Elevating Motherhood

Elevating Motherhood

By Lori Beth Auldridge
A weekly podcast covering topics related to modern motherhood including pregnancy, birth, parenting, health, self-care, community, perspective, & more! Recorded on the island of Maui with your host Lori Beth Auldridge, M.A., M.F.A.
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040. Intro to Ayurveda: The Science of Everything with Ayurvedic Nutritionist Jessica Quinn
How Ayurvedic Principles Can Elevate Your Daily Life. What is Ayurveda? Ever heard of it? Studied it? Tried it? Do you currently use principles from Ayurveda in your daily life? Or is this a brand-new topic for you? Today’s episode is Ayurveda in a nutshell. Ayurveda 101. Or even an Ayurveda refresh, if it’s something you’ve studied in the past. Jessica Quinn is here with us today to generously share her knowledge and expertise. She is an Ayurvedic Nutritionist who was raised in San Diego and has been living on Maui for 16 years. She splits her time between Maui and San Diego. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkley, and Teaching Credentials from National University. Jessica is also certified as a nutrition coach (Huntington College), yoga instructor (Maya Yoga), and Ayurvedic Health Counselor (CA College of Ayurveda). She studied under Dr. William Malik Cotter, Tracee Stanley, Nicki Doane, and Eddie Modestini. Jessica offers Ayurvedic nutrition consultations, seasonal group Ayurvedic cleanses, Ayurvedic treatments, catering and private chef services, and hosts classes and retreats. Her favorite food is kitchari (which we’ll learn more about in this show). Learn more about her offerings at: https://www.jessicaquinnayurveda.com Jessica is so thorough, going over: · What Ayurveda is · Where Ayurveda comes from · Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha · The 3 Bodies: Karmic, Subtle, and Physical · Agni: Why it’s important to have a strong digestive fire · The 6 Tastes: Sweet, Salty, Sour, Pungent, Bitter, & Astringent · Ayurvedic Modalities · The importance of healthy daily routines and rituals · Tips for moms to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into their lives · Some history of Ayurveda + it’s modern influence…and so much more! If all of these words and concepts sound foreign to you, don’t worry! They won’t by the end of the episode! Jessica’s goal is to inspire others to feel empowered in such a way that they may learn how to take care of their body and mind with an essence of truth, vitality, and ease. I think every mama could use a big dose of that these days! I was so inspired by our conversation that I decided to start my own journey with Ayurvedic nutrition and daily practices. I’ll be sharing more about it on Instagram (@loribethauldridge) and diving a bit deeper into this journey through my emails (sign up for my email list if you haven’t already! I share behind the scenes updates, discount codes, personal take-aways from each show, resources, and much more!) There's more in the show notes at www.elevatingmotherhood.com! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: @loribethauldridge Facebook: Elevating Motherhood  Please visit today's sponsors: Branch Basics & Ojai Energetics 
1:27:37
May 20, 2020
039. We've All Been Groomed: A Conversation with Author, Advocate, & CEO Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good
“Release means reclaiming our minds, our lives, and our futures from the negative messages that held us back. Release allows us to name what was stolen and who we were before it was stolen and to start doing the work that has to be done to get it back.” – Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good, page 144 of Groomed Overcoming messages that shaped our past and limit our future—that’s what Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good’s new book Groomed is all about. And she’s not just talking about survivors of sex trafficking that she works with on a daily basis, but all of us. Even our children. She’s here to talk with us today about her book, her own life lessons, and how we can move closer to who we truly are by moving beyond messages that limit us. Elizabeth is a powerhouse of a woman and I’m so honored to share her with you. In 2011, Elizabeth cofounded what is today the leading provider to domestic survivors of sex trafficking, Selah Freedom. This organization provides Prevention curriculum for over 10,000 K-12th grade children, life-saving safe housing and resources to survivors, and education on this issue to millions annually. It also trains and partners with law enforcement, the FBI and United States Attorney’s Office to bring freedom to survivors and has been deemed a model organization serving this population. With her direction, she has led the organization in a financial growth of over 200% annually. She has also launched The Selah Way Foundation, a global network of leading service providers with three initiatives: Prevention, Protection and Provision. The goal of these initiatives is to get ahead of this issue in hopes of eradicating it and become a model and training arm for the international community. Elizabeth is a passionate pioneer and inspirational thought leader in the movement to eradicate sex trafficking and expose the root of the issue, childhood sexual abuse. She has spearheaded an awakening and brought partners and resources together with proven solutions to save lives. She is also the author of Groomed (Harper Collins, 2020). Using her own story of abuse, family tragedy, and rebellion, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher guides readers toward an understanding that grooming is oftentimes subtle, but it's always life-altering. She offers readers a way to overcome their past, starting with all-important but rarely explored idea of a selah, or a time of rest and reflection, and exploring active ways to forgive and move forward to a new level of freedom. Elizabeth has been highlighted and described as, “Part healer, part businesswoman, all resolve—if Selah Freedom is bringing light into the darkness, as the slogan says, then she is the one behind the megawatt.” She is the recipient of the prestigious New York City Global Business Leader Award and Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year Award. Elizabeth has her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and her Master's in Clinical Psychology. In this episode we talk about how we are groomed: · For Appearance: “You exist only to make me look good.” · To Be Invisible: “Your existence doesn’t matter to me.” · To Endure: “You’re stronger than everyone else. You can handle it all.” · For Judgement: “You are unforgivable.” · For Financial Fear: “There’s not enough for you.” · To rely on our phones for everything. We also dive into the power of discernment and how the beliefs we were groomed to take on can suffocate our true identity.  This is a VERY powerful episode. I hope you’ll tune in, listen, and grow along side us. For more information about Elizabeth and her organizations, offerings, resources, and how you can help, please visit www.freewithe.com More over at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com  Today's Sponsors: Primally Pure and Beautiful & Simple
1:01:40
May 13, 2020
038. What We Need Right Now: Nourishment with Lisa McCrohan, MA, LCSW-C, SEP
Soothed, settled, safe, and connected. When Lisa mentioned wanting to talk about nourishment, my first thought was “Nourishment? What’s that? I seem to have forgotten…” How about you? Same? Are you feeling any kind of nourished right now, mama? Good news: you’re about to! Lisa McCrohan is back to speak peace into our tender mama hearts right now—and I’m so grateful! She highlights how we can approach our life using our mind, body, and compassion. By the end of this conversation you’ll have a deeper understanding of not only how your nervous system works but ways we can soften, reconnect, and feel nourished. I’m personally dealing with big waves of emotion, fatigue that plagues me off and on, and snowballing thoughts that keep me exhausted some days. It’s not every day, just some. But it’s enough that I want to find ways to move through those days. In this episode, Lisa talks with us about: · Connection…with ourselves, with other people, with nature. · These times are messing with our nervous system. · The power of naming your emotions, softening the body, & applying compassion · A simple explanation about what’s happening to our nervous systems right now · Mind + body + compassion · She even shares three powerful poems with us: Self Love; Hope; & Be Lisa McCrohan, Is a Somatic Experiencing Psychotherapist, Integrative Coach, and author of Gems of Delight: seasonal inspirations for moms to heal the hurry and what is sacred. With an expertise in mind-body-spirit healing, Lisa works with men and women all over the world in their personal and professional development. She lives with her husband, two young children, and dog, Sherlock, in Middletown, MD, with the mountains outside her backdoor. You can find inspiration here: www.lisamccrohan.com. Today's Sponsors: Homeschool Explained: Homeschool Explained is an online course I created to help parents begin their homeschool journey with confidence. I was getting a lot of questions from parents about my family’s homeschool journey…they wanted to know more but weren’t sure where to get started or if it was a good fit for their family. So I started teaching in-person workshops here on Maui to help parents sort that out. But then requests starting come in from other islands and other places asking if I could put it online from them, too…so I did! I totally get it, starting any new journey can be overwhelming…especially when you feel this call on your heart to homeschool but aren’t sure where to begin. That’s why I’ve put over 10 years of homeschool experience and insights into this easy to follow, easy to use online  course that answers common questions, helps you work through worries, and saves you time.  Find out more at www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool MUTU System: MUTU is a body positive, medically recommended online exercise program for all moms. This 12 week program walks you through daily exercises you can do in the comfort of your home. It includes easy to follow modules, healthy eating tips, encouragement, support, and more. Find out more at www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: @loribethauldridge Facebook: Elevating Motherhood (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood)
41:34
May 6, 2020
037. From Lost to Found: Thoughts on Miscarriage, Faith, Joy, & Finding Our True Self with Nicole Zasowski
Nicole Zasowski is here with us today! She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of the incredible book From Lost to Found: Giving Up What You Think You Want For What Will Set You Free.  She speaks to us on such a heart centered level. She’s kind, compassionate, open, and really models transformation for us—sharing her path to her true self and what that looked like for her. She opens up about her pain and triumphs in her book and in this interview. Today you’ll learn a bit about her book and her powerful personal journey into motherhood…she even shares ideas with us about how to be genuinely supportive when a friend is experiencing loss through miscarriage. Something that I wish we talked more openly about in general as a society…I’m just so grateful she’s here with us to get those conversations started in a really loving way. Nicole is an old soul who wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, she enjoys writing and speaking on topics that merge her professional knowledge and personal experience. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young boys. Thanks for being here for this conversation. I hope it leaves you feeling as supported and resourced as I did by the end of it. Nicole Zasowski is awesome.  Nicole Zasowski's Links:  Website: www.nicolezasowski.com  Book: From Lost to Found: Thoughts on Miscarriage, Faith, Joy, & Finding Our True Self Instagram: @nicolezasowski  Twitter: @nicolezasowski  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolezasowskiwriter/   Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: @loribethauldridge Facebook: Elevating Motherhood  Visit Today's Sponsors:  Blossom & Root: Today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood is sponsored by Blossom & Root a nature-based, Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool curriculum company that has been gently guiding and supporting families for years! This thoughtful, age appropriate curriculum begins at the preschool level—and acts as a much-needed resource for this age group. Blossom & Root’s preschool curriculum (Early Years Volumes 1 & 2) are valuable tools for parents with young children—whether you choose to pursue homeschool long term or not. The information and ideas are easy to follow, fun, and engaging. School age curricula are also available with more grade levels being released each year. It’s the curriculum my family uses and loves. Blossom & Root has generously offered a discount for listeners of Elevating Motherhood: use the code LORIBETH10 at checkout for 10% off your order. For more information about Blossom & Root, head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool  Ojai Energetics: Another great supporter of the show is Ojai Energetics. They are the creators of my favorite line of organic, water soluable CBD products. If you’re new to CBD or aren’t sure what it is or what it does, or why I’m talking about it on a show for moms, tune in to Episode 015 where Ojai Energetics CEO Will Kleidon answers all of those questions and so much more. He takes the mystery out of this often misunderstood product in a way that’s easy to understand. For more information about Ojai Energetics, their mission & products, plus a special offer for listeners, go to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/cbd
