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Get your kids to grill with you – tips from Sugar Plum

6 Tips to Get Grilling with Your Kids This Summer

Make Menu Planning a Family Affair

Kids love to be part of the things we do, so menu planning as a family makes the meal more meaningful to your kids. Children are also more apt to try new foods when it’s something they’ve helped plan and prepare. Let them browse online for fun recipes or get out the old cookbooks!

Bring Up Your Own Little Sous Chefs

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to be my mom’s little sous chef. She would tell me what I needed to do, teach me what I didn’t know and really let me be part of the whole cooking process. Get your own kids involved by having them wash the veggies, help make the marinade for the meat, thread the kabobs, learn to season the meat and veggies and begin doing some chopping and dicing with a kid safe knife. There’s no definitive time when a child is deemed ready to use a real knife—use your own judgement and gage the readiness and maturity of your child. They can practice by using a butter knife and a banana or a stick of butter.

Prep the Grill Together

As you know, grills get very hot! Teaching your child the potential dangers of being around a hot grill is crucial. They need to know how far to stand back from it when it’s on, what it can potentially do if you’re not careful and how to handle injuries associated to the grill. While it’s still important to have an adult with a child around a grill at all time, they can be part of the initial set-up of the grill, where to put wood chips, charcoal, propane. It’s also important to explain how it all works to help you cook delicious foods. Once familiar with being around the grill while heated, they can help flip the burgers, rotate the veggies,

It’s the Perfect “Season” to Grill Together

Creating marinades and seasoning the meat and veggies before they go on the grill is one of the most perfect jobs for kids. It’s a fairly easy, fun task for younger kids, it helps them learn measurements, and how different flavors and spices can work together to make some of their favorite foods yummy! Developing a taste for different spices is super beneficial for their ever changing and growing palate.

Set a Fun and Festive Tablescape Together

Setting the table in a festive way for your family meal is half the fun. Let the kids lay out a tablecloth, the plates and silverware, fill the glasses with water or lemonade and make homemade place cards with each family member’s name on it. Each step in the family meal process helps children develop a love and commitment to the family meal time. The more important you make it, the more important it will become to them as the traditions become permanent.

Clean-up, Clean-up, Everybody Clean-up!

While not as fun as cooking, cleaning up is an important part of the cooking process. Teach your kids young that cleaning up is a family event and they’ll grow up knowing it’s just something you do together. They can help with washing, drying, and putting away dishes. Be creative and don’t be afraid to make this part of the process fun!

Summerfest

Sunday, August 1 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Liberty Pines Academy

Free! An event by Access Church
Food • Water Fun • Bounce Houses • Shaved Ice • Face Painting • And More!
Come as you are and enjoy environments for the whole family at 10:30am, then stay after for Summerfest.

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Ponte Vedra Council – Networking Mixer

Wednesday, July 28 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Pusser’s Bar and Grille, 816 A1A N, Ste 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Ponte Vedra Council – Networking Mixer
Please register for this free event: https://mdweb.mmsi2.com/nefarss/deeplinks.pl?type=CV&id=PV072821

Join us Wednesday, July 28 for our second social event of the year! Enjoy a fun evening of networking with old friends and new from 4:30-6:30PM at Pusser’s Bar and Grill (816 A1a N Ste 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082) in the heart of Ponte Vedra in a nice open environment that will be safe for all who want to attend. Appetizers will be served. Bring your business cards.

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Speed Networking – Culhane’s Irish Pub

Monday, July 26 at 5:30 PM
Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL

What we’ll do
Speed Networking for your business at Culhane’s Irish Pub Atlantic Beach!

TIckets at: http://MixItUpNetworking.Eventbrite.com

Connect one-on-one with 15-25 other business professionals though a series of 3 minute mini-meetings.

Make new contacts, generate referrals, establish new Joint Venture relationships, acquire leads and customers and make new friends.

