This Is How We Do: Holidays

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Today we're talking about our approach to the holidays—from April's Buddy the Elf level enthusiasm from October straight through New Year's to Indiana's more measured approach. We chat about our favorite holiday traditions and how we balance all the time grabs by extended family and friends. Whether elaborate baked goods for the whole neighborhood are your thing or, like Ashlee, you're more comfortable with every boxed mix Trader Joe's offers, you'll feel right at home in this week's conversation.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Noom is a habit changing solution that helps users develop a new relationship with food and exercise through personalized courses. Noom helps you understand WHY you do the things you do and arms you with tools to break the bad habits and replace them with better ones. To start a free trial and see if Noom is right for you, head to noom.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

Michelin tires are designed to deliver reliable traction—no matter the weather—even when they’re worn. In fact, when worn Michelin Premier All Season tires come to a complete stop, some other tires still travel over 15 mph. While brakes stop your wheels, it’s your tires that stop your car, and that’s why it’s important to choose tires that perform well when worn. 

Mentioned in this episode:

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays

The Buche De Noel recipe April is dying to try

Indi’s ideal for Ashlee’s new holiday thing: wreaths made from cereal

Indi references Kim Kardashian’s sparsely-decorated home. Pictures here (via Buzzfeed)

Previous C+C gift guides

Ashlee’s 2018 gift guide

The salt gun Indi got her husband https://amzn.to/30TwyPO

Apple Hill near Sacramento

Indiana said, “Halloween is my Super Bowl” and she wasn’t kidding

Previous episodes mentioned:

This Is How We Do: Toys
This Is How We Do: Gift Giving
Ep. 69: Motherhood + Minimalism

Related essays:

The Elf Is Optional
December 26th People
Christmas Is About A Baby
Is This It?


Show credits: 

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


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Episode 77: Blizzards, Babies, and Brainstorming (aka the 2019 Team Retreat)

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At the end of September, most of the Coffee + Crumbs team came together live and in person (!!) for four days in the Pacific Northwest. We weathered an unexpected blizzard, ate all the food, passed around babies, and spoke truth and encouragement into one another's dreams. On our last night together, we sat in the living room of Katie Blackburn's parents' home (who graciously welcomed all 15 of us when we had to evacuate from the mountain), and captured our conversation—and giggles—for your listening pleasure. We all rank our degree of nervousness pre-retreat, recap our funniest and favorite moments from our time together, and speak to the "secret sauce" that connects us to one another in a way that transcends our typical expectations of friendships.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Hello Fresh makes cooking delicious meals at home a reality, regardless of your comfort in the kitchen. There’s something for everyone, from family recipes to calorie smart and vegetarian options. For $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh go to HelloFresh.com/coffeeandcrumbs80 and enter promo code coffeeandcrumbs80.

Michelin tires are designed to deliver reliable traction—no matter the weather—even when they’re worn. In fact, when worn Michelin Premier All Season tires come to a complete stop, some other tires still travel over 15 mph. While brakes stop your wheels, it’s your tires that stop your car, and that’s why it’s important to choose tires that perform well when worn. 

Mentioned in this episode:

Want to match up faces and roles to names/voices? Our team page can help.

Artifact Uprising has offered to create a photo book for our team, and we’re collecting words of affirmation and encouragement from our listeners and readers. If you’d like to participate, pop over to this form and leave us a note. We’re so grateful for your support!

Related previous episodes:

Ep. 45: Embracing Vulnerability With Jamie Ivey
Ep. 25: The Magic Of Motherhood

Related essays:

Fail-Safe Friends


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Each member of the C+C team headed home from our retreat with a sweet swag bag courtesy of ABLE, Modcloth, Benevolence LA, Buffy, Verb Hair Care, & Personalized Toothbrush. We’re giving away one complete swag set (and we’re throwing in a copy of The Magic of Motherhood, too!) to a podcast newsletter subscriber, so if you’re not already on that mailing list scroll down and join!



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This Is How We Do: Toys

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Today we're talking all things toys: the ones our kids have loved and played with endlessly, the ones we don't let across our thresholds, and the ones that will haunt our nightmares forever (ahem, we're looking at you, April, and your ventriloquist dummy, Charlie). We cover avoiding the lost lovey disaster and controlling the stuffed animal collection that threatens to take over the bed, plus we run through our favorite, road-tested toy picks in every age group. You'll want to bookmark our show notes for your holiday shopping!


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Ana Luisa Jewelry is on a mission to bring exceptional jewelry within reach of every woman and is crafted from 100% recycled gold. Shop at www.annaluisa.com/coffeeandcrumbs and save $10 off your purchase with promo code coffeeandcrumbs.

