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MOMpreneur Monday: Samaritans365 Foundation

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Laura Reiss, local mom and President/Founder of the Samaritans365 Foundation!

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

As the Founder and President of the Samaritans365 Foundation, the true secret to my success is simply that…I was raised well. My parents taught me how to be grateful for who you are, what you have and give back where you can. I was also taught the value of thinking positively and appreciating life. And, as the mother of three girls, I’ve started instilling these same values at an early age.

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My girls caught on easily. From there, I was inspired to create the Samaritans365 Foundation to spread the same ideas and values to all children.

In 2007, I conceived the program upon which the Samaritans365 Foundation was founded.

I created a community service project to give my children and our local community the opportunity to experience the joy that comes from giving. I also wanted them to understand that even small acts of generosity can make a big difference. Sunrise Park Elementary, where my children went to school, welcomed the program immediately. Within a few months, we had the first 35 members of the Sunrise Park Samaritans after school club.

Every time we got together, I spoke with them about gratitude, being truly happy with who you are, what you have, and giving back where you could. We talked about saving the environment, a variety of ways to give back, respecting yourself and others, showing kindness to yourselves, in your homes, schools, communities, the world and feeling really good about it all.

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The club quickly grew into a monthly meeting. We got to hear from a different speaker–all about who they were and how they gave back to our community.

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We also did projects to give back to the foundations who visited us. Some examples were making dog toys for the Humane Society, thank you letters to Forgotten Soldiers and get well art for sick children at West Boca Medical Center. My hope was that the kids would get inspired and start thinking about different ways they could give back on their own.

What is truly unique about your foundation?

This Kindness movement is all inclusive. It is for all ages, religions, financial situations, colors, sizes, shapes, backgrounds and beliefs. We have created a platform and education for everyone to get on the same page about compassion, gratitude and kindness. Our kindness training is easily accessible and available online on our website at www.kindnessmatters365.org.

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Why should Modern Boca Moms get involved with the Samaritans365 Foundation?

There are several ways readers can and should become involved. For children, there is likely a local school or organization that has a Samaritans365 Kindness Club already running. Enrolling a child in the program will teach him or her the values and ideals that we as parents want our children to learn. These include kindness to all, compassion for others, and that a single person can make a profound difference.

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For those who don’t have children or whose kids go to a school where we are not yet established, they have an amazing opportunity to start their own Kindness Club. Starting a club involves training as a Kindness Ambassador (an ambassador is responsible for going through the S365 kindness training and running a club) on our website. Once you go through training and become an official Ambassador, you have the opportunity to lead and inspire kindness anywhere in your own community.

Our vision is to teach, educate, inspire and spread kindness so that the children of today raise their own children with these same values. Hopefully before we know it, we have an entire generation of kind minded human beings. This is possible and it is happening.

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What exciting things are coming up for Samaritans365?

As of this fall, we will have over 85 Kindness Clubs in 7 states and have impacted the lives of thousands. We are looking forward to expanding both locally and nationally. Anyone who would like to start a Kindness Club can get started through our website. There are opportunities to start clubs for Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High Schools, Home Schools and Colleges. The kindness programs are offered in schools as a free after school/enrichment program or part of the school’s curriculum, which is our ultimate goal.

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We are also expanding with private businesses and other community clubs outside of the school programs.

Our annual Kindness Movement Celebration Event is Saturday, November 4th (2017). The entire community is welcome to join in giving back to the S365 Foundation. Details can be found at www.eventbrite.com (search “Kindness Movement Celebration Event”).

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

There is a strong sense of community here is South Florida. I have lived here most of my life. The weather is beautiful, people are happy. And, I am watching the Kindness Movement spread throughout South Florida like a wave covering up the sand when the tide rolls in. I am grateful!


Connect with the Samaritans365 Foundation:

WEBSITE: http://www.kindnessmatters365.org

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/samaritans365/

INSTAGRAM: @Samaritans365


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MOMpreneur Monday: Pazos Law Group Boca Raton

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Emerald Williams, local mom and attorney at Pazos Law Group Boca Raton!

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MOMpreneur Monday: The Max Challenge Fitness Boca

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Anamika Sharma, a local mom and business owner of Max Challenge Fitness Boca Raton!

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MOMpreneur Monday: Chelle & Mi Fashion Clutches

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Michelle Agulansky, local mom and founder of Chelle and Mi fashion clutches!

Tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to create your Chelle and Mi fashion clutches…

Raised in Herzlyia, Israel, I moved to Boca Raton when I was 13. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, I started designing and selling jewelry and handbags to major boutiques throughout South Florida. I loved picking designs that my customers were excited to wear!

The idea of an interchangeable purse first came to me when I was going to an event, but my clutch didn’t match my outfit. I didn’t want to change my whole look just to accommodate my purse. So, I decided it was time to create a handbag that could match every outfit. I ran my idea by a few local boutiques I worked with before and found that shoppers were also looking for a versatile and functional bag that could accompany them to various events. My goal was to create a bag that gave you the freedom to express your personality.

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During this time, I met my husband. Soon after, I was pregnant with my first child Daniella and I launched my online retail store. Being a new mom and juggling a business have given me some of the most empowering and challenging moments of my life. I have an abundance of motivation to teach my daughter about perseverance. I’ll teach her to follow her dreams no matter what challenges stand in her way.

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What is truly unique about your fashion clutch?

Chelle & Mi is a modern, bold and functional clutch that allows the wearer to change the clutch’s entire look by swapping out the front flap. With 75 different combinations, you can choose various designs and colors to create your own distinct look. With the detachable metal strap, you can wear it as a clutch or as cross-body bag. This is the ultimate accessory for traveling ladies and mommies who need different purses to accommodate any occasion.

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Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

Chelle and Mi was created to make women look and feel good by choosing their favorite clutch combination for that day. It is meant to give you the freedom to express your individual taste. For brunch with your gal pals, you can wear your beige flap. At night, just switch the flap to zebra to make a bolder statement!

Chelle and Mi clutches are crafted with beautiful Italian leather. The clutch retails for $175 and the extra flaps retail for $35. Packed in a luxurious dust bag and box,  it makes a great gift for all the important ladies in your lives!

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What exciting things are coming up for your business?

We are very excited about launching our website! I have a few pop-up shops and trade shows lined up across Florida. I’m really excited to introduce this beautiful bag to the South Florida community.

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

My family and I love any activities that involve the water and South Florida is the best place for that! We take full advantage of the amazing Florida weather to go swimming or snorkeling in the ocean, and canoeing in the intracoastal.  We feel very blessed to wake up to sunshine (almost) every day!

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Connect with Chelle & Mi :

 www.chelleandmi.com

 https://www.facebook.com/chelleandmi/

 https://www.instagram.com/chelleandmi/


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MOMpreneur Monday: Lilliput Design Studio

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Cristina Fundora, local mom and founder of the Lilliput Design Studio.

Lilliput Design Studio

Tell us a little about your background…

I’m the designer, stationer, and brand stylist behind Lilliput Design Studio. I’m a South Florida native, wife and mama to Ben, a rambunctious (to say the least) 16-month-old. I’ve worked professionally as a print and web designer for almost 10 years and started Lilliput Design Studio in 2012. We create bespoke wedding and event stationery, and work with small businesses to design their branding and visual identities.

What inspired you to create your design studio?

I worked as a graphic designer in-house and with branding agencies my whole career. My first foray into the world of wedding stationery was when my sister-in-law asked me to help her design her wedding invitations and day-of items. I learned so much about the ins and outs of stationery and was hooked. I worked full time and kept Lilliput Design Studio as my “side-hustle,” working with brides every chance I got.

Lilliput Design Studio

Soon after, I began working with local businesses designing their branding, marketing collateral, and websites. Fast-forward to 2016: I had Ben, went on maternity leave, and never went back! I’ve been working full-time creating beautiful designs for my clients through Lilliput Design Studio, while being lucky enough to watch our little guy grow.

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What is truly unique about your design services?

