Podcast: Kick Out The Negativity

In this week's episode, we chat about life on tour (while trying to organize the logistics of travel, childcare, etc. as we record...) and how our husbands and family feel about us heading out on the road. We also talk more about putting what we want out into the universe in order to make things happen, and how important it is to replace negative thoughts with positivity and gratitude. This was probably our fav podcast to date, so make sure you give it a listen!

This week’s podcast is brought to you by…

FabFitFun! We're a #FabFitFun Partner because they've been a supporter of ours since day one and we can totally get behind their mission of wanting women and moms to treat themselves because we deserve it. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! We love everything inside of these boxes and know you will too. Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box!

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • When it comes to touring, we feel less anxiety than we use to. We've decided not to over-stress and just go and figure it out when we get there. Travelling for work is not something you can control, so if you're not able to change it, why stress it? We do it so much now and it's part of our life, so rather than worry about it, we just let it go.

#MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • Your child's behaviour when you're away is likely the exact same as their behaviour when you're with them, so don't feel guilty. They're not acting a certain way because you're gone, they're simply acting the way they usually do and you're just not there to manage it.

INSPIRATIONAL TAKEAWAYS

  • If you're ever having a bad moment, start being grateful and spreading the positivity around you rather than sitting and festering in stress and negativity. If you're ever stressed, turn it into gratitude and start talking about what you're thankful for because your mind is that powerful.

  • We live by our feelings rather than by what we should be doing.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box.

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PODCAST: Entrepreneurs Are Not Predictable

In this week's episode, we cover many different topics - from jealousy and competition, to hair obsessions and the people we admired growing up, to a dramatic Dateline episode and parenting conundrums. But the biggest takeaway for all y'all listening, is to break the rules in life, in motherhood and in business. It's not about rebelling, it's about following your heart rather than your brain.

This week’s podcast is brought to you by…

FabFitFun!! We're a #FabFitFun Partner because we're all about their brand. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! We seriously love everything inside of these boxes, and we just want you to know that y'all deserve to treat yourself to this because no one else is going to buy you these amazing products!! Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box!

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • People always ask how we grew our business, but there is no formula to be an entrepreneur. If you're starting a company with an idea for a product or service that is not an already proven success, then you really have to go at it alone.

  • Entrepreneurs change their mind a lot, and they often don't have an explanation for it, they're just basing their decisions off of feelings.

  • You can't apply what we did to grow our business to any other situation. Our advice can help you in your life and in your business relationships, but in terms of formulating a business plan based on what we've done, our journey is like none other and that's what yours should be too.

  • One piece of advice we can give to people who are starting a business, and you can either watch us do it or hear us say it, is to not give a fuck what other people are thinking and doing and to not follow in somebody else's path.

  • Everybody has something they're good at. If you're passionate about something, you will make money naturally. If you do what you're passionate about, you will be the best in that field, and you will rise amongst everybody else. And because you enjoying doing it, and it doesn't feel like work, you'll do it all the time.

  • Don't sit around and wait for people to contact you, because it won't get you anywhere. Take matters into your own hands and shit will start happening. People are busy and opportunities won't just land in your lap if you don’t create it yourself. If you think you're not successful because people aren't reaching out or aren't responding to you, be persistent and consistent - continue to call them and email them. What do you have to lose?

#MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • Tricky behaviours are often masked in different ways, and you really can't personalize your kid's behaviour and make it about you. They don't set out to be jerks to you. It's not about your kid being a jerk in life, it's about your kid having a moment of being a jerk. Ignore it, don't give them the time and watch to see what happens. It's so hard not to give attention to the negative behaviour, but just try not to engage in the battlefield.

  • The key to parenting is to do less, and that's not being lazy, it's making your kids more capable.

INSPIRATIONAL TAKEAWAYS

  • When you're feeling overwhelmed, think about what you're grateful for and often that takes the dialogue out of your own head and puts it into something else.

  • Fuck the rules sometimes. In motherhood and entrepreneurship, you have to follow your heart, not your brain. Let go of the rules; challenge them. But don't do it just to be a rebel, do it because you feel that what you believe is right.

  • When you become okay with what you're doing for you, people will become okay with you the way that you are.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box.

Grab tickets to our live show and October VVIP over at catandnat.ca!

