A HUGE thank you to all who attended our December Girls Night Out event at Wahlburgers Waterford Lakes! This was a repeat venue and just like before, so much fun! A big thank you to the staff at Wahlburgers for accommodating our party and providing us with our own space, free appetizers, and great drink specials!
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses that helped make our December 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 December 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 in 2019!
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.
Facebook: Lizard Thicket Boutique Orlando
Lizard Thicket prides itself in selling the latest, most fashion-forward styles and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices. Their stylish clientele can wear their threads with the confidence that their wardrobe is as unique as they are. They carry a limited quantity of each piece, and with fabulous new merchandise arriving almost daily, their selection is constantly changing. Have fun with fashion- they do! Be sure to stop by their store located in Waterford Lakes to see all the have to offer!
Amazing Explorers Academy
Waterford Lakes: www.aexplorers.com/waterfordlakes
Vista Lakes: www.aexplorers.com/vistalakes
Waterford Lakes: www.facebook.com/amazingexplorerswaterfordlakes
Vista Lakes: www.facebook.com/AmazingExplorersVistaLakes
The Amazing Explorers Academy competes in the early childhood education market by offering a leading-edge STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) based education program. Their centers offer unique and creative environments to introduce 21st Century thinking skills for young learners through inquiry, investigation and collaboration. Enrollment has begun for their two newest locations, set to open in early Spring 2019, in the Waterford Lakes and Vista Lakes areas. Interested? Don't wait, call 407-744-3112 to learn more today or to schedule a tour!
Young Living - Lisa Stoddard & Jody Wheeler
Facebook: 210 Essentials
Unfortunately Lisa was unable to join us so her partner Jody Wheeler did as our Young Living Essential Oils vendor! Both Jody and Lisa are passionate about empowering people with the best essential oils on the planet to improve and maintain wellness! They believe that your wellness and your family's wellness matters! Let them teach you how to get the toxins out of your body and your home. Jody 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! Be sure to visit their website and contact them today to learn how to live life fearless & free, and full of wellness, abundance and purpose!
Paparazzi - Alexandra Gustafson (aka “Spartan Paparazzi Strong”)
Facebook: Spartan Paparazzi Strong
Alex Gustafson, joined us at Wahlburgers as our Paparazzi consultant! She sells $5 (plus tax) jewelry that are lead and nickel free! She offers necklaces that always come with matching earrings, rings, bracelets, wrap bracelets, earrings, zi collection pieces that are $25 and many more!
For her small business, she does it differently than other consultants! She donates some of my commission to great causes. In the month of October, she donated $500 of her commission to American Cancer Society to help with research and treatment for those affected by Breast Cancer. In November, she made care packages for our veterans and our homeless population in Orange County! In December, she sponsored 10 children in foster care to give them a fun Christmas and some hope that there are many people in the world who care about them. Be sure to check out her website/Facebook page to sign up for her monthly newsletter and sales as well as to see what beautiful $5 pieces she’s offering!
Rodan + Fields – Concetta DeTolla
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Connie was unable to join us at our December GNO. However, you can still visit her website to learn more about 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. You can also contact her directly to see what promotions she might be running and to place your order for a more personalized experience.
Lastly, a big thank you to Enchanted Etc. for the donation of the BB-8 ears - our winner was very excited! Want your own custom made floral ears?
Visit the Enchanted Etc. etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/enchantedetc
The Florida State Fair, Always in Tampa, Always in February
February 7-18, 2019!
This 12-day Florida State Fair attracts up to 500,000 guests. Each year, Florida residents create exhibits to show off their skills in agriculture, horticulture, crafts and more. Over ninety years later, bragging rights are still won for the prized bull, best pie and the most beautiful quilt. Midway rides provide our visitors with grand adventure. As the first State Fair of the year, they’re the first to showcase the latest and greatest in Fair foods such as the Pizza Cone, Redneck Burger, Bacon Ice Cream, and more! It’s affordable family fun at its best. Nobody does it better than the Florida State Fair!
At the Florida State Fair you can see acrobats, tractor pulls, live bands, a Giraffic Exotic Menagerie Petting Zoo, racing pigs, Budweiser Clydesdales, dog stunt show, and so much more!
To learn more about the entertainment lineup, click here.
There will be many exhibits to see at the Florida State Fair too; from livestock to the power of steam, there is something for everyone! To learn more about the exhibits, click here.
More information will be provided on our blog and Facebook page soon regarding the fair, until then, you can check out the current deals on tickets and purchase your tickets and armbands today by visiting here. Please note, admission tickets are required for entrance. Armband vouchers can be redeemed for an armband after entering the fairgrounds. Armbands are not accepted on certain specialty or thrill rides.
Keep up with the latest on the Florida State Fair by visiting their website and social media pages:
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for a giveaway coming soon!
Some of you may know, but before becoming the Director of Orlando Housewives, my dog Sophie had been diagnosed with cancer. Many people probably thought I was crazy, but we opted for chemotherapy to try to give Sophie a longer life. I’m thankful everyday that I had gotten insurance for her, because otherwise I’m not sure it would have been possible.
A little background: Sophie became my furchild in 2007 when she was only 5 weeks old. I brought her home the summer before junior year of college (my first year living off campus). She’s been with me all of these years, moving from home to home, different parts of Virginia and different states, being the one constant in my life for 11.5 years.
Diagnosed in September 2017, Sophie went through chemo until March 2018. During this time, I decided to take a job that allowed me to be flexible with my schedule so that I could be able to give her the treatment she needed and be there if she didn’t tolerate it well. Financially, times were tough, but in the end, Sophie went into immediate remission and stayed there until now, December 2018 (over a year later).
Right before Thanksgiving I started to notice something seemed “off” about Sophie. Luckily she had a follow-up appointment due to her remission, so I was able to have them take a look at her. It was first assumed that she maybe just had some allergies, but after having a week off with her (Thanksgiving break), I knew something was very wrong. She began making weird sounds when breathing and eventually got to a point where she could no longer sleep because she could no longer breathe. After multiple doctors appointments, while also working full-time and dealing with online classes and life, we learned Sophie had a mass/tumor completely blocking her nasal passages and it was too dangerous to remove. I was devastated. Other than not being able to breathe, she was acting her normal happy self and I still was not and am not ready to let my little pup go.
Sophie spent a weekend at the doctor’s office, under supervision and going through a special chemo in case her lymphoma had returned as well as starting steroids to help with inflammation. By Monday, Sophie had returned home, able to breathe through her nose again, and finally able to sleep! She’s been playful, happy, and loving in her usual way. We did learn later in the week the results of the biopsies and her cancer has most likely returned. It was so hard to yet again have to make a decision, but we opted again for chemo and she began immediately.
Most people probably think I am crazy for yet again deciding to put her through treatment, but she is part of my family, how can I not try to save her life and give her more time? When deciding, I questioned if I was just doing it for myself, but how can I decide to let her go so soon when she is still so mentally there and so happy? If she was showing pain and suffering, the decision would have been a no-brainer, but I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t try to help her.
Obviously I am no longer working a flexible part-time job, so the juggling is going to be real. I feel like until today, I haven’t even fully let myself digest all that went on, is going on, and what will be happening, including how crazy life is going to get these next few months.
I wanted to put this out there for anyone that might be going through something similar with their furchild, or perhaps might in the future. Know that I understand what a big part your pet is in your life and how much you would do for them. If you have to make the hard decision, know whatever decision you make is the right one. It’s ok to feel like your world is falling apart. It’s ok to feel like giving up. They are more than just a pet, they are your family.
To all those reading this, thank you for bearing with me during this hard time that is sure going to turn my life upside down and make me a little less available. I hope to still bring everyone great events and fun content, just know I am trying my best.
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!