Scummy Mummies - Podcast

Scummy Mummies - Podcast

United Kingdom

A comedy chat show for less-than-perfect parents. Hosted by comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn and featuring guest parenting experts, comedians and authors. The podcast covers the big issues affecting modern parents - from fish fingers to farting, to play-dates and pelvic floors. Expect frank and funny chat as well as wine, laughter and sophisticated boob jokes. Check out our Scummy Mummies Blog and dates for our Live Comedy Shows - www.scummymummies.com

Episodes

Episode 105: Running Special with Ruth Field  

How do you get motivated to do exercise? Is running better than sex? And what did Kriss Akabusi say to Ellie that almost made her glasses fall off? We answer all these questions and more! Our guest is Ruth Field, author of the brilliant Run, Fat Bitch, Run, which is out now. She tells us what gets her off the couch, why running can have mental health benefits, and why she doesn't think exercise has to be fun. We find out how Ruth helped Helen run her first 5K, and Helen reveals her top running songs. There's also some chat about Ruth's career as a criminal barrister, which mainly involves a lot of reminiscing about This Life. This episode's Scummy Mummy Confessions are sponsored by Acamar, creators of CBeebies favourite Bing. We are running a fabulous competition with them to celebrate the launch of the new Fisher Price Toilet Train Bing toy. The winner (as judged by us) will receive a special visit to their nursery or preschool, along with some ace Bing goodies. You have until 15 August to enter - just share a photo of your latest parenting "challenge" with us on Instagram, tagging @scummymummies, @bingbunny, #WhatWouldFlopDo, and also tagging two friends who might want to join in. If your account is private, you'll need to make it public until the closing date or send it to us a DM. Visit @bingbunny for full terms and conditions. You can follow Ruth on Twitter @gritdoctor. And do buy her book, it's great. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** Come and see us in Bromsgrove on 16 September, Sutton Coldfield on 7 October, and at various venues this autumn. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 104: Jenny Eclair Special  

Our guest for this episode is the wonderful comedian, writer and mum, Jenny Eclair! She tells us what she's learned in 28 years of parenting, and why she thinks all unruly London children should be sent up north for a bit. We hear about how Jenny got her start in comedy, what it's like to win a Perrier award, and why cheese conventions are less fun than you might think. We find out about her latest show, How to be a Middle-Aged Woman (Without Going Insane). Then it's time for Book Chat as we discuss Jenny's brilliant collection of short stories, Listening In. There's a silly quiz about South East London, which includes Jenny's best meat buying tips, and she shares her Scummy Mummy Confession. Listening In is out now. You can follow Jenny on Twitter @jennyeclair and see all her latest show dates at jennyeclair.com. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** Come and see us in Bromsgrove on 16 September, Sutton Coldfield on 7 October, and at various festivals throughout the summer. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening! Photo: Clara Molden

Episode 103: Mindful Parenting with Dr Genevieve Von Lob  

Mindfulness: actual science, or hippy dippy nonsense? How do you stay in the moment if the moment's sh**? And what's the best way to increase your sex drive? Answering all these questions is the brilliant Dr Genevieve Von Lob! She's the author of the ace 5 Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting, which is out now. We talk about some of the issues she covers in the book including how to be a more confident parent, and the importance of being kind to yourself. Genevieve shows us how to do proper deep breathing, and explains how it can help in tricky situations, from dealing with toddler tantrums to talking to grumpy teens. Then there's some sex chat, because goodness knows we can't get through a whole podcast without a bit of filth. Do check out Genevieve's book, it's great. And you can follow her on Twitter @drvonLob. Her instagram is @drgenevievevonlob. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** Come and see us in Rugby on 12 July, Bromsgrove on 16 September, Sutton Coldfield on 7 October, and at various festivals throughout the summer. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 102: Dr Ranj Special  

What's the number one thing you should do before giving birth? What should all parents keep in their medicine cabinet? And who is the filthiest out of the Operation Ouch twins? Revealing all is Cbeebies star DOCTOR RANJ! He tells us what it's like to work in the NHS while simultaneously being a showbiz star. We find out how it feels to be voted the sexiest guy on Cbeebies, despite the fact you made your name with a song about poo. There's some Medical Chat about how to get kids to take medicine, and the best way to get rid of nits. We also discuss Dr Ranj's favourite A&E experiences with our new section, Up Your Bum Chat. We test his medical knowledge with a stupid game, and finish off with the podcast's longest ever outtake, which begins with a podcast bomb by Ellie's husband and spirals into a RuPaul's Drag Race catchphrase battle. You can follow the wonderful Dr Ranj on Twitter @drranj. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE...

Episode 101: Marriage, mastectomy and menopause with Alice Evans  

You might not think that having your boobs removed and your ovaries taken out are the funniest subjects for a podcast - but this episode will prove you wrong! Our guest is Alice Evans, who explains how her family history of breast cancer led her to have a double mastectomy. She also reveals what it's like to go through the menopause at a young age, and why she doesn't let her husband call her his wife. Honestly, it's more LOLs than it sounds. Alice reveals that she's basically an X-Man, and she and Helen discover they share the same party trick. Ellie squeezes another woman's breasts for the first time ever on the podcast. Also ever. There's some graphic but surprisingly hilarious chat about what Alice has been through, and she offers her advice for anyone in the same situation - including her top tips for surviving menopause. We round off with some exclusive Scummy Mummies "On Tour" Confessions, direct from the Hay Festival. Thank you very much to iheartwines.co.uk for supplying the wines that...

Episode 100: Dara O Briain Special  

WE ARE ONE HUNDRED! And to celebrate we have a very special guest - it's hilarious comedian DARA O BRIAIN! He reveals his favourite thing about being a parent, and shares his number one nugget of parenting wisdom. There's some chat about how raising kids is like driving a boat, and trying not to get shipwrecked on Notadick Island. Helen and Ellie discuss their parenting goals, and Dara recounts the time he enraged Idina Menzel. As this is our hundredth episode, we've brought back a couple of games - the classic What's On Our Clothes This Week?, plus the ever-popular Accent Game. We round off with a special edition of Scummy Mummy Confessions, and then Helen has a surprise for Ellie. We're as shocked as anyone that this podcast has made it to 100 episodes. Thank you so much to everyone who has subscribed, emailed us, left us lovely iTunes reviews, and shared the podcast with their friends. But most of all, thank you for listening. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** We're performing outdoors at The Scoop in London Bridge on Wednesday 14 June, at 7pm - come along and see us, it's FREE! We're also at the Hay Festival on 2 June, Clevedon on 17th, and Brighton Komedia on 28th. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 99: Lists, Instagram and Oxfam with Clemmie Telford  

Making lists, managing screen time, coping with debt, deciding which animals look like which biscuits - we cover all these topics and more with the brilliant Clemmie Telford! We talk about her blog, Mother of all Lists, and her career in advertising. There's some advice on making money from Instagram, and how to boost your creativity. Clemmie discusses what she loves about living in Peckham, and Ellie bangs on about how she remembers when it was all just fields. We also chat about our support for new Oxfam campaign Dressed By The Kids. Sign up via oxfam.org.uk/silly, and get sponsored to wear whatever the kids choose for you on 16 June. Oxfam believes everyone should have access to clean water, that grown-ups should be able to earn a fair wage to feed their families, and that children should have the right to education. Which sounds pretty good to us, so come 16 June, we'll be wearing ridiculous outfits, just for a change. As usual we round off with Scummy Mummy Confessions, plus a bit of admin - you can come and see us live this June at the Hay Festival, in Clevedon and in Brighton, with many more dates planned for July and beyond. To buy tickets, visit ScummyMummies.com. This podcast was fuelled by wine from iheartwines.co.uk. We love those guys, and we're not just saying that because we're drunk on their wines. Which we heart. You can find Clemmie's blog at motherofalllists.com, and she's on Instagram @clemmie_telford. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 98: Giovanna Fletcher Special  

Our guest for this episode is the fabulous Giovanna Fletcher, author of the ace Happy Mum, Happy Baby. We discuss her book, find out how she got started, and discuss the tricky but important issues surrounding hotpants and flip flops. Giovanna shares the best vlogging tip ever, as invented by her husband, Tom McFly, and Helen reveals her favourite thing to do after the school run. There's also a bit of sleep chat, where we give our advice for coping without it, and play a stupid game. This podcast is sponsored by Leesa mattresses - visit leesa.co.uk and enter the code "MUMMIES80" for £80 off. Thank you also to iheartwines.co.uk for supplying the lovely booze. Happy Mum, Happy Baby is out now. You can follow Giovanna on Instagram and Twitter -@mrsgifletcher. The Scummy Mummies book is also OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** We're performing at Brighton Komedia on 28 June. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 97: Birth Rights Special with Rebecca Schiller  

What is a doula? Why do birth rights matter? And how would Ellie guide someone through a difficult labour with the help of a Pepperami? All these questions are answered in this episode, with special guest Rebecca Schiller. She's the author of the excellent book Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter, which is out now. We discuss the issue of birth rights around the world, including why it's so hard to have a home birth in Australia, and the difficulties facing migrant women in the UK. Ellie and Helen share their experiences of labour, and make Rebecca pretend she's on Dragons' Den while doing terrible impressions of Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones. To find out more about Rebecca's charity, visit birthrights.org.uk. She's on Twitter @hackneydoula and Instagram as @rebecca.schiller. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** We're performing at Brighton Komedia on 28 June, with plenty of other dates planned around the country. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 96: DJ Special with Nikki Beatnik  

She's been a DJ for nearly three decades, she's Kelis's best mate, and she was once pushed out of G-A-Y in a wheelchair while eight months pregnant - it's the amazing Nikki Beatnik! We discover the surprising truth about where Kelis likes to hang out on Saturday afternoons, and whether Madonna prefers M&S or M&Co. Nikki discusses the challenges facing women in her industry, and how she manages changing nappies one minute and DJing at Puffy's birthday bash the next. We also find out whether they serve cheese and pineapple on sticks at the Grammys. We round off with some ace Scummy Mummy Confessions, and do keep listening to the end for one more amazing showbiz story. You can find out more about Nikki via her website, beatniktv.com. She's on YouTube and she's @djnikkibeatnik on Instagram, Twitter, and Mixcloud. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** We're performing Brighton Komedia on 28 June. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 95: Mother Pukka Special  

She's a social media sensation, a champion for flexible working, and close personal friends with Gloria Hunniford - it's megavlogger Mother Pukka! We compare Caesarean scars, make jokes about bacterial vaginosis, and explain why everyone needs a c***ometer. There's also some serious talk about miscarriage, and Pukka tells us an amazing fact about herself. We learn about what inspired her to start the Flex Appeal campaign, and how to get involved. There's some practical advice on the best way to ask your boss for flexible working. We round off with a fantastic listener confession, plus a very special one from Mother Pukka herself. You can find out more about the Flex Appeal campaign over at motherpukka.co.uk, and by following her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The next flash mob is on 31 March in Trafalgar Square. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review! **SEE US LIVE** We're performing at Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush on 22 March, and at Brighton Komedia on 28 June. To buy tickets, and for more dates, visit ScummyMummies.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, please tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 94: Scummy Mummies Book Special with Jo Elvin  

It's shameless plug time, as Ellie and Helen discuss their new Scummy Mummies book! And keeping them in check is fabulous Glamour editor Jo Elvin! The Scummies reveal how they met, how they got their book deal, and how much wine they consumed during the writing process. Plus, find out why they have to keep their famous catsuits in a hermetically sealed bag. It's not all book talk - Helen explains why she hates athleisure wear, and Ellie reminisces about the time she took a pee in the middle of Clapham Common. There's an insightful analysis of the British and Australian education systems, and some chat about shagging. Jo finds out if her Scummy Mummy Confession made it into the book, and Helen and Ellie read out their favourites. We also find out what Jo's own book is going to be about. The Scummy Mummies Book is out this Thursday 9 March, priced at barely a fiver. The Glamour podcast, Hey It's OK, is published every week. This episode was brought to you by NOW TV, who are also sponsoring our book launch - thanks, NOW TV! Their online streaming service lets you watch the latest movies and telly shows, on all sorts of devices, with no contract required. The NOW TV Kids Pass is £2.99 a month and features loads of great stuff for kids, with no ads. You can get a free 14 day trial via nowtv.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 93: Mother of Daughters Special with Clemmie Hooper  

Our guest for this ep is midwife, author, and instagram sensation Clemmie Hooper, otherwise known as Mother of Daughters! She tells us how she managed to write her book, How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out, while looking after twin babies. We find out what it's like to have four small children, and what it is Clemmie has finally forgiven Keira Knightley for. There's some chat about how Clemmie became the social media star she is today, and Helen's pleather trousers. We play a new game, and there's even a new theme song. This episode was fuelled by wine from the wonderful Kevin O'Rourke, otherwise known as the wineman. He sends out lovely booze direct to your door - find out more at wineman.co.uk. Clemmie's book is out now, published by Penguin Vermilion. You can follow her on instagram @mother_of_daughters, while her husband Simon is @father_of_daughters. She's on Twitter @Modaughters and Facebook. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! **BUY OUR BOOK!** The Scummy Mummies book is out on 9 March, but you can order yours now via Amazon! **SEE US LIVE!** We have gigs coming up in Bath, Saffron Walden and Shepherds Bush! Visit scummymummies.com for dates and tickets! Thank you for listening!

Episode 92: Bryony Gordon talks Mental Health, Marathons and Mammaries.  

Time to welcome back one of our favourite guests - it's writer, mental health campaigner and absolute hoot Bryony Gordon! She tells us all about her new book, Mad Girl, which is out now. There's some Fitness Chat - Bryony tells us how she got into running, and how she deals with temptation. We discuss the importance of talking about mental health, and the struggles new parents often face. Then we move onto the really serious issues like Take That and what Kate Middleton smells like. This podcast was sponsored by the brilliant boobydoo.co.uk. "Providing holders for all types of boulders." They stock the UK's biggest range of sports bras, and even Serena Williams is a fan! Thanks, Boobydoo! You can find them on Twitter @BoobydooBras, Instagram @boobydoobras and Facebook: www.facebook.com/boobydoo.sports.bras Bryony is running the marathon this year and you can sponsor her. She's on Twitter @bryony_gordon, and Instagram @bryonygordon. Follow Mental Health Mates @findyourwe or visit mentalhealthmates.co.uk. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! **BUY OUR BOOK!** The Scummy Mummies book is out on 9 March, but you can order yours now via Amazon! Thank you for listening!

Episode 91: Bridget Jones's Podcast with Sharon Maguire  

In this episode we meet Sharon Maguire, the real life Shazzer from Bridget Jones's Diary! She also directed the Bridget movies, so there's some chat about that. We find out what it's like to be actual best mates with Helen Fielding, and discuss Sharon's experience of being an older mum. Then she shares a Scummy Mummy Confession that will make her husband wince. After that it's time for some film chat, as Helen and Ellie reveal what they thought of the Bridget Jones's Baby movie. There's lots of searing analysis of the narrative arc and mis en scene, and most importantly, we discuss who we'd "do" out of Dempsey or Darcy. This episode is sponsored by the digital release of Bridget Jones's Baby. The Blu-ray and DVD aren't out till 30 January, but you can buy the download right now via iTunes, Amazon Video, Sky Store and Google Play. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! **BUY OUR BOOK!** The Scummy Mummies book is out on 9 March, but you can order yours now via Amazon! Thank you for listening!

