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February Fabulous Female: Lynn Hazan

This month’s Fabulous Female is Lynn Hazan!

Lynn is the founder of ChicpeaJC, a blog focusing on everything related to Jersey City. She’s also the owner of Content Creators JC, a full service social media marketing company that manages over 20 accounts in and around Jersey City. On top of this, Lynn is a single mom to an adorable 5-year-old, who keeps her just as busy as her businesses.

Lynn started her career, like most of us, in corporate America. Around 2014 she had been promoted to Director of Training at Cisco Partner, in NYC. From the outside, her life seemed ideal; the perfect life with the perfect man and perfect job. Despite this, Lynn felt unhappy and unfulfilled. She felt robotic, waking up every day and doing the same thing over and over.  Even after accolades from her boss, and shares in the company, she still felt hopeless. She asked herself “Is this it?”. While everyone saw her as a success, Lynn knew she had much more to accomplish.

Months before, Lynn had started posting OOTD’s (Outfit of the Day) on social media. For her it was a creative outlet that showcased her love of fashion.  While shopping one day, she started chatting with a men’s influencer.  He planted the idea in her head about starting her own blog and writing about her outfits. Shortly thereafter, ChicpeaJC was born.  Writing the blog brought so much joy to Lynn’s life that a few months later, she made the boldest move. She walked into her boss’ office and gave notice.
Loving her life in Jersey City makes it  for Lynn to write about all that there is to do, see, and eat in the eclectic pulse of the northeast. Part of the appeal of writing her blog, is that Lynn loves giving back to her community and promoting local people and business. She believes there’s enough love and wealth to spread around, and she loves networking with and connecting people. I found her to be a kind and very giving person.

What impressed me most about Lynn (as I stalk her on social media) is her ability to successfully juggle so many things. She works full-time, exercises at a ridiculous hour, is a hands-on mom and manages an enviable social life.

As a single mom myself, I asked for the secret to her balancing act, because personally, I was starting to think she was a cyborg. Lynn said her secrets are outsourcing, time management, sacrifice and COFFEE! For example, her nanny often helps with the housework, her village of friends pitch in when needed, and she sacrifices sleep so she can work out. This way when she takes her daughter with her, that can be her main focus.

Lynn also keeps organized by keeping a master list and schedule for all that she must accomplish during the week. Each weekend she does a data dump and starts fresh.

Lynn is an inspiration for those looking to live life on their own terms. She has an ‘eff you’ attitude and lives Oprah’s philosophy “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

If you need a bit of motivation, follow this bad-ass boss babe on social media @chicpeajc. It’ll be the boost you need to get your ass up and work out, work harder and live your life in the manner that suits you best.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Restaurants

The Food….The Wine….The Experience! That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. # HipNJ is here to help you create the romantic evening of your dreams. Read more below to find the place where you and that special someone can laughing, reminiscing and connecting over elegant appetizers and creative cuisine.

 Dim lights, candle lit tables and a glass of red wine. The Char Steakhouse has the word romance written all over it, putting you in the mood to love love and eat good food. The Char Steakhouse is a New York style steakhouse with several locations in Red Bank and Raritan. Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, have a date night somewhere new and fall in love with everything that the Char Steakhouse has to offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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VALENTINE’S DAY MENU February 14th, 15th, 16th $135 per person (not including tax & gratuity) RESERVE: 732.345.9977 Join us for our 3-Course Valentine’s Menu for $135 per person. Each couple will receive a complimentary bag of chocolates and our freshly made banana bread MENU AMUSE Wild Mushroom Dashi, Fermented Black Bean, Roasted Scallion Oil FIRST COURSE Pickled Heirloom Beets, Mascarpone, Salted Pistachio, Local Honey Baby Field Greens, Caramelized Hazelnuts, Beaufort Cheese Cavatelli Pasta, Pickled Enoki Mushrooms, Fontina Cheese Filet Mignon Tartare, Caramelized Onion Brodo, Crispy Shallot Pan Seared Scallops, Blood Orange Margarita, Winter Citrus Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Bourbon Shortbread, Butterscotch SECOND COURSE Butter Poached Lobster, Smoked Potato Mousseline, Crispy Leek Pan Roasted Filet Mignon, Piquillo Pepper Romesco, Bone Marrow Crumbs Bourbon Braised Suckling Pig, Parisienne Apples, Toasted Pecans, Maple Jus Braised Buffalo Short Rib, Heirloom Broccoli, Burnt Onion Purée Yellowfin Tuna, Crispy Bamboo Rice, Golden Pineapple, Kumquat Marmalade, Ponzu Golden Tilefish, Crispy Pork Belly, Chorizo Clam Chowder DESSERT AMUSE Olive Oil Dried Cherry Ice Cream DESSERT Sweethearts Dessert Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #restaurantnicholas #newjersey #nj #redbanknj #redbank #monmouthcounty #monmouthcountynj #njfood #foodnj #njfoodie #njfoodies #jerseyfoodie #finedining #newjerseyfoodie

