Ep. 129 10 little luxuries get you through winter

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Awesomes, no need to let the winter doldrums get you down! We're spending the month of January talking about how to take better care of YOU, and Episode 129 features Meg and Rebekah sharing a list of ten little luxuries to get you through these long winter months. From high-end lip balm to hot chocolate that will change your life, they are all about treating you WELL this week!

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Go check out Tsh Oxenreider's new project, the podcast Women's Work!

AotW:
The Royals, Season 3
Trello (again!)

Basic Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
Crock Pot Coconut Hot Chocolate (Rebekah cut this recipe in half and recommends using it almost like a concentrate.)
Jetpens.com, sampler section
@higlowhey on Instagram
Miss Spa Hydrating Mask 
Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner
Using Houseplants to Reduce Toxins and Grow Fresh Air
5 Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Home and Body (lists more plants)
Sharper Image Aromatherapy Wrap
StitchFix (waived styling fee promotion ends 1/31/18)
Tapered Collection - best t-shirts!
SkinFix 12 hour healing ointment
 

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Ep. 128 Love your body, change your world with Jen Hoffman

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Are you ready for the Year of the Awesome? We know that the Awesomes can change the world, but only if we start from a strong foundation. This week's episode is a MUST-LISTEN for anyone who has a body. Chances are, that's you! Listen to body and mindset expert Jen Hoffman of Healthy Moving drop some profound, mindset-changing truth that will start off your year with a revolutionary way of connecting with your body.

Thank you to our sponsors:

MissionU - MissionU.com/awesome to earn $500 upon completion of program
Zola - Zola.com/awesome for $50 towards your registry

SHOW NOTES:
Found podcast

Skil-Care Crash Pad

Neck & Shoulder Exercise

Hip & Back Exercise

Small Hinge Challenge

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You can find Jen at HealthyMoving.com and on Facebook

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Ep. 127 Let's get fired up!

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We are ringing in 2018 in an AWESOME way this week! Meg and Kelly want to get you fired up with a message about the future of Sorta Awesome and a little peek at what this year will bring to our community. Then they dig into an exploration of the idea of energy - what if understanding how to manage your energy - not your time - could unlock personal fulfillment in this new year? Tune in to hear all about it!

SHOW NOTES:
The Greatest Showman
Ulta Waterproof Mascara Topcoat

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Ep. 126 Best of 2017 (a group show!)

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Awesomes, let's send 2017 off with all the gold glitter we can find! In this annual year end wrap-up, Meg is joined by co-hosts Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura, and together they talk through their favorites for the year in listening, reading, and watching. They also share their very favorite episodes of Sorta Awesome from 2017 as well as their Awesomes of the Year!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Zola - Get $50 toward your registry when you open an account at Zola.com/awesome

Awesomes of the Year:
Modern Burlap
Blue Babies Pink
Wood Puzzle App
Calm-A-Mama
Harry Potter ASMR

Listening:
The Daily
NPR's Up First
Reality Steve Podcast: Episode 13 - Clare Crawley; Episode 52 - Olivia Caridi
The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn
Heavyweight

Reading:
A Wrinkle in Time Series by Madeline L'Engle
Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage by Madeline L'Engle
Richard Rohr
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Elizabeth Strout
Smartest Person in the Room: Best Books & Reading 2017, part II
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward

Watching:

Instagram Stories
@VenisonForDinner
@ErinHMoon
@TheLazyGenuis
@HumorousHomemaking

Favorite Episodes:

85 - Awesomely and unapologetically organized with Meredith Schwartz of Penelope Loves Lists
86 - How to dress a man with Kyle Tietz
99 - Leaning Into The Squirm
101 - The truth about anxiety, part 2
117 - Starbucks, Spot Lights, and What about those college degrees?
118 - The Critical Thing You Aren't Getting
Extra Awesome: S-Town by Serial, thoughts and theories
Cringe-Worthy Climaxes (Supporter Only)
Unedited Gift Guide 2017 (Supporter Only)

You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Ep. 125 Let's get ready to pivot!

