Father's Day is just around the corner, friends! Since 2 out of 4 of the co-founders are, in fact, dads, we've been scouring the internet for the perfect gift, and we're sharing our favorites below: 1 // SWEET GRASS DAIRY FATHER'S DAY BOX: We're all about cheese around here (especially our co-founder Lance). One of our favorite cheese makers is Thomasville's Sweet Grass Dairy. For Father's Day, they'll round up a box of their artisanal cheese combined with other local bites (like Schermer Pecans¬†and Blackberry Patch Preserves) and mail 'em straight to your front door. But hurry - there's only a limited number of boxes to go around! 2 // SUGARFINA BOURBON BEARS: The classic gummy bear gets an upgrade for dad: a splash of single barrel Kentucky bourbon. Who says gummies are just for kids? 3 // GOLDBELY BACON SUBSCRIPTION: Whether thick or thin, peppered or spiced, Dad'll be very excited to try a new variety of bacon each month. Goldbely brings home the bacon (to your home) from top smokehouses nationwide - like Virginia's Edward‚Äôs & Sons and Nashville‚Äôs iconic Loveless Cafe. 1 // Y'ALLSOME'S SPORTS-INSPIRED PRINTS & APPAREL:¬†We've been a fan of Y'allsome's "southern goods that do good" for several years now. Simple, but impactful designs that pay homage to our favorite activities and sports teams? Yes, please! Best part: 10% of profits benefit southern foster kids - a cause close to our hearts. 2 // MARK & GRAHAM'S TRAVEL PUTTING SET: Take putting practice on the road with this convenient zip case complete with golf balls, a portable putter, and putting target. We'd suggest springing for the sharp-looking monogram to make it even more his own. 1 // PERSONALIZED LEATHER KEY FOB: He may still forget his keys, but he'll never forget his family when they're strung on this high quality leather keychain. Add his initials, coordinates, or a special phrase from the kids! 2 // FRAMEBRIDGE CUSTOM FRAMED INSTAGRAM MINI: Framebridge has made the custom framing process infinitely more simple: upload photos from your phone or computer, select your favorite frame and size, and voila! Your framing project is complete. We love their Instagram Minis - a cute way to elevate your favorite Instagram photos. 1 // AVIATE JACKSONVILLE BASEBALL CAP: Simple, classic, and comfortable. Their selection of traditional and trucker hats are emblazoned with dozens of different airport codes, a unique way to represent to your favorite town. 2 // JJ COOPER FERNANDINA BELT BY SMATHERS & BRANSON: Smathers & Branson¬†produces men's accessories that feature updated needlepoint designs. They teamed up with Amelia Island's newest menswear shop, JJ Cooper, to create a Fernandina Beach belt with island-inspired details. How cute are those shrimps? 1 // INN AT SEA ISLAND GOLF PACKAGE: Sea Island is a gorgeous retreat just over an hour from Amelia Island. In addition to beach time, water sports, and fishing excursions, Sea Island is also known for golf; many PGA professionals choose to live and practice there, and the SEC Championship takes place there each year. With their golf package, play on one of three gorgeous courses each day and have access to their practice facilities, Golf Performance Center, and more. 2 // AMELIA ISLAND CULINARY ACADEMY'S FARMERS MARKET CLASS: Every Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm, follow Johnson & Wales-trained chef Bill Thompson (formerly of the Ritz-Carlton) to the Fernandina Beach Farmers Market to select fresh, local produce before heading back to the Academy to cook and eat it - a delicious gift that keeps on giving (because hopefully, he'll bring his new skills home!) So, there you have it! We hope one of these suggestions fit the bill for Dad this year - you can shop them directly through the links here, or head to our Pinterest Page to see more. We're very thankful for the gift of great fathers - and wish them all a happy day on Sunday, June 18th!
