Monday, July 9, 2012

girls night and a GIVEAWAY


I love having my kids home for the summer.  Not much of a schedule, lazy afternoons and lots of time together.  That being said, it does get a little complicated with my painting schedule.  With as busy as I have been in that regard, finding balance is hard.  It is my responsibility to make sure my kids have a great summer and it is also my responsibility to help out financially at the moment.  Figuring out how to do both well leaves me a little rundown sometimes.

I have a great group of friends that used to get together regularly, but as our families grow, there is less time to get out and enjoy girls time.  We recently decided to get together and head out to dinner at Applebees.  It was much needed and so good for all of us to check out and enjoy some time catching up and eating yummy food. (Applebees has the most delicious Chicken Caesar Salad!)  The atmosphere there is casual and relaxing and we ended up chatting and eating for over two hours!  Our server was great and didn't try to shove us along so she could reseat our table.  That is always nice.
I usually feel a wee bit guilty getting out and enjoying time with friends, but I always come home so glad I did because I'm rejuvenated and ready to be better in all my areas in my life.

If you don't follow Applebees already, they are on Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.  They are encouraging us females to get out and enjoy some much needed time socializing with friends.  Many of us do not make as much time for that as we need to and Applebees is working to get us out to enjoy some great company and good food.  

They are hosting a giveaway to allow you to do just that.

Could you use a girls night out too?  Leave a note in the comments section telling me why and be entered to win in a $150 Applebees giveaway!

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
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
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 7/9/12 – 8/3/12.
Be sure to visit the Applebee's Life Is Better Shared page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggersĂ­ reviews and find more chances to win!

140 comments:

  1. Yes! My pregnant friends are all saving for babies, so it'd be great to treat them to a night out!

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  2. I could use one because I haven't had one in 10 years! (since I started having children)

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  3. AnonymousJuly 09, 2012

    Lets be real...what female would not say they need a night out..:) However just moved back into town after 10 years in out of state.. (HATED IT!!!!) would love to catch up with old friends!! maureen ssdmmf@yahoo.com

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  4. I could totally use a girl's night. My husband just retuned from a 12 month deployment and after having a 3 year old and 2 year old 24/7/365 with NO break... I would love a night out!!

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  5. AnonymousJuly 09, 2012

    I could really use a ight out! I have been assisting with the financial and physical care of my elderly father for the past two years. My father is a left leg amputee and is also blind due to complications from diabetes. I also work fulltime and have to maintain my household duties and make time for my husband. While I would make the same choice again if faced with this situation, having a break from providing meals would be awesome!

    ~LisaB
    lisa_coupons@yahoo.com

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  6. I was going to tell you why I need a night out - I may have to give my winnings to LisaB, who is caring for her father.
    Love to all caregivers! (and Applebees :)

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  7. After reading above comments mine is unworthy to write. They all deserve it - what do you say Applebee's?

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  8. the only girl's night i have anymore is with my sister and our babies, i dont remember the last time before

    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  9. i tweeted: https://twitter.com/thismomwins/status/222470781446262785

    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  10. I haven't had one in years and could really use one. Thank you for the chance!

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  11. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/222480983063146496

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  12. What a fun give away! I would love to win a Girls night! :) I think I should win the giveaway because it would change my life. I would consume mega calories while deepening my relationship with my besties! I would instantly be smarter, more fashionable, fit into my skinny jeans and my subtle wrinkles would vanish!
    :) Nat

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  13. I can not remember the last time that I had a girl's night out. It has to be before some of the ladies had children who are now 7 and that such age.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  14. i haven't seen my gal pals in a while and would appreciate a chance for a night out. it would be great to see them and catch up.

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  15. i tweeted - https://twitter.com/onitnaram/status/222511057678254081

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  16. My GF nd I are so far apart these days, winning this would be a great step towards geting that reunion together! Thanks for the chance to win. Your pic is great, you gals look like you had a great time.. What a pretty bunch of ladies!

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  17. My sisters and I all recently had babies. We neeeeeeed a night out! :)

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  18. I agree with you - a girl's night out is so rejuvenating! It's difficult to make the time for it, but it's always worth it. I would love a night out with my friends. I have four little ones. Motherhood is great, but it's also hard! And I love Applebees; they have some of the best appetizers ever!

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  19. Being a mom AND working full-time AND running a thrift store blog leave me always feeling like I'm dropping the ball somewhere. I wholeheartedly believe in getting out to treat myself every couple weeks, for Happy Hour. Happy Hour is the best! Get your drink on, get a buzz, talk shyt, and be home by 10 -- now THAT is my idea of fun! Lol

    Serena
    Thrift Diving
    www.ThriftDiving.com

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  20. i could use one i had a baby in Jan and i been so busy!
    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  21. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/222697778026000384

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  22. AnonymousJuly 10, 2012

    Would be nice to get out.
    Stephanie
    imunbltognto19hdormatn@hotmail.com

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  23. What girl doesn't need a girls night out. Especially with it being summer.
    heiditrejo@gmail.com
    Cute Picture!

