MOMables Podcast










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In today's episode, we discuss feeding specialists and many practical ways to deal with picky eating in children. 

 Have you been told by your pediatrician that “all kids go through picky eating states?” Or perhaps you’ve been waiting for your child to outgrow picky eating because you’ve been reassured that it’s normal and just a phase?

If you’ve had a picky eater or are currently trying to help your picky eater be more adventurous with foods, you are going to love this podcast.

Some of the things we talk about in today’s podcast:

  • What does a feeding specialist do and what makes someone a specialist?
  • How do I know if I need to see a feeding specialist?
  • Why do kids become picky eaters?
  • Won’t they just grow out of it?  (answer is no, and we’ll explain why)
  • How can parents avoid the picky eater trap?
  • Feeding is a developmental skill, like learning to crawl, walk, run.
  • Don’t all kids just learn how to eat naturally?
  • What are some of the key principles of happy “Parenting in the Kitchen?”
  • The one piece of advice to keep our kids on the path to adventurous eating, what would it be?

Our guest, Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, treats children birth to teens who have difficulty eating.  She is the co-author of Parenting in the Kitchen: How to Raise Happy and Healthy Eaters in Our Chicken Nugget World, the author of Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids and the producer of the award-winning kids’ CD Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food!  She is an international speaker and media expert on feeding and has contributed content to Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, Natural Baby,  special needs publications and more. 


Melanie’s websites: and are the go-to resources for parents wanting to raise adventurous eaters, even in our chicken-nugget world.

Her Books:

Direct download: 20151202_-_Happy_Healthy_Eaters.mp3
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With Thanksgiving and the Holiday season approaching, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of planning, cooking, shopping, and entertaining that is about to happen.

In this episode, Laura shares her best tips for meal planning and simple entertaining and how to put your kitchen to work! Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving and the Holidays or heading over to your family’s house to celebrate, you’ll enjoy Laura’s take on keeping things simple and fun.

Laura also shares how she spends the Holiday season with her family in this personal conversation.

Her Thanksgiving Meal Plan can be found here.

Direct download: 2-03_20151117_-_Holiday_2015_Preparedness__Laura_s_Take_on_Food__Life.mp3
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In today’s podcast, Kelly and I share all of our best meal planning tips and how meal planning makes life easier for both of our families. If you've been wanting to get started meal planning, or you're looking for tips to meal plan more effectively, this one is for you!


In todays podcast you will learn about

  • The benefits of Meal Planning
  • Top meal planning tips
  • The easiest weeknight meals
  • Top tips for saving time in the kitchen
  • How to include lunch in the meal planning process

Bonus Resources: 

Bio for Kelly Smith, Cookbook Author and Food Blogger

Kelly Smith loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for whole food cooking and meal planning with others. She recently released her first published cookbook, Everyday Grain-Free Baking and is the author of the popular gluten-free lifestyle blog, The Nourishing Home.

After struggling with several autoimmune-related health issues, Kelly turned to an unprocessed, gluten-free diet for relief from chronic pain and digestive issues. As a result, she discovered improved health and wellness, and is now on a mission to transform everyday familiar favorites into nourishing gluten-free meals the whole family will love, whether they’re living gluten-free or not.

Kelly also teaches meal planning and whole food cooking classes at various venues in Southern California, and is a contributing author at The Better Mom and Keeper of the Home websites.

Direct download: 20151104_-_Meal_Planning.mp3
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S3E1 Why Good Quality Sleep is Important with Shawn Clark

Are you trying to go to bed earlier but still wake up tired? How about actually staying asleep in the middle of the night?

The truth is that I have not been sleeping well for nearly a decade. In the last 3 years, however, I've made it an important goal to get better sleep (not necessarily more sleep). I've purchased 3 mattresses in the last 4 years, and until recently, I didn't feel like my sleep quality was improving.

