Lindsey Andrews http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:36:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Five Days Into Summer http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/five-days-into-summer/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/five-days-into-summer/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:36:38 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7539 Five Days Into Summer We are only five days into summer. Except for packing lunches everyday, nothing else about our schedule has changed. Soccer practices, birthday parties and end of the year events still continue, although I continue to shout out “The End of The School Year Is Effing Over!” I have told myself of […]

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Five Days Into Summer

We are only five days into summer. Except for packing lunches everyday, nothing else about our schedule has changed. Soccer practices, birthday parties and end of the year events still continue, although I continue to shout out “The End of The School Year Is Effing Over!” I have told myself of this Every. Single. Day. for a week. I have yelled it at least twice a day.

Neither of my kids have slept in their own beds for the past four nights.Whether it is friends houses or on the couch from binge watching movies, they are completing living the life. Ah, to be young again.

The laundry is mounded on the couch, which is nothing out of the ordinary to see there.  Summertime adds additional pool towels and wet swimsuits. On a good day, I find those things before they are tucked under the dining room table, or wedged beneath the stairs to dry in a crinkled mess like burning newspaper.

Perhaps it is because we have been moving at the speed of light, or maybe it is because I have worked doubly hard to “grin and bear it” these last few days, but on day 5 of summer vacation today-Mama lost her shit.

It was an innocent enough request-another playdate for both of them. This request was for tomorrow. Because today’s request was already lined up. As I had not yet had my required third cup of coffee, I inhaled before answering.

Allegedly, I did not respond affirmatively in a sufficient amount of time (crazy how thinking about things is over rated to kids) and a fit followed.

Then Mama threw a fit of her own.

We talk all the time up in here about how you are allowed to have whatever opinion you want to have. You are also free to express that opinion. You are NOT however allowed to be rude, disrespectful, unkind or outright selfish when reciting said opinion. Those rules were not only ignored, but they were topped with a huff and slamming of doors. And Mount Motherhood exploded all over my living room.

As we both were taking our self imposed time outs, I had to laugh. Why? Because I did this to myself. Six months ago, we made the decision to finally be debt free and I took a break from practicing law to work from home.

Why would a college educated woman who loved her job do such a thing?

The answer was simple: I did it to spend more time with my kids. And yet here I was, five days into our first summer break thinking about drinking white wine straight from the bottle at 10a.m. The biggest middle finger to this situation reminded me that it was my choice.

I asked for this temporary hell. There was no one to blame but myself.

But that is the Ying-Yang relationship of Motherhood. Isn’t it? You are always one small tragedy away from kicking yourself in the ass and regretting every parenting decision you have ever made.

For almost seven years after my kids came home from Ethiopia, we would all cry as I dropped them off at daycare. On the worst of those self-loathing days, I would pack them up and leave them with a Judge’s clerk while I practiced law at the courthouse. Other days, I missed school events, plays, soccer games and so many other things.

But whether this is the life we chose, or the one we have to shovel from underneath, at some point we all stand over the bathroom, mascara dripping, asking:

“Am I screwing this up?”

A few nights ago, a friend sent me a text asking for some confirmation that she was making the right decisions about her child. She had received some push back about her particular parenting style and she was concerned.

“Am I doing this wrong?” she texted.

I cried alongside her through our text message exchange. Why? Because we have all been there. And if you are not willing to admit you have been there, check you and your kids into therapy. Because you are in tragic denial.

I told my friend this: Hey, maybe you are doing it all wrong. I don’t know. But if you are “doing it wrong”, who is the one defining what is wrong? Take any ten mothers on the planet, regardless of race, socioeconomic class and age and ask them one question about motherhood. Make it any question you want.

You will get at least 25 different answers from those ten women.

Why? Because this role of ours, is ever changing, all consuming and my answer for “organic or non-organic baby food?” will change four times throughout a month. It will depend on: our monthly budget, my laziness in reading labels and perhaps whether or not one week old Oreos found in a car seat are currenlty available.

Mamas, here me.

Parenting is the only gig in life where everyone thinks they have an opinion about the job you are doing. Do yourself a favor, pour some wine and if the dishes are not clean, drink it from the bottle or cry into your coffee cup and ignore them all.

Whether you are struggling to remember why you chose to stay at home or you are drowning in guilt under the curse of bills and putting food in those precious mouths, or whether you waltz into work each day because your job is how you get filled, shine on sister.

There is no right answer, no special motherhood sauce and no one always knows entirely what they are doing. I’ll fist fight anyone who tells you otherwise.

 

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Is the month of May kicking anyone else in the teeth? Between soccer practice, soccer finals, graduations, baby showers and the end of the school year has us running back and forth all the time. We have screamed at one another, been late everywhere and at every wits end for several weeks now.

So when the opportunity came up for us to run off for a night to a lake with some friends, we jumped at the chance. Like most things here lately, I threw together what I thought we would need, found a dog sitter for the dog and just went with it.

It rained the entire Saturday we were gone and the kids were restless. When the sun broke on Sunday morning, everyone was cheering to get out on the water. We loaded up the boat and spent four hours having them swim, jump off of cliffs and scream in joyous glee around the beach at the lake. It was family time at its best.

Except in all of our jubilation, I forgot about lunch.

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Needing A Wingman

There we were, without any clue about what to do to feed six kids and a dog. I was in desperate need of a #wingmama. That’s when I remembered that I had packed a few Red Baron pizzas for a quick dinner option. My sister and I ran back to the house, popped everything in the oven and waited for the wine to fill up my glass. It was in that moment I earned my first Baroness badge…the fill’er up one!

What Is A Badge?

Red Baron is now introducing their first Baroness. A mother whose social currency is the badges she has earned in motherhood and she is wanting to share with other moms for support. Each patch is an accomplishment to daily tasks of mothering, such as “Tantrum Slayer” and “Napkin Ninja”.

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Nailing Motherhood

There are few moments in motherhood when you think “I got this”. But showing up with six hungry kids and two hot pizzas and hearing them cheer…well, that is definitely nailing motherhood.

Even Gizmo, the adorable puppy of our friends, was motivated by eating lunch on the beach. He just kept sniffing around the kids as they scarfed down pizza and sang songs. I think it was the food and not the music that kept him excited.

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Want to learn how to find your own Red Baron Wing mama? You have got to check this out. You can also check out out here too. Here is to getting through the rest of the school year. And to whatever else mother hood decides to throw at us.

Want To Win Free Pizza & Earn Your Own Badge?

If you are in love with getting things for free, then keep reading. Red Baron is giving three of my readers the opportunity to win a free Red Baron coupon. How? Simply tag a social media post about your own personal war story and add #wingmama to the post. I will be able to select 3 of my readers for this, so make sure to tag me in the post as well. You can also leave me a comment to this post about your own #wingmama story so I can track who participates.

Good luck!

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The Warfare of Motherhood http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/warfare-of-motherhood/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:19:40 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7517 The Warfare of Motherhood. I went into motherhood completely blindsided. Oh, I planned for it. For over five years, I took my temperature, timed physical encounters with my husband and drove to get blood drawn once a month. I knew what it would take to make a baby. On a beach in Mexico, I finished […]

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The Warfare of Motherhood.

I went into motherhood completely blindsided. Oh, I planned for it. For over five years, I took my temperature, timed physical encounters with my husband and drove to get blood drawn once a month. I knew what it would take to make a baby.

On a beach in Mexico, I finished three parenting books in a week.I did not get pregnant in the back of a car on a drunken Friday night.  Although out of all the crap and old wives’ pregnancy  tales we were told during that time, I would have tried it. My body never held another life from the inside.

Instead, motherhood was overly planned out for me.  My “pregnancy” happened after reading a ream of copy paper full of adoption lingo, law and expectations. We took classes, read books on attachment and traveled across the world. I thought all that planning meant I had a clue about what motherhood would look like.

I can be a damned fool at times.

Our delivery happened outside an Ethiopian orphanage. We were handed two bundles of intense, saddened joy. Pictures of our first day together still makes my heart break for my kids. Two crazy white people showed up with toys and candy. We tell them to avoid such people in America.

There was no beautiful embraces of cradling newborn life. Instead, my arms had to learn to encompass the pain of rejection, loss and trauma. But for two other souls including myself. While there were moments of pure joy, there were also ones of complete devastation. Fits, tears and unresolved emotions. And that was just from me. But there were blessings from infertility.

Adoption is its own set of challenges. But the added stress I placed upon myself only increased the juggling of caring for two new people. The bullshit I told myself in those first few years still makes me cringe.

Why are we women so hard on ourselves?

Have I learned anything in seven years? Dear Jesus, I hope so. I do know motherhood is not the Pinterest styled life of raising kids. It is the messy wrestling of learning to love yourself in spite of daily failures. Nothing highlights your deficiencies like motherhood.

The lies mothers tell themselves are endless and there is always a feeling of never enough. And it is supposed to be that way. Why? Because the warfare of motherhood is a lot like practicing law.

When I first graduated law school, I was assigned to the most senior Judge in my county. He had been practicing law and trying cases for over 30 years when I met him. So when it was time to try my first rape case for the district attorney’s office, he was the obvious choice for trial advice.

“There are only two things about trying a case.” He said, puffing a cigarette behind the massive desk in his office.

I sat on the edge of my seat, waiting for three decades of style, performance and finesse to fall from his mouth. I was immediately disappointed.

“Your first trial. That’s big Lindsey. There is only one thing you need to know about trial.”

I scooted up in my seat. This was it. Perry Mason type wisdom was here.

“Don’t F it up.” He smiled.

“Uh…what?” I waited for him to elaborate, stunned.

“You heard me. You are handling someone’s life. That’s a powerful thing. So don’t F it up.” He continued to puff his cigarette. This was not the information I thought I was going to get.

“That’s all you have for me? Sir, I thought that trial was about technique, dedication and preparation.” My mind was still struggling to understand what he said.

He laughed a belly laugh at my expense. “Of course, but you can read about all that in a book. Trial is warfare. Prepare so much that when you are doing it that if you do F it up, you know how to fix it.”

“Will I ever get to the point where I won’t have the possibility of F’ing it up?” I asked him. Surely I would not live forever with the terror of throwing up before every single hearing.

“Lindsey, if you ever become so arrogant as to NOT have that feeling when you step into a courtroom, you should quit. That very day, you should retire from practicing law. Arrogance is a sure fire way to F up anything.”

I wrestled with that information for decades in my own practice. After 7 years of having two people living in my house, the same sentiment holds true about parenting. I still have the absolute terror of F’ing it up.

We have great days and descent days and then we have nightmarish days. But motherhood is like the practice of law. It is a constant warfare. Sometimes that opponent is me against myself. Sometimes, it is me against social norms society wants to play on my kids and their expectations. Other times, the warfare can only be fought on my knees in prayer for them.

Motherhood is not the predesigned greeting card feeling I thought it would be. It is bloody, battered and gloriously hard. And it is more than I ever thought. It is warfare. The fact that I still struggle is how I know we have a descent relationship.  All good relationships require wrestling. It provides the knowledge that both parties still care.

Because being in charge of another’s life is everything. Whether in the courtroom or the living room. But should I F it up (and there are days I do), may I never stop learning how to fix it.

Here is heading into battle today mamas. May we not F it up or become so arrogant we fall down on our task.

Hugs and love,

Lindsey

 

 

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Sour Patch Kids Tropical Giveaway http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/sour-patch-kids-tropical/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:09:32 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7511 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #spktropicalsweepstakes #CollectiveBias Are you ready to head to the beach? I know we are around here. But what if you could go for free? Well, today may be your chance. Paradise is calling! If you’re looking for a […]

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Are you ready to head to the beach? I know we are around here. But what if you could go for free? Well, today may be your chance.

Paradise is calling! If you’re looking for a tropical vacation this summer, look no further! Enter the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Hawaii! Just submit a tropical selfie to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #spktropicalsweepstakes. Contest ends on May 31st, so get on it!

 

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Find out more information here: SPKTropicalSweeps.com.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 5/31/17.  To enter and for Official Rules, including odds & prizes: SPKTropicalSweeps.com. Void where prohibited.

And while you’re at it, try the new Tropical SOUR PATCH Kids Soft and Chewy Candy available at a Walmart store near you. All new flavors include Paradise Punch, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Tropical Twist. Which one is your favorite?

 

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Saying Hard Words – Everbloom Book Review http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/saying-hard-words-everbloom-book-review/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:25:28 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7506 In February of 2014, my baby brother took his own life. My father was the one who found his son’s body. Less than four months later, my father died of a heart attack. The previous three sentences are some of the most bitter words I know how to say. Why? Because they are true. When […]

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In February of 2014, my baby brother took his own life. My father was the one who found his son’s body. Less than four months later, my father died of a heart attack.

The previous three sentences are some of the most bitter words I know how to say. Why? Because they are true.

When we were young, “the truth hurts” was a term that was tossed about a lot. To be fair to our immature selves, so were things like “sticks & stones will break my bones, but words can never hurt me” and other gems, such as “red rover, red rover.”

Age has force fed me a lot of things. Wrinkles, age spots and an extra ten pounds no amount of diet or exercise can seem to combat. It has also taught me the truth does in fact hurt and words can destroy.

Perhaps this is why we often hide, run and lie to keep from saying the truth aloud. As a divorce lawyer, I have seen people stay in horrible marriages for the sake of an ideal, instead of happiness. Instead of fighting until our issues are resolved, we sit next to one another and mindlessly play on our phones. We as the human race would do most anything these days to keep from dealing with the truth.

The last three years have continued to be my own battle with what is true. What has helped is saying hard words. Whether in print or with my mouth, taking ownership of what is inside our hearts comes from owning it with our words.

Everbloom Book Review

A joined a group of women writers several years ago called the Redbud Writers Guild. As a group of female writers, we encourage one another in our work, but we also lift one another up as individuals. We are sort of an online, female version of the sort of group C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were apart of, back in the day.

Two of our founders have had the desire for a collection of Redbuds in printed form for some time now. They asked for essays from each member and then paired the works down to a wonderful sharing of stories of each of our members. The book is a pure treasure. Each story has a prayer and journaling questions at the end of the essay.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this book is a wonderful gift for someone in your life. The book’s theme is growing and by the end, you will find yourself transformed by some of the hardest and most glorious words you’ve ever read.

Pre-Order Information

The book releases on April 25th, 2017, but it is available for pre-order now at barnesandnobles.com, amazon.com or at our wonderful publisher’s website, paracletepress.com. In the current world of publishing, pre-orders help authors tremendously. Once you have ordered and hopefully enjoyed Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives, leaving an Everbloom book review would be just wonderful.

 

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Blue Apron Meal Planning http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/blue-apron-meal-planning/ Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:06:46 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7499 I love to cook, but the end of the school year is killing the ability to meal plan. Which was why I was stoked to try Blue Apron for the first time. Blue Apron is a weekly meal delivery service that sends pre-portioned, fresh ingredients directly to your door. You can choose a variety of […]

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I love to cook, but the end of the school year is killing the ability to meal plan. Which was why I was stoked to try Blue Apron for the first time.

Blue Apron is a weekly meal delivery service that sends pre-portioned, fresh ingredients directly to your door. You can choose a variety of different meals before your order ships. I let the kids help me pick out our meals for the week and they actually were adventurous with their choices. Like, Seared Salmon and Lemon Labneh, Fontina-Stuffed Pork Chops and Chicken with Roasted Veggies and Italian Dressing.

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Ordering

You can choose upon ordering whether you need a family service each week or meals for only 2 people.

Because everything comes in one box, it is easy to chop, toss and plate each meal. Also, Blue Apron has a business model of working with farmers, fisheries and ranchers to provide great food for amazing food sourcing options. And the food waste is almost non-existent.

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The Food With Blue Apron Meal Planning

The salmon was delicious and even the roasted kale was devoured by everyone-including the eight year old!

The kids were fascinated by the little, individual ingredients and with some supervision, they chopped, simmered and stirred almost everything in the kitchen. We got three meals in our kit and while we could have waited and made everything over the course of a week, we decided to make everything at once.

It didn’t take us very long to make all three meals and store the other two for later in the week. What little effort it took to make all three meals made up in spades later that week when we were running late!

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Allowing them to have a choice in picking and cooking their food was such a fun way for us to get dinner on the table and spend some time family time together.

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Blue Apron now has an great offer code for anyone who is wanting to give it a try. Here is a fantastic coupon to get you started on a new cooking journey.

