We are thrilled to spotlight an amazing organization here in Tampa, Autism Shifts. Autism Shifts was founded by Vicky Westra as a result of the experiences she and her husband had while raising her daughter Gabrielle (Gabbi), who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of four. Vicky shares the journey that many families have had in finding the right resources, people and programs that could serve Gabbi and help her to continue to grow and develop. She felt a calling to create something different for Gabbi and others in the same situation.
After 22 years in Corporate America, Vicky left her senior leadership role and started a coffee company and a non-profit for Autism. These two organizations came together in 2011 to form Artistas Café, a first-of-its kind Café employing a team of front-line employees who have all been diagnosed with Autism.
Vicky and her team at Autism Shifts have created a proven and unique model that incorporates a very holistic approach to preparing students to successfully enter the workplace. Through our partnership with Artistas Café, we have developed an understanding of what it takes to create an environment where individuals with autism can grow and develop their skills to be successfully employed.
What makes their program different?
How Can You Get Involved?
The Autism Shifts Community is a vital part of the successful integration of the community of Autism into the work force. They encourage entrepreneurs, non-profits, schools, businesses, families and everyone else who is interested in being part of their movement at Autism Shifts to get to know them! Visit the Re-Imagine Center, join a workshop, share their events. There’s so many opportunities to help young adults with Autism live life on purpose. This means living and working independently with their dream life created not only for themselves, but within the community they live in.
Come meet Vicky at our upcoming event on August 20th, Girls Night Out at Carmel Kitchen + Wine Bar, and find out how you can get involved. You can even make a purchase at The Charity Branch boutique where 10% of the proceeds will go to Autism Shifts!
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our special Tampa Rompers & Mimosas event with the Downtown Crawlers and Tampa Bay is Awesome! It was such a fun afternoon visiting some of our favorite spots in Tampa, and I loved seeing everyone's best rompers and "romp-hims!" Our day started with brunch and mimosas at Mole Y Abuela, then we hopped on the party bus to get to District Tavern, American Social, and the Remedy on Riverwalk. What a fun day! We are planning to make this an annual event, so stay tuned for more details in 2020!
We had the pleasure of hosting some FABULOUS pop-up businesses for our shopping pleasure at this event. Whether you are looking for some adorable additions to your own closet or a perfect gift for a friend, these businesses have you covered. The best part? They are all local women-owned businesses and we just love them! Be sure to check them out, and don't miss the photos from our day below:
raven james boutique
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raven james boutique is where women can come to find their #OOTD look and be social media ready! You can find styles for any occasion. From neighborhood parties to business to happy hour. Our pieces are limited, that way women can feel confident about showing up at an event in a unique outfit.
Erika Williner Designs
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Handcrafted designs; from classic pearls to trendy tassels.
Hand made jewelry made out of fresh water pearls, coral, and gemstones at reasonable prices.
Creme de la Creme Gift Shop
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Tampa’s Cutest boutique featuring on trend gifts and fashion. We are your mini department store providing the ultimate in customer service all in a fun, relaxed and happy atmosphere. Free gift wrap, personalization and special orders are only a few of the reasons you need to check us out ! Come in…….we’re awesome !!
The Charity Branch
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Just as an Olive Branch is an expression of peace and kindness, The Charity Branch aspires to evoke goodwill & charitable giving through our stylish collections. Whether it be happy hour with the girls, a neighborhood block party, or an impromptu getaway, our weekend wear fashions are sure to become your comfy faves! Through our “Fashionable Fundraising” our charity partners receive 10% from every purchase made under their organization. It is our goal to help as many non-profit organizations as possible.
To view and download the other photos from Rompers & Mimosas, visit 813area's website.
Our favorite family event is back! Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable family-friendly motor sport is returning to the Tampa Bay area on August 24th with their Triple Threat series! The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with six different competitions at AMALIE Arena on Saturday, August 24at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
Coming off the heels of the first ever Monster Jam World Finals XX at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Monster Jam is bringing more of the action back to Florida later this summer with the highly technical and high stakes athleticism of the Triple Threat Series Monster Jam event. Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Tampa Bay area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. Fans are invited to the Pit Party taking place on the Arena Track, prior to the 1:00PM event, where they can get up-close and personal with the Monster Jam trucks, Speedsters, ATVs and drivers, take photos and get autographs.
WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2019 – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Pit Party from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Must have 1:00 PM event ticket and pit pass for entry).
WHERE: AMALIE Arena
401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Featured Trucks & Drivers:
This month's Tampa non-profit spotlight is an amazing organization, the Heart Gallery of Tampa. The mission of the Heart Gallery of Tampa is to raise awareness of Tampa’s waiting foster children, engage the community in their welfare and secure permanent, loving adoptive families. Every child deserves love. So, the Heart Gallery of Tampa was created to find forever families for Tampa’s foster children. These kids are just like any other kids, only they’ve experienced abuse, abandonment, and neglect. They find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own. What they need most is a family. The Heart Gallery gives them a face, a voice and a place to shine.
In the U.S., foster children have traditionally been hidden from view. Thousands of children languished in the foster care system, only to reach the age of 18 and find themselves on their own. But, in 2001, a photographer and an adoption worker created a unique concept to introduce these waiting children to their communities with the hope of finding loving, adoptive families. Poignant portraits of older children and sibling groups were displayed for public viewing. Appropriately named “The Heart Gallery,” this innovative model changes lives every day by giving a voice to America’s forgotten children. Over the past decade the Heart Gallery developed larger touring and interactive galleries, expanding to hundreds of cities across the country as they all work toward the shared mission of a forever family for every waiting child.
How Can you Help?
First and foremost, the Heart Gallery of Tampa would love to help foster kids find their forever homes. Adoption is a daunting process, but luckily, they can help point you in the right direction. Start by reviewing the information on their website! Give your heart… adopt.
You can also join their Dream Team to shop for personalized birthday presents, plan birthday parties, and organize special activities with us! Additionally, host a Pay It Forward Birthday Party by selecting a child to receive birthday presents at your child’s next party, become a Birthday Buddy by selecting a buddy online or hosting a Birthday Buddies tree at your office where employees or visitors can select a buddy from the display tree! Contact with interest here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, Tampa Housewives in the City is collecting donations at our upcoming event at Seasons 52! The Heart Gallery kids love receiving fast food gift cards in their gift baskets: $5-10 increments work well. They have back to school gifts going to many of their kids at the end of the month and these are always awesome to include. Additionally, the Heart Gallery often get requests for body lotions and perfumes for our girls and body sprays (like Axe) for the guys. Any or all of these items would be so appreciated! You can bring these donations with you to our Girls Night Out at Seasons 52 on Thursday, July 11th!
On the hunt for the best music lessons in Tampa? It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Barrett School of Music! Whether you’re hoping to avoid the summer slump or looking for an awesome school-year extracurricular activity, music classes would be a great addition to your child’s schedule. New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.1
“Students need to make their own dream, and we need to help them get there.” – Laura Hollis
What sets the Barrett School of Music apart from the many other music schools in Tampa? According to founder Laura Hollis, it’s their high-quality teachers. Hollis only employs teachers who are well-blended musicians with a music degree. Her teachers also have current performance experience which enables the teachers to personalize their music instruction with their students no matter the child’s strengths, weaknesses, or interests. What does this mean for your child? The Barrett School of Music’s teachers can tailor instruction for each individual child and do not follow a set curriculum. They are well-versed in music theory and teaching methods, and will differentiate their instruction using various songs and styles to meet the goals of each child.1
Here is my FAVORITE part about Barrett School of Music! Their music lessons in Tampa are delivered in your home! You do not need to drive your kids anywhere, and you do not need to sit and wait while they are receiving instruction. The music teacher comes to your home and delivers the 30-minute lesson while you continue working, take care of your house, or just relax! They even offer a sibling discount.
The Barrett School offers music classes in Tampa for kids, teens, and even adults. Starting from appreciating the world of music all the way to professional opera singers, the Barrett School of Music has teachers that will help you and your children reach their goals. They offer lessons in voice, guitar, piano, cello, violin, viola, bass, and drums.
You can find out all of the details about Barrett School of Music’s programs on their website. Contact them for music lessons in Tampa by going to https://musicschoolintampa.com/contact-music-teacher/ or call 813-293-4594.
1 Weinberger, Norman M.. "The Music in Our Minds." Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California. Accessed June 13, 2019, http://nmw.bio.uci.edu/publications/Weinberger,%201998e.pdf.
What a fabulous way to start off the month of June! We packed the house at Noble Crust Carrollwood with over 80 women mingling, networking, and connecting at our Girls Night Out! We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to the wonderful staff at Noble Crust for accommodating us and serving such delicious food and drinks. We are so lucky to welcome such a great group of women to our events every month, and I love hearing so many people tell us that they heard about us from a friend. Remember, our events are open to everyone and a great place to meet new people in Tampa! Did you miss this event? Don't worry! You can find our upcoming schedule of events on our Facebook page, so save the dates and we hope to see you soon!
You can find our list of featured businesses from this event below. How can you continue to support them? Visit their website, tell a friend about them, like their Facebook page, and stay connected! By sharing the love, YOU are what makes our Tampa Housewives community so wonderful!!
DEFINE body & mind is an exercise studio in Carrollwood specializing in a balanced approach to fitness. We offer barre, rhythm-based cycling, and yoga, as well as childcare. We believe in creating fun, energetic workouts with a focus on total body well-being.
