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Liar, Liar

There's only one thing to do when friends ask you out for drinks in your first trimester--ahem, lie.

Liar, Liar

There were various walks to various restaurants on my way to meet various friends or work associates when I remember thinking, “What lie am I going to come up with this time?” Not only had pregnancy made me exhausted in my first trimester, suddenly it was turning me into a liar. My friends would know something was up if I wouldn’t be joining them for a cocktail...or a few. There are only so many excuses a girl can come up with before bursting “I’m pregnant!” So for those evenings you find yourself on that same walk, I grant you five lies to make all your own.

Tell them you’re doing a juice cleanse:

It’s all the rage these days, and they’re probably doing one next week. Just make sure you eat before you meet them and know which juice company you’re fake representing.

Tell them you’re on antibiotics:

Just please make sure to come up with why. A dear friend of mine started thinking that I had an STD because I couldn’t give her a clear answer as to why I was taking meds. Can we say “ew”?

Tell them you’re cutting back on calories:

When they ask you why? Lie again: “I wanna be skinnier, duh.”

Tell them you’re trying to get pregnant:

Affirm them with something like: “Don’t be an idiot. I’d totally tell you if I was!”

Tell them you have to be on point for something work-related tomorrow:

They’ll respond with the usual: “God, you’re such a workaholic.”

And when those don't work? Invite them over for a "cocktail" and make yourself this delicious N/A recipe provided by Executive Chef & Managing Partner of Center Bar, Michael Lomonaco:

Raspberry Cooler

1 oz raspberry puree

½ of agave nectar

top with club soda

orange twist

Glass: Highball

Method- combine the raspberry puree and the agave nectar in a highball. Stir and then fill up the glass with ice, top with club soda. Stir and then fill up the glass with ice, top with club soda

Just don't forget to add booze to your friends glass.

Cheers.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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