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Meet One of Our Nation’s Top Pediatricians & Find out WHY he’s Making Boca Home

Paul Gilbert, M.D. may look like a modern-day Doogie Howser (at least for us 80s kids who tuned in to see Neil Patrick Harris in his breakout role), but don’t be fooled. He’s ACTUALLY one of the top doctors in the nation, not just a guy who plays one on TV. Currently at Johns Hopkins, the top hospital in the nation, (!!!) Gilbert is bringing another level of expertise and experience with him as the newest South Florida pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

That’s right, Modern Boca Mom has the EXCLUSIVE that Dr. Gilbert is making Boca Raton his new home. Keep reading to find out why…

Dr. Gilbert’s experience and expertise doesn’t end at Johns Hopkins, although those are some pretty fabulous bragging rights if you have him as your pediatrician.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

He’s also spent seven summers working as Camp Physician at one of the most exclusive sleepaway camps in the country, KenMont/KenWood. “Dr. Paul,” as he is lovingly referred to at camp, is described as a “legend” with the camp’s kids.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

We also found out that Dr. Gilbert is a novice waterskier, worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), has a Disney annual pass, and knows how to juggle! What more could you want from your pediatrician?!?

Well…it gets even better…Dr. Gilbert will be joining forces with Boca Raton’s own “Patch Adams,” Dr. Rudnick at Boca VIPediatrics, winner of “Best Pediatrician” in Boca 2016 by Sun-Sentinel!

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

For those who read this blog regularly, you know that Boca VIPediatrics is the new parent frenzy that recently opened their nearly year-long wait list.

Spots are extremely limited because they take a very small number of patients to provide 24/7 access via email/text/phone to your South Florida pediatrician, house calls, no waits/longer appointments at their pediatric smart office, and virtual visits so you don’t have to go to the office for every little thing.

They’ve received rave reviews and lots of love boasting their extremely personalized level of care from South Florida parents, including a slew of 5-star Facebook and Google reviews.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

Boca VIPediatrics has VIPs (Very Important Patients) who travel to see them in Boca from West Palm Beach, Wellington, Weston, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond for their 5-star level of pediatric care and maximum convenience for busy parents. Because parents are able to text/email/call their South Florida pediatrician 24/7, they’re able to diagnose virtually when possible.

So, why Boca VIPediatrics? Because there is truly nothing else like it for parents who value the MOST personalized care, time, and relationship with their pediatrician. Boca VIPediatrics VIPs have the following benefits:

  • 24/7 Access to Text/Email/Call Your Pediatrician Directly to Their Cell Phone (You can also send photos/videos of rashes, coughs, bumps, bruises, etc. for super fast diagnosis and treatment plan to save an office visit)
  • No Waits at their office located in Central Boca Raton, next to the Town Center Mall
  • House Calls for the first newborn exam and after-hours urgent care
  • Virtual Visits using their awesome telemedicine devices that clip into your iPhone (like the virtual stethoscope and otoscope, which sends the doctor video of the inner ear to screen for ear infections or heart/lung sounds to evaluate a cough)
  • Same day appointments and longer, unhurried visits with your pediatrician
  • Affordable, transparent pricing…you’ll likely pay more for your daily latte or cable bill than a membership to VIPediatrics.
It’s truly like having a South Florida pediatrician in your pocket.

Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert will be working together as a team, so Boca VIPediatrics families will have TWO top pediatricians who know their child’s health history like the back of their hands. After filling their practice within a year, Boca VIPediatrics scoured the country to find the best and brightest pediatrician to join their family.

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

I’m told spots are already going very quickly, as Boca VIPediatrics caps the number of “VIPs” in each age category in order to provide the most personalized care.

So, how can you lock down a VIP spot for your child? That’s super easy, as long as you act quickly. You can schedule a complimentary “meet the doc” appointment with Dr. Gilbert now!

  1. Step One: Fill out the online contact form or call the Boca VIPediatrics office at 561-923-9635 and speak to a member of their family owned and operated team.
  2. Step Two: Set up a complimentary “backstage tour” and “meet the doc” visit with Dr. Gilbert/Dr. Rudnick.
  3. Step Three: Breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s care is now on another level because you now have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

South Florida pediatrician: Boca VIPediatrics

So parents, this is a win/win for all. When a top pediatrician decides to make our fair city their home, it means a healthier Boca Raton for everybody.

