The Bestie Breakdown

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Hi! We're Shay Shull from Mix and Match Mama and Erika Slaughter from A Little Bit of Everything, and we're two best friends breaking down topics each week that you won't find on our blogs! We cover everything from pop culture to travel, motherhood, organization, fitness, fashion, food and so much more! We're two best friends just chatting about life, and we're so excited you're here!

Episode Date
S2 EP 40: Breaking Down Season 2 {Finale}
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Awww! It is the last episode of Season 2, and the Besties are breaking down the whole season! Erika and Shay are answering listener emails and messages from the past 20 episodes and are sharing key updates along the way. Shay keeps us in the loop on her texting situation, how organizing with a digital calendar is going , and most importantly, how her bladder situation is progressing. Erika is conquering her goal of reading less and is drowning in home renovation chaos...and laundry. Workouts, friendship, adoption, TV show updates and oodles more are recapped, as well as their hopes for season 3! Don't worry! They will be back! And they want to hear from YOU! Please let us know what you want more of next season!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

https://www.cozi.com/

Breaking Down the First Ten: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-11-breaking-down-the-first-ten/id1509081920?i=1000531582792

Breaking Down the First 20 with the Boys: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-20-breaking-down-the-podcast-by-the-boys/id1509081920?i=1000538320749

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-21-breaking-down-the-podcast-by-the-boys-part-2/id1509081920?i=1000539044215

Enneagram book: https://www.amazon.com/Enneagram-Beginners-Christian-Understanding-God-Centered/dp/0593196775

Texas Homecoming Mums: https://www.click2houston.com/features/2020/07/30/the-history-of-the-texas-homecoming-mum-and-how-the-tradition-came-to-be/

Julia: https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYip0jQfJ7MPDDQEAAAAD

Formula 1: https://www.netflix.com/title/80204890

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Apr 26, 2022
S2 EP 39: Breaking Down Blogging
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By popular demand, the Besties are Breaking Down Blogging! Erika and Shay have been in the blogging world since 2007 and know a bit about being "influencers" in the space. Over the years, what started as a hobby has turned into fulfilling careers and created lasting connections and relationships. The besties have shared so much, including the ups and downs of infertility, motherhood, life, food, books, travel, fashion, marriage, faith, and how they manage it all! They break down their blogging histories, schedules, and how they outsource different parts of the space including the tech side. How do they deal with negativity and judgement? When do the besties plan to retire? What do they love about sharing their lives with the world? And what in the world is in Erika's roof???

And of course, some fantastic Random Listener Questions from YOU! They chat wedding dress regrets, managing mom friends and infertility, and dive in to how they plan vacations for themselves and their families.

! If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

https://mixandmatchmama.com/

https://alittlebitofeverythingblog.com/

https://mixandmatchtravelagency.com/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2012/02/tabs-guacamole/

Breaking Down Social Media: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-9-breaking-down-social-media/id1509081920?i=1000530150258

Breaking Down Friendship: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-4-breaking-down-friendship/id1509081920?i=1000526381217

Breaking Down Birth: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-13-breaking-down-birth/id1509081920?i=1000532961514

https://www.blogger.com/dashboard/reading

Wall calendar: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sky-2021-2022-Wirebound-107936-A22/dp/B08SBHN9FD?th=1


The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Apr 12, 2022
S2 EP 38: Breaking Down Potty Training
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This week on the Bestie Breakdown, Erika and Shay are breaking down one of the most challenging and traumatic events of parenthood...POTTY TRAINING. From the wins to the many MANY fails, the girls are chatting all about the who, what, when, where, and hows of how they potty trained their own kids. Is Andrew as good at training kids as he is at training dogs? What stressed Erika out like nothing else? The Besties kept what in their cars?! If they could go back in time, what would they do instead? The ages, stages, laughter, tears and more is covered in this week's episode!

And of course! Random Listener questions involving busy seasons, self-care, and Real Housewives! If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

https://www.amazon.com/Crap-Potty-Training-Everything-Parenting/dp/1501122983

https://www.pampers.com/en-us/toddler/potty-training/article/potty-training-tips-step-by-step-potty-training

https://www.parenting.com/toddler/potty-training/how-3-day-potty-training-method-works/

https://www.parenting.com/toddler/potty-training/how-3-day-potty-training-method-works/

https://bedwettingstore.com/collections/alarms

https://alittlebitofeverythingblog.com/slaughters-in-mexico-swimming-with/


The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Apr 05, 2022
S2 EP 37: Breaking Down Kids' Birthdays
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By listener request, the Besties are back with an exciting new episode--Breaking Down Kids' Birthdays! As moms with 8 kids between them, the Besties have thrown a LOT of birthday parties. From parties at home, to parties at activities centers and restaurants, to resort days, hotels, birthday trips and more, Erika and Shay are sharing it all! Planning, people, invitations, party favors, choosing a budget, themes, decorations, and how much party planning has changed since that traditionally exciting first birthday! Not only are they breaking down their own kids' birthdays, but they are also reminiscing about their childhood birthday parties and are, of course, playing a fun game. And as always, Random Listener Questions from YOU!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Listener Question too.