Follow our new podcast Instagram @momtruthspodcast.

Leave us your questions about business and we'll answer them in our next episode!!

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RECIPE: Warm Brussels Sprouts Sauté 
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Brussels sprouts - some people love ‘em, some hate ‘em, but if you haven’t tried them like this, you need to! This was Nat’s recipe from Saturday night. It’s super easy (because there are basically zero ingredients) and it tastes great. You can enjoy it as a side or as a main dish, whichever you prefer.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

INGREDIENTS

  • Olive oil

  • 1 onion - thinly sliced

  • Bacon bits (I bought a bag of them, but if you have bacon or pancetta you can use that.)

  • 1 bag of Brussels sprouts  - shredded

  • Salt + pepper

  • Chilli flakes

  • Lemon 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a pan.

  2. Add onion and sauté on medium heat until onions are cooked through. 

  3. Add a tablespoon of bacon bits or pancetta and warm through.

  4. Add a bag of shredded Brussels sprouts to the pan and sauté until they soften.

  5. Season with salt, pepper and chilli fakes and squeeze lemon over top. 

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#MOMTRUTHS: Money, Money, Money 💸

Why are we spending a million dollars on parties, showers, gifts and weddings for these young and fabulous professionals when WE'RE the ones with the husband, the mortgage, the children and NO MONEY?! 🤯🙅🏼 We have a new plan, y'all !!

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PODCAST: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Our podcast is like a best friend - it's conversations we've been having for so many years that we're now sharing with all of you. Although we can get crazy and go off the rails, we do talk a lot about business and we reflect on where we've come from, how we got here and our goals for the future. Everything we say can be related to any kind of relationship whether you're listening as a business owner, entrepreneur, mom, wife or friend. In this week's episode, we talk about making mistakes and the importance of exposing your weaknesses and knowing when and how to apologize. We also share some eye-opening situations we've experienced. In some cases, we’ve had to swallow our balls, and other times, we’ve needed to speak up when something didn't feel right.

This week’s podcast is brought to you by…

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We're also a #FabFitFun Partner because we LOVE our FabFitFun boxes and we get so excited to open them. It's like a birthday present you get four times a year! We also love that FabFitFun supports female founded companies and charities. It's a company that knows that women deserve to treat themselves and other women in their lives. For those who don't know, FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box!

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • I believe I was one of these people who was afraid of the "no," but now we get so many "no's" that we’ve become comfortable with "no" really fast. Because we've never been on this trail that's easy, we like the uncomfortable versus the comfortable.

  • There have been multiple times when we've entered into a partnership and the brand changes the original ask. We could have walked from those contracts but we always finish on top and people would say we finish last because we swallow our balls, we swallow our pride, and we'll do what we need to do. Being difficult is not worth our reputation. We pride ourselves on showing up and doing well, so when we work with difficult people, we carry on, we deliver and then we move on and don't look back.

  • To be an entrepreneur, you have to be able to check yourself regularly. You have to be able to keep going and move forward, but you also need a lot of self-reflection because there are going to be times when something isn't working and you need to re-evaluate.

  • People are afraid to be wrong, but what's the worst thing that can happen if you're wrong? Just admit to it and fix it. If you apologize for being wrong, people can't fight you on that. Exposing your weakness and apologizing can often get you further when you're working with other people.

#MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • You can have a loud, strong voice, and it doesn't have to be rude. This goes for our daughters, our children, people who have business partners or bosses: you don't just have to go along with things. Sometimes you have to swallow your balls, but if something isn't right and you know better, you are allowed to speak up. Lose the attitude and just place the information down. Not only will you gain respect from the people around you, but you'll make yourself proud.

  • If you ever fuck up with your kids, apologize. If they don't see you apologize, they're never going to apologize.

  • If you want to be a good entrepreneur, you have to get good at building relationships. If you’re really smart but you’re an a**hole, you'll fail. So keep this in mind, moms - if you have a kid who is a genius at relationships but not great at school, they're probably going to be successful.

INSPIRATIONAL TAKEAWAYS

  • Sometimes the world lets you make small mistakes to prevent you from making bigger ones later. And that's very kind of the world, to test you a little bit on something small. It gives you a whisper and you can either choose to listen to that whisper or forget it.

  • Mistakes are things you regret and eye-openers are things that give you perspective into a situation.