When I create a design, whether it’s for a wedding or a brand, I like to take the time to get to know the person behind it. Because what makes your company or event special is YOU! We’ll work together to hone in on your vision and incorporate your personality into something beautiful and timeless that will bring a smile to your face every time you see it.

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Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

A great graphic designer once said that “design is the silent ambassador of your brand”. I can’t tell you how true this is.

When you receive an invitation in the mail, it sets the tone for the event. Whenever you see a company’s branding, you already start to formulate ideas about what kind of business it is. It’s so important to work with someone who will make sure that your first design impression is a great one!

Lilliput Design Studio

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

I’m excited to say that I’ll be expanding this little design studio up to Boston! We’ll be moving this summer for my husband’s second fellowship with Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital. (We’re so proud of him!) Thankfully, we’re keeping some strong roots here in South Florida, so we can escape those Northeastern winters if they get to be too brutal!

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

Although we are excited about our Boston adventure, living in South Florida has been a dream. What’s not to love about sunny skies, beautiful beaches and the best Cuban food in the country?!

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Connect with Lilliput Design Studio:

 www.lilliputdesign.com

 https://facebook.com/lilliputdesign

 www.instagram.com/lilliputdesign



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MOMpreneur Monday: The Dreamland Company

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Lynn Sasso, local mom and founder of the Dreamland Company.

Tell us a little about your background…

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Miami at the age of 11. After graduating from Emory University, I attended The University of Miami School of Law where I also met my husband, Richard.

While working at a Miami law firm, I focused on plaintiff product liability litigation making big bucks traveling the world (oftentimes via private jet). I got married in 2005 and a couple years later decided to start a family. Unfortunately, we struggled with devastating fertility issues. 

Eventually I left my job and we moved north to Lighthouse Point. We now have two healthy and beautiful children – Tyler, 7 and Stella, 5. I learned so much from surviving our fertility issues. Life is precious and short. The most precious things in life cannot be bought and finding work that you love is priceless.

Dreamland Company

What inspired you to create the Dreamland shirt?

Even though I knew I could always go back to law, I wanted to create something for women like me. Women who had real bodies – of all shapes and sizes– whose bodies may have changed after bringing children into the world, from aging or sickness or being stuck with needles during struggles with infertility.

I always loved fashion, but my nights attending red carpet events and fancy charity galas were far outnumbered by the nights taking care of my babies. After number two, I was beyond exhausted caring for a newborn daughter and a wild two-year-old son. I would sleep in whatever was around. Nothing was flattering. Nothing felt special.

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Determined to find something with a bit more style, I happened upon a super cute sleep shirt at a discount retailer. There was literally one…and all of my scouring and online searching fell flat.

It was a bummer because whenever I wore it, I didn’t feel frumpy, so it became my go-to. The shirt was flattering without being tight (which was great as I worked to drop my baby weight). It was the perfect sleep shirt for a new mom, offering both comfort and style. My husband loved it. My girlfriends wanted it. That’s when the light bulb went off!

What is truly unique about your product?

I knew I could create something that would make all women, especially moms, feel special, comfortable and pretty. So the dreamshirt was born! I designed the dreamshirt (the perfect mix of a sleep shirt and a nightgown) with ruching in the front and back so it hugs the body without being tight. Made of the most luxurious cotton jersey fabric, the ¾ length sleeves and length just above the knee are flattering on all shapes and sizes. 

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Most sleepwear is mass-produced overseas. It isn’t designed to fit real women’s bodies. It isn’t special or particularly well made. The Dreamland Company knows that moms run the world! It’s a little reminder that we deserve to take care of ourselves. We deserve things that make us feel strong and valued and beautiful.   

The dreamshirt comes in solid colors and prints (our first collection has 6 solids and 3 prints). The prints are unique in that they are designed by us specifically for our customers. Our signature print, Daydreamer, features clouds and hearts.

Dreamland Company

After your business get started, what challenges did you face? How did you solve them?

After deciding to launch the dreamshirt, I called upon my friend Melissa Wexler to help. I had gotten absolutely stuck searching for the perfect fabric and manufacturer. Melissa owned her own clothing line that was sold in hundreds of stores along the West coast (BJOY) and had a ton of relevant retail experience. We discussed the lack of stylish and flattering sleepwear for women like us. Just like me, Melissa also faced her own health struggles.