Michelin tires are designed to deliver reliable traction—no matter the weather—even when they’re worn. In fact, when worn Michelin Premier All Season tires come to a complete stop, some other tires still travel over 15 mph. While brakes stop your wheels, it’s your tires that stop your car, and that’s why it’s important to choose tires that perform well when worn. 

Mentioned in this episode:

April and Charlie. Good luck sleeping tonight.

April and Charlie. Good luck sleeping tonight.


Show credits: 

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


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Episode 76: Being A Good Friend In Hard Seasons

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Today's episode is coming from a more serious and somber place, as we talk about some of the hardest seasons in life that we've walked through. From miscarriage and postpartum depression to infidelity and cancer diagnoses, we're sharing some stories publicly for the very first time and inviting you into our little "circle of trust" this week. This isn't just about clearing the skeletons from the closet though; we're also talking about the most helpful ways our people showed up for us during these difficult times and the lessons we've learned about how to take care of each other when the season is hard and the answers aren't coming easily.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Prep Dish is a healthy meal planning service that offers a variety of options, including dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and now keto menus. They email you the entire week’s grocery list and detailed instructions for each recipe. Visit prepdish.com/coffee to try it for two weeks completely free.

Inspire Bibles are filled with gorgeous Scripture line-art illustrations to color, and have space in the wide margins for journaling and creating original art. Learn more and find an upcoming Inspire Bible journaling workshop in a city near you by joining the Inspire Bible community on Facebook. To see the full line of Bibles visit inspirebible.com.

Mentioned in this episode:

Indiana’s melanoma diagnosis

Ashlee talked about her postpartum depression in a series of Instagram posts here, here, and here

Betsy Farmer Designs jewelry line

September is Maternal Suicide Awareness month. If you find yourself in the darkest of places, text HOME to 741741 to be in touch with a trained crisis counselor. You’re not alone.

Related previous episodes:

Episode 66: Postpartum Depression: Beyond "The Baby Blues"
Episode 49: Motherhood + Loneliness
Episode 18: #IHadaMiscarriage With Jessica Zucker

Related essays:

Bad Math
Holding Up The Hurting
For Better And For Different


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: Prep Dish and Inspire Bibles.

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This Is How We Do: Mornings

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This week we're talking about what mornings look like in our households. Spoiler alert: they're a far cry from our pre-kid days of leisurely sipping coffee while meticulously applying makeup and thoughtfully pulling together a coordinated outfit. In this conversation, Ashlee breaks down her new-ish routine designed to make mornings as non-chaotic as possible, April extols the virtues of doing allthethings the night before, and Indiana blows our minds when she confesses her children get up before she does AND fix their own breakfasts. From the pep in our step courtesy of the school system's tardy policy to our tactics for not yelling at our kids to just get their shoes on already (why is it always the shoes?), today we're breaking down our best efforts to start our days off on the right foot.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Noom is a healthy and easy-to-stick-to program that helps you break bad habits and make healthier choices. To start a free trial, head to noom.com/COFFEEANDCRUMBS.

Healthy Height is a kids nutritional shake mix developed by pediatricians and uniquely formulated with the right combination of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to fuel your child’s growing body. Visit healthy-height.com/school and receive 30% off your first purchase with promo code COFFEE30.

April’s robe situation is … strong.

April’s robe situation is … strong.

Mentioned in this episode:

Ashlee’s slippers (half sizes size up!) and pajama jacket

Indiana’s milk jug tap, dry erase chore chart, and go-to quick breakfast

April’s robe, slippers, blanket, mug, Bible, and candle

Write the Word Journals for you and for the kids

Previous episodes mentioned:

This Is How We Do: Laundry

Related essays:

Please Excuse Our Tardiness
Drop-Offs Are Hard
A Stink Bug Tried To Mate With Me
Preschool and Perspective


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: Noom and Healthy Height.

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Episode 75: Your Sex Questions Answered, Part Two

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This week we're continuing our conversation with Dr. Juli Slattery and kicking things up a notch. From figuring out how to have an orgasm to what place masturbation has in a healthy marriage, we think you're going to love the frankness and candor in today's episode. Once again, this is not a show designed for little ears, so grab some headphones (or maybe make it a date night in with your husband after the kids are in bed) and listen in as we tackle another round of questions from our Patreon supporters about sex and intimacy.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Hello Fresh makes cooking delicious meals at home a reality, regardless of your comfort in the kitchen. There’s something for everyone, from family recipes to calorie smart and vegetarian options. For $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh go to HelloFresh.com/coffeeandcrumbs80 and enter promo code coffeeandcrumbs80.

The Light Filled Home has created a thoughtful selection of interactive products like the Mama and Me Bible Study and Craft box, a Family Teaching Bible guide, and Family Discussion cards, all of which help you start and maintain gospel-centered conversations with your kids. Visit lightfilledhome.com/shop and use promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS for 25% off your entire order.

