53 episodes

We’re two friends in the middle of the country, the middle of parenthood, the middle of our careers, and basically, the middle of everything! Sarah and Claire interview moms with unique stories and share thoughts on parenting week by week.

The Middle of Everything The Middle of Everything

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

We’re two friends in the middle of the country, the middle of parenthood, the middle of our careers, and basically, the middle of everything! Sarah and Claire interview moms with unique stories and share thoughts on parenting week by week.

    Hello! Episode 01

    Hello! Episode 01

    In this episode, Sarah and Claire introduce ourselves, talk a little about why we started a podcast, how we came up with the name, and where we plan to go with it.
    We also rant about summer camp, summer for working moms…and just the whole process in general.
    Enjoy!

    Spring Break Recap and The Best Birth Story Ever

    Spring Break Recap and The Best Birth Story Ever

    In this episode, we recap our Spring Breaks - talking road trips, division of parenting labor, and spending 10 days straight with our kids. More importantly, we talk to our friend Brenda Smith about her AMAZING birth stor(ies) - one of which includes an orgasmic birth, and the other includes giving birth in a parking lot.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, Arkansas Day Trips and Picky Eaters

    Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, Arkansas Day Trips and Picky Eaters

    We chat about the Oklahoma Teachers Walkout and how we are coping, chat about day trips to the Northwest Arkansas area, and then touch on everything from waffle irons to picky eaters and take a detour about natural deodorant.  Enjoy!
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Northwest Arkansas To-Dos, including Crystal Bridges Museum (https://crystalbridges.org) and Scott Family Amazeum (http://www.amazeum.org)
    Chef Steps Waffle Iron Frenzy (https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/behind-the-scenes-waffle-iron-frenzy) video
     

    • 47 min
    Ashley Palmer of Retro Den on Working with Baby, Decorating a Shared Space for a Toddler and a Newborn + Potty Training Struggles and What’s Next with the OK Teacher Walkout - EPISODE 04

    Ashley Palmer of Retro Den on Working with Baby, Decorating a Shared Space for a Toddler and a Newborn + Potty Training Struggles and What’s Next with the OK Teacher Walkout - EPISODE 04

    Sarah and Claire give a quick update on the outcome of the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, and what comes next, then Sarah rants a bit about potty training.  More importantly, we talk with Ashley Palmer, co-owner of Retro Den, a vintage home store (and so much more) in Tulsa.  She shares pros/cons of having your baby at work with you, and gives some great ideas for creating a shared space with a toddler and her soon-to-arrive newborn.  Plus, a podcast ghost comes out of Sarah’s phone! Enjoy!

    In this Episode, we talk about:

    Retro Den Tulsa (https://www.retrodentulsa.com)
    Succulents at Retro Den (https://www.retrodentulsa.com/plantcare)
    The Longest Shortest Time, It’s A Real Mother - Episode #143 (https://longestshortesttime.com/episode-143-its-a-real-mother-part-3-the-cliff/) about the Badger company’s Babies at Work (https://www.badgerbalm.com/s-19-babies-at-work.aspx) program
    Ashley’s DIY Sharpie Wall Graphic (https://www.retrodentulsa.com/blog/2018/diy-graphic-pattern-wallpaper-with-sharpie?rq=feature%20wall)
    Vintage Shopping around Tulsa (https://www.retrodentulsa.com/tulsavintage)
    The Studios at Retro Den (https://www.retrodentulsa.com/studios/)
    Little Yellow Couch podcast with the Ashleys (https://littleyellowcouch.com/retro-den)
     
     

    • 48 min
    Tornado and Disaster Preparedness, Storm Anxiety and Sleep Struggles - EPISODE 05

    Tornado and Disaster Preparedness, Storm Anxiety and Sleep Struggles - EPISODE 05

    Sarah and Claire share our tips for Tornado/Storm/Disaster preparedness, make some wildly inaccurate meteorological claims, and chat about storm anxiety in our kids.  We also talk about sleep struggles as Sarah shares her woes about kids climbing into her bed every night, brainstorm ways to stop the madness and preserve that all important self care ritual...a full night’s rest.

    In this Episode, we talk about:

    Tornado Safe Rooms (http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/safe-rooms/models)
    Why tornadoes hit Western OK more than the Tulsa area (http://mentalfloss.com/article/50877/why-do-tornados-frequently-hit-oklahoma-city)(spoiler alert, we weren’t TOTALLY wrong...)
    Emergency Preparedness Kits from 0 to Apocalyptic (https://www.stealthangelsurvival.com/products/2-person-elite-survival-kit-72-hours?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=33987582025&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpeq9h93x2gIVFFqGCh02kQpDEAQYASABEgIRVPD_BwE)
    Ariana Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution (https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Revolution-Transforming-Your-Night/dp/110190402X)
     
     

    • 51 min
    Colleen McCarty (Author, Mom, Law School Student) on Juggling a Non-Traditional Schedule and our MOM CONFESSIONS - EPISODE 06

    Colleen McCarty (Author, Mom, Law School Student) on Juggling a Non-Traditional Schedule and our MOM CONFESSIONS - EPISODE 06

    Claire introduces us to the concept of Mother’s Day Eve, and we chat with Colleen McCarty about her crazy life.  With two small children, Colleen has written two novels, worked full time, and most recently, started law school!  We talk about expectation management, juggling a non-traditional schedule with the help of family and friends, and  what it’s like to be a mom in law school (did you know they have LOCKERS?).  As if that weren’t enough, Colleen’s husband has recently decided to run for a seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives so we get a glimpse at life on the campaign trail. After our interview, Claire nerds out about Jury Duty, and we share some Mom Confessions...including a tooth fairy fail, bathtime awkwardness, and our least favorite bedtime stories.

    In this episode we talk about:
    Mother’s Day Eve (http://mamalode.com/mothers-day-eve/)
    The Greatest Showman (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485796/)
    Colleen (http://www.designvaultpress.com/colleen_mccarty.html)’s Books, Mounting the Whale (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00GL9WI0Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1) and The Many Names of Magdalena Cruz (https://www.amazon.com/Many-Names-Magdalena-Cruz-ebook/dp/B075B43SM3/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1526306510&sr=1-1&keywords=the+many+names+of+magdalena+cruz)
    The Above the Law (https://abovethelaw.com) Blog

    Rusty Rowe for House District 66 (https://rowefor66.org)
    Girl Attorney (https://girlattorney.com) and the March on the Oklahoma Capitol ( https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/07/us/mom-attorneys-oklahoma-trnd/index.html)
    Voir Dire Questions (https://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=2229)

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

carebearintulsa ,

Great podcast

These two moms make me laugh! Keep it up

podcastfivestars ,

Love these gals!

Relatable topics, great guests and knowledgeable hosts - two moms in the trenches! Love catching up each week!

jenniferperrault ,

Favorite podcast

Great podcast that’s real! Honest to the bone- and super relatable. I felt like I was apart of the dialog- can’t wait for more 😊

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