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Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We've heard this weekly podcast described as a 'unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,' and we're very much on board with that take.

A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica Dear Media

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    • 4.8 • 448 Ratings

Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We've heard this weekly podcast described as a 'unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,' and we're very much on board with that take.

    Holidays and Giving with Caroline Moss (and the New Illustrated Us!)

    Holidays and Giving with Caroline Moss (and the New Illustrated Us!)

    Caroline Moss, host of the podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It!, brings joy to everything she does, and we’re jazzed to ride her wave of holiday-giving enthusiasm straight through December and into 2022. Another thing we’re taking into next year is our new mantra: What happens if you don’t?
     
    Julie Houts did the wonderful new illustration of us ya see in our podcast art! You’ve gotta check out her Instagram! Ooh, and shop her prints!
     
    Related content: Erica waiting for Claire in fitting rooms.
     
    If you don’t listen to Caroline’s podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It! yet, you’re in for a treat. Our Black Friday ep with her could be a good starting point. Don’t sleep on her gift guides either—or the book she co-wrote Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails.
     
    Caroline’s go-to Hallmark holiday movie: The Christmas List.
     
    A few holiday giving initiatives Caroline supports and you can too (like, this year—not at all too late!): Operation Santa (there’s a doc, Dear Santa, about it, even) and Transanta.
     
    Vulture on the Christmas ep of Ted Lasso.
     
    Re: Venmo and taxes, this Forbes piece.
     
    “What Mutual Aid Can Do During a Pandemic” by Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker.
     
    Tell us all of your thoughts! At 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq!
     
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    BECs, Celebrities Reading Memoirs, and Other Things We Love Talking About

    BECs, Celebrities Reading Memoirs, and Other Things We Love Talking About

    What an episode we have in store! We’re going deep on some of our favorite recent discoveries from our Monday newsletter—which: If you aren’t signed up for that thing, now's your chance to fix that.
     
    The usefulness of the term bitch eating crackers (BEC) (for context: Someecards).
     
    Celebrity memoirs as audiobooks: Inside Out by Demi Moore, Acid for the Children by Flea, and Yearbook by Seth Rogen (see also: this profile by Jonah Weiner for NYT Magazine). Next up: My Life So Far by Jane Fonda, Faithfull by Marianne Faithful,  The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Oh, and: the podcast Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily. Also: Please read Open by Andre Agassi and J.R. Moehringer!
     
    Important breaking news: There is now Spelling Bee merch.   
     
    Let’s hear Claire’s QVC pitch for the Pattern mist spray bottle!! Somewhat related: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater...as a hair product?
     
    Erica’s 11 a.m. tea go-to: Soul Chai. Another (slightly sweetened rec): Dona.
     
    A workspace-changing Philips Hue light strip. You may also like: Gorilla mounting tape, Storage Theory Power Perch, and the Pretty Handy Girl video for changing your doorknobs.
     
    Jewelry renovation with Spur = talk about amazing.
     
    You know we love to hear from you! Get us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq.
     
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    Score Ana Luisa jewelry during their biggest sale of the year—60% off on the second item you purchase with our link. 
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    Rolling Calls and a Round of Guest Thingies with David Cho

    Rolling Calls and a Round of Guest Thingies with David Cho

    You know what we love? When someone makes a thing we’re really desparate to use. Which means we can’t wait for the launch of Postcard, a tool to help us share our travel recommendations in an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing way. We’ll let David Cho tell ya all about it...and share his Thingies. That’s right: a guest Thingies ep. Tell us how you feel about that??

    Two relevant celebrity memoirs: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and Yearbook by Seth Rogen.
     
    Oh, the joy of a website called findcelebrityjobs.com.
     
    Be Postcard guinea pigs! Make some lists! Send them to us!
     
    David’s Thingies! Orion Turtle Chips Choco Churros Flavor (and Sweet Corn if you’re us), Rose Delights, therapy!!!, Golden Fertile Eggs, Sun Ha Jang in L.A., and “A Home Movies Thanksgiving Special with Alison Roman” (also her spring chicken with crispy leeks recipe).
     
    Do you have Thingies noms? Hit us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq.
     
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    Grab tickets for Redeeming Love and get your romance-movie fix.
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    • 54 min
    Gift Guide Round 3: Siblings, Teens, Co-Workers, Friends, and Grandparents!

    Gift Guide Round 3: Siblings, Teens, Co-Workers, Friends, and Grandparents!

