First: A Little Fun!
5 Things you may not have known about Mardi Gras on the coast!
1. New Orleans was NOT the first host to the North American Mardi Gras Celebration - it was actually Mobile, Alabama.
2. Mardi Gras is a Legal Holiday in Baldwin and Mobile Counties in Alabama.
3. Mardi Gras celebrations on the coast hardly ever get cancelled, even in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana hosted a 'scaled - down' version of the celebration instead of cancelling completely.
4. The first New Orleans Mardi Gras parade was in 1837.
5. Louisiana is the only state where Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in all counties.
Gallery Night Mardi Gras Style - Hosted by Gallery Night Pensacola
Date: January 19th
Location: Downtown Pensacola Florida
KOW Mardi Gras Ball - Hosted by Krewe of Warriors Ball
Date: January 26th
Location: Sanders Beach Community Center, Pensacola Florida
Cordova Mall Ball - Benefiting The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart
Date: January 27th
Location: Cordova Mall, Pensacola Florida
Facebook Event - Website
32nd Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade - Hosted by Navarre Krewe of Jesters
Date: February 3rd
Location: Navarre Florida
Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade - Hosted by Florida Beach Traveler
Date: February 10th
Location: Downtown Pensacola Florida
For a collective list of events and celebrations around the Mobile area follow Mobile Mardi Gras on Facebook!
Shock Therapy Mardi Gras Edition - Hosted by PowerLines Poetry
Date: January 21st
Location: Levlez Bar & Lounge, Mobile Alabama
Mardi Gras Day Party - Hosted by G. Reese Productions
Date: February 10th
Location: Azalea Manor, Mobile Alabama
Moon Pies on Main Mardi Gras Parade - Hosted by The Wharf
Date: February 12th
Location: The Wharf
Facebook Event - Website
To follow New Orleans Mardi Gras Events make sure to Like their Facebook page as well as check out their website!
" Improving your life doesn't have to be about changing everything - It's about making the changes that count." - Oprah Winfrey
New Year! Improved You!
The new year is always a time for looking back on the past year.
It's also a time to look forward on the new one!
Here are 5 things I think will help you on your journey to a IMPROVED you this year.
1. New Year New You!? Wrong!
It should be New Year, IMPROVED You!
There is nothing wrong with the you that is who you are. No one should have to completely change themselves for any reason, however, making improvements is totally acceptable.
Stimulate your brain by reading more. Go back to school. Lose those 10 pounds you have been complaining about. Work on improving the small things that you want to change don't focus on changing yourself completely.
2. Set Goals not Resolutions!
Resolutions are FIRM decisions to do something, or not to do something.
A goal is the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
Goals can be tweaked, altered, changed as your desires and life changes during the year.
Resolutions are firm, they are not meant to be changed or tweaked and lets face it, life isn't meant to be firm. Life is meant to have hills, and valleys, and twists and turns. Your desires need flexibility if you want to accomplish them.
3. Drink More Water!
Seriously! This is one of the most important things you can do this year to improve yourself. Drink 8 - 16 ounces of water FIRST thing when waking up. Doing this will stimulate your metabolism first thing in the morning. It will hydrate you. It will wake your body up the right way. A healthy start to the morning means a healthy beginning to your whole entire day.
4. Forgive yourself!
Why are we so hard on ourselves during the new year? Its okay to forgive yourself for skipping that day at the gym. Forgetting to call your Grandmother on a Sunday. Its okay to slip on your goals, that's why they arent resolutions remember? Goals can change with you and they arent definite. FORGIVE YOURSELF! Let yourself be human.
5. Get Rid of the Toxins!
I don't mean the kind you ingest ( although that should be a focus too ).
I mean the people. Get rid of the naysayers, the ones who judge you, the ones who don't ever have anything nice to say.
You should be surrounding yourself with people who lift you up in life, the ones who despite your 'crazy' ideas are right there with you helping you achieve them.
Its okay to kick people out of your life.
The new year is the perfect time to reflect on your life and your self. Give yourself the opportunity to change the things in your life that have been holding your back. The things that have been making you depressed or second guess yourself.
Make 2018 the best year yet. Make you the best YOU yet!
Last month we hosted a fabulous Pensacola " Bad" Mom's Night Out!
The night consisted of treating 10 Winners, chosen at random from our followers who participated in our poll, to see the movie Bad Moms Christmas at the local AMC Classic Pensacola 10.
Our Sponsor Dawn D. with Rodan + Fields provided us the opportunity to fully pay for the winners tickets as well as provide them with Mom + Christmas style Swag Bags.
Each attendee joined us for a Pre Event dinner at The Tin Cow where we got to know one another over delicious burgers and the best milkshakes in town! If that wasn't enough, we provided each of out attendees with their Swag Bag for the evening that contained awesome gifts like Plunder Jewelry Earrings from Kim!
