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Gretchen (liberal atheist) and Kelley (moderate Christian) talk about balancing career, family, and everything else.

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#46 Paige from Wilcox Wellness & Fitness

Hey, look who's back in your ears! This week, we interview Paige Wilcox, of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness about how she ended up owning a gym (it was never in her plans!) to how she and her husband grew the business to the point that they left work behind (physically) to spend a month in Costa Rica with their young family. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Recorded & produced atDave Gordon Media Mentioned on the podcast Wilcox Wellness & Fitness After-school Restraint Collapse Portrero, Costa Rica Our Favorite Things Gretchen: Marden's - recent purchases, all new-in-box, include: Muck Arctic Ice Mid boots for $60, vs $180 Speck Presidio wallet case for $3, vs $50 Aftershokz Titanium bone-conduction headphones for $60 vs $100 Heyday Over Ear Headphones for $35 vs $60 Kelley: goodr sunglassesKelley's are "Flamingos on a Booze Cruise" (not 'drunk on a boat,' - but close.) Paige: Loom Screencasting

55 MINMAY 3
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#46 Paige from Wilcox Wellness & Fitness

#45 New Year News

It's a new year! We reflect on how well our 2018 resolutions went, and what we have planned for 2019. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Recorded & produced atDave Gordon Media Mentioned on the podcast Tabletop Claw Machine Get Your Kid's Ears Pierced at a Tattoo Shop Because They Know What They're Doing The Case for Using a Paper Planner Erin Condren (save $10 on your first purchase!) Float207 Everything You Need to Know about Sensory Deprivation Tank Therapy EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce Try YNAB free for 3 months! Dave Ramsey Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living Becoming The Hate U Give Yes, Please Parks & Recreation Our Favorite Things Gretchen:Product GIRThe Rainbow Bundle mentioned) Kelley: Whispersync

46 MINJAN 24
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#45 New Year News

#44 Year end wrap up!

Yeah, December got so away from us that we are only publishing our last episode of 2018 now! (But there's another one on deck!) We talk about the end of the year craziness, and share some favorite things of2018. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentioned on the podcast Club Mobay Jewel Runaway Bay Our Favorite Things Gretchen:Ecobee 3 Lash Paradise mascara MantleClip Stocking Holders Penobscot Theatre Kelley:Jane Iredale Makeup Honda Odyssey Educated: A Memoir TOMS shoes Vitamix A2500 Gretchen's Cheat Sheet on which Vitamix to buy (this was based on what was on sale- the 2300 is great! It just wasn't on sale!):

51 MINJAN 16
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#44 Year end wrap up!

#43 Gretchen Wins!

The election is over, and Gretchen won! She talks about the campaign and election day and the road ahead. Gretchen is headed to Jamaica and in December we are back to a regular schedule! Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentioned on the podcast Yale: Lessons from GOTV experiments BDN: How Bangor residents voted on Election Day Pizza to the Polls ntension - tension fabric signs and structures Lilac Girls An adult tries Lunchables After years of LePage, Maine went very blue Tuesday Janet Mills becomes first woman elected Maine governor Exit polling gives Golden an edge in 2nd District ranked-choice count Democrats’ blue wave was much larger than early takes suggested Our Favorite Things Gretchen: Delta ShieldSpray Kelley: (She got a present instead! check it out on our Instagram!)

43 MIN2018 NOV 14
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#43 Gretchen Wins!

#42 Planning your life

Gretchen and Kelley are back! We are talking how we keep organized, and how Gretchen fell into giantpaper planner shaped rabbit hole. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentioned on the podcast What to expect at a skin screening Gretchen for Bangor Google Calendar https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/how-to-start-a-bullet-journal Passion Planner (printables) Panda Planner (printables available with an email) Erin Condren (use this link for a $10 discount!) Erin Condren Life Planner ERIN CONDREN 2018-2019 LIFEPLANNER LAUNCH & ACCESSORIES | Unboxing and First Impressions Teachers' Strategies for Pronouncing and Remembering Students' Names Correctly Delta Mateo Faucet Calendarpedia (templates to make simple custom printed calendars) Pickering Square Squeak Our Favorite Things Gretchen:https://1se.co/(Here's August!) Kelley:Stainless Steel Straws

50 MIN2018 SEP 27
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#42 Planning your life

#41 Back to Higher Ed

Gretchen and Kelley talk about what college students - and parents of college students - should know about higher education! Mentioned on the podcast Mental Health Issues Overlooked in College Transition Rooming with your best friend in college: The kiss of death? Who Changes Majors? Not who you think. Our Favorite Things Gretchen: Vitamix Ascent 2300 (I DID NOT PAY RETAIL!) Kelley:YETI 30 oz Rambler with Magslide lid in PINK

61 MIN2018 SEP 6
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#41 Back to Higher Ed

#40 Back to School!

Gretchen and Kelley are headed back to school, and sharing how they feel about that and what they do to prepare. Fact Check: We had eight snow days and five early release or delayed start days, so Kelley was actually more right than Gretchen. (Near the end, during favorite things, you hear a big jet taking off, even though we were recording in her basement! It's not a plane at your house.) Like us onFacebook, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentionedonthe podcast Prominent pink paper-mache pig a product of political passion Target Boys' Clothes Hanna Andersson Hollister Old Navy Old Navy Maternity Tween Pants Distressed Rockstar Jeggings Aeropostale JCPenney Talbots Lee Plain Relaxed All Day Pants TOMS Fox shoes Melitta Pour Over Filter https://balloonsblow.org/ Our Favorite Things Kelley:Bodum french press Gretchen:Pyrex Simply Store 20 piece set(There are sets available at lots of places, but this combination had...

65 MIN2018 AUG 23
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#40 Back to School!

#39 Interview with Dustin Smiley

Kelley and I interview Dustin Smiley (husband of Sarah Smiley from two past episodes) about retiring from the Navy, becoming a LifeFlight helicopter pilot and real estate agent, and realizing that Bangor was going to be their forever home. Like us onFacebook, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentionedonthe podcast Lifeflight of Maine Dustin Smiley, real estate agent (We talked a lot about Sarah's various articles, so here are some that were mentioned!) Sarah Smiley: What makes this state stand out Sarah Smiley: Snowblower Lesson Spells Trouble Sarah Smiley: Dustin hoards shoes - for mowing the lawn Sarah Smiley: More than two years later, tough decision to stay in Maine worth it Our Favorite Things Kelley:Lucerne Beach Club Gretchen:Fujitsu Heat Pump Dustin:Bangor, Maine

70 MIN2018 AUG 16
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#39 Interview with Dustin Smiley

#38 Summer Reading Report

Kelley and I are back to talk about what we've been reading that's made an impact. Like us onFacebook, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentionedonthe podcast Vitamix A2300 Vitamix App Saints for All Occasions https://5calls.org/ With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade is likely dead How to Raise an Adult Protecting the Gift When Breath Becomes Air When Will It Be Time’s Up for Motherhood and Marriage? EWG: Cell phones Safer Electromagnetic Radiation Connecticut Department Of Public Health Recommends Reducing Cell Phone Exposure Welcome to the Quiet Skies Our Favorite Things Kelley:Honda Odyssey Gretchen: Lottie, the best dog ever (who is a goldendoodle)

51 MIN2018 AUG 9
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#38 Summer Reading Report

#2 Dr Nurses and Techie Teachers [rebroadcast]

It's a rebroadcast of our second conversation! Work travel for the techie teacher got in the way of recording a new episode on time! Kelley talks about her resistance to being called Dr (and she totally is one!) and Gretchen talks about her resistance to "leaning in." Mentioned: Hillbilly Elegy Talbot's National Institute of Nursing Research Favorite things: Kelley:DevaCurl Gretchen:Plated