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Mar 29, 2022
S2 EP 36: Best of Besties {Travel}
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It's one more week of Best of Besties!  Due to our very fun Spring Break...and technical issues in our "studio" (a.k.a. Shay's kids' playroom!), we're sharing another "best of" episode from Season 2!  This week, we go back to Episode 2 where the Besties break down traveling together!  From big family trips to girls trips, couples trips, ski trips, Disney trips, road trips and more, they talk about everything from the logistics to how they split up the cost, decide where they're going, what they're doing, if they ever get tired of each other plus, they're also answering your questions about traveling with extended family and big groups of friends.  All of your travel related questions are in this episode right here!

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Mar 15, 2022
S2 EP 35: Best of Besties {Time}
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Hello, Spring Break!  Shay and Erika are off with their families enjoying Spring Break, but they didn't want to leave you without an episode.  This week, they are re-sharing one of this season's most popular episodes…TIME! They are answering all of YOUR questions about how they work from home, are involved with their kids, put food on the table, keep a clean house, and still have time for fun and relationships! They take a deep dive into work-life prior to working from home (and the jobs they had in high school), their favorite apps and tricks for planning the day, how they rely on others for help, and so much more! And as always, those reader questions have the Besties thinking all about the most random things like Starbucks orders, baby names, and favorite fast food favs!

Don’t forget to join our podcast book club! We are reading Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena and will be discussing it on an upcoming episode later this month.

As always, please send us feedback @thebestiebreakdown on Instagram or email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com. And PLEASE leave us a lovely 5-star rating and review on you favorite podcast streaming platform!

Amazon.com: Not a Happy Family: A Novel: 9781984880550: Lapena, Shari: Books

Cozi Family Organizer | Must-Have App For Families

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Mar 08, 2022
S2 EP 34: Breaking Down Youth Sports
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With spring sports and activities right around the corner, we are gearing up for the whirlwind season by Breaking Down Youth Sports! With 8 kids between them, Erika and Shay have a lot of experience with finding balance during the busy season and are sharing all of their tips, tricks, and lessons learned with you! From toddlers in soccer to middle schoolers in just about everything, the Besties have spent years figuring out how to manage schedules, school, meals, practices, games, and all the life that happens in between. What sports do the kids play now? What activities have they quit? How do the Besties manage to be in two places at once?  Spoiler alert: they don't! Even though the scheduling can be hard, the Besties LOVE that their kids are busy with activities, but why? And of course, Random Listener Questions! We answer questions about bank accounts, pregnancy announcements, and reliving the high school years.

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

https://www.cozi.com/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-14-breaking-down-diet/id1509081920?i=1000533849542

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-16-breaking-down-time/id1509081920?i=1000535277242

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Mar 01, 2022
S2 EP 33: Breaking Down The '90s
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Friends, this episode of The Bestie Breakdown is going to make you want to squeeze into your old, wide-legged jeans and crop tops, heat up your hot rollers, tweeze your eyebrows (the thinner the better), turn on your Walkman, and pop open a pack up Dunkaroos! Today, Erika and Shay are breaking down...the '90s! Not only are they getting nostalgic with the movies, TV shows and music that shaped the decade (does it get better than '90s country and boy bands?), but also the fashion, sports, toys, and trends! Enjoy a trip to the past as you listen to the Besties share stories of beepers, Beanie Babies, the Macarena, and Lisa Frank. What '90s icon did Shay meet at Disney World? What did Oprah teach Erika? The kids STILL play what game? All of this and more is featured on this week's "bomb" episode! And don't forget our Random Listener Questions in which the Besties talk kids and the dinner table, their irrational fears, and "splurge" items they don't regret!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

http://gambiter.com/tabletop/Pogs.html

https://us.mentos.com/cinnamon-14pc-roll

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112697/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_United_States_men%27s_Olympic_basketball_team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoUmyY6CQRo

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-3-breaking-down-binge-watching/id1509081920?i=1000525579249

https://clearlycanadian.com/

https://tamagotchi.com/

https://www.sleepnumber.com/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100157/

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Feb 22, 2022
S2 EP 32: Breaking Down McKinney
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Friends, for years, the Besties have been asked over and over (and over) again about their magical town of McKinney, TX. Since it has also become a hugely requested podcast topic, the Besties are finally BREAKING DOWN MCKINNEY! 

Home to the Besties for almost 16 years, McKinney, TX is an epicenter of food, culture, activity, parades, festivals, history, football and so much more! Erika and Shay are sharing their personal history with the gem of a city, how it has grown over the years, what makes it truly unique when compared to other cities in the Dallas/Forth Worth area, and the reasons it has kept it's charm in a world where things seem to change so quickly. From its musician mayor and frequent hot air balloon sightings, to the largest football stadium IN THE WORLD and its magical downtown square, McKinney is truly something special to experience and behold. It is a place that you want to start a business and want to raise your children, where you can walk to the grocery store and feel safe, and where you can find community with every step that you take. We LOVE McKinney!

