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November 12, 2019
Heartburn in pregnancy means babies born with lots of hair; boys are harder when they’re little, girls are harder later on; third babies are super chill: These are just a few myths and supposed truths that beg to be tested by reality. We asked YOU, our listeners, to help us come up with as many mom myths as possible, and in Episode 234 Meagan and Sarah discuss whether they’ve held true for our combined eight kids. It’s a fun one–join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Messy Messy is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, & everyone ready to share their voice. You can record, edit, and publish your show all in one place–this is the start we wish we’d had five years ago! The basic level is FREE, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Go to themomhour.com/messy to create a free account and start podcasting today! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. Epic! is nurturing a love of reading and learning in millions of children around the world. Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: StitchFix You’ve probably heard of Stitch Fix, but have you tried it yet? We’re blown away by our first boxes and can’t wait for you to see yours. Stitch Fix sends a box with handpicked items based on your style and preferences, and then you can decide what you’d like to keep and what you want to send back. No subscription required. Get started today at stitchfix.com/themomhour and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! Sponsor Spotlight: UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Ready to advance your career? UCI’s Division of Continuing Education offers certificate programs and specialized studies programs in everything from business to IT, healthcare, finance, and Law. Classes are offered on campus or online, and registration is open for fall quarter. Visit ce.uci.edu/momhour to learn more and use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 15% off one course. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 234: The Mom Hour Podcast Club is going to be available in just a few days! Check it out at themomhour.com/club You can always reach us by email at hello@themomhour.com
November 10, 2019
Meagan and Sarah have been lifting weights this fall! After bemoaning our fitness situation back in late summer, we got (sorta) serious about doing trainer-led workouts–and we found a way to do it “together,” remotely! In today’s More Than Mom episode we’re full of updates, from how sore we are to what changes we’ve noticed after 6+ weeks of weight training. We also discuss where we want to go from here with our fitness routine, tips for working with a trainer or accountability group, how we feel about smartphone apps for fitness, and more. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Ora Organic Ora makes nutritious plant-based products that make people and the planet healthier. Ora Organic was created to replace synthetic supplements with nutrients from organic and sustainable sources. For 30% off your first purchase use code MOMHOUR at ora.organic Sponsor Spotlight: Messy Messy is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, & everyone ready to share their voice. You can record, edit, and publish your show all in one place–this is the start we wish we’d had five years ago! The basic level is FREE, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Go to themomhour.com/messy to create a free account and start podcasting today! Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. 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: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this Episode: Kansas City, MO area listeners can check out Mark’s new gym Fit Street coming to the Crossroads neighborhood (20th & Washington St) in 2020 Interested in training with Mark through the Train Heroic App? Contact Mark at fit30gym@gmail.com, or email us at hello@themomhour.com
November 8, 2019
Taking your child to see a counselor, therapist, or psychologist feels heavy...but it doesn't have to be. As our understanding of childhood mental health expands and the stigma associated with seeking help shrinks, the growth and support opportunities for our kids that exist with the help of a trained professional are worth approaching with curiosity, not fear or sadness. In this month's Voices interview Sarah chats with child psychologist, professor, and therapist in private practice Dr. Erin Lanphier. Dr. Erin explains patiently, and with all the detail Sarah loves, what the process of finding and working with a therapist for your child is like. We also discuss anxiety and childhood fears, how to know whether it's time to seek outside help, and more.
November 5, 2019
The road to extracurricular insanity is paved with good intentions...or so the saying goes. Sarah has always resisted the pressure to sign her kids up for multiple sports, clubs, and activities, but somehow Fall 2019 landed the Powers family with a crazy after school schedule. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss how it happened, what it revealed, and how it's all coming to an end this week. Enjoy!
October 29, 2019
From gift giving to special meals, family gatherings and classroom celebrations, creating special birthday traditions for your kids is a multi-faceted affair. Even if you’re not into big parties, there is still plenty to think about–and to keep you busy when multiple kids have birthdays in the same season, as is the case for Meagan’s family. Join us for a thoughtful look at the family culture around kids’ birthdays in Episode 232 of The Mom Hour. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. Epic! is nurturing a love of reading and learning in millions of children around the world. Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: InfantSEE InfantSEE® is a public health initiative from Optometry Cares & The AOA Foundation designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an integral part of infant wellness care. Visit infantsee.org to find a participating optometrist who can provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment to babies between 6 and 12 months of age. Sponsor Spotlight: Chicco Chicco has smart products designed to make life simpler. Their car seats and travel systems help babies feel safe, comfortable, and happy, and are designed with parents in mind making getting in and out of the car easier. For 20% off a car seat or travel system use code MOMHOUR at ChiccoUSA.com. Valid until 11/8. 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 $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh meals with promo code THEMOMHOUR80 when you sign up at hellofresh.com/themomhour80. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 232: Want to hear more on the topic of kids’ birthdays? Check out Kid Birthdays, Part 1 (The Kids In Your Family (Episode 68 from September 2016), Kid Birthdays, Part 2 (Other People’s Parties) (Episode 69 from September 2016), and Birthday Parties The Easier Way (Episode 155 from May 2018) Queue It Up! Sarah is a guest on Best of Both Worlds with Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger this week, AND both of us chat with Alana Dawson on The Podcasting Party
October 27, 2019
Weirdest thing Meagan and Sarah are afraid of? You'll never guess in a million years (and please tell us if you share our weird fears!). And then there are the more typical things that creep us out, from the minor heebie-jeebies to the big-time stuff that truly terrifies us. Join us for a fun, funny, not-at-all-scary More Than Mom episode all about the things that scare us!
