What’s So Great About Jupiter, Florida – II

This post originally posted HERE on June 2, 2015

The start of summer is upon us! If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know I’m kind of obsessed with my home town Jupiter, Florida. Living and working in this town is really great! However, sometimes I forget to take time to actually enjoy all the wonderful things and places our little town has to offer. So for the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a point to enjoy a little bit of our local flavor!

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The juices at 3 Natives are so yummy! My favorite is the “Lean & Green”.

 

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We caught The Helmsman at Harbourside Place the other night. It was quite lovely!

 

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I’ve enjoyed several classes lately at Kula Yoga Shala. It’s an awesome studio here in Jupiter!

 

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We celebrated my Dad’s birthday at U-Tiki Beach. Gotta love that view!

 

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Not in Jupiter, but just a short drive away, we enjoyed lunch at Sailfish Marina.

 

Other local favorites that I don’t currently have photos of (gasp!):
Places on my “To Do” list that I haven’t visited yet:
I’m just realizing now that all my places have to do with eating & drinking! Ha! Well, I guess I have my priorities straight! Let me know if you have a favorite place not on my list. I’m always up for trying new spots!
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 Carin – Artist at Carin Wagner Fine Art

This post was originally posted HERE on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Today’s blog interview is with Carin Wagner, a local artist in our area. I met Carin several years ago when I worked at a local Fine Art Printer. She paints really beautiful, really big landscape pieces that will take your breath away! She was always one of our sweetest clients and so easy to work with. I contacted her a few weeks ago and she generously agreed to give me an interview. So, meet Carin!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.

South Florida has been my home since I was 11 years old. I am lucky enough to have a husband, 3 children, aged 14, 15 and 18 and 3 pets. Two cats chose us to be their caregivers and a bunny rabbit hopped into our hearts 10 years ago.

2. When did you first have an interest in art?

When I was in kindergarten our teacher assigned us a self portrait. When it was complete, she took mine and showed it to the other teachers and gave it high praise. Being one of six children, praise was rare- so I was thrilled to be noticed!

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3. How did you get started in the “Art for a living” field? How long have you been in the biz?

After a childhood spent dreaming of paintings, I went to school for advertising design, hoping for a stable source of income. After a few years in the field, I was offered a mural job at what was then Pier 66 hotel and Marina. From there, a yacht brokerage firm commissioned me. In excitement, I quit my day job! There have been some awesome ups and downs( not just on ladders and scaffolds). I have been painting for a living since 1988.

4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

The most challenging part of the business for me is the marketing component. Most artists just want to create, and I am no exception. If you don’t attend to the sales aspect, you end up with a lot of art to dust and very little to eat!

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

There are at least two incredibly rewarding things about my work. The first is the sense of accomplishment when I have turned a visual dream into an actual piece of art- some of my paintings take 6 months to complete. The second is when someone who has purchased my work or viewed it, tells me that it evoked a particular emotion, or reminds them of a lovely place. When someone who has purchased my work sends me a photo of the art, in a place of pride in their home and then tells me how peaceful it makes them feel, it makes me incredibly glad!


6. What do you do on your days off?

As a mom, you rarely get a full day off, but I love to get out in nature, gardening, hiking, biking, and kayaking all make me very happy.


7. How do you juggle work & family?

Juggling a family and a career is a challenge. There is a certain level of guilt- no matter which one you are attending to-you worry about neglecting the other! Our time with our children is really short though, so I am just happy to be in this crazy, busy time!

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8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?

My favorite superhero is Elastigirl (The Incredibles). I would love to be able to stretch that far and turn myself into a living parachute that holds my family and keeps them from harm!

9. Where can we find You and your artwork online? 

You can find me at Carin Wagner Gallery or on Facebook. My work is at RosettaStone Gallery and M&M Studios in Jupiter and will be at the Cultural Council in Lake Worth over the summer.

Thank you for sharing with us, Carin! Your work is lovely!! 

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!

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

Meet Jeni, of Doulas of the Palm Beaches

I’m really excited to introduce you all to Jeni Johnson. I met Jeni through The Jupiter Dragons Swim Team, where both our daughters swim. I didn’t realize until very recently what Jeni did for a living. So, I contacted her about doing a blog interview and she agreed. Read on to see what’s she has been up to!

1. Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up on Virginia and moved to Florida in High School. I graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation I became a flight attendant for American Airlines. I was a flight attendant for 18 years and then became a birth doula.

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2. What is a Doula? A birth doula is someone who offers professional support to women during pregnancy, labor and postpartum.

3. How did you get started in the Doula field? How long have you been in the biz? I became a certified birth doula from DONA International in 2004. My doula partner and I started our company, Doulas of the Palm Beaches, LLC in 2005.

4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business? Trusting others to do a job. Tina (my business partner) and I have to trust the people that work for us completely. Our business is a very personal business and we want only the very best for our clients.

5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company? Our business is full of rewards. The best, seeing a mom hold her baby for the very first time.

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6. What do you do on your days off? I love to go to the beach, see a movie or find a new wonderful restaurant.

7. How do you juggle work & family? Fortunately my children are in high school and college so they completely understand if I’m at a birth. I really try to schedule everything work related around their schedules. A birth is one thing I can’t schedule, that’s why I try and limit the number of births each month to 3.

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why? All of my clients in labor are my superheroes. Women are so strong, emotionally and physically.

9. Where can we find Duolas of The Palm Beaches online? Visit Doulas of The Palm Beaches online. Please also “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Instagram. Both under Doulas of the Palm Beaches

10. Is there anything else you would like is to know? Upcoming events, etc. We have so many events happening at DOTPB. Please visit or website for all events

Thank you, Jeni, for sharing with us! We love seeing small business owners doing well in Jupiter, Florida! 

Just listed: I love this tri-level townhouse in Greenwich, Jupiter, within walking distance of Doulas of The Palm Beaches’ office, currently available through the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team. Contact me if you’d like to see it.

Meet Caitlin, of Maggie & Mae Boutique

I am super excited to introduce you all to Caitlin Farrelly Bartlett, owner of Maggie & Mae!

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I contacted Caitlin about doing the interview, because my daughter & I LOVE her shop! We’ve purchase a few little goodies there and love her selection of beautiful things. She kindly agreed to answer some questions for the blog, so without further adieu, meet Caitlin!

1. Tell us a little about yourself: Caitlin Farrelly Bartlett, from Jupiter, Fl…Lived here since the 4th grade, split my time between Jupiter and Nantucket Island, MA after college. Moved to Jupiter permanently about one year ago. I’ve recruited my husband to be a Jupiter boy, he’s originally from North Conway New Hampshire.

My husband Justin and I have been married four years, we hope to start a family soon.

I have a dog, a Chihuahua, Mr. Patches. He is 11 years old, and is my most loyal companion. He comes to M&M every day, and hangs out in a dog bed made from a vintage suitcase. Wherever I am, he is, and vice versa.

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2. When did you start the Maggie & Mae brand? Maggie & Mae has been an “idea” for many years. I got my start at a small boutique on Nantucket, where I was the manager/buyer for about 10 years. We started the process in October of 2013, and officially opened for business in August of 2014.


3. Who are Maggie & Mae?
Maggie was my beloved Golden Retriever, I got her ask a gift from my dad when I was 8.  She passed away when I was a senior in high school. Mae is for Asha Mae, my littlest sister. I am the oldest of three girls; Asha Mae is in the first grade at Jerry Thomas Elementary. We are the luckiest people on the planet to get to share our lives with her.



4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
  The most challenging thing about running my own business is that I am my own boss, on any given day I can choose to be lazy or productive; and I’m the only person that I have to answer to. Can be a double-edged sword at times.

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5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company? To me, I find the most reward in empowering women through their style and wardrobe. I like the feeling of helping someone feel pretty and dressing for their personal style and body types. We as women are naturally super hard on ourselves, so it is nice to be able to help someone calm that down a bit.


6. What do you do on your days off? 
Well, as a new business owner, days off are few and far between; but when we do get them, my husband Justin and I enjoy taking my parents boat out, or going to the beach. We love just the act of sitting and relaxing.  Jupiter has so much to offer in such a little area, we try to take advantage of our little slice of paradise.


7. How do you juggle work & family? 
The juggle of work and family is always tough, for anyone and everyone. I think for me, I have to remind myself of the importance of taking a step back and remembering that we only get this one life; don’t let it pass you by.


8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why? 
My favorite super hero is hands down, my mother. She is more than the hardest working person I know. It was always her dream to see my sister and I go off to college and do great things. Not only was it her dream to see it, but also she is always there to help us get it. Without sounding like a spoiled brat, my mom’s never wanted to tell us “no.” If there was something we wanted or needed, she’d work extra hard just for us. It’s pretty cool to have a mother that has your back no matter what; not everyone will have the blessing of experiencing that.

9. Where can we find Maggie & Mae online? Maggie & Mae is super into the social media train, you can always find us on Facebook and Instagram. I’m constantly posting about new arrivals, specials, and everything in between!

Thank you, Caitlin, for sharing with us! We love seeing small business owners doing well in Jupiter, Florida! 

Just listed: I love this Spacious & Bright Jupiter Townhome, within walking distance of Maggie & Mae, currently available through the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team. Contact me if you’d like to see it.

What’s So Great About Jupiter Florida

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If you live in Jupiter, Florida, like me, you know what a fantastic slice of paradise we have here. If you don’t live here, let me share a little bit about this beautiful, beach side community with you!

Jupiter, Florida is known for it’s quiet, small town feel. Over the last 15 years, our little town has really blossomed. We host a variety of residents, from families in their forever homes, to snowbirds here for the season…and everything in between!

Want to learn more about the history of Jupiter? Visit the Town Website, for in-depth info.

Today, like most days around here, was a perfect beach day! I took a few minutes between work and picking up the kiddos, and took in some of the ocean air. Nothing helps get your brain working at full capacity like a little sand, sun & surf!

On my way back to the office, I stopped off at Sawfish Bay Park. It’s just south of the A1A bridge and has a perfect view of the Jupiter Lighthouse & Intracoastal Waterway.

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The water was gorgeous today!

This is just one of the MANY reasons I love working & living in Jupiter, Florida. I’m planning a lot of Jupiter features blog posts. So check back often!

Would you love to live in Jupiter, Florida? Check out this amazing condo, steps from the ocean, currently available through the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team. Contact me if you’d like to see it.