Please join Modern Boca Mom in giving a warm South Florida welcome to Dr. Gilbert! We look forward to many, many years of you keeping our children the happiest & healthiest with Boca VIPediatrics!

South Florida pediatrician

For more information on Boca VIPediatrics, visit: www.BocaVIPediatrics.com

Sponsored: This South Florida Pediatrician post announcing Dr. Gilbert 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.

Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower

You probably know Publix Aprons from their awesome cooking classes in the Polo Shoppes in Boca Raton. I hear some people take them every single weekend! However, I was introduced to them for the first time because we decided to give my sister a Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower!

Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower

No this is not an advertisement, LOL. I just LOVED the experience so much I had to write about it! By the way, my sister had her baby on March 3rd (2017)! A bouncing baby boy: Aden Thomas. My family, especially #dailybocaavery, is so excited!

But back to the Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower…

One of the aspects I loved most when it came to planning my sister’s Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower is that they pretty much handle EVERYTHING.

All I did in terms of decor was create centerpieces. For this party, I chose to display china plates of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps, one of our recently featured MOMpreneurs located in the Town Center Mall. They looked so real, a guest even accidentally bit into one! These also served as the party favors.

I also asked my best friend Rose, an awesome local art teacher, to create the invitations and a matching banner to display. She did a beautiful job and everything was one of a kind!

Add a few chefs hats and rubber ducks from Oriental Trading Company and you have yourself a cooking themed baby shower at Publix Aprons Cooking School!

To welcome our guests, we had a “social hour” filled with appetizers and champagne/sparkling cider. This is an extra charge- FYI.

If you have 15 guests or less, you can put on a full scale cooking class at your party. If you have more than 15 (up to 44), then Publix Aprons will put on an entertaining yet educational cooking demo according to your theme. You pay per person and can choose to have wine pairings…or not. We chose YES. 🙂

Our theme was BABY, of course! That meant our menu looked something like this:

Pre-Course: Mixed Baby Greens with Toasted Almond Slivers, Blueberries, Goat Cheese Crumbles, and Lemon Poppy seed Vinaigrette

Entrée: Charred Baby Vegetable Ramen with Glazed Pork Belly (Baby Bok Choy, Baby Carrots, Baby Corn)

Dessert: Baby Cream Cheese and Nutella Phyllo Cups


YUM! And that wasn’t the only dessert! We put together the design of our “Bébé” dessert table, but all of the sweet treats came from the Publix attached to the Cooking School, which you pay for a la carte. They just give you a grocery bill at the end and they even bring it over to the party room from the store- amazing!

All in all, it was a shower to remember– a theme and venue many of our guests had never even thought of!

For more information about planning your own Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower:
Publix Aprons Event Planning Store #339
Rolene | Stephanie| Michelle
5050 Champion Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida 33496

Direct: 561.994.4461


14 Reasons Why Boca Moms Really LOVE this Pediatrician

If you’re a new, semi-new, or even a veteran Boca Raton mom, there’s one essential thing you need…a membership to Boca VIPediatrics! This Boca pediatrician phenomenon taking local parents by storm launched in 2014 as a new wave in personalized, pediatric care.

But don’t just take my word for it! Check out why Boca moms are loving on this new pediatric experience that makes life oh-so-much easier.

This Boca Pediatrician is LOVED: 14 Reasons WHY!

  1. It’s Like a Real-Life 24/7 “Doctor-In-Your-Pocket”

The mind-blowing fact is you essentially have “your pediatrician in your pocket.” If you have a question or concern, you don’t have to Google or go down the WebMD rabbit hole thinking your child has some rare form of the flu. Instead, you simply send an email or text directly to your Boca pediatrician, anytime day or night, and you get an answer back in minutes!

  1. You Don’t Have to Wait…EVER

Believe it or not, when you walk into Boca VIPediatrics, the staff is waiting for YOU and you head straight back to see the doctor. You will save HOURS (maybe even days?) by not waiting on your Boca pediatrician.

  1. You Get that Old-Fashioned Relationship with Your Doctor…

Because of their very small practice size, you get more time with your Boca pediatrician. Dr. Rudnick and their newest pediatrician, Dr. Gilbert, take the time to get to know your whole family. They know your child’s health history like the back of their hand. This helps parents to rest easy that should they need anything, they can always reach the doctor who knows their child best!

