Episode 64: Motherhood + Hospitality

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From fear of awkward small talk to embarrassment about baseboard dust bunnies, most of us have our own hangups around hospitality. And yet, inviting people into our imperfect lives and homes is how we build real, authentic relationships. In this week’s episode, we confess to the small stuff we sweat (like the evidence people actually live in our homes) and share how we’re learning to roll out the welcome mat anyway.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

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Mentioned in this episode:

April and Ashlee have claimed Gayle as their hospitality spirit animal.

Indiana has never once used this and just needs to send it to April.

April feels exactly like Mrs. Doubtfire when guests arrive.

Feeling inspired to flex your hospitality muscles? Host a C+C brunch for Mother’s Day!

Previous episodes mentioned:

Ep. 44: Embracing Vulnerability with Jamie Ivey
Ep. 49: Motherhood + Loneliness

Related essays:

Being Seen, French Toast, And the C+C Mother’s Day Brunch
Velveeta + Vulnerability
The Less I Bring
Fail-Safe Friends


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


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This Is How We Do: Self Care

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With endless time and unlimited budgets, self care becomes pretty easy (hello tropical beach vacation and weekly massages!). But when we’re balancing motherhood, marriage, and careers—and our bank account isn’t bottomless—how do we make time and give ourselves permission to care for ourselves?

This week we’re talking about what self care looks like for each of us and how that varies depending on the season of life we’re in. April also offers a powerful reminder of the importance of letting our kids see us experience the joyful and delightful parts of life. We hope this conversation leaves you feeling encouraged and empowered to explore what self care looks like for you, whether you have five whole hours a week or just five minutes a day.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Hopster.tv is a subscription app for children ages 2-6 that strikes a balance between learning and fun, in a safe and ad-free digital playground. Hopster.tv’s content is handpicked by a content team of real human beings, not an algorithm, so children will never come across any nasty or misleading videos.

Use voucher code coffeeandcrumbs to get an extended 1-month free trial.

Docusol Kids is designed specifically for constipation relief and helps relieve kids, safely, in less than 15 minutes. It’s safe and effective for children ages 2 to 12.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Ok to Wake! Clock April uses to help her kids sleep later

Ashlee’s bamboo bath tray

Target’s $2 face masks

Our Exhale creative community

The Enneagram

Related previous episodes:

Ep. 3: It’s Their Day, Too With Katie Blackburn
Ep. 9: Living the Balanced Life With Robin Long
Ep. 59: Everyday Peacemaking With Osheta Moore
This Is How We Don’t

Related essays:

Little Luxuries
It’s Their Day, Too
It’s Not About The Haircut
A Creative
Permission
Put It Down
The Rest Found In Movement
Let Us Be Women Who Rest When We’re Tired


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


HELP THE COFFEE + CRUMBS PODCAST REACH MORE MOMS

Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Coffee + Crumbs Podcast. If you're an Android user, we recommend using the Stitcher app which you can find in the Google Play store. Then, once you're in the app, search for "Coffee + Crumbs." Click the plus (+) sign to add our podcast to your Favorites list. You can also try Overcast and Spotify.

Patreon | Did you know you can support our work with a monthly donation as little as $1/month? Learn more here

Leave a review | When you leave a five star iTunes review, it helps other mothers find us when they're seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? No problem

Check out our sponsors | We're selective when it comes to our sponsors because we are sure to only partner with companies that we love and know you'll love. They underwrite a portion of our production costs, so when you click over and/or support them, they'll know they've partnered with the right podcast. This week's sponsors: Hopster.tv and Docusol Kids.

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Episode 63: Due Dates, Doulas, and Drugs, Oh My!

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking labor pains and epidurals, amazing nurses and redemptive birth experiences, as Ashlee and April recount the births of their daughters earlier this year. Grab a coffee (and maybe some headphones for this episode!) and settle in for an honest, funny, and heartfelt chat about the nuts and bolts of bringing a baby into the world.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

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Mentioned in this episode:

Dilation as illustrated by everyday objects (you’ll never look at a bagel quite the same way)

Documentary: The Business of Being Born

What exactly is a doula?

The Cheerio Diaries car birth story Ashlee couldn’t get out of her head

April loved this explanation of getting an epidural as a way to stay present during birth

Katherine Heigl’s Knocked Up birth scene (warning: language and graphic content)

Previous episodes mentioned:

Episode 29: Three’s Company, Too with Sarah Powers
Episode 31: The One With All The Birth Stories
Episode 54: Growing Your Family, Part One

Related essays:

Presley Joy Gadd: A Redemptive Birth Story
A Tale of Two Birth Plans
Sharks and Childbirth
I Had A Hard Birth
All Natural
How’s Your Pain?
Permission To Cry
The Baby Is Going To Be Fine


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


HELP THE COFFEE + CRUMBS PODCAST REACH MORE MOMS

Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Coffee + Crumbs Podcast. If you're an Android user, we recommend using the Stitcher app which you can find in the Google Play store. Then, once you're in the app, search for "Coffee + Crumbs." Click the plus (+) sign to add our podcast to your Favorites list. You can also try Overcast and Spotify.

