002: Easy Ways to Capture Memories of Motherhood // Laura Webb

3 Easy Ways to Capture Memories of Motherhood // 3in30 Podcast for Moms

This week my little sister Laura Webb, a mother of two young children and a Chemistry and Math teacher–“not a writer!” she is quick to point out–will share her ideas for easy ways that we can fit record-keeping into our busy lives as moms.

Listen in as Laura details ideas for how to…

  • Use technology to help us capture memories
  • Find routine times or triggers to remind us to journal
  • Remember that something is better than nothing when it comes to documenting our lives

What are your best ideas for keeping records of your motherhood experience? Please share them in the comments or on Instagram @3in30podcast. We want to learn from you!

Webb Family // 3 in 30 Podcast

Show Notes


Qeepsake: The Text Message Baby Journal

One-Sentence Journals on Amazon

How to Journal as a Busy Mom (Rachel’s article for Power of Moms)


Feature Image: Alexis Johnson Photography (Eagle River, Alaska)

Webb Family Photo: Brynmarae Photography (Denver, Colorado)


About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. danielle on 10/27/2017 at 4:58 AM

    Loved this… I am always glad for good ideas on recording memories.. Thanks for these great ideas…I also love the one line a day journal, and keep notes on Evernote for family fun day to day. One thing that I also enjoy a ton is writing down my kids funny quotes..I use letter journal.. It’s not super fantastic app yet, still in beta mode but it sends my texts to a word doc on their site by date so I can pull all my ideas off easily without having to retype but quick to enter (just a text). Also love the idea of teaching my kids to journal more… Love this.

    • Rachel Nielson on 10/29/2017 at 8:45 AM

      Letter Journal sounds like a great app! Thanks for sharing!! Have you noticed that you’ve gotten a shout out in each of my weekly FB Lives so far? Ha!

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  3. Whitney Kirkham on 08/01/2018 at 7:00 AM

    I just listened to this podcast and loved the ideas. Thank you for being so helpful and encouraging to mother’s. I have journaled on and off through the years, I definitely need to be more consistent and I think these 3 takeaways will help me with that.

    One question I have for you…to take this to the next step…being such the journaler that you are, do you have loads and loads of binders holding all of your entries and special momentos? And if so, do you plan on passing them along to your children when they are older or keeping them? Do you go back often and read through your journal? Do you store your binders somewhere where they can be looked through often, or just pulled out of storage every few years to be reviewed? I look forward to hearing your insight. Thank you Rachel!

    • Rachel Nielson on 08/11/2018 at 9:30 PM

      Hi, Whitney! I’m so glad the episode was helpful!! You ask some really great questions. Yes, I have loads and loads of binders. In fact, I have a tall wardrobe type cupboard with multiple shelves FULL of journals. Up until recently, all of my journals were just stored in boxes in the garage, but I was kind of like, “What’s the point of journaling if I never even look back at them again?” I mean, there’s still a point to journaling for sure (it’s cathartic in the moment), but it felt important to me to have easier access to them so I could look through them occasionally. So now they are in the house, stored in my room in this wardrobe. As for passing them along, I have no idea what I will do. Because I have more than one child. Maybe see who has the most interest in them and have him/her be the family “historian” and keep them all and pass on the entries that are worth passing on? I do try to keep a separate binder for each child with the entries/mementos that are about THEM specifically. It helps a lot that I type my journals because I can easily print off an extra copy of something and stick it in that kid’s binder. If you wanted to, you could always type your journals straight into a book such as Blurb and have multiple copies printed, one for each child? Something else I have thought about doing is passing a journal along to a child when they are at that particular age. So like, loan my journal from when I was a brand new mom to my daughter when she is a brand new mom. But then get it back to keep in the family history. This is all evolving for me–what ideas do you have? Honestly, I have not been good about journaling in the past year since I started my podcast because I’ve been so busy! But I MUST get back to it because it’s really important to me. Let me know what you decide to do!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the episode!


  4. Danielle Hughes on 09/11/2018 at 1:40 PM

    I LOVE this episode so much!!!
    My friend and I have a journaling blog and Instagram account and if all goes well hopefully a journal line we’ll be able to print soon. And these are all the same ideas that we share in our classes and online all of the time.
    Thanks for sharing.

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