Things You Don't Know About Fall But Should - Episode 36

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Did you know that Autumn/Fall rates higher than any other season as being the favorite? From pumpkin everything to cozy sweaters to leaves on the trees to football tailgating, it is no wonder we love this season. It’s the beginning of welcoming a string of holidays that bring families and friends together. When we think of fall we instantly feel embraced by the warmth and coziness that accompanies the season. Today we are going to be giving you some statistics and information and fall favorites that you may not have known or thought about before. This episode will give you some practical ideas of goodness to add to your fall repertoire.  

In this episode we dive into...

Fun Facts About Fall

  • Why do leaves change color?
  • Sex drive is highest in fall
  • There is a scientific reason people gain weight in the fall
  • You shed more often
  • Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.”
  • First thanksgiving
  • Butterflies

 

Fun Activities To Bring The Family Together

  • Tree bark rubbing-Put white paper around a tree and use crayons to color on the paper so it has a bark texture
  • Painting with acorns: You use a shoe box and tape white paper to the bottom. Then you throw in acorns that have been dipped in paint and shake shake shake the box so the acorns roll around and paint on the paper
  • Leaf painting-Collect a bunch of leaves. Put leaves on paper and use a sponge to dip in paint and then dap on the leaf so the paint is around the leaf when you lift it up. 
  • After carving pumpkins if your child does not like the feeling of the pumpkin innards on their hands you can put in a gallon plastic bag and they can then play with it like that. Also mess free if you’re worried about that 
  • You can make edible pumpkin spice play-doh. Not kidding I almost want to eat it, because it’s pumpkin.
  • Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders - My kids are obsessed with birds and pine cones. So, this one is so easy. You take a pine cone and tie some twine around the top of the pine cone. Then, you can let your kids spread some peanut butter ( a little goes a long way) around the pine cone and then roll it in bird food. You can then hang it anywhere where your kids could see it. 
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Fun Kids Books

Room On The Broom

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

The Hallow-Weiner

Boo!

Fun Decor

Fun Food

Fun Clothes

QUOTES: 

Candy corn has always been my favorite vegetable 

Autumn shows how beautiful change can be

Life starts all over again when it get’s crisp in the fall. F. Scott Fitzgerald

My summer bikini weather wasn’t ready but my autumn sweater body is on point!

 

 

Finding Balance + Unleashing Your Humble BA + Home Birth with Sarah Bivens - Episode 35

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My guest today is Sarah Bivens is a balanced lifestyle coach, trainer, podcaster and mamapreneur. She works with mamas who are looking to create their own sense of balance through healthy living, mindset and self-love. She also co-hosts a podcast on home birth with her husband Matthew called Doing It At Home after they made the decision to have a home birth and noticed a certain lack of empowering conversation around the topic. She lives in Atlanta, GA with Matthew, their daughter Maya and their smelly adopted hound Watson. I’m pumped to learn more about her upbringing, her career, and her podcast and home birth which seems like a wild idea to me. Even though I am most likely 99.9% sure I’m not having any more babies, I’m still fascinated by this idea and can’t wait to learn more about it.  So let’s get to it today!

In this episode we dive into...

  • Being a sponge to bad habits as a child
  • What helped overcome the unhealthy behaviors
  • Home birth - is it painful? what could go wrong? Do a lot of people do them? 
  • Exercise after kids
  • How to squeeze things into the pockets of your day

You can learn more about Sarah at 

sarahbivens.com

The launch you won't want to miss can be found here! www.sarahbivens.com/mama

Notable Book: A Woman's Worth

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Motherhood - Episode 34

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We are addressing this topic because I think it is easy to believe we personally have the worst lives possible. I mean we know others have it worse than us but it’s easy to want to throw a pity party and think others have it easier than us. That other Moms must not be going through the thick of things like we are. It’s easy to believe you must be the worst mom out there when you have a mom fail, misstep or child screaming they hate your guts. We want you to take a different approach. Today we are going to go through a self reflection of the top 5 emotions(both good and bad) that we each feel as Moms on the daily. We are going to go through the emotion, explain the scenarios in which we feel this emotion creep in and what we plan to do the next time the emotion creeps in. In short,  If its an emotional state we don’t feel comfortable in, we’ll figure out a way to get rid of it. If it’s a state we enjoy to be in, then we’ll look at how we can ride the happy state a little longer. After this episode, I’ll chat with you about a challenge I have for you to do a similar exercise. 

Emotions

  1. Anxious or Panicked
  2. Overwhelm
  3. Elated or Happy 
  4. Surprised or Confused
  5. Bossy
  6. Pride
  7. Fear or Worry
  8. Hostile
  9.  Joy
  10.  Confused

What we can do for a successful rollercoaster ride

  1. Recognize the emotion - 
  2. Embrace it for what it is (It is OKAY to feel the way we feel - but we’ve got to find a way to change our mindset when the emotion comes knocking)
  3. Attach it to a situation(s) where the emotion tends to run HOT
  4. Assess what this emotion does for you if it is positive, then how can you be more present and create a similar mindsetmore often in your day to day. If it is a negative emotion, how can you change your mindset and create a more empathetic and curious mindset when problems or situations arise. How can we do all things with love. 

