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Last update: 2013-06-10

Wonderfully Strong-Willed Children

2013-06-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Have a strong-willed child? Well, lucky you! At challenging times, remember this: strong-willed children turn into self-motivated, independent young adults. Betsy Brown Braun defines such a spirited child and gives us parent strategies that won’t "break their spirit," so they can become the strong leaders they are capable of being.…

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The Guide to Great Kid's Sleep

2013-06-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

One of the biggest sources of parent confusion: sleep rules for kids! Since sleep deprivation can cause chaos, illness, obesity and even marital conflict in households, we tackle big issues such as, cry to sleep, bedtime routines, never wake a sleeping baby, white noise, spoiling and more with Dr. Harvey Karp, nationally renowned pediatrician.…

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One Chic Mama - for Less

2013-05-20 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Good Words: Affordable. Chic. Confident. Bad Words: Guilt. Frustration. Frumpy. One Chic Mama defines fabulous with advice on strategically and confidently building (and maximizing) our wardrobe with items that feel right, cost less, and most importantly look like YOU.…

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Ask a Chef - The Bikini Chef

2013-04-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 55s

Get inspired to eat healthy and create simple meals that are light, fresh and citrus-y the “bikini way” with Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef.…

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Smart 'n Savvy - Identity Theft

2013-04-11 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Keep your personal information (and identity) safe so you can prevent havoc with your finances and credit history. Trey Loughran, the President of Personal Information Solutions at Equifax, joins us for an important talk about this fast-growing and sometimes “invisible” crime.…

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The Big O - Ask Monica Part 3

2013-03-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Our most popular series addresses a variety of organizing questions that will lead to a more productive and happy you! Listeners submit questions about time-management, paperwork and filing systems, outdoor tools and projects, and daily routines that keep you organized.…

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The Happy Hour Effect

2013-03-19 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

The Queen of Stress Relief, Kristen Brown, shares secrets to minimize stress and maximize life during busy and challenging times.…

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Nutrition Matters - Energize with Food

2013-03-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

Learn the best ways to plan your “family menu” for mid-day slumps, recovering from illness, sports and exercise, taking tests and more. Get these energy-boosting tips from Molly Morgan, Dietitian and author of The Skinny Rules.…

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Vandj 289 Age-Proof Your Body

2013-02-20 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

New research shows that simple changes in what we eat, how we supplement, and how much we move could stretch those healthy middle years into our 80s and beyond. Elizabeth Somer shares secrets that will help us look younger, protect our memories and lower our risks for all age-related diseases.…

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Smart 'n Savvy - Social Media Manners

2013-01-31 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 52s

Whether you pin, tweet or post -  for business or for fun - there are do's and don'ts when it comes to social media.  Find out what they are with Dabney Porte, founder of Social Media  Manners, as she teaches us the fine art of her "social media dance" and empowers us to build strong, positive connections online.…

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The Happiest Toddler

2013-01-17 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

“My do it.” - cute.  “NO! MINE! MINE!” - not so cute.  Learn effective toddler talk and watch the terrible two’s turn into the terrific two’s with Dr. Harvey Karp.  Raise your toddler to be happy and confident, all the time, so you can be the “happiest parent on the block”.…

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Showing Social Courage

2013-01-04 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Will your kids do what’s right when no one’s looking? Annie Fox, empowerment activist, helps us help our children to develop social courage in every day situations, even under the most challenging circumstances.…

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The Big O - Food

2012-12-13 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Take charge of your kitchen: maximize food storage, keep track of small items (and make room for the large), and find things quickly when you need them! You'll be amazed at how you can not only save money, but streamline meal preparation and minimize clutter!…

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Sensitive Parenting Issues

2012-12-07 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 55s

We need the "straight up and honest" because we're going to chat about some sensitive family conversations with Betsy Brown Braun - same sex marriages, boys and nail polish, and "Look at that man's BIG nose!" kinda comments.…

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Be Green - Self Care

2012-11-19 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Think about how many products you put on your body each day. Then ask yourself, do you know what those products are made of? Eco-Beauty, wellness and green lifestyle expert, Randi Ragan, shares shocking facts about beauty and self-care, shopping for safe products, and tips for a medicine cabinet “makeover”.…

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Creating Your Slow Holiday

2012-11-09 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

The holidays may sneak up on us FAST, but it is possible to SLOW them down. Bernadette Noll, co-founder of Slow Family Living, helps us manage our obligations, find a "yes" in the "no", focus on connection versus conflict and implement the "Grandma Filter" into all of our holiday plans.…

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Suffering Succotash

2012-11-01 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Our picky guest today lived for years on grilled cheese and agonized over peaches. But this picky eater turned “foodie” and shared her experience in her book Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate. Good for us since it helps us learn how to banish food hates, ease the embarrassment of being “choosy”, and survive the world of restaurants, parties and picky children.…

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Getting Along for the Holidays

2012-10-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

For many people, the holidays are joyous. For others the holiday air is filled with dread and worry. One factor that can make it so tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Beverly Flaxington, relationship expert, helps us understand other people which can make our family gatherings happier and easier.…

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Nutrition Matters - Its NOT About Nutrition

2012-10-18 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Why do SOME kids eat peas? Good question, huh? Our guest, Dina Rose, takes a new sociological approach to feeding our children nutritiously AND teaching them to eat right FOREVER. It’s all about shaping habits first - find out how!…

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Smart 'n Savvy - Women Auto Know

2012-10-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Find the "right" place to take your car and have the confidence you need to get the service and quality you deserve.  Audra from What Women AUTO Know drives us through quick lubes, dealers and auto shops for a full tank of Smart 'n' Savvy.  It's more than just an oil change ladies!…

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The Big O - Photos

2012-10-05 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Digital cameras. Upside ... we can instantly proof and click again if we need to, then quickly share our perfect photos with our family and friends. Downside ... our photo software can easily become a debacle of disorderly, unlabeled and difficult-to-find photos. Best side ... Monica Ricci is here to help us organize our precious photo memories (after we find them) so we can enjoy them for many years to come.…

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Nutrition Matters - The Portion Teller

2012-09-25 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 34s

In many cases, it's not WHAT you eat, it's how MUCH you eat. Do you serve up healthy "golf ball" sized portions or do you fall into the typical American "big gulp" category? The Portion Teller helps us develop portion awareness and lose weight without forbidden foods, calorie counting and food weighing. Listen to our show about diet liberation!…

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Slow Living

2012-09-13 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Slow down. Connect. Enjoy. Carrie Contey provides us with everyday how-to's on slowing down, while still getting stuff done, so you can feel more peace, connection and joy about your family life.…

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Let's "Focus" on ADHD

2012-09-07 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Understand the biology of ADHD in a simple, "party-light" kinda way. Find out how this understanding relates to homework and how it effects the ENTIRE family. Make life easier right away when you hear Soar® Study Skills strategies to focusing more and stressing less.…

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The MoneySmart Family

2012-08-30 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 54s

Empower your family to beat the statistics!  The MoneySmart Family System offers easy tips and flexible strategies for raising financially responsible kids, no matter what age or stage of family life you're in.…

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Healthy Dog Years

2012-08-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

Our beloved pets don't live nearly long enough do they? That's why we need to optimize their health, step up nutrition and get serious about preventive care. Dr. Ernie Ward shares his "be it, do it, share it" philosophy with us and reveals some surprising facts about dog food, dental care, heart worm and more so our best friends will have many healthy dog years to come.…

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Kids Cleaning House

2012-08-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 50s

Are you an enabler, finagler, procrastinator, and charter member of the organizationally-challenged club too? Kay Wills Wyma shares a few secrets to taming the "youth entitlement epidemic", secrets she learned from her 12-month cleaning house experiment. Listen in and introduce your kids to basic life skills and lessons that will lead to success in independence, confidence and concern for others.…

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The Big O - Kid's Rooms

2012-08-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

High spaces. Low spaces. Tight spaces. Hidden spaces. We make use of every nook 'n cranny in kid spaces. Tiny stuff. Big stuff. Clothing stuff. Collections of stuff. We discuss creative storage solutions to organize all the common kid stuff!…

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How to Not Kill Your Baby

2012-07-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Have you ever read a parenting book that left you feeling inadequate? If so, you need How Not To Kill Your Baby, a parody of every fear-mongering, crazy-making parenting manual you've ever cringed over. The author, Jacob Sager Weinstein joins us for such a light-hearted parenting chat. Listen in, unless you're some kind of baby-hating creep who wants to parent all wrong.…

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Nutrition Matters: The Skinny Rules

2012-07-12 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

Dietician and nutritionist Molly Morgan has collected 101 secrets so you can feel good and lose weight—without dieting! - and she shares the big ones with us on our Nutrition Matters Series.…

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Vandj 268 Grandparents Today

2012-07-05 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Multigenerational expert, Amy Goyer, helps us build strong, healthy and nurturing relationships between parents, children and grandparents.…

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The Show of Doing

2012-06-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Based on The Book of Doing, we learn how to make time for the things we love, unlock our creativity and joy, and use our life as a blank canvas to find happiness.…

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Holding Family Meetings

2012-06-21 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

Annie Fox shares a family meeting plan that will provide parents with a golden opportunity to connect more deeply with their kids, become better listeners, teach the art of compromise and will help everyone work together to resolve any family problem.…

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The Big O - While You Wait

2012-06-07 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 31s

You don't have to be at home to get organized! Traveling, doctor appointments, soccer practice... are all ideal chunks of time to scratch things off your to-do list. Monica Ricci helps us stay productive and focused at times when we are requiredto wait.…

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Preserving Family Memories - New Traditions

2012-06-01 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

Everyone wants quality family togetherness, but in these "busy" times, it seems increasingly harder to achieve.  Family expert, Meg Cox, offers quirky, meaningful and even traditional ideas that will provide a sense of home and identity for both parents and kids and help bring the fun back to family life.…

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The Power of Habit

2012-05-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 30s

The author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg, enlightens us with the fascinating science (yes, science) behind our daily habits and how being aware of them, and even changing them, can transform our lives, careers and relationships.…

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Getting Naked

2012-05-15 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

Get naked, or at least put on your thong, as we have an honest, hopeful discussion with Harlan Cohen about getting a date, falling in love, finding happiness, or for those married couples, staying happy with the love of your life.…

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Playdate Protocol

2012-05-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 56s

Playdates come with issues: different parenting styles, new rules, safety concerns, bad kids and left behind siblings. Parents need solutions. Betsy Brown Braun gives us the protocol for productive and stress-free playdates.…

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The Best Time To ...

2012-05-03 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

It's time to get your house and schedule in order! The secret to streamlining your life is in the timing: knowing exactly when to do, buy, travel, or try. Find out the best time to ___ (we'll fill in the blank on the show) with the authors of "All in Good Time".…

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Smart 'n Savvy - Tips and Services

2012-04-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

If you've ever called into question when to tip or how much, or when showing gratitude beyond a simple thank you is appropriate, then listen in. Become smarter and savvier when it comes to working with contractors, dining out, getting your hair done and using other typical services.…

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The Big O - Backsliding

2012-04-19 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 35s

Over the course of this series, we have organized many areas of our homes and lives. But most of us, at some time or another, hit a bump and get off track. Monica Ricci helps us dig to the root of "backsliding" problems and teaches how we can stay on course, maintain organization, and create more "catch-up time" when we need it.…

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About Spark Box Toys

2012-04-18 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 3s

Welcome to Spark Box where personalized, award-winning toys are delivered right to your door step. Find out how you can play, learn and return with this short overview of a unique service by Spark Box Toys.…

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Understanding Other People

2012-04-12 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

No matter whether it's with your family, neighbors, co-workers or strangers, we are learning how to respectfully deal with "difficult people" with Beverly Flaxington, author of Understanding Other People, the Five Secrets to Human Behavior.…

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Smart 'n Savvy - Wine

2012-03-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Dates. Storage. Chilling. Breathing. There's so many "pressing" matters when it comes to wine. We are joined by our wine diva, Samantha Smith from E&J Gallo Winery, who will "pour" on the knowledge regarding wine basics and help us feel more confident when it comes to selecting and serving wine.…

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No Regrets Parenting

2012-03-22 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Time. Make the most of it. We are savoring our moments with Dr. Harley Rotbart and turning daily obligations and hurdles into opportunities for meaningful, quality time with our kids.…

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The Big O - Punctuality

2012-03-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

Are you an on-time kind of person? Or are you the always in-a-rush late kind? Either way, there are a lot of good reasons to be punctual and believe it or not, punctuality has a lot to do with organization. Monica Ricci joins us again to talk about our sense of time and how to deal with chronic lateness, whether it's your issue or someone else who keeps you waiting!…

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Easy Pediatrics - 8 Symptoms to Never Ignore

2012-03-01 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

We made an appointment with Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann to ask about the 8 top symptoms a parent (or any adult) should never ignore. Doubt and anxiety are minimized with Dr. Tanya’s easy-to-understand advice for these common medical concerns.…

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How to Be a Grown Up

2012-02-25 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 24s

We're having a grown up discussion with Stacy Kaiser who says a grown up is one who knows when to get down to business and when to lighten up; can bounce back from life's little spills while not blaming someone else for the mess; and most importantly, comes equipped with the ability to accelerate through any road block to success and happiness. Find out if you're a grown up, and if not, learn the secret skills on how to be one!…

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When Do You - A Parenting Show

2012-02-17 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

When do you ... addresses common parenting concerns from lying to swatting, childhood myths to sex, and fighting back to disciplining someone else’s child. Join Betsy Brown Braun of Parenting Pathways for tried ‘n true advice on these everyday situations and more.…

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The Speedy Sneaky Chef

2012-02-09 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

What do you do when it's that time already, you have picky family members, and you need a fast, nutritious meal that will please everyone's tastebuds? You put on your Speedy Sneaky Chef hat, that's what! Missy Chase Lapine is back to share secrets from her newest book, The Speedy Sneaky Chef: Quick, Healthy Fixes for Your Favorite Packaged Foods.…

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The Big O - Collections

2012-02-01 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Whether you collect exquisite figurines, valuable coins, or quirky Pez dispensers, you'll need a method for protecting, displaying and enjoying your treasures. Monica Ricci, of Catalyst Organizing, helps us simplify and organize our personal belongings.…

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Happiness - Live Life Fully

2012-01-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 52s

This is a show about how to NOT be an over-achieving, tightly-wound, bossy and stressed perfectionist. Dr. Christine Carter, happiness expert, joins us in a optimistic chat about perspective, healthy lifestyle behaviors, achieving goals and coping with stress.…

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Great Conversations - Puberty in Boys

2012-01-19 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 33s

There is a simple word that can strike fear in the bravest, most confident of parents.  Ready for it? Puberty. And if these words scare you too (wet dreams, masturbation, body odor), then listen in! Rob Lehman gives practical ideas for common concerns of puberty in boys and tips on staying close to your kids through healthy communication.…

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Great Conversations - Puberty in Girls

2012-01-14 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

As if growing up isn't hard enough ... then comes puberty! It's girl talk day, but not about vampires, shopping or shoes. Instead, we're covering periods, moods and boobs. Join us for a "great conversation" with Julie Metzger about girl stuff only.…

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Kids and Money

2012-01-05 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

Dump the allowance and bring in the family bank, checkbooks and "Family Economy" plan! Richard Eyre teaches parents how to help their kids earn money for the things they want and how this motivation carriers over to ownership of their own decisions, values and goals.…

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Be Green - Water

2011-12-15 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 30s

The average American lifestyle is fueled by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. What comes as more of a surprise to many is that only 5% of that runs through toilets, taps and hose at home. The rest (yes, 95%) is hidden in the food you eat, energy you use, products you buy, and services you rely on. Get the real facts, not the watered-down ones, as we talk to Brain Clark Howard, Environmental Editor at National Geographic.…

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Shop Smart with Consumer Reports

2011-12-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 32s

Shop 'til you drop and be smart 'bout your cart! Sue Perry, Deputy Editor of ShopSmart Magazine by Consumer Reports, reveals 10 surprising shopping tips you must know so you can leave the store with a few extra dollars in your pocket and wise-buys in your bag that you actually feel good about!…

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Ask-a-Chef: Slow Cookers

2011-11-30 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 38s

When you think of slow cookers, what comes to mind? Although easy and simple still hold true, a lot has changed over the years. Actually anything is possible when it comes to this old faithful kitchen appliance - appetizers, desserts, healthy recipes and even gourmet dishes. Judith Finlayson, author of more than a half dozen successful slow cooker books, joins us to talk about delicious slow cooking for today's home cook.…

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The Big O - Shopping

2011-11-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 52s

Know when to spend for “need” and when to spend for “want”, how to avoid “buyer’s remorse” and learn why it’s often smart to spend “more than less”. Shopping and organization join forces today to help you become a savvy, mindful and productive buyer on The Big O: Organization!…

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Healthy Dog Years

2011-11-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Our beloved pets don't live nearly long enough do they? That's why we need to optimize their health, step up nutrition and get serious about preventive care. Dr. Ernie Ward shares his "be it, do it, share it" philosophy with us and reveals some surprising facts about dog food, dental care, heart worm and more so our best friends will have many healthy dog years to come.…

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Discipline - Something's Not Working

2011-10-27 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

You've tried counting to three, time-outs and threats. You've tried nagging, bribes and yelling too. But nothing seems to work. We're talking about discipline, what works and what doesn't. When what you're doing isn't working, Amy McCready, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time, comes to the rescue with her positive parenting solutions.…

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Vandj Smilegram Paper

2011-10-13 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 6s

Welcome to Smilegram Paper, where the renewed art of handwriting is greeted with a smile.  Meet founder, Carey Grund, in a VickyandJen.com What Really Matter's interview.…

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First Impressions - How Others See You

