South Florida Home Shows to Look Forward To

Looking for some inspiration for a remodeling project? Wondering what is new in the world of home improvement? Hoping to score some great deals for your renovation? You can find answers to all your questions at some of the many upcoming home shows in South Florida. Home shows are a great place to find inspiration and discounts along with great services providers to help you with any upcoming projects at your home. Here are some great home show options to look forward to in the next few months.

The Palm Beach Home Show

The Palm Beach Home Show is one of the biggest home shows in South Florida. This year, the event is planned to be held from October 2nd  - October 4th. This is a great opportunity for home owners to learn more about home improvement, upgrades and to score great deals as well as for vendors to make their offerings available to the residents of Palm Beach.

The West Palm Beach Fall Home Show

Make plans for the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October to head down to The West Palm Beach Fall Home Show at the South Florida Expo Center at The South Florida Fairgrounds. This is a fantastic event that will feature a wide selection of professionals in the business of home improvement. As a homeowner, you will be presented with a wealth of opportunities to interact with the home improvement business community of South Florida as well as to get your hands on some amazing deals. You will also be treated to blowout sales, some of the latest ideas in home improvement as well as a chance to take part in amazing competitions.

Miami Fall Home Design and Remodeling Show

Planned to be held from the 4th until the 8th of September, The Home Design and Remodeling Show is one of the most successful Home Shows in South Florida. The show features a great opportunity for homeowners to get to know the local community of home improvement businesses. If you are looking for ideas, vendors or discounts to remodel, renovate or upgrade your home, then this is a must- visit show for you. In the past, the Fall Home Design and Remodeling Show, held at Miami had been a sold out event for two years. This year, visitors can expect no less than an excellent selection. The Fall Home Design and Remodeling Show is also scheduled to be held at Ft. Lauderdale from the 23rd until the 25th of October this year.

Best Water Parks in Palm Beach County

There is no better way to beat the summer heat than to head down to a water park with family or friends. Here are some of our favorite water parks in Palm Beach.

Rapids Water Park

Rapids Water Park, the largest water park in South Florida, spans across 30 acres. The park features many attractions and activities for adults and children of all ages. One of the most popular attractions at the Rapids is the wave pool that features waves, reaching heights of up to 6 feet. There are also 35 water slides, including the seven story speed slides and various other slides for younger children. There is also the quarter mile Lazy River, and quite a few intense rides, such as The Raging Rapids, Black Thunder and the Rapids Racer. Other popular rides include Old Yellar, Pirate’s Plunge, Big Red, Body Blasters and Tubin’ Tornadoes.

Calypso Bay Water Park

Located in Royal Palm Beach, Calypso Bay Water Park is a fun filled outdoor attraction. Featuring a highly popular 897 foot long river ride, the park is a great place to spend a hot summer day. Just 8 miles from downtown West Palm Beach, the Calypso Bay Water Park offers a lily pad walk and exciting water playground to keep the kids entertained. If you are up for some excitement, the park also features two four story high water slides, a lap pool with diving boards and all the right facilities to enjoy a great day.

Coconut Cove

Coconut Cove is another great water park destination for kids and families of all ages. Featuring a fantastic 986 foot long river ride and 220 foot water slides, the park is full of fun and excitement. Coconut Cove also has a large swimming pool, as well as an obstacle course. Needless to say, with all the attractions and excitement, the Coconut Cove also provides excellent safety features such as lifeguards on duty. Visitors can rent lockers and take advantage of the picnic table.

Splash Adventure

Splash Adventure is a fascinating waterpark with a fun theme. Featuring a giant interactive playground complete with a giant overhead bucket that splashes water into the play area, Splash Adventure is definitely a splashy adventure that your kids will definitely enjoy. A problem that most water park visitors face is having to deal with the crowds. At Splash Adventure, the aquatic sessions are timed at two hours to prevent overcrowding and to allow everyone to enjoy a great experience.

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove features a small slide, shallow pool and fun-filled play equipment for kids aged five years or younger. Sharkey’s Lagoon is a large wading pool with three water slides and interactive play equipment. The most popular rides in Paradise Cove include the 410 foot long Crazy Creek and the 450 foot long H2Whoa! While your kids enjoy the time of their life, parents can relax under an umbrella shaded picnic table available for rent.

Father’s Day Celebrations in Palm Beach

Father’s day is quickly approaching and if you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a resident of the Palm Beaches or just visiting, celebrate this Father’s Day by taking part in some of the many events happening throughout the weekend.