Green Compass with Nikole
Discover the new standard of well-being with Green Compass! American-grown hemp combined with robust quality control, Green Compass CBD products are pure, safe and effective. The CBD they are producing is for the *most* important people in our lives, so there is no place for compromise. Green Compass products are crafted with unmatched quality!
Follow Nikole to learn more about the USDA Certified Organic CBD oils & topicals provided by Green Compass Global (our 6th generation farmers make sure it goes from farm to your door).
Salon Halo is a multi-location award winning salon also located in Spring Hill. Named one of the top 200 salons in the US, they specialize in hair extensions, balayage, makeup & education.
TLS Slim with Kerri
So many weight management programs are a one size fits all program, and if you're like me you realize what works for some doesn't work for all. Finding a lifestyle program that is solely based around YOU; your needs, your goals, your budget, your hormones and your commitment level is what will help you reach your goals. Take the FREE weight loss profile at www.TLSslim.com/kerrip
Day One Massage Therapy, LLC MA 84828 with Mary Ann Kominsky
Call/Text - 813-613-8234
Mary Ann is the amazing owner and operator of Day One Massage Therapy, LLC , an in-home massage therapy business specializing in customized relaxation and therapeutic massages for stress and pain reduction. One hour massages include a full 60-minutes of bodywork.
Gift certificates are available - they make awesome gifts!
The Art of Pixeling
Photographers have a duty to think far more about the stories they are trying to tell-what are they trying to say and who are they trying to say it to. Angel and her team offer photography services for all of your needs! Check out her awesome photos of our event:
I received complimentary camp for my boys in exchange for this blog post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is here, so parents all around Tampa are looking for ways to keep their kids busy, engaged, and happy while school is out. I was thrilled when I came across a summer day camp that met all of those requirements! Code Ninjas Carrollwood has an amazing line-up of camps this summer, and my boys had a blast at their week of Game Builders Camp!
What is Coding?
If you don’t know, code is what is written to tell a computer program, software, a robot, a website, etc. what to do. Learning how to think and problem solve is where the real value of Code Ninjas lives. But it's not only about teaching children to be problem solvers. Game Builders Club at Code Ninjas is a great place for kids to learn how to build their very own video games! Every day your kids' skills at game building will progress further, and they will have a blast while they learn how to code. Games are made on MIT's Scratch coding platform.
About the Camp
Upon arrival at Code Ninjas, we checked in and met the staff. The boys loved their name tags and were so excited to find their own laptop station ready for them! My husband and I are former educators, so my hubby had already spent some time showing the boys a couple of coding games, but neither of them have received formal instruction before. They just knew how fun it could be!
The “curriculum” at camp followed a great workbook that provided my boys with the opportunity to complete multiple activities each day. For my sometimes easily-distracted or easily-frustrated son, he was SO PROUD to share what he had created each day. They had a great ratio of “senseis” to students, and the staff were all so supportive and kind.
Do You Have a Roblox Fan?
Code Ninjas also offers a Roblox Create camp! In this camp, kids learn how to build and create in Roblox (a family-friendly, user-generated online gaming platform similar to Minecraft). By learning to use Roblox Studio, your child can create much more than just a game. Every student will design, plan, and build their own 3D world!
Would We Return to Code Ninjas?
We ABSOLUTELY would return to Code Ninjas Summer Camp! Every day, my kids asked if they were going back, and there was no whining or complaining about being away from home. I was a little worried that they would get bored doing the same thing every day, but they were able to create something different every day, and they also took breaks to use some of the other STEM toys and materials in the room.
Camp Details - How to Sign Up
The Roblox Create and Game Builders Club camps at Code Ninjas Carrollwood are offered as both half day (9 am – 12 pm) and full day (9 am – 4 pm) camps for kids ages 7 - 14. They are filling up fast, so reach out today if you’d like to sign up, and tell them Tampa Housewives in the City sent you!
Text/Call: (813) 603-6509
Also – available for our Tampa Housewives’ audience, we have the opportunity to book a free 30-minute intro to coding lesson at the Carrollwood center to learn more about their programs (especially their summer camps)! Visit http://bit.ly/housewivesinthecitycodeninjas to sign up!
We received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing our thoughts about TreeHoppers.
As always, all opinions are our own.
We are always looking for new ways to spend a quality family day together. TreeHoppers in Dade City was a perfect way for my family to spend a fun day! My husband and I brought our three boys for a 3 hour climbing session, and everyone had a blast. Located just north of the Tampa Bay Area, TreeHoppers is an aerial adventure course with fun (and challenging!) obstacles, along with zip lines through the treetops.
What to Expect on Your Visit
At first glance, I assumed the courses would only be fun for my oldest son who is 9, but TreeHoppers made sure to design courses and elements that were suitable for the younger crowd as well. They have a total of nine different courses, and each course has a rating to designate how challenging it is. They have an amazing staff on hand to answer all of your questions! They told me that one of the things people do not realize about TreeHoppers is that it really is an obstacle course in the air. Many of their guests arrive thinking it is solely a zip line course, which is not the case. Definitely come ready to flex your muscles and have fun trying out your skills!
Upon our arrival, we checked in at the welcome counter because we had already completed our waivers online (I highly suggest doing this if possible!!). The amazing staff fitted us all with our harnesses and took us through a detailed safety orientation. I loved that they also had a small practice course for us to try out the process of using the safety clips. It was not difficult, but having the time to practice definitely helped us all feel ready for our time in the trees.
After completing our practice, we were able to proceed to the starting platform to begin the courses. All courses start in the same place, and the staff directs you to the correct level based on age. The three hour time frame allows you to complete multiple courses, but can vary based on how busy the park is and your skill level. We all had so much fun on the courses!!
Little Lemur's Course
The course I appreciated the most was the Little Lemur's Course that is for children ages 1 - 6. I am not exaggerating when I say that my 2 (almost 3) year old was able to entertain himself in this area for nearly the entire three hours of our time there! The area is roped off and conveniently located next to the base starting point for the other courses. I was able to stay with my little guy to supervise him, but also look up and watch my other two boys with my husband on the courses above us. I also traded places with my husband so I could do a course and he took a turn watching our littlest. It was perfect!
If you're looking for a family-friendly activity in the Tampa Bay Area, make sure to put TreeHoppers on your list! Our family had a great day, and we definitely plan to return. For more details, including hours and pricing, please be sure to visit their website and social media pages.
Address: 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City, FL 33525
Phone: (813) 381-5400
It's May, which means summer is already here in Tampa. With hotter temps and the end of the school year, we are all dreaming of beach days, a/c, and vacation. There was no better way to kick off the summer season than a great night out with you all! We had a blast at one of our favorite venues, American Social, while enjoying beautiful views of Tampa Bay, making new friends, and learning about some fabulous local businesses. Thank you to those who attended! We love seeing so many happy faces at our events, and cannot wait to see you at our events this summer. You can find us on June 4th at Noble Crust Carrollwood and on July 11th at Seasons 52.
Please take the time to connect with and learn about our featured businesses for May. Did you know that purchasing from these businesses is not the only way to support them? You may refer friends to them, you might interact with their social media pages, or even just take the time to learn about them in case you ever need their services or goods in the future. Thank you for your support!
NY Life Insurance with Oliver "The O.G" Gray
Oliver D. Gray Jr. ("O.G.") is also known as the "Magic Johnson" of insurance because he assists families and businesses in creating generational wealth for their families and loved ones. His life has been influenced by the loss of loved ones and he has seen firsthand the value of life insurance policies. O.G. is so passionate about helping Tampa secure their futures, and he would love to help you review your options!
Vêtue Boutique is an online/pop-up women's clothing and accessories boutique. Their collection is focused on great quality, fun, unique and stylish pieces at amazing prices. At Vêtue Boutique fashion is what you buy and style is how they help you put it together. "Let us dress you!"
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Pure Romance with Denise
Pure Romance offers in home parties for women, and we specialize in Spa Products, Massage Products, Bedroom Accessories and Sexual Wellness. We offer a night to remember in a comfortable and fun environment! Ask Denise how to earn Free Shopping Spree!
Doterra with Heather and Elaina
Come experience Doterra! Naturally safe, purely effective essential oils that will change your life!
We also have beautifully handcrafted crochet flowers sprayed with different essential oil scents available for purchase at https://www.creationsinspiredbyhim.net/
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness South Tampa offers an authentic experience for those who want to learn from Floyd’s techniques and training regimens, while getting in the best shape of their lives in a high-intensity group fitness setting. Our fitness studio will provide the most effective group boxing instruction in the market, conditioning the body for optimal results.
Buzz Pop Cocktails
Buzz Pops are the world’s only 100% all natural Adult Push Pop Italian Sorbet made with 15% premium alcohol. Vegan, Gluten free, fat free, Kosher and under 100 calories. Not to mention - DELICIOUS!
Allow Friendlyshowcase.com to upgrade your next event by providing Dj, Photography, light, video & host!
Lunar Body Boudoir
Lunar Body Boudoir is a private boutique portrait studio located in the heart of New Tampa, Florida that helps women of all ages, body types, and phases of their life see themselves in the best light possible. The studio is a safe, judgement and stress-free zone. Simply arrive with an open mind and an open heart and leave the rest to us. Jill and her team provide professional camera-ready hair and makeup, expert coaching & posing ensuring you will have a relaxed, fun time, AND leave with the most beautiful photos of yourself you have ever seen.
Photos from our event
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the team from Jillian Joseph Photography for their beautiful photos at American Social! We had a wonderful evening, and we appreciate you capturing all of our fun!
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!