Today's episode is special for several reasons, but the main one is because the guest is my own sister! Ashlee went through something all too common in motherhood: postpartum anxiety (and depression). We thought it would be important to share her story while it's still fairly recent and fresh in her mind. In addition to being a new mom, Ashlee is reaching for her dreams to make a new album. She's crowdfunding the project on Kickstarter!
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I hope you can gain insight or find comfort from listening to our conversation, or from listening to Ashlee's music!
Beth is one of my favorite people, who I met on....yep, you guessed it- Periscope! I owe my entire life as it exists now to that amazing platform!
Beth and I met in real life less than a year ago at a blogger conference and I kind of wanted to stick to her like glue. She was the real deal, a salt of the earth honest to goodness person. I admired her and everything she stood for- and still do!
What I first knew about Beth was her incredible cake making skills. She'd prop us up in her kitchen as she live streamed while baking and mixing and frosting all kind of treats. She also shared stories about her kids, her challenges and her testimony of God and her faith. I am honored to be able to share in even more depth, her story that has touched my life.
This is truly one of the most marvelous moms I know and I'm so proud to call her my friend!
Thank you Beth for being brave enough to share it all and inspire so many with your words!
Melanie is one of those girls who you talk to an instantly feel at ease. She gets motherhood- you know? Really gets it. She is so fun to follow on Instagram because she has these adorable perfect dimples, and four kids who are just as cute! She and I chatted a lot about motherhood and what it looks like today. The expectations, the highs and lows, all of it. She sees this journey for what it is- a sanctifying process that really makes us amazing. She also shares how she's realized the power of magnifying and sharing our talents- not only for our children but for ourselves. As we continue to grow as women, we have so much to share and offer to our children and to the world. I loved everything about this episode, and am so happy to share it with you all!
Have I mentioned before how excited I am to have the means and time to travel the world? We're getting closer every day, and talking to people who are actually doing it keeps my fire lit!
I had the chance to sit down with Jessica Gee from The Bucket List Family months ago while she was in Turkey! I was so pleasantly surprised to see how normal she and her family are, in spite of their extraordinary lifestyle!
I was so inspired by Jessica and her family, as well as so impressed about how they spread their happiness with others. They are such a service oriented family and are spreading goodness all around the globe. Jessica and I talked about what it has been like traveling the world with two young children, and what she's looking forward to when they take a break from their travels.
Thank you for taking time between ocean dives and safaris to chat with me Jessica! It was so fun!
Can we all just state the obvious- that I'm the LUCKIEST girl in the world to get to chat with amazing women who also enrich my life with information?
Shelly gave me such an incredible gift a few months ago when she did a health coaching call with me. It was right after that I decided to just get my act together and get my thyroid checked. Since I did have some irregularity it changed my whole life to be able to get the medication I needed to take the right steps towards overall health.
Shelly is so easy to talk to and listen to and I know you'll enjoy today's episode with her! Thank you Shelly!
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Rochelle is the mom of two ADORABLE kids- and there's proof in the photo- am I right? But she wasn't always so certain she'd be able to become a mother! Today we're talking about her mystery illness, what she is doing with her message now and how she balances work and motherhood!
Finally! A new episode of Marvelous Moms Club! After a busy holiday season I'm so happy to bring you a new episode- and today it's just ME chatting bout my word of the year. Do you have a word of the year? Do you even know what that means? Listen in to see how I'm structuring my year and what I have planned for 2017! And stay tuned for more episodes this week!
You know those days as a mom when you are just melting into the floor in despair because you can't handle one more thing? The days you realize maybe you've taken on too much and need to quit it all just to be able to be the perfect mother? I know you've felt that way- whether or not you work or just take on a lot of extra responsibilities in your community, church, etc. The day I sat down to chat with Rhonna was one of those days for me. I had met her once before but it was an instant love, an immediate connection that I was BEYOND grateful to have. I knew before we even got Skype to work that it was going to lift my burden just to talk to her. And of course- she said all the right things and never once made me feel bad for feeling bad!
