41 minutes | Apr 26, 2019
Puppy Love - Raising happy puppies, babies & teens
Puppies and babies. Few things are cuter. But it is not all fun and games. There are a lot of details to consider before you take the plunge. But if it all works out, it can be one of the best decisions your family ever made. Wondering what it's really like to raise a puppy and a toddler? Here is the real truth and some tips.
20 minutes | Jan 3, 2019
Working Moms - How to Press Pause on a Successful Career
Working Moms - How to Press Pause on a Successful Career and Pivot to a new Purpose. When a working career woman has a big life choice to make it can be an excruciating decision to change her career path. How do you know when its time to give yourself permission to pivot for a time from the trajectory you envisioned in your 5 year plan to submit to a new plan for your life? Walk with us as we navigate the journey on a new pathway. Join us on www.laboyjoy.com www.facebook.com/laboyjoy and on www.facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity Join our email list and gain free access to our printable and organizational tools at www.laboyjoy.com/library.
16 minutes | Dec 19, 2018
How do you find joy in chaos?
How do you find the joy in the chaos of your life when your head is spinning out of control? 1. Ditch your mommy guilt 2. What is so funny anyway? Find the humor in every situation if you can. 3. Look for the joyful lessons that you can learn from to make it better next time. Be sure to join us at www.LaboyJoy.com/library to subscribe to all the latest hot tips, podcast episodes, blog posts and our free resource library. Find us on Facebook.com/LaboyJoy to join our groups: the Laboy Joy Community group and the MOTTS-Moms of Teens and Tots group. Until next time, have a great week! Chandra of LaboyJoy.com
29 minutes | Nov 20, 2018
Running out of Time with your Teens?
As your teenagers are heading to adulthood, your time is running out to teach them all the things. All the life skills they need to learn before you set them loose on the world. Career choices and Academic options Social skills and relationships Life Skills for independent living Financial education How to travel well and so much more. It's not too late, but you want to be intentional. It's time to put some focus on your oldest child and get them ready for what lies ahead. When you do, you will have a confident, empowered and capable young adult you can be proud of. Cheers! Chandra Check out the post with all the show notes at https://www.laboyjoy.com/running-out-of-time-podcast/ Plus much more at www.LaboyJoy.com Thanks for joining us on the Joy in Chaos Podcast!
24 minutes | Oct 19, 2018
How to Ditch the Mommy Guilt - Taking Care of Yourself
You cannot always play the role of Wonder Woman. Can you be all things to all people? Not without burning out. Here are 5 mindset shifts you can make to take care of yourself and recharge your tank. 1. Release control and release the mommy guilt - take off that Wonder Woman shirt already. 2. Get rest and restoration - how you can give yourself the time away to recharge. 3. Listen to your own emotional cues. Don't jump. 4. Take little breaks to clear your head 5. Reconnect with your Lover. Your family deserves a mom that is happy and rested. Accept the help you need to get a break from mommy duty to rest and restore your sense of well-being. You'll be an even better mom when you do. Remember, you are not alone. Join our community at www.LaboyJoy.com and on Facebook at Laboy Joy Community. Until next time, Be well. Chandra of Laboy Joy Music from Pond 5 Sweet Baby Freedom
16 minutes | Aug 13, 2018
Big Deal You're Seasoned, Time to Learn How to Be a Mom Again
"Say What? Time to learn how to be a mom again? What are you talking about? I've been a mom for 15 years." Yes, but you are about to start again from scratch and you don't remember all the minute details. That's okay, you are allowed to forget some of the little stuff for the benefit of the bigger picture. Experienced moms can sometimes struggle with memory loss of what's exactly involved in raising babies and toddlers. That's okay. Just because you're the seasoned mom in the group doesn't mean you have to be the guide all the time. Here are the truths about starting over as the experienced mom whose forgotten many of the finer details of raising a child. It's good to ask for help. Check out https://www.laboyjoy.com/learn-how-to-be-a-mom-again/ for the complete blog post. Welcome to our community at www.laboyjoy.com and join us on facebook www.facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity to contribute to the conversation. We want to hear from you. Thanks for being here and be sure to subscribe to the Joy in Chaos Podcast! Until next time, Chandra of Laboy Joy
16 minutes | Aug 2, 2018
How to Execute Staycation Ideas for Family Fun on the Cheap
Are you nervous your kids are going to be home all summer and you don't have anything for them to do? Don't you cry, you don't have to blow your family budget on camps all summer. Instead, here are 7 ways staycation ideas for families can make summer fun easy and inexpensive to plan. Here in the northeast, we get out of school in June and go back in September, so we have a month left of summer vacation to go. For some moms, this is not enough time left for all the fun they want to see happen this summer. For others... they are ready for back to school time. You know which mom you are! It's tough though, to create a week's worth of family summer fun time memories. If your kids are into certain activities during the summer like softball games 3 days a week or track and field camp 2 days a week, it can be hard to plan a week away. Then again you may not have the funds this summer for a week vacation. That does not mean your summer is shot. Here are 7 ways to reclaim summertime fun for your family. To read the blog post version on Laboy Joy check it out on https://www.laboyjoy.com/staycation-ideas-famiy/ Music Credit from Pond5 Sweet Baby Freedom Join us at www.laboyjoy.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity Until Next Time! Cheers, Chandra
30 minutes | Jul 23, 2018
Good Sportsmanship Tips from a Reformed Mom