October 22, 2019
Roasts, stews, gourd-shaped baked goods, and soups that pair with a storybook read-aloud–we are leaning in hard this fall to cozy seasonal cooking. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss what we’ve been feeding our families lately, what we aspire to make and bake this fall, and how we like to bring the season to our table in both the food and décor departments. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: Messy Messy is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, & everyone ready to share their voice. You can record, edit, and publish your show all in one place–this is the start we wish we’d had five years ago! The basic level is FREE, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Go to themomhour.com/messy to create a free account and start podcasting today! Sponsor Spotlight: La Croix LaCroix® Sparkling Water was developed to give health-conscious consumers refreshment, flavor, and sparkle with an innocent twist of zero calories, zero sweeteners and zero sodium. You already know that Meagan and Sarah are big fans–join us and the whole LaCroix community on social at @LaCroixWater, and for more information and where to buy, visit LaCroixwater.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. Sponsor Spotlight: StitchFix You’ve probably heard of Stitch Fix, but have you tried it yet? We’re blown away by our first boxes and can’t wait for you to see yours. Stitch Fix sends a box with handpicked items based on your style and preferences, and then you can decide what you’d like to keep and what you want to send back. No subscription required. Get started today at stitchfix.com/themomhour and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 231: This episode was inspired by Sarah’s recent interview with the hosts of the Didn’t I Just Feed You podcast, Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt, and a recent episode about feeding families on the The Girl Next Door Podcast Sarah’s favorite chili recipe (originally from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (affiliate link), modified by The Cake Chica here) Sarah’s butternut squash soup with apple, bacon and sage recipe Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Thomas (affiliate link) Queue It Up! Meagan suggested an episode from last year about Halloween Costumes and Halloween Picture Books (Episode 177)
October 15, 2019
From cars to houses to groceries to college, there are some functional elements to growing your family that give a lot of couples pause. We’re not here to convince you one way or the other, but we do have experience to share when it comes to going from two kids to three (and then, in Meagan’s case, to four… and five…). We also acknowledge the emotional and psychological implications of parenting a bigger brood, and we’re here to discuss it all in Episode 230. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: La Croix LaCroix® Sparkling Water was developed to give health-conscious consumers refreshment, flavor, and sparkle with an innocent twist of zero calories, zero sweeteners and zero sodium. You already know that Meagan and Sarah are big fans–join us and the whole LaCroix community on social at @LaCroixWater, and for more information and where to buy, visit LaCroixwater.com Sponsor Spotlight: Chicco Chicco has smart products designed to make life simpler. Their car seats and travel systems help babies feel safe, comfortable, and happy, and are designed with parents in mind making getting in and out of the car easier. For 20% off a car seat or travel system use code MOMHOUR at ChiccoUSA.com. Valid until 11/8. Sponsor Spotlight: UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Ready to advance your career? UCI’s Division of Continuing Education offers certificate programs and specialized studies programs in everything from business to IT, healthcare, finance, and Law. Classes are offered on campus or online, and registration is open for fall quarter. Visit ce.uci.edu/momhour to learn more and use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 15% off one course. Sponsor Spotlight: America’s Test Kitchen Kids The Young Chef’s Club from America’s Test Kitchen Kids is a brand new monthly activity box that gets kids excited about cooking and eating! Each box includes kid-tested, kid-approved recipes that your family can make together, plus hands-on activities, experiments, and fun extras. Get 10% OFF your first subscription box at atkkids.com/themomhour with promo code ATKKIDS10. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 230: Want more discussion about growing your family? You might like: Are You Done Having Babies? (Episode 7) Should I Get Pregnant Again? (Episode 87) Queue It Up! Sarah suggested Episode 213 from June, Adventure As A Family Value, as well as her recent voices interview Spending Saving, and Living Your Values with Natalie Taylor
October 13, 2019
Curious what it’s like to run a business with your good friend? Or how we navigate money conversations, time commitments, and growth tension while mothering a collective eight children? Today’s More Than Mom episode pulls back the curtain on our 4-year business partnership (and 7+ year working relationship) with an honest look at how we keep the love alive and what we’ve learned about partnership through it all. 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: Messy Messy is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, & everyone ready to share their voice. You can record, edit, and publish your show all in one place–this is the start we wish we’d had five years ago! The basic level is FREE, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Go to themomhour.com/messy to create a free account and start podcasting today! Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Get set for Fall at ModCloth! Meagan is eyeing The Print Pick Fit and Flare Dress -so cute! Check it out and while you’re there at modcloth.com use the promo code MODMOM to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more (including sale items!) through the end of October 2019. Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Links we mentioned (or should have) in this Episode: Check out two similar behind the scenes type episodes, More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes & Business Updates (from August 2018) and Behind The Scenes: How We Make The Podcast (Episode 91 from February 2017) Sarah referenced the episode Knowing Yourself As A Mom (Episode 203) Join Meagan and Sarah at the Blissdom Conference in Nashville this November!
October 8, 2019
Teaching manners and social graces is about so much more than pleases and thank-yous; it’s years of modeling and coaching with many shades of gray that bring together regional and cultural differences and expectations, and with a line of sight toward courtesy that’s much bigger than any one dinner party or social faux-pas. Join Meagan and Sarah as we confess the manners our kids are still struggling with, celebrate the areas where things are working well in our families, and take a big picture look at raising courteous humans. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. Epic! is nurturing a love of reading and learning in millions of children around the world. Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: La Croix LaCroix® Sparkling Water was developed to give health-conscious consumers refreshment, flavor, and sparkle with an innocent twist of zero calories, zero sweeteners and zero sodium. You already know that Meagan and Sarah are big fans–join us and the whole LaCroix community on social at @LaCroixWater, and for more information and where to buy, visit LaCroixwater.com Sponsor Spotlight: FabFitFun FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box with full-size beauty, fitness, fashion and lifestyle products. Boxes retail for $49.99 but always have a value over $200, and the Fall box is still available! Use coupon code THEMOMHOUR for $10 off your first box when you order at www.fabfitfun.com. Sponsor Spotlight: America’s Test Kitchen Kids The Young Chef’s Club from America’s Test Kitchen Kids is a brand new monthly activity box that gets kids excited about cooking and eating! Each box includes kid-tested, kid-approved recipes that your family can make together, plus hands-on activities, experiments, and fun extras. Get 10% OFF your first subscription box at atkkids.com/themomhour with promo code ATKKIDS10. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 229: Looking for more on manners? Queue up out our episode about Teaching Manners to Kids. Episode 5 from June 2015
October 4, 2019
Navigating traditional employment while mothering small children brings up so many questions--from negotiating flexible schedules to getting hired while pregnant, promotion challenges and where to pump. In this month's Voices interview Meagan aims to answer the most common questions in a conversation with Colleen Curtis, head of community at The Mom Project, an organization dedicated to building better workplace environments for moms, and helping mothers remain active in the workplace, while acknowledging our need for flexibility and respect in their role as a mom, particularly in the early years of parenting.
October 1, 2019
Do we set family rules that apply to everyone, or adjust our expectations for individual kids' and their different strengths, struggles, and personalities? Yes. Both. And it's complicated. We loved answering listener Hannah's thoughtful question about parenting "fair" versus parenting to each kid's individual needs, with Sarah discussing how it works with younger families and Meagan shining the light on how things look with teens and young adults. It's a great conversation and we hope you'll join us!
September 24, 2019
Mom-friends are a true gift--but they're just one type of female friendship we've benefitted from over the years. Today we're talking about building relationships with women we admire - mentors, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, and just generally awesome ladies. From where we find them and how we initiate a first friend-date to what kinds of friendships we like to have in our professional circles, we're unpacking all the benefits to surrounding yourself with women you admire. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah for another Books Talk segment, where you'll hear our list of picture books we're never giving away - these are the keepers on our shelves that have been loved for years, and for good reason.
September 22, 2019
With kids back in school, we’re looking at taking care of our bodies through regular exercise. Meagan’s already established a new early morning workout routine with some accountability buddies, and Sarah’s ready to start. We talk about what’s worked in the past when committing to a new fitness routine, what obstacles we have to look out for, and how the reasons behind our desire to work out regularly has changed as we’ve gotten older. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment options and videoconference sessions led by licensed counselors. If you or someone you know wants help for a drug or alcohol problem, counselors are standing by to chat, text, or talk whenever you’re ready. Visit lionrockrecovery.com/mom for more. 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: UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Ready to advance your career? UCI’s Division of Continuing Education offers certificate programs and specialized studies programs in everything from business to IT, healthcare, finance, and Law. Classes are offered on campus or online, and registration is open for fall quarter. Visit ce.uci.edu/momhour to learn more and use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 15% off one course. Sponsor Spotlight: StitchFix You’ve probably heard of Stitch Fix, but have you tried it yet? We’re blown away by our first boxes and can’t wait for you to see yours. Stitch Fix sends a box with handpicked items based on your style and preferences, and then you can decide what you’d like to keep and what you want to send back. No subscription required. Get started today at stitchfix.com/themomhour and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Aaptiv is an audio-based training app with all kinds of workouts that we’ve both enjoyed in the past
September 17, 2019
Time-strapped, mom? You’re not alone. This week Meagan and Sarah look at time management through two different lenses: first, how to find pockets of time in your existing schedule to make small but meaningful improvements to your overall productivity, AND second, how to carve out larger blocks of time for big changes and important priorities, even during busy seasons of life. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. STEAM learning and Common Core-aligned content are perfect for back to school! Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: America’s Test Kitchen Kids The Young Chef’s Club from America’s Test Kitchen Kids is a brand new monthly activity box that gets kids excited about cooking and eating! Each box includes kid-tested, kid-approved recipes that your family can make together, plus hands-on activities, experiments, and fun extras. Get 10% OFF your first subscription box at atkkids.com/themomhour with promo code ATKKIDS10. Sponsor Spotlight: Pill Club Pill Club is a birth control subscription delivered straight to your door. Most prescriptions are free with insurance or medicaid, and Pill Club can be as low as $3.99 per month without insurance .Skip the office visit and the line at the pharmacy and join the club at thepillclub.com/momhour Partner Offer: Jane Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like these Wide Leg Button Fly Denim jeans and London Flats that Sarah LOVES) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–-and thanks for helping support the show! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 226: Meagan talked about Steven Covey’s book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (affiliate link) Queue It Up! Looking for more episodes? Check out our two-part series about Sitters & Caregivers. Part 1 is about finding them, and Part 2 is about the relationship once you have them. Episodes 119 and 120 from September of 2017.
