Weekend Highlights {12/23} + a Giveaway!

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! I can’t even believe that we’re already into Christmas week. Doesn’t seem possible, does it?

Well, I’m not quite sure how often I’ll be checking in this coming week, but I had to pop in and say hi this morning…especially since I have a pretty fun giveaway for ya at the end of the post. But first, let’s do a little recap of the weekend!

Saturday morning started off quite early thanks to a certain someone’s wake up call at about 6:30am (but he did sleep through the night, so I really can’t complain!), so we all trekked out to the living room to start the day. Lazy Saturday mornings in PJ’s is where it’s at.


However, the whole “lazy” aspect seemed to have bypassed Lucas. He stayed chill for about 2 minutes, and the rest of the morning he was a wild man. Can’t ya tell? Winking smile


Oh my GOODNESS, he was just such a stinkin’ blast this weekend. Although he’s been giving us little giggles for a couple of weeks now, he suddenly discovered his “cackle” of a laugh, and was putting it to good use alllll weekend long. Ohhh, it’s so fun.

Saturday afternoon, we decided to brave the mall (were we crazy???) for Lucas to meet Santa. Luckily, this trip turned out to be wayyyy better than the last time we hit the mall with this guy, and was actually pretty fun.


After he got to meet Santa, there was a little bit of a wait for the photos to be ready, so we browsed a couple stores and hung out in the food court for a while.


And, once again, he continued to make us laugh and seemed to attract attention no matter where he went. Such a ham.

And as for the pictures with Santa? Well…not too shabby.


There were no tears and no pouty lip which was certainly a victory! But there were no smiles either. I don’t think Lucas quite knew what to think of Santa, but it was cute nonetheless and I was so glad we decided to make the trip.

Wow, total Lucas overload up there, huh? Sorry ‘bout that. Apparently I’m that mom today.


On Sunday, my in-laws came over to spend a few hours with Lucas while Jay and I went out for a nice, late lunch date. A few weeks ago, I received a gift card to Bonefish Grill and Jay and I just finally made it out yesterday to use it (such is life with a new babe!).

Since it’s always a celebration now when we get a meal out, we started out with a couple drinks to celebrate…beer for him, sangria for me. Mmm mmmmmm.


We started off with their Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, which was recommended to us by our waiter, and is apparently a customer favorite. Well, after one bite, it was easy to see why.


WOW, is that stuff good! Since the menu described it as a “spicy” sauce, we asked if we could get it on the side which I definitely think was a good move for this less than spicy kinda gal here. So, so good.

For my main entrée, I ordered the Lobster Thermidor Dorado, which was Mahi topped with sweet lobster and lump crab, served with garlic whipped potatoes and spaghetti squash.


Jay ordered the grilled Mahi (apparently we were on the same page yesterday?), and we both agreed that both dishes were super delish.


We were both pretty full after lunch, but we decided to finish off our meal with a sweet cocktail to share and ordered the Ghirardelli Winter White Chocolate Martini.


It’s one of their seasonal specials right now, so it only seemed fitting to give it a try.


And I mean, how cute is the little candy cane garnish, right?


For it being our first trip to Bonefish Grill, Jay and I both agreed that we are definitely fans and would absolutely make the trip back again. And lucky for you guys, whether you’re already a fan or have yet to give it a try, I have a chance for one of you to win a little somethin’ special…

One lucky STSL reader will win a $50.00 gift card to Bonefish Grill!

To Enter: Check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for ways to enter (up to 3 possible entries!). The giveaway will close tomorrow, December 24th, and I’ll announce the winner later this week (most likely on the 26th). Good Luck! Smile

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Heather W says

    Although we don’t know each other IRL, I’m a blog stalker who found your blog towards the end of your pregnancy and the beginning of mine. I love seeing pics of your little man! Merry Christmas to you all!

  2. Ashley C says

    We love going to Bonefish Grill, but with two kids now, we hardly ever get out by ourselves, let along on a date!


  3. Emily says

    I am local and have been dying to try Bonefish Grill!

    Lucas is just too cute–his face on Santa’s lap is priceless! Hope the three of you have a great Christmas!

  4. Ashley says

    My husband and I looove Bonefish! I’m 36 weeks pregnant and on bedrest so it would be great to use for a date night after our little guy gets here!!

  5. Mary Frawley says

    Cort, I couldn’t figure out if I entered correctly, but I’m glad you enjoyed your lunch! Have a great holiday!! :)

  6. Rachel S. says

    Love the picture of Lucas with Santa, we took our two to see Santa for the first time this year and didn’t have any tears either.

  7. Ciara says

    Would love to win – your dish looks fantastic. Hope you and your family have a wonderful first Christmas as a three-some!

