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/
If you've attended one of our Tampa Housewives in the City Girls Night Out events, there is a great chance you have already met our Leading Lady, Wendy Carlston of Tampa Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations. You can always find her with the amazing, tropical table display while she's wearing her gorgeous smile! I am excited to share more of Wendy's story with you here today, and the next time you see her at one of our monthly networking socials, be sure to say hi!
If you'd like to contact Wendy directly to book your next land or sea vacation, you can reach her at:
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
As a full-time single parent I was looking for a business to start up that combined my passion with the ability to manage my own schedule around my child's needs. I love that I can work from virtually anywhere. There are a lot of hours involved but time flies when you are having fun and I absolutely love helping others plan their vacations.
Describe yourself in three words:
Energetic, outgoing, reliable
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being ranked #1 in my franchise of new startups in my first year of business
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Expand my business by hiring new agents who possess the same love of travel as I do. I could use the help :)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I've always wanted to be a professional race car driver..lol
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
As a single parent it's my biggest challenge. Each and every day I have to be aware of how much time I'm devoting to my work/life balance. It's a work in progress.
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, Google, my booking platform
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in Tampa Bay?
I love the Brunchy flatbread and frose at American Social, The Riverwalk and I'm crazy about the South Pinellas beach area (I'm a beach girl at heart).
What is your goal for retirement?
We never know what the future holds once we reach retirement. Let's just say that life is short, I live with no regrets and my bucket list will be checked off by then.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Find your passion and just go for it!!!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an amazing Girls Night Out at Seasons 52 on October 10! Hurricane Michael gave us a scare here in Tampa, but we were fortunate to be able to get together for a fun night with some amazing ladies and businesses. From cupcakes to botox, our guests were well taken care of at the event! Read below for a full list of all of the businesses who were at Seasons 52.
I'd like to give a huge thank you to the staff at Seasons 52 for accommodating us and welcoming into their Sonoma and Napa private rooms. We all enjoyed the passed appetizers - my favorite was the flatbread!
As always, thank you to all of you for being part of our Tampa Housewives in the City community. I look forward to our Girls Night Out events every month as a chance to see all of you in person. I love watching you make connections with each other and support each other's businesses. We are quickly approaching our two year anniversary, and I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings!
I hope to see you all at our next two events: November 5th at bartaco in Hyde Park Village, and Dec. 4th for our Tropical Holiday event at the new Lutz Bahama Breeze.
Mary Kay with Rachel and Amanda
Phone: (941) 224-5329
Mary Kay Cosmetics provides complimentary skincare and glamour beauty experiences. They teach you the hottest trends and techniques of how to keep care of your skin and how to apply your makeup so that you can duplicate it at home!
Rodan + Fields with Terese
Have you been wondering what sets R + F apart from the rest? Stanford-trained Dermatolgist Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy fields have touched the lives of millions with their targeted skincare solutions, and have become the #1 Skincare brand in North America! They can address most skin concerns including sensitive skin, acne, skin dullness and brightness, and of course anti-aging. R+F also has amazing enhancement products including Lash Boost to give you longer, fuller lashes, and just launched - Radiant Defense! A tinted multi-tasker that provides protection against environmental aggressors, repairs your natural moisture barrier and provides protection from UVA/UVB rays. It instantly provides a healthy glow and even skintone while blurring imperfections without settling into fine lines!
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!
Angela is known for creating cupcakes that are full of flavor in every bite, in over 60 flavors, including boozy cupcakes! If you need cupcakes in Tampa for a special occasion, Angie's Cupcakes can meet any need you have!
Touchstone Crystal with Shannah
Shannah's selection of jewelry shines with Swarovski crystals, giving each chic jewelry piece its signature sparkle. Perfect for gifts or to spoil yourself! Even plan a Girls Night In with your friends so you can all share in the fun and earn rewards!
Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations with Wendy Carlston
We always love welcoming Wendy to our events! She is incredibly passionate about her travel business and is eager to help you find the best itinerary for your land or sea vacation. Read all about her on our recent Leading Lady post!
United Vein Centers
United Vein Centers provided complimentary vein screenings! Vickie shared about the extensive experience that their centers and doctors have treating venous conditions. With numerous locations around the Tampa Bay area, they are a convenient option for getting your sexy legs back!
Kennedy Chiropractic Clinic
Illuminate Your Awesome with Kelly
Illuminate Your Awesome is all about helping women live our lives in alignment with core values, desires, and feelings...by first helping you hone in on those core values, desires, and feelings. Not what you are "supposed" to do or be, instead authentically realizing your own brand of awesome! Kelly will be with us at Seasons 52 and can share about their personal development workshops and thoughtful gifts.
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.
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
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!