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The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.

Crystal says, "My hope is that this podcast will serve as an inspiration to your week, a pause in your day to slow down and reflect a little, a looked-forward-to part of your weekly routine, a place where we can connect on a deeper level… and ultimately, my desire is that you come away from listening to each episode feeling motivated to bloom where you are planted and take intentional steps to move in the direction you are longing to go."

Crystal is a wife, mom of 3, speaker, author, and online entrepreneur, best known for founding MoneySavingMom.com as well as YourBloggingMentor.com.

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The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.

Crystal says, "My hope is that this podcast will serve as an inspiration to your week, a pause in your day to slow down and reflect a little, a looked-forward-to part of your weekly routine, a place where we can connect on a deeper level… and ultimately, my desire is that you come away from listening to each episode feeling motivated to bloom where you are planted and take intentional steps to move in the direction you are longing to go."

Crystal is a wife, mom of 3, speaker, author, and online entrepreneur, best known for founding MoneySavingMom.com as well as YourBloggingMentor.com.

    255. Answering your burning questions on marriage

    255. Answering your burning questions on marriage

    Join Jesse and I this week as we sit down together for a personal episode where we tackle some burning questions submitted by followers on Instagram and share some life updates. (Including a story about a recent travel mishap where we ended up locked out of our own house at 2 a.m.!!)
    We kick things off by discussing our recent trip to Kansas for Easter -- our first time to fly with all three younger kids in over a year. We went to a goat farm, connected with friends we hadn't seen in a long time, and got to spend a lot of wonderful time with family. We also talk about a book I'm reading aloud to the kids, a tea I'm loving, and a freebie we launched recently.
    And then we dive into your questions on marriage. We reflect on our marriage journey, sharing advice and revelations from over two decades together. We talk about daily flirting, how our lives have taken very different paths than we ever envisioned, how we've grown and learned to work together, whether Jesse has always been a nerd, who makes the meals, and much more. If you enjoy a peek behind-the-scenes of our life, you don't want to miss this fun episode!
    Also, don’t forget to check out my newly launched 10 Weeks to a More Organized Home resource! (And use code PODCAST to save!!)
    In This Episode[0:35] - Jesse and I are excited for a lighthearted episode answering Instagram followers' marriage-related questions!
    [1:55] - All the details on our recent trip to Kansas, including how our three younger kids did on the trip.
    [5:40] - How we ended up locked out of the house at 2 a.m.!
    [8:09] - A listener responding to our 1900s episode shared about having a car phone in the 1990s for safety concerns.
    [9:29] - I have been enjoying Lemon Loaf Tea from TAZO, despite not typically liking lemon tea.
    [10:26] - The little kids are loving Farmer Boy a book from the Little House series.
    [13:25] - Before we dive into the questions, check out our free Simplified Home Checklists on our website!
    [15:13] - Jesse and I have been married for twenty-two years in January.
    [15:54] - Flirt daily; it's amazing how something so simple keeps the connection strong.
    [17:33] - The hardest (but most important words!) to say in a marriage.
    [23:55] - Who does the cooking at our house?
    [24:52] - How nerdy was Jesse when we met?
    [27:07] - How did we know how big we wanted our family to be?
    [29:49] - In 21 years, we've cultivated an intuitive bond, anticipating each other's needs and openly addressing frustrations to improve our communication
    [32:11] - Approach situations from a place of love, not opposition, with each other's best interests at heart.
    [32:56] - When overwhelmed, I confide in Jesse, who offers support or a listening ear; gratitude and encouragement nurture our bond.
    Links & Resources
    Crystal Paine250.What it was like living in the 1900’s :)TAZO Glazed Lemon Loaf Herbal Tea Bags for Health and WellnessSimplified Home ChecklistsBooks
    Farmer Boy: Little House, Book 2 by Laura Ingalls WilderLittle House on the Prairie (book series) by Laura Ingalls WilderSocial Media
    Crystal Paine on InstagramCrystal Paine on GoodreadsMoney Saving MomMoney Saving Mom on FacebookMoney Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook groupcrystal@moneysavingmom.com

