Hi Ladies! It was so nice to see you all last week at the Jingle and Mingle Holiday Social! I just love Chuy's and the night was so fun! We hope you enjoyed yourself and was able to check some items off of your Christmas list. I will post links to all the vendor's contact information at the bottom of this post!
Check out these beautiful pictures from Angie Glinsky Photography. Don't forget to contact Angie for all your photography needs!
Angie Glinsky Photography
Color Street- Amanda Meeks
Paparazzi- Pam DuVal
Sleep Number Beds, Jacksonville
Dance2Fit with Christa
We hope you ladies had a great time and we cannot wait to see you next month!
We are looking forward to seeing you guys on Wednesday for the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Social at Chuy's We have a fun night planned for you ladies and we cannot wait to celebrate the holidays with you guys. We also hope that we can help you check off those names on your Christmas shopping list.
We are so excited to be at Chuy's again! We love this place! The food and drinks are so delicious! And... that nacho bar!!!!! Whats not to love!?
They will have $5 house margaritas and a fajita special for us tonight! Come enjoy margaritas and shopping wth us!
We will have the following businesses here for your shopping pleasure!
We also have SWAG BAGS for the 1st 25 ladies! These have been donated from Pam from Paparazzi, Amanda from ColorStreet, Christa from Dance2Fit, and Laurie from Think Hart Solutions! This bag is packed full of goodies! Get here on time so you don't miss them!
We can't wait to see out favorite Jacksonville Housewives and spend the evening sipping Margaritas and shopping with you!
This holiday season, Housewives in the City will be focused on promoting local businesses in Jacksonville.
We will also be supporting one of the busiest shopping days of the year: "Small Business Saturday" on November 30th.
You might be asking, "How are we going to help local businesses in Jacksonville"
We will be publishing an exclusive "Shop Local Holiday Guide" for our Jacksonville area readers. This guide will promote the best local businesses and their Holiday offerings in the Jacksonville area.
Since the majority of our followers are women, we know that this will help make their holiday shopping fun and easy while growing your business at the same time.
This guide will be permanently posted on our blog and promoted to thousands more on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We will also have copies available at our events.
What Does Our Shop Local Holiday Guide Include?
1. Our $99 Basic Shop Local Holiday Guide Package includes the following:
Want something more than just our basic guide package? Enhance your basic listing with any one of our additional marketing opportunities:
Our Shop Local Holiday Guide is the perfect way to build your business and get those extra holiday sales. We plan to debut the guide on November 30th so all materials must be submitted no later than November 27th, . Only select local businesses will be accepted.
Do you want to be featured in our Jacksonville Shop Local Holiday Guide?
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Laurie and Nikki
Social Media + Event Coordinators
My FAVORITE time of the year is quickly approaching! I love the holidays and whats not to love! Food, friends, Christmas trees and lights, and gifts! I love to buy gifts for people! I consider myself an excellent gift giver because I love finding the perfect gifts for people in my life! It makes me so happy!
We at Housewives in the City are passionate about supporting local businesses and I always try to buy my gifts from these local businesses that we support! This holiday season let me help you with your shopping!
I have carefully selected some of my favorite products from some of my favorite local businesses. For your convenience, there is a "Shop" button for every vendor. Take a look and see if you can check some items off of your shopping list and support these small businesses at the same time! These vendors have other products available too so don't forget to check out their entire inventory.
Scroll through slideshows from each of our Gift Guide vendors!
Margeaux Priestly is a womens’ accessories brand that features bold and colorful statement hair pieces such as handmade hair turbans and headbands. Margeaux Priestly pieces are unique and support you in outwardly expressing your inner fashionista!
Don't you just love these?? These are my absolute favorite but Margeaux Priestly has so much more to offer! Plus they will be Buy One, Get One 25% Off for us Housewives in the CIty!
Click the shop now below to shop her entire store!
ANGIE GLINSKY PHOTOGRAPHY
Angie Glinsky Photography serves Eastern NC. Angie and her team specialize in Fine Art Portraits, Children, Tweens, Seniors, Specials Events, Wedding and Real Estate Photography.
