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Welcome to the Swirl and Sip Podcast –a podcast about life, and going through all the hoods -womanhood, marriage-hood and parenthood all with a glass of wine in hand. Each episode we'll be trying a new bottle of wine, giving our candid thoughts, and diving into those topics that you have when it's just you and your girls. Everything from how we handle making new friends in our 30s, managing money in marriage, and all the ways kids change everything, we're keeping it real and candid in our co ...
 
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As a parent, it can be draining to deal with our kids' frustration, emotions, and energy. But have you ever considered that they act out because they do not have the words or reasoning to express how they are feeling? Kids have BIG EMOTIONS and it can be a struggle trying to decipher what is truly going through their minds. Have you found yourself …
 
A family embodies many things, but it doesn't always have to be blood... Did you marry someone with kids? Maybe you both came into a relationship with kids of your own? Or perhaps you adopted? How do you manage multiple scheduled? Co-parenting? Resentful children? Regardless of the struggles, blended families are a beautiful thing. No matter how a …
 
Question: What does ambition look like to you? There used to come a time that if you had children, you had to give up your career and stay at home and raise your family. But today, we think that ambition and motherhood go hand in hand. We are driven to provide amazing futures for our children. Some may have great respect for a woman who knows what …
 
Does your birth order say anything about who you are as a person? Most of us have heard the theory that the order in which you are born, impacts your personality as a child and well into adulthood. While this may not hold true for everyone, studies have shown that it's true in most cases. So of course, today, we are talking all about birth order tr…
 
What if we told you that "wellness" as we all know it is a lie?! What is your health made up of? Goals on your Fitbit? Eliminating carbs from your diet? Good test results from the doctor? While being in good physical condition may come to mind when thinking about healthy living and wellness, it’s only a small part of the picture. In today's episode…
 
The 4th trimester is the transitional period between birth and 12 weeks postpartum. It is a time of great physical and emotional change as your baby adjusts to the world, and you adjust to life as a mother. In this episode, we are joined by Mercedes Thomas, MSN, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC, also known as "Mercedes the NP". Mercedes is a healthcare consultant…
 
It's finally here - Season Three!!!! We're excited to kick off season three of the podcast and we're starting with celebrating all the ways women make money moves! If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that women are phenomenal at the hustle game! Did you know that in the last 20 years, the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 1…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 202 - Let's Talk About Sex Baby! In this episode, we talked sex with guest Rashida Ahmed of For The Love Of Yoni. We're tackling how to embrace your sexuality and how to tell your partner EXACTLY what you want! Episode Resources: For …
 
Ever wish you could know exactly what he was thinking? Would you like to have a man's perspective from time to time?⁠ Is there a situation you could've used some male intuition in?⁠ It's no secret that men and women often THINK and COMMUNICATE differently. ⁠ ⁠ In this episode, we have special guest husbands Brandon (Shara's husband) and Rajesh who …
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 214 - Special Child, Special Mom. In this episode, we talked with Kacey Dangerfield, aka Kay Alex, who is transparent about her journey with her autistic son, Zander. Kacey gives us great insight into why it's important to get an earl…
 
How do you feel about raising black and brown sons in today's society?⁠ The harsh reality is the world we live in is not safe for black and brown men. Unfortunately, the color of their skin is an automatic strike against them.⁠ ⁠ Are you fearful for your sons future? What are you doing to prepare them for life in this world as a man of color?⁠ Toda…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 221 - Italian Excursion. In this episode we talked with Anna Savino about what it's like owning a tour business during a global pandemic and the difference in raising children in Italy. Episode Resources: You can follow Anna on Facebo…
 
𝗪𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱 & 𝘄𝗶𝗳𝗲𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱.⁠ As mothers and wives, we often put the needs of our children and spouse first. ⁠ However, we have to take care of ourselves to thrive as mothers and wives. ⁠We can't pour into our family and friends if we're pouring from an empty cup. A lot of the times we may feel bad for taking time for ourselves but i…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 204 - Putting In That Work! In this episode, we talked resetting our marriage expectations with Leasha Ogle, founder of This Thing Called Wife. Leasha is sharing the lessons she's learned after changing her outlook on her own marriage…
 
Unfortunately, many parents among us have endured childhood trauma. Though many have been able to move on with their lives, becoming parents themselves can be triggering. Parenting is hard, but parenting as a survivor of childhood trauma can be extremely difficult and terrifying. ⁠ We were super excited to chat with Lonnetta "Lonnie" Grant of Lonni…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 222 - Fighting For Our Lives! In that episode, we tackled the important issue of advocating for yourself and your health. We get it...standing up to doctors or other medical professionals can sometimes be intimidating. But there is no…
 
Make sure the little ones are in a different room when you play this episode! We're talking all about cursing - should women (and especially moms) do it? Some people think it is unbecoming of a woman to throw out a f-bomb every now and then. What about the thought that only uneducated people curse (because they don't know other words). With two mas…
 
