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The Mom Hour

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

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! The post More Than Mom: Smartphone Apps We Can’t Live Without appeared first on The Mom Hour.

59mins

10 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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More Than Mom: Products We Love

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 The post More Than Mom: Products We Love appeared first on The Mom Hour.

55mins

24 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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More Than Mom: Clutter

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 The post More Than Mom: Clutter appeared first on The Mom Hour.

52mins

11 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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Mom Myths & Mom Truths: Episode 234

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. The post Mom Myths & Mom Truths: Episode 234 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

1hr 16mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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

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. The post Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

53mins

6 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference

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. The post More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference appeared first on The Mom Hour.

54mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Staying Organized & Motivated As A Full-Time Working Mom: Voices 44

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. The post Staying Organized & Motivated As A Full-Time Working Mom: Voices 44 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

47mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219

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. The post Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

1hr 4mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Update

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. The post More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Update appeared first on The Mom Hour.

1hr 3mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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First Babies Vs. The Rest: Episode 179

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. The post First Babies Vs. The Rest: Episode 179 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

47mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 2): Episode 195

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. The post Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 2): Episode 195 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

1hr 10mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Knowing Yourself As A Mom: Episode 203

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! The post Knowing Yourself As A Mom: Episode 203 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

1hr 2mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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Morning Routines & Morning Makeovers: Episode 222

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!) The post Morning Routines & Morning Makeovers: Episode 222 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

55mins

20 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Family Budgets & Personal Finance: Episode 205

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! The post Family Budgets & Personal Finance: Episode 205 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

54mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Should I Get Pregnant Again? Episode 187

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 The post Should I Get Pregnant Again? Episode 187 appeared first on The Mom Hour.

51mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #15