Secret Mom Hacks: Mom Life & Parenting Tips for Busy First Time Moms

Secret Mom Hacks: Mom Life & Parenting Tips for Busy First Time Moms

As someone who was previously terrified of childbirth, parenthood and all that follows, I’m pulling back the curtain on all of it. Every now and then it may get a little messy. We may share a little TMI, but that’s why you’re here, right? Secret Mom Hacks covers topics every first-time mom needs: self-care and worthiness, mental and physical health, joy and grief in motherhood, fun family activities, creating happy memories, unique parenting obstacles, and more. This podcast is for new moms, busy working moms and mompreneurs who want pregnancy hacks, new mommy tips, seek progress over perfection, and wish to model the best version of themselves for the precious, tiny humans looking up to us. Listeners can expect new episodes every week that are positive, helpful, honest, and relatable that help every parent learn and grow - no matter how old your child is. You’ll leave every episode feeling refreshed and inspired, filled with hope and feeling better equipped, knowing you’re not on this mom journey alone. There’s a lot of subject matter to cover when it comes to #momlife and we’re leaving no stone unturned! Follow Secret Mom Hacks on your favorite podcast platform and check out show notes for every episode at SecretMomHacks.com. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter via the handle @secretmomhacks. When I became a new mom at age 35, I was a busy music industry publicist, filled with questions and anxiety. Life has a way of delivering experiences that help us confront those things. I’ve been through situations where I wished another full-time working mom who’d been through similar trenches could come alongside me, share a few inspiring words, and cheer me on through this uncharted territory. I’ve learned invaluable things from my circle of support - and I know that’s not something every new mom has. I hope you find that here. Krista Dykes is a 2005 Phi Rho Pi Gold Award winner in Persuasive Speaking, Communication Analysis, and Poetry Interpretation. She has worked on award-winning communications projects and campaigns in the online insurance lead space and the country music industry. In February of 2023, she transitioned from her music industry media relations role to full-time mompreneur - with the official launch of Secret Mom Hacks on March 1, 2023.

Episodes

July 17, 2024 21 mins

Since we're in the throes of summer, today we're diving into essential athleisure and athletic wear for active moms balancing fitness and family.

The summer heat may be uncomfortable, but you don't have to be! Today's episode covers everything from moisture-wicking tops and bottoms to must-have accessories that keep you cool and stylish all summer long. Hear my lessons learned from thigh-chafing during runs to finding the perfect sk...

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    Today we're joined by Laura Hartley - the lovely mom behind TNLittles! We'll hear about Laura's journey as a part-time school librarian to running her thriving Instagram account, TNLittles. She shares how the platform started in the spring of 2021, inspired by activities post-COVID, and grew into a community gem with pop-up story times. From navigating outdoor adventures with her kids, to offering practical self-care tips, Laura g...

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    On today's show, we wrap our celebration of Great Outdoors Month with the best outdoor family activities in Franklin, Tennessee, perfect for summer adventures!

    We explore iconic spots like Gentry's Farm, known for its pumpkin patches and hay rides, and Harlinsdale Farm, a historic site with scenic trails and polo matches. For history buffs, we highlight must-visit places like the Carter House, Carnton Plantation, and LotzHouse, each...

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    Today we dive deep into the inspiring journey of Jenny Goforth Hickerson, an integrative health practitioner and mother of two. We explore Jenny's unexpected path to motherhood at 37 and she shares her expertise in personalized nutrition plans, battles with inflammation, and helping clients everywhere through her wellness app and personalized coaching. From managing stress through meal prep to embracing self-love, this episode is a...

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    Today we're diving into the best outdoor family-friendly activities in Murfreesboro, just a short drive from Nashville, TN. I've got local gems that cater to curious minds, animal lovers, and more!

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    This bonus episode returns us to my conversation with Sarene Leeds, host of the Emotional Abuse Is Real podcast. I get raw about my journey, from discovering infidelity through bank statements and phone records to the shocking criminal investigation that ultimately led to me filing for divorce. We explore the significance of open financial communication, emotional abuse, and the power of trust. We also talk about resilience, the im...

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    Today's show covers the must-have essentials for a perfect family beach vacation! 🏖️

    We dive into everything from the best mesh beach bags to keep your items sand-free, to top-rated sunglasses for both moms and kids - plus more! I've personally tested MANY of these items and curated a list of my favorites, ensuring stress-free and enjoyable beach days for you and your crew. 🌞 See show notes HERE to learn more.

