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A Piece of Phoenix: Mapiful Maps

28th June 2019

Mapiful Map | Jade of Trades

Hello, friends! I hope you are all having such a wonderful week. HOW is it already the end of June?! I can’t believe it. Honestly, I can’t. In just a week, I’m heading down to St. Petersburg, Florida to look at apartments that I’ll be moving into in August! During this time, I have been collecting small things here and there to amp up my interior design game once we move into our new apartment. That’s why I was so important when Mapiful reached out to me for a lil’ partnership!

This post contains gifted products from Mapiful. However, I am not an affiliate. I do not make a commission from these links or the promotional code I have been given. For more information about my transparency practices, please visit my disclosures page here. 

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First Care/of Order: Personalized Vitamins & Supplements

23rd June 2019

Care/of Supplements | Jade of Trades

Summertime is all about resetting my health for me. Whenever I come home to Georgia, my family is always hyper-committed to eating healthy, hiking, working out and drinking water to reset all of our systems. That’s why I was so happy when Care/of reached out to me to try out their personalized vitamins, boosts and protein powders this summer! Just a week ago, I took a quiz that totaled maybe 10 minutes of my time. I detailed the different health concerns I had and voila! A curated list of the best vitamins for me and my needs was recommended to me, and on its way. I’m very excited to try these out for the next month.

Care/of was kind enough to send out these materials to me, but in no way does that change my opinion of them. If you’d like more information on my transparency practices, please visit my Disclosures + Codes page for more information.

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I Did a Celery Juice Cleanse: The Results

23rd May 2019

Celery Juice Cleanse

After graduation, Austen and I wanted a way to kickstart our health. We ate and ate and ate some more as we mingled with our families during our grad week, and let me tell y’all: we didn’t feel great afterwards. I had seen this celery juice cleanse going around online and on Pinterest, so of course, I had to hop on the bandwagon. Plus, one of my favorite juice bars here in Phoenix sells a cleanse for 6 days. With an order made and some celery juice acquired, we started on our cleanse.

The Benefits of Celery Juice Cleanses

For most of this research, I’m pulling straight from NekterJuice Bar‘s branding. NekterJuice announced their launch of the 6-day cleanse late last year, when the trend was really starting to take off. However, I’d heard of other bloggers/vloggers talking about drinking celery juice in the morning beforehand (like my fav, Sarah’s Day).

Celery juice, in essence, is supposed to help heal your gut and help with your digestion. It has a ton of different claims from weight loss to mental health, but that’s according to the juice bar (so take that with a grain of salt). Celery juice is supposedly extremely dense with health benefits including aided digestion, reduced bloating, anti-inflammation, mood improvement and high electrolyte counts to help your body absorb more water more effectively.

Here’s what NekterJuice Bar says about it: “NekterJuice Bar‘s new 6-Day Celery Detox originates from the very core of our brand, which is to make a healthy lifestyle easy to achieve and sustainable,” Steve Schulze said. “With our new 6-Day Celery Detox, people don’t need to completely shift their routines to achieve a total body reset. Over the course of just six days, they simply need to start their mornings with one bottle of our delicious and rejuvenating Celery Detox juice and then continue with a healthy diet the rest of the day.”

What’s in it?

The juice is made (of course) with celery, but lemon and mint are added and it really helps to balance the taste, in my opinion. It tastes delightfully refreshing, especially since it’s nice and cold once you get it from your fridge. Give it a good shake and pop in a stainless steel straw to help you sip on it while getting ready in the morning. The detox comes with 6 of these 16-ounce bottles of cold-pressed juices. In terms of taste, I would recommend avoiding brushing your teeth before drinking the juice. Like any citrus-y flavor, it can make the taste unsettling and sour. So just brush after you’ve downed it!

How it Works

You’re supposed to drink the juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. After 30 minutes, you can then proceed on your normal routine and eat clean food throughout the rest of the day. I found that I felt pretty full from drinking the juice in the morning, so my breakfasts were a bit later than usual.

The Results

I’ll start off by saying I really enjoyed the cleanse. I actually looked forward to waking up in the morning and having the bottle of juice; it was almost like my body started to crave it like it had previously craved coffee. The juice helped me feel particularly hydrated and awake, which I could always use (who couldn’t?).

