Friendship, Life, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie, weekly update

(Video) Speaking Of – Thankfulness

In the spirit of Thanksgiving on the horizon, check out the Speaking Of video where I share some of the things that I love – starting with family and friends (duh). Then I talk about a few other random things I love… like the Minnetonka Willow Bootie!

I’ll be back with an interview next week, but until then, have a great Thanksgiving!

Career, Founders Mission, Friendship, Goals, interview, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Recommendation, Stephanie, Tips, work life balance

(Video) Speaking Of, Founder’s Mission – Verde Founder/Owner/Operator, Jennifer Ferrebee

Topical time codes on YouTube

Check out the Speaking Of, Founder’s Mission interview with Jennifer Ferrebee. Jennifer (along with husband Sam) is the founder, owner, and operator of Verde restaurants based in Charleston, SC. 

She and her husband started Verde 9 years ago and started the business with the bold mission to make fresh, healthy salads and wraps while building an awesome place that people want to work and where customers love to eat! 

PS – their 9-year celebration is next week – so if you’re in Charleston, don’t miss out on their $3.65 birthday celebration sale. You can order online now. 

In our interview, Jennifer and I talked about everything from their mission, running a business during a pandemic, her love of puns, being a working mom, and much, much more! 

What started as a 3.5 hour conversation and a 1.5 hour interview, has been skimmed down to a 34 minute video – such a tough task because we had so much fun chatting! Enjoy! 

Topical time codes for the interview are below.

Learn more about Verde: 

https://www.eatatverde.com

Place your $3.65 Verde-birthday order (for pickup on Oct. 20th): 

https://direct.chownow.com/order/286/locations

Career, Goals, healthcare, interview, Life, Mission, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Recommendation, Stephanie, Tips, Weight

(Video) Speaking Of Interview – Allisha Padilla, Birth and Bereavement Doula, precision nutrition certified, fitness coach.

Check out the Speaking Of interview with Allisha Padilla. She’s a birth and bereavement doula, precision nutrition certified, and a fitness coach. In this week’s interview, Allisha shared details abut what it’s like working with a doula, why they’re helpful to parents during challenging (happy or sad) times, and also talked about healthy eating. 

I loved hearing Allisha talk about why gut health is so important, and getting her tips on how to get kids to eat healthier. 

Topical time codes on YouTube

To learn more about the work of Allisha and Tended Roots, find them on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/tendedroots/

See more from Speaking Of:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9OoKTXRB15qsIxDzJGZVHw

Friendship, Life, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Recommendation, Stephanie, weekly update

(Video) Speaking Of – Interview Preview and Why I Love GoodRX!

Check out the Speaking Of interview preview and weekly update. In this week’s interview, I talk to Allisha Padilla, a birth and bereavement doula, precision nutrition certified, and 1/2 of the duo behind the Tended Roots Instagram. I loved getting her tips for healthy eating, and hearing about her work as a doula.

For the weekly update, I tell you why I love GoodRX! I’ve used GoodRX twice recently, and it’s such a big money saver! If you haven’t checked it out, here’s the link: https://www.goodrx.com

Humor, Life, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie, weekly update

(Video) Speaking Of Interview Preview, Bank Error, Berenstain Bears

Check out today’s Speaking Of video! This week my Speaking Of Interview is with Mystic and Chris DuRant, who recently wrote a book called Bonus Mom, Bonus Mom. I talked to them about the idea, the process, and working together.

In the weekly update I talk about a frustrating bank error and how I’m growing to love the Berenstain Bears more and more!

Career, Dawn, Friendship, Goals, Life, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie

Goals Check In – Just Over 1 Quarter Left in 2020!

Holy cow, I wrote my original “goals” post on January 22nd. It’s pretty amazing how much the world has changed since then. How could we have known that less than 2 months later, “coronavirus” would be something we’d see plastered all over the news and be at the forefront of our minds?

Even though the world certainly changed, I thought it would still be good to do something “normal” and check in on the goals I set in late January.

