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)

sweet pete owner Aiga           sweet petes candy making

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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Create a photobook in one-click!

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If you’re like me you have thousands of photos on your phone, unorganized and cluttered! Why not, create a professional photo book with a SINGLE click using Collage.com’s One-Click Photo Book. Select photos of any size from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and they will instantly suggest a clean, professional layout that you can further customize.

 

Deal: Use this link for 51% off a 20-page 11.5″x8″ Hardcover Photo Book From Collage.com: http://bit.ly/collagepbdeal

 

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The ULTIMATE Play Date!

 

Mommy and me chick-fil-A 2014

Today I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with my baby girl. We went to one of our favorite restaurants #chickfilA! It was Mommy & Me Morning at the Chick-fil-A on Southside. We were invited by our friends at Fun4firstcoastkids.com!

We had a chance to make discovery bags, tatoo art , and colorful pages. And yes we did spend some time in the play room!! PLUS, we for a special treat and were able to get a behind the scenes look at how Chick-fil-A operates…we left with a cute bracelet (pictured above) and a mini signature cow. I tried to get the secret recipe, but no luck (lol).

ChickfilA backstage

There were about 10 moms and kids that participated. We were even able to connect and make some new friends:) The marketing director stated she want to have more events like this at their location. Check their website for upcoming events.

It was a great experience and also nostalgic…Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Cathy Truett, passed earlier this week. The company is family owned and I have no doubt their legacy and brand will continue to be one of  authenticity and compassion.

What’s your favorite experience at Chick-fil-A?

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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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