57:58
April 29, 2020
036. You Are Enough: Empowered to Rise with Author, Filmmaker, & Transformation Coach David Trotter
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you’re “not enough?” Where does that feeling come from? How can we work through those negative thoughts? Who or what can support us on our very personal and individual journeys toward believing we are “enough?”  What’s holding us back? So many questions. Where and who do we get our inspiration from? Should women only listen to women? Mothers only listen to mothers? As women, can we get inspiration from a man? I think the answer is YES! And that’s exactly why David Trotter is here with me today to talk about how we can show up, find our own answers, believe in our “enough-ness,” and be empowered to rise. Who is David Trotter? David Trotter is a Transformation Coach and Host of Inspiration Rising, a podcast dedicated to inspiring women (and the men who support them) to rise up in life, love, and leadership. Through his Launch Your Life coaching program, he helps women (and men) overcome difficult life transitions (divorce, empty nest, job dissatisfaction) and develop a workable plan to make lasting changes. He is also the author of "Empowered to Rise: The Secret to Embracing Your True Identity, Uncovering Your Super Powers, and Bringing Your Inspiration to the World." For over 25 years, he’s helped people get unstuck, clarify their goals, and take their lives to the next level through his leadership, speaking, writing, and filmmaking. David and his wife, Laura, have been married for over 25 years and live in California. Today I asked David to share a bit about his new book – specifically more about the chapter called “I Am Enough.” Gosh, as moms, do you find yourself struggling with that concept? I know I do from time to time. But I also know that I can shift that feeling of “not enough-ness” and gain more confidence with time, intention, and practice. Head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com for more information & links.  Please visit our episode supporters: Primally Pure and Beautiful & Simple Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com David Trotter’s Links: Websites: www.insporising.com Book: www.insporising.com/bundle Podcast: Inspiration Rising https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inspiration-rising/id1448649388 Films: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5084689/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/insporising & www.facebook.com/groups/insporising Instagram: www.instagram.com/insporising Twitter: www.twitter.com/insporising Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/jdavidtrotter
1:06:16
April 22, 2020
035. Why I’ve Started Reading Poetry Again + 9 Reasons It’s Helped Me as a Mom + (Why I Can’t Believe I’m Saying That Out Loud)
Omg. How fluffy does reading poetry sound? Seriously. It seems so frivolous in our modern world. When I think of poetry I don’t picture a mom with a beautiful messy bun on the top of her tired head, sipping cold coffee in yesterday’s yoga pants while tiny children scream at her feet, doing everything they can to draw her attention away from the page she is so obviously not engrossed in. Instead, when I think of poetry, I imagine something out of an old movie…sleek beatniks lying around an apartment in Paris, smoking, reading poetry aloud to one other on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Or Shakespeare, alone in his home, writing powerful works. Or college students wasting their money studying poetry. Or any other cliché or opinion about poetry that marks it as “not for us.” Poetry is none of that. It’s none of those stereotypes. It is words strung together in such a way that it expands our hearts and minds. Poems leave room for us and our imagination—we get to put a piece of ourselves into them with our interpretation of the stories they tell or the scenes they paint or the points they make. So how could reading poetry be perfect for modern moms? For the 9 reasons I’m going to share with you about how it helps me. 1. Reading Requires Intentional Stopping 2. It's Self Care 3. Poems are Typically Short 4. Poems are Calming 5. It's Artistic 6. It Feeds My Spirit 7. It Deepens My Connection to Nature 8.  It Brings Me Into the Moment 9. It's a Positive Hobby to Model for my Kids Listen to the full episode for all the details in between!  Visit Today’s Sponsors: Blossom & Root. Today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood is sponsored by Blossom & Root a nature-based, Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool curriculum company that has been gently guiding and supporting families for years! This thoughtful, age appropriate curriculum begins at the preschool level—and acts as a much-needed resource for this age group. Blossom & Root’s Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 are valuable tools for parents with young children—whether you choose to pursue homeschool long term or not. The information and ideas are easy to follow, fun, and engaging. School age curricula are also available with more grade levels being released each year. It’s the curriculum my family uses and loves. They’ve generously offered a discount for listeners of Elevating Motherhood: use the code LORIBETH10 at checkout for 10% off your order. For more information about Blossom & Root, head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Beautiful & Simple. Today’s episode is sponsored by Beautiful & Simple. An online boutique filled with products that remind us to slow down, practice self-care, & focus on the meaningful parts of our day: the beautiful & simple moments. My favorite mug is the one that says “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” It’s my daily reminder to take care of myself so I can take care of my family. Go check out the collection of mugs, shirts & bags currently available at www.beautifulandsimple.com Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com 
20:47
April 15, 2020
034. Changing How We Talk About Motherhood, Alcohol, & Sobriety with Laura McKowen
I'm so honored to share the incredible Laura McKowen with you today! This conversation is AWESOME and just the start I was hoping for to a very…interesting & challenging topic. How are we supposed to talk about alcohol as moms? Some of us drink. Some of us don’t. And there’s this weird divide between the two and unhelpful cultural influences that leave us fumbling for how to talk to one another about drinking and sobriety. Which is so weird as moms and friends and sisters to suddenly NOT know how to talk to one another about this “everyday ordinary” topic. It almost feels like it’s talked about for us in memes and wine apparel. I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to bring up of the conversation of alcohol for a while and having Laura on to breech the subject feels right. She’s so kind and understanding and her journey brings with it important insight that we can all benefit from big time whether you drink or not. It’s such a polarized topic when it doesn’t need to be. If it truly was “no big deal,” we wouldn’t be whispering about it. If it truly was “no big deal,” we wouldn’t have to feel like we might lose our friends if we choose not to drink. But these are real concerns for moms. And it feels like there’s not a lot of mom-specific support out there to help us navigate this topic. No guidelines for how to talk about alcohol and motherhood. So we live in this weird culture that’s polarized: either you’re in or you’re out. And if you’re out, you’re no fun. And you know what? That’s just not true. And it’s not helpful. So what is helpful? Amazing women like today’s guest, author and speaker Laura McKowen. Laura is going to share with us her story, her insights, suggestions for how to talk about alcohol and motherhood, and how to be supportive of friends who choose sobriety. Her message is very, very powerful. Laura is the author of We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life. She is a former public relations executive who has become recognized as a fresh voice in the recovery movement. Beloved for her soulful and irreverent writing, she now leads sold-out yoga-based retreats and courses that teach people how to say yes to a bigger life. She hosted the iTunes Top 100 podcast HOME, with over 1.5 million downloads. and has been featured on the TODAY show, in The Guardian, WebMD, New York Post, and more. She shows up as such a light and friend for this conversation and finds a way to make us comfortable with the uncomfortable while holding our hands and walking us forward. I don’t want you to be afraid of this conversation. It’s not a heavy…it’s full of hope, ideas, and inspiration. And gives us new perspective on how we can talk about it with each other, with our sisters, and be supportive of one another. We’re breaking through the “not knowing” and diving into it so we can come out the other side with more understanding, compassion, and resources to move forward with clarity and connection. Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com Laura McKowen Links: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/show-notes/episode-034/ Please Visit Today's Sponsors: Primally Pure & Branch Basics 
1:05:04
April 8, 2020
033. Sex After Babies with Jazmyne Futrell
We do not talk about sex after babies enough. How do I know? Because of aaaaaaaaaall the emotions that came up for me and other mamas when I broached the subject. “Should I do an episode about it?” I asked.The answer: 100% YES! So I invited the energetic and talented blogger Jazmyne Futrell of www.mixedmombrownbabies.com onto the show to get this conversation rolling! Jazmyne lives in California with her husband and their four children. She shows up on her blog (and social media feeds) honestly and openly—talking about all things motherhood, from kids, life, marriage, and travel to postpartum depression, c-section recovery, loving your body, learning to let go, how to stop fighting with your toddler about teeth brushing and so much more. It’s Jazmyne’s “no holding back” approach to life and motherhood that drew me to her for this conversation. And I was not disappointed! I think we’re all listening to this episode for different reasons. Maybe you tuned in because your sex life could use some…elevating. Maybe it’s already great. Maybe you just want to hear moms being honest about sex because it’s (oddly) still so taboo in our culture. Maybe you’ll find this episode refreshing. Maybe shocking. Who knows? Either way, I’m so glad you’re here. This conversation feels brave and important—and you listening is brave and important. In this episode we discuss: · Jazmyne’s Story · Tips from her blog article Learning to Enjoy Sex  · Why we need to talk about sex after babies more and why it’s hard to talk about for most women (especially moms) · Breaking through clichés about sex & postpartum recovery · The power of being present during sex · Getting to know yourself, your needs, and more · The importance of clear communication · The opportunity for deeper connection in your relationship · Postpartum issues that can arise · Embracing the “new” that is inevitable after becoming a parent · How essential creativity is And then Jazmyne closes with the BEST TIP EVER for what to implement TODAY to start shifting your sex life for the better! Sponsors: MUTU Systems www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu The medically recommended online workout program for postpartum moms (yes, even moms who are years postpartum!) It’s easy to follow, do-able, and effective (less is more!) The sense of support in this online program is also incredible. If you suffer from Diastasis Recti, pain during intercourse, weakness, leaky bladder, or just want to feel stronger after having a baby, I recommend MUTU! Ojai Energetics www.elevatingmotherhood.com/cbd The makers of the most advanced, water-soluble, organic CBD on the planet. Check out Episode 015. With Ojai Energetics CEO Will Kleidon for more information about what CBD is and how it is used by the body. Links:  Connect with Lori Beth on Instagram www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Connect with Lori Beth on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood Connect with Jazmyne: @mixedmombrownbabies across all platforms Jazmyne's eBook: coming soon! 
