Summer podcastin’, and the living’s easy…

It’s almost summer here in the northern hemisphere (though it certainly doesn’t feel like it here in Oregon to this native Texan—it snowed yesterday!), and when this season dawns, I like to slow things down a bit. The to-do list never ends when you work for yourself, but it does mean that you can take off a random Tuesday and spend it floating down a river. I like that.

My kids will be home, we’ll be traveling, and there are plenty of pool and lake days with my name on them, library book in tow. The same goes for my friends I podcast with, and so we’re gonna slow them down a bit. Just for a few months.

We record The Simple Mom Podcast (almost) weekly, and though I know several of you have said you wished they were daily, there’s actually quite a bit of work that goes in to producing them—not to mention juggling two mamas’ schedules to get in a good recording. I absolutely LOVE making them; they’re one of my favorite parts of this weird gig I do. I mean, who wouldn’t love a fabulous excuse to talk to six wonderful women on a regular basis?

But for the summer, we’re going to be producing them every other week, so that we can make the most of our summer with our families. I know, you can throw tomatoes at me. I think you’ll manage. (That was sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell. It’s not always obvious on the Internet.)

Here’s the recent podcasts from the past few months, if you’ve missed out on some:

The Wayback, with cohost Megan Tietz

Gauntlet Month, with cohost Kat Lee

Father Hen, with cohost Hayley Morgan

Compliment Sandwich, with cohost Lisa Leonard

Be a Good You, with cohost Emily Freeman (a special episode dedicated entirely to the 5% collective wisdom we share on book publishing)

Talk About Magic, with cohost Megan Tietz

The Plate Whisperer, with cohost Myquillyn Smith (aka The Nester)

I’m so grateful that so many of you listen! They really are a joy to create.

And in the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’d like to hear us discuss on the podcasts! Any topics that pique your interest? You can always email me questions using the contact form, or feel free to toss out ideas here in the comments.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Hey, Tsh! This is a great time to say how much I’ve enjoyed your podcasts! Many of those hours I spent painting this little house was with you and another Mama guest having a conversation in the background! Thank you! (and good job slowing things down a bit for the summer!)

  2. Phew! When I saw this title appear in my blog reader I was so worried you were going to take the summer off! Which would be totally awesome for you but selfishly I was hoping you’d be working a bit. 🙂
    I love the wide range of topics you cover – something I’d love to hear more about is your time in Turkey – what were you doing there, how did you end up in Turkey, etc.

    • Yes! I’d love to hear about more past travel experiences as you gear up for the next trip.

    • I’ll definitely talk about travel some more, especially as we gear up for our Big Trip (as we refer to it around here)! I don’t want to overdo it, though, because I plan to still podcast as we travel, and I’m sure I’ll talk about that tons while we’re on the road… But yes, good ideas. 🙂

  3. Tsh, I have absolutely fallen in love with your podcasts. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you pour into making them happen. {and now I totally want Megan Tietz to come and read me a bedtime story every night. how in the world could one voice be so soothing?! did she turn down a singing career?} Anyway, I know this wouldn’t apply to all readers, but I loooove when you talk to Lisa Leonard so anyone who owns their own handmade business would be really fun. I ‘d love to hear more about that. And what is the deal with all these blogger conferences that everyone seems to go to? I guess just the inside world of owning your business would be really neat to hear more about.

    • Thanks so much for your feedback! Yes, one of the reasons I wanted Lisa in the cohost rotation—besides just being awesome and fun—was so we could talk about running a business, for those interested in hearing about that kind of stuff. So I appreciate you letting me know you’d like to hear more!

  4. Kristin says:

    Hey Tsh (and friends)! Great job at slowing down for the summer…it is a good reminder to those of us who could use the slow down as well! I admire your courage to do this! In a future podcast, I’d be interested in hearing about how you all communicate with your spouse about big and little stuff in the midst of a hurricane of kiddos! I know you all have talked about date nights but sometimes those are far a apart and we don’t usually want to talk logistics on those. Also, I would love to hear idea on how you all introduce money lessons to your kids. We are sorta-Dave Ramsey-ers, and feel strongly about passing that onto kids too! Thanks again Tsh! I do LOVE when a new podcast pops up…you do amazing work and you are much appreciated out in the world of moms!!!!