Notable QUOTES 

“It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself.” -anonymous 

A real mom: Emotional, yet the rock. Tired, but keeps going. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Life changer, every single day. -Rachel Martin 

“Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. - Dennis Kimbro

 

There are a lot of times in life when we can’t control all that happens to us. We can’t control the adversity. The only thing we can control are these emotions. So, I hope that we were able to give you some emotions and situations that feel familiar to you in your own life and provided a few ideas on what you can do to ensure you are having a receptive mindset and insight into situations instead of a reactive one. Because typically, these wild emotions come when we are being REACTIVE to a situation instead of receptive.

Turning An Adversity Into A Mission with Elisheva Schwartz - Episode 33

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My guest today is Elisheva Schwartz. 

Elisheva is a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife , intelligence re- define -er and podcast host. She’s on a mission to decode the dyslexic mind, and empower the dyslexic community to fully understand both the strengths and the difficulties of the processing style.

These days Elisheva travels the world to talk about learning differences, dyslexia, and self esteem, has a podcast ranked number 29 on the iTunes category in Education, and a thriving online business ( as well as two adorable children and a husband), but life was not always this full of ease.

By third grade Elisheva was being kicked out of class and into the hallway of the principal's office, by fifth grade she was getting suspended and by the time she was a junior in High School, Elisheva had dropped out school all together for half of the year, unsure if the classroom was the place for her.

 

In this episode we dive into...

  • What dyslexia is and isn't
  • What we can do to recognize it in our own children
  • What approach you can take to helping your child succeed
  • How a parent and child can cope with any sort of developmental delay
  • How we can turn a challenge into a mission that is making a difference
  • Morning and Night rituals 

 

You can find out more about Elisheva at ... http://www.elishevaschwartz.com

How To Avoid Burnout When Motherhood Is Hard - Episode 32

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WHAT CAUSES IT:

Trying to be super Mom 

More women in the workforce and higher demanding jobs

High-need baby

Unsupportive environment 

Mother’s personal challenges (ex. sleep deprivation,depression or anxiety)

Unrealistic expectations for parenting (social media can cause this when comparing yourself to the “perfect Mom” and feeling like you have to be her. ) 

 

HOW DO WE RECOGNIZE IT: (Are you burned out?) 

Ask yourself the following questions and if you answer yes to any of them, you might be facing a little burnout yourself!

Do you feel like you might lose it?

Are you resenting time with your kids? 

Do you feel you aren’t as present with your kids as you used to be? 

Are you just plain exhausted all. the. time?

Do you feel a heaviness in your chest frequently?

Headaches? High resting heart rate

Do you beg for the bedtime hour to get here faster every. single. day

Do you purchasing things left and right to try and find various forms of contentment?

Do you feel uneasy and discontent with your homelife? Do you yearn for a vacation?

OR maybe yearn for one but feel mom guilt for even thinking about taking time away?

 

HOW WE CAN FIX IT: 

Ignore outsiders opinions 

Don’t compare yourself

Get Dad or significant other involved

Relate with other moms

Help another mom out if you feel like they may be burned out. Don’t call them out and say hey you look super burned out but maybe just say Hey you’re doing an awesome job.

 

Intentional designof your life needs to take place.

1. Take a hot minute for yourself and declutter your mind

2. Slow down and simplify your schedule 

3. Manage Expectations  

4. Find what fills your cup and fuels your soul and commit to that - 

 

How To Build A Stronger Marriage with Ashley Willis - Episode 31

 

Ashley Willis is a wife, mommy to four little boys, writer and entrepreneur. She's a popular blogger on topics related to marriage, faith, family, motherhood and her own personal experiences related to anxiety and depression. She, and her amazing husband, Dave, have a passion for encouraging and inspiring others through books, blogs, videos and speaking events. Their Facebook page has almost a million people following so you can clearly see their content is rich and can help you in your marriage. 

 

In this episode we dive into...

  • Our biggest needs are as men and women.
  •  The biggest fail that we are doing as a couple
  • The hardest stage of parenting and how can we love through the tough stuff
  • How often should we actually do date night
  • How do we make our spouse feel important when our main focus is on the kids? Most times it is out of necessity for us because our kids demand our attention at every moment.
  • When struggles come, what are a few things we can do to offer forgiveness and move forward to be stronger as a unit?
  • Some practical things we can do to communicate and increase intimacy.
  • How to fix a wrecked conversation between your spouse
  • Some things that we tend to do or take on in our life that seem like at the time they are great decisions but often lead to just the opposite
  • How we can be more intentional and be sure those items don’t stand in the way of the marriage
  • What is the single biggest piece of advice you can give to creating a strong marriage

Notable Quote

Don’t worry about other people’s opinions of you. God never told you to impress people; only to love them. 

