Despite the stormy start, the Ft Lauderdale Housewives In The City monthly social for August was a big success. This month the theme was all about celebrating the "Mermaid Life" we live here on the beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach. So in addition to some awesome local featured businesses we had some great swimsuit brands and local models showcase some swimsuit fashion that is available to everyone. With over 100 attendees, they all enjoyed great swag bags, yummy food from North Beach Village, cocktails from the Royal Palm Pool Bar, DJ beats and a fun fashion show.
Fort Lauderdale Featured Businesses
A to Z Boutique
The Bling Club
Barefoot Bee's Boutique
Local Featured Photographers
Victor Monasterio of Film Chic
Donna Paul of DP Studios
Neil of Bold Photographix
Ft lauderdale Housewives Swimsuit Fashion Show, hosted by Mandy Carter
You can't celebrate the salty life without showcasing some beautiful swimsuits. So I partnered with some fabulous local brands to show some of their collections. With the help of some beautiful local models, we had a fantastic swimsuit fashion show mid-event!
Heather Leigh Swimwear
Swim Chic Bikinis
Royal Palms Resort & Spa - Ft Lauderdale
A big thank you to our host venue, the Royal Palms Pool Bar for letting us take over the pool area for this month's event! We plan to do a repeat event on one of their Sunday Brunch and Pool events. So let's show our support for this local Ft lauderdale Beach Boutique hotel by coming out to the Labor Day Weekend Party right here at the beautiful pool on Sept 1st, Noon - 6pm.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City as well serving as the South Fl & Midwest Regional Manager. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, Mandy Carter is a published writer, working model, freelance event producer & marketer at itsmandymichelle.com as well as a family travel columnist & blogger at Acupful.com.
Dear sweet baby girl,
I see those tears and they create tears in my own eyes...because I know the pain...the heartache that comes with change.
I feel the fear. I hear the sadness in your voice as you focus on your days in Preschool- the thoughts of the teacher you adored and who adored you... and I can understand your worry about the unknown of Kindergarten. But I promise you that your next teacher will adore you and you will adore them...most likely more than you previously experienced. Please be open to these new experiences, because they will bring you great happiness once you realize there is so much more to come.
But this will not be the last time that you try to cling to your past because in it lives a certainty the the future doesn't. The familiar memories of your preschool days are comforting but they are keeping you from seeing the beauty of your next steps....your steps into big girl school. It is scary, I know. But please hear me when I saw... "Your Past is NOT Your Future."
Learning to hold on to the good through memories, letting go of the bad through lessons and embracing the fact that it is your past for a reason...that reason is there is more greater things ahead for you. Sometimes we allow the past to keep up from seeing what's ahead. It is a tough thing to understand but being stuck in the past is like walking forward with your back facing the front...You miss out on what is in front of you because you are focused on what lies behind you.
Today was a big day, my sweet girl. This moment, will seem silly one day. You faced it and I know you will see that Kindergarten is way better than preschool. You just have to appreciate the process. It is a lesson that I hope you apply in every facet of you life as you grow up because there will be bigger pasts that you have to walk away from in order to see the bright light waiting for you.
Your tears are just the first of the many that will fall over your life because of change. Change, if accepted willingly and openly will allow you to run toward your future, appreciating your present and help you see over the past to find great joy.
The past is your lesson. Let it go and let it be.
The present is your gift. Embrace it, Don't miss it. Soak it up.
And the future is your motivation! The unknown can be anything you want it to be. Don't make it scary, make it magical. Use those lessons and those gifts to create that future of your dreams. And please make those dreams bigger than those memories!
And through all uncertain moments, know without a doubt, your mommy will always be there to reassure you that with each "this" time and "this" change- is exactly what you need to grow!
"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City as well serving as the South Fl & Midwest Regional Manager. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, Mandy Carter is a published writer, working model, freelance event producer & marketer at itsmandymichelle.comas well as a family travel columnist & blogger at Acupful.com.
The SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando is located in the same building as the entrance to the Orlando Eye. This attraction takes the family aquarium experience to a whole new level with tons of interactive underwater displays that provides a face-to-face experience with more than 5,000 creatures including tons of colorful fish, seahorses, jellyfish, sharks, and more.
The aquarium is divided into themed habitats with kid-friendly interactive displays. I loved that a big focus is also placed on the aquarium’s rescue and preservation efforts. This had my kids asking a lot of great thought-provoking questions!
This is perfect for families with young children because it provides kid-level viewing opportunities, a hands-on rock pool, and a small playground to exhaust their energy....perfect for a rainy day in Orlando.
Things to Know Before You Go to the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Popular question: Is the SEA LIFE Orlando admission price worth it?
YES! I do feel it’s a good value. The prices are reasonable, but could definitely add up for larger families: $25.50/adults, $20.50 for kids, ages 3+ — regular pricing. There are some discounts available for Florida residents, online pre-purchases and combination tickets with the other attractions at ICON Park. The facility though smaller than most aquariums is impressive. It’s educational, fun and an experience every family member will enjoy. Skip a touristy dinner spot and go here! You will see similar pricing at most well-kept aquariums.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City as well serving as the South Fl & Midwest Regional Manager. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, Mandy Carter is a published writer, working model, freelance event producer & marketer at itsmandymichelle.com as well as a Florida family travel columnist & blogger at Acupful.com.
I met with the owner of The Simple Wine the other day and fell in love this wine from their cellar! So much that I got a discount for my friends... use code: MMC at TheSimpleWine.com for savings! And if you are in South Florida stay tuned for details on Wine Tastings and Wine+Dine events!
Starting soon, I will be hosting Private Wine Tastings at The Simple Wine. These small group tasting will be invite-only as space is limited. So if you are interested in joining me for one, please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or be sure to join the Private Facebook Group for date announcements!
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 a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.