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Weekend Family Fun in South Florida: 7.28-7.30

Happy Weekend Modern Boca Moms and Dads! Here are all of the great MBMom-recommended Boca kids activities and weekend family fun in South Florida for July 28- July 30, 2017! 

Weekend Family Fun in South Florida

Friday, July 28th:

See Disney’s Camp Rock at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton


Summer in the City Event at Mizner Park Amphitheater

TIME: The City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Series promises a line-up of FREE tribute concerts, live music, and movies under the moonlight through August 18th.

More details on Summer in the City of Boca Raton HERE.


Movie: Moana and LIVE Polynesian Stage Show

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton

Head to the 3rd Annual Summer in Paradise on the West Palm Beach Waterfront

DATE: June 1st through August 31st


This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront.


NEW Create your own story in StoryVille- Children can create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs and models of traditional storybook characters. This free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

The community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga. Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway, for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course.

 Downtown West Palm Beach

Saturday, July 29th:

Take a Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton


Sunday, July 30th:

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

West Palm Beach Butterfly Exhibit Now Open for Summer 2017

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Mommy & Me at Grandview Prep: Fall/Winter 2017 Registration NOW OPEN

Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Preparatory School is one of the hottest baby and toddler programs in town! Join us for our next two upcoming sessions!

#grandviewmoms Fall/Winter 2017 class registration and dates are below! PLEASE CALL 561-416-9737 ext. 1311 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET

If you’re hearing about Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep for the first time, here’s a little background:

mommy and me at Grandview

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 2-3 times per month (per age group) at Grandview Preparatory School. Classes are  specifically tailored to capture the attention and imaginations of children in two age groups:

  • Babies- 6+ weeks to Walkers
  • Toddlers- Confident Walkers to Age 3

Classes will include a rotating schedule of activities including dance, yoga, movement & music for toddlers and music & movement for babies. Classes are taught by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms and dads the chance to have their children learn and explore in a true educational setting.

How great is that?!

mommy and me at Grandview

Don’t know about Grandview Preparatory School? Now in their 20th year, they are an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997 in east Boca Raton. Student enrollment is offered for Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12.

Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values.  In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.

mommy and me at Grandview


  1. Babies Class Pass FALL Session (Babies-Walkers, 8 classes/$15.00 per class) is $120.00 for August-October 2017 classes.
  2. Babies Class Pass WINTER Session (Babies-Walkers, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for November-December 2017 classes.
  3. Toddlers Class Pass FALL (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 8 classes/$15.00 per class) is $120.00 for August-October 2017 classes.
  4. Toddlers Class Pass WINTER (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 6 classes/$15.00 per class) is $90.00 for November-December 2017 classes.

Please see details below on how to register for the “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me” summer session!

mommy and me at Grandview

“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Baby Class Dates:

FALL SESSION: 6 Weeks- Walking

AUGUST 2017 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

8/21  BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/28  BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

SEPTEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

9/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

9/18 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

9/25 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

OCTOBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

10/2 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

10/9 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

10/16 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah Halloween Edition (come dressed in costume!)


mommy and me at Grandview

WINTER SESSION: 6 Weeks- Walking

NOVEMBER 2017 (10:30AM-11:15AM):

11/6 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/13 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/27 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

DECEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

12/4 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

12/11 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

12/18 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah


mommy and me at Grandview

“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Toddler Class Dates:

FALL SESSION: Strong Walkers – Age 3

AUGUST (10:30AM-11:15AM):

8/24 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/31 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

SEPTEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

9/7 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

9/14 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

9/28 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

OCTOBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

10/5 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

10/12 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

10/19 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah Halloween Edition (come dressed in costume!)


mommy and me at Grandview

WINTER SESSION: Strong Walkers – Age 3

NOVEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

11/2 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

11/9 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

11/16 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

11/30 TODDLERS- Dance with Miss Espinosa

DECEMBER (10:30AM-11:15AM):

12/7 TODDLERS- Yoga with Miss Espinosa

12/14 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah


mommy and me at Grandview

Located at: Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Space is limited to 15 families for babies and 20 families for toddlers (per class). Please note: the “Mommy & Me Yoga” and “Dance” classes are only for children who are walking confidently on their own.*

Please note that Grandview Preparatory School is a peanut and tree nut-free campus. For the safety of their students, we ask that you refrain from bringing any item that may include peanuts and/or tree nuts (including those items that are processed in the same facility). Thank you for your adherence to this policy.

