Band of Mothers Podcast
Having a Baby During Quarantine: Ali Levine on Birth Advocacy, Believeing in Yourself, and Rocking a VBAC

Having a Baby During Quarantine: Ali Levine on Birth Advocacy, Believeing in Yourself, and Rocking a VBAC

July 2, 2020

COVID has messed up, well, just about everything. But being pregnant? Giving birth? In a mask? Maybe without your partner? That is MESSED UP.

Ali Levine (celebrity stylist, Stripped on BRAVO) has never been one to shy away from her truth - either sharing it, or living it. Grab a cuppa and settle in for Ali's amazing story of her journey to the VBAC she knew she could have after a traumatic birth with her first daughter (which lead to post partum depression) combined with navigating quarantine life with a baby growing inside you, to speaking up and sticking up for herself - and believing in herself - enough to carry her baby to term, push it out, AND THEN get the hell out of dodge and pack up her two week old, her two year old, her husband and her dog to escape to the mountains of Pennsylvania with her in-laws. Trust us, there's something in here for everyone. Also a lot of talk about hemorrhoids.

Follow Ali:

Website

Stript Down Podcast

Instagram

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The Impossible Quest for Perfection: Karith Foster Discusses Her New Book and Teaches Us How to Worry Less

The Impossible Quest for Perfection: Karith Foster Discusses Her New Book and Teaches Us How to Worry Less

June 25, 2020

You can be perfect, or you can be happy. Karith Foster's best friend uttered these words to her while Karith was struggling with new motherhood and breastfeeding and the crushing pressure to be perfect. They struck a chord, and launched Karith down a path of self-exploration and discovery and ultimately the realization that the quest for perfection is futile and impossible, but happiness is not.

Join us for a lovely chat with a woman who cares deeply that you are happy. Karith is a Humorist, motivational speaker, TV & radio personality, actress, author, blogger and entrepreneur and mother of two girls (20 months apart!) We discuss worry, anxiety, pressure to lose weight, pressure to have perfect kids, and terrible birthday presents from husbands. Karith's effusive energy is contagious and her life story is inspiring. How many of us could use a large dose of happiness and a kick in the butt to get there?

To learn more about Karith:

Buy You Can Be Perfect or You Can Be Happy

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

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Back to the Woo: Understanding the Energetics of 2020 and Why The Universe is Throwing Bricks

Back to the Woo: Understanding the Energetics of 2020 and Why The Universe is Throwing Bricks

June 11, 2020

Can we all agree that 2020 is cray? Like beyond insane, and our sense is that everyone is experiencing deep 2020 fatigue. Or at least we are.

In an attempt to get back to our 2019 woo woo selves, we chat with the amazing (and mom of two) Lori Simeunovic, aka Tarot Lori. Lori is an Intuitive Consultant and Tarot Card reader who facilitates "woo woo without the cuckoo" and she is exactly the breath of fresh air we needed.

We cover WTF is happening in 2020 and the energetics happening right now, why we're all so sad, fearful, confused, angry and overwhelmed, the vibe this new decade and also we ask Lori "none of you woo woo people saw this coming??"

In addition to a gut-busting conversation (she is so. funny.) she also gives us each a mini reading so you can watch (or rather listen to) the woo unfold.

Don't turn away just yet. We promise you even the most skeptical/religious/anti-woo folks (sorry, folkx) will be charmed by Lori's shoot-from-the-hip humor and wisdom and comforting words about how we all just might be ok.

To learn more and follow Lori:

TarotLori.com

Instagram

Facebook

To find out our favorite oracle decks, woo books and for continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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Protests, Policy and Why We Need Black Friends with CO State Representative James Coleman and Shayna Coleman

Protests, Policy and Why We Need Black Friends with CO State Representative James Coleman and Shayna Coleman

June 4, 2020
Nine days following the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, we felt it necessary to join the conversation. While many businesses are muting in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, we believe that these discussions with black voices are essential in educating ourselves, our followers, and anyone who is willing to listen.