 Today, I have Shawn Clark on the show. Shawn is the Founder-Board Member of intelliBED, is a graduate of UC Irvine with degrees in Economics and Math. He is a published author. He was director of new product development for 2 Fortune 500 companies and has consulted with the largest retail mattress company, Tempurpedic - Sealy, before co-founding intelliBED with his partner Bob Rasmussen.

Shawn and I talk about improving our quality of sleep, what we should look for when shopping for a mattress, how little mattresses differ in the marketplace. We also talk about my bed, intelliBED and explain how they worked with leading doctors and material suppliers to design, test and perfect a new type of mattress for home use that sleeps better, is safe, and lasts longer than any other product on the market today.

For more information on my bed and quest to sleep better, check out these posts.


For more information on intelliBED and how it can help you get better sleep, click here.

Direct download: 20151021_-_Sleep.mp3
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Are you concerned your kids won't be the people you'd like them to be when they grow up?  Is there a constant struggle to get them to listen and respect you?  This podcast is filled with great advice on raising respectful kids in today's high tech engaged world.

Raising kids today is not easy.  There are so many distractions that it's hard for parents to really connect with their kids.  That connection with a child and parent is so important, not only while they are young, but also when it comes time for them to take on the world on their own.  We want our kids to realize that you can't get what you want all the time, especially in the real world.

In today's podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Amy McCready.  Amy is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time...  and The Me, Me, Me Epidemic!  She is a regular parenting contributor on The Today Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Steve Harvey, and elsewhere. Her most important role is playing mom to two teenage boys.

Amy and I discuss some great ways to help our kids have healthy attitudes and be respectful in or outside of the home.  We talk about setting limits for our kids and to make sure that consequences are set in place.  Many parents struggle with telling their kids no, and today Amy talks about how we as parents can take control and raise confident, respectful and responsible kids.  Kids today need parents that empower them to do better and make a difference. Amy has amazing tips to help parents make a positive impact on their kids that will help them for the rest of their lives.


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Getting kids (and adults) to eat more veggies isn’t always easy. In today’s show, Laura discusses some tips to help you make eating veggies more convenient and appealing!

While getting her kids to eat more veggies hasn’t been an easy task, Laura shares the story of when her daughter tried veggies for the first time, how she continues to introduce them to her picky eaters, and what happens when her kids don’t eat them. 

Direct download: 29_Tips_to_Get_Kids_to_Eat_Veggies_2.mp3
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Are you spending more time in the kitchen than you should? Are you always thinking that there should be a quicker, more efficient way of prepping your meals? 

In today’s podcast we cover lots of kitchen tips and tricks that will help you save time in the kitchen, utilize leftovers, and feel good about the foods you cook.

Grain Free & Classic Meal Plans

The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet 

The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet

Direct download: 28_Kitchen_Tips_from_a_Real_Life_Cook.mp3
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Katja Rowell is with us today to talk about the difficulties we experience when feeding our kids. From selective eating to extreme picky eaters, this podcast will cover it!

Katja Rowell MD is a family doctor and childhood feeding specialist on a mission to bring peace and joy back to the family table. She believes that helping kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies is the best preventive medicine there is.

She is also a mom and the family cook. Her latest book is Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-By-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders which she coauthored with pediatric feeding therapist, Jennifer McGlothlin.

Katja’s book can be found on Amazon & wherever books are sold.

Her websites: Family Feeding Dynamics


Facebook: The Feeding Doctor



Direct download: 27_Extreme_Picky_Eaters_with_Katja_Rowell.mp3
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If you think that eating whole and real foods is something that can be learned overnight, think again. Like anything new, learning how to cook with fresh and real ingredients will take some time.

Fear not! In today’s podcast, we will cover practical ways to eliminate processed foods from our kitchen and pantry as well as easy substitutions to incorporate more fresh foods into our family’s meals.

