Category Archives: Parenting

Cabo Mexico Vacation



E111 – Come escape to Baja California Mexico with us! Traveling with the family, Joelle recounts her recent Spring Break week in Cabo. She has some tips for parents who want to travel with kids, especially teens, and talks about timeshares Vidanta and Cabo Azul. Mouse recounts the things to do while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, especially the fishing and Flora Farms adventures! There are deep questions that Mouse has for listeners too, such as when going on a resort vacation do you take the hotel shampoo or leave it there? What is your sex life like during a family trip? How angry do you get at flight changes? And do you think our kids sound like spoiled brats?! We also talk about traveling during coronavirus times, needing to take a Covid test to get on a flight, and generally getting back to real life now that everyone is getting vaccinated. How much is worrying about the virus, and how much is anxiety transitioning back to being busy, especially in crowded LA? Can Weens just stay forever in her virtual college homeschool cave?! Listen for a Sixteen Candles trivia question, and weigh in on whether you’d be interested in a Beastie Boys whale watching cruise!

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Song Credits: Mouse and Weens theme by Julianne Eggold
“Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold
Voice Actor: Matt Thompson

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Promos: PodFix Presents, PopUp Filmcast, Fish Nerds, Always Never Right all part of https://PodFixNetwork.com. Hot mentions: Phil Rood @philrood, Keith of @popup_filmcast, and Fisherman Dave @dbreptiles on Instagram

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Easter Dog, Feckit, Paul Williams, and Microaggressions



E110 – Easter afternoon we took the podcast for a walk on the dog trail. Are you into Jesus?! We talk traditions in our house, and the hunt for the golden egg brings up the trophy-for-all discussion. Hear Juls’ hot take on overconfident kids and practical parenting. We’re interrupted by dog fight drama, but Weens quickly channels her Cesar Milan-style advice. We discuss the changing dynamic of our sisterhood and how the little sis is now teaching the big sis. This ties into Joelle’s new favorite idea: The Feck It Fifties complete with a Feckit List, because life is short, who cares what people think, and family is important! In an Ishtar segue, we talk about songwriter, actor, Grammy winner Paul Williams and what happened when Mom and Julianne stayed at his house! We get into Weens’ sociology and psychology studies and learn about microaggressions, schemas, and body language to quickly size a person up. Hot example is Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s paparazzi scuffle back in the day, so of course Joelle paid attention! This also reminds us of the 4-part Showtime series “Love Fraud” about a real hunt for a dirt bag narcissist. Talk about microaggressions! Enjoy an awkward double hello with neighbors in a very “Curb Your Enthusiasm” tinkle moment, and be sure to follow and subscribe everywhere you can find our podcast! Video podcast version on http://bit.ly/youtubeMW Thank you so much for watching and listening!

Song Credits: Mouse and Weens theme and “Beautiful Girl” by Julianne Eggold https://www.julianneeggold.com

Voice Actor: Matt Thompson

Sponsor: Dream Dinners! Get your life back at dinner time. Quickly make homemade meals and have more quality time for you and your family! Please try this out. Dream Dinners is nationwide. It really has taken the stress out of dinner time! If within 25 miles of the Poway or San Marcos locations, use MOUSEANDWEENS99 for $99 off your first order!

Promos: PodFix Presents, I Shake My Head with Lisa and Sam, and The Filmmakers Podcast, all part of the https://PodFixNetwork.com

Hot mentions: Brilliant Observations Podcast, Michele Harper of @MetaphysicaSpa color therapy, Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”, narcissism expert Dr. Ramani

Please follow and contact us via Instagram | Twitter | Facebook @mouseandweens We’d love to hear from you about the show or just to talk at (858) 206-8746 or mouseandweens@gmail.com. A transcript of this episode is on http://www.mouseandweens.com

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Mental Health Checkup and Wrestling



E103 – With the stress of being a busy mom of three, and the isolation of living solo especially during shutdown, we talk quite a bit about our anxiety and depression. This is a re-airing of a livestream event hosted by the Victims & Villains podcast. We were honored to be given an hour during the 24hr awareness-athon during which we talked about mental health, parenting, genetics, lifestyle, and what has worked for us to get through tough times. We go over antidepressant medication and anxiety-reducing tactics, talk about suicide trends, fatigue, and finding purpose. In this episode, we also laugh a lot (Weens falls off her chair right off the bat!), we talk a bit about Glow, Marc Maron, Love Fraud, and trivia questions (email your answers to win swag!).The stories continue with nose and boobie punching, women’s football team tryouts, Survivor auditions, stunt driving school, and starring in the Sega Fighting Vipers video game. Why does the pierced nose logo look so familiar?! And the fun highlight – we watch our avatar selves wrestle other podcasting women in the Cretin’s Guild Championship Tournament via their WWE 2K19 video game! How far does Mouse make it in the rounds? How about Weens? Do we get crowned Champion? How ’bout those outfits? For visuals, watch on our YouTube channel or the original on Cretin’s Guild YouTube. Thank you to Victims & Villains for hosting, to our listeners, to our amazing patrons that keep us afloat, and to our wonderful community of podpals. We love you.

