Sorta Awesome

Sorta Awesome

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We know a secret about you. You? Are Awesome. Feeling unsure about that? Put on your favorite bold lipstick and listen up because Meg Tietz and her co-hosts Kelly Gordon and Rebekah Hoffer are here to help you discover all the awesome within yourself and the world around you! Kick off your weekend every Friday with the best friends you've never met, and discover why Sorta Awesome is more than a podcast - it's community on the go.

Episodes

Introducing American Girl: The Smart Girl's Podcast

I’m so excited to introduce the Smart Girl’s Podcast, the latest show launched by the American Girl Podcast Network. The Smart Girl’s Podcast brings to life the popular advice books on growing up dealing with topics ranging from body, mental health, social media, friendships, embarrassing moments, crushes, and so much more. Hosted by 16 year old actress + writer Shay Rudolph (from Netflix’s The Babysitters Club) and cultural expert and educator Jess Weiner, these hosts bring a fun, multi-generational dynamic to the show and share candid, practical advice alongside experts and celebrity guests all about the issues tweens, teens, and their parents face growing up in today’s world. I hope you tune in and subscribe to the Smart Girl’s Podcast on the American Girl Podcast Network! apple.co/smartgirls The Smart Girl's Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/08/222m 34s

Ep. 403 Who am I if I'm not this?

Career changes. Health issues. Family shake-ups. Extreme burnout. Throughout life, all of us will face moments when we choose to (or are forced to) make big changes that can shake up our sense of identity. This week, Meg and Kelly process through this together as they reflect on moments when they’ve asked themselves this question: “Who am I if I’m not THIS?” (Pssst - they share some helpful suggestions on how to recover your sense of self, too!) Come be a part of our Patreon community and join in our FIRST book club discussion in September! You’ll get exclusive content every month plus hundreds of hours of Super Star episodes to download and binge right now! And bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! Go to patreon.com/sortaawesome to become a Super Star Awesome! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order at BUYRAYCON.com/sorta Dame: Go to dameproducts.com and enter code AWESOME for 15% off site wide Butcher Box: Sign up today at butcherbox.com/AWESOME and use code AWESOME to get 1 pack of free bacon in EVERY box for the life of your membership PLUS $10 off your first order SHOW NOTES: Kelly's AotW: MamaMango Moscato Meg’s AotW: Magical Mindset Moments podcast Sorta Awesome Ep. 128: Love Your Body, Change Your World with Jen Hoffman Sorta Awesome Ep. 273: A Must-Listen to Heal from 2020 for an Awesome 2021! Sorta Awesome Ep. 193: Stressed Out, Burned Out and Ready to Recover Slate article: Rob Lowe on sending his son off to college True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created Come As You Are Amazon | Bookshop Burnout Amazon | Bookshop This Is Not A Book About Benedict Cumberbatch Amazon | Bookshop Your Blue Flame Amazon | Bookshop Well + Good article: 13 Steps to Finding Yourself—It’s Not Your Average Game of Hide-and-Seek You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/221h 9m

Introducing: Humble & Hungry

We would love to introduce you to “Humble & Hungry,” a podcast for moms, storytellers and lovers of life. Tune in weekly as you follow host, Natalie Puche, embark on her new journey in motherhood, keeping up with her chef fiancé, and blindly navigating through her 30’s the only way she knows best…humbly and hopefully not hangrily.  apple.co/humble Humble & Hungry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/08/224m 7s

Ep. 402 Overcoming salon anxiety and getting that perfect cut!

Ever wish you had someone to hold your hand at the hair salon and tell you exactly what is going to work best for your hair? How many times have you gotten home from getting your hair done, only to realize you hate it? Our hair is such an important part of our style, but most of us don’t know where to turn for expert advice on what will help us look and feel great! Today, Meg is joined by Jenny Eversole, the creator of Style Space - a company dedicated to helping everyone look and feel as awesome as they are! Tune in to hear why people have bad experiences in the salon and how to avoid hair heartbreak along with some great do’s and don’t for amazing hair! Sometimes it’s hard to find the good in the world around us, but you can be a light in the darkness with your support for Sorta Awesome and all of our communities when you become a Sorta Awesome SUPER STAR! You’ll get exclusive content every month plus hundreds of hours of Super Star episodes to download and binge right now! And bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! Go to patreon.com/sortaawesome to become a Super Star! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Rothys: Get $20 off your first purchase at rothys.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Meg’s lipstick organizer, earring box, and new favorite pens! Book a Hair Styling Consultation with Christina To get a free guide for discovering your dream style, download your guide at www.stylespace.com You can also book any styling session in clothing, hair, makeup or skincare with an expert stylist. Click here to get style matched! Christina's Top 3 Product Links for dry shampoo: Kenra Professional Dry Volume Burst 3 OGX Extra Strength Refresh & Restore + Coconut Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo Cake Beauty the All Powderful Tinted Dry Shampoo Powder Pro haircare tip: Christina recommends doing an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse 1x a month to balance the Ph of your scalp. This also hinders bacteria, adds shine and luster to your hair. While in the shower, massage 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) into your scalp. Leave on up to 5 minutes. Rinse very well.  (or you will smell like a salad). BRAGG Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Jenny on Instagram and at https://www.stylespace.com! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/08/2249m 7s

Ep. 401 Let's talk about midlife: the ups and downs of sex

Welcome back to the Midlife with Mindy and Meg series here on Sorta Awesome! For this midlife conversation, Meg and Mindy open the door to conversation about the part of midlife that can be the most surprising, the most emotional, the most challenging, and the most exciting - our sex lives! Tune in to hear them have the kind of frank, honest, and transparent conversation that you need when it comes to the challenges of sex after 35, as well as some of the thrills and awesome discoveries! Sometimes it’s hard to find the good in the world around us, but you can be a light in the darkness with your support for Sorta Awesome and all of our communities when you become a Sorta Awesome SUPER STAR! You’ll get exclusive content every month plus hundreds of hours of Super Star episodes to download and binge right now! And bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! Go to patreon.com/sortaawesome to become a Super Star! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Pair Eyewear: Go to paireyewear.com/AWESOME for 15% off your first purchase Hiya: Go to hiyahealth.com/AWESOME and receive 50% off your first order SHOW NOTES: Noah Kavan’s Stick Season (fun covers on TikTok from @ratthew413 @imisabeldumaa @moiraandclaire and this clever version from @maisiehpeters ) Sorta Awesome sponsors Dame Products (code AWESOME for 15% off sitewide) and Foria Wellness (code AWESOME for 20% off) Come As You Are, Dr. Emily Nagoski Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity--What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves Hey Vulva Owners, Your Sexual Peak May Last Longer Than You Think You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Mindy at bookendhomeschoolers.com and on Instagram! You can also find her as a co-host on the Currently Reading podcast! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/07/221h 19m

Ep. 400 Would You Rather? 4 vs 400 edition!

Four hundred is a LOT, you guys! And no one knows that better than Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah - ESPECIALLY after playing five rounds of Would You Rather? to celebrate 400 episodes of Sorta Awesome! You do NOT want to miss the laughs, the tears, and the moral dilemmas your three favorite friends find themselves sharing in this super-sized episode! There are no words to describe it - just hit play and find out for yourself! Sometimes it’s hard to find the good in the world around us, but you can be a light in the darkness with your support for Sorta Awesome and all of our communities when you become a Sorta Awesome SUPER STAR! You’ll get exclusive content every month plus hundreds of hours of Super Star episodes to download and binge right now! And bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! Go to patreon.com/sortaawesome to become a Super Star! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Faherty: Go to fahertybrand.com/AWESOME and use code AWESOME at checkout to get 20% off Dame: Go to dameproducts.com and enter code AWESOME for 15% off site wide Butcher Box: Sign up today at butcherbox.com/AWESOME and use code AWESOME to get 1 pack of free bacon in EVERY box for the life of your membership PLUS $10 off your first order SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: CrockPot Tuscan Garlic Chicken with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Kelly’s AotW: Ms. Marvel on Disney+ AND Only Murders in the Building on Hulu (Get a FREE trial with our affiliate link!) Meg’s AotW: The Summer I Turned Pretty (the show and the book!) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/221h 30m

Ep. 399 Listener mailbag: podcasting edition!

We are closing in on 400 episodes of Sorta Awesome, you guys! And back at the beginning of the show, Meg and the team loved tackling listener questions. This week, Meg invites Rebekah to go back to their roots as they answer questions from you - the Awesomes! From the podcast origin story to dealing with DMs to whether or not they ever ever ever plan to meet in person and SO MUCH MORE, they get REAL with their answers! Sometimes it’s hard to find the good in the world around us, but you can be a light in the darkness with your support for Sorta Awesome and all of our communities when you become a Sorta Awesome SUPER STAR! You’ll get exclusive content every month plus hundreds of hours of Super Star episodes to download and binge right now! And bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! Come join us at patreon.com/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order at BUYRAYCON.com/sorta Foria: Get 20% off your first order by visiting foriawellness.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout Hiya: Go to hiyahealth.com/AWESOME and receive 50% off your first order Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (Netflix) Meg’s AotW: Kate Bush Runnin’ Up That Hill Two Bossy Dames newsletter Cloudbusting/Ecto playlist on Spotify Sorta Awesome Ep. 99: Learning Into the Squirm: How to talk to your kids about bodies, sex, and sexuality Sorta Awesome Ep. 137 Coming Out Conversations with Brett Trapp (Now BT Harman) Sorta Awesome Ep 192: Heartbreak, doubt, and finding faith through the storms You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/221h 23m

Ep. 398 Dupes extravaganza!

You’ve been missing her, Awesome Nation, but today Sorta Awesome regular Emily Massenburg is back on the show! Meg’s sister is here to dive into conversation with her about the wonderful world of dupes, duplicates, and alternatives to favorite products so you can avoid the big price tags and feel great! They’ve got a BUNCH of dupes to share for skin care, makeup, and lifestyle products, plus sunscreen talk and The Bear in Awesome of the Week! Wanna hear the behind-the-scenes details on Emily’s wedding and DREAM honeymoon in Greece? She was on the Awesome Overflow for June 2022, and so it’s a great time become a Super Star and get access to HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive, never-heard-before episodes! It’s super easy to sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome and bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Dame: Go to dameproducts.com and enter code AWESOME for 15% off site wide Fabric: Apply today in just 10 minutes at meetfabric.com/awesome SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: The Bear on Hulu (Use our affiliate link to sign up for Hulu—$1/month for three months!) Emily’s AotW: Black Girl Sunscreen Brandefy app Em's Dupes: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% e.l.f. 16 Hour Camo Concealer Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Loreal Infallible Fresh Foundation Meg's Dupes: Bioderma Micellar Water Neutrogena Hydroboost water gel moisturizer Equate brand water gel moisturizer Laneige sleeping mask for lips CARE:NEL sleeping mask Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk FLOWER beauty Petal Pout NARS Blush in Orgasm Milani baked blush in Luminoso Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand Makeup Revolution Eye Bright Concealer MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Wet N Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder Women’s Mad Love Keava Footbed Sandals Real Techniques beauty sponge COWIN E7 Noise cancelling headphones You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/221h 0m

Ep. 397 Let's do a mid-year check-in!

The first half of 2022 is in the books, and Meg and Kelly are feeling energized to reflect on the months we’ve made it through so far, and they are definitely thinking about what’s to come in the remainder of 2022. Come join their conversation as they check in with goals and get retrospective and contemplative about how they are caring for mind, body, and soul so far this year! Looking for a summer podcast binge? It’s a great time become a Super Star and get access to HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive, never-heard-before episodes! It’s super easy to sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome and bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Hiya: Go to hiyahealth.com/AWESOME and receive 50% off your first order Shopify: Go to shopify.com/awesome for a FREE fourteen day trial and get full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features Rothys: Get $20 off your first purchase at rothys.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Jen Hatmaker Meg’s AotW: All the Feels, Olivia Dade You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/221h 5m

Ep. 396 Beach reads round-up!

Fire up those library cards, gather up those bookstore gift cards, and charge up your earbuds because if there’s one thing we know our Awesomes love, it’s summer reading - no beach required! This week, Meg is joined by books and reading regular Katie Proctor, and Katie has a whole list of readerly delights to look forward to reading, discussing, and loving in summer 2022! Looking for a summer podcast binge? It’s a great time become a Super Star and get access to HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive, never-heard-before episodes! It’s super easy to sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome and bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Thrive Market: Join Thrive Market today and get $80 in free groceries. Go to thrivemarket.com/awesome! Fabric: Apply today in just 10 minutes at meetfabric.com/awesome Fuzzy: Go to yourfuzzy.com/awesome for a FREE 7-day trial membership Organifi: Go to organifi.com and use code AWESOME for 15% off any item in the store SHOW NOTES: contains affiliate links Katie’s AotW: Native Sensitive Deodorant in Rose Meg’s AotW: Rare Beauty Universal Strokes mascara Contemporary Fiction with Great Characters, Themes, and Representation: True Biz by Sara Novic Amazon | Bookshop Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Amazon | Bookshop The Guncle by Stephen Rowley Amazon | Bookshop Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt Amazon | Bookshop MG: Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman Amazon | Bookshop NF Essays: These Precious Days  by Ann Patchett Amazon | Bookshop Love that Story by Jonathan Van Ness Amazon | Bookshop World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Amazon | Bookshop NF Memoir: I Take My Coffee Black by Tyler Merritt Amazon | Bookshop Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott Amazon | Bookshop V SPICY Romance: Book Lovers by Emily Henry Amazon | Bookshop A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera Amazon | Bookshop Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez Amazon | Bookshop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her latest book Hand in Hand! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/06/2259m 3s

Ep. 395 Let's talk about midlife: parenting our parents & life in the middle

We know you’ve been hoping Mindy Brouse would be back on Sorta Awesome soon, and your wish has been granted! The Midlife with Mindy and Meg series returns today, and Meg and Mindy are opening the conversation that many, many of us are needing right now - how do we make the transition to caring for our aging parents? And HOW are we supposed to do all of that while our own children are navigating brand new territory as adults, too? There are no easy answers, but there is compassionate conversation to be had! Looking for a summer podcast binge! It’s a great time become a Super Star and get access to HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive, never-heard-before episodes! It’s super easy to sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome and bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME Organifi: Go to organifi.com and use code AWESOME for 15% off any item in the store Hiya: Go to hiyahealth.com/AWESOME and receive 50% off your first order LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Mindy’s AotW: The Change by Kirsten Miller Amazon | Bookshop Meg’s AotW: Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree Mindy’s notes: Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye Amazon | Bookshop Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett Amazon | Bookshop The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo Amazon | Bookshop The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher Amazon | Bookshop A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza Amazon | Bookshop Bookend Homeschoolers: Hanging Our Hat on How Our Kids Turn Out S2E24 Parenthood TV Show CLICK OVER TO SHOW NOTES to read Mindy's article! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Mindy at bookendhomeschoolers.com and on Instagram! You can also find her as a co-host on the Currently Reading podcast! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/06/221h 11m

Ep. 394 Awesome list for summer 2022!

Here we are again! Time for another LIST OF AWESOME to make sure your summer 2022 absolutely rocks! Join Meg and Kelly in this conversation about ten things (well, plus a few more) that will bring the sparkly goodness to YOUR summer groove! From recipes and kitchen hacks to summer beauty and swimming gear, they’ve got you all set up with everything you need to know for the season ahead. Looking for a summer podcast binge! It’s a great time become a Super Star and get access to HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive, never-heard-before episodes! It’s super easy to sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome and bonus - get our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Organifi: Go to organifi.com and use code AWESOME for 15% off any item in the store Fabric: Apply today in just 10 minutes at meetfabric.com/awesome Manscaped: Get 20% + free shipping with the code AWESOME at manscaped.com Upside: Download the FREE Upside app and use promo code awesome to get $5 or more cash back on your first purchase of $10 or more SHOW NOTES: Sorta Awesome Summer Facebook group Meg’s AotW: mymind Kelly’s AotW: Workin' Moms Season 6 (Netflix) MEG’S LIST: Salad Freak Betty Buzz Love and Sage tinted lip balms Kopari Mineral Face Shield Pool float Inkbox temporary tattoos Domenique Dumont on Spotify KELLY’S LIST: Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner set Press hard seltzer How to keep your guac from turning brown Swimline double mattress Atlantic Beach Pie You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/221h 5m

Ep. 393 Romance Starter Pack, Part 2

Last week, Meg and Rebekah brought you Part 1 of their SUPER-SIZED Romance Starter Pack. Today, you are getting Part 2 AND (!!!) a brand-new double delightful Awesome of the Week from each of them. Tune in to have a Harry’s House mini-listening party and get into the Stranger Things spirit! Then things really heat up when they share with you some super sizzling romance books to keep your summer spicy! Not into the romance novel thing? NO WORRIES! We got you! Come over to our Patreon where Meg and Julie just released a full-length Awesome Overflow for May that is PACKED with incredible finds! It’s super easy to sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome and you’ll get hundreds of hours of Super Star exclusive episodes along with our texting number so you can send us your thoughts anytime! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Olive and June: Visit oliveandjune.com/awesome for 20% off your first Mani System! Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Shopify: Go to shopify.com/awesome for a FREE fourteen day trial and get full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features Fuzzy: Go to yourfuzzy.com/awesome for a FREE 7-day trial membership SHOW NOTES: Harry Styles Harry's House Harry's House REVERSED As It Was music video Harry & James Corden making a music video in 3 hours in a random fan's apartment Stranger Things Season 4, Vol 1 Stranger Things playlist on Spotify Stranger Things Season 4 Easter Eggs and Reference Guide (SPOILERS!) Open Door, but Skim-Able Whiteout by Adriana Anders (free on Kindle Unlimited) Amazon | Bookshop The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood Amazon | Bookshop Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas Amazon | Bookshop The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren Amazon | Bookshop Swordheart by T. Kingfisher Amazon | Bookshop Wide Open Door The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle Amazon | Bookshop A Nordic King by Karina Halle (a bonus recommendation & free on Kindle Unlimited) Amazon | Bookshop The Takeover by TL Swan (free on Kindle Unlimited) Amazon | Bookshop Parallel by Elle O’Roark (free on Kindle Unlimited) Amazon Intersect by Elle O'Roark (free on Kindle Unlimited) Amazon Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren Amazon | Bookshop Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux Amazon You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/06/221h 8m

Ep. 392 Romance Starter Pack, Part 1

Ready to get your summer started in a very fun, very sexy way? Meg and Rebekah have put together the ultimate romance book starter pack just for you, Awesomes! And this conversation was SO SUPER SIZED that they had to break it down into two parts! Today, all of the Awesomes get part 1 of their conversation that introduces you to some great closed-door and fade-to-black romance novels. Super Start Awesomes who support Sorta Awesome on Patreon will get part 2 today, too! For everyone else, come back next week for a fresh new Awesome of the Week and part 2 of their conversation on romance novels. Spoiler: part 2 is where they get REALLY SPICY! So yes, today is a great day to become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! You’ll get HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive podcast episodes to download and binge right now, plus get our texting number so you can REALLY share your thoughts! Join us at patreon.com/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Rothys: Get $20 off your first purchase at rothys.com/AWESOME Stitch Fix Kids: Try today at stitchfixkids.com/awesome and get 25% off when you keep everything in your Kid’s Fix Thrive Market: Join Thrive Market today and get 40% off your first order AND a FREE gift worth over fifty dollars. Go to thrivemarket.com/awesome! Pair Eyewear: Go to paireyewear.com/AWESOME for 15% off your first purchase SHOW NOTES: View the Romance Book Starter Pack on our Bookshop list! (affiliate link) Get 3 Audiobooks with a 30-Day Free Trial to audiobooks.com! (affiliate link) Meg’s AotW: Stardust app Rebekah’s AotW: School of Chocolate on Netflix and @amauryguichon on TikTok Fated Mates S03 Ep 45 - Dark Romance Note: all links are affiliate links! Totally Closed Door I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Amazon | Bookshop The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella Amazon | Bookshop Ranee S. Clark books on Amazon Amazon Shipped by Angie Hockman Amazon | Bookshop Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson Amazon | Bookshop Mostly Closed Door (Fade to Black) Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez Amazon | Bookshop One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London Amazon | Bookshop The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary Amazon | Bookshop Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid Amazon | Bookshop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/05/2259m 50s

Ep. 391 How to stop the body shame spiral!

Hey you, before you head out to shop for this year’s summer wear and swimsuits, you NEED to listen to this conversation! Meg is joined by Awesome and fat activist Amanda Martinez Beck who has so much to share with our community about how we can avoid the body shame spiral by changing our understanding of what are bodies are FOR. You do NOT want to miss this conversation! Pass it on to the people in your life who need to hear Amanda’s wisdom, too! AND! It’s the PERFECT time of year to become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! You’ll get HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive podcast episodes to download and binge right now, plus get our texting number so you can REALLY share your thoughts! Join us at patreon.com/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Stitch Fix Kids: Try today at stitchfixkids.com/awesome and get 25% off when you keep everything in your Kid’s Fix Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Essence Plumping Nudes Lipgloss (affiliate link) Amanda’s AotW: Jon Batiste’s new record We Are Jon Batiste and Nathaniel Rateliff More of You: The Fat Girl's Field Guide to the Modern World Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Amanda on Instagram, Twitter, or visit her website amandamartinezbeck.com! Buy her books More of You: The Fat Girl's Field Guide to the Modern World and Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/221h 0m

Ep. 390 The things that are making us happy!

Is it just us, or does it seem like chaos is on the upswing these days? If you need to take a minute (or sixty) to breathe, relax, unclench your jaw, and hang with friends - we got you covered! Join Meg and Kelly this week as they talk through some of the things that are making them so happy right now! From a surprising app that makes moving your body so FUN to the most magical summer scent Meg has ever smelled to something yummy you can take on the go, they will get you set up to enjoy the days ahead! HEY! It’s the PERFECT time of year to become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! You’ll get HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive podcast episodes to download and binge right now, plus get our texting number so you can REALLY share your thoughts! Join us at patreon.com/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Just Thrive: Get 15% off when you go to justthrivehealth.com and use code AWESOME at checkout Genucel: Go to genucel.com/AWESOME and enter code AWESOME for a FREE gift plus an additional 20% off when you purchase their Most Popular Package. Free priority shipping for a limited time too! Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order at BUYRAYCON.com/sorta Fuzzy: Go to yourfuzzy.com/awesome for a FREE 7-day trial membership Stitch Fix Kids: Try today at stitchfixkids.com/awesome and get 25% off when you keep everything in your Kid’s Fix SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Everything Everywhere All At Once Kelly's AotW: Zinnias Snif: Strawberry Moon The Strategist Substack App Recipe: Banana breakfast cookies These Hawaiian teriyaki bowls The Anthropocene Reviewed (affiliate link) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/05/221h 11m

Ep. 389 Let's talk about midlife: nonstop appetite & historical hysterics

GET READY, friends! We’ve got the next installment in the Midlife with Mindy & Meg series ready for you today, and you are not going to BELIEVE some of information that gets revealed in this conversation. From the bear-y interesting reasons why you might be feeling hungry all the time to the shocking ideas about women and menopause from centuries past, there is so much must-know info in this discussion! HEY! It’s the PERFECT time of year to become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! You’ll get HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive podcast episodes to download and binge right now, plus get our texting number so you can REALLY share your thoughts! Join us at patreon.com/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Olive and June: Visit oliveandjune.com/awesome for 20% off your first Mani System! Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Target’s A New Day Women's High-Rise Wide Leg Linen Pull-On Pants (affiliate link) Mindy’s AotW: Born Cove Modern Sandals in navy (affiliate link) Sketchers sandals Reggae Zig Swag (affiliate link) Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park (affiliate link) Cheese Its (affiliate link) The Body Keeps the Score (affiliate link) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Mindy at bookendhomeschoolers.com and on Instagram! You can also find her as a co-host on the Currently Reading podcast! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/05/2256m 54s

Ep. 388 Makeup help for beginners and beyond!

Wearing makeup can be a lot of things - fun, adventurous, creative … we just don’t think it should be stressful! This week, Meg lets loose with her passion for all things makeup to give a little awesome support for anyone who is new to makeup, including the tweens and teens in your life! From basic, minimalist products to starter kits she created for three of her favorite (cruelty-free!) brands, Meg is here to hook you up with everything you need to know whether you are a cosmetics beginner or a beauty product pro! HEY! It’s the PERFECT time of year to become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! You’ll get HUNDREDS of hours of exclusive podcast episodes to download and binge right now, plus get our texting number so you can REALLY share your thoughts! Join us at patreon.com/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Genucel: Go to genucel.com/AWESOME and enter code AWESOME for a FREE gift plus an additional 20% off when you purchase their Most Popular Package. Free priority shipping for a limited time too! Pair Eyewear: Go to paireyewear.com/AWESOME for 15% off your first purchase Just Thrive: Get 15% off when you go to justthrivehealth.com and use code AWESOME at checkout Rothys: Get $20 off your first purchase at rothys.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Scam Goddess podcast Rebekah’s AotW: Normal People (the book) and the show Normal People on Hulu (get a free trial by using our affiliate link!) Beakey beauty sponges NYX thisiseverything lip oil benefit boi-ing brightening concealer Sorta Awesome NYX Starter Kit Sorta Awesome No7 Starter Kit Sorta Awesome Flower Beauty Starter Kit Pssst! Check out all of Meg and Sorta Awesome’s picks at ShopList! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/221h 20m

Ep. 387 Heartfelt passion to awesome action!

One of our foundational beliefs at Sorta Awesome is that strive to be awesome to ourselves so that we can be awesome to the world around us. This week’s guest has a story that shows just how true that is! Meg sat down with Arkansas Lt. Governor candidate Kelly Krout to talk about how her family’s story led her to a passion for advocating for children, and from that passion, she’s looking to make change in a civic capacity. Tune in to hear how Kelly blends family life with life on the campaign trail, what her kids and husband really think about her being in politics, and how her viral TikTok is helping her make a name with voters! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for one month free of their entire mindfulness library Evite: Go to evite.com/awesome to find beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs in minutes—for free! Thrive Market: Join Thrive Market today and get 40% off your first order AND a FREE gift worth over fifty dollars. Go to thrivemarket.com/awesome! SHOW NOTES: Modern Family (10 reasons why Modern Family is the perfect show to binge) Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls Kelly Krout on TikTok (and don’t miss her VIRAL Elyse Myers inspired TikTok from last fall!) www.kellyforarkansas.com You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok! Also visit www.kellyforarkansas.com! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/2241m 50s

Ep. 386 Never have I ever! (a group show)

Never have we ever played a game like this on Sorta Awesome! Meg is joined by Kelly and Rebekah to commemorate seven years of Sorta Awesome, and surprises abound when they play a good old-fashioned game of Never Have I Ever. Think you know all of their secrets? Push play and find out! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order at BUYRAYCON.com/sorta Thrive Causemetics: Get 15% off your first order when you visit thrivecausemetics.com/AWESOME Dipsea: For an extended 30 day free trial go to dipseastories.com/AWESOME Genucel: Go to genucel.com/AWESOME and enter code AWESOME for a FREE gift plus an additional 20% off when you purchase their Most Popular Package. Free priority shipping for a limited time too! Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Kelly's AotW: Automatic cat feeder Rebekah’s AotW: Cheer season 2 (on Netflix) Meg’s AotW: SudShare app You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/221h 29m

Ep. 385 Ten favorite middle grade reads!

What book whisked you away into the wonderful world of reading when you were younger? What book written for young teens do you find yourself recommending over and over? This week, Meg is joined by Sorta Awesome’s books and reading regular Katie Proctor, and they are here to shout out ten of their favorites from the middle grade genre of reading! From monkeys in Oklahoma to a magical harmonica and all kinds of beautiful, heart-soaring themes in-between, Meg and Katie will get you excited to check out a middle grade book for your family or for yourself! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Olive and June: Visit oliveandjune.com/awesome for 20% off your first Mani System! Framebridge: Go to framebridge.com and use promo code AWESOME to save an additional 15% off your first order Care/Of: For 50% off your first Care/of order of $40 or more, go to takecareof.com and enter code “awesome50” Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app for FREE then start your search for a top-rated doctor. Factor: Head to go.factor75.com/awesome120 and use code awesome120 to get $120 off SHOW NOTES: AOTW: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir Amazon | Bookshop Foodbelly.com MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech Amazon | Bookshop Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech Amazon | Bookshop Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier Amazon | Bookshop A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat Amazon | Bookshop All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat Amazon | Bookshop Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan Amazon | Bookshop The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera Amazon | Bookshop Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls Amazon I Bookshop Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson Amazon I Bookshop Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper Amazon I Bookshop When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson with Omar Mohamed Amazon I Bookshop Pony by RJ Palacio Amazon | Bookshop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her latest book Hand in Hand! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/221h 22m

Ep. 384 Awesome list for Spring 2022!

Spring is here, and we know you need to know what to look out for to keep life AWESOME these days! Join Meg and Kelly with a list of ten amazing things to bring more color, joy, and fun to your spring season. They have everything from spring-y scents to spring cleaning products for the less-than-motivated to fashion trends from their teenage years that are very much the vibe for Spring 2022 and MORE! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to grove.com/AWESOME and get a free gift set worth up to fifty dollars with your first order Genucel: Go to genucel.com/AWESOME and enter code AWESOME for a FREE gift plus an additional 20% off when you purchase their Most Popular Package. Free priority shipping for a limited time too! Foria: Get 20% off your first order by visiting foriawellness.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout Just Thrive: Get 15% off when you go to justthrivehealth.com and use code AWESOME at checkout Daily Harvest: Go to dailyharvest.com/awesome to get up to forty dollars off your first box SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Twin Flames podcast, Wondery Kelly's AotW: The BEST Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Meg’s List Spring cleaning help: Pink stuff and Wet and Forget Shower Spray Bunny hug greeting cards Window rainbow maker Really real looking artificial tulips cargo pants at Target, parachute pants trend Kelly’s List Candle set at Target (Bonus! Meg’s scent for spring is Poesie Perfumes in Versailles) Strawberry brunette and mahogany blonde hair color https://www.glamour.com/story/mahogany-blonde-hair-trend https://www.byrdie.com/strawberry-brown-hair-ideas-5185460 Homemade peanut sauce Doormat options like this or this (affiliate links) If Life Gives You Lemon, Make Ice Cream, a new spring product at Trader Joe's (Bonus spring items from TJ's: Springle Jangle, Lemon Ricotta Ravioli, grapefruit candle, retinol night serum, Sparkling White Tea with Pomegranate Juice) https://www.traderjoes.com/home/podcast Episode 48 "Spring Has Sprung" You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/221h 15m

Ep. 383 Our MOST memorable confessions!

Join Meg as she shares some of the most memorable confessions of the podcast! Including a NEVER BEFORE heard confession! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/awesome16 and use code "awesome16" for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts. Dipsea: Get 30 days of full access for free when you go to dipseastories.com/awesome Ana Luisa: Go to shop.analuisa.com/awesome and use code "AWESOME" for 10% off. Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME Headspace: Go to headspace.com/awesome and get one month free of their entire mindfulness library. You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/2246m 6s

Ep. 382 Awesome family games!

