The Mom Hour with Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers

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The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

Episode Date
The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out: The Mom Hour, Episode 161
59:18
<p>No one mom “does it all”–or so we’re told. But what exactly DON’T we do? In Episode 161 Meagan and Sarah share our experience finding ways to opt out of the little (and sometimes not-so-little) tasks and obligations that aren’t meaningful to us as moms, making room for more of what is. PLUS resident new mom Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end of the show to talk about a great swimsuit-saving strategy and other tales from the trenches. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Campaign Living Campaign makes sofas, chairs, loveseats, and ottomans that are built to last. Their furniture is made using quality materials, arrives in just a few days in a flat-packed box, and is designed to assemble in just a few minutes. We love the look of their pieces, and the easy-to-remove covers (because LIFE). Check out CampaignLiving.com to see what we’re excited about, and save $75 off any sofa, loveseat, or chair when you use code MOM at checkout. Sponsor Spotlight: Warby Parker Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy and risk-free. Their Home Try-On Program allows you to order 5 pairs of glasses shipped directly to your door, where you can try them on in the comfort of your own [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep161/">The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out: The Mom Hour, Episode 161</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 19, 2018
More Than Mom: Summer Bucket List (For Moms)
34:57
<p>Summer fun isn’t just for kids! Meagan and Sarah chat about their hopes, dreams, and plans for this summer–everything from their favorite indulgent magazines to read to what kind of outdoor adventures their families are ready for. It’s a More Than Mom episode all about SUMMER. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared their excitement about the Summer box, which just shipped! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Other summertime episodes you might enjoy: Getting Organized for Summer Summer Shortcuts: (Yes, We’re THAT Lazy) Travel With Kids (Or, How To Enjoy Your Own Vacation) Smart Tech & Family Travel Camping With Kids (And Other Outdoor Adventures) Summer Fashion Trends We Just Don’t Get (And A Few We Like) Kids’ Clothes, Shoes, and Gear for Summer Overcoming Mid-Summer Malaise What We’re Watching, Reading & Listening To, Summer Edition</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018jun12/">More Than Mom: Summer Bucket List (For Moms)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 17, 2018
Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 160
50:48
<p>If you struggle with meal planning or dread the grocery store, you’re not alone. Today we tackle three more challenges to dinner-making success and offer our tips and solutions for overcoming them. This is a follow-up to last week’s episode, so be sure to catch that one as well (though you can listen in any order)! This episode is the fourth in our Feeding A Family Series. You can also listen to us chat about Breakfast & Lunch, Sweets & Snacks, and Dinner Woes, Part 1.  Sponsor Spotlight: Young Woodworkers Young Woodworkers makes it easy for your kids to become makers and builders with their all-in-one woodworking kits for kids ages 7-12. This is a great way to get kids off the screens and into a satisfying project this summer! Sign up and get 50% off your first shipment when you visit youngwoodworkers.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 160 Meagan’s interview with Melissa D’Arabian [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep160/">Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 160</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 12, 2018
Strong As A Mother with Kate Rope: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 26
58:18
<p>“Having help and support is the way nature intended for us to make human beings”. So says journalist and author Kate Rope in her new book all about how moms can take better care of their mental, emotional, and physical selves from pregnancy through parenthood. Kate joins Sarah in Episode 26 in our Voices interview series to talk about her own journey through postpartum anxiety, and how moms can support each other during new motherhood. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Audible Romance The Audible Romance Package lets you listen all you want to a huge selection of romance audiobooks. Choose from thousands of titles you can listen to anytime, anywhere with the Audible app. Try the Audible Romance Package today by going to audible.com/themomhourromance and signing up for a free one-month trial. Links mentioned in this episode: Strong as a Mother: How to Be Happy, Healthy and (Most Importantly) Sane From Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of YOU! KateRope.com Postpartum.net (Postpartum Support International) Kate recommends the LactMed app or infantrisk.com for information regarding medicines safe to take while breastfeeding More from The Mom Hour on pregnancy, postpartum, and new motherhood: Postpartum Symptoms & Surprises Pregnancy & Birth, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices26/">Strong As A Mother with Kate Rope: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 26</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 08, 2018
Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 159
49:04
<p>No time to cook? Got picky eaters? Hate the “witching hour”? We’re with you. In this episode Meagan and Sarah tackle three common dinner-making obstacles and offer solutions and tips that help us in our own lives and kitchens. We’re not experts; we’re parents who’ve been there, remember? This episode is the third in our Feeding A Family Series. Catch the Breakfast & Lunch episode here and the Sweets & Snacks episode here. Next week we’ll be back with the continuation of the Dinner Woes! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. Podcast listeners can get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com.  Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep159/">Feeding A Family (Dinner Woes, Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 159</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 05, 2018
More Than Mom: Movie Musicals
36:59
<p>Warning: this episode may make you want to ignore all responsibilities for an untold number of hours so that you can hole up and watch a movie musical marathon. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom minisode about our favorite movie musicals (and stay tuned for a part two, because this is a topic we could talk about for a WHILE). Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared their excitement about the Summer box, which just shipped! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Schedule of Upcoming Movie Musical Adaptations (Playbill) Where To Watch Broadway Online: The Theater Lover’s Guide To Streaming A January 2018 Roundup Of Netflix Musicals The 30 Best Movie Musicals For Teens (this article is from Teen Vogue but we love the list anyway) Featured Image: 20th Century Fox (eBay) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018jun3/">More Than Mom: Movie Musicals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 03, 2018
Kids’ Clothes, Shoes, and Gear for Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 158
50:53
<p>The weather is warming up and everybody’s clothes are too small–time to talk summertime clothes, shoes, and gear for kids! Meagan and Sarah share our go-to tips and favorite brands for keeping kids comfy, cool, and affordably dressed during the summer. Join us! Partner Spotlight: Shoot Along! Are you ready really use your DSLR camera this summer? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! Get weekly photography lessons delivered to your email PLUS membership in a private Facebook group where you can share your progress and connect with other participants. To shop through our affiliate link and help support the show, visit shootalong.com/themomhour to find out more and download a free sample lesson. Amazon Influencer Page The Mom Hour has its own Amazon Influencer page! We’re members of the Amazon Affiliate Program, which means that when you click through our special links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. We only mention Amazon products on the podcast that we would genuinely order for ourselves and our closest mom-friends. Check out our page (which has been updated with links we mentioned in this podcast episode) at amazon.com/shop/themomhour. Thanks for supporting the show! [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep158/">Kids’ Clothes, Shoes, and Gear for Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 158</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 29, 2018
More Than Mom: Exercise
27:52
<p>We’ve hit a mid-year slump in our fitness mojo, friends. Have you? Meagan and Sarah address where we are with working out, what has worked for us in the past, and discuss strategies for getting back on the wagon this summer. We also talk frankly about WHY working out matters to us (and it may not be for the reasons you think). Join us for another More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared their excitement about the Summer box, which just shipped! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned in this episode: You might also like this episode: (Totally Not Overwhelming) Health & Wellness Advice (Episode 33) Aaptiv, the audio fitness app Sarah loves</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018may27/">More Than Mom: Exercise</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 27, 2018
Our Worst #MomFail Moments: The Mom Hour, Episode 157
59:19
<p>We aren’t perfect, we’re real. It’s the last line of our show intro and it’s the guiding principle of this episode. Buckle up, guys, as Meagan and Sarah confess some really cringe-worthy mom fails that keep us humble to this day. From a major faux pas at the school Thanksgiving feast to some near-death (or at least near-injury) experiences that still make us shudder, we’re serving up a whole lot of vulnerability in Episode 157 of The Mom Hour. Plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end of the podcast with a mom fail of her own plus a struggle, success, and discovery from her life as a mom of two little ones. Enjoy! Welcome, new listeners! Are you new to The Mom Hour? Send us an email to say hello! We’re at hello@themomhour.com, and we’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Want to leave us a review? Here’s how. Sponsor Spotlight: CANIDAE Your pet is an important part of your family and they deserve the best. CANIDAE is an independent & family-owned pet food company who uses the same care and the same quality ingredients they want for their own pets when making their pet foods.  Go to canidae.com/podcast to [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep157/">Our Worst #MomFail Moments: The Mom Hour, Episode 157</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 22, 2018
Potty Training & Other Bathroom Matters: The Mom Hour, Episode 156
52:16
<p>By popular request we’re tackling potty training in Episode 156! But if your kids are well beyond diapers by now, stick around. We extend the conversation to include other bathroom messes and realities that come with raising kids. From privacy to hygiene to showering solo to (gasp!) man-boys who shave, this entire podcast episode takes place in the bathroom. Wash your hands! Partner Spotlight: Shoot Along Are you ready really use your DSLR camera this summer? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! Get weekly photography lessons delivered to your email PLUS membership in a private Facebook group where you can share your progress and connect with other participants. Visit shootalong.com/themomhour to find out more and download a free sample lesson. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 156 Other episodes that tackle potty training Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Toddler Years), Episode 24 More Listener Questions & Our Advice, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep156/">Potty Training & Other Bathroom Matters: The Mom Hour, Episode 156</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 15, 2018
Birthday Parties The Easier Way: The Mom Hour, Episode 155
43:11
<p>Between Meagan and Sarah we’ve celebrated our kids’ birthdays 95 times. NINETY-FIVE birthdays, guys. We share the lessons we’ve learned in scaling back while still keeping up some special traditions, make a case for opting out of birthday madness when it isn’t your jam, and confess some of our birthday party fails from over the years. Join us! Welcome, new listeners! Are you new to The Mom Hour? Send us an email to say hello! We’re at hello@themomhour.com, and we’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Sponsor Spotlight: CANIDAE Your pet is an important part of your family and they deserve the best. CANIDAE is an independent & family-owned pet food company who uses the same care and the same quality ingredients they want for their own pets when making their pet foods.  Go to canidae.com/podcast to try CANIDAE for free by requesting a free sample and you’ll get other special offers! Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Links we [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep155/">Birthday Parties The Easier Way: The Mom Hour, Episode 155</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 08, 2018
More Than Mom: Mom 2.0 Conference Recap
28:02
<p>Meagan and Sarah recap their week at the Mom 2.0 conference in Pasadena, including that one time they lovingly accosted a breastfeeding mom in an evening gown, that other time Meagan had to be forcibly removed from a Rent The Runway dress, a sweet listener encounter, and more hijinks. (New to The Mom Hour? This is one of our fun and casual weekend chats. Be sure to check out one of our regular episodes here.) Sponsor Spotlight: Kneipp Kneipp is a line of plant-based bath, skin care and body care products, made with minimal processing. Meagan has her eye on the Lavender Mineral Bath Salts, and we love that all Kneipp products are made without preservatives, paraffins, silicones, or mineral oils. For 15% off your first order, go to kneipp.com and use promo code THEMOMEHOUR (in all caps!) at checkout. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Mom 2.0 Listener Jessica’s blog Little Joys of Mine The mystery breastfeeding mama turns out to be Pickett from Seasonal Memories. Check the post she shared on Instagram using the photo Meagan took here. Congrats to Amy and Margaret from What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood on their Iris award win! Other [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018may6/">More Than Mom: Mom 2.0 Conference Recap</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 06, 2018
Surviving A Major Health Scare with Kathreen Francis: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 25
50:27
<p>Meagan sits down with her sister Kathreen to talk openly for the very first time about the major health crisis that rocked their family last December. This special episode in our Voices interview series is full of really practical ways to support families going through a health scare, plus a vulnerable inside look at a family coming together during a trying time. Sponsor Spotlight: CANIDAE Your pet is an important part of your family and they deserve the best. CANIDAE is an independent & family-owned pet food company who uses the same care and the same quality ingredients they want for their own pets when making their pet foods.  Go to canidae.com/podcast to try CANIDAE for free by requesting a free sample and you’ll get other special offers! Sponsor Spotlight: StoryWorth Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both Meagan’s and Sarah’s families, so we are loving what StoryWorth does to help families preserve and share their stories. When you gift a subscription your family member receives weekly emails with questions to prompt a memory of a story, and at the end of the year their stories are bound into a beautiful book. Podcast listeners can save $20 off [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices25/">Surviving A Major Health Scare with Kathreen Francis: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 25</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 04, 2018
Feeding A Family (Snacks & Sweets): The Mom Hour, Episode 154
50:33
<p>No one tells you when you become a parent that you’ll spend a significant portion of the rest of your life in conversations about snacks and sweets–but it’s true! Most kids would snack and indulge their sweet-tooths all day long we if we let them, and in this episode of The Mom Hour Meagan and Sarah share our tips for keeping snacking and desserts in check without totally losing your mind. PLUS Sarah’s 10-year-old joins her at the end of the show for a reality check about how strict the Powers family snacking rules REALLY are. Busted! This episode is the second in our Feeding A Family Series. Catch the Breakfast & Lunch episode here. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. Podcast listeners can get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com.  Sponsor Spotlight: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep154/">Feeding A Family (Snacks & Sweets): The Mom Hour, Episode 154</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 01, 2018
Moving, Remodeling & Other Home Transitions: The Mom Hour, Episode 153
52:54
<p>Moving, remodeling, and home renovations are never easy, but with kids in the mix the difficulty level goes up a notch…or twelve. Meagan is fresh off a cross-town move and Sarah has had several home improvement challenges in the last year. Join us for tips and tactics to minimize stress when your home in transition. Enjoy! Partner Spotlight: Shoot Along Are you ready really use your DSLR camera this summer? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! Get weekly photography lessons delivered to your email PLUS membership in a private Facebook group where you can share your progress and connect with other participants. Visit shootalong.com/themomhour to find out more and download a free sample lesson. Sponsor Spotlight: Warby Parker Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy and risk-free. Their Home Try-On Program allows you to order 5 pairs of glasses shipped directly to your door, where you can try them on in the comfort of your own home for five days before sending them back using a free pre-paid return shipping label, with no obligation to purchase. To get started with your FREE home try-on visit http://warbyparker.com/themomhour. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 153: Moving With [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep153/">Moving, Remodeling & Other Home Transitions: The Mom Hour, Episode 153</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 24, 2018
More Than Mom: Purses
28:42
<p>The search for the perfect purse (and laptop bag…and evening clutch) continues to elude Meagan and Sarah, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to find it. Join us for as fun More Than Mom minisode where we dig into the details of what makes the perfect bag and what we’re looking for in a purse these days. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared what they’re loving about the Spring box, which is shipping now! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned in this episode: Amazon links are affiliates. That means if you click through and make a purchase you’ll be supporting the podcast at no additional cost to you. Thanks! Meagan’s Coach computer bag was similar to this one Sarah owns this small(er) Kate Spade purse Sarah just bought this Morena tote in linen from HOBO Meagan and Sarah both love HOBO wallets like this one, in the Lauren style Sarah loves the Transport Tote from Madewell and rocked this as a [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018apr22/">More Than Mom: Purses</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 22, 2018
What’s Great (And Less-Great) About Our Eight: The Mom Hour, Episode 152
47:08
<p>Part of the fun of having so many kids between us is that we never run out of things to talk about! Join Meagan and Sarah for a quick look at what each of our eight kids is going through these days–this lets cover the phases from preschool through teen in a way that’s personal, funny, and encouraging. What are your kids up to these days? Email us at hello@themomhour.com and tell us what’s great, what’s hard, and what they’re into. We’d love to hear from you! Sponsor Spotlight: Health IQ Health IQ is an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit healthiq.com/tmh. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 152: Sarah mentioned the Calm app and its meditations for kids specifically The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep152/">What’s Great (And Less-Great) About Our Eight: The Mom Hour, Episode 152</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 17, 2018
Stepping Into Your True Self with Musician Sarah Sample: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 24
1:11:42
<p>Singer-songwriter and mom of two Sarah Sample joins The Mom Hour co-host Sarah Powers for a chat that feels like two old friends catching up. That’s because Sarah and Sarah ARE two old friends–of 25 years! Musician Sarah talks honestly about creativity in motherhood, being a traveling working mom, and making big career shifts in your mid-thirties, PLUS you’ll get a hilarious peek into what one of your favorite podcast co-hosts was like as a teenager. Sponsor Spotlight: Simple Contacts Simple Contacts is a super convenient way to renew your contact lens prescription and reorder your contacts from anywhere, in minutes. Save $30 at simplecontacts.com/themomhour with code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Links mentioned in this episode: REDWING, Sarah Sample’s 6th album (available April 2018), available at www.sarahsample.com and wherever you get your music Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (affiliate link) by Anne Lamott Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (affiliate link) by Elizabeth Gilbert, and the podcast that goes with it, Magic Lessons Follow Sarah Sample on Instagram @SarahSample88</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices24/">Stepping Into Your True Self with Musician Sarah Sample: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 24</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 13, 2018
Feeding A Family (Breakfast & Lunch): The Mom Hour, Episode 151
55:44
<p>Meagan and Sarah share what they feed their families for breakfast and lunch (and we’re keeping it VERY real here) in Episode 151 of The Mom Hour. We also take a look back and how we survived the breakfast and lunchtime challenges that come with early motherhood. This episode kicks off our new Feeding A Family series, so look for more episodes soon on dinnertime, sweets and snacks, and more. Sponsor Spotlight: Health IQ Health IQ is an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit healthiq.com/tmh. Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 151: Earlier episodes of The Mom Hour on feeding a family: The Picky Eater Problem (Episode 39) Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping (Episode 23) A Week of Real-Life Dinners (Episode 72) Saving Money on Groceries & Household Supplies [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep151/">Feeding A Family (Breakfast & Lunch): The Mom Hour, Episode 151</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 10, 2018
More Than Mom: Travel
33:46
<p>Beaches or big cities? Rental cars or public transport? Where have we been and where would we love to go? Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom episode all about TRAVEL! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah shared what they’re loving about the Spring box, which is shipping now! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Find us on Voxer and leave us a message!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018apr8/">More Than Mom: Travel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 08, 2018
Meagan’s Divorce Update (One Year Later): The Mom Hour, Episode 150
56:47
<p>Meagan first shared that her marriage had ended last spring and we’ve heard from a lot of listeners that you guys would like an update on how things are going as she adjusts to life as a divorced mom. In Episode 150 Sarah checks in with Meagan on everything from how home life and work life have changed, to things like dating, friendships, parenting, health, and self-care–all of which have evolved over the last year and half. Sponsor Spotlight: Health IQ Health IQ is an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit healthiq.com/tmh. Sponsor Spotlight: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. Get $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh meals with promo code MOMHOUR30 when you sign up at hellofresh.com. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 150: Self-Care As Self-Preservation, Episode 104 Meagan’s and Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives, Episode 140</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep150/">Meagan’s Divorce Update (One Year Later): The Mom Hour, Episode 150</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 03, 2018
Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 149
43:48
<p>Setting up toddler playgroups, feeling overwhelmed by housework, and how to handle teachers who don’t see your kid the way you do. We got GREAT listener questions for this episode and do our best to answer this week! PLUS you’ll hear Meagan’s daughter Clara interviewed on Jonny & Meagan Mornings from 98.3 The Coast and it will just about make your week. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: BarkBox BarkBox delivers natural treats and fun toys to your doorstep every month, keeping your dog entertained and you from forgetting to hit up the pet aisle! Meagan’s Moxie and Sarah’s Xander both loved their BarkBox goodies and we think your pups will too. Get one month FREE when you visit barkbox.com/momhour and sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription. Sponsor Spotlight: Warby Parker Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy and risk-free. Their Home Try-On Program allows you to order 5 pairs of glasses shipped directly to your door, where you can try them on in the comfort of your own home for five days before sending them back using a free pre-paid return shipping label, with no obligation to purchase. To get started with your FREE home try-on visit http://warbyparker.com/themomhour. Links we mentioned [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep149/">Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 149</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 27, 2018
School Projects, Homework, & How Much To Help: The Mom Hour, Episode 148
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<p>If the mere thought of a tri-fold science project display board makes you want to run for the hills, we’re right there with you. But we’ve also come to accept that as kids move into upper elementary, middle, and high school, school projects and increased homework demands are par for the course. Join Meagan and Sarah for a frank discussion about how we find the balance between supporting the work that comes home from school without hovering or helicoptering. We share successes and failures from our own experience, plus offer ideas for navigating homework parenting without going crazy. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: Homework Help from The Princeton Review Homework Help from The Princeton Review in an online, on-demand tutoring solution for kids in middle and high school. Get matched with a qualified tutor in less than a minute–and they cover more than 70 subjects! Make Light listeners can get one hour of on-demand tutoring for FREE when they sign up at princetonreview.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep148/">School Projects, Homework, & How Much To Help: The Mom Hour, Episode 148</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 20, 2018
More Than Mom: Hobbies
22:43
<p>What constitutes a hobby? Does it have to involve textiles? Does cheese count? Do people really have hobbies outside of singing, dancing, and writing? Meagan and Sarah laugh our way through another more-than-mom chat–all about our hobbies. Enjoy! More-Than-Mom Sponsor: KIND Snacks Our go-to just-for-mom snacks come from KIND, who believes you shouldn’t have to choose between your health and taste. Sarah’s an enthusiastic member of the KIND Snack Club, which makes sure she’s always stocked with wholesome snacks in her favorite flavors. To pick up a free sample box (just pay shipping!) and get more details on the Snack Club, go to KindSnacks.com/mom. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: All the More Than Mom episodes can be found here Hobbies & Passions Outside Motherhood (Episode 43) The Importance of Trying New Things (Episode 89) Entr’Acte, Meagan’s new personal blog</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018mar18/">More Than Mom: Hobbies</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 18, 2018
Baby Shower Gift Ideas (& My, How Things Have Changed): The Mom Hour, Episode 147
53:42
<p>Whether you’re expecting a new baby or love showering friends with thoughtful baby gifts, this episode is for you. Meagan and Sarah enlist the help of some savvy new moms to get the latest product must-haves, plus rely on our own experience and the benefit of hindsight to dissect what’s really essential, what you can probably pass on, and which gifts go the distance. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Annie’s Kit Clubs Annie’s Kit Clubs makes it easy for your kids to become makers and builders with their crafting and woodworking kits for kids ages 7-12. Kits arrive every 4-6 weeks with the materials kids need to make a beautiful craft or woodworking project completely on their own (little to no supervision required!). For 50% off the Young Woodworkers Club or 80% off the Creative Girls Club, visit annieskitclubs.com/life. Sponsor Spotlight: Canvas People What are we doing with all these photos on our phones, mamas? Now you can print your favorites on a beautiful piece of art with Canvas People. Get your own 11×14 Canvas People print for FREE (you just pay shipping and handling) when you visit Canvas People.com and use our special code MOMHOUR. Links we mentioned (or should have) [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep147/">Baby Shower Gift Ideas (& My, How Things Have Changed): The Mom Hour, Episode 147</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 13, 2018
More Than Mom: Beverages
35:34
