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Rank #17 in Parenting category

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

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

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This Podcast is Doing Great Things

By abyard16 - May 30 2020
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I adore this podcast. Meagan and Sarah are so helpful, supportive, open-minded, and down to Earth. They are very intentional about everything they do and I truly believe they are making the world a better place for families. Their information is relevant, non-judgey, inspirational, and FUN! Listening to them is like chatting with girlfriends and helps me feel uplifted, hopeful, and not alone. I love the pandemic perspectives and it really helps me understand the significance of getting through this situation together. I am so grateful for this podcast and the work they are doing 💗💗💗

Friends I’ve Never Met

By andoria4 - May 28 2020
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I found this podcast around the time I had my first baby (4 years ago) and since then it has been a constant source of comfort and entertainment. I truly feel like Sarah and Meagan are my friends (and I wish they were!). Thank you for your work!

iTunes Ratings

950 Ratings
Average Ratings
848
51
23
14
14

This Podcast is Doing Great Things

By abyard16 - May 30 2020
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I adore this podcast. Meagan and Sarah are so helpful, supportive, open-minded, and down to Earth. They are very intentional about everything they do and I truly believe they are making the world a better place for families. Their information is relevant, non-judgey, inspirational, and FUN! Listening to them is like chatting with girlfriends and helps me feel uplifted, hopeful, and not alone. I love the pandemic perspectives and it really helps me understand the significance of getting through this situation together. I am so grateful for this podcast and the work they are doing 💗💗💗

Friends I’ve Never Met

By andoria4 - May 28 2020
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I found this podcast around the time I had my first baby (4 years ago) and since then it has been a constant source of comfort and entertainment. I truly feel like Sarah and Meagan are my friends (and I wish they were!). Thank you for your work!
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The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

Rank #1: More Than Mom: Smartphone Apps We Can’t Live Without

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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!

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Mar 10 2019

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Rank #2: More Than Mom: Products We Love

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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

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Feb 24 2019

55mins

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Rank #3: More Than Mom: Clutter

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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

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Nov 11 2018

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Rank #4: Potty Training & Other Bathroom Matters: Episode 156

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By popular request we’re tackling potty training in Episode 156! But if your kids are well beyond diapers by now, stick around. We extend the conversation to include other bathroom messes and realities that come with raising kids. From privacy to hygiene to showering solo to (gasp!) man-boys who shave, this entire podcast episode takes

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May 15 2018

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Rank #5: Mom Myths & Mom Truths: Episode 234

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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.

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Nov 12 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #6: Productivity & Time Management Tips For Moms: Episode 169

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How do the things get done? Where does the time go? These are the questions we look at in today’s podcast episode. We’ve got tips for making the most of your time and prioritizing well so you feel your most productive (yes, even in those early baby days where it seems like NOTHING gets done).

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Aug 14 2018

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Rank #7: Regional Parenting Differences (Host-Swap With What Fresh Hell’s Margaret Ables): Episode 127

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Are all East Coast parents uptight traditionalists grooming their kids for the Ivy League? Are all West Coast moms drinking kale smoothies while practicing yoga on a paddleboard? Of course not, but in this special episode of The Mom Hour Sarah (of the West Coast) is joined by guest co-host Margaret Ables (a New Yorker)

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Nov 07 2017

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Rank #8: Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220

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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.

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Aug 06 2019

53mins

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Rank #9: More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference

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Overhauls and reinventions sound attractive, but they can be overwhelming and even cause us to crash and burn before we ever see results. We’re both interested in the role small habits and little improvements play in our daily rhythms, productivity, and overall happiness—we’re even reading books on the topic! Join Meagan and Sarah for a totally achievable approach to resetting our good habits and improving the ones that aren’t serving us as we head into the new year.

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Jan 12 2020

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Rank #10: Staying Organized & Motivated As A Full-Time Working Mom with Sarah Hart-Unger: Voices 44

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A full-time physician with three young kids and a couple of side hustles, Sarah Hart-Unger relies on some time-tested systems to make sure she doesn’t miss a meeting, carves out space for her own creativity, and prioritizes date nights with her partner. She’s here to share tips and ideas with Sarah Powers as they chat all things planners, planning, goal-setting, and to-do list management in this month’s Voices interview episode.

