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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Meet Jupiter Local R. H. Ferriell – Author

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Where can we find your books online?

This book is currently available on Amazon.com and through the publisher at Dorrancebookstore.com. In addition, I have an authors page through Facebook, R. H. Ferriell. Hopefully it will reach some of the local bookstores soon.

Thank you for sharing your story, Rebecca!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends!

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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Meet Susie Bettenhausen – Local Artist

Today’s blog interview is with Susie Bettenhausen, a local artist in our area. I met Susie several years ago when I worked at a local Fine Art Printer. She paints gorgeous pieces with delightful colors! She was always one of our sweetest clients and so easy to work with. Luckily, I ran into her again and she agreed to do a blog interview! So, meet Susie!

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Alabama and headed out to Texas for college.  After college, we moved around the South a number of times and spent a few years in the UK as well.  In 2006, we settled in Jupiter full-time.

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In the Face of Ambiguity

When did you first have an interest in art?  How did you get started in the “Art for a living” field? How long have you been in the biz?
I’ve had an interest in art ever since childhood but I never really thought I could make a career out of it.  I was the kid with the little art station in the corner of my bedroom all neatly organized.  I drew houses, fashions, etc.  My creativity is always finding an outlet and I love to experiment with new mediums all the time.  After college, I pursued art on the side initially.  I began by illustrating sketches, invitations, notecards and other stationery products.  I later branched out into giftware related items.  I love the aspect of “handmade” and the uniqueness that comes with each product.  I made the transition to fine art and have never looked back.  Each piece takes more time and had more meaning behind it.

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What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
Balancing everything – especially the aspects of the business that are not my strength areas.  As a wife and mom I have to keep everything in check and make sure my priorities stay in the right order.  Even a God given gift or talent can become and idol when it takes over your life.

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Pool On Peruvian

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Hands down, the ability to work for myself under my own guidelines and timelines.

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What do you do on your days off?
Because my work schedule is so flexible, I may take time off at any given moment on a whim.  When I am feeling extra creative I work – a lot! If I’m not feeling it, I don’t stress over it! I adore spending time with my husband and kids and we usually make our way to the water somewhere.  We love to get up on Saturday mornings before the weekend crowds are out and go snorkeling in the Inlet or bike around Palm Beach Island.

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How do you juggle work & family?
With a lot of help from my husband for sure!  I make an effort to start the day with a prayer and devotional time which I absolutely need in order to keep myself on track with my eyes in the right direction.  If you don’t constantly remind yourself where you’re going, it’s too easy to get lost!

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Where can we find You and your artwork online?
I have a website, www.susiebettenhausen.com which I try hard to keep relevant and up to date but the best way to keep up with what I’m working on is through my Instagram @susiebettenhausen.

Is there anything else you would like us to know? 
My art has been taking me all over the South recently but I do have some local events on the horizon this spring.  In February, I’m looking forward to participating in an artists event at Social House Lake Worth and in March, I will be taking part in an art event on Jupiter Island.  I am currently working on a Palm Beach series of works that will be available in the spring as well.

Thank you Susie, for sharing your story! Your work is so lovely!!

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 contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Meet Katie Choy, Author of Family Secrets Cookbook

Katie and I have known each other for several years now. Her three children and my daughter swim on the same swim team. Over the last couple of years or so, I’ve learned more about her. Let me tell you something… Katie is amazing! Read on!!

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised north of Pittsburgh in rural Western Pennsylvania. I moved to South Florida in 1994 to work as a travel nurse at the Jupiter Medical Center, where I met my husband Rogelio. In the short time I was here, he convinced me to marry him and make my home in Jupiter! We married in 1995, and in the next three years, had three beautiful babies. We have raised our children on the Loxahatchee River and have one cat, KitKat. Our oldest son has left the nest and made his home in the San Fransisco Bay Area as a computer programmer.

Why did you first decide to make a cookbook?
The idea to make the cookbook came about years ago. I loved my Mother-in-law’s food, and it was so different from what I had ever had. I used to watch her cook and write down the recipes. When the kids came along, I had no time, and it was put on hold. Once they were older, I started learning to cook from her again. I was collecting them purely for my own use, and one day my husband said, “You should publish this.” I sort of chuckled, but kept the idea in the back of my head.