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    • 38 min
    254. Kaitlynn's trip to Singapore and Indonesia

    254. Kaitlynn's trip to Singapore and Indonesia

    This week's podcast guest is Kaitlynn (my 16-year-old!) who is here to discuss the details of her unforgettable trip to Singapore and Indonesia! Join us as Kaitlynn shares exclusive insights into her trip, talks about why she chose to go on this trip, and all the highlights (and a few lowlights) of the experience. 
    The trip started out rocky with a delayed flight that caused their group to miss their a 17.5-hour flight to Singapore and end up stranded in San Francisco at 2 am in the morning! Kaitlynn recounts some of the things she felt and learned and some unexpected fun in the midst -- including impromptu volleyball games in airport terminals! She also shares how the unexpected adventures brought more camaraderie.
    In Indonesia, they spent time in a remote fishing village helping build a retaining wall, in addition to a Survivor Challenge and a hike in the jungle. In Singapore, they got to enjoy the bustling city life and vibrant culture while exploring the city. Some of her favorites from her time there were the rooftop restaurant and iconic landmarks like Marina Bay Sands and the electronic Supertrees.
    We close out the episode with Kaitlynn reflecting on the lessons learned and the lasting friendships forged. 
    In This Episode[0:35] - Kaitlynn joins us talk about her trips to Indonesia and Singapore!
    [2:49] - Tight layovers, flight delays, and being unexpectedly stuck in San Fransisco.
    [8:48] - Indonesia and Singapore were stark contracts to each other.
    [10:26] - What their accommodations were like, helping at the village, and the intense heat and humidity.
    [18:25] - An exciting jungle hike, including a waterfall, an ankle sprain, monkeys, and heat exhaustion.
    [20:52] - Singapore was a whole different, modern world.
    [26:56] - Chinatown and Starbucks where she had an excellent chai.
    [29:42] - Kaitlynn reflects on the trip and highlights stark financial contrasts between Singapore and remote villages
    [33:27] - Despite challenges, Kaitlynn embraced Philippians' message: refrain from complaining and foster faith and gratitude.
    [35:55] - I am excited to announce 10 Weeks to a More Organized Home, a step-by-step guide to help you clear out the clutter and get more organization in your home and lives! Use the code PODCAST for a special deal!
    Links & ResourcesCrystal Paine10 Weeks to a More Organized HomeSocial MediaCrystal Paine on InstagramCrystal Paine on GoodreadsMoney Saving MomMoney Saving Mom on FacebookMoney Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook groupcrystal@moneysavingmom.com

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    • 38 min
    253. How to Build Belonging in a World of Loneliness (with Chris and Julie Bennett)

