November 15, 2013

A GIRLS NIGHT OUT (sponsored by Brio)

I don’t get out much.  Between caring for a toddler, blogging, working, running a household, a husband who works crazy hours, and other responsibilities, my idea of relaxing is getting a hot cocoa in the Starbucks drive-thru while running errands.  So sad, but so true.  I’m a sucker for those skinny hot cocoas.

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So, when Brio asked me to gather a few of my girlfriends for a night out to celebrate the holiday season, it took me a approximately -1.5 seconds to say yes.  I gathered up a few of my life-long friends who needed a night out as much as I did, and we headed to dinner.  This time of year is a great one to get together for dinner with old friends because often out-of-staters come back home.  The atmosphere was relaxed so it was ideal for Sara’s new baby girl who tagged along as the 4th lady in the group.  Could you just die?  She looks like a living doll.

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I had only been to Brio one other time for lunch and it was both Deborah and Sara’s first time, so we were grateful our cutie batootie server had some great recommendations.  We started off with several appetizers and let me just make this decision for you:  get the Spicy Shrimp and Eggplant.  It was amazing.  We all agreed, it was divine.

For the main course, we all chose pasta dishes.  Each was wonderful and we shared them.  I especially loved mine– the Pasta Pesto– because it was light.  I was saving room for dessert, ya’ll.

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All three deserts we ordered were lovely.  And by lovely, I mean heavenly.  And rich.  And awesome.

We talked and ate and laughed and ate and talked some more.  Getting together made me realize how much I needed that, and how nice it is to enjoy a great meal with your girls from time to time (no offense, men!).  We can’t wait to plan our next Brio dinner.  Thank you for the wonderful evening, Brio!

Do you have any fun plans to catch up with friends for the holidays?  I would love to hear them!

Psssst:  I’m over at Dress Corilynn today talking about my personal style and how to dress professionally for your career.  Check it out!

Happy weekend!  Hope you get to spend it with those you love.


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  1. Shannon

    November 15th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Jen! Every time I visit your page your picture at the top right stops me in my tracks. You look amazing. The smile on your face, the rose in your cheeks and the bangs I’ve been dying to try for myself for years now but am too chicken to. You look amazing. (ok, stalker talk over now, ha!) Anyways, I love your blog and love following you. Girls night outs are a definitely a necessity even with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Gotta make time for it 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Jen

    November 15th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Well, this just made my night! Thank you so much for your sweet words, and thanks for reading! Hope you stop by often. xx

  3. emily debry

    November 17th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Love your blog and love Brio such great place to get an amazing meal

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