Please join us as we sit down with Shayna (an educator) and James Coleman (a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives) as we discuss police brutality, systemic racism, white guilt, and so much more. 

We hope that this episode introduces a broader understanding of not only the systemic racism that runs rampant in our country, but more importantly, provides a perspective on how all of us - BIPOC and whites - can come together.

We discuss the following:

- Protests vs. Riots

- Police Brutality vs. Systemic Racism and what James and Shayna are protesting

- White Guilt, and why white people really do need black friends

- Race vs. Ethnicity

- The importance of knowing your local representatives and council members, of being an educated and ENGAGED voter and participating in local elections, and not waiting for one Man to fix all our problems

- How to deliver yourself from your bubble and reach out to people who aren't quite like you, even if it's scary

- Love is what it's all about

- Modeling positive behavior because our kids are watching

- And more :)

Post Note: On June 3 (two days after we recorded this episode) Mr. Coleman was on the committee to introduce the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Bill to the Colorado General Assembly. We encourage you to read the bill, and send this to your own local Representatives was an example of how we can make positive change.

Links to go deeper:

Representative James Coleman

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Jane Elliot

.Gov site to find your Representative

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Controlling What You Can: Facing and Feeling Judgement in the Time of Coronavirus

Controlling What You Can: Facing and Feeling Judgement in the Time of Coronavirus

May 28, 2020

Ok friends, we've #shelteredinplace for like 20+ weeks and now things are - believe it or not - getting even more complicated. As we begin to reopen our lives, there are a LOT of questions (and even more feelings) about how to navigate re-engaging with friends, family and the world.

The problem for moms, however, is how do we expand our social circles without pissing off our mom friends, while also staying true to the parameters we feel are right for our families? WILL WE EVER HAVE A #MOMSNIGHTOUT? Will our kid's ever have a playdate? And why do we feel like we hate everyone?

Our friend - and Life Coach - Valerie Firedlander hels us out with this awkward #pandemic transition, and offers a lot of level-headed insight about how we can all remain friends through this shit show. We hope this helps!

To find out more about Valerie Friedlander:

Take the Stress Test

Valerie Friedlander Life Coach and Leadership Coach

Facebook

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

For continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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Unicorn Moms and Making Yourself Happy First with Parenting Coach Eirene Heidelberger

Unicorn Moms and Making Yourself Happy First with Parenting Coach Eirene Heidelberger

May 14, 2020

This week we begin to dip our toes into a departure from #quarantinecheckins and back to looking at what it's like to be a woman who happens to be a mom, and we feel like our chat with GIT Mom founder and parenting coach Eirene Heildelberger was the perfect segway.

If you're feeling like you need a mom-confidence kick in the booty, Eirene is your woman.

The GIT Mom system is the only system that focuses on the mom, rather than the kids, allowing moms to give their children the parenting they need so they have time to do the activities they most enjoy! GIT Mom teaches you how to parent more efficiently so that you have more “me” time.

The journey to becoming GIT Mom was not a simple one for Eirene. Her oldest son was not an easy baby. As a clueless first-time mom, Eirene was anxious and stressed and she missed her pre-baby life. After a few months of struggle, Eirene committed to doing things differently. She learned to compartmentalize his crying and her irrational need to “do it all”. She perfected a sleep schedule and carved out personal time in her weekly schedule. These small adjustments were just the seeds of the GIT Mom system, which now is being used full-time by moms around the country.

Today, Eirene assists moms with every type of parenting issue, such as sleep training, scheduling, returning back to work, and teaching kids the value of listening and respecting others. All with the ultimate goal of empowering moms to be happy, confident, guilt-free parents. Because if mama isn’t happy, then no-one is!

In addition to running GIT Mom, Eirene is happily married and has three sons. With the GIT Mom system in full effect she has plenty of family time, but still gets her work-out in, drinks her beloved wine and watches plenty of the Real Housewives.

Here's some things we cover:

  • We share our own parenting insecurities and our struggles with being a threatening mom, bribing mom and yelling mom.
  • Mom Guilt
  • Raising children that know the world doesn’t revolve around then. 
  • How happy, confident moms raise healthy confident children
  • How Eirene is a coach who focuses on mom's happiness first, and believes that from there you can be a great parent

If you're feeling overwhelmed these days, or even if you just second-guess your decisions from time to time, have a listen and realize you're a unicorn, but you also are not a unicorn and that's ok. You're doing a GREAT job!

To find more about GIT Mom:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Podcast

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

For continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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And as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Email us anytime at pumpanddumpshowATgmail.com, leave a rating or comment on your podcast app, or tell us IRL and come see us at a show!

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The Infinite Power of a Strong Mom Community with HeyMama CEO, Katya Libin

The Infinite Power of a Strong Mom Community with HeyMama CEO, Katya Libin

May 7, 2020

If there's one thing we love, it's amazing women who believe in women - especially moms - and who give their talents and energies to build a #BandOfMothers. Our guest, Katya Libin - CEO of HeyMama, does just that.

This week we explore the nexus of a company that supports working moms, and we chat about why community is so important for all of us.

Have a listen to get inspired, and hopefully this is helps give you a nudge to seek a meaningful #BandOfMothers community of your own.

Find out more about HeyMama and join their community!

HeyMama.co

Instagram

Facebook

And, we want to give a very special thank you to some amazing companies who are actively supporting our #MomsNightIn for Mother's Day Eve Comedy Special and fundraiser for Together Rising. If you're tuning in to our very special event on May 9th, you're in for a treat because these folks are donating some really really wonderful prizes for you to win. Check 'em out!

Quaker Oats (you may have heard of them ;)

Fit4Mom

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Sarah O Jewelry

Juju Be Gifting

Cynthia Jones Jewelry

State Bags

Mindful Mamas

Zestt

Mountain Meadow Herbs

Sarah Happ Lip Scrubs

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

For continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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And as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Email us anytime at pumpanddumpshowATgmail.com, leave a rating or comment on your podcast app, or tell us IRL and come see us at a show!

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Breathing In and Tweeting Out: How Social Media Helped My Postpartum Depression with Cydni Beer

Breathing In and Tweeting Out: How Social Media Helped My Postpartum Depression with Cydni Beer

April 30, 2020

Hey, friends! It's Self Isolation week 1000 and we're feeling it. This week's episode is utterly delightful, and while we went in with the intention of Quarantine Talking, what evolved was a beautiful discussion about social media, postpartum depression, finding yourself again, living your authentic life and we're so here for it.

If you're not already familiar with humorist and mom of three, Cydni Beer, you are in for a treat (Although we're pretty sure you've seen at least half a dozen of he viral tweets coming through your feed.) What started as a simple way to dig herself out of massive postpartum depression, has turned into a full-fledged, bonafied, high-profile account, and we chat with Cydni about the nexus of her social media efforts, how it's helped her and how she sees it helping others.

If you think this episode can help a loved one who is struggling with PPD, please pass it on!

Follow Cydni on:

Twitter

Instagram

We hope you guys are all healthy and safe. We miss you, and love you!

And please mark your calendars for our first ever #MomsNightIn - A Mother's Day Eve Special Event!

For the past 7 years, The Pump and Dump Show has hosted a wildly popular #MothersDayEve celebration for thousands of moms, with comedy, laughter, and love. While this year’s live events have unfortunately been cancelled, the show will go on! On Saturday, May 9th, Band of Mothers Media and HeyMama.co will present a free online comedy show celebrating Mother’s Day, to give moms worldwide an hour to themselves to relax and laugh. The event is free for all to attend, but the goal is to raise money for Glennon Doyle’s foundation, Together Rising, to help financially support families in need during this crisis. The event will feature all three casts of The Pump and Dump Show, who will be performing a unique and never before seen adaptation of their nationally touring performance live via Zoom. Join us for an hour of comedy, original music, games, prizes and surprises, and take a much needed break from family isolation life!

