Category Archives: KIDS

YAHTZEE® with Buddies is Making My Marriage More Fun

My husband and I are avid entertainment consumers. Streaming TV bingeing? We’re experts. Planning vacations around our favorite movies and TV shows? We’ve already booked a summer trip to see the Harry Potter play and Downton Abbey Exhibition in New York City. We simply enjoy pop culture and entertainment as a couple! So, it’s no surprise that when I recently found out about this new game app, YAHTZEE with Buddies, I immediately made my husband download it. Why? Because it allows you to challenge a player to ongoing matches. Let’s just say that Yahtzee with Buddies has been making my marriage a little more fun lately…

DOWNLOAD NEW Yahtzee with Buddies

The NEW Yahtzee with Buddies allows you “to roll” with your friends anytime, anywhere! This re-imagined and updated sequel to the popular classic game lets you experience Yahtzee like never before. It features new styles of play, more ways to compete with friends and new ways to earn prizes.

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There are a few different ways you can play Yahtzee with Friends:
  • Player vs. Player (our favorite): Ongoing matches with other players
  • Dice Showdowns: Play against the app’s Dice Masters
  • Tournaments: Earn high scores to place in daily tournaments
  • Limited Time Events: Larger scale mini games allow players more ways to win dice!
Yahtzee with Buddies App
Look at our hilarious usernames!

What are these dice? I’m already the proud owner of lavender ones. 🙂 By playing matches, you have the opportunity to win vanity dice and bonus rolls with new Scratcher cards and a Vanity Dice Machine. You have to see it for yourself! There are hundreds of vanity dice available and new ones are coming out all the time!

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Yahtzee with Buddies

Playing on the app is pretty fun! And, I personally enjoy my special wagering matches with #modernbocadad, trying to win so I don’t have to do the dishes! It’s the little things when it comes to marriage, right? 😉

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Sign Up for Summer 2018 Mommy & Me at Grandview Preparatory School

#grandviewmoms Summer 2018 Mommy and Me class registration and dates are below! PLEASE CALL 561-416-9737 ext. 1311 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR EMAIL MICHELLE@GRANDVIEWPREP.NET

Summer 2018 mommy and me in Boca Raton

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

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

Classes include a rotating schedule of activities including (summer only) water play parties, yoga, movement & music for toddlers and music & movement and water play for babies. Classes are taught by top notch Grandview Preparatory School Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers parents the chance to have their children learn and explore in a true educational setting…even during the summer!

How great is that?!

Haven’t heard of Grandview Preparatory School? Now entering their 21st 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.

Summer 2018 mommy and me in Boca Raton


COST:

  1. Babies Class Pass SUMMER 2018 Mommy and Me Session (Babies-Walkers, 8 classes) is $120.00 for June-August 2018 classes.
  2. Toddlers Class Pass SUMMER 2018 Mommy and Me Session (Strong Walkers-Age 3, 8 classes) is $120.00 for June-August 2018 classes

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

Summer 2018 mommy and me in Boca Raton

“Modern Boca Raton Mommy and Me at Grandview Prep” Class Summer 2018 Dates:

SUMMER SESSION BABIES: 6 Weeks- Walking

JUNE 2018 (10:00AM-10:45AM):

6/13 BABIES- Water Play with Ms. Michelle

6/20 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

6/27 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

JULY 2018 (10:00AM-10:45AM):

7/18 BABIES- Water Play with Ms. Michelle

7/25 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

AUGUST 2018 (10:00AM-10:45AM):

8/1 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

8/8 BABIES- Water Play with Ms. Michelle

8/29 BABIES- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE HERE


Summer 2018 mommy and me in Boca Raton

SUMMER SESSION TODDLERS: Strong Walkers- Age 3

JUNE 2018 (10:00AM-10:45AM):

6/12 TODDLERS- Water Play with Ms. Michelle

6/19 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Kelly of Family Yoga Zen Zone

6/26 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

JULY 2018 (10:00AM-10:45AM):

7/17 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Kelly of Family Yoga Zen Zone

7/24 TODDLERS- Water Play with Ms. Michelle

7/31 TODDLERS- Music & Movement with Miss Sarah

AUGUST 2018 (10:00AM-10:45AM):

8/7 TODDLERS- Water Play with Ms. Michelle

8/28 TODDLERS- Yoga with Ms. Espinosa

REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE HERE

Summer 2018 mommy and me in Boca Raton


Located at: Grandview Preparatory School

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW

Boca Raton, FL 33431


Space is limited to 15 families for babies and 15 families for toddlers (per class). Please note: the “Mommy & Me Yoga” 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 Summer 2018 Mommy and Me 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.