    253. How to Build Belonging in a World of Loneliness (with Chris and Julie Bennett)

    There were tears and there was laughter on this episode of the podcast, because we talked about the vulnerable (and sometimes difficult!) topic of belonging. And my guests were Chris and Julie Bennett, the authors of Fighting for Family: The Relentless Pursuit of Building Belonging.
    As the title of their book would suggest, Chris and Julie are passionate about relationships and community. In the conversation, they share about how family isn't just the people who you are related to, it can also be people who become like family because of your deep friendship. 
    The Bennetts share their story of a very crazy and chaotic season in their lives -- uprooting their lives to move to Los Angeles without a clear plan, not being able to find housing, moving again and again, while facing the completely unexpected diagnosis of stage three breast cancer for Julie.
    They share how hard it was, but also how good it was. How God used this space where they felt like they had nothing to offer and were so needy to teach them powerful lessons about belonging. 
    In this episode, they share some of what they have learned and provide encouragement for anyone who is feeling lonely or like they are an outsider.
    If you're craving deeper connections, longing for a sense of belonging, or simply seeking inspiration to navigate life's challenges with grace and resilience, this episode is for you. I think you will be so blessed by this heartfelt conversation!
    In This Episode
    [0:35] - I am interviewing Chris and Julie Bennett, authors of the book Fighting for Family.
    [1:50] - Chris reveals how the book came to be.
    [3:21] - Julie points out how life's challenges turned her adventurous family into brave survivors, battling homelessness and cancer together.
    [5:49] - Their faith was deepened amidst chaos, reshaping their understanding of belonging.
    [8:49] - How did Julie and Chris navigate the immense risk and uncertainty, especially with children involved?
    [15:43] - Julie, despite hesitations, joined a diverse group of fourteen women and these women ended up serving as a lifeline for her.
    [19:35] - Belonging involves both giving and taking risks.
    [24:05] - Fostering genuine connections requires vulnerability without hidden agendas, creating space for authentic sharing.
    [27:00] - Chris reasons that Jesus exemplified love and belonging, prioritizing the marginalized and modeling inclusiveness.
    [29:39] - It's okay to feel lonely, even with loved ones. Keep fighting; there's hope ahead.
    [31:51] - And stay tuned at the end for an exciting announcement of a project I've been working on for a number of months that I'm finally launching this week! I announce that I am launching "10 Weeks to a More Organized Home," with daily tasks for decluttering.
    Links & ResourcesCrystal Paine10 Weeks to a More Organized HomeChris and Julie's podcastBooksFighting for Family: The Relentless Pursuit of Building Belonging by Chris & Julie BennettBowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. PutnamSocial MediaCrystal Paine on InstagramCrystal Paine on GoodreadsMoney Saving MomMoney Saving Mom on FacebookMoney Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook groupcrystal@moneysavingmom.com

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    • 34 min
    252. Silas and Jesse share about their trip to DC

    252. Silas and Jesse share about their trip to DC

    Silas makes his formal debut on the podcast this week by joining Jesse and me to share about their trip to DC. He's joined in on a few podcasts in the past when he was much younger and didn't say much, so I'm excited for you to get to hear more from him now that he's older and less scared of the microphone. :)
    Jesse and Silas recount the adventures they had on the 8th grade school trip, including flying Southwest (and winning some vouchers), Arlington, the Holocaust Museum, the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon, Museum of the Bible, the Capitol, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg, the White House Visitor's Center, and more!
    You'll enjoy hearing both of their perspectives on it, what they learned, what was disappointing and surprising, and places they want to return to. They shared some stories and insights I hadn't yet heard from their trip, so it was really fun for me to sit back and listen -- I hope you enjoy it as much we did recording it!
    In This Episode[0:35] - Silas and Jesse are here to recount their recent trip to Washington D.C.!
    [2:19] - Jesse admits that this trip was better than Kathrynne's eighth-grade trip because they flew this time.
    [3:18] - Silas won two $50 gift vouchers on the trip!
    [4:49] - Jesse highlights getting to know the teens in Silas's class better and visiting Arlington.
    [5:59] - Silas reflects on gaining insights from classmates and highlighted visiting the Museum of the Bible and the Holocaust Museum.
    [6:58] - Jesse found it unexpected and intriguing to meet someone who was in the Pentagon during the attack.
    [7:43] - Hear Silas go into more detail about the visit to the Holocaust museum and Museum of the Bible, finding the transition from heavy to light.
    [11:35] - I mention the personalized experience at the Holocaust Museum and compare it to a memorial in Israel.
    [13:20] - Visiting the Capitol and the White House Visitor's Center.

    [16:42] - Was there anything that was disappointing or surprising about the trip?

    [20:11] - Silas wants to go back to D.C. but with the whole family.
    [21:26] - Jesse found their visit to Mount Vernon intriguing, describing it as a living history experience.

