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Meet the Boca Raton Prepared Meal Delivery Service that Finally Got It Right

Earlier this summer, I was faced with a culinary conundrum. Modern Boca Dad was heading out of town for a wedding. So, I had to figure out how to feed myself and our daughter (on my own) for 5 days. Most moms might not see that as a big deal, but here’s the issue: I’m an awful cook. Sure, I can burn toast and pasta, but that’s about the extent of my expertise in the kitchen. Luckily, I found a Boca Raton prepared meal delivery service called My Pure Life. It not only offers healthy, prepared meals and snacks for adults, but for children as well. I figured it was the perfect time to give them a shot!

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life

Boy, I’m glad I did. My Pure Life has an ever changing, customized menu designed specifically with your goals, lifestyles and preferences in mind.

This Boca Raton meal delivery company has done done all the research and grunt work. They stand behind delivering top notch, high quality, unprocessed, pure, gourmet food that nourishes and fuels your body. Plus the meals are YUMMY.

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life

Take a look at these dinners! All I had to do was place them in the microwave for 2 minutes and they were ready to eat. The plastic containers are reusable and recyclable (your choice). And after placing your food order online, you simply set the cooler bag that My Pure Life provides outside your home on delivery day (offered 2x per week) for them to switch out.

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life
The Kids meal options I chose for the week- Spaghetti & Meatballs and Chicken Nuggets

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life
Nutrition Information is included on each dish
Bottom line? This Boca Raton meal delivery company provides a solution for local families when you can’t or don’t have time to cook. I’m a huge fan.


To place your first order, head to My Pure Life’s website and use the code “MBMOM” to get $25 of your order of $99 or more! You can also call 844-311-2393

Boca Raton meal delivery service called My Pure Life



Sponsored: This post was sponsored by My Pure Life. 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.

We’re Jumping to Eat at Junior’s Boca Raton!

I am a sucker for two things: cute babies and a GREAT happy hour. And, Junior’s Boca Raton, located in Mizner Park, has at least one of those on the daily. 🙂 The family and I *finally* had a chance to dine at the establishment we had seen hundreds of times during our 9 years living in New York City. Go figure it was in Boca.

Junior's Boca Raton

Junior's Boca Raton

Junior’s Boca Raton ‘Most Fabulous Happy Hour’ is now from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily. It features half off all cocktails, including premium liquor brands, and half off all appetizers.

Junior's Boca Raton

  • Mondays are ‘Most Fabulous Wine & Dine’. This includes wine by the bottle at 50% off, with the purchase of an entrée.
  • Friday nights are all about the ‘Party on the Patio’ featuring a DJ from 8:00 p.m. to close

We happened to dine on a Tuesday at Junior’s Boca Raton and thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant’s ‘Most Fabulous Burger Night’. Their original 10-ounce steak burger is available for just $7!

Junior's Boca Raton

Not to mention all of the other menu items we tried such as the Thai Chili Wings appetizer and “Something Different” with potato pancakes and brisket- be sure to ask your server about that one!

It wouldn’t be a meal at Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery without a taste of one of their award-winning cheesecakes. They are available to purchase by the cake, or by the slice. A wide selection of cheesecakes, layer cakes and baked goods are available in the bakery. We went for the Original and Chocolate Swirl. DELECTABLE!

Junior's Boca Raton

Junior's Boca Raton

Junior’s Boca Raton is, as they say, fabulous! Be sure to stop in this summer and enjoy one of their specially-themed deal nights or my personal favorite, Happy Hour!

Junior's Boca Raton


About Junior’s Boca Raton Restaurant and Bakery

Since the 1950’s, Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery in Brooklyn, New York has been famous for great food, great fun, great service, and, of course, the World’s Most Famous Cheesecake. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily,Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery’s menu features dishes ranging from classic New York deli sandwiches piled high, famous 10 oz. steak burgers, salads, jumbo half pound hot dogs, fresh seafood and a full-service bar.  

Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery is located at 409 Plaza Real in Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 10 p.m.

Takeout is also available.  For more information, call 561-672-7301 or visit juniorscheesecake.com .


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Spa Celebration at Eau Palm Beach: Perfect for Any Occasion

When my sister and I met up for coffee last month, we realized our mom had a big birthday coming up…and fast. It wasn’t just any ol’ birthday either– it was her 65th! A very special day. We knew our mom didn’t want a party and couldn’t get away for a trip (unfortunately), so we decided to officially dub June 3rd “Mormor Day” and whisk her away for a spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach Resort!

Who or what is a Mormor, you ask? Mormor is “mother’s mother” in Swedish and what my daughter calls her grandmother. The nickname has spread like wildfire throughout my family and now, no one calls her anything but that. 🙂

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To make “Mormor Day” extra special, I booked a stretch limousine with my friends at Black Pearl Limousine. #dailybocaavery even got to ride with us to pick up my mom. She had a blast!

Our driver was fantastic and rolled out the red carpet (literally) for our party. We brought a couple bottles of champagne and got our party started as we headed up to Manalapan!

spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach

spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach

So pretty and festive!

If you haven’t been to the Eau Palm Beach before, it’s simply amazing. It’s a luxurious experience just walking into the lobby!

You can’t visit the resort without indulging in their amazing ocean views. So, we kicked off our spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach at their oceanfront restaurant: Breeze Ocean Kitchen.

spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach

It was a little rainy when we got there, but by the time we ordered cocktails and appetizers, the sun decided to come out and play!

The food was wonderful- it’s such a fun place to dine on property…and right by the pool AND ocean!

Spa Celebration at Eau Palm Beach Resort

After lunch, we had big spa day plans booked. Did you know that the Eau Spa Fairies have been picking their favorite treatments to share this summer at incredible summer pricing? Eau Spa Summer Specials will be offered through September 30, 2017, and are available Sunday through Thursday every week.

My mom and I booked a Self-Centered Massage (eau-mazing!) and my sister got an Essence Facial (which I tried last year). We also set Mormor up with a fabulous pedicure experience. We aimed to spoil her!

You just can’t beat a spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach. The spa lounge and bath facilities alone are top notch and so relaxing. I wanted to stay all day.

Thank you so much to the Eau Palm Beach  Resort & Spa and Black Pearl Limousine for hosting us and making “Mormor Day” the best celebration ever! Happy Birthday Mom!


Eau Spa is located at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa at 100 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach.  Reservations are required. For more information or reserve a spot, please call the Eau Spa Fairies at 561-540-4960 or email concierge@eauspa.com.

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The Importance of Wedding Photography in Boca Raton

Deciding on wedding photography in Boca is often a stressful and trying job. However, it’s well worth it when you finally find the right photographer for you!

Even though #modernbocadad and I are 6 years post-wedding (plus one child later), hiring a solid wedding photographer AND videographer was the best decision we made…besides each other of course. 😉 If you are planning on having children, you want to make sure your wedding memories are properly documented. I tell every bride I know to never skimp in this area!

wedding photography in Boca

The Importance of Wedding Photography in Boca

And, I recommend Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography without hesitation here in South Florida. She’ll make your wedding photography in Boca decision EASY!

Here’s what she has to say about the process: I’ve personally had many of my family session clients ask, “where were you when we were getting married?” Then, they go on to share horror stories about their wedding photographer. They of course decided not to hire them for future milestone sessions.

wedding photography in Boca
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It always breaks my heart to hear these stories because your wedding day is just the first of many amazing stepping stones into your future together! Being a lifestyle photographer and a past bride myself, I believe that couples should have their special day documented to its fullest. Your photographer should capture every sweet moment to be treasured and shared throughout the years.

wedding photography in Boca

I don’t know about you, but I still look at my parents’ wedding album to this day. The photographs froze the genuine smiles, hearty laughter and fun dances! It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to look at those images and feel like I was there…like your children inevitably will.