47:13
April 1, 2020
032. How Guided Journaling Changed My Life
I knew something needed to change. I wasn’t getting what I wanted or needed out of my everyday life. I wanted more alone time, more date nights with my husband, deeper connection with my kids…I wanted us to be a family who goes outside more, one who has fun together…I felt like I needed to eat better and workout. My list was so long and overwhelming that I knew I couldn’t start to improve all of that (or anything!) if I tried to change everything all at once. And my schedule was so full as a working, homeschooling mom that I wasn’t sure I’d find the time to work on even one topic. But I was determined to start. Determined to make changes. 5 minutes a day seemed do-able. (Start small, right?) It seemed sustainable, too. But there wasn’t anything out there that focused on topics I was interested in as a mom. So I wrote a Guided Journal—one that I wanted for myself—and shared it with other mamas. One topic + one month + just a few minutes a day. The very first Guided Journal topic one was “Alone Time” (something so many moms talk about needing!). I wrote out the journal prompts for the whole month then answered one a day…and it changed my life. I had more alone time than I ever thought possible. I was using it to take care of myself and meet my needs which led to me having more energy and positivity to share with my family. It turns out the saying “you cannot pour from an empty cup” is true. It was a breakthrough moment for me. I had been blocking my own alone time and had inadvertently taught my family that I didn’t need it by not taking it. Those truths all bubbled to the surface in one month’s time and were changed from that month on. Alone time was something all of us needed and deserved. We’re now a family that makes space for each of us to have the alone time we crave and deserve. Once I had met my own needs, I turned my focus to my marriage. “Date Night” was the second month’s Guided Journal topic. I spent that month answering questions and figuring out what we needed to do to work in more date nights. That month was epic. We went on so many dates! There was suddenly time for dating where there had been none before. Why? Because we stopped blocking ourselves. We stopped talking ourselves out of dates. We stopped making excuses, showed up (for ourselves and each other), and put in the work…which meant going on dates. (Probably my favorite work ever). From there my desire to work on all of the most important areas of my life—my motherhood, my marriage, my family, my friendships, my home, my everyday habits—exploded with energy and enthusiasm. At the same time it brought me peace. That’s why I broke through the vulnerability and shared it with other mamas, because I know I’m not the only one who feels crunched for time while wanting to make positive changes. The best part is, Guided Journaling helps you discover what YOU need. It helps you find answers that work in YOUR life, not someone else’s. Give it a try! All of these topics are available on my blog: www.yayamamas.com Simply click on the Guided Journals tab and choose a topic that speaks to you. Happy Journaling! Guided Journals topics available: Alone Time * Date Night * Connection * Transition * Family Fun * A Sense of Home * Go Outside * Friendship * Philanthropy * Expectations * Finance * Fitness * Food * Detox * Legacy * Mom Style Connect with LB on Instagram www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge & Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood  Visit Today's Sponsor: Blossom & Root (Code: LORIBETH10 for 10% off!)
21:19
March 25, 2020
031. Home Education (Short Term): Listener Q&A
Home Education Resources...you asked, I answered! Tune in for encouragement, support, and sisterhood as well as answers from an experienced homeschool mama. Episode 030 Is jam packed with practical tips and mindset shifts to help you through this complex transition into educating your kids at home.  Episode 031 Is a follow up where I answer listener questions from moms around the world who are searching for specific answers on their unique home education journeys.  In this episode, I give candid answers to listener questions about temporary homeschooling: · What does a day look like? · How do you set up a routine? · How does everyone get along? · How can I make this more fun? · How do you separate the line between teacher and mom? · How do you not fall into a rut and pretend it’s Saturday and just be lazy? · How do you not drive each other insane? · What school supplies do I need to buy and have on hand? (You’d be surprised if you look around your home at all the toys, books, games, and even empty boxes) · How do I work a full day and then teach my kids for 6 hours after that? · How do you teach your child when there are siblings around distracting them (especially younger siblings)? · How do you stay on task and not bounce from one project to the next? How do you not get sidetracked by chores and to do list items? · What if I don’t like this whole set up? · How are you staying so calm in all of this? · Do you do school 5 days a week or do you have a break day in the middle? If you’re still looking for more answers or really want to dive deep into the full homeschooling process, I offer support in my online course Homeschool Explained. There’s also more info at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool www.yayamamas.com/homeschool I’ll be sharing more behind the scenes over on Instagram: @loribethauldridge to help normalize what working from home + homeschooling looks like. Feel free to ask more questions. I’m here for you, mama. Follow Elevating Motherhood on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Connect with LB on Instagram www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Connect with LB on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood
50:19
March 18, 2020
030. Educating Your Kids at Home (Short Term): Insights from an Experienced Homeschool Mom
Schools are closed. You need help teaching our kiddos. You’re here for answers, tips, tricks, schedules, and resources. If you find yourself needing to educate your kids at home for a while unexpectedly, I get that you might be in a bit of shock. It’s overwhelming. I think a lot of that overwhelm comes from this idea that just a day ago we had a predictable schedule in place and knew what we were good at…we’re good at being a parent, we’re good at our job, we understood our current roles and then were handed another one: the role of teacher. Not knowing how to formally teach our kids can make us feel like we’re really bad at that or we’re going to fail at it. Those are very unsettling feelings. The overwhelm is so real for so many people. Please know that you’re not alone in those feelings, that they’re valid, and that there are many people out there who understand. And those of us who want to help you rise up, find your confidence, and move through this overwhelming time feeling understood, resourced, and supported. So many of us are searching for coping mechanisms among all of the heightened emotions. Humor, frustration, unhappiness, venting, even panic—these are all real emotions that real people are feeling. It’s really important to acknowledge how you’re feeling. Name the emotions without shame. Know that they are normal, acknowledge them, and then use them as information to move forward. None of us want to live in those feelings of frustration, overwhelm, and unhappiness. Please know that if the sources of your overwhelm stem from childcare, money, job, or food concerns, I wish I had the resources to immediately help you and calm your mama heart. I hope that there are friends, family, and local resources that you can reach out to now to help. I don’t think it’s too early to start accepting offers for help from school boards, food banks, churches, local organizations, and people who have been posting on social media that they want to be there for you. Believe them. Use them. Lean into your community. This truly is turning into a time of coming together even while we are apart.  Here are my top 14 tips for parents who are finding themselves doing all of life at home with their kids, including educating them.  1. Don’t Try to Recreate the Classroom in Your Home 2. Create Your Own Schedule 3. Try Time Blocking 4. Remember School is Supposed to be Do-able 5. Alternate Activities 6. Keep Records 7. Give Grace (and then more grace) 8. Go Outside (a lot) 9. Know That Resources are All Around You 10. Mindset is Everything 11. Lean Into the Process 12. Lean Into Your School’s Resources 13. Communicate with Your School Community 14. Take Care of Yourself You are strong, you are capable, this is temporary, there will be ups and downs, those are normal, we’ll get through them together. For more show notes & all links mentioned in today’s podcast, go to www.elevatingmotherhood.com
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March 16, 2020
029. Options for Anxiety: A Conversation with Parent Coach & Educator Breon Michel
Anxiety is one of the most requested topics from listeners here on the show. So many moms want to know more about it and/or what they can do to manage theirs or make it disappear. I’m not a medical professional. I can’t diagnose anxiety, nor am I ever trying to by presenting episodes about anxiety. This isn’t medical advice, this is a discussion among moms. My goal is to empower mothers to learn more about themselves and encourage them to learn more about topics that inspire them, interest them, or even concern them. Topics like anxiety. We’re not going to shy away from it here on Elevating Motherhood, but instead seek out information and potential options. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all answer to anything…especially when it comes to moms & anxiety. It feels like we’re in this sea of not-knowing when it comes to anxiety: we don’t know a ton about it even though it’s a very common notion, we have moments in our lives where we *think we might have it but we’re not sure and we don’t want to talk about it if we suspect we do, or if we do talk about it, there’s sometimes judgment or we’re offered unhelpful “advice,” or it’s ignored altogether. There are actually people who believe that anxiety isn’t real. There are so many opinions about anxiety, it’s no wonder moms feel paralyzed and don’t even know where to start seeking answers, information, and support. So let’s change that. I want to talk openly about anxiety, share stories, and hear from moms & professionals. I really want to explore ways we can learn to support ourselves and other moms. Let’s have the conversations. My goal is to publish many episodes in an “Options for Anxiety” series where we learn about and dive into ideas that might help: Those of us with anxiety, those of us who wonder if we might have it, and even those of us without anxiety who want to learn how to be more supportive. Today’s guest is the perfect intro to this series! Breon Michel is a parent coach & educator who supports and empowers families with tools to create more ease, enjoyment, and self-compassion in daily life. With extensive training in mindfulness & self-compassion, nervous system regulation, and plenty of personal practice (and mishaps!) as a parent, she uses a heartfelt and integrative approach to helping parents deal with the challenges and vulnerabilities of raising children in the modern world. Breon is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher with a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A love of learner at heart, she’s also partway through the Organic Intelligence HEART training, which is giving her greater insight into the key aspects of healthy nervous system functioning. In today’s episode, we talk about: What anxiety is * What’s a coach vs. a therapist * Causes of anxiety (cultural, societal, familial, ancestral, etc.) * When to reach out for help & support * Approaches to therapy, including: somatic experiencing therapy, organic intelligence, talk therapy, family/parent coaching, self compassion, mindfulness & meditation, showing up as your genuine self, and anxiety & children RESOURCES: Psychology Today, Postpartum Support International, Postpartum Doulas, Steve Hoskinson (founder of Organic Intelligence) – “The job is enjoyment.” Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing Therapy) LINKS: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!, Connect w/ LB on Instagram & Facebook, Branch Basics, www.beautifulandsimple.com, www.breonmichel.com
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March 11, 2020
028. Nannies, Babysitters, Mother’s Helpers: What’s the Difference, How Much to Pay, & What to Expect with Nicki Taylor of The Nanny Connection
At some point, most parents are going to need to bring someone else in to help with childcare. There are a variety of options…daycare, school, family members, or even childcare swaps with friends. But not all of us have those options. We might live far from family or schedules don’t line up or…I could literally list 100 reasons why childcare might go awry (because it can & does!) and why we might need to seek out other options. There also might be listeners who are expecting or have a new baby and want to plan ahead as much as possible. All of our situations are unique. But it’s safe to say, if you’re a parent with a child, have a child on the way, are a child care provider, or want to be a childcare provider (I’m looking at you 13-year-old soon to be babysitters!) this episode has something for you! Today we’re going to talk about the difference between a babysitter, nanny, and mother’s helper. And, of course, the real burning question: How much should we pay them? We’re also going to touch on what to do when issues arise…and issues do come up.  Having a childcare provider is a relationship and every relationship has ups and downs, joyful moments and disagreements. So I asked Nicki Taylor, owner of The Nanny Connection here on Maui, (www.thenannyconnection.com) come on the show and shed some light on these questions. She also offers us communication & hiring tips while busting through myths and telling great stories (she has some doozies!) Nicki is a wonderful mom to two children, ages 4 and 2. After receiving her Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and worked in corporate America in elder care for years before moving to Maui to take over her mother-in-law’s nanny agency. She’s been running the The Nanny Connection here on Maui and Lanai for over 6 years. The Nanny Connection expanded to Oahu this past year and is looking to launch in Kauai later this year. Nicki’s background in administration and her innate understanding and compassion as a mom make her an incredible resource and leader in her unique branch of the childcare industry. If you’re on Maui or plan to visiting Hawaii, The Nanny Connection is my number one recommendation for trusted childcare. I’ll be sure to link to The Nanny Connection in the show notes. We’re fortunate to be able to tap into her experience & resources today. In this episode we go over: · What is the difference between a nanny, babysitter, and mother’s helper? · Why do people hire nannies? (there’s some myth-busting in this answer!) · What kinds of questions should moms ask nannies when interviewing them for a position? Things they need to bring up? · How much to pay? · Common issues that come up for moms when hiring nannies? What can we do to avoid disagreements, drama, or tension with nannies? · Common issues that come up for nannies? What can they do to avoid disagreements, drama, or tension with parents? · Communication tools for moms & child care providers Helpful Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!  Connect with LB on Instagram & Facebook  Visit Today’s Sponsors: Ojai Energetics and Primally Pure
