Julie Ball is the creator of Sparkle Hustle Grow, a subscription box and online community for entrepreneurial women. Along with that, she's created a subscription box specifically for families called Together Unplugged!
Today on this special Friday episode I'm talking about the trap that many moms fall into as a school year ends. We are all relieved for the break from packing lunches, signing papers, field trips etc. But we are also guilt ridden women who tend to look at what we did NOT accomplish through the year vs. what we DID. I'm giving some trips and tricks to help you appreciate the last 9 months and own the amazing memories you made as a family and how YOU grew this year too!
Michelle Bowler is an army wife and a mother to four girls! She wanted to create a way for women in situations similar to hers to feel connected. She created her own blog and podcast, The Waiting Warriors, as a place for "waiting wives" to find comfort and to know they're not alone. It's kind of like the Marvelous Moms Club, but especially for wives of military or first responders!
This episode is so inspiring whether you are a waiting wife or not. As always, there is something for everyone to relate to. I hope you listen and enjoy!
Welcome to a special Mother's Day episode of the Marvelous Moms Club! You may have already noticed, we have gotten a little bit of a facelift- with a new logo and some new content! What has REALLY changed here is the purpose and mission of this community- and that includes you. On this day dedicated to mother's- I wanted to take some time to tell you how much I appreciate you for being here- and to give you some sneak peek insight into what is ahead. I share the new Marvelous Moms Club mission statement and how my own perspective has changed since starting this "club" 3 1/2 years ago! Tune in to listen!
Abby Chao believes that every child in America should have access to a college fund. With the insane cost of college, wouldn't you agree?! In today's episode she talks about CollegeBacker, the company she founded about two and a half years ago. She's come up with an awesome way for you to help your child save money for college! It's never too late or too early to start.
Listen to learn more about it. And check out collegebacker.com/marvelousmoms for a special deal for our listeners!
If you don't know Jalynn, I'm so excited for you to be introduced to her! She's well known in the blogging world, the direct sales world, and the fashion world. She's made a name for herself with Senegence, the company that makes LipSense, and she has accomplished so much more. I hope you'll love listening to her experiences and advice as much as I did. You can learn something from her, whether you're in the same business realm or not! As a mom of two, she also knows just how important and challenging the role of mother is. What are you waiting for? Listen up!
Shae is one of the most amazing women I know and I fell in love with her accent first, her heart second and her sense of humor last but not least. You never know what's going to come out of her mouth- as you'll hear on this episode- and you will find she's the first person to catch you when you're falling. She's a mom of two teenage boys- so if that doesn't tell you how marvelous she is- I don't know what will. Find show notes at marvelousmomsclub.com
Hey ladies! If you have been listening in real time for the last three years- you've noticed the absence of new episodes! In this episode I'm explaining where I've been and literally where I moved over the summer last year! I can't wait to catch up with you!
Ok ok, it's not what you're thinking. Or maybe it is, depending on how much you thought that one out. It could sound like the start to a very twisted disturbing story- but it's actually a BEAUTIFUL story of selfless love. Joanna was a SURROGATE for her brother and his wife, after many heartbreaks with infertility. Hearing it from her perspective made for a really beautiful and sweet episode- so tune in now to hear all the details!
Homemaker. Do you love that word or do you hate it a little? Most of us Marvelous Moms feel the pressure of keeping a home in order at least sometimes, right? For a lot of us, it's our "job."
Kendra Hennessy is the owner of "Mother Like a Boss" and she is on the podcast today to tell us that we don't have to let this word define us! Also, we don't have to dread cleaning our houses and everything else that comes with the word "homemaker."
This episode definitely changed my perspective on homemaking and I am excited to share it with you.
Cheryl is a mother to five kids she's adopted. I love the way she navigates motherhood with all of her unique children! She has some excellent ideas, and I couldn't help but write some of them down to use for myself! One of my favorite tidbits from Cheryl was how she decides what her day is going to be like before it even starts.
Listen to today's episode to find out more gems of information!
Cheryl wanted me to share this link with you and says "Family Involvement Center is run by parents who help other parents navigate the unique needs of raising a special needs child. They offer classes, advice, a listening ear but most importantly HOPE for parents who may have lost hope."
Happy Thursday, Marvelous Moms! Abbi Perets is on the podcast today and I know you'll enjoy her energy. She is a writer and she absolutely loves what she does! Isn't it so great that we all have different interests and we're all good at different things? Like Abbi says, "One man's boring is another man's awesome." (Or woman... of course).
Listen to today's episode to hear about the three things Abbi believes are most important for success and happiness!
Here are some awesome resources from Abbi:
We're back after a little break! Michelle Gifford is on the podcast today talking about doing things your way. She's a business mentor, podcaster, Maskcara artist, and a photographer - just to name a few.
Check out her course! A Girlfriend's Guide to Blogging is your secret sauce to blogging to be found online. No more wasting time writing without being seen. This course walks you through step-by-step creating a blog and content that gets you found by the right people (think people searching on Google and Pinterest and finding YOU).
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Hey everyone! I've got Desiree Ward on the podcast and she is the creator of the Mom Conference. It is NEXT WEEK and I'm so excited to share this event with you. I have the opportunity to speak with lots of amazing people about different aspects of motherhood! You can watch the live event for FREE at home in your PJs snuggling with your babes. This is something you don't want to miss. We all need a refresher on our mom knowledge and education! Click my link to get your spot. HURRY!
