Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of January!


I did start listening to a new podcast in January after hearing one of the co-hosts be interviewed on The Mom Hour. The 25% Friends Podcast is quite good and I like the dynamic of the co-hosts. Other than that I am listening to all the same podcasts I normally listen to. A podcast episode from January I really enjoyed was Choose Your Own Mom-venture on the Longest Shortest Time.

I could use a new crime podcast. I am basically just listening to mom podcasts right now but I do really enjoy true crime podcasts – especially the ones where they look very closely at one specific crime. Any suggestions?


Lots and lots of walks at the track! I also completed the Fitness Blender Burn program in January and averaged about 4 workouts per week and I made it to two yoga classes. It felt SOOO good to start working out again in January. I truly love moving my body and sweating. At the same time I am trying to take it very slowly as postpartum fitness is no joke and I want to be careful I don’t do anything that could cause a more long term injury or issue.


I managed to finish 6 books in January. 4 of the 6 were read mostly on my phone through the Kindle or Libby app. I actually have them in order of preference from top left to bottom right here. I absolutely loved Little Fires Everywhere and can’t recommend it enough. It was a paper book from the library and took me quite a while to finish but I was actually glad for that because it was so good I didn’t want it to end. North of Normal and Born a Crime are both very good (but very very different) memoirs. The Kind Worth Killing was OK, but I didn’t like it as much as Her Every Fear. The History of Bees was well written but a bit lengthy and some parts a bit boring and Fly Away was very meh. I didn’t like it nearly as much as Firefly Lane.


No looks to share. I pretty much live in workout type clothes these days.

What were your podcasts, books and workouts for the month of January? I think I’m going to ditch the looks section while I’m on maternity leave. Any suggestions for a new heading that still goes with the theme? 

10 Responses

  1. Carly says:

    Check out Canadian True Crime if you enjoy in depth crime coverage. If you would rather laugh there’s My Favorite Murder and And That’s Why We Drink

  2. I’ve given up on looks, too, for the last several months. I am not wearing anything worthy of taking a photo these days! Especially since I don’t leave the house very much these days! And I haven’t talked about workouts since the summer so my monthly recaps are pretty darn short these days!

    I don’t listen to as many podcasts now that I am at home as i tended to listen to them on my commutes and when waiting for the bus. Now that I”m home all the time i just don’t think to turn one on. So I am super behind on them!

  3. Lisa got me turned onto the Slow Burn podcast about Watergate – it’s a specific crime about the American president in the 70’s, but it’s pretty fascinating

  4. becky says:

    I just read Little Fires Everywhere too and really enjoyed it. Read North of Normal with my bookclub last year and WOW, I can’t imagine going through that.

  5. Not exactly true crime nor focused on one crime, but a coworker got me started on My Favorite Murder. It’s pretty entertaining!

  6. Leigh says:

    I just finished the burn 2 from FB and really enjoyed it!

  7. Kelly says:

    Another good true crime one is “A Killing on the Cape”- I think you’d find it interesting even if you are not in love with the Cape like I am, ha ha.

  8. Stephany says:

    Ooh, I have an idea for your “looks” section – instead of your looks, it can be Olivia’s looks. 🙂 Girlfriend is stylin’ from what I see on Instagram.

    I abandoned Fly Away because I just don’t care to read about super bratty teenagers anymore, and it was grating on me. I loved Firefly Lane, so it was a bummer, but I just couldn’t get into it.

  9. Susan says:

    Came to recommend Someone Knows Something, especially the first season as well as the first season of Offshore for true crime podcasts. Offshore is a Hawaiian podcast which is so interesting because they have issues similar to Canada in terms of colonization and the resultant divide in indigenous peoples and those who colonized.

  10. Amy says:

    Agree with Someone Knows Something for true crime Podcasts. Season 4 just started! Also, there’s one on Audible called West Cork that is fascinating so far. You have to download the Audible app, but you don’t need an account and the podcast is free.

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