Best of 2016: Podcasts

Thanks to my lovely cousin Kimberly, I have been introduced to the world of podcasts.  I’m totally late to the game, but I’m now fully obsessed.  I thought I would compile a list of my favorite podcasts from this past year, just in case you’re not already listening to them. 🙂

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The Popcast with Knox & Jamie

This is the podcast that got me hooked on all podcasts in general; it’s my cocaine if you will.  My cousin insisted that I listen to at least one episode, as she thought Jamie & I were soul sisters.  The first episode I listened to they deciphered what emojis actually mean.  This is a hilarious podcast – I am Jamie Golden on most levels (except I love Tom Hanks & she does not – blasphemy, I know!) & I love Knox’s weezy laugh, newsletters, & the cold opens that he sneaks in for us.  They both really engage with their listeners on social media as well, so I feel like I know them & that we are friends IRL.

Reality TV Podcasts: 

Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown

If you’re not listening to this podcast – what are you doing with your life?  For real?  For. Real.  Casey (great name & correct spelling) & Danielle are hilarious!  Like, my face hurts after each episode from laughing so much.  They’ve introduced me to some great wines, although we are all now boycotting Whispering Angel.  They’ve also introduced me to some lifestyle choices that I may adopt for 2017 (bullet journaling, meditation, etc.).  They have contributed to my hatred for some housewives (& house husbands) & have changed my mind for the better towards some.  I died laughing when Danielle had the audacity to compare Kenya Moore to Alex McCord – I personally think Danielle was on the right track, but Casey’s reaction was gut busting!

Here To Make Friends – A Bachelor Recap Show

If you love The Bachelor, then you need to listen to this podcast.  They recap each episode of Bachelor franchise shows.  Emma & Claire work for the Huffington Post; they dissect all the contestants (their flaws & good qualities).  I love that they call out the contestants, the actual Bachelor, & ABC when something doesn’t sit right with them/America (looking at you diversity).

The Bitch Bible

This podcast is hosted by Jackie Schimmel.  She is hilarious & unapologetic.  She recaps all the trash TV that I watch.  All the Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, Southern Charm, The Bachelor, etc.

Will You Accept This Rose?

This podcast is hosted by comedians Arden Myrin & Erin Foley.  They frequently have other comedians, actors, & past Bachelor contests guest host with them to recap each episode of The Bachelor.  This show is a little chaotic, only because there is so much laughing going on.

Lifestyle Podcasts:

Ladies Who Lunch

This is a kind of mellow podcast, hosted by YouTubers Ingrid Nilsen & Cat Valdes.  They basically discuss real life issues over lunch.  These gals talk about anything from the election to online dating and everything in between.


I love this podcast, & they just won Podcast of the Year!  Congrats to Becca Tobin, Keltie Knight, & Jac Vanek!  They basically talk about their lives, interview accomplished women (or supporters of women), & answer listeners questions.  Keltie is Type A (loves rules – me too!), Jac is a CEO, but also kinda hippie/hipster/dreamer-ish in my opinion, & Becca is no-nonsense & straight to the point (also me).  They hold nothing back & tell it like it is – good, bad, & ugly.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast

I adore Lauryn & Michael.  They talk about business, hustling, life, etc.  If you’re looking to start a side hustle or turn your side hustle into a full-time gig, this is the podcast for you.  They also travel a lot, so I live vicariously through them.  Lauryn’s blog, by the same name, is awesome.

Political Podcasts:

Congressional Dish

This is my newest podcast that I subscribe to; it’s hosted by Jen Briney.  So, this podcast is only posted twice a month, which I’m glad for as her podcasts are kinda long.  The reason for such long podcasts is because our Congress is messed up AF & Jen deciphers all the laws & bills trying to be passed, & she exposes all their shady doings.

Throwing Shade

I’m fairly new to this show, but I love it!  This podcast is hosted by Bryan & Erin.  They are both huge advocates for LGBTQ, human rights, & just being a decent person – all while be snarky as hell.  Every week, they bring us political topics, pop culture topics, & an interview.  I really love the humor & shade (get it?) they bring to serious issues happening in our country.

So That Happened

This is a weekly podcast brought to us by the HuffPost Politics team.  They basically deep-dive into the weekly happenings going on in Washington DC.  They tend to lean left, but really obliterate all political parties & the douche bags trying to pull one over on us.