29 MIN2018 AUG 2
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#2 Dr Nurses and Techie Teachers [rebroadcast]

Latest Episodes

#46 Paige from Wilcox Wellness & Fitness

Hey, look who's back in your ears! This week, we interview Paige Wilcox, of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness about how she ended up owning a gym (it was never in her plans!) to how she and her husband grew the business to the point that they left work behind (physically) to spend a month in Costa Rica with their young family. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Recorded & produced atDave Gordon Media Mentioned on the podcast Wilcox Wellness & Fitness After-school Restraint Collapse Portrero, Costa Rica Our Favorite Things Gretchen: Marden's - recent purchases, all new-in-box, include: Muck Arctic Ice Mid boots for $60, vs $180 Speck Presidio wallet case for $3, vs $50 Aftershokz Titanium bone-conduction headphones for $60 vs $100 Heyday Over Ear Headphones for $35 vs $60 Kelley: goodr sunglassesKelley's are "Flamingos on a Booze Cruise" (not 'drunk on a boat,' - but close.) Paige: Loom Screencasting

55 MINMAY 3
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#46 Paige from Wilcox Wellness & Fitness

#45 New Year News

It's a new year! We reflect on how well our 2018 resolutions went, and what we have planned for 2019. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Recorded & produced atDave Gordon Media Mentioned on the podcast Tabletop Claw Machine Get Your Kid's Ears Pierced at a Tattoo Shop Because They Know What They're Doing The Case for Using a Paper Planner Erin Condren (save $10 on your first purchase!) Float207 Everything You Need to Know about Sensory Deprivation Tank Therapy EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce Try YNAB free for 3 months! Dave Ramsey Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living Becoming The Hate U Give Yes, Please Parks & Recreation Our Favorite Things Gretchen:Product GIRThe Rainbow Bundle mentioned) Kelley: Whispersync

46 MINJAN 24
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#45 New Year News

#44 Year end wrap up!

Yeah, December got so away from us that we are only publishing our last episode of 2018 now! (But there's another one on deck!) We talk about the end of the year craziness, and share some favorite things of2018. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentioned on the podcast Club Mobay Jewel Runaway Bay Our Favorite Things Gretchen:Ecobee 3 Lash Paradise mascara MantleClip Stocking Holders Penobscot Theatre Kelley:Jane Iredale Makeup Honda Odyssey Educated: A Memoir TOMS shoes Vitamix A2500 Gretchen's Cheat Sheet on which Vitamix to buy (this was based on what was on sale- the 2300 is great! It just wasn't on sale!):

51 MINJAN 16
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#44 Year end wrap up!

#43 Gretchen Wins!

The election is over, and Gretchen won! She talks about the campaign and election day and the road ahead. Gretchen is headed to Jamaica and in December we are back to a regular schedule! Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentioned on the podcast Yale: Lessons from GOTV experiments BDN: How Bangor residents voted on Election Day Pizza to the Polls ntension - tension fabric signs and structures Lilac Girls An adult tries Lunchables After years of LePage, Maine went very blue Tuesday Janet Mills becomes first woman elected Maine governor Exit polling gives Golden an edge in 2nd District ranked-choice count Democrats’ blue wave was much larger than early takes suggested Our Favorite Things Gretchen: Delta ShieldSpray Kelley: (She got a present instead! check it out on our Instagram!)

43 MIN2018 NOV 14
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#43 Gretchen Wins!

#42 Planning your life

Gretchen and Kelley are back! We are talking how we keep organized, and how Gretchen fell into giantpaper planner shaped rabbit hole. Like us onFacebook,and Instagram, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentioned on the podcast What to expect at a skin screening Gretchen for Bangor Google Calendar https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/how-to-start-a-bullet-journal Passion Planner (printables) Panda Planner (printables available with an email) Erin Condren (use this link for a $10 discount!) Erin Condren Life Planner ERIN CONDREN 2018-2019 LIFEPLANNER LAUNCH & ACCESSORIES | Unboxing and First Impressions Teachers' Strategies for Pronouncing and Remembering Students' Names Correctly Delta Mateo Faucet Calendarpedia (templates to make simple custom printed calendars) Pickering Square Squeak Our Favorite Things Gretchen:https://1se.co/(Here's August!) Kelley:Stainless Steel Straws