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a multi-level marketing party for an essential oils company. If you know me well, you know I am a sucker for any type of product or subscription that is going to make me feel better, look younger or smaller, eat less, or save me a trip to the grocery store. If you are selling it, I‚Äôm most likely buying it! As I listened to this sweet girl share how essential oils have essentially (pun intended) changed her life, the thought hit me...she believes so fully in this product and the change it‚Äôs brought, that she had to passionately share it with more people - so we, too, could experience what she has. I had heard of essential oils before - even have friends that use them - but it wasn't until I heard specific, personal stories of the ways they changed her life that I wanted in. Her experiences then inspired other ladies in the party to chime in with their own stories of these life-changing oils. Everywhere I turn on social media, another friend is selling yet another product - one they believe in so much that they can‚Äôt possibly be shy about it, willing to risk friends and followers with either invites to another party or 10 posts per day of before and after photos (insert weight loss, eyelash lengths, smooth skin...the list goes on). As a believer, I have the ultimate comfort, rest, healing, restoration, strength, and peace in my relationship with Jesus. Following Him has literally changed my life. I am not the same person that¬†I once was. You see, as a child and young adult I knew ABOUT Jesus - like I nailed it at Vacation Bible School - but I didn't really know Him. It wasn't until someone I trusted shared their personal experience - and further, I saw a real difference in their life - that I knew I needed what they had. In that stage of life, I was paralyzed by insecurity. But through a constant pursuit of knowing Him more, He has shown me who I am in Him and what He created me to do. He has revealed the gifts and talents that He has entrusted to me and shown me how to use them. I am truly a new person. I have been able to accomplish things I never would have even attempted before. With every step of faith, He has proven himself faithful. People who knew me before will tell you that I am different...more wholly me. So why is it that we (I) share the next life-changing product so confidently and boldly, yet we are so shy and timid when it comes to sharing our (my) faith in Jesus? In Acts, we see a man paralyzed from birth ask Peter and John for money. Instead of money, they offered him what they had: Jesus. The man was healed. Everyone who knew the man in his disability were amazed by his healing. When Peter and John were questioned about sharing their faith, they responded not with an apology or timidity; instead, they passionately¬†proclaimed what they knew to be true. Acts 4:13 says ‚ÄúThe members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.‚Äù Ordinary men. No special training. Had been with Jesus. If you are a believer, I challenge you to share your story. How is your life different because of Him? If you do not know Jesus (not just ABOUT Him), my challenge for you is to ask someone who does how He has change their life. And yes, I bought the oils. üôà
The countdown is on, friends! If you're here on the island, you've noticed that store build out at 4810 First Coast Highway is well underway. Our team has invested sweat, tears, and now blood (thanks to an unfortunate - and thankfully minor - nail gun incident when installing shiplap).¬†Through social media, you're getting to know the store - but, we're dying to share a little more about the people behind it. So, voila, we're rolling out a new blog series: Meet the Founders. We'll kick¬†things off with Tiffany, pulling double duty as interior designer for Lola Interiors and chooser-of-all-things-pretty¬†at Cape House. She gives creative input across the board - from branding to big picture merchandising, interior material selections for the store, and more. She also serves as main buyer, picking out each and every item that you'll soon see when we open our brick and mortar (and virtual!) doors. Enough about what she does - get to know¬†who she is below:
ON CAPE HOUSE...
What's your vision for Cape House? "Ultimately, I see Cape House as a known name with a distinct and recognizable style on Amelia Island and in Jacksonville - and beyond - as we expand in other markets. More than our¬†image, I see us known¬†just as much for our heart and mission!"
KEEPING IT LIGHT...
Last three photos on your phone? An Aspen Bay candle that I love and want to carry at the store; a¬†picture of my daughter, Hannah Grace, and Lance & Lauren's daughter, Addi Grace, on the beach; and a¬†screenshot of a room that inspired me.Currently reading? Favorite book? Currently reading the book of John.¬†Favorite book would either be For the Love by Jen Hatmaker or Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist (which actually inspired the store in part.) Who would play you in a movie of your life? Tiffani Amber Thiessen - and it would DEFINITELY be a romantic comedy! We share a name, and people say she's my celebrity doppelg√§nger. Favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies 'n Cream. Favorite meal? A filet, baked potato, broccoli or asparagus, and a good salad with spicy ranch. Favorite room in your home? The kitchen - it‚Äôs clich√©, but it really is where people gather. It's definitely not my favorite because of the food either - I always say, I hate to cook, but I love collecting dishes!¬† Favorite season? Early fall - I love it when it starts to cool down; it's still light out pretty late, but it's not scorching! I love the beginning of football season - not really for the football... but the gatherings the sport inspires. Ha! The start of fall also means the holiday season is coming up.¬† Favorite holiday tradition? Christmas decorating (not surprising at all)! I love when my home begins to look and feel like Christmas, my favorite holiday. I change it up each year based on what's inspiring me that season. I start really early (I think because my mom always waited until the last minute to decorate) - and also take everything down pretty quickly, too, like the day after (or sometimes of...) Christmas!¬†
LET'S DIG A LITTLE DEEPER...What trait do you like the most about yourself? I am right and left brained - I feel like I‚Äôm a good blend between being creative and logical. What trait has gotten you in the most trouble? Being a people pleaser (who's with me?) What‚Äôs the best compliment you‚Äôve ever received? That I‚Äôm a good mom. Even better that it came from my daughter, Hannah Grace! What is the best piece of advice you‚Äôve received? No is a complete sentence. What¬†do you love about being a part of your family? The older I get the more aware I am of how good of a family I have. Everyone loves each other, and everyone is so supportive. We‚Äôre all intact and tight knit - and I feel very fortunate! Though Tiffany will keep on doling out all her gorgeous designs with Lola Interiors when Cape House opens,¬†you'll definitely find her working in-store from time to time. Be sure to say hello - we're all friends here! Next week, we're introducing you to the energizer bunny himself, Lance Jones. To know him is to love him, folks. Until then!
