First Day Of Summer 2016

 

Hi y’all! I know it’s been at least 90 degrees every day for several weeks now, but actually, today is the official First Day Of Summer.

 

Hello Sumer Jupiter LocalSummer.

Hair Gets Lighter. Skin Gets Darker.

Water Gets Warmer. Drinks Get Colder.

Music Gets Louder. Nights Get Longer.

Life Gets Better.

 

Here are a few handy tips for the summer, from a local:

  1. Always check the webcam before heading to the beach. This is Florida, sometimes it’s sunny at your house and raining at the beach! Jupiter Inlet Webcam
  2. Just assume it’s going to rain EVERY afternoon. Seriously! Plan accordingly and always have an umbrella handy. Local Radar
  3. The sand at the beach is LAVA. Do NOT attempt walking on it without shoes!
  4. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.
  5. Stay hydrated. This one will sneak up on you! Helpful tips on how to stay hydrated.
  6. Now that the Snow Birds are gone, enjoy eating at all you favorite restaurants, without the 2 hour wait! A few of my local favorites are: Leftover’s Cafe, The Square Grouper, Hog Snappers and Guanabanas.
  7. Home Owners: Get your A/C serviced. The worst thing is to have it go out in the summer! Airco in Jupiter is a great company. Ask for Shawn!
  8. Make sure you and your family have a Hurricane Plan. If you’re ready, Hurricane Season can go quite smoothly! Local Storm Info

Summer is our busy season around here when it comes to Real Estate. If you or someone you know are thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area, it’s a GREAT time to do so! I’m here to help, so please reach out!

contact me  – Cheers, Nicole

 

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Happy Friday, friends! It’s the start of an amazing thing…a 3 day weekend! Woohooo!! Have you made any plans? There’s a lot of fun things happening around town. Check out the list below.

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Friday, May 27, 2016 | 5:00PM | Jupiter High School Powderpuff Game sponsored by the Town of Jupiter | Activities start at 5pm. Kick-off at 6pm. Admission fee to be charged.

Friday, May 27, 2016 | 8:00-10:00PM | Movies on the Waterfront: Minions at Harbourside Place | Enjoy a free movie at the waterfront amphitheater. Bring a blanket or chair.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Community Day at the Abacoa Community Garden | Grab your gloves and shovel! Invite/Bring your family, friends and neighbors! NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED!

Saturday, May 28, 2016 | 3:00-8:00pm | Jazz & Art on the Riverwalk | The Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk | Free admission and free parking. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016 | 5:30PM | Halfway To Halloween At Roger Dean Stadium | A helicopter candy drop will be pre-game at 4:45 p.m. in addition to an in-game costume contest, haunted front office and trick-or-treating on the concourse. They will also have a pet costume contest, so bring Fido too!  Jupiter Hammerheads take on the Palm Beach Cardinals at 5:30PM. Tickets are available now.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm | Take a LightSUP | Illuminated Paddleboard Tour  With Jupiter Outdoor Center | Outfitted with special Nocqua light systems, you will spend this 60-90 minute guided tour paddling at the surface while peering into the crystal clear water below.  How cool does that sound?!

Rapids Water Park – Now Open Daily: When you visit Memorial Day Weekend (5/28 – 30) and purchase a regular priced admission, you will receive a FREE return ticket good during the month of June 2016.

Don’t forget to register for the Run 4 The Sea 2016 – Saturday, June 18th, to benefit one of my favorite local charities, The Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Whatever you decide, ENJOY!

Cheers, Nicole

Mother’s Day in Jupiter Florida 2016

It’s time to celebrate Moms everywhere, no matter if you are a Mom (to a human baby or a fur baby), are soon to be a Mom or plan on celebrating your Mom. My Mom is a wonderful lady and we all love her to pieces! Trying to find a gift that adequately describes my love for her is often difficult. So, I thought I’d put this list together for all of you, who still may be struggling to find something for your Mom!

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My Mom & I, a few moons back.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From Local Makers

Handmade Soaps from local Brook Linn’s Bees of Tequesta, Florida.

Unique, Stylish Fashion from the Ileen Girl Boutique in Downtown Abacoa.

