Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

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Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

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Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

I love a good list. LOVE. THEM. A few years ago, I covered our kitchen chalkboard in this epic Summer Bucket List.

That was two years ago and it was perfect for the sort of summer I wanted for my kids. They were the perfect age to go DO ALL THE THINGS! No more diaper bags. Everyone could make it through the day without a nap. I had just left a job where I had been working full-time, outside of my house and I felt like I was missing out.

It was time to pack in the fun!

 

And we did. It was so great and I’m so glad we did it.

But as my kids have gotten just a bit older, I’m ready to shift gears a little bit.

To shift from “Entertainment Director” to “Life Coach.”

It sounds so boring, right?

As if I’ll be asking my kids to spend the summer grinding their own wheat and beating their clothes on rocks to clean them.

Here me out.

For the last few years, the “Summer Bucket List” or “Holiday Fun List” has been a study in my ability to conduct expert Google searches for entertainment and activities and “must see” events.

But I’ve noticed that we’re tip-toeing into a world where my kids arise from bed every morning wondering what wonderful thing we’ve prepared for them today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wonderful things. BIG. FAN. (Just went to Disneyland, so I’m not trying to pretend I’m not all about the magic.) But I’m also a big believer in boredom as a creativity booster.

Also; there are no Entertainment Directors when you’re a grown up. Life is not always a non-stop party and I want my kids to learn these critical skills:

  1. Connecting with people.
  2. Finding the joy in everyday things.

 

I decided to rethink our Summer Bucket List.

Instead of “what should we do?” I asked “what do I want to get out of this summer?”

  • Quality time and connection.
  • Practice skills for a happy life.
  • Practice being a big kid.

This shift means that instead of a long list of ticketed activities, I’ve got a summer bucket list that looks something like this:

Teach the kids “slow fun.”

Screen-free old school fun; puzzles, board games, cards, reading in the shade. If you don’t bust out the board games, how are your kids going to learn the art of trash-talking, or how darn smart their Grandpa is, or how sneaky their Grandma can be. My kids come from a long-line of card players—they need to be properly trained. Those are the moments that connect you to your family and reinforce how to have fun, without a screen.

Spend time with our extended family.

Sunday BBQ’s, cook with Grandma, camping and visits with our extended family. Traditions are built one Sunday, and one summer at a time. More people knowing, loving, and enriching the lives of my kids is a good thing.

Connection to the neighborhood.

Knock on doors, use up all the sidewalk chalk, share our popsicles. Those are the things that really belong on a summer bucket list. I’m not setting up “playdates” or texting to make arrangements to play. They need to figure this stuff out.

Appreciation and exposure to the outdoors.

Hike, go to the lake, hit the bike trail, post-dinner walks to the park, dinner picnics in the mountains. We are lucky to live 25 minutes away from straight-up wilderness, we should be taking advantage of it more.

Room to be creative with their time!

Protect downtime and provide open access to craft supplies and the blanket fort box. “Boredom” breeds some of the most entertaining creative play I’ve ever had the privilege to eavesdrop on. 

Learn a few routines and responsibilities.

Standard chores, help with big projects, work for hire. I’ve not been consistent with chores and now sometimes my kids simply walk away from their dinner plate and, OH HECK NO, that’s not going to work for me. Or for them in the long term.

Skills for a happy life.

Cooking nutritious meals, eating outside, watching sunsets, sitting on the porch and enjoying a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Yes, I realize most of those revolve around food. But food is an absolutely GLORIOUS part of life and I want my kids to be able to cook delicious food for themselves one day.

To try new things and challenge ourselves.

Try the climbing gym. Try a slack line. Train for the next Taekwondo tournament. My kids are well out of that window where everything is new and hard and takes so much work to master—remember when we were pumped when our kids learned to walk? I want them to have a chance to be a beginner again. Brave is a muscle. You have to use it to keep it.

Do FUN Things with our tribe.

Meet our friends at the food truck park. Take a small army of moms and kids to the lake. Driveway fireworks party with the neighbors. Family is wonderful, but the family you pick? Those people are magic.

Serve others.

Think of ways to help, surprise, and dish up joy to the friends, family, and even strangers in our lives. Learn how good it feels to do something because you know that someone is going to feel special because of your efforts.

