The COVID-19 Must-Have: A Pediatrician In Your Pocket

Mom-ming in the digital (and pandemic) age definitely has both its perks and drawbacks. We’ve all seen the crowd-sourcing posts in social media moms’ groups. You know the ones… One mom takes a picture of a nasty rash on her baby, then crowd-sources the answers as to what it is. (They usually contain a range of diagnoses from hand, foot and mouth, to poison ivy, and now to COVID-19). Or even the health questions your mother-in-law thinks she has all the answers to. Even though they’re from raising a baby 30+ years ago. While it’s definitely useful to have “a village” helping you raise your child, health is far too important a topic right now to crowd-source or seek answers from non-experts. That’s when a pediatrician in your pocket comes in really handy…

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Keep Romance Alive with a South Florida Melting Pot Thursdate™

I know this may come as a shock, but #modernbocadad and I have (kind of) let romance go by the wayside during this pandemic. Sure we still have our Netflix/Hulu/Prime Video nights and manage to get some alone time in after our daughter goes to bed. But a proper date night? I *think* our last one was back in February. And I know we’re not the only local parents who haven’t exactly prioritized romance lately. Luckily, South Florida Melting Pot locations have a solution!

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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.

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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

Boca Raton Pediatric Dentistry and COVID-19 | 10 Changes Offices Are Making

As life slowly gets back to a new normal amidst our first global pandemic, parents are feeling (understandably) nervous. There are so many unknowns when it comes to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and clearly, we don’t want to expose ourselves or our kids to any danger. One place where you should feel confident about your family’s safety is at your pediatric dentist. When it comes to Boca Raton pediatric dentistry and COVID-19, your child’s doctor is taking the necessary precautions every day to prevent the spread of infection.

Practices all over South Florida are implementing measures to keep their patients safe. However, I wanted to share some of the ADDITIONAL precautions our dentist, Junior Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, is taking because we should all be in the know! Continue reading Boca Raton Pediatric Dentistry and COVID-19 | 10 Changes Offices Are Making

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.

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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

Your Kids Have Crazy Big Dreams. Save for Them Early with Florida Prepaid

***Save $50 on your application fee through October 31, 2020 with my Florida Prepaid Promo Code: DREAMBIG20***

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Florida Prepaid. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. I was compensated for this post and given a Florida Prepaid discount code to share with my readers. However, that does not impact my views or opinions.

All photos in this post were taken by Naomi Phelps at Sweet Memories Photography.


My kid is the creative type. Sure, we’ve tried athletics here and there, but nothing makes my 6 year-old happier than playing make believe. Avery’s an actor, singer, dancer…and a dreamer. And let’s just say that her dreams aren’t small. A few might even be considered a little ‘out there’. For example: our annual Halloween photo shoot with Sweet Memories Photography (who you should book for your own kids session!). Avery came up with this year’s adorable oceanic theme featuring herself and her cousin Aden!

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Yes, like many little girls her age (I’m pretty sure), #dailybocaavery dreams of being a mermaid. Florida kids, am I right? As for my nephew…I’m pretty sure she just dragged him along for the ride (although he is a big fan of Pirates of the Caribbean).

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As parents, it’s our job to support our children’s dreams…no matter how crazy, big or small they happen to be. So we really have a responsibility to start saving early for their future.

The number one way my family does that? Florida Prepaid College Plans.

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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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DIY Greatest Showman Costume | Sugar Sand Park Photo Shoot with Sweet Memories Photography

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for… I think Sweet Memories Photography and I might have outdone ourselves this Halloween! We started a tradition 3 years ago taking cute costumed photos of #dailybocaavery. Then, we added in my nephew Aden after he was born– it’s a fun (but tiring) process. Boca Raton photographer, Naomi Phelps, and I scout locations, get the kids dolled up (with the help of my sister of course). Then, we basically bribe them to pose adorably for the camera. Hey- gotta do it for the ‘gram! Avery informed me back in March that she wanted to be Anne, the trapeze artist from The Greatest Showman, for Halloween. I think it was the pink hair. Maybe Zac Efron. Of course, no such costume exists on Amazon. So, I had to somehow “Rewrite the Stars” and create a DIY Greatest Showman costume for her. And obviously, Avery convinced her aunt to turn Aden into a tiny ringmaster to match.

Here are the adorable results! {And continue reading below to see how you can dress your child up as “Anne / Zendaya” too}


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So You’re Moving to Boca Raton! Now What? Tips from Veteran Moms

So you’re moving to Boca Raton! Or perhaps you’ve re-located recently and are scratching your head, wondering what to do, where to go and who to see in our fair city. Well first off…WELCOME! We were in the same boat not too long ago even though this mom personally grew up in Boca Raton. (After 4 years of college and 9 years living in New York City, let’s just say my needs as a parent had majorly changed.)

Now with a happy and adjusted elementary school child, my veteran Boca mom friends and I have some major tips to share with families like you who are new to our area!

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot by Sweet Memories Photography

What do you do when the pumpkin patch you swore was open actually isn’t yet. BUT, you still need to get your daughter and nephew’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween photoshoot done?

You hire the most fabulous professional photographer you know, Sweet Memories Photography, and have her take you pumpkin and gourd shopping at the market down the street. 🙂

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Top Storm Supplies at Publix for Your Boca Raton Family | Promo Thru 9/11/20

This post is sponsored by the Storm Basics promotion at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.


Let’s face it, moms. When you have children, preparing for a hurricane is a totally different animal. Before kids, I basically stocked up on iced coffee, beer and snacks for a storm. Now? The stakes are much higher. I’m literally meal planning for the native Floridian’s worst-case scenario/nightmare of being without power for multiple weeks. The increase in disaster prep has been a big change, especially when the first big hurricane with our daughter happened. But, the one thing that hasn’t changed? Getting our storm supplies at Publix. They are truly a one-stop-shop destination for everything you need to prepare for the season.

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A City-Wide VIRTUAL Scavenger Hunt in Boca Raton for Kids

Children ages 5-12 are invited to engage in our fair city’s month-long, VIRTUAL scavenger hunt in Boca Raton! Through the STEAM through September initiative, a collaboration between the Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park, the Boca Raton Public Library, Team Terry Story – Keller Williams Realty of Boca Raton and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will provide FREE “STEAM through September” activity tote bags, created for students and their families, to engage in STEAM (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, (A)rt and (M)ath at-home and outdoor activities throughout the month.

What a fun thing to do with the kids this month in our area! And it’s free!

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