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I Owe My Life To The US Navy

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~I have been selected by Tap Influence to be a spokesperson for Marie Callender’s While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.


For many people the military is a way of life. For me, the US Navy is the reason I’m alive. No, I wasn’t rescued by a Navy Seal, but my story is equally as crazy and awesome.

My parents were fresh out of boot camp, and they were enjoying some free time hanging around a pool in Orlando, when their worlds collided. They knew each other for two days when my dad asked my mom to marry him. She said no at first, but two weeks later they were getting married, and the following year, they welcomed me into the world.


My husband and I decided to carry on the family tradition by joining the US Coast Guard. Then a few years ago, my little brother joined the US Army. My family has served in every branch of the military. My grandpa was in the Army and the Air Force. My uncle and cousins were in the Marines. We take this military thing seriously, and we’ve covered all of our bases!


The military will always have a special place in my heart, even when our days of service are over. So many men and women go unrecognized for the service they provide for our country. We live protected and lay our heads down at night without fear because men and women from all over the US are willing to lay down their lives for us.

That’s why I love partnering with brands who understand that sacrifice the members of the military and their families make each day. Marie Callender’s creates homemade meals and desserts made with high-quality ingredients and signature special touches that your family can slow down and savor together.Marie Callender’s has recently launched the Comforts from Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America’s homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. military! How awesome is that?!


The Comforts from Home Project will also welcome one special soldier back to her/his family in a national television event “A Hero’s Welcome” airing on November 11, 2014, across a range of your favorite networks including HGTV, Food Network, and the Cooking Channel. Hosted by Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible, Genevieve Gorder from HGTV Design Star, and Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the show will be a heartwarming event that brings the comforts of home to American troops in surprising ways that only Marie Callender’s can.


You can help Marie Callender’s project by purchasing participating products and entering the codes from the meals online. For every code submitted, they will provide one donation. Every time you enter a code from a specially marked package of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation to USO2GO, a USO program that brings electronics, sports gear, books, games, and more to troops stationed in remote locations.

You can learn more about this project on Marie Callender’s Facebook Page.

I hope you’ll tune in and watch the special!

Tune in as Marie Callender’s, the USO, and an army of experts from food, home, and travel provide the comforts of home as only Marie Callender’s can, in a truly heartwarming homecoming you’ll always remember.

“A Hero’s Welcome” will welcome one special soldier back to their family in a national television event airing on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014. The one-hour TV special will air across a range of your favorite networks including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, DIY Channel, and Great American County.

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