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Join us for a conversation about calm parenting – the kind of parenting we aspire to practice but it's not always easy. We chat about how calm parenting aligns (or not) with our personalities, what strategies we implement, and which situations test our patience the most. Mentioned on the show: Parenting Without Power Struggles Jen Hatmaker Julie Bo…
 
Come live a week with us! We're inviting you into our homes and lives for the week of April 3rd through 9th. Mentioned on the show: RISING*SHINING audioblog Spiky Dastards Krusteaz gluten free cinnamon coffee cake mix Best Laid Plans featuring Kelsey as a guest I Am I Can: 365 Affirmations for Kids Night Zookeeper Brave Writer program Teaching Text…
 
We're big fans of personal policies and the boundaries they bring with them. We share the personal policies in our lives for things we always and never do plus the policies we're trying to adopt. Mentioned on the show: YouTube cleaning videos The Lazy Genius Invisibobble hair ties Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor and on Facebook. Si…
 
A little bonus for you today! Kelsey shared the first episode of her new podcast, the RISING*SHINING audioblog. This month-long project brings the honest reflections and encouragement of Kelsey's blog posts to your ears. To hear new RISING*SHINING episodes, search for "rising shining" in your podcast player and subscribe. Read the written version o…
 
We bring our best and sometimes most annoying selves to our marriages. In honor of our upcoming wedding anniversaries in April, we share the best and worst spouse qualities for ourselves and the husbands next door. Mentioned on the show: Bluetooth headband Nothing Much Happens podcast Bombas low-cut no show socks Connect with us on Instagram at @hi…
 
We invite you into our homes as we talk about organization...and disorganization. We each share the systems that are working for us and the ones that are hot messes. Plus we're opening our junkiest junk drawers for all to see. Mentioned on the show: Organization That Works episode The Babysitters Club Ted Lasso See Buy Nothing Connect with us on In…
 
Hooray! We rescued our 2020 Wrap Up episode from technical difficulty and are finally able to bring it to you. We reflect on the year that was 2020 as we share what was surprisingly hard, what made life better, and what we're most proud of. Plus we share our favorite books, media, and purchases from the year. Mentioned on the show: Maybe You Should…
 
Bring your appetite – we're talking all about plant-based eating! As a newbie vegetarian (Erica) and seasoned pro (Kelsey), we share our reasons for being plant-based, what we eat, how we feed our families, and our favorite resources for recipes. Mentioned on the show: Lentil tortilla soup Field Roast Pinch of Yum Shutterbean Moosewood cookbooks Me…
 
We're pulling back the shower curtain to talk all about our bathing habits. We come clean about how we deal with hair in the drain, how often we wash our kids, and who is showering with their spouse. Plus the correct order of shower operations and honest thoughts on loofahs. Mentioned on the show: Episode: Our Hair & Unleashing the Mane Episode: Mo…
 
Read anything good lately? We dish about our reading habits lately, what books we've finished, and what's in our queue. Plus we share how we're navigating our in-person book club through a pandemic and chat about the books our kids are enjoying. Mentioned on the show: Erica and Kelsey on Goodreads What Kind of Woman One Line a Day five-year journal…
 
It's a new year and we look ahead with our intentions and goals. Our conversation includes how we made time and mental space for new year planning, how we want to bring our intentions into our days, and messages of encouragement for our future selves. Mentioned on the show: 10 Questions For the End of the Year (Laura Tremaine) Naming What Matters i…
 
Hi friends! We recorded a 2020 wrap-up episode but had technical difficulties with it and are still trying to recover the episode. Hopefully we can bring it to you soon! But in the meantime Kelsey recorded a quick mini-episode for you. She shares how she's making time and space to close out 2020, a couple of rituals she's putting in place now to we…
 
Gosh we miss seeing our friends! In this episode we talk about what friendship during a pandemic has looked like for us. Plus we talk about holiday traditions we have with friends and what those will look like this year. Mentioned on the show: Friendship Landscapes (our previous episode on friendship) Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas Tommy …
 
Budgets might not sound very festive but having a realistic holiday budget can bring merriment. We chat about how we manage holiday budgets with our spouses. Plus we share ideas for affordable gifts and ways to give back to your community if you're in a position to do so. Happy holiday budgeting everyone! Mentioned on the show: Nikki McClure calend…
 
Today we're sharing our holiday intentions as we look toward the end of this crazy year. We share how we're really doing lately and how that's impacting how we approach the holidays. Then we each share our one word intention for the holidays plus how we'll make time for ourselves and the holiday things we're most looking forward to. Mentioned on th…
 
Combining our loves of cooking and books, today we're chatting about cookbooks. We talk about why we prefer cookbooks to online recipes and each share our tried and true favorite cookbooks. Plus we discuss cookbook storage, the cookbooks we love to gift, and the ones on our wish lists. Mentioned on the show: Joy the Baker cookbook and blog Magnolia…
 