2011-10-13 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

How do others see you? Positive or Dramatic. Passionate or Self Absorbed. Attentive or Annoying. Dr. Ann Demarais shares secrets to making a good first impression, whether in a casual or business situation, because we all know that first impressions can have a huge personal, emotional and even financial impact on our life.…

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Green Halloween

2011-10-06 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

We're adding some Green to our Halloween with new traditions, eco-friendly party ideas, costume swaps, and fun alternatives to candy. Corey Colwell-Lipson, the daughter of the duo that makes up Celebrate Green, shares holiday ideas that are good for people, good for the community and good for our Earth.…

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The Big O - 10 Reasons to Get Organized

2011-09-29 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Do you need a reason to get something DONE? In this episode of The Big O, Monica Ricci has 10 good ones and they are anything but typical. Listen in for a lot of motivation, a little humor, and plenty of practical tips - not just for getting organized but to have a focused, productive and joyful life.…

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What Teens Wish You Knew

2011-09-21 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

We are taking a radical approach to parenting today - we are taking advice from teens about teens.  Vanessa Van Petten, of RadicalParenting.com, helps us to improve our relationships with our teens by providing us with new perspectives, stories and insight into the attitudes and behaviors of this generation of young adults.…

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Nutrition Matters - 8 Do's and Don'ts

2011-09-14 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 25s

What if we paired 8 key areas of our WHOLE LIFE with 8 do's and don'ts to good health?  We'd say - what a common sense and successful approach to a happy, nutritious life!  Listen in for all things healthy with Keri Glassman to learn more.…

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Kids Are People Too

2011-08-31 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 31s

No matter what kind of parenting struggle you're facing, help is on the way! Instead of quick-fixes and just trying to get through the day, we're going to get to the root of most behavior problems. Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions is with us to discuss what children need most and share a life-changing tool you can use right away so you can quickly see some real change in your child's behavior and your peace of mind.…

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Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot

2011-08-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

When you plan a wedding or a big party, you can choose bargain, budget or bling, without sacrificing quality or style. Join us for an entertaining and creative show with Cara Davis of CheapWaysTo.com for every step down the aisle from invites to cake, and everything in between.…

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The Family Manager - Daily Routines

2011-08-17 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

Have the most happy and organized day ever with Kathy Peel, America's Family Manager! Kathy has fast solutions for everyday dilemmas and routines, from waking up easily to getting out the door on time and dealing with messy book bags to managing mountains of paperwork. Listen in for inspiration on living well and being a productive Family Manager, the most important job you'll ever have.…

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Oh Crap! I Haven't Saved for Retirement

2011-08-11 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

Liz Weston, the most read personal finance columnist on the internet, joins us for an easy-to-understand talk about retirement. Even when you're muttering "Oh, Crap!", Liz offers up saving options that are easily achievable. (Even 25 bucks is enough to get you started!) In addition to retirement saving strategies, we throw in tips for cutting back on weekly expenses, how to avoid living beyond your means and how to save when you're in debt - all in an effort to help you plan for a happy future!…

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Lunchbox Love 3 - Making a Difference

2011-08-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 11s

Welcome to Making a Difference, part 3 of a special series with Judi Willard, co-creator of SayPlease.com where positive words can change someone’s day, a life, and eventually the world. We continue our fun chat about Lunchbox Love notes and how they make a difference in the lives of others. We share simple and creative ways to use the cards that will brighten someone’s day.…

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Lunchbox Love 2 - The Power of Words

2011-08-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 10s

Welcome to The Power of Words, part 2 of a special series with Judi Willard, co-creator of SayPlease.com where positive words can change someone’s day, a life, and eventually the world. We are discussing the power of words today and how Lunchbox Love® can help families build and nurture strong, healthy relationships.…

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Lunchbox Love 1 - Spreading the Love

2011-08-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 8s

Welcome to Spreading the Love, part 1 of a special series with Judi Willard, co-creator of SayPlease.com where positive words can change someone’s day, a life, and eventually the world. This segment is all about Lunchbox Love, their mission and start up, the women behind the company, their charity efforts and how it makes a difference to families.…

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Autism - What Should I Say

2011-07-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

When we don't really know WHAT TO SAY, Lynette Louise helps us better connect with families who live with Autism, so we can be helpful and supportive when we need to be. This is honest and lighthearted advice from an expert (and mom and comedian) about the do's, don'ts and maybe's related to Autism.…

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The Big O - Phones

2011-07-20 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

We can hold the world in the palm of our hands, literally. We can check the weather, the price of gas, and balance our bank accounts all at a stop light. (Not that you should of course.) Join us for this fun and entertaining episode of The Big O, where we share ideas to use those phones and apps to make your life easier, every day.…

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The Naked Roommate

2011-07-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

Harlan Cohen, famous for The Naked Roommate and Help Me Harlan!, helps us sort out our anxieties and excitement of sending off a college freshman to school. With his positive and open-minded perspective and tips, we can be the happiest (and calmest) parent at home, while we have the happiest kid on campus!…

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Be Green - Ask Mother Nature

2011-06-29 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

How does one improve the world? Just ask Mother Nature! Advice columnist, Chanie Kirschner, gives us small but significant steps for healthy and green living that will make our world a better place to live.…

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The Bra Show

2011-06-22 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Love yourself. Be comfortable. Boost your confidence. Look terrific. It's all possible when... your bra actually FITS! Listen in and let Susan Nethero, nationally known as "The Bra Whisperer", uplift your shape and enhance your style!…

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Ask-a-Chef Naptime Chef

2011-06-15 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

What do YOU do when the kids nap? We vote for nap yourself ... but most parents feel they should get things done! The Naptime Chef® knows it’s the ideal time to prepare great, homemade food for family meals. Then with the cooking out of the way, the rest of your day can be s-m-o-o-t-h sailing! Listen in for Kelsey’s naptime secrets!…

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All About Adoption

2011-06-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

There are amazing and loving stories happening every day - families are being brought together by adoption.  For those seeking to adopt, there is a lot to know. Mardie Caldwell, America's Adoption Expert, shares her adoption experience and knowledge from helping families through the process and adopting herself.…

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The Big O - Yard Sales

2011-06-01 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 38s

If you find that yard sales are a huge amount of work with little pay off, then think again! Professional organizer, Monica Ricci, helps us purge and find good homes for our unwanted items - the easy and fun way. The best part is, you'll end up more organized with a little extra cash in your pocket!…

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Summer Success for School

2011-05-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Watch your children SOAR over the summer by creating natural, real-world learning experiences. Teacher and study skills expert, Susan Kruger, provides us with a variety of easy strategies for engaging our children, fostering creativity and problem-solving, developing a love for reading, sharpening those math skills and more.…

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Parenting Potpourri

2011-05-18 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 59s

Parenting is full of twists and turns, highs and lows, and a little bit of this and that. We call it a potpourri of parenting plights. Today we are joined by Betsy Brown Braun, of Parenting Pathways, to help us navigate through challenging situations. We cover all the juicy stuff: interrupting, button pushers, tantrums, bruised egos, disappointments, lazy kids and so much more.…

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Marriage - Good to Great

2011-05-11 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Marriage. It's the most important relationship of your life.  And don't you deserve one that is filled with happiness and joy?  We think YES! Dr. Terri Orbuch (a.k.a. The Love Doctor) shares simple, and even fun, strategies to make marriages stronger.…

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What Friends Do

2011-04-29 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Life changing events and difficult situations happen all the time to people around us.  So how can we help? It's simple.  Friends, neighbors, family and co-workers pull together and share their diverse skills, talents, schedules and personalities to make life easier. Listen in and find out how you can help friends when they need it most.…

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Ask-a-Chef the SCRAMBLE

2011-04-22 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 40s

Menus are planned. The pantry is stocked. Cooking is quick. Dinner is healthy. And it is served ... on time! Everyone is happy. Does this sound like kitchen utopia? It can be, if you're a scrambler! Join Aviva Goldfarb of The Six O'Clock Scramble, and hear how you can take the stress out dinner every day.…

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15 Minutes Outside

2011-04-14 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Dirt, bugs, grass, snow, leaves. It's all good! Or it can be anyway. We're calling all families to get outside, even if for 15 minutes, to relax, discover and connect!…

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The Big O - Preparing for Crisis

2011-04-07 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 30s

We definitely don't like to think about it, but natural disasters do happen, and you can never predict when. Best to be prepared and make it as easy as possible to recover. Professional Organizer, Monica Ricci, give us tips to help prepare for a crisis.…

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Coping with Disaster

2011-03-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

Dr. Charlotte Reznick helps children heal internal conflicts, reduce stress, and guides them to inner peace. She can also help them to better understand their feelings when tragedy strikes. Dr. Reznick shares her strategies with parents so they too can help children cope with difficult situations.…

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Eat This Not That

2011-03-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 28s

Beware of the calorie bombs and don't fall for the evil "twin"! Instead, get "Eat This, Not That" on your side and make smart choices at every meal. Clint Carter makes smart restaurant swaps and decoding fast-food menus simple in this eye-opening and fun show!…

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Weelicious - First Foods

2011-03-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Let's smoosh it, smash it, puree it and know exactly what our babies are eating. We're going to learn how to make it simple and healthy, getting tips and tricks for successful homemade first foods with Catherine McCord of Weelicious.…

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Ask-a-Chef - Gale Gand

2011-03-03 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 50s

Dessert lovers beware! Acclaimed pastry chef, root beer maker and mom, Gale Gand makes desserts even more special as she shares her fun kitchen stories and yummy cooking tips on this episode of Ask-a-Chef. You won't want to miss this one!…

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Parent Talk - Responsibility

2011-02-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

We all want our children to grow into healthy, fully functioning and responsible young adults, right? But how do we do that? We do it through talk. Parent talk! Uncommon Parents, Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, give us the lingo essentials to allow us to communicate effectively with our children and help them to live more productive and rewarding lives.…

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Simple Fitness - Cardio Secrets

2011-02-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

They say that variety is the spice of life. Our guest today agrees, saying that it is also the key to a successful exercise regimen. Kelli Calabrese, Fitness, Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert, shares secrets to add variety and increase the benefits to your cardio workouts.…

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Kids and Honesty

2011-02-09 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 51s

Parent expert and author of  "You're Not the Boss of Me" and "Just Tell Me What to Say" gives us the whole truth on Kids and Honesty. Betsy Brown Braun talks about raising secure children who turn into responsible, upstanding citizens.…

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The Big O - Freebie

2011-02-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 31s

We're going to shout out a big 4 letter word today: F-R-E-E. Getting organized does not have to be expensive. As a matter of fact, it can cost nothing at all if you think outside the store-purchased box and re-use some of the nifty tools you already have laying around your house! Join professional organizer, Monica Ricci, for some of her simple, yet creative, ideas for organizing on the cheap!…

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Good Fun

2011-01-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Let's have some Good Fun! And while we're at it, let's help our young children engage in their communities to do some good, help others and become kind and responsible citizens along the way. Tune in for all the incredible ideas (and rewards) that come from providing services to others.…

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The Art of Breastfeeding

2011-01-20 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

It can be the best thing you can do for your newborn. It provides everything your baby needs for development and growth. It's always available and quite simply, it's natural. But sometimes, this new part of motherhood doesn't feel so natural. So, today we are getting comfortable with each other and are going to chat about babies and boobies with Diana West.…

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Money Sense Credit

2011-01-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coachâ„¢ returns to talk more money sense into us! This time Lynette shares easy-to-follow steps on how to get superb credit - and how to avoid numerous credit traps and common pitfalls along the way.…

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Blended Families and Divorce

2010-12-30 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Blended families and stepparents are concepts familiar to many. And very challenging to many. But let's talk about how they can be very rewarding to many. Christina McGhee, author of Parenting Apart, shares tips for helping everyone adjust to second marriages.…

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Grocery Shopping with America's Cheapest Family

2010-12-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 54s

Annette and Steve Economides, a.k.a. America’s Cheapest Family, are back to help us live without debt - and big grocery bills! This discount duo shares their innovative, money-saving strategies for grocery shopping in every food category. Trust us, you won't even have to cut coupons or put ramen noodles in your cart to do it!…

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The Big O - 4 Steps to Any Space

2010-12-09 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 35s

Did you know that most organizing projects can be completed in just 4 easy steps? It's true. Monica Ricci, founder of Catalyst Organizing, gives us the juicy details. Listen in for a little motivation on how you can easily get your STUFF in order!…

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Calm Mom

2010-12-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

High Expectations. Guilt. Energy-Zappers. Germ phobias. Sleepless Nights. Ahh, motherhood. Whether a new mom or not, it can make you crazy! We can though, make some tweaks in our day-to-day routines to help us feel less overwhelmed. The Calm Mom herself, Dr. Deborah Ledley, is with us today to share some of these simple strategies.…

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Meal Makeovers - Picky Eaters

2010-11-18 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 51s

In this fourth episode of Meal Makeovers, Janice and Liz discuss their new book, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes and share some of favorite secrets for getting picky eaters to try new foods.…

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Be Green Clean Green

2010-11-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 40s

Come fight the never-ending war on dirt, grime and germs in our homes - the GREEN way with Brian Clark Howard, editor of The Daily Green. Brian educates us about the arsenal of household products we use to clean and disinfect. Are they safe for us? What about for the Earth? And are there more eco-friendly alternatives? “Be Green” with us and find out more!…

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Work Family Balance

2010-11-04 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Whether you work outside your home, inside your home or work as the CEO of your home, finding BALANCE is necessary for your sanity and well-being. But what does “balance” really mean and is it possible to achieve? Today we focus on how to make positive choices to find balance in our lives, and be content and fulfilled in our work and family roles.…

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The Big O - Remodel Projects

2010-10-13 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 34s

Purpose. Budget. Decisions. Plans. Supplies. Time. These are all parts of a remodel project, whether you DIY or hire it out. If you don’t keep them organized, you might just over spend, waste time, lose sight of your goal, and feel overwhelmed. Professional Organizer, Monica Ricci, provides us with the tools we need to manage and carry-out any remodel project with minimal stress.…

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Two Homes After Divorce

2010-10-06 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Divorce often leaves children living out of two homes. International divorce coach, Christina McGhee, helps families survive and thrive when life changes with her practical and positive advice. She helps us raise happy and secure kids by ditching the suitcase, sharing notes, choosing words wisely and more.…

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Building Independence

2010-09-30 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 33s

Parent expert and author of  "You're Not the Boss of Me" is back on What Really Matters with practical advice on building independence. Betsy Brown Braun talks about raising children who are problem solvers, risk takers and leaders who feel effective in the world and know how to withstand peer pressure.…

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Easy Pediatrics - Immunizations

2010-09-23 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

We explore the most controversial childcare question of the decade with Dr. Bob Sears, “Should you vaccinate your child?”. Most of us want to vaccinate our children, but we also want to know if it’s safe. Dr. Bob gives us the perfect dose of information we need to understand vaccines and make an educated decision: the risks, the pros, the myths and much more.…

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Talking to Your Teen

2010-09-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Is there a “key” to remaining close to your teen? How can you better connect and bond? Are there ways to keep the doors to communication wide open? World expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking, Naomi Drew, talks us through teen disagreements, tough conversations, relationship builders and more.…

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Easy Pediatrics - Household Toxins

2010-09-08 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

In this episode of Easy Pediatrics, Dr. Alan Greene exposes 10 common household toxins. He helps us identify the culprits and suggests alternatives, so we can lower the risk of exposure to our children and ourselves.…

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Homeschool 102

2010-09-03 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 50s

If you’re educating your children at home, whether it's homeschool, homework help or every day learning experiences, you want it to be less stressful and more fulfilling. Donna Clarke, educational consultant, shows us the simple side of education providing families with advice on how they can keep it balanced and organized.…

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Simply Cool - Broken Secrets

2010-08-25 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

Little known facts and mind blowing secrets, whether useful or simply entertaining, make life cool. And any little tricks that make life easier ... well, priceless. Listen in as Chad Upton, blogger and investigator at BrokenSecrets.com, fascinates us with “secrets” about things you should know (and maybe shouldn’t).…

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Gimme Gimme Gimme

2010-08-19 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

Do you want to raise your child to have more gratitude than "gimme"? Betsy Brown Braun, of Parenting Pathways, addresses the cures for our children’s spoilage and suggests ways to cultivate the values we believe to be the most important.…

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The Big O - Sell Your Home

2010-08-11 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 32s

Who doesn’t want to sell their home FAST and get asking price? Who doesn’t want to make it less stressful and overwhelming? With careful planning and organizing, it is possible to turn your house into an attractive and marketable home. Professional Organizer, Monica Ricci, shares her top selling tips that will improve your chances of a successful sale.…

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Sibling Rivalry

2010-07-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

If you have more than one child at home, no matter what ages, you likely also have sibling rivalry. Although rivalry is completely normal in families, with a little work on your end, you can eliminate some of the unnecessary competition and arguing that goes on. Amy McCready, of Positive Parenting Solutions, shares solutions that will help strengthen family bonds and teach children to manage relationships.…

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Homeschool 101

2010-07-21 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

What is homeschooling? Why do parents choose to do it? Is it for your family? Learn the pros and cons based on one parent’s experience, Helen Hegener, who homeschooled five children and founded Home Education Magazine.…

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The Noise Guy Sour Puss

2010-07-15 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 11s

Charlie Williams, otherwise known as The Noise Guy, brings laughter into our homes once again with another zany story called "Sour Puss". Recorded especially for Vicky and Jen listeners, this short story makes you feel like a BIG kid again!…

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Simple Safety Teen Driving

2010-07-01 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 39s

Being safe on the road is more than studying the driver’s ed manual and memorizing every street sign. Being safe means combining know-how with good habits. Teen Driving Specialist, Angela Patterson from Teens Drive Smart, helps us to equip teens with the defensive driving knowledge they need to keep themselves alive and safe on the road.…

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The Big O - Tiny Things

2010-06-23 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 34s

On this episode of The Big O, we pay close attention to the tiny things in our lives. We organize everything from batteries to bulbs, coupons to cables, and kitchen gadgets to gift cards. Join us for the small “details”.…

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The Sleepy Show

2010-06-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

I never feel rested. I’m a night-owl. I love taking long naps. I always count my sleep hours. Are any of these you? Maybe you need more sleep. Maybe you don’t. Let’s find out what kind of sleeper you are and what kind of sleep you need with Dr. Helene Emsellem, the Sleep Doc.…

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Off to Summer Camp

2010-06-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

We all want happy campers this summer. Peg Smith, Executive Officer of the American Camp Association, offers expert advice on readiness for camp, how to enhance the camp experience for children, coping with homesickness and other issues of importance to families who are sending their young ones off to camp!…

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Baby Signs

2010-06-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

What if your baby could "talk" to you before he or she could actually speak? Learn how to sign with your child at every age and every stage, and the benefits, with Nancy Cadjan, creator of Sign Babies.…

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Be Green - Celebrations

2010-05-26 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

You’re familiar with the important 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), but add in the 3Gs (good for people, good for the Earth, good for the community) to your eco-friendly practices and you’ll be GREENER than ever! Join the Celebrate Green duo for simple, inexpensive steps to holiday and every day celebrations that are fun, meaningful and helpful to the environment.…

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Preserving Family Memories - Conversations

2010-05-20 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

Stories. Conversations. Oral History Interviews. Whatever you call them, they can help us discover our family heritage and provide us with precious information that can be passed on for generations to come. We are preserving our family memories with Diane Haddad, the editor of Family Tree Magazine.…

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The Big O - Closets

2010-05-12 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 33s

Closets. No one sees them but you, right?  But there's nothing worse than a phone book falling on your head or digging frantically to find that missing glove. This space, no matter how big or small, needs to be functional too. Professional Organizer Monica Ricci and Katie Parsons, Rubbermaid Brand Manager, share their strategies for utilizing closet space to the max!

