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Hey, Bestie! Podcast: How and Why to Listen

Hey, Bestie! podcast is my podcast. (Did you know I have a podcast?) I co-host with my BFF, Kim, and talking to each other really is our top medium. Our podcast is all about pop culture, feminism, things we love, current events, life as women in Texas, and whatever else we decide. We’re not so much focused on a specific niche, but rather on being two voices on many topics from our unique points of view as thirty-something women. We want listening to feel like you’re chatting with your best friends about whatever comes up.

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(Isn’t our cover art so, so cute?!) 

Some topics we’ve covered on Hey, Bestie! podcast so far:

  • Guilty pleasures (they don’t exist)
  • Romance novels
  • Bullet journaling (I also blogged a beginner’s guide here.)
  • Twilight (and our live tweeting extravaganza)
  • Realistic budgeting tips
  • The five movies we’d take with us in a bunker
  • Why summer TV is so great
  • My staycation tips
  • Healthcare struggles and the ACA
  • Presidential pets
  • Aging while thirty-something
  • Pets and dog adoption
  • Recommendations of favorite things
  • Wonder Woman
  • Tips for self-care
  • The Rock for President
  • Pros and cons of binge watching (with show recs!)
  • Our (accidentally romantic) trip to Connecticut
  • Gilmore Girls (Team Dean/Jess/Logan and 2017’s Gilmore Girls Fan Fest)
  • Texas Tribune Fest and politics in 2017
  • How cozy my house is and how I made it that way
  • Season two of Stranger Things
  • Best and worst episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • #MeToo (the movement and personal stories)
  • The return of TGIF shows
  • A study about how often women on the Supreme Court are interrupted
  • A bird that hates Kim
  • My magazine hoarding and how I’m fixing it in 2018

See? So much variety! We’re always on the lookout for things to cover and love to go from casual topics like a favorite episode of television to more serious chats about real life issues.

How to listen to Hey, Bestie! podcast:

If you have a podcast app on your mobile device, search “hey bestie” and it’ll probably come up. The feed URL is: https://heybestie.com/feed/podcast. We’re on Google Play, Stitcher, and Pocket Casts.

Have an iPhone or iPad? Hey, Bestie! can be found on Apple Podcasts here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-bestie/id1250656093 or by search in iTunes or the Podcasts app.

If you don’t see us on an app you like to use, let me know and I’ll see if we can get it added there!

Or to listen on a computer, head to HeyBestie.com and you can listen right there anytime.

Whichever one you choose, we’d love it if you listen. And if you can, please like, subscribe, and leave a quick review so other people will find Hey, Bestie! and give it a try too!

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Wintertime Tip: Up Your Netflix Game

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You’ve got Netflix, right? I know I’m not the only one who watches something on there basically every day. I should really offer to pay them more based solely on the number of times I’ve re-watched Buffy. It’s pretty straight-forward and easy to figure out, but there are a few adjustments that might make your viewing experience even better.

First, make sure you’re rating everything you can. That’s pretty obvious and I still forget to do it sometimes, but it really will make a difference and your recommendations will seriously improve. Once you’ve got your ratings situation down, up your game and try out some of the options listed below.

Seven Ways to Improve Your Netflix Experience:

  1. Add IMDB & Rotten Tomatoes ratings to your account with Chrome extension, Netflix Enhancer. In addition to ratings, it’ll link you to the matching page on each site for quickly checking out reviews.
  2. Make sure you’re really watching in HD! Click Your Account, then Playback Settings, then High. Done! (Ah, that’s better!)
  3. Change your subtitle settings if the default yellow ones just aren’t working out. Click Your Account, then Subtitle appearance, then change the color, font, and size to whatever works best for you or what you’re watching at the moment.
  4. Turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control. If your Playstation & mobile device are both logged into the same WiFi network, many of them (including iPhone and iPad) will let you select something to watch then give you the option to watch through your PS3 or PS4, instead of just on your tiny screen. And if you have a Roku, they have an app that’ll let you play & pause, at least.
  5. Watch with faraway friends using rabb.it. Fire up a room, invite someone to join, and start watching. It’ll play on both ends, so you can watch together and be at the same spot in the video. (They can do more than Netflix too: there’s Hulu, HBOGo, YouTube videos, and more.)
  6. Delete stuff from your history. Go ahead and remove every trace of that time your niece watched Dora the Explorer on your profile constantly and totally ruined your recommendations. (Just me?) Click on Your Account, then Viewing activity, then hit the X next to anything you want to erase. While you’re adjusting settings, add a “Guest” profile for next time, too.
  7. Stop scrolling incessantly through your queue! Get a better grasp of what’s new and/or popular on InstantWatcher, and see what’s going away soon.

Now that your Netflix account is handled, what’re you going to watch?! Might I suggest Gilmore Girls

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…or Friday Night Lights, because:

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THAT WINK, Y’ALL.

about sarah

My MBP

Since I shared my iPhone homescreen recently, I thought I’d also share a photo of the computer I spend so much time on (professionally & personally). I’ve definitely met people based on them spotting a sticker they like, so I recommend this approach if you wouldn’t mind strangers chatting with you randomly.

Stickers on my MacBook Pro

Most of the stickers on my MacBook Pro are from Redbubble and CafePress, except the WordPress ones, the Twitter bird, and the GitHub girl.

See: feminist heartLeslie Knope</patriarchy>Tina BelcherVeronica MarsBuffyDFTBAGitHub girlbooks.