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…

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Is a Disney Cruise for Preschoolers? Our Experience on the Disney Wonder

Like I explained in this post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands.

This year’s conference theme was Land and Sea. The sea part? Yep- a 3-night journey on the Disney Wonder out of Port Canaveral.

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney Wonder Staterooms

#dailybocaavery made herself at home pretty quickly as you can see. The balcony staterooms on the Disney Wonder are a really nice size with two separate bathroom spaces. You can fit 4 people to a room easily. How cool is this bed conversion?

I read a ton of blogs pre-cruise and found that passengers like to decorate their doors with magnets. I got ours on Etsy (Little Mermaid Mickey), but I know other bloggers who totally DIY’d!

People went all out as you can see below. Many families also participated in something called a Fish Extender gift exchange. I couldn’t get it together to participate this cruise, but here is a little more info on what that is from one of my fellow #DisneySMMC bloggers.

I’m also proud to report: no seasickness! I knew #modernbocadad and I would be okay as we had cruised several times before, but we didn’t know how she would react on the high seas.

MBMom Tip: I hear drinking wine is really good for seasickness. 😉 And Disney Cruise Line allows you to pack 2 bottles of wine per person. Huzzah!

I knew in advance that I’d be pretty busy on this cruise. As soon as my family embarked, us bloggers were whisked away for lunch at the Animator’s Palate while our families were invited to dine on their own by the pool (be sure to pack your swimsuits in your carry-on, so you can start swimming right away!).

Animator’s Palate

The food overall on the cruise was excellent, but this particular restaurant had something special…

Animation Magic (available on 7-night and longer sailings on the Disney Magic, but conference attendees were able to experience it on the Wonder)! Try your hand at drawing your very own character—and then watch in wonder as your creation becomes part of the show, dancing alongside some classic Disney characters!

This activity screams Disney Cruise for preschoolers! Check out this short video featuring my “character”:

Fine, I loved it too. 🙂 Coloring at lunch isn’t just for the little ones! After, we had a few conference activities that involved champagne (!!!). I learned that the ‘tale as old as time’ (a.k.a Beauty and the Beast) is going to be enchanting the stage for the very first time in a brand new musical production on the Disney Dream on November 6 (2017)!

Disney’s Oceaneer Club

While I was busy doing conference stuff, #modernbocadad took Avery on a tour of the Oceaneer Club aboard. Children 3 to 12 years old can interact with Disney characters—and each other—as they explore multi-themed magical lands like Toy Story, Frozen and Marvel!

MBMom Tip: Be sure to pack tons of costumes for your child!

I now know why parents love cruising with Disney: the complimentary child care!!! Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is about learning while having fun (for the older kids) and Disney’s Oceaneer Club is pure Disney fantasy for the little ones. Character-driven performances, special storytelling sessions, larger-than-life playgrounds (a HUGE hit with #dailybocaavery), dress-up opportunities and cool interactive activities make sure there’s never a dull moment for your little one.

Your child will be outfitted with a special magic band when you register them at the Oceaneer Club. They are always accounted for and can have a Disney cast member text you (of course there’s an awesome Disney Cruise Line app- they think of everything!) to come pick them up when they are done. It’s fantastic!

Night 1: The Golden Mickey’s and Tiana’s Place

Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner at Tiana’s Place and The Golden Mickeys!

We had the later seating for dinner each night, so that meant showtime was always first. I say this without hesitation: the shows were my favorite part of this Disney Cruise for preschoolers. They were excellent– even better than the ones in the parks.

The Golden Mickeys invites you to a Hollywood-style awards show. You’ll find out which Disney movie character wins “Most Heroic” or “Most Romantic,” and enjoy familiar tunes from Disney films like:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Tarzan
  • Mulan
  • The Little Mermaid
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Toy Story 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Tangled
  • The Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast

Then it was off to dine at the brand-new Tiana’s Place, which was spectacular! You actually feel like you are IN the movie. How does Disney do that?!

Once seated at your table, Tiana herself stops by to welcome you. Then, the restaurant’s own band “The Crawfish Crooners” entertains you while you eat.

Feel free to get up and dance or even join the parade at the end of dinner! And don’t forget to order the beignets for dessert. So much fun!!!

All the kids menus are shaped like jazz instruments

Disney Princess and Frozen Meet & Greet

One complimentary activity on the Disney Wonder is the Princess and Frozen meet and greets. Be sure to register for this on the Disney Cruise Line website as soon as you book your cruise. Times fill up quickly to meet Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Elsa and Anna!

Night 2: Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic, Triton’s and Pirate Night

No, Disney Dreams isn’t about my daughter sleeping. It’s a musical about the power of dreams and family, starring a cavalcade of Disney characters! This live stage show features a dazzling procession of characters and songs from some all-time Disney classics like:

  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Cinderella
  • Aladdin

An award-winning musical, this show also includes stunning special effects—and a very special cameo appearance by Tinker Bell. All Disney productions are under 90 minutes, so they keep the attention of little ones.

