If there’s anything I’ve learned from working at a local school AND having a young child during the holiday season, it’s that manners tend to go out the (tastefully decorated) window. I strongly believe in etiquette. But, when there’s a million and one things that need attention during this busy time of year, sometimes manners…well, slide. Luckily one local mom had a brilliant idea to get children to start thinking about themselves, their actions and the way they interact with others through an easy and fun online character. Meet Sir Dapp!
Winter/Spring 2019 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 FOR THE QUICKEST RESPONSE.
Each #grandviewmoms “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held weekly 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 and partners in our own dedicated classroom. Our program offers parents the chance to have their children learn and explore in a true educational setting.
How great is that?! Continue reading Winter/Spring 2019 Mommy & Me Class Registration
Get ready…because winter is HERE! And that means tons of Boca Raton winter fun for kids throughout the months of December and January at Sugar Sand Park! And the kick-off event is sponsored by…me, Modern Boca Mom! (See my logo on the graphic?) I love working with Boca Raton parks. 🙂
Just thinkin’ about…tomorrow! Well, actually November 29th at The Wick. Because Annie coming to Boca Raton (yes, THAT ANNIE) is something pretty exciting for our little theater-obsessed family. And if you haven’t visited The Wick theater yet, you are missing out!
This musical couldn’t arrive in our town at a more perfect time since children’s theater, Showtime Boca Raton, is also putting on an Annie Kidz on Stage program starting in December. Children ages 3-4 and 5-7 can learn songs from the production every Saturday starting December 8th (2018) with a big group performance to come later this winter. You better believe #dailybocaavery is already signed up for Kidz on Stage! Who has a curly red wig and dress we can borrow?
Sing it with me! Walking in a…Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland!!! Okay, maybe I changed up the classic holiday tune a little bit, but that’s not stopping me from announcing that Hoffman’s Chocolates 28th Annual Winter Wonderland is now open (starting 11/17/18) to the public for the 2018 holiday season!
Located at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens in Greenacres (5190 Lake Worth Road), the popular holiday event and lights display will run through December 30th (2018). We can’t wait to check it out this year.
Parents sometimes need to bring their children to the dentist in between regular checkups. Sometimes, it’s for a planned treatment. Then, there are those…more urgent scenarios. Crash. Boom. OUCH! A pediatric dental emergency in Boca Raton can happen at any time, anywhere. Hence, Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles advises parents to recognize when one is underway.
Pediatric Dental Trauma
Childhood is a never-ending adventure. Over the years, most kids manage to chip and crack their teeth. They get their teeth knocked loose or knocked out. Things get stuck between them. In fact, Dr. Popper occasionally sees a patient with a tooth knocked in. Knocked into the jawbone. Whoa. Continue reading Would You Be Ready for a Pediatric Dental Emergency?
This Boca mama can truly appreciate a good deal, especially around holiday time! Every little bit saved helps, right? So, I’m happy to announce our exclusive retail partnership with Palm Beach Outlets this 2018 holiday season! There are so many reasons to head 15-20 minutes north for everyone on your list. From a complimentary breakfast and FREE Santa photo at Palm Beach Outlets to brand new store openings and a special #GivingTuesday initiative, we are loving what we are snowing…I mean SEEING up in Palm Beach!
I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. On one hand, it’s the holidays! Happiness and joy! On the other hand, it’s also the season of SICK. It’s when our kids bring home ALL OF THE GERMS and pass it on to us: the caretakers. The list makers. The meal creators. The housekeepers. It is brutal. Did you know last year’s Boca Raton cold and flu season was one of the worst and longest on record? This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending everyone get their flu shots early.
It’s also why I’ve partnered with Scotties Facial Tissues, to share the 5 (REAL) Thoughts Every Mom has During Boca Raton Cold and Flu Season.
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 Photography so 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?
Boca Raton Train Museum 2018 Holiday photo shoot
If you are lucky enough to reside in Boca Raton, Florida and have our town’s pristine beaches at your disposal year-round, it’s hard (at least in my opinion) to justify going on a “beach vacation” with your family. Nine times out of ten, I’d rather spend my holiday budget on a cruise, Disney World or a country residing on the other side of the Atlantic. But after my first visit to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the 2018 Social Media on the Sand Conference (SMOTS), call me a convert!
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!
Every grandparent (whether a Boca grandparent or beyond) is looking for ways to spoil their grandchild rotten, am I right? What if I told you that this holiday season, Modern Boca Mom has the exclusive on the gift that will surpass all the rest? So great, in fact, that Boca moms, dads, and grandchildren can all benefit!
It’s not a doll, or a drone, or an adorable outfit that you found at the Town Center Mall. It’s an annual experience that is unsurpassed by anything you could wrap in a box. Continue reading The Top Holiday Gift Every Boca Grandparent Should Know About
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*!
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…
After an exhaustive time traveling to/from the northeast for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, we vowed to stay local for Christmas. Well, easier said than done, especially when Disney invites you to come see their Candlelight Processional at Epcot two days after Christmas. You don’t say no to Disney when you’re a blogger. 😉 So, I was really excited when BubbleBum® reached out with some amazing recommendations for travel gear for kids– great for the car or on a plane/in transit.
BubbleBum is actually a family-owned company founded by mom of two, Grainne Kelly. Grainne was frustrated having to transport bulky, hard booster seats on planes and car rental companies not providing booster seats for her children. So, she designed her own portable booster seat and other travel innovations too!
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.
When you’re an annual passholder at Walt Disney World, there’s no weirder feeling than going to the parks without your kid(s) and all their “stuff” in tow. Alas, that’s just what I did before Thanksgiving when I was invited to unwrap the holiday magic at Disney with a fabulous group of media friends. I still haven’t told #dailybocaavery. What she doesn’t know can’t hurt her, right?
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.
Children have a great time during the holiday season. As for parents, it’s definitely a fun but also very busy time with many distractions, long to-do lists and changes in routine. In order to fully enjoy the season, it is important to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Take appropriate safety measures and follow these 10 holiday safety tips for kids that will help everyone in the family, especially the little ones, enjoy a safe holiday season! Continue reading Holiday Safety Tips for Kids: MBMom’s Top 10
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!