Join Kelly and Rebekah as they share favorite family games! Learn some of their personal favorites as well as recommendations for families of all ages and stages! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app for FREE then start your search for a top-rated doctor. LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME LMNT: Go to drinkLMNT.com/AWESOME and get a free LMNT Sample Pack (just cover the cost of shipping) Thrive Causemetics: Get 15% off your first order when you visit thrivecausemetics.com/AWESOME Daily Harvest: Go to dailyharvest.com/awesome to get up to forty dollars off your first box Genucel: Go to genucel.com/AWESOME and enter code AWESOME for a FREE gift plus an additional 20% off when you purchase their Most Popular Package. Free priority shipping for a limited time too! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Love is Blind Season 2 Kelly’s AotW: Zoom Earth GAMES FOR YOUNG KIDS: Cranium's Hullabaloo (look for it on eBay or Facebook Marketplace) Elefun Balloon Lagoon (another one to look for on eBay or Facebook Marketplace) Connect 4x4 Trouble Candy Land Zingo GAMES FOR OLDER KIDS/FAMILIES Awkward Moment Ravine Nertz Tenzi Qwirkle Most Likely To: Kinda Clean Family Edition Dutch Blitz Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/221h 28m

Ep. 381 Sorta frugal eating and Q&A

This is the ultimate girlfriend chat. Rebekah and Kelly take over the podcast this week, to allow Meg to tend to her hospitalized mother. They asked the Awesomes in the Hangout if they had questions they wanted us to tackle - and as usual, the Awesomes delivered. Expect a few life updates, some honest talk about what they are watching these days and what will happen if/when (we're going with when) the Sorta Awesome team ever meets in person. Then they share their favorite frugal meal tips - including a snack from Kelly that shocked Rebekah - and some recipes that work well to feed your people when you are pinching pennies. Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: PrettyLitter: Visit prettylitter.com and use promo code awesome for 20% off your first order Thesis: Go to takethesis.com/AWESOME to get 10% off your first starter kit Care/Of: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to takecareof.com and enter code “awesome50” Olipop: Receive 20% off plus free shipping. Go to DRINKOLIPOP.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout. Factor: Head to go.factor75.com/awesome120 and use code awesome120 to get $120 off Framebridge: Go to framebridge.com and use promo code AWESOME to save an additional 15% off your first order Evite: Go to evite.com/awesome to find beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs in minutes—for free! SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Cureology Rebekah’s AotW: I Love Hue app Heather Havrilesky on the divine tedium of a long marriage Chicken soup with barley Spicy black beans and rice Curried Lentils Sausage Lentil Rice Skillet Rebekah's 10 Favorite Soup Recipes More With Less Cookbook Additional More With Less Recipes Adapted by Rebekah: Homemade Chicken Fried Rice Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/03/221h 12m

Ep. 380 Let's talk about midlife: brain fog and cycle chaos!

Wait, wait! Don’t worry - you are going to want to listen to this conversation no matter what your age or stage of life might be! Our culture has placed a nasty stigma on women’s experiences with midlife, and that has left many of us saying, “No one ever told me this!” But you know you can trust us to get very candid and very real to have the conversations that you won’t find anywhere else. Meg is thrilled to introduce a new Sorta Awesome regular this week — Mindy Brouse will be joining her frequently in a series of conversations all about the ups and downs of the midlife season of life. Tune in to hear them discuss the unexpected challenges of brain fog and the wild and wacky chaos of midlife periods! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BYJU: Go to BYJUS.com/podcast to sign up for your first class absolutely free Everyplate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.79 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome179 Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Foria: Get 20% off your first order by visiting foriawellness.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout LMNT: Go to drinkLMNT.com/AWESOME and get a free LMNT Sample Pack (just cover the cost of shipping) Dipsea: For an extended 30 day free trial go to dipseastories.com/AWESOME Show notes: Trader Joe’s caramelized onion dip Nick Quah’s 1.5 Speed newsletter Normal Gossip podcast God Spare the Girls, Kelsey McKinney You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Mindy at bookendhomeschoolers.com and on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/221h 11m

Ep. 379 Three things to know to help reluctant readers

Many of us know the thrills and joys of reading, and it’s natural for us to want that love of reading to rub off on the kids in our lives. But not all kids are enthusiastic readers - especially when there are so many screens and things competing for their attention. This week, Meg is joined by her longtime friend and children’s librarian Emily Jones who has some compassionate, thoughtful, and encouraging advice for anyone who wants to encourage reluctant readers. She also brought a ton of suggestions to get even the most skeptical of readers excited to dive in! Plus the cutest sneakers, delicious chocolate, and riveting journalism in Awesome of the Week! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/awesome16 and use code awesome16 for up to 16 free meals AND three free gifts Honeylove: Get 20% off your second item plus an additional 10% off your entire order at honeylove.com with code AWESOME Public Goods: Go to publicgoods.com/awesome or use code AWESOME at checkout to receive $15 off your first order Just Thrive: Get 15% off when you go to justthrivehealth.com and use code AWESOME at checkout LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Ana Luisa: Use code AWESOME to get 10% off at shop.analuisa.com/awesome SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: The Trojan Horse Affair Emily’s AotW: Madewell tennis shoes (bonus AotW: these chocolate bars) City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Amazon | Bookshop Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis Amazon | Bookshop Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins Amazon | Bookshop Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston Amazon | Bookshop The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett Amazon | Bookshop 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson Amazon | Bookshop Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Amazon | Bookshop View the full list of books at our Bookshop book list here. You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Follow Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/02/221h 4m

Ep. 378 Need to know: what we've been learning lately

Hey Awesomes, as you know, we are all about discovering new things here at Sorta Awesome. Except sometimes the most important discoveries aren’t actually things — new knowledge, new perspectives, and new insights are so important to discover, too! This week, Meg and Kelly share some of the most fascinating things they have learned lately. From giving yourself permission to quit to letting yourself free of the parenting guilt to how to order the perfect boba tea, they have so many interesting things that they think you need to know, too! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to grove.com/AWESOME and get a free gift set worth up to fifty dollars with your first order Thrive Causemetics: Get 15% off your first order when you visit thrivecausemetics.com/AWESOME Daily Harvest: Go to dailyharvest.com/awesome to get up to forty dollars off your first box Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME Thesis: Go to takethesis.com/AWESOME to get 10% off your first starter kit PrettyLitter: Visit prettylitter.com and use promo code awesome for 20% off your first order SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Loreal Age Perfect sunscreen https://myshlf.us/p-324185Trader Joe's Nourish SPF moisturizer Kelly’s AotW: Abbott Elementary (on ABC or streaming on Hulu) 2022 Regroup series of Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast Annie Duke on A Slight Changes of Plans podcast about the Science of Quitting Anne Helen Peterson's essay on Revenge Bedtime Procrastination Dr. Yuko Manukata TED talk on parenting Safia Nygaard Youtube: I Ran A Boba Shop For A Day How TikTok took over fashion You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/02/221h 14m

Awesome Today announcement!

Just a quick programming note - the Monday episodes with Meg and Kyle are moving back to the Awesome Today feed! Search Awesome Today wherever you listen to podcasts, and you'll be able to keep up there! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/222m 11s

Ep. 377 How to REALLY love yourself!

Instead of asking, “be mine, Valentine?”what if this year, you decided to be your OWN best Valentine? Meg and Rebekah think there’s no better time than now to discover how to REALLY love yourself well. They explore what the research has to say about treating yourself well, and they share some specific ideas and inspirations to help you know how to love YOU in 2022! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Uncommon Goods: To get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/AWESOME Everyplate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.79 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome179 Care/Of: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to takecareof.com and enter code “awesome50” Olipop: Receive 20% off plus free shipping. Go to DRINKOLIPOP.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout. Just Thrive: Get 15% off when you go to justthrivehealth.com and use code AWESOME at checkout LMNT: Go to drinkLMNT.com/AWESOME and get a free LMNT Sample Pack (just cover the cost of shipping) SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: WYLD CBD gummies Rebekah’s AotW: Wet N Wild Breakup Proof Eyeliner (affiliate link) How to Practice Self-compassion for Resilience and Well-being (University of Utah) 26 questions to get to know yourself better You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/02/221h 8m

Ep. 376 All the awesome of Encanto!

Pop the popcorn and settle in to a comfy seat because this week, we are all about a deep dive into Disney’s Encanto! Meg invited her oldest daughter Dacey (newly 17!) to help her dissect and discuss what makes this movie so magical for people of all ages. Dacey lends her musical theory expertise while Meg draws out the big themes that are connecting with so many people. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you don’t want to miss this conversation! We’re talking mascara and the 90s in Awesome of the Week, and our Encanto conversation starts at the 16:16 mark! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Smartass & Sass: Subscribe at smartassandsass.com and use code AWESOME for 10% off your first subscription BYJU: Go to BYJUS.com/podcast to sign up for your first class absolutely free Ana Luisa: Get yourself and your loved ones the perfect gift with up to 40% at shop.analuisa.com/awesome Honeylove: Get 20% off your second item plus an additional 10% off your entire order at honeylove.com with code AWESOME Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Factor: Head to go.factor75.com/awesome120 and use code awesome120 to get $120 off SHOW NOTES: Dacey’s Awesome of the Week: No7 Stay Perfect Mascara Meg’s Awesome of the Week: 60 Songs that Explain the 90s on Ringer and Spotify The Encanto soundtrack: your guide Encanto: Every character’s gift explained You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/02/221h 15m

Ep. 375 10 inexpensive buys that improved our lives!

Here’s the thing, Awesomes. We could ALL use a new discovery that will actually make life easier, but none of us want to break the bank! Meg is joined by Sorta Awesome regular Julie Tepperman, and they are dishing up the scoop on the under $50 purchases that have boosted their quality of life! From hygiene to creature comforts to car gadgets and more, you don’t want to miss this list! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/awesome16 and use code awesome16 for up to 16 free meals AND three free gifts Public Goods: Go to publicgoods.com/awesome or use code AWESOME at checkout to receive $15 off your first order Foria: Get 20% off your first order by visiting foriawellness.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout LMNT: Go to drinkLMNT.com/SORTAAWESOME and get a free LMNT Sample Pack (just cover the cost of shipping) Thesis: Go to takethesis.com/AWESOME to get 10% off your first starter kit Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for one month free of their entire mindfulness library SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Bésame lipsticks—American Beauty 1945 and Cherry Red - 1935 Julie’s AotW: Princess Pinky Girl MEG’S LINKS: Mouth tape (affiliate link) Multi packs of reading glasses: 3 pack of womens reading glasses (affiliate link) or 4 pairs cat eye readers (affiliate link) Phone mount for car (affiliate link) Sharper Image 10-in-1 pillow Booty wipes JULIE’S LINKS: Bucky Body Wrap (affiliate link) Beckhem hotel bed pillows (affiliate link) Souper Cubes (affiliate link) Precut parchment paper (affiliate link) Dazzle Dry top coat (affiliate link) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Julie on Instagram and Facebook! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/01/221h 6m

Ep. 374 Dark Cheer, YouTube Jeepin', and Kilroy was Here

Is the longest January on record? Or is just us? This week, Meg and Kyle update on family happenings, and Meg shares her surprise over season 2 of Cheer, the book she cannot put down, and a podcast series that has delighted her. Kyle shares a recipe (sorta), and they find shared fascination in how wild Jeep people can be. Recent Awesome of the Week thread in Sorta Awesome Hangout Cheer Season 2 Olga Dies Dreaming, Xochitl Gonzales Endless Thread Meme series. Start here. Decoding the Keanu Reeves meme Wayalife on YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/2241m 19s

Ep. 373 Let's destress with the Enneagram!

Gather around, friends! We have all been living in a constant place of stress and enduring trauma upon trauma for almost two years. Meg and Kelly are definitely not mental health or medical experts, but they are longtime believers in examining how our personality types can unlock the tools we need to cope with the stress of life, and this week, they have some specific ideas for how each Enneagram type can take a break from ongoing stress. Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to grove.com/AWESOME and get a free gift set worth up to fifty dollars with your first order Smartass & Sass: Subscribe at smartassandsass.com and use code AWESOME for 10% off your first subscription Daily Harvest: Go to dailyharvest.com/awesome to get up to forty dollars off your first box Just Thrive: Get 15% off when you go to justthrive.com and use code AWESOME at checkout Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME PrettyLitter: Visit prettylitter.com and use promo code awesome for 20% off your first order SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup from Pinch of Yum Meg’s AotW: One Second Everyday app How Each Enneagram Type Is Struggling (and Thriving) During the Pandemic - RELEVANT 5 Stress-Busting Tips for Each Enneagram Type How every Enneagram type responds to stress (and how to help) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/01/221h 18m

Ep. 372 Nordic beaches, great audiobooks, and the Nanny Cam

It's the middle of January and the Awesomes have a TON of recommendations to help ease you through the winter blues! From what to watch to a brilliant audiobooks to products to make the winter a little easier, Meg and Kyle are here to share what's good right now!We would love to hear what you are into at this moment, so come join us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Don't forget to check out the Sorta Awesome store on Amazon when shopping this month!Come join us on Patreon for all of our spicy romance book talk!Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan EvisonGoing There by Katie CouricCrying in H Mart by Michelle ZaunerEcho by Pam Muñoz RyanMr. Coffee Espresso MachineSaraBethYogaNordic Beach WrapHey Dude house shoesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
17/01/2241m 55s

Ep. 371 Our favorite bookish delights!

Don’t panic, Awesomes - we aren’t going to overload your To Be Read lists (yet!). It’s just that Meg and Rebekah are SUPER enthusiastic about their shared love of reading right now, and they want to share this DEEP DIVE conversation with you about all the delightful things that make reading so much fun! From reading journals and trackers to bougie reading accessories to sharing their 2022 reading goals, they just can’t stop talking about all the ways that reading is making life so awesome right now! Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Uncommon Goods: To get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/AWESOME Everyplate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.79 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome179 Care/Of: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to takecareof.com and enter code “awesome50” Public Goods: Go to publicgoods.com/awesome or use code AWESOME at checkout to receive $15 off your first order Olipop: Receive 20% off plus free shipping. Go to DRINKOLIPOP.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout. SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Daily Goal Tracker Meg’s AotW: And Just Like That! Mary Carver and The Couch Podcast CassiesBookShelf 2022 Reading Journal on TikTok Fated Mates Podcast Currently Reading podcast MomAdvice Book Gang podcast Leigh Kramer's reviews on Goodreads Meg’s reading light (affiliate link) Musicozy (affiliate link) Flippy! (affiliate link) Remote Control Page Turner for Kindle (affiliate link) Personalized Book Embosser (affiliate link) Ideal Bookshelf You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/01/221h 21m

Ep. 371 Our favorite bookish delights!

Don’t panic, Awesomes - we aren’t going to overload your To Be Read lists (yet!). It’s just that Meg and Rebekah are SUPER enthusiastic about their shared love of reading right now, and they want to share this DEEP DIVE conversation with you about all the delightful things that make reading so much fun! From reading journals and trackers to bougie reading accessories to sharing their 2022 reading goals, they just can’t stop talking about all the ways that reading is making life so awesome right now!Want to join Meg and Rebekah in the 22 Tropes in 2022 Romance Reading Challenge?! Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the reading challenge plus hundreds of hours of ad-free episodes you can binge-listen to right now. PLUS! Get full access to texting privileges with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team!THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:Uncommon Goods: To get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/AWESOMEEveryplate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.79 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome179Care/Of: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to takecareof.com and enter code “awesome”Public Goods: Go to publicgoods.com/awesome or use code AWESOME at checkout to receive $15 off your first orderOlipop: Receive 20% off plus free shipping. Go to DRINKOLIPOP.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout.SHOW NOTES:Rebekah’s AotW: Daily Goal TrackerMeg’s AotW: And Just Like That!Mary Carver and The Couch PodcastCassiesBookShelf 2022 Reading Journal on TikTokFated Mates PodcastCurrently Reading podcastMomAdvice Book Gang podcastLeigh Kramer's reviews on GoodreadsMeg’s reading light (affiliate link)Musicozy (affiliate link)Flippy! (affiliate link)Remote Control Page Turner for Kindle (affiliate link)Personalized Book Embosser (affiliate link)Ideal BookshelfYou can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
14/01/221h 19m

Ep. 370 Weird flexes, Yellowjackets, and the meaning of risque

What are you into at the start of 2022? It’s Monday, and Meg and Kyle are here to talk about some things to check out including the first romance novel of the year that Meg has read, an epic rewatch for Kyle, and — of course — the Encanto soundtrack! We would love to hear what you are into at this moment, so come join us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Don't forget to check out the Sorta Awesome store on Amazon when shopping this month! Cigarettes, whiskey, and wild wild women Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews Yellowjackets is the next LOST Musicozy Meg’s 2022 planner and journal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/2251m 38s

Ep. 369 Compassionate advice for the new year with Rev. Mary Lee Downey

Welcome to the new year, friends! In this first episode of 2022, Meg sits down with long-time Super Star Awesome Rev. Mary Lee Downey for a conversation about how we can begin this new year with compassion for ourselves and others. Mary tells the story of how she discerned the call for ministry, and how her non--profit organization The Hope Partnership was born. She also encourages us to recognize how self-compassion can help us deal with the collective trauma of nearly two years of pandemic life. Plus an AMAZING planner and many big feelings about Disney’s Encanto in Awesome of the Week! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BYJU: Visit byjus.com/podcast to enroll in your first four classes—aa $99 value—for just $9.99. Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME Factor: Head to go.factor75.com/PLANS and use code AWESOME120 to get $120 off over your first three weeks of meals. SHOW NOTES: Clever Fox Daily PRO Planner Encanto These First Generation Americans are sharing how Disney’s Encanto illustrates generational trauma Encanto shifts the female paradigm The Hope Partnership Find Rev. Mary Lee Downey on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Learn more about The Hope Partnership at www.thehopepartnership.org! You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/01/2254m 15s

Ep. 368 What we learned in 2021, and our favorites, too!

Isn't it SO AWESOME that the very last day of the year is on a Friday?! This week, Meg is joined by Kelly and Rebekah for their annual year-end conversation! For 2021, they take a more reflective view on the year by talking about what they've learned in the past 12 months. From silly to serious to soul care, they've all learned some things they want to share with you. PLUS they reveal their favorites to watch, to read, and to listen to before you head into 2022! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas:  Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE bacon for a year Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. BetterHelp: Visit betterhelp.com/sorta and get 10% off your first month SHOW NOTES: KELLY’S LIST: AWEOME OF THE YEAR: Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast series on How to Make the Most of Family Life. There are five conversations - Misunderstanding, Changed, Grief, Forgiveness, and Still Working - with Anna Quindlen and Anna Sale. Aired in March 2021. LESSON: Vacuum your bathroom before you clean (HT GoCleanCo) WATCH: The Morning Show on Apple TV (Start your AppleTV+ free trial with our affiliate link. Must be a new user.) LISTEN: The Cleaning Kit playlist on Spotify READ: No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler REBEKAH’S LIST: AWESOME OF THE YEAR: Chocolate Cherry Cake with Fudge Glaze LESSON: Olive & June (Use Rebekah’s promo code SIMPLYREBEKAH20 for 20% off) LISTEN: Harry Styles and Under the Influence with Jo Piazza READ: Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M Orgeron & Kate Stewart MEG’S LIST AWESOME OF THE YEAR: Wayfair lighted vanity Lesson: People aren’t meant to talk this much (The Atlantic) Listen/Read: Marigold, Sara Gran You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/211h 24m

Ep. 367 Debriefing Christmas, two great books, and explaining Gen X

'Twas the Monday after Christmas and all through the house, the creatures were stirring with post-Christmas chaos! Meg and Kyle are back this week with the rundown on how Christmas 2021 went down in their family. Plus Meg rounded out her reading year with two not-to-be-missed books she's so excited to tell you about, Kyle weighs in on The Witcher and The Wheel of Time, and they think back fondly on the raise-yourselves childhood shared by all of Generation X. Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Don't forget to check out the Sorta Awesome store on Amazon when shopping this month! SHOW NOTES: Pony, RJ Palacio These Silent Woods, Kimi Cunningham Grant Not me, not Hermoine, YOU TikTok love for Gen X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/2156m 10s

Ep. 366 Best in books & reading 2021!

What was your favorite read this year? A novel you couldn’t put down? A collection of poetry that challenged or comforted you? A memoir you can’t stop thinking about? Join Meg and Sorta Awesome regular Katie Proctor as they relive 2021 through the books that stood out from the rest! From children’s books to non-fiction selections to romance to books worth the buzz, they bring you the best from the year, cover to cover! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Katie’s AotW: Vanilla Bourbon Coffee Meg’s AotW: Reading journal set-ups from Cassie’s Bookish Corner, mochibujo, A Clockwork Reader, readxchra KATIE’S LIST: NONFICTION spiritual: Wholehearted Faith by RHE Amazon | Bookshop memoir: A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K Barnett Amazon | Bookshop essays: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John green Amazon | Bookshop history: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith Amazon | Bookshop FICTION contemporary: The 100 Years of Lenni and Margot Amazon | Bookshop historical: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles Amazon | Bookshop mythology: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes Amazon | Bookshop rom/com: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood Amazon | Bookshop YA: This is My America by Kim Johnson Amazon | Bookshop MG: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Amazon | Bookshop LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2022 The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois by Honoree Jeffers Amazon | Bookshop The Sentence by Louise Erdrich Amazon | Bookshop A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw Amazon | Bookshop MEG’S LIST: NONFICTION What is God Like? Rachel Held Evans, Matthew Paul Turner Spiritual: The Universal Christ, Fr Richard Rohr Amazon | Bookshop Memoir: Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile Amazon | Bookshop Essays: Broken (in the best possible way), Jenny Lawson Amazon | Bookshop Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson Amazon | Bookshop Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson Amazon | Bookshop Sociological: The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker Amazon | Bookshop FICTION Women's Contemporary: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, Elle Cosimano Amazon | Bookshop Also in contemporary fiction: How Lucky, Will Leitch Amazon | Bookshop Historical: Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid Amazon | Bookshop Science Fiction: Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir Amazon | Bookshop Romantic: The Stand-In, Lily Chu Amazon YA: Any Way the Wind Blows, Rainbow Rowell Amazon | Bookshop MG: Starfish, Lisa Fipps Amazon | Bookshop LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2022 Finding Me, Viola Davis memoir (April 2022) Amazon | Bookshop Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead, Elle Casimano (Feb 2022) Amazon | Bookshop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her latest book Hand in Hand! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/211h 13m

Ep. 365 Alias reruns, Nutella slander, and a jury duty miracle

As you settle in to the middle of December, let us take your mind off of the hustle and bustle with some chit-chat about pop culture, life updates, and more! Meg and Kyle give the rundown on things to watch, read, and listen to, as well as sing the praises of gifted whiskey and a miraculous escape from jury duty! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Don't forget to check out the Sorta Awesome store on Amazon when shopping this month! Sweet Bobby Sunshine Superman Gordon’s Food Service cookies Nomad Whisky Redwing Boots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/211h 5m

Ep. 364 We're Obsessed: life hacks we swear by!

Who doesn’t love a life hack, especially one that is Awesome-approved? This week, Meg is joined by Sorta Awesome regular Julie Tepperman, and they have a TON of hacks, tips, and tricks to share with you. From mood rescue to December time boundaries to streaming all the audio books your reader heart desires, they have got so many ways to make life more awesome, and they are spilling their secrets to you! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Bombas:  Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.79 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome179 Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to take advantage of an exclusive discount for listeners BetterHelp: Visit betterhelp.com/sorta and get 10% off your first month SHOW NOTES: Meg AoTW: Single All the Way Netflix Julie’s AotW: Slapzi Scribd: Get 30 days free with Meg's Scribd link Audible: Get a free Audiobook with Sorta Awesome's link! It's raining money blog post at The Seasonal Home Meg loves PIXI Glow Tonic The three song method: Example 1: No roots by Alice Merton Good to be alive (Hallelijah) by Andy Grammar I love it (featuring Charli XCX). Example 2: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus Should I stay or should I go by the Clash Feel it still by Portugal. The man Life hacks from TikTok: Microwaving rice with ice cubes in it Bathrobe tie Loop ear buds Clip on colander Chicken soup (two kinds, both recipes by Smitten Kitchen): Matzo ball soup and perfect uncluttered chicken broth TikTok made me buy it: Dieux reusable eye masks Cicapair tiger grass camo drops Disposable adhesive hair catchers It cosmetics Confidence in a cream anti-aging armor You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Julie on Instagram and Facebook! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/211h 11m

Ep. 363 Spotify Wrapped, bourbon recs, and the audiobook debate

The end of the year brings many good things, including Spotify's annual year in review of the music you loved. But what if your kids absolutely wreck your Wrapped? That's part of what Meg and Kyle discuss in this episode, along with sharing some recommendations for shows to watch, a fun book to read, and a fierce debate over reading via audio! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Finlay Donovan is Killing It! by Elle Casimano Bourbons mentioned: Four Roses Woodford Reserve Bulleit Bourbon Don't forget to check out the Sorta Awesome store on Amazon when shopping this month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/2158m 18s

Ep. 362 Re-imagining our holidays

Is it just us, or does it seem like the holidays get harder every year? This week, Meg and Kelly are here to share some ways their families are bringing the AWESOME back to the holiday season! Whether it’s discovering fun new traditions or celebrating with ancient rhythms, they have lots of encouragement that you can re-imagine the way you do holidays, and it might make this season merrier than ever. Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/SORTA SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Kelly’s Apple Pie Oatmeal recipe Meg’s AotW: Jones Road: Bobbi Kit (or just check out the Miracle Balm!) Is It Time to Rethink Holiday Traditions? Pandemic Holiday Season Offers Opportunities for Community, Too Saran Wrap Ball How-To You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/12/211h 10m

Ep. 361 Bad pipes, Moka upgrade, and the Great Advent Debate

So much is happening this week on the heels of Thanksgiving including the beginning of Hanukkah and the Advent season! Today, Meg and Kyle decompress and discuss joys and pains as November comes to a close, and they reflect on how sometimes you've got to lose something to find something better. They share a few more gift ideas, and Kyle is wrong about the liturgical calendar! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Boss Bluetooth speaker Glass-top moka pot Rayban Havana Moccasin-style slippers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/211h 19m

Ep. 360 Lovehard, Taylor's trilogy, and our TikTok overlords

It’s the big turkey feast week here in the United States, and we are more than happy to keep you company while you drive, cook, or go for a long walk to escape all the family TOGETHERNESS! Meg and Kyle have some thoughts on what you could watch, read, listen to, and find delightful in lifestyle in the week ahead. From Netflix rom-coms to Adele’s 30 to a possible snore-stopper and an introduction to Kum & Go, they’ve got all kinds of silliness to keep you distracted (and maybe inspired?). Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! First Frost, Sarah Addison Allen Lovely War, Julie Berry Adele 30 Frndly Kum & Go TikTok guy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/2150m 29s

Ep. 359 Our spiciest confessions yet!

Buckle up and hang on tight, Awesomes! Meg and Rebekah have another round of confessions to share with you, and these are by far the most cringey, most earbud-worthy ones yet! From misheard song lyrics to feminine product mishaps, you’ll never look at these two the same way again! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial LinkedIn: Post your job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Caren Hand Treatment Meg’s AotW: Taylor Swift Red (Taylor's Version) Taylor Swift: All Too Well film version Garden Spells, First Frost: Sarah Addison Allen Harry's cover of Juice You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/11/211h 7m

Ep. 358 Yellowstone, The Future, and sorta salacious gifts for men

It's Monday and we are back with a brand new Monday convo! This week, Meg and Kyle discuss the buzz around Yellowstone, flashback to 90s television with Seinfeld and The Sopranos, rave about the new release from Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, and talk about gifts for men for this holiday season! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Wholehearted Faith Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats The Future Fallen Angel podcast Let's Go To Court podcast Masterclass Fresh Clean tees Wee Beastie RayBan sunglasses Bose speaker Portable battery Cortez / Superstar / Campus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/211h 11m

Ep. 357 Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Get ready to get merry, Awesomes! Your 2021 AWESOME HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE IS HERE! Join Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah as they share the most unique, unusual, out-of-the-ordinary gifts for all of the kids, teens, and grown-ups on your list! This SUPER-SIZED episode has something for everyone! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.79 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome179 Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE bacon for a year Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: KIDS Custom ABC Photo Book Hot Wheels Storage Shelf Toddler Scavenger Hunt Game Magical Flames Scratch Off Voucher Root beer chemistry set - $18 Scratch Off Mini Holographic Rainbow Notes - $10 Youth gripper slipper - half slipper, half sock - $24 (Reminder: You get 20% off your first order by going to bombas.com/awesome) A single Kiwi Crate - $26-$50 Nature Gear Window Bird Feeder Chonky seal pillow Make your own stop motion LEGO movie Tiny Baking Kit TEENS The Reverse Coloring Book by Kendra Norton DIY Moss Wall Art Kit Neon Signs: game controller cloud and rainbow Just Be Yourself GlowCity Glow In The Dark Sports Equipment LEGO Art LEGO Architecture Potato Pal - Your face on a real potato- $22 Oodie - a one-size fits most hooded wearable blanket - $75 Awkward moments card game - $18 Tune Out Musical Sleep Mask - $40 Cameo/cameo gift card Solid cologne Amigurumi kit Monogram pill case ADULTS Charmin Super Roll Go Ring Birth Order Candles: Oldest child Middle child Youngest child Mini Photo Album Keychain Nature's Dick Pics Calendar Hygge gift boxes on Etsy - $24-$60 Ember mug - self-heated smart mugs - $100 OXO Pour-over coffee maker - $18 Shower steamer spray - $22 Fairy Light Spirit Tree Personal Fondue Kit Under desk foot hammock Illuminidol pop culture prayer candles PAST SORTA AWESOME HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE EPISODES: 2017 2018 2019 You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/211h 28m

Awesome Archives: Holiday Gift Guide 2018!

