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.
We are so excited for Girls Night Out Sip & Shop tomorrow night at Marina Cafe! I want to share with you guys some of the things that we have planned! We hope that you all can make it out to enjoy this amazing night!
We have not one but two nonprofit groups represented and some awesome small business will be there so you can do some SHOPPING!
Tomorrow's Girls Night Out will be held at the Marina Cafe, which is Jacksonville's only waterfront restaurant! We are very excited to hold our GNO at their space. I mean, who wouldn't want to get together with their girlfriends for some Sipping and Shopping with this view?
We are happy to have Virginia Diaz, Lontonia Bryant and Gina Mency from Doctors Park Psychological Center joining us Thursday! These ladies are doing amazing things for our community and we are proud to support them!
DPPC is focused on providing specialized mental health services to our community with a team of clinicians dedicated to supporting the whole person – mind, body, spirit. DPPC is a collaborative team of like-minded professionals, working together in a collegial and positive work environment that allows clinicians the freedom to focus on their clients and deepen their sessions.
They will be here to share some upcoming events that they will be holding.; their DPPC Open House and Climb out of the Darkness a Postpartum Mental Health Awareness Walk and Resource Fair .
Check them out and see all the great work that they are doing!
We also want to welcome the beautiful Erin Betty who will be representing her title as Miss Onslow Oktoberfest! She will be with us to talk about the pageant and the Onslow Community Outreach!
Onslow Oktoberfest proceeds benefit Onslow Community Outreach, a 501c non profit that was founded in 1990. The outreach provides for basic human care with programs as the Soup Kitchen, Homeless shelter, Medical and Dental Clinics, and Christmas Cheer.
The pageant itself is anyone 18 and over. Can be single or married. It’s $25 which is a donation made to Onslow Community Outreach.
Erin will also be able to assist you so sign up for the pageant if you are interested!
Check out Erin on Facebook:
We have some amazing women doing some amazing things in our community and we are proud to support them! We hope that you stop by and talk with all of these ladies and help us to support their hard work!
SHOPPING! SHOPPING! SHOPPING!
Everyone loves shopping! This event is called Sip & Shop for a reason! We have some wonderful businesses here for you guys! I am so excited to check all all that they have for us!
Please give a big HITC welcome to Sarah Sears with Scentsy. We are excited to have her join us with all of her Scentsy expertise and ideas.
Scentsy has some new products including this new "Fly Away Warmer" which is so cute! They also have some new scents which smell sooo good!
Take a peek at her website and don't forget to ask her about her favorite scents!
Check out her website: https://scentsbysarah.scentsy.us/
We are so excited to have Danielle Greene, Star Stylist with Stella&Dot, joining us again!
Stella&Dot sells jewelry, bags, and clothing! What more could you want! They have the cutest high quality items! I cannot wait to see what Danielle brings for us!
Check her out for all things: Fashion, Fabulous Jewelry, & Fun times Styling!
Judy Wooden a Premier Director with Neora will be here to share an Anti-aging and Wellness focused line of products with us.
Who doesn't want to?
Judy says "Today’s the day" Meet her in person Thursday night to find out all the details.
Here is how to reach Judy:
And finally.... we will have Angie Glinsky Photography there to capture all the fun!
We are pleased to welcome back our amazing photographer, Angie Glinsky! Angie is a Professional Photographer who specializes in family, children, and senior portraits in the Eastern NC area.
Her photos are just beautiful! Make sure you stop by and say hey to her tomorrow night!
Visit her pages below to see her amazing work!
Mark your calendars ladies because you aren't going to want to miss this! As you guys can see we have a fun night planned for you tomorrow!
We cannot wait to meet you ladies and enjoy a night of Sipping & Shopping!
Meet Rebecca Martin! She's an Independent Consultant for Rodan+Fields and is the perfect example of living proof of her product!
Question: Do you have a website?
Yes, https://becmartin.myrandf.com (to shop)
https://www.becmartin.myrandf.biz (to learn about business)
Q: What is your product/service? Who is your target audience?
A: Premium Skincare - anybody looking to boost their confidence by obtaining the best skin of their life. I’m also building a team of smart, savvy and fun female entrepreneurs who are looking to change their lives and the lives of others.
Q: What sets your product/service apart from your competitors?
A: Rodan + Fields is the #1 selling skincare brand in the US (for past three years) and is founded by world-renowned dermatologists. Clinically tested, our products are guaranteed to deliver results, or your money back.
Q: How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
A: 1 ½ years in business and I live in Sneads Ferry with my husband (retired from the USMC), two children and 2 dogs.
Q: Is there anything you would like potential customers and readers of our blog to know about you and your business?
A: I am extremely passionate about helping others - either with their skincare concerns or with getting them started towards building their own business with R+F. I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for young women (especially military spouses as they are able to work and grow this business from anywhere the military may take them!) who are looking for something beyond the traditional 9-5 job. The flexibility is perfect for busy women who are looking for a part-time job to earn extra income or those like myself who are doing this full-time. The friendships I’ve formed since joining this company are my very favorite part of what I do!
Q: Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
A: I attribute a lot of my success to the varied jobs I held throughout my husband’s military career. Military spouses who choose to work are faced with a unique set of challenges since they typically move so frequently that it becomes next to impossible to build any sort of career with upward mobility. My resume is a hodgepodge of jobs, none of them related, with a large gap of time when my children were young and I stayed at home with them. The really cool thing is that when I reflect back on that resume and each job I held over the years, I acquired different skills at each and every one of them that I am now able to utilize as I’m in business for myself. I didn’t always love the jobs, but each has proven invaluable when I look at the big picture.
