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Creativity & Mom Backpacks

This episode is all about how we’re doing this whole mom gig while trying to keep other creative projects going. We are both fully into this whole family of four thing and in need of a cocktail so…

Ginhound

Gin Hound
adapted from Food52
makes 2 cocktails

  • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth (what exactly is vermouth? can you tell us, listeners?)
  • 4 ounces gin

Combine grapefruit, lemon and lime juices together. Fill a shaker with ice and add the juices, vermouth and gin. Shake, shake, shake! Cocktail can be served neat or over ice and garnished with a wedge of citrus.

We share what our kiddos are into, and what the best and most challenging things are about parenthood for us lately. We also each share a parenting triumph and parenting fail inspired by the podcast, Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and our current strengths and weaknesses as parents.

Moms helping other moms is our favorite, so we’re also sharing some of our best parenting recommendations. Erica highly recommends the Fubbles No-Spill Bubble Bucket, and the books The Connected Child (for adoptive parents of older children), and the children’s books Not All Princesses Dress in Pink and Every Little Thing

Kelsey highly recommends painting with water outside, the childrens’ books Ox-Cart Man and Good People Everywhere, and the Little Partners Learning Tower

On the creative work front, we talk about how we’re fitting in our projects, what we simply don’t have time for lately, and how motherhood impacts our creativity.

In current obsessions, Erica is rocking a stylish mom backpack these days, similar to one of these, and Kelsey is reading lots of poetry lately.

In neighborhood news, Kelsey’s front yard seems to be a refuse magnet, and there is a neighborhood phantom baby that has us both running to our baby monitors.

P.S. We’re speaking at Mom 2.0 Summit tomorrow in Scottsdale on The Power of Podcasting. Come say “hey neighbor!” 

22 responses to “Creativity & Mom Backpacks”

  1. I actually stopped the podcast midway to write this and say that Kelsey, I feel your pain with early rising! My twin girls have woken up between 3:30 and 4:15am almost very single day for the past 6 months and we have tried everything and it won’t stop! I’ve come to (some) level of acceptance but it is still difficult at times and I just wanted to say when you’re awake at least know one other mom or dad is probably awake too! Keep up the hard work– parenting is tough but is worth it as I know you two know.

  2. I actually stopped the podcast midway to write this and say that Kelsey, I feel your pain with early rising! My twin girls have woken up between 3:30 and 4:15am almost very single day for the past 6 months and we have tried everything and it won’t stop! I’ve come to (some) level of acceptance but it is still difficult at times and I just wanted to say when you’re awake at least know one other mom or dad is probably awake too! Keep up the hard work– parenting is tough but is worth it as I know you two know.

  3. Thank you also for answering my question! I appreciate y’all taking the time!

  4. Thank you also for answering my question! I appreciate y’all taking the time!

  5. Love the podcast! A few comments on this episode:
    My now 10 year old used to wake up very early as well (3:30 -4:00am) and unfortunately we had to wait it out. We kept waiting for him to sleep in but he is still an early riser – wakes up at 6:30 but can now fend for himself.
    Along the lines of the Bob Marley books – we have What a Wonderful World based on the song by Louis Armstrong and my 6 yr old loves it – the artwork is so bright and cheerful and it gave him confidence with his reading because he could “sing” the book without really being able to read yet.
    Can also relate to being a planner and the struggles with diverting from plan with children. I usually just try to remember that they are teaching me how to go with the flow as much as I need to teach them that it’s good to have a plan sometimes.
    Keep up the great work – love listening!

  6. Love the podcast! A few comments on this episode:
    My now 10 year old used to wake up very early as well (3:30 -4:00am) and unfortunately we had to wait it out. We kept waiting for him to sleep in but he is still an early riser – wakes up at 6:30 but can now fend for himself.
    Along the lines of the Bob Marley books – we have What a Wonderful World based on the song by Louis Armstrong and my 6 yr old loves it – the artwork is so bright and cheerful and it gave him confidence with his reading because he could “sing” the book without really being able to read yet.
    Can also relate to being a planner and the struggles with diverting from plan with children. I usually just try to remember that they are teaching me how to go with the flow as much as I need to teach them that it’s good to have a plan sometimes.
    Keep up the great work – love listening!

  7. Julieta Parra Avatar
    Julieta Parra

    First of all I would like to thank you, Kelsey and Erica, for keeping the podcast going. I don’t have kids myself but after hearing about your life these days I can really tell how much you both care about it so that it’s out in “the internets” for us to listen every second Wednesday. Thanks a lot, it’s a great podcast and a lot of us love it and wanna keep hearing you!
    Second, although I am late for this I hope your podcast workshop went awesome at the Mom 2.0 Summit. Please, let us know if any of it comes available online, I would love to hear it.
    I have intended to leave my review for your podcast on itunes and I keep forgetting, I promise I will do it soon, cause… well, it’s an awesome podcast.
    I hope you both have a great weekend!