September 10, 2019
Fall means football, whether you care a little bit, a ton, or not at all. This inspired us to talk about the way sports fandom relates to family culture in a broader way–from bonding across generations over a favorite team, to navigating marital stress when one partner prioritizes game day over family time. We also look at the positive lessons (and potentially troublesome ones) that kids can learn from watching televised sports, and how even fair-weather fans can find teachable moments in sports culture. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Force of Nature Force of Nature helps you create a safe, nontoxic, and effective cleaning solution at home using their unique technology that turns tap water, plus a capsule of salt, water, and vinegar into a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant as effective as bleach. Use code THEMOMHOUR for 40% off & free shipping on the starter kit when you visit forceofnatureclean.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. STEAM learning and Common Core-aligned content are perfect for back to school! Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: America’s Test Kitchen Kids The Young Chef’s Club from America’s Test Kitchen Kids is a brand new monthly activity box that gets kids excited about cooking and eating! Each box includes kid-tested, kid-approved recipes that your family can make together, plus hands-on activities, experiments, and fun extras. Get 10% OFF your first subscription box at atkkids.com/themomhour with promo code ATKKIDS10. Sponsor Spotlight: Lovevery Lovevery makes perfect play essentials designed by experts, for months 0 to 24. Lovevery products are distilled to their simplest, purest purpose: to be exactly what children need at each stage. Get $15 off new Play Kit subscriptions when you visit lovevery.com/mom and use code MOM at checkout. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 225: Queue It Up! Featured podcast we think is worth checking out: Kristen Howerton is a writer, psychotherapist, and blogger behind Rage Against The Minivan. On her weekly podcast Selfie, Kristen is joined by co-hosts and interview guests as they tackle the tricky and often elusive aspects of caring for ourselves. Find Selfie wherever you listen to podcasts or at selfiepodcast.com.
September 8, 2019
Recently both Meagan and Sarah took trips where they spent significant time alone--like, alone-alone, not "5 minutes in the bathroom with a kid outside the door" alone. This got us thinking about alone-ness in motherhood: the quest to get some, how we feel about it when we do get it, and what types of activities we prefer to do alone vs. with others. This conversation also leads us into topics like anxiety, fear, loneliness, extroversion/introversion, and more.
September 6, 2019
From picky eaters to snacking tweens, independent lunch-packers to dinner woes, this month’s Voices interview episode is packed with tips for feeding your family nutritious meals without the guilt. Hosts of the popular podcast Didn’t I Just Feed You? Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn join Sarah to talk about their measured, nonjudgmental, and totally do-able approaches to family meals. This is a can’t-miss episode!
September 3, 2019
A listener wonders if she's raising a mini-hoarder and we talk about kids who have a hard time parting with their stuff; a mom of elementary-aged kids asks us to talk about after-school grumpiness; a new mom of twins helps us reminisce about infant nap schedules; and a longtime listener asks about mass violence in the media and how we talk to our kids about it. It's another episode inspired by your parenting challenges, and we've got stuff to say--join us!
August 27, 2019
Preschoolers and violent pretend play, navigating changing relationships with grown children, advice for a mom whose 15-month-old is starting a preschool program, and thoughts on talking to our kids about inclusiveness and representation: We're taking your questions and offering our advice in this week's episode.
August 25, 2019
It happens every year: Meagan and Sarah get to the end of summer and just feel the need to take a pause and check in. Today's More Than Mom episode gives us that space to catch up about our summer travels, share some highlights (and also commiserate about end-of-summer woes), and reflect on the last couple months. We also respond to a listener suggestion to discuss procrastination and how it affects our work lives, personal lives, and kids' lives.
August 20, 2019
That feeling when summer has all but killed your morning mojo and you're BEGGING for a fresh start? Yep, we're there. Sarah's kids are newly back in school and Meagan's are gearing up, so this episode is all about resetting our mornings. We talk about what has worked in the past, what needs a reset this year or will be changing completely, and offer our best tips for getting out the door on time, feeding yourself and your kids, and how to fit exercise in with it all. (Kidding. We haven't figured that part out yet, but we have much to say about the challenge!)
August 16, 2019
Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood's many seasons. We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don't like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers' book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up.
August 13, 2019
Sarah has a new middle schooler and needs all the tips, which Meagan is happy to share. And many of you are launching new kinders or early elementary kids this year, something the two of us have done a combined eight times (!!). In Episode 221 Sarah leads a pep talk with tips for parents with kids starting elementary school and Meagan takes a turn with advice about middle and high school.
August 11, 2019
Do you remember the libraries of your past? We do. In fact, we have enough to say about the transformative power of libraries to fill an entire More Than Mom episode! From our earliest library memories (grouchy Mrs. Young!), to junior high school library adventures (that book was NOT appropriate for 11-year-old Meagan), to an accidental nap in dreary old England, we look back at our lives through the stacks.
August 6, 2019
Donating used items, keeping track of library books, getting kids to put their own clean clothes away, and staying on top of the monthly budget: These are a few of the home management / life / adulting systems that are working well in our homes right now. In this episode we talk about what's working and why, how these systems necessarily change (and how nothing works well forever), and which areas of our home lives due for a system overhaul.
August 2, 2019
Imagine you're a mom of two, successful entrepreneur, and self-confessed Type A personality...and then you find out that you have a chronic condition that will cause you to be in pain and sap your energy--daily--possibly for the rest of your life. How would you react? What would you let go of? And how would you re-adjust expectations of yourself and the world around you in order to continue to thrive in your new reality? That's the journey that today's guest, Amy Clark, faced. The founder of MomAdvice.com, Amy is a 16-year veteran of digital publishing, and for years really seemed to Do All The Things. Two and a half years ago, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a chronic condition that affects the connective tissue in her body, and everything changed. In this inspiring episode Amy shares how she's dealt with her diagnosis and her "new normal" and how her condition has forced her to let go of things that don't really matter and instead focus on her priorities - which include being a "good mom" in a totally different way than she might have once thought.
July 30, 2019
The fear of missing out is real, and it preys on new moms in particular. Whether your FOMO flares up when you see other moms’ lives play out on Instagram, or you feel it most when it seems like everyone else’s kid is on a path to greatness, we can relate (and we’ve been there). In this episode, Meagan and Sarah look at the types of FOMO that come with motherhood, how we’ve personally experienced them, and how we’ve learned to manage the fear of missing out. Join us! This episode is part of a collaboration with Coffee + Crumbs. Be sure to listen to their episode on the same topic here. Welcome, Coffee + Crumbs Listeners! If you’re here for the first time after listening to the Coffee + Crumbs podcast take on How We Do: Motherhood + FOMO this week, welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. Check out this page just for new listeners This is a recent episode we’re particularly proud of One of our most popular episodes is the one where we talk about #MomFails Sarah was a guest on C+C back in 2017 Former C+C co-host Lesley Miller was a guest on our show in 2018 Sponsor Spotlight: Unspoken Stories Mom, actress and advocate Tatyana Ali hosts Unspoken Stories, a new podcast from March of Dimes featuring real stories from the joys of parenthood to what happens when things don’t go according to plan. Listen and subscribe free wherever you get your podcasts, or at unspokenstories.org Partner Offer: Jane Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like these Strappy Criss-Cross Flip Flops that Sarah LOVES) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–and thanks for helping support the show! Sponsor Spotlight: Lucky & Me Lucky & Me is a comfort-first apparel brand specializing in high-quality underwear and basics for girls and boys. They craft fun and functional clothing that your kids will want to wear every day. Get 25% off your order when you use promo code MOMHOUR25 at luckyandme.com Sponsor Spotlight: Teenology Teenology hair and body care help prevent breakouts caused by parabens in traditional products. With fun scents, eye-catching design, and unique formula, Teenology was a hit with the pre-teens and teens in our houses. For 15% off your entire order go to teenshampoo.com/themomhour Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 219: Meagan mentioned our episode on personality types as a mom New listeners to the podcast can start here Find The Mom Hour on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
July 28, 2019
Remember Sliding Doors? Today's episode asks the question: "Where would we be if...". Meagan and Sarah talk about the points in our lives where different decisions might have led us down dramatically different paths, and imagine what life would be like in these hypothetical alternate realities.
