The 45th Daytona Turkey Run welcomes fans of all ages to celebrate their love of classic cars. The largest combined car show and swap meet in the U.S. is a four-day show that kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day. At the Daytona Speedway, it runs through Sunday, November 25th.
Guests can look forward to:
The Daytona Turkey Run is open to the public and features more than 6,000 vintage, classic and custom, muscle cars, race cars and trucks on display and for sale, as well as a massive swap meet in which vendors sell and trade hard-to-find auto parts and accessories. There is also an Artisan Alley with fashion and art and a full midway of delicious food vendors. More than 150,000 attended the 44th Daytona Turkey Run.
The 45th Daytona Turkey Run is presented by White Diamond and is sponsored in part by Mecum Auctions and Spectrum. Admission is $15 Thursday through Saturday and $10 on Sunday with free parking. Children under 11 are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available at the Daytona Speedway all four days.
The Spring Turkey Run dates, March 22-24, 2019 were also just released.
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For more information about the Daytona Turkey Run, visit www.TurkeyRun.com
Want to win TWO tickets to the Daytona Turkey Run? Be sure to check out our Facebook page to enter the giveaway! Winner will be chosen November 19th at 10pm!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.
Our November local charity spotlight is Orlando Dream Center. The Orlando Dream Center Inc.’s mission is about rebuilding stories, one life at a time, by providing assistance to individuals and families, moving them towards self-sufficiency. At the Dream Center, they commit to loving the forsaken, remembering the forgotten, and pursuing the lost in our society. They want to make a difference in our community and our world, even if it means reaching one life at a time. They share faith, hope and love through holistic programs and education.
They believe that together, we can make it better for many. They are in phase one of the program by offering healthy food options to fight hunger and allow families stay in their homes. This program will help low income families, single parents, and working families who might not qualify for government subsidies such as food stamps or WIC. With donations, they can help build leadership and organize food drops in strategic areas in Central Florida.
Each of their groups and partners below are committed to meeting the physical, emotional, as well as spiritual needs of the families and individuals that they help.
Adopt A Block: Community Leadership Events
The Adopt A Block program is about revitalizing communities one block at a time. Their vision is to reach out to the community by offering free meals to families, educational programs for children, and work opportunities to parents.
They are rebuilding stories one life at a time. They are currently in phase one of the program, by offering healthy food options to fight hunger and allow families to stay in their homes. This program will help low income families, single parents, and working families who might not qualify for government subsidies, such as food stamps or WIC. With the help of generous donations, they can directly impact the lives of hundreds of people in the Orlando community and beyond.
Gentle Bottoms: Diaper Assistance
Diaper collection for children and adults for those in need.
Dream Kids: K - 12 After School Programs
Dream Kids is a new initiative for children ages 4 - 17 focusing on the importance of reading and writing by learning how to code. This initiative will develop Reading and Writing skills, problem solving and critical thinking by learning about computer programming, graphics arts, game design and mobile Apps development.
Manna for Life: Food Pantry
1045 Pine St, Orlando, Fl 32824
In 2017, Orlando Dream Center provided meals to hundreds of families in need, and in 2018 with Adopt A Block, they will reach thousands more!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
DONATE - MONETARY
With your generous contributions, you can directly impact the lives of hundreds of people in the Orlando community and beyond.
DONATE - GOODS
At our November 12th GNO, we will be helping collect donating goods that are needed by their food pantry, “Manna for Life.” We are hoping to help families be able to have a Thanksgiving to remember!
Items they need:
A HUGE thank you to all who attended our October Girls Night Out event at Ellipsis Brewing! It was a smaller event than usual but we had tons of new faces and so much great conversation! A big thank you to the staff at Ellipsis Brewing for accommodating our party and providing us with wonderful beer on tap! Also thank you to Hottie Kababie for being out food truck for the evening and serving up delicious and fresh mediterranean food. Lastly, thank you to our representative of this month’s charity, The Diaper Bank of Central Florida. If you are looking to learn more about The Diaper Bank of Central Florida, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our October Girls Night Out event even more fun; including their information to connect. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your future shopping and event needs.
Right Angle Photography - Danny Woodard
Danny of Right Angle Photography joined us at our October GNO as our amazing professional photographer! Not only did Danny prove to be an amazing photographer with a keen sense of details, but he was a pleasure to have at our event! I don’t know about you, but he had me laughing much of the night.
