Scott and I took the day off on Valentine’s Day. Flamingo Gardens had been on our list, so off we went on our day-trip to explore.
Flamingo Gardens is a wildlife sanctuary with an aviary, zoo and a gorgeous botanical garden located in Davie, Florida. If you choose, there is a narrated tram ride through the tropical rain forest, native hammock, wetland area, and groves including some of the last natural jungle growth in South Florida. It lasts about 25 minutes. We opted to do the walking tour.
We wandered the sanctuary filled with over 3000 species of rare and exotic, tropical and subtropical and native plants. The botanical gardens were peaceful, and the trees were covered in blooming orchids. The tall trees provided enough shade, so the walk was well protected from the sun. They also have a gift shop filled with fun and tropical treasures for your home and garden and a food truck with beverages and snacks.
There was an educational demonstration on owls, while we were there. When asked to take flight, the owl’s wingspread was huge, and the strength of its wings were amazing. This took everyone by surprise and somehow, I believe the owl was happy to impress us.
The wildlife sanctuary was filled with collection of Florida native wildlife - including alligators, bears, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos! I was obsessed with the flamingos! For a quarter you can purchase food and hand feed the flamingos. It was a perfect way to get an upfront and personal experience with the flamingos. They came in different colors and were so fun to watch.
The Flamingo Gardens is a non-profit organization. They keep the sanctuary running with both admittance fees and generous donors. This weekend they have a fun charity event, open to the public. It’s their annual FOOD & Wine Benefit – The Masquerade. It looks like a ton of fun.
Sunday March 1, 2020
VIP Reception: 5pm to 6pm
Main Event: 6pm to 8pm
♦ Food, Wine and Craft Beer Tastings
♦ Dancing Under the Stars
♦ Live and Silent Auctions and Duck Pond
Smart Casual Attire with your favorite mask to add a mystical flair!
Event proceeds help support our mission to preserve, depict and educate about
South Florida and Everglades natural and cultural heritage.
Add the Flamingo Gardens to your list of fun things to do in South Florida. You’ll be glad you did.
Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc., is a full-service domestic violence center.
Their mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.
Many of these women are forced to leave their home in the middle of the night, taking little to nothing with them. Victims of domestic violence, they call the 24-hour crisis hotline where they find emergency shelters to be placed in. Nearly 60 percent of the survivors served in the emergency shelter are children ranging from newborn to teens.
For women that feel like they are unable to leave the abusive home due to their family pet, there is a solution for that. Thanks to the Humane Society of Broward County, the Women in Distress Pet Shelter is located on campus. The pets are offered safe housing and receive animal care such as free spaying, neutering and vaccinations.
Throughout the process, the women are given a safe environment and supportive services such as therapy, career counseling, legal assistance and are taught life skills that they may not have learned. Ultimately, they are coached on how to create and build an independent, violence-free life for themselves and their children.
Ultimate Software has provided a training center on the campus. They provide programs to educate the women on computer literacy, create a household budget, prepare a resume and apply for jobs online. Ultimately, they help prepare the participants to return to school and the work force to become independent.
Last year, 23 women, children and men lost their lives to domestic violence in Broward County.
Let's help provide Welcome Home Baskets with everyday essentials to help them move forward as they build a new life for themselves and their families.
Ideas to add to your basket: pantry items, linens, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, items for babies, children and teens.
Bring your Welcome Home Basket to our Beachy Girls’ Night Out event on March 3, at Oceanic Pompano. We will be upstairs on the 2nd floor terrace, overlooking the beach and our new Pompano Beach Pier. Women in Distress will be on location to accept your donations, plus find out other ways you or your company can help make a difference.
Tuesday night was a huge success. We had our monthly Girls’ Night Out + Patio Social event at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. Nikki provided buy-one, get-one free beverages to get the party started and our amazing bartenders kept the drinks flowing. The evening weather was perfect for our outdoor patio social. The ‘baby blue’ theme was also a big hit and photographed so well.
