Ep. 106 Questions only your sister would ask

What's it like to get naked at a spa? What's the worst thing about middle school kids? And DO YOU HAVE ANY LIFE REGRETS?! These are all questions that only a sister could get away with asking, and this week, Megan welcomes her sister Emily back to Sorta Awesome for a conversation filled with answers to question that might make you raise an eyebrow. Tune in to hear them dish on professional lives, weird worries, and the one thing their parents don't know about them. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

Episode 106 is brought to you by BarkBox! BarkBox is a delivery of 4 to 6 natural treats and super fun toys chosen around each month’s surprise theme. For a FREE EXTRA PREMIUM TOY added to your BarkBox every month, visit barkbox.com/awesome, and when you subscribe to a 6 or 12 month plan, select “Yes, Please!” when asked “Have a playful pup?” Here's to happy doggies everywhere with BarkBox!

Episode 106 is brought to you by Talkspace - the online therapy company. Is it time for you to take action on taking care of yourself? Explore the options offered by Talkspace. Get $30 off of your first month by going to Talkspace.com/awesome and use promo code awesome.

SHOW NOTES:

Laura in the Kitchen
@emily34331 on Instagram

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Ep. 105 Hot summer trends 2017

If you're feeling busy and out of the loop of what's new and interesting in culture right now, this week's episode is just for you! Megan and Laura celebrate Megan's 40th birthday by indulging in one of her favorite subjects - all that's good to know in cultural trends! They'll give you the scoop on what to wear, what to watch, what to listen to, and what to read for summer 2017. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!

Episode 105 is sponsored by StoryWorth: the easiest way to share your story. The gift of Storyworth is a perfect last-minute gift for the Dad in your life! A Storyworth subscription provides a year's worth of story prompts and culminates in a beautiful keepsake book for families to enjoy for years to come. For $20 off of your Storyworth subscription, go to storyworth.com/awesome to get started!

SHOW NOTES:

40 Things To Do When You Turn 40, Ronnie Sellers, editor
Steve Madden SOFTEY slides
foot peel
Smartest Person in the Room: Special Edition, Books and Reading 2017
Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
Hunger, Roxanne Gay

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Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!

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Ep. 104 Game-changing discoveries we can't live without!

Sometimes the smallest change can change everything. Today, Megan and Rebekah explore some game-changing discoveries that have genuinely changed their lives! From the kitchen to the bedroom, from grocery hacks to curly hair tips, they share the best discoveries that just might change your life a little bit, too. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!

Episode 104 is brought to you by Talkspace - the online therapy company. Is it time for you to take action on taking care of yourself? Explore the options offered by Talkspace. Get $30 off of your first month by going to Talkspace.com/awesome and use promo code awesome.

SHOW NOTES:

My Reality, Melissa Rycroft
Invisibilia

Just Clean Something Challenge at Simply Rebekah
Chatbooks
The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Don Riso and Russ Hudson

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Ep. 103 Pop-ups, sunnies, s'mores, and more!

It's time for our favorite summer ritual - the awesome summer list episode! Megan is joined this week by fellow summer-lover Kelly, and they have put together a list of ten ideas to make this summer a little bit more amazing. From flip-flops that are good to your feet to what your skin needs to be protected from the sun to really cool ways to keep your kids engaged with learning over the summer, there is something for everyone on this list of summer do's!

Episode 103 of Sorta Awesome is sponsored by LOLA. LOLA is the woman-owned company that ships monthly period products right to your door, and all of LOLA's tampons, pads, and liners are made from 100% cotton. To find out more about LOLA and get 60% off of your first order with LOLA, go to mylola.com and use promo code "awesome" at check-out!

SHOW NOTES

Target Beauty Box
zeroUV on Amazon
Kelly's Reef flip-flops
recipes for smoothie bowls
Get $10 off of your first order at Kiwi Crate using Kelly's link: http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=KellyG181
Jam.com
Half-Price Books summer reading program
Summer Lovin' S'mores Bars at Love Well Blog
Megan's reading light
Chi Silk Infusion
IT Cosmetics CC cream
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock

Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
Find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook , @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!

