Moms Gone Wild-ish: Taking Time Out to Celebrate with Friends (with $100 Giveaway)

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This past year has been crazy for me.  It’s been full of amazing opportunities like Mom Congress, the launch of KidzVuz, spending the day with Sony and photographer Brian Smith at BlogHer, being on ABC News Now and speaking at the 140 Edu Conference and She Streams.  But none of these events would have been possible – or nearly as fun –  without an amazing support system of family and friends.  As I’ve gotten busier and busier this year I’ve had less time to spend with many of my non-work friends – and I miss them!  So when I got the opportunity to try out a new payment system called Serve from American Express, and take out a bunch of my girlfriends, I jumped at the chance.

We are lucky to live in NYC where there are so many fab restaurants and we headed to Landmarc at the Time Warner Center, which not only does a great lunch but overlooks Columbus Circle and Central Park.

And did you know their bacon is so good even vegetarians are allowed to eat it?  True story.  It was great to pile into a big round booth, be together for a couple of hours swapping stories and catching up, and most of all taking time out during this crazy season to just hang out.

I can look around this table and see women who I have known – some for the last 7 years and others for just the last few – and feel grateful to have a group of women who I know I can rely on to grab my kids at pick-up if I’m late, be on my emergency blue card at school, have my back at contentious Parents Association meetings, and really just have a great time with complete with a lot of laughing and honest talk.  And to me that’s worth celebrating.

At the end of the meal everyone paid their share and then I paid them all back via Serve, right on my Android phone.  (They had all signed up for Serve accounts prior to the meal – see what I mean about being able to rely on them?)  And now they can either use their Serve card to shop and use the balance that way or move the money into their bank account.  Though knowing this group I think the shopping route is the more likely scenario.

And I am so excited that now I can pass on the same opportunity to one of my readers!

First: Remember to sign up for Serve and receive $10 credit towards your first use.

WIN $100 FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS! Comment below within the next 7 days for your chance to win an extra $100 credit to your account! Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found by clicking here. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

How to Enter: Leave a comment below describing your fave girls night or guys night out activity or location – just keep it clean, this is a parenting blog after all!  Contest ends at 11:59pm 12/27/11.

29 replies on “Moms Gone Wild-ish: Taking Time Out to Celebrate with Friends (with $100 Giveaway)”

  1. I get together with my friends at a local mexican restaraunt for dinner
    thanks for the giveaway!
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

  2. My fave girls nite is a weekend away to either Chicago or Vegas. We all get dressed up and help eachother pick outifts, then do some fine dining, go dancing. wake up with room service and then do some shopping! By then, we are refreshed and ready to face the spouses and kids!!!
    This doesnt have often enough, but treasure it when it does! We try to get together once a year for our weekend. We are due this summer/spring. I thinki we are planning on chicago!…. so we all save our pennies each and every one, so we can play in style!

  3. Best night out is dressing up and taking wife for a nice dinner and taking her to shop for herself,instead for the kids. It doesnt happen often, I try to , as a way for us to get away from the kids,and reward her all the things she does daily for the family

  4. My girlfriends are on the East Coast and I am in Texas so this would be funn to go visit them and do something like this…Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays 🙂

  5. just heading out to the spa sounds like a good afternoon/evening to me! then maybe a sangria and light meal at my fave restaurant afterwards

  6. Me and some great group of friends like to go and play pool at the local pool hall, and the ladies are invited, and they always come, but I think they cheat. :O

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