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March 4, 2020
027. Sibling Rivalry with Positive Discipline Educator Jailan Heidar
Sibling Rivalry…this is a dynamic topic! If you have more than one kiddo, you know that there will be inevitable moments of sibling rivalry: fighting, disagreements, arguing. So what can we do about it? Should we do anything about it? We as parents bring so much of our own “stuff” to the table when it comes to sibling rivalry. Maybe you didn’t get along well with your siblings growing up. Maybe you still don’t. Maybe that’s motivating you to do whatever it takes to make sure your kids get along—now and in the long term. Maybe you did get along with your siblings and you want your kids to have that same loving relationship…but they’re just not falling into it as easily as you did. Maybe you didn’t have a brother or sister growing up and this whole sibling dynamic is new to you. Maybe you’re part of a blended family and your relationships are layered. Sibling life. It’s complex. It’s multi-generational. And it’s not talked about openly all the time because it’s one of those areas of parenting where it’s kind of assumed that we should already know what to do. But the truth is: many of us don’t. And as a result we often carry shame, guilt, or frustration around our kids not getting along and us not knowing what to do about it. That’s why I’ve invited Jailan Heidar onto the show to help us start that conversation and be more open about sibling rivalry. Jailan is a parenting educator and founder of Early Years Parenting. She is a mom of two little ones herself, she has a 5 and 2-year-old. She has been working with families for over 10 years as a certified Positive Discipline Educator. She earned her Master’s of Science in Child & Family Studies from Leiden University and is a certified Early Childhood Educator through UCLA. Jailan grew up in Egypt and has been living in Europe with her family for over a decade. She is currently living in Munich, Germany and offers parenting consultations both online and in-person, as well as online courses and workshops focused on giving parents tools to get through everyday parenting struggles with ease and build relationships with their children. Her online course “Raising Siblings without Rivalry” has helped mothers bring their kids closer and have calmer, more peaceful homes with kids who speak with each other more and fight less. If you’re interested, Jailan’s next 6 week course starts soon: on Monday, March 2, 2020. Jailan gives us so many thinking points in this episode: · Defining positive and respectful parenting · The benefits of parenting support · Honoring the individual · Creating balance with items · Giving the benefit of the doubt · Listening · Awareness · Reflection · Taking it one thing, one moment at a time Tune in and then share your thoughts in the comments or start a conversation over on my social media accounts! Jailan is so patient and supportive. I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. When I let Chris listen to a few snippets, we realized we have a boundary and ownership things we could probably work on and iron out in our own household. And that’s okay! No shame in our learning game. If we find something that works, I’ll be sure to share it over on my IG @loribethauldridge Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!   Connect with LB on Instagram & Facebook  Visit Today’s Sponsor: Blossom & Root 
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February 26, 2020
026. Self-Directed Education with Austin Rees
Many of you know, I’m big into alternative education options. We personally homeschool our three children, but I know that’s not the best option for every family. The good news is, there are so many options when it comes to our children’s education—what works for one child might not work for another, and that’s okay. Options do exist. We don’t often hear about all of our options, but today we’re going to shift that with our guest Austin Rees. She is here to share her family’s alternative education journey with us. Have you ever heard of self-directed education? Or Sudbury schools? Or a democratic school? I thought I knew a little about the self-directed part, but Austin’s story really opened my eyes to a whole new approach that I can see working really well for a lot of kids. This episode is going to stretch your mind, heart, and imagination. It shifted my already alternative view of education. Austin Rees is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Licensed Massage therapist who specializes in infant craniosacral therapy. She is also the creator of Nourish & Align. One of Austin’s favorite past times is facilitating introspective and integral retreats for women and birth professionals. She is a mother to four children: Bella 16, Declan 14, Henry 12, and Maggie 6, and is married to her college sweetheart, Brad. She and Brad both decided early in their parenting journey to educate their children at home. After homeschooling with various curriculums they began researching self-directed education and the Sudbury school model. When Brad retired from the military in 2015, they chose to move to Baltimore, Maryland. They picked that city because it was close to the Sudbury School, Arts & Ideas. So after 7 years of homeschooling, they enrolled them in a democratic school based in self-directed education where they have all been thriving ever since. Austin & Brad’s commitment to their children’s education is inspiring. But that’s only one of the many take-aways from this episode. I’m really stuck on the “stop, pause, & care” notion she mentions part way though. I’d love to hear what your takeaways are from today’s show. So after the episode, hop over to my Instagram @loribethauldridge or the website www.elevatingmotherhood.com to share your thoughts on this type of education. I can’t wait to continue the conversation with you! Love the show? Please leave a review on iTunes! Sponsor: Branch Basics Go to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/branchbasics for my personal review of their products!  Helpful Links/Topics From This Episode:  Unschooling De-schooling https://www.aisudbury.org/
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February 19, 2020
025. Called to Create: The MeiLi Autumn Beauty Story with MeiLi Coon
I think it’s really easy to look at someone else’s successful business (especially on social media) and think that it must be so easy because it looks so effortless. Or someone else can look at the same business and think that it looks like it would be way too complicated, so they shut themselves off from the possibility that they, too, could do something that successful. That’s why I love these behind the scenes stories of mom entrepreneurs in the Called to Create series here on the show. There is so much to be gained from hearing their stories and learning about their journeys because it normalizes ups & downs, following your passion, lifelong learning, and the process of it all (including a real-life timeline of years and not the overnight success that we often perceive online). MeiLi Coon’s story about how she became a master makeup artist and entrepreneur is just incredible. She’s joining us today to share her inspirational story of how her successful, elite bridal team MeiLi Autumn Beauty came to life. Her team is incredible. Her taste is impeccable. She turns out some of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen in my life. Her IG account (@meiliautumnbeauty) is like eye candy. A daily behind the scenes bridal magazine. Seriously, she is so talented. MeiLi did my makeup for a photoshoot once and I’ll tell you, I’ve never felt so beautiful. But it’s not just because of the makeup. MeiLi made me feel seen, heard, and understood. That combination of talent and connection is what makes her stand out from the crowd. The thing I love about MeiLi is her introspective nature. She doesn’t just apply makeup to brides, she sees the whole picture—and really celebrates each of her clients as a whole woman. She does all this, manages & trains an entire team, rocks the single mom life, and still makes time to encourage other women online and in our local community with her fundraising efforts. Be sure to check out her website www.meiliautumn.com (which I’ll link to in the show notes) after the interview. MeiLi’s story is not only fascinating but international and full of twists and turns. It reminded me that success does not happen overnight but that there’s a lot of determination, hard work, faith, and perseverance that goes into creating and running a successful business. I admire MeiLi’s work as a professional makeup artist and business owner…but also as a person and amazing mama. She inspires me and I know she’ll inspire you. Find more over at www.elevatingmotherhood.com Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Helpful Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562) Connect with LB on Instagram (www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood) Connect with LB on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood) Visit Today’s Sponsor: Primally Pure (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure)
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February 12, 2020
024. Mom Friends: A Conversation with Julia Wurst of The Dear Bestie Show
In the spirit of expanding upon last week’s episode about how to create a successful moms group, I wanted to bring someone onto the show who could dive into those friendships a bit more. Making friends as an adult is very different than how we made friends when we were younger. Our needs are different, the setting in which we make friends are different. So many elements of adult life—marriage, kids, moving, job changes—all of these complicate our efforts to make friends and can leave some of us feeling like we don’t even want to try. But friendship is important. Especially as a mom.  Our friendships with other moms can nurture us in ways that no other relationships can. Other moms just “get it.” They get us! They understand where we are and can empathize, offer relevant advice, hold our hand, and support us when we need it. And we’re gonna need it.  In turn, we can do the same for them. But life gets busy. Kids and schedules take up a lot of time. And in the middle of that whirlwind we can start to fall away from those friendships because we feel we don’t have time. Or issues and conflicts come up and we don’t know how to deal with them. So how do we foster friendships, work through challenges, and deepen our relationships with our mom friends? I’d like to talk about it. I think we can benefit from talking about and focusing on our mom friendships more. Today’s guest likes to talk about friendship a LOT. Julia Wurst is the creator and co-host of the Dear Bestie Show, a podcast all about friendship. She and her co-host Mia Mauss (pronounced Moss) discuss topics that interest them as it relates to their friendship. They also read letters from listeners on the air. Julia is a wife and mom to a 4 year old daughter. She is currently a stay at home mom and loves to explore Maui with her family. Here’s the link to my appearance on the Dear Bestie Show: https://www.facebook.com/KAKU885FM/videos/489057781964159/ In this episode we talk about: How the Dear Bestie Show came to life, common issues, hang-ups, & problems surrounding modern friendship, online vs. in-person relationships, cross sex friendships, enneagram, work/life balance, advice, & so much more! If you found this episode helpful, please share it with other moms! Spread the word & start a conversation about mom friendships, enneagram types, or any other topic that was brought up in today’s episode. Follow us on IG & FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Sponsor: Primally Pure For my personal review of their products and a list of favorites, go to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Helpful Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562) Connect with LB on Instagram (www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood) Connect with LB on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood) Visit Today’s Sponsor: Primally Pure (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure) Julia: @jgwurst Dear Bestie Show: @dearbestieshow 
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February 5, 2020
023. 5 Tips for Starting a Successful Moms Group
