Be a Brave Mom and Healing as Your Grow

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If there is one thing that is required to be a great mom, it’s courage. Bravery.

We don’t talk about how moms are incredible courageous beings, but on this episode of the MomUp Show, I got to chat with Laura DiFranco, author of Brave Healing: a Guide for Your Journey, among many other books.

Laura is a rockstar mom and role model for all moms who are looking to find their inner warrior and voice.

Through her writing, Laura has shared in a way that is incredibly vulnerable, healing, and helpful for women and moms who are going through their own healing journeys.

These are some of the highlights of our conversation, and you can listen to the entire conversation here.

Stop judging.

You don’t need to assign extra meaning to any “bad” feelings that come up. Instead of judging whether something that is happening, or our feelings about it, are good or bad, just let it be. It is what it is.

Even failures move you forward.

At a poetry event, Laura totally bombed. That’s gotta be a worst nightmare scenario up there with the dreams about being naked in school, right? You get on a stage to pour your heart out and it all goes wrong.

But Laura was still able to find the positives! During that event she met some of the top poets in the country, which was amazing.

So even things that seem bad, or are actually really hard, might just be a stepping stone on your path.

Sharing what you feel shame about helps dissolve the shame.

Laura shares so much in her books that is personal. The reason she does is to “feng shui” her soul as she puts it.

Getting out the feelings and identifying what is going on internally is the biggest step to healing it.

For even more awesome tips and the full conversations, find the MomUp Show on iTunes.

 

More about Laura DiFranco from her website at https://lauradifranco.com/about-laura/:

What do Tae Kwon Do, drag racing and the healing arts have in common? All three are absolute passions of Laura Di Franco, MPT.

Laura has a third-degree black belt and a clear preference for traveling fast and being badass. But she is also the pragmatic champion of small business owners who want to push their health-based practices to the next level but need a little help to do so.

Through her Bethesda-based Brave Healer Productions, Laura offers inspiring speeches, workshops, an online writing club and other services that can help talented health professionals tell their own stories so they too can maximize their professional impact. Laura has a combined social media and email list of 10,000 people that allows her to quickly sell out her offerings and spread her message of health and empowerment.

With almost three decades of expertise in holistic physical therapy behind her, she has written six books including her latest, the aptly titled Brave Healing, a Guide for Your Journey. Shouldn’t Laura be helping you with your journey?”

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One of the hardest decisions as a mom is whether to go back to work, to stay home, do a mix of both, or maybe start your own business. The answer is different for everyone, but for Andrea Thomas, she went from career woman to stay-at-home-mom to building a six-figure business as a stay-at-home-mom entrepreneur.

Making the choice to stay at home.

Before becoming a mom, Andrea Thomas was happy as an architect. But like so many moms, once that little bundle of joy arrived, the prospect of going back to work was just too much. She extended her maternity leave then eventually quit her job to stay at home with her baby. 

But surprise! Through becoming a mother, a new life as a stay-at-home-mom entrepreneur was born too. Her daughter had eczema, and Andrea was desperate for a solution to the itching and scratch so her daughter could find rest and comfort. That’s when she created flip-mitten sleeves and started ScratchMeNot. Baby and kids products specifically designed to alleviate some of the side effects of eczema. 

What started as a small business with Andrea herself even doing some sewing grew into a six-figure business with tons of moving pieces. Not only was Andrea helping her daughter and other kids with eczema find relief, but she had found a new passion to pursue.

We talk about the choices we make as moms, whether and how we pursue our dreams, and Andrea’s best tip for building a business as a busy stay-at-home-mom entrepreneur.

 

Andrea Thomas is the mom of 5, wife to 1, and CEO of a business she loves to talk about in her free business Facebook group!

Her business, ScratchMeNot, began because she knew there were children (besides her own) who needed relief her product provides. Better yet, give a bit of sanity and peace to other parents. This was and still is her mission. Selling products and creating awareness about the conditions this product supports.

Her first book launches soon!