July 23, 2019
Concerns over safety and privacy are one thing (and worth discussing), but what about the broader implications of kids growing up with a digital identity shaped by their parents long before they were old enough to have a say? This week Meagan and Sarah talk about how we make decisions about what to share online (and on the podcast) about our own kids and how things shift as kids get older and technology evolves; we also tackle a few listener questions on the topic of "sharenting" from moms of younger kids.
July 16, 2019
On this day in history, where were we? One year Sarah was stuck inside with littles in 115-degree Arizona heat; another year Meagan was directing her kids in a play. One July day many years ago, Meagan’s four boys all fit on the same park swing; on another, more recent one Sarah sent a nervous kindergartener off to a full day of summer camp. Looking back at photos from the past, we reflect on the phases of motherhood we’ve survived through a series of ordinary July days. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Unspoken Stories Mom, actress and advocate Tatyana Ali hosts Unspoken Stories, a new podcast from March of Dimes featuring real stories from the joys of parenthood to what happens when things don’t go according to plan. Listen and subscribe free wherever you get your podcasts, or at unspokenstories.org Sponsor Spotlight: UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Ready to advance your career? UCI’s Division of Continuing Education offers certificate programs and specialized studies programs in everything from business to IT, healthcare, finance, and Law. Classes are offered on campus or online, and registration is open for fall quarter. Visit ce.uci.edu/momhour to learn more and use promo code THEMOMHOUR to save 15% off one course. Exceptions apply; see website for details. Sponsor Spotlight: Teenology Teenology hair and body care help prevent breakouts caused by parabens in traditional products. With fun scents, eye-catching design, and unique formula, Teenology was a hit with the pre-teens and teens in our houses. For 15% off your entire order go to teenshampoo.com/themomhour Partner Offer: Jane Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like these Strappy Criss-Cross Flip Flops that Sarah LOVES) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–and thanks for helping support the show! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 217: See all the photos we discussed in today’s episode on our Instagram page
July 14, 2019
Today is pure fun–a game of Would You Rather…?, in which Meagan and Sarah challenge each other with choices between wildly impossible scenarios. Which one of us would rather have a permanent three-year-old and which would rather have a permanent 18-month old? You’ll have to listen to find out! Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Get set for spring at ModCloth! Sarah just ordered the Belief in Buttons Knit Jumpsuit–so cute! Check it out and while you’re there at modcloth.com use the promo code MODMOM to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more (including sale items!). Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Partner Offer: Sudio Sudio makes ear buds that are stylish, affordable, and provide incredible sound and extended battery life using the latest Bluetooth technology. Meagan and Sarah have used Sudio ear buds for years, and we’re particularly excited about their new Tolv style. Save 15% on your Sudio purchase with code MOMHOUR and be sure to follow us on Instagram to enter our Sudio giveaway! Last Chance! Listener Survey Still Open Your input helps us improve the show. Thanks! http://themomhour.com/survey Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Last summer’s episode where we also played Would You Rather… Follow us on Instagram @TheMomHour and play along!
July 9, 2019
Now that our kids are getting older, we have the opportunity to ooh and ahh over other people's babies, and we're here to talk about it. From how we are with our nieces and nephews to whether holding babies really makes our ovaries twinge, we look at the role of auntie, experienced/helpful friend, and even future grandparent (!!) and how they differ from the way we were with our own babies.
July 5, 2019
When starting a family didn’t go as planned and money was tight, singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford felt like she had no choice but to surrender to the devastating possibility that she would never become a mom. Then, just days after finding this acceptance, she got a phone call that changed her life. Join Sarah and K.C. for a real and raw conversation about the heartbreak of infertility, the hope that followed, and the kids who were worth the wait. You’ll also hear the debut of K.C.’s brand new single “Worth The Wait”, as well as an excerpt from the beautiful “Broken Things” , songs written about her journey to becoming a mom via IUI and IVF. Sponsor Spotlight: Paint Your Life At paintyourlife.com, you can have an original painting by a world-class artist done by hand from a photo. 100% Hand-painted portrait paintings from photos in oil, charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor or acrylic. For 30% off your painting and FREE shipping, text MOM to 79-79-79. Take Our Listener Survey! Click HERE to take our 2019 Listener Survey Your input helps us improve the show. Thanks! (If you don’t see the button above, try this link: http://themomhour.com/survey.) Partner Offer: Jane Daily Boutique Deals Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like this Foldable Wide Brim Bow Visor that Sarah has!) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–and thanks for helping support the show! Partner Offer: $50 Off Registration to Blissdom! We’re heading to Nashville in November! Join us November 14-16 for Blissdom, one of the premier conferences for lifestyle content creators–that’s all of you writers, podcasters, speakers, entrepreneurs, and social media mamas out there. Register at themomhour.com/blissdom and use promo code BLISS50 to save $50 off your registration. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 38: Visit www.kcclifford.com for more about K.C. and her music Find her on Spotify, Instagram, and Facebook
July 2, 2019
We’re known by many as fun-haters (see Episode 10 for the backstory!), but does this still hold true four years later? We revisit the fun-list today–everything from pushing kids on the swings, to parades and carnivals, to craft projects–to see whether our opinions have changed. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah to talk about what we’ve been reading, what makes for a great beach read, and what’s on our book list for this summer. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Hopster Hopster is a subscription app for kids 2-6 where kids can access high-quality shows, learning games, fun music, and more. Head to hopster.tv, select USE VOUCHER, and enter code themomhour (all lowercase!) to get an extended 1-month free trial. 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/themomhour and sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription. Partner Offer: Jane Daily Boutique Deals Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like this Foldable Wide Brim Bow Visor that Sarah has!) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–and thanks for helping support the show! Partner Offer: $50 Off Registration to Blissdom! We’re heading to Nashville in November! Join us November 14-16 for Blissdom, one of the premier conferences for lifestyle content creators–that’s all of you writers, podcasters, speakers, entrepreneurs, and social media mamas out there. Register at themomhour.com/blissdom and use promo code BLISS50 to save $50 off your registration. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 215: This episode is a throwback to one of our earliest and most popular episodes, We Hate Fun Inspired by the blog post written by Meagan, For The Mom Who Hates The Swings Get all the book recommendations from Sarah’s Books Talk with Katie here
June 25, 2019
We’ve been to the beach and the pool with little kids…and survived! From what to take with you to how to carry it, from how to sit comfortably to the best ways to stay entertained, we’ve got you covered. Episode 214 is full of practical tips and our favorite products for beach days and pool trips with kids. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Save The Children Save The Children’s Read A Story, Change Their Story campaign gives moms like us a way to help kids in need. All you have to do is read with your little ones and log your time online, and generous partners will support Save The Children’s education initiatives with books for schools and other resources. Get started at at savethechildren.org/read. Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: $10 off a photo book from Chattbooks! Download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get a 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Offer ends 6/30/19–hurry! 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 $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh meals with promo code THEMOMHOUR80 when you sign up at hellofresh.com/themomhour80. Partner Offer: Jane Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like this Foldable Wide Brim Bow Visor that Sarah has!) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–and thanks for helping support the show! Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 214: Amazon links are affiliates, which means that if you click through and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting the show! What To Sit On Meagan loves this beach chair and beach blanket Sarah likes this JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket These Summer and Rose towels from a FabFitFun box Meagan and Sarah got last year Sarah’s kids all have personalized towels from Pottery Barn Kids (which are also great for pool parties where kids get their towels mixed up!) What To Put All The Stuff In Sarah uses this LL Bean Tote for the beach, storage, and weekend trips Sarah has this mesh tote bag for the beach and pool Meagan has a bag similar to this market basket A listener reminded Sarah about her love for these easy-to-pack and fast-drying Nylon rip stop reusable grocery bags Recommended wagons from our Patreon Community What To Use for Shade We hear these portable protection shelters are popular for babies Sarah uses this Tommy Bahama umbrella Sportbrella recommended by one of our Patreon community members A listener suggested this shade shack How To Stay Entertained Sarah said this was the best pool purchase ever Sarah mentioned this ball and catch mitt was a great toy for the pool or beach Meagan loved having this mommy and me float For lake life, Meagan’s kids had fun on a floating mat like the The Original Aqua Lily Pad (or this one from Rubber Dockie, which is about half the price) Sarah saw kids with these zoodle pool noodles Sarah used a puddle jumper flotation device for her youngest Other Stuff We Mentioned Meagan uses this spray sunscreen for herself Meagan loves to take along this bluetooth speaker Sarah uses these EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento ...
