Minivan Mamas

By Minivan Mamas

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2 mamas. 6 kids. 1 podcast recorded from their minivans (because quite frankly, that was the quietest place they could find). Join the minivan mamas Cherish Payne and Alexa Zurcher as they spill the tea - all while drinking their diet cokes. They'll dive into all things you talk about with your besties - mom fails, why-didn't-anyone-tell-me-that-about-postpartum stories, best and worst marriage moments, and all the junk they find in their vans. Motherhood is hard enough and you shouldn't have to go through it alone. Buckle up!

Episode Date
Hardest and Happiest Years of Marriage

Diving right into our hardest (and happiest) years of marriage on today's episode! We share which year (or years) have been the most challenging and WHY, plus our first big fights we had in marriage - that probably shouldn't have even been a fight. We share submissions from YOU guys on what your first fights in marriage were and let's just say, your answers were AMAZING. We also touch on combining traditions and splitting time with families and being "classy not sassy." ;) 

What you'll hear into today's episode:

*What our hardest years of marriages have been

*Our experiences with birth control and how that played a role in marriage

*Splitting time with families for holidays 

*Combining family traditions

*Our first big arguments in marriage

*Submissions from YOU on your first arguments

*Sharing a toothbrush or a towel with your s/o

*Getting along with inlaws 

*Being "classy not sassy"

Things we mentioned:

*Minivan Mamas Instagram Page:

Sep 14, 2021
Cherish is Moving, the Great Android vs Iphone Debate, and Other Life Updates

Hello SEPTEMBER! Today we're chatting all the things - life updates, selling things on Facebook marketplace, the great Android vs Iphone debate, and our life updates. 

What you'll hear on today's episode: 

*Cherish is MOVING - but don't worry, she'll be back around the corner soon!

*House cleaners - have we used them & are they worth it

*The great iphone vs android debate 

*Selling stuff on facebook - and how you can find anything on the internet

*All the things we've NEVER returned 

Things we mentioned:

*Cherish's Bad A Bootcamp E-Book:

*Minivan Mamas Instagram Page:

Sep 07, 2021
Bonus Episode: YOLO with 2 special guests!

BONUS episode! Today we're chatting with TWO very special guests - and our first ever guests in Ronda the Honda! Joining us today is Carol - our most seasoned Minivan Mama fan and Tammy - Cherish's mama! (Aka, one of the minivan mama's mama) We asked them several questions about motherhood and being a wife and they're responses are GOLD! 

What you'll hear on today's episode:

*All about Carol's YOLO tattoo

*How Cherish got her name

*The most important things mama's should teach their kids

*Best mama and wife advice from Carol and Tammy

"The world doesn't owe you anything. You have to do your part to make it work!" - Carol

Aug 31, 2021
Taboo Tuesday - Dirty or Flirty?

Mamas, put your headphones in, this episode is PG-13! You guys LOVED our Fireworks episode so much that we’re doing a sequel! We’re diving a little deeper and answering a few questions you guys have sent our way!

What you’ll hear on this episode:

*Where the heck do you start to find a vibrator?

*Lube, lube, lots of lube

*Who’s been skinny dipping and who hasn’t

*And lots of other questions that had us laughing (and hopefully you too!)

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Aug 24, 2021
Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza and Other Unpopular Opinions

Raise your hand if like pineapple on pizza! Today we're chatting all about unpopular opinions - and our take on them! Things like essential oils, biker shorts, crop tops, and how a steak should be properly cooked. ;)

What we talked about on today's episode:

*Lemon oil to take out those pesky tiny hair elastics!
*Lavender oil for burns
*Unpopular opinions (ours and yours!)

DM us your unpopular opinions on Instagram!

Aug 17, 2021
The Everything Episode - C*vid, Life Updates and Stealing Beach Toys

The episode about, well, EVERYTHING. Cherish conquering c*vid, purchasing a puppy, and selling a house - all within 2 weeks! Plus more life updates, Lex’s experience with kids wetting the bed and what she did to help it, back to school, and well a whole lot more!

What you’ll hear in today’s episode:

*Our own experiences having C*vid

*How it’s going with Cherish’s new puppy

*Cherish’s house update and where they’re headed

*Life updates, Amazon purchases and back to school

*Lex’s experience with child bed-wetting and accidents

*How we stole someone's beach stuff

Our recent Amazon purchases:

*36 pack of Playdough

*High Pitch Noise for Dogs

*Vibrating Collar for Dogs

*Steve Madden Boots

*My Little Prayer book by David Archuleta

*Outdoor Jute Rug


*Dog Doorbell

*Mini Wacky Inflatable Tube Man


*Racecar Garland -

*Ice Cream Sand Set -

*Car Phone Mount -

*Skinny Girl Bras -

*3 pack of biker shorts  -

Grab Petite and Neat's Cleaning Ebook:

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Aug 10, 2021
Irrational Fears, the Messy Middle, and Which One of Us is Getting a PUPPY!

