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

Meet Kalia of Kalia Lily Photography

Today’s blog interview is close to my heart. I’ve know the lovely Kalia for a very long time. Way back in 2007 she was my daughter’s swim coach! Back then she split her time between the pool and the camera. These days she’s a full time photographer and does an amazing job! We’ve had her shoot all our family photos, and she recently shot my wedding. Her style is amazing and I will treasure our photos forever!  I was so happy when she agreed to do the interview and I’m very excited to introduce her to all of you.

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Tell us a little about yourself: Hi!  My name is Kalia.  I’m from Varna, Bulgaria.  It’s a city on the Black Sea.  (No Sharks in those waters!) My family moved from Bulgaria to Austria and then to Toronto, Canada.  I’m so thankful I was able to experience each place- really gave me a love for travel!   Eleven years ago we moved to South Florida.  I met my husband in West Palm Beach and now we have two boys-3 and 2 years old.  I’m really blessed to have my three men!

When did you first find your joy in photography? Years ago my dad shot film.  I loved looking through his photos over and over again.  While I loved everything “arts” related,  I  didn’t have a clue where my interests where leading.  Shortly after I got married my dad encouraged me to try Photoshop.  I would take pictures and then spend hours working on them.  It was just fun for me!  My mom looked at me one day and said “You love this.  You are up till 2am doing this!”  At that moment something clicked (cheesy pun intended).

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When did you start the Kalia Lily brand? About 8 years ago.  I would grab friends and family and just take their pictures for free- just to build a portfolio.  The other components came after, with  a lot of late nights and a lot of learning.  The brand though is ever evolving.  I want to give people a consistent product, but also challenge myself and try new things.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business? I would say wearing all the different hats.  You aren’t just a photographer, you are a business.  It might seem like most of my time is spent taking pictures but that’s just a small part.  For example, tomorrow, a good part of my work day will be spent learning the new features on the latest version of a program.  And juggling work and family…but I’ll talk about that more in question 7 ☺

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What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?  It’s hard to name just one because I feel so blessed to have this job.  I get to meet amazing people and build lasting relationships with them!  Many times I have captured a young couple’s engagement session, and now years later, I’m taking pictures of their growing family.   Also, I’m really thankful for the freedom and flexibility!  And lastly, I’m thankful that running my company allows me to be an artist every single day.

What do you do on your days off?  I’m laughing out loud thinking about this because I always try to pack way too much into the day!  I want to go thrifting, I want to paint, I want to go on a date with my husband, take the kids to the beach, see a friend, read a book etc. I never get to everything of course, but taking the kids to the zoo or downtown for dessert has become a favorite of ours.

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How do you juggle work & family?  This is a daily struggle!  But here are a few things that help me.  For one, I really don’t believe you can “have it all”.  I might be able to have a little of everything, but to chase success in all areas of life, all at once,  just leaves me feeling like a big, stressed out loser.  Also, I decided years ago, that it didn’t matter if my definition of success looked different than other people’s.  It my definition, I have a lot of snuggle time with my boys!

Who is your favorite Superhero and why?  My mom!  She possesses so many qualities I aspire to!  I’m so thankful for her.  From spiritual wisdom, to selfless love, to discipline, to her amazing cooking…I could go on and on!

Where can we find Kalia Lily online?
www.kalialily.com and www.kalialily.com/blog and www.facebook.com/kalialilyphotography

Is there anything else you would like is to know?
Check out KLP online for some upcoming contests and to see our latest work!  This summer my family went to Europe and this trip has inspired me to write more personal posts as well 🙂

If you’re interested in getting family photos done for the holidays, I encourage you to get in touch with Kalia. She is so sweet and s professional. You will not be disappointed!

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!

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 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

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

Meet Bianca, of Bianca’s Brazilian Bites

For the first interview on the newly updated blog I’m featuring Bianca. I haven’t met Bianca in real life, but I see her Brazilian Bites everywhere I go, in Jupiter!! Everyone I know that’s tried them, LOVES them! Her Peanut Butter Protein Balls are amazing! I just had to ask her to do an interview. She was so nice and agreed. So without further ado…Meet Bianca!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Bianca Silveira and I am originally from Brazil. I have lived in So. Fla since May 2000 and I became an American Citizen in 2009 – biggest accomplishment of my life!!!!!! I don’t have any babies myself, but I do have an adorable nephew Gabriel and a niece Bella-Claire. They are 3 and absolutely amazing!! I get to play cool auntie B so we love to spend time together. I was just recently adopted by my boyfriend’s 10 year old beagle. Bailey is such a nice and easy-going dog, although I don’t think there is enough food on Earth to feed her as she is always looking for more, beagles…love them!

2. When did you start the Bianca’s Brazilian Bites brand?
Bianca’s Brazilian Bites has been around since 2010. I always loved to bake with mom when I was a kid growing up in Brazil. I always like to experiment and change recipes (mom didn’t like that so much LOL). As the very active and healthy lifestyle lover that I am, I believed cookies and treats should taste great and not make us feel guilty. I turned my passion into a business and created Bianca’s Brazilian Bites. All natural, gluten-free and non-GMO cookies and treats.