As she went on to share some incredible, uplifting stories, she warmed my heart even more and helped me see that there is hope beyond my bad days.
Rhonna is famous for her incredible app- Rhonna's Designs. It's been one of the most popular apps in the app store for three years now, and will change. your. life! She's SO talented and has evolved with her field even before it was ready to evolve. Basically she was a pioneer of digital media, online scrapbooking and frankly- doing a LOT with a little.
In an era where it feels like we need ALL the things to be successful, this episode will ground you and help you to realize what is most important, how to make your dreams come true no matter what your circumstance- and it will just leave you feeling AWESOME.
Rhonna is by far one of the wisest, sweetest women I've had the pleasure of knowing and I can't wait for you to get to know her more through this episode! Thank you for sharing your heart with us you beautiful woman!
Keep up with Rhonna on Instagram and all the places- you won't be sorry!
Wendy is a powerhouse woman, full of knowledge and inspiration! She reached out to me a few months ago to see if I wanted to be a part of a really amazing project- a contributing author in a book called Success Through Failing. I asked her for more info- mostly to find out if I was even successful enough to be a part of this group of 25 women who would be sharing their journeys. With her wisdom and love she helped me realize that there is no end date with success- it's a constant process, and the things I have done in my life thus far are actually giant successes! Also- failures. I know there have been many and there will be many more. My heart totally burned with conviction as she explained the mission of this book and I knew I had to be involved!
Wendy's mission that started a few years ago is to help heal the hearts and minds of women. She has worked hard to spread her message and is taking it a step further with this book. Wendy is sharing a bit of her story, how and why she created From Critical to Confident- her full time business. Also listen to hear how that business evolved into an idea for a book.
I am SO excited to be a part of this project and know you will be insanely uplifted by each chapter! I will be featuring several guests from the book over the course of the next few months as we prepare for the release of the book in February! Come follow along on Facebook and get a ticket for the book launch where you can come hear several of the authors speak!
Thank you Wendy for not only being a guest on the podcast but for considering me successful enough to be a contributing author of this wonderful book! Everyone stay tuned for more info!
Chelsie wrote this amazing book- Before There Was You and when I saw the back cover of the book- I knew she had to be on the podcast!
She is a born writer with a passion for her kids, which shines through in her poem turned children's book. I was insanely impressed when I realized she also illustrated the book- beautiful vibrant relatable illustrations that make it a favorite on my bookshelf!
Today we are talking about her life as a blogger and how that propelled her into writing her own book. She's telling all about how it came to pass, what she hopes her kids will learn from her and most importantly- what makes her a marvelous mom!
Come listen in to be inspired and reminded how spectacular it is to be a mother!
And go get Chelsie's book ASAP!
Cara warms my heart and without a doubt will warm all of your hearts before this episode is over! Motherhood is such an interesting thing and sometimes comes with all kinds of unexpected emotions.
So many women have come on my podcast knowing they were destined for motherhood, whereas some had no idea if mothering would be innate or awesome for them. Cara is one of the latter, but quickly discovered she is meant for motherhood. She has given birth to two gorgeous kids, but didn't stop there! Feeling an empty space in her heart, she realized someone in her family was missing. She knew someday she would foster and adopt children, but soon realized it was going to happen sooner than later. Listen in to hear all about the past year of Cara's life as she stepped onto a path that has made her life magnificently different!
Claire- I LOVED chatting with you. You are such a rock solid mom who has totally come out of the trenches with a smile on your face! I am so happy to share this episode with you all- Claire is truly a beautiful soul with so many stories to share! Claire has six children- which she didn't think was going to be her reality due to the fact that her husband had testicular cancer years before. Two of her children are twins, which is a handful in and of itself! She also has learned to work around the struggles that come from having three of her six children on the autism spectrum. Sometimes peeking inside someone's life is completely jaw dropping, and that's how I felt listening to Claire. These crazy moments and experiences haven't broken her- instead they have made her the totally marvelous mom she is today! This is a MUST LISTEN moms! Enjoy!