June 23, 2019
Meagan opens up about dating as a divorced mom after being partnered up for the better part of two decades, and Sarah has many questions. If you’ve ever wondered about dating apps, dating as a single parent, or starting a relationship with someone you’ve already Googled, this More Than Mom episode takes us all behind the scenes. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment options and videoconference sessions led by licensed counselors. If you or someone you know wants help for a drug or alcohol problem, counselors are standing by to chat, text, or talk whenever you’re ready. Visit lionrockrecovery.com/mom for more. Partner Offer: $50 Off Registration to Blissdom! We’re heading to Nashville in November! Join us November 14-16 for Blissdom, one of the premier conferences for lifestyle content creators–that’s all of you writers, podcasters, speakers, entrepreneurs, and social media mamas out there. Register at themomhour.com/blissdom and use promo code BLISS50 to save $50 off your registration. Sponsor Spotlight: Ana Luisa Ana Luisa brings exceptional jewelry into the life of every woman, one collection at a time. Check their designs out at www.analuisa.com/themomhour and use promo code THEMOMHOUR10 for $10 off your purchase. Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: A FREE photo book from Chatbooks–no strings attached! Just download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get your 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: I Swiped Right For Your Dog: Adventures In Dating Apps (Meagan’s PechaKucha talk from 2017) Bumble and Tinder We mentioned Enneagram personality tests, which we’ve discussed recently in Episode 203 and also in Episodes 57 and 58 If you want to take the Enneagram test, we like this free one from eccelecticenergies.com and we prefer the 9 Type Descriptions found at enneagraminstitute.com
June 18, 2019
It can be as small as trying a new food or as big as starring in the school play; helping our kids feel the thrill of adventure doesn’t have to mean putting them at risk or forcing an indoor-loving kid outside. In Episode 213 Meagan and Sarah talk about why creating a family culture around adventure is important to us AND tackle some of the obstacles to living a life of adventure when you have small children, including nudging anxious kids out of their shells and getting over our own hangups in the process. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Save The Children Save The Children’s Read A Story, Change Their Story campaign gives moms like us a way to help kids in need. All you have to do is read with your little ones and log your time online, and generous partners will support Save The Children’s education initiatives with books for schools and other resources. Get started at at savethechildren.org/read. Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: $10 off a photo book from Chattbooks! Download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get a 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Offer ends 6/30/19–hurry! Sponsor Spotlight: Paint Your Life At paintyourlife.com, you can have an original painting by a world-class artist done by hand from a photo. 100% Hand-painted portrait paintings from photos in oil, charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor or acrylic. For 30% off your painting and FREE shipping, text MOM to 79-79-79. Take Our Listener Survey! Click HERE to take our 2019 Listener Survey Your input helps us improve the show. Thanks! (If you don’t see the button above, try this link: http://themomhour.com/survey.) Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 213: Listen to our More Than Mom episode on adventure Meagan mentioned two movies about stories of adventure that are good to watch with kids; Big Fish and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty We mentioned our episodes on helicopter parenting, Episode 194 and Episode 195 Sarah referenced the book The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey (affiliate link) Queue It Up! Featured podcast we think is worth checking out: Spawned with Kristen and Liz of Cool Mom Picks is a fun and hopefully funny podcast about parenting and parenting culture, full of helpful takeaways and mostly non-judgmental advice. Available at CoolMomPicks.com, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts!
June 11, 2019
Introducing a new baby to a freshly-minted big sibling can be daunting, and it’s only the beginning of parenting siblings. Join Meagan and Edit Your Life’s Asha Dornfest, who are both now parenting teens and young adults, for a look back at how they managed new baby transitions with older siblings and how sibling relationships continue to evolve in new ways. This episode is part of a host swap with our friends Asha and Christine of the Edit Your Life podcast. Hear Sarah talk about work-from-home productivity hacks in Episode 167 of Edit Your Life, available wherever you get your podcasts. 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: Save The Children Save The Children’s Read A Story, Change Their Story campaign gives moms like us a way to help kids in need. All you have to do is read with your little ones and log your time online, and generous partners will support Save The Children’s education initiatives with books for schools and other resources. Get started at at savethechildren.org/read. Sponsor Spotlight: Hopster Hopster is a subscription app for kids 2-6 where kids can access high-quality shows, learning games, fun music, and more. Head to hopster.tv, select USE VOUCHER, and enter code themomhour (all lowercase!) to get an extended 1-month free trial. Sponsor Spotlight: Ana Luisa Ana Luisa brings exceptional jewelry into the life of every woman, one collection at a time. Check their designs out at www.analuisa.com/themomhour and use promo code THEMOMHOUR10 for $10 off your purchase. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 212: Check out Sarah on Edit Your Life, chatting with Christine Koh about work-from-home productivity Hear Asha talk with Meagan about parenting older kids in Voices 31 Asha was also a guest on our VERY FIRST Voices episode Asha referenced two books on parenting siblings, Siblings Without Rivalry, and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, both by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (affiliate links) Check out Edit Your Life wherever you get your podcasts, or at edityourlifeshow.com. They’re also on Instagram and Facebook Asha’s website, ashadornfest.com and her book, Parent Hacks
June 9, 2019
That product you’ve been searching for to do just that thing you need? We found it. Okay, well, we found a few of them…and we’re still on the hunt for a few more. In this More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share a few “perfect things” and a few more that we’d love to find. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Fuego Box Fuego Box wants to bring emerging hot sauces that you’ve probably never heard of to your hot sauce shelf. Locally harvested, hand-bottled hot sauces, and unique and delicious flavors that go with just about every kind of food. Get 10% off your order when you visit fuegobox.com/themomhour. Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: A FREE photo book from Chatbooks–no strings attached! Just download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get your 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Get set for spring at ModCloth! Sarah just ordered the Belief in Buttons Knit Jumpsuit–so cute! Check it out and while you’re there at modcloth.com use the promo code MODMOM to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more. Sponsor Spotlight: Harper Wilde It’s time to start lifting up your ladies with Harper Wilde! Get started today with a FREE at-home try-on, and get a FREE bra wash bag when you order at harperwilde.com/themomhour. Make sure to select THREE bras to try on—and don’t forget to add the wash bag to your cart, too! Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: This episode was inspired by an episode on the same topic on The Girl Next Door Podcast, who got the idea from this 2017 episode of Friendlier Hydro Flask 12oz Coffee Travel Mug (affiliate link) J. Crew Classic Hair Clip Native Shoes, specifically the Jefferson style slip on (affiliate link) Madewell Medium Transport Tote Meagan’s Kitchenaid Electric Kettle (affiliate link) KTM Valley Rucksack from EST/WST Fabletics Devore Seamless Sports Bra
June 7, 2019
