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Coffee + Crumbs Podcast

The Coffee + Crumbs Podcast is your companion for kitchen cleanups, stroller walks, or the daily carpool hustle. Join hosts Ashlee Gadd, Katie Blackburn, and Jill Atogwe as they chat about the beautiful, holy work of motherhood. We hope you leave this show feeling safe, known, encouraged and loved.

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Nothing is Wasted with Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons (!!!) is here today, reminding us growth and goodness can be found even in?especially in?the minutes (or months!) we?re tempted to believe are wasted. Those creative projects you thought went nowhere? Meaningful. Sitting with your toddler or teen talking about mind-numbing topics? Meaningful. No matter what struggle or tough season you?re currently facing, we hope this conversation encourages you to slow down, let God reroute you however He?d like, and embrace the idea that inefficiency sometimes means making room for what?s most important.

For more encouragement in your motherhood journey, check out the stories at Coffee + Crumbs.

This show is brought to you ad-free by our generous and loving Patreon community. If you?d like to support the work we do for as little as $1/month, head to Patreon.com/coffeeandcrumbs to join the party (where we host episode discussions, bonus content, and more!).

2021-10-12
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What We're Learning About Friendship (Part Two)

For part two of our friendship series, we?re chatting about what?s in our friendship toolboxes. From taking initiative (rather than taking turns) to learning the love languages of our friends, today we?re getting nitty-gritty practical about how to show up for our people. We talk about porch drop-offs, tiny thoughtful gestures, the beauty of accepting help, and the powerful act of loving our friends? kids. We hope this episode encourages you to be the friend you want to have. Because, ultimately, when it comes to friendship, that?s the best place to start!

For more encouragement in your motherhood journey, check out the stories at Coffee + Crumbs.

This show is brought to you ad-free by our generous and loving Patreon community. If you?d like to support the work we do for as little as $1/month, head to Patreon.com/coffeeandcrumbs to join the party (where we host episode discussions, bonus content, and more!).

2021-09-28
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What We?re Learning About Friendship (Part One)

Tap tap. Is this thing on? Hey friends, we?re back! Today we?re starting a brand new season with two new hosts (welcome Katie + Jill!), and we couldn?t be more excited to kick things off with a two-part series on friendship. In part one, we?re chatting about hard lessons learned, some confessions and convictions we?ve had along the way, and, most importantly, the perspective we?re practicing when it comes to friendships (new and old). Hint! It has a lot to do with grace, going with the flow as time passes on, and leaning into gratitude, no matter what season of life or friendship we?re in.

For more encouragement in your motherhood journey, check out the stories at Coffee + Crumbs.

This show is brought to you ad-free by our generous and loving Patreon community. If you?d like to support the work we do for as little as $1/month, head to Patreon.com/coffeeandcrumbs to join the party (where we host episode discussions, bonus content, and more!).

2021-09-14
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Encore Episode (Ashlee's Favorite): Motherhood + Loneliness

We thought it would be fun to end season four by revisiting some of our most loved episodes. Today is Ashlee?s favorite, where we unpack why motherhood feels so isolating sometimes. Don't miss the episode?s new intro and wrap up, with Indiana, April, and Ashlee's final chat together! Whether you?re new to motherhood altogether or a veteran mom who hasn?t found her tribe yet, we hope you can relate to this vulnerable conversation and walk away inspired to put yourself out there. 

Visit us at Patreon to learn more about how you can support us next year. 

 

2019-12-17
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Encore Episode (April's Favorite): This Is How We Don't

We thought it would be fun to wrap up season four by revisiting some of our most loved episodes. Don't miss these - each episode has a brand new intro and wrap up with Indiana, April, and Ashlee!

Today is April?s favorite, where we flip the script on our ?This Is How We Do? episodes by sharing what we DON?T do. From outsourcing grocery shopping to not making the bed to not washing our hair?this conversation is full of confessions about our mothering, home upkeep, school involvement, and everything in between. We hope this episode makes you laugh and gives you a much-needed permission slip to pursue the things you?re good at, and let go of all the rest.

