Pay the Day When You Join the South Palm Beach County YMCA

Are you ready to save some dough on your family’s  health and wellness goals in 2018? Then be sure to take advantage of the South Palm Beach County YMCA and their MAJOR New Year’s promotion, aptly titled “Pay the Day”!

What is it? To break it down, the joining fee for the Y basically matches whatever day of the month it is. For example, on Jan 4, you pay only $4 to join and on Jan 15, it’s $15…and on and on through the end of the month.

Palm Beach County YMCA
January 2018 “Pay the Day”

Joining the Y is a great way to kick off the year for so many reasons! Not only will your family save a ton of $$$, you’ll also receive access to both of their facilities. In fact, as a Y member, you’ll now have access to all YMCA’s everywhere you go for no extra charge. Comes in handy when you’re traveling…just saying…

DID YOU KNOW? The South Palm Beach County YMCA…

The South Palm Beach County YMCA works every day to address the needs of our community, providing programs and services to help individuals live a healthy lifestyle. And obviously, that’s the goal of most families as they start out a new year. Because seriously, these statistics are startling:

  • Approximately 1 in 3 have pre-diabetes.
  • More than 1/3 of adults are considered obese. More than 1 in 20 have extreme obesity. 74% of men are considered to be overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women.
  • One out of 3 kids are considered overweight or obese. Many kids spend less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, phone, or video-game console.
  • Chronic diseases/conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventableof all health problems.

http://South Palm Beach County YMCA

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County works to help by providing:
  • Group Exercise and Wellness programs
  • Diabetes Prevention programs
  • Parkinson’s Program
  • Adult and Youth Sports

Time to get healthy! Head over to the South Palm Beach County YMCA website to learn even more.


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by the YMCA. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 have been compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

NEW Art & Music Classes in Delray Beach for All Ages Starting January

Is your family’s New Year’s resolution to become more creative? Then you’re in luck because starting this month, Arts Garage is offering a unique menu of music and art classes in Delray Beach for all ages! And there are quite a few awesome options to choose from!

Students from age 8 to 88 are invited to channel their artistic spirit as they immerse themselves in musical theater, chorus, painting, sculpting, jazz, drumline, stenciling, and more! Students of all skill levels are encouraged to register and join in on the fun.

Register for Arts Garage music and art classes in Delray Beach >>> http://artsgarage.org/programming/

Arts Garage believes art is for everyone. They offer classes for different age levels at affordable rates. And, I absolutely love this: they say YES to every parent who wants to enroll their children in their programs! Believe it or not, they also have partial and full, need-based scholarships available for students. Parents can apply for scholarships online– it’s easy!

2018 Arts Garage Arts Education programs include:

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SCULPT, Sculpting Foundations Workshop 

Basic and proper usage of plaster, carving, casting and finishing of pieces through different processes.

Instructor: Adam Smet, Artist

  • For grades 6 to 12
  • Mondays, 5pm – 7pm
  • 9-week program
  • Starts January 8
  • Fee: $350 per student

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CONNECT 2 BROADWAY, Musical Theatre Workshop

Learn the tools to be a triple threat in this performance class focused on teaching dance, songs and scenes from favorite Broadway shows such as Wicked, Hamilton and the Lion King!

Instructor: Desiree Parkman, Former Broadway Performer and Professional Ballerina

  • Tuesdays, 4:30pm – 6pm, grades 3 to 6
  • Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8pm, grades 7 to 12
  • 12-week Program
  • Starts January 16
  • Fee: $300 per student

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SPITTFIYA, Spoken Word Workshop

SpittFiya’s Spoken Word Workshop provides a quality program designed to enable the poet to meet challenges in their lives with words, articulation and confidence.

Instructor: Chunky, Author and Nationally Known Spoken Word Poet

  • For grades 7 to 12
  • Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm
  • 9-week program
  • Starts February 1
  • Fee: $210 per student

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STRIKER’S DRUMLINE, Marching Drumline Percussion Group

Striker’s Drumline will unite and encourage young people by sharing and expressing the love for music by using percussive instruments. Not only will it teach middle school and high school kids to be part of a drumline, but it will allow them to learn critical life lessons.

Instructor: Tovah Lovely, International Drum Instructor, Percussion Director, Show Director, Music Arranger and Music Consultant

  • For grades 7 to 12
  • Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • 10-week program
  • Starts February 1
  • Fee: $250 per student
Where is Arts Garage located?

