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The Mom Hour

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Rank #14 in Parenting category

Kids & Family
Parenting
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The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. 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. 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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Love this podcast!

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These ladies are consistently fun to listen to and discuss interesting topics.

Enjoy learning!

By Abby not Abigail - Nov 14 2019
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Great perspectives and ideas!

iTunes Ratings

818 Ratings
Average Ratings
738
42
15
12
11

Love this podcast!

By Dustsup - Nov 22 2019
Read more
These ladies are consistently fun to listen to and discuss interesting topics.

Enjoy learning!

By Abby not Abigail - Nov 14 2019
Read more
Great perspectives and ideas!

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The Mom Hour

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The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. 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.

Saving Money on Groceries & Household Supplies: Episode 55

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We aren’t extreme couponers (or couponers at all, really), but as moms of many kids and growing families, we definitely have our eyes on the grocery budget. Join Meagan and Sarah for an inside look at our shopping habits when it comes to groceries and household supplies in Episode 55. We talk about where we

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Jun 15 2016

38mins

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Calendar Tips & To-Do List Strategies: Episode 83

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How do YOU calendar? Paper planner, digital calendar, color-coded dry erase board, or all of the above? In Episode 83 Meagan and Sarah share our strategies for keeping appointments, deadlines, and family schedules organized. We talk about the pros and cons of both paper and digital systems, offer suggestions for managing large families’ many commitments,

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Jan 02 2017

54mins

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Realistic Hair & Skincare Routines: Episode 48

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Last week we talked about our ever-evolving “mom style” and what looks we’re loving at this stage of life. This week we’re moving on to hairstyles, skincare, make-up and beauty routines. Join Meagan and Sarah for much confusion and hilarity – and hopefully a little insight – on growing out short hair, going gray in our 30’s,

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Apr 26 2016

41mins

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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

44mins

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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

1hr 4mins

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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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Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 1): Episode 194

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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

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Feb 05 2019

1hr 8mins

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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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More Than Mom: Grumpiness

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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

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Jan 27 2019

46mins

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Strong As A Mother with Kate Rope: Voices 26

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“Having help and support is the way nature intended for us to make human beings”. So says journalist and author Kate Rope in her new book all about how moms can take better care of their mental, emotional, and physical selves from pregnancy through parenthood. Kate joins Sarah in Episode 26 in our Voices interview

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Jun 08 2018

58mins

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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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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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Kids & Friendships With Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore: Episode 18

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Helping kids navigate friendships and social dynamics is one of the most commonly-requested topics from our listeners. That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, an author, psychologist, and expert on children’s friendships, to this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices series. Sarah asks Dr. Eileen about helping kids who feel left

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Oct 06 2017

50mins

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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

47mins

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Listener Questions (Holiday Edition, Vol.2): Episode 134

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We’re answering a TON of your parenting questions in this week’s episode, and it’s all about navigating the holidays. From getting kids to thank grandma appropriately to keeping toddlers on a schedule, we weigh in on the topics you suggested in this Instagram post. Take a listen! Featured Sponsor: Hello Fresh HelloFresh is a meal

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Dec 19 2017

56mins

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Meagan’s Divorce Update (One Year Later): Episode 150

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Meagan first shared that her marriage had ended last spring and we've heard from a lot of listeners that you guys would like an update on how things are going as she adjusts to life as a divorced mom. In Episode 150 Sarah checks in with Meagan on everything from how home life and work life have changed, to things like dating, friendships, parenting, health, and self-care--all of which have evolved over the last year and half.

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Apr 03 2018

56mins

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Ignore Bad Behavior & Enjoy Parenting More with Catherine Pearlman: Voices 16

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Dr. Catherine Pearlman has been helping parents with behavioral challenges and family dynamics for nearly 20 years through her private coaching practice and career as a social worker. In this special episode of The Mom Hour Voices, Catherine sits down with Sarah to talk about strategies moms can use to curb frustrating behavior patterns and enjoy parenting more.

