205 episodes

Motherhood is a Journey! Michelle Jerson, the "Passport Mommy" joins you on your greatest adventure! Each week she chats with experts in the fields of parenting, health, recreation, education, finance and travel. Enjoy engaging conversations that will keep you laughing and learning!

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Motherhood is a Journey! Michelle Jerson, the "Passport Mommy" joins you on your greatest adventure! Each week she chats with experts in the fields of parenting, health, recreation, education, finance and travel. Enjoy engaging conversations that will keep you laughing and learning!

    Wonderland Dreams NYC; Caring For Your Dog; Renowned Hypnotist Helps Make It A "Damp January"

    Wonderland Dreams NYC; Caring For Your Dog; Renowned Hypnotist Helps Make It A "Damp January"

    Michelle talks with Alexa Meade, the artist behind "Wonderland Dreams" in NYC. Her immersersive art exhibit brings to life the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Fall down the rabbit hole into a world of secret rose gardens, mad tea parties, in a living gallery that puts you inside the artwork. Here about Alexa's background, what she was doing before becoming an artist and her many talents and how she's worked with well known companies around the world.

    Are you a dog owner? Rachel Bellis, PETA’s Associate Director of Local Affairs, discusses why the best way to housetrain a puppy is through consistency and compassion, with regular outings throughout the day and praise for “going” outside. She talks about the best ways to give a dog a happy, healthy life is by spending quality time with them, and providing plenty of exercise, interactive toys, companionship, listen to and respect who they are, and make sure their home is a safe place, with fragile and toxic items kept out of reach.

    Georgia Foster talks to Michelle about Dry January. However, instead of putting so much pressure on oneself to make it a dry January, she prefers a damp January. Georgia is a world-renowned Clinical Hypnotherapist. Georgia is known as the ‘Go To’ expert regarding the human psyche when it comes to all things related to food or alcohol. Georgia has written many books and developed a number of self-help programs about self-esteem, anxiety, emotional overeating and drinking.

    Her book titled, “Drink Less in 7 Days" is a best-seller and has helped thousands of people from all corners of the globe. Georgia has been featured regularly in media outlets such as: Good Housekeeping, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Body+Soul, Psychology Magazine, The Daily Mail and more. Her unique and highly successful approach helps people achieve their goals of cutting back, but not entirely eliminating alcohol consumption. It is Georgia's education in how the human brain and psyche work that has enabled her to teach people how to successfully train their minds to live healthier lives.

    • 38 min
    The American Birkebeiner is Back! Winter Beauty Tips; Joe Hart's "Take Command;" AI for Cardiovascular Disease

    The American Birkebeiner is Back! Winter Beauty Tips; Joe Hart's "Take Command;" AI for Cardiovascular Disease

    The American Birkebeiner (Birkie) is an annual cross-country ski marathon located in Hayward, Wisconsin that people from all over the country participate in. The Birkie is made up of several events in addition to the 51K and 55K Birkie marathon races and the 24K Kortelopet race (the second largest ski race in North America). It spans 50 kilometers from Cable, WI to Hayward, WI for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers. In 2020, skiers from 49 States and 27 countries participated.

    This year, the Birkie will take place the week of February 22 – 26, 2023. In addition to the annual Birkie event, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation provides year-round, healthy, active lifestyle events for thousands of adventurous spirits of all ages and abilities. Ben Popp is with Michelle to talk all about it!

    Winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Between all the chapped and cracked skin, and frizzy or damaged hair, this is the time of year to pay extra attention to self-care and beauty routines. Beauty & Fashion Expert, Emily L. Foley is here with a few tips to help us look and feel our best during the colder months.

    Joe Hart is the President and CEO at Dale Carnegie Training, the most experienced training organization in the world, celebrating 110 years since its founding with operations in over 75 countries and having provided training to tens of millions of people globally. Hart regularly has his writings appear on Newsweek, HR.com, and Rolling Stone, a popular speaker, and co-author of the upcoming book, “TAKE COMMAND: Find your INNER STRENGTH, BUILD ENDURING RELATIONSHIPS, and LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT” released January 10th, 2023 with Simon and Schuster. The book is inspired by the iconic best seller “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and named after the Top 50 ranked Leadership and Management Podcast Joe hosts, “Take Command: A Dale Carnegie Podcast,” which has included guests ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to Hall of Fame athletes and fast growing company CEOs. Joe talks to Michelle about how to take command of your own life.