  • If you want to understand yourself, you have to listen to the feelings within you that either feel gross, uncomfortable, awkward, happy. Don't shut those feelings out, listen to them.

  • In life and in relationships, make sure you understand that you can be wrong and you're not a bad person. You can fuck up and you're not a bad person. You can fail and you're not a bad person.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box.

Grab tickets to our live show and October VVIP over at catandnat.ca!

Follow our new podcast Instagram @momtruthspodcast.

Leave us your questions about business and we'll answer them in our next episode!!

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RECIPE: Turkey Chili (with two special ingredients)
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Nat made this WW zero point turkey chili the other night but didn’t have a lot of the ingredients that they called for in the recipe, so she added a little extra to make it her own! It actually turned out amazinggg, so we thought we’d share it with you!

If you were watching our insta stories, you know there was one secret ingredient mixed in but keep reading for the other 😉

INGREDIENTS

  • 600g lean ground turkey breast

  • Onions (white and green) - chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves - chopped finely

  • Carrots - diced

  • Celery - diced

  • 1 can of corn

  • Olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning

  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes

  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tbsp of Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base

  • 400g can of diced tomatoes

  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato sauce

  • Small piece of dark chocolate (brings a sweetness/richness and lessens the acidity from the tomatoes)

  • Half a beer

  • 240g kidney beans (1 x 400g can - drained) Ps. didn’t have this in the cupboard but it’s optional anyways… Nat’s kids prefer chili without the beans!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°C fan / Gas 4

  2. Line the bottom of a baking tray with parchment paper and add the ground turkey. Cook on the middle shelf for 20 - 30 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes or so (and breaking it up if needed) until browned.

  3. Add olive oil to a large non-stick skillet or frying pan. Add the chopped onions and saute over a medium/low heat until they become soft and brown.

  4. Add the chopped garlic, carrots, celery and corn and saute for another 1-2 minutes.

  5. Stir in the taco seasoning, dried chili flakes and black pepper.

  6. Add the browned meat and mix in a half can of beer.

  7. Stir in the Better Than Bouillon, chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil.

  8. Stir in the drained kidney beans (optional) and reduce heat to a simmer.

  9. Mix in a small piece of dark chocolate.

  10. Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened.

And there you have it - a delicious chili that the whole family will love… well your kids might only love it because as soon as you tell them there is chocolate in it, they think they’re eating candy for dinner.

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#MOMTRUTHS: The World of Sports

Oh the wonderful world of sports... Honestly, little league is like a f*cking Jurassic Park and parents just need to CALM DOWN, because y'all are being way too loud 🤯

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PODCAST: Everyone Has A Different Capacity

In this episode, we chat about all the things in life that women have to dedicate their time and energy to on a daily basis (relationship, home, kids, work, friends, self etc.) and how it’s impossible to give each area of your life an equal amount of focus at one time. We also discuss the fact that everyone has a different capacity and how you should never compare yourself and what you’re capable of to that of someone else. The conversation goes on a bit of a tangent and we go OFF THE RAILS , but we finish things off by leaving you with three pieces of homework: try and figure out what your capacity is, make a vision board, and if you really want something, tell yourself you want it and you deserve it and then work hard for it.

This week’s podcast is brought to you by…

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FabFitFun is one of our absolute fav products to treat ourselves with and it makes the perfect gift for a mom or friend who deserves a box full of goodness to show up at their door! We’re a #FabFitFunPartner and we seriously have the best time unboxing the latest and greatest products in this carefully curated and customizable box. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box!

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • Before you got married and had kids, if you wanted to be successful at something, you put all of your focus into it. If you have your mind on something, you’re driven towards it. And when there are only a couple things to think about, it’s very easy to feel like you’re on the right path and things are moving. Then all of a sudden you throw in a husband, a house, a business, 7 kids, a dog - and it’s hard! I can never take enough time to focus on one thing to realize that things are actually moving and are successful, because I’m really just trying to keep up with everything.

  • There are ebbs and flows in every aspect of life. Sometimes your career is going to be on fire and you’re focusing so much on it that your relationship and your kids are lacking, but other times, your kids are going to have all of your attention and other areas of your life will take a backseat.

#MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • There shouldn’t even be an argument about working moms vs. stay at home moms because they are both full time jobs that completely consume us.

