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Parents Gotta Work? 2018 Thanksgiving Break Camps for South Florida Kids

With Palm Beach County schools closed all Thanksgiving week, some families hit the road! Others…still might have to go to work. 😉 What to do with your kids? Check out our 2018 Boca Thanksgiving Break Camps Roundup for all your options!


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Moms Can Relax at October 2018 Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month

If a mom can’t relax for a good cause, then when can she, dang it? That’s the question I asked myself as I experienced multiple (amazing!) treatments at a recent event promoting Discover The Palm Beaches third annual Spa and Wellness Month this October (2018). I first learned all about Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month, a.k.a Spatober, last year when I visited PGA National Resort & Spa.

Spoiler alert: It’s a great idea.

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How to Do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Like a BOSS

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: No one does the holidays better than Walt Disney World. Two years ago, I experienced Christmas at the House of Mouse for the first time via Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Last year, my family and I were invited to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. And of course I didn’t get around to writing about it until now. Whoops.

I wanted to make the most of our first time, so I did my research before we headed to the Magic Kingdom for this popular family event. Here’s what I learned after attending!

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Patch Reef Park Programs for Bright Boca Kids | Fall 2018

With the school year in full swing and weekly schedules shifting, now is the perfect time for parents to consider some new enrichment programs for Boca kids– their BRIGHT Boca kids, of course! I had no idea that Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton had so many class options for SO MANY AGE GROUPS. I narrowed the field and picked my top choices below for Fall 2018.

P.S. If you’re a Palm Beach County (not just a City of Boca) resident, you’ll save big on registration! Continue reading Patch Reef Park Programs for Bright Boca Kids | Fall 2018

So You’re Moving to Boca Raton! Now What? Tips from Veteran Moms

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 kindergartner, my veteran Boca mom friends and I have some major tips to share with families like you who are new to our area!

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Walt Disney World’s Toy Story Land with Woody & Friends is Now OPEN for Play

This Toy Story Land Orlando travel post was written by my sister and Modern Boca Mom contributor, Lauren Ricks. I am so happy she decided to share her experience with these new Disney attractions with all of us! Enjoy!


It’s OPEN! So many people (including me!) have been waiting for the arrival of Toy Story Land Orlando at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. We Floridians wanted to see it for ourselves so badly after all the hype that we even braved the summer heat!

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Winter 2018 Mommy & Me Registration Open at Grandview Preparatory School

Fall/Winter 2018 Boca Raton Mommy and Me class registration and dates are below! PLEASE CALL 561-416-9737 ext. 1311 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET

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Each #grandviewmoms “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held several times per month at Grandview Preparatory School. These Boca Raton Mommy and Me classes are  specifically tailored to capture the attention and imaginations of:

  • Babies- 6+ weeks to Walkers
  • Toddlers- Confident Walkers to Age 3

Classes include a rotating schedule of activities including dance, yoga, movement/music for toddlers and music/movement for babies. Classes are taught by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers parents the chance to have their children learn and explore in a true educational setting.

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot by Sweet Memories Photography

What do you do when the pumpkin patch you swore was open actually isn’t yet. BUT, you still need to get your daughter and nephew’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween photoshoot done?

You hire the most fabulous professional photographer you know, Sweet Memories Photography, and have her take you pumpkin and gourd shopping at the market down the street. 🙂

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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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Boca Halloween Photoshoot at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market

What do you do when it’s pouring rain out and you somehow need to get your kid’s Boca Halloween photoshoot done in a beautiful, photogenic “fall setting”? You hire the greatest professional photographer you know, Sweet Memories Photography, and IMPROVISE!

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Yep, that’s us/#dailybocaavery at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market with the best of intentions (aiming for festive pumpkin patch and hayride photos) and the worst South Florida weather. Lightning, thunder, the works!

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Have a Wonder-FALL Season at Walt Disney World

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year: FALL! Even though I’m digging the (slightly) lower temps down in Boca Raton, there’s nothing like experiencing the fall season at Disney World.

There are festive Halloween decorations, new attractions for the whole family and a farewell celebration for an old favorite departing on October 9th: Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade. We said our proper goodbyes to the classic parade earlier this month at the Magic Kingdom. I encourage you to experience it with your kids before it’s too late! It’s truly magical.

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Faking “Fall” in South Florida…How to Do It!

It’s fall y’all! Even though it doesn’t feel like it when I get into my car mid-afternoon and it reads 100 degrees. I don’t know about you, but I am sooooo over this lingering summer heat! So this New Yorker is going to fake it till we make it! We’re officially in “fall in South Florida mode” here in our home, and you could be too!

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Modern Boca Mom’s Guide to Conquering the Boca Halloween Season

Modern Boca Mom’s Guide to conquering the Boca Halloween season was previously published in 2014 as a #SceneMom contributor to LL-Scene.com


Conquering the Boca Halloween Season

Pre-mommyhood in NYC, I always considered the Halloween “Horror-Day” season to be really fun, full of no-pressure costume creativity, cocktails with dry ice and tipsy pumpkin-carving parties. October always previewed the cooler weather to come, but never fully revealed how long and awful winter was going to be.

