Thursday, August 28, 2014

Podcast Announcement, Creepy Smiles and other Quick Takes!

Joining the party at Jennifer's this week!  

I would first like to set the tone of my 7QT's with my new favorite song.  I may or may not have done a little handle-bar-percussion while listening to this during a workout this week at my very occupied gym.  Endorphins flowing. No shame.  I just love this song! (and *dislike* the video but the "lyrics" versions didn't sound the same - sorry!)

And this version, less percussion and more strings, gives me the goosebumps:

Mia (15 1/2 months) has been doing some super funny things lately, including showing off her new dance moves (i.e. turning in a circle). 



She has also employed this creepy-smiley look as of late:

I think it falls someplace in between..


For my husband who may or may not have gotten the above reference:

Ok, now switching gears.  Podcasts.  Some of you may not have heard of them (think: online radio shows), some of you may not care. I'm moving on anyway, because you should Totally Care (respectively)!  They are awesome.  

I love podcasts because:

1. They are free
2. I learn, learn, learn things all the time.  Free education. Easy. 
3. They can also be very entertaining, and for many podcasts that is the main point
4. They help me do two things at once - be entertained, or learn about something, while doing mindless tasks
5. There is a podcast for almost EVERYthing 
6. Podcasts are like what Netflix is to TV - you can listen to what you want, how much you want, whenever you want. 

How do I listen, and When do I find the time to listen to podcasts you may ask?


  • I download them (for free) from iTunes, and then sync them onto my ipod
  • I listen to them straight from my laptop's speakers via iTunes
  • I stream them on my iphone via the Podcasts App (avail. for ios and android)
  • I have also tried the Stitcher app which many people like.  I prefer iTunes because it has the widest selection
When do I find the time??
  • Driving
  • Washing dishes, making dinner, folding laundry,
  • Walking around the 'hood with Mia
  • Working out
  • Projects like like painting, sewing, organizing, etc.

Basically, I listen to podcasts generally about 1-2 hours a day. It is sooo much better than turning on the TV, which I tend to do for background noise or while I cook. 

Even though I've written my favorites list before, it is constantly changing. These are some of my current favorites!

The Art of Simple Podcast (formerly Simple Mom)
Catholic in a Small Town
Smart Passive Income Podcast
How They Blog Podcast
The Break with Fr. Roderick
Freakonomics Radio
and my guilty pleasure...For Crying Out Loud


This all leads me to the announcement (I'm sure you've been biting your nails in anticipation) :

<Wink wink>

I am about to launch my own podcast! 


It's called This Inspired Life and I'm super nervous, but more excited than anything.  I think it'll be sooo fun.  So if you are a fan of podcasts already, or want to give them a try, I hope you will give mine a listen sometime.

I haven't launched yet (planning on late September!) and my website is currently under construction but here's an excerpt from the About page:

About This Inspired Life Podcast:

Being Catholic / Christian is often like swimming upstream.  It's nice to know others are there with you, and that's what this podcast is all about.  We'll discuss things like parenting, marriage, current events, blogging, at-home businesses and writing books all in light of trying to live out our faith.  We'll also have some fun!
And, since it could get boring here all by myself, I have sought out some people who inspire me so I can learn a little something from them. These conversations are a huge part of this podcast, and I'm excited to share them with you.  I hope we all gain enthusiasm, motivation and courage to keep becoming "better versions of ourselves."
Links to the website and where to listen will come soon!  I am currently recording my first few episodes before I release a few at once to start, and am working on some awesome guests.  I hope you will come by and listen!!
Also, if you have any suggestions for content or guests feel free to email me anytime or comment below!  Who would you like to hear me interview??
Email: thisinspiredlifepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks everyone! Have an awesome weekend!!


  1. a podcast?! wow! I'll keep my eye (ear?) out for the first one!
    (My mom is a huge Fr. Roderick fan. She's always giving me updates on what he's up to and what he's talking about. I forget he's not part of our family sometimes ;) )

    1. Thanks Theresa!! :) And ha - I feel the same way about Lino Rulli (The Catholic Guy XM Radio Show) who gets talked about a lot by my mom!

  2. I LOVE PODCASTS!!! I actually bought the downcast app for $ $3 I ever spent to organize my podcasts! I'm not a big reality TV fan but I listen to a podcast that talks about the bachelor it's pretty entertaining. But I do watch a TON of TV and love tv podcasts..probably b/c no one ever wants to talk to me about my tv shows LOL

    I listen to most of the podcasts you mentioned there. Love How They Blog. I have her blog planner but uh haven't been very good at using it. I could go on forever comparing podcasts! Will have to add yours when you release it :)

    1. Beth Anne I'll have to check out that app!! I don't love the podcast app but I use my itunes / ipod more than anything. I've never listened to a TV show commentary podcast but I hear about them all the time from other podcasters, people love them! I'll have to listen to the Bachelor podcast in January!

      And haha - I have Kat's blog planner too and also am not great at using it :). So glad to find a fellow podcasts fan! :)

  3. This is so cool, Kristin! I am such a fan of podcasts for all the reasons you mentioned :) can't wait to listen!