best podcasts for busy moms

Best Podcasts for Busy Moms

You’ll never know how much spare time you’ve had until you become a mother.

Looking back you’d probably say to yourself, “and I thought I was ‘busy’ then.” You had no idea how that word could have degrees and how it could stretch itself out into unimaginable dimensions.

It literally defines every minute of your new life!

Welcome to motherhood.

Yes, being married or living with someone brings in new responsibilities and tasks. But nothing much changes when it comes to your schedule.

However, things drastically change when you become a mom – a parent.

You’re going to have to play another role – a very important one. And besides the anxiety that comes with first-time moms, also come the overwhelming tasks that accompany motherhood.

For all these roles – wife/partner, homemaker/career or businesswoman, and mom – you guessed it, you’ve only got the same number of hours in a day!

You realize that you hardly even have time to listen to your favorite podcasts anymore!

Or if you’re new to this stuff, what does it matter since you barely even have an hour to spare every day? How would you squeeze it in your fully packed day?

Not to worry.

Here’s a short list of excellent mom-friendly podcasts you can listen to in less than an hour.

1. Spawned

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Admit it, parenting is probably the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

And it doesn’t help that people love to judge.

Sometimes, they even want to do your parenting for you! Then again, everyone else is an expert when it comes to other people’s children.

Listening to parenting advice from serious professionals “high up” in the field is great and enriching.

But many moms feel like sh*t afterwards. Why?

Simply because it gets rubbed in their face how they haven’t done enough. Or because all they hear is what they’ve been doing wrong.

After a hard day of taking care of your family, feeling inadequate is probably the last thing you’d want to feel.

Relax. Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase get it!

These cool moms of three and four respectively, are behind the revolutionary Cool Mom Picks website that took off back in 2006. And clearly, as the name implies, they’re cool and real moms like you!

Their talent for curating practical ideas related to parenting – from making gift guides to ideas about food and drink – boosted them to popularity.

Their light and funny approach towards motherhood has gained them appearances on shows like TODAY Show, Martha Stewart and The Meredith Vieira Show.

And of course, they also came up with this cool podcast about modern parenting especially for you – Spawned. The title gives it away.

It’s funny, definitely. You’ll surely have a good laugh.

It’s informative in a non-preachy way.  And mind you, Spawned won the 2016 Iris Awards for Best Parenting Podcast.

And Liz and Kristen are not the types to be all judgy and frown at you when you ignore your kids.

Yes, you got that right.

In fact, one classic podcast episode of Spawned is entitled, “Why it’s good to ignore your kids sometimes. Yes, really.”

Don’t worry they invite experts to the talk, so it’s totally credible.

Don’t miss it:

https://coolmompicks.com/blog/2018/08/18/why-its-good-to-ignore-your-kids/

I love this line from Kristen, “I always say if I wasn’t laughing I’d be crying because parenting is so hard.” Truth!

2. Girlboss Radio 

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I’ve said a whole lot about Spawned because that podcast is enough to cover almost all the areas involved in being a mom.

The infant-to-teenage saga is quite covered – from clothing to school stuff, and everything else in between – practically what every mom needs to know.

Girlboss podcast is when you want to take a break from it all and channel your mind to just being you – the strong and powerful woman, or should I say, the boss inside of you.

It’s so easy to forget your identity and get lost in the role, that you can no longer identify yourself apart from your role as a mother.

But before you are a mom, you are a woman first.

This is my go-to podcast when I need a little bit of inspiration and some girl power.

Host and American entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso talks to the most successful and influential women of our age.

Exceptional women who have become masters of their trade share ideas, success stories and the real struggles before reaching the top.

Top-notch women celebrities, athletes, designers, and entrepreneurs – you name it.

Get tips from extraordinary and fearless women. It’s empowering.

Thinking of starting a business? Need a boost?

Get priceless insights or the push you just might need here.

Make Girlboss a habit and be your own boss.

3. Magic Lessons 

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“Mothers are the members of society who need to be given the most permission to be able to do the things that ignite their own souls.”

Above is a quote by Elizabeth “Liz” Gilbert. She’s the author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and host of Magic Lessons podcast.