Sponsored: This “Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. 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, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Top Pediatricians in Boca Spill Must-Have Parenting Secrets

Top pediatricians in Boca Raton, Doctors Chad Rudnick and Paul Gilbert, are no strangers to answering the most commonly Googled questions for parenting healthy kids. Every day at their local office, they block out an entire hour for their patients to conduct wellness check-ups and answer parents’ questions the way docs did in the good ‘ole days. Thecarry black “house call bags” for actual house visits, keep their cell phones on them 24/7 in case parents have questions via text or email, and spend a TON of time focusing on wellness.

More wellness = healthier patients in their book!

Between their ultra-personalized office visits and 24/7 “pediatrician-in-your-pocket” on-call status, it’s no wonder the docs at Boca VIPediatrics have quickly become top pediatricians in Boca. “We want to empower parents by bringing back the old-fashioned relationship young patients had with their doctor. So, we encourage them to reach out anytime. Any questions they forget to ask in the office, they can always email or text directly to us 24/7,” says Chad Rudnick, MD, founder of the nation’s first pediatric smart office, Boca VIPediatrics.

top pediatricians in Boca

The Johns Hopkins-trained Dr. Gilbert knows that parents of babies and toddlers are not the only ones who rely on their pediatrician for healthy development. As “Camp Physician” at Camp KenMont/KenWood, one of the nation’s premier sleepaway camps in the Berkshires, he’s also accustomed to bonding with school-aged, adolescent, and teenage patients. “The relationship between the pediatrician and a school-aged child or teenager is what allows us to maintain their health. This helps them grow into successful young adults,” says Gilbert.

Read on to see what secrets top pediatricians in Boca, Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert, are spilling regarding healthy parenting!
  1. The Secret To Just About Every Sleep Question Is…

Consistency. We get asked this question every single day. While our office goes into more detail about methods, products, etc. to help our patients (and parents!) sleep, the bottom line is always: Be consistent.

Human beings (especially babies) are creatures of habit. We tend to want to go to bed at the same time each night, wake up at the same time each morning, and sit at the same spot at the kitchen table for dinner. Once you’ve spoken with your pediatrician and your partner about a routine that works well for your family, stick with it. It sounds easy in theory, but sometimes life gets in the way, which is the difficult part.

You may have to decline plans that interfere with naptime or bedtime, and you’ll likely catch some flack from family or friends who don’t understand why you’re running such a tight ship. Once you get the routine down and have a consistently good sleeper (at least 2 months), then it’s possible to bend the rules for a special occasion like a family dinner or vacation.

  1. Don’t Google; Ask Your Pediatrician

When it comes to your child’s health, we don’t want you guessing or crowdsourcing. Every time you Google your child’s symptoms, chances are your diagnosis will be WRONG. If you ask your other parent friends or post a question to a Facebook group, you may even be given information that is potentially dangerous. You should never have to wonder when it comes to the health of your child or avoid seeking the help of your pediatrician because it’s after-hours or a weekend.

top pediatricians in Boca

At Boca VIPediatrics, there is no waiting until the next day or Monday morning when you have a concern about your child. All of our families can reach us 24/7 to ask questions if and when they arise. These top pediatricians in Boca Raton also do virtual visits where parents can send photos or videos of coughs, bumps, rashes, and even the inner ear with our otoscope attachment for the iPhone to check for ear infections. We always offer same day sick visits. You should always be able to reach out to your pediatrician or their office 24/7. Googling symptoms usually causes more harm than good.

  1. Fevers Are Not The Enemy

Unless you have a child younger than 3 months, fevers are actually not as bad as you think. A fever is considered anything over 100.4 degrees and remember, forehead thermometers are widely inaccurate! In most cases with toddlers and older children, the level of fever is not concerning, it’s how the child is acting.