    [25:13] - I share some exciting news: I am launching the Simplified Home Checklist, offering daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly tasks for organizing!
    Links & ResourcesFREE Simplified Home ChecklistsCrystal PaineSocial MediaCrystal Paine on InstagramCrystal Paine on GoodreadsMoney Saving MomMoney Saving Mom on FacebookMoney Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook groupcrystal@moneysavingmom.com

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    • 28 min
    251. Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality (with Emily Morrow)

    251. Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality (with Emily Morrow)

    I’m guessing many of you have seen the funny crunchy video comedy clips from Really Very Crunchy on Instagram or TikTok or YouTube. Emily and Jason Morrow are the talented writers, producers, and actors for these and I got the privilege of interviewing Emily in-studio recently about her brand-new book, Really Very Crunchy: A Beginner’s Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality.
    As my word for the year is health, I’ve especially loved Emily’s videos and her book. She makes me laugh, she makes me think, she teaches me a lot of things I never knew about (and then need to go Google for more information!), and she does it all in a very gracious and kind way.
    In this episode of the podcast, Emily shares some really humorous stories (including why she got a pedicure and then took off the polish before coming to my house for the interview!) as well as very practical advice on how to live a more health-conscious lifestyle without breaking the bank. We talk about a lot of practices you can implement that are free and easy + she shares her best tips for eating healthy on a budget (they were so good and inspiring!).
    Emily’s refreshing approach to the crunchy lifestyle, filled with self-deprecating humor, makes it accessible to everyone, regardless of their current choices. (She reminds us often that “crunchy is a spectrum” and it’s not worth losing relationships over crazy crunchy rules you’ve concocted.
    We also touch on the challenges of balancing a crunchy lifestyle with real-world situations and she shared a recent situation she navigated at a family dinner. Emily encourages a mindful and compassionate approach, reminding us that we can have strong convictions without belittling, condemning, or ostracizing others.
    The conversation also extends beyond dietary choices, as we also talk about the interconnectedness of mental and physical health. Emily’s perspective on stress and the importance of a balanced approach to health is so important for all of us to hear and remember.
    In This Episode
    [0:35] – My guest today is Emily Morrow, author of Really Very Crunchy.
    [3:16] – Emily shares a bit of her journey and how they started posting videos without telling family or friends — and how crazy it was for these videos to end up going viral like they did.
    [7:49] – Crunchy encompasses various lifestyles, from barefoot moms to outdoor enthusiasts, forming a diverse spectrum.
    [9:52] – Emily encourages making healthier choices without significant sacrifices, emphasizing practical steps like avoiding single-use items.
    [12:46] – Exposure to artificial light, especially from phones with blue light, disrupts sleep-inducing hormones.
    [15:23] – Starting the day by avoiding potentially negative or distressing content on your phone helps center and set a positive tone.
    [17:19] – How to have simplicity and sustainability in grocery shopping, minimizing plastic use.
    [25:02] – Acknowledging her mom’s kindness in hosting, Emily chooses not to critique her cooking choices.
    [30:04] – Stress, a top killer, shows us the importance of balance; even health pursuits shouldn’t compromise mental well-being.
    [31:36] – Facing financial strain, Emily embraced a crunchy lifestyle, prioritizing simple, whole foods for a healthier living.
    [33:26] – Choosing organic doesn’t have to be as expensive as many people make it; making your own food from simple ingredients offers affordability and health.
    Links & ResourcesCrystal PaineBooksReally Very Crunchy: A Beginner’s Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality by Emily MorrowReally Very Crunchy on InstagramReally Very Crunchy on YouTubeReally Very Crunchy on TikTokSocial MediaCrystal Paine on InstagramCrystal Paine on TwitterCrystal Paine on GoodreadsMoney Saving MomMoney Saving Mom on FacebookMoney Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook groupcrystal@moneysavingmom.com

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    • 37 min
    250. What it was like living in the 1900's :)