4. You Can Send a Quick Text or Email, and Get a Response Back in Minutes

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

When you have the ability to send a text or email right to your Boca pediatrician, you can oftentimes save yourself and your child from a trip to the office. Whether your little guy or gal wakes up with pink eye or goes to bed with a brutal cough, you’ll get a treatment plan immediately texted or emailed back to you from the doctor. That means no more having to take a half day waiting for, or wondering if you’ll even get an appointment at another office.

5. They’re Bringing House Calls Back!

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

One of the best parts of Boca VIPediatrics is that they perform house calls. For your first newborn visit after you leave the hospital with baby and for urgent after-hours care, they will make arrangements to come to your house. Wow.

6. You Will Be the Envy of All Your Mommy Friends

Imagine sitting with a group of friends at a park playdate when you notice a bug bite on your child’s arm. “OMG! Should you put something on it?”, your mommy friend asks. “No worries. I’ll just text a photo to my pediatrician and ask,” you reply.

Within minutes, you have an answer, the medication dosage, and have officially become the coolest mom on the playground. BAM!

  1. You Have a Quarterback for your Child’s Healthcare

Say your child needs a blood test, an x-ray, an MRI, or needs to see a specialist? When you are a VIP, the Boca VIPediatrics staff sets everything up for you. Whether it’s a same-day visit to see a specialist, an advocate to follow up on test results, or even top priority for lab/imaging, they have your back! Your Boca pediatrician will quarterback all care to make sure your little one is always getting the VIP treatment.

  1. There Are No Sick Kids in the Waiting Room

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

Because there are no wait times and office visits are private, you won’t see a waiting room full of sick kids when you arrive. You will never have to worry about your child getting sick from a visit TO the doctor.

9. The Absolute Coolest Telemedicine Products

VIPs have access to the latest & greatest health/tech gadgets. Boca VIPediatrics has even been featured on some of South Florida’s top news networks for utilizing a digital otoscope and stethoscope that clips onto your iPhone to send video/audio to the doctor securely for review.

10. Their Customer Service is Awesome

How much do you LOVE companies with great customer service? Boca VIPediatrics is family owned and operated and has Disney-level hospitality training. You’ll be greeted at each visit with a bottle of water or cup of coffee. They’ll even escort you down to your car to help with your stroller or carseat.

Because of the small practice size, every member of the staff will know you and your family by name. But, the experience is really about your kids. Let’s just say a bubble machine goes a long way with the little ones! And, older kids love experimenting with virtual reality while getting vaccines. These things help make the doctor’s office experience less scary and more fun!

11. They’ve Just Opened their Nearly Year-Long Wait List

After nearly a year of having a wait list in almost all age categories, Boca VIPediatrics opened up a few more spots, so South Florida parents can bring their child’s healthcare to another level. {Although I’m told spots are very limited!!!}

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

12. Very, Very, Very Personalized Care

Perhaps one of my favorite reasons why Boca moms LOVE VIPediatrics is their belief that there is no such thing as “one size fits all” healthcare. Every child and family is different and care this personalized actually keeps your children healthier with wellness plans and preventative care. They believe that a “parent’s intuition” plays a big role and take the time to listen and provide an individualized approach.

13. It’s More Affordable Than You Think

Just when you think everything sounds too good to be true and this type of care is going to break the bank, I’m here to tell you…it won’t. With monthly payment plans and insurance reimbursement, you’re going to pay more for your cable bill or daily latte than a membership to Boca VIPediatrics. The words “worth every penny” and “priceless” often come up in online reviews…impressive!

14. The Best Pediatricians (and the Sun-Sentinel “Best of” Award to Prove It!)

Boca pediatrician VIPediatrics

The backbone of Boca VIPediatrics is Dr. Chad Rudnick, who certainly has won the hearts of kids and parents alike in Boca and beyond. With a slew of 5 star reviews on Facebook, and a bedside manner that’s set the town abuzz, Dr. Rudnick has become Boca’s own “Patch Adams!” Joining the team is new Boca pediatrician Paul Gilbert, MD, who comes from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

With second-to-none training at the top hospital in the U.S. and years of experience as a physician at a premier sleep-away camp in the Berkshires, Dr. Gilbert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Boca VIPediatrics family.

Welcome Dr. Gilbert! I’m sure Boca will be happy to share the LOVE!


Interested in learning more about Boca VIPediatrics for your family?
Call Boca VIPediatrics (561-923-9635) or fill out their online contact form HERE.
You’ll speak with a friendly member of the family owned & operated pediatric smart office, and they’ll give you all the details, membership highlights and amenities for joining as a VIP family.

Sponsored: This Boca pediatrician is loved 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.

Timing is Everything When It Comes to Florida Prepaid

If I’ve learned anything after this weekend, it’s that TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Despite getting the shot, I came down with the flu right before my family and I are supposed to leave for a big conference in Orlando. I’m on the mend now (as I sit at my computer and type out this blog post– thank you Tamiflu), but it really got me thinking about how I need to live my life more in the present…in the now. And right now is your/my last chance for Florida Prepaid enrollment for 2017!

What is Florida Prepaid?

Florida Prepaid College Plans allow you to prepay the future cost of college or university. When your child is ready for college, the plan pays the tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees covered under the plan. Until I started working with Florida Prepaid, I had no idea how much misinformation was out there about the plan. Let’s discuss…

Florida Prepaid Enrollment: Myth vs. Fact

Could I lose my investment? NOPE.

Guaranteed – Every Prepaid Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida, so you will never lose your investment.

I don’t know if my child will go to college in Florida. NO PROBLEM!

Nationwide – Even if your child attends an out-of-state or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida.

My child is smart and will probably get a scholarship or two. I don’t want to waste my savings. YOU WON’T!

Scholarships – If your child receives a scholarship, you can get a refund for the same amount as the plan would pay a public college or university in Florida.

This program is a win/win for Florida families!

Florida Prepaid enrollment is NOW!

Florida Prepaid’s Open Enrollment period is now through February 28 (2017). This is the only time each year you can purchase Prepaid Plans- FYI. There is no payment due until April 20, 2017.

It’s your last chance to head to www.myfloridaprepaid.com and use my promo code: BLOG1617. You’ll get 50% off your application fee – a savings of $25!


Sponsored: This Florida Prepaid Enrollment Myths 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, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

That Time I Cried at My Little Sister’s Maternity Photo Shoot…

I had no idea I’d be so emotional at my little sister’s Boca Raton maternity photo shoot. She’s pregnant with her first child, a baby boy, due at the end of February 2017. My first clue should have been when I started sniffling as we passed another couple taking their own maternity photos in front of a giant banyan tree. I guess Spanish River Beach/Park is the place to take photos of your pregnant belly? Who knows, but cue the waterworks!

It’s been awhile since I faced the decision of whether or not to take maternity photos. I lived in NYC at the time, it was the middle of winter and I just couldn’t visualize what I would do with said photos once I had my baby. Wouldn’t pictures of my kid take priority on my home’s photo wall?

The answer is, of course, yes, but there’s something really special about having a visual record of your changing body. Being pregnant, whether you feel good or bad, is a memory you’ll want to cherish. I’m really glad I took the few photos (cozy inside my warm apartment, ha ha) that I did!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Sweet Memories Photography shot my sister at sunset earlier this month and the pictures just turned out beautifully. Naomi Phelps, the company’s founder, is a joy to work with.

Let me know what you think of the shots by commenting below!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo
Proud cousin/niece #dailybocaavery making a cameo!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Scheduling your own Boca Raton maternity photo shoot with Sweet Memories Photography is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 maternity photo shoot package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as my sister loves hers!

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo

Boca Raton maternity photo


Sponsored: This Boca Raton maternity photo shoot post was sponsored by Sweet Memories Photography. 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 was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

The Wait Is Over…How to Snag a Spot at Boca VIPediatrics

Since 2014, Boca VIPediatrics has been providing Boca parents and their children something no other pediatric smart office currently offers…many somethings, in fact.

Whether it’s a house call for urgent after-hours care, texting/calling/emailing your pediatrician directly on their smartphone 24/7, no wait times at the office, or a virtual visit via video call. These services help parents save valuable time, allowing them them to avoid having to go to the doctor’s office for every little thing.

I noticed Boca VIPediatrics developing a cult-like following with savvy new parents in Boca Raton (and our surrounding cities) who valued personalized care, convenience, time, and an “old-fashioned relationship” with their pediatrician.

Boca VIPediatrics operates on a membership model with an extremely limited number of patients. In order to be on call 24/7 and provide all of the amenities I listed above, they have to cap their practice. This helps avoid the (sadly) all-too-familiar assembly line approach to pediatric care.

Essentially, they take on a very small number of children in each age category to make sure they are providing the best possible care to their VIPs (Very Important Patients!). Within 6 months of opening their office in central Boca Raton, several age groups quickly hit their cap.

