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Jul 1, 2016

Word BubbleWe're a little discombobulated this week by fire fighter visits and jet lag — though really, do we need a reason? — and our recording may be a little noisier than usual, but if you can hang with us through it all, here's your road map through our conversation:

0:40 Intros and What's New With You? — We are no longer some gaggle of anonymous moms bloviating into podcast mics, y'all. We now have a blue-check Twitter- and Facebook-verified personage gracing us with her presence. All hail, Amanda Morin! We are not worthy.

06:30 Household Emergencies — Your lessons from today's episodes: 1) Make sure your burners are off before you call the gas company about a leak; 2) Restrain your pets before anything with a siren stops by; 3) Be really clear about what's at stake in an insect allergy situation; 4) When a polite Canadian says, "I think there's something of yours down here in my apartment," she really means her basement is full of your ... well, you'll have to listen to find out, but if you're queasy, you might want to skip from about 17:30 to the next topic.

24:11 Italy With Kids — Catherine spent two weeks in Italy with her teen and tween and lived to tell the tale (and make it home with a crossbow). Listen to her travelogue along with us. 

33:31 Interview Rerun — Last year, pediatric OT Meghan Corridan gave us some tips for surviving the Fourth with your child (especially kids with sensory issues), and we figured you could use it again this year. For links mentioned in the interview, go to the post for the original airing.

45:28 Shameless Self-Promotion — Amanda wants you to follow her on her fancy-pants newly verified Twitter and Facebook accounts; Terri wants to make sure you listened to the Round 2 about her #Ham4Ham pilgrimage with Kathy Ceceri; Nicole has an article up on different definitions of inclusion; and Catherine directs you to her article on how to get kids to drink more water.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to for the full recap experience.