A Heart That Beats for Home

Nikki Smith

My journey as a wife and mom has been an incredible source of growth and learning, and I'm thrilled to share the insights I've gained with you through this podcast. Each episode is a heartfelt exploration of what truly makes a house feel like a home, drawing from my own experiences and the valuable lessons I've gathered along the way.

Whether you've been a parent for years, are embarking on the adventure of newlywed life, or are navigating the beautiful complexities of family dynamics, I hope you'll discover something meaningful here.

Throughout our conversations, we'll delve into topics such as parenting, marriage, achieving harmony between work and home life, fostering thriving relationships, and infusing faith into our daily experiences. My goal is to create a welcoming space where we can come together, share our stories, and offer support as we journey towards building strong and loving families.

I extend a heartfelt invitation for you to walk alongside me on this journey of growth and exploration, resonating with the rhythm of "A Heart That Beats for Home." Together, we can flourish and learn as we delve into the depths of parenthood, marriage, and the essence of family life.

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18. Part 2 - Keeping Your Love On When Navigating Relationships With Missy Hydes
09-05-2024
18. Part 2 - Keeping Your Love On When Navigating Relationships With Missy Hydes
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. Join me and my friend, Missy Hydes,  as we delve into week two of our conversation. In this episode we will discuss the art of parenting and the delicate dance of family relationships. Imagine creating a home where actions speak louder than words, where trust is built on the solid ground of open communication, and where our children see in us the example of patience and self-awareness we hope to inspire in them. This episode is your key to unlocking the doors of understanding and growth, especially vital for those teenage years that can test the bonds of even the strongest families.Missy and I unravel the threads of fear that often tangle our best intentions, revealing how to foster a calm and nurturing environment that allows our teenagers to blossom into powerful individuals in their own right. Imagine a home where the fruits of the Holy Spirit guide us, where love trumps fear, and where our daughters and sons learn autonomy and the priceless lessons from natural consequences. We navigate the delicate balance between guiding principles and personal preferences, ensuring that as parents, we're not just leading with authority, but with a love that empowers and educates.Finally, we will discuss the art of setting healthy relationship boundaries, understanding that true listening involves hearing our children's feedback without an immediate rush to defense. Missy and I examine the significance of avoiding absolutes in our language, and setting personal limits that breed respect and joy. strong, wise, and loving families.JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
16. Nurturing and Prioritizing Marriage
25-04-2024
16. Nurturing and Prioritizing Marriage
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. In this episode we explore how to prioritize our marriage.  I share how my husband and I strike a balance between our careers and family life. You'll hear firsthand how setting clear boundaries and understanding each other's love languages can lead to a robust and resilient union. Plus, I offer practical strategies for ensuring that your relationship is an oasis among daily commitments.To all  seeking  a resilient and vibrant marriage,consider this your call to action. Join me as we confront the tough conversations that fortify our relationships against life's storms and discover the joy of investing in your marriage. Let's connect beyond the podcast —find me on Instagram. JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/BOOKS- Praying the Scriptures for Your Marriage by Jodie Berndt:https://amzn.to/3UaWunsCherish by Gary Thomas:https://amzn.to/4aHpWZf PODCASTS - Why Most Marriages Don't Work:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/why-most-marriages-dont-work-save-the-date-part-1/id73802266?i=1000584389260 4 Lies That Destroy Marriages:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/4-lies-that-destroy-marriages-save-the-date-part-4/id73802266?i=10005868566473 Secrets to the Marriage you Want:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/3-secrets-to-the-marriage-you-want-book-club-part-5/id73802266?i=1000568631143BIBLE APP MARRIAGE STUDIES-Fighting For My Marriage (7 Day Study):https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/28061 Thing to Grow Your Marriage Each Day (31 Day Study):https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/1409231 Day Marriage Reset (31 Day Study):https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/16401RECONNECT - A Marriage Refreshing Plan (15 Day Study):https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/21044JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
