Got talent? The city of Jacksonville is holding auditions for Jacksonville's Got Talent! The auditions will be held at the Jacksonville Youth Center (804 New Bridge St) from 12-4PM on March 30, April 13 and April 20. Be sure to call and register for an audition. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a cash prize at the Jamboree on May 4, 2019! See below for more details!
Do you have a talent you would like to share?
Want a chance to win a cash prize?
Then call 938-5312 to register for an audition.
Auditions will be held at the Jacksonville Youth Center located at 804 New Bridge Street. You must register in order to audition.
I wanted to start the week off by sharing the great lineup of sponsors and Featured Businesses we have for our next Girls Night Out Networking Social! We're all looking forward to a successful event at Logan's Roadhouse, and they're excited to have us in as well. The Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority will be one of our sponsors, they will be providing us with some awesome and informative swag bags on everything to do Jacksonville AND might even be throwing in a nice little giveaway (but you'll just have to come find out for yourself!) As for our Featured Businesses we have (drumroll) LipSense, Color Street, Paparazzi, and Scentsy! If you'd like to get in touch with any of our Featured Businesses before GNO, they're links are attached below! I look forward to seeing you all!
We started the year off by having Girls Night Out at Chuy's Tex-Mex Jacksonville (it's the only one in Eastern NC!) Chuy's was awesome with making accommodations for Housewives in the City Jacksonville, NC. They gave our ladies $1 off ALL sangrias AND a special for their Mucho Tacos, not just that, but every Wednesday they offer a complimentary, fully loaded nacho bar! We were loving the decor of the room we were in, metal palm trees coming up from the ground, brights colors, and we had a front stage view of the tortilla making station. Our servers were great and I couldn't be more thankfully for how smoothly the evening went with our venue choice! Of course, Girls Night Out wouldn't be half as fun without our lovely vendors and the giveaways they provide for our raffle. Overall, January's Girls Night Out was a blast! Lots of networking, mingling and yummy food! Thank you to everyone who came out!
Rodan & Fields is one of the #1 skincare companies in the U.S., and let's face it, you don't become one of the best of best with products that don't work. January was Mandy's second event with us and winter was the absolute perfect time for her to be joining us! She is a product of the brand and she loves to share her own story with Rodan & Fields. It's easy to see why she loves to do what she does. With the weather going back and forth between freezing temps and muggy, rainy days, I love to hear Mandy's recommendations for a new Rodan & Fields skincare routine. I'm also looking forward to the opportunity for her to do mini facials at our upcoming events!
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Pure Romance is all about empowering, educating, and entertaining women -- and I'm so glad to have Candice on board with us in Jacksonville as our Pure Romance consultant. She does such an awesome job with explaining every product, sharing what's new in Pure Romance (like their HeLi collection) and she makes you feel comfortable through the shopping experience. All the ladies were excited to learn about the new HeLi collection, a "collection that helps balance your mind and body with exclusive essential oil blends and indulgent body products." Thanks for being the one to introduce us to this collection Candice!
Who doesn't want to spoil themselves with fashionable jewelry, am I right? I'm always so happy to have a Paparazzi Consultant with us at Girls Night Out events for that very reason. Paparazzi does an awesome job at keeping their styles trendy at a price that is available and affordable for everyone - at $5 a piece, one look at something you like and you're hooked. Tasha is great at what she does and always comes ready with some of her favorite pieces to show!
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I feel like in 2019, everyone (at least all women) know or have an idea what Scentsy is, but something I have never done was read up on the company. Scentsy's mission is "To bring value to the world by providing an industry-leading, family-friendly business opportunity selling creative, artistic, high-quality products that warm the heart, enliven the senses and inspire the soul." Scentsy definitely does all those things and I'm so glad Christy is our Scentsy lady at our events here in Jacksonville! Not only is she a complete pro in the business, but she knows her stuff and keeps her family at the center of her world. Christy is my Scentsy lady for life! As her shirt at events says, keep calm, she's a Scentsy lady!
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Last month I was asked if we had a plan to get a Color Street consultant to be a vendor for future Girls Night Out events - you asked and we got what you asked for! Did you know Color Street designs were inspired by New York City's nonstop energy and wildly colorful fusion of cultures? Toni brought in nail designs for every kind of woman and we loved it! Valentines Day is just around the corner and you HAVE to check out the beautiful designs she has for the day.
