The Motherhood Mind Game | A Pep Talk with NYT bestselling author Leslie Anne Bruce


#226 - A five-time New York Times bestselling co-author, returning Atomic Moms guest, and Lauren Conrad's frequent collaborator/b.f.f., LESLIE ANNE BRUCE joins us in our podcast studio to discuss the MIND GAME that is early motherhood and her new book You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom: So Embrace the Chaos, Get Over the Guilt, and Be True to You (September - Hachette Book Group). We discuss why Newborn-land is so treacherous for Type A overachievers. We share our birth experiences and the post-baby marriage fireworks (not the pretty kind). And we compare notes on how we organize our lives now that we both have two kids. Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

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Crib Notes a.k.a. Episode Research

Survival Guide: Traveling with Kids - Unpacified

10 Unexpected Perks of Motherhood with Leslie Bruce - Lauren Conrad

My Birth Story: How I Got Through an Anxious Pregnancy and Childbirth - The Bump

Don't Tell Me How to Feed My Baby - Motherly

About Our Guest: Leslie Bruce


Leslie Bruce is a #1 New York Times bestselling co-author and an award-winning entertainment journalist (formerly of Us Weekly magazine and The Hollywood Reporter). Her newest book, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom, will be released September 10. 2019 with Seal Press, and is available for pre-order now!

She launched Unpacified in 2016 with the goal of connecting with women as they fumble through motherhood, and to offer support, community and laughter so that no new mom ever has to feel alone. Unpacified serves as a platform to remind women that there are 100 different ways to raise amazing children, and to always remember that a happy mom means a happy baby. Leslie lives in Laguna Beach, California with her husband, her children and two overweight rescue dogs.

You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom: So Embrace the Chaos, Get Over the Guilt, and Be True to You by Leslie Anne Bruce

Atomic Moms podcast pairing:

Got Mom Overwhelm? | Leslie Bruce on Social Media, Perfectionism, and Pregnancy


#1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning entertainment journalist LESLIE BRUCE speaks candidly about overwhelming life moments from going back to work after baby, to fertility, to her complicated second pregnancy and recent bedrest. "Supporting overwhelmed mamas" is a tagline of her popular Instagram feed (@leslieannebruce), and as co-author of "Celebrate" with Lauren Conrad, I knew she'd be the perfect mom to talk some sense into me about what she calls the “optic peer pressure” of social media. It's literally her job to get that perfect shot, and she's happy to acknowledge the work and "hair and makeup" that go into it. Her honest and irreverent take on the struggles of motherhood can be found on her blog UNPACIFIED. As an overwhelmed mom myself (stories for another time), our conversation feels like a much needed post bedtime wine hang. Happy listening, Ellie Knaus

What was the most overwhelming moment in your life as a mom? How did you overcome it? We'd love to know in the comments of our @atomicmoms Instagram post.

Finally we share a fantastic "Family Manifesto" exercise pulled straight from her new book The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children to do with your family this week.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler on Mom Confidence, "Sopranos" Family Lessons, Finding Strength Through Chronic Illness


#199 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, boy mom of 2, and best known as Meadow in HBO’s The Sopranos, joins me in studio for a candid conversation that will stick with you. Jamie shares parenting lessons from her onscreen father, the beloved James Gandolfini, her favorite memories as Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and what it’s like being married to a much younger gentleman. She offers a candid perspective on parenting as a mother trying to keep up with two young boys while also battling relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. She is truly a goddess onscreen and off with the biggest heart in Hollywood.

The Mother's Journey: Confronting the Unknown |
Britta Bushnell, PhD


#161. You may not feel like a goddess right now, but it turns out we have a lot in common with Inanna, the Sumerian mother goddess of Heaven and Earth. Drawing upon mythology and decades of experience as a childbirth educator, Dr. Brita Bushnell brings healing light to the unique challenges and identity shifts we experience as mamas. After all, motherhood is the ultimate rite of passage.