You’ll Still Feel Good After Stuffing Yourself at True Food Kitchen Boca

#modernbocadad and I have kind of stopped eating out. It’s not because we’re cracking down on our budget (okay, maybe we are a little), but because we always feel so darn awful afterwards. Stuffed. Full. Whatever you want to call it. Ugh. But, I’ve finally found a local restaurant that feeds you well without you feeling so…unwell. Welcome to our town True Food Kitchen Boca Raton!

True Food Kitchen Boca

True Food Kitchen Boca
We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary at True Food Kitchen Boca Raton!

Co-founded by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil and nine-time James Beard Award nominee for Restaurateur of the Year Sam Fox, True Food Kitchen Boca caters to foodie palates and preferences. It features a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails. The first True Food Kitchen opened in Phoenix in 2008. Now, the restaurant has 22 locations (including True Food Kitchen Boca Raton). 

True Food Kitchen Boca Raton’s philosophy is simple:

Food should make you feel better—not worse—and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste to live a healthier lifestyle. Every meal served up at TFK is prepared to that standard. And, it’s delicious. The standouts from the our evening?

Edamame Dumplings (VEG)
dashi, white truffle oil, asian herbs

Edamame Dumplings (VEG) dashi, white truffle oil, asian herbs

Charred Cauliflower (V GF)
harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio

Charred Cauliflower (V GF) harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio

Moroccan Chicken (GF)
mission fig, heirloom carrot, chickpea, olive, spinach, chermoula, greek yogurt

Moroccan Chicken (GF) mission fig, heirloom carrot, chickpea, olive, spinach, chermoula, greek yogurt

Chia Seed Pudding (V GF)
banana, toasted coconut

Chia Seed Pudding (V GF) banana, toasted coconut

Honorable mention goes to the Flourless Chocolate Cake because of the Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream. You’d never know you weren’t eating the real thing!

Flourless Chocolate Cake (VEG GF) caramel, vanilla ice cream, cocoa nibs
As for design…

Each True Food Kitchen is designed to reflect the local character of the region in an upscale and sustainable environment. Indoors, natural woods and vibrant, locally-inspired artwork add a contemporary touch to the earthy color scheme, natural elements and greenery, including indoor/outdoor garden basins filled with fresh herbs and spices.

Eco-friendly materials are utilized throughout the restaurant, such as the hardwood floors, which are made of reclaimed wood, and dining chairs made of recycled soda bottles. Cool right?

And did I mention the cocktails? Our favorites were the Citrus Skinny Margarita and Pomegranate Mule. Delicious and oh so fresh!

Thank you so much to True Food Kitchen for hosting us for dinner to facilitate this review! You can find them right in front of Town Center at Boca Raton (where valet is) the next time you’d like to indulge…but feel great afterwards!

True Food Kitchen Boca Raton
6000 Glades Rd, Unit 1015A | Boca Raton, FL 33431

What You Should LOVE About Your Boca Raton School

Valentine’s Day is this week and I’m feeling the looooovvvveeee! But reality check: it also falls on a Wednesday. I know that despite my romantic dinner plans, it’s still a Boca Raton school night. So, it’s a good thing my family LOVES our school!

It’s no secret #dailybocaavery attends and I work a few days each week at Grandview Preparatory School. I helped launch their Modern Boca Mommy & Me program there in 2014 and literally counted down the days until Avery was old enough to attend their Early Childhood program (age 3- FYI). We love it there for so many unique reasons. And even though I want all of my readers to enroll their kids at Grandview, I chatted with their faculty and staff to compile a few reasons why you should also love YOUR Boca Raton school!

Boca Raton School Grandview Preparatory School
Your Boca Raton School is a Community

it takes a village to raise a child and your school should be that village, working together to know the whole child.

Grandview Learning Specialist, Susan Rose loves that “our small community of teachers all know their student and go out of their way to be supportive and helpful.” Second grade teacher, Alberto Flores likes that “Grandview classrooms are open and welcoming to families anytime!” I definitely take advantage of that policy when I’m on campus. 😉

It’s Even an Extension of Your Own Family

Your school should become the family you CHOOSE!

