Preparing our Daughters to Go It Alone

November 3rd, 2013

We were raised to think you need to be with someone to be complete.  We discuss raising our daughters so they can go it alone in their lives–so they feel complete without having someone else.  This frees them to be everything they can be whether or not they have a relationship with a significant other.

Article by Laura Wellington http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-wellington-/and-she-lived-happily-eve_b_3601844.html

Postpartum Health

October 27th, 2013

Did you know there is more to having the baby than HAVING the baby?  What you do right after birth can affect your heath for the rest of your life.  Marianne Ryan, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director of the MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhattan discusses what women need to do after having a baby to avoid chronic back pain or pelvic dysfunctions that can appear later in life.

Not So Baby-Wise: Answer to a Listener Question

October 20th, 2013

Shelly responds to a listener email asking why in an earlier podcast, she told moms not to follow the Baby Wise method.  Hear her response and what the research shows is the best way to help your child feel secure.

Lunch Solutions

October 13th, 2013

LunchWeekFreezerLunch boxes don’t keep your child’s lunch cold enough and you don’t have time in the morning. SOLUTION: Making Lunch on the Weekend and Freezing Them! Nancy explains how she makes fun lunches for the entire week including snacks and fun stuff in an hour or so on the weekend.

Nancy’s Tips to Make a Week of Lunches Ahead of Time and So They Stay Cold:

  1. make all sandwiches at once and freeze them in freezer paper  (if mayo—put in the middle between layers of meat). You can even cut shapes out and freeze them.
  2. bake and freeze cookies or muffins, then take some out everyday
  3. freeze yogurts or applesauce(even pudding freezes fine)
  4. freeze water bottles
  5. freeze cheese sticks so they stay cold
  6. cut up fruits and veggies and put in containers in the fridge
  7. make bags of dry goods that can be added quickly to lunches

MissingPieceWith everything already cut up, frozen and ready, you can just grab things in the morning for your kids!  Making lunches takes seconds this way.

Other things to check out:

PBJ Sushi RollPBJ Sushi–the TOTAL hit at lunch in Elementary and JR High

  1. Roll the bread thin and flat with a rolling pin.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on the bread.
  3. Add a slice of banana and a small amount of jam.
  4. Roll the bread tight (try to keep the jam in the first time you roll so it doesn’t spread further.
  5. Place the sushi rolls in the freezer uncut.
  6. Cut them when you make lunch.

PBJ Shushi

Since you have extra time, some days you can make some fun lunches

AngryBirdsLunch ShaunTheSheep



Is it Your Hormones?

October 10th, 2013

Nancy has been struggling after her hysterectomy with her hormones.  So we are bringing back a show from Babies and Moms Birth and Beyond for those moms who might be struggling with weight and not know it could be hormonal (despite what your GP will tell you).

Dr. Vaughn Johnson shares how our hormones can affect us and how even young women can have hormone issues (this is not JUST a menopause issue).  Millions of women are misdiagnosed and live with symptoms of miscarriages, depression, tiredness, irritability, weight gain, hair loss, and more just because they have a simple-to-fix issue. Nancy has a lot of experience with this topic!

Nursing While Losing Weight

September 15th, 2013

Shelly has never nursed her babies for very long and she thought she could not do it because she is so skinny.  This time, she wanted to protect her milk and nurse for as long as possible.  BUT she wanted to lose weight as well.  She decided that it was something she could do if she took the right approach.  Using the app My Fitness Pal, Shelly logged her calories and exercise and made sure she ate enough calories to keep the milk but also the right amount to lost weight.  Listen to how she was able to lose the weight while having the richest milk she has ever produced.

What New Moms REALLY Need

September 8th, 2013

Shelly has been writing down the things that new moms REALLY need to share with her daughters.  We discuss what she found out and how you can really help the new moms you know (since you probably forgot what it is really like).

2013-08-14 19.20.26Here is what we recently found at Costco.  Can you believe it?  11 pounds of Nutella.  Of course we did not buy it but jsut the thought made me happy.  And I think there are a few new moms who could use some Nutella during those LONG nights when you think you will never sleep again.  Ladies–if anyone deserves 11 pounds of Nutella, it is you!



Green Cleaning

September 1st, 2013

After a family member’s baby received a diagnosis of liver cancer, Tricia decided to clean her house of all chemicals when the doctor told her family that they should get chemicals out of their lives.  Learn about how Tricia has done this and how the last 4 months have changed her family.

Learn more about Norwex cloths

What That Cry Means

August 25th, 2013

Understanding your baby can be as simple as interpreting his cries.  From Nancy’s book, Baby Signing 1, 2, 3, Shelly read about Priscilla Dunstan and her ability to interpret baby cries to understand what it is that babies need.  After testing her baby language theory on more than 1,000 infants around the world, Priscilla says there are five words that all babies 0–3 months old say—regardless of race and culture;

  • Neh=”I’m hungry”
  • Owh=”I’m sleepy”
  • Heh=”I’m experiencing discomfort”
  • Eair=”I have lower gas”
  • Eh=”I need to burp”

Learn to listen to baby talk in this video footage here>.

