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Our Favorite TV Shows

One of the things our family loves to do together is watch shows and movies. Recently, someone asked what our favorite shows are to watch together as a family. So, we all talked together as a family and compiled a list of some of the shows we’ve most enjoyed together.

On this week’s podcast episode, we share that list + we talk about why we don’t have a TV in our living room and how we approach being intentional and careful in our TV-watching.

We also talk about a book we’re finishing together as a family, the Panera unlimited coffee subscription, and a YouTube video I’ve rewatched multiple times.

In This Episode: 

[00:36] Welcome back to the show… and a semi-apology from Jesse. 😉

[02:46] Panera Bread’s unlimited coffee subscription is saving Jesse’s life. 

[06:28] The Squirrel Ninja Obstacle Course is something I’ve been loving!

[09:33] We’ve been reading Job in the Bible together and Jesse is excited about the next Brad Thor book, Near Dark

[11:49] The kids and I have been reading The Boy on the Wooden Box.

[15:25] This week we’re talking about our favorite TV shows!

[16:35] Why we don’t have a TV in our living room.

[19:14] Our TV is in our bedroom but we pretty much only watch it as a family. 

[20:57] Do your research before watching shows with your kids. 

[22:33] Why we loved Timeless and are sad that it was cancelled.

[24:58] Our family loves This Is Us as well, but we started this one off with just us before sharing with our kids. 

[27:03] We’re just starting watching some seasons of Survivor together.

[28:15] We used to watch The Apprentice way back when Kathrynne was little, so we’ve enjoyed introducing our kids to it.

[29:15] The Amazing Race is another one of our favorites because we love to travel.

[30:25] Last, but not least, is Designated Survivor. (Please only watch the first two seasons!)

Links and Resources:

Kierstyn’s Birth Story

We’re back! Jesse and I have really missed recording podcasts, but it was also nice to take a break and figure out a good rhythm of having three older kids and two babies. 

In this episode, we not only share Kierstyn’s birth store but we also answer the questions many of you have asked over and over (such as why we chose to go with an OBGYN versus a midwife, what was different about this birth compared to the other births, if COVID-19 impacted the birth/hospital experience in any way, etc.)

This episode is a little more relaxed and less edited than usual… we wanted it to be more like sitting down and just having conversation with us at our kitchen table — complete with rabbit trails. 🙂

If you enjoy birth stories or are curious about more of the behind-the-scenes of our life, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Welcome to the world, Kierstyn! (By the way, since she was on my lap while we recorded, if you listen in really well, you’ll hear her talking to you!)


In This Episode: 

[03:19] Why we chose to have a hospital birth rather than a midwife birth. 

[06:36] Some of the highlights from our first three births. 

[09:54] When I first discovered I had postpartum depression

[12:15] Our experience with midwives versus having an OBGyn. 

[14:09] How COVID-19 impacted the birth. 

[19:02] We were so surprised when my body started showing signs of labor two weeks before my due date!

[22:20] Most of my labor was very uneventful and fast — up until it was time to push!

[26:38] Why the pushing part of labor was so much harder this time around. 

[30:57] All about those first few moments after the birth!

[33:24] It’s been so fun to see the differences in her personality and how the kids have stepped up.

Links and Resources:

  • MoneySavingMom.com
  • YourBloggingMentor.com
  • My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!)
  • Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Parenting in the Middle of a Pandemic

A lot of you have asked for my thoughts on how we’re dealing with the Pandemic as parents. In this week’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show, Jesse and I share some of the ways we’re approaching parenting right now and what’s working for us.

As always, every child is different and you know your kids best, so I’m only sharing how we are approaching things at our house… and these principles can be applied to many different seasons of upheaval.

Here are some of the strategies we share in this episode:

Don’t dismiss your kids’ feelings. Feelings are not right or wrong and no one can tell you how you feel or don’t feel. It’s what you choose to do with those feelings that matters most. Give them space to talk about whatever it is they are feeling — anger, sadness, loneliness, grief, frustration, boredom.

Don’t preach sermons. I know it’s easy to want to use this as a way to teach valuable life lessons… but probably way more than sermons, your kids just need a listening ear and empathy. And trust me, your kids ARE going to learn many valuable lessons from this, but a listening ear goes a long way to help them feel seen, heard, and loved.

Don’t stress yourself out trying to get it all right. There is no manual on how to parent well through COVID-19. We’re all just doing the best we can do! When you feel overwhelmed or unsure how to handle a situation, it’s okay to acknowledge this and give yourself some grace. If you are a Christian, this is an amazing opportunity to cry out to the Lord for wisdom and direction for how to respond and love your kids well.

Do remember that you set the tone for your home. If you are extremely stressed and irritable, it’s going to trickle down to your kids and make them feel stressed and on edge. Make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin so that you are completely zapped and exhausted.

Do relax some of your usual rules/standards. We are allowing a lot more sleeping in, PJ-wearing, screen time, and junk food eating than usual. Yes, I probably just lost some followers over admitting that, but I feel like a lot has been taken away from our kids right now and as long you’re doing your chores and school, I’m pretty chill about a lot of other things in this season.

Do look for the humor in everything. We’ve laughed so hard as a family in the last few weeks — over so many ridiculous things. Laughter has been such good medicine for us and we’ve sought to find the funny in the ordinary. 

Important Note: This will be the last episode we’ll be releasing until the end of May as I’ll be on Maternity Leave until then. We do plan to pop on once during Maternity Leave to do an episode on my birth story. Look for that in the next few weeks!

In This Episode: 

[03:00] Jesse and I are both reading fiction books right now.