<p>Who knew we’d have so much to say about beverages? That’s the fun of our More-Than-Mom series–it’s a deep dive into the super superficial, with bits of nostalgia thrown in for fun. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss memories of our favorite childhood drinks, what kept us going in high school and college, and how we like to imbibe lately. Enjoy! Links we discussed in this episode: Meagan & Sarah Interview Each Other (the episode where Meagan talks about detasseling corn) Take Our Listener Survey! Thank you for helping us continue to improve the podcast by taking our short listener survey! Take the survey now. Sign Up For Our Emails! We’re now sending newsletters once a month! Sign up here to make sure you get the next month’s letter.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018mar11/">More Than Mom: Beverages</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 11, 2018
Kindergarten Readiness & Parent-Teacher Relationships with Kelly Hiltz: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 23
51:18
<p>We get a ton of listener questions on the topic of sending kids off to kindergarten–how to know if they’re ready, what to do about those tricky summer birthdays in terms of sending a kid or holding him back, and how to prepare kids to be successful as they transition into elementary school. Lucky for you all, this month’s Voices interview features kindergarten teacher and mom of two Kelly Hiltz, whose experience in the classroom and as a parent brings a calming voice of reason to this often amped-up topic. Join Sarah and Kelly as they discuss all things kindergarten, plus offer more general thoughts on how to develop a great relationship with your child’s teacher no matter what year of school they’re in. Sponsor Spotlight: Canvas People What are we doing with all these photos on our phones, mamas? Now you can print your favorites on a beautiful piece of art with Canvas People. Get your own 11×14 Canvas People print for FREE (you just pay shipping and handling) when you visit Canvas People.com and use our special code MOMHOUR. Sponsor Spotlight: Universal Standard Universal Standard is a line of modern, minimalist essentials in sizes 10 to 28. They’re all [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices23/">Kindergarten Readiness & Parent-Teacher Relationships with Kelly Hiltz: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 23</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 10, 2018
Other Adults In Our Kids’ Lives: The Mom Hour, Episode 146
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<p>What if “I can’t do it all” wasn’t a statement of parenting failure and instead an opportunity to expand our kids’ horizons and our own support system? What if instead of trying to be all things to each child, we recognized the importance of other role models in our kids’ lives? Meagan and Sarah look at these questions in Episode 146 of The Mom Hour as we discuss the importance of other adults in our kids’ lives and how to help kids cultivate these important extra-familial relationships. Plus, Katie Addiss joins Sarah for a struggle, success and discovery at the end of the show. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Homework Help from The Princeton Review Homework Help from The Princeton Review in an online, on-demand tutoring solution for kids in middle and high school. Get matched with a qualified tutor in less than a minute–and they cover more than 70 subjects! Make Light listeners can get one hour of on-demand tutoring for FREE when they sign up at princetonreview.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. Get $30 [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep146/">Other Adults In Our Kids’ Lives: The Mom Hour, Episode 146</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 06, 2018
More Than Mom: Social Media
29:58
<p>Love it or hate it, social media is a part of our lives. Join Meagan and Sarah for a meandering chat about our favorite ways to be social online. This episode is part of our More Than Mom series, where we set aside the practical parenting tips (which you can still find in each new Tuesday episode!) in favor of a lighter topic unrelated to motherhood. Come on in–it’s fun! (Fun fact: in the time between when we recorded this episode one social platform blew up, and another died completely. Hard to keep up with the times!) Links you might like: Your Media Diet: Is It Healthy? (our third episode EVER) Follow us on social! Sarah is @PowersOfMine on Instagram and Twitter Meagan is @MeaganFrancis on Instagram and Twitter We are @TheMomHour on Instagram and Twitter, and here’s our Facebook page @LifeListened is also on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Voxer, Anchor.fm Take Our Listener Survey! Thank you for helping us continue to improve the podcast by taking our short listener survey! Take the survey now. Sign Up For Our Emails! We’re now sending newsletters once a month! Sign up here to make sure you get the next month’s letter.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtm2018mar04/">More Than Mom: Social Media</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 04, 2018
Stocking Your House For Stuck-Inside Days: The Mom Hour, Episode 145
47:48
<p>Between sick days and snow days, new babies and school holidays, we know firsthand how hard it is to be stuck inside with kids for what feels like eternity. In Episode 145 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer tips for stocking your home so that when that stomach flupocalypse does strike, you’re prepared with enough staples to not only keep you alive, but also have a little fun. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Annie’s Kit Clubs Annie’s Kit Clubs makes it easy for your kids to become makers and builders with their crafting and woodworking kits for kids ages 7-12. Kits arrive every 4-6 weeks with the materials kids need to make a beautiful craft or woodworking project completely on their own (little to no supervision required!). For 50% off the Young Woodworkers Club or 80% off the Creative Girls Club, visit annieskitclubs.com/life. Sponsor Spotlight: Bissell BarkBath The Bissell BarkBath is an all-in-one system that allows pet owners to bathe their pet with virtually no mess. Use it in any room of the house, anytime, and avoid the clean-up! Visit bissell.com/mom and use coupon code MOM to receive two bottles of free no rinse shampoo with your order of a BarkBath. [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep145/">Stocking Your House For Stuck-Inside Days: The Mom Hour, Episode 145</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 27, 2018
More Than Mom: Beauty Product Nostalgia
39:01
<p>Can you remember the skincare products and fragrance you swore by in middle school? How do you feel about clear mascara or yellow nail polish? Can you sing the Jhirmack shampoo jingle at full voice? (One of us can. Guess who.) Laugh along with Meagan and Sarah in a more-than-mom special episode all about beauty product nostalgia. Join us! More-Than-Mom Sponsor: KIND Snacks Our go-to just-for-mom snacks come from KIND, who believes you shouldn’t have to choose between your health and taste. Sarah’s an enthusiastic member of the KIND Snack Club, which makes sure she’s always stocked with wholesome snacks in her favorite flavors. To pick up a free sample box (just pay shipping!) and get more details on the Snack Club, go to KindSnacks.com/mom. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: 32 Beauty products you probably used in the ’90s (SheKnows.com) Take Our Listener Survey! Thank you for helping us continue to improve the podcast by taking our short listener survey! Take the survey now. Sign Up For Our Emails! Our first official newsletter already went out! If you missed it, sign up here to make sure you get March’s letter.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/mtmep01/">More Than Mom: Beauty Product Nostalgia</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 25, 2018
The Myth Of The Mom Tribe: The Mom Hour, Episode 144
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<p>Moms need tribes, right? So we’re told. But what if friendships in motherhood are a little more dynamic, evolving, and complicated than just finding the right group and sliding on in. Join Meagan and Sarah for a thoughtful discussion about what it really means to “find your tribe” as a mom, PLUS we offer 10 kinds of friends we think every mom needs. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: Bissell BarkBath The Bissell BarkBath is an all-in-one system that allows pet owners to bathe their pet with virtually no mess. Use it in any room of the house, anytime, and avoid the clean-up! Visit bissell.com/mom and use coupon code MOM to receive two bottles of free no rinse shampoo with your order of a BarkBath. Coupon code is good for a limited time only. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 144 Other episodes we’ve done on this topic: Keeping Friendships Alive (Episode 78) Online Pals Turned Real-Life [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep144/">The Myth Of The Mom Tribe: The Mom Hour, Episode 144</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 20, 2018
Tweens (Is This A Thing? Yes, It Is): The Mom Hour, Episode 143
59:45
<p>Tweens are not just overgrown little kids or mini-adolescents. Caught between the two, they really are in phase worthy of its own discussion–and its own podcast episode! Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss what makes 8-12-year-olds unique and how to up our parenting game to meet their needs as they grow. Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snacks You shouldn’t have to choose between your health and taste when it comes to snacking. Sarah’s an enthusiastic member of the KIND Snack Club, which makes sure she’s always stocked with wholesome snacks in her favorite flavors. To pick up a free sample box (just pay shipping!) and get more details on the Snack Club, go to KindSnacks.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. Get $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh meals with promo code MOMHOUR30 when you sign up at hellofresh.com. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 143: Other episodes of The Mom Hour you might enjoy: What To Expect From The Middle School Years Becoming Screenwise with Devorah Heitner Kids & Friendships with Eileen [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep143/">Tweens (Is This A Thing? Yes, It Is): The Mom Hour, Episode 143</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 13, 2018
Becoming A Maker With Christine Koh: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 22
39:51
<p>When Christine Koh started making t-shirts for herself as a creative release and weekend hobby, she had no idea that within a matter of months her designs would be seen on celebrities, in magazines, and as a meaningful part of social good movements around the country. Join Sarah as she chats with Christine (who is also a blogger, podcaster, and author) about the launch of Brave New World Designs after the 2016 election, what it’s like to go from being a digital creator to a maker of physical products, the cross-section of activism and creativity, and what it’s like to own a business with her husband. Sponsor Spotlight: Bissell BarkBath The Bissell BarkBath allows pet owners to bathe their pet with virtually no mess. The all-in-one system can be used in any room of the house, anytime, eliminating the inevitable clean-up that comes along with washing a four-legged family member. Visit bissell.com/mom and use coupon code MOM to receive two bottles of free no rinse shampoo with your order of a BarkBath. Coupon code is good for a limited time only. Sponsor Spotlight: Universal Standard Universal Standard is a line of modern, minimalist essentials in sizes 10 to 28. They’re all about style, fit, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices22/">Becoming A Maker With Christine Koh: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 09, 2018
Stay-At-Home / Working Mom Listener Questions: The Mom Hour, Episode 142
49:17
<p>We’re taking listener questions this week, all around the topics of working outside the home, staying at home full-time, and the tension the often exists no matter where you spend your days. (Spoiler alert: Two moms with totally opposite schedules both wrote in to say that 4:00pm is a totally brutal time of day.) Join Meagan and Sarah for a thoughtful follow-up to last week’s episode where we shared the details of our own work schedules (you can listen to that one here). Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snacks You shouldn’t have to choose between your health and taste when it comes to snacking. Sarah’s an enthusiastic member of the KIND Snack Club, which makes sure she’s always stocked with wholesome snacks in her favorite flavors. To pick up a free sample box (just pay shipping!) and get more details on the Snack Club, go to KindSnacks.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Links we mentioned (or should have) in [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep142/">Stay-At-Home / Working Mom Listener Questions: The Mom Hour, Episode 142</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 06, 2018
Busting Dad Stereotypes with Whit Honea: The Mom Hour, Episode 141
41:08
<p>The picture of fatherhood we see depicted in pop culture is fraught with stereotypes. From the bumbling dad who can’t fasten snaps on a onesie to the overly intense sports dad who pushes his kid on the ball field, the generalizations often don’t represent the truth and in many cases can be harmful to dads’ efforts to be involved and engaged in their kids’ lives. In Episode 141 of The Mom Hour Meagan and Sarah chat with writer, blogger, and activist Whit Honea, who helps bust open some stereotypes about dads and instead craft a picture of fatherhood that is inclusive and inspiring. We also talk about the important work Whit does with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and their #TalkEarly campaign focused on encouraging parents to have conversations with kids about responsible consumption from an early age. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Responsibility.org. All tips, opinions, and stories are thoroughly, authentically our own, as always! About Our Sponsor Responsibility.org, is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that leads the fight in eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking and promoting responsible consumption. Their #TalkEarly program, which Whit and Meagan have both participated in, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep141/">Busting Dad Stereotypes with Whit Honea: The Mom Hour, Episode 141</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 02, 2018
Meagan & Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives: The Mom Hour, Episode 140
56:53
<p>Meagan and Sarah are both working more than we have in a long time–and our work schedules have changed recently. In Episode 140 we talk about what’s working (ha!), what isn’t, and how things have evolved since the drop-a-toddler-off-at-daycare years. We also talk about how working moms and stay-at-home moms can support one another, how nothing is forever, and what apps, shortcuts and hacks help us keep it together when work gets overwhelming. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: BarkBox BarkBox delivers natural treats and fun toys to your doorstep every month, keeping your dog entertained and you from forgetting to hit up the pet aisle! Meagan’s Moxie and Sarah’s Xander both loved their BarkBox goodies and we think your pups will too. Get one month FREE when you visit barkbox.com/momhour and sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 140: Stay At Home, Work Full-Time, Or Something In Between? [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep140/">Meagan & Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives: The Mom Hour, Episode 140</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 30, 2018
State Of The Style Situation, Head To Toe: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 139
1:03:03
<p>What’s the state of our wardrobes? Glad you asked. In Episode 139 Meagan and Sarah go Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes through what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to style for us lately. Find out what Meagan loves about having longish hair for the first time in a decade, why Sarah continues to struggle with leggings and can never find her socks, and hear our takes on two different popular online bra retailers. Plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end for a fashion-related struggle, discovery, and success. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Pitney Bowes Pitney Bowes is the industry leader in mailing and shipping solutions. No matter what you send, or how often, Pitney Bowes has the solution that precisely fits your needs. Plans start at just $5 per month. Visit pb.com/mom to learn more and try it FREE. Terms apply, see site for details. Sponsor Spotlight: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. Get $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh meals with promo code MOMHOUR30 when you sign up at hellofresh.com. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep139/">State Of The Style Situation, Head To Toe: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 139</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 23, 2018
10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 138
35:05
<p>What daily habits do happy moms practice? Our answers may surprise you. Join Meagan and Sarah for the second in our two-part series on cultivating happiness during motherhood. Listen to Episode 138 using the player below, and catch up on Part 1 in the series with Episode 137, too! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. The kids love that they’re free to browse and search for books on their favorite topics without mom hovering over their shoulder. Got a reluctant reader? Epic’s fun badges pop up when kids complete books or achieve new milestones to keep them motivated to keep going. Podcast listeners can get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com.  Also thanks to: Pitney Bowes Pitney Bowes is the industry leader in mailing and shipping solutions. No matter what you send, or how often, Pitney Bowes has the solution that precisely fits your needs. Plans start [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep138/">10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 138</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 16, 2018
Leaning In To Chaos With Sarah R. Bagley: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 21
52:48
<p>Sarah R. Bagley mothers, writes, podcasts, teaches group fitness, and runs a local women’s entrepreneur group–all while keeping up with the demands and schedules of a toddler, a preschooler, and a first-grader. She’s the first to admit that this hybrid working/momming thing isn’t easy, but her philosophy is all about leaning in to both creative ambition AND the chaos of motherhood. Sarah (Powers!) interviews Sarah (Bagley!) in this episode of The Mom Hour Voices, our first of 2018. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows you to develop personal and professional skills from home, on your own time. Whether you want to redesign your website, improve your communication skills, or master Photoshop, you can learn how on LinkedIn Learning, which now includes all of Lynda.com’s courses. Get a free 30-day trial with LinkedIn Learning by visiting LinkedIn.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: Simple Contacts Simple Contacts is a super convenient way to renew your contact lens prescription and reorder your contacts from anywhere, in minutes. Save $30 at simplecontacts.com/themomhour with code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Links mentioned in this episode: Sarah (Powers) on the Sarah R. Bagley Podcast Meagan on the Sarah R. Bagley Podcast Lesley Miller [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices21/">Leaning In To Chaos With Sarah R. Bagley: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 21</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 12, 2018
10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 137
31:17
<p>What do happy moms do on a regular basis to stave off stress, grumpiness, and dissatisfaction? We know that no mom is happy ALL the time, but in Episode 137 we’re digging deep into five habits of mostly-happy moms. Next week we’ll share five more habits to round out this two-part series. Enjoy! Part 2 of this series is now up! Listen via the player below, and check the show notes here. Sponsor Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows you to develop personal and professional skills from home, on your own time. Whether you want to redesign your website, improve your communication skills, or master Photoshop, you can learn how on LinkedIn Learning, which now includes all of Lynda.com’s courses. Get a free 30-day trial with LinkedIn Learning by visiting LinkedIn.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 137: The Happiest Mom (Parenting Magazine): 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep137/">10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 137</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 09, 2018
Looking Back To Look Forward (Our 2017/2018 Chat): The Mom Hour, Episode 136
53:07
<p>Happy New Year, friends! Before we launch headlong into 2018 we’re taking a quick look back at what happened for each of us–and the podcast–in 2017. Looking back at the year behind us is a helpful way to discover what we want to see more (or less) of in the coming year. Join us, and let us know what hopes and intentions you have for 2018! Sponsor Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows you to develop personal and professional skills from home, on your own time. Whether you want to redesign your website, improve your communication skills, or master Photoshop, you can learn how on LinkedIn Learning, which now includes all of Lynda.com’s courses. Get a free 30-day trial with LinkedIn Learning by visiting LinkedIn.com/mom. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 136 Our look-back was inspired in part by this episode of The Girl Next Door Podcast: 2017 Wrap-Up & Skin Care Like A Boss Also this from Gretchen Rubin made us think: An Interesting and Useful Exercise: The Year-End Review with Myself. And Gretchen’s post led us to this article by Marci Alboher on the New York Times Shifting Careers blog: Year-End Review, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep136/">Looking Back To Look Forward (Our 2017/2018 Chat): The Mom Hour, Episode 136</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 02, 2018
Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 135
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<p>A toddler who won’t stay in his room at bedtime, a seven-year-old with a fibbing habit, and the age-old questions of “what do you do with a two-year-old while you put the baby to bed?” and “why do my kids have such a hard time occupying themselves?”. In Episode 135 of The Mom Hour, Sarah and Meagan offer empathy, encouragement, and a few helpful tips for these listener questions. Take a listen! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah are just a little obsessed with the Winter box, which is shipping now! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Sponsor Spotlight: Zola Zola is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience, and it’s free, easy to use, and fun! Zola Registry has everything you love about your favorite department store, plus things like honeymoon funds, fitness classes, and wine subscriptions. Plus Zola comes with a suite of wedding-planning tools to make happy couples even happier as they prepare for the big day. To sign up with Zola and receive [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep135/">Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 135</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 26, 2017
Your {Holiday} Listener Questions, Answered: The Mom Hour, Episode 134
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<p>We’re answering a TON of your parenting questions in this week’s episode, and it’s all about navigating the holidays. From getting kids to thank grandma appropriately to keeping toddlers on a schedule, we weigh in on the topics you suggested in this Instagram post. Take a listen! Featured Sponsor: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. With a great selection of chef-designed meals, tons of flexibility in scheduling your deliveries, and all the built-in convenience of easy step-by-step instructions for getting dinner ready, we’re big fans of what Hello Fresh means to busy families. Get $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh meals with promo code MOMHOUR30 when you sign up at hellofresh.com  Also Thanks To: StoryWorth Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both Meagan’s and Sarah’s families, so we are loving what StoryWorth does to help families preserve and share their stories. When you gift a subscription your family member receives weekly emails with questions to prompt a memory of a story, and at the end of the year their stories are [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep134/">Your {Holiday} Listener Questions, Answered: The Mom Hour, Episode 134</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 19, 2017
Struggles, Successes & Discoveries: The Mom Hour, Episode 133
56:24
<p>If you’ve enjoyed Katie’s new mom segments over the past year, you’ll love this week’s episode. We listen to Katie highlight one struggle, one success, and one discovery from her life as a mom of two littles, then Meagan and Sarah weigh in with their thoughts PLUS share struggles, successes and discoveries of our own. Join us! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. The kids love that they’re free to browse and search for books on their favorite topics without mom hovering over their shoulder. Got a reluctant reader? Epic’s fun badges pop up when kids complete books or achieve new milestones to keep them motivated to keep going. Podcast listeners can get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com.  Also Thanks To: Warby Parker Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy and risk-free. Their Home Try-On Program allows you to order 5 pairs of glasses shipped [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep133/">Struggles, Successes & Discoveries: The Mom Hour, Episode 133</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 12, 2017
Newborn Attachment with Alexandra Spitz: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 20
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<p>Parent Educator Alexandra Spitz is passionate about helping new moms feel calm and confident in their parenting abilities, and attachment theory is one of the cornerstones of her 10-week newborn class at The New Mom School in Newport Beach, CA. Join Sarah for as she interviews Alex about newborn attachment, what new moms can do to bond with baby and preserve time for themselves, and how attachment evolves as kids grow. Sponsor Spotlight: ActionHeat ActionHeat makes the world’s best heated clothing, powered by rechargeable batteries. It’s the perfect solution to keep you toasty and warm, even in the most frigid winter weather. Save 15% off your entire order of heated products for men and women, starting at just $39.99 when you order at action-heat.com/mom, or use the coupon code MOM at checkout to save 15%! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snacks The KIND Cube makes a perfect present for any snack lover (including you!). Made with delicious ingredients like nuts, fruit and dark chocolate, these bars are a gift that both your body and your taste buds will love to receive. Visit KindSnacks.com/tmh for more details. Links mentioned in this episode: Infant Mother Attachment (Alex’s handout from this class at The New Mom [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices20/">Newborn Attachment with Alexandra Spitz: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 20</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 08, 2017
Slowing Down To Catch Up: The Mom Hour 132
53:54
<p>Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and settle in for an entire episode of The Mom Hour that’s all about slowing down and catching up. We’ve been moving so fast this fall that we wanted to take time to update listeners on what’s been going on with us personally, some fun additions to our regular podcasting schedule, and more about the growth of the Life, Listened network. Along the way we allow time for digressions on everything from La Croix flavors to stress dreams. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Dream Seekers: Online Course For Moms With A Big Idea Meagan’s online course Dream Seekers is open for [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep132/">Slowing Down To Catch Up: The Mom Hour 132</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 05, 2017
Holiday Meals, Messes, and Staying Sane Amid Kitchen Craziness: The Mom Hour, Episode 131
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<p>Hosting a large family gathering and serving The Big Meal can be intimidating, especially if you didn't grow up schooled in the ways of traditional homemaking and entertaining. Meagan and Sarah break down the process of hosting and serving a holiday meal from beginning to end--from prepping and shopping to serving and cleanup.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep131/">Holiday Meals, Messes, and Staying Sane Amid Kitchen Craziness: The Mom Hour, Episode 131</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 01, 2017
Sane & Satisfying Holiday Entertaining: The Mom Hour, Episode 130
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<p>“Entertaining” sounds intimidating, but how about “open your doors and let people in”? Meagan and Sarah want you to feel like opening your home to guests is an opportunity, not a potential Pinterest-fail, and we’re here to offer some tips for scaling back the expectations and making entertaining fun, sane, and satisfying for everyone. Join us! This episode has a companion follow-up conversation about hosting big holiday meals coming up this Friday, December 1. Check your feed for that one soon! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snacks The Kind Snack Club is a fun (and delicious!) way to make sure you never run out of wholesome snacks and always have flavor options on hand–get started with a FREE sampler box (you only pay shipping!). For full details visit kindsnacks.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Meagan and Sarah are just a little obsessed with the Winter box, which is shipping now! Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 130 Did you catch our Gift Guide [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep130/">Sane & Satisfying Holiday Entertaining: The Mom Hour, Episode 130</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 28, 2017
Gift Ideas For Teens & Adults: The Mom Hour Cyber Monday Special #3
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<p>Need help with gift ideas for the teens and adults on your holiday shopping list? Meagan and Sarah are chatting about unique, surprising, and time-tested gifts for teens and adults in our third Cyber Monday Special Episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight ActionHeat makes the world’s best heated clothing, powered by rechargeable batteries. It’s the perfect solution to keep you toasty and warm, even in the most frigid winter weather–and it makes a great gift for teens and adults! Save 15% off your entire order of heated products for men and women, starting at just $39.99 when you order at action-heat.com/mom, or use the coupon code MOM at checkout to save 15%! Gift Ideas for Teens & Adults Amazon and Target links are affiliates. That means if you click through and make a purchase you’ll be helping support The Mom Hour at no additional cost to you. Thank you for helping us continue to produce the podcast! Footie pajamas, like this fleece onesie with a hood from Alexander Del Rossa High-end or interesting socks, like Stance or SmartWool Ukelele Cookbooks (Sarah loves this one, Meagan recommends baking cookbooks for teens) Supplies and accessories for whatever hobby they’re into Fun versions of [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhgg03/">Gift Ideas For Teens & Adults: The Mom Hour Cyber Monday Special #3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Big Kids & Tweens: The Mom Hour Cyber Monday Special #2
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<p>Kids ages 6-12 can be hard to shop for, having outgrown the obvious little-kid toys but still young enough to enjoy creative play and good old fashioned fun. Meagan and Sarah offer suggestions for gift giving to big kids and tweens in this Cyber Monday Special Episode. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Stencil Revolution is a family-owned business that produces custom laser-cut mylar stencils for all your DIY and crafting needs. Get 25% off everything and free shipping on all orders over $30 from November 24-27, and check their website at https://www.stencilrevolution.com and Etsy shop for ongoing deals and specials. Gift Ideas for Big Kids & Tweens Amazon and Target links are affiliates. That means if you click through and make a purchase you’ll be helping support The Mom Hour at no additional cost to you. Thank you for helping us continue to produce the podcast! Slime-Making Kit (or whatever the ‘craft du jour’ is) Elenco Snap Circuits SC300 Electronic Discovery Kit Raspberry Pi Starter Kit (small affordable computer designed to teach programming) Big book of weird facts, like National Geographic’s 5000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) or Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Blue Recluse Non Responsive Ball Bearing YoYo by KickFire Classics Shrinky [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhgg02/">Gift Ideas For Big Kids & Tweens: The Mom Hour Cyber Monday Special #2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 27, 2017
Gift Ideas For Babies, Toddlers & Little Kids: The Mom Hour Cyber Monday Special #1
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<p>Shopping for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers? Sarah and Katie sit down in a Cyber Monday Gift Guide Special to brainstorm great gift ideas for ages 0-5. We share more than 40 ideas in about that many minutes–come along for the ride!  Sponsor Spotlight Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both Meagan’s and Sarah’s families, so we are loving what StoryWorth does to help families preserve and share their stories. When you gift a subscription your family member receives weekly emails with questions to prompt a memory of a story, and at the end of the year their stories are bound into a beautiful book. Podcast listeners can save $20 off a StoryWorth subscription by visiting storyworth.com/themomhour. Gift Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, & Little Kids Amazon and Target links are affiliates. That means if you click through and make a purchase you’ll be helping support The Mom Hour at no additional cost to you. Thank you for helping us continue to produce the podcast! Musical Toys Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym, Blue/Green High-Quality Wooden Blocks Plan Toys 50 Unit Blocks Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks Books Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhgg01/">Gift Ideas For Babies, Toddlers & Little Kids: The Mom Hour Cyber Monday Special #1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 27, 2017
Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 129
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<p>Routines help us move through the day as busy moms, so what can we do to instill healthy ones, change up the ones we’ve outgrown, and add meaningful rituals into our family culture? Join Meagan and Sarah as they offer tips for using routines to make your life as a mom easier and more fun–have a listen to Episode 129! This is a continuation of our conversation from last week, which focused more on traditions, especially in times of change. You can listen to Episode 128 here. Sponsor Spotlight: Modsy Modsy is a home design solution that uses 3D visualization to help you redesign and redecorate different rooms in your house. (Translation: It’s like hiring an interior designer who is also a computer whiz.) You upload room measurements and a few photos and Modsy provides a 360º rendering of the space, plus two custom design recommendations based on your personal style. Modsy is a fun, easy way to see your ideas come to life and get design inspiration for that one wall you just can’t figure out what to do with. Check out Sarah’s dining room renderings below! Head to modsy.com and use promo code MOM50 to save 50% November [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep129/">Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 129</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 21, 2017
Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 128
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<p>Meagan’s divorce has shaken up the family schedule and plans for the holidays, and both she and Sarah are interested in exploring what happens to routines, rituals, and traditions in times of major change. Join us for a look at all this and more in Episode 128 (the first in a two-part series!) of The Mom Hour! Plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah to talk about leaky nighttime diapers, reusable baby food pouches, and the upsides to weaning. Listen all the way to the end of the show to catch Katie’s segment! Featured Sponsor: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat, and enjoy. With a great selection of chef-designed meals, tons of flexibility in scheduling your deliveries, and all the built-in convenience of easy step-by-step instructions for getting dinner ready, we’re big fans of what Hello Fresh means to busy families. Get $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh meals with promo code MOMHOUR30 when you sign up at hellofresh.com Also Thanks To: LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows you to develop personal and professional [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmh128/">Routines, Rituals, and Traditions (Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 128</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 14, 2017
Regional Parenting Differences (Host-Swap With What Fresh Hell’s Margaret Ables): The Mom Hour, Episode 127
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<p>Are all East Coast parents uptight traditionalists grooming their kids for the Ivy League? Are all West Coast moms drinking kale smoothies while practicing yoga on a paddleboard? Of course not, but in this special episode of The Mom Hour Sarah (of the West Coast) is joined by guest co-host Margaret Ables (a New Yorker) of the What Fresh Hell podcast to embrace the stereotypes for a bit and discuss regional parenting differences we’ve observed parenting kids on opposite coasts. This episode is part of a host-swap The Mom Hour is doing with What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood. Catch Meagan in a companion episode to this one on November 8, when she chats with WFH’s Amy Wilson about Big City vs. Small Town Parenting. Sponsor Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows you to develop personal and professional skills from home, on your own time. Whether you want to redesign your website, improve your communication skills, or master Photoshop, you can learn how on LinkedIn Learning, which now includes all of Lynda.com’s courses. Get a free 30-day trial with LinkedIn Learning by visiting LinkedIn.com/mom. Links we mentioned (or should have) in [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep127/">Regional Parenting Differences (Host-Swap With What Fresh Hell’s Margaret Ables): The Mom Hour, Episode 127</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 07, 2017
Family Photography & Capturing Moments with Amy Tripple: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 19
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<p>Amy Tripple is a Chicago-based photographer who understands that it’s hard to get little ones dressed and out the door on a normal day–let alone for a family photo shoot. In Episode 19 of our Mom Hour Voices series Amy and Sarah talk about how to make the most of professional family photos, what to do when a photo session isn’t in the budget, ideas for improving your own photography, and more. Links mentioned in this episode: Amy’s website Shoot Along, the weekly online photography project for parents Prime lenses Amy recommends Canon EF 55mm f/1.8 STM Lens Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus YONGNUO YN50mm F1.8 Standard Prime Lens Large Aperture Auto Focus Lens For Canon YONGNUO YN50mm F1.8N Standard Prime Lens Large Aperture Auto Manual Focus AF MF for Nikon Announcing our Email Newsletter! Sarah announced that we’re starting a monthly email newsletter containing all our partner offers so you can have those handy coupon codes all in one place. Want in? Sign up below! First Name Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human: IMAGE CREDIT: Amy Tripple Photography. Used with permission.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices19/">Family Photography & Capturing Moments with Amy Tripple: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 19</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 03, 2017
For The Love Of Cousins! The Mom Hour, Episode 126
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<p>Meagan’s family is full of cousins and Sarah’s more sparsely “cousined”, but we both have a lot to say about the cousins we grew up with as well as the cousins our kids have. Join us as we discuss these unique and meaningful extended family relationships, and how to make the most of them. PLUS, Meagan’s kids Owen and Clara appear in a special kid segment at the end of the show–take a listen! Sponsor Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows you to develop personal and professional skills from home, on your own time. Whether you want to redesign your website, improve your communication skills, or master Photoshop, you can learn how on LinkedIn Learning, which now includes all of Lynda.com’s courses. Get a free 30-day trial with LinkedIn Learning by visiting LinkedIn.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 126: Raising Siblings Who Like Each Other (Episode [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep126/">For The Love Of Cousins! The Mom Hour, Episode 126</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 31, 2017
Holiday Prep (Now!) For An Easier December: The Mom Hour, Episode 125
40:56
<p>Too early to make meaningful progress on holiday to-do lists? Sarah says no, and Meagan is curious but skeptical. Whether you’re a plan-ahead type or not, we’ve got some practical tips for making December less hectic by doing a little planning right now. Join us! (For clarity’s sake, we are Team NO Decorations/Music Until After Thanksgiving…but that doesn’t mean we can’t make lists and plans, right?) Sponsor Spotlight: Storyblocks Get high-quality stock images for a fraction of the cost with Storyblocks! The Member Library includes 400,000 stunning photos, vectors, textures, and icons–all royalty-free!–plus you can save on millions of additional Marketplace images, where artists take home 100% of the sale price. Go to storyblocks.com/mom to try it free for 7 days–download anything from 400,000 images and unlock discounts on millions more! Sponsor Spotlight: Modsy Modsy is a home design solution that uses 3D visualization to help you redesign and redecorate different rooms in your house. (Translation: It’s like hiring an interior designer who is also a computer whiz.) You upload room measurements and a few photos and Modsy provides a 360º rendering of the space, plus two custom design recommendations based on your personal style. Modsy is a fun, easy [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep125/">Holiday Prep (Now!) For An Easier December: The Mom Hour, Episode 125</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 24, 2017
Headlines, Heartache, and Helping: The Mom Hour, Episode 124
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<p>It’s been a rough few weeks and we want to talk about it. Join Meagan and Sarah for an honest discussion about how we manage our media intake when the headlines are heartbreaking, how to identify the feelings that come up when we’re triggered in some way by the news, and how to help when we feel totally helpless. This episode was inspired in part by fellow podcasters Asha and Christine of the Edit Your Life show, Kristen and Liz of Spawned, and Sarah and Kristen of Selfie, all of whom have tackled tough subjects related to the news in recent episodes. Sponsor Spotlight: Aaptiv Sarah is in LOVE with the Aaptiv app, which delivers trainer-led workouts synched with music. You can choose from indoor workouts on the treadmill or elliptical to guided walks and jogs outdoors, to weights, yoga, stretching and meditation. It’s the perfect combination of a trainer pushing you to do your best while still working out in the time and place that works for you. The Mom Hour listeners can try a free month of Aaptiv by clicking here and using promo code THEMOMHOUR. Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmh124/">Headlines, Heartache, and Helping: The Mom Hour, Episode 124</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 17, 2017
Listener Questions & Answers: The Mom Hour, Episode 123
52:40
<p>When to start giving kids an allowance, paying for chores, getting mentally psyched up for baby #2, and dealing with kids’ annoying habits–these are the parenting challenges and motherhood topics we’re tackling in the latest Listener Questions episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Want Meagan and Sarah to answer a question of yours? Record yourself asking it and email the audio file to hello@themomhour.com. Sponsor Spotlight: Sudio Sweden Sudio Sweden makes cutting-edge ear buds and headphones designed for a stylish, active lifestyle. Meagan and Sarah both tried the Vasa BLÅ, the wireless in-ear model with 8+ hour battery life, gold/rose gold detailing, and studio-quality sound. Save 15% sitewide when you purchase at sudiosweden.com/us and use promo code THEMOMHOUR. Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Treat yourself to beautiful products from brands like Dermalogica, Kai, Michael Stars, Modcloth, Juice Beauty, and many more (watch Sarah’s unboxing video here). Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 123 Episode 15 on Chores & Delegation (which has [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep123/">Listener Questions & Answers: The Mom Hour, Episode 123</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 10, 2017
Kids & Friendships With Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 18
50:22
<p>Helping kids navigate friendships and social dynamics is one of the most commonly-requested topics from our listeners. That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, an author, psychologist, and expert on children’s friendships, to this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices series. Sarah asks Dr. Eileen about helping kids who feel left out a school, how to handle the emotional ups and downs of elementary school friendships, and why playdates are so much more important than we might think. Dr. Eileen also talks about the new book she co-authored, Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide To Making And Keeping Friends, and even answers questions submitted by our listener community. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight! The Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover works four different ways to keep you and baby stylishly covered, clean, and comfy wherever you go. We’re drooling over their gorgeous prints and supersoft fabrics, and can’t wait to pick up a few for new baby and shower gifts. To purchase save 10% on a Covered Goods 4-in-1 cover, head to their website and use promo code THEMOMHOUR! Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Dr. Eileen’s website Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends  [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices18/">Kids & Friendships With Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 18</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 06, 2017
Listener Questions & Answers: The Mom Hour, Episode 122
37:13
<p>Closely spaced babies, tips on room-sharing, helping siblings get along, and dealing with super-shy toddlers. These are the topics we cover in this week’s episode–all of which are inspired by listeners’ real lives and kids. Join us as we hear from YOU and then offer our advice (which is as usual, mostly “hang in there…it gets better…that’s totally normal…you’re doing great”). Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snacks The Kind Snack Club is a fantastic way to make sure you never run out of wholesome snacks and always have fun flavor options to try–get started with a FREE sampler box (you only pay shipping!). For full details visit kindsnacks.com/mom. Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Treat yourself to beautiful products from brands like Dermalogica, Kai, Michael Stars, Modcloth, Juice Beauty, and many more (watch Sarah’s unboxing video here). Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 122 Facebook thread about closely spaced babies</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep122/">Listener Questions & Answers: The Mom Hour, Episode 122</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 03, 2017
Laid-Back Mom vs. Type A Mom: The Mom Hour, Episode 121
42:36
<p>Sarah’s the Type-A, detailed one; Meagan’s the free spirit who’s super laid-back. Right? Or is there more? In Episode 121 we share the ways in which we break type from our typical molds–go figure! we’re not two-dimensional!–and challenge the idea that any one mom is either totally chill or totally stressed. Join us! Featured Sponsor: BluKicks BluKicks is a family-owned shoe company inspired by a boating trip; mother-son pair Will and Victoria wanted to start a shoe line that captured the natural beauty of Hawaii and that carefree vacation vibe. BluKicks has slip-ons, sneakers, moccasins, kids’ styles and more unique designs you won’t see in stores. Save 15% on your purchase from BluKicks when you use promo code THEMOMHOUR. Sponsor Spotlight Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 121 CTFD? Dear Parents: it’s OK to care. (Meagan on The Happiest Home) Sometimes It’s OK To Be A Control Freak (Meagan on The Happiest Home)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep121/">Laid-Back Mom vs. Type A Mom: The Mom Hour, Episode 121</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 26, 2017
Sitters & Caregivers, Part 2: The Mom Hour, Episode 120
56:16
<p>How much do we pay our babysitters? (Yes, we get real about numbers.) Do we expect sitters to do the dishes? (One of us gets super weird about this.) And what’s the best way to get the potentially awkward conversations out of the way and start building great relationships with the people caring for your kids? (Early, often, and as clearly as possible.) Join Meagan and Sarah for Part 2 in our discussion about sitters and caregivers (Part 1 aired September 12 and you can listen right here). Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. The kids love that they’re free to browse and search for books on their favorite topics without mom hovering over their shoulder. Got a reluctant reader? Epic’s fun badges pop up when kids complete books or achieve new milestones to keep them motivated to keep going. Podcast listeners can get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep120/">Sitters & Caregivers, Part 2: The Mom Hour, Episode 120</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 18, 2017
Sitters & Caregivers, Part 1: The Mom Hour, Episode 119
56:47
<p>We’ve learned a lot from our own mistakes over the years about finding, hiring, and building relationships with non-family caregivers. In Episodes 119 and 120 we’ll go on a deep dive into this topic, starting with general tips today for finding great sitters and making sure your childcare needs are covered–even if you’re the primary parent at home. Next week we’ll get into the details of the parent-caregiver relationship–everything from how much we pay to how to communicate expectations. Check back for that episode on 9/19! PLUS Katie is back to talk with Sarah about a struggle, a success and a discovery in her life as a mom of two little ones. Join us! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. The kids love that they’re free to browse and search for books on their favorite topics without mom hovering over their shoulder. Got a kid who’s super into a book series like A Series [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep119/">Sitters & Caregivers, Part 1: The Mom Hour, Episode 119</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 12, 2017
Motherhood, Creativity & Balance with Lesley Miller: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 17
45:30
<p>Sarah sits down with fellow writer-turned-podcaster, mom of three, and California girl Lesley Miller in this month’s episode in our Mom Hour Voices series. Join them as they talk about their semi-parallel lives, the process of adjusting to life as a mom of school-aged kids, being a sorta-working/sorta-staying-home mom, and more. Sponsor Spotlight: Opinion Outpost Opinion Outpost connects companies who need market research with real people (like you!) through online surveys you can take anytime you want AND earn rewards for participating in. You can earn cash, iTunes and Amazon gift cards, and more, just for sharing your opinions on virtually everything–from new products and advertising to social issues and more. Sign up today at opinionoutpost.com/mom to make your voice heard and start earning rewards. Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Treat yourself to beautiful products from brands like Dermalogica, Kai, Michael Stars, Modcloth, Juice Beauty, and many more. Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in this episode Choosing The Right School (Not As Scary [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices17/">Motherhood, Creativity & Balance with Lesley Miller: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 17</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 08, 2017
Our Favorite Fictional Moms: The Mom Hour, Episode 118
48:29
<p>From Ma Ingalls to Claire Huxtable, Mrs. Pteranodon to Marmee March, we’re discussing our favorite moms from books, TV and movies this week on the podcast. We hope after listening you’ll be as nostalgic for classic literature as we are (and maybe that you’ll also want to binge-watch Arrested Development). Enjoy! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 25,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. We love that we can create a profile for each child that recommends books based on their reading level and tracks what they read and watch. The kids love that they’re free to browse and search for books on their favorite topics without mom hovering over their shoulder. Sarah’s been using Epic! for homework help for her 4th grader, loving the read-aloud options for her preschooler, and even used Epic! for a bedtime story while traveling recently. Podcast listeners can get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com.  Also Thanks To: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep118/">Our Favorite Fictional Moms: The Mom Hour, Episode 118</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 04, 2017
How To REALLY Help A New Mom: The Mom Hour LIVE From Newport Beach
51:11
<p>What’s your favorite way to help a new mom? In this very special episode–recorded LIVE at The New Mom School in Newport Beach–Meagan and Sarah offer some outside-the-box ideas for helping a new mom, PLUS our amazing live audience chimes in with stories and tips from their own new mom days. Enjoy! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in this episode: 5 Unexpected Ways To Help A New Mom (Sarah’s blog post that inspired this topic) Other episodes of The Mom Hour for new moms: Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (As New Moms) Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Breastfeeding Edition) Postpartum Symptoms & Surprises Pregnancy & Birth, In Hindsight Getting Ready For Baby The Coffee + Crumbs Podcast The conversation on The Mom Hour Facebook page where listeners chimed in with what would have helped them most as a new mom Covered Goods (a perfect new mom gift!) Don’t forget that listeners of The Mom Hour save 10% on a Covered Goods 4-in-1 nursing cover with promo code THEMOMHOUR. Start shopping for the new moms in your life at coveredgoods.com/shop. LIVE Event Recap! We could not have pulled off our LIVE event at The New Mom [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhlive2017/">How To REALLY Help A New Mom: The Mom Hour LIVE From Newport Beach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 01, 2017
How To Be A Happier Sports Parent: The Mom Hour, Episode 117
55:11
<p>Sports and activities should add fun and fulfillment to your family culture–not suck the life out of it. And yet, between keeping wiggly babies occupied in the gymnastics waiting area and driving all over town for team sports commitments, it’s easy to feel like there’s a high cost to all that “fun”. Meagan and Sarah offer concrete tips for being a happier sports parent as we head into this new school year. From opting out of mommy-and-me classes to letting older kids dabble instead of specialize, we’re here to remind you that your happiness matters (and that your kid is probably not a future Olympian). PLUS, listen all the way to the end for a fun segment featuring Sarah and Katie Addiss. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: Kind Snacks Kind snacks helps get busy moms through the day–without compromising taste OR nutrition. Their Kind Snack Club is a fantastic way to make sure you never run out of wholesome snacks and always have fun flavor options to try. For full details and to get started with a FREE sampler box (you’ll just pay shipping) visit kindsnacks.com/mom. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 117 Let’s Discuss “Sports Parenting” (Episode 18)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep117/">How To Be A Happier Sports Parent: The Mom Hour, Episode 117</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 28, 2017
Back To School = The New Year For Moms: The Mom Hour, Episode 116
54:35
<p>Whether you have kids heading back to the classroom or not, this time of year feels like an opportunity to renew routines, set some goals, and tackle some overdue projects. Back to school is like another New Year for moms, and in this episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah get specific about their own “resolutions” in the areas of work, creativity, health, home, food, and parenting. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Kind Snacks Kind snacks doesn’t want you to have to choose between healthy and delicious. Their Kind Snack Club is a fantastic way to make sure you never run out of wholesome snacks and always have fun flavor options to try. For full details and to get started with a FREE sampler box (you’ll just pay shipping) visit kindsnacks.com/mom. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 116 Lask week’s episode about our own kids’ back-to-school season this year All our school-related episodes in ONE PLACE Meagan’s Mothers of Reinvention: Foundations course–sign up by September 6 (class starts September 12!) Share your own “New Year’s Resolutions” by tagging us on social media, leaving a comment, or sending us an email. We love hearing from you!  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep116/">Back To School = The New Year For Moms: The Mom Hour, Episode 116</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 22, 2017
Back To School, Preschool To Teen: The Mom Hour, Episode 115
53:34
<p>We’re looking ahead at the new school year and talking about what it means for each of our combined EIGHT kids, ages 4 through 19. Join Meagan and Sarah as we go age by age and discuss what the challenges, opportunities, and unique situations are for each grade level–everything from transitioning to middle school to hoping for a certain teacher to having to get up earlier in the morning. Enjoy! Looking for even more Back to School fun with Meagan and Sarah? We’ve collected all our previous episodes on this page for easy access. Binge-listen away! Featured Sponsor: That’s it.® That’s it.® offers two servings of fruit in one convenient, tasty bar–perfect for on-the-go kids’ snacks, healthy lunch-packing, or anytime you’re short on time and fresh produce. You won’t find any concentrates, juice, or added flavors in That’s it. bars–just fruit. That’s it. (Get it?) We love the simplicity of this product, the fact that it’s a great option for families with food sensitivities and allergies, and our families are loving the fun flavors (Apple + Pear gets two thumbs up in Sarah’s house). Check out the selection at thatsitfruit.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 10% when you order, or [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep115/">Back To School, Preschool To Teen: The Mom Hour, Episode 115</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 15, 2017
Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Breastfeeding Edition): The Mom Hour, Episode 114
48:51