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Starting your own home-based business, mama? Then you’re gonna want to tune into this episode. Kate Doster, email marketing expert, drops tons of priceless info bombs on us to help you make more money by sending better emails. 

Where are my mombosses at? Let’s talk about making more money just by sending emails. 

Kate Doster joins us to talk all things email marketing AND momlife. You’re going to want to listen to her story about how pregnancy discrimination got her started in her own business, and now she is the main breadwinner in her family with the business she built from scratch.  

Kate is the host of the Inbox Bestie Podcast, which is dangerously obsessed with helping “the little guys” – unknown bloggers and creative online business owners – carve out their slice of the interwebs by the wooing the hearts (and wallets) open of their small but mighty audiences thanks to fun email marketing and easy yes mini-offers.

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Sometimes you need some inspiration, and sometimes you need to laugh. These are mom memes we can all relate to whether they're funny, true, serious, or silly. I don't know about you, but on those tough when that I just need a little distraction from the chaos of...

15 Quotes for Following Your Dreams

15 Quotes for Following Your Dreams

Dreaming of accomplishing some big goals soon? These quotes for following your dreams will keep you going when you need some inspiration.   Need some inspirational quotes for following your dreams? When you are setting big goals for yourself, you'll inevitably...

Stomach Bug? Try a Smoothie for Flu that’s Toddler Approved

Stomach Bug? Try a Smoothie for Flu that’s Toddler Approved

Need to get some nutrition in your little one ASAP when they have a stomach bug? Try a smoothie for flu that is delicious AND nutritious. A few years ago, when my daughter who was then a toddler had the stomach flu, I jotted down this post to give other moms some...

7 Fitness Tips for Moms to Reach Your Fitness Goals

7 Fitness Tips for Moms to Reach Your Fitness Goals

facebookinstagrampinterest Setting your sights on crushing some fitness goals? Let's talk about 7 fitness tips for moms the help you reach those goals more easily.   I've been there. I've had goals that I surpassed and felt like a total badass for accomplishing....

What is Hygge, and Why Moms Need to Know About It

What is Hygge, and Why Moms Need to Know About It

For many of us, Winter is fastly approaching, bringing with it a feeling hibernation. Time to snuggle in and get cozy, and get acquainted with what is Hygge. My kids and I love spending time outdoors. We like hiking and playing in our backyard. When the weather is...

5 Steps to Forming Habits for Busy Moms

5 Steps to Forming Habits for Busy Moms

The only thing that might be as hard as quitting an old habit, is forming habits you want to cultivate. These 5 steps will help you start new habits, and actually keep them. This last year I have been extra committed to making some improvements in my life. I didn’t...

5 Things I’ve Learned from 5 Years of Motherhood

5 Things I’ve Learned from 5 Years of Motherhood

My firstborn recently turned 5 years old, and it has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But I now feel like I've crossed some threshold in motherhood, and would love to impart the bits of wisdom I've accumulated to you. These are five of the many lessons I've...

25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

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Grateful vs. Thankful, What’s the Difference?

Grateful vs. Thankful, What’s the Difference?

As I sat down to think about all that I am grateful for on this Thanksgiving, I started to wonder, what's the difference in being grateful vs. thankful? Do you ever notice how we use some words interchangeably without really knowing if they mean the same thing? We...

Why Boys Need to See Frozen 2

Why Boys Need to See Frozen 2

Frozen fever has overtaken my home, and it isn't just my little 5-year-old princess belting out the songs. My tiny princes, just 2-years-old, can be heard uttering the phrase "let it go." The first Frozen broke the mold when it comes to Disney princess movies, and...

Dear Moms, Please Never Give Up On Your Dreams.

Dear Moms, Please Never Give Up On Your Dreams.

Feeling a little trapped in motherhood? Being a mom is the most rewarding role, but that doesn't mean we don't have an identity outside of our momlife. It's hard, but mama, never give up on your dreams, even when it seems impossible. Saying to never give up on your...

My Firstborn Turns 5 Tomorrow, and I Can’t Handle It

My Firstborn Turns 5 Tomorrow, and I Can’t Handle It

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Can’t Sleep While Pregnant? Steal My Pregnant Sleep Routine.

Can’t Sleep While Pregnant? Steal My Pregnant Sleep Routine.

Pregnancy is NOT the most comfortable time in your life, and that can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. It’s normal if you can’t sleep while pregnant, but there are some hacks you can try to catch a few more zzz’s. Of course, I'm not a medical professional....

Resilience for Kids. Why I’m Teaching My Kids How to Fail.

Resilience for Kids. Why I’m Teaching My Kids How to Fail.

The older I get, the more I believe the key to happiness and success is being willing to fail. This doesn't mean you have to seek out failure, but rather it's about learning how to fail in a way that propels you forward and helps you learn. I grew up a smart kid. I...

Steal These Gift Ideas. My Kids Christmas List This Year.

Steal These Gift Ideas. My Kids Christmas List This Year.

Feeling overwhelmed with filling out your kids Christmas list this year? Use my list for my 2-year-olds and 5-year-old as inspiration Despite my best attempts to keep things to a minimum when writing my kids Christmas list, I went a little overboard with Christmas the...

Gratitude for Kids: Teaching Whiney Kids to Be Grateful

Gratitude for Kids: Teaching Whiney Kids to Be Grateful

Ever have one of those days when your 4-year-old whines and complains one too many times, and you think maybe you've totally failed and your kid is 100% spoiled? Me too. That's why I started diving into ways to teach gratitude for kids. Your little angel turning into...

How to Put Yourself First When You’re a Mom

How to Put Yourself First When You’re a Mom

Moms do it all. Supermoms. Take care of everyone and all their needs. There's just one thing moms aren't so great at it... it's learning how to put yourself first when you're a mom. How often do you pine for some alone time, but then it never quite pans out how you...

3 Simple Ways to Be a Mindful Mom

3 Simple Ways to Be a Mindful Mom

It is so easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out as a mom, am I right? The easiest way to combat it is to become more present and a more mindful mom to ditch the stress and chill the F out. What does it even mean to be a mindful mom? Glad you asked. Let's talk about...

6 Types of Self Care Moms Need to Know About

6 Types of Self Care Moms Need to Know About

Did you know there are different types of self care? Yeah... me neither. But identifying them is actually REALLY important to understand how to take care of your whole being. There are 6 types of self-care, in general. Some will claim 5, and some 7, but for me, this...

Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

Been counting down the days the end of pregnancy to finally pop a bottle of your fav rosé and celebrate? But you might be wondering, is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding, we have your answer. There's a lot of misinformation about consuming alcohol while...

3 Keys to Create a Daily Routine with Kids for Less Stress

3 Keys to Create a Daily Routine with Kids for Less Stress

I used to fly by the seat of my pants. No schedule, no rhythm, no routine. But when I switched to a consistent daily routine with kids, my life got so much easier. Any seasoned mom will tell you a daily routine with kids is really important. I had a somewhat loose...

What Are STEM toys? The Coolest Gifts for Kids.

What Are STEM toys? The Coolest Gifts for Kids.

Looking for the coolest gifts for kids that are also educational? I have the answer. Let's talk about what are STEM toys and why they rock! First, let's get a handle on what are stem toys exactly, and then we will talk about some awesome examples of STEM toys for...

Should Moms Stop Complaining About SAHM Life?

Should Moms Stop Complaining About SAHM Life?

Gratitude in and for this SAHM life (stay-at-home-mom life), has been on my mind for a while as I navigate my own ship through motherhood, but today I came across something that put it on full blast. Today I was nursing a toddler back to sleep and naturally googling...

15 Perfect First Time Mom Christmas Gifts

15 Perfect First Time Mom Christmas Gifts

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I Love My Boring MomLife

I Love My Boring MomLife

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Weight Loss for Busy Moms: How to Start Your Healthy Journey

Weight Loss for Busy Moms: How to Start Your Healthy Journey

Moms are under so much pressure to not just be the best mother possible, but to look like society’s idea of perfection while doing it. It can be really hard to both love ourselves exactly as we are while also wanting to be healthy and happy. Jai Murphy, certified health coach, shares her tips for weight loss for busy moms.

