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Weekend links

And a special shoutout goes to Kia. Yes, Kia. The car brand. They’ve actually sponsored this Blue Bike Ridealong by letting our family drive a 2015 Sorento up to New York City and back to Austin, and for this 11-year-old minivan-driving family (who happily does so, by the way), the experience has been surreal.

kids in the kia

Heated seats? Bluetooth capability (aka, movies on the iPad connect to the built-in car speakers)? A full-length sunroof? An SUV that’s actually SIX SEATS but is still small? Yes, please. Trust us, we’re easily pleased with doors that all work and an AC knob that doesn’t have a penny permanently wedged inside, so this is a serious treat. Thanks, Kia people.

This afternoon we’ll be in Nashville—we’d love to meet you! The Well Coffeehouse, 3-5 p.m., the whole family welcome. Buy a drink, bring your book if you want it signed, and let’s hang out! And then tomorrow (Sunday, February 16) we’ll be at Amelie’s French Bakery—the downtown Charlotte one—from 4-6 p.m. Same thing: bring your book and family, buy a pastry, and let’s chat!

I’m also loving all your #NotesFromaBlueBike Instagrams! Don’t forget, you have until the 17th to IG a pic of you and the book or an actual blue bike, and one person a day will win an Enjoy the Ride necklace from Lisa Leonard!

“Start wherever you are and start small.” -Rita Baily

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. That vehicle sounds amazing! Happy touring!

  2. What a perfect gift for your family! Our pastor used to loan us his van to drive to Maine for family vacation in the summer. It was bigger than ours and allowed us to take friends (and their luggage) with us. And it played movies, which was just completely amazing. 😉 Working doors are the best though! Haha.

  3. I loved the post at your personal website about the IF:Gathering and your thoughts on a more global gathering! Loved. It.

  4. Hey… Just to clarify, there IS an Amelie’s uptown but it’s a petite version and when I called, they said you would not be there today. In case anyone is confused, I’m pretty sure it’s still at the NoDa location.

  5. Loved the “We Can’t be Friends,” post – oh, how I loved it! I have to consistently remind myself when having people over that it’s about relationship, not about the state of my house, the food I serve/don’t serve, how perfectly my kids do/don’t behave, etc. It’s about relationship – and I think the same thing when I go over to someone else’s home. Thx for sharing the post.

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