Happy Hour #61 is with Monica Swanson. Her and her husband live on the North Shore of Oahu, where they live on a farm and raise their four boys. Monica blogs regularly and just recently released her first book. Her blog is full of parenting encouragement, recipes, and gorgeous pictures from her life in Hawaii!


On today's show we discuss her life in Hawaii which includes her farm and her boys surfing adventures. She explains what exactly “grommom” means to me because in Texas I had no clue what that was. Monica blogs a lot about parenting on her blog, and on this show we discuss parenting kids even when we are releasing them into doing big things. Monica just released a new book about body image, food, and exercise and she shares how God moved her in this area and her book just released this Fall!

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Links from the Show

Monica's blog: The Grommom

Blog post on Sleepovers


Blog post What Teenagers Need Most From Their Mom

Good Pictures Bad Pictures book by Kristen A Jenson

Six week series on parenting teen boys

The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends – Monica's first book

Podcast with Emily Freeman about balance work/home life

Three things Monica's loving: mango's, Fall, and ginger (and here are some recipes from her blog)

Love Does by Bob Goff

Connect with Monica

Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // Youtube

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