13. Navigating the Seasons of Motherhood  with Carleeta Nelson
04-04-2024
13. Navigating the Seasons of Motherhood with Carleeta Nelson
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. As the seasons of life change, so do the dynamics of our family relationships. Carleeta Nelson joins us with a treasure trove of experience, sharing how she navigates the evolving roles of mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother—all while keeping her marriage of a 38-year marriage a top priority. She offers a playbook on transitioning through life's stages with grace and unity, exemplifying the power of "team family" as we welcome new members, celebrate milestones, and cherish the bonds that anchor our lives.Carleeta shares about navigating and nurturing your adult children as they spread their wings and start their own families. This episode is a heartfelt examination of interdependence and the art of giving space without losing connection. Carleeta brings personal stories to the podcast, highlighting tailored efforts to show love and appreciation, all while maintaining the individual threads that weave the larger family tapestry together. These insights provide a roadmap for those of us entering these next stages of parenting. Witnessing your children become parents and stepping into the roles of Grandparents can be a source of profound joy and fresh perspective. Carleeta reflects on the lessons learned from parenthood and grandparenting, as well as the importance of quality time with the youngest members of the family. With tenderness and gratitude, we discuss the significance of building a loving legacy, holding that love with open hands, and the enduring satisfaction in sharing the journey of life and marriage with your partner. Join us for an episode that celebrates the beautiful complexities and deep connections within the family mosaic.JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
12. Streamline Your Life Series/ Week 4: Health and Beauty - 3 Tips to Simplify
28-03-2024
12. Streamline Your Life Series/ Week 4: Health and Beauty - 3 Tips to Simplify
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. Have you ever stood bewildered in the health and beauty aisle, bombarded by a sea of products, all promising miracles? This was me, a mom of three, on a mission to declutter not just my bathroom cabinet but my entire approach to wellness. In our finale of the Streamline Your Life series, we're getting real about health and beauty - no fluff, no fads, just the essentials. Join me as I unveil the power of aligning with brands that mirror our values, the magic of a solid routine, and the indelible mark our perspectives leave on our little ones. I get personal, sharing how I've woven these principles into my life, crafting a home where balance isn't just a buzzword, but a way of life.Then, let's talk game-changers for your wellness routine: protein, hydration, movement goals, and that vibrant greens drink that's become my morning staple. It's not about overhauling your life; it's about adding in the good stuff so there's less room for the bad. And as we navigate the often tricky waters of body image, especially as parents, I'll share some poignant reflections and studies that underscore the need for fostering a positive home culture. It's not just about what we put on our plates or in our hair – it's about the messages we're sending to our children. So, tune in and let's take these steps together towards a more streamlined, healthy, and beautiful life.JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/EPISODE RESOURCES:Tip #1 - Align Yourself With Brands You Trust:Our Families Clean Beauty & Health- https://www.arbonne.com/us/en/arb/nikkismith10% Discount Code: ARBONNE10 Tip #2 - Add IN Healthy Habits:Greens Drink:https://www.arbonne.com/us/en/arb/nikkismith/cart?shareId=885238194538310% Discount Code: ARBONNE10 Tip #3 - Meal Prep:Krista Poole On Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/stayfitmom_krista/?igsh=MTgwazE2aDY1anlvZg%3D%3D4 Cup Glass Bowl:https://amzn.to/4asWPZiBaking Sheet: https://amzn.to/3TAvZaPJOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
11. Streamline Your Life Series / Week 3:  The Joy of a Decluttered Home
21-03-2024
11. Streamline Your Life Series / Week 3: The Joy of a Decluttered Home
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. As spring unfolds, I'm reminded of the serene joy that a decluttered home can bring. On this week's 'A Heart that Beats For Home,' I take you through my personal revolution of simplifying my living spaces and how this has significantly uplifted my daily life. Cast aside the chaos and join me in exploring the art of creating a peaceful and functional home that echoes with the laughter of loved ones and resonates with your heart's desires.This episode is drenched in the essence of curated comfort, from the strategic placement of donation bins to the 'backwards hanger' technique that revolutionizes wardrobe organization. I delve into the sentimental journey of handling cherished keepsakes, offering advice on how to honor these treasures without letting them overwhelm our spaces. It's about quality over quantity in every aspect—be it the crisp sheets on our beds or the memories we choose to display.Together, we're crafting not just living spaces, but life stories woven within the walls of the places we call home. So, fling open your windows to the rejuvenating breezes of spring and transform your abode with me into a soulful sanctuary.JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/EPISODE RESOURCES:Declutter one area a day for 30 days - https://www.lifewithlessmess.com/30-day-declutter-challenge/21 Easy Things To Toss:https://assets.stanwith.me/live/msc/26207339/hlt69/21%20easy%20things%20to%20toss%20lifestyleleaks.pdfJenny Layton 3 Day Clutter Busters:https://thehappygal.thrivecart.com/clutter-busters/?_ga=2.122773899.1267895872.1710977308-1256522777.1710977308Books:How to Manage Your Home with Losing Your Mind by Dana White:Audible - https://amzn.to/3TrcS2TPaperback - https://amzn.to/497iiFYDeclutter at the Speed of Life by Dana White:Audible: https://amzn.to/4ahP4oWPaperback: https://amzn.to/3TIcSNq Image of hanging curtains UP & OUT as talked about on episode:https://www.geranium.com/blog/how-to-hang-curtains-properly/https://aspacetocallhome.com/design-tips-tricks-4-hang-curtains/Curtain on Amazon:https://amzn.to/3wVC75Nhttps://amzn.to/4cseUIEhttps://amzn.to/3x0HGjn Aero Garden for fresh herbs:https://amzn.to/4cj7w2xStorage Bins for Kids Treasures:97 QT with Wheels - https://amzn.to/49cyC8M74 QT - https://amzn.to/3IONK1f 103 QT - https://amzn.to/49cyHt6 Check out episode 10 here to hear more about digitizing photos and other film and print memories:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/10-streamline-your-life-series-week-2-organizing-your/id1719372285?i=1000649167428Check out episode 7 here for links on being a joy filled momma:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/6-am-i-good-medicine-for-my-family-do-i-pass-the-joy-test/id1719372285?i=1000645426505JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
10. Streamline Your Life Series / Week 2: Organizing Your Photos and Memorabilia - Creating a Legacy of Cherished Memories with Sheri Meissner
14-03-2024
10. Streamline Your Life Series / Week 2: Organizing Your Photos and Memorabilia - Creating a Legacy of Cherished Memories with Sheri Meissner
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. LINK TO $20 COUPON - www.tinyurl.com/safephotostorageEmbark on a journey with us to transform the cluttered corners of your photo collections into a sanctuary of organized memories. My friend and memory-organizing whiz, Sheri Meissner, joins us to guide you through the process of photo and memory organization. With Sheri's  background as a special education teacher now channeled into her entrepreneurial passion, she brings empathy and expertise to the table, simplifying what can often be an emotional and complex task. Together, we offer heartwarming insights and practical advice to help you streamline your life, ensuring your cherished moments are preserved and enjoyed for years to come.Are your digital keepsakes gathering virtual dust? We tackle that question head-on, comparing the benefits of a comprehensive memory-keeping service to popular platforms like Google Photos. Explore the evolution of photography from printed snapshots to digital pixels, and learn how prioritizing privacy and ownership can change the way you reconnect with your past. The conversation is laced with personal experiences and celebrates the triumph of transitioning from tangible photo albums to a unified, cloud-based system where every memory has its own special place.Finally, the episode is a call to embrace the digital solution that bind us with family near and far. We share the joy and ease that come from having a secure digital space, where memories are not only stored but shared, bridging the distance and time. The episode is an ode to the collective narrative that family photos weave, and an assurance that starting with even a single step can create a legacy of love. Join us in this heartfelt mission to ensure that every heartbeat, every smile, and every cherished glance is preserved for generations to delight in.You Can Find Sheri At:Sherimeissner@gmail.com 715.506.5578https://www.facebook.com/groups/1239344126080963JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
