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The Mom Hour

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The Mom Hour

The Mom Hour

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The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. 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.

Latest Episodes

Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

No matter what’s going on in the world around you, the people need to eat. In Episode 268 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah break down the process of feeding a family when you’re going through a major life transition (or, say, a global pandemic). We talk about why meal plans are even MORE crucial in chaotic times, how to get fruits and veggies into the kids even when you’re serving up convenience food more often than you’d like, and how to stick to your “food values” even as you let some of your standards slide for a season. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare because daycare is still closed or need help tackling a big outdoor project, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THEMOMHOUR Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers. Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code MOMHOUR20 at checkout. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 268: We mentioned the two episodes we did at the beginning of the pandemic, A Week Of Real Life Dinners (COVID 19 Edition) and Freezer Meals, Pantry Staples & The New Reality Of Food Prep With Stacie Billis: Voices 47 Sarah mentioned our episode Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us Meagan’s recipe for her Pork & Sweet Potato Hash Check out all of our episodes on the topic of feeding a family

62 MIN2 d ago
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Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

Moving while momming is no small task–and we’ve been there, trust us. Meagan has mastered the art of the DIY cross-town move to a new home with a whole bunch of kids; Sarah’s moves have been fewer and farther between, but also farther in distance and bigger in scope. Join us as we continue last week’s discussion about big moves and get into the details of actually packing up and relocating your family. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: DRMTLGY DRMTLGY focuses in on creating high-end skin care using the purest, safest, most clinically-proven active ingredients available. Mom Hour listeners get access to an exclusive kit, dermatologist recommended and clinically proven to prevent signs of aging. Go to themomhour.com/skincare to check out DRMTLGY’s special offer for our listeners Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, van...

48 MIN1 w ago
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Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

Do you dream of packing up the family and moving somewhere new? Or starting fresh in a different home or neighborhood? Maybe the idea of a move isn’t yours, but has been introduced by a job change or prompted by family circumstance. In this first of a two-part series on big moves, Meagan and Sarah talk about fantasy moves, aspirational moves, and making the decision to actually move our families. We also look at all the considerations we’ve made when planning a big move–from schools and neighborhoods to house features and commute times. Whether you’re dreaming of a move or happy where you are, this is a fun one. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers...

63 MIN2 w ago
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Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

In hindsight, was the worry worth it? That’s the question Meagan and Sarah are looking at in this week’s episode, as we bring back a popular series all about things that stressed us out as less experienced moms. From nutrition and discipline to kids’ friendships and developmental milestones, we look at the worries that kept us up at night and how it all turned out in the end. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth c...

54 MIN3 w ago
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More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

For the first time in generations, many of us are reexamining how often we shop, where we get our groceries, and what household essentials we might be able to make at home instead of running out to buy. But this month’s Voices guest Kris Bordessa has been teaching families how to live more sustainably for years. Hear Meagan get Kris’s take on the bake-your-own-bread craze, why so many adults feel like they never really learned to cook, and how growing your own food or making soap doesn’t have to be overwhelming. They also discuss Kris’s new book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living. Check it out! Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit www.getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order. Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms Shoot Along is an online phot...

51 MIN3 w ago
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Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

We may be staying closer to home this summer, but we still want to feel good about the way we look! Join Meagan and Sarah for an update on our warm weather wardrobes, from which pieces have served us in past summers to what we’re eyeing for purchase this year. We talk about tops and bottoms, undergarments and swimwear, shoes and accessories. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Public Goods Public Goods is the one-stop-shop for affordable, sustainable, healthy, household products — from home and personal care to premium pantry staples. For $15 off your first Public Goods order, visit publicgoods.com/momhour or use code MOMHOUR at checkout Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THE...

58 MINJUN 9
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Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan talks to her niece Cecily and her nephew Mario about their experiences as young black people living in today’s world. The discussions are at times raw and may make you squirm, but we’re hoping they will also make you think, learn, and hopefully, continue the conversation in your own homes, families, and communities.

85 MINJUN 5
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Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

(Realistic) Summer Schedule Intentions: Episode 263

Summer 2020 isn’t going to be like any other summer in our memories–and it’s not going to look like whatever we’d dreamed up in midwinter before the pandemic hit. Still, Meagan and Sarah have ideas for how we’d like to set up ourselves and our families for healthy routines, regular self care, and (is it possible?) even some fun outings this summer. Join us for a look ahead at the next few months as we set our realistic intentions for summer 2020. This episode was recorded on May 31, 2020. A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities. We’re also working hard to bring you timely, releva...

51 MINJUN 3
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(Realistic) Summer Schedule Intentions: Episode 263

Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

Allison is a minister in a church, finding new ways to lead her congregation while awaiting her second baby; Alison deals with the guilt of laying off foodservice employees and permanently shutting down a location of her café business; Starlynn owns an in-home daycare serving front-line families while navigating changing rules and regulations. All three are also working moms with all the demands of mothering and living through a global pandemic. Find out what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like in our final (for now!) episode of Pandemic Perspectives.

47 MINMAY 31
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Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers

With most of us staying at home for an unforeseen amount of time, managing our households to run efficiently and calmly is crucial to keeping the family machine plugging along and helping us create a positive mental space. From meal planning to cleaning schedules to keeping things organized, Meagan and Sarah will share 10 small habits that have the power to transform at-home life from frazzled, chaotic and marred by unmet expectations, to calm, reasonably-organized, and just-productive-enough. About Our Sponsor Packets Up! is an educational effort by the American Cleaning Institute to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of practicing laundry safety. We talked to cleaning expert Brian Sansoni to get tips for properly using, storing and handling those liquid laundry packets so that we can prevent accidents and keep our kids safe. Safety Tips & Resources For Our Listeners Store liquid laundry packets up high and out of sight and reach Completely close and seal liquid ...

48 MINMAY 29
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10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers

Latest Episodes

Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

No matter what’s going on in the world around you, the people need to eat. In Episode 268 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah break down the process of feeding a family when you’re going through a major life transition (or, say, a global pandemic). We talk about why meal plans are even MORE crucial in chaotic times, how to get fruits and veggies into the kids even when you’re serving up convenience food more often than you’d like, and how to stick to your “food values” even as you let some of your standards slide for a season. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Whether you need childcare because daycare is still closed or need help tackling a big outdoor project, Care.com can help you find sitters and nannies, PLUS housekeepers, dog walkers, senior care, tutors, errand runners and more. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/momhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THEMOMHOUR Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers. Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code MOMHOUR20 at checkout. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 268: We mentioned the two episodes we did at the beginning of the pandemic, A Week Of Real Life Dinners (COVID 19 Edition) and Freezer Meals, Pantry Staples & The New Reality Of Food Prep With Stacie Billis: Voices 47 Sarah mentioned our episode Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us Meagan’s recipe for her Pork & Sweet Potato Hash Check out all of our episodes on the topic of feeding a family

62 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Feeding A Family When Things Are In Flux: Episode 268

Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

Moving while momming is no small task–and we’ve been there, trust us. Meagan has mastered the art of the DIY cross-town move to a new home with a whole bunch of kids; Sarah’s moves have been fewer and farther between, but also farther in distance and bigger in scope. Join us as we continue last week’s discussion about big moves and get into the details of actually packing up and relocating your family. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: DRMTLGY DRMTLGY focuses in on creating high-end skin care using the purest, safest, most clinically-proven active ingredients available. Mom Hour listeners get access to an exclusive kit, dermatologist recommended and clinically proven to prevent signs of aging. Go to themomhour.com/skincare to check out DRMTLGY’s special offer for our listeners Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, van...

48 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

Do you dream of packing up the family and moving somewhere new? Or starting fresh in a different home or neighborhood? Maybe the idea of a move isn’t yours, but has been introduced by a job change or prompted by family circumstance. In this first of a two-part series on big moves, Meagan and Sarah talk about fantasy moves, aspirational moves, and making the decision to actually move our families. We also look at all the considerations we’ve made when planning a big move–from schools and neighborhoods to house features and commute times. Whether you’re dreaming of a move or happy where you are, this is a fun one. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers...