It was a great month to live in New York City with or without (but mostly without) children.

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Fast forward, I’ve left my 20’s behind and here I am tackling “Boca Halloween Season” (yes, it becomes a season once you’re a mom) as a blogger and South Florida parent of a toddler.

Fast forward 17 months, I’ve left my 20’s behind and here I am tackling my first official “Halloween Season” (yes, it becomes a season once you’re a mom) as a blogger and South Florida parent of a toddler.

Last year was easy. My daughter was only 7 months old and would wear anything I put her in. Sadly, I severely miscalculated my costume choices for her and did not count on how hot the weather would still be down south.

Rookie fail. She looks cute but this little mouse was a sweaty Betty.

But I’ve learned from my mistakes and have a game plan for all of the kiddie events and activities this month. Fellow Modern Boca Moms take note!
  1. Have costume options ready. You know that beast called Social Media? Well your child’s costume is spoiled the minute that first Instagram photo is tagged from the “festival” you attended on October 18th. I don’t care if you’re on a budget! You have 10 days of events left lady- you need costume variety for your little prince or princess! Or who will LIKE your photo?!
  2. Stay away from nuts. And I don’t just mean the chocolate kind. Even though your kid (or you) may want that nutty candy bar, it’s frowned upon if your child’s best friend swells up and has to trick or treat in the ER on Halloween night. And trust me, you don’t want some crazy mom from Mamarama coming after you…
  3. Have a clear separation between your Mom Costume and your Adult Costume. Sorry to break the news, but no one wants to see you as a “sexy French Maid” at the neighborhood block party. End of story.
  4. Get that pumpkin patch photo or turn in your mom card. Wait- you forgot to get a pumpkin patch photo of your child? What kind of #SceneMom are you?? Everyone knows that your Facebook timeline is incomplete in October without an ‘oh so cute’ snap of your baby at Bedner’s. Extra points if they’re actually looking at the camera.
  5. Avoid Pinterest at all costs. Here I am, a MOMMY BLOGGER, telling you to avoid Pinterest. What hypocrisy! But WHY? Unless you are planning on hand-making/sewing/decoupaging your child’s costume or decorating for a Halloween from scratch, you don’t need that kind of negativity and stress in your life. #ModernBocaMoms can see #CompetitiveMoms a mile away and they run in the other direction to Party City. Or if they want to look crafty…Etsy.com.

This Modern Boca Mom will be around all month at local South Florida Halloween events! Hope to see you around!

Just look for the mom whose kid is dressed up as Tinkerbell/Dragon/Geisha/Ballerina…

In Search of South Florida Pumpkin Patches?

Pumpkin Lattes. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin beer.

T’is the season in South Florida for all things pumpkin and fall. Unfortunately the weather does not come close to even reflecting the change in season, so we South Floridians rely upon pumpkins to set the tone…and nothing says pumpkin more than a good ole South Florida PUMPKIN PATCH.

Today we shall focus on two can’t miss South Florida pumpkin patches for Fall; one in the west and one that is east.

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How to Take Your Craft Business to the Next Level

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, but you’re pretty sure you had a sewing needle. Not everyone has the craft gene, so good for you. If you spend a lot of time making things for others and have not learned how to monetize your craft business skills yet, it could be time up the ante.

Of course, you never want to rob yourself of the enjoyment of it but there’s nothing wrong with going the entrepreneurial route to bolster your income. Look at Martha Stewart! If you need some inspiration, read on for suggestions on how to take your craft business to the next level.craft business Continue reading How to Take Your Craft Business to the Next Level

MOMpreneur Monday: Style Rebel Mama & Hype Media

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!

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Ginna Tassanelli, Owner & Creator of The Style Rebel Mama and Hype Media!

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Tackling Teenage Teeth: Stop Your Boca Teen from Doing This ASAP

We’re excited to have Dr. Popper of Junior Smiles back with us this month for Part II of our “Tackling Teenage Teeth” blog series! (Read Part I about when your child might need braces HERE.) This month, Dr. Popper is talking about all of the annoying oral habits you need to get your Boca Raton teenager to stop doing NOW. I get it– easier said than done, but as parents I guess we have to try!



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I know, I know: teenagers! I guess I was one myself, thousands of years ago. Although for the life of me, I can’t believe I did any of, you know, those things teenagers do. But I did. We all did…

In terms of my own oral health, I definitely can’t forget “those things” because I’m reminded of them every day working with my Boca Raton teenager patients. I’m going to get to the lifestyle issues in just a moment, but I want to point out that there’s at least one teenage oral health issue that isn’t due to their behavioral antics.

Did you know that a little over half of all teenagers (including Boca Raton teenagers) have gum disease, aka gingivitis, in some form?

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