You can find out about more about Ashley and her work at ...

https://www.daveandashleywillis.com

or on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/strongermarriages/

 

How to craft your Family Mission Statement

1. Make a commitment. Have the conversation with your spouse and set a time this week to do it after the kids go to bed.

2. Write down 4 key values you want to instill in yourselves and in your children. Is it about finding value in every human on this planet. Is it to live the Godly way, is it to respect and put the wellbeing of what’s inside your four walls at the forefront of every decision. Whatever it is, write it down.

3. Consider each family members strengths, weaknesses and interests. Then you can begin to write your statement.

Best Ever Kid's Party Themes - Episode 30

Today we are giving you a super sweet episode devoted to helping you plan for your next kid’s party. Life is so busy and who has time to come up with all of these awesome birthday themes on their own? Well, problem solved right here, Mama. We have a pretttyyyy cool list of party themes and ideas. Now, the obvious choice here is to celebrate a birthday. But, what if you wanted to do something out of the ordinary like a great back to school party to get to know the new kids at school/pre-school? Or, maybe your kids are like mine and have their birthday right around a holiday and it always gets overshadowed by that date and you want to just give a time to celebrate at the 1/2 year point? OR, maybe you just want to spend some quality time loving up on your kid and do something fun with some close family members. Whatever the celebration these ideas are sure to please the crowd. You don’t even have to tell them you go it from us, you can pretend it was all your idea. 

In this episode we go into detail on the following themes.

  • Under the sea 
  • Carnival
  • Backyard Camping 
  • Cops and Robbers
  • Space
  • Let’s “pig” out
  • Bubbles and balloons
  • Farm animal party
  • Bug
  • Mad Scientist
  • Unicorn and Fairy
  • Mermaid
  • Donut or pancakes and pajamas
  • *Mom party

You can find details on the Catch This Mama Pinterest board - Kids Party Ideas

Raising Strong, Happy and Fearless Daughters with Dr. Tim Jordan - Episode 29

My guest today is Dr. Tim Jordan.  He is the leading expert on parenting girls and helping them navigate through their normal developmental transformations, allowing them to emerge as strong, happy and fulfilled women. A Developmental and Behavioral pediatrician, International Speaker and Author, Dr. Tim demystifies the behavior of tween and adolescent girls to help parents build closer relationships with their daughters based on trust and understanding rather than parent out of fear. He has more than 30 years experience working with girls of all ages through his private counseling practice, support groups, his summer camp and his Strong Girls, Strong World school programs. Dr. Tim trained with the renowned Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at Harvard Medical School, where he developed his proven methods. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Webster University in St. Louis and as a local and national media consultant.

Dr. Tim and his wife, Anne, have raised three children, Kelly, TJ and John, which they consider their most important work.

In this episode we dive into the following items...

  • How to teach your girls to do the right thing when no one is looking
  • How to make sure they love you and can feel your love
  • Promiscuity
  • How do you teach your girls the value of NO be it their parents telling them no OR them personally saying NO later in life with conviction
  • What it means to miss the forest for the trees
  • Body Image
  • How can we help create daughters with strong, positive body images
  • How can we help them through the times where girls say or do crazy things on social media
  • What do we as parents need to know about social media?
  • Helicopter parents
  • How we can step back and let and let them figure things out, overcome challenges and take risks in an effective way
  • What efforts can be made to ultimately raise, strong, happy, and fearless daughters

Find more out about Tim and get all his resources at... www.drtimjordan.com

 

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Mom Struggling Well with Emily Thomas - Episode 28

My guest today is Emily Thomas of the Mom Struggling Well Podcast. She is a wife, a mother hustler to a 9 and 5 year old and a believer. Emily once taught juveniles in the prison system, and that did not kill her. This is how she knew she could survive parenthood. Before kids she was a teacher, nurse, and world traveler. Now she mostly travels around her house picking up toys. She has a hunch that she isn’t the only one who feels like they’re stumbling from one hot mess to the next in a way that must be hard to watch. Her mission parallels with the CTM brand and in that she wants her listeners to know that every Mama’s world isn’t at perfect as the internet makes it out to be and that it isn’t just you who can’t quite get it together. She is struggling too. So, in this episode I’m going to chat with Emily about her humor, her ability to overcome adversities like abuse, infertility, anxiety, depression and so much more. We are also going to talk about what has inspired her to keep going and what she is passionate about as a Mama. Let’s get to it.

 

In this episode we dive into...

