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Author: Jessica Hessels

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Unfiltered and honest conversations around all things pregnancy, labour & delivery and motherhood because, let's be real, this whole motherhood thing is confusing, hard as f***, lonely and just downright bat-shit crazy. I get it. I hear you. We are in this together. Hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss an episode! I can't wait to catch up with you every Wednesday & Saturday.
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Join me in this week's episode where my guest, Cayla Ranice, shares what it's like being a woman who does not want children nor wants to get married. Listen as Cayla talks about why she doesn't want to have kids or get married, common misconceptions and reactions towards women who don't want kids and the societal pressures put on women around marriage and children. Cayla is a Holistic Nutrition Practioner who specializes in plant-based nutrition and habit-based change. Cayla lives in Nova Scotia with her partner Attila and is also a badass mom to her cat Kote. I am so grateful that Cayla shared her story with us. Cayla's story is one we should all take note of and reflect on to see if we have any biases or thoughts around people who opt not to get married or have children. It's important that we, as a society, are inclusive and value everyone, regardless of these two decisions! If you wish to connect with Cayla in regards to the episode or to chat about her holistic nutrition practice, please feel free to reach out to her through her social media or website:Website: Facebook: Cayla RaniceFacebook Group: Simply Balanced with Cayla RaniceInstagram: caylaraniceAs always, please come join me on Facebook in the Badass Moms Club group: don't forget to subscribe, rate & review!Sending you lots of love badass moms!
**Trigger Warning** This episode discusses domestic violence.Join me in this week's episode where my guest, Angela Accomando, shares her journey through domestic violence and how she turned her life story into one of healing, self-love and a passion for changing laws. Angela is an advocate for domestic violence, transformational coach for female entrepreneurs, mom to 4 kids, happily married and lives in New York. I am so grateful that Angela has shared her story with us at it's really a story of resilliance, strength and tangible change and impact on this world. Angela shows us that we are stronger than we give ourselves credit for and that we can truly do anything that we want.  If you wish to connect with Angela in regards to the episode or to chat about her transformational coaching practice, please feel free to reach out to her through her social media or website:Facebook: Angela AccomandoInstagram: angelaaccomandoWebsite: www.angelaaccomando.comYou can purchase the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay which was referenced in the show.As always, please come join me on Facebook in the Badass Moms Club group: don't for get to subscribe, rate & review!Sending you lots of love badass moms!
Welcome to 2021 badass moms! I am so excited about 2021 as there are SO many amazing episodes coming your way. Today's episode is all about the secret to happiness....sounds amazing, right?!I have badass mom, Naphtali Roberts, on the show! Naphtali is a creative success coach, licensed marriage & family therapist, mom to 3 kids, and wife to a creative entrepreneur. We chat all about: - what women are generally taught when it comes to "success" and "being successful" - how society communicates with women & how women are taught to communicate- the difference in how we communicate with our daughters vs sons - time optimization & why it's better than time management- increasing our happiness by limiting our choices- how to go about limiting your choices - Naphtali's journey to stop eating healthy- being diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease- disordered eating patterns she had while trying to be "healthy"- her biggest tips for momsAs always, make sure you check out Naphtali on social media as well as her podcast: Instagram: naphtalivrobertsPodcast: The Thriving Creative PodcastAnd make sure to come join me on Instagram and in the new Facebook group:Instagram: @_badassmomsclubFacebook Group: Badass Moms Club
065: Goodbye 2020!

065: Goodbye 2020!


