Five Podcasts I’m Loving

Even though I’ve really been getting back into reading lately, I have still been listening to a LOT of podcasts. I just love listening to great conversations and giggling at silly songs and learning all the things I can. I’m usually listening to one while taking a shower, getting ready in the morning, driving in my car, falling asleep, cleaning the kitchen – really I am listening ALL the time!!

I definitely go through spurts when it comes to the podcasts I listen to – I’ll listen to some for just a few months, and others last for a few years! I’ve found a few new-to-me ones that I’ve been loving lately, so I wanted to share them! Let me know if you love these ones, too, or if there are any other great podcasts I need to check out!


Levar Burton Reads – This is just like you would expect… Levar Burton reads short stories! His voice is magical and the short fiction stories are fun to listen to. If you want to zone out for a little bit and not worry about keeping up with previous stories or plots, this is the one for you.

The Popcast – This is a new listen for me, and it is absolutely hilarious! The hosts, Knox and Jamie, make me laugh out loud every episode as they educate me on things that entertain, but do not matter. They talk about pop culture, celebs, TV and movies, and I love it!

Swish and Flick – If you love Harry Potter, then you will love these 4 girls talking about Harry Potter! They are re-reading the book series, and talk about each chapter as they go along. They go IN DETAIL and also talk about other things like Hogwarts houses, wands, histories of characters, and more! It is a great companion to the books as I’m currently listening to them on Audible.

Skimm’d from the Couch – If you already read The Skimm every morning, then you already know about this podcast, I’m sure! The founders of my favorite daily news email now have a podcast where they talk to other women in business and find out how they got their start, mistakes they’ve made along the way, and what it’s like to be a woman in their field. The episodes are really short but really great!

Stuff You Missed in History Class – How have I not talked about this one yet?!?! (Or have I and I don’t remember?) Anyway, this one is the best! I’ve been listening for about 2 years now, and I still haven’t even come close to listening to all of the episodes. (Seriously, you can scroll all the way back to like 2008…) You can find basically any topic in the archives, but may I suggest starting with the Hamilton-associated ones! They’re so good!

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My Favorite Christian Podcasts

I have been just CRAZY about podcasts lately! It’s no secret. I’ve done a few posts about some of my favorite ones in the past (here and here) but I’m always shuffling through what podcasts I have in my list, whether I’m just getting tired of one or trying out a new one. I listen to a pretty wide variety of podcasts about a lot of topics, but there is one particular genre that I’m always on the lookout for – a good Christian podcast.

For those of you that don’t really know what a Christian podcast looks and sounds like, they come in all different shapes and sizes and formats! Some are short and more inspirational, some give biblical advice to readers that have written in, some are actually sermons that have been given by a particular church, some are more generic “talk show” formats, some are geared toward certain groups like moms/parenting – there are so many options!

I’ve sorted through a bunch of them and removed a few that I wasn’t wild about, and there are a few that I keep listening to consistently.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey || I’ve mentioned this one before, but I just love it so much! Jamie Ivey is just the sweetest thing and she talks to girlfriends on her podcast about life (the good and the bad), TV shows, books they are reading, and literally everything! A lot of these women have inspirational stories and it really feels like you’re just sitting at happy hour, gabbing with friends.

Relevant Podcast || This name might sound familiar if you know the Relevant magazine – it’s made by the same people. This one is relatively long (like an hour and a half to two hours) and has the format of a morning radio show. There are multiple hosts, and they talk about events, pop culture, and they have great guests. Some of the recent interviews I’ve loved were Tony Hale, Terry Crews, OK Go, Lecrae, and Jen Hatmaker!

The Village Church Sermons || This one, as you could guess, is a “podcast” of sermons from The Village Church here in Dallas. I’ve gone to one of The Village locations a few times and really liked the teaching a lot! I’ve found another church home that I like a lot, but I still like to listen to these sermons during the week.

Ask Pastor John || This podcast is pretty short (10-15 minutes per episode) and they have SO MANY in the backlog that I still want to go through (topics that I feel apply to me and ones I’m just curious about, too). This is through Desiring God, and people can write in with their questions for John Piper. He gives biblical advice to his best ability, and it’s a good listen.

Good Christian Fun || Ok so this one isn’t really a “Christian” podcast, per se, but I thought I’d include it anyway. It’s hosted by two people that grew up going to church, and they go through Christian pop culture from when they were kids and more recently, too (there’s only been like 6 episodes so far…). They’ve talked about things like Veggietales, Katy Hudson (Katy Perry’s first career as a Christian singer), DC Talk, and the movie Fireproof – so it’s been kind of fun to listen and feel a little bit of nostalgia.

Currently Obsessing Over: Suits

No, I’m not suddenly really into wearing suits or any sartorial matter. But I have recently been watching the TV show Suits and y’all…. I’m obsessed. I can’t stop watching!! (Which is sometimes problematic when the dvds aren’t ready for me at the library yet and I have to wait which is very inconvenient!!)

I watched the first season of Suits when it was on the air (so back in 2011) and I LOVED it, but then I got busy and then I moved and got rid of my cable and so I didn’t watch it again. After I recently got rid of my Netflix account and started getting my movies and tv shows from the library, I decided to pick the show back up again. I’m not even fully caught up with the series yet (it’s still on the air, on the USA network!) but there are so many things about the show that I love!!!