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

For continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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How have you been enjoying our podcast? If you're into it, can you please leave us a rating or comment? We value your feedback so we can make this thing better!

And as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Email us anytime at pumpanddumpshowATgmail.com, leave a rating or comment on your podcast app, or tell us IRL and come see us at a show!

For tour updates and more shenanigans, follow Tracey, Shay and the whole P+D team at:

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Thriving or Sinking: An Honest Discussion with a 4th Grade Teacher About Virtual Learning

Thriving or Sinking: An Honest Discussion with a 4th Grade Teacher About Virtual Learning

April 23, 2020

Ok guys, time to address the elephant in the room. Parents across America are STRUGGLING with Remote Learning or Virtual Learning or Prison School (as Tracey calls it) and loads of kids are struggling even more. This global pandemic has upended all our lives in so many ways, but those of us with school aged children have a whole new layer of anxiety, stress and frustration when it comes to navigating remote learning with our kiddos. So, let's talk about it.

In this episode we go deep with Ms. Josie a 4th grade teacher here in Denver (you may remember her from Episode 37 - What Do Teachers Really Want From Parents?) and we hold nothing back. But neither does she. We ask her all the questions we've all had these past few weeks, and she offers quite a lot of perspective from both sides of the school desk.

If you've had any grumblings while trying to navigate virtual learning these past few weeks (and who hasn't?) please do yourself a favor: lock yourself in the closest - or better yet - go for a looong walk and take the time to listen to this very important conversation. We hope it helps.

We love you! This sucks, but we know you're doing the best you can. And to all the teachers trying to make the best of an equally crappy situation. We salute you. We really, really do.

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

For continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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How have you been enjoying our podcast? If you're into it, can you please leave us a rating or comment? We value your feedback so we can make this thing better!

And as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Email us anytime at pumpanddumpshowATgmail.com, leave a rating or comment on your podcast app, or tell us IRL and come see us at a show!

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How Are You? Checking in with a NYC Mom Socially Isolating in a 750 Square Foot Apartment #QuarantineCheckIn

How Are You? Checking in with a NYC Mom Socially Isolating in a 750 Square Foot Apartment #QuarantineCheckIn

April 16, 2020

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Hi friends! We're in week 4, approximately day 30ish of self-isolation and honestly we don't know if we're coming or going. Things are settling in but also we're starting to get a skootch annoyed with things. And by things we mean family. And by family we mean the loud kids and no personal space. You?

This week's #QuarantineCheckIn is with Shay's sister-in-law, Jenara - a woman we both love madly, and a mom who is in the US epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak: NYC. We ask her what life is like there (really) how it feels to lock down inside a 750 sq ft railroad apartment with her family, and what else the internet can give her to bake. (Also, she made the Dalanga coffee, and she has opinions.)

Also updates from Shay and Tracey including a report on what it's like to visit an emergency room during a global pandemic BECAUSE TRACEY'S DAUGHTER BROKE HER ARM, and other tales of winning at parenting.

Enjoy! And stay safe, #BREEDERS! We love you all so so so much!

Things we're into: If you're looking for links to anything we've mentioned on our podcasts it's all in one awesome area on our Band of Mothers App! Download our app today (on Apple and Android, links below) then head over to "Shop the Podcast" (in the left navigation bar) to find all the tidbits we mention together and with our guests from all our past episodes. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know if we miss anything!

For continued discussion about this episode and every episode from our podcast, download our social media app for moms, Band of Mothers

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How have you been enjoying our podcast? If you're into it, can you please leave us a rating or comment? We value your feedback so we can make this thing better!

And as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Email us anytime at pumpanddumpshowATgmail.com, leave a rating or comment on your podcast app, or tell us IRL and come see us at a show!

For tour updates and more shenanigans, follow Tracey, Shay and the whole P+D team at:

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Tour schedule: https://www.thepumpanddumpshow.com/tour