2020 was one helluva year. It was good. It was bad. It was fun. It was stressful. It really was everything packed into 1 year!Today's episode is a recap of my 2020! Everything from Esmé, to my business, the podcast, becoming an author, 5 years with Emmanuel, my social media break and more. Buckle up and put your headphones in to hear what 2020 brought for me and what 2021 is looking like!As always, don't forget to subscribe, rate & review so you never miss an episode and help me out! And come join me on Instagram: @_badassmomsclub. PSSTTTTTT - before you go, I have a special announcement to make. Badass Moms Club podcast is looking for a co-host!! SO EXCITING. Want to join me every week behind the mic normalizing motherhood? If so, please email me so we can chat:
Welcome to the Christmas Eve Eve episode with badass, weird mom Chelsie Washington! Chelsie lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and her son, Wade, who is 4. Chelsie is an academic advisor as well as a podcaster! She is the host of the Weird Mom Podcast. On today's episode, Chelsie and I chat about: Identity as people and mothersHow did Chelsie learn more about herselfMom guilt around trying to work on herselfHow she gets out of a bad moodMeditationHow she was parented vs how she parents nowAs always, make sure you head on over to Chelsie's social media and podcast: Weird Mom Podcast: weirdmompodFacebook: Chelsie WashingtonLastly, don't forget to come join me on Instagram @_badassmomsclub
Welcome to a VERY special Christmas episode with the lovely Amanda Gurman. You may remember Amanda from episode 12 where she shared her journey into motherhood & the postpartum rage she experienced. If you haven't heard that episode, pop back over there to listen! Since then, Amanda has started her own podcast called Honest as a Mother!Amanda and I joined forces to bring you a COVID Christmas chat in hopes of bringing some joy your way!In today's episode we chat about: Recap on COVID and how things are goingAmanda talks about her decision of not sending her son, Connor, to schoolAre we doing Christmas with our families?Who does the cooking in our homes?Moms at the parkMental health during covid and ChristmasWould You RatherAs always, pop on over to Amanda's social media and podcast to see all the amazing content she puts out for moms:Instagram: Amanda GurmanPodcast: Honest As A MotherAnd make sure you subscribe, rate & review and come join me on Instagram: _badassmomsclubLastly, the doors are wide open on the Badass Moms Club Facebook group! If you're looking for a safe space to ask questions, vent, share stories and feel loved, come join us on FB: Have a lovely Christmas / holiday season!
Today's episode features badass mom Eva Klein. Eva is married & has 3 kids: 9, 7 and 20 months. Eva is also a certified infant & child sleep consultant and the owner of My Sleeping Baby. Eva's mission is to help exhausted parents get their little ones sleeping so the whole family is well-rested.In today's episode we chat about: - proper sleep processes to set baby up for success: environment, schedule/routine, nutrition- what is sleep training?- is CIO the only method or are there other methods?- finding the happy medium: creating a plan that is realistic and works for your baby & you- the importance of wake windows- how to navigate naps - why sleep is so important for the baby and the family- kids room sharingEva has been kind enough to provide us with her Free Sleep Guide for download so any parents who are struggling right now, please download here: mysleepingbabyFacebook: My Sleeping Baby Community** Badass Moms Club Facebook Group is NOW open so come join me over there:
Did you envision motherhood one way and it somehow has turned out quite different than you expected? Yeah, me too!In this episode, I compare what I thought motherhood was going to be like, who I was going to be as a mom and how it actually all turned out.Put your headphones in and get ready to hear all about:- how pre-pregnancy & pregnancy are a lot like being in college/university - what I thought I would do in motherhood: cloth diapers, hand-me-downs, processed food, homemade food, sleeping arrangements, - what I did stick to: no screen time for Esmé, me being a working mom, time to myself- what type of mom I am- a story about the time I hooked up a diaper sprayer to the toilet As always, please take a few minutes to subscribe, rate & review and come on over to @_badassmomsclub on IG to keep the conversation going!
Today's episode is all about those unplanned pregnancies!The reality is there is a lot of stigma and shame around unplanned pregnancies and I just want to open the dialogue on this topic while helping moms with some helpful tips if they are going through an unplanned pregnancy. Some topics we will cover today are:  - how we found out we were pregnant- my initial thoughts & feelings when we first found out- how I processed everything- what an unplanned pregnancy means and does not mean - how you can process an unplanned pregnancy- why we need to stop asking moms if their pregnancy was unplannedPlease don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode and rate & review so I can see how much you're loving the podcast! As always, come join me on Instagram to keep the conversation going @_badassmomsclub
Today's episode features badass mom Cachet Prescott. Cachet thrives on helping others move from where they are to where they want to be by helping them shift their thoughts, perspectives, habits, words and actions. On her podcast, All Things (Un)learned, Cachet focuses on helping others use unlearning as a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation, and she shares the personal unlearning journeys of people from all walks of life. On the family side, Cachet and her family are a military family who live in Perry, GA. Cachet has been married to her husband for 14 years, and they have three daughters [Triple S - Sarai (12), Saren (9) and Saige (6)].In today's episode we chat about: - what is unlearning - why it's important- how it applies to motherhood: unlearning the "shoulds" & minimizing the mom guilt- resistance to unlearning: ego- tips for unlearning motherhood- understanding your core values - her own journey through unlearning Podcast: All Things Unlearned - Podcast Instagram: allthingsunlearnedInstagram: cachetprescottAs always, come join me on Instagram so we can continue the conversation over there: _badassmomsclub