50 MIN2018 SEP 27
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#42 Planning your life

#41 Back to Higher Ed

Gretchen and Kelley talk about what college students - and parents of college students - should know about higher education! Mentioned on the podcast Mental Health Issues Overlooked in College Transition Rooming with your best friend in college: The kiss of death? Who Changes Majors? Not who you think. Our Favorite Things Gretchen: Vitamix Ascent 2300 (I DID NOT PAY RETAIL!) Kelley:YETI 30 oz Rambler with Magslide lid in PINK

61 MIN2018 SEP 6
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#41 Back to Higher Ed

#40 Back to School!

Gretchen and Kelley are headed back to school, and sharing how they feel about that and what they do to prepare. Fact Check: We had eight snow days and five early release or delayed start days, so Kelley was actually more right than Gretchen. (Near the end, during favorite things, you hear a big jet taking off, even though we were recording in her basement! It's not a plane at your house.) Like us onFacebook, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentionedonthe podcast Prominent pink paper-mache pig a product of political passion Target Boys' Clothes Hanna Andersson Hollister Old Navy Old Navy Maternity Tween Pants Distressed Rockstar Jeggings Aeropostale JCPenney Talbots Lee Plain Relaxed All Day Pants TOMS Fox shoes Melitta Pour Over Filter https://balloonsblow.org/ Our Favorite Things Kelley:Bodum french press Gretchen:Pyrex Simply Store 20 piece set(There are sets available at lots of places, but this combination had...

65 MIN2018 AUG 23
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#40 Back to School!

#39 Interview with Dustin Smiley

Kelley and I interview Dustin Smiley (husband of Sarah Smiley from two past episodes) about retiring from the Navy, becoming a LifeFlight helicopter pilot and real estate agent, and realizing that Bangor was going to be their forever home. Like us onFacebook, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentionedonthe podcast Lifeflight of Maine Dustin Smiley, real estate agent (We talked a lot about Sarah's various articles, so here are some that were mentioned!) Sarah Smiley: What makes this state stand out Sarah Smiley: Snowblower Lesson Spells Trouble Sarah Smiley: Dustin hoards shoes - for mowing the lawn Sarah Smiley: More than two years later, tough decision to stay in Maine worth it Our Favorite Things Kelley:Lucerne Beach Club Gretchen:Fujitsu Heat Pump Dustin:Bangor, Maine

70 MIN2018 AUG 16
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#39 Interview with Dustin Smiley

#38 Summer Reading Report

Kelley and I are back to talk about what we've been reading that's made an impact. Like us onFacebook, email us atbalancingchaospodcast@gmail.com,and don't forget to leave us a review oniTunesorStitcher! Mentionedonthe podcast Vitamix A2300 Vitamix App Saints for All Occasions https://5calls.org/ With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade is likely dead How to Raise an Adult Protecting the Gift When Breath Becomes Air When Will It Be Time’s Up for Motherhood and Marriage? EWG: Cell phones Safer Electromagnetic Radiation Connecticut Department Of Public Health Recommends Reducing Cell Phone Exposure Welcome to the Quiet Skies Our Favorite Things Kelley:Honda Odyssey Gretchen: Lottie, the best dog ever (who is a goldendoodle)

51 MIN2018 AUG 9
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#38 Summer Reading Report

#2 Dr Nurses and Techie Teachers [rebroadcast]

It's a rebroadcast of our second conversation! Work travel for the techie teacher got in the way of recording a new episode on time! Kelley talks about her resistance to being called Dr (and she totally is one!) and Gretchen talks about her resistance to "leaning in." Mentioned: Hillbilly Elegy Talbot's National Institute of Nursing Research Favorite things: Kelley:DevaCurl Gretchen:Plated

29 MIN2018 AUG 2
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#2 Dr Nurses and Techie Teachers [rebroadcast]