MBMom Tip: You can bring a sippy cup of wine or order from the full bar at the theater. YES.

Dinner at Triton’s restaurant was delicious and it really felt like fine dining under the sea. Disney Cruise Line has guests on a rotational dining plan, so you eat dinner at a different restaurant each night, but with the SAME wait staff. It’s great!

This night also happened to be Pirate Night on the ship, a tradition on Disney Cruises. You will receive pirate bandanas to wear in your stateroom, but most passengers go all out with costumes and outfits. We certainly did on this Disney Cruise for preschoolers.

There is a pirate party on the deck after the second seating as well as fireworks over the ocean. Amazing!

Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island

Now for the piece de resistance! Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) in the Bahamas, Disney’s own private island. Castaway Cay visitors will find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure.

Amenities include sprawling beaches, sparkling lagoons teeming with curious sea life, splash-worthy water play areas, scenic walking trails, open-air BBQ dining locations serving complimentary meals, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, free tram transportation around the island and more.

You can book excursions for an additional fee, but honestly, we were there the whole day and were completely entertained by all of the complimentary amenities. It was heavenly!

MBMom Tip: There’s also an Oceaneer Club on the island that serves lunch in case you’re craving a bit of adult time.

Buy this $26 swimsuit through my affiliate link HERE.

#modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery both went on this slide! I took a nap!

Night 3: Frozen, a Musical Spectacular and Animator’s Palate

These are the faces of three people who had a great day at Castaway Cay.

How could this cruise get any better? Well, it could be 4 days longer, but that’s for another time. The only negative thing I have to even say about this Disney Cruise for preschoolers is that I felt it was too short.

Typically, when I cruise, it’s for 7 days minimum. Since I was so busy with conference activities, it felt even shorter, but it made us want to go again. That’s the point right? 😉

On our last night, we saw the new Frozen, a musical spectacular. I don’t know how they are going to do better when it comes out on Broadway! Traditional theatrical techniques, state-of-the-art technology and classic Disney whimsy make this original stage show a flurry of fun. Avery was absolutely mesmerized.

Our last dining rotation sent us back to Animator’s Palate. It was the first time my whole family got to experience Disney black and white drawings come to life throughout our meal. At the end, Mickey even made an appearance in his Fantasia finest!

Our experience was a great one and jam-packed for 3 nights! There were so many things I didn’t even have time to experience like the spa, Royal Court Royal Tea, Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, the adult bars and clubs and movie theater on the ship. Whew! And of course, the conference topics require their own separate blog post. 🙂

Now I want to hear from you. Do you plan on taking a Disney Cruise? Comment below!

Hosted: This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post was hosted by the Walt Disney Company. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions. This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post also contains affiliate links.

iFly With My Family | NEW Indoor Skydiving in Ft. Lauderdale

So…I took my 3 year-old SKYDIVING. Indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale that is, at the brand new iFLY!  

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Judge me if you will (try not to though), but it was one of the most amazing family activities we’ve ever done together! Indoor skydiving was exhilarating, totally unique…and you pretty much look ridiculous doing it together. As a parent, I call  that #WINNING whether you have a toddler or a teenager!

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Indoor Skydiving in Fort Lauderdale: iFLY

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers age 3 to 103 in South Florida. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment without having to jump out of an airplane.

PTL because I ain’t doing THAT. Nor am I letting any close family members do THAT.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Sporting my LL Scene Swag. I am a smart blonde! 🙂

iFLY is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow you to fly on a smooth cushion of air.

In layman’s terms: you hover over a giant fan in a big, glass tube.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Yep, that’s me!
How does it work?

To prepare for your flight experience, you’ll complete a short training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. Then, you’ll suit up in your flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

MBMOM TIP: Mommas, put your/your child’s hair in a low bun or braid if you can. I can’t tell you how many intense tangles I had in my (short) hair post-flight! I also recommend going for the full face helmet as it helps restrict the airflow around your head. This momma drooled like crazy, LOL! Real cute.

With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, you’ll actually learn to fly and control your body in the air. And it is tricky! Check out these videos:

We each flew 2x for one minute each time. The first flight…you’re pretty much getting your bearings. It’s shockingly a lot of core work and frankly just feels weird. The second time, you can add a “high flying upgrade” to your family flight package and really soar! I definitely recommend it as you’ll feel more comfortable the second time around AND have a lot more fun knowing what to expect.

MBMOM TIP: After donning all the flightgear, my daughter started to get a little nervous. I told her she only had to try it once and she totally did it…but only once. Make sure you get all of your photos/video on the first try in case your kiddo chickens out of round 2. iFLY also takes amazing professional photos and videos that you can purchase for a small fee at the checkout kiosks post-flight.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA*) certified instructor.