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Extra Awesome: Book of the Month Club June 2017 preview

Megan and Laura preview the June 2017 Book of the Month Club selections, plus three bonus books. Not a member of Book of the Month, but you want to sign up? Head to sortaawesomeshow.com/bookofthemonth for details!

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Ep. 102 Awesome books can change the world with YA author Aisha Saeed

We hope you're ready to kick off the summer season in a VERY awesome way! With months of warm weather, road trips, and lazy afternoons ahead of us, we know many of you have summer books and reading on your mind. Today, Megan is joined by Young Adult author Aisha Saeed to talk about writing books with kids underfoot, how the We Need Diverse Books movement began, and what books to be sure to include on summer reading lists for yourself and your children! All of that plus Rebekah joins Megan to share those Awesomes of the Week!

Episode 102 is brought to you in part by BarkBox! BarkBox is a delivery of 4 to 6 natural treats and super fun toys chosen around each month’s surprise theme. For a FREE EXTRA PREMIUM TOY added to your BarkBox every month, visit barkbox.com/awesome, and when you subscribe to a 6 or 12 month plan, select “Yes, Please!” when asked “Have a playful pup?” Here's to happy doggies everywhere with BarkBox!

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Episode 102 is also brought to you by Plum Deluxe's Tea of the Month Subscription. For only $10/month, Plum Deluxe sends you a hand blended organic loose leaf tea from their delightful and delicious collection that includes both low caffeine and no caffeine teas - a perfect gift for yourself or others! Visit PlumDeluxe.com/tea to sign up for Plum Deluxe’s tea of the month.

SHOW NOTES:

@stacykaren on Instagram
ADelightfulHome.com
The Body Scrub Bible

Written in the Stars, Aisha Saeed
We Need Diverse Books

Lucky Broken Girl, Ruth Behar
Brown Girl Dreaming, Jaqueline Woodson
The Upside of Unrequited (also Simon Vs Homo Sapiens Agenda), Becky Albertalli
The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (on audible, too)
Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

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Netflix's Anne with an E: A conversation with Sarah Bessey

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Anne with an E is a new adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables. In this episode in the Extra Awesome series, Megan is joined by author and speaker Sarah Bessey to discuss the merits and concerns in new adaptations of beloved books. This conversation is spoiler-free and might be just what you need to hear to help you decide if you'll watch or pass on this series now streaming on Netflix.

SHOW NOTES:

Why you need to watch the new Anne Series - yes, I’m talking to you, fellow purists at Sarah Bessey's blog

Modern Kiwi dress

"Anne of Green Gables" becomes a gothic nightmare in Netflix's "Anne with an E" by Haley Stewart for America Magazine

Find Sarah on her blogTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

You can find Megan on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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Ep. 101 The truth about anxiety, part 2

One of the most-discussed, most-downloaded episodes in Sorta Awesome history is Episode 26 in which Laura and Megan discuss the truth about anxiety. Today, they are sharing their long-anticipated follow-up discussion to that episode which includes symptoms of anxiety, recognizing it in children, supporting a spouse or loved one suffering from it, and when to get help. This episode also features an interview with Dr. Margaret Rutherford who returns to Sorta Awesome to discuss Perfectly Hidden Depression. This episode is PACKED with solid information for awesome mental health, and we hope it will be helpful to you and the people in your family, circle of friends, and online communities.

Episode 101 is brought to you by Plum Deluxe's Tea of the Month Subscription. For only $10/month, Plum Deluxe sends you a hand blended organic loose leaf tea from their delightful and delicious collection that includes both low caffeine and no caffeine teas - a perfect gift for yourself or others! Visit PlumDeluxe.com/tea to sign up for Plum Deluxe’s tea of the month.

