I have changed things up a little in my personal life and have been making more of an effort to enjoy my surroundings, even in the middle of the week. I stopped in to visit the manatees, enjoyed the sunset at my favorite local spot, and stopped at the inlet between appointments. I’ve realized, to be near the sea, even for 20 minutes is good for my soul! This time of year the weather is truly beautiful and we must get out and enjoy! So, on that note, I’ve come up with all sorts of Weekend Fun In Jupiter Florida (and beyond), for you to enjoy!
There are so many local events happening this weekend. I’ve highlighted a few for you here:
Friday, February 10th, 9 AM – 6 PM: Several of my favorite Local Boutiques are all getting together in one spot for easy shopping. Head out to the Palm Beach Boutique Warehouse Sale for an awesome time! Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
Saturday, February 11th, 10 AM – 3 PM:Craft & Thrifts – A Unique Community Based Shopping Experience, right in time for Valentine’s Day. +Free to the public. Come shop Small & Local businesses curated just for you from Palm Beach County at an Indoor & Outdoor Event. Tequesta, Fl.
Saturday, February 11th, 5:45 PM – 8:45 PM:Free Family Movie Night – featuring ‘Trolls’ rated PG. Bring your own chairs and blankets, arrive early for good seats, and settle in for a family-friendly movie on a 2 story-inflatable screen! Jupiter, Fl.
Sunday, February 12th, 5 PM – 9 PM: Valentine Toast at the Top – Head to the top of the beautiful Jupiter Lighthouse for a romantic toast with your sweetie! This event requires an RSVP. Visit their event page for more info HERE. Jupiter, Fl.
Sunday, February 12th, 10 AM – 1 PM: Brunch, live music and lots of fresh flowers from one of my favorite local, Flower & Fringe. They will be doing a Pop Up Flower Market at the Blind Monk. West Palm Beach, Fl.
There is always so much weekend fun in Jupiter Florida. Did I miss something awesome? Let me know in the comments.
As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!
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
First of all, I can’t believe January is almost over! Secondly, January is almost over!!!! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team have been so busy and we LOVE it! We have several homes for sale in Jupiter Florida right now. I want to share a few of them here with you. If you or someone you know is looking to move to the area, let me know. I’d love to show you these wonderful properties.
204 Hampton Place, Jupiter, FL 33458 – Offered at $374,900
This completely updated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2-Car Garage Single Family Home was built with precision and designed with luxury in mind. Built with solid concrete construction, this elite one story home is set inside the highly coveted and meticulously maintained Hamptons community. Tree lined streets and large green spaces add charm to the quiet community. This home is only a few minutes from the most renowned shopping and the most beautiful beaches in the entire state of Florida. The price is right, the home is great and the location is perfect. See all the photos HERE.
6468 Chasewood Drive, Unit G, Jupiter FL 33458 – Offered at $159,900
This spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath, second floor condo is the perfect retreat. Beautifully decorated with gorgeous wide plank vinyl wood flooring and custom moldings. Chasewood of Jupiter offers great amenities for residents. These amenities include a large community pool, an active community clubhouse, onsite management and maintenance, lighted sidewalks, ample parking, and a community tennis court. Chasewood is a centrally located community. See all the photos and more details HERE.
18081 SE Country Club Drive 365, Tequesta, FL33469 – Offered at $126,900
This beautifully updated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom end unit condo is a must see. Located on the ground floor of the 55+ Tequesta Community, known as Little Club, this condo offers many enjoyable features. Set in the back of the complex, in one of the newer building, this home is spacious and serene. Due to the community proximity to Jonathan Dickenson State Park, deer are often seen in the quiet hours of the day. Unlike most units in this community, this home includes it’s very own washer and dryer. The community of Little Club offers it’s residents many wonderful amenities. Living here is just a short drive to our gorgeous beaches, shopping, dining and all that the Jupiter-Tequesta area has to offer. See all the photos and more details HERE.
If you would like more information on this home or others in the Northern Palm Beach County area, Contact Me!
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!
“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word”. – Goran Persson
I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for helping make 2016 a wonderful year for The Jupiter Local. I so appreciate all the comments, interviews, events and referrals that have come from this year of blogging.
This has been a great year, with many of you trusting your home purchase experience with me! I feel very honored and appreciate the opportunities.
Looking ahead to the new year, there are many wonderful things already in the works for 2017, so stay tuned!
Wishing you all a prosperous and genuinely happy 2017.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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
We’ve (finally) got some real fall weather headed our way, so it’s the perfect time to introduce you all to today’s talented and creative Jupiter Local, R. H. Ferriell.
Rebecca Holden is a Children’s Book author that lives right here in Jupiter, Florida. I’m so happy she agreed to share her story on the blog!
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Rebecca Holden and I was raised in lovely Louisville KY. I moved down to West Palm Beach after getting married in 2012 and now we live in Jupiter. While I could never have imagined living in FL, here I am and Jupiter is really charming. It’s a full house we live in… With two young girls, two dogs, one cat, three fish there is rarely a dull moment. During the summer my stepson and stepdaughter come to stay as well, and watching them all together is really sweet.
When did you start writing and who/what was the inspiration behind starting your first book?
Words have always been amazingly important to me, and writing is something my family has always suggested I try. Getting married and moving was a huge, bittersweet step for me. It was in a very joyful time, so much happiness but I left all my friends and my entire family. I thought I would try honoring them all by actually trying what they had always wanted me to do. Throughout the story are hints of friends and family and personal memories. I even tapped one of my very talented cousins for the illustrations.
How many book have you written?
This is my very first attempt at publishing a story, but I do have a second ‘Mrs. Julie’ story mostly written, in case this goes well. This one is Halloween themed, so it has a very limited time of year for selling. This next one is much less holiday specific.
