Podcast Episodes Round-Up {Autism, Self-Care, Grief & Suicide}

Time to take a break from writing about my thoughts and life experiences and turn the spotlight to others’ thoughts, experiences, and great ideas.

I took a podcast-listening sabbatical but recently returned. I really enjoy hearing other people talk into my ear instead of listening to my erratic thoughts all the time.

I found the coolest podcast app, it’s called Castbox. It’s a great app that you can create an account with – no lost subs if you switch phones – and can play it from multiple devices (phone, tablet, pc, etc). Best part: it’s free!

Below are some of my recent favorite podcast shows and episodes I’ve enjoyed and you might too!

Finding Mickey – Finding Mikey – Parenting our kiddo with Autism (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADHD, Aspergers

I. LOVE. this podcast! After our son’s official autism diagnosis, I’ve been hungry for more information but find it daunting trying to sift through books and blogs. This has been the perfect way to learn while driving, running, cleaning, etc. I especially love that Mickey’s Dad and Mom created the Finding Mickey podcast, I love listening to them talk about their son and their experiences together. It’s rare to hear the experience of raising a child with autism from the dad’s perspective so I really value Mike’s perspective and desire to share resources with others.

I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE everyone to listen to the Finding Mickey podcast. I’ve loved all their episodes but these three have been my favorites to listen to so far.

Resources for Parents of kids with Austism/SPD/ASD/ADHD

Tips For Kids Who Have Siblings With Autism – this one is so great! Mike and their daughter – Mikey’s older sister – talk about what it’s like to have a sibling with autism. I loved it so much I had our daughter listen to it too.

Nonverbal to College Grads – Interview with Collins Foster – We’re not there yet but this episode is phenomenal! It gives me much hope and excitement for our son’s future and others’ with spectrum challenges.

The Autism Show 

Another new-to-me podcasts – and I thought it would be hard to find autism resources, ha! I haven’t listened to all their episodes but here are two I related with and found very edifying and encouraging.  Everyone’s experience with autism is different and I’ve learned so much just by listening to other’s stories.

96: Learning To Embrace Autism As A Mom

74: Autism Mom Memoir –  I enjoyed this one so much with LeeAndra Chergey I bought her book Make a Wish for Me: A Family’s Recovery from Autism.

If the word, “recovery” puts you off, listen to her explanation in the podcast of that word usage. 

Fountains of Carrots

Lest you think autism is the only thing on my brain lately, it’s not the only thing – just a fairly large chunk.

When I need a break, I invite Haley and Christie into my head. And I’m glad I do because sometimes they have some incredibly enriching conversations that do my mind and soul good. Especially these two recent ones:

Foc 068: Choosing Real Self Care, Not Perfection With Kate Wicker – Wow. I needed to hear this one. You need to hear it. Everyone needs to hear it. Interestingly, I recently started reading Kate’s book and would also highly recommend it. Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood.

Lastly, this one –

FOC 071: Grieving Suicide with Faith with Leticia Ochoa Adams – Everyone knows someone – or will know someone – who become victim to suicide. Whether it be a family member, friend, co-worker, or just that one person you kind of knew but didn’t really know. Leticia shares very candidly here experience with losing her son to suicide. This conversation is the one no one wants to or knows how to talk about. Leticia speaks eloquently and compassionately about suicide, mental health, and how our Faith can support us in these challenges.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of you favorite podcast shows or episodes?

Podcast Episodes I’ve Enjoyed & You Might Too 1

I’ve listened to some great podcast episodes from My Favorite Podcasts over the past months that I’ve wanted to share here so others can enjoy them too.

I really enjoy listening to podcasts when I’m driving around on errands or in the house (if it’s mostly quiet) while I’m cooking or cleaning up in the kitchen. I use Podcast Addict on my Android phone or the built-in podcast app on my iPad. So here they are,

Of course I have to start with the CatholicMom.com’s CM Hangout, if you didn’t know I’ve been hosting a Hangout Podcast with CatholicMom.com and it’s been lots of fun getting to know other CatholicMom.com writers from all over the country. If you haven’t listened/watched our Hangouts I hope you will start!

I’ve loved hosting and also watching/listening to the ones Lisa Hendey has hosted also. Here are the last 3 recent ones to start off with:

The Right Heart Podcast by Erin Franco

I only recently discovered Erin through CatholicMom.com which led me to her blog and podcast and I love her! She has a soothing southern drawl that makes me want to soak in every word she says and take it to “the right heart”. I’ve only listened to these three but will gobble up her others soon.

Fountains of Carrots

From This Inspired Life

I also really liked these ones from Catholic Stuff You Should Know  some meaty food for thought:

Whew, that was exhausting. Now you know just how many podcasts I’ve listened to over the past few months. I hope you enjoy some of these also!

What are your Favorite Podcasts or Podcast episodes you’ve listened to lately?

Podcast Roll Call {Shows I like & You Might Too} 2

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! 1

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. 

Give Away: Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart {Book Review Hangout and Podcast} 5

I’m so excited to share this next book review about Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart by Dr. Gregory Popcack! Thanks to Image Catholic Books for the chance to read it in exchange for my honest review.

Reading Broken Gods was like going to a therapy session and spiritual direction all at once. For me, this is the first time I’ve read something that combines the more secular ideas of psychology and neuroscience (which is so fascinating!) with true authentic Catholicism. I loved that!

For those who may not know much about Dr. Popcak, he blogs at Faith on the Couch and is the Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. He is also the author of over a dozen popular books you may have heard of or read like For Better…FOREVER!, Parenting with Grace, Beyond the Birds and the Bees, Holy Sex! (Yup I did just write that) and many more that I need to read!

Dr. Popcack and his wife, Lisa, also host the More2Life radio show on Ave Maria Radio, which I just subscribed to the podcasts of it and am excited to listen to!

With all that, I feel incredibly privileged that I was able to Hang Out with Dr. Popcack and chat about Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart.

If you’d like to see what we talked about, you can watch our Hang Out here (the shorter version) or, if you’ve got a bit more time, click here (the extended full version) in which we talk more about mom guilt and the desire to be recognized, even if all we do all day is changer diapers and feed little people all day long. 😉

Or, if you’d rather listen to this while you’re out and about or folding laundry or in the kitchen or wherever, you can also listen to the audio file here (for the shorter version) or here (for the original full version). They aren’t too different, but sometimes 15 minutes can make a big difference in attention spans. 😉

In more ways than one, this book came into my life at just the right time! I’m thankful he took the time to write it and share it with us. This book, is really something that I think so many people need – I want to get one for everyone!

While I can’t get a book to everyone, I am able to give away at least one for now!

Simply enter the Give Away below for a chance to win a copy of Dr. Popcack’s Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart:

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(only one entry option necessary but the more you do, the higher your chances of winning!)


{If you end up buying this book – and I truly hope you do! – I thank you for purchasing it through the Amazon affiliate links in this post and Amazon will send me a cute little Thank you Gift Card – thank YOU!}

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