Motherhood can feel pretty isolating, especially in the first few weeks and months after your baby is born. Or when there are other big changes in your life like moving to a new town with your kids in tow. There will always be different seasons within your motherhood journey--even motherhood itself is a season—and those journeys, every one of those seasons are easier, lighter, and feel more do-able with support. And there is nothing like the support of a solid, loving moms group. There are lots of support avenues for moms out there—online and in person. And while online support can be awesome, there is nothing quite like being face to face with other moms and actually seeing that you’re not alone. Being in the presence of other moms can be life changing. A moms group can provide much needed friendship, support, and learning opportunities—for you and your child. What do I mean by “moms group?” I mean moms that get together with their children, not just a meet up of moms only without children. Sometimes there’s some confusion around that, but I just wanted to be clear that I mean “moms + kids getting together.” I started two successful moms groups here on Maui when my kids were younger and we still meet up 2-3 times per week even after 6 years!  The two groups have kind of meshed into one as our kiddos aged—the older ones (who were just babies on blankets when we first met!) are now off to different schools or education paths, but we still have more babies being born every year in our circle of friends, so the group keeps growing and shifting. But even though the kids are growing and we’re growing and changing, the need for support never goes away. Getting together with mom friends continues to be a highlight for me AND my kids every single week. I get asked a LOT of questions about moms groups…how do you find one? How do you start one? How do you make time for one? What if there aren’t any where I live? What if I don’t like any? What if no one comes? What if there aren’t any moms around where I live? (Trust me, there are moms near you asking the same questions). Let’s say you can’t find a local moms group. My advice is:  Start One. It’s way easier than you think. (Here is more about how I started mine!) Here are 5 tips to help you get started: 1. Pick a date/time/location 2. Choose a focus 3. Advertise 4. Establish guidelines 5. Let go of expectations There are so many perks to running and being part of an in-person moms group…honest conversation, opportunities for your children to make their first friends, even chances for dads to meet and connect with other dads. The support and friendship between moms is powerful and very needed. Once your moms group is established, it really is as easy as picking a date/time/location and just showing up. And as your group grows and your connections deepen, I highly recommend starting to incorporate moms night out, too. Take the lead. Brainstorm today. Start your group. Reach out. Be the change for other moms and yourself. If you found this episode helpful, please share it with other moms! Spread the word that starting a moms group is easy, needed, and so awesome! Shout out to my own moms groups…you have been and continue to be my life line on this path we’re walking together. I love and appreciate you. And you, too, mama. If you’re listening to this episode, it could be because you have a calling on your heart to connect with and support other moms. And for that I applaud you. I hope you follow that calling and take action. I promise you, you won’t regret it.  More at www.elevatingmotherhood.com 
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January 29, 2020
022. Parenting in the Age of Social Media with Dr. Sarah Sarkis
Parenting in the age of social media feels tricky, doesn’t it? I’ve found that a lot of parents feel insecure when it comes to rules about social media and how to approach it. We need to talk about it more and find ways to feel confident in our parenting in general, but especially when it comes to phones and social media. That’s why I’ve invited Dr. Sarah Sarkis on to the show today to start that conversation and help us navigate these tricky waters. Dr. Sarah Sarkis is a psychologist, writer, and performance consultant with a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii (though it won’t take you long to discover she’s a Boston girl at heart). Her integrated approach is big on science and low on BS, empowering her clients to achieve long term change and growth through an eclectic blend of psychology, neurobiology, and functional medicine. She created her blog, The Padded Room, as a virtual safe space to help people manage the jarring realities of life. There, you’ll find a soft landing for life’s harshest truths. We’ll link to that in the show notes. You can also follow her monthly essay series Shrink Rap via her work with The Flow Research Collective. I came to this podcast with fear, guilt, & sensationalism and left with hope, confidence, and direction thanks to Dr. Sarah’s insights. We talk about all things Social Media: · Who’s on social media · What kids are being exposed to · How it affects them · Risks & benefits · Parenting · Virtual citizenship · What behaviors we model for our kids · And how we can approach all of it as parents who want what’s best for our children · And hope! This isn’t a doom and gloom episode! Tune in and get more comfortable and confident with how you approach social media in your parenting. Dr. Sarah’s links: Website, Facebook, Instagram Follow Elevating Motherhood on IG & FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! A big thank you to Branch Basics for supporting the Elevating Motherhood Podcast! Check out why I love this educational cleaning company. They make it so easy to reduce my family’s toxic burden with their incredible products. Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562) Connect with LB on Instagram (www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood) Connect with LB on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood) Visit Today’s Sponsor: Branch Basics ( www.elevatingmotherhood.com/branchbasics)
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January 22, 2020
021. Loss of a Child: How to Offer Support in Times of Grief with Sonya Niess
Trigger Warning. Sonya Niess has returned to the show today. She was my first guest in Episode 2 when we talked about expectations and motherhood.  If you haven’t tuned in to that episode, I highly recommend going back and listening to it. It really is the first part of a very powerful story. And one that contains transformative perspective for any mom. At this point, the title has probably clued you in to what happened next on Sonya and Naia’s journey. Please know that this is a trigger warning. It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you we will be talking about the loss of a child in today’s episode. Sonya will be sharing her story and opening up about her grieving process. She also generously offers ideas for us about how to be supportive during and after times of loss. Her ideas really resonate with me and I know they will for you, too. Many of us feel at a loss ourselves when we hear such stories. Our hearts and heads often struggle with what to do or say in those moments. Sonya gifts us with loving perspective and tangible ideas. For that I’m very grateful. If you’re wondering whether to listen or not, please know that this episode is for all of us. For moms who have also lost a child. My heart goes out to you and I hope you find comfort, support, and understanding through Sonya’s story. For moms who know someone who has lost a child and long for insight into what to say or do to support a grieving family. Sonya offers ideas for us. It’s also for moms who have experienced neither, but want to learn more for the sake of compassion and understanding. There are a lot of deep breaths in this episode. Tune in to hear brave, sweet Sonya talk about support, encourage understanding, and offer us gentle advice about how to be helpful during times of loss. Sponsor: A big thank you to Primally Pure for not only supporting the Elevating Motherhood Podcast but for offering our beloved listeners a discount code! Use the code: LORIBETH10 for 10% off your first order. Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562) Connect with LB on Instagram (www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood) Connect with LB on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood) Visit Today’s Sponsor: Primally Pure (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure) 
1:23:07
January 15, 2020
020. "What About Me?" Connecting with Yourself & Your Family in a Marriage with Kids
Me time when you're married with kids? Yup. It's possible.  But how? How can there be any time for anything when everyone else's needs feel so important and our schedules are so busy? It's enough to leave any parent asking "what about me?"  This happened to my husband Chris & I. We felt like our needs weren't getting met, our schedule was a mess, and we'd get resentful if the other person got to go do something by themselves and we didn't.  And then things changed.  Not magically overnight, but there was a shift--one we initiated. We found what worked for us, got a calendar, and started to align our actions and values. Now we make space for an abundance of "me time" every single week for every person in our family. The resentment is gone, we're happier and more energized, our connections are deeper, and we're in a really good place. How did we do it? Tune in as we share what works for us in the hopes it will inspire you to find more time for connecting with yourself & your family.  More Show Notes at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com  Visit today's awesome sponsor: Blossom & Root www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool  Follow us on Instagram (@elevatingmotherhood) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood) Love the show? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! And share your favorite episodes with family and friends so together we can all Elevate Motherhood! 
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January 8, 2020
019. Bellies, Backs, Bottoms, & Bladders: Physical Therapy for Moms with Angie Peters, MPT
You know the jokes… how moms can’t go to the trampoline park or even sneeze without peeing a little? We’ve just come to accept it as annoying and kind of funny at the same time. What if I told you there is something that can be done about it? That bladder issues after baby are common but not normal? It’s true! And today’s guest, Angie Peters, is here to share valuable insights about pelvic floor health and physical therapy with us. It turns out there are a LOT of options that don’t just involve elusive kegels. (I mean, are any of us actually doing them right!?) A well trained, compassionate physical therapist can help mamas so, so much. Angie is a physical therapist on the island of Maui who specializes in pelvic floor rehab. I used her services during and after two of my three pregnancies (because with the first, I didn’t understand this was an option!) She offered me loving support, guidance, and care during those sensitive times to help me figure out what was going on with my body and what I could do about it. In this episode, she shares with us insights on: · What physical therapy (PT) is · Common ailments mamas go to PT for · Who can benefit from PT · When you should seek out pelvic floor PT · How you can get in to see a physical therapist · Common hang ups moms have about going to PT · How to prepare for your PT appointment · What to expect in PT · Tips for finding & interviewing a PT · And tips for follow through + personal accountability once your PT appointment is over I want relief for you, mama! I want you to know about and understand how PT is a valuable option for mamas who are experiencing pain, discomfort, incontinence, pain during sex, and other issue moms commonly experience during and after pregnancy. PT is a great way to take control of your health, understand your body, and take an active role in helping resolve these annoying issues. Be sure to share this episode with other mamas who could benefit from information about Physical Therapy! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Head to the show notes over at www.elevatingmotherhood.com for links to the resources Angie shares in this episode.  Follow us on IG & FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Connect with LB on Instagram www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood Connect with LB on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood Visit Today’s Sponsor: MUTU Systems www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu  More About Today’s Guest: Angie Peters at www.mauipelvicrehab.com
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January 1, 2020
018. Be the Light: A Seasonal Mindset Check-in
Today’s episode is coming to you on a Friday instead of a Wednesday this week because a lot of us will be celebrating Christmas on the 25th and we’ll be more than a little distracted on that particular Wednesday…plus Hanukkah & Solstice begin on the 22nd and Kwanzaa & Boxing Day on the 26th and and and…the list of celebrations is huge in the month of December. And I thought it would be helpful during this busy time of year to do a mindset check. Yes, even this close to big holidays. This is an insanely stressful time of year and it’s easy with all of the sales and shiny signs and glittery this that and the other thing to feel overwhelmed and grumpy and exhausted and burdened by a million obligations on top of our everyday busy-ness. Not to mention all of the people you suddenly have to interact with for various reasons. We do have a choice to step out of the chaos and come back into ourselves, our family, our family’s values, and what really, truly means the most to our little family during the holidays we celebrate. I thought about going over expectations, obligations, actions, scheduling, and all the things and try to offer you actionable points and ideas to combat stress, but…then a clear message came to me: Be the light. Be the light. That’s it. That is going to be my mantra for the rest of the year. When I get stressed or pressured or overwhelmed. Or my kids are overwhelmed. Or are losing it. Or the cashier is about to lose it. Or the people looking for the closest parking spot are about to lose it. Or angry words or fingers go flying. Or people are driving aggressively. Or things aren’t being delivered according to schedule. Or something gets lost in the mail. Or I burn the monkey bread on Christmas morning (again). Or the chickens get out as we’re trying to go to a holiday show. Or the toddler spills hot cocoa all over her dress before we get a decent picture. Or the holiday card company loses my order for the second time. Whatever comes my way. I have a choice. I can be the light. I can offer the smile. I can listen. I can nod empathetically. I can crack a joke. Lighten the mood. I can serve up hot cocoa. I can serve up grace. I can be the light. I can take commitments off the calendar. I can hug my kids. I can smile at everyone. I can be at peace with mix-ups (knowing they are inevitable). I can give that person the close parking spot (they’re going to take it anyway), but I can offer it with a happy heart and move on. I can thank the cashier. I can thank the customer service rep for trying (or forwarding me to a manager). I can laugh off the mishaps that are going to happen. I can try my best and make space for others to try their best, too. Be the light. Be the face that lights up when your kids share their holiday crafts with you. Be the calm, understanding heart as often as you can. And when you get overwhelmed, know that you can come out of it. It’s not forever. You have the light inside of you, it just gets clouded over sometimes, and that’s okay. We can help ourselves (and each other) in those moments. More show notes over at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Visit Our Sponsor: Beautiful & Simple. (www.beautifulandsimple.com) Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode!
