Boyd's Madison Avenue is now located in Fort Lauderale! This local store has an interesting legacy. A little history: The legacy of Boyd’s is one of classic beauty and glamour. Situated on Madison Avenue and 61st Street in Manhattan, Boyd’s Cosmetics was the beauty destination for fabulous New York women of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Boyd’s officially closed its doors in New York City in the Spring of 2007. This Boyd’s Madison Avenue is the resurgence and revival of the iconic apothecary. Here you will find the very same beauty staples used by the most famous faces, and enjoy new classics we’ve carefully curated for the modern woman.
Boyd's offers skincare, haircare and makeup. The makeup line being my favorite! Two of the bestsellers (that I also love) are the Blush Makeup Bouquet and Boyd's Lip Gloss in "Made You Look." I am also a fan of their Liquid Eyeshadow, which not only glides on smoothly blends perfectly with other shadows and stays on for hours as if it was just applied!
Shopping local is important. So I hope the next time you are looking for some new makeup brands to try, I encourage you to head over to Wilton Manors to shop at Boyd's!
Not all pools are created equal– some have full service cabanas for a day of pampered attention, some have massive waterfalls with hidden slides and some are wrapped with a beautiful lazy river. Florida is full of fantastic hotel pools because they are all enjoyable year-round. To me, in order for a hotel pool to be awesome it needs to meet the needs of every age group- here is a handful of my family’s favorite hotel pools that we visit frequent! Keep in mind that all of these pools require that you be a guest of the hotel (or purchase a day pass)---so no sneaking in!
Universal’s Cabana Bay
Address: 6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, Fl 32819
By far, my kids favorite hotel pool and my wallets favorite. This reasonably priced resort has two spectacular pools that you will want to skip the theme parks for. The cabana rentals have a great price tag! At the Cabana Courtyard, there is a tower waterslide, kids splash pad, and sandy play yard full of outside games.The Lazy River Courtyard features a zero entry pool with a sandy beach as well as a lazy river with waterfalls and water canons. Both pools have their own poolside bar. READ MORE HERE FROM "OUR FAMILY VACATION TO ORLANDO LAST SUMMER AT CABANA BAY"
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Address: 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, Florida,34134
There is no lack of water fun at this Hyatt Regency with a lagoon style pool, an adults-only pool a lap pool, a 5,000-square foot Adventure Pool with a140-foot corkscrew slide and a Lazy River complex, featuring three waterslides! The palm-tree lined sun deck offers cabanas, lounge chairs, and a covered pavilion in case you want to escape the sun for some shade.
South Seas Island
Address: 5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
Enjoy the island life with a pool day at South Seas. There is no better way to enjoy a pool than to also be beachfront! Their three pools, two water slides, luxurious cabanas and tiki bar always creates a fun, memorable day.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel
Address: 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
You will feel like you are in Vegas at this rock star inspired pool. The 4.5 acre lagoon-style heated pool oasis includes a 182 foot high waterslide, waterfalls splashing over mountain rocks, an elevated jetted spa,a hot tub and a poolside restaurant.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
Address: 100 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
The newest LEGOLAND resort opened in 2017 with a fantastic beach themed, zero entry pool. The large LEGO® soft bricks floating in the pool are a fun addition. The expansive sandy area is perfect for building sandcastles with a giant play structure for kids to run off some energy. Daily activities like dance parties, bean bag toss and chalk art competitions take place. READ MORE IN MY BLOG "OUR FAMILY PHOTOS AT THE NEW LEGOLAND BEACH RETREAT"
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
You can choose to play or relax at one or all of the 11 pools at Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. This luxurious resort offers full-service cabanas and premium amenities from any poolside spot. The entire family will think the outdoor area here makes a fantastic water day from the small dipping pools to the large oasis pool or the interactive children’s waterscape with a slide.
