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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.

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Andy’s and my first photo together…there were cocktails involved ūüėČ

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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‚Äôs 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 ¬Ĺ large onion)
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 c. carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 large carrots)
2 tsp. kosher salt
¬Ĺ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. tomato paste
5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 ¬Ĺ 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 ¬Ĺ 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‚ÄĚ 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!

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. ūüôā

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 “B√©b√©” 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


Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

Being a blogger is filled with many¬†ups and downs. For example, applying for a sponsored campaign¬†with a big company¬†and getting it: that’s an up! Thinking a brand or business would be an ideal client to work with…and then they don’t return your emails or calls: that’s a down. Getting invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and driving to Orlando in a brand new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE: that’s a BIG UP! It’s probably the biggest up for the Modern Boca Mom blog to date, honestly.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Thanks to American Tourister and the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, C3PO traveled with us in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference put on by Disney where digital/social media influencers and bloggers like myself are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands. You have no idea you’re going to be invited until you receive “pixie dust” in your email box. It’s pretty exciting, especially if you love Disney like I do!

And this year, it was a “Land and Sea” conference, which meant 2 days at the Walt Disney World parks and 3 days on Disney Cruise ship, The Disney Wonder. I HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE! So, this was pretty much the most amazing news ever…

How did we get there? By driving the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

My family (up to 3 additional people this year) was invited to join in on the #DisneySMMC fun, so we packed for Orlando using our awesome C3PO suitcase from American Tourister (as well as other bags- lots of them, ha ha) and hit the road!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE is a fantastic SUV.  We reviewed the 2015 Sport model last year and really loved that it offered dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment.

However, the 2017 SE model that we test drove starts at $24,495 and offers seven passenger seating with its standard third row. It even has heated seats which can come in handy this time of year!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE features sophisticated upgrades like available heated front seats and steering wheel, front dual-zone automatic climate control and premium Rockford Fosgate¬ģ surround sound.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Per usual, I also loved the Multi-View Camera System that allows you to see a 360 degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle as you back out of your driveway or a parking spot. I need as many eyes as possible!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

We¬†also loved the sunroof as our current family vehicle doesn’t have one. Car jealousy. Thanks DriveShop USA.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Nice view, eh?

You can learn all about the Mitsubishi Outlander SE on the Mitsubishi website. Also, be sure to connect with Mitsubishi on your favorite social media sites! Like them on Facebook and Follow Mitsubishi on Twitter to stay updated on all of their latest car trends and special offers!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: The Land Portion

Once we arrived at the conference, I literally hit the ground running. We checked into Port Orleans Riverside, which was gorgeous, and I sent #modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery off to the parks while I unpacked and sorted through the itinerary!

Then, conference attendees were invited to shop with the¬†Hanes¬†brand at a special suite at the hotel. I ended up LOVING their products! Who needs Victoria’s Secret when you can have a super soft bra from Hanes? I literally wear the¬†t-shirt I won at the conference every night now. #happyinhanes

Later, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

That evening, conference attendees were shuttled to Animal Kingdom to a special cocktail party held at Festival of the Lion King. I love that show, so I couldn’t believe were having drinks in the middle of the auditorium. Surreal!

We were there because Disney had just announced the opening date of Pandora: The World of Avatar. We even got to peek at the model.

Pandora will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s epic film AVATAR. Pandora opens May 27, 2017!

#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly posing by the Pandora signage at dinner sponsored by GoGo squeeZ

I wrote about Pandora and the launch of what we saw next on BocaMag.com¬†recently¬†(did you know I contribute a column to the magazine 2x per month. It’s called “Boca Mom Talk”- check it out!).

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There‚Äôs a new show after dark at Walt Disney World‚Äôs Animal Kingdom, and we got to see a sneak preview!¬†Now open, Rivers of Light is an elaborate theatrical production that takes guests on a breathtaking emotional journey‚ÄĒa visual mix of water, fire, nature and light all choreographed to an original music score.

It was so impressive! The new 15-minute show is the latest addition to the lineup of nighttime experiences at Animal Kingdom.

Celebrating the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world, the performance combines live performers, beautiful floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and authentic animal imagery projected on giant water screens. We even found out that all of the scenes projected are from past Disney Nature films! Rivers of Light will be performed on select nights. It’s a must-see, MBMoms.

