I love visiting the beach. I love the colors, the smells, the beautiful scenery, and the way I feel when I am relaxing on a balcony overlooking the gulf or ocean. I have always wanted to recreate that experience in my home decor, and I am thrilled to share that Coastal Living Magazine has a Coastal Living Collection that is perfect to bring the feel of the beach home to your house, no matter where you live! I recently had the opportunity to attend a celebration of this home decor line at the Matter Brothers Furniture store in Sarasota where they also welcomed Tracey Minkin, travel editor of Coastal Living Magazine, to share 2019 coastal design trends with us.
Tracey shared a gorgeous slideshow of various designs they are seeing as current trends in home decor when living on or near the coast. While I loved seeing how the designers were incorporating the aqua and coral colors, along with bold prints (even on wallpaper!), I also knew how much I personally struggle to decorate my own home. I never can quite get the look I want, and I find it so challenging to decorate in a way that still is welcoming and practical for living with kids. After her presentation, I took the time to explore the Matter Brothers Furniture showroom and the Coastal Living Collection.
I quickly learned how easily we can all incorporate the coastal life into our own homes with the help of the Coastal Living Collection! With the beautiful clean lines, crisp cream and white colors, and strategic pops of color from pillows or pieces of art, I am eager to emulate the coastal look at home. I love that you don't have to be as heavy handed with navy colors or multiple tropical colors. And the best part of it all? Even if I can't personally put together the look on my own, I can shop at Matter Brothers Showroom and purchase all of the pieces in an entire room to bring home. Take a look at this beautiful living room:
I had a little (okay, a lot) of added excitement at this Coastal Living Collection launch event. Matter Brothers and Coastal Living partnered for a giveaway of an amazing loveseat to one lucky winner, and I won! It could not have been better timing as we are replacing our loveseat in our living room and have been looking at options recently. I even almost bought a new sofa last week but my husband convinced me to wait a little while. I am so glad that I did! Check out these photos of the Stone Harbor loveseat in the store:
And now I'm excited to share the loveseat in my living room! This room is a work in progress for us, but it looks gorgeous with my rug and pillows. We are starting our hunt for a coffee table and/or ottomans for in front of it, and eventually will add a recliner or chair to finish out the seating in the room.
I'm interested to hear from you all about your thoughts on decorating your home and trying to capture a certain look. Do you struggle with it like I do? What do you think of this Coastal Living Collection? Share a comment below or on our social media posts!
Attention, Tampa Disney fans!! Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza when beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella visit Tampa from March 21-24, 2019 at Amalie Arena. Tickets are on sale to the public now!
Believe in what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true. Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to celebrate family and tradition with Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco in a special sing-a-long guest appearance. Discover your inner hero when Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to Tampa!
Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream are available at www.disneyonice.com, 800-745-3000 or at the Amalie Arena Box Office. To sign up to be a Feld Preferred member and to receive presale alerts please visit https://www.feldentertainment.com/preferred-customer-page/ To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to DisneyOnIce.com.
Where: Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
Date and Times of Performances:
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #100YearsofMagic
Stageworks, Tampa’s longest-running professional theatre company, welcomes you to experience its first main stage production of 2019, Ready Steady Yeti Go, from February 8th – 24th, 2019, written by David Jacobi and directed by Dan Granke.
In the aftermath of a hate crime, Goon befriends Carly Uhlenbeek, the only black girl in school. Things start to go south when bad parental advice, passive-aggressive acts, and ill-formed gestures of kindness create a “White Guilt Perfect Storm” that threatens to drown their relationship.
This play is charming and funny with a sharp edge of heartbreaking truth. It’s clever, moving and ingenious. It takes on our assumptions about people's character and the painful sacrifices we make for love and family. At its heart though it is an uplifting story about young star-crossed lovers wrapped in a comedy wrapped in a satire with a healthy streak of political commentary.
Middle School Bullying, Parent & Child Relationships, Racism, Personal Safety
This play is a rolling world premiere as part of the National New Play Network and will bring playwright, David Jacobi to Tampa opening week (Feb.4-8) to work with the cast and production. Ready Steady Yeti Go features young actors from Blake High School’s Magnet Program of the arts and is sponsored by community partner Safe & Sound, Hillsborough County’s violence prevention collaborative.
For more information: http://stageworkstheatre.org/ready-steady-yeti-go
Stageworks Theatre is located at 1120 East Kennedy Blvd, Suite 151, Tampa Florida 33602
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
We are honored to feature Post 9/11 Veterans as our spotlight non-profit this month. Founded by two Post 9/11 Veterans, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Post 9/11 organization was created by the same demographic they are focused on helping. Operating as a Federal 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit, their ability to connect with their peers and local communities on both a social and personal level is what sets them apart from other established organizations.
They focus on providing a platform, a starting point, and a place of belonging, where veterans are encouraged to integrate into their local communities. By building a strong community through social outreach and events, they strive to change many of the negative stigmas surrounding returning veterans, while positively impacting entire communities.