SHOW INDEX #176
00:23 Intro: Closet Woes
01:33 Basic Closet Advice
04:46 First Step to Organized Closet
09:48 Maximize Closet Space
14:38 Our Guests and Rubbermaid
15:43 Rubbermaid Give-a-Way
22:01 Re-Assemble the Closet
26:17 Final Closet Tips
31:13 Closing Comments
32:08 Closing Track: The Way I Am

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Other Moms with Cool Mom

2010-05-05 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 21s

Meet Daphne Brogdon, standup comic, TV host and founder of CoolMom.com, as we talk about “other moms”. We cover play dates, mommy competition, bad kids and everything in between.

SHOW INDEX #175
00:26 Intro: Meet Cool Mom
01:48 Play Date Gossip
06:22 Listener: One-Side Play Date
09:37 About Cool Mom
10:24 Upromise Savings
13:44 Mom Competition
17:46 Best Parent Moment
18:52 What Do You Stand For?
19:22 Closing Comments
20:21 Closing Track: Beth Orton

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Noise Guy - Sharing a Room

2010-04-29 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 12s

Charlie Williams (a.k.a. The Noise Guy) entertains us once again with a zany story called "Sharing a Room" recorded especially for Vicky and Jen listeners! Listen in for your daily dose of laughter and let Charlie make you feel like a BIG kid again!

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Ask-a-Chef Food Appeal

2010-04-21 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Judy Sipe, Food Stylist and Chief Culinary Officer for The Food Channel, makes mealtimes more fun with her simple tricks for food appeal. Impress your guests, get your kids to eat and make any dish look gourmet on this episode of Ask-a-Chef.

SHOW INDEX # 173
00:24 Intro: Fun with Food
01:12 What is a Food Stylist?
04:44 Favorite Cookbook
07:03 Tweezer Cook or Plopper?
09:49 Make It Appealing: Tips!
20:02 About The Food Channel
21:07 Food Trends & News
23:45 Tools to Garnish
40:19 Closing Comments
41:40 Closing Track: Backseat Goodbye

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The Big O - Clutter Control

2010-04-14 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 25s

We all have stuff, and sometimes, lots of it. Is it truly special, useful or meaningful? Or is it just clutter? Professional Organizer, Monica Ricci, helps us decide, so we can be more organized and save more money, time and space.

SHOW INDEX #172
00:24 Intro: Clutter is Lurking
01:04 The Truth About Clutter
03:28 Basket Abuse
06:37 Accept Daily Maintenance
09:50 Lessons from the Restaurant
13:39 About Monica Ricci
14:19 Listener: Opens My Mind
16:07 Clutter that Needs Attention
20:38 Charging Station
22:22 Key Strategy Is ...
23:16 Closing Comments
24:44 Closing Track: The Way I Am

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Simply Cool - Mother Load

2010-04-07 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 33s

Do you have to hang bilingual flash cards over the changing table, utilize the prenatal audio learning system and provide the latest "essential" for your child's well-being in order to be a good parent?  We talk to Amy Wilson, author of When Did I Get Like This and star of the Mother load Show, for her take on this and her other parent perspectives.

SHOW INDEX #171:
00:23 Intro: Mother Load is Cool
01:25 Are Mothers Wacky?
04:48 Who is Amy Wilson
13:04 The Mother Load Show
15:07 Listener: Too Hard on Ourselves
18:16 Amy's One-Woman Show
19:53 The Big P
25:02 We Know TOO Much
27:44 Do You Keep It Simple?
31:52 Closing Comments
33:00 Closing Track: Walk to the Park

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Simple Safety Stranger Danger

2010-03-31 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

Nancy McBride, National Safety Director for The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, helps us teach personal safety skills to our children that they can easily understand and put into practice.

SHOW INDEX #170
00:26 Intro: Stranger Danger
01:34 Parent Worries
04:10 Effective Teaching Tools
12:51 Stranger Danger Slogan
19:22 Put in Practice
23:04 About NCMEC
23:53 About Abductions
33:53 Check People Out!
36:05 Take 25
42:03 Closing Comments
45:59 Closing Track: Saviour

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Simple Self Love

2010-03-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Karly Randolph Pitman, founder of FirstOurselves.com, shares tips to honor and love ourselves so we look and feel our best, and deal with changes that come with age.

SHOW INDEX #169
00:28 Lucky You: Lunchbox Loveâ„¢
01:43 Intro: Simple Self Love
03:03 We're 20 in Spirit!
09:41 Things You Can't Change
16:59 Know Your True Nature
22:44 Consider Gratitude
26:26 About FirstOurselves.com
27:15 Listener Comment
28:50 How Do You See Yourself?
33:42 Adopt Your Own Standards
40:03 Jealous of Pretty Women
45:48 Live Out Your Values
48:40 Celebrate Your Losses
56:54 Resources from Karly
58:12 Closing Comments
59:42 Closing Track: So Weak

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The Big O - Hidden Spaces

2010-03-18 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

Use those nooks and crannies to your advantage. Listen in to The Big O: Organization for ideas to utilize those secret spaces you thought were wasted. We tackle medicine chests, small closets, space under the bed and sinks, cedar chests and junk drawers.

SHOW INDEX #168
00:25 Intro: Hidden Spaces
01:56 Under the Sink
07:30 Chests and Trunks
10:07 Medicine Cabinets
15:14 o'Baby Product Review
18:17 Under the Bed
23:38 Linen Clothes
27:05 Junk Drawers
32:44 Listener Comment
34:09 Closing Comments
35:27 Closing Track: The Way I Am

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Queen Bees and Wannabes

2010-03-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

Cliques, reputations, “frenemies,” rebellion and bullying are all a part of the “wonderful” world of adolescence.  Listen to Rosalind Wiseman, educator and author of best-selling Queen Bees and Wannabes, for practical advice to recognize your daughter’s place and help her through the struggles she is sure to face. 

SHOW INDEX #167
00:23 Intro: World of Adolescence
02:49 Are There Mean Boys?
04:35 Queen Bees and Wannabes
08:00 Times Have Changed
10:08 Is Size of School a Factor?
16:04 Cliques and Roles
21:05 About Rosalind and Girl Tour
25:33 Queen Bee's Court
32:03 Listener: Maintain Sense of Self
37:45 Best Advice for Parents
41:05 Closing Comments
43:01 Closing Track: HelloGoodbye

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Sneaky Fitness

2010-02-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

Other then asking your kids to drop and give you 20, what can you do to get your children off the couch? The Sneaky Chef is back with a new level of sneakiness, this time with exercise and calorie-burning activities (and new recipes) that you can sneak into your children’s daily routine without them even knowing it.

SHOW INDEX #166
00:24 Intro: Sneaky Fitness
01:33 Icecream and Fitness
02:22 The Sneaky Philosophy
05:01Why Sneaky Fitness?
10:06 Motivate Without Words
15:26 About Missy Chase Lapine
16:32 Listener: Cooking with Tofu
22:55 Sneaky Fitness Activities
30:41 Listener: Indoor "Winter" Fun
36:56 50 New Recipes!
42:38 Book #5?
43:48 Closing Comments

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Is Screaming the New Spanking?

2010-02-17 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 37s

Are your kids “parent deaf” tuning out your ongoing requests and reminders until you raise your voice? Let’s face it, we’ve all screamed at our children at one time or another. Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop the “not listening” in its tracks without ever raising our voices? Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, shows us how.

SHOW INDEX #165
00:24 Intro: Inside Voices
01:20 We're Only Human.
02:47 Why Do we Scream?
05:39 Is Screaming Harmful?
08:33 Own Your Own Stuff!
12:27 "When-Then" Strategy
13:57 Reveal the Consequences
20:51 About Positive Parenting Solutions
21:30 Listener: The Countdown
27:47 Listener: Back Talk!
34:57 Closing Comments
36:51 Closing Track: She & Him

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The Big O Multi-Purpose

2010-02-10 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

Double-Duty. Multi-Purpose. Duplicitous. Two-Fold. Dual. You feel accomplished already, don’t you? On this episode of The Big O, we save you time and money. We talk about making the best use of your stuff by re-purposing common household items and finding new uses for old things. And along the way, you can eliminate clutter and feel more organized!

SHOW INDEX #164
00:23 Intro: Multi-Purpose
01:17 The Uni-Tasker
02:44 Be a Lazy Susan
06:48 She's Hooked.
10:52 The Pickle Bucket
13:55 Faithful Shoe Bags
17:16 About Monica Ricci
18:38 Six-Pack Holders
22:17 Re-Purpose the Coat Rack
24:13 A Jar Fetish
28:18 She LOVES Ottomans.
30:29 Wrangle those Grocery Bags
31:40 Handy Eyeglass Cases
32:57 File Sorters Do More!
34:16 Closing Comments
35:16 Closing Track: The Way I Am

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Uncommon Parenting

2010-02-03 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

We are taking an uncommon look at parenting, making a fundamental change to parent with enlightenment, to do conscious parenting, and to create the UNCOMMON PARENT for the NEW EARTH. Today Thomas dispels myths about discipline, puts an end to unwanted behavior (like whining and hitting), and helps parents empower children and create accountability.

SHOW INDEX #163:
00:30 Intro: Be Uncommon
03:46 What is Uncommon Parenting?
06:35 Let the Child Be the Teacher
12:02 Choices are Important
15:37 Listener: Do Less Telling
18:31 Accountability via a List
23:51 About Thomas Haller
26:30 Should Consequences be Severe?
33:41 Is Discipline Used to Gain Control?
34:51 Five Steps to End Unwanted Behavior
43:10 Closing Comments
44:53 Closing Track: Jay Clifford

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Common Sense Media

2010-01-27 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Do you let ratings and reviews determine your movie and game picks for your kids? Or is it based on your personal preferences? We are managing the media in our homes with Caroline Knorr of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading experts dedicated to improving the impact of entertainment and media on families.

SHOW INDEX #162
00:26 Intro: Managing Media at Home
01:48 Why Do We Need Ratings?
05:39 Different Parent Approaches
19:51 Talk, Talk, Talk
26:10 About Common Sense Media
27:27 Listener: Are You Biased?
28:19 Who Does the Ratings?
35:12 Instill Responsibility
39:31 Movie Analysis
44:10 Closing Comments
44:56 Closing Track: Vertigo by Anya Marina

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Cooking With Kids

2010-01-21 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

Kids in the kitchen can be a recipe for mess and frustration! But there are oodles of positive reasons to get them in there with us, no matter what age.  We talk about how to involve our families more (the simple way), all while having fun and learning along the way.

SHOW INDEX #161
00:25 Lucky You Contest
01:43 Intro: Cooking with Kids
03:13 A Thing of the Past... or Not
05:12 Bring 'em in the Kitchen - Why?
09:42 Making it Easier
12:18 Simple Recipes
14:45 Time to Clean-Up
19:14 Be a Safety Monitor
20:49 About Kids Cooking Shop
23:44 Listener: Need Kid Gadgets
31:51 Childhood Dish Memory
35:44 Favorite Cooking Resources
39:41 Closing Comments
42:06 Closing Track: More to Luv

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Ask a Chef Ten Dollar Dinners

2010-01-13 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 34s

Join us as we get to know the host of the new Food Network Series, Ten Dollar Dinners. Melissa d'Arabian shares her small budget promise with us as well as her secrets to creative and tasty meals.

INDEX #160:
00:22 Intro: Ten Dollar Dinners
02:58 Thoughts on her Own Show
04:23 Cooking Show Secrets
08:28 Stretch Your Budget
13:47 Share a TV Blooper!
15:34 About Melissa d'Arabian
15:52 Fun Cooking Questions
24:04 Ingredient Pop Quiz
28:34 Fun Fact about Melissa
30:30 Closing Comments
32:25 Closing Track: Backseat Goodbye

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The Big O Time Management

2010-01-06 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 29s

What does it take to improve our use of time? We’re finding out from our professional organizer, Monica Ricci, and learning easy strategies to manage our time better and make the most of our day!

#159 SHOW INDEX
00:23 Intro: Time-Management
01:42 Listener: Manage My Time BETTER
03:08 Check List vs To-Do List
13:22 About Monica Ricci
14:16 Make it REAL Time!
21:05 Using Extra Time Wisely
23:07 Productive Weekends
27:13 Closing Comments
28:34 Closing Track: The Way I Am

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Be Green - Recycling

2009-12-31 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

We are making recycling simple with Jennifer Berry from Earth911. Jennifer shares tips to reduce, reuse and recycle it all!  

SHOW INDEX #158:

00:24 Intro: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
01:44 Are We Doing Better?
04:30 Cardboard: Yes or No
09:03 Plastic, Plastic, Plastic
15:38 Hotdogs & Lettuce - Yikes!
21:35 About Earth911
22:52 Is ____ Recyclable?
26:58 Listener: Recycle Lids Too?
32:39 Precycling!
36:25 Electronics: What to Do
40:27 Kids Can Help
41:10 Give to a Good Cause
43:08 Small Changes, Huge Impact
49:05 Closing Comments
50:50 Closing Track: Olivia Broadfield

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V&J Holiday Message 2009

2009-12-24 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Happy Holidays to YOU! Love, Vicky and Jen…

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Winter with Disney FamilyFun

2009-12-16 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Bring your family closer together and warm up your cold winter days with practical ideas from FamilyFun Magazine.  Debra Immergut, senior editor, shares unique ideas for activities and crafts that parents and kids can enjoy together.  

SHOW INDEX #157

00:26 Intro: Winter Family Fun
01:42 Get-Active Games
10:20 Kitchen Science
16:27 About FamilyFun Magazine
17:19 Indoor Fun Houses
27:30 Together-ness: Family Evenings
37:37 Boredom Busters
44:20 Closing Comments
48:29 Closing Track: Matt Costa

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You and the Flu

2009-12-09 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 32s

New strains, vaccines, school closings, influenza tests, photos of toddlers kissing pigs, conflicting information and even deaths. It’s enough to make you a worry-wart. That’s why we’re getting the FLU facts straight with Dr. Georgina Peacock from the CDC.

SHOW INDEX #156
00:26 Intro: You and the Flu
01:51 Different Strains of Flu
04:06 Why Animal Names?
06:51 Should I get Diagnosed?
08:09 Rules of Contagious-ness
11:54 About Dr. Georgina Peacock
12:31 Listener: Vaccinations
16:50 Signs of Emergency
18:50 Listener: Why Vaccinate?
22:19 Listener: Mercury in Vaccines
24:47 Listener: Flossing Teeth & Flu Onset
26:25 Can You Over Disinfect?
29:33 Closing Comments

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The Big O Entertaining

2009-12-02 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Whether big or small, formal or informal, during the holidays or anytime of the year, you REALLY CAN be more organized and throw a successful party or gathering. We’ll show you how to entertain - the simple, organized and less stressful way.

SHOW INDEX #155
00:22 Intro: Party Planning
02:30 We Wig Out.
05:15 Determine the Scale
07:13 Who's Coming?
12:04 It's All About the Food
21:21 Hide the Dust
24:13 Party Playlist
31:48 How to NOT do ALL the Work
38:04 Out-of-Town Guests
40:35 Closing Comments

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Simply Cool Pet Finder

2009-11-25 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 38s

Betsy Saul is simply cool. As the two-legger behind Petfinder.com, her passion for animals will bring a smile to your face, warm your heart and remind you of the simple things in life. Listen in to hear interesting facts about the start up and success of her site including sweet stories of how Petfinder.com has made a difference in the lives of millions.

SHOW INDEX #154:
00:23 Intro: Petfinder is Cool
01:59 Inspiration Behind Petfinder.com
06:08 How Petfinder Works
16:05 Commercial
16:26 More than Cats and Dogs
18:53 Heartwarming Stories
25:57 How Can I Help?
33:41 Closing Comments
37:15 Closing Track: Walk to the Park

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The Noise Guy - Sound Coaching

2009-11-17 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 31s

We all want our children to love reading, so let's shake up those bedtime stories a bit with Charlie Williams (a.k.a. The Noise Guy). Charlie teaches us how to make books come to life with simple sound effects anyone can do!

INDEX #153
00:39 Intro: Sound Coaching
01:58 Why Be Noisy?
04:36 Sounds ANYONE Can Make
13:35 Fun Book Examples
18:31 About Noisy Charlie
20:02 More Book Examples
26:17 News from noiseguy.com
29:21 Closing Comments

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The Big O Technology

2009-11-12 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 50s

Are you afraid of technology or do you embrace it? Vicky and Jen, organizing expert Monica Ricci, and special guest host, listener Danica Theodorakos, discuss the upside of technology and how it can help you to be more organized.

SHOW INDEX #151
00:25 Intro: Technology & Organizing
01:41 Who is Danica?
07:47 Facebook: Good or Bad?
17:27 Send Out Cards
22:59 Is Jen Old School?
26:37 Who's Coming: Evite
31:39 Fun Listener Comments
36:44 Gotta Love the GPS
39:40 CrackBerries Help
41:20 Oh, and the DVR!
45:07 The SmartShopperâ„¢
48:36 Closing Comments

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Easy Pediatrics Allergies

2009-11-05 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

In another episode of Easy Pediatrics with Dr. Alan Greene, we get the lowdown on allergies of all kinds. Not only do we address FAQ's, we uncover surprising stats and answers surrounding allergies: prevention, food label facts, vaccines, ages affected by them and more.

Show Index #151:

00:28 Intro: Allergies
01:23 Allergies on the Rise
02:54 Genetically Modified Food
06:27 Introducing Foods to Kids
08:31 Foods to Decrease Allergies
10:54 Onset of Allergies
15:21 About Dr. Greene
16:30 Listener: Allergens on Food Labels
21:19 Listener: Allergies in Schools
23:35 Listener: Gluten and Dairy Intolerant
29:16 Listener: Allergens in Vaccines
31:44 Closing Comments
33:32 Closing Track: Cause for Concern

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Live Large on a Small Budget

2009-10-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 52s

Learn simple and quick tips to spend less, save more and live better! Our guest, Linsey Knerl, talks about a frugal lifestyle that can be as much fun as it practical. She proves that little stuff (i.e., ice cube trays, Hulu, cruise control, Craig’s List and hiding the “good” toilet paper) adds up to big savings.

SHOW INDEX #150:
00:24 Intro: Live Large on a Small Budget
01:56 Toilet Paper Issues
05:16 Mysteries of the Mystery Shopper
09:27 Whew-Whee! Cost of Gas
13:50 Never Buy New _____.
19:54 What!? Ice Cubes Trays?
23:56 About the Dealistaâ„¢
25:49 Doh! You Missed the Sale!
31:04 Be Cable-Free.
37:44 Grocery Store Ploys
43:42 Save 3 Months Salary
49:05 Closing Comments

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Feeding Baby Greene

2009-10-22 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 32s

In this episode of Easy Pediatrics, Dr. Alan Greene outlines easy steps we can take to teach our children healthy eating habits that will positively impact their health and development for the rest of their lives. We chat about “nutritional intelligence”, the buzz surrounding “BPA”, green foods and much more.

SHOW INDEX #149:
00:41 Lucky You: Feeding Baby Green Book
01:55 Intro: Feeding Baby Green
02:43 Taste Buds and Imprints
11:02 What is Green Feeding?
14:23 Health Issues Today
15:52 Too Late to Change?
17:59 About Dr. Greene
19:04 Buzz About BPA
22:44 For a Healthy Adulthood
24:42 Nutritional Intelligence
25:59 Listener: Nutritious Pregnancy
29:05 Closing Comments
30:54 Closing Track: Cause for Concern

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Kids Are Worth It

2009-10-14 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Listen in for practical advice on how to use the everyday stuff in family life - chores, mealtime, bedtime and other routines - to create a home environment in which kids can become self-disciplined, responsible, resourceful, resilient human beings. Barbara Coloroso, author of Kids are Worth It, discusses her key points to good parenting.

Show Index #148
00:24 Lucky You: Wear Clean Underwear
02:08 Intro: Kids Are Worth It!
03:09 Create a Positive Home Climate
04:08 Offer Choices to Kids
08:01 Three Types of Parents
11:52 Discipline versus Punishment
20:00 Effective TIME-OUT
22:25 Do You Say "I'm Sorry"?
25:10 Steps in the Discipline Process
31:18 About Barbara Coloroso
32:05 Bribes, Rewards and Threats
36:28 Do Good Because Good is Good to Do
38:50 Six Critical Life Messages
41:13 Fostering Strong Self-Esteem
46:18 Rewards at School
50:47 It Starts in Our Homes
55:48 Closing Comments

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Mindless Eating

2009-10-07 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 27s

Did you ever eat the last piece of dried out chocolate cake even though it tasted like chocolate scented cardboard?  Ever finish eating a bag of french fries even though they were cold, limp and soggy? We have.

Dr. Brian Wansink, the author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think is here to change the way we look at food, and give us the facts we need to easily make smarter, healthier, and more mindful choices at the dinner table, in the supermarket, in restaurants, at the office - even at a vending machine!

SHOW INDEX #147
00:30 Intro: Mindless Eating
02:11 200 Decisions About Food Daily
03:52 Cues that Prompting Us to Eat
08:34 Strategies for Eating Less
13:31 About Dr. Wansink
14:12 Hidden Persuaders: Marketing
18:00 Cost and How Much We Eat
22:42 More Tips for Eating Less
25:24 Dr. Wansink's New Research
25:57 Closing Comments
26:49 Closing Track: Russian Red

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Freeze It

2009-09-30 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Is there a way to have healthy meals for our families EVERY day, even when we don't have the time to spend in the kitchen EVERY day?  You bet there is! Join Tricia, the Once a Month Mom, for meal and freezing tips that will lessen our stress, help us eat healthier and save some money along the way! Her ideas can be used just a little, a lot, as a safety net, or for an entire month of meals!

SHOW INDEX #146:
00:22 Intro: Freeze It!
02:35 Why Freezer Cook?
03:49 How It's Done
10:22 Freezers, Tools and Supplies
19:15 Listener: Those Darn Ice Crystals
21:55 About Once a Month Mom
23:55 Food Safety Tips
26:02 Listener: Defrosting Foods Properly
28:20 What to Freeze and NOT Freeze
34:35 Stuff on Once a Month Mom Site
39:54 Closing Comments
41:12 Closing Track: Our Last Goodbye by Andrew Stein

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Coping with Divorce

2009-09-23 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Divorce. It’s a tough situation that families face all the time. Margot Swann, from VisionsAnew.org, provides us with resources to help divorcing women, and those they love including children, cope with the difficult process.

Show Index #145:

00:26 Intro: Coping with Divorce
01:37 Debris in Our Society
03:52 Emotional Side of Divorce
05:48 Business Side of Divorce
07:44 When Kids are Involved
13:25 Surround Yourself with Help
22:35 About Visions Anew
23:12 Being a Good Friend
26:07 Listener: Male Role Model
32:54 Divorce Resources
37:52 Closing Comments

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Be GREEN with Ed Begley Jr.

2009-09-16 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 28s

"Live simply so others may live." (Ghandi) In Be GREEN with Ed Begley Jr., Ed demonstrates that a simple, eco-friendly lifestyle can clean up our air and put money back in our pockets. He gives us easy, and often cheap, ideas for being more GREEN. SHOW INDEX #144 00:26 Intro: Be GREEN! 03:07 About Ed's Books 06:15 #1 Thing You Can Do 09:37 Cheap and Easy STUFF 11:54 CFL Savings 14:27 Are Fans Energy Suckers? 15:59 Drafty Windows 19:18 Conserve Water 24:11 Listener: Recycling 25:57 Closing Comments 26:44 Closing Track: Olivia Broadfield WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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The Big O Sentimental Clutter

2009-09-09 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Are you a memorabiliac? A big sap collector? A memento-master? Are your shelves covered in “special” knick-knacks? Now come one, don’t get all teary-eyed on us. We’re in the same boat - we love sentimental things just like you - but sometimes it can get out of control! What to keep and what NOT to keep - that is the question. Monica Ricci, The Big O organizer, is here to help us with answers. SHOW INDEX #143 00:22 V&J Contest! 01:31 Sentimental Clutter 04:24 Is it Clutter or Sentimental? 10:45 Real-Life Situations 22:17 About Monica Ricci 23:18 Special Listener Comment 24:00 O' Baby! Product: VoiceQuilt 26:54 Paper Memorabilia 32:45 Children's Clothing 37:12 Preserve with Photos 39:51 Let Time Pass 45:19 Closing Comments 47:45 Closing Track: The Way I Am WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Nutrition Matters - The Nutrition Diva

2009-09-02 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 57s

Making healthier choices in your daily routines isn’t as hard as you might think! The Nutrition Diva (aka Monica Reinagel) is with us to share small, but important, ways to upgrade your health. Monica is known for sifting through the science and the silliness, separating fact from fiction, and providing straight-forward information on living fit and eating well. Show Index #142: 00:26 About The Nutrition Divaâ„¢ 02:56 Eight Glasses of Water 12:10 Best Time to Exercise 15:18 The Whole-y Grain 20:43 Is Milk Good or Bad? 26:06 About Monica Reinagel 26:59 Who Needs a Multi-Vitamin? 34:41 Listener: Lack of Veggies 39:40 Listener: Vegetarians and B12 44:28 Scoop on Artificial Sweeteners 53:16 Closing Comments WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Simple Study Skills

2009-08-26 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

As we head into a new school year, our guest, Susan Kruger M.Ed. from SOAR Study Skills, talks to us about helping our children, no matter what age, to manage homework and study time. She'll tell us a few things about motivating our students, how to reduce the "last minute syndrome", and how to keep it all organized along the way. Most importantly she'll show us how to teach study skills that promote positive homework experiences. Show Index #141: 00:28 Simple Study Skills 01:51 Apply Strategy to Homework 06:40 Testing Under Pressure 09:25 Setting Goals 18:34 Organize! Organize! 25:49 Prime Hours for Homework 26:42 Take 10 Routine 30:11 Ask for Help 33:04 About Susan Kruger 34:10 Homework RX Toolkit 35:51 Asking Questions 36:57 Reading Textbooks 48:07 Record Progress 49:51 Listener: Music During Homework 54:40 Listener: Time Spent on Homework 59:38 Closing Comments WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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The Noise Guy Too Much Noise

2009-08-05 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 10s

Charlie Williams (a.k.a. The Noise Guy) entertains us once again with a zany story called "Too Much Noise" recorded especially for Vicky and Jen listeners! (Aren't we lucky?) Listen in for your daily dose of laughter and let Charlie make you feel like a BIG kid again! INDEX 00:00 Intro by Vicky 01:15 Opening by The Noise Guy 01:36 Too Much Noise 10:23 Closing Comments OTHER SHOWS with Charlie: #42 The Noise Guy: A Family Special #123 The Noise Guy LIVE WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Cheat at Home Repair

2009-07-30 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 45s

Leaky faucet? Running toilet? Painting rooms? Save yourself from paying an expensive contractor to handle much-needed household maintenance and do it yourself! Jeff Bredenberg, author of the How to Cheat books, tells us how to safely cut corners and complete a household job properly and easily. SHOW INDEX #139 00:25 Intro: Cheat at Home Repair 02:38 Have Tools Easily Available 06:09 Stock the Toolbox 08:55 Nail-Free Hanging System 11:30 Screw-y Secrets 15:48 Painting Hassles 23:06 About Jeff Bredenberg 24:14 Listener: Leaks, Clogs, Running Toilets 32:50 Listener: Hiring a Contractor 40:29 Closing Comments 41:49 Closing Track: Elephant Gun WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Ask a Chef Claire Robinson

2009-07-22 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Claire Robinson, host of 5 Ingredient Fix on Food Network, shows us how tasty dishes only need five ingredients (and sometimes less). Her result is healthy, easy and quick meals! Listen in and learn about Claire’s straightforward cooking style. You’ll love how she minimizes fuss and maximizes taste at mealtimes! SHOW INDEX #138 00:22 Intro: 5 Ingredient Fix 02:32 Inspiration for her Show 07:09 Frozen vs Fresh 08:31 Listener: 5 Food Staples 28:50 About Claire Robinson 29:34 Listener: Work Week Meal Slump 32:49 Listener: Easy Chicken Recipe 39:27 Listener: Easy Fish Recipe 42:21 "Skinny Jeans" Big Flavors 46:56 Best Cooking Advice 48:14 Closing Comments 50:50 Closing Track: Backseat Goodbye WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Take a Stand Against Bullying

2009-07-15 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 45s

It’s not just kids being kids, it is a learned behavior and one that can be changed.  And we need to. Join us for this important episode on bullying with Naomi Drew, a nationally known expert on conflict resolution and peace-making. There is research to show that bullying stops when adults and peers get involved so that's what we're talking about today. We will cover strategies and skills to bully-proof our children. SHOW INDEX #137 00:27 Let's Bully-Proof! 01:51 Is it Just a Phase? 03:43 What is Bullying? 07:54 Calming Strategies 13:15 Signs of a Victim 15:30 Open Doors of Communication 20:25 New Book on Bullying! 25:33 Get Involved at School 28:31 Listener: Solutions for Boys vs Girls 35:45 Build a Strong Inner Core 37:41 Teach them Responsibility 42:46 Closing Comments WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, call us at 513-252-2864 or email us at questions@vickyandjen.com Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week:http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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The Big O College Bound

2009-07-08 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 55s

Monica Ricci is helping families with a smooth transition into college life.  Our expert organizer shares simple and practical ideas of what to take, what to leave, how to make good use of small spaces, and ways to keep organized during the move - and even after.  "Professor" Monica covers all the courses including textbooks, laundry, campus safety, computers, helpful products and much more. SHOW INDEX #136 The Big O: College Bound 00:22 "Be a Guest Host" Contest 01:54 Intro: College Bound 03:06 Know Your Space 05:43 Connect With Roomy 09:30 Pack it RIGHT 14:23 Gotta Have Music! 15:38 Establish Credit 17:46 Mark Your Turf 19:48 Textbook Expenses 23:12 "Be a Guest Host" Contest 25:09 O' Baby Product 31:17 Time-Management at School 36:55 Organizing Small Rooms 45:14 Create Life Routines 47:04 Safety on Campus 50:29 Closing Comments NEW CONTEST You could be a guest host on The Big O: Organization Series.  Join the 3 of us as we help others (and ourselves) to simplify our busy lives!   All you gotta do is share a "Big O story" with us by calling in and leaving a message.  Tell us why you love the Big O, how it has helped you, a success story, or why you want to meet Monica. Get creative with it! The most interesting and enthusiastic message will win! Call 513-252-2864 by Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 midnite est  to record your contest entry. WANT MORE? Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Unplug your Kids

2009-07-01 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Is the news a negative influence on my family? How much should I concern myself with my child’s choice of music? Is my son really addicted to video games? Dr. David Dutwin answers these questions and many more, by doing something few have ever done in the past: actually review the vast literature of academic research out there on these topics, and then report such research in an interactive and friendly way that all parents can understand. Join us as we discuss some of Dr. Dutwin’s findings! Show Index #135: 00:28 Lucky You! Contest 01:43 Our Hi-Tech Kids 03:36 Evolution of Unplug Your Kids 06:59 A Message to Parents 10:47 Video Game Violence 20:51 Signs of Addiction 24:33 About Dr. David Dutwin 25:17 Listener: Are Games Less Evil than TV? 30:55 Discussing News with Kids 38:56 Listener: Surfing the Net Alone 43:53 About the Book 47:19 Closing Comments 40:36 Closing Track: Before We Go Down Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Money Sense Debt

2009-06-24 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coachâ„¢, joins us again for more money talk! This time she offers strategies for becoming debt-free and ideas for lifestyle changes that will save us money for decades to come. #134 Show Index: 00:26 Intro: Find Financial Freedom 01:36 "But I'm NOT in Debt" 05:50 Back to the Basics 10:47 Who Ends Up in Debt? 15:52 Manage Money by Budgeting 23:46 About The Money Coachâ„¢ 25:16 Stop Digging Deeper! 29:54 Negotiate with Creditors 37:09 Pay with Cash 39:15 True Price of Debt 41:04 Closing Comments 42:35 Closing Track: 1500 Miles Listen to our first show with The Money Coach: Money Sense: Budgets Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Ask a Chef the Neelys

2009-06-17 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

We are SMOKIN’ HOT with the Neelys, the Food Network’s most loved cooking couple. The hilarious hosts of Down Home with the Neelys spice up our grilling and BBQ with their famous ideas for making “meat and more” simple and OH, SO tasty! #133 Show Index 00:26 Commercial 00:41 Lucky You Contest 02:02 Intro: Down Home with the Neelys 03:05 Grill or Barbecue? 06:16 Grilling Tips for Men (and Women!) 16:22 Commercial 16:38 About the Neelys 17:28 Listener: Indoor Grilling 21:57 Magic of Marinades 25:34 The Neelys put WHAT on the grill?! 27:59 Final Thoughts on Cooking 30:32 Neely's Recipes on VickyandJen.com! 33:54 Closing Track: Backseat Goodbye Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Ask a Chef Melissa d'Arabian

