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Life with Zawadi

Life with Zawadi

By Symphony Zawadi
Zawadi is swahili for 'the gift'.
When Josh + Symphony became one, they both assumed the surname of Zawadi. It was symbolic of their creating their family, by their design.

Life with Zawadi is podcast dedicated to family, children, marriage and careers. Sharing the highs and lows.

Josh and Symphony are two parenting and lifestyle content creators from Melanated Mama and Melanated Daddy.
Join us for the ride, we are sure you will laugh, cry and be inspired by their story.
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Parenting Styles Revealed
There are many ways to parent children, after all, when you become a parent no one hands a you a manual that outlines how to do it "Correctly" Listen in as we discuss how we intentionally choose to parent our children.  We wholeheartedly believe that our job is to guide and control our children.  We get asked a lot of questions about our parenting style. We will surely be reengaging in this conversation on future episode.  No VLOG  to pair with this episode, but you can check out other videos here ( with some behind the scene footage) via our Youtube channel. Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Sponsorships: off for this episode
29:26
March 31, 2021
Love Me Out Loud
In response to Derrick Jaxn we decided to have a conversation about Cheating.  Both Symphony and Josh believe that cheating is a choice.  Listen in as we discuss how Symphony made it a requirement that she be loved out loud during their dating phase. Josh also dives in about why he needs intentionality behind the love he receives.  Marriage ( partnership) is about intentional work. We also discuss why community plays a vital role to the success of our marriage.  Things mentioned in the episode: Video the VLOG version ( with some behind the scene footage) via our Youtube channel. Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Josh is challenging you all to go to his IG page and count the number of times he has share Symphony. Post the number under his most recent photo of her. Also, share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula.
29:60
March 24, 2021
Postpartum Sex
So #Babylove is here!! Now what?!! Postpartum is a thing normally, try adding while living during a pandemic and whew chile, it's pretty interesting. Josh's mission was to support Symphony in every way possible, clearing every hurdle to avoid postpartum depression etc. Listen in as they discuss battling COVID while healing from the birth of #Babylove. We also vlogged about this experience- view the video here Episode 5 of Season 1: Our Black Love Story talks all about how Symphony + Josh navigated COVID 19 and a new born all  during a pandemic. Asking for help takes strength and in this season we flexed our asking for help muscles. Our birthing team: Sasha from Prism Birth Services Lyanne from Maroon Calabash Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! New Episode teaser: Postpartum SEX Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms: @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Episode analytics
29:17
March 17, 2021
Gender Roles in our Marriage
We do not subscribe to Gender Roles in our marriage.  Point of clarification from the episode: Symphony's POV:  There was no way I was going to date or marry my husband if he was not able to provide financially. He definitely came to the table prepared to handle it all financially. ** As a Black woman - we deserve this, whether we gone be good or not** PERIODT. Listen in as we discuss how stay calibrated and in on the same the page to ensure our house runs effectively. We break down and define emotional labor, and the steps we take to ensure no one is feeling the burden of too much labor.  Marriage ( partnership) is about intentional work.  Listen in as we discuss our marriage and parent wins for the week as well.  Things mentioned in the episode:  The New York Times article on how to get your partner to understand emotional labor.  Click here to read it. Dad Doula -  The mission of DAD DOULA is to provide resources, and guidance for the THE NON BIRTHING PARENT as they plan to support THE BIRTHING PERSON DURING PREGNANCY,LABOR AND DELIVERY AND THERE AFTER. This is done by learning how to advocate, and support with intentional presence. This service is extended to expecting parents, new again parents and parents looking to reenter their children's lives. If you or someone you know are in need of Dad Doula support services click here. Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! New Episode teaser: Postpartum SEX Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula.
