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023: The Reason is Friends

Hello! Welcome to episode 23 of I’d Rather Stay In. Today we are talking about friends and friendships as adults. How have we made our close friends? Both of us have made a number of our close friends on the Internet, be it through blogging or directly through social media. This works especially well for Megan because she can think about what she is saying before she says it –

022: Getting Social with Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard

Hello! Welcome to episode 22 of I’d Rather Stay In! This week we are joined by Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard (@fromanothamotha) to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media. Kelsey’s social media experiences As a birth mom and outspoken member of the adoption community against injustices in the adoption system, Kelsey has definitely seen both the good and bad sides of social media, particularly on

020: The Pod That Lived with Kathleen Curto

Hello! Welcome to episode 20 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, we are tapping on the bricks behind The Leaky Cauldron and entering into the magical world of Harry Potter with our friend and fellow Potterhead Kathleen Curto (@kathleencurto). Show notes contain affiliate links. How we became obsessed with Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone came out when Kathleen and Stephie were both in 4th grade, and their individual love for

019: You Better (Net)Work

Hello! Welcome to episode 19 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, we are covering the ins and outs of a necessity that we love to hate: Networking! What the hell is networking? At its most basic, networking is really just making connections. Why is networking important? Both of us have managed to get most of the jobs we’ve ever had through networking. If you want to move ahead in

018: The Separation Between Church & Faith with Caleb Finley

Hello! Welcome to episode 18 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, we are tackling a more serious topic, along with the help of our friend Caleb Finley (@caleb_finley): Growing outside the “acceptable” norms of the church, particularly growing up queer in the church. Pansexuality: what does it mean? Per the dictionary, pansexual means “of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people

017: Ask Us Anything

Hello! Welcome to episode 16 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, Megan and Stephie are answering reader questions in an AMA. How do we feel about New Year’s resolutions? Megan: Torn because of the mindset that comes with them. Stephie: Pass. (Because why wait until the New Year to do something?) Who designed your cool logo? Our friend and coworker Susannah! Check her out on Feast + West and

016: You Grow, Girl! with Brandy O’Neill

Hello! Welcome to episode 16 of I’d Rather Stay In. In this first episode of 2020, we are joined by our friend Brandy O’Neill (@nutmegnanny) as she drops all of her plant lady knowledge on us. How did Brandy become such a plant lady? Soon after starting therapy and medications for ADHD and depression/anxiety, Brandy had a sudden desire to start caring for plants. Her therapist thinks this could be

015: All About That Money, Honey

Hello! Welcome to episode 15 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, we are preparing for 2020 and New Year’s resolutions by chatting about all things budgeting. Megan’s path to learning about budgeting When Megan and her husband got married, she discovered that he had accumulated a lot of credit card debt, in addition to student loans and debt from moving to Texas, to the tune of about $100K. They

014: Have Yourself a Cheesy Little Christmas

Hello! Welcome to episode 14 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, we are spending some time dissecting the glitz, the glamour, and the cheese of our favorite holiday movies! The classics vs. the cheesy We love classic holiday movies. Some of our favorites include White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story (for Stephie, not Megan), Elf, Love Actually (even though it’s problematic), The Holiday, and Scrooged. But what we

013: Thanks, I Hate It

Hello! Welcome to episode 13 of I’d Rather Stay In. This week, we are uncovering the good, the bad, and the tacky of gift giving. Wrapping gifts: Love it or hate it? Megan loves wrapping presents. She’s great at it! Stephie? Not so much. Mostly because she is not good at it. She’s really glad that there are stores that will wrap your gifts for you. What’s the best gift