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Holiday Giving Ideas – Episode 90

How do you handle holiday giving? How many gifts do you buy for others? How do you keep spending and stress under control? Join this fun conversation and share YOUR thoughts!

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Deliberate Mother-Approved Gifts For Children

April and I (Co-Directors of Power of Moms) have nine children between us, ages 7 through 14. Over the years, we’ve been able to figure out a lot about what toys and games are timeless, fun, and meaningful. To help you think of great Christmas gifts for those on your list, we’ve worked together to […]


Christmas Craziness and the Sane Mother

Are you overwhelmed by Christmas Craziness? Just for fun, since none of us needed to sleep during the month of December anyway, Allyson Reynolds takes at look at a few of the things many of us feel like we want or should do during the Christmas season (and then she talks reality after).

Choosing joy on Mother's Day.

A Mother’s Day to Remember

A year ago, I was dreading Mother’s Day. But the day turned out quite differently than I had expected. Looking back, I realize it was not because of special treatment I received, but because I made a decision to find joy in the day no matter what.

What am you doing, as the mother, to shape how your children see themselves?

I See Me in Your Eyes

What we think of ourselves and how we view ourselves begins in our families. What am I doing, as the mother, to shape how my children see themselves? It is not only my voice that becomes my child’s inner voice, but mine is the first.


Setting Simple Family Resolutions

Most of us set some personal resolutions in January. But what about our families? This is a great time to discuss what’s working and not working in our families and decide on some things we’re going to work on together.


Losing A Mother, Gaining New Holiday Traditions

I was so busy feeling sorry for myself that I failed to see what I did have: an opportunity to create a meaningful Christmas for my own family. My friend helped me appreciate the Christmas I had instead of wishing for one that I could never have again.


Taking (some of) the Stress out of Christmas Day

I think having a totally stress-free holiday as The Mother is completely unrealistic. I don’t expect perfection, but these are a few of the strategies I’m going to employ over the next few days so that I can experience as little stress as possible on the big day.

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Get Out of the Way and Let the Magic Happen

You can’t force a moment. I know this but sometimes I still try. Yesterday there were lots of not-so-good moments. The kids were cranky and needy and I worked hard all day but didn’t feel like I got much done. We were late to everything because of domino effects of dumb little things that kept […]

Forget making the perfect holiday. Enjoy Christmas WITH your family.

The Holidays: Stop, Simplify, Enjoy

As a mom, you have the opportunity to see the sparkle in your children’s eyes, so be deliberate in what you want to accomplish this season. Don’t be so overwhelmed and overscheduled that you miss it.