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

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

Wednesday’s Motivation

It’s Wednesday friends! We’re halfway to the weekend. Yay!! It’s been a hectic week already for me. The kiddos headed back to school and our summer life is officially over (sad face). However, with every new school year comes the reminder that Fall is right around the corner. Fall is my favorite Season! Pumpkins, sweaters (sorta, it is So. Fl. after all), and selling & listing houses in my favorite town! So chin up buttercups, it’s Wednesday!

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Did you check out my New Listing post from yesterday? It’s a great little house, right here in Jupiter, Florida. Contact me if you’d like more info on this home or any others in the Northern Palm Beach County area. – Nicole

For Sale: Single Family Home Without An HOA In Jupiter, Florida

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New Listing: Such a perfect opportunity, at a very affordable price! This CBS constructed, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2-car garage Single Family Home sits inside a very desirable Non-HOA community in the heart of Jupiter. As you open the front door the open foyer greets you. To the right of the foyer is the fully upgraded, gourmet kitchen. With rich, dark wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, features custom crown molding and is the perfect place for friends and family to gather. To the left of the foyer is the homes great room. The wood flooring makes it a warm and inviting place. Enjoy this amazing open floor plan with expanded views from the front door all the way through to the back yard. The great room provides high vaulted ceiling and access to the living room, dining area. The large sliders towards the back of the great room look out over this home’s screened lanai, custom deck and fenced back yard, offering an abundance of natural light. On each side of the great room are separate accesses to the divided bedrooms. One access leads to a small hallway, which branches off to the two large guest bedrooms and the upgraded guest bathroom that divides them. The guest bathroom was recently updated with beautiful tile flooring, dark wood vanity, tiled backsplash, and other updated features. On the opposing side of the great room, the other access offers an opening to the master suite. The master suite is large and perfectly designed to accommodate large furnishings. The master bedroom is laid out with wood flooring, large windows and huge walk-in closet. Also, this master suite provides a stunning master bathroom, which offers a separate tiled step-in glass shower, a double-sink custom vanity, designer lighting and mirror, and plenty of extra space to feel comfortable. The landscaping in the fenced backyard is simple, beautiful, and easy to maintain. Wrapped with privacy fencing, the backyard is great for pet friendly owners. Set in one of Jupiter’s most desired non-HOA communities. With grade “A” schools and multiple amenities to choose from, this home is great for any family. Such amenities and luxuries include a community park, town basketball courts, local golf course, local restaurants and boutiques, and being only seconds from the beach or shopping. On top of all the amenities, this community is one of the very few that does not have the extra monthly or quarterly fee of an HOA. Without a doubt, this home is a great deal. For further details, please feel free to contact me.

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R_Screened-Rear-Lanai_For more photos and details, visit the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team.

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

Going To The Movies In Jupiter Just Got A Whole Lot Better

Growing up in Jupiter we always had the Jupiter Movie Theater as a place to go. It was where we first learned to have our Moms drop us off at the far side of the plaza, so we wouldn’t be seen getting out of her car. Mortifying!! Looking back though, of course our Moms were driving us, we were in middle school. Who did we think we were fooling?? Haha!

But I digress. Having a movie theater was totally awesome. However, over the years it slowly went downhill. Showing it’s age and never being updated. Your feet would definitely stick to the floor, every time. The chairs were gross and over all, it just wasn’t a fun theater to go to. Once the theater at Downtown at The Gardens was built, I never went back to the Jupiter Theater.

That has forever been changed! Guys!! We have a Cinépolis Theater, right here in Jupiter now, and It. Is. AWESOME.

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My husband and I went this past weekend to see Mission Impossible. The theater was really beautiful inside! I felt like we were walking into a really nice hotel lobby.

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IMG_8462Now, arriving early to the movie doesn’t mean you have to wait in an almost empty theater. Pull up a stool at the bar & enjoy a frosty beverage. They even have my favorite, local beer on tap. The Chancellor by TBC! Don’t have time to finish your beer before the show starts? No worries, just bring it in with you!

Cinépolis Jupiter offers two different ways to see a movie.

From their website: “The theater’s “Cinépolis Luxury Cinema” auditoriums offer guests a luxury movie-going experience with fully reclining leather seats and in-theater waiter service and dining with full bar, available at the touch of a button. Guests of the theater’s “Cinépolis” auditoriums can enjoy a premium theater experience with comfortable seating and access to the gourmet menu and full bar in the lobby area.”

We opted for the Luxury Cinema and loved it! Large comfortable chairs that allow you to put your feet up, seat side service and a full menu were features that made our visit very enjoyable.

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We enjoyed the chicken fingers & the Chocolate & Carmel Popcorn. They were both very tasty!

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We give this theater  Two Thumbs Up! Have you been? Did you like it? Tell me what your favorite thing about it is. If you haven’t been, go now!!

 

Local Weekend Events – August 7th, 2015

Happy Friday peeps! I’m always looking for fun ways to enjoy Northern Palm Beach County on the weekends. I thought you might like to do the same, so I rounded up some happenings…just for you!

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Friday, August 7th: Buy-One-Get-One Free Admission for Children ages 6-18, at the Jupiter Lighthouse for National Lighthouse Day. Hours: 10am-4pm (last tour leaves at 4pm.)

Friday, August 7th: Back to school shopping. Tax Free week starts Friday Aug 7th – Aug 16th. Be sure and support all our fabulous, local shops!

Friday, August 7th: Sunset Puppy Social – Pick up your boards at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co and head on up to Harbourside Place with your fur babies! RSVP is required.

Saturday, August 8th: The Craft Beer Bash at PGA National will focus on showcasing more than 120 brews from local breweries including Due South Brewing., Tequesta Brewing Co. and Funky Buddha Brewery, as well as Boulevard, Ommegang, Peak Organic and Founders Brewing Co. Tickets to the beer festival cost $35, and $50 for VIP passes which include a souvenir T-shirt, a tasting mug and early admission. Prices are $10 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased at https://pgacraftbeerbash.eventbrite.com or by calling 855-896-4762. Tickets to the beer pairing can be purchased at https://pgacraftbeerdinner.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, August 8th: Back To School Night at Roger Dean Stadium 4:30 – 9:00 PM – The first 500 kids 15 and under will receive a complimentary backpack as they walk through the gates. Plus, visit with several vendor booths along our concourse to fill those backpacks with much-needed school supplies.

Saturday, August 8th: Sailfish Marina and Resort is hosting its third year celebrating an event: Singer Island Spiny LobsterFest. 12-8PM – A pet and family friendly event!

All Day, Every Day: Relax and enjoy our gorgeous beaches. Kayak, snorkel, fish, boat, sunbath, etc. The choice is yours, anything goes!

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Also, you’ll probably want to clear next weekend’s schedule for these upcoming good times too!

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

Saturday, August 15th: There’s still time to sign up you and your pooch for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic, 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

 

Wednesday’s Dose Of Paradise

Stuck in the office? Wishing you were elsewhere? How about a does of paradise to hold you over?

I shot this quick little video yesterday, at the Intracoastal on Jupiter Island. Wish I had turned the camera horizontally, sorry about that! I think you can still appreciate the beauty though. It really is paradise! Enjoy your Wednesday, friends! 🌴☀️🐠

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I have been glued to the news about the two missing boys from Jupiter, Florida. With each update I hope upon hope to hear good news. Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, disappeared off the coast of Jupiter on Friday and haven’t been seen since. Their boat was found yesterday, capsized off from the Ponce de Leon Inlet.

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Growing up in Jupiter, I know it’s not a crazy thing for two 14 year olds to head out to the ocean, unsupervised. My little brother growing up was always on the water, with friends. Boating, diving, spear fishing…going to the Bahamas! It’s just how it is in a small beach town. Many kids I grew up with had boats of their own at young ages. And just like Austin & Perry, were very capable of handling themselves on the water.

Sometimes, though, things happen. The ocean is a very beautiful and amazing thing. It can also be very unforgiving. Seasoned Boat Captains can be overtaken by the ocean just the same as anyone else.

Today’s news suggests the boys may have made a floatation device out of their cooler and their life jackets. I’m so relieved that there is still hope. My heart has been slowly breaking, thinking of their families and what they are going through. It’s been phenomenal to watch the community around them come together.  I will continue to hope for a good outcome. I hope you will too.

Hugs to you all. – Nicole

Summer Foods

Around my house, dinner is very important. We’ve got three busy teenagers and us two adults are even busier. So by the end of the day we are all starving! When it comes to summer foods, I have a really hard time mustering up the energy to even think about cooking dinner, let alone actually cooking it! It’s too hot!! But alas, we cannot eat out every night. Luckily for me, my Mister is an amazing cook and is always willing and able to whip something tasty up for the rest of us!

Recently he’s outdone himself on a couple of meals. So I thought I’d share those with you!

Chipotle Spiced Chicken Tacos: Tacos are the perfect food for summer. We always use bright, fresh ingredients and they are fast & easy to make!

TacoNight_11. Fresh cilantro, organic tomatoes, and fresh jalapenos. 2. The most delicious, Florida Made Salsa. If you haven’t tried it, go to Publix right now & get some! 3. Heating up the tortillas in the cast iron skillet makes them taste so good! 4. Just look at that tasty stack!

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Gaze upon this taco of beauty! Fresh Cilantro, goat cheese, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh jalapenos and chipotle spiced chicken. YUM! What’s your favorite way to make tacos?

I have a thing about pretty food. If it looks pretty and colorful, I probably want to eat it. So, I was flipping through a recent copy of Bon Appetite Magazine, when I stumbled across this recipe. We needed something for dinner that night, so I suggested we get the grill out and make some tasty chicken!

Spicy Grilled Chicken With Lemon & Parsley: Grilling is perfect for summer. All the heat stays outside and the grill makes the food taste amazing!

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GrilledChicken_1We even toasted some mountain bread on the grill. The entire meal was really delicious!

So, what are your go to meals in the heat of summer? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m ALWAYS in need of dinner inspiration! – Nicole

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