A HUGE thank you to all who attended our September Girls Night Out event at Sugar Factory Orlando! It was great seeing so many of you again and meeting some newbies too! A big thank you to the staff at Sugar Factory for accommodating our party and making us some delicious drinks and food! Thank you to Taunya, our representative of this month’s charity, The Magic Yarn Project South Florida. If you are looking to learn more about The Magic Yarn Project South Florida, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our September Girls Night Out 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.
Michele DiMura Photography
Michele DiMura of Michele DiMura Photography joined us at our September GNO as our amazing professional photographer! I think it’s apparent from the quality of the photos from this event that Michele really has an eye for details and is fantastic at capturing the moment. Michele does a wide range of photography to include individual and family portraits, sporting events, prom, and other special events.
Contact her today to book your next photo session or to be your next event photographer!
Paparazzi – Christie Tincher
Facebook: BLING with Confidence
Christie introduced our guests to Paparazzi Jewelry, which offers beautiful $5 jewelry. All jewelry is lead and nickel free, and great quality- I’m truly obsessed! Be sure to check out her Facebook group to join her in her live shopping parties and join her monthly birthday drawings!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla and Stella Tessler
Please contact them directly via Facebook: Stella and Connie
Connie and Stella shared with us the amazing skincare products offered by R+F. These products were developed by the dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. The regimens offered by R+F help you address your skin concerns and overcome environmental aggressors to achieve visible, life-changing results. To learn more about the products R+F offer, first visit their websitewww.rodanandfields.com, then reach out to Connie and Stella to see what promotions they are running and place your order with them directly for a more personalized experience!
Hunter Vision joined us at our GNO and provided information on all that they offer. Hunter Vision believes in freedom of sight; 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.
Dream Catcher Entertainment – Photo Booth
Facebook: Dream Catcher Entertainment – Photo Booth
Dream Catcher Entertainment – Photo Booth provided our GNO with an amazing and fun photo booth experience! They brought their open booth with tons of fun props for all of our attendees to enjoy. Photos were then printed, and attendees were given the ability to email them too!
If you are looking for a photo booth or just something fun to bring to your next event, be sure to give them a call! They offer both enclosed and open booths and can customize your strips to have your event listed on them so that your attendees have a great memento! Check out their website and Facebook page, then email Noemi to book!
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski – Rhonda Fontenault
Website: Touchstone Crystal by Rhonda Fontenault
Rhonda joined us as our first ever Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski vendor. She showed us how we can add some “sparkle” into our day with all of her gorgeous pieces. I personally LOVED the starfish items! Be sure to visit her website if you missed getting something you really loved or if you want to see what else she can offer you!
Pirata Couture joined us to show off some of their fun and sexy lingerie and other items that they offer. Steeped in the lore of pirates, hidden treasure, mermaids, sailors and the blue waters of the seven seas, Pirata Couture is your source for sexy lingerie, swimwear, and affordable women's clothing. They specialize in making women feel beautiful in the bedroom and on the water. Book your next adventure with Pirata Couture. Pirata is Latin for pirate! They believe Pirates are a symbol of freedom, adventure, romance, and living life on your own terms.
Just down the road from Walt Disney World you will find a fun dinner experience that is from out of this century!
If you are local, or maybe have been visiting just for the theme parks, you may have wondered about that castle off 192 in Kissimmee. That castle is home to a fun dinner show experience like you may have never experienced. You will be transported back to the medieval times and will be greeted by a Queen, Knights, and beautiful horses. The show includes dinner and non-alcoholic drinks (lemonade or Pepsi) as well as coffee with dessert. Now remember, this is the medieval times, so you won’t find any silverware to eat your food – you heard right, you’ll be eating with your hands! Delicious tomato soup, garlic bread, half a chicken, corn on the cob, and potato; plus, a pastry for dessert (ours was lemon pound cake).
If you had been to the show in the past, it recently changed to add the Queen. I loved the spin on the show and the empowerment it brought to women.
What is really fun about this show over some other dinner shows, is the fact that you have Knight to cheer for, so it almost feels like you are at a sporting event. I bought one of the flags for my Knight (yellow and red) and cheered him on anytime he was completing.
I took my sister with me to the show and we had a great time – I definitely recommend for something different to do in Orlando.
Disclaimer: I was provided free admission in exchange for my review. As always, all thoughts and comments are my own.
This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so we have decided to partner again with The Magic Yarn Project of South Florida for our September Girls Night Out Networking Social.
About The Magic Yarn Project
Two moms started a project to make a few dozen princess yarn wigs for young girls battling cancer. Chemotherapy treatments leave young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs, but yarn-wigs are comfy, soft, and warm. Magic yarn wigs are inspired by beloved Disney characters, and invite children back to the world of play and daydreaming. They are a beacon of fun, laughter, and play during a scary time. The demand for magic wigs grows daily!
