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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.

The Mama Needs Podcast Jenn Collins

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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 053: Mother-Daughter Podcasters Tell All with Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless

    Episode 053: Mother-Daughter Podcasters Tell All with Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless

    Hey there! I absolutely love interviewing mother-daughter duos and I’m so excited to introduce you to Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless. They love to chat about personal finance and being entrepreneurs. They have a wonderful podcast together called “The Money Millhouse” a podcast for women who make and manage money! These ladies are hilarious and I know you will love their fun banter! Just a note, this was recorded before COVID-19 so it is not referenced at all in this episode. And we also recorded this interview when Bethany was 6 months pregnant and now she is due with her baby boy literally any minute! Enjoy my conversation with Ellie and Bethany!
    What we talk about in this episode:
    —How many kids and grandkids Ellie has (spoiler: a lot!
    —How Bethany feels about being pregnant with her first child!
    —About their podcast “The Money Millhouse”.
    —How we feel about TikTok for our kids.
    —Ellie’s motherhood story which includes 5 kids, 2 stepdaughters and moving 11 times!
    —All about Bethany’s first pregnancy; she’s due anytime!
    —We discuss birth plans, birthing big babies and the feelings around when your birth plans don’t go the way you expect.
    —Ellie gives us her ‘hardcore hacks’!
    —Bethany describes an unforgettable moment when her parents nearly called the National Guard trying to find her!
    —Ellie and Bethany’s favorite recipes and cravings they both had while pregnant.
    —How they both practice self-care!
    Recipes Bethany mentions:
    Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup
    Rigatoni Meatball Soup
    Where to find Ellie and Bethany:
    Website: themoneymillhouse.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMoneyMillhouseInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/themoneymillhouse/

    Episode 052: A Better Life with Rebecca Smith

    Episode 052: A Better Life with Rebecca Smith

    Today I’m excited to introduce you to Rebecca Smith! Rebecca, her husband and 4 kids live in a very small city within Detroit, Michigan called Hamtramck. You will hear more about how unique this city is and why they live there and what they do!
    Rebecca also wrote a book that released this week called “A Better Life”, where she shares more of her story and life. You guys are going to love our chat. What struck me the most was the universal bond that motherhood gives us no matter who you are, what language you speak or what you look like. You will hear Rebecca’s beautiful story of friendship and living a life she never thought she would. And I do just want to mention that this conversation was recorded prior to COVID-19 so now more than ever if you can support Rebecca’s business at betterlifebags.com or go ahead and buy her book (which is amazing by the way), please help support the awesome work she’s doing. Enjoy my conversation with Rebecca.

    Things we talk about in this episode:
    —How her life looks dramatically different than she planned.
    —A little about the incredibly diverse city of Hamtramck, Michigan where she lives.
    —The beautiful story of friendship and universal bond of motherhood.
    —All about her business, Better Life Bags, and the mission behind it.
    —How she figured out how to bloom where she was planted in a city that was so foreign to her.
    —Her (surprising) motherhood story!
    —How she practices self-care.
    —How she is basically winning at mom hacks and meal planning - you will want to know her secret!!

    Find Rebecca:
    Website: https://betterlifebags.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLifeBags
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betterlifebags/ & https://www.instagram.com/rebeccasmithonline/
    Order her book, releasing May 19, 2020: https://betterlifebags.com/pages/book

    Episode 051: Bookclub Community in the Time of Corona with Kristie McAllister

    Episode 051: Bookclub Community in the Time of Corona with Kristie McAllister

    Today’s podcast episode is with Kristie McAllister! I’m excited for you to listen to our episode because if you are craving community right now, Kristie has a solution for you! Kristie is a Mama of 2 boys, 4 and 6 years old and stepmom to a 16 year old girl and a 13 year old boy. She’s been married for 7 years and she’s an RN discharge planner and co-founder of Book Club Sisterhood - a monthly subscription box and online book club for women who want more! If you love to read and be in community, you will love Bookclub Sisterhood! Kristie also shares a bunch of book titles they’ve already read which we will have in the show notes for you to reference. Enjoy my conversation with Kristie.

    Things we talk about in this episode:
    —How Kristie and her sister who never got along now started a business together!
    —All about Bookclub Sisterhood, their subscription box for women.
    —A fun way Kristie was able to connect with her best friend during quarantine.
    —Kristie’s book recommendations.
    —Some really great, practical advice for Mamas about how to ask for help.