Today's episode is a sweet treat - in more ways than one! Emily Scanlan works from home as a baker of cupcakes, cookies, and all the yummy things. She's also been through an interesting marital situation. Listen to the episode to find out what I mean!
Not many of us can say we've been critiqued in the tabloids, but Melisa Osmond found herself in the spotlight in a very unwelcome way. She married into a well-known family (can you guess which one?) and lives a mostly normal life. She never imagined that strangers could be so mean online! Even if you haven't been the target of cyber-bullying, we've all been victim of negative criticism at some point or another. Melisa shares how she overcame the hate in today's episode! She knows what you've been through and can say "Me, too."
Staci has been through her fair share of trials and has come through them with strength and grace. Faced with the challenges of an unfaithful partner and a brand new baby girl, she made the difficult choice to leave and start over for the sake of her daughter. Staci accomplished big goals while being a single mom! Since then she has remarried and now she knows what it's like to be with someone who treats her the way she deserves to be treated.
Naimah Shaw is a mother to four kids and a successful blogger. She was born and raised in Guyana, South America. She home schools her kids and has always loved being a writer and sharing her passions!
Chelsea Andersen is mother to four kids. Her oldest son is in his early 20s and this episode focuses a little bit on a trial they went through with him as a family! Even when things seem horrible, it is possible to find beauty in everything.
I met Natalie through Periscope last year and she has an amazing story! So many of you have been through heart wrenching experiences and it's beyond comforting to know you're not the only one. We all have our trials, but the struggles that come with a newborn baby are unmatched when that sweet baby has serious health problems! If you need a little more inspiration in your day… this episode is for you.
Jen has seven children ranging from the ages of 5-27. For the past few years, she has dealt with chronic pain and illness that makes it tough to be a good mom. But she's just as marvelous as the rest of us! She writes a blog, Chronically Positive Mom, that is geared toward helping other sick moms find ways to cope with the struggles of illness during motherhood. Not only that, she has a book coming out on June 23! It's called "The Sick Mom's Guide® to Having Fun Again: If I can do it, you can too!" and you should totally check it out.
Jen Riday is the host of a podcast called Vibrant Happy Women, and she is the epitome of that name!
Ladies, be aware that major creative and special sparks flew during this episode. The synergy that can happen on a podcast interview is kind of amazing. I LOVED Jen when she interviewed me on her podcast, and loved her even more when I had the chance to chat with her for an episode of MY podcast! She is a remarkable insightful woman and you would be smart to follow her podcast as well as this one.
We talked a lot about motherhood and how imperative it is that we create joy in the center of our homes. I LOVED how she compared mothers to the sun, with planets- our kids and spouses- orbiting around us, and how if we are happy it effects that orbit and energy. It's the phrase, happy wife happy life, right? But a lot more spectacular than that.
The best thing that happened on this episode was the validation of how IMPORTANT it is to take care of myself before I can take care of my family. Following my dreams, passions and desires only makes me better, it doesn't take away that love I have for my children!
Meditation is something I have been thinking about, as well as this craving for yoga, and Jen brought all of it right to me with her belief that an hour of yoga is as good as weekend away.
Thank you Jen for having such a great conversation with me, sharing your insight as a mother of 6 children and proponent of happiness and vibrance!
You might recognize the name Al Carraway from her book "More Than the Tattooed Mormon." She is a writer, public speaker, and mother to two young children: Gracie and Christian. Despite flunking public speaking class, Al now speaks multiple times a week and has won awards for her speaking. In her episode, she talks about her faith and how it has pushed her to be who she is.
To say this episode is long overdue is an understatement-- we recorded it last summer! Jenica and I met at the Elevate bloggers conference and I adored her story, her baby bump and everything about her positive attitude. I asked her then and there to be on the podcast...only to find out she was already booked as a guest! Apparently someone had already referred her to me and we had jumped at the opportunity to chat with her! Even after all that over-preparation we still got behind airing her episode since I wanted to chat with her AFTER her twins were born. Between both of our crazy lives it took months and months to happen. But I know you'll love her story even if it has been a while since she first told it to me!
Jenica went through three rounds of IVF before finally conceiving her twins, Goldie and Harris. She shares the heartbreak and how she got through those staggering times. I think you'll be inspired by her perspective, whether you've experienced her exact trial or not!
Listen and enjoy and share this episode with anyone needing a little pick me up who might be going through the same thing!
Thank you Jenica for sharing your story with us!
Randi came into my life at a time when I needed her most. Being a busy mompreneur comes at a cost and I had just started homeschooling my oldest son. I was overwhelmed, discouraged and had no idea how to even begin to create the family of my dreams with all these new circumstances!
Soon after our chat on the podcast I was able to take Randi's parenting course and it was AMAZING. Not only was the content informative and broken down into bite sized pieces busy moms can handle, her coaching calls were SO helpful.
Randi has this ability to see things in a different way than you might see them and can really help you dissect every issue you are facing to help you feel like you can conquer your shortcomings and obstacles. Her course will open up again soon, and in the meantime you should definitely check out her coaching!
Thanks Randi for sharing your knowledge and love on the podcast!