  8. Alexis K. says

    The thing that makes me happiest this year is spending another christmas with my grandparents. At 30 years old, I’m so fortunate to say that!

  9. Kaitlyn says

    Bonefish grill has easily become one of my most favorite restaurants. Next time you go, order the coconut shrimp appetizer. There’s also a DELICIOUS iced chai beverage during the summer months. So amazing! I hope I win!

  10. Jillian Shuhart says

    That shrimp looks so good! Glad you had a nice weekend – a great Saturday with the baby & a great Sunday with the hubby. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  11. Amanda says

    My husband and I were just saying how we need to try it out( we too are from Albany area and just drove by the new one)! I hope I win!!

  12. Kelly says

    A Bonefish Grill opened by my house a few months ago, and I have been wanting to try it ever since. Winning this gift card would be the perfect opportunity. :)

  13. Jennifer says

    I am so happy you liked Bonefish. I saw your Instagram yesterday and was so jealous! It is one of my go-to places! The crab cakes are awesome, and the Lily’s Chicken (chicken with goat cheese and artichokes) is amazing too! Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Bang Bang Shrimp. Even their side salads are good! Wow, I sound like I work for them. I seriously love it!!

  14. Tricia says

    I’ve been once for my birthday but would lovvvee to go again! Just can’t get enough of the bang bang shrimp! Merry Christmas!

  15. Michelle says

    So many positive, fun things going on that I can’t pick just one! My family is all together, we’re baking cookies today, AND all my laundry is done :-)

  16. Megan says

    Lucas is adorable!! Love those pictures and his fuzzy hair. My daughter is 14 months old and I feel like I barely remember when she was his size–mixed emotions on that though because they do get more and more fun every day. Have a great first Christmas with Lucas!

  17. Carrie says

    What a nice treat that you were able to go out to a nice lunch with hubby!

    I would love to eat at Bonefish , sounds yummy!!!!!

  18. Erica says

    OMG I looooove Bonefish! It’s one of our favorite places to go. We like to eat tapas-style by ordering several of their amazing appetizers and sharing! The Saucy Shrimp and Ahi Tuna are also amazing!

  19. Kelli says

    Merry Christmas! We are celebrating our son Gavin’s first Christmas. He was born on September 3rd so reading about Lucaa gives me a preview about what is to come! He is adorable!

  20. Carmen Van Deursen says

    A delicious dinner at bonefish and some quality time with my husband sounds so good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Sarah says

    Wow – the food looks amazing. I checked their site and saw there’s a location near my Dad. It would be great to take him out to lunch!

  22. ErikaMC says

    We had an amazingly lazy and happy weekend. And what’s there to not be happy about this week – Christmas is coming!!!

  23. Patty says

    Ive been wanting to try this restaurant since in opened. This would give me a good reason to go. Hope you and your family have a safe, happy holiday.

  24. Christa says

    let’s see….something sweet and happy….I only have to work until 2pm tomorrow and then I get to make Christmas Eve shrimp and grits for my parents and boyfriend. It’s a tradition I look forward to each year :)

  25. says

    Merry Chirstmas! Have fun with the lil guy – I think it is fun that he is the same age as Mason was last Christmas – He will “kind of” help open presents, but he will play with the toys and enjoy family. It really does make this time of year even more special with a child :) Lazy days with the family are the best!
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  26. says

    Hi! Thanks for this giveaway!:) My birthday is New Years Eve and Bonefish was actually where I was going to have my party! I’ve never been, but heard it’s great, and as a seafood fan, I thought it would be great to try somewhere new. So, that being said, I had to enter this giveaway!:) THANK YOU!!:) MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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  27. Laura says

    LOVE seeing the pics of you and your sweet family, as well as getting a glimpse into your life! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas WEEK!!!

  28. Kaylin says

    I love Bonefish Grill! It’s a favorite spot for both me and my boyfriend for special date nights like celebrating anniversaries. :)

  29. Kaili says

    I have never been to Bonefish Grill before but your meal looks so good. The Burlington location is a little less than an hour away from me and I would definitely make the trip to give it a try.

  30. Colleen says

    That food looks so good! I love seafood.
    I’m stuck at work today, but those photos of Lucas sure put a smile on my face :). Merry Christmas to you and your fam!

  31. Natalie P. says

    Hope you have a lovely week, even though Christmas is not my holiday, I am looking forward to seeing family that are celebrating!!!

  32. Kate says

    Lucas is such a cute- that sweater is adorable!

    I looooove Bonefish- especially the bang bang shrimp. Merry Christmas!

  33. Kelly M. says

    Happy Holidays to you and your family! Your blog is always a welcome distraction during busy and puts a smile on my face.

  34. Emily says

    I love Bonefish! I have only been once but, like you, was very impressed with all of the food.

