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!
Several months ago I was on my favorite social media platform, Periscope, when a new person popped up and everyone invited me to watch her live streams. I had never heard of her, didn't know her story (because I was living under a rock somewhere that Instagram didn't exist apparently), but I instantly loved her. Who was this beautiful red head with five children, and how on earth did she seem so calm and sweet with FIVE children under the age of five running around? I got to know Emily a lot through watching her Periscopes, and we became "social media friends", which was wonderful. She would come on my periscopes and laugh and leave supportive comments as I tried to show everyone my make-up regimen that consisted of 3 year old lip liners and half broken brushes. I thought, hey, this girl is really sweet and fun, I should have her on the podcast sharing some mom tips since she's clearly got some things figured out to have had so many kids in such a short time! I had no idea, none whatsoever, that she was battling the hardest year of her life.
Because I had been living under a rock, I had never read her blog, didn't know that her husband Martin was suffering from Stage 4 Melanoma. I didn't know that on top of taking care of five kids, she was taking care of a terminally ill husband, maintaining a blog and keeping a smile on her face. I just thought she was an adorable, carefree mom with the standard life we all seem to live. When I started reading more on her blog, I was devastated for her. I almost felt embarrassed that I had asked her to be on the podcast, not realizing how difficult life was for her. I watched with thousands of other people as her life continued to become weighed down with sorrow, and cried my eyes out when I found out her sweet husband had passed away just days before Father's Day.
You never know how to talk to someone when they are in grief, or at least I don't. I prayed for Emily like everyone else, and let her know I was there. Fast forward a few months, and now I can't go a day without talking to her. She's become one of my soul sister friends, the kind that you just know you knew before. I'd always heard Emily was sweet and kind, but until I met her in real life, I didn't realize truly how special she is. And not only is she the most patient, mellow mother, she is HILARIOUS and we keep each other laughing on a daily basis, which I have always thought is the best medicine...
Emily came to visit me this past weekend with all five of those amazing kids, and we stole a little time after they were all in bed to finally have this podcast interview. I'm honored to be able to share a little more insight into what the last year and a half were like for Emily, the moments she didn't feel ready to share on her blog, the stories behind the stories. I know it's been overwhelming to share everything in the middle of her turmoil, and she's always striven to keep her blog positive, faith-filled and amazing. So grab some tissues- I promise you will need them, and if you haven't already, prepare to fall head over heels in love with this absolutely Marvelous Mom, Emily Meyers.
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I love sharing these stories with you, and all of them hold a piece of my heart!
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!
I met Vanessa at a blogger conference where she shared not only her story of how she and her husband created Chatbooks, but her love for music and her incredible singing talent! As a mother of seven she inspired me and I knew I had to share her story with the rest of you. She's the example of following your dream to be an amazing mother, while also being true to your heart and pursuing the other talents and passions you were blessed with. It can be so easy to get stuck in the rut of motherhood or to feel like you are betraying your family by having other hobbies or joys, but what most of us who follow that calling find, it can actually make us better mothers! It's all about feeling fulfilled and finding a type of balance that fits who you are as an individual and as a mother into one fantastic life. And Vanessa never pretends to have it all together or to have mastered it perfectly. She has given up some of her endeavors to pursue others. But she is an example of listening to that inner voice that tells you it's ok to love more than one thing.
Enjoy today's episode, it's really just a chat between moms, about being a mom and all the highs and lows that come with every phase of motherhood! Enjoy! And thank you Vanessa for treating us to a sneak peek into your life!
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!
Candace's blog speaks to my soul. I found her on instagram and this memory came rushing back. A memory from before I was a mother and people told me everything would change. I'd never be able to travel, to do ANYTHING fun again because now it would all be about my kids. That wasn't fun to hear! And I didn't believe it when I heard it. I believed then and still believe now that we can have a lot of luxe in our lives, even with kids. In fact, they are the ones who make all those things 10X better!
Candace's blog will show you how to still be fabulous and have a great time with your family. No need to settle for mediocrity or blah...make it luxe...with kids!
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!
Jenna has made a huge difference in my life with her friendly personality and willingness to help others grow their online businesses! Starting with her own boutique she has always been determined to make some sort of extra income for her family. She made me giggle when she said if she didn't have a way of doing online business she'd be an Uber driver or have a paper route. I think we can all relate to wanting some extra spending cash and the flexibility to make money from home. Jenna has mastered many ways to do just that and is inspiring many women every day to create, learn and be successful in their own businesses. I really wanted her to share bits of her journey for those of you who may think you don't have time for anything else! With a husband in law school and two small children she is working with those extra hours to both contribute to their household and feel fulfilled in a wonderful productive way!
