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Put a creative spin on the daily grind! The Creative Mama Podcast artfully combines the responsibility of parenthood with the thrill of creative expression. This show is for anyone looking to breathe a little excitement into their everyday routine.

Latest Episodes

38: Bite Your Tongue

If you’re human, I’m guessing you can remember at least one situation where you said what was on your mind and then immediately regretted it. Why is it so hard to keep our opinions to ourselves? Why do we think of most silences as ‘awkward’? How can we exercise the wisdom to bite our tongues? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 38], where I discuss the value and importance of keeping our mouths shut and basking in the freedom of silence. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Episode 37: Just a Mom Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

12 MIN1 w ago
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38: Bite Your Tongue

37: Just a Mom

Motherhood is so rewarding. And HARD. And sweet. And overwhelming. And thankless. And full of joy and wonder and worry and laughter and tears. In short, motherhood is an opportunity to experience the fullness of life! When a new acquaintance asks, “What do you do?", do you find yourself replying, “Oh, I’m just a mom,” and then feeling a bit ashamed, as if mothering is not a worthwhile contribution to society? Well, you are wrong! Nurturing the next generation is one of the highest callings there is, and YOU are doing a great job. Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 37], where I share some insights and encouragement for those of us who know deep down we are so much more than “just” a mom. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: For more information about The Lift Event, emailtheliftevent@gmail.com,attn:Robin Meadows Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZeb...

14 MIN3 w ago
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37: Just a Mom

36: Conquering Laundry

Laundry. It’s never-ending. So many of us feel discouraged and overwhelmed when we glance in the laundry room and see the bottomless mountain of shirts, socks, and towels. We muster up the strength to crank out a few loads, only to turn around and find the pile has grown yet again. Even if laundry is a necessary evil, there are bound to be some ways we can make the process less daunting, right? The trick is finding a system that works for your unique circumstances. Listen in to Creative Mama [Episode 36], where I break down some simple steps to help laundry feel like less of a chore. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

19 MINSEP 23
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36: Conquering Laundry

35: Learning Without Power

In a day and age where we can research any topic to death or compare our journey with strangers far and wide, it’s easy to take a simple desire or dream and muddy it up. Whether you are a homeschooling mom who covets all the Pinterest-perfect school rooms you see, or an entrepreneur looking to break into a new arena, we all struggle with feeling like we MUST. KNOW. MORE. before we can take the first step towards a goal. During Creative Mama [Episode 35], I offer up my thoughts and invite you to reflect on what it is you may be over-complicating. Yes, knowledge is power, but so is action! As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: The Mystery of History curriculum by Linda Lacour Hobar Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

13 MINSEP 9
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35: Learning Without Power

34: Letting Go

The newborn and toddler years of our kids’ lives seem to both drag on foreverrrrrrr and fly by. One day we look up, and our baby is a preteen. How did we get here and are we preparing our kids (and our own hearts) for the next chapter? Join me for Creative Mama [Episode 34] as I share my thoughts regarding the process of letting go of control over our children, one park visit or sleep-away camp at a time. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com With this episode, we’re wrapping up Season 3 of the show. I’ll be off for the next several weeks, but you can join me again on Monday, September 9th when we kick off Season 4! *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

11 MINJUL 22
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34: Letting Go

33: When Passions Merge

Have you ever pursued a dream or a career only to feel like maybe you made a mistake? What do we do when we begin to doubt that we are on the right track, despite all our training, education, and years of experience? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 33] as Abbi shares her experience in chasing a series of passions and finding her calling along the way. Maybe you can relate, or maybe it will inspire you in the journey you find yourself on right now. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Savannah College of Art & Design Hobby Lobby Craft Stores Life.Church Hot Mamas Run 5k Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

11 MINJUL 8
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33: When Passions Merge

32: How to Shake Things Up

When we were kids, Summer represented three months' worth of unlimited possibilities, fun, and freedom. Then we became adults and the reality of our year-round responsibilities caused us to put that hopeful expectation of a carefree season on the back burner. But at what cost? We know that 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' but maybe there's a way to still take care of business AND have a little fun. If Summer (or any time of the year, really) has you feeling a bit lackluster, join us for Creative Mama [Episode 32] where I unpack 12 ideas for pumping a little more enjoyment into life. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Episode 9: 101 Things in 1001 Days “Scruffy Hospitality” post Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