For full details be sure to listen to this episode of the MomUp Show, but here is a rundown of the best tips form Jai:

1. Hold yourself accountable. Find ways to make sure you follow through on your goals. She started by creating an Instagram account just for her weight loss goals and followed accounts that made her feed like a vision board.

2. Submerse yourself in learning. Be willing to dive into the deep end and learn all you can. As much as we wish we did, we don’t know everything. Having an openness to finding new ways to accomplish your goals is key.

3. Remember, YOU ARE WORTHY. Life isn’t perfect, you aren’t perfect, your body isn’t perfect… instead of bemoaning it though, let’s EMBRACE IT. Instead of getting bogged down in perfection just find small ways to love yourself today and just inch a little closer to your goals today than you were yesterday.

Being a mom is chaotic and exhausting. Jai is an inspiration not just because of her weight loss, but her commitment to herself while simultaneously nurturing and loving herself. Be sure to give yourself realistic expectations and enjoy the process. Your weight loss journey is yours and you get to determine what is best for you. Enjoy the ride mama, and hopefully the tips in this podcast for weight loss for busy moms will help you on the road.

Body Positive Health & Wellness Coach, Jai Murphy, is classically trained and certified as a Health Coach and has a degree in Health Administration. What sets Jai apart from most health coaches is her ability to bridge the gap between the worlds of those wanting to lose weight, those fighting to embrace body positivity, and the traditional health & fitness world.

Jai has lost over 200lbs naturally and is in the midst of her own inspirational health journey. Jai doesn’t just regurgitate what the textbooks say; she shows in real time how to implement the knowledge and changes into the good and the bad of real life. Her extensive and engaged audience across her various social media platforms get a front row seat to Jasmin’s journey as she navigates the crooked roads of motherhood and health.

Visit Jai at her website or on Instagram.

 

Cluster Feeding Tips to Survive Your Newborn Feeding Every Hour

Cluster Feeding Tips to Survive Your Newborn Feeding Every Hour

Want more breastfeeding tips? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.facebookinstagrampinterest Got a stage 5 clinger who won't let go of your boob? Like your nipple feels like it's now permanently attached to your little squish? You've got a cluster feeder....

What Kind of Pregnancy Test Should I Buy?

What Kind of Pregnancy Test Should I Buy?

Think you're pregnant or trying to conceive? You're probably wondering what kind of pregnancy test should I buy? These 5 questions will help you choose which is best for you, and we'll give you our pick for the best one. So you can answer the question for yourself on...

Paced Feeding Your Breastfed Baby

Paced Feeding Your Breastfed Baby

Want to give your breastfed baby a bottle, but worried about them starting to prefer the bottle over breast? Paced feeding is a great way to initiate bottle feeding, and I'll share how and why I chose paced feeding with my breastfed babies. I've breastfed for over 6...

3 First Month Pregnancy Tips to Start Off on a Good Foot

3 First Month Pregnancy Tips to Start Off on a Good Foot

Just found out your pregnant, or maybe wondering if you are? These first month pregnancy tips will help you get started. The first few weeks of pregnancy can be stressful and also blissful. These are three tips to help you get started at the very beginning, and I've...

Our 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2019

Our 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2019

Another year over, and a new one about to begin. As I write this it is 8:21pm on December 31, 2019. We are about to start a new decade. Like so many others, we are taking a minute to look back first. These are our top 10 viewed posts of 2019 here at Mom Uprising. They...

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Tired? Stressed? Ready to let it all go and start putting yourself first? Let's do it, mama. Get started with these 10 self-care inspiration posts we totally love. It's easy to get stuck in a rut, and sometimes just a simple image can break you out of your stickiness...

The Best Way to Breastfeed Twins

The Best Way to Breastfeed Twins

Expecting twins and want to tandem breastfeed? There are so many questions, right? Like what are the logistics? What is the best way to breastfeed twins? I got you. Keep reading to find out how I made it work. Breastfeeding one baby can be an awkward learning curve,...