    250. What it was like living in the 1900's :)

    Today's episode is a fun departure from our recent more serious topics. Join me and Jesse as we take a lighthearted stroll down memory lane, exploring the quirks and charms of growing up in the 1900's. Okay, so we were born in 1980 and 1981 to be exact, but it was still the 1900's and so much has changed since then!
    Born before the millennium? Get ready for a nostalgia-packed ride! The inspiration for today's episode comes from a meme about being from the 1900's that sparked a flood of childhood memories in our Instagram community. Join us as we reminisce about record players, cassette tapes, and the evolution of technology. From bag phones to the original Netflix to the joys of free AOL discs, we've got it all covered. If you remember playing Oregon Trail or had a station wagon with a seat that faced backwards or had a house with wood paneling, hopefully this episode will remind you of the "good 'ole days"! :)
    Also, remember that we have launched a new product - 10 Weeks of Money-Saving Menus. If menu-planning feels tedious and time-consuming, we've got your back! This resource has 60 budget-friendly recipes, complete with ready-made grocery lists! Plus, try a free one-week sample menu and don't forget to use the code PODCAST to get the entire 10-week plan for just $9!!!
    In This Episode[0:35] - Today's episode takes a lighthearted look at the nostalgia of being born in the 1900's.
    [2:31] - After being pregnant and/or nursing for four and a half years, it's so weird to not be either! And I kind of forgot how to eat for just one person! :)
    [5:23] - Jesse highlights Kaitlynn's unexpected layover in San Francisco due to flight delays.
    [7:25] - I discuss upcoming trips, including Kaitlynn's 11-day adventure and Jesse's chaperoning role for Silas's DC trip.
    [10:39] - I am currently reading Susan Meissner's Only the Beautiful which explores societal stigmas and hidden historical realities.
    [14:04] - Exciting news! Our new product, 10 Weeks of Money-Saving Menus, simplifies dinner planning! And I've got a coupon code for you!
    [16:07] - Today's episode is sparked by a meme and dives into nostalgia, childhood memories, and technological evolution.
    [18:26] - I reminisce about things like our basement record player, Walkman gardening, and more.
    [20:31] - In a recent conversation with Silas, I realized I don't know my kids' phone numbers.
    [23:10] - Jesse recalls law practices naming their offices something that would get more attention in the phonebook.
    [24:38] - I get schooled on bag phones and we talk about our first phones.
    [29:37] - Have we changed the way we parent and interact with people because of cell phones?
    [32:31] - Metal slides and Merry-Go-Rounds!
    [35:51] - We reminisce about free internet courtesy of AOL discs.
    [38:00] - Cassette players, CD players, iPods, and planning our wedding on a PalmPilot.
    Links & ResourcesCrystal PaineSample one-week menu plan of 10 Weeks of Money-Saving MenusBooksOnly the Beautiful by Susan MeissnerSocial MediaCrystal Paine on InstagramCrystal Paine on XCrystal Paine on GoodreadsMoney Saving MomMoney Saving Mom on FacebookMoney Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook groupcrystal@moneysavingmom.com


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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
480 Ratings

480 Ratings

Dangersgma ,

Episode 230

I loved the episode on Just saying no. There are definitely things in my life that I need to give up. I’m going to try the method that she talked about. I get so many good ideas and tools from this podcast.

CiaDia70 ,

Great encouragement and practical wisdom

Crystal’s podcasts leave me feeling encouraged, and I also often learn new things as well. I also often get new book recommendations from either Crystal or her guests.

I appreciate that she is down to earth, sharing her mistakes and learning experiences, and that she points us to God in everything. She’s like the big sister I didn’t have (even though she’s younger than me, lol.)

MommaCha ,

Inspiring and practical

This podcast truly has it all. It will lift you up as a mother or caretaker, give you incredibly practical takeaways, make you giggle, and confidence knowing everything comes from a sound Biblical background. Crystal and her family are wonderful role models.

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