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Girls Night Out….

Girls night out is not something I often do… In fact, I can’t remember the last time I went anywhere without Boo.  This was special though and my oldest was home to babysit Boo for me… I had so much fun!!!

My partner in crime was my dear friend Shera Kay! We became friends way back when our  oldest boys were little, and in the many, many years since she has become a sister to me…. She is one of the kindest, sweetest souls I am blessed to know and it was awesome to hang out with her for girls night out!

girls night
Girls Night!!

After a fun dinner at a real restaurant (not one that comes with kids meals) and the joy of eating a meal in its entirety without cutting up someones food LOL, we headed over to Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix to see our teenage heartthrobs… Donnie, Jordon, Jonathon , Joey and Danny!!!

I could barely contain my excitement!!! OMG!!! New Kids On The Block!!!!!!


I had every single poster of them covering my entire bedroom wall as a teenager! Mostly Donnie LOL but yep I loved them all… I just knew Donnie was going to swoop in and ask my 15 year old self to run away with him….

Yes, had these all over my teenage room 🙂

As we looked for our seats at the concert we morphed from two 40 somethings into two giggling schoolgirls… Shera Kay spotted a place we could get photos with Boyz II Men ( who were also playing that night) and I swear, I’ve never seen her eyes light up like that  LMBO 🙂 Armed with our photos we made our way into the arena and WOW!!! It was so totally awesome as our teenage selves would have said…

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men

Let me just say that the years have not hurt this handsome R&B group… They put on such a great show and Shera Kay and I sang along to all our faves like “Motownphilly” and “End of the Road”… We were having a blast dancing and singing  and enjoying the show!

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men singing directly to Shera Kay… LOL 🙂

Next  up was the beautiful and talented Paula Abdul!!! I have so much respect for this amazing lady… I have followed her career over the years and have found that she is a lady thru and thru. She has class, grace and a kind heart.  Not only did I sing my heart out to her songs as a teen, I sing them still as they are all on my IPOD and nothing makes a day better than belting out “Forever Your Girl” or “Straight Up” 

paula abdul
The beautiful and talented Paula Abdul!!!

Watching her perform was so much fun! She has so much spirit and strength…  Positive energy just spills from her to everyone around  her! Plus, she is totally adorable. She looks exactly the same as she did in the 1990’s! Paula– if your reading this…. do a girl a favor and email me your secret for looking so fab!!!

After a short break… the lights went back down…. everyone stood up…. watching the stage…. waiting.. waiting… Smoke danced, lights dimmed… and then… the center stage rose up out of the floor and NKOTB was maybe 60 feet from us…. I’ll admit it… One look at this #boyband and I was screaming and swooning like a teenage girl…

I couldn’t even breathe …. the teenage girl in me was beside herself LOL
Look how close I was to Donnie!!! Total. Fangirl. Moment.

What a night!!! First of all, if I was crushing on them when I was a teen–let me tell you, the grown up in me says…. they sure grew up nice… LOL

I think every woman in this arena became 15 again when these guys graced the stage….

NKOTB put on a fantastic show and it was obvious how much they truly care about their fans. I have been to many concerts over the years and never seen a performer interact with the audience like NKOTB did. They truly seemed humbled to be there for us and actually went out into the audience several times including the cheap seats to shake hands and give hugs.

and…. I’m swooning….
Best. Show. Ever!

You see so many young performers who grow up to attract trouble, but that’s not the case with NKOTB…. They all have level heads and do so much for the community… Donnie stands out to me the most because he and his beautiful wife , Jenny, do so much for the Autism community… Since Boo has Autism, this means so much to me…

Donnie singing directly to me… hey– a girl can dream 🙂

Overall, tonight was such a joy for me! Having a chance for girls night out was amazing! Getting to sing along with our teenage heartthrobs?? Priceless.

I’d love to hear from my readers– What was your fave singer or group as a teen?








  1. This looks great and reminds me that I need a night out myself. At least my best friend and I telephone a lot because she is number one in my list and my 2 year old knows how to dial this number 😅 Thank you for sharing

    1. Hi Sabrina! I hope you and your bestie get a fun girls night out soon! 🙂

  2. M

    Sounds really fun for you. I see that you really enjoyed it!

    1. We had such a fun time!! 🙂

  3. Are you kidding me! I didn’t even know a show like this existed. I have done a moms night out but we just sit at the local pub and talk about our kids. LOL

    1. Hi Sara!! I totally shrieked with excitement when I found out we were going to this concert!! Best girls night out ever…. 🙂

  4. Glad you had a good time! I’ve never personally had a girls night out or a love for boy bands. But I’ve had a nerds night out. Good stuff.

    1. Hi Joseph! Nerds night out equally appeals to me!!! I already have my blue science uniform and comic con tickets ready for this year!! Live Long and Prosper…. 🙂

  5. Paige Butler

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

    1. Hi Paige! We totally did!! 🙂

  6. This sounds like a fun night. It is always important to make time to feed your soul, you deserve it.

    1. Thank you so much Erin!! 🙂

  7. Ahh, lucky you girl! Wish I was there, loved Boy2men growing up and will do anything to see them again. Great post 🙂 x

    1. Hi Carina! We felt so lucky to be there!! 🙂

  8. What fun!! That sounds like the absolute best night out ever. What a great way to get some time for yourself and to just be you!

    I would love to have a throwback night like this. I would absolutely love to go see the Spice Girls or Backstreet Boys with my sister. It would bring back some amazing memories.

    I had my first night out last week, at a totally kids-inappropriate restaurant. No highchairs, no kids menu, it was awesome!!

    1. Hi Michal!! I’m so happy you got a fun night out too!! 🙂

  9. From reading your posts frequently, it seems like a very well deserved night off. So glad you enjoyed!

    1. Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  10. Hi, a grown up night out is always special. I’m a tad jealous you got to see NKOTB.

    1. Hi Chloe!! It was so much fun!!

  11. Sarah

    Yes we all need a night Out with friends! It is so important for our sanity! Wow looks like so much fun! I am so glad the groups we used to listen to are going back on tour 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah 🙂 yes I totally needed this night with my friend!

  12. That sounds like such an amazing time! I never have girls night anymore 😣 I really want to have one now!

    1. Hi Kaylee! I normally never have one…. but this was a much needed treat!

  13. That sounds like a great night and soo much fun. Now I kind of wish I would have seen NKOTB when they were near here.

    1. HiJody! Maybe they will come back on tour near you again…. 🙂

  14. Seems you had quite some fun.. Great to chill out with friends

    1. Hi Dinesh it was so fun!

  15. That looks like so much fun! I was into NKOTB but I was only five or six. As a teen, it was NSYNC all the way. Sadly I can’t see them every doing a reunion tour since Justin is doing so well on his own.

    1. Hi Janessa! Ya I don’t see them doing a reunion tour either because of how awesome Justin is on his own….

  16. As a teen? I was and am still obsessed with Taylor Swift!

    1. Hi Diana! I love Taylor too! I was blessed to see her perform when she was just starting out and sang a few songs opening for George Strait years ago….

      1. Omg that is awesome! I wish I could see her live, but her tickets are always so expensive!

        1. Hi Diana! It was so amazing to see her live!! 🙂

  17. that sounds like a super awesome GNO! glad you had fun

    1. Thanks Janalyn!! 🙂

  18. Nelu Mbingu

    Good on you for making time to hang with your girl despite having kids and things. That’s important for mental health and general wellbeing I think.

    1. Thanks Nelu 🙂 It was so great and much needed but this was a rare treat for me…

  19. I love seeing Boo updates. But this post makes me happy 🙂
    I havent done a girls night out in ages.but i just might do one soon 😀

    1. Thanks Dilraz! I’m so glad you love following my blog and I promise new adventures of Boo next week 🙂

  20. Happy for you!

    1. Thanks!! 🙂

  21. Oh I would have loved this! I recently went to a concert as well for a Girls Night and we saw Salt n Pepa, Vanilla Ice, and Color Me Badd. Talk about taking you back in time LOL

    1. Rhonda that concert sound AMAZING!!!!

  22. It means so much to me that I was able to help you have a good night out! Sounds like you had a fun time.

  23. You guys had so much fun…sometimes all we need is nothing but have some fun and bond… Will definitely do the same with my girls..

  24. Sherry

    It was very refreshing to read about your fun time! Even as grandmas my best friend and I still enjoy an occasional girl’s day out. We hit Barnes and Nobles (my most favorite store ever) and head up to the café for specialty coffee drinks shared over tons of gossip. Did I say gossip? I meant to say sharing interesting and vital facts about the universe. Ha!Ha! Then we check out the wonderful book selections before we have lunch at one of the close restaurants. Afterwards, we go to the nearby theater and enjoy a movie and buttered popcorn. Keep up your entertaining writing. I look forward to it every week!!!

    1. Thanks for sharing!! Sounds like you have a great girls time out too! 🙂

  25. rightstopmedia

    You really had a lot of fun on and looks like you really enjoyed it that great

    1. Thanks!! 🙂

  26. Girls nights out are so fun! Glad you had a fun packed night!

    1. Thanks Tayler!!

  27. Aww wow, that would have been amazing, I loved Boyz 2 Men

    1. Hi Lauren! It was totally amazing!!

  28. Excited to see that girl fun, sometimes it is so much needed to enjoy just with girl friends. I specially miss doing that after being a mommy due to lack of time..

    1. Hi Jhilmil! It is so fun to sometimes have fun with our friends and relax 🙂

  29. You are soo lucky! I’m honestly waiting for an NSync comeback tour so i can fangrl out

    1. Hi Jasmine! That would be an awesome concert too!!

  30. Omgeee!!! This took me way back…how fun!!

    1. Hi Shaylah! I’m glad you enjoyed my post! 🙂

  31. Sandy

    Girls too much Enjoyed yoho!!!

  32. Haha how fun that you get to go on this girls night out! I wish I could get out at night more often, but probably with my husband!

    1. Hi Betty! We had so much fun!

  33. I love girls nights! They’re so essential for every mom. I’ve never seen NKOTB or Paula in concert but I’ve seen B2M. I’m glad you enjoyed your concert and time with your friend!

    1. Thanks Tina! 🙂

  34. I love it when I am able to get out and hang with my girls! It is especially fun when it gets to be for something like this! I know several people who went to the concert when it was in our area and it looks like they all put on a great show! Glad you were able to get out and have fun…we all need that break every now and then.

    1. Thanks Heidi! 🙂

  35. A girls night out!!!! I can’t think of the last time I had it. Thanks for bringing in those memories and cheers on having one that you enjoyed.

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  36. looks like you ladies had lots of fun. A girls night out is always a good idea 😀

    1. Thanks Arita! 🙂

  37. Carli

    Thats awesome!!! I know the feeling when you have a night out without kids… when im able to have one (once passing a month sometimes) i try to keep up with my friends 25ish… sometimes its hard… sadly in my city theres not good concerts but when we go out we try to go to a club or a karaoke (i dont like it) but i always go home early because i miss my bed and my baby… youre really amazing… 💓

    1. Thanks Carli! 🙂

  38. Oh my goodness what a fabulous line up!! All my favourites growing up too! What a fantastic girls night out!

  39. Sounds like you guys had a blast!! It’s been years since I went to a concert and I can only imagine how much fun you had because you totally get caught up in the moment when you are in the crowd listening to your favorite music!
    I haven’t had time away from my baby yet, she’s only 10 months old now, but when that time comes then a concert sounds like a good idea!!

    1. Hi we had so much fun!!! Just wait till she’s a teen… then you’ll be ready for moms night out LOL

  40. Looks like you have lots of fun! I am jealous you have such close friend. I never has a BFF.

    1. Hi Lana we had such a great time 🙂

  41. Hubba hubba I love me some NKOTB!!! That was an awesome show I’m sure!!

    1. LOL Hi Kate!! Yep it was totally awesome!

  42. This is an amazing experience. And I love doing Solo night outs. The entire energy and fun coming out of you. I will surely plan this someday. Love the pics.

    1. Thanks Jiya! We really had a great time and there was so much positive energy! 🙂

  43. This looks super duper fun. I love a good GNO!

    1. Thanks Ophelia!

  44. Sounds like an awesome girls night! Eating a meal without kids is the best thing ever, followed by shopping! haha

    1. Ha Ha Sarah!! So true!!! 🙂

  45. Surbhi

    Drinks, good music and talking about everything else but kids pretty much defines my kind of night out. You had a fabulous evening. I can only imagine.

  46. Priscilla

    I went to NKOTB as a kid and I remember mailing copies of pics to people I met at the concert 🙂 And Paula’s ‘tape’ was the first I ever bought! Must have been an awesome concert. I’d love to take my girls to this concert! They would love it. I’m not a fangirl really anymore but I would totally go on their cruise just for fun lol.

    1. Hi Priscilla! I would love to go on one of those concerts! 🙂

  47. Girl night out is so much fun! I am glad that you had such a great time 🙂

    1. Thanks Mayuri!!

  48. Did the cartoon cat come out for Opposites Attract?!?!

    1. Hi Ryan it totally did!!!! They had a huge wrap around screen for it on stage 🙂

  49. It sounds like you had a great night. It’s always nice to get out with the girls sometimes — especially to do something fun like see NKOTB.

    1. Hi Melissa! It was such a great night!! 🙂

  50. Looks like you guys! had real fun 🙂 Night outs are always the best with your friends

    1. Thanks Akshay! 🙂

  51. Sounds like a super fun night! Girl time is so necessary, whether you’re staying in or going out. 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah!

  52. I’m so happy that you were able to have a Girl’s Night Out and see these amazing singers perform! My sister was actually telling me about their tour and line up the other day! How crazy is that? I would have to say my favorite group was Black Eyed Peas – their concert was phenomenal! My favorite song to this day is one of theirs, and will always be: ‘Where is the Love?’.

    1. Thanks Larissa!! 🙂

  53. Looks like it was a fun night! I would love a girls night out like this!

    1. Thanks Belle! 🙂

  54. Alexandria

    Girls night out are always fun! Looks like you had a great time!