9. Streamline Your Life Series / Week 1:  Reclaim Your Calendar: Does Our Family Calendar Reflect Our Values?
07-03-2024
9. Streamline Your Life Series / Week 1: Reclaim Your Calendar: Does Our Family Calendar Reflect Our Values?
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. Spring into organization with our Streamline Your Life series! This week I'll guide you through sprucing up your daily routines to match the rejuvenating energy of the season. Imagine opening up your calendar to find a carefully curated schedule that reflects your priorities and provides the breathing room you need. That's what we're aiming for as we discuss transitioning from a paper-filled world to digital efficiency with tools like Google Calendar. You'll learn to color-code your life, set boundaries, and embrace the power of 'no' to ensure your days are filled with purpose, not just busyness.As we tackle the complexities of family life and juggling schedules, especially with a partner who's often on the road, I'll share my personal strategies that have brought back sanity to our household. Discover the time management techniques that can help you focus and avoid the all-too-common trap of overcommitment. From time blocking to setting strategic timers, we'll cover methods to keep you on track, whether you're managing chores, carving out work hours, or preparing for that next exciting adventure.But what about those future tasks that tend to slip through the cracks? We've got you covered there too. I'll walk you through the surprising benefits of scheduled emails, a hack that can act as your very own personal assistant. And, we're not stopping at emails; find out how to keep your paper filing in check and make life admin a breeze. Remember, these are just the starter tips in our series — we've got a treasure trove of life-simplifying insights coming your way. Share this podcast with a buddy who's also on the quest for a streamlined life, and let's all look forward to less clutter and more joy this season.Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/EPISODE RESOURCES:Clear File Folder - https://amzn.to/49UyHhOFiles: https://amzn.to/3Isc0WNhttps://amzn.to/3uXQ9TSJOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
8. Cultivating Seeds Of Faith In Your Home
29-02-2024
8. Cultivating Seeds Of Faith In Your Home
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. As a parent, the weight of shaping my children's spiritual journey often feels monumental. Yet, it's in our everyday conversations that the seeds of faith take root, and this episode is a guide on how to nurture those tender sprouts. As we navigate the highs and lows of parenting, I open up about my own experiences in fostering a home where Jesus is more than a Sunday school lesson, but a constant, comforting presence. You'll discover practical tips for weaving faith into daily life—whether through music, storytelling, or simple, teachable moments.Bringing scripture into the heart of our homes doesn't have to be a chore, it can be a chorus. I delve into the transformative power of music and scripture for our little ones, showcasing the resources that have turned my family's living space into a sanctuary. I share my love for Seeds Family Worship and Praise Baby videos, which have infused our days with joy and God's word. And for parents seeking to raise children with a deep connection that make the stories and teachings of Jesus accessible and relatable to young hearts.Yet, spiritual guidance isn't just about the warm embrace of faith; it's also about setting boundaries—financial and moral—that prepare our children for a prosperous future in every sense of the word. I reveal how everyday moments, like a car ride or a fishing trip, can become profound lessons in responsibility and resisting temptation. By sharing stories and metaphors that resonate with young minds, we discuss how to impart the wisdom of living a life that honors God, shaping children who not only know of Him but who strive to reflect His love in every action. Join me as we commit to raising a generation grounded in faith, equipped with the tools to navigate the journey ahead with grace and purpose.Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/Episode Resources Favorite Children's Bibles:The Biggest Bible Story: https://amzn.to/3uHo1o5The Biggest Bible Board Book Version: https://amzn.to/3ThT2YUThe Biggest Bible Story Storybook: https://amzn.to/4bYDEbxThe Jesus Storybook Bible: https://amzn.to/3UT37NmSeeds Family Worship Music: https://seedskidsworship.com/product-category/music/On Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/5kV2pC0biCYFh3y9HxgNkSOn Apple:  https://music.apple.com/us/artist/seeds-family-worship/251295888Scripture Lullabies:On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3egDut5sE3JIphJpVLO0z4On Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/scripture-lullabies/464465134Praise Baby:On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0uIyzjmP48YI0dpgdAjdeIOn Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/sleepytime-lullabies/372543219Abby Houston - Melodically Memorizing:On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1CcoMJoJtlZrt2w6XSbj6c?si=9kKzk_T-Tc2JWQq2CQFVogOn Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/abby-houston/1173348681Lou Giglio Book: Don't Give The Enemy A Seat At The Table https://amzn.to/49wK8N7Videos:https://bibleproject.com/explorehttps://www.thebiggeststory.comhttps://www.youtube.com/@listenerkidsJOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
7. Dear Younger Me... Encouraging Reminders for Moms in the Trenches of Motherhood
22-02-2024
7. Dear Younger Me... Encouraging Reminders for Moms in the Trenches of Motherhood
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. As a mother, I've grappled with that gnawing sense of not quite measuring up, the mom guilt that seems to be a shared thread among us all. This week's unfiltered conversation opens up about these tender struggles, pulling back the curtain on the often unspoken emotional landscape of motherhood. We navigate through the complexities of parenting, from the self-doubt that shadows our every decision to the fear that we might never be enough for our little ones. Together, we dissect the myth of the perfect parent and find solidarity in our collective imperfections, offering a lifeline of encouragement and understanding to every mom who's ever felt adrift in the chaos of raising children.Join me for a heartwarming journey through motherhood, where we celebrate the victories - no matter how small - that make this wild ride so worthwhile. We indulge in the nostalgia and the wisdom only hindsight can bring, while also recognizing the beauty in the mundane of our daily lives. This episode is a tribute to the silent heroes of the household, with a special nod to nurturing the marital bond that often takes a backseat amidst the bustle of family life. Listen in for an episode that's not just a conversation, but a communal embrace for all moms seeking a moment of reassurance and a reminder of their irreplaceable role in their children's hearts.Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
