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Best of Both Worlds Podcast

Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

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Life Management Systems. Ep 82

Life Management Systems - From swapping out work/kid bags to bedtime routines, Laura and Sarah chat about the systems that are currently working for their families. Hot topics also include laundry, homework, date nights, and morning routines. Join us as we lament always forgetting the socks at bouncy house places! In the Q&A, we answer a listener's query about starting a side hustle as a new mother to an 8-month-old. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Organizing in 2019 with Lisa Woodruff from Organize365. Ep 75

In this episode, Laura and Sarah take on the question of what it actually means to be organized, and Lisa joins us in the interview segment with popular tips and tricks from her own organizing programs and podcast. In the Q&A, we discuss a reader's question on pregnancy, baby, and parenting books. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

8 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Childcare Tips, Tricks, and Hacks. Ep 88

Today's episode is a crowd-sourced round up of childcare tips, tricks, and hacks!  Our readers & listeners contributed their best tips and submitted them via blogs, emails, and Instagram.  There were so many great ones, this may be just part 1!  We delve into daycare, date night babysitters, the au pair option and managing nanny care.  In the Q&A, we address a listener's question about her nanny: how reasonable is it to expect her caregiver to help with household tasks in addition to providing childcare Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Julie Morganstern on Organizing and Time to Parent. Ep 104

In this episode, Laura and Sarah are thrilled to welcome organizing and time management expert Julie Morganstern! She delves into organizing time vs space, and then we discuss all things parenting. In this special edition Q&A, we pose listener questions to Julie! Sponsor notes/codes:LinkedIn: To get $50 off your first LinkedIn Jobs post, visit linkedin.com/bestofMM LaFleur: To get $25 your first purchase, visit mmlafleur.com/bestof and enter code "BESTOF" at checkout! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Evenings Routines & Logistics with Sarah Powers. Ep 117

Welcome, Sarah Powers, host on "The Mom Hour". We share routines, tips & hacks.Sponsors:Honeybook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices -- all in one place!  Get 50% off your first year at TryHoneyBook.com/BESTOFLOLA is a female-founded company offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, liners, and all-natural cleansing wipes.  Get 30% off your first month's subscription at mylola.com and enter code BESTOF at ch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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It's an all Q&A episode! Ep 148

It's an all Q/A episode! Laura & Sarah took 10 of your juiciest questions from a recent call on Instagram, and answered each one. Topics discussed include: pros/cons of age gaps, ways to manage energy when you get the 'afternoon' work shift, habit-building tips, a skincare starting point, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

1 Jun 2020

Rank #6

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Frugal Parenting Tips & Tricks. Ep 98

We bring you a multitude of FRUGAL parenting tips and a listener question about MOM GUILT. Sponsored by: Better Help, an online counseling resource. Get help at your own pace and on your own time.  Better Health offers licensed professional counselors who treat depression, anxiety, stress, family conflicts, sleep issues, and grief management.  All sessions are confidential, with 3000 US licensed therapists in 50 states. Get 10% off your 1st month using code bestof at betterhealth.com/bestof! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Summer Reading with KJ Dell'Antonia. Ep. 147

In this fun episode, Sarah & Laura chat a bit about their summer reading plans, and then they REALLY get into book talk with author KJ Dell'Antonia! KJ's latest release is a novel The Chicken Sisters, and along with that she recommends and describes a slew of other titles, many with instantly attention-grabbing themes and features. There is a reading recommendation for everyone in this episode, as KJ shares favorite and up and coming beach reads, literary fiction picks, thrillers, non-fiction, and more! In the Q&A, a reader with one 10 month old writes in with a tricky dilemma. She wants more children, but her partner wants her to choose between advancing in her career and growing the family.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

26 May 2020

Rank #8

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Lean In or Leaning Out: Thoughts on a recent Facebook rant that went viral. Ep 94

