When we're home during the day it's a constant struggle to answer the question, what is there to eat! I talked with Leslie Antonoff of Haute Mommie and Co-Host of Butter and Brown about how to make healthy and easy meals when you're the chef morning, noon, and night.
As a wife, mom, full time employee, founder of Mommifaceted and freelance writer - I know that my priority is my family. In order to make them a priority I have to spend time with each person individually so that they know that our family is close and we can create that bond.
I want to build these relationships between my nuclear family so that my boys know they will always have each other, my husband, and myself. Growing up we were close knit, my sister, mother, father and I. We didn’t have extended family who lived close to us and had to travel to see family. Our bond continues today, my immediate family remains close.
For my children, I want that closeness. I'm also working for extended family to get closer, that’s part of why we moved to Texas. To do this, I work to spend specific time with each person. Some of it works, some doesn’t. I’m still working hard on this and figuring out the best way to do this.This is how I’m starting. On this podcast episode, I'm sharing what I do for each family member.
Christina Acosta-Martinez, founder of Growing Up Gorgeous is a homeschooling mom and wife that makes it a daily task to share her faith and encourage a relationship with Christ. We discuss the answer to how we can share this with our children and how she has overcome challenges in early motherhood.
Key takeaways:You have to work to find your meaning in motherhood Part of Christina’s identity is being a mom but it’s not all that she is Easy ways to share faith with your children throughout the day
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith was singularly focused on her career when she was younger. Once she became a mother she didn't let up on work - writing a book, working a full schedule, being a wife and mom and this led to her experiencing burnout. If you are experiencing a period of being burnout or don't know if you are or not - take a listen and find out. Plus, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares how she got out of it and how you can to.
To get through the burnout period she realized that getting sleep was not going to be enough to help her, she had to fully work through what she found were 7 types of rest.Are you experiencing burnout?
Here's the way to recover - get fully rested. Working through the 7 types of rest can lead you to the way out of burnout.
The 7 Types of Restphysical mental spiritual emotional sensory social creative
Listen to this podcast to figure out if you are experiencing burn out and how to recover from that to become a better mother.
Family finances can be a major factor in the success of your family. Just like you model your relationships, your education and work habits, you have to model how you handle money for your children to set them up for success. I talked with Carmen of Money Choices Today about all of this.
How to Successfully Manage Family & Finances Together- this is all about getting everyone on the same page and creating efficiencies in the money management process.
We discussed a full plan for success:get everyone on the same page - sit down as a family, include the children come up with family goals family money mission statement responsibilities and jobs for each family member have family money meetings with the children there
Muffy Mendoza is the founder, creative and business woman behind Brown Mamas, a sisterhood that connects thousands of moms with resources, advice and, best of all, each other. Muffy has created a line of educational books and products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S.
Key takeawaysDon't leave your self and soul behind while being a mother, take your self into consideration Finding a complimentary spouse allowed her to be feminine and not have to do everything for her child, she could then heal Healing is about allowing - allowing yourself to think differently about your past, recognize your past experiences, allow you to love yourself and others to love you
"Once I realized my life was all about him, it was like a gun shot went off... What can I do to make sure this child has everything they need and could want and I didn't realize that I left my whole self and soul at the starting line."
I had a terrible night of rest the other day. My youngest son wanted to stay up and keep nursing all night long. Needless to say the next day I was dragging. I had to take a nap, something I never get to do, and it was great!
I'm intentionally working on getting more rest because it's necessary for me to function the way I need to.What happens to your body when you don't get enough rest: You may get sick You gain weight You forget things and get foggy You are accident prone Reasons why you aren't getting enough rest: You take sleep for granted You rely on caffeine and alcohol Eating and drinking late Failing to wind down before bed
Listen to this episode for my top tips for getting rested more often.
We all parent differently, and maybe even differently than our parents did - so we have to get comfortable with our parenting style. Rhea Plummer went through this when she became a parent and realized she wanted to do things differently. Today on the podcast Rhea chats about how she got comfortable just being herself in motherhood, and all about the Fab Wives community that she built out of seeing a gap.Key takeaways: Why we have to work on getting comfortable with her style of parenting - being a mom her way What is a Fab Wife and why every wife needs a non judgement safe space How to intentionally show healthy marriage to our children
Jacquelyn Rodgers is another creative mom that I'm trying to keep up with! We talk about how she continues her love of being creative to cover up mommy guilt. She started as a working mom in consumer goods and now has created Greentop Gifts a line of Black holiday products for her son and now we can all have it!
Key TakeawaysUse something you love to do to combat any mommy guilt you may have and still support one of your hobbies. Walk around, get dressed, and keep your desk hidden are her tips to make working from home easier. How Greentop Gifts came to be in just a few months - out of an idea for something she wanted for her son! Follow Jacquelyn! Are you in our community? I've got some surprises coming to the group - sign up here.
For Sabrina Seymore, motherhood came naturally to her. She is an event planner and entrepreneur while growing a community of confident women called The Prevailing Woman.
