Unintentional Hiatus

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Hi friends!

I apologize for the lack of posting!

Today I am getting ready for the Wingman’s birthday party (someone tell me HOW is it possible that my little guy is two years old now??), but I hope to be back to posting very soon.  First up will be a recap of the Wingman’s Curious George party. :D

I hope you all are doing well!

-Bonnie

Mom’s Night Out

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It started in January when the base chapel was offering a movie night for Moms.  We watched Mom’s Night Out and they had tons of movie snacks and drinks.  It was a great night!!

So I thought….why stop there?  We should totally have a monthly Mom’s Night Out!  The next month, we started up our group and it has been so much fun and a great night out.

February – Favorite Things night!  I hosted a Favorite Things party, in which everyone had to bring their favorite snack to share as well as their favorite thing ($5 or under) for a gift exchange.  Each person brought 3 of their favorite things.  As everyone arrived, they wrote down their name on 3 pieces of paper and put it in the bowl.  When it came time for the exchange, everyone drew 3 papers and they are the people they would give their favorite things to.

I brought earrings from Gordman’s as my favorite thing.  It was kind of a 2 for 1, because I love earrings and I love Gordman’s.  Other favorite things that were brought were Eos chapstick, mascara, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, cupcakes, Throat Coat tea, etc.

We also played the game What’s On Your Phone? (I took ideas like this from online and created my own) and a Guess the Favorite Song game.  I had created a playlist with everyone’s favorite songs and we guessed who had picked each song.

It was a wonderful evening and a great start to our Mom’s Night Out!!

March – The group went to see the new Cinderella movie!

April – Sip and Paint.  Several of us went to one of those places that teach you how to paint.  I was very nervous because I have just about zero artistic ability, but it was so fun and it’s true that they make it easy so that literally anyone can do it!  We painted a field of tulips and enjoyed half priced wine!

May – One of the ladies had been to this board game cafe and suggested it for one of our night’s out.  It was SO fun.  They have over 1,000 board games to choose from as well as a wide assortment of beverages to enjoy.  We played Apples to Apples, Farkle, and Marrying Mr. Darcy.  Seriously, such a great night.  I definitely think that this board game cafe will be featured again in one of our night’s out. ;)

June – This month we are going to get massages!!!  I am way too excited about this, because I have never had a real massage before.  We’ll be going to the local massage school so it’s at a discounted price.

What do you think?  What kinds of things have you done on ladies night?

-Bonnie

Book Review: How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

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As much as I have talked about being intentional, it is still hard for me to get to know the people right next to me in my own neighborhood.  I have gotten to know my next door neighbor (yay for Mommy friends!!) and have chatted with the neighbors on the other side of our house….but that’s it.

Amy Lively’s book has some great suggestions and practical tips for getting to know your neighbors.  She even talks about ways to do that if you’re an extrovert…and ways to do it if you’re an introvert.

Her book was convicting, as I realized again that it is sometimes easier for me to love my figurative neighbor rather than my literal neighbor.  And her book was also exciting, as I came up with new ideas to love my neighbors.

From hosting a block party, to starting a Bible study, to creating a neighborhood watch, Amy has a lot of practical ideas to implement, as well as other resources and sources of encouragement.  Check out her site here.

I recommend this book if you have ever wondered how you can love your neighbors well…without being weird. ;)

Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review.

-Bonnie

300 Posts and a Giveaway! – CLOSED

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WHAT??  It’s our 300th post!!

And it’s time to celebrate!!!

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Who is up for a little giveaway?  :)

Remember Paparazzi jewelry that I posted about?
My latest obsession?
Well today you can win a $15 gift
certificate to shop Paparazzi!

Check out some of the awesome jewelry!

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(Note: I cannot guarantee that these exact pieces
will be available, as the winner will be shopping
from Jesskia’s Jewel’s Paparazzi inventory.)

To see some of the pieces I have purchased,
check out this post!

To enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me what your
favorite kind of jewelry is (earrings, necklaces, etc).

2.  Visit Jes’ Paparazzi site and leave a comment with
the link to a piece of jewelry that catches your eye.

3.  Comment on another post here on Life With You.
Leave a comment here with the name of the other post you
commented on.

So there are THREE ways to enter.  Please leave a separate
comment on this post for each entry that you complete.

One winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to
shop Jessika’s Jewels inventory.

Giveaway will close on June 11th.  The winner
will be drawn using random.org and announced on the 13th.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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I am a big proponent of social media.  And by social media I mostly mean Facebook, as that is the main site that I use.

Can it be a time waster?  Sure.  And I have gone through spells of spending more time than I should playing games (Castleville anyone?) or just mindlessly clicking refresh on my notifications.

But to me the pros far outweigh the cons.

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On Facebook, I can stay connected with people.  People from eons ago in my past, people from the state I grew up in, people from the state I lived in for two years…and now people from my current state.  I am tremendously thankful for that.  Moving can be very difficult and even though the Internet is a poor substitute for face to face talking…..it can also be a lifesaver.

On Facebook, I have connected with some great groups.  Whether it’s people from my Norwex team, my amazing July First-Time Moms group, or my healthy eating group…..they have all been beneficial.  There are great ways online to meet new people and make friendships.  Honestly I don’t think people believe me when I tell them that the Moms on my Moms page (about 100 strangers) are my friends.  Amazing how you can form a bond with people you haven’t even met (although I have now met 2 of these lovely ladies in real life!).

I feel like Facebook/social media often gets a bad rap since it is just a time waster.  “Get off Facebook and go talk to someone face to face and make real connections.”  I totally get the sentiment, and I definitely do think that our society is way too plugged in these days.  However, used well, Facebook can be very helpful.

You can even use a site like prayrlist.com and pray through your Facebook friends list!  You can choose to pray for each friend weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually.  Great way to be intentional on social media.

Also check out Reach: How to Use your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God for more ideas on being intentional.  (As always, read the book and hold it up to Scripture!)

I may not have deep meaningful conversations with everyone on my friend’s list.  I might occasionally stalk do research on pages of people I haven’t seen in forever.  (Come on, I’m not the only stalker, am I?)  But I don’t think it’s necessary to go in-depth every single time you talk to someone….or with every single person on your friend’s list.  Facebook is designed to stay in touch with people and it has been so great for me!

What do you think?  What is your favorite social media platform?

-Bonnie