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!
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!