Meet Brooke Hartman of Sea Lustre Jewelry

The best part of doing these Local Super Women posts is reading how these lovely ladies are following their hearts and doing something that they really love. I am constantly amazed at how many local women are doing just that! This week’s feature is no exception. I’ve been following Brooke on Facebook & Instagram for awhile now, but had no idea what her story was. I’m so glad I get to share it with all of you. Meet Brooke!

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Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi!  My name is Brooke Hartman, I am a born and raised Jupiter Florida Native (and never leaving!) I am recently married to my hubby of 7 months now, Eric. We don’t have any babies yet except for our chocolate lab Finn.

When did you start the Sea Lustre brand?
Sea Lustre Jewelry was born in the summer of 2013. I have worked in the jewelry industry for 10 years and graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in December of 2014. I have a passion for pearls (especially Tahitian) and designing. There is not anything sweeter than seeing a client walking around town sporting your very own jewelry line.

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When did you start the Sea Lustre brand?
Sea Lustre Jewelry was born in the summer of 2013. I have worked in the jewelry industry for 10 years and graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in December of 2014. I have a passion for pearls (especially Tahitian) and designing. There is not anything sweeter than seeing a client walking around town sporting your very own jewelry line.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
The juggle. I recently left my 10 year career at Jupiter Jewelry to pursue my passion for Sea Lustre full-time. I want to give it everything I have inside of me. I am so lucky to have everyone (especially Eric) support me every step of the way. This is a crazy road but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?   
Everything!  I am so blessed to be on this journey. I wake up every morning smiling, ready to see what a new day will bring.

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What do you do on your days off?
(ha!) A day off is rare. Especially with the Holiday’s fast approaching..but Eric & I love to travel!! Luckily for us, I get to travel with Sea Lustre, my favorite pearls come from the French Polynesian Islands.This past summer we visited the Island of Tahiti, where we hand chose the most beautiful pearls ever!! But, when we are not traveling to exotic islands..(just kidding) my day off consists of my pup, yoga, fishing, paddling with Eric. We have a pretty large family and love to spend time together.

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How do you juggle work & family?
It is definitely hard sometimes to balance, but for me, I just have to remember to stop and breathe and know when to take a break.

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Where can we find Sea Lustre online?
You can find Sea Lustre Jewelry at:
Our online store: www.sealustrejewelry.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sealustrejewelry
Instagram: @sea_lustre_jewelry // Definitely check in for sales and promotions ☺

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local business owners. 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! – ❤️ Nicole

Fall Weekend Funtimes In Jupiter Florida

It’s that time of year again! As we get closer to the holidays (gulp!) and the weather gets cooler, we seem to have a lot more weekend activities to choose from. This weekend is no exception! Check out all the fun stuff there is to do!

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Saturday, October 24thBlueline Surf & Paddle Co. is having a Haunted Moon Paddle from 6:00PM. Subject to weather. You must RSVP for this event.

Saturday, October 24th – Downtown Abacoa is having their 1st Annual Barks & Beaches Event from 10am-4pm. Bring your pet for fun and enjoy great food, pumpkin decorating & children’s activities, along with music, a variety of arts and crafts, vendors, a dog wash station, complimentary bicycle helmets for kids, agility demonstrations, a Doggie Fun Zone, safety demonstrations, and much more. PLUS, a Doggie Halloween costume contest, and an Adoption Event! 

Saturday, October 24th – From 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Turtleween 2015. A free, fun, family event! Costume Contest, Face Painting, Trick-or-Treating and more!

Saturday, October 24thHalloween Skate Contest5:00-9:00 PM | Jupiter Skate Park South. Entry Fee: $5 per participant. Age Groups: 11 & Under, 12-15 & 16 & up.

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Saturday, November 7thTequesta’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-off & Beer Tasting. The event raises funds for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, Inc., Operation 300, Renewal Coalition and the Village of Tequesta’s Friends of Public Safety.

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

Got a  minute? Check out the views from our newest, seasonal rental on Jupiter Island! Click Here for more photos.

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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, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you! As always, thanks for reading the blog friends. Have a lovely weekend! ❤️ Nicole

{Giveaway} Birthday For Me, Presents For You

Hi friends! October is a super fun month around my house. My husband, two step children and myself ALL celebrate our birthdays! We just go ahead and leave the decorations up all month long! This Saturday, the 10th, is my actual birthday. I won’t get into how many previous birthdays I’ve had, but this year YOU could win a present for my birthday! Sound good? Read on!!

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Oceana Coffee is my favorite local coffee spot. Not only do they have a beautiful coffee lounge, and many tasty roasted coffee flavor choices, they also do a LOT of stuff for and with the community. If you know me, you know “local” is my thing, so of course they are one of my favorites! Plus, they are the ONLY coffee house I’ve found that has almond milk. Being dairy free I always have to drink my coffee black at other places 😪

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So, because it’s fun to get presents on birthdays, I’d like YOU to win this awesome Oceana Coffee Prize Pack!

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What’s included:

One pound of Oceana’s Mexico Blend Whole Bean Coffee

One swanky Oceana Coffee Cup – Ooh La La

One super tasty Biscotti pack *nom*

One $10 Oceana Coffee Gift Card – YAY!!

 

Who can enter:

US residents

 

How to enter:

  1. Leave a blog comment on what your favorite type of coffee drink is (mandatory to be entered in the giveaway).
  2. For extra entries, do the other voluntary options on the rafflecopter.

That’s it! Thanks for being such lovely blog readers. I really appreciate all of your support. Hope you have a terrific weekend and Good Luck!! ❤️ Nicole

*** Special Thanks to Amy Duell, General Manager at Oceana Coffee, for helping me put this little bag of goodies together as well as making me a super delicious iced coffee with almond milk!

 

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Date Night In Northern Palm Beach County

Living in South Florida has a lot of perks. One perk is being able to get out & about, all year long. So, let’s talk about what to do in Northern Palm Beach County when you’re in the mood for a date night. My husband and I like to get out and enjoy as much as we can. Here are a few of our favorite, local spots.

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It’s all about the romance when you stroll Jupiter, Florida’s approx 3.4 miles of gorgeous beaches. I recommend hitting up the Juno Beach Pier and any one of the beautiful beach access points along Beach Road. You can even bring Fido, if you stroll on the Dog Beach!

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Work up a thirst with all that beach strolling? No worries, you’ve got LOTS of options! One of our favorite spots to grab a beer and sit by the water is The Square Grouper. You can see the lighthouse and the inlet. You can’t beat that view! Across the street on the intracoastal side is Guanabanas. A tropical landscaped restaurant and watering hole. Sit back under the large banyan trees and watch the paddle boarders go by!

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New to the area is Harbourside Place. Located on Jupiter’s Riverwalk, Harbourside offers a variety of restaurants, shops, a farmer’s market and plenty of live music and events. No matter what the day, there’s plenty to do! Be sure to check out Tiger Woods’ new place The Woods (try the cotton candy, it’s on the dessert menu), and Calaveras Cantina, who offer the coldest beers I’ve ever had!

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Maybe the outdoors isn’t your thing every night. Then give the new Cinépolis Jupiter | Movie Theaters a try. They have comfy seats that you can snuggle with your honey, seat side service and a full menu! It’s a fabulous way to see that new blockbuster you’ve been looking forward to!

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If a beautiful hotel room is more your speed, Jupiter has two, gorgeous choices. Relax beach side at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. With a secluded beach and full service spa, Jupiter Beach Resort is the perfect place to unwind in paradise!

Just down the street, enjoy “laid-back luxury and modern elegance” on the bank of Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterway, at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place.