I first heard Jen's story on one of my favorite podcasts- Boss Mom. Hearing bits of her journey into motherhood made me emotional and I knew I had to share it here with you, my wonderful Marvelous Moms Club!
It's crazy how struggles can literally bring us to our knees, or onto the bathroom floor in Jen's case, but bring us to the most incredible miracles of our lives. I will never fully comprehend the need for such pain, but I glimpse it when I realize how richly we are blessed, and wonder if we'd know how special certain things are, without first struggling. Infertility is one of the most painful things I've witnessed my own friends experience, and Jen's story is the perfect depiction of all the emotions that come along with it.
Finally finding herself the recipient of a total "old fashioned miracle" as she wrote to me, she cherishes every day of motherhood. You won't be able to help but smile as you hear her talk about her sweet Eleanor and how cute she is with her cheeks so big she topples over!
Jen is also a pretty awesome podcaster over at She Percolates, and the concept of this podcast is so cool to me. As entrepreneurs or even just people we tend to lack the feeling of success, even when we have achieved success! Her podcast celebrates women in every stage of success and reminds us to own our accomplishments. I love the message there, so go check out that podcast when you're done listening to this one!
Thanks so much for sharing so much of your heart Jen! It was such an awesome chat!
Briana immediately hit my radar when I found her podcast- because I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for other podcasters doing what I do! I was so happy to see that she is also sharing stories that empower people, uplift them and just bring overall good vibrations into the world!
Briana has quite a touching personal story. As the mother of five children, she already has a full plate, but on top of that she works full time to support her family since her husband suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. She stumbled into the world of podcasting after a round table podcasting class at a blogger conference. She realized it would be the most ideal way for her to share not only her story, but other inspiring stories.
I fell in love with Briana and felt like it was Destiny when she told me one of her daughter's names. You'll have to listen to find out why.
Thanks Briana for stepping up to the other side of the interview! It was so fun to chat with you!
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Rachel came and shared stories of motherhood from a very different perspective on today's episode. We always listen to personal accounts of motherhood from the mothers themselves, but today we are getting a glimpse into a mother's life from her daughter. Rachel spent most of her growing up years with a mother who battled cancer. Her mother fought a long fight and was determined to see her three daughters raised. Rachel is sharing some very tender and touching moments today that will remind you to cherish each day, be grateful for the life you have and to appreciate your own mother.
I love so many things about this episode including the ideas to write letters to your children, to journal and record yourself in many formats for your children to enjoy. I am so honored to have had Rachel share these sweet moments and memories with us here on the podcast and know you'll love listening!
Shannon has quickly become one of my favorite people to follow on social media because I know how AMAZING she is! I got to know her a little bit from Periscope when it was in it's hay day, and now I keep up with her through Instagram. She shares such raw beautiful content and makes me feel so PROUD to be a mother, so motivated to do my best and really brings together all the most beautiful elements of motherhood! Her happiness in her role of mother is contagious, and her perspective as an E.R. pediatric nurse will remind you how much we need to cherish our amazing children!
Enjoy my chat with Shannon, it will be the most heart warming tender thing you'll listen to all day! Thank you beautiful friend, for sharing pieces of your sweet heart and happiness with us!
Chatting with a fellow podcaster is ALWAYS a treat and Lesley did not disappoint! She podcasts over at Coffee+Crumbs, which is a spinoff of one of my favorite blogs on the internet. If you need a good mom cry (and haven't cried too much from episodes here) Coffee+Crumbs is the place to go. Raw, vulnerable mommy content at its finest!
Lesley has such a sweet story and shares about her writing background, and the miracle surrounding the birth of her two youngest children.
My favorite aspect of podcasting is having those "me too" moments..and talking with Lesley was a series of those moments. Listen in to our mom chat to fall in love with Lesley like I did, and to remember that you are not alone in the crazy journey of motherhood!