Hiring the perfect photographer for your wedding day ensures that a moment won’t be missed. You’ll be able to share that day with your kids, and they’ll be able to share it with theirs, and so on and so forth. Your wedding day, happiness, and love will never be forgotten.

wedding photography in Boca
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For more tips on vetting your wedding photographer, courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography, click HERE.

Finding a Boca Raton Wedding Photographer for Your Family


Sponsored: This wedding photography in Boca 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. 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.

Embrace Dad’s Soft Side this Father’s Day + Hanes GIVEAWAY (Now Closed)

There has been a Hanes resurgence in our household as of late. I mentioned that I met with and shopped the brand at this year’s Disney’s Social Media Moms Conference (#DisneySMMC). Since then, they have sent my family lots of goodies to try and even offered to host a Father’s Day Hanes giveaway (details below) for Modern Boca Mom readers!

Hanes GIVEAWAY

This Father’s Day, Hanes wants the Dad in your life to embrace his soft side. Hanes has taken its ComfortBlend® fabric and added the smoothing benefit of modal to create its softest tee ever.

Just touch it, and immediately you’ll know that softness has reached a new level. It’s amazing.

Introducing Hanes® ComfortBlend® Superior Softness Undershirts — now with Modal
  • Cotton-Modal blend offers superior comfort
  • Includes FreshIQ™ advanced odor protection technology
  • Hanes softest tee ever
  • Quick drying and durable fabric shrinks less and keeps its shape
  • Tag-free for itch-free comfort
  • Lay flat collar
  • $12.00 for 3 Pack, in Crewneck and V-neck, available at Hanes.com and Walmart.com
  • Sizes S-2X, in Crew Neck and V-Neck styles

Enter Our Big Softy Hanes Giveaway for a Chance to WIN:
  • $50 Hanes Visa Card
  • 3-Pack of Hanes® Superior Soft T-shirts
  • Package of Hanes® Socks with FreshIQ™

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SOLD OUT: Spoil Your Boca Mom at Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison

You’ve got a little less than two weeks to get your plans together #modernbocadads. Time to get cracking! Why don’t you spoil the mama in your life by taking her to Boca’s number one brunch buffet on her special day? Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison!

The Addison is opening its doors for their signature Mother’s Day brunch, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and Bellinis. After Easter, I am eagerly anticipating the decadence…this time with my own mom and sister (a new mommy!).

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch

Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison

Check out the menu, just released last week!

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch

DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 14, 2017; Reservations start at 10:00 AM

COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.

Call (561) 372-0568 to book a reservations. And hopefully I’ll see all you Modern Boca Moms there!

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch


Hosted: This post was hosted by The Addison Valentine’s Day. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the host.  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 provided with complimentary signature event reservations, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton Now Open Downtown

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria is expanding to Boca from its flagship location on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard. Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton will open for business…and dinner starting Monday, May 1.

The 300-seat restaurant is located in the newly opened Hyatt Place Hotel on the corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton features:
  • 8,000 square feet of indoor seating
  • 2,000 square foot patio
  • Regulation bocce ball court
  • Hand carved oak gas burning fireplace with the largest wood mantel in South Florida
  • World’s only Vespa with two sidecars, circa 1956.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton features an outdoor bar and a large fire pit where guests can enjoy cocktails with a small dish of roasted, salted marcona almonds fireside. The Interior piazza features a fireplace and vintage wood ceiling, leather booths and banquettes. It also features antique copper tables and vintage lighting, furniture and accessories.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

What about the food?

Louie Bossi’s features a state of the art kitchen including a wood-burning pizza oven for Neapolitan style pizzas.  It is a high volume restaurant with a scratch kitchen, making 12 pastas in house. Louie Bossi’s cures its own salumi and dry ages steaks in-house. The restaurant features a full menu of handcrafted cocktails, including Italian classics, Negroni, Sgroppino  Alla Pera, Bicicletta and Rosso Toscano.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton is one of the few restaurants with an in-house artisan bakery and charcuterie program. All breads and desserts, as well as gelatos, are made in house. The restaurant will also brew its own beer and make its own Limoncello.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

The restaurant will be open MondayThursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  On  Fridays and Saturdays, a full dinner menu will be served until midnight and pizza will be served until 1:00 a.m.