When I was 24 I decided to enter a bikini fitness competition! Are you ready to hear all about my journey?!Check here for a quick overview of what I chat about:- why did I want to compete?- what my training schedule and food intake looked like- binge eating & how I punished myself- our New York trip- the last month of prep- the last week of prep- the spray tan - competition day!- reverse dieting, hair loss & the loss of my periodWas it all worth it? Do I regret doing it? Would I do it again? You'll have to listen to find out!Self-Love Club Volume Volume 2 for purchase here.Instagram:
Welcome back badass moms! Today's episode features badass mom Jessica Temple. Jessica is a wife to her amazing husband and a mom to two little boys, Benji (4) and Alex (2). Jessica is on the show today to share her journey of raising two special needs boys. Benji has autism, ADHD & sensory processing disorder and Alex had a perinatal stroke. We are going to chat all about:- getting diagnosis for both kids- advocating for our kids in the healthcare system- disciplining a child with autism- autism does not equal bad parenting- what not to say to a special needs child/parent- how to respond to people who say inappropriate things about your child- therapies the boys did - challenges and best parts - balancing having two children with special needs- advice for other parentsJessica is SUCH a badass mom and I am so grateful that she came on the show to share her journey. As always, I highly recommend you check out Jessica's social media, podcast and website so you can see more of what she is up to and connect with another badass mom like yourself: As always, I would greatly appreciate if you subscribed, rated & reviewed the podcast and come join me on Instagram so we can connect as well: @_badassmomsclub
Hey badass moms! Ok, so you might be wondering if we are doing a math lesson today but don't worry, I am not qualified to teach math in any regard! So....what's with the title of the episode? Well, today's episode is a rant. There are (once again) things I am noticing in the motherhood community and I feel the need to speak up about them: mom shaming, the divide between moms who parent their kids differently than other moms and the lack of overall community. There is a common theme of mom shaming taking place when a mom notices that another mom parents their child differently. So in this episode I'm going to rant a little about these topics as well as drive home the fact that just because someone parents their child differently than you or I, it doesn't mean they are wrong. There are millions of ways to parent just like there are many ways to combine numbers together to get the same total at the end. Thanks for joining  me on this little rant and as always, make sure you hit subscribe and come join me on Instagram: _badassmomsclub
Today's episode features badass mom Brit McQuarrie. Brit holds a special place in my heart as she is my life coach and part of the reason the Badass Moms Club podcast exists in the first place! Brit & got connected back in January when I was feeling lost in my life and I am SO grateful that she was there to help me through finding my voice and peace in my own life. On today's episode we chat about: - mom guilt- trying to balance being a mom and an entrepreneur- feeling like a failure at both - learning how to do both - prioritizing what's important - time optimization & how to get your to-do list done- ask for help- letting go of what's not a priority - meditation / intentional thought - a great strategy for meditation- our brains don't know the difference between reality and what we're thinking about- her journey to overcoming her fear of blood testsBooks referenced today by Dr. Joe Dispenza: You Are The Placebo and Becoming SupernaturalAs always, make sure you check out Brit's social media and PLEASE please please reach out to her if you are also feeling like you need coaching in your life!IG: britmcquarriewww.britmcquarrie.comFB group - I am LimitlessLastly, come join me on IG so we can be friends there: _badassmomsclub
Hey hey hey badass moms! Welcome back for another amazing episode. Today's episode features badass mom Jenny Elliott. Jenny is mom to Cameron (2.5 years old), married to her husband for 7 years, and she works in a Fortune 500 company in the Accounting & Finance department. Jenny is passionate about traveling and is the host of the Career Mom Podcast! On today's episode we talk all things careers + motherhood. We discuss: - what it was like having 12 weeks of maternity leave & then putting her 12 month old baby in daycare and going back to work- the hardest parts of going back to work: the mom guilt, heartache for leaving baby at daycare, going to a job where she didn't know what it meant anymore/why it was a priority, second-guessing everything, pumping, & transitioning jobs- going through an identity crisis when her baby was born & when COVID-19 began- comparing herself to others and to her pre-baby self- tips to get through all of thisRegardless if you're a career mom or not, this episode has something for you! Jenny gives amazing insight into the thoughts, feelings and worries of being a career mom while providing tips for getting through it all. As always, I encourage you to check Jenny out on social media and to listen to her podcast:Instagram: careermompodcastFacebook Group: Career MomPodcast: Career Mom PodcastAnd if you haven't already, please subscribe, rate & review the podcast and come hang with me on Instagram: _badassmomsclub
