The New Normal Podcast The podcast for multitasking parents - a casual discussion about everything and anything pertaining to life as working parents.

February 24, 2016  

In this episode, Tess is housesitting, Emma recounts a rather messy night-before-an-auction tale, and we discuss who we've decided will raise our kids if the unthinkable happens. And as usual, we have lots of great recommendations for your eyes, ears, and brains to keep you sane. Enjoy!

​Marie Kondo (The Konmari Method) author of Spark Joy and The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up
The Minimalists podcast
Simple Matters (book) and Reading My Tea Leaves (blog) by Erin Boyle
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stout
Practising Simplicity blog (and the 'How to take photos of your child without revealing their identity' post)
Lessons to Excel in your 30s by Mark Manson
I know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkamm
Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
Broad City
Cherry Healy
Sharon Horgan's Secrets of a Good Marriage and On The Verge Of A Midlife Crisis

February 9, 2016  

Annette Wagner is a lady of many talents: branding, marketing, demographics, product design, graphic design... truly multidisciplinary! On top of all that, she is mum to William and Charlotte, aged seven and four respectively. 

We chat about the angst of figuring out whether your kid is ready for school, parenting boys vs girls and coping with miscarriage and post-natal depression. 

January 26, 2016  

This episode of The New Normal is teleported to you via the Internet tubes in more ways than one (which explains why it sounds like Tess is inside a cupboard, which she is not). We talk about our summer holiday reads and podcast recommendations, our yays and nays (which include meditating in the carpark of Coles and lamenting the natural weaning process), and ask each other if there are things we do/would do differently in raising our kids that our parents did to us (pre-apologies to any of our parents listening to this!).

The Minimalists
Dear Sugar
Chat 10 Looks 3
Real Simple

Clutter Free With Kids by Joel Becker
Better Than Before by Gretchin Rubin
The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Why Not Me/Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
Bossypants by Tina Fey
I Know I Am But What Are You by Samantha Bee

Smiling Mind meditation app

​You can also find us on iTunes.

January 13, 2016  

Picture this: your husband comes home and says he has a great job offer overseas. Not in New York, not London, but in... Detroit? If you are Michelle Francis, you grab hold of the opportunity with both hands, pack up your three daughters and all your possessions and move!

Local creatives may know Michelle from Frankie and Swiss, the boutique digital printing business that Michelle founded with her sister Jacqui Swies. Michelle still plays a big part in Frankie and Swiss, albeit remotely. She discusses what it really like to live in the US of A, (big portions! community spirit! guns!) and shares a story of her run-in with the cops.

December 22, 2015  

For the lucky last episode of 2015, we discuss our highs, lows and in-betweens of 2015, which includes Emma randomly purchasing a new house (!), Tess giving birth to TWO babies only months apart (NB: One is a book baby!), and our personal, professional and parenting goals for 2016.

Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour podcast and her Lenny newsletter

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) podcast

Zadie Smith's novel N-W

Novel Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Non-fiction book Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

TV show Tyrant

Hitting Home doco on domestic violence 

Netflix's latest show Master of None

Owning It by Sharon Givoni and published by Tess McCabe!

Emma's business Gratton Design

December 9, 2015  

Designer Lara Cameron is co-founder of Ink & Spindle, a Melbourne textile printing company with focusses on ethical and enviro-friendly materials and business practices. 

Lara is also mum to 19 month old Adelaide, a gorgeous and very awake toddler! Lara has been through a tumultuous sleep journey, from sleep schools and home consultants to long walks in the Ergo and 5.00am starts - on a good day. We commiserate and share battle stories of the horrors of sleep deprivation, learning to let go and what actually happens in the hallowed halls of sleep school.

You can also listen on iTunes! 

November 24, 2015  

On this week's episode, we sit in Tess' kitchen and chat about our various methods of contraception over the years and what we are using currently (AKA how to never ever have any more babies, ever). We also wonder why kids need to watch TV at the dentist, give a virtual high-five to famous person and fellow mum Kate Winslet, and extoll the virtues of party playlists during playtime.

Show notes:

Pop Pilates (specifically the terribly-named but excellent Bubble Butt Clenching My Booty Workout)

The book I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

The book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert...

... and the accompanying podcast Magic Lessons

The documentaries The True CostAmy, and Twenty Feet From Stardom

Kate Winslet on social media + kids at The Guardian

​The book Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture

November 9, 2015  

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.

October 27, 2015  

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

Working podcast

The Slow Home podcast

​You can also listen in iTunes.

October 14, 2015  

Amy Palmer-Millin gave birth to two babies during her maternity leave - her gorgeous daughter and her new business! Amy left the corporate world and founded homewares company Kookery when her daughter was only a few months old... because she wasn't busy enough, right? She generously shares the trials and tribulations of having her own business, including opening and then closing a cafe, living interstate and continually moving forward.

Listen out for Tess' baby Owen making his gorgeous baby squeaks too! 

​You can also listen on iTunes. 


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