Summer may be just around the corner, but we’re already thinking ahead to Halloween and the 7th Annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival! Sugar Sand Park Community Center is searching for the best and brightest amateur filmmakers to create family-friendly films for Boca’s Spooky Film Festival. It will coincide with the 14th year of Shriek Week, running October 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, (2018).
My daughter already has her costume in mind. So, I honestly think this announcement for Boca’s Spooky Film Festival is right on time!
Calling All Amateur Filmmakers for Boca’s Spooky Film Festival 2018!
In case you don’t have editing experience or software on hand, the Boca Raton Public Library is offering participants the use of the Downtown Library Discovery Studio’s editing software on selected Saturdays in August and September. You do not need a library card and an experienced staff member will be on hand to help.
Prizes will be awarded for the best youth (ages 12-17), family, and adult-created film. Film formats may include:
Digital comic books.
The films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals (which are pretty impressive- see them here!).
All films are due in person to the Sugar Sand Park Community Center or postmarked by September 30, 2018. Prizes will be announced this summer.
Fans can watch and vote for their favorite films online October 1-31 for the People’s Choice Award. Selected films will be shown in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week. They are so smart and screen them while patrons are waiting in the queue for the Haunted House. I love that they do this!
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Well, I’m almost a month late in writing this post, but my excuse is: #itsgonnabemay. It’s truly the craziest month of the year. Yikes. But my baby girl turned 5 years old on the first of this month! I can’t believe it. It feels just yesterday that I was writing about planning #dailybocaavery’s1st birthday party on this brand spankin new blog and stressing about themes and food and all that jazz. This year, we took it easy on ourselves (I think?) and decided to plan a trip to NYC in lieu of a birthday party. We had a great time in the city seeing Broadway shows and the sites. However, I wanted to do something local to commemorate the big 0-5! So, I enlisted the help of Naomi Phelps from Sweet Memories Photography and scheduled a little photoshoot in Mizner Park on the eve of Avery’s 5th birthday.
After a pit stop at Publix for some pink balloons (and some gusty winds), the magic really started happening with our photographer, Naomi. Check out some of my favorite shots from Sweet Memories Photography!
5th Birthday Photoshoot in Mizner Park
Scheduling your own photoshoot in Mizner Park (or elsewhere) with Sweet Memories Photography is easy and so, so worth it!
Request the $299.00 Boca Mom package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location PLUS a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which I kind of love. One price = all the photos
Download your photos and enjoy them as much as we love ours!
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After visiting the Walt Disney World Swan in late 2016 and learning about the multi-phase, multi-year, $140 million redesign project that planned to transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel, I wanted to go back to check out the progress on our first trip to #visitpandora.
Disclosure: The Dolphin provided us with a media rate to stay on property. This allowed us to check out all of the new guest room features as well as their gorgeous new lobby.
The renovated rooms now include upgraded furniture as well as all of the latest technology including large HD TVs. Additional power outlets provide family travelers (and bloggers) more options for use of multiple personal electronics. And of course, we love a good balcony room with a view!
The new room design was inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere. I think they succeeded!
MBMom Tip: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offers 17 restaurants and lounges. Take advantage!
We especially loved the all-new look of Phins in the Dolphin lobby. Phins is a contemporary lounge where guests can enjoy sipping on custom-crafted cocktails, a glass of vintage wine, or even a frosty mug of special Phins and Feathers beer. You can then enjoy your drinks under the sophisticated ambiance of a spectacular custom-made crystal chandelier. It’s gorgeous, trust me.
Our family also took advantage of the grab and go restaurant, fuel, in the Dolphin lobby. If you’re looking to stock up with snacks for the theme parks, this place will come in handy. We filled up on coffee and ready-made breakfast sandwiches before heading to Animal Kingdom to check out the World of Avatar highlights.
