As many of you know, this is my first year as a teacher. In my school system, we get an ENTIRE week for Thanksgiving break. Coming from an office background, the thought of getting an entire week off for a holiday was mind blowing - no needing to worry about seniority, requesting off, using PTO, having work to make up, etc. I was really excited to have the time off, but at the same time, majority of my friends still work in offices, so making plans wasn’t much of a possibility.
John and I decided to stay in town, as we usually do, so that we don’t have to deal with the terrible holiday traffic and so that we could relax. I wish I could tell you I did something amazing on this whole week off, but honestly, I used some of the time to go on appointments that I was putting off and then I ended up sick, so I pretty much binge watched Hallmark movies, napped, and cuddled my pups.
I am also taking two online classes right now and had homework to complete during the break. Yea...that didn’t happen until right before returning to work. I imagined a week of getting things done, accomplishing a lot, but in the end, I needed mindless heartfelt movies and many, many naps.
In a month I will be on my two week winter break and my guess is, it will be a lot of the same. Working with children is so rewarding but us teachers also need time to just let loose, relax, unwind, turn “off” and unplug. If you are a teacher, I hope that you too used your Thanksgiving break to unwind and that you will be using your much needed winter break to do the same.
If you are a teacher, comment to let me know what do you usually do on your breaks. Do you usually relax? Do you plan for the next quarter? Do you travel? I want to hear from you!
A HUGE thank you to all who attended our November Girls Night Out event at Ace Cafe Orlando! It was our very first Downtown Orlando event. A big thank you to the staff at Ace Cafe for accommodating our party and providing us with our own private floor, wait staff, and bartender- plus the hummus platter was wonderful! Lastly, thank you to our representative of this month’s charity, Orlando Dream Center. If you are looking to learn more about Orlando Dream Center, be sure to check out our blog post here.
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our November 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 November GNO as our amazing professional photographer! Not only did Danny once again prove to be an amazing photographer with a keen sense of details, but as usual he always knows how to keep us ladies laughing! Be sure to book your next photo session with him - he still has December 8th available for Christmas minis!!!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla
Connie joined us at our November GNO, 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 be sure to check out Connie’s website! You can also contact her directly to see what promotions she might be running and to place your order for a more personalized experience.
Ivory Teeth Whitening - Ashari Taylor
Ashari joined us and showed us her amazing teeth whitening system. Ashari performs cosmetic laser teeth whitening and also sells take-home whitening items. All whitening gels used are mineral and plant based as well as vegan friendly. She has a local studio in Orlando but can also perform in home services, should you prefer. Be sure to check out her website to learn more and to be able to reach out to her.
Senegence - Linda Walk
Facebook: Walk with Confidence in Beauty
Linda brought a variety of inventory, including the special holiday collection of LipSense to our event. 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!
The 45th Daytona Turkey Run welcomes fans of all ages to celebrate their love of classic cars. The largest combined car show and swap meet in the U.S. is a four-day show that kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day. At the Daytona Speedway, it runs through Sunday, November 25th.
Guests can look forward to:
The Daytona Turkey Run is open to the public and features more than 6,000 vintage, classic and custom, muscle cars, race cars and trucks on display and for sale, as well as a massive swap meet in which vendors sell and trade hard-to-find auto parts and accessories. There is also an Artisan Alley with fashion and art and a full midway of delicious food vendors. More than 150,000 attended the 44th Daytona Turkey Run.
The 45th Daytona Turkey Run is presented by White Diamond and is sponsored in part by Mecum Auctions and Spectrum. Admission is $15 Thursday through Saturday and $10 on Sunday with free parking. Children under 11 are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available at the Daytona Speedway all four days.
The Spring Turkey Run dates, March 22-24, 2019 were also just released.
Follow the Daytona Turkey Run on Social Media:
For more information about the Daytona Turkey Run, visit www.TurkeyRun.com
Want to win TWO tickets to the Daytona Turkey Run? Be sure to check out our Facebook page to enter the giveaway! Winner will be chosen November 19th at 10pm!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.
Our November local charity spotlight is Orlando Dream Center. The Orlando Dream Center Inc.’s mission is about rebuilding stories, one life at a time, by providing assistance to individuals and families, moving them towards self-sufficiency. At the Dream Center, they commit to loving the forsaken, remembering the forgotten, and pursuing the lost in our society. They want to make a difference in our community and our world, even if it means reaching one life at a time. They share faith, hope and love through holistic programs and education.
They believe that together, we can make it better for many. They are in phase one of the program by offering healthy food options to fight hunger and allow families stay in their homes. This program will help low income families, single parents, and working families who might not qualify for government subsidies such as food stamps or WIC. With donations, they can help build leadership and organize food drops in strategic areas in Central Florida.
Each of their groups and partners below are committed to meeting the physical, emotional, as well as spiritual needs of the families and individuals that they help.
Adopt A Block: Community Leadership Events
The Adopt A Block program is about revitalizing communities one block at a time. Their vision is to reach out to the community by offering free meals to families, educational programs for children, and work opportunities to parents.
They are rebuilding stories one life at a time. They are currently in phase one of the program, by offering healthy food options to fight hunger and allow families to stay in their homes. This program will help low income families, single parents, and working families who might not qualify for government subsidies, such as food stamps or WIC. With the help of generous donations, they can directly impact the lives of hundreds of people in the Orlando community and beyond.
Gentle Bottoms: Diaper Assistance
Diaper collection for children and adults for those in need.
Dream Kids: K - 12 After School Programs
Dream Kids is a new initiative for children ages 4 - 17 focusing on the importance of reading and writing by learning how to code. This initiative will develop Reading and Writing skills, problem solving and critical thinking by learning about computer programming, graphics arts, game design and mobile Apps development.
Manna for Life: Food Pantry
1045 Pine St, Orlando, Fl 32824
In 2017, Orlando Dream Center provided meals to hundreds of families in need, and in 2018 with Adopt A Block, they will reach thousands more!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
DONATE - MONETARY
With your generous contributions, you can directly impact the lives of hundreds of people in the Orlando community and beyond.
DONATE - GOODS
At our November 12th GNO, we will be helping collect donating goods that are needed by their food pantry, “Manna for Life.” We are hoping to help families be able to have a Thanksgiving to remember!
Items they need:
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!