The Hats Podcast

The Hats Podcast

The Hats Podcast is for anyone who wears many hats - mom, friend, business owner, athlete, sister, traveler, fashionista, doctor, etc. - and wants tips on how to balance their hats with style and grace! This show offers listeners personal stories from hosts Melissa Dumaz, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Kerri Harper-Howie, an attorney and business owner, as well as tips for how they balance the many hats they wear. Join Melissa and Kerri for a fun and funny few minutes and learn a little something along the way!

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April 14, 2022 15 min

So, we can't exactly close the door on adulting as that is what we now are required to do ... forever and ever! But, this season we covered so many amazing topics that we all need to be thinking about as we move deeper into our adulting and aging season of life. Listen in to Melissa and Kerri recap Season 4, sharing tidbits about their favorite episodes. 

We will be back this summer after a brief hiatus with what we are calling...

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Vaginas. Masturbation. Sex. Co-hosts Melissa & Kerri talk about it all in this episode, guided by obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Kameelah Phillips. Oh, and did you know that sexually transmitted diseases are now called sexually transmitted infections? No? Then, you definitely need to listen to this episode. It will leave you feeling keenly aware of your sexual health, or very aware that you have not been thinking about it enough...

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March 30, 2022 27 min

Resentment is a powerful emotion triggered by emotional experiences - betrayal, disappointment, abandonment, etc. Dealing with both the originally traumatizing experience as well as the resentment that follows can make healing a difficult process. Listen in as Kerri and Melissa tackle this complex topic and provide tips on how to prevent resentment and maintain emotional well being.

Resources: 

Signs you are experiencing resentment

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March 23, 2022 49 min

Trauma touches all of us in ways large and small at some point during our lives. If trauma is inevitable, knowing how to heal from it is not. In this episode, we welcome world renowned psychologist, Dr. Thema Bryant, to share tools and tips for how we can begin the journey of healing from trauma. 

Resources:

Meet Dr. Bryant and learn about her new book

10 Ways to Heal From Trauma

Connect with us:

 

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March 16, 2022 35 min
This is a special episode indeed! Co-host Melissa turns the microphone on co-host Kerri and asks Kerri all about sensuality. As a sensual dance teacher and former pole dancing instructor, Kerri has been actively in touch with her sensual side for years. Listen as she shares some othe sensuality secrets she imparts to the women who take her dance workshops. You will finish this episode wanting to engage all five of your senses! Reso...

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March 9, 2022 51 min
Yes: we are going THERE! We are talking about The Sex Hat. We were called out by a Hatter who told us we could not have a season about adulting if we did not talk about it. So, join us in this episode while we touch on this huge topic. Fortunately, guest expert Dr. Nazanin Moali, host of the hugely successful podcast Sexology (over a million downloads!), guides our discussion fluidly and with sensual wisdom. Dr. Moali shares excell...

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March 2, 2022 30 min
Hamburger and fries, or kale salad? Food may seem like the only area we have to focus on when it comes to making healthy choices. But, in this episode, Kerri and Melissa discuss the many areas in life in which we should be conscious and intentional about choices we make. The goal: living an overall healthy lifestyle, not just eating a healthy diet. Listen in for tips on how to get there! Resources:

Living to 100 through living a h...

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February 23, 2022 40 min
Western medicine is the dominant force in American health. But, there is a large community of eastern medicine-based holistic health practitioners that look outside of big pharma and common medical procedures for cures, to methods of healing that have been around for centuries, focus on the mind, body, spirit connection and rely on nature-based remedies. What our guest expert Dr. Lisa Upshaw Hollingsworth shares with us is that the...