While active duty service is one of the highest honors one can have, often times, the transitional phase out into the civilian world can be challenging. Post 9/11 Veterans truly believe that our returning service members of today can, and will, be the future business and professional leaders of tomorrow.
Post 9/11 Veterans programs and initiatives in Tampa revolve around connecting and immersing returning service members in hands-on and constructive environments where they are able to connect with other like-minded veterans, feel the sense of purpose and brotherhood, and reintegrate properly back into the Tampa Bay community with the same pride, passion, and feeling of belonging they had while serving on active duty.
Since their start in 2015, the organization has grown exponentially with the addition of 20 staff employees and hundreds of volunteers. Being a 100% volunteer organization, Post 9/11 Veterans relies heavily on you, the community, to support their mission and vision. Through contributions they have been able to supply thousands of underprivileged children with much needed school supplies, ensure local veterans were able to provide a Happy Holiday season for their families, and educational scholarships for veterans pursuing their dreams of becoming college graduates.
Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL is in Tampa for just a few short days right now. My husband and I enjoyed a date night to check out this show, and it was great! It is Cirque du Soleil's first performance on ice, which makes it unique, but of course the show stays true to the artistry and skill of all other Cirque du Soleil performances.
The story follows a girl named Crystal as she goes on a journey of self-discovery. The performers are on a stage of ice with incredible light projections to enhance the set. Our eyes were immediately drawn to the multiple ramps on the set, and we were amazed by the skill of the performers who skated and sped around the arena.
I don't want to give away the entire show, but I will share some of my favorite moments in photos.
If you are able to go (and you should go!), the show will be at Amalie Arena through December 23, and tickets are available here.
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
I received two tickets in exchange for promoting this show. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We are so lucky here in Florida. Finding a resort for a beach vacation is as easy as picking a beach and checking for the good reviews. We have the beauty of the Panhandle's beaches, the excitement of the Atlantic beaches, and the tranquil setting of the Gulf beaches. However, while it is easy to FIND resorts to visit, it is not easy to CHOOSE which resort would meet all of your needs and create lasting memories for your entire group. Luckily, I'm here with an amazing resort to put at the top of your list to please everyone you are traveling with. The Resort at Longboat Key Club has it all, and the staff puts your comfort and pleasure first in all areas of the resort.
Fun in the Sun
The Resort at Longboat Key has done an amazing job of making sure their pool and beach area is perfect for couples, individuals, and families. When I visited, I was amazed at the attentiveness of the pool attendants. I watched one employee speed from one person to the next while moving umbrellas, bringing towels, and even supplying a pool float for a baby to use. It was amazing!
Like many gulf beach resorts, The Resort at Longboat Key Club recently faced the issue of a shrinking beach space due to erosion. I spoke with the general manager, Jeff Mayers, and learned that the resort chose to bring in sand from a Citrus County mine, rather than dredging in the Gulf, making it more environmentally friendly. The powdery white sand is the perfect setting for their queen cabanas and lounge chairs, along with any beach activities your heart desires!
Golf and Tennis
The Resort at Longboat Key Club is set amidst their highly-rated golf courses and is a golfer's dream! Not an avid golfer but want to try it while on vacation? Build on your skills with their instructional golf programs!
Golf has never been one of my interests, but I was so excited to experience a tennis lesson while staying at the Resort! The Resort at Longboat Key Club has been named the #7 top tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online in its highly competitive annual listing. The lessons on the Har-Tru court were individualized for my skill-level (I haven't held a racket in about 15 years!) and a perfect way to get some exercise during the trip. I highly recommend spending time on the courts!
You will not have trouble finding delicious food - this AAA Four-Diamond resort boasts eight exceptional Sarasota restaurants featuring fresh ingredients for all tastes. I had the pleasure of dining at Portofino at the marina for amazing Italian food, Sands Pointe for a perfect filet, Tavern & Whiskey at the pro shop for a fresh lunch (order fries, you won't regret it!!), and room service for a relaxing breakfast in my room. I'll let the photos speak for themselves!
Are you guilty of doing so much on vacation that you feel like you need a vacation when you get home? Make sure to build in relaxation at the Resort at Longboat Key's on-site spa. This tranquil paradise offers services including massages, salon treatments, and facials during your stay. I enjoyed the oxygen facial, which left me with a healthy glow.
General Manager Jeff Mayers shared that The Resort at Longboat Key will soon be undergoing extensive renovations on their aging rooms, and our traveling group was shocked. The current rooms have held up incredibly well, and provide clean, luxurious, modern decor with flat screen TVs and Bose radios. Whether you visit soon or wait until after renovations, you are in for a treat in these rooms and suites!
Book now or find information on their website.
While you could very easily spend all of your time on resort property, there is so much to see and do in nearby Sarasota. Just a short drive away, you will find St. Armands Circle, Mote Marine Laboratory, and more. Check out my recent post about my favorite activities in Sarasota, and I know you will have a vacation to remember in Longboat Key!
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!