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. 

 

 

Today's Sponsor is LEESA Mattress. 

Leesa is an innovative online mattress company that ships premium foam mattresses compressed in a box to your door. They offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial and easy returns. What I love most about Leesaalso proudly donate one mattress for every ten we sell. Go to www.leesa.com/catcthismama and enter code MAMA and you’ll get $75 dollars off your mattress purchase.  Trust me, you’ll want to catch this deal. 

Losing Your Mom, Being Diagnosed with PAH, Starting a Foundation and More with Meredith Wilharber - Episode 16

 

Today’s guest is Meredith Wilharber. She grew up in Southeast Iowa, but has established roots in my hood, Des Moines, IA. Meredith is a strong, compassionate and without a doubt spectacular wife AND Mom to two adorable little boys. In any free time she has, she likes to… play with her kiddos, workout at the local gym, and work on her passion project which we will get into a little bit later. She is driven and determined and after this interview you will see exactly why. Meredith lends a hand to anyone who asks and doesn’t let anything keep her down. I mean anything. Meredith is a survivor you see. She was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension two years ago and has since then turned the diagnosis of a life threatening illness into a Foundation to further educate, raise awareness and fund research dedicated to early detection. You are in the right place if you know someone who is fighting a life threatening disease. You are in the right place if you are a Mama who wants to hear from another Mama on what her day to day life is like. You are in the right place if you want to learn more about PAH, the signs, symptoms and how to recognize them. Finally, you are in the right place if you want to help out a great cause! 

In this episode we dive into…

  • What childhood and losing her Mom at a very young age was like for Meredith
  • How she became passionate about doing research on Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension after learning this was the cause of her Mom’s death
  • What life was like when she was diagnosed with PAH
  • How she created Blue Lips Foundation to (ph)ight back

Notable Quote: "Embrace the Chaos"

Link to her video on PAH - GRAB a tissue! This is good!

Link to website :

 

Today's Sponsor is LEESA Mattress. 

Leesa is an innovative online mattress company that ships premium foam mattresses compressed in a box to your door. They offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial and easy returns. What I love most about Leesaalso proudly donate one mattress for every ten we sell. Go to www.leesa.com/catcthismama and enter code MAMA and you’ll get $75 dollars off your mattress purchase.  Trust me, you’ll want to catch this deal. 

The Dad Takeover - Episode 15

This is the Dad Takeover of the CTM podcast hosted by the husbands (Chuck Gohr and Tom Ferguson). In an effort to give our wives a day off on the week of Mother's Day.  As usual, we will not be as good as the moms, but hope we can spend some time effectively speaking about all the great things all the wives and mothers out there do on a regular basis. Today's talk will focus, in no particular order on 10 things we think moms do best.

Today's Sponsor is LEESA Mattress. 

Leesa is an innovative online mattress company that ships premium foam mattresses compressed in a box to your door. They offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial and easy returns. What I love most about Leesaalso proudly donate one mattress for every ten we sell. Go to www.leesa.com/catcthismama and enter code MAMA and you’ll get $75 dollars off your mattress purchase.  Trust me, you’ll want to catch this deal. 

Fed Is Best! - Two Non Expert's Take On Breastfeeding - Episode 14

This episode is all about breastfeeding. Emily and myself will chat with you about some basics on the science behind breastfeeding. So, more of a breastfeeding 101. After that, we will talk extensively about some of the challenges that come with breastfeeding and how to get over the humps that will inevitably come up. I want to disclose that we are by no means lactation consultants or experts in this area, but we have researched this episode for hours and breastfed our babies and feel we can share our experiences and what we’ve learned from breastfeeding our children, with you. I want to say that we take a strong stance on the fact that breastfeeding can be super tough and isn’t for everyone. So, that is why we titled the episode Fed is Best. Because, in the end as you will see from our own experiences, as long as you are feeding your child be it formula or breast milk, you are right and doing it right, Mama. It is ultimately what works for you. With that being said, you are in the right place if you are pregnant or a new mom. You are in the right place if you are struggling as we speak with the ins and outs and random things that come forth when you enter this crazy wonderful, challenging, yet rewarding marathon we call breastfeeding. You are also in the right place if you are our family and friends who have supported us through all of our episodes and are tuning in regardless if you have babies to breastfeed, we love you and thank you for your continued support of the Catch This Mama podcast! 

In this Episode we cover...

  • Our background and experiences
  • Breastfeeding 101
  • How to make contact from the get go
  • What is colostrum and what are the benefits?
  • What is in your milk?
  • Various positions
  • Letdown
  • Benefits of Lactation Consultants and other support
  • Foods to Avoid
  • Undersupply and things that can help!
  • Oversupply
  • Mastitis 
  • Nipple Confusion
  • Resources and so much more!!

Resources and images!

