We had such a wonderful time kicking off the busy December holidays at Bahama Breeze in Lutz! Thank you to everyone who attended! It is so rewarding to watch so many women come together to support each other and create new friendships. Our Wesley Chapel events always impress me because we have such an amazing community outside of the Tampa area. I'm always looking for great venues for new events - what other communities should we visit?
Below, you will find a listing of the small businesses we welcomed at this event. Please continue to support them by visiting their sites, learning about them, and use them for your future needs. Thank you so much, and I look forward to seeing you next month as we celebrate our TWO YEAR anniversary at American Social with our Little Black Dress event! Find details on our Facebook event page. The photos below highlight our businesses, and you can find the entire album on our Facebook page!
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.
Clean Juice Wesley Chapel
Clean Juice is a family owned company founded with the purpose of giving your family access to clean, organic products while you are on the go. You may recognize them from other locations around the area, and we are so lucky to welcome Clean Juice to the Shops at Wiregrass! From acai bowls to juice cleanses, Clean Juice Wesley Chapel has you covered for healthy products. They had their soft opening this weekend and are ready to serve you today!
Esthetics813 and Balance Right
Websites: http://www.esthetics813.com and Balanceright.trainerize.com
The amazing duo of Kyymara and Megan joined forces to provide you with all of the services you need to feel and look your best! Esthetics813 is a full-service facial and body skincare spa. Esthetics813 is the place to go for a relaxing spa day and sets the mood for total self-renewal. Esthetics813 has been nominated for Best in Spa by Creative Loafing and Best New Business by the North Tampa Bay Chamber in 2017 and 2018. Whether you need some Me time, Girls time or Couple time - Esthetics813 is the spa for you!
Balance Right is an online fitness and nutrition program. Programs are suitable for moms, busy women, travelers, or anyone looking to better their health and fitness. Workouts and meal plans are designed based on your needs. With your online program, workout anywhere with a personal trainer 24/7. Learn how to balance your life, with health and fitness!
Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations
Want to take the stress out of planning a vacation? You need Wendy with Cruiseplanners! Whether you are traveling by land or sea, looking for budget travel or luxury, Wendy has a variety of resources available to plan your perfect vacation! Learn more about Wendy from our recent blog post, and contact her for your travel from Tampa needs!
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!
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski with Shannah
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski jewels are exclusively made with Swarovski crystals and zirconia, designed using unique Swarovski innovations, cuts and trend colors. Shannah can help you select the perfect piece for yourself or as a gift to someone special! With so much of their line under $50, you and your wallet will love shopping with Shannah!
Mir Salgado Photography
Thank you to the amazing Miriam for capturing this event for us! An award-winning Tampa photographer, Miriam photographs weddings, portraits, families, newborns, and maternity. Connect with her for your next photo session!
Our spotlight non-profit this month is Florida Hospital Carrollwood. They are committed to improving the quality of life of their patients, family, friends, and neighbors. We would like to feature them this month during their efforts to build a Breast Wellness Centre that would allow them to further that commitment by offering preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to their patients and the local community. I'd love to share the words below from Tony Laforgia, their Executive Director of the Florida Hospital Carrollwood Foundation:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I know it’s hard to do, but can you imagine what it would be like if someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer? Think of how your world would change if you suddenly lost your mother, sister, or sibling. Sadly, breast cancer impacts thousands in our community each year, and access to comprehensive treatment centers as well as the latest medical equipment that can help with early diagnosis isn’t available in many areas.
Sadly, many families in our community are facing the devastating challenges that these problems can pose.
Together we can change this.
The Florida Hospital Carrollwood Foundation is working on raising funds to develop a new Breast Wellness Center in our community that will provide holistic care and the latest in diagnostic medical technology.
Our goal this holiday season is to raise $82,000 for the first major purchase of a breast ultrasound machine for the center, and your donation can help!
Please consider a donation toward this goal as you plan your end of year giving. You can positively impact the lives of those in your local community, and perhaps even the lives of friends and family.
Visit www.floridahospital.com/carrollwood/foundation to make a charitable contribution.
Please also the video link below for more information about our project and its chairman, Paul Dombroski.
You can chat with some of the amazing people supporting this effort at our next Girls Night Out event on Dec. 4th at Bahama Breeze in Lutz/Wesley Chapel.
Additionally, for general questions or to inquire about a sponsorship please contact the Foundation office at Florida Hospital Carrollwood
Executive Director - Tony LaForgia
Phone- (813) 957-7224
Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a 501 (c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization.
