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The Top 5 Things Every Mom Looks Forward to When Taking a Plane Ride SOLO!

It’s not easy flying with a child, especially if you’re alone.  Be it a baby, toddler or pre-schooler, your mind is always focused on 1. your child’s entertainment (a screaming baby for 3 hours among childless adults trapped in a metal tube is not cute) and 2. whether or not you’ll be able to “hold it” until you land (have you ever tried to go to the bathroom when you’re the only one responsible for that baby on your lap??). Traveling alone on an airplane with a baby is no joke.

Traveling alone on an airplane with a baby
Throwback to Avery’s 1st plane ride (6/13)!  Notice the ‘Hooter Hider’ tucked into the seat back.

On Friday, I will be taking my FIRST EVER solo cross-country plane ride since I had #dailybabyavery.  My NYC girlfriends and I are skipping off to Napa Valley for the long weekend (yippee!  Thanks #modernbocadad for staying behind this time) to celebrate a dear friend’s 30th birthday.

Yes, I’m looking forward to the wine.  Yes, I’m looking forward to the girl talk. Yes, I’m looking forward to the many rounds of Cards Against Humanity we’ll be playing (of course I purchased the new 90’s Nostalgia Pack).  But, what am I looking forward to most?

THE PLANE RIDE.

5+ blissful hours of Nothing. To. Do.


And what kind of Mommy Blogger would I be without listing the: Top 5 things I am Looking Forward to During my Solo Plane Ride
  1. Reading magazines.  No joke, I am about 5-7 issues behind on Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine.  Don’t even get me started on the fashion glossies…
  2. Thank you notes.  OK, perhaps I am not looking forward to the actual writing of thank you notes, but being able to bang 28 out while I’m flying across the country sounds good to me.  Done and done.
  3. Cocktails.  Hey- I got that Delta American Express card for a reason!  20% off in-flight beverages and no little hands to spill them?  Yes, please.
  4. Silence.  I don’t have to talk to anyone but the flight attendant if I don’t want to.  Sorry fellow seatmate.  No chit chat unless I need to get up to go to the ladies room.
  5. Sleep.  I doubt I need to explain this one to any MBMom with a child under the age of 2, yes?

I’m off to go pack to get ready to fly the friendly skies…ALONE.

Traveling alone on an airplane with a baby

Or maybe I’ll bring her with me after all!


 

Am I right MBMoms or am I right?  Did I leave anything off the list?  If so, comment below and best of luck traveling alone on an airplane with a baby!

P.S.  If you want to read some really hilarious posts about traveling with kids, be sure visit my FAVORITE Mommy Blog/Humor website: Mommy Shorts.  The “traveling on a plane category” can be found HERE.

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Beachfront Dining: It’s Why We Live in Florida, Right?

It has been awhile since I posted a kid-friendly dining review on Modern Boca Mom, so I have an authentic, South Florida beachy option for my fellow MBMoms this week: Beachfront dining in South Florida.

JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach.

Between #dailybabyavery’s christening and 1st Birthday celebration this year and the unseasonably AWESOME May weather, we’ve had quite the number of visitors showing up from the Northeast.  We love it!  And, we especially love to take them to restaurants with an ocean view to give them a true SOFL experience.

There are limited options in Boca Raton aside from the Boca Raton Resort or the NEW Waterstone, so we usually head to Deerfield Beach to drink or dine.

JB’s on the Beach is a great option for our family because the restaurant is kid-friendly, the cocktails/drink options are original (and delicious) and the food is always solid…especially the coconut shrimp appetizer or dinner (to die for!!!).  We love the nautical atmosphere and how open the restaurant is as well.

Best of all, a meal there doesn’t cost a fortune (and valet is pretty cheap).  It’s reasonable for family dining, especially right on the beach.


Check out my snaps from our most recent visit:

Beachfront dining in South Florida

Beachfront dining in South Florida

Beachfront dining in South Florida

Beachfront dining in South Florida


But is JB’s on the Beach truly Mommy AND child-friendly?
Here are your Modern Boca Mom stats:

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Stroller friendly: YES.  Inside and out.

Changing Station

Family restroom: Changing table + large enough to bring a stroller inside.

Kids Menu

Kids menu: YES.  Check it out HERE.

Enjoy the beachfront dining in South Florida!

Beachfront dining in South Florida

 


MOMpreneur Monday: Show and Tell Consignments

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting South Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the owner and founder of Show and Tell Consignments and BoutiqueSummer Davis!

Located in East Boca (260 N. Dixie Highway), Show and Tell Consignments and Boutique is a resale store of just over 4,000 square feet, packed floor to ceiling with quality, used baby and child gear, clothes and specialty items.  The store also carries great boutique inventory, some of it made by local MOMpreneurs!

#dailybocaavery LOVES to shop here.

Show and Tell Consignments Boca Raton

Summer, a native of South Florida (and one of my fellow Boca High c/o 2000 grads!), has prided herself in staying close to home and continuing on a family tradition of women-owned businesses.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, she initially saw herself in a corporate career in marketing and advertising.  But, after having her daughter at the age of 24, Summer knew she couldn’t juggle being a young mom AND be the corporate businesswoman she had initially envisioned.