2009-06-10 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 55s

Melissa d'Arabian, finalist on The Next Food Network Star, keeps it non-super mom REAL with us and adds a whole lot of positive energy to the show, as she shares practical tips for frugal shopping, cooking time-savers, and tricks for dealing with kid interruptions in the kitchen. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #132 Index: 00:26 Food Network Star: Melissa d'Arabian 01:39 Non-Super Moms 03:09 About the Reality Show 10:28 Create a "Victory File" 17:12 Home Cooking for ALL 22:03 About Melissa d'Arabian 22:41 Listener: Dealing with Kid Interruptions 28:00 Give it Kid Appeal 31:28 Cooking on a Budget 39:48 Favorite Quick Meals 50:30 Closing Comments 53:24 Closing Track: Backseat Goodbye …

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Cheat at Yardwork

2009-06-04 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Jeff Bredenberg, author of the How to Cheat series, empowers homeowners to get work done faster, better and cheaper. Today Jeff tells us that cheating is part attitude adjustment, part shortcuts, and part simplicity— and gives us clever ideas to make yard work and gardening easier. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index Show #131 00:25 Lucky You! 01:30 Cheat at Yard Work 02:58 Set Your Priorities 10:07 Keep it Low-Maintenance 14:08 Listener: Starting from Seed 16:29 Selecting Nursery Plants 21:31 Listener: Mulching, Mowing and Weeding 32:13 Take Risks 36:32 Closing Comments 38:56 Closing Track: Elephant Gun …

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Career Whisperer - Make it WORK

2009-05-27 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Whether you're changing careers, want to get along better with others at work, move up in your field or work less and enjoy life more, Andrea Kay can help! She shares practical advice on the issues you face in your career and on the job. Show Index #130 00:23 Lucky You Contest 01:22 Make it WORK! 03:02 What Makes us Feel Bad at Work? 06:13 Looking Back at Monday Exercise 11:02 The Fraidy Cat Exercise 16:17 Listener: Lighten My Load 22:35 About Andrea Kay 24:50 Listener: Nothing Excites Me 33:51 Barriers to Joy in Your Life 49:28 Listener: Community Service & Narrowing Choices 56:57 Closing Comments 59:30 Closing Track: Just a Ride by Jem Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Millennium Mom

2009-05-20 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 44s

Joanna Zucker, author of Millennium Mom, helps us go from working woman to working mom with her simple, practical advice and time-savers so we can feel less stressed, more productive and most importantly, happier. SHOW INDEX #129 00:34 Lucky You: Win the Book! 01:45 Introduction: Working Moms 03:02 True Partnerships 09:55 Do You Have the Right Job? 14:20 Child Care that You LOVE 18:52 About Millennium Mom 19:55 Have an End Goal 23:05 Daily Time-Savers 40:06 Closing Comments 42:00 Closing Track: I'm Not Waiting Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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The ZÃœCA Contest

2009-05-14 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 10s

Get your summer travels off to an easy and organized start with your very own ZÃœCA Pro. Not planning on going anywhere? ZÃœCA is much more than luggage. Listen to our chat with Founder, Laura Udall, for an audio tour of this famous award-winning luggage and it's many uses. Contest ends June 2, 2009. Visit http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php to enter! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters!…

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The Big O Ask Monica Again

2009-05-13 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

In this episode of The Big O: Organization Series, Monica Ricci addresses listener's organizing questions! We cover children's artwork, kitchen drawers, recipes, laundry clutter, messy mail and some of the in-between. SHOW INDEX #128 00:21 Ask Monica Anything! 01:30 Pop Quiz! 05:10 Bag of Crap & Black Binders 07:05 "Artwork" 12:43 Kitchen Drawers - Ugh! 19:59 Junk Mail & Do-Dads 26:48 Managing Recipes 35:50 About Monica Ricci 36:49 Pop Quiz II 44:11 The Container Store Winner 46:16 The ZÃœCA Contest 48:03 Paper Clutter 51:37 Laundry Clutter 55:50 No Cabinet Space 01:03:01 Bedroom Confessions 01:10:14 Closing Comments Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue

2009-05-06 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

The Sneaky Chef is back to discuss her latest book and sneaky strategies with us. This time she is responding to parent's special requests including low-fat and lower calorie foods, allergy-free meals and special occasions like birthdays. SHOW INDEX #127 00:32 The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue 03:31 Why Be a Sneaker? 06:55 About the New Book 08:09 Food Allergies 14:58 About The Sneaky Chef 16:57 Peanut Butter Fixes 20:21 Magic White Beans 22:43 Food Textures & Kids 25:28 Lunch Box Options 33:08 Mmmm, Cupcakes! 38:46 Speedy Lasagna 40:56 Next for The Sneaky Chef 42:10 Closing Comments Also: Listen to our first two interviews with Missy Chase Lapine: The Sneaky Chef or The Sneaky (and Cheating) Chef. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Simple Fitness

2009-04-29 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

For many of us, it just happens.  We look in the mirror and we don’t really look like we used to. Especially for women and especially after having children, it just seems really hard to be "fit" as things shift around on our bodies. So, what do we do?  Today we are going to find out why things are shifting, how we stop it, how we can find more time for exercise and how we can be more successful with our workouts. Kelli Calabrese, America's fitness, nutrionist and lifestyle expert, provides us with some practical answers. Show Index #126: 00:29 Intro: Simple Fitness 01:46 Shift Happens 07:12 Stimulate Your Metabolism 11:34 Find Time to Exercise 21:39 About Kelli Calabrese 24:20 Listener: Looking for Energy 30:35 Common Workout Mistakes 37:19 Food and Fitness 46:07 Closing Comments 47:35 Closing Track: Good To Be Alive Visit VickyandJen.com for more of "What Really Matters"! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Preserving Family Memories - All Those Photos

2009-04-22 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 52s

We’re all busy these days and busy people let things pile up - like all those photos sitting in boxes or on the computer! Stacy Julian, also a busy mother of five and founder of Big Picture Scrapbooking shares some very simple ideas on what to do with “all those photos” so we will actually PRESERVE, SHARE and most importantly ENJOY them. #125 Show Index: 00:32 Intro: All Those Photos! 02:30 Big Picture Scrapbooking 03:41 Inspirational Photo Philosophy 10:10 Whittle Your Photo Pile 22:00 Kiddos and Photos 24:24 About Stacy Julian 25:05 I'm Not Creative! 30:28 Listener: Supplies for Scrapbooking 32:51 Listener: Can't Cut My Photos! 39:29 Protect Your Photos 44:11 Listener: Scrap Space and Storage 46:43 Closing Comments 49:18 Preserving Family Memories Series 50:29 Closing Track: Allie Moss, Passerby Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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Exceptional Woman

2009-04-15 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Get out your calendars! Today we will be clearing some space to dramatically improve our lives in one week! Corrie Woods, author of The Woman’s Field Guide to Exceptional Living, challenges us to shift from negative to positive priority living with her easy and practical self-care tips. #124 Show Index: 00:31 Lucky You! 01:51 Improve Your Life! 02:49 What is Self-Care? 03:36 How to Make Time 09:50 Notice How You React 13:42 Fifty Smiles 14:38 Unplugging! 18:59 Listener: I Need a Vacation 23:55 About Corrie Woods 27:56 Spotlight on Exceptional Women 30:15 Corrie's Next Book 32:12 Listener: Value of Sleep 37:39 Be Spontaneous! 43:12 Ten Things Tolerated 46:06 Closing Comments 48:19 Closing Track: Holly Conlan: OK Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php…

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The Noise Guy Live

2009-04-07 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 54s

This funny and noisy show was performed in front of a LIVE audience in our hometown. Charlie Williams (a.k.a. The Noise Guy) entertained us with his captivating stories, original music and unbelievable sounds using ONLY his mouth! We hope you'll enjoy it with your kiddos too! INDEX SHOW #123 00:00 Intro: The Noise Guy 00:47 Music by The Noise Guy 01:41 Noisy Prizes 02:44 Charlie LIVE! 05:39 The Sound ABC's 06:40 Charlie Teaches Noises 07:55 Noises in the Night 15:35 Charlie Teaches More Noises 18:52 Pranks and Noises 21:20 The Story of the Moth Man 26:25 Animal Sounds 31:32 Chop the Beanstalk 34:14 Practice Outside 35:48 V&J Interview Charlie 53:01 Closing Comments Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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The Big O Best Organizing Secrets

2009-03-31 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Do professional organizers have ALL the secrets?  In this episode of The Big O, Monica Ricci shares her top 5 powerful secrets for living a productive life that can help us simplify and gain more control of our present and future. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #122 SHOW INDEX 00:23 Best Organizing Secrets 02:42 Do it in the Moment 10:04 Take Responsibility 15:20 Listener: Barriers to a Clean House 22:35 Empty Your Brain 30:22 About Monica Ricci 31:16 O'Baby! New Product Feature 39:40 Listener: After Work Whirlwind 44:02 Think Ahead of Yourself 47:40 Pay Attention 55:27 Closing Comments 59:44 Closing Track: The Way I Am OTHER EPISODES IN "THE BIG O" Introduction, Simple Things, Home Office, Wardrobe, Procrastination, Kitchen Chaos, Paper Clutter, Holidays, Clutter-Free Gifts, Setting Goals, Weekend Warriors, e-Clutter, Balance in the Basement, Travel, Myths & Mistakes, Ask Monica, Under 60, Kids & Organizing …

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Slob Proof

2009-03-24 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

If there’s a slob living in your house, tune in! Debbie Wiener, author of Slob Proof, says keeping your home looking good doesn’t have to be a struggle. Debbie will show us how to decorate so our homes stand up to daily LIFE - sticky hands, spills, muddy paws, dirty shoes and more. Join us for realistic and comfortable, yet attractive and stylish, design solutions for homes we can REALLY live in and be proud of. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #121 Show Index: 00:31 Pampered Chef Contest 01:51 Does a Slob Live in Your House? 04:09 Ban Beige! 07:46 Live in Color! 14:35 Listener: Add Girly Touches 20:30 Overlooked Areas to Decorate 24:22 Light it Up! 25:59 Listener: Brighten a Dark Room 30:29 About Designing Solutions 31:48 Window Shop 37:36 Listener: Am I a Slob? 43:15 Best Seat in the House 53:39 Listener: Indoor/Outdoor Rugs 56:54 Closing Comments 58:44 Closing Track: Peggy Sue and the Pirates …

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The Coupon Mom

2009-03-18 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 51s

Are you a coupon clipper?  Whether you say yes or no, we have some excellent tips for you today.  We’re gonna help you get started on your way to BIG or bigger savings! We have the ultimate expert with us today.  Stephanie Nelson is The Coupon Momâ„¢ and now has over 1.4 million members on her free grocery deals website, couponmom.com.   Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #120 Show Index: 00:23 Intro: The Coupon Mom 02:47 What Can I Save? 04:40 How Much Effort? 08:30 How Does Stephanie Shop? 10:56 Listener: How Do I Make Time? 12:53 Listener: Saving with Generic Brands 14:33 Strategic Shopping Strategies 20:12 About The Coupon Mom 21:09 Listener: Wholesale Club Prices 26:44 Be Store Flexible 30:43 Listener: Double Check Receipts 35:33 Are Rebates Worth It? 39:32 Easy Tips for Busy People 44:44 How CouponMom.com Works 47:41 Closing Comments 49:51 Closing Track: Song About You…

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Easy Pediatrics The Safe Side

2009-03-10 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Our guest today keeps us on the safe side of family life with talk about teen drivers, carseats, heavy backpacks, staying home alone and more. Join us for another important episode of Easy Pediatrics with Dr. Gwenn. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #119 Show Index: 00:23 Intro: 01:32 Staying Home Alone 10:38 Walking to School 13:56 Self-Care During Pregnancy 17:10 Crazy Teen Drivers! 27:52 Car Seat Safety 42:11 Bags, Backpacks and Purses 49:36 Closing Comments 52:03 Closing Track: So Damn Easy Look for other "Easy Pediatrics" episodes: When to Medicate Kids and Sports Parent's Guide to Pediatric Visits When Mom is Sick…

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Home Inventory

2009-03-04 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 1s

Have you got a lot to lose?  Would you remember everything you owned if you had a house fire, burglary or other disaster?  Probably not. This show is about having a home inventory.  Whether it is on paper or the computer, there are things you need to know to justify your losses and protect the things that are important to you. Jamie Novak, professional organizer, best-selling author and Collectify’s Chief Organizing Officer shows us how! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index #118: 00:24 Lucky You Contest 01:40 Intro: Protect Things You Love 04:31 What is a Home Inventory? 07:15 Listener: Count the Small Stuff 08:29 Simple Steps to Inventory 13:30 Stay UNDERwhelmed and Focused 17:42 Take Proper Photos 20:43 Insurance Benefits 24:09 About Jamie Novak 27:50 Collectifyâ„¢Home Inventory Software 34:51 Three (3)Basic Inventory Steps 40:14 Inventory "Tool Kit" 45:27 NO Digging Allowed 49:46 Keep Track of Paperwork 52:57 What Does it Cost? 55:16 Upkeep Your Inventory 58:09 Closing Comments 1:01:12 Closing Track: Hideaway …

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Hungry Girl

2009-02-25 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 43s

Meet Hungry Girl! She’s not a nutritionist, she’s just hungry! Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) shares her passion for eating and delivers guilt-free meal ideas, product reviews, dieting tips, food shockers and more. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Podcast Index #117: 00:25 The Container Store Contest 01:21 Intro: Tips for Hungry Chicks 02:19 Who is Hungry Girl? 08:06 Hungry Girl Book 09:05 Food Shockers! 12:56 Fast Food Disasters 15:10 Listener: Hitting Salad Bars 18:08 Party Eating Tips 21:39 Best Calorie-Cutting Tip 23:09 Staples in HG's Fridge 25:10 Listener: Dining Out Tips 29:48 Listener: Junk Food Swaps 33:20 200 Under 200 Book 35:49 People Flip Over ____. 37:28 Just Say CHOCOLATE 39:04 About Hungry-Girl.com 40:37 Closing Comments 42:09 Closing Track: Obél Just So…

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Chic Mama Beauty

2009-02-18 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Once we become moms, we often become defined and consumed by that role.  In the words of our guest today, we lose sight of our inner beauty as a woman.  In part two of this two-part series, we will be chatting about beauty - secrets to applying makeup, selecting colors, facials at home and taming those unruly eyebrows!  Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index #116: 00:27 Intro: Chic Mama Beauty 01:48 Give Me Some Skin! 06:55 Listener: Media Eyelashes 11:44 Eyes that go POP! 19:11 Ban Bushy Brows 25:20 About Michele Little 26:21 Listeners: Facials at Home 34:17 Color Your Face! 36:33 Name that Can't-Live-Without Thing 39:10 Listener: Embrace Your Age 42:42 Closing Comments 43:49 Closing Track: Molly Marlette …

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Productive Parenting

2009-02-11 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 47s

Do you want to give your children a boost in education?  Is it a challenge to find the time for extra activities in your daily routine?  Do you have a hard time finding inexpensive and easy activities?  Emily Rempe, co-founder of Productive Parenting, will help us discover educational and fun “things” to do that will help lay a foundation for future learning in our children.  EXCLUSIVE OFFER Enter the special code "vickyandjen" on ProductiveParenting.com and you'll receive a FREE one year membership, just for listening to VickyandJen.com! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index #115: 00:30 Intro: Productive Parenting 04:14 What Ages Do You Cover? 06:25 What Makes You Unique? 10:30 Site Features 13:09 Listener: Making Time for Activities 18:38 FREE Offer for Listeners 22:02 Listener: Create Peace Among Siblings 30:19 Listener: Ideas for Multi-Aged Group 34:33 More Sample Activities 44:26 Closing Comments 46:15 Closing Track: Afterwards …

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Girlfriendology

2009-02-04 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

They bring us joy, love and laughter.  And our guest today says they can keep us healthier, less stressed and even help us feel more beautiful. What are we talking about?  Girlfriends.  Debba Haupert of Girlfriendology is with us today to inspire us to appreciate the great gift of friends. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of "What Really Matters"! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index #114: 00:28 Intro: We're Talking Girlfriends! 01:32 What is Girlfriendology? 04:07 Friends are Like Shoes 07:30 Are Your Eggs in One Basket? 10:03 Cheap Fun for Girls! 13:10 Listener: Cooking & Excercise 17:00 The Data Dump! 18:57 Girlfriend Game Nights 20:58 About Girlfriendology 21:54 National Friendship Day 25:34 Listener: Just Being There 30:20 Cliques Suck 37:26 Finding Beauty 39:51 Friends Reduce Stress 43:26 More Resources from Debba 45:37 Closing Comments 47:08 Closing Track: Come Around RELATED SHOWS: One Chic Mama: Fashion Simple Self-Care Making Peace with Your Body …

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One Chic Mama Fashion

2009-01-28 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 40s

Once we become moms, we often become defined and consumed by that role.  In the words of our guest today, from OneChicMama.com, we lose sight of our inner beauty as a woman.  In part one of this two-part series, we will be chatting about fashion - from getting more for your money to choosing colors and current trends!  Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index #113: 00:29 Intro: Chic Mama Fashion 01:43 Feel "Pulled Together" 07:01 Keeping Up with Trends 10:04 More for Your Money 17:55 Dress-Up on a Budget 23:01 Listener: Selecting Colors 29:58 Fashion Don'ts 32:44 Jeans To Fit 37:45 Michele's Favorite Piece 38:41 Closing Comments 46:22 Closing Track: Molly Marlette …

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The Big O Kids and Organizing

2009-01-21 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

In this episode of The Big O: Organization, Monica offers simple solutions for getting the kids involved in organizing. Learn how to become a good role model, delegate, select appropriate tasks for children and how to NOT become a nag! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index #112 00:23 Lucky You Contest 01:39 Intro: Kids & Organizing 07:21 Why Do Kids Care? 11:56 Avoid Being a Nag 15:29 Children as a Blank Canvas 19:05 If I'm not Organized... 23:45 About The Big O: Organization 25:08 Listener: Do You Have a Maid? 27:43 Listener: Time for FaceBook 31:36 Getting Kids to Help 42:11 Chores & Allowance 46:56 Closing Comments 48:38 Closing Track: The Way I Am …

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Shift or Get Off the Pot

2009-01-14 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Learn how to opt out of the life deferral plan, back away from the cell phone, pick a lane and get in tune with your stress resilience level. Join Linda Edgecombe, Life Perspective Specialist, as we talk about her new book, Shift or Get Off the Pot! Look for our other interview with Linda called "Batteries Included". Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #111 Show Index: 00:40 Lucky You! 01:48 Intro: Shift or Get Off the Pot 03:51 Back Off the Cell Phone! 09:29 Parenting Behind Closed Doors 13:45 Pick a Lane! 18:24 What Do You Really Value? 21:04 Listener: Low Energy Days 27:33 Know Your Stress Levels 29:57 Various Stress Personalities 39:39 Deferred Life Plan 43:59 Closing Comments 45:01 Closing Track: Poison Like Your Own…

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Ask a Chef Sunny Anderson

2009-01-06 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 38s

Sunny Anderson, host of Cooking for Real on The Food Network, gets real about her cooking show and dream-come-true. Sunny will brighten your day with her best cooking advice, favorite recipes, behind the scenes secrets and more! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #110 Show Index 00:29 Intro: Meet Sunny! 06:52 Learning How to Cook 13:22 Best Cooking Advice 15:34 Get to Know Sunny 18:19 Listener: Freezing Pasta 22:18 Scoop on "Cooking for Real" 27:30 Flops on the Set 31:19 Favorite Chef Celebrities 32:45 Closing Comments 36:25 Closing Track: Backseat Goodbye…

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Easy Pediatrics When Mom is Sick

2008-12-31 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 51s

In this episode of Easy Pediatrics, Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe from Pediatrics Now, provides us with a "survival kit" for illness. We discuss sick days, being prepared, talking through tough issues with kids and more. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #109 Show Index: 00:23 Intro: When Mom is Sick 03:34 Handing the Reigns to Husband 14:38 Nurture Your Relationships 18:05 Who Are Your Friends? 21:10 Talking about Tough Issues with Kids 35:10 The PACT Program 36:43 Evil Medical System 43:54 Choosing a Hospital 47:37 Closing Comments 50:35 Closing Track: So Damn Easy …

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Half Full Kids

2008-12-15 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Are you a glass half full or glass half empty kind of person?  What about your kids?  This show will be an uplifting, compassionate, forgiving and plain out happy show about optimism and how it affects our lives and the lives of those around us. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #108 Show Index: 01:55 Intro: Are You Half Full? 03:32 Describe Half Full. 07:23 How to Get Happy 11:15 Teach Gratitude 25:27 Christine's Blogversations 29:14 Listener: Belly Laugh Day 36:38 Perfectionism is a Disease 40:16 Underschedule & Be Happy 44:53 Closing Comments 46:22 Closing Track: Rocket…

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Money Sense

2008-12-10 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coachâ„¢, joins us to simplify budgeting and debt. Listen in for helpful tips and insider secrets to balance the money side of your life.  Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #107 Show Index: 00:24 Intro: Money Sense 03:17 Two Budget Rules 11:05 Budget Methods 13:15 Listener: Credit Card Balances 18:20 Your Credit Score 22:13 About The Money Coach 24:50 Listener: Getting Ahead 32:19 Closing Comments 34:28 Closing Track: 1500 Miles …

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Ask A Chef Better Baking

2008-12-03 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 45s

In this episode of Ask-a-Chef, we are trouble-shooting failed breads, cake flops and flat cookies with Susan Miller from King Arthur Flour. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show #106 Menu: 00:25 Introduction: Better Baking! 07:11 Common Baking Mistakes 13:20 Listener: My Cake is Lopsided! 20:21 About King Arthur Flour 22:25 Using Whole Wheat Flour 24:07 Baking on a Budget 26:44 Gifts for the Tummy 29:47 Storing Baked Goods 34:15 Listener: Better Cookies 38:15 Listener: All About Yeast 41:35 Closing Comments 43:46 Closing Track: Better With You …

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Why Gender Matters

2008-11-26 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 44s

Forget everything you think you know about gender differences in children. Forget "boys are competitive, girls are collaborative." In recent years, scientists have discovered that differences between girls and boys are more profound than anybody guessed. Today we’ll discuss those differences with Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #105 Show Index: 00:23 Intro: Why Gender Matters 01:40 Johnny has ADD! 03:10 Rigorous Push for Academics 06:15 What Can We Do About It? 12:24 Nature vs Nurture 17:22 Boys & Girls Learn Differently 22:48 Dr. Sax's Books 24:29 Listener: Same Sex Schools 25:51 Listener: My Daughter Loves Trucks 27:22 Discipline Girls & Boys 41:12 Closing Comments 42:37 Closing Track: Save You …

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Mommy Calls

2008-11-19 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 45s

Dr. Tanya Altmann answers some of parents’ most frequently asked questions about babies and toddlers.  Her practical, no-nonsense advice guides us through those stressful parenting moments when we want to know “Should I call my doctor?”  We chat about tantrums, tummy aches, fevers, poop, breast feeding and other snotty and serious stuff! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #104 Index: 00:26 About Mommy Calls 06:36 Listener: Pacifiers & Nipples 10:08 Worrying About Coughs 12:36 Tummy Troubles 16:16 Getting Enough Milk 19:45 Fevers: What to Know 23:57 About Dr. Tanya 25:32 Listener: Dealing with Tantrums 32:56 Listener: Asleep at the Breast 35:38 Listener: Where's the Poop? 37:28 He's Always Sick! 41:30 Closing Comments 43:12 Closing Track: Shaking…

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The Big O Under 60

2008-11-12 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 58s

Your time is short and your to-do list is long, so give us an hour and we’ll give you an organized life! Not really, but use our Under 60 ideas and you will be much closer. Join us for this episode of The Big O: Under 60 where we share lots of projects that can be done in 1, 5, 15, 30 and 60 minutes. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #103 Show Index: 00:22 Intro: Under 60 Minutes 01:51 One Minute! 07:55 Five Minutes! 17:37 What's the Point? 21:38 Fifteen Minutes! 36:16 Monica's Book 37:17 Listener: Use Extra Time Wisely 40:11 Thirty Minutes! 47:47 Sixty Minutes! 55:31 Closing Comments 57:50 Closing Track: The Way I Am…

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Meal Makeovers Sensible Snacks

2008-11-04 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 33s

In this third episode of Meal Makeovers, Janice and Liz explain how snack time provides an ideal opportunity for filling in the nutritional gaps in our diets and offer up easy and fast munchie ideas! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #102 Meal Makeovers: Sensible Snacks 00:24 Intro: Sensible Snacks 05:44 What is a Good Snack? 09:33 Snack Makeovers 17:29 Cooking Parties 21:08 More Healthy Snacks 23:04 Listener: Night Time Snacks 29:36 Closing Comments 31:52 Closing Track: Apple by Joe Brooks …

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Modern Manners

2008-10-28 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Are you behaving yourself these days? Lizzie Post, from the Emily Post Institute, is joining us to make sure! She’s helping to make the world a better place - one manner at a time - by sharing her etiquette advice. Lizzie suggests ways to handle offensive jokes, tipping at restaurants, overdue thank you cards and more. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show #101 Index: 00:29 Intro: Modern Manners 01:54 Emily Post Institute 06:44 Listener's Top 3 Pet Peeves 18:44 Is it Appropriate to . . . 26:28 More Etiquette Advice 35:55 Listener: Customer Service 41:25 Listener: Wedding Gifts 44:39 Listener: Offensive Jokes 47:33 Listener: Dinner Invites 50:19 Closing Comments 51:33 Closing Track: Neopolitan Dreams …

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100th Podcast Celebration

2008-10-22 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Vicky and Jen celebrate the release of their 100th show!  Dr. Romance, The Noise Guy and The Sneaky Chef are a few of their past favorite guests joining them again in honor of the success of What Really Matters and vickyandjen.com. You'll hear what's new, what's coming and what's simple with these awesome guests and much more. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Pink Ribbons

2008-10-15 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 43s

Dr. Marisa Weiss, from BreastCancer.org, teaches us how to “take care of our girls” as we explore the facts and fiction related to breast cancer. We discuss risk factors, mammograms, self-exams and how to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. Listen in and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month now and every month of the year. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Our 99th Show! Index: 00:24 Intro: Pink Ribbons 01:35 Fact or Fiction Quiz 05:32 About Dr. Marisa 07:54 Breast Cancer Risk Factors 12:22 Men Get Breast Cancer 14:56 Squished Boobies 18:18 Taking Care of Your Girls: Book 24:15 More on Mammograms 29:59 Listener: Birth Control Pills 32:50 Listener: Teens & Breast Cancer 34:54 Self-Exams ("Mow the Lawn") 40:10 Closing Comments 41:20 Closing Track: Be Good Tanyas …

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Meal Makeovers Lunches You'll Love

2008-10-07 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 40s

In this second episode of Meal Makeovers, we join Janice and Liz, The Meal Makeover Moms, for lunch as they share healthy and yummy choices for our midday meal - whether we are packing school lunches or taking a sack lunch to the office. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #98 Menu: 00:24 Intro: Lunches You'll Love 03:33 Shake It Up! 08:15 School Lunches 10:56 Beyond the Sandwich 17:34 The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers 20:26 Listener: Mom in a Rut 23:31 Listener: Makeovers for Adults 28:59 Hot Lunches in a Flash 35:44 Closing Comments 37:45 Closing Track: Apple by Joe Brooks …

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The Big O Ask Monica

2008-10-01 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Welcome to The Big O: Ask Monica! In this special episode of our organizing series, listeners present Monica with their personal organizing challenges. We cover messy cars, toys, school papers, artwork and much more. We even have a surprise personal pop quiz for Monica to help us learn more about our favorite organizer! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index #97 00:23 Intro: Ask Monica 01:52 Personal Pop Quiz! 04:41 Organizing Your Car 15:10 Creating Kid Space 26:46 Homework Stuff 41:27 How to Focus 47:10 Personal Pop Quiz! 51:21 Saving Art Work 59:11 Order in the Classroom 1:05:32 Paper Files 1:11:26 Unused Furniture 1:15:29 VHS Tapes Take Up Space 1:19:52 Closing Comments 1:21:48 Closing Track: The Way I Am…

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Meal Makeovers Breakfast in a Jiffy

2008-09-24 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 32s

It is the most important meal of the day.  So why do so many of us make poor meal choices or worse, skip it all together?  We leave you no more excuses when we chat with The Meal Makeover Moms about quick, healthy choices in Part 1 of Meal Makeovers, Breakfast in a Jiffy!  Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #96 Menu: 00:27 Intro: Breakfast in a Jiffy! 01:55 What Do You Eat? 10:41 Breakfast that Appeal to Kids 19:19 Portable & Quick Breakfast 26:41 Hearty Breakfast Meats 29:15 Closing Comments 30:52 Joe Brooks: Apple …

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Simple Time Saving Strategies II

2008-09-09 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 1s

Jamie Novak, author of 1,000 Best Quick and Easy Time-Saving Strategies, has returned for a second episode of time-saving secrets. We make the to-do list more manageable, reminders a bit more efficient, and we know where the manuals are! Listen for these tips and more to help you have the 25 hour day you have always dreamed about! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #95 Index: 00:28 Intro: Simple Time-Saving Strategies 02:27 How Do We Lose Time? 04:45 Tame the Minute Munchers 10:20 Time-Savers that Really Work 16:15 Don't Make Mental Lists! 20:18 Timers and Clocks 26:26 Listener: Buying Gifts Late 33:12 Write It Down! How? 38:47 The To-Do List 44:02 Bag It! 51:52 Re-Purpose the CD Holder 55:23 Closing Comments 100:51 Closing Track: The Weepies: Hideaway…

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Parents Guide to Pediatric Visits

2008-09-03 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 1s

In this episode of Easy Pediatrics, Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe shows us how we can make the most of our pediatrician visits with tips for being prepared, communicating with our doctor and having a positive experience. Find out what pediatricians wished parents would do differently, how to deal with doctor jargon, when to use the internet for medical concerns and more. These are true confessions from a pediatrician that you don’t want to miss! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #94 Show Index: 00:25 Intro: Parent's Guide to Pediatric Visits 01:21 Listener: Doctors are Rushed 06:05 "Visits" Out of the Exam Room 13:56 The Internet Hunt 20:00 Listener: Doctor Jargon 23:38 Be Honest & Let Kids Talk 31:22 Communicating with Your Doc 35:07 Siblings at Visits 39:39 Listener: Germ Fest! 41:54 Pediatrician Pet Peeves 45:38 Well Visits: What to Expect 52:53 Listener: Second Opinions 57:46 Closing Comments 59:29 Closing Track: So Damn Easy …

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The Noise Guy

2008-08-27 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 47s

This one is for the ENTIRE family! By far our funniest (and uh, noisiest) show yet, Charlie Williams entertains us from beginning to end with his captivating stories, original music and unbelievable sounds using only his mouth! Listen to the “Noise Guy” today - you’ll be utterly amazed! …

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Wear Clean Underwear

2008-08-20 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 45s

“What would you do if you were in an accident? Who would take care of your kids?” asks Alexis Martin Neely, the author of Wear Clean Underwear! A Fast, Fun, Friendly-and Essential-Guide to Legal Planning for Busy Parents. Alexis shares simple steps to make a plan to protect your family and offers free resources.  Even better, she offers our listeners a huge bonus!  Don’t miss the most important show yet! Show #93 Index: 00:25 Intro: Wear Clean Underwear 03:24 What is Kids Protection Plan? 05:06 Choosing a Guardian 07:55 Personal Family Lawyers 12:15 The Underwear Book 14:44 Is a Will Enough? 17:12 Kids Protection Plan Kit 23:14 Easy 3 Steps to Naming a Guardian 28:45 Listener: Considering Grandparents 32:32 Six Mistakes Parents Make 37:46 Including Children in Decision 39:21 A Priceless Conversation 42:04 Closing Comments: Free Resources 43:57 Closing Track: Desert Skin Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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The Big O - Myths and Mistakes

2008-08-05 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 49s

It is possible to over-organize. (Myth or Fact?) I am too busy to organize. (Myth or Fact?) Getting organized is expensive. (Myth or Fact?) Find out these answers and more on the latest episode of The Big O: Organization with Monica Ricci. Monica shares the top 5 myths related to organizing as well as the top 5 mistakes people often make when it comes to getting their lives in order. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Show Index 00:38 Intro: Myths & Mistakes 02:36 The Right Way to Organize 06:05 I'm Done Organizing! 08:26 Genetically Unorganized 11:09 Is Organizing Expensive? 14:30 Listener: Buying Duplicates 19:33 Too Busy to Organize 23:19 Plan First, Buy Last 28:47 Organized Only on the Surface 30:45 Make It Happen! 31:34 Listener: I Need a Free Weekend! 38:09 Be Realistic About Possessions 40:59 Can You Over-Organize? 46:52 Closing Comments 48:33 Closing Track: The Way I Am…

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Kids and Drugs

2008-07-30 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 31s

Kids and Drugs: Addiction Proof Your Child This show is for parents who want to make a difference in their children’s lives - even if your child has never experimented with alcohol or drugs. Internationally recognized addiction expert Stanton Peele shares his realistic approach to preventing drug, alcohol, and other dependencies as we discuss his book Addiction-Proof Your Child. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #91 PODCAST INDEX 00:26 What is Addiction? 03:51 Addictive Substances 06:22 Teach the Fundamentals 09:42 Foster Independence 13:15 Develop Individual Interests 16:02 Surrounded by Positive Friends 18:02 Signs of Addiction 21:42 Listener: How Much Do I Tell My Child? 23:49 Listener: Underage Drinking at Home 27:12 Closing Comments 28:43 Closing Track: What's Wrong by Katie Reider (In Loving Memory 1978-2008) …

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Nutrition Matters Food Label Facts

2008-07-22 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 47s

Nutrition food labels are supposed to help us identify what we are eating. But how do we actually “read” them? Lauren Niemes, Executive Director of the Nutrition Council, is back to demystify the food label with some cold hard nutrition facts! Listen in and get healthier! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Simple Self Care

2008-07-16 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 1s

Taking care of ourselves should be a “common sense thing”, but is it?  On this show, Simple Self Care, we chat with Karly Randolph Pitman, founder of FirstOurselves.com and a mother who spent years as a “Mommy Martyr”, wanting to be perfect.  She reveals six secrets for self-care that we can all work into our daily lives to be happier, healthier and more balanced. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of "What Really Matters"! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Podcast Index: Show #89 00:39 Intro: What is Self-Care? 04:35 Relaxed Expectations 14:30 Listener: What is NOT Self-Care? 19:19 Needs vs. Wants 22:16 Dealing with Emotions 30:40 Setting Boundaries 43:22 FREE e-Books 47:35 Listener: Easy Care Tips 56:30 Date Yourself 1:02:49 Add Meaning to Life 1:10:58 What Do I Need NOW? 1:15:27 Closing: Make It a Habit 1:18:56 Track: So Weak …

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The Big O Travel

2008-07-09 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 59s

Monica Ricci is back with us to talk travel.  Do you pack everything but the kitchen sink?  Do you always manage to leave something behind at the hotel?  Where do you hide your dirty clothes on the trip back home?  Does that fanny pack cramp your style?  Today we will be answering these questions and more PLUS pack in the tips to organize each and every part of our trip. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #88 Show Index: 00:45 Intro: Organized Travel 02:02 Pack Light! 09:06 Plan with a List 12:22 Taking the Toiletries 22:07 Monica's Shoe Turducken 23:51 Pack-It Folders 26:01 Organize Before You Leave 29:41 Monica's Travels & Food 32:18 Listener: Favorite Travel Item 37:26 Listener: Fanny Packs 39:53 Listener: Stinky Clothes 44:20 Organized Hotel for Slobs 49:49 Fly Clear Program 54:00 Organized on the Road 56:56 Closing Comments 58:29 Closing Track: The Way I Am …

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Stages Of Motherhood

2008-07-02 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 43s

Joining us is Ann Pleshette Murphy, Good Morning America’s Parenting Contributor and author of The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Loving Your Life without Losing Your Mind. Hear what she has to say about the challenges and opportunities mothers face at various stages of motherhood. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Podcast #87 Index: 00:41 Intro: The 7 Stages of Motherhood 01:39 About Ann's Book 08:04 Mother's Today vs Long Ago 13:12 Find Lego Man's Hair 16:26 You're in the Wrong Movie! 19:45 Listener: Going Away to College 24:42 Listener: I Am My Mother 29:15 Share the Care 35:02 The Chore Wars 39:53 Closing Comments 42:02 Closing Track: I'll Be There …

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Raising Respectful Children

2008-06-25 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 43s

Jill Rigby, author of Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World, gives advice from the heart as she provides parents with ideas for raising children who are caring, self-giving and compassionate. Make a big difference in this world, one child at a time, and start by listening to this show! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Podcast #86 Index: 00:43 Intro: Raising Respectful Children 02:02 Listener: Donate to Others 13:27 Listener: School Can Be Cruel 15:35 Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect 19:34 Windows NOT Mirrors 24:57 Caring Role Models 30:33 Can You Teach Compassion 37:40 Coach Don't Cheerlead 40:46 Closing Comments 42:41 Closing Track: Excuse Me…

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Elder Care Made Easier

2008-06-18 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 1s

This show is for anyone who is caring for an aging loved one now, or later. Doctor Marion, author of “Elder Care Made Easier”, shares information from her 10 step elder care plan - written for everyday people. By implementing just one or two of her steps, you will feel more at ease and better prepared for elder care challenges. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php …

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Marriage and Sex

2008-06-11 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 49s

Ladies, who hasn’t had a headache, yet declared that we do?  Today we're talking about ways to bring intimacy back into your marriage so you don't have to pretend anymore. Dr. Romance is here to share sexy tips for busy couples who want to fight boredom in the bedroom. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #84 Podcast Index: 00:39 Dr. Romance on Marriage & Sex 02:29 What Keeps Relationships Going? 05:58 Making Transitions 08:56 Develop Signals 14:17 How Do You Say No? 20:29 Recreate Sex 23:34 Resources by Dr. Tina Tessina 26:14 Listener: I Feel Frumpy 30:39 Laughter and Sex 34:24 Ramp Up the Sweetness 36:09 It's in the Eyes 38:23 WD-40 and Marriage 41:06 Focus on Partnership 43:01 Make it "Simple Sex" 46:17 Closing Comments 47:24 Closing Track: Schuyler Fisk…

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Moms Guide to Dads

2008-06-04 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 1s

Have you ever wondered what in the heck your husband was thinking? Hogan Hilling and Jesse Jayne Rutherford, authors of The Modern Mom’s Guide to Dads, know! And they’re about to share some of these top secrets that husbands often keep from their wives with us today on What Really Matters. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #83 Podcast Index: 00:46 10 Secrets Your Husband Won't Tell You 01:45 Secrets Behind the Book 06:43 They Disagree on SEX 09:17 Our Marriage Comes First 16:20 Listener: Make "Us" a Priority 17:09 Taking Care of the Kids 22:13 Listener: Dad Always Does It Wrong! 36:22 Listener: Supermom and Superdad 51:05 Working as a Team 55:11 Being an Ideal Role Model 01:00:16 Closing Comments 01:01:29 Closing Track: Grow by JJ Heller 01:03:01 What Really Matters: Commercial …

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The Big O - Balance in the Basement

2008-05-28 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 47s

If your basement reminds you of a scene from a horror movie, then it’s time to get it cleaned up! In this episode of The Big O: Organization with Monica Ricci, we learn simple strategies to maximize space (and make better use of it) in this often “forgotten” area of your home. If you don’t have a basement, all of Monica’s organizing principles can be applied to your garage or attic. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #82 Show Index: 00:38 Intro: Balance in the Basement 03:10 Different than Organizing Other Rooms 06:26 Listener: Small Steps or 1 Big Swoop 10:35 Simple Storage Solutions 13:10 First Step: Toss! 16:00 More Storage Solutions 21:55 Listener: Investing in Supplies 26:54 Keep It Dry 28:12 Maximizing Space 31:36 Do & Don't Storage Tips 38:41 Maintenance Secrets 43:30 Closing Comments 46:41 Closing Track: The Way I Am …

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Everyday Frugal Living

2008-05-21 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 52s

You can start saving money right now! Annette and Steve Economides, a.k.a. America’s Cheapest Family, help people find ways to live within their means, avoid debt and achieve goals. Listen in and learn how these 4 things, research, creativity, planning and waiting, can make a huge difference in your finances. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #81 Podcast Index: 00:48 Introduction: Everyday Frugal Living 01:47 Meet Annette and Steve 06:35 Are You REALLY Frugal? 10:56 Key Principles for Saving Money 13:03 Do You Feel Deprived? 15:51 Planning is Essential 18:15 Budget Isn't a 4-Letter Word 22:11 This Sounds Like A Lot of Work 23:38 Grocery Money-Savers 28:07 Listener: Cleaning Products 34:25 Listener: It Burns a Hole in My Pocket 39:13 Money Smart Kids 47:14 Have Frugal Fun! 50:21 Closing Comments 51:02 Closing Track: Donal Hinely …

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Kids and Sports

2008-05-13 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 40s

What is an appropriate age to start our children in sports?  How can we, as parents, help get the "good" out of sports programs?  What really is important for children to grow?  We are going to get to all of this and more today on "Kids and Sports" with Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php #80 Kids and Sports The Big Play: 00:38 Kids and Sports Today 06:11 Importance of an Off-Season 08:20 Youth Sport Injuries 10:15 MomsTeam.com 13:08 The Good Side of Sports 19:42 Who's Your Coach? 28:51 Kids Who Aren't Sporty 31:23 When Is It TOO Much? 35:06 Kids Need ____ To Grow! 38:25 Closing Comments 39:25 Closing Track: So Damn Easy …

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Frugal Travel

2008-05-07 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 51s

Would you travel more if it were less expensive? Travel expert, Lisa Oppenheimer, is back with us to share money-saving ideas for frugal travel. Join us as we explore the opportunities of vacationing on a budget. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index #79 Frugal Travel: 00:39 Introduction: Splurge or Not? 06:28 Frugal Dining 15:24 Frugal Lodging 24:51 Listener Idea: Vacation Club 31:20 Frequent Flyer Miles 37:16 Frugal Transportation 42:25 Frugal Packing 48:49 Closing Comments 50:08 Closing Track: The Vinyltones…

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The Sneaky and Cheating Chef

2008-04-30 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Best-selling author, Missy Chase Lapine, is back on What Really Matters sharing even more of her sneaky strategies with us. But this time, she’s hiding healthy foods in meals any man will love! Join us as we discuss her latest book, The Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (In the Kitchen). Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index 00:41 Who is the Sneaky Chef? 03:15 Do We Lack Good Nutrition? 08:44 Men's Health Issues 09:43 Does It Have Kid-Appeal? 12:01 How Nutritious is It? 13:36 Missy's All-Time Favorite Recipe 16:13 Favorite Quick Meal 20:24 Listener: Brainy Brownies 23:47 Sneaky Test Panel 30:13 We Quiz the Sneaky Chef! 38:43 #1 Tip for Eating Healthier 41:34 A "Sneak" Peek of Next Book 45:44 Closing Comments …

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Ask-a-Chef Healthy Decadence

2008-04-23 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 35s

In this episode of Ask-a-Chef Chef Devin Alexander, host of Healthy Decadence on the Discovery Health Channel, reveals the secrets to cooking our favorite meals in a much healthier way. Join us as we chat about dieting, recipes and her simple methods of reducing fat and calories without sacrificing flavor! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php INDEX SHOW #77 00:41 The Big Mac Secret 04:19 Create a Plan for Life 11:11 Quick, Healthy Meal Ideas 16:30 One Sentence Can Change Your Life 19:23 Listener: White Flour & Regular Sugar 21:29 Listener: Should I Read Food Labels? 25:05 Devin Shares Cooking Tips 32:14 Closing Comments 34:12 Closing Track: The Good Life …

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Moving Made Simple

2008-04-16 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 46s

Will you soon be surrounded by cardboard boxes, sticky tape and bubble wrap? Sooner or later, we all have to make a move. Whether it’s across the country or across the street, it can be stressful without the proper planning. Donna Kozik and Tara Maras, authors of 29 Days to a Smooth Move, are here to show us that relocating doesn’t need to be chaotic. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index #76: 00:38 Moving Made Simple: Introduction 04:56 Hire Movers or Do it Myself? 14:23 #1 Thing People Forget! 16:15 Packing No-No's 19:38 Packing Yes-Yes's 22:47 29 Days to a Smooth Move: Book 23:57 Listener: Tips for Moving Valuables 26:25 Listener: A Stress-Free Moving Day 28:36 The Morning After Box 30:30 More Moving Tips 39:54 Saving Money 43:08 Closing Comments 45:15 Closing Track: See Me See You …

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Simple Time Saving Strategies

2008-04-08 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 54s

Jamie Novak, author of 1,000 Best Quick and Easy Time-Saving Strategies, has secrets that will make chores like cleaning, errands and even grocery shopping quick, manageable and even a little fun. Get ready to stop wasting time and learn how to use it! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index Show #75: 00:38 The Biggest Time Waster of All! 02:56 The Best "To Do" System 06:24 Waiting for Appointments 10:30 Re-Purpose the Shoe Organizer 12:50 Streamline Hectic Times of the Day 28:01 Grocery and Errand Time-Savers 42:56 Quick Cleaning Tips 51:06 Closing Comments 53:09 Closing Track: The Weepies: Hideaway …

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The Big O - e-Clutter

2008-04-01 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 58s

If you suffer from email overwhelm and inbox chaos, then listen in to this chat with professional organizer, Monica Ricci, about managing your e-Clutter. In this episode of The Big OVisit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php: Organization, we learn simple strategies to keep our emails organized and become more productive on the computer. INDEX # 74 - THE BIG O: e-CLUTTER Index 00:38 Intro: Managing e-Clutter 02:21 Eliminate Spam 07:51 Set Up Rules 14:16 Improve Your Productivity 21:57 Manage Time Spent on Email 32:26 Multiple Email Accounts 37:49 Creating Categories 41:43 Quick Tips to Avoid e-Clutter 43:17 Email Etiquette 45:37 Creating Folders 52:49 Monica's Final Thoughts on Email 56:18 Closing Comments 57:24 Closing Track: The Way I Am …

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Girls Fight Back

2008-03-25 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Listen to this episode of our Simple Safety Series and become armed with the knowledge on how to be your own best protector.  Erin Weed, founder of Girls Fight Back, provides us with everyday tips we can use to become “bad victims” .  Join us as we choose awareness and become empowered against crime and violence. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index: Girls Fight Back #73 00:38 Yikes! What Do You Do? 02:11 Trust Your Intuition 06:13 Be a Bad Victim 13:33 Empowerment vs Fear 14:43 Learn to Fight 18:15 Our Strong Points 20:16 Our Vulnerable Points 22:26 I Feel Overwhelmed! 26:06 About Girls Fight Back 30:00 "Forced in the Car" Scenario 34:25 Self-Defense Methods that Don't Work 37:09 Erin's Professional Training 39:18 What Men Need to Know 40:43 Erin's Book and Website 42:33 Closing Comments 44:01 Closing Track: Charlotte O'Connor …

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The Book of No

2008-03-19 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Why is saying “No” so difficult? Best-selling author, Dr. Susan Newman explains why and tells us how we can use the “No” word to avoid feeling overcommitted, stressed and guilty when we refuse someone. Join us as we say “Yes” to Dr. Newman’s simple techniques and discuss The Book of No 250 Ways to Say It and Mean It and Stop People-Pleasing Forever. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Index: 00:39 Why is Saying No Difficult? 03:49 Are You a YES Person? 12:32 How Do We Say No? 15:20 Say No to a Friend 19:11 Say No to a Pushy Person 21:43 Listener: Lengthy Explanations 25:13 Can You Say No in an Email? 27:33 Listener: People Take Advantage of Me 29:16 Say No to a Neighbor 32:04 Say No to the Chronic Late Peson 35:28 The No Credo 40:36 Closing Comments 41:29 Closing Track: My Happy …

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When to Medicate

2008-03-10 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Like many parents, you may be confused about WHEN to medicate and HOW to medicate. Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O’Keefe, pediatrician and the founder of Pediatrics Now, is on call to help answer our questions about fevers, ear infections, antibiotics, cold and cough medications and more. Tune in now and be more prepared the next time you play nurse for your loved ones, including yourself! Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Podcast #71 "When to Medicate" Index: 00:39 Issues With Medicine Today 05:03 Accurate Medicine Doses 08:43 Treating Colds and Flu 15:37 Medicines You Should NEVER Give 16:35 Dealing with Fevers 24:32 Preventing the Spread of Germs 31:36 What About Antibiotics? 35:27 Talk About Ear Infections 40:36 Best Tip for Good Health 43:05 Closing Comments 44:08 Closing Track: So Damn Easy…

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Batteries Included

2008-03-05 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Get ready to be energized! Linda Edgecombe motivates us to take an honest look at our lives and create our own “personal recipe for happiness”. Linda suggests steps we can take to move toward a more balanced, energized life. Join us as we shift our perspectives on life, work and ourselves. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php INDEX Podcast #70 Batteries Included
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The Big O Weekend Warriors

2008-02-26 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 56s

Monica says that many people think organizing projects have to be really big, take a lot of time and money to make a big difference, but that’s not true at all! Today Monica Ricci shares quick and easy weekend organizing projects in this new episode of The Big O: Organization. You’ll be amazed at how small these projects are but how great the long term benefits can be. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php 
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e Shopping

2008-02-20 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 57s

e-SHOPPING Cars to collections. Mortgages to medicine. Groceries to gifts. There isn't anything you CAN'T buy over the internet. e-Shoppers, you’ll want to listen in as we talk with Sharon Miller Cindrich, author of e-Parenting: Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Kids, about safe online-shopping practices. WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! INDEX 00:39 Advantages of Online Shopping 09:18 Protecting Personal Information 16:06 Safe Ways to Pay Online 33:54 Keeping Shopping Records 38:33 Scams, Phishing and Spam! 43:21 Online Safety Resources 46:28 Personal Shopping Stories 55:24 Closing Comments 55:53 Closing Track by Meese …

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Ask-a-Chef - Start Cooking

2008-02-13 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 58s

If you want to know how to buy, store, peel, chop, juice and dice, then we’ve got the show for you! We are talking about the basics of cooking with Kathy Maister, the founder and host of startcooking.com. Kathy shares quick and tasty meal ideas, plus tips for the cooking skills you need to prepare them. WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! Podcast # 67 Index: 00:24 Introduction: Kathy Maister 06:15 Startcooking.com is Born! 10:02 Kathy's Cooking Videos 19:42 Common Cooking Mistakes 26:28 Listener: My Sour Cream Curdles! 28:14 Listener: Using Unsalted Butter 33:04 Recipe Calls for Cooked Chicken 39:36 Common Food Storage Mistakes 46:01 Mushroom Talk 49:42 Top 5 Cooking Tips 54:40 Closing Comments: Resources 55:59 Closing Track: Five Times August - Better With You …

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Making Peace With Your Body

2008-02-05 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 33s

How do we begin to make peace with our bodies? What is the dangerous language of fat? How does having a positive body image effect all other aspects of our lives? How can we break the cycle of body loathing? Find out the answers to these and more as we speak with best-selling author, advice columnist and self-esteem expert Jessica Weiner. STILL WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! …

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The Berenstain Bears

2008-01-29 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Vicky and Jen stroll down the infamous "sunny dirt road" in Bear Country with Mike Berenstain, author and illustrator of the beloved children's book series, The Berenstain Bears. Visit VickyandJen.com for more of What Really Matters! WANT MORE? Did you know that every podcast has a supporting companion page of resources? Go to our site, click on any show title (under the purple podcast tab) for related articles, books, websites, photos and more! COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS . . . OH, PLEASE! We love to hear from you! If you have questions for our expert guests, before or after the show, or just want to tell us how we're doing, email us at questions@vickyandjen.com. Your comments and suggestions REALLY matter! V&J NEWS If you would like to subscribe to the V&J Newsletter, Small Matters, go to: http://www.vickyandjen.com/subscribe.php CONTESTS - OH YEAH! We love to give away FREE stuff! Our show guests keep us well-stocked with goodies! Visit our site often to see what we're raffling off this week: http://www.vickyandjen.com/contest.php INDEX Podcast #65 The Berenstain Bears 00:36 Introduction: The Berenstain Bears 04:44 The Messy Room: How We Met Mike 07:33 History of the Bears 10:59 Inspiration for the Stories 19:36 Mike's Favorite Book 22:29 Illustrating the Books 30:23 Mike Joins the Bears 38:55 Closing Comments 40:03 Closing Track: What's On Your Shirt? …

