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4 questions to ask your kids 
Ask your kids questions that go further than “How was your day?” I’ve found when I ask questions that can’t be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ - we connect in a different way. 
Here are some examples to get you thinking:
  • What is something that made you smile today?
  • What is something that made you proud at school today?
  • Who is someone you talked to today that you haven’t before?
  • If you could teleport anywhere in the world, where would you go right now?

3 fall soups I’m making
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  • White Chicken Chili: My crew would eat this every day of the week.
  • Corn Chowder: I've made this one a million times. I omit the ½ stick of butter. Let’s be real. Hips can’t handle it.
  • Butternut Squash Soup: IMO, the most underrated soup of fall. Soooooo good for you. Bonus points if you make your own chicken broth.

2 ways to be intentional in the 4th quarter crazy 
The 4th quarter of the year is always PACKED. Fall festivals, travel, wrapping up Q4, business plans, family get-togethers, school breaks, and holiday parties. It can be easy to neglect yourself and your spouse. Here are two ways we are being intentional in this upcoming season.
  • Prioritize your spouse: The Hubs and I planned an early November getaway for just the two of us. We have found this season to be an important time to step out of the day-to-day. We do planning together for the next year, and connect before all the Holiday madness. This is the second year in a row we’ve hit this timing - and it’s served us well. If it’s to late to plan time away - at least plan a date night to talk through these things! Keep your relationship a priority, even in Q4.
  • Schedule your appointments now: I try to schedule a hair appointment and facial every 6 weeks, and I know that if I don’t get those on my calendar now, they won’t happen. If you haven’t already, figure out what those things are that make you feel good about yourself, and get them on the schedule now before it fills up.

1 piece of advice
Young kids will ask for your time. Older kids will wait for it.
I’ve observed this recently with my kids. Our girls range in age from 3 to 14. My younger two will pull on my jacket, climb on my lap or get right in my face to ask for my time. To play a game, read a book, watch them jump on the trampoline. It’s easy to know when a toddler wants your attention.
I’ve observed it’s much more difficult to know when a teenager wants my attention. They don’t ask me to sit with them and watch a show or go on a walk to get the mail or hit a volleyball around the backyard. They wait for it. They wait for me to recognize their need, acknowledge it, and take action.

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Thanks for embracing this Life of And with me.
You rock,
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