Posts Tagged ‘family culture’

065: 3 Easy Valentines Traditions for the Whole Family (Encore!) // Sarah McKenna of Bombshell Bling

The first Valentines Day that my husband and I were dating, he showed up on my doorstep with flowers and a clue that started me on a scavenger hunt to romantic places all around our college town.

Seven years later, on our first Valentines Day as parents, he showed up on our doorstep with…a toilet plunger.  (You’ll have to listen to the episode to get the full story!)

Yes, becoming parents can definitely affect the romance of Valentines Day a bit–but there’s no reason why this “holiday of love” has to be limited to just you and your spouse.  February 14th can be a day to celebrate family love as well!

In this episode, my amazing sister Sarah McKenna, from the craft blog Bombshell Bling, shares three totally doable and super fun Valentines traditions for the entire family.

1) Secret Cupids: https://www.bombshellbling.com/secret-cupids-valentines-day-family-tradition/

2) Heart Attacks: https://www.bombshellbling.com/heart-attack/

3) Love Letters to your Kids: https://www.bombshellbling.com/mushy-love-letters-a-february-tradition/

I’d love to hear if you give one of these a try. Come say hi on my Instagram, 3in30podcast and let me know if you have other Valentines Traditions you do with your family!

Show Notes 

Sarah’s website: https://www.bombshellbling.com

Sarah’s instagram: @bombshellbling

“32 Ways to Surprise Your Sweetie” by Rachel Nielson: https://www.bombshellbling.com/things-for-hubby-valentines-day/

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063: Mothering Different Ages and Stages: Tips from a Mother of Seven // Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder of Chatbooks

It’s time to pick up the kids from school, but the baby is napping.

You need to go to grocery shopping but can’t bear the thought of wrestling everyone into the car and through the store.

You want to plan a vacation to spend quality time with your older kids, but it wouldn’t be ideal for the babies.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Beyond babies’ sleep schedules and toddlers tantrums, motherhood manages to get trickier as our children grow into different stages— especially in families with big age gaps between siblings. In this episode, Vanessa Quigley, co-founder of Chatbooks, gives us a glimpse into what it is like mothering seven children and juggling the needs of kids in different stages of life.

Vanessa advises moms to, as Elsa would say, “Let it go!” (as we can’t be everything to everyone); divide and conquer; and seek help through trades or hiring someone. I know you will love Vanessa’s sense of humor, warm encouragement, and down-to-earth wisdom in this interview.

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Show Notes

-Hilarious Chatbooks commercial with Lisa Valentine Clark: https://bit.ly/2dXTHut

-There are a few tickets left to my workshop in Twin Falls, Idaho on Saturday, February 9th.  I’d love to meet you!  3in30podcast.com/workshops

 

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060: Three Facts about Infant Sleep You MUST Know // Dr. Katie Penry

3 Facts You MUST Know about Infant Sleep

It’s SLEEP WEEK here at 3 in 30!  This week I will be bringing you TWO episodes from two different sleep experts, each focusing on a different aspect of how to get your little ones to sleep well. (Because I don’t know about you, but when I’m exhausted because my littles won’t sleep, everyone in the family suffers!)

Today on the show we have a guest who is a fan favorite, Dr. Katie Penry, a specialist in maternal and infant mental health. She and I discuss newborn sleep and how it can impact the mental health of a mom.  Dr. Penry is such an encourager and even protector of mothers–and this episode will give you permission to make decisions about your family’s sleep that will benefit both your baby AND you.

Come back on Thursday for a follow-up episode from a sleep consultant who will teach us how to avoid bedtime battles with our toddlers and preschoolers (and even elementary schoolers!).

This is going to be a fun and different week at 3 in 30.  Don’t miss it!

Show Notes

25 Infant Sleep Tips: afriendlyaffair.com/25sleeptips

Newborn 101 Course: https://afriendlyaffair.teachable.com/p/introduction-to-parenting/

“Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD: https://amzn.to/2S4VvE7

Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp: https://amzn.to/2USjKXR

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth: https://amzn.to/2LnF6s6

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman: https://amzn.to/2UR7hE1

Episode 23 “How to Stop Looking at Your Phone So Much–and Why It Matters”: http://3in30podcast.com/phones/

Episode 41″How to Really See Your Child and Help Them See You”: http://3in30podcast.com/look-with/

Dr. Katie Penry’s website: afriendlyaffair.com

Dr. Katie Penry’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afriendlyaffair/?hl=en

**There are a few tickets left to my workshops in Idaho happening in January and February.  I’d love to meet you!  3in30podcast.com/workshops

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How to Take Control of your Motherhood Story // Cate Johnson

How to Take Control of your Motherhood

“At any given point, you can say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end.'”

Cate Johnson was a mother of two young children with a big, beautiful home in the country.  From the outside, it looked like she was “living the dream,” but inside, she felt like she was drowning.

She craved peace and connection with her children–but instead she felt only chaos and overwhelm. She spent hours cleaning her big home while her kids watched television. She felt heartbroken that she was not the mother that she had always wanted to be.

After hitting a breaking point, she decided to take control of her motherhood story. She took a few drastic actions–such as deciding with her husband to sell their home in the country and move into a small apartment in the city–but most of her shifts were small. But they altered her motherhood story and the way she felt about motherhood.

Cate has a message of hope for all of us: We can live true to our values as mothers and take control of our motherhood stories.  Listen in to learn how!

Show Notes

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne: https://amzn.to/2LCK2JC

Lullaby Playlist: https://www.amazon.com/Lullaby-Playlist-Dream-Baby/dp/B00HEHXH6G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511810328&sr=8-1&keywords=Lullaby+PLaylist

WholeFamilyRhythms.com

**There are a few tickets left to my workshops in Idaho happening in January and February.  I’d love to meet you!  3in30podcast.com/workshops

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059: 3 Tips to Create More Time in Your Day // Lauren Golden of The Free Mama Movement

3 Tips to Create More Time in Your Day __ Lauren Golen

As a mother of three young children and the owner of a successful business, Lauren Golden knows busyness and stress well; but she refuses to live in a constant state of overwhelm. Instead, she takes control of her life by taking control of her TIME.

In this week’s episode, Lauren teaches us three of her best strategies for creating more time as we juggle motherhood and all of the other worthy aspects of our life:

 

1) Saying “no” sometimes (and “no” doesn’t mean “never”)

2) Using the acronym D.R.O.P it as a way to reduce what’s on our list

3) Prioritizing her to-do list using “The Daily Five”

 

We hope this episode helps you during this busy holiday season!

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Show Notes

Lauren’s Website: https://www.thefreemamamovement.com/go

The Free Mama Movement on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thefreemamamovement/

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenGoldenFreeMama/

Lauren’s Book: The Free Mama: How to Work from Home, Control your Schedule, and Make More Money (launching Thurs, Dec 13): https://amzn.to/2QniKwx

Patrice Washington: “I’m Not Above Backing Out” https://www.patricewashington.com/relationships/im-not-above-backing-out/