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12 Dinner Parties Focused on Connecting Not Impressing

I think it’s safe to say, no matter your personal politics and views, this week has been an emotional rollercoaster. Families, friendships and communities have been damaged by intense rhetoric and feelings from every angle. There’s no such thing as meaningful, respectful discourse anymore because we don’t create the space to really talk to each other…or to listen. Read more…

How to Turn the Tables on Girls Night Small Talk

Conversation is one of the most natural ways women connect. We use it to blow off steam, feel closer to friends, solve problems and share experiences. But let’s be real. Sometimes the conversation at girls nights can be a little, um, lacking in the substance department. Read more…

Finding Friends Who REALLY Get You When Old Ones Can’t Relate

As our lives unfold, hanging onto that place you fit socially is freaking hard. We grow, evolve and move into different stages, usually at different times, and, in an instant, those go-to people you’ve always counted on can no longer relate. Read more…

A Perfect Excuse for the Connection You Need

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?

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

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…