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If Mama Aint Happy

2008-01-23 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

Do you believe a 'good' mother should sacrifice for her children?  Kelly Nault, says this is the worst thing you can do.  She is founder of UltimateParent.com and is here today to discuss TAKING CARE OF YOU FIRST! If you are a parent, know a parent or have ever had a parent you'll want to listen in for suggestions that may surprise you! …

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No Contest - Alfie Kohn

2008-01-15 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 52s

Board games, sports, spelling bees and even informal contests at home can be damaging to self-esteem, poisonous to relationships and counterproductive in terms of learning. Alfie Kohn tells us why he believes this is true and how we can make a difference by teaching our children to help each other to succeed rather than competing to win. …

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Sitter Secrets

2008-01-08 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 50s

Finding, and keeping, a great babysitter is a challenge that most of us will face.  Genevieve Thiers, Founder and CEO of Sittercity, shares tips and strategies to search for and secure your super sitter!   …

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The Big O Setting Goals

2008-01-01 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

We all set goals to improve our lives, maybe help others, even to manage our money better and be more organized.  So how do we make our goals a priority and then make them happen? Monica Ricci is here to give us some pointers for successful year-round resolutions. …

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Preserving Family Memories Get Together

2007-12-26 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 55s

They can be small and simple, or large and lavish, but the important thing is that they bring families closer together.  Join our chat with Edith Wagner, editor of Reunions Magazine, to learn secrets to planning a successful reunion.  Discover how you can make one uniquely yours and create lasting memories for everyone. …

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Vickyandjen.com Wii Giveaway

2007-12-17 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 6s

Wii are very grateful for all of the support and listenership of our podcast, "What Really Matters" on vickyandjen.com, throughout our first year. Wii wanted to show our appreciation through one last spectacular contest for 2007! Wii gave away a hard-to-find Nintendo Wii game system! Listen in as we call the winner. …

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Cooking With Friends

2007-12-12 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 35s

Four friends devise a plan:  cook together for a couple hours, enjoy the company, appetizers and drinks, and leave with meals for the entire week!  Join us to learn how you can spend less time cooking dinner during the work week with minimal mess and clean-up by having meals prepared in advance . . . the fun way! …

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The Big O Clutter Free Gifts

2007-11-27 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

In this episode of The Big O: Organization, Monica, Vicky and Jen discuss seven categories of gifts that have meaning for both the giver and the getter.  Clutter-Free Gifts is wrapped with ideas to make gift giving more memorable and meaningful all year around, with no dusting required!…

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Kids and Sex - Covering the Bases with Logan Levkoff

2007-11-21 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 56s

This interview is for anyone who wants to better communicate with young people about sexuality! Logan Levkoff, author of Third Base Ain’t What it Used to Be, helps parents stay calm and reasonable while sharing their values, giving realistic advice, and engaging in honest conversations about what’s really going on with boys and girls. Listen in as Logan provides tips on how parents can teach their children to become sexually healthy adults. …

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Freecycle

2007-11-14 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 47s

Freecycleâ„¢ has generated an amazing worldwide outpouring of generosity, changing the world one gift at a time. Find out exactly what it is, how it can help you, and learn how more than 4,026,000 members across the globe work together every day to keep good stuff out of the landfills as we talk with the Founder and Executive Director, Deron Beal. …

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The Big O Holidays

2007-11-07 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Professional Organizer, Monica Ricci, has simple answers for stress-free holiday planning. Join us in this episode of “The Big O" and learn how you can put a little ho, ho, ho into your December schedule. We cover holiday shopping, meal preparation, decorating and more!…

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Kids Create!

2007-10-31 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Get artistic on What Really Matters for an insightful look at everyday ideas to help children create without self-consciousness.  Marion Abrams, art teacher of 30 years, talks about creative “tools”, ways to build confidence, and even imaginative activities for different age groups.  Join our colorful conversation as we share everything from crayons to collage, and paint to pretend play.  …

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Dr. Toy

2007-10-23 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

What makes a good toy? Which toys make the best gifts? Where can I find quality, educational toys for my child? Stevanne Auerback PhD, author of Smart Play/Smart Toys and Dr. Toy’s Guide, helps us to evaluate toys and children’s products. Come play with us!…

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The Big O Paper Clutter

2007-10-17 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 51s

Junk mail, bills, receipts, warranties, manuals and other statements can pile up, making it a challenge to find important documents when you need them! Organizing expert Monica Ricci comes to our rescue again as she provides us with easy steps to reduce the amount of paper clutter in our homes. Join us in this new episode of “The Big O" and learn how to turn those piles into files!…

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Freeman's Secrets that Sell

2007-10-09 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 48s

Recently, the trend of staging your home to sell has become a popular and sometimes necessary step to attracting buyers. There are simple ways to transform your home into an appealing and attractive “product” to show. …

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Ask-a-Chef - Make it Better

2007-09-17 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

In this episode of Ask-a-Chef, Chef Paul O'Toole sits at our table and shares tips to make it better: fantastic french toast, best burgers, magnificent mac 'n cheese and more!  We chat about common mistakes with our favorite foods, and ways to make them extra special. …

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Cheat at Cleaning

2007-09-12 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 44s

This is not about your mother’s proper cleaning procedure! We have extreme shortcuts for cleaning your house, attic to basement, and cutting-edge tools that will slash your housekeeping chores in half. We even have tricks to get some hands on help from the rest of the crew. Join Jeff Bredenberg, author of "How to Cheat at Cleaning" and “Coach” on America Online, for an amusing look at dirt and dust! …

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The Homework Hassle

2007-08-28 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Homework. It’s one of the most time consuming and frustrating of child rearing issues, but according to our guest, it doesn’t have to be. Listen in as John Rosemond offers parents practical tips that will put an end to their over-involvement in what should be a child’s responsibility. …

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The Other End of the Leash

2007-08-15 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 32s

Our dogs can become well-trained “members” of our families, yet we sometimes wonder why they don’t always do what we want. Sometimes the answer lies in the mirror! Join us as we talk about man’s best friend and how our behavior can bring out the best in our four legged friends. We’ll loosen our muzzles and give simple and real suggestions to collar your troubles! …

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The Big O Simple Things

2007-08-08 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 50s

It’s the Big O: Organization 5th Anniversary! Vicky and Jen along with special guest Monica Ricci celebrate as they each share 5 personal strategies that help keep their lives simple. What makes this show extra special is that Monica, from Atlanta-based Catalyst Organizing Solutions, is LIVE in the studio with us! …

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The Noise Guy

2007-07-31 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 47s

This one is for the ENTIRE family! By far our funniest (and uh, noisiest) show yet, Charlie Williams entertains us from beginning to end with his captivating stories, original music and unbelievable sounds using only his mouth! Listen to the “Noise Guy” today - you’ll be utterly amazed! …

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Birthdays Without Pressure

2007-07-18 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 53s

Discover the advantages of a simple, creative and meaningful birthday. Vicky and Jen put on their party hats with Michelle West, one of several parents who have formed an action group called “Birthdays Without Pressure” to help relieve the stress of party planning. Focusing on the benefits of recognizing your family limits, we celebrate the important parts of the party to ultimately achieve a memorable celebration, no matter the size or location.…

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The Sneaky Chef

2007-07-11 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 53s

Listen in for a little secret on how to make a big difference at the dinner table. Missy Chase Lapine, author of The New York Times Best-Seller, The Sneaky Chef, shares her simple strategies for hiding healthy foods in kids’ favorite meals. …

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Vacations: Getting There!

2007-07-03 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 55s

Didn’t you know that “getting there” can be half the fun when it comes to vacations? Travel writer, Lisa Oppenheimer, Vicky and Jen share stories, successful and otherwise, and simple sanity savers to get your vacation started before you reach your destination. Join us as we explore the opportunities of travel time as a family. …

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The Big O: Wardrobe

2007-06-27 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 1s

In this episode of “The Big O" Monica Ricci exposes the skeletons in our closets and reveals secrets to getting them organized. …

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Live It Up!

2007-06-20 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 29s

We have 50 cool, unique and worthwhile ways to spend your time! We talk with Kelly James-Enger, author of Live It Up! about ways to get the most out of life, and the steps to follow through! …

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e-Parenting

2007-06-11 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 46s

Blog. IM. Downloadable ring tone. It's the language of the future and chances are, your kids are already fluent. But are you? "Tech-challenged" parents, you’ll want to listen in as we PODCAST with Sharon Miller Cindrich, author of e-Parenting: Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Kids.…

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The Modern Mom

2007-06-06 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 42s

Imagine working five full time jobs at once. The Modern Mom does. With virtually no time off, the Modern Mom needs all the help she can get. Ready with tips and advice on how to balance it all without losing it all, ModernMom.com is required reading for busy moms. Listen in as we interview the founder of this comprehensive resource for today's busy women. …

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Meet Rosemary Wells

2007-05-29 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 42s

Rosemary Wells is one of the most popular children’s book authors/illustrators of our time. She is the creator of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, Yoko & more. Today Rosemary shares her artistic inspirations & her need to create in a passionate, yet humble way.…

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Vacation at Home

2007-05-23 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 41s

For those not lucky enough to be in possession of plane tickets, it's time to get creative. Our guest says that with a little planning we can have a great vacation without ever leaving our hometown.  Listen in as we chat with Lisa Oppenheimer, author and travel guru, about ways you can become a tourist in your own backyard.…

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The Big O: Procrastination

2007-05-16 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 53s

In this third episode of “The Big O: Organization" Monica Ricci gives valuable advice for combatting procrastination. Why do we do it? Why does it matter? Don't delay any longer, join us as we discover the benefits to overcoming this bad habit that we are all guilty of at one time or another!…

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The Family Man

2007-05-09 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 35s

We are going to the daddy side of the field today!  Too often, when taking about parenting, people think about the mom's team as being the experts in the field. Vicky and Jen are going to even the score a bit as they speak with Gregory Keer about his fast growing parenting resource, The Family Man Online.…

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Justin Robert's Meltdown

2007-05-02 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 38s

Vicky and Jen get the big scoop on Justin Roberts and his latest album, Meltdown, as they chat about how he has become the coolest flavor in children’s music! …

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Living Outside the Box

2007-04-25 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 49s

“Conversation, health, hobbies, sanity, and play - all gained in a big way when hundreds of families turned off the tube - an alternative rarely considered.” If you are wondering how to get your family’s “videotic” life under control, you need to tune in as we speak with Barb Brock, author of Living Outside the Box, as they “Imagine the Possibilities” during National TV Turnoff Week and shed light on the experiences of TV-free families. …

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Reading Matters

2007-04-17 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 46s

You don't have to be an expert to experience the joy of reading with your children!  It is so simple, so important and can be your most rewarding memories.  Find out how you can easily enrich your child's life with books and simple learning activities at home.  Join us for a special live recording of “What Really Matters” with Vicky and Jen.  We talk with Brenda Hieronymous, author of "Get Ready to Read" and discuss the benefits of reading to children. We learn simple ways to make it a part of every day, starting today! …

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The Big O: Home Office

2007-04-11 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 1s

In this second episode of “The Big O: Organization” Series, Monica Ricci offers simple suggestions for improving home office organization. We discuss common challenges unique to home workers and how to stay focused when working from home. Whether you work from home every day or just want to conquer paper piles, join us as our organizing expert leads you down the path to a less chaotic home office.…

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Ask-a-Chef: Family Style

2007-04-03 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 56s

Chef Maggie Green accomplishes an incredible feat daily: family mealtime. Seems almost impossible these days, but the value of sharing meals with your family is immeasurable. Maggie shares some of her simple tips to get your family to the table - fast! We also talk about her company, The Green Apron and how she became a recipe tester and editor on the 75th Anniversary Edition of the best-selling cookbook The Joy of Cooking. …

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Career Whisperer

2007-03-27 :: Vicky and Jen
Length: 53s

Whether you are job hunting, want to move up in your career, work from home or simply work less so you can enjoy life more, we have the help for you. The career whisperer is known for helping you reach your potential with the Art of Self Direction. …

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Nutrition Matters: Organic?

2007-03-20 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 47s

Should I be afraid to buy fresh produce? Are organic foods better for me? Exactly what is E. coli? Join us as we speak to our registered dietician, Lauren Neimes, about how to handle fresh foods safely, and discover the difference between organic and local food. …

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Ask-a-Chef: Time Savers

2007-03-14 :: Vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

For most people, many hours of the week are spent grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning the kitchen. Today we meet with Chef Harvey Golden and discuss how saving time in this area can allow us more time to focus on other things that matter! Join us as we share culinary tips and tricks for whipping up homemade meals in as little time as possible and learn about a fast growing business in our country - the personal chef industry. …

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The Big O: Organization

2007-03-07 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 50s

Monica Ricci helps people get organized! In this kick-off episode to our “Big O: Organization” series, Monica identifies 6 Core Principals of organizing no matter what your task is. We also discuss how being organized leads to a more productive and happy YOU. Join us in the first of many shows that will lead you down the path of a less chaotic and more organized life! …

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Got MOPS

2007-02-20 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 26s

Being a mom can be an overwhelming role. Many moms find support through groups that help strengthen relationships for mothers and children. We speak with Elisa Morgan, the CEO and President of a well- known professional organization, MOPS, and learn how joining a group can be a valuable social and personal resource.…

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Grammy Jam

2007-02-11 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 1s

Join us for our rockin’ Grammy Jam! Today we celebrate the albums nominated for Best Musical Album for Children in 2007. Hear music from all 5 grammy nominated albums, interviews with the artists themselves, and a discussion with music expert, Beth Blenz-Clucas, about the value of children's music. Special Guests: Dan Zanes from Dan Zanes & Friends "Catch That Train", Ezra Idlet from Trout Fishing In America's "My Best Day", Richard Perlmutter from "Beethoven's Wig", and Ted Kryczko from Baby Einstein's "Meet the Orchestra". …

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Child Care You Can Count On

2007-02-07 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Family child care is child care provided in the caregiver's home, rather in a child care center or the child's home. It is the most widely used type of out-of-home care for young children in the United States. Family child care has unique characteristics that make it the preferred option of many parents. Today we’re interviewing Gwen Ridley, a highly respected family child care provider of 19 years. …

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Last Child in the Woods

2007-01-31 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 42s

Today’s kids are spending six hours a day in front of a TV, computer, or video game and missing out on essential free play in nature  The growing disconnect between children and the outdoors, labeled Nature-Deficit Disorder, has potential negative impacts on a child’s physical, emotional and mental development. Join Vicky and Jens discussion as we interview Richard Louv and learn how to overcome this epidemic that is sweeping the country!…

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Stay Cool and Get Along

2007-01-22 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 41s

Conflict is a part of being human. It’s normal and natural, and unfortunately the main cause of violence in our school, homes and the world. Join us for this important episode with Naomi Drew, a nationally known expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking. We will talk about strategies and skills for children and adults to resolve conflict and defuse tough situations and discuss her book The Kid’s Guide to Working Out Conflicts. …

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Belly Laugh Day

2007-01-17 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 33s

We celebrate love, give thanks, and even recognize flossing . . . but when do we celebrate the gift of laughter? Elaine Helle, founder of Laugh for the Health of it, will tell us when and how to Celebrate the Laughs & Smiles that Transform Our Moments.…

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Why Just Survive?

2007-01-09 :: vicky@vickyandjen.com
Length: 45s

Parenting today is complex. Parents often lead hectic lives and are burdened by feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and anxiety. It is not uncommon for them to feel as if they are just "getting through" everyday life…trudging through duties, only to start over tomorrow.  However, today's savvy parents are realizing that they have a tool at their fingertips that will help them get beyond survival to really living - parent coaching. Listen in for more!…

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Long Live the Library

2007-01-03 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 31s

Long gone are the days of the card catalog and library visits for information. For many of us, the library helped shape us as individuals in the ways we research, explore and develop our curiosities. We have the world literally at our fingertips today, so what is the relevance of the library in this information age? We will explore public library development and the programs being developed to bring value to the library experience for all members of any community. …

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Child Care You Can Count on

2006-12-28 :: vickyandjen.com
Length: 36s

Finding good, reliable child care can feel overwhelming. Listen in as we talk with the Executive Director of NACCRRA, our nation’s leading voice for childcare, as she gives suggestions for what to look for in selecting a quality program. …

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Nutrition-02

2006-12-21 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 26s

Are your kids playing outside on sunny days? Odds are, no. As children spend more time in front of the television, computer and video game screens, their physical activities have decreased. And their body weights have increased. Join our discussion with Lauren Niemes, registered dietitian, about a serious issue with many health and social consequences – childhood obesity. …

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Nutrition Matters-Part1 Bad Diets

2006-11-29 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 38s

Lose weight now, just take a pill! Have you fallen prey to any of these popular dieting promises? We all “ought” to know better, but the desire for quick weight loss often tempts us into unhealthy practices. Join our discussion with Lauren Niemes, registered dietitian, about the claims, facts, and pros and cons of fad diets and possible long term effects. …

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Gustafer-Yellowgold-M

2006-11-29 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 32s

Who loves snow, smashes desserts as a hobby, and has a dancing eel as a pet? It could only be the one-of-a-kind Gustafer Yellowgold! Find out more about this unusual and loveable yellow being as Vicky and Jen interview Morgan Taylor about his original music and the creation of the Wide Wild World DVD. And as Morgan says, “Keep it Yellow!”…

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6 Point Plan John Rosemond

2006-11-29 :: CurlyHaired Productions
Length: 43s

Vicky and Jen interview John Rosemond. A renowned and respected family psychologist, John blames child-centered parenting books from recent decades for creating a generation of dependent, often defiant children. He sets the record straight in The New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children, an updated version of his highly successful book published more than fifteen years ago. Today we talk about his "Six-Points".…

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Simple Holidays 103

2006-11-17 :: VickyandJen.com
Length: 33s