I noticed major improvement with my digestion, and I felt a lot less bloated than normal. Like a lot. Like… shockingly. Even after eating or at later parts of the day where you normally loose that “morning skinny,” I felt morning skinny. In addition, my skin looks so clear. Insanely clear.

My family and I are actually planning on investing in a juicer this summer, so I look forward to cracking the code myself and creating my own celery-based juices. I would love to add apple or pineapple to the mixture, since I did find the juice was more savory than sweet (and… I have the world’s largest sweet tooth). However, if I figured out how to make it just like NekterJuice, then I definitely wouldn’t complain.

So, while I’m not a doctor, I can definitely attest to the fact that I think this worked really well. I’d definitely do it again. I liked the fact that you continued on with your normal diet; I’m so not a fan of those diets where you just skip eating altogether. No, no, no. I like that I feel the benefits of the cleanse without being deprived of my normal food or caloric intake.

I’d recommend giving it a shot!

XO,

Jade Nicole

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007. Friday Update & Marily-Rose Art Giveaway

3rd May 2019

Hello, hello, friends! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week. My family from Hawaii comes in today for my graduation and I’m so excited! My graduation is on Tuesday of next week, so I’ll be able to spend a good amount of time with them before and after the ceremony.

Giveaway with Marily-Rose

Marily-Rose from @marilyrose.art and I have teamed up to bring you a fun spring and summertime giveaway! Marily and I became friends through her boyfriend, Nick. Nick and I used to work together at a sushi restaurant in Downtown Phoenix, and Marily and I became social media friends! Marily is so sweet and so talented — she’s also half Filipina, like me! She makes these cute lil’ felt wall hangings that you can use to spruce up your space beautifully.

Plus, entering the giveaway is super duper easy. It literally takes two seconds. All you’ve gotta do is make sure you’re following both of us and tag a friend in the comments and voila! You’re entered. The giveaway will run for 1 week, so it’ll be over next Friday! Make sure you go ahead and get your entry in right now.

Content Update

This is sort of an odd and different update for me to give. I just wanted to talk about the content that I’ll be producing next week and for the rest of the month, so that you can have a bit of an idea of what to expect from me! And, somehow, if I put it into the interwebs, it makes me feel a bit more inclined to deliver. Anyone else like this? Or, maybe I’m just manifesting. Either way. Whatever works.

How to Build an Audience

I’ve gotten so many questions these past few weeks about building a social media following and upping engagement. Soooo, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for a big ol’ blog post on the whole topic. I’ll be working on this for a while, though, because I want to make sure it’s as thorough as possible. But you can expect that by the end of this month!

Content Distribution Plan and Tactics

This is another one that I’ve been asked about. Some people have reached out and asked me how to create consistent content. I think this’ll probably be another big guy when it boils down to it. So, another one you can expect in a few weeks! I’m also trying out different content distribution platforms, so hopefully I’ll have an update on what’s been working best for me by then.

Collaborations

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with a handful of different creators and brands lately! And it’s been AWESOME. Seriously. So. Awesome. I’m excited for that to go live next week and for the rest of the month.

Any ideas?

I’m up for ideas, though, as I’m planning out my content for the rest of the summertime! What do you wanna know about social media / engagement / content creation, etc? Would a general guide be most helpful to you?

Let me know!

The Science Behind Your Beauty Sleep

Anyone that pulls the occasional all-nighter has probably heard the dreaded “you look tired” comment. Even if you fuel yourself with opulent amounts of caffeine to stay awake, you still give off physical signals to those around you that you missed out on some sleep. The idea of beauty sleep isn’t just an urban legend, […]

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The Truth About My Law School Applications

If you’ve been a part of my life in the last two years, you would know how the law school applications process weighed heavily on my soul. My days consisted of constant LSAT (Law School Applications Test) studying, my weekends were consumed with full-length practice tests. I was consistently working on my application, writing and […]

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Meet Paisley Raine

Oh. My. GOODNESS, you guys. I am so excited for y’all to meet Paisley Raine, the newest addition to our family! Paisley is a four and a half month old Golden Retriever, and she’s so, so, so beautiful. We adopted her on Sunday in Tampa, Florida while we were touring apartments and the school that […]

