April 2017

There are 23 blog entries for April 2017.

 

Gardens are beautiful and butterflies seemingly bring the garden to “life” with fluttery movement from plant to plant. South Florida is a great area to have a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens come in all shapes and sizes. It can begin in a single pot or a plot of land. It is possible to add a few plants to a couple of beds or a window box or transform an existing garden.

A garden full of butterflies requires a good mix of butterfly nectar and select plants so that butterflies will not only be attracted to your shrubbery for a drink, but they will also lay eggs. This provides a place for the entire butterfly life cycle to ensue.

The butterfly life cycle includes various stages: eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis and finally, butterflies. All the

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Enjoy quality craft beer or a glass of wine while discussing the newest trends in science and technology with a distinguished scientist. The Science on Tap events are one-of-a-kind in Palm Beach County. Part of the “Drink up- get smart” series, the discussions are meant to offer a casual education session and to have fun while learning.
The topic for this meeting is “Power Hour: Get Plugged in to a Smarter Grid,” presented by Eric Schwartz, lead project manager of Smart Grid & Innovation at FPL. Schwartz will give a 30-minute lecture followed by Q&A.
The function will take place at Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach on Thursday, April 13th at 7 p.m.
Admission is free and you’ll want to arrive early to secure a seat and brew.
The next

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The Keep America Beautiful “Great American Cleanup” is the nation’s largest community improvement program where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.  It is a national network of affiliates and partners that work with over 5 million volunteers throughout the country that act every day to advance and beautify their community environment. 

Keep America Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that imagines a country munity improvement program, appealing to more than 5 million volunteers every year to create positive change and lasting impact in local communities.

Palm Beach County participates in this initiative annually.  Here, in the Town of Jupiter, is a nonprofit group “Friends of Jupiter Beach” which also participates

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When staging your Palm Beach County home for sale, your furniture placement will be adjusted to invite buyers into the property and allow them to walk freely in the room and then pass to the next.  It may not be the layout you prefer or use, but it is to facilitate the sale of your house.

 Ideally, a home stager can be your ace in the hole to sell quickly. The home stager will suggest to you what stays and goes, what to put away and what needs to be upgraded.  According to the National Association of Realtors, home stagers start with an “evaluation in which they’ll review your home from curbside to back fence offering a list of instructions and suggested enhancements, changes and upgrades for you to get done.”

The goal of staging is to showcase

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The Pantone color of 2017 is one very indicative of South Florida living.  Pantone refers to the color as (Pantone 15-0343) “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.  Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation

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The new energy efficient movement is leaning toward sustainability. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By using renewable, recyclable materials generations in the future will not be impacted as greatly by development today.

There has been an increasing trend in Palm Beach County home building.  Both builders and consumers are more concerned about energy efficiency, green homes and leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the planet.  Energy efficient appliances are now standard in new construction and in remodeling.

The initial cost is more expensive than that of non-designated energy efficient appliances.   Nevertheless, over the

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When buying a new house its advisable to have a very innovative idea of what you’re looking for in your next home. The list may be a very long one, but you need to be realistic about what fundamentals are truly “wishes” and which ones are nonnegotiable.  Consider prerequisites as to the number of bedrooms, garages, a fenced yard for a pet, swimming pool, a specific school district, waterfront etc.

Once you’ve gathered up ideas for your new home you’ll need to make a list.  It can be accommodating to divide your list into categories.  Three categories such as nonnegotiable basics, shadowed by items that would be enjoyable to have and your dream features.

A suitable place to start is to figure out what properties are available in your price range

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Frenchman’s Reserve is a prestigious golfing community situated in Palm Beach Gardens. Homes are influenced by the Mediterranean Revival, as well as the Addison Mizner-designed Palm Beach mansions. Toll Brothers, Frenchman's Reserve, combines unbelievable golf with exceptionally built homes by top builders.  The gated community consists of 392 single-family homes plus 56 coach homes on 424 acres.

An Arnold Palmer Signature designed golf course is on the Frenchman’s Reserve premises. The signature course has the decisive look of an Arnold Palmer guarantee of uncompromising ideals in golf course design. Described as “large, subtle greens and fairways lined with tall Florida pines and colorful wildflowers, the course enhances the beauty of the lush

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Long days at the beach are normal in Palm Beach County; the sun is always shining, the sand is white and soft, and the water is clear and refreshing. But the sun exposure and salty water can be harsh on the skin and hair. Luckily there are two great spas in the area that can restore the body and calm the mind.


The first is Kaffee’s Garden Spa in West Palm Beach. This spa is all about bringing peace to the body and the mind. Find tranquility through aromatherapy, dry salt therapy, or a Himalayan Stone back massage. There are a variety of facials and massages to choose from and Kaffee’s also offers nail treatments and body waxing using the European Hard Wax method.


Anushka Spa, Salon, & Cosmedical Care Centre, also located in West Palm Beach, is

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One of the many reasons to reside in South Florida or live seasonally is the beauty and abundance of waterways.  Nothing is more serene than gazing out your backyard and see the sunshine glistening on the water behind the house knowing it is at your beck and call.

The climate in South Florida is almost always conducive to fishing, leisure boating, swimming or watersport activity.  To keep Palm Beach County waterways safe the Florida Wildlife Commission encourages boating safety courses. 

The U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division also supports this concept.  The Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division is dedicated to “reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and

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