See The Manatees At The Manatee Lagoon

HI friends! I had to post about a really cool, local spot I just got to visit last week. I’ve been wanting to make it over there for what seems like FOREVER! I told my husband, today is the day! It’s chilly and we need to go see the Manatees at The Manatee Lagoon!

It was great!!

If you don’t know, Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, is a new, FREE Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. I was a little worried we wouldn’t see any manatees. From their website ” The most ideal manatee viewing opportunities at Manatee Lagoon occur when cooler temperatures are sustained over a period of two to three days with minimal cloud cover.”

The day we went was only our fist cold day, but…there were about 8 or 10 in the water when we got there.

I took a few videos. (PLEASE excuse my nasal voice and my lack of video taking skills).

It was a pretty chilly day and the wind was blowing like crazy!

The day we went, the lagoon was mostly shaded except for the side away from us. So, we could see the manatees, but not up-close.

Even from far away, you can see their scars from boat propellers 🙁

We are so lucky to have Manatee Lagoon in our area. Education is key in trying to protect these gentle creatures. I highly recommend you visit!

Can’t make it to Manatee Lagoon today, but still need a manatee fix?

They have a web cam! You can watch right from your computer.

Have you been to the Manatee Lagoon? Let me know how many manatees you got to see that day!

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Jupiter Local Gift Giving Guide 2016

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Jupiter Local Gift Giving Guide!

It’s been really fun doing the “Meet The Local” blog interviews for the last couple of years. I’m feeling pretty lucky with all the incredibly talented locals I’ve met! I want to do all I can to help our local entrepreneurs, so I’m continuing the Gift Guide tradition! 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, so…here you go!

Gifts With Style

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South 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 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:  www.alexandragioia.com/blogs/news

 

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IleenGirl is a unique boutique in Jupiter. Located in Downtown Abacoa. The owner, Ashley, designs and manufactures all the clothing in the shop! She carries a wide selection of items— chic, minimal, simple and wearable designs. Dressy items for special occasions and daily wear. Keep up to date with new arrivals and featured events in the shop by following the ILEENgirl’s updates.

 

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Unhinged Boutique was born with the vision of looking beautiful while making a difference in the community.  After losing her mother to breast cancer in 2013 she left her office job and seeked out to start a business that she was passionate about. Unhinged Boutique gives back 5% of their profits to Blue Water Babes which helps women in Palm Beach County struggling financially due to breast and ovarian cancer.

Unhinged Boutique has been in business over 2 years now and carries a wide variety of women’s clothing and locally made accessories. From gorgeous suede cocktail dresses to lacey blouses, the clothing is always feminine and classic for the everyday women.

You can find Unhinged Boutique at just about any trunk show and popping up at a happy hour here and there, but shopping online with free shipping is always the way to go!  Fast shipping and affordable clothing it’s a quick and fun shopping experience.  Looking to try things on?  Unhinged Boutique now sells inside Savannah Nail Bar and keeps a variety of jewelry inside their sister location, Savannah Charm. Both stores will be located side by side in Tequesta starting January 2017. Visit www.unhingedboutique.com

 

For The Happy Home

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M&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.

 

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Flower and Fringe is a small boutique design shop. We offer holiday decorating for your home or office. We also offer floral design workshops which make a great gift to give someone or fun activity for yourself. We are accepting orders now for holiday centerpieces, wreaths and succulent gardens. Our designs are unique and organic in style. We wish you a joyful holiday season! Visit www.flowerandfringe.com to order your gorgeous Floral Arrangements and see a list of upcoming Holiday Events.

 

Gifts With Taste

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The 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 taste buds 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 katiechoy.com to order a book for yourself and everyone else on your list too!

 

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All 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!

 

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Dreamallows are a unique and succulent treat that will go perfectly with your holiday celebration.  Whether it is to pass them around or putting them in stockings, these handcrafted stuffed marshmallows are sure to delight and wow your family and friends.  Order Dreamallows today at www.dreamallows.com and be sure to follow them on instagram to find us at local events during this holiday season!

 

Visit 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

 

 

 

Weekend Plans In Jupiter Florida – October 14, 2016

After last week’s Hurricane Madness, I am SO looking forward to some fun Weekend Plans! I’ve compiled a list of things happening around Jupiter (and beyond). Get out there and enjoy this amazing Fall weather we’ve been having!

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Friday, October 14th: Attend the Jupiter High School Homecoming Football Game | JHS Warriors vs. Wellington at 7PM.

Saturday, October 15th: Abacoa’s Wines Around The World |

Saturday, October 15th: Haiti Hurricane Relief Paddle | 11AM-2PM | A Paddle to help raise funds for those individuals in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. Happening in two locations for one purpose: Vero Beach and Coral Cove Beach. BYOB (Bring Your Own Board): $15 – includes refreshments.

Saturday, October 15th: Movie in the Park | The Tequesta Parks and Recreation present “Ice Age” (rated G), at Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. | The gate opens at 4:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Attendees should enter at the Dover Road gate. Admission is free to Tequesta residents (bring proof of residency); cost is $5 for non-residents; $1 for non-residents ages 62 and older. Children younger than 3 are free. All Movies in the Park are weather-permitting. For more information, call 561-768-0470.

Sunday, October 16th: Green & Artisan Market | 10AM-2PM | Harbourside Place

Sunday, October 16th: Lighthouse Moonrise Tour | Time varies by sunset | Get a spectacular evening view of a full moon from the top of the tower! Tour time approximately 75 minutes, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, RSVP required, 561-747-8380 x101. Tours are weather permitting.

It’s the perfect weekend to get your Pumpkin Patch fix.

