Many of you are just learning about Housewives in the City, or were just unable to attend our launch event, so I'd love to share some local businesses with you! These businesses were featured at our vendor tables and we just love them! Please reach out to them to support their businesses if they have something you need or want!
One of the ways that Housewives in the City supports our local community is by spotlighting a charity during each of our monthly events. This month, we are spotlighting a local Tampa charity called Faces of Courage. Faces of Courage is actually celebrating its 13th birthday today! Peggie D. Sherry founded the non-profit in 2004 to provide day outings and overnight camps for women, children and families touched by all types of cancer and blood disorders.
Through corporate sponsors, civic, social and service organizations, individual donors, grants, fundraisers and bequests, Faces of Courage provides their camps and outings free of charge for their participants. They currently have served over 7,500 cancer families with the help of over 1,500+ active volunteers.
These events focus on developing strong positive attitudes towards recovery and good health management and include:
• Kid Camper Outings
• Adult Camper Outings
• Family Picnics
• Empowerment Days (Educational Workshops)
• Women’s Cancer Weekend Retreats
• Minority Women Cancer Weekend Retreats
• Santa’s Workshop Weekend for cancer kids ages 2-12 and their well siblings
• Young Adult Cancer Camp Weekend (ages 13+ and up)
Faces of Courage founder, Peggie, will be joining us for our Girls Night Out event on January 11 at Primebar at the Shops at Wiregrass. If you would like to support this charity, they always appreciate gift cards to stores such as Publix, Walmart, or even gas cards for their campers. Even $5-$10 makes a difference for these families. They also hold these camps locally, so if you would like to volunteer your time with Faces of Courage, speak with Peggie or visit their website Faces of Courage.
I made it back to the gym today for a cycle class after taking most of winter break off! Woohoo! I used to be so scared and intimidated to take classes at the gym and now it's my favorite way to get my cardio workout in. I especially love the energy of all the people getting their year off to a healthy start in January!
I took a class today called Sprint, which is a 30 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) Les Mills class. Les Mills scripts their classes, so you always know what to expect. Each instructor brings a little something different to the class, but the format remains the same. Class was full!!
When I tell people that I love cycle classes, they either agree with me, or tell me how much the bikes hurt their behind! ;) I agree that you'll be sore for a week or so, but if you come consistently, it won't be a problem for long.
If you're new to cycle and want to try it out, be sure to introduce yourself to the instructor when you arrive. He or she will help you set up your bike so your workout can be most effective. You may see other people with cycle shoes on, but you don't have to have them. I waited a few months before investing in mine to make sure I really would keep enjoying the class.
Also remember that during the class, you have complete control over the class difficulty, so it's a great way to start group fitness classes. As long as you're working hard, it's worth your time!
All cycle classes are a bit different, but you can always count on a high calorie burn from all of that cardio work! It's also easier on the joints than running, and is great for your heart.
My other favorite group fitness classes are Body Pump and Yoga (Hot Yoga especially!) and try to get to those as much as I can too. What are your favorites? Do you prefer working out alone?
Welcome to the Tampa Housewives in the City! I am Nicole and I am excited to be the new host of the Girl’s Night Out events! I have attended the events for years and I just love big group gatherings whether I'm hosting or attending. I am a wife, mother of 2 and a small business owner-Your New Best Friend Concierge. Spa treatments, lazy days by the pool and playing loud music alone in the car -- all make me happy!