12 MINJUN 24
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32: How to Shake Things Up

31: Boredom Busters

Ahh, summertime! We love the freedom of summer, but not always the lack of structure. Too many unscheduled hours can cause us and our families to just grab a device and zone out to fill our time. Or maybe you are careful about limiting screen time, but you are starting to run out of ideas to keep your kids busy and it’s only the second week of June. Creative Mama [Episode 31] is here to help! I’ve created a printable of over 100 free-or-cheap ideas to keep your kids hands and minds occupied WITHOUT screens. Grab the PDF from the link below, and listen to the show to hear specific tips for a handful of the suggestions listed. Links to some of our favorite playtime products are also included below for your convenience. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Episode 30: Step Away from the Phone “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” ...

18 MINJUN 10
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31: Boredom Busters

30: Step Away from the Phone

As parents we are hyper-aware of how much screen time we allow our kids. When it comes to our own devices, however, we tend to justify our excessive use by pointing to how our technology makes us more productive or how we “have to” be on social media to adequately maintain our relationships with friends and family. But life hasn’t always been this way. In Creative Mama [Episode 30], I share some things I’ve recently learned about living life in the digital age. If you’re like me, you’re dismayed by how easily your free time disappears when there’s a smartphone in your hands. Join us as we discuss some tips for getting our lives back and embracing more the relationships and activities that breathe life into us. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Job 1:20-21 (NIV) “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” by Cal Newport Yahtzee ((COMING SOON: Episode 31 about screen-free summer fun)) Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

14 MINMAY 27
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30: Step Away from the Phone

29: This One's for the Moms

Motherhood comes in a variety of packages and often evolves over time. It is all-consuming and exhausting and yet we can't deny that it has made us stronger, wiser, more compassionate. For Creative Mama [Episode 29], let's celebrate the women who have shaped us, the women who have loved us, the women WE have become. Because although "Mother's Day" is a solitary square on a man-made calendar, we know in our hearts that every day is a day to celebrate the women in our lives. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Galatians 6: 9-10 TPT Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

5 MINMAY 13
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29: This One's for the Moms

Latest Episodes

38: Bite Your Tongue

If you’re human, I’m guessing you can remember at least one situation where you said what was on your mind and then immediately regretted it. Why is it so hard to keep our opinions to ourselves? Why do we think of most silences as ‘awkward’? How can we exercise the wisdom to bite our tongues? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 38], where I discuss the value and importance of keeping our mouths shut and basking in the freedom of silence. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Episode 37: Just a Mom Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

12 MIN1 w ago
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38: Bite Your Tongue

37: Just a Mom

Motherhood is so rewarding. And HARD. And sweet. And overwhelming. And thankless. And full of joy and wonder and worry and laughter and tears. In short, motherhood is an opportunity to experience the fullness of life! When a new acquaintance asks, “What do you do?", do you find yourself replying, “Oh, I’m just a mom,” and then feeling a bit ashamed, as if mothering is not a worthwhile contribution to society? Well, you are wrong! Nurturing the next generation is one of the highest callings there is, and YOU are doing a great job. Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 37], where I share some insights and encouragement for those of us who know deep down we are so much more than “just” a mom. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: For more information about The Lift Event, emailtheliftevent@gmail.com,attn:Robin Meadows Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZeb...

14 MIN3 w ago
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37: Just a Mom

36: Conquering Laundry

Laundry. It’s never-ending. So many of us feel discouraged and overwhelmed when we glance in the laundry room and see the bottomless mountain of shirts, socks, and towels. We muster up the strength to crank out a few loads, only to turn around and find the pile has grown yet again. Even if laundry is a necessary evil, there are bound to be some ways we can make the process less daunting, right? The trick is finding a system that works for your unique circumstances. Listen in to Creative Mama [Episode 36], where I break down some simple steps to help laundry feel like less of a chore. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

19 MINSEP 23
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36: Conquering Laundry

35: Learning Without Power

In a day and age where we can research any topic to death or compare our journey with strangers far and wide, it’s easy to take a simple desire or dream and muddy it up. Whether you are a homeschooling mom who covets all the Pinterest-perfect school rooms you see, or an entrepreneur looking to break into a new arena, we all struggle with feeling like we MUST. KNOW. MORE. before we can take the first step towards a goal. During Creative Mama [Episode 35], I offer up my thoughts and invite you to reflect on what it is you may be over-complicating. Yes, knowledge is power, but so is action! As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: The Mystery of History curriculum by Linda Lacour Hobar Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

