The Best Broccoli Soup ever!
Everything you will need
1 tablespoon butter
½ onion, chopped
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken stock
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets
1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
2 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Step 1 Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in hot butter until translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Step 2 Whisk 1/4 cup melted butter and flour together in a large saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until flour loses it's granular texture, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk if necessary to keep the flour from burning, 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 3 Gradually pour milk into flour mixture while whisking constantly. Stir chicken stock into milk mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook until flour taste is gone and mixture is thickened, about 20 minutes. Add broccoli, carrots, sauteed onion, and celery; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
Step 4 Stir Cheddar cheese into vegetable mixture until cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Jaxhousewives relaunch party on June 10th. We had an amazing night at Moxie! We welcomed over 50 local women to socialize, mingle, and amazing featured business owners like Jessica Johnson with Color Street, Coral Cribb and Chelsea Wimsatt with Thrive by level and Debbie Givens with Mary Kary. We cannot wait to do it again next month at our July 11th Ladies Night Out.Check our these images captured by Malinda Medlock of MKM Photo and Design
Erica over at Moxie was amazing in helping us make sure the event ran smoothly . We love to keep it local here at Jax Housewives. I love also love to spotlight our amazing featured businesses as well as a special thanks to those who provided swag for our bags.
Jessica Johnson Color Street—inspired by New York’s “City That Never Sleeps” nonstop energy and wildly colorful fusion of cultures—offers a vast array of colors and nail art designs, direct to Independent Stylists and ultimately to clients. Y'all make sure to show Jessica some love.
Debbie Givens What a fun adventure! Refresh and revitalize your skin for a younger, healthy look! My skin never felt so soft and smooth! Go bold or subtle on your lips, vibrant or smokey to enhance your beautiful eyes. Have fun trying new looks with the Mirror App! Shop day or night. You can order online, by email or phone. Let's get together for a facial party or one-on-one consultation. MARY KAY has changed my life!! It can change yours too!
Thrive by Level
Coral Cribbs and Chelsea Wimsatt Le-Vel was created and envisioned with a greater purpose, a premium plan. This plan is not to create a product, or a product line, but to build a global brand, a new icon. A brand that encompasses ultra premium products: premium product lines. The new brand, for the better lifestyle, premium-seeking consumers.
The largest and most successful companies in the world are extremely good at one thing. They build brands, not products. They are so good at this one focus, they can literally put their logo on anything and it is passionately accepted worldwide. As the Le-Vel vision is birthed with THRIVE, it will continue on with all of our brands and future premium products. Le-Vel will be a global giant; our logo will be on many different products, wherever you go, our logo will go with you. The quality, passion and efficacy with one product line, will flawlessly continue on to all product lines, because the true focus, our passion will always remain at its inception, The Brand: Le-Vel.
To build the Premium Lifestyle Company, we knew we had to look further than just a product, we had to envision a larger purpose, a deeper reason for what we were doing. We had to create the one and only Premium Lifestyle Brand.
Special thanks to Lora Richeson, Frenchy Wellness Spa, Tousel and Tease Beauty Parlor, Jessie Linstrom , Bellas Chic Boutique and Therapy Threads Boutique for providing swag for our ladies.
If you are interested interested in being one of our featured business please reach out to Hilarie!!
We spent the night in the ER this week with Payton to remove a popcorn kernel from her ear. She let little sister Emma Grace put a kernel in her ear. Of course mom wasn't told for a few days until started really causing pain. My crazy girl didn't like the doctor very much that night. He was able to get behind the kernel to move pull it out and she got alittle upset pushing the tool into her ear kernel so what we thought was going to be a quick trip turned into a long evening and being sedated to remove the tool. She was fighter even being sedated this momma and her girl had a very long sad night. We are lucky going very well and will not be putting anything in our ears ! Thank you to our amazing doctors and nurses for being so patient with us!!
Summer in our home is off to a great start. My beach babes are loving the beach days. We have spent the last weekend enjoying Bulter beach here is St. Augustine. Nothing can replace the smell of salt and sand between your toes. Our Beach days look alot like a tent with lounge chairs, cooler full of drinks, bag full of snacks and of course sand toys to play for hours. Emma Grace loves making Sand Angels or lounging in the sand, Payton is always on the boogy board riding the waves with big sister Sophia. You can find Mom in her lounge chair at the edge of the water ! Here is to more Summer adventures.