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“Becoming a mother was more fulfilling than anything I ever imagined,” said Summer.  “However, I still longed to make my mark in this world, and identify myself not only as a mother, but a successful businesswoman as well.”

How did you decide to start Show and Tell Consignments?

“While at home with my daughter during her first year, the wheels started turning. I would look around at all the amazing things she would grow out of– the toys she no longer played with, her beautiful nursery and thought…..what am I going to do with all of this when she’s done with it? And how many other people are out there thinking the same thing?” answered Summer.

Time to call Grandma!

Summer’s mother owns a furniture consignment store in Deerfield Beach, A Summer Place.  She went to visit her showroom one day and it struck her that there were no children’s resale or consignment stores in the Boca area.

(P.S. I already smell another MOMpreneur Monday feature– two generations, I love it!)

Summer had mommy friends in other states who would talk about how they always shopped at children’s consignment stores and how much they loved them, but finding one locally was nearly impossible.  She decided then and there that of all places, Boca Raton needed an upscale children’s consignment store.

Getting down to business…

Using Mom as her mentor, Summer developed a retail business plan, tweaking it to fit her needs and her daughter’s.  One thing was for sure; she was confident that she wouldn’t have any trouble finding the best of the best inventory.

“Living in Boca my whole life and knowing the South Florida area very well, I knew the quantity and quality of the baby and children’s items Boca Moms were buying,” said Summer.

After finding a retail location, she put the word out to family and friends and before she knew it, people started calling about items they wanted to contribute or consign to get her store started.

“Everyone loved the idea! Before I knew it, Show and Tell Consignments was in business!”

Show and Tell Consignments Boca Raton

What do you remember most about your early days as a MOMpreneur?

“I remember sitting on the floor in my 4000 square foot store a month before I opened thinking, how am I going to fill this place up?!”

Clearly inventory is not an issue at Show & Tell if you’ve ever shopped there!  🙂

Four years after opening, Summer still can’t believe it all happened as it did.  And, she has major plans for more growth and expansion in 2014.

Other than location, what makes Show and Tell Consignments different from other children’s resale stores?

“I really wanted to build not just a regular children’s resale consignment store, but a place where I could connect with other professional moms who had their own businesses where we could help each other and network.  Its all about moms helping moms!  I wanted to find people who made their own children’s clothing, jewelry, infant accessories, boutique & gift items that I could have in the store. We now have a great assortment of these branded items including monogrammed pieces, children’s rompers & tutus, headbands and bows, room decor and so much more.”

Show and Tell Consignments Boca Raton

What do you like most about being in business in South Florida?

“Being in South Florida definitely has its benefits!  Thankfully we have amazing weather year round, so people pop in all the time to visit with us.  We are also a home to shop for so many snowbirds who frequent our area!  They always say they are so happy we are here because retail store prices have gotten so outrageous and they only need the [children’s] items for a short time. Sometimes they even re-consign their items before they go back to where home is for them and make [some money] back!”

“Living here all my life, a lot of my friends still live locally or have moved back recently to start their families.  It’s so fun having them come in and being able to share in their new moments with the next generation!  I get to meet all the new little miracles they’ve created and reconnect with people I haven’t seen in years.”

“My daughter is 8 years old now and it has been so fun having the opportunity to build my own business around her and her lifestyle. I have gotten to live the dream!  I’m a mom and a career woman!”

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What’s coming up at Show and Tell Consignments and Boutique?

“Stay tuned for our Kickoff Summer Sale Event happening late May/early June.  Our School Uniform Sale will be starting late July/early August and a store expansion hopefully in early Fall!”

If you’re interested in consigning, here are some store parameters:

Bringing in Consignment Items: 30 items max at each drop-off!

  • Items must be clean/spot/damage free, no missing pieces, assembled, & in sell-able condition.
  • CLOTHING: on hangers, wrinkle/spot/damage free; barely worn condition.
  • Seasonal consignment: Spring/Summer (Feb – Oct), Fall/Halloween (Aug-Oct), Winter/Ski Clothes (Oct – Feb), Holiday (Oct – Dec)
  • TOYS/GAMES: clean, working, w/batteries if needed; no missing pieces, extra accessories secured in ziploc bag and attached to item.
  • FURNITURE/BABY GEAR: clean, assembled, no missing pieces, working, w/batteries if needed
I want to offer my personal congratulations to Summer!  Being an entrepreneur is all about finding that need in the marketplace and filling it.  She did it and successfully, I might add!

MADE IN FL: Summer Must-Have Products

I’m not quite sure if this qualifies as a guilty pleasure, but this Modern Boca Mom, as of late, has become a HUGE fan of the ABC television show, Shark Tank.  Even summer products made in florida!