We've made it to our Season 2 finale and this week is a continuation of our conversation from EP 224 - Raising Kings Part I. Being mothers of Black and brown sons is not for the faint of heart. While there's a constant worry about the world we're raising our boys in, we're also trying to find a balance to make sure they aren't raised in fear. In ou…
 
How do you feel about raising black and brown sons in today's society?⁠ The harsh reality is the world we live in is not safe for black and brown men. Unfortunately, the color of their skin is an automatic strike against them.⁠ ⁠ Are you fearful for your sons future? What are you doing to prepare them for life in this world as a man of color?⁠ Toda…
 
Shara and Sasha are both lucky enough to have a choice when it comes to sending their boys to school. We both recognize that having that choice is an immense privilege. Some parents make huge sacrifices to get their kids into better schools, both public and private. Either by moving to more expensive districts or choosing pricey private schools. To…
 
Did you know that doctors listen to their patients for an average of just 11 seconds before interrupting them? If you were dealing with pain or an ailment for weeks, is 11 seconds enough time to explain your symptoms and express your concerns?⁠ Of course not!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ In this week's episode, we're tackling the important issue of advocating for yourself…
 
We're on our way to Italy...in our minds of course because it's still a pandemic! Of course, we both love wine so we were ecstatic when we got the chance to talk to our special guest this week - Anna Savino. Anna is originally from Napa, California but has lived in the Piedmont region of Italy since 2005. Her love for the region—and especially the …
 
It's a new year and it's been off to a rocky start...BUT good news - we are still the same Sasha & Shara! Are you into goal setting? Do you choose a work of the year? How do you use your word throughout the year? In today's episode, we're discussing goal setting, planners, and vision boards. We're not really into resolutions but we do set intention…
 
We are celebrating the 1-year anniversary of The Swirl and Sip Podcast! Can you believe it's been an entire year?!⁠ ⁠ In the midst of a pandemic, we start a podcast and are only a few episodes away from the end of our second season. We are so grateful for all of our listeners, new and old.⁠ ⁠Today, we are reminiscing about how we got started, and w…
 
While Shara and I are both boy moms, we have both been teen girls...and whew! Our mommas had a hard time.⁠ ⁠ When you were a teen, were you able to confide in your mother? Go to her for advice?⁠ In this episode, we're joined by a very special guest, Aleeka, The Safe Space Curator and diving into why girls do not talk to their moms, and how mothers …
 
We've made it to our first Christmas episode and we're decking the halls! Christmas is a special time of year and of course, every family has their own traditions and celebrations. In this episode, we're talking about how we celebrate the holidays and the type of traditions we hope to carry on in our own families. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays f…
 
It's been said that maintaining friendships with other women can be quite difficult. Unfortunately, there may be a time or two that you have a conflict with a female friend. Some friendships come to an end for one reason or another while others are meant to stand the test of time. In this episode, we're chatting with the last member of our #WineNig…
 
Were you made fun of for having bucked teeth? Being 'too" dark-skinned? Flat-chested? The list goes on. Kids can be cruel. ⁠ ⁠ Fortunately, we were able to embrace what we perceived to be flawed...however, there are times when certain insecurities creep up. ⁠ In this episode, we dug deep and discussed childhood insecurities and how we grew from the…
 
It's time to break the silence about your kids with disabilities. ⁠If more women-of-color spoke up about their special needs children, so many others would not feel alone.⁠ The black and brown special needs community needs more visibility. Don't be afraid to "label" your child as special needs. That "label" can get you access to the support and res…
 
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗣𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽.⁠ Whether you've been with your partner for 2 years or 10, it's important to keep things fresh and new. ⁠You guessed it! This week, we are talking about heating things up in the bedroom with guest Rashida Ahmed of For The Love Of Yoni. Rashida Ahmed, is a regionally recognized sex educator and coach,…
 
Have you slacked off on your fitness regimen since COVID started?⁠ ⁠ Are you worried about gaining weight during the Holiday season?⁠ ⁠ In the past several months, it has been EXTRA difficult to focus on fitness and healthy eating. With all of the added stress and responsibilities of our new normal, meal prepping and morning workouts have fallen by…
 
𝗪𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱 & 𝘄𝗶𝗳𝗲𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱.⁠ As mothers and wives, we often put the needs of our children and spouse first. ⁠ However, we have to take care of ourselves to thrive as mothers and wives. ⁠We can't pour into our family and friends if we're pouring from an empty cup. A lot of the times we may feel bad for taking time for ourselves but i…
 
What role does social media play in your relationship?⁠ ⁠ Do you and your spouse post one another on social media?⁠ ⁠ Has social media ever caused any issues in your relationship?⁠ ⁠Most people post the best moments of their lives on social media. It looks like they have the perfect relationship. If you wouldn't post your drama on social media, kee…
 
