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Monday, May 23, 2016

10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To {and I dream of being a guest on}

Podcasts are my new addiction. I've always been the kind of person that needed to have 'noise' around me, whether that be the tv, music or just sitting out in the middle of the house while the kids are running around. Silence drives me nuts! So really, listening to podcasts are the perfect way to have 'noise' going on around me. There's no reason for me to look up at the tv, and a smaller chance of getting distracted - oh look, something shiny!!! There is also this little part of me that loves the concept of listening to my entertainment. I remember as a kid listening to the radio with my parents. Talk radio, Adventures in Odyssey, and an A.M. station that used to recreate old-time radio shows. Love!! Podcasts to me are as close as we can get to the days of radio entertainment right? So grab a cup of coffee and sit back and listen to some amazing podcasts.

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Not only have I fallen in love with so many podcasts, I have secret dreams of being on all of them as a guest star. And if perhaps, some of these amazing podcast would love to a fan-girl segment I'd be okay with that. But no, seriously.....I could figure out something to say, maybe. I have, in fact, been on one podcast and it was such a lovely experience, and really put a bee in my bonnet. All right, so on to the list!!

1. Gilmore Guys

I'm a Gilmore Girls addict, and you might frequently hear me quote lines from it even if I'm talking to people who are not GG fans. You can catch my post about GG, where I talk about how it may or not may not affect how I raise my daughter. This is a longer podcast, one of the longer ones on the list. So just be ready for that. You'll love it and the time will fly by!{language}

2. The Lively Show

Jess Lively is just so fun to listen to. Her podcast really is a lively, uplifting and positive podcast for women. There is so much fun and good discussion. I just love it and almost don't want to go into any more detail because you just have to listen to it.

3. Elise Gets Crafty

The woman behind the Get To Work Book (for all you paper planner nerds like me) podcasts here. This is a great podcast because it talks a lot of what real entrepreneurship  and success looks like - which is so subjective. And that's kind of the point. There are so many different kinds of things that can make you an entrepreneur, and many more things that make someone successful. You can find podcasts about authors, blogging, travel photographers, finding your passions and more.

4. Real Crime Profile

So this is where my true crime nerdiness comes out. Most of the people that are currently in my life {post DC Metro Area move} do not know about my schooling and my life pre-kids. I have a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, focus of Criminal Psychology and dreamed of snagging an internship at the BAU. I had a cat named Luminol. This show is headed by Jim Clemente, who is a retired FBI profiler. Also on the show is the casting director for Criminal Minds (who works with Jim - he's a writer on the show) and Laura Richards, who worked with Scotland Yard and founded an international stalking advocacy group. So, its some amazing people. {intense topics}

5. Lifegiver: A Military Spouse podcast

This podcast is hosted by Corie Weathers (and a lot of the times her sweet sweet hubby), who was the 2015 Armed Force Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. This has been such a wonderful podcast for me, and if I had to rate the podcasts this might rate pretty close to being the top.  I have been so encouraged and moved to tears during this podcast. It has offered perspectives on marriage, words of advice and validation. It has challenged me in my faith. I'm feeling emotional just writing this description. Even if you aren't a military spouse I feel like this would be an excellent podcast. Corie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is married to an Army Chaplain.


6. The Way I heard It, with Mike Rowe

This is the shortest podcast on the list. Running on an average of 8 minutes you will hear about stories in politics, pop culture and entertainment from a different perspective with the words of the amazing Mike Rowe. And, its Mike Rowe, so I'm not really sure what else you need to know.

7. Probably Wrong Podcast

Two dudes talking about music, culture, faith and beyond...is the description of this podcast...and its about accurate. Although its way less formal sounding than it is. I'm biased on this one only because I know these guys and they have a special plate in my heart. Its really funny, thought provoking, maybe a little hot topic like. But the best part about it is they're "Probably wrong!" See what I did there? {language}

8. Pulp: the podcast based on a true story

This is an interesting podcast. It started out talking about The People Vs. OJ Simpson, then they've talked about other crime related things like Anita Hill, The Bling Ring...so crime, but through a pop culture lens...by young Millennials? I'm not really sure how else to describe it. They know their stuff, they read, they watch, and somehow it works. There's been a couple times that I've laughed because they don't remember the OJ Simpson trial like I do. Its a fun listen. {language}{intense topics}

9. A Purpose Driven Wife Podcast

So this is one of the podcasts on my list that I have actually been on! Yay! So make sure you find my episode and listen. But Trista is so lovely. Its uplifting, its real, its funny. She is such an encouragement to women, whether that be by faith, by her drive in entrepreneurship avenues, blogging. She's even written a book. You can find topics relating to motherhood, military life, business and faith.

10. She Percolates

This is THE first podcast I ever listened to. I am lucky enough to have met one of the lovely ladies on this podcast {plus she's my go to fashion guru - because of her I now am confident in my pattern mixing ability!} way before podcasting. We worked together in the military non-profit world, her working/me volunteering, for the same organization. So when she announced this whole podcast thing I was fascinated. And its amazing. The description describes it as a podcast, "serving up a fresh perspective on success" and its true. Its empowering and encouraging, uplifting and fun. The hosts personalities really come out through their conversations and its a fun listen.

bonus podcasts!!!!

so i added two bonus podcasts to my list, because, well....I can!!
When I was making my list I just found that I couldn't narrow things down like I had originally wanted to. So I just thought, well this is how its happening now! So I have two bonus podcast choices for you. 

1.  NextGen Milspouse - This is a military driven podcast that talks about issues in and around the military community. There are tips and advice and so much more. what I really love about this podcast and what I think really makes it unique is that it isn't just about being a milspouse. And I think that is something that is true for the NextGen brand as a whole. They have a great online magazine/blog format, and that really translates well into podcast form.

2.  We Are the Mighty Podcast - They have had some really good interviews - Noah Galloway and Bryan Anderson, and I just think the guys are funny. The episodes about POWs and the best characters in military movies were pretty good as well.  I'm pretty sure talking to a lame Air Force military spouse would be low on their list...but I think they are hilarious. Their podcast can run a bit long sometimes, but they are just starting out. {language}










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Friday, May 20, 2016

Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Giveaway!

Guys! I'm so excited! I haven't had a giveaway in forever, and what better way to bring it back then with an awesome one from the people at Old Spice. Last week I had such a fun time talking about Mr. Air Force and how even if he doesn't ride on the back of a whale he's pretty awesome!


So we've been using the Old Spice Hardest Working Collection for a little while now and I'm still loving the scent. So my military man is definitely living up to the #Smellegendary challenge!!

What do you win?

  • Old Spice Toolkit
  • Oder Blocker/Sweat Defense Anti-Persiprants and Dirt Destroyer Body Wash
  • Entry into a 2016 Tough Mudder event
  • Old Spice T-shirt (this is the best fabric too! Its the amazing soft cotton)
  • A special gift from Merrell - a Tough Mudder partner
  • An autograph from the Legendary man himself, Bob Giovanni (have you seen the infomercials?!! check out my original post for one of my favorites)
  • the ultimate recognition as a Legendary man, with a customizable trophy 









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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Spice (P&G). The opinions and text are all mine.


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Friday, May 13, 2016

My Military Man Smells Legendary....Does Yours? {Sponsored by Old Spice}




I'm one lucky girl, this I know. My man is one hardworking dude, traveling all the time and then coming home to us. As a military spouse I've learned to take care of a lot of things myself - I've put together bunk beds and various other items of furniture, made repairs and put oil in the car. But as much as I'd like to say that I can do all and be all, its just not true. That's why I'm so thankful I've got one of the hardest working men in my house! And my hardest working man deserves a legendary smell. You know what I'm talking about ladies...especially my fellow millies....you know you do it...after a little while of them being gone. You sneak into their closet and bury your nose in their clothes don't you ? You wear their sweatshirt when you're snuggled up alone in bed. And, I have a slight confession to make. Mr. Air Force knows that I love his smell so much when he's deployed he sends me one of his shirts in a double plastic bag. Yup, that happened.


We both loved what came in the package and were surprised to learn of Old Spice's partnership with Tough Mudder. I can't think of anything more perfect for a Legendary man than participating in a Tough Mudder. Old Spice might just have been known for his classic smell, but it will be remembered for its kick butt odor blocking and dirt-destroying technology!  Combine the hardest working collection with the legendary smell of Old Spice and you've got magic. {At least in my book} The smell of the bodywash is amazing, and he definitely passed my #smellegendary test.

 see what happens when you use Old Spice? You can ride onthe back whales?!

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Mr. Air Force, might not be giving tours on the back of a giant whale, but he works so hard providing for our family and doing his part to keep our country safe. And I couldn't be prouder. So, that's kind of like riding on the back of a whale right? If your man is riding on the back of whales, juggling tools, or just wrestling on the floor with your kiddos, take the Old Spice Smellegendary challenge with me!


Old Spice's #Smellegendary line of products is just what you are looking for, and would make an amazing gift for your Legendary man's birthday or Father's Day. Go out and snatch some up for your man with one of these coupons, or stay tuned for an amazing giveaway next week!!

You'll have a chance to win your very old Old Spice Hardest Working Collection toolkit! 


And just because I love all my readers I'm going to make sure you've seen the 1-800-ProveIt Infomercials! You're welcome...




This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Spice (P&G). The opinions and text are all mine.



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Peter and the Wolf Comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center {Academy of Russian Ballet}

I'm so very excited to share with you the Northern Virginia Youth Ballet and the Academy of Russian Ballet's perfomance of Peter and the Wolf. We were privileged to see these amazing performers in The Nutcracker this past winter, and were thoroughly impressed. The NVYB is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for young dancers to perform and grow as dancers. One of the things that particularly struck me about this ballet company was the dancers themselves, after they done with the Ballet. My daughter, who is by nature more introverted, was bound and determined to meet some of the dancers. So, we went up to them. They bent down and spoke to her and took pictures. They were completely comfortable with that and it really touched me deeply. The talent in this company for the young age of the dancers is wonderful, and you can tell that there is extreme dedication happening. As someone who has ballet in their blood, these are all things that I look for, and I just can't help it. I find myself look at the small details that most people wouldn't notice. Is there a sickled foot, is it winged up in arabesque? I know I know, I realize I might just have lost you there, but I'm a ballet geek what can I say!

 



If you are looking for something to do this Friday consider snagging tickets for this excellent production. Bonus: Military families are provided a discount. Just makes me love this organization more. That's not something that they are required to do or even have to do. But it is a window into generosity that makes me want to patronize a company or organization more.  

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Peter and the Wolf features Australian guest dancer Victor Leo Smith in the title role. He will wow the audience with his huge jumps and multiple turns.
 
Paquita has Melissa Zoebisch and Alexandru Glusacov from the Colorado Ballet in the Principal roles.
Very family friendly production and a fun way to spend the evening together! 
 
Supporting roles performed by members of NVYB and ARB, many of whom just competed at the 2016 Youth America Grand Prix international finals against over 1200 dancers from 36 countries.
 
Purchase your tickets here! {tickets are also available at the door - subject to availability}
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