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2019-04-11 16_20_00-Verizon Messages

Meet Elinor and Sami

Elinor (daughter) and Sami (mom) were on vacation in Phoenix in March or 2019 when the concept of the mother-daughter podcast was born.

Sami, a digital marketing strategist, was working on her own podcast, when Elinor decided she needed one of her own.  When talking about concepts, the idea of having regular chats about life and recording them came up.

And with that, Conversations with My Daughter was born.

Each week, a new topic, and possible life lesson, are brought to you with the hopes it will make you smile, remember conversations with your own mom, and hopefully inspire new conversations with your own children.

 

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Ep 27 | Pets in the House

Ep 27 | Pets in the House

We have a new addition to our home and that's the rats! Nelly and Savanah joined us earlier this summer and are Ellie's pets that she is responsible for. It was important to her to have a pet that she could call her own and not the dog that the family shares. She's...

Ep 26 | We’re Back!

Ep 26 | We’re Back!

It’s been almost a year and we’re so excited to be back with new episodes. Here's what we've been up to...  Elinor got new pet rats.  we've been hunkering down since March basically.  Elinor got a new bed (see below)  we built a deck in the back yard and a dog house...

Ep 25 | Halloween Time

Ep 25 | Halloween Time

It's been almost a year and we're so excited to be back with new episodes. It's Halloween and this year definitely looks different than most. We're sharing with you what we're up to this year and maybe being a little silly!  Our Halloween lineup includes: ➡ eating...

Ep 23 | Life After Theatre Ends

Ep 23 | Life After Theatre Ends

Frozen Jr. just ended so Elinor no longer has afterschool activities.Theatre is a big deal in Elinor's life. She just finished up playing Young Anna and Snow Chorus in Frozen. She loves acting and being on stage but doesn't like to watch or hear herself sing. Going...

Ep 22 | What is a VSCO Girl?

Ep 22 | What is a VSCO Girl?

Have you heard the term VSCO girl?  Have no idea what it means?  That's the topic of today's episode. What the heck is a VSCO girl? Sami: Do you think adults know what VSCO is? Elinor: Nope. Sami: VSCO started from a photo editing software of the same name.  But what...

Ep 21 | Halloween Thoughts

Ep 21 | Halloween Thoughts

Do you like to get dressed up for Halloween?  Elinor is sharing her thoughts about the holiday in this episode! It's almost Halloween time! Elinor likes Halloween and isn't upset we don't decorate our house.  She also doesn't know what she wants to be - but we're...

Ep 20 | Let’s talk Fairy Tales with Rebecca Cunningham

Ep 20 | Let’s talk Fairy Tales with Rebecca Cunningham

Toni Morrison said something like, know that if you do not see a story about you or a story you want to read or see, go make it yourself."  You can!  We have a guest on today's episode, Rebecca Cunningham.  This is a great conversation about stories and what impact...

Ep 19 | What do Kids like in their School Lunches?

Ep 19 | What do Kids like in their School Lunches?

What do you pack in your kids school lunches??????Elinor goes to a private school and they serve hot lunch - they don't have a cafeteria.  We send her with lunches every day. Sami: Are you lunches always good? Elinor: Sometimes, I had a salad today!  Dad made it....

Ep 18 | Is She Scared to Perform?

Ep 18 | Is She Scared to Perform?

This is Part 2 of our theatre series.  Last week we chatted about what it's like to audition.  In this episode, we talk about what it's like to be on stage!Today Elinor wanted to talk about what it's like to be on stage.  She loves the spotlight. "The beautiful...

Ep 17 | Part 1: What it’s Like Auditioning

Ep 17 | Part 1: What it’s Like Auditioning

Elinor recently had theatre auditions for the local production of Frozen Jr.  This was the first time she was auditioning for a role she really wanted.  And in this episode, she talks about what it's like to audition.  (Side note: we recommend listening to this...

Ep 16 | Private School v. Public School

Ep 16 | Private School v. Public School

Picking a school for your kiddos is a stressful process. And for us, it was a bit crazy - but we've settled into a great now.  Elinor wanted to share her thoughts on what is a better fit for her. Disclaimer: Elinor wanted to talk about public school vs private...

Ep 15 | Time for Back to School

Ep 15 | Time for Back to School

Are your kiddos ready for back to school!  I know we are! It's back to school time.  Who do you think is more excited? Elinor thinks Sami is more excited!  No kids in the house. Sami likes back to school so she can work with less distractions. Elinor says it's going...

Ep 14 | Should Kids Have Sleepovers?