94 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33445

How to Register

To register for a class, please visit ArtsGarage.org or contact Clydia Jeudy, Director of Education: Clydia@ArtsGarage.org


Sponsored: This post about music and art classes in Delray Beach is sponsored by Arts Garage. 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. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

When It Comes to Our Boca Kids, Private Doesn’t Always Equal “Better”

We live in Boca Raton, the land of private neighborhoods, clubs, resorts and schools. Whatever type of lifestyle you have in Boca, private is usually considered “best.” As a proud card-carrying member of the middle class, my family’s lifestyle choices are mixed. We may not live in a gated community or belong to the Boca Resort, but we do attend private school (and occasionally book a room at the Resort). However when it comes to insuring our kids, I know from personal experience that private insurance somehow having a ‘higher quality of care’ than an option like Florida KidCare is totally false. Read on for some more myth busting while we’re at it!

When it Comes to Insuring Our Kids, Private Doesn't Always Equal Better
Photo by Sweet Memories Photography
Myth #1: You Can Only See Certain Doctors

Not true! Those who switch their insurance are usually able to keep their local and current pediatrician. Florida KidCare is simply a partnership for insuring our kids. It was created to help match them with high quality, child centered, affordable health insurance coverage and dental offerings.

Myth #2: There’s Only One Time of Year for Enrollment

Nope. Florida KidCare has year-­round enrollment, so the time to apply for is always now. It’s also extremely uncomplicated and low-stress for parents. Simply fill out one free application and Florida KidCare will match you with the right insurance option. It will be based on your children’s ages, household size and family income.

When it Comes to Insuring Our Kids, Private Doesn't Always Equal Better
Photo by Sweet Memories Photography
Myth #3: Only Low-Income Families are Eligible

Florida KidCare offers free and affordable health and dental insurance coverage for children from birth through 18 years of age. There is no application fee. However, Florida families who are not eligible for subsidized coverage may instead purchase insurance at the full-­pay premium rate. It is competitively priced and child-centered.

Myth #4: The Coverage for Insuring Our Kids is Limited 

All Florida KidCare program benefits include doctor visits, check­ups, hospital stays, surgeries, immunizations, prescriptions, emergencies, vision and hearing, dental, mental health services and more. What else do you need in terms of coverage?

You can apply for Florida KidCare online, speak to a representative at 1-888-540-KIDS (5437) anytime between 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. or connect with an in-person application specialist. The choice is yours!

Apply for Florida KidCare HERE
When it Comes to Insuring Our Kids, Private Doesn't Always Equal Better
Photo by Sweet Memories Photography

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Florida KidCare. 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 the provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Mommy & Me at Grandview Preparatory School: Spring 2018- Spots Still Available!

#grandviewmoms Spring 2018 class registration and dates are below! PLEASE CALL 561-416-9737 ext. 1311 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET

mommy and me at Grandview

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 3 times per month (per age group) at Grandview Preparatory School. 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.

How great is that?!

Haven’t heard of Grandview Preparatory School? Now in their 20th year, they are an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997 in east Boca Raton. Student enrollment is offered for Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12.

Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values.  In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.

mommy and me at Grandview


COST:

  1. Babies Class Pass SPRING 2018 Session 1 (Babies-Walkers, 9 classes/$15.00 per class) is $135.00 for January-March 2018 classes.
  2. Babies Class Pass SPRING 2018 Session 2 (Babies-Walkers, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for April-May 2018 classes
  3. Toddlers Class Pass SPRING 2018 Session 1 (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 9 classes/$15.00 per class) is $135.00 for January-March 2018 classes.
  4. Toddlers Class Pass SPRING 2018 Session 2 (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for April-May 2018 classes

Please see details below on how to register for the “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me” summer session!


“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Baby Class Dates:

SPRING SESSION 1: 6 Weeks- Walking

JANUARY 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

1/17 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

1/24 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

1/31 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

FEBRUARY 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

2/7 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

2/14 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah- Valentine’s Edition

2/21 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

MARCH 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

3/7 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

3/14 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

3/28 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

PLEASE EMAIL: MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET TO REGISTER

SPRING SESSION 2: 6 Weeks- Walking

APRIL 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

4/4 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

4/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

4/25 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

MAY 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

5/2 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

5/16 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

5/30 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING 2018 BABIES SESSION 2


“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Toddler Class Dates:

SPRING SESSION 1: Strong Walkers – Age 3

JANUARY 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

1/16 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Espinosa

1/23 TODDLERS- Dance with Ms. Espinosa

1/30 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

FEBRUARY 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

2/6 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Espinosa

2/13 TODDLERS- Dance with Ms. Espinosa- Valentine’s Edition

2/27 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

MARCH 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

3/6 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Espinosa

3/13 TODDLERS- Dance with Ms. Espinosa

3/27 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

PLEASE EMAIL: MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET TO REGISTER

SPRING SESSION 2: Strong Walkers – Age 3

APRIL 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

4/3 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Espinosa

4/10 TODDLERS- Dance with Ms. Espinosa

4/24 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

MAY 2018 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

5/8 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Espinosa

5/15 TODDLERS- Dance with Ms. Espinosa

5/29 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING 2018 TODDLERS SESSION 2


Located at: Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton, FL 33431


Space is limited to 15 families for babies and 15 families for toddlers (per class). Please note: the “Mommy & Me Yoga” and “Dance” classes are only for children who are walking confidently on their own.*


Please note that Grandview Preparatory School is a peanut and tree nut-free campus. For the safety of their students, we ask that you refrain from bringing any item that may include peanuts and/or tree nuts (including those items that are processed in the same facility). Thank you for your adherence to this policy.


Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. 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. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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: https://www.sfsciencecenter.org/

  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:  http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/

  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: http://www.lioncountrysafari.com/

  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: http://www.sugarsandpark.org/

  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: https://www.bocamuseum.org/

  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: http://www.bedners.com/upick.html

  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: https://www.werockthespectrumkidsgym.com/

  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: Delray Beach Clinical Psychologist, KC Charette

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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 KC Charette, Delray Beach Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders!

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Going Back to School After Winter Break: 4 Tips on How to Cope Without Hittin’ the Sauce

The kids went back to school today! Hurrah! Hurrah! How did your morning go? Was it smooth sailing or did you encounter a little push-back from your little (or big) ones? My daughter was excited to return to her class and friends, but I basically forgot everything at home– nap stuff, water bottle, laptop… It’s tough to get back into a daily routine heading back to school after winter break! #needmorecoffee #needtodrinklesswine

Here are 4 tips from me and my friends at Grandview Preparatory School that I’m putting into place this week to help your family and mine cope with going back to school after winter break:
Get to bed EARLY

Not only the kids, but you too, mama. Hitting the snooze button over and over again does not start your day off on the right note. If everyone in your household gets more sleep as they go back to school after winter break, your whole family will be in higher spirits…and not the alcoholic kind. Plus, you’ll be better equipped to fight off any colds going around.

school after winter break

Susan Rose, the Personalized Learning Coordinator at Grandview Preparatory Schoolrecommends families:

  • Dim the lights and light a few candles before bedtime. Put on calming music and try to lower the energy level in the house.
  • Create a bedtime routine that does not involve the use of a screen. The light emitted from the screen is thought to have a detrimental effect on circadian rhythms, thus disrupting sleep.
  • Reading to your children or telling them stories at bedtime will  also create a calming routine for sleep. This is also one of the best methods for increasing a child’s literacy skills.

MBMom Tip: Sleep better with this lavender bed spray. {Affiliate link}

Set everything by the door

Don’t do what I did this morning. Put all of the bags you and your children will need for the next day right by the front door. That way everything is completely visible as you load up the car the next morning. P.S. Don’t you wish your entryway looked like this?

school after winter break

Start planning your next family vacation

We all need something to look forward to! Why not start planning your Spring Break cruise or trip to visit family in another part of the country. There’s always Walt Disney World too…

Ms. Rose also recommends sharing excitement with your kids about the fun activities the second half of the school year will bring!  Look through the calendar and talk about all of the fun events your school has coming up such as Homecoming, Spring Concerts and Family Fun Night.

Meal plan

I know it takes time, but whip out your planner and figure out which nights you’ll need to plan dinner for during the week ahead. This will save your sanity and make grocery shopping a lot easier. We love using a service like HelloFresh to take the pressure off planning a couple meals each week (Save $30 on your first box with my code BOCAMOM30).

As for the AM, I’ve been digging Jamba Juice for the mornings when I need a quick and healthy breakfast. Their juice shots are amazing!

Second half of the school? You got this, mamas!


Susan Rose is the Personalized Learning Coordinator at Grandview Preparatory School.  Her role at Grandview involves a variety of responsibilities geared toward individualizing the learning experience for the student.  She believes the best gift we can give students is to help them realize and strengthen their strengths.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University,  Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Kentucky, and an Educational Specialist degree in Brain Based Learning from Nova Southeastern University.  


Sponsored: This Going Back to School After Winter Break: 5 Tips on How to Cope post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School and 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, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: Elena Carissimo of Lang Realty Delray Beach

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 Elena Carissimo, a Realtor at Lang Realty Delray Beach!

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