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Creatively Productive & Productively Creative

 We are talking about all the ways we are squeezing productivity and creativity into our lives as mothers while sipping on a peachy cocktail.

Shucksdeluxe

The Shucks Deluxe

  • 4 large peaches, pits removed and cut in half

  • 2 tbsp. sugar

  • 2 tbsp. lime juice

  • 3 ounces vodka

  • 1 tbsp. lime juice

  • 1 cup sprite

  • 4 slices of peaches, garnish

  • 2 rosemary sprigs, garnish

Using a food processor, add in the 4 peaches (pits removed), sugar and lime juice. Pulse until pureed. Pour the contents into a fine sieve over a bowl to catch the nectar. Using the back of a spoon, push through all the nectar you can and toss the bits that don’t make it through. [To make Rosemary Simple Syrup] Combine 2 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, 3 tbsp. corn syrup and 1/4 cup rosemary leaves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and rest for 20 minutes. Strain into a glass and refrigerate until chilled. Using a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add in vodka, lime juice, honey, 2 tbsp. rosemary simple syrup, 4 tbsp. peach nectar and shake. Pour into two cocktail glasses filled with ice and top with Sprite and a splash of water. Garnish with two peach slices per drink and a rosemary sprig. Serves 2.

We chat about what it means to be productive as a mother, how we are or are not feeling productive as parents these days, and share some tips for moms.

We also check in on our personal creative projects, what ideas we have on the back burner, and if and how we’re making time for our other pursuits. We’ve found that organization underlies productivity and creativity for us, so also talk about our methods of organizing these days. Kelsey is loving the Get to Work Book, and Erica is trying to find the perfect SAHM planner and debating about the Day Designer or the Daily Docket.

In current obsessions, Kelsey is obsessed with overnight oats, and Erica loves this adult coloring book, and these twistable colored pencils.

In neighborhood news, Safeway Guy listened to our podcast and commented. Kelsey met the new neighbors and they seemed normal! Cooler weather has increased neighbor interactions finally, and Erica hoped to see the neighbor’s trash pile bust.

16 responses to “Creatively Productive & Productively Creative”

  1. I just ordered one of these: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1131502390/the-basics-notebook-simplify-and-improve-your-life – I’ve been using the Day Designer but it got to be a nuisance to keep up! I can’t wait to get my new planner! I do like the Daily Docket though – looks like a great planner too!

  2. I just ordered one of these: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1131502390/the-basics-notebook-simplify-and-improve-your-life – I’ve been using the Day Designer but it got to be a nuisance to keep up! I can’t wait to get my new planner! I do like the Daily Docket though – looks like a great planner too!

  3. I love that I’m commenting after my friend Skye! 🙂 I had the same trouble with Evernote but now I am officially obsessed. Here’s what helped me – you can have a different notebook for every subject in your life. For example, I have notebooks for work, shopping lists, and blog ideas. Then you can add notes (think of it like a page) in your notebook. So for my work notebook I have notes called: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (each with checklists of things I should do that day that get updated at the end of the previous day) and check lists for different projects. Each of these is a different note within my work notebook. This keeps my work checklists completely separate from my shopping list, but all accessible from my computer or phone. (I’m like Erica – I need to have access on my phone while the littles are running around!) Each note can be set however you want – a checklist, a blank page, etc. So you can have a notebook called “Podcast ideas” and then have notes inside for each podcast idea with a running list of thoughts, a check list, etc.
    You can also set reminders in each notebook for specific days/times, add in photos (great for blog preparations or shopping!), and send notes to friends. It’s absolutely changed my life to be able to carry all of my notes with me all the time. I love paper and loved having a notebook checklist with me, but ended up losing my grocery list because it was halfway through the book in the middle of my work checklists. My hubby swears by the evernote moleskin and says it’s awesome because you can take a picture of your notes in your notebook and it converts it to text.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on productivity! I loved it!

  4. I love that I’m commenting after my friend Skye! 🙂 I had the same trouble with Evernote but now I am officially obsessed. Here’s what helped me – you can have a different notebook for every subject in your life. For example, I have notebooks for work, shopping lists, and blog ideas. Then you can add notes (think of it like a page) in your notebook. So for my work notebook I have notes called: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (each with checklists of things I should do that day that get updated at the end of the previous day) and check lists for different projects. Each of these is a different note within my work notebook. This keeps my work checklists completely separate from my shopping list, but all accessible from my computer or phone. (I’m like Erica – I need to have access on my phone while the littles are running around!) Each note can be set however you want – a checklist, a blank page, etc. So you can have a notebook called “Podcast ideas” and then have notes inside for each podcast idea with a running list of thoughts, a check list, etc.
    You can also set reminders in each notebook for specific days/times, add in photos (great for blog preparations or shopping!), and send notes to friends. It’s absolutely changed my life to be able to carry all of my notes with me all the time. I love paper and loved having a notebook checklist with me, but ended up losing my grocery list because it was halfway through the book in the middle of my work checklists. My hubby swears by the evernote moleskin and says it’s awesome because you can take a picture of your notes in your notebook and it converts it to text.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on productivity! I loved it!

  5. Two things I really like about this: that you can print it out yourself and the weekly activities that encourage you to reflect or do something nice for someone, so awesome!

  6. Two things I really like about this: that you can print it out yourself and the weekly activities that encourage you to reflect or do something nice for someone, so awesome!

  7. INTERESTING, this is really helpful to hear how someone else uses it. And you are making me realize that for online tools like this that have so much possibility you really need to have a plan going in. I think I just created notes willy-nilly and got disorganized. I really like being paperless at the office, maybe I’ll try Evernote for all my work stuff, right now I’m taking meeting notes in email drafts and I’m not sure that’s really the best thing.
    And that is AMAZING about the paper notebook being converted to text via a picture. Technology is magic! Thanks for sharing!

  8. INTERESTING, this is really helpful to hear how someone else uses it. And you are making me realize that for online tools like this that have so much possibility you really need to have a plan going in. I think I just created notes willy-nilly and got disorganized. I really like being paperless at the office, maybe I’ll try Evernote for all my work stuff, right now I’m taking meeting notes in email drafts and I’m not sure that’s really the best thing.
    And that is AMAZING about the paper notebook being converted to text via a picture. Technology is magic! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Another great episode! I am a fellow google doc lover! I wanted to share a tip that my husband and I have found helps us balance two full time jobs and a kiddo – shared google calendars! We can plan out appointments, child-care responsibilities, what’s for dinner, etc. Always accessible and the reminders are built in! So simple and it has saved us multiple times.

  10. Another great episode! I am a fellow google doc lover! I wanted to share a tip that my husband and I have found helps us balance two full time jobs and a kiddo – shared google calendars! We can plan out appointments, child-care responsibilities, what’s for dinner, etc. Always accessible and the reminders are built in! So simple and it has saved us multiple times.

  11. Love this, I think when you are parenting a shared calendar system is essential! Chris and I have this built in since we’re able to share Outlook calendars. And that’s nice because that’s where all of our work meetings get scheduled. But if we didn’t have that I’d definitely make him have a Google calendar with me!

  12. Love this, I think when you are parenting a shared calendar system is essential! Chris and I have this built in since we’re able to share Outlook calendars. And that’s nice because that’s where all of our work meetings get scheduled. But if we didn’t have that I’d definitely make him have a Google calendar with me!

  13. This was so helpful, as always! I struggle with many of these same issues and often wonder how other people get it all done. I work part-time and am home with our daughter part-time, so it is a weird mix of feeling constantly divided. The house is never clean enough. 😉 It helps to hear how you guys split up responsibilities with your husbands—I think we may need to institute personal 3-4 hour breaks on a weekend afternoon, rather than trying to unsuccessfully tag-team all the time.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing. 🙂 I always get absurdly excited when I see a new episode of yours pop up in my app!

  14. This was so helpful, as always! I struggle with many of these same issues and often wonder how other people get it all done. I work part-time and am home with our daughter part-time, so it is a weird mix of feeling constantly divided. The house is never clean enough. 😉 It helps to hear how you guys split up responsibilities with your husbands—I think we may need to institute personal 3-4 hour breaks on a weekend afternoon, rather than trying to unsuccessfully tag-team all the time.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing. 🙂 I always get absurdly excited when I see a new episode of yours pop up in my app!

  15. I think the secret is that no one is getting it all done! The planned personal time can make a big difference, even just doing it a couple times a month. I’m realizing that life is so full right now I’ll never just happen upon a free block of time, I have to be so intentional about planning it and then guard it fiercely!

  16. I think the secret is that no one is getting it all done! The planned personal time can make a big difference, even just doing it a couple times a month. I’m realizing that life is so full right now I’ll never just happen upon a free block of time, I have to be so intentional about planning it and then guard it fiercely!

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