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MOMpreneur Monday: Blogger Erin Ziering

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 blogger Erin Ziering, co-founder of The Millennial Mamas and At Home with the Zierings!

Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is blogger Erin Ziering, co-founder of The Millennial Mamas and At Home with the Zierings!

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Join Me for the Florida Prepaid #StartingIsBelieving Twitter Chat on 10/26/17

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.

Open enrollment is officially upon us! I marked my calendar for 10/15 and went ahead and got #dailybocaavery all set up today! Wondering what exactly Florida Prepaid is? A Florida Prepaid College Plan allows families to prepay, on a monthly or lump-sum basis, the future cost of college tuition, specified fees and dormitory housing.

When your child is ready for college, the plan pays the tuition and fees at any Florida College or State University. If your child attends an out-of-state college or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida. The best part? Every Prepaid Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida and there are so many options.

We enrolled our daughter in the 1-Year Florida University Plan because I’m rather confident our daughter will earn some scholarships as well. 😉 It covers Tuition, as well as the mandatory Tuition Differential Fee and Local Fees, at one of Florida’s 12 state universities* for 30 credit hours – one quarter of the 120 credit hours needed to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

You can enroll for yourself on the Florida Prepaid website HERE.
Scholarship Contest is Still Going

Register from now until October 29 for a chance to win ONE of TEN 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarships from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation! Use code BLOG1718 in the scholarship entry form for an extra 10 entries. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

#StartingIsBelieving Florida Prepaid Twitter Chat

Join Bloggin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingIsBelieving Twitter Chat on Thursday, 10/26/17 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period taking place right now. (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)

Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hashtag: #StartingIsBelieving

Sponsored By: @FloridaPrepaid

Presented by: @BlogginMamas

Moderators: English– @HeLoEnterprises Spanish– @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @zipporahs @SunnySweetDays @MommyMafia @JustMarlaZ @RealAdviceGal

@TopNotchBlog @ModernBocaMom @WorkingMomof2 @OurPotluckFam @WorkingMomMagic

@xxplumcrazeexx@MakeItAllWork @FunMoneyMom @Faithful_Mommie @eatdrinkandsave

@essentialerika@DiscoverSelf @momneedsabottle @lifealalatina @mommyhoodlife @paulabendfeldt

@mamainthenow @coolchillmom @summerlendavis @2ndchancesgirl @livingmoneywise @casamoncada @mujerVersatil

  1. We will be focusing on the importance of savings for college. Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment is now open and ends on 2/28/18.
  2. There are different options in higher education – colleges, universities, technical degrees and Florida Prepaid has 5 different plan options to cover any route. We will share them with you during the chat.
Florida Prepaid Twitter Chat Prizes:

During the Twitter Chat there will be a chance to win one of the fol¬low¬ing prizes by answering various questions. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries.


5- Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150

Florida Prepaid Twitter Chat RSVP Prize

1– Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150

Florida Prepaid Twitter Chat Tweetshare:

Terms and Conditions


By RSVP’ing to this event and utilizing the #StartingIsBelieving hashtag, the attendees acknowledge having read and agreed to these terms and conditions.

Twitter Party Prize Giveaway begins October 26th, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than October 26, 2017 at 10:30pm ET (the “Twitter Party Entry Period”). Entrants enter via following @FloridaPrepaid and @BlogginMamas, and posting a tweet with the #StartingIsBelieving hashtag during the Twitter Party Entry Period. Five (5) Winners will be drawn randomly by at approximately 12 minute intervals during the Twitter Party Entry Period. One (1) Winner will be drawn randomly via from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky widget.

Prizes include:

One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $150, for each of five (5) winners.

One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $150, awarded to one (1) winner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget.

Each winner receives one (1) prize pack. Entrants who fail to complete said actions will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected from all entrants who entered during the Twitter Party Entry Period. Winners will be notified via DM (Direct Message) on Twitter with a request for an email address to send prize claim information. Winners will have 48 hours to complete the prize claim form or an alternate winner will be selected from amongst all entries received during the Twitter Party Entry Period. All prizes will be awarded provided they are validly claimed by October 30th, 2017 at 11:59AM EST.

Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Bloggin’ Mamas, Heather Lopez Enterprises, LLC, Florida Prepaid, Moore Communications, Twitter, and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting this giveaway, and their respective parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, agents and subcontractors (collectively the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in this giveaway, acceptance or use or misuse of prize. Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in this giveaway and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize, including, without limitation, liability for personal injury, damage, or loss.

The Released Parties make no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the giveaway.





Disclosure: Bloggin’ Mamas is being compensated for managing this Florida Prepaid Twitter chat. Individual co-hosts are being compensated for their participation. All prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor.

Enjoy FREE Admission at the Boca Museum of Art in October

Since Hurricane Irma and its aftermath, the Boca Raton Museum of Art made a very generous decision to waive admission charges through the rest of October (2017)! FREE admission at the Boca Museum for all!

Visitors are welcome to relax and enjoy the galleries and Sculpture Garden (and air conditioning). You should also check out the Museum’s updated schedule of programs and activities for adults and families!

Free admission at the Boca Museum

Find the calendar online at

Four special exhibitions in addition to the Museum’s collection,  which was  newly re-installed, are currently on view. And, the Museum is FAMILY-FRIENDLY! It’s true.

  • The museum is STROLLER FRIENDLY
  • The Sculpture Garden is divine and your kids can run around safely. More than 20 significant works are installed on the Museum’s exterior grounds and in their walled sculpture garden.
  • They always have free admission for kids under 12
Free admission at the Boca Museum
FREE Admission at the Boca Museum includes:

Shirin Neshat: Fervor and Turbulent

Two films by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat explore gender roles, relationships, and equality in her home country.

Patricia Nix: American Baroque

Continuing the tradition of women Surrealists, Patricia Nix’s fantastic constructions and paintings are elaborate and boldly colored. They draw on both lightly whimsical and darkly psychological interpretations of the materials she employs.

Free admission at the Boca Museum

Deep Line Drawings by Carlos Luna

An artistic dissident who left Cuba in the 90s, Carlos Luna combines the influences and cultural heritages of his homes on the island, in Mexico, and finally in Miami to create a vibrant look at modern perceptions of Latin America.

Photography from the Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman

This 10th anniversary reprise of the debut of the Friedman’s gift to the Museum exhibits dozens of iconic photographs by many of the 19th century’s most influential photographers. These include Eugène Atget, Bruno Braquehais, Margaret Bourke-White, Brassaï, Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, Edward Steichen and Josef Sudek.

Hope to see you at the Museum, Boca moms!

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot by Sweet Memories Photography

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

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

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot

The red barn and brick make it look like autumn, right? #dailybocaavery and her cousin Aden improvised Florida fall like a boss at Cason United Methodist Church in Delray (which actually does have an amazing pumpkin patch in mid-to-late October).

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot

I was excited to continue our Halloween photoshoot tradition after last year’s rainy, but awesome session at Bedner’s. And this year, we were able to add Avery’s adorable baby cousin to the mix! How cute are they in this Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween photoshoot?

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Photoshoot

Avery decided she wanted to be Minnie Mouse (buy her costume on Amazon HERE) for Halloween this year after hearing that her cousin was planning to be Mickey (buy his costume on Amazon HERE). They’ll only agree to be matchy matchy for so long, right?

Props are key in any children’s photoshoot. That’s why I spent $34 on pumpkins and gourds, mamas. At least I can add them to our home’s fall decor!

If your child loves playing dress-up as much as mine does, you know how cute these photos can turn out. I see them as a time capsule…and a way to keep the grandparents off your back until you take your family holiday photos. 😉

Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography has such a passion for the real, sweet moments and true emotions of people in everyday settings. Despite my hot mess mom state that day (I actually forgot Avery’s two other costume changes), she had Avery and Aden modeling like Disney pros for the camera! She is amazing with kiddos.

Scheduling your own Halloween Photoshoot with Sweet Memories Photography is easy and so, so worth it!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 Boca Mom Halloween package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location PLUS a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as we love ours!

Sponsored: This Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween photoshoot post was hosted by Sweet Memories Photography. 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 received a complimentary 1-hour photoshoot, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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