The Year Ahead Here at JnJ!

Hey guys! Well, 2019 has come upon us at last. I’m not quite ready for it, truth be told, but really, who is? A new year, new troubles, new plans… and above all, new goals. Speaking of which, let’s look into the future just a little and delve into what I’ve got planned for the website this year!

Of course, I may be over over-ambitious, but let’s get this show on the road!

  1. One of the big things I’m gearing up (and psyching myself up for) is Youtube. Youtube is this huge unfathomable beast that can chew up a small creator and spit them out. I want to see if I’ve got what it takes. I’m dying to try out this new software! The Youtube channel will be featuring…
    1.  the odd boxing, until I gauge interest between platforms. So far, my Allure unboxing is my highest viewed post. But what took it there?
    2. Makeup reviews, like the first one I did. Really, I may end up redoing that one with my new set up and killing the current video. I definitely realize that I need scripts; I better get on it.
    3. Once I gain a little bit of a viewership, I would like to introduce you guys into my adventures with vlogging- it looks like a lot of fun!
photo taken at Pine Mountain, GA by Myself.
  1. More trips, especially to places outside of the current perimeter. Right now, we have plans to go to Gatlinburg, TN and I have pretty current plans to go to Macon, GA and cover the shops in Auburn that I missed.
  2. Loads of What’s New and Boutique Debut posts! One of which is coming up this weekend for a favorite! 🙂
  3. I plan to have some sort of physical publication for promotional purposes go out in the coming months. 
  4. hope to have some more engagement across platforms to gauge the popularity or new content
  5. Professional relations of some sort- this one is definitely ambitious!

That’s what we’re looking at for the moment as far as this little chunk of cyberspace goes! Of course, I do have personal goals that I hope to reach. 

 

Personal Goals

  1. I’ve already starter this one, but I’m trying to be more positive and less pessimistic. I’ve always been a little bit glass-half-empty and I’m trying to make some changes to my thinking to make me kinder to myself. Because my inner critic is ruthless.
  2. I would like to be a little more trim and work out a little more often (at all,  tbh). I do have a membership through work, but little motivation most days to actually work out.
  3. Improve my art and dedicate more time to things I genuinely enjoy. 
  4. Just generally be a better person to myself and others.

    If you guys are making any drastic changes in your personal life, or your attitude, comment below! We can encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves. 🙂

 

Hometown Cravings; Crunch Berry Latte With Origin Coffee

I came into Origin Coffee, once again, for a wonderful tryday experiment! Honestly, I love asking the lovely people to just make something fun. I get some really unique flavor experiences that way. Today I asked about something unique, outside of my usual favorites, Mocha, Caramel and Brown Sugar. I was introduced to the Captain Crunch Iced Latte.
 
   As mentioned in the previous Origin post, their coffee is locally sourced and has a bit of bite to it. I feel like they use a darker roast, due to the tinge of bitterness I get underneath the other flavors. That being said, this drink is mild, but the coffee flavor may be a bit much for those who don’t like the bitterness. The bite of the coffee adds a wonderful counterbalance to the raspberry flavor that is the predominant flavor.
 
   The flavors they used to make this wonderful concoction were Caramel, Hazelnut, and Raspberry. The hazelnut is so subtle and adding not really a nutty flavor, but just a touch of that cereal taste. It’s really surprising to me how well the flavors work together to bring in a sweet, not-too-rich, drink. 
 
     By now, you guys probably think I’m completely obsessed with Origin Coffee, and well… you’d be right. Proximity and quality are unparalleled and the staff they have working here are absolutely wonderful. I definitely highly recommend Origin and I can’t sing their praises enough.
 
Lucky me that they set up shop so close to my home!
 

Taste; /5

   I love this drink! It’s the perfect amount of new and nostalgia. When I asked for something new and “Crunch Berries?” came from behind the counter, I was curious. It surpassed my expectations and gave me something to crave when I’m feeling some nostalgia-need.

 
Now that we’ve taken care for your regularly scheduled content, I have the next couple of posts planned. We’re going to be attending the grand opening for Petite Sweets n Treats, and seeing what kind of goodies she’s whipped up for this big event! Followed by my first Beauty post (what’s in my bag?) featuring my top dollar acquisitions or this huge makeup wholesale event I’ll be attending Saturday! Time will tell which one goes live first!
  
I’ll also be reviewing the newest JnJ Merch from Vista Print that I get each month! We’ll be seeing a few subscription oriented posts- Ipsy, Promobox and the Goodie Box from our baker friends over at Petite Sweets N Treats. 
 
Though it’s been completely insane for me for the past month or so, I’ve been making plans!
 
Stay fabulous, guys! I’ll see you Monday!

Home Town Cravings; Sweet Rebellion with Midtown Coffee

Hey everyone! I visited Midtown Coffee again, after a long Saturday at work. I’ve mentioned the Barista’s Choice list a time or two, and I highly recommend trying it! If your local watering hole doesn’t offer such a list, it’s also a fun to ask them flat-out what their favorite drink is! Midtown Coffee really has the right idea!

Immediately I noticed the sheen of Honey on the whipped cream, and I’ve never had these two flavors together at the same time. It was absolutely wonderful! Absolutely an amazing combination of tastes and textures that had me smitten. It was sweet in a modest way and not overbearing. I could totally see just this portion alone becoming a staple.

The sweet rebel is a blended drink, with a double shot of espresso, cinnamon and brown sugar. The first impression is entirely cinnamon and is paired nicely with the earthy tones of the espresso. The scent honey adds a nice counterpoint to the bitter richness that’s in every sip.

The lingering flavor on the tongue is dry cinnamon- it has a graininess on the back of the tongue.

All in all, the flavor is zen and a great choice for the summer!

I apologize for the short post for today! If you follow on Instagram, I’ve had a hectic few weeks and have been in the process of moving! I should be debuting my first Beauty post with some of the great products I’ve found!

Stay tuned for some new content and a new friend that is going to hook us up with a special Java and Jeans dessert that I can’t wait to show you!

Sweet Rebellion Taste; /5

    All in all a pleasant experience, but even though I quite enjoyed the honey topped whipped cream, I’m not generally too big on the overall flavors. I do recommend this if you’re looking for a good summer drink to cool you off, or even the spring. 

Want to be a Guest Writer?

Guest Posts are officially open!

Java and Jeans is accepting guest posts from our readers in preparation for surprise that should be coming later this year, barring any setbacks. 

Content that will be accepted in each category:

 

Coffee/Beverages:

 For Beverage posts, they should be featuring one (or two, if you’re feeling motivated!) coffee drinks or specialty beverage These posts will pretty much be accepted under most circumstances. Bonus Points if it’s a place not everyone knows about!

Photos for this post category should include the beverage(s) and the interior. Feel free to include a snap of the exterior and even the baristas/bartender working their magic (with their permission of course!)

The only ways for these posts to be disqualified would be vulgarity, or if they lack any photos at all. We don’t just want to hear about how relaxing the place is, we want to see it too. 

Food/Restaurant:

Have you found a new delicious dish that you want to shout from the rooftops? This might be the next best thing, and not wake your neighbors. These posts would include a photo of the dish in question, and and image showcasing the mood of the business. Bonus points if you get the waitstaff in a photo and interacting with your party (with their consent!).

Feel free to showcase the entire meal, from appetizer to dessert, and including your beverage. You can feature as little or as much of your meal as you would like. 

The only ways for these sorts of posts to be disqualified is if there are no images, or there’s vulgarity.

 

Boutiques:

Boutique posts may take a little more time, because these posts would require photos of their layout and displays, as well as a selection of at least 3 outfits that really speak to you (not exceeding five). Feel free to include new arrivals and/or honorable mentions for things that really speak to you, but that doesn’t quite work out.

Bonus points if you include a link to their page so we can send them some traffic as well. We love small business!

The only ways for this sort of post to be disqualified is if it does not include photos or the outfits are immodest. 

 

Nightlife/Events:

If you want to submit a post to this category, have fun! Scope out new and exciting events in your area, attend a live show at a bar and grill. If it’s fun, we want to hear about it! My only request for these posts, is of course, keep it PG. Other than that, you’re free to play as you wish in this category.

These posts may be disqualified for the same reasons as the ones above. We do require photographs, of course. These sorts of posts could even work with selfies of you and your friends having fun. 

How to Submit your posts:

Send your submissions to submissions@javaandjeans.com, the formatting for the post should be similar to the format that is used here. I do prefer each post to have at least two images, capturing the aesthetic of the business that is being promoted as well as the service being provided. If you want a specific title for your post, include that in the body of your email.

When you send in your submissions, please be sure to include your blog URL, if you have one so that I can include it in your post, and all of the posts I would make letting people know that your post is live.

We will accept submissions until July 25th and Voting will end on September 15th.

Prizes:

The #1 Voter’s Choice in each category will receive a $10 dollar Gift Card to the location of their choice as well as this big surprise I keep hinting at. Of course, all of our Guest Submissions will be getting a shoutout across our social media platforms, too.

 

Quick Notes:

  • When taking photos inside a business, please be courteous. Be sure to have their permission before you start snapping away. Most places we’ve gone, don’t mind. But, others need approval from higher up or they have precautions that must be kept in mind.
  • When voting or commenting on other guest entries, please be kind to one another!
  • Please don’t photograph individuals without their permission. Always be courteous to others when preparing your posts!
  • Just a reminder, subscribe to our newsletter for a chance to win any future giveaways and stay in the know on any other updates!
We promise not to send you spam or excessive correspondence, our newsletter goes out once a week on Monday and recaps the prior week of posts.

 

Register to win Starbucks Coffee on us!

That’s right, guys! We’re holding our first giveaway to celebrate 300 instagram follows! We’re going to assigning each entry a number and using random.org to choose a truly random number. We’ll be sending the lucky winner the gift card via email! 

 

Registering to win will preliminarily enter you to win any giveaway in the future, and open the door for when we gain affiliation with businesses so we can get some promotions flowing. Of course, giveaways may differ in methods. Registering will also alert you to giveaways before they go live on Instagram, Twitter or even here!

A future Giveaway may include…

 

  1.  gift cards of equal or greater value for cafes and boutiques.
  2. Actual coffee from our local roasters mailed to your door!
  3. Accessories

If you guys enjoy coffee like we do, you won’t want to miss future giveaways! Just as a heads-up, this giveaway is running for 2 weeks and will end on June 7th at 7 PM EST.