5th grade teacher, Jill Kittredge thinks, “Grandview families love the fact that our school is an extension of their own family.  They know that when their children are dropped off in the morning that they will be loved and cared for as if they were our own children.  Families know that their children are in a safe and happy environment, which encourages better learning at all levels. “

Peace of mind is priceless, amirite?

Family Time is Invaluable

Life becomes so much easier when siblings can attend school together and see each other at various times throughout the day. It’s also ideal when the whole family can participate in both learning and extracurricular activities on the same schedule.

Grandview Head of School, Jackie Westerfield says, “Time is such a valuable asset in this day and age, most families benefit from shared experiences that don’t involve balancing multiple school calendars and schedules.”

I have a hard enough time balancing my own work/life schedule. It’s so nice that our school works to make events and activities convenient for families!

What do you love about your Boca Raton school? Comment below- we want to hear from YOU!

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Have You Met Wafa? The Best Brow Services in Boca Have Arrived

When I was a fresh-faced 14 year old, a newly minted freshman at Boca High, I had scraggly (but virgin!) eyebrows. I struggle to remember them clearly, but they were just begging to be shaped. My new friend at the time, an expert in all things makeup, offered to tweeze them in true late nineties fashion: THIN. They were on trend for awhile, but now I think most of us late 90’s/early 2000’s teenagers regret our eyebrow grooming decisions back then. Luckily there are rehab centers…brow services in Boca that can help get our eyebrows back up to snuff through professional shaping or microblading. And I want to introduce you to the best! Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare.

brow services in Boca

Have you met Wafa?

I first heard about Wafa Alsaid through my friends at Boca Raton magazine. There was a big write-up about her brow services in Boca in a recent print issue. The article talked about how Wafa would spend a meticulous 30 minutes making sure every hair in your brow(s) was tamed and trimmed until perfect. I had to give her a try.

When I booked my session (they work by appointment only), I was one of the first lucky few customers to visit their new location at 7400 N Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton. It’s a big open space and there is art everywhere.

brow services in Boca

You see, Wafa began as an oil painting artist, but her love for eyebrows sprouted when she was only 16 years old. Her two passions, art and eyebrows, took over when she decided to combine her artistic eye with the science of permanent makeup. She believes every woman should be able to wake up confident. I believe in that too…even though my confidence is also boosted by coffee and under eye concealer. 😉

brow services in Boca

I prefer to get my eyebrows threaded, so I booked that service plus tinting. It’s amazing how many invisible blonde hairs make an appearance after tinting! My brows were already more full after only one brow services in Boca appointment.

Now, a few months have passed and I’m pretty happy with the brow progress we’ve made. But, I’ve made an appointment for microblading with Wafa’s daughter, Luna. Yep, Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare is a family business! I have a few areas that I’d like to have filled out, so make sure you’re following Modern Boca Mom on Facebook and Instagram to see the video coming up soon!

For a full list of brow services in Boca at Wafa’s Brow Art, click here. Or call to book your appointment! 561-501-1068

Appointment: Tue. – Sat. 10AM – 5PM

brow services in Boca
Before & After threading at Wafa’s Brow Art
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Sponsored: This post was hosted by Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was offered complimentary brow services for review consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

So, You’re A Modern Boca Mom (or Dad) To Be? There’s a Class for That!

Congratulations! You’re expecting your own #BocaBaby…how awesome is that?! Surely between bottles and diapers and car seats and classes, you are researching like crazy and seeking out only the absolute best for your Boca bundle! And whether it’s your first, your last, or maybe just one in between, newborns require around-the-clock care. While Modern Boca Mom can certainly help you find the nearest drive-thru Starbucks or blow dry bar, there ARE some tips and tricks you’ll need as a new parent for all that other stuff (AKA taking care of a human life, no biggie…). 