Beauty Counter – Denise Meagher
Denise joined us as our Beauty Counter consultant! Beauty Counter is a safe skincare company that is working hard to disrupt the Beauty Industry by advocating for safer environmentally protective laws as well as providing a solution through high performing products. According to BC, the Personal Care Industry is practically completely unregulated and it's actually legal to include harmful ingredients, including known carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals and not disclose that information or hide it behind blanket terms like "Natural Fragrance". When Denise learned that less than 20% of consumers are aware of these practices, she knew she wanted to join the mission of spreading this education so that we can all be informed and armed with the knowledge to make better choices in the products we use. Their movement is centered around education first, products second followed by strong advocacy for more comprehensive legislation and regulation over the industry. She's is always excited to share this information with any and every one who will listen while also providing beautiful products because she supports their belief that it's not enough to talk about the problem unless you can also provide a solution! Be sure to check out Denise’s website and reach out to her to learn more!
Young Living - Lisa Stoddard
Facebook: 210 Essentials
Lisa Stoddard joined us as our Young Living Essential Oils vendor! Lisa is passionate about empowering people with the best essential oils on the planet to improve and maintain wellness! She believes that your wellness and your family's wellness matters! Let her teach you how to get the toxins out of your body and your home. She shared with us how Young Living’s essential oils and plant based essential oil infused products can be tools to a Chemical Free Lifestyle! Young Living is more than essential oils, they are a total wellness company! She also showed us how we can enhance our beer with her oils - the uses are endless! Be sure to visit her website and contact her today to learn how to live life fearless & free, and full of wellness, abundance and purpose!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla and Stella Tessler
Please contact them directly via Facebook: Stella and Connie
Due to circumstances beyond their control, Connie and Stella were unable to join us at our event. However, Melanie was there showcasing the wonderful products that were developed by the dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. The regimens offered by R+F help you address your skin concerns and overcome environmental aggressors to achieve visible, life-changing results. To learn more about the products R+F offer, first visit the main website www.rodanandfields.com, then reach out to Connie and Stella to see what promotions they are running and place your order with them directly for a more personalized experience! If you are looking to reach out to Melanie, please contact me directly.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hunter Vision was also unable to join us as planned at our GNO. However, if you visit their website, you be able to find out information on all that they offer. Hunter Vision believes in freedom of sight; they offer the latest vision correction procedures, including LASIK, ICL, RLE and refractive cataract surgery. Be sure to contact them for a free consultation! (Tell them Orlando Housewives sent you!) Again, you can learn more about this highly rated Orlando Business by checking out their website and visiting their social media pages.
October is my favorite month and Halloween is one of my favorite “holidays.” I just love the costumes, the excitement, and getting spooked. I’ve been to my fair share of haunted houses and Halloween events over the years, including MNSSHP, HHN, and Hall-O-Scream and although I love going to these scary attractions, I generally don’t get scared –it’s just fun! Well, last week John and I visited SCREAM-A-GEDDON in Dade City, FL (just outside of Tampa; about 1.5 hour drive from Orlando), and I can tell you – I got scared!
SCREAM-A-GEDDON is in an area spooky all on its own, with lots of open land, one-way streets, and pure darkness once the sun sets. Featuring 5 houses that are included with your admission, and one paintball attraction that costs extra, it’s a fun time you won’t want to miss. John and I splurged for the VIP upgrade because we went on a Saturday and the lines were very, very long. After over an hour wait for 1 house, we decided it would be worth it – and it definitely was. We completed the other 4 houses in just one more hour because of the VIP passes.
By far our favorite and most scary house was the Rage 3D house. You have to wear 3D glasses when you enter this house, and we were honestly screaming multiple times while in this house – a first for me. Something different that SCREAM-A-GEDDON offers is the ability to interact within some of the houses. These houses give you a glow necklace if you plan to interact, and you become immersed in the frights. From being placed in jail in Blackpool Prison, to being taken to closed areas in the houses in Infected: Ground Zero, you are bound to be scared! We did not partake in the interactions, as I’m not really a fan of being touched by people I don’t know, but I could tell those that did decide to interact really enjoy the opportunity.
In the center of the attractions you’ll find food, beverages, and merchandise for sale. I purchased a shirt that says, “Witches Be Crazy” – LOVE IT! We didn’t dine, but I loved that they offered s’mores kits so that you could make s’mores over their fire pits!
