Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World, Awkwardness and Kid Movie Ugly Crying – EPISODE 49

This week we celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing some traditions and fun facts from around the world, with Sarah sharing her counterpoint as a Mother’s Day (and most holidays, really) Grinch. After Claire brought it back around with her Mother’s Day Eve tradition, we shared some of our plans for the weekend. Maybe it’s just this time of year? Is Mother’s Day just one more thing to think about in May?


In this episode, we talk about:

Toy Story Trilogy

Mother’s Day Eve – EPISODE 06

Anna Jarvis and other Mother’s Day History –

End of School Schedule Overwhelm, Dream Podcast Guest Hosting Gigs and Pop Culture Emotional Fatigue – EPISODE 48

Remember that Jeopardy category called Potpourri? That’s a little of what this week’s episode is. We had some audio issues while recording remotely, so heads up, there are some odd cut-ins.

We are both suffering from overwhelm from the end of the school year – between the concerts, field trips, school projects due, assemblies and parties, our calendars look like a flow chart of who is doing what and when. Throw in some working mom guilt over missed events and schedule conflicts, and we are both counting down the days along with our kids.

We also share some news about an upcoming guest segment we have on the Tulsa Talks Podcast, and dive into what our dream podcast guest hosting gigs would be, including Claire’s NPR dreams.

As if our kids schedules aren’t enough to wear us out, we also chatted about our Pop Culture Fatigue after seeing Endgame and Game of Thrones over the weekend.

Just a little bit of everything to round out your week guys! Enjoy!


In this episode we talk about:

My Favorite Murder Live Shows

The Blue Whale on Route 66

Tulsa Talks Podcast

Judge John Hodgman

How Did This Get Made

Sleepovers – When, How and Having Awkward Conversations with New Parent Friends – EPISODE 47


In this week’s episode, Sarah grills Claire about sleepover how-to…when to have your first one, what to do with that pesky sibling, and how to manage parents and kids expectations (including some rookie mistakes!). We give some of our best tips including best night of the week, how much of a plan to have, and how to have awkward conversations with parents you don’t know very well.

Re-Release and Updates! Living Internationally with Kids, Hiring an Au Pair, and Reinventing Your Job – with Abbie Peraza of StudioPop and PopLife Coaching


We decided to re-release one of our favorite early episodes with Abbie Peraza, to celebrate the opening of her newest business venture, PopLife Coaching and Consulting! We couldn’t be prouder to call Abbie a friend and encourage anyone that needs a push in the right direction to give her a call. From the PopLife site:

When you’re living the POP//Life, you have more well-being, more confidence, more abundance, more impact and more joy than you ever thought possible.

My passion is helping people live a life that POPs. I believe that work and life should flow seamlessly together into an effervescent state of being.

I focus on helping people accelerate their businesses, transition their careers, improve their health and wellness, and support their employees and team members – all through the lens of living the POP//Life.

Here are the original show notes, if you are interested in the transition Abbie made from the corporate world to owning her own business and fulfilling her goals, hop to about 40 minutes in.


Claire’s family has decided to host a French exchange intern next fall, so we thought it would be a perfect time to talk with Abbie Peraza, owner of Studio Pop Tulsa – since she has hosted several of her own!  In addition to exchange students,  Abbie has years of experience working with Au Pairs (it’s cheaper/easier than you think!), living internationally with kids (and without) and has some great tips for both! After living abroad, Abbie came back to Tulsa and got a nudge from the universe (spoiler) to reinvent her career…going from the corporate world to opening Studio Pop, a cycling + yoga studio in Downtown Tulsa.  She shares her amazing story and how she made it all happen! 

In this episode we talk about: 

Abby Peraza and Studio Pop

Au Pair in America

Joshua Johnson at 1A and the Beyond Mother’s Day Series

Tulsa in May

Abby’s Vision Statement

Buti Yoga

Goat Yoga

Studio Pop Facebook, Instagram

Encouraging Diversity in Children’s Books with Lauren Ranalli, Author

This week Sarah chats with Lauren Ranalli, author of The Great Latke Cookoff about the importance of diversity in children’s books. Lauren shares how she started writing her book after she found the selection of children’s Chanukah books lacking for her son. Lauren also shares some of her favorite resources for finding diverse children’s books, a few of her favorite titles for various age groups and sheds some light on the process of self publishing, working with an illustrator and keeping up with a side-side hustle while working full time.


In this episode we talk about:

The Great Latke Cookoff

One Bad Mother podcast

It Feels Good to Be Yourself

Living by the Page

Little Brother For Sale

We Are Grateful

All the Ways to Be Smart

Front Desk

No Fixed Address

We Need Diverse Books

Read Brightly

Who Was…

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

Mo Willems

Ruby’s Worry

Grace for President

The Monster on Main Street

Camping with Kids – Tips, Tricks and Our Best Stories – Episode 44

It’s that time of year again, folks! Camping Season (at least for those of us who refuse to go when it’s hot out) is upon us! Our families both enjoy camping when we get the chance (and together when schedules and weather allow) so we thought we would share our best tips on camping with kids, from toddlers to pre-teens (or whatever 9 year olds are considered). We share our favorite practices for organization, planning ahead for entertaining kids, picking the best location, meals, gear, and more – and share a few horror stories along the way. Fill us in on your favorite tips too!


In this episode we talk about:

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Art of the Brick

AFOL Blocumentary Camping with Kids – Tips, Tricks and Our Best Stories

Scott Family Amazeum

REI Camping With Kids Checklist

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center

Kids Camping Cots