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Night and Day Podcast

Night and Day Podcast

By The Mäkinen's
Yin and yang, shabby and chic, sea salt and dark chocolate (mmm…chocolate…). Opposing forces that come together to make something awesome. That’s NIGHT and DAY! Join us, PJ Makinen (PM) and Alanna Makinen (AM) on our relatable journey of finding fitness and nutrition while raising two active boys, working full-time jobs, and making time for friends and memories. We’ll talk CrossFit (shocker), diet and meal planning, parenting, and other daily life topics from two different points of view. Have a listen, have a laugh, and come along on our journey to balancing the good life and good health.
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"Ryan Gosling would be gentle on my eye skin" - Alanna
Episode 29 has PJ and Alanna talking about hockey (surprise, surprise), some CrossFit success, poor email etiquette and how karma is a bitch!
October 7, 2019
"I wanna throw myself through the window" - Alanna
Finally WE ARE BACK!!! In Ep. 28 we kick things off by remembering it is our 1 year anniversary since starting our podcast. We talk about our recent CrossFit competition, how fast the summer flew by, we pick on a gym friend in the What The Hell Is Wrong With People, try some more gin, and finally talk about Alanna's plan for a style change when she hits 50.
September 2, 2019
"I like to taste AND smell my alcohol" - Alanna
In Episode 27 PJ and Alanna celebrate the Toronto Raptors NBA title, taste some Sandpiper vodka soda in "Booze Reviews", talk about taste testing some Steinhart Gin at the NSLC, hit up a few What the Hell is Wrong with People, and finish up with a decent round of Rapid Fire.
June 22, 2019
"Who are the Raptors playing?.....The Golden Nuggets?"
In Ep. 26 we celebrate the end of hockey season, try a new cider in "Booze Reviews", and get a good laugh from Alanna's flub on the NBA finals. Alanna also hits up our listeners to see if they have a vacuum cleaner for sale in Night and Day Bargain Shop.
June 3, 2019
"Oh you should see the rack on Mary!"
Episode 25 was a blast with a brand new Booze Review (with a scoring system created by our "Marketing Dept."), a fan suggested What The Hell Is Wrong With People and we switched up the Night and Day Rapid Fire a little bit this time as well. Lots of laughs and great stories to listen to on this episode. Give it a listen.
May 10, 2019
Are we at risk of scurvy?
Episode 24 is coming in hot with a new segment we are trying out called "Booze Reviews". We chat about charity donations, failed birthing plans, and of course we pull out the What The Hell Is Wrong With People and this episode we flip the switch and Alanna hits PJ with the Night and Day Rapid Fire.
April 30, 2019
In this episode, PJ and Alanna discuss hockey (surprise, surprise), Alanna's crush on Jason Bateman, lyrics vs. musicianship, how Alanna is trying to be more like Michelle Obama, and as always we have a fun round of What The Hell Is Wrong With People and Night and Day Rapid Fire. Be sure to stick around for "The Nugget". Mentions in this episode go out to: Monkey Sword Fight, Dax Shepard (Armchair Expert), Blogger Stephen Tosh (Living a Thousand Lives), "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, Improv for Adults (Neptune Theatre)
April 16, 2019
After a great vacation away PJ and Alanna get back in the swing in episode 22. We give a recap of our ski vacation to Quebec, read a couple of great reviews, go through some What The Hell Is Wrong With People and PJ finally gets a good Rapid Fire theme picked. 
March 28, 2019
"I feel like I smoked a pack of cigarettes" - Alanna
WE ARE BACK BABY!! After a long break due to our crazy busy life we were able to sit down and record episode 21! We chat about hockey (surprise, surprise), new music we like, firings from CrossFit HQ, and finish with a lack lustre Rapid Fire (according to Alanna). Shout outs to: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast, Lift Heavy Run Long Podcast, Nail Studio by Stephanie, Greta Van Fleet, Brand New View Podcast.
February 21, 2019
"I Love You Number 20!!" - Alanna
In episode 20 PJ and Alanna finally get back on track. We chat about the changes to the Canada Food Guide, a new podcast that PJ listened to recently, some slightly disturbing WTHIWWP and a Rapid Fire sent to us from our good friend and producer of Monkey Sword Fight Podcast, Andy Mac! Shout outs this episode go to:  BoxJumper Podcast, Lift Heavy Run Long Podcast, @makewodsgreatagain, Lemon & Lavender Bake Shop, Andy Mac (Macapella), Kaizer's Coop
January 30, 2019
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am!!" - PJ
Happy New Year Listeners! In episode 19, PJ and Alanna kick 2019 off with a bang and talk about our holidays, Alanna's upcoming CrossFit competition, gruesome sports injuries and as always we have a spirited WTHIWWP and Night and Day Rapid Fire! Check it out.  Please consider leaving us a review to let us know how we are doing and send us your topic/theme suggestions to Find us on FB and IG as @nightanddaypodcast and on Twitter as @nightdaypodcast.
