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Hey, friend! I’m Tonya and I launched Two In Tow & On The Go in 2017 to share pictures, tips, and stories to inspire parents to get out of the house with their kids. I’m a writer, stay-at-home mom and, hopefully, your new go-to account on Instagram 😎. I also work with family-related brands and share all things #momlife, including my comfy fashion looks from time to time.
My newspaper reporter background makes me different from the crowd. Writing makes me happy, and you’ll often find me reflecting on life and motherhood here.
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 my own writing path.
That was a big, scary change. But after 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 around town. I needed a creative outlet that I could involve them in, and this blog was it!
Finding My Voice
So I launched this site. And what actually unfolded afterward was pretty unexpected. For one, promoting my blog post on Instagram led me to several influencer gigs, which I didn’t even know was a thing. And second, blogging forced me to go out on my own as a writer – a very freeing experience of stepping out from behind the newspaper. Of finding my own voice. I’ll never regret that I did that for myself, and for my family. Plus, like I said before, 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.