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Come join Melissa and her guests on the Chats from the Blog Cabin Podcast! From North Carolina, this podcast will have you feeling like you've known these folks for years. Listen in as they chat about life, culture, current events, and more - all with a special Southern flair! Curl up with your favorite beverage and get ready to be entertained. Tune in now for a unique experience that's fun and insightful! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/chatsfromtheblogcabin/support

Chats from the Blog Cabin MELISSA VERA

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Come join Melissa and her guests on the Chats from the Blog Cabin Podcast! From North Carolina, this podcast will have you feeling like you've known these folks for years. Listen in as they chat about life, culture, current events, and more - all with a special Southern flair! Curl up with your favorite beverage and get ready to be entertained. Tune in now for a unique experience that's fun and insightful! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/chatsfromtheblogcabin/support

    376: Chatting About Travel Safety: Tips from Joy Farrow and Laura Frombach!

    376: Chatting About Travel Safety: Tips from Joy Farrow and Laura Frombach!

    In this episode of Chats from the Blog Cabin, Melissa Vera interviews Laura and Joy about safety tips for women, specifically focusing on spring break safety, hotel room safety, road trip safety, technology safety, and online dating safety. They discuss the importance of being prepared and aware while traveling, including checking the car, carrying defensive tools, and knowing how to change a tire. They also emphasize the buddy system, staying with friends, and being cautious of drinks and potential predators. Additionally, they provide tips for hotel safety, such as requesting a higher floor and using the peephole. In this conversation, Melissa Vera discusses safety tips for travelers, including hotel safety, airport safety, and online dating safety. She emphasizes the importance of taking precautions such as using door locks and alarms, being cautious of strangers at the door, and carrying self-defense tools like pepper spray and tactical pens. Melissa also advises against using the free version of dating apps and suggests verifying identities through video chats and background checks. Additionally, she shares tips for protecting personal information and belongings while traveling and warns about the risks of air tagging and phone theft. The conversation concludes with reminders to be mindful of alcohol consumption and to take steps to prevent identity theft during tax season.

    Helpful Links

    *streetsmartsafety.org

    * Grab Street Smart Safety for Women: Your Guide to Defensive Living https://amzn.to/48Ay1xR

    #safetytips #women #springbreaktips #hotelroomsafety #roadtrip #technology #onlinedating # travelsafety #hotelsafety #airportsafety #onlinedatingsafety #self-defensetools


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    • 57 min
    375: Chatting About Beyond the Change: Navigating Menopause with Confidence and Sass with Author Sonya Jacobsen (AKA Yara Green)

    375: Chatting About Beyond the Change: Navigating Menopause with Confidence and Sass with Author Sonya Jacobsen (AKA Yara Green)

    Today we are talking about the big M word, menopause. And most importantly, weight loss plan for menopause.""The mood swings, the depression, the hot flashes, the crankiness, and overeating are common symptoms of menopause.""The green teas, just don't think of green tea as the plain old peppermints, be memorable.""Setting goals, how important that is to set goals.""Do some flexibility and go for a little walk."In this episode of Chats from the Blog Cabin, Melissa discusses menopause and weight loss plans for menopause with her guest, Sonya. They talk about their personal experiences with menopause and the challenges they faced. Sonya shares her journey of writing a book on weight loss for menopause and the different types of diets she suggests. They also discuss mindful and intuitive eating and the importance of hydration. In this conversation, we discuss the benefits of drinking tea during menopause and the importance of setting realistic goals for weight loss. She also emphasizes the need to keep the mind active and reject the diet mindset. Melissa and Sonya share her personal journey through menopause and provide practical tips for managing symptoms. Sonya mentions her book, which offers a comprehensive guide to navigating menopause and includes recipes and meal plans. She encourages readers to find what works best for them and make small, sustainable lifestyle changes.