<p>Supply envy, pumping woes, and prop overload: These are just a few of the things that Meagan, Sarah, and resident-nursing-mom Katie realize in hindsight that we worried way too much about in our early breastfeeding days. Join us for a frank discussion about the things we wish we’d known about breastfeeding, plus our tips for worrying less and enjoying your nursing days more. Sponsor Spotlight! The Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover works four different ways to keep you and baby stylishly covered, clean, and comfy wherever you go. We’re drooling over their gorgeous prints and supersoft fabrics, and can’t wait to pick up a few for new baby and shower gifts. To purchase save 10% on a Covered Goods 4-in-1 cover, head to their website and use promo code THEMOMHOUR! Our Covered Goods giveaway has ended. Congrats to our two lucky winners! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 114 Other episodes in our “Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About” series: New Mom edition, Toddler Years edition, Starting School edition The conversation on our Facebook page on this topic: Continue the conversation! Did you pump speak to you? Any words of encouragement for new nursing mamas? Happy National [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep114/">Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Breastfeeding Edition): The Mom Hour, Episode 114</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 08, 2017
Announcing Our LIVE Event! The Mom Hour LIVE in Newport Beach CA
4:48
<p>Meagan and Sarah have news! We’re hosting a LIVE event in Newport Beach, CA on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00pm at The New Mom School and The Dailey Method Studios. Listen for details, and click here to register to join us in person! Helpful links: Register to attend The Mom Hour LIVE! — registration is free but space is limited and filling fast Follow the Facebook Event page for updates and news about possible live-streaming and other ways to follow along from home Check out our venue partners The New Mom School and The Dailey Method Newport Beach</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhlive00/">Announcing Our LIVE Event! The Mom Hour LIVE in Newport Beach CA</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 05, 2017
Ignore Bad Behavior & Enjoy Parenting More with Catherine Pearlman: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 16
36:44
<p>Dr. Catherine Pearlman has been helping parents with behavioral challenges and family dynamics for nearly 20 years through her private coaching practice and career as a social worker. In this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices, Catherine sits down with Sarah to talk about strategies moms can use to curb frustrating behavior patterns and enjoy parenting more. Join us!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices16/">Ignore Bad Behavior & Enjoy Parenting More with Catherine Pearlman: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 16</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 04, 2017
Defining Your Family’s “Food Values”: The Mom Hour, Episode 113
41:54
<p>What does “healthy” mean for your family? What are the behaviors and values around food you try to model for your kids? And what little things can we do as parents to show our kids a healthy relationship with food and eating that will (hopefully) create a lasting impression? These are the questions Meagan and Sarah take on in Episode 113 of The Mom Hour. It’s not about any one nutrition philosophy–it’s a big-picture look at our own families’ food culture and how we model sensible, mindful eating with our kids. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight That’s it.® offers two servings of fruit in one convenient, tasty bar–perfect for on-the-go kids’ snacks, healthy lunch-packing, or anytime you’re short on time and fresh produce. You won’t find any concentrates, juice, or added flavors in That’s it. bars–just fruit. That’s it. (Get it?) We love the simplicity of this product, the fact that it’s a great option for families with food sensitivities and allergies, and our families are loving the fun flavors (Apple + Pear gets two thumbs up in Sarah’s house). Check out the selection at thatsitfruit.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 10% when you order, or pick up the bars [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep113/">Defining Your Family’s “Food Values”: The Mom Hour, Episode 113</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 01, 2017
How To Survive (And Even Enjoy) Playing Board Games With Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 112
57:25
<p>If one more game of Candy Land or Monopoly threatens to send you over sanity’s edge, this is the podcast episode for you. In Episode 112 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer practical tips for making game play as a family tolerable–and even fun. We talk about including little players who can’t quite keep up, modifying games to minimize hurt feelings, and how to help kids win and lose gracefully as they grow. Plus we share our favorite family games and tips for storing and organizing board games in your home. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy and risk-free. Their Home Try-On Program allows you to order 5 pairs of glasses shipped directly to your door, where you can try them on in the comfort of your own home for five days before sending them back using a free pre-paid return shipping label, with no obligation to purchase. To get started with your FREE home try-on visit http://warbyparker.com/themomhour. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 112 7 Ways To Survive Playing Board Games With Kids (Meagan’s 2013 blog post) Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep112/">How To Survive (And Even Enjoy) Playing Board Games With Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 112</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 25, 2017
More Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 111
54:03
<p>Samantha wants to start transitioning her one-year-old to a big-kid bed, Jess feels stuck in a pattern of frustrating behavior with her toddler and preschooler, and Tessa shares that her evenings at home with four kids are not the enjoyable family togetherness time that she wants them to be. In Episode 111 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah tackle three more listener questions–listen to see what we have to say! Keep listening to the very end of this episode for a brand-new segment featuring Katie Addiss, mom of two little ones. Katie and Sarah talk potty training–the successes, the struggles, and an awesome discovery! Sponsor Spotlight Need an on-the-go snack that tastes great and is made from real ingredients you can actually see and pronounce? We love Kind Snacks, and had so much fun sampling their variety pack! Listeners of The Mom Hour can get a Kind Snacks variety pack delivered to your door for just $10 (shipping is free!)–that’s a $30+ value! Grab yours now so you can always have a healthy snack in your purse just like Meagan and Sarah do. To get your variety pack, head to kindsnacks.com/themomhour. When you order, you’ll also get to try [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep111/">More Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 111</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 18, 2017
Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 110
46:29
<p>Maryanne asks if we’ve ever requested our kid change teachers at school, Danya hopes to find balance between accepting her postpartum body and sticking to a realistic fitness routine, and Janine shares that her safety worries are keeping her from getting out with her little ones. In Episode 110 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah tackle these three listener questions–listen to see what we have to say! Sponsor Spotlight Need an on-the-go snack that tastes great and is made from real ingredients you can actually see and pronounce? We love Kind Snacks, and had so much fun sampling their variety pack! Listeners of The Mom Hour can get a Kind Snacks variety pack delivered to your door for just $10 (shipping is free!)–that’s a $30+ value! Meagan recently took KIND Snacks on a backpacking trip and loved the Peanut Butter Breakfast Bar. To get your variety pack, head to kindsnacks.com/themomhour. When you order, you’ll also get to try KIND’s Snack Club, where you’ll receive monthly snacks at a discount – starting with $10 off your first Snack Club order. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 110 Like this episode? All our Listener Questions shows can be found [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep110/">Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 110</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 11, 2017
Managing Stress and Uncertainty with Divorce Coach Jessica Ashley: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 15
49:34
<p>Anyone who’s been through a divorce or other major life change knows that stress, uncertainty, and feeling out of control are unavoidable. But you CAN find ways to quiet the chatter in your head, take care of yourself, and take steps toward creating the kind of life you want to live – no matter what circumstances you’re in. In episode 15 of The Mom Hour Voices, Meagan chats with Jessica Ashley, certified divorce coach and founder of Single Mom Nation, about managing stress and getting your feet back on solid ground during uncertain times. Check out Jessica’s divorce coaching packages at a special rate reserved just for listeners of The Mom Hour! And if you’re facing a life “reinvention” like changing jobs, pursuing a creative passion, or just trying to make the pieces of your life fit together better, Meagan would love for you to take this survey indicating your interest in a new course she’s putting together.   </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices15/">Managing Stress and Uncertainty with Divorce Coach Jessica Ashley: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 15</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 07, 2017
We Hate Fun, Revisited: The Mom Hour, Episode 109
1:04:25
<p>What do parades, pretend play, Dr. Seuss books, and playground swings have in common? If you’re a longtime listener, you already know the answer. They’re all things Meagan and Sarah kinda-sorta hate and aren’t ashamed to admit it. Episode 109 is an encore presentation of one of our most popular episodes to date–the one where we confess to hating fun. You’ll hear an update on how things have changed for us in the fun-hating department and lots of fresh commentary and new laughs on the subject, plus a re-airing of the best parts of the original gripe-session. Join us! Links we mentioned in the original We Hate Fun conversation: For The Mom Who Hates The Swings, It’s OK To Be A Boring Grownup, and Know Your Strengths – posts of Meagan’s on The Happiest Home Meagan’s interview with Read Aloud Revival‘s Sarah Mackenzie Raising joyful readers: It’s a family affair (Sharon Holbrook for The Washington Post) Sarah’s library uses the Overdrive app for free digital (audio and ebook) downloads – yours may use the same, or something similar! The Case For Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World (book by Susan Linn) Have you taken a moment to review The Mom [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep109/">We Hate Fun, Revisited: The Mom Hour, Episode 109</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 04, 2017
Things Kids Can Do By Themselves (If We Just Let Them): The Mom Hour, Episode 108
1:06:59
<p>Can your preschooler unload the dishwasher? Can your 3rd grader walk the dog on her own? Can your middle schooler remember his sports gear before every practice? Or, maybe a better question: Can ours? Join Meagan and Sarah in Episode 108 of The Mom Hour for an honest look at how competent our kids are at completing household tasks and being independent out in the world. We confess that it’s so often easier for mom to do everything herself, and offer ideas for increasing your kids’ competence and independence as they grow. Featured Sponsor Need an on-the-go snack that tastes great and is made from real ingredients you can actually see and pronounce? We love Kind Snacks, and had so much fun sampling their variety pack! Listeners of The Mom Hour can get a Kind Snacks variety pack delivered to your door for just $10 (shipping is free!)–that’s a $30+ value! Sarah had to share her Dark Chocolate Chunk Healthy Grains bar with a certain four-year-old and is still dreaming about her next one. To get your variety pack, head to kindsnacks.com/themomhour. When you order, you’ll also get to try KIND’s Snack Club, where you’ll receive monthly snacks at a [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmh108/">Things Kids Can Do By Themselves (If We Just Let Them): The Mom Hour, Episode 108</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 28, 2017
Summer Fashion Trends We Just Don’t Get (And A Few We Like): The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 107
44:29
<p>Where have all the shoulders gone? Meagan needs to know. Sarah can’t figure out intentionally saggy boobs and is apologetically kind of over slogan tanks that reference coffee, wine, yoga, Jesus, or mascara. Join us for a fun discussion of fashion trends we just can’t get behind–plus a few we’re loving this summer. Sponsor Spotlight Care.com is the easy and reliable way to find care for everyone in the family—when and where you need it. Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Podcast listeners can save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 107 Funny story, guys. When we recorded this episode we had ZERO affiliation with Target…we just happened to mention them a thousand times in the show. A few days after recording we were invited to join their affiliate partner program, which means that if you click through and purchase any of the Target items listed here you’ll be supporting The Mom Hour at no additional cost to you. We’re thrilled [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep107/">Summer Fashion Trends We Just Don’t Get (And A Few We Like): The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 107</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 19, 2017
Smart Tech & Family Travel: The Mom Hour, Episode 106
59:42
<p>Going off the grid for vacation sounds great in theory, but most of us rely on technology to make family travel possible. From iPad-enabled airplane rides to road trip playlists for the whole family, both Sarah and Meagan see tech as a great enhancement to vacation parenting in the digital age. In Episode 106 we talk all things tech and travel, from how we keep devices charged and organized to how we manage screen time while on vacation. We’ve got tons of product recommendations and little hacks to make your next vacation easier and more fun–no matter how plugged-in you are. Join us! Featured Sponsor Sarah needs a way to get vacation photos off one device onto another, and Meagan has an old computer with some priceless old videos on it. Our new favorite solution? Picture Keeper Connect! Easy device backup in a sweet, simple package: simply download the free app, plug the drive into your device, and launch the app! With Picture Keeper Connect, you’re able to view, select, backup and delete single items or entire albums with just the touch of a button. Flash drive and adapter work for Android or iOS devices as well as computers, and [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep106/">Smart Tech & Family Travel: The Mom Hour, Episode 106</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 12, 2017
Happy Loud Life with Jill Krause: The Mom Hour Voices 14
36:12
<p>What happens when a busy family with four kids and a beautiful home decides to sell their house and hit the road in an RV for a year? Meagan chats with blogger Jill Krause of BabyRabies.com about her new adventure with Happy Loud Life.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices14/">Happy Loud Life with Jill Krause: The Mom Hour Voices 14</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 08, 2017
Stay At Home, Work Full-Time, Or Something In Between? The Mom Hour, Episode 105
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<p>Are you totally satisfied with your work/mom balance? Turns out, a lot of you are. But when we asked listeners to weigh in on this question, two-thirds said they either wished they could be home more (or work in a more flexible way) OR that they were home but wished they could find some fulfillment or income outside the home. Episode 105 is about finding satisfaction in your situation, whatever it is, and also how to take baby steps toward a different one if it feels like it’s time. We cover staying at home full-time, working outside the home, freelancing and part-time work, and everything in between. And, as always, we’re here to tell you that no matter what your choice and how you feel about it, it’s totally okay. Sponsor Spotlight Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both Meagan’s and Sarah’s families, so we are loving what StoryWorth does to help families preserve and share their stories. When you gift a subscription your family member receives weekly emails with questions to prompt a memory of a story, and at the end of the year their stories are bound into a beautiful book. Podcast listeners can save $20 [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep105/">Stay At Home, Work Full-Time, Or Something In Between? The Mom Hour, Episode 105</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 07, 2017
Self-Care As Self-Preservation: The Mom Hour, Episode 104
44:53
<p>There’s everyday self-care, and then there’s survival mode: when taking care of yourself isn’t just a smart thing to do but also your only means of making it through the day. We’re talking about the kind of physical, mental, and emotional self-care that becomes especially crucial in a crisis, and we’re addressing it head-on in Episode 104. Join us. Sponsor Spotlight Are you ready to bust out the DSLR camera this summer and really use it? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! Sign up for their 8-week short course and get weekly photography lessons delivered to your email PLUS membership in a private Facebook group where you can share your progress and connect with other participants. Visit shootalong.com/themomhour or use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 10% ON SHOOT ALONG’s 8-WEEK COURSE!Registration is open now and the course begins June 12, 2017. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 104: Sarah’s interview with Doña Bumgarner of Nurtured Mama (Voices Episode 8) Parenting Through Hard Times (Episode 42)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmh104/">Self-Care As Self-Preservation: The Mom Hour, Episode 104</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 30, 2017
Awesome Things Our Kids Are Doing: The Mom Hour, Episode 103
1:04:30
<p>We talk about raising kids on this show all the time, but we don’t always spend time talking about OUR kids specifically. In Episode 103 Meagan and Sarah discuss why it’s sometimes hard to talk about your kids without sounding like you’re bragging, especially as they get older. We then take turns sharing a few awesome things all of our (eight!) kids are up to lately. Join us! Featured Sponsor Are you ready to bust out the DSLR camera this summer and really use it? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! Sign up for their 8-week short course and get weekly photography lessons delivered to your email PLUS membership in a private Facebook group where you can share your progress and connect with other participants. Visit shootalong.com/themomhour or use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 10% ON SHOOT ALONG’s 8-WEEK COURSE!Registration is open now and the course begins June 12, 2017. Also Thanks To… BarkBox delivers natural treats and fun toys to your doorstep every month, keeping your dog entertained and you from forgetting to hit up the pet aisle! Meagan’s Moxie and Sarah’s Xander both loved their BarkBox surprises this month and we think your pups will too. Podcast listeners can [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep103/">Awesome Things Our Kids Are Doing: The Mom Hour, Episode 103</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 23, 2017
End of School Year Survival (It Ain’t Pretty): The Mom Hour, Episode 102
33:01
<p>If you’re looking for tips and tricks for nailing the end-of-school-year parenting thing, this might not be the podcast for you. If, however, you’re looking for shared misery in that long, slow crawl to the finish that is late May, WELCOME. Let’s commiserate. In Episode 102 Meagan and Sarah share what’s worst about their end-of-school lives and calendars, plus wander down a few bonus rabbit holes just for fun. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Care.com is the easy and reliable way to find care for everyone in the family—when and where you need it. Whether you need childcare while you’re at work or want to line up a date night sitter, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Podcast listeners can save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 102 End of School Year Fun (and a few gripes) – Episode 4 Parents At The Beginning Of The School Year Vs. The End (Mike Spohr for BuzzFeed Parents) Worst End of School Year Mom Ever (Jen Hatmaker) 6 Themed Dress-Up Days This Mom Can Get Behind (Sarah for Scary Mommy)  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep102/">End of School Year Survival (It Ain’t Pretty): The Mom Hour, Episode 102</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 16, 2017
Becoming Screenwise with Devorah Heitner: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 13
53:39
<p>The relationship between kids and technology is often portrayed as something parents are supposed to fear, monitor, and and control as much as possible. But what if we approached it as an opportunity to mentor and connect with our kids instead? In The Mom Hour Voices Episode 13 Sarah interviews author and speaker Dr. Devorah Heitner about her book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Telling family stories is a huge part of the culture in both Meagan’s and Sarah’s families, so we are loving what StoryWorth does to help families preserve and share their stories. When you gift a subscription your family member receives weekly emails with questions to prompt a memory of a story, and at the end of the year their stories are bound into a beautiful book. Podcast listeners can save $20 off a StoryWorth subscription by visiting storyworth.com/themomhour. Links mentioned in Voices 13 Screenwise: Helping Kids Survive (and Thrive) in Their Digital World Raising Digital Natives (Devorah’s website / blog) The free gift for listeners of The Mom Hour Geek Mom Blog</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices13/">Becoming Screenwise with Devorah Heitner: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 13</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 12, 2017
In Your Own Words (Our Mother’s Day Challenge Special): The Mom Hour, Episode 101
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<p>When we invited listeners to send in handwritten cards and letters with encouraging words for fellow moms, we had no idea the response we’d get. Turns out, you have a lot to say–and we were truly blown away by your response. Join Meagan, Sarah, and fifteen very special guest readers for a special presentation of our Mother’s Day Challenge project where we read aloud some of our favorite letters. Happy Mother’s Day! Sponsor Spotlight Soma sent us product to review and has generously sponsored this episode. All opinions are, as always, our own. Welcome back to Soma, this week’s podcast sponsor! Sarah talked about her triangle bikini top (pictured below, not on Sarah) and Meagan is loving Soma’s supersoft Cool Nights Sleep line of pajamas. Don’t forget that podcast listeners save 20% on your entire order when you click through the link below. Save 20% on your entire order (online OR in store) when you head to soma.com/themomhour. Click “Get Offer” and follow the prompts to grab your promo code before you shop. Special Guest Readers Thank you to our amazing readers. Please find their podcasts, websites, and social media communities and give them some love! BabyRabies.com (Jill Krause) What Fresh Hell: Laughing in [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep101/">In Your Own Words (Our Mother’s Day Challenge Special): The Mom Hour, Episode 101</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 08, 2017
It’s All Gonna Be OK (And Other Truths Moms Need To Hear): The Mom Hour, Episode 100
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<p>Sometimes the words we need to hear most are the simplest, the most obvious, and even a little cliché: this too shall pass, all kids are different, there is no one right way. In a very special (at one point even teary!) Episode 100 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer some of their most oft-repeated pieces of advice and encouragement–because no matter where you are in your parenting journey, these are things moms need to hear again and again. Sponsor Spotlight Soma sent us product to review and has generously sponsored this episode. All opinions are, as always, our own. If you live in leggings, even on the days when you never quite make it to the gym, we think you’ll love the sportswear line from Soma, this week’s podcast sponsor! We are both loving our leggings and workout tops for their super cute look and comfy fit. Soma is obsessed with quality, so it’s no surprise that they’ve engineered sportswear to feel so great you want to keep it on all day long. Don’t forget that podcast listeners save 20% on your entire order when you click through the link below. Save 20% on your entire order (online [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep100/">It’s All Gonna Be OK (And Other Truths Moms Need To Hear): The Mom Hour, Episode 100</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 02, 2017
Talking Sex Ed, Puberty, & Growing Up with Nora Gelperin & AMAZE.org: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 12
39:57
<p>Does the phrase ‘sex ed’ conjure up super awkward memories of the low-production-value videos you had to watch with your 5th grade classmates? If so, we’ve got great news for you. When it comes time to talk about puberty, growing up, and relationships with your kids, there’s a much better way. In this episode of our Mom Hour Voices, Meagan and Sarah talk with Nora Gelperin, Director of Sexuality Education and Training at Advocates for Youth. Nora’s calm, confident, and easy approach to talking about tough subjects with kids of all ages put our minds at ease, and even made us eager to open up dialogue with our kids. Take a listen! Sponsor Spotlight As parents, we know we’re supposed to be having these conversations with our kids, but it’s tempting to put them off. AMAZE videos are designed to help you break the ice and start these critical conversations so that your kids get the accurate information they need. We loved partnering with AMAZE on this episode. Check out their Facebook page for tips and ideas on talking with your kids about sex, relationships, and growing up. About Nora Gelperin Nora Gelperin is the Director of Sexuality Education and Training at Advocates [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhvoices12/">Talking Sex Ed, Puberty, & Growing Up with Nora Gelperin & AMAZE.org: The Mom Hour Voices, Episode 12</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 28, 2017
Body Confidence As A Mom: The Mom Hour, Episode 99
51:04
<p>Popular media tells us we’re supposed to love our bodies (and then gives us 19 Ways To Bounce Back After Baby), but coming to terms with the changes that childbirth, breastfeeding, and plain ol’ aging bring to our bodies is complicated and sometimes really hard. Join Meagan and Sarah for a frank discussion about body confidence as a mom (including feeling not-so-confident and being okay with that) in Episode 99 of The Mom Hour. Sponsor Spotlight Soma sent us product to review and has generously sponsored this episode. All opinions are, as always, our own. We’re loving the lingerie we’ve tried from Soma, this week’s podcast sponsor! The comfort (so soft!) and fit (ahem, real bodies) is a testament to the brand’s commitment to helping women look and feel beautiful. If you’re ready for a new bra (and who isn’t, especially after body changes like pregnancy and nursing!), head to one of Soma’s 300+ boutiques across the country for a FREE expert bra fitting. You’ll be sized in seconds in the privacy of a fitting room—without ever requiring you to get naked. You stay comfortable while a fitting expert brings you styles and sizes so you can find your new favorite bra. Our listeners will [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep99/">Body Confidence As A Mom: The Mom Hour, Episode 99</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 25, 2017
Spring Cleaning & Entertaining Tips: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 98
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<p>Does anybody really do a deep spring clean anymore? And what is it about the warmer weather that makes us want to open our doors–literally!–and have a few people over? In the latest in our More-Than-Mom Hour series we talk all about spring cleaning, spring home updates, and tips for casual entertaining. Join us! Featured Sponsor: Plum Deluxe Tea We love a good cup of tea (Meagan can’t start her day without one!) and we LOVE small businesses who care about their ingredients and their customers. If you do too, we think you’ll love Plum Deluxe and their tea of the month subscription. For $10 per month you’ll receive a hand blended, all-organic, loose leaf tea thoughtfully chosen for the season. Tea club members also enjoy special benefits like gift swaps, free shipping on all purchases, and access to an amazing tea community. What a great Mother’s Day gift for the tea lover in your life (or, ahem, yourself)! Special Offer! Join the tea club by May 1st and get a free bag of Self Care Tea in your first packet. Just mention “The Mom Hour” in the “How did you hear about us?” field when you sign up and your bonus will be added [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep98/">Spring Cleaning & Entertaining Tips: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 98</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 17, 2017
Financial Planning for Families with Jason Silverberg: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 11
40:36
<p>Longterm financial planning can seem like a lofty goal when you’re faced with the immediate needs of a growing family: paying for childcare, putting food on the table, and maybe even springing for a date night once in a while. Thinking about retirement and college tuition is something grownups do, right? Not overwhelmed new parents? Not so, says Jason Silverberg, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, Vice President of Financial Planning for Financial Advantage Associates and our guest in this month’s special bonus interview episode. Jason is a father of two and author of several books who specializes in young families, new parents, and single moms. Join Jason and Sarah for a conversation about spending, saving, and thinking long-term, even when you’re in the early years of family life. Links we mentioned in this episode: Picking Up The Pieces: A Divorcee’s Guide to Financial Freedom (free download!) …And Baby Makes Three: A New Parent’s Guide to Financial Planning (free download!) The Financial Planning Puzzle: Fitting Your Pieces Together to Create Financial Freedom (Jason’s new book, via Amazon) Mint.com and eMoney Advisor Got questions for Jason? Leave a comment in the show notes or find him on Facebook or LinkedIn! Disclosure: Jason is a registered representative and investment [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus11/">Financial Planning for Families with Jason Silverberg: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 11</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 14, 2017