We’ve seen children with a fever of 104 who are playing soccer in our office. And, we’ve also seen some pretty miserable 101’ers who can’t get out of bed. A fever is your body’s natural reaction to fighting off infection, so it can actually be a good thing.

top pediatricians in Boca

We treat based on how the child is feeling, NOT the number on the thermometer (Remember that this does not apply to babies less than 3 months of age). 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our patients can email or text us to ask about dosing to make sure you are giving your child the proper amount of fever reducer.

  1. Antibiotics Will Not Treat A Cold

The most common illness that a child will get (over and over) is the common cold – which originates from a virus. Antibiotics do not treat colds! Because these top pediatricians in Boca Raton are not fans of over-prescribing or over-medicating, they like to try natural remedies first. In fact, we never guess whether your child has a cold or infection. We’re one of the only offices in South Florida to utilize a simple nasal swab which tests for over 30 different viruses and bacteria. That way, we’re only prescribing an antibiotic when it’s 100% necessary to get your child better, faster.

top pediatricians in Boca

  1. Trust Your Own, Inner Parental Instincts

Nobody knows their child better than mom or dad. We like to listen intently to parents when they have a concern, because their intuition is usually spot on. That’s why we offer house calls and urgent care 24/7. We received a FaceTime call a few nights ago from a worried mom who heard a concerning cough from her 2-year-old daughter. As it turns out, she was right to be concerned! It was croup and we were able to get medicine called into her 24 hour pharmacy right away. We’ve treated late night ear infections, stomach bugs, coughs and rashes. Our office has even saved patients from ER trips by being available on our cell phones at all times. Every patient has our numbers and when it’s urgent to them, it’s urgent to us.

  1. Every Child Is Unique

It feels like as soon as you have your first child, suddenly everyone comes out of the woodwork to give you advice. Beware of “experts” who are not experts, or professionals who try to put your child “in a box.”

Remember we are all different people with different hobbies, interests, and personality traits. Children develop at their own pace with their own set of likes/dislikes. They will grow up to change the world in their own unique way regardless of when they first start to walk, talk, or ride a bike. It’s important to work with your pediatrician and discuss milestones and development to be sure that your child is tracking as expected.

top pediatricians in Boca

When an issue does arise, we are able to facilitate further evaluations with pediatric speech, physical, or occupational therapists so our patients are able to get back on track faster. Milestones aren’t just about babies and toddlers. School aged children (teens included) are also tracked to make sure they are reach their potential in the classroom.

This is something I know we all want for our Boca kids…and that’s no secret!

To learn more about how your child can join the Boca VIPediatrics family, visit or call 561-923-9635. 

top pediatricians in Boca

Sponsored: This top pediatricians in Boca post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. 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 was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

New Disney Frozen Featurette to Thaw Out Before COCO this November

Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS’ new Frozen featurette, OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE, opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film COCO on November 22nd!

Here is the new trailer for the NEW Frozen featurette, OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE:

My daughter has already watched it 10,000 times. It looks so good!

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute new Frozen featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen. Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.

As for Disney’s COCO, we have a new trailer to share for that too!

Here’s the film breakdown: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).

new Frozen featurette before COCO

Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

new Frozen featurette before COCO

COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd along with the NEW Frozen featurette from Disney! Mark your calendars MBMoms!

Visit the official COCO website here:

Learn All About the NEW Baby Trend Going Viral in Boca Raton

Soon-to-be parents, you’re in the right place for welcoming a new baby into the world! Boca Raton is booming and there is no shortage of baby-friendly places, businesses and professionals to be a part of your family’s “village” and help your Boca baby arrive in style! But there is one particular Boca baby trend for expectant parents that is causing a stir like no other.

No, it’s not a new baby swing or some futuristic diaper. It’s the ability to have your “pediatrician in your pocket” 24/7 with Boca VIPediatrics.

