Top 4 Treatment Plans for Kids at West Boca Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center

No parent ever wants to hear that their baby or young child might require therapy. It’s not always easy to come to terms with the fact that you may not have “the perfect kid” and they might, in fact, need a little help.

Cue the mom guilt!

As a parent, I’ve definitely had anxiety about my daughter’s developmental milestones, especially when she was little. I became tethered to one of those apps (you know the ones…) that tells you what your baby and eventually toddler should be achieving week by week. (Spoiler alert: It’s never 100% accurate and this is a much better resource by the way…)

West Boca Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center

So, if your pediatrician has advised that you need help or you’re simply wondering what kind of help is out there, my friends at West Boca Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center are ready to assist your family! Continue reading Top 4 Treatment Plans for Kids at West Boca Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center

How to Take a Safe & Healthy Orlando Trip for Families…Right Now

Like many local families, we’ve really been taking advantage of this “limited air travel” time to explore our ol’ drivable home state of Florida. We enjoyed visiting West Palm Beach and the Space Coast recently and I knew Orlando would naturally be next! My daughter and I wanted to visit a lower capacity Walt Disney World before our Florida Resident passes expired. And conveniently, Meliá Orlando Celebration also invited us to visit and experience their NEW Stay Safe with Meliá program which helps to ensure a healthy Orlando trip for families. We chose a weekend to visit and were on our way!

P.S. we learned a lot….

Healthy Orlando Trip for Families with Melia Orlando Celebration
We took this trip with our good friends and QuaranTEAM buddies, Tania and Liv!

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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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Affordable Landscaping in Boca Raton is a Reality with Yards Plus

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!

Affordable landscaping in Boca Raton Yards Plus
Hi Sayeed!

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! 

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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.

Boca Raton Laundry Service & Laundry Room Makeover

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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.

Boca Raton Patio and Pool Makeover
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

Relationships + Holidays | How to Survive and Thrive According to this Boca Therapist

Under pressure! That’s how I feel this time of year as a mom. I never quite think my husband is under the same amount though, am I right? Makes me resent him a tiny little bit. But, this is supposed to be the most “wonderful time of the year!” Relationships are complicated, aren’t they? Why is it that the holidays in particular put so much strain on a marriage/partnership? Especially if you’re a parent…

I reached out to Boca therapist, Lori Lundin-Fish, PhD, LMFT of Palm Beach Therapy Center. As a mom AND therapist, she gets how muddled and stressful our lives are during the holiday season. And I need help!

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Boca Raton Museum of Art Outdoor Holiday Photo Shoot

One of my absolute favorite parts of the holiday season is getting photo cards in the mail from family and friends! Heck- I even love ’em from business associates! We always cover an entire door in our family room with the cards we receive and leave them up through January…maybe even February. Last year, we ordered vintage-themed holiday postcards from minted. This year, I was inspired by that super cool red sculpture at the Boca Raton Museum of Art–they renovated that whole outside section along Federal Highway earlier this year. So, I went ahead and scheduled an October shoot with Sweet Memories Photography. Are you ready to see the photos from our 2019 Boca Raton Museum of Art holiday photo shoot?

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Boca Raton Museum of Art 2019 Holiday photo shoot

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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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Boca Raton Train Museum Holiday Photo Shoot

My favorite part about the holiday season is getting all of the fabulous photo cards in the mail from our family and friends! We literally cover an entire door in our family room with all of the cards we receive and leave them up through January…maybe even February. 😉 Last year, we ordered gorgeous foil stamped holiday cards from minted. This year, I decided I wanted to create less waste (sans envelopes) and send out holiday postcards. So, I went ahead and scheduled an October shoot with Sweet Memories Photography so I could get them out right after Thanksgiving. Are you ready to see the photos from our 2018 Boca Raton Train Museum holiday photo shoot?

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Boca Raton Train Museum 2018 Holiday photo shoot

Boca Raton Train Museum photo shoot by Sweet Memories Photography

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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!

moving to Boca Raton
Photo by Sweet Memories Photography

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MOMpreneur Monday: SealedBySanta.com from Shark Tank

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 Sarah Blain, Founder & Creator of Sealed By brands (Sealed By Santa from Shark Tank, Sealed By The Easter Bunny, Sealed By The Tooth Fairy)!

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Save Energy this Holiday Season: 9 Easy Ways to Get Started

Between the massive amounts of cookie baking, late nights of gift wrapping and the addition of hundreds of twinkly lights to our Boca Raton house this month, any measure that helps to lower our January energy bill is a welcome one. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t stand to save some money this holiday season? In my ongoing effort to streamline our family budget, I have been actively seeking out ways to save energy this holiday season at our home.

Save energy this holiday season with Modern Boca Mom & FPL

The best online resource I’ve found? Go figure, it’s from our energy company itself: Florida Power & Light. Make it your New Year’s resolution to visit their site year round for energy (and money) saving tips and tricks: FPL.com/EasyToSave

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Stocking Stuffers Your Boca Raton Teenager Needs

Gifts for teenagers are notoriously difficult to nail down. And I don’t even have one (yet, I still know this). They have to be on-trend and relevant and unique. And since teenager’s interests are often ever-changing, there’s a small window to find whatever “it-thing” is at the top of their list.  However, no matter how picky your teenager, these stocking stuffers are sure to win over a few hearts this Christmas season.

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How to Wrangle Your Family into Taking Boca Raton Holiday Pictures

I have a love/hate relationship with family portraits. My entire childhood, my mother would drag my sister and I over to the Sears Portrait Studio at the Town Center Mall (RIP) to take our Boca Raton holiday pictures. We did this even AFTER I graduated from college. But now that I have my own daughter, I totally see why it was important to her.

Boca Raton Holiday Pictures
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Enjoy Fall at Boca Center with Your Family With These Fun Activations

From personalized pumpkins to a custom designed seasonal photo backdrop, there’s no better place to get into the fall spirit than at Boca Center! As the 2020 MOMbassador for this beautiful, open-air plaza, I couldn’t be happier that a fall activation at Boca Center is actually happening for our local residents. And the best part, it’s for a good cause! Let me tell you all about it…

Fall Activation at Boca Center 2020
Photo by Sweet Memories Photography

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