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  24. I haven't had a girls night in over 4 years and I could really use one with my college girlfriends!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  25. Applebees! Yummie! shannon.kaufman@gmail.com

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  26. It would be great to have a girls night out especially since I've been squandering of late because I'm my lack of income at the moment. This is exactly what a girl needs good times, foods and drinks!

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  27. What a great giveaway! Thanks! momtheintern@gmail.com

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  28. I tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/momtheintern/status/222763267137867777

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  29. I could really use this. I can't even remember the last time I had a girls night. No time or money.

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  30. Goodness, gracious! I need a GNO because I've been babysitting my niece all week, which makes five kids for us (feels like a million). I need to get outta the chaos for a night.

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  31. I'm in desperate need of girls night out, especially since I've been working 80 hour weeks and my son is out of town so a perfect time to treat myself with a night out! :)
    mwelch1027@yahoo.com

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  32. And I tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/YoMommaRuns/status/222805792745717760

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  33. I love Applebee's! This girl could use a girl's night out! I have 2 young boys, pregnant with my 3rd, and my hubby is deployed to Afghanistan!

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  34. my friends and i have girl's night at least once a month

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  35. https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/222818965557223424

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  36. I love Applebee's! I am a SAHM to my three-year old son and my five-year old daughter who has special needs. Being a one income family money is tight, so I feel guilty for spending money on myself if I go out with my girlfriends. This would allow me and a few other SAHM an opportunity to go eat, drink, and be merry without the mommy guilt!!

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  37. I could use a girl's night out because I am home with my children all the time and I could use some adult conversation and good food & drinks.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  38. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/222887679484899328

    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  39. Just had a great girls night out at Applebees myself! Would love to win and do it again!

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  40. I'd like to treat my girlfriends from high school whom I've just started to see again decades later.

    ndanie1@yahoo.com

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  41. I'm a single mom to two boys - so I could ALWAYS use some time away with the girlfriends!

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  42. Our monthly girls' dinners have gone by the wayside as babies have taken over our worlds. Makes me a little sad, but I try to enjoy the rare opportunities when they do come up.

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  43. I could use a girl's night out! I never do it, but it sounds like a lot of fun. My cousins both have babies (one of them has twins) and I'm sure they would enjoy it, too.

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  44. tweet:
    https://twitter.com/tammigirl/status/223127505375203328

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  45. I am a mother of 5 with a wonderful annoying husband I could really use a break and time out with the girls

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  46. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/bdiane35/status/223276382380228609

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  47. i could use a girl's night out because i havent seen my friends for a long time since i had a baby. i really miss them and this would be nice.
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

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  48. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/223288287081672704

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  49. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/223437367346864129

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  50. Yes! I live girls nights and with 3 little girls 3 years and under I don't get out much ;)

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  51. it has been so long since I had night out. ineed this.

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  52. blog http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2012/07/bloggers-agree-life-is-better-shared.html

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  53. I could definitely use a girls night out! I haven't had one in a couple of years! Lifes stresses have been a lot & this would be a great stress reliever!

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  54. I work 43 hours a week, I'm a wife, a mother of two grown boys, a grandmother a sister and a daughter. My time away from work and home is NEVER!!

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  55. WE all have small children and could use the adult conversation.

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  56. I could use a girls night out because I just turned 30 this month, I have three girls that I stay home with (a 5 year old and 3 year old twins) and I rarely get a night off. My house is also currently on the market which leaves me in a constant state of stress and cleaning. Oh how lovely a girls night out for some drinks at Applebees would be!

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  57. AnonymousJuly 12, 2012

    Could I ever! My husband is currently living 3 hours away due to a new job and visits us on the weekends. I love my kids like no one else but I'll admit that even a 2 hour break with a friend would feel like heaven! Thanks for the opportunity. Stacey
    cramslyn at yahoo .com

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  58. I have four kids of my own and am tutoring two more this summer as they are struggling in school and paying someone to do so is out of the budget. My mom also just had both knees replaced and I am her caretaker, driver, cook, maid, etc. I also lead a group of Cub Scouts. It would be so nice to take some of my friends who are also taking care of everyone else out for a little time to remember we are people too. :)

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  59. The last time I had one was last June (2011) with my sister! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  60. I could use a girl's night out because it has been a year since I've gotten some real in person time with my girls! How has that even happened, right? I guess life has just been super hectic.

