A HUGE thank you to all who attended our August Little Black Dress Girls Night Out Networking Social at Barley & Hops Windermere Tavern! The staff was so great to us, had amazing specials on drinks and appetizers, plus created a speciality drink just for our event! If you loved those specials, be sure to check them out other nights of the week for things like Ladies Night, Karaoke night, Sunday brunch, and more! Also, a big thank you to our representative of this month’s charity, Simply Amazing. If you are looking to learn more about Simply Amazing, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our August event even more fun; including their information to connect. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your future shopping and event needs.
Nazemi Photography is based out of Orlando, Florida area and is here to serve you with your photography needs. Moe specializes in weddings, events, product photography, and real estate photography. As one can see from the amazing event photos, Moe is very talented and will capture your special moment beautifully!
Be sure to contact him today for your photography needs!
EdwardJones Investments - Broc Rosser
Office: 6735 Conroy Rd Ste 326, Orlando, FL 32835
Phone: (407) 412-6476
What are you passionate about? What is important to you? I bet you might say family, my career, leaving a legacy, having enough to live comfortably and not running out of money.
That is where Broc's passion comes into the picture. He loves helping people. He loves educating people. The more you know, then the better consumer you are.
His priority is to always be a caring, thoughtful and responsive financial advisor.
If one of the following words frightens you or confuses you, He can help!
1. Retirement planning
2. Investing (Determining what you are trying to accomplish is the foundation before you all decide how you should invest.)
3. Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) (Do you fully understand the differences of each and how each plays a part in a portfolio?)
4. Annuities (What do they do and why are they so different?)
5. Life Insurance (What is the right type for me?)
6. IRA (Traditional or ROTH), 401(K), 403(b), SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA
7. College/Education Savings
To learn more, be sure to contact Broc!
Luminess Beauty - Abbey Clark & Carmen Prieto
Luminess Beauty is the industry leader in airbrush makeup while also offering conventional makeup, and a skincare line! Abbey and Carmen showed off all that Luminess offers how to get that flawless look every single day. To learn more, be sure to visit Abbey’s site!
HempWorx CBD - Wendy Scheib
Wendy joined us as our GNO to show us all that Hempworx offers. HempWorx products are made from industrial hemp plants grown on Kentucky farms. Cannabidiol (CBD), a constituent that naturally occurs in industrial Hemp, is just one of over 85 cannabinoids that is identified in the cannabis plant. Our oil is CO2 extracted resulting in a solvent free, pure extract. CBD is the way to get all the medicinal benefits of marjuana, legally, and without the high. To learn more about these amazing products and what they can do for you, be sure to visit Wendy’s website!
Ruby Ribbon - Susan Jones
Phone: (636) 248-2444
Susan joined us at Barley and Hops to show us how one cami could change our lives! She showed us that it is time to ditch the bra. Ruby Ribbon offers camis for every body, every size, every day. To learn more about this amazing product that is making women say GOODBYE to their bra, be sure to visit Susan’s website!
Premier Designs Jewelry - Meredith Wiggins
Meredith Wiggins, a stylist with Premier Designs joined us as our jewelry vendor. She had Limited Edition jewelry available for purchase and offered amazing prices! Meredith specializes in helping women style their existing wardrobe with Premier’s High Fashion Affordable jewelry. She loves to help every woman SPARKLE!!
To learn more about Premier Designs Jewelry, visit Meredith’s website!
Senegence - Linda Walk
Facebook: Walk with Confidence in Beauty
Unfortunately, Linda was unable to join us at our GNO. However, Linda can help you with all of you Senegence needs, including LipSense. LipSense is the super popular long-lasting (4-18 hours!) liquid lip color that is formulated to molecularly bond to your lips. LipSense is Waterproof, 💋Kiss-proof, 👶🏻Kid-proof, 🌿Vegan and🙈 Cruelty-free. It’s also the official lipstick of Broadway!
In addition to LipSense, SeneGence offers many other long-lasting products, such as eye shadow, foundation, blush, mascara, etc. as well as an amazing skin care line! To see all that Linda and SeneGence have to offer, be sure to check out her Facebook page and website!
Unfortunately, Hunter vision was unable to join us at our GNO. Hunter Vision believes in freedom of sign; they offer the latest vision correction procedures, including LASIK, ICL, RLE, and refractive cataract surgery. If you didn’t have a chance to stop by their table, be sure to contact them for a free consultation (Tell them Orlando Housewives sent you!) You can also learn more about this highly rated Orlando Business by checking out their website and visiting their social media pages.
