FAVE Jacksonville Bloggers

I have always had a passion for connecting with other like minded people in the Jacksonville community! Creating my blog has really allowed me to connect with so many other local bloggers. Jacksonville offers fantastic fashion, food, motherhood and lifestyle bloggers.
Here are a few fantastic bloggers I follow and you should too!
Motherhood & lifestyle

Nicole | The Zazzy Zehnder
Jax Moms Blog
Lyndsay Almeida
Mama Unfiltered | Brittany Jackson
Virtual Elementary Teachers
Fashion bloggers
Aubrey Alley | Hello Alley
For The Love of Coffey | Kristin Coffey
Bold City Blonde | Mallory Bosque
Meghan Lanahan
FOOD bloggers

 

Devouring Jax
CaronEats
Jax Restaurant Reviews
Lital Eats Jax

 

 

 

 

New Treylor Park In Nocatee!

The newest restaurant in Nocatee just unhitched its “Treylor” and is located in the Publix shopping center.

Treylor Park the restaurant offers an inviting atmosphere that is perfect for date night, drinks with friends or just family fun! The interior decor offers a relaxing, coastal vibe that overflows into the outdoor patio…complete with plastic flamingos. I was fortunate enough to be try some of their famous menu items prior to the grand opening and it was obvious, the owners as well the chef brought their “A” game to Nocatee.

Treylor Park’s motto is “Quality Over Quantity.” The food reflects this motto perfectly. Each item I tried featured a fun name, fantastic presentation but most of all was absolutely delicious! My favorite by far were the Shrimp & Grit Tacos. This is literally the combination of my two favorite food items in existence. The crispy shrimp and fried grit bites are complimented with chili aioli, chimichuri, red bell peppers and sprinkled with lettuce. These tacos will easily become your new favorite southern comfort food.  Pair your tacos with a fun drink such as the “Baby Doll” (vodka, fresh watermelon juice, lemon and simple syrup) for a fun experience!

If you are feeling extra adventurous, try a shot of Fernet Branca. If you have to ask what Fernet is, then you need to try it!

Treylor Park opens this Saturday in Nocatee, see you there! #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt

Check out their menu and website here…http://treylorparksavannah.com/#/menu-1-1/

 

 

Make It A Game Night!

Growing up, family game night was a household tradition.  We even had a designated “game closet” in our house! Playing board games can promote positive learning and social skills! I am so excited to introduce Hampton to classic games I grew up with along with a few new favorites! 

These fun games are perfect for birthday gifts, play dates or just good ole family fun!

Lucky Ducks Game 

This interactive game is all about color matching and includes a rotating duck pond, complete with duck quacking sounds!

 

POP The Pig Game

Roll the dice to see how many times you need to press the top of the piggy’s chef hat. Be careful, you just might POP the PIG! This game involves color recognition, number counting  and above all anticipation!

 

Let’s Go Fishing!

 

This game is a family classic and has been around for years! Perfect for practicing gross motor skills and color recognition!  Can you out fish your opponent?

 

 

 

 

Mr.Bucket Game

This game is was a personal childhood favorite and excellent for color recognition as well as hand eye coordination skills. Place Mr.Bucket on a hard surface for best results and watch him spin and spit out balls! Grab your shovel to collect the balls!

 

Don’t Drop The Meatball!

This game will leave everyone on the edge of their seat! Carefully pluck out the spaghetti noodles without dropping a meatball!

 

Barbecue Party

This hand eye coordination game is full of excitement! Winner is the first to pull three food items off the grill before the food spills!

 

 

 

Giggle Wiggle

Colors, music and movement! This game is excellent for color recognition as players race their way to the top, despite all the wiggles!

 

Doggie Doo

Everyone poops! Including the dog! This game combines real life responsibilities minus the mess!

 

 

 

 

Catch The Fox!

Rescue the chickens from this sneaky fox! Be the first player to fill up your coop with chickens before the fox fills his pockets! This fun game involves number recognition!

 

Shark Bite

Take turns fishing out these colorful sea creatures out of the shark’s mouth. Beware, this shark is known for jumping so you have to be quick to win this game!

 

 

 

 

 

Walk It Out!

Hampton’s NEWEST trick includes pulling up on ANY and EVERYTHING!

This little man is fearless and determined to make every single day an adventure! I am learning to plan ahead for each adventure and this includes the upcoming stages of being a full blown walker!

Here are my TOP 8 Push Walkers that received great reviews…

 

HAPE Zebra Walker

 

 

V TECH Sit To Stand Walker

 

 

Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker

 

 

Bright Starts Giggling Gourmet Shop ‘n Cook Walker

 

 

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Chomp and Clack Alligator Wooden Push Toy

 

 

COSSY Learning Baby Push Walker

 

Little Tikes 3 in 1 Activity Walker

 

 

Brio Push Walker

 

 

Lilly Pulitzer Favorites

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day!