Hand Lettered Goodies (with a dash of snarky) from local artist Cory Morrow of Ink Letter Love.

Sparkly & Lovely Accessories from local maker Alexandra Gioia.

 

Where To Brunch On Mother’s Day In Jupiter

Sunday, May 8th: Enjoy the Mother’s Day Buffet at the Jupiter Beach Resort.

For suggestions a little further south try this link.

 

Mother’s Day Weekend – Fun Things To Do With Mom

Saturday, May 7th: Bring your Canoes, Kayaks, and SUP’s and participate in The 14th Great Loxahatchee River Race (Registration is required) – Jonathan Dickinson State Park – Register 8-9:30am, Race at 10am

Sunday, May 8th: Enjoy Free Yoga at Harbourside Place 10:30 am11:30 am

Sunday, May 8th – Catch Zach Deputy LIVE at Guanabanas – at 4PM

 

No matter how you celebrate or who you share the day with, I hope you all have a wonderful & relaxing time.

Cheers, Nicole.

Another Gorgeous Day In Jupiter Florida

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Hey friends, Happy Wednesday! Wednesdays are good. It’s that day you can look over the mountain of work on your desk and just see a peek of the coming weekend. It’s do-able, we will make it! This Wednesday is a big one around these parts. It’s the start of Sunfest! Opening acts Duran Duran and Meghan Trainor will kick off the 5 day art & music fest on the waterfront in Downtown West Palm Beach. If you’re going, stay hydrated. It’s going to be the perfect weather for Sunfest…HOT!!

For all of you that live in Northern Palm Beach County, I’d like to get your opinion. Yesterday Palm Beach North officially launched. The individual towns and villages that comprise Palm Beach North are: Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Park, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Riviera Beach and Tequesta. It’s a marketing tool to help the Northern Palm Beach County businesses. What do you think of the idea? A helpful idea for local businesses? Or a confusing idea? I’ve always referred to our end of Palm Beach County as North County or Northern Palm Beach County. Do you like the name Palm Beach North better?

In other news, I’m planning a new blog series, “Living Naturally In Jupiter, Florida”. Stay tuned for updates.

Don’t forget…If you’re thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area or are interested in how much your current home is worth, just let me know, I’m happy to help. Contact me for more info. Cheers, Nicole

Easter Weekend in Jupiter Florida

Happy Friday, y’all! The jelly bean consumption is off the charts! What? That’s only at my house? Oh, well then, never mind.

Here’s a list of some of the Local Events going on around Jupiter and beyond. Hope you can make it out to at least one.

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Saturday, March 26th: Town of Jupiter Easter Egg Hunt | Hunts begin at 9:30am | Ages: 10 & Under | Free | Community Center

Saturday, March 26th: Downtown Abacoa Easter Egg Hunt | Starts at 11:00AM | Collect eggs from downtown merchants for a chance to win prizes!

Saturday, March 26th: One of our favorite locals, Ink Letter Love, will be at the West Elm Downtown at The Gardens location, for a Pop Up Shop | 12:00 – 4:00PM

Saturday, March 26th: The Jupiter Farms Outdoor Market’s Last Event Of The Season | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farms Marketplace

Sunday, March 27th: Easter at Roger Dean Stadium | Game Starts 1:05 p.m., the St. Louis Cardinals take on the home team Miami Marlins for an Easter game! Stay for a helicopter candy drop and Easter egg hunt after the game.

PGA Cinema 6 In Palm Beach Gardens Is Now Open | They offer select movies at a great price | Check the schedule and bring cash

 

I’m excited about our New Listing in the Heights Of Jupiter: 6334 Pompano Street. Come enjoy this newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, concrete construction, single family home. This superb home has a strong backbone structure and an amazing layout and design. The new roof, new upgrades, and new renovations make this a “Turn-Key” home that is ready today. Set inside The Heights of Jupiter, which is known as one of Jupiter’s most desired Single Family Home communities without HOA Fees. (See it before it hits the MLS) Contact me today, for more info.

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Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help. Contact me for more info. Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

Valentine’s Day Weekend In Jupiter Florida

Happy Friday, friends! Valentine’s Weekend is here and I wanted to wish you all a wonderful, fun filled weekend. The rain has finally stopped and we have had the most gorgeous blue skies the last few days. Now it feels like winter in South Florida!!