And of course...Random Listener Questions! Healthy lunch ideas, handling kids' vacation requests, and dating advice! They Besties even have a great suggestion for online dating for singles!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

https://www.mckinneytexas.org/

https://www.mckinneytexas.org/115/Downtown

https://www.mckinneytexas.org/562/Events-Festivals

https://dougandlyndas.com/

https://momandpopcorn.com/

https://spoonscafe.com/

https://www.yardtx.com/

https://www.stonebridgeranch.com/

https://www.mckinneyisd.net/stadium/

https://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-places/2012/snapshots/PL4845744.html

https://www.instagram.com/kellyskornersingles/?hl=en

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Feb 15, 2022
S2 EP 31: Breaking Down Love
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Awwwww!! In honor of the quickly approaching "love day," the Besties are breaking down their 5th (or 6th) favorite holiday...Valentine's Day! Erika and Shay are sharing all about how they celebrate with not only their husbands, but also their kids and their girlfriends! From what they cook and how they do presents with the kids, to favorite movies and girlfriend gifts, the besties are sharing it all and reminiscing about Valentine's Days of the past! When did Erika stop dating guys with questionable names? How did the besties get engaged to their husbands? Why was Shay OBSESSED with chocolate covered strawberries at her wedding? All of these things and more are right here for your listening pleasure! And let's not forget those ever-popular Random Listener Questions! They talk favorite slow cooker recipes, best seasons of the Bachelor, and pets! Does Shay need another dog???  Of course she does! 😜

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Reader Question too.

Bridges of Madison County aka "homework": https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112579/

Kitchen Shears: https://www.amazon.com/Trudeau-Toss-Chop-Salad-Tongs/dp/B007WSL3S6/ref=sr_1_13?keywords=vegetable+scissors&qid=1644231528&sr=8-13

Silk Pillowcase: https://www.amazon.com/Kitsch-Satin-Pillowcase-Vegan-Leopard/dp/B07X8PHQBX/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2ZH3NCR8DOVRE&keywords=kitsch+pillowcase+silk&qid=1644235915&sprefix=kits%2Caps%2C141&sr=8-5

Andrea's pulled pork: https://mixandmatchmama.com/2014/07/andreas-pulled-pork/

Andrea's Valentine's Day Printable: https://www.momfessionals.com/2021/01/valentines-day-printables.html

Slow cooker episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-17-breaking-down-slow-cookers-air-fryers-instant-pots/id1509081920?i=1000536129571

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Feb 08, 2022
S2 EP 30: Breaking Down Life Hacks
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In this busy world that we live in, is there anything more helpful than a good life hack? We don't think so! This week, the Besties are breaking down LIFE HACKS! Not only are they sharing their personal ways to save time and energy (an annoyance), but ones that YOU suggested as well! Erika and Shay learned so much from your suggestions and are happy to share! From the kitchen to the bedroom, from the apps on your phone to the toothbrush in your shower (wait, what?!), the Besties are sharing so many things that can help keep your days freer from the little tasks that eat up our time.

Siran wrap hack? Thank goodness! Egg whites on sunburn? Yes, it is a thing! Shredding chicken in a mixer? That too! You put Splenda in what?! And would it even be a podcast with these ladies if we didn't talk about meat and cheese? Not only are we hacking our way through life, but we are answering YOUR listener questions and playing an ever entertaining "this or that" game where Shay talks about an epic skiing fall!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://officeladies.com/

https://whiskeyraiders.com/article/scotch-splenda-the-office-ladies/

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Feb 01, 2022
S2 EP 29: Breaking Down Disney
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This episode of the Bestie Breakdown is pure MAGIC! Disney magic, that is! This week, the Besties are Breaking Down one of the MOST requested topics...Walt Disney World! Erika and Shay are sharing the origins, and the ins and outs, of Mix and Match Travel Agency which will be celebrating 10 years of planning vacations in June! Specifically, the ladies are diving into the world of that magical mouse and why you should ABSOLUTELY use the free concierge travel services that Mix and Match Travel offers!

From dining, discounts, disabilities, Genie +, and transportation to young kids, big groups, couples, run Disney, parties, magical extras and more, the agents over at Mix and Match can take care of it all! For free! We chat about staying on property vs off, personalizing vacations for YOU, making touring plans, dealing with crowds, best times to go, ticket types, dining reservations, characters, and how it is totally possible to customize a Disney vacation for, well, ANYONE! The Besties also play a fun This or That game that is bound to have you playing along too!

And of course...Random Listener Questions! Do we weigh ourselves? How do we deal with fashion and motherhood? How many kids was the hardest and the ever-important question... toilet paper roll over or under?

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!  You can also leave us voice memos on Anchor to be featured as a Random Listener Question too.

http://www.thebiblerecap.com/

https://mixandmatchtravelagency.com/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-13-breaking-down-birth/id1509081920?i=1000532961514

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Jan 25, 2022
S2 EP 28: Breaking Down the New Year, Same Us
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It might be a new year, but the same besties are BACK with another fun episode full to the brim of laughter, memories, and goals for 2022! Erika and Shay are breaking down New Year Resolutions, resolutions of years past, setting obtainable goals for the family, playing fun rounds of "This or That," and so much more! Who made a resolution to perfect a handstand? Who only texts with their index finger? Who only sets reasonable goals? Is Jeffrey Dean Morgan better than meat? Who can help Shay with her bladder?!?! And of course, Random Reader Questions where we chat baby books and hostess gifts!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://www.cozi.com/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-ep-27-breaking-down-holiday-gifting/id1509081920?i=1000544193692

https://www.amazon.com/Belly-Laughs-Naked-Pregnancy-Childbirth/dp/0738210072

https://www.amazon.com/What-Expect-When-Youre-Expecting/dp/0761187480

https://www.amazon.com/Happiest-Block-Revised-Updated-Second/dp/0553393235

https://www.amazon.com/Girlfriends-Guide-Pregnancy-Vicki-Iovine/dp/141652472X

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Jan 18, 2022
S2 EP 27: Breaking Down Holiday Gifting
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'Tis the season, friends!  Today, the Besties are breaking down Holiday Gifting!  If you're ready for some Christmas cheer, look no further than right here!  From their favorite holiday movies to when they wrap, they cover more than just gifting.  It's a full hour of Christmas fun including both Shay and Erika's favorite gifts to give each year in all categories: teachers, grandparents, kids, babysitters, hubbies and more!  Grab your peppermint mocha, turn on the fire, cuddle under a blanket and enjoy!  It's Christmas time on The Bestie Breakdown!

For more information on the gifts mentioned in today's episode, please visit each of their blogs: Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  The next new episode will be airing Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Dec 07, 2021
S2 EP 26: Best of Besties {Friendship}
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Besties!  As we spend this week enjoying our family, we thought we'd share a BEST OF THE BESTIES episode with you!  We are revisiting Season 2 Episode 4 BREAKING DOWN FRIENDSHIP in honor of so many Friendsgivings out there this holiday season.  If you missed this episode before, we hope you enjoy it today!  We chat all things friendship. 

From our families to yours, wishing you the happiest and healthiest Thanksgiving!   We'll see you back here next week for a brand new episode!

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Nov 23, 2021
S2 EP 25: Breaking Down Girlfriend Parties
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Today on the Bestie Breakdown, we are talking all about one of our most requested podcast topics...Girlfriend Parties! This was such a special episode to record because our girlfriends are so near and dear! We are breaking down the three annual gatherings we have with our other besties: our annual Recipe Exchange, our annual Scarf Exchange, and our annual Favorite Things Party! We are sharing everything from the who, what, when and where, to the invitations, the party favors, the food, the drinks, the prizes, how things have changed over the years, and how each party came to be a such special part of our lives! We encourage you to try to start annual traditions with your people! Friendships take WORK, but moments like these are magic!

We are also answering YOUR questions, not only about girlfriend parties, but also about new skills we would love to learn (should the Besties take up tennis???), our favorite potluck dishes, whether or not we read each other's blogs, and our favorite pizza toppings!

If you love us, please
follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have read
er questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2016/12/cream-cheese-caramel-surprise/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2016/12/five-days-fabulous-day-4-plus-recipe-exchange/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2019/09/scarf-exchange-2019/

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K5Y78QD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.


Nov 16, 2021
S2 EP 24: Breaking Down Bestie Book Club #2
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This week, on the Bestie Breakdown, we are diving deep into the book The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian! Not only are we chatting all about the plot, the characters, the things we liked (and didn't), but we are also sharing so many thoughts and opinions from YOU!

Didn't read the book?  You should STILL LISTEN!!! The Besties have so much fun breaking down Thanksgiving favorites (food, activities, movies, and more), Andrew's training plan for the Besties, taking pets to the bathroom, and transitioning from teaching to being a stay-at-home mom. They even have a LIVELY debate about laundry detergent 😜

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Stilt-House-Novel/dp/1728217717

https://www.amazon.com/Tide-Laundry-Detergent-Spring-Meadow/dp/B01BUNHFQM

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-TYLERWASH32-DIVA-TYLER-Glamorous-Wash/dp/B001R95274

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planes,_Trains_and_Automobiles

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2016/11/turkey-cranberry-quesadillas-2/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-easy/

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.