63 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

In hindsight, was the worry worth it? That’s the question Meagan and Sarah are looking at in this week’s episode, as we bring back a popular series all about things that stressed us out as less experienced moms. From nutrition and discipline to kids’ friendships and developmental milestones, we look at the worries that kept us up at night and how it all turned out in the end. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers CarbSmart Breyers CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth c...

54 MIN3 w ago
Comments
More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

For the first time in generations, many of us are reexamining how often we shop, where we get our groceries, and what household essentials we might be able to make at home instead of running out to buy. But this month’s Voices guest Kris Bordessa has been teaching families how to live more sustainably for years. Hear Meagan get Kris’s take on the bake-your-own-bread craze, why so many adults feel like they never really learned to cook, and how growing your own food or making soap doesn’t have to be overwhelming. They also discuss Kris’s new book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living. Check it out! Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit www.getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order. Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms Shoot Along is an online phot...

51 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

We may be staying closer to home this summer, but we still want to feel good about the way we look! Join Meagan and Sarah for an update on our warm weather wardrobes, from which pieces have served us in past summers to what we’re eyeing for purchase this year. We talk about tops and bottoms, undergarments and swimwear, shoes and accessories. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Public Goods Public Goods is the one-stop-shop for affordable, sustainable, healthy, household products — from home and personal care to premium pantry staples. For $15 off your first Public Goods order, visit publicgoods.com/momhour or use code MOMHOUR at checkout Sponsor Spotlight: Ritual Ritual is the obsessively-researched vitamin for women. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual’s Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. And it’s only a dollar a day to have all the essential nutrients your body needs, delivered every month – no strings attached. Get 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/THE...

58 MINJUN 9
Comments
Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan talks to her niece Cecily and her nephew Mario about their experiences as young black people living in today’s world. The discussions are at times raw and may make you squirm, but we’re hoping they will also make you think, learn, and hopefully, continue the conversation in your own homes, families, and communities.

85 MINJUN 5
Comments
Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

(Realistic) Summer Schedule Intentions: Episode 263

Summer 2020 isn’t going to be like any other summer in our memories–and it’s not going to look like whatever we’d dreamed up in midwinter before the pandemic hit. Still, Meagan and Sarah have ideas for how we’d like to set up ourselves and our families for healthy routines, regular self care, and (is it possible?) even some fun outings this summer. Join us for a look ahead at the next few months as we set our realistic intentions for summer 2020. This episode was recorded on May 31, 2020. A NOTE ON EPISODES RELEASED DURING COVID-19: Things change so quickly these days–including recommendations for health and safety, as well as our own thoughts and feelings–so you may hear things that feel a bit dated if you’re catching up on older episodes. Just know that we’re experiencing this in real time just like you, and that we’re working hard to follow the latest recommendations for the safety of our families and our communities. We’re also working hard to bring you timely, releva...

51 MINJUN 3
Comments
(Realistic) Summer Schedule Intentions: Episode 263

Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

Allison is a minister in a church, finding new ways to lead her congregation while awaiting her second baby; Alison deals with the guilt of laying off foodservice employees and permanently shutting down a location of her café business; Starlynn owns an in-home daycare serving front-line families while navigating changing rules and regulations. All three are also working moms with all the demands of mothering and living through a global pandemic. Find out what's hard, what's hopeful, and what life is like in our final (for now!) episode of Pandemic Perspectives.

47 MINMAY 31
Comments
Pandemic Perspectives: Church Leader + Café Manager + Daycare Owner

10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers

With most of us staying at home for an unforeseen amount of time, managing our households to run efficiently and calmly is crucial to keeping the family machine plugging along and helping us create a positive mental space. From meal planning to cleaning schedules to keeping things organized, Meagan and Sarah will share 10 small habits that have the power to transform at-home life from frazzled, chaotic and marred by unmet expectations, to calm, reasonably-organized, and just-productive-enough. About Our Sponsor Packets Up! is an educational effort by the American Cleaning Institute to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of practicing laundry safety. We talked to cleaning expert Brian Sansoni to get tips for properly using, storing and handling those liquid laundry packets so that we can prevent accidents and keep our kids safe. Safety Tips & Resources For Our Listeners Store liquid laundry packets up high and out of sight and reach Completely close and seal liquid ...

48 MINMAY 29
Comments
10 Habits Of Happy Home Managers
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