You can read all about the iFLY packages available to you HERE.
Birthday Parties at iFLY Fort Lauderdale

Did you know you can also host your next adult celebration or BIRTHDAY PARTY at iFLY?! Not to mention, send your child’s class on an awesome STEM field trip.

The party rooms are amazing and guests can watch all of the high flying action courtesy of flat screen TV’s in each room. CLICK HERE for more events info.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Conference Room/Adult Party Room
indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Party Room

11690 West State Road 84 in Davie

*The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale instructors. All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards. 


Hosted: This indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale post was hosted by iFLY. 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 given complimentary flights and media for this review, but all opinions are mine.

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit to Premier Summer 2017

A new summer West Palm Beach butterfly exhibit is coming to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! It starts May 6th and wraps up September 29th! Fun for the whole family, “Amazing Butterflies” details the entire life cycle of the well-loved and beautiful insect.

Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly. You’ll discover how caterpillars eat, move and live through a hands-on maze. It will be filled with activities the whole family will enjoy!

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Summer 2017

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit- Summer 2017

Guests of all ages can learn what it’s like to fly like a butterfly, walk like a caterpillar and avoid getting stuck in a spider web. After learning about the life cycle of the butterfly, guests can explore butterfly gardens. They are located throughout the Science Center’s NEW Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, to get an up-close look at the beautiful insects.

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Summer 2017

Tickets to “Amazing Butterflies” are included in the South Florida Science Center’s general admission. It is $15 for adults, $11 for children 3-12 and free to members and children under 3. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit http://sfsciencecenter.org.

Modern Boca Mom’s *Best Disney Trip Ever* Guide

Want to take the best Disney trip EVER? Here are Modern Boca Mom’s top tips and tricks for conquering Walt Disney World with your family…

Modern Boca Mom's 'Best Disney Trip Ever' Guide

10 Tips for the Best Disney Trip Ever:
  1. Take Comfortable Shoes  – This is likely my most important tip. From your personal walking-wear to your little one’s shoe of choice, making sure you have comfortable shoes is ESSENTIAL.  Be sure to choose a pair you have worn many times before without blisters or discomfort and that provide awesome support. Disney = lots of walking!
  2. Bring Snacks
    *PRO TIP* You can bring your own food and drinks into the park! 

    Bringing snacks can help keep your costs down and allow more time for play – instead of having to stand in long food lines with high prices.

  3. Bring H20 – Whether visiting in winter or in the dead of summer, I promise you and your family will get thirsty! Bringing your own water will save you big bucks in the park.
  4. Bring it all in a cute backpack – You’ll want to come prepared; snacks, water, sunscreen, Mickey ears – the works. But, you don’t want to lug it all around in a big, awkward bag! Splurge on a backpack. We also recommend bringing a stroller, especially if you have a baby or toddler who will inevitably get tired.
  5. Plan FastPasses in Advance – Plan your FastPasses well in advance and use them to organize the rest of your trek around the park. This will ensure you get on the rides you are dying to ride and see the characters you are dying to see! Modern Boca Mom's 'Best Disney Trip Ever' Guide
  6. Bring a Camera – Or, clear your phone so you have plenty of memory to snap pics! There are so many Instagram-able *and just downright cute* memories you’ll want to record when you are at the park.
  7. Don’t forget to put down your phone and your stress – You don’t want to miss any memorable family moments! Don’t be glued to your camera or your to do list– enjoy every second!
  8. If you are able, stay at a Disney resort– With so many amazing options, the confusion surrounding where to stay is oftentimes overwhelming. But, staying in a Disney hotel makes the experience all that much more amazing. Eat, breathe, sleep, Disney.

    *PRO TIP* Make sure your hotel (if it’s not Disney) has a shuttle. Parking can be expensive and oftentimes far from the park entrance.

  9. If you have little ones, make sure they have a segmented day. –  No one wants to spend 14 hours straight with kids under ten at “the happiest place on earth.” It can become not very happy at all! Go for a few hours at a time and don’t be afraid to break for your hotel pool.
  10. Use My Disney Experience – If planning isn’t your thing, this site/app can help you make an efficient and easy plan. It will help you to effortlessly manage the whole trip. Find it here: My Disney Experience.

Now that you have these tips for having the Best Disney Trip Ever, start planning your magical memories!

Here are some other Modern Boca Mom Disney Tips + Tricks!

Make a Day of it at the Newly Expanded Disney Springs

Best Places to Eat at Disney World- 2016 Update

My New Favorite Restaurant at Disney Springs

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Modern Boca Mom's 'Best Disney Trip Ever' Guide

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 4.14-4.16

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for April 14– April 16, 2017! 

Also, be sure to check out our comprehensive Easter Events Roundup by clicking HERE!

Something to look forward to after this weekend in South Florida:

Spa Week at Eau Spa

DATE: April 17th – 23rd

2017 EAU SPA SPA WEEK SPECIALS, $50 each*
Rose Gold Pedicure

You are cordially invited to enjoy the gold standard of pedicures! This curative escape utilizes our “Perfect” aromatherapy journey by featuring the red flower Japanese Peony Aroma Therapeutic Body Oil. Called the “companion of serenity”, the Japanese peony was considered a symbol of beauty in old China, and works harmoniously with the beautiful scent of rose to soothe and calm. A highly concentrated blend of Bulgarian rose, clove, peony, valley lilies, and lemon blossom aromatherapy will clear your mind and enhance mental function while a nourishing blend of avocado, clove bud, lemon, lily of the valley, peony, rose flower, safflower seed and sweet almond oils will deeply nourish and hydrate your skin.

Midas Gold Mask and Dermaflash Treatment

Learn the golden rule for anti-aging with this amazing two-in-one facial treatment. Your gilded journey to a more youthful complexion begins with a professional cleanse to prepare the skin.  Then you will experience the revolutionary Dermaflash exfoliating facial device, that will painlessly remove dead skin cells, built up debris, and pesky peach fuzz. Then the rejuvenating Gold Mask is applied for anti-inflammatory healing.  Gold is said to draw out toxins and impurities, increase blood flow, and to slow down collagen and elastin depletion.  After this dual action treatment, your face will enjoy decreased inflammation, improved blood circulation, accelerated cell renewal, reduction of age spots, and enhanced elasticity.

Champagne & NexGen Manicure

Sip bubbles and enjoy the good life as you are treated to the next generation of nail enhancement technology!  NexGenNails not only feel and look natural, but they also do not damage your nail bed. These strong, durable nails are crack and chip resistant, as well as non-toxic, odor-free and environmentally friendly. Nails will stay shiny and sleek for two to three weeks.

*These specials do not include a Spa Day Pass with the exception of the Midas Gold Mask and Dermaflash Treatment, but can be upgraded to include a Spa Day Pass for a discounted price of $40.

Eau Palm Beach

100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida 4.14-4.16

Friday, April 14th:

Tot Time at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: April 14th

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

COST: $5 per child (payable at the door) *Limited Availability*

A great way to keep your child active and social.  Toys, costumes, bubbles, crafts, and snacks in an indoor playroom.  Drop-ins welcome at any time during the program. (Ages 1-4)

Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton


Egg Hunt at Lynn University

DATE: Saturday, April 15th

TIME:  11:00 a.m.

COST: Free

Hunt for more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, including several golden eggs containing awesome gifts from sponsors!

Children 10 and under will be divided by age group. Don’t forget to B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Basket). Guests must complete a waiver prior to participating.

Lynn University
3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton


Bright and Smart 3-D Printing at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: Friday, April 14th

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

COST: Resident $70; Non-Resident $82

This program combines engineering skills with visual-spatial activities and offers knowledge and entertainment based on teamwork and programming. Children develop important social skills, critical and logical thinking, and the discipline of moving forward step by step.

Materials fee of $5 payable to instructor. (Ages 7-14)

Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton


Saturday, April 15th:

 Star Stories at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: Saturday, April 15th

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST: $8 Adults; $6 Children 12 & Under

Presented by Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theatre

The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales…come see the stories and the star constellations that go with them! Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Stories include Pandora’s Box, Perseus and Pegasus, Icarus, and Baucis and Philemon. Family Shows include juice & cookies with each child’s ticket after the show. Attendees of all ages must have a ticket.  Rated G

Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton


Breakfast with the Bunny at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE: April 15th

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

COST: Register Here – this event will sell out quickly!

Enjoy a hot Breakfast Buffet in the Lakeside Tropics Cafe, Up-Close Animal Encounters, Meet ‘n’ Greets and Photo Opportunities with the Easter Bunny, an EGG HUNT in their Picnic Grove and more!

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach


Drop In Craft at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum

DATE: Saturday, April 15th

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: FREE

Drop in for a fun, free craft!

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center

129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach


Head to a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! 

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Sunday, April 16th:

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


See the Lost Egypt Exhibit at MODS

DATE: Open through April 30th

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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Greek Heroes Came to Life at Sugar Sand Park’s “Star Stories” Puppet Show (4/15/17)

What happens when Greek heroes descend upon Boca Raton? You get an epic shadow puppet show perfect for the whole family! Sugar Sand Park Star Stories: Greek Myths – A Shadow Puppet Show is coming to the Willow Theater THIS SATURDAY, April 15th (2017).

My daughter is currently obsessed with Disney’s Hercules, the movie of course, and we can’t wait to see this show!

Sand Park Star Stories

Your family will encounter ancient heroes with super powers! You’ll meet Zeus, the king of the gods, with the power of thunder and lightning. See Perseus and the snake-haired Medusa. Accomplished puppeteer, Katie Adams, brings these mythic Greek heroes to life with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation.

The night sky is full of star constellations and the ancient Greeks named them after their awesome myths and folktales. At Sugar Sand Park Star Stories, see the tales and the star constellations that go with them!

Sand Park Star Stories

Stories will include Pandora’s Box, Perseus and Pegasus, Icarus, and Baucis and Philemon. And the best part? The show is only 45 minutes long, so it’s sure to keep even the little ones’ attention. These amazing stories are sure to inspire young audiences to learn more about the stars and to read Greek myths.

Sand Park Star Stories

Sugar Sand Park Star Stories Details: Rated G

TIME: Saturday, April 15 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

COST: Adults $8 and Children 12 and under are $6*

ABOUT THE PERFORMER: Katie Adams is a professional puppeteer whose shows invite you on a journey of imagination, inspiration and edification. Katie has been a professional puppet artist since 1986, and she loves to bring puppet shows to audiences all over the southeast and beyond. Katie lives in Tampa with her husband and daughter. Katie is a member of the Puppeteers of America and the National Storytelling Network. Check out her website at: www.katieadamstheater.com.

*Family Shows include juice & cookies with each child’s ticket after the show and attendees of all ages must have a ticket.


Sponsored: This post is sponsored by Sugar Sand Park Star Stories. All opinions expressed in this blog post about the show are my own. They are 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 have been compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: LLScene & Scene Swag

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 Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur(s) are the PR Mavens of local company, LLScene, as well as clothing designers, Lindsey Swing and Lilly Robbins!

girls of LLScene

 A little more about the girls of LLScene..

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and the founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the girls of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life.

Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football.

Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts.

In addition to the blog, the girls of LLScene own a full service Public Relations & Digital Marketing firm under the name. They love to celebrate their differences and friendship, which was how Scene Swag, their new clothing line, was born.

What inspired you two to create LLScene?

Lindsey: “LLScene started when Lilly and I both had full-time jobs, so it was very important to organize our thoughts and put together a full business strategy before launching. Because of my background in writing and our joint passion for fashion and lifestyle brands, the blogging side of our business came faster and easier. It wasn’t until we found the time to truly commit to the PR side of the business when LLScene became much more than just a blog.”

girls of LLScene

How do you see your company today?

Lindsey: “Fast forward to where we are now. We are definitely learning how a retail business operates as we open our own online store. We’re lucky to have backgrounds in PR and Marketing, so we’re able to fully market our new line. But WOW, it’s a very different concept– launching a retail line versus launching a marketing and services type of business. We learn something new every day!”

What makes LLScene different than other PR companies in the area?

The girls of LLScene can do it all.

No seriously, if they can’t, they’ll still find a way. In business now for three years, the LLScene team members are continuing to learn more and more as the years progress.

Lindsey: “We aren’t your ‘everyday PR business’. We recently wrote a post about all of our services because I think people are constantly confused about what we do. Because we do SO much.

We’re going to be perfectly frank with you here: LLScene’s blog and social media platforms make us VERY different than your typical marketing agency. Why? Because people care what we are doing and where we are doing it. We have generated a loyal fan base and high amount of engagement on social media.

You hire us and you’re featured on all of our pages, plain and simple. We have established a sense of trust with our followers and will only take on clients we feel passionate about promoting ourselves. We have turned away multiple businesses because they didn’t fit within our requirements.”

Why should MBM readers become loyal followers or even clients of LLScene?

Lilly: “We know a lot of your readers are fabulous local women who love to support one another, so that’s a reason in itself! It’s why we LOVE you and Modern Boca Mom so much. We are local girls who love to collaborate and support other business ventures. We’ve created our business model around fun, fashion and best friends and have established a reputation and loyal following very quickly.

What should we know about the exciting new retail side of your business?

Lindsey: “The Scene Swag line has something for everyone looking to celebrate their friendship and funny stereotypes. One of our most important mottos is: if you’re not having fun doing it, then why are you doing it? We put our heart and soul into everything we do and have fun doing it!”

girls of LLScene
Even Modern Boca Mom loves to rock her “Smart Blonde” graphic tee!
What exciting new things should we look for from the girls of LLScene?

Lilly: “Ah! So many exciting things to look forward to. We’re constantly coming out with new prototypes and ideas every week. We’ve been getting a lot of requests for a bridal collection and a mom collection, so be on the lookout for Scene Bride Swag and a Cool Mom Collection with fun bachelorette and wedding apparel for brides and ‘athleisure’ clothes for all the cool moms out there.”

Check out LLScene’s amazing new line…

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What do you love about working *and living* in South Florida?

Lindsey: “Lilly and I both grew up in South Florida, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. Like I said before, I love how close the blogger community is within our South Florida network. Being that it’s March, I can also say that I love the weather right now, but ask me again come July!

Another amazing part about living in South Florida is the fact that there is SO much to do. I have family all over the country and they’re always commenting about the lack of activities they have in their hometowns, while there is always something going on in South Florida. For the most part, South Floridians love to keep up with an active lifestyle and it’s a beautiful place to raise a family.”


Connect with the girls of LLScene, Lindsey and Lilly:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llscene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LLScene

Website: http://www.ll-scene.com/publicrelations


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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 4.07-4.09

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for April 07– April 09, 2017! 

Also, be sure to check out our comprehensive Easter Events Roundup by clicking HERE!

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida 4.07-4.09

Friday, April 7th:

Take Your Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

DATE: March 24th – April 13th

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Court.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Boca Raton


Eyes to the Skies at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: Friday, April 7th

TIME: 8:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

Join as we explore the skies with our professional-grade 16-inch Meade LX Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This month we focus on the Moon.

Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Trail

Boca Raton


22nd Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration at MODS

DATE: Friday, April 7th

TIME:  5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

COST: Purchase Tickets HERE, prices vary.

The Museum of Discovery and Science will host the 22nd Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on Friday, April 7, 2017. The Grand Tasting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and highlight over 40 South Florida premier restaurants, an array of wine and spirits, assortment of craft beers and a silent auction. The Platinum experience includes exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge and early access at 5:30 p.m. to the Grand Tasting. Platinum Tickets are $250. Grand Tasting Tickets are $150. All proceeds of the event benefit the Museum.

Museum of Discovery and Science

Ft. Lauderdale


Saturday, April 8th:

Drop it, Thrill it, Float it, Launch it, Clean it Engineering Competition

DATE: April 8th

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

COST: Pre-register here (Participants must pre-register)

This is the 31st annual engineering design competition jointly presented to all students by the Florida Engineering Society & the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. $5,000 in cash and prizes awarded to winners in elementary, middle and high school categories! Special prize for the school with the most participants. Participants must pre-register.

 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

West Palm Beach


Breakfast with the Bunny at the Palm Beach Zoo

DATE: April 8th, 9th, and 15th

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

COST: Register Here – this event will sell out quickly!

Enjoy a hot Breakfast Buffet in the Lakeside Tropics Cafe, Up-Close Animal Encounters, Meet ‘n’ Greets and Photo Opportunities with the Easter Bunny, an EGG HUNT in their Picnic Grove and more!

Palm Beach Zoo

Palm Beach


Drop In Craft

DATE: April 8th

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: FREE

Drop in for a fun, free craft!

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center

Boynton Beach


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! Only 1 Show Left!

Sponsored


All White Party for a Cause!

DATE: April 8th

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

COST: Purchase tickets HERE

Come out for great food, an open bar and an amazing show! There will be a live concert by Adrianna Foster, a dance show by Digital Vibez and tons of music, food and drinks!

Don’t forget with all the fun and great people, this is still a Fundraiser! Help Eat Better Live Better raise money to serve the community and fight childhood obesity! There will be 5K Registration Stations, raffles, auctions and prizes! 100% of the proceeds will be donated!

Plus…Win a prize for wearing the coolest kicks!

Trainerspace

Boca Raton


Sunday, April 9th:

Basics of Sushi Class at Morikami

DATE: April 9th

TIME:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

COST $70, advance registration required

Explore the rich history of this Japanese culinary tradition and make – and eat – your very own sushi!  Sushi chef Mitsutoshi Sekita leads this hands-on workshop. For a list of required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Morikami Museum

Boca Raton


Palm Beach International Polo Season- Only a Few Weekends Left!

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


See the Lost Egypt Exhibit at MODS

DATE: Open through April 30th

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 3.31-4.02

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms & Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities & weekend family fun in South Florida for March 31– April 02, 2017! 


Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, March 31st:

Take Your Easter Bunny Photos at Town Center

2017 Easter family fun in South Florida

 
DATE: March 24th – April 13th
 

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COST: Reserve Your Appointment HERE for $10.00

Time for photos with the fluffy guy! He’ll be waiting for you near Nordstrom Court.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Boca Raton


Nights at the Museum “Sports Science”

DATE: March 31st

TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COST: $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, $9.95 for children (3-12), FREE for children under 3, $6 for adult members and free for child members.

Nights at the Museum – “Sports Science!” On the last Friday of each month, guests of all ages can enjoy extended hours of exploration at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Each Night at the Museum is a different theme, which includes various interactive science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows, and a chance to view the night sky in Palm Beach County’s only public observatory!

Food and beverage from Wholesome Tummies Cafe will be available for purchase throughout the evening. This month’s event includes a hockey-physics lab, interactive sports demonstrations, exploration of the blockbuster traveling exhibit “Our Body: The Universe Within”, Girl Scout Badges and more!

