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10 Best Podcasts for Your Road Trip

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It’s all about the podcasts, baby…

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I don’t know if you’ve ever had to make a long drive by yourself but it’s easy to get bored and tired. Not the greatest combination when you’re on the highway.

Last time I made a long trip by myself a friend recommended I download the Serial podcast. I was skeptical, but something about listening to other people talking made the drive fly by. Also, it was a captivating podcast, so there’s that, too.

Since I’m embarking on a four-hour drive to the beach today, here’s a list of some cool podcasts to check out next time you head out on a road trip.

10 Best Podcasts for Your Road Trip

10. Serial, Season 1I’m pretty sure most everyone has already binged on this one, but in case you haven’t, you MUST check it out. It is an in-depth look at the case of Adnan Sayed, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student (pictured below) who was arrested for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in 1999. Many people believe he was wrongfully convicted. It is fascinating. And when you’re done with Serial you can listen to Undisclosed, which delves even further into the Sayed case, including the most recent developments. This is not suitable for children’s ears, so it’s best for when you’re driving alone or with other adults in the car.

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9. FreakonomicsEconomists discuss everyday issues in a fresh, entertaining way. Previous episodes include “Why Does Everyone Hate Flying? And Other Questions Only a Pilot Can Answer,” “How Much Does the President Really Matter?” and “Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble?”

8. The Longest Shortest Time. When you’re a new parent, the nights, days, and weeks can seem endless. (Am I the only one who hated the newborn stage?) This podcast reminds you that you’re not alone and that things will get better.

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7. Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives BreakdownAfter you watch an episode of Real Housewives, you feel the need to discuss it, right? Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider do just that each week. This one is strictly for the Bravoholics.

6. Pop Culture Happy Hour. Anything with the words “happy hour” in the title automatically grabs my attention, and adding pop culture to that just makes it all the better.




5. The Flop House. Listen in as three guys hilariously dissect bad movies, one episode at a time. I’m particularly interested in the episode that discusses what I remember to be the absolute WORST movie of my teen years…From Justin to Kelly.

4. Dear SugarFor those who enjoy being a fly on the wall in others’ lives, have a listen as readers call in with their problems…like the woman who finds out that her new husband is not at all who she thought he was.

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3. StorynoryActors read stories that are designed to entertain kids 8-11 but are sure to delight the whole family, especially if you like listening to a British accent like I do! We tested out the Katie, The Ordinary Witch series on my five-year-old daughter. Conclusion? She loved it!

2. One Bad MotherLess judging and more laughing is the goal of this podcast about parenting!

1. Mohr StoriesJay Mohr interviews celebrities and dishes about his own life. I happen to have loved Jay Mohr ever since the ’90s so I enjoy this one. Plus, he’s a Bravo fan!

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Nothing Left Unsaid

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Who knew Gloria Vanderbilt led such a fascinating life?

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Gloria Vanderbilt.

The name itself evokes a sense of wealth. Class. Glamour.

I admit I really didn’t know who Gloria Vanderbilt was before a few days ago. All I knew is that she was some form of American royalty and that Anderson Cooper was her son.

Sidenote: I am a huge Anderson Cooper fan. #silverfox

Then Andy Cohen had Anderson Cooper and his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, on Watch What Happens Live last week. Read More »

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The Best Books to Help Your Family Sleep

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If your family is struggling with a lack of quality sleep, these books will give you some relief.

The Best Books to Help Your Family Sleep

Sleep. We all want it. We all need it, in fact, but do we make our family’s sleep health a priority? 

I try to. Before my kids were born I read up on infant sleep because I wanted to be sure that I had kids who were good sleepers. And it worked– they are good nappers and each get 11-12 hours of sleep each night.

But when it comes to my own sleep, I’m not as conscientious. I like to get up early, but I don’t go to bed at the right time to facilitate that. If I’m tired during the day, I will almost never attempt a nap. I’d rather just have a second coffee instead of listening to my body telling me to “REST!” Read More »

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9 Books to Read Right Now

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I’ve been coming across great book recommendations lately. Here are nine picks for good books to curl up with this winter!

9 Books to Read Right Now

Maybe it’s the colder weather, but lately all I’ve been wanting to do is read a good book in the evenings. 

I’m currently in the middle of three of the books on this list. I can’t wait to get to the rest of them!

Here are nine picks for books you’ll want to read this winter… Read More »

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Troublemaker: Book Review

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What is it about Scientology that is just so fascinating?

I think for me, the interest lies in the fact that it has A-list celebrities as its parishioners plus it was developed by a science-fiction writer.

Like, are you serious? How is it possible that seemingly smart, powerful people like Tom Cruise and John Travolta are involved in such a cultish, idiotic “religion?” What’s the catch?

After spending the majority of her life as a Scientologist, actress Leah Remini attempts to explain both the draw of Scientology and the dark side in her new book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. Read More »

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The Selection: Book Review

The Selection Book Review

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The Selection was recommended to me by my friend Kelsey. She described it as a mix between The Bachelor and The Hunger Games.

I read it last weekend and loved it…her description was totally accurate!

The book takes place in a futuristic world with a sharply defined caste system. As a member of the 5th caste, protagonist America Singer is destined for a life of scraping by and serving her superiors through the arts (she plays the violin). Read More »

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20 Hot Beach Reads

20 Hot Beach Reads

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I know that you all are anxiously awaiting the release of my eBook, but until it comes out (in a few short weeks!), here are some other hot titles to check out.

