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4.25.2019

Date Night! El Tango Grill in Lakewood, Ohio

Date Night! El Tango Grill in Lakewood, Ohio

I love Mexican and Latin food. I adore Cajun food, too but there really is nowhere to get it in Ohio. That's not the case in when it comes to Mexican. My husband, on the other hand, can take it or leave it. Since it's not something he enjoys, I don't push going out unless I am sure he would like the food. Like BOMBA and Paladar. I took a friend the first time and brought him back for our anniversary.

Monday he wanted to get a drink at a neighboorhood restaurant. But, it was closed. Since we were hungry and walking we decided to keep walking until we found something else. It took looking across the street. Our neighborhood has several options, but El Tango was one that wasn't even on the radar until he said, "let's get a taco!"

Date Night! El Tango Grill in Lakewood, Ohio

I have a vague memory of going to El Tango many years ago. The only thing that sticks out was the vanilla lemonade. It was delicious but we never went back.

We were greeted by the owner and chef who took our order. We had the place to ourselves as we waited for our drinks to arrive.

4.22.2019

What I Learned Giving up (most) Social Media for Lent

someecards | I only logged into social media to brag about taking a break from social media

On a whim, I decided to give up Instagram for Lent along with Twitter and blogging. 


I also reduced my use of Facebook. That was harder only because I use it to communicate with a few groups I belong to. I also love seeing memories! So, I posted occasional photos just so I can see them years from now and reminisce.

For the record, this is my first time admitting that I was giving up social media for Lent.

While I missed Instagram, it was fairly easy to stay off without having to delete it from my phone. Twitter wasn't missed. And, blogging, while the hardest on my ego, probably the easiest. I've been so busy with work that when I get home, I'm out! Without making a conscious effort to write at night, I did probably spend more time with my kids when they weren't doing their own thing. The hubs and I make a lot of effort to hang out. Plus, he is a photographer. He gets my need to capture moments.

What did I learn after 50 days without most of my social media outlets?

4.02.2019

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase on DVD *Enter to win!*

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Nancy Drew mysteries got me hooked on reading.

I loved her strong character and that she drove a cool car. My favorite character was George. I identified with her more than pretty Bess and daring Nancy. I devoured these books well into [my teenage years.

Nancy Drew is back with a fresh new look! Cool, sassy, and smart - this sleuth is just what the next generation of amateur detectives need. My daughter has watched it twice since it has gone digital and I'm sure she will watch it several more times.

I wish this was a series!


About Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Theatrical
After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter 16-year-old daughter Nancy in River Heights. Nancy is asked by Flora to help solve the ghostly activity at her home, the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase stars:
Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”) as Nancy Drew
Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”) as Carson Drew (Nancy’s father)
Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and Alice) as Flora
Andrea Anders (“Joey” and “Better Off Ted”) as Hannah (Nancy’s Aunt)
Laura Slade Wiggins (“Shameless”) as Helen
Zoe Renee (“The Quad”) as George
Mackenzie Graham (The Purge) as Bess





Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase on Blu-Ray
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