Happy 1st Birthday Aden! | Elmo Themed Boca Birthday Party

This Elmo themed Boca birthday party post was written by my sister and Modern Boca Mom contributor, Lauren Ricks. I am so happy she decided to share my nephew’s birthday party details with all of us! Enjoy!

By the way, this post also contains affiliate links. If you decide to purchase party items through these links, Modern Boca Mom will get a little kickback. Thank you for supporting this blog!


When everyone told me that time would fly when you have your first child, they weren’t kidding! I blinked (and shed some tears!) and it was here: MY SON’S FIRST BIRTHDAY! Of course I wanted it to be perfect, but I’m a full time stay-at-home mom. This isn’t the time for my family to break the bank.

My son, Aden, made picking the party theme pretty easy because he LOVES Elmo and Sesame Street. It was an Elmo themed Boca birthday party for the win! Aden is also obsessed with balloons making those decorations a must for his 1st birthday celebration.

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

I decided it would be fun to focus on primary colors for the party and found a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. It helped a lot when trying to come up with affordable ideas that would be fun for both kids and adults!

Can you say Cookie Monster corn-hole?!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

Most of our Elmo themed Boca birthday party was outside. We got lucky with beautiful weather on March 3rd! It was windy, but I was able to learn (the hard way) how to secure my centerpieces from Aden’s baptism celebration earlier this year (spoiler alert: sand). A lot of the party decor came from Dollar Tree and Amazon and just using creative ideas. This allowed me to keep costs down and still achieve a fun look.

Purchase our Elmo themed Boca birthday party tablecloths and plates by clicking HERE!
Purchase Sesame Street Party Hanging Honeycomb Decor by clicking HERE!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

  • Like I said before, my son loves balloons (all of the Elmo balloons came from this awesome store Dollar Deals Plus in West Palm Beach). I tried to incorporate those in almost everything. We even had a life-sized Elmo balloon that walked!
  • I made this fun backdrop for his cake smash using only streamers and balloons.
  • Etsy helped me create the cute “Aden Street” sign. All I had to do was print it and hang it up!
  • The huge blocks were a Pinterest find. I decided to simply purchase plain boxes and paint them.
  • Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane?! The baby photo banner was so easy to make using colored paper and cardboard. I printed out each month’s photo, punched holes for the ribbon and viola!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

When it came to the food, I wanted to keep it simple.  Since the party was at noon, lunch items were an easy choice. There’s nothing better (or easier) than Chick-Fil-A nuggets, Publix wraps and subs, pasta and fruit salad!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

For dessert, of course we wanted to have Aden smash his cake and boy did he! Publix made this cute little cake for him. For the rest of our guests, I wanted to mix things up a little, so I ordered these custom donuts from Nani’s Hand Crafted Doughnuts in Delray! They were delicious and so delightful to work with!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

We rounded out the party with a few more fun activities including a ball pit, water table, bubbles and…cue Aden’s reaction to seeing him for the first time-you guessed it ELMO (Risa Teate)!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party
This smile made the whole party worth it!

Elmo was amazing and really interacted with the kids by singing, dancing, reading stories and playing pin the nose on Elmo! Elmo Live is a fabulous company to work with and we highly recommend Risa!

To book Elmo for your next event, call 561-502-2609.

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

I decided last minute to create a balloon arch and my sister in law came to the rescue putting it all together the morning of the party. It was a great place for a photo op! And speaking of photos…all of these beautiful shots were taken by our family photographer Naomi of Sweet Memories Photography. They are priceless!

Elmo themed Boca birthday party
Aden’s Aunties

All in all, the Elmo themed Boca birthday party was a success and we can’t thank all of our friends and family for being so supportive and showing so much love during Aden’s first year of life! Now this Modern Boca Mom is going to sleep…we’re doing Disney next year 🙂

Elmo themed Boca birthday party

P.S. This post is not an advertisement. However, I highly recommend all of the vendors used for making Aden’s 1st birthday party a HUGE success!
To book Elmo for your next event, call 561-502-2609.

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.