Like… the romance!!! All the couples are so fun to watch and I am seriously finding myself rooting for ALL of them!! Even ones that aren’t even officially together. They need to get together. And even ones that if I knew them in real life I’d say “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU DON’T BE WITH THAT PERSON THIS IS A TERRIBLE LIFE CHOICE” but since they’re fictional characters, I get to say “YAY PLEASE STAY TOGETHER FOREVER AND YES KISS HER!!!!!”

And… the drama!!! I know absolutely nothing about the legal world and what the day-to-day life of a lawyer is like, but this show leads me to believe that it would be filled with DRAMA and corporate battles and backstabbing coworkers!! Some of the characters and the shady things they do have made me so mad… but in a way where I definitely need to keep watching and make sure that they get put in their place.

I should mention the language real quick… even though it’s a “family friendly” show, they sure do say lots of words and phrases a LOT. Like, geez. I’m sure you can think of a different phrase to use, writers.

But back to the good stuff… the clothes!!! All these attractive people are just dressed SO WELL every single day and it makes me want to go shopping for some new work clothes. But I won’t, because I’m a realistic person and I know that I won’t wear pencil skirts/dresses/crazy high heels every day to work. Nope. I’ll just watch them looking fabulous and be happy with that. And the men in their suits look so handsome!

And along with the clothes… the hair!!! These women are giving me serious hair goals. They have the best blowouts every day, and it makes me want to actually try to make my hair look great every day at work instead of my classic front-twist-low-bun that happens at least 4 days a week.

To balance the drama is… the humor!!! This show is actually pretty funny, and it really keeps it nice and light instead of super dramatic all the time like other legal shows (such as The Good Wife, which I still love…)

It has one of my favorite things in the world… when the real life significant others of the main cast show up as a minor character!!! I just think it’s really fun to see them together on screen and then know that they’re married in real life and it just makes me happy.

And finally… it just has really fun characters!!! There’s the con-man that you’re really rooting for, the pompous jerk who you get to watch as his heart of gold comes out, the smarmy co-worker who eventually grows to be one of your favorite people, the sassy redhead who amazes you with her wit, the sweet gal who is the hardest worker on the whole show, the fearless boss who rocks all day every day, and so many more great people!!

Actually there’s one last thing… I saw online that one of my favorite actors Dule Hill is going to be on Suits this current season and that makes me so happy! I can’t wait to catch up so I can see him once again! He was a main character in anther USA show called Psych (it was seriously so funny and great!) and this will hold me over until the Psych movie comes out later this year!!

Have you seen Suits? Do you love it as much as I do? What show are you currently obsessing over?

 

More Podcasts I’m Loving!

Happy weekend to you! Hopefully when this gets posted I will be sleeping soundly, because I will have just gotten back from my big trip to England about, oh… 7 hours ago. I haven’t been in a jet lag situation since I was 6, so I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to feel like. But I’m just glad that we booked the trip so that we got home late Friday night and then have an entire weekend to recuperate and get back on schedule for the next week. Hopefully my sleep schedule isn’t too crazy this weekend!

One thing I did before I left for England last week was to download a few episodes of my favorite podcasts to listen to. (I use the Stitcher app for my Android phone – I highly recommend it!!) I love love love me some podcasts, and wanted to have a few options to listen to in case I got tired of reading on the plane. I’ve listened to a LOT of different ones over the years, and I’ve found a few that I hate, a few that I tolerate, and a few that I absolutely love. I’ve listened to a few new ones recently and wanted to share the ones I have been enjoying! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these before or if you have a favorite I should check out!

8 Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

Isn’t Instagram just the best? By far, it’s my favorite form of social media. You can post fun pictures, you can find endless inspiration, and you can’t get invited by some girl you knew in high school to join her online shopping party for whatever ridiculous company she “works” for. Shouts to all the working mommas making money for your family, but no, I don’t want to buy makeup/supplements/wraps/leggings/eyelash serum/candles/jewelry from you. (Unless I actually know and like you in real life. I will happily buy stuff from you, because again, I know and like you IN REAL LIFE and you will probably ask me if I want to buy things in a real life way, not over a Facebook message where you spell my name incorrectly. Yes that recently happened. You’re sending me a message, my name is right there…) End rant.

Back to Instagram! It’s such a great way to keep tabs on all your friends and family members that you don’t see all the time, and it’s equally as great to follow strangers (like bloggers you like, nothing creepy… I realize that sounded kinda creepy…) and celebrities and brands you love. A while ago I wrote a couple of posts about some of my favorite Instagram accounts (read them here and here), but it’s been a while and I wanted to share a few more that I recently started following and absolutely love… and I know you will, too!

One ||  @_booksintheair_  Follow this account if you love to read and you also kind of judge a book by it’s cover.

Two ||  @juniperfoxx  Follow this account if you love cute animals doing cute things.

Three ||  @bymariandrew  Follow this account if you like doodles and drawings that make you giggle, think, or nod your head in agreement.

Four ||  @colormecourtney  Follow this account if you like bright outfits, bright backgrounds, and contagious smiles.

Five ||  @dallaslovelist  Follow this account if you live in Dallas (duh) and want to find new things to eat, see, and do.

Six ||  @overheardnewyork  Follow this account if you wish you lived in NYC and love people watching.

Seven ||  @cakeandconfetti  Follow this account if you like bright pictures that will instantly make your day happier.

Eight ||  @chelsweets  Follow this account if you love to bake or eat sweets (mainly cake).

I’m excited to post pictures on Instagram over the next few months – I have a LOT of fun trips planned, which means a LOT of fun pictures coming your way! I can’t wait!