  • Getting engaged the day after you meet someone
  • Leaving an abusive relationship
  • Finding the right man at an unexpected time
  • Living across seas while trying to get pregnant
  • Coping with not being able to have biological children
  • Homeschooling
  • Being honest with things that annoy you
  • Being awkward and feeling like an outsider
  • Starting a podcast
  • What is your biggest challenge as a Mama?
  • Notable Quote:

A woman who fears the Lord is not afraid of bad news. Her heart is firm, trusting the Lord. -Psalm 112:7

 

A $400 Grocery Challenge - What We Learned Episode 27

Emily and myself took a grocery challenge. It was, as the title suggests a $400 dollar a monthchallenge for my family of 5 and her family of 4 1/2. I knew it would be challenging, but I had read all these challenges about people eating for crazy low amounts like $3.00 a day and I felt compelled to give it my best go. Emily was like WTF … you sure you want to make it that low? and of course, I’m though pSSSSHHH yeah.. go big or go home. Well, unfortunately, I went home. Well, technically, I didn’t go home. I went to the store and spent way too much. My mission was simple eat food. mostly plants and proteins. What I didn’t realize is that all these challenges I was seeing on Pinterest involved a bajillion refined carbs a day and we just aren’t willing to do that… When I would Pinterest how to eat on budget it was .. spaghetti, tacos, etc. and my husband yearns to be on more of the whole 30 diet. So, I may have spoiled how we did but in this episode we are going to chat about how we actually did, what we learned, what a realistic budget looks like for us, tips to save money moving forward, some things we’ve tried to make it a bit easier, and some of our favorite super cheap recipes. 

What we learned - In this episode we dive into the following items...

  1.     Choose less expensive meat cuts
  2.     Spread it out 
  3.     Plan plan plan 
  4.     But learn to pivot 
  5.     Get educated 
  6.     Use what is in season 
  7.     Be prepared for the unknown
  8.     Shop at Aldi’s or Walmart
  9.     Make a list 
  10.     Shop organic “smartly” (clean 15) 
  11.     Use random things in the back of your cabinet or freezer. Be creative with what’s in there 
  12.     Don’t eat out 
  13.     Eat leftovers

Navigating The Desert Of Waiting For A Child with Olivia Ryan - Episode 26

Today I’m chatting with an extraordinary Mom who definitely owns her mom life. She is so inspiring and honest and courageous and I can’t wait for you to meet her. Her name is Liv Ryan. She is a passionate wife, mama, writer, speaker and health coach who stays home but enlists a lot of help from babysitters and preschool so she can keep her brain nice and occupied! What’s incredible about Liv is that at one point she wasn’t sure if she’d ever et to hold the title “Mama” and her journey BEGAN with not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 miscarriages. And that’s just the beginning. In this episode we are going to chat with Liv about her journey to motherhood, adoption, writing a book, starting a support group, becoming a speaker, and how faith played the biggest role in all of this.

 

In this episode we dive into

  • Divorce
  • Family
  • Being an angsty Mom when life isn't going according to plan
  • Waiting for a child
  • What 6 miscarriages feels like 
  • What adoption is like
  • What it is like to have a child with a special need
  • Loving through the tough stuff
  • The emotional rollercoaster of it all
  • Why parenting is tough
  • How to get into reading the bible
  • Who to lean on when things don't go the way you want them to
  • Navigating the desert of waiting for a child
  • Having a strong support system

Notable Quotes:

Wherever you are, be all in.

Obedience leads to desire.

Creating Responsible Screen Time For Kids - Episode 25

 

PERKS OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Enhance your learning abilities
  • Encourage self reliance/independence
  • Increase communication from infant to toddlers
  • It can definitely entertain, capture great memories of family time and increase access to various sight words or reading material that may otherwise have been neglected.

 

NEGATIVES OF OVEREXPOSURE

  • Decreased physical activity
  • Less social interaction amongst family and peers
  • Weaker emotional bonds
  • Desensitization from extreme content
  • Less patience (hello DVR and fast forward, my kids are always asking me to fast forward and have zero patience with commercials)

 

    

    The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use, except for video-chatting, by children younger than 18 to 24 months. If you want to introduce digital media to children ages 18 to 24 months, make sure it's high quality and avoid solo media use. For children ages 2 to 5, limit screen time to one hour a day of high-quality programming. As your child grows, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work as well. You'll need to decide how much media to let your child use each day and what types of media are appropriate.

    

Again, we briefly mentioned this above but Why people use screen time? 

  •     Distract kids if you need to get something done
  •     Educational/ learning tool
  •     Family fun time (movie night)     

Why we should decrease screen time?

    (From Mayo Clinic we can look through and paraphrase) Unstructured playtime is more valuable for a young child's developing brain than is electronic media. Despite the fact that many digital media programs claim to be educational, children younger than age 2 are more likely to learn and remember information from a live presentation than they are from a video.

By age 2, children can benefit from certain types of screen time, such as programming with music, movement and stories. However, passive screen time shouldn't replace reading, playing or problem-solving. Co-view with your child to help your child understand what he or she is seeing and apply it in real life.

