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Dining Out With Two (And A Pup)

dining-out-mtme-outback-steakhouseThis is a sponsored post in collaboration with Outback Steakhouse. Although I received compensation to share this information, all thoughts are my own. 

Family and friends think we’re a little crazy because we dine out with our boys — pup included. To them, it’s like carrying two heavy items in each arm and placing a brick on your foot, only to hop on your other foot to get around.

The truth is, it’s a lot easier than it seems. All three behave well when they’re out, and it’s no coincidence. There’s actually a method to the madness: we give them what they want in moderation.

Our firstborn is almost three and a half years old. Yes, his two years on this earth were a bit nutty, but we were able to survive. Now, he’s found a playmate in his brother. Although they may keep each other company, they do require an equal amount of attention from the two of us.

Rocky is a husky so you’d expect him to be a little wild. He’s also an Alpha, which means he’s used to leading the pack and having his needs met before anyone else’s. That’s the tricky part.

To help tame the madness, Jeff makes sure Rocky is calm the rest of the day by taking him out in the morning for a walk at one of his favorite places or around our community. He also gets about an hour or so at a local dog park. This allows him freely run around and get his daily exercise.

Choosing Where To Dine
We’re always exploring somewhere new with our boys, and when we heard about the new Outback Steakhouse opening up in a neighboring town, we thought about bringing the pup along. We always check on whether or not a restaurant is pet-friendly.

One of the cool things about living in South Florida is that most restaurants allow you to bring your furbabies.

If you’re looking for a place to dine with your family (and the pup as well), then head over to Outback Steakhouse and take advantage of their outdoor seating.

There’s a new Outback Steakhouse in our area opening its doors on Monday, October 10th. Located at 2725 S. University Dr., this Outback Steakhouse is first in the area to feature an updated “Modern Australia” design both inside and out. To celebrate the opening of this restaurant, Outback Steakhouse is hosting a charity giveback event in collaboration with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

Here’s a sneak peek of what the outside of the restaurant looks like:


Inside the restaurant, you can expect to see the same “Modern Australia” design, with décor that mirrors the indigenous flora and fauna, adventure, geography and leisure of modern day Australia. Guests will also enjoy a spacious, energetic bar area that includes a community table – a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy specialty beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails. The bar will also feature customized seating and furnishings. We can’t wait to stop by and see this new look ourselves.

If you’re heading over to Outback Steakhouse, be sure to sign up to the Dine Rewards™ at By doing so, you’ll earn up to 50% off every fourth visit.

“We’re thrilled to be the newest neighbors in Davie,” according to Augie Cubillos, Local Proprietor, Outback Steakhouse. “We look forward to showing our support of the community by giving back to a great organization during our grand opening.”

To mark the official grand opening, Outback Steakhouse is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 10.

Meeting Their Needs
Going out to eat with the boys means finding something they’ll like. All three of our boys love steak! If it was up to them, I’d be making steak and potatoes every day. Whenever we dine out, we always like to include the pup. Ordering him a plate means no seasoning and a bowl of water.

Our littlest has developed a love for vegetables, so we’ll occasionally order something that he can chew on that can help with teething. Oftentimes it’s carrots or celery.

For our firstborn, it’s all about the beverage. A tall glass of lemonade always makes him happy.
Teething Baby Motherhood Through My Eyes

Once their needs have been met, Jeff and I can enjoy a nice family dinner without having to worry about the tantrums. It’s always fun to watch guests’ reactions to us when we walk in, compared to the smiles we get once everyone sees how well they behave.

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What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.


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