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Enjoy Global Flavors at Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace has added the flavors of the world to their menu by way of Chef Dan (a foodie rock star in my book). Originally born in Thailand and having traveled the world since, Chef Dan brought his expertise to our neck of the woods in Delray Beach. And, he took us all on a trip around the world!

Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace NEW MENU

Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace new menu debuted in late November and yours truly was there to try it all! With some of my favorite fellow bloggers of course.

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

My job is so rough y’all, seriously!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray MarketplaceThese Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace Chili Garlic Mussels are divine!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Crab Cake a` la Heaven!

The Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace French Onion Soup Dumplings were to-die-for!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

A light pancetta pizza is a perfect pre-movie bite!

What’s a night out without a fizzy drink? This Raspberry Ginger Collins from Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace was light and refreshing– just what the doctor ordered.

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Savory Ribs w/ Potato Wedges on a bed of crunchy Cole Slaw- yum!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace
I told you we were taking a trip around the world at Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace
You can’t take food bloggers anywhere!

Chef Dan ended the night for us with this decadent treat!
Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, these babies showed up!
Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

The perfect ending to any dining experience, a glass of milk with some warm fresh baked cookies.

We were some pretty happy food bloggers at Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace!

Burt and Maxs Delray Marketplace
Oh hi April Golightly and Local Mom Scoop!

You can make reservations for Burt & Max’s at 561-638-6380. They are located at: 9089 W Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.

Don’t forget to follow Burt & Max’s on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton


In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

PBC Parks Roundup: Where to Go When School’s OUT!

From Contributor, Modern Boca Crunchy Mom…

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In college, school breaks meant freedom, party time, bathing in the sun and bar hopping with friends. As parents, school breaks have an entirely different meaning. Now it’s more like traffic, confusion about what to do with the kids, baking in the the sun while loading and unloading toddlers and park hopping.

My, how the mighty have fallen…

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Okay, maybe the baking in the sun in OCTOBER part.

It’s no secret that #ModernBocaCrunchyMom is an advocate for unstructured outdoor play. If you follow me on Instagram, you are likely to be subject to any number of photos of all the park hopping we do. Classes and play dates are fun and we do enjoy them from time to time, but there’s a certain freedom of exploration and magic in spending the day at the park.

Some of my fondest memories growing up took place in our local parks while I enjoyed interacting with different people independent from my parents. I enjoy watching my sons’ eyes light up as they make new friends, and invent new games to play from one moment to the next. There is no shortage of learning going on, from spontaneous social interaction to working on their large movement / motor skills (this is KEY with boys especially). I get to meet new moms and catch up with some old friends, it’s a win/win!

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So if you’re wondering what to do with your kids this upcoming (extended) school break, I’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of some awesome PBC parks with natural playscapes that are fun for the entire family to enjoy.

Now, there are plenty of popular parks in the area with large themed playgrounds and intricate water features and splash pads. Don’t get me wrong, these are great (especially on hot days), but the kids most enjoy finding hidden gems that are sort of “off the beaten path”, with lots of natural opportunities for play and learning.


James A. Rutherford Park (East of Federal Highway in Boca Raton)

This is an awesome place for families to go enjoy a picnic with all the lush trees providing shade. There are pavilions with multiple BBQ grills, a wonderful playground area for the kids and no shortage of space to run freely.

The highlight of this park (which is attached to Lake Wyman Park) is the picturesque walk among the mangrove trees on their guided boardwalk path. Some lead to lookout points with a great view of the intracoastal waterway. We’ve taken the boys there plenty of times at sunset with dinner to-go and counted the boats as they floated by. This is a great place to just enjoy the breeze and unwind after a long day with the family. Not to mention answer what seems like 300 hundred questions about mangroves and boats. #BocaMomLife

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George Snow Park (Directly across the street from the FAU entrance)

This is an enclosed park which makes it ideal for #BocaMoms with multiple kids. There are two play structures that cater to either toddlers, or slightly older children (there’s even a cool rock wall).

