Cirque du Soleil returns to the Tampa area this December with Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This unique arena production showcases synchronized and freestyle ice skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, hand balancing on chairs and hand to hand. CRYSTAL will perform at the Amalie Arena from Wednesday, December 19 through 23 for seven shows.
Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with fluidity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats.
Show Schedule – Wednesday, December 19 through Sunday, December 23, 2018
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 21 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 22 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 23 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, Crystal, our misfit heroine, takes you on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated, and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.
CRYSTAL is suitable for all ages. Ticket information can be found here.
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After our amazing experience last year, I am thrilled to announce the return of Clearwater Beach Uncorked for 2018! Clearwater Beach Uncorked's seventh anniversary event will be located directly on Clearwater Beach just south of Pier 60, adjacent to the host hotel, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Beach Uncorked is returning to feature the Bay area’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries in a culinary showcase served with 180-degree Gulf of Mexico views. Regarded one of the best food, wine and beer festivals on Florida’s East coast, the event is the west coast sister of April's Cocoa Beach Uncorked. The two-day event will feature interactive experiences, tastings, cooking demonstrations and competitions between some of the area’s most notable and award-winning chefs and restaurants.
Tickets and Accommodations
To make the most of the full weekend experience, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is offering a very limited special room rate of just $189 for an Uncorked Getaway during the weekend of November 3-4.
Event tickets are $75 per person, per day for general admission and $100 per person, per day for VIP access. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy one-hour early admission to the Grand Tasting Village and exclusive access to the Spirits Pool Lounge at the Wyndham Grand pool deck from 1 to 5 p.m. to sample exciting and intriguing crafted libations.
For more information on Clearwater Beach Uncorked and to purchase tickets, visit
ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com. Follow Clearwater Beach Uncorked on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #Uncorkedweekend and #CLBU2018.
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween event in Tampa? ZooTampa at Lowry Park is serving up fun at its annual Creatures of the Night event throughout October, and we got a sneak preview. I’m excited to share our experience with you!
This was our first visit to Creatures of the Night, so I cannot compare it to past years, but my family of five really enjoyed it! ZooTampa told us that they added the Stone Cold Ocean attraction with Medusa and the Fairy Frightful Forest, so even if you’ve attended previously, there will be new attractions to explore.
The best part of any zoo is always the animals. My boys and I loved the extra animal mingles to see the animals up close, and I especially loved the extra instruction from the zoo employees and from the special show, Pigpimples School of Mystery and Mayhem. We had an owl fly right over the audience! I loved seeing the porcupine waddle around on stage too.
We took our chances to explore the new thrills. The Stone Cold Ocean was very dark (inside the manatee exhibit), and was a bit too spooky for my little guys. They made it through, but they told me they did not want to go back. There was a Medusa that surprised them as they walked by, but it was behind a glass so they knew they were safe. Their favorite part of the cave were the snakes that the animal experts were holding and teaching about.
We also braved the Fairy Frightful Forest, and ZooTampa did a great job of setting this up for all audiences. Beautiful fairies welcomed us to the forest. I can’t think of another place you can go to see fairies, so for anyone with fans of fairies, this can’t be missed! After the portion of the forest with the fairies and brightly colored flowers, a ZooTampa employee told everyone on the path that they could exit the forest or continue through to the “dastardly & diabolical” part of the path. My boys surprised me and insisted we continue on the path! I was pleased to see that they scariest part was actors jumping out, and there was no gore.
One tip at this point – make a plan! At this point, we were running out of time, so we hurried to the Pumpkin Palooza in Wallaroo Station. We were excited to see the fruit bats in action at nightfall, and the Bat Chat did not disappoint.
ZooTampa’s Creatures of the Night has many special shows and animal mingles throughout the night including a Pirate Storytelling, Mummy Boogie, and Painted Dog chats. If you want to plan your night to include something really amazing, on October 13th, there will be a Komodo Dragon feeding scheduled!
Plan Your Visit
Find all the event details from ZooTampa on their website.
Ticket prices vary from $24.95 to $27.95 for After 4 pm tickets on the Creatures of the Night event days.
Pay for a Day, Get the Rest of 2018 Free ticketholders receive free entry on Fridays and before 4:00p.m. on 10/13, 10/20 and 10/27. Pay for a Day, Get the Rest of the 2018 Free ticketholders can enjoy the event after 4pm on 10/13, 10/20 and 10/27 for only $10 - available for purchase at any ticket window!
Creatures of the Night admission is included in all Zoo Memberships with no blockout dates!
This month’s Tampa non-profit spotlight is Metropolitan Ministries, who serves poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties with compassion, practical help and a willingness to make a huge difference. This is a perfect month to bring them much-deserved attention because they have an amazing event, Tampa Bay Food Fight, coming up on October 16 to support one of their community programs.
The support that Metropolitan Ministries is able to offer people in need is impressive. By the numbers:
· 1,169,826 meals served
· 92% of families in our short-term emergency shelter exited successfully. A successful exit includes housing as well as placement into the Uplift U® Self-Sufficiency program
· 91% of Uplift U® families are still in stable housing 12 months after graduating
· 88% of families have maintained or increased their employment/income at the one year follow-up after exiting the program
· 87% of the families in our long-term Uplift U® self-sufficiency program exited successfully. A successful exit includes all forms of stable housing, including family reunification as appropriate.
Tampa Bay Food Fight 2018
The Tampa Bay Food Fight is the first of its kind in Tampa Bay produced by a nonprofit who supports the homeless population and at-risk families. This new foodie event raises awareness and thought leadership on one of the main causes of homelessness: unemployment due to lack of marketable skills. Metropolitan Ministries’ Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program (ITB CAP) preps at-risk students in the skill of culinary arts at no cost to them. The program is a 16-week course, providing real-life, fast-paced instruction.
ITB CAP students receive real life, fast-paced training from our knowledgeable chef instructor. Upon completion, students receive a food handler certification, culinary skills, and experience as a food preparer. Through this year’s Tampa Bay Food Fight event on October 16 at Armature Works, the goal is to provide scholarships for 100 students to the Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program. To date, ITB CAP has trained 175 students who are employed at numerous restaurants and food service facilities in the Tampa Bay area.
For more information visit us http://tampabayfoodfight.org/
Purchase tickets: bit.ly/TBFF18Tickets
Do You or Someone You Know Need Assistance?
Please call 813-209-1200.
Resources: Have you hit a crisis and need urgent help but aren’t sure where to find it? We can help you find out what resources are available to you from cash and food assistance to establishing identity for services. Please call today.
Food: Are you hungry? We serve meals at many locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Click on the link to find out where you can go for a meal. We also have emergency food if you just need to get through to the next paycheck. Please call or come into one of our locations listed above.
Housing: Do you have a safe place to sleep? We have emergency and transitional housing available for women and families with children. Please call us.
Children: Do you need to work but have small children who need your care? Please contact us to see how our childcare programs can help you.
Life Skills: Are you out of work? Do you need to get a high school diploma so you can get a better job? Do you need help finding good employment to support your family? We can help.
First Hug: Funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, First Hug is a Metropolitan Ministries program specializing in crisis stabilization for families.
For More Information
Metropolitan Ministries will have a representative in attendance at our October 10th Girls Night Out Networking Social at Seasons 52. To support Metropolitan Ministries' work, we are collecting baby diapers, size 3-5 and pull ups at Seasons 52. Any donations you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
We had an amazing event last week at Noble Crust in Carrollwood! Thank you to all of you who attended. I loved seeing familiar faces, meeting those of you who are new to our events, and of course, eating Noble Crust's delicious food! In building our supportive community of Tampa women, we've made new friends, tried new restaurants, and made great new connections. I hope you all enjoy our monthly events as much as I do!
Below you will find the information to connect with the businesses we had at Noble Crust. I appreciate you making the effort to support these amazing women as they build their businesses and even for some, their side-hustle!
Rodan + Fields with Sherry and Suzanne
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodan + Fields® is the number one selling premium skin care in the United States and all of North America. It was founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world-renowned dermatologists. Their regimens/enhancements/products can help with ALL of the following issues: anti-aging/wrinkle control, sun damage, dark spot corrections, uneven skin tone, acne prevention, sensitive skin, hydration, skin firming/skin tightening, and appearance of longer fuller eye lashes. Contact Sherry and Suzanne to let them help you find the best regimen for your own skin!
Orangetheory Fitness Carrollwood
Orangetheory sessions are designed for everyone; whether you have never stepped foot in a fitness studio before, or live and breathe fitness as the intensity of the workout is based on your individual heart rate. Whether you have fitness or weight loss based goals, the Carrollwood Orangetheory Fitness studio in Tampa is the perfect place to get you to where you want to be. From our exceptional personal trainers that are committed to your results, to the encouraging and fun group workout setting, and the upbeat music and contemporary décor, Orangetheory is motivation at its finest.
Cruiseplanners with Lisa and Wendy
Wendy and Lisa, Cruise Planners - American Express Travel Representatives, have a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, they specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.
Beautycounter with Ashley
Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what's required by U.S. law: They've prohibited the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through "The Never List™" — all while ensuring their skincare, makeup, bath, and family products perform and that they're as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market. Find out more from Ashley on Tuesday and on her site below!
Isagenix with Lili
Isagenix is a wellness company that offers a variety of products to help you feel and look your best! If your goal is more energy, weight loss, building muscle, or even boosting your immune system, they have products to help! Make sure to meet her tonight and talk about how she can help you reach your goals!