So, maybe this isn’t the big dazzling summer bucket list you were hoping for when you clicked on this post, but I’m looking forward to a summer of spending less; less money, less time on screens, and less time hustling.

And getting more;

More quality time together.
More feeling like I’m helping raise my kids into wonderful adults.
More memories with the people we love.

There is such a huge benefit for kids when families can focus their energy and finances on experiences over things. (Kalli wrote a fantastic post about this around Christmas time. Go read it.)

Other posts you might enjoy…

Planning a Family Vacation? When Should You Begin?

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Road Trip

On the Ugly Business of Comparison: A Letter to Us Moms

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Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

I love a good list. LOVE. THEM. A few years ago, I covered our kitchen chalkboard in this epic Summer Bucket List.

That was two years ago and it was perfect for the sort of summer I wanted for my kids. They were the perfect age to go DO ALL THE THINGS! No more diaper bags. Everyone could make it through the day without a nap. I had just left a job where I had been working full-time, outside of my house and I felt like I was missing out.

It was time to pack in the fun!

 

And we did. It was so great and I’m so glad we did it.

But as my kids have gotten just a bit older, I’m ready to shift gears a little bit.

To shift from “Entertainment Director” to “Life Coach.”

It sounds so boring, right?

As if I’ll be asking my kids to spend the summer grinding their own wheat and beating their clothes on rocks to clean them.

Here me out.

For the last few years, the “Summer Bucket List” or “Holiday Fun List” has been a study in my ability to conduct expert Google searches for entertainment and activities and “must see” events.

But I’ve noticed that we’re tip-toeing into a world where my kids arise from bed every morning wondering what wonderful thing we’ve prepared for them today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wonderful things. BIG. FAN. (Just went to Disneyland, so I’m not trying to pretend I’m not all about the magic.) But I’m also a big believer in boredom as a creativity booster.

Also; there are no Entertainment Directors when you’re a grown up. Life is not always a non-stop party and I want my kids to learn these critical skills:

  1. Connecting with people.
  2. Finding the joy in everyday things.

 

I decided to rethink our Summer Bucket List.

Instead of “what should we do?” I asked “what do I want to get out of this summer?”

  • Quality time and connection.
  • Practice skills for a happy life.
  • Practice being a big kid.

This shift means that instead of a long list of ticketed activities, I’ve got a summer bucket list that looks something like this:

Teach the kids “slow fun.”

Screen-free old school fun; puzzles, board games, cards, reading in the shade. If you don’t bust out the board games, how are your kids going to learn the art of trash-talking, or how darn smart their Grandpa is, or how sneaky their Grandma can be. My kids come from a long-line of card players—they need to be properly trained. Those are the moments that connect you to your family and reinforce how to have fun, without a screen.

Spend time with our extended family.

Sunday BBQ’s, cook with Grandma, camping and visits with our extended family. Traditions are built one Sunday, and one summer at a time. More people knowing, loving, and enriching the lives of my kids is a good thing.

Connection to the neighborhood.

Knock on doors, use up all the sidewalk chalk, share our popsicles. Those are the things that really belong on a summer bucket list. I’m not setting up “playdates” or texting to make arrangements to play. They need to figure this stuff out.

Appreciation and exposure to the outdoors.

Hike, go to the lake, hit the bike trail, post-dinner walks to the park, dinner picnics in the mountains. We are lucky to live 25 minutes away from straight-up wilderness, we should be taking advantage of it more.

Room to be creative with their time!

Protect downtime and provide open access to craft supplies and the blanket fort box. “Boredom” breeds some of the most entertaining creative play I’ve ever had the privilege to eavesdrop on. 

Learn a few routines and responsibilities.

Standard chores, help with big projects, work for hire. I’ve not been consistent with chores and now sometimes my kids simply walk away from their dinner plate and, OH HECK NO, that’s not going to work for me. Or for them in the long term.

Skills for a happy life.

Cooking nutritious meals, eating outside, watching sunsets, sitting on the porch and enjoying a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Yes, I realize most of those revolve around food. But food is an absolutely GLORIOUS part of life and I want my kids to be able to cook delicious food for themselves one day.

To try new things and challenge ourselves.

Try the climbing gym. Try a slack line. Train for the next Taekwondo tournament. My kids are well out of that window where everything is new and hard and takes so much work to master—remember when we were pumped when our kids learned to walk? I want them to have a chance to be a beginner again. Brave is a muscle. You have to use it to keep it.

Do FUN Things with our tribe.

Meet our friends at the food truck park. Take a small army of moms and kids to the lake. Driveway fireworks party with the neighbors. Family is wonderful, but the family you pick? Those people are magic.

Serve others.

Think of ways to help, surprise, and dish up joy to the friends, family, and even strangers in our lives. Learn how good it feels to do something because you know that someone is going to feel special because of your efforts.

So, maybe this isn’t the big dazzling summer bucket list you were hoping for when you clicked on this post, but I’m looking forward to a summer of spending less; less money, less time on screens, and less time hustling.

And getting more;

More quality time together.
More feeling like I’m helping raise my kids into wonderful adults.
More memories with the people we love.

There is such a huge benefit for kids when families can focus their energy and finances on experiences over things. (Kalli wrote a fantastic post about this around Christmas time. Go read it.)

Other posts you might enjoy…

Planning a Family Vacation? When Should You Begin?

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Road Trip

On the Ugly Business of Comparison: A Letter to Us Moms

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Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

I love a good list. LOVE. THEM. A few years ago, I covered our kitchen chalkboard in this epic Summer Bucket List.

That was two years ago and it was perfect for the sort of summer I wanted for my kids. They were the perfect age to go DO ALL THE THINGS! No more diaper bags. Everyone could make it through the day without a nap. I had just left a job where I had been working full-time, outside of my house and I felt like I was missing out.

It was time to pack in the fun!

 

And we did. It was so great and I’m so glad we did it.

But as my kids have gotten just a bit older, I’m ready to shift gears a little bit.

To shift from “Entertainment Director” to “Life Coach.”

It sounds so boring, right?

As if I’ll be asking my kids to spend the summer grinding their own wheat and beating their clothes on rocks to clean them.

Here me out.

For the last few years, the “Summer Bucket List” or “Holiday Fun List” has been a study in my ability to conduct expert Google searches for entertainment and activities and “must see” events.

But I’ve noticed that we’re tip-toeing into a world where my kids arise from bed every morning wondering what wonderful thing we’ve prepared for them today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wonderful things. BIG. FAN. (Just went to Disneyland, so I’m not trying to pretend I’m not all about the magic.) But I’m also a big believer in boredom as a creativity booster.

Also; there are no Entertainment Directors when you’re a grown up. Life is not always a non-stop party and I want my kids to learn these critical skills:

  1. Connecting with people.
  2. Finding the joy in everyday things.

 

I decided to rethink our Summer Bucket List.

Instead of “what should we do?” I asked “what do I want to get out of this summer?”

  • Quality time and connection.
  • Practice skills for a happy life.
  • Practice being a big kid.

This shift means that instead of a long list of ticketed activities, I’ve got a summer bucket list that looks something like this:

Teach the kids “slow fun.”

Screen-free old school fun; puzzles, board games, cards, reading in the shade. If you don’t bust out the board games, how are your kids going to learn the art of trash-talking, or how darn smart their Grandpa is, or how sneaky their Grandma can be. My kids come from a long-line of card players—they need to be properly trained. Those are the moments that connect you to your family and reinforce how to have fun, without a screen.

Spend time with our extended family.

Sunday BBQ’s, cook with Grandma, camping and visits with our extended family. Traditions are built one Sunday, and one summer at a time. More people knowing, loving, and enriching the lives of my kids is a good thing.

Connection to the neighborhood.

Knock on doors, use up all the sidewalk chalk, share our popsicles. Those are the things that really belong on a summer bucket list. I’m not setting up “playdates” or texting to make arrangements to play. They need to figure this stuff out.

Appreciation and exposure to the outdoors.

Hike, go to the lake, hit the bike trail, post-dinner walks to the park, dinner picnics in the mountains. We are lucky to live 25 minutes away from straight-up wilderness, we should be taking advantage of it more.