Our Charity Spotlight was Atlantic Technical College Transition into Employment Interview Boutique. The ATC Transition into Employment program helps students that need extra support, achieve their goals of becoming independent by obtaining paid employment. Students are assisted through work-based learning experiences to help them find and maintain entry level jobs.
We invited everyone to donate slightly used professional and business casual clothes and accessories for both women and men. Debbie Evangelista and her colleagues from Atlantic Technical College were there to accept the donations for the non-profit organization. In addition, Atlantic Technical College students represented their organization, Beads and Seeds, by displaying their goods. The students sold handmade jewelry and plants that they made and grew. Together with the wonderful and generous women in our community, we were able to raise enough clothes and accessories for these students to fill their Interview Boutique!
Special thanks to Debbie's husband, Bruce, for hauling load after load of clothes and accessories and transporting them to the Interview Boutique.
Another big element to our Girls’ Night Out event was having local women artisans and businesses exhibit their work. Be sure to keep these local businesses in mind when purchasing gifts. Shopping local and supporting other women helps make the world go around.
Our February featured businesses:
Artia Designs by Rosie Rios
Atelier Newday by Yelis Dunder Yenigun
Color Street by Maureen Collins
Athena’s Reptikis by Gabriela Nalven
Mary Kay by Suzanne Tonietto
It’s So Jan by Jan Esposito
Beads N Seeds by ATC Access Class Business
Pomifera Oil by Becca Sherer
Photography by Teri Kovacs Photography, LLC
Pure Romance by Angeline Fiest was our Bag Sponsor for the evening and provided 50 bags and some amazing product swag for the event.
You won't want to miss our next event:
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Pompano Housewives in the City Girls’ Night Out –
Join us at Oceanic Pompano for cocktails, bites, networking, new friends and shopping from local artisans and women business owners. We will be on the second floor with amazing views of the beach and our beautiful new pier.
This month's theme: Tropical Beach
Wear tropical outfits for a festive photographable night.
It’s FREE to attend, but you must RSVP.
~~ You do not have to be a Housewife! All women from all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to attend! ~~
Charity Spotlight: Women in Distress
A full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Fl. Their mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.
Many of these women are forced to leave their home in the middle of the night, taking little to nothing with them. Let's help provide baskets with everyday essentials to help them move forward as they build a new life for themselves and their families. Ideas to add to your basket: pantry items, linens, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, items for babies, children and teens.
What to expect:
~ The first 50 ladies to sign in get a Swag Bag full of goodies!
~ Giveaways from local businesses
~ Networking, socializing and cocktails
~ Featured Photographer is TBD
~ Support local businesses
SEEKING VENDORS AND SWAG BAG ADVERTISERS: If you are a local business, crafty vendor, non-profit organziation or a photographer and are interested in getting involved with this event, please email Angel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you heard about the wonderful program at Atlantic Technical College for students that need extra support? The ATC Transition into Employment Program helps students achieve their goals of becoming independent by obtaining paid employment. Students are assisted through work-based learning experiences to help them find and maintain entry level jobs. Areas of studies include:
-Personal and career goals plans
-Evaluation of knowledge and skill sets
-Applying for jobs, using appropriate communications and follow-up, contacting employers, creating a resume, completing job applications and preparing for in-person and Skype interviews
-Decision and problem solving skills
-Using public transportation
-Positive and effective communication skills
When my friend, Debbie Evangelista, called to tell me about this non-profit that is near and dear to her heart, and their need, we booked an event to do just that.
We invite you to join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen from 5:30 – 8:30 P.M. We have an evening planned with buy-one get-one free glasses of wine, networking, making new friends and will have a sip and shop event with women owned artisans and business owners selling their goods. As a bonus, we will also have the ATC students with their organization, Beads and Seeds, selling goods they made themselves. It's free to attend, but you must RSVP. There will also be free parking in the parking garage.