Under-buyer or over-buyer? From socks past their expiration date to an abundance of paper products, today we explore our buying habits (can you guess who's who?) and how they translate to our lives. Mentioned on the show: Over- and Under-Buyer quiz Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable pen Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor and on Facebook. …
 
We're sharing an update on how this very different school year is going for us. Erica is homeschooling her girls and Kelsey's boys are in an online program through a local charter school. We share the challenging, the pleasantly surprising, and our tips for making it work. Whatever school looks like for you this year we are cheering for you! Mentio…
 
Welcome to Fall Extravaganza! This is our 7th annual episode unabashedly dedicated to all things fall. So light a candle, grab something pumpkin spice, and get ready for fall on full blast. And speaking of fall traditions, we want to encourage you to take part in the most important fall tradition: voting! For information about voting including how …
 
During this global pandemic self-care looks different even as it is evermore important. So share the ways we're taking care of ourselves across our physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional health. We hope you are finding ways to take gentle care of yourselves, friends. Mentioned on the show: Outdoor runs on the Peloton app Happy Planner B…
 
Back when 2020 was shiny and full of hope we shared our intentions for the year. Today we're checking in to see how those intentions have shaped our lives. We also share what we're recommitting to, what we're letting go, and what's helping us to reclaim this year that has felt so out of our control. We also want to let you know that we've decided t…
 
No matter what school looks like for your family the joy of new school supplies can unite us all. We're sharing our favorite school supplies, recommendations for lunch boxes and backpacks, and what we're treating ourselves to for back to school. Mentioned on the show: Ticonderoga pencils Pencil sharpener Pip Squeaks markers Plastic pencil box Clear…
 
Hi friends! This is the first "real time" episode we've recorded since early March and, well, a lot has changed! So instead of a book club episode we're bringing you up to speed on what's going on with us. We share how the global pandemic has been impacting our lives, what we're doing for school this year, and the things helping us stay sane. This …
 
In every household there's plenty of work to go around. We chat about what the breakdown looks like in our marriages: the tasks on each of our plates, how we communicate about the division of labor, and which chores we wish we could outsource forever. Mentioned on the show: Our previous episodes talking about topics in marriage: Dr. Fitness & Marri…
 
From playing piano and cooking to decorating and more, we reflect on how we are minor experts. Plus the minor expertise we might like to develop one day and the minor expertise we have no interest in acquiring. In Obsessions, Erica loves the book she's reading and Kelsey loves her morning smoothie. In Neighborhood News, a backyard was momentarily a…
 
"But I waaaaant it!" That's not fair!" The gimmies and whining from our kids is not our favorite. We chat about how we handle these behaviors in the moment, bigger picture strategies to head them off, and how the gimmies and whining is different between toddlers and big kids. We'll be reading The Giver of Stars for our summer book club. The episode…
 
From sex to race and faith, kids have questions about topics that can feel tricky to talk about. We share how we handle these hard conversations in our families, which topics are most challenging for us, and our favorite resources for guidance. In Obsessions Kelsey has a new love for an old snack and Erica is bringing Hogwarts into her home. Mentio…
 
With summer on the horizon we reflect on what we will NOT be doing this summer. Plus we share strategies to reset a hot mess of summer day for the kids and for us (not that we'll have any of those). In Obsessions, Erica is on the hunt for the perfect outdoor furniture while Kelsey is loving drawer organization. In Neighborhood News there's an adora…
 
For spring book club we discuss Mary Beth Keane's novel Ask Again, Yes which asks, "how much can a family forgive?" Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor and on Facebook. Sign up for our newsletter and see show notes on our website: girlnextdoorpodcast.com We love to get your emails: higirlsnextdoor@gmail.com Your reviews on Apple Podcas…
 
We're chatting about keeping a kitchen, from favorite appliances and tools, to pantry staples and tips for cleaning and organizing. In Obsessions Erica is getting hydrated and Kelsey can't stop making banana bread. In Neighborhood News Erica spotted a not-so-welcome neighbor. Our spring book club episode will air May 6 and we'll be reading Ask Agai…
 
From crafts to pretend play to arcades we are saying "no" and owning not being fun moms. We chat about the cultural pressure to be a "fun mom" and all the ways we aren't fun, but also a few ways that we actually are fun. In Obsessions Kelsey is getting chatty and Erica is rocking some new favorite jeans. In Neighborhood News there was a brief but e…
 
We have lots of love for our adopted hometown of Gilbert, Arizona and we're telling you all about it. If you're planning a visit to Gilbert, this episode is a must-listen! We share how we ended up in the desert, our favorite restaurants, and recommendations for things to do. Plus how we'd like to see Gilbert change in the coming years. In Obsession…
 
When we've been expecting little ones our nesting energy kicks into over-drive. We chat about what nesting has looked like for us, what we're glad we did, what we obsessed about a little too much, and what Kelsey's doing to get ready for Baby Girl Wharton. In Obsessions Kelsey in loving something stripey and Erica is amazed at the versatility of a …
 
