Last weekend, my friends and I did ‘Girls Afternoon Out’ with our daughters. The girls scooted around a playground as I sat on a bench with my two best girlfriends from college. Afterward, we did make-your-own pizza and sundaes. It was so much fun. But it made me really, really miss my friends — as in, just them and me.
In my twenties, when I was single, Friday and Saturday nights were ‘Girls Night Out’. Even after I met my husband, hanging with my friends was a regular thing. Now that I have two kids, ‘Girls Night Out’ has become more of a rarity. Thing is, I need those nights more than ever.
“The rewards of being a mom are felt with every toothless grin and squishy hug… but I don’t know a mom who would ever deny that this gig can also be exhausting and even isolating,” says Janet Frongillo, author of Mommy Mixology — a new book with cocktail and mocktail recipes just for moms (caution: may cause extreme thirst).
“To be able to sit down with other moms — our ‘people’ — and commiserate? Laugh? Even cry? It’s just good for the soul,” continues Frongillo, a mom of three boys who blogs at Muffintop Mommy. ”I don’t know that it gets much better than putting your feet up and sharing a cocktail or mocktail, some party snacks, and a few war stories with girlfriends.”
Exactly! Directions: Check out these cocktails (and one awesome mocktail) plucked from her book, assemble ingredients and friends, enjoy.
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