Today's episode is short and sweet and might explain a little bit more about why I started Marvelous Moms and what the last year has been like for me personally! As the host of the podcast I rarely talk much about my own personal journey, but today felt it was important to catch you up on where we are at in our million dollar goal, why I've fallen behind and how I am getting my act back together! Whether you are a new listener or old one, this is meant to inspire you and remind you that we are all human- but we are capable of being AMAZING MARVELOUS MOMS!
And today's episode is sponsored by the Amazon FBA Course- to learn how you can make a full time living from the comforts of home, check out www.amazonfbacourse.com!
I'm slowly realizing and learning and most entrepreneurship is born first by filling a personal need, then realizing more people need the information or skill we have gained. That is true of Leah's story, who upon realizing her daughter had food allergies, decided to look deeper into what might be the source of this new and growing problem. She turned to organic products not only for food, but for clothing and household items we are using every day that we may not realize contribute to our overall health. My mind was blown at some of the facts she shared about pesticides on cotton!
Leah found that most organic products were boring and bland and went on to create Island Picnic, where she sells amazing and CUTE organic products! She also helps educate others who are on the same path with children who have food allergies. She has such a great positive attitude and it was so eye opening to hear about how she's had to educate not only herself and her daughter, but the school and those who spend the most time with her daughter!
Come listen to Leah's story and check out her blog at www.islandpicnic.com!
Hello marvelous moms! Welcome to a brand new season of Marvelous Moms Club! New guests, new stories, with the same inspirational purpose and mission. The podcast and everything that goes with it is here to remind you that you are marvelous, that you are the most amazing momma to your kids and that you are capable of anything and everything! This season we really want to nurture you, to be the support you need as you navigate this crazy world of motherhood. So sit back, relax and listen in as mothers from all over the world share their stories with you!
Something new is happening on the podcast- our first ever male guest! I don't make this allowance for just anyone, in fact I never have. But Dan's new website and mission, Stiry, is too important to ignore. And I've had the amazing opportunity to work with him to sponsor today's story.
When I started Marvelous Moms Club it was to do the very thing Stiry is doing, but more directly for mothers. Sharing good on the internet and sharing people's stories. I see the good it has done, how it inspires others to work past defeat and tragedy and I know personally this has moved my own personal mountains.
It is with joy that I share today's story of the day with you, as well as an in depth look at how and why Stiry was created!
Check it out and enjoy! See you back here for new episodes in September!
Hey moms! I hope you are surviving the summer and looking forward to the consistency the beginning of school will bring! I know I am!
I can't wait to do school drop off, have some more time to get things done without the pressure of entertaining everyone and to have a set schedule again! Summer, I LOVE you but it's time for you to go now! Anyone else agree?
Today I'm sharing all about the Marvelous Moms Club Inner Circle and how you can get some amazing discounts and bonuses from being a member! It's something I've been really excited to offer and we have some amazing opportunities in there for all of you to enjoy!
Also- I know how many of you are wanting a little extra money. How great would it be to put in some work for a month or two and then reap the benefits of that work for the next year? Maybe more? Do you want more for a vacation? A really awesome Christmas? Maybe you need a bigger car or home but it's just not in the budget? I've talked about it before but I'll tell you about it again- AMAZON! It can honestly change your life, and we've been able to change ours just from selling some items on Amazon!
It's Amazon week for us and we have awesome ways to win a $50 Amazon gift card just for tuning in and learning more about what we do and how you could do it too! Head to www.amazonfbacourse.com to learn more!
And make sure you head to www.marvelousmomsclub.com to join the inner circle and start learning and saving today!
Have a marvelous day mommies!
You know that mom, the one you're like "How is she just SO cool? Can I be that cool or was she just born with that cool factor?" That for me is moms like Kimi. She stands out, she's not afraid to be authentic, original and it's impossible to not like her. I love her unique style, her attitude of fun and the mother she is to her two teenage sons! It is with CRAZY excitement that I share this interview with the "cool" mom in my hood, Kimi! Not only is she a cool mom but she's a cool person. She's in a band, she goes to concerts with her kids and is an avid Coachella attendee, her boys will tell you at any given time music is blasting through the house, need I say more? Oh wait, I can. She's been in a movie! So rockstar, movie star and now, Marvelous Mom's Star!
