Category Archives: EVENTS

Tasting Mizner Park 2015

When you get asked to taste Mizner Park…

You say YES!

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Tastemakers, the fabulous and progressive food & cocktail tasting featuring many of the center’s restaurants and live rock music, will be held on Tuesday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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As media, we had the opportunity to preview the night’s drinks and dishes and I must warn you, PACE YOURSELF. Check out all of the restaurants  participating!

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Here are just some of the tasty bites and cocktails you can expect to imbibe in once you purchase a “Dining Passport” for the event.

The press preview doubled as a wonderful date night with my blogger friend April Golightly!

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Make your own date night by purchasing a dining passport to Tastemakers today! They are available for $30.00 at any participating Mizner Park restaurant.

Bon appetit!

The MUST-ATTEND Boca Charity Gala of Summer 2015 was…

MBMom is thrilled to announce that Organic Movements Dance School is hosting its 4th Annual Boca Charity Gala on Saturday, August 20th at 6:30 p.m.!

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I am always so excited to be a part of this event! Its benefits go to SOS Children’s Villages, a local foster care neighborhood in Coconut Creek. The SOS promise of “Healing, Hope and Home for Every Child” assures every child growing up in the Village a safe and secure home, a nurturing family, a vibrant childhood and array of services to help them overcome their past traumas and build a successful future.

The children at SOS have been removed from their homes and families by the courts due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. The Village allows for brothers and sisters, who are typically separated while in foster care, to reunite and maintain their family connection.

SOS also provides an after-care program called Next Steps that helps their young adults create a plan for transitioning out of the Village. It also assists them in finding housing, jobs, further education and skills needed for starting their own families.

Organic Movements will host a lively “Casino Night” Boca charity gala. You can show off your Blackjack and Poker skills and test your luck with Roulette and Slot machines. This fun-filled night will also have a silent auction, prizes, an in-house nightclub, and a live dance performance featuring professional and student dancers!

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Boca charity gala

There will be passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts at this fantastic summer Boca charity gala.

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Boca charity gala

2016 EVENT DETAILS

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Bring your poker face and join us for an exciting night benefiting the SOS Children’s Villages!

PURCHASE YOUR $75 TICKET HERE


Special advanced thanks to these businesses who have donated to the Boca charity gala’s silent auction/raffle on MBMom’s behalf:

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And guess who is doing the dessert table? A special thank you to:

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And our official 2016 Event Photographer is:

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The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

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In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

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If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

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So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

Father’s Day FTW! 2015 Gift Guide

Father’s Day is Sunday (SUNDAY!) and if you haven’t figured out what to get the #modernbocadad in your life yet, then we have some fun options for you!

The best part?

Most of them can be purchased last minute and are LOCAL. Let’s get shopping Boca mamas…

Book the Uber of massages…
  • Zeel Massage On Demand. #modernbocadad and I tried the Zeel massage app and it was amazing. Read about our experience HERE. Zeel Massage On Demand is the perfect gift for Dad. Choose between a single session, a couples massage, or the Zeelot starter kit (includes a professional massage table). Doesn’t Dad deserve a little instant relaxation and pampering? Price, $25.00 and up. Shop here: https://www.zeel.com/massage-gifts

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Cool off at the movies…
  • iPic Gift Card. Of course I just picked one up for my Dad. My sister got him movie tickets and I bought him a gift card for food and drinks. PERFECT! iPic features revolutionary movie-watching comfort with reclining leather seats, service call buttons at your chair, sterile pillows and blankets for movie watchers. In addition to innovative cocktails prepared by world-renowned mixologists, iPic offers chef-driven cuisine that is a distinctly different culinary experience which can be served or brought directly to your seat. Price, $25 to $500.  Premium seating is priced at $14.00 and premium plus seating is priced at $24.00. Shop here: http://www.ipic.com.

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Dress Dad to the nines…

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  • Beau Ties Ltd. says the ability to create a unique tie is limited only by your imagination. They are happy to make your tie just the way you want it. Here are a few of the options:
    1. Your custom pattern: If you prefer a style or size of tie that is different from our usual options, all it takes is a pattern. Tell them what you’re looking for, and they will create a pattern for you for a one-time fee of $25. After that, choose any fabric you like, and have your ties made using your pattern for just $5 more than our listed price.
    2. Your fabric: They are always happy to make ties for you using fabric you’ve discovered somewhere else! Just give them a call at 800-488-8437, and they’ll determine how much fabric they need to make the ties you want, and determine the cost.
    3. Convert your necktie: Love the fabric in a necktie, but really want a bow tie? Want the necktie to be a bit skinnier? Send it along. They can convert a necktie into a slim line or a very slim line bow, in your choice of style – freestyle, pre-tie or clip-on. They are happy to trim a necktie’s width to be exactly what you want. Shop here: www.beautiesltd.com

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*Please allow up to two weeks for creation and shipment of your custom ties. If you need your custom ties by a specific date, please let them know that when you place your order. Beau Ties will do their best to meet your deadline, and let you know if there will be any extra charges.


