Best Podcasts

Did you love #Serial? Here are 9 other podcasts that you should be listening to.

Serial is over. Collective sigh. But amazing podcasts are not in short supply and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to enjoy during your holiday travels. You can listen online or try downloading the Podcast App (for iOS) or Pocket Casts App (for Android). Queue one up and enjoy hours and hours and hours of listening!


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Summary: On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we’ve got – interviews and documents and police reports – we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.

Stuff You Should Know:

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Summary: 30-minutes podcasts that seek to explain things like x-rays, homeschooling, boomerangs the ecosystem and other topics ranging from humorous to complex.

WTF with Marc Maron:

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Summary: In-depth interviews with your favorites celebrities, comedians, public figures and more.

The Leviathan Chronicles:

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Summary: The Leviathan chronicles is a revolutionary science fiction audio drama featuring the voices of over 60 actors, professional sound effects and an original music soundtrack.


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Summary: Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were. 

The Lively Show:

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Summary: When we live from Values-based intentions, our actions inspire the best possible outcomes to unfold naturally. The Lively Show shares ways we can apply this Values-based approach to our possessions, personal habits, relationships, and career through mini episodes on Tuesdays, and interview episodes on Thursdays.

Elise Gets Crafty: 

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Summary: Each episode of this podcast discusses one or more of the following topics: blogging, business, creativity, inspiration and motivation. 

One Part Podcast:

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Summary: A weekly conversation with some of the most interesting and inspiring minds in wellness, music, food, fashion, business, and design. You’ll hear revealing stories of successes and setbacks. Some sweet motivational secrets. And a whole lot of actionable advice.

We’re About to Be Friends:

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Summary: Each episode Joy from Joy the Baker gets the scoop from someone that she totally admires. From huge internet personalities, to cooking show hosts, and best selling authors, Joy sits down and asks all the questions that you would want to ask. Lessons will be learned, secrets will be revealed… and hopefully, friends will be made. Get ready! We’re about to be friends.

Smart Creative Women:

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Summary: Monica and her guests discuss the business of creativity, and what the future holds for creative women everywhere. It’s a web show that brings together today’s most exciting women, a few hand picked men, and creative up and comers.

2015 TO-DOS

A fresh year, a fresh start <3

Each year I like to round-up a list of my to-dos for the coming year. I guess some people might call these goals, but I like to call these my to-dos, and I differentiate them (see my list from 2014 here). With only 11 days left in 2014 it’s time to think  about what you accomplished, put the past behind you, and look forward to the positive changes you can make in the year ahead.

To keep myself on track I use my Daily Page Notepad, available in my Etsy shop. You might also consider joining my #21Pagechallenge which starts on January 1st, learn more about it here.

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End of the Day

"At the end  of the day, your feet  should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling."  - Shanti

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So simple! How to open wine like a pro using a wine key!

‘Tis the season for drinking a lot of corked goodies. Let’s be honest, when is it not? Make this season special by learning to use a true wine key and ditch the giant corkscrew you have taking up space in your kitchen. Your friends and mom will be so impressed with your newfound skill, they might just start buying you wine just to see you do it again. Let us show you how to open a bottle of wine in four quick, easy steps:

1. Pull out the small blade near the top of the wine key. Gently place near the top of the bottle where there is a lip. Holding the blade in one hand and the bottle in another, slice through the wrapping by rotating the bottle 360 degrees. Now, you should be able to use the blade to gently lift off the wrapping covering the cork. Close blade.

2. Next, open the wine key so that it forms a “T.” Hold the wine key in your hand so that the corkscrew aligns with your middle finger. Place the first edge (not the point) of the corkscrew on the edge of the bottle at 90 degrees, then lift straight up and down. If you do this, you will be centered (important so that you do not break the cork).

3. Screw the corkscrew all the way into the cork. This allows you to have the best grip possible on the cork, preventing breakage.

4. Now, on the side of the corkscrew that has two notches, press that down to be parallel with the corkscrew. The top notch should touch or be close to touching the top of the wine bottle. If you have to press it down a bit to make it touch, that’s okay. Put pressure on that notch so that it pulls the corkscrew (and cork!) out of the wine. It won’t come all the way out at this point, but pull as far as you are able.

5. Switch to the bottom notch on the wine key and have that touching the top of the wine bottle. Put pressure on the second notch and gently pull the cork out of the wine bottle. You did it! Save your cork- you may not finish the wine (ha! Who am I kidding?) Save your cork to commemorate your new fancy skill. Cheers!

P.S. This Castle Rock Pinot Noir is my absolute fave and Food & Wine agrees.


Grown up hot chocolate: Espresso Vodka Steamer

I will be totally candid here—–we drink a fair share of espresso flavored vodka in the winter. We don’t mind spending our Saturday nights playing Farkle and trying to stay awake late enough to watch SNL. Right when the yawns start to kick in we whip up a batch of Espresso Vodka Steamers and take Walter over to the prairie reserve for a quick romp in the snow. By the time we get home we’re caffeinated, warmed up, and ready for whatever weirdness Kate McKinnon has up her sleeve (she’s my favorite). Here’s the recipe:

Espresso Vodka Steamer

Splash of aztec chocolate bitters
1 oz. three olives triple shot espresso flavored vodka
1 oz. Irish cream
8 oz. freshly brewed coffee
Marshmallows to garnish

Add the bitters to the bottom of a coffee mug (I love my clear ones, above, which you can purchase here), add the espresso vodka and Irish cream. Slowly pour coffee into the mixture until the cup is full. Top with marshmallows (roast them for extra goodness) and enjoy!