Jumping into today’s episode with our plans for our official MM Minivan (one day!), some fun TV shows that we’ve been watching, messy middle stages and the biggest news of the day… one of us is getting a PUPPY! Yep, that’s right, a puppy! Then onto irrational fears - like snakes in the toilet and public bathrooms. You guys had us dying with some of your fears that you sent in (turns out we have them too!)

What we talked about on this episode:

TV Shows: King of Pain, Hoards, Dr. Pimple Popper, and the Home Edit

Whiffit: wooden air fresheners for your car! Makes our vans smell like Anthropologie -

Force of Nature Cleaner -

Kirkland Car Microfiber Cloths from Costco

DM us your pet peeves on instagram!

Aug 03, 2021
Taboo Tuesday - Marriage Mishaps, Expectations, and Country Music

We're jumping into this episode without diet coke (I know, I know, who are we?!) and chatting about what we do when our husbands are out of town (hint: take out and sleeping with the tv on!) Then we dive into expectations in marriage - some great and some not so great. We chat about our own unrealistic expectations and the mishaps that happen because of them (ha!) 

What you'll hear on today's episode:

* How we can't sleep when our husbands are out of town

* "No one can meet an expectation they don’t know is there."

* Unrealistic expectations in marriage and all of our real life stories.

* How we handle conflict and if we like all the same things our spouse does

* How our husband's taste in music differs from our own

* Realistic expectations and how we love watching Impractical Jokers at night

Jul 27, 2021
Traveling with Kids - Not for the Faint of Heart

In today's episode, we announce our new minivan NAMES (that you guys helped us come up with!) and also what's in the minivan. Hint: it definitely looks like we've been traveling with kids. Since it's summer, we're chatting all about traveling with our families - the good, the bad, and the not so instagram worthy. ;) 

What you'll hear on today's episode:

* Our new minivan names!

* “Vacationing with kids is a good way to get away from your sanity and relax not even for a second”

* Our favorite places that we've travelled with our kids (driving and flying!)

* How we make our trips go smoother: filling the canteen, packing in advance, doing laundry before we go...

* All about our DVD players in the car and why we love them!

* Who's more of a planner and who's go with the flow

* Car sickness hacks 

* Why it's TOTALLY worth going on trips with your kids 

Things we talk about in the show:

* Duo DVD players:

* Sensory toys:

* Minivan Mamas Instagram:

Jul 20, 2021
Planning Parenthood

In this week’s episode, we’re chatting all about the tv shows we’re watching - some oldies but goodies! And sharing the best advice that you guys shared with us on instagram. Then we dive deep into family planning - how many kids, how far apart, how to know when you’re done having kids, birth control, vasectomies, all the things.

What you’ll hear on today’s episode:

*How many kids we wanted growing up, when we got married, and how many we want now

*Planning for more kids

*The hardest transition when adding more kids

*Our experiences with birth control

*How to know when you’re done having kids and vasectomies

Follow us on instagram for behind the scenes recording in our vans (yep, we really record in our van!) and help us name our minivan!

Jul 13, 2021
You Can Sit With Us

In this week's episode, we're chatting all about Cherish's BIRTHDAY and Lex's anniversary trip, plus how many Target bags are in the van. We also need you to help us name our minivans! Submit your names on instagram. :) Then we dive right into jealousy, gossiping, and our own experiences with it all. We've been on both sides - the ones not saying the nicest things - and then hearing it about ourselves. And we're re-vowing to be the nice girls. 

What you’ll hear on today’s episode:

*Mama drama, jealousy, and how we're vowing not to take part in it

*Our own experiences with it all (the good, the bad, and the ugly)

*How we all need to Be Like Jeni

*"Nice girls are pretty girls"

*We're all human and make mistakes, so give each other the benefit of the doubt :)

Follow us on instagram for behind the scenes recording in our vans (yep, we really record in our van!) and help us name our minivan!

Jul 06, 2021
Fireworks...In the Bedroom

Put in your headphones, mama - today we’re talking all about those fireworks in marriage! We kick off the episode with Cherish’s hilarious honeymoon story and then we jump right into all things s-e-x - how many times a week, why it’s so important, scheduling, and filling the canteen!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

* Answering the question - How many times a week?

