Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog is about ALL types of things! Join children’s book author, creative writer, blogger and podcaster, Alison Paul Klakowicz, on her journey to inspire! By way of guest interviews, travel, food, books, all things North Carolina, life as a military spouse and more!
Spouse-ly was founded by Monica Fullerton— a determined Air Force military spouse, who wanted to make a difference in the military community that would benefit all military spouses, service members and veterans all over the U.S. 🇺🇸
Along her military journey she met many talented individuals who own and operate small businesses or have a passion to start one.
After researching social media groups where people asked for certain products or services, it was at that moment she realized how great the need was to create a company that provides a large platform for people to support Mil/Vet spouse & service member owned businesses all over the United States.
That’s when Spouse-ly was born, a one-stop marketplace shop to buy & support Military/Veteran owned businesses. On Spouse-ly you can find both products & services, creating a true one-stop shop.
Spouse-ly is unique in that it provides an option to search for local products and services.
The company’s mission is to continue to provide ongoing resources, training, support, and marketing to help everyone grow to their fullest potential whether they are buying or selling on Spouse-ly.
When you shop on Spouse-ly you are truly supporting talented individuals through a company designed to be inclusive and supportive of the military community.
SHOP & SUPPORT MILITARY/VETERAN SPOUSE & SERVICE MEMBER OWNED BUSINESSES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.
Jeremy Fiebig is the son of a preacher man who grew up in Missouri following in his father’s footsteps of an inherent love of the performing arts.
Jeremy and I recently spoke on Hodge Podge Podcast about his life devoted to the performing arts.
We talk everything from sweet tea, Shakespeare and life as a theater arts professor at Fayetteville State University.
He gives the 411 on what’s coming to the stage of Sweet Tea Shakespeare— Fayetteville, North Carolina’s beloved and wonderfully talented theater group— and their new podcast on Anchor (which is AMAZING)!
Listen to our informative and fun conversation here on Hodge Podge Podcast:
I just want to thank each indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble, school, library and other venue that has allowed me to visit for story-time and author events.
It is so crucial for authors to receive this exposure and welcome. I have worked extremely hard to cultivate an educational, fun and engaging program.
I would be so grateful to anyone out there with a young child, grandchild or elementary school aged child who would like for me to visit their school, local bookstore, library or other family friendly venue to reach out to me or the venue and request me to visit!!!
This would help me so much and I would be forever in your debt— and THANKFUL.
What better way to spend a day than in mindful reflection!?
Caring for your body and soul, eating delicious food and drinking blissful adult beverages while discussing thought provoking literature surrounded by fabulous company— AND in a beautiful setting?
That pretty much sums up the experience I had last weekend at Guiding Wellness Institute.
The holistic wellness center is masterful in curating monthly events that incorporate wellness practices into perfect weekend outings appealing to the young and old, single or betrothed, hardcore yogi or novice.
All are welcome!
AND all will enjoy!
I attended the Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub this past Sunday which fell on Valentines weekend and made for a fabulous Galentines outing!
A 60 minute gentle flow vinyasa yoga class was taught by GWI CEO Kelsey Timas. The lantern lit studio paired with beautiful acoustic music playing in the background and Kelsy’s fluid class instruction kept each student engaged and made for a perfect yoga experience.
Following yoga, guests were treated to a gorgeous brunch prepared by Brittany Moore, GWI Holistic Wellness Coach.
During our brunch, attendees engaged in an enlightening conversation regarding the Bookclub pick—Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, Love. It was lovely to reflect on a book focusedon self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-growthandself-healing.
Overall the experience was wonderful and although most of those who attended the event met as strangers, I feel confident that we left as friends.
Mark your calendars for the next Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub May 3, 2020 from 11am-2pm.
Recently, I had the honor of speaking with Shane McCarthy, Chief Marketing Officer of Sandboxx an amazing veteran-owned platform that supports almost 2 million service members throughout their military journey. The organization assists recruits, active military, military families and their supporters to stay engaged and informed.
Shane, a charismatic and intuitive Irish born and bred young professional, has led a full array of enterprise marketing and business operation teams, building foundations that enable companies to scale for growth.
A few years back when Sandboxx was in its start-up beginnings, Shane was eager to join the ranks of the company’s industrious Marine Corps veteran founders and has embraced the organization’s culture and mission.
Over the past 5 years, Sandboxx has hired 50 team members, half of whom are veterans and military spouses. Due to the nature of military life, most of the Sandboxx military spouse team work remotely which is an extremely important current trend in assisting spouses with maintaining successful employment when considering the obstacles they face from PCS to deployments and beyond.
Shane is passionate about this endeavor as well as spreading the message of the important services Sandboxx provides its consumers. He even provided tips to employers on hiring practices involving military spouses as well as advice for spouses seeking remote employment.
Shane and I discussed Sandboxx’s core supports ranging from communications through the company’s global letters distribution service, content creation to keep families informed as well as technology features such as the organization’s free cell phone app, and additional support provided to service members and military families from basic training onwards.
Alison Paul Klakowicz is a children’s book author, freelance writer, blogger and podcaster. She is a military spouse who lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina with her husband and son. She is a storyteller who loves to feature people and places that inspire and empower others.