The Mama Needs Podcast is just for Mamas by Jenn Collins, founder + Chief Self-Care Officer of Mama Needs Subscription Box. You'll hear an inspiring and encouraging interview between Jenn and a fellow Mama. We're in this together! You matter, Mama.
Episode 076: The Queen of Mom Hacks with Shannon Doherty
I am SO happy to be back this week with a NEW episode! I’m so excited for you to meet Shannon Doherty!
She is a wife, Mama of 4 kids who lives in Connecticut and I am dubbing her as the Mom Hack Queen! You guys, she makes the best, short and simple videos sharing Mom hacks, recipes and easy craft ideas for you and your kids!
She started this during the pandemic as a way to create community and give her family something to do and it has absolutely exploded - so much in fact that she now has just under 1 Million followers on TikTok.
I loved chatting with her - she’s so much fun and I love the heart behind what she does. I know you’ll enjoy her and want to follow along too so you can learn these amazing hacks! Enjoy my conversation with Shannon!
YouTube: At Home with Shannon
Episode 075: When You Can't Smile with Ashley Carbonatto
Hey Mamas, before we get really into this episode with my guest Ashley, I wanted to say a few things. First, this episode is titled “When You Can’t Smile” because we are going to be discussing postpartum anxiety and depression. The goal of this episode is to help other Mamas know that you’re not alone if you struggle with your mental health. I sincerely hope and pray that through hearing mine and Ashley’s stories, it will help get you to a place where you can smile.
This episode could be triggering for anyone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, especially postpartum. If this is hard for you to listen to, please give yourself the freedom to turn it off or listen to it another time. But if you are struggling here with these issues and you’re looking for encouragement and other moms to say “me too I struggle with this too” then you’re in the right place.
Second, I am not a doctor, counselor or mental health professional and neither is my guest. Please please please speak to a professional about anything related to your mental health. As you will hear in our stories, once we spoke with our doctors, we realized just how common this is and how many people struggle who don’t talk about it.
Third, please share this episode with your mom friends and then discuss it with them! I am a huge advocate of normalizing postpartum depression and anxiety and taking medication to help if necessary. Find someone you trust who is a safe place and start a conversation. You never know what is actually going on with someone until you’re both vulnerable.
Alright, now that I’ve introduced our topic, let me introduce our guest! Ashley Carbonatto is a domestically underachieving mom-of-three who juggles all the things. She's a gatherer of people, a welcomer to the outsider, a storyteller to the tired, and an entertainer to the downcast. After leaving a successful career, she re-discovered her voice and renewed purpose in motherhood, but in her own unconventional way. You need homemade frosting? She's not the one you call. But you need a good story and honest reflection? Ashley's your woman. She lives in Washington state with her husband & three minions, and always has a drink in the fridge for anyone who stops by. Enjoy my conversation with Ashley.
“More Than a Mom” book
Book she mentions: “To Hell with the Hustle” by Jefferson Bethke
Episode 074: Planning the Moments that Make us Smile with Allison Carter
Welcome back Mamas! It’s a new month and and we are talking about a brand new topic here on The Mama Needs Podcast. As you know, we’re at the 1 year mark since COVID made our world shut down. Wearing masks used to be illegal and strange; now it is the norm for the foreseeable future. And although we know masks are vital and now part of our life, they hide something far more important; your beautiful face and smile. And we miss it.
Our April Mama Needs to Smile box will be a box full of products and inspiration to keep you grinning from ear to ear.
This box is for sale between March 1 – 31 and will ship on April 4! And here’s the BEST news: listen in to this episode to get a coupon code for free shipping on this box!
My guest today is Allison Carter! Allison is a Seattle mom of two and believes that every occasion, big or small, deserves to be celebrated. As the founder and CEO of Allison Carter Celebrates, she helps make busy mom’s lives easier and way more fun, especially when it comes to celebrating special occasions and holidays. Her Memories in Moments podcast has served thousands of families around the world, helping them turn up the volume on life’s little moments to create beautiful, lasting memories. Her monthly subscription box, Memories in Moments: Unwrapped, brings the celebration straight to your door with holiday themed crafts and activities planned, prepped and done for you. Allison and her business has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, Buzzfeed, Real Simple, and more!
https://allisoncartercelebrates.com/podcast: https://allisoncartercelebrates.com/memories-in-moments-podcastboxes: https://allisoncartercelebrates.com/unwrapped-subscribeinstagram: https://www.instagram.com/allisoncartercelebrates/
Episode 073: From Coffee-Lover to Book Author with Rachel Cabalse
Welcome back Mamas! It’s a new month and you know what that means! We are talking about a brand new topic here on The Mama Needs Podcast. And it’s for sure one of my favorites! It’s COFFEE time! That’s right! We do a coffee-themed box every year and it’s finally here! Whether you take it black, blonde, non-dairy, sweet, non-sweet: Mama Needs Coffee! As Mamas, it can be a necessity to help compensate for those late night feedings or early morning wake-ups with kids piled up in your bed.
