppers! Order your Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs today. Give your pet the relaxation they deserve with this veterinarian-approved and trusted product. https://amzn.to/3NMpSyE HyperGo Wipes for Your Life Full-Body Rinse-Free Hypoallergenic Biodegradable Bathing Wipes—the ultimate solution for staying refreshed and clean anytime, anywhere. Perfect for post-workout, camping adventures, travel, and your daily life. They're designed to be gentle and safe for all skin types while being environmentally-friendly.  HyperGo Wipes are 12" x 12" unscented wipes that offer you a square foot of cleanliness and comfort. Their unique embossing technique ensures an ultra-soft and durable feel, making every clean-up a breeze. Subscribe and save and save 10% now and up to 15% on future deliveries.  Learn more about HyperGo Wipes: https://amzn.to/44ePv0z ThisWorx Car Vacuum Are you tired of dealing with messy cars, crumbs everywhere, and those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies?  This compact, lightweight, and oh-so-powerful car vacuum is here to save the day. Equipped with a HEPA filter, it’s ready to tackle everything from pesky crumbs to those unexpected food spills that happen on-the-go. Say goodbye to messes in your car or truck! Learn more about ThisWorx Car Vacuum: https://amzn.to/43p55FJ Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Moving with a Baby: Tips from Experienced Military Spouses - Ep. 103
Jul 6 2023
Moving with a Baby: Tips from Experienced Military Spouses - Ep. 103
On this Best Of episode, we're bringing back some tips for making a move with a baby, all from experienced military spouses! Whether you're relocating stateside or embarking on an overseas adventure, moving with a baby as a military family can be quite a challenge. The logistics of travel, the emotional adjustments, and the added responsibilities of caring for a little one can make the process overwhelming. To help you navigate this exciting yet demanding journey, we've gathered tips from military spouses who've been through it! From flying with a baby to preparing mentally, my hope is that these insights will help you approach your move with confidence and grace. See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMEp103 Sponsors: Huggies 99% Pure Water Baby Wipes Introducing Huggies Wipes with 99% Pure Water!  These wipes are specially designed to provide the utmost care for your baby's delicate skin. With 99% purified water and gentle cleansers, they're safe for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested. No harsh ingredients, just pure goodness. No parabens, alcohol, dyes, or elemental chlorine, AND they’re accepted by the National Eczema Association. Visit the link for more info and to get an extra 15% off your first subscribe and save order! Discover the convenience, safety, and quality of Huggies Wipes with 99% Pure Water. Give your baby the gentle care they deserve. Get Huggies wipes and the discount here--->  https://amzn.to/3O0sskG HyperGo Wipes for Your Life Full-Body Rinse-Free Hypoallergenic Biodegradable Bathing Wipes—the ultimate solution for staying refreshed and clean anytime, anywhere. Perfect for post-workout, camping adventures, travel, and your daily life. They're designed to be gentle and safe for all skin types while being environmentally-friendly.  HyperGo Wipes are 12" x 12" unscented wipes that offer you a square foot of cleanliness and comfort. Their unique embossing technique ensures an ultra-soft and durable feel, making every clean-up a breeze. Subscribe and save and save 10% now and up to 15% on future deliveries.  Learn more about HyperGo Wipes here---> https://amzn.to/44ePv0z Mentioned in this episode:  Military Kids' Resources: https://jen-mcdonald.com/resources/military-kids-resources/ Cares Airplane Harness for Kids: https://amzn.to/448LCdE Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Best of: When Your Child Joins the Military - Ep. 102
Jun 28 2023
Best of: When Your Child Joins the Military - Ep. 102
On this "Best of" episode, join me and guest Elaine Brye as we delve into the unique challenges faced by parents with children serving in the military. We explore strategies, resources, and personal stories that provide support and guidance to parents on this extraordinary journey. Discover a community that understands what it's like to have a child in the armed forces. Elaine Brye, author of the book Be Safe, Love Mom, shares her hard won wisdom and experience with other military families. She’s an “Army brat” turned military wife and the mom of four active duty members—one each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. She’s been through more than 15 deployments with her children and understands the pride, worry, and fear that are the life of a military parent. Elaine talks about what’s helped her get through the hard times as a military mom, tips for better communication between in-laws, as well as encouragement and practical ideas for parents whose child is deployed. Get Elaine's book, Be Safe, Love Mom: https://amzn.to/3CQiKuM Connect with Elaine: Be Safe Love Mom- The Sisterhood of Military Moms, Facebook This episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMEp102 Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs Calling all pet owners! Are you looking for a natural solution to help calm your furry friend? Look no further than Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs. With all-natural and holistic ingredients, their customers rave about the hours of calming relief these delicious soft chews provide for their dogs. Made in the USA and veterinarian approved, you can trust the quality and effectiveness of Well Loved Calming Chews. If your pet is affected by 4th of July fireworks or summer thunderstorms, prepare now! Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs are the solution you've been searching for. And don’t miss out on upcoming Prime Day deals on July 11-12. You can also save with their subscribe and save options on Amazon, or by buying 2 or more of selected items. https://amzn.to/3NMpSyE Do You Really Know Your Family? A Fun Family Game Filled with Conversation Starters and Challenges - Great for Kids, Teens and Adults!  Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to bond with your family during those long trips or military moves? Look no further than "Do You Really Know Your Family?" The Ultimate Family Card Game! Find it here: https://amzn.to/3CKSlhT Connect: Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Moving with Pets: Essential Resources and Expert Advice - Ep. 101