Visit us at Patreon to learn more about how you can support us next year. 

2019-12-10
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Encore Episode (Indiana's Favorite): Being A Good Friend In Hard Seasons

We're wrapping up season four by revisiting some of our most loved episodes. Don't miss these - each episode has a brand new intro and wrap up, with Indiana, April, and Ashlee!

Today is Indiana?s favorite, where 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.

Visit us at Patreon to learn more about how you can support us next year. 

 

2019-12-03
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State of the Podcast Address

We?re so thankful for the support you?ve shown the Coffee + Crumbs podcast over the past four years! Today?s ?State of the Podcast? is a simple message from Ashlee about what?s in store for our show in 2020.

Visit us at Patreon to learn more about how you can support us next year. 

2019-11-27
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Season 4 Finale: Advice That's Actually Useful

As mothers, we've received plenty of advice?solicited and unsolicited?over the years. Today we wanted to close out the season by sharing the tips, tricks, and reminders we've received that make motherhood (and life!) a little bit easier. From permission to slow down to how to help our kids deal with big emotions, this season finale is centered around taking some of the mystery out of motherhood as we pass along advice and wisdom you'll want to return to again and again. 

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode and to support us by supporting the sponsors who made this episode possible. 

Stay up to date with what's next for the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, over on our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons!

2019-11-26
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Episode 80: The Best of 2019

Today, we're recapping our favorite things and moments from 2019. Our conversation runs the gamut from the trends we tried and loved to the new habits we've instilled and want to keep as we roll into a new decade (!). We hope our roundup of recipes, podcasts, little luxuries, life hacks, and more inspires you to spend some time reflecting on the goodness of the past year. 

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode and to support us by supporting the sponsors who made this episode possible. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons!

2019-11-19
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This Is How We Do: In-Law Relationships

Today, we?re diving into the dynamics of in-law relationships. We openly acknowledge our good fortune in having involved, loving in-laws, but there?s always some adjusting that comes with marrying into a family. We talk about balancing the way we honor traditions and ties to our families of origin while still building our own family habits and way of doing things. Plus we discuss the kind of in-laws we aspire to be some day and offer our best advice for how to communicate when there?s a problem or issue.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode and to support us by supporting the sponsors who made this episode possible. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons. 

 

2019-11-12
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Episode 79: Motherhood + Priorities

In this week's episode, we're talking about priorities: the ones we have, the ones we think we should have, and the ones we'd like to reorder, if we're being honest. We push back a little against the myth of balance and having it all, choosing instead to view life through the lens of seasons?where sometimes we have the capacity for "full steam ahead" in multiple areas and sometimes it feels like everything but survival is on the back burner. We also discuss how priorities aren't prescriptive; our individual circumstances and personalities weigh heavily on where we devote our time and energy. Regardless of the season you find yourself in, we hope today's conversation leaves you feeling energized to identify and prioritize what matters most to you.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode and to support us by supporting the sponsors who made this episode possible. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons. 

2019-11-05
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This Is How We Do: Stretching Our Dollars

In this week's episode, we're talking about the everyday deals and coupons we use to save on our household necessities (and the occasional splurge, as well). From promo codes and our favorite apps to how we shop sales and use referral credits, today we're sharing our best tips and tricks for saving a buck or two. This is not a deep dive into the nitty gritty of monthly budgeting, but rather a lighthearted chat about our individual approaches to how we stretch?and spend?our dollars. 

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode (including loads of promo codes and affiliate links!) 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons. 

2019-10-29
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Episode 78: I Think You're Wrong, But I'm Listening

This week, Ashlee and Indiana sit down with Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland from Pantsuit Politics to talk about something important that seems to have gotten lost in today's culture: nuance. Beth and Sarah explain how their communication approach?rooted in curiosity and a desire to understand?highlights the middle ground between argument and apathy. They also talk about how they've learned to move toward each other and a better relationship, even though they hold opposing viewpoints on many issues. Plus, they drop their best suggestions for how to stay informed in an unbiased, non-time-consuming way.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode.

