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Out With Kids & Your Gas Door

We're talking all about the logistics and benefits/drawbacks of getting out and about with small children. We share a few harrowing stories of toddler travel and tips we've learned along the way, perhaps the hard way. This calls for a cocktail…


Pomegranate Whiskey Sour

  • whiskey
  • sour soda (fresca or squirt)
  • pomegranate juice
  • garnish with pomegranate seeds

We share rules or expectations we have for our kids to make being out in public a little easier and how we are trying to raise flexible kids.

Kelsey's recommendations:

Beco carrier
Ear Snacks podcast for kids
BBC Animal Fair audio stories collection
Three Bill Goats Gruff audio stories collection
Erica's recommendations:
Jansport backpack for everyday outings
These backpacks and travel blankets for the kids
In current obsessions, Erica is listening to all her favorite podcasts on her new SONOS speaker and her Simplified Planner and Kelsey loves sleeping in leggings on our chilly desert nights.

In neighborhood news, someone in the neighborhood was apparently pissed at their leaf blower, and Grandpa Vic stars in his own parade a few times a week.

P.S. For the Winter 2016 edition of The Girl Next Door Book Club, we're reading Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari. Read along and listen in on February 17th.


8 responses to “Out With Kids & Your Gas Door”

  1. I often joke that the best $20 I ever spent was on a travel potty (this one is similar to the one that I have:–Potty-Travel/dp/B00NFJICEO/ref=sr_1_4?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1453325310&sr=1-4&keywords=travel+potty) I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been at the park or on a long road trip or just somewhere with super-questionable bathroom facilities and the travel potty has come to the rescue! Mine folds up pretty flat, so it’s easy to keep it stored in the car (or stroller). Definitely makes it easier to get out and about when your kids are potty-training.

  2. This is so smart! Hopefully toilet training is in the near future for us, bookmarking this, thanks!

  3. Thanks so much for the Ear Snacks recommendation! I am a listener living Germany, but we speak English at home and I am always on the lookout for reading and audio materials in English for our little bilingual girlie (she turned 3 in November). Rock on, Mamas! Karin

  4. *in. Living in Germany. Ugh. 😉

  5. Yay, glad you are liking it! As I poked around it looks like there are many more “story” podcasts out there so hopefully there’s lot of great quality programming like that, excited to check it out as my boys’ attention span grows.

  6. Thanks Kelsey! 🙂

  7. I’ve been binge listening since I found your podcast and just listened to this episode the other day. I’m a little sad that I’m almost caught up and will be forced to wait for episodes now. 🙂 Anyway, we recently took a trip from Vermont to Florida with our 10 and 4 year olds. (Are we crazy? Maybe). It’s about a 24 hour drive. One thing that saved my sanity was the Class Dojo App. While it’s typically a teacher tool, I made a class (of my two kids) and awarded points for various behaviors. You can also deduct points. We set a goal of how many points to earn for each leg of our trip, and came up with a reward for reaching that amount of points. I came up with this idea a few hours in, after my 4 year old had started hurling clementines at his sister. It was so motivating for both kids, so I thought I would share.

  8. LOVE this idea! You guys are rockstars for making that trip, it can only get easier from here! Oh man, hurling clementines, gold star for you!

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