* Different stages of life and how it affects our sex life

* Why communication is sooooo dang important

* What happens when it’s been a hot minute

* Birth control preferences

* Woman’s arousal stages

* Filling the canteen

What we refer to in this episode:

*Carlie Webb Palmer - Christian Sex Educator


Thanks so much for listening! New episode every Tuesday. Join us on instagram for podcast updates and to join the minivan mama village.

Jun 29, 2021
And That’s On Limiting Beliefs

In this week’s episode, we’re talking all about Cherish’s new haircut, The Bachelor, Donny & Marie, and limiting beliefs! We dive into our own limiting beliefs and things that we struggle with.

What you’ll hear on today’s episode:

Um, limited beliefs? What are those?

The beliefs that we personally have that have been holding us back

*What the heck we do about it

*How to identity and overcome our limiting beliefs

*Changing our thoughts and the stories we tell ourselves

*Create different beliefs!

Things we referred to during the show:

*@heyaubreygirl - our sweet friend that runs ANYA

*ANYA - Mamahood Community that strengthens your mental health

*$10 off your first month at ANYA with code MVMAMAS



Jun 22, 2021
Never Say Never
Raise your hand if you were a *perfect* parent before having kids! Today we're chatting about all the things we swore we would NEVER do as a parent. And now that we have kids, well, we do them all. 😜 What you'll hear on today's episode: All the things we said we'd NEVER do - like a drive a minivan! How Alexa puts herself in time-out Our rants on character shirts and light up shoes Cherish's journey with homemade baby food, breastfeeding, pumping and formula feeding Which one of us is getting a DOG! Things we referenced in the show: The Haakaa breast pump Minivan Mamas Instagram
Jun 15, 2021
Taboo Tuesday - Breast Augmentation Surgery
On our first Taboo Tuesday topic we're talking boob jobs! Our very own co-host Cherish recently had breast augmentation surgery and she's sharing all the details.  You do not NEED a boob job, or botox, or anything! None of us are perfect & we weren’t meant to be. But if you choose to have one, Cherish shares some AWESOME tips and her experiences with surgery. (Also, they look great, just saying ;) What you'll here in this episode: Cost of breast augmentation surgery Finding a surgeon  Type of implants and size Breastfeeding after surgery Recovery time and what to expect Risks, issues and medications Are you worried about breast implant illness? Fear of stigma? Judgement from others Have more questions? Pop on over to @minivanmamas and ask away!
Jun 08, 2021
The One About the FRIENDS
In this episode, Cherish and Alexa dive into how to make and keep friends as a busy mama. Each stage as a mama is so different and busy, and so important to have some mama friends by your side. What We Chat About in this Episode: Making friends is hard as mamas Where we have found friends Times where we've felt alone and had no friends Different types of friends How to nurture friendships Using love languages in friendships How to keep in touch with faraway friends Friends who don't have kids or are in different stages Mentioned on the Show: Our podcast instagram page @minivanmamas "Notifications don't equal friendship" - Bohme shopping bag "A friend invited is better than a friend offended" - Cherish Payne
Jun 07, 2021
This is Us - All About the Minivan Mamas
Introducing the Minivan Mamas - aka Cherish Payne and Alexa Zurcher. We share how we met and our first impressions of eachother, where we live and all about our lives as mamas. Plus, we chat about what's to come with the Minivan Mamas Podcast! What We Chat About in this Episode: All about the minivan DADS - aka our husbands Marlin and Brian Our kids - how many we have and are we having more?! How old we are (someone's hitting 30 this year!) How we met and our first impressions of eachother!  Our side hustles and our favorite drinks at Swig! Mentioned on the Show: Wanna get to know us better? Here's our personal accounts @petiteandneat @alexazurcher Our podcast instagram page @minivanmamas Always and forever wearing this Made by Mary choker necklace We showed up wearing the same shirt...again! Pippi Post - Alexa's stationery shop Bad A Bootcamp - Cherish's Cleaning E-book One of our favorite Instagrammers @tarathueson
Jun 07, 2021
Welcome to the Minivan Mamas Podcast!

Hey! We're the Minivan Mamas - Alexa and Cherish.

We record from our minivans every week, because quite frankly that’s the quietest place we could find.

Join us each week as we spill the tea - all while drinking our diet cokes. We dive into all the things real life & motherhood such as- mom fails, why-didn't-anyone-tell-me-that-about-postpartum, best and worst marriage moments, all the junk we find in our vans, and taboo topics. Basically all the things you talk about with your girl friends.

Motherhood is hard enough and you shouldn't have to go through it alone.

Let's do this together, buckle up!

Jun 06, 2021