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December 20, 2019
017. Mean Girls: A Compassionate Conversation with Lisa McCrohan, MA, LCSW-C, SEP
Let me start off by saying this interview did NOT go in the direction I thought it would. Lisa blew my mind with her insights and loving suggestions. She is a true healer and helper and I could not be more excited to share her with you! Back in 2014, Lisa had a blog post go viral: Raising Girls Who Are Includers Instead of Mean Girls (https://www.lisamccrohan.com/2014/09/raising-girls-who-are-includers-instead-of-mean-girls/) You’ve probably read it…it is still making the rounds on social media over 5 years later. Why? Because it’s an important topic that hits home for many of us. In this episode, Lisa and I dive deep and discuss: · What sparked Lisa to write this viral blog post · Our own personal journeys with bullying · How to parent through tough “mean kid” situations · Parenting when we feel triggered from our own past hurts · How not to raise mean kids · How not to be “mean moms” ourselves · How to raise kids who are includers · Specifics on how to be an includer & what each of her suggestions look like: o We hold o We include o We love o We empower o We regard o We model how to treat others Lisa holds nothing back in this episode! I knew this interview was going to be good, but Lisa took it to a whole new level just for us. She is passionate about compassion and it shines through big time! Tune in and prepare to have your mind (& heart!) blown in the best way possible! More About Today’s Guest:Lisa McCrohan is a Somatic Experiencing Psychotherapist, Integrative Coach, and author of Gems of Delight.  With an expertise in mind-body-spirit healing, Lisa works with men and women all over the world in their personal and professional development. Her life is about inspiring compassion to flourish in our hearts, homes, and world. Lisa lives with her husband, two young children, and dog Sherlock in Middletown, MD, with the mountains outside her back door. You can find more of her inspiration here: www.lisamccrohan.com Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Sponsor: Blossom & Root (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool) Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Connect with LB on Instagram www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood Connect with LB on Facebook  www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood Visit Today’s Sponsor: Blossom & Root (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool)
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December 18, 2019
016. Called to Create: The Blossom & Root Story with Kristina Garner
What does it take to create a homeschool curriculum, turn it into a business, and homeschool your kids all at the same time? We’re about to find out! Kristina Garner is an artist, a writer, and a homeschooling mom to her two young daughters. She creates secular, nature-based homeschool curriculum and writes regularly on her blog Blossom & Root about homeschooling with a focus on nature, STEM, and the arts. She also enjoys traveling, making a fantastic mess with paint, exploring the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, rock climbing, and reading. Kristina is the second mama to join me in the Called to Create series here on the podcast which will feature interviews with mothers who are also creatives & business owners. In this series you’ll hear inspiring stories about how these women got their start, created powerful products &/or businesses, how they balance work and motherhood, what they’ve learned along the way, and what they continue to learn. I want you to tune in and be encouraged to answer your own call to create! I loved Kristina’s thoughtful, encouraging insights. She is a true artist, cheerleader, and brilliant mama! Whether you’re a homeschooler or not, this episode is worth a listen! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Sponsor: Homeschool Explained (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool) – an online resource for parents who are curious about homeschool but aren’t 100% sure where to start. Complete this easy to follow, online course at your own pace as Lori Beth shares over 10 years of homeschool experience with you. You’ll finish feeling confident, informed, and with multiple resources. Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562) Connect with LB on Instagram (www.instagram.com/elevatingmotherhood) Connect with LB on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood) Visit Today’s Sponsor: Homeschool Explained (www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool)
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December 11, 2019
015. Intro to CBD with Will Kleidon of Ojai Energetics
The topic of CBD is surprisingly one of the most requested from my listeners! Maybe you’ve heard moms talking about CBD  in passing or have seen it mentioned online. Maybe you’re not 100% sure what CBD is, maybe you already know, maybe you use it, maybe you’ve thought about using it, or maybe you’re one of many who aren’t even sure if it’s legal or not? It doesn’t matter which of those describes you…this highly anticipated episode is for you! There are a lot of takeaways from today’s show as we pull back the curtain on CBD. Will Kleidon is here to share with us not only what CBD is, but fascinating information about it's use, it’s history, and his incredible company Ojai Energetics. Will Kleidon is an award-winning pioneer and futurist of the Cannabis industry. He is known for cracking the CBD code by creating the most effective and clean CBD rich hemp products on the planet. Featured in Cheddar, Forbes, Money, Entrepreneur, and the LA Times, he is a regular keynote of the Cannabis Forum and Bevnet. Will is a subject matter expert when it comes to the art, science, and technology of the Cannabis business, history of hemp, and what it means to our future. As early as 17 years old, Will organized and implemented a sustainability fair which drew over 25 organizations and 500 attendees. He studied permaculture in Australia and achieved the second highest nationally accredited certification in Permaculture Design. After searching for a CBD rich hemp oil for a personal need in 2014, he couldn’t find one that was made without synthetic fillers, had third-party batch testing results, and used organic ingredients. Not only did he set out to create the most effective and clean CBD rich hemp oil products, but he was also determined to align them with his love and care for the earth and all of its inhabitants. And so, Ojai Energetics was born, as the first Public Benefit Corporation in its industry. Ojai Energetics is a triple bottom line driven cannabis technology company with a primary focus on the organic and science-driven nutraceutical and medical sectors. They’re also one of my favorite brands…be sure to head over to elevatingmotherhood.com/cbd after the show for more information. Will believes hemp is a catalyst for things getting better…and he’s walking the walk. He created Ojai Energetics to help deliver goodness to the world. And now he’s here to share with us in this information packed episode. Let’s welcome him to the show! This interview spans a variety of topics: · What CBD is · The endocannabinoid system · A bit about the history of hemp · How people consume CBD · How Ojai Energetics is different · Reasons people choose CBD · Resources (pubmed.gov) · Educating yourself about CBD · Oxidative stress · Why I use CBD · CBD and testing · Modern uses of hemp · The future of hemp · And all the mom related lenses: pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, children · Plus listener questions answered! This episode is not to be missed! Head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/cbd for even more info!  Links:  www.pubmed.gov
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December 4, 2019
014. Living in Gratitude
12 Idea for Living in Gratitude Aloha Mamas! At this point in the podcast, you’ve heard me mention a few times that I feel moms & families are suffering from disconnect (on a lot of levels) but especially when it comes to gratitude. We have intellectual gratitude--(I mean, of course we’re grateful for our family!)—we think it, but what about actual gratitude? And by “actual” I mean action based. What actions have we taken lately to express our gratitude to loved ones? It’s this disconnect between intellectual and actual gratitude that I want to address because I sense that it’s one of the causes of unhappiness for many mamas. But I want to make sure that I’m not just talking about this observation of intellectual vs. actual. I want to give you easy to follow, actionable suggestions on how we can address this in our own lives. The “us” part…I want to be clear about that, too. I don’t have this whole intellectual vs. actual gratitude thing figured out 100% for myself and my own family. But I am aware of it. And awareness is step one. Step two is taking action. I want to move into step 2 alongside you by sharing ways that we can take action and express gratitude in our everyday lives more often, including what’s worked for me. And what better day to start than today… What can we do in our lives to make room for more gratitude? In this episode, we'll talk about it! Including mindset & actionable ideas! 1. Wake up & pray or meditate 2. Journal 3. Write a letter, card, or love note 4. Spend quality time with friends or family 5. Meditation 6. Read books about gratitude 7. Prepare a meal with love 8. Give thanks before you eat 9. Notice nature 10. Read nature poetry (hear me out on this one...) 11. Pay attention to information & images that are coming in 12. Say thank you more Notes & Quotes:  “Being satisfied and grateful with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted, and inspired way.” -Pema Chodron "Appreciate everything, even the ordinary. Especially the ordinary.” -Pema Chodron “Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” -Alice Walker “You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given to you.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach  Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year (book) by Fiona Waters Follow us on IG & FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Visit Our Sponsor: Beautiful & Simple
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November 27, 2019
013. Seasons, Senses, & Biodynamic Nourishment with Lily Diamond
Connection, slowing down, being more present, & returning to nature. These ideas keep presenting themselves over and over again here on the podcast in multiple episodes across a variety of topics. Slowing down and being more present in our everyday lives—with ourselves, with our children, with the seasons—I know many mamas would like to do just that, but how? How can we take care of ourselves and be present as moms when we are so busy and fed constant contrary messages about #allthethings we need to buy, do, and be? Maybe the answer is hidden inside of us…within our senses. And in our pantry, our kitchen, and our garden…with the natural foods and plants that are already there. Our guest today, Lily Diamond, is here to talk about idea s like these from her beautiful recipe book & blog that will encourage us to slow down, tune into our senses, and learn more about how plants can nourish us both inside and out. More About Lily: Lily is a writer, photographer, and creator of the site Kale & Caramel which seeks to democratize wellness through connection to nature and honest storytelling. She is the author of bestselling memoir-cookbook that’s the center of today’s conversation, Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table which was lauded in publications from the New York Times to The Independent as one of the best vegetarian cookbooks of 2017. Alongside bestselling author and activist Rebecca Walker, Lily is the co-author of the forthcoming guided journal What's Your Story? (Sounds True, 2020), and co-host of the podcast by the same name. Lily was raised on Maui, educated at Yale University, and lives in California. But what a treat that she is here with me in person at my home on Maui for this interview. Let’s welcome her to the show! In this episode Lily & I talk about: · Biodynamic Nourishment: what it is & how it can serve us · If aromatherapy really works · DIY beauty products & recipes · How to take care of ourselves as moms & women · How to tap into what nature provides · Trusting in & connecting with nature · Honey face washing! (recipe linked below) · Being present and slowing down · Being in our heads vs. being in our bodies · Our relationship with nature · How to embrace the season shift from autumn to winter · How to include our children in this sensory journey · Examples of how to slow down · Bringing more fun into our days through the senses & plants Links Worth Mentioning: Buy the Book: Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, & Table Today’s Sponsor: Branch Basics Lily’s Honey Fash Wash Recipe Lily’s DIY Pumpkin Spice Antioxidant Scrub Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! Connect with LB on Instagram Connect with LB on Facebook More About Your Host: Lori Beth More About Our Guest: Lily Diamond
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November 20, 2019
012. Called to Create: The Primally Pure Story with Bethany McDaniel