Magic Lessons is easily one of the best podcasts for moms.

At the beginning of every episode, Liz beautifully talks about what “magic lessons” mean to her, “the extra nudge we need when we’re feeling stuck in our creative lives.”

It’s amazing how this podcast enlightens listeners and makes them aware of the importance of creativity and engaging in it, and how “malignant” it is not to.

It talks about fear being the primary hindrance to creative work and discusses procrastination and perfectionism as being forms of fear.

Who knew, right?

Anyway, Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and author of four No.1 New York Times Bestsellers, was on the show.

She’s an expert on issues about fear and vulnerability, her TED Talk making it to the top 5 most viewed with over 30 million views!

I can’t seem to stop quoting verbatim because there’s just a lot of meaty stuff here.  

So here’s what Dr. Brown said on the show, “If you ask me now what creativity is, it is, for me, the way I share my soul with the world. And without it, I am not okay. And without having access to everyone else’s, we are not okay.”

Nothing could be truer.

People forget how essential creativity is to human life – to the human soul – to moms!

Listening to this podcast gave me that desire to actually start writing whatever it is that I’ve been putting off for weeks now. So, thanks Magic Lessons!

It’s definitely food for the soul and fuel for your hidden or forgotten passions.

Before you turn away and claim that you have no creative bone in your body, research has already proven you wrong.

There’s no such thing as a non-creative person. Everyone has creativity in them.

You just need to put it to use.

And yes, I shamelessly got that from the podcast as well. Told ya.

So moms, tap into your inner creativity today and don’t lose your sanity! Learn how with this podcast.

 

4. Meditation Station 

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I stumbled across this podcast when I was searching for relaxing audio clips to help me sleep at night.

I actually have an app on my phone that gives this combination of white noise, soft music and nature sounds that you can customize.

These ASMR sounds supposedly aid you to fall asleep faster. But on many occasions, this doesn’t help me.

My mind still wanders off and thoughts bounce erratically around the walls of my head like sugar-rushed tots. I toss and turn miserably and wait for sleep to find me and it feels like forever.

Then one night, I found this recording on Meditation Station entitled Faster Better Sleep.

I thought I’d give it a shot and my, oh my, the experience was divine!

It didn’t just lull me to sleep, it “prepared” me to sleep well.

You know I’m quite a fussy sleeper. I couldn’t sleep at all without a bath.

So whether it’s six in the evening or three in the morning, a bath is non-negotiable before bed.

It also bothers me a lot if my pillow is positioned at a wrong angle, so it needs to be fixed – again and again – until it’s “right.”

If there are folds in the sheets underneath, they better be smoothed out. My hair needs to be laid upwards, away from my neck and face, and I need to be on my left side.

All these preparations should be done before I am finally ready to retire. I know it’s silly, but that’s me.

Then I realized that if I needed so many physical preparations to help my body finally relax, what more with my restless mind?

I figured that suddenly feeling itchy all over, or needing to pee (after going a minute ago) right when I’m about to sleep, might just be all in my head.

My mind is active, making me feel all these superficial sensations, keeping me awake. Sleeping feels like another huge task.

As a mom, have you ever felt like you’re not getting the rest you deserve?

You’re so tired you think you could sleep for a year, yet as soon as your head hits the pillow, sleep evades you.

You start thinking about tomorrow’s deadline, your kid’s birthday party, and that promotion your husband’s been chasing after.

And all these thoughts seem to scream at you – all at the same time – when all you want to do is sleep!

If so, believe me, you badly need this stuff.

Stin Hansen, the voice behind Meditation Station, has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.

She is a meditation coach and has trained thousands in the meditation and mindfulness techniques.

She has a powerful way of helping you control your thoughts and quiet your mind.

Exploring her program, I found out later that her podcast isn’t just all about helping you catch more Zs but it’s also about restoring and maintaining your total health and wellness.

She also has meditations to help you deal with emotional hang-ups.

Her podcast helps even with common negative feelings like pain, anger, anxiety, regret, or shame. Or you can just have it handy after a long tiring day.

I believe it’s a must-have for all moms.

