Hodge Podge Podcast is a whole lot of this and that! I feature interviews with individuals doing BIG THINGS! I am a children’s book author, writer, mom, military spouse and professional book reviewer. Tune into #HodgePodgePodcast to learn about top authors and their newly released books, artisans, musicians and others who are doing amazing things! You will be inspired!
Join me as I talk with Punam V. Saxena: M.Ed. Parent Impact Coach, Podcast Host of edu-Me and author of Parent Power: Navigate School and Beyond. Punam’s new book debuts this week! It is an amazing guide to empower parents to become partners in their kid’s education— and so much more. You will be enlightened and inspired by her words.
Marissa Ortiz is a force of light and hope for women and children. After growing up during her adolescent years in group homes and the foster care system, Marissa has achieved greatness and lends a helping hand to all in her path. Listen to our conversation here!
Deanna Anderson is the founder of Mom’s Making It Together, an online community created one year ago as Covid-19 became a reality for families to help moms cope during the pandemic. Listen to our conversation here!
Author Julie Samra Uses World Travel to Create Books for Rich Stories for Young Readers. Listen to our conversation about her life abroad and children’s book, Kadoo and Ladoo: Mystery of the Missing Necklace.
Ashley Bugge- a Military Widow, Mom, Speaker, Explorer, and Award-Winning Author joined me on Hodge Podge to talk about her debut books as well as her amazing journey. Listen to our conversation here on Hodge Podge.
MilspouseFest is a fabulous organization that supports military spouses worldwide. During Covid, the folks at MilspouseFest learned to pivot and are now bringing the fun virtually to spouses. Tune in to learn more about this amazing resource and the upcoming events this fall!
Kayla Spears joined me to talk about her vibrant, adorable and popular children’s book story-time show on YouTube. Such a fun conversation about the importance of building a love of books and reading in children’s lives.
Darshaun McAway is the Best-Selling Children’s Book Author of the Anaiah’s Adventures Book Series and Host of WOWpodcast which features authors worldwide. He talks about his journey and gives awesome ideas and tips for aspiring authors and writers.
Amanda Cottrell- Children’s Book Author & Educator out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, joined me on Hodge Podge to talk about her amazing picture books that teach kids to be mindful and empathetic of the world around them. She has great advice for aspiring authors and published authors alike. You will love our conversation!
UK Children’s Book Author, Tamsin Wood weaves gorgeous fairytales to teach children important life lessons. Her books focus on the importance of kindness, bravery and friendship as well as healthy coping during times of loss or hardship. Listen to our meaningful conversation here!
Doctor of Soul- National Recording Artist Gregory releases new single, “Friday” 👏 Listen to our conversation about his extensive music roots and career in the medical field— helping heal hearts and souls. Gregory talks about his life experience writing and producing music, as well as advice in navigating life during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ashley Marie has created a beautiful children’s picture book— The Little, Big Rescue. Listen to our conversation about how she pulled from her experience teaching young kids in multiple countries— as well as her love of books to create a timeless tale!
Landis Wade is a retired trial attorney turned award-winning author and host of the popular Charlotte Reader’s Podcast. Enjoy our conversation about his journey from a 35-year-career in law to publishing a holiday themed book series— and creating a podcast that would be awarded Charlotte’s favorite podcast in 2019.
Camy Kennedy is a Mindset & Life Coach working with high achievers to create breakthroughs in health, wealth and love. With a background in molecular biology, neuroscience & psychology she provides a framework for incremental success. She notes that it’s not about being perfect, it's about practicing your potential! She’s been featured in Oxygen Magazine and Shape.com, as well as an international speaker. Enjoy our conversation here.
Rae Marie Czuhai is The Green Chair Project’s new Director of Development— in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rae Marie joined the agency in February 2020 and leads development activities for the non-.profit organization which provides families in need with quality furniture, household items and advocacy.