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There is so much going on around town this weekend!
Fri: Food Truck Invasion in Downtown Abacoa

Fri: Pitchoun Designs Pop Up Shop at Ileen Girl Boutique.
P.S. Owner Lacey was our Blog Interview this week too!

Sat – Mon: Visit ArtiGras in Downtown Abacoa.

Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day plans? We have some of the finest dining in South Florida, right here in Jupiter! Or maybe you prefer long walks on our gorgeous beaches? Paddle boarding in the intracoastal is also lovely. Whatever you end up doing, I hope it’s lovely!

Don’t forget, if you or someone you know is thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area or you’re interested in how much your current home is worth, just let me know, I’m happy to help! Email me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Thanks for reading the blog and for all your continued support. ❤️ Nicole

Meet Talented Local Lacey Obry of Pitchoun Designs

I’m excited to bring my lovely blog readers the first Jupiter Local blog interview of 2016! I met Lacey back in back in December at a local event. She is a super talented lady and I’m so happy she agreed to share her story on the blog!

Lacey Obry of Pitchoun Designs
Lacey Obry of Pitchoun Designs

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Lacey Obry and we are new transplants to south Florida from New York. We have lived here in Florida for a year and a half now. I have two sweet girls named Léa ( 5 years old) and Zoé ( almost 3 years old).

When did you learn to work with leather/ When/How did you start the Pitchoun Designs brand? I started working with leather in the fall of 2013, when i started my business. i was a hairstylist and took off time after the birth of my second daughter. I noticed that there was a lack of small, minimal hair accessories for children and had trouble finding bows for my daughter. I decided to start making my own, after request from many people, i started my own line of accessories.  Having a love for all things leather, i decided to try my hand at making accessories with leather, at that time there were no kids accessories i had come across made with leather. I am self taught and have tried my hand at different types of leather to find the perfect material for each style i design and i absolutely love working with leather. The name for my business was born from the word ‘Pitchoun’, a french term of endearment for a little one, influenced by my french husband and my love for everything french.

Lacey Obry of Pitchoun Designs and Her Family
Lacey Obry of Pitchoun Designs and Her Family

What do you find most challenging about running your own business? I find it most challenging finding the balance between work and life. I’m a bit of a workaholic, i have so many goals for my business, sometimes i have to slow myself down.. There is always something to be ordered, an email to be sent, promotional events and advertising, its endless running your own business, but i have to make myself take time off to enjoy life.

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Pitchoun Designs Spring Collection 2016

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company? The most rewarding thing about running my own business is seeing my accessories on my customers via social media, and seeing them worn global. i get so many darling photos from customers and recently received sweet notes from customers saying their daughter started in our headbands as a baby and now have grown into our hair clips. i want all my accessories to “grow up with your child”.

What do you do on your days off? On my days off, when i actually take a day off,  I’m all about shopping, mani/pedis and brunch and coffee dates with my girlfriends or husband. Because i work so much running my own business, i need that time to unwind and catch up with my friends to talk about things other than my work.

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Pitchoun Designs Spring Collection 2016

How do you juggle work & family? When juggling work and family, I have learned work stops  once I pick up my kids from school. Having my studio currently in my home, Its tricky knowing you have work that could be done just in the next room.  We do homework and have playtime and bath time before dinner. In the evenings, I try not to be on my computer working, so i can spend time with my husband. You have to set those boundaries to make that time special with family.

Who is your favorite Superhero and why? I don’t really have any specific “superhero”, but I would say my super hero would be any “momprenuer” who has started their own business from scratch and who has built it into a successful business and who has maintained balance in family and life. There is something so empowering about owning your own business as both a women and mother, where your identity in not only found in your kids but in yourself and your own creativity.

Pitchoun Designs Spring Collection 2016
Pitchoun Designs Spring Collection 2016

Where can we find Pitchoun Designs online? You can find Pitchoun Designs accessories on our website pitchoundesigns.com and other stores in the US and Canada. You can Click on our “retailer” tab on our website to find a shop that carries our bows. Ileen Boutique will be the first local store to start carrying our accessories this February . Make sure to check us out on both Facebook ( facebook.com/pitchoundesigns) and Instagram @pitchoundesigns to see how our bows are styled and for updates and discounts.