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As 2017 comes to a close and we are all thinking about what 2018 might hold, we are wondering: are you ready for a pivot moment? Join Meg and Kelly as they explore the concept of pivoting in our lives, whether it's a change in work, beliefs, or relationships. We also hear incredibly powerful stories from Awesomes who have gone through big pivots and want to share their awesome advice with you. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Sun Basket - Get $35 off of your first order at SunBasket.com/sorta
Storyworth - Get $20 off of your subscription at Storyworth.com/awesome

Madeline L'Engle's Glimpses of Grace
AMC's Turn

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Ep. 124 Spilling our secrets for an awesome first year

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We are going gaga for babies this week on Sorta Awesome! Meg invites co-host Rebekah to talk all things baby as they prepare to celebrate the first birthday of the littlest Hoffer baby. You'll hear Meg talk about how she (literally) wrote the book on thriving in baby's first year, and what has changed for her since her twins were born. Then Meg and Rebekah both share all of their best tips, resources, gift ideas, and more to help bring on the awesome for all in those crazy baby days!

Thank you to our sponsors Storyworth and LOLA!

H&M Body Shaping Jeans
Zack Morris is Trash

Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby's First Year by Megan Tietz & Laura Oyer

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
100 Ways to Encourage a New Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker
The Lazy Genius Raises a Baby
14 Things You Need for Your Postpartum Body: a pre-baby shopping list for mommy
BabywearingInternational.org
The Wonder Weeks
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads by Dr. Barbara Luke

First Year Calendar
Teething Necklace
Modern Burlap Receiving Blankets
Swaddle Sleepsacks
Boppy Nursing Pillow, My Breast Friend Twins Nursing Pillow
13 Baby Products That Might Not Be On Your Radar …But Totally Should Be!
10 Practical Tips for a Fabulous & Affordable Nursery
Why I Don’t Use Cloth Diapers
10 Tips for Making Baby Food
I am Scared to Have 2 Kids: an update 2 years later
Breastfeeding Tips and Encouragement
SortaCrunchy: Twins Pregnancy Series



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Ep. 123 Intuition, friendship, and the future

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Every now and again, we take Sorta Awesome back to our roots with a grab bag episode filled with our answers to YOUR questions! This week, Laura joins Meg to answer questions about the weird and wonderful ways friendships work in 2017, how personality systems can sometimes feel stressful, and how an episode of Sorta Awesome ended up changing their lives (and the future of the show!). All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

Find out more about how to become a SUPER Awesome supporter!

Trello
Omega 3 at Trader Joe's
Episode 113 We don't know what we're doing

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Extra Awesome: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Happy holiday season, Awesomes! We know that as many of you gather with family and friends this week, you are also gathering up your shopping lists for holiday gift-giving. We hope our AWESOME recommendations will help you pick things for the naughty and the nice on your list.

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Kelly's Links:

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Ep. 122 Bring the awesome to your Thanksgiving!

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Alton It's our first ever Sorta Awesome Thanksgiving episode! Tune in to feast with us on how to bring so much more awesome to your Thanksgiving gathering this year. You'll hear Meg and Kelly discuss recipes, hosting hacks, best-guest tips, and the voices of some Awesomes sharing great Thanksgiving stories. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!


aka Wyatt Cenac

tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Kelly’s symphonic Thanksgiving menu

Alton Brown's roast turkey

Edited to add: recipe for the homemade crescent rolls

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Extra Awesome: Stranger Things with Nish Weiseth

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Obsessed with Netflix's original series Stranger Things? Curious about what all the hype is about? Join Meg as she and her dear friend, author, and podcast host Nish Weiseth spend an hour flailing and yelling about all the reasons everyone should be watching Stranger Things! The first twenty minutes are a broad, spoiler-free overview of the show, and after that, they dive into deep discussion of the social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the series they can't stop talking about.