Mentioned in this episode:

Dr. Juli Slattery: Website // Podcast // Books

101 Nights of Great Romance // 101 Nights of Great Sex by Laura Corn

Restoring The Pleasure by Clifford and Joyce Penner

Related previous episodes:

This Is How We Do: Marital Communication

Related essays:

Middle-Aged Sexy Time
December To Remember
Sex, Legos, And Making The Most Of A Weekday Morning
Green Light Means Go

Editor’s Note: We invited Dr. Juli Slattery as our podcast guest to answer our listeners' questions about marital intimacy. We're aware that areas of her website and writings reflect a viewpoint of human sexuality that is not held by our whole audience or even by the Coffee + Crumbs team at large. We felt that her opinions expressed elsewhere did not preclude her addressing the topics we covered, and we're pleased with the wisdom and sensitivity with which she addressed the questions we posed. However, her presence as a guest on our podcast should not be construed as an endorsement of her stances on all issues. We're mindful of and grateful for the diversity of viewpoints in the Coffee + Crumbs community, and we will continue to strive for stories that are told with care and respect.


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss with special guest Dr. Juli Slattery, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


HELP THE COFFEE + CRUMBS PODCAST REACH MORE MOMS

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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: Hello Fresh and The Light Filled Home.

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Episode 74: Your Sex Questions Answered, Part One

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We're back from our sabbatical and comin' in hot with a two-part episode you've been begging us to cover: SEX! Today we're tackling your sex and intimacy questions with expert and psychologist Dr. Juli Slattery. From frequency and mismatched sex drives to how to spice things up, no topic is too taboo. This is not an episode designed for little ears, so grab your headphones and settle in for a frank, honest, and encouraging conversation about connecting intimately with your partner in a hectic season of life. Special thank you to our Patrons for submitting questions for this episode!


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Buffy makes comforters designed to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. Plus, their products are all hypoallergenic and made with cruelty-free methods, meaning you can feel great about bedding that’s better for you and the earth. Visit buffy.co and enter code COFFEEANDCRUMBS to save $20 off a Buffy comforter.

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.

Mentioned in this episode:

Dr. Juli Slattery: Website // Podcast // Books

Related previous episodes:

This Is How We Do: Marital Communication

Related essays:

Middle-Aged Sexy Time
December To Remember
Sex, Legos, And Making The Most Of A Weekday Morning
Green Light Means Go

Editor’s note: We invited Dr. Juli Slattery as our podcast guest to answer our listeners' questions about marital intimacy. We're aware that areas of her website and writings reflect a viewpoint of human sexuality that is not held by our whole audience or even by the Coffee + Crumbs team at large. We felt that her opinions expressed elsewhere did not preclude her addressing the topics we covered, and we're pleased with the wisdom and sensitivity with which she addressed the questions we posed. However, her presence as a guest on our podcast should not be construed as an endorsement of her stances on all issues. We're mindful of and grateful for the diversity of viewpoints in the Coffee + Crumbs community, and we will continue to strive for stories that are told with care and respect.


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss with special guest Dr. Juli Slattery, 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: Buffy and Care.com.

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Episode 73: Motherhood + FOMO

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This week's episode is airing in tandem with Sarah and Meagan from The Mom Hour podcast—we're both talking about motherhood and the fear of missing out (FOMO). Sometimes we avoid talking about FOMO at the risk of sounding ungrateful, but the truth is there's an opportunity cost with every big decision in life ... and motherhood is no exception. From the temptation to compare ourselves with what we see on social media to actually missing out on things because we couldn't line up childcare or the toddler is sick (again), we open up honestly about where we struggle with FOMO and how we work to shift our perspective from one of lacking to one of gratitude.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Prep Dish is a healthy meal planning service that offers a variety of options, including dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and now keto menus. They email you the entire week’s grocery list and detailed instructions for each recipe. Visit prepdish.com/coffee to try it for two weeks completely free.

Plant Package selects durable, seasonal plants and a stylish container and sends you just the right amount of soil and plant food, along with instructions for assembly and plant care. Plant Package has subscription options that fit your lifestyle—choose whether your box comes monthly, every other month or seasonally. Visit www.plantpackage.com/coffeeandcrumbs and use promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS at checkout to receive your first box free!

Mentioned in this episode:

Connect with The Mom Hour: Podcasts // Show Notes // Instagram // FOMO episode

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

Indiana Adams on IMDb (glory days)

Related previous episodes:

Ep. 46: Grow Your Hope With Ruth Chou Simons
Ep. 71: Conversations With Our Pre-Mom Selves
This Is How We Do: Creativity

Related essays:

The Relief Of A Mustard Yellow Cardigan
I’m Feeling Jealous


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: Prep Dish and Plant Package.