January 9, 2019
Night and Day Christmas Special
In episode 18, the Christmas Special, PJ and Alanna discuss some of their favourite Christmas things and have some fun with the Rapid Fire. Alanna has some trouble with Hanky the Christmas "Poo" and we look to support a charity in the "Nugget". #haveafunkyfunkychristmas
December 22, 2018
Special Announcement (plus an interview with BoxJumper)
In episode 17, PJ and Alanna sit down with the designer of our new podcast logo, Jean St-Amand. Jean is not only a marketing specialist for QB Marketing but also a CrossFit coach at Osprey Athletics and finally the host of the BoxJumper Podcast. A man of many talents, Jean was a great interview. For more details on Jean's work, find him here: QB Marketing:, BoxJumper Podcast:
December 17, 2018
"2 out of 3 listeners agree Alanna is funnier than me" - PJ
Episode 16 has PJ realizing that Alanna "may" be funnier than he is. We have some good chat about poor customer service experiences, the Kareem Hunt controversy, two Christmas themed "What the hell is wrong with people, and finish with a holiday themed Rapid Fire.
December 7, 2018
"There may be only 80% chance of snow but there is 100% chance of wine!" - Alanna
In episode 15 Alanna and PJ start laying the groundwork for a "Christmas Special" episode that they plan to do in December and they discuss some of their favourite Christmas songs and movies. They get two special What The Hell Is Wrong With People from some fellow indie podcasters and of course have a spirited round of Night and Day Rapid Fire. Shout outs this episode include: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast, The Parlour Salon (Bedford, NS), Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend (podcast), Armchair Expert (podcast), Profess-Hers Podcast, Ian Brown (, Jay and Dan Podcast, Taggart and Torrens Podcast
November 30, 2018
"I have a big Irish melon" - Alanna
Alanna and PJ finally get some time to release episode 14 after a few busy weeks with kid activities, dog neutering, and just being flat out tired all the time! PJ gets pretty fired up in the What the Hell Is Wrong With People segment and Alanna does another stellar Night and Day Rapid Fire. Shout outs this episode go to: The Story of Sandra Marie (Podcast): Armchair Expert Podcast: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast: Salt Shaker Deli and Inn: Crunkmas:
November 20, 2018
"I see your Calvin Klein blazer and raise you a pair of Vera Wang peep toed stilletos" - Alanna
In episode 13 PJ starts off apologizing (sort of) for some mistakes made in previous episodes. Alanna talks about how her office move might be the death of her. We get super pissed at the "What The Hell Is Wrong With People" this week and have a good laugh with the Night and Day Rapid Fire. Shout outs this week: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast: Upstreet BBQ Brewhouse: CrossFit:
November 2, 2018
"It's kinda like prohibition around here" - PJ
In episode 12 of the show PJ and Alanna shake off the rust from a bit of a delay since the last episode to get rolling with chats about weed legalization in Canada, birthday celebrations, and some gym stories. We have a couple What The Hell Is Wrong With People and have some fun with the Night and Day Rapid Fire. Shout outs this episode go to: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast: Alex MacAulay Photographers: Osprey Athletics: The Canteen: Lemon and Lavender Bake Shop:
October 26, 2018
"Meet me behind the dumpster behind the Hooters" - Alanna
In episode 11 Alanna gives a re-cap of her weekend CrossFit competition, hits PJ with the "Night and Day Rapid Fire", and talks about idiots who shop on Facebook Marketplace. Shout outs this episode to: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast CrossFit Kinetics (Fall Classic) Stoo Metz Photography Stoke Food Supply BoxJumper Armchair Expert
October 4, 2018
"I think this calls for a double G&T in a short glass!" - Alanna
Wow! This is our 10th episode of Night and Day Podcast! In this episode, PJ and Alanna get off on a bunch of tangents and struggle to stay focused. The end result is one of the funnier episodes we think we have done in a while. What do you think? We try out a new segment called Night and Day Rapid Fire and do our usual "What the hell is wrong with people". If you are enjoying Night and Day Podcast please consider leaving us a review on iTunes here: Shout outs this episode: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast, Patrick Vellner, Icon Athlete Podcast, Hendricks Gin, President's Choice, BoxJumper, Ricky Gervais, Sailor Bup's, House Full of Plants. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE on your podcast platform of choice so you don't miss a single episode. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook as @nightdaypodcast and email us at
September 22, 2018
Patrick Vellner Interview "Hmmm...maybe if you're into, you know, super cute, smart, fit AF athletes" - Alanna