A special thanks to my blog’s amazing Facebook community who provided me with most of these recommendations.

(Best when read by the pool, on the beach, or hiding in the closet from your kids.)

If you hurry and order one now with Amazon Prime, you should have it by the holiday weekend! Read More »

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The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

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Have you heard the buzz about The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins? 

I had not, until my dear friend Vicki forwarded me a daily newsletter called the Skimm that pronounced The Girl on the Train to be the new Gone Girl.

Well, say no more! I loved Gone Girl— couldn’t put it down.  Read More »

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Gotta Love Pregnancy Brain!

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Good morning, everyone! I am still getting rudely awakened in the 5:00 AM hour by my one-year-old, but at least he slept through the night last night…which is more than I can say about Saturday night.

OMG. You think you’re over the waking up in the night era and then BOOM! They throw you right back in. Read More »

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November is Flying By Plus Win “The Andy Cohen Diaries”

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Seriously, where has this month gone?

Less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and I feel like November just started. I still have so much to do to get ready to host Thanksgiving, finish up my Holiday Gift Guides, and just generally get in the holiday spirit.

In other news, today I have that fun sugar test to see if I have gestational diabetes. Remember that one? Where you drink the sugar water and wait an hour while having fasted all morning? Good times! Wish me luck…

Since Andy Cohen’s new book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year, was released this week I thought I should have a giveway. So if you want to win one of three copies of The Andy Cohen Diaries, keep reading! Read More »

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20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids
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Happy November! Now that Halloween is officially over, let the real holidays begin!

I stink at crafts, so one of my tried and true ways of being festive for each holiday is to read holiday books for kids.

Here’s a list of twenty Thanksgiving books for kids to get your whole family in the spirit. All are under $10! Read More »

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Weekend Recap

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This weekend felt like the laziest in a long time. As you can see in the above picture, we lived in our pajamas (that was a Saturday lunch time picture) and generally let rules such as No Sitting On Tables and No Shows During Meals fall to the wayside. 

Sh** happens when you have sick kids. (More on that later.) Read More »

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Weekend Reading: A Dysfunctional Family + Dinner Help

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This weekend I read two books– one an e-book that promised to give me some help getting dinner on the table quickly, and the second was This Is Where I Leave You, which also happens to be a movie that is currently playing in theaters.

Dinner 411 is an e-book that provides “tips and tricks so you can get dinner on the table for your busy family in 30 minutes or less.” It is written by Christina Hitchcock of It’s a Keeper, a blog with tons of tried and true recipes. Read More »

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Going Home Again

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Yesterday I posted my favorite things about the fall season.

Another thing that fall (especially the Thanksgiving holiday) always reminds me of is going home from college. Reuniting with my high school friends after being away for a few months was always so exciting. 

And then you get older, move away, and that excitement is replaced with dread. (Or is that just me?) Read More »

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A Wasted Week

 A Wasted Week

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I guess it sounds bad to describe last week as wasted, but as far as my September goal to exercise 3x a week…well, it was pretty much a wash.

My husband got unexpectedly busy at work this past week and worked on the weekend plus every single night until 9:00.

This pretty much never happens, so I was unprepared and annoyed. Yes, I realize that these are #firstworldproblems as my friend Lisa likes to say, but still. Read More »

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Book Problems

Book Problems

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I used to read lots of books. Lots.

I also used to buy lots of books. One of my favorite ways to spend my money (when I was young and single and had no responsibilities) used to be by going to Barnes & Noble and dropping $100 on four or five brightly-colored hardcover books.

Now I can barely convince myself that it’s worth it to spend $12 for a Nook book when it’s FREE at the library. I mean, really. Did books have to become so expensive?  Read More »

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Summer Sleep-Away: Book Review

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I love being asked to review books. A book? For me? For free? Awesome!

But a young adult book? Eh. I wasn’t too jazzed, but thought, hey why not? The author grew up in a town right next to mine in New Jersey, so…I used that as my deciding factor. Read More »

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Fun & FREE Children’s Storybook Apps

Fun and Free Children's Storybook Apps

I don’t know how this happened, but I missed the boat on having my three-year-old daughter play with educational (ish) apps on our tablet.

(I call it a tablet, because we are one of the only families left in existence to not own an iPad. My husband hates Apple, so…I just have to deal with it. Don’t get me started on the Droid phone he convinced me to get.)

Anyways, the only thing my daughter does on our tablet is watch her shows on YouTube. Over and over.

Recently, I thought, there must be something better she could be doing. Right?

I decided to look into some free storybook apps, because my daughter loves to read. Here are some that we are currently enjoying…

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Free-Range Kids: Book Review

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I’m going to preface this book review by telling you a little about my mindset when I started reading Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)

My family was at our house in the Poconos for the holiday weekend. Picture a log cabin sitting on the side of a hill surrounded by woods, trees, and no neighbors as far as you can see from the deck. Many people would think of words like serene, relaxing, and picturesque to describe the locale. Read More »

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The Vacationers: Book Review

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Headed to the beach this 4th of July weekend? Or maybe you’re going to a family BBQ where you’d rather hide in the guest room and read than interact with your cousins?

Either way, if you’re in search of a great summer read, stop by your local bookstore and grab The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Read More »