5 Places for Moms to Make New Friends

Friends Photographing Themselves

Hey, mama! Think you’re too busy to make friends? Or, if you’re like me – a total introvert – you find it hard to do so. There are many opportunities throughout your day to make friends.

  1. Work – Making friends at work should be the easiest, since it’s where you spend most of your time. Take time to get to know your co-workers. You may be surprised by how much you have in common with some of them. Look for common interests, fashion styles, etc. Strike up a conversation in the elevator, or in the cafeteria. You never know, your new best friend could be sitting in an office just two floors down.
  2. Church – If you attend church together, you already have one thing in common: your faith. Build on that. Do you both have kids that are around the same age? Are your husbands friends? Maybe invite her family over for a cookout, or movie/game night.
  3. The Gym – While most people don’t go to the gym to socialize, there are still opportunities to do so. Does she have a physique or workout routine you’d like to emulate? Maybe strike up a conversation in the locker room (not when naked, because that’s weird), it’s possible you can become workout buddies, leading to a friendship outside the gym.
  4. PTA/Other School Committees – Your kids are already friends – or at least they probably know each other. Start off with playdates to see if you have anything in common. I know it sounds like you’re interviewing for friends – in a way, you are. You have kids who go to school together, so it’s safe to assume you live in the same neighborhood. Invite her over for coffee, maybe form a book club with other PTA/school moms.
  5. Book Club – Are you an avid reader like me? Find out if anyone you know is a member of a book club, ask if you can join. Or, search online for book clubs in your area. You already have your love of literature in common – maybe there’s more.

You see, it doesn’t have to be hard to make new friends. You just have to put some effort into it – just like you would building any other relationship.

What about you? Where did you meet your BFF?

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When Three Became Four

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

I just wanted to take a minute to introduce you all to our new family member, Johnny.

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then you’ve already met him. If you don’t, let me explain…

Johnny is the kid‘s new puppet that he got for Christmas. Originally, he asked for a vintroliquist dummy. However, those are super creepy and totally freak me out. So, we compromised.

The Kid loves him and he is now our second son.

A photo posted by Bree Glenn (@breeglenn) on

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At @Target getting John an outfit. Seriously. #puppet #TheKid

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Johnny’s new outfit. #puppet #puppetlife #TheKid A photo posted by Bree Glenn (@breeglenn) on

Happy Anniversary to Two of my Favorite People

A year ago, today, two of my favorite people – my cousin Dominique Morisseau and her (now husband) Jimmy Keys – got married. I was blessed to be one of her bridesmaids. I had such an awesome time!

Last year, when I originally shared this video on YouTube, it went viral! I just wanted to share it again, in celebration of two wonderful people.

And, as you’ll see at the end, my ending is abrupt… even I couldn’t resist the call of the music. :)

Best First Dance Ever: Dominique Morisseau & Jimmy Keys

Attended the wedding of two of my favorite people: my cousin Dominique Morisseau and her (now husband) Jimmy Keys, this weekend. Such an awesome weekend! I just wanted to share a piece of it with you… And, for all of you who are getting married soon… THIS IS HOW YOU DO A FIRST DANCE!

And, as you’ll see at the end, my ending is abrupt… even I couldn’t resist the call of the music. :)

(P.S. check out the kid, with a cameo.)

The one where I went to New York, spent time with family and saw an AWESOME play.

This past weekend, I packed up my bags, kissed my two guys goodbye, and headed to New York.

I was on my way to see my cousin Dominique Morisseau’s play, Detroit ’67, at the National Black Theater in Harlem. Words cannot even begin to describe how excited I was – even if I was traveling, from Detroit to New York, by minivan, with my parents, aunt, uncle and two great aunts.

We left early Friday morning – and when I say early, I mean early… my alarm work me up at 4 a.m. I arrived at my parents’ house at 5 a.m., and after picking everyone up, we were on the road by 6 a.m.

 

The ride wasn’t that bad. Thankfully, my dad drove the entire way. We ended up rolling into New York at 4:45 p.m. The hotel my parents stayed at was in Harlem, right around the corner from the Apollo.

Friday night, my cousin, sister and I went to Times Square, because my sister had never been.

Times Square and the Apollo

Saturday, during the day, we played tourists some more and visited Columbus Circle, Central Park and Rockefeller Plaza.

NBC & Rockefeller Plaza

Saturday night, we all (20 or so friends and family visiting from Detroit) attended the play my cousin wrote, Detroit ’67. And, let me tell you… it was AMAZING! I am so proud of my cousin, and she has such a talent. I just know she’s going to go far. After the play, some of us – along with the cast – attended the after party.

The Cabbage Patch

Sunday morning dawned (way too early) and it was time to pack up and head back home. And, while I had an awesome time visiting, I was so happy to be coming home to my guys. I swear, the car ride that took no time heading to New York, seemed like f-o-r-e-v-e-r going back home. But, finally, at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, I was back home – tired as all get out.

The One Where My Baby Sister Turns 30

I’m getting old, y’all. You see, today my baby sister turns 30-years-old. If she’s 30 and I’m the older sister, then what does that make me? (Hint: 35 Things I’m Grateful for on my 35th Birthday.)

Anyway, this post is dedicated to you, baby sis. Happy, happy, happy birthday! I love you to pieces.

The big sister, torturing the little sister - as usual.

The big sister, torturing the little sister – as usual.