SHOW NOTES:

On Being: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
MAC Full Fuchsia; IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
Episode 26 The Truth About Anxiety
What To Do When you Worry Too Much, Dr. Dawn Huebner
Dr. Margaret Rutherford blog
Perfectly Hidden Depression Questionnaire
Dr. Margaret's Podcast: Self-Work with Dr. Margaret Rutherford
Self-Work Episode 21: 10 Traits of Perfectly Hidden Depression

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Ep. 100 Shark snuggles, white vans, and tweets uncensored

Gather 'round, Awesomes! Episode 100 is finally here, and we are celebrating with a group show! Join Megan, Rebekah, Laura, and Kelly as they honor this highly memorable moment in Sorta Awesome history by digging into their personal histories to share some of their most memorable moments! Believe it or not, there were a few stories they hadn't told in the past 100 episodes, and you may gasp (and definitely giggle) about these moments from their lives. All of that plus a double dose of Awesome of the Week!

 

Episode 100 is sponsored by StoryWorth: the easiest way to share your story. The gift of Storyworth is a perfect last-minute gift for the Mother in your life! A Storyworth subscription provides a year's worth of story prompts and culminates in a beautiful keepsake book for families to enjoy for years to come. For $20 off of your Storyworth subscription, go to storyworth.com/awesome to get started!

SHOW NOTES:

Athleta swimsuits
Girls
Modern Burlap (Rebekah's blanket)
Cook's Country

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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!

Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!

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Extra Awesome: Book of the Month Club May preview

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Calling all readers! Five hot new books will hit the shelves this May, and Book of the Month Club members get a chance to grab 'em up first. In this Extra Awesome, Megan and Laura give a preview of the five selections with some thoughts and commentary to help you decide what your May pick will be!

If you aren't a Book of the Club member and you want to be, head over to sortaawesomeshow.com/bookofthemonth for all the information you need about joining Book of the Month (and checking out the sign-up bonuses for May!).
 

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Ep. 98 Lollipop debates, Starbucks half-truths, and other things that keep us up at night

Cue the confetti! The day Awesomes have been waiting months for is finally here - regular co-host Rebekah returns from her maternity leave! We know that you've missed hearing Rebekah's voice on Sorta Awesome, and in this episode, she and Megan do what they do best - open up the confessional and tell secrets on themselves. After sharing a bit of the birth story of the new man in Rebekah's life, she and Megan talk about the parts of parenting that keep them up at night and then dish the dirt on other secrets like little white lies we tell our kids and how long we can make those maternity clothes work. All of that, plus awesome of the week!

Just a few more days to grab a copy of Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2017! And to say thank you for purchasing a copy of the bundle after clicking through from Sorta Awesome's link, we'll send you a free gift - All-Time Awesomes - right to your inbox.

SHOW NOTES:

Snack Factory Dark Chocolate Pretzel Crisps
Anglophenia YouTube channel:
How to Make Tea The British Way
Why Brits and Americans spell differently
How to pronounce UK place names
Isn’t Brit Romantic

Plum Deluxe - Tea of the Month Subscription
Isaac's birth story at Simply Rebekah
 

Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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Making life at home a little more awesome

We are so excited to be included in this year's Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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When you purchase the Homemaking Bundle by clicking on the Sorta Awesome link, we'll send you a free gift! We've collected some of our All-Time Awesomes in a cute little mini e-book, and if you would like for us to send you a copy following your purchase, just head over to http://bit.ly/alltimeawesomes

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Ep. 97 Spray tans, awkward conversations, and 80 year old turtles

Today, Megan is joined by Laura, and they take some time to solve some of life’s biggest mysteries, like how do you navigate awkward conversations with a nanny about how to wash the dishes? How do you keep yourselves from going cuckoo bananas in the midst of spring craziness? Why is Laura’s complexion so gorgeous all the time, and also what is up with those tortoises? It's a grab bag episode of Sorta Awesome, and you'll hear wisdom on all of this, plus Awesome of the Week!

