Automating Motherhood – Systems and Ideas for Simplifying Motherhood with Kellye Peters – ITA60

By | Podcast, Popular | No Comments

The nerd in me is so thrilled about this episode. Today I’m chatting with my very dear “in real life” friend, Kellye Peters about chore charts, lists and getting organized.

Automating Motherhood – Systems and Ideas for Simplifying Motherhood with Kellye Peters – ITA60

Kellye and I have been friends for over 10 years and I am constantly amazed at how well she manages her home. She has fantastic ideas and an extraordinary gift for decor and design. After a recent discussion about daily lists for our kids, I knew I had to share her wisdom with y’all.

Isn’t her kitchen gorgeous? (Even in a slightly blurry photo!)

IMG_9271.PNG

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • About simple systems and lists that will make your motherhood easier.
  • Why it’s important to teach our children build routines
  • How routines can help us be better moms
  • The biggest obstacle to our organization

Automate Your Meal Planning

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

I’ve used Plan to Eat for years and it’s one of the biggest ways I’ve simplified my time. I used to reinvent the wheel every single week (well, when I had the energy to meal plan…) when I planned my meals. Now, it just takes me about 5 minutes a week to plan (since PTE automatically generates my shopping list) and then another 5 minutes to check things off my list before I head to the grocery store. So wonderful.

Be sure to check them out and grab their FREE 30 day trial.

Here are a few highlights from my meal plan this week. (Please remember I am not a gourmet chef. I am a “get out of there” chef. I like simple, fast and relatively healthy recipes. The Pioneer Woman…I am not. 🙂

Chicken, bean and corn Quesadillas – trying out a new recipe.
Blueberry Muffins – yummy after school snack
Roast Chicken – easiest dinner ever. And I plan to use the leftovers for the quesadillas. Win.

Click here to visit Plan To Eat and sign up for their free trial.

Click the play button in the post or grab your favorite podcast app and join us for a chat!

Quick Links

  1. ChorePad
  2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

Inspire a Love of Reading in Your Children – with Sarah Mackenzie – ITA58

By | Podcast, Popular | 20 Comments

Reading aloud with our children is one of the most powerful habits we can develop. But how do we find the time? What if we don’t like reading either? How do we help our children develop a love of books?

ITA58-Sarah-Mackenzie

We answer all these questions and more in this week’s podcast with my guest is Sarah Mackenzie from the blog Amongst Lovely Things and the podcast Read Aloud Revival.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • What are the best books to read aloud for your child’s age?
  • Is there a difference in the benefits listening to an audio book or a person?
  • If you read just 5 minutes aloud everyday for 1 year, guess how many hours you will have read? You won’t believe it!

A Huge Thank You!

A huge thanks to this month’s Podcast sponsor –PLAN TO EAT– be sure to check them out! Click here to get your free 30 day trial.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

This week has been CRAZY and makes me even more thankful for this site. I normally try to think through my meal planning at least a little bit, but I just don’t have time this week, so I’m super thankful for their “saved menus” feature. I just drag a saved menu onto my calendar and now my son and I can head to the store after school with our list ready to go.

Time savers like this save my sanity!

My recipes this week are:
Chicken and Rosemary Vegetables
P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef
Asparagus Geneva
Chicken Tortilla Soup

Click the play button in the post or grab your favorite podcast app and join us for a chat!

Tweet to Inspire: Inspiring a love for reading in our children. How does that happen? – @amlovelythings on @inspired2action –> http://ctt.ec/kJF_6

 

ITA58-HowToBuildABookWorm

Quick Links

  1. Click here to sign up for the parenting webinar I’m hosting.
  2. Excellence of Writing by Andrew Pudewa
  3. Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson
  4. Honey for a Childs Heart  and Honey for a Teens Heart Gladys Hunt
  5. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Sarah

Blog:
Read Aloud Revival

Social media:
twitter Twitter
facebook Facebook
pinterest Pinterest
instagram Instagram

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

Overwhelmed? Learn To Say Your Best Yes – An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst – ITA57

By | Podcast, Popular | 5 Comments

Every “yes” is a commitment of our time and energy. How can we make wise choices? How can we say no graciously? Join Lysa Terkeurst and me in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast as we discuss how to free ourselves from overwhelmed schedules and the fear of saying no.

ITA58-Lysa-Terkeurst

In this interview, Lysa shares with us:

  • How to change your overwhelmed schedule.
  • The 3 clues that reveal whether we should say yes or no to an opportunity.
  • The “scripts” Lysa uses to graciously says no when pressured to say yes.
  • A simple way to start “unrushing” your life.