It’s a wonderful thing to allow yourself to calm your “amygdala” and soothe your mind. You’ll be surprised what meditation can do to your body and productivity.

I can’t emphasize enough how amazing it is. It’s just the perfect tool to start and end your day with.

“Meditation will allow you to step back and become more of a witness to your thoughts instead of being bombarded by them. Think of it as a makeover for your mind.“ -PlayerFM on Meditation Station

Learn more about Stin Hansen and her program here: https://www.mythoughtcoach.com/

I guess by now you should have realized that there’s no such thing as an “un-busy” mom.

All moms are busy in one way or another.

For working moms, there’s work. For stay-at-home moms, there’s the home.

For most moms, there’s that husband/partner that’s actually more like another full-grown kid. For single moms, double everything.

And to all the moms, you’re awesome!

Don’t be mean and deprive yourself of a little ME-time. You deserve it.

Make it a habit to learn, laugh, rant and listen to other moms rant because it’s truly satisfying.

You don’t need to take everything too seriously all the time – even parenting – or you’ll lose it.

Remember to stay in touch with your powerful self.

Engage in your passions or discover new ones.

And most important of all, don’t forget to pause for a while.

Take a break, listen to a podcast.

The world will thank you for it.

best podcasts for women

Top 17 Podcasts for Women

We understand that women’s time is so precious.

They’d have to juggle between too many roles in a day! Their hectic lives sometimes deprive them of their much needed relaxation and leisure time.

When they do have time for leisure they see to it that it’s really worth every minute of it.

Listening to the best podcast is one way to make the most out of their spare time.

If you’re a woman who wants to relax or make your commute time worthwhile, check out the following podcasts. Get ready to press that play button!

1. Beauty Inside Out

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Let’s start our list with one that caters to women’s health.

Women need to be in tip top shape all the time. This is because they have to accomplish their endless to-do list every day.

Luckily, there’s one podcast that digs deeper into health, beauty and wellness.

This podcast also emphasizes the importance of spirituality.

Beauty Inside Out is hosted by New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Snyder. She wrote the books titled The Beauty Detox Power and The Beauty Detox Solution.

Kimberly Snyder is also a certified nutritionist who used to battle with weight gain and acne. Her years of struggle with these health issues led her to become the better version of her own self.

Kimberly Snyder’s podcast features interviews with famous doctors from western and Ayurvedic medicine. It aims to help women achieve holistic health and wellness.

The show boasts of great topics that are too interesting you find it hard to resist!

Check out the episodes “Reducing Stress and Illness” and “Sleep 101” if you have issues with rest and relaxation.

Women who have eating problems should check out “Trusting Your Gut When It Comes to Food Choices”.

Wait! There’s more!

The show also features “Fitting a Healthy Routine with Young Kids”. The show’s episodes were created in a way that will help women become better partners, wives, parents and buddies.

2. Birthful

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We can’t tell you enough just how helpful this podcast is for women.

If you’re worried about pregnancy and all things related to it, tune in to this podcast.

The show’s host Adriana Lozada not only aims to provide information to expecting moms. It also aims to tap into women’s inner strength to make them confident and fearless parents.

Adrianna Lozada is named by CNN in year 2000 as one of Latin American Leaders of the Internet.

She finished Communication Studies in Canada and has co-founded a newspaper company in Venezuela. She speaks five languages and claims that the word “Mama” sounds almost the same in all of them.

Birthful understands that pregnancy is such a tough stage in a woman’s life.

After pregnancy comes motherhood which also does not come with a manual. Add in the fact that thriving with a newborn can be such a rewarding ordeal.

To help women keep their sanity in all these stages in life, Birthful is born.

Women can be too busy to find time to read for information.

With this podcast, they can just put on their headsets and continue to do their daily grind.

Some of their best episodes include “Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy” and “Structural Body Changes”.

3. How to Decorate

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One issue that many women have with watching videos about home decorating is that it needs their full attention.

Unfortunately, women are just too busy to sit down and watch videos.

This is when podcasts become very helpful for women.

They can just listen to it while doing something else. Then they can apply it in their own homes as soon as they can.

How to Decorate podcast greatly helps women solve their home decorating dilemmas.

