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

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

Meet Jessica Tomc O’Doski of BinkaGirl

This post was originally posted HERE on June 16, 2015

I “met” Jessica through my sister in law, Kenia. Jessica owns binkagirl clothing, right here in Jupiter, Fl. and Kenia mentioned that she would be perfect for the blog. I agreed! She has the perfect company for ladies in South Florida as well as educating people throughout South Florida about the importance of dog rescues and pet adoption!
Check it out…

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1. Tell us a little about yourself:
Name: Jessica Tomc O’Doski, Title: Owner/Designer, Company: binka, Inc.
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
Children: None
Furbabies: 2 rescues. Zoe is a 12 year old Pit Bill / Border Collie mix and Molly is a 6 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix.

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2. When did you start the binkagirl brand?
Founded in: 2004
Company’s Mission: binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups.
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Company’s Vision:  binka envisions the day where every adoptable pet has a loving and responsible home, free from abuse and neglect and a society that responsibly spays and neuters their pets.
HQ location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL Since 2005  

From the binkagirl site:
“All excess fabric and a portion of binka’s proceeds are donated to various shelters and rescue groups. With your purchase, you are joining binka’s mission to support and save abused and homeless animals worldwide.

Binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups.”

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Total Staff Number: 1, Me: )
  

4. What is the most rewarding thing about owning your business? 
Being able to educate our society about dog rescue and supporting this cause I feel so passionate about through binka.

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Finding sales reps who deliver.
 

 6. What made you decide to start your business? 
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I think it was just in my blood!

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7. Where can we find binka girl online?
Website: www.binkagirl.com, Facebook: binkagirl, Instagram: binkagirl

Thank you for sharing with us, Jessica! We love hearing about women business owners in our 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! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our beautiful little town. 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 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!

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

Meet Halle Frey of Flower & Fringe

This post was originally posted HERE on May 26, 2015

I found Halle on one of my many Instagram sessions. These mostly consist of me clicking on everything that looks interesting on Instagram! Halle’s images have beautiful floral arrangements and flower crowns…what’s not to love about that!? So, I reached out to her and she happily agreed to do an interview for the blog! So without further ado, I introduce to you, Halle Frey of Flower & Fringe!photo-48 copy 2

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My Name is Halle Frey I was born and raised in Erie, PA. Took a big leap of faith and moved to WPB, Fl to attend college at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Did not know a soul here but as soon as I planted my feet I realized I was in the right place. Graduated in 2005 with a degree in Marketing and have been pursuing different dreams since. After many moves to different states and many many different jobs I am now calling West Palm home again.

I have a cute pup named Daisy Mae, which she came with her name. I thought it was appropriate since I love flowers. She’s a sweet rescue dog and looks like a mini golden retriever. No kids yet but a very handsome boyfriend, Matt, who I adore.

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2. When did you start the Flower & Fringe brand and what are the services you offer?

Flower & Fringe has been a dream of mine since I was younger. My Aunt Karen had a flower shop when I was growing up in PA and she taught me everything I know. She’s crazy talented with flowers. It has always been a love of mine, one that I never thought I would really make into a business of my own. I started F&F a year and a half ago. I was just testing the waters for the first year, only doing it part-time. As of April 2015 I have decided to go full force with my business and now have a flower workshop located in Uptown Art’s West Palm Beach location. The focus for F&F is to create a unique floral experience for small intimate events, holiday gatherings and weddings. We also offer floral design workshops and the occasional whimsical bouquet to go. Attention to detail is very important with each bouquet, centerpiece or flower crown keeping to its organic look.

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Right now the F&F crew is just me with the occasional help of a willing friend or family member. My parents have been a huge support through this whole process.
halleflorals-354. What do you find most challenging about running your own business? What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

Well as most business owners know there are good days and bad days, ups and downs. With owning my own business the thing I appreciate the most is being able to be creative and build something from the ground up. It has challenged me and grown me but you never know if you can accomplish something unless you try.

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My superheros have always been both of my parents. I have seen my own father run his business and go through the highs and lows of it all, always supporting his family and being steadfast through different stages of life. My mom because she just graduated from college with a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. I don’t know how she did it but she did and it is a great reminder that its never too late.
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You can find F&F on instagram and Facebook. The website is http://www.flowerandfringe.com

altar7. Is there anything else you would like is to know? Upcoming events, etc.

Most of my workshops are posted on Uptown Arts West Palm Beach location Calendar.

 

Thank you for sharing with us, Halle! We love hearing about women business owners in area! I really want to have one of your Private Flower Parties…flower crowns for everyone! Who’s with me??

Palm Beach County 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

Meet Lauren & Anna, from Urban Vintage Rentals

This post was originally posted HERE on Tuesday May 12th, 2015.

 

I “met” Lauren & Anna through instagram and Facebook. We have common online connections. I was in awe at their product photos for their business. It looks like they have a LOT of fun! So, I asked and they graciously agreed to do an interview for the blog. Yea! Warning: After reading this post you’re going to want to host a party, just so you can hire Lauren & Anna to stylize it!

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/urbanvintagerentals1. Tell us a little about yourselves.

I’m Anna – I’m actually from Florida! I was born at Palm Beach Gardens hospital (almost!) 30 years ago 😉 I have two human babies – one girl named Harlee Faye, who is one, and a baby boy named Declan, who should arrive any day now! Our furry babies are Gypsy Lou (an adopted pit bull, who is my first baby) and Avery Jade (a spoiled miniature beagle). They make the best of friends and are great with our human babies!

I’m Lauren and I’m also a Florida native! I was born in Miami where I spent most of my childhood. In my teens my parents decided to move to Hobe Sound after falling in love with the sleepy little beach town. I have one fur baby, her name is Lola. She’s a rescued Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler. It took a few years of convincing for my husband to even warm up to the idea of getting a dog.. let alone a high energy herding dog.

After I Do-02212. When did you start the Urban Vintage brand?

We started it almost a year ago when Lauren decided it was time to quit the corporate world. We joined forces (and by forces, I mean, our hoard of random vintage stuff + our love of vintage shopping and styling) to do a couple styled shoots, we started a website, reached out to some amazing vendors and people in the industry, and we’ve been building ever since!

3. Who makes up the Urban Vintage crew?

Besides Lauren and I, our husbands! And our sisters and brothers, and whoever else we’ve managed to con into helping us move furniture for beer 🙂

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/oakhillfarmvenue4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

Anna: Working too much. I could stay up for hours at night tweaking the website, coming up with new ideas, reaching out to the right clients and vendors – but I have to remember to keep that family/work/life balance. Otherwise, what’s the point of working so much if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor?

Lauren: Sometimes my mind can get all over the place.  I think setting a work schedule and making sure you stick to it is essential.

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

Anna: Seeing pictures like this.

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/frezzaweddingLauren: I’m with Anna on this!  We’ve also met some amazing people in the industry. Feels really good to have that kind of support!  I also feel blessed to be doing what I love.
6. What do you do on your days off?

Anna: haha. days off? Boat days are my favorite days off.

Lauren: These days I feel like they have been spent trying to organize our growing inventory! Anna is really awesome at organizing I try to learn from her. Being outside, boating, kayaking, family time, being creative.

7. How do you juggle work & family?

By having an awesome support system – living near family has its benefits!

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Anna: I’ll leave this one to Lauren. She’s the one who wears superhero clothes. For me, anyone moms who can provide for their family, enjoy their career, and still get to spend quality time with their husband and children are rockstars in my book.

Lauren: I wanted to be Batman as a kid (Michael Keaton Batman).  I would literally play in my back yard and pretend I was I was Batman (oh and I was an only child so my imagination pretty awesome). I’ve been Batman for Halloween a few times.  I’m sort of a movie nerd. I love Michael Keaton Batman. Tim Burton has always been one of my favorite directors too.
After I Do-02159. Where can we find Urban Vintage online? 

Visit them online at: Urban Vintage Rentals, instagram, and Facebook.

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/oakhillfarmvenueThank you, Anna & Lauren, for sharing with us! We love seeing small business owners doing well in Jupiter, Florida! 
 

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 Kelly, Owner of Unhinged Boutique

This post was originally posted HERE on April 14th, 2015

 

So I discovered Unhinged Boutique on Instagram. Kelly liked one of my photos so, I checked out her profile. That’s when I discovered her shop! I visited out her website and found out she’s doing REALLY awesome things.