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XO,

Jade Nicole

 

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006. Update // First Law School Interview

6th April 2019

First Law School Interview + First Time in Chicago

Hello from the Windy City, friends! I’m sitting in Chicago O’Hare, waiting for my flight back to the Valley of the Sun in a few hours. I’m in Chicago for a law school interview, and it was my first one. Although I’ve already been admitted to the school, I was interviewing for a position within their Honors Scholars program (which would include full tuition!). I had the opportunity to meet so many aspiring lawyers, as well as ask questions to law professors and experience the first law school interview I’ve ever endured. Also, I’m going to include an analytics report towards the end! 

When I first began blogging, I really wanted to capture the law school applications process for readers. I loved reading blog posts on the actualities of applying to schools; I read up on lifestyle posts that included everything from LSAT preparation to school selections and everything in between. However, there aren’t *that* many blogs out there to read! And I felt like I had exhausted so many of my options, too. I turned to books instead, reading up on how to get into law school, but I do prefer lifestyle/blogger-ish content since it includes real world experiences. Anyone else prefer that?

The school flew me out to interview on Friday, but since the flight from Phoenix to Chicago is 3.5 hours, they flew me out the day before. I didn’t get in until late, so when my Uber was driving into the city, I didn’t get a good look at the skyline. Driving in, it honestly looked like a mix of Phoenix and Atlanta, just on a larger scale. The streets were wide and empty in the part of town I stayed, like Phoenix, but the buildings towered up in a way that reminded me of where I worked in Atlanta at the Capitol. My hotel was lovely, and I had the most wonderful view of the city from my bedroom.

What’s to Come

I’ll get into the nitty gritty of law school interviews once my applications are closed and my final decision has been made, and believe me: I’m takin’ notes. That post will include ways in which I prepared for the interview, as well as tips and advice for your law school interviews as well. I can’t say whether or not they’re particularly effective yet, since I haven’t been accepted in, but I’ll be sure to include that information once I get that blog post a-rollin’.

To be honest, I’m quite cold. And I know that’s the gag of it all; as I look around in the airport, I notice heavy blazers and wool coats and realize I’m happy to be traveling back to the land in which people wish for clouds. We’ll see if I ever eventually call Chicago home, but it’s quite a difference than being in Phoenix, that’s for sure.

Analytics Report

I thought while I was here, it was about time I did another analytics update for the past 30 days. I’m also going to throw an income report in here as well, as I think that’s rather interesting to see from other content creators!

Pageviews

Social Analytics Report - Jade of Trades

Alright, so, it may not seem like a lot but DANG, I am proud of this! One of the hardest things I faced at the beginning of blogging before was facing those daunting page views. However, I’m so proud of this! I’m glad unique visitors are consistently visiting my site, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Seems like my travel guide to Santa Barbara was a big hit, along with my SEO post that recently went live.

Social Analytics

I’ve included last month’s as well so you could see the progression in context.

SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS AS OF 3/14/19

Pinterest: 48k monthly viewers, 3,717 followers (2032 increase)

Instagram: 1,619 (424 increase)

Blog Subs: 15 (15 increase)

SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS AT OF 4/6/19

Pinterest: 55k monthly viewers, 4,315 followers (598 increase)

Instagram: 2,140 (521 increase)

Blog Subs: 15 (0 increase)

*I started a new Twitter this month to connect with brands and other bloggers more efficiently. Follow @jadeoftrades__. 

Income Report

I have made $20.00 for campaigns and promotions to date (score!). I’ve been gifted a handful of products to try out and review this month.

Talk soon.

XO,

Jade Nicole

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The Science Behind Your Beauty Sleep

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The Truth About My Law School Applications

If you’ve been a part of my life in the last two years, you would know how the law school applications process weighed heavily on my soul. My days consisted of constant LSAT (Law School Applications Test) studying, my weekends were consumed with full-length practice tests. I was consistently working on my application, writing and […]

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My Top Five Favorite Novels

25th March 2019

First thing’s first: thank you guys for voting over on my stories what you’d like to see this week! It really helps me to map out my content schedule a ton. However, for one of the categories, I received a handful of messages asking me to do both — can you guess which one it is? It was the poll between my all time favorite makeup products and my all time favorite literature reads.

