Listener Questions & Short Shorts

We're answering a random mix of your questions about podcasting, parenthood, and summer ideas. Speaking of summer ideas, this cocktail is a great one...

Salty Grapefruit Sparkler
2 oz Grapefruit & Fleur de Sel Iconic Cocktail mixer
3 oz gin
club soda
fresh lime juice
Fill two glasses with crushed ice. To each glass add 1 ounce mixer and 1.5 ounces gin. Top with club soda and a fresh lime juice from a wedge of lime.
You asked us how Erica's new house is, and how the former neighborhood is surviving without the Ladds. You asked us some great questions about podcasting including what doing the show has taught us about ourselves, and what our plans are for the future of the podcast. You also wanted to know how we grow our mom village and how faith plays a role in our friendship. You also wanted to know some of our summer favorites, from cocktails to candles to kid activities. 

Book Club 9: A Piece of the World

Read along and join us for the bookclub episode dedicated to discussing A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline.

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We're sipping on a Whiskey Clementine and digging in to this novel. We share our likes, dislikes, favorite parts, and profound insights from the book based on Andrew Wyeth's famous painting, Christina's World.

If you loved this book, we had some other recommendations which are similar in terms of the "books about art" theme...

Quality Time With Kids & Local Water Deputy

A few housekeeping items...

**Time to announce our reading pick for our Spring book club episode. We are reading A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. That episode will air May 24th, so grab your copy and read along with us!**

**Don't forget our Neighborly Advice classes on Minimalism for Real People and High Fives to Your Future Self are still available! Tons of good stuff on simplifying and enjoying life a bit more packed into these two classes.**



This episode is about spending quality time with our kids. We’ll chat about how we define quality time, what it looks like in our families, how we ensure that it happens, or what gets in the way when it's not happening.

Sipping on...

Grapefruit Pineapple Fizz

3 oz Captain Morgan spiced rum
2 oz pineapple simple syrup
Q grapefruit soda
Fresh lime juice 
Fill two glasses with crushed ice. Divide rum and pineapple simple syrup between glasses. Top with grapefruit soda and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Stir and sip.
Current obsessions...
Kelsey is obsessed with reading lately and really enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and The Dry
Erica loves her new Mossimo Striped knit t-shirt dress from Target for a summer basic.

Dating Your Husband & Tiny Neighbors Shouting

This episode is all about how we're finding time to date those lovely Mr.'s of ours. We talk about why dates in marriage are important to us, what a typical date looks like currently, and sharing about our worst and best dates as married couples. 


Also it's both the Whartons and the Ladds anniversaries this month, so cheers with this southwest inspired cocktail...

    The Gila Monster

  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz St. Germain 
  • 3 oz Fresca
  • splash of orange juice
  • splash of prickly pear flavoring
  • fresh jalapeno slices for garnish

Kelsey is currently obsessed with this hose sprayer attachment and Erica's entire family is obsessed with Moana.

In neighborhood news, Kelsey made a delicious Irish soda bread to share over the back wall and tiny neighbors shouting back and forth to each other over the wall is the best!

Movies & Rogue Drones

Pop the popcorn and dim the lights, because this episode is all about movies! (Have we really never dedicated an entire episode to this topic. For shame.) We're sipping a St. Patty's Day inspired cocktail and dishing about the silver screen.

Irish Buck
makes one cocktail
Fill glass with ice. Add 2 oz Irish whiskey (used used Paddy), 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice and 3 oz ginger beer. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.
Movies from Kelsey's childhood:
The Gnome Mobile
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Movies from Erica's childhood:
Honey I Blew Up the Baby
Sister Act
Sleeping Beauty
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
Kelsey's faves:
Harry Potter movies, A Few Good Men, Sliding Doors, classics with Carey Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Julie & Julia
Erica's faves:
The Notebook
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Family Stone
White Christmas
National Lampoon's Vacation & Christmas Vacation
We are NOT recommending:
Event Horizon
The Blair Witch Project
The Exorcist
The Ring
Donnie Darko
A few documentaries Kelsey recommends:
Mad Hot Ballroom
Winged Migration
The one Erica's seen lately - The White Hats
A few other movies we mentioned:
The Revenant
The Pianist
Free State of Jones
12 Years a Slave
Manchester by the Sea
Silver Linings Playbook
Hidden Figures
La La Land
The Jungle Book
The Princess Bride
Harry Potter 
Kelsey is obsessed with keeping good quality sunscreen on hand (literally) at all times and Erica is loving antique shopping for the new house.
Neighborhood News....
This drone crashed into Erica's pool the other day. A bit unsettling, yes?
And believe it or not, we have another tortoise story for you.

Laundry & Sudsy Sunday

Buckle your seatbelts, dear listeners, for this riveting topic! We're talking all about how clothes are getting clean in our neighborhood. Everyone does laundry, so everyone can relate. 


We sipped on this cocktail inspired by Jenna Kutcher's month-long trip to Hawaii and what Erica had in her kitchen:

No Kids in Maui

  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 3 oz. coconut water
  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • tonic to top it off

We're chatting all about our current laundry situations like who does it, how often, and how we feel about it. We also cover how we sort it all and keep it organized and what kind of equipment we're using these days as well as how we're folding, putting it away, and who else gets involved in the fun. Erica shares a funny story about a laundry chute and we share some great laundry tips from listeners.

Laundry stuff we mentioned:

In neighborhood news, Erica has a full circle meeting with a sweet listener. In current obsessions, Erica is rocking some performance undies (which incite quite the debate) and Kelsey loves her sleeping children and related curly hair. 

Snacks & Hats on a Monkey

Hint of Spring
makes 2 cocktails
3 oz gin
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Campari
Dry vanilla soda
Fill a shaker with ice and pour in gin, St. Germain and Campari. Shake until frosty. Pour into two cups with ice. Top each with vanilla soda.
We're chatting all about our snacking habits, our favorite go-to healthy and indulgent snacks, our kids' snacking. We mention a injury balls (AKA energy balls) which are a favorite snack of Kelsey's kids. It gets yummy, so don't listen hungry!
In current obsessions, Erica has a new lipstick regimen:
Kelsey is obsessed with microwaving her sponges to kill bacteria. 
In neighborhood news, we share a listener email about our neighborhood runaway tortoise epidemic.

Big Changes & Return of Rollerblading Guy

This episode is all about big changes. We're talking about big changes on the horizon as well as our general approach to big changes we've navigated recently. Spoiler alert...


Erica's big change involves building a new house and moving in the next few months! (Don't worry, it's less than two miles from the current neighborhood and nothing will change about the podcast. Promise.) Erica shares some details about our decision and where we are in the process.

We think this calls for a cocktail so we're sipping on this unique twist on a classic...

Orange Coffee Moscow Mule (from A Beautiful Mess)

  • 1 can/bottle of ginger beer (approx. 8-9 oz. depending on brand)
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 of an orange, squeezed
  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnish
  • ice

We chat more about how we decide it's time to make a change and how we keep our sanity during the transition phase of a big change.

In current obsessions Kelsey rediscovered her overnight oats and Erica is obsessed with looking at light fixtures for the new house.

In neighborhood news, Rollerblading Guy has returned, Erica realizes how awkward one looks running alongside a child learning to ride a bike. Also Erica finally has a successful neighbor interaction with someone other than Kelsey. 



Reading Habits & Neighborly Grapefruit


This episode is all about reading! We talk about books almost every episode, so we thought it was time to dedicate a whole show to our reading memories, habits, and recommendations. Dive in and be a bookworm with us.

The Neighborly Elvis

         from Bon Appetite

         makes 2 servings

  • 6 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice (preferably free from a neighbor)
  • 3 oz. London dry gin
  • 1/2 oz. St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • India Pale Ale 
  • Grapefruit twist

Books that first influenced us:

Erica's 2017 Personal Growth Syllabus

Erica's Top 5-ish

Kelsey's Top 5-ish

Honorable Mention

Erica is obsessed with JohnnySwim and Kelsey is snacking on Trader Joe's cocoa glazed almonds.

Sleep & Pillow Talk

This week's episode is all about sleep, which as parents of young children calls for a cocktail...


Pineapple Coconut Champagne

(makes 2 cocktails)

  • 1 8 oz. can pineapple juice 
  • 2 oz. cream of coconut
  • Champagne
  • Mix the pineapple juice and cream of coconut in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice and top with champagne. 

We chat about our ideal sleep life and more realistically what sleep actually looks like for us currently. We chat about both our sleep habits, as well as those of our husbands, how we deal with lack of sleep, and how we get good sleep while away from home or traveling. 

Kelsey loves her side sleeper pillow and loves to fall asleep to certain podcasts (Sleep With Me, or audiobooks, like A Short History of Private Life ). Erica loves her cervical support pillow and free white noise app.

In obsessions, Kelsey is eating dinner by candlelight (she loves the Trader Joe's tapered candles) these days with vintage candlesticks (similar to these) and Erica has joined the Hydro Flask club and can't get enough of her Green Bay Packers!