Episode 90: Food and Italy Special  

What's the best way to cook with kids? How do you make the best Bolognese? And do Italian mamas ever just give their children chicken nuggets? To answer all these questions we have actual Italians Caterina, Laura and Francesca! They are the authors of My Little Sous-Chef, a tandem cookbook that makes it easy for kids and parents to prepare food together. We chat about the differences between Italian and British parents, and find out what they REALLY think of our food. We discover whether it's actually worth making your own pasta, and where to find the best pizza in the world. Then, as a thank you to our Italian friends, we present a cultural exchange by making them eat pizza we cooked in a microwave. You can follow My Little Sous-Chef on Twitter and Facebook, and buy the eBook on Amazon. **BUY OUR BOOK!** The Scummy Mummies book is out on 9 March, but you can order yours now via Amazon! We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Special thanks to iheartwines.co.uk who supplied the wine that fuelled this podcast. The Italians liked it, so it must be alright. Thank you for listening!

Episode 89: Agony Aunt Special with Philippa Perry  

What's the secret to a happy, healthy relationship? How often should we have sex? What's the number one behaviour we should model for our children? To answer these questions, we welcome ace psychotherapist Philippa Perry. She tells us why it's important to let go of being right, and why we should be open to being changed by our kids. There's some chat about Philippa's recent Radio 4 show, and why children telling lies is something to be celebrated. There's also practical advice about how to help older siblings handle a new baby, what to do if you lose your temper, and how to cope with those days where everything gets too much. We discuss whether it's OK to row, and finally solve the issue of whether Helen's husband should leave his shoes in the lounge. Philippa's book, How to Stay Sane, is out now. You can follow her on Twitter @philippa_perry. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! **BUY OUR BOOK!** The Scummy Mummies book is out on 9 March, but you can order yours now via Amazon! Thank you for listening!

Episode 88: Mistletoe and Whine: Christmas Special with Jessie and Steve  

It's Christmas! Time to welcome back two of our most available guests, Nurse Jessie and Steve Hill. We chat about our favourite Christmas songs, and share our highlights and lowlights of 2016. There's a bumper festive edition of our popular filth-based game, Anything For Money. As always, Ham Review is back, and we round off with some Christmassy confessions. This podcast was fuelled by some delicious pinot grigio from iheartwines.co.uk. Do buy some wine off them, it's lovely! We would like to wish all our listeners a very Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for your support. We read every message we get sent and they mean so much to us - they're what gives us the motivation to keep going. Please keep listening, and do write and tell us what you'd like more or less of on the podcast in 2017: scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Merry Christmas!

Episode 87: Hurrah for Gin Special  

Our guest for this episode is megablogger author Katie Kirby, otherwise known as Hurrah For Gin! We discuss how she turned her hilarious stick figure cartoons into a best-selling book. She reveals the one post her husband wasn't happy with, and shows us the tattoo on her bum. There's some chat about writing, making money from blogging, and which Thomas the Tank Engine character we'd "do". As always, we round off with Scummy Mummy Confessions. Hurrah for Gin: A Book for Perfectly Imperfect Parents is out now. Katie's blog is at hurrahforgin.com, and she's on Twitter @hurrahforgin. The Scummy Mummies book isn't out till 9 March, but you can pre-order it right now! We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 86: Don't Buy Her Flowers Special with Steph Douglas  

What's the best gift to get a new mum? Why shouldn't you buy her flowers? And what's the worst present our husbands ever gave us? We answer all these questions and more in this episode, with special guest Steph Douglas. She tells us all about how she set up her own business, and why it makes women cry. We discuss the phenomenon of being hangry, what it's like to have a vicar for a dad, and where to buy the best fried chicken in London. Then we play a new game - Did Our Husbands Really Give Us That? - before rounding off with Scummy Mummy Confessions. You can not buy someone flowers via dontbuyherflowers.com, and follow Steph on Facebook and Instagram. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

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