I highly recommend SCREAM-A-GEDDON if you are truly looking for a good fright! Although not as big as HHN, I have to say it was definitely scarier and very imaginative. I do recommend upgrading to the VIP tickets if it’s a busy evening. Please also note, parking costs $10, which can be paid for with cash or card when you arrive or can be paid for online prior to arriving.
SCREAM-A-GEDDON runs nightly (opening at 7:30pm) until November 3rd. To learn more about tickets, hours, and the houses, please visit their website: www.SCREAMAGEDDON.com
Disclaimer: I was provided free admission to SCREAM-A-GEDDON in exchange for my review; as always, all opinions are my own.
Our October local charity spotlight is Diaper Bank of Central Florida. Founded in 2015 by Eryn Vargo, a local mom that wanted to give back. Operated 100% by Eryn and her family, they rely solely on community support to be able to provide diapers to their partners. The very small amount of cash donations that they receive goes towards purchasing diapers and wipes when needed and also towards operating costs. The Diaper Bank of Central Florida is run out of Eryn’s garage and has distributed over 77,000 diapers to those in need – not only in Central Florida, but also 3,000 for Texas (Hurricane Harvey), 3,900 for SW FL (Hurricane Irma), and over 11,000 for Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria)!
MISSION – THEIR “WHY”
To ensure every newborn, infant and toddler in our community is supplied with the most basic need-diapers.
There are no federal assistance programs that pay for or provide diapers-including WIC, Food Stamps and Medicare. Diapers are an unmet basic need for families. Daycare Centers require parents to provide disposable diapers. If a parent cannot afford diapers, he or she cannot leave their children in daycare, therefore the cycle of poverty continues because the parents cannot work or go to school. The need for diapers hits the most vulnerable in our community the hardest, especially when they cannot afford them. A clean change of diapers on a regular basis can cost up to $100/month (if not more)– for all stages of diaper needs.
Did you know, Nonprofits working with families and individuals consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need? It’s true!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Diaper Bank also needs community engagement to succeed; groups and individuals willing to run Diaper Drives and fundraisers to support their efforts and help them help babies across Orange County
HOST A DIAPER DRIVE
Looking for a unique way to give back to the community? Host a diaper drive at work, school, faith-based organization...anywhere! Email here to learn more.
Diapers that are donated to the Diaper Bank are split and distributed between their 3 partner agencies. There are some instances where they will direct donations directly to one of their partners.
WHAT THEY NEED
Any brand of diapers ,pull ups, or wipes, any size diapers or pull ups and even open packages of diapers are ok.
HOW TO DONATE
We will be collecting donations at our October 15thGirls Night Out event at Ellipsis Brewing. However, if you can’t make it, or want to continue donating, you can drop your donation off at the Central Christian Church, located at: 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32804, on Tues-Thurs from 8am-4pm in the church office.
DO YOU NEED THE ASSISTANCE OF DIAPER BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA?
Those in need of diapers are directed to make an appointment with one of their 3 partner agencies that is closest to the person in need. Diapers and wipes (if available) are given to those in need directly from their partner agencies.
Keep up-to-date on the happenings of Diaper Bank of Central Florida, by following them on Facebook!
For more information, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to register for your FREE ticket to our October 15th GNO here.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Welcomes Four African Penguin chicks and Celebrates baby Bornean Orangutan's 1st Birthday
This weekend, guests visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have the opportunity to join in the celebration of two endangered species thriving under the park’s care. The park has special plans for the first birthday of Malu, a Bornean orangutan, and the newest fall arrivals at the park: four fluffy African penguin chicks.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13: Just in time for African Penguin Awareness Day, the park welcomes four penguin chicks to the rookery. Park guests will have the FIRST opportunity to see the newest additions to the Busch Gardens penguin family this Saturday as a part of the park’s African Penguin Awareness Day celebration. The hatchlings will appear intermittently in the Animal Care Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 13, where guests can watch as the zoo team provides for the young birds. Ultimate penguin fans can also book a PENGUIN INSIDER TOUR for a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating warm-weather flock that calls Busch Gardens home.