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  35. HeatherT says

    We love bonefish too! We just celebrated out birthdays there a couple weeks ago!

    I’m happy because i get to spend the next 6 days at home with my boys!

  36. says

    I love the Christmas pictures!! And I just spent an awesome Christmas-filled weekend visiting my Aunt and Uncle with my sister in Pittsburgh! I love Christmas-time :)

  37. erica says

    hmmm something positive and happy? how about the fact that it’s almost christmas and i can’t wait to be with my family :)

  38. Darrecia says

    Umm your son is so stinking adorable!! Is it weird that I’ve always been too afraid to try the Bang Bang Shrimp because it was spicy? I don’t care for spicy foods even though I’m from the south. Bleh

  39. Lisa says

    Lucas is such a cutie. And Bonefish? I love that restaurant. We’re very fortunate that there is a local one that serves lunch. Have been there many times for lunch (and dinner). And the bang bang shrimp is a must have item. If you go there again try the bang bang shrimp po boy. Very good. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful first Christmas with Lucas.

  40. Erin says

    It’s the week of Christmas — what is there not to be happy and excited about?!?! Can’t wait for extra family time =)

  41. Lindsay mckibben says

    I read your blog daily yet rarely comment, so hi!!!

    I’m also a new mom (two 13 month twin boys) and I know what’s treat a date might ( or day, lol) is! The food at Bonefish grill looks amazing! I love seafood and I need to get out on a date night so bad.

    This is no exaggeration, poor hubs and I haven’t been out on a date since the boys were born. No, I’m. It even kidding. Yes…that is pretty sad..

    Merry Christmas!

  42. Jessica says

    Lucas is so adorable. There is definitely no sweeter sound then that of a baby’s belly laugh! My daughter (our 4th child!!) will be 4 months old on Jan 2nd and she is starting to laugh here and there. It is amazing. :)

  43. says

    Your little dude is so stinking cute!! Love those facial expressions! I found your blog a while back and have been loving every bit! I’ve got a little man about 2 months younger than yours so it’s fun to get a sneak peek for what we have to look forward to-and it looks like a blast :) needless to say, we don’t get out much anymore. Thanks for a chance to win one :) merry Christmas!

  44. Katie M says

    There are so many Christmas shows to watch on hulu right now. From Veggie Tales to cheesy ABC Family specials, we’ve had a great time getting into the Christmas spirit while watching (or half-watching) holiday shows this afternoon.

  45. Melissa says

    I may or may not have eaten a whole Bang Bang Shrimp by myself as a meal before. It may or may not have been one of my favorite meals ever :)

  46. Lia says

    Bone fish is deeeelish. We haven’t been in a long time though. Would love to visit again soon. Also, your baby is ADORABLE!! Love his smiles!

  47. says

    My hubby and I are sneaking out for a lunch and movie when my in laws get here from out of town. Love how new parents are sharing the restaurant with the elderly and all of us enjoying the “early bird” specials. Ha! The life of being new parents and trying to squeeze in some date time ; )
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  48. Melissa says

    Random question…
    I love your blog — specifically the recipes — and I can tell that you obviously lead a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. I try to do the same and I’m wondering how you’re able to have an occasional alcoholic beverage while breast feeding. I just had a baby and would like to breast feed for the next six months — I’m wondering if I should abstain from alcohol totally (I have been so far) or is it possible to have an occasional glass of wine. I’m really indifferent to alcohol right now, but it would be nice to have a glass of wine on my bir

  49. Melissa says

    My message above got cut off!

    …birthday, for example. I feel like there are so many conflicting article out there on the subject!

    Thank you!

  50. Heidi says

    I would love to take my father to Bonefish! He came down to SC from NY to spend Christmas with me and my son for the first time in YEARS!

  51. Sarah Lynn says

    Great giveaway! I had never heard of Bonefish Grill before and was pleasantly surprised to find out we have one in Wisconsin. Merry Christmas!

  52. Pamela says

    Love Bonefish! One of my fav spots to meet the girls for drinks (thanks to their extensive list of yummy martinis)! Merry Christmas!

  53. Marie G says

    I’m leaving a comment that’s positive and happy! I’m so thankful for another year! I am blessed to have friends, family, and loved ones support me through all that I have experienced this year!

  54. kristina says

    I’ve never been to bonefish, but it has always enticed me!

    I hope your Christmas is wonderful! Although I’m sure it will be with that little munchkin of yours! 😀

  55. Kara says

    Yum that looks delicious! I’ve always wanted to try out bonefish grill because I’ve heard about their bang bang shrimp! Apparently it’s got a lot of hype for a reason

  56. wild orchid says

    I love Bonefish! This would be great for a date night.

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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