Address: 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
The heated pool at Gaylord Palms features an Everglades-inspired family water park that includes a zero-entry swimming pool with four slides, a multilevel water-fun tree house and an active lagoon where kid-friendly music and games take place daily. There’s also a South Beach Pool that is adult-only with a serene atmosphere and two hot tubs.
Address: 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819
The temperature-controlled swimming pools and lazy river at the Hilton Orlando makes you feel like you are in a paradise located in the middle of a crazy themed park destination. There is over 10,000 square-foot of pool deck with plenty of lounge chairs that guarantee you a spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather. If you are with the kids you will enjoy hanging out at the main pool for its zero entry access and the winding waterslide. If this is an adult getaway, some peace and quiet can be found at the adult only pool. READ MORE. HERE IS MY BLOG " 5 REASONS TO STAY AT HILTON ORLANDO"
Housewives in the City Fort Lauderdale is geared towards
bringing visibility to local small women businesses.
Ladies, We are all in this together. We all have different lives, different goals and different challenges. But we all seek success. And if you knew you could easily help out a fellow #supportivewoman I hope you are the kind of woman who would do it. if you you thought "of course, I would help if I could." Well guess what...here is how you can help out local small women businesses....ant the best part - it is EASY and FREE! So I challenge you to do the follwoing four things at least once a week (daily would be terrific).
Four free, simple things to do to help local small businesses!
1. Write a review Did you have a positive experience with a local small businees? Love the food? Favorite local boutique? Express it on their reviews! Yelp, google reviews and FB reviews are so helpful for small businesses. Sharing your experience verbally for the public to see will mean more than you can imagine. Testimonials are important for any business and truly make a difference to in helping small businesses stand out from the crowd!
2. Follow, like, comment and share their social media accounts
The more the merrier! It takes one click and helps build an audience for that business and give them credibility within the industry. Most of the time you’ll receive first news of deals by following your favorite brands + businesses. See something good on their feed? Share it! Many small businesses have new product or offer deals. Did you know a simple share widens the online exposure for that business! It lets a new audience see their company. Share words of encouragement or genuine compliments on their social posts. This helps boost engagement and lets more people see their posts.
3. Recommend them to a friend: Word of mouth brings the best customers.
Who do you know that would be an ideal customer for some of your favorite local businesses? Tag your friends and family on the posts you see. Or send them a quick message telling them about the business.
4. Attend Girl's Night Out social
The monthly events give local women businesses a chance to showcase their products and services in a social setting while giving you a chance to learn about something new, make new connections and gather some positive inspiration.
Did you know, Housewives in the City Fort Lauderdale is a small business ran by a woman?
So I'd love if you try out the above steps to help me:
Follow my Housewives pages on Instagram and Facebook
Write a review of my events on my Biz Profile Facebook
Let's connect personally too on Instagram and be my official facebook friend!
Make Plans to Attend the Upcoming Events to Meet Other Local, Supportive, Possitive Women
Facebook is the best place to stay up to date with the event dates, locations, and details. Check out what is on the calendar right now: see the event schedule
Below are just a few of the small local businesses taht have showcased over the past two years at the Fort lauderdale Hosuewives in the City events.
A single moment can spark a revolution, collective actions can transform laws, creative expression can change attitudes and an invention can alter the course of history. It’s these threads that weave together to propel a movement — even in the face of obstacles. TOGETHER is how we do it.
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities."
What is diversity? Sometimes it’s what you see such as gender, skin color and physical abilities. But it can also be what you don’t see like religion, ethnicity, personality, beliefs and values. A person’s value is not related to their race, possessions, personal choices, financial standings or opinions. You are valuable because you are you.
And what really makes a ‘community’ is the fact that it values the dissimilarities in people. The idea of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each person is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. Our differences define us, allow us to make unique contributions to our group...to our society.
Now is the time to embrace this diversity. The message to spread love and understanding are more important than ever in our day and time. The history of intolerance is a long and brutal one where people who don’t fit a criteria and set of expectations are not treated the same.