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

West Palm Beach


The Easter Bunny at the Gardens Mall

DATE: March 31st

TIME5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

The free holiday event gives kids of all ages a chance to mix, mingle, and mug for the camera as they get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and his fabulous friends, including butterfly stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians, a DJ, and more.

Kids will receive Easter baskets to fill up with candy, while adults and parents will enjoy the ultimate “hoppy hour” with Easter-themed cocktails!

The Gardens Mall

Bloomingdales Court


Saturday, April 1st:

Get a Great Deal at the Spring Cleaning Flea Market at Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton


Hero Walk for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum

DATE: April 1st

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COST: Registration Fee $25.00, Register Here

Help be a hero and raise funds for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum!

Boca Raton Children’s Museum

Boca Raton


Stop by The House at Pooh Corner


DATE: April 1

TIME: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

COST: See tickets

Whether young and wide-eyed or wise to the ways of the world, it’s a real treat return to the House at Pooh Corner to spend some tender time with faithful friends. Piglet, Tigger, Christopher Robin and that lovable bear called Winnie-the-Pooh lift our spirits and warm our hearts in this charming production, faithfully based on the A. A. Milne classic of the same name.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Fort Lauderdale

Head to the Hatsume Fair at Morikami

DATE: April 1st – 2nd

TIME:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

COSTFind more information here

Shop anime, craft, and plant vendors, enjoy games and live entertainment, take part our annual costume contest and fashion show, and indulge in Japanese street fair food and drink, and more.

Morikami Museum

Boca Raton


Story Time at the Palm Beach Zoo: A Real Page Turner

DATE: Saturdays this month

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

COST: Included with Zoo Admission

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

1301 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach


See Mulan at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton! Only 2 Shows Left!

Sponsored

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida


Sunday, April 2nd:

Hop, Skip & Jump-a-Thon at Sunflower Creative Arts

Hop to it, Sunflower friends! It’s that time of year again. Join Sunday, April 2, 9:30 am, for a crazy playful walkathon at John Prince Park.

This event is open to families of all ages and abilities, as well as strollers. The walkathon path will include hopscotch, music making, walking like your favorite animal, and much more!

Family registration is only $50 for a family of up to 2 adults and 4 kids! Money raised will benefit Sunflower Creative Arts’ Play + Nature + Arts programs. More information HERE.

2700 Sixth Avenue South

Lake Worth


Make and Take at Sugar Sand Park

DATE: April 2nd

TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

COST: $5 per craft

Kids will explore how the world of renewable resources and build something to take home.  Supplies are limited so arrive early.

Sugar Sand Park Community Center

Boca Raton


Palm Beach International Polo Season- Only a Few Weekends Left!

DATE: Through April 23rd

TIMES/COST: Palm Beach International Polo Season 

The “sport of kings” once again makes its annual visit to The Palm Beaches at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, bringing an entire season of exciting competition, highlighted by the US Polo Open.

This awesome weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to compete!

Read about our experience last year by clicking HERE.

3667 120th Ave S.

Wellington


Our Body: The Universe Within at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

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DATE: Through April 23rd

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

COST: Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

Our Body: The Universe Within, the Science Center’s seasonal blockbuster exhibition is open to the public! Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy.  Visitors will tour three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.

More details about this family fun in South Florida HERE.

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach


See the Lost Egypt Exhibit at MODS

DATE: Open through April 30th

COST: Museum of Discovery and Science

Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization.

See a real human mummy, several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy. Witness art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Connect to real scientists working on projects in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale


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Weekend Family Fun in South FloridaModern Boca Moms are the BEST…especially if they share our website with friends and other local South Florida mommas! Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy some weekend family fun in South Florida!

How to Savor Spring Evenings in Boca Raton with Your Family

Longer days and lighter evenings are here, which means it’s time to move those dinners outdoors!  With the recent ‘spring forward’, we gained an extra hour of daylight in the evenings…even though it was a brutal week getting used to that time change. Here are some ways to make the most of springtime with your family PLUS a great deal for MBM readers to help celebrate the minted 9 year Anniversary!

  1. Backyard BBQ’s

Spend less time in the kitchen and take the cooking out back! One of the things I love about grilling is that I can hand off dinner to my husband and let him handle the main course! Whether it be as simple as hot dog and hamburgers, or gourmet salmon with grilled veggies, the options are endless. Keep the kids entertained with easy backyard games like cornhole or kickball.

  1. Sundowners at the Beach

The beach isn’t just for mornings or afternoons. Head over there with your family before sunset for a “Sundowner”. The kids can run around and play in the ocean or sand, while mom and dad enjoy some time together outdoors. Invite other families and pack some Naked Wines and cheese to make an event out of it!