When her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Melissa had herself tested for the BRCA gene and it came back positive. This prompted her to have an elective, preventative double mastectomy. When in the hospital, she wished she could ditch that dreary hospital gown and have something that would serve a functional purpose and be easy to get on and off. She also craved something that would make her feel both feminine and comfortable. When I mentioned my idea of bringing something to market that fit the bill, Melissa was thrilled and has been an invaluable asset to The Dreamland Company.

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

The Dreamland Company was created by two tired moms looking for a little bedtime style. We are your readers. We live for our children, but still value looking good and feeling good. All moms can sleep well in their dreamshirts knowing each one was sewn and packaged with love right here in Florida. They can sleep well knowing that by shopping with us, they are supporting a female-owned, local small business.

Our dreamshirts start at just $50 and are packaged in a reusable drawstring bag with an inspirational note inside. They are the perfect gift for moms, teachers, co-workers, friends and family.

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What exciting things are coming up for your business?

Our website launched just a couple weeks ago! We were blown away by the feedback we have received so far. We have some pop-up shops planned in the coming weeks and are in the process of designing new prints and new styles.

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

Having grown up here, South Florida is home. One of the best parts of becoming a mom was meeting my South Florida mom friends.  The support, advice, laughter and adventure they bring to my life is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The Dreamland Company was inspired by the women in my life and I hope our products make all women feel valued, beautiful and loved.


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Connect with The Dreamland Company:

 www.shopdreamland.com

 https://facebook.com/thedreamlandcompany

 www.instagram.com/thedreamlandcompany

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MOMpreneur Monday: Koala-T time Education Boxes

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Eli Guevara, creator of Koala-T time! It’s a collection of fun and educational boxes aimed at giving parents a tool to connect with their kids.

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Tell us a little about your background…

I’m a mother of two wonderful boys ages 12 and 8. I earned an MBA in Finance and enjoyed a very successful career working for two global companies. During that time, I traveled internationally and managed large budgets and financial reporting for senior management. Although I truly enjoyed my career, I began to realize my days were too short.

As a full-time working mother of two, I found it very challenging to spend quality time with my wonderful boys. So, I began using our nighttime tuck-ins as a way to have fun conversations and stay connected with them. At first, the conversations were the usual questions about their day, but then I became more intentional about using those 15-20 minutes to share more about life’s journey. I’d share ordinary life happenings of course, but was always included a life lesson as key takeaway. They loved it and wanted to know more and more every night!

I began including toys and activities to help our conversations along and that was the start of something wonderful! More than just “time” together, our Koala-T time became a way to proactively build up their character and talk about family and relationships in a fun and enjoyable way. I was encouraged by my sisters and friends to share these life lessons with other parents. So, I teamed up with a group of friends and creative moms to make that a reality. 

What inspired you to create Koala-T time and what is truly unique about your product?

My boys are the inspiration for Koala-T time, a collection of fun and educational boxes aimed at giving parents a tool to connect with their kids through games and activities while teaching them valuable life lessons.

Our focus is on simplicity and life lessons. There is no cutting, no gluing, which is perfect for busy moms. Boxes include a variety of games (puzzles, mini board games, and novelties) that are easy to do, yet allow us to bring up important topics in a very proactive way.

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Every box includes four topics that build up character, strengthen relationships, promote work ethic, and inspire a good outlook in life. Children learn best when they’re playing. Therefore, we have designed easy and engaging activities that both kids and parents enjoy. The box also includes a fully planned out “family date” based on the monthly theme.

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Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

With all parents, each day seems to go by faster and faster! There never seems to be time to research and find fun activities that are easy to execute and have little prep or clean up!

Our activities are designed with busy moms in mind: Everything is easily labeled. The activities are simple, yet memorable and they take less than 15 minutes to complete. Everything needed is included in the box. We realize time is precious!

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What exciting things are coming up for your business?

