Bookclub Recap - Simplicity Parenting Chapter 1 -3 - Episode 67


This year, Emily and myself decided our theme of 2018 was going to be focused around solving our day to day issues through simplifying our lives. You’ll notice this theme throughout our podcast guests and our comments and decisions in our lives. You will also see it throughout our bookclub readings this year. This month’s Book Club recap is on Simplicity Parenting; using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier and more secure kids by Kim John Payne who is a researcher, counselor and private consultant. 


The Support You Deserve From Two Lactation Consultants - Episode 66


Mamas, today I’m talking with two very sweet people. Today I’m chatting with Rebecca and Kaitlyn, two very talented nurses and Lactation Consultants. Rebecca and Kaitlyn have a practice here in the midwest called Nourish Lactation Services. What they do is provide quality, compassionate, evidence-based lactation support to families. Their mission is to provide families with support through all stages of lactation, from the prenatal period to weaning your little one and all challenges in between. Today we are doing a 4 person chat! Emily is also here today. Between the two of us, we are going to ask as many questions as we can and hopefully you will leave here feeling equipped to rock your breastfeeding journey. Look I’ve read all the what to expect when you are expecting and through age one but I will say it was horribly lacking when it came to information on breastfeeding. 

In this episode we asked these ladies...

  1. What services you offer to moms
  2. the biggest challenges you see moms face
  3. how to make it through the hard times of breastfeeding
  4. the benefits of breastfeeding
  5. what are some good vitamins to be on when nursing
  6. how to avoid mastitis 
  7. what kinds of foods actually cause fussy babies
  8. what age do they recommend  to get on a bottle 
  9. how about alcohol what’s actually safe
  10. how to wean and best practices
  11. Any other information you want to get out there


To find out more about these ladies check them out on their website!

When You Want A Strong Family - Episode 65


Intro: We go so fast. We wake up and rush to get ourselves and our kids ready whether it is for work, school, daycare. Whatever it is, It’s in a rush. We zip to and fro and make decisions all the time that effect us and our well being. Sometimes don’t realize a bad decision until after we make it. If you are feeling stuck, are currently facing a big decision, are worried about the future of your kids, are wondering if you should work or stay home or lean in and take a promotion or go on this vacation or be friends with a certain person or bring a new baby into the picture, there are a few things you can have in place to help bring long term success and happiness. There are things you can have in place to make sure that life goes a bit more smoothly. Now you are still going to make decisions and realize after the fact that it isn’t whats best for the family, but, if you know the following three things, you will have WAY more confidence in decision making and will know how to create and stable family. So, that when troubles come a knocking because no one is invincible to this, you will have a few things in place to bring comfort, peace and alliance with one another. You will have the tools to have crucial conversations and know how to get back on track and back to the right path within your family. And the best part is, by establishing these three things, you’ll be able to pass these skills and rituals and feelings onto your children. Who, we hope will find just as much value in them. These things include, crafting a family mission statement, setting proper expectations, and understanding what’s important for YOUR families development growth and bond. 


(Part 1) Success Is Found In Being Faithful To The Small Things with Brooke Sailer - Episode 64


My guest today is Brooke Sailer. Brooke is a thinker, writer, artist, teacher, singer, gift-giver, and also a diaper changer, shoelace-tier and lunch packer. She married a handsome bachelor after dating for only one month and ten days!  She recently published this little book called “I’m Failing At This Thing Called Home” - It’s a book about her thoughts on changing the narrative embracing possibilities and re-making the home. Every page you turn in her book is filled with words of encouragement amidst the chaos and messy moments of life. It was a natural fit for us here at Catch This Mama because Brooke is encouraging us to take ownership of our mom life. More specifically, she is showing us how we can change the way we drudge through our day to day lives. Brooke asks the question “feeling like a failure amidst chaos and mess? and then gives the straightforward and so very true answer of… You’re not.”  Today I want to talk to Brooke about how she overcame her own obstacles and adversities and what she is doing to show you how you can get off the struggle bus too.

In this episode I chat with Brooke about the following...

Your book was just lovely. Easy to read. Empowering. It is like you have it is all together and it is wonderful to see you’ve decided to teach what you’ve figured out. But, you weren’t always on this side of the fence. Tell me where you were prior to writing this book. 

What do you want to accomplish with this book? 

A pivotal part for me was in the beginning of the book when you talked about distractions. I SO resonate with this. You say “Our distractions are defining us, and I’m finally saying enough” AMEN! Tell me what you mean by all of this…

I recently heard a quote that was something along the lines of “When you see something wrong in the world, you can either do nothing or something and I’ve already tried nothing.” It reminded me of your “it’s all in your head chapter” - Talk to me about what a fixed mindset and growth mindset is and how we can apply this in our personal lives today.

How do you combat the idea of immediate gratification and switch to the idea that it is a journey and not a destination. What I mean by this is… you have this person who is ready to start. They start on the journey to reach their desired GOAL or mission.. except they set unrealistic expectations and because they don’t hit it right away, they stop and give up. 

You talk extensively about changing the narrative. This is an especially great thought. How can we change the narrative and what do you mean by this?

First talk to us about what a capsule wardrobe is and why we should have it.

In one particular chapter you talk about giving your home a make-over or as you describe it “re-make your home”  Can you give Mamas a few tips on how to figure out what is important (valuable), how to make a plan, and what kinds of plans are worthy of making?

What else do you have up your sleeve in the future when it comes to your business?

Chaos Comes From Decision Fatigue - Episode 63


Today’s episode is all about decision making. I began wondering why we are all so overworked, overtired and overwhelmed in our day to day grind. What I’ve found is it comes down to the pure amount of decisions we make in a day and how many obligations we try to squeeze  in a day. Small or large these are decisions we make that contribute to the end result of feeling like you have nothing left to give at the end of the day. They come as a result of making too many new decisions and having too many options. I asked Emily to do an impromptu assignment today and just simply write down the decisions she’s had to make on a single days time. This doesn’t include decisions she’d have to make if it weren’t a weekend where she had extra help with her husband being home. After we break this down I’m going to give you three ways we can streamline motherhood so we aren’t left as feeling so OVERWHELMED in the day to day grind. So that when 7pm comes we aren’t tossing in our ear plugs and running as fast as we can to scrape a wine bottle from the cabinet. Okay… we might still want the wine at the end of the day but, maybe it’ll at least move us from the feeling of over I’m just SO over it….  to I feel so accomplished today!


He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called with Laura Harrison- Episode 61



My guest today is Laura Harrison! 

Laura founded Jonas Paul Eyewear with her husband Ben in 2013 shortly after her first child, Jonas, was born with a rare-eye condition (Jonas has had a total of 21 eye surgeries). 

 Laura decided to leave her career to launch Jonas Paul Eyewear with the mission of helping children feel beautiful in their glasses while at the same time providing sight to children in need with every purchase. 

Since its founding, the company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and NBC Today Show, and has garnered numerous awards for its social responsibility and design. 

Laura is a dedicated wife and mother to Jonas (4 yrs) and Sophie (2 yrs) and lives in Grand Rapids, MI. When she's not innovating for Jonas Paul Eyewear, she enjoys Netflix bingeing, cooking, and participating in her multiple clubs (book, podcast and dinner)!



What It Really Means To Own Your Mom Life - Episode 60


Welcome my friends, we are so excited you chose to listen to this episode. To be honest with you, this is probably way overdue. You may hear us talk about owning you mom life on just about every forum possible. But, we felt it would be good to give you a little encouragement by breaking down what it means or could mean if you truly owned your mom life.

So, the dictionary described the word OWN as the following…

To have (something) as one's own; possess.

You own your life. No one owns it but you. You could say this is my own family and my own mom life 

another way to look at “own” is in it’s  formal context…

admit or acknowledge that something is the case or that one feels a certain way.

For example, we are owning up to the fact we aren’t perfect as Mamas.


I really think to  own your mom life is both of those. You are acknowledging your life in it’s current state and owning up to everything it is. 

You are taking a gut check and asking yourself, how are you doing? What does life look like right now? The good. The bad. and the ugly. 

You are then saying… 

You know what, regardless of the flaws and the imperfections I possess this life. It is mine, it is no one else that can bring me happiness it is me myself and I,  that can choose to be grateful and grace filled and content in the life that I have. So, I am going to choose to own this mom life. 


Key  things you should do if you want to get a state in which you truly own your mom life