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!

100th Episode: Ask Us Anything

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From Indiana’s face blindness to how April balances introversion as a mom, today we're answering questions from YOU, our listeners and Patrons! You asked about everything from April's novel to Indi's thrift shopping to that "conceiving a girl thing" Ashlee mentioned once. We tried to answer as many questions as we could fit into the 100th episode (!) of this show. Plus, we get a little sappy at the end and talk about our favorite things about each other. Thank you for listening and sharing this podcast with friends over the past four seasons!


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Noom is a habit changing solution that helps users develop a new relationship with food and exercise through personalized courses. Noom helps you understand WHY you do the things you do and arms you with tools to break the bad habits and replace them with better ones. To start a free trial and see if Noom is right for you, head to noom.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

Plant Package selects durable, seasonal plants and a stylish container and sends you just the right amount of soil and plant food, along with instructions for assembly and plant care. Plant Package has subscription options that fit your lifestyle—choose whether your box comes monthly, every other month or seasonally. Visit www.plantpackage.com/coffeeandcrumbs and use promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS at checkout to receive your first box free!

Mentioned in this episode:

Indiana has prosopagnosia, or face blindness—just like Brad Pitt

60 Minutes did an ep on Faceblindness: Part 1 and Part 2

Ashlee used The Babydust Method when trying to conceive a girl and wrote this essay before finding out Presley was a girl

Ashlee + Presley on the Burt’s Bees IG account (photo by Brett)

The Kayne Doing Things IG account brings April a lot of joy

Indiana’s Memorial Day post

The Smitten Kitchen cookbook with the Caesar salad recipe of April’s dreams

April mentioned Sarah’s summer cookbook club. Sign up here to be notified when the next round of sign-ups opens

Indi buys most of her clothes on Poshmark (signup with code INDIANA for $10 off your first purchase) and ThredUp. Also, here’s the parrot skirt she got from Modcloth

Related previous episodes:

This Is How We Do: Creativity
This Is How We Do: Rest & Independent Play
Ep. 69: Motherhood + Minimalism
This Is How We Do: Personality Types
Ep. 60: Motherhood + The Military

Related essays:

To Be Sad For What Isn’t
How We Measure


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: Noom and Plant Package.

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!

This Is How We Do: Feeding Babies

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From nip slips to lactating armpits (!) to feeling confident whipping out a bottle of formula, today we're getting honest about the time-consuming and (often literal) draining work of feeding our babies. In this conversation, we're talking about the products and perspectives that make the job a little easier and the importance of giving ourselves permission to see that fed is best. Whether you're formula feeding, exclusively pumping, or it's just you and your B-O-O-B-S on demand, we hope you'll feel seen and encouraged in this week's conversation.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Hello Fresh makes cooking delicious meals at home a reality, regardless of your comfort in the kitchen. There’s something for everyone, from family recipes to calorie smart and vegetarian options. For $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh go to HelloFresh.com/coffeeandcrumbs80 and enter promo code coffeeandcrumbs80.

Plant Package selects durable, seasonal plants and a stylish container and sends you just the right amount of soil and plant food, along with instructions for assembly and plant care. Plant Package has subscription options that fit your lifestyle—choose whether your box comes monthly, every other month or seasonally. Visit www.plantpackage.com/coffeeandcrumbs and use promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS at checkout to receive your first box free!

Mentioned in this episode:
Haaka
Nipple shields
Comotomo baby bottle

Babylist bottle box - great for trying out multiple types of bottles
Silicone bibs
This burp cloth and this one
Snap bibs
Pump

Quick clean steamer bags
Sanitizing wipes
Covered Goods nursing cover
Boppy
Portable bottle warmer
Best bottle brush

Related previous episodes:

Ep. 12: The Girlfriends' Guide To Creating A Baby Registry

Related essays:

Never Enough
There’s No Trophy For That
My Pump and Me
When You Struggle To Breastfeed
Three Words
Give Us This Day


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: Hello Fresh and Plant Package.

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Episode 71: Conversations With Our Pre-Mom Selves

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This week, we're talking about all the things we didn't know that we didn't know before kids. From a false sense of control (surely good behavior is just a matter of consistent and firm boundaries ... right?) to the things we swore we'd never do only to end up doing them (we're looking at you, goldfish crackers for dinner and weekly baths), there's a lot about motherhood that's upended who we thought we were. But then there are also the parts of us that are unchanged or have only been brought into sharper focus as a result of becoming a mom. Whether you're preparing for your first or you're three or four kids into motherhood, we hope this episode makes you laugh and helps you reflect on how raising our kids influences the people we become, too.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Noom is a habit changing solution that helps users develop a new relationship with food and exercise through personalized courses. Noom helps you understand WHY you do the things you do and arms you with tools to break the bad habits and replace them with better ones. To start a free trial and see if Noom is right for you, head to noom.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

Peanut is a totally free app to connect with and learn from like-minded mothers. The app introduces you to women in your area based on the things you have in common. You can chat, join groups, and ask questions to a community of women who can relate to your experiences. Download Peanut from your app store.

