Family Memory Keeping & Missing Torti

  Mango margarita | Girl Next Door Podcast

We're sipping a mango margarita and diving into how we are - and aren't - documenting family memories. Plus we talk about how we decide what sentimental items to hold on to and what to let go of. 

Mango margarita
makes 2 drinks

3 cups Mango lemonade (we used Trader Joe's, naturally)
2 ounces Horinto's tequila
juice from about one and a half limes 
chile lime salt for the rim
lime wedges for garnish

Rub the rim of each glass with a lime wedge and dip into chile lime salt. Fill each glass about half way with ice and then split the mango lemonade, tequila and lime juice between the glasses. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

In the episode, Kelsey shares her system of using Google Photos to back up her iPhone photos, Google Photo Albums to group photos and Blurb to create yearly family albums. Erica is all ears. 

Here's Kelsey's system for organizing photos which she learned about from this helpful blog post:

+ Take all photos with my iPhone
+ Back up photos using the Google Photos app on my iPhone about once per month (do this while on wifi!)
+ Once photos are backed up to Google Photos I delete all photos phone - feels so good!
+ In Google Photos on my laptop I go through the photos I recently uploaded and select all the photos I want to include in our yearly family photo book and then copy them to a Google Photo Album titled Team Wharton 2016.
+ At the end of the year when I'm ready to make a photo book I select all the photos in the Team Wharton Google Photo album and copy them to a folder on my desktop.  This makes it easy to upload all the photos I want into an online photo book program, like Blurb (which I've used several times and have been really happy with).
Kelsey's other photo-related tip is to use the Persnickety prints app to print different size photos including square format (Instagram photos).
Erica's shares her tip for printing family photos by ordering prints as soon as you return home and buying a frame even before you take the trip.
In other family memory keeping Kelsey uses a journal from Shutterfly to jot down memories about the boys and she has also loved using her Nikki McClure First 1000 Days journals for each boy.
In obsessions Kelsey is obsessed with the Creative Lunch hour she established at work and Erica can't stop eating On the Border chips and salsa.


Friendship Landscapes & Pick Up Lines


Cherry Vanilla Sparkler with a twist
(alternative name: melted popsicle)
makes 2
2 oz. light rum
1 oz. grenadine
juice of one lime juice
maraschino cherries and lime 
Add ice to two glasses and divide rum, grenadine and lime juice between the glasses. Top with DRY soda and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and cherry held together on a toothpick.

We are talking all about making and keeping friends as grown women. We talk about what our friendship groups look like currently, what's changed about friendship for us growing up and into early adulthood, and how we intentionally cultivate community in our circle of girlfriends.

Kelsey found some great tips for making friends in the book MWF Seeks BFF which she mentioned on a very early episode of the podcast.

In current obsessions, Kelsey is into these planner accessories and videos: Kelly Purkey reading stamps and Hero Arts My Week stamps and Get To Work Book on YouTube.
Erica is loving these Igor play sandals for the girls, and Orly Rubberized Base Coat.

Travel Goals & Pouch Cocktails

This episode is all about upcoming trips, aspirational travel goals, the fun family travel we see on the horizon, and how we're prioritizing travel in our family cultures.


Mango Peach Mommy Punch

  • 3 oz. vodka
  • GoGoSqueez Pedal Pedal Peach
  • 6 oz. Trader Joe's Mango Lemonade
  • Sprite

 Shake vodka, GoGoSqueez, and lemonade in a cocktail shaker.

Pour over ice and top with Sprite.

 We share some bucket list trip goals. Erica really wants to do Ireland, and Where'd You Go Bernadette inspired Kelsey's bucket list trip to Antarctica.

In current obsessions, Erica thinks Trader Joe's sunscreen is the best, and has decided to get her house professionally cleaned once a month! Kelsey is loving Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab.

In neighborhood news, Kelsey gives an update on the yellow door vs. HOA saga. Oh, and 120 degrees is in the forecast. Send ice cream.

Summer Cozy & Hearty Bottoms

We're talking summer coziness, and how plan to keep our positive attitudes and sanity in the extreme summer heat of the desert. But first, a cocktail...


Pineapple Gin & Tonic
makes two drinks
2 oz gin
3 oz pineapple juice
juice of one lime
To each glass add 1 oz gin, 1.5 oz pineapple juice and half of the lime juice.
Stir, fill glass with ice and top with tonic water.
Kelsey read an intersting Article on the Norwegian concept of "koselig" and it inspired us to think about the ways we can make summer, even in the sweltering heat, "cozy."
Kelsey loves her pocket garden hose, and has discovered these cute mini ice pop molds.
Erica loves her Contigo cups for very icy beverages and Erica loves her new water shoes, perhaps a little too much.

Behind the Scenes & Under Construction

It's behind-the-scenes time, and it gets kinda crazy! We're pulling back the curtain to give you a peek at how we produce the show, how it all got started, and how the cocktail ritual on every episode has upped our cocktail game...
Raspberry shrub
from Food52
  • Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cup raspberries or other fruit, and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Heat until close to boiling and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove shrub syrup from heat and strain into a jar, let cool. Syrup can be stored in fridge for up to a month.
  • To make the cocktail, combine 1 oz gin with 1 oz shrub syrup and top with tonic or sparkling water over ice.

We discuss how the show happens, the logistics of recording, our favorite things about the show as opposed to the parts that feel like work, and our future hopes and dreams for the show.

A few of our favorite episodes:
In current obsessions, Erica is learning a ton from the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids and Kelsey is high-fiving herself for her freezer breakfast burritos
In neighborhood news, we are literally under construction (like during the recording of this show), and we met a new neighbor in a windy turn of events.
Thanks so much to all who have used Our Amazon link to support the show!
Thanks so much for dropping in...until next time, be neighborly!

Happening Lately & Cruise Ships

This is kind of a grab bag episode of all the things we're into/doing/enjoying lately! So be sure to keep scrolling for lots of links to the things we love. But first, a cocktail...


Ginger Beer Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice sweetened with agave nectar to taste
  • Serve on the rocks, topped off with ginger beer

***We will be reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert for the May 25th edition of The Girl Next Door Book Club. Join us!***

Here's what's happening around here lately. We talk about what we're...

Marriage as Parents & Mothballs

This episode is all about how being parents has impacted our relationships as married couples. You might title it Happy Marriages Despite Kids. It can definitely feel like the children are conspiring to make marriage more difficult at times, so we're sharing some thoughts on how we keep marriage a priority while parenting young children. This calls for a cocktail...


 Mint Watermelon Slush

adapted from A Beautiful Mess

  • Cranberry juice
  • frozen watermelon
  • gin
    Blend everything together until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve garnished with a mint leaf and/or a lime wedge.

We share the positive and negative ways parenting has affected our marriage, tips we've learned from other couples with inspiring marriages, and how we're hoping to model healthy relationships for our little ones.

Kelsey's tips:
day dates
new adventures like new restaurants or new things around town, remind you of dating
offering the other one solo time
just make time for sex, people!
cultivating a bestfriendship
showing equality in the relationship
Erica's tips:
showing affection
vocalizing gratitude
make getting ready for dates an event
master bedroom as invite only
show reaching resolution and ending an argument in front of them

In current obsessions, Erica and Mr. Ladd love catching up over a cocktail and music videos on VEVO at the end of the week, and Kelsey is loving her French press coffee maker.

In neighborhood news, there is a serious moth ball situation down the street that needs to be discussed.

Parenting Toddlers & Nothing Is Easy

 We're tackling toddlers, not literally (although we may want to at times), but the topic of parenting toddlers. This requires a strong cocktail (in our new cocktail glasses and fat square ice via Heart of Light)


Limoncello Aranciata Rossa Sparkler

  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot limoncello
  • top with Aranciata Rossa San Pellegrino

We starting on a positive note, with the cute stuff our toddlers are doing lately, including dropping it like its hot and growling at their own shirts.

We talk about some of the hardest parts of parenting at this age, including the logistics of things like potty training and sleeping in a big kid bed as well as toddler discipline. We also share some helpful tricks and tips we've learned the hard way as well as the following sanity-saving resources:

Kelsey is obsessed with her humidifier and her new Letterfolk board. Erica loves the Mini Micro Kick Scooter for toddlers and preschoolers!

In neighborhood news, a beloved neighbor has moved, and there was quite a wizard at a local restaurant.

Tidying Rage & Smelly Jeans

We are talking tidying this episode. It's all the rage thanks to Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but first a cocktail...


Cara Cara Orange Sage Campari Sparkler

2 oz. gin
fresh sage
sage simple syrup
fresh pressed juice of 2 Cara Cara oranges and 1/2 lemon
Make sage simple syrup by boiling one part sugar to one part water with fresh sage leaves until sugar dissolves. Strain out sage leaves and let simple syrup cool. In each of two glasses add ice and then top with 1 oz of gin each and 1 oz simple syrup. Divide fresh juice between the two glasses, top each with tonic water and then a splash of Campari. Garnish with a merge  of orange.
We discuss how we deal with de-cluttering different categories of stuff, how we handle maintaining tidy environments with kids and all their stuff, and the hardest areas for us to keep organized. We also share our guilty things that we're holding on tightly to, knowing full well we should get rid of it.
In current obsessions, Kelsey is loving her new bra, and Erica can't help but love Fuller House
Honorable Mentions:
In neighborhood news, Dancing Fondue Guy has been replaced by a far less entertaining guy, and Erica had a smoke detector situation.