Venus Trapped in Mars

21 October 2015

A Celebration of Phenomenal Women


As you know, over the Summer I was picked to be a Phenomenal Ambassador for one of my absolutely favorite companies, Lean Cuisine. In my first post for Lean Cuisine, The 696 Times I've Weighed Myself, I wrote about what I wish people would weigh me on, my dedication to this blog. A month later, I shared the story of my Grandma, Nan, who is The Definition of Phenomenal in my eyes.

To celebrate my time as a Lean Cuisine Phenomenal Ambassador, I was given the incredible opportunity to throw a dinner party -- for the very first time in our new house, might I add -- for some of the phenomenal women in my life. The phenomenal women I chose to invite, were a few of my girlfriends that I've met since moving to Dallas. 

These ladies are such an inspiration to me. These women have worked their tails off building their careers, and are homeowners all on their own, without the help of anyone else. But that's not the biggest reason I find them to be phenomenal. I find them to be phenomenal because they are some of the kindest people I've ever met. These women befriended me without question, eager to grow a friendship with this girl they'd never met. 

At a certain point, it's easy to get comfortable and content with the friendships you already have. It takes a phenomenal kind of person to always be open and willing to welcome new friends into your life. I will forever be grateful to these ladies for all of the girl's night invitations, the text messages and the phone calls they sent my way when I needed friends here in Dallas the most. I knew they were the perfect crew of phenomenal women that I wanted to thank, with a dinner party at the new house!

For the appetizers, I had an assortment of fruit and cheese for grazing, as well as a wedge salad. I'm obsessed with wedge salads, and this is the first time I've tried making one at home. I was shocked at how simple it was to put together. Dare I even say it was easier than one of those salad kits you get from the grocery store!

For the main course, Lean Cuisine was kind enough to send me samples from their new Marketplace line. Lean Cuisine recently reorganized their line of dishes into sublines that are more reflective of the way women make food choices. The Marketplace line was developed for the times when women seek modern, chef-inspired dishes. We tried the Cheese Tortellini, the Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, the Sweet and Spicy Korean-Style Beef and the Spicy Beef and Bean Enchilada. I'm not kidding when I'm say they were so dang good. The Vermont White Cheddar Mac&Cheese, made with organic butter and no GMOs. It will for sure be a staple in my Lean Cuisine rotation. Here is the Lean Cuisine product locator so that you can see where exactly they sell these specific dishes in your area!

I shocked myself with how much I loved the planning and decorating that goes into throwing a dinner party. I never thought I was that kind of girl, but I should have known better, since I've obviously never met a party I didn't like! I think it's safe to say that our night was a total success, thanks to the help of Lean Cuisine, who made it so easy on me. You can also connect with Lean Cuisine on Facebook and Twitter

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76 comments :

  1. Okay, you turned this into quite the dinner party! Can I please come to the next one?!

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  2. I love Lean Cuisine! Their pizzas are amazing and I have them all the time for lunch!

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  3. My mom is the most phenomenal woman in my life for sure! :) She's always there for me and also for her grandkids!

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  4. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/crazygirl24/status/656836814930489344

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  5. wow, that food looks really good! beautiful pictures as always Sarah!

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  6. Congratulations on your ambassadorship! Yes, it is so nice to share love with phenomenal women and you are one. Thanks for your tutorials! www.pippihepburn.etsy.com

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  7. My grandmother is the most phenomenal woman in my life! She would sacrifice everything to make sure her children and grandchildren are very well taken care of!

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  8. your tablescaping skills are on point! this is gorgeous. I'd count you as one of the most phenomenal women in my life!

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  9. Those flowers are beautiful!!

    My mom is most definitely the most phenomenal woman in my life...wouldn't be who I am today without her!!

    Melissa | So About What I Said

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  10. For starters, I think Lean Cuisine was so smart for picking you! YOU are phenomenal. Second, I want to come to your next dinner party! And to answer your question, my mom is the most phenomenal woman in my life. She is the true definition of an inspiration and role model for me :)

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  11. https://twitter.com/ByKaitHanson/status/656920012171534336

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  12. Sounds like a great dinner party, I like Lean Cuisine just saying

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  13. What an adorable dinner party. I love the flowers and the cute menus!