    Cardiologists at Northwestern Medicine are using AI to identify patients with advanced heart failure who require specialized care, including those who might need ventricular assistance devices or transplant. Heart failure is a common, costly condition affecting over 6 million U.S. adults. That’s about 1 in 250 people. When a patient reaches advanced heart failure, medications no longer work. That’s why it’s vital to catch the problem early.The Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute oversees an expansive research and clinical AI program targeting cardiovascular diseases.

    Dr. Faraz Ahmad is a cardiologist and associalte director of Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institiue's Center for Artificial Intelligence. He talks to Michelle about what Northwestern Medicine is doing to help patients.

    • 38 min
    Should Kids Make New Year's Resolutions? Visit Bryant Park in NYC; Pelvic Floor Health; The Story Of Humanity

    Should Kids Make New Year's Resolutions? Visit Bryant Park in NYC; Pelvic Floor Health; The Story Of Humanity

    Dr. Ryan Loss is the executive director for Connecticut Behavioral Health. He talks with Michelle about whether or not kids should make New Years resolutions. Also, the importance that as parents we not put too much pressure on ourselves to make big changes. What do we need to do to be the best parents we can for our children?

    John Zeitoun is the Partnerships and Events Manager at Bryant Park Corporation / 34th Street Partnership. He is strategic marketing and communications professional with over 9 years of experience. He chats with Michelle about all that is happening this season at Bryant Park in the middle of New York City. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park has activities for the entire family!

    Ms. Harm-Ernandes has been a physical therapist for over 38 years and began specializing in Women’s Health over 26 years ago. Heather Florio is the second-generation owner of Desert Harvest and has been an integral part of its operations since 1993. They join Michelle to talk about the importance of pelvic health. Whether you are young or old, pregnant or postpartum, pelvic physical therapy can be a great addition for any woman.

    In the far future, alien scholars from a nearby galaxy discover Earth: a beautiful planet with the ruins and records of an ancient, global civilization. What would they say about humanity? What might they see influenced this ape from the very beginning, and thereby set the trajectory of their history? What would a post-mortem examination reveal about the causes of their demise? In his revealing new book, The Story of Humanity: Ecology & Consequence, scholar Ishi Nobu uses this objective viewpoint to frame his natural history of humanity.

    • 38 min
    AKC National Championships; Staying Warm with Vegan Clothing Options; Increasing Prescription Drug Costs

    AKC National Championships; Staying Warm with Vegan Clothing Options; Increasing Prescription Drug Costs

    Whether your New Year’s Day is filled with sleeping in, listening to “Auld Lang Syne” or preparing pork and sauerkraut, there’s another tradition you may not want to miss this year: the 2022 American Kennel Club (AKC) National Championship broadcast. The event is taking place December 17-18 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center and will be broadcast on Jan. 1 on ABC at 2PM ET. Extensive live coverage on AKC.tv will be available starting Dec. 13.

    Today, more shoppers than ever are concerned about animal welfare and the environment, with a reported 73% of Gen Z considering themselves animal rights activists. PETA's investigations show the mistreatments of animals for wool and cashmere. Ashley Byrne is the Director of Outreach for Peta and talks about beautiful vegan clothing options.

    Michelle took a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania with her family for winter break. She talks with Quinn Bryner, the head of PR for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts from the destination. They chat all about the fun things to do in Hershey, including the amusement park, fabulous restaurants, the Hershey hotels and spas, Zoo America, The Hershey Story, and more. Hear what's in store for 2023!

    One thing most Americans can agree on is that the cost of prescription drugs has become too high. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly a third of consumers are unable to take medication as prescribed due to cost. Non-adherence leads to preventable hospitalizations, preventable deaths and amounts to 16%, or $500 billion, of the entire U.S. healthcare spend every year. In an effort to address this systemic problem, TranspareRx has launched the Cuverd app and website to finally bring price transparency and savings to all Americans, including both insured and uninsured people. Through its proprietary technology, Cuverd takes the mystery out of determining the lowest purchase price per medication for each unique patient.

    • 37 min
    Climb - the Documentary; Human Trafficking; Mental Health First Aid; Goodwill and the Job Market

    Climb - the Documentary; Human Trafficking; Mental Health First Aid; Goodwill and the Job Market

    During the holidays, we’re all looking for that feeling of hope and inspiration. Enter Climb - a heartwarming documentary about a triathlete’s inspirational journey back from a near-death accident. Neil Myers is an amateur triathlete – sometimes competing in individual triathlons (where he completes all three - swim, bike and running portions), and sometimes as part of a relay team as their cyclist. Four years ago, at the age of 61, Neil and his relay team had just won the biggest race of their life, the NYC Triathlon. Four weeks later - he was fighting for his life in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital ICU. Neil joins Michelle to share his story and his new documentary.

    Human trafficking is a serious and complex problem that affects millions across the globe, including right here in the United States. For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign has been committed to increasing awareness on the issue to combat and ultimately end human trafficking. Brandi Bynum, DHS Blue Campaign Program Manager, talks about the prevalence of human trafficking in the U.S. and how to recognize and report suspected trafficking.

    • 38 min
    How to Avoid Counterfeit Products; Skyscanner's Trends; Camelback Resort and Indoor Waterpark; Stress Levels and Our Gut Health

    How to Avoid Counterfeit Products; Skyscanner's Trends; Camelback Resort and Indoor Waterpark; Stress Levels and Our Gut Health

    Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property/Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office and Paul DelPonte, Executive Director of National Crime Prevention Council, join Michelle to talk about how to shop safely this holiday season.

    The holiday hustle and bustle are in full swing as shoppers search for this year’s best steals and deals. The good news, discounts are expected to hit record highs for popular categories such as electronics, computers, and toys according to Adobe’s online-shopping forecast.

    However, scammers are looking to take advantage of American consumers as fears of a looming recession increase, and people tighten their purse strings leading up to the Holidays. These criminals are on the prowl both online and off looking to entice consumers with even lower-cost price tags attached to dangerous counterfeit products.

    According to a new study by Skyscanner, Savvy US travelers have taken pride in being adventurous at heart with more than 3/4s saying they consider themselves spontaneous.
    Laura Lindsey joins Michelle to talk about this and other travel trends.

    Molly Coneybeer is Camelback Resort’s director of marketing and she joins Michelle to talk about this really fun family property in the Poconos. Ski season is here and they have a lot planned for the winter when it comes to ski and winter activities. Camelback is a great family destination with an indoor waterpark, Aquatopia, and arcade.

    Research shows there is a strong two-way connection between the gut and the brain. Psychological factors can affect a person’s gut health, and a person’s gut symptoms or condition can also affect their psychological health and well-being. This can spell trouble during the holidays because sugary treats, fatty dishes and excessive alcohol are in abundance and can cause digestive trouble, making a person miserable. Katherine Tomasino, PhD, is the co-director of the Behavioral Medicine for Digestive Health Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and talks with Michelle about the brain gut connection.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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I’m here for it

I’m not a mother but I still find this podcast interesting. I love the guests and I’ve learned a lot of great information!

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StrongerlikeInc Episode

I love the fresh young perspective on starting a business and building a family! I loved the positivity in her voice and it tied so well with the passport mommy brand!! Looking forward to hearing more🤩

Stronger_Like_Stephanie ,

My favorite podcast!

I was so honored to not only be invited as a guest on Michelle’s incredible show, but to partner up with such an incredibly knowledgeable and seasoned broadcaster. Thank you for a wonderful experience as a guest on your show, Michelle; but also for being such a fabulous partner, and for supporting other women in their own journeys as mothers and in business!

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