Spring musicals weren’t really “a thing” when I was in high school. Boca High didn’t have the auditorium facilities it does now, so it was pretty much cheerleading and football and basketball games for me! Now working with (and at)Grandview Preparatory School, it has given me a second chance to be a part of a springtime musical…as a parent spectator of course. 😉 This year, Grandview is putting on The Addams Family musical in Delray Beach at the Crest Theatre May 18-19 (2018)…and it’s a must-see!
#dailybocaavery is beside herself with excitement waiting to see The Addams Family musical in Delray Beach!
Synopsis: In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family. The spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up.
The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years. Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family. It’s the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
The Addams Family Musical in Delray Beach at the Crest TheatreDATES/TIMES: 7:00 p.m. on May 18th and 19th
COST: Tickets are $15-$20 each. Tickets can be purchased at Grandview’s front office (336 Spanish River Blvd. NW in Boca Raton) or by calling 561-416-9737.
We hear that they’re already 2/3 sold out, so be sure to get them quickly!
Sponsored: This Addams Family Musical in Delray Beach blog 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.
This Elmo themed Boca birthday party post was written by my sister and Modern Boca Mom contributor, Lauren Ricks. I am so happy she decided to share my nephew’s birthday party details with all of us! Enjoy!
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When everyone told me that time would fly when you have your first child, they weren’t kidding! I blinked (and shed some tears!) and it was here: MY SON’S FIRST BIRTHDAY! Of course I wanted it to be perfect, but I’m a full time stay-at-home mom. This isn’t the time for my family to break the bank.
My son, Aden, made picking the party theme pretty easy because he LOVES Elmo and Sesame Street. It was an Elmo themed Boca birthday party for the win! Aden is also obsessed with balloons making those decorations a must for his 1st birthday celebration.
I decided it would be fun to focus on primary colors for the party and found a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. It helped a lot when trying to come up with affordable ideas that would be fun for both kids and adults!
Can you say Cookie Monster corn-hole?!
Most of our Elmo themed Boca birthday party was outside. We got lucky with beautiful weather on March 3rd! It was windy, but I was able to learn (the hard way) how to secure my centerpieces from Aden’s baptism celebration earlier this year (spoiler alert: sand). A lot of the party decor came from Dollar Tree and Amazon and just using creative ideas. This allowed me to keep costs down and still achieve a fun look.
Like I said before, my son loves balloons (all of the Elmo balloons came from this awesome store Dollar Deals Plus in West Palm Beach). I tried to incorporate those in almost everything. We even had a life-sized Elmo balloon that walked!
I made this fun backdrop for his cake smash using only streamers and balloons.
Etsy helped me create the cute “Aden Street” sign. All I had to do was print it and hang it up!
The huge blocks were a Pinterest find. I decided to simply purchase plain boxes and paint them.
Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane?! The baby photo banner was so easy to make using colored paper and cardboard. I printed out each month’s photo, punched holes for the ribbon and viola!
When it came to the food, I wanted to keep it simple. Since the party was at noon, lunch items were an easy choice. There’s nothing better (or easier) than Chick-Fil-A nuggets, Publix wraps and subs, pasta and fruit salad!
For dessert, of course we wanted to have Aden smash his cake and boy did he! Publix made this cute little cake for him. For the rest of our guests, I wanted to mix things up a little, so I ordered these custom donuts from Nani’s Hand Crafted Doughnuts in Delray! They were delicious and so delightful to work with!
We rounded out the party with a few more fun activities including a ball pit, water table, bubbles and…cue Aden’s reaction to seeing him for the first time-you guessed it ELMO (Risa Teate)!
Elmo was amazing and really interacted with the kids by singing, dancing, reading stories and playing pin the nose on Elmo! Elmo Live is a fabulous company to work with and we highly recommend Risa!
To book Elmo for your next event, call 561-502-2609.
I decided last minute to create a balloon arch and my sister in law came to the rescue putting it all together the morning of the party. It was a great place for a photo op! And speaking of photos…all of these beautiful shots were taken by our family photographer Naomi of Sweet Memories Photography. They are priceless!
All in all, the Elmo themed Boca birthday party was a success and we can’t thank all of our friends and family for being so supportive and showing so much love during Aden’s first year of life! Now this Modern Boca Mom is going to sleep…we’re doing Disney next year 🙂
P.S. This post is not an advertisement. However, I highly recommend all of the vendors used for making Aden’s 1st birthday party a HUGE success!
To book Elmo for your next event, call 561-502-2609.
Screen time. It’s often necessary in my house, especially if I need to get work done…or plain just need a b-r-e-a-k. I refer to it as my TV babysitter. 😉 And as the weather gets hotter in South Florida, the more I know I’ll rely on it. I usually consider myself a strict regulator…at least until lately. Spring Break broke my typical resolve…even during mealtimes. Now, I know I need to work on disconnecting my daughter. And I’m proud to say I found a little shortcut. Let me tell you about how Xfinity xFi saved family time in our home…
Disclosure: “How Xfinity xFi saved family time” was sponsored by Comcast. Personal story and thoughts are my own.
What is Xfinity xFi?
If you are Comcast internet customer (which we happen to be), it’s a new digital dashboard for your phone or tablet. And, it’s super simple to use! You can personalize, monitor and control your home WiFi network, and it even gives you the ability to instantly pause internet connectivity by user or device.
Ever wanted to digitally disconnect your kid’s iPad for 30 minutes? An hour? Two hours? This appcan help you do it. I set up profiles for each member of my family and assigned each of us our own connected devices. Guess who had the highest usage?
When was the last time you had a device-free meal?
A recent Comcast survey showed that most parents across the country agree that disconnecting from electronic devices like smart phones and tablets during mealtime improves family bonding. But nearly half (42%) were not able to remember the last time their family actually had a device-free meal.
It’s no surprise that the Xfinity xFi “pause device” feature has become the most popular function of the app. Users have tapped “pause” about 5 million times since launch, most often between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m…dinner time!
But let’s be honest, I know we’re also to blame. According to the survey, more than half of parents had been told by their children to put their cell phones away during meals. I know I’m guilty. So at our house we’re now making an effort and pausing the internet for 30 minutes during dinner each night. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?
Other Xfinity xFi features I love…
Xfinity xFi also has other awesome features, like simple parental controls that include search settings for Google, Bing, and YouTube. Plus you can get real-time notifications about activity on your WiFi network. For example, when your kids have friends over and a new tablet or phone logs on, you’ll receive a text message and can decide whether to allow them to connect and even set parental controls remotely! Pretty cool!
The xFi experience can be controlled via a mobile app (iOSand Android), websiteand on the TV with the X1 voice remote. xFi is now available to more than 10 million Xfinity Internet customers with a compatible Xfinity Wi-Fi device. And the best part? It comes at NO EXTRA COST.
Join me in reclaiming family time in your home this spring! Because it really couldn’t be easier with Xfinity xFi.
Sponsored: This “how Xfinity xFi saved family time” post was sponsored by Comcast. 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 received compensation for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.
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
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.
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…
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY! It’s an all-new adventure featuring the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. And on today, May 4th, we have some special SOLO: A Star Wars Story coloring sheets for you to download and print! Perfect for a rainy day!
Here’s what you can expect from the film: through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca. He also meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany. We are counting down the days until it’s released on May 25th!
From the moment your child’s first tooth erupts, it means it’s time to focus on dental hygiene, mamas! Ages 6 to 12, when there is the transition from baby to adult teeth are especially crucial. I’m all about making our lives a little easier through this blog, So, here’s a handy Boca Raton dental checklist I came up with Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles to ensure you don’t miss a single dental appointment or detail during your child’s important growing years. Think of it as the A-B-C’s of healthy teeth! [AD]
B is for Baby Teeth Cleaning
Monitor the hygiene of your child’s first baby teeth by using a small washcloth to rub their teeth clean. Don’t worry about using fluoride toothpaste until your dentist recommends—usually after six months old.
Establishing a good relationship between your pediatric dentist and your child is essential. The first check-up happens around the age of one, and your child can get to know their dentist. You can also get professional consultation and tips for dental hygiene.
Kids need the right balance of fluoride. An imbalance will alter a tooth’s molecular structure.
D is for Dental Flossing
It is okay for young children to floss, as long as you teach them how to do it properly. Assist them with floss the first few times until they make it a habit.
M is for Mouthwash
At around ages 7-8, your child can perform mouth-washing with guidance, as long as they do not swallow it. Use only the amounts recommended by your dentist and oversee them initially through this step.
C is for Checking for the arrangement of teeth
If caught early on, the structure and formation of your kid’s teeth can be straightened. If there any problems, such as overgrowth, an overbite, or an overlap, the dentist can recommend any necessary procedures in time.
B is for Braces or Retainers
Solutions for crooked teeth may be able to wait until the adult ones come in. In cases of severe crowding, earlier treatment may be necessary.
If your child is actively playing any sports with physical contact or fast moving objects, it is recommended they wear a mouth-guard. While the teeth are constantly changing, a mouth-guard can be remolded as teeth fall out and new ones come in.
R is for Regular check-ups
Even though your child’s teeth may be perfectly normal, dental check-ups should be done at least every six months. This helps keep your dentist aware of growing teeth. And, if any procedures are to be done, they can monitor the success rate.
Dr. Popper believes in guiding your child through each of these milestones in a positive way. Make each visit to the dentist happen with as little stress as possible! Have fun with special occasions like a loss of a tooth, and P.S. make sure the Tooth Fairy never misses a visit!
Contact Boca Raton Dental Specialist Junior Smiles for your first appointment:
Sponsored: This Boca Raton dental blog post was sponsored by Junior Smiles. 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 and I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.
My husband and I are avid entertainment consumers. Streaming TV bingeing? We’re experts. Planning vacations around our favorite movies and TV shows? We’ve already booked a summer trip to see the Harry Potter play and Downton Abbey Exhibition in New York City. We simply enjoy pop culture and entertainment as a couple! So, it’s no surprise that when I recently found out about this new game app, YAHTZEE with Buddies,I immediately made my husband download it. Why? Because it allows you to challenge a player to ongoing matches. Let’s just say that Yahtzee with Buddies has been making my marriage a little more fun lately…
The NEW Yahtzee with Buddies allows you “to roll” with your friends anytime, anywhere! This re-imagined and updated sequel to the popular classic game lets you experience Yahtzee like never before. It features new styles of play, more ways to compete with friends and new ways to earn prizes.
There are a few different ways you can play Yahtzee with Friends:
Player vs. Player (our favorite): Ongoing matches with other players
Dice Showdowns: Play against the app’s Dice Masters
Tournaments: Earn high scores to place in daily tournaments
Limited Time Events: Larger scale mini games allow players more ways to win dice!
What are these dice? I’m already the proud owner of lavender ones. 🙂 By playing matches, you have the opportunity to win vanity dice and bonus rolls with new Scratcher cards and a Vanity Dice Machine. You have to see it for yourself! There are hundreds of vanity dice available and new ones are coming out all the time!
Playing on the app is pretty fun! And, I personally enjoy my special wagering matches with #modernbocadad, trying to win so I don’t have to do the dishes! It’s the little things when it comes to marriage, right? 😉
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