The Magic Yarn Project of SF was our charity spotlight in April and you can learn more about all the amazing things they do for children with cancer, here!
Childhood Cancer Facts
Every 3 minutes another family is given the news that their child has cancer.
(from American Childhood Cancer Organization)
I implore you to research further and learn more about the heartbreaking statistics of Childhood Cancer and see how you can get involved! In the meantime, we will be collecting donated items at our Girls Night Out Networking Social at Sugar Factory Orlando on September 20th to assist with The Magic Yarn Project’s mission of providing fun and comfortable wigs for kids going through the horrors of cancer.
Most needed items:
Be sure to register for your FREE ticket to attend our networking social at Sugar Factory, here!
Seaworld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Help Visitors Displaced by Hurricane Florence with BOGO Ticket Offer
Special offer created for residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to find respite during the storm
As Hurricane Florence continues to impact the eastern seaboard, many residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have evacuated to surrounding states to get away from the storm’s path. With so many families displaced by the storm, Floridians have opened their doors to those in need.
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are offering a respite for storm weary North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia residents: a buy one, get one single day ticket offer, available for purchase and use Friday, September 14 through Friday, September 21, 2018.
“Floridians understand the uncertainty and anxiety that comes with severe storms, so we sympathize with our northern neighbors during this time. We’re pleased to offer a way for displaced families to make the best of a tough situation and spend a day together,” said John Reilly, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
From exciting ride experiences like MAKO and Cobra’s Curse to some of the coolest shows in town like Busch Garden’s ice show,Turn It Up or Dolphin Days at SeaWorld Orlando, the parks have something for every family.
The single-day ticket offer is valid for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia residents only, and must be purchased and redeemed between Friday, September 14 and Friday, September 21, 2018. Full price adult single-day ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 and second single-day ticket to SeaWorld Orlando is free. Full price adult single-day ticket at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is $104.99 and second single-day ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is free.
The offer is only available in park at the ticket window. Complete details are available at SeaWorldOrlando.com, BuschGardensTampaBay.com.
*Tickets are valid for one single-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by September 21, 2018. Valid during regularly scheduled operating hours. Ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets may not be copied, transferred or resold. Ticket holder must show matching valid photo ID. Ticket void if altered. Offer subject to change without notice. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Parking, taxes, and service fees are not included in the advertised price. Ticket offer available for NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND VIRGINIA RESIDENTS ONLY. Limited time offer expires: 9/21/2018
Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld Orlando this fall on September 22. Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea. For this special event, children can dress in their Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park.
The daytime Halloween fun takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 22 through October 28, 2018and is included with park admission. Event hours are 11 a.m. to park close.
Halloween Spooktacular Highlights Include:
Upgrades to Your Spooktacular Day at Seaworld
Best Way to Play:
For Spooktacular event days on Saturdays and Sundays through October 28, children between the ages of 3 and 9 will receive a free ticket when a full-paid adult single-day ticket is purchased.
Just Around the Corner:
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets and passes, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook, Instagram and the SeaWorld Orlando Blog for the latest park updates and information.
If you’ve been following Orlando Housewives since our launch in January, you probably have a good idea of what “Orlando Housewives in the City” is all about; but for all of our newbies and maybe even those not so new, I hope that this post gives a better understanding of what Orlando HITC is all about.
Housewives in the City (housewivesinthecity.com) is a National Organization that got its start in Northern Virginia (think DC area). Our founder, Andrea Khoury, was a sorority sister of mine at George Mason University, and I had been following all of the fun events and opportunities that she had been bringing to the NOVA area. Although I wanted to bring Orlando HITC to the Central Florida sooner, the time was just not right for me personally. I continued to watch as Housewives in the City grew all over the USA, in cities both near and far. Finally, I decided it was time we had a HITC here in Central Florida!
So, what is Housewives in the City?
It’s an organization that offers networking, friendships, a way to learn about local businesses, a support network, and so much more! In all of our cities, we have a monthly Girls Night Out networking social that are free and open to all women in our city. There is no membership nor is there a requirement to be a housewife, wife, mom, or entrepreneur. So if you live in Central Florida, come join us and meet some other local ladies! We usually have some vendors, happy hour specials, raffles, and swag bags at all our events – so they are definitely not to be missed!
Is it just networking socials?
No! We are more than that. We of course have this blog, but here in Orlando we also periodically run specials, promotions, and giveaways on our social media pages. We also keep you up-to-date on shows, events, restaurants, and more! Orlando Housewives is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you are looking for an extra place to network, join our private Facebook group, where you can post about your business and make connections!
