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Being a person is hard, and The Lazy Genius Podcast is here to help you be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't. From laundry to cooking chicken to making new friends, Kendra is here to welcome you into an easier way.
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It’s our final bonus episode, you guys! Over the summer I’m talking to some Internet and IRL friends about Lazy Geniusing an aspect of our every day lives. Today, I’m talking to Erin Moon about morning routines! Helpful Companion Links You can find Erin Moon on Instagram and online here. The Lazy Genius Way is out now! Get your copy today from your favorite bookseller!Erin
I get messages all the time asking how a person can lazy genius their laundry pile or an awkward friendship encounter or online school or any number of things! The truth is that any challenge could use a Lazy Genius solution, and that’s why I wrote The Lazy Genius Way! Helpful Companion Links Preorder The Lazy Genius Way before midnight tonight (Monday) to claim your preorder bonuses! Missed the episode on How to Go Back to School? Catch up here. Details on opening and closing ceremonies and what they can be for you and your family. Download a transcript of this episode!
On Saturday, you might have heard the audiobook version of the introduction of my book The Lazy Genius Way, and today’s episode is chapter one! I don’t want to make you wait around, so here it is! Chapter One of The Lazy Genius Way entitled “How to Think Like a Lazy Genius.” Stuff Mentioned Preorder either the print or audio version of The Lazy Genius Way and claim your preorder bonuses before August 11th!
Today’s episode is extra and very exciting. It’s the audio version of the introduction of my book The Lazy Genius Way! I’m so excited for you to get a sneak peek of the audiobook before it’s out in the world in all its glory. Helpful Companion Links My book, The Lazy Genius Way, is available for preorder! You can find all the details here. Don’t sleep on it, you guys. Preorder bonuses end on August 11th!
Transitioning from summer to school routine is a legitimate thing, but this year? Well, clearly we don’t have to say a lot about this year. So how do we go back to school when we don’t even know what that looks like? Helpful Companion Links Preorder The Lazy Genius Way and get the entire Lazy Genius Library for free just for preordering. Details here! Previous episodes that are Back to School adjacent: What Does It Mean To Take Care of Yourself?, The Lazy Genius Works From Home, and Plan Your Opening Ceremony. Download a transcript of this episode.
It’s another bonus episode, you guys! Over the summer I’m talking to some Internet and IRL friends about Lazy Geniusing an aspect of our every day lives. Today, I’m talking to Kristen Howerton and she’s helping us Lazy Genius being a mom, specifically being a mom of teenagers down the road. Stuff Mentioned You can find Kristen on Instagram here and buy her book Rage Against The Minivan here. My book, The Lazy Genius Way, is available for preorder! You can find all the deets here.
Did y’all know I really dig playlists? Like so much. And I’ve been told, especially after my holiday playlists last year and my quarantine groove playlist this summer, that I’m really good at them. I will agree with you. This is not a space I choose to be overly humble. I learned from the best. Helpful Companion Links Playlists I’m proud of: nine curated Christmas playlists plus my Quarantine Groove list for the summer. My sister Hannah makes seasonal playlists for our patrons over on our Patreon show The Lazy Sisters. My buddy Bri McKoy is also a bomb playlist maker. Check her out on Instagram. Here’s my profile on Spotify for easy access. Download a transcript of this episode.
There is something so fun about getting a behind-the-scenes look at something like publishing. We all read books, but y’all the whole industry is something else. There’s so much happening, and it’s all really interesting! Well, some of it is. Today, I want to share with you five things I learned about launching a book that I didn’t know before. Stuff Mentioned Preorder The Lazy Genius Way and get the entire Lazy Genius Library for free just for preordering. Details here! If you missed the episode A Peek Inside The Lazy Genius Way, you can listen to it here. My thoughts on goals and goal-setting: Quit Setting Stupid Goals, How I Handle Screwing Up My Goals, A Goals Pep Talk, and The Lazy Genius Sets Goals. If you’re interested in being part of a community, check out Hope*Writers. They open their doors to new members three times a year. Download a transcript of this episode.  
Vacations definitely look different this summer than they usually do, but trips aren’t just vacations. You’ll go see grandma, you might travel a state or two over when the holidays come soon. Basically, we’ll have trips long after this pandemic is over, and I get a lot of questions about doing a packing episode, so here you go. Stuff Mentioned Haven’t preordered The Lazy Genius Way yet? You can do that right here and claim your bonuses! My bonus episode with Courtney Cleveland from All the Best Days on Lazy Geniusing staycations. You can get her packing list here. There are only a few more days to join the book launch team! If you haven’t applied yet, you can do so here! Download a transcript of this episode.
It’s another bonus episode, you guys! Over the summer I’m talking to some Internet and IRL friends about Lazy Geniusing an aspect of our every day lives. Today, I’m talking to Kate Strickler of Naptime Kitchen, and we’re Lazy Geniusing dinner without losing our minds. Kate is such a great resource for making regular life dinner, and she happily takes us along with her. Stuff Mentioned You can find Kate on Instagram @naptimekitchen or on her blog at www.naptimekitchen.com. My book, The Lazy Genius Way, is available for preorder! You can find all the deets here.
I’m not saying I fixed summer cooking because that would be stupid, but I think I found an approach that will be pretty awesome, especially if you’re three weeks into hot weather no school everyone home cooking and losing your mind a little.  Stuff Mentioned Apply to be a member of The Lazy Genius Way Launch Team here! The application will close at noon on Wednesday, July 8, and we kick off activities Monday, July 13. I’m so excited, and I would love for you to join us! Here’s a link to my pancake recipe I make every couple of weeks in a big batch and freeze. I’ll be on Instagram around noon eastern to go live and answer your questions on Thursday. Download a transcript of this episode.
Summer is a season of relaxation, of later bedtimes and loungy days, but we’ve also kind of already been in a weird season of pseudo-relaxation and later bedtimes and loungy days because of COVID-19. It’s safe to say that easing into summer rhythms is a little complicated right now. Helpful Companion Links Today’s episode is sponsored by The Lazy Genius Merch Store! Get your Lazy Genius gear here. I first mentioned Daily Sheets in How to Lazy Genius Kid Chores (episode 117) and I misspoke in the episode by calling it The Lazy Genius Plans a Day. It’s really The Lazy Genius Weekly Plan. Preorder your copy of The Lazy Genius Way out August 11, 2020 (and get fun preorder bonuses!). Download a transcript of this episode.