Great Book:  The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by The La Leche League $9 on Amazon

Websites:

 www.kellymom.com 

http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html

Stop Peeing Your Pants and More! with Doctor Libby Trausch and Molly Lechtenberg - Episode 13

Welcome to show! Today we have two Docs in the house. Typically, we feature one warrior Mama and the obstacles they’ve overcome to reach their version of success,  but today we are featuring a duo that has set out to transform physical therapy for women. When I read about these two Mamas, I just knew we had to bring them on CTM. Today we are going to dive into topics that affect us during pregnancy and post partum. You are in the right place if you’ve ever done a jumping jack and felt a little trickle of pee come out. You know what I’m talking about ladies! Mama,  you are in the right place if you just can’t get rid of the the little tummy pooch that follows having children. You are in the right place if you want to hear some tips on how to get rid of the back pain that comes with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. All of this and more we tackle today. I’m talking to to Molly Lechtenberg and Libby Trausch of Breathe, Physical Therapy and Wellness. Let me give you a little background on each of the gals…  Both of them graduated with their doctorate in PT and while Molly had a goal of opening her own business, Libby never really thought of it. After a lot of personal and professional experience these women got together and Breathe was created. We will dig into more of this story in the podcast but Mollie really enjoys working with even the most complicated cases,you know… those with a lot of problems they feel are working against them and then yield results that help them find relief from pain and empower them to have a program at home to continue to have success. Libby focuses quality manual therapy(which I am anxious to see what that exactly means and yoga). Through her practices she has helped people with the most complicated medical histories see a way forward, find relief and even more importantly, rediscover hope. Not only are these women rockstar Doctors, they are also Mamas just like you and me! Sometimes people think docs are boring or too scientific to relate to on a podcast but let me tell you, these smart ladies are anything but.

 

In this episode we dive into...

  • Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA)
  • How To Eliminate Urinary Incontinence
  • Banish Back Pain
  • Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga
  • Dry Needling
  • And MORE!

 

You can learn more about Libby and Molly here http://www.breathedsm.com/home.html

 

 

 

 

Tips For Traveling With Kids - Episode 12

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Traveling in a car with kids doesn’t have to be a dreaded event. You can plan onmaking it a successful adventure with the tips we share in this episode. You don’t need to pack your whole house to be prepared for the trip. In this episode we will give you a solid list of items to pack, how to plan for the unknown, how to embrace the mundane, and we’ll tell some fun stories along the way!

In this episode we dive into ....

What To Pack

  • Snacks in those snack cups that they can put their hands in but if you tip them over they don’t spill. 
  • sip cups that you have to bite down on the lid to get out because we find those fit in the cup holder nicely and don’t spill as easily
  • We always place a garbage sack behind the main seat
  • Paper Towels and Wipes
  • Blankets as a multi-use for a pillow too!
  • Pull-Ups if potty training
  • Overnight bag so incase you stop you don't have to take all the luggage up to a hotel
  • Tylenol/Medication
  • Teethers/Pacifiers - (frozen in a baggie and put in a cooler)
  • Hand Pump if nursing
  • Games To Play Along The Way - Check out Catch This Mama's Pinterest board titled TRAVEL for ideas!
  • Pack'n'Play
  • Magic Bumpers
  • Noise Maker

How to plan for the unknown

  Emily says,  "Try and be flexible. You never know what’s going to happen when you are traveling with kids. It’s more than likely going to take you way longer but just embrace it.  This is your fun family vacation and if you’re worried about some “timeline” the whole time then you aren’t going to be enjoying anything.  Some of my favorite memories as a kid was being stuck in the car with my family driving 14 hours to Colorado."

Danie says, "I want to add that, it won’t ever go according to plan. You are always going to have moments where you want to pull your hair out or turn up the podcast in your headphones to drown out the cries. But, hopefully with this list you are able to make the trip go more smooth than the last. Also, don’t be afraid to take them in the car even at the youngest of ages. The more you get your child out, the more adaptable they will be to events like car rides, or baseball games." 

Notable quotes -

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children” -Charles R. Swindoll

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” - Unknown Pinterest Source

 

From Overwhelmed to Intentional with Allie Casazza - Episode 11

 

Today’s guest is one I’m so excited about. Mainly because we could all use a little or a lot of her tactics in our personal lives. It’s Allie Casazza. These days Allie coaches and helps families get rid of clutter, embrace minimalism, live intentionally and ultimately own their lives once and for all. Allie is wife to the boy she sat next to in seventh grade algebra class, and mom tot heir four kids. She’s a writer and the creator ofY ourUnclutteredHome- an online decluttering course that earned her national attention for her philosophy of simple motherhood. Allie has been featured on Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, The Jenny McCarthy Show, ABC News, and other popular media. You can find her blogging at AllieCasazza.com . Although Allie’s life is quite different now and in her words crystal clear and thriving, she didn’t begin in that realm. Rewind years back and you would have found Allie miserable, overwhelmed, overworked and battling depression. She had 4 small children and was constantly chasing after their messes and living a less than fruitful life. Today we are going to learn what helped her overcome the life she WAS leading, what her day to day life is like now a days and what she hopes the future has in store for her and her family.

We dive into...