Overwhelmed by the Holiday Expectations

July 21st, 2013

Do you know what a leprechaun looker is or that there is a Pi holiday?  We did not either.  We discuss the new hysteria over holidays and birthdays powered by Pintrest and how to let your kids know you love them while not going crazy.

Check out the article in the Huffington Post that sparked our conversation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-howerton/can-we-bring-the-holidays_b_2903040.html

Smart Phone Apps We Love

July 14th, 2013

We discuss the smart phone apps we can’t live without and how they make our lives as moms easier.

Note: We love My Job Chart for its ease of use and now that there is an app, it is even better! Check it out! Now you and your kids have your job charts wherever you have your phone.

Preparing a Child for Surgery

July 7th, 2013

When your child has to have surgery, how can you prepare them so it is less stressful for them and YOU! We talk about what to do before the day of surgery and what not to do as well as how to make the transition easier.

Additional Information:  Here is an article Shelly found about how one doctor helps children deal with pain during surgery.  It shows what doctors can do when they approach children with pain management techniques.  http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/09/doctor-says-it-wont-hurt

Makes me sad for the experiences that many of us had with doctors when we were children.  Our kids can have a much better experience than we did.

Making Summer Work

June 7th, 2013

Summer is a transition out of regular routine.  Are you a planner or not?  How do you make summer a success for you and your kids?  We discuss how we face summer.  Some of us are planners and others are “free range.”  Learn the benefits of both styles and how to find your own style for success.

He is Here!

May 20th, 2013

Shelly shares with us what it is like to have her new son around.

Our Mothers Knew It

May 7th, 2013

We share insights our mothers gave us and strengths they passed on to us in honor of them this Mother’s Day!  Listen with your mom and then share with her what she taught you.

Having a Baby After 40

April 17th, 2013

Dr. Kari Lawrence joins us to talk about what it is like to have a baby after 40 and what Shelly can expect her birth experience to be like.  She has very positive news for women who are considering having babies later in life.

Tricia is Back!

April 9th, 2013

Original co-host Tricia is back to join us with her wit and wisdom.  She tells us her tale of following her husband’s dream and how it has affected their family.  Learn how and what she is doing now and what life lessons she has learned.

Handing Comments about Your Child with Special Needs

March 24th, 2013

Claire Lerner discusses how to help your child deal with uncomfortable comments.  Even though we focus on children with Special Needs, these skills work for all kids and can help your child be prepared for those times when people are less than kind.  Listen and learn!

Running While Pregnant

March 9th, 2013

Runner Julie Thomas discusses how things change when you are pregnant and if you can keep running.  She is the mom of 6 children and trained for marathons while pregnant.  Shelly, our Zumba instructor co-hosts asks all her questions about how to run when pregnant.

Baby Wearing

February 24th, 2013

Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others.

Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps.

New Baby Changes Family with Older Kids

February 17th, 2013

Claire Lerner chats with Shelly about how adding a 7th child will change her family and how she can help her older kids (ages 8-20) adjust and accept their new sibling.  Claire has a very positive view of what these interactions can teach Shelly’s kids and the lessons the whole family can learn.  Claire is the Director of Parenting Resources for Zero to Three.

Baby Led Weaning

February 15th, 2013

Baby Led WeaningYou never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in the house–even when you have children spread in age from 20 years to 6 months.

Baby Signing: A Retrospective

January 12th, 2013

Kathy Irving shares the end of her 2 year journey of signing with her hearing daughter.  Because she works with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what happened during this time. Their journey of signing is coming to an end with her daughter’s use of verbal language.  Kathy shares how the experience helped her daughter gain a master vocabulary more than 20 times larger than what normal 2 year-olds can speak.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

The Best Day Ever: Skiing in 2013

January 8th, 2013

Today was the start of Sundance Ladies Day and I can’t say enough about what an amazing day it was!  The snow is SO much better than last year and skiing on snow instead of ice is really amazing.

But, I get ahead of myself.  I checked my kids out of school and we headed up the mountain.  Living 20 minutes from Sundance is really a blessing.  When we got there, we found that my neighbor had come up for her very first time on skis in her life!  We had not expected to see her there, but it was fabulous that she is starting–and can I tell you–she did way better than moi on my first day.  I did not get off the bunny hill and she made it to the first stop (and down safely)!

The excitement continued to build as we headed for Ski School.  My kids went to meet their teachers and I greeted my friends Cody and Linda Hale and saw a few familiar faces from last season.  But, I did not see Lindsay, our co-host, who was supposed to be at the class and learning to ski for the first time (she snowboards so I was hoping she would be in the same group as me).

We took the lift up to the first stop so the instructors could see our skiing levels and divide us into groups by abilities and desires.  Of course, I knew I would be in the beginning group (not the new skier group, but one step up).  I did not embarrass myself, but I could see that the other ladies were much better than me.  But that is OK because this is my second season!

I was so excited to find out that Linda Hale would be my instructor for Ladies Day.  We were joined by Rachel, a mom from Australia who had not skied in 10 years and wanted to get her technique better.  We started our class by discussing what our goals were for the season and where we feel we were at.   I wanted to get myself out of the wedge and into parallel skiing with more ease.

Linda is an Amazing instructor (as they all are) and she quickly knew what skill drills we needed to start with.  At first, it was a bit difficult, but soon all those skills I tried to learn last year came back to me and they were actually working on REAL snow.

I can’t say enough about the day.  It really was my best skiing day EVER so far.  I started out hoping that by the end of the 4 weeks, I would be parallel skiing to actually being able to parallel ski on the first day!  Working with other women is fabulous because we all support each other.  I could see what Rachel was doing that I had done previously and I could quickly give her a pointer that I had learned.  She could help me and was patient when I was having issues.  Of course working with Linda made it so easy too because she knows how to teach other women to ski.  Like she told me 6 years ago–she has never lost a student!

Closer to the end of the day, we found Lindsay and my friend skiing with their instructor.  Since Lindsay had snowboarded before, she was more comfortable with skiing and she joined us in our beginner class.  It was so much fun to ski with her.  Something about skiing together with other women makes skiing more fun and easier to learn–I am not sure why but it is better than a 1 on 1 lesson by far.

I was able to see my kids enjoying themselves and I even saw Alex skiing backwards!  He really rocked the mountain!  The kids had a fabulous day and loved everything.  Their instructors were both fabulous and I am excited to get them up on the mountain again!

LOVED LOVED LOVED everything about today’s Ladies Day!  It feels so good to conqueror the mountain! I promise to post a video next week.  I was so nervous that I forgot.  But I did get a picture!  Check our smiles out!

For more information on my experience this year and last, check out my Sundance Ladies Day  page.

Take a Mental Health Day

December 12th, 2012

If you are feeling short tempered, having problems sleeping or are overreacting, you may need to take a Mental Health day (and your employer might even be willing to give you the day off to do it). Learn what a Mental Health Day is.

Taming Your Thought Monster

November 12th, 2012

Katie McClain shares with us how to tame our thought monster and how to help our kids tame theirs to help them have a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook.  Learn how to conquer those negative thoughts you might be having and ban them from your mind.  Your thoughts are not YOU and you can change your thoughts to change your life.

Learn more about Thought Monsters at www.katiemcclain.com and share your thought monster picture to win on her Contest Page.

Check Out Nancy’s Thought Monster!

Easy Halloween Ideas

October 14th, 2012

We discuss getting ready for Halloween and some ideas to make it simple and fun. Using your printer and some ingenuity, you can make your house a Halloween haven.  Scroll down to get the Podcast.




  • Collect your candles and other things to decorate (add a few Dollar store spiders and rats)
  • Add spooky pictures to your family portraits


Pumpkin Chili

1 medium pumpkin,  4-5 pounds (or 2 cups canned)
1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 T oil
1 lb. ground beef
4 c diced tomatoes
2 c tomato sauce
2 c cooked kidney beans
1 c corn
1/2 c diced green chilis
1 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
salt and fresh black pepper

Cut lid in top of pumpkin; set aside. Remove seeds, replace lid. Bake at 375° for 20-40 minutes until pulp in soft. Scoop out pumpkin flesh, leaving at least 1/2 inch to hold pumpkin shape. Dice pumpkin and set aside. Reserve pumpkin shell.

In large pot, cook onion, garlic and bell pepper with ground beef. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, reserved pumpkin, beans, corn, chilis, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Serve from reserved pumpkin shell. Garnish with shredded cheese and/or sour cream. Serve over cooked rice. 6-8 servings.

Shelly’s Big Surpise

September 23rd, 2012

Shelly shares with us her big surprise.  You will want to listen and hear how Shelly’s life is changing forever.

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

September 20th, 2012

We discuss the article 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by Tabitha Studer which made it into several newspapers so we decided to join in the conversation.  We love the list and think every mom of boys ought to read it and think about their role as mother to a boy (since they are a species we don’t always understand). C

Let’s Play Music

September 13th, 2012

Stacey returns and shares her adventures with Let’s Play Music, an innovative music education program for children from 3-7 years old that prepares children to be amazing musicians (Nancy wishes she had found this program years ago).

Watch a Demo Video

Contact Stacey staceyplaysmusic@gmail.com

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