Denial Bus

Denial Bus

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Listen each week as the podcast discusses motherhood, foster care, adoption, special needs and whatever else is bugging them.


Quickie: Wrongest of Wrongs.
Dec 4 • 5 min
DB drivers discuss how they see a meme that Patti thought was both funny and also made her cry. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie : Traumatizing your own kids
Nov 29 • 11 min
Holly ask for advice on if she is traumatizing her kids. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Stealing
Nov 27 • 9 min
Guess what Patti’s daughter stole… You will never guess. And Happy birthday Lexi and Xandi. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 58: Interview with Marty Fidelman
Nov 25 • 44 min
Holly and Patti interview fellow comedian Marty Fidelman who was adopted at birth. He talks about meeting his birth family and his relationship with his brother who has FAS. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie : Birth Stories
Nov 22 • 17 min
Holly tells the stories us about all three of her son’s birth stories. And Patti just listens because she has none 🙂 —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Thanksgiving again.
Nov 20 • 13 min
Holly and Patti share what they do for Thanksgiving. Turkey🦃 vs Steak 🥩 —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 57: Traveling Tips- don’t take your kids
Nov 18 • 38 min
Holly gives her traveling tips on traveling with kids. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 56: Church Bells
Nov 15 • 45 min
Holly discusses how she found the right church to handle her kids while Patti talks about the frustration of not being able to —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: 3 questions
Nov 13 • 6 min
Holly answers her first 3 questions. We learn alot about Holly… And Patti. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Parents of your kid’s friends
Nov 11 • 5 min
Hopefully your kid’s best friend’s parent don’t suck. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Review - “Foster”
Nov 8 • 19 min
Holly and Pattireciew the documentary of “Foster” —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Holly lies
Nov 6 • 9 min
Holly tells a story about how one of her friendships is based on a lie. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 55: Finally moved
Nov 4 • 44 min
Patti talks for the last time, promise, about moving into her house. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Confession
Nov 1 • 3 min
Patti and Holly give thier first confession. It is juicy but not too juicy… OK it isn’t really juciy at all. 🦗 🦗 —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small talk - Fold No Fold
Oct 30 • 4 min
Patti asks Holly the most important question. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 54: Holly is here.
Oct 28 • 52 min
Holly’s first episode, where Holly and Patti talk about the name change, where the podcast is going and getting to know Holly. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie- Change is a brewin’
Oct 25 • 1 min
So many changes but still the same podcast. But maybe a name change is in order. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: New Host
Oct 23 • 6 min
Find out who Patti has choosen to be the new co host. Here is a hint- Her name is Holly. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 53 Transitions are the worst
Oct 21 • 1 min
Heather is gone but the show must go on…. But not today. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Monopoly and Pits
Oct 16 • 15 min
The MEs discuss Monopoly and feeling stuck in a pit. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 52 - So Long, Farewell
Oct 14 • 63 min
Quickie: Vs - Harry Potter In this very special episode of the Mother Effin’ Podcast, Heather says her goodbyes as she moves on to other projects. Find out what’s in store for each ME moving forward. —- Send in a voice message:…
Quickie: Small Talk - Halloween Plans
Oct 11 • 8 min
Find out what the MEs are doing for Halloween this year. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Pumpkin Spice Latte
Oct 10 • 6 min
The MEs have opinions on PSL! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 51 - Movin’ and Shakin’
Oct 7 • 42 min
Quickie: Review - Psycho Patti has moved! It’s stress and not fun, but at least she’s moved in to her new home. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Pop Quiz - Words And Coffee
Oct 4 • 10 min
Patti’s back with another pop quiz. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Hair Cut And Birth Mom
Oct 2 • 4 min
Jaxon got a hair cut. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 50 - Comedy Specials
Sep 30 • 27 min
Quickie: Update - The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family The MEs discuss the current state of comedy specials. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Pop Quiz - Summer Time
Sep 27 • 4 min
The MEs take a quiz about the summer. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: News Break - Underwear
Sep 25 • 14 min
The MEs discuss an article on underwear. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 49 - School Update
Sep 23 • 51 min
Quickie: Pop Quiz - The Return of 3 Questions The MEs already have a school update and it’s only been a month! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Moving
Sep 20 • 12 min
Patti’s moving and the MEs discuss organization. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Theatre
Sep 18 • 13 min
The MEs discuss going to the theatre. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 48 - Movie Night
Sep 16 • 70 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Clothes This episode the MEs discuss current movies and what the kids are allowed to watch on TV. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Driving Sucks
Sep 15 • 7 min
The MEs found something they have in common. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Grumpy School
Sep 14 • 13 min
The MEs give an update on school. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 47 - Beckett Moments
Sep 9 • 64 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Andrea Mills If you feel you would like to donate to the Mills family, you can use the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/andrea-mills-donation-outlet The ME’s discuss Beckett Moments and what it means to be a foster/adopt…
Quickie: Small Talk - Planning Planners
Sep 6 • 17 min
The MEs discuss how they plan and what planners they use. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Paperwork
Sep 4 • 9 min
There’s too much paperwork in the world! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Birthday Dilemma
Sep 2 • 14 min
The ME’s are still on vacation! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickies: Small Talk - Summer Jammin’
Aug 30 • 16 min
The MEs discuss music with Heather’s love for it and Patti’s “meh” feelings towards it. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Celery Debate
Aug 28 • 3 min
The MEs disagree on the good vs bad qualities of celery. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Happy Birthday, Heather!
Aug 26 • 23 min
The MEs are taking a little vacation but don’t worry there will still be new Quickies everyday! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Pump Up The Jams
Aug 21 • 16 min
The MEs discuss their love or difference to music. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 46 - Tom Hanks Ruins Everything
Aug 19 • 34 min
Quickie: Rant - Dropping The Kids Off At The Pool In this episode the MEs discuss their Burbank Comedy Festival Plans until Heather derails the conversation with a rant about Tom Hanks. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Cut For Time - Kari Interview, Snippets, Part 2
Aug 16 • 11 min
Kari’s kids sure start some fun conversations! Listen to extended snippets that were cut for time from Kari’s two part episode. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - A House Is Not A Home
Aug 14 • 9 min
Patti gives the listeners an update on her home buying adventure. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 45 - Interview with Kari, Adoptive Mother Of 5 Boys, Part 2
Aug 12 • 59 min
Quickie: Class Clowns - Comedy a la Carte Show In the second part of this interview the MEs discuss with Kari how she was ultimately able to build her family. It’s a story with many fun twists and surprises! —- Send in a voice message:…
Quickie: Cut For Time - Kari Interview, Snippets, Part 1
Aug 9 • 13 min
These ladies can talk! In this first Quickie, Kari and Heather reminisce about high school much to Patti’s delight. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Stay Caffeinated
Aug 7 • 9 min
Heather and Patti discuss their need to stay caffeinated. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 44 - Interview with Kari, Adoptive Mother Of 5 Boys, Part 1
Aug 5 • 50 min
Quickie: News Break - Fight At Disneyland The MEs interview Kari, a personal friend of Heather’s from high school. She’s the person who introduced Heather to their FFA and has been there every step of Heather’s adoption story. On top of that, she has 5…
Quickie: Just The Tip - Karaoke Time
Aug 2 • 2 min
Heather has found her new favorite thing to do with her kids. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Pop Quiz - Zombie Apocalypse
Jul 31 • 2 min
Will Heather survive the Zombie Apocalypse? —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 43 - Back To School Season
Jul 29 • 33 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Making School Plans In this episode the MEs talk about Jaxon’s IEP. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Class Clowns - Open Mic
Jul 26 • 3 min
The MEs discuss the best way to approach an open mic for comedic success. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Well Grounded
Jul 24 • 11 min
The MEs discuss Heather’s levels of grounding and the benefits of this type of discipline. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 41 - Crouch Twins Interview, Being Adopted And Dyslexic
Jul 22 • 58 min
Quickie: Pop Quiz - How Well Do You Know Your Mom? In this episode the MEs take time to talk to Patti’s 8-year old twin girls, Lexi and Xandi. Both have very interesting and different opinions on adoption and dyslexia. Check it out and if you have adopted…
Quickie: Cut For Time - Renée Interview, Pop Quiz
Jul 19 • 7 min
The MEs want to know if Renée can pass a quiz on comedy. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Class Clowns - So You Booked A Show
Jul 17 • 4 min
The MEs go over the “To Do” list of how to behave as a professional comic once you book a show. From promoting beforehand and how to act the night of the show, listen to these tips to be a better comedian. —- Send in a voice message:…
Episode 40 - Interview with Renée Percy, Comedian and Infertility
Jul 15 • 48 min
Quickie: Update - OMG OMAD In this episode Patti and Heather talk with a favorite comedian and friend, Renée Percy. You can tell Renée is fancy and amazing because she has an apostrophe in her name. Starting with her early career on Degrassi High in…
Quickie: Small Talk - Matching Minis
Jul 12 • 12 min
The MEs discuss their need to buy new vans. Maybe they’ll be matching! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Meds And The Brain
Jul 11 • 5 min
Patti and Heather talk about how meds make Patti feel and what Jaxon may feel like on a daily basis. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 39 - The Infertility Chat
Jul 8 • 41 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Kids Are Gross The MEs discuss Patti’s story and chat about what not to say to someone going through infertility. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Pop Quiz - Adoption Quiz
Jul 5 • 8 min
Heather gives Patti a quiz about foster care and adoption from AdoptUsKids.org. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Fulminating Over Culminating
Jul 3 • 9 min
What’s the point of giving kids a ceremony every single time they move up a level in school? Patti and Heather don’t agree with all the pomp and circumstance. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 38 - The New Normal
Jul 1 • 37 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Mexican Fast Food Patti and Heather have an emotional discussion about feeling normal and what it means to try and find a sense of normalcy in stressful and unique situations. —- Send in a voice message:…
Quickie: Rant - Hobo Chic
Jun 28 • 5 min
Heather has some issues with the way her kids dress. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Toothpaste Woes
Jun 26 • 3 min
Patti has struggles… with toothpaste. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 37 - Hell Week
Jun 24 • 41 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Happiest Memory It’s been quite a week for the MEs. With school ending and balancing work/comedy/life, Patti and Heather have been struggling to get through it all. On top of that, things reached a boiling point with Heather’s mom.…
Quickie: Rant - Battle Of The Pool Noodles
Jun 21 • 3 min
Summer is here so the kids need to get in their daily quotas of fighting. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Is Your Fridge Running
Jun 19 • 11 min
Patti grills Heather on what’s in her fridge and then is appalled by Heather’s favorite cereal selection. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 36 - Summer Lovin’
Jun 18 • 37 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Fundraisers Summer is here! Which means the MEs are running a touch behind each week. Thank you for your patience with us as we edit and upload our episodes. This week Patti and Heather talk about their summer plans and how to…
Quickie: Cut For Time - Marissa Interview, Spilling Tea
Jun 16 • 12 min
Marissa spills the tea on some of the families she’s had to interview. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Review - Total Forking Shirt Show
Jun 12 • 7 min
Patti and Heather went to see improv… willingly! Cast members of THE GOOD PLACE performed a charity improv show called the TOTAL FORKING SHIRT SHOW. The event easily became one of Patti’s “Top 5 L.A.” moments. —- Send in a voice message:…
Episode 35 - Interview with Marissa, FFA Intake Coordinator
Jun 10 • 61 min
Quickie: Book Club - Marissa’s Top Three Books Being Adopted The Colors Of Grief Child Called It Bonus: The Primal Wound Patti and Heather interview Marissa this week, the FFA Intake Coordinator who matched Patti with her twin daughters! They discuss how…
Quickie: Worst Mom Of The Week - Heather, Bella’s Emails
Jun 8 • 12 min
Heather wins the Worst Mom Of The Week! Bella was caught with a secret email account. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Tantrums
Jun 5 • 8 min
Patti and Heather do a deep dive into what defines a tantrum and when to let your kids run away. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 34 - Speed of Life
Jun 3 • 49 min
Quickie: Mini-Interview - Jaxon Crouch The school year has ended and the Mother Effers are catching up on where they’re at with comedy and family. Give us a message about how you’re life is going via email: [email protected], by phone:…
Quickie: Cut For Time - Cory Ringdahl Interview, Snippets
May 31 • 11 min
This Quickie is filled with various interview snippets with Cory Ringdahl we had to cut for time, including his response to Fold/Unfold. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Man Types
May 29 • 7 min
The Mother Offers discuss their ideal man and their dream guys. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 33 - Interview with Cory Ringdahl, Birth Father, Part 2
May 27 • 49 min
Quickie: Class Clowns - Mic Stand Etiquette This week is the second part of a two part interview with Cory Ringhdal. In the second part of Cory’s story, he finds out he’s a birth father and signs over his parental rights so his daughter can be adopted by…
Quickie: Small Talk - Accentuate The Positive
May 24 • 7 min
The MEs say something positive about their kids but the discussion ends up backfiring when they begin to discuss their husbands. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Pop Quiz - 3 Questions Again
May 22 • 7 min
Patti has some new random questions for Heather and Heather grills Patti about Harry Potter. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 32 - Interview with Cory Ringdahl, Adoptee, Part 1
May 20 • 54 min
Quickie: Class Clowns - Mic Etiquette This week is the first part of a two part interview with Cory Ringhdal. Adopted as an infant Cory discusses growing up in North Dakota, being adopted as an infant, and ultimately reconnecting with his birth family.…
Quickie: Cut For Time - Nikki Interview, Fold/Unfold
May 17 • 7 min
Of course the ME’s asked Nikki their favorite question! Find out Nikki’s answer and hear what Heather has to say about kids doing their own laundry. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Naps
May 15 • 4 min
Patti is having a tough time with Jaxon and his nap time! Heather is unhelpful in her suggestions. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 31 - Interview with Nikki, Former Foster Child (Aged Out)/Adoptive Mother
May 13 • 63 min
Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Alex Do you have a Worst Day Ever? Leave us a call at 818-533-8656 or email us at [email protected] This week we have a Nikki from California on to talk about her journey through the foster care system as an older…
Quickie: Difference of Opinions - Homework
May 10 • 15 min
The MEs have a discussion about the pros and cons of homework. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Patti Hates Phones
May 8 • 8 min
Patti has a bone to pick with Heather about phone usage. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 30 - Vacation From My Vacation
May 6 • 49 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Small Bladders The MEs have returned from spring break with varying levels of success! Heather had a busy trip in Tennessee visiting many interesting places in Nashville and Memphis like the National Civil Rights Museum, The…
Quickie: Class Clowns - Taking Care Of Business
May 3 • 9 min
The MEs discuss the business of being a comedian. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Review - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
May 1 • 6 min
The ME’s are timely with this review! It’s not part of the Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe, but both mothers agree it’s a great film. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 29 - Interview with Jacinda, Foster/Adopt Mother
Apr 29 • 51 min
Quickie: Rant - Kids Books In this episode, the ME’s speak with Jacinda from Northern California. It’s a GAME OF FOSTER/ADOPT THRONES as her story is filled with dramatics, twists, turns, and surprise endings. You will not believe how adoption has…
Quickie: Cut For Time - Disneyland Worst Guests
Apr 26 • 5 min
This segment was cut for time from Episode 28 - We’re Going To Disneyland. The MEs talk about terrible guests they’ve seen at Disneyland. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Bedtime Routines
Apr 24 • 8 min
Heather has a complex bedtime routine that changes day by day and has Patti fascinated. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 28 - We’re Going To Disneyland
Apr 22 • 60 min
Quickie: Rant - Van Blues, Patti and Heather discuss the state of their cars and discuss the frustrations of trying to keep their vehicles clean. This week is a TIPS filled episode about going to Disneyland! Make your family trip the happiest on Earth by…
Quickie: Small Talk - Llama Mama
Apr 19 • 1 min
Patti has made a self discovery about what kind of Mama she is. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Power Struggles
Apr 17 • 6 min
The MEs discuss power struggles with their kids. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 27 - Breaking Out For Spring
Apr 15 • 35 min
Quickie: Pop Quiz - Harry Potter House Heather stresses Patti out by quizzing her Harry Potter house loyalty. It’s SPRING BREAK! The MEs share their plans and tips for going on the road and traveling with three kids. —- Send in a voice message:…
Quickie: Review - Shazam
Apr 12 • 16 min
Mother Effer Heather and guest ME Father, Bobby, discuss the new movie Shazam with talking points for parents of kids in foster care. Shazam (2019) synopsis: We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In…
Quickie: Small Talk - What We Miss
Apr 10 • 2 min
The MEs chat about the things they miss from the before motherhood era. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 26 - You Better WERK
Apr 8 • 44 min
Quickie: Call In - Tina We get a call from one of our Mother Effin’ Listeners! Hear what Tina has to say about this podcast. Patti has gone back to work (for now - she claims) and discusses with Heather the pros and cons of working. Along with trying to…
Quickie: Update - St. Patrick’s Day
Apr 5 • 6 min