    Gift Guide Round 3: Siblings, Teens, Co-Workers, Friends, and Grandparents!
     
    Our third gift guide ep already?! We know. There’s so much ahead—and behind if you missed part 1 and part 2—but if you’re still on the present hunt, subscribe to Secret Menu for many more holiday-shopping thoughts ‘n feelings.
     
    Kids and Teens!
     
    Almost 14 year old girl Brooklyn kid
    Art! Ideal Bookshelf 974: Feminists by Jane Mount, The Ten Largest, No. 2, Childhood, Group IV by Hilma af Klint, Krista Marie Young painting, and Amber Vittoria prints
    The start of a charm bracelet, maybe with this Catbird Holy Cannoli charm Studs e-gift card
    Lizzie Fortunato Little Candy DIY Kit (for a younger kid: Super Smalls or Susan Alexandra)
    Olive & June mani system
    Dye Kween Sleep mask or socks
    Kule T-shirt
    This Is What I Know About Art by Kimberly Drew
    Macmillan Visual Dictionary
    D C-T! by Joana Avillez and Molly Young Donation to Girl Up Monogrammed tech accessories from Leatherology  
    Angsty teenage nephews who already have everything
    Art! Eye Test Chart by George Mayerle, Every Outdoor Basketball Court in Manhattan by Jenny Odell (paired with How to Do Nothing?), or something from Top Posters & Prints
    Via the Public Announcement newsletter: Procure an iPod, load the iPod with music you love, give the iPod to the kid. Snacks: Bokksu, Patagonia Provisions, Lani Halliday pop-tarts, Blondery Blondies, or Oreo ID
    Audm subscription
    Courier magazine subscription
    Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
    Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use it by Jamie Margolin
    Donation to Canines for Disabled Kids
     
    10 year old niece who is obsessed with Japan (Japan trip isn't in the budget)
    Pen pal through Pen Friend Clubs of Japan (PFC)
    Sanrio! Gudetama bank, Hello Kitty happy lunch box set, and all the stickers, pens, notebooks
    Punilabo scissors
    Paperi Design Shop Hiragana chart 
    Bokksu Japanese snack subscription
    Tatsuya Tanaka Miniature Life calendar
    Maruchan Ramen Noodle planter from Happy Plants
    Mochidoki
    Kawaii Pen Shop gift card
    Kizuna gift box
     
    Nephews/Godsons who already have so much stuff. They are 6 months (read: only interested in food but not really able to eat it) and 4.  The 4 year old loves trucks, singing, Toy Story, and learning about everything. but he has all of the things! While I think donations are cool, I'm not really interested in that for a four year old who won't understand that i didn't forget to give him a gift. 
    National Diaper Bank Network donation
    Kitpas bath crayons
    Raddish
    Foodstirs DIY cookie kit
    Haus playhouse
    Parchie watch
    Pedersen + Lennard balance bike
    Twee planet chalk 
    Storytime Chess
    Areaware Blockitecture set
    WayToPlay car track
     
    Brothers and Brothers-in-Law!
     
    My 35 yo brother who exclusively wears shirts from regattas, has horrible taste in women
    A feature in the Hot Singles newsletters
    Hama Hama oysters
    The Rope Co. nautical rope doormat
    Games: Wolfum checkers/chess set or Molkky
    Grailed vintage regatta gear
    Vaer Field Watch
    Blackbird Spyplane paid subscription
    Sirene Journal 
    Ocean Conservancy donation
     
    Brother who's living #vanlife
    Fancy tinned fish: Big Night if you’re in NYC, Conserva Culture, and Fishwife Opinel No. 8 beechwood handle knife
    Westerlind for clothes Alice Waters egg spoon or one from Eggspoon.com
    Human Race rice powder cleanser or routine pack
    Libro.fm subscription for audiobooks Feeding America donation
     
    Sisters and Sisters-in-Law!
     
    Sister - has main character energy. Runs an apple cider vin business. Into funky style.
    Leanne Ford x Crate & Barrel measuring cups
    Krista Marie Young oven mitts
    Jacques Benoît vinegar pot
    Custom perfume from Nova Vintage blown-glass apples on Etsy
    James Shaw candleholders
    Isabel Halley wine cups or dessert plates
    Novel Mart boquerones baseball cap
    Edas earrings
    Carleen quilted vest
    Custom hand-painted sign from

    • 58 min
    Gift Guide Round 2: Extra Design-y Edition, with MoMA Design Store!