INSPIRATIONAL TAKEAWAYS

  • Don’t ever beat yourself up and feel like you’re not doing enough when you’re at your capacity. It’s so important to not compare yourself to other people because nobody is born with the same capacity. The capacity you have doesn’t define you as good or bad. Because someone can do more than you, it doesn’t mean you’re not doing enough or not doing the best that you can. That’s where comparison comes in.

  • Stop thinking of the very worst and start thinking about the very fun.

  • People who are successful and make things happen, they put it out into the universe. When you say it out loud, you make your path. The path is open for you. That’s the biggest hurdle for a lot of people who don’t know how to get through. You have to believe you deserve it.

  • In any part of life, if you don’t believe you’re worth it, you won’t get it. So many people who are in bad relationships and who get in ruts every day truly believe that they’re not worth something better.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box.

Grab tickets to our live show and October VVIP over at catandnat.ca!

Follow our new podcast Instagram @momtruthspodcast.
Leave us your questions about business and we'll answer them in our next episode!!

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RECIPE: Mini Tortilla Cups
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A few weeks ago, Cat whipped up these super cute mini tortilla cups that you can just pop into your mouth and enjoy! They are so simple to make and fun for the kids to eat that we thought we should share the recipe with y’all !! Check it out below and give it a try one night!

INGREDIENTS

  • Tortilla wraps

  • Ground meat (chicken, beef, anything you want)

  • Chicken or beef broth (depending on what meat you use)

  • Taco seasoning 

  • Cheese

  • Toppings (lettuce, tomato ,avocado, sour cream, salsa )

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a cup or a circular cookie cutter, cut out the tortillas into small rounds and push the centre of each one into the bottom of a muffin tin.

  2. Cook your meat in a pan and add broth and taco seasoning.

  3. Fill each tortilla cup with the cooked meat.

  4. Add cheese.

  5. Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake until cheese is melted.

  6. Let the kids customize theirs by adding whichever toppings they like.

ENJOY!!

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PODCAST: Never Apologize For What You Want (Or Don't Want)

In this episode, we talk all about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and why not everyone is cut out for it, the whole culture of collaboration over competition and why it doesn't always work in business, and why women shouldn't have to defend themselves if they choose not to go back to work after they have kids. Once we cover all of that, we start listing off all the things we don't want to see men doing (ie. sitting on toilets, shaving their balls, flossing their teeth, etc.) which took the conversation right into bathtub sex and a story that has never been told before (like ever)!!

We are so grateful to have two amazing sponsors on board who have taken a chance on us and who believe in the two us and our community. Keep reading for some amazing promos that we get to share with you!

Ruggable is a company created by a woman who is just like us and who was having the same issues with rugs that we've experienced (due to kids, pets, life...). Ruggable rugs are machine washable, waterproof, stain resistant and non-toxic - basically a mom's dream, and the two-piece system makes the rugs non-slip and easy to remove for washing or changing up the designs! Go to myruggable.com/catandnat and 15% off your order and free shipping will be automatically applied to your purchase. And check them out on Insta for some gorgeous design inspo. 

FabFitFun is seriously one of our favourite products ever. And we love that we're a #FabFitFunPartner so we can share the boxes with all of you so that you can enjoy them as well. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box!

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • The hard part about being an accidental entrepreneur is that we didn't sit down one day and say that we're going to start a business, and this is what the five-year plan is, and here's what we're going to do and this is how we're going to make money - it all just happened. Our husbands don't understand our method and don't think our approach is a good way to run a company. But with that being said, as long as you get the sh*t done by the end of the day, that's all that matters. And how you do it sometimes matters but if you have a different system or way, that's okay!

  • Being an entrepreneur seems like it's the thing of the future - it's what everybody wants to do because you can write your own schedule and have your own thing. So everyone wants to do it, but not everyone's made for it, which is hard.

  • The mom space on social media is so much about collaboration over competition, but that culture of supporting everyone doesn't always make sense and isn't actually possible when it comes down to business. If it doesn't jive business wise, don't take it personally. But if you're trying to grow your business and do collaborations and partnerships, don't stop - keep asking! What's the worst that can happen?

  • When it comes to marketing and growing a business effectively, you have to get over this idea of collaborating with people who have hundreds of thousands of followers and focus on collaborating within your community instead. You have to get to the people who are in your tribe and who are actually listening and engaged. Do not underestimate the people who are with you right now.

#MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • If you're a mom and you feel like you should be doing something because your kids are back at school, and you should be making money and should become an entrepreneur, you have to realize that if you don't actually want to do it, you will not be successful. So stop wasting money trying to do it and stop wasting headspace of being obsessed with trying to make it happen.

  • For some reason women have to defend themselves when they don't want to go back to work. But if it’s your choice to pick your kids up after school and be home with them, don't apologize for that. It’s okay. You're allowed to do it and good for you for making that choice! If you want to do something, do something - but you don't have to become an entrepreneur just because you feel like you should. We need to give women permission to not apologize for taking time off.

INSPIRATIONAL TAKEAWAYS

  • Sometimes when you have and idea for a business, logically it does not make sense to sound professionals who say it will not work and it defies the way you're supposed to do things, but you have to be so confident in what you're doing and stick with what feels right.

  • Don't expect anyone to do your work for you. You and I never asked anyone for a favour - we hustle and hustle until we figure it out.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box.

Grab tickets to our live show and October VVIP over at catandnat.ca!

Follow our new podcast Instagram @momtruthspodcast.

Leave us your questions about business and we'll answer them in our next episode!!

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RECIPE: Nat’s Taco Salad
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If you were watching our Insta stories, you know it was taco night in Nat’s house! Not only do the kids love making their own taco creations, but it’s perfect for our WW program because we can opt for a taco salad instead, which contains less meat and isn’t served with the tortilla chips or wraps that cost us points.

To make your salad super filling and delish, bulk up on ingredients that are free points (like veggies). Nat added corn tonight, which really beefs up the salad without adding more beef 😏

The value of this recipe is 5 WW SmartPoints.

INGREDIENTS (makes four servings)

  • 12 ounces ground beef

  • Olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red onions - chopped

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce - coarsely chopped

  • 2 cups salsa

  • 2 cups red, green and orange bell pepper - chopped

  • 2 cups tomato - chopped

  • 1 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese - shredded

  • Avocado - chopped

  • Corn - chopped

  • Jalapeños - chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned; stir to crumble.

  2. In a separate skillet, sauté onions in a bit of olive oil and then mix it into the cooked meat.

  3. In a large pot, steam corn in a bit of water to keep it moist.

  4. Place 1 cup lettuce in 4 separate dishes; top with 1 cup meat mixture.

  5. Sprinkle each serving with salsa, 1/2 cup peppers, 1/2 cup tomato, 1/4 cup cheese and chopped avocado.

  6. Add corn to bulk it up and add jalapeños if you like it spicy!

    ** If you’re wanting the taco shell, just add 3 points! **

If you like this recipe and want more like this, make sure you’re following along on our journey with WW! And if you want JOIN US, visit ww.com/catnat  for a special offer. #WWCAmbassador #WellnessThatWorks

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#MOMTRUTHS: Mom Guilt

Whether you're a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, or a working/stay-at-home mom, you'll always feel guilty about something. But we say, f*ck the mom guilt, mamas!

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PODCAST: Don't Overcomplicate It - Just Start

In this episode, we look back to seven years ago when we started all of this (and everyone thought we were crazy), and we realize just how far we've come. We continue to put things out there into the universe and then those things come to fruition, but it's not just "luck" or "coincidence" - it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance and it's all about believing in yourself and not taking "no" for an answer. We share some important advice on how to grow a brand/business and what it comes down to is just starting and not stopping!!

One brand that is killing it at growing their business and their community is FabFitFun, which is why we love being a #FabFitFunPartner and totally respect what they're all about and what they've created. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box!

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • If we could give one piece of advice to moms trying to transition after having kids and wanting to start something on their own, it’s that there is no “good” time and there is no break. As our kids get older, there isn’t more time to breathe, nothing calms down. You're not going to have more time, you won't have more capability, you don't get more sleep, you don't feel like you have more money. There is nothing that's coming down the pipeline that’s going to make things easier for you if you don't start today. Don't wait for a "better" time. Whatever your idea is - start today.

  • From a business perspective, there are so many reasons why moms don't and there are so many reasons why moms can't and it's overwhelming. But if you have an idea, just start and see how it goes. You're not going to go viral by doing nothing.

  • If we had stopped and waited for something to happen to us, we wouldn't be here right now.

  • OUR TOP TIPS FOR GROWING A BUSINESS

    1. If you're afraid to post, you're not going to sell anything.

    2. Tell me why I need what you're selling because I don't know. You're the expert, not me, so get in my face and actually tell me what your product/service is going to do for me. Why do I need this?

    3. Don't think you're annoying. People need to be told what to do. Be a constant reminder on your own feed - your customers will appreciate it.

    4. Believe in your product.

    5. In business, "no" does not mean no, it means you have to think about it and go about it a different way.

    6. Focus on the people that you have (your community, customers and followers) and think about the ways you can access them and what you can offer them right now that nobody else can.

#MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • If you are a mom, you have worked harder and have figured out more sh*t in your life than anybody else. You've had to figure out how to keep a human alive. So if you're second-guessing yourself about how to start a business or if you can do it - you can absolutely do it, because there is nothing harder than keeping a person alive and actually raising a human to be a functioning adult in this world. So stop saying you can't do it and starting figuring it out, because you figure out everything else.

INSPIRATIONAL TAKEAWAYS

  • We believe in putting out into the universe what it is that we want, and if we were to write down all of the "luck" and "coincidences" that we've experienced, we wouldn't be taking for granted what we're doing right now. If we were to look back on everything that we have done, we've put it out there into the universe and then it comes to us.

  • We need to vision board what we dream for the future because the universe doesn't know to give it to you if you don't tell it what you want.

  • I realize my life won't change if I don't change it. My life would keep going on the same track if I didn't take risks or make moves. When people say kids grow up fast, our life goes by fast too. I'm on a freight train that's not stopping and if I'm not making the most of my life while trying to parent them, I'm f*cked.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box.

Grab tickets to our live show and VVIP in Vegas over at catandnat.ca!

Check us out on TikTok @catandnatofficial and on our new podcast Instagram @momtruthspodcast.

Leave us your questions about business and we'll answer them in our next episode!!

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RECIPE: The Breakfast Muffin
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The sugarless breakfast muffin that all kids (well at least 2 out of 3 of Cat’s kids) love! Cat made this recipe yesterday - it’s a new one she found online but naturally she tweaked it a bit - and the kids gave it a 10/10 (except for Coco, who would have preferred chocolate chips over blueberries but, details…) Check it out below!

Ps. you can add whatever you want to the muffin batter. The original recipe (below) splits the batter into four so you can make a fun mix of muffins that hopefully everyone will enjoy!

And ps. (again) - the value of this recipe is 3 WW SmartPoints.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour (also called golden wholegrain flour) or any flour 

• 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats (jumbo rolled oats)

• 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

• 3 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (milled flax seeds) optional 

• 1/2 small apple sauce cup

• 2 medium eggs

• 3/4 cup whole milk

• 1/4 cup unsalted butter – melted

— APPLE CINNAMON (enough for 1/4 of the muffin batter)

• 1/2 small apple – chopped into tiny pieces

• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

— BLUEBERRIES (enough for 1/4 of the muffin batter)

• 1 handful blueberries (blueberries vary in size, but aim for about 2-3 blueberries in each muffin)

— CARROT AND RAISIN (enough for 1/4 of the muffin batter)

• 1/4 medium carrot – grated

• 1 tablespoon raisins

— CHOCOLATE CHIP (enough for 1/4 of the muffin batter)

• 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C. Grease or line a 24-hole mini muffin tin.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, flax seeds and the apple sauce. 

  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the milk and butter. 

  4. Pour the egg mixture into the batter, and fold together. Be careful not to over mix!

  5. Split the muffin batter evenly between 4 bowls. In each bowl, gently mix in the mix-in ingredient. You can switch up the recipe to make 1, 2, 3 or 4 varieties, just make sure you adjust the amount of mix-in as required.

  6. Using a cookie scoop, evenly distribute the batter into the mini muffin tin, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 full. For each variety, you should be able to get 6 mini muffins. 

  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked in the middle (aka a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin will come out clean). Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.

That’s it, that’s all! We hope ALL of your kids love them 😉

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Join Our Journey with WW
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Nat here with an exciting announcement for you!

