Friday at The Hangout (Union Point)

Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday!

I’m a little behind on “day in the life” updates, but I’m working on getting them live on CNC ASAP. Summer is a FUN time for our family, so I want to remember these times and, of course, share them with you all. Plus, I heard they’re your favorite kind of blog posts, so I’ll be sure to keep ’em coming!

This “day in the life” post is actually from last Friday. (Seriously, how is it already Tuesday? I used to update my blog within hours of things happening – oh, how times have changed!) The day started kind of meh, but ramped up into quite the fun Friday. Ok, here we go!

Friday morning started bright and early at 4:45 AM. Now that Quinn does part-time preschool and Mal is home for the summer, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible with them, which means squeezing in work at odd times of the day. It’s not ideal, but I’d rather wake up early than miss out on quality time with them. Plus, even if I try to work in my office when they’re home, they both come in and out like 10 million times, so I don’t get much done anyway. Ha!

I worked for a solid 2 hours before Quinn woke up, so it was definitely a win for me. Once he was awake, we headed downstairs and had “hugs and snugs” on the couch. We were both hungry, so made use breakfast. For him: A smoothie and a PB & J bar from Trader Joe’s.

For me: Cauliflower gnocchi (from Trader Joe’s) with shredded chicken, kale, and Parmesan cheese + a piece of toast with Justin’s cinnamon almond butter (<— so good! Quinn calls it “special peanut butter”) with banana slices on top. And, of course, iced coffee with Ripple vanilla creamer.

Please note the “real life” scene behind my breakfast photo. Our kitchen island is always insanely messy – everything just ends up there!

After breakfast, Mal got Quinn ready for school while I took Murphy for a walk. We’ve switched morning responsibilities since he got out of school, so I can start working first thing in the morning. Having Mal take Quinn to school has been such a huge help and really maximizes my time.

I worked for most of the morning and then drove into Boston for another doctor’s appointment. We’re still trying to get to the bottom of my phlegm-y cough. I have an appointment with a pulmonary specialist in mid-August, so, hopefully, we’ll get some answers then.

The appointment was at 11:45 AM, so I knew I’d be more than hungry after it, so I packed a bunch of snacks for the road: RXBAR, clementines, and Sour Cream & Onion Chips from Deep River Snacks. I love that these chips are made from simple ingredients, but still have an incredible burst of flavor! Plus, you’ll find a different charity on the back of every bag, because Deep River Snacks donates 10% of net profits each year. I love when brands give back like this, and it makes me want to support them even more!

After my appointment in the city, I drove back to the South Shore (and somehow miraculously avoided most of the Cape traffic) and popped into Rosa Farms for a smoothie and some more work. I actually had a meeting there later in the afternoon, so I just parked myself with my laptop at the coffee bar and banged out some work until it was time.

After the meeting, I packed up my things and headed home to grab my boys for another adventure at The Hangout at Union Point. If you’re local and haven’t been to The Hangout yet, please add it to your summer to do list! It’s a great spot and there’s so much to do there – including shopping, live music, food truck rodeos, movie nights, kids activities, classes, farmers’ market, yard games, and more!

Our first stop was the Brew Can, which is an outdoor bar with all sorts of drinks, fun, and games!

We met some of our friends there and hung out for awhile – it was quite the nice way to finish off the week!

We’ll definitely be back again soon!

Question of the Day

Local readers: Have you been over to The Hangout yet? 

Parents who work from home: What are your tips for getting work done?


  1. LOL I only recently started working from home so I get tips from you;-)

    I did have a coworker tell me she sat her husband and older kids down and told them that if her office door is shut they have to pretend she’s working in the actual office again because they were interrupting so much. It got through and things work a lot better.

  2. I am SO jealous you can forget what day it it…work full time and you.never.forget. Not for a single second.

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