The ME’s give you an update on how they spent their St. Patrick’s Day. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Sick Kids
Apr 3 • 6 min
The MEs discuss sick kids and what they love/hate about it. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 25 - April Foolishness
Apr 1 • 58 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Happy April Fools Day! Patti and Heather talk about their favorite pranks. The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers” and the MEs discuss their favorite gardening tips and what crops they are planning to try and grow this…
Quickie: Pop Quiz - 3 Questions
Mar 29 • 2 min
Patti surprises Heather with a pop quiz of three very random questions. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Pooping Alone
Mar 27 • 3 min
All the MEs want is to poop alone. Just once. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 24 - Let’s Talk About Sex
Mar 25 • 46 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Heather’s On A Diet It’s time to have the talk, and Patti and Heather sure talk a lot about sex. How do you find the time to have sex with kids? How do you explain sex to kids? How do you explain sex to kids with sexual trauma? All…
Quickie: Rant - Manners
Mar 22 • 4 min
Heather’s having issues with table manners. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Small Talk - Last Fight
Mar 20 • 6 min
The Mother Effers discuss the last fights they had with their husbands. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 23 - Schoolhouse Stress
Mar 18 • 40 min
Quickie: News Break - Operation Varsity Blues Stressed? Of course, we’re stressed. Patti and Heather discuss the stress of being a foster parent and their new stress of finding the right kind of school for their kids. Homeschool? Public? Private? Charter?…
Quickie: Review - How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Mar 15 • 12 min
Need something to do this weekend with the kids? Take them to the movies! Patti and Heather discuss the recently released Dreamworks animated film, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD. They review the entire DRAGON franchise and talk about what…
Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Holly
Mar 13 • 1 min
Our friend Holly is back on the podcast with her call in for her WORST DAY EVER. Want to tell us your Worst Day Ever? Leave us a message at 818-533-8656 or email us [email protected] —- Send in a voice message:…
Episode 22 - Be Kind Rewind
Mar 11 • 30 min
Quickie: Update - Valentines Day 2019 with the Mother Effers. This episode the Mother Effers discuss Patti’s first job at a video rental store and Heather talks about the time she tried to rent Titanic. Then it’s on to a discussion of kindness, being…
Quickie: Proud Mama - Tough As Nails
Mar 8 • 1 min
Heather’s daughter Ana stands up to a bully like a boss. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Rant - Patti’s Kids Don’t Listen
Mar 6 • 1 min
It’s like talking to three brick walls until the Mean Mommy comes out. Do your kids listen the first time? Second? Ever? —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 21 - Interview with Sean Anders, Director and Co-Writer of Instant Family, Part 2
Mar 4 • 49 min
Quickie: Rant - Bella and PE. Heather’s got a problem. Her eldest daughter is failing all her classes, including PE. Next is Part 2, of our interview with Sean Anders, Director and Co-Writer of the film Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose…
Quickie: Worth It - Jaxon Snuggles
Mar 1 • 1 min
Even though we often complain about how difficult our kids can be, sometimes they are worth it. This Quickie: Worth It is from Patti as she discusses a recent sweet moment with Jaxon. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Quickie: Update - Christmas 2018
Feb 27 • 7 min
Time for a Quickie: Update! The Mother Effers fill you in on their Christmas holiday. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 20 - Interview with Sean Anders, Director and Co-Writer of Instant Family, Part 1
Feb 25 • 48 min
First up is a Quickie: Review of 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni (not a sponsored review). Patti is very excited about the changes she has witnessed with her own family from implementing a few of the suggestions. Then it’s Part 1…
Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Mi
Feb 22 • 1 min
Welcome to a new feature called Quickies! These are short bonus clips you can listen to get your Mother Effin’ fix on during the week. Our first Quickie is a Worst Day Ever from Heather’s sister Mi, in North Hollywood, CA. Want to tell us your Worst Day…
Episode 19 - Happy Anniversary!