    Helpful Links :


    https://www.facebook.com/dawnpublishinghouse




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    • 57 min
    374: Chatting About Alienation When Parents Won’t Parent with Lisa Goodpaster

    374: Chatting About Alienation When Parents Won’t Parent with Lisa Goodpaster

    In this episode of Chats from the Blog Cabin, Melissa chats with Lisa, an expert on alienation, which is a form of child abuse. Lisa shares her personal experience of being alienated from her mother by her stepmother and the long journey it took for her to untangle the manipulation and realize the truth. She emphasizes the importance of parents prioritizing their children's well-being and maintaining a secure attachment to both parents. Lisa also discusses her book, 'Alienated When Parents Won't Parent,' and her project, The Step Hood Project, which aims to bring awareness to parental trauma and step-parenting issues.



    Helpful Links


    https://www.tiktok.com/@lisaleanosgoodpas
    https://instagram.com/lisa.goodpaster
    https://www.facebook.com/lisa.goodpaster
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/416060462986663
    Alienated When Parents Won’t Parent https://amzn.to/3TBUwNW
    https://www.stephoodproject.org


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    • 50 min
    373: Chatting About Pregnancy on Your Terms: Expert Tips from Dr. Alan Lindemann

    373: Chatting About Pregnancy on Your Terms: Expert Tips from Dr. Alan Lindemann

    In this episode of Chats from the Blog Cabin, Melissa interviews Dr. Alan Lindemann, an obstetrician with over 40 years of experience. They discuss maternal health and the importance of patient partnerships in achieving good outcomes. Dr. Alan emphasizes the need for doctors to listen to their patients and respect their choices. He shares his approach of pragmatism and flexibility in providing care. They also touch on topics such as the use of Pitocin in labor, hormone changes during pregnancy, and the challenges in the healthcare system that contribute to maternal mortality rates. In this conversation, Dr. Allen discusses various topics related to postpartum care and healthcare decisions. He emphasizes the importance of having a plan in place for postpartum care, including tasks such as household chores and baby care. Dr. Allen criticizes the current healthcare system, where patients are often discharged from the hospital too soon and are given CDs instead of proper education and support. He highlights the negative consequences of insurance companies and government regulations on patient care and autonomy. Dr. Allen also provides insights on finding the right healthcare provider and discusses topics such as bone health and informed consent.

    Takeaways


    Patient partnerships are crucial in achieving good maternal health outcomes. Doctors should listen to their patients and respect their choices.Flexibility and pragmatism in providing care can lead to better outcomes for both the mother and the baby.
    The use of Pitocin in labor should be carefully considered, as it can disrupt the natural process and lead to complications.
    Hormone changes during pregnancy can have a significant impact on a woman's well-being, and healthcare providers should be attentive to this.
    The healthcare system needs to address the rising maternal mortality rates, particularly among women of color, and address issues of discrimination and insurance influence. Having a plan for postpartum care, including tasks and responsibilities, can help avoid serious trouble and postpartum depression.
    The current healthcare system often discharges patients too soon and lacks proper education and support for new mothers.
    Insurance companies and government regulations can negatively impact patient care and autonomy.
    When choosing a healthcare provider, it is important to ask about who will be involved in the visits and delivery, as well as the doctor's C-section rate.
    Maintaining an active lifestyle and avoiding smoking can help improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
    Informed consent is crucial in healthcare, allowing patients to make choices and understand the consequences of their decisions.
    The patient-provider partnership and the ability to ask questions and receive answers are essential for a positive healthcare experience.
    Legislation is needed to address the issues of patient autonomy and insurance company control in healthcare.
    Preventing postpartum depression is possible, and it is an important topic that needs more awareness and discussion.

    Helpful Links


    Pregnancy Your Way: Choose a Safe and Happy Birth https://amzn.to/4bSgMu1*https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBS8c5sS-vtPhCtwUdkThDQ
    LindemannMD.com
    RuralDocAlan.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rural-Doc-Alan-103268168146718
    Twitter : https://twitter.com/ruraldocalan
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruraldocalan/

    #pregnancy #pregnancytipsandadvice #pregnancyyourway


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    • 54 min
    372: Chatting about the Journey to Adoption with Lane Igoudin

    372: Chatting about the Journey to Adoption with Lane Igoudin

    Lane Igoudin discusses foster care adoption and adoption within the LGBTQ+ communities. Lane shares the story behind their book, 'A Family Maybe,' which details their experience adopting two children from the Los Angeles County foster care system. They explain their decision to choose foster care adoption and the different routes available to them. Lane also highlights the extensive certification process and requirements for foster parents. They discuss the emotional toll of the adoption process and the challenges of balancing work and parenting. Lane reads an excerpt from their book and emphasizes the importance of sharing adoption stories. They also address the exclusion of foster parents from court proceedings and the contradictions within the foster adoption process. Lane Good shares his experience of adopting children from the foster care system as a gay couple. He discusses the challenges they faced, including the role of personnel in the adoption process and the impact of personnel changes. Lane also highlights the importance of support groups and the need for a functioning adult to provide a stable home for children in foster care. He encourages listeners to consider adopting children from foster care and emphasizes the best interest of the child.

    Takeaways


    Foster care adoption provides an opportunity to give a home to children in need within the LGBTQ+ communities.
    The foster care adoption process involves extensive certification, screening, and parenting education courses for prospective foster parents.
    The emotional toll of the adoption process can be significant, and it is important to have support and resources.
    Sharing adoption stories helps raise awareness about the challenges and experiences of foster care adoption. Adopting children from the foster care system can be a daunting process, but it is important to remember that not every story is the same.
    Personnel changes in the adoption process can have a significant impact on the outcome, with some personnel being more supportive than others.
    The role of birth parents in the adoption process can be complex, and it is important to consider the best interest of the child.
    Support groups and a strong support network are crucial for adoptive parents, especially in navigating the challenges of the adoption process.


    Helpful Links


    Web: www.laneigoudin.com
    Facebook: lane.igoudin
    Instagram: @laneigoudin
    Grab A Family Maybe https://amzn.to/3wDNv6r
    Email laneigoudin@gmail.com




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    • 59 min
    371: Chatting about Rewriting Your Trauma with Duygu Balan

    371: Chatting about Rewriting Your Trauma with Duygu Balan

    In this episode of Chats in the Blog Cabin, Melissa Vera interviews Duygo Balin, a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment. They discuss the importance of addressing trauma, the challenges of working with trauma, and strategies for self-care. They also explore the definition of trauma and the impact of unspoken trauma on relationships. Duygo shares insights from her book, 'Rewrite the Trauma Workbook,' which combines creative writing exercises and mindfulness practices to aid in trauma recovery. They discuss the need to break generational curses and the importance of setting boundaries. The episode concludes with a discussion on preventing burnout in mental health clinicians.



    Helpful Links

    * Grab Re-Write: A Trauma Workbook of Creative Writing and Recovery in Our New Normal https://amzn.to/49BufoK

    *Link tree: https://linktr.ee/duygubalan

    *IG: @duygubalan

    *website: https://www.duygubalan.com


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

SassyCassie82 ,

Must Follow

Melissa is a wonderful host and interviewer! I was incredibly nervous about being her guest, but she was able to soothe my nerves and lead me through the conversation with great questions.

I have since listened to several other of her podcasts and was blown away by the quality of her show!

Chats from the Blog Cabin is a must follow. 🙌🏼

easylifetransition ,

A Podcast That Has It All

I have been in many podcasts as a guest! Heck I even tried my own! I have never met a host that was not only incredibly organized BUT creative and deeply thoughtful in her preparation as well as her questions. You are heard in this show through great questions and enough space to share your message! Thank you for being amazing!

Mxsandy12 ,

Great interview pod!

Powerful and fun!

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