Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Hello! I hope your week is off to a good start. This is the last week of school before the kids have February vacation so I am getting in as much work time as possible. We don’t travel during the winter due to Lucas having a family business that is directly related to cold weather…So we will be having a staycation and are hoping to get together with some friends and play outside as much as possible.

The boys are much more independent now and much easier in many ways than just a couple of years ago, but we are also experiencing lots of sibling drama and competition so being home all day can be rough! There is always something getting easier and something getting harder when it comes to parenting. 😉


Currently listening to…

After commenting last week that Lucas hadn’t listened to many podcasts besides Serial, he seriously made up for it in the last week! He finished Bear Brook and up to date with The Cold Podcast (a new episode comes out tomorrow!) I am so excited to be able to talk about it now in “real time”. We aren’t watching any shows together right now so it is fun to have something else to discuss.

I have listened to quite a few true crime podcasts during the last month and these two still get my vote for the best ones out there right now. I am also still listening to The Teachers Pet which I find fascinating and heartbreaking, especially with how poorly the case was handled and how differently this would have been treated if that had happened now.

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I have heard amazing things about Crime Junkie and I am planning to start that one next!

Currently cooking…

We have been making a lot of soups lately, especially on lazy Sunday afternoons. We made Creamy Tuscan Garlic Tortellini Soup this past weekend and it was amazing! I love soups that are rich and filling and this was perfect. The cannellini beans and (rotisserie)chicken made it rich and filling and it was the perfect one-pot meal.

Currently wearing…

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I like to work on my book reviews and blog first thing in the morning before the kids are awake. I love throwing on a sweatshirt and coming downstairs to drink my coffee in peace and quiet, there really is not a better way to start the day! We have early risers so usually, I have until 5:45 for this so I try and make the most of it.

My favorite open front hoodie is from Old Navy and is so cozy and perfect for lounging around the house or throwing on over a tank top and yoga pants in the spring or fall. It is the perfect length (butt covering) and just so comfortable to wear. I am a size 8-10 and I have a medium in this.

Currently loving…

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My Scout Junque Trunk. I have this in the back of my car and it the perfect way to keep things from sliding around (including groceries). It is so sturdy and easy to wipe down and can also be folded up for easy storage. I love all things Scout and this comes in handy all the time!


Have a great rest of your Tuesday! ❤

Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Hello! How is your week going? We are preparing for a big snow storm tonight which means the kids are hoping for a snow day tomorrow. I love snow days but we are also in the midst of planning for our next photo class and I also have some other work deadlines so I have mixed feelings…Working with kids home always sounds like an okay idea in theory, but doesn’t usually work out very well!


What are you listening to? 

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I am still on quite the true crime podcast kick and am deep into The Teacher’s Pet. If you are looking for a comprehensive list of other true crime podcast recommendations this article from Buzzfeed was super helpful.

Currently Watching:

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I am not watching anything currently but I am excited for March when the new documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed comes out. Like many people, Serial was the first podcast I ever listened to and I think it is the ONLY podcast Lucas has ever listened to…so we are excited to watch this documentary together!

Currently making:

Chicken Tortilla Casserole! This was one of our go-to dinners when we first got married and we still love it! It is a great one pot meal and it just delicious.

Currently loving: 

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We are big fans of baths around here and this makes the best bubbles and smells amazing! I found it at Target but it is available online too.

Currently planning:

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We are adding another class to our workshop lineup and will be teaching our first photo organization class called Your Life, Your Memories, next week! We will be discussing, culling, organizing, storing and printing your images and I can’t wait. ❤

Currently Excited About: 

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Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal to us as a couple…Now that we have kids that really understand it (and get way into it at school) we have a new appreciation for the holiday and it is a fun excuse to celebrate. We have plans to have take-out sushi for dinner and hopefully a delicious treat like these amazing cookies from Klinger’s Bakery.  I also like heart anything so it’s always another great reason to break those out…like my Pure Barre heart socks. ❤ ❤ ❤

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I hope you have a great rest of your Tuesday! xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Good morning! I hope your week is off to a good start. My last week was busy with work obligations which always makes everything else harder to fit it. I have been feeling like a little bit of a slacker with reading. I love having a book blog but I do have a hard time not feeling the pressure to constantly share new books. I want it to be authentic and with that comes times when I have more to share and sometimes less. 🙂

I have been doing some “pleasure reading” the last few days and it’s always nice to just read to escape for a bit. I am currently reading Class Mom by Laurie Gelman and it is super funny and totally relatable as a mom of kids in school. Have you read it? She has a new one coming out this summer called You’ve Been Volunteered so I thought this was good motivation to finish her first one.

If you are looking for more suggestions or more varied recommendations, I would recommend checking in here on Fridays. If you haven’t seen it already, I have a friend book recommendation series, The Nightstand Series, and I am hoping it offers some new viewpoints for both different genres and also a new perspective.

Kristy’s Recommendations

Emily’s Recommendations

Molly’s Recommendations


What are you listening to?

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I am up to date on The Cold Podcast and I am now listening to The Happy Face Podcast, another true crime one. This one is about Melissa, who is the daughter of a serial killer. I know these kinds of things are not for everyone but I really find it interesting to hear about the history of people and what kinds of things might have happened in their early lives and how it affects them today.

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I am planning on listening to Believed next. “How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It’s a story of survivors finding their power in a cultural moment when people are coming to understand how important that is. It’s also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.”

What are you watching? 

I am actually watching something! Last night we started the Ted Bundy Tapes. Documentaries are one of my favorite things to watch, which I suppose is why I enjoy listening to true crime podcast series as well. Is anyone else watching this?

What are you eating? 

On Sunday I tried out a new recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup.  It was a little time consuming so it would be better for a weekend meal but you should try it out. It was amazingly delicious and made easier by starting with a rotisserie chicken that you then use to make the broth (why it tasted like you cooked it all day).  It was the perfect winter comfort food and very filling. We had it again last night as leftovers and it was even better then! I couldn’t find the noodles she suggested but these are available at our local grocery store and were perfect and didn’t get soggy at all which I think is why she suggests using heartier noodles.

What are you wearing?

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Same old same old over here. I do love winter clothing. There is nothing better to me than a pair of jeans and a comfy sweatshirt and cozy socks. I loved being at our photography class the other day and looking around the room…almost everyone in there was wearing darn tough socks too, real Vermonters know how to dress for the weather. 😉

What are you looking forward to?

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We have a weekend with no plans and I can’t wait! We are planning on doing some ice skating, making a bonfire and making some tasty apps for the Superbowl. I am not a fan of football but I do love party food!

I hope you have a great rest of your day. ❤

 

Wednesday Randomness | Podcast Recommendations by Category

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Welcome back to Wednesday Randomness! I took a little hiatus for the last few weeks with the holidays and then a snow day for the kids last week, but I am back…

Today I am discussing my favorite podcasts. I love having something to listen to but I am not a huge fan of listening to music. I do a lot of driving during the school and work week and podcasts are one of the ways I fill up that time as well as listening to audiobooks. I also listen to podcasts around our house when I am cooking or cleaning and it always makes that time so much more enjoyable.

One of the best ways I have learned about new podcasts is from my friend’s suggestions and so I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorites with you!


Reading Podcasts:

Bad on Paper

Bad books and good advice from two questionably young adults. Join 30-something YA enthusiasts Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman every other week for a book club featuring a young adult title that they promise you won’t be able to put down. In between, they’ll share their best tips for “adulting” helping you do everything from finding the right career to the perfect face serum.

Bad on Paper is super enjoyable to me because I like listening to Becca and Grace’s banter about books and their daily lives. Grace is an avid reader and has a great section of her blog that is dedicated to reading and her book reviews. You can see that here. They also just started having some really interesting guests on their podcast and I love the mix of topics.

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they’re reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.

Anne Bogel is widely known in the reading world for both her book lists. Her podcast gives great book recommendations and she is just so wonderful to listen to.

Mom’s Don’t Have Time To Read

Zibby Owen’s podcast Mom’s Don’t Have Time To Read is one of my new favorites. She has authors as her guests and I love hearing their conversations which are always just fascinating! I just listened to her episodes with Delia Owens and Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen and I learned so much not just about their books but also their writing processes and collaborations.


News, Money & Special Topics Podcasts:

Forever 35

Kate and Doree are two friends who love to text each other about serums. On Forever35, they talk about sheet masks, serums, exercise, nutrition, meditation, anxiety and stress, Kate’s favorite drugstore mascara, Doree’s addiction to restorative yoga, and much more. And explore how it all takes on new meaning as they age. Plus, each episode features an amazing guest talking about their own self-care routines, plus tips, product recommendations, advice, experiments, and most importantly: LOLS! 

I have been listening to this podcast since the beginning and I enjoy the variety of topics Kate and Doree cover. It feels like catching up with an old friend and I especially enjoy their mini-episodes so much because they cover everyday tips and also answer listener questions.

Up First

The news can be overwhelming, especially lately. I love this small dose that you can easily consume in less than 15 minutes. It covers important US and World topics that are timely and pertinent so you can feel “up to date” without falling into the rabbit hole the endless news cycle.

Death, Sex and Money

Death, Sex and Money is an interview-style podcast hosted by Anna Sale that discusses the big questions “often left out of polite conversation.” Sale’s episodes are thought-provoking and include timely topics that are vulnerable and also so important to normalize and discuss.

Jill on Money

Host Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, tackles sometimes uncomfortable and even controversial money and investing issues, without the financial jargon, to get to the heart of what’s important for anyone to know. Jill takes listener phone calls and interviews informative and entertaining guests each week to uncover surprising insights and provide actionable information so you can make the most of your money.