Our August local charity spotlight is Simply Amazing. Simply Amazing Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 and is inspired by the positive creative energy of Emily Smith. The mission of Simply Amazing (SA) is to provide art and craft supplies that inspire creativity and empower deserving children.
Simply Amazing gives the gift of a Simply Amazing Creative Box (“SACB”) to children who live in temporary housing or foster care, or participate in youth at-risk programs. Each SACB is for a child’s personal use and includes art and creative supplies that are safe and easy to use, along with information and guided activities to stimulate creativity and imagination.
There are countless programs that serve at-risk youth in Central Florida. Although homelessness in Florida has decreased in the past 10 years, Florida still ranks 5th in the nation for homeless families. Central Florida has at least 6 homeless shelters for families with children. The Coalition for the Homeless, located in downtown Orlando, serves about 140 children, with their families, each night. The average age of a child at the Coalition is just 7 years old. One foster care program in the area is The Children’s Home Society of Orlando and they serve approximately 6,000 children in their counseling and foster care programs. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida sees more than 15,000 children walk through their doors for their daily programs.
Children who are thrust into unfamiliar living arrangements or stressful home life situations are powerless to change their circumstances. The Coalition for the Homeless reports that, “homeless children often struggle with self-esteem issues, as many have been exposed to tragedy and abuse, and they desperately need opportunities to express themselves in a positive way”. Established entities such as religious outreach programs, community centers, homeless shelters, food banks, government programs, as well as other philanthropic organizations, all provide some aspect of youth development and basic needs, however, to our knowledge, there currently are no charitable organizations specifically focused on enriching the lives of at-risk youth through the distribution of personal art and creative supplies.
Researchers have found that art for kids promotes confidence, creativity, problem solving skills, patience and determination. Therapists feel that art is valuable for children as it helps them process and deal with scary emotions in a safe way. (1) Simply Amazing will supply the creative tools, instructions, and encouragement for these children to artistically express themselves and provide a respite from their current situations.
Simply Amazing is distinctive in the marketplace by putting the art and creative resources directly in the hands of children, not to share, but to have something they can call ‘my own’, Simply Amazing Creative Box.
Their 2019 goal is to distribute 1,000 Simply Amazing Creative Boxes to Central Florida nonprofits that serve children who live in temporary housing or foster care, or participate in youth at-risk programs. As of June 15, 2019, we will have distributed 905 SACB. Our recipients are Foundation for Foster Children, Children’s Home Society, The Faine House, Orlando Children’s Church, Orlando Day Nursery, Small Steps for Compassion, and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida.
Organize a Supply Drive
Support the simply amazing cause by having your business or school conduct a simply amazing supply drive. collect new or gently used art and craft supplies and a simply amazing ambassador will arrange for pick-up.
Host a box packing party
Party for a cause - host a simply amazing box packing party with friends and family at your home, school, or office. a simply amazing ambassador will deliver all the box contents, lead the packing activity, and take away the finished boxes.
Become an Ambassador
Volunteer to pick-up supply drive donations or lead a box packing party. Spread the word about simply amazing. -share and like our Facebook and Instagram pages and talk about them to your friends and family.
We will be collecting donations at our August 21st Girls Night Out Networking Social. Here are a list of items that are needed:
Today I had the honor of attending a cast member preview event of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the guest of a cast member.
I’ve been looking forward to this new land since the announcement years ago, just like the other lands before it (Pandora and Toy Story), but I was really unsure what to expect. I mean, how the HECK were they going to pull this off and make it amazing enough to make back all the money they were investing and then some? When I found out that I would be going to the preview, it was hard to contain my excitement and post it all over the internet. I know this was allowed, but I wanted to keep it a little bit of a special secret.
Anyway, let’s get to what you all came here for. Today we got to explore the new land from 11am-3pm and ride the Millenium Falcon. After passing very high security checkpoints, we entered Galaxy’s Edge and it immediately felt like we left Hollywood Studios and had entered a new park. Everything was huge and so well thought out and done, down to the prints in the ground from droids and other creatures of Batuu, and the outfits all the cast members were wearing. (Oh and they even tell you how much something is in “credits”!) Unfortunately the ride, “Rise of the Resistance” does not open until December, so I have nothing to share on that. But I was able to get some great photos before heading towards the marketplace.
