As 2020 gets ready to come to a close (CAN I GET AN AMEN?!), we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While we’re still in the thick of COVID-19 cases in and around the country, better testing, contact tracing, and even a vaccine is here! It’s time to start planning for what life will look like in post-COVID Boca Raton after this crazy year. We’ve had almost 365 days of missed experiences and a crystal clear look at what happens when material things become useless. What emerged in 2020 was the realization that health, safety, wellness, and family are all we need.
Never have I received more Instagram DM’s than when we embarked on our recent family road trip to Tennessee for Thanksgiving break. And it wasn’t even a sponsored gig this time! I knew I had to write a blog post about it for you all who may be considering a similar escape to the mountains. We decided to go because our extended family members decided to do something different for the November holiday this year. We’re staying home for Winter Break, so I definitely wanted to find a fun (safe) change of scenery for our fall vaca. I’d like to think we succeeded, taking a memorable 12+ hour drive north to the Smoky Mountains. Here are my travel tips on how to take your family on a dreamy yet safe road trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the fall!
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!
Never in a million years would I have thought my family and I’d be taking so many road trips in 2020. Like most, I’m still too nervous to get on a plane with my husband and daughter…but we’re all craving a major change of scenery. Luckily, we live in Florida and there are so many fun, active and cultural things to do right in our state’s backyard–even just two hours from Boca Raton! This in and of itself makes for a great long weekend away. So, let me ask you this: What do you get when you combine space, surf, sun and tons of cool animal species? A SUPER FUN Space Coast family road trip!
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.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned while being a mom, it’s that parents (and parents-to-be) like OPTIONS. Whether it’s schools (public vs. private, home school), healthcare (traditional, holistic) or even ice cream (fro-yo, nitrogen, standard fare), Boca moms *in particular* like to have choices. We are fortunate to live in a place where that is our reality…especially when it comes to ice cream. 😉 In the healthcare category, our city has two hospitals and several more nearby. However, I’m of the mommy mind that ‘west is best’ and am thrilled to announce a 2020 partnership with West Boca Medical Center pediatrics and obstetrics! Here’s why they are my top choice for hospital care… Continue reading West Boca Medical Center Pediatrics & Obstetrics | How the West Became the Best→
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.
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.
If you have school-age children…or younger kids you can’t wait to send off to the old schoolhouse (no shame in thinking it, Boca moms- we all could use a break!), then you’re probably aware that it’s peak admission season. I’ve seen parents all over town fretting about different education options for their kids, frantically booking a Boca school tour here and there, east and west to see which is the best fit for their little snowflake.
I was in that boat last year when looking for a private preschool for #dailybocaavery. And, I want to share what I learned about the search process and making the most of your Boca school tour.
If I had to pick just one, the word I’d choose to represent 2020 would be: safety. Keeping our kids safe is at the top of every parent’s list and this year was quite a doozy. It’s pretty much our number one job aside from keeping the snacks flowing. And with the holidays coming, my partner West Boca Medical Center and I wanted to offer some valuable gift and toy safety advice for parents.