If you're a foodie in the King of Prussia area, you won't want to miss out on their dineKOP restaurant week, to take place March 6-12, 2017.
This year, diners are in for the biggest and best year the restaurant week has seen with 20+ participating restaurants and eateries who will be providing affordable prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Lunch menus are priced at: $10, $15 or $20. Dinner menus are priced at: $20, $30 or $40.
A portion of the proceeds from participating restaurants will be donated to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) King of Prussia Specialty Care & Surgery Center. Since 2015, dineKOP has raised $23,500 for the Center. In addition, CHOP Ambassador families will be invited to dine with participating restaurants and will enjoy a special restaurant experience.
In addition to some old favorites, plenty of the new King of Prussia Town Center restaurants will be participating, including Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, where we hosted our January Girls Night Out event!
All participating restaurants and menus can be viewed here.
Psychology professor Joanne Davila, PhD and co-author Kaycee Lashman have authored a new book for women: The Thinking Girl's Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups, and Love.
I'm a big advocate of knowing who YOU are before committing to a relationship with someone else and this book provides an in-depth exploration into the dynamics of relationships while also showcasing to its readers practical skills to be happier in your romantic partnership.
Whether you're looking to start a new relationship on an emotionally healthier platform or would like to make positive changes in a current relationship, you'll get something out of this read.
The Thinking Girl's Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups and Love can be found at your local independent bookstore, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.
On January 25, Philadelphia Housewives attended the VIP Launch Party at the first Clarins US retail location, which is housed in the new Connector of the King of Prussia Mall. An 1800 square foot location holds the coveted skincare, makeup, body, sun, and men's products.
Additionally, the new Clarins store has incorporated an "Open Spa" in it's center, which features result-oriented facials tailored with personalized skin consultations. The facials merge Clarins spa techniques and are just 30 minutes long - perfect for us busy ladies who still want a trusted skincare regimen.
With a glass of bubbly, I strolled the shop and mingled with Brand Ambassadors, management and France-trained estheticians whose excitement was palpable. Why? You can tell how strongly the Clarins staff believes in the brand and how excited they are to represent it here in the Philadelphia suburbs. I can't wait to come in to get my 30 minute facial, and to try out some of their products at their "Beauty Express" area (ready to go looks!).
If you know me, you know that I have a passion for philanthropy and volunteerism within our local community and so I'm really excited to share this news with you all.
As of this week, the first for-profit restaurant that will donate 100% of its profits to a non-profit organization has opened in Philly. Rooster Soup Co. is the collaboration of Federal Donuts' fried chicken-and-donuts purveyor and Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative and is an all-day luncheonette.
It's goal is simple, but also inspiring: "to prove that when the interests of for-profit companies and philanthropic organizations are united in addressing common problems, real social change can happen".
So, how does it work? The purpose is to prevent food waste while being a sustainable funding source. Federal Donuts is providing the leftover chicken and bones that aren't utilized on their menu to allow Rooster Soup to put together a delicious variety of soups with the nourishing broth. The menu will also include tasty southern-inspired recipes, such as Egg and Cheese Biscuits, Cornbread and Sausage Waffles and Sticky Buns (and that's just a sampling of breakfast!).
About Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative
We've learned from some of our former charity partners that the homelessness problem in Philadelphia is one of the worst in the nation. The BSM helps Philadelphians to meet basic human needs, but also to encourage them to move forward with their lives by providing them with nutritious meals, clothing, personal care items, a mailing address, etc.
Right now, Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative is offering 7 meals, six days a week for their guests who are seated by a host and served a three-course meal (prepared by a professional kitchen crew and served by volunteers) table side. In 2016 alone, 76,000 meals were served.
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January is coming to a close and Groundhog Day is getting nearer. As we sit and patiently await our favorite rodent's prediction of our happiness over the next few months, I had some time to reflect on how Philadelphia Housewives has helped me to avoid a Groundhog Day situation and how it might help you too.
When I first started networking with my event planning business, I was really focused on connecting with people who were specific to my industry. This was great, because it allowed me to meet other professionals in my industry who were doing what I was doing, who understood my market, etc. After a while though, I realized that I'd need to do more in order to grow my network further. Why? The same faces were showing up at all of the event-related networking opportunities I was going to. It's hard to meet new people when new people aren't around to meet.