In this episode, Laura & Sarah share their thoughts on the recent viral facebook rant from a working mother with 3 kids, in which she ended with "I don't know about you, but I'm ready to lean OUT." There may be a rant-induced rant in here somewhere! We also talk about work updates, some minor changes to the podcast, and answer a question from a listener who is a self-described "Type A perfectionist upholder" and wants to work on lowering her standards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

21 May 2019

Rank #9

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Our Money Stories. Ep 72

In this episode, Laura and Sarah dip a toe into somewhat controversial waters and talk about money: making it, spending it, and their history and feelings about it. Find out whose kids get allowances and who is using a handbag held together with dental floss . . . In the Q&A, we address making the most of family travel when loved ones are separated in far-flung regions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

58mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Data-driven parenting (that might even make your life easier!) with Prof. Emily Oster. Ep 97

Laura and Sarah discuss their latest favorite podcasts and are then joined by Emily Oster, a Ph.D. in economics and a professor at Brown University.  She is the author of recent release Crib Sheets: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, and she was inspired to dig deep into the data on how we parent when she first became a mother herself.  She and her husband now have 2 children.  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah address a listener question about time estimation and avoiding overwork. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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Anne Johnson Landry. Ep 60

Running for office is an intense experience - and so is having an 18-month old! Anne Johnson Landry chats with us about it is possible to do both, sharing her experience of hitting the campaign trail during those toddler days. Sarah recaps their big summer trip out west, and our Q&A is from a sleep-deprived mother of twins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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KonMari and Decluttering. Ep 30

Laura and Sarah discuss decluttering and The KonMari Method, a new approach to decluttering based on Japanese values in order to surround yourself with items that spark joy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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List of 100 Dreams. Ep 61

Laura came up with the concept of creating a list of 100 dreams in one of her earlier books, 168 Hours, and both Laura and Sarah have a great time revisiting some vintage lists and sharing what is on their new ones. We talk dreams big and little, from fitness and travel aspirations to big family and career goals. In our Q&A, we handle a topic that is frequently mentioned - ways to deal with feeling completely overloaded and overwhelmed.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Favorite Things Episode. Ep 127

Join Sarah and Laura for their first official episode of 2020, where both Laura and Sarah share their ultimate lists of Favorite Things -- from workout gear to office supplies to beauty and beyond. Then, they share a list of listener-contributed favorites! Finally, in the Q&A they answer a question from a listener related to her husband's job choices: should he "lean out" so that she can lean in? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Designing 2019. Ep 74

Laura and Sarah dive into 2019 with this episode on 2019 goals for each quarter (or quintile, in SHU's case). In the Q&A, we answer a listener question on maternity leave: what is the right length, and does Sarah wish she could have taken more? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Dealing with Stress, Low Moods & Bad Days. Ep 118

Everyone has low moods sometimes, including Laura & Sarah! A conversational episode about those times. In Q&A, a listener's question dealing with hormonal fluctuations.Sponsors:Calm is one of the leading apps for both meditation and sleep. For 25% off of a Calm Premium subscription, visit calm.com/BESTOF.Away luggage features clean lines, modern features, and a limited lifetime warranty. For $20 off of an Away suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/BESTOF and use promo code BESTOF during checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Plannerpalooza. Ep 20

Laura and Sarah discuss all things planner related. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #18

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Finding Your Crew (or Cru!) with Tiffany Dufu. Ep 95

Tiffany Dufu is the author of Drop the Ball, a book about eliminating excess and focusing on what matters so that women, in particular, can pursue their biggest dreams.  She has since created and is now leading her own business dedicated to helping women find their "Cru" -- think of a diverse and supportive network of local peers.  She is an inspiring and passionate speaker and her love of the week might be our favorite yet!  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener question about early bedtimes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

28 May 2019

Rank #19

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Work / Life balance with guest Rebecca Fike. Ep 28

Laura and Sarah provide updateson with whats going on in their lives, and Sarah interviews lawyer, mom, and power combo Rebecca Fike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

13 Feb 2018

Rank #20