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ILYSM Ep. 44: ‘Handmade Mama’ author Mary Helen Leonard on modern hippie parenting

What’s it like to be a hippie parent in the 21st century? It’s not all cloth diapers and homemade Fig Newton bars.

In her new book, “Handmade Mama” author and Mary Makes Good blogger Mary Helen Leonard offers dozens of projects, recipes and tips for mothers and their babies-to-be. In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much,” she chats with co-host Addie Broyles about the many ways that families, especially in Austin, have elements of what might be called “natural parenting,” from making your own baby food to baking lactation cookies for a friend. They talked about the many ways you can take a DIY path in an effort to create a family culture on your own terms and in a judgment-free zone.

Our music, comics and movies expert Joe Gross visited with co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga and Tolly Moseley to talk about his new book from the 33 1/3 book series, “In On the Kill Taker,” which documents the making of and significance of punk band Fugazi’s third studio album.

Maura Ambrose (right, with "I Love You So Much" podcast co-host Addie Broyles) is the quilter and fabric-dyer behind Folk Fibers, and she has more than 122,000 followers on Instagram. (Scott David Gordon)

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With more than 122,000 followers on Instagram, Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers has been featured in Martha Stewart, Vogue and Garden & Gun. In a visit with Addie, she explains why her passion for quilting and dyeing fabric has been more than just a business. Quilting might seem like a craft of the past, she says, but it’s as vibrant an art form (and corresponding community) as ever.

People usually go to Home Slice for the pizza, but in our Toast segment, Omar recommended the Italian sub, a cold sandwich with all the right flavors and textures to make it a meal that rivals any of their slices. Addie, fresh off a trip to Mexico City with her kids, recommended staying with hosts through AirBnB while on international trips, which has connected her with warm, friendly people around the world. Thanks to a recent dance performance, Tolly had an early look inside the Line Hotel, which is replacing the Radisson at Cesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue, and said it is sure to add to downtown’s booming hotel industry.

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