This Family Tree Podcast
Ep. 106: Danielle Fishel & Emily O‘Brien

Ep. 106: Danielle Fishel & Emily O‘Brien

October 11, 2021

Shane and Alex chat about missing out on Thanksgiving, therapy, ways to make life more enjoyable, Lucy's mood chart, and things they're thankful for.

 

Danielle Fishel, known fondly for her role as Topanga on Boy Meets World, discusses the birth of her new son, the experience of being pregnant in a pandemic, hot takes on postpartum etiquette, the benefits of therapy, her iconic acting career, and the joys of her new work as an entrepreneur (Be Free) and director.

 

Emily O'Brien tells her riveting story of redemption, as she transformed from the girl-next-door, to an international drug mule, to a convict, and now to a business owner. She discusses the ease into which women enter and stay within toxic relationships, the importance of self-advocacy, and her work with others who are also looking to create better lives for themselves.

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like the purpose of therapy, top Halloween TV shows and films, the Instagram outage, monthly budgets, and homework.

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Tru Earth - save 10% off of Tru Earth's powerful, and eco-friendly products (the laundry detergent strips & surface cleaner are our favourites!) by using the promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 when you visit https://www.tru.earth/?utm_source=SOCIAL&utm_medium=PODCAST&utm_campaign=INFLUENCER&utm_term=ThisFamilyTreePodcast 

 

Hello Bello - for 30% off of your first plant-based diaper and wipes bundle, use promo code THISFAMILYTREE30 or click the following link: https://hellobello.ca/products/diaper-bundle?discount=thisfamilytree30&utm_source=familytree&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=30off (Canadian listeners only).

 

Miku Smart Baby Monitor - visit www.mikucare.com and use promo code FAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the best smart monitor on the market!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

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Ep. 105: The Wiggles’ Emma Watkins & Bobbi Althoff

Ep. 105: The Wiggles’ Emma Watkins & Bobbi Althoff

October 4, 2021

Shane and Alex chat about confronting mean kids at the park, a heart-to-heart with parents, Alex's contractor boyfriends, and whether it's appropriate to kiss people on the hand as a greeting (pandemic aside).

 

Emma Watkins (the Yellow Wiggle) joins for a second time to discuss her newly released Emma Series 3, working on a TV series amidst heavy lockdowns, The Wiggles 30th anniversary, her engagment, and how a hardworking couple in entertainment spend quality time together.

 

Bobbi Althoff (@bobbialthoff) talks TikTok (and her wild success on the app), alter egos, her birth and postpartum experience, and family dynamics.

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like toddlers putting objects up their nose, signs from the universe, school systems, and more!

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Hello Bello - for 30% off of your first plant-based diaper and wipes bundle, use promo code THISFAMILYTREE30 or click the following link: https://hellobello.ca/products/diaper-bundle?discount=thisfamilytree30&utm_source=familytree&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=30off (Canadian listeners only).

 

Tushy - Get 10% off and FREE shipping (avail in Canada & US) for your very own Hello Tushy 3.0 bidet attachment at www.hellotushy.com/THISFAMILYTREE

 

Tru Earth - save 10% off of Tru Earth's powerful, and eco-friendly products (the laundry detergent strips & surface cleaner are our favourites!) by using the promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 when you visit https://www.tru.earth/?utm_source=SOCIAL&utm_medium=PODCAST&utm_campaign=INFLUENCER&utm_term=ThisFamilyTreePodcast 

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

DATE NIGHT w/ Alta Alella GX 2019

DATE NIGHT w/ Alta Alella GX 2019

September 29, 2021

Alex and Shane sip a bottle of Alta Alella GX 2019 organic wine, and chat about whether they'd rather have their looks or their mental faculties remain as 100 year olds, and DATE NIGHT dares.

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

E.D Wine Company - visit www.edwine.ca use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off of your entire wine subscription! The wines come with tasting notes, and are delivered right to your door, anywhere in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener & the GTA!

Ep. 104: Becky Manley & Jackie Siegel

Ep. 104: Becky Manley & Jackie Siegel

September 27, 2021

Shane and Alex chat about whether or not it's worth it to go out if you have kids, Lucy acting like a temperamental teenager, and debate the merits of getting a Peloton.

 

Becky Manley (@medafounder) is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, the founder of MEDA (a national eating disorder nonprofit), and parent coach. She discusses how our appraoch to diet culture, body image, and weight loss - as parents - can shape the behaviours of our children. She explains how to recognize if your child has disorderd eating, and how to support them through recovery. 

 

Jackie Siegel (@therealqueenofversailles) is a former engineer, beauty queen, the wife of billionaire David Siegel, and the titular character in the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles. Jackie discusses her fascinating life, losing her wealth (and later regaining it), raising eight children in the public eye, losing her daughter to a drug overdose, and the importance of supporting youth through addiction.

