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Parenting Preschoolers & Aggressively Fall Friendly

This episode is all about parenting preschoolers, the magical age from 3-5ish. That calls for a cocktail…

Autumn Apricot

(adapted from oh so delicioso)

  • 2 oz Apricot La Croix
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz apricot puree
  • 1 dried apricot for garnish

Apricot puree

  • 10 dried apricots
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Combine all apricot puree ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Combine all ingredients over ice, top with LaCroix, and garnish with dried apricot.

We're talking about the differences we notice between toddler-hood and the preschool years, and the cute and challenging things about this age.

We're also becoming school moms for the first time and chat a bit about what we've looked for in a good preschool environment for our kiddos, how we can support both our child and their teachers, and tips for adjusting to the new school norm.

In current obsessions, Erica is obsessed with the new fall candle at Bath and Body Works, Berry Pumpkin Strudel and also eating pickled asparagus at an alarming rate. Kelsey loves her bicycle book ends.


In neighborhood news, autumn may have Kelsey even more aggressively friendly than usual, Grandpa Vic's old house is getting some major upgrades, and Kelsey has a few funny stories from watching Erica's girls.

4 responses to “Parenting Preschoolers & Aggressively Fall Friendly”

  1. Loved this episode! I can’t relate to being a mom of a preschooler, but I’m a preschool teacher so I have some thoughts haha:
    1. When Erica said she gets her kiddos to carry their backpacks, I was like, “Yes!” All of my students’ parents carry everything for them and then try to pass it to me when they arrive at school. I immediately put the backpack on the kid and encourage them to carry their own stuff. (Obviously if it’s too heavy I carry it.) It’s just an easy way to teach them responsibility.
    2. Thank you for realizing teachers are busy and definitely don’t mean to be dismissive! I often have parents wanting to talk to me at drop-off and pick-up and if it’s just a quick thing, no problem, but sometimes it’s loooong and I just don’t have time. I never want to be dismissive, but I have other kids to take care of too. I think sometimes parents forget that. And I think too that sometimes parents worry that I won’t take as good as care of their child as they do because he/she is not MY baby, but while I’m sure I won’t love your child as much as you do, I do love them SO much and will take such good care of them.
    3. You mentioned sometimes just wanting to email or write a quick thank you note. You should! These are SO appreciated. This is my 5th year of teaching preschool and thank you notes or random positive emails are rare. I know everyone is busy, but even just the shortest note is a treasure. Teaching preschool is HARD. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it, but I do sometimes feel under-appreciated. I receive lots of gifts, but the kind, heartfelt words are always worth more.
    4. I’m excited to someday know what it’s like from the parent perspective. It’s cool that you (Erica) know what it’s like on both sides.
    I probably could say so much more but this is probably enough haha.
    P.S. Excited for the newsletter!

  2. LOVED all your thoughts, Amanda, thank you so much for sharing! I can tell you are such an awesome preschool teacher, move to Gilbert and teach our kids! 🙂

  3. Loved this episode. How can I submit a recipe for your “test kitchen?” I have a wonderful pumpkin bread you MUST try 🙂

  4. Hi Emily! Just email it to us hi girls next door at gmail dot com!

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