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Almost all of us have experienced the forgo-all-responsibilities-I-want-to-stay-in-bed-all-day feeling of binge-watching an amazing television show (Parenthood for me right now). But did you ever think you would binge-listen to radio?


Thanks to programs like This American Life and Serial, we are devouring podcasts of all different genres in all different scenarios—driving, working out, cooking dinner. They are free and easy—perfect for anyone.

Our favorites right now are all about sex, marriage and love. Why not learn a thing or two about bettering your love life or relationship while folding laundry?

Insider tip: Make sure your headphones are in or the kids are in bed before listening to Savage Lovecast. Trust us. 😉


1. Totally Married

Elizabeth, comedy writer, and Andy, record producer, are a real-life married couple who are open, honest and hilarious whether they're talking about tougher times, sexual compatibility quizzes, or announcing their pregnancy. We loved one of their recent episodes about their trip to Vegas—the first time away from their daughter—so relatable.

2. Savage Lovecast

Dan Savage is a sex-columnist, author and LGBT activist who answers a wide array of questions on his podcast. He's graphic, direct, pragmatic and we love listening in on all the questions his guests ask. One episode covers all sorts of topics from suggesting labor stimulation methods (yes please!) to pleasing your partner to how we talk about trans people. Worth a listen!

3. Love + Radio

Emotionally complicated storytelling, eclectic characters, risqué topics—this isn't your typical public radio fare. The episode about writer and filmmaker Diane Weipert's neighbors who never shut their curtains is super interesting. Check out the clip to see how Weipert deals with it. Or if you want to learn a bit more about (ahem) unique fetishes other people have (who doesn't?) or secrets your otherwise ordinary neighbors keep, this podcast is for you.

4. Coupledom (from the Legion of Weirdos)

Hosted by Christopher and Carolina, part of the Legion of Weirdos (a podcast consortium), the hosts chat about parenting (like bonding with baby—not always easy for everyone, finances and domestic issues. One of our favorite episodes deals with Carolina going back to work after baby; something many of us can relate to.

PS: This podcast no longer has new episodes, but we still love listening to older ones!



5. Hitched

This all-things-marriage podcast is hosted by Hitched Magazine's editor-in-chief, Steve Cooper. He chats with all sorts of marriage experts and authors to dive into topics that will help improve your marriage—like how to handle in-laws, dating your spouse, and improving your finances. Dr. Karen Sherman, psychologist and author, recently helped one woman on the show further understand her husbands PTSD which made for a very powerful episode.

6. One Extraordinary Marriage

Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo talk about their own marriage while helping listeners navigate through theirs. They cover some tough topics “so you can have mind blowing intimacy inside and outside the bedroom." One of our favorite episodes, The Married Couples Guide to PMS, covers a topic that we almost never hear about. This interesting episode is worth your while.

7. Sexy Marriage Radio

No topic is off limits on this weekly (every Wednesday) podcast. Marriage is a choice, and you can choose to make your marriage what you want it to be. Check out this episode about money and marriage; should you set aside some of your finances specifically for your marriage? They discuss why this is important for reasons such as having a marital emergency fund and vacation money.

8. Kinsey Confidential

This podcast is brought to you by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, which does amazing work to advance our sexual health and knowledge worldwide. Their podcast gives listeners the opportunity to have their questions answered by sexual health experts like as Dr. Debby Herbenick, researcher at the Kinsey Institute. Questions and topics on this podcast focus on specific topics in sexuality like dealing with sexual mental blocks, penis size, and lube. No question is too racy. Call in?


9. I Do Podcast

Hosted by Chase Kosterlitz and Sarah Byrne, this podcast talks with today's most popular and successful relationship and love experts to guide young couples towards lasting love by improving their relationships and keeping that spark alive. We love this episode with award-winning journalist Melinda Blau about getting your spouse to listen when you talk. (Yes, please!)

10. Death, Sex & Money

This podcast covers the tough or sometimes awkward topics that are “often left out of polite conversation." Host Anna Sale welcomes celebrities and 'regular people' alike to chat about everything from cheating to sex workers to mental health. This podcast is all about “making it count while we're here." Check out one of this episode featuring Sonia Manzano (Maria on Sesame Street) who talks about growing up with an alcoholic father. This beloved fixture of American life chats with Sale about what she has learned about marriage and parenting over the years from her parents' experience as well as her own. A must-listen.

11. Where Should We Begin?

Esteemed psychotherapist Esther Perel dives into intimate relationships in this podcast, where she helps couples explore raw emotions and difficult feelings. Think: Not being sexually attracted to your partner anymore, wanting more from the relationship, and unique dynamics, like a woman feeling mostly like a caregiver to her husband with Parkison's disease. Perel walks them through real conversations and helps them discover their need for security and freedom in the relationship.

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Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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My husband and I talked about a lot of things before becoming parents—our values, what kinds of parents our parents had been, and how that informed the kinds of parents we wanted to be. Those were good and important conversations and helped us get on the same page about some overarching themes of parenting.

But you know what we did not discuss? Which parent would be in charge of pediatrician visits. Who would handle researching the best way to introduce solid foods. And, down the road, which parent would take the lead on communicating with teachers. And oh so much more!

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If there is one thing I would love to go back and redo, it is having a very specific conversation with my partner about how parenting duties were going to be shared.

Here's what I wish we'd talked about.

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