A Modern Family Dinner Story

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For a good two years of my childhood, I had a standing date with my parents. Almost every Wednesday night, like clockwork, we would go out to dinner at a chain restaurant because kids eat free. I remember this vividly because this happened in the time before my 12th birthday. Before I aged out of the restaurant’s promotion. It was something I enjoyed too because dinner wasn’t rushed and stressful and I didn’t have to do dishes but because my parents actually enjoyed dinner. They both worked 9 hour days, 5 days a week and had to commute to their jobs. I didn’t get it till I was a parent raising my own children at what a luxury dining out actually is. And when you work freelance like me and my husband do, getting out of the house and having good food on a budget is everything.

Denny’s makes that happen more often than not for us. Always open, kids eat free, $2 $4 $6 $8 menu but the pièce de résistance is actual sit down, face to face, quality time with my family. We go over our day and have real conversation. The kids enjoy our once a month standing dinner date at Denny’s. I know this because they ask about it. We started putting a calendar up so they know exactly when we’re going. It is one thing we all look forward to these days. 

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Denny’s $2 $4 $6 $8 Menu

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Disclosure: I love working with Denny’s, this is my 3rd year as an ambassador. If you don’t know now you know!

I’m going through a phase in my life right now where I don’t want to cook or commit to everything that comes with it. Grocery shopping, doing dishes, NOPE. I like going out to eat but you know, my budget doesn’t always allow for that. Living that freelance life. I make room in the budget for dining out once a week the way Denny’s is set up…they make it really easy to dine out a few times a week. Really really easy. Check it out, we spent $16 for four of us on Tuesday. You can’t even eat at a fast food restaurant for that these days. The kids ate FREE and we attempted the $2 $4 $6 $8 menu

I actually have a funny story about that. What I really wanted to order was the $8 Southern Chicken Slugger but the Universe was like nope, you want the Grand Slam Slugger cause that’s what I got. I didn’t send it back – it looked so good and I don’t waste food. I never say no to the new Denny’s pancakes and the Universe knows this. 

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Stouffer’s Is A Real Option

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stouffer’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 


I love me some lasagna but I don’t want to cook it. Lasagna is difficulty level: NOT FOR ME. There is way too much involved in making lasagna and right now I choose to hit the easy button. The last thing I want to do is put in work in the kitchen after working all day. I really don’t want to cook but dinner can’t always be “mom boiled water and threw it in a cup” or “here’s a sandwich”. I want to feed my family better but can better be easy and good for you? Real questions I have. Stouffer’s is a real option. 

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Treat Your Homegirl

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I preach a lot about treating yourself. You should. All the time. But you should make it a point to treat your homegirls too. (Maybe you already do?) Like when Sad Girl bought Mousie a necklace. I’m not saying throw down big money but if you are out together getting coffee, hook her up every once in awhile. If you live close, stop by with homemade cookies. Or if you are like me and my girls who all live far from each other, drop something in the mail. Or when you see each other, pay for a round of dranks. It feels good to do it that’s why. And it makes her feel good too. 

My girl Lisa in Phoenix bought me lunch at Keisei Yuzen while I was on a layover in Japan by the magic of technology. Terminal 1 in Narita Airport. I ordered me a melon soda, tempura set + chicken yakitori. Thanks, Lisa! Love you xoxo

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Acapulco Downey Is That Spot

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When my homies want to get together, two things are mandatory. Margaritas + Mexican food. Don’t even bring up nada else. I love me a mango margarita + good conversation. They just go together. We’ve been known to gather up for girls night out or late night dinner after a long day at a conference. It is always a good time. I was invited to check out the newly renovated Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina in Downey and it was nothing like I expected, it was better. If this is the future of all Real Mex Restaurants, I’m absolutely here for it. The dramatic new look gives me feel good vibes, like I’m kicking back at a beach resort in Mexico. 

These are all my pictures, I keep it real like that. That natural light was coming in and everything was on point. Acapulco in Downey is that spot. 

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13 Tacos I Ate At Tacolandia

Tacos on tacos on tacos. $40 is a steal when it comes to having all-you-can-eat access to 100 of the best tacos from the top taco vendors in one place. A true taco throw-down where the only loser is the capacity of your stomach. This is Tacolandia.

  • Tip 1: Do your research, and come prepared for Tacolandia. Check L.A. Weekly’s site for the final vendor announcement and strategize.
  • Tip 2: Train for this, and come hungry.
  • Tip 3: Wear stretchy pants or an A-line dress.
  • Tip 4: Get there early.
  • Tip 5: Bring a tray. Seriously.
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Night Cereal – Loaded Grits Breakfast Bowl

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No one says no to breakfast for dinner around here. Give us plates of bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles! Big bowls of cereal! I’m usually down for any of that but I was craving a new kind of breakfast for dinner… something comforting, minus the sugar. This is my take on night cereal (with suggestions from the kids!) – a loaded grits breakfast bowl. One of the biggest debates of 2016 hasn’t been about the presidential election but whether grits are supposed to be savory or sweet. I still don’t know what the big deal is, I like grits both ways. Don’t judge me!

Milk is a must. You need it to make your grits and to top off your breakfast bowl. It is the hero of this recipe.

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Denny’s Pancakes Are Fluffy AF

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Disclosure: I love working with Denny’s, this is my 3rd year as an ambassador. If you don’t know now you know!

That time I flew from CA to NY for fluffy pancakes. I didn’t know it was for pancakes at the time! The information Denny’s gave me was minimal and super secret. It was basically show up at their Manhattan restaurant at 150 Nassau Street on 7/11 at 10am. I WAS EXCITED. I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Denny’s in New York? YESSIR! You can find one on the corner of Nassau and Spruce.

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Sunday Funday: Pebbles Play Tour

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PEBBLES™ Cereal. All thoughts are my own.

I live for epic Sundays. Sundays are my thing. So when Fruity Pebbles was like… come down to San Diego County Fair, we’re bringing the Flintmobile on Fourth of July weekend. I was like YASSS Sunday Funday in effect! We love San Diego but we had never been to the fair, it was going to be a Sunday Funday of firsts for me and the fam. Check out my post announcing the #PebblesPlay Tour.

My boys pullin’ up like this is the one and only Flintmobile!
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Pebbles Play Tour

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PEBBLES™ Cereal. All thoughts are my own.

The smell of Fruity Pebbles does this thing where I’m magically transformed into my 7 year old self. Sitting cross legged in my nana’s living room, front + center of the tv, with a big bowl of color changing milk cause Fruity Pebbles. That was the ritual. This feeling will never leave you.

Hand in the box, sitting on the couch in my teenage years. Those were the days.

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