    1. Thanks Alexandria!!

  55. What a fun night out! A couple of my friends have been to TNKOTB concert and had so much fun, I’m glad you did too! I think it makes you a better mom when you get out and have fun!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth!

  56. Omg a sit-down restaurant AND a concert in the same night?! Lucky!! 🙃
    I was all about Jordan as a tween. In my teenage years, I loved the Violent Femmes and I totally saw them play the other night! It was awesome and I felt like a teenage again. But then I went home at 11 and the toddler was still awake so whoops. Lol.

    1. LOL Darlene! that sounds like my life… 🙂 I’m glad you had fun at your concert!! 🙂

  57. What a blast! I wish we had gone…my sister was in LOVE with NKOTB!

    1. Hi Katie! I just got an email notice that they have another NKOTB cruise ship booking! 🙂

  58. Aw fun!! Looks like you had a good time. I love going to concerts with friends 🙂 I’m going to the Ed Sheeran concert on the 29th of this month and am so excited!

    1. Hi Annabelle! Have a great time at your concert!! 🙂

  59. So many 90s throwbacks in one post! That sounds awesome. I am glad you got some well-deserved time kid-free.

    1. Thanks Addison!

  60. So glad you got to get out and enjoy yourself. Looks like you had a great time!

  61. amber b

    OMG I would die for a girls night out. I don’t think ive had one in 15 years! Looks like you had a blast!

    1. Thanks Amber !! 🙂

  62. Looks like you had a fantastic time there!!! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Silvija!

  63. I am so GLAD you got to go out and have fun. Every momma needs to do something for her. You looked like you had a great time!

    1. Thanks so much Lizzie!! 🙂

  64. I do not recall who my favorite was but I remember my first concert was Rick Springfield.

    1. Hi Elise! I love listening to Rick Springfield 🙂

  65. I need such a nice girls night out! I’m quite jealous right now:D

  66. I had no idea they were on tour! How fun!! My favorite has always been Donnie. 🙂

    1. LOL Jen… He’s my fave too 🙂 🙂

  67. I’m jealous! 🙂 I really liked Tiffany and Debbie Gibson when I was younger. It’s sounds like such a great show!

    1. Oh my gosh Pam, I still have their albums!!! 🙂

  68. Sounds like a great show! I’m more of a BSB girl myself and totally felt like I was a little girl again when I went to their latest show! I MIGHT have squealed, I will neither confirm nor deny 😉

    1. hahaha Sahar!!! LOVE it!!!! 🙂

  69. To start-I think I’m kind of jealous!!!! An adult meal with an adult concert with friends sounds like a GREAT TIME!!! Lol. That looks like an awesome time all around! And to top off, you live in AZ and so do I! I’m like why did I not know about this tour being in Phoenix?!?!?!?! Glad to see you had a great time mama!!!!

    1. Hi Cheridan… they are booking for their latest tour cruise now! 2 days at sea “trapped” with NKOTB….

  70. you girls rocked it completely. Its actually so important for us, mothers, wife’s to have such groups & arrange such days to unwind ourselves. Loved it absolutely.

  71. I was totally a New Kids on the Block fan, but I wasn’t a teen, I was like seven, LOL. I agree every mama needs a girls night out but they can be hard to arrange. Everyone is so busy! But when it happens- so worth it!

  72. Girls night!! I am going out for one tonight actually! I don’t get out very often so it is a nice treat when you do! My favourite band when I was a teenager was Hanson… I have seen them since becoming an adult and they are still fantastic!!!

  73. Woohoo sounds like an awesome night out! Love love love Boyz II Men! We saw them a few years back and agree, they were just as good. Glad your teenage self had a great time 😉

    1. Thanks Toni! 🙂

  74. Sounds like a blast! I seriously can’t remember the last time I met a friend for coffee, let alone had a girl’s night! I need to try a little harder to do that.

  75. That’s so awesome. I really wanted to go to that concert when it was in town. I wish I had made it!

    1. Hi Tara!! It was SO amazing!! 🙂

  76. What a fun night! I love that your teen self is still in there and got to experience this. What an absolute blast!

    1. Thanks Jessie!

  77. It seems like you had a really nice girl`s night out. It is so nice to go to a concert of your favourite band. I found out that the lead singer of my favourite band died yesterday and I never had the chance to go to one of their concerts.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that Elena….

  78. NKOTB was my very first concert! (25 years ago- hahh)

    1. LOL Kate…. oh my gosh they were just as awesome 25 years later 😉

  79. I knew so make people who went to this tour when it was in town. Hard to believe some of these guys are still playing, however many years later!

    1. Hi Rika! They still sounded so amazing after all this time… 🙂

  80. What a great night out! That sounds like an amazing concert! I was more BSB myself, but I enjoyed NKOTB.

    1. Hi Emily! I love BSB too!! 🙂

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