Minivans, Mom-Mobiles, and Grownup Cars: The Mom Hour, Episode 97
45:40
<p>Meagan's kids are getting older and car seats and boosters are a thing of the past. Sarah is still the thick of it with three young kids and lots of driving around town. Can you guess which of us a drives a brand new, "murdered out" crossover SUV and which of us is rocking a filthy, cluttered minivan?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep97/">Minivans, Mom-Mobiles, and Grownup Cars: The Mom Hour, Episode 97</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 10, 2017
Magical Night Visitors (Elves, Bunnies, Fairies & Jolly Fat Dudes): The Mom Hour, Episode 96
49:59
<p>To Elf or not to Elf? What’s the going rate for a tooth these days? And when did a St. Patrick’s Day visit from the leprechaun become a THING? In Episode 96 of The Mom Hour Meagan and Sarah talk about how these magical night visitors–from St. Nick and the Easter Bunny to lesser-known myths like the pacifier fairy–work in our families. Join us! The Mom Hour Mother’s Day Challenge Sarah read another of the letters we’ve received in our Mother’s Day Challenge on this week’s podcast! Can you relate? Know someone who might need to hear this? Share the image on social media, tagging @TheMomHour and using the hashtag #TMHMothersDay so we can see your posts. Want to write your own note to a fellow mom? Here’s our address (and more info is on this page): Life Listened Media 26895 Aliso Creek Road, Suite B-174 Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 95 Our St. Patrick’s Day meme about leprechaun fun being optional–not required–for moms Sarah’s favorite Easter book: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, by Dubose Heyward Keeping Santa Magic Alive (Without Lying) (Sarah read this essay aloud on the podcast in December 2015) When The [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep96/">Magical Night Visitors (Elves, Bunnies, Fairies & Jolly Fat Dudes): The Mom Hour, Episode 96</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 05, 2017
Raising Lifelong Learners: The Mom Hour, Episode 95
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<p>How do we raise curious kids who love to learn, and who discover and follow their own interests? How do we cultivate a home environment that supports kids' intellectual development without going overboard and zapping the joy right out of learning? These are questions that Meagan and Sarah tackle in Episode 95. Join us!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep95/">Raising Lifelong Learners: The Mom Hour, Episode 95</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 28, 2017
More Listener Questions! The Mom Hour, Episode 94
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<p>What do we wish we’d worried about LESS in hindsight? What are we doing differently–and the same–than our parents’ generation did? And just what do we think about sending a seven-year-old to sleepaway camp? We’re taking on three more great listener questions in Episode 94, and offering our advice to moms Avery, Mandee, and Alicia. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight Big shout-out to Mommy Nearest for sponsoring this episode! The Mommy Nearest mobile app gives parents the freedom to explore family-friendly places to eat, play, and shop–right in their own backyard, or wherever travel takes them. MommyNearest.com also features helpful parenting articles and local things-to-do roundups for major metropolitan areas across the country. You can sign up to receive their newsletters by email as well as downloading the app for quick access on your smartphone. Head to mommynearest.com or check iTunes or Google Play to download for free! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 94 Episode 93 (last week!) Our “Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About” series: New Mom Edition (Episode 19), Toddler Edition (Episode 24), Starting School Edition (Episode 62) How Does Birth Order Impact How We Parent? (Episode 40) Lisa & Lottie, by Erich Kastner (the book that inspired The Parent [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep94/">More Listener Questions! The Mom Hour, Episode 94</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 21, 2017
Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 93
49:14
<p>Preschool boys interested in bad-guy play, fighting stereotypes while raising girls, and how to find the balance between self-acceptance and the desire to grow. These are BIG topics and we’ve got things to say in response to three fantastic listener questions in Episode 93. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight We’re welcoming back Mommy Nearest as our sponsor for this episode! The Mommy Nearest mobile app–newly relaunched and better than ever!–gives you the freedom to explore even when you’re busy with little ones by taking the guesswork out of planning an outing or trip. Whether you’re looking for places to change a dirty diaper in your own town, traveling to an unfamiliar city, or looking for great deals from local kid-friendly businesses, Mommy Nearest is with you every step of the way. Head to mommynearest.com or check iTunes or Google Play to download for free! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 93 Teacher Tom’s blog post about Gun Play Common Sense Media The very FIRST blog post Sarah ever wrote for Meagan’s blog in 2012: On Star Wars, and not having all the answers Melissa Atkins Wardy’s Facebook page Pigtail Pals, plus her book Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep93/">Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 93</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 13, 2017
Only Love Today with Rachel Macy Stafford: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 10
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<p>Rachel Macy Stafford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today, and this week she joins Meagan in a special bonus interview episode of The Mom Hour. In this episode, Rachel and Meagan discuss Rachel’s journey from being a stressed-out, over-scheduled mom to scaling back and learning to be truly present for her kids, spouse, friends, work, and herself. They talk about learning to say “no” while still making room for the right kind of “yes.” They also talk about Rachel’s new book ONLY LOVE TODAY: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, & Choose Love (out this week!). Links mentioned in Meagan’s interview with Rachel Macy Stafford: Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, & Choose Love (Amazon) The Home Hour, Episode 17 – Three years ago, Rachel and Meagan chatted on another podcast episode. It’s a great background to Rachel’s story and the Hands Free Revolution movement. The Day I Stopped Saying “Hurry Up “ – One of Rachel’s most widely-shared essays and a great introduction to her work. Hands Free Mama (Rachel’s blog and website) The Hands Free Revolution on Facebook</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus10/">Only Love Today with Rachel Macy Stafford: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 10</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 08, 2017
Milestones & Memory Keeping: The Mom Hour, Episode 92
47:25
<p>Is there anything sweeter than baby's first social smile (you know, the one that definitely ISN'T gas) or a two-year-old's adorable mispronunciations? In Episode 92 Meagan and Sarah revisit some of their favorite milestones from baby's first three years - including a few that don't get discussed very often.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep92/">Milestones & Memory Keeping: The Mom Hour, Episode 92</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 07, 2017
Behind The Scenes (How We Make The Podcast): The Mom Hour, Episode 91
51:57
<p>Ever wondered what it takes to produce the show you listen to every week? In Episode 91 Meagan and Sarah take listeners behind the scenes on The Mom Hour, sharing everything from how we come up with show ideas, what goes on in each of our locations while we record, and what’s involved on the technical side in taking a podcast episode from concept to completion. Join us! Plus, listen to the end of the show for a special segment featuring Katie Addiss, our Content Strategy Assistant and resident new mom. Welcome to the show, Katie! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 91 Sarah loved the behind the scenes episode of The Girl Next Door podcast – thanks for the great idea, ladies! Speakpipe! (Our FAVORITE way to receive topic suggestions from listeners.) Sarah’s handheld vacuum: Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Katie’s handheld vacuum: BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac A few behind-the scenes photos…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep91/">Behind The Scenes (How We Make The Podcast): The Mom Hour, Episode 91</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 28, 2017
Shopping, Styling & Storing Kids’ Clothes: The Mom Hour, Episode 90
44:02
<p>Which kids' clothing brands look great, don't cost a fortune, and wear well through the active years of childhood? In Episode 90 Meagan and Sarah talk all about kids' clothes - where we shop, how we style our kids, and tips for storing and organizing all those clothes. Enjoy!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep90/">Shopping, Styling & Storing Kids’ Clothes: The Mom Hour, Episode 90</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 19, 2017
The Importance of Trying New Things: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 89
42:35
<p>Routines are crucial to a happy mom life, but what happens when the same-old-same-old needs some shaking up? In this episode, the latest in our “More Than Mom” Hour series, Meagan and Sarah talk about the importance of trying new things as a mom – whether it’s a new hairstyle, new recipes, or a new workout routine – and what to do if you have a hard time breaking out of old habits. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight Do you ever have a feeling that you could be taking better pictures of your kids? Do you wish you remembered to pull your camera out more often? Are you interested in brushing up your photography skills while documenting your family in 2017? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! USE PROMO CODE THEMOMHOUR TO SAVE 10% ON SHOOT ALONG’s 8-WEEK COURSE! Registration opens February 13 and the course begins March 13, 2017. CHECK IT OUT NOW Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 89 Sarah’s interview with Doña Bumgarner of Nurtured Mama Meagan’s interview with Erin Loechner of Chasing Slow Hobbies & Passions Outside Motherhood (Episode 43) More about PechaKucha How to leave an iTunes review Other More-Than-Mom Hour episodes The one [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmh89/">The Importance of Trying New Things: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 89</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 14, 2017
Chasing Slow with Erin Loechner: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 09
40:06
<p>By 2012, blogger and author Erin Loechner could boast a massively successful blog, an HGTV special, a beautiful home, and even a beautiful new baby. But amid all that success, Erin found herself feeling lost and unfulfilled. In this week’s bonus interview podcast episode, Erin describes her journey toward a slower way of life (and explains how even “slow” living can become competitive and frenzied). Listen to Meagan and Erin have a frank and honest conversation about slowing down, paying attention, and choosing what matters. Enjoy! Links mentioned in Meagan’s interview with Erin: Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path (Erin’s book) Design for Mankind (Erin’s blog) The Rebirth Of Slow Blogging (from Erin’s blog) @ErinLoechner on Instagram Design for Mankind on Facebook</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus9/">Chasing Slow with Erin Loechner: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 09</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 08, 2017
Postpartum Symptoms & Surprises: The Mom Hour, Episode 88
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<p>The postpartum period is many things, but predictable isn't one of them. In this podcast episode, Meagan and Sarah share the symptoms and experiences after having a baby that surprised them most.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep88/">Postpartum Symptoms & Surprises: The Mom Hour, Episode 88</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 07, 2017
Coping With Sleep Deprivation: The Mom Hour, Episode 87
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<p>Not sleeping? You're not alone. In today's podcast Meagan and Sarah offer helpful tips for making it through the day when your nights are long and, uh, eventful. Weather you have a new baby, a kid with bad dreams, or a struggle with insomnia yourself, we're here to help. (If we could bring coffee, we'd do that too.)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep87/">Coping With Sleep Deprivation: The Mom Hour, Episode 87</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 30, 2017
How (and Why) to Spend One-on-One Time with Your Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 86
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<p>We're moms. We already spend a lot (in some cases A LOT) of time with our kids. So why add the sometimes-complicated task of setting aside one-on-one time for each child on a regular basis? Is it really THAT important?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep86/">How (and Why) to Spend One-on-One Time with Your Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 86</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 24, 2017
Meagan & Sarah Interview Each Other: The Mom Hour, Episode 85
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<p>Whether you’ve listened to every podcast we’ve ever made or are a brand-new listener, we guarantee you’ll find out something you didn’t know about Meagan and Sarah after listening to Episode 85…the one where we interview each other. Want to know Meagan’s first real job? (It involved tassels…but not that kind.) Can you guess what Sarah was most likely to get in trouble for as a kid? Or what bad-driving trait we both share? Join us, and share your thoughts in the comments!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep85/">Meagan & Sarah Interview Each Other: The Mom Hour, Episode 85</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 17, 2017
Radical Self Care & Cultivating Creativity with Doña Bumgarner: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 08
50:00
<p>We're so excited to bring you our first Bonus Interview of 2017! In this podcast episode, Sarah talks to Doña Bumgarner about what it means to nurture yourself during motherhood, how her health crisis caused her to look at the idea of self-care in a new light, and why creativity and passion are essential during the intense years of early motherhood. Enjoy!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus8/">Radical Self Care & Cultivating Creativity with Doña Bumgarner: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 08</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 13, 2017
Moms Who Write (Or Who Want To): The Mom Hour, Episode 84
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<p>Are you an aspiring writer? Curious about getting published? Interested in what's involved in a freelance writing career? In Episode 84 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah take a question from listener Mairin and share our own experiences on getting published in magazines and online over the last several years. Enjoy!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep84/">Moms Who Write (Or Who Want To): The Mom Hour, Episode 84</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 08, 2017
Calendar Tips & To-Do List Strategies: The Mom Hour, Episode 83
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<p>How do YOU calendar? Paper planner, digital calendar, color-coded dry erase board, or all of the above? In Episode 83 Meagan and Sarah share our strategies for keeping appointments, deadlines, and family schedules organized. We talk about the pros and cons of both paper and digital systems, offer suggestions for managing large families’ many commitments, and give you a peek into our own quirky way of thinking about a week at a glance. We also discuss to-do lists and we make them work for us. Join us! Note: We mentioned a TON of tips and ideas in this episode and we’ve tried to include as many links as possible in the show notes. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, leave us a comment and we’ll dig it up! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 83 Amazon links are affiliates and have been updated for 2018. Thanks for helping support the show in this small way at no additional cost to you! Sarah’s digital-to-paper calendaring system (as explained on the podcast, but in a blog post for The Happiest Home) Meagan’s thoughts on To-Do Lists and To-Dream Lists Our listeners had great ideas on Facebook and Instagram [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep83/">Calendar Tips & To-Do List Strategies: The Mom Hour, Episode 83</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 02, 2017
Storing, Organizing & Creating with Your Family Photos: The Mom Hour, Episode 82
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<p>Do you have 3,574 photos on your smartphone and not a print or photo book to show for it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In Episode 82 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah share smart tips for getting pictures off your phone and into the cloud, ideas for storing old printed photos, and a few easy ways to create lasting memories with the photos you take. If you missed it, check out last week’s podcast episode, which was all about taking better photos of your kids. Listen to Episode 81 now, and keep reading to listen to this week’s show. Sponsor Spotlight Do you ever have a feeling that you could be taking better pictures of your kids? Do you wish you remembered to pull your camera out more often? Are you interested in brushing up your photography skills while documenting your family in 2017? Shoot Along, a year-long photography project for parents, is here to help! USE PROMO CODE THEMOMHOUR TO SAVE $25 ON SHOOT ALONG 2017! CHECK IT OUT NOW Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 82 Shoot Along – save $25 before 12/31/2016 by using code THEMOMHOUR Episode 81: Taking Better Photos of Your [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep82/">Storing, Organizing & Creating with Your Family Photos: The Mom Hour, Episode 82</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 21, 2016
How To Take Better Photos of Your Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 81
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<p>All the holiday cards arriving in the mail this month have us thinking about family portraits, taking photos (or having them taken) of our kids, and documenting life with little ones throughout the year. In Episode 81 we talk about how to take better photos of your kids (with the camera you already own), why school pictures are still a thing, when and how we’ve chosen to spring for professional photos, and how we manage to capture events like school plays and birthday parties without feeling like we spend the whole time behind the camera. Next week we’ll have a follow up podcast episode all about what we DO with the photos we take – including tips for storing, organizing and creating keepsakes with your family photos. So check back here for Episode 82! Sponsor Spotlight Do you ever have a feeling that you could be taking better pictures of your kids? Do you wish you remembered to pull your camera out more often? Are you interested in brushing up your photography skills while documenting your family in 2017? Shoot Along, a year-long photography project for parents, is here to help! USE PROMO CODE THEMOMHOUR TO SAVE $25 ON SHOOT [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep81/">How To Take Better Photos of Your Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 81</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 20, 2016
Holiday ENCORE #3: Our Favorite Christmas Books, Movies & Music
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<p>This is an encore presentation of one of our favorite holiday episodes from last year. The links have all been updated for 2016. Enjoy! Have you been meaning to watch old holiday film classics but never get around to it? Or are you just as disturbed as we are by some of the mid-century Christmas TV programming (looking at you, Rudolph)? In this podcast episode, Meagan and Sarah talk about our favorite – and not-so-much – holiday movies, TV, books, and music. Join us! Links we discussed in Episode 31 MOVIES & TV It’s a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and White Christmas Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version and the 1994 remake) The Snowman Annie (the 2014 version) Love Actually A Christmas Carol (the 1984 version) The Polar Express Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (the 1966 animated version) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas and Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and A Christmas Story One Magic Christmas (favorite listener award goes to anyone who also watched this movie as a kid!) The Nutcracker (the 1993 Macaulay Culkin version and the 1977 version with Baryshnikov) BOOKS A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) – FREE on Kindle! [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhholidayrr3/">Holiday ENCORE #3: Our Favorite Christmas Books, Movies & Music</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 17, 2016
Bedtime Routines at Every Stage: The Mom Hour, Episode 80
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<p>Bath time, pajamas, a story, and a kiss goodnight. That’s how it’s “supposed” to go down, right? In Episode 80 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah talk about how bedtime routines change through various stages, and offer our tips for making it work – even when you have a new baby, a traveling spouse, or kids with wildly different get-to-sleep styles. We also talk about how often our kids REALLY bathe, why reading aloud doesn’t have to always be at night, and our strategies for dealing with bedtime stalling. Join us for Episode 80! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 80 Meagan’s interview on The Home Hour with Sarah Mackenzie of Amongst Lovely Things, and the time Meagan appeared on Sarah’s podcast Read-Aloud Revival Our thoughts on a listener question about co-sleeping (skip to 25:20 to hear this question) Other episodes about how we handle different daily routines Making Mornings Easier (Ep 67) A Week of Real-Life Dinners  (Ep 72) Routines for a Happy Mom-Life (Ep 20) Do you LIKE us? Sarah just updated our Facebook cover photo (more on the photo shoot we did in Denver coming soon!) and we’d love to have you part of our Facebook community! Thanks for [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep80/">Bedtime Routines at Every Stage: The Mom Hour, Episode 80</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 12, 2016
Holiday ENCORE #2: Magic Is For Moms, Too
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<p>This is a special encore presentation of one of 2015’s best holiday-themed podcast episodes. It’s all about how moms can re-claim the magic of the season for themselves. Enjoy, and let us know what you think! “Simplify” has become one of the buzziest holiday buzzwords over the last decade, and in this podcast episode Meagan and Sarah are unpacking what that really means in their homes. Whether you really do want to scale back this season or whether, like us, you’re just out to maximize magic and minimize stress, we hope you’ll join us! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 30 5 reasons I’m not simplifying Christmas this year (updated) – Laura Vanderkam Holiday Episodes of The Home Hour Create a Calmer Holiday with Doña Bumgarner (Episode 44) Saving Money at the Holidays with Amy Clark of MomAdvice.com (Episode 9) Simplifying the holidays with Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom (Episode 7) Low-Stress Traditions with Sarah Powers (the first time we ever recorded together! Episode 14) Christmas at Home with Meagan & Sarah (last year’s holiday chat – Episode 46) Living Well on Less with Amy Suardi of Frugal Mama (Episode 5) Blogging and Life with Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhholidayrr2/">Holiday ENCORE #2: Magic Is For Moms, Too</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 10, 2016
Your Holiday Parenting Questions, Answered: The Mom Hour, Episode 79
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<p>It’s time for another Listener Question & Answer episode, and this time it’s holiday-themed! Join Meagan and Sarah as they tackle three questions from real moms about navigating some of the season’s trickier stuff. First up, Sheri asks how we keep gift spending in check, and whether we have any budgeting tips to avoid going overboard on presents for our kids. (Our answer starts at 01:12) Then Kelsey from The Girl Next Door podcast wondered about simple advent traditions to start with her two little ones. (We weigh in at 10:56) And finally Emily is lucky enough to have two sets of parents/grandparents in the town where she lives, which during the holidays can lead to feeling like you’re shuttling kids all over town and never slowing down to relax and enjoy. (We offer our advice at 20:25) Wait, there’s more! We had so much fun doing a Facebook Live chat on Sunday evening. Watch our short 5-minute video (click here if you can’t see it embedded below) for our answers to two MORE listener-submitted holiday questions!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep89/">Your Holiday Parenting Questions, Answered: The Mom Hour, Episode 79</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 06, 2016
Holiday ENCORE #1: Gifts That Go The Distance
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<p>Which holiday gifts will make your kids’ faces light up when they open them AND still be among their favorites years down the line? We share our picks for gifts that go the distance – for every age and every price range – in a special ENCORE presentation of Episode 28 (specially updated for 2016). Join us! Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – UPDATED for 2016! We spent most of Episode 28 talking about toys and gift for kids that get played with year after year (and kid after kid). Since we mentioned a TON of products and ideas during the podcast, we’ve tried to break them down by category here. All links have been checked for 2016, and updated as necessary! Amazon links are affiliates. Thank you for helping support The Mom Hour in this way! Gift Guides & Resources 7 Toys Your Kids Will Still Be Playing With Next Christmas (Meagan and Sarah for The Happiest Home) Baby’s First Birthday Gift Ideas (Sarah for Scottsdale Moms Blog) We love Cool Mom Picks for their unique and often small-business friendly gift guides – here’s their 2015 guide! [UPDATE: Here’s their 2016 guide!] Our favorite catalogs: Magic Cabin, One Step Ahead, MindWare, Lakeshore, and [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhholidayrr1/">Holiday ENCORE #1: Gifts That Go The Distance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 03, 2016
Keeping Friendships Alive: The Mom Hour, Episode 78
50:45
<p>How do we nurture the friendships we have? How to we make time to see our friends in person? How can technology support long-distance (and not-so-long-distance) friendships? These questions get tricky during the busy years of new motherhood, but they’re important no matter what phase of life you’re in. We’ve talked about friendship in other episodes, but it’s been mostly focused on either making new friends or feeling distanced from friends who aren’t in the same stage of life you are. Episode 78 is all about the daily practice of being a friend to the people already in your life – near and far. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 78 Other podcast episodes about friendship How To Make Mom Friends (The Home Hour, Episode 32) Online Pals Turned Real-Life Friends (The Mom Hour Episode 49) – There’s a bit of audio trouble in the beginning of this one, but stick with it 🙂 In Episode 41 of The Mom Hour we take a listener question about how to handle friendships strained by different phases of life/motherhood (skip to 32:45 to hear our answer) Get started with Google Hangouts Voxer and Anchor – the audio-based apps for when you just want [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep78/">Keeping Friendships Alive: The Mom Hour, Episode 78</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 28, 2016
Home Décor & Dining Out: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 77
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<p>It’s time for another edition of The More-Than-Mom Hour! Every once in a while we set aside parenting and motherhood topics and catch up about what’s making us happy in other areas of life. In Episode 77 we talk about decorating! Meagan has a new nook of her own to make pretty, and we both love changing up home decor for the holidays. We also share our favorite foods, drinks and treats to order when we’re dining out. Enjoy! Meagan’s Office Coming Together! Sarah’s Celebrity Moment Humungous shout-out to fan and listener Katie, who recognized Sarah at a local playground and came up to say hi and chat about the show. It totally made our week! What’s making you feel like “more than mom” lately? Got any requests for show topics like these? Hit us up by leaving a comment here (or hitting “reply” if you’re reading by email). </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep77/">Home Décor & Dining Out: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 77</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 22, 2016
A Foster Care Adoption Story with Erica Ladd: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 07