Father’s Day brunches

Although Father’s Day brunches are not as popular as Mother’s Day brunches, Palm Beach offers some great options in several popular restaurants. For instance:

  • III Forks in Palm Beach Gardens offers a prime bone-in rib eye promotion
  • Backyard Bar in West Palm Beach will serve a special Father’s Day brunch from 11am – 3:30pm with free meals for kids 5 years or younger
  • Cuthill’s Backyard at Boynton Beach will serve brunch from 10am – 2pm with music all throughout the day

Be sure to make reservations early to avoid disappointment.

Duffy Jackson at Arts Garage in Delray Beach

Take your dad down to Arts Garage on June 20th and/or 21st to enjoy an evening of jazz performed by Duffy Jackson. Be prepared for Jackson’s high energy performance style and an evening to remember for any fan of jazz music. You can bring your own food, drinks and alcohol to Art Garage.

Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market

Celebrate Father’s Day in style at Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market on the 20th and 21st of June. This event is open for the entire family (including your beloved pets) and features great food, great music and a chance to spend an unforgettable Father’s Day.

21st Annual Father’s Day Tournament presented by The Palm Beach Gardens Youth Association

The 21st Annual Father’s Day Tournament has been one of the most exciting events in Palm Beach. The event has long been considered a great tune-up game for Babe Ruth and Little League Districts as well as State Tournaments. If your father is a fan of baseball, this is definitely a fun event for Father’s Day. So put together your teams and head down to Garden’s Park on June 17th. The games will be held until the 21st.

Father’s Day 5K at Pierson Park

If your father loves a good run, then register at the 3rd Annual Father’s Day 5k to raise money for Lymphoma and Leukemia research. This is a great even to enjoy some adrenaline pumping family time for a good cause. T shirts will be offered to the first 300 participants to register. The event will also offer activities and free races for kids.

Fun, Free Things to Do With Kids This Summer

Palm Beach is often considered to be a fashionable summer escape for the rich and famous. However, Palm Beach has plenty of great summer activities that anyone can take advantage of. If you are looking for fun-filled summer activities to enjoy with the kids, take a look at our top picks.

Take your family for a day at the beach

Palm Beach is famous for it’s exquisite beaches. Featuring some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world, families can take their pick to enjoy a fun-filled day next to the waves. You can take advantage of the 13 lifeguard supervised beaches and the beautiful inlet parks to have a great time at the oceanfront without having to pay admission fees. Most of these beaches and parks are fully facilitated with necessary amenities as well as activities for the kids. However, not all beaches allow pets.

Visit the Okeeheelee Nature Center

If you are planning a fun day with the kids, why not make it an outdoor one? The Okeeheelee Nature Center is a great place to take the family to enjoy a day full of biking or hiking amid the beautiful natural surroundings of Palm Beach. The nature center features a few miles of exciting trails as well as over 90 acres of woods and wetlands. Aside from the refreshing greenery, visitors can also enjoy regular animal sightings along the trails. You can give your kids a bit of insight into Florida’s flora and Fauna at the Visitor’s Center. The trails and visitor’s center can be accessed for free.

Visit the Loggerhead Marine Life Center

If your kids love marine creatures, then the Loggerhead Marine Life Center would make a great destination for a summer visit. This is a non-profit facility, dedicated to ocean conservation and education. Visitors can enjoy a selection of exhibits and to see various coastal animals such as sea creatures up-close. The Loggerhead Marine Life Center provides free admission and plenty of educational kids’ activities at no charge.

Enjoy a ride on the West Palm Beach Downtown Trolley

Give the car a rest and make an active move to reduce your carbon footprint by hopping on the West Palm Beach Downtown Trolley. This is a fun way to get to a selection of interesting attractions and restaurants around Palm Beach. While the Green Line goes to the Tri Rail Station, the Yellow Line takes passengers to Clematis Street and Cityplace. You can check out the trolley map to see the designated stops at which passengers will be picked up every 10 minutes. The lines are both free.

Spend a day at the Grassy Water Reserve

The Grassy Water Reserve is a great place to take the kids to enjoy a day with nature and to learn about Florida’s fascinating ecosystem. The reserve spans across 23 square miles and is the source of fresh water to Palm Beach. There are a few free hiking trails and educational programs for kids.

6 Delicious Flavored Lemonade Recipes

What better way to beat the summer heat than with a tall, delicious glass of cold lemonade? Give the old everyday recipe a rest and try some of these fun new flavored lemonade recipes!

