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The Motherly Podcast
38 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Wow in the World’s Mindy Thomas on staying young at heart
Mindy Thomas, co-host of the popular kids podcast Wow in the World, talks to Liz about her new book for kids, The Wow and How of the Human Body, why every day in her house is a “yes” day, and how she keeps the spirit of fun and play alive even in the most stressful moments.
33 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Dawn Fable educates us on CBD and the importance of laughter
Dawn Fable started her CBD brand, Press Pause, to help other mothers, like herself, find a more natural way to combat anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder. In this conversation with Liz, she educates us on CBD, explains what to look for when initially trying it out, and explains why laughter is always the best medicine.
43 minutes | May 27, 2021
Jewel on breaking negative cycles and bringing out the best in our kids
Liz talks to musician and author, Jewel, about the importance of both nature and nurture, her difficult childhood, and why breaking negative patterns and cycles was so important to her before having her son. She also talks about how she taught herself to become more mindful and how others, even those without access to therapy or other mental health resources, have the opportunity to do the same.
34 minutes | May 20, 2021
Bestselling author Katherine May on the power of rest and retreat in difficult times
Katherine May’s bestselling memoir, Wintering, which was released in January 2021, at the height of our pandemic winter, couldn’t have been more timely. The book chronicles her year of retreat from the world after a series of events left her in a dark place. The same year, she also decided to pull her six-year-old son from school, after he was bullied. In this episode, Liz talks to Katherine about her self-described “radical” act to slow-down, why she thinks mothers don’t honor their most difficult moments enough, and what it feels like to finally come out of the cold.
34 minutes | May 13, 2021
Emma Brown on Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys
After the birth of her son, Washington Post investigative reporter, Emma Brown, made the decision that she wanted to raise her boy to be different than many of the men she reported on in the wake of the #Metoo movement. So, she traveled across America, speaking to boys and men about what it means to be a boy today to learn what she could do differently. Her new book, To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood, is a chronicle of her experience. In this episode, she talks to Liz about what she learned and explains that just as we’ve been failing our young girls, we are also failing our young boys, both physically and mentally.
36 minutes | May 6, 2021
Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug wants you to know that you aren’t alone
Melissa Bernstein is one-half of the incredibly successful global toy company Melissa & Doug. However, the mother of six and creator behind the joyful toys has also secretly battled depression for most of her life. In this candid interview, Melissa opens up about her struggles and how she’s learned to manage her depression over time. She also talks about how her depression has impacted her relationship with her children and explains why she wants others to know that they aren’t suffering alone. To learn more about Melissa’s new LifeLines community, visit Lifelines.com.
34 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Floral Designer Sarah Winward on the power of observation and bringing nature inside
Celebrated floral designer Sarah Winward explains why we shouldn’t feel intimidated by flowers, how she learned to balance her career and kids, and why she wants us all to take a deeper look at the natural beauty that surrounds us. She also talked about how her decision to rent her own creative space was a game changer early in her career and shares simple ways to experiment with flowers in your own home.
34 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
HGTV Design Star Next Gen Winner Carmeon Hamilton on making beautiful environments accessible to all
Liz checks in with HGTV’s Design Star Next Gen Winner, Cameon Hamilton, to discuss her life-changing win, how her background in healthcare design shaped her unique interior design approach, why she believes everyone should have access to a beautiful home, and how she teaches her son to be a good plant parent.
40 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Shea McGee on Recalibration, Balance, and the Beauty in Everyday
Liz checks in with Shea McGee, one half of Studio McGee, author, star of the Netflix show “Dream Home Makeover,” and co-creator of a sold-out Target Line. Shea talks about her upcoming pregnancy, how she plans to recalibrate following a busy year of career success, what she’s learned from her kids, and how we can all find the potential for beauty in our homes and lives.
34 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
DIY Queen Angela Rose Wants You to Stop Pinning and Start Doing
DIY design queen Angela Rose has amassed a huge following for helping to make her home and others’ look like the ones we all love to pin on Pinterest but think we can never pull off or afford. In this episode, Angela talked to Liz about how her experience of raising a son with autism inspired her DIY journey and why she thinks women should have the confidence to pick up power tools. She also talked about seeing the potential in every situation, whether it is your home or your personal life.