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Ashley Rescott was the photographer for Girls Night Out at Chuy's and she's such a blast to have around, the ladies absolutely love her and you can guarantee a laughing session when Ashley's around with her camera. She specializes in portrait photography, offering cake smashes, children, family, couples, seniors and boudoir. Yes, boudoir! And her work is beautiful - - check it out here. She is currently located in Camp Lejeune/Jacksonville area and offers shoots on location or at her studio.
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Hey did you hear us on Coastal Daybreak this morning? We sure appreciate Ben and his team inviting us to be part of the show. We were able to share about what we do and also spotlight our Girls Night Out event at Chuys Wednesday Jan 30th. Don't miss this one!
We hope to see you there and thank you Coastal DayBreak!
Hello Ladies. Let me know if you tried out last weeks recipe. My husband and I have been trying to stick with this healthy eating. So far he has lost 10 pounds since the first of the year.
This week's recipe will be Meatballs and Gravy.
Makes 2 servings.
What you will need:
5 Yukon Gold potatoes 1 yellow onion
3 garlic cloves 1 head of Broccoli
8 oz of ground beef 85/15 ½ cup panko bread crumbs
1 oz of sour cream 2 tsp vegetable oil
3 TBSP butter 1 TBSP flour
¾ cup of water 2 TBSP of beef stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Dice the potatoes and finely chop into ½ inch cubes. Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and finely chop 1 of the garlic cloves, wrap the other 2 cloves in foil. Cut the broccoli florets off the stalk and then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
In a medium bowl, gently combine beef, half the panko, chopped garlic, 3 TBSP onion, ½ tsp salt and pepper. Mix and form into 1-inch balls. Place the meatballs and the garlic in the foil on one side of baking sheet. Toss broccoli with a drizzle of oil and place on the other side of the baking sheet. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the broccoli. Bake until the meatballs all cooked through, broccoli is browned and tender, garlic is soft, about 15-20 minutes.
Place the potatoes in a medium pot with a pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and then return the potatoes to the pot. Cover until you are ready to mash them.
Heat 1 TBSP of butter in a large pan over medium heat until melted. Add the remaining onion and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until browned and softened, about 8 -10 minutes. Add flour then continue to stir and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually stir in ¾ cups of water until fully blended. Stir in Beef stock and simmer until it thickens, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low.
Place roasted garlic from the foil onto a cutting board; mash with a fork. Add the garlic to the potatoes along with the sour cream and 2 TBSP of butter. Mash adding splashes of water if needed until you reach desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add meatballs to the gravy pan and stir until coated with gravy.
Then plate the mashed potatoes and broccoli and put the meat balls on top with gravy.
Let us know if you try the recipe and how you like it.
I would love to start share some of my adventures with you all. January 2019 is here, and this is the time of year where people start to focus on healthy eating. Everyone focusses on their summer bodies. We are all getting ready for the bathing suit and summer clothing. We all want to look our best. In our house we have started a healthy diet to try and shed some pounds. I want to share with you every month how we are doing with our diet and see how much we can shed. I will share my recipes with you and hope you will share yours with me. This will be a journey so join me on it. All my recipes will be for 2 servings.
Todays recipe is going to be a Meat Loaf. Let’s just say its not your momma’s meat loaf.
Prep Time 10-minute prep ready in 35 minutes.
What you will need: 4 garlic cloves, 1 zucchini, ½ cup panko crumbs, smoked paprika, 4 ounces of ground beef, 2 medium size sweet potato, 1 chili, 6 TBSP ketchup, 4TBSP butter, 2 tsp vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
We want to give a big welcome to Tasha Carodine - an Independent Consultant with Paparazzi! She joined us last month and we loved her so much! Everyone just goes crazy over Paparazzi Jewelry. We have heard that buying $5.00 jewelry is known to cause excitability, excessive smiling, compliments from others and an overall feeling of giddiness. After all Shopping is cheaper than therapy!
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We are so excited to have Ashley Rescott back with us as our featured photographer for our January and February events. She will be capturing all of the ladies' smiles at Girls Night Out. She did an amazing job at our last event and we cant wait to have her back!
Check out Ashley's pages and look at her wonderful work.
Ashley Rescott Photography
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Boudoir by Ashley Rescott Photography
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Mandy Brady with Rodan & Fields is back for Girls Night Out! She was a delight to have at our December event, I learned so much about Rodan & Fields from this sweet woman! Mandy is so passionate about helping you get that skin you've always wanted.
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Fall in love with your skin with Mandy!