Jun 24 2023
Moving with Pets: Essential Resources and Expert Advice - Ep. 101
Have you moved with pets? There's always something new to learn when it comes to our furry family members. On this Quick Tips episode, I'm sharing a few resources to help make your military move with pets easier. Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs Calling all pet owners! Are you looking for a natural solution to help calm your furry friend? Look no further than Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs. With all-natural and holistic ingredients, their customers rave about the hours of calming relief these delicious soft chews provide for their dogs. Made in the USA and veterinarian approved, you can trust the quality and effectiveness of Well Loved Calming Chews. If your pet is affected by 4th of July fireworks or summer thunderstorms, prepare now! Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs are the solution you've been searching for. And don’t miss out on upcoming Prime Day deals on July 11-12. You can also save with their subscribe and save options on Amazon, or by buying 2 or more of selected items.  Order your Well Loved Calming Chews for Dogs today. Give your pet the relaxation they deserve with this veterinarian-approved and trusted product. https://amzn.to/3NMpSyE Resources mentioned for moving with pets:  The “Patriot Express” - see AMC Pet Travel page International Pet and Travel Association (IPATA) Dogs on Deployment Rich Setzer Memorial Grant Fund offers financial assistance for certain pet expenses for military members (generally E-6 or below. Operation Military Pets from the SPCA, now known as “Apollo’s Aid” -  helping military families stay united with their pets.  Operation We Are Here - an extensive list of pet relocation grants and help for military families. Operation Roger - volunteer truckers helping transport animals.  Pet Relocation reimbursements from the DOD - see the latest guidance here (Currently is $550 for CONUS move, up to $2K for OCONUS): “ American Humane Society Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet PACT for Animals State Humane Societies (check with your state) Delta Airlines’ guidance for year-round shipment of animals and American Airlines PetEmbark program Amtrak pet transport Find even more help with your PCS move with my extensive list of PCS resources. Click on the "moving with pets" tab for more! Connect: This episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMmovingwithpets Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Celebrating 100 episodes! - Ep. 100
Jun 15 2023
Celebrating 100 episodes! - Ep. 100
We've hit the 100 episodes milestone of the Milspouse Matters podcast! I can’t thank you enough for the continued support throughout this podcast’s journey so far. And don’t miss the BIG GIVEAWAY I’m throwing to celebrate, including some gifts provided by my amazing publisher, W. Brand Publishing. Find it on my Instagram and Facebook (links below). Note: this giveaway expires June 25, 2023.  Sponsored ad: Check out Avocado Huggers, an eco-friendly solution for saving your avocados. Avocado Huggers not only keeps your avocados fresh, but they also care about the environment. These adorable, easy-to-use alternatives to plastic wrap for preserving avocados were created by a woman and inventor owned company. Thousands of 5-star reviews, a lifetime warranty, and dishwasher safe! Celebrate National Avocado Day on July 31st by investing in an Avocado Hugger! Get yours here with my affiliate link (this link does not cost you more, but helps to support my podcast and other work): https://amzn.to/3Cu0ZkT On this episode, I reminisce about my podcast journey and the amazing guests and support we’ve had over nearly 5 years and 100 episodes, along with the global reach of the Milspouse Matters podcast. During this time, I’ve also juggled family life, run multiple podcasts, and kept a full-time job from home. Looking Back and Looking Ahead We discuss the challenges and breaks necessary due to COVID-19, family tragedies, and other life events.I’ve received so much amazing help from friends and podcast pros Lana and Tara, and now my daughter Anna who is working on some behind-the-scenes projects. I encourage potential podcasters to take the leap, despite the work it takes to keep a podcast running.Future plans: Introducing more guests, changing the format, and always focusing on encouraging and supporting military spouses. As always, I invite your feedback and topic suggestions, and I would be so grateful if you left a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app to help support the show. I couldn’t do this without you, dear listeners, and I am forever grateful for YOU.  And remember….you are brave, you are strong, and you’ve got this. Happy 100 episodes! Connect: This episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMEp100 Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Dealing with Anxiety as a Military Spouse - Ep. 99
May 3 2023
Dealing with Anxiety as a Military Spouse - Ep. 99