This week, we're re-releasing our past gift guides to help you get your holiday gift shopping done early this year! Tune in to hear Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah share gift ideas for moms and mothers-in-law, dads and brothers and husbands, and gifts for a whole family to enjoy. PLUS they each named a gift of the year for 2018! Rebekah’s Gift Ideas: Awesome Gift of the Year: Hape Tap & Pound Bench with Slide Out Xylophone For moms/mothers-in-law: Amber Glass Dish & Hand Soap Bottles from Church Street Designs Set of 4 Air-Cleaning Houseplants Chunky Chenille Reverse To Sherpa Throw Blanket Moccasin Slippers Wooden Recipe Book Book of the Month Club Mask Maven Subscription Stocking Stuffers: USB Car Charger (Dollar Tree) Yes To face masks (Dollar Tree) Amazon Basics Batteries Sugary Cereal Hog Wild Poppers Meg’s Gift Ideas: Awesome Gift of the Year: Jeni’s Ice Cream For men: Shiatsu Back Neck Massager Ember mug Docking station Smart luggage tag Memory foam travel pillow Bombas socks (bombas.com/awesome and use code AWESOME at check-out for 20% off!) Masculine candles from UrbanChaosUSA Engraved barware from theUncommonGreen Hibiki whiskey Washington Post custom birthday book Smokeless Portable Fire Pit Stocking Stuffers: Sugar lip caramel hydrating balm scalp massager brush Two Minute Mornings Journal Leather tassle portable charger Animal face beanie hat for kids Kelly’s Gift Ideas Awesome Gift of the Year Hammock with stand (and wheel kit) For the whole family: NES Class VIDEO GAMES FOR FAMILIES: Rock Band Just Dance Lego Disney Pixar The Incredibles Board games for Families Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit COMIC BOOK COLLECTIONS: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Fox Trot Fowl Language Mini movie projector Fondue set Ice cream maker Pasta maker Silver dollar pancake in snowflake design Pool toys (like this basketball hoop) Sleds Outdoor Jenga Outdoor Yahtzee Brady Bunch boxed set Full House boxed set Bean Boozled Stocking Stuffers Bundled Up Monogram Ornaments avocado huggers chalkboard boom bowl hedgehog dryer balls pierced porelain tea lights Mom's little vase You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/211h 20m

Awesome Archives: Holiday Gift Guide 2017!

We know lots of Awesomes are already in the thick of holiday shopping this year! We thought we would make things a LITTLE bit easier for you by going back into the Sorta Awesome archives and re-releasing our gift guides from holidays past. Please enjoy this flashback conversation with Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura Tremaine as they shared their top picks for gifts in 2017! When you shop Amazon this year, go to sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon - we'll get a few affiliate dollars and cents when you shop through our link! SHOW NOTES: Meg's Links: Vegan Wallet from Matt and Nat MeUndies GAIA Thistle Farms Child's Cup Full World Vision USA Gift Catalog Novica on Amazon Laura's Links: Dyson Super Sonic Hair Dryer Apple Airpods Opal Ice Maker Nespresso Coffee Maker Ancestry DNA Away carry-on USE CODE AWESOME AT CHECK-OUT FOR $20 OFF ANY LUGGAGE Cashmere sweatpants Kelly's Links: Loot Crate Game of Phones Nerts Hanging Photo Display Glitter Slippers Starter Shave Kit Mini Bluetooth splash-proof speakers Cat watch, jewel and leather watch, slap watch Smartphone lens Drones Goofy bandages, patches and stickers, novelty socks Rebekah's Links: The Perfect Gift for Anyone: Consumable Christmas Gifts 12 Gift Ideas for Parents with Young Children Sight & Sound Theater Pop-up sauna (NOT KELLY-APPROVED!) And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/211h 3m

Ep. 356 Best meals for busy days!

It’s 4:45 PM on a busy weekday, and you’ve already spent the takeout budget for the week. And your people have the audacity to want to be fed dinner - AGAIN! What to do? We’ve got you, Awesome! This week, Meg and Kelly give you the best rundown on throwing together filling meals at the last minute - for yourself or for your family! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Bombas:  Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Mother of God Similar to Fire Kelly’s AotW: grocery delivery services for friends Recipes mentioned: Pasta with Butter Parmesan from “Dinner Uncomplicated” by Claire Tanse Slow cooker chicken tacos Chicken wonton soup (but use frozen already prepared wontons) Change-your-life chicken Kelly has all her recipes on her website: https://www.kellygordonmn.com/recipes Want more meal ideas? Feel like you’re stuck in a food rut? Be sure to check out SA Episode 111: Our Favorite Meals where Meg and Kelly discuss their favorite meals. You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/211h 6m

Ep. 355 Under-the-radar books and pivoting back to passion

It has been over five years since Amy Allen Clark brought her amazing book recommendations and reader insights to Sorta Awesome, but this is no trick, it’s all treat - she’s back! Amy sits down with Meg this week to discuss the health and medical challenges she has overcome, and that ultimately led her to lauch her brand new podcast MomAdvice Book Gang, and she has brought a list of can’t-miss under-the-radar books that are perfect for autumn reading. Plus a BUNCH of beauty fun in Awesome of the Week! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play SHOW NOTES: Olive & June Making Mauves by Colourpop Extraordinary life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (Bookshop link) Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Bookshop link) Setting Free the Kites by Alex George (Bookshop link) How Lucky by Will Leitch (Bookshop link) In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (Bookshop link) My Sweet Girl by Amanada Jayatissa (Bookshop link) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Amy on her blog, on Twitter, and Instagram! Check out the MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook. You can find the MomAdvice Book Gang podcast on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Check out all the BONUSES on the Book Gang Patreon! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/10/211h 8m

Ep. 354 Midnight Mass, hot drink helper, and No Bones Day

It’s the last Monday of October and the Awesomes have REALLY shown up with incredible recommendations for the week ahead! Join Meg and Kyle as they discuss Netflix’s Midnight Mass, the music Meg is playing on repeat, and the story behind two of the most viral videos on TikTok right now. Plus SO MUCH Awesome goodness! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Midnight Mass on Netflix AMERICA review: Midnight Mass is Catholic horror at its finest Aleteia: What Midnight Mass gets right and wrong about the Catholic faith Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World Get Booked podcast Practical Magic Nathaniel Rateliff And It’s Still Aliright Against the Odds podcast Awesome Megan’s cute Chico’s dress (currently sold out) Etsy shop with Taylor Swift ornaments Mini crock pot Fairwin Men’s ratchet belt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/2153m 22s

Ep. 353 Let's chat! (a group show)

Pour a cup of coffee (or maybe a little glass of wine!) because it’s time to chat! This week, Meg is thrilled to be joined by Rebekah AND Kelly for some much-needed good-friends conversation. Kelly brought some fun and fascinating questions, and all three take turns digging in and answering. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts, too! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE bacon for a year SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Chobani Flips Rebekah’s AotW: Qwirkle Meg’s AotW: Mika Grace Kelly Ryan Reynolds/Will Ferrell viral TikTok Mika My Name is Michael Holbrook Kelly Corrigan Hello World Swimsuits Rebekah loved this summer: Retro bikini and floral ruffle two piece You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/10/211h 12m

Ep. 352 Formula 1, Little Debbie surprise, and go-go

We are rolling into mid-October, and Meg and Kyle have the heads-up on some fun things to check out in the week ahead, plus some brilliant recommendations from the Awesomes! They've got TV talk, books for your TBR, and of course, Adele's new single! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! The Universal Christ, Fr. Richard Rohr The Showings of Julian of Norwich, translation by Mirabai Starr The Love Hypothesis, Ali Hazelwood When God Proves Faithful, Adrienne Terrebonne Easy On Me, Adele Baking Impossible on Netflix Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/211h 7m

Ep. 351 What we're learning about birth order

Do you have that eldest daughter energy? Are you in your 30s, but your parents still refer to you as the baby? Ever wondered if your kids will grow up with certain personality traits based on when they were born? This week, Meg and Rebekah do a super-sized deep dive into ALL THINGS birth order! Not only do they discuss traits of each of the types of birth order personalities, they also provide some questions for us to ask ourselves for growth and healing. Listen to this one before you gather with family for the holidays! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Grove: Get a FREE starter set with your first order at grove.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Criminal podcast (check out episodes 15, 51, and 71 especially!) Rebekah’s AotW: Neck Heating Pad The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/10/211h 12m

Ep. 350 Easy alfredo, pragmatic journaling, and flashing frog signs

What songs would YOU put on a playlist that explained what it was like to be a teen in the 90s? Meg and Kyle take up that challenge, plus they share tons of food talk, and the power of journaling even if you don't have fancy journals and pens. Let's start this week off with awesome! Mel's Kitchen Cafe Instant Pot Creamy Ziti Little People Christmas Story set Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/211h 10m

Ep. 349 Awesome List for Fall 2021!

FRIENDS! It’s here! Meg and Kelly are thrilled to bring you the AWESOME LIST for Fall 2021! From shackets to apples to fall scents to the very best fall tea, they’ve got everything you need to have a gorgeous autumn season (and maybe even a Practical Magic Fall!). Don’t miss their list, and you definitely want to hear the very unexpected reveal in Kelly’s Awesome of the Week! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Bombas:  Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome SHOW NOTES: Past Sorta Awesome Fall List episodes: Ep. 262: The AWESOME List for Fall 2020! Ep. 215: Awesome List for Fall 2019 Ep. 166: The Awesome List Fall 2018 Meg’s AotW: Layering necklaces Kelly’s AotW: Days of our Lives revisit the craziest storyline of its history Kelly’s List Shackets: Kelly is eyeing this one from Target (affiliate link) First Kiss apples Pumpkin goodness at Trader Joe's: Kelly recommends many of the items on this inclusive list of fall goodness at TJ's. Wintering by Katharine May Watch Frogger - a Wipeout-style game show based on the classic '80s arcade game - with your family. Bonus: Disney's Doogie Kamealoha M.D. is also cute and fun. Meg’s List Sweater vest (affiliate link) Alison Lumbatis blog: 5 Ways to Wear It: Sweater vest Quill and Ink Collection Poesie Perfumes Sling pack for fall Practical Magic series by Alice Hoffman Vermont Maple Ginger Tea You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/10/211h 8m

Ep. 348 Extra Awesome: Supporting new moms with breastfeeding and beyond with Shaunta Caine

Being a new mom - whether it's your first baby or your fifth - is such a tender time, and it's a time when women need support in so many ways. That means it's a great time to "be the awesome" for each other, and today's episode in the Extra Awesome series will introduce to you an Awesome who has made this her mission in life! Shaunta Caine is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and she is passionate about supporting new moms in many ways, and especially in breastfeeding. Listen to her conversation with Meg about how an unexpected and painful chapter in her life led Shaunta to discover a calling that is touching the lives of so many women! You will love hearing her hopeful, inspiring words for all of us in the Awesome community! SHOW NOTES: Count the Kicks app Follow Shaunta and her work at @mamataymilkmaid on IG! Join the Awesome Nation in our online communities on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/2124m 35s

Ep. 347 Clickbait, Autumn Sweater, and pizza tastes like love

Hello October! Who doesn’t love this month with its cooler, temps, spooky stories, and delicious goodies? Meg and Kyle are starting off the month with a highly-bingeable Netflix series, some deep and thought-provoking spiritual reading, and a homemade pizza fest. Plus they have some fantastic recommendations for you from the Awesomes that will bring some sparkle to these autumn days! Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Slow Cooker Korean BBQ tacos Al Rawabi School for Girls The Big Leap Autumn Sweater skin oil from Black Hearted Tart TikTok famous bathrobe Mandy’s Gourmet Salads Taco Bell’s Creamy Jalepeno Sauce copycat Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/2153m 8s

Ep. 346 Q&A with an Awesome teen!

What is UP with teens these days? Should we be freaking out about Gen Z? We’re here to tell you that the only freaking out should be a GOOD freak out because this generation of teenagers is pretty amazing! Join Meg in a conversation with her sixteen year old daughter Dacey who returns to the show this week to answer questions from the Super Star Awesomes! From her recommendations for getting into geek culture to how teens can best feel supported by the adults in their lives, you will learn so much from all that Dacey has to say! Wanna get in on that texting fun with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team? Come join the Super Star Awesomes and get the texting perk along with bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, a Super Stars-only Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Decoder podcast You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/211h 6m

Ep. 345 Extra Awesome: Peace and prayer for parents with Kayla Craig

There's nothing quite like parenting to remind us of how much we have yet to learn. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have some go-to prayers to rely on when you need support in the trenches of parenting? Kayla Craig tapped into that need with her wildly popular Instagram account Liturgies for Parents, and today, she joins Meg for a conversation about how and why parents are turning to time-tested liturgical approaches to prayer. Kayla introduces us to her book To Light Their Way, and even shares a poignant prayer of blessing for the Awesomes! Find all of the preorder bonuses (SO GREAT!) for Kayla's book on her website! Order To Light Their Way here Follow Kayla on IG and on her Liturgies for Parents account Join the Awesome Nation in our online communities on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/2129m 24s

Ep. 344 What we're into: Sepember 2021

We’re rounding out September 2021, and we thought it would be a good time to check in with some things we are into right now, and you know we want to hear from you, too! In this conversation, Meg and Kyle talk about what what they are into these days, and there’s a surprising amount of YouTube involved. From sunny, beachy Bahamas to soaring the friendly skies, their free time has been filled with daydreaming. Join them and the Awesome Nation in our online communities to tell us what you are into right now: on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! SHOW NOTES Rogan, ThisBahamianGyal (10 Best Bahamian Foods video) Gone with the Wynns Anne Helen Petersen newsletter What Got Left Out of LulaRich (interview with Meg Conley) The Daily Connoisseur interview with Dr. Patty Tae (Jennifer’s book Lessons from Madame Chic) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/2158m 45s

Ep. 343 Gift Guide: Awesome photo gifts and more!

Last month, we asked Awesome digital organizer Lisa Mast to come hold our hands and help us get our photos and other digital memories organized. Good news, friends! Lisa is back this week for another conversation with Meg that is an absolute game-changer for what to DO with all of your amazing photos! She has a list packed with ideas to share with the Awesome Nation that go beyond the basic photo book or calendar. NOW IS THE TIME to get started on your photo projects for the holidays, but seriously, these ideas for telling your story thourgh photos can be used year-round! SHOW NOTES: Lisa’s AotW: This is Ashlynn (podcast) and Ashlynn Mitchell (IG) Meg’s AotW: LuLaRIch on Amazon Prime Episode Resource Page on Lisa’s website Mpix: Lisa’s decide-once recommendation for photo prints and photo books. Use code awesome2521 for 25% off an order through October 8, 2021. This discount is valid for 25% off your order. The promo code is valid for one use per customer and cannot be combined with other offers except free Standard shipping on orders of $35 or more. E-Gift Cards are not eligible for this promotion. The promo code must be entered at checkout to receive the discount. Offer expires October 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (Central). Minted: Simple, designer photo calendar templates and beautiful printing. Get a FREE photo calendar when you add 10 personal dates, just pay shipping. Shutterfly: Photo Wall Calendars at Shutterfly  AlbumStomp: Simplify photo book design with AlbumStomp. Use code SCISSORTAIL for 20% off AlbumStomp through October 31, 2021. Canva: Use Canva to design anything, including photo books. Get a free premium element to use with a free account. Scissortail Digital: Have a custom photo book designed for you at Scissortail Digital. Use code SORTAAWESOME for a free premium softcover photo book with the purchase of a hardcover photo book or Senior Memories bundle by October 17, 2021 Laurel & Bleau Jewelry: Laurel & Bleau Jewelry Custom Handwriting Collection. Use code SORTAAWESOME10 for 10% off any item through October 15, 2021 Pinhole Press: Design photo gifts for all ages, especially kiddos at Pinhole Press. Use code SCISSORTAILDIGITAL20 for 20% off any Pinhole Press order through October 24, 2021 Just Go Travel Studios: Use your photos to create beautiful custom, vintage-style travel posters at Just Go Travel Studios. Buy 2, Get 1 and Free Shipping - automatically applied, no code needed Simply Cards or PostSnap: Send custom photo postcards in the mail directly from your phone with Simply Cards or PostSnap. Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st gen.) (2nd gen.): Enjoy your photos and all the smart device features with an Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st gen.) or Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd gen.). Perfect if you use Amazon Photos! Pix-Star Frame: Easily share photos to a digital frame with Pix-Star Frame SnapShopOnline: Photography courses for all ages at SnapShopOnline (relaunch coming this fall) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Lisa at her website Scissortail Digital or on Facebook 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/09/211h 22m

Ep. 342 Chocolate chip charcuterie, Class of 95, and the best albums of all time

It’s the start of a fresh new week, and the Awesome community is bursting with recommendations to make the days ahead a lot more awesome! From fall recipes to great TV to the perfect cup of tea for the fall, Meg and Kyle have got tons of recs you will love! Plus they take on some r/AskReddit debates, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts! SHOW NOTES: Come From Away (AppleTV link for Sorta Awesome) With You Forever, Chloe Liese (more from her) The Fellowship of the Ring on Spotify Other Words for Home Taylor Swift Essentialized Meg’s Class of 95 playlist Elastic shoe laces Garlic Parmesean Spaghetti Squash Friday Night Chili Vermont Maple Ginger Tea TikTok can opener trick Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/2154m 12s

Ep. 341 A love note to teachers!

Who’s the teacher that made a difference in your life? Chances are, there’s at least one teacher that comes to mind for you, and this week, we are celebrating all those awesome teachers who are changing lives every day. Listen to Meg and Kelly’s conversation recalling the teachers who most profoundly impacted them, as well as their own fond (and funny!) classroom teaching memories. PLUS they share an incredible resource that is free for teachers everywhere and give the Awesomes a special assignment! Also, this is a fantastic time to become a Super Star Awesome! There are so many fun things happening for Super Star supporters of this show through Patreon. Bonus episodes, ad-free episodes (!), and texting for starters. Come check out what we've got going on and let your awesome shine even brighter by becoming an official Super Star on Patreon! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Grove: Get a FREE starter set with your first order at grove.com/AWESOME Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. American Girl: Get a one time 15% off your order of Bitty Baby products with promo code AWESOME at americangirl.com SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Apple TV’s The Morning Show (Start your Apple TV+ free trial using our affiliate link!) Meg’s AotW: ilia mascara Kids in Need Foundation Every Teacher, Every Day Watch this short video that showcases Every Teacher, Every Day! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/09/211h 2m

Ep. 340 Ruining Zack Morris and the most unfortunate names

It’s Monday, let’s get into it! Meg and Kyle have some suggestions for you to watch, read, listen to, and amp up your lifestyle in the week ahead. Then Kyle delivers on his promise to find some of the most unfortunate names in recent history! SHOW NOTES: Zack Morris is Trash by Funny or Die on YouTube Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo Meg on Bookend Homeschoolers, Season 2, Episode 7: Community Just for You? I Got Love, Mother Mother Metaphysical Milkshake podcast Dyson toy vacuum Bird of Paradise Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/2155m 11s

Ep. 339 The awesome apps we can't live without!

Phone calls? Sometimes. Texting? Sure. But we use our cell phones and mobile devices for so much more than that every single day! This week, Meg and Rebekah do a deep-dive into the wonderful world of apps and share the ones that have changed their lives in the most awesome ways! Also, this is a fantastic time to become a Super Star Awesome! There are so many fun things happening for Super Star supporters of this show through Patreon. Bonus episodes, ad-free episodes (!), gift exchanges (!!), and texting for starters. Come check out what we've got going on and let your awesome shine even brighter by becoming an official Super Star on Patreon! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! Bombas: Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 Quip: Go to GETQUIP.com/AWESOME5 and get $5 off a Mouthwash Starter Kit American Girl: Get a one time 15% off your order of Bitty Baby products with promo code AWESOME at americangirl.com SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas (and sign-up for the Fall 2021 Capsule here!) Rebekah’s AotW: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas Kindle Unlimited Free Trial Sorta Awesome Hangout Group conversation about apps! Past AotW App Roundup: Voxer Marco Polo Overcast Instacart Walmart Groceries Chatbooks Ballz Hormonology Meg’s Apps: Mint Kindara Snapseed Sam’s Club Rebekah’s Apps: Clue The Weather Channel The Libby App by Overdrive Hoopla Tidy Apps Recommended by Awesomes: My therapy Flora Restaurant apps: Sonic, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Panera, Wendy’s Universal Tabata Peloton SwitchParents Xfinity You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/09/211h 12m

Ep. 338 Extra Awesome: Kindness and puppy love with Eva Pilgrim

Every weekend, millions of Americans enjoy Eva Pilgrim's upbeat presence as co-host of Good Morning America's Weekend Edition. Today, Eva joins Meg for the Extra Awesome series! We know you'll love Meg's conversation with her as they talk about Eva's brand new book, Walter Does His Best: A Frenchie Adventure in Kindness. They cover a lot of ground in this bite-sized bit of Awesome including the importance of kindness in our world, Eva's any-day-now baby watch, and even a little bit of skin care obsession. Walter Does His Best is in bookstores now, and it makes a great addition to home or classroom libraries! Find Walter Does His Best on Amazon or Bookshop. You can follow Eva on Instagram at @evapilgrim and you can find Walter there @walterunleashed, too. (PS - this is the CosRX snail mucin cream that Meg loves!) Come talk all things Awesome in the everyday on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/2123m 20s

Ep. 337 Nostalgia watches, bartender songs, and the 10th dentist

Happy Monday, happy September, and happy Labor Day, Awesomes! It's Monday, and Meg and Kyle are kicking off this week with streaming recommendations that lean nostalgic. They bemoan the Topo Chico shortage, celebrate a MacBook rescue, and explain that pregnant emoji ladies meme. Finally, they check in with the 10th dentist for some outrageously unpopular opinions! NOTES: The Lies that Bind, Emily Griffin Bartender Song, Rehab Drunken Lullabies, Flogging Molly Outfit Formulas Fall 2021 Capsule Maybelline Superstay Matte Crayon Pylies Heavy Hand Cream Physicans Formula All Star Face Palette Eudoia Wheat Straw set Kate Spade candy stripe planner Magic Candle Company Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/2158m 46s

Ep. 336 Go through our EMPTIES with us!

As the great Joni Mitchell sang, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone! This week, Meg and Sorta Awesome Regular Julie Tepperman take up the hallowed internet tradition of going through their "empties" - the products they love so much that once they're gone, it's an immediate re-purchase. They talk through everything from beauty and skincare to favorite beverages and office supplies and more! Also, this is a fantastic time to become a Super Star Awesome! There are so many fun things happening for Super Star supporters of this show through Patreon. Bonus episodes, ad-free episodes (!), gift exchanges (!!), and texting for starters. Come check out what we've got going on and let your awesome shine even brighter by becoming an official Super Star on Patreon! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play SHOW NOTES: Julie’s AotW: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig Meg’s AotW: @join_jules on IG and TikTok JULIE’S LIST: Benefit High Brow eyebrow highlighter: Amazon | shoplist Benefit they’re real remover: Amazon | shoplist Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow gel: Amazon | shoplist Urban decay sin eye shadow: Amazon | shoplist Lune and aster eyelid primer: shoplist Bite beauty agave daytime lip balm: Amazon | shoplist Fresh soy face wash: Amazon | shoplist Beauty counter face oil: shoplist  Chi silk infusion: Amazon | shoplist LaRoche Posay Lipikar AP body lotion: Amazon | shoplist Glysomed hand lotion: Amazon La roche posay ultra light sunscreen spf 50 (for face): Amazon | shoplist Barkeeper’s friend: Amazon Dishwashing gloves: Amazon Dish soap: Amazon Pens (.035 mm black gel ink extra fine ballpoint pen, box of 12): Amazon Rhodia notebooks: Amazon Knock knock list: Amazon Harney and sons apricot tea: Amazon   MEG’S LIST: No7 concealer: Shoplist Thrive Causmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Shoplist Benefit Gimme Brow Amazon | Shoplist Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment Amazon | Shoplist Paula’s Choice Wrinkle Defense Sunscreen Amazon | Shoplist Vanicream mouisturizing cream sensitive skin Amazon | Target Kopari deo Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap Amazon | Target Grove sponges (Grove.com/awesome) Mr. Clean Multisurface cleaner Amazon | Target SAM-e Omega 3 migraine combo: Magnesium chelated pills or powder & Vit B complex Throat Coat tea Amazon | Target You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Julie on Instagram and Facebook! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/09/211h 8m

Ep. 335 Shrimp tacos, Ted Lasso, and the Sword of Awesome

We're changing things up a bit this Monday, Awesomes! Life has been chaotic to the max for Meg and Kyle, so instead of your usual Monday conversation about what to watch, read, listen to, and laugh about in the news, this episode is just low-key chitchat. They manage to touch on joining the cult of Ted Lasso, ponder the world of flashlight hobbyists, and reveal the Sword of Awesome. Happy listening, friends! Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/2140m 51s

Ep. 334 What I Wish I'd Bought Sooner!

This conversation started with co-host Kelly in her kitchen, thinking about how much she LOVES her Kitchenaid Stand Mixer and how she wishes she had done herself a favor and gotten one so much sooner! Meg and Kelly discuss a list of those items that bring so much help and delight, and they are kicking themselves that they didn’t buy one sooner! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE bacon for a year Nutrafol: Get $15 off your first month’s subscription at Nutrafol.com and entering the promo code AWESOME. Free shipping on every order! Truebill: Don’t fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at truebill.com/AWESOME Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Spiced chickpeas and tofu from this recipe Meg’s AotW: @restroomrituals on IG Kelly’s List: Kitchen-Aid stand mixer PEET Electric shoe and boot drier Bras that fit. Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase (Also, see the subreddit thread A Bra That Fits.) Digital food thermometer: Here's the one I have (But if you don't need one to stay in the oven, you could go with this cheaper and smaller model) Meg’s List: MUSICOZY Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Headband FENUN Fly Traps, Gnat Trap, Moth Traps Jansport Fifth Ave Fanny Pack White sneakers Adidas Originals Sleek Sneaker You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/08/211h 6m

Ep. 333 Extra Awesome: Behind the scenes of podcast production

Ever wondered exactly how a podcast like Sorta Awesome gets made? This week for Extra Awesome, Meg takes you behind the scenes of producing Sorta Awesome by answering some questions from Super Star Awesome Heather. From microphones to editing and everything in-between, she has answers to lots of common podcast production questions! Be like Heather! Become a Super Star and get access to hours of exclusive episodes to download and binge, our Super Stars ONLY Facebook group, AND texting with Meg and the team! Patreon.com/sortaawesome SHOW NOTES: Blue Yeti mic AT 2005 mic ZOOM H4N Audacity Libsyn Art19 Come talk all things Awesome in the everyday on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2120m 15s

Ep. 332 Game-changers: salad prep, Powerspray, and face shaves

Why not start the week with something that's going to be a game-changer? It's Monday and Meg and Kyle have some great finds for you to watch, read, and listen to AND their lifestyle finds include some real game-changers from the Awesome community! And instead of news this week, they talk about how to change the game for shaving your face - great tips for any person who needs some help in the shaving department! Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! SHOW NOTES: SHOP THE SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, Marianne Cronin Lucy Parker books Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats Survivor Dawn Powerwash Spray Salad Chopper Bowl Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/2154m 5s

Ep. 331 Books for that Back To School MOOD

This is the time of year for freshly sharpened pencils, brand new backpacks, and books! And if we are talking books and reading, you know that Sorta Awesome regular Katie Proctor is back! This week, Meg and Katie have a whole list filled with inspiration for that back to school mood. From middle grade books that can’t stop gushing about to young adult picks of all kinds to the books from their own school days that they remember fondly, they have something for EVERYONE in this conversation! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial Grove: Get a FREE starter set with your first order at grove.com/AWESOME Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME American Girl: Get a one time 15% off your order of Bitty Baby products with promo code AWESOME at americangirl.com SHOW NOTES: Katie’s AotW: Broken Horses (memoir by Brandi Carlile)  Amazon | Bookshop Meg’s AotW: Chameleon: High Rollers Classics: Harry Potter Amazon | Bookshop Anne of Green Gables Amazon | Bookshop The Hundred Dresses Amazon | Bookshop A Separate Peace Amazon | Bookshop Middle grade:  Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend  Amazon | Bookshop The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt Amazon | Bookshop Okay for Now by Gary D Schmidt Amazon | Bookshop Just Like That by Gary D Schmidt Amazon | Bookshop Restart by Gordon Korman Amazon | Bookshop The Unteachables by Gordon Korman Amazon | Bookshop Track series by Jason Reynolds  Amazon | Bookshop The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Amazon | Bookshop Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga Amazon | Bookshop Starfish by Lisa Fipps Amazon | Bookshop El Deafo by CeCe Bell Amazon | Bookshop My Storied Year by Katie Proctor Amazon | Bookshop YA: Simon Vs the homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli  Amazon | Bookshop The poet x by Elizabeth Acevedo  Amazon | Bookshop With the fire on high by Elizabeth Acevedo  Amazon | Bookshop Legendborn by Tracy Deonn  Amazon | Bookshop Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia Amazon | Bookshop The Extraordinaries Amazon | Bookshop and Flash Fire by TJ Klune Amazon | Bookshop The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Amazon | Bookshop Adult: Rush - Lisa patton  Amazon | Bookshop House in the Cerulean Sea TJ Klune Amazon | Bookshop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her latest book Hand in Hand! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/08/211h 10m

Ep. 330 Extra Awesome: What we're buying at Trader Joe's these days!

Grab your shopping cart and hit the aisles of Trader Joe's with us, friends! For this episode in the Extra Awesome series, Meg is joined by Kate Nixon Anania who returns to Sorta Awesome to talk about all the awesome at Trader Joe's right now. From food finds to household to the best in TJ's beauty, they cover what they are loving (and a few things they don't recommend, too!). Ep 185 Be More Awesome with your money! Extra Awesome: Let's go to Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's YouTube channel Trader Joe's meals for busy moms Trader Joe's subreddit Find Kate's book Twenties in your Pocket - Amazon and find more from her on her website twentiesinyourpocket.com For more awesome in the everyday, follow Sorta Awesome on Instagram or join our community in the Sorta Awesome Hangout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/2140m 17s

Ep. 329 Super eye cream, McFlurry scandal, and speedy shaving

One thing to know is that we fired our recording software after this episode was recorded! But there are many other good things tucked into this conversation with Meg and Kyle like some brand new releases coming to streaming this week, an eye cream actually worth the hype (and money!), lots of TikTok talk, and some fascinating news stories you probably missed. Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups!SHOW NOTES:Flash Fire, TJ KluneRosaline Palmer Takes the Cake, Alexis HallMy Time Will Come, Ian PalmerThe Sharon Says So podcastStudio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. CreamSupernova Celestial Skin ElixirTime and Tru Women's Sleeveless Knit DressJane and Bleecker Ladies’ 2-piece Jogger Lounge SetOle Henrickson Banana Bright Eye CrèmeQueen of Thieves, Beezy March (pre-order)Lauren Henderson TikTok shaving hackLiquor BurgersSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
16/08/2159m 52s

Ep. 328 The photo organizing advice you are going to love!

On a scale of 1-10, how great do feel about where all of your photos are living right now? Not just the ones on your phone (but especially the ones on your phone!), we’re talking ALL the photos important to you? If thinking about how secure and organized your favorite memories are leaves you in the grips of anxiety, you are going to LOVE this conversation Meg had with professional digital organizer Lisa Mast! Lisa is an Awesome who specializes in helping people find answers to all of their questions and concerns when it comes to photos, and her mindset-based advice will bring you so much hope! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas: Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play SHOW NOTES: Lisa’s AotW: Branch Basics - save $10 (affiliate link) Meg’s AotW: NYX Lip Lingerie XXL Amazon II Shoplist Check out Lisa's round-up of resources for the Awesomes!! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Lisa at her website Scissortail Digital or on Facebook 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/08/2159m 28s

Ep. 327 Extra Awesome: Changing lives one book at a time with Jennifer Williams

After nearly three decades teaching elementary students, Jennifer Williams left the classroom, but she couldn't leave behind her passion for books and reading. After so many years of watching how becoming a reader changes the life of a child, Jennifer found a new mission - getting books into the hands of some of the most vulnerable members of her community. Friends, you do NOT want to miss Meg's conversation with Jennifer, a conversation that moved them both to tears! Tune in, be inspired, and get in on this bookish movement! SUPPORT JENNIFER'S WORK: Follow Joy of Reading (Jennifer's One Million Books giveaway) on Facebook Follow Second Chance Bookclub on Facebook Donate to Jennifer's work via PayPal: jen@jen-scottwilliams.net For more awesome in the everyday, follow Sorta Awesome on Instagram or join our community in the Sorta Awesome Hangout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/08/2139m 9s

Ep. 326 Aeropress lattes, sleep hypnosis, and Martian wannabes

Why not start your week out awesome, friends? Meg and Kyle have the rundown you need on what’s coming out this week to Netflix, Prime, Hulu, and more! Plus Meg shares her experience with the ASMR channels helping her sleep lately (sorta) and she has lots of fun lifestyle picks from the Awesomes. Kyle brings you all the news you probably missed last week, but the news that is weird, fascinating, or downright Awesome. (Here’s looking at you, Allyson Felix!) Come talk all things Awesome every day on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout and Awesome Today groups! Susan Page biographies Pavoi Huggie earrings Madewell Whisper Cotton V Neck Tank Kohls midi dress Aeropress coffee and espresso maker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/211h 6m

Ep. 325 Ideal Me vs. Reality Me

It’s time for some REAL TALK, Awesomes! Let’s get honest, let’s let go of some stuff, and let’s live in better alignment with the person we are truly meant to be! Meg and Rebekah explore who they are ideally versus who they really are in this conversation that is part confession, part pep-talk, and 100% inspiring to be your best self! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: Go to mybillie.com/awesome to get the best razor you will ever own and for free shiping always! EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 American Girl: Get a one time 15% off your order of Bitty Baby products with promo code AWESOME at americangirl.com SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Marco Polo app Rebekah’s AotW: Under The Influence with Jo Piazza podcast The Year of Less by Cait Flanders You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/08/211h 8m

Ep. 324 Extra Awesome: Moving into a sparkly fresh start with Embo Tshimanga

Welcome back to the Extra Awesome series, friends! At Sorta Awesome, we’ve always hoped to make a place for women in all ages and stages of life, but it’s not often we get to hear from our Awesome community members on the younger side of life. Embo Tshimanga is a recent college graduate who just moved into her very first place, all on her own! Join her conversation with Meg as they talk about why, as a former foster youth, this big move is especially meaningful for Embo. They cover everything from letting triggers be your teacher to the best place to buy frames for a gallery wall and so much more! SHOW NOTES: It is what it is :: Nobody’s Damsel podcast Finding Healing After Aging Out :: Archibald Project podcast Racism and trauma with Embo Tshimanga :: Happy and Holy podcast You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Embo on her Instagram: @embopriscilla 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/08/2125m 29s

Ep. 323 A magic midi skirt, scary scary snakes, and a delightful nostalgia overload!

August is here, and let's make it AWESOME! We start this first week of August with Meg and Kyle giving you the rundown on all kinds of good stuff coming to streaming, much of it packed with nostalgia feel-good fuzzies. We've got recommendations from the Awesomes on all that is good to watch, two great reading picks, a bookish soundtrack, and some great recommends for awesome in the everyday. We also have crazy, funny, and bizarre news items you probably missed in the news last week! Come join us on Instgram or in the Hangout group for more awesome, every single day! SHOW NOTES: NBCOlympics TikTok The Soulmate Equation, Christina Lauren The One, John Marrs The Song of Achilles playlist Megababe powder Pleated skirt on Amazon THE SNAKES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/211h 2m

Ep. 322 Awesome and inclusive play for all

One of our favorite things about being an Awesome is how we are all on a journey to knowing and doing better! This week’s conversation guides us all gently further down that path. Meg invites Awesome Mindy Brouse (co-host of Bookend Homeschoolers podcast and co-host of Currently Reading podcast) to have a warm, candid discussion about how we can recognize the need for more inclusive play for kids with special or additional needs in our families, schools, and communities. You do not want to miss this conversation! And there’s definitely a lot of bookish fun in Awesome of the Week! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Nutrafol: Get $15 off your first month’s subscription at Nutrafol.com and entering the promo code AWESOME. Free shipping on every order! Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE bacon for a year Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and choose a FREE gift (with orders $30 or more). Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial SHOW NOTES: Book bone Rainbow Rowell’s Any Way the Wind Blows You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Mindy at bookendhomeschoolers.com and on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/07/211h 2m

Ep. 321 Extra Awesome: Art as vocation with Jordan Leigh Tellis

For many people, creating art was a beloved pastime of childhood, and it may be a source of creative relaxation as an adult. But some people follow their natural gifting and develop the skill to turn art into a vocation. Today, Meg talks to Awesome artist Jordan Leigh Tellis about what that path has looked like for her, and how an unexpected portrait subject has allowed her to be part of the lives of customers in a meaningful way. Find Jordan Leigh Tellis’ Etsy shop here, and follow her on Instagram at @j.leigh.tellis.art Resources for getting started with watercolor: Anna Mason online art school Emily Lex online art classes Get started with gouache Gouache set Follow Sorta Awesome on Instagram or join our community on Facebook! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/2133m 6s

Ep. 320 Popsicle drinks, glitter mysteries, Slip-n-Slide Fest, and more

If the summer heat has you on the lookout for awesome ways to cool off, we’ve got the recommendations you need for the week ahead! Whether you are looking for a show to binge in the air-conditioning, a fun and fizzy drink to fix up for your kids (or yourself!), or a mountain-side festival with a big dose of nostalgia, you’ll find everything you need in our weekly Watch, Read, Listen, and Lifestyle updates along with the most fascinating news items you might have missed! The Invisible Life of Us, Kate Jones & Mandy Hose Endless Thread: The Great Glitter Mystery Dr. Squatch Star Wars soaps Wanderlog ColourPop eyeliners Buxom Plumping Lipstick in Baller The Nester Fancy, Fun & Fizzy popsicle drinks Ian Ross For the Good Of All Follow us on Instagram or come be part of our Awesome community on Facebook! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/211h 2m

Ep. 319 The BIG Travel Episode!

Whether you're leaving on a jet plane or just packing up for a trip to Grandma's house, whether you're on the road in the summer or looking forward to a winter getaway, we have ALL THE GOOD TIPS to make travel a lot more awesome! Join Meg and Kelly in this episode that our community has been asking for for YEARS - travel! From plane trip tips to road trip hacks and more than a few funny stories in-between, we'll help you get out the door for wherever you are headed! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: American Girl: Get a one time 15% off your order of Bitty Baby products with promo code AWESOME at americangirl.com Bombas: Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase Brightside: Go to brightside.com/AWESOME and take your free mental health assessment and get up to one hundred dollars credit on your first month of treatment Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Never Have I Ever, Season 2 Kelly’s AotW: Mint symple syrup, as descried in Chew Out Loud’s Best Mojito recipe (Bonus AotW: Kelly’s Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream) Courtney Clark Cleve's blog All The Best Days (sign-up for packing guide at the bottom of the page!) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/211h 15m

Ep. 318 Extra Awesome: 5 Books Every Woman Should Read

It’s a question that lots of us could spend so much time discussing: what is a book that you think every woman should read? In this bite-size bit of Awesome in the Extra Awesome series, Meg shares her list of five books that SHE thinks should be read by every woman, and she shares some suggestions from the Awesomes, too! What books would be on your list? Come tell us @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram or in our Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook! Want to find out more about becoming a Super Star Awesome? Get access to hundreds of ad-free episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), membership in our Super Stars Facebook community, and start texting with Meg and the Sorta Awesome team! All for $5 a month at Patreon! SHOW NOTES: Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, Dr. Emily Nagoski Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teens Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body, Toni Weschler The Red Tent, Anita Diamant The Gift of Fear: Survival Skills that Protect Us from Violence, Gavin De Becker Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brene Brown The Lazy Genius Way, Kendra Adachi Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First, Laura Tremaine Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson The Crosswicks Journals, Madeleine L'Engle Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer The Vagina Bible, Dr. Jen Gunter The Menopause Manifesto, Dr. Jen Gunter A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini The Bad Muslim Discount, Syed M. Masood Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2120m 3s

Ep. 317 Miraculous skincare, the perfect summer shorts, getting Olympic-ready, and more!

What are you up to this week, Awesomes? Are you getting ready for some Olympic fun? Wondering what else there is to watch? Looking for a book recommendation? Meg and Kyle have tons of suggestions for what all you can check out this week that will bring more awesome to your life, plus a ton of news stories that you may have missed but you're going to want to hear! Any Way The Wind Blows, Rainbow Rowell Dial A for Aunties, Jesse Q. Sutano Your Own Backyard podcast Ultra Comfort Waist Utility Shorts Just Watch Magnetic Drawing Board BudgetBytes.com Sorta Awesome: Olympics Obsessed Group Guo Gangtang finds his son Fudge Cake Balls WHY IS THIS A THING Want to live in the heart of Awesome? Make sure you've joined us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout Group! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/211h 21m

Ep. 316 Summer Meals Extravaganza!

Summertime and the living is … well, not that easy when you are trying to fight the heat and feed your family! Running out of meal ideas for these long summer days? We’ve got you, friend! Meg and Rebekah share all their best tips, recipes, and meal ideas for everything from fun breakfasts to no-oven dinners to eating on vacation with family. Plus some inspiring decluttering inspo and a great new podcast in Awesome of the Week! We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and choose a FREE gift (with orders $30 or more). PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Not Past It podcast Rebekah’s AotW: cleaning out closet Grilling: Ep. 58 Grill It, Girls! 7 Meal Ideas for Leftover Grilled Chicken Easy Grilled Salmon (and house seasoning!) from The Seasoned Mom Grilled grilled cheese sandwiches from the Food Network Slow Cooker: Creamy Mexican Chicken Cheesy Pasta & Beef Casserole Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls Instant Pot Iced Tea Kids Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch ideas 3 ingredient banana pancakes Apple Peanut Butter Cookies from A Farm Girl Dabbles Banana nice cream Chocolate Granola Bars from Foodlets Kids charcuterie board ideas from Six Sisters Stuff Vacation Meal Ideas: Baked Pesto Ravioli Honey Baked Chicken Pizza Tot Casserole Ham & Cheese Sliders with Sweet Mustard Glaze Homemade Sweet & Sour Salad Dressing Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs Meal Kit Service like Home Chef. (Use this affiliate link to try Home Chef and get $90 Off. That's $30 off your first two orders and $15 off your third and fourth order.) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/211h 10m

Ep. 315 All the awesome to watch, read, listen to, and discuss in the week ahead!

Sorta Awesome had to take a little time off last week but we are back with our weekly round-up of everything good in pop culture! This week will leave Twilight fans rejoicing, Rainbow Rowell fans celebrating, #FreeBritney conversations buzzing, and Spotify playlists bumping! And in the weird news department, we’ve got heists and hidden treasure, a big wedding in the Sooner State, and ancient oil wrestling. A little bit of everything for everyone! Any Way the Wind Blows, Rainbow Rowell The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow The Four Winds, Kristin Hannah Called By Name: A Memoir, Anna Shane Stadick Under the Influence with Jo Piazza Toxic: The Britney Spears Story Boil The Frog playlist maker Saltwater Sandals National Park Service Facebook account Cantu Wave Whip Curling Mousse Mark Zuckerberg Take Me Home Forrest Fenn treasure heist Legendary foul ball catch TikTok’s travel pillow correction Are you part of the Sorta Awesome Hangout group? Come join us for daily discussions of all things awesome! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/211h 13m

Ep. 314 Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle, News

It's Monday and we're here to start your week off with all the awesome you need to know! What to watch this week on streaming, something to listen to when you need help falling asleep, a TON of recommendations from the Awesomes, fascinating and weird news stories ... we've got a fun mix to start the first week of July! Show notes: Nothing Much Happens podcast Drama Queens podcast Countertop ice maker Peepers Recipe for pavlova Roomba Sign up for a free trial of Audible and listen to Project Hail Mary More details on The Book of Courtesans Find us on Instagram for daily Awesome! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/211h 4m

Ep. 313 Awesome Overflow: Sisterly Advice Edition (AD-FREE)

Have you ever been listening to an episode of Sorta Awesome and thought "Gosh, I wish I could tell them _______!" or "Why don't they know that the name of that movie is  _____?" Have you ever wondered what TikToks we text our friends, or how we let each other know when we just finished an incredible book?  We are THRILLED to announce that our latest Super Star perk is texting with us! Through the Community app, we are able to send texts to our community and communicate back and forth via texting. No bots, no AI, just your friends at Sorta Awesome texting you! When you sign up to become a Super Star supporter of Sorta Awesome on Patreon, you’ll get access to texting, over 150 bonus episodes to download and binge, new monthly episodes created just for our Super Stars (including our Sorta Spicy series!), and access to our exclusive Facebook group. All for $5/month! Sign up to become a Super Star Awesome here! Show Notes from Awesome Overflow: Tretinoin information Foot care kit on Amazon You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/2157m 34s

Ep. 312 Extra Awesome: Christmas in July with Mary Carver!

You know we love any reason to celebrate the everyday around here, and this week, Meg is thrilled to kick off the revived Extra Awesome series with a conversation with Mary Carver about celebrating Christmas in July! Mary returns to Sorta Awesome with some background, inspiration, and ideas and more to get you thinking about making July really special this year with some holiday happiness. Frozen hot chocolate bars, Hallmark holiday movies, homemade cinnamon rolls and more! Show Notes: teleparty extension Listen to Mary’s podcast The Couch with Mary Carver wherever you find your favorite podcasts Find Mary at her blog or on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/2130m 20s

Ep. 311 News & Watch/Read/Listen/Lifestyle Recs!

We’re just about to wrap up the month of June, and we’ve got a BUNCH of recommendations for you of what to watch, what to read, what to listen to, and fun lifestyle picks! But before that, Meg and Kyle dig into some silly, fascinating, and awesome news stories that you definitely missed in the big headlines! What to watch on streaming in July 2021 Starstruck HBO MAX Try Audible Plus (for Project Hail Mary and other good stuff!) Project Hail Mary The Stars of Whistling Ridge Amazon | Bookshop Storygraph App Sara Thackwray music Stella and Grace dead sea mud mask Folex Carpet Spot Remover La Colombe Coffee Roasters Cotton Flower Clothing on Etsy Follow Sorta Awesome on Instagram for daily Awesome including everyday celebrations and birthdays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/211h 9m

Ep. 310 Recent books that are worth the hype!

Summer reading season is in FULL SWING, and that means you are probably hearing about great books everywhere you turn. But how many of those books live up to the hype? This week, Meg is joined by Sorta Awesome Regular and author Katie Proctor, and they are here to give you the rundown on which recent books getting lots of buzz actually live up to all the hype! Plus a fun summer beauty pick and vicarious travel in Awesome of the Week! BECOME A SORTA AWESOME SUPER STAR! This summer, treat yourself to our exclusive Patreon content and catch up on our latest Sorta Spicy series, enjoy monthly Awesome Overflow episodes and hang with other Super Stars in our Facebook community! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE bacon for a year Bombas:  Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase Brightside: Go to brightside.com/AWESOME and take your free mental health assessment and get up to one hundred dollars credit on your first month of treatment Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. SHOW NOTES: Katie's AotW: Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener Meg AotW: Vicarious Voyager WeDoFunThings on TikTok @rooftopreviews Adult contemporary fiction: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes Amazon | Bookshop Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Amazon | Bookshop Circe by Madeline Miller Amazon | Bookshop Olympus, TX by Stacey Swann Amazon | Bookshop Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Amazon | Bookshop The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Amazon | Bookshop Daisy Jones and the Six also by TJR Amazon | Bookshop One, Two, Three by Laurie Frankel Amazon | Bookshop Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir Amazon | Bookshop The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave Amazon | Bookshop Non-fiction: Broken, Jenny Lawson Amazon | Bookshop Live Your Life, Amanda Kloots Amazon | Bookshop Middle Grade: Hand in Hand, Katie Proctor Amazon | Bookshop Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston Amazon | Bookshop Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt Amazon | Bookshop Mentioned: The Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt Amazon | Bookshop Okay for Now, Gary D. Schmidt Amazon | Bookshop Young Adult: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le Amazon | Bookshop Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley Amazon | Bookshop Tokyo Ever After, Emiko Jean Amazon | Bookshop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her latest book Hand in Hand! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/211h 8m

Ep. 309 News: JLo's mom, feet pics, gorilla hugs and more

Happy mid-week, friends! We've got the scoop on all the stories you might have missed in the past few weeks. Instead of bumming you out, however, the stories we cover will keep you looped in on the inspiring, the silly, and the plain old weird. Tune in to hear Meg and Kyle give you your serotonin fix for the week! Don't forget to follow Sorta Awesome on Instagram for daily celebrations and birthday wishes! A few links: Gorilla and human moms bonding at the zoo Florida Man's birthday prank JLo's mom weighs in on Bennifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/06/2141m 42s

Ep 308 Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle

Happy summer solstice, friends! We're back with another round of Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle, and Meg and Kyle are sharing some great finds on streaming, a fascinating fiction podcast, a new novel everyone is buzzing about, and lots of great lifestyle picks from the Awesomes! Stephanie Harlowe's Bonnie and Clyde series Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid King Falls AM Nightgown (with pockets!) Bubble tea kit Hotpop microwave popcorn popper Timber Ridge Botanical cologne sampler Karina Dresses Come follow us on Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/2154m 8s

Ep. 307 Spilling the secrets of life with twins!

From fictional twins like Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia to real life twins like Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, the fascination around twins is real! This week, Rebekah puts Meg squarely in the hot seat with all kinds of questions about what it’s like to have twins. From the moment the ultrasound screen surprised her to what it’s like to navigate parenting older twins to her biggest fears and her favorite moments, she spills all the secrets behind twin life! Can’t get enough of conversations with Meg and Rebekah? BECOME A SORTA AWESOME SUPER STAR! This summer, treat yourself to our exclusive Patreon content and catch up on our latest Sorta Spicy series, enjoy monthly Awesome Overflow episodes and hang with other Super Stars in our Facebook community! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Quip: Go to GETQUIP.com/AWESOME5 and get $5 off a Mouthwash Starter Kit Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and choose a FREE gift (with orders $30 or more). PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Knox Rose Dress at Target (affiliate link) Meg’s AotW: Podcast Do You Know Mordechai You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/211h 4m

Ep. 306 20+ things for 20+ years of marriage!

This week, Meg and Kyle are celebrating twenty-three years of marriage, and they have filled this conversation with stories and moments big and small from having spent over half of their lives together. They dissect fights over McDonald’s on an interstate in Texas, revisit what made Meg clutch her pearls the first time she saw Kyle, and pinpoint some of the biggest surprises of the past few decades. They also share some of the disappointments (especially a very recent loss), as well as giving their best advice for married life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/211h 12m

Ep. 305 Awesome List for Summer 2021

You guys! It’s finally here! THE AWESOME LIST for SUMMER 2021! Every season, we have the most fun putting together a list of AMAZING things to check out in the months ahead, and this year, Meg and Kelly are thrilled to guide you through their very favorite season of all! From sunscreen and summer makeup to drinks and recipes to keeping bugs at bay and so very much more, there is something for everyone on this list! Plus delightful comedy TV and dreamy Scottish ASMR in Awesome of the Week! BECOME A SORTA AWESOME SUPER STAR! This summer, treat yourself to our exclusive Patreon content! Catch up on our latest Sorta Spicy series, enjoy monthly Awesome Overflow episodes and hang with other Super Stars in our Facebook community! From now until June 14th, show some love to Sorta Awesome favorite Jessica Turner by shopping her Zulily event! Great deals curated by an Awesome with great taste! (SA affiliate link) THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play Bombas: Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase EveryPlate: Try EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal plus an additional 20% off your next two boxes by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Scottish Undertones ASMR; Relax video Kelly's AotW: Peacock TV / Rutherford Falls / Girls5eva Meg’s List: Breathable nail polish Innocence perfume oil spray by Poesie Perfume NYX peekaboo neutral (Shop our ShopList or use our Target affiliate link) e.l.f. Primer-Infused Bronzer in Forever Sunkissed (Shop our ShopList or use our Target affiliate link) Linen overalls Kate Baer’s book What Kind of Woman Spotify's 70s Road Trip playlist Kelly’s List: Asian Cucumber Salad from Well Plated Tinted moisturizer with SPF Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer Neutrogena Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 One-person portable mosquito repellent One-person portable mosquito repellent Patio-sized mosquito repellent Slow cooker recipes Kelly’s slow-cooker tacos Make this chicken shawarma from Chew Out Loud in the slow cooker instead of in the oven Slow cooker sloppy joes from A Farm Girl Dabbles Keri Gentry Welch's Spotify playlist "Summer Vibes for Moms + Kids You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/06/211h 4m

Ep. 304 Celebrations & News

Grab some peanut butter cookies and draw yourself a bath because there’s all kinds of fun things to celebrate in the week ahead! And when it comes to the news you’ve missed, we’ve got everything from Canadian UFOs to robotic manicures, from women’s urinals to pizza vending machines and more! Don’t forget to follow Sorta Awesome on Instagram so you can get your daily dose of awesome along with a personal birthday greeting from Meg! We’re @sortaawesomeshow on IG! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/06/211h 1m

Ep. 303 Awesome Ideas for Father's Day Gifts

With Father's Day just around the corner, we wanted to share some ideas for the Awesome men in your life! Join Meg and Kyle as they give specific suggestions sure to be a hit for your partner, your father or father-in-law, or any man you are shopping for this year! Mack Weldon Tommy John SAXX Fresh Clean Tees True Classic Tees Caswell Massey Jockey Club (and other classic products) Geo F Trumper Eucris, Lime Skin Food CRKT CEO Portable Battery Starter/Charger Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/2154m 7s

Ep. 302 Have the best summer based on YOUR personality type!

Summer is here, friends! And we have some very awesome ideas for how you can have a GREAT one all based on YOUR Myers Briggs personality type! Tune in to hear Meg and her sister Sorta Awesome regular Emily Harris break down all 16 Myers Briggs types and give some suggestions for the season ahead! BECOME A SORTA AWESOME SUPER STAR! This summer, treat yourself to our exclusive Patreon content! Catch up on our latest Sorta Spicy series, enjoy monthly Awesome Overflow episodes and engage with other Super Stars in our Facebook community! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Zocdoc: Go to zocdoc.com/AWESOME and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. Outfit Formula Summer 2021! Not sure what on earth to wear this summer? Pick up the Summer 2021 Outfit Formula and let AWESOME stylist Alison Lumbatis tell you what to wear every single day! SHOW NOTES: Emily’s AotW: Sweese 150.003 Porcelain Dinner Plates - 11 Inch - Set of 6, Cool Assorted Colors Meg’s AotW: Friends Reunion 16personalities.com CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR CHEAT SHEET with all the ideas from this episode! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/2157m 6s

Ep. 301 Celebrations & News

Roll up your sleeves, friends! It's the middle of the week and we've got a lot of awesome to get to! From Kyle's rotisserie chicken PTSD to Bennifer to a swimming pool floating ten stories above the ground, there's all kinds of fun stuff and silly stories to cover. A few notes: It's National Donut Day, baby! Stay At Home Mum's community will make you feel better about ruining the lives of your kids Go scroll @totheguysivedated WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO SWIM HERE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/2153m 56s

Ep. 300 Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle

Pop the popcorn and grab a box of Junior Mints because summer movie season is here! This week in Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle updates, we have a mini-preview of movies coming out in June on both streaming platforms and in theaters! Plus the Awesomes showed up with some GAME-CHANGERS for your life. The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything, Fr. James Martin Hand in Hand, Katie Proctor (@katieproctorwritesandreads) Done Playing By The Rules podcast Carpenter Creek Cellars (Sara loves the Sunset Rosé) SMARTAKE parchment paper Conscious Crop Bra, Athleta FitOn app Face shaver GiveInKind Free Assembly shorts (Go check out the Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe from Outfit Formulas!) FrSara neck cooling fan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/2151m 7s

Ep. 299 Celebrations & News

Whether this week is dragging or if it's racing by, you know you need a dose of awesome to get you through to the weekend! Meg and Kyle have holiday highlights for you to celebrate with your friends or on your own in the week ahead, plus a TON of fascinating, hilarious, puzzling, and weird news stories guaranteed to give you something to talk about at your Memorial Day cookouts. Meg's very favorite sunscreen EVER is this one from Paula's Choice! Isn't this mint julep kit THE CUTEST?! Order TODAY to get it in time for National Mint Julep Day! YouTuber Sarah Funk gives a little tour of NYC's Little Island Four Words: SUPER. FLOWER. BLOOD. MOON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/05/211h 0m

Ep. 298 Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle

Wondering what to watch this week? Need some inspiration in the world of great recommendations? You know the Awesomes have got you covered! Meg and Kyle have the highlights of what was great in May on Netflix along with what the Awesomes are super loving on streaming right now, too. We've got reads to inspire your kids, the first great pop bop of the summer, and lots of products to check out, too! When Stars are Scattered, Victoria Jamieson Heartbreak Anthem, Little Mix, David Guetta, and Galantis Sephora #lipstories in A Little Magic and Oui Aquage Illuminating Gelade Garlic Ranch Pretzels Recipe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/2155m 25s

Ep. 297 Awesome Haul: Woman-Owned Businesses!

We're back with a new episode in our Awesome Haul series! This time, we're featuring small businesses owned by women, and we have found some GREAT products that we know you're going to L O V E. Meg is joined by Kelly and Rebekah, and the three of them found happy home goods, nourishing nutrients, fantastic fashion, and even something to treat that dreaded underboob rash! Are you loving Sorta Awesome's new look? Treat yourself to some BRAND NEW Sorta Awesome merch! New designs featuring the return of GOLD to our logo are in the shop NOW! sortaawesomeshow.com/merch THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase LinkedIn: Post your first job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Quip: Go to GETQUIP.com/AWESOME and get a FREE plastic dispenser with any refill plan Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and choose a FREE gift (with orders $30 or more). SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Pilot BOLD pens (YouTube clip of Conan O'Brien) Kelly's AotW: Sea salt smell: Seaglass candle (affiliate link) and Sea salt oil diffuser (affiliate link) Rebekah's AotW: Magic Track Meg's Haul Seed Cycle Blend Picaboo Underbreast rash treatment Humble Chic Bow Back Blouse Kelly's Haul Tortilla warmer basket and hand-stamped tile from Clay Decor on Etsy Stasher platinum silicone food-grade reusable storage bags (snack size) Bees Wrap wax cloth food wrap We Rise boho graphic tee from Natural Life Rebekah's Haul Happy Happy House Plant Plant Food Happy Happy House Plant on Instagram Olive & June (Get 20% off your order with Rebekah's referral link) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/211h 2m

Ep. 296 Celebrations & News

We're serving up celebrations including Devil's Food cake, small batch spirits, biking to work, and digging out your old tap shoes. In the news, an ... unconventional ... approach to wellness that means you have to stay hydrated, buying stock in the lives of strangers, accent switching and more! It's your mid-week dose of AWESOME, friends! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/2155m 45s

Ep. 295 Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle

What's new in awesome? We've got you covered for the week of May 17th with great picks on every streaming platform, a bunch of reading recommendations straight from the Awesomes, and some fun picks to bring more goodness to your everyday life! Links from our list: Don’t have Hulu? Sign up here with Sorta Awesome’s link! Want to check out Amazon Prime? Give it try and support Sorta Awesome Writers and Lovers, Lily King Who is Maud Dixon, Alexandra Andrews Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir A Name Unknown, Roseanna M. White Did you know with Kindle Unlimited you can get access to over 1 million e-reading titles? Zero G (Audible Plus) Pickleball set VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/2142m 49s

Ep. 294 Our favorite indulgences and escapes

If there’s a mantra we will always preach to the Awesomes, it’s definitely to LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE! This week, Meg and Rebekah have a great conversation about all the things they are loving right now that they are indulging in as a way to escape a little bit. From book recommendations to podcasts they love to filling a home with plants to the best coffee on the planet and so, so much more, we’ve got so much that will surprise and delight you in this episode! Are you loving Sorta Awesome's new look? Treat yourself to some BRAND NEW Sorta Awesome merch! New designs featuring the return of GOLD to our logo are in the shop NOW! sortaawesomeshow.com/merch THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the App Store or Google Play Bombas:  Go to bombas.com/AWESOME and get 20% off your first purchase Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal plus an additional 20% off another 2 weeks by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: In Five Years Meg’s AotW: Madam X perfume by Possetts Roomies by Christian Lauren Rebekah's Frugal Plant Tips TikTok Follows: Zachariah Porter - @zzzachariah Clinton Avery Tharp - @clintonaverytharp KC Davis - @domesticblisters Lubalin - @lubalin Free Day Popcorn Schitt’s Creek Fated Mates Vanilla massage oil (as mentioned on our recent Sorta Spicy: Sexy Haul episode exclusively available for our Patreon supporters!) Sasquatch (Don’t have Hulu? Sign up here with Sorta Awesome’s link!) Broken by Jenny Lawson (and her blog The Bloggess) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/211h 11m

Ep. 293 Celebrations & Trivia

How about a dose of mid-week AWESOME? For this installment of Celebrations & Trivia, Meg and Kyle are back with all kinds of fun, funny, delicious, and weird minor holidays to celebrate in the week ahead, and they mix in a healthy helping of date-based trivia and more than a few untold stories from their lives as well. We know you'll find something fun to look forward to celebrating with us this week! Don't forget to come follow up on Instagram where Meg is in Stories every day to talk about celebrations of the day and birthdays! Send us a DM on your birthday so she can wish you a happy one! @sortaawesomeshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/2149m 20s

Ep. 292 Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle

Wondering what book to pick up this week? Lost in the Netflix home screen and no idea what’s good to watch? Need some inspiration to bring a little more awesome to your life? We’ve got you covered, Awesome! Welcome to Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle - a weekly series where we tell you everything you need to know about what’s good in culture, entertainment, and lifestyle goodness for the week ahead. This is Watch, Read, Listen, Lifestyle for the week of May 10th! Here are some of the helpful links from our list: Don’t have Hulu? Sign up here with Sorta Awesome’s link! Kids Against Maturity Meet Me in Another Life, Catriona Silvey The Tidy App Make sure you are following us on Instagram for daily celebrations and birthday wishes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/2147m 46s

Ep. 291 Back to ... normal?

It’s been over a year since the world turned upside down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we’re beginning to see a light at the end of this tunnel. Are we ready to go back to normal? What does that mean? And how can we make the transition a little less stressful and a little more awesome? You do NOT want to miss this conversation with Meg and Kelly as they process together what the months ahead might bring us! Are you loving Sorta Awesome's new look? Treat yourself to some BRAND NEW Sorta Awesome merch! New designs featuring the return of GOLD to our logo are in the shop NOW! sortaawesomeshow.com/merch THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME and save 50% while supplies last. EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal plus an additional 20% off another 2 weeks by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 First Leaf: Sign up to become a new member of First Leaf and get your first 6 bottles for $39.95 AND send $10 to the charity of your choice! Sorta Awesome’s affiliate link is sortaawesomeshow.com/firstleaf SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast series How to Make the Most of Family Life Meg AotW: The Ex-Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon Of course you’re anxious about returning to normal life Do We Even Know How To Socialize Anymore? There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing It’s OK to Grieve for the Small Losses of a Lost Year Why Our Mental Health Won't Just Go Back to Normal When the Pandemic Is Over You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/2158m 45s

Ep. 290 Celebrations & News

Why wait for a M A J O R holiday or life event to celebrate? Truly, there is awesome to be found every day of the week, and we are once again expanding the Awesome Universe by bringing you weekly rundowns of all of the weird, wacky, and fun days to celebrate as well as interesting news items you might have missed! For the week of May 5th - 11th, we’ll get you ready to celebrate everything from Lost Sock Memorial Day to No Pants Day and lots more! Plus UFOs, Mark Wahlberg’s dad bod, Ben Affleck being a creeper and more in the news round-up! Links to check out: Go ahead and drink after your COVID vaccine! It’s not the hands. It’s the nose. Mark Wahlberg prepares to be Father Stu A ticket out of Switzerland Puppy love in Ireland Ben Affleck sliding into DMs Mom’s Own Milk jewelry The CIA has been holding out on us Justin Bieber is lonely tho Don’t forget to come follow us on instagram @sortaawesomeshow where Meg covers fun celebrations for the day along with BIRTHDAYS! Send us a DM on your birthday so she can wish you a happy one! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/2151m 32s

Ep. 289 We're Obsessed: Gifts for moms and more!

Need to find the perfect gift for someone awesome in your life? Join Meg and Sorta Awesome regular Julie Tepperman this week as they give you the scoop on gifts for Mother's Day and so much MORE! From new moms to new grads to your Chosen Mom to something shiny and new for yourself, we have got gift ideas of all kinds, and they are all BRILLIANT! Plus a great go-to recipe and a darling little desk in Awesome of the Week! BRAND NEW SORTA SPICY ALERT! BRAND NEW this week, Super Star Awesomes got the next installment in the Sorta Spicy series: Meg & Rebekah’s Sexy Haul! This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! Quip: Go to GETQUIP.com/AWESOME and get a FREE plastic dispenser with any refill plan Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE ground beef for a year Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and choose a FREE gift (with orders $30 or more). PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. SHOW NOTES: Julie’s AotW: Flank steak recipe and Flank steak with chimichurri recipe Meg’s AotW: Vanity desk from Wayfair (affiliate link) GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS: Takeout menu organizer: this one or this one Pretty serving tray Foot massage roller Mini fridge GIFTS FOR MOTHERS/MOTHERS-IN-LAW: Mandy's Gourmet Salads Personalized cutting board Tacklife Pro Car Starter/Mobile Battery Pack Sink side tray (Find this one using our Grove affiliate link: grove.co/awesome) SPIRITUAL/CHOSEN MOM: AirBnB experiences online Lanshin Massager Canon IVY Mobile Printer GIFTS FOR YOURSELF: BeautyCounter face mask Kopari body scrub Pajamas for yourself—like these nice ones at Target (affiliate link) Nice gold jewelry from Quince JetPens sampler packs SUBSCRIPTION/ONLINE GIFTS: Subscription from independent bookstore like these: The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves, MO Read it Again Bookstore in Suanee, Georgia The Last Bookstore in LA, California The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California Shelf Subscription from The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA Subscription Rocksbox—Or get a free month for yourself when you sign up with Meg's link Kinder Beauty box You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Julie on Instagram and Facebook! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/211h 5m

Ep. 288 You need personal policies (here's why)

What if we told you there's an awesome solution for those situations where you want to take a stand or enforce a boundary but it's hard to summon the confidence? This week, we dive into a concept called "personal policies," and Meg and Rebekah are here to tell you everything they've learned, plus some of the personal policies that are finding to be so helpful in their own lives! BRAND NEW SORTA SPICY ALERT! Brand new THIS WEEK, Super Star Awesomes got the next installment in the Sorta Spicy series: Meg & Rebekah’s Sexy Haul! This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Your perfect fitting bra is waiting for you! Go to thirdlove.com/awesome to get 20% off of your first purchase! Best Fiends: Play the cutest game with tons of challenges and enjoy de-stressing at the same time! Download Best Fiends FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Bombas: Buy a pair of the best socks and around give one to someone in need! Get 20% off of your first purchase at bombas.com/awesome Headspace: You deserve to feel happier, and Headspace is meditation made simple.. Go to headspace.com/awesome for your FREE ONE MONTH TRIAL ZocDoc: Go to Zocdoc.com/awesome and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE and book a top-rated doctor now! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV podcast Rebekah’s AotW: Upopby Women's Vintage One Piece Swimsuit Two Words That Will Make you Happier, Calmer, and More Certain by Sarah Von Bargen You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/2157m 45s

Ep. 287 Revealing readerly confessions

If there's one thing we never shy away from on Sorta Awesome, it's spilling the tea on our secret confessions! Sorta Awesome regular Katie Proctor is back this week, so she and Meg thought it would be fun to tell all of their bookish confessions, and they are sharing some from the Awesomes, too. Listen in to hear about the book that almost caused a break-up, judging books by their covers with no shame, and questionable sex ed. All of that plus an Awesome-authored new release and a documentary packed with nostalgia in Awesome of the Week! BRAND NEW SORTA SPICY ALERT! In March, Super Star Awesomes got the next installment in the Sorta Spicy series: Kelly breaks down purity culture! This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome LinkedIn: Post a job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal plus an additional 20% off another 2 weeks by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 Moink: Go to Moinkbox.com/AWESOME to get FREE ground beef for a year SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: The Last Blockbuster documentary (Netflix) Katie’s AotW: Dear White Peacemakers, Osheta Moore Sorta Awesome Ep. 279 The Enneagram Explains Your Reading Life 10 Things to Tell You: Ep. 17 Revisiting Flowers in the Attic Sorta Awesome Ep. 261 The secret things we learned from books Currently Reading podcast A Prayer for Owen Meany 50 Shades of Gray Red White & Royal Blue Where the Red Fern Grows Bridge to Terabithia You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her book My Storied Year! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/2158m 2s

Ep. 286 Three-Step Awesome Skincare!

For years, the Awesomes have been asking for a conversation about basic, simple skin care that doesn’t break the bank. We’re here to help! Listen to Meg and Kelly talk about what a basic, 3 step skin care routine can look like, and how to expand beyond those basic steps if you want to up your skincare routine. Plus Kelly’s back with another delicious cookie recipe, and Meg has a podcast binge that she’s been obsessing over in Awesome of the Week! BRAND NEW SORTA SPICY ALERT! In March, Super Star Awesomes got the next installment in the Sorta Spicy series: Kelly breaks down purity culture! This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Kencko: The first 100 listeners will get 25% off their first order at kencko.com/AWESOME ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase BarkBox: Claim your free month of free dog stuff! CreativeBug: Get 3 Months of Creativebug for $1! Creativebug offers thousands of online video art and craft classes. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, bake, sew, screen print, and more! SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Monster Cookies Meg’s AotW: The Opportunist podcast, season 1 Cleansers: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser No7 Radiant Results Purifying Foaming Cleanser Moisturizers: CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream No 7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Sunscreen: Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen Paula's Choice Super Light Wrinkle Defense Exfoliating: CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser No7 Radiance+ Daily Energizing Exfoliating Cleanser Pack of exfoliating rounds Repair: Serums for No7 You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/04/211h 0m

Ep. 285 The friendship advice we all need right now

We've been going through it for over a year now, and many of us are feeling more lonely than ever before. But chin up, Awesome! This week Meg is talking to THE Friendship Expert Danielle Bayard Jackson, and she's got advice about friendships you have GOT to hear. Danielle shares four tips for finding new friends that do NOT involve striking up conversations with strangers. She also talks about why our friendships are so pivotal to happiness in life, and she gives great advice on how to heal friendships that have been neglected in the past year. This episode is a MUST-LISTEN! BRAND NEW SORTA SPICY ALERT! This month, Super Star Awesomes got the next installment in the Sorta Spicy series: Kelly breaks down purity culture! This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Apostrophe: Go to apostrophe.com/AWESOME and use our code AWESOME for fifteen dollars off your first visit First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome LinkedIn: Post a job for free at linkedin.com/AWESOME Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial SHOW NOTES: Danielle’s AotW: Cinnabon Meg’s AotW: Rattan earrings betterfemalefriendships.com Friend Forward podcast You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Danielle on Instagram and TikTok! Listen to her podcast Friend Forward and give it a follow on IG! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/03/2149m 8s

Ep. 284 Small hacks with BIG impact!

We are all about helping you discover the little things that make life so much better, and this week, we are ALL ABOUT those little life hacks that make a big difference! Join Meg and Rebekah for a tip-packed conversation that is totally going to change your life. They have hacks for your home, your skin and hair, your kids, your marriage, and more! BRAND NEW SORTA SPICY ALERT! This week, Super Star Awesomes got the next installment in the Sorta Spicy series: Kelly breaks down purity culture! This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas:  Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get 20% off your first purchase at bombas.com/AWESOME Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play EveryPlate: Get started with EveryPlate for just $1.99 per meal plus an additional 20% off another 2 weeks by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome199 Kencko: The first 100 listeners will get 25% off their first order at kencko.com/AWESOME SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Meg AotW: Maybelline Snapscara Wet brush shower detangler Shoe storage cabinet at Wayfair You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/211h 1m

Ep. 283 Awesome List for Spring 2021!

Yes, friends! It’s time once again for one of our favorite episodes of the year: our top ten list for the season ahead! Join Meg and Emily as they give you the inside scoop on all there is to look forward to in Spring 2021! They’ve got home decor ideas, books to read, movies to watch, makeup and skin care recommendations and more! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share their most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase Bombas:  Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get 20% off your first purchase at bombas.com/AWESOME Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Apostrophe: Go to apostrophe.com/AWESOME and use our code AWESOME for fifteen dollars off your first visit SHOW NOTES: Emily’s AotW: Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix) True Crime Obsessed podcast Meg’s AotW: Unsolved Mysteries podcast TrueCrimePodcasts subreddit 1. Nick Lewis YouTube Channel 2. Three movies: Raya and the Last Dragon Godzilla vs Kong Black Widow 3. Plantable flowers from Paper Source 4. Three perfumes: Aphrodite by Poesie Perfums Grapefruit Soda by Firebird Perfume Lagoon by Firebird Perfume: 5. Cute fake succulents 6. On-trend eyewear: 7 Eyewear Trends for 2021 (Who What Wear) 7. Rifle paper company tea towel 8. Three books by Awesomes: Strong, Brave, and Beautiful (edited by Emily Allen) Dear White Peacemakers by Osheta Moore Hand in Hand by Katie Proctor 9. Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate 10. Tend skin for razor bumps You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/2147m 38s

Ep. 282 Thank you, past me!

Future You REALLY doesn't want you to miss this one, Awesome! Join Meg and Kelly for a fun conversation on all the ways we can create routines now to take care of the future versions of ourselves - whether it's later today or a few months or even a few years down the road! Plus a powerful book of prayer and a game-changer for facial massage and TMJ relief in Awesome of the Week! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share their most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: FitTrack: Go to GetFitTrack.com/AWESOME to take 50% off your order. Plus, for a limited time get an additional 30% off your order with the code Build30 at checkout! PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. CreativeBug: Get 3 Months of Creativebug for $1! Creativebug offers thousands of online video art and craft classes. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, bake, sew, screen print, and more! SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: A Rhythm of Prayer by Sarah Bessey Meg’s AotW: Gua sha rose quartz Morning Jen/Nighttime Jen post by Jen Hatmaker Morning Self post by Jen Hatmaker You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/211h 4m

Ep. 281 We're obsessed!

Do you love hearing what others are obsessed with because they make life SO much better? You have hit the jackpot! This week, Meg is joined by new Sorta Awesome regular Julie Tepperman, and they have crammed so much good stuff into this episode, you might be a little mind-blown by all of the awesome! From skin care to food and cooking to stuff for the family to love to gift ideas and more, this is a super-sized episode of fun stuff to discover! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share their most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Apostrophe: Go to apostrophe.com/AWESOME and use our code AWESOME for fifteen dollars off your first visit First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert Starbuck’s medicine ball (now called honey citrus mint tea) Julie’s homemade medicine ball recipe: 1 bag Teavana Jade Citrus Mint tea (or other citrus mint tea like Tazo Zen) 1 bag Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea (or other peach flavored tea) 2 T honey 8 oz hot water 8 oz steamed lemonade (I microwave mine) Optional but not necessary – one pump peppermint syrup Heat your water and lemonade either separately or together, put in your tea bags and honey, let it steep for a few minutes and enjoy! Pamela Salzman website, Pamela Salzman Quicker than Quick cookbook, Pamela Salzman recipe for Greek sheet pan chicken with lemon and potatoes Merben Dry brush CND Rescue Rx Self expression cards Last defense board game Jenny Boston leggings (might be sold out) Pilates – the balanced life sisterhood on YouTube Shinola journals Skylight digital photo frame Boba tea: Boba Explained: A Taxonomy of Taipei’s Bubble Tea Pioneer Woman hard boiled eggs No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15 Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow, Skinlights Homitem Men Slippers Memory Foam Moccasin Slipper for Men Fleece Lined House Shoes with Anti-Slip Indoor Outdoor Ham&Sam Men's Robe Knit Bamboo Cotton 100% Wolf movie Thumbtack App Airpods Pro You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Julie on Instagram and Facebook! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/211h 15m

Ep. 280 Confessions: weird new habits, lice battles, book heartbreaks and more!

It's a time-honored tradition on Sorta Awesome for us to share our deepest, darkest, and goofiest confessions with you, and this round of confessions definitely gets sorta silly! This week, Meg and Rebekah spill the tea on themselves as they talk about strange new habits they've developed, getting lice in a pandemic, and a surprising new love of trashy coffee. All of that plus America's favorite government teacher on TikTok and PBS's The Black Church in Awesome of the Week! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share their most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Literati: Go to Literati.com/AWESOME for 25% off your first TWO orders and pick your kids book club today Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play Kencko: The first 100 listeners will get 25% off their first order at kencko.com/AWESOME Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and choose a FREE gift (with orders $30 or more). SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Sharon McMahon’s IG @SharonSaysSo Meg’s AotW: The Black Church on PBS Ep 37 - Helpful PSAs and a collection of confessions You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/211h 12m

Ep. 279 The Enneagram explains your reading life

You know we are all about helping you understand YOU a little better here on Sorta Awesome! This week, we are exploring how your Enneagram type impacts your reading life! Join Meg and Sorta Awesome regular Katie Proctor for a DEEP DIVE into how the Enneagram might influence the books you read, the ways you read, and how much time you spend reading. All of that plus an incredible leggings discovery and a newfound podcast delight in Aweosme of the Week! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share their most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Bombas: Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get 20% off your first purchase at bombas.com/AWESOME First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Madness Madness! podcast Beyond Yoga Spacedye Out of Pocket leggings Past Enneagram episodes on SA: Episode 12: Oh the Enneagram? It's awesome! Ep 194 Enneagram Q&A Ep 132 Why are you like that? Enneagram and relationships The Honest Enneagram, Sarajane Case The Complete Enneagram, Beatrice Chesnut Currently Reading podcast You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her book My Storied Year! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/211h 11m

Ep. 278 Ladies celebrating ladies for Galentine's Day!

You could say that Leslie Knope is the patron saint of Sorta Awesome, so let’s get ready to celebrate her favorite holiday - Galentine’s Day! This week, Meg and Kelly have a conversation celebrating women’s friendships - why they are so important right now, and how you can celebrate the women in your life even during pandemic quarantine times. Plus, you’ll hear Awesomes from our community celebrating the women who mean so much to them! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share their most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase FitTrack: Go to GetFitTrack.com/AWESOME to take 50% off your order. Plus, for a limited time get an additional 10% off your order! PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. Allure Beauty Box: Get over $100 of skin and beauty products for only $23 shipped to your door! Sign up using the Sorta Awesome affiliate link at sortaawesomeshow.com/allure SHOW NOTES: Kelly's AotW: homemade marshmallows Meg’s AotW: ambient-mixer.com SA EP 54 SA EP 134 Good Housekeeping ideas of virtual galentines day You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/211h 2m

Ep. 277 Sharing Our Stuff (A REUNION EPISODE!)

Buckle up, Awesomes! This week, we are bringing you the most super-sized episode of Sorta Awesome EVER! We got the band back together for this very special reunion episode featuring former Sorta Awesome co-host Laura Tremaine! Laura's new book Share Your Stuff. I'll Go First. releases on February 2nd, and she's back on Sorta Awesome to get Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah to discuss some of the questions she poses to readers in her book, and the answers are touching, surprising, silly, and deeply honest. Plus four times the Awesome in Awesome of the Week! AND! If you want even more conversation with the four original Awesomes, go check out the Sorta Spicy series on Patreon. The newest episode in the series is called "Covid Confessions," and in it, you'll hear Meg, Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura share the most heartfelt confessions of how the Covid pandemic has impacted their private lives. This episode is exclusively available for our Super Star Patreon supporters! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Literati: Go to Literati.com/AWESOME for 25% off your first TWO orders and pick your kids book club today LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Allure Beauty Box: Get over $100 of skin and beauty products for only $23 shipped to your door! Sign up using the Sorta Awesome affiliate link at sortaawesomeshow.com/allure SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune Rebekah’s AotW: Chocolate Cherry Cake with Fudge Glaze Kelly’s AotW: Box One Presented By Neil Patrick Harris Game (affiliate link) Laura’s AotW: CBD Body Butter Share Your Stuff: I’ll Go First. (Find it in Sorta Awesome’s Bookshop store celebrating local bookstores!) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! Preorder Laura’s book Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First, which comes out February 2nd! You can learn more about Laura’s book here or by visiting her website here. You can find her on Instagram @laura.tremaine and be sure to listen to her show 10 Things To Tell You! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/211h 40m

Ep. 276 The biggest trends of 2021 EXPLAINED

Looking for something to look forward to in 2021? You don’t want to miss this conversation Meg and Rebekah have exploring all the big trends for the year ahead as predicted by Pinterest! From candy charcuterie boards to Japandi home decor, fantasy travel to athflow, they cover it all! Plus a the coziest of blankets and a dreamy skin treatment in Awesome of the Week! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. Don't miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play EveryPlate: Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only 2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome3 First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Legacy Box: Start saving your family’s memories now with 50% off at legacybox.com/awesome! Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Rebekah’s AotW: UnHide Lil’ Marshmallow Blanket Get the Unhide blanket at a discount through FabFit Fun. Use promo code LASTCALL40 for 40% off the Winter Box. Good for new customers only and while supplies last: Sorta Awesome affiliate link for FabFitFun Epic Charcuterie Boards 5 Face Yoga Exercises To Tighten, Tone, & Give You Glow You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/211h 3m

Ep. 275 Your ideal morning routine: Myers-Briggs style!

You know we love a good routine around here, and January is an awesome time to give some of your daily routines a refresh. Why not create a morning routine that is geared for the way your brain works - according to Myers Briggs? Join Meg and her sister and Sorta Awesome regular Emily Harris to deep dive personality talk as they share what works best for each of the 16 types in the mornings and why! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. So far we’ve shared: Emily’s story of recovery in a 12-step program, 10 great romance novels with Rebekah. and fangirl-ing for fandoms with Meg! Don’t miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Sweaty Betty: Get 20% off your purchase at sweatybetty.com/AWESOME Bombas:  Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get 20% off your first purchase at bombas.com/AWESOME Kencko: The first 100 listeners will get 25% off their first order at kencko.com/AWESOME Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: No7 Lift & Luminate Powder You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/01/2154m 5s

Ep. 274 10 (more) little luxuries to get you through the winter

Brrrr! With the holidays behind us, winter looms ahead and many of us are still living quarantine life close to home. Need something to look forward to and some ideas on how to treat yourself well in the frosty days ahead? Meg and Kelly are here for you, Awesomes! Check out this conversation filled with ten little luxuries for the wintry days of 2021 - you'll hear about everything from keeping your toes toasty to a light to keep you happy and even something to get you excited to clean out that underwear drawer! Plus buying/selling good stuff and bingeable TV in Awesome of the Week! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. So far we’ve shared: Emily’s story of recovery in a 12-step program, 10 great romance novels with Rebekah. and fangirl-ing for fandoms with Meg! Don’t miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME for 20% off your first purchase FitTrack: Go to GetFitTrack.com/AWESOME to take 50% off your order. Plus, for a limited time get an additional 10% off your order! PlushCare: Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. Meg’s AotW: HBO series The Flight Attendant Kelly’s AotW: buying/selling furniture on FB Marketplace Parker Jotter Pen Plush slippers Reachargeable heated insoles Lulu leggings (but cheaper) Manzella Convertible Gloves Caren Hand Treatment Bravetart Cookbook Candle/incense: Nippon Kodo Kayuragi Incense Sticks - Aloeswood Seda France Japanese Quince candle (dupe for this luxury candle) Happylight Bootaybag Panty Drop You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Sorta Awesome is an affiliate for Amazon so we may receive a small percentage of your purchase when you shop Amazon through our link. Thank you for supporting Sorta Awesome! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/211h 6m

Ep. 273 A MUST-LISTEN to heal from 2020 for an awesome 2021

AWESOMES! Happy New Year!! We have got an INCREDIBLE conversation to help you start 2021 in the best possible way - by embracing healing from the hurts of last year so we can receive all the goodness the new year holds. You absolutely MUST listen to Meg's conversation with Jen Hoffman of HealthyMoving.com. Jen returns to Sorta Awesome to gently explain why we should be pursuing healing right now and how we can do that. Plus there is a LOT of journaling and book talk in Awesome of the Week! SHOW NOTES: Leuchtturm Journal BookTok on TikTok SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. So far we’ve shared: Emily’s story of recovery in a 12-step program, 10 great romance novels with Rebekah. and fangirl-ing for fandoms with Meg! Don’t miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial Sweaty Betty: Get 20% off your purchase at sweatybetty.com/AWESOME True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Jen at HealthyMoving.com and on Facebook 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/01/2152m 7s

A big announcement!

Join Meg and Awesome Colleen Cook for a conversation about a brand new experience created just for the Awesomes! Find all the details at sortaawesomeshow.com/wakingupawesome Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/2033m 0s

Ep. 272 Finding awesome in a year that wasn't (a group show!)

Well, friends, we made it. ALMOST. But before we put 2020 to bed (finally!), we wanted to gather together to talk about how we were able to find moments of awesome in a year that definitely wasn’t. Join Meg and Kelly and Rebekah for this review of how they got through 2020 with favorite activities at home, best online purchases, self-comfort and self-care, and some pop culture picks. Plus each of them share the Awesome of the Week that turned out to be the Awesome of the Year! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. So far we’ve shared: Emily’s story of recovery in a 12-step program, 10 great romance novels with Rebekah. and fangirl-ing for fandoms with Meg! Don’t miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. Amazon Music: Try Amazon Music UNLIMITED free for 30 days at amazon.com/sortaawesome First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome PlushCare: PlushCare makes it easier than ever to take care of yourself, inside and out. Start your membership today. Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on her Twitter , Instagram and on her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/201h 14m

Ep. 271 The best books you might have missed in 2020!

What is more awesome than diving into a GREAT book? Well, if you are anything like Meg, reading great books might be one of the things you lost track of in 2020. But no worries, we’ve got you covered in this GREAT books and reading conversation with Awesome Katie Proctor, mega-reader and recently published author of My Storied Year Tune in to hear Katie share fourteen (!!!) books that are sure to get you turning pages again in no time! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. Don't miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas: Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Theragun: Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days. Go to theragun.com/AWESOME and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. CrateJoy: Get 30% off your first box when you sign up at cratejoy.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: All Amazon links are Sorta Awesome's affiliate link. We make a small commission when you place an order after clicking on our link. Thank you for supporting Sorta Awesome Katie’s AotW: Beauty Counter All Bright C Serum Meg’s AotW: A Holly Dolly Christmas For a COMPLETE LIST of Katie's book recommendations, please click here for full show notes! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Katie at her website or on Facebook and Instagram! And be sure to check out her book My Storied Year! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/201h 1m

Ep. 270 Hallmark and chill: cozy movies for your holiday season!

Pop the popcorn and pour a cup of cocoa, Awesomes! Holiday movie season is here, and we've got the perfect person to guide us to all the good stuff! Meg is joined this week by Mary Carver, host of The Couch podcast and Hallmark holiday movie enthusiast ready to tell Meg and any other holiday movie newbies all about why this is the most wonderful time of the year for cozy movie watching! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. Don't miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order BlendJet: For 12% off your cute new BlendJet, visit blendjet.com/awesome Headspace: Go to headspace.com/AWESOME for a free one month trial Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg's favorite sweater is currently out of stock, but the Daily Ritual store has tons of other great styles! (Sorta Awesome Amazon affiliate links) Get Mary’s festive and free "Hooked on Holiday Movies" guide at http://marycarver.com/holidaymovie101 You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Mary at her website and on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/2051m 0s

Ep 269 Why are kids SO WEIRD?!

If you are looking for a laugh, there’s nothing quite so funny as thinking back on all the weird things you did as a kid! This week, Meg and Rebekah get nostalgic and laugh a LOT reminiscing about their own childhood weirdness like catching a school bus just to ride down the road and straight-up eating notebook paper. Then they share some funny, funny stories from the Awesomes! Plus something chocolatey and yummy plus highly flattering skinny jeans in Awesome of the Week! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. Don't miss out! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: CrateJoy: Get 30% off your first box when you sign up at cratejoy.com/awesome Amazon Music: Try Amazon Music UNLIMITED free for 30 days at amazon.com/sortaawesome LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Democracy Women’s Ab Solution Jegging Rebekah’s AotW: Heavenly Chocolate Butterscotch Chex Mix You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/201h 0m

Ep. 268 Self-care vs. self-comfort: everything you need to know

If ever there was a moment to have a great understanding of how and why to take care of yourself, it's the wild ride that is 2020! This week, join Meg and Kelly as they talk about why you desperately need both self-care and self-comfort, and how to know you are getting a good balance of each. Plus a creative cat owner solution and an obsession-worthy Netflix binge in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Theragun: Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days. Go to theragun.com/AWESOME and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. Function of Beauty: Hair care personalized for you at functionofbeauty.com/awesome Cove: Migraine warriors, good news! Go to withcove.com/awesome for 50% off of your first month’s medication for migraine, and free two day shipping! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/11/2057m 56s

Ep. 267 Do this (not that!), and YOU will be prepared

Awesomes, are you ready? Because we sure weren't! The year 2020 just keeps serving up the surprises, and in the past few weeks, Meg and her family found themselves in the dark - literally. Tune in to hear Meg and her husband Kyle share about the alarming way they discovered how unprepared for any kind of emergency they were, and how awesome it has been for them to discover what they need to do better next time! SORTA SPICY IS HERE, friends! Introducing the brand new series from Sorta Awesome where Meg, Rebekah, Kelly, and other Awesomes share the stuff you'll never hear on a regular episode. The Sorta Spicy series is exclusively available to our Super Star Awesomes who support us on Patreon. Don't miss out! ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase PlushCare: PlushCare makes it easier than ever to take care of yourself, inside and out. Start your membership today. Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase BlendJet: For 12% off your cute new BlendJet, visit blendjet.com/awesome Ardbeg Uigeadail Addidas Originals (Meg loves her Sleek style!) You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/201h 6m

Ep. 266 Goosebumps, daytime chills, creepy stories, and more!

Fire up that campfire, friends! We've got a whole hour's worth of the creepiest, spookiest, real life goosebump-y stories to keep you entertained this ghostly season! Meg's sister Emily is back, and you wouldn't believe how many creepy stories they have from their childhoods, college years, and even now. (One of them lives in a maybe-haunted-house!) All of that plus hair happiness and a GREAT read in Awesome of the Week! Want to hear more from Emily? BECOME A SUPER STAR AWESOME when you join our Patreon! You’ll hear Emily’s story of recovery in a 12 step program and get access to HOURS more Sorta Awesome to binge! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Amazon Music: Try Amazon Music UNLIMITED free for 30 days at amazon.com/sortaawesome Cove: Migraine warriors, good news! Go to withcove.com/awesome for 50% off of your first month’s medication for migraine, and free two day shipping! Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Function of Beauty: Hair care personalized for you at functionofbeauty.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Conviction, Denise Mina Not an Audible member? No worries! Sign up for Audible with our Sorta Awesome affiliate link! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/10/201h 8m

Ep. 265 The Enneagram Survival Guide for 2020!

We are closing in on the end of 2020, and maybe you feel like you are limping to the finish line. (We relate so much!) Thankfully, there is a way to acknowledge the hard stuff this year has brought AND look to all the ways you can care for yourself and continue to grow as a person, and the Enneagram will show you how! Join Meg and Kelly for this conversation about how each Enneagram type has been challenged this year as well as how each type can SURVIVE the times we find ourselves in. Plus Kelly has a FUN announcement and Meg takes you around the world from one simple screen in Awesome of the Week! Find the first episode of SORTA SPICY featuring Emily’s story of recovery when you sign up to become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. EveryPlate: Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only 2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome3 FirstLeaf: Sign up for FirstLeaf wine club and get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 OR 12 bottles for $59.95! Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s new website! window-swap.com The Enneagram Institute The Road Back to You You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/10/201h 7m

Ep. 264 10 big things that we stopped doing

You know that moment when you stop and realize "wow, I can't believe I haven't done that in a while"? Join Meg and Rebekah as they assess some of the most surprising revelations of what they are no longer buying, thinking, doing, and even the things they've stopped doing but really miss in their lives. Plus it's soup season and an escape to Paris in Awesome of the Week! VISIT THE BRAND NEW SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Find your next great hire with LinkedIn Jobs at linkedin.com/awesome Theragun: Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days. Go to theragun.com/AWESOME and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. Function of Beauty: Hair care personalized just for you at Function of Beauty! Save 20% off your first order at functionofbeauty.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Emily in Paris (Netflix) Rebekah AotW: Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup Rebekah's 10 Best Kid-Friendly Soup Recipes You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/201h 11m

Ep. 263 Awesome Haul: Black-owned businesses

Here at Sorta Awesome, we are so excited to introduce a brand new series: AWESOME HAUL! We believe that our shopping dollars can be a force for good in the world, and we are on a mission to introduce you to some incredible finds that are sure to bring some good stuff to your life! To kick off the series, Meg, Rebekah, and Kelly take you on a shopping trip discovering businesses owned by Black women. From cosmetics to home goods to books and more, they've got something for everyone in this episode! Plus a triple play of great stuff in Awesome of the Week! VISIT THE BRAND NEW SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome PlushCare: PlushCare makes it easier than ever to take care of yourself, inside and out. Start your membership today. Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. Sweaty Betty: Get 20% off your purchase at sweatybetty.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Girls’ Night In Kelly’s AotW: SweeTango apples (Bonus: Chestnut Crabapples - perfect for kids' lunches) Rebekah’s AotW: Dr. Caroline Leaf on Instagram Rebekah’s Haul: Isha Plants (Purchased: Raphidophora Tetrasperma) Revive and Bloom Brain Lair Books (Purchased: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London, Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory, and Beach Read by Emily Henry) Virginia Rose Design Co (Purchased: Floral Dog Sticker) Kelly’s Haul: Nicole Marie Paperie (Purchased: A mixed box set of cards, available on Etsy) Aquarian Thoughts (Purchased: Hammered Hoop Earrings in Silver Rose Gold, available on Etsy) Love Notes Fragrances (Purchased: Love Note No. 8 Two Wick Large Tin Candle) Meg’s Haul: The Lip Bar (shades Cocoa Cooler and Cosmo) Bailee's Nailbox Whiskey Sweet Candle Plant Mat You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her Twitter 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/201h 3m

Ep. 262 The AWESOME List for Fall 2020!

Awesomes! IT IS TIME! October is here, and that means we've got your list of ten awesome things for Fall 2020! This is always one of our very favorite episodes of the whole entire year, and this year is no different. Meg and Kelly share ten things to keep you cozy, comfy, well-fed, well-read, and in good spirits in the weeks ahead! All of that plus delicious dinner for the whole family and a fascinating peek at life in NYC in Awesome of the Week! VISIT THE BRAND NEW SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Legacybox.: Go to legacybox.com/awesome for 40% off your first order Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Kelly’s AotW: Chicken Zucchini Meatballs; Chicken Zucchini Meatball Subs Meg AotW: Nyasia C on YouTube Kelly’s list: Weighted blanket: Kelly’s Costco blanket. (This is a similar one with high reviews on Amazon.) Banana clips are back: Here’s a great set from Amazon. Silence or meditation: Headspace app or Hallow app Nail color instead of lip color: Essie Heart of the Jungle; Opi neutral nail polish; Revlon copper penny Apple peanut butter cookies Meg’s list: Haus of Gloi pumpkin butter Mr. Heater Buddy Heater Silky Toes Chelsea rainboots Jack Black Intense Lip Balm SPF 25; NOONI Applebutter Lip Mask  Elizabeth Penny column about cozy mysteries; The Bakeshop Series Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/10/201h 2m

Ep. 261 The secret things we learned from books

When will I get my first period? How do bras work? Am I ready to have sex? These questions and more filled the minds of our teenage selves, but we weren't sure where to find the answers. Before the internet existed, many of us turned to books. This week, Meg is joined by the creator and host of the SSR podcast Alli Hoff Kosik to talk about all the secret and important and life-changing things we learned from young adult literature, and Alli fills us in on how YA books have changed since we were teens. All of that plus a great read for right now and music for these last sunny days of late summer in Awesome of the Week! VISIT THE BRAND NEW SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Theragun: Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days. Go to theragun.com/AWESOME and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. Amazon Music: Try Amazon Music UNLIMITED free for 30 days at amazon.com/sortaawesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Self-Care: A Novel, Leigh Stein In the Summer Twilight playlist, Chelle on Spotify Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume List of Judy Blume books Babysitters Club The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas Frankly in Love, David Yoon We Are Okay, Nina LaCour The Princess and the Fangirl, Ashley Poston They Wish They Were Us, Jessica Goodman You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Alli on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or at her website www.ssrpodcast.com! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/201h 3m

Ep. 260 Love your home with these five hacks from Myquillyn Smith

We’re all spending more time at home these days - why not make it a lovely place to hang out? No worries if sprucing up your home space doesn’t come naturally to you. Meg’s got you covered! This week, she welcomes bestselling author and home decor blogger Myquillyn Smith to Sorta Awesome! Myquillyn has five hacks for you to create a home that is welcoming and warm - for yourself and for those you host at home! VISIT THE BRAND NEW SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 10% off your first purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Order Myquillyn’s new book Welcome Home! You can find Myquillyn on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or at thenester.com! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/2043m 40s

Ep. 259 What it's really like to work online

Instagram influencers, YouTube creators, podcast personalities, bloggers of all kinds … they all share one vast work space - the ever-expanding universe of the internet! Meg and Rebekah have each been working online for over a decade, and today, they invite you to join them in a conversation about what that is really like. Inspired by the honest revelations of a popular YouTube star, they dig into the professional difficulties and personal challenges of working in the online space, and they reveal what some of the most AWESOME parts of this specific work are, too. PLUS, two great reads getting lots of buzz in Awesome of the Week! VISIT THE BRAND NEW SORTA AWESOME MERCH SHOP! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase PlushCare: PlushCare makes it easier than ever to take care of yourself, inside and out. Start your membership today. Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Sweaty Betty: Get 20% off your purchase at sweatybetty.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW:  One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London Meg’s AotW: They Wish They Were Us, Jessica Goodman Safiya Nygaard on YouTube Where Have We Been by Safiya Nygaard You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/09/201h 8m

Ep. 258 Empowering women to have awesome births

It's a topic women have been conversations about for all of human history: bringing babies into the world! This week, the conversation continues as Meg invites Bryn Huntpalmer - creator and host of The Birth Hour podcast - to share about her passion for women, birth, and babies. Not only do they talk about how her mission is making meaningful change in the world of birth, they also cover surprising trends and what it's like to give birth during a global pandemic. All of that plus a luxury listening experience and a health boost in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: EveryPlate: Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only 2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome3 Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. Theragun: Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days. Go to theragun.com/AWESOME and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds Chelated Magnesium Bryn's book The First-Time Mom's Pregnancy Handbook The Birth Hour course: Know Your Options Childbirth Course You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Bryn on The Birth Hour podcast and on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/08/2053m 52s

Ep. 257 What's trending for Fall 2020

Okay listen, we know it's still August! You are managing back-to-school plans and searching for your sunglasses before you head out the door, right? But we also know you love to be a little more in-the-know about what's on-trend for each season, and this week, Meg and Kelly are here to fill you in on all the trends for fall 2020! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: The Argument podcast by The New York Times Kelly’s AotW: Hotouch womens pajama set For complete show notes, go to sortawesomeshow.com/shownotes/ep257 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/08/201h 3m

Ep. 256 TikTok and Instagram Reels EXPLAINED!

If the recent news headlines about TikTok have left you wondering what you are missing, or if you magically started seeing Reels in your Instagram feed and have been asking what the heck is going on, this episode is for you! This week, Meg and Rebekah get together to talk about all things TikTok, Instagram Reels, and the future of video in social media. Plus there's brand new TV talk and a life-changing Amazon discovery in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. EveryPlate: Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only 2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome3 True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah's AotW: Big Brother Meg’s AotW: The Amazon jumpsuit You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/08/201h 5m

Ep. 255 Life is more awesome The Lazy Genius Way!

Who doesn't want to be a genius? And if you can be a little, well, lazy about it, isn't that even more awesome? This week, Meg is joined by the one and only Lazy Genius herself, Kendra Adachi! Tune in to hear this conversation which includes Kendra sharing how the Enneagram influenced her journey to being a beloved life hack guru AND she walks Meg through a step-by-step solution to one of her biggest ongoing messes. All of that plus Awesomes of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome PlushCare: PlushCare makes it easier than ever to take care of yourself, inside and out. Start your membership today. Go to PlushCare.com/awesome to start your FREE 30-day trial. You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kendra on Facebook or Instagram or at The Lazy Genius Collective! Order Kendra’s book The Lazy Genius Way, out August 11th. Preorder bonuses include the complete Lazy Genius digital library: The Swap: The LG Guide to Decluttering for Life, The Meal Plan: The LG Guide to Happy Dinners at Home, The Holiday Docket: The LG Guide to Celebrating Well, and The Clean Slate: The LG Guide to Keeping a Home. 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/08/201h 8m

Ep. 254 Secrets to becoming the gift-giver you've always wanted to be!

You know the friend who always gives the perfect gift on every occasion? Ever wonder how she does it? This week's conversation features Meg and a real-life Awesome-turned-friends story with Julie Tepperman, and Julie is giving us the scoop on how she finds, organizes, and gives great gifts. Get ready for personality talk, practical advice, and lots of inspiration! Plus a lovely lip gloss and all things folklore in Awesome of the Week! Lune and Aster in Bestie folklore The Strategist Uncommon Goods Popchart Lab:  https://popchart.co/ Society6 Amazon's interesting finds page You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/2049m 8s

Ep. 253 Can we go from anxiety to awesome?

As the entire globe grapples with what a return to workplaces and schools will look like as Quarantine 2020 continues, many of us are grasping for whatever help and support we can find. This week, join Meg and her sister and Sorta Awesome regular Emily as they look at the bigger picture - the need for each of us to have a solid foundation of mental health and wellness to survive and thrive in the months ahead! From practical ways to get out of survival mode to the best mental health apps for your mobile device and more, they share lots of resources for strengthening your mental health, most of which you can do without leaving your home. All of that plus a hot weather beauty must-have and a Netflix must-watch for fans of The Babysitters Club in Awesome of the Week! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/2046m 58s

Ep. 252 It wasn't all grunge and BIG hair

Hey, teens of the 90s! What was THAT like? Many of us who lived out our teenage years in that wild, wild decade of the 1990s are filled with delight and cringe when we think back on those glory days. This week, Meg is joined by co-host Rebekah who unearthed a TEEN Magazine from August 1993. Together, they go peruse the pages and contemplate 90s fashion, celebrate their celebrity crushes, and conquer the ubiquitous teen mag quiz. All of that 90s nostalgia plus a treat-yourself discovery and baby's first favorite in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/2056m 29s

Ep. 251 Askers vs Guessers (and other things we wish we had known!)

Earlier this year, Meg and Kelly revealed some of the things they had discovered that no one ever told them (Ep. 238 Why didn't the tell me?!), and this week, they continue that discussion by sharing even more of the things that they wish they had known. From a practical hack for a summer favorite to pinching your plants to how to know if you are an Asker or a Guesser, they talk about the wisdom that is making life easier and more awesome. PLUS an extended discussion of Hamilton and a summer grilling favorite in Awesome of the Week! Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Don't forget to check out our new daily podcast Awesome Today! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/201h 3m

Introducing AWESOME TODAY!

Get ready for talk radio, but make it awesome! Sorta Awesome Media's newest podcast - Awesome Today - is ready to launch, and we are inviting YOU to be part of bringing more awesome to the world. Find Awesome Today in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever you listen to podcasts. Go RIGHT NOW, subscribe, and support the Awesome family by leaving a 5 star rating and review. Hooray for Awesome! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/07/204m 18s

Ep. 250 Sprinklers, limeade, library books, and what made summer awesome

Summer 2020 may be unlike anything we had hoped or planned for, but maybe that gives us an opportunity to rediscover the awesome of summer days of our childhoods. Join Meg as she shares what a variety of friends and Awesomes have said made for incredible summers when they were kids. You might just find yourself inspired to enjoy this summer more than you thought possible! Theragun: Find out why Theragun is changing the lives of Meg AND Kyle! Learn more at theragun.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. EveryPlate: Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only 2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome3 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/2056m 51s

Ep. 249 Internet life hacks: could you, would you, should you?

We all need a little helpful from time to time, but is the internet the place to find it? This week, Meg is joined by her sister and Sorta Awesome regular Emily Harris, and together they explore some of the most intriguing life hacks from TikTok, YouTube, and more and discuss if these are tips they could, would, or should try! All of that plus some delicious kitchen inspiration and a delightful beach read in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 249 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/06/2054m 2s

Ep. 248 The best drink is the one you enjoy

Bottoms up, Awesomes! This week, we're taking you down the aisles of the liquor store to help you feel more confident in picking just the right bottle of spirits! Join Meg and her husband Kyle as they talk about the history of alcohol, how wine and beer are different from liquor and how they are the same, and they give their picks and recommendations to take to the store with you. Even if you don't drink, this list will give you tons of ideas for buying gifts for the connoisseur in your life! All of that plus a thought-provoking book and a royal listen in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. The Coddling of the American Mind Noble Blood 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/2054m 14s

Revisiting How to Chat with Your Girlfriends About Race

In March 2018, Meg got to visit with race educator Krystle Cobran about how to have conversations with your friends about race. Her words and wisdom are more timely than ever, and we wanted to revisit it with you this week. Krystle's expertise is in creating conversations invite connection and understanding, and you can discover more of her work for individuals or for corporate settings at krystlecobran.com Other recommended listening: Getting Started as a White Ally with Anna Hithersay at Currently Reading 68 Hometown: A conversation about race with LaToyia Brown, Monica Pickens, and Danielle Williams at 10 Things To Tell You Bias series at Smartest Person in the Room Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/2053m 37s

Ep. 247 Awesome Summer List: 2020

We know that our Awesomes are smart, strong, and social, and we know you are exhausted right now, too. Between managing life upheaval in quarantine to listening, learning, and advocating for justice and change, our world feels extremely not awesome right now. But we want to remain true to what our mission has been from the beginnning - helping you find the awesome in the everyday. So when you are ready to take a break, we want to hang out with you! Let's talk about what we have to look forward to in summer 2020! Billie: to get your starter kit for only $9, go to mybillie.com/awesome Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Rebekah’s AotW: The Original Makeup Eraser Meg’s AotW: Mockingbird History Lessons on Patreon Rebekah’s Summer List: Holipick Women Tankini Swimsuit with Boyshorts Homemade Jam: What is the Difference Between Cooked Jam and Freezer Jam?  On The Island by Tracy Garvis Graves Dollar Tree Foot Scrubber 24 Hour Challenge for Kids: Rebekah's Instagram Stories Meg’s Summer List: Hello Curls by Noughty Sparkling red wine The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory Party of Two OgoSport Copter Darts The Honeypot Company You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/2055m 43s

Ep. 246 Every thorn has its rose (a group show!)

Our planet is just over two months into pandemic, quarantine, and all the very un-awesome things that have happened since, and we are all doing our best to make it through these chaotic times. This week, Meg is joined by both Kelly and Rebekah, and together they explore both the unexpected roses that have appeared in their lives during this time as well as the thorns that continue to be prickly. Join them for that conversation along with a fun TV show that you can recreate at home, a delicious recipe, and an app for meditative prayer in Awesome of the Week! Click here for complete show notes for episode 246! Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/201h 11m

Ep. 245 Good splurge/bad splurge

When was the last time you had a case of full-blown sticker shock? Was that high price tag worth it? This week, Meg and Kelly get together to compare notes on the things they've purchased that were worth every single penny, as well as the items that were big bummers. From the kitchen to the closet and lots of things in-between, they share what splurges were worth it and which ones weren't! Plus drastic social media measures and a fun Netflix binge for YA lovers everywhere in Awesome of the Week! Feeling super? This is the week to make it official! Come join the Super Star Awesomes! Find show notes for episode 245 here 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/201h 3m

Ep. 244 Dinner with the stars

If you're like us, you are watching a lot more television these days. And if you are also like us, you might be getting nostalgic for some of your all-time favorite characters, the ones you love so much, you'd want to invite them to a dinner party. This week, Meg and her sister Emily reveal who would land an invite for a party like that, and we want to hear who makes your list, too! All of that plus some great reads in Awesome of the Week! Find all of our link's in this week's show notes. Come join us as a Super Star Awesome Revolution Math: Sign up for a 30 day trial of this INCREDIBLE math-at-home program for just $1! Go to revolutionmath.com and use code AWESOME1 at checkout Honey: Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/Awesome 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/2055m 5s

SA+ offseason 002 – all day PLAYIN’ with it

New microphone in use!; Today is a day; all day playin’ with it; a one web browser kind of man; mediating a contract negation, as a professional hobbyist; reddit inspired - stories of things that can’t be explained  Get access to ALL Sorta Awesome Plus content at patreon.com/sortaawesome Find Sorta Awesome on FB at facebook.com/sortaawesome and on IG @sortaawesomeshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/2032m 12s

Ep. 243 So EMBARRASSING. Hear our confessions!

You know what we haven't done in a hot minute? Shared our confessions with the Awesomes! Tune in this week to hear Meg and Rebekah spill some truly cringe-worthy moments and questionable choices. Plus two binge-worthy watches in Awesome of the Week! Find a complete list of show notes here: Episode 243 Become a Super Star Awesome when you join our Patreon community! Thank you, Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/2059m 9s

Ep. 242 10 ways to be smart, strong, and social right now!

Hey Awesome! For over five years, we’ve been hopelessly devoted to YOU, and to helping you be smart, strong, and social in so many ways. Even during the troubled times of this pandemic, we want to encourage you each step of the way. Tune in this week to hear Meg and Kelly share ten ideas they have about how to keep on keepin’ on with being smart, strong, and social right now! Plus aliens and PUPPY LOVE in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: for your $9 starter kit, go to mybillie.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Strange Arrivals podcast NPR’s Up First Coronavirus Daily The Atlantic Brene Brown’s new podcast Unlocking Us Kate Bowler  10 Things To Tell You: Anxiety Always Makes Sense with Dr. Becky STRONGER: Chelle's Invicible Warrior Goddess playlist on Spotify MORE SOCIAL: Netflix Party or Metastream You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/2058m 14s

SA+ 010 Dog food DELIGHT!!!

Stella-Roby and Francie-Pants; Meg fat shames Francie; dog food is good and good for you; pretentious food for everyone!; Kyle isn’t tough; dear diary; fromm, fromage, braum’s;  Intro and outro song – DJ Quads - Millionaire New episodes of Sorta Awesome + released DAILY on video and podcast for our Super Star Awesomes! Sign up at patreon.com/sortaawesome Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/2018m 40s

SA+ 004 Welcome to Wal-mart, DRAMA QUEEN!!!

This is episode 004 of Sorta Awesome PLUS! To get access to every episode in this daily series (both video and audio), come join us as a Super Star on Patreon! In this episode: apocalyptic shopping spree; Quara Ntine; nightmares of the socially irresponsible; DRAMA QUEEN; Kyle's first slip into his redneck side (send bail money); David Koresh's brother, Adam; Meg reveals Kyle's past as a single-client gigolo; Tom Jones fangirl/boy; Meg is not a pig Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/2019m 12s

Ep. 241 Extra! Extra! Awesome news!

Hey Awesomes! Can you believe that this month Sorta Awesome is celebrating FIVE YEARS of bringing you all the awesome you need to know every Friday morning? This week, Meg shares with you a new addition to the Sorta Awesome you’ve loved for so long, and she grabbed her husband Kyle to help explain what they’ve been working on. All of that plus some Netflix goodness and a must-listen podcast episode for fans of Schitt’s Creek! It's the BEST TIME to come join us as a Super Star Awesome. Click over to Patreon to find out how! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Billie: to get your Billie starter pack for $9 and FREE SHIPPING, go to mybillie.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Ozark on Netflix Molly’s Game on Netflix Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend Podcast: Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara episode You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/2046m 32s

Ep. 240 How are you doing? (No. Really.)

Hey, friend. How are you doing? Let’s talk. Lots of us are on a roller coaster of emotion right now as we navigate the New Normal of life under quarantine. This week, Meg is joined by both Kelly and Rebekah, and they want to invite each of you to process all of this together. Whether you are tapping into new levels of productivity or struggling to get off the couch, whatever you are experiencing, know that it’s okay! We talk about all of that plus that kooky Tiger King Joe Exotic, digital fun for your whole family, and a playlist for this moment in time in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: #PostforPencils Support school kids across the country by sharing posts with #PostforPencils on social media! Kids In Need Foundation in partnership with BIC will put pencils in the hands of kids who need them most! For more info, check out kinf.org/postforpencils Honey: Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/Awesome LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Chelle's Invicible Warrior Goddess playlist on Spotify Kelly’s AotW: Jackbox.TV Rebekah’s AotW: Tiger King on Netflix You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her Twitter 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/201h 1m

Ep. 239 Quarantine vs. your personality type

Check in, Awesome. How are you doing in life under quarantine? Some of us have relaxed into the solitude of social distancing and found a new normal, while others of us are climbing the walls with lack of interaction with the outside world. In this week’s episode, Meg and Rebekah discuss how your Myers Briggs type might explain the specific kinds of reactions you may be having to the stress of our lives right now, and more importantly, they share what adjustments to make to feel a little bit better. All of that plus a between colorings fix for your hair and an anxiety game changer in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: 10 Things to Tell You: Anxiety Always Makes Sense Rebekah’s AotW: L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Precision Temporary Gray Hair Color Concealer Brush L'Oreal Paris Root Cover Up Temporary Gray Concealer Spray 16personalities.com Introvert, Dear: Introverts, how to survive social isolation when you live with an extrovert You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/2055m 20s

Ep. 238 Why didn't they tell me?!

Awesomes, the older we get, the more ways we realize we were #unprepared for this life! In this week’s episode, Meg and Kelly talk about the things that no one ever told them, and they share some insights from the Awesomes, too! Tune in to hear them cover everything topics like student loan debt, breastfeeding secrets, newlywed advice for the bedroom and so much more. Plus activities to enjoy when you’re stuck at home and a sweet romance novel with just a dash of spice in Awesome of the Week! Support Sorta Awesome on Patreon! COME JOIN THE SUDDENLY (AWESOME) HOMESCHOOLING COMMUNITY! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Betabrand: For 20% off your first order, go to betabrand.com/awesome EveryPlate: Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only 2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code awesome3 Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Love Lettering, Kate Clayborn follow @leighkramer on Instagram! Kelly’s AotW: Buffalo Games Puzzles on Amazon Pixels & Pizza (1000 pieces) Frosty Treats (300 pieces) Delightful Donuts (300 pieces) https://amzn.to/2TvDsKn (edited)  You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/201h 7m

Ep. 237 10 things to look forward to in Spring 2020

Spring 2020 is shaping up to be far different than anything anyone could have expected. We are, as a global community, just beginning to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Sorta Awesome, we know it's a struggle to find anything to be joyful about right now. But we believe that humankind can survive in the darkest of moments when we are able to find something we can look forward to. In light of this, we do have an awesome list for Spring 2020, but Meg and her sister Emily adapted it to make sure each item on the list represents something that can be enjoyed even if many of us are living in isolation for the time being. Tune in to hear them talk beauty products, Eastertide, sunscreen, an oral history of The Office, and more. Plus a shared YouTube favorite and free fashion inspiration for all in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thrive Causemetics: Go to thrivecausemetics.com/AWESOME and use code awesome for 15% off your first purchase True Botanicals: Get 15% off your first purchase at truebotanicals.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Emily’s AotW: DFB Guide on YouTube Meg’s AotW: Female Fashion Advice on Reddit Herb growing kit Elf quad palette Daily art app Morning moisturizer Allure beauty box subscription Get two free gifts when you sign up with Sorta Awesome's affiliate link The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History: Nathaniel Rateliff album And It's Still Alright Single: And It's Still Alright Dance it out on YouTube: 18 Dance workouts you can do at home Zumba for Beginners Caribbean Dance Workout Eastertide: 50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 days of Easter with your kids Martha Stewart Spring Cleaning Guide For Coronavirus mental health resources You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/03/2051m 16s

Ep. 236 TikTok, Big Yikes, and Teen Culture

Okay friends, raise your hand if you know what a TikTok is. Do you know why anyone would want to TikTok? Do you know why Meg and Rebekah are suddenly obsessed with it? This week’s episode is a fun deep dive into teen culture by way of TikTok, meme culture, and a quiz on the slang kids use these days! All of that plus a Netflix binge and an epic podcast ep in Awesome of the Week! READY TO BECOME A SUPER STAR? FIND OUT HOW HERE! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Honey: Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/Awesome Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece sustainable swaps set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase PeopleTV: Get recaps, highlights, interviews, and more for your favorite reality shows! Check out Reality Check at peopletv.com/reality-check Quip: Go to Getquip.com/AWESOME and get your first refill free Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Netflix’s Love is Blind Meg’s AotW: Ep 158 of Reply All The Case of the Missing Hit The History of Tik Tok What the Heck Does ‘Wig’ Mean These Days? TikTok suggested follows: @TheRealRahulRai @Brittany_broski Other TikTokers Mentioned: @GlitterandLazers @DreaKnowsBest @Srazzi @Charlidamelio Rebekah Quizzing Nate on Slang - https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17927546635272854/ You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/201h 5m

Ep. 235 Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

Quick show of hands, Awesomes - have you ever been a victim of overthinking? One of the symptoms of overthinking is analysis paralysis which is very NOT awesome. But this week, Meg is bringing back a favorite to Sorta Awesome - Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy and What Should I Read Next podcast! Anne has a brand new book out that helps readers overcome overthinking patterns, and today, she and Meg talk specifically about how to overcome analysis paralysis. All of that plus a fun, fancy pen and a tasty Trader Joe’s treat in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome30 for 30% off your first subscription ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Betabrand: For 20% off your first order, go to betabrand.com/awesome PeopleTV: Get recaps, highlights, interviews, and more for your favorite reality shows! Check out Reality Check at peopletv.com/reality-check Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Clean Color Dot Pen Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch Lao Gan Ma Don’t Overthink It! Anne Bogel Find Anne on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/2045m 0s

Ep. 234 Go-to recipes and foodie memories

Awesomes, as we all know, sometimes you just need the comfort of good, familiar food. At Sorta Awesome, we've had one of those weeks that derailed all of our plans and left us craving a simpler time! We found just what we were looking for in a classic episode from 2015 featuring Meg and Kelly talking all about favorite foods. Tune in to hear a brand new conversation opener with their current Awesomes of the Week, and hear Kelly explain how she broke the internet when she took down her recipe archives (and where you can find it now!). And then enjoy a timeless conversation that reveals the origin story of the BBQ tuna disaster and other kitchen secrets! True Botanicals: Luxury quality non-toxic skin and body care! Get 15% off your first order at truebotanicals.com/awesome Undercover Tourist: Visit undercovertourist.com/AWESOME for an additional discount off of theme park tickets and more! Chicken Wonton Soup at Damn Delicious Open Book, Jessica Simpson Find Kelly's recipes here SHOW NOTES to Ep. 27 Here, taste this! Recipe similar to Meg's bierocks recipe Meg’s secret to stovetop popcorn: In a pot with a lid, melt 1 T. coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add ½ c. popcorn. Put lid on pot, shake kernels so they are coated with coconut oil. Keep lid on as corn pops, occasionally shaking pot to keep bottom kernels from scorching. When popping slows to 3 seconds between pops, remove pot from heat, pour popcorn into bowl. Pour over ½ c. melted butter. Sprinkle with sea salt. Toss and enjoy! Find Kelly on her 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/201h 12m

Ep. 233 Something Bad Happened, Vol. 3

Needing something to take your mind off of the winter blues? This week, Meg is joined by her sister Emily and they have another volume of Something Bad Happened! The next installment in this not-too-scary series features two missing persons cases that leave some big question marks at the end. What did Brianna Maitland see out of a storefront window on the day she disappeared? What does law enforcement know that would lead them to list Bryce Lapsisa’s whereabouts as “voluntarily missing?” Tune in to hear these stories, plus a great read and cozy jammies in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. Betabrand: For 20% off your first order, go to betabrand.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, Lori Gottlieb Stars Above pajamas And that’s why we drink Sinisterhood Crime Junkie You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/201h 3m

Ep. 232 What we're watching right now

Well Awesomes, it’s been a long, yucky season of sickness for Meg and Rebekah this year. But one awesome thing to come out of all the coughing, sniffling, and even a hospital stay is that they both have had a LOT of time to catch up on all the television and movies they’ve been meaning to get to, and this week, they are here to tell you what’s good in watching right now! Find out which once-favorite series has been a bummer lately, which celebrity behind-the-scenes documentary is worth your time, and who they think will win the heart of The Bachelor this year. All of that plus an app to help you make sense of your cycle and a true crime podcast series that will get you hooked from episode one in Awesome of the Week! Get access to hours and hours of exclusive and ad-free episodes when you become a Super Star Awesome! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Honey: Save money when you shop online! Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/Awesome ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Kopari: Go to koparibeauty.com/awesome to get 15% off their CBD product line! Quip: Go to Getquip.com/AWESOME and get your first refill free Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Hormonology app Meg’s AotW: Your Own Backyard podcast Younger (Season 6) - TV Land & Hulu YOU (Season 2) - Netflix (YOU Second Season Twist) The Circle - Netflix Troop Zero Cheer - Netflix The Bachelor - ABC & Hulu  You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/201h 5m

Ep. 231 Document your life (and yourself!)

We know you are out there being THE AWESOME in the world, but how much of your awesome life - and your awesome self! - are you taking the time to document? This week, Meg is joined by her dear friend and Awesome Jen Campbell who has some great inspiration to do a better job of documenting your life. She’s got tips, tricks, mindset shifts, and everything you need to make 2020 the year that you feel great about capturing your life and yourself! All of that plus two great things to watch in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. Imperfect Foods: Go to imperfectfoods.com/Awesome through February 16 to get $10 off your next four orders. Enter AWESOME at checkout. Bombas:  Visit bombas.com/awesome and save 20% off your first purchase! Undercover Tourist: Visit undercovertourist.com/AWESOME for an additional discount off of theme park tickets and more! Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet Next in Fashion Ali Edwards Ali Edwards IG Day One App You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Jen on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/2055m 57s

Ep. 230 What we're learning and loving (with Kelly and Laura!)

Get excited, Awesomes! While Meg was out sick, Kelly called up Sorta Awesome alumna and creator/host of 10 Things To Tell You Laura Tremaine, and the two of them are here to tell you what they are learning and loving right now! You are going to love hearing about everything from little life lessons to what’s good in pop culture to what all Laura is up to these days. Happy listening, friends! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free sustainable swaps set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. Betabrand: For 20% off your first order, go to betabrand.com/awesome Blinkist: Visit Blinkest.com/SORTA to try it free for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Yoga with Adrienne 2020 30 Day Yoga Journey 10 Things to Tell You podcast - Episode 42: Have you Lost Your Style (A Conversation with Amber Haines) Schitt's Creek Joker Op-ed by Martin Scorsese: Marvel Movies aren't Cinema Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Check out her blog 10 Things To Tell You and find the podcast 10 Things To Tell You wherever you listen to podcasts! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/201h 0m

Ep. 229 Sorta Awesome HALL OF FAME!