Luckily for all you parents-to-be, Boca’s top pediatricians (as voted by Sun-Sentinel) are now offering a one-of-a-kind Boca class for pregnancy for expectant parents. And, it’s different from any other out there!

Boca Class for Pregnancy: BABY UNIVERSITY by Boca VIPediatrics

Get ready to head to BABY UNIVERSITY by Boca VIPediatrics, our town’s favorite class for expectant parents! Grab your backpack, folders and pencils because school is in session. Whether you receive your Bachelors in Bottles or PhD in Pampers, you’ll be ready to face the world in your new role as mommy or daddy. If you’re expecting for the first time, or simply need a refresher for your next baby, you won’t want to miss this Boca class for pregnancy!

Here’s 5 Reasons Why:
  1. It Won’t Be Boring! Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will keep you laughing nonstop. This Boca class for pregnancy is held in an interactive setting that feels more like hanging out with friends than a boring all-day study session! With games, prizes and great information, it’s no wonder this class sells out every time.

2. The Most Up-To-Date Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since this class is taught by two board-certified pediatricians, you’ll be getting the most up-to-date information. This class has everything you need to know about caring for your newborn.

Your Professors: No ‘University’ would be complete without professors! Baby University is taught by South Florida’s favorite baby doctors, Chad Rudnick, MD & Paul Gilbert MD!

4. The Swag Bags! Aside from all of the great information you’ll receive about newborn care, you’ll receive a diaper swag bag filled with some of the best baby product samples for you to take home.

5. Did Someone Say “Food?” Your Baby University ticket includes a delicious bagel breakfast to satisfy those pregnancy cravings (and ‘hangry’ dads)!

I’m told tickets are selling out very quickly for their next class, coming up on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. So hurry! Grab your spot!

To purchase tickets and reserve your spot, visit

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New 2018 SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show Date Featuring Gomez Gracia Announced

The Shuzz Fund, a non-profit organization that provides shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas, has announced a new date for it’s British Invasion originally planned for this fall; their VII Annual SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show featuring Miami-raised designer Gomez-Gracia and Jimmy ChooThe new 2018 Shuzz date will be Thursday, March 15th (2018).

2018 Shuzz

We’ve gone to the event for the past three years and it supports such a worthy cause! The event will start at 6:00 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. It will feature a 40-ft. red-carpet for all guests, cocktail party and VIP reception sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, Silent & Live Auctions, followed by the SHUZZ signature fashion show.

Over the last few months, Shuzz has donated tons (literally) of water, food, batteries, fans, clothes, shoes, baby products, and personal hygiene items to victims of the recent hurricanes. They did this through partnerships with Grieco Automotive Group (Hurricane Harvey) Tito’s & Amazon (Hurricane Irma) and MLB (Hurricane Maria).

Details on the 2018 Shuzz event can be found at:
You can purchase your tickets HERE.

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Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond!*

Summer is almost here and as the kiddos finish school and the days get longer, you’ll want something to keep them busy! When you need to get out of the house, here are some of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond*!

Top Attractions in Boca Raton

    1. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

      At the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, there is always something happening! And Summer is even more exciting and full of plenty of fun! From the Science Summer Camp to Nights at the Museum to the Amazing Butterfly exhibit, there is an endless array of things to do! For more information:

  1. Palm Beach Zoo

    This summer, the Palm Beach Zoo will not only feature animal experiences, educational programs and nights out, but they are also exhibiting some amazing seasonal event! For more information:

  2. Lion Country Safari

    Between the drive-thru safari and awesome entertainment park (hello giraffe encounter!), Lion Country Safari is a great way to get out of the house and have some WILD fun! Don’t forget about the 2017 Summer Savings Pass! For more information:

  3. PLAYMOBIL Fun Park

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  4. I-FLY in Ft. Lauderdale

    A super fun time for parents and kids alike; check out my full review HERE.