6 Self-Care Blogs Moms Should Follow

6 Self-Care Blogs Moms Should Follow

In a bit of a self-care rut and need some inspo? These 6 self-care blogs will give you a little push to get yourself back into some super helpful self-care practices that work for you. I thought my self-care game was on point, but just perusing through these blogs I...

Breastfeeding Newborn Tips to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Breastfeeding Newborn Tips to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Planning to breastfeed? It can be tough, mama. But you're tough too. These newborn breastfeeding tips are what I found helped me the most in my 6+ years of breastfeeding. When you're just starting to breastfeed with your newborn, whether this is your first or tenth...

5 Tips for Surviving the First Trimester of Pregnancy

5 Tips for Surviving the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Just find out you're pregnant? Congrats mama! Did those pregnancy symptoms start already, and you're trying to learn about surviving the first trimester? We've got you covered with these 5 essential tips. The first trimester is notoriously difficult between the...

5 Steps to a Self-Care Plan for Busy Moms

5 Steps to a Self-Care Plan for Busy Moms

Blaaah... another self-care article? YES MAMA. Because I know you aren’t taking care of yourself as well as you could, and the reason is that you don’t have a self-care plan! Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated, cost a lot of money, or require a babysitter. If...

First Time Breastfeeding Tips to Establish Nursing ASAP

First Time Breastfeeding Tips to Establish Nursing ASAP

First Time Breastfeeding Tips #1: Shoot for a Natural Birth (or Few Interventions) Interventions during birth can have a negative impact on establishing a breastfeeding relationship, and increased interventions have been shown to lead to moms breastfeeding for shorter...

5 Early Pregnancy Tips for the First Weeks of Pregnancy

5 Early Pregnancy Tips for the First Weeks of Pregnancy

Just find out you're pregnant and not know WTF to do next? Yeah, most of us felt like that. But we've got you, soon-to-be mama. These early pregnancy tips will help you get through the early weeks of pregnancy with a little less stress. Those early weeks of pregnancy...

Why is a Self-Care Checklist a Gamechanger for Moms?

Why is a Self-Care Checklist a Gamechanger for Moms?

Still putting yourself last? Taking care of everyone else's needs before your own? Time to change that by making yourself a self-care checklist. After always forgetting to take care of my own very basic needs, I decided I need to get super practical about my...

8 Nipple-Saving Breastfeeding Tips for Pain

8 Nipple-Saving Breastfeeding Tips for Pain

Ouch! All those serene photos of mothers and babies lovingly staring into each others' eyes didn't prepare you for this! But it's ok mama. These breastfeeding tips for pain will help your nips feel better soon, so you can enjoy your breastfeeding journey. I've been...

Be a Brave Mom and Healing as Your Grow

Be a Brave Mom and Healing as Your Grow

If there is one thing that is required to be a great mom, it's courage. Bravery. We don't talk about how moms are incredible courageous beings, but on this episode of the MomUp Show, I got to chat with Laura DiFranco, author of Brave Healing: a Guide for Your Journey,...

Mother’s Quest: Navigating the Journey of Motherhood

Mother’s Quest: Navigating the Journey of Motherhood

Living an epic life is the framework and mission behind Mother's Quest, a podcast by Julie Neale, focusing on intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring moms. She joined me on the MomUp Show to chat about how moms can navigate the journey through...

5 Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

5 Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

Cabin fever is brutal during the winter, but having some super fun indoor winter activities for kids on standby can help a mom out in a pinch. I literally just spent this entire day feeling like I was losing my damn mind. I had kids crying, whining, watching too much...

Cabin Fever and Motherhood: Emotional Self-Care in Winter

Cabin Fever and Motherhood: Emotional Self-Care in Winter

Winter blues and cabin fever have always been tough for me. But this year, practicing a little emotional self-care has made a huge difference.   From the first days of fall, I have been prepping for right now with my emotional self-care routines. The countdown on...