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Jan 10 2020

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Rank #11: How To REALLY Help A New Mom: LIVE From Newport Beach

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What’s your favorite way to help a new mom? In this very special episode–recorded LIVE at The New Mom School in Newport Beach–Meagan and Sarah offer some outside-the-box ideas for helping a new mom, PLUS our amazing live audience chimes in with stories and tips from their own new mom days. Enjoy! Links we mentioned

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Sep 01 2017

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Rank #12: When You’re Feeling Criticized, Remember This: Episode 165

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Navigating decisions as a mom is hard enough; feeling judged, criticized, or shamed for those decisions? That feels like garbage. After years of practice, Meagan and Sarah have words of encouragement for dealing with criticism, including six things to keep in mind when you’re feeling judged by others about your parenting. PLUS Katie Addiss joins

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Jul 17 2018

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Rank #13: Laid-Back Mom vs. Type A Mom: Episode 121

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Sarah’s the Type-A, detailed one; Meagan’s the free spirit who’s super laid-back. Right? Or is there more? In Episode 121 we share the ways in which we break type from our typical molds–go figure! we’re not two-dimensional!–and challenge the idea that any one mom is either totally chill or totally stressed. Join us! Featured Sponsor:

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Sep 26 2017

42mins

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Rank #14: Self-Care As Self-Preservation: Episode 104

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There's everyday self-care, and then there's survival mode: when taking care of yourself isn't just a smart thing to do but also your only means of making it through the day. We're talking about the kind of physical, mental, and emotional self-care that becomes especially crucial in a crisis, and we're addressing it head-on in Episode 104.

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May 30 2017

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Rank #15: Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219

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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.

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Jul 30 2019

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Rank #16: 10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 2): Episode 138

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What daily habits do happy moms practice? Our answers may surprise you. Join Meagan and Sarah for the second in our two-part series on cultivating happiness during motherhood. Listen to Episode 138 using the player below, and catch up on Part 1 in the series with Episode 137, too! Featured Sponsor: Epic! Epic! is a

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Jan 16 2018

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Rank #17: More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Update

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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.

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Nov 10 2019

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Rank #18: First Babies Vs. The Rest: Episode 179

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First babies get all our attention...but they have to endure our most rookie mistakes and newbie neuroses, too. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun flashback at how we planned for, fed, celebrated, and parented our firstborn kids in contrast to their younger siblings.

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Oct 23 2018

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Rank #19: Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 2): Episode 195

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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.

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Feb 12 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out: Episode 161

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No one mom "does it all"--or so we're told. But what exactly DON'T we do? In Episode 161 Meagan and Sarah share our experience finding ways to opt out of the little (and sometimes not-so-little) tasks and obligations that aren't meaningful to us as moms, making room for more of what is. PLUS resident new mom Katie Addiss joins Sarah at the end of the show to talk about a great swimsuit-saving strategy and other tales from the trenches.

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Jun 19 2018

59mins

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Supporting Kids’ Behavioral Health As The Pandemic Stretches On: Voices 50

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Regression. Clinginess. Tantrums. Bedtime battles. Mood struggles. We’re hearing from moms all over the world about the toll that 2020 is taking on children, from toddlers up through teens. We’ve had so many posts and questions in our Facebook group that for this month’s Voices interview we decided to bring back Dr. Erin Lanphier, a child psychologist, therapist in private practice, and university professor. Dr. Erin chats with Sarah about these and other struggles kids are having right now, how to know when it’s time to act versus cut your kid a little slack, and what options are available for parents who want to seek outside support for behavioral or mental health struggles. Join us for an incredibly helpful conversation.

Partner Offer: Codeverse

Codeverse provides computer coding and video game design lessons for ages 6-13 using their kid-friendly coding platform. You’ll get weekly 1:1 lessons with a guide, PLUS coding activities shipped to your house, access to a whole library of videos and tutorials, and full access to their kid-friendly coding platform. To get started with a free trial, and save $50 off your first month go to themomhour.com/codeverse, or use code themomhour-50 at checkout.

Partner Offer: Fabletics

Fabletics creates clothing that inspires you to stay active. Their on-trend designs are high in quality at prices you’ll feel good about. All leggings are 2 for $24 when you become a Fabletics VIP member! Head to themomhour.com/fab to get started with Fabletics with a special offer of two pairs of leggings for just $24.

Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms

Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.

Partner Offer: Minted

Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent. Use the promo code SHIPFREE when you check out at Minted.com (affiliate link) and you’ll get free shipping and free returns.

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 50:

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Jul 10 2020

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Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

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No matter what’s going on in the world around you, the people need to eat. In Episode 268 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah break down the process of feeding a family when you’re going through a major life transition (or, say, a global pandemic). We talk about why meal plans are even MORE crucial in chaotic times, how to get fruits and veggies into the kids even when you’re serving up convenience food more often than you’d like, and how to stick to your “food values” even as you let some of your standards slide for a season. Join us!

Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com

Whether you need childcare because daycare is still closed or need help tackling a big outdoor project, 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: Ritual

Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THEMOMHOUR

Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart

Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.

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 MOMHOUR20 at checkout.

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Jul 07 2020

1hr 2mins

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Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

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Moving while momming is no small task–and we’ve been there, trust us. Meagan has mastered the art of the DIY cross-town move to a new home with a whole bunch of kids; Sarah’s moves have been fewer and farther between, but also farther in distance and bigger in scope. Join us as we continue last week’s discussion about big moves and get into the details of actually packing up and relocating your family. Enjoy!

Sponsor Spotlight: DRMTLGY

DRMTLGY focuses in on creating high-end skin care using the purest, safest, most clinically-proven active ingredients available. Mom Hour listeners get access to an exclusive kit, dermatologist recommended and clinically proven to prevent signs of aging. Go to themomhour.com/skincare to check out DRMTLGY’s special offer for our listeners

Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart

Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.

Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks

Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com

Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms

Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 267:

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Jun 30 2020

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Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

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Do you dream of packing up the family and moving somewhere new? Or starting fresh in a different home or neighborhood? Maybe the idea of a move isn’t yours, but has been introduced by a job change or prompted by family circumstance. In this first of a two-part series on big moves, Meagan and Sarah talk about fantasy moves, aspirational moves, and making the decision to actually move our families. We also look at all the considerations we’ve made when planning a big move–from schools and neighborhoods to house features and commute times. Whether you’re dreaming of a move or happy where you are, this is a fun one. Join us!

Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks

Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com

Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart

Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.

Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi

Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order.

Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms

Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 266:

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Jun 23 2020

1hr 3mins

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More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

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In hindsight, was the worry worth it? That’s the question Meagan and Sarah are looking at in this week’s episode, as we bring back a popular series all about things that stressed us out as less experienced moms. From nutrition and discipline to kids’ friendships and developmental milestones, we look at the worries that kept us up at night and how it all turned out in the end. Join us!

Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks

Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com

Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart

Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.

Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi

Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order.

Sponsor Spotlight: Little Passports

Little Passports is a subscription box full of toys and games for kids ages 3 and up. There are subscription options for different ages and interests, with everything from science to world travel. For 15% off your order, use code Use offer code THEMOMHOUR at LittlePassports.com

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 265:

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Jun 16 2020

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Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

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For the first time in generations, many of us are reexamining how often we shop, where we get our groceries, and what household essentials we might be able to make at home instead of running out to buy. But this month’s Voices guest Kris Bordessa has been teaching families how to live more sustainably for years. Hear Meagan get Kris’s take on the bake-your-own-bread craze, why so many adults feel like they never really learned to cook, and how growing your own food or making soap doesn’t have to be overwhelming. They also discuss Kris’s new book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living. Check it out!

Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi

Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order.

Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms

Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.

Partner Offer: Fabletics

Fabletics creates clothing that inspires you to stay active. Their on-trend designs are high in quality at prices you’ll feel good about. All leggings are 2 for $24 when you become a Fabletics VIP member! Head to themomhour.com/fab to get started with Fabletics with a special offer of two pairs of leggings for just $24.

Partner Offer: Minted

Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent. Use the promo code FORDAD when you check out at Minted.com (affiliate link) and you’ll get 15% off all gifts this Father’s Day.

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 49:

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Jun 12 2020

51mins

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Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

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We may be staying closer to home this summer, but we still want to feel good about the way we look! Join Meagan and Sarah for an update on our warm weather wardrobes, from which pieces have served us in past summers to what we’re eyeing for purchase this year. We talk about tops and bottoms, undergarments and swimwear, shoes and accessories. Join us!

Sponsor Spotlight: Public Goods

Public Goods is the one-stop-shop for affordable, sustainable, healthy, household products — from home and personal care to premium pantry staples. For $15 off your first Public Goods order, visit publicgoods.com/momhour or use code MOMHOUR at checkout

Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual

Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THEMOMHOUR

Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart

Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.

Sponsor Spotlight: RapidLash

RapidLash is a safe, clinically proven and award winning lash enhancing serum that cosmetically boosts the look of your lashes in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. RapidLash is formulated with ingredients like Biotin, Amino Acids and Pumpkin Seed Extract – all designed to moisturize, protect and enhance the appearance of lashes. For 30% off go to RapidLash.com and use the code RAPID30.

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 264:

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Jun 09 2020

58mins

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Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

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As we’ve seen in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, there is still so much work to be done around racial injustice. For white people, that’s often accompanied by confusion and uncertainty that can keep us stuck in a loop of discomfort and defensiveness. But if we want things to change, we need to be part of the conversation – even if that means risking our own comfort and challenging the status quo.

While books, documentaries and social media can be important catalysts for change on a large scale (and we have some to recommend below), one of the most impactful ways to learn and grow is through in-person conversations with real people in our lives.

In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan talks to her niece Cecily and her nephew Mario about their experiences as young black people living in today’s world. The discussions are at times raw and may make you squirm, but we’re hoping they will also make you think, learn, and hopefully, continue the conversation in your own homes, families, and communities.

Meagan’s niece Cecily, 23, and her new puppy
Meagan’s nephew Mario, 29, and his new puppy

Links we hope you’ll check out:

Cecily would like to ask listeners to consider signing this petition demanding justice for Breonna Taylor

Meagan and Sarah are both reading and thinking a lot lately about how to use our voices to be an ally for people of color. Here are just a few resources we’ve found helpful:

Book lists and resource roundups:

PICTURE BOOKS THAT TEACH KIDS TO COMBAT RACISM

You believe that Black Lives Matter. You are non-Black. You don’t know what to say or do. So start here. (Cool Mom Picks)

This blog post from Karen Walrond’s Chookooloonks has books, documentaries, IG follows, and more

MOVING FROM OUTRAGE TO ACTION: TALKING RACIAL JUSTICE WITH LATASHA MORRISON (Selfie Podcast)

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Commonsense.org)

How to Talk to Kids About Race with Amber Coleman-Mortley (Edit Your Life)

Instagram accounts:

@blackcoffeewithwhitefriends

@beabridgebuilder

@hereweeread

@thegreatunlearn

@theconsciouskid

@callmedoctor_t

@parentingwhileblk

@beingblackatschool

@ijeomaoluo

@mireillecharper

@ohhappydani

@laylafsaad

@firstname.basis

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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Jun 05 2020

1hr 25mins

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(Realistic) Summer Schedule Intentions: Episode 263

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Summer 2020 isn’t going to be like any other summer in our memories–and it’s not going to look like whatever we’d dreamed up in midwinter before the pandemic hit. Still, Meagan and Sarah have ideas for how we’d like to set up ourselves and our families for healthy routines, regular self care, and (is it possible?) even some fun outings this summer. Join us for a look ahead at the next few months as we set our realistic intentions for summer 2020.

This episode was recorded on May 31, 2020.

A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities. We’re also working hard to bring you timely, relevant podcast episodes in a world that’s changing very quickly.

Sponsor Spotlight: Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls is a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world. We love the episodes about Ada Lovelace and Junko TabeiTo inspire the Rebel Girl in your life, find Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls on your favorite podcast player.

Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart

Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.

Sponsor Spotlight: DRMTLGY

DRMTLGY focuses in on creating high-end skin care using the purest, safest, most clinically-proven active ingredients available. Mom Hour listeners get access to an exclusive kit, dermatologist recommended and clinically proven to prevent signs of aging. Go to themomhour.com/skincare to check out DRMTLGY’s special offer for our listeners

Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms

Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.

Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 263:

Photo by Raphaël Biscaldi on Unsplash

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Jun 03 2020

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Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

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Allison is a minister in a church, finding new ways to lead her congregation while awaiting her second baby; Alison deals with the guilt of laying off foodservice employees and permanently shutting down a location of her café business; Starlynn owns an in-home daycare serving front-line families while navigating changing rules and regulations. All three are also working moms with all the demands of mothering and living through a global pandemic. Find out what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like in our final (for now!) episode of Pandemic Perspectives.

This episode was recorded on April 30, 2020.

A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities.

AND ALSO: Our Pandemic Perspective guests are moms just like you, doing their best with the resources they have. Their opinions do not necessarily represent those of the podcast, and the information they offer should not be taken as advice, medical or otherwise.

One Way Moms Can Help

Our friends at Crisis Text Line offer free, 24/7 support from trained crisis counselors – all delivered via text. And with a huge demand for extra mental health support right now, they’re working hard to build up an even larger base of volunteer crisis counselors.

You don’t have to have any particular education or work background to apply to be a volunteer – just a desire to help out, and empathy, which we know our listeners have so much of. Crisis Text Line provides all the training you’ll need to turn your desire to help into the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference.

Visit themomhour.com/ctl to submit your application and get started. And if you’re having a hard time right now and need some help, you can also get support right now! Text GO to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.

Thank You For Sharing

We are wrapping up the Pandemic Perspectives series for now. Thank you to everyone who sent in your stories, and especially to the moms who spoke with us so that we could amplify your voices.

Send A Note To Another Mom

If you’d like to share a note of encouragement with one of the moms you heard on the podcast, send an email to hello@themomhour.com with Pandemic Perspectives in the subject line and we’ll make sure to pass along your note.

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May 31 2020

47mins

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10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers

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With most of us staying at home for an unforeseen amount of time, managing our households to run efficiently and calmly is crucial to keeping the family machine plugging along and helping us create a positive mental space. From meal planning to cleaning schedules to keeping things organized, Meagan and Sarah will share 10 small habits that have the power to transform at-home life from frazzled, chaotic and marred by unmet expectations, to calm, reasonably-organized, and just-productive-enough.

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May 29 2020

48mins

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Baby Names & How We Chose Them: Episode 262

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Naming a new human is a big task--and a fun one, we think! Looking back over our combined eight experiences naming babies, Meagan and Sarah talk about how we decided on names (and whether our partners agreed on our favorites!), what went into middle name decisions, and which names we left on the table. We also explore how our kids have grown into their names, including unexpected nicknames, trends we didn't see coming, and more.

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May 26 2020

1hr 8mins

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Pandemic Perspectives: Solo Parenting (In Australia!) + Blended Family Of Many Littles + ICU Nurse

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Janice’s husband works in China and hasn’t been able to travel home to Australia since January; Kassidy and her partner have merged their combined five kids under the age of seven and are learning to live together while figuring out new ways to do their jobs; Stephanie returned from maternity leave just before the pandemic, resuming work as an ICU nurse in one of the country’s early hot spots. All three are also moms juggling the demands of caring for their families as the pandemic wears on. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Janice, Kassidy, and and Stephanie in Episode 07 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 24 2020

38mins

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Judgment, Criticism & Mom-Shaming In The Time Of COVID-19: Episode 261

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As the country begins to open up--slowly, differently, uncertainly--one family's decisions about how to re-enter the world will look different from the next. Can we have confidence in our own decisions while holding space for others to interpret guidelines differently? Are criticism and judgment online a symptom of quarantine fatigue, or the beginning of a toxic new norm? And can the experience of new motherhood provide lessons about empathy that apply in these unprecedented times? Meagan and Sarah dive deep into big questions about shame, guilt, criticism, and judgment in Episode 261 of The Mom Hour.