”While I wish we could take care of everyone, it’s important that our practice maintains a small, personalized feel so I can truly make myself available to all my patients 24/7 and guarantee no wait times,” explained Chad Rudnick, M.D., founder of Boca VIPediatrics.

With Boca Raton now becoming a booming city for babies and families, word started circulating that this “pediatric smart office” was changing the game for pediatric care. There wasn’t a preschool, mommy & me class, or breastfeeding support group that wasn’t buzzing about Dr. Rudnick, the “house call doc that you can actually text!”

Pediatric Smart Office Boca VIPediatrics

So, they opened a waiting list and started a nationwide search for a visionary pediatrician to join forces with Dr. Rudnick {more on that later}. Now…

Modern Boca Mom has the exclusive word that the wait is over!
Boca VIPediatrics is opening their waiting list and will be taking on new VIPs in ALL age categories…but not for long!

Due to the high demand and limited number of spots available, you’ll want to follow this blog carefully over the next few months if you’re looking to snag a spot for your Boca kid.

Especially since Dr. Rudnick was recently named “Best of Boca – Best Pediatrician 2016” by the Sun-Sentinel…

Here’s how it works, step by step:

Step 1: Call Boca VIPediatrics (561-923-9635) or fill out their online contact form here: www.bocavipediatrics.com/contact. You’ll speak with a friendly member of the family owned & operated pediatric smart office, and they’ll give you all the details, membership highlights and amenities for joining as a VIP family.

Step 2: Schedule a “Backstage Tour.” This is when you’ll tour the pediatric smart office, meet the staff, and sit down for a ‘one-on-one’ with the Pediatrician to go over your child’s health history and learn more about the practice.

Step 3: Sign up for an annual membership and breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s healthcare is now on a whole other level.

The process of joining Boca VIPediatrics is similar to joining a health club. You’ll pay a monthly membership fee (equivalent to a Starbucks latte each day) for 24/7 access to the doctor’s cell, no wait times, house calls and private, un-rushed office visits (FYI- there are also no co-pays at the office, everything is included in your membership). They work with your insurance a little differently. Instead of billing your insurance company for visits to the office, they let you collect the reimbursement directly, which helps to offset the annual membership cost. Your child’s insurance is still used for all prescriptions, labs, imaging, and referrals to specialists.

You essentially have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

And remember, you don’t have to visit their pediatric smart office for EVERY. LITTLE. THING.

  • If your little one has a rash, you can text a photo.
  • Suspect an ear infection late at night? You can send a video using Boca VIPediatrics’ Oto Home iPhone attachment, which clips onto a parent’s iPhone to send secure video of the inner ear directly to Dr. Rudnick for his review.

  • Hear a cough that doesn’t sound right? Either send a video or use the virtual stethoscope they offer VIPs that clips to your phone and sends secure heart/lung sounds right to the doctor.

Grab your spot while you can — you don’t want your children to be waitlisted for this type of quality, concierge care!

Spots are extremely limited and will fill up soon at Boca Raton’s pediatric smart office. For more information on how it all works, visit www.BocaVIPediatrics.com or call 561-923-9635. 


Sponsored: This pediatric smart office 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.

Saving for Education: A New Family Tradition for Your Child

I’m at the point this holiday season where I’ve literally run out of gift recommendations for people for #dailybocaavery. The last thing my Boca kid needs is another toy! We’re going to have to move out of our house at the rate we’re going. Instead, I am encouraging those close to us (especially the grandparents) to help us start a new valuable holiday tradition: saving for education.

Saving for Education with Florida Prepaid
#dailybocaavery and her Mormor; www.swtmemoriesphotography.com
Saving for Education with Florida Prepaid
www.swtmemoriesphotography.com

Did you know 90% of grandparents, if asked, would likely contribute to a college savings fund in place of other gifts?

After much research, we’ve decided that saving for education makes the most sense for our family through Florida Prepaid. 

What is Florida Prepaid?

A Florida Prepaid College Plan allows families to prepay, on a monthly or lump-sum basis, the future cost of college tuition, specified fees and dormitory housing.

When your child is ready for college, the plan pays the tuition and fees at any Florida College or State University. If your child attends an out-of-state college or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida. The best part? Every Prepaid Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida and there are so many options.

