{Giveaway} Birthday For Me, Presents For You

Hi friends! October is a super fun month around my house. My husband, two step children and myself ALL celebrate our birthdays! We just go ahead and leave the decorations up all month long! This Saturday, the 10th, is my actual birthday. I won’t get into how many previous birthdays I’ve had, but this year YOU could win a present for my birthday! Sound good? Read on!!

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Oceana Coffee is my favorite local coffee spot. Not only do they have a beautiful coffee lounge, and many tasty roasted coffee flavor choices, they also do a LOT of stuff for and with the community. If you know me, you know “local” is my thing, so of course they are one of my favorites! Plus, they are the ONLY coffee house I’ve found that has almond milk. Being dairy free I always have to drink my coffee black at other places 😪

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So, because it’s fun to get presents on birthdays, I’d like YOU to win this awesome Oceana Coffee Prize Pack!

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What’s included:

One pound of Oceana’s Mexico Blend Whole Bean Coffee

One swanky Oceana Coffee Cup – Ooh La La

One super tasty Biscotti pack *nom*

One $10 Oceana Coffee Gift Card – YAY!!

 

Who can enter:

US residents

 

How to enter:

  1. Leave a blog comment on what your favorite type of coffee drink is (mandatory to be entered in the giveaway).
  2. For extra entries, do the other voluntary options on the rafflecopter.

That’s it! Thanks for being such lovely blog readers. I really appreciate all of your support. Hope you have a terrific weekend and Good Luck!! ❤️ Nicole

*** Special Thanks to Amy Duell, General Manager at Oceana Coffee, for helping me put this little bag of goodies together as well as making me a super delicious iced coffee with almond milk!

 

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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 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

Meet The Ladies Of Chelley Co.

I can’t believe I’m still posting blog interviews about totally awesome, local business owners! You guys!! Our area is full of so many talented folks!! The ladies at Chelley Co. are a very dynamic duo!! I’ve been following them on instagram for awhile and am super excited that their company has just launched! Check out the interview and then go check out their site!

1. Tell us a little about yourselves:
Danielle Casey (Jupiter, Florida) Danni Mitchell (West Palm Beach, Florida)

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We both grew up in South Florida and aside from a few years spent here and there in other cities, states and countries we have always called South Florida home. No human babies yet, haha .. but Danielle has 1 cat and Danni has 4 cats! …and we absolutely adore each and every one of them! :))

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2. When did you start the Chelley Co. brand and what are the services you offer?
Chelley Co. was established in 2014 as a stationery company. We have recently transitioned into a lifestyle brand & our carefully curated online shop (jewelry, home decor, paper goods, kids & woman apparel, accessories and gifts) will be launching in August 2015! The items in the shop have all been hand selected from artists/makers near and far that we have scouted out through social media and other online avenues.

Our philosophy is all about creating through collaboration within the community.

There are three components to Chelley Co.:

-#MadebyChelley (stationery and other paper goods that we create)

-Artists & Makers (we hand select talented artisans from near & far to feature on our website … and sell their products!)

-#ChelleyCollabs (we collaborate with artists and makers to create one of a kind products exclusively sold on ChelleyCo.com)

3. Who makes up the Chelley Co. crew?
Danielle Casey & Danni Mitchell

4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
For us, it’s distance! Danielle currently resides in Miami and New York while Danni in WPB — thankfully, technology allows us to work virtually pretty efficiently but it’s amazing what we accomplish together when we’re in the same room!

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Nevada Landscape Clutch by Lee Coren For Sale at chelleyco.com

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

1.) Giving opportunity to Artists & Makers. We have an internship program and have been able to have a handful of students from Palm Beach State College work side by side with us. Watching them learn and grow with us is not only rewarding but so inspiring!

2.) Getting the chance to collaborate with those we’ve always looked up to creatively! Nothing is cooler than checking your inbox on a Monday morning and receiving an email from someone you have adored on Instagram for what seems like ages wanting to work with you!

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‘Zodiac Flora’ Stationery Line Collaborated On With Melissa Deckert (a designer out of Brooklyn, NY) #ChelleyCollabs

6. What do you do on your days off?
Unfortunately, there is no rest for the wicked. But on the off chance we get to squeeze in a few hours we usually spend them outdoors with our boyfriends, family and a bottle (or two) of wine.

7. How do you juggle work & family?
It can definitely be tough but we do the best we can to maintain a healthy balance. Letting the phone completely die in order to sit through a family dinner works great We definitely look forward to the day where we feel comfortable enough to take an entire weekend off!

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‘Little Swimmers’ Dress by Noémiah For Sale at chelleyco.com

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Catwoman! because…CATS!

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Greeting Cards From Their First Stationery Line #MadebyChelley

9. Where can we find Chelley Co. online? (Website/Social Media)
@chelley_co

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10. Is there anything else you would like is to know?

We launched August 15th and if you’re local to Florida we would love to hear from you!

 

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

Happy Friday

We’ll, it looks like us South Floridians may be in for a very wet and windy weekend. I was going to put together a list of local events for you guys, but let’s face it, Tropical Storm Erika will have most of us on the couch with Netflix, listening to the rain come down!

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There is one event I hope you all check out, before it gets stormy. Furry Friends Adoptions & Clinic is having their Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic this Saturday, from 8:00am – 2:30pm. The weather is going to be just fine and there will be doggies….on surfboards!! Plus, great food, vendors, music and more! This event will benefit Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic, a 501c3 not for profit animal rescue organization located in Jupiter. #DontShopAdopt

I do plan on getting out & about for a little while this weekend. My best friend will be in town and we love to hit up the awesome, local businesses in our area. Follow me on SnapChat (nikolina100), Periscope (nikolina100) & Instagram to see what we’re up to!

Stay safe out there friends. – Nicole

 

Lucky Me! I Won A Giveaway!!

So, there I was, opening up my work emails on a Monday morning. You know how Mondays are right? But then! What’s this? A lovely email from Andi at andimans.com, telling me I had won their giveaway!! See, I follow Andi on instagram (because she posts gorgeous photos) and entered her Onli Beverages Giveaway the other day. I won! I won!! Not a bad start to my Monday morning at all!!

I’ve only tried one flavor of Onli’s tasty beverages before, so I was super pumped to get this amazing package in the mail!

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Inside were so many goodies!!

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Onli Beverages are not only lovely to look at ( I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging), they taste great too! Plus you can feel good about drinking them, they’re made without any artificial ingredients.

From their site: “Free from artificial ingredients and made with the intent to be savored rather than served as a “functional” beverage, recipes for onli™ Beverages embody a variety of complimentary flavors that stimulate the senses and enliven your spirit. Each of our beverages are lightly carbonated, because at the end of the day, life is meant to sparkle!

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Doesn’t that box full of pretty make you want to throw a party? Right now?? I’m so excited to try all the lovely flavors.  I’d love to hear if you have a favorite flavor. Bonus… they included drink recipes in the box! Who wants to come over for some cocktails?

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Thanks so much to Andi & Onli, this really made my day!! xoxox Nicole

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

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