Tips on How To Speed Network Effectively
• Take plenty of business cards.
• Be gracious. Allow the other to speak first unless he or she defers.
• Exchange business cards with everyone. Sometimes, ways in which two people may be beneficial to each other are not immediately apparent. Having a business card allows for the opportunity to follow up with additional questions.
• Make quick notes on cards collected as reminders of what was interesting about a particular person. It will make follow-ups easier.
• Don’t forget to follow up. Too many times people make a great connection and then fail to follow through.
• After the event, make note of what worked well and what didn’t. Consider how to change your presentation to make it more user-friendly and more persuasive.

Register at http://mixitupnetworking.eventbrite.com

The cost is $10 if you register and pay in advance, $15 if you pay cash at the door and includes free light appetizers and open networking between 5:30 and 6:00.
Let’s network!!!

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Block Party Half Marathon

Saturday, November 20
Jacksonville

GET READY TO PARTY, JACKSONVILLE!

NOVEMBER 20, 2021
The inaugural Block Party Half Marathon & 5K is coming to Jacksonville, FL for a thrilling day of running and celebrating all things Jax! You’ll have a blast running through the heart of downtown Jacksonville and along beautiful St. Johns River, with the run triumphantly concluding in bustling James Weldon Johnson Park where the festivities are just getting started.

The post-race block party will feature local businesses and vendors, rockin’ music, and delicious craft beer! Plus, we are proud to support the St. Johns RIVERKEEPER, a non-profit watchdog organization dedicated to defending the St. Johns River and advocating for its protection.

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Whiskey Wine and Wildlife

Thursday, September 9 to Sunday, September 12
Jekyll Island, Ga

A CULINARY WEEKEND LIKE NO OTHER
Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife artfully combines renowned beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars, with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close, all in one weekend!

The weekend’s events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with the island’s research and education experts on-hand Friday and Saturday, showcasing some fun, interactive programs with coastal wildlife, from sea turtles to alligators!

It’s a culinary weekend experience like no other. Expect to sip and savor great whiskey, spirits, wine, beer and culinary tastings – all oceanfront with music and a relaxed island vibe.

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Tequila Dinner – Visit Savannah

Saturday, July 24 at 6:00 PM

Join us for a night of celebrating good food, good spirits, and good conversation!

From 6-6:30 p.m. we will be welcoming you to our cocktail hour where you will sip bubbles as Tequila Ocho’s distilling expert, Jesse Estes, speaks about tequila and its history.

From there you enter our private dining room where you will indulge in a 6-course dinner.

Each course will be paired with a cocktail incorporating various types of tequila. You will also be given tastings of each tequila to allow you fully appreciate the spirit.

As you make your way through the dinner, Jesse will discuss the uniqueness of each tequila and how it is made.

Each guest will be gifted with specialty glasses from Tequila Ocho.

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Vosa: Ultra-Premium Vodka Infused Sparkling Water Cocktail

Vosa made its U.S. launch at the Sports Illustrated swim show Saturday, July 10th at the Mondrian Hotel Miami Beach, inaugurating the official partnership between the hotel and the new ultra-premium vodka-infused sparkling water cocktail.

More than 1000 guests attended and celebrities such as TikToker Jade Kircus, actress Jena Sims, TV personality Nicole Williams English, Marcel Katz a.k.a The Art Plug, Taylor Morland, models CJ Gibson & Taylor Morland, NFL’s Wes Saunders, Duke Riley, & Olumide Ogunjobi and others were seen enjoying this very unique water cocktail.

Vosa is now distributed up and down the East Coast from New York to Miami and will be launching on the West Coast in Autumn 2021.

Vosa sets itself apart from other libations within this category by using all ultra-premium ingredients and is 100% organic and natural. Sparkling water instead of hard seltzer, real fruit juices, and six-time distilled vodka as opposed to using a malt-based liquor like many of its competitors. It has a very clean, light, and refreshing taste. Vosa only has 99 calories, zero sugars, zero carbs, and is gluten-free! The product was a real hit with the Sports Illustrated models.

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Posh Monaco Bags: On the Go with Style

Luxurious, Sleek and Versatile, the Luli Bebe Monaco Is THE Must Have Bag For Trendsetters, Travelers and Families On-The-Go.

