Do the children in your family happen to enjoy a solid story time and fun crafts? If so, I have some great news for you. All of the above and more is now available OUTDOORS for your 2+ year-old at the FREE Manatee Tales Story Time at Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® this winter!
I can’t tell you how many requests I get in my Modern Boca Moms Facebook Group (and others) for adult dentist recommendations. Between the influx of people moving to our area and parents who simply don’t care for their current provider, it’s a hot topic! Add in the request for an onsite Smile Direct Club Boca Raton location and it becomes quite the narrow search. Enter the solution: SEDA Dental of South Florida.
All photos in this post were taken by Stephanie Gordon at HSGORDON Photography.
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
Overhand or tomahawk? Stark or Targaryen? Beer or wine? These are the terms that are commonplace at a sweet new venue dedicated to the art of axe throwing in Boca Raton. If you’re looking for a really fun group or family bonding activity to do this season, then this blog post is for you!
Since Modern Boca Dad and I are obsessed with Game of Thrones (like the rest of the world), I stumbled across Game of Axes in Boynton Beach, and now Boca Raton, on Instagram. I sent them a direct message with some questions and the owner got back to me personally about this fascinating sport that I knew very little about. He also invited me (and a group of 11 of my closest friends) for a friendly, Friday night axe-throwing competition complete with polite beverages and plenty of GOT-style photo opps. Spoiler alert: we had a BLAST! Continue reading Axe Throwing Near Boca Raton at Game of Axes
Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond!*
When you need to get out of the house, here are some of the best local and top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond*!
There may be only a few days left of Boca Raton Winter Break (is time moving faster these days??), but my family and I have been making the most of the “together time” we have left before the second semester school crush begins. Break has been really nice this year! (Even with Omicron lurking in the background like an unwanted holiday visitor…) Though we’ve been relatively busy, I’ve had fun and felt really present as a mom for the first time in a long time.
Luckily, Boca is the place to be during the winter season and there’s no shortage of entertaining (and even educational) activities available that appeal to all ages. Here are a few of my favorites that will be going on through the New Year! Continue reading Don’t Miss Out on the Last of this Boca Raton Winter Fun
I recently wrote about our “good ol’ fashioned family road trip” to St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach, Florida in my column on BocaMag.com. Road trips are officially back in high fashion thanks to this lingering pandemic! One area of Florida we hadn’t hit as a family yet? Tampa Bay’s gulf coast area—specifically Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg (St. Pete to the locals). I was excited to visit a section of the state I hadn’t explored yet during spring break. On our long weekend St. Pete and Clearwater family road trip itinerary? Pirates, dolphins, a little Dali and some hands-on discovery of Florida’s gulf coast!
Read on to start planning your own family road trip…
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cinch, a Boca Raton home services and warranty company. All opinions are 100% mine.
Homeownership certainly comes with its challenges, am I right? Being married to a Boca Raton handyman, you think it’d be super easy to maintain our house, but it’s not always the case…especially when it comes to appliances and systems. Luckily, I have an amazing Boca Raton home services and warranty partner: Cinch Home Services. With a home service plan from Cinch, I have the peace of mind that if something breaks down in our house, we’re covered!
Here’s How a Cinch Home Service Plan Works:
Request. Repair. Relax
- Request service if something breaks down. You can find a complete list of the appliances and systems Cinch covers HERE.
- Cinch sends a verified pro to fix it.
- Life is good again!
Pretty simple right?
