Cozy Conversations with The Sister Project

By Michelle Anderson & Lauren Masserella

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Hosted by Michelle Anderson and Lauren Massarella, sisters and wellness, lifestyle bloggers from the midwest, their talk-radio inspired show is a bi-weekly podcast about everyday life experiences, pop culture, current events, and everything in between. Recorded from the comforts of their own home and born out of the desire to have more fulfilling, thought-provoking, and entertaining conversations, welcome to Cozy Conversations with The Sister Project.

Episode Date
12 | Special Halloween Episode #2

In this second installment of our Halloween Special, we are covering the celebration of the dead, ways to modernize funerals, and Lauren reads Michelle's tarot cards!

Hot Topics: death doulas, Save By the Bell reboot, and Carmex

Resource Articles:

Mind Body Green - How To Do A Tarot Card Reading Four Yourself or A Friend

USA Today - Death Doulas - What They Do and Why People Get Them

YouTube - Roseanne Jackie Dad's Dead

Amazon - Mystic Monday Tarot Cards

E Online - Zach and Kelly Are Back In New Saved By The Bell Trailer


Oct 30, 2020
11 | Special Halloween Episode #1

In the first of two Halloween episodes, we're covering the history of Halloween, Resurrection Mary, the scariest movie according to science, and so much more.

This just in: How to properly burn a candle and vote.


Kitchn - 7 Mistakes You Make When It Comes To Buying and Burning A Candle - Samhain

Forbes - What Is The Scariest Movie Ever? Science Now has an answer to that question.

Jezebel - 10 Scary Stories To Ensure You Never Sleep A Wink

Chicago Reader - Meet Resurrection Mary, The Ghost of Archer Avenue

Board Game - 5 Second Rule


Oct 28, 2020
10 | Dolly Is Our Hero

We’re diving into country, cannabis, and social media scams in our tenth episode.

Hot Topics: Ghislaine Maxwell, online shopping, and Dolly, duh.


Times: Ghislaine

Prevention: Dolly

Today's Parent: Cannabis

The Vice: Kids and Cannabis

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Oct 23, 2020
09 | It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a lemur!

Lauren wants to dress up as the season of Autumn for Halloween (life long dream) and Michelle has some insight on a feel-good-way to battle the blues. 

Hot Topics:  a missing lemur, Santa’s lap, and a heartwarming Chicago story. 

Resource Links:

Chicago Tribune: “There’s a lemur!” 5-year-old helps crack theft

Chicago Tribune: Sweet Solution Found

Chicago Tribune: Santa Mall Visits May Vary 

NYT: Laughter May Be Effective Medicine For These Trying Times

Chicago Tribune: Love Letters in the Alley

The Sister Project: Write a Letter

A Women In Berlin: Anonymous

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Oct 21, 2020
08 | Houston, We Have Lift Off

Episode 8: Houston, we have liftoff. 

Michelle stepped into a yoga studio for the first time in 6 months and Ryan’s fibula is now in two, Oh yeah, we launched a podcast! Teamwork makes the dream work and preparation is key but that doesn’t mean self doubt doesn’t creep in here and there. Lauren turned into Mother Goose and told Michelle a tale about women supporting women and the rest is history. 

Hot Topics: Impostor Syndrome


The Sister Project: Self Doubt

Times: Impostor Syndrome

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Oct 20, 2020
07 | A Penny For Your Penis

Episode 7: A  Penny for Your Penis

The sisters covered an array of topics like botched nose jobs, favorite bands and that time Lauren got cellulitis from a piercing. Michelle wishes she could have seen Queen and Lauren offers inspiration on how to recreate the first date. 

Hot Topics: American Murder - The Family Next Door and menstrual cups

Resource Links:

NYT - How to Revisit Your First Date

The Sister Project: Stovetop SimmerSubscribe to our podcast and drop us a review at Spotify or on Apple iTunes.

Oct 19, 2020
06 | Brains and Booze

Michelle and Lauren dive deep into how expanding your brain aids in resilience and the art of the apology. But first, they touch on some boozy mishaps along the way and that time Michelle tooted in class. 

Hot Topics: resilience, apologies, and The Poltergeist

Resource Links:

NYT - To Build Emotional Strength, Expand Your Brain

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Oct 16, 2020
05 | GTS: Gone Too Soon

Lauren and Michelle are stupid obsessed with Halloween and they’re going to tell you all about they’re plans to not let COVID murder their spooky agenda. Also, if all goes as planned, they plan to start smoking again at 75. 

Hot Topics: the royal family, cults, and psychedelics

Resource Links: 

NBC Chicago: Trick or Treat? Chicago Doctor on How Halloween May Look Different During Pandemic

NBC Chicago: UChicago Medicine Study Finds Possible Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Contracting COVID - 19

NYT: A Hail Mary, Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats

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Oct 16, 2020
04 | Sometimes You Need To Hitchhike

The Sister Project can’t travel, so they may as well talk about ghosts of their traveling pasts. Lauren shares some rather interesting situations she’s encountered along the way leaving Michelle not speechless, but definitely surprised. 

Hot Topics: Cobra Kai, mail-in ballots, and flying cockroaches 

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Oct 16, 2020
03 | Don’t Go On Boats With Strangers

Lauren does a wine tasting at 9am while Michelle stands in line for COVID testing with her kids. Both share some of the dumbest things they have ever done.

Hot Topics:

Qanon, mocktails, and Princess Diana

Resource Links:

NYT : Pleasantly Bitter and Thoroughly Grown-up, No Alcohol Needed

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Oct 15, 2020
02 | Slippery Rocks Can Kill

Lauren shares about her colorful experience as an entertainment reporter at a horse racetrack and how she became a hero this past summer.

Hot Topics: Our dead mom, Mr. Rogers, and Housewives Drama

Resource Links:

NYT​: Moth Watching Night Garden

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Oct 15, 2020
01 | Our Maiden Voyage

Sisters, Michelle and Lauren, hit the ground running. After three years of saying “we’re going to do a podcast” they finally pressed record. Here’s what took so long and how they finally made it happen. 

Hot Topics: The Crown, COVID + drinking, strong fall vibes 

Resource Links:

The Sister Project: Salmon Toast Recipe

LaGrange Business Association: LaGrange Farmers Market

Instagram: @hookandgarden

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Oct 15, 2020
00 | Welcome to Cozy Conversations with the Sister Project
Sep 30, 2020