Mentioned in this episode:

We want to hear your “never would I ever” parenting moments! Hope over to our Instagram and share your best story with us; we’ll send a Coffee + Crumbs mug to our favorite.

Previous episodes mentioned:
Ep. 48: A Life Of Little Moments With Melanie Shankle
Ep. 54: Growing Your Family: Part One
Ep. 65: Parenting for the Long Haul with Krista Gilbert
Ep. 70: One & Done: Raising An Only Child
This Is How We Do: Preparing For Baby
Episode 49: Motherhood + Loneliness

Related essays:
A Letter To My Pre-Mom Self
Babies Aren't Science Fair Projects


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with 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: Noom and Peanut.

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This Is How We Do: Laundry

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This week we’re finally talking about the topic April has been dying to cover for two years: laundry. From personalized Ziploc bags for collecting stray socks to how to avoid ironing forever, we’re covering every strategy we have for making laundry easier. If you’ve got last week’s towels still piled haphazardly on the couch because washing AND drying AND folding AND putting away is just two steps too many, shove them to the side and join us for our hacks and hangups about the dirty work of cleaning clothes.


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.

Simple Contacts lets you renew your prescription and reorder your contacts online by taking a five minute vision test. A licensed doctor reviews every test, verifying & confirming your prescription so you can skip the office visit but not the care. Save $20 off your first order at www.simplecontacts.com/coffeeandcrumbs20 and enter promo code coffeeandcrumbs20 at checkout.

Mentioned in this episode:

A Slob Comes Clean, where Indiana got the idea for laundry day

April’s Christmas gift wall mount dryer rack

April’s Laundry Recs:
Use Shout Color Catchers and never separate your lights and darks again
Woolite Darks detergent is April’s secret for helping her clothes last longer
Lingerie bags for anything delicate
Find a stain remover you love
Bleach alternative tabs

Ashlee’s Laundry Recs:
Wash It Later
The lint shaver that has saved multiple shirts

Indiana’s Laundry Recs:
Wool dryer balls
Rockin’ Green laundry detergent for cloth diapers (and napkins)

Related previous episodes:

This Is How We Do: Organization & Systems

Related essays:

Dreams Of Domesticity And The Reality Of A Dead Gerbil
The Neverendingness Of Recurring Non-Negotiables
I Cannot Make Dinner On Thursday Night And Other Tasks I’m Incapable Of Completing
In Review


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 Simple Contacts.

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 70: One & Done: Raising An Only Child

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This week, Indiana chats with Sophie Hudson—aka “BooMama”—about raising an only child. Sophie laughs about the preconceived stereotypes she’s long-since abandoned (Surprise! Only kids can thrive in team sports!) and shares her tip for making sure a family vacation is fun for all three of them. Plus, you won't want to miss her wise words of encouragement as a mom of a teenager for moms of littles. Whether you find yourself raising an only child by choice or by circumstance, we hope you feel encouraged by this week’s conversation.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Daily Harvest delivers carefully sourced, chef-crafted smoothies, savory bowls, overnight oats, and more, built on fruits and vegetables. Everything stays fresh in your freezer until you’re ready to eat it.  Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS to get three cups free in your first box.

Prep Dish is a healthy meal planning service that offers a variety of options, including dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and now keto menus. They email you the entire week’s grocery list and detailed instructions for each recipe. Visit prepdish.com/coffee to try it for two weeks completely free.

Mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Sophie: Website // Twitter // Instagram // Podcast

Related previous episodes:
Ep. 48: A Life Of Little Moments With Melanie Shankle
Ep. 54: Growing Your Family: Part One
Ep. 55: Growing Your Family: Part Two

Related essays:
Only Is Not A Four Letter Word
More Kids


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with Sophie Hudson, 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: Daily Harvest and Prep Dish.

