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Monday, July 13, 2020

Not Just a Mom-- Girl Time

Good morning friends and happy Monday! Today we have our next Not Just a Mom post and the theme for this month is "girl time". I love this theme because I think "girl time" is something that we all probably took for granted pre-kids and now that we are moms, we struggle to get enough "girl time" in. 
👆So true, and so important!

It is getting harder as I get older to find time to spend with my friends. Most of us have kids now, houses we need to take care of, more demanding jobs, etc. I know it is easy to put off that phone call, that glass of wine you were going to grab, etc. but the more you say "I'll just catch you next time", the less likely you are to get invited in the future. Keeping up with girlfriends takes effort, but it is 100% worth it! Here are a couple tips I have found that help me to still end up consistently spending time with friends:
- Schedule a LUNCH date-- I don't know about you and your friends, but with my girls if we schedule something at the end of the day, something inevitably comes up for at least one of us and that person bails. If we plan to meet earlier in the day, before the day gets hectic/crazy/we get tired, we are more likely to keep the scheduled date. Some of my favorite things to do with girlfriends is to go for a morning walk with our kiddos, take our kids to the pool together, go to a playground together, etc. My favorite activity for adults-only time is to schedule a Saturday or Sunday morning brunch with friends.
- Schedule a time to call friends-- We've all been there, you've been playing phone tag with a close friend but one of you is always busy when the phone rings and you just can't answer. My girlfriend who lives in Chicago always used to call on her way home from work, which just so happened to be when I was trying to cook dinner and needed to pay attention to what I was doing. We kept going back and forth on calls but always ended up missing each other. I suggest finding a time that works for both you and your friend, and schedule it just like you would any other date you wouldn't want to miss!
Low-Key Activities Can Be the Best Activities-- Sometimes you don't need to schedule anything in advance, and that's great! I can't tell you how many times I've sent out a mass text message to several girlfriends saying "hey, I know this is last minute but we are going to ______ if anybody wants to come!" and usually somebody ends up joining. That obviously doesn't work for everybody on a given day, but if you do it often enough it can work for everybody at some point.

It's so important to put the effort in to keeping up with your friendships. Hanging out with or talking to friends is something I always come away from feeling rejuvenated. 

Thanks so much for reading along today!! Be sure to link up below if you also wrote a post about girl time. I can't wait to see how you do "girl time"! Be sure to come back next month for "Back to School Freedom"... I guess we will have to see how that looks for all of us at this time next month??

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Books I Read in the Month of June

Good morning everyone!! Hope you had a great week and that you have some fun plans in your future for the weekend. We are still soaking up some sun at the beach and I'll tell ya, we are going to have some trouble prying these kids off the beach on their last day. It turns out I have two beach bums for kids 😀
This month I was able to squeeze 3 books in. Let's have a look, shall we? 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Honey Balsamic Grilled Carrots

We are on a big honey balsamic kick lately and I am not upset about it! This honey balsamic glaze is so simple to make and adds a bunch of flavor to our food. The next time you are looking for a veggie to throw on your grill, give these a try!
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Monthly Goals-- July

Good morning everyone! I hope your July has been off to a great start. We are still at the beach and are having a blast soaking up the sun. I wanted to pop on and share my goals for the upcoming month because you ladies help to keep me accountable! This month is going to fly by because we have two weeks at the beach, then have family coming in town for Liam's rescheduled baptism. He was supposed to be baptized in March, but then everything shut down due to COVID and we had to reschedule. Here's hoping we are still able to do it 🙏.

Here's a look at my goals for the month:
Monday, July 6, 2020

Favorite Healthy Costco Finds

If you haven't noticed, the blog has a little bit of a different look and a different name. If you want to know more about that, click here. Otherwise, keep on reading!!

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a wonderful 4th weekend!! Our day was spent at the beach and looked a lot like this: