Pregnant In a Pandemic: A Survival Guide For Boca Moms-To-Be

Welcome to pregnancy! Who doesn’t love those body changes and aches, the constant urge to pee, food cravings and aversions, the beaming (searing?) South Florida sun… And now, it’s all in the midst of a pandemic! Let’s add in masks, social distancing and a very odd state of affairs to the mix…and here we are as budding Boca moms-to-be!

While your journey through pregnancy may not look exactly how you envisioned it, the reward at the end of this incredibly strange year(s) is pretty much the best gift you’ll ever receive! {There IS a light (and a cocktail) at the end of the tunnel!}

But that doesn’t stop the stress, the over-thinking, and the desperate need to plan every last detail in a world that currently allows for NO planning! (Thanks for nothing, C*VID!) Luckily, as a veteran Boca mom, I can prepare you along with the help of the experts prior to activating your membership to the best club you’ll ever join. I spoke to the baby whisperers over at Boca VIPediatrics and together, we compiled this list to help you keep calm and mama on…even in the midst of a pandemic.

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Why Boca Raton, Florida is the Healthiest Place to Raise a Child

I’m a mom. And I live in Boca Raton. Hooray! I personally think our town has everything you need (and more) to raise an awesome kid. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this blog. But where do we stand when it comes to health? Boca Raton, Florida is the healthiest place to raise a child. Or is it?

I reached out to the board certified pediatricians at Boca VIPediatrics to find out the facts…

Here are our Top 5 reasons why Boca Raton is the healthiest place to raise a child:

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How to Enjoy Central Florida’s Westgate River Ranch on a Budget

Feeling the urge to get outdoors and embrace your inner cowgirl, but don’t know where to start? Experience one of the last untouched pieces of Florida wilderness at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in Central Florida about two hours northwest of Boca Raton. Families have the opportunity to kick back and relax (in their favorite cowboy hats of course) in “the beautiful, great wide open.” The Ranch, which is situated on 1,700 acres overlooking the scenic Kissimmee River, features horseback riding, an award-winning Saturday night rodeo and so much more. And believe it or not, it’s totally possible to do Westgate River Ranch on a budget! Let me tell you how…

Westgate River Ranch on a budget
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A Dreamy, but Safe Family Road Trip to Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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!

Safe Fall Family Road Trip to Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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How to Take a Safe & Healthy Orlando Trip for Families…Right Now

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 Palm Beach 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!

P.S. we learned a lot….

Healthy Orlando Trip for Families with Melia Orlando Celebration
We took this trip with our good friends and QuaranTEAM buddies, Tania and Liv!

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How to Plan a Space Coast Family Road Trip from South Florida

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!

Space Coast family road trip

And we have all the COVID-era tips and tricks to help you plan the best visit for your crew… Continue reading How to Plan a Space Coast Family Road Trip from South Florida

Affordable Landscaping in Boca Raton is a Reality with Yards Plus

If you’ve read Modern Boca Mom for some time, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that my husband, Handy Andy and 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!

Affordable landscaping in Boca Raton Yards Plus
Hi Sayeed!

Yards Plus is Palm Beach County’s premier landscaping specialists. Serving Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach, they specialize in providing complete landscape planning, design, management, renovation and maintenance services.

They did a fantastic job on our yard. I have been especially thrilled with the customer service and post-project text follow up to make sure everything is going…er GROWING…ok! 

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The Boca Raton Laundry Service Local Moms Never Knew They Needed

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!

Boca Raton Laundry Service & Laundry Room Makeover

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.

Boca Raton Laundry Service & Laundry Room Makeover

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West Boca Medical Center Pediatrics & Obstetrics | How the West Became the Best

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

The Best (and Most Affordable) Takeout Family Meals in Boca Raton

Besides a lot more quality time with my family and the slower pace of life, I would have to say the best thing to come out of this global pandemic has been easy (and affordable!) takeout family meals in Boca Raton. We typically order them once a week, especially if my mom joins us for dinner. They have been a lifesaver if we don’t feel like grocery shopping, cooking or cleaning the kitchen…which is often these days. Ugh. Continue reading The Best (and Most Affordable) Takeout Family Meals in Boca Raton

Boca Raton Patio and Pool Makeover Reveal featuring Outer

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.

Boca Raton Patio and Pool Makeover
Yuck.

See all those spots? No matter how hard we tried to clean them, black algae would constantly settle in, especially during the hot, summer months. The pool’s surface had worn away in many places due to its age and, in my opinion, was an eyesore considering it was a focal point of our house. Continue reading Boca Raton Patio and Pool Makeover Reveal featuring Outer

New Ice Rink Coming to Boca Raton in 2021

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.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Boca School Tour

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.

My resource? The Director of Admission at Grandview Preparatory School, Stephanie Wood.

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What to Know About Buying a House in Boca & Beyond: 5 Things to Note

Many people dream of the day they are buying a house in Boca and beyond. This includes parents who want to provide their kids with a stable environment where they can grow up. If it’s the right time for you, it can be a thrilling process. However, it can also be stressful (hello 2021!). To help you avoid any pitfalls, we wanted to share what we wish we knew before buying a house, so that you can be sure to make the best choice for you and your family. Continue reading What to Know About Buying a House in Boca & Beyond: 5 Things to Note

3 Ways to Invest in Your Sleep as a Mom (When It Doesn’t Come Easily)

Looking to improve your sleep? You’d be wise to do so. Sleep has so many important effects on your mind and body. Good sleep can strengthen your immune system, improve your memory, boost your mood, and increase your concentration. Poor quality sleep, on the other hand, can lead to stress, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.

If you want to take your sleep to the next level, it’s time to invest in your sleeping routine. Read on to learn our favorite ways to invest in your sleep and achieve the best sleep possible. Continue reading 3 Ways to Invest in Your Sleep as a Mom (When It Doesn’t Come Easily)

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