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 

 

I want to give a shout out to our Sponsor today and that is Leesa Mattress. Seriously gals…It’s my favorite mattress ever. I’m about to buy one for every person in our family because they seem to want to come and sleep on my bed all the time now. And when they do… they sleep like babies… Okay,  I never got that saying because babies don’t sleep well. At least ours don’t. But, any who the kids sleep awesome on it. I’m going to give you a code fornot $75 but a$100 off your next Leesa purchase.  Leesa ships these 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 get yours NOW, because this is the last month for this offer. I think you’ve got to get over there. Trust me, you’ll want to catch this deal. 

 

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

10. ABC Milestone Subscription Box + Code For 15% off

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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

 

Own Your Worth with Jessica Yarbrough - Episode 7

Jessica Yarbrough, The Mompreneur Coach, is a successful entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and business coach.   She is also the creator of the 6 Figure Mama, a coaching program designed to support women in launching their dream business.  As a single mother, her mission is to support moms with the tools, tactics, and resources to build a 6 figure business they can run from home. All of this success did not come with out facing her fair share of humbling moments. You are in the right place if you’ve ever had a bad relationship. You are in the right place if you are a single Mama looking for support. You are in the right place if you want to learn what this Mama did to go from food stamps to making six figures! This episode is about trusting and believing in yourself. I look forward to getting to hear her story and I think you will love Jessica. So, let’s get to it!

Notable Words

As Mamas, we don't have a lot of time but we need a lot of money! Kids are expensive.

Loving yourself is very personal thing and has very little to do with anyone else. You’ve got to love yourself like you aren’t waiting for someone else to.

Check out Jessica's free 6 Figure Mama training here https://jessicayarbrough.com/6figuremama

Find out what Jessica can offer you here https://jessicayarbrough.com/home

Effortless Spring Fashion Staples for Moms - Episode 6

Hey Mamas! So, every so often we are going to bring a light episode to you on what we’re currently loving. Today’s episode is fun! We are talking fashion. Not runway fashion. Realfashion. for real moms. Emily is going to be leading the way on 10 trends that are currently taking over the Mom world.  You are in the right place if you are confused on whether you should be shopping at Forever21 or Chicos. Kidding on both of those of course. You are are in the right place if you open your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear. We are going to give ya 10 staples that can leave you feeling trendy whether you are at the gym, work or lounging around the house. Today’s episode will help you get off the wardrobe struggle bus and on the way to obtaining “cool” Mom status!

10 Effortless Spring Fashion Staples for Moms

1. Adidas Superstars

2.  Booties

3. Graphic Tees

4. Athleisure

5. Chokers

6. Stud Earrings

7. Bomber Jackets

8. Cardigans

9. Button Down Shirts

10. High-Waisted Jeans

 

Motherhood, Purpose & Entrepreneurship with Jessica Honegger - Episode 5

Today’s guest is Jessica Honegger Founder and Co-CEO of the Noonday Collection. Noonday Collection partners with talented artisan entrepreneurs to make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, they empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them. So, how cool is that? Most little girls had lemonade stands. Jessica, on the other hand, had jewelry stands. Jessica grew up in San Antonio, Texas as the daughter and granddaughter of women who loved style and fashion. Some of Jessica's earliest memories are of digging through her grandmother's treasure of jewelry curated from adventures around the world.

At age 16, Jessica traveled to Kenya and witnessed what life was like for children growing up without clean water, safe housing or loving families – and something began stirring in her heart. She knew then she wanted to spend her life creating opportunity for the poor.

She came home from the trip a bit of an activist. The girl who was once interested in jewelry and makeup held rallies at school to raise money for children in Kenya. After college, Jessica volunteered in Bolivia and Guatemala with Food for the Hungry. As she spent her days working with Bolivian Artisans discovering the vibrant markets of Guatemala, she saw what people could do for themselves with just a little bit of opportunity. She realized that entrepreneurship was a sustainable solution to poverty. Somewhere along the way, Jessica rediscovered her joy in fashion and style. She began to dream of using fashion and design to create economic opportunity for vulnerable communities. In 2010, Jessica and her husband Joe went on a trip to Uganda to visit friends who were serving at an orphanage. It was then that Jessica and her husband decided to grow their family through adoption. She hosted the first Noonday Collection Trunk Show as a fundraiser for her adoption from Rwanda – and the rest is history.  Today as Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, Jessica spends her days inspiring others to live lives of purpose. She travels across the United States and around the world, training Ambassadors to be stylists and storytellers and visiting Artisans to encourage them in their work. When she's off-duty, Jessica loves spending time with her husband Joe and their three kids, Amelie, Holden and Jack.

Insight and Notable Quotes from Jessica

“I think my standard of parenting then was..Perfect parenting IN = Perfect kids OUTwhen in reality we are not in complete control and we can do so many things but at the end of the day there are a lot of things that aren’t in our control.”

“When you are cornered it can actually be a beautiful place to be.”

“I was scared, but I went afraid.”

“Your kids are going to learn so much more from you by going to and answering 3rd world problems than by you being there to answer their every 1st world problem.” 

“My kids can flourish not in spite of my work but because of my work!”

 

  • When you are truly passionate about the purpose behind what you are doing, you won’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • If you are living outside of your purpose then you are going to by an angsty mom for your kids.
  • When women say yes to other women… that’s what changes the world.
  • Women can move mountains and we are!
  • Entrepreneurship is a beautiful way to create opportunity for people.
  • Entrepreneurship is not limited to the American dream.
  • Don’t let perfect be your standard
  • Done is better than perfect

So, if you are wanting to start something definitely do research figure out as much as you but don’t strive for perfection before making the jump. Remember why you are wanting to do something and the how will figure itself out

On being authentic to who you are and what your purpose is - “We keep crying out to know the will of God without realizing his will is knitted into the fabric of our being.”