This year’s babies are the largest group of penguin chicks that has ever hatched at Busch Gardens. At this stage in their development, the young chicks are expected to eat 60% of their body weight each day to ensure proper growth. Varying in age from two to four weeks old, the chicks are under 24 hour supervision with the animal care team at Busch Gardens.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14: It’s an ORANGUTAN BIRTHDAY! Guests can swing by the Jungala area of the park to wish young Malu, a Bornean orangutan, a happy first birthday during a 1:00p.m. celebration this Sunday. Malu was born on October 14, 2017 to first-time mom, Luna, weighing in at just over 8 pounds. His arrival was monumental for Busch Gardens, as orangutans typically only have one baby every 7-10 years. Today, he is a healthy and curious young ape, growing strong and learning alongside his mother each day.
As one of the largest zoos in the country, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s animal care team plays a vital role in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for a number of endangered species. The African penguin and the Bornean orangutan are both endangered in the wild, largely due to habitat loss caused by humans. Each baby animal at the park sparks new hope for their species as they bring awareness to the plight of their wild counterparts.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports research and conservation projects, including initiatives that directly benefit African penguins and Bornean orangutans. To learn more about these projects, guests can visit the fund’s website for additional information.
A HUGE thank you to all who attended our September Girls Night Out event at Sugar Factory Orlando! It was great seeing so many of you again and meeting some newbies too! A big thank you to the staff at Sugar Factory for accommodating our party and making us some delicious drinks and food! Thank you to Taunya, our representative of this month’s charity, The Magic Yarn Project South Florida. If you are looking to learn more about The Magic Yarn Project South Florida, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our September Girls Night Out event even more fun; including their information to connect. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your future shopping and event needs.
Michele DiMura Photography
Michele DiMura of Michele DiMura Photography joined us at our September GNO as our amazing professional photographer! I think it’s apparent from the quality of the photos from this event that Michele really has an eye for details and is fantastic at capturing the moment. Michele does a wide range of photography to include individual and family portraits, sporting events, prom, and other special events.
Contact her today to book your next photo session or to be your next event photographer!
Paparazzi – Christie Tincher
Facebook: BLING with Confidence
Christie introduced our guests to Paparazzi Jewelry, which offers beautiful $5 jewelry. All jewelry is lead and nickel free, and great quality- I’m truly obsessed! Be sure to check out her Facebook group to join her in her live shopping parties and join her monthly birthday drawings!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla and Stella Tessler
Please contact them directly via Facebook: Stella and Connie
Connie and Stella shared with us the amazing skincare products offered by R+F. These products were developed by the dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. The regimens offered by R+F help you address your skin concerns and overcome environmental aggressors to achieve visible, life-changing results. To learn more about the products R+F offer, first visit their websitewww.rodanandfields.com, then reach out to Connie and Stella to see what promotions they are running and place your order with them directly for a more personalized experience!
Hunter Vision joined us at our GNO and provided information on all that they offer. Hunter Vision believes in freedom of sight; they offer the latest vision correction procedures, including LASIK, ICL, RLE and refractive cataract surgery. If you didn’t have a chance to stop by their table, be sure to contact them for a free consultation! (Tell them Orlando Housewives sent you!) You can also learn more about this highly rated Orlando Business by checking out their website and visiting their social media pages.
Dream Catcher Entertainment – Photo Booth
Facebook: Dream Catcher Entertainment – Photo Booth
Dream Catcher Entertainment – Photo Booth provided our GNO with an amazing and fun photo booth experience! They brought their open booth with tons of fun props for all of our attendees to enjoy. Photos were then printed, and attendees were given the ability to email them too!
If you are looking for a photo booth or just something fun to bring to your next event, be sure to give them a call! They offer both enclosed and open booths and can customize your strips to have your event listed on them so that your attendees have a great memento! Check out their website and Facebook page, then email Noemi to book!
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski – Rhonda Fontenault
Website: Touchstone Crystal by Rhonda Fontenault
Rhonda joined us as our first ever Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski vendor. She showed us how we can add some “sparkle” into our day with all of her gorgeous pieces. I personally LOVED the starfish items! Be sure to visit her website if you missed getting something you really loved or if you want to see what else she can offer you!
Pirata Couture joined us to show off some of their fun and sexy lingerie and other items that they offer. Steeped in the lore of pirates, hidden treasure, mermaids, sailors and the blue waters of the seven seas, Pirata Couture is your source for sexy lingerie, swimwear, and affordable women's clothing. They specialize in making women feel beautiful in the bedroom and on the water. Book your next adventure with Pirata Couture. Pirata is Latin for pirate! They believe Pirates are a symbol of freedom, adventure, romance, and living life on your own terms.
