Joy Sandwich

On Episode 54 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non say hello to fellow married podcasting couple Andrew and Bernadette from the AB Film Review podcast! For this episode, we jump into movies once again to discuss our Top 3 Movie Couples! There will be sappiness, Tom Hanks, many swears, and unbridled heaps of joy!

Thank you to Andrew and Bernadette for being amazing guests!

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And as always, embrace your joy!


Show Notes


Movies: The Dressmaker (highly recommended by AB Film Review), Zootopia ("c words!"), Batman V Superman (Bernadette "literally explodes"), Green Room (amazingly intense!), Midnight Special (good movie to rewatch), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (much better than people are giving credit), The Jungle Book (Andrew, like Mike, hates kids! :D), In the Loop (swear words coming out of your ears), The DUFF (surprisingly enjoyable).


Recent joys: Andrew finds joy in doing AB Film Review for two years! Congrats, you two! Non digs the hell out of the super intense Green Room! Bernadette has a rough day at work and finds joy in a belly laugh caused by the hilarious Arrested Development (when Buster drinks his juice like a lunatic). Jessica talks about her anticipation for seeing Aliens on the big screen and getting her Mondo Ellen Ripley t-shirt!


Stickers: Want a Joy Sandwich sticker? Share a recent joy with us on Twitter @joysandwich and we'll send you one!


Movie Couples: What are some of your favorite movie couples? Share yours with us on Twitter @joysandwich or!

Direct download: 54_Episode_054__Movie_Couples_with_AB_Film_Review.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

On Episode 53 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non say hello to the delightful author and illustrator, Ashlyn Anstee! Ashlyn is the author of two children's books, Are We There, Yeti? and, most recently, the punny and warmhearted No, No, Gnome!

We were so happy to speak with Ashlyn about her story growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, moving to Toronto, Ontario where she got a degree in Classical Animation, and then moving to Los Angeles and finding a job in animation. 

She also talks to us about growing up with a creative teacher/librarian for a mom, having loads of books around to read, and the first moment she realized one could actually make a book! We also talk about the amazing community of children's book authors and illustrators, finding a publisher (Simon & Schuster), coming up with ideas for books, balancing illustration and writing, some of our favorite children's books, and more!


Tots, Tweens & Teens Book Festival (May 14, 2016)

Ashlyn Anstee will be attending the Tots, Tweens & Teens Book Festival on May 14 from 12-6pm at Pasadena High School! It's a free event and there will be books for sale through Once Upon a Time bookstore. Show up at 12pm and see Emily Arrow play the No, No, Gnome! song live!

Go see Ashlyn in person at the event! Oh, and we'll be there too!



Episode Show Notes

1. Recent Joys:

- Ashlyn talks about the joy of putting her bookshelf together to display and curate beautiful children's books! Also, she found joy in Jon Favreau's adaptation of The Jungle Book.

- Non's joy is a new job! Hooray! He's very excited and thankful for the opportunity and loves not having to wear pants!

- Jessica finds joy in a recent trip up to the Theater at the Ace Hotel to see James Cameron's Aliens on the big screen. We also came away with some pretty sweet Ellen Ripley shirts from Mondo!


2. Links to Stuff We Discussed:

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Dan Krall

 - Emily Arrow sings No, No, Gnome (you'll hear a clip of this song at the beginning of the show, and the full song at the end!)

- Leisa Rich

- Emily Arrow sings Are We There, Yeti?

- Zigger Beans by Diane Redfield Massie

- Robert Munsch

- Really Rosie by Carole King

- Harvey Beaks

- Whisper of the Heart


3. Social Media & Web

Ashlyn: @ashlynanstee on Twitter, ashlynanstee on Instagram, Ashlyn Anstee on Facebook,

Joy Sandwich: @joysandwich on Twitter, Joy Sandwich Podcast on Facebook,

Emily Arrow: @helloemilyarrow on Twitter, Emily Arrow on Facbook,

Bridge to Books: @BridgetoBooks on Twitter, BridgetoBooks on Instagram


Thanks so much to Ashlyn for joining us on today's episode of Joy Sandwich!

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Direct download: 53_Episode_053__Author_and_Illustrator_Ashlyn_Anstee.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am PDT