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Aug 04 2017

36mins

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Morning Routines & Morning Makeovers: Episode 222

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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!)

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Aug 20 2019

55mins

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More Than Mom: The Search For The Perfect Thing

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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.

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Jun 09 2019

48mins

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Bedtime Routines at Every Stage: Episode 80

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Bath time, pajamas, a story, and a kiss goodnight. That's how it's "supposed" to go down, right? In Episode 80 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah talk about how bedtime routines change through various stages, and offer our tips for making it work - even when you have a new baby, a traveling spouse, or kids with wildly different get-to-sleep styles.

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Dec 12 2016

42mins

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Must-Have Winter Gear For All Ages: Episode 238

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Little kids have big needs when it comes to staying warm, comfortable, and happy in the winter, and even as the season returns again and again, growing kids seem to KEEP NEEDING WINTER STUFF. With Meagan’s decades of experience parenting five kids through Michigan winters plus the latest and greatest tips from our listener Facebook community, we’re rounding up all the footwear, apparel, car and stroller stuff, indoor and outdoor play, and miscellaneous products that will keep your whole family cozy all winter long. Join us!

Sponsor Spotlight: Magic Spoon

Magic Spoon is healthy cereal that tastes too good to be true! There are 12g of complete protein and only 3 net carbs per bowl. Grab a variety pack and try it today! Go to magicspoon.com/mom and use code MOM at checkout to get free shipping

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: 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

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 238:

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Dec 10 2019

56mins

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The Thank-You Project with Nancy Davis Kho: Voices 43

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Would it change your life to write thank you letters to the people who’ve helped you get to where you are? That’s what writer Nancy Davis Kho set out to do when she approached a milestone birthday while navigating a challenging series of family transitions and personal loss. In this month’s Voices interview Meagan chats with Nancy about the science behind gratitude and the connection to happiness, and what the thank-you project taught her. Enjoy!

Sponsor Spotlight: Save The Children

For 100 years, compassionate people like you have been supporting Save The Children’s mission – that the world’s most marginalized and deprived children have a healthy start in life, access to a basic education and protection from harm. Make change for children by donating or giving in a loved one’s name at SaveTheChildren.org/holiday

Sponsor Spotlight: Canvas People

Got gorgeous photos taking up space on your phone? Turn a favorite picture into a beautiful piece of art with Canvas People. Get a 11×14 Canvas People print for FREE (you just pay shipping and handling) when you text MOMHOUR to 64-000

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: Skylight Frames

Skylight is a digital photo frame you can email photos to—anytime, from anywhere. Set it up in under 60 seconds…just plug it in, connect to wifi, and enjoy! Get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight frame when you enter code MOM at skylightframe.com.

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Dec 06 2019

48mins

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The Holiday Meagan Went All In: Episode 237

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Meagan’s last three Christmases have played out like a sad country song (divorce! family emergency! breakup!), and this year she’s going ALL IN on festiveness in an effort to reset the tone for the season and find new ways to enjoy and embrace the holidays as a mom of older kids. There will be Nutcrackers, Messiahs, baking, multiple advent calendars, and even (teen-willing) some ambitious exterior illumination. Sarah’s asking the questions today and Meagan is here for all of us who want to kick off the season with maximum enthusiasm. Join us! 

Sponsor Spotlight: Skylight Frames

Skylight is a digital photo frame you can email photos to—anytime, from anywhere. Set it up in under 60 seconds…just plug it in, connect to wifi, and enjoy! Get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight frame when you enter code MOM at skylightframe.com.

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: Save The Children

For 100 years, compassionate people like you have been supporting Save The Children’s mission – that the world’s most marginalized and deprived children have a healthy start in life, access to a basic education and protection from harm. Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity. Today, for every donation Save the Children receives, a generous donor will match your gift! Make change for children today or any day by giving at SaveTheChildren.org/holiday

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 Episode 237:

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Dec 03 2019

53mins

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More Than Mom: Things We’ve Changed Our Minds About

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We may seem set in our ways, but sometimes a change in persuasion comes later in motherhood–and life. This More Than Mom episode is all about the things we’ve changed our minds about, from the inconsequential (pickles?) to the highly controversial (decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving!). Join us as we confessing our changes of heart today!

