Mindful Mamas with Danielle Miner, LPC – EPISODE 36

We hit both ends of the spectrum this week – starting off with a discussion of 50 Dangerous Things to Do with Your Kids – a book gifted to Claire recently. We chat about things we have let our kids do, things that are getting phased out of many kids lives due to modern life, and look at how our younger kids tend to be bigger risk-takers than our older ones.

As a way to start the new year on a good note, we brought in Danielle Miner, LPC to talk with us about everyday mindfulness. She explains what mindfulness is, the difference between mindfulness and meditation, and ways to model mindfulness to our kids. Mindfulness is something that everyone has the tools to do – there are easy ways to start with breath, sound, eating and walking. Danielle talks about acceptance, explains what a meditation class is like, and then shares info on her upcoming Mindful Mamas class for local listeners.


In this episode we talk about:

50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)

TED Talk – Gever Tulley: 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

True Detective Season 3 – Vanity Fair Article

Insight Timer App

TED Talk – Mindfulness and Parenting: Mary Ann Christie Burnside

Calm App

Meditation Classes – St. John’s Center for Spiritual Formation

Mindful Mamas Facebook Page

Winter Break Recap and A Few of Our Favorite Things – EPISODE 35

We decided to kick the year off with a recap of our Winter Breaks…Claire’s trip to the UK, and Sarah’s extreme case of cabin fever. We talk about the new show Tidying Up and Claire’s challenges with minimalism, and Sarah decides she needs to watch more TV. Next we share a few of our new favorite things, starting with an eyelash enhancer debate, followed by a few more of our recent discoveries! Chime in with some of your own favorite things as we ease back into the new year…we would love your suggestions!


In this episode we talk about:

Tidying Up on Netflix

Rodan & Fields Last Boost

Lash Boost Class Action Suit

Castor Oil for Eyelash Growth

LashFood Mascara

Beats Wireless Earbuds

Amazon Prints Photo Books


Purely Elizabeth Oatmeal Cups

Our New Year’s Resolutions: Personal, Parenting and Podcast – EPISODE 34

In this week’s episode, Sarah and Claire share our resolutions for 2019 – broken down into Personal, Parenting and Podcast. From minimalism to health goals to picky eaters and productivity, we are asking you to hold us accountable! Kick off the year with us and share your goals as well!


In this episode we talk about:

“Taste Plate” for Picky Eaters

Weighted Blankets

Holiday Food Traditions and Trends with Natalie Mikles, Food Writer

Image via Aint To Proud to Meg

This week we are talking holiday food – including some of our own family traditions – with freelance food writer Natalie Mikles.  She shares some of her favorite non-turkey dinner ideas, her love of trying new cookies each year, and gives us some great ideas for making the holidays sweet for our kids, without stressing ourselves out too much!  


In this episode we talk about: 

Natalie’s story on Preemie Mom Camp

Kid’s Cookie Exchange Tips from Tulsa Kids

Tulsa Public Schools Bean Chowder and Cinnamon Rolls

Fruitcake: Memories of Truman Capote and Sook

Trader Joes Butter Toffee Pretzels

The Great Holiday Movie Debate, with Thom Crowe of ‘Tis the Podcast

Photo from Tis the Podcast

This week’s episode is so much fun! We teamed up with Thom Crowe of Tis The Podcast, a year-round Christmas movie review podcast, to debate….um, DISCUSS our favorite Christmas movies! To kick off the episode, we each listed our Top 5 Holiday movies to start the discussion.  While we had some crossover between lists, we also hit on a few controversial topics.  Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?  Which Home Alone is the best (Claire makes a convincing case for #2)?  And what are the problematic / implausisble parts of SO MANY holiday movies that could never take place in 2018?  Speaking of 2018, we also dive into the Rudolph bullying controversy, the “Me Too” / “Baby It’s Cold Outside” moment, and laugh at ourselves for a minute (or two).  As a Christmas movie expert, Thom fills us in on his favorite non-traditional treats, including Hallmark/Netflix specials, some of the obscure Christmas/Horror genre and some unexpectedly good unknown flicks.  

We laughed so hard during this episode you guys, enjoy and let us know where you stand on your holiday guilty pleasures and favorites! 



In this episode we talk about: 

(I’m not linking every single movie we talked about you guys, especially all the ones everyone knows.  But I WILL link to the obscure/topical ones that we mentioned!)

‘Tis the Podcast

Pop Culture Happy Hour Episode ‘Tis The Season: We Talk Hallmark Holiday Movies

Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas

She and Him Christmas Album 

Circle Cinema White Christmas Sing Along 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Pete’s Christmas

Santa’s Slay


Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Emmett Otters Jugband Christmas Returning to Theaters

One Magic Christmas

Hot Toys for 2018 from Toy Correspondent Jana Doyle from Kiddlestix Toys, Plus Non-Toys Gifts and Family Gift Traditions – EPISODE 31

It’s time for Gifts!  We got tips from our resident Toy Correspondent – Jana Doyle, owner of Kiddlestix Toys – on the hottest trends in toys for 2018 for a variety of age groups.  We weigh in on her picks, and talk about how holiday gifting looks for us this year.  We talk about non-toy gifts (pets, tickets, etc.) and how our various extended families handle gift giving for the adults in the family.  When we share what we want for Christmas, the podcast takes an unexpected segway into beekeeping (Claire has to break it down for Sarah). Enjoy and happy shopping!



In this episode, we talk about:

Kiddlestix Toy Store 

 Target Sleep Poncho

Untamed Fingerlings

Harry Potter Lego Set

Harry Potter Light Painting Wand

Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

Sloths, Unicorns and Llamas

All things Sequined

The Dangers of Secondhand Glitter Video

American Ninja Warrior Toys

Otrio Game


Treehouse Engineering

Alpaca Rocker

Wild Kratts Live

The Cathedral Hive

My Calm Blanket

Christmastime is Heerrrrreee! Episode 30

We dive into the Christmas season in this episode, starting with a controversial Eggnog conversation…then talk about both our households “no Christmas til after Thanksgiving” stance, and BlackSmallCyber Weekend shopping.

Next we chat about our favorite holiday decorations, traditions and drop a few hot tips about decorating practices, live tree procurement and overcoming kids tree OCD.  Sarah shares Elf on the Shelf regrets (get out before it’s too late people) and her love of the non-chocolate advent calendar tradition she’s passed on to her kids.  

Claire talks about her family’s Nutcracker tradition as well as the British Pantomime Season she grew up with, and we talk light displays, Polar Express trains, and All The Things to do this holiday season, including Santa visits, Silver Dollar City and stay-at-home activities.  Tired yet?  We also talk about holiday anxiety and fatigue, and how getting a tentative calendar can ease some of the FOMO.  

To wrap up the first of this month’s holiday extravaganza, Sarah gives an update on her son’s Christmas list – spoiler alert, it features a pet lizard!  All the feelings are happening here…


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In this episode we talk about: 

Owasso Tree Farm

Mark and Graham Advent Calendar

Tulsa Kids – Holiday Traditions: A Claus for Debate

LEGO Advent Calendar

London Pantomime 

Polar Express Train Ride Locations

Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas

The Christmas Chronicles

Utica Square Santa House

Philbrook Museum of Art Festival

Rhema Lights

The Gathering Place Winter Wonderland