These are three of my favorite photos by Angie! Can you imagine gifting someone a photo session with Angie Glinsky? This is a wonderful and unique gift idea and would be perfect for that person on your list that loves to be in front of the camera! Not to mention that Angie is giving you Housewives 25% off all sessions booked during November 29th and December 24th. Session can be for later date.
This is seriously a great deal!
Follow this link to view Angie's online portfolio. www.angieglinskyphotography.zenfolio.com and click the shop now button below to contact and book with her through facebook.
TruGoalz of Greenville is a devoted nutrition and wellness team that encourages people to live healthier lives by offering a wide variety of health and wellness productions online. They focus on sharing innovative products to support weight loss, increase energy, natural beauty, blood chemistry, and much more. Their mission is to help support a healthy lifestyle and give individuals the opportunity to make money through their culture and business opportunities. When you’re ready to take control of your health and change your life and potentially other people's lives, TruGoalz of Greenville will have your back!
I am excited about these TrueGoalz products! Heather and Tammy are so knowledgable and eager to help ladies look and feel their best, and live a healthier lifestyle. They have an inspiring testimony for how TrueGoalz has changed their lives. You guys should talk to these ladies if you have been feeling week, tired, and in a rut lately. The holidays can be draining and stressful so don't forget to treat yourself and take care of your health! Click the button below to connect with them on Facebook and to shop their inventory.
Neoria is a comprehensive, age-fighting line that combines the best of science and nature to deliver proven results, transforming how you look on the outside and feel on the inside.Neora has transformed the anti-aging industry with our streamlined product offering, clinically tested to deliver proven results. We focus on cutting through the clutter of age-fighting options to bring you multifunctional skincare products and novel nutritionals that address all your age-fighting needs and fit easily into your lifestyle, so you can look better, feel better and live better.
I have loved and used Neoria products for a few months now. I can definitely see and feel a difference with my skin. These are some of my favorite products and anyone would be thrilled to receive these as a gift! The day and night cream aren't heavy and have improved the texture of my skin. Fine lines and wrinkles have disappeared and my skins feels so soft! The hydrogel eye patches work miracles for tired eyes, making you look well rested in 20 minutes. The Sleep Chews are my absolute favorite. They taste so good and help me fall asleep quickly and wake feeling well rested!
Judy Wooden is my go-to Neoria expert. Let her help you look, feel, and live your best life! Click the Shop Now button below to shop Judy's Neoria store.
Scentsy offers stylish, innovative and customizable products designed to Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul. The Scentsy Diffuser instantly fills the air with world-class fragrant all-natural and essential oils, while Scentsy’s flagship product line of scented, wax Scentsy Bars heated in handcrafted warmers provides a safe, personalized alternative to traditional candles. Additional product lines include on-the-go fragrances, laundry care, inventive cleaning solutions and luxurious personal care products for women, men and kids — all infused with exclusive Scentsy fragrance.
Everyone knows and loves Scentsy and who wouldn't love to have a new warmer or refill brick as a gift? I picked out some of my favorite for you ladies. That moose warmer is perfect for the holiday season but can be used year 'round. I think that the Scentsy Whiff Box is one of the best gifts!
With Whiff Box, you’ll get five to eight sample and full-size fragrance items from categories like Scentsy Bars, Body, Clean, Laundry and other products to help you take fragrance on the go. Every month's assortment is different, and brimming with fun surprises, but you can always expect to find a “sniff preview” of the next Scent of the Month. And, Whiff Box will always cost you less than buying its contents individually.
Chrissy Foreman is my go-to Scentsy Lady! She can help you select a gift for everyone on your list! Click on the Shop Now button below to shop Chrissy's store!
An iconic brand isn't built in a day. For more than 50 years, Mary Kay has empowered women while changing the world of business. As a leader in skincare innovation worldwide, Mary Kay Inc. continued its commitment to advance skin science
I have loved all Mary Kay products that I have ever tried! They have high quality make up and skincare and you can tell from using their products. Some of my favorite Mary Kay products are their lipsticks and glosses, makeup brushes, and perfumes. Shannon Carter has been my Mary Kay go to person!
