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July 21, 2014 in mantra

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Because YES. 

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Date nights are super hard to come by these days (no surprise, I’m sure). And whenever Chad & I can get away we tend to hit up an early dinner (or happy hour) so that we can be home early in time for Moosh to be put to bed.

The other day we had our sitter come over so we could go to a late lunch/early dinner at P.F. Changs! I was super excited to have an adult-only date with Chad! Usually we’re trying to eat as quickly as possible before Moosh makes a scene! A change of pace (literally) was needed.

The new summer menu at P.F. Changs is full of fresh ingredients and seasonal produce! It was hard to pick just one entree from the new menu!

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I ended up trying the Spicy Paloma (made with tequila and fresh jalapeño slices, balanced with freshly-squeezed white grapefruit juice) paired with Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Spring Rolls. 

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Chad was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to drink this because he could smell the intense jalapeno flavors as soon as the drink arrived at our table. But truthfully — it was the perfect combination of heat and sweet!

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Especially with the light & fresh flavors of the spring rolls!

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Apparently I was craving spicy flavors because for my entree I went with the Seared Ahi with Wasabi Guacamole. I very rarely have the opportunity to eat rare ahi, and have never had guacamole at an Asian restaurant, so it was an obvious choice. And I wasn’t disappointed. And I wasn’t overwhelmed by the heat of the guacamole with the heat of the drink. 

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Chad opted for the Orange Peel Shrimp. Shrimp is definitely not my thing. But I tried it, and the sauce was delicious. I told him it would be perfect if it was on chicken. Ha! Yep, I just don’t do shrimp.

Overall, we were impressed with the summer menu and the options.

In addition to the new menu, P.F. Changs is running a “Perfect Pairings” contest! From now until August 18, go to www.pfchangs.com/perfectpairings to enter to win a trip to Boston for an exclusive Samuel Adams Brewery Tour for two (winner and one guest), followed by a 4-course craft beer dinner at the P.F. Chang’s downtown Boston.

 

Thank you P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring today’s discussion and for the tasty date night!

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Before Moosh came along, we went to the movies at least once a week. And every. single. time. we would order popcorn. We weren’t (and still aren’t) the type of people to go out to bars and clubs. Nope. Instead we went to the movies and snacked on popcorn.

But things changed once Moosh was born. In fact, once I became pregnant I pretty quickly knew that going to the theater was just not in the cards for us anymore. And now anytime Chad & I can get away for a few hours, the last thing I want to do is sit in a dark theater with no conversation.

So these days we do what’s comfortable — we sit at home in our PJs after Moosh goes to sleep in front of our TV (and sometimes our projector screen!) with whatever new release we can find!

Giving up the theater was one thing; but giving up my popcorn was another! And it’s been a struggle to find something that semi-resembles the awesomeness of movie theater popcorn.

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Thankfully (through many trials and tribulations) I’ve found something that resembles movie-theater popcorn — thanks to Pop Secret’s Perfect Pop app (for iOS & android!). My enthusiasm for popcorn just amplifies my enthusiasm for movies (and movie night!).

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Just me + Chad, sharing a bowl of popcorn. It may not be glamorous, but it’s my fave way to spend a night in!

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pop Secret.

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weekend wrap up // July 10th thru 13th

July 17, 2014
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GUYS!! This weekend was amazeballs. Seriously. Thursday – After work I met up with some friends at the Nauti Vine Winery for my friend Cristin’s birthday celebration. Cristin and I nearly accidentally stumbled upon this winery a month or so back during a girls night out. The location is beautiful — it’s located on Portage […]

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weekend wrap up // 4th of July edition !

July 15, 2014
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I swear we are still recovering from our Fourth of July weekend. I know, I know… it was over a week ago. But we packed a LOT into a little bit of time. Thursday night, after work, Moosh & I went on a mini-date… just the two of us! We went to the Akron Art […]

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weekly mantra //

July 14, 2014
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Friends, it’s been hard not to ride this weekend high into Monday morning! I’ve been trying to wrap my head around all the fun & craziness that’s been happening over the last couple of weeks, but everytime I sit down to put it into words…. I just can’t. Not yet, at least. Don’t get me […]

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Summer Lovin’ // July 12th

July 12, 2014
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Winter in the Midwest seems to last FOR.EV.ER. Come Spring (which lasts for two days) and summer, it seems like all of us Ohioans try and cram as much into these short few months as possible. And the events are a-plenty, my friends! Just looking at my social calendar for the next several months has […]

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weekly mantra //

July 7, 2014
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Because sometimes you need a reminder to sparkle… 

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Eating Clean // My 7-day Challenge

July 4, 2014
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A few weeks ago I helped run a 7-day Clean Eating Challenge/Support Group on Facebook. I’ve been getting my own eating habits back on track and wanted to put together a group of people looking to jumpstart their own clean-eating habits! We provided a meal plan with clean-eating guidelines as well as gluten-free and veg […]

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weekend wrap up // June 27th edition

July 1, 2014
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This weekend can be summed up in just a few words — Busy. Fun. Tired. Friday started with a whirlwind of ‘stuff ‘ to do. First and foremost I had to take my car to have my brakes done. Not the most glamourous errand but it needed to be done. Then Moosh and I were […]

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