We don’t need everyone to be the exact same carbon copy of one another. We should instead embrace and celebrate how special and different we already are. I look forward to the future of this group of women. I look forward to our future events. I look forward to us listening anf learning from one another. I look forward to seeing you.
big hugs to you all,
Few weeks into teaching my kids at home because schools are closed due to the pandemic. And I see many people are concerned about students falling behind because of the schools being closed. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education or
...they might learn an easier “old school way” to solve a simple math problem... 🤷♀️
But seriously, what if...
instead of falling “behind", this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out.
What if they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing, through art, dance and music.
What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard, a bike ride and sitting near a window in the quiet.
What if they notice the birds, the mornjng dew, the flowers blooming, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, to organize their space, to decorate, to build, to do their laundry, and keep a well run home?
What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less?
What if they learn to plan out shopping trips and eats most meals at home.
What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?
What if they focus on their health, enjoy exercise and appreciate each breathe.
What if they are the ones to place great value on our previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?
What if among these children, great leaders emerge who had the benefit of a slower pace, surrounded by those that love them the most, loving a simpler daily life while also having the benefits and advances of technology at their fingertips?
What if they truly learn what really matters in this life?
What if they actually end up AHEAD?
I actually realized that my child doesn't get enough one on one time within the education process to help him fully understand the lessons. The school has been relying on computers too much to assist in teaching that they are missing some key things. For example, my daughter is in kindergarten and they type in their answers so much that the teacher must have not noticed the HUGE pattern of my daughter writing her 5's backwards. My son knows answers but times out of his tests because he isn't a fluent typer - maybe that's why his grades are sufferring but he comprhends all when we review it at home? I may have realized these things along with other things had this mandatory virtual schooling process not happened.
The entire process has not only given me more time with my kids it has given me the confidence to consider homeschooling as a viable option in the future because I know now that I can do it and that it may actually be better for my kids!
The older I get them more I enjoy "day dates." Avoiding the crazy nights and appreciating all the local things South Florida has to enjoy. Recently, we took a quick drive to spend the day in Miami at the Frost Science Museum and an early dinner on the river at American Social in Brickell.
A day at the Museum: Frost Science
I love museums and I love aquariums. So I am a fan of The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. It is a leading science museum, dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Located in Downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, Frost Science is divided into four buildings: the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and North and West Wings. Here, guests can learn about the core science behind living systems, the solar system and known universe, the physics of flight, light and lasers, the biology of the human body and mind, and much more. Guests can explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and unique shows. The Aquarium is by far my favorite part. Get your tickets online to save money and save time waiting in line!
Website: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Address: 1101 Biscayne Blvd|Miami, FL 33132
Stroll Through Wynwood Walls
If in Miami on a pretty day, it is worth taking a stroll through Wynwood to look at the walls. Even if you have been before...go back! Enjoy art and creative expression. It always makes me wonder we don't do this to all the buildings to make them interestesting, beautiful and unique instead of boring, grey and all alike. thewynwoodwalls.com
Dinner Date at American Social Brickell
Date days are not complete without a great dinner...usually early since we had a full day of activity and are ready for a relaxing night at home. So we decided to enjoy the views of the city from American Social's 3,000+ sq ft patio situated on the historic Miami River. It's hip yet has a romantic vibe too. The drink menu is extensive. I love a fancy margarita, so of course I had to try there version. Refreshing! The food is great and priced perfectly. We tried the pretzels, cobb salad and mushroom pizza. All good, but big portions, so we had leftovers for a late night snack...the date day that keeps giving!
Whether you are looking for dinner with a view, a social night out with friends, or a place to watch the "big game", American Social Brickell is a great spot! FYI- easy and affordable valet parking right by the door!
