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Constipation and Congestion in Your Kids (Podcast)

Did you know that there is more to constipation than “not getting enough fiber” and a lot more to constant sinus congestion than “seasonal allergies”?  If you’re struggling with constipation and congestion in your kids, this is a podcast you won’t want to miss.

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If you’ve heard both of these or other similar phrases from medical professionals and wondered what else you can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms or even eradicate them completely, you are going to love today’s podcast. While we focused on gut health primarily, because the gut is the center of most autoimmune and inflammatory responses, once Wendi and I began chatting, we covered a lot more than just the gut!

You probably already know that my two boys suffer from food sensitivities, one from dairy and the other gluten. In both cases, I took matters into my own hands and made the decision to change their diets, despite their pediatrician assuring me that one had common allergies and the other had chronic constipation, both being “very normal” among kids.

The changes in their health, behavior, and other symptoms have been noteworthy, and when the culprit ingredient sneaks in, I’m able to see the effect on my children right away.

Today, I’m delighted to talk with Wendi Combs. Wendi is a nurse and health practitioner at Jubilee Health, a private practice in the Atlanta area.

She is a mom of two girls, a pediatric nurse for more than 20 years, and a passionate advocate to help kids thrive. She helps parents in the journey of wellness for their children. From runny noses to autism, she loves helping parents find a more holistic approach to caring for their family.

Her journey began when her daughters, Ansley and Lucy, experienced health issues at an early age. Through that, she discovered the beauty and effectiveness of natural remedies, and she became very passionate about guiding others who want to be a part of treating issues in children with a more holistic approach.

If you’ve always wondered how many of us cure our children with food, in today’s podcast, you’ll learn tips on how to take the first few steps yourself.

For more information about Wendi’s practice or to book an appointment online with her, visit Jubilee Health.org.

This book: Cure Your Child with Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments is a must-buy. If your child is suffering from chronic autoimmune, allergies, food intolerances, and other diseases, this book will change your (child’s) life.

Did you enjoy the show? Please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! E-mail me at podcast@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.

Time Saving Tips to Make Meal Making Easier

Time-Saving Tips to Make Meal-Making Easier (Podcast)

Do you find yourself not having enough time to make meals for your family? If you answered yes, this is for you! In this podcast, Aviva gives some great time-saving tips to make meal-making easier.

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Listen to The Six O’Clock Scramble: Time-Saving Tips to Make Mealtime Easier on iTunes or Stitcher.

Aviva is a family dinner expert and the founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble. She is a Today Show contributor and frequently appears in media such as The Katie Show, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Real Simple, Working Mother, Prevention, and more.

Aviva is the author of two cookbooks: The Six O’Clock Scramble Cookbook and SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families. She is a mother of two and great at all things dinner!

If you are tired of worrying about what to make for dinner, you can try 2 FREE weeks of Aviva’s dinner-planner solution! The Scramble gives thousands of families a ready-made, healthy, and seasonal dinner plan for the week that is also customizable! The plan includes side dishes and a grocery list, and it’s conveniently sent to your inbox or phone for a few dollars per month.

Aviva and I had a wonderful, fun, and informative discussion about all sorts of things, including our favorite kitchen gadgets—ones that actually help in the kitchen! She tells us what inspired her to create The Six O’Clock Scramble 11 year ago, and what she does to help reduce her own kitchen stress. Aviva has looked at research showing just how much time and money you can save by planning meals. The numbers will astonish you!

Aviva gives us some ideas about how to encourage kids to try something new, and even to try something they’d previously said they didn’t like. She also shares ideas about how to plan and cook for a family of just one or two people.

Are you tired of trying to do it all, all by yourself? Learn to delegate! Aviva talks about lots of different ways to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen and to get folks of every age to pitch in. Finally, Aviva tells us how teaching our kids gratitude fits in with our overall strategies to feed our family well.

Some of the things we discussed on the show:

  • Vegetti: Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  • Lemon & Lime Squeezers
  • Bread Makers
  • A slow cooker/crockpot (you can set a timer)

Did you enjoy the show? Please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! E-mail me at podcast@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.

Fun Ways to Boost Our Kids’ Food Variety (Podcast)

Are you looking for ways to add variety to your kids’ meals? Maybe even something a little more exciting? In this podcast, Jennifer Tyler Lee talks about fun ways to boost our kids’ food variety that work.

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A mom of two, Jennifer Tyler Lee is the author of The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year and the creator of the award-winning series of healthy-eating games, Crunch a Color. Her family cooking adventures have been featured by Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, Laurie David, Pottery Barn Kids, and Whole Foods.

She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a regular contributor to the James Beard award-winning magazine, Edible. Tune in to her delicious recipes and weekly tips at 52NewFoods.com.

In today’s podcast, you’ll love that Jennifer understands how difficult it can be to introduce new foods to our kids. She also provides suggestions on how to make food interesting and fun for them.

Her game, Crunch a Color, was born out of a desire to help her own children enjoy and have fun trying new foods. It’s a card game where kids earn points for eating a balanced and colorful meal, and they get bonus points for trying new foods and having good manners.

We know what to do. We know how to make healthy meals. But how do we get the kids to eat the foods we make? Jennifer has some really specific ideas on how to make that happen. She explains that cuing into what motivates your child goes a long way toward encouraging them to try new foods and to want to eat healthy meals, and that exploring new foods doesn’t start with cooking them.

Lots of people worry that buying fresh fruits and vegetables is more expensive than buying processed food. Jennifer says it doesn’t have to be, and tells us why. One of her brilliant suggestions is to “merchandise” our refrigerators, and she explains what that means and how to do it.

She also tells us how she made small steps toward moving away from packaged foods by replacing one thing at a time with homemade versions. She reminds us that taking small steps paves the way for big changes. Jennifer mentioned a few recipes she developed that she is particularly excited about. Those recipes, along with many others, are available in a full-color e-book bonus that you get when you pre-order her book, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year.

Links to items discussed during this show:

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How to Bring Up Great Kids (Podcast)

Have you been struggling with your child’s behavior? If you answered yes, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss. Carolyn Bond gives parenting advice on how to raise great kids.

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Download How to Bring Up Great Kids on iTunes & Stitcher. In today’s podcast, Carolyn Bond discusses how parents can struggle a little less when it comes to resolving common parenting issues like kids fighting for attention. As a mom to three young kids, I’ve often wondered how my grandmother handled five children and managed to do all that she did. Clearly, she implemented a lot of the things Carolyn shares in today’s show. If you have kids and are constantly resolving their bickering and know they often throw tantrums to grab your attention, this is one episode you don’t want to miss.Carolyn Bond is a parenting coach who is passionate about helping parents bring up great kids. She helps parents who are desperately seeking solid, proven, and effective ways of raising their kids to become respectful, considerate, loving, and independent adults. Her tried-and-true approach continues to work for everyone who uses it thoughtfully and consistently.

She’s a graduate of the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto with degrees in Sociology and Social Work. She always dreamed of having perfect children and a perfectly orchestrated life—like the one described as a possibility in many parenting books.

To her shock, her first child cried for 2- to 4-hour periods for the first 3 months! After her second arrived, she experienced the wonderful world of sibling rivalry, which progressed to constant bickering and fighting as the children grew older.

Around this time, she joined a parenting support group, where she learned Adlerian psychology. Immediately, she began see how her parenting problems began to be solved, almost miraculously, one after another.

She immersed herself in this miracle methodology at the Alfred Adler Institute of Ontario and became a leader of many parenting groups in the Ontario area. Over the past 20 years, she has helped countless families with their child-rearing challenges. She’s raised four wonderful children and now shares her expertise at HowtoBringupGreatKids.com.

For more information on how Carolyn can help you parent with confidence, check out her website and coaching programs.

Tips for Building a Happier Home (Podcast)

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with all things parenthood, this podcast is for you. From delegating chores and responsibilities to finding work/life balance and rediscovering sex (gasp!), Meagan and I talk about tips for building a happier home and how to keep our emotional tanks full so we can focus on doing what matters.

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Meagan Francis is a mother of five and a blogger, writer, and expert on being a happier, more productive mom. Her blog, The Happiest Home, and her book: The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhoodhelp mothers find satisfaction in family and home life, while encouraging them to go after their own dreams too.

Meagan’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines and websites such as Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, The Huffington Post, and Babble.com. She also appears often in media outlets including the New York Times, Woman’s Day, and Fox & Friends.

Many moms experience a level of loneliness that surprises them. Laura explains that there are two types of loneliness and discusses how to reach out and get past them. She talks about the difference between seeking connection via blogs versus forums and private Facebook groups, and which might be better.

Moms need real-life friends, too. We’ve all read tips on going to the park or library storytime to make mom friends, but are those really the best places to do that? Does a misguided sense of nostalgia lead us to believe that we’ll form tight-knit, playgroup-based friendships, where all the moms will be friends for life? What if we don’t find that? What if that doesn’t fit with our personality? Meagan has some ideas for thinking outside the box when it comes to forming friendships.

Delegating chores and housework is important in the Francis household, but she says chore charts really aren’t her thing. Meagan tells us how she goes about it and why that works for her family. Moms often feel they don’t have time to get certain basic things done, such as taking a shower or getting enough sleep. Meagan has advice for how to choose what things really need to be a priority and how that might be different for each person.

Speaking of priorities, does it feel like everyone else is swinging from the chandeliers and “doing it” except for you and your sweetie? We dig a little deeper to find out what’s really going on.

What does it mean to have work/life balance or mommy guilt? Meagan tells us what those phrases mean to her and how she does what she calls “riding out the cycles of life.” Meagan describes what it means to “aim low and go slow” in our lives. She explains how compromise doesn’t have to be a dirty word.

Finally, Meagan gives us her best advice for having a happier home and what that means to her.

Note: I was also a guest on Meagan’s podcast: The Home Hour. To hear us talk about all things school lunch, click here

Links to items discussed during this show:

  • Referenced articles from Meagan’s Blog:
    • 7 Myths About Being a Good School Mom
    • How to Have Sex after Kids
    • “Aim Low and Go Slow” Concept
  • Meagan’s Podcast: Home Hour
  • If you are ready to focus a little time and energy on yourself, check out Meagan’s Beyond Baby Book and Boot Camp.

Did you enjoy the show? Please leave a review on iTunes! E-mail me at podcast@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.