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Fall Extravaganza & Fall Ladies


We had a flight of pumpkin beers to sip on while we celebrated fall. We sampled...

  • Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy
  • New Belgium Pumpkick
  • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
  • Breckenridge Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout
Erica's girls are going to be witch princesses with either wand or broomstick accessories. Kelsey plans to make dinosaur costumes for her boys using this dino hoodie tutorial and this dino tail tutorial
Falliday (the holiday that Kelsey made up) is just around the corner!
Pumpkin spice coffee golden ratio: substitute just one or two scoops of pumpkin spice coffee for your regular coffee when making a pot.
Kelsey's obsessed with her skin care routine, which includes: Paula's Choice tonerexfoliatordaily moisturizer with spf 50 and Trader Joe's Nourish Antioxidant moisturizer at night. Erica's obsessed with her new high tops for Zumba.
As our Falliday gift to listeners, our sponsor Sudio Sweden is giving you 15% off any earbuds with the code "thegirlnextdoor" 

Creating Happiness & Beast Slash

We're talking all about creating happiness and making ourselves responsible for our own joy. 
Cocktails make us happy so here goes...
Hard Cider Spritz (with a twist of pouch)
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider
  • Applesauce pouch
  • Apple juice
  • whiskey
  • Campari
  • lemon juice
  • club soda
We chat about what generally contributes to our individual happiness, conversely what tends to detract from our happiness, and what makes us happiest at home, in parenting, at work, in friendships, and even when using social media.
In current obsessions, Erica loves Trader Joe's turkey summer sausage and we talk way too long about workout pants. Kelsey loves the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast.
In neighborhood news, there is an update on Kelsey's yellow door.
Honorable mention: 
Our episode about friendship: Friendship Landscapes & Pick Up Lines

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.

Mom Hobbies & Speed Traps

This episode is all about creative passions and hobbies we currently have, hope to have, or have let go as moms. We chat while sipping this simple drink...
Presbyterian Cocktail
adapted slightly from Martha Stewart
makes 1 cocktail
2 oz whiskey
2 oz ginger beer
2 oz club soda
2 dashes of bitters
Fill a glass with ice and add whiskey, ginger beer, club soda and bitters. Stir and serve.
We're discussing what our current hobbies are, and how we're making time for them as well as hobbies we have let lapse or hope to pick up.
Kelsey is currently obsessed with pre-fall, and Erica is obsessed with the gym. (WHAT?)
In Neighborhood News, a mis-delivered Costco magazine caused a major meltdown and we have a (non) speed trap on our street.

Book Club 7: The Husband's Secret

This episode is dedicated to discussing Liane Moriarty's book, The Husband's Secret. Grab a copy, read it, mix up this cocktail, and listen in to join the book club!


Australian Opal

  •  1.5 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • .5 oz. triple sec
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Bundaberg ginger beer

shake gin, orange juice, triple sec, and orange bitters in cocktail shaker. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer

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2016 Goals Check In & Frose


Frose cocktail | The Girl Next Door Podcast

We kicked off the second half of the year with checking in on our goals for 2016 and with this frozen cocktail...

from W&P Design and also inspired by @forageandfodder
1 bottle dry rosé wine (we used Acrobat rosé of pinot noir), frozen into ice cubes
3 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz simple syrup
Blend frozen rose with lemon juice and simple syrup until just smooth. Pour into glasses and top each with a splash of Campari and a lemon twist. Summer of frosé!

Kelsey has made progress on her capsule skin care and makeup routine and especially loves Paula's Choice Shine Stopper.
Kelsey is also recommending hiring a sleep coach, it's been a huge help to her family. Erica is continuing to work toward her goal of more inner peace as the adoption process drags on.
In current obsessions, Erica loves Pioneer Quest on Amazon Prime and Kelsey's getting through the hot summer with afternoon break at work with green tea-lemonade on ice.
Stuff we mentioned:
Erica's wearing her summer scent Pretty as a Peach from Bath and Body Works and smells peachy clean.
Kelsey mentioned her love of the academic year and her academic year planner Get To Work Book


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.