The hilarious Katie Evans had a varied career, including stocking the heavily scented shelves of Lush, to acting on Neighbours, to antique selling, before settling on a career in publishing after being inspired by Seinfeld's Elaine Benes.
Katie worked for eight years at Penguin editing children's books and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is a mum to a teenage girl and a young son, and has recently written a craft book called Little Things for Busy Hands (although she admits that her own kids are not that into crafting!).
Aside from huge tangents about our Neighbours-watching days and the history of Penguin, Katie takes us behind the scenes in the world of children's books and publishing, and gives her top tips for keeping your house looking presentable with kids around.
Episode 30: Christmas plans, childcare woes, and reading literature on our phones with Emma and Tess
We hate to break it to you, but it is officially EIGHT weeks until Christmas! Our Hot Topic this episode is the monster that is Christmas, and all that it entails. We share how we manage the Big Day, how to deal with the 2704762 presents that your kids will get and the various Christmas traditions we partake in.
We also despair and rejoice about childcare, or a lack thereof, and discuss an interesting article we both read about the transparency of using a smartphone for daily tasks. Show notes below!
Motherhood, Screened Off by Susan Dominus
One More Thing by BJ Novak
The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers
The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland
The Slow Home podcast
You can also listen to us in iTunes.
Money, money, money... after a brief convo earlier in the week, Tess and Emma realised they have completely different ways of managing their family's finances. We bare all (well, all that's left after sharing our blood-filled birth stories and tales of crustified amniotic fluid) about how we deal with money when kids and partners and self-employment are thrown into the mix!
We also share what we've been reading, listening to and watching over the past fortnight, as well as our parenting Yays and Nays. Show notes continue below!
Book: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Book:All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Book: The Heart Garden by Janine Burke
Book: Dress, Memory by TNN alumni Lorelei Vashti!
Podcast: No Filter (specifically the episode with sex worker Madison Missina)
Podcast: Mamamia's This Glorious Mess
Podcast: The Lively Show interview with Young House Love
Podcast: Slate's Working podcast (specifically theStephen Colbert episode)
This .GIF: about what happens to a woman's organs while she's pregnant
Episode 26: Tess and Emma discuss baby-sized hams, French parenting and taking our kids to work events
Episode 25: Author Rachel Power on combining creativity and motherhood, overcoming guilt and learning to enjoy football
Episode 22: Introducing kids to art and culture, and avoiding isolation as a new mum with Claire McClelland of Culture Mamas
Episode 19: Acquired brain injuries and overcoming family tragedy with grace with Shelley Collins-Trbuhovich
Episode 18: Overcoming pregnancy discrimination and making workplaces family-friendly with The Grace Paper's Prue Gilbert
Episode 15: Surprise backyard weddings and flying the feminist flag with Amy Constable of Saint Gertrude Letterpress
Episode 13: Avoiding career burnout, pregnancy exercise, and strong pelvic floors with Kylie Lewis of Of Kin
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