Just outside the gates is an awesome path great for nature walks or bike rides. We usually like to take this walk in the cooler months and see what treasures we can find along the way! This is an ideal park for the spring / summer months as well, with bountiful trees and plenty of shade.

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This park is great if only for its proximity to the University Commons plaza just down the block! It’s great if you want to cool down with some fro-yo at 16 Handles, pick up some groceries on the way home at Whole Foods Market, or stop and shop at Nordstrom Rack. Either way, everyone’s happy!


University Woodlands Park (Heading out west a bit on St. Andrews Blvd in Boca Raton)

This park is a wide open space with one main pavilion providing shade. Attached to a ball field, this park is spacious and packed full of opportunity. It’s recently undergone a bit of a “face lift” with a new playground!

Offering options for older and younger babes to explore and test their limits. Woodlands offers lots of different options for all ages, there is plenty for kids to learn from each other at all different stages in life. Research and early childhood studies have discovered that mixed-aged spontaneous play is highly beneficial for children and fosters kindness, patience and compassion.

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We’ve enjoyed plenty of Meetups here over summer and winter breaks. The pathway surrounding the playground is great for riding bikes, the sand box is perfect for younger toddlers and the rock wall is fun for older kids.


That wraps up this PBC Parks roundup in Boca Raton, join us next time when we tackle parks in Boynton Beach and Delray!

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


What parks do you frequent? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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 focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel is Perfect for Families

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Come one, come all! The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. The highly anticipated LEGOLAND Florida Hotel is open for business! Just in time for summer, this incredibly creative and innovative theme park, located in Winter Haven, FL, has opened the doors to their one of a kind LEGO themed hotel, and we were there for the Grand Opening!

The five-story, 152-room LEGOLAND Florida Hotel immerses guests into a creative LEGO® world designed to bring children’s imaginations to life.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

A Quick History:

Ole Kirk Christiansen, founder of the Danish toy company ‘The LEGO Group’, once made a living as a wooden toy maker. An advocate for “Learning through Play,” he invented the beloved classic bricks that made their way into just about every childhood home. The LEGO Group has become a family business and evolved over the years to now include a total of six theme parks and hotels.

My love for “Open Ended Play” and for LEGOLAND is well documented, but this new venture takes it to a whole new level! Every aspect of this hotel / theme park experience is designed for families of children from 2-12 years old. EXTREMELY toddler and preschool friendly, they’ve thought of everything! Just come on down with your little ones and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile and some awesome memories!

Let’s take a second to admire the sheer genius that went into each and every nook and cranny of this hotel.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Behind the reception desk in the lobby is an entire wall created out of more than 5,000 LEGO Minifigures.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

We are talking floor to ceiling LEGO’s here. It’s in the carpet, on the ceilings– you can even add bricks to the walls!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Toddler Bonus #1: 

There are LEGO “pools” with thousands of bricks just begging to be played with throughout the lobby, great for keeping the little ones busy while figuring out your next move.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Pretty sure you’re not supposed to do that…

After check in, head on over to the elevators. This is where the real party is. Each interactive elevator features a full on disco party with pulsating lights, music, ‘lava tiles’, rotating mirror ball and sound effects that announce the arrival on each floor (dancing is necessary).

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Each floor hosts a different Lego theme and guests can choose between four themed rooms: Pirate, Adventure, Kingdom or Friends. We nabbed the Pirate room, perfect for our little pirates!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

It’s all about the details and they definitely have that covered! Upon check-in, all kids get to “sign” their name on the official documents and are greeted with instructions for their very own scavenger hunt! Once they figure out all of the clues, they gain access to a treasure chest. Inside each chest are treats and toys for the kids to build their very own masterpiece (I told you they thought of everything!)

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Fun Fact:

More than 2 million LEGO bricks make up the more than 2,000 LEGO models throughout the Hotel.

