Episode 43: The Season Finale

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It’s our final episode in 2017 (sob!) and Lesley has a big announcement to make (more sobs!). This week we’re answering YOUR questions. You’ll hear us chat about our favorite mom hacks, our favorite beauty products, how we talk to our kids about faith, and how we deal with rough toddler transitions. We also tackle mom guilt, sleep training, and picky eating. Oh, and April gets a serious case of the giggles when Ashlee confesses how many times she’s joined and quit the gym. This episode is extra long, and we hope it tides you over until we return next year!


Show Notes

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April talked about Emily Ley’s new book, A Simplified Life.

Lesley’s favorite booster seat, and another option great for on-the-go families.

Rhett Smith’s podcast: Making Your Marriage a Priority in a Culture of Busyness

Kids books about faith that are gospel-centered, fun, and beautifully illustrated: Jesus Storybook Bible, Your Magnificent Chooser, I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God, The Garden, The Curtain & The Cross, Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing, Found: Psalm 23, The Biggest Story, Psalms for Young Children, Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise, Maybe God is Like That Too, When God Made You

Beauty Recs: Ashlee loves Glossier products (use that link for 10% off!), Lesley loves Beauty Counter’s Dew Skin and Maybelline Brow Drama. April is obsessed with her NARS orgasm blush. Yes, we said the O word on the show. Sorry about that. 

After joining and quitting the gym approximately 20 times, Ashlee has decided that yoga and barre are more her jam and she is happily using ClassPass. Fellow gym haters: use her referral link to get $30 off your first month

Have a baby who isn’t sleeping? It’s totally normal. BUT—sometimes it’s nice to have a realistic plan (and a coach!) for getting your kids to sleep. Lesley loves The Baby Sleep Site and would also highly recommend Sleep Shop.

Podcast recommendations to listen to while we're on break: Hey Dad, Risen Motherhood, The Mom Hour

Don't forget: The Magic of Motherhood makes an awesome Christmas gift for your best friend, sister, or yourself! 

The Year of Creativity is sadly coming to an end, but we're launching something new in the spring! Sign up here to be the first to know about it. 

That's it for now! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; we'll be back in the spring!

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