All of these would make the women in your life very happy. Mary Kay also has many products geared toward men Shannon can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Click Shop Now below to connect with Shannon and to shop her products.
Stella & Dot
Stella & Dot is a company for women and ran by women! "When women support each other, incredible things happen."
Stella & Dot has the best jewelry, bag, and accessories and Andrea Williams is my favorite Stella & Dot girl! I have been eyeing these products and they are definitely on my Christmas list! How cute are those earrings? Any lady on your list would love something from Stella & Dot. Click Shop Below to connect to Andrea's website to shop her Stella and Dot collection.
"At Hair-N-Motion, the entire staff is dedicated to giving our guests an amazing experience in pampering you from head to toe with our wide range of services. Our mission is not only to create a beautiful appearance but to nurture the spirit and relax the body and mind. We are dedicated to not only give of ourselves to our guests but to our community as well. Come experience a family atmosphere where you come as guests but leave as friends."
Who wouldn't want a day of pampering and a fresh cut and color for Christmas? This is one of the top things on my list! Let Brandy on your team freshen up you and your loved ones look for the holidays! Click the Shop Now button to connect with Hair-N-Motion of Facebook.
Capt. Bob Beck's Marina Cafe
Jacksonville`s Best Kept Secret for over 20 Years!!!!! They are a relaxed dockside spot for seafood, burgers & fried snacks, plus riverboat cruises & entertainment.
The Marina Cafe is one of our favorite places in Jacksonville to host our Girls Night Out Socials. We love Nikki and the wait staff there! They never miss a beat keeping up with all our orders! Their food is delicious and they have wonderful speciality cocktails! We couldn't talk about Marina Cafe without talking about that view! This is Jacksonville's only waterfront restaurant too! Take a break from the holiday shopping and relax with a good meal and cocktail at the Marina Cafe. They sell gift cards too so don't forget about your friends!
Click the Shop Now button to connect to Marina Cafe's facebook page.
Hey guys! We have a special surprise for you guys tonight. We have a guest blogger, Amanda Meek, to share with us the awesomeness that is Color Street nail strips.
I joined Color Street in March 2018 and absolutely fell in love with it! I'm a busy mom with 3 kiddos, farm life, and constantly have something going on. Proud USMC wife!!! I love my wine and watching movies. Also, love the fact I save money and can do my nails under 15 minutes or less! My hair may be messy but this Momma has her nails on point!
Color Street is the only 100% real nail polish strips on the market that have no dry time and super easy to apply! No special tools required, they last up to 10 days, and comes off with nail polish remover.
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Hey ladies! We are so excited to be back at the Marina Cafe tomorrow night for our Pink Social! If you joined us in August then you know how awesome the Marina Cafe is! I cant say enough great things about the manager Nikki and the awesome waitstaff! They took such good care of us!
We are planning to host the social on the deck to enjoy that beautiful view! (Do your no-rain dances now!)
We have a fun night planned for you! Let me tell you a little bit about what to expect.
As always we have tons of SWAG for you ladies! Sweetheart's Desserts has donated sweet treats to the first 25 ladies! We will have some raffles and prizes to give away through the night.
Sweetheart's Desserts makes the most delicious sweet treats! You guys are really going to enjoy tasting her yummy sweets! They also do custom orders!
Check them out on facebook to see all the delicious things that they make!
Now for my favorite part.... the SHOPPING! Check out all the awesome shopping we have for tomorrow night!
Chaka Watkins with Paparazzi will be bringing some super cute and affordable jewelry for you ladies! I have several pairs of earrings from Paparazzi and every time I wear them I get so many compliments!
Check Chaka out on facebook and her websitePaparazziaccessories.com/142855/
LaKeesha James and Deana Smith from Gabbi's Unique Sweets will join us with some Unique Sweets! They make some cool and tasty desserts! I am so excited to see what they are bringing for us!
Check out their facebook and instagram to see everything they have to offer!
