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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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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Meet Local Nicole Hodson of Boho Garden Crowns And Events

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!

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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!

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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!

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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! 🌸

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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!

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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!

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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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First Day Of Summer 2016

 

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

 

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Hair Gets Lighter. Skin Gets Darker.

Water Gets Warmer. Drinks Get Colder.

Music Gets Louder. Nights Get Longer.

Life Gets Better.

 

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

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

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

contact me  – Cheers, Nicole

 

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whatever you decide, ENJOY!

Cheers, Nicole

Mother’s Day in Jupiter Florida 2016

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

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From Local Makers

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

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

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

Sparkly & Lovely Accessories from local maker Alexandra Gioia.

 

Where To Brunch On Mother’s Day In Jupiter

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

For suggestions a little further south try this link.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Cheers, Nicole.

Another Gorgeous Day In Jupiter Florida

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

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

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

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

Happy Earth Day From The Jupiter Local

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Hi friends! It’s Friday and it’s Earth Day! Double Happy!!

There are several Earth Day events going on around town this weekend.

Friday, April 22nd: Earth Day Clean-up & Celebration at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday, April 22nd: Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, at the Jupiter Lighthouse. 7:15 pm  (Time varies by moonrise).

Saturday, April 23rd: Earth Day & Wellness Fair at Harbourside Place. 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, April 23rd: The Great American Cleanup at Coral Cove Park. 8:00am – 11:00am

What are you planning for the weekend? Whatever it is I hope you enjoy and if you get a chance do something to help preserve our little slice of paradise! Can’t make it out this weekend? Check out this handy list of things you can do all year long.

Wish you lived in Jupiter, Florida? Our team has a gorgeous new listing! This spacious townhome is set inside the elite community known as Martinique at Abacoa, and offers almost 1700 living square feet for you to enjoy! Contact me for more info.

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

Cheers, Nicole