We just launched the Summer Collection! This is a set of three boxes themed: Playground, Ice Cream and Flight. The games are super fun and include life lessons on honesty, respect, and teamwork. We are super excited to make these boxes available for busy families, so they can have something fun to do together every week this summer like making ice cream, parent vs kid competitions, and kite flying.

Koala-T time
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I love living in South Florida and consider it my hometown. My parents moved here from Venezuela when I was 12. One of the things I enjoy most is going to the beach or pool anytime during the year. Plus, this is a vacation state! Most people must plan a cruise vacation months in advance, but we get to go on “last minute getaways” anytime we want! I don’t think I would consider moving anywhere else.

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Connect with Koala-T Time:

 www.TimeWithTheKids.com

https://www.facebook.com/koalaTTbox/

https://twitter.com/@KoalaTTbox

https://www.instagram.com/koalaTTbox/


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MOMpreneur Monday: Trusted Party Rentals

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Tiffany Frederick, owner of Trusted Party Rentals Boca Raton!

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Tell us a little about your background:

I’m a mother of three and was fortunate enough to stay at home until my third child was old enough to attend preschool.

Soon after though, I was super excited about putting on “grown-up clothes” and joining the workforce again. I worked as an ESL teacher for the Palm Beach School District and truly enjoyed helping others achieve their “American Dream”.

My dreams were rerouted when one of my children showed signs of autism. The road to realization, diagnosis, proper treatment, and school placement was long and stressful for me. I decided full-time work was not an option.

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One day, at one of the many birthday parties I attended with my kids, I had an inspired thought. “This is a Mickey party. Where is the Mickey? He should be here playing and dancing with these kids!” I knew from that moment I could be that Mickey.

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What inspired you to create your company, Trusted Party Rentals, and what challenges have you faced?

I bought my first costume in 2015. It was a Minion. I wanted to test the market, so I posted an ad on Craigslist. Surprisingly, someone called! After that, I learned how important it was to donate my time, and the impact it had on less fortunate individuals. I began to work with numerous charities, like The Broward Boys & Girls Club, Miracle Mile, Barwick Road Church, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Palm Beach School of Autism, Maritime Academy of Palm Beach…and the giving doesn’t stop there.

Now, I employ over 20 team members who include many at-risk teens and persons with special needs. We not only rent party equipment to any venue, but perform for families as costumed characters. My company also coordinate games at events and face paint. Currently we service Lake Worth all the way to North Miami.

Trusted Party Rentals

In July, I plan to take my characters to Cuba, along with some school supplies to entertain the local children.

“Giving back to my community is the heart and soul of my business.”

My biggest challenge is to slay dragons and solve problems in my professional life and still have dinner ready by 6pm. I aim to be the cool mom with the characters at every event, yet still stop everything to watch a bug crawl on the sidewalk with my kids. To derail my evening route, just because my kids want to snuggle. I’ve realized that some nights the dishes will not be washed, the clothes will remain in a pile, and my kids could care less about a shower every day.

What is truly unique about Trusted Party Rentals?

With the help of my loving, supportive, and business-savvy husband, we have turned this party rental idea into a real business. When a client calls Trusted Party Rentals, they speak to a mom. They speak to a woman who has had experience coordinating children’s events and understands the pitfalls and challenges that may arise.

All of our staff members have had a background check and any member hired to perform as a party host has had a minimum of 5 years’ experience in early childhood development. We take pride in excellent customer service, utmost safety for our families, and professionalism.

Why should Modern Boca Mom readers become your customers?

When a Modern Boca Mom becomes a client of Trusted Party Rentals, they will have a professional experience. You will not have to stress about entertainment once you book with us. Rest assured, you are hiring professionals who communicate well and are all experienced and checked for safety. We understand our families have been looking forward to their event for weeks, months, and in some cases, a year!

Trusted Party Rentals

 What exciting things are coming up with your business?
In addition to taking my charity efforts internationally, my plan is to add more characters to our collection. There are some exciting movies coming out and we want to offer our families those characters live and in person. Who is ready for Lightning McQueen?
I’d also like to expand our service areas. “Coming to a South Florida event near you soon”, we will also soon offer event photography, concession machines and full party planning services.