Unfortunately, many parents among us have endured childhood trauma. Though many have been able to move on with their lives, becoming parents themselves can be triggering. Parenting is hard, but parenting as a survivor of childhood trauma can be extremely difficult and terrifying. ⁠ We were super excited to chat with Lonnetta "Lonnie" Grant of Lonni…
 
Your favorite Swirl & Sip Podcast hosts are both 𝗛𝗕𝗖𝗨 𝗠𝗔𝗗𝗘!⁠ Proud graduates of North Carolina A&T State University and Bowie State University we both loved our schools and the amazing experience of getting to experience higher education surrounded by Black and Brown people achieving great things! In this episode we are talking about our HBCU exper…
 
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗼 𝗠𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗔...⁠ Mom, Wife, or Business Woman.⁠ Unfortunately, many of us have lost ourselves in motherhood or wifehood.⁠ The relentless pressures of marriage and motherhood do not allow much time to nurture a personal identity. It's also difficult to be yourself in the professional world. ⁠ In this episode we are talking to Lin…
 
Have you done one of those Ancestry DNA tests? Do you know where you 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 came from?⁠ How far back on your family tree have you gone?⁠ Do you plan on teaching your children about your own personal heritage and history (or even learning more about it yourself)? 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗼.⁠ ⁠ They teach a very high le…
 
Ever wish you could know exactly what he was thinking? Would you like to have a man's perspective from time to time?⁠ Is there a situation you could've used some male intuition in?⁠ It's no secret that men and women often THINK and COMMUNICATE differently. ⁠ ⁠ In this episode, we have special guest husbands Brandon (Shara's husband) and Rajesh who …
 
There is no handbook to marriage. No one teaches us how to be a wife. And many of us walk into marriage with expectations that frankly, won't be met. When expectations don't meet reality, we can find ourselves wanting out. In this episode we're talking resetting our marriage expectations with Leasha Ogle, founder of This Thing Called Wife. Leasha i…
 
Make sure the little ones are in a different room when you play this episode! We're talking all about cursing - should women (and especially moms) do it? Some people think it is unbecoming of a woman to throw out a f-bomb every now and then. What about the thought that only uneducated people curse (because they don't know other words). With two mas…
 
Get ready to talk SEX! We don't shy away from any topic here so in this episode we're diving into the bedroom (or kitchen, sofa, etc) and talking sex with guest Rashida Ahmed of For The Love Of Yoni. We're tackling how to embrace your sexuality and how to tell your partner EXACTLY what you want! Rashida Ahmed, is a regionally recognized sex educato…
 
"The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman." -Malcolm X We're kicking off Season 2 with this brown and black girl magic! In this episode we're talking all about how being a woman with black or brown skin is work! Whil…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 14 - Love Me In A Special Way! In that episode, we discussed Love Languages and the book "The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts" By Gary Chapman. We talked all about how our own love language has changed over the years a…
 
Take a listen back at our favorite episodes! Having a "mom tribe" can be one of the key things that help you get through motherhood. Ladies who have been or are in the same space as you can serve as a sounding board, coach, or sometimes just your wine buddy. And they don't always have to be moms! Our single friends can be a lifeline to the world we…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on EP 24 - Classy, Bougie, Ratchet! In that episode, we discussed "ratchet motherhood" and how you can remain true to yourself while still being a great parent. ⁠Mom shaming is a thing but just because you're a mom doesn't mean you should b…
 
Take a listen back at our favorite episodes! We've said it time and time again - having a baby changes everything. And for most women, the biggest change of all happens to our bodies. What happens when the baby comes and you look in the mirror and realizes things just ain't sitting the way they use to. In this episode, we're talking all about our s…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on Episode 20 - Are Pinterest Moms Real? In that episode, we discussed what our own vision boards of motherhood looked like and where we fall short. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it's definitely that finding the time and patience…
 
Take a listen back at our favorite episodes! "When are you having a baby?" "When are you having another baby?" "You'll change your mind." If you're a woman of child-bearing age you've heard these questions many, many times. We've heard it all too. Right after we were congratulated on getting married came the kids questions. And it can be exhausting…
 
We love the conversations that happen around our episodes! In this Tasting Notes, we're hearing your feedback on Episode 22 - The Wisdom of Our Mothers! In that episode, we discussed all about how that mother-daughter relationship changes once a grand-baby arrives. Whether you go to your own mom or Google first, there's a lot to be gained from the …
 
Take a listen back at our favorite episodes! The ladies of Swirl & Sip definitely love to see the world. Between the two of us we've been to several countries and two continents (besides the U.S). Traveling is not only a great way to experience new cultures and places but is an amazing way to bring back that spark that you may have forgotten about …
 
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