This is a very exciting and surreal episode for me to share because in case you didn’t know I wrote a book, and today is the first real day that I’m going to tell you about what is inside! On August 11th, you’ll get to read those words if you want, and in this episode I’ll actually share a couple of ways you can read those words sooner, but for now, I’m going to tell you why I decided to write a book, what my writing rhythm was when I was writing it, how I wrote 60,000 words that were never used, what kept me from quitting because I almost did a couple of times, and what’s inside the book. Helpful Companion Links Preorder The Lazy Genius Way and claim your preorder bonuses here. Download a transcript of this episode.
Surprise! We’re doing fun bonus episodes over the summer where I talk to others about Lazy Geniusing an aspect of our every day lives. Today, I’m talking to Courtney Cleveland of All the Best Days, and we’re Lazy Geniusing staycations and a little bit of day-tripping. This episode will legitimately give you the tools you need to travel like a Lazy Genius. Stuff Mentioned Here’s where you can find Courtney Cleveland: her personal Instagram and All The Best Days Instagram. You can get her packing list here. My book, The Lazy Genius Way, is available for preorder (and there’s a free sample available here right now)!    
This summer, you guys, is the summer I truly begin my education of being an anti-racist. I want to begin taking steps in how I see my summer stack and even in what I watch and listen to. I also want to do that with my kids. And I invite you to join me. Stuff Mentioned This week’s episode is sponsored by Book of the Month. Use promo code LAZYGENIUS to get $5 off your first book at www.bookofthemonth.com. Books mentioned in this episode: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, The Enneagram of Belonging by Chris Heuertz, The Green Ember by S.D. Smith,  The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek, Enter Wild by Carlos Whittaker, I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown, Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, The Lazy Genius Way by me! Movies mentioned in this episode: The Black Power Mixtape, The 13th, and When They See Us Podcasts mentioned in this episode: 1619, Melanated Faith, and Throughline Ro Williams Brann on Instagram, and her recommendations for the summer: The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe. A Kids Book About Racism (back-ordered) but you can follow them on Instagram here. Download a transcript of this episode.
I am no makeup expert by any stretch, but over 20+ years of wearing makeup, I’ve figured out one strategy that works for me, and I want to share it with you today. Helpful Companion Links This week’s episode is sponsored by Book of the Month. Use promo code LAZYGENIUS to get $5 off your first book at www.bookofthemonth.com. If you want to be a genius about makeup, follow Jamie B. Golden on Instagram. Do it. Go. And while you’re there, I’d love for you to join in on the Lazy Genius fun, too. More words about the products I use on my four faces here. My monthly newsletter, Latest Lazy Letter, goes out this Wednesday. There will be book news in it. I repeat, there will be book news in it. If you want it, get on the VIP list. If you don’t have plans Saturday night (I mean, really, who has plans right now?!), join me for The Popcast’s virtual live show celebrating Knox’s new book All Things Reconsidered, which you can get here (affiliate link). Download a transcript of this episode.
It can feel like our closing ceremonies are shot because of how things are within the setting of a pandemic, and that’s a very real thing. I’ve said it several times in episodes about a variety of topics, but there’s a lot to grieve right now. But here’s an important thing to remember: the magic of a closing ceremony isn’t really about what you do but that you just do something. Stuff Mentioned This episode is sponsored by All Things Reconsidered by Knox McCoy, which is available on June 2. Want a refresher on opening and closing ceremonies? Start here: Plan Your Opening Ceremony (119), The Lazy Genius Welcomes Fall (70), and The Lazy Genius Conquers Holiday Overwhelm (36). Sarah MacKenzie at Read Aloud Revival can help you incorporate a read-aloud rhythm in your family. Download a transcript of this episode.
Right now, we’re separated from each other in ways we never have been before, but there will be other times when we want to stay in touch with people we love when we’re far away from them, whether it’s across the country or six feet apart. So today, how do we stay in touch when we can’t actually touch? Helpful Companion Links Myquillyn Smith, aka The Nester, gave me the framework of “lovely limitations.” Her book, Cozy Minimalist Home (affiliate link), is my go-to Christmas gift for my kids’ teachers. Instagram is where I hang out most on social media, and I’d love for you to join me there. You can find me @thelazygenius. P.S. Here’s that post about Annie’s birthday party. Download a transcript of this episode.
If you’re stressed about all that’s going on, you might be sleeping less, not eating the same things because of apocalyptic grocery shopping, maybe you’re not able to read or run or get drinks with girlfriends, all things that normally make you feel really good on hard days. So yeah. I feel like it’s a good time to talk about what it means to take care of ourselves.  Helpful Companion Links A few extra resources not mentioned specifically in the episode: The Lazy Genius Rests, The Daily Act of Kindness, and The Lazy Genius and Self-Care. Download a transcript of this episode.
Last week, I shared ten principles of lived-in cleaning, but today, we’re diving into the specifics. Laundry, tidying, bathrooms, dusting and all the things. Just how do we keep our homes clean when everyone is in it all of the time? Let’s jump in.  Helpful Companion Links This week’s episode is sponsored by Book of the Month. Use promo code LAZYGENIUS to get $5 off your first book at www.bookofthemonth.com. We talked about the 10 principles of lived-in cleaning last week, revisit that episode (or catch up on it) here. Here are the most popular cleaning episodes from The Lazy Genius back catalog: laundry, laundry updated, and how to start a cleaning routine. Looking to get rid of some stuff? Listen to The Lazy Genius House Purge. Tackling the bathroom? Here’s how The Lazy Genius Cleans the Bathroom. Here’s an affiliate link to my beloved Dyson vacuum. Cordless vacuums are worth their weight in gold. The next Latest Lazy Letter goes out Wednesday where I talk all about what I’m reading, watching and listening to. Hop on the VIP mailing list if you’re interested in receiving it. Download a transcript of this episode.
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Jennie Kaderabek