For nearly five years, Sorta Awesome has been changing lives in big and small ways - including the lives of Meg, Rebekah, and Kelly! This week, tune in to hear Meg and Rebekah tell what moments from Sorta Awesome they would put in the Sorta Awesome Hall of Fame, plus tons of suggestions from the Awesomes, too! All of that plus a page-turning novel and a highly-bingeable docuseries from Netflix in Awesome of the Week! This is the year for YOU to take Awesome to a whole new level! Come be a Super Star! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. Blinkist: Visit Blinkest.com/SORTA to try it free for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription Imperfect Foods: Go to imperfectfoods.com/Awesome through February 16 to get $10 off your next four orders. Enter AWESOME at checkout. Kopari: Check out Kopari’s brand new line of CBD body care products! Save 15% off of ALL CBD products at koparibeauty.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AotW: Cheer from Netflix Rebekah’s AotW: The Flatshare FOOD: Kelly’s Salsa Chicken (Sorta Awesome Ep. 117) Salted Oatmeal Cookies (Sorta Awesome Ep. 200) PRODUCT RECS: Bullet Journal (Sorta Awesome Ep. 10) Treblab Earbuds (Sorta Awesome Ep. 148) Face shaving (Sorta Awesome Ep. 26) LIFE HACKS: Talking to kids about sex (Sorta Awesome Ep. 99) 3 Ds of Survival Mode (Sorta Awesome Ep. 05) PPD (Sorta Awesome Ep. 90) FUNNY: Uniboob (Sorta Awesome Ep. 56) BBQ Tuna (Sorta Awesome Ep. 27) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/2055m 38s

Ep. 228 Your best mornings yet!

Whether mornings make you shine or if they make you hide your head under the covers, we could all use some inspiration to make mornings a little more awesome! This week, join Meg and Kelly as they talk through five ways to have the best mornings yet. All of that plus a gentle way to wake up and fantastic new fiction in Awesome of the Week! START THE NEW YEAR AS A SUPER STAR! Come join the Sorta Awesome Patreon community! Ad-free episodes, bonus conversations, private Facebook group, and more! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Honey: Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/Awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Kelly's AotW: L.L. Bean's Moonbeam Alarm Clock Meg’s AotW: Such a Fun Age For further listening: Meg and Kelly also talked about mornings on Episode 159 Productivity guru Laura Vanderkam also talked about morning routines on an Extra Awesome in 2016 You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/01/2052m 58s

Ep. 227 Three simple steps to an AWESOME 2020

It is 2020 and Sorta Awesome is BACK! Hi, Awesomes - we’ve missed you! And this time of year, it’s hard to miss all the hype around restructuring your life in the new year. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. This week, Meg is joined by her sister to talk about how to make small changes in a very non-overwhelming way - by focusing on three simple steps. All of that plus a fun way to take off makeup and a wintery perfume in Awesome of the Week! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MEG’S PRINTABLE WORKSHEET THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set. Plus, get free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial. Betabrand: For 20% off your first order, go to betabrand.com/awesome Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/AWESOME to grab a variety pack. Enter promo code AWESOME for free shipping. Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome30 for 30% off your first subscription Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Soltice Scents in Snowmint Mallow Emily’s AotW: MakeUp Eraser StartUp Podcast You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/2052m 11s

Ep. 226 All of the Awesome of 2019!

Grab a glass of champagne and a plateful of party food, Awesomes! It’s time for our annual year-end look back on the year. This year brought a lot of awesome to our lives, and we are excited to share it with you! Tune in to hear Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah reflect back on favorites from the year, and do some looking forward to the year ahead! Take a few minutes to take our Awesome survey and enter to win an Amazon gift card! Need to complete your end of year giving? Don't forget to take a moment to fund our VERY Awesome teachers through GiftATeacher.org! Pari Omidbakhsh Lucia Deus Matt Bickers THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Boll & Branch Get fifty dollars off at bollandbranch.com , promo code AWESOME LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Awesomes of the Year: Kelly: The Big One (featured on Sorta Awesome Ep 193) AND Joia Cocktails Rebekah: Sorta Awesome Ep 192 - Heartbreak, doubt, and finding faith through the storms Kelly's Food of the Year: Blood orange chocolate chip ricotta OR lemon ricotta (Trader Joe's) Chocolate peanut butter mocchi (Trader Joe's) Super Sour Scandinavian Swimmers (Trader Joe's) Chocolate peppermint loaf (Trader Joe's) candles at Trader Joe's chili lime cashews (Aldi) bite-sized spicy salami (Aldi) street taco meal kit (Costco) Kelly's Transformative Reads: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, Emily and Amelia Nagoski Living a chronic life in a fix-it-now world by Kate Bowler What are we teaching boys when we discourage them from reading books about girls? Rebekah’s Favorites of the Year: The Big One Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star by Shane Dawson (If you decide to watch the series, it may be helpful to watch the first series Shane did with Jeffree for some context. You can find the first video in that series here) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/12/191h 10m

Ep. 225 Confessions: Holiday Edition!

We're in the home stretch now, Awesomes! December is drawing to an end and with it, the holidays, the year, and a decade. Let's hang out, lighten up, and tell a few stories to bring some silliness to these too-short December days. Join Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah in a new confessions episode - holiday edition! Plus you'll discover a podcast binge, an incredible app, and a game-changer lip product in Awesome of the Week! Take a few minutes to take our Awesome survey and enter to win an Amazon gift card! Need to complete your end of year giving? Don't forget to take a moment to fund our VERY Awesome teachers through GiftATeacher.org! Pari Omidbakhsh Lucia Deus Matt Bickers THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine and get free shipping at tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Quip: Save on gift sets and get your first refill FREE with a refill plan at getquip.com/awesome Wantable: Let Wantable help you refresh your closet! Get $25 off your first Edit at wantable.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah's AotW: The Habitat Kelly's AotW: Toontastic creative storytelling app Meg’s AotW: Bite Beauty Agave+ Daytime Lip Balm You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/191h 3m

Ep. 224 Favorite holiday traditions: yours & ours

Fix up a hot cocoa and snuggle up by the fire with us, Awesomes! This week, we’re doing a deep dive into favorite holiday traditions! Meg is joined by Rebekah, and they share some traditions old and new that make the holidays memorable for their families. Then they share some of the best holiday traditions shared with us by YOU, the Awesome community! All of that plus practical charging solutions and a handy app for selling your stuff in Awesome of the Week! COME TAKE A SURVEY and enter to win an Amazon gift card! Please AND thank you!! These GIFTATEACHER.ORG teachers are counting on your support for next semester! Pari Omidbakhsh Lucia Deus Matt Bickers THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles Bombas:  Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/awesome and enter the offer AWESOME in the checkout code space Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Kopari: Go to koparibeauty.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 60% off your first order Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah's AotW: POWRUI Outlet Extender with USB ports Meg’s AotW: Mercari app Rebekah's Favorite Christmas Books: Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate & Ashely Wolff Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Christmas by Joy Cowley 15+ Best Nativity Picture Books for Kids Community Appreciation Gifts: 5 Easy, Clever, and Cheap Neighbor Gift Ideas 5 More Easy, Clever, and Cheap Neighbor Gift Ideas How to Gift Redbox Codes You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/191h 7m

Ep. 223 Seven kinds of self-care for the holidays

Happy December, Awesomes! You know that we preach the message of practicing self-care year ‘round, but we think it’s especially important during the often chaotic season of the holidays. This week, Meg is joined by Kelly, and they have a list of seven kinds of self-care to practice to keep yourself healthy and sane during the weeks ahead. Plus, a very touching Awesome of the Week (followed by a sensory relief for the bathroom!). GIFTATEACHER.ORG Teachers: Pari Omidbakhsh Lucia Deus Matt Bickers Amanda Johnson THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome30 at checkout for 30% off your subscription Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free sustainable swaps set with your first order LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Kelly's Awesome of the Week: Kindness - pay it forward. (This is the pet ornament Awesome Liz sent her in honor of her dog Sami, if you'd like to see it or you know someone else who might like one.) Meg: Trader Joe’s Super Lemon Spritz Mentioned on the show: The 7 Types of Rest You Need to Actually Feel Recharged This is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths and Chocolate Cake Sorta Awesome Ep. 162: Self-Care, Self- Comfort, What’s Healthy, What’s Not Advent resources: Field Notes by Sarah Bessey CCCA Bible Project 2019 For further reading: The Importance of Self-Care During the Holidays 5 Tips for Self-Care During the Holidays You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/191h 6m

Ep. 222 AWESOME Holiday Gift Guide 2019!

It’s here, Awesomes! Our annual guide to all the best gifts in our Sorta Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2019! Join Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah as they help you shop for the men in your life, those white elephant gift exchanges, and the people in your life who have everything. Plus stocking stuffers for all! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Kids in Need Foundation invites you to Gift a Teacher Legacy Box: for a LIMITED TIME, go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 60% off your first order Boll & Branch CPA: Get fifty dollars off at BollandBranch.com, use promo code AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: White Elephant/Gift Exchanges Nice: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen 7" My Go To Serrated Santoku Knife Shower Notes Naughty: Charmin Super Roll Yodeling Pickle Bob Ross Color Changing Mug Moonlight Makers Kitchen Towels: Oh Kale No Every Now and Then I Fall Apart Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese Stocking Stuffers for Kids: Head lamps Light Saber Toothbrushes Plus Plus Construction Toy Mini Tubes Canary Cardboard Knife Out of the Box: 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers Magic Milk Straws Blacklight Tape Blacklight Flashlight Chatbooks - (SIMPLYREBEKAH-X2JH for $10 your first order) Gifts for Men: Yeti lowball beer advent calendar root beer of the month whiskey stones Wireless charging pad Record player and favorite vinyl Camping hammock Smart Wool sweater Bombas Lyndale t-shirts at Target Whoven t-shirt subscription emergency tool kit t-shirt blanket backyard heater Stocking Stuffers: Food - sugary cereal - your own pint of ice cream Beauty boxes at Target campfire starters magnets from trips Those who have everything: Sustainable Smoked Salmon Tucson Tamales Maytag Dairy Farms Pennsylvania Macaroni Co Fancy umbrella C3 Custom Cooler LuminAID Lanterns Tine's Watercolor Pets Handwritten Sentiment Stocking stuffers: grown-ups Ice roller for face Scratch off tickets Christmas beer cans for beer-themed stocking Blue light blocking glasses You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/11/191h 7m

Ep. 221 Thanksgiving: then and now

The table is all set, Awesomes, and you are invited! So pull up a chair and listen as Meg and her sister and show regular Emily Harris tell you all about Thanksgiving when they were growing up, and what new spins they have put on old traditions, especially when it comes to food and recipes! All of that plus they each have a podcast recommendation for you in Awesome of the Week! Become a Sorta Awesome Super Star! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Ancient Nutrition: for $10 off of your order go to ancientnutrition.com and use promo code AWESOME Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com Wander Beauty: Get 20% off your purchase at wanderbeauty.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Emily AotW: Last Podcast on the Left Meg’s AotW: Dolly Parton’s America The Sporkful episode Recipes: Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole Spiced Percolator Punch Christmas Salad 1 package of mini marshmallows, divided 2 T butter 4 eggs, beaten 1 T sugar 2 T apple cider vinegr 1/4 c. milk 1/2 t. salt 1 c. whipping cream, whipped 2 C red grapes, halved 2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained 1 small can crushed pineapple large jar maraschino cherries, drained, halved Emily's mashed potato casserole 4-5 lbs of russet potatoes 1 stick of butter 1 package of cream cheese 8-12 oz of sour cream seasoned salt  one big block of cheddar cheese, shredded about 1 cup of starchy potato water from potatoes 1-1.5 cups of heavy cream 1 egg beaten 1 pkg of dry ranch dressing mix Boil the potatoes with about a tablespoon of salt. Save a cup of water before draining. Add the stick of butter and mash with a hand masher. Add softened cream cheese and mix. Add about half of the starchy water to fluff up the potatoes. Heat the sour cream and the heavy cream to keep it from making the potatoes too pasty. Slowly add in the heavy cream until you get a thick soup consistency. Add 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix and taste. Add more salt or ranch dressing if needed/desired. Add in the beaten egg by tempering it first. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour. During the last 15 minutes add shredded cheese to the top and continue cooking. Melt butter in top of double boiler.  Add combined egg, sugar, vinegar, milk and salt.  Cook over gently boiling water 2 min, stirring constantly. vAdd 2/3 of the marshmallows, sitr & beat 6-10 min til melted. Cool to room temp. Fold in whipped cream, fruit & remaining marshmallows. Refrigerate; mixture will set You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/191h 1m

Ep. 220 How to be awesome with holiday giving

We all know that one way to be an Awesome is to be generous with giving to others, and the holidays are filled with ways to practice generosity! But sometimes giving to others can get a little messy, no matter how good our intentions may be. This week. Meg is joined by Rebekah and her husband Nate who returns to Sorta Awesome to give us some fresh perspectives on having the right mindset when it comes to giving to those in need at the holidays. As the executive director of a homeless shelter, Nate has seen it all when it comes to the responses of both the givers and the recipients of gifts at the holidays, and his wisdom and experience are so valuable. Then Meg shares some Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to giving internationally. All of that plus a cute party dress, junk food on YouTube, and feeling strong as a mom in Awesome of the Week! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Bombas: Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/awesome and enter the offer AWESOME in the checkout code space Kopari: Go to koparibeauty.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah's AotW - Oxiuly Party Swing Dress https://amzn.to/2oTS7mm Nate's AotW - One Bite Pizza Reviews Meg’s AotW - MommaStrong Sorta Awesome Ep. 59 Crushing misconceptions about homelessness with Nate Hoffer Meg’s series on Lebanon and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Part 1, 2, and 3 13 Things I Want American Christians To Know About The Stuff You Give Poor Kids by Awesome Rachel Pieh Jones World Visiion Heifer.org charity :: water You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/191h 12m

Ep. 219 Invisible labor: let's talk about it

Mental load. Emotional labor. Invisible work. You’ve heard these terms and how they describe a sometimes un-awesome part of life - the work that many women do to keep everything running in homes, families, and in the workplace. This week, Meg and Kelly are talking about the bigger concept of “invisible labor” - defining what it is AND talking you through some ways to feel empowered to do something about it! Plus comforting cold weather food and a cute top for nursing moms in Awesome of the Week! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome30 at checkout for 30% off your subscription Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME to get your FREE Sustainable Swaps set! LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Kiwi Co: Go to kiwico.com/AWESOME for your first month free! Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Latched Mama nursing pullover: Kelly’s AotW: Grilled cheese and tomato soup: How to get this classic combo just right Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: The Invisible Work (Most) Women Do — With Gemma Hartley Articles: This is Why Your Wife is Stressed Out (Spoiler Alert: It Might Be You) The Advice Therapists Give When One Spouse Does All the Emotional Labor I Created a System to Make Sure My Husband and I Divide Household Duties Fairly. Here’s How it Works. Lucky Orange Pants Facebook essay on invisible labor You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/191h 2m

Ep. 218 Do this now for a less-stress holiday season!

Picture it now, Awesomes. It’s the day of your big holiday gathering, and instead of feeling frazzled and stressed, you are calm, cool, collected, and even … joyful. Is that even possible! It TOTALLY is! This week, Meg sits down with Rachel Tiemeyer from ThrivingHome.org and Rachel shares all the awesome that you need to know to have a less-stress holiday. From cute conversation starters around the table to a freezer stocked with delicious, crowd-pleasing favorites to tips and tricks for using that Instant Pot, Rachel has a TON of suggestions for what to do now to have an awesome holiday season. All of that plus body-moving self-care and a hot new historic true crime podcast in Awesome of the Week! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Wander Beauty : Get 20% off your purchase at wanderbeauty.com/AWESOME with code AWESOME Mejuri: Skip the special occasion and buy that beautiful jewelry piece for yourself now at Mejuri! Free shipping over $100 at mejuri.com/awesome Quip: Get the toothbrush that creates healthy habits AND a free first refill at getquip.com/awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Catlick podcast from BT Harman From Freezer to Cooker From Freezer to Table Find ALL of Rachel’s ideas for you at our special page on Thriving Home: Freebies and Recipes for Sorta Awesome You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Learn more about Rachel and Polly’s latest book FromFreezerToCooker.com (available for pre-order now!). And follow them on Facebook, Instagram and at ThrivingHome.org! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/191h 6m

Ep. 217 Book club, skin care, and that time I punched my sister

It has been a minute since we opened up the listener mailbag, friends! This week, Meg is joined by her sister and Sorta Awesome regular Emily Harris, and they are taking questions from the Awesomes. Tune in to hear Emily’s introvert recharging practices, Meg’s newest family management game plan, and the one story from their childhood that Meg cannot believe Emily shares with the Awesome nation. All of that plus a delicious YouTube channel and a sorta surprising decision in Awesome of the Week! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com Bombas:  Save 20% off your first purchase at bombas.com/awesome Billie: for 10% off of your new favorite razor, go to mybillie.com/awesome Ancient Nutrition: for $10 off of your order go to ancientnutrition.com and use promo code AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Epicurious on YouTube MakeupRehab subreddit Where the Crawdads Sing The Mother-in-law Miracle Creek First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Belif Aqua Bomb PIXI Glow Tonic CoxRX Advanced Snail 96 You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/1954m 41s

Ep. 216 What to do when the awesome wears off

You know how sometimes in life a thing is TOTALLY AWESOME … until it’s not? This week, Meg and Rebekah explore what to do when the awesome wears off. They revisit some past Awesomes of the Week that have lost their sparkle and shine, and they also explore some real life examples of things that are no longer all that great. Meg shares five tips for how to bounce back when the awesome is gone, and they talk clear complexions and a hot new release in awesome of the week! Check out Meg and Kyle’s new fine rosary shop Nikolaus Design! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and get your free sustainable swap set First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Mathnasium: Go to mathnasium.com/awesome today or call 855-401-MATH Kopari: Go to koparibeauty.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Zit Fighter Essential Oil Blend Miracles and Other Reasonable Things, Sarah Bessey Sortd Party of Five The Royals Orange is the New Black Modern Kiwi Maxi Dress Tarte Shape Tape concealer StitchFix You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/191h 9m

Ep. 215 Awesome List for Fall 2019

Sweaters and boots and sweets, oh my! Yes Awesomes, fall is here, and that means it’s time for our annual Awesomes for Fall List! Tune in to hear Meg and Kelly share their top picks to help you have the best fall yet. You’ll hear about everything from recipes to fall fashion trends to their favorite ways to get cozy. All of that plus a very literary Awesome of the Week! Check out Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome30 at checkout for 30% off your subscription Kiwi Co: Go to kiwico.com/AWESOME for your first month free! Mathnasium: Go to mathnasium.com/awesome today or call 855-401-MATH Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell Kelly’s Fall List: Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Dresses at ThredUp (This is Kelly's affiliate link that will give you $10 of credit to spend at ThredUp on your first order) Disney Plus Applesauce bars Bonus: Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies Meg’s Fall List: ASMR channel: Goodnight Moon, Babblebrook Series The Highwomen album Scandi trend: like this and this cropped wide leg jeans Thai Chicken Coconut Curry Cardigan scent from Twinkle Apothecary Sorta Awesome Fall List 2016 Sorta Awesome Fall List 2017 Sorta Awesome Fall List 2018 You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/191h 7m

Ep. 214 The Enneagram Gets Married

Okay Awesome, so you know your Enneagram number. Now what? One of the most awesome aspects of the Enneagram is discovering how it affects you and your relationships so that you can continue to grow in all areas of life. Today, Enneagram coach Beth McCord returns to Sorta Awesome, and this time, she’s brought her husband Jeff! They sit down with Meg to talk about all things Enneagram and marriage and their brand new book Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage. Tune in to hear them answer questions from the Awesomes ranging from what to do when your partner is totally uninterested in the Enneagram and other personality systems to how to communicate our fears to our partners and everything in between! Check out Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive and get your Sustainable Swap gift set FREE with purchase, plus free shipping and a free 60 day VIP member trial! Mathnasium: Go to mathnasium.com/awesome today or call 855-401-MATH Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Sorta Awesome Enneagram Lovers Group Becoming Us on Amazon Becoming Us pre-order specials You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Beth at YourEnneagramCoach.com and becomingus.com , or find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/191h 1m

Ep. 213 Awesome Guide to sick season!

Wash your hands and take your vitamins, Awesomes! Sickness season is about to begin! Meg and Rebekah have got you covered with a survival guide to help you avoid the germies in the months ahead, AND they are sharing all of their best tips for how to survive if you do come down with a case of I-don't-feel-good. All of that plus more Curly Girl recommendations and a comprehensive deep dive into boy band fun in Awesome of the Week! Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! https://www.amazon.com/shop/sortaawesome THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BruMate: Visit brumate.com and add code “awesome” to get 15% off your first order ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Mathnasium: Go to mathnasium.com/awesome today or call 855-401-MATH First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome Kiwi Co: Go to kiwico.com/AWESOME for your first month free Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg AotW: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle Rebekah's AotW: One Direction & Harry Styles solo album Favorite One Direction Song: Drag Me Down Harry Styles Album Reply All ep. 6: This Proves Everything Rebekah's Favorite One Direction YouTube Finds: One Direction Carpool Karaoke Harry Styles Carpool Karaoke Never Have I Ever with One Direction Elderberry options: Lexie Naturals DIY Elderberry Syryp Kit (First 20 people to use code SortaAwesome will get a free lip balm with the purchase of an elderberry kit. Must add lip balm to your cart.) Elderberry Gummies for Kids Dried Elderberries Plant Therapy KidSafe Essential Oils: Germ Destroyer Immune Boom Sniffle Stopper Tummy All Better NeilMed Sinus Rinse Activated Charcoal Emergen-C POTION: Mix equal parts lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Add boiling water to one tablespoon of concentrate. Stir, cool, and sip. You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Check out Sorta Awesome’s Amazon shop! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/191h 3m

Ep. 212 Something Bad Happened, Vol. 2

Guess who is back on Sorta Awesome this week? It's Meg's sister Emily, and she's bringing her undying fascination with all things true crime back to the show! This is Volume 2 of Something Bad Happened, a series on Sorta Awesome where Meg and Emily tell stories of true crime in a way that even Highly Sensitive People (like Meg!) can listen to without getting too disturbed. Tune in to hear the missing persons case of Brandon Lawson (complete with unnerving 911 call) as well as the bizarre and mysterious death of Alexander Stevens. All of that plus a new Trader Joe's favorite and a cheap way to add a bunch of brushes to your makeup collection in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Kopari: Go to koparibeauty.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your Fall 2019 box at www.fabfitfun.com LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Sorta Awesome ep. 191 Something Bad Happened, Vol. 1 Trader Joe’s French Market Fresh Berry Lemonade BS-MALL makeup brushes True Crime Garage ep 310 Crawlspace: Brandon Lawson’s brother Kyle Big Savage: The Death of Alexander Stephens Mared and Karen: The WVU Co-Ed Murders You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/191h 13m

Ep. 211 Awesome Overflow Summer 2019

Awesomes, WE ARE BACK! Meg, Kelly, and Rebekah are back in real time with a brand new episode of Sorta Awesome. Tune in to get caught up on what they've been up to over the summer months, from plowing through the To Be Read list to an incredible deep dive into faith to finding the most awesome baby gear on the market, the Sorta Awesome team has been keeping busy! All of that plus their Awesomes of the SUMMER! JOIN OUR SUPER STAR COMMUNITY! When you join, you get access to the full Awesome Overflow plus hours and hours of exclusive Sorta Awesome episodes. Also! You can join our Super Star Facebook group to have a more connected, more meaningful Hangout experience. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Grove.co: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a FREE five piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyer and Grove Collaborative with your $20 order Mathnasium: Go to mathnasium.com/awesome today or call 855-401-MATH to schedule your child’s risk-free assessment Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg: Simple Modern insulated tumbler Kelly: cocktails in a can Rebekah: Walmart Dress Currently Reading podcast The Complete Guide of What to Read in 2019 (Episode 189) Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid The Bride Test by Helen Hoang The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton MPR News with Kerri Miller: Women of Faith Happy Baby Carrier Halo Bassinest Copper Pearl Swaddle Blanket You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/1946m 16s

Ep. 210 Serving Sorta Awesome FAMILY STYLE

Pull up a chair and pour a drink, Awesomes! This week, we're inviting you over for some casual conversation around our dining room table as Meg welcomes her husband Kyle back to Sorta Awesome. This episode is truly different from most - it's a slice of real life complete with all of the chaos that a family of seven brings to the table. Tune it to hear Meg ask Kyle what it's like to be a new dad again at 44, how Myers Briggs helped him find peace with who he is, and what his daily uniform for work has become. Plus, they reveal the newest project they are launching into the world! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BruMate: Visit brumate.com and add code “awesome” to get 15% off your first order Mathnasium: Go to mathnasium.com/awesome today or call 855-401-MATH Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Gone with the Wynns Ep. 86 How to dress a man Ep. 112 Stop outsourcing your safety Wohven You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/1958m 37s

Ep. 209 Let's discuss ten friends every woman needs!

Awesomes, who sits on your life council? Who are the people you can count on for everyday chit-chat and for making big decisions in life? In this week's episode, we revisit a conversation between Meg and Sorta Awesome alumna Laura Tremaine - now the host of 10 Things To Tell You podcast - as they dissect the different roles played by different friends in our lives. Don't miss this deep dive from the archives into why each of these friends are important to seek out, and how we can think about becoming better friends ourselves! All of that plus an update from Meg on personal life as well as Sorta Awesome at the top of the show! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Check out her blog 10 Things To Tell You and find the podcast 10 Things To Tell You wherever you listen to podcasts! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/1959m 55s

Ep. 208 Awesome in Afghanistan!

Pack your bags, Awesomes! We're wrapping up the Sorta Awesome Stories summer series with a road trip around the world! You don't want to miss this conversation between Meg and Sorta Awesome Super Star Carolyn Montonati who is sharing all about the daily life for her and her family in Afghanistan. Tune in to hear about the beauty of the country, the warmth of the culture, and the challenges for the people. Carolyn tells us what family life looks like there as well as what it's like to parent a special needs child there. All of that plus some binge-watching and natural migraine relief in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Kopari: Go to koparibeauty.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription Grove: Go to Grove.co/AWESOME and receive a free five piece cleaning set with your $20 order Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Carolyn’s AoTW: The Night Manager TV show Meg’s AoTW: Natural Calm + Vitamin B Complex You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Carolyn on Instagram and on Facebook! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/191h 12m

Ep. 207 Breaking free from imposter syndrome

We all know there's nothing less awesome than feeling like a fake, so what do you do when you're overwhelmed by doubting yourself? This week, the Sorta Awesome Stories series continues with Dr. Grace Wilson who shares with Meg her story of learning to overcome imposter syndrome as she completed her PhD, battled infertility, and eventually became a mom to triplets. Don't miss Grace's powerful advice about how each of us can break free from those imposter-y feelings that are holding us back from achieving our own awesome! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BruMate: Say goodbye to warm alcohol! Visit brumate.com and add code “awesome” to get 15% off your first order Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Grace’s AoTW: Benefit gimme brow + volumizing eyebrow gel Meg’s AoTW: Trader Joe’s micellar water wipes You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Grace on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/191h 5m

Ep. 206 Love, community, and pastoring ... all in a day's work

Imagine adding to the mix of your daily home life and responsibilities: a vibrant social life, an active commitment to developing community, oh and also, the care and nurture of souls. Now imagine doing all of this side by side with your husband! That's the story our Super Star Awesome has brought to share with us this week as the Sorta Awesome Stories summer series continues. The Reverend Paige Evers joins Meg to talk about her path to seminary, how parenting brought a pause to her call to ministry, and how she and her husband have developed an approach to co-pastoring that allows them to live within healthy boundaries while each of them fulfill their callings. All of that plus some journaling inspiration and a glossy red lip favorite in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: First Leaf: For six bottles of wine at $29.95 and free shipping, go to tryfirstleaf.com/awesome ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com #fabfitfunpartner Grove: For a FREE 60-day VIP membership and a bonus gift when you sign up and place an order of $20 or more, check out Grove at Grove.co/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Paige’s AoTW: Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal by Samantha Dion Baker @sdionbakerdesign Meg’s AoTW: Stila sheer red liquid lipstick in Beso You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Paige on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/191h 10m

Ep. 205 We need to talk about intimate partner violence

On Sorta Awesome, we not only share all of the good stuff of life together, we also talk to each other about the tough topics, too. Today, the Sorta Awesome Stories series continues when Meg talks to Super Star Awesome Jill Goolsby about an issue that affects one out of four women: intimate partner violence. Jill shares her story of losing a friend to domestic violence and helps us know how we can push through the discomfort of awkward conversations to help each other recognize and respond to warning signs of violence and abuse. This episode is a must-listen and will empower you to help make a difference that could potentially save a life. All of that plus some easy summertime treats in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Kopari: Go to kopari.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Care/of: For 25% off your first orderof personalized Care/of vitamins, go to takecareof.com and enter promo code awesome Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Jill’s AoTW: Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker Meg’s AoTW: cold brew popsicles Dirty John podcast Dirty John show National Domestic Violence Hotline You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Jill in the Sorta Awesome Hangout! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/1944m 13s

Ep. 204 A parent's journey through the unexpected

As all Awesomes know, sometimes the parts of life that bring us the most joy can also bring the most heartache, and that's definitely true of all things parenting. Today, our Sorta Awesome Stories summer series continues when Super Star Awesome Frances Nojd sits down with Meg to share her story of encountering an unexpected diagnosis for her son while she was pregnant with him. Hear Frances tell about the moment that she and her husband first received the news of her son's cleft lip and palate, how she processed this unexpected new chapter in the life of their family, and how moments of awesome kept popping up to encourage her along the way, All of that plus a spiritual mindfulness app and a powerful new book release in Awesome of the Week! SHOW NOTES: PrayAsYouGo app Light from Distant Stars, Shawn Smucker Article: Cleft lip and cleft palate in babies Article: Cleft lip and palate Jack's New Smile: Having a baby with cleft lip and palate Cuddles for Clefts Operation Smile You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Frances on Facebook 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/1948m 3s

Ep. 203 The Awesome's guide to making friends

There are few things more un-awesome in life than wanting to make new friends but not knowing where to start. Today we continue our Sorta Awesome summer stories series, and Meg sits down to talk with Awesome Anna Hithersay who shares her own story of realizing she didn't have the deep friendship connections that she longed for in life. Tune in to hear Anna share the three myths she had believed about friendship and the practical ways she built friendships that have lasted for years. All of that plus some riveting romance and another lightweight makeup recommendation in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Post Party Podcast Meg’s AoTW: Nudies Tinted Blur Anna’s AoTW: FLOW (GRIP Book 1) GRIP STILL (Grip Book 3) You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Anna on Facebook or Instagram or visit her website thepostparty.com! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/1948m 40s

Ep. 202 What you are missing when you're not outdoors

There's a good chance you aren't getting enough of this in your life, but the good news is, it's free and this is the perfect time of year to get more of it! This week's episode continues the Sorta Awesome Stories summer series with Super Star Awesome Ali Beatty who sits down with Meg to talk about how incredibly important it is that we spend time outside and in nature. Ali lives that camp life year 'round, and she's an enthusiastic naturalist who wants to tell you how awesome it is to get outdoors and get more out of life. All of that plus a powerful treatment for your body and a binge-worthy nostalgia-filled podcast in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Upper Room: Go to upperroom.org/welcome to enjoy your free 30 day trial BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Wander Beauty: Get 20% off your purchase at wanderbeauty.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Meg’s AoTW: American Girls Podcast Ali’s AoTW: Gaiam Restore Deep Tissue Massage Roller Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom www.tinkergarten.com www.freeforestschool.org Sloomb Grovia Lark adventure wear You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Ali on Facebook or Instagram or visit her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/1951m 1s

Ep. 201 Don't fear the pivot!