Grab your headphones, click here and join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

Get Inspired

Some of my favorite quotes from Lysa in this episode:

Tweet to Inspire: “Saying yes to everything doesn’t make you Wonder Woman it makes you a worn out woman.”

Tweet to Inspire: “Find the US in the middle of your rUSh.”

Big Announcement

I’m super excited to announce that Plan To Eat is the October sponsor for the Inspired To Action Podcast. I’ve been a paid subscriber for years and am quite sure that Plan To Eat is the only reason my family doesn’t eat cereal for dinner every single night.

Click here to check out their FREE 30 day trial, my welcome video and hear about helpful meal planning tutorial series I created.

My Meal Plan For The Week
Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 12.46.29 PM

Here’s my meal plan for this week. That Pot Roast last night? Sooooo good.

If you start your Plan To Eat free 30 day trial, you can friend me and snag my recipes and meal plan. One less thing for you to do this week! Click here to get your free trial. Once you’re in, come find me – my username is – InspiredToAction.

Thanks so much for your support of the podcast!

Quick Links

    1. Lysa’s book: The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

  1. 10 Ways To Graciously Say No When You Feel Pressured To Say Yes
  2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Lysa TerKeurst

Blog:
LysaTerKeurst.com

Social media:
twitter Twitter
facebook Facebook
pinterest Pinterest

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA55 – Motherhood and Nutrition – Simple Steps To Eating Better – A Chat with Trina Holden

By | Podcast, Popular | 6 Comments

Eating smarter could be one of the fastest ways to become a better mom, because what we eat affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we respond to those around us.

“You are what you eat.” You’ve heard it before. Maybe you’ve even said it to your kids. But how often do we, as moms, think about the effect of food on our actions and attitudes toward our children?

ITA55-Trina-Holden

On today’s show, Trina Holden, shares several simple ways to make better food choices and even get our families excited about healthy eating. No, really.

Grab your headphones, click here or the player above and join us for a chat!

Quick Links

  1. TrinaHolden.com
  2. Trina’s book, Your Real Food Journey.
  3. I’d LOVE it, if you’d take a minute to answer my listener survey. Click here.
  4. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Trina Holden

Blog:
TrinaHolden.com

Social media:
twitter Twitter
facebook Facebook
pinterest Pinterest
instagram Instagram

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA #52 – Back To School Routines That Rock – with Amy McCready

By | Podcast, Popular | 4 Comments

Parenting expert Amy McCready gives us some fantastic tips on making life giving morning, after school and evening routines during the school year.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The power of the “When-Then” routine
  • How to use lists to eliminate nagging
  • How to empower your kids to get themselves ready on time
  • How 10 minutes can transform your child’s day

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

ITA-52-School-Routines-Amy-McCready.jpg

Quick Links

  1. Learn more from Amy McCready at her site, Positive Parenting Solutions
  2. Get Amy’s book If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling
  3. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA #50 – Overcoming Comparison in Motherhood – with Elisa Pulliam

By | Podcast, Popular | 12 Comments

“Comparison is the great thief of Joy.” (Theodore Roosevelt) But it’s so common among mothers, how do we overcome it? That’s what we are talking about in today’s episode of the podcast with Elisa Pulliam.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

Elisa-Pulliam-Comparison

Quick Links

  1. ElisaPulliam.com
  2. Personality Profile Resources
  3. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

20140710-151735-55055209.jpg

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA #49 – How Moms Can Take Personal Retreats (…really) with Erin Odom

By | Podcast, Popular | 6 Comments

For most moms, a trip to the bathroom with a working lock is the only kind of retreat they’ve ever known. I hope to change that today. Erin Odom and I are chatting about how to take a personal retreat (even if you don’t have the time, help, or money) and what to do on a personal retreat to maximize the effectiveness of your time.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

ITA-Erin-Odom-Personal-Retreats.jpg

Take Action

Have you ever taken a personal retreat? Do you plan to take one after listening to this episode? Click here to share.

Quick Links

  1. Erin’s ebook on personal retreats.
  2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Erin Odom

Blog:
TheHumbledHomemaker.com

Social media:
twitter Twitter
facebook Facebook
pinterest Pinterest
instagram Instagram

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA #48 – How to Have a Wardrobe You Love without Losing Your Money or Your Mind – with Hayley Morgan

By | Podcast, Popular | 4 Comments

If the idea of a simple, beautiful and intentional wardrobe sounds fantastic to you, you’ll love this episode of the podcast with Hayley Morgan.