Sophisticated, sleek and luxurious, the eco-friendly Monaco backpack style diaper and travel bags by Luli Bebe are one-of-a-kind in the world of chic and stylish gear. Monaco’s easy-carry and durable design make it the perfect fashionable companion for both every day on the go use as well as on your weekend getaway or longer travels. These beauties are now available in a variety of posh colors!

La Cucina Italiana’s Cooking Class

Friday, July 23 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online from Milan

REGIONAL RECIPES FROM LIGURIA

La Cucina Italiana’s official Milan-based cooking school heads to the Italian Riviera for our second English-language virtual cooking class. Log on from anywhere in the world to learn the techniques behind two typical Ligurian recipes taught by one of our expert chefs.

You’ll learn about:
Linguine with pesto, green beans, and potatoes
Focaccia di Recco

It’s just $34.99 for the course and there’s a coupon to get a package of ingredients.

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Cocktails in a Can – Clubtails

Clubtails Cocktails are crafted from a proprietary fermented malt base like traditional beer, but with an extra kick! Geloso has spent a lot of time perfecting the taste profile so their products taste like an actual spirit based cocktail.

Clubtails are 10% ABV flavored malt beverages that taste like your favorite cocktails.

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Sunburn Soap and Spray – Wild Organic Skincare

More than 100 million Americans get sunburned every year and are seeking real relief. Despite the myriad of products available to treat sunburn, none of them are specifically made for the shower – until now. A new, all-natural product from WILD Organic Skincare, a woman-owned, American skincare company, can help sunburn sufferers feel better faster.

“The Original Sunburn Soap is handcrafted with aloe extract, honey, coconut milk, marshmallow root, witch hazel, and peppermint oil, and will gently exfoliate dead skin and heal sunburn at the same time,” said Monika Angelini, inventor of the The Original Sunburn Soap.

The first shower after getting burned is a crucial moment in determining how long and painful your sunburn will be. Ingredients in conventional soaps can make your sunburn feel worse. The Original Sunburn Soap is fortified with certified organic, all-natural ingredients that rehydrate and gently exfoliate skin, while decreasing redness, irritation, pain, and peeling.

“Years ago, my mother-in-law asked me to make a soap bar that could help alleviate the terrible sunburn she was suffering from. The combination of ingredients required to make a soap specifically for sunburns was complex and would melt after one use. After seven years of research and experimentation, we can proudly say that this one-of-a-kind soap is finally ready to share with the world. And, the best part is it actually works!” said Monika.

The creation of The Original Sunburn Soap sparked more innovative ideas for after sun remedies, but also raises an important question: What can you do the moment you realize you got too much sun? Enter WILD’s After Sun Recovery Spray with Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful rehydrator that’s ready to use with instant, on-the-spot results. A spray that will cool the skin, replenish moisture, and ease stinging redness. Using this spray combined with The Original Sunburn Soap, the owner claims that most sunburns can be cut down to one day or less!

“The Original Sunburn Soap and After Sun Recovery Spray are a powerful combination for treating sunburns. The soap is perfect for reducing irritation and gliding on silky smooth during that first shower. The recovery spray builds on the benefits from the sunburn soap, providing hydration and healing,” said Monika.

Wild Organic Skincare finely handcrafts organic skin care products from scratch. Everything from the formulas, to making the soap, to the custom labeling and packaging, is all done by hand. After 10 years, WILD Organic Skincare continues to innovate new products and strives to be the leader in affordable organic skin care.

Monika and Brandon can comment on the following hot topics:

Why The Original Sunburn Soap and Forever Summer skincare line are different from anything on the market.

How their soaps and skincare products are made to treat different skin types.

Why conventional soaps and skincare products rarely contain 100% transparency about their ingredients, source, sustainability, and overall quality, and why skincare packaging and ingredient lists are too often convoluted and confusing.

Why going natural is better.

The challenges and opportunities of being a woman-owned start-up and what Monika would tell other women interested in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams.

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