Going outside? Wearing masks? Is there really a better holiday in this pandemic? Mary Katharine and Bethany hash out the reasons why they want a NORMAL halloween experience—and you should too.

How do couples and families create healthy boundaries and set good habits for sharing family updates online? Kelly and Lyndsey lay out some good rules to live by.

Bethany and MK explore the new frontier of schooling in a pandemic. MK has taken the plunge, given up her former life as a Zoom butler, and joined Bethany’s homeschool cult, delighting no one more than Bethany. They’re on their inaugural field trip with 6 kids! Just like everything in 2020, this is fine, everything is fine.

Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield are NOT ready for fall. How can we make the best of these last summer days? Let’s chat about it!

Elisha and MK talk about how to have adventures during COVID (the perfect time to go on vacation). They’ve flown on planes (even with lots of kids in tow), road tripped, and maybe even been to a theme park! They’ve tried it first so they can bring you all the tips! (Just constantly eat and drink on airplanes, basically.)

Wasn’t the pandemic supposed to give us MORE time? Why are we busier than ever? Kelly Maher and Lyndsey Fifield wonder where all their time is going on a very special episode of the Ladybrains podcast—with a bonus interview with the co-founder of Ned & Co. who Kelly visited this week in beautiful Colorado!

Lyndsey has an elaborate plan… sort of. Can she visit her grandmothers? Should she? Hear Bethany Mandel and Lyndsey Fifield navigate the weird new world of road trips and social interaction and, frankly, just take some time to complain about how COMPLETELY BANANAS so much of the pandemic-theater has become (and, spoiler: Bethany lays out why she’s an antibody truther). Tuck in everyone—it’s not like you’ve got anywhere else to be.

Kelly and MK discuss Kelly’s jump into the deep end of farm-to-table living off her own farm. Her challenge to live off the fruits of her labor and her land (documented @realbestlife on all social media!) for an entire year began Aug 1, and there has been fun and pain and great recipes and cute animal videos already! Let’s get into her feels during this giant adjustment, and feel good about the fact that all of us can still drink coffee!

The holidays are upon us (yes, seriously—it’s basically Christmas) so Elisha Krauss and Lyndsey Fifield are sharing their favorite party-giving and hosting tips so you don’t make some of the mistakes they’ve made.

 

Emily and Mary Katharine talk break-ups—coping with them, coming back from them, getting your girlfriends to keep you from being crazy through them. They turn over some emotional stones, take us back in time to high school, where they listened to Jewel and Alanis and did really embarrassing things. There was a lot of cringing. Enjoy!

One half of 2020 is behind us. Elisha Krauss and Lyndsey Fifield talk about how they’re creating and balancing social life in a pandemic when so many people insist on being miserable. Plus, join our Ladybrains Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ladybrainslisteners/. Finally, we did have some sound issues with this episode, for which we apologize.

WWII historian Emily Zanotti teams up with homeschool mom (and lover of books) Bethany Mandel to lay out the best ways to study and learn from history—for adults and kids.

So you’re getting a puppy! Congratulations—now you’re probably overwhelmed with Google searches and check lists – what kind of food should you buy? When should you go to the dog park? Lyndsey Fifield helps Bethany Mandel prepare her family for a new addition.

Kelly Maher and Bethany Mandel are both launching really different Youtube channels—but they’re both hitting the same theme: Self-reliance. Kelly is going to document her adventures living off the land and Bethany is empowering Jewish families to educate their children at home. Listen up!

How can you protect yourself—and your family—from the mob? How can we help make our society a healthier place and finally begin to cancel “cancel culture?” Two ladybrains with a little experience dealing with online rage mobs—Bethany Mandel and Lyndsey Fifield—give their best advice and insights on how they think we can finally stop doxx mobs.

 

Mary Katharine Ham and Elisha Krauss are ready for post-pandemic life… but maybe we’ve all gotten a little too comfortable during lock down? Here’s how to tighten back up… but maybe we can all agree to leave heels and bras in the pre-pandemic world?

Are you being detained? You’re free to skip this podcast but we don’t recommend it. Most of y’all know ladybrain Emily Zanotti is a lawyer—and her husband is too! He joins the podcast for a much needed overview of the rights Americans have (and how to exercise them).

James’s podcast: Law Stories with James Skyles.

Do you dread video conferences? Elisha Krauss and Mary Katharine Ham are here to help you get your Zoom game on point—with practical tips, make-up recs, horror stories… and one will share how a fake eyelash almost ruined one of the most important moments of her life. Buckle up!

A lot of us are struggling these days—unable to plan the future, feeling helpless to help everyone who is suffering… how can we find peace in these times? Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel are serving up some great guidance and much-needed advice.

Better Help telecounseling (also a sponsor so a double-dip)
https://www.betterhelp.com/ladybrains Psychology Tools “Unhelpful Thinking” worksheet that I have on my fridge.
https://www.psychologytools.com/resource/unhelpful-thinking-styles/The “Anxiety Relieving GIF”
https://giphy.com/gifs/great-deep-anxiety-TnnNlUEmoUAms Headspace App (It’s free right now!)
https://www.headspace.com/ The “Heroic Journey,” exercises for a path to productive sanity
https://www.aheroicjourney.com/ Psychology Today, “How to Deal With Coronavirus Stress” (basically everything we talked about but in a really handy one-page article)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sapient-nature/202004/top-ways-deal-coronavirus-stress

It’s usually impossible to get all the ladybrains in one place at one time—but thanks to the power of Zoom (and state mandated stay-at-home orders) all the brains were able to enjoy a fun night with a huge squad of listeners—getting to know a lot about YOU and definitely having a great time. On this week’s episode we’re bringing you along for the fun! We are definitely making this a regular event… maybe even after the pandemic passes!