Liquor him up…

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  • In honor of Father’s Day (aka Papa’s Day), Papa’s Pilar® premium sipping rum introduced a premium gift for Dad featuring a reusable cigar humidification package that stores and humidifies a custom-paired Sosa Cigar with a Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum-soaked cork in an airtight pressurized tube.  The branded Cigar Cork top has a moisture core that can be used to humidify the tube as well as subtly flavor the outer wrapper of the cigar.  The cork slowly releases the subtle essence of Papa’s Pilar Rum into the outer wrapper of the cigar for Papa-worthy flavors, including complex earthy notes & decadent hints of vanilla spice and port with a long finish.

    The pack includes a 750ml bottle of Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum, which at 86-proof, is both pot and column distilled and boasts hand-selected rums up to 24 years old.

    Papa’s Pilar Rums are hand-selected from ports-of-call in the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S.A. for their age, character and maturity, and then solera aged and blended in a unique process using American Oak Bourbon barrels, Port Wine casks, and finishing in Spanish Sherry casks.  In addition to the Dark expression, the brand also offers Papa’s Pilar Blonde, the first categorized ‘blonde’ rum, which is crisp and nuanced and includes column stilled aged rums 3-7 years old.  At 84-proof, it’s a premium sipping rum with a layered and exceptionally smooth finish and makes for an indulgent cocktail.

For more information: Please visit www.papaspilar.com, “like” on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PapasPilarRum and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/papaspilar. 

#PapaWouldBeProud #PapasDay

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Create Dad’s dream space or closet…
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  • Has your #modernbocadad been dying for a man cave…or simply a place to store his kicks? Look no further than California Closets Boca Raton to help you design his dream space (yes, the same place we’re hosting our summer “MBMom & Musikgarten” classes– how great is that?). Contact them for a FREE consultation and get designing for Dad! Shop here: http://www.californiaclosets.com/boca-raton

Make sure he’s hi tech, “wine tech”…

  • The Coravin Wine Access System is a great gift for any wine-loving dad. Coravin is a transformational wine access technology that allows users to pour wine from any bottle, at any time and in any quantity desired, without ever pulling the cork. This innovative and portable product has changed the way wine is enjoyed, served and sold. It’s perfect for preserving those rare vintages or as a gift to a loved one with a distinguished palate.

    How it works:

    When the Coravin System is put in place, a thin, hollow needle is inserted through the cork to extract the wine. You don’t need to remove the foil, or the cork, to access the wine. The bottle is then pressurized with argon, an inert gas that’s in the air we breathe. Once the bottle has been pressurized, the wine flows through the needle and pours into your glass. When the Coravin System and its needle are removed, the cork reseals itself. The remaining wine never comes in contact with oxygen, and continues to evolve naturally.

    The Coravin Wine Access System is available for $299.99. Shop here: www.coravin.com and Amazon.com.


    Ensure he looks and smells rich

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  • Empire by Trump is the perfect accessory for the confident man determined to make his mark with passion, perseverance, and drive. For those who aspire to create their own empire through personal achievement, this dynamic scent is both compelling and leaves a lasting impression. Pretty amazing marketing copy, eh?Bold notes of peppermint, spicy chai and a hint of juicy apple demand attention. Continuing into the heart of the fragrance rests a masculine floral comprised of orange flower and jasmine blended with exotic tonka beans. Lying beneath its elegance and structure is an undeniable warmth and charm with elements of amber and seductive musk. Shop here: Empire by Trump is available exclusively at Macy’s nationwide. The three-piece collection includes a 1.7 fl oz. and 3.4 fl oz. fragrances, and a deodorant stick. Retail prices range from $14 to $62.

    Cook him something tasty…with BEER.

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  • Did you know Boardwalk Food Company is the Official Bread of Craft Beer? They are made in America (Sarasota specifically!) and super simple to make.Available in three flavors:
    Original
    Rosemary Sea Salt
    CornbreadAny 12oz beverage will work offering a multiple variety of scrumptious options. Part of the fun is deciding what lager, ale, pilsener or stout to use. With microbreweries popping up in more and more places, the list of choices are endless.

Poppers, if you didn’t know, are bite size balls of deliciousness that are easily made using a mini-muffin pan and take only 20 minutes to bake. You can also make as a loaf of bread or muffins. Yum!

Boardwalk Poppers retail for $7.99 each. Shop here: http://www.boardwalkfoodco.com/

Happy Father’s Day!

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