Pitchoun Designs Featured In Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine
Pitchoun Designs Featured In Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

Is there anything else you would like is to know? Our accessories were recently featured in the latest February issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine and have been recently featured in two of the top Children’s fashion magazines in the US, Babiekins Magazine and La petite Magazine.

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Pitchoun Designs Local Event

We are having our first POP-UP shop event in Jupiter at Ileen Boutique on February 12th from 5:30- 8pm for food truck night in Abacoa. Customers will have a chance to be the first to shop our new spring collection, not yet released!

Thank you Lacey, for sharing your story! Your work is so lovely!! I’m so glad I have a baby niece to buy more adorable Pitchoun Designs Accessories for!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local business owners & entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida. Northern Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great! Know a business owner you would like to see featured. Contact me and they just may end up on the blog! – ❤️ Nicole

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just email me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Happy (Rainy) Friday

A rainy Friday is still a Friday! In Jupiter, Fl. we are under some severe weather alerts right now. That can’t dampen my mood though. It’s FRIDAY!

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There are a few really fun things happening around town this weekend. be sure and check them out!

  1. Food Truck Invasion – Village of Tequesta: 01/22/2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Constitution Park
  2. Ann Jackson Gallery Presents the Art of Dr. Seuss at The Gardens Mall: The Art of Dr. Seuss exhibition runs January 17 through February 14, 2016. Exhibition hours will run concurrent with Mall Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 9PM & Sunday 12PM – 6PM.

  3. Lighthouse Moonrise Tour: A howling good time and spectacular evening view of a full moon from the top of the tower!

  4. Zane Hannah to play the Lounge at Oceana: Saturday, January 23rd. Light bites, local craft beers on tap, and a select artisan wine menu. Zane will be playing from 7-9pm

Whatever you decide, stay warm & dry! Enjoy your weekend. – Nicole

A Wreath Making Workshop

Well, that was fun!! I was so lucky to get to attend a great event, right here in Jupiter, Florida. Halle Frey of Flowers & Fringe offered a wreath making workshop at one of my favorite new shops in Jupiter, The Ileen Boutique. My girlfriends & I signed up online and last night was the event. We had a BLAST! Halle supplied all the greenery & wreath making supplies and helped us create some pretty amazing pieces!

 

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Great shot Halle took of everyone that turned out for the event. A fabulous group of ladies!

Want to take a wreath workshop too? Halle is having one more workshop Wednesday, 12/16 at Uptown Art, West Palm Beach. Reserve your spot today! Have a great weekend! – Nicole

 

Jupiter Local Gift Giving Guide

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It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is officially over and it’s straight on to Hanukkah & Christmas! It’s been really fun doing the blog interviews this year. I’ve met so many incredibly talented locals! I want to do all I can to help our local entrepreneurs and thought a Local Gift Giving Guide was just the thing. So I made one for all of you, my lovely blog readers & supporters! It’s so important for all of us to help our Local Economy and support our fabulous local business owners. Lucky for us we have some really amazing shopping choices in our area! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites. Here you go!!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_AGSouth Florida based designer, Alexandra Gioia, pronounced joy-a, began designing jewelry for friends and family and launched her line in 2012. Alexandra Gioia features a variety of natural elements to create unique jewelry and gifts. From bold to dainty, each handcrafted piece is designed by Alexandra with the everyday woman in mind. Visit http://www.alexandragioia.com/ and see her whole collection of beautiful things designed & crafted in Jupiter, Florida! Follow this link if you’d like to meet her in person at one of these local events:  http://www.alexandragioia.com/blogs/news

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_BinkaInspired by growing up on the beaches of Jupiter, Florida with her shelter dog, Binki, Jessica created the simple yet versatile in wear style of binka. Binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups. Jessica is offering 30% off of all orders/items with code BINKALOVESHOLIDAYS at checkout. www.binkagirl.com The discount applies for all items.