Cue Philadelphia Housewives.
When I took over the blog, I was excited to learn about the monthly Girls Night Out portion because of my passion for events. I had no idea that this would also be the cure for my networking woes.
I was always too intimated to attend business networking events that would connect me with more corporate professionals because my own background is creative and I felt way too out of my element. The beauty of our GNOs is that they offer the opportunity to network in a laid-back and casual setting that makes everyone feel comfortable, regardless of professional or personal background. While sipping a drink and shopping from local businesses, we're making meaningful connections with people we might not have otherwise met. Not everyone that attends our events represents a business or an organization... some people just come to have fun... and sometimes even those who do come from a business background want to attend our events to spend time with friends vs. networking directly. Whichever reason you attend, you'll get something out of it.
At a traditional networking event, it's sort of assumed that everybody is in business and if you stop and close your eyes you can hear about at least five different elevator pitches going on at one time.
"I'm going to the beach next month, do you have any tropical patterned dresses?", "That shade of lipstick looks great on you! Hi, I'm...", "Oh, which mojito did you get? I love mine!".
THESE are the conversations you'll hear at a Philadelphia Housewives Girls Night Out, and this is what it's all about. Women coming together to build friendships and strong connections, to support local businesses and to genuinely enjoy themselves.
Here's the honest truth about networking: You can distribute business cards and shake hands until you can't feel your fingers, but the best connections are those fostered in friendship.
I went into Philadelphia Housewives with an "all business" mentality; however, it's turned into so much more than that. Each month, I look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones. I've sat down to dinner with some of you post-event, enjoy seeing your adventures on Instagram and love when we get to cheer one another on when there's a new success or something exciting in our lives. Not only have I made friends through Housewives, but I've seen you make friends too. Do you know how awesome that is!?
We're building a community of women who support one another both personally and professionally.
If you feel like you've been stuck in a rut, and living out your own version of Groundhog Day, I encourage you to join us some time. We'll grab a drink with you as you regale the story of your toddler and the crayon he got a hold of earlier in the day. We'll sit down to dinner with you and talk about marketing and reaching new clients. We'll shop with you and together will connect with new local businesses. We'll be friends first, meaningful business relationships second.
On January 3, 2017, Philadelphia Housewives kicked off the New Year with a night out in King of Prussia. Ladies from the area met up at Paladar Latin Kitchen + Rum Bar in the new King of Prussia Town Center to network and mingle, shop, and sip on some of the best mojitos we've ever had.
Paladar serves as a great place for a date night, night out with girlfriends or even a corporate lunch. Gluten-free? No worries! Paladar has a whole menu dedicated to delicious latin cuisine that you can eat.
We're continuing our tradition of working with local charity organizations this year, and we were pleased to welcome the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Delaware Valley Chapter. For those who aren't familiar, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic disease that effects the lungs and digestive system. It causes a thick sticky mucus build up, that leads to infections and affects the ability to breathe over time. The organization hosts many fundraising opportunities, but the largest national fundraising effort is their Great Strides program. The Great Strides walks are held in support of the CF Foundation and it's mission and bring families and friends together to make a difference in the lives of those who live with cystic fibrosis at popular locations such as Citizens Bank Park and the Ocean City Boardwalk.
If you'd like to learn more about upcoming Great Strides walks, you can click here.
True You Health Solutions, LLC
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Delaware Valley Chapter
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On December 15, 2016, a select group of Philadelphia Housewives members were treated to a night of pampering and shopping at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Pennsylvania. Though it was probably one of the coldest nights we saw in December, it was toasty inside of the expansion of the Food Court, which was transformed into a swanky lounge for our ladies where we had a perfect view of the gorgeous (and enormous!) Christmas tree decorated for the season.
We had an opportunity to walk around the room chatting with various shops that got in on the fun and showed us some of their bestsellers for the holiday season, including: Sunglass Hut, #makeup, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Cole Hann, Crabtree & Evelyn, Harry & David, Lindt Chocolate, RBX Active, Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Bradley.
Ladies were also treated to complimentary massages, champagne and fabulous swag from the Outlets. Not only did the event help to get us into the holiday spirit, but we were able to unwind from any stress it might have been causing. Thank you to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets for a wonderful evening out.