Also, it's crucial to monitor the shows your child is watching and the games or apps he or she is playing to make sure they are appropriate. Avoid fast-paced programming, which young children have a hard time understanding, apps with a lot of distracting content, and violent media. Eliminate advertising on apps, since young children have trouble telling the difference between ads and factual information.

As your child grows, keep in mind that too much or poor quality screen time has been linked to:

  •  Obesity
  •  Irregular sleep schedules and shorter duration of sleep
  •  Behavioral problems
  •  Loss of social skills
  •  Violence
  •   Less time for play

HOW TO CREATE RESPONSIBLE SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS 

  • Create a Summer Time Screen Time Checklist - (refer to pinterest board) 
  • OR Technology Tickets - You give each kid 12 tickets and they can be used for a variety of screens in an allotment of 30 minutes. Once they are gone, that is it! They can get them taken away if not adhering to certain rules, or if they are having various behaviors. 
  • UNPLUG - once a month just choose a day, or a weekend and commit to completely unplugging.
  • Try the 1 to 5 ratio. For ever 1 minute of tech time, you should engage in 5 minutes of social interaction, playing, reading, etc. 
  • Quit cold turkey (If you do this you will want to have some fun activities lined up so the kids wont even notice that they aren’t watching TVs or using iPads. 
  • No computer, iPad, TV in kids rooms “screen free” zones-this also helps to be able to monitor what your kids are looking at. (My oldest daughter Claire actually asked me if she could have a TV in her room. And I said “No we don’t need TVs in our rooms and she's like “But Mom you have one in your room!” Haha she had me there) We were’t allowed to have TVs in our room going up because my Mom thought that if you are going to watch TV you can at least be in the same room.)
  • Family dinners (no TV or tech at dinner time) 
  • No TV or devices during homeworkOR from say 6-8pm at night
  • Require kids to charge their devices in another room at night
  • Use less screen time yourself

 

 

ONE WAY TO BREAK THE TANTRUM that may come after taking the electronic away …

 

We side step…

  • Talk about what you get to do instead. Hey, we get go outside or ask what they want for their next snack or meal… or even what color is a banana? It works…
  • Let them know this isn’t forever and that they will get to play again 
  • Explain WHY: When they get upset Discuss why you are taking it away instead of saying, because I said so and I make the rules around here… In stead explain the timeframe in which they’ve been on it and how it compares to the time they spend doing other things like playing, reading 
  • OR just tell them (if they are young) that it will rot their brain. They believe anything you say when their young…..
  • Activities to do instead of having screen time? (Busy activites) 
  • Cardboard box
  • Coloring
  •  Legos
  •  Busy bags (found on pinterest) 
  •  Exercise (park, hiking, just run around outside) - leap frog, red rover, kick ball
  •  Crafts ( I always start the day with what do you want to do today girls? and they NEVER say tv. It is either a craft or go somewhere or do something fun, so why should I cater to a tv that they don’t ultimately want to watch more than doing something super engaging with their family)
  •  Check out episode 19 all about 50 Fun things to do this summer!

 

Notable Quotes 

 “We’re getting so pulled in by computers and technology, and our kids have their faces in computers all day. The human relationship is being diminished by this” -Lenny Kravitz

 

    Louis CK on refusing to let kids preoccupy themselves with cell phones “i don’t let ‘em have it. Yeah, it’s east. Just say, ‘No you can’t have it; it’s bad for you’ But ‘I want it,’ “I don’t care what you want’ 

 

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” - Albert Einstein

 

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master” - Christian Lous Lange

 

SPONSOR of Episode 25 - Samantha Owenson Photography & Design - you can learn more about her amazing work here  - 

www.samanthaowenson.net

 

The Darkest Hour Right Before The Sunrise with Becky Gardner - Episode 24

Becky Gardner is the epitome of a warrior mama. She has survived a long list of adversities and we dive into them all in this episode. She is a home schooling Mama to 4 children and just like he last name is a big time gardner. Their entire back yard is a garden. Grab your cup of coffee and tune in because she is just what you need this week. Some of the items we dive into in this episode include...

  • What having cancer as a child was like
  • How this impacted her getting pregnant and having kids when she thought she'd never be able to
  • What homeschooling is like
  • How to keep low tech kids
  • What drove her to have a massive garden
  • and so much more...

Notable quote:

"The Darkest Hour Is Always Right Before The Sunrise"

How To Get Your Picky Eaters...Eating with Brooke Krantz - Episode 23

Mamas. You are going to LOVE this episode. I'm not even kidding. Today Emily, myself and Speech Pathologist, Brooke Krantz, chat about one of the most common challenges amongst us Mamas and how we can create BETTER eaters. Phew. Problem solved! 

 

In this episode we dive into...

