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Mother and Daughter Outing: Hotel Sleepover with Friends

I had a fun outing with my daughter last weekend, and I wanted to share about it, in case anyone out there might enjoy a similar experience. My 8 year old daughter and I met some friends for dinner and a hotel sleepover, it was so fun!  The collage below is a mini photo shoot with just me and my girl (taken by my friend Heather).Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends

We went with my friends  Heather and Tricia, whom I met several years ago in different random ways. They are both local photographers, I met Heather when we were both shooting at the same location with different clients (and I rarely shoot at that location) and I met Tricia in Houston when her family was being photographed by a photographer from Utah that we both admired–I was her assistant for the day–and realized we both lived in Austin. That was about 3.5 years ago, I introduced them to each other, and it just clicked with us right away. Two years ago, we attended a photography retreat, and have photographed each others families several times (I love swapping this service). I even photographed the birth of Heather’s 3rd baby!  You must see Tricia’s family photo shoot with the feather pillow fight on a bed in a field and our 2011 card.

We each have girls in a similar age range, and for a while now we’ve talked about having a mother/daughter outing with them. We met for dinner at the Macaronni Grill, and the girls had a grand ‘ole time drawing all over the paper tablecloth and being silly together.

Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends

We then headed to our hotel to enjoy the activities we had planned. I saw online that my friend Cheryl at TidyMom shared a 2 ingredient chocolate facial recipe recently, and I thought that would be SO fun to do with the girls!  I didn’t have the coconut oil on hand, so did another search and found this chocolate oatmeal face mask recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen. I liked that the oatmeal was used as an exfoliant! It also had honey, sour cream, cocoa powder, and oatmeal–all ingredients that I had at home! Let me say it is an understatement that the girls thought this mask was pretty fabulous. Then they got nervous at the idea at first…then said it was cold…….but it was so fun and we all laughed so hard!

Chocolate Face Mask//Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends

These are so fun to look at, with my daughter slapping it on my face, and I on hers. It’s activitities like this–that are so out of the ordinary–that I hope will stand out in my childs’ mind, of a happy childhood. My daughter and I actually have once a month sleepovers at home, but this one was the most grandiose of all!

Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends

Yes, I know, it may not look like chocolate, but I promise, it is!

Then we’ve got our group shot:

Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends

After we washed off the mask, we made fabric necklaces with marbles, ate s’mores, and just let the girls play til midnight!  Here are some random shots from the evening:

Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends Mother and Daughter Outing ideas: chocolate mask and hotel with friends

My friends Heather and Tricia are so creative with their shots, you should follow them on Instagram, you’ll be inspired, I promise!

 Heather on IG//Tricia on IG

Heather took most of the pictures on her BIG camera, and a lot were taken on Tricia’s phone (because mine is so old and slow), so I can’t take credit hardly any of the images!

This post is about outings, but you can have a fun mother/daughter night at home, too. So lets brainstorm on mother/daughter outings:

  • Hotel Sleepover
  • Pedicure
  • Out to Lunch
  • Picnic at the Park
  • Splashing/Wading in a river
  • Photography “I spy” adventure
  • Nature Walk
  • You each have $10 to spend on each other at a store
  • Modeling cute clothes in a fancy dressing room
  • Take a mother/daughter friend out with you!

Don’t forget to Capture the Joy in front of the Lens and get in pictures with your family!!

I’d love to hear if you have fun outing suggestions, or tell me about something fun you’ve done with your daughter, or let me know if you’ve ever tried a chocolate face mask–and yes–it was quite tasty, too!

Kristen Duke

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  1. Ok… this just looks like WAY too much fun. I can’t wait for the girls to be a little older to do this kind of stuff. You’re such a FUN MOM Kristin!!

  2. So fun! Do your kids know each other already (meaning have you done fun things with these families before)? I can’t say that I have mixed my friends (well, the ones I would share a hotel room with) and my kids…

    My daughter and I had a lunch and movie date recently, and it was so fun! We are now planning on doing this more often. Thanks for the inspiration :D

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You know, my girl didn’t know theirs too well, but she’s outgoing, so I didn’t think it would be a problem. She’s young enough, as a teen it might not work as well, but I’ve been thinking about her good friends whose moms I’m also good friends with to do something like this in the future!

  3. Such a cute idea!! I love it! I’m totally going to do that with my girls. :D

  4. How Fun!!!! This is a great idea.

  5. so fun Kristen!!! you must try the coconut oil one too, I liked it better than the oatmeal one I did for Gourmande in the Kitchen. The oatmeal one was nice, but MUCH thicker, so that’s when I decided to try the simple one with coconut oil.

    What a great idea for a party!! I bet they loved it, we had so much fun at my house when I was experimenting with these 2 recipes!!

  6. Oh this is so fun :) :) I”m going to put this in a file folder of fun stuff to do. I can’t wait to be a mother, just so I can share fun experiences like this with my children :) :) Thanks for sharing the photos :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

  7. You did such a great job summarizing our fun night! I’m so blessed to have “accidentally” met you in Houston – some things are meant to be!!!

  8. that looks like SO much fun! You daughters will remember that night forever… great memories!
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  9. How fun!!
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  10. This is seriously the sweetest idea!! I must do this with my daughter and some friends some day!!


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