There are at least eight LEGO models in every LEGOLAND Florida Hotel room; all children’s sleeping areas include a bunk bed with a trundle bed. Guests can choose between either Themed and Premium Themed rooms. Premium Themed rooms have additional LEGO models and themed wall décor.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Florida’s Legoland Resort is the only Legoland Hotel currently featuring the Lego Friends Suites where little ones can enjoy the ultimate slumber party!

Can we just geek out for a moment about some of the rooms details that this Crunchy mom was excited about?

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Each room features all natural Honest Company toiletries in the bathroom, along with organic kids pouches and toddler friendly toilet seats!

Bricks Family Restaurant stationed in the lobby of the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel includes a buffet station designed specifically at a height kids can reach featuring healthy food options.

Skyline Lounge features a LEGO skyline with more than 20 humorous scenes designed by the Park’s Master Model Builders.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Restaurants and lounges are open to the public, based on availability.

I was so relieved to see they served an array of fresh fruits and veggies! The food was excellent and the service was fantastic! Even #ModernBocaCrunchyDad was excited to meet the characters!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Word on the street is – all of their produce is locally sourced. Chef James Boheim is working on plans for a garden and compost site on the premises!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

The LEGO Club Room offers guests a Character Meet & Greet, building areas, LEGO Club Magazines, and videos.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

The Castle Play area is based on the LEGO Kingdom and Pirates lines and features a pirate ship and an interactive castle surrounded by a LEGO filled moat.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Toddler Bonus #2

The lounge / skyline bar area was specifically designed for parents.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
The open concept layout and low lying walls allow for full view of your speedy little one at all times from all angles.

Speaking of Master Builders…

The Legoland Florida Resort is the first to have its own Master Model Builder Workshop. Guests can build exclusively with Model Builders daily! I was lucky enough to participate in one with the actual Master Builder!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
I built this aircraft! Modern Boca Crunchy Builder has a nice ring to it!

With all this excitement and fun I was ready for some relaxation by the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel pool.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Guests can relax at a family pool that looks out to the historic Lake Eloise.

This pool was AWESOME! We didn’t have to worry about arm floats, they provide life vests for all children unable to swim and full time lifeguards. The best part was the floating foam LEGO bricks everywhere, the boys were able to build castles in the water (hours o’ fun).

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

If you’ve read my previous post on our LEGOLAND experience, then you already know how impressed I am with the more than 58 million LEGO bricks combined to make more than 28,000 models within LEGOLAND Florida Resort. LEGOLAND Florida Resort focuses on interactivity, education, and fun, enabling kids to take control!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
At any point in the day you may see staff or adults building and creating.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Toddler Bonus #3:

LEGOLAND Hotel is only 130 kid steps to the entrance of LEGOLAND. That’s right folks, no ferries or monorails. No long lines or three miles hikes. You can even stop for a mid afternoon nap back at the hotel if your little one needs one.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Water Park is a five acre water play experience featuring more than four million LEGO bricks.

This trip we were able to enjoy LEGOLAND Water Park as well as the theme park. An absolute must in this Florida heat! We enjoyed spending the day floating in the Lazy River, swimming in the Wave Pool and getting splashed in the Joker Soaker!

Fun Crunchy Fact

Everywhere we turned, there were new ways to implement sustainability into each area of the parks and hotel. LEGOLAND is finding ways to lead the industry in preventing waste and making use of everything in order to do their part and conserve as much as possible. You hear that? It’s my crunchy heart going pitter patter..

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

All in all, our experience at LEGOLAND was incredible and we cannot wait to go back. With their affordable season pass packages we are sure to return quickly! The masterminds behind LEGOLAND have dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s.

It’s a place where the whole family can have fun. The smiles were endless and the giggles electrifying.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

EVERYONE has fun at LEGOLAND! Ahem…
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Reservations for the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel are available at LEGOLANDHotel.com or 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526).

Have you been to LEGOLAND yet? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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 focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.


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Family Fun at Ginnie Springs: Travel Tips & More

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

Family Fun at Ginnie Springs

I have fond memories growing up, spending summers camping with my family in upstate New York.

Summertime here in Florida is another story.

I wanted to plan our first family camping trip, some family fun at Ginnie Springs. while the weather was still cool. In Florida that is precisely between the last week of January and the first week of February. We wanted to celebrate our little guy’s 3rd birthday Crunchy style. As much as we love taking birthday trips to fun theme parks, it can be pretty crowded and busy. You can get wrapped up in everything going on around you, so we wanted something a little more personal. We decided to slow it down this year and spend some “uninterrupted play time” while connecting with our ‘littles’.

When #ModernBocaCrunchyDad received word that he had access to his friend’s RV, it was settled. We were going camping! I decided this would be a “device-free” vacation and I was determined to rough it as much as possible! In an RV of course… (I’m not a barbarian!)

I wanted to feel like I wasn’t really in Florida, while still only driving a few hours. As appealing as it sounds to travel 8-10 hours with a three and four year old for the first time in an RV, I had my doubts.

Family Fun at Ginnie Springs..

It was just far enough (3.5 hours) without pushing their limits and just the right amount of seclusion we were looking for. A well known hot spot for spring breakers, Ginnie Springs is known for their crystal clear warm springs that stay a fabulous 78 degrees year round. So, we packed up the RV and hit the road for some family fun at Ginnie Springs!

We were excited to share this experience with the boys and they felt like they were on an adventure. The #NatureTrackers were at it again!
Family Fun at Ginnie Springs

Camping at Ginnie Springs

We set up camp in one of the deepest lots we could find, determined to get back to basics! We spent four days in heaven, only one problem…we set up camp so deep that there was no one around to take our family picture!

Ginnie Springs has breathtaking hiking trails that we would hit every morning after a hearty breakfast. No television, no cell phones, just us and the trail ahead.

The boys had a blast running around and exploring all nature had to offer. We enjoyed the quiet time with each other and collecting memories we know will never fade. Hiking, Tubing, Snorkeling, Fishing, Canoeing–there is no shortage of activities at Ginnie Springs. No standing in long lines in the hot sun, no large crowds, no frills no thrills. Just connected time with each other. It was just what the doctor ordered!

Family Fun at Ginnie Springs

Location

Ginnie Springs is located in the quaint small town called High Springs, Florida. There are plenty of surrounding springs in this part of Gainesville. I highly recommend you check them out!

Main Street is simply adorable with an old world charm I didn’t think existed in Florida. We drove into town for supplies and headed right back to our little piece of heaven. We spent nights by the campfire roasting marshmallows and talking about all of our “treasure” we found during our daytime hikes.

There’s something about being in nature that connects us all to one another. Research has found there are Microbes in soil that act as natural anti-depressants. We were on an all natural high the entire trip. We’ve taken group vacations before and had a ton of fun, but we wanted to set aside a family trip that involved some real one-on-one time with the kids.

Family Fun at Ginnie Springs

We loved it.

When the time came for us to pack it up and head back home from our family fun at Ginnie Springs, we were all sad to leave our beloved Lot 81. It reminded us of a much simpler time in life. Where we sat and ate every meal together each day and didn’t have to answer any emails or text messages or Snapchats.

We worked together gathering firewood on our hikes for what we knew we needed to roast “mellows” and keep warm at night. We took naps together lying in the sun and snuggled up at night to keep warm. There weren’t any shows, big rides, or fireworks grand finale.

It was just us, and it was just right.

Family Fun at Ginnie Springs


What’s your favorite family vacation location? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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 focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

It’s Party Time at Farmer’s Table Boca Raton!

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy MomFarmer's Table Boca Raton partiesIn case you haven’t heard, Boca Raton’s own Farmer’s Table is hosting events, in a BIG way! Hurray for Farmer’s Table Boca Raton parties! Were talking ANY event– this community has been talking and Farmer’s Table is listening.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and haven’t gotten around to visiting Farmer’s Table yet, then you must go immediately. Bring the family because they certainly have the space for you!