Whether you “just want to get started” or want to pick up some real food tips to make your cooking more efficient, this is the podcast for you!                                                                                   


·         Classic and Grain Free Meal Plans

·         Learn new Recipes! With MOMables TV

·         The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet

·         The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet

Direct download: 26_Ditch_the_Box__The_Journey_to_a_Less_Processed_Kitchen.mp3
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In today’s podcast I talk with Judi Willard about simple ways to make school lunches special. We discuss how something as simple as a note can affect our kids in a positive way. 

Judi is a Licensed Psychotherapist and mom of 2.  She started a company with the mission of improving the quality of everyday life through the sharing of positive kind words. 

Based on the age old tradition of placing a heartfelt note in a child's lunch box and the belief that a parent’s loving words are as essential to a child’s health as a nutritious meal, she and a lifelong friend created Lunchbox Love and has made it her mission to bring love to lunch! The response has been overwhelming.

Judi lives in Lido Beach, with her husband and their 2 children in NY on a small barrier island off the coast of Long Island.

You can find the Say Please products here.

To receive a 10% discount enter the code: MOMABLES

Additionally, a portion of all proceeds goes to feeding children in need as well as organizations that help spread kindness.

Direct download: 25_Make_School_Lunches_Special_with_Judi_Willard.mp3
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Feeding your family fresh foods doesn’t have to be expensive. In today’s podcast, you’ll hear lots of real-life tips to keep your shopping simple and on a budget.

Today we discuss:

·      How much should a family spend on food each week?

·         To coupon or not to coupon. That is the money-saving question.

·         Organizing meals to keep weekly plan within a budget.

·         Meat. Is it the most expensive thing on the food budget? Ways to save.

·         Other than meat, what are other affordable forms of protein?

·         Generic of brand name. The quality debate.

·         To buy in bulk or not to buy in bulk. If so, what should you buy in bulk and where?

·         Spending limits. How to set them and practical ways to stay within budget.

·         The stuff that blows the budget. What to avoid.

·         Meal plan first or budget first.

·         Fresh fruit and veggies can sometimes add up. Tips?


An all-encompassing post on shopping for real food on a budget can be found here.


Budget friendly meal plans for families can be found here.



The items I purchase on amazon can be found here (under pantry).  

Direct download: 24_Real_Food_on_a_Budget__Spend_Less_Eat_Better..mp3
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Are you struggling with a child that is a picky eater?  Are you out of ideas to try next?

In today’s podcast Laura and Carolyn discuss how to deal with your picky eaters.  Carolyn talks about why our children become picky eaters, how we as parents can deal with this issue and what she learned personally that helped her turn it all around.  Carolyn offers some valuable advice to parents who are dealing with this problem on a daily basis. 

Carolyn Bond is a parenting coach who is passionate about helping parents bring up great kids.

She helps parents who are desperately seeking solid, proven and effective ways of raising their kids to become respectful, considerate, loving and independent adults.  Her tried and true approach continues to work for everyone who uses it thoughtfully and consistently. 

She’s a graduate from the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto with degrees in Sociology and Social Work. She always dreamed of having perfect children and a perfectly orchestrated life – like the one described as a possibility in many parenting books.

To her shock, her first child cried for 2-4 hour periods for the first 3 months! After her second arrived, she experienced the wonderful world of sibling rivalry, which progressed to constant bickering and fighting as the children grew older.

Around this time, she joined a parenting support group where she learned Adlerian psychology. Immediately, she began see how her parenting problems began to be solved, almost miraculously, one after another.

She immersed herself to study this miracle methodology at the Alfred Adler Institute of Ontario and became a leader of many parenting groups in the Ontario area. Over the last 20 years, she has helped countless families with their child rearing challenges. She’s raised 4 wonderful children and now shares her expertise over at

For more information on how Carolyn can help you parent with confidence, check out her website and coaching programs.

Carolyn’s previous MOMables Radio episode: How to Raise Great Kids. If you want to listen to the podcasts, click here for iTunes and here for Stitcher.