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    Welcome to Secret Mom Hacks' first-ever bonus episode! Today we dive into the gut-wrenching reality of spotting the signs of a narcissistic husband in this special crossover episode with the Emotional Abuse Is Real podcast. Whether you're facing similar issues or supporting someone who is, this episode is essential listening. Tune-in to part 1 now.

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    On today's show, we're diving into the best outdoor family destinations in Nashville, perfect for a summer adventure with your kiddos. We'll explore the expansive green spaces and historical charm of Centennial Park and the Parthenon, to the enchanting botanical gardens at Cheekwood Estate. If wildlife fascinates your little ones, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere offers a thrilling adventure through nature and interactive animal exhi...

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    Father's Day is nearing, and on today's show, we're exploring top-notch gift ideas for the amazing dads in your life. These well-curated gifts ensure you'll find the perfect surprise for Father's Day. Tune in now for all the details!

    In this episode, we cover: 

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    In honor of Mental Health Month, today's show rewinds to episode 13 and we dive into the ever-important topic of self-care with six transformative tips for busy moms.

    Whether you're struggling with stress or just need a gentle reset, this episode is packed with insights to help you thrive. Tune-in now!

    In this episode, we cover: 

    • 2:00 My mental health journey.
    • 03:56 Prioritize self-care for better mental health.
    • 08:50 Use Faceb...
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    Spring is in the air! And that means it's time for some Spring cleaning! Busy moms know maintaining a tidy and organized home can be a challenge. After recently discovering Clean Mama's effortless cleaning routines, I had to share them with you! Her simple checklist is designed to streamline your daily tasks and keep chaos at bay, covering everything from decluttering strategies to deep cleaning tips. By following this simple clean...

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    This episode gets right to the heart of what it means to “mom” with love and embrace imperfect parenting. Valerie Probstfeld, a devoted mom and nurse practitioner, opens up about her journey of motherhood—from facing her initial high expectations and the reality check of #newmomlife, to her evolution towards valuing simple, loving interactions over perfection.

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    In today's episode we dive into the art of DIY crafts for Mother's Day, designed for moms to make memorable moments right at home. Join me as I guide you through five easy, adorable crafts personalized with your child's handprint or fingerprint including oven mitts, clay jewelry dishes, and custom dish towels. We'll also tackle fingerprint-painted butterfly mugs and heart photo frames, perfect for keeping or gifting. Ideal for litt...

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    This episode is your ultimate guide to Mother's Day gifting for the bustling mom on the go, no matter your budget.

    I've handpicked five thoughtful, practical gifts, ensuring you express your love with finesse. Highlighting options under $50, I'm showcasing a customizable book that lets you share heartfelt messages, stylish oversized sunglasses for the fashion-forward mom, and a trendy rubberized tote that's a blend of functionality...

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    Get ready to dive into the whirlwind of juggling motherhood with a career in the spotlight. In this heart-to-heart, first-time mom and actress Emily Bolt and I swap tips on everything from the effortless convenience of grocery aisle purees to the essential gear that keeps our worlds spinning, like the much-loved sound machine. We get real about our emergency c-sections, the emotional rollercoaster of childbirth, and the deep need f...

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    Today we're diving into at-home fitness for the busy mom. I'm uncovering the magic of YouTube workouts, sharing my top five channels that will make you sweat - whether you have 10 minutes, 90 minutes, or somewhere in-between. Catering to all levels, these FREE fitness resources offer cardio, strength, and more. I hope my weight loss story and fitness journey inspire you - especially if you have those summer beach body goals! I'm al...

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    On today's show, we're diving into stress-reducing tips tailored specifically for moms. Stress can easily become overwhelming with juggling numerous parenting responsibilities. From prioritizing sleep to mindfulness and self-care, we cover it all. Plus, we explore the importance of social connections and seeking professional support. Join us as we celebrate Stress Awareness Month by committing to taking care of ourselves and suppor...

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    We're getting crafty with last-minute, non candy Easter basket ideas that will keep your kiddos entertained for hours! From DIY fairy gardens and pet rock decorating to homemade giant bubble wands and fun games, I've got you covered. I'm sharing budget-friendly, creative activities to spark your child's imagination and keep messes minimal inside the house. Check out the show notes HERE.

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    March is Women's History Month, so in this week's episode we're celebrating some amazing female-hosted podcasts, several of which have inspired me in creating this show. Let's celebrate the vibrant and diverse voices of these hosts and their incredible contributions to podcasting. Tune in and let's amplify women's voices together! Check out the show notes HERE.

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