Catherine is one of those women who you'd never guess has a "past" or has experienced one of the most heartbreaking trials a woman can face. Her constant smile and kindness towards others as well as the amazingly happy family she has are the result of choosing joy, and navigating her way through one of her biggest challenges.
At the age of 28 with 4 young children aged 7, 5, 3 and 8 months old her family was forever changed after a car accident on the way home from family dinner. She lost her husband in the blink of an eye and was faced with the daunting task of raising these children on her own. And while she had the help of friends and family, as she put it, nobody loves your children the way you do. She became mother and father, taking on two roles and choosing to do it as well as she possibly could. She chose to thrive and not just to survive. She made it through years of single parenting with the help of resilient and patient children.
Years later she reconnected with her high school sweetheart and they married and blended their two families together. So now she is the proud mother of 7 children including two step children and her youngest son Jackson who unified the family and serves as their energetic family mascot!
I loved talking with Catherine about the ways she has not only overcome her biggest pains and obstacles, but how she's grown to be the amazing woman and mother she is today.
Her insight into blending a family together and some of the ways they have grown are insightful not only for blended families but for all families. Working together, yearly vacations and fostering safe and loving environment are all ways she and her husband have worked to create a happy home.
I'm so happy Catherine shared her story with me so that I could share it with the rest of you. I hope that it serves as comfort, or a guide to those of you who may face the same trials.
Prepare for a fun, adventurous and uplifting audio experience that will motivate you to be the mom you always imagined you would be!
Bethanie became instantly one of my favorite people the first time I spoke with her on the phone. Another modern day marvel thanks to social media I only know her because of a photo her husband posted of her coming home from a taping of the Steve Harvey show where "New School Moms" vs "Old School Moms". Ben, my husband is actually the one who found the photo while Disney hashtag searching and we were super intrigued to hear their story and what made them so "unconventional". She was totally up for talking and we chatted on the phone for 20 minutes and I felt instantly connected to her because she just GETS IT. She's a dreamer, just like me. And she understands how Disney plays a role in having a life full of dreams! She just takes it to an even cooler level as a professional princess and she's married to one of the most TALENTED costume designers I've ever met.
I love when she explained the joy of being a princess and looking into little girls eyes and telling them their dreams can come true. I think you REALLY have to believe that is truth to share it with children and I can totally understand how it would be an emotional experience to carry such a beautiful message and to deliver it with little dreamers! And she even SOUNDS like a Disney princess- don't you think? I love that she is pursuing such a wide array of dreams and goals all while being a marvelous mom to her three beautiful kids! And teaching them that no dream is too big, you are never too old to pursue what you love! For example, she started dancing as an adult and while most people would feel "too old" to start up a new talent, she is going after it anyway and teaching her children a valuable lesson!
Bethanie and her husband are a bit unconventional in that they are currently "Unschooling" their children. It sounds so scary and odd but the more I've learned about it the more I realize it only sounds weird and scary because it's different and think about this- every person who has had crazy success in life has stepped outside of the norms to create their own amazing life. So while it seems like a hippy idea- it's actually resonating with me more and more and I'm realizing that YES why WOULDN'T you want to teach your children how to be responsible adults and to let their creative curiosity guide their knowledge? They are learning at a young age how to set goals and work hard to achieve them! You can read so much more about this on her blog listed down below!
I love when Bethanie started talking about possibility- this isn't an exact quote but she said, "Your life is whatever you believe it is. Your reality is whatever you want it to be! You don't have to focus on sadness- you can create something so much more magical and beautiful- you can create whatever you want to live in. Once you start believing the world is a good place- you start noticing the good even more. Life snowballs in a really great way."
Thank you Bethanie for sharing your story, for being so charming and wonderful and I am so excited to take Disney by storm with you! :)