The marketplace area was seriously so awesome. I just loved all the detail the Imagineers put into it. There are lots of little shops as well as little snack areas here. If you head all the way towards the back and walk out, you will find yourself near the Docking Bay 7 quick serve, the lightsaber store, and the “Millenium Falcon” ride (just to name a few things).
The Millenium Falcon was really cool. Before the ride you can snap some photos and look around, which is really nice too. I got to be one of the pilots, which was not easy! It was pretty awesome getting to sit in the famous seat you see in all the movies.
For lunch we tried the Docking Bay 7 and let me tell you - YUM! We went all out and tried a bunch of goodies (menu provided for your viewing pleasure).
For entrees we got the Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad and the Felucian Garden Spread. We ordered both desserts, and then tried the Moof Juice and the alcoholic beverage (don’t remember the name and it isn’t listed on this menu). Honestly, it was all delish! However, of the 2 desserts, I say go with the chocolate one (Batuu-Bon).
After lunch we explored the lightsaber shop, the droid shop, and more. The lightsaber shop was so cool and I so badly wanted to leave with a Rey lightsaber...maybe in the future. We then tried some blue milk and green milk. Both drinks are dairy-free, made with coconut and rice milks. You can get alcohol added to them, but we decided not to as it was so hot out. We had heard these drinks weren’t very good from those that have been to the park in Disneyland, but we wanted to make our own opinions. The truth? Not very good. The blue one is more berry flavor and the green is more citrus, but they both don’t have a lot of flavor and they both just aren’t very tasty. They aren’t that creamy (as someone asked us) and we didn’t finish either. I think the recipe could be tweaked, but in order to serve many people, I just don’t think it will be. However, if they are trying to have the success of Butterbeer at Universal, they really should change the recipe as this seems to be a popular consensus.
After a little more looking around and photo taking, we finally left right as our time there was ending. Leaving the land was like a shock because it honestly felt like we were somewhere so hidden and different, it did not feel like we were within Hollywood Studios.
So my thoughts? I LOVED this new land, Disney did an AMAZING job with it, and I cannot wait to return - although it probably won’t be for a long time =( This land is bound to be very busy for a very long time.
Star Wars: Galaxy Edge opens to the public August 29, 2019.
Serving #ThrillsOnTap Each Weekend Starting August 17 through September 8 including Labor Day
Just in time for International Beer Day, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces the return of Bier Fest, featuring over 40 local and international breweries, 40 NEW brews to try, NEW pub-inspired fare, and live entertainment.
Although International Beer Day is celebrated globally on the first Friday of August, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has been pouring out the fun all year with complimentary beer samples as a part of the park’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Samples will continue to pour out at Garden Gate Café in the heart of the festival footpath throughout Bier Fest, each weekend from August 17 through September 8, including Labor Day. Beer connoisseurs can create the perfect pairing with delicious pub food favorites and enjoy live music from local acts.
From Florida’s finest craft brews to interesting international delights, park guests can enjoy local favorites and explore new flavors throughout the festival plaza. New to the festival this year, guests can toast to the end of summer with seasonal flavors like pumpkin and fruity ciders, including gluten-free options.
Bier Fest highlights more than 20 Florida based breweries and over a dozen Tampa Bay favorites, including:
All-new culinary creations include tacos, melts, sliders and other hand-held bites:
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The best way to enjoy the flavors of the festival is with the purchase of a Bier Fest Sampler Lanyard, starting at only $29.99. Samplers allow a choice of any five or ten food or beverage samples throughout the festival.
Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 12-items for the same price as a 10-item Sampler – or two extra samples for FREE!
Bier Fest is included with park admission, including year-round admission with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Annual Pass or Fun Card. For a limited time, guests who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card for $99.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE, including unlimited admission through the end of the 2019 season. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.
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Disclaimer: This information was sent to me via press release. I am a Busch Gardens Blogger Brand Partner and in exchange for my postings and reviews I receive sneak peaks into special events, including this one. However, as always, all opinions and comments are my own.
I'm Abby, wifey, mama x4, content creator & podcast junkie. Living in Orlando is a dream come true. I'm stoked to connect with you through the blog, social platforms & monthly girls night out events!