IT’S A GROWN UP LIFE! Journalists and life-long friends Samantha Simmonds and Lauren Libbert come together in this topical podcast to discuss the issues facing midlife women today – the highs, the lows, the challenges and the rewards. . .
Series 2 Ep1: Women in Lockdown - Lauren and Samantha talk about what life is really like indoors
The new covid spin-off from It's a Grown Up Life, featuring best friends and journalists Samantha Simmonds and Lauren Libbert. This episode we talk about ditching the bra, going feral and how 'committed acceptance' is the only way through this.
Ep 17: TV presenter Andrea Mclean on never feeling like a grown up, Mary Portas on harnessing female energy at work, and is drop-in therapy a good idea?
This episode Andrea Mclean talks to us about the menopause and Mary Portas, author of Work Like A Woman, reveals why we need to ditch alpha male culture and create new ways of working.
Our book choices are Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and Circe by Madeline Miller. Our TV picks are Game of Thrones and Chernobyl - both on Sky Atlantic.
Ep 16: TV presenter Melanie Sykes on co-parenting and raising teen boys and how to talk to your kids about sex and porn with great advice from Cindy Gallop, Ted Talker and founder of world’s first social sex sharing website makelovenotporn.com
TV presenter Melanie Sykes reveals what it’s like to raise teen boys as a single parent, while Cindy Gallop, founder of the world’s first social sex sharing video website makelovenotporn.com, explains why we have to talk to our kids about sex and porn and how to go about it without raising too many blushes.
Our book picks this episode are Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. Our TV picks are The Education on Amazon Prime Video and the second series of Fleabag on BBC iPlayer.
Ep 15: Comedienne Lucy Porter on battling sexism on stage, what we can learn from the Sally Challen case and is tutoring really necessary?
This episode we talk to comedienne Lucy Porter about her grown up life and Katie Taylor, founder of The Latte Lounge, an online platform for women over 40, about the importance of support from other women when dealing with some of life’s toughest issues.
Our book picks are Normal People by Sally Rooney and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Our TV picks are Afterlife and Dirty John on Netflix.
Ep 14: TV sports presenter Clare Balding on trolls, her sexuality and not wanting kids and are boomerang children actually damaging families?
This episode we chat to TV sports presenter and author Clare Balding about her grown up life and also ask Mandy Saligari, therapist, addiction expert and author of Proactive Parenting how to keep the lines of communication open with your child as they get older.
Our TV picks are Sex Education and Schindler's List on Netflix and Better Things on BBC iPlayer. Our book picks are The Binding by Bridget Collins and It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario.
Ep 13: EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite on being her happiest at 48, why we're all obsessed with declutter guru Marie Kondo and how to take control of draining life admin
This episode we talk to EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite about grief, solo parenting and being a working actress for almost 30 years. We also chat to Elizabeth Emens, author of The Art of Life Admin: How to Do it Less, Do It Better and Live More - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Life-Admin-Less-Better/dp/0241972493- about how to take control of the excessive paperwork in our lives.
Our TV picks for this episode are You on Netflix and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon Prime. Our book picks are Education by Tara Westover and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
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It’s a fun podcast for grown ups
Love this podcast - the girls are younger than me and my children are now grown up but it’s relevant for all 35+ IMO. Mixture of chat, advice, great book and tv show reviews - all delivered in relaxed natural style. I want to be their friend
It’s a Grown Up Life is fab!
What a refreshing mix of real life challenges and situations that specifically relate to my mid-40’s life. Interesting interviews, great film, tv and book reviews and a real life expert each episode. I relish each new one and really enjoy. Highly recommend