The SWEET spot of Downtown JAX!

Recently I had the opportunity to celebrate AIGA Jacksonville‘s 25 Anniversary!! It was great seeing so many familiar faces… I have been on “hiatus” since I had my 2 year old. (I know new moms can relate to this). AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is now offering  membership rates as low as $50/year. AIGA offers members a full profile online, discounts on events and competitions, access to content on aiga.org and so much more. It’s a great time to become a member if you’ve been thinking about it!

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The event was hosted by Sweet Pete’s new location in downtown JAX. The new location’s decor is like a contemporary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There will also be a restaurant Candy Apple Cafe, offering a menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and a children’s menu. The cafe and dessert bar are scheduled to open December 15.

In addition to buying all types of candies, ice cream and apparel, they offer tours, parties (children and adults), field trips, and candy making classes. This is definitely on my radar as a location to have my little ones birthday party!

During the AIGA event, me and my friend ventured downstairs to take a look around!  We saw the space for the Candy Apple cafe, the area where they were making candy and the icing on the cake…. we met owner Peter Behringer in person! (As seen on The Profit). He was  nice enough to take a picture with us. (pictured below)

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Next time you are downtown ( JAX) , stop by Sweet Pete’s and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed!!

 

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Natural hair oils (tea tree)

Recently I had the opportunity to test out a  100% pure Australian tea tree oil. I was really excited to try this product because I have been transition to natural for almost 2 years. (I have 4b hair). I have used other brands of tea tree oils and sometimes I combine them with other oils like grape seed, coconut, and argan to help seal in the moisture.

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The first thing I noticed was the strong scent. It reminded me of Sulfar 8. While it worked well, I couldn’t get pass the smell. Needless to say I tried to use the Australian tea tree oil …but the smell was just too strong for me. If you love the smell you’ll love the product!

What I did love is the company has a fully detailed guide on 50 ways to use tea tree oil … beyond benefits for your hair.

 

(I received this product for free to review via tomoson.com)

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Jacksonville’s Family Nature Hunts

A few weeks ago me and my family had the opportunity to participate in a unique experience courtesy of Fun4firstcoastkids  and JaxParks…a nature hunt (an outside scavenger hunt)! We meet at Castaway Island Preserve with two other families, as we walked through the paved path we came across several clues. The clues were foot prints in the cement … the kids had to guess what kind of animal made the footprints before we reached each post where it listed the answer. Once the hike was over, each family was instructed to go to the Fun4firstcoastkids website and enter the answer for the last clue. Prizes vary from icecream to cupcakes and much more!

This was a great experience for my toddler! She’s loves exploring and being outside. TIP: It’s much more fun with a group of kids! Remember to bring snacks, water, sunscreen, bug spray, hats, sunglasses, strollers plus anything else you may need. The hunt lasted about an hour.

 

Jacksonville Nature Hunt 2014

The hike we participated in was a preview of the FREE 10 week summer nature hunt Fun4firstcoastkids is hosting. Our hike was taped by JaxParks and used as a promotional video to give families a better idea of how the Nature Hunts work.

The 10 FREE Nature Hunts will take place June 9 – August 11 at various parks throughout Jacksonville. Check out  Fun4firstcoastkids for more details.

 

See full video below.

Plus be sure to check out Fun4Firstkids.com for hundreds of other great events and activities for kids and families.

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Moms night out – Dinner and a Movie!

A few months ago I shared a post on my experience seeing a pre-showing of the new movie Mom’s night out. This week restaurant.com is offering Two movie tickets plus a $50 restaurant.com e-giftcard for $28! Grab some girlfriends and have dinner and a movie to celebrate YOU. Happy Mother’s Day, you deserve it! 

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Don’t miss out on this show stopping event as this offer is only available for a limited time! Specials by Restaurant.com deals make great gift ideas for everyone.

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Why I’m not enough!

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a VIP pre-screening for the movie Mom’s Night Out. I found out about the pre-screening from another mom in Mentoring Mamas and I invited one of my girlfriends.

BEFORE we even got to the movies…OUR NIGHT STARTED SHAKY!!

I thought for a minute about not going because my husband was sick, my 2-year old was following me around the house and was crying as I was leaving (hate when that happens). THEN because I was on the phone all day, my phone was just about to die as I was on my way to pick up one of the moms (and I’ve never been to her house before so if the phone went totally dead I wouldn’t be able to call if I got lost…Argh). THEN my girlfriend calls me (phone still working but not for much longer) and says she is lost because she went a different way…as I tried to explain and figure out where she was I was praying please don’t let the phone die!

FINALLY we all made it to the movie theater! (Although we had to wait what seemed like 40 minutes to get our food from the concession). Mind you this was a Thursday night and no one was in line (I guess they had to go to another state and catch the chicken(lol). Side note: Did you know that some theaters now serve full meals: hot dogs, burgers, chicken wings, chicken sandwiches, french fries, etc.. I gotta get out more?

Oh and check out the FREE items in the swag bag we received!!

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So the movie begins…the first thing I remember is one of the moms saying she was a mommy blogger…and WOW she has 3 followers. Already I can relate (lol). Without giving away the whole movie (Which opens in theaters Mother’s Day weekend). This is a must see for moms of all ages. As moms we wear so many hats and life can take a toll on us making us second guess our purpose . But no matter what we go through being a mom is one of the GREATEST GIFTS in life.

Know that you are uniquely imperfect and that’s JUST ENOUGH!!

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