Parenting Hack - Jessica was part of a meal coop for years with two other couples. You would cook one night of the week and deliver to the other parents and then they would deliver meals to your house the other nights

WOW factors of the Noonday Collection business

  • They donate 10% of any total sales from adoption parties to help bring them home. They’ve helped bring home 3,000 kids
  • Started with 2 artisans in Uganda and they now employ 400 artisans  
  • Noonday now globally partners with 30 business which employ 4,000 artisans and that impacts 20,000 family members
  • Now have 1500 Ambassadors selling Noonday Collection in the USA

Ways you can help

Visit Noonday Collection to find a local ambassador to host a show or to join the team! 

www.noondaycollection.com

 

 

Self Care- Episode 4

This episode is all about self-care. You requested and we listened. Every Mama wants to know how they can justify taking time for Mom. Some Mamas, if asked the question might be scratching their heads saying, what is self-care? I haven’t seen that since before having kids. Well, today we are going to talk about what self care is, why we need to do it, barriers that stand in the way and 10 ways we partake in it. We also give a great how to guide on creating your self-care routine. 

Definition of self care - Self care is the ability to take care of the activities of daily living such as feeding, showering, wearing clean clothes, etc. It’s also taking care of your self from a mental stand point

Why we need to do it:  Now, as Mamas, some days we may not get to squeeze a shower in but I think it is fair to say that today’s episode is going to be about doing a bit more than basic needs but rather how to allow yourself the freedom to still maintain YOU and your identity, sanity and god-given talents. Yeah I read this awesome bit in the Huffington Post that Mia Redrick wrote about self care that she said her mother, “discovered that, in order to be a great mom, you must feel great about both yourself and your life” Also if you take time to go do something for yourself to recharge then you’ll be more present, which is better than being worn out and partially present.

Barriers to self-care

Screen time

Negative self talk

Perception

Feeling guilty for asking for help

Mom guilt

10 ways to engage in self-care

  1. Journal & brain dump
  2. Fresh air 
  3. Treat yo’ self
  4. Alone time
  5. Delegate a task
  6. Screen free time
  7. Read or listen to a podcast
  8. Make your appointments
  9. Buy yourself a pick me up
  10. Get with your village

Engage in Hygge - “Hoo-Guh” - I was reading the New Yorker andLouisa Thomsen Brits, a British-Danish writer, casts hygge as a state of mindfulness: how to make essential and mundane tasks dignified, joyful, and beautiful, how to live a life connected with loved ones.

 

How to establish a good self-care routine

1 Think about the kinds of things that really drain and bring you down -  For me, it is a dirty and cluttered house!  Start eliminating or reducing things that drain you from your daily routine.

2. What ENERGIZES and re-charges you? Do any of the items listed above re-charge your soul? Where can you begin to add in one of these items, each day?

3 Figure out your barriers, what is specifically holding you back? Looking at your phone too much, focusing on the negatives, talking bad about yourself, believing self-care is selfish; what do you want to discard and let go?

4 Figure out when you have time for most it will be the mornings and evenings so how can you maximize the time?  I typically go with inspiring and energizing in the morning to pump up the day and then relaxing at night…

 

Notable Quotes

“Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life will receive the best of you rather than what’s left of you.” -Carl Bryan

“I want my kids to have the best of me, not the rest of me.” - unknown

“Put yourself at the top of your to do list every single day and everything else will fall into place.” - unknown

“You owe yourself the love, you so freely give to others.” - unknown

 

Finding Your Voice with Julia Dellitt - Episode 3

In this episode you meet Julia Dellitt. She is a writer, new Mama and yoga teacher rooted in my hood, Des Moines, Ia. Julia is a Content Manager for a billion dollar healthcare company by day and tackles freelance projects by night. Her writing has been published by The Everygirl, (which I’m totally impressed and in love with, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Thought Catalog and Elephant Journal. She also blogs on her website about books, relationships, motherhood, running, yoga AND travel! When she is not busying jotting down ideas for her next story, Julia loves to Netflix and chill - like literally chill - with her husband, son and pug. Some of my favorite things about Julia are that she loves to flag articles to read later, drink iced coffee and make the perfect playlist for living room dance parties! Julia is a compassionate, honest, brave, respectful, and educated feminist. :) She appears to have it all together these days but definitely felt the pressure throughout her life to be the perfect woman. This lead to disordered eating habits, serious bouts of anxiety and depression and a major phobia of commitment. She has taken some courageous measures to overcome these. So, tune in to hear the whole story!

 

We dive into

When her eating disorder first started and what she believe crafted her self expectations.

When she battled depression and anxiety and the root cause of both.

The “fill your own bucket first” method to self care.

How to “blend” your time

How to delegate and feel okay with letting Dad be a big part of raising your child

Julia’s top tips on overcoming challenges

1.  Find your support system

2.  Find your spiritual side through prayer and yoga

3.  Don’t be afraid to use your voice to help in overcoming your challenge

 

Notable Quotes and words of wisdom:

Remember that all of this could disappear in a flash. Maybe that sounds morbid, but we only have a short number of years here on earth. We don't know how much time we get. Motherhood is so incredibly hard, but remembering that it is fleeting helps me make the best of this wonderful experience I am honored to have.

 As for my pre-baby self, I would tell her it's going to be okay; you'll still be you. The best quote I've ever read about parenting is by Sarah Walker, an artist. She said that "motherhood is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live." You can be any kind of mother. There are many ways to love and care for a child. Trust yourself.

On depression, “you want to be happy so badly but something inside of you screams that you don’t deserve it.”

You can learn more about Julia and follow her work at  julmarie.com - Follow her beautiful life on Instagram @julmarie