Archives: Featured Families

Monica

Meet Amanda

Branch: U.S Army Spouse 

Service: Interior Design 

Hi! I’m Amanda.

Athlete, Scholar, Veteran, mother of three, wife of an oft-deployed Army officer. I understand the plight of the military family. You have yet to lay down roots but still dream of making your transient house a home. I think everyone should have access to the secrets to a cohesive, well-styled interior! That’s why I offer practical, essential, and affordable design insight that will make your home everyone’s favorite place to be; move after move.

 
Sign up for my newsletter at the link in my bio and get exclusive access to my guide on elevating your home’s style in one weekend, as well as stay up to date on current projects and inspiration. 

Learn More

Monica

Meet Josey

Branch: U.S Army Spouse

Products: Handmade Products | Graceful Leo Designs

I was born and raised outside of Kansas City, MO, and attended college at the University of Central Missouri, where I graduated in 2018 with a degree in Graphic Technologies (print and design). That is also where I met my now husband, Derek, who was getting his undergrad degree and participating in the ROTC program. At that time, I was singing and performing with a country band and was looking for an acoustic guitar player, and as fate would have it, my husband plays guitar and that is how we got connected. We have been together ever since! After getting his undergrad and receiving his Army commission in 2016, Derek was then accepted for an educational delay to attend law school at the University of Kansas (Kansas being where my husband is from!). After 3 years of law school, applying for JAG, getting married in June of 2019, then stressing out waiting to hear from JAG, led us to being quarantined in a hotel room together while he attended JAG School. That of course brought us to our first PCS, during a pandemic may we add, and arriving to Fort Campbell in May of 2020! Whew – it was definitely an interesting start!
However, like so many others, I struggled to find a job and was getting really discouraged because I had this degree that I wasn’t using. So I took matters into my own hands and started my business Graceful Leo Designs in August of 2020 – yes, I am Leo! I create wooden earrings, tassel keychains, wall decor, as well as offer my design services. It honestly started out as a “let’s try this and see how it goes” and has continued to grow and I am so incredibly grateful for the support I have been given! All of my wooden pieces for my earrings are sourced from another Army spouse, so is a win-win! I have always loved working with my hands, being creative, and find so much joy in bringing an idea/vision to life. Being able to have my own business that I can then take anywhere the Army sends us is something that I am very appreciative and thankful for. I have grown to love the military community so quickly and couldn’t imagine life any other way!

SHOW NOW

Monica

Meet Lia

Branch: U.S Army Spouse 

Service: Brand Photography 

Hi, I’m Lia! Newer to the military spouse life (we got married in the craziness that was 2020!) but my soldier and I have been together for over four years. My husband went to a military college and I…did not, but our schools were about an hour apart. That was the start of the role distance would play in our relationship, but also the start of my favorite love story.
This photo was taken after we had been  apart again, and while distance played a role here too, so did our love (like a lot of military couples) through video calls and late-night talks.
We’ve had our months apart before and after this, and we know there will be months apart to come this year too, but it truly does make us appreciate our time together that much more. My husband plans to be a “lifer” as they say – and to his credit I’ve known that since we started dating – so God willing we will both be in this for the long-haul, together.
I am so excited for what’s ahead in our life, his career and in my new business specializing in brand photography and content strategy. I never planned to start a small business, but living the military life at our first duty station set me on this path and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.  I am so thankful for Spouse-ly and the community it is creating for all of us. After all, we’re better together.

Learn More

Monica

Meet Courtney

Branch: U.S Marine Spouse 

Service: Sawgrass Marketing 

Growing up near the Forgotten Coast of the Florida Panhandle, I’ve always had an affinity for the natural beauty of untouched coastline, especially marshy inlets where the sawgrass marshes and pine trees hug the coast. So when the Marine Corps moved our new family to Wilmington, North Carolina, the nostalgic landscape inspired me to share with local businesses how to create natural, authentic brands.
My path to entrepreneurship wouldn’t have begun without an epic love story. My husband and I met in Washington, DC shortly after he graduated from the Naval Academy. My corporate marketing career was in full swing, with frequent promotions and opportunities for international travel. And while my then boyfriend left for Pensacola for flight school, I stayed in DC to carve a path up the executive ladder. The time passed quickly but after 4 years of long distance dating, we got engaged and I decided it was time to move.
While entry-level marketing positions were plenty in the area, I didn’t want to recycle the 6 years of experience I had worked so hard for in DC. So shortly after the move, Sawgrass Marketing was born.
In the past three years, my business has expanded to a team of four supporting over 25 companies large and small across the United States; all while getting married and welcoming two little girls into our family. I can only imagine where the next three years takes us, as we’re now focused on supporting luxury experiences and opening a “new office” in Iwakuni, Japan!