1. If you can't love yourself how can anyone else love you
4. My girls
5. Dear Hilarie what took you so long to see how beautiful you are?!
6. Dear Hilarie keep loving yourself! Fight for what you deserve and don’t settle for anything but the best!
7. Getting my nails and hair done .
8. I was uncomfortable in my own skin
9. I am enough. I deserve the best!
10. I fight depression and anxiety daily
11. I have three beautiful girls who light my life
12. I cant lie to save my life
13. You are enough, your dreams matter, authenticity is magnetic and your totally got this . I start loving me for me
14. Fighting Depression and Anxiety daily
15, Im raising three strong self loving girls into women
16. My real smile
17. Knowing I have little ones watching my every move.
18. How amazing I feel now knowing I AM Enough
19. Helping others self love
20.Yoga pants all the time
21 My girls they show me I am doing it
22. I overcame my depression and fought for myself
23. I am real always :)
24. Living my life with my family
25. Watching my girls
26. I finally realized I don’t need to be skinny or have the most expensive things in life to be happy. I just had to love myself for me. So I believe I am beautiful because I am real I love me for me thick curves and all.
27. What have you accepted about you I get to decide what my future looks like.
28. Happiness comes from within no one can take it from you!
Describe yourself in three words. Positive, Mom, Real.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Building an at home business when everyone told me there was no way I'd be successful.
What are your professional goals for the next six months? To help my team hit their goals.
What profession other then your own would you like to attempt? Real Estate investments.
How do you maintain a work/life balance? I work hard when I'm alone and sprinkle family obligations in as needed, I focus heavily on my family when I'm with them and sprinkle work in as needed. I let myself have fun and not stress at least one day every weekend.
What websites do you visit everyday? My cloud office and Facebook because I use it for work.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city? #1 is go to the beach with my husband and kids. We LOVE food & brunch so we are always looking for amazing places to try. Cowford Chophouse, Crane Ramen, Sushi Bear, Puerto Plata, Gators BBQ, Julington Creek FC, South Kitchen, Black Sheep, Caps, & Fishweir Brewery are just a few of our favorites spots.
What is your goal for retirement? Just to be comfortable and happy near the water or in the country near our grandkids & kids.
Do you have any advice for women who want to start their own company? Whatever you choose be bat sh*t passionate about it. Your success will follow your passion. Be realistic and flexible if something isn't working, just never give up. Optimism & positivity goes a very, very long way!
Describe yourself in three words. Caring Passionate free spirited
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Owning the salon & reaching all of my Le-Vel goals and bonuses.
What are your professional goals for the next six months? In the next six months I'd like to see our team grow and reach their ranks, and grow our SKIN business and show how amazing our products really are.
What profession other then your own would you like to attempt? I think I would make an excellent wedding planner/decorator or an interior decorator.
How do you maintain a work/life balance? Thrive is the center of me maintaining my lifestyle and mental health. I think self care is essential. Taking time to relax and reset, pamper or do things for yourself. You can't pour from an empty cup.
What websites do you visit everyday? I check my back office, my horoscope, and lots of IG.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city? My favorite place is home with my fiancé & frenchie. Our new home and backyard is everything.
What is your goal for retirement? Goal for retirement is to not worry about money, and still live a full lifestyle. I'd love to have a beach house!!
Do you have any advice for women who want to start their own company? My advice would be do what you're passionate about! Your passion is what will keep you going when things don't seem promising or when you feel like giving up. Go all in & don't give up. There is nothing more rewarding than not giving up and seeing the fruits of your labor finally show up. Create a vision board & know your why. Let it fuel your fire & chase down every single dream!
Hello! My name is Hilarie! As you can see I am a mother to three beautiful girls Sophia, Payton, and Emma. My husband Spencer and I currently live in St. Augustine. I am a full time assistant to amazing Realtors in the Central Florida area. My family and I spend most of our weekends exploring North Florida. I absolutely love going to the beach and soaking up the summer sun, and DD is my go to coffee. You will find most of my content will have to do with food, coffee, the beach and of course my family! I am so excited to be relaunching Jacksonville FL Housewives in the City on June 10, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:30pm at Moxie in Jacksonville. Can't wait to meet you all!
From time to time here at Housewives in the City, we like to highlight female business owners in our Leading Ladies series. Today's Leading Lady is Ann Marie Smith who is a founding consultant with Sheago Cosmetics.
Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, empathetic, and resilient
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest achievement professionally has been the ability to morph my career path over time - from marching band/drum corps instructor, to high school math teacher, to insurance actuary, to founding consultant with Sheago Cosmetics.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I’m working with the company’s leadership to expand the Sheago team, focusing on Florida and Georgia at this time. In the next six months, my goal is to launch 10 local consultants that can then lead our expansion in their individual regions.
What profession other then your own would you like to attempt?
Writing has always appealed to me.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I’m actually not a huge fan of the word ‘balance’, because it implies that everything is working perfectly in sync. When things are balanced - in a yoga pose, on a scale, on a seesaw - it just takes one little nudge to tilt things out of whack. So I prefer to think of it as managing the multiple focuses in my life: family, relationships, health, finances, personal development, etc. I focus on what I need to in the moment, then move on to the next. Ultimately the key is to make sure that I don’t ignore a particular area for too long or become completely consumed with one at the expense of the others.
What websites do you visit everyday?
I go to Facebook every day because it involves my social life as well as my business. It also contains many great resources for personal development. Other daily activities are typically in apps on my phone. I start the morning with the Verse of the Day in my Bible app and I use the podcast app to find inspirational or educational talks to listen to while driving, walking the dog, or exercising. I’m a huge fan of The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
We like to go to plays at the Times Union Center or the Thrasher-Horne Center whenever possible. I’ve always been a fan of trying new restaurants. There are a ton of great choices at the St. Johns’ Town Center, but I also like to find small, neighborhood venues. I recently discovered Jumpin’ Jax House of Food. Based on everyone’s recommendations, I have to get back there to try a burger sometime soon.
What is your goal for retirement?
Retirement is often viewed as the time when you can stop working at the office and kick back to relax. Now that I’m not at a 9-to-5 job anymore, I look at retirement a little differently. I see it as a time where I am still working to some extent - but not because I need to support me and my family. Rather, I would like to get to a point where all our personal needs have been taken care of and I can simply focus on giving as much as possible. It may be in the form of financial donations, local outreach, or mission trips. That would be the best way for me to spend my later years.
Do you have any advice for women who want to start their own company?
Leaders will recommend that you have a solid ‘why’ behind you. But it also important to have a clear understanding of ‘what’ you will need to do. Goals don’t mean anything if you don’t have the action steps in place to move you forward every day. Your ‘why’ may keep you motivated, but the ‘what’ is what will keep your business moving along. Find as many good resources as possible to rely on as you learn. Lastly, be willing to stick with it even if your progress isn’t as fast as you want. You can’t fail if you don’t quit.
Ambiversion is “a combination of both” introversion and extroversion. I fall under this category. I love having time out with friends and even occasionally out in a crowd. I'm an extrovert - I'm loud and I'll talk to pretty much anyone. It's how I can recharge, regroup and get out of a rut, but sometimes... sometimes I'm an introvert. I need alone time, with just me. Be it a nap, or a book, I need that time to just be and sometimes that's how I recharge. Did you know that about 60% of the population fall into ambiversion?
Ambiverts are people who don’t really prefer one way of functioning over another.
We're those people that fall into the middle, grey area of personalities. We're walking contradictions. We're risk takers that don't feel drained going out on the town, but we also relish in our quiet alone time. We are satisfied in both the extroverted and introverted world. Ambiverts are more strongly influenced by situational factors and are easily able to adapt accordingly, that doesn’t mean ambiverts will love every social situation and all alone time.
Shows and Movies that are being removed from Netflix in October 2018:
October 1, 2018
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (8 Seasons)
Bad Boys (1995)
Big Men (2013)
Body of Lies (2008)
Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)
Casper’s Scare School (2006)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes (1 Season)
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Detectorists (2 Seasons)
Dog by Dog (2015)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Freaks and Geeks (1 season)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (1 Season)
Guess Who (2005)
HooplaKidz (1 Collection)
Inside Man (2006)
Jamaica Inn (1 Season)
Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)
K – 1 Season (2012)
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Last Cab to Darwin (2015)
Let Me In (2010)
License to Wed (2007)
Life is Beautiful (1997)
Mack & Moxy (1 Season)
Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)
Menace II Society (1993)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital (1 Season)
Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (3 Episodes)
Real Genius (1985)
Red Dragon (2002)
Rust and Bone (2012)
Scream 2 (1997)
Space Race (1 Season)
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (2015)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
The Blood Lands, aka White Settlers (2014)
The Clan (2015)
The Departed (2006)
The Factory (2012)
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven’s Palace (2014)
The Strangers (2008)
The Time in Between (1 Season)
Unsealed: Alien Files (Seasons 3-4)
White Collar (6 Seasons)
October 8, 2018
90210 (5 Seasons)
Isa TK+ (120 Episodes)
October 9, 2018
Durarara!! – 1 Season (2010)
October 14, 2018
About a Boy (2 Seasons)
October 15, 2018
The Chase (Seasons 3-4)
Death Note (1 Season)
Ice Pilots (2 Seasons)
Vampire Knight (2 Seasons)
October 16, 2018
Emily Owens, M.D. (1 Season)
New shows and films coming to Netflix in October 2018:
October 3, 2018
ELITE (1 Season)
October 5, 2018
Little Things (2 Seasons)
Big Mouth (2 Seasons)
October 10, 2018
October 11, 2018
Salt Fat Acid Heat
October 12, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher
The Haunting of Hill House
October 24, 2018
October 26, 2018
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (1 Season)
Hello! I’m Hilarie!
I am a wife, mother, an assistant, and now a blogger! I am so exciting to relaunch Jacksonville Housewives in the city.
I love the beach, coffee, marketing and meeting new friends. I cannot wait to meet y’all!