  5. I am sad but happy you’ll be taking a break! I have honestly never listened to podcasts nor been interested in them until I discovered yours. Then I became obsessed and have been trying to find other good podcasts. So far, everything else does not compare to Simple Mom and is uninteresting…

    please recommend some other goodies if you know of any!

  6. I love the podcasts, too, but I’m glad you’ll still be doing them through the summer (and I’m glad that you and the others are taking time off!). I always save a bunch of house chores for naptime and listen to your podcast at the same time! Makes the work enjoyable and feeling more productive, somehow?!
    Anyway, I’d love to hear more about your travel plans (literally the behind the scenes, how do you find places, what do you have to save, how you’re preparing your family, etc), and maybe a Summer Book list or what you and your co-host are reading over the summer.
    Sarah M

  7. I’m not sure how I missed the whole Podcast thing, but I will definitely be subscribing now. It seems I have some wonderful ones to catch up on! And yay for summer! Sorry about the snow. Except I really love snow. And I live in Florida. 🙂

  8. I really enjoy the podcasts. In fact, your recent discussion on the Harry Potter books got my interest peaked and I went on a hunt to get all the books in thrift stores. After two weeks I had them all and I’m now almost finished the 6th book.

    I would love to hear more about systems people use at home to keep things moving along during that wonderful dinner hour/bedtime routine as well as any help/feedback/routines that have worked for behaviourally challenged kids.

  9. Bummer! How will I get through my mundane mom tasks without you?! I adore the podcast so much, it is one of the highlights of my weeks. I feel like I’m just creeping on a conversation between you and a friend. Super fun! I am however, very glad to hear that you’ll be backing off so you can spend more time with the ones you love. Topics I’d love to hear about… where do you go for inspiration when you’re stuck? Do you still use the daily docket? What other systems do you have in place to get it all done? And lastly, I’d love to hear you and your guest reminisce about how you met. The blog world seems so huge, but the people I love the most are all connected/seem to be friends and I’d love to hear more about how that happened! Also, can you please get Jeanette from Life Rearranged to podcast with you?

  10. Hi Tsh, just want to say that I truly enjoy listening to your podcasts – they have really brighten up the dull moments at work and commute (not to say that I don’t listen to the podcasts during my free time or for leisure, which in fact I do). Something I thought would be interesting to cover in your podcasts are the nuts and bolts of blogging and podcasting (for busy moms who want to or are starting out in these areas)

  11. Christie says:

    Hi Tsh … I’ve lived in Bend for 29 years, and I call the season of spring … “not-winter.” The snow is in the air but not on the ground. The sun shines and the wind gusts. That is what spring is like here! Spring sports of my senior year of high school started with the teams shoveling several inches of icy snow from our tennis courts, tracks and fields.

    We also say this of May … one day is nice, the next day is cold. Then, two nice days and one cold day. Then, three nice days and one day cold. And then we get to June. The seasons here really do change *on* the date of the calendar. Summer weather starts on June 21.

    So there you have my take on spring in Central Oregon. It makes summer so perfect.

  12. I do love your podcasts and will miss my weekly dose of them. I suppose I will make it through the off weeks though….I’ll try.

    I would like to hear some about how you do discipline/consequences/ behavior rewards in your home. I need insight and some fresh perspectives in this area from other mommas.

    I like when you guys share books or music that you’ve enjoyed too.

  13. Hi Tsh: I didn’t read the comments, so I apologize if my suggestions are redundant. I LOVE your podcasts b/c they are my guilty listening pleasure while I run. I probably listened to all of the podcasts twice, some shows 3-4 times! I love the fun banter, the authenticity of living life as it is, and the hopefulness you all bring to being a better you/me.