13 MINSEP 9
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35: Learning Without Power

34: Letting Go

The newborn and toddler years of our kids’ lives seem to both drag on foreverrrrrrr and fly by. One day we look up, and our baby is a preteen. How did we get here and are we preparing our kids (and our own hearts) for the next chapter? Join me for Creative Mama [Episode 34] as I share my thoughts regarding the process of letting go of control over our children, one park visit or sleep-away camp at a time. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com With this episode, we’re wrapping up Season 3 of the show. I’ll be off for the next several weeks, but you can join me again on Monday, September 9th when we kick off Season 4! *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

11 MINJUL 22
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34: Letting Go

33: When Passions Merge

Have you ever pursued a dream or a career only to feel like maybe you made a mistake? What do we do when we begin to doubt that we are on the right track, despite all our training, education, and years of experience? Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 33] as Abbi shares her experience in chasing a series of passions and finding her calling along the way. Maybe you can relate, or maybe it will inspire you in the journey you find yourself on right now. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Savannah College of Art & Design Hobby Lobby Craft Stores Life.Church Hot Mamas Run 5k Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

11 MINJUL 8
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33: When Passions Merge

32: How to Shake Things Up

When we were kids, Summer represented three months' worth of unlimited possibilities, fun, and freedom. Then we became adults and the reality of our year-round responsibilities caused us to put that hopeful expectation of a carefree season on the back burner. But at what cost? We know that 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' but maybe there's a way to still take care of business AND have a little fun. If Summer (or any time of the year, really) has you feeling a bit lackluster, join us for Creative Mama [Episode 32] where I unpack 12 ideas for pumping a little more enjoyment into life. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Episode 9: 101 Things in 1001 Days “Scruffy Hospitality” post Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

12 MINJUN 24
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32: How to Shake Things Up

31: Boredom Busters

Ahh, summertime! We love the freedom of summer, but not always the lack of structure. Too many unscheduled hours can cause us and our families to just grab a device and zone out to fill our time. Or maybe you are careful about limiting screen time, but you are starting to run out of ideas to keep your kids busy and it’s only the second week of June. Creative Mama [Episode 31] is here to help! I’ve created a printable of over 100 free-or-cheap ideas to keep your kids hands and minds occupied WITHOUT screens. Grab the PDF from the link below, and listen to the show to hear specific tips for a handful of the suggestions listed. Links to some of our favorite playtime products are also included below for your convenience. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Episode 30: Step Away from the Phone “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” ...

18 MINJUN 10
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31: Boredom Busters

30: Step Away from the Phone

As parents we are hyper-aware of how much screen time we allow our kids. When it comes to our own devices, however, we tend to justify our excessive use by pointing to how our technology makes us more productive or how we “have to” be on social media to adequately maintain our relationships with friends and family. But life hasn’t always been this way. In Creative Mama [Episode 30], I share some things I’ve recently learned about living life in the digital age. If you’re like me, you’re dismayed by how easily your free time disappears when there’s a smartphone in your hands. Join us as we discuss some tips for getting our lives back and embracing more the relationships and activities that breathe life into us. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Job 1:20-21 (NIV) “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” by Cal Newport Yahtzee ((COMING SOON: Episode 31 about screen-free summer fun)) Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

14 MINMAY 27
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30: Step Away from the Phone

29: This One's for the Moms

Motherhood comes in a variety of packages and often evolves over time. It is all-consuming and exhausting and yet we can't deny that it has made us stronger, wiser, more compassionate. For Creative Mama [Episode 29], let's celebrate the women who have shaped us, the women who have loved us, the women WE have become. Because although "Mother's Day" is a solitary square on a man-made calendar, we know in our hearts that every day is a day to celebrate the women in our lives. As always, I'd love to connect with you through my website or Instagram, or you can send an email to abbi@zasinzebra.com *** People, Places & Things in This Episode: Galatians 6: 9-10 TPT Connect with Abbi on Instagram ZasinZebra.com, the home of Creative Mama and other pursuits Support the show by making a donation Shop on Amazon through our Affiliate store

5 MINMAY 13
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29: This One's for the Moms
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