8 Self-Care Articles Moms Need to Read

8 Self-Care Articles Moms Need to Read

Yeah, we know self-care is essential for moms, but most of us are still slacking. That's why we're rounding up the best 8 self-care articles for moms to read ASAP. Some of these will give you some ideas on quick self-care practices, and some are just mom getting super...

8 Reasons to Love Your Body Postpartum

8 Reasons to Love Your Body Postpartum

It might be hard to even feel comfortable in your body, let alone love your body, when you've had kids. I remember being afraid to even touch my vagina for a while after my births because I was worried about what I would find, let alone how I cringed at my stretch...

Motherhood Almost Broke Me Today

Motherhood Almost Broke Me Today

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How I’m Getting to Know Myself Again with a Depth Year

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This is What an Overwhelmed Mom Looks Like

This is What an Overwhelmed Mom Looks Like

I snapped this photo to remember this moment when I realized I was totally an overwhelmed mom, and even if I was #blessed, life was also really really hard. I was a little over 24 hours into being a mom of three, and I was already an overwhelmed mom. After a long long...

How to Achieve Goals Even if You’re Overwhelmed

How to Achieve Goals Even if You’re Overwhelmed

Crushing your goals and completing resolutions is hard. There's a lot of reasons people fail all the time. But there are ways to set yourself up for success and learn how to achieve your goals even if you're already overwhelmed. I'm a mom of three kids five and under....

Being a Mom is Hard. It’s Not Just You.

Being a Mom is Hard. It’s Not Just You.

Today was one of those days when it all just hit me. Being a mom is hard, and sometimes it feels like you're failing. Like maybe you're just not a good mom. But it's not you. It's just that hard. A few months ago I was chatting with a new mom who on the outside seemed...

Do Twins Run in Families?

Do Twins Run in Families?

As a twinmom, people always ask if there are twins in the family. It's common knowledge, but how do twins run in families? We’ve all heard twins run in families, but few people really know why, how, or if twins are genetic. So let's answer the question, if and why do...

…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

Today was my 5-year-old daughter’s very first dance recital, ever. I was not prepared. When she started soccer, I was not prepared emotionally for it, but this time, I was pretty well armed for all the feels. Especially when it came to realize how much she’s growing...

100 Word of the Year Ideas to Live Your Best MomLife

100 Word of the Year Ideas to Live Your Best MomLife

2019 is winding down, and preparations for 2020 are already underway for many. Instead of a resolution, have you thought about trying one of these word fo the year ideas? I love these 100 word of the year ideas you can use as a way to guide your intentions, goals,...

20 Mom Memes We Can Totally Relate To

20 Mom Memes We Can Totally Relate To

Sometimes you need some inspiration, and sometimes you need to laugh. These are mom memes we can all relate to whether they're funny, true, serious, or silly. I don't know about you, but on those tough when that I just need a little distraction from the chaos of...

15 Quotes for Following Your Dreams

15 Quotes for Following Your Dreams

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Stomach Bug? Try a Smoothie for Flu that’s Toddler Approved

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7 Fitness Tips for Moms to Reach Your Fitness Goals

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What is Hygge, and Why Moms Need to Know About It

What is Hygge, and Why Moms Need to Know About It

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5 Things I’ve Learned from 5 Years of Motherhood

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25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

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Grateful vs. Thankful, What’s the Difference?

Grateful vs. Thankful, What’s the Difference?

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Why Boys Need to See Frozen 2

Why Boys Need to See Frozen 2

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Dear Moms, Please Never Give Up On Your Dreams.

Dear Moms, Please Never Give Up On Your Dreams.

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My Firstborn Turns 5 Tomorrow, and I Can’t Handle It

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Can’t Sleep While Pregnant? Steal My Pregnant Sleep Routine.

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Resilience for Kids. Why I’m Teaching My Kids How to Fail.

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Steal These Gift Ideas. My Kids Christmas List This Year.

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How to Put Yourself First When You’re a Mom

How to Put Yourself First When You’re a Mom

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6 Types of Self Care Moms Need to Know About

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Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

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3 Keys to Create a Daily Routine with Kids for Less Stress

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What Are STEM toys? The Coolest Gifts for Kids.