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Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank has been redefining the meaning of modern fine dining since 2000. Gracefully enter into the dining room, order the finest champagne they have and enjoy the presence of the person you have chosen to spend this romantic evening with. Reconnect, have some laughs and fall in love all over again while relishing in appetizers and entrees from their elegantly established menu. Restaurant Nicholas will make this a night to remember.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Take in the beautiful view, while you dine with beautiful company. . . . #views #viewsfordays #setthemood #moodlighting #tuesdaymood #drinks #goodcompany #goodeats #foodie #foodiegoals

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Start your evening nibbling on a beautiful array of savory spreads and make your way to enjoying a fresh, wild caught seafood tower. The Chart House in Weehawken is well known for their daily caught fish, infused local flavors, exotic twists and creative menus. Get a wiff of the salty sea air and admire the panoramic views of the waterfront as the stars dance upon the rippling waters in excitement of what this romantic night may bring.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s the weekend and we are at full steam! #finedining #njdining #instafood #newjersey #huffposttaste #foodie #foodporn #njrestaurants #njfoodie #eat #nj #centraljersey

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The Frog and the Peach has fine dining and a little bit of history. This New Brunswick location was founded by a husband and wife team who decided to take what once was a highly successful printing press and turned it into their dream restaurant. The Frog and the Peach was founded on passion and love, making it the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. Enlighten you and your loved ones taste buds this Valentines Day and share the experience of finely crafted American cuisine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dinner at The Manor in West Orange will dazzle your night with fairy tale like feelings and ambiance. The garden view will light up your night as the waterfall shoots into the sky, sending you right into your partner’s arms as you huddle for warmth while admiring the beautiful architecture that stands before you. The Manor is a windowed castle of dreams, refined French cuisine and gourmet buffets. Whether dining in the formal dining room or dome lounge you will be feasting like royalty.

Raven and the Peach radiates luxury, this restaurant is decorated in pristine taste with the finest tablecloths and curtains, untarnished silverware, crystal glasses and large windows. The ambitious, Fair Haven based restaurant not only has a luxurious ambiance but also has opulent cuisine and service. Create a memory this Valentines day and spoil your partner with a unforgettable dining experience.

Unwind and allow IL Capriccio pianist sweep you and your loved one off your feet and into a night you both will cherish forever. Toast to the nights spent together with one of their 400 Italian wines and savor every moment of passion put into your artfully designed meals. IL Capriccio, the diamond of Whippany dining, is poised with authenticity, tradition and delicious fresh, local ingredients.

Celebrate Valentine’s day at Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton Township and treat that special someone to their exclusive tasting and wine pairing menu. Feast and rejoice with Honey Nut Squash soup and a sip of specially paired Bordeaux Blanc wine. The last plating of Dark Chocolate Cremeux with pomegranate mouse will complete the perfect beginning to you and your loved ones romantic evening.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Host the party of the summer at Scarborough Fair! Book your celebration now to enjoy our expertly crafted menu and fantastic wine and cocktail selection – all without any stress.

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With one of the most unique ambiances in Central Jersey, the Scarborough Fair Restaurant in Sea Girt will boost you up with flavor and a touch of romance. For over a 100 years this restaurant was a farmhouse from the 1850’s to the 1970’s. This restaurant prides themselves in quality seafood and service. If you’re looking to take a rustic turn to fine dining  type holiday, the Scarborough Fair Restaurant sounds like its for you.