Today we are kicking off a brand new series for Summer 2019, and it is going to be AWESOME! All summer long, we'll be tuning in to the stories of the Awesomes - what they've learned in life and what they want to tell you to make YOUR life more awesome! To kick off this series, we get to hear from a very active, very awesome member of our Awesome community: Colleen Cook. Listen to hear how Colleen's career has taken not just a few unexpected pivots, and don't miss her advice on how to make the most of opportunities to change. (Plus, not just a little Enneagram talk thrown in, too!) THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Upper Room: Go to upperroom.org/welcome to enjoy your free 30 day trial BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: House Plant Hobbyists on Facebook 5 Second Journal by Mel Robbins God Our Mother by The Liturgists You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Colleen on Instagram or in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes . And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/191h 1m

Ep. 200 Hidden strengths, big awesome! (A GROUP SHOW)

Pop the cork and raise a glass, Awesomes! We are celebrating our 200th episode this week! Meg is joined by long-time co-hosts Kelly Gordon and Rebekah Hoffer, and the three of them are inviting you to discover and celebrate your hidden strengths this week. These are the things that we do well but we might try to keep small or don't even realize that we are rocking. Tune in to get inspired to really and truly bring YOUR Awesome to the world! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Kopari: Go to kopari.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order OPENFIT: Get a 30 Day FREE trial membership when you text AWESOME to 303030. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Salted caramel oatmeal cookies The Popcast with Knox and Jamie Ep 26 The truth about anxiety Fenty Ma'Damn (meg's favorite red!) Spirit-Led Parenting, Meg Tietz and Laura Oyer You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/191h 1m

Ep. 199 Drugstore beauty challenge!

Feeling stuck in a rut when it comes to your makeup bag? We get it! And we think this week's episode will motivate and inspire you to have a little fun without breaking the bank! Meg is joined by her sister Emily to talk about one of their favorite topics - beauty products. They both challenged each other to try three new products that they knew the other had been reluctant to try. There's a twist! Everything had to come from the aisles of the drugstore. Tune in to hear the results which cover everything from bold lips to suffocating nails! All of that plus the most buzz-worthy Netflix binge and nostalgia for the Lone Star State in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Upper Room: Go to upperroom.org/welcome to enjoy your free 30 day trial ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase ButcherBox: 100% grass-fed or grass-finished beef, free range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork delivered right to your door! Go to butcherbox.com/sortaawesome to get the Ultimate Barbecue Bundle FREE and $20 off your first box! Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Dead to Me The Try Guys visit Eugene's Hometown benefit: Precisely, My Brow; Gimme Brow Anastasia Beverly Hills brow whiz NYX micro brow pencil NYX tinted brow mascara Glossier boy brow Thrive Causemetics brow gel ULTA tinted juice infused gloss red pop (Other suggestions: ELF Aqua Beauty Gel Lip Tint in DEWY BERRY Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in SUGARED FIG Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in CRIMSON FEELS) PIXI h2o skin tint maybelline fit me matte + poreless Nexxus Volume Refreshing Mist with Pearl Extract Shampoo tressemme volumizing dry shampoo You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 186 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/191h 3m

Ep. 198 The best parenting advice for every age & stage

Awesomes! Get excited! Today's episode features an Awesome who really knows how to bring warm wisdom and practical advice to every challenge of parenting. You all have been asking to hear Karen McVey on the show for years, and this week, she's here to answer questions about parenting from newborns to young adults! From baby sleep and schedules to screen time for kids to the big transition to parenting young adults, Karen has done it all and her relationship with her husband and children is thriving. She's here to share her advice with YOU! Tune in for all of that plus a showstopper dessert and a new Trader Joe's favorite in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Upper Room: Go to upperroom.org/welcome to enjoy your free 30 day trial BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Wander Beauty: Get 20% off your purchase at wanderbeauty.com/AWESOME FabFitFun: Use code SORTAAWESOME to get $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Chocolate Truffle Loaf with Raspberry Sauce Trader Joe’s Blueberry Lavender Almond Beverage You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Karen on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 198 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/191h 0m

Ep. 197 Awesome birthday parties that save time, money, and sanity

Is planning a kid's birthday party a fun for you, or is it a big drag? This week, Rebekah joins Meg to talk about all the awesome ways to make a birthday party creative, fun, and affordable! Check out Rebekah's many cost-cutting ideas, and Meg shares ways to do birthday parties out of the house that won't break the bank. All of that plus their favorite birthday party themes and best gift ideas for little kids to teenagers! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Bombas: Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/awesome and enter the offer AWESOME in the checkout code space OpenFit: Get 30 day free trial membership by texting AWESOME to 303030 Rothys: Go to rothys.com/awesome to check out the latest styles Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Ballz (smartphone game) Amazon Essentials Women's T-Shirt Unusual Birthdays: Smiley Face Soda Pop Wedding More Party Ideas: Owl Dinosaur Baseball Minecraft Firetruck Art Rebekah's Birthday Instagram Stories - Affordable Gift Ideas: Stomp Rockets Create Your Own Books Crayola Sidewalk Chalk Barbie Designer Doll Dress Up Kit 18" Doll Clothes Happy Light DIY Mochi Ice Cream, DIY Smoothie Kit International Snack Food Boxes You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 197 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/191h 10m

An introvert's guide to hospitality

Awesome Heather Chollar knows that you don't have to be the life of the party to host one! Tune in to the last Extra Awesome episode for this season to hear Meg and Heather talk about why hospitality is so important for all people - extroverts and introverts alike! - and take notes as Heather shares her surefire ways to host a gathering that is low-stress, deep in connections, and lots of fun! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram You can find Heather in the Sorta Awesome Hangout Group! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/1926m 49s

Ep. 196 Awesome Summer List 2019

IT'S HERE! Our seasonal top ten lists always guarantee a pocketful of all the most awesome things to look forward to in the months ahead, and today, Meg and Kelly have put together the Top Ten List for Summer 2019! Tune in to hear about the trends to keep an eye on, the books to grab now for poolside reading, the ultimate in summer pajamas, and so much more! Happy summer, Awesomes!! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Kopari: Go to kopari.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Greek Chicken Kebabs (note: Kelly doesn't recommend the mint feta sauce - but try it if you want) Lemon Pine Nut Rice Running from COPS TOP TEN LIST: KELLY 1.Aukey outdoor Bluetooth speaker Bonus: Check out these Awesome-generated playlists on Spotify Summer Vibes: A Summer Playlist for Moms and Kids We Got The Beat! June Tunes 2. Molly's Suds All Sport Wash Bonus: If you aren't already a member of Grove Collaborative, you can try it for free by going to grove.co/AWESOME 3. Blackened fish tacos with avocado cream sauce Bonus: street taco kits at Costco 4. Saucer swing Bonus: slack line and ninja line 5. Pick one thing Bonus: Laura Tremaine's 10 Things to Tell You podcast about mantras MEG 1. Summer skin trio: Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer; PIXI H2O Skin Tint; Coppertone Pure and Simple Sunscreen; SunBum SPF 50 2. Family Reading Time app 3. Summer Mocktails; stock a zero proof bar 4. the BEST summer pajamas ever - bamboo! 5. The Kiss Quotient; the Bride Test Helen Hoang You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/191h 2m

Trusting our hunger, our bodies, and ourselves

When it comes to food, eating, and body size, most of us have more questions than answers. What would happen if I stopped restricting certain kinds of foods? Can I trust my body to tell me the truth about what I need to feel satisfied and full? What if I want to both love my body AND lose weight for health reasons? Thankfully, Awesomes Know How to find advice and direction on these topics, and in today's Extra Awesome, Meg is joined by certified health coach and podcast host Christine Brandt of We Feel Super Nourished! Tune in to hear some encouraging feedback and powerful wisdom from Christine who is ready to accompany you on your journey to long-term, sustainable nutrition! SHOW NOTES: Intuitive Eating We Feel Super Nourished podcast We Feel Super Nourished series on body positivity parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 We Feel Super Nourished Ep. 14 A Nourishing Vocabulary Lesson You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram You can find Christine on her website 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/1930m 21s

Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long

Life is Short with Justin Long finds the actor sitting down with some of the funniest and most intriguing people of today, like Dax Shepard, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris. No topics are out of bounds, and no questions are too personal. Subscribe to Life is Short with Justin Long and start listening at wondery.fm/lifeisshort
13/05/197m 59s

Ep. 195 No time, always behind, what now?

Awesomes! Get excited! Time management and productivity guru Laura Vanderkam is BACK at Sorta Awesome! Today, she and Meg sit down to talk about how we can best clarify our priorities, how to stop letting the expectations of others get in the way of what we want to accomplish in life, and how to create a priority-centered approach to how we choose to spend our time. All of that plus a very cool app for the outdoors and yummy street food in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 when you sign up as a VIP at fabletics.com/AWESOME ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase ButcherBox: 100% grass-fed or grass-finished beef, free range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork delivered right to your door! Go to butcherbox.com/sortaawesome or use code SORTAAWESOME at check-out for $20 off of your first box and free 2 pounds of Alaskan Sockeye Salmon! Care/of: For 30% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to takecareof.com and enter promo code AWESOME30 Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: SEEK app Street Food on Netflix Laura's book Juliet's School of Possibilities 168 Hours: You have more time than you think You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or visit her website! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/1947m 28s

How to raise a boy

Is it possible that this moment in our culture is the best possible time to be raising a boy? According to today's guest, it definitely is! Tune in to hear Meg talk to Dr. Michael Reichert, a psychologist and author whose new book How To Raise a Boy: the power of connection to raise good men confronts conventional wisdom about the ways we raise boys and how we need a total shift in thinking when it comes to boys, men, masculinity, and relationships. Find How to Raise a Boy on Amazon or wherever you shop for books. You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/1936m 48s

Ep. 194 Enneagram Q&A

Awesomes! Are you ready to take your Enneagram learning to the next level? Maybe you've finally discovered what Enneagram Number you are, but now what? Have no fear because Awesomes Know How to let the Enneagram guide them to new levels of personal growth. This week, Meg is joined by writer, podcaster, and Enneagram teacher Havilah Siegmann of The Transformation Collaborative and Little Faith podcast. Together, they answer your questions about the Enneagram including why discovering your instinctual subtype is important and how to actually do the work of the Enneagram! All of that plus a surprising approach to helping kids through difficult phases and an affordable skin care tutorial in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Upper Room: Go to Upperroom.org/welcome to enjoy your free 30 day trial BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Wander Beauty: Get 20% off your purchase at wanderbeauty.com/AWESOME Bombas: Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/awesome and enter the offer AWESOME in the checkout code space SHOW NOTES: Family Tree Therapies podcast Stephanie Marie affordable anti-aging skin care, products and routine Sorta Awesome Enneagram Lovers Facebook Group Havilah's Enneagram For Everyone course; use code AWESOME for $50 off! Meg's episodes of Little Faith Podcast: Part 1, Part 2 Beatrice Chestnut's The Complete Enneagram You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram You can find Havilah on Instagram @transformationcollaborative and @littlefaithpodcast 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/191h 5m

Ep. 193 Stressed out, burned out, and ready to recover

Let's talk about stress, Awesomes. Dealing with stressors - both big and small - are a part of life, but sometimes we find ourselves trapped in a stress cycle which, over time, leads to being burned out. This week, Kelly joins Meg to talk about a life-changing book they read from Emily and Amelia Nagoski called Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. This episode is a must-listen if you want to find ways to teach your body how to recover from stress so that you can get back into an awesome groove. All of that plus two binge-worthy podcasts in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Grove: For a FREE 60-day VIP membership and a bonus gift when you sign up and place an order of $20 or more, check out Grove at Grove.co/AWESOME Madison Reed: Gorgeous hair color at home! Get 10% off and free shipping at Madison-Reed.com code AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: The Big One I Hate It But I Love It (some of Meg’s favorite episodes: The Matrix, Titanic, 13 Going on 30, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and LOST) Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, Emily Nagoski Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, Emily and Amelia Nagoski You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/191h 4m

Introverted moms: finding your awesome in life with kids

Being an introverted mother can be exhausting, but there are many ways it's also a unique gift to your family and to the world. In this Extra Awesome episode, Meg is joined by author Jamie C. Martin whose new book Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy provides encouragement, understanding, and inspiration for introverted moms everywhere! Don't forget to leave a review for Sorta Awesome in Apple Podcasts! Grove: New customers get a FREE spring cleaning set in exclusive Mrs. Meyer's spring sets with a $20 order at Grove.co/awesome Pre-order Jamie's book and don't miss the pre-order bonuses! Find Jamie on her blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/1945m 38s

Ep. 192 Heartbreak, doubt, and finding faith through the storms

It has become something of a tradition at Sorta Awesome that on Easter weekend, we get vulnerable in trusting to you our thoughts on our spiritual lives. In this episode, Rebekah shares for the first time her story of faith which includes growing up Mennonite, being plunged into grief over the pain of others as well as her own story of miscarriage, and ultimately finding peace with God even in the midst of painful seasons. You don't want to miss Rebekah's story! And of course, we bring you some light-hearted recommendations including comedy on Netflix and curly girl updates in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Kopari: Go to kopari.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Hers: Get your first month of anti-aging formula from Hers for $10 off while supplies last (and subject to donor approval). See website for full details. Go to ForHers.com/awesome Spotify Premium: Find all of Sorta Awesome’s archive plus new episodes ad-free at stitcherpremium.com/wondery code WONDERY Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AoTW: Nate Bargatze's Neflix Comedy Special (view the trailer) John Crist: Instagram/ YouTube Cantu Curl Activating Cream, Cantu Come Back Curl Pam Esh's story of walking through cancer: Booklet/ Podcast "The Fight for Faith" Spotify Playlist You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 187 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/191h 0m

Ep. 191 Something Bad Happened (true crime for sensitive people)

True crime is having a MOMENT, Awesomes, and it has been for a few years now! But for those of us who are Highly Sensitive People, it's easy to feel left out of this cultural conversation because some true crime stories are just too disturbing to tune into. However, Meg's sister Emily is back at Sorta Awesome to share her obsessive love for all things true crime in a way that even sensitive types like Meg can appreciate. Tune in to hear them discuss all of Emily's favorite true crime resources, plus she's prepared three mysterious missing person cases for us to ponder - all while being sensitive to our sensitivities! All of that plus a dupe for a cult favorite concealer and freshen up your car for spring in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: European Wax Center: Learn more at axthepinktax.com Madison Reed: Get awesome the awesome home hair color kit you will love at Madison-Reed.com use code AWESOME or SORTAAWESOME Beach Body: Get a free trial membership when you text AWESOME to 303030. Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Essential Oil Car Vent Diffusers (selection at Amazon) Root of Evil podcast Broken Harts podcast True Crime Obsessed Crime Junkie True Crime Garage Missing Alissa Missing Maura Murray You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 186 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/191h 6m

Q&A with Dacey: aesthetics explained, messaging magic, and high school jitters

Welcome back to Sorta Awesome Dacey, Meg's fourteen year old daughter. In this episode in the Extra Awesome series, Dacey explains for us what the teenage crowd means when they talk about "aesthetic," why Discord is the best messaging platform, and how she feels about starting high school in just a few months. What advice do you have for Dacey as she starts this new chapter in her life? Share your awesome advice on our social media so we can pass it on to her! Plant Mom starter pack Art Mom #arthoe: the teens who kickstarted a feminist art movement Everything you need to know about Discord You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/1928m 15s

Ep. 190 The awesome of better sex, more often

Get ready, Awesomes! In this GROWN-UPS ONLY episode of Sorta Awesome, we are taking on a topic we've never covered before, but it's a topic that plays a big role in all of our lives: SEX. This week, Meg is joined by Caitlin Doemner, co-author of the book Sex Every Day, a book she wrote with her husband Michael to help couples everywhere discover how an active sex life can bring greater confidence and fulfillment in every area of our lives. Tune in to hear Caitlin's inspiring advice for overcoming the three big obstacles many women face when it comes to having better sex more often, as well as what it means to expand our ideas about how we define sex. All of this plus so much more, and they share their Awesomes of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: European Wax Center: Learn more at axthepinktax.com Care/of: For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to takecareof.com and enter promo code AWESOME50 Green Chef: For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/SORTAAWESOME BetaBrand: Visit betabrand.com/awesome to get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga Pants Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Pussy, Regena Thomashauer The Minimal Mom on YouTube You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Caitlin on Facebook, Instagram and at her book’s website www.SexEveryDayBook.com! 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/1952m 0s

Spotify is pretty awesome (and here's why!)

Over the years, we've shared dozens of Spotify recommendations on Sorta Awesome. There's no doubt that we are huge fans - especially Meg! In this Extra Awesome episode, Meg takes a question from an Awesome and creates a crash course in discovering all the awesome that Spotify has to offer. From how to decide whether this is the best music streaming service for you to tips and tricks for Spotify enthusiasts, this Spotify 101 will get you all set for all the warm weather, windows down days of music ahead! Spotify Playlists to Check Out In This House (created by Meg in 2017 for entertaining background music or for the family dance party!) Sorta Awesome Loves You! (Created by Meg for Sorta Awesome's first birthday in 2016) Friendsgiving (Created by Awesome Amy Allen Clark) Sorta Awesome 80s mixtape! (Created by Awesome Chelle) Let's Stay Together (Created by Awesome Keri) Sorta Awesome Hip-Hop Collab (Created and organized by Awesome Laura) You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/1923m 49s

Ep. 189 The Complete Guide to What to Read in 2019

If there's one thing Awesomes Know How to do, it's finding the best books for any reading season. In this episode, Meg is joined by Meredith and Kaytee - Awesome creators and co-hosts of the Currently Reading podcast - and they are here to tell you everything you need to know about what's hot in reading this year, PLUS tons of books to keep you happily entertained while you wait for these new releases! All of that plus triple the awesome in Awesome of the Week! SHOW NOTES: Stranglers podcast; Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker birch tree decals for kids’ room Episode 50 of The Enneagram Journey podcast Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Maybe In Another Life Sleeping Giants Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Laura Vanderkam Off the Clock I Know How She Does It Inspection, Josh Malerman Bird Box The Princess and the Fangirl, Ashley Poston Geekerella From Twinkle With Love Carry On The Bride Test, Helen Hoang The Kiss Quotient The Wedding Date The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine The Last Mrs. Parrish Stepsister, Jennifer Donnelly All the Ever Afters The Lunar Chronicles Waiting for Tom Hanks, Kerry Winfrey I’ll Have What She’s Having Unscripted The Royal We Fangirl Things You Save in a Fire, Katherine Center A Better Man, Louise Penny Inheritance, Dani Shapiro The Trial of Lizzie Borden, Cara Robertson Bad Blood, John Carreyrou @daciandthebooks     @linesiunderline     Shelf Subscription from Bookshelf Thomasville     He Read, She Read     Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Out of Print By the Book podcast You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Meredith and Kaytee on Instagram, and the Currently Reading podcast on Facebook 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/191h 2m

Ep. 188 Awesome ways to practice the art of homemaking

Awesomes, Meg and Kelly think it's time to give the word "homemaking" an extreme makeover! They're tossing out their once-held ideas about the drudgery of making a house a home and bringing a fresh, modern, empowered view on these forgotten arts. Tune in this week to hear how both of them grew up with similar un-awesome ideas about homemaking and how other women helped them reconsider their views. Then each of them share the areas where they are making home awesome again! No matter your age or stage of life, we all have a home - so let's get into how to make it great! Help us celebrate four years of Sorta Awesome by leaving a 5 Star Review in Apple Podcasts!! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: European Wax Center: Learn more at axthepinktax.com LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Care/of: For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to takecareof.com and enter promo code AWESOME50 Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: CandidCo.com The Case Against Adnan Syed Radical Homemakers, Shannon Hayes You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/191h 1m

A lesson in self-compassion

This week's Extra Awesome takes us back in time to revisit an incredibly inspiring conversation Meg had with writer, speaker, and educator Melissa Toler. As we are preparing to spring clean your home, let's spring clean the way we speak to ourselves, too, with this brief lesson from Melissa! MelissaToler.com: How to stop being a jerk to yourself: a lesson in self-compassion Dr. Kristen Neff: Self-Compassion.org You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Melissa on her website MelissaToler.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/1916m 0s

Ep. 187 Ten awesome things for Spring 2019

We've had enough of dreary skies and chilly temperatures, Awesomes! It's time to dig out our sunglasses, open the windows, and get ready for spring 2019! Meg and Rebekah are back with a new episode in a beloved Sorta Awesome series - the seasonal top ten list! Tune in to hear them talk about spring trends for wardrobe and accessories, handy hacks for spring fix-it projects, and the cutest little umbrellas to keep your kids dry in those springtime rains. All of that plus TONS more inspiration for the season ahead and our Awesomes of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: European Wax Center: Learn more at axthepinktax.com Kopari: Go to kopari.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Shine Text: A personalized pep talk in your pocket. Get 50% off Shine Premium by visiting shinetext.com/AWESOME Legacy Box: Go to legacybox.com/AWESOME to get 40% off your first order Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Rebekah’s AotW: Tile Mate Meg’s AotW: Essential planner Rebekah’s Spring 2019 List: 3D Animal Umbrellas for Kids Tub Cleaning Hack Jewelry Trends: Lauren Conrad Tri Tone Open Marquise Drop Earrings Charming Charlie: Achena Filigree Layer Necklace Cristen Layered Bars Necklace Dunia Stardust Necklace Alison Lumbatis (Get Your Pretty On) video on what’s in and out for Spring 2019 Activity Cones by Melissa & Doug 3M Patch Plus Primer 4 in 1 Meg’s Spring 2019 List: Essential Oil recipes (Meg uses and loves both Young Living EOs and Plant Therapy EOs. Links to Plant Therapy provided) Plant Therapy NovaFuse Diffuser SPRING CLEANING 4 drops lemon 3 drops lavender 2 drops Rosemary OUT WITH THE STALE AIR 4 drops frankincense 4 drops cypress 2 drops ylang ylang TIME TO DECLUTTER 4 drops lemon 3 drops lemongrass 2 drops peppermint Game of Thrones - listen to the 2017 Extra Awesome discussion with Meg and Laura Throw pillow covers (check out these, these, and these) Sunglasses (see these oversize squares, these mini cat-eyes, and these that come in a pack!) Wrap silhouette dresses You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 187 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/191h 1m

The intersection of awesome and politics with Pantsuit Politics

Is it realistic to return to the days of civil discussion about hot topics? Is it possible to talk politics without damaging our closest relationships? If the thought of tuning into conversations about politics leaves you saying, "hard pass!" then this episode is for you! In this Extra Awesome episode, Meg is joined by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers who host the revolutionary Pantsuit Politics - a bipartisan podcast created around creating nuanced perspectives to discussions about politics and current events. From how to have difficult conversations with people uninterested in hearing the views of others to how the Enneagram affects how these conversations play out, these women cover it all, answering questions from the Awesomes! Find Sarah and Beth's book I Think You're Wrong (but I'm listening) at Amazon. Find Pantsuit Politics on their website, on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/1937m 0s

Ep. 186 The weirdest (and most awesome!) things we've ever bought

What secrets are hiding in your shopping history? What do your favorite purchases say about you? Tune in to this episode when Meg is joined by her sister and Sorta Awesome regular Emily Harris as they reveal to the Awesomes the WEIRDEST things they've ever bought! On this list are things they love but also things that sound a little strange, including a marshmallow whip maker, pig ears, and mushroom ketchup. (Say what?!) All of that plus a great Netflix binge and makeup on the go in Awesome of the Week! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: European Wax Center: Learn more at axthepinktax.com Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Grove: For a FREE $30 Mrs. Myers gift set with your first order at Grove.co/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Dating Around on Netflix The Little Book of Skin Care, Charlotte Cho Cushion compact Nooni marshmallow whip maker Mushroom ketchup eyeliner stamp folding massage table Catopoly pig ears, beef knee caps, hemp dog treats stapless-stapler electric mouse trap charcoal toothpaste (use link grove.co/awesome when you sign up for a free gift!) snail cream You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Emily on Instagram! Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on Episode 186 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/1958m 3s

Curiosity, creativity, and conquering artistic fear

You know you've curious about doing something a little more creative with your free time. But how do you find the courage to go from curious to creative? Awesome Katie Broussard joins Meg today in this Extra Awesome to share how coloring and painting with her children led her down a very unexpected path to becoming a children's book illustrator! Tune in to hear how Katie found the courage to be a beginner in the world of art, and how dabbling with watercolors eventually led to the book Audacious Ignatius! Find Audacious Ignatius at Corde Press! You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/1931m 18s

Ep. 185 Be more awesome with your money

Oh yes, Awesomes! We are finally going there. Today's episode is all about how to be more awesome with your money! Meg sits down with Awesome Kate Nixon Anania, author of the book Twenties in Your Pocket, which is a guide to personal finance for women in the their twenties - and beyond! Kate answers YOUR questions about everything from salary negotiations to saving for small and big term goals to battling money guilt and so much more. You will LOVE Kate's friendly, approachable, relatable advice on money, and you'll be inspired to be an Awesome who knows how to feel great about money! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Lola: Go to mylola.com and enter code awesome40 at checkout for 40% off your subscription Green Chef: For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/SORTAAWESOME Beach Body: Get a free trial membership when you text AWESOME to 303030. Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Chana flour (chickpea flour) Crispy slow-roasted pork shoulder Kate's book: Twenties in your Pocket You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Kate on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or visit her website www.twentiesinyourpocket.com Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on episode 185 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/191h 4m

Ep. 184 How to find freedom from our screens

Love 'em or hate 'em, the reality is that the many screens that bring technology to us have taken on a big role in our daily lives. Are we suffering from digital addiction? And if so, what do we do? Join Meg and Kelly this week as they fill you in on a movement to take back our time, our presence, and our lives from our screens in ways that are realistic and, well, awesome. PLUS! Stay tune to the end of the episode for a quick story from an Awesome whose story went a little viral and is sure to get you giggling! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: LinkedIn: Go to linkedin.com/AWESOME and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. Terms and conditions apply. Care/of: For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to takecareof.com and enter promo code AWESOME50 Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Grove: For a FREE 60-day VIP membership and a bonus gift when you sign up and place an order of $20 or more, check out Grove at Grove.co/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/191h 17m

Let's Go to Trader Joe's

Grab a shopping cart, Awesomes, because Meg and Kelly are taking you on a stroll through Trader Joe's! In this new episode in the Extra Awesome series, you'll hear tried-and-true ideas for fast, delicious, nourishing meals for moms at home, busy women in the workplace, or anyone who needs a simple meal solution at a great price point, plus hear Meg’s not-so-secret favorite resource for getting in on all the good stuff at TJ’s! TRADER JOE'S CHEAT SHEET: 1. Lentil Soup with Ancient Grains 2. Green Dragon Sauce 3. Tamales 4. Whole Milk Cream Top Custard Style Yogurt 5. Creamy Tomato Soup; Marinara Tomatoes; Garlic Cheese Croutons 6. Chili Lime Chicken Burgers; Salmon Burgers; Mahi Mahi Burgers; Jalepeno Artichoke Dip 7. Spinach Salad 8. Prosciutto; Smoked Salmon; French Frommage Slices; Spanish Manchego; Unexpected Cheddar; Truffle Smoked Marcona Almonds 9. Mango Sticky Rice spring rolls; Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean mini sheet cake 10. Gone Berry Crazy Trader Joe’s Meal Ideas for Busy Moms You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/1946m 13s

Ep. 183 Ten things we wish we had done sooner

Hey Awesome, let's talk about your To-Do List - especially those things you keep putting off and shuffling to the bottom! We're here to tell you that sometimes, doing the things you've been putting off is actually easier than you think it's going to be! Join Meg and Rebekah as they share with you ten things that they've done that turned out so well, they really wish they had done it sooner. Plus, hear from the Awesomes what they have finally got around to doing that made a huge change in their lives! All of that plus a thrilling Netflix binge and simple skin care in Awesome of the Week. Don’t forget to send your Awesomes Know How ideas, suggestions, and recommendations to team@sortaawesomeshow.com THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Kopari: Go to kopari.com/awesome and see how you can save $5 off your first order Shine Text: A personalized pep talk in your pocket. Get 50% off Shine Premium by visiting shinetext.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: YOU on Netflix Cerave SA Renewing Cleanser Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream Cerave Lightweight Nighttime Cream FIND ALL OF THE SHOW NOTES FOR EP 183 HERE You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/02/191h 13m

Discovering the awesome of play therapy

Don't let the name fool you, Awesomes! Play therapy is serious stuff - and it is seriously amazing. In this episode in the Extra Awesome series, Meg sits down with her friend, fellow Awesome, and registered play therapist Nancy Rumley Soliz for an information-packed conversation on how play therapy works, which children can benefit from it, and the explanation behind one of the most talked-about trends in therapy right now - Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. You won't want to miss this incredibly insightful conversation! SHOW NOTES: Oklahoma Play Therapy Training Institute Association for Play Therapy The Theraplay Institute You can find Meg 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 or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/1937m 47s

Ep. 182 Creating a cozy home in winter and beyond

Dreary winter days getting you down, Awesome? Hit play right now on this episode to find your inspiration to make home a cozy retreat whether you are shivering through winter or sweating out summer! Meg sits down with the one and only Coziness Consultant Amber Brandt who has turned that cozy, welcoming vibe into her actual J-O-B. Amber makes creating coziness easy for anyone while doing some mythbusting on what hygge really means (spoiler: you don't have to buy one more throw pillow!). And you don't have to put cozy away with your winter candles! Amber tells us how to keep that warm, connected feeling strong all year long! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/AWESOME to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase Man Crates: Save 14% when you spend one hundred dollars or more at mancrates.com/AWESOME Fabletics: Get two leggings for $24 by using the link fabletics.com/AWESOME Thank you to all of our Sorta Awesome sponsors! SHOW NOTES: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat The Dropout Bad Blood by John Carreyrou You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can find Amber on her website, on Facebook, or on 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/1959m 55s