Room to be creative with their time!

Protect downtime and provide open access to craft supplies and the blanket fort box. “Boredom” breeds some of the most entertaining creative play I’ve ever had the privilege to eavesdrop on. 

Learn a few routines and responsibilities.

Standard chores, help with big projects, work for hire. I’ve not been consistent with chores and now sometimes my kids simply walk away from their dinner plate and, OH HECK NO, that’s not going to work for me. Or for them in the long term.

Skills for a happy life.

Cooking nutritious meals, eating outside, watching sunsets, sitting on the porch and enjoying a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Yes, I realize most of those revolve around food. But food is an absolutely GLORIOUS part of life and I want my kids to be able to cook delicious food for themselves one day.

To try new things and challenge ourselves.

Try the climbing gym. Try a slack line. Train for the next Taekwondo tournament. My kids are well out of that window where everything is new and hard and takes so much work to master—remember when we were pumped when our kids learned to walk? I want them to have a chance to be a beginner again. Brave is a muscle. You have to use it to keep it.

Do FUN Things with our tribe.

Meet our friends at the food truck park. Take a small army of moms and kids to the lake. Driveway fireworks party with the neighbors. Family is wonderful, but the family you pick? Those people are magic.

Serve others.

Think of ways to help, surprise, and dish up joy to the friends, family, and even strangers in our lives. Learn how good it feels to do something because you know that someone is going to feel special because of your efforts.

So, maybe this isn’t the big dazzling summer bucket list you were hoping for when you clicked on this post, but I’m looking forward to a summer of spending less; less money, less time on screens, and less time hustling.

And getting more;

More quality time together.
More feeling like I’m helping raise my kids into wonderful adults.
More memories with the people we love.

There is such a huge benefit for kids when families can focus their energy and finances on experiences over things. (Kalli wrote a fantastic post about this around Christmas time. Go read it.)

Other posts you might enjoy…

Planning a Family Vacation? When Should You Begin?

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Road Trip

On the Ugly Business of Comparison: A Letter to Us Moms

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This Kind of Summer Travel is NOT Kid Friendly (and we’re good with that)

For the last few weeks of school, all anyone can talk about is where your family is headed once that final bell rings. And, inevitably, you’ll answer with your plans to take the kids, uh, wherever the hell it is they’re dragging you this year. (How did they get put in charge of summer vacation anyhow?)

But might I suggest a few types of travel this summer where you ditch the kids at Grandma’s and strike out with only other grownups? No packing more diaper bags than suitcases, no fighting tired toddlers in airports, no obnoxious teenagers taking more pics for Instagram than one could possibly post…

Oh, you’re convinced? Okay, here we go:

The Looooooove Boat

Ryan Gosling Kiss GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

It’s the all-important cruise to reconnect with your significant other. Like, reconnect reconnect. You know…reconnect. Yeah, you get it. Plus, you can talk about things other than kids and remember that you are in fact a worthwhile and semi-cool human being even when no one is hanging from your legs crying about a fruit rollup.

The Girls Trip

Parks And Rec Television GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

That’s right, you DO have grown up friends still! And you know where you should take them? Disneyland. Now, personally, I’d rather die than stand in eternal lines with trillions of other people, swassing up a real slick storm—hard pass. But apparently there’s really something to hitting the most magical place on earth with your best GFs instead of your whiney kids. Check out the legit evidence here.

The Couples Getaway

Friends Tv Applause GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

An oceanfront cottage in Maine? Maybe a little Airbnb outside Prague. You choose the destination—near or far, but grab your best couple friends and live it up like you’re back in college. Stay out late, be a little reckless—the kids will never have to know!

Mama Goes Solo

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Happy Dance GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Whether you’re a weekend-at-the-spa kind of mama or a backpack-the-Pacific-Crest-Trail kind, the key is—fly solo. Take hours doing your hair and makeup just to read your book on the hotel balcony, sleep in til noon, go dancing til dawn. Whatever it is you WANT—do that thing. You deserve it, mama. And you deserve to do it without worrying about whether or not you deserve it. Because you do. I promise.

See More on TodaysMama!

Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

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This Kind of Summer Travel is NOT Kid Friendly (and we’re good with that)

For the last few weeks of school, all anyone can talk about is where your family is headed once that final bell rings. And, inevitably, you’ll answer with your plans to take the kids, uh, wherever the hell it is they’re dragging you this year. (How did they get put in charge of summer vacation anyhow?)

But might I suggest a few types of travel this summer where you ditch the kids at Grandma’s and strike out with only other grownups? No packing more diaper bags than suitcases, no fighting tired toddlers in airports, no obnoxious teenagers taking more pics for Instagram than one could possibly post…

Oh, you’re convinced? Okay, here we go:

The Looooooove Boat

Ryan Gosling Kiss GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

It’s the all-important cruise to reconnect with your significant other. Like, reconnect reconnect. You know…reconnect. Yeah, you get it. Plus, you can talk about things other than kids and remember that you are in fact a worthwhile and semi-cool human being even when no one is hanging from your legs crying about a fruit rollup.

The Girls Trip

Parks And Rec Television GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

That’s right, you DO have grown up friends still! And you know where you should take them? Disneyland. Now, personally, I’d rather die than stand in eternal lines with trillions of other people, swassing up a real slick storm—hard pass. But apparently there’s really something to hitting the most magical place on earth with your best GFs instead of your whiney kids. Check out the legit evidence here.

The Couples Getaway

Friends Tv Applause GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

An oceanfront cottage in Maine? Maybe a little Airbnb outside Prague. You choose the destination—near or far, but grab your best couple friends and live it up like you’re back in college. Stay out late, be a little reckless—the kids will never have to know!

Mama Goes Solo

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Happy Dance GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Whether you’re a weekend-at-the-spa kind of mama or a backpack-the-Pacific-Crest-Trail kind, the key is—fly solo. Take hours doing your hair and makeup just to read your book on the hotel balcony, sleep in til noon, go dancing til dawn. Whatever it is you WANT—do that thing. You deserve it, mama. And you deserve to do it without worrying about whether or not you deserve it. Because you do. I promise.

See More on TodaysMama!

Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

Scientific Proof That a Beyoncé Concert Could Literally Change Your Life

The post This Kind of Summer Travel is NOT Kid Friendly (and we’re good with that) appeared first on TodaysMama.

This Kind of Summer Travel is NOT Kid Friendly (and we’re good with that)

For the last few weeks of school, all anyone can talk about is where your family is headed once that final bell rings. And, inevitably, you’ll answer with your plans to take the kids, uh, wherever the hell it is they’re dragging you this year. (How did they get put in charge of summer vacation anyhow?)

But might I suggest a few types of travel this summer where you ditch the kids at Grandma’s and strike out with only other grownups? No packing more diaper bags than suitcases, no fighting tired toddlers in airports, no obnoxious teenagers taking more pics for Instagram than one could possibly post…

Oh, you’re convinced? Okay, here we go:

The Looooooove Boat

Ryan Gosling Kiss GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

It’s the all-important cruise to reconnect with your significant other. Like, reconnect reconnect. You know…reconnect. Yeah, you get it. Plus, you can talk about things other than kids and remember that you are in fact a worthwhile and semi-cool human being even when no one is hanging from your legs crying about a fruit rollup.

The Girls Trip

Parks And Rec Television GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

That’s right, you DO have grown up friends still! And you know where you should take them? Disneyland. Now, personally, I’d rather die than stand in eternal lines with trillions of other people, swassing up a real slick storm—hard pass. But apparently there’s really something to hitting the most magical place on earth with your best GFs instead of your whiney kids. Check out the legit evidence here.

The Couples Getaway

Friends Tv Applause GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

An oceanfront cottage in Maine? Maybe a little Airbnb outside Prague. You choose the destination—near or far, but grab your best couple friends and live it up like you’re back in college. Stay out late, be a little reckless—the kids will never have to know!

Mama Goes Solo

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Happy Dance GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Whether you’re a weekend-at-the-spa kind of mama or a backpack-the-Pacific-Crest-Trail kind, the key is—fly solo. Take hours doing your hair and makeup just to read your book on the hotel balcony, sleep in til noon, go dancing til dawn. Whatever it is you WANT—do that thing. You deserve it, mama. And you deserve to do it without worrying about whether or not you deserve it. Because you do. I promise.