  1. Find things that are good RIGHT where you are. Realize it isn’t and didn’t go according to plan, but that’s okay. “Expectation lessens gratitude” - so change your expectation. It doesn’t mean you that you shouldn’t want a clean house or a good job or a happy life… but rather understand that if your house is dirty and you are so frustrated that it isn’t clean even though you’ve picked up 10 times today alone, it’s okay. The good right there is that your kids played. They used their big little brains to grow and learn and create. What better gratification as a Mom is there than that. So, find the good right where you are. 
  2. Ask yourself what you want your life to look like - and then ask is that where I am? How can I live more like that each day? 
  3. When in a wounded state of confusion, exhaustion, disappoint, it is easy to blame others, but even when you feel like it is someone else’s fault, ask yourself, what can I do differently? What can I change in my thoughts and my actions? For example, say your husband is sick and goes into the bedroom while you are left to care for the kids and do all the work. It’s easy to think WTF when I’m sick I do everything and don’t get a break. Am I right Mama? But, what if we thought what can I do differently? Maybe it means you go take care of yourself in a room next time you are sick. Maybe it means, you are capable of handling things a little better and at this point in time we could choose to offer grace and comfort to the person who loves you most in life.
  4. Choose both - Sometimes we set such strict boundaries
    1. I want to be a good christian which means I shouldn’t idolize things but I love a good house and a good outfit - that’s okay to choose both!
    2. I want to be a good friend and go to their birthday party but I’m super tired and my kids are all sick - you can choose both - take your friend out to lunch on a day where it won’t drain you and stay home and get well
    3. I want to be healthy but that mexican food and that cookie look mighty good. Choose both. Exercise, eat mostly good and for pete’s sake give into the desire of the cookie and glass of wine. It’s okay!
    4. I want to be a REALLY good Mom and be with them as much as possible but I’m going a little insane and wish I could get out more or bring in some income or vice versa(maybe you want to stop working and stay home) - CHOOSE BOTH - create a life that uniquely fits you. You don’t need to fit the mold. 

We need to realize that it isn’t a one size fits all, all or nothing, must do it perfectly or else we aren’t good enough. 

Sometimes we are going to do good and sometimes we are going to say things that hurt others. But, that’s part of connection. And in life, all we want is connection to one another. So, let’s be vulnerable and positive in the belief  and offering of grace and connection to one another. Be open to that and know that sometimes mistakes happen but if we can show others grace and even more important is show YOURSELF grace and realize you are NOT defined by your bad decision or mistake or mistep, or accident, then you will be that much closer to our whole mantra over here at Catch This Mama. 








Mommy Meditation - Episode 59


Alright friends, I’m going to shoot it to you straight. Mom life is so rewarding. It is the most life changing and humbling and comforting and lovely thing in the entire world. But, it is also so stinking hard. Its hard to keep your patience when something happens for the 50th time. It’s hard to feel comforted when you never get a hot second to yourself. It’s hard to feel like you matter when your meals and coffee are always cold. I mean remember the story of gold locks and the three little bears? She tried Mamas porridge but it was too cold. Never made sense as a kid. TOTALLY makes sense as a Mom. When mommin’ feels hard we can come up with ways to gain our center BEFORE we lose it. One way we can do this is through meditation. Today’s episode is going to be from us, two non experts but super fans of the stuff. So, let’s get to it. 


In this episode we dive into:

  • What meditation is
  • Importance of meditation
  • Types of Meditation
  • A Quick meditation session

Notable Quote

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest” 

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” -Buddha


TV Anchor Shares Authentic Life Story with Erin Kiernan - Episode 58


MY guest today is Erin Kiernan. She might be most well known for her extensive career as our local news anchor. But she is more than a News Anchor. In a recent bio she said the following…I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, a birth mom, a friend. I’m an adoption advocate, and an infertility survivor. I’m a TV anchor and a fitness instructor. I am a mightily flawed, middle-aged woman who is tired of chasing perfect. I’m just trying to be the best me I can be.

In this episode we dive into:

  • Giving her first born up for adoption
  • How she convinced herself she was not defined by the outcome
  • How did this event shape her into who she is today
  • Her background in television
  • The hardest thing and best thing about being in tv tv
  • Snarky messages
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Motherhood
  • Advice for Moms who are fearful of their past and their future


Notable quotes:

"Expectation lessens gratitude"

"pretty is as pretty does" 

"you are fearfully and wonderfully made"


Family Finance 101: Setting Ourselves Up For Financial Success - Episode 56


Today’s episode is all about finances. What’s going wrong, how to help yourself get on track in 2018 and set yourself up in Dave Ramsey’s words to live like no one else now so you can live like no one else later. He meant, if you are able to make smarter decisions and become disciplined and aware NOW, you’ll have so much more money later on! 

So here are some creepy stats to get us started 


What happens when you spend…

  • Buyers remorse
  • Buy for kids when they already have SO much
  • 10% of happiness comes from external world (this is the bit you were talking about with Oprah) 

How to set yourself up for financial freedom

  • Set a budget (I will go into detail about ours)
  • Figure out how much your net each month, not gross but net
  • Figure out your expenses
  • Now that you’ve figured out how much you make each month and how much you have in expenses, you can subtract your fixed expenses which are typically non negotiable, think heat, water, cell phone bill not your us weekly magazine subscription but FIXED non-negotiables. Whatever is leftover you will now be able to allocate. The goal is to allocate EVERY DOLLAR to something. Even if that something is savings. 
  •  Say that after you’ve subtracted your expenses you have $1500 leftover, you can then thinking about your gas, your food, your entertainment, savings etc and allocate accordingly
  •  The goal is to initially figure out and get comfortable with the budget and understanding where your money goes. The next step which is imperative if you want to get and keep your finances in order is to see where you could cut back or negotiate.. perhaps you can get a lower cell phone bill by threatening to leave I say this because I’m pretty sure we’ve done that when were questioning customer service over there. Maybe you could cut cable, or create more budget friendly meals. 