Saving for Education through Florida Prepaid

But which plan should you go with? Here’s the route we’re taking…

Saving for Education: The 4-Year Florida University Plan

  • This Plan will start your child off at one of Florida’s 12 prestigious state universities and see them through their four-year journey.
  • If your child decides to start at a college (typically less expensive), the unused funds from this Plan can be applied to a post-secondary degree or you can get the remaining money back.
  • Like all of Florida Prepaid Plans, use isn’t restricted to Florida schools. The amount covered by your Prepaid Plan can be used at schools nationwide.

But what if my child receives a scholarship or doesn’t end up going to college?

If your child receives a scholarship, then congratulations to you! You can get a refund for the same amount as the plan would pay a public college or university in Florida. Ka-ching!

Your child also doesn’t have to start college right away. He/she has up to 10 years after his or her year of projected enrollment to use the plan or you can transfer the plan to another child if they decide to opt out of higher education.

Saving for education through Florida Prepaid

Open enrollment is NOW!

Florida Prepaid’s Open Enrollment period is now through February 28 (2017), so there’s never been a better time to get started with this new family holiday tradition! This is also the only time each year you can purchase Prepaid Plans.

Want to save even more money?

Head to www.myfloridaprepaid.com and use my promo code: BLOG1617. You’ll get 50% off your application fee – a savings of $25!

Also, bookmark this handy checklist before you start the application process to make it easy on yourself. Happy Holidays!

Saving for Education Checklist from Florida Prepaid


Sponsored: This saving for education 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, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

How to Design the Perfect Nursery for Your Boca Baby with Style Tips from Get Decorated

The last thing that a MBMom-to-be should have to worry about is how to design the perfect nursery for her Boca baby. Furniture, color, accessories – the list seems never ending! That’s why we sat down with interior design expert Lindsay Biondo, founder of Get Decorated.

While providing traditional interior designer services, Get Decorated’s unique business feature is that they also specialize in online home decor services. Moving the design process online is especially helpful for busy families and moms-to-be, who don’t have a lot of extra time. Lindsay shared with us some of her favorite tips on how to design the perfect nursery.

How to Design the Perfect Nursery for Your Boca Baby

How to Design the Perfect Nursery for Your Boca Baby

Transitional Pieces: Invest in furniture pieces that you will be able to use as the child grows. For example, use a dresser that includes a removable changing top. That way, when you no longer need it for changing, you can just swap it off and be left with a normal dresser; and if you have another baby shortly after, you won’t need to worry about buying a new changing table!

Buy Smart: Oftentimes, parents will gravitate towards classic toy items for their baby room. A beautiful, expensive toy trunk may seem like a good investment at first, but you might find that it’s harder to integrate the style into the room in the future. Rather than splurging on something that your child may potentially outgrow, check out some alternative options from places like IKEA.

I love to source IKEA for these kind of items – they have such great options in a variety of colors!

How to Design the Perfect Nursery for Your Boca Baby

Color: Try to work with a gender neutral color palette. Rather than going for an all pink girl’s room, use a combination of teal and blue and white. You can always add a more feminine accent, like the chandelier we used in the picture above. Also, if you use a color palette that is more sophisticated, it will create way more opportunities to shop for products. You don’t need to limit yourself to strictly baby stores – bring in some design that also makes you feel comfortable. You will be spending a lot of time in the nursery too!

Just remember – you should have fun designing the perfect nursery for YOUR FAMILY! Make sure you choose pieces that are both comfortable and beautiful. Using these tips, you will create a room for your baby that is functional, stylish and trendy. Perfect for the Modern Boca Mom. 🙂

MOMpreneur Monday: London Bee Premier Nanny Service

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...LaKeitha Baugh, founder of London Bee Premier Nanny Service South Florida!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start your  business…

I am originally from Nashville, TN and have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. Throughout my college years, I worked as a nanny and summer camp counselor. I have always adored being around kids and took great pleasure in watching them grow and learn.

One day, I knew I wanted to become a business owner, but didn’t know what my focus would be. In 2008, I got married and moved to Ft. Lauderdale. We had our first child in 2011 and second in May of this year.

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After my first child was born, I was in the process of looking for a nanny before I returned to work. It was a lot trying to find the right person for my family. I am very meticulous when it comes to outside help taking care of my precious bundle of joy.

Later I decided that I wanted to stay home and spend more time with my child. Even though I was a stay-at-home mom, I still wanted to make my lifelong dream of having my own business a reality. I decided to combine my nanny expertise and educational background to help families in the area find quality nannies.

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How did London Bee Premier Nanny Service South Florida start?