Trusted Party Rentals

What you love about living and working in South Florida?

I’ve had the pleasure of living in Richmond, Virginia, Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada and nothing beats year-round sunshine! I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I love the diversity and progression of South Florida. Since living here, my kids have been to Rosh Hashanah parties, Feast of the Holy Family, Ramadan festivals, Pride parades, Vesak celebrations, and Spring festivals. This has changed us all for the better.

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MOMpreneur Monday: Soft Baby Shoes

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is designer and entrepreneur Zsofia Inhauzer of Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton.

Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton

 
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Tell us a little about your background:

I was born and raised in Hungary and immigrated to the US when I was 22. After studying Hospitality and Hotel Management in Hungary, I worked for years in hotels after moving to the US. In 2010, I opened a cleaning business and grew, ran and sold the business until 2014 when I found out that I was pregnant. 

What inspired you to create your company, Soft Baby Shoes?
I have been a runner and a longtime athlete, running short and long distances. Being a runner, I know just how important shoes are.
 
When I had my son, Mátyás, I knew I needed to provide my sweet little baby with a pair of shoes that would help him develop healthy feet! But when he began to walk, I could not find a pair of shoes that would stay on. His feet could not tolerate the restrictive hard-sole shoes we tried on him. I knew I had to find a solution.
What went into the design of Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton?
My husband and I did some research asking our chiropractor and our pediatrician what to do. They both came up with the same answer: buy soft sole shoes. 
I started doing research online for soft-soled shoes. As a first time mom, I wanted the best of the best for my baby. But, the search proved more difficult than I originally thought. As a vegetarian, I hated the idea of using real leather. Unfortunately, after purchasing a non-leather pair, we even hated them more. It turned out the non-slip faux leather sole was actually really slippery. The other problem I discovered was that the ankle straps were either too tight, cutting into his skin and leaving a mark, or too loose that he would lose the shoes while walking.
 

So, I created the first pair of what would be Soft Baby Shoes. I borrowed a sewing machine, made a pattern, cut the fabric and started to sew them. The first one took about two days and it looked horrible. It not only didn’t fit well, it was too thick. While making the next one, I corrected those issues. I got a little addicted to the fabrics and the process so I made even more samples until they looked perfect.

What made you decide to create a business out of this?
My son started to wear my shoes everywhere and friends and other moms started to ask me about them. When my friends found out that I made them, they all wanted a pair. I then started listing them on Etsy and we grew from there!
What is truly unique about Soft Baby Shoes?
Soft Baby Shoes aren’t just the best soft-soled shoes available, but with an adjustable strap, they give moms the opportunity to adjust the length and width of the shoes as baby grows. This way, Soft Baby Walking Shoes last up to 6-8 months! Soft Baby Shoes saves moms from having to measure, re-measure and buy shoes every 2 months. 
 
Why should Modern Boca Mom readers become your customers?

Our shoes are made here locally in South Florida. The shoes contain no toxic glue or any other chemicals. We like to be environmentally conscious.

They are all individually sewn and handmade and are stylish and perfect for Florida weather. They have a non-slip, non-skid sole that helps babies to walk and build confidence.
 
Here are a few additional reasons why you will love Soft Baby Shoes:
  1. Lightweight, designed for Babies and Toddlers.
  2. Soft Sole, grippy non-slip non-skid sole material.
  3. Stay-on with the 360° Elastic System.
  4. Adjustable Ankle Strap® for the perfect fit. Mom can simply adjust the shoes so they are the right length and width with one single knot.
  5. Flexible: provides freedom of movement of the foot, which is crucial for healthy bone and muscle development.  
  6. Easy to slip-on.
  7. Breathable, machine-washable.
  8. 0% Zero Heel-Toe Drop.
10% Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton coupon code only available for Modern Boca Mom Readers: “BOCAMOM10”
 
What exciting things are coming up with your business?
Our spring collection was introduced in March, and now we have our Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton Spring Sale going on! Keep an eye out because we are planning to have a huge blowout sale from June 1-10. We will exhibit a new “back to school” design in August and introduce Fall Collection in September 2017. In addition, coming in September, we will be introducing an ambassador program.
What you love about living and working in South Florida?
I love the weather and the opportunity to know and enjoy the diversity of cultures.
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Connect with Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton:
South Florida moms can meet me at FAT Village Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale and try the shoes on once per month. Please be sure to check out our website for farmer’s market update as well! 
 

