Tasty Treats to Whip Up When a Friend Comes Over

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There’s nothing better than eating good food with good friends, am I right? Before kids, Josh and I were always entertaining! We loved throwing dinner parties, cocktail hours, and seasonal parties. One year, my best friend Lauren and I threw an epic scary movie night for Halloween. These days, I mostly just host play dates and small groups from church. But I still love planning out snacks for my guests. If you’re looking for a few good recipes that will show your friends you care, here are a few ideas for tasty treats to whip up when a friend comes over. 

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Tips for Keeping in Touch With Elderly Relatives

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Getting older can be difficult. Loosing your independence, not being able to drive, aches and pains, and not being able to move around as easily – these can all be difficult things to accept. For this reason, many elderly people can get very lonely and feel isolated from loved ones. Life can be busy, and although we’re already juggling looking after children, work, hobbies, a social life and household duties, it’s so important to make time for our elderly loved ones. After all, these are the people that helped to raise us and make sure we were well looked after as children. Here are some of the ways you can stay in close contact with your elderly loved ones, and show them you care. 

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Visit Them In Person

Planning to see your loved ones on a regular basis is something they are sure to appreciate. And don’t come empty handed! Bring them some groceries, flowers, or a home-cooked meal. Have your kids color or paint a picture. Or make them a cakeMy grandmother loves when we bring stacks of pictures for her to keep and look through once we’ve left. You can also help out with some cleaning, or other chores or tasks that might be difficult for them. This will show them how much you care. 

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My kids with my 93-year-old Grandma. Isn’t she beautiful? You can’t tell by looking at Graham’s face in this picture, but he and Maddie both LOVE their Great-Grandma Lucy. It makes me so happy to see them all together.

Invite Them Out

As well as visiting them in their own home, getting elderly loved ones out of the house can be very beneficial for them too. We all get tired of hanging out around the house! You could set a date, whether it’s once a week or once a month, and do something special. Book a table at a restaurant, or cook a meal at your home. You could invite all other family members too, and make an occasion of it.

Send a Postcard

Sending a postcard doesn’t have to be something you do when you are away on a trip. Any picture can be transformed into a photo postcard these days just using an app. If you manage to snap a particularly good picture you know they will love, send it to their door with a nice message. It’s a sweet and thoughtful way to show them they’re on your mind. Super easy and inexpensive!

Teach Them How To Use The Internet

One of the best things you can do for elderly loved ones these days is to teach them how to use the internet. You could set up Skypeso they can video call family. You can show them how to send emails, and set up social media sites for them. Being able to keep up to date with what everyone in the family is doing helps them to stay far more connected. While this shouldn’t be the only way you keep in contact, it can be useful for them day to day, especially when they aren’t able to get out and about as much as they once did.

 

How do you make sure elderly loved ones don’t get lonely and isolated, even when your own life gets busy?

 

3 Easy Ways To Make A Nutritious and Delicious Packed Lunch

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I don’t know about you, but I hate packing lunches! We all want our kids to be eating a balanced diet, but constantly coming up with new, healthy, and exciting lunches is no easy feat. In fact, Frodo’s march on Mordor was probably a more desirable challenge. Ha! It isn’t just because our imagination is lacking or time is short, but also because most of us can’t imagine our kids would be happy to open up a lunch box full of edamame beans, kale, and spinach.

So if you’re stuck in a rut with your kid’s lunches, check out some of the tips below. I’ve got some “simple to make” and “scrumptious to eat” ideas that can take your lunch boxes out of the realm of dull and unhealthy, and into the world of delicious and nutritious!

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5 Thoughts I Had While Spending 2 Hours at Chick-fil-A

I love Chick-fil-A. They have some tasty, tasty food, decent coffee, and great customer service. And those milkshakes? Oh yeah!! But best of all, they have an indoor, climate controlled play area where my wild children can burn some energy while I sit and take a much needed mom-break.

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But there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. On Tuesday, we spent 2 hours at Chick-fil-A. I took the kids to play and have dinner since Dada was traveling for work. And I have to say, that 2 hours is too long to spend at any restaurant with kids, even Chick-fil-A.

5 Thoughts I Had While Spending 2 Hours at Chick-fil-A:

1. Chick-fil-A is the only place where it’s socially acceptable to let a bunch of young children run around a restaurant barefoot. And go to the bathroom barefoot. #gross

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2. When another parent walks into the tiny, enclosed play area that smells of toddler sweat, bare feet, and dirty diapers, and has at least 5 ice-cream-high-induced monkeys…er…kids running around, jumping, and screaming, I want to say to them, “Welcome to Hell.”

3. Forget frosted coffee and lemonade. What we really need up in here is some frosty alcoholic beverages.

Me: “Can I get a margarita?”

Chick-fil-a employee: “Of course! My pleasure!”

4. Is that my kid licking the slide? OMG she is!!! “Stop!!! Don’t lick the slide!!” Gag me.

5. When I get to the point in my life where I don’t have to stop, mid-bite, into my spicy chicken sandwich to hop up and go wipe someone else’s butt…that will be a good day.

 

So I learned my lesson. 2 hours is too much at Chick-fil-A. Unless they really do start serving margaritas…

Do you think that the cows would tell us to eat more chicken AND drink more tequila? Because I’d be all about that.

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Homemade Pasta Using the KitchenAid Mixer

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I mentioned in the recipe for my caramelized onion bolognese that we served the sauce over homemade pasta. If you’ve never made homemade pasta – you should at least try it once. It’s not that hard – I promise! Our kids love helping us make pasta, almost as much as they love eating it!

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Although on this day, Maddie was the only one interested in cooking. Graham decided he would rather play on the iPad. Silly boy.

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