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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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For my rookie post, I thought I’d stick with something I know and love… community.  Community to me is all about relationships, REAL relationships… Remember how in college (yes, think way back) there was a group of friends that you always did fun stuff with on the weekends? Movies, Concerts, Cow Tipping (okay we tried it once just to say we had.)? Well, why do we so often assume that once we’re married and have kiddos, that we have to give up on regularly getting together with friends and we don’t make time for fun, non-kid activities? Don’t get me wrong, I love all the kid-friendly stuff we do with other families, but come on, how awesome does a night out with people you love, doing something out of the norm, and filled with adult conversation sound? To me it sounds heavenly and that’s why we started Group Dates a few years ago. Had Jess and I known we’d be blogging about it, we might have coined a trendier name, but for now- Group Date it is…

Group Date:

What? A once a month (ok maybe we’re slightly inconsistent, but once a month’s the goal) couples date with friends.

Where? Anywhere! One couple is assigned to plan the date- the more fun and creative the better. Get us out of the suburban Applebee’s and a Movie routine!

The Real Housewives of Bucks County are going to help you start your own Group Dates (umm, so open to a cooler name for these.) Each month we’ll give you an idea for a new outing that you can invite your posse to. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking…

Rock it Out…

I recently took my daughter to a birthday party here, and while watching the kids climb like crazy and have a blast, we decided this would be a perfect group date! Our competetive group of men will love creating challenges and showing off, and the girls, well… we’re just thankful we’re already married before we allow our husbands to see us strapped into the completely unflattering waist harnesses.  We think this is a great group date because it’s active, it’s throwback-to-your-childhood type fun, and it’s super affordable. 
We also usually like to plan an activity and then follow it up with dinner so there’s time to talk and see what’s going on in eachother’s lives.  There are so many great restaurants in Doylestown, but for this date you’d want to choose something that’s on the caual side.  Our guys love Smokin’ Lil’s and its casual atmosphere would be perfect for some hungry mountain climbers!
Just a Taste…
For those with slightly more sophisticated tastes, a group wine tasting makes a great Group Date.  There are so many vineyards in Bucks County that we’ll do a future feature on all the places to visit, but we took our posse to Sand Castle Winery in December and had a fun time tasting, learning, and most likely making our host crazy with our lack of wine knowledge! We know a wine tasting isn’t for everyone, but if it fits in with your group of friends, it can be a fun way to learn something new.
A wine tasting tour would better fill a whole evening- pick a few vineyards and visit them all.  Choose the families with the coolest swagger wagons and pile in together.  Remember, REAL community… it doesn’t matter if there are old sippy cups, or crushed golfish in the seats.
 Real Housewives of BC’s December Group Date

Don’t let yourself be convinced that you don’t have time, or this is just a kid phase of your life and you’ll spend time with friends later in life. Make a commitment to increasing community and fostering the relationships with the people God has put in your life. Get out there and plan a Group date!

What are some dates your friends would enjoy? 

The comments +

  1. Cute, ladies. 🙂 Dates, what are those? LOL

    In our neck of the woods, we love food. Our latest was brunch..MMM…We paid 2 baby-sitters to stay at one house with our whole brood of children, while the rest of us chowed down at another home. 2 hours was certainly not enough time to catch up, but it was a start! And it really helped us start our weekend off on the right foot.

  2. Lovin’ your new blog! I’m a friend of Jess’ sister Chrissie, and I think you two are just genious! I added you to my blog roll and will be a consistent reader. 😉

    Have fun with your new venture!

    Aubree

  3. Becky says:

    Loved reading the blog girls! Keep it up! I too, will be adding it to my blog reader so I’ll know when you post- even though you girls make me feel CRAZY old ! (since I remember PCS B-ball days when you are were in high school!)

  4. Anna says:

    Love the group date idea, ladies! Thinking about trying to get some of our friends into it! I’ll look forward to hearing more. =)

  5. Pat Benson says:

    I am a neighbor of Stephanie Urm, love your blog & decided to start my own. Check it out . I also have excepted Jesus as my Saviour.
    My Grandaughter had one of her birthday patires @ the Doylestown rock place also many years ago. It was fun. My daughter also made her a rock climbing cake , little person & all on it.

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