3. Who makes up the Bianca’s Brazilian Bites crew?
We are a local small family business so everyone in the family helps and is part of The BBB Team!

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4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
Running my own business is not a “piece-of-cookie” The most challenging part is making sure I can run the business while I focus on my full-time job and still devote time to my family, friends & my hobbies.

5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Seeing its success and how fast we are growing. Seeing people faces and smiles when they see me and my products. Hearing a stranger say “I LOVE YOUR COOKIES” touches my heart and brings me such a rewarding feeling!

6. What do you do on your days off?
Awwwwwww…days off! I sleep in!!!!! Well, I mean, I don’t get up until 7:30 AM or 8:00 AM. I love the outdoors so on my days off you will find me boating, swimming, walking…on a rainy day I head to the movie theaters. I spend quality time with my boyfriend, family & friends, dinning out, having good coffee and great conversation.

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7. How do you juggle work & family?
I prioritize my priorities. It may sound silly, but a lot of times I stop and take a deep breath and I and I ask myself “Is this really that important right now”? If the answer is no, I move to more important things. I always remind myself “family comes first”, no matter what.
8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Wolverine 100%!!!!!! He is tough (with a soft side), protects his loved ones and he never dies!!!! (I haven’t seen the last one, hope he is still alive) Plus, he is so attractive!!!

9. Where can we find Bianca’s Brazilian Bites?

We have an online store: www.biancasbrazilianbites.com. Like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Bianca’s Brazilian Bites are also sold at 11 different local locations:
Tri Bike Run Sports – Juno Beach
3 Natives – Tequesta
Oceana Coffee (3 locations) – Tequesta & Stuart
Modern Juice – Jupiter
Tequesta Fitness – Tequesta
Loggerhead Fitness – Juno Beach
Breath, Salt Yoga – Jupiter
The Brewhouse Gallery – Lake Park
Fresca Juices & Smoothies – Northlake

10. Is there anything else you would like is to know?
We will be at the Loggerhead Triathlon Expo – Jupiter Beach Resort on July 31st. Stop by our booth to check us out and try some bites!!!

Thank you for sharing with us, Bianca! We love hearing about women business owners in our area!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our beautiful little town. Jupiter, Florida 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 Alexandra Gioia – Maker

This post was originally posted HERE on June 9, 2015

I have had a crush on all things druzy for quite sometime now. Druzy jewelry is some of my favorite baubles that I own. It’s just so pretty! Enter Alexandra, designer extraordinaire! She makes the loveliest pieces and I basically want them all! I contacted her recently to do an interview and was so excited when she agreed! Just be warned, after you read this and see the photos, you’re going to “need” a few of her pieces!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Alexandra but you can call me Allie, everyone has since Preschool. I was born and raised in Miami but have called Jupiter, FL home for the past 15 years. The laid back lifestyle is much more me and feel so lucky to pass by the Jupiter Lighthouse everyday on my way home!
2. When did you start the Alexandra Gioia brand?
I have been designing jewelry for a year and a half and it has quickly become a passion of mine. Not only do I love designing but I love the marketing side of it too. I have connected with so many talented, like minded people through social media platforms like Instagram.
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3. Who makes up the Alexandra Gioia crew?
I design, create, shoot and market the line but I do have the occasional help from my very supportive husband. I’m constantly asking him to take pictures of my bracelets like this, with that background, with this outfit. He’s a good sport 98% of the time.
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4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
It’s most definitely a challenge. I work full-time so I play jewelry designer by morning, night and weekends. It’s really a dream so I can’t complain.
5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Coming across photos of girls wearing my jewelry is insane! I love seeing how others style my pieces. They inspire me to accessorize in ways I hadn’t thought of. Also, hearing stories of why customers are buying a particular piece is really special. It’s made me want to buy more “just because” gifts for others like my customers do.
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6. What do you do on your days off?
My husband and I bought the fixer upper of our neighborhood so it seems our second home is Home Depot as of late. When we’re not renovating I do enjoy relaxing on the beach (with spf 75+) and trying out new local restaurants. Our friends refer to us as the “food snobs”. Pretty sure that’s not a compliment. Ha!
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7. How do you juggle work & family?
My family is so special to me and I’m lucky enough to have them nearby so I always try to make time for them.
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8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Wonder Woman because of her great taste in accessories. Those gold cuffs are on point!
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10. Is there anything else you would like is to know? Upcoming events, etc.
The pronunciation of my middle name is tricky, Gioia. Like Joy-uh. With no boys in the family to carry on the Gioia name, I decided I would with the launch of my line. It’s really fun hearing the variety of ways people say it.


Stop by and say hello at Floridian Social’s Maker Meet
Wednesday, June 17 | 6-7pm | Social House | Lake Worth
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Thank you for sharing with us, Alexandra! We love hearing about women business owners in area!

Jupiter,Florida has 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!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends!! Let me know how you like the interviews and if you have any suggestions on who to interview next, please feel free to nominate them!

Cheers, Nicole