I love Jill’s practical financial advice and I especially love when she takes listeners phone calls. I have learned so much from this podcast from financial planning to college savings and I highly recommend it.


Parenting Podcasts:

The Longest Shortest Time

Stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them. The Longest Shortest Time is an award-winning podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. But you don’t need to be a parent to listen.

I have listened to this podcast for years and it has some of the most honest discussions about parenting and I have always found it super relatable…especially the earlier episodes about Hillary’s own transition into new motherhood. The new host, Andrea, is wonderful too and she covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to parenting.

The Best of Both Worlds 

Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of three discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

I have listened to every single episode of this podcast and I just enjoy it so much. I love their conversations about being working parents while still fitting in their own activities. They are positive and proactive about the challenges of raising a family while also having a career and I love that they look at the plus sides of having a career while also sharing honest advice about the things they do in their families about making it manageable (which often means they don’t do it all). They have very interesting guests that also share their own stories of motherhood in the workforce and how they “make it work” in their families. I love hearing about logistics so this one really works for me!

The Mom Hour

The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

This podcast is super relatable and I love that they have the perspective of having kids that are at such different ages and stages. They don’t sweat the small stuff and I always learn so much from their great and very pratical parenting advice.


Kid-friendly Podcasts:

But Why

But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.

Our boys love this show and I do too! We have learned so much and also enjoy that is produced right here in Vermont. Kids call in with questions and they get the answers from experts in those fields…We listen in the car and it is a great way to help have a smooth and peaceful car ride.

Brains On

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.

This is another kid questions based show and we enjoy this one too! The questions are more STEM based and answer so many of those questions that your kids ask and you go…”ummmmm?”

The Reading Bug

Let’s Fly! Reading Bug Adventures is a story podcast for kids from The Reading Bug. Each episode is a new adventure — just hop into the Reading Bug’s magic book bag, and we’ll be transported to whatever time or place is in the books inside! Join us to explore new books, new concepts and new worlds, and bring your crayons and paper along so you can color your own illustrations. Reading Bug Adventures is created, written, and produced by The Reading Bug, an independent, family-owned children’s bookstore in Northern California

Our kids love this podcast and I think it really connects with a fairly wide range of ages..our boys are 6 & 8 and I can see this also being a great fit for kids that are preschoolers and up. The stories are fun and the music is very engaging.  It also has a time where kids can reflect and color which we haven’t tried because we listen in the car but I thought it was a great idea.


True Crime Podcasts:

A Killing on the Cape

It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod — the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, who was found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa’s trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and “20/20” take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

I listened to this podcast a couple of years ago but it still sticks with me. It is a fairly short series so it’s a great one to binge on and I really hope there is another season at some point!

Broken Harts

Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash. Could these lives have been saved? Broken Harts, a new podcast from Glamour and HowStuffWorks, investigates this question with more than 30 never-before-heard interviews. Cohosts and Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan and reporter Lauren Smiley follow the family’s journey from South Dakota through Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and finally to that 100-foot cliff in California.

I am currently listening to this podcast and while it is absolutely heartbreaking it also does a great job of looking at so many aspects of this family including foster care, adoption, and race. I am really hoping more people I know listen to this because I would love to discuss it!

Dirty John

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

This podcast was super disturbing but I also couldn’t stop listening! It was full of lies and deception and was a great “easy” podcast to get into. There is a show now that is based on this one though I haven’t watched it yet…


Do you have any podcasts that you would recommend? I would love to hear! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Good morning! What is your coffee order? I am sipping my regular coffee with half and half right now but if I get coffee out I will almost always get a latte…and I don’t add anything to it unless they have maple syrup and then I just have to!

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I thought it would be fun to do a “what’s going on right now” post so here goes…
What are you listening to?
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I am currently up to date on the Broken Harts podcast and a new one comes out today. It is so tragic but also really great journalism and I am appreciating the full look at this heartbreaking story.
What are you watching?
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I am not watching anything currently but if you haven’t watched Escape at Dannemora, yet, you have to! We watched it over Christmas break and it was so good.
What are you eating?
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Well, I am obviously having a Perfect Bar for breakfast because I am a creature of habit..but last night we made Pho Ga (Chicken Pho) in our instant pot and it was soooo good. We rarely use our instant pot for anything else but it is still worth it because it is amazing! I am hoping to try the sous vide egg bites in there soon and I will keep you updated!
What are you wearing? 

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I am so into cowl neck sweatshirts/tunics, they are cozy and are perfect to wear with jeans or yoga pants which really are the things I ever wear. Yay for a job where I can wear casual clothing!
What are you looking forward to?
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We have book club this week and we will be discussing Michelle Obama’s book Becoming! I can’t wait!
 Feel free to join in, I would love to hear your answers! ❤