Today's episode features badass mom Keikilani, but she goes by Lani. Lani is a mom of 6 kids (3 biological and 3 adopted) and has been married for 14 years. Aside from being a badass mom, Lani is also a strategy and clarity coach for moms who are building their own business. Lani and I discuss SO many amazing things today that include: - the decision to foster/adopt- fostering - the process it took- turning down their first two foster opportunities- what it was like when they did say yes to their first kids- what it was like having the bio mom in the picture when fostering- neglect in the foster system- adopting their foster children- integrating the 3 adopted kids into their current family- running a house with 6 kids - biggest struggles through all of thisPhew. That is a lot but honestly, Lani shared so much amazing information that I couldn't leave anything out! I am so grateful that Lani took the time to share her journey and also give us insight into the world of fostering & adoption. I have no doubt that you are going to absolutely love Lani because she is truly a badass mom. As always, I encourage you to check out her social media and websites for all her goodies! Lani's Links:Personal: Blog: https://allmygoodthings.comInstagram: Adoption & Foster Care Resource: Article "Stop saying, "I don't know how you do it" Coaching: - FREE Strategy & Priorities Guidebook - book a FREE "mini" Brain Burst if we're not already IG friends, please come join me over there: _badassmomsclub
Welcome back badass moms! I am SO excited to be back on the podcast with you. Season 1 was absolutely incredible and I cannot wait to share all the amazing guests & solo episodes I have lined up for this season.To kick things off, I have the very handsome Emmanuel back on the show today as we are chatting about our first year of parenthood. For those of you that don't know who Emmanuel is, he is my boyfriend of five years and Esmé's father. Today we are chatting about:- what was great & what we didn't like about our first year of parenthood- things we would have done differently- things we've learned- social media and parenting - comparing yourself to others & mental health This episode is amazing and such a great way to kick off Season 2!As always, I would love if you could subscribe, rate & review the podcast. And if you haven't already, please come join me on Instagram so we can keep the conversation going: _badassmomsclub
Buckle up badass moms because this is the LAST guest episode of Season 1 and it's awe-maze-ing (seriously though, it's everything I would ever want to say...said by an amazing woman!). Today's episode features badass mom Kayla McCaul. Kayla lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters (8 & 4 years old) and husband. Her and her husband have been pivoting in careers for about five years now as they find what works best for them. At the time of recording this episode Kayla wasn't able to share her latest news (as you'll hear at the end of the episode) but I am super excited to announce that she is officially a licensed real estate agent in her town! Go mama!Kayla & I chat about SO many amazing things that are common themes you hear me talk about. We chat about: - transitioning from being the primary caretaker to working full-time and husband taking over more - the ups & downs of that - lessons learned from going from a business owner to working under a company again - the mom guilt that came with going back to work full-time- how her autoimmune disease was worse when she was at home with her girls- tips for having a life outside motherhood- how she overcame the mom guilt from going back to work- fostering emotional awareness in our childrenI am so jazzed to cap off our guest series in Season 1 with Kayla. Kayla is awesome (as you can hear!). As always, venture over to her Instagram to see what she has been up to as of late (and check out her adorable family). Furthermore, if you live in Portland and need a real estate agent, message Kayla!Instagram: lifeas.kaymReal Estate website: always, come hangout on my Instagram: jeshessels and don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!If you're interested in the Badass Moms Inner Circle, please head on over to the website to apply:
050: Thank You Mama

050: Thank You Mama


As we wrap up Season 1 I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to you. Yes YOU. You have made this journey SO incredible and I could not be more thankful that you have come along for the ride. I have learned so much about podcasting, myself, you and motherhood. I can't wait to Season 2 to come out!!Please come join me on Instagram so we can stay in touch while I take a break!Instagram: jeshessels
Today's episode features badass mom Punam Saxena. Punam has a Masters Degree in Education and is a mother to four kids who are 4.5 years apart and are now grown-up. While the kids were growing up, Punam was a stay-at-home mom and she volunteered in the kids' school. After the kids grew up and went off to college, Punam launched a podcast called edu-Me which is all about empowering parents to become partners in their child's education. In today's episode we are discussing: - bridging the gap between school/education and parents - advocating for our kids in the school system- building relationships with the teachers- how to support your kids through their school journey- quality time vs quality- life with 4 kids within 4.5 yearsAs always, pop on over to Punam's podcast and social media so you can connect with her!Instagram: theedumeFacebook: Punam Verma Saxena Website:, come join the conversation on my Instagram (jeshessels) and don't forget to hit the Subscribe button here so you never miss an episode. 
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Sandra Etherington

Love Jessica's content! Even just her voice is a pleasant break in my day. ❤️

Apr 7th
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