29:27
March 10, 2021
Our Birth Story: Postpartum
So #Babylove is here!! Now what?!! Postpartum is a thing normally, try adding while living during a pandemic and whew chile, it's pretty interesting. Josh's mission was to support Symphony in every way possible, clearing every hurdle to avoid postpartum depression etc. Listen in as they discuss battling COVID while healing from the birth of #Babylove.  Episode 5 of Season 1: Our Black Love Story talks all about how Symphony + Josh navigated COVID 19 and a new born all  during a pandemic. Asking for help takes strength and in this season we flexed our asking for help muscles. Our birthing team: Sasha from Prism Birth Services Lyanne from Maroon Calabash Dad Doula -  The mission of DAD DOULA is to provide resources, and guidance for the THE NON BIRTHING PARENT as they plan to support THE BIRTHING PERSON DURING PREGNANCY,LABOR AND DELIVERY AND THERE AFTER. This is done by learning how to advocate, and support with intentional presence. This service is extended to expecting parents, new again parents and parents looking to reenter their children's lives. If you or someone you know are in need of Dad Doula support services click here.   Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! New Episode teaser: Postpartum SEX  Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms: @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook
29:60
March 3, 2021
Our Home Birth Story: Labor & Delivery
Did you know that Josh advocated and encouraged Symphony to have a home birth? It was a decision that was a product of trying to keep mama and baby safe during COVID-19. Being pregnant during a pandemic was intense and somewhat unpredictable however birthing at home during a pandemic was absolutely beautiful. It was a curated space filled with love, the ancestors, and family.  Episode 4 of Season 1: Our Black Love Story talks all about how we brought our BabyLove earth side, in our home during a pandemic.  Symphony's Waterbag broke while sitting at work. From there things got intense pretty fast. From vibing to Jaheim then transitioning to early labor on the stairs to the great sounds of Juvenile, Cash Money Hot Boys to laboring on the toilet,  BabyLove entered this world in silent room filled with love.  Our birthing team:  Sasha from Prism Birth Services Lyanne from Maroon Calabash Cierra - Best friend and Photographer Listen in as they begin to discuss homebirth!! Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms: @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook
28:37
February 24, 2021
Our Birth Story: Pregnant during a Pandemic
Being pregnant during a pandemic is intense and somewhat unpredictable... and that's to say the least.  Symphony and Josh navigated quarantine and mandatory lock downs while surviving pregnancy. Episode 3 of Season 1: Our Black Love Story talks all about how we navigated pregnancy, doctors appointments, planning a home birth and staying safe during a world-wide pandemic. There's a different type of awareness, fear and anxiety that Symphony carried while being pregnant. Josh never experienced pregnancy with his biological daughter and Symphony already had two children. Coming together to experience the soon arrival of #Babylove was quite the journey. Josh was determined to serve as an advocate for Symphony. He ( like many other partners) were barred from doctors appointments early. This removal of the experience was all he needed to begin thinking about alternatives to the birthing experience. That was when Josh brought up the grand idea of engaging with a home birth.  Listen in as they begin to discuss pregnancy!! Got questions for us... let us know here ---> https://anchor.fm/lifewithzawadi/message Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. See all the teasers from our instagram page @lifewithzawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms: @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www.melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Facebook.com/melanatedmama Facebook.com/melanateddaddy
28:18
February 17, 2021
Happy Black Love Day!
Did you know that BLACK LOVE DAY is a thing?!!! Black Love Day was founded on February 13, 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi. Black Love Day is all about the atonement, reconciliation, and celebration of Black Folk. It is a 24-hour display of Black Love demonstrated through love towards the creator, self and family.  Join us for a special podcast episode as Symphony and Josh discuss how Black Love is celebrated within their home and within their marriage.  If you identify as Black, use this day (and every other day) to celebrate ya self and every other Black Folk. If you don't identify as Black find a way --to love them - hit their cash app. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! Do you believe it's important to take care of yourself ahead of your family? or is it better to put your family first? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms: @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Websites: www. melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Facebook.com/melanatedmama Facebook.com/melanateddaddy
25:33
February 13, 2021
We had an INVITE ONLY Pandemic Wedding!!