Here’s why new/expectant parents are losing their minds for this service you won’t find anywhere else in Boca…

  1. You Can Call/Text/Email Your Pediatrician 24/7

Since you’ll be the one solely responsible for raising your tiny human, you’re going to have questions…a LOT of them! Sure, you could Google them or ask your mommy friends. Maybe even be brave enough to post your question in a Facebook moms’ group (please don’t!). Or, you could simply send a text or email to your pediatrician and receive a REAL answer back in minutes. Not only will this save you valuable time and give you incredible peace-of-mind, but nights, weekends, holidays, whenever…you always have your pediatrician in your pocket.

Trust me, your baby will thank you later.

Boca baby trend

  1. House Calls, YES!

Your baby’s very first newborn exam (once you leave the hospital) will be performed by your pediatrician AT YOUR HOUSE. That means, after you give birth, instead of putting your 3 or 4 day old baby into a car seat and driving to the doctor, the doctor comes to YOU. Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert spend as much time with you as needed and get to know your family in the comfort of your own home.

Boca baby trend

3. No Waits…Ever for this Boca Baby Trend

Because Boca VIPediatrics has a very limited number of patients, you’ll never have to wait in a waiting room with your baby. In fact, when you come to the office for those 9 scheduled visits during the first year of life, you’ll have the whole office virtually to yourselves. Boca VIPediatrics only schedules one family at a time to avoid your precious bundle being exposed to unnecessary germs. This is your chance to feel like a “Boca Beyoncé” and be on top of this Boca baby trend. You know you’ve always wanted to! 😉

Boca baby trend

  1. Personalized, Personalized, Personalized

Did I mention the service is personalized? You’ll have a pediatrician and BFF wrapped into one when you receive instructions like, “Text me when you get home from the hospital, so I know you all made it home okay,” when you’re discharged with your newborn. Visits at the office last up to an hour or more with your doctor. They run the entire appointment to ensure you have all your questions answered. If/when you need to see a specialist, lactation consultant, or need lab work/imaging, you’ll receive priority appointments and expedited results from the concierge team at Boca VIPediatrics. The old-fashioned service and Boca baby trend has generated praise-worthy buzz around town from so many moms & dads. They are raving about having a “small town” pediatrician who knows their family like the back of their hand! Just check out their Facebook reviews!

Boca baby trend

5. Go To The Office…Or Don’t

Let’s say you have a question about diaper rash or a funny noise your baby keeps making. At other pediatric offices, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to speak with your doctor (if you can even get one). At Boca VIPediatrics, you can text a video or photo along with your question and opt for a virtual visit instead. You’ll receive a diagnosis and treatment plan back in minutes!

Boca baby trend

6. A Backstage Prenatal Tour Like No Other

You’ll be treated like royalty when you tour Boca VIPediatrics’ immaculate office, have a sit down meeting with Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Rudnick and ask all of your questions. You’ll learn about all of the amazing amenities available to VIPs and how fun of an environment they make the office for kids with bubble parties and virtual reality (for older kids). Keep an eye out for the pregnancy surprises waiting for you at your arrival!

Boca baby trend

  1. All-Inclusive, Affordable Membership

Similar to a heath club, you’ll pay a monthly membership equivalent to the cost of a daily Starbucks. This includes all visits, vaccines, 24/7 access, house calls, and everything your baby needs in their first year of life. There are no co-pays or surprise bills and you can even request insurance claim forms to be reimbursed by your insurance company for the visits.

So you can actually be paid back by your insurance company for going to Boca VIPediatrics!

8. Registry Reviews

The Mommy Recommended, Pediatrician Approved Registry Review program is an awesome perk for expectant parents. You can request a registry review and the team at Boca VIPediatrics will go through it with a fine-tooth comb, making sure each product is safe and efficient.

9. Add It To Your Own Registry!

So many expectant parents worry about the perfect crib, stroller, or swaddle blanket. How awesome would it be to REGISTER for 24/7 access to your pediatrician? You can add a membership gift certificate to your baby registry so you’ll have a pediatrician in your pocket for your first 365 days as a new parent! Grandparents, take note!