In episode 9 we had the extreme pleasure (especially Alanna) of talking to the 2018 2nd Fittest Man on Earth, Patrick Vellner. We talk about his amazingly fast rise to success as a CrossFit Games athlete, his ability to battle back from adversity, his thoughts on the upcoming changes to the 2019 CrossFit Games, and we also play a little Night and Day Rapid Fire. As always we have our "What the hell is wrong with people" segment and we may also have stuck a small surprise at the end. Shout outs this episode: Margaux Alvarez: WOD on the Waves: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast: Off Track Brewing Ltd.: Callehan: Raise a Pint Fall Tour:
September 14, 2018
"What's the ROI on that?" - Alanna
In episode 8 PJ tries to help Alanna realize that promoting a podcast is not about just sitting and waiting for things to happen, we get into the discussion of Nike's support of Colin Kaepernick in their latest ad campaign, we do our always enjoyable "What the hell is wrong with people" segment, and we may have a few small disagreements in there as well. Mentions this episode: Margaux Alvarez: Morning Chalk Up: Pizza Pizza (mmmm....cauliflower crust!): Playground WOD: Monkey Sword Fight Podcast: CrossFit Kinetics - Fall Classic: Theme music and audio drops created by UK producer Macapella. Check him out here:
September 6, 2018
Margaux Alvarez Interview "Train Hard. Recover. Drink Wine"
In episode 7 PJ and Alanna have an amazing opportunity to interview 6x CrossFit Games competitor, Margaux Alavarez. They talk about her experiences as a CrossFit athlete, her outstanding performance in the marathon row at CF Games 2018, some of the upcoming changes to the 2019 CrossFit season and of course her wine making business. We open up this episode discussing our recent competition at the D-Town Throwdown and added a slight twist to our "What the hell is wrong with you people" segment. Hope you enjoy! Mentions on this episode: D-Town Throwdown: CrossFit YQM: Margaux Alvarez: Girls Gone WOD Podcast: Fall Classic/CrossFit Kinteics: Night and Day Theme created by UK music producer Macapella (@Macapella on Twitter and Instagram):
August 31, 2018
Major issues with Fortnite??
In Episode 6 we discuss the negative effects that Fortnite has had on our kids and how some parents are directing their frustrations in the wrong place. We talk a bit about our upcoming CrossFit competition, learning about rugby, and shitty city planning. Mentions in this episode: D-Town Throwdown - S|E|A (Sports & Entertainment Atlantic) - Fortnite - Night and Day Theme song created by UK Producer Macapella. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @Macapella vSnxMfLwGKnbLUZMUQcK
August 24, 2018
"How cute am I in this top right now?" - Alanna
In Ep. 5 we start off with the new theme music created by UK music producer @Macapella (see links below). We then get into some discussion about family, Hero WODs, a listener suggested "What the hell is wrong with you people?!", and a special surprise announcement. Special Mentions: Andy "Macapella" MacFarlane FB: Insta: Margaux Alvarez (Vine Yard CrossFit) FB: Insta: Shop:
August 17, 2018
Margaux Alvarez...."She might be my spirit animal" - Alanna
In episode 4 we chat about date night, more nutrition changes, shitty drivers, movies and commonly mispronounced words. Shout outs this week to: Rx SmartGear (awesome skipping ropes) - Monkey Sword Fight Podcast - Cat Rapper - Intro music: Fresh Start by Joakim Karud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library
August 3, 2018
"I was gonna talk about your sweaty mustache" - PJ
In Episode 3 Alanna and PJ kick it off by chatting about the crazy humidity and how it affects WODs, hair and attitudes. We also get into PJ's so called "failed" attempt at following a nutrition plan for a week. We also complain about people who talk too fast when leaving voicemails!! Shout outs this week go to: The Parlour Boutique Salon: Girls Gone WOD Podcast: JRoy Nutrition: Emily Stuart: Intro and outro music: Fresh Start by Joakim Karud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library
July 29, 2018
"She was Roseanne Barr racist tweet crazy!" - Alanna
In Ep. 2 we talk gym routines, body image, Walmart, road rage, vandalism and the hockey family. Shout outs this week to Apartment 3, Changing the Narrative podcast, Maskwa, How I Got Healthy, Garrison Brewing and Hendricks Gin. The Jordan Boyd Foundation: Male Anorexia: Jamie Hagiya (Joyce): Intro and outro music: Fresh Start by Joakim Karud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library
July 22, 2018
"My kid Nope." - PJ
In this first episode of Night and Day you get to know a little about our hosts PJ and Alanna and why they wanted to do this podcast. They showed a bit of why they are like night and day, but it works. They also lay the groundwork for what this podcast is going to be all about (yes, a lot of it is going to be about CrossFit). We hope that you enjoy episode one! Intro and outro music: Fresh Start by Joakim Karud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library
July 16, 2018