We also invite you to participate in our charity drive, that evening. Please bring new or gently used business casual and professional clothing, plus accessories, for both women and men to our event at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. Together we are going to help fill the Atlantic Technical College’s Transition into Employment Interview Boutique and make a huge difference.
Imagine the feeling of students having nice outfits to wear to their interviews. Not only will this boost their self-esteem but help gain the paid employment they desire.
Another fun aspect of the Interview Boutique is the students learn to sort, hang, steam press and organize the clothing donated. These efforts give them hands on experience for retail work possibilities.
If you can’t make the event, there are other ways to help. Twice a year the ATC Transition into Employment Program hosts a morning for students to do mock interviews. Business owners, retired teachers and others participate in this event to help students communicate effectively and sell themselves at an interview. Each interview is about 5 minutes to ensure each student gets an opportunity to be interviewed and receive feedback.
Yesterday was my second time to volunteer for this opportunity. Having a stranger to practice interview questions with, helps the students immensely. Their self esteem is higher, their voices become stronger and their heads are held higher.
The students truly appreciate the efforts of the volunteers. After yesterday’s session the students had a chance to voice their feedback on the mock interview sessions. Almost all the students bravely raised their hands and gave feedback to the interviewers. An interviewee pointed to me in appreciation for sharing that my favorite food was sushi. This was after a conversation where she shared with me that working in the culinary field was her dream. A little move can make a big difference.
Adding actual work experience, versus volunteer experience, to the students’ resumes is another way you can help make a difference. Maybe you, or your company, have a paid job that the students could use to gain this valuable work experience, while you get a job completed (folding invoices, stuffing envelopes, working in a restaurant kitchen or boutique, etc.)?
If you have any interest to volunteer for the mock interviews, have a paid position to post for the students or would like more information about the amazing efforts of this organization, please reach out to Debbie Evangelista and she will put you in contact with the right person.
We hope to see your smiling faces at the event tomorrow. Remember, you don't have to be a housewife to attend but we do need your RSVP.
The pre-game parties have been in full swing, this week. It’s so exciting to see South Florida turning red and white with all the Kansas City Chiefs fans here for the Big Game.
I grew up a Missouri girl, so you know who we will be cheering for on Sunday night. We will be sporting our arrowhead shirts with pride.
Growing up in Missouri, I didn’t enjoy football. It was a cold weather sport and I avoided the cold at all costs. However, there was one game that I did attend at the Arrowhead Stadium with my friend, Shannon. We lucked out with the weather and the fact that it was a day-time game helped.
After moving to Austin, I became more interested in football. Finally, a warm city where you could possibly bake on the seats while watching the Texas Longhorns play, instead of freeze. Sign me up. Game day in Austin was amazing. The entire city turned burnt orange and everyone went downtown to tailgate, even if they weren’t attending the game.
The parking garages and parking lots were filled with big screen TVs attached to generators, shade tents, BBQ grills and the nicest UT fans. You never met a stranger, and everyone was always happy to hand out an ice-cold beer and a UT koozie.
The competition would come to town and pre-party at the old German beer garden, Scholz Garten that was built in 1866, with all the UT fans. Scholz Garten would serve traditional German food and beer. And of course, everyone loved to raise their can and say prost!
On Sunday, we will watch the game at our friends' house and cheer with pride. We all know, “It’s Mahomes time.”
I was rinsing my hair in the shower when it happened. My neck was stuck, tilting back. The pain was intense and shot down my left shoulder. Unsure of how to fix it, I laid flat on the floor believing that would work the kink out. Bad idea. Now I was stuck on the floor. Moving was so painful, that I just laid there.
Remember the scene in Sex and the City when Miranda Hobbs, played by Cynthia Nixon, had a similar incident on the show? Yes, this is what I was thinking about while laying stuck on the floor.
Eventually I was able to get up. I messaged all my friends in the area to find out what do you. Thankfully, our friends Marie and Ken came right over to save the day. They brought a Tens Unit and an ice pack that wraps and Velcros around your neck. They ALWAYS have all the cool gadgets.