Christy Moore Foreman with Scentsy is starting the new year off with us at all three of our GNO events in January - Jacksonville, New Bern and Greenville! Of course, Scentsy carries a wide variety of home and personal fragrance products:
• Stylish Warmers + scented wax
• Essential oil diffusers + all-natural oils
• Scented cleaning + laundry products
• Bath + skincare products for the whole family
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Ladies, lets a big welcome to Toni Curtis with Color Street. She will be joining us at Chuy's on 1/30/19 with all her beautiful nail designs. Stop by and see what goodies she will have with her. Valentines Day is just around the corner.
If you need to order something before the event you can contact her by:
Also with us for this event is Candice Garrard with Pure Romance. We asked and they listened Introducing the HeLi collection a healthy & natural approach to living.
Rather add Metabolism drops into your drink to get your mojo before the start of each day? Or treating your body/skin to our fractioned essential Coconut oil.
There will be raffles going on during the event. Sangria's will be 1.00 off and food special will be Mucho Taco's (3) for 10.79. So come on out and join for for a good time.
A big thank you to all who attended our Girls Night Out event at Outback Steakhouse. We had a fun night of networking, socializing, shopping. It was great meeting so many local women.
Our Featured Photographer was Ashley Rescott Photography and she was amazing.
We had swag bags, giveaways and cute Christmas elves. Holiday sipping & shopping success!
It wouldn't have been a Girls Night Out without our wonderful vendors. Please support our featured businesses. Here is how to find them! Make holiday shopping fun this season. 🎁
Mandy Brady is a Rodan & Fields consultant that knows how to make you look and feel great. Fall in love with your skin again with Mandy
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Tasha Carodine is an Independent Consultant with Paparazzi. Jewelry doesn’t make you beautiful it just enhances what’s already there. I love helping you feel bold and confident.
Tracy Morgan (and her husband) have delish wine gummies. With so many flavors and combinations, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. 😋
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She specializes in portrait photography, offering cake smashes, children, families, couples, seniors, and boudoir. I also offer elopement and courthouse wedding sessions. You will love her energy and smile 📸
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Here is a blog I was reading this morning that I thought was worth sharing. When my best friend dropped me, I felt devastated. This was written by: Harriet Lerner Ph.D. The Dance of Connection
A greeting card depicts a young woman telling her female friend, "I'll always be there for you." Inside the card is the postscript, "unless, of course, I have a date."
The message takes me back to my college days when my friends and I put more real energy into our discussions about men than into all other subjects combined. But even back then, the stereotype didn't hold water. Schmoozing with my friends is what sustained and nourished me, as it does now.
Friendship rarely becomes a nest of extreme pathology. I've yet to receive a letter that says: "Dear Harriet: A close friend insults and degrades me, and sometimes hits me. I love her and I don't know what to do." If a friend behaves terribly or evokes awful feelings, we don't just dream of escape—we get out.
But friendship is not without it's wrenching moments. Probably everyone has felt hurt or deeply disappointed or betrayed by a friend at some time, or dismayed to recognize mean-spirited feelings of one's own.
When I was sixteen my best friend dropped me for another girl because I wasn't "deep" enough for her. I felt devastated, my confidence crushed.
A boy might reject me because I wasn't cool enough, or pretty enough, or "his type." But this girl was my soul mate. When she dropped me for another best friend (whom I imagined to be far more complex and interesting than I was) the injury and loss were immense.
What a relief to be grown up, to longer take rejection so personally and to have best friends instead of one best friend. I treasure my friends, I count on them, I call them terms of endearment like "sweetums" and "honey-bunny." Sometimes I get judgmental. But when my own self-esteem is intact, I am simply amazed by who they are, their limitations and vulnerabilities only adding to my appreciation of their uniqueness.
I resonate with the words of Anais Nin, "Each friend represents a world in us."
Here's my advice about friendship:
1 Move toward having a number of "best friends" as well as friends who are more peripheral than others but who still count.
Each friend contributes something unique in the way of wisdom, support, and just plain good times. Having a community of friends will help you to not overreact to the limitations of any one friend. When we depend on one person to meet all of our needs, that person can't help but disappoint us.
2. Understand that friendship will evoke (and can survive) feelings of anger, envy, competition, and the entire range of emotions that make us human.
Indeed, our friendships suffer not from these "unacceptable feelings," but from the denial of them. For example, if you're not in touch with the fact that your friend is suddenly getting lots of money and recognition for her work, you risk acting out by ignoring or devaluing her work. (This doesn't mean you can't keep your feelings to yourself, when appropriate).
Despite the difficult challenges of friendship, Novelist Alice Adams puts it most succinctly: "I think women know how to be friends. That's what saves our lives."
HELLO Jacksonville, NC
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town, and helping small businesses grow! 🙌