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Hi Dolls, 
Last summer, right around this time, my friend and I took a group of amazing young ladies on a once in a lifetime trip to The Ancient Mediterannean.  We visited Italy and Greece and it was literally EVERYTHING I could've imagined and more.  The day before we visited The Colosseum, our tour guide said "I want everyone to wear yellow tomorrow!"  We didn't know why but the next day we all wore yellow and he told us that the color signifies warmth, happiness, laughter, cheerfulness, etc.  He gave us his own personal story behind why he loved the color so much and all day people were wondering, and some even asked, why we all wore yellow.  When we explained it, they would smile and nod in agreement.  It gave us the opportunity to "create our own sunshine!"  
When I was younger, I would steer clear of yellow clothing because a long time ago someone told me the color was too bright for darker skin toned black women.  RIDICULOUS, I know!  It's definitely one of my favorite colors for clothing now.  It is beautiful on anyone, especially on deep brown skin.  Someone told me it makes us look as though we're glowing from within.  I love it!
Why are people so judgy anyways?  I've heard some of the craziest things over the years about what black women should or shouldn't wear. 
 I've heard we she stay away from brightly colored lipsticks and nude colors.  I happen to love a nude or pink lippie.  It's all about how you blend things.  The most perplexing to me is that black women shouldn't wear hair extensions because it shows you don't love yourself {insert eye-roll here}.  There's nothing wrong with wanting a few extra inches on Monday and rocking a natural fro on Friday.  We like options people!
Can we live?!?!  We have this one life to live!  It's so crazy how folks get so consumed with what others are doing with their hair, their clothing, their lives, and in the meantime they're missing out on what's happening in their own lives. 
Anywho, back to this super cute look!  I got this darling romper from Fashion Nova , who by the way, recently started selling men's clothing!  I am so in love with this OTS romper!  It so comfortable  and I love how flowy it is.  You would almost think it's a dress but they're shorts!  There's a peep slit in the front so it's very flirty.  Here are some similar looks below you can check out as well!

You've seen these fabulous earrings before.  I got them a long, long time ago at a Natural Hair Show and Convention.  I've been on a look out for similar ones ever since.  These animal print wedges are old as well from good ole Shoe Dazzle!
Moral of the story,  wear what ever makes you feel good and don't forget to smile!  When you do those things, you create your own sunshine.  Have a great weekend loves and as always, thanks so much for reading!
XOXO
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Create Your Own Sunshine

Hi Dolls, 
Last summer, right around this time, my friend and I took a group of amazing young ladies on a once in a lifetime trip to The Ancient Mediterannean.  We visited Italy and Greece and it was literally EVERYTHING I could've imagined and more.  The day before we visited The Colosseum, our tour guide said "I want everyone to wear yellow tomorrow!"  We didn't know why but the next day we all wore yellow and he told us that the color signifies warmth, happiness, laughter, cheerfulness, etc.  He gave us his own personal story behind why he loved the color so much and all day people were wondering, and some even asked, why we all wore yellow.  When we explained it, they would smile and nod in agreement.  It gave us the opportunity to "create our own sunshine!"  
When I was younger, I would steer clear of yellow clothing because a long time ago someone told me the color was too bright for darker skin toned black women.  RIDICULOUS, I know!  It's definitely one of my favorite colors for clothing now.  It is beautiful on anyone, especially on deep brown skin.  Someone told me it makes us look as though we're glowing from within.  I love it!
Why are people so judgy anyways?  I've heard some of the craziest things over the years about what black women should or shouldn't wear. 
 I've heard we she stay away from brightly colored lipsticks and nude colors.  I happen to love a nude or pink lippie.  It's all about how you blend things.  The most perplexing to me is that black women shouldn't wear hair extensions because it shows you don't love yourself {insert eye-roll here}.  There's nothing wrong with wanting a few extra inches on Monday and rocking a natural fro on Friday.  We like options people!
Can we live?!?!  We have this one life to live!  It's so crazy how folks get so consumed with what others are doing with their hair, their clothing, their lives, and in the meantime they're missing out on what's happening in their own lives. 
Anywho, back to this super cute look!  I got this darling romper from Fashion Nova , who by the way, recently started selling men's clothing!  I am so in love with this OTS romper!  It so comfortable  and I love how flowy it is.  You would almost think it's a dress but they're shorts!  There's a peep slit in the front so it's very flirty.  Here are some similar looks below you can check out as well!

You've seen these fabulous earrings before.  I got them a long, long time ago at a Natural Hair Show and Convention.  I've been on a look out for similar ones ever since.  These animal print wedges are old as well from good ole Shoe Dazzle!
Moral of the story,  wear what ever makes you feel good and don't forget to smile!  When you do those things, you create your own sunshine.  Have a great weekend loves and as always, thanks so much for reading!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,
Guess, what!?!?  School is officially out for summer...AGAIN!  I can't believe I've just wrapped up another year of teaching. The student's last day of school was last Friday and the teacher's last day was today.  We cleared out our desks and headed to Red Robin for our teacher appreciation freebies!   Time seriously does seem to fly after a certain age.  I remember my first year as a teacher, fresh out of college, with out a clue as to what I was doing, and it seemed like the school year would never come to an end.  Now, after several years in the game, I blink and we're cleaning up classrooms and handing in keys!   This summer I plan on relaxing, working out, and doing a little traveling.  The weather is definitely starting to heat up, so a few trips to the beach may be in the works as well.  
Of course with more heat, there's less clothing and crop tops are never a bad idea.  

I decided to pull out a crop top to rock with these fabulous wide leg pants I scored from Forever 21!
I'm loving wide-leg and flowy pants for spring and summer because they allow your legs to breathe a bit with these scorching Florida temps!  Plus they are super versatile and can be dressed up or down.  I love pieces like this!
I grabbed my new multi-colored clutch from Scout and Molly's  and it was a look!  Simple and chic, my go-to!  
{Shop Similar Styles Below}
This summer I think I'm going  to be all about flowy and comfortable attire.  It definitely seems to be on trend right now.  What are your go-to summer looks?  I also see a lot of off-the-shoulder looks as well!  You can never have too much of that!
Top and Pants:  Forever 21 ~ Clutch:  Scout and Molly's ~ 
Heels:  ShoeDazzle ~  Necklace:  Kendra Scott 
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So what are you getting into this summer?  
Let me know in the comments below and as always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Starting My Summer in Forever 21

Hi Dolls,
Guess, what!?!?  School is officially out for summer...AGAIN!  I can't believe I've just wrapped up another year of teaching. The student's last day of school was last Friday and the teacher's last day was today.  We cleared out our desks and headed to Red Robin for our teacher appreciation freebies!   Time seriously does seem to fly after a certain age.  I remember my first year as a teacher, fresh out of college, with out a clue as to what I was doing, and it seemed like the school year would never come to an end.  Now, after several years in the game, I blink and we're cleaning up classrooms and handing in keys!   This summer I plan on relaxing, working out, and doing a little traveling.  The weather is definitely starting to heat up, so a few trips to the beach may be in the works as well.  
Of course with more heat, there's less clothing and crop tops are never a bad idea.  

I decided to pull out a crop top to rock with these fabulous wide leg pants I scored from Forever 21!
I'm loving wide-leg and flowy pants for spring and summer because they allow your legs to breathe a bit with these scorching Florida temps!  Plus they are super versatile and can be dressed up or down.  I love pieces like this!
I grabbed my new multi-colored clutch from Scout and Molly's  and it was a look!  Simple and chic, my go-to!  
{Shop Similar Styles Below}
This summer I think I'm going  to be all about flowy and comfortable attire.  It definitely seems to be on trend right now.  What are your go-to summer looks?  I also see a lot of off-the-shoulder looks as well!  You can never have too much of that!
Top and Pants:  Forever 21 ~ Clutch:  Scout and Molly's ~ 
Heels:  ShoeDazzle ~  Necklace:  Kendra Scott 
{This post contains affiliate links}
So what are you getting into this summer?  
Let me know in the comments below and as always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
"Up Town funk you up!  Said Up Town funk you up!"  
Sorry guys, I couldn't help myself!  Haha!  
Isn't it crazy when someone new in town introduces you to restaurant in the town you've been living in for years?  I guess you can't know about everything but Uptown is definitely some good eats I have been missing out on. My friend Yuri and I ventured out to Uptown Kitchen and Bar after she raved about how great they were.  Tucked away in the Springfield neighborhood, near downtown Jax, this restaurant is definitely a hidden gem.  I've since been back a few times and every time, I'm more and more impressed with the food.
During my most recent visit, I went in ready to order the Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Grits.  The dinner menu didn't start until 5pm and it was 4:30pm so lunch was still being served.  We decided to sit, order mimosas, and wait 30 minutes.  It was well worth the wait because both of our dishes were incredible.  
This was my dish and it was full of flavor.   It was loaded with juicy shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and savory sausage.  The spinach and portobello mushroom were perfect additions to the shrimp and sausage.  The flavors were very complimentary of each other.
These Mimosas were pretty good!
My friend ordered the fried chicken and creamed collard greens.  So quick story, I was a full grown adult before I tried collard greens for the first time.  
It just wasn't something that we ate growing up.  
When I moved to Florida, Jacksonville to be exact, I was served my first plate of collard greens with hot sauce and a piece of cornbread on the side.  I haven't turned back since.  
Now back to these creamed collards.  BOMB dot COM!  I have never had greens, let alone creamed greens,  that tasted this amazing!  It was my friend's dish but In scooped out at least half of her greens.  Amazing! The fried chicken was cooked perfectly as well.  The outside had that perfect crisp and the inside was juicy! Everything was so good!
Make sure you go at the right time if you want entrees like the ones I mentioned previously.  The lunch menu only serves salads and sandwiches.
Now don't get me wrong, the sandwiches are great too!
This was the Yard Bird sandwich.  It was made with grilled chicken breast, bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese.  It was super tasty and very filling.  Of course, it was served with a side of fries.  my friend ordered the hot turkey on Rye which was amazing as well.  For sandwiches, they were very flavorful and worth going back for.
I want to try breakfast or brunch the next time I visit Uptown.  From what I hear, the buckwheat pancakes are everything and so are the fried green tomatoes.  My experiences at Uptown thus far have been pleasant.  It reminds me of an posh diner.  The food is amazing and the service has always been exceptional!  They get an A in my book!  
I'd love to know your thoughts if you try them out!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

Uptown Kitchen and Bar

"Up Town funk you up!  Said Up Town funk you up!"  
Sorry guys, I couldn't help myself!  Haha!  
Isn't it crazy when someone new in town introduces you to restaurant in the town you've been living in for years?  I guess you can't know about everything but Uptown is definitely some good eats I have been missing out on. My friend Yuri and I ventured out to Uptown Kitchen and Bar after she raved about how great they were.  Tucked away in the Springfield neighborhood, near downtown Jax, this restaurant is definitely a hidden gem.  I've since been back a few times and every time, I'm more and more impressed with the food.
During my most recent visit, I went in ready to order the Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Grits.  The dinner menu didn't start until 5pm and it was 4:30pm so lunch was still being served.  We decided to sit, order mimosas, and wait 30 minutes.  It was well worth the wait because both of our dishes were incredible.  
This was my dish and it was full of flavor.   It was loaded with juicy shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and savory sausage.  The spinach and portobello mushroom were perfect additions to the shrimp and sausage.  The flavors were very complimentary of each other.
These Mimosas were pretty good!
My friend ordered the fried chicken and creamed collard greens.  So quick story, I was a full grown adult before I tried collard greens for the first time.  
It just wasn't something that we ate growing up.  
When I moved to Florida, Jacksonville to be exact, I was served my first plate of collard greens with hot sauce and a piece of cornbread on the side.  I haven't turned back since.  
Now back to these creamed collards.  BOMB dot COM!  I have never had greens, let alone creamed greens,  that tasted this amazing!  It was my friend's dish but In scooped out at least half of her greens.  Amazing! The fried chicken was cooked perfectly as well.  The outside had that perfect crisp and the inside was juicy! Everything was so good!
Make sure you go at the right time if you want entrees like the ones I mentioned previously.  The lunch menu only serves salads and sandwiches.
Now don't get me wrong, the sandwiches are great too!
This was the Yard Bird sandwich.  It was made with grilled chicken breast, bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese.  It was super tasty and very filling.  Of course, it was served with a side of fries.  my friend ordered the hot turkey on Rye which was amazing as well.  For sandwiches, they were very flavorful and worth going back for.
I want to try breakfast or brunch the next time I visit Uptown.  From what I hear, the buckwheat pancakes are everything and so are the fried green tomatoes.  My experiences at Uptown thus far have been pleasant.  It reminds me of an posh diner.  The food is amazing and the service has always been exceptional!  They get an A in my book!  
I'd love to know your thoughts if you try them out!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
So who likes soup any time of the year?  
*Raises hand slowly*
  To be quite honest, if I get the craving for soup even in the dead of summer, I'm going to have my soup!  Some people shy away from a good and hearty bowl of hot soup in the spring and summer months, claiming the weather to be too hot for the dish but ponder this...you like your other food dishes hot right?  What's the difference?  Anywho, I had a taste for chicken tortilla soup and decided to whip up a batch of it last weekend.  It was such a hit I'm making it again this week in time for Memorial Day!
What I love most about this recipe is that it's a one-pot, hitter-quitter!  There's very little prep and I literally throw all of the ingredients in the pot and let it go!  To speed up the process I like to use Curly's Sauceless Pulled Chicken!  It's a time saver because I only have to wait for the chicken to heat through after my other soup ingredients come to a low boil!  This soup is done in no time and is unbelievably flavorful!  You all know I love a quick and delicious meal and this is it!  People will think you spent hours making it when in fact, you can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes!
Here's what you'll need:  
(2 packs) Curly's Sauceless Pulled Chicken
(2 TBS) Olive Oil
2 tsp each of:  Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Oregano leaves, Creole seasoning, and
Paprika
(15 oz.) Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
(15 oz.) Black Beans ~rinsed and drained~
(15 oz.) Sweet Corn ~rinsed and drained~
1 medium onion ~chopped~
1 red bell pepper ~chopped~
1 jalepeno or poblano pepper ~chopped~
4 cloves garlic ~minced~
(4 oz.) mild diced green chiles (ie. Rotel)
(48 oz.) Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
(10 oz.) mild enchilada sauce
(1 cup) Cilantro ~chopped~
1 Avocado ~diced~
 Tortilla Strips 
Directions:
1.)  Saute onions, red bell pepper, and poblano/jalepeno peppers for 2-3 minutes.
2.) Add garlic and stir for another 2 minutes.
3.)  Add chicken broth, black beans, corn, fire-roasted tomatoes, and green chiles.  Stir to combine.
4.)  Add enchilada sauce and all of the dry seasonings.  Stir to combine and let it come to a boil.
5.)  Once the mixture has come to a boil add the two packages of Curly's Sauceless Pulled Chicken and heat through.
6.)  Once the chicken is completely cooked through, add cilantro, and the juice of one lime.  Mix well.
Look at this bite!  It was perfect!
7.)  Of course, you can't have chicken tortilla soup without tortilla strips.  You can buy them in a store or make them yourself, like I did.  It's really quick and easy to do.  Stack three flour tortillas then cut them into strips.  Halve the strips again then toss them in a little veggie oil and a pinch of sea salt and cook in a 450 degree oven for about 2-3 minutes.  
Once everything is complete, grab you a bowl, add the soup and garnish of avocado and tortilla strips, and enjoy!!! 
 Simple to make and delicious!
 My favorite part about making this dish is the amount of time I save by using the Curly's Sauceless Chicken.  Curly's has some of the best, authentic, hickory smoked BBQ and meat products available in stores!  Their products can be found in the refrigerated meat case of your local grocery store!
My chicken tortilla soup is sure to be a hit at the Memorial Day get together I'm going to next Monday!  Speaking of Memorial Day, I get so excited when this holiday comes about because it lets me know that summer is right around the corner and I am so looking forward to it!  I can't wait to do some traveling and have good old fashioned fun with my friends and family!    
This time last year I was getting super excited to go on my summer trip to Italy and Greece!  What a dream trip that was!  I've got great news for you!  This year you can enter the Curly's $10, 000 Sizzling Summer Sweepstakes for your chance at the grand prize of $10K that can be used on a dream trip of your own! 
Head over to Curlys.com/sweeps and enter.  This is a big prize opportunity this summer that you don't want to miss out on!  Where would you go if you win?!?  Make sure to enter and if you decide to try this super easy and delicious dish, be sure to let me know how it turned out!  
Good luck and as always, thanks so much for stopping by! 
 Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
XOXO
Jacksonville, FL, USA

What's Cooking w/ Trice: Chicken Tortilla Soup

So who likes soup any time of the year?  
*Raises hand slowly*
  To be quite honest, if I get the craving for soup even in the dead of summer, I'm going to have my soup!  Some people shy away from a good and hearty bowl of hot soup in the spring and summer months, claiming the weather to be too hot for the dish but ponder this...you like your other food dishes hot right?  What's the difference?  Anywho, I had a taste for chicken tortilla soup and decided to whip up a batch of it last weekend.  It was such a hit I'm making it again this week in time for Memorial Day!
What I love most about this recipe is that it's a one-pot, hitter-quitter!  There's very little prep and I literally throw all of the ingredients in the pot and let it go!  To speed up the process I like to use Curly's Sauceless Pulled Chicken!  It's a time saver because I only have to wait for the chicken to heat through after my other soup ingredients come to a low boil!  This soup is done in no time and is unbelievably flavorful!  You all know I love a quick and delicious meal and this is it!  People will think you spent hours making it when in fact, you can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes!
Here's what you'll need:  
(2 packs) Curly's Sauceless Pulled Chicken
(2 TBS) Olive Oil
2 tsp each of:  Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Oregano leaves, Creole seasoning, and
Paprika
(15 oz.) Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
(15 oz.) Black Beans ~rinsed and drained~
(15 oz.) Sweet Corn ~rinsed and drained~
1 medium onion ~chopped~
1 red bell pepper ~chopped~
1 jalepeno or poblano pepper ~chopped~
4 cloves garlic ~minced~
(4 oz.) mild diced green chiles (ie. Rotel)
(48 oz.) Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
(10 oz.) mild enchilada sauce
(1 cup) Cilantro ~chopped~
1 Avocado ~diced~
 Tortilla Strips 
Directions:
1.)  Saute onions, red bell pepper, and poblano/jalepeno peppers for 2-3 minutes.
2.) Add garlic and stir for another 2 minutes.
3.)  Add chicken broth, black beans, corn, fire-roasted tomatoes, and green chiles.  Stir to combine.
4.)  Add enchilada sauce and all of the dry seasonings.  Stir to combine and let it come to a boil.
5.)  Once the mixture has come to a boil add the two packages of Curly's Sauceless Pulled Chicken and heat through.
6.)  Once the chicken is completely cooked through, add cilantro, and the juice of one lime.  Mix well.
Look at this bite!  It was perfect!
7.)  Of course, you can't have chicken tortilla soup without tortilla strips.  You can buy them in a store or make them yourself, like I did.  It's really quick and easy to do.  Stack three flour tortillas then cut them into strips.  Halve the strips again then toss them in a little veggie oil and a pinch of sea salt and cook in a 450 degree oven for about 2-3 minutes.  
Once everything is complete, grab you a bowl, add the soup and garnish of avocado and tortilla strips, and enjoy!!! 
 Simple to make and delicious!
 My favorite part about making this dish is the amount of time I save by using the Curly's Sauceless Chicken.  Curly's has some of the best, authentic, hickory smoked BBQ and meat products available in stores!  Their products can be found in the refrigerated meat case of your local grocery store!
My chicken tortilla soup is sure to be a hit at the Memorial Day get together I'm going to next Monday!  Speaking of Memorial Day, I get so excited when this holiday comes about because it lets me know that summer is right around the corner and I am so looking forward to it!  I can't wait to do some traveling and have good old fashioned fun with my friends and family!    
This time last year I was getting super excited to go on my summer trip to Italy and Greece!  What a dream trip that was!  I've got great news for you!  This year you can enter the Curly's $10, 000 Sizzling Summer Sweepstakes for your chance at the grand prize of $10K that can be used on a dream trip of your own! 
Head over to Curlys.com/sweeps and enter.  This is a big prize opportunity this summer that you don't want to miss out on!  Where would you go if you win?!?  Make sure to enter and if you decide to try this super easy and delicious dish, be sure to let me know how it turned out!  
Good luck and as always, thanks so much for stopping by! 
 Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
XOXO
Hi Dolls, 
So it has been forever and 3 days since I attended a YELP event!  I miss being Yelp Elite so I should probably get to posting and interacting a bit more on there, but nevertheless, I got into a YELP CYE recently, at a fairly new fast-casual restaurant in town called Jumpin' Jax House of Food!    It was the perfect food outing for a rainy Sunday afternoon!  This place reminded me of a modern day hang out spot for teenagers like you use to see in shows like "Saved By The Bell" back in the day.  I say that because of the fast-casual seating as well as the wide range of teen-approved menu items that we ALL still enjoy and love if I'm being real. 
 Jumpin Jax' opened a little under a year ago and the owner, Howdy, started out at Maple Street Biscuit Company.  When I learned that, I knew we'd be in for a treat that day, as I love me some Maple Street!   As with all Yelp events the food was flowing and the laughs were rolling!
We were able to sample a ton of treats from the menu after enjoying sweet potato fries and buffalo cauliflower bites which were so bomb!  They were the perfect marriage of tangy and spicy!  Who would've ever though cauliflower could taste so good.  After apps, the courses came flooding out of the kitchen.  
In no particular order here's what else we enjoyed!
This was the Caribbean Chicken Sandwich.  Tasty, of course, with a sweet surprise in it!  It consisted of grilled chicken, melted Pepper Jack cheese,  came dressed with the lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, JAX BBQ sauce, and the sweet pineapple!  Definitely a tropical tasting sandwich.
Next up we sampled the "Air Thang" burger. 
(translation:  Everything Burger)
I honestly feel like this burger doesn't live up to it's name.  Don't get me wrong, it was delicious but for a name that, to me, means it will give you your entire life, I was left feeling a little disappointed.  It came with a medium cooked patty, lettuce, cheese, bacon, pickles, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and JAX secret sauce, all on a toasty, buttery bun.  That's all well and good, but if it's Errrrrthang, I'm going to need a little bit more.  Maybe a fried onion ring and unicorn tears will suffice.  End rant.
The Tex-Mex chicken and cheese quesadillas were my favorite for the evening.  They were perfectly cheesy with a hint of spicy!
 They had all the components of a great quesadilla and they didn't skimp on the stuffing.  Who can stand a wimpy quesadilla?!?!  Not I!  Thank you JJ (my new name for Jumpin Jax') for giving me ALL THE STUFF! 
You already know they had pizza on deck!  We had a regular Cheese Pizza, which was tasty, and the Mediterranean Chicken Pizza which had grilled chicken and a delicious pesto sauce, tomatoes, and peppers.
  We learned about the special ingredient in their dough that makes their pizza stand out and I challenge you to find out what it is!  You'll probably be pleasantly surprised to find out what it is!
Lastly, we had to make room for dessert which was provided by Debs Dream Pies from a local bakery in the Mandarin area.  Y'all I was full but I took a nibble of each of the three pie bars.  I didn't care much for the Strawberry Dream Pie and Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Bars but the Apple Pie Crunch Bar was tasty.  My underwhelm-ment may have very well been due to the fact that I was entering into a food coma but the apple pie situation...I could have that again for sure!
Overall I had a pretty good time.  It was nice being back around my Yelp buddies and our local community manager, Matt,  always throws great YELP events.  As for Jumpin' Jax, this is the perfect place to go when you've got the yearning for some good ole' All-American/ Tex-Mex eats.  They are the perfect place to fulfill all of your pizza, burger, salad, wraps, and sandwich needs! The kids will be out for summer in the next week or so, take them there, they'll love it!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
XOXO
10131 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA

Jumpin' Jax House of Food

Hi Dolls, 
So it has been forever and 3 days since I attended a YELP event!  I miss being Yelp Elite so I should probably get to posting and interacting a bit more on there, but nevertheless, I got into a YELP CYE recently, at a fairly new fast-casual restaurant in town called Jumpin' Jax House of Food!    It was the perfect food outing for a rainy Sunday afternoon!  This place reminded me of a modern day hang out spot for teenagers like you use to see in shows like "Saved By The Bell" back in the day.  I say that because of the fast-casual seating as well as the wide range of teen-approved menu items that we ALL still enjoy and love if I'm being real. 
 Jumpin Jax' opened a little under a year ago and the owner, Howdy, started out at Maple Street Biscuit Company.  When I learned that, I knew we'd be in for a treat that day, as I love me some Maple Street!   As with all Yelp events the food was flowing and the laughs were rolling!
We were able to sample a ton of treats from the menu after enjoying sweet potato fries and buffalo cauliflower bites which were so bomb!  They were the perfect marriage of tangy and spicy!  Who would've ever though cauliflower could taste so good.  After apps, the courses came flooding out of the kitchen.  
In no particular order here's what else we enjoyed!
This was the Caribbean Chicken Sandwich.  Tasty, of course, with a sweet surprise in it!  It consisted of grilled chicken, melted Pepper Jack cheese,  came dressed with the lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, JAX BBQ sauce, and the sweet pineapple!  Definitely a tropical tasting sandwich.
Next up we sampled the "Air Thang" burger. 
(translation:  Everything Burger)
I honestly feel like this burger doesn't live up to it's name.  Don't get me wrong, it was delicious but for a name that, to me, means it will give you your entire life, I was left feeling a little disappointed.  It came with a medium cooked patty, lettuce, cheese, bacon, pickles, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and JAX secret sauce, all on a toasty, buttery bun.  That's all well and good, but if it's Errrrrthang, I'm going to need a little bit more.  Maybe a fried onion ring and unicorn tears will suffice.  End rant.
The Tex-Mex chicken and cheese quesadillas were my favorite for the evening.  They were perfectly cheesy with a hint of spicy!
 They had all the components of a great quesadilla and they didn't skimp on the stuffing.  Who can stand a wimpy quesadilla?!?!  Not I!  Thank you JJ (my new name for Jumpin Jax') for giving me ALL THE STUFF! 
You already know they had pizza on deck!  We had a regular Cheese Pizza, which was tasty, and the Mediterranean Chicken Pizza which had grilled chicken and a delicious pesto sauce, tomatoes, and peppers.
  We learned about the special ingredient in their dough that makes their pizza stand out and I challenge you to find out what it is!  You'll probably be pleasantly surprised to find out what it is!
Lastly, we had to make room for dessert which was provided by Debs Dream Pies from a local bakery in the Mandarin area.  Y'all I was full but I took a nibble of each of the three pie bars.  I didn't care much for the Strawberry Dream Pie and Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Bars but the Apple Pie Crunch Bar was tasty.  My underwhelm-ment may have very well been due to the fact that I was entering into a food coma but the apple pie situation...I could have that again for sure!
Overall I had a pretty good time.  It was nice being back around my Yelp buddies and our local community manager, Matt,  always throws great YELP events.  As for Jumpin' Jax, this is the perfect place to go when you've got the yearning for some good ole' All-American/ Tex-Mex eats.  They are the perfect place to fulfill all of your pizza, burger, salad, wraps, and sandwich needs! The kids will be out for summer in the next week or so, take them there, they'll love it!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,
Why didn't you tell me how clutch Target is?  I mean, I know it has been around for ages and I've been in there plenty of times, but it wasn't until recently that I realized how magical of a place it truly is.  I know they do the bomb collabs with high end-brands and they have that amazing $1 section in the front of the store but guys...I've really been sleeping on Tar-Jay!  
It was a slow and steady courtship.  First I'd visit for greeting cards because Target has such an amazing selection for just about every occasion.   As our relationship progressed, I ventured over to the home goods section because Target always seemed to have the new and contemporary pieces I was seeking for my home.  While there, I'd stop by the beauty section and throw all my coins at it!  I was later  introduced to the shoes and accessories and became smittened!  I fell head over heels when I discovered cart wheel and the sales rack in the women's clothing section of the store.  Target is now BAE!
I know, I know, you're probably like "Trice, seriously?  You are so late." and I get it but sometimes the love you need is right up under your nose and you miss it wasting time at the mall.  Haha!  But in all seriousness, when I found the exact sun hat I paid dang near $34 for at a different store last summer, in Target,  for $3 bucks, and my new favorite sundress for $8, I haven't turned back.
~Shop Similar Looks Below~

So why am I going on and on about Target?  Well, because of the aforementioned and because my new favorite skirt, that I'm rocking in this blog post, came from Target and I got it on sale for a whopping $5 bucks!  It was originally $30, it was marked down a couple times, then there was an additional 20% off with the cart wheel app!  Ending price, $4.98 plus tax!  I'll take it!
I love that this skirt is ruffled, asymmetrical, black and white striped, and that it hugs all of my curves perfectly!
It's starting to warm up, or shall I say "heat" up, here in Florida and if you know anything about me, you know I'm all about showing off these shoulders honey!  This off-one shoulder top was also a steal from a quick run to DD's Discounts!  I believe it also cost $4 bucks!
You don't have to spend an arm and a leg for a cute, and simple summer look!  My ShoeDazzle heels and fav Conscious Statement earrings cost the most but the look was well under $50 and it's super cute!  I'm all about a bargain look!
So tell me the truth...do you love Target too?  How long have you been feeling this way?  Are there any others bits of insight you can provide me with to help heighten this new found love of mine?  Do tell!  Hahaha!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  You all rock my socks!  Kinda like how Target has been lately!  
Have a great week!
XOXO
10490 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA

I Think I'm In Love....with Target

Hi Dolls,
Why didn't you tell me how clutch Target is?  I mean, I know it has been around for ages and I've been in there plenty of times, but it wasn't until recently that I realized how magical of a place it truly is.  I know they do the bomb collabs with high end-brands and they have that amazing $1 section in the front of the store but guys...I've really been sleeping on Tar-Jay!  
It was a slow and steady courtship.  First I'd visit for greeting cards because Target has such an amazing selection for just about every occasion.   As our relationship progressed, I ventured over to the home goods section because Target always seemed to have the new and contemporary pieces I was seeking for my home.  While there, I'd stop by the beauty section and throw all my coins at it!  I was later  introduced to the shoes and accessories and became smittened!  I fell head over heels when I discovered cart wheel and the sales rack in the women's clothing section of the store.  Target is now BAE!
I know, I know, you're probably like "Trice, seriously?  You are so late." and I get it but sometimes the love you need is right up under your nose and you miss it wasting time at the mall.  Haha!  But in all seriousness, when I found the exact sun hat I paid dang near $34 for at a different store last summer, in Target,  for $3 bucks, and my new favorite sundress for $8, I haven't turned back.
~Shop Similar Looks Below~

So why am I going on and on about Target?  Well, because of the aforementioned and because my new favorite skirt, that I'm rocking in this blog post, came from Target and I got it on sale for a whopping $5 bucks!  It was originally $30, it was marked down a couple times, then there was an additional 20% off with the cart wheel app!  Ending price, $4.98 plus tax!  I'll take it!
I love that this skirt is ruffled, asymmetrical, black and white striped, and that it hugs all of my curves perfectly!
It's starting to warm up, or shall I say "heat" up, here in Florida and if you know anything about me, you know I'm all about showing off these shoulders honey!  This off-one shoulder top was also a steal from a quick run to DD's Discounts!  I believe it also cost $4 bucks!
You don't have to spend an arm and a leg for a cute, and simple summer look!  My ShoeDazzle heels and fav Conscious Statement earrings cost the most but the look was well under $50 and it's super cute!  I'm all about a bargain look!
So tell me the truth...do you love Target too?  How long have you been feeling this way?  Are there any others bits of insight you can provide me with to help heighten this new found love of mine?  Do tell!  Hahaha!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  You all rock my socks!  Kinda like how Target has been lately!  
Have a great week!
XOXO

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