Lifehacks for Working Moms with Megan Strand
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Lifehacks for Working Moms with Megan Strand: the podcast that helps you overcome the overwhelm, embrace the chaos and cultivate a life you love. This show ran from 2014-15 on RashPixel.FM and is now retired.
||Encouraging (and Troubleshooting) Your Child’s Healthy Speech Development||When my kids were young, I had the good fortune to have multiple friends that were Speech and Language Pathologists. So any time I had a question or concern about my kiddo's language development, I'd turn to them for assistance, reassurance or strategies. I realize not everyone has this dynamic, so in this week's episode I've invited Sharon Soliday, a dear friend of mine (and Speech and Language Pathologist), to join me to discuss all things speech and language.||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Money Talks: Conversations To Have With Your Kids About The Almighty Dollar with Tim Ranzetta||Over the past several weeks, we’ve talked about creating a personal spending plan and some tips about how to save money on one of your largest monthly expenses. But what about imparting some of that financial literacy to your kiddos? As far as Tim Ranzetta is concerned, having those conversations early and often is key to ensuring your kids have a firm financial foundation to avoid costly spending pitfalls and proactively manage their own finances. On this episode, Tim and I discuss all things personal finance, from saving for college (and related expectations) to opening a checking account. How to teach responsible credit card use (and why Tim recommends it!) to really understanding financial contracts. He’ll even explain how you can “lend” your good credit to your kids if you’re a long-term credit card holder. Tune in to this episode to hear all of this and more!||7/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||$5 Dinners Your Family (And Your Wallet) Will Love with Erin Chase||I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with cooking and meal planning. I enjoy cooking and feeding my family healthy meals, but it turns out this is something you have to do every. single. day! I get burnt out easily. AND, as you might have noticed, food is EXPENSIVE and it just seems to be getting more so. For me, it’s overwhelming to manage the logistics as well as the finances of all this eating. My guest today happens to be a master at both meal planning AND shopping on a budget. Her name is Erin Chase and she is SO good at this, that she started what is now a successful blog called 5DollarDinners.com. Erin is crazy good at pulling together nutritious meals featuring real food and putting them together for you in meal plans you can download. I downloaded Erin’s 20 meals for $150 from Costco and my family loved, loved, loved the lemon pepper chicken (haven't made the rest yet!). Do check it out. So if you’re finding yourself pressed for time, money or both when it comes to meal planning and preparation, this episode is for YOU. Tune in now and let me know YOUR family’s favorite go-to recipe on the Lifehacks Facebook page or Twitter.||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Personal Finance Strategies that Actually Work with Mindy Crary||When you sit down to do your finances, does your heart fill with dread and loathing? Yeah…me too. My guest in this episode is CreativeMoney.biz’s Mindy Crary and she thinks all of this finance stuff is FUN (crazy, right?) and joins me to share her approach to personal finance. Tune in to this episode to hear Mindy’s tips on the best online spending tools, how and where to start cutting back on things you probably won’t miss and ways to prioritize spending plans without going overboard. Mindy takes a lighthearted approach to this stuff and really hones in on the psychology behind why we act and spend the way we do…and how to rein ourselves in without feeling deprived. So tune in to this episode and share your own tips on the Lifehacks Facebook page or on Twitter. Mentioned Links and Resources Mint.com Getting Started with Conscious Spending (and lots of other great, FREE resources)||7/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Furry Friend Field Report from Best Friends||Last month my family and I spent a week in Utah. Several of those days we volunteered at the largest no-kill animal shelter in the country - Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.||7/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Fear Public Speaking More Than Death? It’s Time for Toastmasters||If your public speaking skills leave a little to be desired, whether it's simply increasing your confidence or boosting your communication skills, today's episode is for you!||6/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Unique and Meaningful Father's Day Gift Ideas with The Good Dad Project's Larry Hagner||It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day and all of the amazing men in your life. For some of you that means double, or even triple duty, as you consider your own father or grandfather as well as the father of your precious cherubs.