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!
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!"
FACEBOOK GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/vetueboutiqueinsider/
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!
We always have such a fun crowd at our Wesley Chapel events, and our April 4th Ladies Night Out at The Brass Tap - Wiregrass was no exception! We welcomed over 75 local women to socialize, mingle, enjoy delicious samples from Yummy Tablas and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and meet wonderful business owners from Lunar Body Boudoir and Mary Kay. We also had a fun photo booth from Friendly Showcase that was a huge hit! We welcomed familiar faces and new guests, and we cannot wait to do it again next month at our May 1st Summer Bash at American Social!
Check our these images captured by Jillian Josephs Photography:
Thank you so much to Carissa with The Brass Tap who was so wonderful and flexible with our group, and the incredible businesses below. Please share the love by liking, following, and visiting these businesses. We love our Tampa Housewives in the City community!
Mary Kay with Rachel and Amanda
We love highlighting these amazing women at our events! Rachel and Amanda are not only passionate about their Mary Kay products, but they are a wonderful resource of information to meet your beauty and skincare needs. Connect with them so they can teach you the hottest trends and techniques of how to keep care of your skin and how to apply your makeup so that you can duplicate it at home!
Nothing Bundt Cakes - Wiregrass
Nothing Bundt Cakes is a bakery chain in Wesley Chapel with bundt cakes ranging from bite-sized to tiered, plus platters, candles & cards. Step into a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and let the aroma of freshly-baked Bundt stir your senses. Choose from ten luscious Bundt flavors and forty unique cake designs while you browse a treasure trove of unique gifts, charming cards and inspired decorator items. Looking for a special occasion baked treat in Wesley Chapel? Nothing Bundt Cakes is perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation gifts, and more!
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Heidi with Yummy Tablas was a HUGE hit at our event! With white glove delivery, she puts together luxury gourmet party platters and grazing tables that include meats, cheeses, crackers, fruits, nuts, fruit spreads, and more. If you are hosting an event in the Tampa or Wesley Chapel area, you need to check her out!
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Lunar Body Boudoir
Jill Kelly of Jillian Josephs Photography has a passion for empowering women, and that passion led her to begin offering her full service boudoir sessions in her studio in New Tampa. Empowering women to discover their inner light, self-worth, confidence, and true beauty through tasteful boudoir photography through every phase of life, her photography is truly professional and will be something to treasure for years to come.
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I love visiting the beach. I love the colors, the smells, the beautiful scenery, and the way I feel when I am relaxing on a balcony overlooking the gulf or ocean. I have always wanted to recreate that experience in my home decor, and I am thrilled to share that Coastal Living Magazine has a Coastal Living Collection that is perfect to bring the feel of the beach home to your house, no matter where you live! I recently had the opportunity to attend a celebration of this home decor line at the Matter Brothers Furniture store in Sarasota where they also welcomed Tracey Minkin, travel editor of Coastal Living Magazine, to share 2019 coastal design trends with us.
Tracey shared a gorgeous slideshow of various designs they are seeing as current trends in home decor when living on or near the coast. While I loved seeing how the designers were incorporating the aqua and coral colors, along with bold prints (even on wallpaper!), I also knew how much I personally struggle to decorate my own home. I never can quite get the look I want, and I find it so challenging to decorate in a way that still is welcoming and practical for living with kids. After her presentation, I took the time to explore the Matter Brothers Furniture showroom and the Coastal Living Collection.
I quickly learned how easily we can all incorporate the coastal life into our own homes with the help of the Coastal Living Collection! With the beautiful clean lines, crisp cream and white colors, and strategic pops of color from pillows or pieces of art, I am eager to emulate the coastal look at home. I love that you don't have to be as heavy handed with navy colors or multiple tropical colors. And the best part of it all? Even if I can't personally put together the look on my own, I can shop at Matter Brothers Showroom and purchase all of the pieces in an entire room to bring home. Take a look at this beautiful living room:
I had a little (okay, a lot) of added excitement at this Coastal Living Collection launch event. Matter Brothers and Coastal Living partnered for a giveaway of an amazing loveseat to one lucky winner, and I won! It could not have been better timing as we are replacing our loveseat in our living room and have been looking at options recently. I even almost bought a new sofa last week but my husband convinced me to wait a little while. I am so glad that I did! Check out these photos of the Stone Harbor loveseat in the store:
And now I'm excited to share the loveseat in my living room! This room is a work in progress for us, but it looks gorgeous with my rug and pillows. We are starting our hunt for a coffee table and/or ottomans for in front of it, and eventually will add a recliner or chair to finish out the seating in the room.