Jenna now runs an online blog where she can literally do work with nothing but her cell phone and a laptop. You can check out her amazing blog Hello Fab to see what she's up to these days in the online world. I love her posts there and that they vary between fashion tips and deals and also mompreneur advice!
Jenna spoke my language when she admitted that even if she didn't have a lot going on with her business she still wouldn't have a spotless house or gourmet meals on the table every night! And that running her business is an outlet and really something she does for HER...that happens to make money!
Jenna fills us in with some of her expertise on how to make money blogging! If this is something you've been wanting to do, this is the episode for you! Jenna has put four years of hard work into her amazing blog/business and it shows! She's super talented and someone I drop everything to watch on Periscope!
I absolutely loved it when Jenna said, in regard to our interview: "Let this MOTIVATE you. You are wonderful and perfect no matter where you are at in your entrepreneurial or motherhood journey you just gotta get going!"
Come listen in to get all of the amazing advice and inspiration Jenna offers in our chat!
And thank you Jenna for being so amazing, inspiring me as a mompreneur and woman and for all that you are offering the world through your beautiful example!
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! :)
Brittany's story left me in tears the first time I heard it. I mean we're talking sobbing in the front seat while my husband was driving. I knew instantly I had to share it on the podcast, not because it is fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time, but because her attitude and zeal for life going forward is inspiring.
Knowing your future could be very short on the earth could cripple you and leave you in state of helplessness, but Brittany has taken a very rare diagnosis and chosen to have the fullest life possible, without fear or limitation. Her light shines around everyone near her and if I could talk to her every day I would!
She is a killer mompreneur with so many things going on it's no wonder people call her "busy Britt"!
Come listen in to hear her story and be motivated to not waste a single moment of your life. I know I won't after hearing from her!
Have a marvelous day!
Sadie was a much needed breath of fresh air in my life on the day we interviewed and again as I edited our chat for the rest of you to listen to. Her words are inspirational, empowering and will remind you of how truly amazing you are. She illustrates perfectly how I feel about each one of you, how much I want you to know how beautiful and amazing and MARVELOUS you are!
Sadie has changed a broken home upbringing into a flourishing life where she has overcome her crutches of eating and poor relationships to find true happiness.
She's so much more than her story and continues to inspire women on her blog, Simply Sadie Jane. Her attitude is one we should all adopt when trying to conquer the world. Follow her story and learn from her, I know I have and will!
Thank you Sadie for bravely sharing your raw emotions, your journey and so many words of encouragement to me personally and to the other women listening!
Holly is the epitome of a mompreneur- she has worked so hard to build a successful business doing something she loves- and done it so well that she recently retired her husband from his job as a radiologist!
She is a live streaming pro and has implemented Facebook live into her life, reaching out to her 2.6 million Facebook followers! Through the quirky mom Facebook community she is connecting with mothers from all over the world, giving mothering advice, fun ideas for activities to do with the kids and so much more!
I loved chatting with her about her journey and how it began from wanting to document moments, to help other moms see that they are not alone in this crazy mom life and then how she's worked hard to turn that passion into an income.
She gets passive income in a way very few people do and I was all sorts of excited whilst talking with her on the podcast! Check it out, I guarantee you'll learn something and be inspired!
Have a great day and thank you Holly for sharing your greatness with us!
I have the best job in the world- well two of them. The first is being a mother and the second being the host of this incredible podcast where I have been able to share stories of love, accomplishment and SO much more. I am inspired daily by marvelous women who are making their families and the world a better place to live in!
It is with great joy and honor that I share this episode with you, the culmination of 100 episodes.
And now I want to ask....What makes YOU a Marvelous Mom?
It's episode 99! I'm all sorts of grateful today on the podcast for where this journey has taken me so far. It's made it possible for me to have a full time stay at home husband as well as SO many other things. I love each guest and I wanted to jazz you all up for tomorrow's amazing 100th episode!!!! I can't believe we've done this many and I've definitely benefited the most from all of these lovely amazing women!
Check out the ratings and reviews section of iTunes right now to leave me a rating and review for my birthday! It's the best gift you could give!
Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow on episode 100!!!
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Lyndy is such a rockstar- like literally. She is a musician extraordinaire with such a beautiful voice and message to share! I have known her for a long time and have watched her journey evolve as she went from full time mother to full time mother AND musician pursuing her dreams! She is so inspirational on so many levels and I love hearing her work through the conflict that can arise when balancing "real life" with your "work life"!
I'm so honored to have had her on the podcast to share how she inspires her family by reaching for her dreams and how she's brought her passion for music into her family life!
Listen in and enjoy, and then soon after go check out some of her fabulous music!