The full menu can be found here. Bon appetit!


How to Savor Spring Evenings in Boca Raton with Your Family

Longer days and lighter evenings are here, which means it’s time to move those dinners outdoors!  With the recent ‘spring forward’, we gained an extra hour of daylight in the evenings…even though it was a brutal week getting used to that time change. Here are some ways to make the most of springtime with your family PLUS a great deal for MBM readers to help celebrate the minted 9 year Anniversary!

  1. Backyard BBQ’s

Spend less time in the kitchen and take the cooking out back! One of the things I love about grilling is that I can hand off dinner to my husband and let him handle the main course! Whether it be as simple as hot dog and hamburgers, or gourmet salmon with grilled veggies, the options are endless. Keep the kids entertained with easy backyard games like cornhole or kickball.

  1. Sundowners at the Beach

The beach isn’t just for mornings or afternoons. Head over there with your family before sunset for a “Sundowner”. The kids can run around and play in the ocean or sand, while mom and dad enjoy some time together outdoors. Invite other families and pack some Naked Wines and cheese to make an event out of it!

  1. Picnic at the Playground

Pack up your dinner and take it to the park! Choose foods that are easy to set out and fuss free to eat such as pasta salad or sandwiches. Your kids will love the extra play time, and you’ll love tiring them out before bed!

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  1. Refresh Your Living Room Look | minted 9 Year Anniversary

2017 marks an important milestone for our friends at minted – their 9 year anniversary online! To celebrate, they are running a special art and wedding promotion for customers through April 3 (2017). The minted 9 year Anniversary Event has some amazing, fresh options for spring…and they’re all on sale!

Think about it– when was the last time you changed up the art in your living room? 

minted 9 Year Anniversary

Minted’s Anniversary Event is a great opportunity to get a deep discount on Minted Fine Art in particular, which they rarely offer at anything other than full price. This spring, refresh a creative space in your home or start building out that gallery wall! 

minted 9 Year Anniversary

Don’t wait until the summer heat pushes you back indoors – take advantage of every extra minute this beautiful spring time has to offer!


Contributor Leigh Botha only recently joined the “Mom Club” this past August (2016) when daughter Cora was born! A graduate from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, she has always had a passion for hospitality and entertaining. Leigh is currently a Special Events Designer for Boca By Design at the Boca Raton Resort & Club which she loves because it allows her to use her creativity to bring her clients’ visions to life. 

Juggling a career and a family can be difficult, but she tries to make time for other things that are important to her such as running (some) mornings at 5am with the Boca/Deerfield Chapter of MRRT (Moms RUN this Town) and planning the social events for her sorority’s local alumni chapter. Leigh is especially excited for all the new events she will get to host for her family and friends now that she is a mom and the memories they will all have to cherish thereafter! 

What Money Really Does to a Marriage | March Marriage Challenge

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy  #marchmarriagechallenge

Money. Some people love to talk about it. Other people think it’s taboo. In Boca Raton, money is everywhere. It’s in the big houses on the water, in the Bentleys valeting at Mizner Park.

Since I grew up down here, I learned early on that competing over ‘stuff’ wasn’t worth it. It doesn’t make you happy. And when I met my husband, I quickly learned he felt the same way.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
Andy’s and my first photo together…there were cocktails involved 😉

We lived in New York City while we were dating, through our engagement and for the first few years of our marriage. It was a charmed life. I worked at a boutique public relations agency and slowly worked my way up to a Director title and six figures. My husband, even though he wasn’t quite up to my salary level, had an exciting job in documentary film that he really enjoyed. We made the most of city life and never  had to seriously worry about money.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Before I became pregnant with #dailybocaavery, we made the decision that we would relocate to South Florida near my family once we had a baby. NYC wasn’t really a viable option for us with no relatives or grandparents anywhere nearby. My husband would resign from his full time position and go freelance while he handled the bulk of the childcare. I would work remotely at my PR agency and commute to NYC as needed. We had a foolproof plan…or so I naively thought.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Then came baby…

Babies change everything. Duh.