CALL US IF YOU NEED A FRIEND TO TALK TO (858) 206-8746 and to hear that YOU ARE LOVED. And keep the resources SUICIDE LIFELINE (800) 273-8255 and CRISIS TEXT LINE 741-741 at hand for professional help. Getting the proper psychological and medical care is a priority because YOU MATTER.

Host: Victims & Villains
Promo: Cretin’s Guild

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Christmas Questions for Your Forever Person



E98 – Find out why Weens almost paid Mouse $2.99 per minute! So humiliating, hilarious, and ho ho inspiring. But first we catch up – faking it until we make it – about college classes, race, selfish kids, Julianne’s songwriting, and copyrighting music. Hear the step by step of Joelle’s Covid testing and the why behind it. And then we get into our list: Questions to ask your forever person this Christmas. Hear the hard-hitting discussions on cards, cats, snowflake sweaters, work parties, dancing, holiday songs, church, wassail, caroling, mistletoe, and turtlenecks. We hope this episode jiggles your belly like a bowl full of jelly, and we want to hear your answers too. So be sure to write us at mouseandweens@gmail.com

Song credit: “Christmas Change” by Julianne Eggold
Promo: It’s Not Rocket Surgery https://rcktsrgry.wordpress.com

We are sponsored by Dream Dinners! Get more balance in your lifestyle by joining Dream Dinners meal prep system. Save an average of $200 a month on groceries 20 hours a month shopping and prepping! Joelle has been using Dream Dinners since 2017 and tells all her friends about it regularly, so this is a tried and true life hack! Kids love the homecooked meals, it is fast, easy, and a no-brainer for busy parents.  It is not a subscription service so you can use it as frequently or as infrequently as you would like. Locations are nationwide. At the San Diego locations of Poway and San Marcos, use MOUSEANDWEENS20 for a 20% discount AND during the month of December enjoy free delivery within 25 mi of the store. Sign up at https://www.dreamdinners.com

Mouse and Weens podcast is part of the https://podfixnetwork.com

You can watch this episode on our Mouse and Weens YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgeuFSExQ2EaHYSG-s4sgZw

A transcript of this episode is on http://www.mouseandweens.com

Please follow and contact us via Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube @mouseandweens

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Joyce Is Choice



E97 – Our mom was out to California to visit and we roped her into an early morning recording! Mouse, dressed like Larry King, goes in for some digs. And Weens, dressed like Liberace, gets back with some jabs as we revert to our sibling rivalry days of fighting for mom’s attention. Laugh along at the stories of pets, cowboys, nicknames, cookies, feminism, and altercations at the dentist office. We reminisce about our psychic visit, our dad and friend who passed away, sing a little impromptu gospel, and hear a heartwarming story about our mom’s big brother, our Uncle Bill, to whom this episode is dedicated. This is a lighthearted peek into a day in our life so come join the family! Hope you enjoy it, as we all jump into the holiday season!

Song Credits- “Listen While You’re Cleaning” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold

Podcast Promo – Gravity Beard http://www.gravitybeard.com

We are sponsored by Dream Dinners! Get more balance in your lifestyle by joining Dream Dinners meal prep system. Save an average of $200 a month on groceries 20 hours a month shopping and prepping! Joelle has been using Dream Dinners since 2017 and tells all her friends about it regularly, so this is a tried and true life hack! Kids love the homecooked meals, it is fast, easy, and a no-brainer for busy parents.  It is not a subscription service so you can use it as frequently or as infrequently as you would like. Locations are nationwide. At the San Diego locations of Poway and San Marcos, use MOUSEANDWEENS20 for a 20% discount AND during the month of December enjoy free delivery within 25 mi of the store. Sign up at https://www.dreamdinners.com

Mouse and Weens podcast is part of the https://podfixnetwork.com

You can watch this episode on our Mouse and Weens YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgeuFSExQ2EaHYSG-s4sgZw

A transcript of this episode is on http://www.mouseandweens.com

Please follow and contact us via Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube @mouseandweens
We’d love to hear from you at mouseandweens@gmail.com too!

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Balancing Act



E96 – Life is a big balancing act right now. Who can relate? After some requisite excretory system discussion, and talk about backyards, shotguns, and The Sopranos, we jump into how our Thanksgiving went. As a parent, it’s difficult to know when you’re giving the right amount of time to your kids versus your work. And in Mouse’s case, does podcasting count as work or is it a hobby? What are other people thinking about how much time she spends with her kids versus her computer? Perceptions, expectations, assumptions and The Shoulds can get us all into trouble, so we try to break down our personal experiences. We also get into how friends and family are at different stages of how they are dealing with coronavirus expectations right now. Some of us are expanding our bubbles and spending time with family, and others are strictly locked down and only going on guilt trips! How is this going to play into the upcoming holidays? Join the discussion and let us know how you feel at mouseandweens@gmail.com

Song Credits – “Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold
Podcast Promo – Fish Nerds
Mouse and Weens podcast is part of the PodFix Network

We are sponsored by Dream Dinners! Get more balance in your lifestyle by joining Dream Dinners meal prep system. Save an average of $200 a month on groceries 20 hours a month shopping and prepping! Joelle has been using Dream Dinners since 2017 and tells all her friends about it regularly, so this is a tried and true life hack! Kids love the homecooked meals, it is fast, easy, and a no-brainer for busy parents. It is not a subscription service so you can use it as frequently or as infrequently as you would like. Locations are nationwide. At the San Diego locations of Poway and San Marcos, use MOUSEANDWEENS20 for a 20% discount AND during the month of December enjoy free delivery within 25 mi of the store. https://www.dreamdinners.com

You can watch this episode on our Mouse and Weens YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgeuFSExQ2EaHYSG-s4sgZw
A transcript of this episode is on http://www.mouseandweens.com

Please follow and contact us via Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube @mouseandweens

Thank you to our Patrons! If you want to be cool like them, you can get this episode UNEDITED and commercial free – plus bonus content, outtakes, and merch – for a mere $5 a month on https://www.patreon.com/mouseandweens Join the family!


When is Horror Okay for Kids?



E94 – Parenting does not come with a handbook. So when is it okay to let your kids watch horror movies? Joelle has two teenage sneaky boys interested in gruesome and gory, and one little girl fascinated by the occult. But being a mom who hates scary things herself, she questions whether she has been too overprotective with her restrictions. Cool aunt and introspective sister Julianne weighs in with her perspective, as she recollects being a kid seeking out thrillers. How were we raised and how did we turn out? Why do people like to be scared? Is it just a rush or does it mess with the brain? We consult some authors on the subject and even bring on an expert in the field to provide his two cents, horror filmmaker Don Adams. He schools us in Horror 101 and gives us a list of classic scary movies to start with. Let’s dissect this issue and see where we land. Will this be the year that horror makes its way into Mouse’s house?

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Should I Homeschool?



E83 – During this quarantine shutdown time, many parents are faced with educational decisions for their kids including whether or not to homeschool. This is a conversation with Joelle’s childhood friend Ali, a former teacher and homeschooler of five kids here in California since 2004. She has a great perspective on the benefits and what it takes to homeschool, and talks Mouse through the whole process from her point of view. We cover why she chose to homeschool, whether to go with independent, private, or charter school education, her thoughts on ages and behaviors that are a good fit for homeschooling, which curriculum to choose, whether to use old school papers and books versus digital tools and computers, what is HSLDA and why it’s crucial, being under an umbrella school, filing a homeschool affidavit, hiring a teacher to oversee your paperwork and keep you accountable and on track, what a homeschool calendar and schedule looks like with grades, test-taking, field trips, outdoor learning, vacations, and structure, socialization and when it’s time for the kids to join outside classes, co-ops, or go back to public school, how to do science labs, language classes, SATs, taking junior college classes for credits, being on a 4-year college track, and what universities really think of homeschoolers.
Please check our Show Notes on www.MouseAndWeens.com to see a list of recommended curricula from Ali.
This episode is sponsored by www.HomeschoolBuyersCo-op.org
Sign up with referral code WEENS to get up to 90% off handpicked educational materials!
Song Credit: “Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold
Voice Actor: Matt Thompson as Hank Hill
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Going Crazy, Near Death, Comedy & Celebrities



E82 – Anyone else going nuts? Julianne talks about the film industry shutdown and then Joelle tells a wild, near death story that happened to her and the kids, all started by being stuck at home and going sort of crazy. Ok, maybe that’s being dramatic. But Weens gets into real Near Death Experiences and talks of speaker and author Nancy Rynes who died twice and came back to talk about it. NDE’s are fascinating and people can learn great lessons from them. Hey, what’s keeping us busy? Summer camp, distant get togethers, planning a documentary!, and lots of comedy, including talk of actress and comic Martha Kelly from Baskets and an awkward family Don’t Mess With the Zohan moment! Parenting is stressful, but Mouse is trying to teach kids important lessons like black lives matter, especially in a city that is dealing with racism. What can you do as a parent to help when everyone is locked down and you feel helpless about activism? Get people to vote with PostcardsToVoters.org! We do lots of name-dropping throughout this episode especially in our ‘Celebrity Stories That Go Nowhere’ segment, so listen for Adam Sandler, Carol Channing, Woody Allen, George Wendt, Will Ferrell, Kid Rock, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Landon, Nellie Oleson, Alison Arngrim, Joe and Kevin Jonas, Anita Moorjani, Ethel Merman, Katherine Hepburn, and Zach Galifinakis mentions. We just can’t help ourselves!
@BlackInPUSD on Instagram | www.MealsOnWheelsAmerica.org | www.PostcardsToVoters.org
@MarthaKelly3 on Twitter | Podcast shoutout Unpredictably Us

This episode is sponsored by www.HomeschoolBuyersCo-op.org
Sign up with referral code WEENS to get up to 90% off handpicked educational materials!

Voice Actor: Matt Thompson as Mr. Burns
Song Credits: “Mouse and Weens Country Dan” by Julianne Eggold, guitar by Dan Mahony
and “Keep It 98 Plus 2” by Rage

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