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<p>November is National Adoption Awareness month, and for our latest Bonus Interview episode Sarah interviews adoptive mom (and podcaster/writer/teacher) Erica Ladd. Erica shares her family’s foster-to-adoption story, offers encouragement for others going through the process, and has great tips for friends who want to support adoptive families but aren’t sure what to say. Enjoy the interview! Resources Erica recommends on adoption and foster care: Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan Jen Hatmaker @FosterMoms on Instagram In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption, A Guide for Relatives and Friends The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family Other links we discussed: The Girl Next Door podcast Erica’s podcasting partner Kelsey Wharton’s interview on The Mom Hour’s working moms episode Erica’s interview with Meagan about the parent-teacher relationship on a 2013 episode of The Home Hour Erica’s book, Candid Classroom: What Parents Want To Know and Teachers Want To Tell Them @LaddErica on Instagram</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus7/">A Foster Care Adoption Story with Erica Ladd: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 07</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 18, 2016
On Greed and Gratitude: The Mom Hour, Episode 76
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<p>How do we handle the holiday “gimmes,” when kids claim to NEED everything on their gift list? What’s the best way to cultivate a practice of gratitude (and does it have to involve a craft?)? How can we include kids in meaningful giving during the holidays – and all year round? These are big questions and we’re taking them on in Episode 76 of The Mom Hour. Join Meagan and Sarah for a thoughtful, no-judgment conversation on raising kids to be thankful (even when they still REALLY want that toy…). Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 76 How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays (Tsh Oxenreider for The Art of Simple) 20 Gratitude Activities for Kids (more than half of which do NOT require crafting/making/projects) (Rebecca Eanes for positive-parents.org) A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World (DK Children & UNICEF, via Amazon) The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money (Ron Lieber, via Amazon) Playmobil Advent Calendar Playset (via Amazon)            Our 2015 holiday-related episodes, for your convenience: Gifts That Go The Distance (Ep28) Moms Deserve a Magical Holiday, Too (Ep30) [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep76/">On Greed and Gratitude: The Mom Hour, Episode 76</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 15, 2016
Uggghhh…Sick Days: The Mom Hour, Episode 75
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<p>It’s officially cold and flu season and we’re devoting Episode 75 to coping when kids get sick. Join Meagan and Sarah for our tips on knowing when it’s time to get in to the pediatrician, dealing with ER and Urgent Care visits, and making the best of those times when a virus seems to take down the whole house. Disclaimer. We’re not doctors, we’re moms. This episode isn’t medical advice, it’s story-sharing. The end. Sponsor Spotlight We’re welcoming back Mommy Nearest as our sponsor for this episode! The Mommy Nearest mobile app gives you the freedom to explore even when you’re busy with little ones by taking the guesswork out of planning an outing or trip. Whether you’re looking for places to change a dirty diaper in your own town, traveling to an unfamiliar city, or looking for great deals from local kid-friendly businesses, Mommy Nearest is with you every step of the way. Head to mommynearest.com or check the app store to download for free! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 75: Nose Frieda Nasal Aspirator (Amazon) What are your favorite tips, products and survival hacks for sick days? Let us know! Featured Image: Chris, via Flickr Creative Commons</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep75/">Uggghhh…Sick Days: The Mom Hour, Episode 75</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 09, 2016
Getting Ready For Baby: The Mom Hour, Episode 74
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<p>Nesting. Naming. Decorating. Gender revealing. There are so many fun ways to anticipate the arrival of a new baby, and we’re talking about all of them in this week’s podcast! Whether you’re expecting (congrats!) or just really love talking about baby names (Sarah raises hand), we think you’ll love Episode 74. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight We’re welcoming Mommy Nearest as our sponsor for this episode! The Mommy Nearest mobile app gives you the freedom to explore even when you’re busy with little ones by taking the guesswork out of planning an outing or trip. Whether you’re looking for places to change a dirty diaper in your own town, traveling to an unfamiliar city, or looking for great deals from local kid-friendly businesses, Mommy Nearest is with you every step of the way. Head to mommynearest.com or check the app store to download for free! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 74: Episode 38, all about our pregnancy and childbirth experiences, more from a healthcare/symptoms/physical perspective The Baby Name Wizard, Revised 3rd Edition: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby (book by Laura Wattenberg) The amazing data tools at BabyNameWizard.com, like the The Baby Name Wizard, Revised [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep74/">Getting Ready For Baby: The Mom Hour, Episode 74</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 01, 2016
Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 73
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<p>In this week’s episode Meagan and Sarah answer three listener questions and offer our advice, experience and encouragement. Join us! First up is Rosalynn, who let her five-year-old quit an activity she had begged to start, and wonders how to handle the same situation as kids get older and the commitment-stakes get higher for sports and activities. Then we answer Tessa’s question about helping a trio of girl cousins get along without forcing inclusiveness or letting hurt feelings dominate. Finally, we talk about weaning a breastfeeding toddler as suggested by an anonymous participant in our listener survey. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 73 Episode 18, all about sports and activities Episode 29, about raising siblings who like each other How to wean your three-year-old with a cupcake (our friend Doña Bumgarner of Nurtured Mama for Motherwell Magazine) Other episodes where we’ve taken your listener questions: Episode 41, Episode 52, and Episode 65 Submit YOUR question! We read every single one of your questions and include as many as we can in episodes like these! Here’s how to reach us: Send an email to hello@themomhour.com with “Topic Idea” in the subject line Record your question at speakpipe.com/themomhour (or use the little [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep73/">Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 73</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 24, 2016
A Week of Real-Life Dinners: The Mom Hour, Episode 72
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<p>Meal plans are great, but how often do we get to the end of a well-intentioned week and realize that things didn’t go exactly (or at ALL) as planned? Pretty often. So this week we’re giving you a look at a week of totally honest, no-filter dinners in our homes. We each kept track for a week of what we fed our families for dinner, and in Episode 72 we share it with you – from the slow-cooked pork shoulder and roasted vegetables (nailed it!) to the everyone-ate-standing-up-and-mom-had-cereal-for-dinner (twice!). Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 72 Episode 23, about meal planning and grocery shopping Episode 70, about kids in the kitchen Episode 55, about saving money on groceries and household supplies Meagan’s interview with with Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner, A Love Story on an episode of The Home Hour</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep72/">A Week of Real-Life Dinners: The Mom Hour, Episode 72</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 17, 2016
All About Family Pets: The Mom Hour, Episode 71
48:45
<p>If you’re a regular listener, you know all about the kids in Meagan’s and Sarah’s houses. But we haven’t shared much about our furry, feathered and scaly friends on the podcast. In this week’s show we talk about family pets – including the ones we own and have owned – and how they impact our lives as we raise our families. (We also discovered something that neither one of us knew about the other until we recorded this episode. Who knew!?) For tips on adding a new pet to the family, what kinds of caged creatures tend to work better than others, finding pet care while you’re traveling, dealing with the loss of a pet, and just how much help to expect from older kids who promise they’ll help take care of a new pet, listen to Episode 71 now! Credit: Jeff DeNapoli Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 71: Check out this awesome video of Meagan’s crested eyelash gecko! @CheeseHands on Instagram</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep71/">All About Family Pets: The Mom Hour, Episode 71</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 11, 2016
Motherhood, Politics & Nuance with Sarah Stewart Holland: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 06
47:13
<p>If you shy away from political discussions to avoid ruffling feathers, you’re not alone. But after listening to Sarah’s interview with writer, podcaster, and mom of three Sarah Stewart Holland, you might have a different perspective on those heated political Facebook comment threads. Join Sarah and Sarah in this special bonus episode for a thoughtful discussion about political nuance, opening a dialogue with people of different beliefs, and why political discourse and public office matter so much to this Kentucky mom. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Bonus Interview 07: Pantsuit Politics, the podcast Sarah Stewart Holland (from the left) co-hosts with Beth Silvers (from the right). Their tagline is No insults. No yelling. Plenty of Nuance. The Skimm Vox.com and Ezra Klein on Facebook Sunday New York Times Digest (an email newsletter from Matt Thomas) Holland for Paducah (Sarah’s campaign for city commission in her hometown) Bluegrass Redhead (Sarah’s personal and parenting blog) On Instagram: @bluegrassred On Twitter: @bluegrassred @pantsuitpolitic On Facebook: Sarah Stewart Holland, Bluegrass Redhead, Pantsuit Politics Got a question or comment for Sarah? Leave it here in the comments (or hit “reply” if you’re reading this by email) and we’ll make sure she gets it!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus6/">Motherhood, Politics & Nuance with Sarah Stewart Holland: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 06</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 07, 2016
Kids in the Kitchen: The Mom Hour, Episode 70
50:19
<p>When they’re tiny, having kids with you in the kitchen can be challenging (to put it mildly); during these little years it’s all about keeping them occupied while you put together a meal or put away the groceries as fast as humanly possible. As they get older, though, including kids in cooking and meal prep can be a great way to bond while teaching them important kitchen skills – all at a much more leisurely pace. Join Meagan and Sarah for Episode 70 of The Mom Hour, where we’ll offer tips, encouragement and real-life advice for having kids in the kitchen at every age. Enjoy! >>> LISTEN NOW <<< Sponsor Spotlight We’re thrilled to welcome Kidstir as our sponsor for this episode of The Mom Hour. Kidstir’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower kids about good food and cooking while spending meaningful time with their families. They offer a subscription service for monthly, home-delivered cooking kits that provide hands-on food adventures for children. Each monthly cooking kit includes step by step recipes, kid-sized cooking tools, and games and activities to spark a love of good food in kids. Sarah’s oldest has been enjoying the kits since receiving them as a Christmas gift last [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep70/">Kids in the Kitchen: The Mom Hour, Episode 70</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 04, 2016
Kid Birthdays, Part 2 (Other People’s Parties): The Mom Hour, Episode 69
48:25
<p>We’re back with more on the topic of kids’ birthday! Last week’s podcast episode was all about the kids in your house and this week we turn our attention to other people’s parties. Join us as we discuss RSVP etiquette, how and why you might want to opt out of going to EVERY party you’re invited to by a child in your kid’s preschool class, where we shop for affordable birthday gifts, and more. Got a strong opinion on birthday parties? We love hearing your input. Comment here on the show notes, shoot us an email, or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep69/">Kid Birthdays, Part 2 (Other People’s Parties): The Mom Hour, Episode 69</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 26, 2016
Kid Birthdays, Part 1 (The Kids In Your Family): The Mom Hour, Episode 68
49:30
<p>Welcome to a two-part episode all about kids’ birthdays! From simple family traditions to parties and classroom celebrations, we’ve got you covered. In Episode 68 we focus on your own kids, and how to make their birthdays special without making yourself crazy. Next week we’ll turn our attention to other people’s kids’ – getting invited to school friends’ parties, shopping for gifts, etc. Thanks for joining us! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 68 Sarah’s mini muffin/cupcake tin is like this one Stream the Jonny & Meagan Mornings radio show from 6:00-9:00am Eastern Monday through Friday Submit a question to Ask Meagan (not necessary to be a SW Michigan local) An oldie (2010!) but goodie on The Happiest Home from Meagan: The Good-Enough Birthday From our friend Sarah at Bluegrass Redhead: Why I Throw My Kids Over-the-top Birthday Parties What are your families’ birthday traditions? We’d love to know!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep68/">Kid Birthdays, Part 1 (The Kids In Your Family): The Mom Hour, Episode 68</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 19, 2016
Making Mornings Easier: The Mom Hour, Episode 67
58:51
<p>Mornings can be a challenge for busy families, and now that school is back in session we thought we’d take a deep dive into those tricky hours between dawn and drop-off. Join Meagan and Sarah for practical tips and “we’ve all been there” confessions on everything from wake-up times to breakfast routines and lunch-packing to getting out the door on time. We are also so thankful to have the input of Kelsey, Elizabeth, and Angie, three full-time outside-the-home working moms you might remember from an episode earlier this summer. They sent in their best working mom tips for making mornings easier and we share them throughout the show. >>> LISTEN NOW <<< Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 67 Kelsey’s podcast, The Girl Next Door Elizabeth’s blog, Teaching Sam & Scout Inside the lives of 3 working moms (the interview show featuring Kelsey, Elizabeth and Angie) Routines for a happy mom life (a show we did last year that pairs nicely with this one) Kelsey’s freezer breakfast burritos Bryan’s smoothies usually include: frozen berries, assorted fresh fruits, banana, oats, spinach or kale, and almond milk How I Use Music To Get Us To School On Time (Heather of [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep67/">Making Mornings Easier: The Mom Hour, Episode 67</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 12, 2016
Building Wealth While Raising a Family with Kimberly Palmer: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 05
37:22
<p>In this month’s bonus interview Meagan chats with financial writer and mom Kimberly Palmer, whose new book Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family speaks to the challenges facing many parents today. What did you think of the interview? Let us know in the comments! Links & Resources Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family (Kimberly Palmer) Kimberly-Palmer.com PalmersPlanners, Kimberly’s Etsy shop featuring printable financial planners and worksheets for moms</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus5/">Building Wealth While Raising a Family with Kimberly Palmer: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 05</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 07, 2016
What We’re Reading, Wearing & Listening To: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 66
38:00
<p>If you’re a longtime listener, you know that Meagan and Sarah like to occasionally set aside issues of parenting and family life and talk about all the other things making them happy: books, movies, podcasts, style, food, and creative pursuits. In this week’s show we kick off a new semi-regular series where we do just that. We’re calling it The More-Than-Mom Hour! We’re thinking of doing an episode like this once every couple of months to give listeners a peek into what we’re watching, listening to, reading, creating, wearing, eating and thinking about. Let us know what you think! Links we mentioned in Episode 66 Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups by Erika Christakis Dopamine by BØRNS (the band Meagan went to see) Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording) NPR Politics Podcast The Girl Next Door Podcast #AmWriting with Jess & KJ Magic Lessons podcast and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Target shorts! We’re pretty sure we both have these (left, below), [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep66/">What We’re Reading, Wearing & Listening To: The More-Than-Mom Hour, Episode 66</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 30, 2016
Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 65
37:40
<p>It’s time for another episode where Meagan and Sarah take on questions from YOU, our listeners! Big thanks to Becky, Claire and Amanda for allowing us to talk through some really common issues for parents. First we hear from Becky, whose son is going through a tough phase of fears and anxieties that are dominating the household mood and her energy. Then we tackle Claire’s sticky situation involving wild kids, a restaurant, and a big family reunion. Finally, we help new mom Amanda think through her decision to co-sleep. Big topics, big questions, and our humble opinions. Join us for Episode 65! Topics & Links We Discussed in Episode 65 Listen to Becky’s question about kids and anxiety at 01:15 The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears by Lawrence J. Cohen Listen to Claire’s question about how to handle wild kids that aren’t hers at a family reunion at 16:25 Listen to Amanda’s question about co-sleeping at 25:20 The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child’s Sleep by Elizabeth Pantley Did you like [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep65/">Listener Questions & Our Advice: The Mom Hour, Episode 65</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 23, 2016
Talking to Kids About Tragic Events: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 04
34:13
<p>When tragedy strikes and our news feeds fill with heartbreak and outrage, it’s hard enough to manage our own feelings of sadness and worry, let alone find ways to talk to kids about what’s happening and help them understand what they heard on the playground or saw on the screen. In this special bonus interview Sarah sits down with psychologist and author Dr. Jennifer Freed to understand what’s at stake when our kids encounter scary news, how to talk to older kids about tragic events, how to promote empathy and emotional learning starting with babies and toddlers, and how to get our news without letting it dominate our state of mind. Links we mentioned in this episode: JenniferFreed.com AHA! Attitude. Harmony. Achievement. Dr. Freed on Facebook and Twitter The phrases Dr. Freed recommended searching, along with the name of your area, to find local organizations similar to hers, are “social-emotional learning” and “mindfulness education” CHARACTER: Empowering Yourself with Emotional Intelligence (Dr. Freed’s FREE workbook for teens, available via Amazon for Kindle) Thanks for listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus4/">Talking to Kids About Tragic Events: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 04</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 17, 2016
The Nitty-Gritty of Keeping a Clean-Enough House: The Mom Hour, Episode 64
1:03:17
<p>Are your floors dirty? So are ours, most likely. While you sweep, vacuum or mop, why not pop your earbuds in and listen to Meagan and Sarah talk about keeping a clean-enough house in Episode 64 of The Mom Hour! We offer practical tips and advice room-by-room, talk about some of our favorite cleaning products, and discuss the sometimes-sticky topic of hiring cleaning help. Enjoy! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 64 The Happiest Home’s Deep-Cleaning Challenge from 2014 (a zone-by-zone approach you can do in 30 minutes a day) FlyLady.net (the cleaning schedule Meagan subscribed to as a new mom) Edit Your Life Episode 46: Should We Force Our Kids To Be Tidy? 10 Upgrades That Make Cleaning Less of a Chore (Meagan for The Happiest Home) The Help: The Truth About Hiring A Cleaning Service (Meagan for The Happiest Home) Sarah likes Home Ec 101 for how-to cleaning advice, and loves this list of articles by topic on their site Products we mentioned in Episode 64 Amazon links are affiliates, which means if you click through and make a purchase a small percentage goes to us at no additional cost to you. Thanks for helping the show! <br [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep64/">The Nitty-Gritty of Keeping a Clean-Enough House: The Mom Hour, Episode 64</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 16, 2016
What To Expect From The Middle School Years: The Mom Hour, Episode 63
54:19
<p>After last week’s episode all about starting school we heard from listeners who wanted some insight into the middle school years. Since Sarah’s kids aren’t quite there yet, she puts Meagan in the spotlight in this week’s show, asking about everything from academic expectations to awkward physical changes. As always, we’re judgement-free and totally honest. Join us! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 63 Episode 62: Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Starting School Edition) – And don’t forget that our GIVEAWAY ends 08/10/16 at 11:59p ET (details in the post) The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed (Jessica Lahey) Our recent discussion about tweens and social media can be found in Episode 61 (skip to 32:50 to hear us talk about 12-year-olds) Oh, the awkwardness… As promised, middle school photos of Sarah (pictured in 6th and 7th grades, side-by-side) and Meagan. Be sure to listen to the episode for the behind-the-scenes hair stories. Thanks for listening, friends!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep63/">What To Expect From The Middle School Years: The Mom Hour, Episode 63</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 09, 2016
Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Starting School Edition): The Mom Hour, Episode 62
55:35
<p>When it’s your kid starting preschool or kindergarten for the first time, every detail seems mission-critical. But having sent our kids off to new classrooms year after year for quite a while now, we’re here to tell you: It’ll all be OK. In this fun addition to our “Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About” series, Meagan and Sarah look back at the things we fretted over when our kids went off to school for the first time. With the benefit of hindsight we’ll help ease your mind about everything from potty training your preschooler to finding all the school supplies on that crazy list. Giveaway Update! Congrats to listener Tara who was randomly selected to win the back-to-school prize packages! Be sure to check out these great brands for fun, affordable products for toddlers and preschoolers! Links we mentioned, or should have, in Episode 62: Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: New Mom and Toddler Editions The episode we did last year about Choosing The Right School For Your Kids Debunking The Myth of the “Good School Mom” (Episode 21) How to win our Back-to-School GIVEAWAY! One lucky listener will win our amazing giveaway package, valued at more than $230, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep62/">Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Starting School Edition): The Mom Hour, Episode 62</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 01, 2016
This Is Where You Belong with Melody Warnick: The Mom Hour Bonus Interview 03
54:07
<p>How do you make your town feel more like a home? That’s the question journalist and mom Melody Warnick set out to answer after moving her family to a new town for the sixth time. In this month’s BONUS interview episode Meagan interviews Melody about her book, This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live, and the ideas in it. Links Meagan and Melody discussed in this episode: Melody’s book, This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live Episode 56 of The Mom Hour: Moving with Kids & Cultivating Community MelodyWarnick.com</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus3/">This Is Where You Belong with Melody Warnick: The Mom Hour Bonus Interview 03</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 29, 2016
Eight Kids, Toddler to Teen: The Mom Hour, Episode 61
52:49
<p>Isn’t it amazing how quickly we forget the details about each age and stage as soon as they’re behind us? In this week’s episode, Sarah draws numbers from a hat – literally – to prompt a little reflection on the ages our collective kids are right now. If you’ve got little kids have ever wondered what age 12 is like, or if your kids are older and you want to look back on the lispy sweetness of three, we hope you’ll join us for Episode 61! Stuff we mentioned & other things you might like: Our bonus interview series! Bonus 01 with Asha Dornfest, Bonus 02 with 3 Working Moms, and the upcoming Bonus 03 with Melody Warnick This is Childhood is a collection of essays put together by Brain, Child magazine in 2014. With one essay for each year of childhood from ages one to ten plus pages to write your own notes about your own kid, the book does a beautiful job of helping capture the essence of each age. Kindness Wins by Galit Breen (mentioned in our discussion about middle schoolers and social media)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep61/">Eight Kids, Toddler to Teen: The Mom Hour, Episode 61</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 22, 2016
How Do I Make Time For It All? The Mom Hour, Episode 60
37:33
<p>“Hi Sarah and Meagan, this is Sheena from Oregon, and I have two questions that both relate to time management. I have a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old and I’m finding that I’m always behind, and I’m wondering if you have any tips for how to get ahead? Also, how do you find time in the day to play? I find that I’m always just trying to get the kids busy so I can get on to my next task, and I never have time to just sit down and play. Thanks for your advice!” This is the question we got in our Speakpipe mailbox a couple weeks ago, and in Episode 60 we sat down to answer Sheena’s questions. Want to hear our responses? Listen now in the player below, or keep reading for more! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 60 Leave us a question via SpeakPipe like Sheena did! Episode 10: We Hate Fun! The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed (Jessica Lahey)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep60/">How Do I Make Time For It All? The Mom Hour, Episode 60</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 19, 2016
What We’re Watching, Reading & Listening To, Summer Edition: The Mom Hour, Episode 59
48:33
<p>It’s mid-July and time for an update on our summer travels! Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun conversation about cross-country road trips, flying solo with three kids, and what our families watched, listened to, read and played while on vacation. We also talk about what’s coming up for us, and for The Mom Hour, in the second half of the summer. Join us! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 59 Big Quiet Camping (where Meagan and family stayed in the teepee) The Martian by Andy Weir (audio book via Audible.com) Star Wars (the original story dramatized for radio in 1981, via Audible.com) Gem Mountain Montana (where Meagan’s family got their sapphire mining kit) Michael Pollan’s Netflix Documentary Series, Cooked Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Film Collection (streaming on Netflix or purchase on Amazon here) Phrase Party app ($1.99 on iTunes) Meagan is a guest co-host on a local morning radio show July 11-15 – listen here!! Thanks for following along, friends! How are your summers going? If you’re new to the show and looking for more summer-parenting related episodes, try these from the archives: Summer Shortcuts (Yes, We’re THAT Lazy) Getting Organized for Summer Travel With Kids [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep59/">What We’re Watching, Reading & Listening To, Summer Edition: The Mom Hour, Episode 59</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 12, 2016
Personalities, Part 2 (Our Myers-Briggs & Enneagram Types & More)
44:37
<p>Welcome to part two in our series on personality types! Last week we discussed the general appeal of personality tests and delved into the concepts of introversion and extroversion (we recommend listening to that episode first if you haven’t already – CLICK HERE to play it now). This week we reveal our Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types (drumroll….) and continue the conversation as it relates to parenting, partner relationships and more. Listen now using the player below (click here if you can’t see it), and read on for how you can take the same tests we took in time for next week’s big reveal show! Myers-Briggs & Enneagram Personality Tests These are the tests we took, and we’d love you to take them too if you haven’t already! These are the tests and results we discuss in this week’s episode. MYERS-BRIGGS test from 16personalities.com ENNEAGRAM test from ecclecticenergies.com After you take the tests, we recommend the full Myers-Briggs type descriptions found here, a more in-depth explanation of the Myers-Briggs letters found here, and the descriptions of the nine Enneagram types found here (scroll to bottom of the page). Other links we mentioned (or should have) in this series The ENFP’s Guide to Dating Rationals (Heidi Priebe for Thought Catalog) Knowing [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep58/">Personalities, Part 2 (Our Myers-Briggs & Enneagram Types & More)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 05, 2016