Learn More

Monica

Meet Kristin

Branch: Air Force Veteran & Active Duty Spouse 

Product: MilSO Box

 Kristin is the owner/curator of MilSO Box. She assumed ownership in October 2019 after the founder, Lindsay Hinger, began the search for the right person to continue the mission of MilSO Box.

​After attending an Amplify event with other military spouses, it became abundantly clear to Kristin that she wanted to become more involved within the military spouse community. The opportunity to be a part of the next chapter with MilSO Box really resonated with her. Kristin just knew that she had to carry on the mission of MilSO Box and curate special boxes for those who have answered the call to be a Military or First Responder Significant Other.

Kristin is a USAF Veteran, spouse to an active duty member, mother to an adorable and rambunctious toddler, a certified Life Coach, and holds her MBA with a focus in marketing.

SHOP NOW

Monica

Meet Louise

Branch: Army Spouse 

Product: Team Valentine Project

Louise Valentine is a wellness expert, competitive athlete, and fierce military spouse.  Regardless of where the Army sends “Team Valentine”, Louise’s career is dedicated to empowering others to live a vibrant, healthy life. She has worked with pro athletes, researchers, and senior leaders throughout the U.S.and currently serves as a Director for Vheda Health, an innovative member compliance company.

As she works to reverse her own health diagnoses, Louise refuses to let others waste time or energy trying to figure it all out!  She created the TeamValentineProject.com wellness platform with a mission to help others find SIMPLE and REALISTIC ways to make wellness work.  She recently published The Art of Breaking Through: Five Simple Steps to Take on Any Challenge & Tackle Self-Doubt, a best-selling book that shows us how and why we are all perfectly capable of overcoming any obstacle life brings our way! As Louise expands her mission as podcast guest and keynote speaker you can find her with Team Valentine adventuring outdoors and making the most of each new duty station!

SHOP NOW

Monica

Meet Christina

Branch: U.S Army Spouse 

Service: Blogging & Building A Community Network 

My name is Christina,  and I am a proud military spouse and mother of two little boys. I am originally from the Chicago area – former full-time educator turned homeschooling teacher and mompreneur. I married the Army back in May of 2016 and created It’s a Military Life in June of 2020 to give a voice to spouses and families in the military community.

It’s a Military Life is a supportive milso and vet networking community – sharing lifestyle content, personal stories, collaboration opportunities, and military child resources. As a military community advocate, I would like to highlight your business through It’s a Military Life and Spouse-ly. My mantra is, “Be the lead in your own story.”

Looking forward to sharing yours with the world!

Learn More

Monica

Meet Heather

Branch: U.S Air Force Spouse 

Service: Registered Dietitian

Heather is an Air Force spouse, mom of 3, Registered Dietitian, and the owner of Glory Nutrition. Heather has a lifelong history of wellness and physical activity, including serving as a Cheerleader for the University of Nebraska. Her journey as a military spouse has shaped every part of her life including her faith, family, and her career.

As a dietitian, Heather specializes in pediatric and family nutrition and holds a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She has a passion for helping fellow families reach their health goals with a plan that works for their busy schedule and determined budgets. In 2018, she started her private practice, Glory Nutrition, which offers customized nutrition coaching and meal planning assistance for busy families on a budget.

As a Spouse-ly vendor, Heather is most excited about supporting fellow military families and creating an inclusive space for all areas of wellness to work together for the overall health of each member of our families.

Learn More

Monica

Meet Megan

Branch: U.S Air Force Spouse 

Service: Photography

Megan is a photographer, art educator, and instructional designer. Her mission is to help families slow down and connect through intentional art and photography practices. 

Megan grew up as an army dependent and relied on art-making to help her find connection and stability. She pursued art education and photography in both her secondary education and career because she believes in the opportunities that art-making practices present when we invite them into our lives. 

As an air force spouse and mother now, she offers photography services and online courses. Megan also has a blog of free resources for anyone interested in photography, art-making, small business, and motherhood stories, told through a lens of trying to live more intentionally. Her signature course, Manual Mode for Moms, is designed for mothers who are ready to dust off their cameras and capture more of the everyday magic in their lives.”

Learn More

0
    0
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop