Orlando Moms Blog Favorite Things Recap

On January 14th, we had the amazing opportunity to host a FABULOUS dinner for our incredible OMB contributors! We were able to enjoy time with each other, laugh, and highlight some of our favorite things!

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The event was held at the gorgeous Bridle Oaks Barn in Deland, FL. A rustic venue with a unique flair making this a truly enchanting place to host a special event. Every detail was beautifully thought out by a father-daughter team who now run and maintain the Barn. From an exquisite ceremony space to the grand barn, mixed with unique touches, such as the built in photo booth area and fire pit, your event will be one to remember.

InBloom Florist  is a local, family owned business, with a heart for our city, provided breath-taking centerpieces bringing life to our tables, and we are grateful for their hand in making this night feel spectacular.

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Now, we all know that those special little details are what make an event all the more fun, fancy and unique. The Busy Bee Events & Design has created a way to make all of those “Pinterest” level touches simple and stress-free with Bee In A Box! All your party planning special touches in one box, catered to your theme, colors, event, in one place so you can create your look without the Etsy hunt or Pinterest fail!

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We were treated to a delectable dinner created by the amazing Chef Maria Cruz! She was such a joy to work with and her vibrant personality truly shines through in her cooking. From the scrumptious dates with goat cheese and bacon appetizer, to a the Cuban fricassee chicken, to the contributor favorite – pasta with pumpkin sauce, greens, goat cheese sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds, our meal was the perfect display of local ingredients made to please!

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Our gorgeous sweet treats were made by Sugar Loft Bake Shop! It took us awhile to stop ogling their beauty, but once we did, we were sorry we waited! A truly excellent, mama – run company, who does her job exceptionally well!

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Our beautiful invite displayed in our announcement post, sponsor cards, and signature balloon with tassels were created by the amazing ladies at Paper Goat Post! If you haven’t stopped by their awesome shop yet, do so!

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Each of our contributors was treated to products from some of our favorite local (and one that’s not so local, but loves our city and team), shops! With most of these shops being women/mama owned, we are even more excited to share them with you!

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Naked Bar Soap, Co.

We got to sample their Deluxe Artisan Soap and, wow, the word deluxe describes it so well! It’s creamy, smells divine, and makes your hands smooth and happy! :: The term “naked” means undisguised, blatant, and devoid of concealment.  Our artisan soaps are made with nourishing ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil, and sustainable palm oil combined with dollops of creamy Shea, rich Cocoa, and exotic Kokum butter scented only with essential oils and no synthetic fragrances. Simply put our soaps are made  with a handful of naturally, gorgeous ingredients. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Quantum Leap Winery

Not only is their wine amazing, but their winery is such a beautiful place for a girl’s night out or date night! :: Quantum Leap is focused on making and featuring distinctive, environmentally friendly wines from some of the world’s finest growing regions, and supporting our local community. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Rifle Paper Co.

We are truly in love with the Great Things notepads. Not only are they beautiful, but the quote is just the encouragement that every mama needs to read each day! :: Rifle Paper Co. is a stationery and lifestyle brand based in Winter Park, Florida founded and owned by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond, who are also new parents! We strongly believe life’s personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a handwritten card or note, and hope that our goods inspire you to share these moments with others. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 

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SkyCandy

This is not your county fair cotton candy, but a grown-up version that will make your taste buds celebrate! Hide this from the kids mamas, you aren’t going to want to share! :: Sky Candy is known for our organic cotton candy clouds. We start with dye-free sugar, and mix in organic ingredients like real fruit and spices for a unique and delicious confection you can feel great about sharing. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Heavens To Betsy Calligraphy

Naptime is a cherished part of the day, and we love these beautiful hand-crafted signs because it makes it even sweeter! :: Heavens To Betsy Calligraphy is your local stop for custom wooden stamps, calligraphy, and unique prints. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Tugboat and The Bird

Tugboat and the Bird truly spoiled our ladies with one of their soft, signature layettes, and a variety of their fun gifts that they have in stock! :: Our name is as unique as our collection of timeless classics that truly capture childhood. We carry girls and boys apparel from preemie to size 7. In addition, we carry shoes, toys, accessories, and baby must haves! You will love our creative mix of special and one of a kind gifts. It is the perfect place to find heartfelt presents for any occasion as well as everyday treasures that make life more charming. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Kismet Cosmetics

Alright, so Kismet might not be local, but this shop owner loves Orlando just the same and we love her too! Our ladies got choose from creamy, rich lipsticks and their best-selling body bronzing lotions! :: Kismet is a boutique cosmetics brand for those who believe fashion is head to toe. Cruelty-Free. Paraben-Free. USA Made. Rich Colors. Belief in giving back. Free Shipping! Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Chewy Boba Tea

If you haven’t had a Boba Tea, you are missing out! These creamy and tasty treats are the best way to sweeten your day! The taro flavor is our favorite! :: Family owned and operated since 2002, Chewy Boba Company prides itself in providing the best customer service and quality for all of our fellow Boba connoisseurs. Be adventurous and try as many different flavors as you’d like. We’re so confident in our selection of drinks that if anything is not to your satisfaction, we’ll be more than happy to adjust your drink to your liking or provide you with a different beverage. Facebook

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Whole Foods Alamonte Springs

While most people know Whole Foods for their quality grocery products, their body care line is just as fantastic and health conscious. The 365 lavender lotion is just heavenly! :: We don’t sell just anything. The products we sell must meet our rigorous standards. From basic ingredients to farm animal welfare, seafood sustainability, body care, cleaning products and more, trust us to do the research so you can shop with peace of mind. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Re-Play Recycled

It’s no secret – OMB mamas love our Re-Play items! Their function, durability and standards cannot be beat. Plus, they are just plain fun! :: Re-Play tableware is manufactured, assembled and tested in the USA! Headquarters in Winter Park, FL. Re-Play Products are made from recycled milk jugs and come in a rainbow of 12 fun, vibrant colors. We have saved 11 million milk jugs from the landfill to date! Our mission is to produce top quality products while following responsible environmental and social business practices. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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And because you, dear reader, are why we do, what we do, we want one of you to enjoy our Favorite Things as well! Enter below until February 10th at 11:59p.m. Winner will be announced Thursday, February 11th, 2016.

{Event Photography courtesy of K. Bri Photography}

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