Episode 012 is the first in a series here on Elevating Motherhood titled “Called to Create”—which will feature interviews with mothers who are also creatives & business owners. In this series you’ll hear inspiring stories about how these women got their start, created powerful products &/or businesses, how they balance work & motherhood, what they’ve learned along the way, and what they continue to learn. I want you to tune in and be encouraged to answer your own call to create! Our story today features Bethany McDaniel…Bethany is the heartbeat & brains behind Primally Pure, a natural skincare company that uses nature’s most precious elements to make non-toxic products that support radiant skin, a healthy body and a happy self. Having used all sorts of prescription creams and pills to treat her acne as a teenager, Bethany was blown away by the results she eventually experienced after ditching the harsh chemicals and replacing them with simple + natural ingredients. Today, Bethany shares her natural skincare knowledge with the world through Primally Pure’s line of perfectly formulated products. When Bethany isn’t at the PP workshop envisioning new business ideas or blending essential oils, you’ll find her roaming her family’s organic livestock farm with Baby June on her hip, sipping an iced matcha latte with macadamia milk or jet setting with her family for some much needed refreshment. I’m so excited to have Bethany as the first guest in this series and really admire her products and vision. Tune in to hear her inspired start to creating Primally Pure! Check out Primally Pure's Blog: https://blog.primallypure.com  Check out Primally Pure’s awesome products: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Use the code loribeth10 for 10% off your first purchase! Mahalo to today’s sponsor: Blossom & Root More Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!  Connect with LB on Instagram  Connect with LB on Facebook Visit Today’s Sponsor: Blossom & Root
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November 13, 2019
011. Intro to Acupuncture with Dr. Eva Ross, L.Ac., DAOM
Have you ever tried acupuncture? Do you use it and love it like I do? Are you too scared of what it might feel like & never tried it? What is acupuncture supposed to do anyway? Can it help you pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, or even postpartum? Today we're diving into these questions and so much more with our amazing guest, Dr. Eva Ross. My goal with this episode is to take the mystery out of Acupuncture (& Chinese Medicine) in the hopes that it sheds some light as an option for mamas on their personal health journeys. Dr. Ross received her Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from Humboldt State University and graduated with highest honors from Emperors College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica, California with a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She completed her doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at her alma mater in 2015. Dr. Ross is the founder of Malibu Healing Center and now, Maui Healing Center where she proudly serves the beautiful community of Kula and island of Maui. Dr. Ross has been combining the best of both Eastern and Western medicine since 2005 to provide the most advanced integrative care within a family practice setting. Her clinical strengths include metabolic testing and nutritional testing. She also has a passion for treating hormonal issues from fertility through postpartum recovery, as well as puberty through post menopause. She is a strong advocate of patient education in order to cultivate excellent and sustainable health. It's because of her advocacy for patient education and talent as a healer that I wanted to share her with you. In this episode we talk about: * The origins of acupuncture * How acupuncture works * How long treatment can take * What acupuncture is used for * Acupuncture + hormone balancing * Acupuncture & pregnancy * Acupuncture & postpartum * Acupuncture after a c-section * Acupuncture for breastfeeding & weaning support * How I used acupuncture to flip my almost 10lb baby at 38 weeks * Changes in due date guidelines * The strengths of both Eastern & Western medicine * A bit about Chinese Medicine * Eastern medicine for adults & children * Common concerns for people who haven’t tried acupuncture * Myths of acupuncture * How our modern world & age can affect us * Pulse diagnosis & meridians * Our connection to ourselves & the greater world * The importance of learning more about your body, health, & whole self * Doctor/Patient relationships * Cupping & it’s connection to Chinese Medicine (+ what those crazy circles are!) * Tips for getting started with acupuncture * All this…and the importance of lifestyle choices You guys. It’s hard to sum up acupuncture because it’s such a big topic and connected to so much, but we tackled it. Acupuncture…here we go. Side Bar:  The website Dr. Ross mentions in the episode to help find an acupuncturist in your area: www.acufinder.com Reach out to Dr. Ross at www.mauihealingcenter.com Visit today’s sponsor: Primally Pure Leave a review if you love the show! Follow us on IG & FB
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November 6, 2019
010. Create Something
Something’s wrong, something’s off. It can feel like that sometimes as a mother.  Moms are busy, stressed, tired, don’t know how to slow down, doubt themselves… why? What’s causing all of these negative emotions? All of this disconnect? Too much on our plates? Expectations? Demands? Well, honestly, there are probably more factors than I can list. But the more important question: What are we going to do about it? One of the puzzle pieces in this stressed-out bigger picture is that we’ve stopped creating for the sake of creating. We’ve lost touch with our creative side—the part of our life that requires us to slow down and honor our bodies & minds—and as a result, we’ve lost touch with ourselves. The whole woman has been replaced with titles and jobs and to-do lists that are a mile long and will literally never end. So what do we do? What’s a action we can take to combat this negativity? CREATE SOMETHING. In this episode I go over the “how + why + what” of creating plus road blocks that keep us from creating and how to get past them. Hold on to your hats…this episode is about so much more than crafting.  Check out the Elevating Motherhood website for more: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Check out our sponsors when you get a chance! They’re part of the magic that keeps Elevating Motherhood content coming at you for free! www.elevatingmotherhood.com/sponsors Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!  Connect with LB on Instagram Connect with LB on Facebook Visit Today’s Sponsor
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October 30, 2019
009. Education Reform in the Home & Schools: An Interview with Heather Baylosis, MSED
Times are changing. The way we parent our kids at home and teach children in schools is shifting. There’s no denying these changes. It’s all part of education reform…and this isn’t your average conversation about it. Join me for today’s incredibly insightful interview with Heather Baylosis, MSED--a passionate educator here on the island of Maui & mother of two. What do we mean by education reform? How we approach our children, their education, parenting, learning styles, and the 'whole self' is different. There’s more of a focus on values, character, collaboration, listening, respect, working together, & community…and Heather & I unpack it all. We talk about brick & mortar school. We talk about homeschool. We talk about modeling.  We make observations. We talk about parenting + teaching (and how the two overlap). Here are some of the shifts we discuss: Outdated models of parenting & education Values (including key ones missing from today’s college graduates!) Life Long Learning Community Respect Working Together Importance of Movement Mindset Reflection And then we take it a step further and talk about ways to approach these changes & be part of the reform in your own home and in your child’s school. And it turns out those approaches are parallel at home and in school: Practice patience Educate  yourself on basic child development Focus on values…and then align your actions & values Keep practicing (life long learning) Understand learning styles Break through the myth that asking for help is a sign of weakness Tune in and join the conversation! Then hop over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com for more great info! Be sure to visit today’s Sponsor: Branch Basics! And take advantage of their October 2019 special offer for Elevating Motherhood listeners. Get 10% off your starter kit order this month only with the code: loribeth10  Branch Basics is an educational company that offers non-toxic, simple to use cleaning solutions for your home—using one powerful, plant & mineral based cleaning concentrate. You can literally use their one concentrate to clean everything…from bathrooms & windows to floors & laundry. Simply dilute their safe, effective cleaner into their refillable bottles. The instructions are right on the label. Branch Basics has been an amazing addition to our home. I’m always looking for ways to reduce my family’s toxic burden & Branch Basics fits the bill. Plus their goals align with mine...to make cleaning sustainable, affordable, and simple...all without the use of gmos or animal testing. I love their products and know you will, too!  Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! Connect with Lori Beth on Instagram Connect with Lori Beth on Facebook More About Your Host: yayamamas blog
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October 23, 2019
008. Boy Mom: An Interview with Monica Swanson
“Love, trust, respect, & grace.” Monica Swanson is with us today! Sharing about her new book Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You and her new podcast The Boy Mom Podcast. Monica is a wealth of information for not only boy moms, but all mamas. Her compassionate, value-driven approach to parenting is really powerful and transformative. Listen in to this encouraging episode! It’s a girl mom of 3 + a boy mom of 4 sitting down and talking about gender, differences, similarities, equality, parenting approaches, and more! This interview is just a taste of what she has to offer! Connect with Monica here: www.monicaswanson.com Visit today’s sponsor: Blossom & Root!  And take advantage of their discount code: loribeth10 for 10% off your purchase! It’s because of you + our generous sponsors that Elevating Motherhood is out in the world and gets to continue supporting mamas all over the world. Thank you! Follow Elevating Motherhood on IG & FB! Love the show? Leave us a review! Your feedback helps me plan future shows to bring you topics YOU want to hear about…thank you! Visit the Show Notes homepage for this episode: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode8 
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October 16, 2019
007. Universal Laws + Motherhood
Episode 007. Universal Laws + Motherhood An Interview with Nadia Bernardy of Work & Woo and the But First Woo Woo Podcast. www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode7 How “woo” are you? Doesn’t matter! You don't have to be woo to gain valuable, loving insight from tuning in...no matter how you describe yourself or what your beliefs, this episode is for YOU!  There are so many truths in this episode that just make sense. Want more peace in your everyday mothering? Maybe you’ll find some through the lens of Universal Law! The 12 Universal Laws we’re talking about in Episode 7: 1. Abundance 2. Gratitude 3. Giving & Receiving 4. Compensation 5. Alignment 6. Co-Creation 7. Law of Attraction 8. Expansion 9. Divine Oneness 10. Vibration 11. Alchemy 12. Law of Action Listen in and find out what these universal laws are and how they apply to mindset and motherhood! #mindblown Follow us on IG & FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Visit Today’s Sponsor: Beautiful & Simple
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October 9, 2019
006. Birth Workers: An Interview with Midwife Rachel Shapiro-Davies
Episode 006. Birth Workers: An Interview with Midwife Rachel Shapiro-Davis Gosh, where do I even begin with show notes for Rachel’s interview? We talked about so many things in such a short amount of time! Here are some of the highlights from this magical interview. Rachel Shapiro-Davis is a midwife from Israel, Spinning Babies Educator, mama of Noam Or Shalom, and creator of Equilibrio—a school in Israel that focuses on connecting birth work and body work. Rachel visited Maui to teach a Spinning Babies Workshop for birth workers on the island. We met at a Pacific Birth Collective meeting and knew I right away that I wanted to learn more and share her with you. She agreed to an interview and we made it happen! In this episode, we talk about: * Birth work + Body work * Meeting women where they are * Honoring the individual * Improving birth on Earth * Mindset shifts surrounding birth * Trusting our bodies & our babies * The importance of connection * Balance in birth * Reframing birth stories * And so much more! Know that there is some unexpected background music toward the end of this episode…that’s what happens when you take part in an impromptu, one take only, must do interview in an unknown location! But don’t worry, in true midwife fashion, Rachel handles the unexpected with grace and humor. The interview stays on track (and is amazing!). I know you’ll love it…extra music and all! Here are a few links to birth workers Rachel mentions in the interview: 1. Spinning Babies (www.spinningbabies.org) 2. Jenny Blyth & Fiona Hallinan (www.birthwork.com) 3. Kelly Germaine (www.kellygermaine.com) 4. Carol Phillips (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpbtW-pFL6PdV3uMXF2m-g) If you'd like to reach out to Rachel, send her an email: rachelshapiro@spinningbabies.com More over at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode6 Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, subscribe, & share! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Sponsor: Thanks to Branch Basics for supporting today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood! Branch Basics is an educational company that offers non-toxic, simple to use cleaning solutions for your home—using one powerful, plant & mineral based cleaning concentrate. You can literally use their one concentrate to clean everything…from bathrooms & windows to floors & laundry. Simply dilute their safe, effective cleaner into their refillable bottles. The instructions are right on the label. Branch Basics has been an amazing addition to our home. I’m always looking for ways to reduce my family’s toxic burden & Branch Basics fits the bill. Plus their goals align with mine...to make cleaning sustainable, affordable, and simple...all without the use of gmos or animal testing. Branch Basics is offering a special discount code for Elevating Motherhood listeners—you can get 10% off your starter kit order…but only for the month of October (2019). Head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/branchbasics to grab the code & find out more! 
