Spark Something New – Our Date Nite at P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang's collageWith all that we’ve had going on over the last few weeks (not to mention the hyper-speed move coming up), a little time alone for Mom and Dad was in order. Sometimes that means Monday night is the best time for a date night. Thanks so much to P. F. Chang’s for sponsoring this discussion and our date night!

P.F. Changs small platesRandy and I each have our favorite go-to menu items at P.F. Chang’s but tonight we were ready to order something that made us feel like legit foodies. We had heard about the new sushi and small plates menu available and were excited to share a few of them.  I am so glad we did because I think I have several new favorites now!

PF Changs small Plate CollageEDAMAME HUMMUS – This is a twist on hummus is a signature blend of fresh edamame, sesame seeds, ginger, and a hint of chili. Served with house-made crisp plantains
DYNAMITE SCALLOP ROLL – P.F. Chang’s signature California Roll topped with seared scallops, finished with a creamy sriracha sauce
ASIAN CARNITAS BAO – Carnitas with an Asian twist. Seared chili marinated pork stuffed in soft steamed pillow bao buns, served with a fresh pineapple salsa

These are just a few of the items on P.F Chang’s new menu, go here to check out the full selection!

We love visiting P.F. Chang’s for date night or get together with friends because the taste combinations are awesome and always priced well! Their extended happy hour is easy to remember and easy on the budget too with everything on the P.F. Chang’s happy hour menu priced at just $3-7 from 3- 7 pm.  Don’t fret if you arrive early or are running late though,  these tasty selections can be ordered from the regular menu any time of day.

Starting July 23rd, all P.F. Chang’s in the Dallas area will feature “Sushi, Small Bites & Wine Flights Wednesdays,” a selection of wines expertly paired with the newest menu offerings at  one great price.

Of course, we couldn’t head home without requesting one of the new lattes to go. It was ready in a flash and we enjoyed our coffee as we chatted more on the way home.  Date nights should always include great food and great conversation! Remember to visit P.F. Chang’s on your next night out with friends or special someone.

 

June 21st : A 12 Year Tribute

June 21st officially marks the first day of summer each year. For Randy & I specifically, June 21st also marks another year of marriage. This year makes a dozen.

june 21st summer

When we choose the date for our wedding, it was just the day that made the most sense. We actually had no clue June 21st was the first day of summer (I probably would have picked a different date, as summer was my least favorite season).  My consolation is that it is also officially the longest day of the year. This means, we have the most available sunlight possible in which to reflect on the crazy adventures we’ve had –  And of course dream up new adventures for the years to come.

It was during this reflection time yesterday that I decided to make a few short lists of things we’ve done together that are just “us”. There is some sort of crazy story that belongs to each and a million memories that make me smile. These stories and smiles are the tales of a happy couple and  lives well lived.  I hope we get to share them in detail one day and I look forward to having a million more stories to share over the next dozen years.

June 21st : A 12 Year Tribute

Unique things we’ve done

  • Run with Bulls
  • Laid on a Bed of Nails
  • Crawled inside cave
  • Met Penn Jillette &  Simon Cowell
  • Flown a plane
  • Swam with sea turtles
  • Stayed out all night walking in NYC
  • Been on live television together
  • Driven with a professional speed driver
  • Explored a waterfall
  • Danced near the stage while George Strait sang live

A Few Places We’ve Gone Together ( I know I am missing a ton)

  • Texas
  • St. Thomas
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • South Carolina
  • A 24 hour round trip road trip from the Southern U.S. to the Northern US

Different Ways We’ve Traveled Together

  • Hot air Balloon
  • Planes
  • Train
  • Ferry
  • In Parades
  • Cars
  • Bus
  • Boats
  • We’ve even rode an elephant once
  • Walked miles
  • Run 5ks/10ks

There has been so much more “life” that filled in the gaps. Life that has included laughter, tears, children, pets, hard work, and lazy afternoon naps. No matter how we choose to spend our time, we’ve always enjoyed it most when we are together. Happy Anniversary!

EVITA Opens tonight at Fair Park

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical opens at Fair Park tonight! My husband got our tickets for this performance at Christmas. I know it will be amazing – Perfect for a Dallas date night! The show opens tonight, April 15th running through April 27th at Music Hall in Fair Park.  You can get your tickets on the Dallas Summer Musicals website.Evita 1

Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. 

EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”  Don’t miss the stunning new production of EVITA, directed by MICHAEL GRANDAGE and choreographed by ROB ASHFORD, that Channel 4 New York calls “THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!”

Evita cast

The New York Times-“NO COMPOSER SINCE PUCCINI HAS MANAGED TO WRITE TUNES THAT ADHERE SO INSISTENTLY TO THE MEMORY. And this production accords EVITA the kind of respect usually reserved for Verdi and Wagner.”

My Husband’s #1 Secret to a Happy Marriage #HappyWivesClub

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This post is part of the Happy Wives Club Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!  

