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How to have a better Mother’s Day this year

I was walking home after dropping my daughter off at school. It was the Monday after Mother’s Day. My Portland neighborhood was outrageously floral (as it usually is this time of year). The air smelled sweet and petals glowed in the blooming trees.

A block past the playground, I ran into a friend heading the same direction, and we fell into step. “How was your Mother’s Day,” I asked, casually.

“I hate Mother’s Day,” she replied.

UGH.

Episode 162: Socially Conscious Spending with Jane Mosbacher Morris

“Voting with our wallets” sends powerful signals to the marketplace about our values and priorities, and has a real impact on lives around the world. In Episode 162 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine interviews Jane Mosbacher Morris, founder of the ethically-sourced shop To The Market and co-author of the new book, Buy The Change You Want To See.

Christine and Jane talk about the paths that led to Jane’s work, simple ways to edit your spending to be socially conscious, how not all factories are equal or evil, and Jane’s favorite small and large brands who are doing business well.

Episode 160: Real-life Meal Planning with Jane Maynard

Meal planning can feel relentless, especially when you’re dealing with multiple dietary preferences or needs. In theory, planning ahead makes sense, but when the rubber hits the road of real life, well, it’s cereal for dinner.

In Episode 160, Christine interviews Jane Maynard, veteran food blogger and creator of This Week for Dinner (the blog and the podcast). Christine and Jane talk about the nitty gritty of meal planning, a tool to make meal planning and grocery shopping easier, dealing with different nutritional needs, the benefits of getting kids in the kitchen, and Jane’s must-have cookbook recommendations.

Episode 159: Multicultural Parenting

Many of us have multiple racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in our families. How do we share these rich cultural traditions with our kids while also enjoying the mainstream observations and celebrations of day-to-day American life?

In Episode 159 of the Edit Your Life podcast, we share our thoughts and experiences about growing up—and now parenting—in multicultural families. We talk about the gifts and complexities of identity, and then go on to share simple ways to increase cultural awareness in everyday life.