MBMom Tip:Complimentary bus transportation is available to all of the parks from the Swan and Dolphin. Or, you can take a short water taxi to Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios™. The Walt Disney World Dolphin is also ridiculously close to Disney’s Boardwalk, which is a really cool area! We grabbed pizza over there on our last night.
As for Pandora… Walt Disney’s World of Avatar Highlights
We might be one of the last ones to the party, but we FINALLY had the time (and Disney Annual Passes) to visit Pandora: The World of Avatar this February. Granted we were daytime visitors, but I feel like we got a healthy dose of this new attraction, especially when it came to the cuisine. But, we do look forward to returning again to see it in all its glory at night!
When you enter the World of Avatar, you essentially become an eco-tourist. You’ll encounter floating mountains, a glowing, bioluminescent rainforest and other wonders of an alien world. The premise of the land is that the Valley of Mo’ara on Pandora is undergoing a rebirth long after a destructive mining operation ceased operation. Eco-tourists (aka us!) for the first time, can travel to this exoplanet located in the Alpha Centauri star system 4.4 light years from Earth. Pretty cool, huh?
My 4 year-old daughter didn’t really know anything about the movie prior to entering the land, but she was game for it all (albeit not tall enough to ride Flight of Passage yet, so we missed that one this time). Instead she settled for face painting this trip.
World of Avatar Flora
The Walt Disney Imagineering landscape architecture team worked side by side with the land’s design and engineering teams to ensure that thousands of Pandoran plants fit into the overall landscape plan. You truly couldn’t tell the real plants from the fake apart. It was impressive!
More than 250 varieties of live trees, shrubs and epiphytes mingle with the Pandoran. The Disney horticulture team planted more than 500 trees and nearly 10,000 shrubs across the Pandoran landscape.
Na’vi River Journey
At the center of Pandora is a riparian area, where waterfalls cascade from the mountaintops into gentle pools and streams. One stream follows a peaceful path along the entry to Pandora. The other flows into the Na’vi River Journey, where guests board reed boats for an excursion to see the revered Shaman of Songs.
We loved hopping on the reed boat for Na’vi River Journey. Seeing all of the glowing flora and fauna were some of the top World of Avatar highlights for me! The best part was that it’s a very family-friendly water adventure…aka slow. 😉
All of this adventure had us working up an appetite! We headed to the brand new Satu’li Canteen(formerly the RDA mess hall) to indulge in the international-inspired cuisine, vegetarian options and specialty libations crafted from Pandora’s natural abundance. We weren’t disappointed and there is virtually no wait if you visit on the earlier side of your day. Here’s what we sampled:
I also sneaked over to the Pongu Pongu Lounge for a quick cocktail while #dailybocaavery was getting her face painted. The “bioluminescent” frozen cocktail Night Blossom hit the spot for this thirsty traveler! The drink is a mix of limeade combined with apple and desert pear flavors finished off with passion fruit boba balls…and rum if you’d like it. It’s very tasty and unique!
At night, you’ll see that many of the walkways and paths, like the alien plant life that surrounds them, are bioluminescent. A treatment added to some of the Pandoran walkways gives them a glowing quality. Talk about World of Avatar highlights! Charged by sunlight and reinforced by black light, the glowing pathways literally come to life in the evening.
We can’t wait to travel there again! Have you been to #visitpandorayet?
Special thanks to Mazda USA for providing our ride to/from Orlando in the 2018 Mazda CX-9!
When I was a fresh-faced 14 year old, a newly minted freshman at Boca High, I had scraggly (but virgin!) eyebrows. I struggle to remember them clearly, but they were just begging to be shaped. My new friend at the time, an expert in all things makeup, offered to tweeze them in true late nineties fashion: THIN. They were on trend for awhile, but now I think most of us late 90’s/early 2000’s teenagers regret our eyebrow grooming decisions back then. Luckily there are rehab centers…brow services in Boca that can help get our eyebrows back up to snuff through professional shaping or microblading. And I want to introduce you to the best! Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare.
Have you met Wafa?
I first heard about Wafa Alsaid through my friends at Boca Raton magazine. There was a big write-up about her brow services in Boca in a recent print issue. The article talked about how Wafa would spend a meticulous 30 minutes making sure every hair in your brow(s) was tamed and trimmed until perfect. I had to give her a try.
When I booked my session (they work by appointment only), I was one of the first lucky few customers to visit their new location at 7400 N Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton. It’s a big open space and there is art everywhere.
You see, Wafa began as an oil painting artist, but her love for eyebrows sprouted when she was only 16 years old. Her two passions, art and eyebrows, took over when she decided to combine her artistic eye with the science of permanent makeup. She believes every woman should be able to wake up confident. I believe in that too…even though my confidence is also boosted by coffee and under eye concealer. 😉
I prefer to get my eyebrows threaded, so I booked that service plus tinting. It’s amazing how many invisible blonde hairs make an appearance after tinting! My brows were already more full after only one brow services in Boca appointment.
Now, a few months have passed and I’m pretty happy with the brow progress we’ve made. But, I’ve made an appointment for microblading with Wafa’s daughter, Luna. Yep, Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare is a family business! I have a few areas that I’d like to have filled out, so make sure you’re following Modern Boca Mom on Facebook and Instagram to see the video coming up soon!
For a full list of brow services in Boca at Wafa’s Brow Art, click here. Or call to book your appointment! 561-501-1068
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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*!
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/
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/
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/
La–La Land Kids Indoor Playground is a 15,000 square foot indoor playground designed specifically to keep your children happy for hours. They have a three level indoor play structure (covering over 5,600 square feet) that has a variety of activities for your kids to enjoy such as: a giant 4 person wave slide, foam ball fountain, two foam ball dumping baskets, rainbow bridges, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, two automatic foam ball loading machines, donut slides, ninja course, rope course, rock climbing wall. And if that wasn’t enough they have soft play rides like a spinning coconut tree.
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…
It’s been 14 years since the INCREDIBLES swooped into movie theaters (2004, OMG…I graduated from college that year). Now, I actually have a kid to take to see the sequel coming out on June 15th! To celebrate the 2018 Disney movie opening, we have some awesome movie coloring sheets and activities available for download! They will probably come in handy with all of these rainy days and bored kiddos, so check them out below. Here’s what you can expect from INCREDIBLES 2!
ABOUT THE MOVIE
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
INCREDIBLES 2 Movie Coloring Sheets and Activities
I’ve never had an overwhelming urge to be a “lady who lunches.” Every once in a while it’s fun, don’t get me wrong (cheers!) But, I’d much rather be a successful #momboss. I have found that the only way to really stay motivated as a MOMpreneur is to surround yourself with other successful women. And, becoming a Wing Woman in Boca Raton is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal!
So, what exactly is a “Wing Woman”? A Wing Woman is a person that always has your back and “that will support you when your wings are tired and celebrate you when you want to fly,” according to President Mary Wong of the non-profit Listen Learn Care Foundation(formerly known as the Office Depot Foundation).
So, How Does One Become a Wing Woman in Boca Raton? It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
Attend a Wing Woman Wednesday event.“Wing Woman Wednesday” is an initiative created and supported by the Listen Learn Care Foundation. Launched one year ago, Wing Woman Wednesday was created due to demand following the foundation’s annual Women’s Symposium. Hundreds of women, who had come together seeking out both personal and professional growth, requested an opportunity to continue to connect, network and learn from one another after the conference was over. This is the result of that request.
Set goals. On the second Wednesday of every month at “Wing Woman Wednesday”, both non-profit and for-profit business leaders are hosted at various locations across Palm Beach County. At the event, attendees are asked to set goals that will help them achieve their dreams
Learn how to support each other during times of struggle. This is a key component to having a successful business and being a Wing Woman! The Wing Woman events typically require a nominal fee and offer attendees a speaker, dinner, networking, prizes and much more.