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February 16, 2022 38 min
It's a cliche - the only thing guaranteed in life is change. As constant and inevitable as change is, it continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of life. Change can be welcome, yet scary. Necessary, yet challeging. In this episode, Kerri and Melissa discuss some of the challenges around change - how to decide when change is necessary, and how to move through it as painlessly as possible (WARNING: zero pain is often ...
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Welcome to the Financial Focus Series! In the next several episodes you will hear co-hosts Melissa and Kerri and guest experts discuss some important topics relating to money. This week we talk financial planning with guest expert Jala Eaton. Did you know that a lawyer should be part of you financial planning team? Your financial plan likely cannot be executed without some key documents being created. Listen in to find out what som...

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Welcome to the Financial Focus Series! In the next several episodes you will hear co-hosts Melissa and Kerri and guest experts discuss some important topics relating to money. This week we talk credit with guest expert Javares Banks. Your credit is arguably one of the most important elements of your financial health. Having a strong credi score opens the door to larger purchases, lower interest rates on what you buy and more! Liste...

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Welcome to the Financial Focus Series! In the next several episodes you will hear co-hosts Melissa and Kerri and guest experts discuss some important topics relating to money. This week we talk money management with guest expert Jacent Wamala. Did you know there's a difference between having a budge and managing your money? If no, this is definitely the episode for you! If yes, listen to Jacent share tips to help you take you m...

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Welcome to the Financial Focus Series! In the next several episodes you will hear co-hosts Melissa and Kerri and several guest experts discuss some important topics relating to money. This week we introduce the series and talk about budgeting - how to make a budget and how to live within one. Listen in each week to gain excellent insight on getting your finances under control, and preparing for your future financial stability.

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January 12, 2022 42 min

If you watch or read the news lately, you will see: increasingly we need more ways to take care of ourselves. Not just our medical health in the midst of the pandemic, but our physical safety as well. In this episode, Melissa and Kerri welcome Robert Kingi, 1st Degree Blackbelt and owner of the award winning Kingi Kajukenbo. Robert shares the fascinating story of his family's karate journey (they are all black belts!) and some ...

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January 5, 2022 43 min

When we posted this episode in July 2020, it went on to become one of our most listened to episodes, with social media feedback. After recently listening to so many people question whether we truly can include "happy" in our traditional new year greeting, we decided there is one great way to start the year with optimism and a positive outlook - set a some goals! So, we decided to do a rare thing and re-publish this episode ...

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December 29, 2021 45 min

Guns: the protection and power they provide; the concern and fear they raise. This is a topic we know sparks controversy from many different perspectives. And, that is exactly why Melissa and Kerri are discussing it with an expert in a neutral but interesting way. This episode explores how Geneva Solomon took fears she had about being on her own with a child and transformed them into a thriving business that focuses on gun safety a...

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December 22, 2021 37 min

Why are we publishing The Fear Hat during the holiday season? Because although the holiday season is often filled with laughter and cheer, it can also be riddled with anxiety, intense expectations and, yes, fear. Kerri and Melissa's gift to you is an open discussion of fear and how it can be managed and dealt with now and any time of the year. We wish you a magical holiday season!

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How to face your fears

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December 9, 2021 40 min

Red, white, rosé and everything in between. The world of wine is vast and tasty. In this episode, we are privileged to welcome sisters Leslie and LeAnn Jones who recently opened the first and only wine bar in Inglewood, California. The sisters shared with us their journey to opening a wine bar despite neither of them having a background in the field. They also provide some great insider tips about how to get to know more about wine...

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December 1, 2021 47 min

It's that time of year again! Families are moving around the country and the world to see other family and friends, or create their own family memories. Actually, this is probably true all year 'round ... winter holidays, spring break, summer vacation and so on. Whatever time of year it is, the tips that Melissa and Kerri share in this episode will help you master your next family trip! Note: this is different that Episode ...

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November 25, 2021 34 min

Home is wear the heart is. And, sometimes your "heart" needs a makeover. In those moments, you may be able to find all the inspiration you need watching HGTV or scrolling through Pinterest. Other times, you need the help of a professional. This episode has just what you need! Joining Kerri and Melissa is Genelle Brooks-Petty, interior designer extraordinaire. Having designed homes all over the world, the co-hosts are privil...

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