Hayley wrote a book called The No Brainer Wardrobe and she shares some fantastic tips on how to feel good about what’s in your closet, what you wear and how much you spend on clothes.

She also talks about how to approach fashion as we get older and wear clothes that feel “honest” to us.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

ITA-Hayley-Morgan-Fashion.jpg.jpg

Connect with Hayley Morgan

Blog:
Blog

Social media:
twitter Twitter
facebook Facebook
pinterest Pinterest
instagram Instagram

Quick Links

Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA #47 – How To Deal with Unexpected Turns and Help Our Children Follow Their Dreams – with Kate Battistelli

By | Podcast, Popular | 5 Comments

Most of the people I’ve interviewed for this podcast are in thick of parenting, but Kate Battistelli is on the other side of it. Her grown daughter loves God and has a beautiful family of her own.

Kate is the mother of (my daughter’s favorite singer) Francesca Battistelli. You’ll love her encouragement and insight no matter where you are in your parenting journey.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

ITA-Kate-Battistelli-Dreams.jpg.jpg

Kate was an actress and singer in the New York Broadway musical theatre world. She toured for 2 1/2 years in the Broadway National Tour of The King and I playing Anna opposite Yul Brynner as the King, where she met her amazing husband. Kate is the author of Growing Great Kids: Partner With God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life and she’s writing her second book entitled The God Dare.  A contributing writer for 3 amazing mothering sites, MothersofDaughters.comthebettermom.com, and RaisingGenerationsToday.com, she also contributes to the Titus 2 team at TheMobSociety.com. She’s a New Jersey girl currently living in Atlanta writing about God, food, family and hospitality. Her passion is to remind you there’s a big God Dare with your name on it!

Get Inspired

Tip #1: God Is Economical

God never wastes anything – all the things that He asked us to lay down, He picked back up in our daughter’s life and take it to where it was really going to make a difference.

Tweet to Inspire: “God never wastes anything” – @katebattistelli on @Inspired2Action –> http://wp.me/pnAs1-4f1

Tip #2: God is Enough

God had to bring us to the place where He was enough, where nothing else can satisfy. No matter what our circumstances are, God is still God.

When something comes into our lives that’s not what we expect, we can look back and see God’s history of faithfulness. God’s not always going to deliver you from trouble, but He’ll deliver you through it.

Tweet to Inspire: “God taught me to want Him for who He is, not for what He gives me. ” – @katebattistelli on @Inspired2Action –> http://wp.me/pnAs1-4f1

Tip #3: Dig Deep

As we dig deep with God, He’ll show us the gifts and talents He’s given our children so we can be intentional about exposing our children to opportunities to develop those gifts.

Don’t be afraid to dream big for yourself or your kids. God has a plan for you and He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Take Action

How will you take action on what you learned in today’s episode? Click here to share.

Quick Links

1. Growing Great Kids: Partner With God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life 

2. The God Dare  

  1. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Kate Battistelli

How to Listen to This Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher and get the latest episodes as soon as they are available. If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn more about them!

ITA #46 Jen Murray – Raising Quadruplet Boys and How To Have Summer Fun With Kids

By | Podcast, Popular | 6 Comments

Having one child at a time is hard. Imagine having four at a time. Today’s guest, Jen Murray, doesn’t have to imagine, because she is the mother of quadruplet boys who are now the energetic age of 7. Join us today as she shares her dramatic motherhood story and some tips on how she keeps the boys entertained all summer long.

ITA-jen-murray

Listen as Jen Shares:

  • Why she wasn’t able to enjoy many of the typical pregnancy joys
  • What it was like to come home – and recover – with four boys & the team it took to make it happen
  • Why each milestone has made her more confident in God’s provision
  • …and the great eBook she’s written to help you plan simple, memorable outdoor activities for the summer

Tweet to Inspire: “God does give you more than you can handle – and the grace to endure it” – @quatromama on @Inspired2Action –> http://wp.me/pnAs1-4eX

Grab your headphones and join us for a chat!

Quick Links

  1. KidVentures is a fantastic resource for your summer. It’s filled with fun ideas and adventures to enjoy with your kids.
    KidVentures-300x250
  2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Jen Murray

Blog:
4tunate.net

Social media:
twitter Twitter
facebook Facebook
pinterest Pinterest
instagram Instagram

How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, click here learn how to listen to them at home or on the go!