100 episodes

Sheila and Maria are two moms on a mission to reclaim childhood and to help you find joy in your parenting journey. Join us for dynamic conversations about family culture, thriving in motherhood, and parenting with intention.

The Moms I Know Podcast Sheila Walsh Dunton & Maria Anderson Fahrner

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Sheila and Maria are two moms on a mission to reclaim childhood and to help you find joy in your parenting journey. Join us for dynamic conversations about family culture, thriving in motherhood, and parenting with intention.

    Redefining Success & Strength in Motherhood | Interview with Carolyn Eckman | Episode 106

    Redefining Success & Strength in Motherhood | Interview with Carolyn Eckman | Episode 106

    Have you ever wondered if the career path you were on before becoming a parent is still right for you now that you are raising your family?  Our guest for this episode, Carolyn Eckman of FIT4MOM Santa Cruz, joins us to share her story and her new definition of success in motherhood.
    “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better weather by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here.  This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    For this episode, we are joined by a very special guest.  Carolyn Eckman has been our administrative assistant extraordinaire for the past 4 years and is an integral part of the production of this podcast.  We have watched her and have been inspired by her evolution over the years and we are so excited to finally introduce you to her here. 
    Like many parents, Carolyn faced a hard decision after becoming a mama.  The cost of childcare was hardly offset by her salary and the trade-off of spending her days working in an office and away from her new baby caused her to adjust her compass.  On her daughter’s first birthday, she launched her first entrepreneurial endeavor, Rebirth Business Consulting, and never looked back.  4 years later she is the owner of 3 small businesses that she operates from her home and has found more joy, more life-balance, and more time to spend with her family.
    If you’ve been feeling the pull to make a change in your life to make more room for the things that are important to you, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.  Carolyn has been an inspiration to us and a joy to work and grow with.  We hope you enjoy this episode.
    Resources From This Episode:
    Carolyn Eckman: @carolyneckman_ on Instagram
    Rebirth Business Consulting: https://rebirthbusiness.com
    FIT4MOM Santa Cruz: https://santacruz.fit4mom.com + @fit4momsantacruz on Instagram
    FIT4MOM Location Finder: https://fit4mom.com/locations
    Fun.For.Nails: https://rebrand.ly/fun-for-nails
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    About Carolyn Eckman:
    Carolyn Eckman is a wife and mom of 2 living in Aptos, CA.  After becoming a mom, Carolyn realized the need to adjust her success compass and, with the support of her family, she left her 9-5 career 4 years ago.  She now finds herself in the position of supporting and bringing joy to other moms, whether that is by supporting their entrepreneurial endeavors as a business consultant with Rebirth Business Consulting, bringing them a touch of Sparkle with Fun.For.Nails, creating outdoor opportunities for exercise and community with FIT4MOM Santa Cruz, or volunteering with The Santa Cruz Babywearing Group.  When Carolyn isn’t spending time with her family, dancing, or out in nature, she most enjoys creating opportunities for other mamas to feel empowered and successful in their own unique ways.
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    • 43 min
    How to Create Your Own Sanctuary Amidst Chaos. | Interview with Mia Keenan | Episode 105

    How to Create Your Own Sanctuary Amidst Chaos. | Interview with Mia Keenan | Episode 105

    An organized space creates a sense of security and peace of mind that allows our nervous systems to relax and feel at ease.  For this episode we had the privilege of sitting down with Mia Keenan, an organizing expert and the owner of Tidy Evolution, to learn more about the practice and benefit of the KonMari Method®.  
    “I want to live my life in such a way that it colors my things with memories.” - Marie Kondo
    Growing up in a family that frequently relocated, Mia was drawn to organization as a way of coping with change.  As a child, these systems allowed her to create a calm and welcoming environment for herself in the midst of vulnerability and uncertainty.  
    It wasn’t until later in life, after learning more about and eventually studying the KonMari Method® that she was able to correlate this behavior with the philosophy and benefits of organizing.  She is now an organizing professional helping families of all kinds create tidy spaces that bring more ease and flow to their daily lives.
    In this episode Mia candidly shares her story and experience.  From the philosophy of the KonMari Method® to practical tips for tidying up your own home in a way that incorporates your children and deepens your family culture and connectedness, this episode is sure to leave you feeling inspired and motivated to begin your own tidy evolution.
    Resources From This Episode:
    Mia Keenan: tidyevolution.com
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    • 46 min
    Trusting The Wisdom of Your Intuition| Episode 103