I'm interested to hear from you all about your thoughts on decorating your home and trying to capture a certain look. Do you struggle with it like I do? What do you think of this Coastal Living Collection? Share a comment below or on our social media posts!
If you were one of the wonerful ladies who attended our bartaco Girls Night Out in November, you had the pleasure of meeting author Sydney Knox. I recently had the chance to learn more about the fabulous woman behind the Sydney Knox novels (fun fact: that's actually a pen-name and her other business ventures are under her name, Pamela Bell-Morrow!), and I know you will love getting to know her!
You can find more about the Sydney Knox novels on her website and Facebook page.
Tell us about your business.
I was born a writer, but to make a living from it has been my dream. It took a lot of opportunity and preparation to realize it. I started out as a stockbroker out of college, then began a successful marketing firm with an ex. Setbacks are lessons, otherwise they’re just setbacks so why see it that way? I kept going and now as a creative copywriter, novelist as Sydney Knox and a private real estate investor, I’ve achieved a life goal - writing creatively and getting paid for it.
Describe yourself in three words:
Resourceful, passionate, reliable
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Two of them actually, finishing my first book series and earning my series 7 license. I hadn’t been a finance/business major and that test is hard! When I let it expire, I felt free - no turning or looking back and I never have. And then writing my first book series was like childbirth times ten.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I keep little lighthouse goals I keep quiet but in six months I’d like my brand to have a wider circulation in the vertical I think most effective for it, and I’m always workings toward finding interesting networks with like-mined people to join.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It’s gotten easier over the years since my daughter has reached her teen years. I’ve always kept my family and things that brought income to my family as priories first, and as for the house – I’ve always kept things at the best level I could. Nothing was perfect, but we’ve turned out okay.
We had such a wonderful time kicking off the busy December holidays at Bahama Breeze in Lutz! Thank you to everyone who attended! It is so rewarding to watch so many women come together to support each other and create new friendships. Our Wesley Chapel events always impress me because we have such an amazing community outside of the Tampa area. I'm always looking for great venues for new events - what other communities should we visit?
Below, you will find a listing of the small businesses we welcomed at this event. Please continue to support them by visiting their sites, learning about them, and use them for your future needs. Thank you so much, and I look forward to seeing you next month as we celebrate our TWO YEAR anniversary at American Social with our Little Black Dress event! Find details on our Facebook event page. The photos below highlight our businesses, and you can find the entire album on our Facebook page!
United Vein Centers
Looking for the best treatment for spider veins and varicose veins in Tampa? United Vein Center has numerous locations in the Tampa area to meet your needs! Their staff has treated hundreds of patients, providing extremely successful results through their commitment to patient care.
They use the latest vein treatment technologies and specialize in noninvasive treatments that allow for little to no pain.
Clean Juice Wesley Chapel
Clean Juice is a family owned company founded with the purpose of giving your family access to clean, organic products while you are on the go. You may recognize them from other locations around the area, and we are so lucky to welcome Clean Juice to the Shops at Wiregrass! From acai bowls to juice cleanses, Clean Juice Wesley Chapel has you covered for healthy products. They had their soft opening this weekend and are ready to serve you today!
Esthetics813 and Balance Right
Websites: http://www.esthetics813.com and Balanceright.trainerize.com
The amazing duo of Kyymara and Megan joined forces to provide you with all of the services you need to feel and look your best! Esthetics813 is a full-service facial and body skincare spa. Esthetics813 is the place to go for a relaxing spa day and sets the mood for total self-renewal. Esthetics813 has been nominated for Best in Spa by Creative Loafing and Best New Business by the North Tampa Bay Chamber in 2017 and 2018. Whether you need some Me time, Girls time or Couple time - Esthetics813 is the spa for you!
Balance Right is an online fitness and nutrition program. Programs are suitable for moms, busy women, travelers, or anyone looking to better their health and fitness. Workouts and meal plans are designed based on your needs. With your online program, workout anywhere with a personal trainer 24/7. Learn how to balance your life, with health and fitness!
Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations
Want to take the stress out of planning a vacation? You need Wendy with Cruiseplanners! Whether you are traveling by land or sea, looking for budget travel or luxury, Wendy has a variety of resources available to plan your perfect vacation! Learn more about Wendy from our recent blog post, and contact her for your travel from Tampa needs!
Pure Romance with Denise
With the best in bath, beauty, and bedroom accessories, it's easy to find something you'll love with Pure Romance. Wish list longer than expected? No problem! When you host a party with Denise, you receive a free gift plus a percentage of your party's sales to use toward the product you love-all for having a night of laughs your friends will never forget. Hosting is always free and always fun, so contact Denise to book your party today!
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski with Shannah
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski jewels are exclusively made with Swarovski crystals and zirconia, designed using unique Swarovski innovations, cuts and trend colors. Shannah can help you select the perfect piece for yourself or as a gift to someone special! With so much of their line under $50, you and your wallet will love shopping with Shannah!
Mir Salgado Photography
Thank you to the amazing Miriam for capturing this event for us! An award-winning Tampa photographer, Miriam photographs weddings, portraits, families, newborns, and maternity. Connect with her for your next photo session!
What a month in Tampa Bay! When taking a look at the calendar before October started, I had no idea all of the amazing things that were going to unfold in our area! Tampa and St. Pete have so much to offer, and this fall has been so packed full of fun, a blog recap is necessary! I'm using links to my recent Instagram posts. If you don't already follow me over there, make sure to connect: www.instagram.com/tampahousewives. You'll also see a couple posts below from friends of mine: Caitlyn at @livesweatsleep and Tracy at @forkingaroundtown. Follow these fabulous ladies for another local voice!
Getting in the Halloween spirit early, my family loved ZooTampa's Creatures of the Night! Haven't visited yet? Read all about our experience and make a plan to visit before it's gone!
Located in St. Pete's Innovation District, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi opened in October. Check it out for delicious quick-casual pan-Asian food!
My blogger friends and I were spoiled with an incredible selection of food at Paul's Chicago Pizza in St. Pete. I can't wait to have some of their dry-rubbed wings again. Many people asked - yes, they are still in Clearwater too!
Hard Rock Tampa invited us to come check out their newly remodeled Center Bar with creative new cocktails.
I never miss a reason to visit Armature Works, and I loved the Metropolitan Ministries Tampa Bay Food Fight event. I may have made a few extra trips around the room to get the goat cheese baklava from the people's choice winner, Sacred Pepper!
Popular South Tampa restaurant Boca has also experienced some updates recently! Their farm fresh dishes are always impressive, and I especially enjoyed their Empire State of Mind flatbread. Let me know if you try it!
Clearwater is welcoming the Fenway Hotel back! This gorgeous hotel has been under construction and is ready to welcome guests soon!
The much-anticipated new restaurant from Datz Restaurant Group, Dr. BBQ, has opened in St. Pete this month! I can't wait to check it out!
Tampa Housewives in the City's next Girls Night Out event is our first in Hyde Park! We will be at the fabulous bartaco and hope you will join us for a fun night!
Next weekend, Clearwater Beach Uncorked returns to Pier 60, and my husband and I cannot wait! This food and wine event is unlike any other and brings delicious food and drinks to our beautiful beach!
If you've attended one of our Tampa Housewives in the City Girls Night Out events, there is a great chance you have already met our Leading Lady, Wendy Carlston of Tampa Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations. You can always find her with the amazing, tropical table display while she's wearing her gorgeous smile! I am excited to share more of Wendy's story with you here today, and the next time you see her at one of our monthly networking socials, be sure to say hi!
If you'd like to contact Wendy directly to book your next land or sea vacation, you can reach her at:
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
As a full-time single parent I was looking for a business to start up that combined my passion with the ability to manage my own schedule around my child's needs. I love that I can work from virtually anywhere. There are a lot of hours involved but time flies when you are having fun and I absolutely love helping others plan their vacations.
Describe yourself in three words:
Energetic, outgoing, reliable
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being ranked #1 in my franchise of new startups in my first year of business
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Expand my business by hiring new agents who possess the same love of travel as I do. I could use the help :)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I've always wanted to be a professional race car driver..lol
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
As a single parent it's my biggest challenge. Each and every day I have to be aware of how much time I'm devoting to my work/life balance. It's a work in progress.
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, Google, my booking platform
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in Tampa Bay?
I love the Brunchy flatbread and frose at American Social, The Riverwalk and I'm crazy about the South Pinellas beach area (I'm a beach girl at heart).
What is your goal for retirement?
We never know what the future holds once we reach retirement. Let's just say that life is short, I live with no regrets and my bucket list will be checked off by then.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Find your passion and just go for it!!!
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!