Hey Momma Hey!
Welcome to the Ordinary Mom Podcast sessions! Ordinary Mom is a podcast that interviews ordinary every day women just like you! We will laugh, maybe cry a little, and trudge through the motherhood quicksand together…as we discuss what it means to be an ordinary woman and mom in today’s society! So put your favorite pair of mom jeans on and come on over to the beautifully ordinary side of life!
My Best, and As Always…Live Happily, Be Leisurely!
xoxo~ Tara Rae
Episode 11 (Part 2): Flip the Script
Welcome to Episode 10 (Part 2), the SEASON ONE FINALE of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, my husband, Brian, continued to take over the mic and interview me. On part 2 we covered an array of topics, including how our journey began back in high school, our college life together, our marriage and journey to parenthood, and our children. I am incredibly excited to continue to share my story as an Ordinary Mom.
Episode 10 (Part 1): Flip the Script
Welcome to Episode 10 (Part 1) of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode of Ordinary Mom, my husband, Brian, took over the mic and interviewed me. We covered an array of topics…including my childhood, career, and a sneak peek of Episode 10 (Part 2), when we will talk about how our journey began, life together, marriage, and our children. I am excited to share my story as an Ordinary Mom.
Episode 9: The Generational Gap
Welcome to Episode 9 of Ordinary Mom!
I have been saving this episode and am thoroughly excited about it, because on this episode I interviewed my amazing mother, Bernadette Robinette. My 67-year-old mother will share with us a lifetime of motherhood wisdom. We will talk about what it was like to grow up in the 50’s and how different life was when raising a family before the tech-age and social media. There are decades between my mother’s generation and my own…but what we may find is that the challenges and beauty of motherhood transcends any amount of time.
Episode 8: Dancing to the Beat of Her Own Drum
Welcome to Episode 8 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Ginny Cardi. Ginny is a professional ballroom dancer, who shares with us her story about how her unconventional path and journey to motherhood and marriage ultimately lead to her fairy tale ending. Ginny is evidence that judgement of your actions do not personify your reality, and how in the end…your belief in yourself, your family, and your faith are the things in life that truly matter.
Episode 7: Forties: Fit, Fab, & Free
Welcome to Episode 7 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Nik Shewmaker. Nik shares with us her story about being raised in a military family, growing up in Europe…and then becoming a teen mom and a single mother. Nik talks about how she was able to provide for her children, how she met her soul-mate, and how to combat the complications one faces when trying to balance a blended family. Nik is a “Girls’ Girl,” who loves to encourage and empower other women. She personifies what it means to embrace life as it comes, hold on through the tough times, and to never give up on achieving your happiness.
Episode 6: Mind Over Matter
Welcome to Episode 6 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Lindsay Payne. Lindsay shares with us her story about recovering from a brain tumor diagnosis and surgery, an ectopic pregnancy, a series of chemical pregnancies, and a miscarriage. Lindsay talks about the emotional difficulties she experienced while going through her journey and how her faith, constant positivity, and resilient strength got her through it all.
Episode 5: The Path Less Traveled
Welcome to Episode 5 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom McKenzie Thompson. Mckenzie shares with us her journey to make a family through a variety of infertility treatments and IVF. As we both went through the IVF cycle together with our husbands, we will discuss each of our physical struggles, the process complications that we both experienced, and the emotional challenges that we faced and conquered as we forged our way through a world of no guarantees to ultimately create the family that we had always dreamed of.
Episode 4: Just Keep Moving
Welcome to Episode 4 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Amber Hitch. Amber shares with us her story about transitioning from a corporate career to being a stay-at-home mom, how she overcame her struggles postpartum with the baby blues and panic attacks, and how she found a renewed sense of self and purpose by creating a motivational accountability group for women. Amber is a sweet and supportive soul, with a big heart, who lives by the mantra as both a momma and a woman…that no matter what, you have to put one foot in front of the other and Just Keep Moving!
Episode 3: Tales From the NICU
Welcome to Episode 3 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Alison Nickas. Alison shares with us her journey through a complicated pregnancy and premature delivery of her precious baby girl…she also tells us how she found her prince charming and is living her happily-ever-after chapter after going through a devastating divorce. Alison is a resilient intellectual Momma, with a hilarious sense of humor, who is the perfect testament that good things can come from the earth-shattering events that life throws your way.
Episode 2: A Navy Wife Sailing Solo
Welcome to Episode 2 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Cecilia Quintero, a military wife who is raising a daughter on her own while her husband is on deployment serving our country. Cecilia shares with us the struggles and fears that she regularly faces as her spouse is serving in the military, how to maintain normalcy for their child when her husband is gone for months at a time, and how to combat the constant question of whether or not she is making the right decisions for her family as she sails solo. Cecilia embodies what it means to be a strong independent woman…she faces life with authentic honesty, a can of hair spray, and whole lotta sweet southern charm!
Episode 1: Flying By the Seat of Her Pants
Welcome to Episode 1 of Ordinary Mom!
On this episode, I interviewed ordinarily extraordinary mom Kristy Schreiner, a trauma flight nurse and boy mom to a precious little guy named Zane. Not only is Kristy’s career something that you only see on television, her personal struggles and the journey that led her down the path to pursue a life in trauma nursing is incredible and inspiring!