Episode 18: It Takes Guts to Trust Your Gut

On this Mama Bear Mini, our mid-week episode, we discuss being an advocate for your health and listening to your body in our segment "Let's talk about health, baby." Tesi shares a recent health development and encourages listeners to value themselves enough to nurture their body when it breaks. We also tackle a new recipe on "When you know better, You do better" and conclude with a fan favorite, "Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About, But Don't."

Today we dare listeners to take their health into their own hands. Give yourself that breast exam; learn to listen to every ache and pain. Tesi and Leslie don’t want to encourage you to fight death or aging tooth and nail, but they DO want to encourage you to embrace the one body you get in this lifetime and to take care of it the way your Mama Bear takes care of the children, pets, and favorite people in your life.

Let's talk about health, baby:

Tesi tells listeners about a recent health event in her life. Episode 12 (On Obsessions, Allergies, and Being Brave) is referenced. Find it HERE.

When you know better, you do better:

We encourage you to shake things up in the kitchen and embrace Meatless Monday...on any day of the week! You can find the fantastic Mac-n-Cheese recipe (it's vegan and plant-based!) we discuss in the show HERE.

Documentaries we discuss:


Forks Over Knives

Food, Inc.

Books we discuss:

We enjoy anything by Michael Pollan. Start with this one.

We also love Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and a book called The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

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Episode 12: On Obsessions, Allergies, and Being Brave

On this podcast we dig into a variety of topics on our Mama Bear Mini mid-week episode! We talk about our current favorite things, we offer some tips about nutrition and how to keep your family healthy over allergy season, and we discuss a pretty great article about raising daring girls. We also get down to the business of bravery and we try some new music for your listening pleasure. Don't forget to respond to this episode with your own tips, tricks, and interests du jour on any of our social media channels. We love hearing from you! Have a great week Mama Bears!



Check out Tesi’s endorsement of Yeti HERE.

Leslie is loving Rob Bell’s new book, HOW TO BE HERE.

Tesi got a fab new raincoat!


Who doesn't love the Neti Pot ?

Dawson Chiropractic. Check them out on the web-they've got great videos on health and wellness too!


10 Ways to Raise Brave Girls, by Katie Arnold, Outside Magazine

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, by Caroline Paul

Article by Caroline Paul in the NYTimes: Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?

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Episode 6: Never Withhold A Compliment

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On today’s podcast sisters-in-law Leslie and Tesi talk about the power of speaking positive words into the world. Leslie shares her struggle with seasonal depression and how a 70-year-old woman in a coffee shop changed her day and then her outlook with just a few words. The hosts talk about celebrating creation, giving authentic compliments, and brightening the world around you with pure intentions. They invite you to be aware of the life you live and train yourself to identify the beautiful...and then, when it’s appropriate, vocalize it!

LINKS from the show:

One of Leslie’s favorite blogs, Cup of Jo, had a great post about talking to little girls.

Erin Haluska and her team at Inspire Motherhood are fantastic! Find them HERE.

Shout out to Steph Files and her network of nationwide blogs for mamas. Find your city moms blog HERE or HERE.

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