Just down the road from Walt Disney World you will find a fun dinner experience that is from out of this century!
If you are local, or maybe have been visiting just for the theme parks, you may have wondered about that castle off 192 in Kissimmee. That castle is home to a fun dinner show experience like you may have never experienced. You will be transported back to the medieval times and will be greeted by a Queen, Knights, and beautiful horses. The show includes dinner and non-alcoholic drinks (lemonade or Pepsi) as well as coffee with dessert. Now remember, this is the medieval times, so you won’t find any silverware to eat your food – you heard right, you’ll be eating with your hands! Delicious tomato soup, garlic bread, half a chicken, corn on the cob, and potato; plus, a pastry for dessert (ours was lemon pound cake).
If you had been to the show in the past, it recently changed to add the Queen. I loved the spin on the show and the empowerment it brought to women.
What is really fun about this show over some other dinner shows, is the fact that you have Knight to cheer for, so it almost feels like you are at a sporting event. I bought one of the flags for my Knight (yellow and red) and cheered him on anytime he was completing.
I took my sister with me to the show and we had a great time – I definitely recommend for something different to do in Orlando.
Disclaimer: I was provided free admission in exchange for my review. As always, all thoughts and comments are my own.
This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so we have decided to partner again with The Magic Yarn Project of South Florida for our September Girls Night Out Networking Social.
About The Magic Yarn Project
Two moms started a project to make a few dozen princess yarn wigs for young girls battling cancer. Chemotherapy treatments leave young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs, but yarn-wigs are comfy, soft, and warm. Magic yarn wigs are inspired by beloved Disney characters, and invite children back to the world of play and daydreaming. They are a beacon of fun, laughter, and play during a scary time. The demand for magic wigs grows daily!
The Magic Yarn Project of SF was our charity spotlight in April and you can learn more about all the amazing things they do for children with cancer, here!
Childhood Cancer Facts
Every 3 minutes another family is given the news that their child has cancer.
(from American Childhood Cancer Organization)
I implore you to research further and learn more about the heartbreaking statistics of Childhood Cancer and see how you can get involved! In the meantime, we will be collecting donated items at our Girls Night Out Networking Social at Sugar Factory Orlando on September 20th to assist with The Magic Yarn Project’s mission of providing fun and comfortable wigs for kids going through the horrors of cancer.
Most needed items:
Be sure to register for your FREE ticket to attend our networking social at Sugar Factory, here!
Seaworld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Help Visitors Displaced by Hurricane Florence with BOGO Ticket Offer
Special offer created for residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to find respite during the storm
As Hurricane Florence continues to impact the eastern seaboard, many residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have evacuated to surrounding states to get away from the storm’s path. With so many families displaced by the storm, Floridians have opened their doors to those in need.
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are offering a respite for storm weary North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia residents: a buy one, get one single day ticket offer, available for purchase and use Friday, September 14 through Friday, September 21, 2018.
“Floridians understand the uncertainty and anxiety that comes with severe storms, so we sympathize with our northern neighbors during this time. We’re pleased to offer a way for displaced families to make the best of a tough situation and spend a day together,” said John Reilly, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
From exciting ride experiences like MAKO and Cobra’s Curse to some of the coolest shows in town like Busch Garden’s ice show,Turn It Up or Dolphin Days at SeaWorld Orlando, the parks have something for every family.
The single-day ticket offer is valid for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia residents only, and must be purchased and redeemed between Friday, September 14 and Friday, September 21, 2018. Full price adult single-day ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 and second single-day ticket to SeaWorld Orlando is free. Full price adult single-day ticket at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is $104.99 and second single-day ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is free.
The offer is only available in park at the ticket window. Complete details are available at SeaWorldOrlando.com, BuschGardensTampaBay.com.
*Tickets are valid for one single-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by September 21, 2018. Valid during regularly scheduled operating hours. Ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets may not be copied, transferred or resold. Ticket holder must show matching valid photo ID. Ticket void if altered. Offer subject to change without notice. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Parking, taxes, and service fees are not included in the advertised price. Ticket offer available for NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND VIRGINIA RESIDENTS ONLY. Limited time offer expires: 9/21/2018
Hi! I'm Michelle. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, going to the parks, and playing with my dogs. I'm also super Disney obsessed - parks, cruise lines, movies - I love it all!
I host monthly networking events in the Orlando area for all women to attend. I look forward to meeting you at our next GNO!