The night wouldn’t be complete without viewing the light show at the Tree of Life! So beautiful!

And that was only #DisneySMMC DAY 1!!!

I started to cover a little of Day 2 in this post, but barely scratched the surface. I’ll be back with all of the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration details along with why I’ll never take a 3-Night Disney Cruise ever again later this month!


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Hosted: This Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander post was hosted by DriveShop USA, the Walt Disney Company, American Tourister and Hanes. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Boca Bacchanal 2017 Preview

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum‚Äôs biggest¬†fundraising event, the 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal 2017¬†Wine & Food Festival, is back this month! It’s Boca Raton‚Äôs premier wine & food festival¬†and the signature community event for the Historical Society.¬†There’s more¬†wine, more food and later hours for all the night owls to make it a truly unforgettable weekend.

Boca Bacchanal’s two-day event begins with the exclusive Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 24th, 2017 with a never-before-held Spirits Dinner followed by Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25th!

Boca Bacchanal 2017
2016 Boca Bacchanal Event
WHAT’S NEW AT BOCA BACCHANAL 2017?

Taste Your Favorite Wine (or Spirit) and Order it On Demand

This year, the exclusive vintner dinners will be held on Friday night with two of the six dinners taking place at historic sites in Boca Raton ‚Äď The Boca Raton Resort & Club and The Addison. For the first time ever, they¬†will have a Spirits Dinner held at The Addison! In addition to the wine and champagne served at this dinner, guests will also enjoy tastes of spirits and liquor cocktails made by a master mixologist. It‚Äôs the best dinner you won‚Äôt remember!

Find the dinner that matches your style. A Crown Wine & Spirits representative will be in attendance at each dinner so guests will be able to place an order for their favorite wine of the night.  Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton will also have an exclusive silent auction item at several dinners that guests will be able to bid on.

Boca Bacchanal 2017

Bacchanalia Goes Later than Ever

Everyone loves a good party and Bacchanalia never disappoints. With live entertainment and plenty of food and wine to go around, it‚Äôs hard to improve on perfection, but the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has done it! This year Bacchanalia will be held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater and will go later than ever ‚Äď until 11pm. In addition, the Hope family winery will be bringing a half of yacht to showcase at Bacchanalia. Unique selfie spots will be available throughout the event, including a selfie spot by founding sponsor Boca Magazine, as well as unique car displays and a fun BikeCruz experience at Bacchanalia!

Boca Bacchanal 2017

THE MAIN EVENTS

The Exclusive Event ‚Äď The Vintner Dinners
These intimate dining experiences each feature a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a magnificent 5-course meal. Guests attending the Vintner Dinners will also have the opportunity to meet their chef and vintner and learn more about the wine and food pairings of the evening. Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 per person. 

Boca Bacchanal 2017
Boca Bacchanal 2016 with #modernbocadad

The Community’s Party РBacchanalia
Bacchanalia is known as the longest running, must-attend community wine and food event combining incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with world-class vintners showcasing their wineries‚Äô best ‚Äď all for attendees to sample. DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock will keep the party going until 11:00 p.m. by pairing his lively music with the wine and food offered. Guests will also enjoy a high-tech auction with unique wine & food experiences and much more! Tickets to Bacchanalia is $125 per person.

Boca Bacchanal 2017
My favorite wines from Boca Bacchanal 2016

ATTENDING BOCA BACCHANAL 2017 VINTNERS AND CHEFS 

Astonishing Vintners

  • Chris Silva: St. Francis Winery ‚Äď Sonoma, CA
  • Miles MacDonnell: Round Pond Estate Winery ‚Äď Napa, CA
  • Claudio Andreani: Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari ‚Äď Italy
  • Luciano Castiello: Banfi Vintners ‚Äď Glen Head, NY
  • Cuvaison & Brandlin ‚Äď Napa, CA
  • David Ortiz – Mixologist

Celebrated Chefs

  • Brian and Shanna O’Hea: The Kennebunk Inn ‚Äď Kennebunk, ME
  • Jacob Cureton: Annunciation and Ryan Haigler: Grand Isle ‚Äď New Orleans
  • John O‚ÄôLeary: Naples Yacht Club ‚Äď Naples, FL
  • Patrick Duffy: The Addison ‚Äď Boca Raton, FL
  • Regina Charboneau: Twin Oaks ‚Äď Natchez, MS
  • Annemarie Stenfors: Alma Nove ‚Äď Hingham, MA
To purchase tickets and for more information about Boca Bacchanal 2017, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

Boca Bacchanal 2017


Modern Boca Mom and several other amazing local bloggers are teaming up to give away 2 tickets to the 2017 event. Enter below!

