Our experience in buying a new home after downsizing, and how it changed our perspective and experience this time around. Here's our story living in an apartment and moving back into a house again.
We bought a house immediately after finding out we were pregnant. We did what we thought everyone else was doing, you go bigger and better with each "evolution" through life.
And then we downsized. We went from a 2300sq ft. house to a 1300sq ft. apartment. And here is what I have learned!
Lauralyn "LJ" Johnson author of Smart Moms Plan Disney and creator of one of the largest Disney Facebook communities, is on the podcast sharing some tips about Disney.
For 30 years I never knew who my birth father was. It wasn't until second grade that I found out the father living with me wasn't my birth father. Now this past year I found a man on Facebook who I thought could be him, and this is the story of how I introduced myself...as his potential daughter.
Maria Alcoke, from the Engine Mom Podcast, knows a thing or two about juggling multiple things that she enjoys doing. Maria is sharing how she let some of the daily tasks go, figuring out how her multiple passions fit into her life and letting go of that picture perfect idea of balance. We talk about asking for help, how we need to reevaluate who we are and what we want occasionally as we continue to change and evolve and also how she was able to change her mindset from being the one who does it all to only doing what she really wants to do.
Red Table talk is my new jam when it comes to keeping it real on motherhood. Today I am talking about Jada Pinkett Smith's new facebook series Red Table Talk and sharing some tips on talking to your daughters!
Does this sentence sound familiar? "I don't want to have to ask you to do it, I just want you to do it!". Today, I get to talk with Gemma Hartley, who is a writer, reporter, and author of a forthcoming book on emotional labor and the mental load. This idea of emotional labor went viral after Gemma wrote an article for Harpers Bazaar entitled, "Women aren't nags - we're just fed up".
What does dressing like a mom even mean?! My thoughts on why you shouldn't "dress like a mom". And no it doesn't have anything to do with style.
Karen Haberberg has spent twelve years as a professional photographer documenting stories of human resilience: the memories of a Holocaust survivor, the daily life of a developmentally disabled young adult working on a farm, and more recently, kids with rare genetic conditions. Karen’s parents lost their first child, Rafi, at age three; he died of Tay–Sachs disease before Karen was born. The memory of the child who died so young is never far from the family’s collective consciousness, and inspired the work on this project.
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We all have gotten unsolicited advice or comments that make us wonder if all humankind has forgotten to use their filter. So today let's have a little fun and remind ourselves (and that nosey neighbor who keeps telling you how to be a mom) to takes it easy on each other!
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Wendy Papasan is an Austin, TX business owner, CEO of Papasan Properties, wife of best selling author Jay Papasan and most importantly mama! We are talking all things creating a financially secure life, how she "balances" being a successful CEO with motherhood and why it actually benefits others when asking for help in the home or at work. Also she gives some bonus tips on what we should be doing today to build our wealth!
The pressures we feel as moms are heavy. Today licensed therapist, Shannon Thomas, is sharing her journey doing what was right for her despite what "the moms" thought, getting her master's at 34, losing over 125 lbs and not letting her circumstances get in the way of the things she wanted to change or do.
For some of us a typical 9-5 job is not an option with the expense of childcare, maybe we just want the freedom of a flexible schedule, or to be home more. So the idea of working from home seems so ideal but can also seem so unattainable and overwhelming to find a real option. Micala Quinn is on the podcast to share how she transitioned from an English teacher to freelancing from home and how her teaching skills translated into the freelancing world. Micala now helps other moms figure out how they can transition into freelancing, what their options are and how to set themselves up with success!
Being a teenager can be tough to navigate. And being a parent to one can be even harder. Not knowing how to stay "in the know" and have an open relationship with your tween or teen are one of parents most common struggles as their kids grow older.
Courtney Harris, is a skilled, compassionate coach with 10 years of experience in supporting teens and families and has mentored over 1000 teens. So, she knows a thing or two about what our teens are struggling with and how they'd like us as parents to engage with them. Especially when it comes to how we approach them about their friendships.