Sponsor Spotlight: Magic Spoon

Magic Spoon is healthy cereal that tastes too good to be true! There are 12g of complete protein and only 3 net carbs per bowl. Grab a variety pack and try it today! Go to magicspoon.com/mom and use code MOM at checkout to get free shipping

Sponsor Spotlight: Skylight Frames

Skylight is a digital photo frame you can email photos to—anytime, from anywhere. Set it up in under 60 seconds…just plug it in, connect to wifi, and enjoy! Get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight frame when you enter code MOM at skylightframe.com.

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

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

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Dec 01 2019

50mins

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Holiday Shopping 03: Storing, Wrapping & Opening

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Once the gifts have been purchased, what do we actually DO with them? Hide and hope? Box up and ship? Wrap and display? Stack in cardboard boxes until the eleventh hour? Turns out, it’s a little of all of the above in our houses. In the final installment in our Holiday Shopping series, Meagan and Sarah discuss the tricky time between when gifts are procured and when they are opened. Join us!

This episode is part of our 3-part series on Holiday Shopping. You can listen to Part 1 here and Part 2 here!

Sponsor Spotlight: Privacy Guard

PrivacyGuard is a credit monitoring and identity theft protection service with an award-winning resolution team to help guide you every step of the way if you are affected by identity theft this holiday season. To learn more, check out privacyguard.com.

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Nov 29 2019

36mins

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Holiday Shopping 02: Small Business, Maker & Handmade

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We love supporting artists, makers, and small businesses, but when it comes time to actually DO the holiday shopping, this can be easier said than done. In the second installment of our Holiday Shopping series, Meagan and Sarah offer specific sites, marketplaces, and buying tips for those who want to shop small and give handmade this holiday season. Join us!

This episode is part of our 3-part series on Holiday Shopping. You can listen to Part 1 here, and check back tomorrow for Part 3!

Sponsor Spotlight: Privacy Guard

PrivacyGuard is a credit monitoring and identity theft protection service that offers triple-bureau 24/7 credit monitoring so you can have more peace of mind as you do your holiday shopping and spending. To learn more, check out privacyguard.com.

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Nov 28 2019

31mins

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Holiday Shopping 01: Organizing, Planning & Purchasing

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List-making, idea-capturing, online-ordering, OH MY. It’s time to get serious about holiday shopping, and between us we’ve got multiple spreadsheets and very different tactics when it comes to organizing, planning, and buying holiday gifts. In the first part in our Holiday Shopping series, Meagan and Sarah tackle all the prep and that goes into our purchasing this time of year. Join us!

This episode is part of our 3-part series on Holiday Shopping. You can listen to Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

Sponsor Spotlight: Privacy Guard

PrivacyGuard is a credit monitoring and identity theft protection service, and when you’re a member you get access to their Digital Protection App, and a Secure Keyboard and Secure Browser, which means you can feel more confident shopping on your device–or multiple devices–this holiday season. To learn more, check out privacyguard.com.

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Nov 27 2019

34mins

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Grab Bag Catch-Up & Reading While Traveling: Episode 236

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Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up for a catch-all catch-up with Meagan and Sarah! We talk about the season, the weather, our recent travels, and some fun updates from the business! Then Sarah is joined by our resident Books Talk contributor Katie Addiss to talk about holiday books, what we’ve been reading lately, and how we read while traveling–both to ourselves and to our kids. Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!

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: Canvas People

Got gorgeous photos taking up space on your phone? Turn a favorite picture into a beautiful piece of art with Canvas People. Get a 11×14 Canvas People print for FREE (you just pay shipping and handling) when you text MOMHOUR to 64-000

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 9 free meals with Hello Fresh using promo code THEMOMHOUR9 when you sign up at hellofresh.com/themomhour9.

