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Three Podcasts I Love to Listen to! June 27, 2018 02:00

Admittedly there are some phases where podcasts get more airtime in my life, and some phases where they seem to be out of fashion. That said, when there's time, here are the three I really enjoy.

Freakonomics: An old classic, Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner run through "the hidden side of everything" looking at economic implications and explanations for a wide variety of phenomena in our everyday lives. From how to raise children to what's driving political  outcomes, I am always fascinated to see how they break down an issue and share unexpected insights.

Hidden Brain: This actually has a lot of the same appeal as Freakonomics as it looks into surprising findings/research on a wide variety of societal issues. Shankar Vedantam uses a storytelling style to explore an unseen side of human behavior. I guess I have a type...

How I Built This: This podcast shares a biographical style overview of entrepreneurial stories for some of the biggest and most exciting brands out there (Patagonia, Tom's of Maine, Melissa & Doug, Stonyfield Yogurt, and many many more). The host (Guy Raz) interviews the founders and gets the ins and outs of their path to wide-ranging success. It's always intriguing to hear how these entrepreneurs found their way. One challenge is that I'm often left with questions as they skip from highlight to highlight. Keep your eyes out for the one about Ben and Jerry's. It's super interesting to hear how they built such an amazing eco-friendly brand in the face of adversity. 

Would love to hear how you like these, or some of your own favorites. If you're looking for somewhere to start, I think NPR is a great source for content like this!

- Sarah, at Piperoos 


Parenting is all about... November 8, 2017 07:00

What is parenting all about? Well, it really depends on who you are! However, we thought it would be fun to ask the question on our FB page and see what our fans think parenting is all about. 

Here are the answers we got. 

Parenting is all about ...

  • ... love! 
  • ... making mistakes and starting over every day.
  • ... flexibility
  • ... letting go.
  • ... patience.
  • ... cultivating a life where kids can delight in truth, goodness and beauty.  
  • ... happiness. 

What do you think parenting is all about? 

Daylight Savings Parenting Trick November 4, 2017 17:16

Daylight savings is this weekend! 

The daylight savings time change seems to drive some people crazy. I’ve heard stories of multi-week plans built to try to adjust kids and family schedules to the time shift. These people are tweaking bedtime for 5-15 minutes each day leading up to the change. They’re diligently working to try to sail through this event smoothly, and this is totally fine if it works for you.

For our family we take another approach. We do... NOTHING. Even when our daughter was younger, and sleep schedules seemed to be absolutely critical to family happiness, we still did nothing. It just seems to be ok. We may notice she falls asleep a bit earlier or later than we might have expected otherwise, but overall it works out. We often take the same approach to travel time changes. We just roll with the time zone we’re in, let our environment dictate the flow, and do our best. It’s never perfect, but it seems to be good enough. Fingers crossed that this weekend works out too!


Inspiration for the Wonderful Journey of Parenting September 12, 2017 09:14

Parenting is a different experience for everyone, and there is no one way to go about anything when it comes to raising a child. Each decision will be based on your own values and beliefs, for sure, but sometimes it's nice to hear advice from other parents or get inspiration for the journey of parenting. 

Our parenting board  on Pinterest is filled with inspiration and advice on topics such as 

Our goal is to gather advice, inspiration and tips that will help you be a happier parent.

We'd also love to hear from you!! What are some of your best pieces of parenting advice? Is there one thing that you think every parent should know? Do you have a blog post or article to share with us?