My family is always looking for great day trips from the Tampa area. I recently had the opportunity to explore Sarasota, and I am so excited to share some of their amazing attractions with you. My drive from the north part of Tampa was only about 90 minutes, which I consider the perfect distance for a day trip. If you’d rather make a weekend of it and explore further, I have a great recommendation for accommodations!
St. Armands Circle
Fun fact – my family and I lived in Longboat Key when I was six years old. My school bus drove through St. Armands Circle every day, but at only six years old, I did not appreciate the draw of this great area. St. Armand’s is boasts luxury shopping and delicious restaurants, and hosts unique events throughout the year. When I visited in November, the 30th Annual St. Armands Art Festival was underway with large crowds, but an impressive 175 artists and craftsman displaying their work.
Do not miss St. Armands’ restaurants when you visit! We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Tommy Bahama Restaurant (yes, that Tommy Bahama!), where we ate their World Famous Coconut Shrimp, Filet Mignon Flatbread, incredible Pina Colada Cake, and so much more! Want to enjoy a taste of Tommy Bahamas at home? Check out this recipe for their Happy “Huladays” Cocktail!
I loved our visit to The Ringling! Initially, I thought the museum was simply going to display the history of the Ringling Circus. It turns out that circus life is only the focus of the Circus Museum portion of The Ringling. While we did begin our tour by viewing scaled models depicting every detail of circus life in the fictional Howard Bros. Circus, then walking through artifacts from the circus life, The Ringling itself has so much more to offer. When I return with my family, we could very well spend all of our time viewing and experiencing the circus displays, but there is so much more to see!
The grounds are also home to Mable’s rose garden, John and Mable Ringling’s 56-room home Ca’ d’Zan on Sarasota Bay, and the impressive Museum of Art. Ca' d'Zan was the winter home of the Ringlings, one of America's richest couples. The opulence has to be seen to be believed, and there are various tours available to view different areas of the home.
I truly had no idea the Museum of Art had such an extensive collection. I was reminded of my visits to European art galleries with pieces ranging throughout history.
The location of The Ringling is itself a beautiful setting. I am eager to bring my family back to the grounds to leisurely walk along the paths among the banyan trees. For more information about The Ringling and ticket information, visit their website: https://www.ringling.org/.
Sarasota has an amazing selection of hotels and resorts to enjoy your stay. My top pick for an easy trip to explore the area is Lido Beach Resort. Their rooms are comfortable and clean efficiencies with kitchenettes, and the gulf-front location can simply not be beat. They have a beautiful quiet beach, lovely lush grounds, and one of the best brunches in the south according to Southern Living! We enjoyed their shuttle service to St. Armands just a few minutes away, and we weren’t far from The Ringling in Sarasota.
More Ideas for the Day
Celebrate the holidays with the Tommy Bahama Happy “Huladays” cocktail. Refreshing and original, the Happy “Huladays” cocktail is a nice alternative from eggnog and more traditional holiday drinks. A combination of Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, cranberry ginger syrup and lemon juice is topped off with some prosecco for a sparkling touch will tingle your taste buds and have you feeling the holiday spirit in no time. The handcrafted Happy “Huladays” cocktail can be enjoyed at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar. You can also prepare at home using the recipe provided below.
Happy "Huladays" Cocktail
1.5 parts Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
1 part Cranberry Ginger Syrup (see below)
0.5 parts lemon juice
1 part Prosecco
Cranberry Ginger Syrup:
Combine 10 oz cranberries with 8 oz water, 8 oz sugar, and 5 thumb-sized pieces of peeled ginger, and cook for about 10 minutes in a saucepan on low-medium heat. Leave one piece of ginger in the mix and blend thoroughly. Do not strain. Store in a squeeze bottle.
In a mixing glass, add rum, cranberry ginger syrup, and lemon juice. Shake, with ice, in a mixing tin. Add prosecco and gently strain into glass. Garnish with cranberry and mind sprig, and enjoy!
Get excited, Monster truck fans! Monster Jam® is returning to Tampa for two shows: Saturday, January 12, 2019 and February 2, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium. The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15 each. Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.
Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. Fans also have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers by purchasing a Pit Party pass that allows them early access to the event for photo opportunities and autographs. The Tampa shows will feature Monster Jam’s most popular monster trucks including: Grave Digger, Brodozer, Max-D and El Toro Loco. Each show each will feature a different monster truck line up. For more details on Monster Jam’s full truck lineup, please visit www.monsterjam.com.
SHOW DETAILS: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30pm
Pit Party from 2:30pm–5:30pm
Show begins at 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30pm
Pit Party from 2:30pm–5:30pm
Show begins at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Raymond James Stadium 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33607
TICKETS: Tickets start at $15
Pit Party Early Access starts at $35 per person, General Pit Party Passes start at $20 each Tickets & Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Raymond James Stadium Box Office in advance. **ticket prices subject to change –venue/ticketing fees may apply. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party.
Thank you to all who attended our November 5th Girls Night Out event at bartaco in Hyde Park Village. I loved seeing so many familiar faces who also welcomed our new guests! I want to send a huge thank you to the staff at bartaco for being so accommodating and providing amazing service!
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses with a spotlight at our November 5th Girls Night Out; 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 shopping and event needs.
Author Sydney Knox
Sydney Knox, the author of the exciting Blood Empire series of historical intrigue novels, joined us at bartaco! An expert on Ancient Roman history and politics, Sydney crafts novels that thrill, enlighten and entertain her readers. Check out her series to read all about Sydney's naughty adventures in Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Venice and the time she ran away in the Canary Islands!
Kennedy Blvd Chiropractic Clinic
Kennedy Blvd Chiropractic Clinic offered complimentary health assessments (spinal screenings) that measure muscle tension, stress, and balance! We found that many symptoms that aren’t associated with back or neck pain can be a direct result of cervical subluxation (misalignments in the neck region). Some of these symptoms include headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, dizziness, sinus issues, and ringing in your ears.
Danielle with Mary Kay
Mary Kay offers free Christmas gift customization and delivery (on orders of $25+)! Name your price and tell us a little bit about the giftee, and Danielle will deliver a beautifully wrapped present right to your doorstep! :) They have 3 piece sets starting as low as $8!! Avoid the mall drama and support local business. It's a win win!
Paparazzi 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!
On Slay Accessories
The fabulous women of On Slay displayed their selection of women's accessories, including jewelry, scarves, handbags, wallets, and watches. Keep an eye out at your local markets to catch them again soon!
Jennifer Casares Photography
Jennifer joined us and did a fabulous job capturing our event! She is a Tampa photographer who specializes in family photography and offers seasonal mini-sessions throughout the year. Check out her Facebook page for her current schedule.
Clearwater Beach Uncorked, one of my favorite food and wine events, was another great success in 2018! My husband and I enjoyed a day full of sampling while in the picture-perfect setting of Clearwater Beach, and I already know we won't want to miss this event in 2019. We arranged for my dad to hang out with my little guys for the day so that we could enjoy a day date. I loved that everything is included in admission so we could enjoy ourselves without making decisions about which samples to purchase!! Thinking of checking it out next year? Here are some details of why I always look forward to Clearwater Beach Uncorked:
The VIP tickets are absolutely worth the extra money if you want to make the most of the day. We gained entry to the main tent an hour before the general admission guests, and it allowed us the chance to sample what we knew would be the most popular items before the lines were long. Our favorite stop during this time, and I hope they offer it again next year, was the beer and cheese pairing with Castello Cheese. They allowed 12 guests into their booth area and shared details about three different beers paired with three cheeses. It was a great way to slow down the hustle of going from booth to booth, and we loved learning more about the items we tasted.
VIP tickets also allow you access to the Spirits Lounge at the host hotel, the Wyndham Grand. After a short walk from the main tent near Pier 60, the Spirits Lounge is pool side with a variety of alcoholic beverages in a smaller setting. Heading over there during peak crowds in the main tent allowed us a brief break from the lines and further variety of samples.
Beer and Wine Sampling
One of my favorite things to do when we lived in Virginia was to visit wineries and sample their different wines. I love trying new brands, but it's not easy to choose when just visiting our local Publix. Uncorked provides the opportunity to sample beers and wines from all over, and all of the brand representatives were helpful in sharing where to find their brands locally. I probably never would have taken the plunge to try Fitvine's selection out of fear that their low-calorie wines might not taste good, but I was really impressed with their wine! I plan to grab a bottle the next time I'm at Whole Foods.
This year's Clearwater Beach Uncorked was a cheese-lover's dream! We sampled cheese from so many brands, and they were the perfect items to grab and snack on while wandering the tent. For more hearty options, we found Shephard's lobster empanadas were a good choice, along with many other seafood offerings. My easy favorite was Jeni's ice creams, and somehow I ended up with three different scoops!! Delicious!!
For more details and information, visit Clearwater Beach Uncorked's website: http://clearwaterbeachuncorked.com.
I love to bake. When I moved from Virginia to Florida, I noticed I spent less and less time in the kitchen because of our hot temps here. It makes it that much more enjoyable when the cooler weather sets in and I can get some baking done! My first choice this fall was my favorite banana nut bread recipe. I love being able to use overripe bananas to make such a delicious treat!
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 nuts (I prefer walnuts)
What a month in Tampa Bay! When taking a look at the calendar before October started, I had no idea all of the amazing things that were going to unfold in our area! Tampa and St. Pete have so much to offer, and this fall has been so packed full of fun, a blog recap is necessary! I'm using links to my recent Instagram posts. If you don't already follow me over there, make sure to connect: www.instagram.com/tampahousewives. You'll also see a couple posts below from friends of mine: Caitlyn at @livesweatsleep and Tracy at @forkingaroundtown. Follow these fabulous ladies for another local voice!
Getting in the Halloween spirit early, my family loved ZooTampa's Creatures of the Night! Haven't visited yet? Read all about our experience and make a plan to visit before it's gone!
Located in St. Pete's Innovation District, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi opened in October. Check it out for delicious quick-casual pan-Asian food!
My blogger friends and I were spoiled with an incredible selection of food at Paul's Chicago Pizza in St. Pete. I can't wait to have some of their dry-rubbed wings again. Many people asked - yes, they are still in Clearwater too!
Hard Rock Tampa invited us to come check out their newly remodeled Center Bar with creative new cocktails.
I never miss a reason to visit Armature Works, and I loved the Metropolitan Ministries Tampa Bay Food Fight event. I may have made a few extra trips around the room to get the goat cheese baklava from the people's choice winner, Sacred Pepper!
Popular South Tampa restaurant Boca has also experienced some updates recently! Their farm fresh dishes are always impressive, and I especially enjoyed their Empire State of Mind flatbread. Let me know if you try it!
Clearwater is welcoming the Fenway Hotel back! This gorgeous hotel has been under construction and is ready to welcome guests soon!
The much-anticipated new restaurant from Datz Restaurant Group, Dr. BBQ, has opened in St. Pete this month! I can't wait to check it out!
Tampa Housewives in the City's next Girls Night Out event is our first in Hyde Park! We will be at the fabulous bartaco and hope you will join us for a fun night!
Next weekend, Clearwater Beach Uncorked returns to Pier 60, and my husband and I cannot wait! This food and wine event is unlike any other and brings delicious food and drinks to our beautiful beach!
We are pleased to highlight the work of the Junior League of Tampa in our community. Founded in 1926, The Junior League of Tampa, Inc. is an organization of over 2,000 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Junior League of Tampa maintains approximately 1,000 active force members to support many incredible efforts in our community, specifically child welfare and education. Launched in 1996, the Love Bundles project provides backpacks with essential items to children within 24 hours of removal from their home due to neglect or abuse. League volunteers purchase, organize, and pack the Love Bundles backpacks. Backpacks are then distributed by their partners Eckerd Family Alternative and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2009, The Junior League of Tampa partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to create and sustain a “backpack” program. The goal is to provide food to disadvantaged children over the weekends, when they are not receiving meals at school. Over 10,000 bags of food have been distributed last year to families in need. Each week more than 300 bags are distributed at five locations around the Tampa Bay Area. In addition to providing the weekly bags, the League hosted Farmer’s Markets at three sites where children had the opportunity to “shop” for their favorite produce.
The Junior League of Tampa Diaper Bank serves to combat diaper need within Hillsborough County by supplying diapers to programs in our community. “When Hurricane Irma threatened the Tampa area, it highlighted an issue that we came to realize was a deep and constant need for families in our community. With no government safety net, diaper need is paralyzing for families. Our membership is committed to developing the potential of women and children here in Hillsborough County. We’re in a unique position to help close the gap on diaper need and are driven to do so. Diaper Need is a deep and perpetual need for many of our fellow citizens, one that is keeping them from professional and educational opportunities necessary to break the cycle of poverty and endangering their children. We have the training and numbers to make a profound impact and we are driven to do so.” - Caroline Foss
Tampa Housewives in the City is supporting the Diaper Bank at our November 5th event at bartaco in Hyde Park Village. Bring a donation of diapers to the event to support the local population in need.
Holiday Gift Market
The Holiday Gift Market is The Junior League of Tampa’s largest fundraising event. The event provides a unique shopping experience with over 180 merchants selling everything from clothing, jewelry, and handbags to food, art and children’s items. Net proceeds of the event fund the League’s community projects and programs around Tampa Bay.
Find all of the details, including the schedule and ticket information, on their website: https://www.jltampa.org/featured-events/holiday-gift-market/
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!