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The Real Happy Mom Podcast is a weekly show for busy working moms juggling it all. You will find inspiration and encouragement, as well as practical tips for this journey called motherhood. You will find interviews of mothers from all parts of the world and all walks of life to help you be a real happy mom and enjoy the journey of motherhood.
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It's Thursday. Which means it's time for another Mommy Talk Thursday. This is when I chat with you and either give you encouragement about a single topic, affirmations that will help you to be a real happy mom or inspiration to help with this journey called motherhood. Today I'm giving you an affirmation. "I am a beautiful, awesome mother capable of amazing things. Today I am teaching my child by example more than thorough advice." Let's Connect Blog | https://www.realhappymom.com Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/realhappymom Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/realhappymom Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.com/realhappymom Twitter | https://www.twitter.com/realhappymom1
Have you ever struggled with your confidence? Whether it is how you look in a pair of jeans to presenting an idea at work. As moms, we tend to go hard on ourselves and as a result, our confidence takes a hit. In this episode, I will be talking to Louise all about how to gain confidence as a mom. To find the links and show notes, head over to www.realhappymom.com/62 Links mentioned in this episode Louise’s free Facebook Group - Project Mom Lousie’s Facebook Page - Be Your Best Louise on Instagram @_louiselong_ Timestamp 03:51 - About Lousie 08:41 - Ways to improve your confidence 13:39 - morning routine to help with confidence 20:22 - Louise’s quick tips and motivational quote Subscribe & Review  Have you subscribed to the Real Happy Mom podcast? If not, I’m encouraging you to do it today. I don’t want you to miss any upcoming episodes. I am planning on adding some bonus episodes that you won’t find on this website, and if you’re not subscribed, you might miss out on those.  I would be so happy and grateful if you left me a review on iTunes too. Reviews help iTunes to know that this is a podcast for other moms so that other moms can find this podcast. Plus, it makes my day to read the reviews. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thanks in advance! Related blog post 5 Easy Ways to Build Confidence as Parents This is Why You Shouldn’t be comparing Yourself to Other Moms 10 Things Confident Moms avoid doing This is How to Prepare for the Week on Sunday How to Quiet The Critical Inner Voice and Preven Self-Sabotage Thank you to these Real Happy Mom Sponsors Dawn and Jules - use the code REALHAPPY to get 15% your next order! Organized Choas - Contact Lindsay to develop a winning brand strategy and website. Featured Mom Win This week’s mom win comes from Jessica. You can find her on Instagram @norealjewlery. Be sure to check out her podcast, The Sunday Jumpstart Podcast. If you want to share your mommy win and be featured on the podcast, go to Instagram and follow me @realhappymom. Then go to the DMs and say, hey. Press and hold the microphone button on the lower right-hand side of the screen, then tell me your name, IG handle, tell us what you do and how you are winning. Anything big or small is welcome, we want to celebrate with you. Music Credit "Awesome Call" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
It's Thursday. Which means it's time for another Mommy Talk Thursday. This is when I chat with you and either give you encouragement about a single topic, affirmations that will help you to be a real happy mom or inspiration to help with this journey called motherhood. Today I'm talking about a positive mindset. Let's Connect Blog | https://www.realhappymom.com Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/realhappymom Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/realhappymom Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.com/realhappymom Twitter | https://www.twitter.com/realhappymom1
