The other day was not a good one.

It started with the upstairs shower leaking into our kitchen; a deep pool of water on the counter kicked off the day. After that I found a container of watermelon that had been left out all night *shudder*; then we received a giant bill from my son’s cardiologist and rounded out the day with sewage coming up the drain of our basement utility sink.

Oh, joy.

After all of that, let me tell you what I didn’t want to do: MAKE DINNER.

What I wanted to do was run away from my house of horrors and go get a drink! And that’s exactly what I did.

Lucky for me, there is an Applebee’s within walking distance of my house. I called a few people, told them to meet me there, and by the time the three of them arrived appetizers had already been delivered to the table!

Lots of appetizers. And, we ate every bit of them.

To compensate for the indulgence of tortilla chips, I ordered the Skinny Bee Margarita (YUM).

Though there weren’t a lot of vegan options on the menu, the waitress was more than accommodating and the manager brought me a list of foods that were meat and dairy free. There were also handy lists for food allergies.

I ended up with this spicy and delicious Sizzling Asian Shrimp and Broccoli (minus the shrimp).

You may also notice there is a beer there. It was spicy. I had to! Plus, the margarita was part of the appetizer.

Some people don’t have to worry about eating meat though. Color me jealous. I’m not going to lie. I stole some of those fries.

Then everyone else ordered this for dessert. This is a picture from Applebee‘s website, because I didn’t have time to take a picture before they started tearing into it.

By the time I got my phone out to snap a picture, it looked like this. Notice how they left one bite of cookie on the plate:

All in all, we had a few drinks, a lot of food and a ton of fun. I love living in a neighborhood where there is a restaurant that I can take my family to or meet a few girlfriends for happy hour. It was the perfect way to end my day on a high note.

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Applebee‘s and BlogHer want you to end your day on a high note too, because they’re giving one lucky reader a $150 Applebee‘s gift card! To be entered for a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post and answer the question, “When’s the last time you had a girl’s night out?

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  • Lisa Daly

    I have one at least monthly with my book club or otherwise known as “Wine club with a reading problem” ๐Ÿ™‚ It truly helps us stay sane right?!

  • Lisa Daly

    Could use a GC!

  • Celeste

    With three kids under the age of 5 I do not get girls nights often but when I do we often start or end at Applebee’s!

  • Net

    I can’t even remember. Isn’t that sad???

  • muffintopmommy

    IF by girl’s night you mean me chugging a beer crouched in the corner of my kitchen hiding from my three boys at witching hour, then, last night.

  • Lori

    I am in desperate need of a girls night out like this.

  • Lori!/mlkhfabian

  • shelly

    My last GNO was before my kids were born. My oldest just turned 11. Sad, but true.

  • Mami2jcn

    I haven’t had a night out just with the girls in over 9 years!

  • Joni

    Last Girls Night I attended had to be in May…drinks and laughter with a few of my GGW Sisters!!! Wish we could do it weekly, impossible, I know!!! My family loves Applebee’s, especially the half price appetizers…we make that our dinner!!!

  • Jo Hill

    We try to do it every Wednesday…. dosent always work out for all, but we shoot for it!

  • Mandy Blank

    I don’t get nights out anymore, but my best friend and I are going to lunch and a movie this weekend. Does that count?

  • L Robinson

    I have one coming up on Wednesday – in fact we try to go the third Wednesday of every month! Have to have some time out with just the ladies :).

  • AliciaC

    Girls night out? Good Heavens, I have no idea when the last one was…but boy does that dessert look GREAT!

  • Sarah

    I have an Applebee’s right across the street from my complex! I’d love to have a girl’s night!

  • edgefarms

    I’ve never had a girls night out but my husband and I do enjoy a nice meal at Applebee’s every once in a while.

  • Lee

    About 4 years ago? We were all to meet and go to a movie. Getting the children ready for the hubbies to babysit, the moms were late and the movie was sold out ๐Ÿ™ So much for our girls night out! Have not gone since.

  • WebSavvyMom

    –>A true girl’s night out – – it’s been over a year but I do a monthly bunco group that is ladies only. It’s just not as wild.

  • Pam

    gosh, i haven’t had a girl’s night out for a few years now. :/ i’m a pathetic loser who has no friends lol but that’s okay! i like to do ‘girls day out’ w my 15 and 13 year old daughters ๐Ÿ™‚ they LOVE applebee’s.

  • Pam

    tweeted ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Claire

    I met the girls for coffee last Friday but a whole meal would be even better.

  • Jessica

    Friday June 8th. The only reason I know the date is because I review the movies I see on my blog and we went to see What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I didn’t love the movie but we had a fun time out, just the girls. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Jessica


  • Throuthehaze

    The last girls night out I had was back in January.