So, here’s where things stand (original text in black, 7.31.2020 update in purple):

  • I work for the same company I did in the south, which is pretty awesome because it means no commuting in the snow. Well, as mentioned in a previous post, I was laid off, but on the bright side, still no commuting in the snow! 🙂 Also, even brighter, I am now working on my Speaking Of show and I’m excited to see that grow.
  • I still need to lose weight (insert face palm emoji here…). I’m working on that with Caleigh. (GOAL:) Get in shape. For real. Once and for all. I don’t want to look at another damn picture and say “wouldn’t it be lovely if I ____.” I want to look at a picture and say “yes, that paid off. I’m so glad that I no longer use the whale emoji in texts to my friends when talking about heading to the pool or beach.” Well, Caleigh has done absolutely amazing with this. I am doing okay! I have lost about 15 pounds since Jan. 23rd, so that’s good – especially since we’ve been out of the gym since mid-March when covid closures started happening.
  • I still need to get this blog going (insert emoji of a clock here – what the heck have we been waiting for???) – I’m working on that with Dawn. I’m really proud of this one! I have been doing weekly posts on here, weekly short videos, AND weekly interviews, which is my favorite part!
  • I haven’t gotten to have Thanksgiving dinner or go to the mall with Bret Michaels (insert heart emoji here…) – honestly, that’s such a dream of mine, haha! I’ve met him a few times and he is the nicest human alive. I’m not even sure how he’s a real person. I have to get to hang with him at the mall for an afternoon at least once in my life! Well, shucks. This still hasn’t happened. I must figure out how to make this happen! I did get his book, which is lovely. I also just saw you can have him do a digital greeting. ❤
  • I still need to figure out how to make my dream of having a talk show come true – I’m trying to find the solution to that too. That one takes a lot of work. Or maybe I’m overthinking it. (GOAL:) FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE MY PASSION. Seriously. Guys, I know this must sound stupid on some level. She wants to talk for a living. I know that sounds nuts, but seriously, it’s what I want to do, it’s what people have done, and I need that to be me so that we’re not having this same conversation again in Jan. 2021. I want to be living my passion so that my family and friends are proud of me and think of me as someone who actually lives their dreams, not just fantasizes. Hooray! Okay, I’m MOST proud of this. I have been doing weekly interviews. I can’t even believe how amazing this has turned out. I started doing videos with Dawn shortly before I was laid off, and then started doing my interviews right after the lay off. I’ve done about 8-9 interviews in as many weeks and have more scheduled. I’m seriously so excited about this. This will be my career. It may take time, but it will be, and that is FABULOUS!
  • Figure out how to get the sassies (what I call it when my daughter is sassy) and periodic tantrums to go away and have the sweet smile return all the time. I know a smile 100% of the time is nuts too, she’s a kid, not a robot, but dang, I miss seeing that ever-present smile. She is still SO happy, but she’s also sassy sometimes. The other day on the phone with a customer service person, he asked if I had any other questions. I said yes, do you have any tips about toddler temper tantrums? He got a kick out of that, but sadly he had no tips to share. I continue to work on this! Things are improving (most days!). We tell her to make decisions by using her brain and her heart, and treat people nicely like Daniel Tiger, but it’s still a work in progress!! Being out of a normal routine and out of situations where she’s playing with other kids regularly has definitely up-ended things, but we’re taking it day by day!

Okay, looking over that, I’m actually doing pretty well. Who knew this “writing down your goals” thing was so helpful, haha! I’m hoping for continued progress when I post the next goals update at the end of the year!

Humor, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Preemie life, Real life, weekly update

(Video) Speaking Of Today – Interview Preview & Post-Preemie/Pre-Pandemic Sanitation Habits

Here’s the weekly interview preview and weekly update.

For this week’s interview, I’ll be talking to Kristin Poppa-Rosel about her quest for a kidney. Her dad is in need of a transplant and she’s working like crazy to find a living donor to help.

In the weekly update, I talk about some of the random post-preemie/pre-pandemic sanitation habits I developed after my daughter got out of the NICU! Who knew having a preemie would be a great training ground!?!


Career, Goals, Life, Mom Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie, work life balance

Where Does the Time Go – Is It Possible to Do It All?

Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

Is it me, or does time just seem to slip by, and there never seems to be time to get it all done?

Everyday, there’s a long list of things to complete: work, dinner, exercise, and of course taking care of your children, pets, etc. – taking care of kids and pets are a given, so they don’t need to go onto any kind of to-do list. But, taking care of them certainly does require time.

How do you get it all done? How does anyone? So many days it feels like hopping from one thing to the next, and before you know it, the King of Queens, or Golden Girls, or whatever show is on and you’re drifting off to sleep (btw, it’s always King of Queens in our house).

I’d like to think that most days, I’m pretty good at fitting everything in, but I often think that I should be doing something else, or something more. I definitely have mom guilt when my daughter knocks on my office door to see if I’m done for the day. And then when I am, we usually have to do something other than play – walk the dog, make dinner, etc.

It’s weird to think how things are still so busy, even in the days of mostly staying at home because of the ongoing pandemic. Still, somehow they are. Because things are *somewhat* normal, we’re now back on the schedule for kids’ classes, pet events, and the periodic small social event (seeing a close friend), and it seems more busy.

There doesn’t seem to be an answer for this. Just trying to be “present” in whatever part of the day it is seems to be the best we can do. It’s hard to let that guilt go, or that nagging feeling that you still have a few items left on the checklist that haven’t been completed.

I know that everyday is a new chance for me to learn how to avoid the guilt and the drive to get more done… but man, it’s hard to do! I think I’m getting a little better at it, but it’s definitely a process.

It’s also hard when there are so many things to be excited about – a new playset my daughter wants to use, or a new opportunity for Speaking Of (woot woot!), and training to do with the dog (that is really fun – especially because our dog seems so excited when she gets it right!).

I guess I just have to forget the idea of perfect balance. Some days, I’m in the office more. Some days, I am hanging out with my daughter for a while and we order dinner instead of make it (I’m working on this too, haha, you may have read my other post about dinner). It’s all okay.

Career, Friendship, Goals, interview, Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie, Tips

(Video) Speaking Of Interview: Gervase Kolmos, Mindset Coach for Moms

Check out the latest Speaking Of interview, where I talk to Gervase Kolmos. Gervase is a certified mindset coach for moms. For 7 years she’s been helping moms navigate the waters of “motherhood AND,” not “motherhood OR” through her companies Shiny Happy Human and The Champagne Society.

Career, Goals, Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie

Was I a Good Mom Today?

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay 

That’s what I ask myself every evening. Thankfully most of the time my answer to myself is yes. I can always say “yes, I’m meeting my daughter’s needs”. I’m speaking more of the “quality” time. Mom guilt is a daily struggle.

My daughter is very attached to me and wants to play 24/7, but life is often in the way. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a working mom, or a work from home mom, or a hybrid of those, you probably experience the same thing. There are always so many things to do, and it never seems like there’s enough time to play.

I’m not sure what the perfect balance looks like to me, but I know that it’s not what I feel like I’m doing most days. There’s always something to do, and it doesn’t seem like there’s much that can be eliminated. Walking the dog, doing cardio (only 30 minutes at home, so it’s not like that’s taking much time away from playing with my daughter), making dinner, cleaning up after dinner, showering, grocery shopping, paying bills, the list goes on. I guess the key would be to do better streamlining the things that can be more efficient – perhaps meal planning, etc.).

Or, maybe there is enough time and I have an unrealistic ideal of how much I should be playing with my daughter? Maybe I’m just not “present” enough when I’m with her. Ugh. The struggle is constant. I feel guilt when I’m doing something other than being with her, and I feel guilty when I am with her but am not playing because I have to do something like make dinner.

The daily struggle is what leads to the nightly question of whether I was a good mom that day.

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay 

I was recently laid off, so I should have more time to spend, but am using about 4-5 hours a day to work on things like this – writing this blog, shooting the Speaking Of videos that I recently started, doing my weekly videos with Dawn, editing all of those videos, looking for regular jobs, etc. Those are all valid, but I feel guilty because I’m doing something other than playing with her. It’s still less than the time in a standard workday, but the guilt is just the same.

I suppose the key is to make the most of the time that I do have, and *try* not to get mad at myself for doing the best I can. It’s totally valid to exercise, and to walk the dog, and to make dinner (or at least pick it up…), and to work. It’s tough to let go of guilt, but I’m working on it.

Dawn, Friendship, Humor, Life, Mommyhood, Motherhood, Real life, Stephanie, Weight

Speaking Of – Chat with Stephanie & Dawn – Sticker Escapades and More!

Check out the latest video from me and Dawn! We chat about everything from our kids’ sticker escapades, to bathing suit shopping, figuring out what’s appropriate clothing for our age, and wanting to shop after being stuck inside during the quarantine!

We hope you enjoy!