After dealing with anxiety and panic attacks as a young adult, things came to a head for Marine Corps spouse Erin after some big military life changes. She was physically ill, having daily panic attacks, and struggling to leave her house when she realized she needed to do something more than what she'd always done: try to cope alone. On this episode, you'll hear from Erin, a.k.a. “The Short Wife,” about her journey to finding the help and resources she needed.  Erin says: “I didn’t know what was going on with me. I didn’t feel like myself…but I wanted to believe it wasn’t real. And I didn’t know how to ask for help.” Erin has documented her journey on her website and Instagram, talking honestly about anxiety and other mental health issues. She’s known for being open, authentic, and warm and also brings humor to tough issues.  She shares some of her favorite mental health resources and books, but most of all wants you to know that, if you’re dealing with anxiety too, you’re not alone. She says,  “You are not alone in your struggles. There’s always someone who can relate to you, and there’s a whole community to support you.”  Connect with Erin:  Erin’s site, The Short Wife www.theshortwife.comFind her on social media as @theshortwife See this episode’s complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MM99anxiety Resources mentioned in this episode: Online Therapy Covered by TRICARE: Telemind https://telemind.com/ Accounts that specialize in anxiety help on Instagram: @anxiety_wellbeing https://www.instagram.com/anxiety_wellbeing/ @therapywithmaggielpc https://www.instagram.com/therapywithmaggielpc/ @theanxietydoctor https://www.instagram.com/theanxietydoctor/ Find more resources on Erin’s Instagram account! Books The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb https://amzn.to/3HzAFsn Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer https://amzn.to/3AN3w8K ----- Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Helping Teens Through a Parent's Deployment - Ep. 98
Apr 19 2023
Helping Teens Through a Parent's Deployment - Ep. 98
On this Quick Tips episode, we're talking about helping teens navigate a parent's deployment. So often, deployment resources are geared towards younger children, and while that’s of course important, and I’ve also covered it before on several episodes, today we are focusing on our teenagers. This info is from part of a talk I gave during the amazing and supportive PILLAR deployment retreat in fall 2022 about helping your teens—and yourself!—through a parent’s deployment.  Teens are so amazing, challenging, and wonderful, all at the same time. Helping our teens get through the deployment of a parent is a privilege, but it’s a time that we can use all the help we can get. Our military family went through multiple deployments, and one of my claims to fame is getting through a year-long deployment of my husband when all four of my kids were teenagers at the same time. If I can do it, you can do it, too! We'll talk about some practical tips for helping teens navigate this tough time, as well as finding support for YOU. This episode is sponsored by my new book study guide, You Are Not Alone Book Study Guide and Discussion Questions. Use code STUDY15 for 15% off this guide! Visit Jen’s shop here: https://bit.ly/MMPodshop See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMPteensdeployment  Resources mentioned in this episode:  Grab your free PDF download about deployment and teens: https://bit.ly/teensdeployment Milspouse Matters Episode 24 - Walking with Young Children Through a Parent’s Deployment: https://bit.ly/41m9ZmC Military Kids Resources: https://bit.ly/MMPmilkids Military OneSource call 800-342-9647 or live chat on their site: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/  ---- Jen’s site:  Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB
Starting Your Own Business as a Military Spouse - Ep. 97
Apr 5 2023
Starting Your Own Business as a Military Spouse - Ep. 97
Wendy Hively shares a behind the scenes look at how she started her successful business, Charliemadison Originals, while also working full-time as a scientist. As a longtime Navy spouse who's now the wife of a retiree, Wendy has a lot of wisdom about work/life balance, how she pivoted when the military took her family to Japan, avoiding burnout, the ways that entrepreneurship can be a great path for military spouses and the lessons she learned, while also being realistic about the hard work it requires. As Wendy reminds us, you don't get a prize for working all the time! I so enjoyed talking with Wendy, and I think you’ll be inspired to take a look at your own work/life balance, whether you’re an entrepreneur or not. Connect with Wendy and Charliemadison Originals at https://charliemadisonoriginals.com/ and on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/charliemadisonoriginals/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charliemadisonoriginals  See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMEpisode97  -  - - - This episode is sponsored by my new book study guide, You Are Not Alone Book Study Guide and Discussion Questions. Use code STUDY15 for 15% off this guide! See Jen’s shop here: https://bit.ly/MMPodshop ---- Jen’s site:  Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads  Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ---- Socials: Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta  Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook  Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok  Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter  Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB  ---- Your opinion matters! What do you want to hear on the podcast? What do you love? What would you like to see changed? Sound off here with my listener survey: https://bit.ly/MMlistenersurvey