For winter book club we're discussing Diane Setterfield's rich, cozy, and slightly eerie novel Once Upon A River. If you enjoy this book we'd also recommend her other novel, The Thirteenth Tale. We also discover that Setterfield has the most badass author photo and we wish we were friends with her: Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor a…
 
Surprise! We've got a bonus episode for you today. We tackle a subject you've requested and that we have strong thoughts on: kid birthdays! We go down the memory lane of our birthday celebrations growing up, share honest opinions on hosting and attending kid birthdays, and share tips for making birthdays less stressful. No ponies were made to dress…
 
We dive into all the transitions around motherhood: how we've changed, how we've stayed the same, and the motherhood transitions we're currently experiencing. In Obsessions, emptiness is bringing Erica fulfillment while Kelsey is loving something to make park outings easier. In Neighborhood News: it's fall in case you haven't heard. Our winter book…
 
From habits to authenticity to tidying, we're sharing our favorite self-help type books. In Obsessions Kelsey made a simple but significant shower upgrade and Erica is enjoying some quality television with a bonus of eye candy. In Neighborhood News there's a tiny and very friendly neighbor on Erica's street. Our winter book club episode will air Fe…
 
This episode is sponsored by Spii Graphics where graphic design is more than just pretty pictures; it’s a chance to create an authentic experience for your customers and to surprise and delight them at every turn. Connect with Emily at spiigraphics.com and @spii_graphics on Instagram. We share how we're set in our ways, for good or for bad, and tak…
 
This episode is sponsored by Dietitians Dish, a fun conversational podcast between two moms and registered dietitians who share information you can trust on nutrition, food, and feeding your family. Find Dietitians Dish wherever you listen to podcasts and connect with them on Instagram at @dietitiansdishpodcast. Thank you so much for supporting the…
 
We're wrapping up 2019 with a look back at the year: the highlights, the challenges, and a round up of a few favorites. In Obsessions Kelsey loves something lighting up her life and Erica sings the praises of a produce aisle favorite. In Neighborhood News, our holiday light displays are impressing no one (sorry neighbors!). Mentioned on the show: M…
 
This episode is sponsored by Friendlier, the podcast for friends who love to talk, read, and eat. On each episode longtime friends Abby and Sarah review books, share recipes, and explore a sometimes random/sometimes serious topic. If you like The Girl Next Door we think you'd enjoy Friendlier! Subscribe to Friendlier wherever you listen to podcasts…
 
This episode is sponsored by Destinations with Character, a travel agency with extensive experience planning family friendly vacations including Disney destinations and cruises. Let travel agent Maryanne Walsh plan your next family vacation at no additional cost to you. You can find Destinations with Character on Facebook and Instagram, and email: …
 
Surprise! We have a bonus episode for you today! With the gift-giving season upon us, we're sharing several of our favorite things that we think would make great presents. We have ideas for kids and adults and at all price ranges. Plus we share what we each like to have for ourselves around the holidays to keep our spirits jolly. In Neighborhood Ne…
 
It's time for fall book club! We're discussing Ann Patchett's new novel, The Dutch House, described as "a dark fairy" tale set over five decades with rich characters. Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor and on Facebook. Sign up for our newsletter and see show notes on our website: girlnextdoorpodcast.com We love to get your emails: hig…
 
Join us for a detailed peek into how we spent a recent Thursday as we recount a day in the life of the Girls Next Door! In Obsessions Erica is recommending a funny, moving, and beautiful television show while Kelsey shares something making traveling more organized. In Neighborhood News Kelsey was caught napping on the job. Mentioned on the show: Da…
 
Support for the podcast comes from iheartsedona, a three bedroom, three bathroom vacation rental in beautiful Sedona, Arizona where we have loved staying over the years. Find pictures and prices at www.iheartsedona.com. Mention The Girl Next Door Podcast when inquiring about your next vacation for 10% off your stay. Thank you for supporting the bra…
 
Support for the podcast comes from Copper Quail Style, bringing you apparel and home decor inspired by a desert lifestyle. All clothing and letterpress prints are locally designed and made in Gilbert, AZ. Use the checkout code GIRLNEXTDOOR and receive free shipping on your order. Support also comes from the Double the Fun podcast hosted by Amy Brow…
 
Support for the podcast comes from iheartsedona, a three bedroom, three bathroom vacation rental in beautiful Sedona, Arizona where we have loved staying over the years. Mention The Girl Next Door Podcast when inquiring about your next vacation for 10% off your stay. Find pictures and prices at www.iheartsedona.com. Thank you for supporting the bra…
 
Support for the show comes from iheartsedona, a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom vacation rental in beautiful Sedona, Arizona where we have loved staying over the years. Find pictures and prices at www.iheartsedona.com. Mention The Girl Next Door Podcast when inquiring about your next vacation for 10% off your stay. Let's chat about kid chores and responsibil…
 
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