Last week we gave away our summer beach essentials. You‚Äôll be happy to know, even if you didn‚Äôt win, the beach chairs, towels and YETI cooler were put to good use this past weekend (thousands are jealous of you right now Ryan - congratulations and we look forward to our invitation to the beach). Through the campaign, literally THOUSANDS of people signed up, ‚Äúshared‚Äù with their friends and family, ‚Äúliked‚Äù us and started ‚Äúfollowing‚Äù @shopcapehouse. We had no idea what to expect, but we didn‚Äôt anticipate it would go viral. Now that the campaign is over we probably won‚Äôt retain everyone‚Äôs attention indefinitely, but through the process, people caught a glimpse of who we are and what we are creating - even if they were only investing a minimal amount of time. We were intentional about creating an offer that was appealing. We partnered with another company to help expand the reach of the campaign. We communicated the benefits of the package. We were consistent with our timing. We were creative in executing. We made the ask. When is the last time you reflected on the things you ask others to do? If you‚Äôre like me, it‚Äôs probably not something you think about within your typical routine. This morning I asked my three year old to do a dozen different things within an hour. I asked her to finish breakfast, take her vitamins, brush her teeth, get ready for Princess Camp (yes, Princess Camp), etc. There are countless requests, asks, and invitations we extend on any given day. Often we ask without much consideration. Other times, we prepare in advance to ensure we make the right ask because we know what it means if they say yes. When we launched the campaign, we assumed we would create more likes and followers. We also knew it wouldn‚Äôt appeal to everyone. Not everyone would continue to ‚Äúlike‚Äù and ‚Äúfollow‚Äù, however, if we never asked, we wouldn‚Äôt have reached the thousands who said yes. I didn‚Äôt anticipate this campaign revealing a parallel to my faith, but I‚Äôm reminded that we have to continue to connect with people, to share what God has done in our lives and make the ask - ask people if they have experienced anything similar and what God is doing in their life. Jesus said ‚Äúfollow me.‚Äù He didn‚Äôt say, ‚Äúhave it all figured out and then come follow me‚Äù. It was an invitation. He asked and then he gave of himself. He was the ultimate offer - a reminder that we will never have anything greater to offer or give than a relationship with Jesus. Maybe this week it‚Äôs starting a conversation with a family member, a friend, a neighbor or a stranger. Maybe you‚Äôll get turned down. Then again, maybe they will ‚Äúlike‚Äù what you have to say. Potentially they may ‚Äúfollow‚Äù Jesus. Who knows, they may turn around and ‚Äúshare‚Äù what they received with thousands more. Don‚Äôt overcomplicate - simply make the ask.
(Even though it's felt like it for weeks now) Summer is here! School is out. The days are getting longer.¬†And we're ready for all the porch time we can get! Last month, we introduced you to Supper Club: a monthly get-together where we take respite around the table from the usual hustle and pour into the meaningful relationships that make life great. This month, we celebrated the¬†start to Summer. Sometimes in Supper Club, we experiment with new¬†and intricate recipes. Other times, like this month, we stick to classics. There's something about Summertime that is so exciting and familiar to us¬†(maybe it's that whole living at the beach thing...). Regardless, there are certain recipes that just feel like home, and in this busy season, that's exactly what we needed. The Menu // We started by snacking on watermelon salad and¬†boiled peanuts. Don't even get us started on how much we love this oh-so-salty, briny snack¬†that is¬†incredibly easy to make, especially if you use your slow cooker like we did. The main event: a classic Lowcountry Boil. We grew up eating this seasoned seafood boil of corn, red potatoes, smoked sausage, and shrimp (we used the local Mayport shrimp) - and to add a special touch, we added crab legs. Dessert was bright and citrus-y: lemon cheesecake mousse.¬†Try the recipes for yourself:
BOILED PEANUTS // Hot Southern¬†Boiled Peanuts by Add a Pinch WATERMELON SALAD // Watermelon, Cucumber, & Feta Salad¬†from Cinnamon, Spice, & Everything Nice LOWCOUNTRY BOIL // We used a family recipe, but it's similar to Noble Pig's version. LEMON CHEESECAKE MOUSSE // Lemon Cheesecake Mousse by Cooking ClassyThe Decor // Lowcountry Boil is traditionally served splayed out over newspaper. So, we skipped the tablecloth and runner - and opted instead for inexpensive kraft paper and newsprint. Wooden square plates offered plenty of surface area for the¬†seafood feast - as did the butcher towels that we tied in a simple knot as napkin. We found the crab crackers and forks, butter warmers, and the plastic crab bibs (a totally hilarious necessity) on Amazon - and the rest, we already owned. We love how classic it all turned out. This laid-back evening allowed us to relax, catch up, and most importantly - laugh! And that's what the heart of Supper Club is all about. What meal screams Summer to you? Tell us below. ¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†