Let Stop Saying "Let Me Know If You Need Anything"

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This post has been running through my heart and my mind for about a month. Warning, it is going to sound a little preachy, and I don't mean it to be, it's just a call for all of us to be a little Better to one another. Technically, we are more "connected" than ever before, but honestly how many of these are true deep connections lately? The kind that really matter, the kind that spread Joy and help make lives Better.

Recently some things have happened in our community that have really made Running Daddy and I stop and pause.We had a conversation a few weeks ago that we are just going to stop saying "Let me know if you need anything" to people. I know we mean it when we say it but honestly how many people are really going to take you up on that unspecific offer? How many people after that comment in passing will call you up and say "hey can you make my family dinner after my surgery", "can you pick up my kids every day after soccer while I am dealing with my parent with Alzheimer's" "can you bake me a batch of muffins because my husband was just deployed again?" You see, most women (and men) I know are just total bad asses and they are not going to randomly ask for help even when they need it.

But what if we just helped? What if we reached out to a friend or someone in our community we know is struggling and said:

-I would like to make you dinner, what night works for you?
-I was thinking about picking you up some magazines to read during your treatments, what do you like? In Style? People? Elle Decor? Believe me, infusion centers are stupid boring places and sometimes you just need to see Who Wore It Better.
-I have some time this week, can I take your child home from soccer, school, piano lessons?
-I was talking to so and so, and we would like to send my cleaning person/lawn guys over to help you out...our treat. What day works?
-Just baked a batch of muffins, could I drop some off?

See how different this is? This is real help and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. This is the kind of help that creates true connections. The kind of moment that can help ease someones life. And you may not know it at the time, but it might be the very last time you hug someone when you drop those muffins off. 

I know we are all busy and have a lot on our to do lists but we all need to start really connecting, not with photo likes, not by post comments, but by letting people know in person that you care about them. I personally believe that there is nothing that a batch of box brownies doesn't make Better. Who doesn't want a night off from cooking? But no one is probably going to ask.

Let's just all take some time and really connect. Stop and email your friend who is struggling and offer to do something specific. Stop saying "Let me know if you need anything".

In the comments below feel free to leave Good ideas of ways to help people when they are in need. It can help make lives Better.

What's Up Wednesday: May 2018

It's last Wednesday of the month and so much has been going on in May. So it's time for What's Up Wednesday with MelShaeffer, and Shay. Pour a coffee, sparkling water or wine and let's get to it.

What We're Eating This Week

Hockey Guy is still in school and we are sprinting to the finish line. He has several tests and a book report this week, so this dinner schedule could go out the window at any moment.

Sunday: Grilled tropical tequila chicken, grilled peppers and jasmine rice

Monday: Turkey burgers, grass fed beef burgers and hot dogs with tomato mozzarella salad

Tuesday: Turkey bolognese with salad

Wednesday: Sausage and polenta with roasted zucchini

Thursday: Roasted salmon, baby red potatoes and green beans

Friday: Pizza at the pool if it doesn't rain

Royal Wedding Recap: Markle Sparkle and We Heart Harry

This photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday May 21, 2018, shows an official wedding photo of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday May 19, 2018. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP)
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This weekend we all got to attend the wedding of really good friends in Windsor. I mean it felt like we were friends with them because the whole thing was so filled with love and Joy. The entire world watched them yet it felt like we were all a part of this. Meghan, like a lot of people, had to deal with some family drama the week of her wedding, but unfortunately the whole world was talking about her family drama. When the wedding day rolled around, love won the day (it usually does) and even Prince Charles was starting to make me like him with not one, but two very kind gestures on Saturday. 

There were so many things to love that day but here are the Best parts of the wedding day for me. 

Mother's Day Joy at the Ronald McDonald House

On Saturday morning, I loaded up my car with Keep Collective bracelets and headed to the Ronald McDonald House to help spread a little Joy to the moms spending Mother's Day there. All of this Joy was made possible by a group of my girlfriends and some amazing readers of Good Better Best. When my friend Susanne and I started talking about this idea, I never thought we would sell out this quickly. We gifted all thirty three moms at both Ronald McDonald Houses in the Washington, DC area in three days! 

I have some of the Best women in my life and those ladies and the readers of this blog came through in a big way. My sister jumped in and paid for all of this beautiful gift wrapping. I honestly believe that there is nothing Better than the kindness of strangers.

What's Up Wednesday April 2018

The last Wednesday of the month came up quickly so that means it's time for What's Up Wednesday with MelShaeffer, and ShaySo much happened in April and I cannot wait to share.

What We're Eating This Week

Monday-Such a busy night, so I had a Costco chicken burger by AmyLu with tomato mozzarella. The boys had mac and cheese with some berries.

Tuesday-Smoked paprika chicken, noodles and sauteed squash.

Wednesday-Pan roasted salmon, roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Thursday-Sausage, polenta, salad.


What I am Reminiscing About

Honestly, with the death of First Lady Barbara Bush, I am reminiscing about her and the early stages of my political career. I had the opportunity to do my first political event by myself with Mrs. Bush up in New Hampshire during the 1992 campaign and have had the honor to be around both her and President Bush 41 (and 43!) several times over my career. They are amazing people and one I hope people really understood their level of commitment to and love of this country. They really are the Best.

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Spreading Mother's Day Joy to the Ronald McDonald House

There is nothing Better than the kindness of strangers, especially during the most challenging times. Last week, I mentioned I would be kicking off a really Good charity project to help some moms that could use some Joy this Mother's Day.

So here it is. As part of the online Keep Collective party that I am hosting, we decided to add in a charity element for the 33 moms who will be spending their Mother's Day at the Ronald McDonald House. 

We want to give all 33 ladies staying at the Ronald McDonald house this Mother's Day one of the Keep Collective bracelets below. 

Friday Favorites:Good Skincare, Best Housewives, Spring Fashion, New Adventures and a Keep Collective Party

Happy Friday everyone. Is it spring yet where you are? We get a day here and there but it still feels more like early March. Despite the weather it's time to link up with ErikaNarci and Andrea today for a list of my Friday Favorites. These are the things I am finding Joy in this week.

1) L'Oreal Revitalift Cicacream


A couple of months ago I was sent a complimentary new cream by L'Oreal called the Revitalift Cicacream to review by Influenster. While I always love a new beauty product, I always worry about trying something new because almost everything makes me break out. After using this product for about two months, all I can say is that this cream is really Good

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