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 1. Tell us a little about yourself.  Kelly Rothrock the owner of Unhinged Boutique and I grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri.  The town I lived in was Fults, IL and consisted of 26 people.  I was your simple Midwest girl living on 18 acres with my pet chickens, bunnies and dogs.   I moved to St. Louis when I turned 18 and later met my now husband there. Once we got engaged I packed up everything I had in my car and moved to North Palm Beach. My husband and I recently purchased a home in Jupiter and after living in Florida for 3 years now, I cannot image living anywhere else. We are eager to grow our family soon, and are getting our first dog together next week.


2. When did you start the Unhinged Boutique brand? 
I decided to start Unhinged Boutique because I wanted to do something I was passionate about while making a difference.  I had lost my mother from breast cancer that later turned into brain cancer back in 2013. Once profitable I will be giving back 5% of the profits to cancer research. I wanted the Unhinged Boutique brand to be different than what you usually find in South Florida. I use the term “Unique Simplicity” because all of Unhinged Boutiques clothing is simple and under stated. The jewelry is a mix of natural stones and druzys.  You won’t find palazzo pants or bold prints here!


3. Who makes up the Unhinged Boutique crew?

Me, myself and I. Running a boutique on a website helps me keep my cost down because it’s just me.  I am not paying rent for a retail space or paying someone an hourly wage to come in on Saturday because I want the day off. I am the one modeling the clothes, tracking the inventory and shipping the packages. There is no closing time because I have people purchasing items all hours of the night.  It is pretty much a one man band except for the help of my husband who is the photographer in training. I like to joke that our fur baby Cooper, a Golden Retriever will be in charge of the inventory. I doubt this is an option is his training, but look out because he may appear in a few of our product photos.

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Kelly & her hubby on their wedding day

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

The most challenging part of running Unhinged Boutique is photographing the clothes! It looks like a lot of fun, but taking pictures can be pretty time consuming.  I do not lay the clothing on the floor or set up an outfit on a mannequin. With being and online boutique it is important to show all the clothing on a real person, to give you the best idea of how it will fit.  A typical “photo shoot” from set up to take down takes us between 3-5 hours.

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

I enjoy being my own boss. I feel proud to show people my website, and knowing what I am doing is a positive thing.  Seeing my customers’ happy and hearing people’s survivor stories makes it all worth it for me.  You get what you put into it, and even though I am the new girl in this industry I already see the work I have put into my business already paying off.

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Kelly Rothrock the owner of Unhinged Boutique

6. What do you do on your days off?

My husband and I enjoy renovating and home décor.  The work never ends at our house! If we are not painting, landscaping or hauling furniture then you can usually find us at Homegoods.


7. How do you juggle work & family?

Since we do not have kids, it is not that hard to juggle work and family.  My husband and I dedicate ourselves to our work. But we both know when it’s time to shut off work and have “us” time.  He travels A LOT, so when he’s home I will try to schedule my Unhinged Boutique parties on certain nights so I’m not gone sporadically in the evenings.

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?

My mother will always be my hero.  I remember growing up she decided she was going to start building homes.  She then built 6 custom homes after the flood of Valmeyer in 1993.  In 1996 she started up another business taking care of senior citizens in their home.  Her joy for caring for others brought her to becoming a nanny until she passed away at 63. She achieved whatever she set her mind to, and for that she will always be my hero.

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Kelly & Her Mom

9. Where can we find Unhinged Boutique online?

Unhinged Boutique is an online only boutique and can be found on most social media sites.  I try to post an #OOTD everyday on Instagram.   On the website we also feature a blog that will give you an inside scoop on myself, the trade shows I attend and ways we are giving back to help the fight against cancer.

You can find us online at:

 www.unhingedboutique.com

Email to arrange a shopping party or arrange pickup at unhingedboutique@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/unhingedboutique

Twitter: @unhingedboutik

Instagram: @unhingedboutique

Pinterest: pinterest.com/unhingedboutik

10. Is there anything else you would like is to know? Upcoming events, etc.

We love to do shopping parties! I also have a collapsible rolling rack that travels to my event locations in Palm Beach County. We have a lot of shopping parties coming up in the month of April and quickly filling up for May.  If you would like to arrange a party, please email in advance because space is limited.

I also have a promo code to cancel the shipping charge on the website, giving local customers the option to meet up in the area to collect their merchandise rather than have it shipped to their home. If you see a car driving around with “Unhinged Boutique” magnets on the door we are usually making a delivery so just give me a wave. ☺

Thank you for sharing with us, Kelly! We love hearing about women business owners in our area!

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.