  • What life is like living out of a camper with 4 children
  • How she was depressed and overwhelmed 5 years ago and what she did to overcome it
  • How living a minimalistic lifestyle has changed her and her family
  • How she teaches others to declutter and simplify for good!
  • How she adapts when self doubt and the feeling of being a fraud come into play
  • How God has a major impact on the way in which she operates
  • How she stays intentional 

You can find more about Allie and how she can help you declutter at  http://alliecasazza.com

 

 

Pregnancy and Postpartum Stuff They Don't Tell You

Some of you clicked to listen to this topic because you haven’t had kids yet but you are interested in the topic! Some of you have kids but still are thinking this may be a funny one to listen into and nod your head along with us! This episode is all about the things no one tells you about pregnancy and being a new mom. This episode is not intended to scare you off from having babies but rather fully prepare you for the hilarious and #ownyourmomlife moments that are inevitably going to happen. People tell you the good stuff and the medical stuff but there is a lot that people just don’t talk about. So this week we don’t really have just one own your mom life story. Because, today we are sharing a list of things that we as well as our Mama friends have went through. It is not an exhaustive list but it should give you some funny laughs and some really? that happens? moments to get you prepared and let you know that if and when these items happen to you, its okay and you aren’t alone!

In this episode we talk about the following items

Pregnancy

  • How long it can take to get pregnant
  • Swollen face and ankles
  • Spider veins
  • Bigger feet
  • Heartburn
  • Vision Changes
  • All day sickness
  • Tooth decay
  • Hormones
  • Nesting
  • Classes that get you ready 
  • Google becomes your best friend

New Mom

  • Belly after baby
  • Hair loss
  • Baby brain
  • Postpartum skin
  • No baby sleeps
  • Peeing your pants
  • Nursing challenges
  • Going back to work

Notable Quotes

"When you are pregnant you can get away with a lot of sh*t. Women really are at their most dangerous during this time. Your hormones are telling you that you are strong and sexy, everyone is scared of you, and you have a built-in sidekick who might come out at any minute.”- Amy Poehler

“Labor is the only blind date where at the end you know you are going to meet the love of your life” - unknown Pinterest source

Iowa Girl Eats with Kristin Porter - Episode 9

 

Hello Mamas! If you live in the midwest you’ve probably heard of today’s warrior Mama. Actually,  even if you don’t live in the midwest you probably know today’s guest. It’s Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats. As her name suggests, she is an Iowa native and feels strongly that Iowa is a wonderful place to raise a family. She is a stellar food blogger who sends out weekly recipes that have me yearning to get to my kitchen asap and whip it up. She gets millions of viewers to website each month and definitely is credible when it comes to blogging, taking pics and cooking up a great meal. In addition to keeping up with the blog, she is married to a guy named Ben and has two precious kiddos that keep her rolling! Kristin has a lot going for her! But, it wasn’t always easy street as she was hit with a life altering disease called Celiac Disease after the birth of her first baby in 2013. In this episode, we will dive into what life was like both before and after Celiac came into play, how this may have been a blessing in disguise and all kinds of good Mom stuff.

Notable Words

"The hardest stage of parenting is the stage you are in right now."

Fun Idea for Kids

Put a few drops of food coloring into a muffin tin then adde a small spoonful of baking soda on top. Give your toddler an eye dropper and cup of distilled vinegar then let them go to town. 

For More on her check out www.iowagirleats.com

Going gluten free does not have to be a big deal!

Kristin's  ebook, "Gluten-Free for Beginners: 30 Day Meal Plan and Guide for Gluten-Free Success" is available for purchase on my site: 

http://iowagirleats.com/gluten-free-for-beginners/

That's Inappropriate with Meredith Masony - Episode 8

Mamas! Today’s guest is going to be hard to beat. It’s Meredith from That’s Inappropriate. You’ve probably seen some of her hilarious and completely relatable viral videos on Facebook or Youtubem ranging from a Christmas list describing her desire to have her kids listen the FIRST time she asks or to how she feels every time she watches DIY shows and sees these newlyweds purchasing $800,000 homes when they are first time buyers. Her website title of “That’s Inappropriate” is pretty fitting as she lives by the motto, “I’ll say it so you don’t have to!” She says the things we are all thinking but are too afraid to say out loud! Meredith has three kids ages 10,7, and 5. She wants people to know that life is messy and it’s OK to talk about it. When I saw that she had 780,000 people liking her Facebook page I knew I needed to bring her on the show. She is obviously filling a need for Mamas out there and I truly believe she is owning her mom life.

In this episode we dive into

How a mid life crisis and a life threatening moment resulted in  her desire to start That's Inappropriate

What motherhood is actually like

What people think of Meredith each time she posts a video

How important it is to stay authentic and true to yourself

Why it is okay to leave a vacuum behind you in an IG picture 

 

Notable words

Finding myself was like playing an intense game of hide and seek - Meredith

You can purchase her book "Scoop The Poop"  and support her efforts at www.thatsinappropriate.com