It’s true that women not only worry about their own physical looks. They also worry about how their home looks especially when friends come over for a party!

Having a well decorated home can be such a real source of joy among women. Not to mention it also helps boost their self-esteem.

This podcast features famous designers to share their knowledge about home decorating.

The guests will also discuss real challenges that homeowners experience when decorating their homes.

Some of the featured designers in this podcast include Whitney Durham, Tori Mellot and Philip Mitchell.

So, whenever you plan to listen to home decorating ideas, look for the podcast with that pink chair!

4. On the Ledge

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Women who are into gardening will surely love this podcast!

Growing your own plants at home can be so easy. This is true especially if you’re known to have that “green thumb”.

But, some kinds of plants are unique both in looks and maintenance requirement.

If you’re looking to grow succulents, aloes, ferns and other extraordinary plants, this podcast is a must-listen.

On the Ledge is a podcast that features more about indoor plants and horticulture as a whole.

The show goes beyond helping you have outstanding Instagram photos of indoor ferns and air plants. It also helps you become an important part of the so-called houseplant revolution.

This podcast is hosted by Jane Perrone who has a solid background in journalism. She is the Guardian’s gardening editor.

Aside from blogging about gardening, she also loves to grow weird and exotic plants in her home at Bedfordshire.

In her podcast, she answers questions from her listeners about gardening issues. She gives expert advice on maintenance and care for specific type of plants.

Garden blogger Matthew Perry and garden writer Alys Fowler are some personalities that are featured in Jane’s podcast. This podcast is heavy with information that’s all gardening related.

You’ll hear episodes about finding the right pot for each type of plant.

You will also hear an episode that features pests and disease that could harm your plants.

So, what are you waiting for? Take off those gardening gloves for a moment and check out this podcast.

5. Living Homegrown Podcast

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Women who love to grow their own food at home should listen to this podcast.

The show offers practical advice, tips and tricks on growing your own food.

From edible gardening to growing your own livestock, this podcast has a lot of information to offer.

Living Homegrown also features artisan food crafting, preserving, fermenting and canning. You can also listen to topics about small-space food growing and becoming the best food gardener.

It also features topics on how to spare yourself from the high prices of vegetables during winter. Not to mention learning about making your own yoghurt, culture butter and fermented vegetables.

Living Homegrown is hosted by Theresa Loe, an award -winning podcaster.

Theresa guides her listeners from being a novice to becoming an expert in canning and growing their own food.

One thing that you’ll love about Theresa in her podcast is that she speaks so clearly, you won’t have to press rewind over and over again.

It feels so great listening to experts talking about things that they’re really so enthusiastic about. You’ll find yourself learning and having fun at the same time.

Some of the many episodes that you should not miss include “How to be a Better Food Gardener”. Don’t miss as well the episodes “Fermentation Basics and Real Pickles” and “Top 10 Favorite Farm Fresh Things”.

6. Beauty and the Vlog

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Women who dreamed of having their own famous fashion vlog must listen to this podcast.

The show’s host Erika Vieira used to be involved in sales and marketing for real estate and software company.

But, since her heart was more into fashion she and her younger sister decided to launch an apparel line. From then on everything she learned about sales and marketing is now being poured into her apparel business.

In Beauty and the Vlog podcast, Erika shares everything she learned with the hope of helping other women achieve success too.

Her podcast features experts that share tips and tricks on how to make their fashion business grow. Or, if you simply want to learn more about fashion and beauty, check out this podcast.

If you’re a budding fashion entrepreneur, there are many episodes that will help you accelerate your success.

If you want to be a YouTube sensation in the field of fashion and beauty, Erika Vieira is here to help!

For starters, check out “How to Get Started on YouTube the Right Way”.

7. Dating Advice Guru

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Women who are into dating will surely adore this Dating Advice Guru podcast.

The show’s host Carlos Cavallo offers irresistible dating advice for women.

He enables women to use their own genuine personality to be able to attract the man of their dreams.

Carlos is not just a dating and attraction guru. He is also a health and fitness coach.

With his broad knowledge in motivational psychology and life-coaching, any advice he gives works most of the time!

