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Join the North South Makers, friends and DIY bloggers Charlotte Smith (from the North) and Erin Spain (from the South), as they discuss all things making and momming. Whether sharing their favorite furniture hacks or discussing the best power tools for a rookie builder, Erin and Charlotte approach making with humor, practicality and a design eye. With 8 kids and ten years of decorating, building, and blogging between them, Erin and Charlotte are experts in the fields of breakfast cereals and power tools, not to mention features in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Parents Magazine, and television appearances on Rachael Ray, Flea Market Flip, and local news outlets. Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine ... no judgment) and welcome to the conversation.

Join the North South Makers, friends and DIY bloggers Charlotte Smith (from the North) and Erin Spain (from the South), as they discuss all things making and momming. Whether sharing their favorite furniture hacks or discussing the best power tools for a rookie builder, Erin and Charlotte approach making with humor, practicality and a design eye. With 8 kids and ten years of decorating, building, and blogging between them, Erin and Charlotte are experts in the fields of breakfast cereals and power tools, not to mention features in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Parents Magazine, and television appearances on Rachael Ray, Flea Market Flip, and local news outlets. Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine ... no judgment) and welcome to the conversation.
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Join the North South Makers, friends and DIY bloggers Charlotte Smith (from the North) and Erin Spain (from the South), as they discuss all things making and momming. Whether sharing their favorite furniture hacks or discussing the best power tools for a rookie builder, Erin and Charlotte approach making with humor, practicality and a design eye. With 8 kids and ten years of decorating, building, and blogging between them, Erin and Charlotte are experts in the fields of breakfast cereals and power tools, not to mention features in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Parents Magazine, and television appearances on Rachael Ray, Flea Market Flip, and local news outlets. Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine ... no judgment) and welcome to the conversation.

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@nsmpodcast

Language:

English

Contact:

864-625-3772


Episodes

Episode 074: Goodbye For Now

9/24/2019
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We have made the difficult decision to hang up our podcasting hats for now, and we want to say thank you so much to all of you for listening. This episode explains our decision, and although we are saying goodbye, we are leaving the door open so maybe we will be back at some point down the road. We appreciate you!

Duration:00:28:31

Episode 073: Haven Conference 2019 Recap

8/1/2019
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We're chatting about this year's Haven Conference which we both recently attended. Haven Conference is a home & DIY blogging conference in Atlanta, GA. We are describing it as well as sharing our takeaways, what we loved, and what we learned. If you have questions about Haven, let us know! Email us at northsouthmakers@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @northsouthmakers.

Duration:00:46:31

Episode 072: How to Not Get Taken Advantage of as a Blogger

7/11/2019
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We're discussing things to look out for, particularly as a new blogger, and red flags you should be aware of. We also chat about ways to handle certain situations you may encounter, along with general ways to avoid getting taken advantage of. There are a lot of things we had to learn along the way that would've been helpful to know from day one, so we hope you find this episode helpful!

Duration:00:58:20

Episode 071: How We Determine Our Blog Content

6/20/2019
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We are discussing all of the many factors that come into play when determining what projects to tackle and when, as well as what blog content to focus on. This evolves regularly for us, so we are talking about how we prioritize everything. For example, much of our recent content was centered around the rooms we made over for the FrogTape Challenge.

Duration:00:44:07

Episode 070: How to Make a Rental Home Your Own

6/13/2019
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Today we're discussing ways to make a rental home feel like your own. Erin used to live in a rental home, which is the house she lived in when she started her blog. Charlotte is currently living in a rental, so this topic is definitely top of mind. There are so many more temporary ways to decorate nowadays, and so many more options than there used to be. Also find out which hilarious bubble solution ingredient Charlotte recently ordered, and what effect that has had on her Amazon suggested...

Duration:00:57:39

Episode 069: Then Vs. Now - The Evolution of Blogging

5/30/2019
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We are talking about "then and now," or what it was like back in the dark ages when we started our blogs, versus what it's like to start a blog now. So much has changed in the last 5-7 years, and we're chatting about the evolution that has occurred during that time. There are so many more resources available now, so people are starting blogs with the intention of creating a business from day one. Plus hear our mom fails, fun facts, and high fives of the week. (P.S. We won't have a show next...

Duration:00:45:30

Episode 068: How We Stay Motivated

5/23/2019
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We're discussing all of the ways we keep ourselves motivated to finish projects and create content. Plus, hear about where we've been, why we took last week off, what we're working on, and our weekly mom (and dog mom) fails. You can find our show notes on Pinterest (@northsouthmakers), and be sure to DM us on social media or email us at northsouthmakers@gmail.com with topic suggestions, questions, and feedback!

Duration:00:50:03

Episode 067: DIY Challenges & Competitions

5/9/2019
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In this episode we are chatting about design challenges and competitions, including the ones that we've participated in. We're talking about the pros and cons and our general feelings about them. Design and DIY challenges can provide awesome motivation to get projects done, plus it's a great opportunity to gather inspiration. We're also talking about our sporadic podcasting schedule. Connect with us on Instagram @northsouthmakers and let us know what you'd like to hear us talk about next!

Duration:00:37:17

Episode 066: Playing Catch-Up

5/2/2019
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Today we're playing catch-up and chatting about what we've been up to and why we've been MIA for a few weeks. Plus, hear about a documentary you should watch and find out what special place Charlotte took her daughter Eleanor for a joint birthday celebration. As always, you can find our show notes posted to our Pinterest boards, and be sure to follow us @northsouthmakers on Instagram!

Duration:00:45:14

Episode 065: Branding for Content Creators

4/11/2019
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We are discussing branding and all that it entails. As content creators, oftentimes WE are our "brand," unlike large corporations that sell products. We're chatting about how we decide what our brand is and how we want to represent ourselves online, as well as figuring out what resonates with our audience. Connect with us on social media @northsouthmakers and check out our show notes on Pinterest!

Duration:00:42:45

Episode 064: Handling Constructive Criticism

3/28/2019
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Today we're talking about how we feel about and handle constructive criticism online. We're also discussing our experience with it in the past. As content creators, sometimes there's a fine line between perceiving comments as negative trolling and helpful constructive criticism, but there is definitely a difference. We're also sharing our weekly mom fails (and wins!), fun facts, and high fives. Our show notes can be found on our Pinterest boards @northsouthmakers. Connect with us on...

Duration:00:41:16

Episode 063: Rookie Blogging & DIY Mistakes

3/21/2019
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In this episode we are chatting about rookie mistakes we made when we first started blogging, and mistakes we continue to make with our DIY projects. We hope that sharing the missteps we made early on will help anyone getting started with blogging to avoid making those same mistakes. We talk about what we wish we had done differently (there are several things we would love "do-overs" on), plus we're sharing our weekly mom fails, fun facts, and high fives. We are also discussing the super...

Duration:00:48:35

Episode 062: A Podcast About Podcasting

3/14/2019
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We are podcasting about podcasting! We are sharing our process including how we record and edit, as well as the software and equipment we use. There are several ways to go about podcasting, but we're talking about the process that seems to be working well for us. As usual, you can find our show notes on our Pinterest boards which can be found at http://www.pinterest.com/northsouthmakers. We've linked our equipment as well as things we mention in this episode.

Duration:00:35:29

Episode 061: WorkBenchCon 2019

3/7/2019
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We are back! We took a hiatus for several weeks while Charlotte moved into a new home, but we've returned and we are so excited to jump back in. In this episode, we are chatting about our trip to the second annual WorkBench Conference in Atlanta, GA. This was a great opportunity for makers to get together and network, learn, and have a great time. We're sharing our biggest takeaways and what we loved most about it, plus our usual mom fails (and wins!), high fives of the week, and fun facts.

Duration:00:55:06

Episode 060: Strange & Unusual Brand Pitches

12/20/2018
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As bloggers we often receive pitches from brands, and today we are talking about some of the more entertaining, strange, unique, and unusual pitches and requests we've gotten from brands. Plus we're chatting about blog campaigns we've done in the past that in hindsight probably weren't a great idea.

Duration:00:44:06

Episode 059: Holiday Prep: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

12/13/2018
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We are talking about holiday prep in general, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Find out what we're up to, how we get ready for Christmas, what stresses us out, and how we balance blogging with the chaos of the holidays.

Episode 058: Being a Woman in the Maker Community

11/15/2018
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In this episode we are chatting about what it's like to be woman in the male-dominated maker community. We're discussing our experiences and observations since becoming a part of this content creator/maker space. Plus hear about Erin's fun weekend and the awesome home makeover project Charlotte was recently a part of.

Duration:00:45:26

Episode 057: Prepping for Holiday Content

11/8/2018
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We are discussing how we prepare for the holidays in terms of content creation. Do we plan projects far in advance? Do we fly by the seat of our pants? Both? We're chatting about it all.

Duration:00:44:20

Episode 056: Dream Jobs: Our Goals and Ambitions for the Future

11/1/2018
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We are chatting about our goals and ambitions for the future and where we hope blogging will lead us. We're also discussing all of the other ways we could use the skills we've learned to spin off into different careers if we ever choose to.

Duration:00:47:06

Episode 055: Things We Suck At (But We Do Them Anyway)

10/25/2018
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We're chatting about things we suck at (involving making) but we do them anyway. Sloppy woodworking? Check. Messy paint jobs? Check. Failure to clean up after projects? Check. Hear what we could stand to improve but we do them either out of necessity or because we enjoy them anyway!

Duration:00:38:01