How to stick together through this

  • Be open to having a financial meeting each with to get on the same page
  • Have a “no questions asked allowance”
  • Dont be too strict or you will go hog wild after depriving yourself completely for so long 
  • Be willing to adjust frequently depending on the changing situations


Notable Quotes:

“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went” Dave Ramsay

“Don’t Go Broke Trying To Act Rich, Act Your WAGE” - Anonymous

“We buy things we don’t need, with the money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.” - Fight Club


The Little Things Are The Big Things with Chanelle Neilson - Episode 55


My guest today is Chanelle Neilson. Chanelle is a Mama to not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4 but 5 babies! That alone has my head rolling with questions I want to ask. Chanelle is host of Moms who knows podcast which is a podcast about topics that align with the CTM mission. She interviews Moms and gets tips on how to make our lives go a bit more smoothly each day. So, when we connected, it was a no brainer to bring her on to chat with me. She is not only a podcaster but she teaches yoga, and is an author of an parenting book called “Parenting on Purpose! Welcome to the show Chanelle!


In this episode we dive into

Why the little moments and the little things mean the most to kids

How to carve time for yourself

Why playing in the dirt is good

Why she chooses to keep kids out of structured sports

How your perspective changes as your kids get older

Her desire for moms to realize their worth is not defined by how they look and what we should focus on instead

How she got her book written while being a work at home mama

What her biggest challenges are as a Mom


"That by small and simple things are great things brought to pass"  - Alma 37:6


Author of: Parenting on Purpose

Podcaster at: Moms Who Know

2018 Is The Year To Be A Goal Digger - Episode 54


Happy 2018! By now you are starting to pursue your goals for new year. There is something so warm and welcoming about a new year. It’s so refreshing to be able to look at all you’ve achieved so far and at the same time make moves towards all you want to be in the future. In this episode we are going to talk to you about our favorite memories and goals accomplished in 2017 and then we will chat about our personal and professional goals for 2018. You’ll notice that a lot of our goals will align with the future podcasts but I think thats okay. Because the more I get to know you all, the more I realize how much we have in common. And, chances are you want very similar things for yourself this year. We’d love to hear your biggest goals and ways we can encourage you here at the Catch This Mama podcast. So, message us on whatever forum you feel best be it IG, FB, email, snail mail. We want to know what your dreams are for this year and how we can hold you accountable.


In this episode we dive into 


A look back at 2017

How and why Danie quit everything and what it did for her family and business

Emily had a baby and hubby got a bomb job

Launch of the podcast

Being on the news

Launching the book club

2018 goals




Emily's personal goals:

  • No phone hours so like 8-9 12-1 and then 6-bedtime. This is hard because I’ll think if something and want to look it up right away
  • Exercise 3 times a week 
  • Date nights once a month with my husband 
  • Plan out stay at home mom schedule with kids activities 

Danie's personal goals:

  • Intentionally re-entering the workforce
  • Run a marathon
  • Get closer to God


Professional -


So, we have set some high goals for growing the podcast. We want to reach as many Moms as possible. Like thousands per week. There are plenty of Mom podcasts out there doing it and we feel like ours is capable of doing it. We also would like to bring in more paid sponsorship. This paid sponsorship would allow us to pay the people who work so hard on this each week. So, in brain storming ways we can grow the podcast we came up with a few… 


  1. Make more reach outs in regard to getting on the news, online media, and other podcasts.
    1. We will be on Paula Sands Live in the QC each month - 
    2. We will be on Minimalist Moms Podcast, Creative Habitat, Moms Who Know, The Edens Podcast, Blossoming Mommys and a few more this season

We would love your help in plugging us on whatever forums you have connections with! MOPS groups, your local and national news, wine groups, women’s and mom conferences - if you’ve got a suggestion, let us hear it. 


2. Continue to provide great content - keep letting us know what you want to hear!


3. Get more honest feedback from Moms. Through social media or email we want to hear from Moms. We are here because we really do want to help make your lives easier. Tell us what you want to hear! 


4. Get more Moms involved in the book club! It’s such a great way to make you actually read!