Andrea Williams from Stella & Dot will also join us tomorrow night. Stella & Dot has the cutest jewelry, bags, and accessories! The best part of Stella & Dot is that everything is so unique! Andrea has some really nice things that she will be bringing tomorrow night.
Check out Andrea's facebook and website!
Mark your calendars because you aren't going to want to miss this night!
We love our Jacksonville Housewives and cant wait to spend tomorrow evening with you guys at Marina Cafe!
I saw these super cute cupcakes on Pinterest last week and wanted to make my own. Im not one for following directions so I only used the picture as my inspiration and made a few changes. I love to cook and bake but I always give recipes my own twist. Typically it all turns out delicious in the end but sometimes "my own twist" doesn't work out so well.
So how did these turn out?? Read on to find out what I did and see the finished product!
First stop was my local Food Lion to shop for ingredients. I had a general plan of what to buy but I also wanted to see what they had that I could try out. I already had a box of white cake mix at home which was great value brand (I love smart shopping and generic products). Here is what I left with.
Food Lion brand Pretzel Sticks
Betty Crocker Cupcake Icing
Cake Mate Decorator Icing
Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Color
Cake Mate Decorator TipsFirst stop was my local Food Lion to shop for ingredients. I had a general plan of what to buy but I also wanted to see what they had that I could try out. I already had a box of white cake mix at home which was great value brand (I love smart shopping and generic products). Here is what I left with.Food Lion brand Pretzel Sticks
Betty Crocker Cupcake Icing
Cake Mate Decorator Icing
Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Color
Cake Mate Decorator Tips
I was really excited to try the aerosol cupcake icing and the decorator tips. Especially the decorating tips because they screw right into the tip of the icing tube. I usually make my own colors of icing using white icing and food color and load it into an icing gun gadget that I have to do the decorating. This looked so much easier!
First I mixed the cake according to the directions on the back of the box. I decided to make one change. I wanted my cake to be orange like a pumpkin. I prefer to use gel coloring but liquid food color works fine too. I used 1 tablespoon of the neon orange color. This make the cupcakes perfectly pumpkin orange!
As you can see my cupcake pan is well loved and used!
The box said to fill the cupcake liners half full but I like my cupcakes to be big so I filled these 2/3 full. The box also said to bake them for 18-21 minutes. I always start with the least amount of time as to not overcook them.
I shouted at my Alexa to set a timer for 18 minutes! Has anyone else discovered the amazingness of using the Echo in the kitchen?? I use the timer feature all the time!
I even managed to cook dinner and do the dishes in the 18 minutes. I ended up having to add another 5 minutes to the timer. It took 23 minutes to perfectly cook them.
Look how perfect these turned out! Now the hardest part of baking... waiting on them to cook so that I can ice them! I stuck them in the fridge and sat down to eat my dinner!
20 mins later they were perfect for icing! Time to finally try out the aerosol icing! The can came with 4 different tips. I decided to try star tip and leaf tip. The icing was easy to use and came out nicely. I used my knife to smooth the icing down on a few of my cupcakes.
I really couldn't decide what I liked better; star tip, leaf tip, and smoothed icing (pictured in that order).
Next I used the green decorating icing to create the vine. I choose the #3 tip for lettering. As I squeezed and moved the tip across the cupcake the line swirled naturally! So easy!
Then I decided to get brave and try to use the leaf time to make some leaves. This proved to be more difficult! Last step was adding a pretzel stick for the stem.
Here are all three decorated. I think I like the cupcakes that I smoothed out with a knife best. What do you guys think? Is this a pinterest win or pinterest fail?
Hi Ladies!! We had such a great time with you at Chuy's! If you had to miss this event them let me tell you about the fun that we had!
First of all Chuy's was amazing! Their awesome staff did such a great job taking care of us. This is the coolest place and their food and drinks were amazing! The best part was the Nacho Bar! They had all the fixings for nachos setup in the back trunk of a classic car!
If you haven;'t been to Chuy's yet then I highly recommend it!