Today's sponsor is LOLA, a company founded by two very awesome women that offers a whole line of 100% organic tampons, pads, and liners. Check out the First Period Kit by LOLA by going to mylola.com and use code "awesome" for $10 off of your order!

SHOW NOTES

Melanie Mills gleam body radiance
Bare Minerals Bareskin
Radio Public (Babysitters Club Club playlist)
Ep 78 one thing that changed our life
Is your extreme diet really an eating disorder? at Hollywood Housewife
Spontaneity Child Care, OKC
@konarocket on IG

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

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Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!


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Ep. 96 Why we hate Christianity (and why we really love it, too!)

This week, Megan and Kelly take up the ancient practice of confession and get very honest about their personal lives and spiritual faiths. From the childhood experiences that formed the foundation of their belief systems to the moments in adulthood that turned their beliefs upside down, they share their thoughts on faith and how it has evolved over the years. This episode invites reflection from people of all backgrounds - whether you practice a spiritual discipline or not! And as always, you'll hear our Awesomes of the Week!

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Ep. 95 Ten tips for traveling bliss with Tsh Oxenreider

This week, Megan welcomes Tsh Oxenreider back to Sorta Awesome! Tsh and Megan have lots in common including discovering that they are Highly Sensitive People. That hasn't stopped Tsh from taking on world travel since she was a teenager, and today, she and Megan share all their best tips for traveling bliss for sensitive people (and the people who love them!). All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

MasterChef, Jr.
Leslie Hershberger

Highly Sensitive Person quiz
15 tips for Highly Sensitive Parents
At Home in the World book page

Find Tsh on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and wherever you listen to podcasts!

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Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!

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S-Town by Serial: Thoughts and Theories

This special edition of the Extra Awesome series from Sorta Awesome is all about the smash hit podcast S-Town from Serial Productions! Join Megan and Laura as they dissect, discuss, and analyze this limited series podcast that invites listeners to unravel mysteries and answer questions and meet fascinating people along the way in Woodstock, Alabama. The first part of this episode is spoiler-free for listeners who want to hear more about what S-Town is about, and in the second part of the episode, they dive into the complexities and the complications of the life of John B. McLemore.

Want to weigh in with your thoughts? Join us in the comment section below to share your thoughts, theories, and analysis of this wildly popular podcast!

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Extra Awesome: Book of the Month Club April selections preview!

It is always EXTRA awesome to talk books, and in this mini-episode of Extra Awesome, Megan and Laura talk through the April selections for Book of the Month Club. You'll hear them talk through five soon-to-be-released books that will get lots of buzz this spring, and it just might help you choose your April pick!

To support Sorta Awesome and sign up for Book of the Month Club, go to sortaawesomeshow.com/bookofthemonth

Happy reading!

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Ep. 94 Real talk on adoption with Corey and Kelly Gordon

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It's a historic day for Sorta Awesome! Today, Megan and Kelly are joined by Kelly's husband Corey which means that now all four of the Sorta Awesome husbands have volunteered for the hot seat.  This week, Corey shares his powerful, compelling story of going from street kid in South Korea to growing up in Minnesota. Then, he and Kelly talk through some adoption myths and answer questions from the Awesomes about adoption and foster care. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

CLEAR
Beauty and the Beast 

Dr. Karyn Purvis's work


Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)
CAFO trusted agencies
Safe Families

Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
Find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Ep. 93 Simply awesome spring cleaning with Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama

Open up the windows and be inspired by that springtime sunshine! This week, Megan chats with home care expert Becky Rapinchuk whom you may know as Clean Mama! There is a LOT of personality talk in this episode as these two ENFPs dig into Becky's story of becoming a housekeeping guru. Becky shares her homemaking confessions along with her best tips for spring cleaning. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
Hot Tools 1 1/2 inch curling iron

Clean Mama printable shop
Simply Clean, Becky Rapinchuk

Find Becky at CleanMama.net, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

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