    Here are some podcast topics:
    -style & beauty: trends NOT to follow, classics that work, style “rules” for women (esp. moms), fave beauty items that won’t make you take out a 2nd mortgage.

    -road trip with kids 101: how to enjoy a hotel stay, how to endure all-day car rides, best products/gadgets/tools for family trips, family-friendly hotels, best family travel blogs

    -paleo for kids

  14. I’ve never missed a podcast. It absolutely makes my day when I see that there’s a new one just waiting for me to listen to it! I agree with other commenters who’ve expressed how they search for comparable podcasts, but everything else comes up short.

    I would love to hear more about your journey to identifying your strengths, passions, and skills, and then using them to fulfill the purpose you were made for.

  15. Hooray for relaxed summer schedules! I think slowing down for a season is always a good idea. 🙂

    I loved the podcast you did recently with Emily from Chatting at the Sky about your publication journeys. It was fun to hear about how you each came to embrace the idea of being a writer.

  16. I also LOVE listening to your podcast. I discovered them a couple months ago and began listening while in the car, cleaning the house, or just relaxing. I’ve finished all of them and look forward to each and every new episode! So thank you. 🙂 It’s encouraging to hear other women’s view points and how they do life, gives me a fresh perspective. As a mom with 2 young boys, I love hearing how other moms plan their days (or attempt to ;), how they try to stay “organized”, cleaning schedules, meal plans, etc. Things that I’m still trying to figure out!

    Enjoy your semi-break this summer! Thanks for continuing to record!!

  17. Well like everyone else here I love the podcast! I’d love to know if you or any one of your cohosts has experience transitioning from being a working-outside-the-home mama to being a SAHM? I was working full time when I had our first little girl 3 years ago and am now staying home with her and our new baby girl. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and an opportunity I am so grateful for, but it’s a whole different life! Any wisdom or stories from similar experiences would be great to hear 🙂

  18. While I’ll be a little sad to have fewer podcasts to listen to, I think it’s great you’re slowing down a bit for the summer. I really loved the podcast with Emily about book writing and publishing. I studied editing in college and am fascinated by publishing. So thanks for dedicating a whole episode to the topic!

  19. I’ve so been enjoying the podcast and love the informal, kitchen table type of atmosphere you create online. In fact, it’s probably good that you are cutting back because after listening for a while, I feel like we are all friends now and that’s a little strange. 🙂 In all seriousness, I’m so grateful for the gobs of writing/blogging advice and how normal I feel as a mom who works inside/outside of the home after listening. It’s really great. Thanks for all the hard work and have an amazing summer with your family 🙂

  20. Well I hope you dont mind a WAHD (Work At Home Dad) gatecrashing but battled to find a good site for Dads at home and came across your site. I have been at home looking after the little ones now since January this year. And although I love it I’m hating it at the same time. There are days that I crave for office banter and adult company. I am going to tune into your podcast as an outlet for this.

    • We love dads around here; no crashing at all! (Around 20-25% of the readers here are male, so you’re in good company…)

  21. Hi Tsh!

    I have really enjoyed your podcasts! My husband is a full time blogger so it’s been nice to learn a little more of the ins & outs of all things blogging (running the blog w/help, branding, time things take, advertising, etc).

    I’ve been blogging for 6 years but just fun & fam stuff, so your podcasts have helped me to talk shop a little more 😉

    Oooh, I also like a lot of the natural/crunchy topics. California native living in Dallas area 🙂

    Thanks, Tsh!

  22. I love your podcasts too. I usually listen to them while washing dishes or other quiet housework, and sometimes on long drives too.

    One thing I really miss is your questions at the end: the how you drink your coffee, night owl or morning person, and what’s on your nightstand ones. They were my favorite part of the podcasts. Is there a way you could bring those back, maybe in a different form?

    I realize that with having the same co-hosts again, you can’t use the same questions each time, but maybe come up with new ones, either a set that you use for everyone until they have all answered, then a new set, or a few ones that are different each time. Or maybe have them come up with a few questions for you, or maybe have the readers/listeners come up with some and answer them together, or maybe…….

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