Healthy Living Podcasts:

Beauty Inside Out with Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder is an nutritional expert that believes in super clean living.  She hosts two episodes per week – one that is an interview with someone from the industry & one that answers listener questions.  I have read the Beauty Detox Solution, but I am easing my way into this lifestyle – VERY slowly.  I’m just not ready to give up cheese.  But, I have incorporated some of Kimberly’s advice into my lifestyle.  I haven’t given up meat completely – I have a protein absorption issue, but I have cut WAY back to about only 5 meals a week with meat.  I’ll get there eventually, & she has a ton of great recipes & advice on her website.

PaleOMG Uncensored

I’m actually listening to Juli’s latest podcast now from last weekend.  I’m pretty new to this podcast…so is Julie, as she only has 14 podcasts under her belt!  She’s really into the Paleo lifestyle – hello its her source of income.  She’s also a personal trainer & into Crossfit.  I love her the recipes that I’ve tried.  Seriously run to your kitchen & make her Paleo strawberry pineapple margaritas!  Juli has a couple cookbooks under her belt, which are great for those that are Paleo &/or gluten free.

Financial Podcasts:

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

Okay, so I fist learned about Farnoosh Torabi on the GirlBoss podcast.  I immediately subscribed to So Money & it has become one of my favorite.  She posts 2 episodes per week – one interview & one listener question/answer.  This sounds weird, but I love Farnoosh’s voice.  She also gives great, real life advice because she hasn’t always been smart with her money, & I’m trying to get better.

Profit Boss Radio

This is also one of my top favorite podcasts, hosted by Hilary Hendershott.  This is specific to women & money, financial planning, investing, money psychology, personal finances, & so much more.  Hilary interviews successful entrepreneurs & gives advice about everything related to the personal finance world.  She has struggled financially in her day, & is very candid when people are wrong in their money plans/theories.

I hope you all listen to some of these & let me know what you think.  What should I be adding to my rotation in 2017?

Tomorrow I’ll post a blog of my favorite blogs of 2016.

Kiss Hug,

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Take It or Leave It: Post 4

Y’all, I was remiss last week.  I totally forgot to post a TIoLI last Saturday…my bad.

This week’s Take It is my list of my Top  5 favorite podcasts.

  1. The Bitch Bible: hosted by Jackie Schimmel.  This podcast is a no-holds-barred look at all things millennial, pop culture, & social faux-pas.  Nothing is off limits with Jackie.  You’ve all probably heard of Jackie as she has a large presence on Twitter & has been a guest bartender on WWHL.  She has great guests.
  2. Ladies Who Lunch: hosted by Ingrid Nilsen & Cat Valdes.  These gals got their start on YouTube.  They basically bring you to lunch with them & chat about all those “taboo” topics normally left out of polite conversation.  This particular podcast is not so much funny, but it does touch on many important topics for women.  It’s kind of an Emily’s List for those that don’t pay much attention to women’s issues or current events.
  3. LadyGang: hosted by Keltie Knight, Jac Vanek, & Becca Tobin.  They hilariously discuss all things celebrity & their lives while trying to keep up in Hollywood.  Okay, so I’m still very new to this podcast & it seems to be a little Keltie heavy, but she is hilarious.  Last week she told a story about queefing during a Brazilian wax…I looked like a moron laughing during my drive home.
  4. PopCast: hosted by Jamie Golden & Knox McCoy.  It’s weekly discussion (usually very lively) about all things pop culture.  My cousin introduced me to this podcast; she lured me in by telling me that Jamie & I are soul sisters.  Jamie frequently says things that I, myself, have said out loud, thus soul sisters!
  5. Bitch Sesh: hosted by Casey Wilson & Danielle Schneider.  They discuss pretty much all the shows on Bravo; their favorite is Southern Charm & the Housewives.  The first podcast I listened to was Casey (great name!) explaining to us that she “shit her marital bed.”

My Leave It for the week is hard water.  I live in The Woodlands, TX & none of the homes here seem to have a water softener.  Why is that?  I’ve now started using olive oil & coconut oil instead of lotion.  I find it hard to believe that in 2016 we don’t have water heater/softener combos!  I Googled it & it doesn’t exist yet.  Don’t steal my idea though, because I want to put a patent on that.

Have y’all listened to any of my favorite podcasts?  Do you have any suggestions?  Any ideas to help combat dry skin in Texas?

I’ll see you all back here on Monday for Southern Charm, & don’t forget that The Bachelorette is returning as well!

Kiss Hug,

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