Podcast Roll Call {Shows I like & You Might Too}

The kids are back at school, the house and car is quieter again, and now I need something to fill that void. Since I can’t read while driving or cooking – well not very well or safely – I like listening to other people talk.

Podcast Apps

I listen to my podcasts usually with my not-cool android phone using The Podcast Addict app. (Here is a Getting Started guide) I just found out about Stitcher so I’m going to try that out and see if there is any advantage.

My husband got me a GOgroove Mini Bluetooth Car Kit so I can listen through the van’s speakers while driving (since we don’t have a cool car with built-in bluetooth).

If I’m using the iPad, I use the built-in Podcast app. I think you can also install an iTunes app – maybe?

When I hear of a Podcast that sounds interesting, I just add it to my Podcast list. If someone posts a specific episode on Facebook or online, I just listen to it with whatever device I’m using at the time. Usually my phone though so I can pick up where I leave off easier. If I’m going on a longer road trip where I will not have internet access, I’ll download the episodes I want to listen to and then delete them later to save space on my phone.

If you’d like to start listening to Podcasts or you’re looking for new ones to listen to here are some ideas:

The Simplemama Podcast – Well since this is my blog, I’ll start with my new one! I started as a way to share the Book and Movie reviews I’ve done and I have a few more coming up in September and added the random Birth Story one too so I’ll just add to it whenever I can but it will not be my main priority. I’m curious though if anyone has even listened to any episodes and what they think or if they’d like more?

Here is my Podcast Subscription list in no particular order:

Messy Parenting – Catholic conversations on marriage and family

The Art of Simple

Fountains of Carrots

The Jennifer Fulwiler Show

This Inspired Life

The Inspired to Action Podcast

More2Life with Greg and Lisa Popcak

Here are some I found recently that sound interesting though I can’t vouch for them yet since I haven’t listened to their episodes. 

Catholic Stuff You Should Know – There is so much Catholic stuff I do not know! Cradle Catholic for 32 years and still learning.

The Catholic Hipster – This one sounds fun!

Serial – I know a lot of people really like this one but I haven’t really gotten into it yet, anyone else?

Third Wheel Podcast w Tom Shillue and Jim & Jeannie Gaffigan – I’m enjoying the Jim Gaffigan show so this sounds like it might be fun.

Comedian Tom Shillue is Jim Gaffigan’s opening act. Tom, like Jim, is a family man, and he spends a lot of time with Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan. He thought it would be fun to do an audio diary about the unique perspective he has on the backstage goings on of the Gaffigan “team” as they produce comedy specials, tours, and TV shows, and try to raise a big family in the process.

The Catholic Exchange Podcast – all sorts of information about Catholicism!

Stuff you Missed in History Class – I feel like I missed a lot from history class because I either wasn’t paying attention or I just wasn’t interested enough at the time but I’d like to learn now so I might check out some of these episodes.

Stuff You Should Know – I’ve always wanted to know more stuff.

Have you listened to any of these? What do you think? What have I missed? I’d love to make this be an on-going list as I find new podcasts so let me know what else I can add!

A Birth Story Podcast!

Yesterday, we celebrated our 4th child’s THIRD birthday! Well that went by fast. We had a great day and I’m filled with deep gratitude for this child in our lives. He has brought us so much joy, he truly is a gift.

Inspired by Kristin’s, from This Inspired Life, recent episode where she shares the story of her daughter Mia’s birth, I thought it would be fun to read and share the birth story of our 4th son’s birth as well.

So, if you’re having a bit of a boring day and you need a little pick-me-up, you can listen to the Birth Story here on the Simplemama Podcast! 

I laughed, I cried, I whined and stomped my feet and even slapped my husband just like in the TV shows.

Admittedly, it’s a little long (45 mins) and the first half is kind of boring but around the 20 minute mark (when I get into transition and real labor) things get more interesting and entertaining I promise.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog since at least August of 2012, you might recall reading it – He’s Here! {A Birth Story}. If you did read it, you’ll remember how incredibly hilarious the whole circus show was. I like to read it every year on his birthday, just for a good laugh. So when I decided to record myself reading it out loud, it was even funnier and I had a hard time not laughing all the way through.


*Obligatory but obvious disclaimer: Like any birth story, it involved moaning, laughter, some ridiculous wailing and animal-like noises, some not nice words, lots of breathing, and various bodily excretions. If any of that weirds or grosses you out I would suggest not reading any further. 

Adjusting to Change, Three Year Olds, and Intense Mothering {A Food for Thought Round-Up}

Simplemama's Food for Thought Round-Up

Happy Saturday! Here are a few cool reads for you to read while you lay in the hammock sipping a cool drink before you wake up. 😉

5 Tips for Moving Into A New Season

I’m both excited and nervous about the new season coming up , not just weather-wise but with school starting and everything new that blows in with these new winds. Nicole’s tips are very helpful and I’ll keep them in mind for sure as we move into this next season of life.

Back to School Organizing Style Series

These posts have been interesting as all three of my children going to school this year definitely have their own unique ways of organizing. I like her points that just because my son or daughter organizes things differently than do, doesn’t mean they aren’t organized in her or his own way. It’s hard for me to let them figure it out on their own but in the end they have to find their own system.

surviving #thethrees

This is one of the best not-a-parenting advice post. If you feel like you’re in a constant battle with your kids, these “reflections” might help.

The next ones are from Lori again since she just keeps cranking out the good stuff!

Why I Love Having a Large Family


No One Told Me

That’s all I got for you. Kids go back to school next week so maybe I’ll write a few of my own blog posts again soon.

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