Life Is Better Shared — with Friends! And Drinks! At Applebee’s! (+Giveaway)

Summer is a hard time for moms who are friends. We’re busy hanging out with our kids and managing their summer schedules. Crazy life.

But like Applebee’s, I believe that Life is Better Shared. And since I haven’t had a Girls’ Night Out in quite some time, last week before we left for vacation I sent a text message to a number of friends, hoping they could get together — on short notice — at Applebee’s.

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I feared they would already have plans; texting on a Tuesday for a Friday isn’t really a lot of notice for busy moms. The text messages started flying back: “Yes!” “Oh my god, I need a night out!” “See you then!” I’m sure it helped that I said I was paying!

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We had a lovely time together. We had some lovely cocktails — I remember the Bahama Mama, the lemonade name and the Strawberry Mojito as the ones I tasted since we passed them around for tastes. I would drink any of those three again… right now. So good!

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We also went hog-wild with appetizers. My favorite three were the Spinach Artichoke Dip, the Queso Blanco and — the table’s absolute favorite — Chicken Wonton Tacos. Honestly, the next time I make it to Applebee’s, I think I might order that as a meal. They were so delicious that we had to pass around the last one, taking bites, because we couldn’t agree on whoever got the last one. Amazing.

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Oh, and uh, we may have indulged in some Hot Fudge Shooters for dessert. Shooters don’t have alcohol. Just lots and lots of amazing ice cream. And did I say hot fudge?

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Food aside, we had such a great time at Applebee’s. We talked — a lot. We caught up on everything that’s gone on in our lives since we saw each other last.

There were fun topics: summer plans, vacation, how old and new relationships are going. There were heavy topics; adoption, divorce, back injuries. We’re not all gloom and doom. We laughed a lot. I love my friends and a chance together with good food and drinks. It was a blast. I loved that it wasn’t too loud in the restaurant so we could hear each other — though our noisy laughter might have made it hard for others to hear each other. Apologies to those around us!

Yay friends! @fouragainsttwo @2princessmama
Two of my good friends!

So now I want to know: When’s the last time you had a girls’ night out?Answer the question via comments to be entered for a chance to win a $150 Applebee’s gift card.

Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
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d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 7/16/12 – 8/3/12.
Be sure to visit the Applebee’s Life Is Better Shared page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

 

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87 Replies to “Life Is Better Shared — with Friends! And Drinks! At Applebee’s! (+Giveaway)”

  1. That looks like a fun girls’ night out! My last girls’ night out was on Memorial Day – it gave me a chance to wear a striped blue and white sunhat. =)

  2. I LOVE the drink there and the food is awesome too. Last time I went to Applebees I think I may have licked my plate! lol I’d love a girls night out

  3. The last time I had a girl’s night out was too many months ago…I think over 6 months ago…so long that I lost track. I can’t wait to plan my next girl’s night out and enjoy some great food at Applebee’s!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  4. I had a girls night out last week with my best friend. I had won tickets to a show, and we were able to go to dinner first. It was a great night!

  5. I had one this past friday. Thanks for the review and giveaway. We like to go to applebee’s to get together with friends.
    songyueyu at gmail

  6. I just went out with my best bid from the 7th grade! I flew to Colorado and spent the week wih her, while we spent time with her family we manage to go out to eat three times to just be together! We try and do this once a year.

  7. Eeeek. Maybe a year? Two. It’s been waaaay too long and I’m fairly certain I deserve one more than most people I know. And my two autism mommy friends I meet for coffee once in a blue moon need it, too. So I’m taking them with me!

  8. Its been way toooooo long but the last girls night I had my friends and I attended an Indigo Girls concert with dinner and great wine beforehand and some mischievousness afterward!
    amethyst2272 at gmail.com

  9. Last time I went to a girl’s night out, it was about a year ago and we went to P.F. Changs. It has definitely been a while!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. A girl’s night out? I can’t even remember! Even though my kids are grown and gone, it still sounds like a really wonderful idea. Your generation, I think, is much much better than mine about tending to those “women only” personal relationships on a regular basis. Glad you had such a good time :-)

  11. I’ve never had a girls night out ,i went from a teen to a teen mom .I Lost nearly all friends when i was 15 years old and the little friends i do have would love to go out with me to catch up but i dont have money .I’m a full time student and i’m working hard to get my HS diploma and then i still plan on going to college .(Btw i’m 20 years old now)

    I’ll keep my fingers & toes crossed <3
    i could definitely use a girls night out to distract myself from all my problems with my daughter's father .He nearly killed me when i was pregnant and till this day i still have issues with him .Sorry for blabbing a lot lol .

    cupcakebabe416@gmail.com
    thank you for the chance
    xoxo

  12. My last girl’s night out was at least 6 months ago that I couldn’t remember the date. I love this giveaway, if I won I can plan to have my next girl’s night out soon and enjoy great food at the Applebee’s.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  13. It’s been years since I had a girls’ night out. The closest thing would be girls’ evening around the campfire after the kids went to sleep. Would love to go out and have someone else cook for me.

  14. i havent had a girls night without the kids in 6 years, yes, correct 6 years…i would sure love to have another…Thanks for a super giveaway!

  15. I’m a working mom, so I cherish the time I get away from home with the girls…..often we just stay in at someone’s house, but I think it would be great to be able to go out and have other people prepare and clean for once!!!It’s been a while since our last time, and we are due!

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