Feb 18 • 47 min
It’s been a year since the Mother Effers started comedy and met each other. They rehash their memories of their first show and talk about why they think they became such good friends so quickly. Then continuing the “how we met” topic, each of the MEs…
Episode 18 - Self Esteem Demon
Feb 11 • 36 min
The Mother Effers will be performing together March 04, 7:30pm in the Yoo-Hoo Room at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. If you’re in the Los Angeles area make sure to stop by and catch your favorite foster adopt comedic moms in action. It’s a week…
Episode 17 - Say My Name
Feb 4 • 36 min
It’s a discussion about frustrations, tantrums, and name changes. First the ladies dig into what’s frustrating them with standup comedy and the difficulties of balancing their home life with the open mic scene. Then it’s on to a touchy subject - do you…
Episode 16 - 3 Or Less, 5 Or More
Jan 28 • 48 min
Heather has a manager and booked a commercial on her second audition. Listen as she describes the process of auditioning and how well she enjoyed her first commercial shoot. Then the MEs dig deep into their “Go To” lists. From meals, to comedians, to date…
Episode 15 - Cassie Hawkins-Leone Interview, Former Foster Teen
Jan 21 • 50 min
The Mother Effers sit down with Cassie Hawkins-Leone and discuss her experience as an older child in foster care and being adopted at 16. It’s an emotional discussion that digs deep into very raw and honest feelings. How has foster care impacted her? How…
Episode 14 - Equal And Opposite Reaction
Jan 14 • 38 min
This week the Mother Effers discuss various reactions they have had in their lives. First, it’s about their comedy and how it has grown into something more for themselves. Then they discuss the family and friend reactions to their choice to adopt. It’s…
Episode 13 - Running On Empty
Jan 7 • 46 min
Patti and Heather are trying to get back into the swing of things in the New Year. Battling sleep deprivation, lack of privacy, and what’s bugging them they find the humor and discuss where they find material for their jokes. In this episode they also…
Episode 12 - Long Live The Resolution
Dec 31, 2018 • 38 min
Heather and Patti go over their New Year’s Resolutions for comedy, family, themselves, and the Mother Effin’ podcast. The Mother Effers have had an exciting 2018 and look towards an even brighter 2019. Of course, they will be sharing each failure and…
Episode 11 - Christmas Time Is Here
Dec 24, 2018 • 41 min
Patti and Heather discuss emotional comedy, including Hanna Gadsby’s, NANETTE and Neal Brennan’s 3 MICS. No spoilers, but Heather has also watched the first half of the second season of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. Then it’s on to the ups and down of the…
Episode 10 - Holly Gates Interview, Parenting a Child with Autism
Dec 17, 2018 • 38 min
For our 10th episode we have a special guest, Holly Gates! Holly is a good friend of Patti’s who is a mother to three young boys. Her oldest son has autism and the Mother Effers discuss the challenges. Holly has recently begun to perform stand up comedy…
Episode 9 - Dirty Laundry
Dec 10, 2018 • 47 min
The Mother Effers are wrapping up the year with their comedy and recap their time hosting an open mic together. Then it’s onto the dreaded topic of laundry where Patti and Heather break into an epic debate of FOLD or DON’T FOLD your underwear. Please let…
Episode 8 - No Leftovers
Dec 3, 2018 • 40 min
Heather went to the very first Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and it was… interesting. Then Patti and Heather recap their Thanksgiving hijinks which included some unforeseen travel bumps, a holiday with the kids split between parents, a trip…
Episode 7 - Adopting an Older Sibling Set
Nov 26, 2018 • 49 min
Patti discusses the evolution of her Curious George set and then Heather joins in to discuss the pitfalls of watching television and movies with children from foster care and adoption. Then it’s a deep dive into why Heather chose to adopt an older sibling…
Episode 6 - Great Expectations
Nov 24, 2018 • 43 min
Patti and Heather discuss the unexpected benefits, life changes, and life lessons that came from doing comedy. Then they deep dive into met and missed expectations of adoption, parenting, and the inevitable expectations they’ve created for their kids.…
Episode 5 - Instant Family Review
Nov 17, 2018 • 51 min
SPOILERS! Patti and Heather saw the new movie INSTANT FAMILY (starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) and give their honest take on how the film deals with foster care and adoption. Also, they recap Patti’s stand up comedy show Fostering Funny and talk…
Episode 4 - Forged Notes and Lost Phones
Nov 10, 2018 • 34 min
Patti and Heather discuss their first comedic influences (Bill Cosby and Lucille Ball respectively). Then it’s a recap of Halloween and how they manage their kids needs while keeping the spirit of the holiday alive. Then Heather talks about her kids ups…
Episode 3 - FASD, Special Needs Adoption
Nov 3, 2018 • 51 min
First up, Heather had a show and the Mother Effers talk about the challenges of performing to a lukewarm audience. Then it’s an emotional discussion with Patti about FASD and adopting a special needs child. It’s an emotional episode and the Crouch Cry…
Episode 2 - This Is Halloween
Oct 28, 2018 • 40 min
Patti and Heather discuss the fun and glum of their long form improv classes, Halloween traditions, being a sick mom, and things you never knew about private adoption. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message
Episode 1 - Meet the Mother Effers
Oct 20, 2018 • 58 min
Patti Crouch and Heather Dragulescu talk about why we got into comedy, how we met, and why we decided to adopt. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/denialbus/message