A Perfect Excuse for the Connection You Need

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Life as a mom of young kids is challenging. Long days when they try your patience are hard. And even harder if you’re a military wife living abroad. Three years ago Katie moved to Japan, while her husband was stationed there in the U. S. Air Force. Even with the great community around her, she found it easy to forget to take a time out for her. Just before leaving Japan to return to the states, she got a girls night on the books and realized just how much she really needed that time to connect — once she did it. Here’s what she had to say…  Read more…

The Truth: Are Dinner Groups Really Worth the Work?

The Truths: Are Dinner Groups Worth the Work?

When people find out I’ve been in a dinner group that’s been going since 2009, they’re astonished – especially when they find out we’ve stuck to it through 4 moves, 2 weddings, 2 house renovations, 3 (soon to be 4) babies, career changes, and all sorts of other challenges  that would make any reasonable person bow out from having friends over for dinner. As you can imagine, there’s major curiosity about how we’ve made it work, so here’s a roundup of the questions I get asked most.  Read more…

The Ultimate Dinner Club Cheat

Want to start a dinner group? This kit has you covered.

You finally did it. Threw down the gauntlet. Decided THIS was the year you’re going to make more time for friends.

Starting a girls dinner group sounded super fun. But now it’s time to plan your first dinner! So what can you make that will impress your friends? And how are you gonna make this a night to remember? Read more…

How to Start a Dinner Group in 15 Minutes

Jump-start your dinner group in no time.

I’ve explained how my girlfriends and I made finding time for each other as easy and automatic as pouring our morning cup ‘o joe  — and, some of the things I let get in my way  of doing it even sooner.

But, even if you’re ready to create your own friendship routine, know exactly how to do it, and what obstacles to watch out for, 99% of you still won’t make it happen.

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How to Kill a Girls Night

Stop letting these get in the way

When I changed jobs in 2009 and found myself with breathing room in my schedule, I jumped at every chance I got to see friends. Happy hours, shopping and coffee dates…you name it…I was on a mission to make-up for lost time. I relished having a social life again! So imagine how pissed at myself I was when I realized I could have easily made time for them all along, even with a jam-packed schedule. Read more…

Sure Fire Way to See Friends More Often

How to Make Friendship a Habit

A few years ago, my social life was non-existent. I worked out of town Monday through Thursday, which meant I had to seriously prioritize my time on weekends. Sad to say, seeing friends was the first thing to go. Read more…