  1. Picnic at the Playground

Pack up your dinner and take it to the park! Choose foods that are easy to set out and fuss free to eat such as pasta salad or sandwiches. Your kids will love the extra play time, and you’ll love tiring them out before bed!

Sugar Sand Park Science Playground Opening

  1. Refresh Your Living Room Look | minted 9 Year Anniversary

2017 marks an important milestone for our friends at minted – their 9 year anniversary online! To celebrate, they are running a special art and wedding promotion for customers through April 3 (2017). The minted 9 year Anniversary Event has some amazing, fresh options for spring…and they’re all on sale!

Think about it– when was the last time you changed up the art in your living room? 

minted 9 Year Anniversary

Minted’s Anniversary Event is a great opportunity to get a deep discount on Minted Fine Art in particular, which they rarely offer at anything other than full price. This spring, refresh a creative space in your home or start building out that gallery wall! 

minted 9 Year Anniversary

Don’t wait until the summer heat pushes you back indoors – take advantage of every extra minute this beautiful spring time has to offer!


Contributor Leigh Botha only recently joined the “Mom Club” this past August (2016) when daughter Cora was born! A graduate from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, she has always had a passion for hospitality and entertaining. Leigh is currently a Special Events Designer for Boca By Design at the Boca Raton Resort & Club which she loves because it allows her to use her creativity to bring her clients’ visions to life. 

Juggling a career and a family can be difficult, but she tries to make time for other things that are important to her such as running (some) mornings at 5am with the Boca/Deerfield Chapter of MRRT (Moms RUN this Town) and planning the social events for her sorority’s local alumni chapter. Leigh is especially excited for all the new events she will get to host for her family and friends now that she is a mom and the memories they will all have to cherish thereafter! 

MOMpreneur Monday: Author & Entrepreneur Tweedy Katz

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 Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is local children’s book author, Tweedy Katz!

Tweedy Katz

Tell us a little bit about your background and how your journey started…

My journey started when my twin daughters at the age of 5 had to wear eye glasses.  Back in the 1980’s, a few things occurred that I felt I needed to change for children. I decided to create a line of eye wear that was bright and colorful for girls and each pair of glasses came with a matching bracelet.

What inspired you to create this line?

I wanted my girls to feel good about themselves when they put their glasses on and they did. From a doodle, I created “Specky” and he eventually became my logo. It was then I decided to create a whole world of characters and stories for my daughters.

How has being a mom shaped your business?

My daughters were my inspiration for my book! Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars Book 1. I feel very strongly against violence which motivated me to make sure the villains I write about are comical.

Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars is about Specky being teased as a child because he has to wear glasses. When he grows up, he decides to make a pair of magical Spin-Oculars and deliver them to a child who needs to see the difference between behaving well and not so well. Specky wants them to make the right choice.

What should MBMom readers know about you and Specky?

Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars Series 1 is different than any other book for children ages 3-7 because the characters I created are new to this world. They are very colorful and fun. My book series sends out a learning message visually and verbally and children love hearing the story over and over again! 😊

What do we have to look forward to from Specky and Tweedy Katz?

I am working on my second book now which will introduce Specky’s friends and explain what they do. My third series is about bullying. I am very excited about making it easier for children to see the difference between behaviors through reading, but enjoy the book at the same time. As an author, I would love to have my books animated because children just love the characters. I am also in the midst of creating games from Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars for children to play on their tablets.

What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I love living and working in South Florida because the sun is always shining around me! When I am stuck in my writing, I run off to the beach and sit by the water and always get my answers.

It was wonderful raising my daughters in Boca Raton. We didn’t have to be concerned anymore with snow and cold weather. They grew up outdoors and enjoyed living in beautiful nature!


Connect with Tweedy Katz:

www.spinoculars.com signed by me 😊

Amazon.com

Facebook @magicalspinoculars

Twitter @crabbywabby


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$2 Printable Luvs Coupon Now Available!

This Printable Luvs coupon review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.


South Florida mom coupon alert! Besides wine and coffee, do you know what I love saving money on most?

The answer is…DIAPERS.

Printable Luvs Coupon #ShareTheLuv

#dailybocaavery may be potty trained during the day, but we are still shelling out diaper money for overnight use. And those diapers need to WORK! The official diaper of experienced parents, Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ are softer and more absorbent than before*, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee.

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*Vs. product replaced, sz. 2-5

Luvs provide features babies and parents need for less cost than premium brands.

I have some great news! Luvs is sharing the LOVE and offering opportunities to save on diapers for the rest of this month with a $2 print-at-home coupon offer.

  • This week, visit THIS LINK to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack.
  • Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.
  • All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel size diaper packs.

Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, feature fun designs in every pack, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold. And don’t forget about their money-back guarantee! They feel so strongly about our diapers that we’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, we’ll refund your money.  See our website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details.

Time to print and shop!


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