Feeling Official

So, I’ve been at this whole Real Estate thing for awhile now. I finally got my realtor.com​ profile set up and have a few recommendations coming in from past clients. Yea!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Check it out here: Nicole Underwood, Agent Jupiter, FL

I have loved all the people I’ve helped so far. Real Estate really is a very rewarding profession.

Seeing happy clients at the end of a transaction is THE best feeling!!

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I am excited about the coming year and all the awesome people I’m going to help! Maybe you or one of your friends/family will be one of them! 😀

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 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

For Sale: Gorgeous Jupiter, Florida Home Without An HOA

New Listing: This gorgeous 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2-Car Garage, Single Family Home sits inside a Non-HOA community, known as the Heights of Jupiter. As you approach the front door, a covered front porch greets you. Once inside, you will be impressed by a full view of the open floor plan that flows seamlessly throughout the home. The high vaulted ceilings also provide a smooth connection with the entire main living areas, and the large windows offer an abundance of natural light. From the front door, you enter the formal living room and dining area. The dining area is connected with the kitchen by a large arched pass through window that can be used as a breakfast bar. As you walk beyond the dining area, and into the open kitchen, you will enjoy the upgraded kitchen. This renovated kitchen includes granite-tiled countertops, updated cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, high-hat lighting, a granite-tiled island, a large pantry, and a quant breakfast nook. Open to the kitchen is the family room. This is the absolute perfect spot to watch TV and cook at the same time. A perfectly designed home for entertaining family and friends. Separate yourself from your guests with the split bedroom floor plan. The large master suite is to the rear of the home. The master bedroom provides high vaulted ceilings, a large walk-in closet, and plenty of natural lighting. The master bedroom space will easily accompany any of your oversized furnishings. The attached master bathroom offers an oversized dual sink vanity, separate roman tub, and large glass enclosed walk in shower. On the opposite side of the family room are the two large guest bedrooms. Separated by a hallway, these large guest bedrooms share a full guest bathroom with a common tub/shower. Need a little fresh air, without the Florida heat? If so, step onto the extra large screened lanai at the rear of the home. You can access the lanai from the sliding glass doors in the breakfast nook area or master bedroom. The view from the lanai is looking out towards the backyard, which is surrounded by six-foot fencing for your privacy. This home is set inside a very desired, and absolutely spectacular community known as the Heights of Jupiter. Just steps from this home, there are tons of local amenities to choose from. Enjoy the park inside the community, as well as multiple public parks and recreational facilities that are scattered throughout the area. Take a short walk to the tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, skateboard park, baseball park, restaurants, boutique shopping, and many other luxuries and amenities. Less than a mile away, you can take on a game of golf at Abacoa’s renowned public course. This home and community has it all. Amazing Schools and Amazing Neighbors will keep you always wondering why other people live where they do! On top of all these great bonuses, this community is one of the very few that does not have the extra monthly or quarterly fee from an HOA. For further details, please feel free to contact me.

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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

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