Direct download: 23_Parenting_Picky_Eaters_with_Carolyn_Bond.mp3
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If you are struggling to prep lunches ahead of time and wonder how does one “get it all done,” this podcast is for you.

Today Laura will answer questions submitted by MOMables community members that are related to lunch packing.

You’ll also hear lots of helpful tips for packing your kids lunches.   Laura talks about how she manages to prepare lunches, meal plan, and grocery shop with her hectic schedule.  She discusses’ some of her kids’ favorite lunches as well as her favorite go-to office lunches. 

Laura’s containers can be found here.

 Her Classic and Grain Free meal plans can be found here

Co-hosted with Kelly Favret. 

Direct download: 22_Lunch_Packing_101_QA.mp3
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If you’ve been wondering about the health benefits of essential oils this podcast is for you!

I have friends who use them regularly to relieve all sorts of pains and aches and for the overall well being of their families.

Just recently, I took my middle son (the one with a gluten sensitivity) to a natural medicine physician and he was prescribed an herbal supplement and essential oil 8 week protocol.

I’m excited to discuss essential oils further today because quite frankly, I don’t know that much about them and I realize this is something I need to learn more about to help my son.

Today our guest is, Stefanie Bridges.  She has been in the health and fitness industry for over 23 years and has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training.

Stefanie is a personal trainer and holds 3 different certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and Dot FIT.

As a personal trainer her sessions combine nutrition strategy with physical fitness training. Stefanie’s goal is to not only motivate her clients but also to educate them in all aspects of health and wellness. She uses doTERRA’s essential oils to compliment her trainings.

Stefanie lives in Wesley Chapel with her husband and two children. She enjoys training for her annual half marathon, travels with her family, and loves outdoor activities. Her personal training sessions and educational classes are a reflection of her enthusiasm for life!

Stefanie is also a MOMables community member and I’m delighted to have her here today to teach us more about Aroma therapy.

In the show notes, you’ll find helpful links.

Helpful links of items discussed:

·       Apple Fritter Muffins

·       MOMables Meal Plan


doTERRA Oils:

·       Baking soda + 2 drops Oregano Oil - Form a paste and clean grout.

·       Family Physician Kit

·       Purify Blend – add a couple of drops to the wash

·       Lavender Oil – calming effects, as “first aid” on bee stings, bug bites, scrapes and burns, relief of anxiety and stress.

·       Lemon Oil – mood lifter, degreaser, cold sore relief, neutralize odors, cooking, cleaner, furniture polish.

·       Pepper Oil – digestive issues (gas, colic, heartburn, indigestion), allergies, open sinuses and airways, cool down body temperature (fevers), motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, mouthwash.

·       Melaleuca Oil – cuts, rashes, sunburns, skin conditions, acne, athlete’s foot, bronchitis, scalp issues, dandruff, earaches.

·       Frankincense Oil – focus energy, minimize distractions, and improve concentration.

·       Breathe Blend – respitatory support, combact airborne bacteria and viruses, stop snoring, asthma symptoms. High altitude airplane pressure and nasty germs in recirculated air.

·       OnGuard Blend – Natural immune defense, helps kill bacteria, mold, and viruses. For daily use.

·       Introductory Kit: Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint Oils

For more information about the oils you can e-mail Stefanie here

Stephanie will extend a 10% MOMables Member discount to your aroma therapy order.

Also, here is her doTERRA and Facebook page.

Direct download: 21_Essential_Oils_101_with_Stefanie_Bridges.mp3
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Have you wondered why most kids who get ear infections get more than just one?  Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics for most ear infections?  In today’s podcast you will learn the dangers in repeated doses of antibiotics and some natural remedies you might not know about.

Today, I’ve brought back Wendi Combs. Wendi and I recorded a podcast on constipation and congestion in kids a couple of months back. The podcast was so successful; I reached out to her again!

 Wendi is a Nurse and health practitioner at Jubilee Health, a private practice in the Atlanta area.

 She is a mom of two girls, a pediatric nurse for over 20 years, and a passionate advocate to help kids thrive. She helps parents in the journey of wellness for their children. From runny noses to Autism, she loves helping parents find a more holistic approach to caring for their family.

 Her journey began when her daughters, Ansley and Lucy, experienced health issues at an early age. Through that, she discovered the beauty and effectiveness of natural remedies, and she became very passionate about guiding others who want to be a part of treating issues in children with a more holistic approach.

If you’ve always wondered how many of us cure our children with food and other natural remedies, in today’s podcast you’ll learn a few tips on how to take the first few steps yourself.

Make sure you check the podcast notes below since this is one information­­ packed episode.

For more information about Wendi’s practice or to book an appointment online with her, visit Jubilee

Wendi’s Newest Book: The Childhood Ear Infection Epidemic: Up to date treatment strategies to help your child now

Click Here for education videos.

Parent’s guide to Natural Remedies  - a three-part class with a remedy guide to help you on your journey of learning how to use natural remedies for common ailments in children.

If you don’t know where to start then this Basic Remedy Kit will be useful.

Items discussed on the show:

·         Klaire Infant - probiotics helpful for infants to toddlers.

·         Klaire Kids - probiotics for ages two and up

·         Pure

·         Flora Boost – natural way to restore GI flora damaged by antibiotic use

·         Corganic - gut pro and infant pro 

·        Colostrum – need to be grass fed and from New Zealand.  Also you can fine a chewable one here from Deep Blue

Direct download: 20_Ear_Infections_With_Wendi_Combes_RN.mp3
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In today's episode Kristy will help us understand doable ways we can all reduce sodium in our diets.She leads the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program, working with communities across the U.S. to increase access to and availability of healthier food, including lower-sodium item and I am so excited to have her on the podcast today. 

Kristy Mugavero, RN, MSN, MPH is a ‎Public Health Analyst in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previously, Kristy worked in the Policy Office of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, where she focused on cardiovascular health, adolescent and school health, obesity and physical activity. Prior to joining CDC, Kristy served as a registered nurse in a post-cardiovascular surgical unit. She received a master’s degree in nursing and public health in 2006 and is the proud mother of a one-year-old daughter.

Direct download: 19_MOMables_-_Sodium.mp3
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Have you ever wished there was a user manual for parenting? As a mom of three, I have often wondered how I can be a better parent to my kids. I am often tired from working more than what is considered full time, exhausted from the pressure of online social media content creating, developing recipes and cookbooks… and yet, when I come home from a long day, I want to be the best mom I can be. 

My big desire is to raise children who are confident, have little insecurities about my love for them, and that they become loving and respectful people themselves. 

Of course, that is in the "future," and to get there, I have a long road ahead of me. In today's show, I speak with Sharon Silver about the difficult world of parenting. 

She is an educator, author, speaker, and blogger. She blends her five certifications in parenting with research-based early childhood development, introspective empowering philosophies, and 29 years of teaching practical parenting skills to help parents focus on raising kids, not just correcting behavior.

Sharon is the author of two books, Stop Reacting and Start Responding and Why is Yelling My Go-To Tool? and contributor to Parents Ask, Experts Answer. Silver’s books are unique in the parenting world because they include a child’s point of view, a crucial component for success.

As the founder of Proactive Parenting, based in San Francisco CA, Sharon has been an online radio and TV host, a weekly blogger for PopSugar, Circle of Moms and Life 360, a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox News, and she has been interviewed by Parenting magazine, CNN Health, as well as countless radio, newspapers and blogs.

You can check out Sharon’s books and resources on her Proactive Parenting website. 


Get a copy of her book Stop Reacting and Start Responding plus her bonus e-Book, Why is Yelling My Go-To Tool?

Direct download: 18_Becoming_a_Proactive_Parent_with_Sharon_Silver.mp3
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