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Getting into Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton…

Being the true New Yorker that I am, I’m always secretly plotting my escape back to my “sacred city”. Although I constantly complain about South Florida’s humidity, or lack of exposure to culture and the arts. Or consistently compare all of Florida’s food to dining experiences in The Big Apple (let’s face it, have you ever had better pizza or pastrami anywhere else?), perhaps I’ve overlooked some of the pros the Sunshine State has to offer like Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve started to really learn to see things in a different light. I mean the kind of light that’s broadens your awareness to all of the simple treasures each city brings to the table. In South Florida it is most certainly the Marine and Wildlife Preservation. More specifically in east Boca Raton, it’s The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

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Over the past year we’ve frequented the Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton space learning all about Marine wildlife and falling in love with the baby sea turtles!

We always start out front just passed the parking lot with the stationary sea turtles, the boys just love getting to “ride” them.

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We usually make our way from there straight to the tanks outside (remember to bring sunscreen!), there we can see the two large tanks with plenty of sea turtles, and starfish!

If you’re lucky you can catch the sea turtle feedings and learn plenty about all the different kinds of turtles there are. The staff is mostly volunteer based and all very knowledgeable.

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Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton

Next to the tanks is the shipwreck with lots of fun! There are plenty of eel, stingray and hammerhead shark to watch, and again there are plenty of volunteers around to answer any questions you or your little ones may have.

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On our most recent visit to Gumbo Limbo Boca Raton, we discovered the “Elevation Tower”.

One of the volunteers mentioned the long walk up the 39′ tower and how it would ensure a lengthy nap. Off we went (I may have sprinted)! Now THIS was cool!

There are different trails that you can walk (or run if you’re  one of my boys) that are completely covered in nature and all the creepy crawlers it has to offer, they were obsessed with all the different spiders and webs.

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Once we hit the stairs we were climbing to the top! About halfway I heard a few complaints about needing a snack, but it was fairly easy to maneuver with two toddlers.

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The view alone was well worth the wait! Couldn’t help but get someone to snap a pic of us three musketeers, I so rarely make an appearance I’m so busy snapping away!

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Everyone was happy and enjoying the breeze, a lovely reward after trekking in the hot Florida sun.

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After snack and water, (totally not allowed up there) and a few too many scary “whoa I’m falling” games with a nervous mommy, we were ready to take the trip back down to solid ground. But not after taking in the moment and remembering to “just be”. All too soon they will be grown up and busy with their own lives, I try to embrace all of these simple special moments and collect them. Finding local treasures like this has allowed us to do that.

As promised, when we hit the bottom level the boys were exhausted. I decided to head towards the exit/parking lot, but not before we hit up some more creepy crawler exhibits and activities.

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We didn’t quite get the nap at home as hoped, but they did fall asleep in the car. At least it was long enough for this busy mom to eat a snack in the car before we were off on our next adventure.

Each time we go to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center we discover something new. Can’t wait to see what we find next time!


Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys, Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play, she created a blog called Essentially Erika that follows her journey getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

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NOW CLOSED | MOMpreneur Monday: Deelishables

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 MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured and first-ever StepMOMpreneur is the founder of Deelishables, LLC, Kimberly McMahon!

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What do celebrities Hoda Kotb, Leah Remini, Lisa Vanderpump and Jessie James Decker all have in common?  Well, fancy television careers for one thing, but even better, they’ve all worked with the South Florida Step-MOMpreneur behind successful edible favors company, Deelishables!

What are Deelishables, you ask?  Why don’t I just show you:

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Deelishables on Modern Boca Mom

Deelishables on Modern Boca Mom

I just ate and now I’m starving again.

Thanks a lot Kim!


So, celebrity clients and custom treats! It all sounds so glamorous! What’s your background and how did you get started?

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher at a very young age and have been teaching for over 13 years. I always had the urge to have a business of my own, probably because many of my family members run successful businesses!” said Kim.

“My grandmother was an amazing baker and she inspired me with her famous sponge cake and buttermilk cake (which no one in our family can duplicate exactly like she did!). I started doing favors for friends in my free time as a hobby- just chocolate suckers and chocolate covered pretzels- especially as holiday gifts to my coworkers. As time went on, I began to get more and more requests. I decided I might have a small business here!”

