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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.

    Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 288

    Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 288

    When friendships are strained by politics and the pandemic, how can a lonely mom re-envision her social life? What ideas do we have for family bonding as kids get older? Can Meagan distill her best parenting advice into five minutes or less? And finally, the sibling bickering is non-stop–what’s a mom to do? Join us for Episode 288 of The Mom Hour where we take YOUR listener questions and offer our best solicited advice. Enjoy!



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 288:

    Check out our other Listener Questions episodes

    If you want to hear more on the topic of friendships, listen to Female Friendships & Women We Admire (Episode 227 from September 2019), The Myth of the Mom Tribe (Episode 144 from February 2018), and Keeping Friendships Alive (Episode 78 from November 2016).

    • 57 min
    More Than Mom: Totally Inconsequential Holiday Debates

    More Than Mom: Totally Inconsequential Holiday Debates

    There’s plenty to debate about the holidays in 2020 – and it doesn’t ALL have to be gloomy and stressful. We’re kicking off Thanksgiving week with very lively, mostly half-baked debates about holiday controversies that bear little consequence on anything. To find out whether we think eggnog is disgusting or delightful, who among us prefers multicolored exterior illumination, whether Baby, It’s Cold Outside is CANCELLED or actually feminist, and what we actually think of Love, Actually, join us for today’s silly and festive More Than Mom episode. Enjoy!



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:

    Follow us on social! We are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

    Meagan mentioned this article from Persophone: Listening While Feminist: In Defense of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

    And there’s also this one: from Variety: End the War on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’! It’s Feminist — Really

    About That Maligned Christmas Tree (and That Owl) at Rockefeller Center (Ed Shanahan, NYTimes)

    Meagan talked about the Christmas tree plastic removal bag/skirt thing; Sarah had no idea what this was. Here’s an example!

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    • 56 min
    A Judgement-Free Conversation About Shopping More Mindfully This Holiday Season: Episode 287

    A Judgement-Free Conversation About Shopping More Mindfully This Holiday Season: Episode 287

    Shopping mindfully or practicing conscious consumerism can be a powerful way to show our support to struggling or underrepresented businesses this holiday season. It can also be, to use a phrase we lean on more and more these days, A LOT. It’s a lot to think about, it can be overwhelming to navigate, and it definitely can put strain on your budget. In today’s episode, Meagan and Sarah discuss where we our in our own shopping priorities, what we’d like to do more of this holiday season, and how we’ve practiced mindful shopping recently. We also talk through some specific purchases we’ve made through small online retailers recently, as a way to get your creative wheels turning. Join us!



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in episode 287:

    If you want more episodes discussing Enneagram, check out Personalities, Part 1 (Myers-Briggs, Enneagram & Introversion / Extroversion), Personalities, Part 2 (Our Myers-Briggs & Enneagram Types & More), and Knowing Yourself As A Mom

    Sarah mentioned bookshop.org for shopping Indie bookstores online

    Sarah’s recent Etsy purchases include this handcrafted leather valet tray, a hanging planter basket, these fun surprise mugs, and a pom-pom play canopy

    Sarah’s recent Minted purchases include a cute weekender tote, fabric napkin sets, and these beautiful mother/child prints by Kate Ahn

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Pandemic Puppies, Foster Kittens & A Small Animal Pet Debate: Episode 286

    Pandemic Puppies, Foster Kittens & A Small Animal Pet Debate: Episode 286

    The animals in our lives have certainly had an interesting year, what with all the working and learning from home. Many families whose work/life situations previously caused them to hold off on pet-ownership took the plunge and got a pandemic puppy. And COVID or no COVID, our kids never stop asking to add to our respective menageries. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun look at life with family pets, especially through the lens of 2020. We'll talk about pandemic puppies, the Powers family's adventure in fostering a litter of kittens, and the merits and drawbacks of various small animal pets.

    • 1 hr
    More Than Mom: Getting Cozy

    More Than Mom: Getting Cozy

    We know that winter 2020-2021 will require all the tips and tricks to keep us going--and it's not even mid-November yet! Today's More Than Mom episode is all about the concept of COZY, and how Meagan and Sarah like to bring it into our wardrobes, menus, and homes. Join us for a fun chat about cozy clothes we're eyeing, how we manage the temperature in our homes when it's cold out, and what food and drinks sound best for a cozy mood.

    • 56 min
    Time Management & Productivity Tips From Savvy Working Mom Whitnee Hawthorne: Voices 54

    Time Management & Productivity Tips From Savvy Working Mom Whitnee Hawthorne: Voices 54

    When Whitnee Hawthorne was a new mom working a full-time corporate job she had trouble finding resources for women in her position--so she set out to create them. Now a mom of two and still working full-time for a Fortune 500 company, Whitnee helps other moms find their joy and achieve their goals. In this month's Voices interview, Sarah chats with Whitnee about the morning and evening routines that set each day up for success, the regular practices that can help busy moms reflect and remember their feeling of purpose, and the time management tips that every mom needs (whether or not she works outside the home).

    • 53 min

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