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

Podiversary BLOOPERS – Episode 43

It’s been a year since we started recording the podcast! To celebrate (and adjust to our Spring Break schedules) we found some of our favorite bloopers from over the last year! We are pulling back the curtain on some of our early recordings, how we got here with the title of the podcast, awkward intro trials, and some of our favorite tangents. We don’t hold back with our guests, we also share some of our outtakes with them as well! If you’ve been laughing along with us since the beginning, you’ll enjoy, if you’re a new listener – maybe find another episode to start with. 😉



Family Photos – The Good, The Bad and the 80’s – EPISODE 42


This week we got an update from Sarah about her school auction fundraiser, talked about volunteering, PTA and ways you can help out, no matter what your skill set…BEFORE a seamless segway into family photos! A recent trip down memory lane has us wondering again – what was happening in the 80s, plus thinking about how today’s family photo trends will translate into our kids futures. We chatted about our family picture traditions, got weird with some 80s hair and prop trends and looked at our parents through adult eyes. We wondered what is happening with school picture backdrop options and why they have never seemed to change, and debated whether you buy the terrible ones or not.

Most of all, we are going to share our terrible family photos this week and would LOVE for you to share yours too! Post to our Facebook or tag us on Instagram, we can’t wait to see them!

Best Kids Movies for Parents and 80’s Movies Revisited with Annie Mitchell

This week’s episode was so fun! We brought in our friend, author Annie Mitchell to chat about our favorite movies to watch with our kids, had a friendly debate over the best LEGO franchise movie, and lamented the movies we inwardly GROAN when requested. We got nostalgic over our favorite childhood movies, and how we all learned that 80’s PG and present day PG are NOT the same thing (what on earth was happening in the 80’s with kids movies anyway?!?). From seemingly harmless movies like The Goonies to the fairly problematic Brat Pack movies, we talked about how we have talked with our kids (and other kid’s parents, oops!) about language and themes in older movies that might not be considered appropriate today.


In this episode we talked about: