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It’s been three years since the ladybrains podcast started—and um… a lot has changed! Bethany Mandel and Mary Katharine Ham are here to reminisce and try to count how many kids we’ve all had since then (this was hard). We also review our bad Meghan Markle opinions (Lyndsey was right) and more. Join us for some water under the pirate ship!

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Natasha Simons, chief A Christmas Prince correspondent for A Christmas Ham, is back to review the third installment of the A Christmas Prince saga from Netflix . We can’t remember any of the characters’ names, but they’re having a baby and that’s great. Merry Christmas!

Technical note: We sincerely apologize for some sound quality issues (slight echo at times) that occurred while recording this episode.

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It’s Christmas in Zambia with Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield as they review the new Netflix movie, Holiday in the Wild, starring Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis. Lyndsey is the chief Zambia Correspondent for A Christmas Ham, having gotten married there just a few short months ago to a hunky man with dreamy eyes (whose name is not Rob Lowe).

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A real-deal movie critic joins us on “A Christmas Ham” this week to talk about the history and hypnotic effect of cheesy TV Christmas movies. Also, we somehow touch on the opioid crisis. I didn’t even know there was a dark side to my movie obsession until I talked to John!

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Follow along as Lyndsey Fifield and Mary Katharine Ham make a series of miscalculations and inadvisable decisions, avert near disaster and bodily injury—and VERY luckily come across only-nice people who help them… and ironically discuss cohabitation boundaries (while definitely overstepping Lyndsey’s husband’s) in the name of getting him a cool gift that is very far away… and very heavy.

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Mary Katharine Ham is back for another season of A Christmas Ham! Special Autumn Reeser Correspondent Kristen Soltis Anderson joins to discuss Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas Under the Stars,” starring Jesse Metcalf and Autumn Reeser. You’ll want to tune in to this one as MK and KSA discuss the finer points of… medical debt. This is not your typical Hallmark Christmas movie although it does check off most of the criteria for a classic: A Christmas deadline, a family reunion, an evil business empire threatening a small family business, a (sort of) precocious kid, and at least one Christmas carol. Weirdly, though, there was no snow ball fight.

Future air dates on the Hallmark Channel (All times Eastern)

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Mary Katharine Ham and Kelly Maher are constantly doing big things—opening farms, running marathons, raising children… but they also naturally procrastinate on things like… taxes and paperwork. How do they balance it out—and how have they overcome their hilariously-unproductive 20s? This joyous confessional episode will either motivate you… or make you feel like you really have your life together.

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Elisha Krauss finally spills the beans about how she helped Mary Katharine Ham’s fiancé pop the question… and how long she betraye—err we mean, kept it a secret from all the other ladybrains…

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Mary Katharine Ham & Lyndsey Fifield are both at pretty big life change points and reflecting on all the times they moved, broken valuables, lost heirlooms, you know… basically this is a what not to do tutorial—with a little SEC football and basic-fall-love sprinkled in like just the right amount of nutmeg on your pumpkin spice lattes. Haters: bring it. Thanks to the lovely folks at Hillsdale College for letting us record in the Kirby Center!

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Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield dig into the science behind Enneagrams, love languages, and other personality tests to reveal how they maintain friendships with a tight crew of ladybrains.

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Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield are back with all your challenge suggestions—and a deep conversation about WHY people love paying to suffer in the name of fitness, how to take care of your body and train for big fitness events (from a Tough Mudder to a marathon), and how to know which friends you should push to do things they don’t want to do… and which friends to leave the heck alone. And maybe—maybe—the ladybrains have finally picked their challenge for 2019… AND 2020.

Mentioned on the episode:
The (Free, Printable) Habit Tracker: https://bit.ly/2Yr53jo.
Our hilarious episode “Hiking the Maryland Challenge—42 Miles in 24 Hours” from 2018: https://apple.co/2SC0AVD.

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Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield give their best advice for skincare, makeup, and manicures … as if any girls in their 20s are gonna follow it.

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Dress code protests, modesty Instagram models, priests on Twitter – take a deep breath and enjoy Elisha, Lyndsey, and Mary Katharine’s common sense discussion of dressing modestly—and finally answering the critical question of our time: Are leggings pants?

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Mary Katharine and Lyndsey reveal their top tips for getting the most out of wedding trips—without breaking the bank.

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Mary Katharine, Lyndsey, and Elisha talk how to reach beyond basic goals and stay challenged… and how to motivate your friends, too.

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Lyndsey and Mary Katharine remember Bre Payton—and how she’s motivated them to live better lives. Stoicism, habits trackers, and trendy New Year’s Resolutions—oh my.

Lyndsey recommends:
The Habit Tracker: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/516cbd34e4b0bb1f91d354ed/t/586bcfbe197aeaa9093edb3e/1483460544073/Habit+Tracker.pdf

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Join Natasha Simons and Mary Katharine Ham for an examination of this romantic romp through…a stimulus spending controversy? Let’s just say our second trip to Aldovia was not all the first one was and we object to the bachelorette party strenuously.

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Kristen Soltis Anderson sits down with MKH to dissect The Princess Switch, a Netflix original that reveals Vanessa Hudgens’ estimable charm, a ridiculous fictional kingdom, and a supporting actor who should most definitely be a lead. Hijinx ensue.

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Jenna Lee joins Mary Katharine Ham to discuss The Hallmark Channel’s A Shoe Addict’s Christmas, Christmas decorating philosophies, the admirable arc of Candace Cameron Bure’s life, and shoes obviously. What spiritual and shoe wear lessons did they learn?

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