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Teacher Appreciation treats by Deelishables

Kim launched Deelishables four years ago, starting in her home kitchen and her business has now grown into a commercial kitchen with her products sold exclusively online.

What would you say to aspiring MOMpreneurs?

Kim answered, “It can be very challenging at times since I basically have 2 full time jobs, but I feel true entrepreneurs do whatever is necessary to make their dream a reality.”

Bethenny Frankel has been a big inspiration for me personally, and seeing what she has been able to create has given me the motivation to go forward and take my hobby to the next level.

She is even a fan of Kim’s products now!!!

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So is fellow “Real Housewife” Lisa Vanderpump!

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What is unique about Deelishables?

“Well, we are not the first company to create personalized edible favors. I think our style and attention to details like packaging and TASTE make us special. Many cookies and treats out there are adorable but taste pretty bad! To us, appearance is just as important as taste. We receive emails daily from our customers telling us how pleased they were with our products, which is the best part! I  truly enjoy creating these custom treats and in a small way, we feel like we’re a part of our customers’ special events and celebrations,” said Kim.

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Deelishables on Modern Boca Mom

Deelishables on Modern Boca Mom

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your next online customers?

“If you’re looking for something different and unique, as most of us often are, then you need to check out our products! We have a big celebrity following and work with many major corporations,” answered Kim. 

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Deelishables was recently featured on TODAY as one of Hoda and Kathie Lee’s Favorite Things!

“We are always trying to improve and come up with new products that are unique and delicious. Our photo cookies and custom [pretzel] rods are our most popular products and are perfect for ANY event- from birthdays to weddings to corporate.”

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What’s next for Deelishables?

Kim said, “Our products will be featured on some upcoming TV shows! We were also contacted by Shark Tank…so we will see what develops! I also plan to add more products this summer and roll out great specials for the holidays later this year.”

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Jessie James Decker

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What is your favorite part about living and working South Florida?

“South Florida is my home and there’s no place I’d rather live (Kim is originally from New Jersey). Although the heat can be challenging for business when you deal with chocolate! We have easy access to great markets like Miami and Palm Beach, and there’s always something going on,” answered Kim.


I personally can’t wait to see which celeb Kim works with next! Any suggestions, Modern Boca Moms?? Comment below!

This Kids Gym REALLY ROCKS! Check Out We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton

It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s…SUMMER in South Florida! I think I conveniently forgot about “rainy season” when moving back from NYC…oops.  A friend of mine just equated this weather to “Boca’s version of a dreary winter.”  So true.  I think I may need that plastic stroller cover after all… So, what is there to do with your child when the sunny summer weather isn’t so sunny? Mom of 3, Gail Nobile Field, certainly found one awesome solution by opening up kids gym, We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton! The indoor kids gym in Boca Raton.

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Even though this isn’t a MOMpreneur Monday feature, I feel like it kind of should be. You see, after Gail’s son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, she wanted to find a place in South Florida to take him to play and let some of that “natural toddler energy” out. She wanted to find somewhere that wasn’t your typical “sensory overload kids place,” a place where she wouldn’t have to say ‘I am sorry’ every five minutes because her son was a little different or not up to par with the other kids, somewhere where they felt welcome.

She scoured the internet and couldn’t find anything in our area to accommodate her child or any other children with a disorder like autism.  Gail’s research did not stop, however, and she went a little further and found out about We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym for all Kids in California and thought, what an amazing place!   Their actual motto is: FINALLY A PLACE WHERE YOU NEVER HAVE TO SAY SORRY!  

Gail knew this looked like a place she and her family could call home and after reading further saw they had franchising opportunities…and after a lot of hard work and planning, We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton was launched! It’s a great indoor kids gym in Boca Raton.

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton provides children (toddler – 11 years old) with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions and self-care skills. Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. In making sure We Rock sticks to their core mission of inclusion, they’ve also added a low-lit calming room for kids who might need a sensory break.

I took #dailybabyavery and her (boy)friend Channing there earlier this month (both kiddos just turned 1) and it was an eye-opening experience.  I am clearly new to the “kiddie gym” scene and wasn’t sure how Avery would do.  

Well, I’m happy to say that even one-year-olds love this place (and the staff was so nice!).  I mean…this was #dailbabyavery’s reaction when we finally left:

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Sad face.  Don’t worry, she fell asleep in the car all of 5 minutes later.