Comparing yourself to other moms is a sure way to reduce your confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. It’s a sure way to make you feel like you are not enough, frustrated, or have false confidence. It must be natural to make these types of comparisons because everyone does it. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a good thing. If you want to become the best possible you, you have to avoid comparing yourself to other moms. Check out this episode and learn why comparing yourself is not good and ways to stop it. To find the complete blog post that goes along with this episode go to www.realhappymom.com/61 Links mentioned in this episode Podcast the talked about habits: Online Marketing Made Easy - Episode 295: How to Create Atomic Habits with James Clear Jen Sincero - Your Are a Badass Timestamp 02:37 - Mommy Win - from my son 04:19 - My story with comparison 09:39 - Dangers of comparison 18:03 - Solutions to comparing ourselves Subscribe & Review in iTunes Have you subscribed to the Real Happy Mom podcast? If not, I’m encouraging you to do it today. I don’t want you to miss any upcoming episodes. I am planning on adding some bonus episodes that you won’t find on this website, and if you’re not subscribed, you might miss out on those. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! I would be so happy and grateful if you left me a review on iTunes too. Reviews help iTunes to know that this is a podcast for other moms so that other moms can find this podcast. Plus, it makes my day to read the reviews. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thanks in advance! Related blog posts Getting to the Root of What is a Good Mom to You A Simple 9 Step Morning Self Care Routine for Busy Moms Skinny Body Shaming – What it is and Why it hurts Thank you to these Real Happy Mom Sponsors Dawn and Jules - use the code REALHAPPY to get 15% your next order! Organized Choas - Contact Lindsay to develop a winning brand strategy and website. Featured Mom Win This week’s mom win comes from my son. If you want to share your mommy win and be featured on the podcast, go to Instagram and follow me @realhappymom. Then go to the DMs and say, hey. Press and hold the microphone button on the lower right-hand side of the screen, then tell me your name, IG handle, tell us what you do and how you are winning. Anything big or small is welcome, we want to celebrate with you. Music Credit "Awesome Call" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
We are rewinding back to episode 7 with Denis Tunca. She shares with us how to go from dream to reality and what you need to manifest your dreams. I love what she shares in this episode. Beware that she does give some tough love, but we need it. To find the links and show notes head over to www.realhappymom.com/60 Time Stamp Intro 2:43 - Fear causing a delay in action 3:38 - Look in the mirror 5:32 - Dream 6:41 - Write a letter to yourself 11:04 - Surround yourself with positivity 14:08 - Be aware of your environment 17:49 - Info on the course and challenge
Do you ever wonder about how to cope with big emotions with your little one? Or how to make sure that you are providing for your child’s emotional needs? You’re in the right place. I got Leigh to help me with this topic. Check out this episode to get help with those big emotions. And don't forget to check out the show notes at www.realhappymom.com/59
In this episode, we are rewinding to episode 10 with Autumn. Key takeaways: We all deal with depression in our lives. Sometimes it is situational, but there are times when it is critical and requires treatment and/or therapy. If you are struggling with depression, you are not alone! If you think that you are dealing with depression don’t ignore the signs, don’t be ashamed and reach out for help. Exercise can be just as effective as medication for treating depression. So get moving! Remember to do some self-care daily to help maintain your mental health. For the links and show notes, go to realhappymom.com/10
This week we are rewinding back to episode 30 wit Mikala Simon. I know that you may have a few toys to get for Christmas this year, why not give the best fun and functional toys. Check out this episode to learn what you need to look for so that you are the best aunt this year because you gave the best gift. Go to realhappymom.com/57 to find the links and show notes.
On this episode of the Real Happy Mom Podcast, I'm rewinding back to episode 17. I am talking to Katie Kahvo. Katie is a wife, mother to a three-year-old and a life coach. We talking about how you can lose yourself in motherhood. With the simple steps that Katie mentions in this episode, you will get back to feeling like you again instead of lost in motherhood. To find all of the links and show notes, head over to realhappymom.com/17 Links mentioned in this episode Coloring Book February Giveaway Katie's blog post on affirmations Jen Sencero Katie's website True You Facebook group Katie's Facebook page Katie on Instagram
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This is the last episode of 2019. Check out the review of the podcast for the year and upcoming episodes. Links mentioned in this episode: Starengu episode with Tosha Episode 5 - How to Diffuse Tantrums So That You Stay Sane Episode 4 - Christmas Prep and Savings Episode 35 - How One Mom Recovered From Pregnancy Loss with VIctory Episode 17 - When You Feel Like You've Lost Yourself in Motherhood Make sure to subscribe to be notified of the next episode.