[06:35] L’Oreal magic root cover up is saving my life right now. Jesse is loving the Couch to 5k Program. 

[12:20] Don’t discount your kids’ feelings. 

[18:03] Stop trying to get it all right. 

[20:36] Remember that you set the tone for your home. 

[23:21] Consider relaxing some of your usual rules.

[25:16] Look for the humor in everything. 

[28:20] What is working in your home? 

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Our Craziest Travel Stories

I usually have almost endless ideas for content. However, with the world in so much upheaval, I’ve struggled with how to be a podcaster. Should I only talk about the pandemic because it’s impacting everyone’s lives or should I go ahead with producing normal content?

As I was grappling through this, I decided to ask for feedback and thoughts on Instagram on what you would like for us to share on the podcast during this weird season of unknowns. I heard from SO many of you and the resounding response was that you would love lighthearted content that wasn’t COVID-heavy.

While we will continue to acknowledge what’s going on in our world and may have more episodes related to it in the future, we thought it’d be fun to do something different this week and take you on a journey with us (from your home!) on some of our crazy travel adventures!

We share four different crazy travel stories:

  • The first is from my first big international trip and how something I did on my return flight resulted in a big rift between Jesse and I (and on the podcast, as we were sharing the story, Jesse realized that for 5 years, he thought that I had done something I hadn’t done! I guess it’s good we finally cleared that up!)
  • Next up, Jesse shares about something hilarious that went down while he was on a guys’ fishing trip to Louisiana.
  • The third story is one I was a little scared to share publicly and have only told a few people. It’s definitely one of those, “I can’t believe I really did that” moments!!
  • And finally, the last story is the most bizarre… in fact, it’s so crazy that you might think that we made it up. But I promise we didn’t!

In This Episode: 

[01:02] Why we decided to do an episode on crazy travel stories.

[04:04] Up first is my very first international trip to South Africa. 

[06:20] We start at the end of the trip… and keep in mind that Jesse is very much a rule follower and I was brand-new to traveling internationally.

[13:09] I’m glad we cleared up a 5-years-long misunderstanding on the podcast today!!

[15:46] All about that time Jesse thought his bunk mate on his fishing trip had stopped breathing.

[20:14] That time I did a very embarrassing thing on complete accident in the Focus on the Family lobby.

[26:54] We saved our very best travel story for last — involving flight issues, a passenger passing out on me, and a big fight on the flight. (I promise we’re not making any of this up!)

Links and Resources:

  • MoneySavingMom.com
  • YourBloggingMentor.com
  • My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!)
  • Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Creative Ideas for Family Fun at Home (or in the car!)

(The kids have been coming up with lots of unique and fun projects to try at home. Kaitlynn made mini s’mores the other day!)

By popular request, we had fun this week sitting down and talking about some of our favorite creative family fun things to do at home. If you are looking for some simple ideas of things you can do at home (or in the car) while still social distancing, you don’t want to miss today’s podcast episode!

We also give you an update on what’s happening in our lives, how we’re adjusting to life with one newborn, and talk about how we’re seeking to focus on our blessings and blessing others during this time where things are so topsy turvy.

In This Episode: 

[02:20] Life has been full at our house between adjusting to life with a newborn and preparing for another newborn!

[07:33] I’ve still been fitting in some time to read and have recently loved The Lazy Genius Way

[11:03] Focusing on our blessings and on being a blessing can change your perspective!

[12:32] Working together as a family to have shifts throughout the day and night has been saving our lives.

[17:21] We put our thinking caps on and came up with a number of different creative family fun ideas you can do while social distancing. Let’s talk about scavenger hunts and around town scavenger hunts — from your vehicle!

[21:27] I share a really fun idea that one family is doing to bring together teens and young kids in their neighborhood right now.

[22:25] We love old movies and musicals and this is the perfect time to watch some of those you been wanting to watch for a long time.

[23:04] Kathrynne came up with the idea of putting together a letter-writing sort of “campaign” with her friends.

[26:05] What about a special “Dress for Dinner” night or creating a “Bowl Full of Fun”?

[28:03] This is an historic time — keep a record, write down memories, take pictures. 

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Answering all of your burning questions

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Since we all have been home pretty much 24/7 recently self-isolating, we thought it would be fun to do a laid-back family episode for the podcast week. I asked on Instagram what questions you’d love for us to discuss as a family, and you all submitted such great ideas.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Our individual pet peeves (and Jesse schools us on the origin of “pet peeve”)
  • How the kids feel about fostering
  • One tradition the kids loved from when they were younger (their answer totally surprised me!)
  • A few favorite family activities while social distancing + favorite board games & a snack we all love
  • Whether the kids think they’d like to be homeschooled again
  • Some of the kids’ favorite books
  • Sibling rivalry —  what our kids argue over the most & how they resolve conflict
  • Our thoughts and feelings as we look forward to having two newborns soon
  • Where we’d like to travel to once it’s safe to travel again — my answer got a little deep and serious (I hadn’t prepped what I was going to say, so it kind of surprised me!)

Pull up a chair and enjoy a sitting in and listening on a very typical dinnertime conversation at our house (well, except I don’t usually come with a long list of questions!)


In This Episode: 

[01:24] We share our individual pet peeves. 

[04:43] How do the kids feel about fostering? 

[06:00] What traditions do the kids remember from when they were little? 

[10:45] Would the kids ever want to be homeschooled again?

[13:47] The kids share the books that they love.

[15:30] Sibling rivalry and how they work through disagreements.

[19:06] Our thoughts and feelings on having two newborns at our house soon.

[25:38] Where do we want to go once it’s safe to travel again? 

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.