    Gift Guide Round 2: Extra Design-y Edition, with MoMA Design Store!

    If you just CAN’T with the gifting stress, drama, and intrigue this year and are looking to do some one-stop shopping, well, welcome to our second gift guide of the season, in partnership with the glorious, aesthetically driven team over at MoMA Design Store. Use the code ATHINGORTWO online or in store for 10% off your purchase now through November 24 (fine print below)—and know that every purchase supports the museum's collection and education programs. Talk about a GWP!
     
    Heyo: Dig into all of our MoMA Design Store gifting picks.
     
    Healthcare practitioners who I see regularly but don't know on a personal level
    2022 Stendig Poster Calendar or 2022 Jumping Point Calendar 
    Yoshitomo Nara Bandages
    Italian Ball Candle
    MoMA Monet and Ed Ruscha artist masks
     
    My new colleagues who I want to love me. Something cheap, cute, and maybe useful.
    Extendable Phone Stand
    Denis Guidone Milano Times Hourglasses
    Twist Cable Protector - Set of 3
    MoMA Touchscreen Mist Cleaner
     
    I have to buy gifts for approximately eight thousand kids.  Is there anything that I could buy that all of them would like?  They are various ages between 0-10 years old.
    The Great New York Subway Map 
    Coloring books! Coloring Book Henri Matisse, Keith Haring Coloring Book, Keith Haring: My First Coloring Book, To the Moon: The Longest Fold-Out Coloring Book in the World
    Making with MoMA Smush Crayon
    Art out of the Box 
    Small Night Light - Miffy, Boris, Lion or Miffy and Friends Silicone Rechargeable Lights 
    The Hoptimist
     
    Dating for 3 mo by the time xmas is here. Wants to ride tandem bike. Dairy & nut free.
    Gemini Express Espresso Set
    Happy Socks for MoMA Set (3)
    Vince Kurr Tabletop Shuffleboard Game
    Julian F. Bond Corknet Ping Pong Set
     
    My husband who loves fancy Japanese mugs, Swedish menswear, and guitar pedals
    Design books: Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design, From Postwar to Postmodern: Art in Japan, 1945–1989, Primary Documents, and JUDD
    HAY Coffee Pot
    Man Ray: Chess Pieces
    Japanese Maekake Workshop Cotton Apron
     
     
    90 year old Grandma who lives in Scottsdale. She loves golf, crafting, playing cards, shopping, and hot weather. She has a condo full of tons of stuff - she collects trinkets and has multiple collections of China, glassware, etc. so I avoid giving her something that's just an item that will sit on a shelf. She is sometimes lonely and really likes activities but is easily intimidated by things that seem too hard. I gave her a 500 piece puzzle last year and at first she thought she could never do it but she ended up finishing it and got it framed. She's the absolute cutest but also very set in her ways. I like to give her something that can be consumed or created so I don't add to clutter but she is very thrifty as a depression era woman and will savor things forever. Sometimes things like lotions or candles never end up getting used. She also loves jewlery and clothing. She walks to church every day in a sensible heel.
    Glass Coffee Ornament Set 
    Wildlife Garden Birdhouse and Feeder 
    DIY Rainbow Needlepoint Kit
    Andrew Wyeth Jigsaw Puzzle
     
    65+ crowd that have everything! Bring in the MOMA recs!
    Bodum Breadbox with Cutting Board
    HAY George Sowden Toaster
    Michele De Lucchi Plissé Electric Kettle
    Larq UV Purifying Pitcher
    Self-Watering Wet Pots 
    Avocado Vase and Acorn Vase
    Bala Fitness Weight Bangles - Set of 2
     
    My brother and his stylist boyfriend who has intimidatingly good taste
    Fenestra Bookends and House Bookends
    Cloudnola Flipping Out Text Clock
    Renee Vedrig Textime Clock
    Pond Mirror
    Ester & Erik Cone Candles
     
    FIL loves smoking meats, nice wine, and mansplaining the weather.
    Meater+ Thermometer
    Microwave Grill
    Multi-ccino Mug 
    Weather, Weather by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler
    Baggu Recycled Nylon Wine Totes - Set of 3
    George Nelson™ Fireplace Tool Set

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    Gift Guide Round 1: Moms, Dads, and Significant (or Formerly Significant) Others

    Gift Guide Round 1: Moms, Dads, and Significant (or Formerly Significant) Others

    Gift Guide Round 1: Moms, Dads, and Significant (or Formerly Significant) Others
     
    It’s gift-guide season around these parts, and here we are with the first of three—three!—installments to help you along with the hardest-to-shop-for people in your life (hopefully). If you need more ideas, subscribing to Secret Menu might be just the answer.
     