Take a girl with a great eye for design and an entrepreneurial streak, add a just-out-of-high-school introduction to motherhood, and sprinkle with some good-old Midwestern pluck and determination, and you’ve got a great reinvention story. Our guest on today’s Voices episode is Emma Hicks, founder of Camp Climb, a gathering for women entrepreneurs and creatives. Emma and Meagan talk about their similar backgrounds (having babies really young and raising a business alongside a family), the unconventional career Emma launched when her kids were small, and how she continues to pivot her career while building a community of creative entrepreneurs. Sponsor Spotlight: Greenerways Organic Greenerways Organic produces the best, USDA Certified Organic insect repellents and cleaning products on the market. Made in the U.S., all of the products are essential oil-based, Deet-Free, Lab-Tested, safe for the environment, and very affordable. Head to Amazon.com and search “Greenerways Organic”. Sponsor Spotlight: Fuego Box Fuego Box wants to bring emerging hot sauces that you’ve probably never heard of to your hot sauce shelf. Locally harvested, hand-bottled hot sauces, and unique and delicious flavors that go with just about every kind of food. Get 10% off your order when you visit fuegobox.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Original Grain With an unwavering commitment to authenticity, innovation, and next-level craftsmanship, Original Grain is a world-class creator of watches and accessories, advancing the limits of what wood and steel can achieve. For a limited time you can save 30% off your order at originalgrain.com when you use code MOM at checkout. Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: A FREE photo book from Chatbooks–no strings attached! Just download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get your 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 37: The retreat Emma Hicks founded for female entrepreneurs, Camp Climb Emma Hicks’ blog, Main + Second Erin Loechner will be speaking at Camp Climb, hear her interview on Voices 09 Find Emma Hicks on Instagram at @hicks__emma
June 4, 2019
Creating family culture around vacations, whether we let our kids skip school for family trips, how to (and whether to) stick to sleep routines on the road, dealing with kid meltdowns while traveling, and budgeting tips for family travel--we're taking your vacation-related listener questions in Episode 211.
May 28, 2019
Coping tips for a mom whose husband travels for several weeks at a time, our thoughts on whether traditional preschool is "necessary" when a four-year-old's needs are being met at home, Sarah's detailed response to a listener anticipating a planned Caesarian birth, and encouragement for a mom of three who wonders when her family will all be able to enjoy the same activities together. Join us for a jam-packed Listener Questions episode!
May 26, 2019
What makes an experience an adventure, and how has motherhood changed our willingness to be up for it? Are Meagan and Sarah adventure-seekers, adventure-avoiders, or somewhere in the middle? And what types of adventures are our favorites? Join us for a More Than Mom episode all about living a life of adventure...even when (and especially if) you're in the trenches of motherhood.
May 21, 2019
Whether you're more structured like Sarah or intuitive like Meagan, your parenting decisions around screen media will likely evolve as kids get older, new tech emerges, and expert recommendations shift again (and again). Here's a look at how our own feelings and approaches to screen time have changed over the years--and how you can lose the guilt and accept the journey for your own family.
May 17, 2019
May is so crazy for parents that it has a new internet nickname: MAYcember (like December, without the presents). We covered the parenting side of things in Episode 206 (listen here if you missed it), and in this special bonus episode, we hear from three teachers about what it’s like from their perspective. Take a listen! Take Our Listener Survey! Click HERE to take our 2019 Listener Survey Your input helps us improve the show. Thanks! (If you don’t see the button above, try this link: http://themomhour.com/survey.) Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: A FREE photo book from Chatbooks–no strings attached! Just download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get your 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: Elizabeth’s blog Teaching Sam and Scout Elizabeth is also a guest in our Voices Episode 2: Inside The Lives of 3 Working Moms Kelly Hiltz is a guest in Voices Episode 23: Kindergarten Readiness & Parent-Teacher Relationships with Kelly Hiltz Kelly’s podcast The Chatty Sisters Podcast Kelly’s blog Ask A Teacher Mom
May 14, 2019
Archie is seventh in line to the crown, and we have thoughts about it all: the royals, our cultural obsession with celebrity parents, and how becoming a new mom in the spotlight would be both harder and easier than for the rest of us. Sarah also shares her personal connection to the Duchess of Sussex (true story!), we talk about our celebrity pregnancy buddies, and more. Join us! Take Our Listener Survey! http://themomhour.com/survey 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: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. Curated collections and best-selling series keep kids engaged and interested. Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Expecting A New Pregnancy Podcast from The Creators of The Mom Hour We’re excited to share more soon about Expecting, a new pregnancy podcast launching Labor Day 2019 from Life, Listened. Email us at hello@themomhour.com with “Expecting” in the subject line and let us know why you’re excited to hear it, and we’ll send you a sneak preview when it’s ready. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 208: Archie, the newest British royal family member, has no title. Here’s why (we think) – LA Times Jennifer Garner on Instagram Our episode about postpartum symptoms & surprises We talked about this adorable photo of the duchess and Archie surrounded by mom and family More information about moist wound healing
May 12, 2019
Do you love giving gifts or sometimes stress over the obligation? Are you more of a spontaneous giver or a planner? And where does Receiving Gifts fall in your Love Languages? Meagan and Sarah discuss our own gift-giving personalities and quirks in this fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Take Our Listener Survey! Click HERE to take our 2019 Listener Survey Your input helps us improve the show. Thanks! (If you don’t see the button above, try this link: http://themomhour.com/survey.) Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: A FREE photo book from Chatbooks–no strings attached! Just download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get your 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Get set for spring at ModCloth! Sarah just ordered the Belief in Buttons Knit Jumpsuit–so cute! Check it out and while you’re there at modcloth.com use the promo code MODMOM to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more. Sponsor Spotlight: Harper Wilde It’s time to start lifting up your ladies with Harper Wilde! Get started today with a FREE at-home try-on, and get a FREE bra wash bag when you order at harperwilde.com/themomhour. Make sure to select THREE bras to try on—and don’t forget to add the wash bag to your cart, too! Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: We discussed The Five Love Languages Meagan gave Sarah a gift from Artsy Voice Print Sarah used Google Voice to collect voicemails and used Audacity to edit them together into an audio gift
May 7, 2019
Between us we’ve seen it all: the shy kid, the sensitive empath, the loyal bestie, the social-savvy teen. In Episode 207 Meagan and Sarah look at our combined eight kids through the lens of friendships and social dynamics, unpacking their strengths and struggles and how they’ve changed over time. Sponsor Spotlight: Motherhood Sessions In Gimlet Media’s new podcast Motherhood Sessions, renowned reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra Sacks lets us listen in on conversations that are hard to have outside of a therapist’s office. Subscribe to wherever you listen to podcasts, and find out more at www.gimletmedia.com/motherhood-sessions. Partner Offer: FREE Photo Book From Chatbooks We have a gift for YOU: A FREE photo book from Chatbooks–no strings attached! Just download the Chatbooks app or create an account at Chatbooks.com. Use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout to get your 30-page soft-cover photo book at no cost (upgrades and shipping may apply; if you decide to make your book longer or add other upgrades, you’ll still get $10 off your total). Sponsor Spotlight: Hopster Hopster is a subscription app for kids 2-6 where kids can access high-quality shows, learning games, fun music, and more. Head to hopster.tv, select USE VOUCHER, and enter code themomhour (all lowercase!) to get an extended 1-month free trial. Shop Our Amazon Store! Our Amazon store is a handy place to find the books and products we talk about on the show. Check out our Parenting Books section, our Spring Improvements section, and don’t miss our Summer Clothes & Gear section, which we’ll be updating throughout the season. Find our store at Amazon.com/shop/themomhour. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 207: Kids & Friendships with Eileen Kennedy-Moore (Voices 18) No More Mean Girls, by Katie Hurley (affiliate link)
May 3, 2019
Credit card debt, saving for college, working full-time vs. part-time, and planning for the long term: there are big questions that come up in personal finance, and they manage to overlap and intertwine in ways that can be hard to sort out. That's why it's so helpful to have the counsel of a trusted advisor.
April 30, 2019
Brace yourselves, school moms: May is here. In Episode 206 Meagan and Sarah share time-tested tips for surviving the end of school--from volunteering our time without going nuts to keeping track of the crazy calendar. Join us for laughs and commiseration; this is the pep talk you need before the final stretch.
April 23, 2019
Meagan recently did a budget overhaul and has some thoughts. From getting really clear about expenses to taking an honest look at emotionally-motivated money decisions from the past, we're getting real about family finances in Episode 205. Join us!
April 21, 2019
From dream porches and fantasy backyards to the practical ways we currently enjoy our outdoor spaces, this More Than Mom episode is all about the homes outside our homes. We've got DIY (and hire-it-out) projects this spring, wish lists for updates, and thoughts on overgrown gardens.
April 16, 2019
Are you a total nature mama or more of an "indoor cat" (as Sarah calls herself)? Wherever you fall on the spectrum, there are big benefits that come with getting kids outdoors as much as possible...and there are also some tricky logistics. And bugs. In Episode 204 Meagan and Sarah discuss the why and the how of getting outside with kids.
April 11, 2019
Gimlet Media's new podcast for moms launches today! We're popping into your feed to air a special conversation between Julia, a mom grappling with her identity and family history after having her own kids, and Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a reproductive psychiatrist specializing in women's health and psychiatry.
April 9, 2019
Self-discovery doesn't always coincide with becoming a mom, but for many of us the identity shift that begins in new motherhood continues down a path of personal development through personality profiling, self-help books, and other modes of learning. In Episode 203 Meagan and Sarah look at our own interest in personality tests and self-discovery, and how knowing yourself as a mom can make you a more compassionate parent, partner and friend. Join us!
April 7, 2019
What makes for a memorable restaurant meal or hotel stay? What’s the secret sauce involved in great hospitality? (Hint: Pricy does not always equal excellence.) In this More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share our own service industry experience working in restaurants and retail as we discuss great service, poor service, and everything in
April 5, 2019
Seeing our kids struggle is HARD–but the long game involves supporting them through mistakes and even failures in the pursuit of raising kids who take (appropriate) risks and can advocate for themselves competently and autonomously. In this month’s Voices interview Meagan chats with teacher, author, and mom Jessica Lahey about the connection between overparenting and academic learning, when the slippery slope of helicopter parenting really begins, and what parents can do at every stage to support kids’ tolerance for mistakes and the discomfort that necessarily accompanies growth and learning.
April 2, 2019
Meagan wants to go lilac-hunting and Sarah might try something for Earth Day this year. Of course we're also dyeing eggs, hiding baskets, and sprucing up our homes and gardens for a new season. Join us as we discuss the rituals, routines, and traditions that Spring brings to our homes--plus Katie Addiss joins Sarah to talk Spring and Easter books for kids!
March 26, 2019
It's spring, which means we're thinking about summer. Cobbling together childcare as a working mom, giving kids a chance to try new activities without over-scheduling them, and making time to enjoy a simpler schedule in your own backyard--we've got a lot to talk about.
March 24, 2019
From microphones to sponsors, babysitters to sound engineers, the way we make The Mom Hour podcast has changed a ton in the last four years and 200+ episodes. In this fun lookback episode we laugh about what we've learned, what has changed, and what has stayed the same. Join us!
March 19, 2019
Four years to the day after dropping our very first episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah are here with our 200th show. Join us as we reflect on what we've learned from each other, our guests, and you: our community. We also play voicemails from listeners, team members, and fellow podcasters from around the world. It's a four-year-old birthday party and a bicentennial all rolled into one...join us for the celebration!
March 14, 2019
Were you shocked - but, you know, not really all that surprised - to learn about this week's widespread accusations of wealthy parents using cheating, bribing, fraud and other nefarious means to get their kids into elite colleges? In a special "breaking" episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan sits down with Amy Joyce, the On Parenting editor at The Washington Post, to find out more about this case, the high-stress culture many kids are growing up in, and how we parents can resist.
March 12, 2019
Helping a little kid deal with big feelings about an out-of-state move, traveling as a nervous flyer, finding your groove as an at-home mom when kids are in school full-time, and getting dad involved when a toddler only wants mama--we're taking more of your parenting challenges and listener questions in this week's episode. Join us!
March 10, 2019
Those little squares on our phones are portals to a whole lot of essential--and nonessential--aspects of life. From navigation to shopping, social to fitness, mindless to productive, Meagan and Sarah break down the apps on our phones in today's More Than Mom edition of The Mom Hour. Join us!
March 5, 2019
Helping school-age kids start to self-regulate around screens and sweets, navigating an awkward situation with a fellow preschool mom, and organizing the "drop zone" in our homes--we answer these great listener questions in Episode 198. PLUS Alison Thompson joins Sarah to answer more questions from listeners about her transition from one baby to two. We talk sleep, schedules, and getting ready to go back to work.
March 1, 2019
As a mom of an only child who came home through adoption to a family already rich with diversity, Karen Walrond has thought a lot about what it means to develop a family culture under your own roof. Combining influences from their countries of origin and cultural backgrounds, she and her husband have intentionally set out to give their daughter an appreciation not only for her own diverse background but also for that of others.
February 27, 2019
That “surfboard kid” meme you’ve seen all over the internet? That’s a photo of Meagan and her son Isaac in 2003. We’re popping in with the full backstory on the photo, how the meme took off without our knowledge or Meagan’s permission, and what we’re doing to bring the focus back to the real story.
February 26, 2019
Meagan’s a youngest, Sarah’s a firstborn, and between us we have eight kids (not to mention a bunch of grown siblings ourselves). In Episode 197 we share insights into sibling relationships from little to grown, what it’s like raising a kid whose personality is similar to yours, and how our families of origin continue to
February 24, 2019
Best purchase we’ve made recently? Product we can’t believe we lived so long without? Splurges that were worth it and cheapos we love? Meagan and Sarah talk STUFF in this fun more than mom — all about the products and purchases that have made our lives better recently. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes
February 19, 2019
Meal plans are one thing; real life is another. Join Meagan and Sarah as we look back at a recent week in our lives, detailing the dinners we planned, the ones that came together as expected, and the curve balls that led to pizza ordered in. We also share cooking tips, modifications for picky eaters,
February 12, 2019
From baby safety to impulsive toddlers, school projects to friendship struggles, as moms we're given a ton of opportunities to get up in our kids' business or let them figure it out on their own. This week on the podcast we continue our look at helicopter parenting and the challenge of raising confident, independent kids.