If you haven’t seen the program before, essentially businesses (large and small) pitch their product or service to the “sharks” and ask for a monetary investment in exchange for a stake in their business, so they can (hopefully) grow by leaps and bounds utilizing the sharks’ money + connections.  It’s fascinating!

I constantly think about how I could take ModernBocaMom.com on the show and ask Mr. Wonderful to invest in my “genius” blog idea to take it national…global!  Who knows?!!

Big MOMpreneur dreams.

Anyhow, I’ve recently come across three NEW products for summer that I personally think would be AMAZING on the show.  But, I have a feeling these entrepreneurs are going to do just fine on their own.  And, the best part?

ALL of these products are BASED IN FLORIDA.

1. shadepop

Summer products made in florida

Yes, that’s #dailybabyavery sitting by the pool…rockin the shadepop

The shadepop story, from its inventor:

Whether it’s relaxing by the pool, at the beach, or on the porch, I’m always happiest outside. One day, while laying by the pool, I reached under my chair for my drink and knocked it over … for the last time. I started thinking there’s got to be a better way to keep everything within arms reach and shaded. I wanted to make relaxing, well, a bit more relaxing. So I found a small umbrella, glued metal washers to the bottom, added a magnet and made my first prototype. It was perfect. I began my research and decided to start the patent process. After going down many different roads, I decided to have it manufactured, and peddle my brilliant invention myself. I mean who wouldn’t want the ultimate in lounge level shade?

I have to admit that I was skeptical when shadepop reached out to MBMom.  But, after trying the product today, I have to admit it’s kind of genius.  I like drinking my sippy cup of white wine out by the pool and it IS super annoying when it heats up due to South Florida’s lack of shade…or me not drinking fast enough, apparently.  

All you have to do is take the umbrella out of its handy case, open and secure it to a table using the magnets provided.  DONE!  Your drink stays cool and so does your phone (I’m definitely one of those people that hates leaving my iPhone out in the sun).

Summer products made in florida

Summer products made in florida

For $24.99, your poolside possessions can be cool too!  www.shadepop.com

2. Bronze Buffer

Summer products made in florida

Yes, this little guy can save you from a sunless tanning “mishap”

The Bronze Buffer story:

The invention of Paige Herman-Axel, a former beauty editor turned freelance beauty blogger (and fellow MBMom!), Bronze Buffer was developed to help “fix” sunless tanning mistakes or boo boos, even after the tan has developed. This innovative, sun-shaped sponge instantly removes unwanted sunless-tanner streaks and buildup.  The sponge is especially ideal for areas of the body where color can collect such as knees, ankles and elbows.  It can even be used to tone down a tan that’s too dark.

Full disclosure…I used to work with Paige back in my NYC Beauty PR days and she is one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet.  When I first moved back to Boca Raton, I was so excited to find out she was based here and was all ears as she explained her new business venture.  I have tried Bronze Buffer multiple times now on my less than perfect sunless tanning applications and it is even fantastic if you need even out leg makeup (Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs anyone?).

Picture “a deodorant sponge for your skin” and thank goodness someone finally invented that.  The only safe tan is a sunless tan and it’s a challenge to get the perfect one each time!  www.bronzebuffer.com

Guess what?  You can buy Bronze Buffer at Sephora.

SEPHORA! 

Summer products made in florida

Summer products made in florida

3. safeHands

Summer products made in florida

The safeHands story:

The safeHands brand began as a dream of Founder & CEO, Dr. Jay Reubens (known as “Dr. J” and inventor of the first touch-free dispenser) when he set out to develop a safe and effective alternative to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  Dr. J’s goal was to ensure that his foam-based hand sanitizer not only killed over 99.99% of germs – but that it helped soothe, nourish and preserve the skin’s natural oils. It dawned on Dr. J, as he successfully tested the product with his friends and family, that a sanitizer that could be used frequently throughout the day without the harsh effects of alcohol on the skin, would be a product that people would love to use, would use more frequently and would in turn, lead to a decrease in the escalating infection rates. As safeHands products became a reality, it has become Dr. J’s mission to educate about the benefits of alcohol free hand sanitizer, one hand at a time.

As a mom, hand sanitizer is my LIFE.  Between changing diapers, blowing little noses and various other not-so-cute parental duties, I take every measure to make sure my hands are germ-free…yet moisturized.  I thought in Florida that I would no longer need hand cream like I did in NYC!  I was wrong.

These hydrating, skin-soothing, foam-based, non-toxic hand sanitizers kill more than 99.99% of germs on contact and are scientifically proven to be as effective as alcohol-based hand sanitizers. safeHands battles germs, not your skin, so you can sanitize while keeping your hands silky smooth.  

I appreciate the concept.  I’d certainly rather have the alcohol in my cocktail, not on my skin.  It also smells good and is non-toxic.

safeHands is based right here in Boca Raton, FL!  www.safehands.com

You can purchase the products by searching for a local retailer HERE.

Here’s to Summer MBMoms and summer products made in florida!

Disclaimer: Modern Boca Mom was given complimentary product samples for review.  As always, all opinions are my own.