Summertime Sweet August Surprises!

The month of August was packed with so many surprises!

SWEET, sweet summertime surprises!  I was whisked away on a Surprise getaway to Seattle & Denver for an early birthday celebration.  READ the Blog post here. Here’s a list of everything you can do in Seattle, from the top tourist attractions to the best vegan dining.

I don’t know about you but I LOVE to celebrate all month long for my Birthday. And I love this quote and picture of me celebrating with an vegan icecream cone. “Laughter is Timeless, Imagination has no AGE, and Dreams are Forever!”

Had an amazing time celebrating my birthday at TPC Sawgrass Nineteen restaurant. We want to give a very special thanks to Chef Azhar of TPC Sawgrass and his team for preparing an exceptional, vegan, nutritious, wonderful meal for us. Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

From the fresh green pea & berry salads that the chefs prepared to the chickpea falafel fritter + tomato jam on a pretzel bun with a side of berry salad.  The healthy coconut rocks + raspberry sorbet birthday dessert was mouthwatering.Image may contain: food

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We are blessed to say that there were so many celebrations that we are greatful for: from dining at TPC Sawgrass Nineteen restaurant to being on WJXT Channel 4 News, to being interviewed on Buzz Media TV, having our first HEAL Tribe Summer Potluck and teaching a Social Media 101 Class to the First Coast Holistic Alliance group, to attending the Last Sunday North Florida Influencers Event.  Wow that’s a lot of things to be packed into one month.  Continue reading below for all the pictures and stories from each event.

JAX Vegan Couple on WJXT4 TV Morning News 

We had so much FUN being on the air with Vic Micolucci and his team on News4jax!

We talked about tips on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies in a day and healthy salad, and smoothie recipes!

We shared lots of organic whole foods plant-based fruits and vegetables from Native Sun in Jacksonville.  Talked about Dr. Joel Furhman’s GBOMBS and to incorporate these super foods daily in your lifestyle.

Watch the full video recap below.

So cool to see the Welcome Sign in the front lobby of WJXT News with our intros.Here’s a link to watch the full episode:   https://youtu.be/IMYPLsTv9k0

Talking all Things Healthy on Buzz Media TV

Each week on Healthy Take, Mike White interviews interesting people about health and fitness on Buzz Media TV. This week Mike White spoke to us, The Jax Vegan Couple on what we eat in a day to stay healthy.

We had a chance to sit down with Mike White, CEO, Client Focused Media and Buzz Media Group and talk about some healthy tips to incorporate on a daily basis.

We discussed what to eat on a daily basis, from: vitamin water full of fruits and vegetables, to the benefits of apple cider vinegar, berries, beans, turmeric and what super foods to eat daily.  Mike asked if he should eat figs or Fig Newton cookies, what do you think?

Here’s a link to watch the full episode: https://iwantabuzz.com/vimeo-videos/buzz-tv/

Eid-Al-Adha Celebration

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Wishing our dear friends & family Eid-Ul-Adha Mubarak ~ Eid prayers took place this year at the University of North Florida main campus center.  Friends and neighbors of Jacksonville gathered for prayers and attended festivities.
Eid al-Adha, also called the “Festival of Sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. This Islamic festival is to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to follow God’s command to sacrifice his son, but in it’s place is a lamb.  It also marks the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Friends and neighbors celebrated with prayers, giving to the needy, feasts and festivities & exchanging gifts with little ones!
Friends, Fun & Laughter, with Balloons & Ice Cream Trucks and so much food, we loved the chickpea tamarind Papdi Chaat appetizer.

HEAL Tribe Summer Potluck

Save the date September 19th for our next HEAL Tribe potluck at the Salem Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Our guest speaker is Dr. Jon Repole he will be discussing Autoimmunity and the Power of Wholefoods Plantbased!

The August HEAL Tribe Summer Potluck was a lot of fun. Thanks to our speaker Dr. William Soriano  from Advanced Chiropractic talk about the benefits of cervical chiropractic.  He spoke about the importance of the aOS and how stress can lead to poor health and chronic disease. Pictured below with the Jax Vegan Couple are Will Soriano and Lillian McDermott of Lillian McDermott Radio Show.Image may contain: 5 people, including Lillian Medina McDermott, people smiling, people standing and indoor

Loved seeing everyone and tasting so many delicious whole-food plant-based meals prepared by our members. Recipes are posted on our Facebook HEAL Tribe page. 

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A very special thanks to all of our members for bringing delicious whole-food plant-based meals to share.

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Image may contain: foodA very special thanks to all these great photos by Jon Dang Photography.

Social Media 101 at The First Coast Holistic Alliance 

I was asked to teach a business development class on Social Media by the First Coast Holistic Alliance. It was a full house with so many health practitioners in attendance from the holistic community of North Florida attended this event. The class focused on social media marketing the do’s and don’ts as well as the basics and a lot of Q&A from the audience. No automatic alt text available.

All the participants were asked to bring their mobile devices and we engaged in a fun exercise at the end to follow each other’s social channels and support their fellow practitioners with prizes to the person who did the most following!

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North Florida Influencers Summer Soiree Event hosted by Alley Cakes and Belle of the Boulevard

“A party without cake and balloons is just a meeting” ~ Julia Child.  We had so much fun at the Belle of the Boulevard and Alley Cakes for a summer soiree to remember mingling with all the North Florida Influencers. We also celebrated August birthdays and enjoyed tasty nibbles by Sub Cultured Subs and drinks from local restaurants in addition to sweet treats by Alley Cakes herself and swag from Belle of the Boulevard!

Summer Tropical Mix & Mingle Event by 904 Boss Babes hosted at Lilly Pulitzer

Ladies, can you imagine a networking event where you are able to let your guard down and have authentic conversation? To share experiences, successes, failures, inspirations and be able to rely on a creative outlet to network? We did just that at the Summer Makeover Mix + Mingle at Lilly Pulitzer, St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

904 Boss Babes was created to connect female entrepreneurs throughout the Jacksonville area. Not only to connect, but to create a platform that is comfortable and safe. For Boss Babes to truly Mix + Mingle and develop authentic relationships with other likeminded entrepreneurs. To share experiences, successes, failures, inspirations and a creative outlet to network. To build relationships, support local businesses and collaborate with one another. Jennifer Hull and Heather Perez-Hollis, formed Hollis + Hull, along with Ali, of Alleycakes Dessert Company and Grace of Sub Cultured Foods have come together to form this partnership.

It was such a pleasure to meet these two beauties Jennifer Hull and Heather Perez-Hollis, of 904 Boss Babes.  Looking forward to collaborating with them in the near future.

There was some amazing food and giveaways from  Alleycakes Dessert CompanySub Cultured, Basic B and lots more fun stuff!

There were also free services from Braids by Hello Lovely Salon & Boutique, and Brows by Lash Spa Studio Jax 

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Shout out to Angelica for this photo from Pompy Portraits Photography

Hope everyone had a fabulous Summer and are ready for Fall!