The Camera Crew LLC
The Camera Crew is a family owned photography business focused on capturing life's most precious moments. Stormy and her husband capture all of your special moments, including weddings, boudoir, newborn, engagement, and event photography. Enjoy the beautiful pictures below from our event, and reach out with your Tampa photography needs!
You can always find our list of upcoming events on our Facebook page, Tampa Housewives - housewivesinthecity.com. We hope to see you soon!
Sesame Street Live! is coming to the Tampa area in three different locations this October! Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. Building on a successful tour with Feld Entertainment’s inaugural Sesame Street Live! show last season in partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic visits Tampa from October 12th –14th for four performances at Sun Dome and visits Lakeland from October 19th –20th for three performances at RP Funding Center and visits St. Petersburg on October 21st for two performances at Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater. Tickets went on sale June 12th, 2018.
Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem... Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what’s yet to be. Cookie Monster and Gonger uncover the science and fun of baking while Abby Cadabby experiences the transformative abilities of caterpillars. Big Bird learns about the magnifying magic of shadow puppetry while Rosita orchestrates a rhythmic beat using everyday objects around her. And artist Grover mixes up the pigment power of the three primary colors. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.
Tickets for Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic start at $15.00. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available for Tampa at the Sun Domebox office, and for St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theater box office or by calling (800) 745-3000. For Lakeland at the RP Funding Center box office, by phone (863) 834–8111. Tickets available on line www.sesamestreetlive.com. For group rates and information, contact Feld Group Sales 866-248-8740.
Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Twitter: @SesameStLive # SesameStreetLive
Have you heard of FabFitFun boxes yet? They first popped up in my newsfeed last summer when a few celebrities were showing what was inside of their subscription boxes, and I decided I wanted to give it a try. I liked the idea of receiving a variety of home, health, and beauty items every few months (FabFitFun ships quarterly), but I will admit I was a bit nervous about the surprise part!
I was lucky to also listen to a great speech from FabFitFun’s founder, Katie Rosen Kitchens, at a conference last summer in Las Vegas. I always love learning more about a company, and Katie was simply fabulous with her honesty about FabFitFun’s vision, goals, and past successes and failures. They’ve been learning as they grow, and I’m excited to see how they continue to develop.
Personally, I have been a Fab Fit Fun box subscriber for the past year and have received a lot of fun, quality products. After spending $49.99 quarterly for these health, fitness, and beauty subscription boxes, I wanted to find out if I was getting my money’s worth since there are items in the box that I did not care for or chose not to use. One thing I really appreciate about FabFitFun boxes is they allow you to customize a few items in your box before shipping. For instance, my Fall box had one option of an umbrella or Bluetooth wireless earbuds. I have plenty of umbrellas, and my husband and I were just talking recently about needing another pair of earbuds for our workouts. It was an easy choice for me, and I am so glad I was able to customize!
In order to really decide if the FabFitFun box is worth it, I decided to take an inventory of all the products that I have enjoyed using, and get a total value. I love getting the home/clothing items such as the beach towel and mug, and also trying out different body/beauty items such as the cuticle oil and daily moisturizer. There have been items that I tried and didn’t love, and also some that I just didn’t need (hey there wool poncho – this Floridian is looking at you!).
If you want to check the numbers – I’ve listed everything below from each box that I use. I didn't list the items that were included in the boxes that I either didn't love or had no use for. Overall, the FabFitFun box has a value of around $200-$300 if you total up all of the items they ship. The purple and underlined items are those that I now cannot live without and would buy again (if it’s a product like skincare that runs out).
Klorane Dry Shampoo $20
Eau Thermale Avène Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ $24
Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace $58
Michael Stars Ruana $54
Little bkr – 500 mL $35
Molr Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder and Toothbrush $43.95
Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask $48
trèStiQue Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon $28
MYTAGALONGS Hot & Cold Gel Pack $15
Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil $12.50
AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream $33
Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug $16
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment $75
Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks $19
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray $29
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler $18
Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion $40
ANDERSON LILLEY Sunset Collection Candle $45
Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish $14.99
Summer & Rose Beach Towel $55
Minor History Post Script Wallet $20
So, Is It Worth It??
I can confidently say that for me, the FabFitFun box is worth the price! I received well over $49.99 worth of products every quarter that I use, and even received over $49.99 worth of products that I LOVE!
My Fall FabFitFun box arrives this week and I’m so excited to see what surprises it has in store for me! I was already able to customize to include an amazing tote that I’m already planning to put to use immediately!
Want to Try FabFitFun for Yourself?
Ready to check it out for yourself? Use the FabFitFun promo code FALLINLOVE to save $10 on your first box, and click here to get started: https://t.fabfitfun.com/SH2Es (affiliate link). Be sure to come back and tell me what you think of your box when it arrives! It’s so fun to unpack it to find all the goodies!
You can find FabFitFun on your favorite social channels as @fabfitfun!
The fall season means back to school and we can all agree that our Tampa area schools and teachers need as much support as we can give. My husband and I are both former teachers, and during his time in Hillsborough County Public Schools, he learned about the Hillsborough Education Fund. This non-profit organization has one goal in mind with its programs: connecting kids to greatness.
Hillsborough Education Foundation have multiple programs to support the children in public schools in Hillsborough. Through mentoring, providing scholarships, financial assistance, school supplies, and community engagement, they are truly making a different and connecting kids to greatness in Hillsborough.
In their words, the Hillsborough Education Foundation has the following goals --
To help students by giving them the inspiration and motivation and mentoring they need to reach accomplishments they might have thought were out of reach.
To provide scholarships for the brightest and most committed graduates, regardless of their financial standing.
To prepare those who choose not to go to college to be ready to become productive members of society upon graduation through financial assistance to attend career and technical centers.
To help teachers do what they do best, by giving them the tools they need to stimulate young minds through classroom & school innovative projects and free school supplies from our Teaching Tools Store.
And finally, to engage our community so that it will help us meet our mission and strive for academic achievement for all.
How Can You Help?
There are many ways to help the Hillsborough Education Foundation as they work to support our area’s students. You can donate to them directly, volunteer with the foundation, or mentor students. Additionally, as our spotlight charity for our Noble Crust Carrollwood event, we will be collecting school supplies to be included in their Teaching Tools Store. This store is located in West Tampa and allows teachers to visit to gather teaching supplies for their classroom. Many of the students and families in our area do not have the means to attend school with all of their supplies, and many schools do not have the budget to purchase teaching tools. The Teaching Tools Store helps teachers ensure that their students have simple items such as pencils, paper, and backpacks.
A list of items we are collecting at our Noble Crust Carrollwood Girls Night Out Networking Social:
We had another fabulous Wesley Chapel Girls Night Out networking event on August 16! Thank you to all who joined us at Cantina Laredo for an evening of mingling, socializing, networking, and shopping. I am humbled every month by the support you all give each other through our events. Our goal as Housewives in the City is to create a welcoming community of women in our cities who want to meet local businesses and support each other. I love that we can find stay-at-home moms, teachers, doctors, business owners, and more all in one room and create lasting relationships.
Thank you so much to our venue, Cantina Laredo, for hosting this event. We appreciate the hard work of your staff! Our next event is September 10 at Noble Crust Carrollwood. I hope you will all be able to join us!
If you missed this event or need contact information, please find our featured businesses below. Thank you for your continued support of these businesses in our community! If you would like the opportunity to share your business with our community, please email Diana@housewivesinthecity.com for information.
Wendy Carlston with Cruiseplanners
Need a vacation? Wendy can help you to find the best deals and accommodations on both land and sea through her amazing Cruiseplanners network. She is now specializing in luxury travel from Tampa Bay, but you can connect with her for all of your travel needs!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
Planning for retirement, savings, a home, or another big purchase? Danyell and her team at Raymond James can help you manage your finances and make sure you are on the right track. Her associate Camille was at Cantina Laredo with us, and her entire team is always there for you and your financial needs. Reach out to her for a consultation to see how she can support you and your financial goals.
Danielle Hogan with Mary Kay
VIP Group: www.facebook.com/groups/215651238793665/
Did you know you can schedule a pampering session with Danielle to learn about Mary Kay’s products? I thought Mary Kay was just make-up, but they have a variety of products for skin care and more to make you look and feel your best. Danielle can help you put together your own personalized look and even include your friends too! Reach out today for more information!
Charla with 9Round Fitness New Tampa
Have you been searching for the best place for an engaging workout? Charla is the new owner of the 9Round kickboxing studio in New Tampa. This New Tampa studio follows a kickboxing themed fitness program incorporating functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. Key highlights of their program:
- No class times: a new round starts every three minutes
- Trainer included in monthly rate
- Use heart rate training to target your fat burning zone
- Workouts change daily
OrangeTheory Fitness Wiregrass and New Tampa
Orange Theory Fitness is a high-energy 60-minute workout that uses heart rate monitoring to help you burn calories after your workout! You can always try a class for free to determine if it is for you. You will find a combination of running on the treadmill, rowing, and strength training that changes every day to maximize your results!
Lee Pedrozo with Rozo Photos
The warm and kind Lee with Rozo Photos was our fabulous photographer for this event. You can view samples of his work on his website and check out our fun photos below. Reach out to him for your Tampa photography needs!
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!