    Books she mentions:
    “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
    “Own Your Everyday” by Jordan-Lee Dooley
    “5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
    “The Latte Factor” by David Bach and John David Mann
    “You are the Girl for the Job” by Jess Connolly
    Exclusive coupon code for our listeners! Use code MAMANEEDS for $5 off!
    Bookclub Sisterhood: bookclubsisterhood.com
    Instagram: @bookclubsisterhood

    Episode 050: How to Keep Up with All the Things with Jeanette Tapley

    Episode 050: How to Keep Up with All the Things with Jeanette Tapley

    I’m excited to introduce you Jeanette Tapley today! Jeanette is wife to Jesse and Mother to Zeke, Titus and Zoe. She loves talking to friends and laughing loudly, advocating for adoption, and a nice cup of coffee. She is the host of the It's Time For Coffee Podcast and the author of It's Time For Jesus a 30 day devotional. You guys, she is hilarious and we are keeping it real in this episode and talking about the hard parts of this time in quarantine. Enjoy my conversation with Jeanette.

    Things we talk about in this episode:
    —Her new devotional book coming out soon called “It’s Time for Jesus”.
    —Her podcast called “It’s Time for Coffee”, why she started it and who it’s for.
    —The first podcast she ever listened to - that she’s a little embarrassed to admit!
    —How to have difficult conversations with your kids right now.
    —Routines that have been working for her family.
    —How she’s keeping up and adjusting with her work.
    Book that she mentions: “American Royals” by Katharine McGee

    Find Jeanette and her podcast:
    Website: https://itstimeforcoffeepod.com/
    Instagram: @jeanettetapley
    Facebook @thejeanettetapley

    Episode 049: How to Succeed as a Homeschooling Mama with Kristin Petersen

    Episode 049: How to Succeed as a Homeschooling Mama with Kristin Petersen

    Hey there! Today we have our first returning guest! This is the first time I’ve had a guest on twice! I’m interviewing my dear friend Kristin Petersen and I think you are really going to enjoy this episode. We’re going to talk about How to Succeed as a Homeschooling Mama. Kristin was a teacher in Florida public schools for 8 years and now homeschool’s her kiddos, just like we’re all having to do. We are going to cover so much in this episode so I encourage you to take notes - she gives so many amazing tips and actual ideas to keep learning fun and light. We were even able to answer questions from our followers on Facebook and instagram. Enjoy my conversation with Kristin!

    What we talk about in this episode:

    —How to help our kids thrive and fun while learning at home.
    —How to equip ourselves as now homeschooling Mamas.
    —Kristin’s top 5 tips to help you succeed as a homeschooling Mama.
    —When to start your day and how to keep it fresh.
    —How to keep learning fun and light.
    —How to use Google, Pinterest and Amazon as your best friends.
    —Fun ideas to keep your kids engaged!
    —Your questions answered!
    The book Kristin mentioned “The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer
    Find Kristin on instagram @dreamandamouse

    Episode 048: How to Practice Radical Self Responsibility with Shannon Schottler

    Episode 048: How to Practice Radical Self Responsibility with Shannon Schottler

    You guys are in for a treat because our guest today on the podcast is Shannon Schottler, who is a professional leadership & career coach based in Minneapolis, MN. When she’s not coaching she’s foster mom to a 5-year-old girl who she refers to as “Big Girl T”, wife to Nate, volunteer addressing education equity…and practicing the radical, unapologetic self-care required to fuel her personal pursuit of joy. Shannon is a subscriber to our monthly self-care boxes so you’ll get a chance to hear what she loves most about Mama Needs Box. You’ll also get to hear her story from being a workaholic to foster mom. She is amazing and I can’t wait for you to listen! Enjoy my conversation with Shannon!

    What we talk about in this episode:
    —Shannon and her husband’s foster care journey
    —Going from a workaholic to making space for rest and new life challenges.
    —What friendship looks like and how her community has rallied behind her family to support their foster care journey (spoiler alert: it’s a BEAUTIFUL story).
    —Her favorite recipe: https://greenhealthycooking.com/instant-pot-chicken-and-rice/
    —How using grocery delivery service is more important now than ever. She also mentions the app called Paprika to help meal plan.
    —Shannon’s Mom hack to battle too much screen time.
    —Shannon’s self-care routine which she calls “the 3 M’s”.
    —How Shannon and her husband use a term called “radical self responsibility” to help each other get time alone.

    Find Shannon:
    Website: https://shannonschottler.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shannonschottler/

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41 Ratings

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The podcast is like talking to an old friend. Each episode if full of great information for mamas. Thank you Jen!

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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!

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