Website: American Social Brickell
Address: 690 SW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33130
I love coffee. I love breakfast with m,y coffee. Sometimes I want a relaxing place, sometimes I need a spot to get work done, sometimes I need coffee for my coffee (free refills a must on this day) and sometimes I want a fancy breakfast experience. So that is why my list of favorite coffee spots is very diverse.
The Alchemist: Coffee and Thoughts
The perfect spot in a calm & rustic environment, with chic outside tables that happens to serves awesome coffee.
Riverside Market: Coffee and Chill
Yes, it is a great spot for beer. But did you know they have a great breakfast and is a very chill place to enjoy coffee?! Try to breakfast croissant - it's delicious!
Anne's Florist: Coffee and Work
There are multiple reasons to visit- flowers and wine bar BUT it also offers great coffee and sweet treats. The atmosphere is cute, cozy and smells delightful. Always quiet, so perfect to get some work done.
Andrews Diner: Coffee with Coffee
I love a good old fashion, traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast and COFFEE with unlimited refills. On those days, Andrews Diner is definitely a top choice. Good food, great price, friendly service and free coffee refills.
Shooter's: Fancy Coffee with Views
Ok, this is more of a brunch spot with good views to enjoy as you sip coffee followed by mimosa. But still a favorite of mine, so I couldn't leave it off. But be ready to spend some $$$. Do Saturday yoga to save $5! :) Read about my experience with that, here.
Hello Fresh is a weekly meal delivery subscription that sends healthy recipes and the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them at home. I saw a great deal on Facebook the week before Valentine's and thought, "Why not try it?" With such a good deal, it seemed silly not to test it out at least and since valentine's was coming up, I wanted to make a fancy meal.
So I ordered it to start my first Hello Fresh meal box as being delivered on FEBRUARY 14th! Which means I didn't need to make dinner reservations, spend a forutnue on a meal or event go to the grocery store. No fighting the crowds, no waiting for a table...just a delicvious meal that we got to cook together!
It worked out as perfectly as I had planned. PLUS we got two more delicious meals that week!
I highl;y suggest you try it out! I have two more weekd of nboxers coming, but I pushed them off to next month due to my travel schedule - another convenient way to plan your meals. Learn more about them on their website. I am already checking out other Meal Boxes (who knew there were so many!) because I think I may have started soemething!
The Fort Lauderdale Girl's Night Out Social for February was all about loving and supporting the women around us! It was great to see so many new women joining the event for the first time, I was blown away with the connections and authentic conversations had during the event.
VENUE SPONSOR: A big thank you to The Emery for hosting the February event. The Emery is a beautiful coworking spce that is also great for private events!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Thank you goes to the fabulous Victor Monasterio for sharing his talent and time with us and providing the photos to remember such a great night. Following him on Instagram!
FT LAUDERDALE WOMEN'S EMPOWER HOUR
A NEW component was added to the February Girl's Night Out to see how well everyone liked it. AND everyone agreed - IT WAS A FABULOUS PART OF THE NIGHT! About 60 minutes after the event started, I (Mandy) made a welcoming introductiona d overview of HITC & Girl's Night Out then introduced the featured businesses. Each business owner talk ab little about themself, their business and their why. Then I asked every woman in attendance to introduce themself and read the "empowerment question" I hgave them when they checked in. This ended up being a wonderful way to inside the women, connect with their passions and learn about eveyone's business in an interactive and personal way! I plan to add this component to each Girl's Night Out where the space allows it!
FT LAUDERDALE FEATURED BUSINESSES
A big component of Girl's Night Out is showcasing and supporting local small women-focused businesses. Below is a list of all this month's featured businesses along with their social links. Keep these women (and man) in mind when seeking acessories, beauty care, sweets, gifts and services. Supporting small businesses really does make a difference and when women support one another great things happen!
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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: BRCA STRONG
This month the spotlight charity was the perfect fit as their mission is to support, educate, inspire and empower Previvors and Survivors, to eliminate the feeling of isolation.
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Hi, I'm Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am Regional Marketing Manager for Sky Zone, a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.