Momlife in Digital Media | Jill Simonian | Guest | Atomic Moms Podcast | Host Ellie Knaus |

Jill Simonian, entertainment reporter turned parenting lifestyle expert (CBS Los Angeles, NBC’s Today Show Parenting Team,, gives us the scoop on new mom life hacks and sensitive parenting topics offered in her book, The Fab Mom’s Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back Fast. Host Ellie Knaus asks Jill to reflect back on the blurry days of SAHM-ing “two under two” while juggling the occasional freelance, high intensity on-camera work. After 5+ years of running, we get her advice for mom bloggers starting out and ask where she draws the privacy line in sharing stories of her children on social media. We also dish about our birth experiences, our nursing/formula decision making, and dismantle the frequent Mama “F Bomb” (Failure). Boom!

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I was over the moon to have the opportunity to honor the ultimate Super Mom Lucretia Mott for Women’s History Month! When I’m feeling super pregnant and tired, I remember Lucretia was pregnant six times and wore all these layers! The woman was NONSTOP! She co-founded Swarthmore College and the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, fought tirelessly as an abolitionist, and spoke out as a political and social reformer. She died 40 years before American women were allowed to vote, but it was her work that set it in motion. Thank you Lucretia! Read about more great moms here!

Ellie Knaus with Atomic Moms podcast portraying Lucretia Mott via

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We’re celebrating the midpoint of my second pregnancy! 20 weeks down. 20 weeks to go. I sit down with Adam Sztykiel (comedy screenwriter/ sitcom show runner/ husband of almost 10 years) to catch up on all the ridiculousness happening at Chez Sztykiel. I find out what it’s like living with a pregnant zombie (me) who has suddenly revived herself with an intense second trimester “nesting” frenzy. Our toddler correspondent, Sabrina, makes her Atomic Moms debut to reveal the gender of our baby! And throughout the episode, she pops in to share her thoughts on having a sibling, what’s hot in entertainment news (on Nick Jr), and to belt out “Moana”. She’s pushing hard for her own spin-off podcast (N-O) or a spot on Ellen (not gonna happen). We also answer listener questions about the ways in which our first child is like us and totally different from us, how Adam measures up to his own manly-man father, and the most exciting purchase Ellie has made this year (yes, folks, it’s a label maker).

Family | Atomic Moms Podcast | Host Ellie Knaus | Guest Adam Sztykiel | Parenting |

Time flies! Summer 2014

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Atomic Moms Podcast | Guest | Selena Willows | Host Ellie Knaus | Wellness | Swim Instructor | Toddlers |

This episode could save your child’s life. I can’t wait for you to meet guest SELENA WILLOWS, a mom of two, a nutrition and wellness coach as well as the child swim instructor who taught my toddler to swim safely across a pool in less than two weeks! We’ll talk with Selena about water safety (like the chilling fact that it takes less than 20 seconds for a child to stop fighting for breath), the spiritual experience of witnessing a child push past their fears and perceived limitations, as well as how she coaches. “Swimming is one of those things that children can learn very quickly if people get out of their way,” Selena says. “I often say I don’t so much teach as I facilitate. I provide a safe environment where kids are empowered and they get to learn how to swim — they get to teach themselves how to swim. I guide them, but I do very little instruction.”
We also go WAY BEYOND swim lessons into Selena’s mantra to “live life on purpose” and her own transformative experience of LOSING 100 pounds. And Selena will offer a “breakthrough homework assignment” for us moms to achieve greater clarity about getting to the root of shame and how it affects us physically inside and out. P.S. Here’s hoping I kick this preschool cold by the time Sabrina is in college. Jeez Louise.
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Atomic Moms | Guest | KaDee Strickland | Host Ellie Knaus | Parenting | Motherhood | mom life |

You know KaDee Strickland from the ABC dramas’ “Private Practice” and “Secrets & Lies”, and her new Hulu series “Shut Eye“. In this special Valentine’s episode, KaDee confesses how she tried to play cupid between her girlfriend and actor Jason Behr before realizing she had been struck by the arrow herself. She shares her secrets to 10+ years of marriage with “Mr. Delicious” in La La Land, which let’s face it, in Hollywood years, is a record. We chat about how motherhood underscores the awesomeness of female friendship, KaDee’s upbringing in rural Georgia (she had a pet alligator, for real…learned that tidbit watching her on “The View”), and we untangle the mother-daughter dynamics in her family history.

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