  5. Sugar Sand Park

    Featuring the NEW Science Playground, Explorium & Willow Theater, Sugar Sand Park is one of the best hidden gems in Boca Raton! (And one of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond!*). For more information:

  6. Daggerwing Nature Center

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  7. Boca Raton Museum of Art

    From the finest in adult exhibits to the fun and interactive sights for kiddos of all ages, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has some of the most interesting fun and activities you can find. For more information on what is going on:

  8. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
  9. Boca Raton Children’s Museum

    The pinnacle of kids fun in Boca Raton, all you have to do is bring your imagination and flair for fun and games!

  10. CHALK Cafe in Delray Beach
  11. Monkey Joe’s

    A place for fun, families and Monkey-ing around, Monkey Joe’s is a ton of fun for your whole group!

  12. Bedner’s in Boynton Beach

    A farm fresh market where you can not only enjoy the outdoors, but you can also pick your own fruit and veggies when in season! For a list of what you can pick and when, look here:

  13. Butterfly World in Deerfield Beach

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  14. Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach
  15. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

    A kids gym that is a safe, nurturing and sensory friendly environment. For more on fun events:

  16. Patch Reef Park

Which of these top attractions in Boca Raton and Beyond is your favorite? Which ones are you dying to try?! Comment below!

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Cruising on the Disney Wonder with a Preschooler: Hit or Miss?

Is a Disney Cruise for preschoolers? That was the question I seriously asked myself as I accepted Disney’s wonderful invite to the 2017 Social Media Moms Celebration. I mean, CLEARLY Walt Disney World parks are perfect for preschoolers (as we took complete and utter advantage of our annual passes in 2016).

But a cruise? And without my mom for travel backup? I figured we’d take a chance and give it a shot anyways…

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MOMpreneur Monday:

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas!

Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Sarah Blain, Founder & Creator of Sealed By brands (Sealed By Santa from Shark Tank, Sealed By The Easter Bunny, Sealed By The Tooth Fairy)!

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5 Reasons Miami is Great for Families

When you think of Miami, what do you picture? South Beach, classical inspired villas and luxury hotels with in-ground pools? While Miami may have all of these things, it has so much more to offer. From fun-filled Jungle Island to the magnificent Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (I still need to go!), metro Miami is not just reserved for young college grads. It’s also a great place to raise a family and look into Miami real estate.

The most populated city in Florida, Miami-Dade County’s population continues to grow at 2.1% per year. What attracts people to Miami is not just the beautiful weather year round, but the culture and opportunities it provides for young people. Here are just 5 more reasons why Miami is a great place for families and children.

Miami real estate

Miami is Massive

As with all big cities, affordability will become an issue in your search for a home. With over 2.5 million residents and 1,898 square miles of land, there are plenty of places to spot deals on Miami real estate. Even if you can’t find affordable housing in the city, there are plenty of cities and suburbs surrounding the area that offer affordable Miami real estate.

Brownsville and Liberty City inside Miami are rated as some of the best neighborhoods to raise a family. They’re also considerably more affordable than downtown Miami apartments or housing. No matter where you live in Miami-Dade County, you’ll never be more than a half hour or 45 minute drive to downtown.

Amenities are Endless

Look, as parents, a lot of us like to idealize the nice, tranquil suburban life for our families. But, a lot of us also crave that big city lifestyle and Miami offers the perfect mix of both. When you take advantage of Miami real estate, you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of local amenities. With over 260 parks, the famous Miami Seaquarium and Zoo Miami, there’s endless stuff for you and your kids to enjoy.

There’s Some Great Schools

With such a massive land area, Miami offers many choices in terms of schooling. While many Miami school districts have taken a hit lately in the press, there are plenty of great schools if you know where to look. Academies, such as the School for Advanced Studies and George Washington Carver Middle School continue to be recognized as some of the nation’s best. In total, Miami offers 239 public schools. And, there are 185 private schools and growing.

Miami is a Cultural Hub

Between the Wynwood Art Walk, pop up art deco exhibits across downtown, and the famous Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the arts truly do come to life across Miami. Just taking a stroll through the unique street art of Wynwood and the winding villages across downtown Miami will give you an idea of how unique and eclectic Miami’s art scene remains.

