#ASKAMAMA Monday

Town Hall #1: Good Cop, Bad Cop & the “Threenager” Phenomenon

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Click Here to Listen to Town Hall #1

It seems to me like every parent I know is talking about Threenagers these days.  Like, when did this become a thing?  When I was a babysitter, learning about Littles and what to expect while looking after them, I was never warned about the age of 3.  It was always, ALWAYS about 2.  How the 2s are TERRIBLE… Hence: The Terrible Twos.

Bee is almost 3.  And most of the time, she’s great.  Really great.  Fun, funny, witty, blow-my-mind amazing.  But when she’s not great, she embodies the spirit and attitude of a hormonally raging teenager.

Lord.  Help.  Me.

Desperately wanting to talk it out with other parents, and feeling the need to share other parenting issues of the day, one hot July evening I gathered some of my closest girlfriends together in a room, plopped down a mic and recorded the very first Town Hall.

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AlliAlli

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In this episode we discuss this Threenager business, and also get into topics such as: the Good Cop, Bad Cop dynamic between us and our husbands, the “Second Child Syndrome,” which is basically how our parenting style has changed since having second and subsequent kids, and what our own personal parenting mantras are.

Click here to download the episode on iTunes

From that link you’ll be directed to my iTunes channel, where you can subscribe and stay up-to-date on future Town Halls and the other parenting series I’ve got in the works.

You can also hear the audio from all my #ASKAMAMA {Mondays} episodes.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch any of them, and can’t spend the time watching a YouTube video – sometimes I can’t! – then you can still enjoy by downloading and listening on-the-go!  Bonus!

I hope you enjoy the podcast.  And if you have any ideas for future episodes, or would like to get involved, feel free to contact me via the form at the bottom of the page.  I’d love to round up a fresh bunch of ‘rents for the next session, which I’ll be scheduling soon!

Until then, listen on!  And to all you Moms and Dads: be kind to yourself.  You’re doing the best you can.

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Just a note:  Alli demonstrates her mantra to us with her hands around 30:40, here is video of that.

#ASKAMAMA {Mondays} with Trisha Hughes: Part 2

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In part 2 of my #ASKAMAMA episode with Trisha Hughes {from Eat Your Beets}, we finally get to your questions!

In this video, Trisha tackles:

1. Paleo “on the go” – how to stay satiated while out-and-about

2. As a Mom of 4 how does she “do it all”, AND keep everyone happy with lunches

3. Tips on how a newbie food blogger can stand out in the crowd

4. Find out where Trisha cuts her hair!

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To connect with Trisha:
Eat Your Beets {dot com}
trisha@eatyourbeets.com
IG: @goeatyourbeets
FB: /eatyourbeets

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To reach me (Beth):
I Am The Mama Mantra {dot com}
iamthemamamantra@gmail.com
IG: @iamthemamamantra
FB: /iamthemamamantra
T: @themamamantra

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#ASKAMAMA {Mondays} with Trisha Hughes: Part 1

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I know it’s technically a Tuesday, today.  But, guys…

This one was epic!

Trisha Hughes, from Eat Your Beets, has been on my “WANT” list of Mamas to ask for this series since I started it.  Thankfully the stars aligned, and we were able to make it happen for this episode!

The one thing neither of us was expecting, was just how long we’d end up talking for!  I recorded nearly 2 hours of interview footage, and decided instead of butchering it to high heaven for one episode – there is a lot of great material – I’d break it into two!

In part 1 we discuss how Trisha and her family came to discover the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, her upcoming events {a hands-on photography workshop & panelling a discussion group at the Alt Summit}, and her crazy experience with being put on the Instagram Suggested Users list.  And in part 2, which will be up next week, we get into the questions you guys submitted for Trisha.

As I did with the previous episode with Bria Evenson, the podcasts will be the longer, unedited versions of the interview.