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton Includes:
  • Suspended equipment with swings for balance and vestibular treatment
  • Crash mats and crash pillows for fun, motor planning, and strength
  • Tunnels
  • Zip line
  • Trampoline for building leg and core strength
  • Indoor play structure for climbing and increasing playground skills
  • Sensory-based toys
  • Motor play toys and equipment
  • Fine motor
  • Arts and crafts Area
  • Free Wireless Access

I really mean it when I saw the staff was so nice.  They were very invested in not only playing with the kids and facilitating all of the equipment, but also in the kids’ safety.  Super important at a kids gym, I think!

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton has open-play times ($14 per child, siblings discounted to $12 each) as well as classes and they can even host your next birthday party or private playdate!  Find out more information HERE.

Congratulations to Gail on the new opening of We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton!  Be sure to LIKE them on Facebook HERE for all of the latest information and promotions.  

Rock on!  

The Boca Hamptons Plaza
9060 Kimberly Blvd, Suite 36-39
Boca Raton, Florida 3343

MOMpreneur Monday: EnergyEcho App

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

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Today’s featured Mompreneur is the co-founder of EnergyEcho, Sarah Widerstedt!


Who couldn’t use a little extra positive energy in their lives these days?  I’m sure any stressed out Modern Boca Mom or Dad (or Aunt or Uncle…) would agree!  Lucky for us, spreading positive energy is the core mission of a new FREE smartphone app, EnergyEcho, founded by North Florida mompreneur Sarah Widerstedt.

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Positive energy via technology.  That’s something I never thought to download!  How did the idea sprout?

“I’m a wife, a mommy to two doll-baby daughters, a writer, a music lover, a stroke survivor, a cancer survivor AND…an optimist.  As a busy family of four, we love our quaint Florida community, our families, beach life, skiing, playing piano, blowing bubbles and playing tea party.  But, we often get caught up in the feat of balancing life, sanity and families on two continents. (Sarah’s husband’s family lives in Sweden) The idea for EnergyEcho sprang from our desire to focus on life’s truly awesome aspects amidst the chaos that can sometimes distract us,” explained Sarah.

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“Through a series of personal experiences, we came to realize the importance of optimism in our lives and community.  After my health was seriously threatened over the last few years, the importance of positive energy truly resonates with our family.  Each precious moment counts, and why not amplify the good things?” asked Sarah.

We know positive energy is contagious and certainly powerful, and we thought social media was lacking a real forum that allows people to focus on the good.

How does the app work?

If you have a smartphone, it’s easy!  
Once the app is downloadedEnergyEcho provides a digital medium for:
  • People to affirm others

  • Show appreciation for others’ virtues and…

  • Ignite resounding and infinite positive energy echoes throughout life!

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The app sounds truly unique…and positive (pun intended)!  It seems like busy parents could really benefit if they downloaded EnergyEcho ASAP…

EnergyEcho is simple, fun, and timeless…and FREE!  The core virtues of Honesty, Kindness, Humor, Love, Faith, Wisdom, Success, and Strength will never change.  You can make someone feel better instantly with the push of a button – and then let that action multiply through the social network,” said Sarah.

“We hope that EnergyEcho will lead to positive changes in the lives of our users.  The negativity and drama that often drags down other social media can be heavy and time-consuming.  EnergyEcho, on the other hand, lets you reach out to someone in a quick, affirming, and uplifting way.”

Making the choice to spread only positive energy can improve your day, your health, your relationships – your life.

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What do you envision for your business going forward?

Sarah answered, “We want people to embrace the power of positive encouragement.  People can achieve anything they want – sometimes all they need is just some support and a few positive nudges from their loved ones.  We envision EnergyEcho being an integral part of the world’s most popular social networks.”

What do you love about living and working in Florida? 

“Happy people, being close to the beach for an impromptu “lunch meeting,” and the flip-flop dress code.  :)”

ME TOO.

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Today, MBMom is sending Sarah a TON of positive energy, wishing her and her family continuous good health from this point forward and huge success with her business!  Wow, she’s right!  Somehow that made ME feel great!

In that case, I want to send all of my readers some positive energy as well…by sharing the FREE download links for EnergyEcho!  

App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/energyecho/id717653451?mt=8&uo=4

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.energy.echo


Learn more about EnergyEcho HERE and start sharing your own positive energy today!  There’s plenty to go around.