I founded London Bee Premier Nanny Service in 2012 after the birth of my daughter. Searching for a nanny is a very stressful task! From reviewing countless applications, interviewing numerous candidates, checking references, and conducting background checks. This was not an easy job for a first-time working mom.

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How did I know that I could trust this stranger in my home? Was I sure that this nanny had enough experience and would do a good job caring for my child? If I decided to go with an agency, would they still be there for me (after payment) to help me if I needed it?

It was then that I decided to start my own nanny service that would answer these questions. I decided to name the business after my daughter since she was my inspiration. London Bee was created to help working families manage the difficult task of finding a quality nanny by making the process easy and hassle-free. Everything has been simplified to save our clients’ valuable time.

What’s unique about your services and why should MBMom readers become your clients?

For one, London Bee Premier Nanny Service South Florida clients do not have to pay large up-front fees. We only bill for the time using our nanny services. All clients have the option to choose between two payment methods – an hourly rate or a traditional fee-based model.

We provide a more personal touch with face-to-face meetings with a family in order to get to know and understand their needs. This family consultation allows us to find the right nanny for a successful, long-term placement. I am available to clients outside of traditional business hours because I know that sometimes it’s impossible to fit everything into a Monday- Friday/9AM-5PM window.

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We have a rigorous screening process. London Bee performs a comprehensive background check on all caregivers including criminal, civil, driving history, sex offender registry, SSN verification, 10 panel drug screening, and medical screening. We also require our nannies to pass a special exam to confirm they have the appropriate skillset and knowledge to care for children.

London Bee offers full-time, part-time, live-in and live-out as well as temporary nannies, along with babysitting services and consulting. Our business model is simple. Find the most qualified nanny for your family. We listen to what YOU want in a nanny and pride ourselves in matching you with the right person.

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The growth, development, and the safety of your child is paramount to us. Post-placement, London Bee Premier Nanny Service South Florida stays in touch with clients at regular intervals to ensure good service. We also provide additional resources at no extra cost. Even if you decide to seek out your own nanny, we can still provide consulting services to your family such as background screenings, drug testing, reference checks, payroll and tax setup. Your nanny can also attend one of our nanny training workshops.

What do you love about living and working in South Florida?Print

Living in South Florida has been great!  Before we moved here, I used to vacation here and always enjoyed the warm weather, culture, and nice people. It’s always great to be able to go to the beach when you want or have easy access to the world-class shopping here in the tri-county area. We have family and friends who want to come visit us all the time!

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2016 Mother of All Baby Showers to Take Over South Florida

All new Modern Boca Moms and moms-to-be, REJOICE! It’s that time of year again. It’s time for The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) and we’re thrilled to share the South Florida event details with you!

Mark your calendars! This year’s Mother of All Baby Showers is on Friday, October 21st (rescheduled) from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Young At Art Museum.

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You won’t want to miss THE mommy showcase event of the year. MOABS is bringing top notch pregnancy, baby AND toddler brands and experts ALL to one place, so attendees can learn about the latest products, services and trends for your growing family.

They are the first and biggest adults-only event of its kind focused on the growing family population in South Florida. The event is presented by Memorial Healthcare System.

The Mother of All Baby Showers offers a huge opportunity for parents to prepare for a new baby and get educated about the newborn through toddler stages. You’ll be able to learn some of parenting basics and research many consumer choices.

Two years ago, Modern Boca Crunchy Mom and I attended and had a blast. We learned a ton and I even had the opportunity to speak on a parenting panel.

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Educational sessions will cover ‘Planning and Preparing for Baby’ and ‘What to Expect (and Not to) from Infancy Through the Toddler Years’. The Try It Before You Buy It area gives attendees the chance to interact with more than 50 maternity, juvenile and family-focused national and local companies.

The evening will also include mini spa treatments, tasty treats from local restaurants, The Mother of All Swag Bags and giveaways valued at over $20,000!

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Mother of All Baby Showers Ticket Info

Tickets for the event are only $15 for regular admission ($25 for couples) and $60 for VIP admission.

Mother of All VIP pass attendees will receive a FREE Baby K’Tan SmartGear Diaper Bag (design/color vary per attendee/event), early access to event (5:30 pm), a signature swag bag, 5 meals from Born Foody, the number one meal delivery service for toddlers -Please note all offerings are 1 per VIP individual or couple.

Attendees can register here: www.themotherofallbabyshowers.com