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like Debra Messing's beef with Kim K., transitioning baby, dating, unisex bathrooms, and the London Library Rainbow Monkey scandal (Google it!).

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Tru Earth - save 10% off of Tru Earth's powerful, and eco-friendly products (the laundry detergent strips & surface cleaner are our favourites!) by using the promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 when you visit https://www.tru.earth/?utm_source=SOCIAL&utm_medium=PODCAST&utm_campaign=INFLUENCER&utm_term=ThisFamilyTreePodcast 

 

Mabel's Labels - visit www.mabelslabels.ca to start creating your very own labels, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 for 15% your order!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

Ep. 103: The Mixed Mama Life & Erin Pepler

Ep. 103: The Mixed Mama Life & Erin Pepler

September 19, 2021

Shane and Alex chat about a tough week back to work, a wild date night, home renovations, and Alex comes clean too late about a coffe spill. 

 

Lynn, of @themixedmamalife, is an Anishinaabe-French mother of an Afro-Indigenous daughter. She discusses the importance of amplifying mixed race families, her experience with identity growing up, and how she plans on integrating culture into parenthood. 

 

Erin Pepler is the author of the upcoming Send Me Into The Woods Alone: Essays on Motherhood, and discusses the importance of validation as a parent, expectations placed on moms, and the pitfalls of online mommy culture.

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like burn out, noticing red flags in a friend's relationship, gadgets to help protect your drink from being spiked, and overcoming insecurities.

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Tru Earth - save 10% off of Tru Earth's powerful, and eco-friendly products (the laundry detergent strips & surface cleaner are our favourites!) by using the promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 when you visit https://www.tru.earth/?utm_source=SOCIAL&utm_medium=PODCAST&utm_campaign=INFLUENCER&utm_term=ThisFamilyTreePodcast 

 

Miku Smart Baby Monitor - visit www.mikucare.com and use promo code FAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the best smart monitor on the market!

 

Hello Bello - for 30% off of your first plant-based diaper and wipes bundle, use promo code THISFAMILYTREE30 or click the following link: https://hellobello.ca/products/diaper-bundle?discount=thisfamilytree30&utm_source=familytree&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=30off (Canadian listeners only).

 

Welo - get 20% off your first purchase of the delicious, school safe, & low sugar Welo snack bars with promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 from www.ourwelo.com!

 

Mabel's Labels - visit www.mabelslabels.ca to start creating your very own labels, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 for 15% your order!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

Ep. 102: Meredith Redmon & Tia Slightham

Ep. 102: Meredith Redmon & Tia Slightham

September 12, 2021

Shane and Alex chat about the new phase they're entering into (and how life will be getting much easier, and much harder, respectively), whether Lu is a preschool bully, if the adage that "next week will be easier," has any truth, and they describe an encounter with an unleashed dog's owner. 

 

Meredith Redmon, author of "Dear Jesus, Send Coffee," candidly explores the relationship between our expectations of motherhood and the reality that we're faced with, through a recollection of pregnancy, labour, and postpartum stories. She discusses social media in the motherhood world, and how it impacts all of us differently.

 

Tia Slightham, parent coach, makes a second appearance on the podcast to help walk Alex through back-to-school transitions, whether your kids are going to daycare or high school. They chat cell phone rules, temper tantrums, changing routines, dealing with bullies, and what to do if your kid is the bully!

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like the new controversy surrounding Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover art, preparing kids for doctor's appointments, the most important component of a relationship (sex or communication?), and so much more!

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Welo - get 20% off your first purchase of the delicious, school safe, & low sugar Welo snack bars with promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 from www.ourwelo.com!

 

Mabel's Labels - visit www.mabelslabels.ca to start creating your very own labels, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 for 15% your order!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

Ep. 101: Jason and Chloe & Desiree Fortin

Ep. 101: Jason and Chloe & Desiree Fortin

September 5, 2021

Alex and Shane chat about the beginning of a new school year, how their life will shift, the joy of getting a new TV, and Shane plays a cruel prank. 

 

The sweet couple behind @itsaspeciallife, Jason (who has ASD) and Chloe (who has Down syndrome) discuss their love story, life as a married couple, conflict resolution, relationship dynamics, and give relationship advice to anyone hoping to find love as true as theirs. 

 

Desiree Fortin (@theperfectmom) discusses her IVF experience, triplet pregnancy, and her harrowing birth story. She leads a conversation about "perfection" in motherhood, and the standards that mothers often hold themselves to. 

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like the new studies suggesting that eggs actually choose the sperm that fertilize them, Lapee (and what the heck it is), secrets, advice they'd give to their younger selves, and so much more!

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Welo - get 20% off your first purchase of the delicious, school safe, & low sugar Welo snack bars with promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 from www.ourwelo.com!

 

Hello Bello - for 30% off of your first plant-based diaper and wipes bundle, use promo code THISFAMILYTREE30 or click the following link: https://hellobello.ca/products/diaper-bundle?discount=thisfamilytree30&utm_source=familytree&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=30off (Canadian listeners only).

 

Tushy - Get 10% off and FREE shipping (avail in Canada & US) for your very own Hello Tushy 3.0 bidet attachment at www.hellotushy.com/THISFAMILYTREE

 

Mabel's Labels - visit www.mabelslabels.ca to start creating your very own labels, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 for 15% your order!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

DATE NIGHT w/ Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017

DATE NIGHT w/ Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017

September 2, 2021

Alex and Shane sip a bottle of Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017, and chat about tattoo replacements, the best phases of their marriage, and jealousy.

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

E.D Wine Company - visit www.edwine.ca use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off of your entire wine subscription! The wines come with tasting notes, and are delivered right to your door, anywhere in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener & the GTA!

Ep. 100: Sarah Nicole Landry & Michelle Chubb

Ep. 100: Sarah Nicole Landry & Michelle Chubb

August 31, 2021

Alex and Shane celebrate 100 TFT episodes, their 5th wedding anniversary, and chat about their new social media boundaries going forward. 

 

Sarah Nicole Landry (@thebirdspapaya) discusses her recent experience in pregnancy and postpartum, dealing with age gaps in her kids, mom guilt, and the learning/unlearning we all do as parents, no matter how many children we have. 

 

Michelle Chubb (@indigenous_baddie) discusses growing up Indigenous, her journey to confidence, racism in Canada, her social media success, and life as a soon-to-be mom! 

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like posting personal opinions on social media, what Alex & Shane would change about their wedding, going into labour, marriage advice, favourite memories, and much more!

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Welo - get 20% off your first purchase of the delicious, school safe, & low sugar Welo snack bars with promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 from www.ourwelo.com!

 

Miku Smart Baby Monitor - visit www.mikucare.com and use promo code FAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the best smart monitor on the market!

 

Mabel's Labels - visit www.mabelslabels.ca to start creating your very own labels, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 for 15% your order!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

 

My Brest Friend - Buy the #1 choice of nursing pillow by moms and lactation consultants, at www.buybuybaby.comwww.target.com, www.walmart.com, and www.babylist.com

Ep. 99: Victoria Alexander & Ayesha Hussain

Ep. 99: Victoria Alexander & Ayesha Hussain

August 24, 2021

Alex and Shane chat about boundaries, and the keys to a balanced relationship. 

 

Reproductive Health & Childbirth Educator, Victoria Alexander (@theelephantinthewomb) leads a discussion about all things birth control and period products (and how your products may change as your body changes). 

 

Renowned Family, Divorce & Child Protection lawyer, Ayesha Hussain, discusses raising happy and healthy kids amidst conflict. 

 

Listener questions are answered in the mailbag segment, hitting topics like at-home workouts, prepping kids for daycare, what to do when loved ones refuse the vaccine, safe skincare, alcohol & breastfeeding, and so much more!

 

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This episode is proudly supported by:

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project is the worlds largest provider of self-esteem education. Dove has partnered with educators around the world to provide evidence-based printable resources to help young girls and boy’s reach their full potential. You can find those at https://bit.ly/36FQxbd

 

Hello Bello - for 30% off of your first plant-based diaper and wipes bundle, use promo code THISFAMILYTREE30 or click the following link: https://hellobello.ca/products/diaper-bundle?discount=thisfamilytree30&utm_source=familytree&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=30off (Canadian listeners only).

 

Mabel's Labels - visit www.mabelslabels.ca to start creating your very own labels, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 for 15% your order!

 

Mini Mioche - use promo code THISFAMILYTREE15 at www.minimioche.com for 15% off of your ethically made, organic, and sustainable kids’ apparel.

 

Bravado Designs - Use promo code THISFAMILYTREE20 for 20% off of what will become your favourite nursing bra at www.bravadodesigns.com, or try their new Everyday Collection (not nursing bras/no clips/for all womxn) at ca.bravadodesigns.com.

 

Seedlip - Go to www.seedlipdrinks.com or www.seedlipdrinks.ca, and use promo code THISFAMILYTREE10 for 10% off the world’s first nonalcoholic spirit!

 

My Brest Friend - Buy the #1 choice of nursing pillow by moms and lactation consultants, at www.buybuybaby.comwww.target.com, www.walmart.com, and www.babylist.com

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