See More on TodaysMama!

Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

Scientific Proof That a Beyoncé Concert Could Literally Change Your Life

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9 Things You Need To Do With Your Lady Friends {Like YESTERDAY}

 

Girls Night Out Ideas

This post is for all you mamas looking for some solid girls night out ideas, or those that just need a quick kick in the pants to make it all happen.

Listen, maybe you’re all ready good at these things. Taking all the time you need for yourself, getting out for some ME time, taking care of YOU. For those of us lost in the motherhood hustle, here are some of the best ways to spend time with your lady friends!

One of the key components — it’s time to start saying YES. 

As moms, I think we’ve gotten used to saying NO all day long.  We end up saying NO to ourselves inordinately as well. Here’s your friendly reminder of things to SAY YES to. 

Potluck

Do I sound like my mother? Who does a “potluck” anymore. Me and my friends. And it’s the best (especially if you have friends who can cook  . . . or friends who know where to buy the good foods that they can’t cook).  We do an annual “Friendsgiving”, birthday dinners, or random get togethers just because. 

Dance The Night Away

For me, the opportunity might present itself like a rare eclipse — but when it does — YOU MUST DANCE! Don’t sit it out, hit the dance floor and request all of the best 80’s and 90’s songs to get your feet moving.

Will you wake up feeling like you are 120? Probably. After my most recent dancecapade in Whistler Canada, I woke up with sore knees, hips, neck and back. Ibuprofen was in order (and a trip to the spa was probably justified too).  

Hit Up A Concert

I just reignited my concert going a couple of years ago and kicked things off with an epic Coldplay concert. I’d forgotten how amazing concerts are. They do something for the soul and there’s scientific proof it will make you live longer

Plan in advance for your favorite bands or simply decide to say YES next time someone has an extra ticket. My new philosophy on concerts is to just say YES. 

Get Out Of Town

Ever been to Disneyland with your girlfriends? No kids? It’s life changing. 

Whether it’s Disneyland, an epic road trip, a work trip turned weekend getaway or a jaunt to a hotel downtown with your gal pals to get away for just a night, some vacation time with your girl besties is just what the doctor ordered! 

Eat All The Things

Let’s be honest, it’s easier to hit up all the best restaurants WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOURSELF. And really, we’re never going to drag our kids to those places. That foodie bucket list you’ve got should be shared {and executed promptly} with your besties. 

Say Yes To Questionable Spa Treatments And Experiences

I mean, use your best judgement right? But some of the best {and funniest} spa experiences with friends have been the most random things we’ve done. 

On a recent work trip turned girlfriend getaway we ended up in Jamaica at an incredible spa. They had a hydro treatment that required us to move through all sorts of different experiences including jumping in to an ice cold pool {screaming our guts out}. 

That Chinese massage parlor on a random corner in Portland was the best spur of the moment decision I’ve ever made. 

The weird float spa pods that I talked everyone into were magical. 

That one time I talked my friend into doing some sort of colon cleanse because all of the other spa appointments were too booked was the most epic comedy recorded in history. It’s too messy to discus here, but let it be know that I will laugh until I cry every time she retells the story. 

Take Up A Sport

Let’s be age and ability appropriate. You might still be ready to rock an indoor soccer team or maybe it’s a bowling league. Tennis or golf anyone? Swimming or yoga? Racquetball? There is something out there for EVERYONE and time making your body move is time well spent. It’s even more tolerable with friends. 

Play Games

I mean, choose your speed. Your crew might be perfect for Bunko or a simple card game . . . OR Cards Against Humanity might be more your speed (only to be played when your children are 1,000 miles away from ear shot).  This game is rated R for Rad {and adult language and inappropriateness}. 

A Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Yep. You’re right. The theatre will likely be filled with the iridescent swoops of the glowing grey hair of the retired community. And you. You should be there too. 

Grab a babysitter, get your kids to school, take the afternoon off of work, grab your friends and PLAY HOOKIE! Catch a cheap movie and grab some good lunch. It’s amazing. 

 

BTW This Post Is Brought To You By One Of The Best Ladyship’s Out There

Melissa and Maya. 

They are the FUNNEST combination to watch together on screen. Melissa McCarthy’s new movie “Life of the Party” hits theatres this weekend and there is plenty of role modeling for what good friends do for each other. Things like play raquetball together, represent each other in legal situations, throw the perfect one liners at your ex, and encouraging you to spread your wings and fly (right back to college).

Here’s the thing. I got super lucky and was able to attend the premier of Life of the Party. I got inches of make up applied to my face, curls in my hair, and hit the red carpet in Auburn Alabama with loads of college kids from Auburn University (Go War Eagles)!

Look up there! There’s Melissa McCarthy and Julie Bowen, with a bunch of other amazing bloggers and lady friends. Melissa told me she liked me dress, so I guess we’re pretty much best friends. 

 

My only regret is that I didn’t have all of my lady friends with me. We would have died laughing together! Instead, I was dying laughing next to @FunnyAsianDude, one of the guys IN the movie — who was WONDERFUL but probably a little freaked out because I almost punched him several times as I was dying laughing (and clearly punch people when that happens to me). 

I saved photos of all the action on our Instagram page @TodaysMama — just look at our highlighted stories and you’ll see “Life of the Party” click through and you’ll see shots from the red carpet, the stars, the after party, the whole thing! {I’ll try to embed the video here but Instagram is being feisty and it won’t let me download it!}

Life of the Party is definitely the next Tuesday afternoon movie or Friday night out with your ladies that you need to schedule ASAP. {And if you are catching this late, it’s a great movie to pair with your potluck}! No excuses, get out there and have a girls night!

Bonus! Check out this fun interview with Melissa and Maya over on the LA Times! I heart them. 

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

This Mother’s Day weekend, Melissa McCarthy is the Life of the Party.

Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in
LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy no mom should miss – in theaters just
in time for Mother’s Day!

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna
(McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in
the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the
idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly
outspoken Deanna-now Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own
terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Rated PG-13

Official Channels – #LifeOfTheParty

Visit the Official Website 

Like ‘Life of the Party’ on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I got to attend the Life of the Party Premier in Auburn, Warner Brothers covered my travel and hotel,  I loved the movie and wanted to share! 

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9 Things You Need To Do With Your Lady Friends {Like YESTERDAY}

 

Girls Night Out Ideas

This post is for all you mamas looking for some solid girls night out ideas, or those that just need a quick kick in the pants to make it all happen.

Listen, maybe you’re all ready good at these things. Taking all the time you need for yourself, getting out for some ME time, taking care of YOU. For those of us lost in the motherhood hustle, here are some of the best ways to spend time with your lady friends!

One of the key components — it’s time to start saying YES. 

As moms, I think we’ve gotten used to saying NO all day long.  We end up saying NO to ourselves inordinately as well. Here’s your friendly reminder of things to SAY YES to. 

Potluck

Do I sound like my mother? Who does a “potluck” anymore. Me and my friends. And it’s the best (especially if you have friends who can cook  . . . or friends who know where to buy the good foods that they can’t cook).  We do an annual “Friendsgiving”, birthday dinners, or random get togethers just because. 

Dance The Night Away

For me, the opportunity might present itself like a rare eclipse — but when it does — YOU MUST DANCE! Don’t sit it out, hit the dance floor and request all of the best 80’s and 90’s songs to get your feet moving.

Will you wake up feeling like you are 120? Probably. After my most recent dancecapade in Whistler Canada, I woke up with sore knees, hips, neck and back. Ibuprofen was in order (and a trip to the spa was probably justified too).  

Hit Up A Concert

I just reignited my concert going a couple of years ago and kicked things off with an epic Coldplay concert. I’d forgotten how amazing concerts are. They do something for the soul and there’s scientific proof it will make you live longer

Plan in advance for your favorite bands or simply decide to say YES next time someone has an extra ticket. My new philosophy on concerts is to just say YES. 

Get Out Of Town

Ever been to Disneyland with your girlfriends? No kids? It’s life changing. 

Whether it’s Disneyland, an epic road trip, a work trip turned weekend getaway or a jaunt to a hotel downtown with your gal pals to get away for just a night, some vacation time with your girl besties is just what the doctor ordered! 