Patreon | Did you know you can support our work with a monthly donation as little as $1/month? Learn more here

Leave a review | When you leave a five star iTunes review, it helps other mothers find us when they're seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? No problem

Check out our sponsors | We're selective when it comes to our sponsors because we are sure to only partner with companies that we love and know you'll love. They underwrite a portion of our production costs, so when you click over and/or support them, they'll know they've partnered with the right podcast. This week's sponsors: HelloFresh and Molekule.

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This Is How We Do: Preparing For Baby

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From our hospital bag favorites to how we make time for baby-bonding with other children running rampant through the house—in this episode, we’re chatting about all things baby prep. Whether you secretly pin nursery decor for months or Amazon Prime a Dock-a-Tot the week before your due date, we hope our conversation today brings some peace (and humor!) to an expectant season.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Care.com makes it easy to find an extra set of hands when you need them. You can join for free as a basic member and easily start searching for local caregivers, or you can upgrade to a premium membership so you can reach out to caregivers, schedule interviews and even book and pay for care online or through their app. Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

LOLA makes feminine care products, including pads, tampons, and pantyliners with 100% organic cotton, delivered directly to your door. You can pick and choose exactly what’s in your deliver, and set up a recurring subscription so you always have what you need on hand. For 40% off your order, visit mylola.com and enter coffeeandcrumbs when you subscribe!

Mentioned in this episode:

Ashlee’s floral robe for the hospital bag (pairs well with nursing nightgown) // matching swaddle + headband // April’s “Game of Thrones-inspired” robe

Milkmaid Goods nightgown/dress (Ashlee puts her baby in it for skin to skin time)

Birth hack: steal as many mesh panties as possible from the hospital. When you’re ready for real undies again, these are Ashlee’s postpartum favorites.

Haven + Pine labor + delivery box // mini version // Wonderfully Made printable

The dichotomy of third-baby nurseries: Presley’s room tour … and Caleb’s.

Indiana talks about her birth stories on The Birth Hour.

Related previous episodes:

Episode 31: The One With All The Birth Stories

Related essays:

A Tale of Two Birth Plans
What The Books Don’t Say
Taking The Time To Marvel
How To Keep Your World Small


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


HELP THE COFFEE + CRUMBS PODCAST REACH MORE MOMS

Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Coffee + Crumbs Podcast. If you're an Android user, we recommend using the Stitcher app which you can find in the Google Play store. Then, once you're in the app, search for "Coffee + Crumbs." Click the plus (+) sign to add our podcast to your Favorites list. You can also try Overcast and Spotify.

Patreon | Did you know you can support our work with a monthly donation as little as $1/month? Learn more here

Leave a review | When you leave a five star iTunes review, it helps other mothers find us when they're seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? No problem

Check out our sponsors | We're selective when it comes to our sponsors because we are sure to only partner with companies that we love and know you'll love. They underwrite a portion of our production costs, so when you click over and/or support them, they'll know they've partnered with the right podcast. This week's sponsors: Care.com and LOLA.

Share with a friend | We hope to see the Coffee + Crumbs podcast grow and grow and grow, but we rely on moms like you to spread the word. We appreciate when you share our episodes—whether that's via Facebook, email, Twitter or Instagram. Thank you for the love!

Episode 62: Being The Village - How To Help A New Mom

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We’re baaaaack! Today we’re kicking off season four with an honest conversation about how we can really help the new moms in our lives. From avoiding the “just you wait” dump truck to reading cues on whether your Meal Train recipient wants you to sit and chat or drop the food and leave, consider this episode a crash course in new-mom-awareness. We also talk about the hard work of setting our pride aside and asking for help when we need it. Plus, Indiana and Ashlee confess the moments with new moms they wish they could do over.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Zola is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest day in couples' lives even happier. Zola takes the stress out of wedding planning by enabling couples to manage everything online and in one place. To join the more than 500,000 couples who have used Zola to get their free wedding website and to get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to ZOLA.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service that delivers completely personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door. Care/of’s online quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices, and then your Care/of subscription box gets delivered every month with personalized daily packs, great for a busy on-the-go lifestyle. For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter “COFFEEANDCRUMBS50.”

Mentioned in this episode:

Related previous episodes:

Ep. 17: Bringing Back the Village with Krystal Festerly

Related essays:

New Mom Meal: Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Apple Bake
Being the Village
The Less I Bring
Peanut Butter and Generous
The Twilight Bark


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


HELP THE COFFEE + CRUMBS PODCAST REACH MORE MOMS

Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Coffee + Crumbs Podcast. If you're an Android user, we recommend using the Stitcher app which you can find in the Google Play store. Then, once you're in the app, search for "Coffee + Crumbs." Click the plus (+) sign to add our podcast to your Favorites list. You can also try Overcast and Spotify.

Patreon | Did you know you can support our work with a monthly donation as little as $1/month? Learn more here

Leave a review | When you leave a five star iTunes review, it helps other mothers find us when they're seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? No problem

Check out our sponsors | We're selective when it comes to our sponsors because we are sure to only partner with companies that we love and know you'll love. They underwrite a portion of our production costs, so when you click over and/or support them, they'll know they've partnered with the right podcast. This week's sponsors: Zola and Care/Of.

Share with a friend | We hope to see the Coffee + Crumbs podcast grow and grow and grow, but we rely on moms like you to spread the word. We appreciate when you share our episodes—whether that's via Facebook, email, Twitter or Instagram. Thank you for the love!