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  61. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/223902496442171394

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  62. i am a stay at home mom and i love my little ones but i am a MUCH better mom when i have a little me time :)
    hollytennisAThotmailDOTcom

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  63. I really appreciate that Applebee's does care for our (women's) well being and balance in life. Come to think of it, my last girls day out was more than 3 months ago!!! I can't believe it's been that long already. But taking care of the family, household chores, work, etc all take up times and I hardly noticed it's been that long until now. I think I really need some personal time with my girlfriends to catch up. As you said, I often feel rejuvenated and ready to be better in all my areas in my life afterwards. I hope I'll win so I can take my girlfriends out for some fun! :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  64. Tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/224404060390965249

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  65. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/224548364820291584

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  67. Yes. I work a full time and taking care of 2 kids. i need a night out
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  68. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/224568563980189696
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  69. a girls night out is always lots of fun!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. i tweeted here

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/224708038827835392

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  71. Between work and home chores, a girl's night out is very much appreciated and needed.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  72. I really need a girls night to just talk to other adults! Surprising how you forget to interact with adults when you are with kids all day!

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  73. Because with a full time job, I could use some time with the girls!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  74. Of course! I think every mom does :)

    efraz53 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  75. Yes, I could use a girl's night out to de-stress from work and mom duties.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  76. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/225411689166807040
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  77. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/225603146821545984

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  78. My kids are two and one...need I say more?!?! HEHEHEHE!
    alyshameacham(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  79. i could use a girls night out because i havent had one in years since motherhood began... Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  80. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/225934402809634817
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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  82. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/226440999067607041

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  83. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/226903815197171712

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  84. It's nice to have a girl's night out after a long day at work. We had one last friday and it was great. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  85. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/226979031969562626
    songyueyu at gmail

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  86. Seems like even with all the technology and communication possibilities that my friends and I are even farther apart than before all the easy connections. I'd love some real face time because everyone puts on the "life is great" side on Facebook and such but face to face you find out what's really going on with a friend!
    amethyst2272 at gmail.com

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  87. tweeted too: https://twitter.com/happyenchilada2/status/227658454087639040
    amethyst2272 at gmail.com

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  88. tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/227760136628883456
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  89. 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

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  90. AnonymousJuly 24, 2012

    Last time we had girls' night out was about a year ago. We talked late into the night after our dinner at a Mexican diner.

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  91. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/228004505470525440

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  92. I could use a girls night out (or afternoon since we're all seniors LOL) I miss my friends.
    bingomamanorma at gmail dot com

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  93. Wow I could really use a girl's night out! I've become my mom's unpaid caregiver, so money has been too tight to go out with friends. It's been over 5 years since I had a night out with my girlfriends!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/228212022356094977
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. It was about 2 months ago

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  96. tweet
    https://twitter.com/BBirdie2/status/228359394558111744

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  97. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/228598628682440705

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  98. I definitely need a night out with my girls! Seems like all I do is work & go to school.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  99. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/228676867719299072

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  100. 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!

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  101. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/229334897423183873

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  102. I could use one because I haven't had one in sooo long!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  103. I could use a girls night out because I work full time and take care of my 2 kids
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  104. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/230048348445503488
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  105. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/230059688463568896

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  106. I need a girls night out because I haven't had one in like ten years.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  107. It's been almost a year since I've had GNO and with 3 kids at home for the summer, I need one.
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  108. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/230357774356332545
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  109. Oh I could use a gals night out for sure! It's been way too long! What a fun giveaway!!!

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  110. yes please! a night out is just what i need!!

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  111. Summer is so hard to get together with the girls. And summer is when we could use a break from the kids! A night out would be great!

    labfpto@comcast.net

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

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  113. https://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/230822574077145088
    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  114. because it's been over several years since I had a night out
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  115. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/230874281054175232
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  116. I need a girl's night out because we always laugh. That laughter revitalizes me and makes some problems easier to handle it seems, the next day.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  117. @chrisdeglen Tweeted -

    twitter.com/chrisdeglen/status/230939650695516160

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. I don't really do the girls' night out thing. Never have really been into that since getting married. I prefer to hang with my hubby honestly because he is my best friend. Now the two of us could sure use a night out! Just tired of always eating at home or eating cheap...would be nice to splurge with this GC! Money is TIGHT!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  119. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/231135927169343488
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  120. I haven't had a real girls' night out in a long time. Going camping with my friends and all the kids in a week. We enjoy late night around the campfire after the kids go to bed. Only problem is we are still responsible for all the cooking.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  121. Tweeted https://twitter.com/chipdip2010/status/231209844852535297
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  122. I could sure use one! The last time was WELL over a year ago!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  123. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/231226115161739265

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  124. 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!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  125. I also tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Ilovemybeagle2/status/231246420353638400
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  126. I could use a girl's night out because it seems like our schedules just never mesh to give us the opportunity to get together. It's been several years since we had a real girl's night out.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  127. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/231416391704657921

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  128. I think girls night out are great for just having a stress free night

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  129. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/231445231223050240

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  130. 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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  131. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/231453090941915136

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