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October 2, 2019
005. The Lie of Convenience
Episode 005. The Lie of Convenience SHOW NOTES www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode5 Moms have a lot of things to work through…a lot of issues that come up…a lot of problems to solve in every season of motherhood. And there is no one size fits all answer for any of these issues or problems. But there is a problem with one of the common solutions and perspectives that are offered up by others…and that problem is “convenience.” In fact, the notion of “convenience” is so common that moms have started to look through that lens of convenience FIRST when looking for help or offering advice. We’re suddenly spending our time searching for the most “convenient” answer over what’s most effective for us and our family. Our society has sold us on the notion that our lives need to be convenient. Convenience is a shiny object, the thing we lust over in our busy, overwhelming days as moms. “Buy this product, do this thing and your life will be more convenient. We promise you convenience.” But I’m finding this lens to be harmful. An issue comes up in parenting…let’s say our kid won’t sleep through the night—and suddenly people are offering out “convenient” things to buy or do as solutions. Quick fixes like “Here…buy this blanket, buy this sleep course, buy this sound machine, buy melatonin, buy these “things” that will do the work for you.” And while there are tools that can help us with sleep—and yes, some of them might be convenient—this mindset of convenience is having a huge negative effect on our mothering culture. Because when those convenient things aren’t working, we’re left floundering and feeling like a failure. We’re not encouraged or motivated to dig deeper or look at the bigger picture. These messages have trained our brains to think about our quality of life in terms of whether it’s convenient or inconvenient. I mean, it sounds appealing, right? Who wouldn’t want a short cut now and then? But “now and then” has turned into more and more often. We aren’t looking for short cuts or convenience every once in a while, we’re expecting it every moment of the day... For the full script and more information about this episode, head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode5 Today’s episode is sponsored by Homeschool Explained -- more info at www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool  Love the Show? SUBSCRIBE! And leave a review on iTunes!  Connect with LB on Instagram Connect with LB on Facebook
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September 25, 2019
004. My Journey with Anxiety: Melissa's Story
Show Notes Episode 004. My Journey with Anxiety: Melissa’s Story www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode4 Here at Elevating Motherhood, we’re not going to shy away from the taboo topic of anxiety, but rather talk about it openly, hear personal stories from mamas who are living with it, and find more connection by being real about it. In the first episode in our My Journey with Anxiety Series, Melissa Dyckman bravely talks about her first experiences with anxiety and panic attacks that didn’t present until after she became a mother. Melissa walks us through her experience, shares what worked for her (& what didn’t), opens up about hormones, and offers loving insight into how others can be supportive. I learned a lot from this interview and walked away feeling more informed, compassionate, and understood. My hope is that you will, too. Thank you for your support and kindness toward Melissa. It’s challenging for mamas to open up and be honest about what anxiety presents as, looks like, and feels like. Every mama’s journey is different. I’m 100% sure that her vulnerability will help other mamas who are on their own anxiety journey feel heard and understood. I’m also confident that mamas who hear this and don’t identify with anxiety will benefit, too. Just the practice of listening with an open heart and hearing another mama’s story could give you insight on how to be compassionate and supportive when the topic does cross your path. Melissa will be returning for a second interview on beauty. She’s a talented and successful bridal team expert here on Maui. Her tips and insights on beauty will be loving and beneficial, too. Why a second interview? Because anxiety does not define us.Mothers can live with anxiety and still be professionals. We can have anxiety and still be interested in other topics. We can search for solutions for our anxiety ...while we search for beauty tips. I want to highlight that we don’t have to be known for one thing in our lives—ever. I want to honor the whole woman in each of us. Mothers are dynamic. Melissa is dynamic. I’m dynamic. You, mama, are dynamic. I see you and want to honor every side of you, every interest. We are not defined by one role, one interest, or one diagnosis. We are whole women. The whole woman in me honors the whole woman in you. You can connect with Melissa and follow her journey over on IG: www.instagram.com/stillagoodmama Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Sponsor: Today's episode of Elevating Motherhood is sponsored by Primally Pure, a company that excels at creating safe, natural skin care products made with quality ingredients. Primally Pure has become my go-to brand for clean, non-toxic face cleaners, creams, and serums. They're also the makers of my favorite all-natural (& effective!) deodorant. (I love their blue tansy one). For my personal review of their products and a discount code for listeners, go to elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure
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September 18, 2019
003. Balance + Motherhood
Episode 003. Balance + Motherhood SHOW NOTES www.elevatingmotherhoodcom/episode3 How do you find balance as a mom? How do you find a work/life balance? Is it even possible? In this episode, I’ll be addressing the mysterious idea of “balance” in motherhood. What is it? And how the heck do you find it? Is it just an illusion? Let’s talk about. Listen to the full episode for personal examples and insights. As promised, here is a re-cap of the main points and strategies that can get us closer to solving the mystery of “balance” in our life as a mom: Recap Possible Solutions to “Finding Balance” in Motherhood: 1. Letting go of the idea that we need to find balance at all. Just literally kicking this notion to the curb, seeing it as something that isn’t real, and just letting go. You could tell yourself that even if you did find it, everything is going to change and you’re just going to have to go after it again anyway. So if balance feels like a vicious cycle to you, maybe just let it go and move on without it. 2. Thinking about balance differently. It’s like being an acrobat—give into the idea that while we’re spinning a lot of plates, there is no way that all the plates will spin perfectly at the same time. We can just give ourselves permission to move from plate to plate as it needs our attention + without guilt. I know I’ve found a lot of freedom in this notion and I hope it gives you a sense of freedom, too. 3. Understanding that we aren’t born knowing how to do everything (including how to parent at every stage) and then honoring that. We can give ourselves permission to seek out information or insight in any area of our life when we feel “out of balance.” This can look like researching child development stages, time management tips, or whatever you need. Whenever you feel like you need a “new strategy,” just dive in and research that topic. (Even if it’s a strategy for “How to tackle laundry”). If it feels like what you’re doing at the moment isn’t working, it’s okay to research and find more information or a different perspective that could give you peace of mind. We can choose to see this research as “one more thing” on our long list of things to do and get exasperated…or we can see it as an investment. Time put in now to help us solve a problem. Once we have the information we need, we can use it now and in the future. Investing in yourself, investing in your children, and investing in your sanity is worth the time it takes to research. 4. Asking for help. As women, as mothers, we don’t have to “do it all” or “be everything to everyone.” Let go of the notion that motherhood is a solo gig. Whether you’re parenting with a partner or solo, we are social beings meant to live in community. We don’t have to carry the entire load, nor should we try to. It’s time to start working on a new mindset as moms. 5. Aligning your actions and values. Figure out what is important to you and your family and then do what aligns with those values. Not what “everyone else is doing” not “what the Joneses are doing” but what is working for YOU and YOUR family. I hope this is helpful to you, mama! I appreciate you listening and diving into this topic with me.  More info & links are available on the episode's webpage over at www.elevatingmotherhood.com  With Aloha, Lori Beth Connect with LB on IG & FB! Visit today's sponsor: Beautiful & Simple. 
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September 18, 2019
002. Motherhood + Expectations with Sonya Niess
Episode 002. Motherhood + Expectations SHOW NOTES www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode2 “I think like any woman, I had visions of life as a mother as being what it was – both joyful and hard.”-Sonya Niess Today’s guest is Sonya Niess, a professional doula and mother of two. Sonya opens up about her own journey with expectations and motherhood, sharing the story of her daughter Naia’s diagnosis with Migration Partial Seizures of Infancy. Sonya lovingly walks us through what processing this diagnosis looked like for her and her family. She also offers a compassionate perspective for mamas. The grace she shares and offers is inspiring. This is a powerful episode for both mamas and mamas-to-be. Many of us enter into motherhood with expectations—both personal and societal—whether we acknowledge them or not. Hearing Sonya’s story led me to look at my own expectations, what they are, how they’ve changed, and how to move through them with more grace. Connect with Sonya here: https://mahinamama.wordpress.com/about Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review on iTunes or wherever you like to listen! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Links to snippets from our conversation: The book Sonya mentions at the beginning: The Red Tent by Anita Diamont Pacific Birth Collective: www.pacificbirthcollective.org Sponsor: Blossom & Root, a homeschool curriculum company that has been serving family for years. It’s the curriculum my family uses (& loves!) For more information, including an exclusive discount code for listeners, visit www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool More Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! Connect with LB on Instagram  Connect with LB on Facebook  Visit Today’s Sponsor: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool More About Today’s Guest: https://mahinamama.wordpress.com/about
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September 18, 2019
001. Welcome to Elevating Motherhood!
Episode 001. Welcome to Elevating Motherhood SHOW NOTES www.elevatingmotherhood.com/episode1 Welcome to the first episode of the Elevating Motherhood Podcast! I’m so glad you’re here! I’m your host, Lori Beth Auldridge. I recorded this podcast on the island of Maui where I live a fairly untraditional life with my husband Chris and our 3 daughters ages 5, 4, and 2. I’m a work at home mom, wife, friend, sister, blogger, homeschooler, wanna be homesteader, business owner, podcaster, and so much more. I’m not defined by one role…and neither are you, mama! This first episode is designed as an introduction so you can learn more about who I am, why I created this show, what to expect, what topics I’ll cover, and more! Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Follow us on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Sponsor: Today’s episode is sponsored by Beautiful & Simple. An online boutique filled with products that remind us to practice self-care and to put more good into the world. My favorite mug is the one that says “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” It’s my daily reminder to take care of myself so I can take care of my family. Go check out the collection of mugs & shirts currently available at www.beautifulandsimple.com Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! (link) Connect with LB on IG Connect with LB on FB  Visit Today’s Sponsor: www.beautifulandsimple.com More About Your Host: www.instagram.com/yayamamasblog
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September 18, 2019
Trailer
Aloha, I’m Lori Beth Auldridge…Maui mama of 3 and creator & host of the Elevating Motherhood Podcast. I’m launching 4 episodes on September 18th, 2019! So you can dive right in and join me on this awesome journey! Elevating Motherhood will be a weekly podcast covering topics related to modern motherhood. I’m going to interview some powerful women from around the world and dive deep into topics like pregnancy, birth, parenting, health, self-care, education, community, anxiety, perspective, and so much more! I am so excited for the sisterhood and storytelling that has already come out of creating this incredible resource for you, mama. I’m proud to be doing this parenting gig beside you. It’s other moms that have helped me the most…to not only grow as a mother but show up as a whole woman—through their willingness to share, listen, and understand. This podcast feels like a chance to give back to everyone who has helped me on my journey and to share with other mamas who need connection, too. Whether I’ve known you for a long time or we’re just getting to know each other. I see you, mama. And I appreciate you. This podcast is for you. It’s been an absolute gift to open up this platform for moms to tell their stories and be heard. These conversations have shifted my heart and mind for the better. I know they’ll resonate with you, too. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind the scenes updates, special promo codes, and sneak peaks! There’s also a fun countdown at elevatingmotherhood.com – which will go live on launch day! I can’t wait for you to hear the first episodes and see the beautiful website! Please mark your calendars and join me back here on Wednesday, September 18th where we’ll start this incredible adventure…together we are Elevating Motherhood.
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September 8, 2019