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Welcome to Best Laid Plans -- a podcast all about planning and the planning tools we love. From planning techniques and organizing philosophies to planners and notebooks, we cover it all. Host Sarah Hart-Unger is a mother of 3, physician, podcasting pro, and a lover of lists and all things paper! Listen in weekly for conversations about planning and productivity as well as product reviews and interviews with planning experts!
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Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.
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Meal Prep Monday Podcast™ brings you 10 minutes of actionable meal prep advice, helping you answer the dreaded "What's for Dinner?" question with ease. Host Allison Schaaf is a personal chef, dietitian, mom and founder of meal planning website PrepDish.com. Listen along as she teaches you how to save time, money & energy through meal prep. Her healthy gluten free, paleo & keto meal plans have helped thousands! And in this podcast, she's sharing all of her time saving tips and tricks with you ...
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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always. Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly ...
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In episode 209, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf talks about planning strategies with guest Sarah Hart-Unger from Best Laid Plans and Best of Both Worlds podcasts. They cover big-picture planning all the way down to smaller daily details, and even include a peek into Sarah’s personal meal planning approach at home. Sarah is a mother of three living…
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In today's episode, Laura and Sarah explore the concept of "Quality Time", one of Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages. However, they don't limit the conversation to just partner quality time - they also discuss cultivating and deepening quality and connection time with kids and with themselves (with some side tangents about time with friends, too!). In…
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Today's deep dive episode was inspired by a listener question below: "I’m so curious how you handle all the minutia and small to-dos of daily life. I have 3 kids, a full-time in-office job, and also have a side hustle crafting-based business. It seems like there are constantly people to coordinate with for kids, teacher emails that should be read, …
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In episode 210, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf reviews some of her favorite classic planners that she’s used over the years to manage family, work, and personal goals. ‌ Allison has used and enjoyed several different types of paper planners to help her keep track of important details and work through longer-term achievements. Why switch through m…
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Today's episode is about media consumption, from books to movies to music and of course social media too. Sarah and Laura chat about ways to enjoy media more, cultivating an awareness of the types of media we choose to consume, and different feelings about their own personal social media use habits. In the Q&A, a listener asks for tips helping her …
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We all need rest. How can you ensure that you give yourself the gift of rest when you need it? Sarah suggests planning for it can help, among other things! Today's episode is dedicated to all things rest as Sarah discusses her need for a 'down month' and discusses ways to truly rest well even with the challenges of work, kids, and more. Books Menti…
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Sarah and Laura reflect back on jobs of the past (including the pretty distant past - remember video stores?) and then introduce an alliterative framework for loving your job more: Passion, People, Progress, and Pleasure. In the Q&A, Laura answers a listener question about her experiences in getting a family dog. See omnystudio.com/listener for pri…
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It's a Q&A episode! Sarah tackles listener questions sent in over the previous month. Topics include: 1) Update on formalizing the task management of household (vs work) projects 2) Thoughts on Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto 3) "Can you talk about busyness?" 4) 100 Dream List - what is it, and where to keep? 5) Planning-adjacent ideas for m…
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In episode 208, Allison Schaaf introduces the newest little recipe tester and family member in a personal update, and discusses a look ahead at high protein recipes support at Prep Dish. ‌ The Schaaf family is officially a family of five! Allison is pleased to introduce their newest baby boy, Tovin, who came to the family through adoption in Decemb…
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In this episode, Sarah interviews Dr. Gillian Goddard, an NYC-based endocrinologist who will soon be launching a newsletter on navigating your health and hormones in the post-reproductive years. They discuss perimenopause and the late reproductive years, contraception at 40+, weight gain and perimenopause, estrogen + dementia, and more. In the Q&A,…
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Sarah loves paper planners but there are so many people out there planning effectively with digital tools - and it was time to interview one of them! In this episode, Sarah interviews her friend Kaelyn Lopez (Kae, an RN working in transplant coordination and mother of 2 who blogs at gratefulkae.com ) for this episode because Kae has gradually shift…
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In episode 207, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf shares several of her easy high protein lunch ideas to wrap up the January Meal Prep Monday protein series. These suggestions offer some simple streamlined approaches to achieving your protein health goals and keeping you satiated through your afternoon. Allison’s approach to lunch focuses on a solid…
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Today's episode is all about morning routines, which is fitting since Sarah loves mornings and one of Laura's bestsellers is What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast! Sarah and Laura share their own AM routines in detail, from wakeup alarm to the start of the work day, plus variations on weekends and other scenarios. Then, they discuss s…
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In today's episode, Sarah shares how her year is shaping up so far, including a report on her planner choices for the year. Then, the episode is devoted to a deep dive into Nested Goal Setting - her method for setting goals and identifying tasks based on time horizon from daily to yearly. She reviews her methodology in detail and answers common que…
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In episode 206, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf highlights seven protein rich breakfast ideas in the January protein series to help you reach your health goals in the new year. Each of these protein-packed breakfast options offer at least 30 grams of protein, which is the baseline recommended for each meal for optimum health benefits. Ideas includ…
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It is so tough to navigate the college search and admission process -- emotionally, practically, financially. (Eep!) It completely stressed me out, and I'm a pretty Type B mom. So learn from my mistakes! To kick off a new year of Spawned, we're lucky to be getting super helpful tips from Alyse Levine, one of the foremost college counseling experts …
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In today's episode, Laura and Sarah share their tried-and-true kid product favorites -- everything from books to brands of clothing! Categories covered include books, magazines, movies/TV; toys; pumps + other baby gear; clothing; food-related. Emphasis is placed on items that made it through 6+ years of kid use! See omnystudio.com/listener for priv…
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In today's episode, Sarah shares some listener suggestions/feedback and then delves into January's listener questions -- many around goal setting and task management (it is January, after all)! References: Julie Morganstern's Time to Parent: https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/time-to-parent The Eisenhower Matrix (James Clear's take): https://jamescle…
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In episode 205, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf talks with Registered Dietitian Laura Ligos from The Sassy Dietitian and discusses important health metrics to track other than weight for optimum well-being. ‌ Laura has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for over ten years and notes that becoming a mother has evolved the approach she takes in h…
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In today's Mailbag episode, Sarah and Laura tackle some great questions sent in by listeners. Topics include: - Streamlining things in a busy household with school-aged kids - Did LV or SHU ever consider SAHM life? - Rewriting your narrative - Ways to have BOBW when things are tight and family is not close by? - School/camp/activity decisions - Out…
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Today's episode is all about media consumption and ways to really get the most out of the content we choose to immerse ourselves in! Sarah provides several tips for enjoying and curating media, from recording to increase awareness to partnering up to taking notes. REQUEST: Please send guest and topic ideas! Sarah wants to make 2024's Best Laid Plan…
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In episode 204, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf welcomes nutritionist and health coach guest Aimee Gallo to discuss how eating more protein could help you lose weight and keep it off. ‌ Aimee Gallo is founder of Vibrance Nutrition and Fitness and is a practicing nutritionist and health coach focussed in the fields of metabolic health and weight lo…
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In today's very January-appropriate episode, Laura and Sarah share their favorite organizing tactics for their calendars, household, and ideas! From car clean-outs to content calendars, this episode has it all. In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking about the logistics of going on a family bike ride with 7 people. Learn more about your ad choices.…
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This episode airs on 1/1/24 - a new day, week, month, quintile, and year!! On this special day, Sarah discusses her own annual goal-setting processes this year, and then shares her own list of goals for 2024! These include goals in her 5 chosen domains: PERSONAL / RELATIONSHIPS / HOUSEHOLD / CLINICAL WORK / CREATIVE WORK. Please send your ideas for…
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In episode 203, Allison Schaaf, founder of Prep Dish, talks about a month-long focus on protein and introduces some special new January bonus menus packed with high protein diet recipes. ‌ There has been a lot of discussion recently about the health benefits of increased protein in our diets. Working off of advice from Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s Forever …
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In today's annual goals episode, Laura and Sarah share their hopes, dreams, and goals for 2024! They each discuss several domains (work / relationships / self) and touch on habits and routines, and Sarah shares a unique take on "24 for 2024". Both will report back in 6 months in the traditional mid-year check-in! Episode Sponsors: Pampers: Try Pamp…
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In today's episode, Sarah shares her 2023 favorites (book / movie / music / planning tools!) and then share which goals came to fruition and which did not. She also discusses the merits of setting goals without expecting that every single one of them will be reached. Contact Info: Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com Voice questions: https://www.speak…
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In episode 202, Allison Schaaf, founder of Prep Dish, wishes you a happy holiday and discusses some of the content you can look forward to on the Meal Prep Monday Podcast in the upcoming year. Listeners can look forward to interviews with special guests who are subject matter experts in different health and nutrition-related fields. The Meal Prep M…
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In today's episode, Sarah interviews Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vanessa Carroll about leading as a women (and mother of 4) in medicine -- a place where the C-suite was historically male-dominated. She shares her story along with tips for others in her position, whether they are in fields like medicine or other spaces with imbalanced gender represent…
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In today's episode, Sarah provides an overview of why annual goals make sense and why she doesn't love the word "resolutions". She delves into the different types of goals one might consider setting, and shares some of the most common goals set in 2023. Finally, she details when and how you might hold your own annual goal setting session. Episode S…
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There’s a new pet at the Schaaf house! Find out who the latest animal is in episode 201, where founder of Prep Dish and small hobby farm owner Allison Schaaf shares about her current menagerie and reveals whether their newest addition could possibly be the best family pet. ‌ Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pr…
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Today's episode is a retrospective review of 2023! Sarah and Laura review the goals they set and shared on this podcast 12 months ago and share how they fared throughout the year. This month's Patreon session is an annual goal setting event, and Laura and Sarah also share their planned Patreon curriculum for 2024! Find out more at patreon.com/besto…
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In today's episode, Sarah shares two listener submissions for Word of the Year (one from Australia and one from Scotland!) and then dive into some listener questions! Topics include: 1) Capture Overload 2) End-of-residency Planning - Lack of Motivation to Set Work Goals 3) Organization of weekly / monthly / quintile goals lists 4) Post-baby plannin…
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In episode 200, founder of Prep Dish Allison Schaaf discusses her experience with the One Line a Day Journal and suggests a unique and meaningful gift idea for your wish list, or to give to others! ‌Allison shares insight into her nearly daily practice over the past five years with the One Line a Day Journal, which is a treasured gift she received …
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At the end of such a tough year, we're looking to find all the holiday joy where we can, and make fun for our kids -- but why do moms always seem to be the people behind the fun, and not part of the fun? Liz is joined by Margaret Ables, co-host of the fabulous What Fresh Hell parenting podcast to commiserate, and we're offering smart tips (eg stop …
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In today’s episode, Laura and Sarah make a case for not trying to minimize or simplify holiday fun, but instead ensure the season has some elements that are fun for every member of the family - including you. They chat holiday traditions, gift-buying practices, extending some fun until January, and more. In the Q&A, a listener asks how to involve k…
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In today's episode, Sarah shares how she used her 2023 planners and then unveils her 2023 planner stack!! Products Mentioned: Hobonichi Cousin Avec Hobonichi A6 Original Cloth & Paper Disc-Bound Half-Letter Hobonichi 5 Year Journal Ashley Shelly Monthly (Amanda's Favorites Collab) BLP NEWS: - Planning By Season (seasonal planning sessions) and Digi…
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Join Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf for episode 199 as she shares some of her favorite easy prep tips about preparing for the holidays. As we head into the beginning of December, it can feel like we’re already in the thick of holiday season, but there is still a lot we can do to prepare ahead and make time together with friends and family more re…
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