There are SO many to choose from this year. Check out this hand dandy list! Over the years my family and I have been to all of the Jupiter pumpkin patches. We were never disappointed on selection. This past weekend we ventured down to Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market for the first time. They actually have a Fall Festival running every weekend in October. It was really fun! They have a corn maze, tons of food trucks, lots of kid activities and their pumpkin patch was awesome! It was really fun, but SO packed! Be prepared.

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What are your weekend plans? Know anything good going on that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

While you’re here, check out our newest listing!

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This lovely Single Family Home In Jupiter Florida is located in the Heights of Jupiter. This community is perfect for people of all ages. With a multi sport and playground park in the heart of the community, the perks are endless. This delightful home is directly across the street from the community park. Built at the very end of the street, this home offers a huge fenced yard, and extended driveway, and minimal traffic. Click Here to see more details and information about this home.

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Have a great weekend! – Nicole

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Meet Local Milka Gordillo of Dreamallows

Oh my goodness you guys! Today’s featured maker is responsible for some of the tastiest goodies in South Florida! Jupiter local, Milka Grodillo, is the owner & chef at Dreamallows. She makes deliciously awesome marshmallows and you NEED some in your life. Trust me on this one!! I’m pretty excited to share her story on the blog today…enjoy!

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Tell us a little about yourself.

Milka Gordillo, Originally from Venezuela, raised in Miami Beach and have been in Jupiter for 2 ½ years. I have two kids (13 year old Adrian and  2 month old Mateo). We have two fur babies (Julio (lab-13 years old) and Nino (lab-8 years old).

When did you start the Dreamallows brand and who/what was the inspiration behind starting your business?

I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a baking & pastry degree. I wanted to create a business based on small desserts. I am a firm believer that dessert should be part of your daily routine but it has to be small to avoid the extra calories. LOL! Dreamallows started in 2014 as an idea to re-create marshmallows. I wanted to create a healthier version of the famous marshmallow removing corn syrup and any additives. It took me over a year to come up with the perfect formula, logos, licenses, packaging. The process was fun but challenging. It launched October 2015 at the West Palm Beach Greenmarket.

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What products do you offer?

I offer stuffed marshmallows in all different sizes. The original size is 1X1 making them the perfect BITE! Yes, they are stuffed (inside) with flavored callebaut chocolate ganache & we also make our own salted caramel to stuff them!

Who makes up the Dreamallows crew?

Myself (chef), husband (Hiram) & Adrian (13)- helps out at the greenmarket, packaging and of course “tasting”  🙂 We are waiting for Mateo to get older to get tasting too!

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What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

Not having enough time to be in several places at the same time. It is a small business & most events are on weekends. Having to stick to 2 events per day.

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

If it is your passion it is not work! I feel like I am always playing.

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What do you do on your days off?

We are addicted to the beach, outdoor activities as a family. I am a foodie and love trying new places. I also love reading and researching new restaurants and always always work on Dreamallows. Flavors, and packaging.

How do you juggle work & family?

We are a family owned business. We attempt to have fun together while working but I do have a schedule to work on Dreamallows as family time is extremely important. Balance is key to success.

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Where can we find Dreamallows?

You can find them online at www.dreamallows.com, and follow us on Instagram/facebook/twitter @dreamallows. We will also be at the West Palm Beach Greenmarket, Every Saturday (this is our 2nd year at the Greenmarket), we will be participating at the Fresh Fest in February & Arti Gras – Abacoa. Elements Yogurt off US1 in Jupiter carries our 6 packs, and Guanabanas has a s’more dessert (using Dreamallows) which is part of their special menu on weekends only! It comes with a scoop of ice cream!! Follow us on our social media for additional local events we will be part of.

Is there anything else you would like is to know?

Dreamallows are a one bite experience! Enjoy!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I have several talented makers to feature over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

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Weekend Events – Jupiter And Beyond

 

Hello Weekend

Guys…we did it! We survived the first week of school! I don’t know about you, but I think we all deserve a fun weekend as a reward! I’ve put together a list of weekend events – Jupiter and beyond, for all of us. So, get out there and enjoy yourselves!

 

Friday, August 19th: Movies on the Waterfront: Toy Story 8:00PM, Harbourside Place AmphitheaterThis Is A Free Event

Saturday, August 20th: 11AM – 4PM Loggerhead Marine Life Day: Kids can come enjoy a scientific day of fun, all while learning about sea turtles and marine life at The Gardens Mall. Different stations will be set up to teach attendees about animal research, rehabilitation and conservation. Plus, 5 percent of all sales logged at the Information Desk will be donated to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Grand Court at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. This Is A Free Event

Saturday, August 20th: Super Hero Night At Roger Dean Stadium – Gates Open at 4:30PM, Game Starts at 5:30PM – The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a cape, perfect for the little heroes they are! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet your favorite Super Heroes like Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman, and more!

Sunday, August 21st: Muffins & Mimosas Sip & Shop with Unhinged Boutique. 10 AM – 1 PM – Stop by and enjoy muffins and mimosas while shopping our latest fall collection. Stella & Dot will be dropping in showcasing their fall pieces.

Save The Date For These Goodies, coming soon!

August 24th: Food Truck Invasion at Carlin Park – 5PM-9PM – Playground For The Kids & Entertainment For All

What are your weekend plans? Know anything good going on that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

 

While you’re here, check out our newest, Single Family Home, For Sale in Jupiter, Florida.

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About The Home: Built by the renowned builder, Mark Miller & Company, this Savannah Model offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 2-car garage, and beautiful features. A CBS constructed single family home that has been immaculately maintained and located in the one of the few Jupiter communities without an HOA. Read more details on the inside of the home HERE.

  • Listed Price: $ 344,900
  • HOA Fee:  None
  • Taxes 2015: $ 4,980 (No Homestead Exemption Included)

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If you would like more information on this home or others in the Northern Palm Beach County area, Contact Me!

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