The downstairs Events Room gives you the feeling you are entertaining in your own living room by the fireplaceWarm and inviting, you can sip on one of their signature cocktails made fresh from “Garden to Glass.” These refreshing cocktails are crisp and cool. No wonder they have names like “Spa Day.” The fresh herbs used in each of their signature cocktails are grown right on site.

The dining area is SoHo chic while still making you feel as though you are eating at your grandmother’s cozy table. Their carefully crafted menu and well thought outsourcing allows you to feel confident that the food you are eating is not only delicious, but extremely healthy too at any of the Farmer’s Table Boca Raton parties.

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Sunflowers and Burlap? I’m in heaven!

Part of the allure of Farmer’s Table is that it is a place where you can dine out feeling completely safe. It’s as though you’d carefully prepared the meals yourself. The entire staff, from owners to servers, have their ears to the streets. They are staying current on all of the conscious eating trends. Whether you require gluten-free or grass-fed, they’ve got you covered.

With all of the trouble I go through at home trying to feed my family healthy, conscious meals, I’m relieved to have found a place where I can dine out without the worry that my family is sacrificing health for convenience.

The kids menu at Farmer’s Table is one of my favorite features! Finally a place where I don’t have to worry about only having mac and cheese and french fries on the menu. Co-Owner, Mitchell B. Robbins is a family man. He made sure Farmer’s Table catered to EVERYONE in the family. The considerate children’s menu is exciting and fresh. It is paving the way in breaking all those terrible cliche` kid’s menu habits. Right down to the eco-friendly portion trays. Vegetable chips anyone? GENIUS!

Farmer's Table Boca Raton parties
The Banquet Menu is no different. A carefully crafted menu with farm fresh, delicious, savory meals while overlooking the gorgeous Wyndham pool. Farmer’s Table has thought of absolutely everything. They aren’t just inviting you to their community. They want you to be a part of it.

This is no typical dine-in restaurant. It’s become a place where you can celebrate. Celebrate the small and intimate occasions, as well as the big and exciting moments. That’s the good life, isn’t it?


What is your favorite part of the Farmer’s Table Boca Raton parties experience? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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 focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

FREE Yoga-ahh Classes in Boca-ahh Raton

If you’ve read Modern Boca Mom’s most recent post on Boca  Mom stereotypes, then you know that I probably fall into the “Free Mom” category. If I didn’t before, then I certainly do now! 😉

As a result, I’ve decided to put together a list of all of the incredible free Boca Raton yoga classes that Boca & Delray Beach have to offer!

Yoga has long been known to provide endless benefits for both the mind and body. I always feel best when I include it in my daily life. This can get pretty pricey, so I try to take advantage of the free Boca Raton yoga classes to fill in some of the gaps and keep me on the mat!

free Boca Raton yoga classes

The Fair Trade Boutique:

This awesome gem of a boutique not only provides the latest and greatest in sustainable apparel and accessories, they also provide two (you heard me) FREE Yoga classes each week.

Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm you can participate in an awesome Restorative Yoga session. Saturday mornings at 10:30am you can catch their FREE Vinyasa class.

Bonus – Saturday afternoon they host “Sunshine Yoga” a toddler yoga class ($12 charge).

free Boca Raton yoga classes

Sunset Yoga on the Beach:

Atlantic Dunes Beach is one of our favorite beaches in Delray. Every Wednesday at 5:30pm, Jessica Om treats local residents to a free yoga class at sunset. A great way to start your week roundup and settle in for a relaxing weekend.

Sanborn Square:

Every Saturday morning at 9am, the ever popular Leslie Glickman teaches a yoga class for all levels to a packed house. This is THE place to be for early morning yoga on Saturdays. Leslie is the very life of Yoga Journey, the studio located on the 5th floor of the Wyndham Boca Raton.

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Do you have a favorite among the free Boca Raton yoga classes in the area? Share details in the comments section below!

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 focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

LEGOLAND Florida Tips & Tricks for Boca Families

From Modern Boca Crunchy Mom…LEGOLAND Florida tips and tricks


Birthdays are a time for celebration, toddler birthdays especially. Reflecting on the day you brought your new bundle home. Reminiscing about all of their milestones in between.

As parents, we can run out of creative ways to acknowledge this special time. If you read my post on Party Planning, then you know we’ve decided to take an oath of “Being vs. Buying.” This year, we took our celebration on the road to LEGOLAND Florida in celebration of our son’s fourth birthday.

Both of my sons seem to be Lego-obsessed these days and while I had been collecting ‘pins’ for Lego party planning for over a year now, I decided to give them the real thing live and in person! What better way to create fun memories! And now I have some LEGOLAND Florida tips and tricks.

LEGOLAND Florida tips and tricks

Besides, it’s LEGOLAND. A theme park built completely on the creativity and imagination of Lego masters is a no brainer! Modern Boca Crunchy Mom is all over it!

LEGOLAND Florida Tips & Tricks

Legoland does NOT disappoint. This is THE perfect family attraction. An all access park for kids of all ages.

I was amazed there wasn’t a single ride that the boys could not get on. The folks at Legoland know how to cater to all family types. I sat and watched as mixed ages were running, jumping and playing together at each attraction.

LEGOLAND Florida tips and tricks

LEGOLAND Florida Rides

Each ride entrance had play areas set up for the kids to occupy themselves with Legos, while all the parents waited in line for the ride. That’s right, no standing in line in the blistering heat trying to hold your screaming kid with wailing arms and explaining to them (a three year old) why you can’t just plow through all the people ahead of you and grab the first seat on the “choo choo” made entirely of Legos.

GENIUS!

I cannot explain how many grateful parents there were greeting you at every entrance.

LEGOLAND Florida Tips: We never waited more than ten minutes at each attraction.

LEGOLAND Florida tips and tricks

One of the plus sides (there were so many) of this park was that there weren’t a lot of battery operated, “light up” distractions for the kids. There were, however, tons of incredibly artistic and detailed structures completely made of Legos that we were all blown away at the sheer genius of it all.

LEGOLAND Florida Food & Drink

All of the food options were great. We stopped and ate at almost every station (also set up with building blocks for the kids while you waited for your food). I must admit the Apple Fries were the biggest hit of all– if you get the chance, you have to try them!

LEGOLAND Florida Tips: We stayed in a hotel not too far away and decided to have a little pizza party of our own with music, dancing, cake and plenty of silly string.

Things got a little wild. Add this together with a late bedtime and it’s a night and weekend to remember. The trip was a success. After all, the boys are still talking about it.

Fourth Birthday: Mission Accomplished!
LEGOLAND Florida tips and tricks

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


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 focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  You can follow Essentially Erika on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Butcher Block Grill in One of Boca’s Best

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From Modern Boca Crunchy Mom, Essentially Erika…

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My husband and I don’t get many date nights, so when we were invited to sample the new menu at Butcher Block Grill, an all-natural steak house, we quickly accepted! I have never been to dinner at The Fountains Center plaza on Camino Real, so I was curious to hear what all the buzz was about! The Butcher Block Grill has been named Restaurant of the Year by the Palm Beach Post.
Well the buzz is real and well deserved! Their new chef, John Savarese, has updated the menu and we were lucky enough to be one of the first to try it! The atmosphere is a mix between a classy midtown wine bar with a downtown trendy industrial lounge.
The open kitchen is buzzing with sous chefs and of course John preparing the finest in high quality, all natural, locally grown (right up my alley) food that is to die for!
Let’s talk cocktails! They have a bevy of signature cocktails from the “Cranberry Crush” to the “Gingersnap Bliss.”