when a new episode comes out, it's on top of my listen list. make your life easier, your way.

Jul 24th
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heidi miller

I'm kinda laughing here... welcome to the homeschool Mama's world.

Apr 27th
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Sam Yeagle

What about the bugs??

Apr 3rd
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Whitney Rodden

Be specific! I love this, y'all 💕 ☺

Mar 25th
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Whitney Rodden

Badly needed this today. Thank you! 💕

Mar 23rd
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Kalaila O'Neill

Routine is not about what you are doing but where you are heading 😊

Sep 16th
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Jodi Skrip Horsley

So funny!! I save Garnet Hill too but never actually take the time to go through it. LOL

Mar 28th
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Cheri

Love it!💙 Kendra always amazes me with her life changing tips and hacks. This podcast is to the point and fun to listen to.

Feb 24th
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Debi Zahn

Kendra, this is quite possibly your most genius episode yet!!! It never occurred to me that I could change my pantry based on the need for a giant vat of hot chocolate mix!!!! Love it!!

Nov 26th
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Barbara Bryon Wisdom

this was great! thank you

Nov 13th
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Debi Zahn

Such a great episode! And the last minute made me laugh so hard! Love it!

Nov 5th
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Lupita Juan

música normal

Sep 3rd
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Rebecca Hinson Beck

Such a great episode! The tips on Lazy Genius are spot on!!

Jul 26th
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Krystal Bickel

I love your podcast! You are so funny and have great tips!

Feb 8th
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Gaola Vang

I really like your Podcast! It really encourage me for my busy life. Thank you!

Jan 25th
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