What is you latest book title who/what was the inspiration behind it’s story?
‘Mrs. Julie’s Pumpkin’ is my first story. It was inspired by my friends and family, and a deep love for the fall season and its holidays.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Most challenging to actually writing the story, I would have to say creating a character others will want to relate to, or remember, maybe even recognize in their own lives. Setting the scene was easy, I just tapped into so many memories of my own. In addition to that, I have always been really very shy and do not like to be in the spotlight much. The success of this story, in a large part will my depend on my getting out there. Always a work in progress for me, but things like this interview are a great way for me to work on that.
What is the most rewarding thing about writing?
Like I said, I love words. In a time of ‘OMG’ and ‘LOL’ I fear actual words lose their relevance. I don’t use elaborate wording, but it’s not dumbed down either. If a child can see how wonderfully words can create something memorable and beautiful with words, perhaps they too will come to love words and language as much as I do.
What do you do on your days off?
First and foremost, I am a mother. When the girls are at school, I spend quite a bit of time at a local barn where I board my horse (another new adventure for me) and trying to learn there. It’s amazing to connect with an animal that is so large (just under a solid ton), she trusts me and I trust her. The barns can be very physical too, it helps keep me active.
How do you juggle writing & family?
Not a difficult task for me. After the girls go to sleep, I have hours to think about characters and lessons I want to express through the pages.
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!
Friday, October 14th: Attend the Jupiter High School Homecoming Football Game | JHS Warriors vs. Wellington at 7PM.
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: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.
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!
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.
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
I’m excited to show you all one of our newest listings! 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.
About The Home:
Come inside and enjoy the high vaulted ceilings, the separate living room, open kitchen, and large great room. With a split floor plan that all buyers are looking for, this home has it all. The large master suite has ample closet space, and a beautiful en-suite master bathroom. The 2 large guest bedrooms are on the opposite side of the home. This allows for the peace and tranquility that everyone needs. Accessible from the great room or the fenced yard, the huge screen/covered back patio spans the entire width of the home. With it’s huge corner lot, there is plenty of space for a future pool. The location and size of property make this home one of a kind.
Due to size of the yard, this home offers a rare opportunity to park a boat or trailer in the fenced backyard. A great home for those that wish to save the cost of marina boat storage. Enjoy the community park, as well as multiple public parks and recreational facilities that are scattered throughout the area.
This home and community has it all… Amazing Schools and Amazing Neighbors! On top of all the perks, this community is one of the very few that does not have the extra monthly or quarterly fee from an HOA.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hi! I’m so excited to be bringing you the first, “Awesome Local” feature for Fall 2016! Today’s blog interview is with the very talented Nicole Hodson of Boho Garden Crowns And Events! I’ve been following Nicole online for quite sometime and I’m in awe of all her amazingly beautiful floral creations! Warning: This post is going to make you want to dance in a flower crown and have pineapple floral arrangements in every room!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is Nicole Hodson! Born & raised in Syracuse NY, and transplanted here in Jupiter Florida my freshman year of high school! I met my husband (Bob) here while finishing up college (he went to FSU & I went to the art institute of Fort Lauderdale ) and the rest is history! We have one human baby named Bobby (he’s 4 years old) & hoping for another baby nugget this year!
When did you start the Boho Garden Crowns brand and who/what was the inspiration behind starting your business?
I started Boho Garden Crowns when I graduated college. My husband and I moved to Asheville, NC (my favorite place on the planet) and I was tottally inspired by all the amazing wild flowers scattered all over town! I started making fresh crowns for locals and people visiting the city! I started selling them out of a boutique in downtown Asheville & it was a hit! We moved back to south FL, where I still continued to grow and nurture my business. I started branching out doing floral installations working close with local photographers and the bridal community! My degree is in fashion merchandising and design so I have always tied in the element of wardrobe styling into my business, which is a fun twist that my clients love!
What are the services you offer?
Fresh flower crowns, floral crown bars (think of a DIY taco station except it’s with fresh flowers to make a floral crown), floral installations for stores, events and parties, workshops, bridal/wedding packages, wreaths, and wardrobe styling!
Who makes up the Boho Garden Crowns crew?
Myself and an amazing co-worker Sara, who always comes with me to large events!
What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
The work-life balance. I’m a business owner but I’m a mom & wife first. Making sure I set aside time for myself and my family is still challenging but I’m learning to find the balance!
What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
The look on my clients face when they see the finished product. It’s so self fulfilling. Especially with my brides, a lot of them sit down at our initial meeting stressed, confused and not sure how all these elements will come together. The biggest compliment is when a bride/client leaves feeling relieved and excited knowing all their floral Pinterest wishes will be granted! 🌸
What do you do on your days off?
My days off consist of waking up slow with my husband & son, cooking a great yummy breakfast or grabbing an Acai bowl and head to the beach!
How do you juggle work & family?
I make sure I set aside time for both. I try and set my phone down at a certain time everyday to be MOM & wife! Owning your own business makes you very accessible at all times. You don’t really ever “clock out” so making sure I’m honoring myself, my business, and my family is crucial!
Where can we find Boho Garden Crowns online?
I have a Facebook: Boho Garden Crowns & Events. I also have a Instagram: bohogardencrowns I am in the process of putting together a website in the coming year! You can find all my upcoming workshops and events on all my social media accounts!
Is there anything else you would like is to know?
I love doing workshops, I’m always trying to be very active in the community with local shops and artisans! I have tons of awesome floral workshops coming up in the next few months for the holiday season! I’m also opening a little floral cart in October outside of a boutique called Marston in Abacoa. I’ll be selling fresh floral arrangements and potted succulents!
As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I have several talented makers to feature over the next few months, so stay tuned!
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