  • Missy

    Not recently enough. The last Girl’s Nite Out was last month. But not near enough al-kee-haul was consumed, so I could use a redo!

  • Kristina Schafer

    My last girls night out was June 15th. Before that…my bachelorette party last July. Hopefully there won’t be such a big gap before the next one!

  • Laura

    Thursday, we call it a festival meeting!!!

  • Cupcake Blonde

    I wish I could have a girls’ night out, but all my girlfriends live far away. ๐Ÿ™ However, when I get to go home in a few months I would love a gift card to get all my girls together to see them at Applebee’s!

  • Headless Mom

    Girl’s night out? What is that of which you speak?

    Actually, my GNO is usually BlogHer. ๐Ÿ™

  • Leila

    Oh God, girls night out? I DID have dinner with a girlfriend last week but GNO usually means a few more women and a general air of frivolity, so…I don’t think that counts. Which means I can’t REMEMBER when I had the last GNO. I did do Girls Brunch on Sunday, but…also not the same. This is why I need to regain my life!!!

  • Rachael

    My last REAL girls night out was months ago, dinner at a local pizza place with Martini shakers for $9 and dancing at our local gay club. So much fun, and the dancing lets you work off those martinis! I am in desperate need of another night out, and I bet people’s schedules would clear up right quick if I said drinks were on me!

  • Kimberly P.

    I cannot even remember my last night out with the girls…feeling a bit pathetic!

  • Jayme

    Let’s see, today is July 17, so that would make my last girl’s night out, uh, let’s see…2 years ago? Roughly?

  • Jayme


  • Lisa S.

    A long time ago. 2003, I think.

  • Kathleen

    I can’t even REMEMBER the last time I had a girls night out! I am so ready for one!

  • Doris

    Its been so long we cannot remember, Oh wait!
    Thats right it was “Magic Mike” opening night!!
    So much fun and good times with the ladies

  • Rhea

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had a girls’ night out. That’s awful.

  • dysfunctional mom

    My last GNO was in April, and I keep reading about people going out for a Magic Mike GNO and I am super-jealous!

  • Jenny

    I’m overdue!!! It’s been a couple of months.

  • dysfunctional mom

    Tweeted it!

  • Kimberly

    Movie night last week!

  • Dawndi

    I had a girls’ night last night. We went to dinner and then headed back to one of the gal’s house to watch the Bachelorette. It’s a weekly tradition.

  • Anne Weber-Falk

    When WAS the last time I had a girl’s night out? Good question. It’s been so long I don’t remember. Thanks for the opportunity to give me another one!

  • Caro Beaudry

    Girls night out was last Friday! Right after the work week was over! It’s a blessing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tiffany Y

    Its been way too long. Like months ago. Too many mommas have babies and can’t get away. Plus some of my really good friends live states away, that puts a little damper on things.

  • Dale

    Last truly girls night I had was our annual girls Christmas party! It’s been too long!

  • Kelly D

    My last girl’s night out was 5+ years ago.

  • Kelly D


  • mare ball

    Can’t remember last girl’s night out. ๐Ÿ™

  • BusyDad

    Never. Damn these genitals!

  • Kerry

    Sadly, it’s been a few years!

  • Kerry


  • Livivua Chandler

    10 months ago before being pregnant

  • Livivua Chandler – tweeted

  • Arnebya

    Before reading this, I’d already been in a girl’s night out slump. So, I contacted three and we’re going out this Saturday. We were torn on where to eat. Momo to the rescue; Applebees it is. And I’ma haz a margarita or three.

  • Lizzie

    Sadly my last GNO was over two years ago. My bachelorette party. So sad!!!

  • Nellie

    I woould LOVE to have a girls night out. Those pics, omg im so hungry now!

  • Kattrinka

    HA! Must have been a hundred years ago……

  • Aubrey

    I last had a girls night out 3 months ago.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  • Erika

    I cannot remember my last night out with friends…maybe 3 or 4 years ago? It’s been far too long!

  • Barbara

    I had a girl’s night out for my 39th birthday last week! So fun to laugh away a day I was dreading

  • beth

    I had a whole girls’ *weekend* at the end of June to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of college graduation. It was marvelous and much-needed!

  • DC

    I can’t remember the last time I had a girls’ night out. Unless you count a marching band moms’ meeting, which I don’t. My twins are leaving for college on Aug. 23, would love to have a girls’ night with them before they leave.

  • Amy Tong

    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

  • Amy Tong

    tweeted about this giveaway:

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Elisabeth

    It’s been too long!