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The perfect event for a great date night is coming up! Saturday October 10th, an exciting evening of food, wine and entertainment is Abacoa’s premier event of the Season: Abacoa Wines Around The World. You do need tickets for this event, so don’t miss out!

All these ideas are nice, but maybe just maybe, staying on the couch sounds perfect for you. That’s cool, pick out your favorite flick and call up the Chow Cab! Lucky us, Jupiter now has an awesome delivery service that hits up all the great restaurants we have around here! I suggest, Love Actually and food from Leftover’s Cafe!

Jupiter, Florida has so many more options that I didn’t mention. What are your favorite North Palm Beach County date night spots? No matter where you end up, enjoy your weekend, friends! ❤️ Nicole

First Fall Friday

Fall is in the air! I know, it’s still 80+ degrees outside here in Jupiter, Florida, but that’s OK. Us Floridians know Fall is really just a mind set until late October. So for now, we’ll drink our Pumpkin Spice Lattes, decorate our homes in warm seasonal colors and start planning our Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings!

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Looking for something Fall-ish to do this weekend? Check out these fun, local events!

Every Saturday, from 9am-2pm, The Garden Market at El Sol in Jupiter offers plants for sale. All proceeds benefit El Sol.

Sunday, Sept. 27: How Big Is Your Brave Family 5k Run/Walk in Abacoa. Plenty of things to do for the whole family, all supporting the non-profit, Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST).

Save The Date for Jupiter’s Harvest Fest: Saturday, October 3rd, from 1-6PM at the Riverwalk.

Save The Date, Starting Oct. 25, Every Sunday, from 10am-3pm, The Farmer’s Market at Harbourside Place, for fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, artisan baked goods, local seafood and more.

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Gorgeous velvet pumpkins by LoveFeast Shop

Looking for decor inspiration? Here are some of my favorites: It’s Finally Fall on Pinterest. I started decorating this week. Everything is slowly coming together.

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I couldn’t resist this little grey, glass pumpkin.
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My new velvet pumpkins as a centerpiece.
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My new Fall door wreath – I love it!
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This candle smells amazing!

What kind of decor do you like? I’d love to hear your comments & see your photos! Share them with us!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ❤️ Nicole

For Sale: Jupiter Florida Home With A Gorgeous Outdoor Space

Can we all pause for a moment to appreciate how amazing this back yard is?!

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I really love our new listing. The backyard is so amazing I’m thinking about including terms in the contract that whomever buys this home has to invite me over for parties!

The Deets: Come live in a tropical oasis home, without the high costs of an HOA. This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage single family pool home is set in a great neighborhood with plenty of perks. Inside this home you will enjoy the enhanced open feeling from the high vaulted ceilings throughout. Since there is no carpet within this home, the tile and engineered wood flooring look great and are easy to care for. As you walk through the front door, a large interior foyer hallway greets you. Just to the left is a perpendicular hallway that leads to both large guest bedrooms, and to the large updated full guest bathroom. As you proceed to the main living room area, you will immediately notice the large windows, sliding glass doors, and high ceilings that allow for ample natural light. Enjoy the kitchen, which has been recently enhanced with custom lighting, stainless appliances, and renovated cabinetry. Attached to the kitchen, and open to the entire living room, is the dining area. Looking out into the living area, this open ambiance makes this home a great place to entertain family and friends. With the master suite towards the rear of this home, you can separate yourself from your guests. The master suite is large and perfectly designed to accommodate large furnishings. The master bedroom offers a huge walk-in closet, a separate vanity area, and a water closet that accommodates the toilet and shower. If you love to spend time outdoors, this is the home for you. As you enter the backyard from the sliding glass doors of the family room, you step outside into your very own tropical retreat. Running the full length of the backyard, a new custom designed heated pool and deck make this backyard one of a kind. The custom pool provides a shallow lounge area, and a raised spa with a waterfall into the pool. The custom paver deck covers the majority of the privately fenced backyard, and is wrapped with gorgeous landscaping and landscape lighting. Also, a custom fire pit is built in the corner of the pool deck. This fire pit offers the perfect place to relax and make s’mores in the evening. This home was updated with a brand new roof in 2013, and is provided with hurricane shutters. This home is set inside a very desired, and absolutely spectacular community known as the Heights of Jupiter. Just steps from this home, there are tons of local amenities to choose from. Enjoy the park inside the community, as well as multiple public parks and recreational facilities that are scattered throughout the area. Take a short walk to the tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, skateboard park, baseball park, restaurants, boutique shopping, and many other luxuries and amenities. Less than a mile away, you can take on a game of golf at Abacoa’s renowned public course. This home and community has it all. Amazing Schools and Amazing Neighbors will keep you always wondering why other people live where they do! On top of all these great bonuses, this community is one of the very few that does not have the extra monthly or quarterly fee from an HOA. Interested in viewing this beautiful, Jupiter Florida home? Let me know!

A_Front-Exterior-ViewG_Living-RoomSee more photos & details on the Sean Underwood Real Estate team website, HERE.

Meet Allison Albert of Domestic Artisans

HI friends! I’m really happy about bringing you today’s interview. Allison is a Tequesta local that does some really awesome things!! I’ve seen her posts on Facebook for awhile now and finally reached out to her to learn a little more about her & her business. She’s so nice and happily agreed. So, here you go!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.  Hi! My name is Allison Albert. Originally I am from Williamsport, Pennsylvania but I spent most of my adult years in Denver, CO. My family moved here to Jupiter (my hubby’s hometown) three years ago. My husband Acey and I have a daughter Julia, currently a dance major at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. We also have Tini and Kona small mixed breed pups.

2. When did you start the DOMESTIC ARTISANS brand and what are the services you offer?  I began Domestic Artisans soon after we relocated to Jupiter. I was eager to begin a new endeavor, which encompassed all of my passions and hobbies. Cooking, Baking, Childcare, Home Management, and Gardening. Domestic Artisans, LLC is the umbrella under which many things are created. And most recently much of my attention has been on Brooke Linn’s Bees.

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3. How did Brooke Linns Bees get started?  Brooke Linn’s Bees is now a big part of Domestic Artisans and was born out of my little garden here at home. I have been growing loofah (Yes! They grow on a vine and extremely well in South Florida). I was amazed at how many bees the loofah’s big yellow flowers attracted. So I said, I’m going to start a beehive right here in my backyard! Now I have seven hives in four locations around Jupiter and Tequesta and we’re always looking for host families. We are treatment free apiary and we sell bees wax and unfiltered honey.

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4. Who makes up the DOMESTIC ARTISANS crew?  Domestic Artisans and Brooke Linn’s Bees is run by myself with help from my husband, Dr. Acey Albert M.D. (Internist and Pediatrician) and Julia when she’s not dancing!

5. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
The most challenging part of owning this business is keeping up with demands of the customers while remaining focused on the slower processes, somewhat old fashion and home grown processes that I base this business on and enjoy most.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
I enjoy making things that people love and running into someone at Publix who refers to me as “the bee lady”! That is so fun and most rewarding for me.

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7. What do you do on your days off?
When I’m not working I’m paddling boarding, traveling or volunteering at my daughter’s school.

8. How do you juggle work & family?
Luckily my work is everything that I love and I’m lucky my family also loves what I do.

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9. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
My super hero is my Mom. She’s about as super as they come. She raised five successful and happy kids, taught us all to cook and garden and really is the inspiration for starting Domestic Artisans. I’m trying to get her down to Jupiter to work with me.

10. Where can we find DOMESTIC ARTISANS online?
Domestic Artisans and Brooke Linn’s Bees can be found on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/Brookelinnsbees and www.facebook.com/domesticartisans

11. Is there anything else you would like is to know? I am super excited to announce that I have merged with Tequesta Coffee Lounge! We have so many exciting things coming to the neighborhood! Please follow our page to hear about new offerings as well as upcoming events! I can’t wait to see you all there beginning October 8th, 2015!