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3 Awesome Indoor Games For Kids http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/3-awesome-indoor-games-kids/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/3-awesome-indoor-games-kids/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:29:17 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7492 3 Awesome Indoor Games For Kids For some reason, Oklahoma cannot make up its mind this year. One minute it is sunny and 75 degrees and the next minute, it is close to freezing and wet. We are not the best indoors family, so the last few weeks have been hellacious on what to do […]

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3 Awesome Indoor Games For Kids

For some reason, Oklahoma cannot make up its mind this year. One minute it is sunny and 75 degrees and the next minute, it is close to freezing and wet. We are not the best indoors family, so the last few weeks have been hellacious on what to do as a family cooped up inside.

After several tries, we have finally decided on 3 awesome indoor games for kids and for parents. We are not the kind of family that can just play Monopoly or a card game. Why? Because it is impossible for us not to get competitive. Games have to be fun and fast paced.

There are five years between our children’s ages and that can be a struggle. These three games make family game night fun for everyone. Adding a bonus snack is always a plus and we love the rainbow Goldfish crackers. They now come in individual packages, which means no one has to share!

Wahoo

Have you ever played wahoo? This marble game was so much fun growing up that it is part of my childhood. My grandmother had her own board and specialized die that us grandkids swore she used to cheat us. The marbles are moved around the board based upon the roll of one’s individual die.

There are few special moves which can land a player into the middle of the board. It is hard to do, so when we play, every time a 6 or a 1 is rolled, a cracker is placed in a bowl. When a player finally makes it to the middle of the board, the entire stash is given to the winner.

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Wahoo board game

 

Tenzi

We discovered Tenzi on a trip to the beach several years ago. Tenzi is a dice game that involves for sets of varying colored dies. There are countless ways to play and up to four players can play at one time. Every variation of the game is fast paced and fun. You basically pick your game of choice and drop the dice and go!

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Go Fish

When there is literally no more counting, marbles or dice rolling we can handle, we return to a classic childhood card game. Go fish is one of our family favorite ways to spend time together indoors. Usually the rules become blurred and cheating is rampant and yet it makes it fun.

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How do you and your family spend time together? GoldFish has some amazing suggestions on their Pinterest page that you can check out here. There are also some great family fun ideas on their YouTube channel, so get inspired to spend some time with some of your favorite people.

Do you have an awesome indoor game for kids? Let me know in the comments.

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Meal Planning W/Breakfast Banana Splits http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/meal-planning-wbreakfast-banana-splits/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/meal-planning-wbreakfast-banana-splits/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:11:45 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7484 Healthy Meal Planning One of the best decisions I made to conquer our family schedule was to start meal planning. I got so tired of coming home and staring into the fridge wondering what to make. I also hated the idea of my kids constantly asking for cereal for breakfast. This year I made a […]

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Healthy Meal Planning

One of the best decisions I made to conquer our family schedule was to start meal planning. I got so tired of coming home and staring into the fridge wondering what to make. I also hated the idea of my kids constantly asking for cereal for breakfast. This year I made a promise to myself to make more breakfast recipes that everyone would like.

Usually on Sunday, we sit down as a family and I write out our weekly schedule. Practices, school events, book signings and days that Daddy is at the fire station all go onto a chalkboard above our kitchen table. From there, I know which days will require pre-cooked meals, cereal and our one weekly dinner out.

From there, I add some of my favorite recipes for breakfasts and dinner.

Which is why I love Hiland Dairy’s newest meal planning tool, which helps make sure my weekly meal planning is balanced, rounded meal plan. You can find out more about it here.

Breakfast Banana Splits

Ingredients:

(This is for one serving. If you want to make more for everyone, just double or triple the recipe)

1 banana

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

2 tbs. honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla

additional ingredients:

-nutmeg, cinnamon or greek yogurt.

Toppings:

-flax seed

-fresh fruit

-chocolate syrup

-coconut chips. If you haven’t tried these yet, you can find them online or at your local health food store. They are dried coconut pieces and come in a variety of flavors. I found some chocolate and sea salt flavored ones and I may or may not have eaten the entire opened bag after making this recipe.

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Directions:

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I had some help for this recipe, which is always a combination of challenging and fun watching them learn to do something in the kitchen.

-Split the banana lengthwise & set aside.

-Add cottage cheese, honey and vanilla. Pulse until smooth.

-spread cottage cheese mixture in between split banana pieces.

-top with fresh fruit, flax seeds, coconut chips and/or chocolate syrup.

-Serve and enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast.

-add recipe to meal planning for next week.

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Here’s a quick video to recap it all:

Do you meal plan? I would love to know what is your favorite go-to recipe and how meal planning has saved you time and money. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that I usually rotate on our meal plans every month:

Spicy Mexican Chorizo Risotto 

Baked King Cake Donuts 

Pineapple Mint Breakfast Smoothie

 

 

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Mommy Son Date With IMSA Racing http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/imsa-racing/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:01:48 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7472 Mommy Son Dates W/IMSA Racing Finding anything that a lawyer/writer mother and her sports and car obsessed 8 year old can agree on is almost impossible. He wants to play basketball and watch car auctions and I would rather read and play board games. In order to find more Mommy Son dates for us to […]

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Mommy Son Dates W/IMSA Racing

Finding anything that a lawyer/writer mother and her sports and car obsessed 8 year old can agree on is almost impossible. He wants to play basketball and watch car auctions and I would rather read and play board games. In order to find more Mommy Son dates for us to experience together, I was stoked to check out IMSA racing.  Anything that let’s me hang out with this goober and not have to expound on my athletic deficiencies is always a win in my book.

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IMSA Racing is all about high-tech, race cars from around the world. This is not just another stock car race. It has big name cars like Acura, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan, and Porsche! IMSA combines different racing elements from F1, NASCAR and Indy car racing, but puts them all at one place at one time. This sounds like every car lovers dream and every parent, the opportunity to spend some targeted time.

In order to test out whether or not this might be a good bonding experience, I showed my son the IMSA website and he has officially lost his mind. There is a televised event this weekend, called the Sebring racing event. From March 15-18 (which just happens to be our Spring Break from school) live action racing can be found on station FS1 from 12:30pm-11pm, with the entire race broadcast on FOX Sports Go from 10:30am- 11:00pm.

red race car with smoke behind it - IMSA racing

So during this event, I am popping some popcorn, buying our favorite sodas and spending an afternoon connecting with my littlest one.

You can checkout the cars, the race schedule and learn more about the Sebring racing event this weekend, March 15-18 by heading to the IMSA racing Facebook Page. I will keep you posted on how it goes and how little guy and I do watching racing together for the first time!

 
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Raspberry Mint Lemonade http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/raspberry-mint-lemonade/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:11:20 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7430 Raspberry Mint Lemonade There is not much that beats springtime in Oklahoma. While Fall is almost non-existent and Winter is sketchy, Summer can be miserable, but Spring makes everything worth it. Before the pool water begins to heat up and we are all looking for ways to cool down, I tried to perfect a raspberry […]

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Raspberry Mint Lemonade

There is not much that beats springtime in Oklahoma. While Fall is almost non-existent and Winter is sketchy, Summer can be miserable, but Spring makes everything worth it. Before the pool water begins to heat up and we are all looking for ways to cool down, I tried to perfect a raspberry mint lemonade recipe.

While I am not yet ready for the kids to be out of school and lounging around the house all day, I am ready for some heat. Planting a garden and making vacation plans are just a part of how I love spending part of my days these days.

Ingredients

5 Lemons

3 Cups water

¼ Cup sugar

½ Cup raspberries

¼ Cup mint leaves

Lemon wedges (for garnish)

glass of lemonade with fresh mint and lemon slice - raspberry mint lemonade

Directions

Set aside some mint leaves to use for garnishing.

In a pitcher muddle the raspberries and mint.

Half the lemons and squeeze them, pour the juice into the pitcher.

Add the water and sugar. Mix well until sugar dissolves.

Prepare tall glasses with ice.

Strain the lemonade into the glasses.

Top with the lemon wedge and mint leaves.

Serve and enjoy.

Make It A Cocktail

For the days that you need something a little stronger than straight up lemonade, make this recipe a cocktail. Add 2oz of your favorite rum or vodka at the bottom of the glass before adding ice and lemonade mixture.

Let the kids have their fun and the adults, a small indulgence. Everyone will be happy.

Need some more delicious drink options for the perfect summer drink? Try one of these:

Have you finalized your summer travel plans yet? Where are you going and how are you and your family traveling? Here are some of my favorite posts about family travel:

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