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Even when your schedule is crazy-busy, you need some simple routines and tools that help you feel like yourself: Music. Self-care. Spiritual enrichment. Goal tending. Mental stimulation. Treats. Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 50] as Abbi shares some of the items in her life that are keeping her going during a season of going-going-going. *** Pe…
 
Many times in life, circumstances turn out just fine and we breathe a sigh of relief. But what do you do when the means to the end were less than fulfilling? Should we just brush it off and be thankful things didn’t end up any worse? We have cliches like, “All’s well that ends well,” but that thinking can be dangerous if it causes us to stuff down …
 
When the weather causes power outages, or screen time is cut short because the parents are fed up with the sour attitudes caused by too much zoning out, what’s a kid to do? Well…anything! In fact, it’s quite possible that when a child (or really, a person of any age) is “bored,” this is also when they have the highest likelihood of coming up with a…
 
No matter what age or stage of life you are, it’s natural to occasionally ask yourself questions such as, “Is this all there is to life?”, “Am I the person I truly want to be?”, “Am I content, or does it feel like something is missing?” Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 46] as Abbi shares some thoughts on assessing where we are in life and how to …
 
We first heard about the Coronavirus in China months ago and thought it wouldn't apply to us here in the U.S. Fast forward several weeks, and all across America, people are following “Safe at Home” and Social Distancing guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our daily lives have been flipped upside down by this worldwide pandemic. We are a…
 
Between the schedule packed full of parties and pageants, the gifts you feel obligated to buy, cold and flu germs lurking around, and the tension of strained family relationships, this time of year often has a way of making us feel a bit frayed around the edges. But here’s the trick…feeling happy (or merry or jolly, or any of the other, more festiv…
 
If you’re human, I’m guessing you can remember at least one situation where you said what was on your mind and then immediately regretted it. Why is it so hard to keep our opinions to ourselves? Why do we think of most silences as ‘awkward’? How can we exercise the wisdom to bite our tongues? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 38], where I discuss …
 
Motherhood is so rewarding. And HARD. And sweet. And overwhelming. And thankless. And full of joy and wonder and worry and laughter and tears. In short, motherhood is an opportunity to experience the fullness of life! When a new acquaintance asks, “What do you do?", do you find yourself replying, “Oh, I’m just a mom,” and then feeling a bit ashamed…
 
Laundry. It’s never-ending. So many of us feel discouraged and overwhelmed when we glance in the laundry room and see the bottomless mountain of shirts, socks, and towels. We muster up the strength to crank out a few loads, only to turn around and find the pile has grown yet again. Even if laundry is a necessary evil, there are bound to be some way…
 
In a day and age where we can research any topic to death or compare our journey with strangers far and wide, it’s easy to take a simple desire or dream and muddy it up. Whether you are a homeschooling mom who covets all the Pinterest-perfect school rooms you see, or an entrepreneur looking to break into a new arena, we all struggle with feeling li…
 
Have you ever pursued a dream or a career only to feel like maybe you made a mistake? What do we do when we begin to doubt that we are on the right track, despite all our training, education, and years of experience? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 33] as Abbi shares her experience in chasing a series of passions and finding her calling along th…
 
When we were kids, Summer represented three months' worth of unlimited possibilities, fun, and freedom. Then we became adults and the reality of our year-round responsibilities caused us to put that hopeful expectation of a carefree season on the back burner. But at what cost? We know that 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' but maybe ther…
 
As parents we are hyper-aware of how much screen time we allow our kids. When it comes to our own devices, however, we tend to justify our excessive use by pointing to how our technology makes us more productive or how we “have to” be on social media to adequately maintain our relationships with friends and family. But life hasn’t always been this …
 
Motherhood comes in a variety of packages and often evolves over time. It is all-consuming and exhausting and yet we can't deny that it has made us stronger, wiser, more compassionate. For Creative Mama [Episode 29], let's celebrate the women who have shaped us, the women who have loved us, the women WE have become. Because although "Mother's Day" …
 
When it comes to beauty and fashion tips, are you generally the first to know or the last? Often times, we find something "new" only to discover that our friends have been using it for ages. Why the secrecy? Listen in to Creative Mama [Episode 28] as Abbi shares her latest and greatest finds in fashion and self-care. Perhaps you'll get to be the le…
 
We often equate adulting to being overly serious and focusing on accomplishing boring (but necessary) tasks. And yet we’ve been warned that ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ Many of us are searching for ways to be a “fun mom,” and I think we tend to over-complicate what that looks like. How can we strike a balance between responsibility…
 
So many of us chronicle our baby’s every milestone: their first word, the day they took a couple steps, their first tooth. But what about the rest of the family? Do we commemorate our ever-changing seasons with all their excitement and moments of joy and development? It needn’t be complicated, but it can sure be fun! A time capsule is a great way t…
 
How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution that didn’t last past Valentine’s Day? Or made a goal that seemed like something you should do, but as you worked towards it, you began to realize you weren’t really all that interested in accomplishing that thing after all. Goal setting can sometimes seem so daunting or even soul-sucking, like so…
 