I haven’t felt like myself for five years now.

For five years, I have NOT doubted that I’m beautiful or less than anything. But, for five years, I have found it increasingly more difficult to do simple daily tasks like tie up my shoes. Far too often, I ask my kids to do things for me because I. AM. UNCOMFORTABLE.

I have turned to WW Canada three times in my life and it worked every single time. So today, I’m starting again. WW is MY tool that I use (and quite honestly, that I need) to help get myself to where I want to be.

Anyone who knows me personally or follows us on social media knows that I’m a happy person, but I want to find my happy in my body too! This decision isn’t at all tied to my self-worth, instead it’s about feeling healthy and comfortable in my skin again. So, that’s my WHY. And that’s why the two of us have become WW Ambassadors.

Cat and I always support each other in everything we do, so she will join me on this journey and do it by my side so that I am not alone and to help hold me accountable. We’re in this together and if you want to be a part of it too, you can click here for a special offer.

We will share our recipes and success along the way! There will be no failures because there is no failure in trying to get healthier and anything counts: mental, physical, spiritual any of it, y’all. So let’s all support each other, stay accountable and HAVE FUN!

You got this 💪🏼 … and so do I! 

xx Nat (+ Cat) 

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PODCAST: You Have A Voice

It's back to school for the kids and back to work for us! In this week's episode we focus on all things content - what it is, how we are consuming it and how it’s shaping our society, how we create it and what we do when we find ourselves in a "content rut" as a brand and a business. And of course when things get too serious, we throw in some dirty talk because that's just how we roll.

We're a #FabFitFunPartner and we absolutely love working with them! They've supported us for a while now and they're sponsoring this season of our podcast which is awesome because it allows us to share the Fall Box with you at a discounted price. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box (which we like to call the adult loot bag) that offers amazing full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (valued at over $200+) for only $49.99!! Visit fabfitfun.com and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box! When it shows up at your door, we swear you're going to love everything in it.

TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • Creating content is our job. And content is basically ideas that are shared on different platforms. Why content is so f*cked up is because people consume it as though it is their own ideas and beliefs, so they begin to follow whatever they want to follow and internalize it. Content is now your voice and your connection to the world, so be careful of what you're consuming, because it will become a part of you. What you follow is what you're thinking. It's no longer conversations with people that shape your thoughts, it's what you're reading on social media every day.

  • If you are struggling with what content is or how to make it, all you need to do is dial in to who you are because you have a unique voice. People forget that their content comes from within them. It's not something you look around to create - you have to share what is your own unique voice in this world.

  • It's so much easier said than done to find your own voice and know your own self. But you don't have to be an expert in what you know, all you have to do is share what you're thinking. There is no right or wrong in sharing what you're thinking... unless you have strong opinions on something that's bad or wrong, but even then you'll still have an audience. You have a voice.

  • You can Google how to make content - that's how crazy the Internet is right now. There are even spreadsheets online that tell you what content does well. It's foolproof other than you being a fool for not trying it!

  • If you are struggling with content right now, it does not have to be on brand. Just get content out. If you're in a content rut, get it out and let it go. You never know what's going to resonate with someone. So don't just sit there and try to think about something super intellectual or moving to share, talk about what you're living and that will most likely be interesting to people.

  • When we're in a content rut, we share what we're feeling because it's always something that is honest and something we don't have to think a lot about. We sometimes go to old content and pull it back up again because it is our content, so why not re-use it? Why try to re-create something that we used two years ago that we loved and still resonates today? You can post a memory, if you're stuck, just throwback to something. Don't overthink this - you make content in your head all day.

  • If you ever think that someone is bigger than you or better than you, just think about the weird sh*t they do in the bedroom. Just think about that. Everyone's the same.

  • Every person who looks like they're succeeding is definitely struggling with something. No one is 100% succeeding. No one's life is 100%. So if they're killing it in one area, something else is failing. That's life.

FIND OUT MORE:

Watch our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Fall Box here.

Grab tickets to our live show and VVIP in Vegas at catandnat.ca!

And come check us out on TikTok @catandnatofficial.

We also have a new Instagram page dedicated to our podcast, so make sure you follow along @momtruthspodcast !! And feel free to leave us your questions about business and we'll answer them in our next episode!!

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