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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We're not experts, we're moms who've been there. We're not perfect, we're real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We're not experts, we're moms who've been there. We're not perfect, we're real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

    The Messes Of Motherhood: Episode 272

    The Messes Of Motherhood: Episode 272

    The messes start even before the baby is born, and they don’t stop…they just change form as the years progress. In Episode 272 Meagan and Sarah look back at some of the most epic messes of our mothering years–from diaper blowouts to parking lot puke, glitter explosions to stinky wadded up socks, we’re getting gross today, all in the name of making you laugh and feel like you’re not alone (whatever mess you’re facing today!). Enjoy!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual



    Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THEMOMHOUR



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Native



    Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeo.com and use promo code MOMHOUR20 at checkout.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 272:

    Connect with other listeners in our Facebook group – full of helpful moms (please answer the questions when you request to join!)

    Email us at hello@themomhour.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    School Decisions For Fall 2020 (Part 2): Episode 271

    School Decisions For Fall 2020 (Part 2): Episode 271

    After listening to moms around the country share their feelings about schools re-opening (or not), Meagan and Sarah continue the discussion we started last week by looking at the challenges facing families this fall. We touch on the core drivers of school decision-making–academics, childcare, kids’ social-emotional health, and community health–and talk through the pros and cons of some of the likely learning scenarios on the table for kids. Just like last week, this is an inclusive conversation meant to bring encouragement and understanding, no matter where you are in your school decision for Fall 2020. Join us!



    We recommend listening to Episode 270 before diving into this one!



    This episode was recorded on July 17, 2020.



    A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities. We’re also working hard to bring you timely, relevant podcast episodes in a world that’s changing very quickly.



    Sponsor Spotlight: OSEA



    OSEA Malibu is the original plant-based, results-driven skincare line. OSEA puts your health and the health of our planet first with potent skin and bodycare solutions that are pure, safe and effective. Go to oseamalibu.com/themomhour for $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Newton Baby



    Newton Baby makes the only 100% breathable and washable crib mattress. With no foam, latex or adhesives, Newton is hypoallergenic, organic, and free of off-gassing. Help your baby get the best sleep ever with the #Breathe2Believe challenge and 100 nights to try it with free returns. For $50 off a Newton Crib Mattress PLUS free shipping use promo code THEMOMHOUR at NewtonBaby.com



    Sponsor Spotlight: DRMTLGY



    DRMTLGY focuses in on creating high-end skin care using the purest, safest, most clinically-proven active ingredients available. Mom Hour listeners get access to an exclusive kit, dermatologist recommended and clinically proven to prevent signs of aging. Go to themomhour.com/skincare to check out DRMTLGY’s special offer for our listeners



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 271:

    Be sure to check out last week’s episode School Decisions For Fall 2020 (Part 1)

    We mentioned Episode 261 from May: Judgment, Criticism & Mom-Shaming In The Time Of COVID-19

    Email us your feedback to hello@themomhour.com

    Listeners are connecting in fun ways in our Facebook group – full of helpful moms (please answer the questions when you request to join!)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    School Decisions For Fall 2020 (Part 1): Episode 270

    School Decisions For Fall 2020 (Part 1): Episode 270

    Virtual, on campus, hybrid, or homeschool? For many families, it isn’t even a choice; it’s whatever the local district decides. For some families, opting out, changing schools, waiting an extra year, or enrolling in an independent study program are options that are still on the table. For everyone, it’s an extraordinarily confusing, stressful, and uncertain time to be looking ahead at Fall 2020.



    With inclusion, empathy, and nonjudgment leading the way, Meagan and Sarah kick off a two-part series unpacking the challenges of sending kids to school this fall. We talk from personal experience about our “plans” (ha!) for our own kids, and we also bring you the voices of more than a dozen listeners who share what things are like in their communities. Join us!



    This episode was recorded on July 17, 2020.



    A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities. We’re also working hard to bring you timely, relevant podcast episodes in a world that’s changing very quickly.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish



    Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Hiya Health



    Hiya is a daily children’s vitamin that’s stronger, cleaner, and tastier — made from a blend of 12 farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and 15 essential vitamins and minerals known to help support a healthy immune system, energy levels, brain function, mood, teeth, bones, and more. For 50% OFF your first order go to hiyahealth.com/MOMHOUR or enter code MOMHOUR at checkout



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Sponsor Spotlight: OSEA



    OSEA Malibu is the original plant-based, results-driven skincare line. OSEA puts your health and the health of our planet first with potent skin and bodycare solutions that are pure, safe and effective. Go to oseamalibu.com/themomhour for $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 270:

    Email us your feedback to hello@themomhour.com. We love hearing from you!

    Listeners are connecting in fun ways in our Facebook group – full of helpful moms (please answer the questions when you request to join!)