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_FFHalle Frey’s passion for flowers flourished while working at her aunt’s flower shop as a young girl. Ever since then she had envisioned herself having her very own floral business. Fast forward to the present and she is making those dreams into a reality. Infusing her background in marketing with her love of art, style, design and traveling to inspire and create floral designs. For Halle it is more then just the flowers, its creating a memory and a lasting relationship with her clients. Visit http://www.flowerandfringe.com/ to order one of Halle’s gorgeous Holiday Floral Arrangement. You can also find her at Uptown Art’s Pop & Shop Event, Dec. 6th and at The ileen boutique in Jupiter on December 10th for an exclusive shopping event.

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_KCThe Family Secrets Cookbook was written by Jupiter local Katie Choy. With the help of her husband & children she brought to life all of her Mother In Law’s family recipes. Lucky Us! If you haven’t tried Peruvian food yet, you don’t know what you are missing! With an unexpected blend of Incan and Cantonese flavors, Peruvian food hits your tastebuds full force, and once you try it, you’ll be hooked. The spices will wake you up, and the preparation methods are both startling and amazingly simple in most cases. Think you know how to stir-fry? Think again! Katie will take you step-by-step through more than 50 authentic recipes, from easy, everyday meals to elaborate dinners. Family Secrets is far more than a cookbook; it is a celebration of family mealtime. These meals are not only meant to be eaten together, but created together. Start your own amazing mealtime moments by taking your family and friends on a culinary journey to Peru! Visit http://katiechoy.com/ to order a book for yourself and everyone else on your list too!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_MMM&M Studios has been a Jupiter Local business for over 30 years! Experts in Custom Picture Framing & Fine Art Printing, they also have an entire gallery full of locally made artisan gifts, local art and other unique items for everyone on your gift giving lists! Their friendly staff can help you with all your gift giving needs. They are offering free gift wrapping too! Stop in today and tell them Nicole sent you!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_BBBAll of the taste none of the Junk! Bianca’s Brazilian Bites are all natural gourmet cookies and treats. Made with no flour, no refined sugar added, no eggs, no butter or unhealthy oils added. Our scrumptious all natural, gluten-free, no-GMO bites are baked fresh daily with no preservatives or additives. A promise to win your heart and your taste buds. Your body says thank you: finally a healthy cookie that tastes amazing. Send some to everyone on your list!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_IGIleenGirl is a new boutique in Jupiter. Located in Downtown Abacoa. The owner, Ashely Lee, designs all the clothing in the shop! The outfit pictured above is her latest design: a see through loose sweater. Available in black and cream and one size fits all. It’s very soft material and stylish. Also pictured:  Ankle banded loose silk pants and hand bags, available in the shop too. The pants are one of their best selling items. Available in black, navy and brown. It’s a stretch waist banded design so also one size fits all. They always offer a free gift bag and wrapping. Ashley’s event list for December includes: The Barefoot Princess (Local online accessories shop) Pop Up Shop on Dec 3th from 4pm to 7pm. Also, Festive Fashion and Flower (wreath class and shopping) will be on Dec 10th from 7pm to 9pm. They will offer special sales during those events, so be sure and follow ILEENgirl’s updates.

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_SGSporty Girl Apparel offers a large range of apparel and gifts for the outdoorsy ladies. Sporty Girl is a line of clothing that is centered to express a women’s passion for what she loves. There are many women in the world that love the ocean and the woods and the beautiful wildlife that inhabits these environments. Those women would love to have a piece of clothing that symbolizes their passion for the outdoors and looks fashionable. Whether in a tree stand or a turkey blind, out at hunting camp, fishing on a boat, hanging out at a marina or just out on the town you’ll always be DRESSED TO KILL when wearing Sporty Girl. Follow their updates for 12 Days of Holiday Savings. Also, their NEW, 2nd location, will be located in the Jupiter Dive Bar restaurant in the Jupiter Yacht Club, the south part of Riverwalk. Opens Black Friday!

Check out some past blog posts for even more of my favorite local businesses. They all have so many lovely things to offer!

As a Jupiter local myself I understand the importance of supporting our little community. Don’t forget, for every $100 spent at local businesses, $68 gets back to the community! That’s an amazing number! So PLEASE shop local and shop small this Holiday Season. It’s good for ALL of us!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope your Holidays are Merry & Bright! Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole