No parent ever wants to hear that their baby or young child might require therapy. It’s not always easy to come to terms with the fact that you may not have “the perfect kid” and they might, in fact, need a little help.
Cue the mom guilt!
As a parent, I’ve definitely had anxiety about my daughter’s developmental milestones, especially when she was little. I became tethered to one of those apps (you know the ones…) that tells you what your baby and eventually toddler should be achieving week by week. (Spoiler alert: It’s never 100% accurate and this is a much better resource by the way…)
Like many local families, we’ve really been taking advantage of this “limited air travel” time to explore our ol’ drivable home state of Florida. We enjoyed visiting West PalmBeach and the Space Coast recently and I knew Orlando would naturally be next! My daughter and I wanted to visit a lower capacity Walt Disney World before our Florida Resident passes expired. And conveniently, Meliá Orlando Celebration also invited us to visit and experience their NEW Stay Safe with Meliá program which helps to ensure a healthy Orlando trip for families. We chose a weekend to visit and were on our way!
I know this may come as a shock, but #modernbocadad and I have (kind of) let romance go by the wayside during this pandemic. Sure we still have our Netflix/Hulu/Prime Video nights and manage to get some alone time in after our daughter goes to bed. But a proper date night? I *think* our last one was back in February. And I know we’re not the only local parents who haven’t exactly prioritized romance lately. Luckily, South Florida Melting Pot locations have a solution!
If you’ve read Modern Boca Mom for some time, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that my husband, Handy Andyand I have been renovating our east Boca house for about…say…7 years now. We love a good home improvement project, but have been primarily focusing on interiors and our pool/patio. #priorities Being at home since March, however, I could clearly see that our front and backyards were craving a little TLC. They were in desperate need of an artist, a landscape designer to take them from drab to fab! Finding affordable landscaping in Boca Raton is no easy task, but I found a great company, mamas.
I am so thrilled to introduce you to Yards Plus and it’s founder, Sayeed Aljamal, who I partnered with for this home makeover project!
Of all the house projects I tackled during the 2020 pandemic, who knew my Boca Raton laundry room would be my favorite one. Yes, I have officially fallen victim to making the workhorse room of our house look worthy enough for the ‘gram. Good thing I married a handyman! And P.S. I’m not alone. If you search the hashtag #laundryroommakeover on Instagram, you’ll find drool-worthy laundry stations featuring everything from trendy floral wallpaper and custom shelves to cheeky signs and ornately stenciled floors.
But of course now that I have this gorgeous laundry room, why in the world would I want to mess it up by actually…doing laundry? 😉
I’m only half kidding, but you moms know what I’m talking about!
Sometimes, the laundry process can be arduous. Tedious. Overwhelming. I have no idea how my family creates so many dirty clothes every week–and I only have ONE KID!!! That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to HappyNest, the Boca Raton laundry service us moms never knew we needed.
Since the day #modernbocadad and I moved into our “forever home” almost 7 years ago, we wanted to make over our Boca Raton patio and pool. Our pool was built in 1981 and while our ages may be close, it was in much rougher shape initially.
Under pressure! That’s how I feel this time of year as a mom. I never quite think my husband is under the same amount though, am I right? Makes me resent him a tiny little bit. But, this is supposed to be the most “wonderful time of the year!” Relationships are complicated, aren’t they? Why is it that the holidays in particular put so much strain on a marriage/partnership? Especially if you’re a parent…
I reached out to Boca therapist, Lori Lundin-Fish, PhD, LMFT of Palm Beach Therapy Center.As a mom AND therapist, she gets how muddled and stressful our lives are during the holiday season. And I need help!
One of my absolute favorite parts of the holiday season is getting photo cards in the mail from family and friends! Heck- I even love ’em from business associates! We always cover an entire door in our family room with the cards we receive and leave them up through January…maybe even February. Last year, we ordered vintage-themed holiday postcards from minted.This year, I was inspired by that super cool red sculpture at the Boca Raton Museum of Art–they renovated that whole outside section along Federal Highway earlier this year. So, I went ahead and scheduled an October shoot with Sweet Memories Photography. Are you ready to see the photos from our 2019 Boca Raton Museum of Art holiday photo shoot?
Winter + Boca Raton? Frozen’s Olaf may have actually found the perfect destination in our town if an ice rink in Boca Raton opens by the end of 2021. Boca Ice and Fine Arts Center has received approvals to build a new 72,800 sq. ft. facility located on Peninsula Corporate Circle.
A cool community asset like this has never existed in Palm Beach County. This proposed new efficient, modern, state-of-the-art ice rink in Boca Raton will have a long list of community benefits. It should be able to interest local residents in every age group.
My favorite part about the holiday season is getting all of the fabulous photo cards in the mail from our family and friends! We literally cover an entire door in our family room with all of the cards we receive and leave them up through January…maybe even February. Last year, we ordered gorgeous foil stamped holiday cards from minted.This year, I decided I wanted to create less waste (sans envelopes) and send out holiday postcards. So, I went ahead and scheduled an October shoot with Sweet Memories Photographyso I could get them out right after Thanksgiving. Are you ready to see the photos from our 2018 Boca Raton Train Museum holiday photo shoot?
So you’re moving to Boca Raton! Or perhaps you’ve re-located recently and are scratching your head, wondering what to do, where to go and who to see in our fair city. Well first off…WELCOME! We were in the same boat not too long ago even though this mom personally grew up in Boca Raton. (After 4 years of college and 9 years living in New York City, let’s just say my needs as a parent had majorly changed.)
Now with a happy and adjusted elementary school child, my veteran Boca mom friends and I have some major tips to share with families like you who are new to our area!
Between the massive amounts of cookie baking, late nights of gift wrapping and the addition of hundreds of twinkly lights to our Boca Raton house this month, any measure that helps to lower our January energy bill is a welcome one. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t stand to save some money this holiday season? In my ongoing effort to streamline our family budget, I have been actively seeking out ways to save energy this holiday season at our home.
The best online resource I’ve found? Go figure, it’s from our energy company itself: Florida Power & Light. Make it your New Year’s resolution to visit their site year round for energy (and money) saving tips and tricks: FPL.com/EasyToSave
Gifts for teenagers are notoriously difficult to nail down. And I don’t even have one (yet, I still know this). They have to be on-trend and relevant and unique. And since teenager’s interests are often ever-changing, there’s a small window to find whatever “it-thing” is at the top of their list. However, no matter how picky your teenager, these stocking stuffers are sure to win over a few hearts this Christmas season.
I have a love/hate relationship with family portraits. My entire childhood, my mother would drag my sister and I over to the Sears Portrait Studio at the Town Center Mall (RIP) to take our Boca Raton holiday pictures. We did this even AFTER I graduated from college. But now that I have my own daughter, I totally see why it was important to her.
From personalized pumpkins to a custom designed seasonal photo backdrop, there’s no better place to get into the fall spirit than at Boca Center! As the 2020 MOMbassador for this beautiful, open-air plaza, I couldn’t be happier that a fall activation at Boca Center is actually happening for our local residents. And the best part, it’s for a good cause! Let me tell you all about it…