Personalities, Part 1 (Myers-Briggs, Enneagram & Introversion / Extroversion): The Mom Hour, Episode 57
42:04
<p>Welcome to our two-part show all about personality types! In Episode 57 we discuss the general appeal of self-discovery and the lure (or, for some, skepticism) of personality tests and quizzes. We also discuss the concepts of introversion and extroversion, how neither of us fit a classic mold, and how our needs change over the course of motherhood. Listen now using the player below (click here if you can’t see it), and read on for how you can take the same tests we took in time for next week’s big reveal show! Online Personality Tests (Take yours – it’s fun!) These are the tests we took, and we’d love you to take them too! Next week in Episode 58 we’ll reveal our results… MYERS-BRIGGS test from 16personalities.com ENNEAGRAM test from ecclecticenergies.com After you take the tests, we recommend the full Myers-Briggs type descriptions found here, a more in-depth explanation of the Myers-Briggs letters found here, and the descriptions of the nine Enneagram types found here (scroll to bottom of the page). Can you tell which one of us is an extrovert and which one is an introvert? Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 57 Knowing myself, knowing others: my uncomfortable – but revealing – [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep57/">Personalities, Part 1 (Myers-Briggs, Enneagram & Introversion / Extroversion): The Mom Hour, Episode 57</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 28, 2016
Inside the Lives of 3 Working Moms: The Mom Hour Bonus Interview 02
1:19:46
<p>Working outside the home brings its own set of challenges and opportunities that Meagan and Sarah don’t get to speak to personally as freelancers who work from home, and we get requests from listeners all the time to address working mom life on the podcast. So we are thrilled that for our second Bonus Interview episode Sarah interviewed three moms who work full-time outside the home. Meet Elizabeth, Kelsey, and Angela. Three working moms who live in vastly different areas of the country, have different professions and kids of different ages. And while we know, of course, that no one mom’s experience is representative of others’, we did love hearing about their daily routines, tips and tricks, and what they love about working mom life. Listen now using the player below (or click here if you can’t see it), and read on for more on these three ladies and where you can find out more about them.   Meet Elizabeth (interview starts at 02:10) Elizabeth Chapman is a full-time high school English teacher from Virginia who is also the mom of a one-year-old and a five-year-old. Elizabeth also blogs about her passion for working motherhood and teaching on her blog, Teaching Sam & Scout. [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus2/">Inside the Lives of 3 Working Moms: The Mom Hour Bonus Interview 02</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 24, 2016
Moving With Kids & Cultivating Community: The Mom Hour Episode 56
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<p>Moving with kids – whether it’s across town or out of state – is no easy task. Meagan and Sarah have each done it several times and share their tips and experiences in Episode 56. We also expand the conversation to the broader topic of cultivating community where you live, regardless of how long you’ve been there. Join us! Listen now using the player below, or click here if you can’t see it.   Facebook to the Rescue The photo above (click here if you can’t see it) got a ton of discussion on Facebook when Sarah moved two summers ago. And this thread, also from that summer, has a TON of listener suggestions for moving with kids. Be sure to check it out! More Links We Mentioned in Episode 56 Speakpipe – Leave us an audio message and your question might make it onto the show like Amy’s did! This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live (Melody Warnick) Prince Lionhart Stove Guard and Safety 1st Clear View Stove Knob Covers Podcasts Sarah is loving lately Coffee + Crumbs #AmWriting with Jess & KJ (Jessica Lahey and KJ Dell’Antonia) NPR Politics Podcast [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep56/">Moving With Kids & Cultivating Community: The Mom Hour Episode 56</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 21, 2016
Saving Money on Groceries & Household Supplies: The Mom Hour, Episode 55
38:18
<p>We aren’t extreme couponers (or couponers at all, really), but as moms of many kids and growing families, we definitely have our eyes on the grocery budget. Join Meagan and Sarah for an inside look at our shopping habits when it comes to groceries and household supplies in Episode 55. We talk about where we shop, how we keep costs down, and what we think of warehouse retailers and big box stores when it comes to saving money. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 55 Episode 23 of The Mom Hour where we talk about meal planning and grocery shopping CVS ExtraCare Rewards Program Grocery delivery companies like Instacart (the one Sarah’s sister uses) and Amazon Fresh Follow us this summer! Are you following Meagan and Sarah on Instagram? It’s a fun way to stay connected – especially during summer travel season – if you happen to follow us, be sure to introduce yourself in a comment on one of our photos so we know how you found us! follow @MeaganFrancis on Instagram follow @PowersOfMine on Instagram follow @TheMomHour on Instagram</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep55/">Saving Money on Groceries & Household Supplies: The Mom Hour, Episode 55</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 15, 2016
Keeping Kids Safe Outside This Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 54
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<p>Despite its easy-breezy reputation and our best intentions for laid-back fun, summer can bring up some safety concerns from parents. From heatstroke to water safety, sunburns to bug bites, summer parenting keeps us on our toes when it comes to health and safety. Don’t get us wrong: We want our kids outdoors, playing freely, and enjoying childhood this summer. But we also want to be prepared with the right information, products, and awareness to stay healthy. Episode 54 is all about finding that balance. Join Meagan and Sarah for a frank discussion about keeping kids safe outdoors this summer, and how as moms we can set an example for healthy habits like applying sunscreen regularly, drinking plenty of water, and modeling behaviors like wearing bike helmets or staying in the shade. Listen now using the player below. Can’t see it? Click here.   Sponsor Spotlight We’re thrilled to welcome Neutrogena as our sponsor for this episode of The Mom Hour! Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist-recommended suncare brand on the market, and their sunscreens offer breakthrough technologies to provide adults and kids with advanced protection from the sun. Despite our best efforts, skin cancer continues to be a health epidemic in the US [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep54/">Keeping Kids Safe Outside This Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 54</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 03, 2016
Travel With Kids (Or, How To Enjoy Your Own Vacation): The Mom Hour, Episode 53
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<p>If you’ve traveled with small children, you know that “enjoy” and “vacation” don’t always belong in the same sentence. In Episode 53 Meagan and Sarah share tips for reclaiming a little bit of R & R in your family travels, even during the little years. We talk about how to making packing and getting out the door less hectic, ways to get aligned with your co-parent and make use of each other’s travel strengths, and how to structure your time away from home so that kids have fun and parents get a little bit of a break, too. LISTEN NOW Links we mentioned in Episode 53 How Meagan packs her family of seven into two suitcases (The Happiest Home) Our very first Bonus Interview Episode, with Asha Dornfest, in case you missed it Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties In Closer Proximity To Ocean (The Onion) that one time Sarah flew alone with three kids More great travel resources we think you’ll love Our podcast buddies Asha and Christine (Edit Your Life) and Liz and Kristen (Spawned) both covered travel in recent episodes. See below to listen to their awesome tips, and for some additional resources they recommend: Edit Your [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep53/">Travel With Kids (Or, How To Enjoy Your Own Vacation): The Mom Hour, Episode 53</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 31, 2016
Meagan & Sarah Answer Listener Questions (Again): The Mom Hour, Episode 52
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<p>It’s another Listener Q & A show! Join us as we give our advice and encouragement to four moms who wrote to us with questions. We’ll be the first to admit we don’t have all the answers, but we’ll do our best to offer advice when asked! LISTEN NOW Topics discussed in Episode 52 Here are the four topics we discussed in this show. To listen to a specific one, just skip ahead in your media player or podcast app to the time indicated below. Asking for help with childcare, especially when extended family isn’t an option (or is complicated), plus ideas about babysitting co-ops, sitter-share arrangements, and more – 02:20 When close friends have dramatically different parenting styles – to the point where it’s uncomfortable or unhealthy to continue to hang out regularly – 15:50 Handling kids’ big emotions with elementary school friendship struggles (cliques and exclusion, “mean girl” relationships, etc.) – 24:15 How to stop apologizing for where you are in life/motherhood and embrace the chaos with confidence – 37:45 Want to send us a question? To send us a question or topic idea for the show, email hello@themomhour.com with the subject line “Topic Suggestion”. Or, if you want to be extra [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep52/">Meagan & Sarah Answer Listener Questions (Again): The Mom Hour, Episode 52</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 23, 2016
Getting Organized for Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 51
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<p>We’re all about laid-back, low-key summer fun – but sometimes it takes a little planning ahead to make room for all that lazing around. In Episode 51 Meagan and Sarah talk about getting organized for summer – from what to do with the avalanche of school papers that come home this time of year, to looking at the calendar and making room for the stuff (literal and figurative) that matters. Whether you’re days (yay!) or weeks (hang in there, mama) away from summer’s official start, we hope you’ll join us! LISTEN NOW Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 51: Last year’s end-of-school podcast where we laughed – and griped – about this time of year On dealing with the paper onslaught… 3 Tips for Tackling End-of-School Year Clutter (Meagan for The Happiest Home) The Lakeshore Learning keepsake portfolio that Sarah uses On purging clothes and toys… Meagan’s super simple strategy for organizing seasonal clothes and hand-me-downs Episode 35: Stuff, Junk & Things On planning the calendar and bucket lists Sarah’s Summer Mom Manifesto (kind of like a bucket list, but with more holes) (The Happiest Home) A dissenting opinion on bucket lists from our friend Sarah Stewart Holland at bluegrass [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep51/">Getting Organized for Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 51</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 16, 2016
Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 01
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<p>Parenting is hard enough – even when you’ve studied up on expert tips and have your diaper bag stocked and organized. But sometimes our most genius moments as moms and dads happen when we’re caught off guard – when we don’t have a clear-cut answer and have to rely on in-the-moment instinct and commonsense intuition. That’s what Sarah discusses with author Asha Dornfest the first-ever BONUS interview episode of The Mom Hour! Join Sarah and Asha for a great discussion about learning to trust your instincts as parents, what it’s like to curate a community of differing opinions, and how Asha has made the transition from blogging to book writing to podcasting. Enjoy! Links to all things #ParentHacks ParentHacks.com Purchase Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids on Amazon Why Asha thinks kids should do chores that aren’t 100% safe (ParentHacks.com), plus the Instagram photo that inspired the post The Edit Your Life show with Asha and Christine Koh The Art Of MacGyvering For Sleep-Deprived Moms And Dads (Asha’s interview on NPR’s All Things Considered) @AshaDornfest on Twitter and Instagram @ParentHacks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram PS – Let us know how you like this interview format! As Sarah mentioned in [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhbonus1/">Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks: The Mom Hour BONUS Interview 01</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 13, 2016
Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Mom Hour, Episode 50
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<p>50 episodes into The Mom Hour (!!) and some things never change. We laugh. We ramble a bit. We gush about how great you guys – our listeners – are. As we gear up for a summer full of some great shows, and some new ideas and improvements we’re making to the podcast, join us for a look back at our favorite moments and most popular episodes, and a look at what’s ahead for The Mom Hour. >> LISTEN NOW << But fist, a few photos of what’s been going on in our homes lately. These will make more sense once you listen! Don’t forget to follow @MeaganFrancis, @PowersOfMine and @TheMomHour to see what we’re up to on Instagram. Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 50 Leave us a voicemail in Speakpipe (a great way to ask a question or suggest a topic!) How to leave a rating or review in iTunes Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow us on Instagram! Browse all episodes of The Mom Hour Thanks to everybody who left us voicemails and audio high-fives celebrating Episode 50. We are so grateful for your friendship and support! featured image: Martin Thomas, via Flickr Creative Commons</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep50/">Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Mom Hour, Episode 50</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 10, 2016
Online Pals Turned Real-Life Friends (plus, #podcastinginbed): The Mom Hour, Episode 49
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<p>If you follow us on social media, you probably saw that Meagan and Sarah got to hang out – and record this very podcast episode – in person over the weekend at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA. Not only did we get to hang out with one another, we shared a makeshift recording studio (translation: one king-sized hotel bed) with some of our favorite fellow podcasters: Jessica Ashley of Single Mom Nation Radio, Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner of Spawned, and Asha Dornfest and Christine Koh of Edit Your Life. Episode 49 is all about friendships with other moms. You’ll hear each pair of longtime friends  – Meagan/Jessica, Kristen/Liz, Asha/Christine, and Meagan/Sarah – talk about how they met online, when their internet-buddy status morphed into real-life friendship, and what kind of creative opportunities and joint ventures developed as a result. Here’s how to find the amazing ladies you heard from in Episode 49 Jessica Ashley is the creator of Single Mom Nation and the Single Mom Nation Radio podcast. She and Meagan also have a brand new show forthcoming called The Content Coaches right here on the Life, Listened network! Asha Dornfest is the author of Parent Hacks and creator [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep49/">Online Pals Turned Real-Life Friends (plus, #podcastinginbed): The Mom Hour, Episode 49</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 03, 2016
Realistic Hair & Skincare Routines: The Mom Hour, Episode 48
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<p>Last week we talked about our ever-evolving “mom style” and what looks we’re loving at this stage of life. This week we’re moving on to hairstyles, skincare, make-up and beauty routines. Join Meagan and Sarah for much confusion and hilarity – and hopefully a little insight – on growing out short hair, going gray in our 30’s, being completely overwhelmed by skincare products, and making time in the daily routine for basic beauty and skincare. (But first, some recent hair selfies 🙂 ) Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 48 Episode 47: Our Ever-Evolving “Mom Style” Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream (Sarah wears “Light to Medium” color) If you want more on the foundation / face make-up conversation, check out the second half of Episode 7 of The Style Hour Some of our favorite drug-store lip glosses: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color Burt’s Bees Lip Shine Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss (this is the one Meagan once stole from Sarah) in Kiss Me Coral Brush On Block Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen (goes on AFTER makeup, and Sarah’s much-younger sister swears by it) Meagan’s husband Jon is gaming the CVS coupon system 🙂</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep48/">Realistic Hair & Skincare Routines: The Mom Hour, Episode 48</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2016
Our Ever-Evolving “Mom Style”: The Mom Hour, Episode 47
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<p>When you spend years cycling through maternity, post-partum, nursing and “oh gee I’m pregnant again!” wardrobe pieces, thinking about your personal style can take a back seat. Now that Meagan and Sarah are squarely on the other side of those years, we’re talking about clothes, shopping and style in Episode 47. Join us for a fun conversation about where we love to shop, when to buy cheap and when it makes sense to spend a little more, how our own personal styles have evolved over the years, and what looks we wish we could pull off but just can’t seem to. NOTE: The Style Hour, a podcast Meagan co-hosts with Shana Draugalis of The Mom Edit is on hiatus, but you can catch all the archived episodes here. And while we know we make poor substitutes for actual fashion experts, we’re betting you can relate to some of our woes! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 47 Fabletics, Meagan’s go-to for workout wear and everyday activewear The Style Hour podcast (currently on hiatus) and Shana Draugelis’s website The Mom Edit Lucky Brand graphic tees and tanks (Sarah’s favorites) Urban Outfitters one-piece swimsuits (Meagan has had luck with these)  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep47/">Our Ever-Evolving “Mom Style”: The Mom Hour, Episode 47</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 19, 2016
Finding Kids’ Media That Isn’t Terrible: The Mom Hour, Episode 46
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<p>There’s no shortage of movies, television, books and music geared toward kids. The tough part is, some of it is pretty terrible, some is just okay, and some is truly fantastic (making us want to be a kid again, quite frankly). In Episode 46 Meagan and Sarah discuss helping our kids follow their interests into the realms of literature, music, and screen media. We marvel over some of the differences between what’s available today and what we watched as kids, and we share some of our favorite resources for navigating the ever-changing landscape of kids’ media. >> LISTEN NOW <<   Meagan also shared an update on the Life, Listened podcast network and the launch of a brand new show, LifeWork! Listen to LifeWork with Meagan and entrepreneur Dave Krock Subscribe in iTunes or leave a review Read more about Meagan’s plans for Life, Listened (if you’re a podcaster or would like to be, read this for sure!) Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 46 Commonsense Media Overdrive (mobile app for digital audio and ebook loans from your local library) Cool Mom Tech (great reviews of tablet apps and games for kids) Some of Sarah’s kids favorite chapter book series (good [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep46/">Finding Kids’ Media That Isn’t Terrible: The Mom Hour, Episode 46</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 12, 2016
Homework: At What Cost? The Mom Hour, Episode 45
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<p>There's no question that the academic demands on kids - at school and at home - have increased since we were students. Join Meagan and Sarah for an honest, thoughtful conversation about elementary school homework and the continued pressure on our kids into their middle and high school years.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep45/">Homework: At What Cost? The Mom Hour, Episode 45</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 05, 2016
What Are Your “Mom Superpowers”?: The Mom Hour, Episode 44
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<p>Let's face it: most of us have certain areas of motherhood that feel easy-breezy and others where we tend to struggle. And while it's always possible to improve your parenting game, we think it's also helpful to acknowledge that one mom's superpower might be another's kryptonite...and that's okay.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep44/">What Are Your “Mom Superpowers”?: The Mom Hour, Episode 44</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 29, 2016
Hobbies & Passions Outside Motherhood: The Mom Hour, Episode 43
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<p>It's easy to let creative pursuits and hobbies fade into the background during the hectic years of early parenting. And when the time comes to make room for them again, we're sometimes left with questions: Am I too old? Is this still something I love to do? Maybe I should pick up something new? And how do I fit it all in?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep43/">Hobbies & Passions Outside Motherhood: The Mom Hour, Episode 43</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2016
Parenting Through Hard Times: The Mom Hour, Episode 42
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<p>Rough patches in (and out!) of parenthood: whether it’s a temporary crisis, a general mom funk, or full-blown depression, we’ve all been there. In this episode, Sarah and Meagan have a frank conversation about some hard times we’ve been through as moms, give advice for taking care of yourself when things aren’t going well, and offer encouragement to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 42 Posts from The Happiest Home Why is it so hard to say ‘This is hard’? (Sarah) You can design a life you love (Meagan’s ‘rock bottom’ story) 3 ways to get past a mom funk and Getting past a mom funk and Think better, not perfect: take baby steps to get out of a mom funk (Meagan) Parenting when life isn’t so happy (Meagan) Postpartum Progress Dr. Jessica Michaelson Brené Brown NYT Article Meagan mentioned about women’s feelings</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep42/">Parenting Through Hard Times: The Mom Hour, Episode 42</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 07, 2016
Meagan & Sarah Answer Listener Questions: The Mom Hour, Episode 41
57:25
<p>We get so many great questions from listeners, and sometimes it doesn't work to devote a whole episode to them. So we decided to take on four questions submitted by listeners: listen as we chat about room-sharing siblings, planning first birthday parties, feeling left out when you have your kids earlier or later than your friends do, and the evolution of playdates. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep41/">Meagan & Sarah Answer Listener Questions: The Mom Hour, Episode 41</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 29, 2016
How Does Birth Order Impact How We Parent? The Mom Hour, Episode 40
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<p>How does birth order - both our own and our children's - affect how we relate to our kids? Do stereotypes like the bossy oldest, peacemaking middle and freewheeling youngest hold up, in our experience? What do we remember about our role as oldest (Sarah) and youngest (Meagan) and how does that influence our mothering?<br /> We tackle these questions and more in Episode 40 - all about birth order. If you're fascinated by family dynamics, pop psychology, and the human experience, we think you'll love this show!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep40/">How Does Birth Order Impact How We Parent? The Mom Hour, Episode 40</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 23, 2016
The Picky Eater Problem: The Mom Hour, Episode 39
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<p>Do you parent a picky eater? Then Episode 39 is for you. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah admit we don’t have the answers when it comes to this tricky (and oh-so-common) parenting challenge. But in lieu of solving all your problems, we share our own and talk through some of the complicated pieces of the puzzle. Join us! Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 39 The Picky Eater (Ellyn Satter Institute) Picky Eater recipes on MOMables.com Deceptively Delicious (Jessica Seinfeld) and The Sneaky Chef (Missy Chase Lapine) Do you have a picky eater? What has worked for you? Let us know in the comments below!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep39/">The Picky Eater Problem: The Mom Hour, Episode 39</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 16, 2016
Pregnancy & Birth, in Hindsight: The Mom Hour, Episode 38
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<p>One hospital birth. Two home births. Two birthing center deliveries. Three scheduled cesarean sections. </p> <p>Meagan and Sarah have had eight pregnancies between them (now eight kids ages 3-18!) and about as wide a cross-section of birth experiences as you can get. In Episode 38, at the request of several pregnant listeners, we travel back in time and share our pregnancy and birth stories with the benefit of hindsight. Join us as we talk about medical decision-making, finding your trusted pregnancy and birth cheerleaders, and what we might have done differently.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep38/">Pregnancy & Birth, in Hindsight: The Mom Hour, Episode 38</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 09, 2016
Traveling Spouses / Traveling Selves (Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 37
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<p>Last we talked about traveling spouses; this week's episode is all about what happens when MOM is the one taking off for a trip. Whether you travel rarely or regularly, we hope you'll join us for a great discussion on the prep, the guilt (or lack therof!), and the logistics of leaving your kids.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep37/">Traveling Spouses / Traveling Selves (Part 2): The Mom Hour, Episode 37</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Feb 01, 2016
Traveling Spouses / Traveling Selves (Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 36
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<p>If your co-parent travels - occasionally 0r all the time - you know that holding down the home front is hard work. In Episode 36 we talk about what we've learned from years of experience about how to survive - and even thrive! - when your partner is away.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep36/">Traveling Spouses / Traveling Selves (Part 1): The Mom Hour, Episode 36</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 26, 2016
Stuff, Junk & Things: The Mom Hour, Episode 35
51:25
<p>(alternate title: The Non-Konmari Method of Dealing with Loads of C-R-A-P Year After Year)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep35/">Stuff, Junk & Things: The Mom Hour, Episode 35</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 18, 2016
8 Milestones & When Our Kids Met Them: The Mom Hour, Episode 34
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<p>Milestones tend to be something moms think a lot about in the first year or two of motherhood. But kids keep developing (at their own pace, as we all know) and moms keep celebrating, wondering, and sometimes worrying about them long after the baby years are behind us.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep34/">8 Milestones & When Our Kids Met Them: The Mom Hour, Episode 34</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 11, 2016
(Totally Not Overwhelming) Health & Wellness Inspiration for 2016: The Mom Hour, Episode 33
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<p>Neither Meagan nor Sarah is a resolution-maker, but we both love starting fresh after the holidays with renewed energy and focus. Today we’re talking about fitness, food, and self-care – our own intentions for 2016 as well as what has worked for us (and not so much) in the past. Are you new here? Welcome, new listeners! We love getting to know you. Here’s how to connect with us beyond the podcast: Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get to know us better. Sent us an email hello@themomhour.com and tell us about yourself! Subscribe to the podcast (here’s how), or leave us a review letting us know how you’re liking the show (here’s how) Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 33 Past episodes of The Mom Hour you might have missed Improving Your Media Diet (Ep 3) Creating A Life You Love When You’re Done Having Babies (Ep 11) Healthy Routines For Happy Moms (Ep 20) Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping (Ep 23) Self-Care Is More Than Bubble Baths & Pedicures (Meagan’s cancer story) Beyond Baby: Creating A Life You Love When Your Kids Aren’t So Little (Meagan’s 2014 eBook)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep33/">(Totally Not Overwhelming) Health & Wellness Inspiration for 2016: The Mom Hour, Episode 33</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jan 05, 2016
Comet, The Red-Nosed Minivan: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 5