Yes, Symphony and Josh got married during a whole world wide pandemic. Their love couldn't wait, plus they were 8 months pregnant and wanted to be married before Babylove arrive.   #LifewithZawadi + #ListonourLove was a whole African vibe!  This invite 30 person only wedding was perfectly curated to be a visual representation of BLACK LOVE.  African themed, Non traditional bride, naming ceremony, summer weather... all of the things.  This wedding supported ( as much as possible) BLACK OWNED Businesses- check out the list below:   Bridal Make-up- Shalisa Elizabeth  Naming Ceremony - Dr. Monique Liston  Family Logo - Marqualya Ellison  Floral Arrangements - Rachel Sheree  Custom attire (bride, groom, and the kids) - Iris Acevedo Wedding arch - My auntie Wedding Poem Reading- Brit Nicole  Nails - Lauren Benning  Photographer - Glenda Ruth  Guest cupcakes and Bride/Groom cake - Tawanda Frazier  Eyebrows- Kimberly-Carver-Wilder from KRS Studio Wedding Programs & Invites - Eagle Flair Printing   Bridal Jewelry & Accessories - Lilo Allen Papyrus & Charms Bride and Groom Oils - Pursenality  Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!! Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms: @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www. melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Facebook.com/melanatedmama Facebook.com/melanateddaddy
25:13
February 10, 2021
Our Black Love Story
Welcome to the first episode of #lifewithZawadi,  Would you believe that Symphony curved Josh for years before accepting a date with him?! These former high school classmates would finally become an item nearly a decade later. Two different life journeys met at the perfect time, God's timing. Black love is real and live within the Zawadi union.  Let us know your love story!!! Share your favorite part of the episode with us!!!  Remember: Every WEDNESDAY we plan to share with you all #LifewithZawadi content. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you! Follow us on ALL social media Platforms:  @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast! @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www. melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Facebook.com/melanatedmama Facebook.com/melanateddaddy
19:31
February 3, 2021
Happy Black History Month - Let's Take off!!!
Being a Black Ass family, of course we are excited about February!!! It's BLACK history month, Symphony's birthday month and the official kick off to consistent #LifewithZawadi podcast content. We are checking in with you, the tribe, to share in our excitement of what's to come.  Just so YOU know, we plan to drop OFFICIAL content EVERY WEDNESDAY!!! Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss all the answers for you! If you haven't already, follow us on all the social media platforms:  @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy (Josh)  @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula. Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! They have something for all of them. They are real, transparent and here to bare it all. Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www. melanatedmama.com www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Facebook.com/melanatedmama Facebook.com/melanateddaddy
17:02
February 1, 2021
Teaser: Welcome to #LifewithZawadi
In this teaser and first episode of #lifewithZawadi,  we will share a snippet of what our podcast is all about!! We share inside of our lives together as newlyweds/best friends coming together to raise our kids while managing careers, businesses and community engagement. We provide a brief introduction to who we are, our four kids and what we do both professionally and socially.  Every week we plan to share with you all the ups downs and everything in between when it comes to #lifewithZawadi. Send us your questions and comments. You can even send us a voicemail via the anchor app. You could even send us an audio message via Instagram as well too.  We will use that discuss our answers for you!   @melanatedmama (Symphony) and @Melanateddadddy ( Josh) are the hosts of this podcast!  @melanatedmama uses her platform to talk all things Art, DIY, Conscious Parenting ( using social emotional and restorative practices) while @melanatedDaddy uses his platform to discuss all things fatherhood, mental health and becoming a  Dad Doula.  Share this content with all the mamas and daddies you know! We have something for all of them. We are real, transparent and here to bare it all.  Intro/outro music by: www.facebook.com/vincent.vangreat Be sure to follow us on all of social media: Websites: www. melanatedmama.com  www.melanateddaddy.weebly.com Instagram @melanatedmama @MelanatedDaddy @lifewithzawadi Facebook Facebook.com/melanatedmama Facebook.com/melanateddaddy
15:00
January 26, 2021