What is Housewives in the City (HITC)?
Southwest Florida Housewives is one of the newest branches of Housewives in the City and we want to get you connected with local events, small businesses, charities, and giveaways. We do all this through this website and monthly social meetups at local spots.
Who runs HITC?
I am Mandy and I run the Fort Lauderdale Housewives and am now also dedicated to building the Housewives in the City community in Southwest Florida, like it is in so many other cities across the US!
Hey Y'all - My roots are in Tennessee, so I can be a little soft spoken and I have a true southern belle twang who despite my journalism career, frequently uses the contraction you all. I left my hometown 2 decades ago with some lofty goals for a young girl. What it got me was a BA in Communications and minor in Journalism from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (Go Bulldogs!), a 10 year marriage, a successful marketing career and two beautiful kids. Fast forward 2 years later ----> that marriage ended, and the career took too much time away from my kids. So I refocused on my dreams for me and my kids.
With the support of my friends and family, I threw away my comfort zone and decided to focus on growing myself and my dream of working for myself, having full control over my time. Which led me to the happy place I am now...working freelance fulltime as a Pro Blogger, Published Journalist and Social Influencer. I’m looking forward to sharing my life, travels and other local information with you. A little more about me: I am a writer, editor and birthed two charismatic kids, a silly boy and a sweet girl) + recently became an instantmom to one cute little girl (ages 4 , 6 and 7). I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, I love sunsets, can spend hours at the beach and if you need a buddy to go check out a new attraction, museum, restaurant or hotel-I'm your girl!
Building a support circle
One thing I found to be more difficult as I get older, is meeting new people. Sure, you can meet new people at work, your kids school events or possibly just out at the beach but to me it seems like it gets more challenging with each year, each life changing event and the increasing time spent online. But mostly it is challenging to meet ladies from all walks of life, which everyone’s different experiences is to me the interesting part of life! I run the Housewives in the City Fort Lauderdale, so after seeing how great the community of women who join in these events are so supportive, sweet and fun and how awesome the event can be, I wanted to bring Housewives in the City to the Fort Myers / Naples/ Cape Coral area.
I figured this would be the PERFECT way to not only expand my network of supportive women myself, but also help others that may want to get out and meet new people too! I have seen how amazing Girls Night Out events are in our other cities and I can’t wait to bring the same fun to all of you! And before you ask, let me say you do not need to be a “housewife” to be involved in what we do - look at me, I am breaking the stereotype of a typical housewife as I venture through life as a single, work from home mom.
With our monthly Girls Night Out Social Meetup Events we will strive to get you out of your house, meet some friends, network with other 'Girl Bosses' and rock the city you live in.
I hope that you continue to check here and on our social media pages to see what I’m up to and what fun you can join in on in the Southwest Florida area or hey take a road trip with me over to the East Coast for a Night Out in Fort Lauderdale! Make plans to attend the Girls Night Out launch party on October 11th! If you ever see me out and about, please come say hello – I can’t wait to meet you!
HI, I AM MANDY!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in and around the Southwest Florida area plus host monthly "Girl's Night Out" events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you! I also do the same thing for the Fort Lauderdale Community!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Columnist for Lee Family News , Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.