What You Should LOVE About Your Boca Raton School

Valentine’s Day is this week and I’m feeling the looooovvvveeee! But reality check: it also falls on a Wednesday. I know that despite my romantic dinner plans, it’s still a Boca Raton school night. So, it’s a good thing my family LOVES our school!

It’s no secret #dailybocaavery attends and I work a few days each week at Grandview Preparatory School. I helped launch their Modern Boca Mommy & Me program there in 2014 and literally counted down the days until Avery was old enough to attend their Early Childhood program (age 3- FYI). We love it there for so many unique reasons. And even though I want all of my readers to enroll their kids at Grandview, I chatted with their faculty and staff to compile a few reasons why you should also love YOUR Boca Raton school!

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Your Boca Raton School is a Community

it takes a village to raise a child and your school should be that village, working together to know the whole child.

Grandview Learning Specialist, Susan Rose loves that “our small community of teachers all know their student and go out of their way to be supportive and helpful.” Second grade teacher, Alberto Flores likes that “Grandview classrooms are open and welcoming to families anytime!” I definitely take advantage of that policy when I’m on campus. 😉

It’s Even an Extension of Your Own Family

Your school should become the family you CHOOSE!

5th grade teacher, Jill Kittredge thinks, “Grandview families love the fact that our school is an extension of their own family.  They know that when their children are dropped off in the morning that they will be loved and cared for as if they were our own children.  Families know that their children are in a safe and happy environment, which encourages better learning at all levels. “

Peace of mind is priceless, amirite?

Family Time is Invaluable

Life becomes so much easier when siblings can attend school together and see each other at various times throughout the day. It’s also ideal when the whole family can participate in both learning and extracurricular activities on the same schedule.

Grandview Head of School, Jackie Westerfield says, “Time is such a valuable asset in this day and age, most families benefit from shared experiences that don’t involve balancing multiple school calendars and schedules.”

I have a hard enough time balancing my own work/life schedule. It’s so nice that our school works to make events and activities convenient for families!

What do you love about your Boca Raton school? Comment below- we want to hear from YOU!

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.

Rooftop Garden to Come to Boca’s Spanish River Library

To commemorate the Spanish River Library’s 10 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library presented Mayor Haynie with a gift of $50,000 at a reception on January 26, 2018. With this gift, the current Spanish River Library Rooftop Terrace will be transformed into a beautiful space for recreation, reading, and special events.

Spanish River Library rooftop
Joan Iler — Betty Grinnan — Elaine Caplan — Lilian Barria — Doreen Griffiths — Marilyn Spechler — Susan Sosin — Joanne Toulantis — Cyndi Bloom — Krista Maki — Tracy Wasserman — Victor Martinez
Spanish River Library Rooftop Terrace to feature Garden

In addition, the Friends of the Library donated a beautiful “Giving Tree” to be installed in the lobby in the spring. The Giving Tree provides library donors an opportunity to celebrate a milestone or recognize a loved one.

“2018 marks the Friends’ 28th anniversary, and we thank our members, donors and bookstore customers for their continued financial support of our organization,” stated Cyndi Bloom, President of the Friends Board of Directors. “Through their contributions, we can generously fulfill our mission ‘to support and enhance the value of the Boca Raton Public Library as it serves our community.’ The 10th anniversary of the Spanish River Library is certainly a milestone for Boca, and the Friends are happy to honor this very special occasion.”

Spanish River Library rooftop
Rene McCabe-Johnson-Deputy Mayor Jeremy-Rodgers–Andrea Levine-O’Rourke–Susan Sosin–Mayor Susan Haynie–Cyndi Bloom

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting BRPL. They raise money through memberships to the Friends organization, grants, and book sales at the bookstore in the Downtown Library.

Spanish River Library rooftop
Cyndi Bloom–Susan Sosin–Scott Singer–Ann Nappa

Since the Spanish River Library opened in 2008, it has:

  • Welcomed over 3.4 million patrons and visitors
  • Provided more than 3,500 educational programs for children, tweens and teens
  • Loaned out over 1 million children’s books
  • Hosted some of the most special events in people’s lives. This includes weddings, retirement parties, birthday parties, baby showers, graduations and more!

For more information about the Friends of the Library, please visit bocalibraryfriends.org.

Chic Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

Living in New York City, our apartments never had more than one bathroom. Then we moved to Boca Raton and poof! Our fixer-upper house comes with 3.5. You might see this as a blessing…I saw it as 3.5 expensive intimidating projects (and more to clean- yuck!). The two bathrooms upstairs are simply sitting there in their full 1980’s glory…seashell shaped sinks, a bidet, brown fixtures…we’re pretty much the only people who see them (luckily). However, the 1.5 downstairs needed to be renovated…like yesterday, especially when we have guests over. So over holiday break, we decided to start with our powder room and give it the chic Boca Raton bathroom makeover it deserved…on a budget.

Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover
Powder Room BEFORE

#modernbocadad thought himself capable of tackling this project himself. (BTW, it’s appropriate his name is Andy…like “Handy Andy.” Get it??) And, I was game since all of the holiday shopping and hosting were rather rough on our budget this year. What could go wrong?

Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover

Well, quite a bit, but luckily my husband was able to handle it. You tend to find a lot of surprises when you re-do a house built in 1981! Loose electrical wires, poorly done drywall. It’s so much fun!

After a tiny bit of assistance from our plumber, Andy installed this Kohler toilet. I love that it has a low back and is all one piece which equals easy to clean. And at night it becomes a “disco potty” courtesy of this awesome seat that you can add to any elongated toilet in your home! 🙂 You’re welcome.

The shelves (only $33!!!) were purchased on Amazon along with the matching oil rubbed bronze toilet paper holder.

Boca Raton bathroom makeover
Powder Room AFTER

Next was the Kohler pedestal sink. Ours isn’t available online, but this one is pretty close. I’m also pretty proud of the mirror we chose to hang over the sink. It’s an antique frame that I simply had a local glass company replace the broken mirror inside it for $30 bucks. I love re-purposing household objects!

I ordered this towel ring and matching waste basket to round out the look of the powder room. So what do you think? Vast improvement right??

Boca Raton bathroom makeover
Powder Room AFTER

Here’s the side by side Boca bathroom makeover “Before & After” shot: Boca Raton bathroom makeoverCan’t wait to tackle the guest bathroom next!


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Have You Met Wafa? The Best Brow Services in Boca Have Arrived

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.

brow services in Boca

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.

brow services in Boca

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. 😉

brow services in Boca

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

Appointment: Tue. – Sat. 10AM – 5PM
Email: wafa@wafabrowart.com

brow services in Boca
Before & After threading at Wafa’s Brow Art
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Sponsored: This post was hosted by Wafa’s Brow Art & Skincare. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was offered complimentary brow services for review consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

So, You’re A Modern Boca Mom (or Dad) To Be? There’s a Class for That!

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!

Boca Class for Pregnancy: BABY UNIVERSITY by Boca VIPediatrics

Get ready to head to BABY UNIVERSITY by Boca VIPediatrics, our town’s favorite class for expectant parents! Grab your backpack, folders and pencils because school is in session. Whether you receive your Bachelors in Bottles or PhD in Pampers, you’ll be ready to face the world in your new role as mommy or daddy. If you’re expecting for the first time, or simply need a refresher for your next baby, you won’t want to miss this Boca class for pregnancy!

Here’s 5 Reasons Why:
  1. It Won’t Be Boring! Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will keep you laughing nonstop. This Boca class for pregnancy is held in an interactive setting that feels more like hanging out with friends than a boring all-day study session! With games, prizes and great information, it’s no wonder this class sells out every time.

2. The Most Up-To-Date Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since this class is taught by two board-certified pediatricians, you’ll be getting the most up-to-date information. This class has everything you need to know about caring for your newborn.

Your Professors: No ‘University’ would be complete without professors! Baby University is taught by South Florida’s favorite baby doctors, Chad Rudnick, MD & Paul Gilbert MD!

4. The Swag Bags! Aside from all of the great information you’ll receive about newborn care, you’ll receive a diaper swag bag filled with some of the best baby product samples for you to take home.

5. Did Someone Say “Food?” Your Baby University ticket includes a delicious bagel breakfast to satisfy those pregnancy cravings (and ‘hangry’ dads)!

I’m told tickets are selling out very quickly for their next class, coming up on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. So hurry! Grab your spot!

To purchase tickets and reserve your spot, visit www.BocaVIPediatrics.com/BabyUniversity.

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. 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 was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

New 2018 SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show Date Featuring Gomez Gracia Announced

The Shuzz Fund, a non-profit organization that provides shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas, has announced a new date for it’s British Invasion originally planned for this fall; their VII Annual SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show featuring Miami-raised designer Gomez-Gracia and Jimmy ChooThe new 2018 Shuzz date will be Thursday, March 15th (2018).

2018 Shuzz

We’ve gone to the event for the past three years and it supports such a worthy cause! The event will start at 6:00 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. It will feature a 40-ft. red-carpet for all guests, cocktail party and VIP reception sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, Silent & Live Auctions, followed by the SHUZZ signature fashion show.

Over the last few months, Shuzz has donated tons (literally) of water, food, batteries, fans, clothes, shoes, baby products, and personal hygiene items to victims of the recent hurricanes. They did this through partnerships with Grieco Automotive Group (Hurricane Harvey) Tito’s & Amazon (Hurricane Irma) and MLB (Hurricane Maria).

Details on the 2018 Shuzz event can be found at: www.shuzz.org.
You can purchase your tickets HERE.

Hosted: This post was created in partnership with Shuzz. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the host.  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 will be provided with complimentary event tickets, 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: Boca Real Estate Agent Turned Lifestyle Blogger #SoooBoca

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 Michele Bellisari, Boca Real Estate agent for RE/ Max Services and Founder of #SoooBoca Lifestyle & Media Blog!

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