Nov 09, 2021
S2 EP 23: Breaking Down Adoption Part 1
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Grab your tissues! Your heart is about to break in the very best of ways! This week on The Bestie Breakdown, we are breaking down ADOPTION! This is Part 1 of MANY adoption podcast episodes and, once you listen, you will understand why! Erika and Shay are sharing their reasons for adoption, the process, the timeline, the highs and lows, and the emotions of it all! Shay climbs on so many important soapboxes and Erika is emotional in ways that only adoption can make her feel.

You don't have to be called to adopt to learn something from this podcast episode. You can support adoption, adoptees, people who adopt, the foster care system, etc in so many ways, and we are talking about it all! We hope you walk away with a little more knowledge of adoption and the system, and maybe even a little tug on your heart to see if adoption is right for you. Adoption might come from brokenness, but it truly is the most amazing and impactful process you can imagine.

And, as always, Random Reader Questions! Ranging from favorite places to eat in the Dallas area, food we won't eat at all, first cars, Harry Potter, and more!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://mixandmatchmama.com/posts/adoption/

https://www.alittlebitofeverythingblog.com/search/label/Adoption

https://cafo.org/orphansunday/

https://joetgarcias.com/

https://javiers.net/

https://www.micocina.com/

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Nov 02, 2021
S2 EP 22: Breaking Down Halloween
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The spooky season is upon us and the Besties are feeling festive! This week, we are breaking down HALLOWEEN!! This episode is fun, light and full Halloween stories, traditions and memories! Shay and Erika are chatting about favorite costumes, candy, movies, music, food, preparation, and so much more! That time Erika was a plastic Barbie? A debate over “chunking” things? “This or That” candy edition? It is all right here!! And of course, Random Reader Questions in which the Besties talk all about traveling for the holidays, their sleep numbers, and Shay’s new Hydrow rowing machine!

We recorded this podcast BEFORE we decided to push back the date of the book club per listener requests! We will be chatting all about The Girls in the Stilt House on 11/09!!!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2015/10/spooky-spaghetti/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2013/10/dinner-tonight-ghoul-ash/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2015/10/brunswick-stew/

https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Stilt-House-Novel-ebook/dp/B08BW4HY5C/ref=nodl_

https://hydrow.com


The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Oct 26, 2021
S2 EP 21: Breaking Down the Podcast by The Boys PART 2
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This week on the Bestie Breakdown, the boys are back 🙌🙌🙌 for Part 2 of Breaking Down the First 20 Episodes! Some of the MOST ASKED QUESTIONS are being addressed right here! Why does Andrew go to the grocery store EVERY DAY!? What are the guys daily diets like?? What is the REAL story about the tattoos? Funny travel stories, binge-watching recommendations, opinions on social media, random reader questions and SO MUCH MORE! It is all right here! They might not always be appropriate🤪, but these boys sure are lovable, honest, and refreshing!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2012/10/dinner-tonight-white-chicken-chili/

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2018/09/sausage-beer-cheese-dip-in-the-slow-cooker/

Picnic Backpack for 4 | Picnic Basket | Stylish All-in-One Portable Picnic Bag with Complete Cutlery Set, Stainless Steel S/P Shakers | Picnic Blanket Waterproof Extra Large| Cooler Bag for Camping https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072M2ZWQB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GY203VQY8V25VA7ES0WS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

The Girls in the Stilt House: A Novel https://www.amazon.com/dp/1728245753/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_PMKT7QGM93BVJSNFCZDA

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Oct 19, 2021
S2 EP 20: Breaking Down the Podcast by The Boys
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Back by popular demand…THE BOYS! That’s right! You asked, we delivered! The boys are here to break down the first 20 episodes and they are getting personal! From fun things like Chick-Fil-A orders, college diets, first jobs, and Botox to more serious topics including infertility, adoption, and birth, the boys are sharing it ALL. And as usual, are pretty unfiltered 😬 Does anyone enjoy working out with Andrew? What don’t the boys understand about their wives? And, of course, fun Random Reader Questions ranging from braces to laser hair removal!  It's an unfiltered and super honest bestie chat between Tab and Andrew!

Don't forget, if you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews! Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!


Other notes from today's episode:

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2020/01/brisket-chili/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1576836541/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_NHWH8YPTKK4P25AD1TTM

Book Club Book:

https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Stilt-House-Novel/dp/1728217717/ref=nodl_#

This podcast is brought to you by Shay Shull of Mix and Match Mama and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Oct 12, 2021
S2 EP 19: Breaking Down the Bachelor
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Shay Shull from Mix and Match Mama and Erika Slaughter from A Little Bit of Everything are back today with the most dramatic podcast episode ever!

Have you ever wondered what The Bachelor is like behind the scenes? What are producers like? How much time do people actually spend together? Who is in charge of styling, hair, and make-up? How “real” is reality TV? What is Chris Harrison like? Do you actually get to eat during the hometown dinner???

The Besties are Breaking Down the Bachelor (in particular, Sean Lowe) this week per listener request and are sharing everything from their behind scenes experiences. (YES! Erika was there at one point too!) Shay shares why she originally nominated Sean for the Bachelorette, how the two shows were SO different to watch, what the wedding was like, why Catherine is Sean’s perfect match, why she wore pajamas on national TV, and SO much more (including why she does NOT watch anymore)!

And of course, we have some excellent Random Reader Questions about traveling to Hawaii, Disney World, and so much more!

We would love to hear from you! Reach out at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com, message us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, or leave us a voice message on Anchor!

Enjoyed the episode? Please leave us a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating and lovely review over on your favorite podcast streaming platform!

https://mixandmatchmama.com/2011/11/dinner-tonight-bbq-casserole/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chosen_(TV_series)

https://mixandmatchmama.com/?s=The+bachelor

https://mixandmatchtravelagency.com

Oct 05, 2021
S2 EP 18: Breaking Down Bestie Book Club #1
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It’s our very first BOOK CLUB episode!!! You asked for a book club, and the Besties are answering! They're sharing ALL of their thoughts and opinions on the thriller Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena! The Besties are answering your questions (emailed and called in), sharing who they would cast in a movie version of the book, dissecting characters and their actions, and breaking down the genre of “thriller” in general! It is such a great episode followed by some super fun Random Reader Questions! Do the kids read the blogs? Does traveling with kids ever get easy? What do we do when we don’t have a meal ready to go on a Friday night??? Most importantly, they share the NEXT BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB!! Friends! Hurry and order, buy, borrow, or place your book on hold NOW!

Email us all of your thoughts and opinions at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com or send us a message on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown. You can also leave us a voice message on the Anchor platform and can possibly be featured on a future episode!

As always…please leave us a lovely rating and review on your favorite podcast streaming platform!

Show Notes:

https://www.amazon.com/Not-Happy-Family-Shari-Lapena-ebook/dp/B08R1CZ966/ref=nodl_

https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Stilt-House-Novel/dp/1728217717/ref=nodl_

https://www.yardtx.com

https://www.cadillacpizzapub.com

Sep 28, 2021
S2 EP 17: Breaking Down Slow Cookers, Air Fryers & Instant Pots
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It's a true bestie conversation airing this morning!

Erika and Shay are chatting all things SLOW COOKERS, AIR FRYERS AND INSTANT POTS!

But wait!

They're also chatting meal planning, Costco, Sam's, Trader Joe's and all things "getting food on the table".

If you're a busy lady who also makes dinner most nights, this episode is for you!  If you're in the market for a new appliance, this episode is for you.  It's a girlfriend chat about those really important life issues...like which air fryer is the best ;) .

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

Show Notes:

Amazon.com: Not a Happy Family: A Novel: 9781984880550: Lapena, Shari: Books

The slow cooker both Besties have:

All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval-Shaped Slow Cooker with Black Ceramic Insert and Glass Lid, 6.5-Quart, Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007SXBUQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ATP4B7Q2Y9VEW09DFEW8

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, 6 Quart, Stainless Steel/Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_J8GRSEXHPBC8VGDYCMQE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Erika’s Air Fryer:

Limited-time deal: COSORI Air Fryer Max XL(100 Recipes) Digital Hot Oven Cooker, One Touch Screen with 13 Cooking Functions, Preheat and Shake Reminder, 5.8 QT, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GJBBGHG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_V6202XWV4Y1YCXGXTAFB

Andrew’s Favorite Air Fryer:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KWFC5Y7/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apip_27A55XaBxSmnE

Shay’s Favorite Air Fryer:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079L2ZQGB/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apip_Sd87WED2s97xcp

https://www.amazon.com/Mix-Match-Mama-Simmers-Slow-Cooker-ebook/dp/B071RNMF38/ref=nodl_

Skillet Chicken Spaghetti Recipe | Mix and Match Mama

Bbq Chicken Sliders Recipe | Mix and Match Mama

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Sep 21, 2021
S2 EP 16: Breaking Down Time
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This week, the Besties are breaking down a highly anticipated topic…TIME! They are answering all of YOUR questions about how they work from home, are involved with their kids, put food on the table, keep a clean house, and still have time for fun and relationships! They take a deep dive into work-life prior to working from home (and the jobs they had in high school), their favorite apps and tricks for planning the day, how they rely on others for help, and so much more! And as always, those reader questions have the Besties thinking all about the most random things like Starbucks orders, baby names, and favorite fast food favs!

Don’t forget to join our podcast book club! We are reading Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena and will be discussing it on an upcoming episode later this month.

As always, please send us feedback @thebestiebreakdown on Instagram or email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com. And PLEASE leave us a lovely 5-star rating and review on you favorite podcast streaming platform!

Amazon.com: Not a Happy Family: A Novel: 9781984880550: Lapena, Shari: Books

Cozi Family Organizer | Must-Have App For Families

Sep 14, 2021
S2 EP 15: Breaking Down Fall
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It's the first week of September, and the Besties are celebrating by BREAKING DOWN FALL!  From the food to football, fairs, festivals, pumpkins, Halloween, movies, traditions and more, it's an extra dose of happiness today while Shay and Erika explain why this season is their favorite.  The Besties also have a special announcement about an upcoming episode you won't want to miss along with Random Reader questions where they explain what they're really not good at in life.  It's all on today's episode!  Grab a #psl and settle in for the fun!

Sep 07, 2021
S2 EP 14: Breaking Down Diet
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You asked and the Besties are answering! We are breaking down all things DIET! Erika and Shay get personal with everything from their daily meal choices, how they eat when they travel, what food was like growing up and in college, how they cook on busy nights, their favorite fast-food choices, and SO MUCH MORE! Don’t worry though, this isn’t about losing weight or a specific “diet” this is just two girlfriends chatting about what they eat and why. Spoiler alert: one of the Besties had a pretty interesting college diet😳😂😉

As always, please email us questions at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and leave us a lovely 5-star review on your favorite podcast streaming platform!

Aug 31, 2021
S2 EP 13: Breaking Down Birth
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Buckle up for another fun episode from the Besties! This week, they are breaking down all things BIRTH! Erika and Shay are sharing their experiences with infertility, miscarriage, morning sickness, exercising, postpartum recovery, delivery, doctors, cravings (Uncrustables and Cheetos, anyone!?), mental health, breastfeeding and so much more!  They're getting specific about vaginal deliveries and c-sections too.  Every awkward moment is covered in today's episode.  Grab some coffee and settle in with this girlfriend chat that just proves how each and every birth and pregnancy journey is different and that no one way is the right way!

The two books Shay references that she loved to read while pregnant: 

Belly Laughs 

The Girlfriends Guide' to Pregnancy

Aug 24, 2021
S2 EP 12: Breaking Down Back to School
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Summer break has come to an end, and we are focusing on all things FALL and BACK-TO-SCHOOL!! 

This week, the Besties are breaking down how they get back into the swing of things from routines to meal planning, back-to-school shopping to packing lunches, waking up kids each morning to first day traditions...Shay and Erika share it all!  We also chat a bit today about what gets harder when our kids go back and what gets easier, when we actually back to school shop, if we get nervous for our kiddos and our thoughts on holding kids back a grade (we've both done it!).  And of course, everyone's favorite, Random Reader Questions where we chat about the way we discipline kids differently and our personal home decor styles!  Today, we're going to get you in the mood for fall because we BREAKING DOWN BACK TO SCHOOL!

In this episode, Erika share THIS alarm clock her family uses and then also THIS book.

Don't forget, so far this season we’ve broken down HAWAIITRAVELING TOGETHERBINGE WATCHINGFRIENDSHIPBOTOX, BIKINIS, FITNESS, THE BESTIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, ENNEAGRAM and we RECAPPED THE FIRST TEN! 

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

Aug 17, 2021
S2 EP 11: Breaking Down The First Ten
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This is EPISODE 11, so we're going to take a minute and go back to hit hot topics and listener reactions from the first TEN episodes this season.  We're covering the standout moments from HAWAII, TRAVELING TOGETHER, BINGE WATCHING, FRIENDSHIP, BOTOX, BIKINIS, FITNESS, THE BESTIES, SOCIAL MEDIA and ENNEAGRAM including...all of those little moments that popped up along the way that we didn't expect to standout (like the tattoo story and the...how many times a week did you just say????). 

If you've been following along and want to hear us deep dive a bit more into things that you gave us feedback about, this episode is for you...but, if you haven't listened and just want a quick overview of the first 10 episodes, this is for you too!

Now that you know we're going to hit the highlights and elaborate on past episodes occasionally, make sure you're giving us feedback!  Email us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown!

Aug 10, 2021
S2 EP 10: Breaking Down Enneagram
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If you've ever wondered how Erika and Shay are truly different, this episode is for you!  Today, the Besties open up about how they discovered the Enneagram personality tool and how they're making it work for them!  As an 8 and a 9 on the Enneagram chart, they each have very different personalities, motivations and ways to deal with life in both stress and strength, but at the same time, they complement each other so well!  

If you love Enneagram talk, this episode is for you!  If you don't know what it is, this episode is for you!  This is just two best friends sitting down and chatting about life events and understanding that it's okay to handle them differently.

Our favorite Enneagram book: The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.

https://www.amazon.com/Road-Back-You-Enneagram-Self-Discovery/dp/0830846190/ref=nodl_

https://www.enneagraminstitute.com

https://www.anniefdowns.com/podcasts/

https://www.typologypodcast.com

https://www.amazon.com/Path-Between-Us-Enneagram-Relationships/dp/0830846425/ref=nodl_ 

Aug 03, 2021
S2 EP 9: Breaking Down Social Media
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Do you get a lot of negative comments?  Do you waste time on your phone?  Which social media platform is your favorite?  How do you deal with haters?  Do your kids have phones?  Today , the Besties are spilling the beans about all things related to SOCIAL MEDIA.  They're sharing how they handle the good...and the bad.  Plus, they both share why they've decided that right now, their kids don't need phones.  It's all in today's episode!