Find Nish's NEW podcast Impolite Company wherever you listen to podcasts!

Nish is on Twitter as @NishWeiseth

Washington Post: 5 80s tropes that Stranger Things turns upside down

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Ep. 121 Boundaries for the holidays: sane solutions for difficult dynamics

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It's the most wonderful time of the year ... sorta. The holidays are fast approaching, and along with this season of joy and thankfulness, there are often difficult family dynamics to navigate. Meg and Kelly invite therapist Annie Wright back to Sorta Awesome to answer some of your questions about how to set (and keep!) healthy boundaries to keep your days merry and bright. All of that plus yummy snacking and a podcast obsession in Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES:

True Crime Obsessed

Annie Wright Psychotherapy

Annie Wright: Challenged by holiday time spent with family? Explore my build-your-own holiday coping kit

Annie Wright: How boundaries impact every area of your life and what to do if yours needs work

Find Annie at her blog AnnieWright.com (along with many free resources!) and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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Ep. 120 Fantastic photo organization for every Awesome

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Whether you are a well-organized photo fanatic or a drowning in pictures photo mess, Meg and Laura have ideas, tips, advice, and more to help you figure out your digital photo situation! You'll hear how to fight the photo overwhelm as well as fantastic ideas on what to do with all those pictures! All of that plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES:

Aveeno shower facial
BENEFIT POREfessional
Imagine Dragons Thunder

Chatbooks
Shutterfly
Mixbook
MPIX
Canvas on Demand
Framebridge
Project Life

Follow @laura.tremaine on Instagram to participate in #OneDayHH

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Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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Ep. 119 Digital Decisions (a group show!)

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Ever wonder how other people are organizing their lives in a digital world? Or how people go about protecting the privacy of their family in the age of Facebook-stalking? Meg gathered all of the co-hosts to talk through some of the biggest digital decisions we make every day, and they are all too happy to share how and why they do what they do! All of that plus a DOUBLE-DOSE of Awesome of the Week!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Advent calendars for kids
Tim Ferriss's Tools of Titans
Smartest Person in the Room Ep 25 Eating Disorders with dietician Nicole Avila

Inkwell Daily Planner
Moleskine Planner
Nomatic Planner
Meg's favorite skinny glittery washi tape

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Extra Awesome: Dr. Mary Yamashita answers big questions about breast cancer screening

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If you are a woman or cares about someone who is, this episode of Extra Awesome is a must-listen! Thanks to one of our very own Awesomes, Meg was able to connect with Dr. Mary Yamashita - a breast cancer imaging specialist - who is here today to share her answers to some of the biggest questions we have about mammograms and breast cancer screening. You'll hear about one of the biggest risk factors that most women don't know they have, as well as the future of breast cancer screening which may include a spa-like experience!

Find out more about Dr. Mary Yamashita here.

Find out more about SoftVue clinical trials here.

Ep. 118 The critical thing you aren't getting

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You know you need it, but how much are you getting? Probably not enough! Join Meg and Kelly as they explore how not getting enough sleep is taking more of a toll than you might know. They also share TONS of great tips for getting more and better sleep! All of that plus Awesome of the Week!

To hear the original conversation that sparked this show, become a monthly supporter of Sorta Awesome! To find out how to join our team at Patreon, click on our Support page.

Kelly's Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

MIZON Black Snail All-in-one cream
MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renewal Cream
MIZON Snail repair ampoule

Show Notes:

1. Learning How to Sleep Again, Lisa @ 100 Days of Real Food

2. Could some ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? 

3. 8 Reasons You Don’t Feel Well-Rested and What You Can Do About It

Natural Calm magnesium powder
Magnesium spray
Megan's favorite booklight

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Ep. 117 Starbucks, spotlights, and what about those college degrees?