Yep, you read that right. I am about to reveal to you my husband’s number #1 secret to our happy marriage. (Keep reading, it’s probably not what you think.) A little background on “our story”, my husband and I were both young, our early twenties, when we met. We became best friends from the very day we met. We were very different from one another but balanced each other nicely and always had such fun when we were together. We remained “just friends” for quite some time and even dated other people throughout our friendship. Being best friends prior to dating was such a benefit to our relationship and our marriage now. We didn’t begin our relationship by only showing each other the best sides of our personalities or primping for hours before getting together. We started out as go to the gym, hair pulled back in a ponytail, guess-what-dumb-thing-I- just-did- phone-call, “can you help me move?”,  let’s go on and adventure, type of friends. With all that already under our belt, dating was a breeze.

Us - best friendsgoofy us most of the timemarriageAlice Randy & zombies

Marrying your best friend is perfection. However, marriage is never easy in the beginning. Everyone has their own way of doing things and usually the “my way is better” comes out whether you are male or female. Sometime within the first year of marriage, it came out between us too. One evening we were discussing an issue and the conversation became more heated. I’m sure the issue at hand was trivial now but clearly at the time I needed to make “my way” come out on top, so I elevated my tone A LOT  a little.

My husband completely stopped talking and looked at me, a little puzzled.

“What? Why are you looking at me like that? Don’t you have anything else to say?” I said, as I was half formulating my next response.

Not really. I am just wondering why you are yelling.

That was all he said.

“What? We are just communicating. Are you just giving up? Don’t you care about being RIGHT?!?”  (at the time, I didn’t even realize what I was doing was yelling. I simply thought I was just getting my point across more effectively.)

What he said next humbled me and has resolved all issues of elevated tones in our marriage. It has become my husband’s #1 secret to our happy marriage.

He looked into my eyes and very honestly replied, ” I don’t think we need to yell to communicate, I will always love YOU more than being right.

That statement completely rocked my world. It shut down all conflict. There was no longer an opposing force. With that one statement, we were on the same team again. Anyone who has ever played on a team in sports or worked on a team project together, knows that to be a good leader or teammate, you need to communicate effectively and help others succeed. One persons success means success for everyone. If we were on the same team, I had to help him succeed too. From that day on I knew, my husband cared about what I cared about and was willing to put my needs before his own. If he could do that for me, I was willing to do the same for him.

“I will always love YOU more than being right” has become our secret to a happy marriage for twelve years now. With so many discouraging stories of divorce and unhappy marriages, its encouraging to know happy marriages do exist and not just in fairy tales.

Fawn Weaver and I at BBC Dallas

Me with Fawn Weaver, founder and Author of Happy Wives Club, at Bloggy Boot camp Dallas 2013

A couple of months ago, I got the opportunity to meet Fawn Weaver at a conference and her story blew me away. Fawn was a happily married woman running a successful business—and then something happened. Maybe it was divorce rate reports on the evening news, The Real Housewives of Orange County, or any daytime talk show where husbands and wives dramatically reveal their betrayals.  Everywhere she looked, Fawn saw negative portrayals of marriage dominating the airwaves and dooming everyone to failure. Looking at Keith, the love of her life, she knew that wasn’t true. She was determined to find and connect with women just like her—happy and optimistic about marriage, deeply in love with her spouse, and committed to building a strong marriage that stands the test of time. On a whim, she started the blog HappyWivesClub.com and sent the link to 5 friends. What started as a casual invitation to five women exploded into an international online club with 150,000 members in more than 100 countries. Happy Wives Club is Fawn’s journey across the world to meet new friends and discover what makes their marriages great. 

Fawn Weaver, the founder of the Happy Wives Club wrote a book about the best marriage secrets the world has to offer. They say the book is like “Eat, Pray, Love meets The 5 Love Languages.” I say the book is inspiring. You can grab a copy HERE.

Do you have a secret that has made your marriage great? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about your success.

Fitness Fridays

Now that I am fairly comfortable in sharing this fitness journey of mine with the whole wide world internet and in an effort to keep myself more accountable I announce to you a new series on the blog: FITNESS FRIDAYS!!!

Fitness Fridays will sum up our fitness journey each week. While after a good run I might be throwing out endorphin dust like the tooth fairy during hockey season, the postings for Fitness Fridays will contain the honest ups, downs, new products we’re trying, transparent beauty and ugly faces of this journey. Wins & fails. Its not new one. We’ve been working on this one for awhile. I’ve got  a few stories to share, learned a few things, stored up several shout outs to some incredible mentors and friends, and still have many, many goals ahead. Now, don’t get crazy, I will not be taking weekly pictures of my scale but do I hope to encourage you and I hope you all will encourage me too. This is after all, part of my/our story. Come along with us and lets see where this takes us – Life is an adventure!
 
Have you blogged about your fitness journey or have a fitness story to share? Post a comment or link to your blog post below- I’d love to follow your journey too! You can never have to many people cheering you on 🙂