Here are 5 fun tidbits about the iconic Lilly Pulitzer brand…

1.  The Lilly Pulitzer “bright and colorful” style was inspired by a citrus stand that Lilly herself began in Palm Beach, Florida.

2. Lilly Pulitzer was a trendy socialite and often referred to as the “Queen of Prep.”

3.  Jackie-O was a fan! Jackie Kennedy was photographed in Life Magazine wearing Lilly Pulitzer.

4. The first Lilly Pulitzer store opened in January, 1960 off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida.

5. One of Lilly’s most famous quotes is “Life’s a party, dress like it!”

 

SHOP my favorite Lilly Rompers!

 

Lilly Pulitzer Coralie Romper

 

Jesse Skort Romper

 

Lilly Pulitzer La Fortuna Off The Shoulder Romper

 

Lilly Pulitzer Donna Romper

 

Lilly Pulitzer Lilly Pulitzer Womens Amerie Romper

 

Pearl Romper

 

Lilly Pulitzer Donna Romper

 

Lilly Pulitzer Lana Skort Romper

 

Lilly Pulitzer Gianni Romper

 

 

 

Pool & Bath Toys (Baby + Toddler)

Splash into summer time fun!

Hampton is a water loving baby! Bath time is so much fun and now that it’s hotter than the surface of the sun outside, we have leveled up into afternoon pool days! 

 Make a splash at your next pool play date by bringing along one of these fun toys for UNDER $15!

Regalo Super Suction Bath Toy Scoop Drain & Organizer, Includes Suction Hanging Mount

Boon Fleet Stacking Boats Bath Toy

Boon Water Bugs Floating Bath Toys

Skip Hop Dunck Stacking Bath Toys

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Louie Lobster Claw Catcher – Grab-and-Squeeze Pool Toy

MotherMed Baby Bath Thermometer and Floating Bath Toy BathTub and Swimming Pool Thermometer

Green Toys Submarine in Yellow – BPA Free, Phthalate Free, Bath Toy with Spinning Rear Propeller

Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys

Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

Moluk Plui Rain Cloud Tub Toy

Boon JELLIES Suction Cup Bath Toys

MooToys Under the Sea Animals Bath / Sand Stacking Cups

Skip Hop Zoo Bath Stack and Pour Bucket Rinse Cups

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Seaside Sidekicks Squirters

Boon Cast Fishing Pole Bath Toy

SwimWays Disney Finding Dory Mr. Ray’s Dive and Catch Game

Skip Hop Zoo Bathtime Basketball

Boon Chomp Hungry Whale

Boon Star Drain Cover

Dapper Discount!

Daniel Wellington Watches

I love incorporating new styles into my daily routine! Since I became a new mom, I quickly realized how important it is to wear a watch at all times. Even though Hampton is not on a set routine, it is so imperative that I keep track of his “schedule” when it comes to nap time and feedings.

I’m obsessing over my new Daniel Wellington watch from the Dapper Collection! The Dapper Collection features a stylish watch face with an elegant leather band. It is so easy to pair with just about any classic look!

 Even better, I am thrilled to share this amazing discount with you that Daniel Wellington is offering right now…

Get 20% OFF + ADDITIONAL 15% OFF by using code: THEMOMMYNICHOLS

Offer is only good through June 17th!

Visit http://www.danielwellington.com

Disney Gear UNDER $20 (Baby & Toddler)

Magic Kingdom, HERE WE COME!
 Ok so our trip is planned for September but it is never too early to snag your Disney swag. Leave some extra magic in your wallet for the theme parks and shop these looks for your baby or toddler! Each look is a steal for under $20 and totally worthy of an awesome Disney gram photo!

 

Show off Mickey’s silly personality with this soft 3 piece cotton jersey outfit. The comfortable material is perfect for theme park hopping as well as catching some drool.

Grab it for just under 18$

 

 

I love the pop of blue in this three piece set. Baby will be styling and comfortable with the world’s most lovable mouse.

Jersey Baby Set White/Mickey Mouse

 

 

Get your soft organic cotton MOUSE EARS HERE! I love the classic and colorful Mickey but what I REALLY love is the soft Mickey Mouse hat with the ears attached!

Organic Cotton Set Red/White Mickey Mouse

 

 

This might might be my FAVE Mickey Mouse outfit on this list! I love the bright blue and fire engine red that came together in this fun 3 piece set. The red shorts are also perfect for mixing and matching black/white Mickey Mouse shirts.

3 Piece Jersey Set Blue/Red Mickey Mouse

 

 

 

This cuddly bodysuit for baby is perfect for even the littlest Mouseketeer! Pair this with black/grey/white shorts or pants for a fun look that is theme park ready!

