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Two In Tow & On The Go features pictures, tips, and stories that inspire parents to get out of the house with their kids. When we’re stuck inside, I work with family-related brands and share all things #momlife, including comfy fashion looks.
My newspaper reporter background makes me different from the crowd. When brands work with me on Instagram, they get caption-worthy experiences, quality photography, and a mindful strategy for creating thoughtful dialogue with an engaged group of mamas in the parenting niche. My ladies love discount codes, giveaways, and chatting!
On this blog, brands get journalism-quality blog posts with original photography, an authentic personal story, and an easy-to-read layout.
Before The Blog
Before I started Two In Tow, I was a city government reporter for The Tribune newspaper in San Luis Obispo, Calif. I loved being in the newsroom and I was there for 12 years. But when Wyatt was born. the reality hit that childcare for two out-priced my paycheck by quite a bit. So I decided to stay home with the kids, drop daycare, and explore other writing paths.
That a big change. I had always worked, and not working felt super strange. I longed for a creative outlet. Within the first 6 months of juggling a newborn and a two-year-old, I was already brainstorming ideas for a community travel blog that showed readers the places I took the kids to around town.
Finding My Voice
Blogging forced me to go out on my own as a writer – a very freeing experience of stepping out from behind the newspaper and finding my own voice. Of writing for me. I’ll never regret that I did this for myself, and for my family. Plus, writing makes me happy. And that’s worth a lot.
This is what I wrote in 2017 as my very first blog post, about why I started:
I started this blog because sometimes you just have to get out of the house.
The days when you’re a short-order cook/nonstop cleaner-upper/sibling referee. The days when you have to brush your teeth in the kitchen because the small children stick their hands in the toilet every chance they get. The days when you just can’t even. So I mad grab for little person shoes and socks and snacks and waters, click the kids in their car seats and GO. And we go to lots of places. Some successfully, some not.
And yeah, it’ll probably suck getting there. The kids might cry for most of the car ride (mine do). You’ll have to listen to the same 16 nursery rhymes on repeat. Your toddler will whine for the snack you don’t have or can’t reach or is the one thing you brought for yourself.
But you’re going somewhere. You’re trying. You’re making memories. There’s laughter and sweet pudgy hands holding yours and you feel all the parenting feels.
So my idea with this blog is to show you our adventures – but also tell it like it is. I’ll share the good, the bad, and the just plain crazy on those no-nap days. I post pictures and all the deets so you have what you need to try the adventure, too.
Overall, I’ll show you that the struggle to raise kids is real for all of us, but there’s still a ton of fun out there.
If you want to check it out, my collection of past journalism work is posted at www.tonyastrickland.com.