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May 19 2020

1hr 4mins

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Pandemic Perspectives: Warehouse Worker + Child Welfare Attorney + 4th Grade Teacher

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Maddi works full-time in a warehouse picking product to be shipped for GAP while her three little boys try to make sense of the changes in their lives; Sarah is pregnant with her second child and working to meet the needs of vulnerable children in her community; Robyn is a 20-year elementary school teaching veteran learning the new ways of distance learning with her fourth grade class. All three are also moms whose home lives, work lives, and futures have been upended by COVID-19. Find out what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like for Maddi, Sarah, and Robyn in Episode 06 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 17 2020

45mins

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Small Comforts (Part Two): Episode 260

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We have MORE little pleasures to share this week! Continuing last week's discussion, Meagan and Sarah offer ten more small things that are bringing us comfort these days. From minor tweaks to the morning routine to the comfiest pants we've found, these are a combination of comforts you can add to your online shopping cart and simple pleasures that don't cost a thing.

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May 12 2020

48mins

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Pandemic Perspectives: Fabric Shop Owner + Blended Family SAHM + Steel Mill Essential Worker

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Christina's brick and mortar fabric shop pivoted to mobilize mask-making for healthcare workers; Sarah facilitates distance learning for five kids while adjusting expectations for her own wedding celebration and plans to grow their blended family; Kati and her husband alternate day and night shifts at a steel mill and haven't experienced "staying at home" at all. All three are also moms dealing with the everyday challenges of busy toddlers, kids missing sports, and what to make for dinner. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Christina, Sarah, and Kati in Episode 05 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 10 2020

46mins

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Small Comforts (Part One): Episode 259

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Stressors right now loom large; but sometimes solace comes in the form of lots of little bright spots. Today Meagan and Sarah compare notes on the little things that bring comfort, humor, and moments of happiness when things are intense in the world. From the silly to the slightly-less-silly, Episode 259 is full of ideas for how to notice--or, let's be honest: purchase--small comforts in a chaotic time.

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May 05 2020

49mins

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Pandemic Perspectives: Respiratory Therapist + University Psychologist + Foster Youth Social Worker

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Laura treats COVID-19 patients as a respiratory therapist during incredibly unstable times; Hilary supports the mental health of young adults and is adjusting to delivering services via telehealth; Carla is a social worker serving foster youth in Canada and bears the weight of her caseload while mothering three very young girls. Hear what’s hard, what’s hopeful, and what life is like for Laura, Hilary, and Carla in Episode 04 of Pandemic Perspectives.

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May 03 2020

41mins

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Creativity & Connection During Hard Seasons With Coffee + Crumbs Founder Ashlee Gadd: Voices 48

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Living a creative life with small children underfoot is a challenge by any definition; doing it while running a business during a global pandemic is another thing altogether. For this month's Voices interview Sarah chats with her good friend, fellow podcaster, and all-around good human Ashlee Gadd, founder of the wildly popular Coffee + Crumbs community. Ashlee shares thoughts on quarantine parenting, social media connection AND social media breaks, adjusting expectations when you're an Enneagram 3, and how her writing and photography practices change during different seasons of motherhood. We also chat about home decor, home-wrecking toddlers, and more.

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May 01 2020

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This Podcast is Doing Great Things

By abyard16 - May 30 2020
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I adore this podcast. Meagan and Sarah are so helpful, supportive, open-minded, and down to Earth. They are very intentional about everything they do and I truly believe they are making the world a better place for families. Their information is relevant, non-judgey, inspirational, and FUN! Listening to them is like chatting with girlfriends and helps me feel uplifted, hopeful, and not alone. I love the pandemic perspectives and it really helps me understand the significance of getting through this situation together. I am so grateful for this podcast and the work they are doing 💗💗💗

Friends I’ve Never Met

By andoria4 - May 28 2020
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I found this podcast around the time I had my first baby (4 years ago) and since then it has been a constant source of comfort and entertainment. I truly feel like Sarah and Meagan are my friends (and I wish they were!). Thank you for your work!