||6/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Greener Thumbs Greener Gardens with Shorty’s Gardening Experts||For those of us not born with a green thumb, gardening can be a little intimidating. Which is why I’ve invited not one, but two gardening experts to join me on this episode.||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Simple Appliance Maintenance You’re Probably Not Doing But Should Be||The key to long happy lives for your appliances is to maintain them. Angie’s List’s Cheryl Reed joins me in today’s episode to share some very simple ways to extend the life of these lovable hunks of metal.||5/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hacks to Organize, Manage and Enjoy Your Photos with Photojojo's Laurel Sittig||Today, I’m calling in an expert. Laurel Sittig is Editorial Manager for Photojojo, a blog and online store for photography gear and cool photo ideas.||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Essential First Steps of Emergency Preparedness Your Family Should Know||If a natural disaster struck tomorrow, would you be ready? Odd are, your answer is, "no".||5/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Minisode >> Get Rid of the Calendar Game Time Suck with Calendly||How many hours each week do you spend playing the calendar game over email trying to coordinate a simple phone call or in-person meeting? If your answer, like mine, is "a lot!", then keep reading. This minisode is for YOU.||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Streamline Your Digital Life with Pete Wright||Do you ever wish your digital life would just synchronize itself? I mean, it seems conceivable, right? That technology could self-organize to your benefit?||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Changing the Game of Youth Sports with John O'Sullivan||John O’Sullivan has been involved in soccer full time as a player and coach since 1996. He is now an international speaker and national best-selling author of a book called Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athlete||4/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||How One Family Traveled the World with Taking the Big Break’s Kathrin Spaccarelli||In September 2013, Kathrin Spaccarelli and her husband sold most of their belongings and traveled the world for a year with their two sons. They visited 25 countries on 5 continents in the experience of a lifetime. Kathrin joins me to share their journe||4/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Turn Summer Learning Into an Online Adventure with Brain Chase’s Heather Staker||I’m joined today by Brain Chase co-founder Heather Staker. Heather gives us the audio tour of what Brain Chase is all about and why she and her husband Allan felt strongly that this product needed to be invented.||3/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Create a Meaningful Family Adventure: Volunteering Abroad with United Planet’s Dave Santulli||I’m joined by Dave Santulli, Founder & Executive Director of United Planet, an organization that offers volunteer opportunities in 35 countries. Dave walks us through the ins and outs of what that means if you choose to volunteer through his organizat||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mom Entrepreneurs Unite with The Founding Moms’ Jill Salzman||According to Jill Salzman, moms make the best entrepreneurs because we know how to make it up as we go. Jill created the mom entrepreneur MeetUp, The Founding Moms. Their mission? Helping moms get down to business.||3/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||10 Critical Questions To Ask When Choosing a K-12 School with Noodle’s Suzanne Podhurst||In this episode I’m joined by Suzanne Podhurst, Editor-in-Chief of the education website Noodle. Suzanne shares a list of 10 critical things you’ll want to add to your list of questions when considering a K-12 school for your child.||3/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Fashion Tips for Busy Moms with Wardrobe Therapy’s Elizabeth Smith||Elizabeth Smith founded a company called Wardrobe Therapy to help the fashion frazzled like me navigate her way past the yoga pants and to a style she loves.||3/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Why Your Kids Talk Back and How to Eliminate It||Rude, snarky comments in response to your authority as a parent? It’s maddening! Luckily for us, we have a parenting expert to help us address this dynamic in our homes. Dr. Becca is a child psychologist and host of the blog, Parenting the Modern Fami||2/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Parenting: All Joy and No Fun with Jennifer Senior||My guest today is Jennifer Senior, author of the much acclaimed book “All Joy and No Fun,” named one of Slate’s Top 10 Books of the Year. It is such an honest, fascinating look at modern parenting.||2/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Keep Your Kid Safe Online with Internet Safety Expert Larry Magid||In this episode, I’m joined by an expert on keeping kids safe online. Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an internet safety advocate and serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News is also co-director of ConnectSafely.org and SafeKids.com||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Get More Sleep Tonight with Tips from Terry Cralle||In this episode you’ll hear from a sleep expert named Terry Cralle – she’s a registered nurse and certified clinical sleep educator and spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council.||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The #1 Thing Missing From A Busy Mom’s To-Do List with Julie Jeske||In this episode I’m joined by the lovely Julie Jeske, an individual and couples counselor who is going to look into why we should think more about loving ourselves and how to do that in a way that’s practical and simple to fit into your busy schedul||1/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Amazingly Simple Way to Up Your Energy Level||What if I told you that there was a simple way you could have more energy each day without increasing your caffeine levels?||1/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Eat This, Not That: Foods That Impact Your Sleep with Lissa Coffey||It turns out that with sleep, like pretty much everything having to do with being healthy, we probably need to take more of a holistic approach. In this episode, Lifestyle and Wellness expert Lissa Coffey dives into how the food we eat impacts our sleep||1/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clone Yourself with a Virtual You with FancyHand's Josh Boltuch||Want to make 2015 the year of being more intentional and more productive? Then you must tune into today’s episode.||1/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Planning the New Year? Start Here with Sabrina Walters||In this episode, I'm doubling down by calling in the reinforcements and explore a framework for all this end-of-year nonsense with Marriage and Family Therapist Sabrina Walters.||12/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Trick Yourself (And Your Family) Into Eating Less This Holiday Season with Dr. Brian Wansink||Did you know that you make 25-30 food-related decisions by the end of breakfast each day? What?! In this episode Dr. Brian Wansink shares tools for tricking yourself into eating less, both in this busy holiday season and at home year round.||12/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Foster Independence This Weekend with Tips from Communications Expert Kira Wright||In this episode, I invite a dear friend and SLP to chat about some of these communication tools she relies upon every day in her work. Turns out, they can be uber-useful for ANY household. My friend Kira Wright explains how and why.||12/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Genius Gentleman Scholar Pete Wright on Mastering Life’s Every Detail with Evernote||In today’s episode I chat with Rash Pixel’s Pete Wright about the coolest, most useful technology tool known to woman. It’s Evernote. Get ready to drool and then have some fun playing with Evernote. It’s a free app that you’re going to love!||12/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Real Food, Real Fast with Spoon and Saucer's Brandie Kajino||In this episode of Lifehacks for Working Moms, I’m joined by Brandie Kajino, food blogger at SpoonandSaucer.com and busy working mom. We dish about our favorite crazy-easy, real food, go-to items in our household.||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lose The Household Clutter Without Losing Your Mind with Nikki Kinzer||This whole month we’re talking about creating a happy home. Today that means talking about a clean and organized home.||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Finally! I love these Podcasts because they are no-nonsense suggestions from down to earth people. It's refreshing to hear something solid and not something "Martha-ish" that is A) unobtainable and B) just makes you feel like more of a failure when you don't have the energy or skills to do it! Keep these Podcasts going!
Why didn’t I think of that?!?
I’ve given up on waiting to have my serene Oprah moment. Really, what I need is some concrete ideas on just how to get EVERYONE's stuff off the kitchen table . . Megan’s island. And here it is! Simple, straight-forward, and easy to adapt. How refreshing to hear women talk about the little things that can keep us from achieving the big things. Sure, my daughter has the potential to grow up and cure cancer but doubtful if we can’t even find last night’s homework? Thanks, Megan. Keep solving the little problems . . .
New ideas without guilt!
I’ve listened to the first couple episodes of this podcast, and I love the easy conversational style. It’s easy for the working mom crowd to get judgey about the “right” way to do things. Even if others are telling us we should be able to do it all, we’re often right there with the crowd, setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves and feeling shame and guilt when we don’t reach them. This podcast has the feeling of chatting over coffee with a couple of friends, and coming away with lots of new ideas to try without feeling bad about where we are! Looking forward to more great conversations!
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