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Giveaway rules:

  • 4 lucky followers will win 2 Tickets To Boca Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25.
  • Void where Prohibited
  • ¬†Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com
  • ¬†Giveaway ends Friday, March 10, 11:59pm
  • Winners will be notified via email.
  • Winner will be contacted by email and ¬†will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Boca Raton Historical Society is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 21 years or older to enter.
  • ¬†Entering means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

Hosted: This Boca Bacchanal 2017 post and giveaway is hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 and I have been given tickets to the upcoming event, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Seriously, What Did Boca Moms Do Before Apps?

2017 has been a doozy so far. With the flu and various other ailments hitting our house, work busier than ever, houseguests, travel and school, I am DESPERATE to simplify my life. I’ll be honest—I may have cried a few times over the past few weeks. My poor husband.¬†As a result of the chaos that is my life, I wanted to share a few time saving tips I’ve picked up and how apps make life easier when the going gets BUSY in Boca…

How Apps Make Life Easier + Time Saving Tips

1. Always Know Where You’re Going

I loathe getting lost. If I don’t turn soon enough or miss an exit, I pretty much lose my mind in the car.

As you may have read, I love the LocaLynx app! One of my favorite features? In app directions to retailers, restaurants and businesses! They are simple and connect directly to your phone’s GPS system.

Still wondering how apps make life easier? Answer: This single feature. Download LocaLynx and try it out for yourself!

How apps make life easier

  1. Make Sure You Always Have The Latest Info

Ever head out to run errands and the very place you need is CLOSED? There are few things more annoying than that. Once you download LocaLynx, you’ll always have the latest information regarding operating hours for the local businesses you use plus links to websites for ordering online or purchasing tickets, etc.

You can also easily contact the business you need by tapping the phone icon at the bottom of their Micro App. ¬†It couldn’t be easier!

  1. Stop Clipping Coupons

I love saving money when and wherever possible. However, trying to keep track of paper coupons, on top of my children, are the last thing on my mind.

LocaLynx has provided digital coupons to local businesses all around us. They are always in my phone and I can redeem with a simple click of a button!

How apps make life easier LocaLynx

Save money. Shop local. Simplify your life! Download the app for Boca moms >>> LocaLynx. Visit LocaLynx South Florida on Facebook for highlighted daily deals!

Sponsored: This how apps make life easier post is sponsored by LocaLynx. 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, but 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.

Why I Love Taking Houseguests to BRIO Boca Raton

Tis the season for house guests, MBMoms! Well, at least it is for us, having lived in NYC for ten years and with #modernbocadad’s family being from New England. We enjoy having everyone come down and it gives us a great excuse to go out to eat! One of our favorite places is BRIO, located in Boca Center (which is pretty ‘sceney’ and fun for locals and visitors) and quite delicious. The NEW¬†BRIO¬†Boca Raton menu is top notch!

BRIO Tuscan Grille is bringing new seasonal flavors to its guests with the ‚ÄúFlavorful Features‚ÄĚ menu, available daily on the dinner menu. We experienced the¬†WHOLE. DARN. THING. and it was worth it. ¬†ūüôā

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Appetizers:
  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Burrata & Prosciutto Bruschetta: Red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley ($11.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Entrees:
  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Chicken Saltimbocca Risotto: Provolone, crispy pancetta, fried sage, and butternut squash risotto ($16.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

  • Sea Scallops & Ratatouille Risotto: Seared sea scallops served over risotto with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, tomato compote, basil and Reggiano ($21.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

  • Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Broiled Maine Lobster Tail: Orzo, farro, zucchini, red peppers, asparagus, and lemon butter sauce ($25.95)– my guests were from Maine and they approved of this dish!

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Dessert:
  • Butterscotch Budino: Italian for ‚Äúpudding,‚ÄĚ this dish features Marcona almonds, caramel, and vanilla whipped cream ($3.95)

Per the recommendation of our awesome waiter, we ended up trying¬†most of the dessert “samplers” and favorites on the menu. ¬†We couldn’t say no to chocolate and cheesecake!