But what do you get out of this?
I get this question A LOT at our Girls Night Out events. Like most in Orlando, I am a transplant, originally from VA. I found it was hard to meet other women in the area unless it was through work or networking events specific to my line of work. I wanted a way to meet women of all ages and backgrounds, while also trying new places and helping support local businesses. I have to say, since launching in January, this has been one of the best ventures I have taken part in. I have learned about so many new and fun things to do in Central Florida and I’ve also met so many wonderful ladies through our GNOs! I’ve learned about many of our local grass-root charities and have been able to bring them to your attention via our blog and GNOs. Plus, this has been a great way to utilize my passion for planning!
Now you know!
So now that you know more about Orlando Housewives, I hope that you will join us for our upcoming events, whether as an attendee, a vendor, or who knows - maybe a venue! Oh, and be sure to say hello to me at our GNOs, I LOVE hearing from all of you lovely ladies!
Shop, sample and share the fun at Orlando’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love! Learn more about which businesses will be at the show, here!
Special Guest – Savannah Chrisley!
See Savannah at 1pm on the Fashion and Entertainment Stage on Saturday, October 27to get the scoop on filming Chrisley Knows Best, growing up under the watchful eye of her father, and putting her career before love. Meet & Greet Package $35; more info here.
Take the time to take care of yourself. Come to the show and learn from health professionals. Get a health screening, check your vision, find healthy supplements and weight loss solutions, get vein help and meet doctors and healthcare professionals from the Orlando area!
Friday Night is Girls’ Night Out!
Join us Friday, October 26 from 5-7pm for a special Girls' Night Out. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a glass of wine, fabulous shopping, and the firefighter fashion show all under one roof! Admission is just $5 after 5pm with coupon. Happy hour doesn't get any happier than this! Click herefor more information.
Handsome Heroes Heat Up the Stage
They’re back and hotter than ever! Make it a Girls Night and join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm to see the Central Florida Firefighters strut their stuff on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage. All donations go to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help children with cancer.
Saturday is Mother Daughter Day
So much fun to be had with your daughter, no matter the age!
Mother Daughter Day is an extra special day at the Southern Women’s Show. Join us and the Florida Dairy Farmers on Saturday, October 27for a day filled with special stage performances, giveaways and activities all geared towards mothers and daughters of all ages.
Be our guests at a magical performance with your treasured princesses, provided by Golden Tiara Princess Parties! The enchanted sing-a-long and dance will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 12:00pm on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage. Bring your little princesses and sing-a-long with your favorite fairytale friends. Don't forget your cameras for an opportunity to meet and pose for pictures with the princesses following their performance. You can also stop by their exhibit space #1141 to meet your beloved characters throughout all four days of the show.
To help us celebrate Mother Daughter Day at the Southern Women’s Show, The Home Depot is bringing their free Kids Workshop to the Southern Women’s Show on Saturday. Bring your kids out for some hands-on, free family fun! Every participant in the Kids Workshop will get to build a project, and they’ll also receive an orange apron when they complete the project!
Sunday is Teacher Appreciation Day!
We are celebrating women in education on Sunday, October 28 as we salute teachers and school staff for everything you contribute to our community. We’re offering free admission to teachers from pre-school to 12th grade on Sunday! School staff member or student teacher in training? You get free admission, too. Just show your school ID in the Show Office to receive your complimentary ticket. Grab a friend, bring your school ID, and enjoy a special day of fun on us. We’re grateful for all that you do!
The first 100 teachers to arrive that show their IDs will receive a reusable shopping bag and will receive a complimentary bundtini courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Adults: $12.00 At the Door
Advance Tickets Online: $10.00
Groups: (10 or More, Advance Only): $8.00
Youth: $6.00 (ages 6-12)
Children Under 6 Free With Paying Adult
Seniors: (55+) $10.00 At the Door
Four-Day Pass: $20.00 Click Here to purchase your Pass.
NEW VIP Shopper: $40.00 Click Here to purchase your Pass.
Location: The Southern Women’s Show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center North Concourse, Hall B.
Parking: The Orange County Convention Center charges a parking fee of $10 per car.
Purchase your advance discount ticket at your local Walgreens store for $8.00
Re-admission: Tickets for 2nd day admission can be purchased for $5.00 during your initial visit (with your ticket stub) at the show entrance
Chevrolet & Little Black Dress Wines
Be sure to join Orlando Housewives in the City at our September 20th Girls Night Out Networking Social at Sugar Factory as we’ll be giving away two tickets to the Southern Women’s Show in all 50 swag bags! Be sure to watch our Facebook page too, as we just might have some giveaways as well!
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!