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I’m Disconnecting My Daughter | How xFi Saved Family Time in our House

Screen time. It’s often necessary in my house, especially if I need to get work done…or plain just need a b-r-e-a-k. I  refer to it as my TV babysitter. 😉 And as the weather gets hotter in South Florida, the more I know I’ll rely on it. I usually consider myself a strict regulator…at least until lately. Spring Break broke my typical resolve…even during mealtimes. Now, I know I need to work on disconnecting my daughter. And I’m proud to say I found a little shortcut. Let me tell you about how Xfinity xFi saved family time in our home…

Disclosure: “How Xfinity xFi saved family time” was sponsored by Comcast. Personal story and thoughts are my own.
What is Xfinity xFi?

If you are Comcast internet customer (which we happen to be), it’s a new digital dashboard for your phone or tablet. And, it’s super simple to use! You can personalize, monitor and control your home WiFi network, and it even gives you the ability to instantly pause internet connectivity by user or device.

xFi saved family time

Ever wanted to digitally disconnect your kid’s iPad for 30 minutes? An hour? Two hours? This app can help you do it. I set up profiles for each member of my family and assigned each of us our own connected devices. Guess who had the highest usage?

xFi saved family time

When was the last time you had a device-free meal?

A recent Comcast survey showed that most parents across the country agree that disconnecting from electronic devices like smart phones and tablets during mealtime improves family bonding. But nearly half (42%) were not able to remember the last time their family actually had a device-free meal.

It’s no surprise that the Xfinity xFi “pause device” feature has become the most popular function of the app. Users have tapped “pause” about 5 million times since launch, most often between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m…dinner time!

xFi saved family time
This is when we should have started pausing WiFi

But let’s be honest, I know we’re also to blame. According to the survey, more than half of parents had been told by their children to put their cell phones away during meals. I know I’m guilty. So at our house we’re now making an effort and pausing the internet for 30 minutes during dinner each night. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Other Xfinity xFi features I love…

Xfinity xFi also has other awesome features, like simple parental controls that include search settings for Google, Bing, and YouTube. Plus you can get real-time notifications about activity on your WiFi network. For example, when your kids have friends over and a new tablet or phone logs on, you’ll receive a text message and can decide whether to allow them to connect and even set parental controls remotely! Pretty cool!

The xFi experience can be controlled via a mobile app (iOS and Android), website and on the TV with the X1 voice remote. xFi is now available to more than 10 million Xfinity Internet customers with a compatible Xfinity Wi-Fi device. And the best part? It comes at NO EXTRA COST.

Join me in reclaiming family time in your home this spring! Because it really couldn’t be easier with Xfinity xFi.

Sponsored: This “how Xfinity xFi saved family time” post was sponsored by Comcast. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I received compensation for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: HVW Law Group

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 MOMpreneurs are Lawyers Sara Horowitz, Katie Varsegi and Emerald Williams: Owners of HVW Law Group  Boca Raton and Coral Springs!

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Morikami Museum Rings in the Spring Season with Hatsume Fair 2018

Spring officially arrives when flowers bloom and cosmic cosplayers take over the Morikami Hatsume Fair on April 21-22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens!

The museum’s largest annual festival, the Morikami Hatsume Fair will transform tranquil Park into a breathtaking Japanese spectacle of sights, sounds, and style! Guests will enjoy two stages of exciting entertainment. They’ll also have access to artisan, craft and plant vendors, specialty sake and beer selections, and Japanese street fare food. The weekend’s activities include martial arts, taiko performances, cosplay costume contests, and a high-octane, Japanese street wear fashion show.

Morikami Hatsume Fair

Morikami Hatsume Fair hotspots include:

Taiko Stage

Experience the roar of taiko at performances by South Florida’s premier taiko drumming groups: Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko. Catch Ronin Taiko on Saturday, and Fushu Daiko on Sunday. Also, don’t miss the costume contest (Saturday) and fashion show (Sunday) on the Taiko stage.

Morikami Hatsume Fair

Martial Arts Stage

The Martial Arts Stage (located in the Morikami Theater) will feature martial arts demonstrations from a wide variety of ancient disciplines. These demonstrations will give you an introduction to a variety of styles and showcase local students of all ages.

Morikami Hatsume Fair

Anime Arena

Enjoy a variety of anime offerings, shop an array of anime vendors and dealers, take a picture with your favorite anime characters and superheroes, and strut your stuff at the costume contests and fashion show walk-offs on the Taiko Stage.

Morikami Hatsume Fair

Festival Marketplace

Shop dozens of artisan, craft and plant vendors on festival grounds and Morikami’s distinctive Museum Store (including the Sweet Shop) located inside the museum building.

Kids’ Zone @ Morikami Hatsume Fair

Check out our festival activities area for games, Japanese crafts, and more for the whole family.

Morikami Hatsume Fair

Tickets are:

Adult One Day Pass (ages 11+) – $12

Adult Weekend Pass (ages 11+) – $17

Child One Day Pass (ages 4-10) – $6

Child Weekend Pass (ages 4-10) – $11

Morikami members and children ages 3 and under – Free

At-Gate Adult One Day Pass (ages 11+) – $15

At-Gate Adult One Day Pass (ages 4-10) – $10

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Addison is Excellent! Receives 5 Star Diamond Award for 6th Year

I’m just going to come out and say it. Boca Raton is pretty damn lucky to have a magical place like The Addison in our town. My family and I were sitting outside on the venue’s patio enjoying Easter Brunch this week. And, despite the glitz and glamour of the event executed by their amazing team, we felt like we were HOME. I daresay…their staff feels like an extension of my own family at this point. We truly enjoy celebrating all of our family holidays in their back–err, I mean courtyard. So when it comes to Addison Boca Raton awards, I’m thrilled to announce that they’ve received a very special one for the 6th year in a row!

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The Addison Boca Raton family- all photos by Munoz Photography
Addison Boca Raton Awards: 5 Star Diamond Award 2018

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) awarded the Addison of Boca Raton its coveted Five Star Diamond Award, recognizing the venue for its achievement and quality in the hospitality and luxury service industry. This is the sixth consecutive year the Addison has received this rare distinction.

Addison Boca Raton Awards

AAHS is renowned worldwide for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector. Each year the academy bestows its coveted awards on five and six-star quality hotels, spas, golf courses, restaurants and chefs. This award is a prestigious emblem of achievement, recognizing true quality in the hospitality and luxury service industries worldwide.  Evaluations are based on exceptional service, superb facilities, ambiance, attitude, gastronomy, cleanliness and above all, hospitality.

Addison Boca Raton Awards

The Celebration

Modern Boca Dad and I were invited to celebrate this special occasion at an exclusive gala at the Addison on the evening of Wednesday, March 21. The event showcased a  DELIGHTFUL six-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Patrick Duffy. Wine and cocktail pairings were sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The extravagant décor was by Daniel Events. Live entertainment was provided by Celebrity Entertainment.

Addison Boca Raton Awards
Andy Rogers, Modern Boca Dad and Michelle Olson-Rogers, Modern Boca Mom

It was attended by many prominent community figures, including Mayor Susan Haynie and the Boca Raton council members, Mary Csar of the Boca Raton Historical Society, and several board members from the Junior League of Boca Raton, who also received one of the special Addison Boca Raton awards that evening!

Addison Boca Raton Awards
Junior League of Boca Raton
Addison Boca Raton Awards
Mayor Susan Haynie, Vice President of the Addison Zoe Lanham, Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers, Marketing Director of the Addison Melanie De Vito

It was an evening to remember. Congratulations to The Addison on this well-deserved honor!


The Addison is a Five Star Diamond award-winning caterer, event venue, and historical landmark located in Boca Raton, Florida. Built by famed architect Addison Mizner in 1926 as an example of his architectural vision for Boca, the Addison is now one of the most popular event venues, specializing in weddings, celebrations, corporate functions, off-premise catering, and glatt kosher events. For more information, visit or call (561) 372-0568.