    Trusting The Wisdom of Your Intuition| Episode 103

    There are many many questions we are faced with daily as parents and nothing is cut and dry.  With so much gray area, how do we confidently make choices that align consistently withour values and stand strong in our own intuition?  In this episode we give you 3 steps to stand confident in your parenting choices.
    “Don’t stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby.  Go to your baby.  Go to your baby a million times. Demonstrate that people can be trusted.  That the environment can be trusted.  That we live in a benign universe.” - Peggy O’Mara
    When it comes to following our hearts and our intuition as parents, it really comes down to how tuned in we are to our values and how deeply we're rooted in our convictions.
    When making choices of all kinds, from what we will eat and how we will conduct ourselves during pregnancy, to how we will birth and feed our children, how we will educate them, how and where we will live, how we will work, how we will navigate the use of technology in our homes, and so on and so forth, there will always be critics to question your choices or try to lead you down another path.  
    The way we navigate these choices is unique to each parent, child and family and we want you to be able to confidently make the choices that best serve you and your family.
    In this episode we give you 3 steps to stand confident in your choices as well as how to forgive yourself for any past choices you regret so that you can confidently move forward from this moment on with empathy and love.
    Resources From This Episode:
    Peggy O'Mara: peggyomara.com
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    • 25 min
    Cultivating Ease & Flow Through Feng Shui | Interview with Sara Fletcher | Episode 103

    Cultivating Ease & Flow Through Feng Shui | Interview with Sara Fletcher | Episode 103

    Can Feng Shui transform your life?  For our special guest on this episode, Sara Fletcher, it certainly transformed her outlook, empowered her to reach beyond her limits, altered the trajectory of her life, and elevated her to a new purpose.  
    "Nothing teaches children more than a parent who is willing to learn." - William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching
    The art of Feng Shui is to create energy flow throughout a space, and that is exactly what Sara does in her work as a Feng Shui Consultant.  By making changes - small or large - within a space, Feng Shui has the power to uplift, encourage, motivate, energize, and help you to become the highest good version of yourself.  But Sara's story begins long before she ever thought of walking this career path.
    Growing up, Sara was always drawn toward the elements of design and the power of creating beautiful, feel-good spaces.  It wasn’t until later in life, when she suffered a medical crisis, that she stumbled upon Feng Shui as a catalyst for change. 
    Through her own life transformation, Sara has seen the power of Feng Shui first hand, and now as a Feng Shui practitioner, she helps others to transform their lives as well.
    Listen to the full episode to hear this mom's inspiring story.
    Resources From This Episode:
    Sara Fletcher: Lovehomelifecenter.com
    The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin
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    About Sara Fletcher:
    Sara Fletcher is an Intuitive Home Environment Guide, Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and Founder of Love Home Life.  She works with individuals and families who feel overwhelmed and ashamed in their home environments to develop healthier, more empowering relationships with their homes and STUFF.  Sara guides her clients to make conscious changes around them that lead to improvements in their mental, emotional and physical health, deeper connections in their relationships and a stronger ability to live up to their true potential in life.  She lives in the mountains of Santa Cruz, CA  with her husband and two teenage kids, and is currently preparing to launch her Home Metamorphosis Series of virtual retreats, designed for holistic women who are committed to radically upleveling their health, wealth, happiness and homes in 2022.
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    • 36 min
    Energetically Cultivating Family Wellness | Interview with Kelly Kennedy | Episode 102

    Energetically Cultivating Family Wellness | Interview with Kelly Kennedy | Episode 102

    For this episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Kelly Kennedy, a Bio-Regulatory practitioner with a passion for naturally oriented wellness.  Join us for a lively conversation about childhood, lifelong learning, holistic wellness, motherhood, and everything in between.    
    “If you wish to understand the universe, you must first think of energy, frequency and vibration.”
    - Nikola Tesla
    With the headlines today, more and more people are becoming interested in alternative approaches to health and wellness.  Our special guest for this episode, Kelly Kennedy, is an expert in this field.  She has been led to the practice of biological and energetic healing through some very personal life circumstances and it has brought her to a wonderful place.  
    In this dynamic interview, Kelly shares her personal journey with us from how she became interested in medicine, to her awakening to the power of energetic healing, to her decision to become a mom and everything her journey through motherhood has taught her.  
    We think you will enjoy listening to this dynamic interview as Kelly opens up about her personal childhood, her journey of lifelong learning, balancing work and motherhood, and everything in between.
    This episode provides an introduction to the world of biological and energetic healing and you’ll leave feeling inspired for your own family wellness journey.
    Resources From This Episode:
    The True Wellness Center: https://thetruewellnesscenter.com/
    Not Meds Global: https://www.notmedsglobal.com/
    The Beats Podcast: https://www.notmedsglobal.com/the-beats-podcast
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    About Kelly Kennedy:
    Like many who enter the world of biological & energetic healing, Kelly Kennedy had her own traumatic experiences that stimulated her in finding another approach to health.  Her training started more traditionally at Cornell University with a desire to be an allopathic medical doctor.  However, one particular year she was faced with her own health matters and the premature passing of her father. These experiences confirmed what Kelly intuitively knew within her bones; that good health was not restored through prescriptions.  
    After twenty-three years of building a health and wellness practice based in Bio-Regulatory medicine, Kelly is now paving the way for a new wellness system to blossom.
    A Bio-Regulatory system, where therapists, doctors, and specialists work collaboratively within a paradigm that focuses on allowing the innate intelligence of each unique individual to truly heal the body.  
    Kelly loves to talk about Regulation and Lymph and is often referred to as the “lymph queen”. Kelly is physically based outside of Philadelphia, PA with her husband Ian (her original practitioner in this world, blessed to be his wife now) and their son Silas. She continues to see and help clients with a bio-regulatory approach at The True Wellness Center in North Wales, PA and in Bluffton, SC. You can find Kelly virtually at notmedsglobal.com, NOTMEDSglobal YouTube channel & Instagram handle as well as on her podcast “The Beats with Kelly Kennedy”. Kelly has many projects in the works; make sure to subscribe to stay in touch as she continues to bring her heart to the world.
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    • 40 min
    Music for Motherhood, Family and Community | Interview with Amanda West | Episode 101