You can link to the podcast for part 1 on my iTunes channel HERE.  And while you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe (*wink*)

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REFERENCED LINKS:

Eat Your Beets
Eat Pretty Things
Edible Omaha
Trisha’s post “Why I’m Glad I’m Losing Followers on Instagram”
Click it up a Notch
Natural Light Food Photography Workshop at Bench Omaha – June 6
Altitude Summit in Salt Lake City – June 9-12

 

It Takes a Village: #ASKAMAMA Monday with Bria Evenson

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It’s BACK, guys.  And with a whole new format, to boot!

The old proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and at it’s core, that’s what #ASKAMAMA is all about.

I’m seeking out Mamas (& Papas!) to offer advice and tips and stories and tales and misguided adventures to any and all of you who are looking for answers and/or anecdotes outside of your immediate circle of peeps who you lean on regularly for such things.

The goal is to expand your Village because, really, raising the next generation – and the next, and the next… – we’re all in this together, don’t you think?

#ASKAMAMA is on Youtube & the Podisphere, so going forward you can reach out to The Village on all your fun, fancy mobile devices and submit questions however suits your needs!  The podcasts will be the full, unedited interview with each Mama (& Papa!), and the vlogs will stick to the original format in that they will focus solely on the submitted #ASKAMAMA questions!

Bria was so gracious and patient with me as I took my time to work out all the kinks, and I’m so grateful to have had her as the first Mama to kick off this new series and… phase?  Chapter?  Let’s say both.

I’ll be announcing the next Mama in the coming days, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, here’s how to reach Bria directly:

Email:  briaevenson@beachbodycoach.com
Instagram:  @bria_evenson_fitness
Facebook.com/BriaEvensonFitness
Twitter:  @FitBria

And again, here’s how to submit your questions on parenting, lifestyle, cooking, the great Big Questions of the Universe:

  1. Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA
  2. Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post
  3. Head to my Facebook page and either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall
  4. Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com
  5. Fill out the trusty ol’ question form at the bottom of the page

This is going to be SO much fun, guys.  I’m really excited!  And I hope you all stick around and have your Village grow with this series.

The Return of #ASKAMAMA Mondays!

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I’m back!  And with me comes the return of #ASKAMAMA Mondays!

I had some really sweet enquiries over the past few months as to when I was going to start up AAMM again, and the answer was always, “as soon as we’re all settled!  And thanks for asking!

There have been quite a few changes and adjustments made in our lives since Bubs came along, most recently being the big move into our new home.  Bee started a new daycare and has finally stopped asking to go back to the “old house”.  All the boxes are unpacked and everything has a place.  So….

Finally.  Settled.  And if feels SOOOO amazing.  So amazing that I decided to get back to one of the things that really made me happy, making #ASKAMAMA Mondays.

I’ve changed the format slightly: I’ll now be making little videos to introduce the Mamas as well as writing a post!

And as for the first Mama of Season 2 – as I’m calling it – I really wanted to get Bria Evenson of Bria Evenson Fitness on board.  Not just because I’ve know her for forty years (actual time: 19 years….yeah, that somehow sounds longer), but because I truly believe her to be an inspiration.  She’s a woman who took her destiny in her own hands and decided her calling was to help, motivate & guide countless others in becoming their best selves.

Watch the clip to learn more about Bria 🙂

Bria is open to answering any fitness & nutrition questions you may have, but can also help out with any ol’ parenting question you can think of!  The whole point of this series is to ask someone outside your comfort circle for advice – an impartial third party, if you will!

Now, here are some ways you can ask Bria a question:

  1. Post it anywhere on social media using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA (links to my profiles above)
  2. Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post or below the video on YouTube
  3. Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com
  4. Fill out the trusty ol’ question form at the bottom of the page
  5. And of course if you’re a follower of Bria, feel free to send your question to her directly!  Her social media links are:

E-mail:  briaevenson@beachbodycoach.com

Facebook:  Bria Evenson Fitness

Twitter:  @FitBria

Instagram:  bria_evenson_fitness

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 8, and her first video will go LIVE Monday, March 16!

I couldn’t be happier to be back, guys.  I can’t wait to see what you throw Bria’s way, and for what she has to say!

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A bit more about Bria, in her own words:

Even as a CHILD, as early as 7 years old, I remember feeling self conscious of my body…of wanting it to be different from what it was…isn’t that sad? NOW I have a daughter who is almost that age and it makes me SO scared. My struggles and insecurities with my body only grew through high school and flourished into a very sad eating disorder into my 20’s. No matter what I did, or how I looked, I could never seem to stop bullying my own body for never being good enough.
At 22 I was lucky to meet my husband, who showed me what it meant to be really loved and made me realize that I was worth that…so with his support and getting help, I finally learned to stop being SO unkind to myself and at least try to respect myself for who and what I was. Having my children helped a lot with that.

As a mother, you realize the insane and amazing things that your body does to bring a child into this world…it is almost unbelievable. SO after my 2 children were born I really did have a deeply rooted respect for my body, and became determined to treat it with love.

But in-spite of those feelings, I was still haunted by the same insecurities each morning getting dressed. Was this really how life was….destined to be trapped by these negative self thoughts? No matter how many kilometers I ran, I still felt the same.

I decide I was going to commit to a workout program called P90X. It was unlike anything I had ever done before, but I was determined to start and finish it….and you know what happened around week 7? I found the love for my body that I had never known. It came through the hard work, the respect, the appreciation of choosing to commit to something that was good for me and see it through. For the first time since I was 7 years old, I felt a sense of freedom from my own thoughts that I had never known.

I FELT PEACE.

This was why I decided to become a fitness coach with Beachbody. This company, the people in it and what it created, had helped me facilitate this love for myself at last, and I KNOW I am not alone.

If you had told me that a year and a half into my journey as a coach, that not only would I get to work with INSPIRING people every day, that I would get to help other people like ME finally find that peace and love for themselves, that I would find a HEALTHY way to set a positive example for my children, and turn my struggles into a fire and a light to share with others, ALL while staying home with my family and generating income that is trending towards six figures…there is not a chance I would have believed you.

BUT, now I have learned something else:  ANYTHING is possible.  And I am determined to help as many women as I can live their healthiest and most fulfilling life.  I am dead set on making a dent in negative self image and body bullying.  If I can scratch the surface of that and make it a little better for OUR daughters… it will be worth every bit of sweat 🙂

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Kat Armstrong: Advice From a Small Biz Wiz!

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Ever thought about opening your own small business, but don’t know where to start?  Overwhelmed at the thought of taking that huge plunge?  Wondering how it could affect your family and your way of life??

Kat Armstrong, along with her business partner Faye Moxam, shook off the fear and doubt, took the leap, and haven’t looked back!

On today’s #ASKAMAMA Monday, Kat gives straight-up advice to any other Mama out there wondering if it’s all possible.

(spoiler:  it IS!)

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Here’s how to get in touch with Kat directly:

Blog:  ThisIsThePlaceBlog.com
E-mail:
  Kat@thislittlepiggyshop.ca
Twitter: @kitten_arms
Instagram: @thislil_piggy

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To send in a question for an upcoming episode, you can:

Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post

Head to my Facebook page and either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall

Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

Fill out the trusty ol’ question form at the bottom of the page

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Kat Armstrong: Maintaining My Style!

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Kat’s OOTD:  Top by Bird Apparel; Cosmic Leggings by This Little Piggy Boutique (leggings can be purchased in-store, or contact Kat or Faye for more info)

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Kat’s got the Rocker Mama look down pat, even with two small kids!

On today’s #ASKAMAMA episode, she talks about her style , how she maintains it amongst the chaos, and provides a few tips on how you can do the same!

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Here’s how to get in touch with Kat directly:

Blog:  ThisIsThePlaceBlog.com
E-mail:
  Kat@thislittlepiggyshop.ca
Twitter: @kitten_arms
Instagram: @thislil_piggy

 

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To send in a question for an upcoming episode, you can:

Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post

Head to my Facebook page and either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall

Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

Fill out the trusty ol’ question form at the bottom of the page