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  14. Such a cute set-up, but still slightly funny it was LC for the main course. But the Mac-n-cheese sounds good, I'll have to look at the nutritional a next time I'm at the store! I meet with 10-15 phenomenal women once a month at our girls nights, but they are always there for me and one another. Coolest group of women I've ever known, besides the other phenomenal women in my life - mom, sis, aunts, cousins, and grandmas!! Xoxo, ganeeban

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  15. My godmother was a phenomenal lady (she has since passed away). She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, and friend.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  16. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/657302006739156992

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  17. I love these Lean Cuisine Meals. They are so delicious! My phenomenal women in my life is my 3 sisters! We do everything together and have so much fun when we are together! They are my best friends for helping me get through so many tough things.
    email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/657302910544408576
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  19. My mom is a phenomenal woman. She always thinks of others and is there when I need her.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  21. The most phenomenal woman in my life is hands down my mom. She has sacrificed so much for me and demonstrated incredible strength and patience even at my worst. I love her more than words can describe! yarbr012@gmail.com

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  22. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/657351102795399168 yarbr012@gmail.com

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  23. These look so delicious. I'd love to try them myself.

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  24. The most phenomenal woman in my life is my mother. She is generous and caring.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  25. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/658126219850874880

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  26. The phenomenal women in my life will forever be my mom and my two older sisters. People always give their condolences to my dad for living in a house with four women, but he has always said he wouldn't have it any other way. All three of us are daddy's girls even though we are adults now and he chooses to always be around my mom. We always empower each other to do great things and that's why they're phenomenal.

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/kmarti50/status/659011336655888384

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  27. My Mother and my sister in law are two fantastic women in my life..I consider them both to be my best friends.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  28. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/660473389958623232

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  29. My 96 year old Aunt is amazing. She was a nurse in WWII. A college professor and she traveled all over the place.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/662081641561595904
    Thanks again
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  31. My mother is a great woman and a great friend.

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  32. tweeet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/662235309724143617

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  33. My Aunt and my mo are the phenomenal woman in my life! With my aunt even after a stroke that left her partially paralyzed it did not get her down! my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  34. I tweeted
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  35. My Mother is the phenomenal woman in my life but she lives overseas so the holidays are bittersweet

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  36. tweeted https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/662291320111779840

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  37. https://mobile.twitter.com/kytah00/status/662740147281137664 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  38. My mom is the most phenomenal women I know! Afjackly@oakland.edu

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  39. The only women in mhymmy life... My mother, sister and girlfriend too! Shawn92379@gmail.com

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  40. https://mobile.twitter.com/Esham4life/status/662790351413972992 shawn92379@gmail.com

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  41. I love my mother in law. We cook together and watch old movies together.

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  42. https://mobile.twitter.com/michael64263870/status/663167629381750787

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  43. My mom is a phenomenal woman in my life. She raise me to be the decent and independent woman that I am today!

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  44. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/664501101970984964

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  45. My mom and grandmothers! My grandmothers are no longer living – but they had a phenomenal impact on my life!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  46. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/664533990234300416
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  47. I think my mother is pretty phenomenal. She raised me alone from the age of 11 and did what she had to do, even it if wasn't ethical, to give me a good childhood.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  48. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/664810676943237120
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  49. My Mom and Grandmother(who has passed) are the most phenomenal woman in my life. Both very caring and strong Women.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  50. tweeted
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  51. One of my best and long time friends is a hospice nurse. The work she does inspires me to appreciate life and not take a single day for granted. She is a phenomenal woman in my life.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/665355671521497088

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  53. My Mom is a phenomenal woman. She is so kind and caring and is always thinking of others and is always there when I need her.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  54. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/665369357443166211

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  55. My mom is the phenomenal woman in my life
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  56. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/665528691712262145
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  57. my mom, mother in law and daughter are all phenomenal women in my life!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/665590679033135104

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/665680580844118016

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  60. My mom and grandmothers are the most phenomenal women I know!
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

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  61. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/665754655687708673

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  62. My Mom is the most phenomenal women in my life. She raises me and my sisters as a single mother and never once complained. She's always been so happy.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  63. My mom and my wife are good women of GOD. They are the phenomenal women in my life
    Bert Ruiz
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  64. tweet https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/665930321653727232
    bert ruiz
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  65. My mom is the phenomenal woman in my life.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  66. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/665964016037154817

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  67. The phenomenal women in my life are my daughter, mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and my best girlfriends!
    Erika W.

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  68. I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/seabattle2/status/665973261738639360

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  69. Two of my favorite phenomenal women are my daughter and her grandmother. They are both so dear to me.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  70. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/666072843789053956

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  71. My mom because she always helps me and is awesome wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  72. I sent out a tweet https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/666076661067026432

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  73. Tweeted-https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/666141906213191681

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  74. My mother is a phenomenal woman as she is very supporting and a real strong woman especially during the hard times.

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