If you were one of the wonerful ladies who attended our bartaco Girls Night Out in November, you had the pleasure of meeting author Sydney Knox. I recently had the chance to learn more about the fabulous woman behind the Sydney Knox novels (fun fact: that's actually a pen-name and her other business ventures are under her name, Pamela Bell-Morrow!), and I know you will love getting to know her!
You can find more about the Sydney Knox novels on her website and Facebook page.
Tell us about your business.
I was born a writer, but to make a living from it has been my dream. It took a lot of opportunity and preparation to realize it. I started out as a stockbroker out of college, then began a successful marketing firm with an ex. Setbacks are lessons, otherwise they’re just setbacks so why see it that way? I kept going and now as a creative copywriter, novelist as Sydney Knox and a private real estate investor, I’ve achieved a life goal - writing creatively and getting paid for it.
Describe yourself in three words:
Resourceful, passionate, reliable
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Two of them actually, finishing my first book series and earning my series 7 license. I hadn’t been a finance/business major and that test is hard! When I let it expire, I felt free - no turning or looking back and I never have. And then writing my first book series was like childbirth times ten.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I keep little lighthouse goals I keep quiet but in six months I’d like my brand to have a wider circulation in the vertical I think most effective for it, and I’m always workings toward finding interesting networks with like-mined people to join.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It’s gotten easier over the years since my daughter has reached her teen years. I’ve always kept my family and things that brought income to my family as priories first, and as for the house – I’ve always kept things at the best level I could. Nothing was perfect, but we’ve turned out okay.
What an amazing time we had on January 9th, celebrating Tampa Housewives in the City's two year anniversary! The Housewives in the City goal is to bring together women and businesses in cities across the US, and wow, did Tampa deliver!! We had over 200 women attend, many in black dresses to participate in our theme, and nine incredible local businesses share their stories and products with our guests. A huge thank you goes to the staff at American Social for hosting our group!
Every month, we take a moment to highlight the businesses who participate in our events as featured vendors. Below you will find their information to connect and support them. We appreciate you taking the time to like and follow these Tampa businesses!
Better Life Consultants Shana McIntosh Faison and Laletrica Mathis Harvey will premiere Sheago Cosmetics, a luxury line of plant or food based body care products specializing in vitamin rich butters and oils than can heal and restore the skin.
Buzz Pop Cocktails
Buzz Pops are the world’s only 100% all natural Adult Push Pop Italian Sorbet made with 15% premium alcohol. Vegan, Gluten free, fat free, Kosher and under 100 calories.
New flavors being introduced January 2019 including Chocolate Raspberry Sorbeto and Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet. Most popular flavors are Mango Passionfruit, Blueberry Pomegranate and Moscow Mule.
Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery
PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a woman-owned business. Their doctors and staff have years of experience and understand the unique cosmetic needs of both men and women who want to look their best and age gracefully. If you are not looking for cosmetic surgery, PREMIERE Center offers a Medical Spa in Tampa. The Medical Spa provides popular non-surgical treatments (like Botox©, Juvederm©, laser hair removal, Microdermabrasion, and spider vein removal) plus medical-grade facials and skin care and a lot more – all in a relaxing environment. They run amazing specials every month so be sure to check their website!
Paparazzi Accessories with Mia
We welcomed BlingbyMiamor - an Independent Paparazzi Consultant to our Girls Night Out! Paparazzi Accessories are always fabulous, always fashionable and always $5. Look like a million bucks without breaking the bank!
United Vein Centers
Looking for the best treatment for spider veins and varicose veins in Tampa? United Vein Center has numerous locations in the Tampa area to meet your needs! Their staff has treated hundreds of patients, providing extremely successful results through their commitment to patient care.
They use the latest vein treatment technologies and specialize in noninvasive treatments that allow for little to no pain.
Cherry Family Chiropractic
Cherry Family Chiropractic has a unique and highly advanced system of both analyzing and adjusting the spine. They take pride in offering specific and scientific chiropractic care. They use the Pierce Results System as a way of evaluating your spine and noticing how it moves through what should be normal ranges of motion. They are conveniently located on South MacDill Ave in South Tampa.
Pure Romance with Denise
With the best in bath, beauty, and bedroom accessories, it's easy to find something you'll love with Pure Romance. Wish list longer than expected? No problem! When you host a party with Denise, you receive a free gift plus a percentage of your party's sales to use toward the product you love-all for having a night of laughs your friends will never forget. Hosting is always free and always fun, so contact Denise to book your party today!
DEFINE body & mind is an exercise studio in Carrollwood specializing in a balanced approach to fitness. We offer barre, rhythm-based cycling, and yoga, as well as childcare. We believe in creating fun, energetic workouts with a focus on total body well-being.
Lunchbox Wax - South Tampa
We had the fabulous staff from LunchboxWax join us to share all the details about why you should be visiting their dedicated waxing studio for all of your waxing needs! Check out our recent Tampa Housewives - housewivesinthecity.com blog feature, and visit LunchboxWax on South Howard, and you'll instantly feel you're in capable, caring hands. They pay attention to every detail, be it the steps they take to provide the perfect wax service to the products they've formulated to pamper the skin of every guest before during and after a session.
Grace Studio Photography
Grace Studio is a bespoke creative studio based in the Tampa Bay Area. We specialize in photography & videography content creation and strategy for travel & lifestyle brands. Our goal is to help local businesses and brands make an authentic connection with their audience through visual storytelling.
Anastasia G Photography
Anastasia G Photography is a unique wedding and portrait photographer known for creating beautiful photographs inspired by light. Anastasia G Photography had an experience photograph church weddings, beach weddings, golf weddings, town weddings, garden weddings, barn weddings, historic home weddings in Tampa Bay area and Atlanta area as well.
Join Us Next Month!
We will be celebrating "Galentine's Day" on February 13th with a Tampa Housewives in the City Girls Night Out at Seasons 52! Find all the details and invite your friends on our Facebook event page!
The Florida State Fair – always in Tampa, always in February – begins its 30-day countdown to its opening day on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The Florida State Fair is hosted at the Florida State Fairgrounds on February 7-18, 2019 and features acres of incredible entertainment, the largest Midway in the United States and all of the fun fair foods people have come to love! As the first State Fair of the year, the Florida State Fair is the first to debut new and unique fair food such as the Cuban Pizza, Deep Fried Cookie Dough, Buffaloaded Quesadilla and so much more! It’s affordable family fun at its best.
The Florida State Fair will have all day entertainment including Lady Houdini, All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash, Bello Nock Super Stunt Show, the Budweiser Clydesdales, Circus Hollywood, Demolition Derby, Extreme Illusions & Escapes, Kachunga Alligator Show, Hollywood Racing Pigs, Moto Maniacs Xtreme, Tyzen the Comedy Hypnotist, Zaji Amazing Acrobats of China and so much more!
“We are incredibly excited to bring you the 2019 Florida State Fair. The entertainment, food,
agriculture and music are sure to bring smiles to the faces of everyone this year. We cannot
wait to unveil all that we have in store for you this year!” says Cheryl Flood, Executive Director
at the Florida State Fair Authority.
The Florida State Fair, held February 7-18, 2019, will sell advance tickets and ride armbands at
participating Publix locations starting on January 2 through February 6, 2019 and online at
floridastatefair.com. Advance ticket prices are $9 for adult admission, $5 for a child and $7 for
seniors. Weekday Ride Armbands are $20 and Any Day Ride Armbands are $30. Advance ticket
sales for the $79 Mega Pass which provides unlimited admission and rides throughout the
entirety of the Fair, and the Senior Five Day Pass, will only be available through
www.FloridaStateFair.com or at the Box Office starting December 1.
LIST OF PROMOTION DAYS INCLUDE:
HEROES DAY | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019
Military and Emergency Responders (police, fire and first responders) receive free admission for
themselves and up to three guests with their official ID.
$2 TUESDAY AFTER 2 PM | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019
Guests receive $2 admission, $2 Midway rides, $2 select food and games.
Midway opens at 1:00 p.m.
$5 ADMISSION AFTER 5 PM | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019
The perfect night for dinner and a fun filled evening with family and friends.
Guests receive $5 admission after 5:00 p.m.
FAIR CARES FOR THE HUNGRY DAY | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 (PRESIDENTS DAY)
Sponsored by Publix & Feeding Tampa Bay
$5 admission with the donation of two or more non-perishable/canned food items from Publix
For More Information:
For more information about the Florida State Fair, visit www.floridastatefair.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.
What an amazing event! Yesterday, my family had the pleasure of attending one of our favorite shows, Monster Jam! It was our second time viewing the show at Raymond James Stadium, and my littlest guy's first time seeing Monster Jam ever. He's about 2 1/2 years old and I was nervous he would be too young for it, but he is now already a dedicated super fan!!
Don't be sad if you missed out - Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium in just a few short weeks on February 2nd!
We always start our Monster Jam experience in the Pits with the drivers and trucks. With the beautiful weather (unlike last year's very cold weather for the show), the Pit Party was full of fans of all ages. The lines were long to meet the drivers, so we opted to enjoy the activities and pose for pictures in front of our favorite trucks.
A nice touch was from one of the truck sponsors, Great Clips. My older two boys let them style and (temporarily) color their hair! They LOVED it, and it was a nice touch from the sponsor.
There were some free activities such as a sand pile set up with a few trucks to play with, and then there were multiple activities available for an additional charge. The longest line was for the opportunity to ride in a monster truck, which looked like a blast! My little guys did not have the patience for the line, unfortunately.
Overall, we enjoyed the Pit Party! There was a lot to see and do. I will add that a couple of us mentioned preferring the set-up at the Pit Party at Amalie Arena over the summer. I think it was because it was a smaller crowd and we chose to wait in line to meet the drivers.
One thing Monster Jam always delivers on is a high-energy, action-packed event. It was a three part event with races, two-wheels skills challenge, and freestyle. It was so much fun cheering on our favorites and also being able to play along online to rate the performances. While I have very little interest in trucks in my day-to-day life, I LOVE these shows and can completely understand why fans of all ages, backgrounds, and genders are fans!
If You Go
A few tips - the set-up at Raymond James is perfect for tailgating between the Pit Party and the show. We packed snacks and the kids played for a bit before we went into the stadium. Also, if you plan to meet the drivers during the Pit Party, bring something for them to sign! Over the summer we used our headphones and it has been a great keepsake that they use for every show. And finally, due to the added fun of voting during the show, make sure your phone is fully charged beforehand! Between taking photos, capturing video, and then voting, it was a stretch to make mine last for the duration of the show!
Tickets and show info for February 2nd: www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/tampa-fl/feb-02-2019-feb-02-2019
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!