Having houseguests is one of our biggest joys in life–I’m being totally serious! Now that Modern Boca Dad and I are lucky enough to have an actual guest room at home (instead of having visitors crash on our NYC couch or air mattress), it’s become our mission to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible. From a newly remodeled bathroom to comfy pillows, sheets and custom curtains in Boca from Excell in Design Group, our goal is to show our family and friends how much we appreciate them when they visit us. Continue reading Boca Guest Room Makeover Featuring Custom Curtains by Excell in Design Group
I have an unhealthy obsession with tiny homes. You’d never know it considering I currently live in a 4 bedroom house in Boca. But, my current dream for retirement in 20 years or so involves a big pickup truck, a hitch and a luxury custom tiny home on wheels. The former Manhattanite in me knows I can live in a small space with my hubs and be (mostly) happy. I’ll definitely need some extra clothing, handbag and shoe storage, but everything else I’m willing to compromise on! So, for our 10th wedding anniversary, I thought we should give this type of living a whirl and commit to renting a tiny house in the Florida Keys for the weekend. It was time to put my mini living dreams to the test and see if my 6 foot 2″ husband and I could feel at ease in 200 or so square feet!
We took this amazing photo using this $20 selfie-stick tripod. #affiliatelink
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…
Never have I received more Instagram DM’s than when we embarked on a family road trip to Tennessee for fall 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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
Like most Boca moms, I LOVE me some cute accessories. So, I consider it a major bonus if my workout class includes a cool prop to use. It just needs to distract me from the inevitable sweating and minor pain during a (much needed) exercise session. My favorite workout class is POUND Fitness Boca Raton! Continue reading POUND Out Your Stress & Worries at Organic Movements Boca Raton
When you’re sick of going to the same old restaurants (on Atlantic Avenue, downtown or throughout the mall), there just so happens to be a glorious cluster of fine and casual dining right at your fingertips (or taste buds?) in central Boca Raton that you may have overlooked. Located in a beautiful open air plaza, Boca Center restaurants feature a cuisine option for everyone in your family! Not to mention SO MUCH OUTDOOR DINING. And there have been a few recent additions you just may not have heard about yet.
Take a look at our complete roundup of the Best Boca Center Restaurants!
In my line of work, I talk to a lot of moms. A LOT of moms. And because of the age of my daughter, a topic that comes up often is the “Boca Raton preschool.”
Which one is best? Can I afford a Boca Raton preschool? Does it have aftercare? Can my child handle it full time or should he/she only go part time?
I would like to think I’m slowly becoming an expert on the topic, having chosen #dailybocaavery‘s a few years ago. And the decision is never easy for any family– I see that. But I’ve found that very few people even realize that the one we chose for her even has a Boca Raton preschool. There’s no way to state it other than bluntly:
Yes, Grandview Preparatory School has a Boca Raton preschool and my kid loves it. I’m spreading the word!
Yes, your 3 or 4 year-old will wear a uniform (it’s too cute–from Lands’ End) and participate in most of the programs and activities the rest of the school does, which I think is awesome. It goes up to grade 12 by the way…
Many of my readers get a taste of Grandview before their child turns 3 by joining our “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” program for babies and toddlers. That’s how my own daughter started and now she’s beyond comfortable on campus having taken yoga and music classes there.
What I really like most about preschool at Grandview…
…is the class size. My child truly gets the personalized attention she wants…and deserves. There are less than 12 kids in her class! Very few Boca Raton private schools can boast that.
The Early Childhood program at Grandview emphasizes growth in social interaction and allows your child to progress through developmental milestones at an individual pace. Through core academics and classes in art, music, dance, physical education, and language (yep, my daughter is already taking Spanish!), the children experience a balance of play, discovery, manipulation, and participation to lay the foundation for lifelong learning.
This is key, especially as they work towards Kindergarten.
What about early drop off and aftercare?
Grandview’s Early Childhood program offers flexible drop off and pick up times to accommodate family schedules. (Early Childhood students may be dropped off from 7:45 – 9:00 AM. Dismissal is between 2:30 – 2:45 PM.) Extended Day, with a host of enrichment activities, is available for students until 5:30 PM. This is ideal for working parents.
As a parent with a child currently at the school, I encourage you to contact Grandview Admissions to take a tour to learn more about Early Childhood. It’s never too early if you have a child on the verge of preschool age (starting earliest at age 3)!
CONTACT: (561) 416-9737 ext. 1304 or email email@example.com.
Hope to see you on campus!
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