Do you ever find yourself struggling with an abundance of toys or trying to figure out activities for your child? It's easy to get overwhelmed, but the truth is it doesn't have to be difficult. In this episode of the Real Happy Mom Podcast my guest shows how to enjoy your child more by doing less. Listen to the full episode above or check the previously published post below. This post contains affiliate links. This means I will make a commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase using the links. About Jenny Jenny is a journalist and mother that teaches about parenting from a different angle. Jenny has taken time to research and find parenting practices that allow parents and children to have more peace. By looking at history Jenny has found basic principles for parenting that allow parents to do less and enjoy their child more. Evolution of parenting Humans have evolved over the last 200,000 years without toys, without any stores that had toys, or Pinterest that had activities for kiddos. We have thrived without toys. So when did this need for toys start? When Jenny looks back on her research she finds that at the start of the industrial revolution is when toys became available. Jenny also notes that happiness started to decrease at the same time as well. This is also around the time that many parenting books came out that encouraged self-soothing and the thought that children need to be ignored so that you don’t spoil them. And so in place of that, we actually stopped honoring the most important thing that a child needs, which is a secure attachment to their parent or to their primary caregiver. And we started to give them toys and materials in place of that, which is the lousiest replacement. An Alternative Parenting Style  Jenny has been working hard to let parents know that you don’t have to stress yourself with purchasing toys and finding activities for your kids. News flash. Jenny doesn’t set up any activities for her daughter. And her daughter is learning and having fun every day. What she does is utilize RIE parenting. RIE parenting stands for Respectful Infant Educarer Parenting. RIE Parenting was created by Magda Gerber in the 1980s but was inspired by a Hungarian pediatrician, Emmi Pikler. He observed children thrive when they just played freely and unstructured in their environment. He also found that kids learn casually not testing by testing. Children were learning their alphabet by singing songs versus testing them with posters on the wall. So if we look inside of our houses, we have measuring cups. Those are stacking toys, right? And most of the things we see on Pinterest, putting balls in the holes, stacking color, sorting, all of these things. But our natural environment gives us those opportunities for free every day without ever getting to buy a toy and without ever needing to set up an activity. Our natural environment gives children toys and the opportunity to play without setting up activities or buying toys. All you need to do is allow your children to explore the world freely. This means that you can allow them to play with the pots in the kitchen or paper in your office. All you have to do is sit back and watch your child do their magic with the things around them. Children are very capable Our bodies naturally know what’s safe and what isn’t. Unfortunately with many parenting styles, this natural instinct is dulled. This happens when a child is repeatedly over time told that something is not safe and we don’t give them the opportunity to explore it.  As a result, the child doesn’t trust their own intuition. The Continuum Concept In the book, The Continuum Concept, the author, Jean Liedloff, was able to live with a tribe for two years and made observations and then wrote the book. She noticed that there weren’t any tantrums, terrible twos or sibling rivalry. You know. All of the things that we struggle with so much in modern society. The author started compiling what the parents were doing and not doing. One of the things that she noted was up until the time a baby could crawl, they're in their mother's arms. The mothers carry them in a baby carrier for the first six months of life or until they can crawl. So that entire time they're up at adult eye level, they're understanding how conversations work, seeing how the mother works and goes about their daily work. Essentially they are learning how the world works. Then after the child can crawl, they're put down on the floor and they start to go along with their mother about the day as she works. They're crawling around her feet and they start to play with everything. Including the big machetes. The kids would pick them up and never hurt themselves because they knew it was delicate. The same thing with fires. I will be honest. My first instinct is to remove my child from anything that is hot. But the children instinctively knew that the fire was hot because they could feel the heat on their body as they got closer. Basically, the author recommended after her observation, that parents needed to sit back and quietly and lovingly observe their child. By doing this, your trust will build in them and their trust will build in themselves. Children are actually capable of doing more than what we think. Capable of using a sharp knife For instance, Jenny started her daughter with a knife at 15 months old. She allowed her to use a crinkle knife. The knives used to cut crinkle fries that is stainless steel and has a handle on top. This knife allows her daughter to learn how to use a knife. Then by 20 months, her daughter was chopping carrots, banana, and broccoli. Don’t believe me? Check out Jenny’s Instagram page.  