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Should Moms Stop Complaining About SAHM Life?

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15 Perfect First Time Mom Christmas Gifts

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I Love My Boring MomLife

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Self-Care for Moms: Finding a Practice that Works for You (Episode 12 MomUp Show with Tiffany Lanier)

Self-Care for Moms: Finding a Practice that Works for You (Episode 12 MomUp Show with Tiffany Lanier)

How often do you think about needing to create a self-care practice, but it just kind of falls by the wayside? Tiffany Lanier was forced to during pregnancy complications, and she shares with us what she learned. Self-care for moms is necessary, and it’s time we took it from the bottom to the top of our to-do lists.

During an anatomy scan, Tiffany Lanier found out she had a partial placenta abruption in the middle of pregnancy, a fibroid under the placenta, and a shrinking cervix. She had the bad luck of just getting all these unrelated complications at the same time and in a waiting game.

The high risk doctor told her she probably would not carry the baby to full term, and that she ran the risk of losing her own life in the process too. (She amazingly has a healthy girl now.)

We talk about how she found her self-care practice through that traumatic pregnancy, and then getting through postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter.

1. Focus on what you can do right now to shift your energy

2. Examine what your days look like and make adjustment

3.Create a practice (what activities make you feel good)

…and just start, and keep moving forward.

Tiffany is a leading millennial voice in personal growth, meaningful work, and #TheFutureofLeadership. She is an entrepreneur, a renowned Inspirational Speaker and the Founder of LPLC 360 Co., a consciously-driven personal and leadership development company.

Although her journey for empowering change in others started in college, after surviving a complicated pregnancy and suffering postpartum depression (all while growing her business), Tiffany hit a proverbial rock bottom. Faced with back-to-back physical, emotional and financial setbacks, Tiffany had an epiphany and realized in order to be a great mother, partner, entrepreneur, leader, and human it was time to own her shift. Her intention to rediscover who she was, her purpose, and embrace her next chapter led to personal and professional breakthroughs that have catapulted her life and career. Tiffany is now dedicated to helping others create conscious shifts in every aspect of their lives.

Today, Tiffany is fueled by the motto: Live Purposefully and Lead Consciously. Whether she is speaking to college students, entrepreneurs, creatives, community leaders or executives, Tiffany challenges her audience to re-discover who they are, what they stand for, and what matters. Known as the “Queen of Clarity” her self-reflective approach helps her audience and clients overcome the obstacles holding them back from showing up more powerfully (and consciously) in the way they live, lead, and work.

Tiffany’s eclectic background in personal growth, business development, digital marketing, new media, and social change advocacy has made her a sought-after public speaker, trainer, and facilitator. She’s presented for top businesses, brands, universities and organizations including Capital One, United Way, DeVry, and TEDx.

 
*Learn more about Tiffany at: www.LivewithTiffany.com
 
*“The Weekly Shift,” A dose of Inspiration & thoughtful insight to fuel the way you Live, Lead, and Work.
https://tiffanylanier.lpages.co/join-the-community/
 
*And find her at the handle @LivewithTiffany on IG, Twitter, and YouTube.
 
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Let’s get rid of that notion that talking about money is taboo and actually discuss how we can claim our power through being financially savvy, debt-free, and the owners of sky-high credit scores, ok?

 

Monica Brito stopped by the pod to give us the lowdown on how to start shoveling your way from under debt, fix your credit, and get super smart about your finances.

She broke it down to three steps:

1. Run your credit report

2. Write down all your debt

3. Make a game out of it!

To get the full scoop and much much more financial advice, listen in here on iTunes.

Monica is wanna be country girl, caught up in city living. She loves helping people obtain the dream of home ownership, make smart financial decisions, and create pretty spaces. 15 years ago she took a leap of faith and started her own business. Through trial and error she has fulfilled her dream of serving others in anything housing related. She lives a simple life in San Antonio, TX with her husband and her 10 year old soon to be homeschooled twins. Her goal is to help others achieve that simple life.

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