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<p>Today is our fifth and final installment in the special holiday read-along series! Sarah is reading a piece she wrote for The Happiest Home a few years ago about her family vehicle’s unusual holiday “costume,” and what her kids – and Sarah! – learned from it. We’ll be back week after next with a new episode. Happy holidays! We’d love to hear what you thought about this special mini-series. Did you listen along? Which were your favorite episodes?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/comet-the-red-nosed-minivan-the-mom-hours-holiday-read-aloud-series-episode-5/">Comet, The Red-Nosed Minivan: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 5</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 26, 2015
The Reason For The Season: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 4
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<p>It’s Christmas Eve! Here’s the fourth in our holiday read-aloud series – Meagan shares an essay she wrote about the real reason for the season. Enjoy!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/special-ep4/">The Reason For The Season: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 4</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 25, 2015
How To Keep The Santa Magic Alive (Without Lying): The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 3
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<p>We’re continuing our Christmas week read-aloud series with a piece Sarah wrote in 2012. Listen for her ideas on keeping the Santa magic alive in your home – with a clear conscience. Enjoy!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/holiday-special3/">How To Keep The Santa Magic Alive (Without Lying): The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 23, 2015
When The Littlest Still Believes In Santa: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 2
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<p>It’s Christmas week! And since we know many of you will be busy baking, wrapping, traveling, eating, and enjoying time with your families over the next few days, we’ve decided to change things up a bit by offering five short episodes featuring us reading some of our favorite holiday themed essays and blog posts out loud! For Episode 2, Meagan shares a piece she wrote for The Washington Post in 2014. Enjoy, and check back tomorrow for another essay in a new episode!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/special-ep2/">When The Littlest Still Believes In Santa: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 22, 2015
Creating Holiday Tradition’s Isn’t Just YOUR Job, Mom: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 1
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<p>It’s Christmas week! And since we know many of you will be busy baking, wrapping, traveling, eating, and enjoying time with your families over the next few days, we’ve decided to change things up a bit by offering five short episodes featuring us reading some of our favorite holiday themed essays and blog posts out loud! To kick it off, Sarah shares a piece she wrote for the Huffington Post. Enjoy, and check back tomorrow when Meagan will read another essay in a new episode! Creating Holiday Traditions Isn’t Mom’s Responsibility I can hear it. Can you? That little voice that begins with a whisper just after Thanksgiving dinner every year. This is the year, it says. This year, you’re going to get it together for the holidays. This year the decorations will be up by December 1st, and all the gifts bought and wrapped — from locally owned Etsy shops, of course — by the 15th. This is the year you’ll nail it — creating a season filled with the perfect balance of anticipation, wonder, spirituality and altruism. But also simple and frugal and scaled-back! Don’t forget those. You can do it. Probably. Maybe. There’s a part of the [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/special-ep1/">Creating Holiday Tradition’s Isn’t Just YOUR Job, Mom: The Mom Hour’s Holiday Read-Aloud Series, Episode 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 21, 2015
Great Gifts For Moms (Any Time Of Year!): The Mom Hour, Episode 32
49:35
<p>As Christmas fast approaches, we're here to remind you that YOU too deserve great, thoughtful gifts under the tree this year! Join us as we talk about our own wish lists and favorite gifts from holidays past, and get some ideas you can drop as not-so-subtle hints this week!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep32/">Great Gifts For Moms (Any Time Of Year!): The Mom Hour, Episode 32</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 15, 2015
Meagan & Sarah’s December Favorites To Watch / Listen / Read: The Mom Hour, Episode 31
57:21
<p>Have you been meaning to watch old holiday film classics but never get around to it? Or are you just as disturbed as we are by some of the mid-century Christmas TV programming (looking at you, Rudolph)? In Episode 31 Meagan and Sarah talk about our favorite - and not-so-much - holiday movies, TV, books, and music. Join us!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep31/">Meagan & Sarah’s December Favorites To Watch / Listen / Read: The Mom Hour, Episode 31</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 07, 2015
Moms Deserve A Magical Holiday, Too: The Mom Hour, Episode 30
56:45
<p>"Simplify" has become one of the buzziest holiday buzzwords over the last decade, and today Meagan and Sarah are unpacking what that really means in their homes. Whether you really do want to scale back this season or whether, like us, you're just out to maximize magic and minimize stress, we hope you'll join us for Episode 30!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmheps30/">Moms Deserve A Magical Holiday, Too: The Mom Hour, Episode 30</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Dec 01, 2015
Raising Siblings Who Like Each Other: The Mom Hour, Episode 29
55:04
<p>From helping a toddler adjust to a new baby, to coping with bickering, to creating a family culture that honors both individual kids and sibling relationships, parenting siblings is no small task. Join us for Episode 29 of The Mom Hour, where we get real about the dynamics among our own kids and share thoughts on raising siblings who like each other (well, most of the time).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep29/">Raising Siblings Who Like Each Other: The Mom Hour, Episode 29</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 22, 2015
Gifts That Go The Distance (PLUS A Micro Kickboard Giveaway!): The Mom Hour, Episode 28
52:57
<p>Get our complete guide to gifts that your kids will still be playing with next year (and beyond!), PLUS enter to win one of TWO amazing scooters from Micro Kickboard!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep28/">Gifts That Go The Distance (PLUS A Micro Kickboard Giveaway!): The Mom Hour, Episode 28</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 16, 2015
The Adults They’ll Be Someday: The Mom Hour, Episode 27
58:35
<p>Those sweet, pudgy things keep you up at night? News flash: they'll be adults before you know it. In honor of Meagan's oldest turning 18 this week, we're devoting Episode 27 to talking about the adults we're raising: what we hope for them, what we imagine they'll become, and just how much control we have over how they turn out.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep27/">The Adults They’ll Be Someday: The Mom Hour, Episode 27</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 09, 2015
Dealing With Criticism: The Mom Hour, Episode 26
50:51
<p>Episode 26 of The Mom Hour is all about dealing with criticism. Whether it's in-law tension, the "back in MY day" comments from relatives, or your own inner critic (isn't she the worst?), we offer our own stories and tips for taking it all in stride.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep26/">Dealing With Criticism: The Mom Hour, Episode 26</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Nov 02, 2015
Halloween Parenting At Every Age: The Mom Hour, Episode 25
54:16
<p>It's Halloween week! Whether it's your first time dressing up a little pumpkin or your teenagers are beyond trick-or-treating, we hope you'll join Meagan and Sarah as we share stories and tips to make Halloween fun, safe, and totally-not-stressful at every stage.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep25/">Halloween Parenting At Every Age: The Mom Hour, Episode 25</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 26, 2015
Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Toddler Years): The Mom Hour, Episode 24
57:22
<p>By popular request, we're following up Episode 19 (Things We Shouldn't Have Freaked Out About (As New Moms)) with a show all about the things that stressed us out when we were parenting toddlers. From potty training to introducing a sibling, we unpack our toddler-mom stresses and worries (with the added benefit of hindsight) in the hopes that we can help you worry just a little less.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep24/">Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Toddler Years): The Mom Hour, Episode 24</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 19, 2015
Wait, They Want To Eat Every DAY? (Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping): The Mom Hour, Episode 23
32:10
<p>Feeding a family can be fun or frustrating, simple or complicated, rewarding or full of resentment. The one thing it will always be? NECESSARY. If you have a family, they have to eat, and in this episode we talk about how that works - from grocery shopping to meal planning to gaining confidence as a home cook.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep23/">Wait, They Want To Eat Every DAY? (Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping): The Mom Hour, Episode 23</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 12, 2015
Fall Love, Fall Envy, Fall Favorites: The Mom Hour, Episode 22
41:11
<p>Where Meagan lives in Michigan, temperatures are dropping and leaves are turning. For Sarah in SoCal, people just wish those things were true. Join us as we laugh about everyone's favorite season to talk about - from Pumpkin Spice Lattes to late-90s J. Crew pea coats.</p> <p>We also share a few ideas for bringing fall into the kitchen, no matter what the thermometer says outdoors. Enjoy Episode 22, and thanks for listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep22/">Fall Love, Fall Envy, Fall Favorites: The Mom Hour, Episode 22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Oct 05, 2015
Debunking The Myth Of The “Good School Mom”: The Mom Hour, Episode 21
59:56
<p>Showing support for your child's school and educational experience matters. But does that mean we all have to chaperone field trips and join the PTA? Meagan and Sarah say, rather emphatically, nope.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep21/">Debunking The Myth Of The “Good School Mom”: The Mom Hour, Episode 21</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 29, 2015
Routines For A Happy Mom-Life: The Mom Hour, Episode 20
54:05
<p>Routines are powerful. When they're just right, we feel energized and balanced. When they're a little off, we feel unsettled. And when they completely fall by the wayside, we sometimes need a complete reset to get back on track (looking at you, back-to-school season).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep20/">Routines For A Happy Mom-Life: The Mom Hour, Episode 20</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 23, 2015
Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (As New Moms): The Mom Hour, Episode 19
54:45
<p>Once upon a time, Meagan and Sarah were new moms. And we worried - a lot. Years later, we look back at some of the things we could have lightened up about just a tad. (Or a lot.) Episode 19 is for new moms - and anyone who can remember being one. We talk about agonizing over ounces pumped and hours slept (or not slept), and offer a little perspective from where we are now.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep19/">Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (As New Moms): The Mom Hour, Episode 19</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 15, 2015
Let’s Discuss “Sports Parenting”: The Mom Hour, Episode 18
42:50
<p>Meagan has never identified as a "sports parent," but this fall she has four kids in four different sports. Sarah is still learning to find the balance between protecting precious time at home and allowing her younger kids to explore different activities. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep18/">Let’s Discuss “Sports Parenting”: The Mom Hour, Episode 18</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Sep 01, 2015
Back-to-School, The Easy Way: The Mom Hour, Episode 17
50:26
<p>Do the supply lists and back-to-school clothes shopping expectations overwhelm you? You're not alone. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah share real-life tips and tricks for minimizing back-to-school stress and enjoying the process of returning to routine.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep17/">Back-to-School, The Easy Way: The Mom Hour, Episode 17</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 25, 2015
Choosing The Right School (Not As Scary As It Seems): The Mom Hour, Episode 16
54:41
<p>Repeat after us, moms: It's going to be okay. It's going to be okay. It's going to be okay.</p> <p>Choosing a school for your child can seem like a life-altering, permanent decision. In Episode 16, Meagan and Sarah are here to reassure you that it isn't. We share our own experience making school choices for our kids, from private to public to home schooling to charters to magnets to lotteries to...</p> <p>(Nope, not kidding. We've actually experienced, and discuss in this episode, all of those things.)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep16/">Choosing The Right School (Not As Scary As It Seems): The Mom Hour, Episode 16</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 17, 2015
Chores & Delegation: The Mom Hour, Episode 15
45:43
<p>Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.</p> <p>Or so the saying goes, right? But as much as we'd like to throw our hands in the air sometimes, there are things that have to get done. </p> <p>In episode 15, Meagan and Sarah get into the details of chores, home management, delegating, and helping kids take on age-appropriate responsibilities. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep15/">Chores & Delegation: The Mom Hour, Episode 15</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 10, 2015
Overcoming Mid-Summer Malaise: The Mom Hour, Episode 14
44:55
<p>Well, we've reached THAT point in the summer. The one where you have no idea what day it is and your kids eat Otter Pops and Nutella-straight-from-the-jar for breakfast (and if you think we're exaggerating, just WAIT).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep14/">Overcoming Mid-Summer Malaise: The Mom Hour, Episode 14</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Aug 03, 2015
Raising Confident, Independent Kids – Safely: The Mom Hour, Episode 13
46:29
<p>What does "stranger danger" really mean (and is that the best way to phrase it for our kids)? In Episode 13, Meagan and Sarah talk about giving our kids tools and information to make them safer and more capable as their independence increases.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep13/">Raising Confident, Independent Kids – Safely: The Mom Hour, Episode 13</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 28, 2015
What Does ‘Free-Range Parenting’ Really Look Like? The Mom Hour, Episode 12
44:25
<p>We want our kids to grow up independent, resourceful, and confident. We also care about their safety. So where's the balance between letting them go and protecting them? And what happens when our 'risk-tolerance' is out of synch with the neighborhood norms?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep12/">What Does ‘Free-Range Parenting’ Really Look Like? The Mom Hour, Episode 12</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 20, 2015
Your Kids Are Getting Older. Now What? The Mom Hour, Episode 11
46:33
<p>What happens when your kids are all in school, or the overwhelmingly in-your-face years of early motherhood are behind you? Have you thought about what kind of creative hobbies you’ll return to, what your career will look like, or what that available time will mean for your “non-mom self”? In Episode 11 Meagan shares her perspective as a mom on the other side of the trenches (while Sarah asks questions and listens from her place still in them). We talk about the shift that happens when kids get older and need us a little less – how it’s both liberating and also a little sad and scary – and about the obstacles some women face as they navigate these “beyond baby” years. Here are some links we mentioned in Episode 11: Episode 6, where we talk about how to know if you’re “done” having babies Several posts from The Happiest Home How Meagan learned to love cooking dinner Meagan’s hysterectomy story Meagan’s return to theater Yes, Moms, you DO have time for a shower Sleep deprivation is nothing to brag about All the details about the BEYOND retreat are right here Meagan’s Beyond Baby book (by no means a prerequisite for the [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep11/">Your Kids Are Getting Older. Now What? The Mom Hour, Episode 11</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 13, 2015
We Hate Fun! (Okay, Not ALL Fun): The Mom Hour, Episode 10
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<p>Confession: We don’t LOVE playing make-believe with our kids. Or pushing them on the swings. Or reading Dr. Seuss. But guess what? We’re kind of OK with that. In Episode 10, Meagan and Sarah confess the things they sort of hate doing with their kids – and also share some of the things they love doing. Turns out, we don’t have to love it all – because there’s plenty to enjoy about spending time with your kids (even if you avoid Chutes & Ladders like the plague). Here are some links we discussed in Episode 10: For The Mom Who Hates The Swings, It’s OK To Be A Boring Grownup, and Know Your Strengths – posts of Meagan’s on The Happiest Home Meagan’s interview with Read Aloud Revival‘s Sarah Mackenzie Raising joyful readers: It’s a family affair (Sharon Holbrook for The Washington Post) Sarah’s library uses the Overdrive app for free digital (audio and ebook) downloads – yours may use the same, or something similar! The Case For Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World (book by Susan Linn) Sponsor Spotlight: We’re thrilled to welcome the Museum of Science and Industry’s Summer Brain Games program as our sponsor for this episode! Summer [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep10/">We Hate Fun! (Okay, Not ALL Fun): The Mom Hour, Episode 10</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jul 04, 2015
Two White Moms Talk Awkwardly About Race: The Mom Hour, Episode 9
47:59
<p>We aren’t sure we’re saying the right things here. But after the events in Charleston earlier this month, we’re sure about one thing: silence isn’t an option. In Episode 9, Meagan and Sarah discuss race and racism, talking with kids about differences, and some of the reasons that, according to research, white parents avoid talking about race with their children. Here are some of the links we promised you in Episode 9: Racism Begins – And Ends – In The Home – Meagan’s essay at The Happiest Home Nurtureshock by Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson Cool Mom Picks’s roundup of essays and blog posts about Charleston (and Kristen and Liz’s new podcast, Spawned) Resources for talking to kids about race and racism – Kristen Howerton for The Huffington Post Hashtags to follow on Twitter, like #BlackLivesMatter and #StandWithCharleston Sponsor Spotlight In this episode Meagan talked about Modcloth and their fantastic sale going on right now. Thank you for continuing to support The Mom Hour by checking out our sponsors and affiliates! featured image: The All-Nite Images, via Flickr Creative Commons</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep9/">Two White Moms Talk Awkwardly About Race: The Mom Hour, Episode 9</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 30, 2015
Camping With Kids (And Other Outdoor Adventures): The Mom Hour, Episode 8
46:39
<p>Camping with kids. You’re either doing it already… or you’re not. And if you’re not, is it because it seems intimidating? And a little, um, complicated? If so, let this be the summer you give it a try! As part of our campaign with Kimberly-Clark (more on that, below), we’re talking all about getting kids out into nature this summer – including camping! Meagan’s an expert and Sarah’s a newbie, so between them you’ll have lots to learn (and probably laugh at). Enjoy Episode 8! A few things we mentioned in the episode… This post on The Happiest Home about making camping easier – even for beginners Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv The Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker Meagan loves for campfire cooking This list from Mighty Girl featuring books about kids loving nature (not mentioned in the show, but discovered after we recorded!) Sponsor Spotlight: A big thank you to our sponsor, Kimberly-Clark! In this episode we talked about the awesome Scott Tube-Free Toilet Paper, which makes for less waste, whether you’re camping or at home. You can find out more about the #CelebrateFamilyValues campaign at PickUpTheValues.com, and by following the #CelebrateFamilyValues hashtag on Twitter!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep8/">Camping With Kids (And Other Outdoor Adventures): The Mom Hour, Episode 8</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 23, 2015
Are You “Done” Having Babies? The Mom Hour, Episode 7
55:47
<p>When listener Jacquie emailed us this question, we knew right away we wanted to answer it on the show: I am contemplating having one more baby. [Having three kids] is pretty unusual in my area/social circles so I don’t have a lot of people to ask. What surprised you about having a third baby? Are there things I should know? Episode 7 is all about being “done” (or not) having babies. How did we know we were done? Do we ever get over that urge to snuggle a newborn? What happens when time isn’t on your side or you and your spouse disagree on growing the family? And, to answer Jacquie’s question specifically, what are the logistical and psychological differences between having two kids and having three? First, though, we shared a moment from our week via Instagram. To get the story behind Meagan’s hot pink suspenders and Sarah snuggling a squishy baby (NOT her own), listen to the episode! (And follow us at @MeaganFrancis and @PowersOfMine for more Instagramming fun!) Sponsor Spotlight: As always, a big thank you to Kimberly-Clark, The Mom Hour’s sponsor for May and June! You can find out more about the #CelebrateFamilyValues campaign at PickUpTheValues.com. We’ll be discussing the campaign more in-depth in future [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep7/">Are You “Done” Having Babies? The Mom Hour, Episode 7</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 15, 2015
Summer Shortcuts (Yes, We’re THAT Lazy): The Mom Hour, Episode 6
48:07
<p>Why does it feel like summer actually creates MORE work for busy moms? When kids are home from school, the snack-requests never end and laundry multiplies overnight. Episode 6 is all about “summer short-cuts” – little ways Meagan and Sarah cheat their way to an easier summer. (And if you listen to the whole episode, there’s a little freebie in it for you! Go listen!) As promised in the podcast, here are links to two products we’re loving lately – Zoku Mini Pop Molds (Sarah’s pick) and the reCAP Mason Jar lids (Meagan’s pick). We also shared some personal stories inspired by these two Instagram photos – they’ll make a lot more sense after you listen to the episode! (If you’re on Instagram, you can follow us at @MeaganFrancis and @PowersOfMine.) Sponsor Spotlight: A big thank you to Kimberly-Clark, The Mom Hour’s sponsor for May and June! You can find out more about the #CelebrateFamilyValues campaign at PickUpTheValues.com. We’ll be discussing the campaign more in-depth in future episodes of The Mom Hour as well as on The Happiest Home, and you can also follow the discussion by following the #CelebrateFamilyValues hashtag on Twitter!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep6/">Summer Shortcuts (Yes, We’re THAT Lazy): The Mom Hour, Episode 6</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 08, 2015
Teaching Manners To Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 5
58:05
<p>Should kids really write thank-you notes for every gift? What are the non-negotiable table manners in Meagan’s and Sarah’s houses? How do we teach everyday manners and common courtesy to kids who are still learning to sit still and use a fork? We discuss these questions and more in Episode 5! Join us for a fun discussion about teaching manners – and, as usual, you can expect us to get REAL about how things actually look in our families… Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: A big thank you to Kimberly-Clark, The Mom Hour’s sponsor for May and June! You can find out more about the #CelebrateFamilyValues campaign at PickUpTheValues.com. We’ll be discussing the campaign more in-depth in future episodes of The Mom Hour as well as on The Happiest Home, and you can also follow the discussion by following the #CelebrateFamilyValues hashtag on Twitter!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep5/">Teaching Manners To Kids: The Mom Hour, Episode 5</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Jun 02, 2015
End-Of-School Year Fun (And A Few Gripes): The Mom Hour, Episode 4
53:26
<p>It’s warm out! But we have so much to DO… How can busy families balance the end-of-school madness with the desire to sit on the front porch and enjoy the sunshine? In Episode 4, Meagan and Sarah discuss simple ways to celebrate the season and do a little venting about the end-of-year parenting slump. Sponsor Spotlight: A big thank you to our sponsor, Kimberly-Clark! In this episode we talked about the awesome Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, which make potty trips clean and easy for the whole family. You can find out more about the #CelebrateFamilyValues campaign at PickUpTheValues.com, and by following the #CelebrateFamilyValues hashtag on Twitter! There was a lot of laughter and – we admit it! – a little griping in this episode! Here are some links we promised you: Worst End of School Year Mom Ever (Jen Hatmaker) Parents At The Beginning Of The School Year Vs. The End (Mike Spohr for Buzzfeed) Meagan’s interview with Candid Classroom author Erica Ladd (The Home Hour Ep.49) 3 Ways To Celebrate The End Of School (Tricia Mirchandani) Looking for more? We’re so thrilled to welcome a bunch of new listeners! If you’re eager for more from Meagan and Sarah and just can’t wait until [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep4/">End-Of-School Year Fun (And A Few Gripes): The Mom Hour, Episode 4</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 15, 2015
Your Media Diet: Is It Healthy? The Mom Hour, Episode 3
1:00:50
<p>How much of the media you consume makes you feel energized and inspired? How much feeds your inner critic and makes you look up from the computer guiltily, wondering how much “real life” you’ve missed? In this episode Meagan and Sarah talk about ways to break the cycle of too much Facebook (or whatever your online rabbit hole of choice might be) and back away from the laptop or smartphone when media use become mindless and draining. We also offer suggestions for adding new sources into your “media diet” that help broaden, instead of narrow, the type of information you consume. Sponsor Spotlight: A big thank you to Kimberly-Clark, The Mom Hour’s sponsor for May and June! You can find out more about the #CelebrateFamilyValues campaign at PickUpTheValues.com. We’ll be discussing the campaign more in-depth in future episodes of The Mom Hour as well as on The Happiest Home, and you can also follow the discussion by following the #CelebrateFamilyValues hashtag on Twitter! A few things we discussed in today’s show: Episode 56 of The Home Hour with Karen Walrond: Curating a Life You Love How Meagan un-followed more than 5,000 Twitter accounts Spotify streaming music service Podcasts we love: Smart Passive Income, America’s Test Kitchen, [...]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep3/">Your Media Diet: Is It Healthy? The Mom Hour, Episode 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
May 05, 2015
What Kind Of Role Model Are You? The Mom Hour, Episode 2
50:58
<p>How do you model responsible behavior in front of your kids? In this episode, generously sponsored by Responsibility.org, Meagan and Sarah discuss how adult drinking works in their families, and expand on the alcohol discussion to other ways they act as a role model for their kids and teens (spoiler alert: no one’s perfect). They also give you a glimpse into their family lives by talking about some recent Instagram moments – to get the back-story on the photos below, be sure to listen to the episode! A big thank you to Responsibility.org for their partnership this month (April is Alcohol Responsibility month) and for inspiring Episode 2 of The Mom Hour!     Are you new to The Mom Hour? Welcome! You can catch our first episode here. You can subscribe here. And we’re always so grateful when you leave a review in iTunes – you can do that here (click Open in iTunes, then Ratings & Reviews). Thanks so much for listening!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep2/">What Kind Of Role Model Are You? The Mom Hour, Episode 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Apr 21, 2015
Mom Meltdowns, Oh No! The Mom Hour, Episode 1
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<p>What do you do when you have an epic meltdown in front of your kids? Hosts Sarah Powers and Meagan Francis share their most embarrassing and over-the-top mom meltdowns, plus tips for pulling yourself together when you’re about to fall apart. Thank you so much to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility at Responsibility.org for sponsoring our first two episodes of The Mom Hour! April is Alcohol Responsibility Month, so be sure to check back for episode 2 next week, where we’ll be discussing modeling responsible drinking in front of kids. In this episode we discussed: Sarah’s kids’ newest obsession: Brains On! science podcast Meagan’s recent personality test discovery: Enneagram This post from The Happiest Home: Tips For Saving The Day When You’re Freaking Out This epic (and poop-related) meltdown Meagan wrote about a few years ago GIVEAWAY! Don’t forget that our first episode includes a giveaway! To enter to win one of our favorite mugs (pictured, from Anthropologie), send a tweet @themomhour, or send us an email at hello@themomhour.com. Tell us about one of your own mom meltdowns, and we’ll select a winner from the submissions! image: Porsche Brosseau, via Flickr Creative Commons</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com/mom-hour/tmhep1/">Mom Meltdowns, Oh No! The Mom Hour, Episode 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lifelistened.com">Life, Listened.</a>.</p>
Mar 19, 2015