Now Jenny’s daughter is 28 months and is using a serrated knife and doesn’t cut herself. Now if you are like me and aren’t ready to let your little one hold a sharp knife, you can start with a nylon knife. Your child can cut through cucumbers and zucchini without you needing to watch them. The difference between child-friendly home and childproofed home How many times have you walked into your house with the kids and allowed your kids to go free without the feeling that you need to run behind them to make sure that they don’t get into something or do something unsafe? It’s really hard to have peace in your home when you can’t allow your child to be free. You deserve to be able to walk into your home and have time to decompress without worrying about your little one. By having a child-friendly home you can do this. This is different from childproofing. Childproofing your home involves modifications so that your child is less likely to injure themselves. Jenny learned about setting up a child-friendly home on the Montessori Notebook. Here are a few steps to get you started. Setting up a child-friendly home First, get down at the eye level of your child. Experience what the home looks like from their level. You can start to see that there is not much going at their level. Start by bringing enriching things to their eye level by adding artwork. Instead of strapping your child in a high chair, try using a weaning table. As soon as your child can sit up you can start them in this chair. Your child can easily get in and out of the chair without your assistance. You want to avoid strapping your child in because as Jenny explains it is the kind of basic respect to never strap someone into something and make them feel like they can get out. Of course, we need to strap our kids in the car seat when we are driving, but at home avoid strapping your child into a seat. Next, try to get child-size furniture. You don’t have to go out and buy new furniture for your child. But make amendments to the furniture that you do have. You can cut the legs off of chairs. Instead of using a playpen, use a baby gate in front of doors you don’t want your child going through. Like the front door for instance. Instead of locking the kitchen cabinets, take out anything toxic and replace it with non-toxic products so that your child can roam freely in the kitchen. So instead of making underneath the kitchen sink the place for products, you know, I have a small squirt bottle filled with water for her in it and a little rag so she can open underneath the cabinet and she can spray the floor and clean the floor or clean her table. Risky Play How many times have you seen your child playing and you know that they could do something to get hurt? Our immediate reaction is to prevent our kids from getting hurt. But Jenny shares that there is a need for risky play. There are so many studies on what is called in the child development world risky play and the importance of it. Actually, the earlier we allow risky plays, this is playing with knives, climbing up on high structures, falling over, the more capable their body is going to be. So the more that we shield them from risky play and trying things, actually the opposite happens. The more you shield your child the more fear they will develop in their adult life and the more anxiety they suffer from as adolescents. Next time, instead of stopping your little one from climbing on the sofa, let them go. You might be surprised at how well they do. Doing less, but modeling good use of electronics I will admit, I am on my devices a lot. Between the blog and trying to keep up with social media, I spend a great deal of time on my phone and laptop. I talked to Jenny about how I could help make sure that my kids didn’t end device junkies. So the first thing to ask ourselves is what do we want? How do we want our children to use technology? What would make you comfortable? What are your boundaries with your child? How frequently do you want them on a device? What do you want them doing on a device? And then you can kind of make your own boundaries based on that. If it makes you uncomfortable that your child is on the computer for a long length of time, it’s time to designate times that your child can be on the computer or their tablet. Tablets and laptops are very useful tools, but we don’t want our kids addicted to devices. One thing that is helpful, is to talk to your child about what you are doing on your device while you are using it.  For instance, the next time you are looking up a recipe to cook for dinner, read the recipe out loud. Or when you are trying to get directions to a party, you can show your kids how you are using your phone to get directions to your destination. Jenny does this when she is writing a blog post. I'll say, I just wrote this blog here and this is my work that I do. I get to educate about respecting babies and children and so now so people can read it. I'm going to type it into the computer. So I'll be right here doing that. While you're playing and then I'll be finished soon. Basically you want to make sure that you are modeling the behavior and habits you want your child to heave.   Did you love these tips from Jenny on how to enjoy your child more by doing less? Let me know in the comments what you think about this parenting technique. Check out everything Jenny is doing and to learn how you can incorporate RIE parenting, follow her on Instagram. Links Mentioned The Continuum Concept- Jean Liedloff Crinkle Knife Nylon Knife The Montessori Notebook RIE Parenting Risky Play Unconditional Parenting - Alfie Kohn Jenny on Instagram  Additional Resources  Free Play Instead of Structured Play Toddler Knife progression Jenny's 20-month old chopping The Continuum Concept Setting up a Child-Friendly Home The Importance of Risky Play Helping Kids Succeed at the Playground Unconditional Parenting   The post #54 - How to Enjoy Your Child More By Doing Less appeared first on Real Happy Mom
Have you search for healthy eating tips and still found that you weren't eating the best foods? The bad news is manufacturers are making it harder to eat truly healthy foods. But there is good news. I have a special guest Mira Dessy, also known as the Ingredient Guru, that will help you understand what to look for when purchasing foods at the grocery store. To find the links and show notes, head over to realhappymom.com/53 This episode is sponsored by Marianne with Lilla Rose. Meet the Lilla Rose Flexi! The only clip that works in baby fine to super thick hair. It comes in 7 sizes, one for every hair type. The Flexi can be used to do a large variety of hairstyles; from half-ups and ponytails, to French twists, buns and braids. They are incredibly comfortable with no pulling or headaches. Make sure to pick out your correct size on the styling page. Then go here to order today! Links mentioned in this episode: The Dirty Dozen theingredientguru.com Ingredient Guru Support Group Lean Green Box - a subscription box Are Plastics Making you Fat and Anxious - get it for FREE here.