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
A: happy, optimistic, joyful
Q: What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in Jacksonville?
A: 1. I love going to the movies with friends and family and enjoy both theaters equally. 2. Tony’s Pizza at the Jacksonville Mall has ALWAYS been a favorite! I love picking it up and bringing home for dinner when I’m running errands in Jacksonville. 3. Any time I get my hair done at Koi Salon, it’s a good day!
Q: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
A: Since I’ve never been happier than I am now that I am building my own business, I’m going to have to say that finding the courage to walk away from my corporate job in pursuit of something that feeds my soul is what I consider my greatest accomplishment so far. Understandably, many aren’t in a position financially to walk away from their 9-5 job, so I’d like to encourage them to start working on that thing…..be it a side hustle, a hobby, a charity, whatever it might be that feeds their soul and makes them happy. Who knows, it might eventually turn into something that they are able to pursue full-time in the future.
Q: What are your professional goals for the next six month?.
A: I want to increase the size of my team by at least 12 new teammates and mentor them to get a fast start in their businesses. It’s so much easier to stay motivated when you achieve some initial success. I’m experienced, passionate, and can’t wait to help others who are ready to rock their own businesses.
Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: Can I be a backup singer for Kenny Chesney, pretty please??
Q: Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
A: Find a mentor, schedule time with them, learn from them, don’t feel you have to recreate the wheel. If you find somebody successful at what you are attempting to do, learn as much from them as you possibly can. Don’t be discouraged when you hear the word, “no”. Read books, listen to podcasts, invest in developing yourself.
Happy, optimistic, and joyful are spot on for a description of Rebecca! She is such a go-getter and I am so glad she's joined us as a regular vendor. Thank you Rebecca for your time!
Until next time!
Hi friends! My name is Abby and I am a SeneGence Independent Distributor!
You may have heard of LipSense - well SeneGence is the company that founded LipSense, but we are SO much more than lips! We have a full line of makeup products (think tinted moisturizer and foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, eye liner, and everything in between!) plus an entire line of skincare and anti-aging products, haircare, and even perfume.
SeneGence has not only improved, but completely CHANGED, my life.
That’s because the products actually WORK. They do what they say they are going to do. They are long-lasting, smudge-proof, waterproof, budge-proof, and honestly life-proof. I can rest assured knowing that the fabulous face of makeup I put on at 6 AM is going to look just as good all day until I take it off at 9 PM. The products have improved my skin and hair so much in such a short amount of time. I feel more confident in my own, naked skin and bare face than I ever have in my entire life. I love being able to look gorgeous wearing a full face of makeup, but also feel beautiful not wearing a stitch of anything on my face. I have never found another brand that has made me feel this way.
Not to mention how this BUSINESS has changed my life! Before SeneGence, I worked full-time as a teacher in a job that I was not passionate about. I was working for a paycheck, wishing for the day I could quit, hoping one day I could be a stay-at-home mom without having to stress about our finances. Well, thanks to SeneGence, I am! I have resigned from teaching and I am able to work my business full time, from the comfort of my own home, on my own terms, deciding my own hours, making as much money as I want. SeneGence has been such a blessing in my life, for myself, for self-confidence, and for my family.
Through this business, I have decided to get outside of my comfort zone and do things I wouldn’t have normally done - like sign up for a vendor event! I found Housewives in the City and contacted Laurie right away. I had never done an event before, and I was incredibly nervous, but she made me feel so welcome from our first conversation! My first event with HITC was absolutely amazing! I had so much fun meeting and interacting with women I might have never met if it weren't for these events. I am so grateful I found HITC and I plan on being at every Eastern NC event I possibly can! They have set the standards high, so I might never be able to do an event with any other company again. ;)
Thank you Housewives in the City, Laurie, and Brittany, for hosting such incredible events! I am so glad I get to be a part of this community!
Hey ladies! Can you believe how quickly this year is flying by? It's already June 1st! I wanted to kick the month off by sharing what's to come for our Little Black Dress Summer Social! For starters, we'll be at Duck's Grille & Bar, Jacksonville's premier local restaurant, find us in the backroom!
Summer is quickly approaching, and so is your need for that quick & easy summer makeup routine (at least that's the case for me) Abby Trusnovecwith SeneGence will be joining us this upcoming month to help you with your skin, hair, AND makeup needs! Check out her website and join her Facebook group below to get a headstart on your needs!
Let's give a big welcome to Ashley Sutton and her featured business THRIVE! The THRIVE Experience is an 8-week premium lifestyle system, to help you experience peak physical and mental levels. 1-2-3 premium products taken every morning, that have changed millions of lives.. Learn all about this company June 20!
We've all been there, being crazy excited to attend a themed party/social but having no idea on what to wear to fit the theme. This was my exact dilemma when we decided on the Denim & Diamonds Ladies Night Out Soiree theme. Somehow I managed to leave my BeDazzler back in the 90's, what a surprise right? So I turned to my most trusted app when it comes to outfit ideas, Pinterest! Below are some of my favorite options to find some Denim & Diamond inspo!
No matter which outfit you choose to gain some inspiration from, you're bound to rock the look. Remember to have fun with it! See you Thursday - click HERE to check out the event page!
See you Wednesday! - Brittany
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! 🙌