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons!

2019-10-22
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This Is How We Do: Holidays

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode.

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons!

 

2019-10-15
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Episode 77: Blizzards, Babies, and Brainstorming (aka the 2019 Team Retreat)

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode - including pictures of everyone who came to this retreat so you can match faces with voices! 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons!

2019-10-08
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This Is How We Do: Toys

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!

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything mentioned in this episode (including all those great toys!) 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page. We love and appreciate our Patrons! 

2019-10-01
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Episode 76: Being A Good Friend In Hard Seasons

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:

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page!

 

2019-09-24
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This Is How We Do: Mornings

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:

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page!

Thank you to this episode's sponsors: 

Noom: What if you could use ONE program for all your health and weight loss needs? Head to noom.com/coffeeandcrumbs to start your free trial today. 

Healthy Height: Healthy Height shakes are an easy way to supplement breakfast and send your kids to school knowing they have the nutrients their bodies need. Get 30% off your first purchase by visiting Healthy Height and entering promo code COFFEE30 today. 

2019-09-17
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Episode 75: Your Sex Questions, Answered: Part Two

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. 

Like what you heard? Double click 'subscribe' and leave us a review on iTunes!

Show Notes:

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page!

Thank you to this episode's sponsors: 

Hello Fresh: Our listeners will get $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh when entering promo code coffeeandcrumbs80.

Light Filled Home:Coffee & Crumbs listeners will get 25% of your entire order when you use promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS in the shop! 

2019-09-10
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Episode 74: Your Sex Questions, Answered: Part One

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!

Like what you heard? Double click 'subscribe' and leave us a review on iTunes!

Show Notes:

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for  links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page!

Thank you to this episode's sponsors: 

Buffy: C+C listeners will get $20 off their Buffy comforter by entering promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS online 

Care.com: C+C listeners can get a premium membership for 30% off by using promo code COFFEEANDCRUMBS

2019-09-03
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Episode 73: Motherhood + FOMO

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.

Like what you heard? Double click subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. And don't forget to listen to The Mom Hour's take on FOMO!

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-07-30
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100th Episode: Ask Us Anything

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!

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-07-23
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This Is How We Do: Feeding Babies

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.

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-07-16
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Episode 71: Conversations with Our Pre-Mom Selves

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 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.

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-07-09
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This Is How We Do: Laundry

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-07-02
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Episode 70: One and Done: Raising An Only Child

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode.

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-06-25
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This Is How We Do: Personality Types

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode (including those quizzes we know you're dying to take!) 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-06-18
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Episode 69: Motherhood + Minimalism

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-06-11
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This Is How We Do: Creativity

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.  

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

Join our free 5-day Creativity Kickstart here.

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-06-04
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Summer Safety Episode: Drowning Prevention With Nicole Hughes

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.

2019-05-30
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Episode 68: Postpartum Recovery: Healing Your Birth Battle Scars

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-05-28
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Episode 67: Postpartum Anxiety: Paralyzing Fears

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.

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-05-21
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Episode 66: Postpartum Depression: Beyond "The Baby Blues"

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

Visit Coffee + Crumbs for today's show notes and links to everything we talked about in this episode. 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-05-14
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This is How We Do: Media

Fear not: this week?s episode has nothing to do with screen time dos and don?ts. Instead, join us for a (very) lighthearted chat about our favorite books, podcasts, and TV shows. From how we score affordable books to our individual headphone preferences, today we're discussing when and how we consume different types of media. We're also making quite a few confessions, so feel free to giggle along as we learn who loves to make friends at the library, who's obsessed with polygamist escape memoirs, and which podcast host doesn't really listen to podcasts

Don't forget to visit Coffee + Crumbs for our show notes and links to everything we talked about in today's episode! 