Judy Wooden from Neoria joined us again! Have you tried these products? They really do work miracles! Neoira is an anti-aging and wellness focused line of products. Judy had one of their best selling products-the eye serum- and was giving samples. If you didn't get to try this and would like to then contact Judy!
Here is how to reach Judy:
We were happy to have Anna Danison with us too! Anna is an independent beauty consultant and advanced product consultant with Mary Kay!
Anna says,"I am here to provide my customers with a truly glamorous experience. I want you to feel like the beautiful and strong woman you are. I am dedicated to providing a service that includes skin consultation and education, make-up and color coordination, as well as beauty tips that will leave you knowing you are putting your best you forward. Please email, call or text me to set up one-on-one consults, spa parties or any meeting that would help me provide you with the feeling of being pampered."
We all know and love Mary Kay products! What are your favorites? I love the Clear Proof Deep Cleaning Charcoal Mask!
Find Anna online!
We had the awesome opportunity to have a psychic medium and reiki healer with us! Dawn Warner was available for psychic readings! I hope you all got to meet Dawn. If you missed her but wanted a reading then contact her. She is available for phone readings as well!
Her Website is:
Call or text 860-478 -625
I hope you ladies has as much fun as I did! I can't wait to see you all again at our next Girls Night Out event! Check our facebook page to stay up to date on all of our upcoming events!
Hi Housewives! We are so excited for our "White after Labor Day" Fiesta on Thursday! I just wanted to let you guys know what we have planned!
We are thrilled to be back at Chuys again. We really love to host our events here! The staff are wonderful and so accommodating to us! There will be 2 drink specials for us, Margaritas for $5 and Sangria for $5.79!
We are excited to welcome back some of our favorite featured businesses!
Anna Danison- Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant will be joining us! Anna is an independent consultant with Mary Kay and we are so ready to have her teach us all about the skincare and color cosmetics Mary Kay has to offer!
Judy Wooden - Premier Director with Neora. This is an Anti-aging and Wellness focused line!
Who doesn't want to?
Judy says "Today’s the day" Meet her in person tomorrow night to find out all the details.
Here is how to reach Judy:
Finally we have something fun and unique planned for tomorrow night.! Dawn Lyn Warner with Healing Intentions will be joining us!She is a Psychic Medium & Reiki practitioner. Dawn has felt a strong pull to help New Bern and will be offering readings at the event.
Her Website is:
Call or text 860-478 -6251 or Message here on FB.
Girls Night Out "White after Labor Day" Fiesta @ Chuy's 9.19.19Girls Night Out "White after Labor Day" Fiesta @ Chuy's 9.19.19
Join us Thursday in your white because who says you can't wear white after Labor Day?
Wow! What a fun time we had last night at the Marina Cafe! The rain couldn't stop our fun! Marina Cafe was wonderful! I can't say enough with how friendly and helpful their staff was! Shout out to Nikki and our wonderful servers last night! The food was delicious and those cocktails! The SIPPING was great!
We had so many awesome small businesses with us last night for some SHOPPING! Stella & Dot, Scentsy, and Neoria were there last night with some great products for us!
Danielle from Stella & Dot brought so many cute things for us! I am just in love with a pair of earrings that I saw there! I can't wait to order and wear them!
Sarah from Scentsy came with so many wonderful Warmers! Scentsy has such great smelling and high quality scents! I love all of their products and have used them for years!
Judy from Neoria brought her amazing line of anti-aging and wellness focused products! She had so much to teach us last night! I hope you al stopped by to learn about the products from her. I cannot wait to try them out!
If you missed out on talking to any of these ladies or weren't able to buy something that you wanted then make sure you contact them! Here is how to reach them:
Danielle Greene- Stella & Dot
Sarah Sears- Scentsy
Judy Wooden- Neoria
Finally, we had Doctors Park Psychological Center here as our feature non-profit organization! They were here to share their Open House and Climb Out of the Darkness event happening next weekend. I really hope that you guys stopped by to talk to these ladies. They are working really hard to provide some amazing services in our community! Here are the links to check them out.
HELLO Jacksonville, NC
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town, and helping small businesses grow! 🙌