Eat All The Things

Let’s be honest, it’s easier to hit up all the best restaurants WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOURSELF. And really, we’re never going to drag our kids to those places. That foodie bucket list you’ve got should be shared {and executed promptly} with your besties. 

Say Yes To Questionable Spa Treatments And Experiences

I mean, use your best judgement right? But some of the best {and funniest} spa experiences with friends have been the most random things we’ve done. 

On a recent work trip turned girlfriend getaway we ended up in Jamaica at an incredible spa. They had a hydro treatment that required us to move through all sorts of different experiences including jumping in to an ice cold pool {screaming our guts out}. 

That Chinese massage parlor on a random corner in Portland was the best spur of the moment decision I’ve ever made. 

The weird float spa pods that I talked everyone into were magical. 

That one time I talked my friend into doing some sort of colon cleanse because all of the other spa appointments were too booked was the most epic comedy recorded in history. It’s too messy to discus here, but let it be know that I will laugh until I cry every time she retells the story. 

Take Up A Sport

Let’s be age and ability appropriate. You might still be ready to rock an indoor soccer team or maybe it’s a bowling league. Tennis or golf anyone? Swimming or yoga? Racquetball? There is something out there for EVERYONE and time making your body move is time well spent. It’s even more tolerable with friends. 

Play Games

I mean, choose your speed. Your crew might be perfect for Bunko or a simple card game . . . OR Cards Against Humanity might be more your speed (only to be played when your children are 1,000 miles away from ear shot).  This game is rated R for Rad {and adult language and inappropriateness}. 

A Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Yep. You’re right. The theatre will likely be filled with the iridescent swoops of the glowing grey hair of the retired community. And you. You should be there too. 

Grab a babysitter, get your kids to school, take the afternoon off of work, grab your friends and PLAY HOOKIE! Catch a cheap movie and grab some good lunch. It’s amazing. 

 

BTW This Post Is Brought To You By One Of The Best Ladyship’s Out There

Melissa and Maya. 

They are the FUNNEST combination to watch together on screen. Melissa McCarthy’s new movie “Life of the Party” hits theatres this weekend and there is plenty of role modeling for what good friends do for each other. Things like play raquetball together, represent each other in legal situations, throw the perfect one liners at your ex, and encouraging you to spread your wings and fly (right back to college).

Here’s the thing. I got super lucky and was able to attend the premier of Life of the Party. I got inches of make up applied to my face, curls in my hair, and hit the red carpet in Auburn Alabama with loads of college kids from Auburn University (Go War Eagles)!

Look up there! There’s Melissa McCarthy and Julie Bowen, with a bunch of other amazing bloggers and lady friends. Melissa told me she liked me dress, so I guess we’re pretty much best friends. 

 

My only regret is that I didn’t have all of my lady friends with me. We would have died laughing together! Instead, I was dying laughing next to @FunnyAsianDude, one of the guys IN the movie — who was WONDERFUL but probably a little freaked out because I almost punched him several times as I was dying laughing (and clearly punch people when that happens to me). 

I saved photos of all the action on our Instagram page @TodaysMama — just look at our highlighted stories and you’ll see “Life of the Party” click through and you’ll see shots from the red carpet, the stars, the after party, the whole thing! {I’ll try to embed the video here but Instagram is being feisty and it won’t let me download it!}

Life of the Party is definitely the next Tuesday afternoon movie or Friday night out with your ladies that you need to schedule ASAP. {And if you are catching this late, it’s a great movie to pair with your potluck}! No excuses, get out there and have a girls night!

Bonus! Check out this fun interview with Melissa and Maya over on the LA Times! I heart them. 

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

This Mother’s Day weekend, Melissa McCarthy is the Life of the Party.

Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in
LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy no mom should miss – in theaters just
in time for Mother’s Day!

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna
(McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in
the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the
idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly
outspoken Deanna-now Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own
terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Rated PG-13

Official Channels – #LifeOfTheParty

Visit the Official Website 

Like ‘Life of the Party’ on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I got to attend the Life of the Party Premier in Auburn, Warner Brothers covered my travel and hotel,  I loved the movie and wanted to share! 

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