Like what you heard? Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! To help fund Season Four of the Coffee + Crumbs podcast, head on over to our Patreon support page.

2019-05-07
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Episode 65: Parenting for the Long Haul with Krista Gilbert

Between the meals and the snacks and the laundry and the messes, some days it?s hard to view parenting as anything more than surviving those pre-bedtime hours. But we know parenting is not a short-term gig?we're in this for the long haul. In today's episode, we're chatting with author and speaker Krista Gilbert about how we can maintain our long-term priorities in the immediate chaos of motherhood. From the importance of building trust to keeping a sense of humor, this conversation is full of wisdom and practical tips for keeping the long view of parenting in mind. Plus, Krista shares the magic of "tiny traditions" and gives us insight into the coming-of-age trips she does with her children.

Whether your kids are learning how to walk or learning how to use a cell phone, we hope today's conversation encourages you to take a few moments to think about how you can parent for the future, right from the present. 

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2019-04-30
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This Is How We Do: Raising Siblings

In this week?s episode, we?re talking about all things sibling-related, from managing age gaps to mitigating disagreements. With a collective 10 kids between Indiana, Ashlee, and April?and a whopping FORTY-TWO among the full C+C team?we offer our take on how we foster friendships between our kids without forcing them, and the unexpected moments of joy we find along the way.

Don't forget to visit Coffee + Crumbs for our show notes and links to everything we talked about in today's episode! 

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2019-04-23
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Episode 64: Motherhood + Hospitality

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

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review here on iTunes!

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2019-04-16
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This Is How We Do: Self Care

With endless time and unlimited budgets, self care becomes pretty easy (hello tropical beach vacation and weekly massages!). But when we?re balancing motherhood, marriage, and careers?and our bank account isn?t bottomless?how do we make time and give ourselves permission to care for ourselves?

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

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review here on iTunes!

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2019-04-09
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Episode 63: Doulas, Due Dates, and Drugs, Oh My!

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

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2019-04-02
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This Is How We Do: Preparing for Baby

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

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review here on iTunes!

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2019-03-26
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Episode 62: Being The Village - How to Help a New Mom

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

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2019-03-19
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Episode 61: The Season Finale - Ask Us Anything

It?s our final episode of 2018, cue the sobs! We?re wrapping up season three by answering YOUR questions, ask us anything style. In this extra-long episode, we?re talking about everything from how motherhood has shaped our faith to what snacks we indulge in when no one is watching. We also share how we chose our kids? names, how we maintain friendships in this season of life, our favorite feel-good movies, and April spills the details on the book she just finished writing (that?s H-O-S-S, if any literary agents are listening). Plus, you?ll hear the one thing we all agree we wish we had done more of before having kids. We hope you enjoy this last chat of 2018 as much as we enjoyed recording it. From all of us at Coffee + Crumbs, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-11-27
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Episode 60: Motherhood + The Military

Today Indiana is chatting with Hunter Beless, creator of the Journeywomen podcast, and Christy Curtis, founder of the Military Moms blog, about life at the intersection of motherhood and the military. From surviving deployments to managing fear and anxiety, Christy and Hunter open up about the challenges and emotions they face as military spouses. They also share how non-military families can love their military friends well and one big thing they?d like civilians to please stop doing. Whether you?re a seasoned military mom or a civilian without a clue what life as an enlisted spouse looks like, we hope this episode reminds you of the strength we can all find in community, and grows your empathy for the families serving our country.

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-11-20
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This Is How We Don?t

All season we?ve been sharing our tips, tricks and life hacks in our ?This Is How We Do? episodes. This time around, we?re flipping the script and sharing what we DON?T do. From outsourcing grocery shopping to not making the bed to not washing our hair?this conversation is full of confessions about our mothering, home upkeep, school involvement, and everything in between. We hope this episode makes you laugh and gives you a much-needed permission slip to pursue the things you?re good at, and let go of all the rest.