Jul 27, 2021
S2 EP8: Breaking Down the Besties
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Look out friends, today, the Besties are handing over their mics to their better halves!  Tab and Andrew take over and BREAK DOWN THE BESTIES!  These two guys get super honest, very real, a little inappropriate and extremely funny answering your reader questions about their wives.  From what annoys them about their spouses to what they love the most, what they think of their wives being active on social media, what's their favorite physical feature of each girl (you won't guess this one!), it's a fun hour with the Bestie Husbands!

Jul 20, 2021
S2 EP 7: Breaking Down Fitness
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The Besties aren't breaking a sweat as they BREAK DOWN FITNESS today!  From when they started working out to working out in college (did they gain that Freshman 15?), how they managed to workout while pregnant, with little babies at home or with their suuuuuuper intense trainer right now, it's all the details on the Besties working out!  If you're a busy lady drowning in guilt for not working out enough, they're here for you too!  Lots of love, laughs and grace await on today's episode! 

Jul 13, 2021
S2 EP 6: Breaking Down Bikinis
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That has a nice ring to it, right?

Really, we're breaking down swimsuit shopping and wearing as a whole, how hard it is sometimes being a woman, a mom and a confident (or not confident gal), what kinds of swimsuits our moms wore, how our body images developed and have changed over time...it's more than just bikinis, it's all of that girlfriend stuff you chat about with your bestie every summer.  All of that plus Random Reader Questions in this episode of The Bestie Breakdown! 

Jul 06, 2021
S2 EP 5: Breaking Down Botox
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Nervous about going to the dermatologist?  Want to learn more about procedures chemical peels, microderm and Botox, but you don't have a girlfriend to ask?  Ask the Besties!  From Botox to skin checks, the Besties are breaking down everything they do at the dermatologist's office! They're also discussing when they started really investing in their skincare, why they think it's so important to get those annual skin checks, what to expect if you've never seen a professional about your skin, what questions to ask and more!  Plus, as always, the Random Reader Questions at the end always keep the Besties on their toes as they discuss everything from teaching their kids about faith to their post-maternity pants not fitting, it's all in one episode! 

Jun 29, 2021
S2 EP 4: Breaking Down Friendship
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The Besties are breaking down friendship!  From how they met to how they handle conflict and disagreements with each other to their larger friend groups, husband friend groups, friendships that have ended and more, they're opening up about the effort and intention they've put into being friends.  They're also breaking down ways to meet new friends, how to handle jealousy and conflict among friend groups, and when it's time to say goodbye to certain relationships.  As always, you can email the Besties at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com with your reader questions or visit them on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown

Jun 22, 2021
S2 EP 3: Breaking Down Binge Watching
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This week, the Besties break down binge watching!  From what they love to watch (they have very different tastes in shows!) to what programs they were allowed to watch as kids, what ages they'll let their kids watch certain shows and so much more, it's all about the differences (and a few similarities) between the Besties.  So much of their personalities really come through as they break down what they love on TV.

Jun 15, 2021
S2 EP 2: Breaking Down Travel
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This week, the Besties break down traveling together!  From big family trips to girls trips, couples trips, ski trips, Disney trips, road trips and more, they talk about everything from the logistics to how they split up the cost, decide where they're going, what they're doing, if they ever get tired of each other plus, they're also answering your questions about traveling with extended family and big groups of friends.  All of your travel related questions are in this episode right here! 

Jun 08, 2021
S2 EP 1: Breaking Down Hawaii
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The Besties kick off Season 2 breaking down Hawaii!  When asked, this was the #1 topic blog readers wanted to hear about this season!  From their itinerary to the logistics of moving 12 people around four different Hawaiian islands, funny stories, excursions they loved the most and more, after over a year, the Besties meet up to discuss the trip, reminisce and share the details with you!  Plus, their random reader question section at the end had the Besties laughing as they discussed a variety of topics including what annoys each other the most about one another.  All of that on this episode! 

Jun 01, 2021
The Bestie Breakdown Episode 4
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On this episode, we answer some fun listener questions like how do you stay in shape, what's your quarantine routine like and more!  We also cover hot topics including new shows on Netflix, books and more!

May 20, 2020
The Bestie Breakdown Episode 3
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From being stuck in the house to how we're handling homeschooling plus a bit of pop culture too (hello, Virgin River!), we're chatting about life under quarantine in today's episode.

Apr 20, 2020
The Bestie Breakdown Episode 2
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From trying on swimsuits for our next vacation to McMillion$ and what we think of Brad and Jen getting back together, we're covering all the topics in this episode.  

Mar 02, 2020