Hilary Iker has led a trailblazing journalism career with articles published in Fit, Fit Yoga, Prevention, Glamour, and more. Her first job was with Vogue Magazine in New York, New York. She has also worked with LA Times and Disney Channel. In addition, Iker is a writing professor for LA’s esteemed Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Iker, a huge Ashtanga Yoga enthusiast, has made Los Angeles’ infamous Silver Lake community near Hollywood home since 1988. We discuss her amazing career, life in LA and love of Ashtanga Yoga. Listen here:
I recently had the chance to porch sit with my bestie neighbor, Miranda Crosby and our mutual friend Danica Thomas, to talk about the ups and downs we’ve experienced throughout the Covid-19 pandemic— and how we have coped with the changes in our lives. We brought our unique perspectives, backgrounds, personalities, quirks to the microphone 🎙 to chat candidly about this strange time in life that has turned the world 🌎 upside down. Listen to our conversation here!
Melissa Vera is the creator and contributor of four beautiful and informative blogs: Adventures of Frugal Mom, Champagne Style Bare Budget, Reading with Frugal Mom, and her most recent venture The Writer and The Farmer. Listen to our recent conversation on Hodge Podge Podcast where we talk everything from North Carolina agriculture, blogging tips, DIY projects, raising children in the time of social distancing and so much more!
Matthew Brown- Originalé The MC: This Washington, North Carolina native feeds from his #faith, #family and #lessons learned growing up in a #smalltown in #rural Eastern North Carolina to create #positive and #soulful #Christian #hiphop and #rap to #inspire others.
An interview with Monica Fullerton, Founder of Spouse-ly— an Air Force spouse, momprenuer who has created a genius #startup #onlinecommunity to support #military connected businesses. Spouse-ly is a one-stop #marketplace #shop to buy & #supportmilitary and #Veteranowned #businesses. On Spouse-ly you can find both products & services, creating a true one-stop shop. Everything from #homedecor, #apparel, #books to services stemming from #employmentassistance to #taxpreparation. It has it all! Think of #etsy but devoted entirely to the #milcommunity.
Jeremy Fiebig- Son of a Preacher Man- Talks #SweetTea, #Shakespeare and Fayetteville, NC on Hodge Podge Podcast. We chat about Jeremy’s life dedicated to the #theater arts, his love of Shakespeare, life as a father, husband and son of a preacher man—and what led him to #Fayetteville, NC to teach theater at #FayettevilleStateUniversity as well #SweetTeaShakespeare Theater Group. He gives the 411 on what’s coming to the #stage and his new #podcast!
Erika Wallgren is a military spouse, mom, educator and life coach on a journey to help others find their dream job. Listen to my interview with Erika here to here more about the Career Development Coaching she provides.
To say I am inspired by Danica Thomas is an understatement. She is a widowed Army spouse who survived her late husband’s suicide following his traumatic injuries from combat in Afghanistan. She is now paving a path of life and healing for her two young daughters and the military community. She survived a nightmare and is now helping military families and service members connect to supports to prevent tragic outcomes. She is a huge proponent of suicide awareness, an avid volunteer and speaker. She serves as the Board Chair for Susan Tillis Foundation which supports families with newborns born at Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Enjoy my conversation with Shane McCarthy, Chief Marketing Officer of Sandboxx, a United States veteran-owned platform that supports almost 2 million #servicemembers and their supporters throughout their #military journey via #content, #technology, & #products enabling the military ecosystem to thrive. Shane and I discuss everything from what led him (an #Irish born and bred young professional) to Sandboxx along with tips on #militaryspouse and #veteran hiring practices as well as all of the fabulous services Sandboxx provides the military community. Note: Please forgive glitchy moments in our recording as we experienced some technical difficulties which is to be expected when recording remotely from time to time.
An interview with Kelsy Timas- founder and CEO of Guiding Wellness Institute in Fayetteville, North Carolina which is dedicated to guiding the #military #community to #wellness through #holistic practices.
