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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.
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.

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.
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!
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.
8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Wonder Woman because of her great taste in accessories. Those gold cuffs are on point!

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

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