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

The perfect complements to the ‚ÄúFlavorful Features‚ÄĚ are delicious wines and cocktails. These include:

  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Sketchbook Pinot Noir: A light, fruity and elegant red blend (Mendocino, California) ($9.95/glass)
  • Benzinger Family Wintery Chardonnay: A lush and silky wine (Sonoma, California) ($9.95/glass)

BRIO Boca Raton also has some great cocktails! We thoroughly enjoyed their take on a “Moscow Mule” and a margarita.

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

All in all, an amazing dinner with our January houseguests! I highly recommend trying the “Flavorful Features” menu while you can this season.

BRIO has a special Valentine‚Äôs Day promotion coming up! The restaurant is offering a two-course prix fixe menu Friday, Feb. 10 ‚Äď Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The menu will feature soup or salad choices, plus one delicious entrée. The price of the two-course meal with the Chicken Saltimbocca entrée is $20.95 and the Scallop Risotto entrée is $26.95; with the Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Lobster Tail is $29.95 and with the Center-Cut Filet Mignon is $28.50.

Guests can now make reservations online for all BRIO restaurants by visiting www.BrioItalian.com and for a list of locations, please visit www.BrioItalian.com.

Hosted: This post was hosted by BRIO and 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 a complimentary dinner for 4, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Bacchus Beckons: Did You Get Your First Taste of Boca Bacchanal 2017?

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is gearing up for its 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal and kicking off the festivities with Bacchus Beckons, the official launch party at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. It will be held from 6:00 Р8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, wine from the Boca Bacchanal vintners, delicious hors d’oeuvres and get a unique look at new collections from Saks.

Bacchus Beckons

As one of the most highly sought after society events in town, tickets for The Vintner Dinners of Boca Bacchanal sell out quickly! At Bacchus Beckons, attendees will learn the pairings of each chef and vintner as well as the hosts of each Vintner Dinner. Guests will also have an opportunity to sample wine and champagne from each vintner.

Bacchus Beckons

This is also your FIRST chance to purchase tickets for the vintner dinner of your choice before they sell out!

For those who have not attended in years past, The Vintner Dinners are exclusive, intimate dining experiences and take place during Boca Bacchanal weekend. Each dinner features a vintner and chef that pair their wine and cuisine to create a sumptuous 5-6 course meal.

Bacchus Beckons

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 6:00 ‚Äď 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton
Town Center at Boca Raton
5800 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

COST:
$50 per person and all proceeds benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum.

BACCHUS BECKONS TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online HERE or by calling 561-395.6766

Introducing REVIV: Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling

Every once in awhile, I crave a change from my usual “look.” I recently chopped my hair and have been booking regular facials every six weeks or so to keep my skin healthy and clear(ish). But, maybe you’re craving a little something more on the age-defying side of things?¬†That’s where REVIV, founded in 2016, a Delray Beach Botox, fillers and Microneedling office comes in.

Delray Beach Botox REVIV on Modern Boca Mom

Introducing REVIV: Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling

Founded by¬†Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant, REVIV aims to revive and improve your skin. As a now 34 year-old mom, I’ve started researching all of my options.

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Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, Founder of REVIV in Delray Beach

Domenique excels in the art of cosmetic medicine and overall wellness. She believes in treating the whole body. Her services include Botox, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion and PRP injections, among others.

I personally met with Domenique and she is LOVELY. She puts you right at ease and is happy to go through the specifics of any procedure with you. In addition to being just overall awesome, she is board-certified by the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Medical Board of Florida. These are important things to know before you undertake any cosmetic procedure!

Before/After Fillers
Before/After Microneedling

The best part? They will customize a treatment plan that will have you looking and feeling healthy and rejuvenated. REVIV offers a truly therapeutic approach to cosmetic procedures and is nestled in an adorable medical office in Delray Beach.

Want to check them out? Give them a call below and start to look and feel your best in 2017!

15340 Jog Rd.
Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Phone: (561) 501-3177
Email: info@reviv-me.com

Delray Beach Botox REVIV on Modern Boca Mom


Hosted: This Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling post was hosted by REVIV. 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 given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in 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 ‚Äúmodernbocamom‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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.