Of course, we can’t make a list of anything Miami without including Little Havana. If there’s one reason to take your family on the next train down to visit Miami, it’s the Cuban food. Also, there’s Miami’s amazing seafood! With a touch of several different cultures leaving its mark on Miami, the city remains a great place to expose children to different cultures of the world.

The Beaches

Finally, this should almost go without saying, but I have to say it: South Beach. If there’s one thing the family will always cherish in Miami, it’s year round beach weather. If you’ve grown up in the north, you’ll understand how truly precious this is. Miami Beach is absolutely gorgeous and continues to attract people from all over the world each day.  

MOMpreneur Monday: Lulo Design Kids Boca Raton

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas!

Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneurs (yep- three this week!) are Catalina Moscoso, Natalia Gutierrez & Paula Salazar, Partners of Lulo Design Kids Boca Raton!

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5 Tips to Enjoy Cirque Italia West Palm Beach with Your Family

The circus is here! The circus is here! Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, has erected their blue and white tent in West Palm Beach. And, Modern Boca Mom got to experience the hi-tech show this week. Because my daughter had an early morning theater performance the next day, I invited my best friend, goddaughter (9) and her brother (6) to join me. We saw the opening night performance and had a wonderful time! And since there’s still a whole weekend’s worth of performances to go to, I’ve come up with 5 tips for Cirque Italia West Palm Beach that I wish I would have known about prior to going myself.

tips for Cirque Italia

tips for Cirque Italia

5 Tips for Cirque Italia West Palm Beach

  1. Get there early

Because the performance is located off of Belvedere Road directly across the street from the Palm Beach Kennel Club, it’s a busy area. Especially as it gets closer to showtime. Make sure you leave plenty of time to park ($5) and get your tickets from will call if you haven’t printed them. The line at the ticket booth was substantial as well.

tips for Cirque Italia

2. Wear closed toed shoes

The Cirque Italia tent is set up on fairgrounds…which means a lot of dirt around the perimeter of the tent. Avoid flip flops or sandals for this performance. Your feet will be quite sandy if you need to use the restrooms (located outside the tent) or exit from anywhere besides the main entrance, which is carpeted.

tips for Cirque Italia
My goddaughter Allison really enjoyed the show!
3. Bring cash

The food, face painting and souvenir vendors inside do not accept credit cards. Neither did parking. Be sure to plan accordingly and bring a couple twenties in cash if you need to feed or water your little ones. There is an amazing face painter at the venue that your kids will definitely want to check out as well!

tips for Cirque Italia
The colors! The water!
4. Kids ages 5+ will enjoy this performance the most

The circus acts at Cirque Italia are SUPER impressive. From a contortionist who bent in ways that had me sitting there open-mouthed to the most amazing jugglers and roller skaters I’ve ever seen, I  couldn’t stop clapping or yelling OH MY WORD!!!

tips for Cirque Italia

However, when the Cirque Italia clowns come out in between acts, there is some humor that will most likely go over your child’s head if they are under the age of 5. I would recommend leaving the preschoolers at home for this performance. Bring your kids who will truly be amazed by the whim and whimsy on stage!

5. Don’t plan on taking photos during the performance

Cirque Italia has a strict no-photo/no-video policy. The only reason I was able to take the photos featured in this post was because I had a media pass. Make sure to take any family photos before the performance, during intermission or afterwards. You’ll want to capture these memories!

tips for Cirque Italia

Now Get Your Tickets

Tickets can be purchased now, starting at $10.00 through$40.00 depending on availability. You can purchase tickets through their website (😉 or by phone: (941) 704-8572. They also respond to text messages. Of course, you can also purchase them at the box office.

Box office hours:

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10am – 6pm

On show days: 10am – 9pm

FREE Child Admission

Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3, using the code in the image below. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals.

tips for Cirque Italia

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas & Cirque Italia to share this tips for Cirque Italia post with my readers. I am being compensated for this partnership. All opinions expressed are my own.

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