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Ashley Bugge- Gold Star Spouse Debuts Memoir and Children’s Book

Listen to my conversation with Ashley Bugge on Hodge Podge Podcast HERE! Mother. Military Widow. Explorer. Speaker. Award-Winning Author. Ashley Bugge is an amazing human. In the past two years, she has risen from unimaginable challenges after losing her Naval Officer husband, the late Captain Brian J. Bugge, in a tragic deep diving accident while she was pregnant with the couple’s third child. Ashley said during our conversation on Hodge Podge Podcast that she is still healing. This resonated with me. And this is why: Ashley has refused to lie in grief. She poignantly put her grief into rich experiences and growth. All the while, acknowledging she is not okay. She is a real person. A lover of life. A fighter. A survivor. With such beautiful grace, she has utilized personal stories of turning tragedy into triumph to offer a unique perspective into what it means to overcome adversity and flourish from it.

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Interview with Tommy Balaam, Captain Fantastic— UK’s #1 Entertainment Company!

Tommy Balaam is the founder of Captain Fantastic, voted the UK's no. 1 children's entertainment company. Tommy is trained as an actor, graduating in 2009 from the East 15 acting school. He has loved his career within the arts, including a range of different roles. As well as acting, Tommy has always had a love of music and performs regularly with his band, Dirty Mitts. Tommy's wealth of performance experience, combined with his creativity and flair, is at the heart and soul of the Captain Fantastic brand. His passion is in putting every effort into creating truly unforgettable experiences.

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Children’s Comic Book Review- Who Do You Love by Brandon Foster

A review of the family comic book: Who Do You LOve Sometimes life brings us challenges where we jump to conclusions without gathering all the facts. Trust of others can be hard especially if we allow our imaginations to go wild and make assumptions.

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Children’s Book Review- Colin and Fluffy Become Friends by Tools of the Heart

One of the greatest treasures of life is learning to love and appreciate who we are. Once we learn to let others into our hearts through trust and overcoming our fears and insecurities, we can grow wonderful friendships.

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Children’s Comic Book Review- I’m A Star by Brandon Foster

Can a person be too good at everything? Can this go to their head? Competitiveness can be a common theme among siblings and peers. Read my review of Brandon Foster's children's comic book that teaches kids and parents how to deal with this problem if it arises.

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Darshaun McAway- Best-Selling Children’s Book Author, WOWpodcast Host

WOWPodcast.me is a podcast directory for authors, writers and illustrators worldwide– hosted by Darshaun McAway who helps creatives by allowing them to exchange ideas, share resources and network. WOWpodcast provides it’s listeners access to authors from around the world. Darshaun’s main focus is to instruct, inspire, and enlighten his listeners. In addition, Darshaun is a successful children’s book author. He coauthors (alongside his wife Stephanie McAway) the Anaiah’s Adventure Series inspired by their daughter whom the book series is named after.