  • Proven Strategies To Get Your Picky Eater… Eating!
  • Some reasons why we get picky eaters
  • How early is too early to start looking at this an issue
  • Proven routines to make sure we are establishing good habits
  • When we should just chill out and let them eat what they want to eat
  • How we recognize if there is a problem
  • Best vitamins out there for kids to eat
  • How to turn the picky eaters around
  • Milestone ages where things start to turn around
  • How about children with special needs
  • Creating Food rules
  • Setting standards for meal time
  • What if your kid doesn’t like meat? This seems to be a common one. What are the best sources to make sure they are getting protein outside of peanut butter.
  • How about vegetables? This is the biggest complaint. My kid won’t eat anything GREEN! 
  • What if your kid doesn’t like the texture of various foods
  • What is the difference between a picky eater and a problem eater
  • What is feeding therapy with a speech therapis

 

Resources:

choosemyplate.gov

 

Empowering Our Children with Author Maria Dismondy - Episode 22

 

She is an Award-winning author and her name is Maria Dismondy. So, what is so cool about her is that she inspires lives through herstories about topics challenging today’s modern child. I think children have it a lot harder than I did growing. Not necessarily from a monetary or tangible aspect. But rather,  harder in regards to communication, dealing with conflict, understanding one another. We live in a swipe right to get a date and stare at the iPad to learn your ABCs kind of world and that is why I wanted this author on my podcast. Maria’s background in early education and commitment to teach the importance of character building enables her to touch lives all over the world. She is touring as a public speaker in schools, community forums, and at national conferences. How fun is that? I’m kind of envious, actually. I just record a podcast from my closet. Occasionally I hit the water table in the backyard and dip my feet in the baby pool with my kids. Does that count as exhilarating?  Maria’s eighth book(that’s right I said 8th), The Jelly Donut Difference, drives home the important message of generosity and kindness. When Maria isn’t writing, she can be found embarking on adventures throughout southeast Michigan and beyond, where she lives with her husband Dave and three book-loving children.

In this episode we dive into 

  • Her journey to writing children's books
  • Why she writes and what she wants to accomplish
  • How she wants to boost courage and self confidence
  • How to create the life you want in the midst of rejection
  • and a whole lot more about Maria!

She loves the ...

  • Rainforest App
  • Carrie Elle - www.carrieelle.com

Quote to live by:

"Your children learn more from what you are than what you teach" - W.E.B Dubois

Dear Mom Shamers - Episode 21

Today, Emily and I have a bold statement for all the mom shamers. Typically we keep things PC and enjoy the lighthearted topics. But, today we are linking arms with all of you Mamas. We are playing one crazy game of Red Rover. It’s time we get all the Mamas on the same side. So, that when that one lonely player we call the Mom Shamer comes runnin' at us they get knocked down and we stand tall, together.

 

In this episode we dive into

  • Various topics/situations in which people are Mom Shamed and SHOULDN'T be
  • Tips on how to lock up the mom shaming

1. Realize that no one is on point 100% of the time

2. Put yourself in their shoes and give them the benefit of the doubt

3. Be supportive of other Moms - Proverbs 11:27 reads "It is so easy to find the dirt on someone. Be the one who finds the gold!"  Offer a community instead of a place for criticism

4. Back to what your Mom taught you -  “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”  

5. The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It 

 

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Finding Peace When Life Doesn't Make Sense with Jen Hatzung - Episode 20

Today’s guest isJen Hatzung creator of The Mom Life Podcast. Jen is a Mama to a beautiful little girl named Eleanor and wife to a man she calls a “cute sailor”. Jen has a lot going on in her world. She sells beauty products, specifically lipstick, does the podcast in her free time, and is a full time Mother. She also is admittedly a full time coffee and wine drinker. Her pictures and stories on social media are too cute and make her life look just about perfect! But, don’t let that fool you because this Mama has been through some tough stuff. Today we are going to dive into her challenges with infertility and the long journey of overcoming that adversity. We will also chat with chat with her about the purpose behind the Mom Life Podcast, and what she hopes to accomplish with this season of her life.

 

You can find more about Jen at jenhatzung.com

Tune into her podcast call The Mom Life Podcast on iTunes today!

You can find her on Instagram @momlifepodcast 

 

 

50 Fun Things To Do This Summer With Your Kids - Episode 19

50 Fun Things for Summer!

 

    Summer is finally around the corner!!  Woot woot!  Which means longer days, more sunshine and LOTS of family fun time!  Summer is a great time for being outside for kids and parents alike!  Getting outside is so important for children. It helps build their immune system, provide exercise, use their imagination and get Vitamin D. Allowing children to get outside lets them run, jump, climb, yell and make a huge mess if they’d like.  They can just be kids! 