 

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Us and our cousin (aka 3rd sister), Dominique (http://www.Detroit67play.com).

 

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Not sure what’s going on with the cat. It may be her hostage.

 

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My hottie sister, in the present. Gorgeous, no?

 

Oh and she’s a talented musician, as well. So, if you’re looking to book an awesome singer click here.

My Mother’s Hands: A tribute to my mom, on her birthday.

I bought some new nail polish recently – you know, for the fall season. It got me to thinking… my sister and I always joke about having hands “just like mom.” By that, we mean a bit meaty – no matter how thin (or not) we are. It must be hereditary, because we both have them.

I should clarify… I don’t mean this in a negative way. It’s actually quite the opposite. I am honored to have hands that look like my mom’s. They are the same hands that tucked my sister and I in. The same hands we held, when crossing the street or walking in a strange place. They are the same hands that picked us up every time we fell, and the same hands that cleaned and bandaged up the boo-boos we got. But, most importantly, they are the same hands that now to those same things for my son. I love the relationship my son has with his “Gigi.” (They are so much alike – in personality and looks – that it’s scary.) I love that the same hands that so lovingly picked me up when I fell, are the same ones that now help him.

Happy birthday to a mother who is one-of-a-kind. I am ever so grateful to have hands like hers. I only hope they’re up to the task.

 

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A family that eats together…

I’m a guest blogger over on the Cooking Matters Michigan blog. I’m blogging about Eat Better, Eat Together Month.

Here’s an excerpt from my post:

Being a mom and wife who works full time sometimes makes it difficult to get a hot, healthy meal on the table. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful husband who is well-versed in the kitchen and often jumps in, when I can’t be there to get it done.

Often times, I’ll have the hubs and/or the kid assist me with food prep. It’s a great way to cut down on the time it takes to prepare a meal, and it brings us all together in a fun activity.

Read the whole post here.

What are you getting him for Father’s Day? Here are some cool ideas.

So, because I’m an equal opportunity blogger… I couldn’t let Father’s Day come and go, without dedicating a post to what fathers want for their big day and giving you some really cool gift ideas.

Unfortunately because I waited until the last minute, I don’t have time to do a survey like I did for Mother’s Day. Instead, I asked the hubster what wanted.

Here’s how the conversation went…

Me: Hey babe, you wanna help me with this blog post?

The hubster: Okaaaay…

Me: What would your perfect Father’s Day consist of?

The hubster: A brand new Maserati. No wait, I don’t even like Maseraties. Change it to a ’68 mustang. No wait, seriously I guess a cool electronic gift and spending some time with the kid; and whatever you want to do with me (bow chick wow wow). I guess maybe have lunch or dinner. You know have a nice, fun and relaxing day… And then have the next day off of work.

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How lucky am I? All I have to do is get him some electronic gadget, some food, and hang out with him – and he’ll be happy. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

In case you have no idea what to get your husband, dad, etc. for Father’s Day (because you don’t have it as lucky as I do) here are some ideas:

Beer of the Month Club Membership

Gift recipients receive 12 bottles of premium microbrews (4 different kinds) every month from award-winning breweries nationwide.

 

Drive a Stock Car

Experience first-hand the thrill and excitement of stock car racing. A crewmember buckles you in, checks your radio, and gives the “thumbs up” sign to your instructor. You’ll start your engine, hear that V8 roar, and pull onto the track!

 

Personalized Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set

It’s incredible what a difference the right tools can make – especially when grilling! This durable, stainless steel BBQ tool set includes 8 essential grilling tools: a spatula (with knife edge), tongs, steak fork, basting brush and 4 steel skewers.

 

Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker

Share your music out loud with the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker from Bose. This speaker connects wirelessly to your mobile phone or any Bluetooth device.

 

Burberry Men’s Swiss Black Rubber Strap Timepiece

This Burberry sports watch features a black rubber strap. Silvertone stainless steel round case and round black dial with three subdials, date window, logo and stick indices.

 

NOOK Color by Barnes and Noble

The Barnes and Noble NOOK Color eBook Reader offers a range of popular applications like email, video and web browsing.

 

Pocket Projector for iPhone 4

Easy to use just dock your iPhone 4 device and project on any surface. Our Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 is perfect for on-the-go travel entertainment. Its super-bright 15-lumen LED projector lamp ensures clearer, more brilliant images than other pico projectors.

 

iPad 

The newest iPad. It’s brilliant, in every sense of the word. Pick up the new iPad and suddenly, it’s clear. You’re actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano.

 

Ricardo Mele and Co. Java Finish Charging Station

The Ricardo charging station from Mele and Co. is a practical way both to store your valuables and to charge your electronic devices.

 

Boconi Double Buckle Messenger Bag

An organized messenger bag in soft tumbled leather is designed with an adjustable fabric shoulder strap. The interior features a padded laptop compartment, MP3 pocket, pen slots and more.

 

Roku 2 HD Streaming Player

300+ channels with movies, TV shows, music, sports & more High-definition streaming up to 720p HD Works with virtually any TV Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n) Smaller and more energy-efficient than any other streaming device.

 

 

Men’s Sterling Silver & Onyx Cufflink

Pay attention to every detail. The handsome cufflinks feature onyx (9 x 7 mm) set in sterling silver.

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If you’re looking for more ideas, check out the posts on AskMen.com and Gift.com.