  • Basil lemonade: Basil is the new mint! Simply add some fresh basil leaves into your regular lemonade recipe and you have a delicious pitcher of basil lemonade with a fresh new twist for the summer. You can add the basil leaves whole or to crush them up if you want a stronger flavor.
  • Ginger lemonade: This recipe requires about a 2.5 inch piece of fresh ginger, a cup of fine sugar, 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice and 2 quarts of water. Boil the sugar and sliced ginger in the water. Remove the mixture from the heat when it is boiling and add the lemon juice.  Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes, remove the ginger and chill. Enjoy while it is fresh!
  • Lavender vanilla lemonade: You will need about 8 cups of water, 1 cup of vanilla sugar, 1 tablespoon dried lavender, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Add the lemon juice into a pitcher. In a separate pot, add 2 cups of water, lavender, sugar and vanilla extract and simmer. Remove from heat and let it steep for a few minutes. Once the mixture cools a little, strain it into the lemon juice pitcher. Add the remaining 6 cups of water and chill until serving.
  • Sparkling blueberry lemonade: For this recipe, you will need ¾ cups sugar, 1 cup lemon juice, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup water and 3 cups sparkling water. Simmer the sugar with the water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Freeze the mixture for an hour. Mix the lemon juice with the chilled sugar syrup along with the blueberry juice and sparkling water. You can adjust the amount of sugar as needed.
  • Thai lychee and chili lemonade: Add a spicy twist to your summer afternoons with this delicious lemonade. You will need a 1 ½ cups of peeled and seeded lychees, a cup of lemon juice, ¾ cup of sugar, salt, 3 cups of water, 1 quart of ice and a small Thai chili. Mix one cup of lychees, sugar, lemon juice, salt and the chili in a blender until it forms a smooth paste. Strain into a pitcher and add cold water. Chop the remaining lychees and add into the pitcher. Add ice and serve chilled.
  • Blackberry sage lemonade: For this delicious lemonade, you will need a quart of black berries, a cup of lemon juice, ½ cup of sugar, fresh sage, 3 cups cold water, 1 quart of ice and a bit of salt. Blend together, the lemon juice, black berries, sugar and the salt until smooth. Add the sage leaves into the pitcher and crush them a little with a wooden spoon. Strain the blended mixture into the pitcher, add cold water and combine. Add ice and serve chilled.

Volunteer Opportunities in Palm Beach

If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community, Palm Beach is a great place to find excellent options. Here are some of our top picks.

Dog handler at A Second Chance Puppies and Kitten Rescue

If you are an animal lover and would love a chance to spend some quality time with dogs, then this is a great opportunity for you. A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue’s main focus is to rescue pregnant cats, dogs and their babies and to provide them a safe place to live until they are adopted. If you can handle holding on to leashed dogs, walking them, managing puppy pens and have plenty of love and affection to share, then you will be a welcomed volunteer as a dog handler at A Second Chance Puppies and Kitten Rescue. This position requires no skills apart from a love for dogs and anyone in any age group can lend a helping hand for this great cause.

Volunteer coordinator for the blind at Beyond the Blind

This is more of an administrative position where volunteers are responsible to recruit more volunteers to work with Beyond the Blind. This organization is focused on providing blind people with a chance to develop skills, find career opportunities, maintain health and fitness as well as to enhance their wellbeing. Volunteer coordinators will be responsible for creating schedules for various duties that need to be performed and to maintain a database to keep track of the volunteer activities. The position has no time restrictions and you can even work remotely if you cannot travel. You can choose your own working hours.

Nature center volunteer at The Friends of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

If you have great people skills and a love for nature, then a volunteer position at The Friends of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Nature Center would be a great opportunity for you. The responsibilities of the position include interpretation of the exhibits, providing information to the visitors and showing of the park movie. The training materials and resources will all be provided by the park and volunteers are free to choose their own working hours.

Patient care volunteers at VITAS

This is a great opportunity for those who would like to lend a helping hand to the terminally ill. VITAS is on the lookout for volunteers who would love to make friendly visits, run simple errands, be a friend and to lend a listening ear to the terminally ill patients at their care. The responsibilities are simple but they are impactful enough to make a noticeable change. The duties include sitting with patients while their caregivers are away, visiting to patients, driving patients or their family members to appointments, accompanying patients on various activities and running errands for them. The ideal candidates must be over 16 years of age and have a driver’s license. Only about 1 – 2 hours of volunteer time is required each month.

Events in June at Harbourside Place

Harbourside Place in Jupiter, FL is a great place to visit if you are looking for a fully facilitated shopping experience. Featuring great shopping outlets, restaurants, entertainment parking, all essential amenities and a great view, visitors can easily spend a whole day at Harbourside Place. Here are some fun events to enjoy at Harbourside Place in June.

Live Music on Saturdays

Starting on the 6th of June, visitors to Harbourside Place can enjoy live music on Saturdays. If you are visiting the shopping center on a Saturday evening, be sure to head down to the waterfront amphitheater for some excellent open-air entertainment.

Tai Chi lessons

If you are planning on getting onboard the fitness trend, Tai Chi lessons at Harbourside Place just might be the perfect choice for you. Offered by the Agape Healing Arts, Tai Chi is a great place to cultivate your “Qi” energy. The exercise is all about slow, fluid movements and a calm, relaxed state of mind. The lessons will be held from 9.00am until 10.00am on Saturdays. The classes are offered for free but donations will be accepted.

Test Drive a Tesla – 13th June

If you are thinking of converting to clean energy for transportation or just want to see what all the hype is about, head down to Harbourside Place on the 13th of June to take a Tesla for a test drive! The Tesla S model has been making waves all over the news and social media for quite a while and this is a great opportunity for you to take one for test drive, absolutely free.

Island Sundaze 

What better way to unwind at the end of the week than to relax and to enjoy some delightful island music? Head down to the Harbourside Place on Sundays at 3.00pm and let your stress and worries fly away with the gentle breeze. This is a great way to sit back, relax and to become re-energized for a hectic work week.

Live Music on Friday Nights

The Waterfront Amphitheatre at Harbourside Place will come alive with live music on every Friday night at 6.00pm until 10.00pm. The concerts are free of charge and you can end the week in style with your family under the stars.

Scotch and Stogies – 16th June

This is a fun event for the whiskey aficionado. Harbourside Place is the place to be on the 16th of June if you are a fan of whiskey. Be there to enjoy a great opportunity to sample some of the finest scotch whiskey in the world. Prepare your palate to enjoy the likes of Blend of Malts Glenrothes 12 year, and Exclusive Malt Ledaig. The samples will be served from 7.00pm until 9.00pm, perfectly timed for visitors to grab a bite to eat afterwards.


What Is The Best Time Of Year To Sell Your Home?

If you have plans to sell your home, knowing the best time of the year to put it on the market can help a lot. There are many advantages to putting your house on the market at just the right time of the year. It will not only save you a great deal of time and money, it will also offer you an opportunity to sell your property faster.

Narrow things down to the season

Spring is always the favorite choice when it comes to selling a home. Unlike the summer when most people tend to go away on holiday, Spring is a great time to market your home to families. While the summer months are generally taken up by holidays and preparations for children’s care as they are likely to be on summer vacation, spring time is when your garden will start coming to bloom to make your house look even better. Autumn is not a bad time to sell either. If the weather is not too harsh, your house will look beautiful amid the autumn foliage. Since there are no major holidays, you won’t have to worry about people being away. However, you will have to be ready to move fast if you find an interested buyer. October is considered to be a slow time for the real estate market, making winter the most difficult time to sell. Things can get difficult and very slow if you don’t list your house before December. Most real estate professionals recommend waiting until January if you can’t make it before December.

Think of what’s going on locally

Of course, in areas such as South Florida, the seasons are not necessarily prominent. Therefore, you will need to think about researching your neighborhood before putting your house on the market. Be sure to check with the local council if they have any construction work nearby your property. Even when the weather is fine and the families are looking around, they won’t find it very appealing if your home is too close to a construction site.

Choosing the right time to sell

Many factors need to be considered before you put your house on the market. For instance, if you take Florida, the large population of snowbirds in the winter makes winter a great time to sell a home while in other parts of the country; it may be the exact opposite. As for summer, the high temperatures and humidity levels in Florida may discourage buyers from doing any house hunting. For Florida, winter is a great time to sell as the weather is less humid with the holiday decorations, creating a more homely feel. Even in the colder parts of the country, winter charm can help sell homes during the winter. While the demand and rush is considerably lower, sellers can be assured that those who are looking at properties in the winter months are more motivated to buy. While the prices may generally be lower due to the same reason, winter is a good time to put your house on the market if you are looking for a faster sale.

Amazing Recipes for Homemade Ice Cream

As temperatures continue to climb, the search is on to find the best recipes to cool off. What better way to beat the summer heat than with a delicious bowl of homemade ice cream? The great thing about homemade ice cream is that you get all the flavor and coolness without any added preservatives, extra sugar and all the chemicals that you get in the store bought version. Here are some great recipes to make your own delicious ice cream right at home.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Ingredients – 4 large egg yolks, 1 cup heavy cream, ¼ sugar and 2 cups of whole milk for the ice cream.