So, we have created a box for March that is all of those things and more. A box full of that amazing aroma of coffee plus other coffee-related products to provide that comfort, warmth and happiness you need! This box is a coffee-lover’s dream!
Our March “coffee” box is for sale between February 1 – 28 and will ship on March 4! And here’s the BEST news: listen to this episode to find out how to get FREE SHIPPING on this box!
To start us off on this glorious coffee theme, today I am interviewing my new friend Rachel Cabalse! Rachel lives in San Jose, California with her 2 kids and husband + a new puppy! Rachel reached out to me on instagram months ago to tell me about her new children’s book called “This Mommy Needs Some Coffee”. She sent me a copy and I absolutely ADORE this book! You will hear all about how Rachel wrote this book in 2020 during quarantine - that’s right you guys, she published a book in 2020. With her kids and her actual life as her inspiration, it was the spark to ignite the light for a new dream to be born. “This Mommy Needs Some Coffee” depicts the struggles of parenting, the beauty of everyday life, and the love of coffee all wrapped into an endearing picture book that littles will actually enjoy as much as their parents!
Website: http://www.Mommyneedscoffeebook.comInstagram: instagram.com/ThisMommyNeedsSomeCoffeeFacebook: facebook.com/ThisMommyNeedsSomeCoffee
Episode 072: Girls Talking Life with Yohonna Smith
Hey there! Welcome back to the Mama Needs Podcast!Today we are continuing in our series called “Mama Needs Friendship” to go along with our February box theme! All of January we’re doing a BOGO deal where if you buy a box, you can get 15% off another box for yourself or for a friend! Some of the products inside our February box are meant to be experienced with your gal pal - either safely in person or even or Zoom or FaceTime! All you need to do is go to mamaneedsbox.com, purchase a box and then forward your receipt to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll email you back with a coupon code and then you can grab a second box at 15% off to unbox with your bestie! How fun is that??So, let’s keep talking more about friendship! Today I am interviewing Yohonna Smith, who is the creator and host of the Girls Talking Life podcast. On each episode of her podcast, she brings you a girl and her story, plus some fun favorites. She hopes that by listening you'll be inspired to initiate change, to be intentional, to cultivate community and to love others well.Yohonna lives in central Ohio, along with her husband, two daughters and one bad dog. There she spends her days in the details of family life, trying to find the balance between fun mom and responsible mom. She continuously struggles to find enough time in the day, to be brave enough to take action on the hard things, and to love Jesus more.We had such a great conversation you guys! We talked about the main reasons why it’s so important to have and keep friendships in our life, we talk about some creative ways to meet up with you friends during this pandemic and Yohonna gives us some really great next steps for making friendships. We share some really fun stories and I know you will love it! Enjoy my conversation with Yohonna.Find Yohonna:girlstalkinglife.comhttps://www.facebook.com/girlstalkinglifehttps://www.instagram.com/girlstalkinglife/Book she mentions: “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters” by Priya Parker
Episode 071: "I'll Be There For You" - Maintaining Friendships Over Long Distances with Jenn and Carla
Hey there! Welcome back to the Mama Needs Podcast! We are beginning a brand new series called “Mama Needs Friendship” to go along with our February box theme!All of January we’re doing a BOGO deal where if you buy a box, you can get 15% off another box for yourself or for a friend! Some of the products inside our February box are meant to be experienced with your gal pal - either safely in person or even or Zoom or FaceTime! All you need to do is go to mamaneedsbox.com, purchase a box and then forward your receipt to me at email@example.com. I’ll email you back with a coupon code and then you can grab a second box at 15% off to unbox with your bestie! How fun is that??So today’s interview is perfect because me and my best friend Carla are chatting it up today all about how to maintain a friendship over long distances. Carla was on episode #5 back when I first started the show and it was one of our most listened to episodes!Today we’re revealing a lot about ourselves and each other as we share how we’ve both put in the time and effort to keep our friendship going even though she lives in FL and I live in NC. And make sure you listen all the way through because we play a fun game at the end! There’s lots of laughs, ridiculousness but a lot of what I hope will be immensely helpful if you have a friend who moved recently or you are the friend who moved. Or maybe the pandemic has put a strain on your friendships. This episode is for you. Enjoy my conversation with Carla!
As a stay at home mom, it’s tough to find other women to bond with in person, if at all. Understanding self care took me a hot minute, but thankfully I found the “mama needs box” then connected to this podcast. It is so fun to listen to other relatable stories and fulfills that need for connection when I know I can’t break away from my mom duties. Super grateful for the resources shared, laughs, and grace given!
Jen is a pleasure. Listening to
The podcast is like talking to an old friend. Each episode if full of great information for mamas. Thank you Jen!
Real mom talk
I love the conversations Jenn has with her guests. They are all so relatable with practical tips for moms no matter their circumstances. There are golden takeaways each show!