Love, it’s exciting and new and deserves to be celebrated! Now that you know #HipNJ’s favorite places to be wined and dined, tag us @HipNewJersey and let us know which place made you feel like a Queen on this love infused holiday!

NJ Pediatric Dentists Provide Free Dental Care for Kids

In connection with National Children’s Dental Health Month, New Jersey’s very own renowned Family Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Cavan Brunsden, continues his 17 year quest to provide access to dental care for underprivileged children, by managing and participating in Give Kids a Smile. As the chairman of the New Jersey Dental Association committee for Give Kids A Smile, Brunsden continues personal strides to ensure that every year those in need have an opportunity to seek the dental treatment that everyone deserves for their children.

Give Kids a Smile is an annual, FREE one-day only donated dental service program which delivers preventive and restorative dental services for under-served children throughout NJ communities and beyond. Dr. Brunsden and his KidZdent pediatric dental team once again have hosted this remarkable event which took place on Friday, February 1, 2019 at their Old Bridge office location.

“Children are our future and their dental health is very important. For almost two decades, the New Jersey ‘GIVE KIDS A SMILE’ volunteer program has delivered complimentary dental care to over 50,000 children totaling over $7 Million dollars,” Dr. Brunsden insights. “This remarkable program has introduced many children and their families to the world of preventive dental care, affording them the opportunity to achieve lifelong, healthy smiles.  I am so proud of the efforts put forth by all of the volunteer dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and professional staff who have truly transformed the lives of so many children.  Children deserve to have a smile that lights up the world around them – and we are proud to create them,” he exclaimed!

Along with their highly-skilled team of dental professionals and administrators donating their expertise and time to this wonderful achievement, other volunteers recognized that they were also encouraging others to enrich their own lives by giving back- a top priority in KidZdent’s true mission!  It’s about action, but it’s also about a establishing a feeling and connection with one another.

Give Kids A Smile has not only attracted dentists and practices from across the Garden State to join in on the fun, but would not have been complete without the help of other local businesses like BAGEL BOY in Old Bridge who contributed a delicious, healthy breakfast for all of the volunteers.

KidZ Hub Media was onsite filming LIVE broadcasts with KidZdent staff and patients throughout the day. The celebration really turned into an impactful occasion for everyone who walked through the door.

Swimming in sea of brightly colored balloons, children were greeted in the waiting area by face painters, Chompster (KidZdent’s beloved mascot) and even the Tooth Fairy who flew in special, making a rare guest appearance on their Red Carpet for some photo-ops. This wasn’t just your average appointment in the office, which current patients have already compared to as ‘delivering a Disneyland of Dentistry’ type of experience.  This was a momentous sentiment in pediatric dentistry.

With #GKAS trending across all social media platforms, New Jersey’s own can see for themselves the countless smiling faces, selfies and uplifting moments of the day. Aside from the friendly give-a-ways, and of course dental treatment, every child left with their personal goodie bag filled with tools, prizes, and other educational materials to continue proper dental care at home. In New Jersey, this program is sustained by Colgate, Henry Schein Dental, Delta Dental of NJ and other privately funded donations.

“To me, this is more than just a statewide initiative. It’s a national movement- especially during these difficult times for many families who are struggling and the political divide when it comes to access to optimal healthcare… I am so inspired to be surrounded by a group of people who are leading other individuals down a idealistic path and ensuring that we practice what we preach when it comes to being ‘Jersey Strong’ or ‘Jersey Pride’. ” said one volunteer. 

This program was open to children (ages 12 and younger), lacking dental coverage or those with low-grade insurance policies. These children were able to receive a comprehensive dental examination, oral health instructions, fluoride treatments, and complimentary dental hygiene materials, including toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.

Last February, in New Jersey alone, over 2,000 children visited nearly 100 sites across the state, including private dental offices just like Dr. Brunsden’s. As we await the results for 2019 from the NJDA, all of the volunteers feel accomplished after another successful year- exceeding expectations. Dr. Brunsden and his volunteer staff hope to leave a lasting sentiment by helping to bring awareness for even more dental practices in New Jersey to join in for next year!

*Dr. Cavan Brunsden has been highly accredited in practicing dentistry for more than 38 years.  KidZdent is located at 2455 Route 516 Old Bridge, New Jersey.