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!

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Amazon links are affiliates. Thanks for supporting the show!

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Nov 26 2019

1hr 5mins

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More Than Mom: Hair Styling & Hair Maintenance

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We’re doing a deep dive into all things hair and hairstyling in this week’s More Than Mom episode! From how often we wash to whether we heat-style, covering grays, DIY color, cutting bangs, salon visits, favorite products and more, we have thoughts about it all. 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: Canvas People

Got gorgeous photos taking up space on your phone? Turn a favorite picture into a beautiful piece of art with Canvas People. Get a 11×14 Canvas People print for FREE (you just pay shipping and handling) when you text MOMHOUR to 64-000.

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: Joybird

Joybird’s custom-made and curated furniture is built to meet the demands and unique tastes of customers, providing a high-quality product that will be enjoyed for a lifetime. With Joybird’s endless options to customize, the days of settling for something that isn’t quite “you” are over. For 25% off your first order use code THEMOMHOUR at joybird.com/themomhour

Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:

Amazon links are affiliates. Thanks for supporting the show in this way!

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Nov 24 2019

59mins

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Creating Holiday Memories 03: Capturing

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How can we capture sweet holiday moments even while they’re happening? What’s the balance between being the family documentarian and truly participating in the magic as it unfolds? In the final installment in our special series on Creating Holiday Memories, Meagan and Sarah offer easy ways to preserve those fleeting moments in writing, photography, video, and more–without stressing about perfection or performance. Join us!

This episode is part of our 3-part series on Creating Holiday Memories. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 from earlier this week, and thanks for listening!

Sponsor Spotlight: Chatbooks

Meagan and Sarah are longtime users of Chatbooks, the app that lets you create a beautiful photo book in minutes. Don’t miss their upcoming holiday sales! Get 20% off photo books from Nov 25th – Dec 4th, and 40% off holiday cards from Nov 25th – Dec 8th. To get started, download the app OR start creating from your laptop at Chatbooks.com. Be sure to mention you heard about Chatbooks on The Mom Hour in the post-purchase survey!

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Nov 22 2019

26mins

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Creating Holiday Memories 02: Appreciating

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From structured gratitude practices to spontaneous texts, this time of year provides lots of opportunities to appreciate the moments--and the people--in our lives. In this second part in our special series on Creating Holiday Memories, Meagan and Sarah talk about cultivating a habit of gratitude and appreciation--for ourselves as well as with our families.

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Nov 21 2019

23mins

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Creating Holiday Memories 01: Noticing

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Moms are great at planning the holidays. Check-listing the holidays. Executing the holidays. But for those of us who want to create lasting holiday memories for ourselves and our families, it starts a much simpler place: noticing small moments of connection, beauty, and magic all around us. In this kickoff to our special series on Creating Holiday Memories, Meagan and Sarah offer our thoughts on the importance of noticing, and how busy moms can incorporate it into their holiday season this year.

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Nov 20 2019

19mins

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“Mom Brain” & Making Adult Conversation: Episode 235

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Feeling distracted, forgetful, or just sorta fuzzy? We've been there. Listener Erin asked about "mom brain" and how we've handled it over the years, as well as how to keep your adult conversation skills from completely atrophying when you're in a phase of life that doesn't provide a lot of opportunity for intellectually stimulating discussions. We dive into small talk, how to navigate awkwardness in groups of adults where everyone seems to know each other, and how to nurture interesting conversations in mixed company.

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Nov 19 2019

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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

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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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Removing The Stigma Of Kids In Therapy With Dr. Erin Lanphier: Voices 42

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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.

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Nov 08 2019

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The Fall Sarah Quit Everything: Episode 233

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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!

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Nov 05 2019

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Celebrating Kids’ Birthdays & Family Culture: Episode 232

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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.

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Oct 29 2019

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More Than Mom: Things That Creep Us Out

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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!

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Oct 27 2019

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On Our Tables This Fall: Episode 231

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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.

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Oct 22 2019

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