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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Episode 15: A PSP Christmas

In case you missed it, Christmas is only four days away...

So we thought we'd help you out if you're in a pinch for a party theme or in need of a decoration that's easy to make Welcome to The Prodigal Sisters' No-Stress Holiday Guide! We have recipes and references to help you out, and we share some experiences along the way. This podcast has been a true blessing to us this year, so we sincerely wish all of you a Happy Holiday full of love and friends and family. 

Oh, and PS. Don't miss us talking about our Christmas traditions and how they may change after marriage, babies, etc. over on the Femperfect podcast this week! Click here to listen. Carly is the best!


In this episode:

  • Sarah gives an update on her challenge from Brett to watch New Girl.
  • We talk about holiday party themes, hostessing tips, why people shy away from hosting, low-energy craft ideas and more!
  • There’s a big discussion about the White Elephant gift exchange - good and bad experiences, tips, etc.
  • We reference this, and if you haven’t yet, go check out this post on Brett’s blog.
  • Lasagna is mentioned, and this recipe is bomb.
  • More fun and easy recipes!
  • Other honorable mentions in case you want to search the Interwebs: Buffalo Chicken Dip (BCD, Buff Chick Dip, etc :)), Cherry Salad, Pistachio Salad, Dirt and Little Smokies (brushed with egg wash).
  • You know what, scratch that. We both agree - just show up with ruffle potato chips and french onion dip.
  • Brett shares cocktail tips from the Tubbs and goes on to chat about some easy holiday crafting ideas: 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

That’s What She Said:

  • “Where is Latvia?” -Sarah
  • “It’s a good season and if we don’t take time to think and reflect, it’ll just whiz by.” -Brett
  • “What freaking white elephant parties are you going to? Do you know how much other’s people crap I have brought into my house? And you have pans and immersion blenders? I have books that smell like moth balls.” -Brett
  • “I need to go to the extrovert party down the street.” -Sarah
  • “Glue is the worst.” -Brett
  • “Be present, make sure that you stop and breathe and make sure that you enjoy.” -Sarah
  • “People don’t tend to remember that stuff. They remember how they felt at your house.” - Brett
  • “Gosh, I don’t know where Latvia is and I’m wasteful. I’m a true American.” -Brett

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Episode 14: Practically Femperfect, Interview with Carly Samudre

We know that perseverance develops character. Which leads to hope.

That's what the Bible says, anyway.

But what do we do when life doesn't exactly go our way? When we have a master's degree and we wind up becoming a nanny for our day jobs? Or we're suffering the loss of a loved one? Or dealing with a chronic illness?

What happens when persevering is more than a Biblical buzzword and seems like an overwhelming hurdle to have to conquer?

Our first-ever guest, Carly Samudre of the Femperfect podcast is a therapist. That's right. We were lucky enough to have a real, live therapist to come on board for our girlfriend therapy.

Her story of where she's landed today required a bit of overcoming situational depression and learning to start where she was. Give her a listen, we know you'll grow greatly from what she has to say.

In this episode:

  • We deem Carly as the official Dr. Laura of PSP.
  • Carly describes the "AGE" metaphor: how anti-fragile, growth-mindset and embracing our journeys develops the growth of our soul.
  • Carly leads us through the idea of building your passion versus finding your passion.
  • How to keep a positive attitude in the midst of discouraging situations.
  • What having a "growth-mindset" actually means.
  • How perseverance cultivates gratitude (we're big believers of that around here).
  • How do we know when it's time to let something go? We have to ask ourselves three things: is it helping your relationship with yourself, with others and your relationship with God?
  • This video by Brene Brown on empathy v. sympathy.

That's What Carly Said:

  • "Sarah, get your life together."
  • "What if you could grow when you're stretched?"
  • "If we can remind ourselves that this is part of the journey, it's okay not to feel balanced and the best well-being all the time. Because the reality is that there are dips, and you're going to grow."
  • "I can choose to grow and make meaning out of this suffering."
  • "Nothing is wasted. And it's going to set you up for what you'll do next."
  • "Don't kill yourself over something. Find something new. Find another dream. Let this go."
You can follow Carly and the Femperfect podcast on Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Episode 13: The Clutter of our Lives

During this time of year, your life may feel cluttered in more ways than one.

Storing your (big) family’s Christmas presents in the guest bedroom. Looking at your cluttered calendar. Staring at the junk mail cluttering your dining room table. Trying to find space for every greeting card you ever received since they’re cluttering your office. Oh, sorry. That must be just Sarah’s issue (we get to that later).

As harmless as this easy accumulation of stuff may seem, it can wreak havoc on your ability to feel less anxious and think more clearly. In this week’s episode we get into the nooks and crannies of clutter and dust off our cleaning skills. Hope you’ll join and feel inspired to have an organized, clutter-less Christmas season (at least one of us will!). 


In this week’s episode:

  • We start this episode with good intentions to briefly touch on our Thanksgivings and the upcoming Christmas holiday, but quickly we spiral out of control into religious traditions, communion, etc. You know, classic Sarah and Brett. 

  • When you get through the first part, you’ll realize we do actually have a plan for this episode. And we begin to talk about clutter. Where do we struggle with it? Why? Where does it fall on the priority scale.

  • We chat about the expectations attached to having a clean house, etc. assigned to us by others and by ourselves.

  • How does not prioritizing order affect your well being? Physically? Mentally? We discuss. Brett reveals that clutter is actually a threat to her life when it becomes an obstacle on her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night…:)
  • You should get a Shark Vacuum. That is all.
  • Brett helps us out by citing some articles: How mess causes stress and Apartment Therapy.

That’s what she said:

  • “I’m getting our real life mixed up with our podcast life which means we’re real friends.” -Brett
  • “Does it like, poop it out in shapes?” -Sarah (about a cookie press, people)
  • “It’s easier for a camel to get through a cookie press than it is for a rich person to get to the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s from Matthew.” -Brett
  • “Those words were RED.” -Sarah
  • “I want to appear okay and put-together on the outside, but on the inside, it’s just kind of messy and crazy.” -Sarah
  • “You don’t want to be lazy in the bedroom…..that’s a place for WERK!” -Brett (yes, she blushes after she says this).
  • “I would always opt for the ‘fun thing’ rather than the thing that would probably make me a little bit more grounded and able to think more clearly and creatively.” -Brett
  • “At the very least, I may not accomplish anything that day, but guess what I did accomplish? I made my bed.” -Sarah
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