6. Am I Good Medicine for My Family: Do I Pass the Joy Test?
15-02-2024
6. Am I Good Medicine for My Family: Do I Pass the Joy Test?
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. In this episode we discusses how to be good medicine for our families by fostering joy in our own lives.  Nikki emphasizes the difference between joy and happiness, stating that joy is an attitude that exists separate from circumstances. She highlights the importance of choosing joy and modeling it for the family. Nikki gives a  list of questions that we ca ask ourselves to assess our default state of mind and mindset throughout the day. She then provides five things that can help foster joy, including having realistic expectations, taking time to connect, avoiding multitasking, practicing self-care, and cultivating gratitude. The episode concludes with a challenge to be a dose of good medicine to loved ones and others.Proverbs 17:22 - “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JOY AND HAPPINESS:What is joy? What is happiness? And what is the difference between joy and happiness?The difference between joy and happiness lives in the mind and heart.Joy is a little word. Happiness is a bigger word.Joy is in the heart. Happiness is on the face.Joy is of the soul. Happiness is of the moment.Joy transcends. Happiness reacts.Joy embraces peace and contentment, waiting to be discovered.Joy runs deep and overflows, while happiness hugs hello.Joy is a practice and a behavior. It’s deliberate and intentional. Happiness comes and goes blithely along its way.Joy is profound and Scriptural. "Don't worry, rejoice." Happiness is a balm. "Don't worry, be happy."Joy is an inner feeling. Happiness is an outward expression.Joy endures hardship and trials and connects with meaning and purpose.A person pursues happiness but chooses joy.Taken from: https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/difference-between-joy-and-happiness.htm"THE JOY TEST" - QUESTIONS TO ASK OURSELVES:  What’s our default state of mind? When our feet hit the ground in the morning, what’s our disposition?  What’s our mindset? Are we focusing and commenting on the good?  Are we operating from a grateful heart? Are we smiling? Are we laughing?  Are we pleasant to be around? Are we looking for moments of joy? Questions by Michelle Grossner @ https://michellegrosser.com/#/Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/
1. My Heart For Home
18-01-2024
1. My Heart For Home
We would love to hear from you! Text us any feedback. Join me, Nikki Smith, in the inaugural episode of "A Heart That Beats for Home" as I take the mic to share my genuine excitement about launching this podcast. In this intimate and vulnerable conversation, I delve into the fears and vulnerabilities that accompany the start of a new venture, especially in this new world of podcasting.Opening up about my personal journey, I give you a glimpse into my 25-year marriage and the joys and challenges of raising three children. With honesty, I recount the early days of parenting, navigating through the heartache of a miscarriage and a challenging pregnancy. I also discuss my experience with postpartum depression and how faith played a pivotal role in my healing process.This episode serves as an introduction to my passion for home and relationships, the driving force behind the creation of this podcast. As I share my own trials and triumphs, my aim is to create a space where you can authentically learn, find community, and discover joy and hope in the intricate tapestry of parenting and marriage.Join me on a heartfelt journey as we tune in to "A Heart That Beats for Home." Together, let's explore the themes of resilience and discover the profound beauty that resides within the walls we affectionately call home.Chapters00:00 Introduction 06:30 How the Podcast Came to Be10:19 Personal Background and Family11:13 Passion for Home and Relationships19:00 Challenges of Early Parenting22:15 Postpartum Depression23:09 Near Accident with Child25:30 The Role of Faith28:59 Goals of the Podcast35:22 Parenting Failures and Learning from Them39:19 Excitement for the PodcastJOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Along @ - https://www.instagram.com/nikkicronksmith/