Some of his best episodes are How to Build Trust in Your Relationship and Who Pays for the Date?.

Carlos Cavallo is also the author of the book Forever Yours: The Secret Password to His Heart.

8. Hot Shopping Tips

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Women love to shop! There’s no doubt about that.

If you want to get the best deals on just about everything, listen to this podcast.

The hosts are Lisa Lee Freeman and Mandy Walker.

These two financial and consumer experts share a lot of tips on shopping. They provide tips that help women become better and wiser shoppers.

Lisa and Mandy will make you realize that you can definitely buy more for less!

They’ll help you how to spot the best bargain deals or to check if something is indeed a real bargain.

The show will also keep you become updated on the latest consumer news. With Hot Shopping Tips, it’s all about saving and shopping!

Women listening to them for the first time would instantly love Mandy and Lisa. The hosts are both so bubbly and fun.

You won’t have any dull moments if you just listen to their podcast.

Some of their most interesting episodes are the following:

Shop Target & Walmart like the savviest bargain-hunters!

The best new ways to save big on airfares, hotels & other travel costs

How to make money with your credit cards—and save too!

9. Being Boss

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The show was created last January 2015 and is hosted by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon.

At first glance, you may think that Being Boss is just all about being an employer. But, the podcast certainly offers more than that.

The show may have different kinds of episodes but all of these are geared towards one important thing. It tells women how to become their own boss.

Kathleen and Emily offer actionable advice that empowers women to find balance in their daily hectic lives.

Listening to the show feels a lot like you’re in a productive meeting.

Listen to them and you’ll be amazed at how professional yet funny they seem to sound.

If you’re a woman who just feels tired, frustrated or anxious, listen to Being Boss. You will find so much inspiration that you’ll forget about your distractions and apprehensions in life.

The show features bosses who were able to build businesses they love.

One great thing about Being Boss is that it’s not just a podcast. It has grown into a community where webinars, live hang-outs, in-person meet-ups and vacations take place.

Go ahead and check out the episodes Rituals and Routines and Cultivating Optimism.

10. The Broad Experience

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The Broad Experience is an award-winning podcast hosted by journalist and teacher Ashley Milne-Tyte.

The show offers honest discussion about women, race and culture.

Ashley reveals to her audience why some women did not achieve their goals in life.

Her show also delves deeper into how motherhood affects their chances of achieving their full potentials.

The show is one that is so intelligent yet so full of heart. Every woman who listens to it would find herself feeling optimist and inspired.

What makes the show very engaging are the stories being told by guests. The stories were based from their own past experiences and the honest discussion starts from there.

It’s so amazing that the host presents facts that are relative to stories presented by guests. The entire discussion is not just solely based on subjective conversations.

Facts and scientific studies are also cited to be able to back up any opinion presented during their talks.

Take for example the episode titled, “Your Weight, Your Worth”. This episode discusses whether your weight affects your chances of being successful in the workplace.  Other episodes that are certainly worth your time include Resilience and Stress and The Benefits Of Being Outside.

11. Stuff Mom Never Told You

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Do you have enough time for another research-driven discussion about stuff that your mom never told you?

Listen to the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You.

The show’s discussions may range from being married, changing a woman’s last name to dealing with grief.

The hosts are Bridget Todd and Anney Reese. Bridget is a writer and activist while Anney is a writer and traveler.

The hosts possess that special talent in talking about very personal issues facing women in a very objective manner.

One good example of the show’s objective discussion is the episode“A lot of women are having bad sex”.

After listening to the whole show you will admire the hosts even more. They have the courage to talk about taboo topics and anything that led most women to suffer in silence.

The show does a great job in illuminating many important human issues affecting women these days.

12. Appearance Matters

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We are living in an image-obsessed world.

People do anything and everything just to look good in front of many people.

Those who are gifted with good looks are oftentimes the ones that shine especially in social media. But, those who have issues with their skin, face and physical appearance often shun away from Instagram.

For most women, appearance is such a big deal! It greatly spells the difference between having great confidence and lowered self-esteem.

Fortunately, there is a podcast that discusses about all things that matter to appearance.

Appearance Matters is created by the Centre for Appearance Research.