Having spent her childhood watching her mother creatively redecorate their home on a budget, Deidra Livingood soon found herself following in her mother’s footsteps. Following several painful losses in her own life, she longed for a way to provide distressed families with a sense of stability, belonging, and comfort. As her passion for beautiful, f…
 
After discovering she could alleviate many of her health issues by consuming higher-quality foods, Emily Johnson got creative in the kitchen. As researching nutrition and its effects on our lives grew into an insatiable passion, Emily left her high-stress marketing job in favor of pursuing a Masters in Holistic Nutrition. Her recently launched Vill…
 
The changing seasons and the holidays generally cause us to turn inward and reflect on all the blessings in our lives. But what if you’re having trouble getting your mind to focus on the positives simply because the monotony or chaos of your daily grind is so overwhelming? Listen to Creative Mama [Episode 18] to hear some ideas that may spark an at…
 
Sometimes we look around at what everyone else seems to love and we think, “That is NOT my jam.” And that’s good, because who ever said we all have to be alike?! The trouble comes in when we know something isn’t for us, but we feel pressured to alter our viewpoint or preferences based on popular opinion. Listen to Creative Mama [Episode 17] regardi…
 
Ahhh…time away. Isn’t it wonderful? And then, before you know it (or before you’re ready!), it’s back to reality! Surely there is a way to return home with some of the peace, relaxation, and magnificence we feel while we are vacation. Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 16] as we discuss some ocean-side ramblings that may help reframe the mundane pa…
 
**PRODUCER’S NOTE: October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It’s devastating how many families are affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, death from premature birth/delivery complications, or SIDS. These types of loss happen more often than we realize, and yet it’s something people rarely speak about openly. We are doing our fellow women…
 
Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 14] and listen in as Kasie explains the process of letting go, returning to the fun side of playing around with art, and the way creativity’s inherent beauty connects us to others. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, P…
 
Self-care. It's a trendy thing to wax philosophical about, but what is it, really? Mani-pedis, hot-stone massages, shopping sprees, a night away alone...those things all sound nice, but who has the time or the money to make those sort of splurges a regular occurrence? But maybe that's not what self-care is. Maybe we've blown it out of proportion or…
 
At the risk of over-simplifying things, excuses keep us from achieving our dreams. In the final installment of this three-part series, we outline and crush a common excuse: "I'm afraid to fail." It's a fear we all have, but what IS failure, anyway? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 12] as we dissect failure and suggest 8 steps for conquering fear …
 
At the risk of over-simplifying things, excuses keep us from achieving our dreams. In the second installment of this three-part series, we outline and crush a common excuse: "I don't have enough money." This obstacle also masquerades as, "I can't afford it" or "It's too expensive." Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 11] as we suggest 10 ideas for a…
 
At the risk of over-simplifying things, excuses keep us from achieving our dreams. In the first installment of this three-part series, we unpack the #1 universal excuse: "I don't have time." This stumbling block also disguises itself as, "I'm too busy" and "I never seem to get around to it." Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 10] as we outline 9 st…
 
Whether you're looking to add some fun to your summer, spice up date night, or revamp quality family time, the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge is *exactly* the kick in the pants you need! Listen to Creative Mama [Episode 9] for the why and how behind this challenge as well as numerous ideas to get you started making a list of your own. You'll lea…
 
Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 8] as Rachel explains how tragedy, illness, and unpredictability can actually fuel the quest for living a joy-filled, peaceful life. *** People, Places & Things In This Episode: The Greatest Showman Christ Fellowship Miami Yahtzee Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) "Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guid…
 
Screen-free fun? WHAT?! Is that even a thing in 2018? We can't inspire our kids to use their imaginations and laugh and play if they think the only way to have fun is with eyes fixed on a device. We debate how much screen time is too much for kids, but perhaps we adults need limits, too. With summer just around the corner, I challenge you to put th…
 
From the USSR to China to the United States, Alisa Kutsel has lived all over the world and used her passion for quilting to build a community that is with her no matter where she goes. Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 6] as Alisa shares stories of her global journeys, the tension between artistic experimentation versus a completed project, and fi…
 
How does one take the various circumstances of life and combine them with passion and skill to create something powerfully unique? Lindsay Combs Jones of Lela Ray Jewelry in Kentucky has a knack for finding the silver lining in every situation. She knows her dreams are worth fighting for and she encourages you to do the same. Join us for Creative M…
 
Who says you have to give up theme parties just because you're an adult? The trick is to throw a bash that doesn't cost a fortune and isn't cheesy or awkward. We discuss the logistics of a Favorite Things party, including the steps you need to follow to host one of your very own. Party on, Wayne! Listen to Creative Mama [Episode 4] and swing by the…
 
Mandy Thompson is an artist living in Georgia whose passion is to "make art that makes a difference." Mandy has seen the power art has to not only connect people, but also to process one's emotions and find healing. Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 3] as we chat with Mandy about painting, parenthood, and the supportive community that surrounds he…
 
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