Join the next Wing Woman Wednesday
Theme: Experience the Power of Sound Healing
Who: Sunny Arfa, Empowerment Meditation Coach and the Founder of Feel Great Meditate
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton
Details: Sunny Arfa is an Empowerment Meditation coach and the Founder of Feel Great Meditate. She teaches many styles of meditation. Sunny offers tools and techniques to reduce stress, quiet the mind, balance emotions and manifest with greater ease. She will be guiding attendees through an EMPOWERING Meditation to quiet the mind, balance emotions and set our intention from a peaceful mind and heart.
Sunny will guide you on a mind journey of inner peace by using FREQUENCY INFUSED MUSIC along with pranayama (breathing techniques). That will allow you to experience the power of Sound Healing. She will guide you through two effective tools to access Sound Codes that unlock gates of consciousness. Get ready to consciously create your magical life so you MANIFEST with greater ease!
Discover the powerful benefits of conscious breathing
Experience 3 different ways that music and sound are healing
Raise the vibration of energy in your body with sound
Unblock worries, doubts and fears so you can manifest with greater ease
The best part? June 2018’s Wing Woman Wednesday event is FREE! Just be sure to register here.
Sponsored: This Wing Woman in Boca Raton post was sponsored by BlueIvy PR. 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.
Sometimes, even the most seasoned of couples can use a little spice in their life. After you have children, it’s so easy to fall into the day-to-day parenting routine, unintentionally pushing romance to the backseat of your relationship. That “backseat” description is rather perfect too, because this blog post is all about taking road trips for a healthy marriage! (I just love it when the blog writing flows, LOL…)
My point is, sometimes you need to get AWAY to focus on YOU as a couple…not JUST as ‘mom and dad.’ Eliminate the kids = eliminate the distractions.
For us, that meant taking a kid-free trip to our college town of St. Augustine, FL! To get there (and home again), we partnered with Mazda to experience their 2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring. Even though it has 4 doors, I wouldn’t personally classify it as a family sedan– I reserve Mazda’s SUV’s for that honor. It was a “zippy red car with a sunroof”…and so much more as we headed up I-95 to our nation’s oldest city by ourselves.
Road Trips for a Healthy Marriage
On our 4 hour drive north from Boca Raton, we definitely enjoyed the Mazda3’s leatherette-trimmed sport seats and steering wheel. Our car’s MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System also kept us entertained with us taking full advantage of Sirius XM satellite radio and the navigation system. The icing on the Mazda cake? Our Grand Touring boasted a Bose® 9 speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2. Sound heaven I tell you. There’s nothing better than Bose!
The Mazda3 has SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS which is a new technology that helps give drivers and passengers a less fatiguing drive. This is key both on long drives and when scooting around town. Learn more about that tech on the Mazda website HERE.
Solo in St. Augustine
Once we arrived in St. Augustine at our bed & breakfast (a super cute “old Florida” place, The Cozy Inn), we opened up a bottle of wine and relaxed. Alone in a hotel room with a guaranteed full night’s sleep ahead of us? Ooh la la!
We had a couple of college alumni events to attend the following day, but aside from those we could do whatever we wanted! I had a strong urge to sleep in and go shopping for clothes at the outlet mall (in peace). Modern Boca Dad wanted to get craft cocktails (love Odd Birds) and have a nice dinner (I highly recommend Preserved restaurant in Lincolnville). We did it all– without rushing, without begging a little person to put on shoes and without having to wipe, feed or chase anyone. It was heaven.
This summer, I highly recommend adding “taking road trips for a healthy marriage” to the top of your to do list. Being a mother is wonderful and you don’t have to go far to spice up your marriage. But maybe like me, you’ll actually get back to feeling connected to your partner as a wife and adult woman again. It’s a great feeling!
Disclosure: Modern Boca Mom was loaned a 2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring for the period of one week for consideration in this blog post.
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