A HUGE thank you to all who attended our October Girls Night Out event at Ellipsis Brewing! It was a smaller event than usual but we had tons of new faces and so much great conversation! A big thank you to the staff at Ellipsis Brewing for accommodating our party and providing us with wonderful beer on tap! Also thank you to Hottie Kababie for being out food truck for the evening and serving up delicious and fresh mediterranean food. Lastly, thank you to our representative of this month’s charity, The Diaper Bank of Central Florida. If you are looking to learn more about The Diaper Bank of Central Florida, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our October 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.
Right Angle Photography - Danny Woodard
Danny of Right Angle Photography joined us at our October GNO as our amazing professional photographer! Not only did Danny prove to be an amazing photographer with a keen sense of details, but he was a pleasure to have at our event! I don’t know about you, but he had me laughing much of the night.
Beauty Counter – Denise Meagher
Denise joined us as our Beauty Counter consultant! Beauty Counter is a safe skincare company that is working hard to disrupt the Beauty Industry by advocating for safer environmentally protective laws as well as providing a solution through high performing products. According to BC, the Personal Care Industry is practically completely unregulated and it's actually legal to include harmful ingredients, including known carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals and not disclose that information or hide it behind blanket terms like "Natural Fragrance". When Denise learned that less than 20% of consumers are aware of these practices, she knew she wanted to join the mission of spreading this education so that we can all be informed and armed with the knowledge to make better choices in the products we use. Their movement is centered around education first, products second followed by strong advocacy for more comprehensive legislation and regulation over the industry. She's is always excited to share this information with any and every one who will listen while also providing beautiful products because she supports their belief that it's not enough to talk about the problem unless you can also provide a solution! Be sure to check out Denise’s website and reach out to her to learn more!
Young Living - Lisa Stoddard
Facebook: 210 Essentials
Lisa Stoddard joined us as our Young Living Essential Oils vendor! Lisa is passionate about empowering people with the best essential oils on the planet to improve and maintain wellness! She believes that your wellness and your family's wellness matters! Let her teach you how to get the toxins out of your body and your home. She shared with us how Young Living’s essential oils and plant based essential oil infused products can be tools to a Chemical Free Lifestyle! Young Living is more than essential oils, they are a total wellness company! She also showed us how we can enhance our beer with her oils - the uses are endless! Be sure to visit her website and contact her today to learn how to live life fearless & free, and full of wellness, abundance and purpose!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla and Stella Tessler
Please contact them directly via Facebook: Stella and Connie
Due to circumstances beyond their control, Connie and Stella were unable to join us at our event. However, Melanie was there showcasing the wonderful products that 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 the main website www.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! If you are looking to reach out to Melanie, please contact me directly.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hunter Vision was also unable to join us as planned at our GNO. However, if you visit their website, you be able to find out 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. Be sure to contact them for a free consultation! (Tell them Orlando Housewives sent you!) Again, you can learn more about this highly rated Orlando Business by checking out their website and visiting their social media pages.
October is my favorite month and Halloween is one of my favorite “holidays.” I just love the costumes, the excitement, and getting spooked. I’ve been to my fair share of haunted houses and Halloween events over the years, including MNSSHP, HHN, and Hall-O-Scream and although I love going to these scary attractions, I generally don’t get scared –it’s just fun! Well, last week John and I visited SCREAM-A-GEDDON in Dade City, FL (just outside of Tampa; about 1.5 hour drive from Orlando), and I can tell you – I got scared!
SCREAM-A-GEDDON is in an area spooky all on its own, with lots of open land, one-way streets, and pure darkness once the sun sets. Featuring 5 houses that are included with your admission, and one paintball attraction that costs extra, it’s a fun time you won’t want to miss. John and I splurged for the VIP upgrade because we went on a Saturday and the lines were very, very long. After over an hour wait for 1 house, we decided it would be worth it – and it definitely was. We completed the other 4 houses in just one more hour because of the VIP passes.
By far our favorite and most scary house was the Rage 3D house. You have to wear 3D glasses when you enter this house, and we were honestly screaming multiple times while in this house – a first for me. Something different that SCREAM-A-GEDDON offers is the ability to interact within some of the houses. These houses give you a glow necklace if you plan to interact, and you become immersed in the frights. From being placed in jail in Blackpool Prison, to being taken to closed areas in the houses in Infected: Ground Zero, you are bound to be scared! We did not partake in the interactions, as I’m not really a fan of being touched by people I don’t know, but I could tell those that did decide to interact really enjoy the opportunity.
In the center of the attractions you’ll find food, beverages, and merchandise for sale. I purchased a shirt that says, “Witches Be Crazy” – LOVE IT! We didn’t dine, but I loved that they offered s’mores kits so that you could make s’mores over their fire pits!
I highly recommend SCREAM-A-GEDDON if you are truly looking for a good fright! Although not as big as HHN, I have to say it was definitely scarier and very imaginative. I do recommend upgrading to the VIP tickets if it’s a busy evening. Please also note, parking costs $10, which can be paid for with cash or card when you arrive or can be paid for online prior to arriving.
