A HUGE thank you to all who attended our May Girls Night Out Networking Social at Bartaco! The staff at Bartaco, as always, showed us an awesome time and the food was delish! Also, a big thank you to our representatives of this month’s charity, Wreaths Across America. If you are looking to learn more about Wreaths Across America, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our May 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.
C. Atkins Photography - Cedric Atkins
Cedric Atkins was our fabulous photographer for our May Girls Night Out event. To learn more about C. Atkins Photography and to book your own photo session or event with him, please send him an email.
Senegence - Linda Walk
Facebook: Walk with Confidence in Beauty
Linda brought a variety of inventory to our May event, including a lot of new product, and gave out some awesome raffle prizes! LipSense is the super popular long-lasting (4-18 hours!) liquid lip color that is formulated to molecularly bond to your lips. LipSense is Waterproof, 💋Kiss-proof, 👶🏻Kid-proof, 🌿Vegan and🙈 Cruelty-free. It’s also the official lipstick of Broadway!
In addition to LipSense, SeneGence offers many other long-lasting products, such as eye shadow, foundation, blush, mascara, etc. as well as an amazing skin care line! To see all that Linda and SeneGence have to offer, be sure to check out her Facebook page and website!
Mary Kay - Michelle Bonilla
Michelle Bonilla, an independent consultant with Mary Kay, joined us a Bartaco as our skin care vendor. Michelle is a Momprenuer with a background in Immigration Law who moved to Orlando from Arlington, VA in February 2019 with her family. As a Mary Kay business owner she enjoys teaching skincare & helping clients enhance their Outer & Inner Beauty! Mary Kay, Enriching Women’s Lives! To see all that Michelle can offer you, please be sure to visit her website.
Monet - Glenda Camacho
Glenda, a Market Partner with Monet joined us to show off Monet's premium product. Glenda would love to help you have a great hair day - every day! Visit her website to see all the product Monet has to offer.
Captured by Belinda Boudoir - Belinda Perkins
Facebook page: Captured By Belinda Boudoir
Ladies group (any lady 18+ welcome to join): Fabulous, Fierce, and Fearless VIP GROUP - Captured By Belinda
Belinda Perkins of Captured By Belinda Boudoir joined us as Bartaco and showed off the amazing boudoir photos she has done. I don’t know about you, but I was super impressed by her before and after photo album. If you were on the fence about booking a session, no worries! Can you still visit her Facebook page or her ladies group to learn more and book!
CALLING ALL PARENTS - The YMCA of Central Florida offers free swim-safety lessons and activities during National Drowning Prevention Month across six counties
In support of National Drowning Prevention Month, the YMCA of Central Florida will host Safety Around Water week, from Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31. This initiative is a YMCA nationwide effort to combat childhood drowning—a leading cause of death in kids under 4—by providing introductory water safety and drowning prevention lessons to children 4-12 years old. The YMCA of Central Florida is committed to providing access to this life-saving education by hosting lessons at the following seven Ys in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard and Marion Counties:
Safety Around Water Week lessons will cover the following topics:
Because May is National Drowning Prevention Month, The Y will also host month-long water-safety activities—from boat safety demonstrations to lifejacket fittings. Free lessons and activities will be available and open to the public starting May 1.
For more information, visit ymcacf.org/safety-around-water.
Disclaimer: I am a YMCA brand partner. This was received via press release. As always, all opinions are my own.
College students can now kick off the summer season with a splash at Adventure Island with a limited-time offer. For only $29.99, any college student can purchase a ticket to the park, saving 50% off the original ticket price. Students must present a valid college ID to participate in this promotion.
Additionally, starting Monday, May 20, summer is even sweeter with Buy-One-Get-One FREE treats and beverages for weekday visitors. Guests can enjoy the following BOGO offers at Adventure Island:
Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24: Frozen Cocktails
Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, May 31: Soft-serve Ice Cream
Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7: Pineapple Specialty Cocktails
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island is a 30-acre waterpark featuring endless opportunities to soak up the sun and experience thrill attractions like no other. For thrill seekers, the park’s newest slide Vanish Point, delivers a heart-pounding drop before sending riders through 425 feet of spiraling tubes. Guests can lounge poolside by the Endless Surf wave pool or take a relaxing trip through the Rambling Bayou lazy river. From thrills to tranquility, there are endless opportunities to celebrate summer at Adventure Island.
The exclusive discount on single-day tickets is available online now for a limited time. To purchase tickets and learn more, students can visit AdventureIsland.com/College.
Disclaimer: I am a brand partner with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. This information was received via press release. As always, all opinions are my own.
Our May local charity spotlight is Wreaths Across America (American Legion Auxiliary South Lake Memorial Unit 55); a perfect match with Memorial Day coming up! Plus, I come from a Military town (Hampton Roads in Virginia) so this hits close to home for me.
It all began with a little boy...
Wreaths Across America all started because of one boy’s first visit to Arlington National Cemetery in our nation’s capital. This boy, then man, became the owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans. With the aid of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year. This went on as an annual tribute for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly, the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help with Arlington, to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries, or to simply share their stories and thank Morrill Worcester for honoring our nation’s heroes.
As demand grew, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and other groups and individuals, formed Wreaths Across America in 2007. To read the full history, please go HERE.
“The annual trip to Arlington and the groups of volunteers eager to participate in Worcester’s simple wreath-laying event grew each year until it became clear the desire to remember and honor our country’s fallen heroes was bigger than Arlington, and bigger than this one company.”
Remember. Honor. Teach.
In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans’ graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated. And that year, December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites if the September 11 tragedies. This was accomplished with help from 2,047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. The organization's goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.
The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.
American Legion Auxiliary South Lake Memorial unit 55 (FL0236P)
Our local unit here in Orlando is currently sponsoring 7 cemeteries and 750 Veterans graves!
On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:35 AM, American Legion Auxiliary South Lake Memorial Unit 55 (FL0236P) will be helping Oak Hill Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.
Please help them honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you’ll honor an American hero at one of more than 1,600 locations nationwide this year on Wreaths Across America Day. It’s a day that’s been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and teach about our veterans. Learn more about sponsoring 1 or more wreaths, including monthly sponsorship HERE.
We will have representatives from WAA at our GNO at Bartaco on May 20th and they will be offering their current May special: Sponsor one Wreath for $15.00, earn another one for free!
Sign up to be a volunteer! You can help lay wreaths, help raise funds for wreath sponsorships, and more! Learn more on the website or by speaking with our representatives at our event.
Donate at our GNO
Our local unit also collections donated canned goods for veterans in need. We will be collecting these donations at our Girls Night Out Networking Social at Bartaco on May 20th! WAA will have a table where you can donate, sponsor wreaths, and get more information on how to get involved!
Show Your Support
On Wreaths Across America Day or anytime, anywhere, you can show your support for our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. Browse an exclusive selection of Apparel, Gifts, Decor and more. Go HERE to learn more.
Be sure to register for your FREE ticket to our May 20th Girls Night Out Networking Social at Bartaco
by clicking HERE!
JUST ANNOUNCED: Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures Takes Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations
Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Tickets go on sale May 21.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.” Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Orlando!
For ticket information, visit DisneyOnIce.com.
Orlando Show Times:
Friday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Amway Center, 400 W. Church Street #200, Orlando, FL 32801
For group rates and information, reach out to 866-248-8740
Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #RoadTripAdventures
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!