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Long before Sorta Awesome debuted in your earbuds, we had a long list of loved (and maybe a few hated) jobs filling our time and our bank accounts. Join Meg and Rebekah as they dip back into their job histories to tell stories and share lessons learned, all while contemplating just what exactly they are doing with those college degrees. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness

This American Life episode #360 "Switched at Birth

Sight & Sound Theatres

Behind the Scenes at Sight & Sound: The Lighting Department

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Rebekah's AotW: This American Life episode #360 "Switched at Birth

Sight & Sound Theatres

Behind the Scenes at Sight & Sound: The Lighting Department

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Ep. 116 Stop buying cheap clothes!

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Fast fashion can be lots of fun, but there are some very awesome reasons why we should stop buying those $5 t-shirts. Join Meg and Laura as they share the very different reasons that they've arrived at the same opinion - cheap clothes aren't good for you! All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES:

Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown
The Michalaks on YouTube (check out their About video and also try The Story Behind Our Matching Tattoos)

Sorta Awesome Episode 92Ten that are too awesome to miss!
The True Cost
Adam Ruins Everything, Episode 22 Why Fast Fashion Fails Us

Laura's guide of what to look for in buying apparel:
1) Fabric
2) Seams and buttons
3) Lining

Patagonia
Everlane
Krochet Kids
Tapered Collection
Eshakti
Rabble and Rouse
Slow Factory

Kendi Everyday

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Extra Awesome: Osheta Moore & Shalom Sistas

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We are thrilled to welcome Osheta Moore back to Sorta Awesome! You loved the wisdom and insight she shared in her first appearance on Sorta Awesome back in Episode 48, and now she is back to talk to Meg about imaginative, creative, and awesome ways to create peace and wholeness in the community around you.

Osheta's book Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World releases today! You can find more of Osheta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and look for her Shalom Sistas podcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!

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Ep. 115 Ten awesome things for FALL 2017

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It is now officially autumn in our part of the world, and we are officially excited to bring you another best of fall episode! Tune in to hear Meg and Kelly talk about the ten things they are counting on to be SO awesome for this fall season! All of that plus an inspiring book and playing dress-up with jewelry in Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES:

Huffington Post: Don't apologize for your obsession with fall. It's science.

It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching by Tom Rademacher

Rocksbox

Nut-free protein balls

Woodfire Candles

Dearfoams Women's Memory Foam Sweater Knit Indoor/Outdoor Bootie Slippers

Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash with Clementine and Pancetta

Vintage washed flannel shirts

Cinnamon Roll Caramel Popcorn

Meg's floral cardigan

Meg's velvet purse

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita

Maybelline Super Stay Matte lipstick in Pioneer

How to make body butter from A Delightful Home's Body Scrub Bible:

Makes approximately 4 ounces of body butter.

Ingredients
3 ounces cocoa butter
1.5 ounces jojoba oil
5 drops of essential oil (optional)
You will also need:
Double-boiler
Mixing bowl
Hand mixer
Container for body butter

Method
1. Weigh cocoa butter then place in the top of a double-boiler. If you are using large
chunks of cocoa butter, cut into smaller pieces to make the melting process a little
quicker. Heat over medium heat until the cocoa butter has melted.

2. Once cocoa butter has melted, remove from heat. Add jojoba oil.

3. Let cool briefly then pour oil mixture into a bowl. Leave to cool.
The cooling process can take a number of hours. You can speed things along by
placing bowl in the fridge or freezer for a little while, or sit bowl in an ice bath.
Once the oils have cooled and begun to turn opaque, it’s time to whip.

4. Using a hand mixer, whip the body butter. Whip for two minutes and let sit for another
five minutes.
Whip for another two minutes, then let sit for another five. Continue this process until
the body butter is whipped to your liking.
Once body butter is thick and creamy, scoop into jar.

A Delightful Home: Body Butter Basics e-course (use code AWESOME for 50% off at check-out!)

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