February 10, 2019
Two things always fun to reminisce about: former jobs (especially the crazy ones) and style evolutions (our own, and fashion in general). Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour wherein we share weird or embarrassing things we’ve done for money, the fashion decade we’d most like to
February 5, 2019
It’s not as simple as “helicopter” vs. “free range”. It never is, right? Most of us want to raise resilient, fulfilled, happy future-adults, but the trajectory from high-needs infant to self-assured teen is really murky. What distinguishes over-involved from just, um, involved? What about the cultural pressure to produce kids with impressive, well-rounded résumés? And
February 1, 2019
All moms know that parenting is full of hilarious moments…well, hilarious in the “someday you’ll look back and laugh” kind of way. Tracey Tee and Shayna Ferm – friends, moms, comedians and creators of the Pump & Dump show – have turned those funny (and frustrating) moments into a stage show that invites moms to
January 29, 2019
Everybody is getting rid of stuff…and we’re holding on! At least we’d like to. Join Meagan and Sarah as we talk about the stuff of motherhood–the material things that may not spark joy, but do hold meaning and memories. We build imaginary time capsules as we talk through sippy cup lids and old Lansinoh tubes,
January 27, 2019
Ever have an inexplicably grumpy day? (Please say yes.) Meagan and Sarah chat all things grumpiness in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. We laugh about our personal grumpiness triggers, how we survive grumpy days as a mom, and even how our personality types play into grumpiness. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Picture
January 22, 2019
Emotionally volatile, intellectually delightful (for the most part), overflowing bundles of growth and change: Toddlers and teens have a lot in common. Join Sarah and Meagan for a healthy debate about the trials and virtues of both stages, and how as moms we can support kids through their big feelings and changing worlds. It’s a
January 15, 2019
We know from research that kids who do chores become more successful adults…but we also know from experience that teaching kids to take on household responsibilities is challenging and often frustrating (and rarely results in less work for mom). In Episode 191 Meagan and Sarah share an honest look at where our combined eight kids
January 13, 2019
Pillow quirks, perfect sheets, temperature preferences, and bedside clocks–we have a LOT to say about the role sleep plays in our lives. For this More Than Mom episode we’re not talking about kids’ sleep, we’re talking about our own: how we like it, how to get the best of it, and what happens when we’re
January 8, 2019
With New Year energy buzzing, it's easy to get excited about overhauling every area of your life from parenting to home to work and play. Continuing the conversation we started last week about choosing a word for the year, Meagan and Sarah tackle practical ways to keep your intentions, goals, and resolutions top of mind when real life resumes. Whether you resist goal-setting or love it, we're looking at approachable ways to continue that January 1st mojo well into the year.
January 4, 2019
Is your toddler ready to begin potty training? What about a preschooler with frequent accidents or a fear of pooping in the toilet? And how long is it normal for kids to be dry during the day and still struggle with staying dry at night? We get so many questions about potty training that we
January 1, 2019
Seems like everybody chooses a “word of the year” nowadays, and we’re conflicted. Both Meagan and Sarah can be trend-averse and skeptical of fads…but we’re also all-in on self-reflection and anything that gives moms a chance to prioritize their happiness and fulfillment. So in Episode 189, our first of the new year, we discuss the
December 26, 2018
From confessing our #MomFail moments to airing our (literal) dirty laundry, Meagan and Sarah are looking back at the best moments on the podcast from 2018. Join us for a brand new episode and fresh commentary, plus throwback clips from some of our favorite moments. It’s the very last episode of 2018–join us! Patreon Our
December 21, 2018
From most embarrassing moments to favorite TV shows to what we learned about ourselves, Meagan and Sarah are taking a (mostly) fun and fluffy look back at 2018 for this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. Join us! Patreon Our Patreon community is growing! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying
December 18, 2018
On the fence about adding another baby to the family? You are not alone. We hear this a TON from listeners, and it’s a favorite topic among mom friends in the family-growing years. In Episode 187 Meagan and Sarah share our own experiences growing our families (with a special focus on the transition from two
December 14, 2018
Gift ideas for a second baby who wants for nothing, managing holiday hosting stress as a mom with a clingy toddler, tips for staying organized during the holidays, and standing your ground when extended family lays on the guilt. We answer these listener questions in this week's holiday bonus episode.
December 11, 2018
We love books, and we hope our kids grow up to love them too…but how do we get there? Meagan and Sarah break down the ways we encourage literacy and a love of reading in our homes–without piling on the pressure. We talk about reading aloud, reading for homework, encouraging reluctant readers, and modeling a
December 7, 2018
Most families are touched by divorce in some way, and the holidays can bring up all kinds of questions and challenges for single or re-coupled parents, children of divorced parents (including adult children), and blended families. As Meagan enters her third holiday season post-separation, Sarah picks her brain about everything from the practical logistics of sharing the holidays with an ex, to the emotional landscape of the holidays as a divorced mom.
December 4, 2018
Buckle up, mamas. We’re getting into the details of air travel AND car trips with babies, toddlers, and little kids. Meagan’s the expert on road trips, and Sarah has flown a ton with tiny kids. If you’ve ever wondered whether to buy an airplane seat for a one-year-old, how to plan stops on an 8-hour
November 30, 2018
This year’s December doesn’t have to be like last year. Join Meagan and Sarah as we set intentions for the busy holiday month ahead, everything from little ways to find joy in the messes to bigger stuff about changing traditions. It’s another Holiday Bonus episode of The Mom Hour! Sponsor Spotlight: Canvas People How’s the
November 27, 2018
In Episode 184 we talk about the things that have changed since we became moms--from the superficial stuff like trends in baby gear to the more significant ways that the digital age has shaped parenting culture over the years.
November 23, 2018
Our kids have made their holiday wish lists, and we’re popping into your podcast feed on Black Friday to chat about them! Join Meagan and Sarah as we review our own kids’ Christmas lists, what we have our eyes on as we kick off holiday shopping season, plus the ways we get around those “ain’t
November 20, 2018
Meagan and Sarah both enjoy wine and cocktails, but coincidentally we both scaled back our drinking recently and have observations to share. We’re also wary of the pervasive “mommy needs a drink” trope and the way meme culture in general aims for cheap laughs with potentially harmful side-effects. Today’s episode gets into the gray area
November 18, 2018
Heading into a holiday week, Meagan and Sarah are feeling festive and talking about our favorite adult beverages. We also talk about rituals and routines involving our favorite drinks, hangover cures, holiday drinking and more. Join us! Note: We know that alcohol is a tricky topic for a lot of people, and in this episode
November 13, 2018
Whether it’s across town for dinner or cross-country for a week, visiting family comes with challenges–especially at the holidays. There are relationship dynamics to consider, plus germs, traditions, sleep schedules, and a lot of public parenting. In Episode 182, Meagan and Sarah sit down for a thoughtful discussion on how to make family visits and
November 11, 2018
Cupboards, cabinets, closets, and drawers: Meagan and Sarah are opening up and confessing what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to clutter and our homes. Join us for another fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour! Patreon Our Patreon community is thriving! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying you
November 6, 2018
Can a wild toddler become mellow teen? A shy preschooler an outgoing tween? Or do our littles’ personalities predict their big kid identities? As usual, we’re saying it’s a little of both, or somewhere in the middle. In this week’s episode Meagan and Sarah break down our combined eight kids and how they were as
November 2, 2018
If your kids are little, maybe you’ve wondered what it’s really like to send a child off to college. Or maybe you’ve pondered how your mom-life – and the way you relate to the world – might change as your children grow. In this episode, Meagan and the always warm, wise and wonderful Asha Dornfest
October 30, 2018
Hiding under the exam table, screaming and flailing, flat-out refusing to open up for the dentist: Our kids have done it all in the name of avoiding the needle or the checkup (or even a haircut!).In Episode 180 we cover appointments of all kinds and how to survive them when your kids are fearful.
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