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Tequesta and Jupiter both have many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home in Jupiter or Tequesta!
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!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Until next time, keep supporting each other.

Cheers, Nicole

Happy Friday

We’ll, it looks like us South Floridians may be in for a very wet and windy weekend. I was going to put together a list of local events for you guys, but let’s face it, Tropical Storm Erika will have most of us on the couch with Netflix, listening to the rain come down!

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There is one event I hope you all check out, before it gets stormy. Furry Friends Adoptions & Clinic is having their Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic this Saturday, from 8:00am – 2:30pm. The weather is going to be just fine and there will be doggies….on surfboards!! Plus, great food, vendors, music and more! This event will benefit Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic, a 501c3 not for profit animal rescue organization located in Jupiter. #DontShopAdopt

I do plan on getting out & about for a little while this weekend. My best friend will be in town and we love to hit up the awesome, local businesses in our area. Follow me on SnapChat (nikolina100), Periscope (nikolina100) & Instagram to see what we’re up to!

Stay safe out there friends. – Nicole

 

Local Weekend Events – August 21, 2015

Happy Friday peeps! Have you made plans for your weekend yet? If not, no worries. I’ve got a list of awesomely fun, local choices on the blog today.

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Friday, August 21: Catch the movie Grease on the waterfront at Harbourside Place. This free event runs from 6:00-10:00PM.

Saturday, August 22: Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall – The free family event will be held on Saturday, August 22, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Grand Court of The Gardens Mall and will spotlight Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s (LMC) world-renowned sea turtle and ocean conservation programs.

Sunday, August 23: Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic‘s Adoption event at Another Broken Egg in Harbourside Place (Jupiter) from 9:30am to 11:00am. They have so many, really cute, very loving dogs & puppies that need forever homes. #DontShopAdopt

Sunday, August 23: Riverwalk Greenmarket from 10:00am-2:00pm. You’ll find a wide assortment of produce, specialty foods, baked goods, women’s accessories, home, health, crafts, and more!

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Save The Date: Beginning September 19th from 9 am-2 pm, El Sol’s Garden Market will open. All proceeds will return back to El Sol to fund and expand their current programs.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Be sure and check back in with the blog next week, I have some VERY exciting blog interviews coming up!! Cheers, Nicole

Local Weekend Events – August 14th, 2015

Happy Friday, friends! It’s the last weekend of summer before our Palm Beach County students head back to class. I have mixed feelings about the school year starting. The pros, the kids stay busy, life has a defined schedule and of course that new school supply smell. The cons, the kids stay busy, life has a defined schedule and of course the lines at office supply stores! Haha! So I put together a list to help you squeeze the last bit of fun out of the summer. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 14th: Food Truck Invasion at Downtown Abacoa. Be sure and visit the Bite Gastrotruck, they’re my favorite!

Saturday, August 15th: Enjoy the Candyland Experience at PGA National from Noon – 4PM.

Saturday, August 15th: Catch a free concert down by the water at Harbourside Place. A family friendly event from 6:00-10:00PM.

Sunday, August 16th: The last day to cash in on the 2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Be sure and support some of my favorite local retailers like Maggie & Mae, BinkaGirl, Alexandra Gioia, and Unhinged Boutique.

There’s still time to sign up you and your pooch for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic, Saturday August 29th, brought to us by Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic. Get a 30 minute surf lesson with your dog!! Get your tickets here!

and for next month…

Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th: Ocean Warrior Challenge – Music, Food & Vendors – Sponsored by a ton of your favorite local companies. Surf SUP Challenge & Open Ocean Challenges for the whole family!

Do you have an upcoming event you’d like me to share? Feel free to email me all the details. I just may use it on my next Local Events post.

Thanks for reading friends…have a wonderful weekend! – Nicole