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.


Habits & Dragonification

We're talking all about habits, rituals, and routines - how we start them, keep them, and when necessary break them. But as we're in the habit of doing, we start with a cocktail.


French 75 (a suggestion from listener Emily)

  • gin
  • lemon juice
  • simple syrup
  • top with champagne

We touched on our habit tendencies a la Gretchen Rubin's new book, Better Than Before and her Happier Podcast. (You can take the Four Tendencies Quiz too). We also share our daily, weekly, and when our spouse is away habits and rituals. We're also talking about rituals to help us get out of a bad mood or a creative funk, and our quirky habits our husbands' annoying ones.

In current obsessions, Erica loves Jergens Ultra Healing lotion. Kelsey's in a serious relationship with her heating pad.

In neighborhood news, there has been a gradual but impressive dragon-ification of a house down the street, and Erica finally successfully met some other neighbor moms.

Leap Day Bonus!

Happy Leap Day! We hope you enjoyed this surprise episode of the show! We'd love to do more of this in the future, and are contemplating all kinds of fun things for our listeners. Would you take five minutes and fill out a quick listener survey - thanks so much!

Leap Day is literally an extra day in the year, so we're talking all about extra time and extra money. Cheers to that!


It's Podcast Time Somewhere

  • fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • cinnamon infused rum (rum heated with some cinnamon on the stove, fancy)
We talk about where we're finding our creative time or how we're finding "extra time" lately, and what we'd do with an extra hour these days. Erica's enlisted some outside childcare help, and Kelsey is waking up extra early one day a week.
We're also dreaming about what we'd do with some extra money. We
chat about what we'd do with an extra $1,000 and what one big home improvement we'd tackle with some extra cash.
Honorable Mentions:
Kelsey gives an update on how Stitch Fix is going for her so far.
Erica is loving Fixer Upper on Netflix
Neighborhood News:

 Erica was yet again unsuccessful in meeting the new neighbor, but Kelsey has found a new neighbor running buddy.