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Presenting Christine Najac, director of South Florida Food and Wine, with her copy. She also gave an amazing review quote for back cover.

How did you get started on the book? How long did it take from start to finish?
I can’t tell you the exact date I started the book, since I had been collecting recipes for a long time. I hit a lot of roadblocks along the way, and I am very busy with my family, so it was a long process. I would safely say that from when I took it seriously, until the book was actually published, has been at least 5-6 years.

What do you find most challenging about making the book?
The most challenging part of the book for me was actually submitting the work. I tend to feel things aren’t “good enough” and have high expectations. Letting go, and realizing it will never be perfect was my obstacle to overcome.

Presenting Mike Moir, owner of Food Shack and Leftovers, his copy. He gave an awesome review quote for back cover.
Presenting Mike Moir, owner of Food Shack and Leftovers, his copy. He gave an awesome review quote for back cover.

 

What is the most rewarding thing about the final project?
The most rewarding part of the final project is knowing I am helping to contribute to the medical care for the underserved people of Peru. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Peruvian American Medical Society providing clinics and medical mission trips in the remote regions. Peru educated my husband, and I want to give back.

Do you have a favorite recipe from the book?
My favorite recipe…that is so hard, because most every recipe is my favorite. Well…..except the beef tongue (that is my husband’s favorite)!

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Do you plan on doing a book tour?
I have no tour scheduled yet, but I would love to do a book tour!

What does your family think about the book?
My family loves the book. They better, because they were all a part of it. My husband and daughter did the photography, my oldest son created the iBook version, my younger son helped with the writing and editing, and my cousin did the professional editing. It was truly a family affair.

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Where can we find out more about Family Secrets Peruvian-Chinese Cuisine?
You can learn more about Family Secrets at katiechoy.com. I am doing my own marketing and distribution and will ship anywhere in the U.S., or locals can contact me directly at katichoy@outlook.com. to get their signed copy.

Is there anything else you would like is to know?
I am fortunate enough to have wonderful friends who have hosted some book-signing parties in their home to help spread the word. I am planning on attending local events such as The Benjamin School’s Kid’s Corner holiday shopping and Harbourside’s Farmers market. After the holidays, I would like to start offering personalized cooking classes. I have an exciting event scheduled for April at the Oakland Park Culinary Art Showcase. I have a lot of ideas in the works. I have been asked to arrange culinary trips to Peru, and am in the process of working with a local travel agency to make this happen. We are scrambling to put the first one together for late February.

Thank you Katie, for sharing your story! Congratulations on this wonderful project!!

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! I’m totally ordering a few (signed) copies of this gorgeous cookbook for the chefs in my life. What great holiday gifts!! – ❤️ 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

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

Meet Jenny Kiker of Living Pattern

Oh my gosh you guys! I’m SO excited about today’s blog interview!! I love, love, LOVE artzy stuff and talented people are the bomb diggity. If they happen to be local talented people, that makes things even more awesome!! That’s why today’s interview is so exciting! I’m so happy Jenny agreed to do the interview, she is one very talented lady! So without further delay, meet Jenny!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself: 
Jenny Kiker From Charlotte, NC. I’ve been in Florida for almost 5 years now. No human babies, but one fur baby and many green babies. My cat is named Inka, after Inka Essinghigh. My green babies are made up of innumerable ferns, succulents and cacti. I also have a 6 foot fiddle fig tree, a bonsai, and lots of Monsteras!

2. When did you start the Living Pattern brand and what are the services you offer?
Living Pattern is in its second year. We offer artist prints that are fresh, modern and organic. Original art is also available as well as commissioned sets.

3. Who makes up the Living Pattern crew?
Living Pattern is made up of myself and my boyfriend Chris. He is a graphic/ web designer.

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4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
I think the answer is simple: Everything. Not the fact that any one task is too difficult, it’s just the fact that, between the two of us, we touch every corner of the business. From, the art itself, to packaging, to shipping, to finance, to PR, to marketing, to customer service – all while things continue to grow as well.
 
5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
The most rewarding thing has been the response! We’ve been featured by Design*Sponge, A Beautiful Mess, and Luxe Magazine and have been building a solid group of supports on Instagram – @livingpattern. So much encouragement and positivity from fans will really put a smile on a girl’s face 🙂

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6. What do you do on your days off?
Chris and I don’t take many. We skip going out to focus on our dreams. Our friends must think we don’t like them anymore but that’s the price admission. The time we take away consists of trips to the mountain and being in nature. Even then, we are always scouting for more intricate and saturated definitions of what “Living Pattern” is.

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Poison Ivy  (We had a feeling on that one 😃)

9. Where can we find Living Pattern online? livingpattern.net (Website) –  Living Pattern (Facebook)@livingPattern (Twitter). Be sure to follow her daily creative process on instagram: @livingpattern (instagram)

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida.  Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great!

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!

Cheers, Nicole

Meet Lauren & Anna, from Urban Vintage Rentals

This post was originally posted HERE on Tuesday May 12th, 2015.

 

I “met” Lauren & Anna through instagram and Facebook. We have common online connections. I was in awe at their product photos for their business. It looks like they have a LOT of fun! So, I asked and they graciously agreed to do an interview for the blog. Yea! Warning: After reading this post you’re going to want to host a party, just so you can hire Lauren & Anna to stylize it!

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/urbanvintagerentals1. Tell us a little about yourselves.

I’m Anna – I’m actually from Florida! I was born at Palm Beach Gardens hospital (almost!) 30 years ago 😉 I have two human babies – one girl named Harlee Faye, who is one, and a baby boy named Declan, who should arrive any day now! Our furry babies are Gypsy Lou (an adopted pit bull, who is my first baby) and Avery Jade (a spoiled miniature beagle). They make the best of friends and are great with our human babies!

I’m Lauren and I’m also a Florida native! I was born in Miami where I spent most of my childhood. In my teens my parents decided to move to Hobe Sound after falling in love with the sleepy little beach town. I have one fur baby, her name is Lola. She’s a rescued Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler. It took a few years of convincing for my husband to even warm up to the idea of getting a dog.. let alone a high energy herding dog.

After I Do-02212. When did you start the Urban Vintage brand?

We started it almost a year ago when Lauren decided it was time to quit the corporate world. We joined forces (and by forces, I mean, our hoard of random vintage stuff + our love of vintage shopping and styling) to do a couple styled shoots, we started a website, reached out to some amazing vendors and people in the industry, and we’ve been building ever since!

3. Who makes up the Urban Vintage crew?

Besides Lauren and I, our husbands! And our sisters and brothers, and whoever else we’ve managed to con into helping us move furniture for beer 🙂

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/oakhillfarmvenue4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

Anna: Working too much. I could stay up for hours at night tweaking the website, coming up with new ideas, reaching out to the right clients and vendors – but I have to remember to keep that family/work/life balance. Otherwise, what’s the point of working so much if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor?

Lauren: Sometimes my mind can get all over the place.  I think setting a work schedule and making sure you stick to it is essential.

5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

Anna: Seeing pictures like this.

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/frezzaweddingLauren: I’m with Anna on this!  We’ve also met some amazing people in the industry. Feels really good to have that kind of support!  I also feel blessed to be doing what I love.
6. What do you do on your days off?

Anna: haha. days off? Boat days are my favorite days off.

Lauren: These days I feel like they have been spent trying to organize our growing inventory! Anna is really awesome at organizing I try to learn from her. Being outside, boating, kayaking, family time, being creative.

7. How do you juggle work & family?

By having an awesome support system – living near family has its benefits!

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/harleefaye8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?

Anna: I’ll leave this one to Lauren. She’s the one who wears superhero clothes. For me, anyone moms who can provide for their family, enjoy their career, and still get to spend quality time with their husband and children are rockstars in my book.

Lauren: I wanted to be Batman as a kid (Michael Keaton Batman).  I would literally play in my back yard and pretend I was I was Batman (oh and I was an only child so my imagination pretty awesome). I’ve been Batman for Halloween a few times.  I’m sort of a movie nerd. I love Michael Keaton Batman. Tim Burton has always been one of my favorite directors too.
After I Do-02159. Where can we find Urban Vintage online? 

Visit them online at: Urban Vintage Rentals, instagram, and Facebook.

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/oakhillfarmvenueThank you, Anna & Lauren, for sharing with us! We love seeing small business owners doing well in Jupiter, Florida! 
 

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