Franks and Beans Events produces entertaining BYOB Girls Nights Out in South Jersey
Welcome to South Jersey’s best bet for a fun night out–Franks and Beans Events! Come to meet new friends, bond with your BFFs and/or network for business in a casual setting. Enjoy Canvas Painting Dinners, Jewelry making dinners, and Psychic Dinners, which promise all guests relaxation while enjoying a fresh and delicious meal. Keeping ticket prices affordable is our goal, so all events are BYOB, while being careful to not skimp on the quality of food or programs. We hire only trustworthy professionals to present our programs, as well as staff who’s friendly and helpful. Registration is organized because we create seating charts. Coming with friends? Contact Tobi at Tobi@FranksandBeans.net to tell her who you’d like to be seated with. Do this as soon as you are able to after you purchase your ticket(s).
And as an added bonus, we give lots of door prizes away at each event! Also joining us at many events are vendors, so you can meet local business owners, and even shop, if you feel like it. Need more information? Contact Tobi, or for a full listing of events please visit http://www.franksandbeans.net.
Each day—Monday through Friday—we ask a QOTD and the answers can be quite entertaining. Sometimes, they bring back memories of the little things we might have forgotten, and other times, the answers can bring tears to your eyes.
On Aug 26, member Cindy Morelli asked, “What was your first job?” Check these out. Can you identify with any of them?
MGS: Ran numbers for the mob in Brooklyn when I was about 10. Just thought it was a brown bag with papers. Never looked in it till the used car lot got raided. LOL. True story.
SGW: My first job was making sodas, floats, shakes and sundaes at Jerry’s Ice Cream Parlor 1500 S 28th St next door to our home.
SS: Grants at the food counter, lasted a day and quit! Hated it!
KN: I was a carhop, and it was fun!
LAH: Babysitting, literally, a 2-year-old and a newborn, I was 12, cloth diapers, and I took them to the pool 😳
DL: I was 16 – Packing salt water taffy at James Salt Water in Atlantic City – lasted a week…, even though I’m Catholic…, I didn’t have the right “rhythm method” … 😳🙄🤪🤪🤪🙄😳
MC: 17 years old, 10 days after graduating St Maria Goretti, I walked into the old Quarter master, 20th and Oregon! Although I left that office eventually, I only worked for the federal government for my entire career. Retired 37 1/2 years later at 55! Great career! Great retirement!!!
DMC: Driving the tractor at 9 years old in the early am while others picked corn then later the same day off to the roadstand to sell fruits/vegetables.
DKF: Cleaned houses for teachers
JG: Seasonal gift-wrapper…at a hardware store. (Ever wrapped a sledgehammer? I have.)
So, what was YOUR first job? Did you like it, love it, or quit after the first day? Comment below to let us know! And/or let us know your favorite job description from above.
As I’ve mentioned in past blog posts, one of my philosophies is, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
Well, that’s exactly what three local women business owners have done. Here are their stories.
By the age of 33, Bridget Papagno had been sick for two years. “I had a fever every day. The lab work and testing were constant, and every time I’d go to the doctor, he’d just order more tests and tell me to come back in three months.”
New medications came
with debilitating side effects that were worse than her symptoms. She was at
the end of her rope, when she decided to seek help from a holistic
practitioner. She began to feel better, but there was one other person she was
destined to meet who would help her turn her life around.
The woman, a fellow hockey mom, was Judy Dingler, a psychic medium who teaches Reiki, psychic development, and so much more. She became Bridget’s mentor, as well as her best friend. This immersion into holistic healing made Bridget feel human again, and that’s when she became the Essential Lightworker.
She is now a Reiki Master who both practices and teaches. She even does Reiki on pets. She is also an Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner and a certified Aromatherapist, and as of this month, has taken over the reigns as president of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, currently Moorestown-Cherry hill Chapter, soon to be Mt. Laurel-Cherry Hill Chapter.
“I now have a new
passion for life because of my commitment to helping others. And I now
understand that I had to get sick, so I could help others get well.”
Shaheerah Fardan-Ali also found her salvation by starting her own business. “I started out baking for family and friends who loved what I did and encouraged me to start a business. Once I made the decision to do it, I needed a name. So, I went through what some would call ‘The Dark Night of the Soul.’
“In evaluating where I
was in my life and where I wanted to be, through a period of growth,
transition, and unknowing, my business became my ‘diary,’ and my cupcakes
became my ‘entries.’ And Diary of a Cupcake was born. I put inspirational
messages on some of my cupcakes, because they are my diary entries, too.”
herself at a spoken word event where she shared her story with the audience. “And
I felt this glow come over me and a sense of empowerment and accomplishment.
“If I had not had the shift in mindset that I’d had in the past 3 months, I wouldn’t have had the faith and courage to speak at that event. If I didn’t make the resolution at the beginning of the year to be committed to my work, I wouldn’t have even been there.
“If I had not begun to surrender my day to the opportunities that God sends me every day, I wouldn’t have even booked that event two days before. If I hadn’t been preparing for moments like this, and hadn’t made “the choice two years ago to surrender, to fight, to grow, and no longer allow my fear to overshadow my desire to thrive…
“If I had been so
consumed by my fear and self-doubt instead of recognizing the ways that I have
been blessed lately, recognizing the messages and opportunities that I have
“If I wasn’t in the
rooms that I had been in, meeting the people that I have met recently who,
instead of only taking from my cup, would refill mine so we could refill each
other’s…Anyway, I am grateful. And I celebrate these sweet moments that remind
me that I am exactly where I am supposed to be at any given moment.”
Though Elise Mac-Bello’s business was not born of an illness as Bridget’s was, or a spiritual awakening as Shaheerah’s was, it was born right along with the birth of her second child.
Elise is a chocolatier
who owns Saejar Sweets in Willingboro. Her company name is a commingling of her
children’s names, Sadie and Jared.
“I’ve always had a
love for creativity and trying new things. Making chocolates was one of my
favorite ways to de-stress from my demanding career in the nonprofit world. I
always wished I could make it my career, but enjoyed doing meaningful work
within my community. Then Jared was born, and nothing gave me more joy than
being his mom.
“I could no longer imagine the 1.5 hour commute to work, the 24 hour on-call life where I would often leave to deal with a crisis at any given moment, and spent a glorious 7 months with my little guy, wishing it could be forever but needing to bring in an income for our family.”
What was also coming in Elise’s way was fear. “I toyed with the
idea of opening my own business, but fear was not something I had yet learned
to conquer, so back to work I went.” Until—surprise!—she and husband Thomas
discovered that they’d soon be a family of four.
“But that nasty fear kept telling me there was no way I would
ever be able to pursue my dreams with two mouths to feed, so I pressed on for 5
“Then finally, in November of 2018, a door opened that would
allow me to get the training I needed to make my passion a reality. So, I said
a whole lot of prayers and ran as fast as I could through that open door,
thanking God for the peace and passion to know that this would be my next
“My heart is so unbelievably full! I am surrounded by faith,
family and community, which is Saejar Sweets’ Top 3 values, and values we try
our hardest to infuse in all we do! Values (along with several others) we are
raising our kids to embrace.”
You can meet these three inspiring women at our June 19th “It’s EVERYBODY’S Birthday” Birthday Party! Elise and Shaheerah are our Dessert Sponsors, and you know what that means! Chocolate and cupcakes for everyone! Click here for more info on that event.
So, what’s YOUR story
of power? What are YOU striving for? We ALL deserve to have our own story, and
when we use our power, it WILL have a happy ending.
Tell us in the
comments below what your dream is and how you have, or will, make it a reality
using your power.
Is it the sultry Carly Simon? The romantic yet environmentally responsible Joni Mitchell? Or the prolific and “how does she know what I’m thinking?” Carole King?
Obviously, mine is Carole King. I have adored her since I discovered Tapestry. I was a high school sophomore at the time, and you’ll never believe how I got my copy. But not right now; later on. I promise…
I love ALL of King’s music on ALL of her albums. I didn’t just buy in a forward direction (1971’s Music, 1972’s Rhymes & Reasons, 1973’s Fantasy, 1974’s Wrap Around Joy….), but I also bought backward (King’s pre-Tapestry album Writer, and 45s of her hits from The Brill Building). And with every new album I bought, I loved her even more.
Carole King comforted me after break-ups, energized me while folding laundry, inspired me when I had to write a boring paper, and lifted me when I finally got my driver’s license and could take to the highway with the windows rolled down and my long brown hair waving out the driver’s side. I’m listening to “Sweet Seasons” right now! I relate to her and Gerry Goffin’s lyrics, and was and still am even more moved by her melodies and mind-blowing arrangements.
So in 2008, just before the book “Girls Like Me” was released, I contacted Atria Publishers to get a review copy. I read it—devoured it, really. Then I asked for an interview with its author for Girlfriendz Magazine, which I was publishing at the time. They said yes! SHE said yes! And it turned out to be one of my very favorite interviews for Girlfriendz. I never forgot how kind and giving Sheila Weller was during our talk, nor the depths of her research for her books and magazine articles. I truly never forgot about that, which is why 8 years later, it was Sheila Weller who I wanted to shine the spotlight on at my long-awaited Women’s Expo—an expo I have wanted to produce since 2010.
So please join us! My remarkable team and I have been working on this since January to make it a truly enjoyable night with lots of fun (and delicious) surprises!
Click here now to get your tickets. Only $10, but the price goes up on Nov 7. It’s the ultimate Girls’ Night Out! Come and buy Sheila’s books and she’ll sign them for you! And bring your significant other, armed with your Wish List because we’re featuring a Boutique Marketplace with more than 45 vendors.
I can’t freaking WAIT!
Oh, and how did I get my copy of Tapestry way back in 1971? I promise to tell you at the expo. 😉
PS: Vote in the comment section below for your favorite: Carole King, Carly Simon or Joni Mitchell. And tell me why. It’ll be a lot less stressful than the upcoming vote on Nov 8. And PLEASE vote on Nov 8.
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