Mickey Mouse Mouseketeer Bodysuit

 

 

PLAY ALL DAY! If that isn’t a theme park motto, I don’t know what is! Soft and cuddle, this bodysuit is adorable and available for just under $15.

Mickey Mouse Cuddly Bodysuit

 

 

 

Double the mouse, double the MAGIC! Wear one to the park and pack one for those just in case accidents. You can never be too prepared! Grab  both for under $18!

Dark/Grey Mickey Mouse 2 Pack Jumpsuits

 

 

Don’t let a little drool get in the way of that perfect character photo! Have a back up bandana ready to go! Each bib features an adjustable snap button for easy changing. This 3 pack is yours for just $10!

3 Pack Light Turquoise Mickey Bib Set

 

 

This classic Mickey Mouse slub cotton jersey is perfect for a comfy day at the theme park. Add a pop of color by pairing it with red, blue or yellow shorts!

White/Mickey T-Shirt $10

 

 

Hype up the big day the night before with this colorful Mickey Mouse & Friends PJ Set!

Mickey Mouse & Friends PJ Pals Set

 

Catch the fireworks post nap time in one of these comfortable PJ sets.  Double the Mickey, for one low price. Both sets are now under $17!

4 Piece Mickey Mouse PJ Set

 

 

 

 

Minnie Mouse Gear is HERE!

Deck your little lady out in this 3 piece bodysuit Minnie Mouse Set. Perfect for park hopping!

Minnie Mouse 3 Piece Set $13

 

 

 

 

 

Darling in denim! This A line Minnie Mouse dress is absolutely perfect for character photos!

Minnie Mouse Light Denim Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfortable for summertime, this two pack Minnie Mouse romper set is a STEAL for $10!!!

Minnie Mouse 2 Pack Romper Set

 

 

 

 

 

This is by far my FAVE Minnie Mouse piece on this list! How perfect is this romper for summer time? I love the bright colors!

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Fruit Romper

 

 

This soft cotton jersey 3 piece set is perfect for her first trip to Disney! The soft pink leggings match the elastic headband which is even topped with a small pink bow.

Light/Pink Minnie Mouse 3 Piece Set

 

 

 

There’s only one Minnie! This adorable Minnie Mouse 2 pack pajama set is perfect after a long day at the parks!

Minnie Mouse 4 Piece PJ Set

 

Bay & Bee

Connecting through play!

It is obvious I’m no stranger to Bay & Bee! It has become my second home. I’m so excited that Hampton is able to begin exploring this indoor play space so he can also see why it’s so wonderful to have in our community!

Let’s press rewind and take it back to the “The Nanny Nichols” days…

I discovered Bay & Bee while searching for a toddler friendly indoor play space to escape the heat. The moment I tucked my shoes in the wooden cubby and slipped my cat socks on, I knew this place was going to be a game changer. Bay & Bee created a safe play space inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principals. The variety of fun classes offered along with engaging activities, made it an easy choice to sign up for a membership. Bay & Bee became our go-to spot for play dates, music time and story time.

Fast foward to 8 months post baby, I am now a member of the Bay & Bee community again but this time as a parent. The tummy time development class provided me with fun techniques to help encourage Hampton to roll over.            I love watching Hampton discover new ways to play each time we visit. Stay tuned as we enter the newest chapter of our lives, CRAWLING.

Visit https://baynbee.com for more information on classes and memberships. FIRST VISIT IS FREE!

Playtime Meets Safety

Houston, we got a crawler!

We are anxiously awaiting the completion of our new home but have a few more months left.  Recently, we moved into a two bedroom apartment on the third floor.  The move went smoothly but we ultimately decided to store half of our belongings in a storage unit and the other half came with us. It is a tight squeeze leaving little to no room for our little explorer.

This is not a drill! Hampton is certified crawling baby. The moment I witnessed Hampton make his first move, I knew we needed to invest in safe space for Hampton to play.  Safety is our number one priority. I am so fortunate I found the 3-in-1 Extra Wide Gate Wood Barrier Play Yard by NorthStates Baby.

Nortstates Baby only offers high quality,  non-toxic safety gates and play yards. The reason I chose the 3-in-1 Extra Wide Gate Wood Barrier Play Yard was because it can be used as a free standing enclosure or hardware mounted as a barrier. This play yard can be easily mounted to angled walls and with the option to add more panels, it is perfect for covering large areas. The stylish wood design makes it easy to keep the play yard up because it even blends in with our home decor.

Hampton loves his new play yard because it gives him a new sense of freedom while also  being the center of attention. I love 3-in-1 Extra Wide Gate Wood Barrier Play Yard because it allows Hampton to safely explore as he continues to learn and grow!

Northstates offers a variety of baby play yards and safety gates for explorers beginning at 6 months! For a limited time only, use code NICHOLS2O to receive 20% off any purchase. Discover more at Northstates Baby.