10. The Best Soon-to-Be Mom/Dad “Boot Camp” in Town

Be sure to check out the hottest baby class in town for expectant parents: BABY UNIVERSITY! It will keep you and your partner laughing all while learning how to prepare for baby. It’s the only class in town taught by pediatricians, so you’ll be hearing the most up-to-date information and recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics. Classes are held at Boca Regional Hospital. Spots are very limited and classes always sell out! Be sure to register early. For upcoming dates and more information, visit

So, how do you secure your baby a spot for this VIP style of care?

Modern Boca Mom to the rescue…I’ve got the steps right here:

Step One: Call them early to schedule your “prenatal backstage tour” for this Boca baby trend. Because they take a very limited number of newborns each month, you’ll want to make sure you lock down your spot ASAP. They can sometimes book out as early as 6 months in advance, so don’t wait on this one. You can reach them at (561) 923-9635 or fill out their online contact form HERE.

Step Two: Your Complimentary “Meet the Docs” Backstage Tour! This is where you’ll tour the office, meet Dr. Rudnick, Dr. Gilbert and the rest of the Boca VIPediatrics family, and get to ask all of your questions.

Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your baby got himself/herself a spot for the best VIP care in town!

Sponsored: This Boca baby trend post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. 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 was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

We Entered to Win $529 for Our Florida 529 Savings Plan

Last month was the end of an era for me as I stepped down as President of the Flagler College Alumni Board of Directors. Having served on the Board for two terms, it was time to pass the baton and serve the college in new ways. Coincidentally, my resignation coincided with National 529 Day (which I’ve written about before on the blog). Along with continuing to stay involved with our alma mater, #moderbocadad and I have decided that a Florida 529 Savings Plan will be a key part of our family’s, specifically our daughter’s, future.

Flagler College Alumni Weekend 2017; Photo by Zach Thomas

**Enter to win one of ten $529 scholarships from the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program by clicking THIS LINK!**

Enter daily between May 15 and June 11 by visiting (You must be a Florida resident, 18 or over).

Florida 529 Savings Flagler College Alumni

What can a Florida 529 Savings Plan do?

The Florida 529 Savings Plan can be started at anytime and only requires a $25 initial deposit to open. Even if you can’t save for your child’s entire college education, starting something is always better than doing nothing. The funds in a Florida 529 Savings Plan can be used for any qualified higher educational expense, including:

  • tuition
  • room & board
  • textbooks
  • graduate school and much more

This gives families extreme flexibility to use the funds as you see fit. Should those needs change during his/her college years, individuals are free to adjust as well. (See the website and FAQ for more details.)

Florida 529 Savings

**Enter to win one of ten $529 scholarships from the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program by clicking THIS LINK!**

Enter daily between May 15 and June 11 by visiting (You must be a Florida resident, 18 or over).

How flexible is the plan?

The Florida 529 Savings Plan offers you the ultimate in flexibility. Simply choose from the investment options and then contribute as much and as often as you’d like to suit your budget and goals. Each investment option, such as their popular age-based option that automatically allocates contributions based on the age of the child, is independently run by professional investment managers. There are 11 investment options let you invest in any way you feel comfortable. From more aggressive to more conservative options, you have as much control as you want over how much you invest and where it’s invested. And as the years go by, you’re free to change contribution amounts and how they are allocated at any time.

I love this…because you never know what other expenses can pop up.

How can you enter to win $529 for college?

You can enter to win one of ten $529 scholarships from the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program by clicking THIS LINK!

Enter daily between May 15 and June 11 by visiting (You must be a Florida resident, 18 or over).

529 savings plans are named after section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code 26 U.S.C. § 529 and are designed to encourage saving for future higher education expenses of a designated beneficiary. Many states offer 529 savings plan options, including Florida Prepaid.

Sponsored: This Florida 529 savings post was sponsored by Florida Prepaid via Bloggin Mamas. 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 have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

What YOU Need to Know About Your Toddler’s First Dental Checkup

Oh toddlers. They are loud, demanding…but oh so darn CUTE! #dailybocaavery had the most adorable little toddler smile when she was younger. But once I saw that toothy grin (a few hundred times), it dawned on me that it was time for my toddler’s first dental checkup.

So, I made that appointment, but didn’t know what the heck to do next. How do you prepare a toddler for their first dental checkup?

I called on Modern Boca Mom’s favorite pediatric dentist, Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles, for the advice I never got when I needed it the most…

  1. At what age do you recommend coming in for your toddler’s first dental checkup?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends visiting the dentist at the time of the first tooth’s eruption, but no later than 12 months of age.  While there are only a few teeth in the mouth to evaluate, many dental anomalies can be identified at an early age.

In addition, this allows your child to build a relationship with their dentist. If they have any trauma or cavities in the future, this familiar relationship leads to an easier appointment.

toddler's first dental checkup

  1. What are some ways to put your child at ease if they are nervous about visiting the dentist?

I like to explain to the children that we are just brushing their teeth, just like they do at home with their parents. At Junior Smiles, we have iPads with games on them, toys and a children’s library. This puts my patients at ease. In the back, there are televisions and kid-friendly walls. It does not feel like your typical doctor’s office.

We take a great deal of time to allow each child to warm up to us so that they have a positive experience and look forward to coming back in the future.

toddler's first dental checkup

  1. What can parents expect from their toddler’s first dental checkup?

Parent’s are always allowed to accompany their child at Junior Smiles. Once we bring the child to the back, we give them a tour of the office showing off our open bay clinic and tooth brushing station.

Then, we review everything we will be completing during their initial visit. This includes a cleaning, radiographs (depending on cooperation), oral hygiene instructions, a new patient exam and fluoride application.

toddler's first dental checkup

To prevent early childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems. However cavities aren’t all that parents need to learn about their child’s dental health.

Our age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss:
  • How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
  • Proper use of fluoride
  • Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
  • Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth
  • Teething and milestones of development
  • The link between diet and oral health

Finally we will make recommendations to an orthodontist if necessary and answer any questions.

  1. What do you do to put parents at ease…who are as equally nervous as their child?

I understand that many of our parents are more nervous than the child at their first visit. To accommodate them, we explain everything very thoroughly before their initial visit to make sure parents understand how we will be proceeding. We understand that parents place a great deal of trust in us.  Therefore, my priority lies in establishing a positive, open line of communication with parents.

  1. Any other tips?

Create a sense of excitement about your child’s first dental visit!

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While many adults have had negative and traumatizing experiences at the dentist in the past, it is important to recognize that we do not want to pass those fears on to your child. If we are able to start off in a positive environment at your toddler’s first dental checkup, we can use many preventative measures to make sure they have a great experience going forward.

Great advice, as always, Dr. Popper!

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Forget Baywatch…Here’s 10 of The Palm Beaches in all their Beachy Glory

With the hotly anticipated Baywatch film starring Zac Efron, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and Ilfenesh Hadera hitting theaters, the classic TV show reboot will no doubt inspire those in need of a beach-themed vacation in The Palm Beaches.

As a prime filming location for the Baywatch film, The Palm Beaches, Florida paves the way as the ultimate beach destination, with several scenes filmed at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club and South County Inlet Park.

From the fabulous glistening waters of Lake Worth Pier to the infinite stretches of golden sand along Delray Beach, here are 10 of The Palm Beaches’ 47 miles of beaches, proving the destination as the ultimate beach getaway.

Keep your eyes peeled for lifeguards at the ready!

  1. South County Inlet Park – Boca Raton, Fla.

The Palm Beaches

Used as a key filming location, The South County Inlet Park, as seen in Baywatch’s opening scene, is certainly not to be missed. With a beautiful array of aquatic life and interesting underwater rock formations, this is a great snorkeling spot. The beach has a small and intimate feel, allowing guests to fish from the shoreline or the jetty. Water sport enthusiasts are also free to take a break from jumping the waves in inlet, by picking a good, soft spot of sand.

  1. Delray Beach, Fla.

Classed as Florida’s village by the Sea, Delray Beach is a place infused with style, cultural goings on and places to find serenity. Enjoy strolls along the inviting sidewalks, gourmet restaurants, friendly bistros, and outdoor cafes with boutiques, gift shops, and performing art centres for a vibrant streetscape.