After a week of babying my neck with heat, cold and the Tens machine, the pain went away. Everything was forgotten, until it happened again, a few weeks later. This time I was playing Bunco. Yes, go ahead and laugh, it’s a dice game and besides running for ‘traveler’ prize, it’s a non-contact sport. Maybe it was my ‘sexy dice roll’ that did it. Yeah no.
Our health insurance plan recently changed, and my chiropractor no longer accepted our insurance. I was desperate for a new chiropractor and googled each one on the approved insurance list. Because I am not the athletic type, I didn’t feel that a sports medicine chiropractor was a good fit for me. Boy was I wrong.
Dr. Brett Goldstein, D.C. was able to see me immediately, on New Year’s Eve. Even better, he is located in Pompano Beach on SE 22nd Avenue. After accessing my range of motion, strength and eliminating some pain through massage, he suspected the issue, but wanted confirmation with an x-ray. I had the x-ray done and by the end of the day learned I have a reversal of my C curve in my neck.
Look around and you’ll see people looking down at their phones. Hit the local coffee shop, people are looking down at their laptops. Top this with using the wrong pillow at night and boom – you’ll eventually end up with text neck.
Dr. Brett Goldstein, D.C. emailed me some exercise videos to do. In addition, I began seeing him twice a week for muscle stretching and massage. Have you ever wished someone could work the knot out of your shoulder? You know the spot I’m talking about. Let me tell you, it can be done.
In addition to the therapy, I was given more strength exercise tips and postural techniques that are required in order to reverse the issue. Plus, all the bad postures and habits of looking down at my phone to watch a YouTube video, sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop – they had to end.
We found a few items to help along the way, beside the Tens machine (thank you Marie and Ken). Dr. Brett Goldstein, D.C. suggested a block that I use to lay on once a day. This helps your neck and muscles correctly position. Each day you lay on it a minute more until you get up to 15-20 minutes. Using a roller to roll my calves and neck where something I was already doing, but he had a different method that works well with relieving my neck pain.
The Relax the Back store had wonderful items and we were in there for a couple of hours. Sleeping on my stomach has been the hardest adjustment, so I use a neck sofa to help me stay in one position. The Quzy Neck Massager that adds heats is absolutely amazing. It somehow locates all the knots in my neck, shoulders and back and provides relief.
My desk, chair and screen also received an update. My new desk (thank you, Daddy) is from Wayfair. The new fancy ergonomic chair was gifted to me by Maria Sanson, with Direct Office Solutions at the Eastside Professional Networkers event. And now I have a detached keyboard and an adjustable tablet holder for my laptop screen.
Breaking old habits have been tough but being pain-free with good health is worth it. Keep your shoulders back and your chin up. Otherwise, text neck is a real pain in the neck.
My Mom was diagnosed with osteoporosis when I was in my early 30s. Knowing family history plays a huge impact on my health, so I made an appointment with a nutritionist. After my visit with the nutritionist, Dr. Elaine Carter, in
Springfield, MO., I began taking calcium supplements along with Vitamin D and paid closer attention to my diet and exercise.
Fast forward a few years later. I moved to Austin, Texas and I attended The Texas Medical Conference in San Antonio, Texas. After visiting with a radiologist group, ARA, I made the decision to have a bone density scan done, to make sure my bones were healthy and strong.
At my annual exam, my doctor said I was too young for a bone density scan and that I should just continue taking supplements. I pushed harder until he arranged for me to have the bone density test done. And boy am I glad I pushed my doctor harder for the test.
Bingo. I was 34 years old and diagnosed with osteoporosis. Everyone said I was way too young, and there must be an underlying issue. My nutritionist, Dr. Ude, agreed that I should look further into the situation and sent me to see Dr. Luepnitz. Scott and I went to my appointment together. We gave him my blood results, which looked great, along with the bone density test results. He studied it all and asked a few more questions about my nutrition, my extreme pollen allergies and daily activities.
At the end of our session, he was certain he knew what the underlying issues was – gluten. With my allergy issues, the inability to absorb calcium, and the fact that I am a skinny woman from Northern European descent were all key factors. I was tested and the results confirmed I was gluten sensitive, meaning I had 2 of the 3 indicators, and this prohibited me from digesting wheat.
Dr Luepnitz explained that this meant I had not absorbed all the calcium and other nutrients in my food during my life, leading to the osteoporosis. The analogy he used to explain how it worked was that when someone consumes gluten that can’t digest it, that it basically turns to glue. That glue lines the stomach and intestine walls reducing the nutrients that the body is able to absorb.
I took this news and information seriously and eliminated gluten from my diet, immediately. Turns out, gluten is in more than just bread and beer. Gluten (wheat flour, barley and hops) is added to spice packets, non-distilled vinegar, dressings and more. Adding wheat plumps up the serving sizes and allows the product to go further.
A few years ago, Scott and I went on a cruise. The cruise had garlic mashed potatoes on the buffet. They had added flour to the mashed potatoes. To cover the taste of the floured mashed potatoes, they added garlic. This is a great way to make a little food go a long way, but for those of us with food sensitivities and allergies, we must always be alert with what we eat and drink.
Vodka is another example of a questionable gluten-free beverage. Many companies, like Tito’s and Deep Eddy have gluten-free vodkas. You would think that because of the distilling process that all vodkas would be gluten-free. Nope. Apparently, some vodka companies add a gluten product after the distilling process.
I am happy to report that after going gluten-free, my bones became stronger and I no longer have osteoporosis. My last bone density test revealed that I still have osteopenia, but my numbers are quickly climbing into normal ranges. I’m anxious for my next bone density test in February to see if I have been completely cured, due to diet, exercise and, of course, prayers.
Luckily, I learned early in life that we must be the advocate for our own health and wellness. Keeping track of our own health records and doing research is up to us. I am also so grateful to have wonderful friend doctors that are always willing to share their knowledge.
Cheers to good health and happiness!
Tuesday night at yoga hOMe was the perfect venue for our healthy and happy sip and shop event. Corbin, from yoga hOMe, was a gracious host and provided not only the space, but the wine and a delicious spread of healthy food. We were setup outside on the veranda and everyone agreed the sunset that night was spectacular. Our winter white theme was a big hit and a funny side note - we all learned that Biz Detergent is perfect for removing red wine stains from white clothing. Hopefully this little tidbit will benefit someone.
Our charity spotlight was Mary Ann’s Foster Closet. Together we were able to raise hygiene products to the help foster parents and the children they serve. Tracie Catalano, the Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization was there to accept the donations and recruit volunteers for Mary Ann’s Foster Closet. A special mention, one of our vendors, Gene Hoffman with World of Fudge, donated $3 for each piece of fudge purchased that night to our charity spotlight, Mary Ann’s Foster Closet.
A big element to our Girls’ Night Out event was having local women artisans and businesses exhibit their work. Be sure to keep these local businesses in mind when purchasing gifts. Shopping local and supporting other women helps make the world go around.
Our January featured businesses:
yoga hOMe by Corbin Stacy
CPR Training 2 Go, by Nicole McDermott
ABC Health and Wellness by Alison Avayu
KaiBlue, by Libby Clark & Gabriella Barnes
World of Fudge by Gene Hoffman
Pink Moon Mala by Tabitha Tindale
It's So Jan by Jan Esposito
Nomad Soul Designs by Rebecca Gernert
Photography by McDermott PR
Skin Center was our Bag Sponsor for the evening and provided 50 canvas bags for the event. Be sure to reach out to them if you haven’t had your skin checked. Living in the sunshine state has it’s benefits, but we want to have our skin checked annually.
Alethia Duncan, with Quest Total Wellness provided amazing swag samples of the sought after essential oil, Peace & Calming by Young Living. Be sure to check out Alethia’s integrative wellness services.