Key TakeawaysSabrina shares her plans to transition to a new field and how she's thought out all of the steps Why your goals for your kids might come before your personal goals at times How to mother your own way Follow Sabrina
Even before I was stuck in quarantine, I wasn't doing what I needed to wake up earlier than my children and get a few things done. I realize that the morning is a great time to knock out some work, write in my journal, or just shower alone - but I have been slacking. Now, I'm getting serious about waking up earlier and this is how I'm going to do it. Listen to the episode for more details and join us in The Dawning to challenge yourself to wake up earlier for 10 days.Benefits of Waking Up Earlier Reduces Stress Gain Time Time to take care of yourself Healthier Day How to Become a Morning Person Pick the time you want to wake up everyday - be consistent Start with a list of what you want to do Use Technology to Your Advantage Plan at Night Be Flexible and See What Works
Members of the challenge will get:Daily emails with journal prompts, a prayer or meditation, and to do list template that you can fill in Text reminders Access to the pop up Facebook group
Prayer has helped Chyrstal get through some of the hardest times in her life. Hard days are going to happen for everyone, so building in times for prayer, talking with God, and hearing from Him can make you that much more able to handle the difficulties and ups and downs of motherhood.Key Takeaways
How prayer changed Chrystal during one of the hardest seasons of her life
Dealing with disappointment from unanswered prayers
Why it’s so important to have raw and authentic conversations with God
How to wait on God’s answers to your prayers, and still have peace
Why your prayers matter for more than just you
Whew, it's a lot going on in the world today. But you also may have a lot going on at any point in time. Finding the good in your situation can certainly help you get through it.
This week I'm talking about what I'm taking away from the quarantine and social issues regarding racism that have come up once again. There are things that I'm able to do that I would have missed out on or not done if I was at work all day being my normal distracted self.
I also shared what some of you said you were taking away from all this into your "new normal".
Erykah St. Louis is a mother, wife, activist, and artist who is working daily to figure out how she wants to parent.
I'm glad we had this conversation about why it takes time to really figure out how we want to parent, what we want to expose our children to, and what works best for us.
Hearing other moms like Erykah talk about what it takes to make these transitions towards becoming better parents is encouraging.Listen to Erykah's podcast, The M Word Podcast Follow Erykah on Instagram Make sure to join the Mommifaceted community to get more straight to your inbox!
Jewel Gibson is a woman with many hats, wife, mom, educator, and blogger. She's also a sufferer of a chronic illness from the early days of motherhood to today. She's developed systems and processes to make sure that she does what she needs to manage her illness while staying on top of her responsibilities and taking care of herself.
On this episode we talk about:How being a mother has been impacted by her chronic illness What she does to make sure her family and sons are knowledgeable of her illness How she practices wellness each day Follow Jewel! Follow Mommifaceted to learn more about our community!
Kariss Farris is a mom, wife, photographer, and blogger working with her husband. She met her now husband in college and had a different vision for her life. She was always focused on arts and graphics - but her husband helped her to see a new passion - photography. That passion has now become a part of their calling as a couple.
Kariss and her husband, Josh, are now working together and parenting together daily and have figured out what works for them. They didn't start off smoothly - in the beginning there was a time of transition and growing pains.
They were able to overcome and push past issues pertaining to possession over the business and having different direction and vision for the business. These communication tricks that Kariss and her husband used could help in any relationship: they got help, defined their roles, and are making it work so that each of them are happy.
Perfection is unattainable and there's no such thing as balance, only priorities.Kariss Farris
Kariss carves out time in her schedule so that she can focus on the priority in front of her. As for mom guilt - she doesn't indulge in it.
I realize that mom guilt is a choice, and I can choose not to allow satan to tell me I'm not good enough in a certain area.Kariss Farris Follow Kariss!
Today on the podcast I interview Onyi Azih!
She blogs at Sincerely Onyi and on the podcast we talk about the struggles of not living near your family and how she manages that with two young boys.
She shares how she handles living away from family, trusting others to be around your children, and how she plans to instill her culture and values with her sons.
Find more at www.mommifaceted.comFollow Onyi! Sincerely Onyi Onyi's Instagram
Dr. Jessica Young Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in faith and mental health - discussing how they intersect together. She's also a mom and wife - so she knows that world too.
We discuss how she continuously evaluates whether she's in tune with her core values, advice for step parents and how they play a role in the child's life, and managing tough relationships.
These times are hard for everyone, so keeping your relationship in tact, even a healthy one, can be a challenge.So, how do you keep your relationship healthy in quarantine?
Here are 5 things you can do right now to give your marriage some attention and keep all things in tact - and perhaps even come out the other side of this stronger and better than before.
Find more: http://mommifaceted.com/keeping-your-marriage-strong-during-the-quarantine/
Right now a flexible routine can bring comfort, systems and normalcy to this crazy time.
But where do you even start?
It can be hard to figure it out when there's so much chaos. Ashley Brown is sharing how she realized she needed more routine when being a stay at home mom wasn't as easy as she thought it would be. We talk about the 4 things you need in a routine and the 1 routine you probably don't have but need.
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