Ep 14 | Should Kids Have Sleepovers?

Do you allow your kiddos to have sleepovers?  Elinor has them more often in the summer, and most frequently with her friend Aidyn.  So we brought her on so they could share what they like about sleepovers and advice for other parents. Aidyn is one of Elinor's best...

Ep 13 | Elinor’s Thoughts on Bullying

Ep 13 | Elinor’s Thoughts on Bullying

Bullying is a word that has a serious meaning, but gets tossed around a lot.  When Sami was a kid, it didn't create such a strong emotion.  Now, we talk about what bullying means to Elinor and how parents should talk to their kids.This episode is a bit more serious. ...

Ep 12 | Getting to know Grandma Mari

Ep 12 | Getting to know Grandma Mari

We've been in Iowa these past couple of weeks.  Kelly and Sami were both born and raised here and so there is a lot of family here. Getting to know where our famlies are from is an important thing for us so we thought having Mari on the podcast would be a great thing!...

Ep 11 | Our Recent Trip to the Black Hills

Ep 11 | Our Recent Trip to the Black Hills

The Black Hills of South Dakota are always a special place for us.  Family road trips were often and it was fun to be able to take Elinor and Hudson there this past June.  In case you haven't been - we wanted to share the experience with you.If you've never been to...

Ep 10 | How to Help Anxiety

Ep 10 | How to Help Anxiety

If you haven't listened to Part one of this two parter then we recommend checking it out.  In that episode we talk about what anxiety can look like in kiddos. In this episode, we talk about ways that worked for us to get through it.  Trish Wilkinson is also back to...

Ep 09 | What does Anxiety Look Like?

Ep 09 | What does Anxiety Look Like?

Anxiety - of all shapes and forms - affects everyone at some point in their lives. This isn't anything we've found factually (although it could be true).  It's just something that we've experienced as we've talked to other families and friends.  If you've experienced...

Ep 08 Elinor’s Bedtime Routine

Ep 08 Elinor’s Bedtime Routine

Over the past few years, Elinor has dealt with different levels of anxiety.  We'll be discussing this more in depth in the next two episodes, but a bedtime routine really helped her in creating consistency and sleeping better. And getting a good nights rest, always...

Ep 07 | What are Elinor’s Favorite Books?

Ep 07 | What are Elinor’s Favorite Books?

Big thanks to the Cook family for requesting this topic for an episode.  If you have an episode you'd like to hear - feel free to share it with us below. Elinor loves to read books and has had a few favorites along the way.  In this episode, we're sharing them with...

Ep 06 | Get to know Kelly (Elinor’s Dad)

Ep 06 | Get to know Kelly (Elinor’s Dad)

It's Father's Day this weekend so we're kicking off the celebration early by interviewing Kelly on our podcast. He's the final member of our family that needed to be introduced to you all, so we hope you enjoy it.  Having Kelly on the podcast was super fun, and a...

Ep 05 | Should Kids be in Afterschool Activities?

Ep 05 | Should Kids be in Afterschool Activities?

We've always been a household that has had our kiddos in activities.  Ever since they were 2 they've both been involved in sports, dance, theatre, art classes, you name it we've tried it. Different families have different ideas about what's good or not, so we thought...

Ep 04 | Get to know Hudson

Ep 04 | Get to know Hudson

Today's episode will introduce you to Hudson, Elinor's younger brother.  He doesn't often like to do these kinds of things, but he's been intrigued watching this whole process up to know so we thought we'd include him on this episode. Plus, you'll hear about him in...

Ep 03 | Get to know Sami

Ep 03 | Get to know Sami

In the last episode you got to know Elinor a bit better.  In this episode, the tables have turned and Sami's in the hot seat! Elinor came up with all the questions on her own so we hope you like it. And if you have any other questions for Sami (or Elinor) you can...

Ep 02 | Get to know Elinor

Ep 02 | Get to know Elinor

Who is this Elinor (the daughter) anyways! We didn't want to get too far into episodes without you getting to know a bit more about who Elinor is and what she likes to do. Sami interviewed her so check it out. And in the next episode you'll get to know Sami (the...

Ep 01 | Our Trip to Taiwan to Meet Great Grandma for the First Time

Ep 01 | Our Trip to Taiwan to Meet Great Grandma for the First Time

Our family took a trip to Taiwan in November of 2019.  Sami had been there several times in her life, but it was the first time the kiddos and hubby, Kelly, got to go. Popo (grandma) moved to the US from Taiwan when she was 24 years old.  And Tai Po (great grandma)...

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