Today's guest is Sarah Argenal, the Founder & CEO of the Working Parent Resource. Her goal is to help burned out professional moms and dads live more deliberate lives so they can experience more meaning, joy and fulfillment.
Having gone through a lot of transitions and pivots in her life, Sarah is sharing some tips on how to handle those moments in life that throw you for a loop and how to not let them rock your world.
Throwing a birthday party for our kiddos is a hard task these days. Not that it's not easy to pick up a cake, invite some family over and throw a few streamers up, but we feel like that's not really enough. We're starting to measure how "mom enough" we are by the level of details we put into the party we throw.
Today I am sharing my opinion on the birthday comparison trap we mom guilt ourselves into, why we shouldn't care and some tips on making a birthday for our kids special without spending hours in pinterest.
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Ditza Katz, PT, PhD, is the founder of Women’s Therapy Center, a practice specializing in urogynecologic rehabilitation, treatment of female sexual dysfunction, breast & female cancer rehabilitation, and management of somatic disorders. And Ross Lynn Tabisel, LCSW, PhD, is Co – Director of the Women’s Therapy Center and a Diplomate with the American Board of Sexology. These two women are my amazing guests on the show today. And how they bring the truth and education on all things sex and libido after we have kiddos.
Yes, I am embracing the awkward and talking about what libido is and if we can increase is. If kegels can really tighten, how to create intimacy with kids running around, and why we shouldn't tell our husbands no to sex. You ready ladies?! Here we go!
Samantha Munoz is a mother, wife, engineer, bibliophile and avid coffee drinker. She is also the expert kid’s lit curator at Addison Reads, author of The Intentional Bookshelf, and creator of the Intentional Book Club. Sam writes children’s book reviews to guide parents as they search for the perfect books for their little ones and helps moms and dads build a library with a purpose. Once a seriously overwhelmed and stressed out parent herself, Sam turns to children’s literature for the answers to all of her parenting dilemmas. She lives in sunny San Diego, California but loves when it rains because it gives her an excuse to stay inside and read with her daughter!
Today on It Takes a Village, we are talking solo parenting, as the military life would sometimes have it, raising a little one in Japan, expectations, feeling lost in motherhood and a little about the Intentional Book Club.
Since we don't dive deep into the Intentional Book Club, but I personally feel like it's an amazing resource for making mom's lives easier while positively impacting their kids, we did a little Q&A over on the blog. So if you want to read more about it head on over there!
I recently read an article entitiled "10 Things Every Mother Wants Her Daughter to Know". As I read it I felt this internal struggle. Why do we tell our daughters all these wonderful things we want her to know, things we want to engrave in her so deeply the world can't break her, things we want her to grow up believing about herself, yet we do the exact opposite to ourselves. This my mom friends, is my response to that article. Here are 9 truths I want YOU and every MOM to know.
Dr. Fiona McCulloch, the founder and owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine and a woman with PCOS herself, who struggled for many years with its symptoms, she’s passionate about health education and advocacy for women with PCOS, and serves on the medical advisory committee of the PCOS Awareness Association and as an expert on IVF.
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Today on the podcast it's getting real about why you aren't going to get the Valentines Day you were hoping for. What you can do about it and who we should really be focusing on this month. YOU!
I am breaking down self care into categories, so we can take a look and see which categories of self care we need to up our game in and which ones we have covered. Because at the end of the day, we have to take care of ourselves first to be able to pour into our families and our relationships. You gotta love you before you can accept the love from others, and see how others see you.
As a military woman, Danielle became a military wife and then soon after, a military momma. But the journey didn't come without adversity and struggles. Depression, anxiety, sexual harassment and figuring out who she was once leaving the military and moving back home are some of the parts of Danielle's journey that we talk about today. We are hoping you feel as though you can speak up, find growth and find freedom from all the hard stuff today.
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Jen Rozenbaum is an award winning boudoir photographer, momma, wife and cancer survivor. Recently having finished chemo (YAYY!!! GO JEN!), this interview with Jen is right smack in the thick of her chemo treatments. To be exact, the day after a chemo treatment. And she shares a ton of wisdom on how we should all be looking at and loving life, our bodies and the gifts we have in the everyday.