    Moms and Mothers-in-Law!
     
    Single mom by choice to an amazing little girl. Since it's just the two of us and she's a toddler, I need to help her buy her a gift for me. I realize that buying a gift for one's self shouldn't be difficult but I'm saving to buy us a condo and this will be my one quality and/or impractical spend for the foreseeable future. So I want to make it count and I'd love your help. I am willing to spend up to $400.00. I appreciate smart function in design and I have lost zero baby weight, so anything that involves sizing has the potential to make me cry, which feels like it would defeat the purpose. I work about 75 hours a week and am currently doing so remotely. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
    Fused bracelet like a Fewer Finer Eternal Bracelet or an Ochre Objects Permanence one
    Birthstone earrings—maybe one of your birthstone and one of hers. White/Space Francesca studs are sold as solos. Earrings/necklace you could build on each year: Scosha charms, Lizzie Fortunato mood necklace with an alphabet charm, and Fewer Finer vintage charms
    Kinn Studio locket
    A break! A one-night staycation or spa day  
    76 yo mom, super practical, can't throw stuff away, just lost her husband of 60+ years.
    Tidy Tova Virtual Tidiness
    Organizing accessories: Hay, Open Spaces, and Yamazaki Home POJ Studio Kintsugi Kit
    Mending kit: Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit and Purl Soho Cotton Mending Thread
    Yuns Hardware gift certificate Dims Watering Can + Via Citrus tree
    Monthly flower delivery—you can make any bouquet a subscription with Farmgirl Flowers Miriam Toews novel: Fight Night or Women Talking Donation to her local library  
    My new step mom who has very good taste and loves thrifting
    Summersill & Bishop alphabet napkins
    Vintage calendar from 2011, 2005, 1994, 1983, 1977, 1966, 1955, 1949, 1938, or 1927 Greystone Needlepoint book cover
    Back issues of a favorite magazine—Gourmet? Berea College Student Craft
    Machete Apple Watch band
    Misette colorblock collection
    Beata Heuman: Every Room Should Sing
    The House that Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton
    Vintage piece from French Larkspur or One Day in France
    Do thrifting for her—splatterware, jadeite, or Fiestaware?  
    Frumpy MIL that you can't stand
    Ember mug (now a travel one, too) Eileen Fisher brushed recycled cotton cashmere scarf
    Hillery Sproatt blanket
    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    Psychic Outlaw quilted stocking
    Farmhouse Pottery gift set
    Mutual aid org  
    My southern mom who thinks NYC made me snobby 
    Magnolia Bakery banana pudding
    Oliver Pluff Southern Style Iced Tea
    Cookbooks by Southern female chef: Black, White, and the Grey by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano and Mosquito Supper Club by Melissa M. Martin Chara’s BBQ sauce
    These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
    Alabama Chanin sewing kit
     
    Dads and Fathers-in-Law!
     
    My dad! A very intelligent man. Passionate about baseball but has season tickets. Very covid cautious. Has read all books. Doesn't drink. Isn't handy (no tools). Plays scrabble and has all the boards, no other games. Very fashion apathetic and I always get him clothes. Likes to bike but has a very nice bike and all accessories. Has snow shovel service. Really only cares about his grandkids but spends tons of time with them. Still works (lawyer) and tends to buy anything he needs which is very little! Always a conumdrum.
    Equal Justice Initiative donation
    Argo attachment for front of bike to haul grandkids (group gift potential) Non-alcoholic bevs: Ghia, Non, Acid League Wine Proxies, Hella Cocktail Bitters & Soda

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
448 Ratings

448 Ratings

JennaK1 ,

These ladies have made me cooler already!

These are the friends that I want in my ears when I’m getting ready for work, making dinner, going for a run, or decompressing after a long day. Keeping doing exactly what you’re doing. I love every minute of it!

faxmar ,

So great

I really like these women. They’re positive, enthusiastic, and sincere. The world is full of creativity and delight and these smart hosts will draw you into their world and you’ll realize it’s your world too.

rlgeisel ,

Love love love

Claire and Erica feel like friends I chat with every Monday. They’re always in the know about products, design-y stuff and people I wish I had already known about.

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