    We don’t want to you spend the summer with your kids telling you how “bored” they are while you are scrambling to think of something new and exciting to do with them.  We also don’t want you to spend a fortune on trips all summer. We DO want you to get out there and have the best summer ever!  We have compiled list of 50 fun things to do this summer that won't break the bank and are sure to help you create awesome memories with your family! Most of the activities we suggest are all about getting outside although we have included a few rainy day ideas as well.  Also don’t forget that fresh air can tire those little ones out so maybe they will let you sleep in. Maybe… 

  1. Have one full day without technology
  2. Paint rocks
  3. Go camping (backyard camping) 
  4. Make snow cones
  5. Go to the zoo
  6. Water ballon fight
  7. Go to a farmers market
  8. Make popsicles
  9. Plant something
  10. Pick flowers
  11. Geocache 
  12. Go to local splash pad, pool or sprinkler at home
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Mini golf
  15. Eat ice cream (Ice cream floats/ice cream sundaes) 
  16. Eat watermelon and have a seed spitting contest
  17. Make a firefly jar
  18. Play in the rain
  19. Make an outdoor obstacle course
  20. Hopscotch or play with chalk 
  21. Dance party
  22. Drive in movie
  23. Go to local baseball game
  24. Go on a hike or “adventure”
  25. Star gaze 
  26. Go on a bike ride
  27. Take family pictures
  28. Wash cars
  29. Fly kites
  30. Make s’mores 
  31. Finger paint
  32. Tye-dye shirts
  33. Blow bubbles
  34. Play flashlight tag
  35. Find a new playground/park
  36. Make lemonade or have a lemonade stand
  37. Go berry picking
  38. Watch a sunrise/sunset
  39. Watch fireworks or get sparklers
  40. Play with a cardboard box
  41. Build forts with blankets
  42. Sleepover at Grandma and Grandpas (Or just in your living room) 
  43. Kids plan dinner
  44. Make an unbirthday cake
  45. Visit the pet store
  46. Go to the library
  47. Do a family puzzle
  48. Make friendship bracelets
  49. Go bowling
  50. Go to a museum

 

    

 

Happy summer! 

-CTM

Things That Make Our Life Easier, Healthier and Happier - Episode 18

Today, I thought it would be cool if we talked about things that we are currently loving that make our MOM life easier, healthier and happier. I’ve got a little over 10 things and items I do each week that help me feel zen and more accomplished. So, you are in the right place if you want to know how you can make life easier and healthier when it comes to yourself, your family and your friends. 

For Me

1. Lush Cosmetics  we have one in our local mall but you can go onto www.lushusa.com and order any that sound interesting to you! —

The first one I want to mention is NEW shampoo bar. It is really titles new. It’s red and circular and it looks like a bar of soap. So, what’s cool about this…When you have a child or when stress or life goes to your head and your hair starts thinning(which it totally did for me with all three kids), motivate your tired scalp with stimulating clove and cinnamon oils and a peppermint infusion. This spicy bar also has rosemary and nettles to soothe irritated scalps and make your hair shiny and soft. With a special #BeCrueltyFree message, our bestselling New encourages everyone to join the conversation about ending animal testing once and for all. Visit our friends at Humane Society International to learn more and take action.

They also have an acne treatment - So, when you are pregnant or breastfeeding you are so limited on what you can take. I also love the fact that LUSH is cllllll natural ingredients. It just makes me feels more confident about what I’m putting in my body. So, I use one called Herbalism… Battling with oily, troubled skin? Cleanse with the power of herbs. Our gentle green giant has an exfoliating, deep-cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran to mop up excess oils, and a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile to leave skin feeling fresh, clean and calm. Herbalism gets its color from chlorophyllin, which is extracted from alfalfa plants: it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals and helps to balance out your skin’s oil production.

Other items from there that are great - My husband uses “coal face” and they also have amazing bath bombs. I want to add that they aren’t sponsoring this post. I’ve just found that we wanted to be more 

2. LuLaRoe Leggings and any leggings for that matter - I LOVE what they call the buttery soft leggings - I apprehensively purchased 2 pairs because my lovely Aunt Lesa was selling them and I am now converted. Check out her site at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1818509568379780/

3. Plants and gardening and flowers- So, I spent about 10 bucks on my garden and this is going to provide so much for our family at harvest time.

 

 

For My Family

3. Homemade Laundry Detergent - Okay, so I make my own detergent for a few reasons. 1. IT is SO easy. My kids love making it with me. It’s an activity we can do together. 2. It saves money in the long run because I only have to make it two times a year.