Today I'm sharing my daily summer schedule and how we are going to keep everyone sane while working from home and having all the kids home!
I'm also sharing the summer schedule for the podcast and what you can expect this week as we gear up for episode 100! Can you believe we have gotten this far already? If you haven't yet, will you be so kind to leave a rating and review for me right now? I'd sure appreciate it! Have a great day mommies and keep on listenin'!
Mia was such a soul sister and I loved hearing about her adventures in both healthy eating and entrepreneur life. She is a fellow podcaster and I could talk to her every day and it still wouldn't be enough- so thank goodness for her podcast where I can learn all she has to share!
She went from drinking 8 cups of coffee (or more) per day to eating completely raw vegan and doing yoga pretty much overnight and lost the 75 pounds she had gained from having babies. She didn't stop there either, she took her story to the internet and now inspires hundreds if not thousands of people to do the same by planning simple meals and making healthy eating possible for everyone!
Her new book is out now and she is taking her family on a "fambatical" while she does her book tour, because it wouldn't make sense to promote healthy eating with the family without....the family! Listen in to her business skills, her health journey and so much more on today's episode!
Shannon was a delight to talk to, and I loved getting to know her and her story of motherhood! Starting out as a single mom she balanced her own world with that of being a mother in a coparenting situation. Years later she found the man of her dreams and has since had three more children! She chats about the interesting balance between having a child in high school and a child in preschool and what it's like to have her toe in two different worlds of parenting.
After putting her career and education on hold to raise her family she is now taking things a step at a time, getting her Masters degree so she can pursue a career in school counseling and family therapy.
Her God centered approach is so sweet and I know you'll love hearing about each aspect of her journey and gain respect for her trials! Thank you Shannon I just love you!
Thomasine is a marriage and family therapist, with emphasis on family therapy in the Los Angeles area. She has a very interesting career background and I really loved hearing about what brought her into the role she fits perfectly with now, which is being a therapist. In the middle of all of this she became a mother and has found herself in the place a lot of working moms find themselves in- wanting to be home more with their kids. Having the freedom to be your own boss and make your own hours.
So she started her own practice which did just that- gave her a lot more control in her life to be the mother she wants to be! While a lot of therapists think they need and MBA to go out on their own, she simply hired a business coach and was brave enough to go for it!
Listen to her story of how her miscarriage helped her realize a need that wasn't being met among the mothering community and what she is doing now to stay busy even with a husband who works as a Disney Imagineer and two beautiful daughters!
Thank you Thomasine, you are one sharp lady and I loved getting to know you and hearing your story!
Hey Marvelous Moms! Today I'm talking about something that has changed my life for the absolute better- what has catapulted us into a completely new lifestyle full of abundance and happiness. It's called passive income and I've been able to not only understand it but be the benefactor of it's power in my life! My husband was able to quit his job in March after only doing online business for 3-4 months!
I'm flying solo today to tell you about some changes coming to Marvelous Moms Club for the summer, some changes happening in my life and how it's all been made possible! Stay tuned until the end for a special discount code!
Have a great weekend moms!
McKenna is not only one of my favorite people to follow on snapchat but she is a mom with a really cool story and a lot to share with the world! Holistic healing is just one of the many things she does on a daily basis and you'll need to listen in to hear all about her and what she does! I love that she went from having a uterus that was completely unable to conceive to one that conceived on its own without any medical assistance just by changing her diet and health habits! It reminds me that anything is possible and there is never reason to doubt or fear the future!
McKenna, thank you for being on the podcast and sharing so much awesome inspiration with me and everyone else! I love how you have taken care of yourself and then made it possible for all of us to do the same!
Crystal is not only an amazing mompreneur who I am honored to have had her on the podcast, but a new friend who I absolutely adore! We had a chance to hang out in California when we drove together to a blogger conference and I am looking forward to living in Southern Utah so I can see her more often and soak in all her greatness! By the way- we're moving! More about that soon!
Back to my lovely friend Crystal. She and her husband became millionaires by age 27 and then have gone on to make even more millions leading them to early retirement of sorts, which has freed up a lot of time for her to pursue her other interest and spend endless time with her family! She blogs as Wannabe Balanced Mom and shares her healthy eating tips, has published a meal plan book and still keeps up with the network marketing business she and her husband run together! I told her during our call that her life has me like #goals and it is totally true. I can't wait to get to a point where I can outsource every day things to allow me to have even more fun with my kids- because at the end of the day that's what its all about!
Listen in to hear about her natural births, her mompreneur adventures and her healthy lifestyle which includes DIY kombucha! Thanks Crystal for sharing all kinds of greatness with us!