34 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Cortney Novogratz on designing the life the works for you
In this inspiring first episode of Season 7 of the podcast, Cortney Novogratz, one half the home design duo, The Novogratz, and mother to seven kids, talks about how starting her company with her husband was a way to bring her career and her priorities as a mother together, so she never had to choose between work and family. In this moment where work and home is blurred for so many moms, Cortney offers advice on how to make “the new normal” work for you, regardless of your living situation.
27 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Lily’s Neema Roshania Patel on feminism and showing up for moms
Liz checks in with the editor and founding member of The Lily, The Washington Post’s publication that puts women at the center. Neema explains why we need publications like The Lily to tell these stories about women, why we need to show up for moms in the ways that matter, and why feminism isn’t a dirty word.
13 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Celebrating Trailblazing Mothers: An Interview with Senator Tammy Duckworth
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating trailblazing mothers all month. First, with an interview with Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois), one of the most prominent mothers in American government today, that we aired in our very first season of the podcast. In 2018, for the first time in history, Senator Duckworth got the U.S. Senate to agree on a vote to allow babies onto the Senate floor, so that she—and others in the future—could breastfeed while partaking in important votes. And in October 2019, we have her to thank for successfully passing the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act. Senator Duckworth is also a purple heart recipient and veteran of the Iraq War.
41 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Black Women's Health Imperative President & CEO Linda Goler Blount on the Black maternal mortality crisis
Black Women’s Health Imperative President & CEO, Linda Goler Blount, talks to Liz about her accomplished career, why the health of black women is at a crisis-point, how her grandchild motivates her, and why scientific data matters when it comes to improving maternal mortality outcomes and other health disparities for black women.The Black Women's Health Imperative provides a number of health resources on their website, including a number of the studies mentioned in the interview. You can visit https://bwhi.org/ to learn more.
35 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Refinery29’s Global Editor-in-Chief Simone Oliver on sisterhood, style as self-expression, and raising kind kids
Liz speaks with Refinery29’s Global Editor-in-Chief, Simone Oliver, about her new role, why she always gives people the benefit of the doubt, and how going to an all-girls school and then attending Howard, a historically black college, shaped her approach to her career and motherhood. She also offers tips on maternity and postpartum style, talks about her postpartum body, and explains why it is so important to embrace the transformation of motherhood through fashion.
32 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Raquel Roxanne Nowak on navigating the process of becoming a mother
Liz speaks with Raquel Roxanne Nowak, the founder and creative director of Matrescence, the first clean skincare line developed especially for motherhood. Raquel tells Liz about the shock she experienced post-pregnancy and how her desire to help other women navigate the transition inspired her to become a certified holistic nutritionist and prenatal health coach. Raquel also talks about her relationship with her mother influenced her career and life choices.
19 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Black Mothers on working to change the narrative, hope, and allyship
In this special episode, Liz talks with Gabrielle Union, Valerie Jarrett, Nic Stone, Harmonia Rosales, Jurnee Smollett, and LaTonya Yvette about the state of black motherhood in America. They tell her how they talk to their kids about racism, what makes them excited about the future, and how they are working to change the narrative for black mothers everywhere.
34 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Woman's Day's Meaghan B. Murphy wants to put the “yay” back in your day
Liz speaks with Woman's Day Editor-in-Chief, Meaghan B. Murphy, about her new book, Your Fully Charged Life, which gives mamas concrete tips on how to inject more positivity and energy into their daily lives. Meaghan also talks about how the tragedy in her early years inspired her to take a more optimistic approach to life.
37 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Sexologist and author Kimberly Ann Johnson on helping mamas get the sex they want
Liz speaks with certified sexological bodyworker, somatic experiencing practitioner, doula, and author, Kimberly Ann Johnson about postpartum sex, why our culture prioritizes productivity over pleasure, what makes female arousal special, and how mama’s can start asking for better sex from their partners.
35 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Personal finance expert Alexa von Tobel gives moms the financial advice they need
Liz speaks with Alexa Von Tobel, former CEO and founder of personal finance website, LearnVest, current Founder and Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, and author of New York Times bestsellers Financially Fearless and Financially Forward about her mission to empower women to feel in control of their finances. Alexa also explains why it is so important for parents to model healthy behaviors for the kids when it comes to money.
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