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MOMpreneur Monday: LLScene & Scene Swag

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur(s) are the PR Mavens of local company, LLScene, as well as clothing designers, Lindsey Swing and Lilly Robbins!

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 A little more about the girls of LLScene..

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and the founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the girls of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life.

Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football.

Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts.

In addition to the blog, the girls of LLScene own a full service Public Relations & Digital Marketing firm under the name. They love to celebrate their differences and friendship, which was how Scene Swag, their new clothing line, was born.

What inspired you two to create LLScene?

Lindsey: “LLScene started when Lilly and I both had full-time jobs, so it was very important to organize our thoughts and put together a full business strategy before launching. Because of my background in writing and our joint passion for fashion and lifestyle brands, the blogging side of our business came faster and easier. It wasn’t until we found the time to truly commit to the PR side of the business when LLScene became much more than just a blog.”

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How do you see your company today?

Lindsey: “Fast forward to where we are now. We are definitely learning how a retail business operates as we open our own online store. We’re lucky to have backgrounds in PR and Marketing, so we’re able to fully market our new line. But WOW, it’s a very different concept– launching a retail line versus launching a marketing and services type of business. We learn something new every day!”

What makes LLScene different than other PR companies in the area?

The girls of LLScene can do it all.

No seriously, if they can’t, they’ll still find a way. In business now for three years, the LLScene team members are continuing to learn more and more as the years progress.

Lindsey: “We aren’t your ‘everyday PR business’. We recently wrote a post about all of our services because I think people are constantly confused about what we do. Because we do SO much.

We’re going to be perfectly frank with you here: LLScene’s blog and social media platforms make us VERY different than your typical marketing agency. Why? Because people care what we are doing and where we are doing it. We have generated a loyal fan base and high amount of engagement on social media.

You hire us and you’re featured on all of our pages, plain and simple. We have established a sense of trust with our followers and will only take on clients we feel passionate about promoting ourselves. We have turned away multiple businesses because they didn’t fit within our requirements.”

Why should MBM readers become loyal followers or even clients of LLScene?

Lilly: “We know a lot of your readers are fabulous local women who love to support one another, so that’s a reason in itself! It’s why we LOVE you and Modern Boca Mom so much. We are local girls who love to collaborate and support other business ventures. We’ve created our business model around fun, fashion and best friends and have established a reputation and loyal following very quickly.

What should we know about the exciting new retail side of your business?

Lindsey: “The Scene Swag line has something for everyone looking to celebrate their friendship and funny stereotypes. One of our most important mottos is: if you’re not having fun doing it, then why are you doing it? We put our heart and soul into everything we do and have fun doing it!”

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Even Modern Boca Mom loves to rock her “Smart Blonde” graphic tee!
What exciting new things should we look for from the girls of LLScene?

Lilly: “Ah! So many exciting things to look forward to. We’re constantly coming out with new prototypes and ideas every week. We’ve been getting a lot of requests for a bridal collection and a mom collection, so be on the lookout for Scene Bride Swag and a Cool Mom Collection with fun bachelorette and wedding apparel for brides and ‘athleisure’ clothes for all the cool moms out there.”

Check out LLScene’s amazing new line…

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

Lindsey: “Lilly and I both grew up in South Florida, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. Like I said before, I love how close the blogger community is within our South Florida network. Being that it’s March, I can also say that I love the weather right now, but ask me again come July!

Another amazing part about living in South Florida is the fact that there is SO much to do. I have family all over the country and they’re always commenting about the lack of activities they have in their hometowns, while there is always something going on in South Florida. For the most part, South Floridians love to keep up with an active lifestyle and it’s a beautiful place to raise a family.”


Connect with the girls of LLScene, Lindsey and Lilly:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llscene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LLScene

Website: http://www.ll-scene.com/publicrelations


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