Makeup *technically* won, but I’m going to bend the rules a bit and go ahead and publish this one first. You don’t mind, right? I hope you don’t.

A Lil’ Disclaimer

I preface this by saying that many of these books were part of my collegiate curriculum. Whenever I had to fill honors credits for my honors degree, I always opted for some type of literature class (and usually with the same professor, too, since I really admired her). I didn’t have the freedom and flexibility to read fiction in so many other college classes, and I don’t expect you to, either. Unless you’re an English major. Maybe then you’d read more fiction.

Particularly, my favorite college class was 21st Century Global Literature. We read a novel nearly every week, discussing the themes and different cultures that surfaced in each. It was so interesting to me to be able to read fiction written in different cultures than my own, and it’s a powerful way to explore them as well. Many of those books have made their way onto here, especially because they’re so different than mainstream American literature (which, tbh, isn’t my cup of tea).

My favorite style of literature is pre-21st century. I feel as if many of the modern novels of today have lost the flair and romance of older literature, and I usually am not one to reach for them. I do love, however, autobiographies by strong women, as well as books about psychology. Other than that, though, the only 21st century literature I reach for are novels from cultures different than my own.

1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Of course, I have to start off with my all time favorite: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Chances are, you’ve heard of Frankenstein (or, more technically, Frankenstein’s monster), depicted in films and printed on cereal boxes since you were a kid. When I first read this, I wasn’t expecting to like it at all off of those pre-conceived notions I had. I particularly love this book because it explores themes of humanity and force you into a deep introspection. What makes us human? The book encourages you to consider virtue and villainy, societal stereotypes and the psychological dynamics of egos and repression. It’s a classic, and I can’t believe I went so long without reading it. It’s even considered the greatest horror novel ever. The book is influenced by the Gothic and Romantic movements, and is one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Interestingly enough, the book is written by the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, an early advocate of women’s rights.

Frankenstein

2) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

This book has been a favorite of mine since high school’s AP Literature and Composition. I remember reading this and re-reading it again and again nearly every year. Although Hemingway is generally regarded as an incredible author and to some, the pinnacle of achievement for novelists, he has a narrative lense that some find distasteful. I, however, love the lack of explanation and voice that allows the reader to fill in the blanks. A Farewell to Arms is a tragic love story of an ambulance driver and a nurse during World War I, and it’s beautifully told. It weaves together the narratives of love and war seamlessly, making it a gutting novel in more ways than one.

A Farewell to Arms

3) Human Acts by Han Kang

This book was a part of that global literature course I discussed earlier. It is a novel translated from South Korea, written by author Han Kang. The narrative is of several different characters during a time of tumultuous uprisings, and it’s quite jarring and graphic (so, if you’re not into that, steer clear). I love that it’s a historical fiction novel, shedding light on events that I honestly knew very little about before reading. The book jumps between the interwoven lives of victims of the tragedy, telling a story of the harsh realities of oppression and the poetry of a collective, extraordinary heartbreak.

Human Acts

4) The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma

This is another tragic one, and was also a part of that course’s curriculum. It’s about four brothers in a small Nigerian town. A Biblical parable of Cain and Able, it tells the story of the a family being torn apart by paranoia, suspicion and grief. Chigozie Obioma is a Nigerian writer, and his work sheds light on modern politics in Africa through historical fiction. It’s a wonderful read, but a sad one, too.

The Fisherman

5) The Stranger by Albert Camus

Perhaps one that’s a bit controversial, The Stranger or L’Etranger in French, is one of my favorites that I re-read from time to time (you can finish it in half a day). The novel is hyper existential, and is one of the most popular novels of the 20th century. If you’re into reading book critiques, here’s one I really like from the New Republic about Camus’ The Stranger. It can help tie together some of those loose ends you’re sure to have after the last word of the novel.

The Stranger

Have any more that I should read? Let me know! I’m always down to try new things.

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XO,

Jade Nicole