Truth time: Are you the embarrassing parent at your kid's games? Is it time for a change? Right here we are talking about how to stop being an embarrassment at your child's games and how to start modeling good sportsmanship for everyone around you! This podcast is not for the mom or dad that respectfully cheers for the great plays made by each team. Or the mom or dad who behaves themselves at game-time, makes friends with the other parents of the competition, and high fives the referees after the game even when the other team won. This one is just for the mom or dad who loses their cool on more than one occasion, at each and every game when things start going the wrong way for their kid's team. You know the one. The one who screams at the ump and throws down his hat when the ump called a strike when it was "clearly too high." Or the parent who freaks out and starts arguments with the parents of the opposing team. You know the one. Or worse of all, the one that yells, mocks, or rants openly at other players on the opposing team. Oh, that is bad. If YOU are the ONE, then this one is for you. Check out the entire article and useful links to other articles at www.laboyjoy.com/good-sportsmanship Thanks for joining us at the Joy in Chaos Podcast! Join our community at facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity Music Credits to Pond5 Sweet Baby Freedom
22 minutes | Jun 8, 2018
How to Survive Softball Season and Have Joy in the Chaos of it All
In this episode, we explore the chaos of the softball season and how to find the balance and the joy in the chaos of it all. For links and complete show notes head to LaboyJoy.com post called: How to help Frazzled Moms Conquer Softball Season Chaos Review the Weekly Schedule for Schedule Changes Coordinate Rides and Carpools for the Week Ahead Plan meals for the week and use the Crock Pot if you’re into that kind of thing Include after-school and pre-game snacks in the meal plan Have your child set out her uniform and pack her equipment bag the night before a game Put ice water and bench snacks in the fridge the night before Wash uniforms twice a week (in the tub or sink if necessary) Keep your car stocked with the Family Car Kit Essentials Limit your child’s extra-curricular activities to one sport per season Frazzled Mom, you are ready, now look forward with excitement to the day’s events. Time for a player pep talk Wrapping it up…you are a Frazzled Mom no more! Some more great resources and printables for you. Before the Softball Season Begins, let’s make sure your player’s softball equipment is game ready. Check out the Ultimate FastPitch Softball Equipment List with a link to a printable checklist. Get your car ready for any need you’ll come across on the softball field! Check out my Best Basic Travel Softball Car Packing List complete with a link to the printable checklist. Join us at LaboyJoy.com and check out our Facebook Community at www.facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity Music Credit Pond5 Sweet Baby Freedom by LowNotes
24 minutes | Jun 8, 2018
The 4th Trimester - How to Have a Happy Baby
In this episode, we talk about the lessons learned from the book Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp and how it worked with our 3rd baby. It is critical to take care of mom in her postpartum period. Truly colicky babies are really quite rare. To help them sleep and feel contented during the first three months of a baby's life also known as the 4th Trimester, Babies like the following things: Babies need noise Babies need motion Swaddling works amazing on babies to help them sleep Cuddling does not spoil babies Give baby something to suck You be the swing for 3 short months. If you are awaiting your bundle of joy or just gave birth, try these basic principles to keep your baby happy and help keep you mentally healthy during your postpartum period. For the links to all the favorite products mentioned in the show and complete show notes go to The 4th Trimester: How to Have a Happy Baby at LaboyJoy.com LaboyJoy.com Join us at our Facebook community of Moms like you raising teens and tots. www.facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity Until Next Time! Music Credit Pond5 Sweet Baby Freedom by LowNotes
40 minutes | Jun 8, 2018
Let's Talk - The Advantages of Starting Over with a New Baby after a Decade
In this episode, we have "The Talk" about what it's really like Starting Over with a new baby after a decade. About how for many it's a do-over and the last time to enjoy this parenthood thing. The Advantages of Starting Over: Appreciating the gift of Starting Over. Learn to embrace flexibility and give up control. Think about all the experience you have. Think about all the mistakes you always wished you could have a redo on. Now's your chance, don't blow it with this one! Have you wondered, why you? Be open and learn to enjoy the new normal of your life. Get help, you don't have to do this alone. Relax and enjoy this baby. Forget survival mode and focus on thriving mode. See more articles and resources like this at www.laboyjoy.com like: How to Trust God's Perfect Timing for your Family Back at the Start, How did we get here? Reflections of Light at the End of the Tunnel - A Mom's Journey to Freedom Join our community of other mothers just like you desperate to parlay with someone who understands. www.facebook.com/groups/laboyjoycommunity Music Credits: Pond5 Sweet Baby Freedom by LowNotes
22 minutes | Jun 8, 2018
How to Enjoy Authentic Mother-Daughter Bonding Time
In this episode of Joy in Chaos we explore how you can enjoy authentic mother-daughter bonding time with your teen, especially when you have a new baby at home. These ideas are designed to combat feelings of jealousy of her younger siblings. Worried about the changes in your teen? Does she seem to be rebelling more? Taking part in attention seeking activities? Or Acting Out? Is she sad all of a sudden and isolating herself? Has she asked you for some time together? WAKE UP MAMA! She needs you in that moment. Here are some tips to help you Stop, Drop and Go give your "baby" the time she needs. Create Mother-Daughter Bonding Time with your children. Head over to LaboyJoy.com for more tips and encouragement for moms raising teens and tots, like: 7 Easy Mother-Daughter Date Ideas your Teen will Love Want a Fun Family Vacation with Teens but not your Tot? Go for it! Sign up for our LaboyJoy Community on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaboyJoyCommunity/ Music credits to Pond5 Sweet Baby Freedom by LowNotes