Gobble, Gobble, Gobble. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
I am very grateful for all the people in my life, my health, the opportunities that found their way to me over the past year, the lessons learned and all the moments (good and bad) that led me to where I am today.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
If you ever dreamed of nibbling your way through the Candyland board game or scoring a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka, then you will want to treat yourself to Candytopia, where you can let your tastebuds and your imagination soar!
IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Candytopia is only here for a limited time --- their doors will close January 26th, as this is a touring exhibit that travels all around across America! If you want to experience the marvels of Candytopia in SOuth Florida you will need to reserve your tickets ASAP!
Explore a world of sugary bliss, with over a dozen carefully curated and crafted rooms revolving around candy! You will get showered in confetti by candy-coated unicorn pigs and swim in a pool of 300,000 marshmallows!
And don't worry, you don't just have to look at it. You can touch everything as you explore the rooms but you will also have a chance to taste some of the sweets of Candytopia with 9 sample stations scatterred throughout the experience including chocolate truffles, taffy, bags of gummi bears and more!.
Location: Aventura Mall at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33180 (in the food court)
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 8.30pm
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.
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to brave the big retail stores during the holiday season, you might want to think small then shop small. There are definitely perks to shopping from small businesses. Skip Black Friday shopping and all the crowds and save your gift buying for our December Girl's Night Out, where there will be over 20 PopUp Shops to find something for everyone on your list!
Here are four good reasons to attend the Girl's Night Out December Social on Dec 19th to shop small this season:
1. You will Find Unique Gifts
Finding the perfect holiday gift can be difficult when you keep seeing the same stuff in every store. No one wants to give people a gift they’ve received from someone else or an item they’ve seen everywhere. Small businesses often offer unique gifts, especially if they are selling their own handmade products. Think of shopping small as an opportunity to wow everyone on your list!
2. You Will Be Supporting Your Community
Shopping at small businesses helps provide jobs for your community, and it puts money into the local economy. Plus, the small businesses at our annual Holiday Sip and Shop are all women dreamers. These local women businesses had a dream and made it happen by creating a business form their passion. When you support them you are support a local woman's dream. And what is more amazing than that?!
3. You Will Get Personalized Customer Service
Good customer service can be hard to find during the holidays because retail employees are often stretched thin. Small businesses can offer a more enjoyable and personal shopping experience that allows time for more browsing and exploring, rather than scrambling to beat other shoppers to the shelves. Also, small-business employees may have more knowledge of the products and services they’re selling because it's their personal passion and/or livliehood.
4. Less impact on the environment
Shopping local is better for the environment because small businesses have lower shipping costs. Many large businesses ship products from overseas factories, but small businesses often create their products using local resources. And if you attend the Girl's Night Out Holiday Sip & Shop Social there are NO SHIPPING COSTS or affects on the environment.
What a fun night at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach kicking off the 2019 Winterfestboat Parade at the WHITE PARTY representing Lis Castella Designs with my favorite backdrop gal Flower Queen Miami - Flower Walls and awesome media host Lisa Melanie and supporting our local FLL Fashion Week Magazine!
It was fun being the Lady in Red, as I represented Lis Castella Designs!
Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 48 years. Spurred by the continued popularity of the event, a not-for-profit organization, WINTERFEST, Inc., was formed in 1988 to administer the Boat Parade and to build a festival around it. The rest, as they say, “is history.”
SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Winterfest Boat Parade: December 14th
The Fort Lauderdale Girl's Night Out Social for November was an intimate "Friendsgiving" with a Gatsby theme.
FT LAUDERDALE FEATURED BUSINESSES
A big component of Girl's Night Out is showcasing and supporting local small businesses. Below is a list of all this month's featured businesses along with their social links. Keep these women in mind when seeking jewelry, clothes, gifts, hair & nail care and travel services. Supporting small businesses really does make a difference and when women support one another great things happen!
MONAT by Jennifer
Tipsy Nails with Mo
The A to Z Boutique
Girl's Night Out November PHOTOS
Thank you to the sweet Donna Paul of DP Studios Photography for capturing all the smiles and Gatsby Looks from our November social.
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.