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So as I mentioned earlier, I’ve been walking lately. I’m proud to say that I’m on my third week of walking my dog for an hour every weekday morning after I put the kids on the school bus.

I’ve been taking my iPod along. I have a lot of great music on there, but lately I’ve been gravitating toward podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites…and they’re all FREE through iTunes!

My Thought Coach: These are like guided meditations with affirmations. It’s been really great to start my walk and my day with a big dose of positive energy. It really helps combat some of the negative thoughts I’ve been struggling with. A favorite is “Think Like A Clean and Organized Person,” which really helped change the way I feel about housework. Well, a little, anyway!

Meditation Station is put on by the same person who records My Thought Coach. My Thought Coach has 12 episodes; Meditation Station has 10. Stin also has a website where you can subscribe and download her recordings as mp3s. There are also a number of free recordings available.

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: These are short podcasts (under 10 minutes) that each highlight a grammar or punctuation rule. Short, sweet, and oddly fascinating. It makes me feel like I’m “working,” since I signed up to attempt NaNoWriMo this November. Plus, it’s way more fun than English class!

Joel Osteen Audio Podcast and Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast: These are a nice way to sneak some good preaching into my walks. Joel’s podcasts are about half an hour, and Joyce’s last about 15 minutes.

mikeroweWORKS: There’s only about 4 episodes of this podcast available, but they’re good. They’re put on by Mike Rowe, who does Dirty Jobs. His voice is AMAZING; I’d listen to that guy read the phone book.  My favorite episode of his is “Mike Rowe’s Father’s Day Memories.”

And I’ve saved my favorite for last: Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone. Shauna and Carla chat about various healthy living topics, usually with a guest. One of my favorite parts is Blogger News (which as they’ve acknowledged is a misnomer, because they accept news from anyone, blogger or not), where they give shoutouts to anyone who has good news to share about reaching their healthy goals. As I mentioned to them one day on Twitter, it’s like having two angels on my shoulder while I walk. Here’s how much I love the podcast: There has been a new episode out for a week, but I haven’t listened to it yet because I’m SAVING it. It’s a delayed gratification thing. 🙂

I know there are a LOT more podcasts out there. Which are your favorites?

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday, hosted by We Are THAT Family.


I was on Facebook this morning, and I noticed this post from KLOVE Radio News about a Busy Mom’s Bible. Okay, I’m interested. I click through to find out that they are giving away 5,000 of them! Click here to find out more!

For more great ideas, check out Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family!

UPDATE: Just received my Busy Mom’s Bible in today’s mail (2/24/2010). I’ll start using it, then post a review in a few weeks.


I was trying to get into the habit of reading the Bible daily, but it wasn’t working well for me. There were a couple of reading plans listed in the front of my Bible. I finished the short one (twice, actually), and started on the next longest, but never got through it. I found websites that offered reading plans, but I was put off by the LONG lists of chapter and verse to be looked up.

I came across the website I found that it offered a daily reading plan (you can actually choose from five), and the beauty of it is that you don’t have to THINK (always helpful for us busy moms). I chose my plan (Old/New Testament, which means that you read both each day) and my Bible version (NIV). Then I made this page my homepage on my browser.

Now every day when I go online, the first thing I do is read today’s Bible readings.

And it’s so EASY!

For more great ideas, check out Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.


Maybe you’ve heard of this radio station before, but I hadn’t until a few months ago. They play Christian rock/pop music. Their tagline is “Positive, Encouraging KLOVE.” The music is great, and has great messages. I listen a lot in the car, and it’s a great way to spend time with the Lord as I go about my day, especially running the kids to and from school and various activities!

The station is broadcast nationally (find you local station here) and online. They also have an iPhone/iPod Touch app, which I use all the time. The radios in my house won’t pick up KLOVE as well as my car stereo, so I’ll play it with my iPod Touch.

For more great ideas, check out Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.