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This new menu is bright and fresh, sweet and savory, EVERYTHING your palette desires! Their appetizers are just enough to peak your interest without giving too much away, the Polenta and Crab Wontons had me at hello. The Fried Green Tomatoes had me screaming for more!
Good thing too, because more was coming! This seven course meal was just what the doctor ordered! The pasta in the Veal Bolognese was cooked to perfection and the Braised Short Rib
Let’s just take a moment of silence for this perfectly cooked tender “melts in your mouth” aged beef. Not to mention the well seasoned creamy bed of cauliflower mash that accompanied it. As far as I’m concerned what was committed on my plate was a crime and someone should be held accountable!
The delicate balance of fresh ingredients and savory entree’s left me feeling satisfied, but not as if I’d over-indulged. It was a perfect medley of everything you could want from the dining experience. Then they brought out dessert; this was a surprise seeing as how it wasn’t on the menu placed at each table.
What a delightful surprise it was! Their Goat Cheese Cheesecake sent me over the edge! It had me scouring the joint looking for John so I could personally thank him for the wonderful experience (and hit him up for the recipe). I wish I was kidding.
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He totally gave me his secret to the creamiest cheesecake known to man by the way, and I’ll never tell!
All in all, the Butcher Block Grill was an awesome experience. Everything was amazing from the incredible staff and service to the wonderful atmosphere. Needless to say we will be back, time and time again!
Essentially Yours,
Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

Butcher Block Grill is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Located at 7000 West Camino Real, just west of the intersection of Powerline Road and West Camino Real in Boca Raton.

For more information or reservations, please visit www.butcherblockgrill.com or call 561 409-3035.


Sponsored: Modern Boca Mom was provided with a complimentary meal at Butcher Block Grill in exchange for a review of the restaurant. 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 have been compensated or given a product or service free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinion.

Come Ride the Rails at the Boca Express Train Museum Experience

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We were recently invited to the Boca Train Museum and “Ride the Rails,” an interactive tour that takes you back in time to life in Boca Raton in the 1920’s.

Being the mother of two boys addicted to anything involving trains, I jumped on it!

We spent the morning shadowing a home school class tour. At first I was nervous that perhaps my toddler might be a bit too rambunctious for this crowd of much older children, but I crossed my fingers and headed out with high hopes!

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I call this an experience because that’s exactly what it was; the children were all given roles to play, they dressed and were encouraged to act their parts throughout the entire trip.

Our engineer for the day was excellent at educating us all on some pretty prominent former figures in the community, and asking all the right questions in order to prompt the students to recall what life was like in this era.

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We started the tour in front of the old steam engines hearing all about how they worked and what an event it was to ride one of these engines in the 1920’s. We moved on into the station where tickets were “bought” and construction of the structure was discussed. Here we were treated to the local current events.

“Roles” within the community were touched upon with quite a bit of “name dropping” on the key players in Boca Raton, e.g. Flagler, Mizner, just to name a few!

This portion of the tour was quite informative and interesting for the students as well as all of the adult attendees. We then started walking through the first diesel engine train where we discussed war, social economics, industry, trade and the effect it had on families in Boca Raton. Students were eager to share what they had learned and play their respective roles with such excitement.

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Continuing on, the engineer led us through a tour of the rest of this magnificent diesel engine leaving no stone unturned. We were able to see sleeping quarters, storage and even the galley!

From here, everyone was treated to an authentic dining experience, a menu consisting of Spam, crackers and jelly all washed down with a traditional southern favorite: Sarsaparilla (#modernbocacrunchymom skipped the Spam).

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All in all this experience was fantastic! It was a hit with all ages, there was plenty of visual stimulation for my toddler and the interactive classroom experience is the ideal “immersion learning” for all school age children.

I enjoyed the tour just as much as my little guy. Not being a native Floridian, it was really interesting to learn more about this town and its history. The interactive tour is available for any school that is interested and there are even tours catered specifically to adults (I will be attending that as well). 

Either way, this is an experience for EVERYONE to enjoy!

MBMom Tip: Ask your child’s school to book a tour ASAP.

I’m pretty sure this little guy walked away with a bunch to dream about…

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Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


For more information or to make a reservation, call 561-395-6766 ext. 101 or email tours@bocahistory.org. You can also visit their website at http://www.bocahistory.org/tours-train-museum/