  8. Julieta Parra Avatar
    Julieta Parra

    First of all I would like to thank you, Kelsey and Erica, for keeping the podcast going. I don’t have kids myself but after hearing about your life these days I can really tell how much you both care about it so that it’s out in “the internets” for us to listen every second Wednesday. Thanks a lot, it’s a great podcast and a lot of us love it and wanna keep hearing you!
    Second, although I am late for this I hope your podcast workshop went awesome at the Mom 2.0 Summit. Please, let us know if any of it comes available online, I would love to hear it.
    I have intended to leave my review for your podcast on itunes and I keep forgetting, I promise I will do it soon, cause… well, it’s an awesome podcast.
    I hope you both have a great weekend!

  9. Awww, Kristen, thank you! That does help a little bit, it feels isolating b/c it feels like we’re the only ones going through it. We definitely feel your pain! One thing that a friend recommended to us (that we have not tried yet) is to rouse your child(ren) about an hour before they normally wake up OR maybe around the time you go to bed, once they’ve already been asleep for a few hours. You’re supposed to gently rouse them but not fully wake them up so they should just barely come out of sleep and then go back to sleep. It’s supposed to “reset” their sleep cycle and help them sleep longer. She said the key is to do this for 3 days, even if it works after one day, to establish a pattern.

  10. Awww, Kristen, thank you! That does help a little bit, it feels isolating b/c it feels like we’re the only ones going through it. We definitely feel your pain! One thing that a friend recommended to us (that we have not tried yet) is to rouse your child(ren) about an hour before they normally wake up OR maybe around the time you go to bed, once they’ve already been asleep for a few hours. You’re supposed to gently rouse them but not fully wake them up so they should just barely come out of sleep and then go back to sleep. It’s supposed to “reset” their sleep cycle and help them sleep longer. She said the key is to do this for 3 days, even if it works after one day, to establish a pattern.

  11. Thank you Lisa! Good to know that others have made it through, I know it won’t last forever (or if it does he’ll eventually be independent enough that he can get himself some breakfast while we sleep!). A good reminder about going with the flow, this is so hard for me but I know my children are teaching this to me as well.

  12. Thank you Lisa! Good to know that others have made it through, I know it won’t last forever (or if it does he’ll eventually be independent enough that he can get himself some breakfast while we sleep!). A good reminder about going with the flow, this is so hard for me but I know my children are teaching this to me as well.

  13. Julieta, thank you! Even amidst all the craziness we truly love making our podcast so even though it is work, it’s the best kind, a labor of love, and to know that our listeners love the show means everything to us!
    We had a great time at the conference and our workshop was a hit! We will definitely share our experiences there and have been talking about perhaps making a special “how to podcast” recording that we might make available for a small price for download. We will keep you all updated!

  14. Julieta, thank you! Even amidst all the craziness we truly love making our podcast so even though it is work, it’s the best kind, a labor of love, and to know that our listeners love the show means everything to us!
    We had a great time at the conference and our workshop was a hit! We will definitely share our experiences there and have been talking about perhaps making a special “how to podcast” recording that we might make available for a small price for download. We will keep you all updated!

  15. Love your podcast!
    Kelsey I wanted to point you toward the awesome On Being podcast, in case you haven’t listened to it yet– Krista Tippet has a fantastic interview with Mary Oliver on one of the episodes. I think you’ll love it!

  16. Love your podcast!
    Kelsey I wanted to point you toward the awesome On Being podcast, in case you haven’t listened to it yet– Krista Tippet has a fantastic interview with Mary Oliver on one of the episodes. I think you’ll love it!

  17. Hi! Were we in Purposeful Conception together so long ago?? Hope you are doing great!
    I heard that interview and loved it so much, the reading of The Summer Day has stayed with me, it was so beautiful.

  18. Hi! Were we in Purposeful Conception together so long ago?? Hope you are doing great!
    I heard that interview and loved it so much, the reading of The Summer Day has stayed with me, it was so beautiful.

  19. Rachel Cassinat Avatar
    Rachel Cassinat

    Thanks for the shout out, Kelsey and Erica! I just got my first big girl job and there’s so much paperwork and negotiating that if you build me a small shack in between your homes and feed me I’ll provide full time child care! 🙂 to comment on what you both mentioned, sometimes I’ve wondered if I get more done when my schedule is totally planned down to the hour, but I’ve had other days where I’ve set no goals or expectations and accomplished a lot. I think getting in all we want to do is a balance, and balance doesn’t always mean equal at all times. Here’s to doing what we can and knowing right now it’s enough!

  20. Rachel Cassinat Avatar
    Rachel Cassinat

    Thanks for the shout out, Kelsey and Erica! I just got my first big girl job and there’s so much paperwork and negotiating that if you build me a small shack in between your homes and feed me I’ll provide full time child care! 🙂 to comment on what you both mentioned, sometimes I’ve wondered if I get more done when my schedule is totally planned down to the hour, but I’ve had other days where I’ve set no goals or expectations and accomplished a lot. I think getting in all we want to do is a balance, and balance doesn’t always mean equal at all times. Here’s to doing what we can and knowing right now it’s enough!

  21. We’ll have the Rachel shack done by next week so start planning your move-in! Hey congrats on the job, awesome news (well, for you 🙂 )! I agree – the structure can be productive but eventually you need a break to rejuvenate. Hope you find both at your new position!

  22. We’ll have the Rachel shack done by next week so start planning your move-in! Hey congrats on the job, awesome news (well, for you 🙂 )! I agree – the structure can be productive but eventually you need a break to rejuvenate. Hope you find both at your new position!

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