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-11-13
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Episode 59: Everyday Peacemaking with Osheta Moore

Do you ever feel like motherhood has you confined within the four walls of your home, unable to make a difference in the wider world? On today?s episode, we?re chatting with Osheta Moore? author of ?Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Broken World??about peacemaking. Is there a better topic to cover the day of midterm elections? Osheta speaks passionately about peacemaking in our everyday lives, encourages us to seek subversive joy in the face of despair, and challenges us to tell better stories about the people who frustrate us. Plus, don?t miss her hilarious story about adjusting to the ?vehicular Hunger Games? of the school car line and the one uncomplicated question Osheta asks her kids every day to keep their focus on joy.

If you?ve been feeling overwhelmed by the weight of the world, we hope this episode lifts you up and reminds you that you can be a peacemaker right here, right now, right where you are.  

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2018-11-06
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This Is How We Do: Personal Style

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered: where did I go? Today we?re talking about how our personal style has shifted from pre-kid life to mom life. From getting dressed in the morning to washing our face at night?we?re spilling the beans on our makeup, clothing, and skin care must-haves. In this episode, Ashlee divulges which magical perfume earns her compliments from both flight attendants and sandwich shop employees, while Indiana shares a hack for keeping her wardrobe fresh through the holiday season. Plus, April explains why it?s necessary to hire a babysitter to go shoe shopping with her husband. Whether your daily uniform is a ponytail and yoga pants or you can?t leave the house without a swipe of red lipstick, we hope this lighthearted chat puts a smile on your face and reminds you that you?re beautiful inside and out.

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-10-30
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Episode 58: Motherhood + Work: The How with Jesse Coulter and Akia Ng

Today Indiana is chatting with two of her real-life friends about the logistics of being full-time working moms. Jesse Coulter and Akia Ng join us to discuss the tightrope act of daily life, how they juggle childcare drop-offs and pick-ups, what they?ve had to ?let go? of, and more. You?ll also hear Jesse share how she prioritizes time with her husband (day dates!) and Akia admits she sometimes has stay-at-home-mom envy. Plus, we hear what moments make it all worthwhile.

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-10-23
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This Is How We Do: Organization & Systems

Calling all Monica Gellers! From family schedules and laundry to email and to-do lists?today we?re sharing the organizational tips and systems that keep our homes running (relatively?) smoothly. In this episode, April shares a smart hack for managing mail (tip: don?t let it enter the house!), Ashlee passionately discusses her cutthroat approach to clutter, and Indi is mostly just here to listen and learn. Whether you geek out over a pretty color-coded calendar like April or keep your entire family?s schedule in your head like Ashlee, we hope this conversation makes you smile and possibly inspires you to finally tackle that one system in your house that isn?t working.

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2018-10-16
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Episode 57: Motherhood + Work: The Why with Jessica Honegger

Today we?re talking about motherhood and work with Noonday Collection founder, Jessica Honegger. Despite the internal grappling she endured while building her company as a young mom, Jessica has learned in recent years to embrace the paradox of ?and? instead of ?either/or? when it comes to working. She also shares about an aha moment she experienced during an exchange with a stay-at-home mom in the middle of Starbucks. (Indi may or may not have cried.) Whether you work full-time or stay at home or find yourself somewhere in between, we hope this dialogue reminds you there is no one-size-fits-all for mothering, and that all of our unique roles are special and worth celebrating. 

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-10-09
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This Is How We Do: Marital Communication

Today we?re pulling back the curtain on how we communicate with our spouses?from arguments to resolutions and everything in between. We?re spilling the beans on our silliest recurring fights, how we do (and don?t) flirt, and when/how we tackle hard conversations in our homes. Plus, you?ll learn our stances on R-rated text messages and why nacho cheese is a surprisingly contentious topic! Whether you?ve been married for two years or two decades, we hope this conversation makes you smile and reminds you that all of our marriages are a work in progress.

Like what you heard? Visit coffeeandcrumbs.net for more inspiration on your motherhood journey. And, don?t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

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2018-10-02
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