    Music for Motherhood, Family and Community | Interview with Amanda West | Episode 101

    As we search for ways to reconnect with ourselves and one another through big life and cultural transitions, we are reminded that music is medicine for the soul.  We’re delighted to be joined for this episode by award winning singer-songwriter, Amanda West.  This episode is full of practical ways to bring more musicality into our daily family lives as well as hope and inspiration to guide us toward rewriting our relationship with music and singing together in our communities.
    “No Mud, No Lotus” - Thich Nhat Hanh
    If you’ve ever felt uplifted, energized or inspired by a song, then you’ve felt the power of music.  As humans we are rhythmic beings, drawn naturally to creating music and using it to process our life experiences and emotions, especially in community with our families and loved ones.
    For this episode we are joined by Amanda West, award-winning singer songwriter, music teacher, community leader, mother, and co-founder of Wombsong, U.S..  Amanda shares her inspiring story, the impact that music has had on her life from childhood through motherhood, and how she’s managed to adapt and maintain her music career throughout the many phases of her life.
    From writing and performing her own music, to teaching music lessons and leading Wombsong circles, Amanda is committed to sharing the gift of music to enhance the lives of others and to remind us all that there is no right or wrong way to enjoy music and we can all benefit from it equally and powerfully.
    Resources From This Episode:
    Amanda West: https://www.amandawest.com
    Amanda's Music: https://www.patreon.com/amandawestmusic
    Wombsong: https://wombsong.com
    The Circle Family Center: https://www.thecirclefamilycenter.org
    The Divided Heart: Art + Motherhood by Rachel Power
    Beth Berry - Revolution from Home
    About Amanda West:
    Amanda West is an award-winning singer songwriter, music teacher, community leader and mother. Born with an old soul, she has devoted herself to a life of music and the study of what it means to be human.
    A native Californian, she grew up singing around campfires and recorded and released her first album of original songs at age 17. Earning a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Amanda set out to discover what it means to be human. This quest carried her around the world, touring with her music in both the U.S. and Europe, while releasing five more albums of mostly original compositions.
    In 2014 she co-founded Womb Song, U.S., an organization that supports womxn into motherhood through song. This work continues through community singing circles, rituals and workshops.
    Understanding music to be a part of our human birthright, playing an essential role in our experience of being alive, Amanda has found her life path and greatest joy through sharing music with others.
    She lives, creates and teaches in the unceded territory of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, now known as the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her British husband, two children and many musical instruments.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Jennybaby0426 ,


I love listening to this podcast! I feel like I’m hanging out with two friends and gain so much insight into positive, healthy and intentional parenting.

emavmar ,

Every parent and grandparent needs this podcast!💕

Love these two Moms! I have learned so much from each episode about how to raise my kids to be healthy and happy AND how to give myself, as a mom, the self care I need to be a healthy and happy mother! So grateful I found this podcast!

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Lively, Informative, and Entertaining

I discovered this podcast recently and cannot stop listening! Maria and Sheila offer so much knowledge and experience through their stories, I can feel that they sincerely care about the future of families and how we are raising our kids in today's society and technological landscape. My relationship with my mom is not the one I wish I had, but through listening to this podcast, I feel that The Moms I Know are stepping in to offer me that loving guidance and support that every mom needs. I highly recommend this podcast to any mom, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. You will definitely take away some great tips and resources to use with your family. Looking forward to future episodes and to sharing this with all the moms I know!