You won't want to miss our next event:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Pompano Housewives in the City Girls’ Night Out –
Join us at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen for cocktails, bites, networking and shopping from local artisans and women business owners. Nikki will be there offering buy one, get one free wine for the event.
This month’s theme is ‘Baby Blue’ so wear white outfits for a photographable evening.
Our charity spotlight is Atlantic Technical College Transition into Employment Closet. Let's help make a difference by cleaning out our closets and donating our clean and slightly used business casual and professional clothing. Debbie Evangelista will be there to accept your donations. Items to donate: men and women’s dress pants, shirts, shoes, belts, women’s purses, jewelry, men’s wallets, etc.
The first 50 women will receive swag bags filled with goodies. It’s free to attend, but you must RSVP and you don’t have to be a housewife to come.
If you are a local business, crafty vendor or photographer and interested in getting involved with this event, please email Angel at email@example.com.
We have so many children in the foster care system, here in North Broward County. Many are abandoned and abused. Often the children come into foster care with little notice and only the clothes on their backs. Sometimes siblings are separated. Imagine the fear in these little eyes and minds.
As a foster family, it's their role to supply these children with basic needs, help them to feel safe and welcomed. They shouldn't have to do this alone. We have a huge band of giving people and I know together we can make a difference.
How can we help? As a community, we can help these foster parents, and the children they serve, by creating a village of support during their time of crisis. Tonight we are asking everyone attending our Sip and Shop Social event to bring a bag of hygiene products for kids 0-18. Tracie Catalano, the Founder and CEO of Mary Ann's Foster Closet will be there to collect the items and answer any questions about other ways you could give and contribute to this amazing non-profit organization.
The children are our future. Let's help make sure their future is bright.
Examples of items you could bring tonight to donate to the charity drive: Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, combs, soap, new underwear, hair accessories, etc.
Scott loves to surprise me for hot nights out on the town. A few days before my birthday he sent a calendar invite to me, for a hot date. Without a doubt, I quickly accepted. I always love having something fun to look forward to.
We took a quick Uber ride to one of my favorite places on the water, Shooter’s Waterfront. My favorite seat in the house is at the outdoor bar. There’s a fabulous view from there facing the water and the band. Happy hour had already begun so we ordered two glasses of champagne and their shrimp cocktail appetizer to get started. Loving the seafood theme, we decided to split their Crab Louie Salad. I absolutely love crab, so this is always a treat for me. We cleaned our plates and paid our tab.
As the sun began to set for the evening, we made our way to the Water Taxi stand. We all know that Fort Lauderdale is known as the ‘Venice of America’ because of all our beautiful canals. Exploring the city via the Water Taxi is always so much fun. From all the stories the captain shares, to the jokes and all the celebrity chatter, the rides are always so much fun. Add holiday lights to these million-dollar homes and the Water Taxi ride becomes even more of a treat! Lucky for us, the they were serving half priced beverages for happy hour. We each chose a can of Truly Hard Selzer to accompany our evening.
With the sun setting and the moon rising, the temperatures began to drop on the water. Thankfully I had brought my gloves and my newly knitted, birthday touke! It was made specially for me by my friend, Terry. You may wonder, what in the world is a touke? It’s a wool hat that covers the ears and is popular in Canada. I’m featuring my new touke here.
The holiday lights did not disappoint, and the crowd was joyful and eager to visit with each other. We met people on vacation and people that had just moved to the area. It’s still hard to believe that we live in this beautiful piece of paradise. The gentle rock of the boat with the shiny colored lights had me beaming with delight. And now I have something to look forward to, next year.
Hi there! I am Angel and live a happy life in Pompano Beach with my wonderful husband, Scott, and our two dogs, Brady and Buddy.
I love to travel, the color blue, Netflix binges, Tito’s and gluten-free chocolate raspberry cake. I also have a serious obsession with pictures!
In addition to Housewives in the City, I am a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty.
Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits and helping businesses grow are my passions. And that is what we get to do at our monthly girls’ nights out!
I can’t wait to meet you. All women are welcome, and we are going to have a ton of fun!