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Weekday evenings are the busiest time of day for my family. We have to do school/babysitter pickup, dinner, homework, and our bedtime routine – times 4 – all in just over 2 hours. It can be difficult to make evenings enjoyable and not just a rush to get everything done. I am always looking for creative ways to make ordinary moments extraordinary, and this week Goldfish crackers helped make that happen!

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I have started a new habit.  I wake up 15 minutes before the rest of the house so that I can brew a cup of coffee and start my day with some “me” time.  99% of my day is spent taking care of others (my kids, clients, husband, etc.) and I have learned that before I can take care of anyone else, I need to take care of myself. Sometimes I enjoy just sitting outside and reflecting, and other times I completing a relaxing task like coloring in my adult coloring books.  Either way, I always have my cup of coffee.

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Earlier this year I was introduced to Lulu + Stir, a coffee company that focuses on empowering women and supporting small family-owned farms.  As a “momtrepreneur” I have a soft spot for any business that supports local, small, and/or family-owned businesses AND empowering women.

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Lulu + Stir’s 6 signature brews are Be Bold, Be Calm, Be True, Be Brilliant, Be Different, and Be Chill.  All the brews are hand-roasted and shipped within 2 days of roasting to ensure you are getting the most fresh coffee available.  The packaging includes fun motivational quotes and you can sign up for a “Weekly Stir” newsletter sent on Sunday mornings with an “Ask Lulu” article and other empowering content.  You can place a onetime order, or set up a subscription so that you never run out of coffee.

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If you are not sure which brew you’d like to try most, Lulu + Stir offers a sampler pack so you can try one pot of each of the 5 hot brews!

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For a limited time only you can purchase the inaugural Coffee Lover’s Box!  A box chock full of coffee and coffee inspired goodies, the perfect gift for the coffee lover or treat for yourself. With a full-sized bag of Lulu + Stir’s signature Be True coffee blend, an eco-friendly travel mug, a beautiful bracelet, an advance copy of a great summer read (that’s not available to anyone but you until summer) and a host of yummy treats and goodies, it’s close to $200 worth of coffee-inspired goodness for $49.95. And shipping is free.

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It may seem silly to some, but I feel like starting my day with 15 minutes of me time and a cup of my favorite Lulu + Stir coffee really sets me up for success.  It makes me feel like I am ready to own the day – regardless of what life has in store for me.

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It’s Dr. Seuss Day! My Favorite Quote:

Dr. Seuss Mutual Weirdness

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and every year children throughout the world celebrate their favorite author by reading and discussing his books, completing cute crafts, and enjoying delicious Seuss-inspired snacks.

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I want to take the opportunity to share one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes with you.  It’s one that my husband and I used to announce our elopement back in 2012, and it now hangs on our living room wall.  Weirdness really defines our relationship and the quote never ceases to put a smile on my face.

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We’re all a little weird, and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them and form a mutual weirdness and call it love.     ~Dr. Seuss

Do you have a favorite Seuss quote, story, craft, recipe, or tradition?  I’d love to hear about it!

Surviving Marriage without Date Nights

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My dad managed our local movie theater when I was a kid – movies were a big part of my life then and they still hold a special place in my heart.  As cliche as it may be, my perfect date night is dinner and a movie.  With four wonderful children, however, date nights are few and far between.

The price of a date night grows exponentially when you factor in childcare for multiple children.  When I asked local moms how much they paid for “date night” sitters the range was from $10-15/hour per child – and even if I cut dinner out of our plans we’d need a solid 3+ hours of baby sitting to see a movie which could run me over $100 for babysitting services alone.  Who can afford that?!

So, how do we survive marriage without date nights?

UNPLUG

My husband is a gamer and I am a social media addict.  For a while we were in a rut where we would sit on our opposite couches with something random on the television, each pressing keys on our laptops until it was time for bed.  Now, we limit our computer time to about an hour.  It’s not a firm limit for us because as a self-employed entrepreneur and stay-at-home mom, sometimes I HAVE to be on the computer to get work done or meet a deadline… but we do our very best to work smarter, and stick to our limits.

PLUG IN

Every single night after unplugging from our computers we watch TV together.  We are Netflix lovers – so we are typically binge-watching a series, but sometimes we throw in a movie from Netflix or the Redbox.  I will admit that the shows we watch now are mostly up his alley – but over the course of our marriage I have learned to love a lot of “his” shows.  Right now we’re in the middle of Gotham and recently caught up on Arrow and The Flash.  I already have our next series picked out: Fuller House (yup, that’s one of my picks)!   Having a show we both look forward to and enjoy not only gives us something to look forward to each night, but it gives us something different to talk about too.

BE HONEST

If you are at a point where you need a break – whether that means a solo trip to the grocery store or someone else cooking dinner – be honest with yourself and your husband.  My husband and I don’t get date nights, but we do allow each other to take a break when it’s needed.  It’s important to remember that you can not take care of others if you are not taking care of yourself.

SWAP-A-SITTER

Another great idea is to find another family in the same boat that you are and set up a sitter swap.  Maybe once a month or every other week… come up with a plan that works for both of you and alternate watching all the kids so that each couple gets some alone time to watch a movie or take a nap!

 

I’d love to hear the ways that your marriage thrives without traditional date nights – or even the ways in which you keep the spark alive between date nights.