It was only natural my first podcast of the new year would be with a delightful and brilliant woman who shares a mutual love of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jenny Bell , Communications & Social Media Specialist for the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB). Jenny shares about her award-winning blog Go Fayetteville as well as all the fabulous things she and her team at FACVB are promoting here in the #FayettevilleNC and #CumberlandCounty area!
I had the pleasure of speaking with Katlin McFadden, #BusinessCoach with the Women’s Business Center @CEED, #SocialMediaMarketing Expert, and Talented #VisualArtist and owner of McFadden Studio. Katlin brings her experience as an #entrepreneur, successful #blogger and #artist to help #women strive toward their entrepreneurial dreams. Listen to our interview here!
Today I was honored to speak with Tiffany Haywood who is a military spouse, mom to six children, and Award-Winning Blogger, Radio/TV Personality, Technology and Social Media Guru, and Business Consultant. Tiffany is a wealth of knowledge and talents. Enjoy our interview!
Interview with #California based #AwardWinning #ChildrenBookAuthor Donna Sager Cowan. We discuss the debut of book two in her Superhero School Series, finding a #superhero in ourselves, and insights on a writer’s life! Listen for #encouragement #inspiration and #tools to pursue your #writing #goals 🌟
Jami McLaughlin is a visionary, active community partner and volunteer, mom on the go, and advocate for her beloved community of Spring Lake, North Carolina. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jami at my home to discuss her vision for Spring Lake, NC and why it's residents should consider electing her as their mayor. http://jamiformayor.com/get-updates/
Kathy Coule is an Army Spouse on a mission to capture ALL of the diverse “faces” and personal stories of the individuals of her community in Fayetteville, North Carolina— as well as people and places she finds along her journey— through the lens of her camera... a poignant journey she calls “Faces of Fay.”
Today, I had the honor of interviewing one of my dearest friends in the world. Stephanie Starr is a #superstar whose light shines so bright. She has overcome amazing odds and blossomed during a time of struggle. She is an amazing #mother, #wife, #mompreneur, #womanoffaith, and #MultipleSclerosis #warrior. We talked about everything from her battle with #MS, #infertilityissues, #Christianfaith, #postpartumdepression, and her recent entrepreneurial pursuit in the #CBD industry with Coastal #NorthCarolina Company, Green Compass Global.
Networking is so crucial in a successful business. Social Media is a fabulous way to introduce yourself, find customers, etc. BUT, you cannot rely 100% on social media and online interactions. Find out more about my suggestions here! #CEED #Womensbusinesscenter #workshops #businessplanning
“Wendi Iacobello is an Army wife, former adult educator and Middle and High School Special Education teacher. Currently, she is a blogger, freelance writer, aqua cycling instructor, and avid volunteer. In her free time, you can find her volunteering at USO’s story time on Fort Bragg , outdoors in the garden, exercising, or enjoying time with her husband and their adorable Beagle, Daizi. Wendi is extremely passionate about helping others find their inner strength by sharing her experiences, insight, resources, and inspirational stories on her blog Strength4Spouses.”
Anchor • A reading of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck! I thought some of you might enjoy listening to my children’s book! Sit back and let me take you on a fun adventure with this super cool mom and son AND their Big, Red Monster Truck! Perfect for a bedtime story!
Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck is my debut children’s book. Learn more about it at alisonpaulklak.wordpress.com and www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com and purchase your copy at https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000066020196
My inlaws: Philly natives and grandchildren of immigrants; my Philly Fanatic Husband; the Poconos; A brief update on my writing (Again, please forgive my very lazy southern drawl, mouth breathing, and rudimentary editing. ha!
Hodge Podge is a podcast about all types of things. Mainly about writing, publishing, and life in North Carolina, coastal life, military life... and, whatever else comes to mind. This is my first EVER podcast. Please forgive my southern drawl, mouth breathing and other imperfections.