1 cup sugar, 1 ¼ cups heavy cream, ½ teaspoon sea salt (a flaky variety would be ideal) for the caramel sauce

To make the ice cream, whisk the egg yolks until they are smooth and gradually add the sugar while whisking until the mixture becomes pale yellow and thick. In a separate heavy bottomed saucepan, mix the cream and milk and cook over medium heat. Be sure to stir every now and then. You will need an instant read thermometer to find out when the mixture reaches 170 F to remove it from the heat. Add a bit of the hot mixture into the egg yolk and whisk quickly before pouring it into the milk and cream mixture. Return to heat and cook, stirring until it thickens at 185 F. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer and let cool for about 5 minutes.

Heat a cup of sugar in a heavy skillet over medium heat. As the sugar melts, continue to stir and cook until it turns dark amber. Add the cream and continue to cook while stirring until the cream is evenly distributed. Remove from heat and add ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Let cool and mix with the ice cream mixture. Cover the ice cream and chill in the freezer. Once chilled, pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and process until just right.  Freeze in an air-tight container until ready to use.

Easy Mocha Chip Ice Cream (Perfect for vegans and those who don’t have an ice cream maker)

Ingredients – 1 ½ cup cashews soaked for 2 hours, ¾ cups chilled coffee brew, ¼ cup maple syrup, chocolate.

Pour in all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until liquid in texture. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan or shallow bowl and freeze. Melt the chocolate and pour a little into the mixture every 30 minutes until the ice cream is solid. Enjoy!

Healthy Berry Ice Cream (This is a great recipe for those who are watching their figure or working hard for their bikini body for the beach. This recipe is also highly versatile as you can use any kind of frozen fruit.)

Ingredients – 4 cups frozen berries (anything you like or a mix), 1 cup of milk (coconut, soy or almond milk for vegans), ½ table spoon stevia or sugar to taste.

Process the frozen berries, milk and sweetener in a blender or food processor until a smooth mixture is formed. Be sure to taste the mixture to adjust the amount of sugar or sweetener you need. Pour the mixture into a metal pan and freeze for two hours. Make sure to stir the mixture occasionally before it hardens to ensure a smoother texture. If you plan on making the ice cream to last a few days, let it defrost for about 5 – 10 minutes to soften before eating.

How To Keep Your Energy Bill Down

While living in South Florida is a dream come true for many residents, the cooling costs in the summer may take away some of that happiness. In order to minimize your energy consumption and to save money, try out these 5 tips to save energy while effectively cooling your house during the hot summer months.

Update your air conditioning unit

If your house is cooled by an old or outdated air conditioning unit, the cost could quickly add up. Models older than 20 years are not built with energy efficiency in mind. Replacing your old unit with a brand new one, preferably with an energy star sticker, can help you cut down your cooling costs considerably.

Choose alternate cooking methods

Using your oven or stove everyday may contribute to heating up your house. Instead, try alternating cooking methods, such as outdoor grilling or microwaving to prevent heating the inside of your house. When your interior heats up, your cooling unit has to work harder and longer to keep the temperature. If you have to use your oven, try to use it in the morning hours before the sun gets too hot.

Take short, cold showers

When the weather is hot, cold showers can be a blessing. Instead of hot showers, you can turn down the temperature of the water to save energy and to cool down faster. Try and keep your showers as short as possible. Additionally, if you must take warm showers, consider installing a hot water system without a tank so that it only heats water when needed.

Service your air conditioning unit regularly

Go through the manufacturers’ recommendations to find out how often you have to change your air filters. Clogged filters may cause the unit to have to work harder, using up more energy. If you have noticed an increase in your electricity bill, it may be due to dirt build up on the filters. You can contact a professional HVAC repair person to check your unit regularly and to recommend a proper filter replacement schedule.

Make sure that the air conditioning pipes are sealed

Be sure to keep the pipes and the connections of your air conditioning system in check. The vents will also have to be carefully fitted and cleaned regularly to maximize the efficiency of your cooling system. Make sure that the cool air is not wasted on rooms that don’t need cooling. For instance, if your attic is used exclusively for storage, cooling it will be a waste of energy.


Frankel Realty Group follows the letter and spirit of the Equal Housing Act, and is a member of the Northern Palm Beach County Board of Realtors, the Florida Multiple Listing Service, and National Board of Realtors.  Thomas Frankel is Broker of Record.   Frankel Realty Group and all of its affiliated agents are licensed as either brokers or salespersons by the Florida Real Estate Commission.  Copyright © 2013 Frankel Realty Group, All Rights Reserved. The name Frankel Realty Group and its logo and design are trademarks of Frankel Enterprises or its affiliates.


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