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This Is How We Do: Personality Types

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In this week's episode, we're talking about personality typing systems. From Enneagram and Myers Briggs to less official tools like Hogwarts houses and Cosmo quizzes, we have endless options for identifying who we really are and why we do the things we do. We chat about our own lightbulb moments in terms of self-understanding and how that knowledge impacts our relationships with our spouses, children, and friends. While we have plenty of fun and more than one laugh in this conversation, we also explore the way understanding that we're all wired differently has led to a greater sense of compassion for ourselves and others.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Noom is a habit changing solution that helps users develop a new relationship with food and exercise through personalized courses. Noom helps you understand WHY you do the things you do and arms you with tools to break the bad habits and replace them with better ones. To start a free trial and see if Noom is right for you, head to noom.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

Away Travel essentials solve real travel problems like sticky wheels and dead cell phones, so all you have to think about is where you’re headed next. For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/coffeeandcrumbs and use promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS during checkout!

Mentioned in this episode:

DiSC assessment (test here) // Myers-Briggs (test here) // Enneagram (test here) // Love Languages

Books: The Enneagram Made Easy //  The Road Back to You // The Path Between Us

Podcasts: The Enneagram Journey // Personality Hacker

Instagram Memes: Enneagram + Coffee // Rude Ass Enneagram

Essay: The Things Moms Carry

Related previous episodes:

This Is How We Do: Marital Communication

Related essays:

Let Us Be Women Who Rest When We’re Tired
Friday Stream of Consciousness


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: Noom and Away Travel.

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 69: Motherhood + Minimalism

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This week we’re talking about minimalism—but don’t worry, we’re not coming to Marie Kondo your closets. Whether you’re a self-identified maximalist like Indiana, an aspiring minimalist like Ashlee or somewhere in between like April (does owning jewel tones disqualify one from being a minimalist?), we hope today's conversation sparks joy for you. Rest assured: this isn’t an episode about how to be a minimalist; rather, we’re exploring the connection between how we feel about what—and how much—we own, and our overall sense of happiness and well-being. Plus, learn who can’t bear to part with her prom shoes, and who secretly keeps a seemingly-unending supply of Target clearance candles on hand.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Daily Harvest delivers carefully sourced, chef-crafted smoothies, savory bowls, overnight oats, and more, built on fruits and vegetables. Everything stays fresh in your freezer until you’re ready to eat it.  Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS to get three cups FREE in your first box!

Harper Wilde offers comfortable and attainably-priced bras that match women’s real needs. Visit HarperWilde.com/COFFEEANDCRUMBS to save 15 percent off your first order.

Mentioned in this episode:

Caroline’s Un-fancy blog

Emily Ley’s Simplicity Challenge

Books: The Joy of Less // The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up // Chasing Slow // The Curated Closet

Marie Kondo’s Netflix special

Ashlee’s on the capsule wardrobe train

Indiana is not

Ashlee’s tips for decluttering:

  1. Do one area at a time. Start with the kitchen junk drawer.

  2. Take everything out. Everything. You cannot sidestep this one.

  3. Open yourself up to the idea of borrowing things. Be a renter and not an owner when you can.

Related previous episodes:
Ep. 21: Chasing Slow With Erin Loechner
Ep. 34: The Kids, The Mom, And The Wardrobe

Related essays:
Building Things
Lessons in Folly


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with 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: Harper Wilde and Daily Harvest.

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!

This Is How We Do: Creativity

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This week we're talking all about creativity—and before you declare yourself uncreative, we've got a pep talk to prove otherwise. From embracing creative sparks in the shower to the hard work of putting our butts in the chair, today we're dishing how we make space for creativity alongside motherhood, and how we're better off for it. Whether you call yourself an artist or not, we hope today's conversation reminds you that motherhood is bursting with creative inspiration. 

Join our free 5-day Creativity Kickstart here


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

HelloFresh makes answering the question, “What’s for dinner?” easy with fresh, pre-measured ingredients and recipe cards are delivered to your door each week in a special insulated box. You can choose from a variety of menu styles and options to customize an option that’s right for your family. Save $80 off your first month by going to HelloFresh.com/coffeeandcrumbs and entering the promo code coffeeandcrumbs80.

The Swaddle & Swoon expo, happening in both Atlanta and Dallas, is a uniquely curated baby show for expectant parents, new moms, or those hoping to grow their family soon! For $15 off VIP tickets, use the code “MORECOFFEE” when you purchase your tickets at http://bit.ly/coffee-crumbs. Leave a comment in our show notes (below) to be entered to win tickets to the expo!

Mentioned in this episode:

We’re launching a five-day Creativity Kickstart next Monday, and we’d love for you to join us! Sign up here.

Exhale, our online creative community

Ashlee’s photography website // blog

Indiana // Ashlee // April on Instagram

N’tima’s sourdough bread baking

Indiana’s #MomPrompts

The Art of the Pie

Related previous episodes:

Ep. 11: Catching Creativity With Nicole DeFord
Ep. 46: Grow Your Hope With Ruth Chou Simons

Related essays:

Perfect
A Creative
Through


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: Hello Fresh and Swaddle & Swoon.