In this podcast, you’ll learn new insights and the latest advancements in research for any appearance-related issues.

The discussions may range from acne, burn injuries to breast cancer and bariatric surgery.

The best part of it is that the discussions don’t just come out from nowhere.

Everything is discussed from an expert’s point of view with research-backed information.

Some of the guest speakers are researchers and clinicians, as well as people who have problems with their appearance.

13. Dear Sugar Radio

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We all have our share of ups and downs.

When women are in a happy state, it’s so easy to find someone to hang out with. But, when one is plagued with loneliness or depression looking for someone to talk about it can be hard to do.

Not to mention the fact that depression is not something that’s so easy to divulge to just anyone.

The good news is that there is one podcast that is willing to listen to your situation with much empathy.

No matter how dark or how depressing your emotions can be, Dear Sugar offers radical empathy.

The hosts are Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond.

Cheryl Strayed is the bestselling author of the book Tiny Beautiful Things.

Steve Almond has a newly launched book titled “Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart,

These two hosts offer powerful advice.  Every word that comes out from the hosts seems to have this profound effect that listeners simply couldn’t resist.

The show has become so popular that the websites Bustle and The New Yorker published an article about this podcast.

Some of the best episodes are Rapid Fire: Love and Money and Emotional Abuse.

14. Nerdette

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Nerdette talks about anything under the sun, like literally anything.

If you want to hear about Tom Hanks talking about his fave collection – typewriters, listen to this podcast.

If you’re an avid fan of Game of Thrones listen to what the show’s hosts have to say about it.

The show’s hosts are Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda.

So, why talk about different things in one show?

This is because the entire show only has one requirement for their guests.

They have to be nerd in one way or another. They have to talk about things they’re nerd about.

With these in mind, you can expect that the show may discuss about meditation, pop culture, space travel, etc.

In other words, this podcast spells fun! Listening to this show is one great way for women to relax and de-stress.

When guests start to reveal how nerd they are, the show gets even more interesting!

This podcast has a way of telling people that being called “nerd” shouldn’t be taken as an insult. But, rather a celebration of one’s uniqueness.

Starting to make sense of your nerdiness? Tune in to Nerdette, now.

15. Women on the Road

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Have you imagined yourself living most of your days in a bus?

Will you enjoy the traveling opportunities that living in a van may provide?

Will you keep on wishing you have your own real home to return to after each travel?

Or, will you keep cherishing the autonomy that you have with your recreational vehicle?

This podcast truly satisfies your curiosity on how life is being on the road.

Allow yourself to ride along in this adventure by listening to Women on the Road.

Living solo in a bus is such a brave move for a woman.

The show’s host is Laura Hughes who loves to take you outside.

Listen to this podcast and enjoy the entire adventure in the comforts of your own headset!

16. The Art of Simple

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A woman’s life can be so complicated.

Listening to something that talks about the art of simplicity is such a respite.

This podcast will make a woman just want to listen and enjoy as she continues to appreciate the simple things in life.

The founder and host Tsh Oxenreider is one huge advocate for The Art Of Simple.

She believes that a simple life makes it easier for one to achieve a more holistic living.

The podcast episodes may include work-related stuff. But, don’t worry the discussions are all so light to the ears and to your head as well.

You won’t have to stress yourself further on listening about complicated issues. The discussions can be so simple yet so full of wisdom.

It makes you feel wiser after listening to each episode.

If you want to learn more about purposeful yet simple living, check out this podcast.

17. Moms Got This

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Moms Got This is a daily podcast aired from Monday to Thursday.

It is hosted by fashion experts Stacy Igel and Michelle Park.

The show always features moms who are also entrepreneurs or career women. Discussions usually revolve around being a mom.

They will talk about rearing children, creating recipes to save the day, the struggles and triumph of motherhood.

Oftentimes, being a woman requires you to have to know everything about parenthood.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. But, with the help of this show moms will have the courage to say “I’ve got this!”

By listening to their discussions, every listener will be able to learn some tips, tricks and hacks that help moms achieve a better work-life balance.

The show has been one of the nominees for 2018 Podcast Awards for Kids and Family Category.