Sleepless nights, hormones, distractions…uprooting ourselves and moving across the country (at least in our case). Needless to say, it caused a lot of stress. I started to hate my job. But, since I was the primary breadwinner, I felt a lot of pressure to keep it to support my family.

And then, that job wasn’t an option anymore. I was let go. Via voicemail to boot. Lovely, after 6+ years at a company…

So there we were in Boca Raton. With a 10 month-old baby. In a house only half renovated. Two parents with no full time job between the two of them. Very little savings. No insurance. I had never been more scared or devastated in my life.

Any Type A person can relate to this– when something big happens to you…and not exactly on your terms, it’s hard, really hard, to accept.

But, that time period in our lives showed me how much stronger our marriage was than money.

We buckled down and limited our spending to the absolute necessities. I started this blog and hit the pavement, rallying to secure sponsors and supporters for ModernBocaMom.com. I even surprised myself and discovered that I like having my own business. My husband worked his contacts and took any odd job he could find until we figured out our next move.

We truly tried to look at this difficult financial time as an opportunity to nail down what to do next as these two new people: mom and dad. 

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

No, we were no longer the same couple who had lived it up in NYC a few years back. We had new goals, new priorities…and that team mindset really strengthened our bond as man and wife.

I’m not going to say there weren’t tears (there were A LOT) or fights. I think the worst part of that time in our lives was having a constant knot in my stomach, wondering how we were going to pay our bills each month. I also felt like a personal failure. It was HARD.

But now I know that money (or the lack of) will never break us. We are motivated, hardworking parents who are lucky enough to have the unconditional love and support of our families and friends. We would move mountains for our daughter and for each other.

And that is priceless.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
March Marriage Challenge 2017

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy #marchmarriagechallenge


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Revel in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit with The Fresh Market

It’s that time of year again, to don the green attire and celebrate the luck of the Irish with a wee bit of tasty fun! To help its guests get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, The Fresh Market will offer samplings of Irish soda bread, Kerrygold Cheese, pretzels and more through March 17th!

For those looking to create a hearty Irish meal at home, The Fresh Market suggests its Irish Cottage Pie recipe. Traditionally topped with a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes, the specialty grocer’s delicious recipe saves a few steps by topping the comforting casserole with thinly sliced potatoes and shredded cheese.

Fresh Market Irish Cottage Pie

Fresh Market Irish Cottage Pie

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
1.5 lb. ground sirloin
3 tbsp. Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
1 tbsp. The Fresh Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 c. sweet onion, chopped (about ½ large onion)
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 c. carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 large carrots)
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. tomato paste
5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 ½ c. The Fresh Market Beef Stock
1 c. Guinness
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 c. The Fresh Market Frozen Green Peas
1 ½ lbs. red potatoes
1 c. Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, shredded

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat a Dutch oven or a large, wide skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain beef of any excess grease and transfer to plate.

Add olive oil and butter to the same pan.  Once the butter melts, add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables begin to soften and brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add flour, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Vegetable mixture will become very thick. Whisk in beef stock, beer, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan.

Stir in beef and peas. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 7-10 minutes. While mixture simmers and thickens, thinly slice red potatoes (the thinner the better).

Spoon mixture into a 10 x 13” or 10 inch round baking dish, both at least 2 inches deep. Top with sliced potatoes, heavily overlapping each. Sprinkle cheese evenly over potatoes. Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for additional 30 minutes or until pie is bubbling and potatoes are nicely browned.

Remove from oven and allow to rest a minimum of 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!