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!

Summer Safety Episode: Drowning Prevention with Nicole Hughes

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With summer around the corner, today we’re bringing you an important episode about water safety and drowning prevention. Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age of five, but for today’s guest, that’s not just a statistic. Nicole Hughes is with us to share the heartbreaking story of losing her three-year-old son, Levi, to drowning last summer. She also shares the mission behind Levi’s Legacy, which she began in his honor to educate parents about drowning prevention.

We want to warn listeners that today’s episode is highly emotional. We’ll be talking about the death of a child and bearing witness to a mother’s grief. But we also believe strongly in the importance of Levi’s story and the lives that might be saved because of it. Please discuss these matters with your friends and family members this summer—and always remember to designate a Water Guardian when children are near a body of water.


Show Notes

Mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Nicole and Levi’s Legacy: Instagram // Website // Facebook

See Nicole’s interview on the Today show

Order a water guardian tag

Find survival swim lessons in your area

Drowning doesn’t look like drowning: it is silent and happens in seconds


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with Nicole Hughes, edited by Brett Gadd, 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.

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 68: Postpartum Recovery: Healing Your Birth Battle Scars

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We’re concluding our three-part postpartum series today with a very honest conversation about physically healing from giving birth. Julie Kwong, a pelvic health physical therapist, joins us to talk about how complex and unique the healing process can be, what’s normal and what’s not, and how to advocate for better healing care in the postpartum recovery process.

This is a frank conversation about anatomy and bodily processes—we’re talking about prolapse and pain during sex, hemorrhoids and incontinence, so pop in your earbuds and join us as we combat the embarrassment around this vulnerable topic with honesty, dignity, and education.

We want to encourage any listener who feels like she might be experiencing one of the postpartum complications we discuss today to contact her doctor or care provider; today's episode is informational only and is not designed to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice and attention.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Simple Contacts lets you renew your prescription and reorder your contacts online by taking a five minute vision test. A licensed doctor reviews every test, verifying & confirming your prescription so you can skip the office visit but not the care. Save $20 off your first order at www.simplecontacts.com/coffeeandcrumbs20 and enter promo code simplecontacts20 at checkout.

Prep Dish is a healthy meal planning service that offers a variety of options, including dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and now keto menus. They email you the entire week’s grocery list and detailed instructions for each recipe. Visit prepdish.com/coffee to try it for two weeks completely free.

Mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Julie: Website // Facebook // YouTube Channel

Zip code search for a pelvic floor PT

Show transcript

Related previous episodes:
Ep. 66: Postpartum Depression: Beyond “The Baby Blues”
Ep. 67: Postpartum Anxiety: Paralyzing Fears

Related essays:
The First Time I Looked at My Postpartum Body
I Have Enough, I Am Enough
Green Light Means Go


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with Julie Kwong, 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: Simple Contacts and Prep Dish.

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 67: Postpartum Anxiety: Paralyzing Fears

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This week we continue our three-part postpartum series with a deeper look at postpartum anxiety. From irrational fears to the crushing weight of expectations, C+C art director Lottie Caiella walks us through her personal journey with postpartum anxiety after the birth of her daughter. In the second half of this conversation, we're joined by licensed counselor Dr. Emily Shupert who explains the difference between PPD and PPA, as well as how to differentiate normal new parent worry from anxiety that may need medical treatment. We’re grateful to have Bryn Huntpalmer from The Birth Hour with us again as a special guest host for this episode.

We want to encourage any listener who feels like she might be experiencing postpartum anxiety to contact her doctor or care provider immediately; today's episode is informational only and is not designed to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice and attention.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

HelloFresh makes answering the question, “What’s for dinner?” easy with fresh, pre-measured ingredients and recipe cards are delivered to your door each week in a special insulated box. You can choose from a variety of menu styles and options to customize an option that’s right for your family. Save $80 off your first month by going to HelloFresh.com/coffeeandcrumbs and entering the promo code coffeeandcrumbs80.

Helping Children to Read’s Easy Read System is an online intervention for struggling readers designed to fix their guessing pattern. It gets to the root cause of guessing and fixes it using visual phonics. Podcast listeners can save 50% off their first month—that’s about a $100 dollar value. The assessment and first ten lessons are free, and then your first full month is half off. To get started, visit helpingchildrentoread.com/coffeeandcrumbs.

Mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Bryn: Instagram // Website

Connect with Lottie: Instagram // Blog

Connect with Dr. Shupert: Website

Helpful online postpartum resources

Book recommendations on postpartum depression and anxiety

Postpartum depression and anxiety signs and symptoms

Postpartum Anxiety Checklist: You may have postpartum anxiety or postpartum OCD if you have had a baby within the last 12 months and are experiencing some of these symptoms:

  • Your thoughts are racing. You can’t quiet your mind. You can’t settle down. You can’t relax.