    • 59 min
    Makeup & Mom Life: Episode 269

    Makeup & Mom Life: Episode 269

    Remember makeup? And going places? We miss it. Join Meagan and Sarah for a light and fun more-than-mom-ish conversation about how our makeup style has changed from our teen and young adult years through today, which looks and trends from the past make us cringe, some products and techniques we’re playing with lately, whether and how staying at home has changed our daily makeup approach, and more. Enjoy!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Newton Baby



    Newton Baby mattresses are the only 100% breathable and washable crib mattress. And with no foam, latex or adhesives, Newton is hypoallergenic, and free of off-gassing. With the perfect combo of cushy firmness and the right level of air circulation, babies get their best sleep ever. For $50 off a Newton Crib Mattress PLUS free shipping use promo code THEMOMHOUR at Newtonbaby.com



    Sponsor Spotlight: DRMTLGY



    DRMTLGY focuses in on creating high-end skin care using the purest, safest, most clinically-proven active ingredients available. Mom Hour listeners get access to an exclusive kit, dermatologist recommended and clinically proven to prevent signs of aging. Go to themomhour.com/skincare to check out DRMTLGY’s special offer for our listeners



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Partner Offer: Codeverse



    Codeverse provides computer coding and video game design lessons for ages 6-13 using their kid-friendly coding platform. You’ll get weekly 1:1 lessons with a guide, PLUS coding activities shipped to your house, access to a whole library of videos and tutorials, and full access to their kid-friendly coding platform. To get started with a free trial, and save $50 off your first month go to themomhour.com/codeverse, or use code themomhour-50 at checkout.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 269:

    If you like this topic, check out our Spotify playlist filled with light and fluffy More Than Mom topics!

    A few products we mentioned… (Target links are affiliates!)

    Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

    NUDESTIX line at Sephora (Sarah specifically owns this blush/bronzer in Naughty & Spice and Bondi Bae, this concealer, this lip glace, this two-sided brush applicator, and this eyebrow pencil)

    L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

    L’Oreal True Match pressed powder

    Coty Airspun Loose Powder

    Prescriptives *Magic Liquid Powder

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Supporting Kids’ Behavioral Health As The Pandemic Stretches On: Voices 50

    Supporting Kids’ Behavioral Health As The Pandemic Stretches On: Voices 50

    Regression. Clinginess. Tantrums. Bedtime battles. Mood struggles. We’re hearing from moms all over the world about the toll that 2020 is taking on children, from toddlers up through teens. We’ve had so many posts and questions in our Facebook group that for this month’s Voices interview we decided to bring back Dr. Erin Lanphier, a child psychologist, therapist in private practice, and university professor. Dr. Erin chats with Sarah about these and other struggles kids are having right now, how to know when it’s time to act versus cut your kid a little slack, and what options are available for parents who want to seek outside support for behavioral or mental health struggles. Join us for an incredibly helpful conversation.



    Partner Offer: Codeverse



    Codeverse provides computer coding and video game design lessons for ages 6-13 using their kid-friendly coding platform. You’ll get weekly 1:1 lessons with a guide, PLUS coding activities shipped to your house, access to a whole library of videos and tutorials, and full access to their kid-friendly coding platform. To get started with a free trial, and save $50 off your first month go to themomhour.com/codeverse, or use code themomhour-50 at checkout.



    Partner Offer: Fabletics



    Fabletics creates clothing that inspires you to stay active. Their on-trend designs are high in quality at prices you’ll feel good about. All leggings are 2 for $24 when you become a Fabletics VIP member! Head to themomhour.com/fab to get started with Fabletics with a special offer of two pairs of leggings for just $24.



    Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms



    Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.



    Partner Offer: Minted



    Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent. Use the promo code SHIPFREE when you check out at Minted.com (affiliate link) and you’ll get free shipping and free returns.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 50:

    Listen to Voices 42 with Dr. Erin Lanphier on Removing The Stigma Of Kids In Therapy

    Listeners are connecting in fun ways in our Facebook group – full of helpful moms (please answer the questions when you request to join!)

    • 50 min
    Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

    Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

    No matter what’s going on in the world around you, the people need to eat. In Episode 268 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah break down the process of feeding a family when you’re going through a major life transition (or, say, a global pandemic). We talk about why meal plans are even MORE crucial in chaotic times, how to get fruits and veggies into the kids even when you’re serving up convenience food more often than you’d like, and how to stick to your “food values” even as you let some of your standards slide for a season. Join us!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com



    Whether you need childcare because daycare is still closed or need help tackling a big outdoor project, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual



    Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THEMOMHOUR



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Native



    Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code MOMHOUR20 at checkout.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 268:

    We mentioned the two episodes we did at the beginning of the pandemic, A Week Of Real Life Dinners (COVID 19 Edition) and Freezer Meals, Pantry Staples & The New Reality Of Food Prep With Stacie Billis: Voices 47

    Sarah mentioned our episode Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us

    Meagan’s recipe for her Pork & Sweet Potato Hash

    Check out all of our episodes on the topic of feeding a family

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
978 Ratings

978 Ratings

Ohiogirlie74 ,

It’s all going to be okay!

I really love this podcast; Meagan and Sarah are so real and relatable and willing to talk about embarrassing stuff, hard stuff, fun stuff, tips, lessons, and all of it. I’m also a huge fan of “more than a mom” segments because we’re not ALL only concerned about getting our kids off to a great start, we also like to just talk/listen about girly stuff like how we decorate our patio, too!

mollyb18 ,

One of my favorite podcasts!

I have been a faithful listener for years and LOVE Meagan and Sarah’s wisdom and lack of judgement/panic. Their continued refrain of “it’s all going to be ok”, different perspectives, and practical tips have helped me in many situations. I look forward to every new episode and recommend this to all new (and more experienced!) moms!

Keepn-it-real ,

Thank you ladies

Love your podcast. Always makes me smile and packed with great tips.

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