I have it pinned in my “homemade recipes” on Pinterest but will also have the link on the show notes 

  • 4 lb box Borax
  • 3 lb box Washing Soda
  • 4 lb box baking soda
  • 3 lb container OxyClean (optional….but I have messy toddlers)
  • 2 bars Fels Naptha soap (Zote is another good option)
  • 2 (280z) containers Purex crystals fabric softener

4. Veggie Sneaks -We also try a ton of different way to sneak in veggies because sometimes it is hard to get them into the mouths of our pesky toddlers. Also, my husband and myself typical try to eat clean and don’t want unnecessary refined grains. So, here are some things we do to get those veggies in and replace the refined carbs…

  • cauliflower rice
  • spaghetti squash
  • chocolate flavored veggie in powder form - “Amazing Grass”
  • smoothies, and the way in which we present the stuff ( I’ll talk about what all these mean)
  • Having cut up fruit 

5. Laying out the week’s worth of clothes - We have a closet organizer and when I was working I’d lay out their clothes for the next day OR I would lay them out for the next week. It cut down the fight time in the morning because the kids knew what they were wearing, Dad knew what they were wearing and could help get them dressed, etc. It helped so much when we were trying to get out the door in a hurry. 

6. Weekly Declutter - I go through SOMETHING every week. A drawer, a toy box, my purse, etc. to toss out items I don’t need. This helps me feel accomplished and more at zen. Living a simple, decluttered life is not a magic pill. It is a process and I love doing it. 

7. Gratitude Sharing - My kids are getting to the age where we notice they feel entitled to things. GIVE ME THIS. I want this not that! Etc. So, every single day when we are getting ready for bed or when we notice they are extra whiney about 1st world problems - we have a conversation about what we are thankful for. This also works with Chuck and myself if we start to get angsty over something going on in our lives. 

8. ”Chore" - If this, then that - I am going to start a chore chart of simple things to start helping Mom. But, because I’m always cleaning, they actually like to join in with me. They can carry the trash from the bathrooms out. They can sorta make their bed. They can help carry diapers. Etc. 

9. Plant lemon grass - It will help keep mosquitos away.  A girl I work with actually told me about this one so you plant the lemon grass in little planters and put on your patio.  I guess it flies off the shelfs too.  Lowes was out and we went to a local store Teskes if you’re from the QCA and they were so nice and took our number to call us when it comes in. I can not wait to try this because I am a mosquito magnet and do not like the smell of citronella candles.  I’m thinking about also getting lemon grass essential oil and diffusing that too.

 

For My Friends

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Sometimes it can be a stressful event to take you and all your little ones out to the store. I have a gigantic double stroller so I can't fit through the clothing racks I have to like roll them apart to make my way through so I've been doing a ton of online shopping. A cool thing that Danie and I just received were these milestone ABC boxes. They came with a couple toys for each kid, a book and then an outfit for each of them. The toys were totally customized to the girls age and were educational, nice wood toys and the girls were obsessed. There was a super awesome puppet that is a puppy that I've been enjoying using as my alter ego chasing after my kids and barking if they weren't listening. Only kidding. But I mean this is something we were lucky enough to just receive BUT it is something I will totally use as gifts for other people. There are various prices on their website www.milstoneabc.comany where from $49-$149. You can do a gift for someone else or you can buy a subscription box for your little cuties and get one every three months. Another cool thing is they have a developer at their company who is an elementary teacher so you get a little insert with cool activity suggestion based on your kids ages. Overall awesome stuff! I would definitely check them out if I were you.

Help! My Kid Won't Sleep! with Sleep Expert Kelley Thompson - Episode 17

Today’s guest is one that was highly requested by our Mamas. Her name is Kelley Thompson and she is the Founder of Serenity Sleepers. Kelley is a certified pediatric sleep consultant and typically works with children ages newborn to six years old. Kelley also has her master’s degree in elementary and middle school education and has worked with children for years. It was in those years that she developed a deep passion for helping families develop peaceful sleepers using the safest, healthiest and most gentle approaches. She understands each chid is unique and is committed to finding the solution that works best for each family. Her 3 step process is to educate, implement and then evaluate the situation to make sure it is the right one. Not only does she work with children but she also has 3 of her own and can totally relate to all of our struggles from first hand experience.  I am so excited to learn more about Kelley’s approach and shoot off some rapid fire questions I’ve had Mama’s write in about. Please keep in mind that like Kelley said, each child is different and we won’t be able to get every question answered in this podcast so we will for sure give you Kelley’s contact information so you can reach out to her with all your needs! Let’s get started.

In this episode we dive into...

  • What sleep consultants actually do
  • 5 tips for getting better sleep
  • Single biggest thing parents are doing wrong 
  • Long term effects of not getting enough sleep
  • Sleeping in the same room and co-sleeping - is it okay?
  • Transitioning to crib
  • The best sleep product

You can find out more about Kelley at the following websites

Serenity Sleepers

Facebook

The National Sleep Foundation, is a great website for healthy sleep basics for all ages. The below article addresses the benefits of sleep at each age and the healthy developments. I always tell my clients it is important to remember that each child and family have their own specific needs, and when researching or reading information these are guidelines and why it is so important to reach out to a sleep consultant to find the right plan and sleep guide that fits each family. 

 

 

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