Balancing Chaos
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#7 Bandaids on Bulletholes

#7 Bandaids on Bulletholes

November 16, 2017

This week, we have guest number two, Shira, a prosecutor (and new mom) who works on domestic violence and child abuse cases talking about links between domestic violence, homicide, and even mass shootings. She also gets some advice about going back to work after maternity leave!

Links Mentioned

Calif. gunman killed his wife before rampaging through community, trying to storm elementary school

Maine concert promoter pleads guilty to domestic violence charge, maintains he didn’t do it

Facing the Sins of the Democratic Party

Our Favorite Things!

ShiraThe Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country, Helen Russell

Kelley: Essential Oils - She mentions DOTerra, (the ones that Gretchen uses that are not MLM are from Plant Therapy)

Gretchen: Find My Friends the app that keeps track of everyone (if they let you)


#6 Guns n’ Voters

#6 Guns n’ Voters

November 10, 2017

In this episode, we talk about election results, being politically active, and where we stand on health care and gun reform.

Links mentioned:

The question every parent should be asking before a playdate

It was a Florida law that prevented doctors from asking about guns in the home. Here's a Washington Post article that explains it:

Have a check-up? Why your doctor might ask you if you own a gun.

The Dickey amendment prevents funding for research on gun violence:

Why gun violence research has been shut down for 20 years

After Maine approves Medicaid expansion, Governor raises objections


Our Favorite Things!

Kelley: Devafuser Hair Dryer (that's the whole shebang, but you can buy the creepy alien hand diffuser to use on your existing hair dryer for $50, too.)

Gretchen: Netflix and especially Parks and Rec. I also love that you can skip the intro on every episode! No ads, no waiting through the theme song. Perfect. (and yes, we talked about Netflix last week, but after a 10 day internet blackout, returning to the comforts of our cord-cutter lifestyle was much appreciated.)

Our Podcasts, Ourselves

Our Podcasts, Ourselves

November 3, 2017

This week we have our first guest, Leah, a women's healthcare provider who talks about contraception, sex education, and abortion - and about how the terms "pro-life" and "pro-choice" aren't exactly what they seem.

Discussed in this episode:

Our Bodies, Ourselves (this is the new edition, but this link goes to the cover I remember so well from childhood - I was right about the signs! - Gretchen 

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Robie Harris series of sexuality education books:

It's Not the Stork! Ages 4+

It's So Amazing! Ages 7+

It's Perfectly Normal Ages 10+

(also, not mentioned but worth noting - if you have daughters the American Girl series is great - The Care and Keeping of You 1 is for younger girls, and The Care and Keeping of You 2 is the next step for girls 10+.)


Our Favorite Things!

Leah: Netflix Original American Vandal*

Kelley: iPhone Smart Battery Case

Gretchen: Kindle Paperwhite**


*This convo included recommendations to so many other things, including other Netflix originals like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Love, Making a Murderer, Atypical, and the podcast My Favorite Murder.

**And also the Flipster app and my local public library!

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