Get productivity hacks for moms from a productivity ninja. Cara from A Purpose Driven Mom,  shares productivity tips for moms so that you can get more done. She also shares how to make time for yourself as a mom. Because we all know that we could use more time for ourselves. To find the show notes, go to www.realhappymom.com/52 Links mentioned in this episode Losing Yourself in Motherhood with Katie Kahvo The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran Trello Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson Andy Mineo Cara on Instagram - @purposedrivenmom Cara on Facebook A Purpose Driven Mom Community - Facebook group A Purpose Driven Mom - Cara’s Blog A Purpose Driven Mom Show - Cara’ Podcast
Juggling starting a business and a family is a job itself. But there are ways that you can simplify how things get done so that you get more done while enjoying your family. You deserve to be able to pursue your dreams and be an awesome mom. I've got Kerryn to help with this. Kerryn is productivity and system strategist that helps mompreneurs to organize their businesses so that they can work part-time hours, do the nap time hustle and earn a really great income for the family now. This is a conversation that you want to hear if you are just starting out your business or you are seasoned in your business. To find the complete show notes go to www.realhappymom.com/51 Key takeaways from this episode: Make the most of your time by prioritizing tasks. Take the next step. Then the next step. Use time blocking to be intentional with your time. Stay connected with the reason you started your business or side hustle. Links mentioned in this episode: Kate Northrup’s book, Do Less Jordanna Levin website Jordanna Levin on Instagram Kerryn’s website Kerryn on Instagram
It is tough juggling work, home and finding time for yourself. There is a wat to get it all done. I have my virtual bestie, Julie from Fab Working Mom Life to share how she streamlines her life so that life is easier as a working mom. To find the complete show notes go to realhappymom.com/50 Key Takeaways: Learn to say no. You shouldn't be everywhere, doing everything. If an activity doesn’t fulfill you and isn’t vital to be done by you, delegate! Put everything on a calendar with a reminder.  Links mentioned in this episode: Fab Working Mom Life Amazon Prime Wal-Mart Grocery Evernote If This Then That (IFTTT) Affirmations for Working Moms  Put the ME Back in Mommy Summit is a FREE 5-day long virtual summit that will help you learn how to reclaim your passion, pursue your purpose, and live your dream while still being a great mom. This virtual conference provides you with the best tips and strategies from the leading industry experts. The summit has already started. So claim your FREE seat now.
You've watched others get the most done as a busy mom and wondered how do they do it all? It's not easy for sure. But there are some working mom tips that can help you be more productive and get more done during the day. If you're ready, check out this episode and go to realhappymom.com/49 for the show notes. Key Takeaways: A brain dump in categories to get everything out of your head. Use batching to minimize multitasking and to get the most done as a busy mom. Use time slots to race against the clock to get a task done. Ask for help. One of the best working mom tips ... Overestimate how long it will take to complete a task. Links mentioned in this episode: Famlee of Four Darlene on Etsy Darlene on Facebook Darlene on Instagram Put the ME Back in Mommy Summit Put the ME Back in Mommy Summit is a FREE 5-day long virtual summit that will help you learn how to reclaim your passion, pursue your purpose, and live your dream while still being a great mom. This virtual conference provides you with the best tips and strategies from the leading industry experts. The summit begins on October 21st. So claim your FREE seat now.
Open enrollment is coming up and there are some things that you need to know to make the best choice for health insurance. My Guest on the podcast is Lorena from MALM Life and Health Insurance Agency. She shares ways to maximize your insurance so that you can make the best decisions for open enrollment. To find the show notes head over to realhappymom.com/48 and to learn more about the Put the ME Back in Mommy Summit go to realhappymom.com/summit   Links mentioned in this episode: Lorena's website Get in touch with Lorena via phone at +1-786-236-1792 Lorena on Facebook Put the ME Back in Mommy Summit (this is an affiliate link - this means that I may make a commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase)   Put the ME Back in Mommy Summit is a FREE 5-day long virtual summit that will help you learn how to reclaim your passion, pursue your purpose, and live your dream while still being a great mom. This virtual conference provides you with the best tips and strategies from the leading industry experts. The summit begins on October 21st. So claim your FREE seat now.  
I know the struggle of trying different diets with the promise of losing weight and feel great. Restrive diets can help in some situations but are not meant for long term use. So what are you supposed to do to long term? I've got Jen Wright, a Mayo Clinic certified wellness coach and a nationally board-certified health and wellness coach, to tackle this question and so much more. To find the links and show notes, head over to realhappymom.com/47 Links mentioned in this episode: NPR Podcast - Life Hack - Episode on Intuitive Eating Noom Wellness Wheel Mel Robins - Take Control of your Life
I don't have time is a common phrase used by busy moms. But is it really that you don't have time? Many times we are overwhelmed and feel like we can't even take care of our selves let alone do anything fun. This does not have to be your reality. I have a special guest who is an expert in psychology that will help you eliminate I don't have time from your vocabulary. And start doing the things that you enjoy more often. Check out this episode now. To find the links and show notes head over to https://www.realhappymom.com/46 Key takeaways Rephrase the way you talk about time. When mom guilt creeps in, identify if its justified or unjustified guilt Be careful how you talk to yourself. Especially when it comes to time. Instead of saying I don't have time try saying it's not a priority. Links mentioned in this episode Jessica's website Jessica on Instagram Jessica on Facebook
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