SCREAM-A-GEDDON runs nightly (opening at 7:30pm) until November 3rd. To learn more about tickets, hours, and the houses, please visit their website: www.SCREAMAGEDDON.com
Disclaimer: I was provided free admission to SCREAM-A-GEDDON in exchange for my review; as always, all opinions are my own.
Our October local charity spotlight is Diaper Bank of Central Florida. Founded in 2015 by Eryn Vargo, a local mom that wanted to give back. Operated 100% by Eryn and her family, they rely solely on community support to be able to provide diapers to their partners. The very small amount of cash donations that they receive goes towards purchasing diapers and wipes when needed and also towards operating costs. The Diaper Bank of Central Florida is run out of Eryn’s garage and has distributed over 77,000 diapers to those in need – not only in Central Florida, but also 3,000 for Texas (Hurricane Harvey), 3,900 for SW FL (Hurricane Irma), and over 11,000 for Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria)!
MISSION – THEIR “WHY”
To ensure every newborn, infant and toddler in our community is supplied with the most basic need-diapers.
There are no federal assistance programs that pay for or provide diapers-including WIC, Food Stamps and Medicare. Diapers are an unmet basic need for families. Daycare Centers require parents to provide disposable diapers. If a parent cannot afford diapers, he or she cannot leave their children in daycare, therefore the cycle of poverty continues because the parents cannot work or go to school. The need for diapers hits the most vulnerable in our community the hardest, especially when they cannot afford them. A clean change of diapers on a regular basis can cost up to $100/month (if not more)– for all stages of diaper needs.
Did you know, Nonprofits working with families and individuals consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need? It’s true!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Diaper Bank also needs community engagement to succeed; groups and individuals willing to run Diaper Drives and fundraisers to support their efforts and help them help babies across Orange County
HOST A DIAPER DRIVE
Looking for a unique way to give back to the community? Host a diaper drive at work, school, faith-based organization...anywhere! Email here to learn more.
Diapers that are donated to the Diaper Bank are split and distributed between their 3 partner agencies. There are some instances where they will direct donations directly to one of their partners.
WHAT THEY NEED
Any brand of diapers ,pull ups, or wipes, any size diapers or pull ups and even open packages of diapers are ok.
HOW TO DONATE
We will be collecting donations at our October 15thGirls Night Out event at Ellipsis Brewing. However, if you can’t make it, or want to continue donating, you can drop your donation off at the Central Christian Church, located at: 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32804, on Tues-Thurs from 8am-4pm in the church office.
DO YOU NEED THE ASSISTANCE OF DIAPER BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA?
Those in need of diapers are directed to make an appointment with one of their 3 partner agencies that is closest to the person in need. Diapers and wipes (if available) are given to those in need directly from their partner agencies.
Keep up-to-date on the happenings of Diaper Bank of Central Florida, by following them on Facebook!
For more information, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to register for your FREE ticket to our October 15th GNO here.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Welcomes Four African Penguin chicks and Celebrates baby Bornean Orangutan's 1st Birthday
This weekend, guests visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have the opportunity to join in the celebration of two endangered species thriving under the park’s care. The park has special plans for the first birthday of Malu, a Bornean orangutan, and the newest fall arrivals at the park: four fluffy African penguin chicks.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13: Just in time for African Penguin Awareness Day, the park welcomes four penguin chicks to the rookery. Park guests will have the FIRST opportunity to see the newest additions to the Busch Gardens penguin family this Saturday as a part of the park’s African Penguin Awareness Day celebration. The hatchlings will appear intermittently in the Animal Care Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 13, where guests can watch as the zoo team provides for the young birds. Ultimate penguin fans can also book a PENGUIN INSIDER TOUR for a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating warm-weather flock that calls Busch Gardens home.
This year’s babies are the largest group of penguin chicks that has ever hatched at Busch Gardens. At this stage in their development, the young chicks are expected to eat 60% of their body weight each day to ensure proper growth. Varying in age from two to four weeks old, the chicks are under 24 hour supervision with the animal care team at Busch Gardens.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14: It’s an ORANGUTAN BIRTHDAY! Guests can swing by the Jungala area of the park to wish young Malu, a Bornean orangutan, a happy first birthday during a 1:00p.m. celebration this Sunday. Malu was born on October 14, 2017 to first-time mom, Luna, weighing in at just over 8 pounds. His arrival was monumental for Busch Gardens, as orangutans typically only have one baby every 7-10 years. Today, he is a healthy and curious young ape, growing strong and learning alongside his mother each day.
As one of the largest zoos in the country, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s animal care team plays a vital role in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for a number of endangered species. The African penguin and the Bornean orangutan are both endangered in the wild, largely due to habitat loss caused by humans. Each baby animal at the park sparks new hope for their species as they bring awareness to the plight of their wild counterparts.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports research and conservation projects, including initiatives that directly benefit African penguins and Bornean orangutans. To learn more about these projects, guests can visit the fund’s website for additional information.
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!