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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 Book Review: Colin Discovers Confidence- by Tools of the Heart

Growing up can be scary. There are so many unknowns regarding the future. Storms rage, fear overcomes us at times, but the deeper our roots, the more solid our foundation– which builds a strong. self-confident character. Colin Discovers Confidence is book 3 of Tools of the Heart’s book series which depicts a tiny acorn seed called Colin that finds its way deep within the ground– far from its home. Mother Earth covers the itty bitty seed with her nourishment and love. Father Sun keeps the seed thriving with warmth.

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Children’s Book Review- Fluffy and the Rainbow in his Heart by Tools of the Heart

When sadness takes over the mind, we should look for the rainbow within our heart to lead us back to our calm place. Meditation and finding your inner calm are the themes of Fluffy and the Rainbow in his Heart— book two of an endearing children’s picture book series by Tools of the Heart. Mother Earth and Father Sun (from book one of the Tools of the Heart book series) begin to worry when parts of their precious garden become sad. Father Sun makes it his mission to investigate the problem and finds a very sad little squirrel named Fluffy. With love in his heart, Father Sun helps to comfort Fluffy, and teaches him about the rainbow of wisdom in his heart– and how to replace the dark clouds with joy.