  1. Lake Worth Pier – Lake Worth, Fla.

Here you can stand atop the Atlantic Ocean on one of the most breath-taking piers in The Palm Beaches to watch the sunrise. If you are an early riser, enjoy breakfast at Benny’s On the Beach and watch the surfers or beach-goers.

  1. Carlin Park – Jupiter, Fla.

In the northernmost region of The Palm Beaches, discover the wonderful beachfront park with volleyball, tennis, softball and even bocce ball in Jupiter’s Carlin Park. Run or walk the exercise course that features multiple unique training stations. After, grab a bite to eat at Duke’s Lazy Loggerhead Café, a quaint dinner nestled along the beach.

  1. Juno Beach Park – Juno Beach, Fla.

Say hello to the most beautiful sunrise spot in Juno Beach. Experience the beautiful orange glow dipping behind the waves as its sets over The Palm Beaches iconic pier. Juno Beach is also one of the most densely nested beaches in the world for sea turtles. If you’re looking to spot one, stop by the Loggerhead Marine life Center, which is dedicated to rehabilitating injured sea turtles.

  1. Riviera Municipal Beach – Riviera Beach, Fla.

Discover a beach with a splash of activity, such as hiking and bike paths. This is the perfect spot for those who enjoy a gentle jog in the warm breeze. Delight yourselves in the seven miles of sparkling golden sandy beach.

  1. Phil Foster Park – Riviera Beach, Fla.

Experience the world-famous waters in Phil Foster Park, most notably recognized for its abundance of marine life and the Underwater Snorkel Trail. This is a premier spot for scuba divers and beginner snorkelers alike. Giant starfish and brightly-colored tropical fish populate the waters, making a stunning underwater show.

  1. Palm Beach Municipal Beach- Palm Beach, Fla.

Big and beautiful with spectacular vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Beach Municipal Beach is a sight to behold. Sit by the promenade and enjoy the fantastic views, or enjoy a nice walk along the stretch of pristine sand.

  1. Coral Cove Park – Tequesta, Fla.

One of the more northern beaches in the county and one that cannot be missed. If you enjoy a quieter beach but still want the benefits of great snorkeling, shelling and paddle boarding, this is the place. Also, enjoy the limestone rock formations that make for great photos.

  1. Boynton Beach, Fla.

Boynton’s beachfront beauty is a must see. Known as America’s Gateway, dividing the heart of the Florida Everglades and the Gulf Stream, beach lovers can enjoy a warm, relaxing sea breeze infused with “Old Floridian” charm.

About Discover The Palm Beaches

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts spanning more than 2,200 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches.” 

Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries, generating $4.6 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting more than 66,000 jobs with an economic impact of approximately $7 billion. Once recognized as a tropical escape for elite travelers in the late 1800s, America’s First Resort Destination® is making its resurgence as The Best Way To Experience Florida®, welcoming a record-breaking 7.35 million people in 2016. The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, more than 150 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants, and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations.

Situated along I-95, The Palm Beaches are also home to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), with more than 200 daily direct flights to 27 domestic and international destinations in the United States and Canada. For more information about The Palm Beaches, visit and connect on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PalmBeachesFL, YouTube at Discover The Palm Beaches and the hashtag, #ThePalmBeaches.

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground Opens

Like your own kids, West Palm Beach’s South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is growing rapidly. A recent ribbon cutting ceremony opened the newest expansions. They include the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

The Science Center worked with PNC and other funders to provide the opportunity for all South Florida children to access to a unique space for fun and learning. An uplifting opportunity, disadvantaged and at-risk youth will also be exposed to the South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center
South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center Now Open

The Science Center has taken the Multipurpose Center, a gift from the City of West Palm Beach, and has converted the building into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces. The center is equipped with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces. The space is ideal for STEM and STEAM education and fun.

During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, educators were on hand with demonstrations in every classroom. This fostered excitement and displayed how all of the new equipment will be used. We can’t wait to go check everything out for ourselves. Congratulations to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!

South Florida Science Center Discovery Playground
Courtesy South Florida Science Center

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.

For more information on these new offerings or SFSCA general information, call 561-832-1988 or visit Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.   

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