  • You feel like you have to be doing something at all times. Cleaning bottles. Cleaning baby clothes. Cleaning the house. Doing work. Entertaining the baby. Checking on the baby.

  • You are worried. Really worried. All. The. Time. Am I doing this right? Will my husband come home from his trip? Will the baby wake up? Is the baby eating enough? Is there something wrong with my baby that I’m missing? No matter what anyone says to reassure you, it doesn’t help.

  • You may be having disturbing thoughts. Thoughts that you’ve never had before. Scary thoughts that make you wonder whether you aren’t the person you thought you were. They fly into your head unwanted and you know they aren’t right, that this isn’t the real you, but they terrify you and they won’t go away. These thoughts may start with the words “What if …”

  • You are afraid to be alone with your baby because of scary thoughts or worries. You are also afraid of things in your house that could potentially cause harm, like kitchen knives or stairs, and you avoid them like the plague.

  • You may feel the need to check things constantly. Did I lock the door? Did I lock the car? Did I turn off the oven? Is the baby breathing?

  • You may be having physical symptoms like stomach cramps or headaches, shakiness or nausea. You might even have panic attacks.

  • You feel like a captive animal, pacing back and forth in a cage. Restless. On edge.

  • You can’t eat. You have no appetite.

  • You’re having trouble sleeping. You are so, so tired, but you can’t sleep.

  • You feel a sense of dread, like something terrible is going to happen.

  • You know something is wrong. You may not know you have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, but you know the way you are feeling is NOT right. You think you’ve “gone crazy.”

  • You are afraid that this is your new reality and that you’ve lost the “old you” forever.

  • You are afraid that if you reach out for help people will judge you. Or that your baby will be taken away.

Other podcast interviews with Dr. Shupert on Anxiety and Motherhood: 

One mom has made a music album about finding hope in the midst of PPD and PPA.

Related previous episodes:
Ep. 19: When Love Feels Heavy With N'tima Preusser
Ep. 62: Being The Village - How To Help A New Mom
Ep. 66: Postpartum Depression: Beyond “The Baby Blues”

Related essays:
When Love Feels Heavy
Shattered
In The Midst Of Monsters
Motherhood And Anxiety


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with Bryn Huntpalmer, Lottie Caiella and Dr. Emily Shupert, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


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Episode 66: Postpartum Depression: Beyond "The Baby Blues"

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This week we begin our three-part postpartum series with an honest conversation about postpartum depression. In this episode, friend of the show Christina Kposowa shares her experience with postpartum depression following the births of her two sons, and we're also joined by licensed counselor Dr. Michele Harding who walks us through the difference between "baby blues" and PPD. She also provides some great suggestions for how we can support other moms who are struggling with postpartum depression and demystifies what that first counseling session might look like. We’re grateful to have Bryn Huntpalmer from The Birth Hour as a special guest host for this episode.

We want to encourage any listener who feels like she might be experiencing postpartum depression to contact her doctor or care provider immediately; today's episode is informational only and is not designed to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice and attention.


Show Notes

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

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Mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Bryn: Instagram // Website

Connect with Christina: Instagram // Blog

Connect with Dr. Harding: Biography // Instagram

Is it baby blues or postpartum depression? If your feelings of anxiety, rage, or sadness linger for more than two weeks, talk to your doctor.

How to talk to your doctor about postpartum depression

Postpartum Depression Symptom Checklist:
• Are weepy and feel a sense of being overwhelmed for longer than three weeks after delivery
• Are unable to function
• Feel your symptoms are unbearable
• Are unable to sleep, even though you are exhausted
• Want to sleep all the time
• Are sleeping more than usual
• Cry continuously
• Can't enjoy your baby at all
• Don't want to spend time with your baby
• Feel afraid of your baby
• Have a dramatic change in appetite
• Are troubled by anxious thoughts about your baby being harmed
• Feel intense rage
• Have a personal or family history of depression or anxiety
• Withdraw from activities you normally enjoy
• Feel that you have "gone away" or lost yourself
• Think about harming yourself
• Believe your family would be better off without you or that you never should have become a mother

One mom has made a music album about finding hope in the midst of PPD and PPA.

Related previous episodes:
Ep. 19: When Love Feels Heavy With N'tima Preusser
Ep. 62: Being The Village - How To Help A New Mom

Related essays:
From The Silence
Of Stormy Weather: How To Bring Out The Sun
White Space
When Love Feels Heavy
On Learning To Like Motherhood


Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams with Christina Kposowa and Dr. Michele Harding, 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: Hello Fresh and Simple Contacts.

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!