If you're interested, you can find Kim's group HERE!
The night was such a hit & the ladies had such a blast we are planning more Special Events like it in the near future! Make sure to follow our Facebook Page to find out more!
'Mom So Hard.
Whether you're having an I #momsohard or a "man, mommin' is so hard" kind of day we're all in it together.
We all try our hardest to be the best mom we can.
To feed our kids right.
Treat them right.
Raise them right.
So, why are we so hard on each other?
Why is there so much mom shaming going on?
Do you not think these other moms are hard enough on themselves? I know I am.
"Did I feed them a good enough dinner?"
"Should I have made them wear a jacket today?"
"What if something happens to them because I'm running late to get them?"
Mom life, is a hard life, a rewarding life, a stressful life.
Shouldn't we be trying to raise one another up instead of putting one another down?
Whats it matter if you had to buy cookies for the bake sale while another mom made 4 dozen from scratch.
That doesn't define you as a mom. ANOTHER MOM DOES NOT DEFINE YOU.
What does define you?
Your little makes you pull your hair out second guess yourself lose your mind adorable little children.
They define you.
They make you.
You ARE enough. I promise you your children look at you like you walk on water.
You are the world to them so STOP letting other moms shame you and make you feel like you aren't enough.
Because I promise you, you are.
The struggle is real.
The tears are real.
The stress is real.
But YOU are real too.
You are an AMAZING mom. Don't forget that when the days get rough. The kids are screaming. The house is a mess. Don't EVER forget it.
Pensacola Housewives and the entire Housewives in the City community is HUGE on shop local!
So welcome, to our 2nd annual Shop Local Holiday Guide. Your guide to some of the best local shops, business owners, and deals.
Take a look around, click all the links, shop away!
Rodan & Fields : Dawn Drogosh
Dawn is new to the area and we definitely love promoting and showcasing our new additions to the local business market! If you haven't tried Rodan & Fields now is the time! Check out the link to her site above or email her directly for details and more!
Chronic Color : Alysia Duncan
**Water Proof * Kiss Proof * GMO Free* Lead Free * Cruelty Free* Made in the USA**
Senegence is more than just LipSense. From your lips to your eyes and more this make up line is upping the stakes in the industry.
Mention this ad for 15% off any order over $100
Any qualifying Facebook party booked from this ad will receive a FREE Gloss ($20 value)
Join my team & receive a FREE LipSense color ($25 value)
>> Email << >> Facebook <<
Thirty - One : Jenna Warren
What better way to show someone you care this holiday season than with something personalized just for them! With Jenna's help you can find the perfect gift just for them. Oh and don't even get me started on the abundance of adorable monogramming options!
Coldwell Banker : April Grantham
April isn't just a realtor, she should be your go to gal! She is so lively and fun and everything she does she puts 100% into. If you are looking to buy a home this next year or maybe list the one you have contact April today! Buying or Selling a home can be such a stressful situation, but with April on your side you are sure to have smooth sailing!
Arbonne : Chelsea Delgado
We offer 20-40% off all products and free shipping when signed up as a Preferred Client ($20 annual fee, also receives free gift)
>> Website <<
LulaRoe : Alixandra Baggett
Hey everyone! I am a wife, a mommy to a beautiful little boy and a corgi, a cancer fighter, and a total lula addict. LuLaRoe has given me the gift of being a "bread winner" for my family while being everything else that they need me to be all at the same time.
I have an incredible inventory, and am centrally located in the heart of Pensacola. I welcome you to join me for events or book a personal shopping appointment any time!
I am offering DOUBLE hostess rewards to anyone who contacts me during the months of November or December to book a LuLaRoe pop up with me! So if you love super soft, free clothes, now is the time to have a LuLaRoe party!
1. Mention this ad, so I know you're looking for this super special holiday deal.
2. While this special is just for people who contact me in November or December, you can book the party any time during the year!
3. The party needs to be held at my house (near Cordova Mall). My inventory is so big, it's difficult to move. Plus, I have a great party space, and you won't have to clean your house!
Has your little one asked to write a letter to the big jolly man?
Did you know, with the help of the USPS your little ones can write a letter to Santa AND get a response? If you didn't, now you do!
According to the USPS, in 1912 Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock made it legal for postal workers and local citizens to respond to the hundreds of Santa letters they received every year.
Years later its actually a huge to do!
You can actually 'adopt' a letter if you live local enough to a participating post office. If you choose to adopt a letter you can do one of two things with it. 1. Respond as Santa Claus or 2. Make the little ones Christmas wish come true.
How to mail your letter!
Step 1: Have your little write their letter
Step 2: Address your letter to Santa Claus, North Pole,
Step 3: Place letter in your mailbox
Step 4: Wait for Santa's Response
**Your child's letter will be mailed to the nearest participating post office ( see chart below ) if you aren't close enough to a participating office or worry you may not be keep reading for more information**
If you aren't close enough to a PARTICIPATING location you can still write santa!
Step 1: Have your little write their letter to Santa
Step 2: Place letter in an envelope addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole
Step 3: Write a personalized response to your little and sign it "From Santa"
Step 4: Place both letters in an envelope addressed to your child
Step 5: Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope
Step 6: Ensure a First Class Mail Stamp is placed on the envelope
Step 7: Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate Stamp and address it to :
North Pole Postmark Postmaster
4141 Postmark Dr
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998
All letters must make it to the anchorage postmaster no later than december 15th!
In true Housewives fashion, we LOVE to spotlight some of our local vendors after each event!
If you didn't make it out to our last event at V. Paul's Italian Restaurant you missed out on meeting some fantastic vendors! Lucky for you, you can find all of their information here and still shop with them!
Arbonne with Chelsea Delgado!
Have you heard of Arbonne? Arbonne offers Pure, Botanical based Skincare products! You can learn about their mission statement in the video below or contact Chelsea directly here!
April Grantham with Coldwell Banker
If you haven't met April you need to, even if you aren't in the market for a house. April is one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic people I have ever met.
If you ARE in the market for a home or know someone who is you can find all of her information right here!
As always we want to say a HUGE thank you to V. Paul's Italian Restaurant for hosting us at our last event! V. Paul's is a delicious, classy Italian joint downtown with the BEST wine selection in the area!
Just like most girls I grew up dreaming of what I would name my kids if I ever grew up to be a mom.
I wanted a name that meant something. Something they could grow to love and appreciate as so much more than just what they are called.
I always dreamed of having an adorable little girl to name after my sister. Spitting image of me but with my sisters strong will and ability to make sure everyone around her was okay. You see, my sister Ashley has been through hell and back. She’s been through things in her lifetime no one should have to face and through it all she ALWAYS made sure I was okay.
She is my best friend.
I wanted to honor that, honor her.
I wanted a little girl I could name after her.
Sawyer Elizabeth, that had been the plan since as long as I could remember. I’d have a little girl and name her Sawyer, strong first name that isn’t insanely common and Elizabeth, my sisters middle name.
It was perfect.
But in my young years I forgot life doesn’t work that way. You don’t always get what you dream. When doctors told me I would likely never have children that dream got pushed aside. Maybe I would adopt one day and get to give my sister a little namesake.
But not likely.
So, you can image the shock when come this last March there was a little plus sign on that stick my sister convinced me to pee on.
I immediately started remembering that old dream of naming a little girl after her.
Again, I forgot that life doesn’t always give you what you want.
Sometimes it gives you what you need.
A healthy little bundle of baby BOY growing very healthy and strong inside of me. I couldn’t be happier. But how was I going to give this little baby the perfect name. A name that would mean everything I wanted it to mean.
I wasn’t going to get a second chance at this so it had to be perfect.
After lots of talks and ideas with my husband we finally settled on the absolutely perfect name for this little miracle baby.
A name that not only was a namesake once, but TWICE.
This little baby will grow up being guided by two amazing people who have meant more than you could know to my husband and I. Two people we felt deserved to have a little one to carry on their names and personalities that we are so sure will shine through.
Ashton Earl Kramer
will make his entrance late this year with two strong names to guide him.
He will not get to know his Great Grandpa Earl in real life, but the memories and family stories that my husband will get to share with him will teach him just why the name is so important.
And as for his Aunt Ashley… well she is already plotting ways to turn him in to a mini her to torment me. He will grow up knowing that Ashton is after Ashley and yes, she may be a girl, but she’s an amazing role model and he will be lucky to have her to look up to.
Did you miss out on our last girls night out?
Check out all of our awesome vendors we had out right here!
New York Life's Kaitlyn Nall!
Paparazzi with Makenzi
lulaRoe with Nicole Dickey!
Jamberry with Tammy !
Mary Kay with Brittany Jones!
CABI with Renae Morin!
Cabi. We are reinventing the way women shop for fashion,the way you want it, personalized, welcoming and stylishly effortless!
Have you ever wanted a personal shopper? Cabi is a pretty close to perfect way to have one! Have in home personalized shopping trips and find the cutest Business/Casual Attire!
Check out her page below to see what Cabi can do for you and stay tuned for her giveway information!
Shop Cabi Here!
Don't forget to check out our next event! October 4th at V.Pauls!
HI! I'm Veronica and I'm the voice behind the blog. I love red wine, tacos and coffee after 5 pm. I'm a local Photographer by day & by night I host monthly Girls Night Out Events and Networking Socials around town. I'm a West Coast girl living in an East Coast world and I couldn't love it any more. Thanks for visiting Pensacola Housewives!