9 of our favorite podcasts - from Majestically Awkward

The other day I was stopped at a red light—alone—and laughing hysterically. When I turned my head, I realized the woman in the car next to me was watching me closely. She looked as if she would stomp on the gas pedal if I made one questionable move in her direction. In an attempt to let her know I’m not deranged, I pointed to my radio and then my ear to say “Hey lady! I’m not crazy! I’m just listening to a really funny podcast!”

Unfortunately, my poor attempts at sign language only seemed to prove her theory. The light turned green and girlfriend was off. Awkward.

That’s the cool thing about a good podcast though. Like a really good book or an incredible movie, you get sucked right in and completely forget about reality. It makes for weird stop light interactions or strange stares at the gym, but I can deal with that if it means I’m thoroughly entertained.

Today, I’m teaming up with my Majestically Awkward cohosts to share some of the best podcasts out there. These are the ones that make us laugh-cry, teach us things or are just really freaking entertaining.

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On our bookshelf - October reads - picture books, beginnger chapter books, kids lit, children's books

We are always looking for books to add to our To Be Read list over here. We look for books of all levels: picture books, beginner chapter books, middle-grade fiction, and books that busy moms can enjoy. Figuring I can’t possibly be the only one out there who is hunting for good reads for a variety of age levels, I’ve decided to try something new.

Once a month I’ll put together a list of all of the books we’ve been reading with some of our thoughts on them. Sometimes they’ll be gushy and glowy. Other times they’ll be lukewarm. Either way, we’ll let you know if we think they’re worth your time.

Skim through and see what looks good—for you, for your kids, for a gift. And let us know what you’ve been reading!

On Our Bookshelf | October 2017

On our bookshelf - October reads - middle grade fiction, kids lit, children's books

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3 simple steps that will help you feel less overwhelmed - organize your life

I have been a mess lately. I don’t know which way is up, what time what activity starts, where I put the mail or what the hell I’m supposed to be doing with myself. I realized, by accident, that this was directly related to the fact that I had fallen off the Using My Brand-New Planner bandwagon.

In January I was all hopped up on thoughts of organization and go get ’em inspiration. My new planner was perfect for that. I could keep track of everything meticulously and feel very organized and official. It was great. But the farther we got from the ball dropping on New Years Eve, the more my enthusiasm dwindled. I slowly began using the planner less and I became more and more scattered and unorganized.

Then one day I woke up and had no idea what my goals were any more. I felt so lost and confused and unsure of what to do with any pockets of free time I found. What the hell do you do when you don’t know what it is you’re doing?

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short podcasts to fold laundry to

I’m one of those really annoying people who actually enjoys folding laundry. There’s something so relaxing about methodically going through a big heaping mess and coming out on the other side with a nice, neat little pile—especially when there are no little people around to manhandle my stacks (ironing? Not so much. There is nothing relaxing about something that brings you one false move from a third degree burn. Thanks, but no thanks).

Since I’m a master procrastinator, I usually have a lot of folding to do at once. Lately, I’ve been turning to my pal Alexa and listening to podcasts while I make my way through a couple of heaping laundry baskets. I’ve found a few solid half or less shows that are perfect for listening to while doing mindless tasks like laundry (see also: food prep, cleaning the bathroom, and yard work).

I won’t lie to you. I’ve even started thinking of my podcast time as a little treat… which almost makes me want to find more mindless little chores to do so I can listen to something else. Almost.

short podcasts to fold laundry to

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I’m a little bit of an Instagram addict. I mean, I love it. I do. But there are times when I don’t love it. Like when everything is looking pristine and smiley and happy as I scroll through and I’m over here in yesterday’s yoga pants trying to break up a fight over who touched who in a mean way. Celeb moms on Instagram can really make me feel like shit. Some of them have feeds full of gorgeously curated photos taken by what must be a professional photographer with captions like “My heart!” or “This is what life’s all about!” And while that’s totally true, it can make a momma feel like a total failure when she just wants five seconds without anyone touching her.

That leads me to today’s post. Today, I want to celebrate the celeb moms on Instagram who keep it real. I mean really real. The mommas who show us that life isn’t all bright, perfectly aligned smiles and children who look like they frolicked out of an ad campaign. Today is all about the famous moms who give us a tiny glimpse of real life.

8 Awesomely Honest Celeb Moms on Instagram

Yes. I eat in the shower. I admit it. Chicken apple sausage and espresso. Try it. I dare you. #ShowerEats

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