  • Elisabeth

  • sy

    We had a girl’s night out this past friday, it was relaxing after a long day at work. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • sy

    songyueyu at gmail

  • Jessie C.

    Last time I had a girl’s night out was last summer.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Jessie C.

  • sandra

    a couple nights ago

  • Norma

    If a girls afternoon out counts, I had one about a year ago.

  • LAMusing

    It’s been over 5 years! That’s just sad.

  • LAMusing

  • Crystal Warren

    Its been way toooooo long (like over a year!!) 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

  • Crystal Warren

    I tweeted too!

  • Gina M


    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Gina M

    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

  • Angela

    Months! It’s been months!!! (I was really jazzed to read that the manager was accommodating for the vegan thing. As I (slowly) approach The Vegan Thing, it’s good to know that Applebee’s won’t turn me away!)

  • Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy

    I”ve actually been lucky enough to have several girls nights out lately. Two of which were downtown Chicago courtesy of some fab brands I work with!

  • anash

    no girls night out in 6 years! would love to have one although..Thanks for a super giveaway!

  • anash

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Kim Q

    My last girl’s night out was for a friend’s bachelorette party. I stayed out until a late 9:30. Go me! HA!

  • Judy B.

    It was about 2 months ago

  • Judy B.


  • Amanda Sakovitz

    We finally just went out this past weekend to dinner. It had been a really long time before that!
    pokergrl8 at

  • Amanda Sakovitz

  • Amy @ A Little Nosh

    I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had a Girls Night Out, but next weekend at BlogHer, that’s what I’ll be doing all weekend!

  • Elena

    It has been 7 years since I had a girl’s night out

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  • Elena

  • Ellen B

    so long ago I can’t even remember – I need this

  • Ellen B

  • Debbie B

    i had a girls night out about a month ago! Out to a movie and dinner

  • Debbie B

    i tweeted here:

  • Mara Zamora

    I’ve never had a girls night out ! I became a a mom at the age of 17 and lost nearly all my friends at 15 years old .I’m now a 20 year old single mommy and i stay home with my daughter everyday .I would love nothing more than to eat out with a friend to catch up or even with my sister lol .I definitely need a night out to forget about my issues with my daughter’s father .

    fingers & toes crossed

  • Tina M


  • Tina M

  • maria cantu

    Its been like ten years since girls night out.

  • Becky McClelland

    I can’t remember the last time I had a girls night out :(. I need one desperately – and Applebee’s sound like the perfect place!

  • jennifer horn

    It’s been about 10 months since I had a GNO.

  • jennifer horn

  • Jamie@SouthMainMuse

    Trying to remember last girl’s night out. Maybe a few months ago. But I do have book club on Thursday. That counts for me. And speaking of Applebees and neighborhoods, Tom Dupree – who started Applebees was my neighbor until about a year ago.

  • ashley

    I can’t remember!

  • ashley

  • Valerie

    I finally got together with a good friend last month but prior to that, it had been since last Fall! Yikes!

  • cassie

    It has been way way way WAY too long!!!

  • cassie TWEETED!

  • Christina Tong

    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.


  • Christina Tong

    I tweeted about this promotion:


  • Mari

    I had a girls night out two weeks ago, we went out for dinner and drinks.
    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Mari

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Laura Ari

    We had a girl’s night out last week. There is nothing better to raise the spirits!

  • Tabathia B

    It’s been about several years
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia B

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Debbie C

    I need a girl’s night out because my last one was several months ago. Too long to remember the date!


  • Debbie C

    @chrisdeglen Tweeted –


  • angie lilly

    I do not have girls nights out ever. I used to in college, but only because I was single! LOL Just not my thing.

  • angie lilly

    I tweeted here:

  • ewhatley

    It’s been way too long since we had a girls’ night out – we need to work on that.

  • Jill L

    If you count sitting around a fire after the kids went to bed on a camping trip, then a few weeks ago. Otherwise it’s been a few years.

  • Jill L


  • Nicole Larsen

    The last time was WELL over a year ago!

  • Nicole Larsen


  • Laura Jacobson

    OH wow! Last girls night out for me was about 10 years ago before I had my first back surgery. I dont get out often anymore, but it sure is needed!

  • Laura Jacobson

    I also tweeted

  • Betty C

    My daughter and I had a night out about a year ago but none since. It’s been too long.

  • Betty C

    Tweet –

  • Erica Best

    i couple months ago i think may

  • Erica Best

  • Debra F

    Iโ€™m a working mom, so I cherish the time I get away from home with the girlsโ€ฆ..often we just stay in at someoneโ€™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!

  • Debra F


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