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I’m Disconnecting My Daughter | How xFi Saved Family Time in our House

Screen time. It’s often necessary in my house, especially if I need to get work done…or plain just need a b-r-e-a-k. I  refer to it as my TV babysitter. 😉 And as the weather gets hotter in South Florida, the more I know I’ll rely on it. I usually consider myself a strict regulator…at least until lately. Spring Break broke my typical resolve…even during mealtimes. Now, I know I need to work on disconnecting my daughter. And I’m proud to say I found a little shortcut. Let me tell you about how Xfinity xFi saved family time in our home…

Disclosure: “How Xfinity xFi saved family time” was sponsored by Comcast. Personal story and thoughts are my own.
What is Xfinity xFi?

If you are Comcast internet customer (which we happen to be), it’s a new digital dashboard for your phone or tablet. And, it’s super simple to use! You can personalize, monitor and control your home WiFi network, and it even gives you the ability to instantly pause internet connectivity by user or device.

xFi saved family time

Ever wanted to digitally disconnect your kid’s iPad for 30 minutes? An hour? Two hours? This app can help you do it. I set up profiles for each member of my family and assigned each of us our own connected devices. Guess who had the highest usage?

xFi saved family time

When was the last time you had a device-free meal?

A recent Comcast survey showed that most parents across the country agree that disconnecting from electronic devices like smart phones and tablets during mealtime improves family bonding. But nearly half (42%) were not able to remember the last time their family actually had a device-free meal.

It’s no surprise that the Xfinity xFi “pause device” feature has become the most popular function of the app. Users have tapped “pause” about 5 million times since launch, most often between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m…dinner time!

xFi saved family time
This is when we should have started pausing WiFi

But let’s be honest, I know we’re also to blame. According to the survey, more than half of parents had been told by their children to put their cell phones away during meals. I know I’m guilty. So at our house we’re now making an effort and pausing the internet for 30 minutes during dinner each night. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Other Xfinity xFi features I love…

Xfinity xFi also has other awesome features, like simple parental controls that include search settings for Google, Bing, and YouTube. Plus you can get real-time notifications about activity on your WiFi network. For example, when your kids have friends over and a new tablet or phone logs on, you’ll receive a text message and can decide whether to allow them to connect and even set parental controls remotely! Pretty cool!

The xFi experience can be controlled via a mobile app (iOS and Android), website and on the TV with the X1 voice remote. xFi is now available to more than 10 million Xfinity Internet customers with a compatible Xfinity Wi-Fi device. And the best part? It comes at NO EXTRA COST.

Join me in reclaiming family time in your home this spring! Because it really couldn’t be easier with Xfinity xFi.

Sponsored: This “how Xfinity xFi saved family time” post was sponsored by Comcast. 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 received compensation for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Boca Family and 5 Reasons Why

From the moment you become a parent, you are faced with decisions every single day. Disposable diapers or cloth? Public school or private? Next come the extracurricular activities, endless birthday party invitations, and the decision day when they first ask to go to the mall with friends {minus a parent- WELP!} However big or small these decisions may seem, they tell the story of your Boca Raton family and shape the way your child will grow up.

But then there’s one decision every Boca Raton family is faced with that everyone can agree should be at the top of that laundry list of decisions: Healthcare. And there is one healthcare option that’s started somewhat of a movement for local families. Let’s just say the carpool lines, splash pads, and mommy & me classes echo often with buzz about the coolest concept for pediatric care in Boca: Boca VIPediatrics.

Boca Raton family Boca VIPediatrics

So what IS this magical concept? It’s a pediatric smart office that has built quite the fan base in Boca and beyond between new parents, veteran parents, and even celebrity parents. In fact, it’s much more than an office…it’s a lifestyle choice for your family that’s making major waves by keeping Boca kids the healthiest and Boca  parents the sanest {no easy feat!} It’s not an urgent care, it’s not an assembly line, it’s a concept that blends old-fashioned service and the most modern care with your Boca family’s own private board-certified pediatrician, and spots are hard to come by. Here’s why:

  1. Your Boca Raton Family’s Own Private Board-Certified Pediatrician 24/7

At Boca VIPediatrics, parents have 24/7 access to text, email, call, and virtual visit with their own board-certified pediatrician (the famous Dr. Rudnick & Dr. Gilbert!) for any questions or concerns that pop up either day or night. {You get your Pediatrician’s cell phone number and email, and it’s NOT just for emergencies.} This saves unnecessary trips to the E.R., countless hours spent in a waiting room, and even taking off days from work/school all just to see your doctor for simple questions that can be answered virtually. Record your child’s cough on video, email it over. Take a photo of that suspected pink eye or nasty rash, shoot a text. Your questions are answered, your child’s medication {if needed} is called into your pharmacy, and your mom-sanity meter is freakishly low.

Boca Raton family Boca VIPediatrics

  1. The Doctor Will See You NOW {Whether In Person or Virtually}

VIP members of Boca VIPediatrics are guaranteed same day appointments, no waits at the office, and even house calls for urgent care. It’s 2018 and parents shouldn’t have to wait hours, days, or even weeks to be seen by their doctor. Boca VIPediatrics has their patients covered with direct, priority access no matter where or when.

Boca Raton family Boca VIPediatrics

  1. All Care Is Delivered By Your Board-Certified Pediatrician

It’s important for parents to know that some providers that your child could see in South Florida are NOT Board-Certified Pediatricians or even doctors. Boca VIPediatrics has the secret ingredient for discerning Boca families that value the very best care; a board-certified pediatrician that knows your child’s history like the back of their hand and are truly accessible 24/7.

Unlike an urgent care that doesn’t know your child, a provider that’s not a board-certified pediatrician, or the surprise of seeing a different doctor at every sick visit, Boca VIPediatrics delivers top-notch pediatric care by your family’s board-certified pediatrician EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! With your doctor running the entire visit from beginning to end, you’ll feel like your being transported back to the days of old-school “Doc Hollywood” care with a real relationship with the pediatrician who knows your child best.

Boca Raton family Boca VIPediatrics

  1. Small, Personalized, and “Disney” Trained

Every visit is personalized and every staff member knows you, your child, and your family. “The Nicest Staff In Town Guarantee” is part of this family-owned and operated office, run by Dr. Rudnick’s wife and former Disney Princess, Ashley! School forms, camp forms, scheduling a same day appointment, or even using their concierge to help snag that “impossible-to-get” appointment with a specialist are all part of the magic this office team creates.

Boca Raton family Boca VIPediatrics

  1. Affordable Annual/Monthly Membership for Your Boca Raton Family

I know it SOUNDS too good to be true, but the town is a-buzz that this type of care is not only AWESOME, but ACCESSIBLE to all kinds of Boca Raton families. They work on a membership program, similar to a health club, where your care is all-inclusive with completely transparent pricing (no surprise bills), and less than a daily Starbucks latte.

This one really is a no-brainer, but it’s a decision that puts your child’s healthcare on a completely new level. Aside from the access and convenience from a parent’s point-of-view, Boca VIPediatrics offers truly “the best of the best” for Boca Raton families (and the “Best of Boca – Best Pediatrician” award by Sun-Sentinel to prove it!)

Interested in hearing more about Boca VIPediatrics? You can schedule a complimentary “backstage tour” of their office and meet Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Rudnick. Spots are limited, and wait lists open when they “cap out” in a certain age category. Head on over to or call their office at 561-923-9635.

Boca Raton families call it “The best decision they ever made for their children!”

{See their 5 Star Facebook Reviews Here:}

Boca Raton family Boca VIPediatrics

Sponsored: This Boca Raton family blog post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. 

What You Need to Know About Your Toddler’s First Trip to the Dentist

We’re so glad to have pediatric dentist, Dr. Drew Popper of Junior Smiles back on the blog with a post on a very important topic: your toddler’s first trip to the dentist. I personally didn’t know what to expect, so let’s learn from the Boca Raton dental source himself!

Dr. Popper suggests that parents bring their children to their pediatric dentist at the onset of the first tooth. This way, you get to have counsel on that first visit and are made aware of what to look out for during the growing stages of your child’s initial baby teeth.

first trip to the dentist

Here’s what you can expect at your first trip to the dentist:

  1. It will be short and easy

Your child’s first trip to the dentist is a chance for your child to get to know their dentist so that he or she won’t be afraid of the regular dental visits. Your child will get to see the chair, perhaps sit in it and observe how it rotates. They can learn about tools, the mirror, and the dentist can talk to them about how they help check teeth. Think of it as quality time well invested.

  1. There will be a simple cleaning

I like to keep this first visit as easy and stress-free as possible. A cleaning will be done and I will inspect your child’s teeth and gums all while keeping your child entertained at the same time.

first trip to the dentist

  1. Ask any questions you have

This is a chance to review good oral-hygiene habits, and to get advice on any concerns. Perhaps your child is still sucking their thumb. Or maybe you want to know about the foods that are great for their oral health. Write down any questions you can think of beforehand, and prepare a list. This is your time to get as much input as necessary.

  1. Reduce anxiety beforehand

It helps if you prep your child for this initial visit. You can read stories or listen to songs about the dentist. But don’t make it a bigger deal than necessary. If your child has a sibling, he or she can accompany them to one dental visit, so that they know what to expect. They might even be encouraged by the toys and books in the waiting room and look forward to it!

first trip to the dentist

The most important thing to remember is to stay positive yourself. Remember, you are creating the experience for your child. Your actions and reactions will be mirrored and reflected in them.

I recommend preparing yourself for this visit as much as possible, and then relaxing once you are actually there. Oral care can be a positive bonding experience with your child!

Phone: 561-210-7788
9930 Clint Moore Rd
Sponsored: This toddler’s first trip to the dentist blog post was sponsored by Junior Smiles. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information and I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

My Baby Got her Ears Pierced!

I’ve been struggling a lot lately with the fact that my baby is really growing up…and quickly. Those feelings were further cemented earlier this month when #dailybocaavery decided she wanted to get her ears pierced. I had told her for awhile now that we would allow her to get them pierced whenever SHE decided to. I missed the window for ear piercing in Boca Raton when she was a baby (nor was it a priority at the time, honestly). So I figured she’d ask when it became popular in her class at school or she entered the pre-teen fashion idol phase.

Little did I know that would happen at age 4.

Are you familiar with the phenomenon known as High School Musical? I personally remember it coming out because Zac Efron became a (hot) thing right afterwards. My NYC roommate at the time also had an uncanny resemblance to Corbin Bleu, another of the film’s young actors. So, I queued it up on Netflix one day and boom: Sharpay Evans (aka Ashley Tisdale) became Avery’s new style icon.

She wore pink. Sharpay danced. She sang. Sharpay wore earrings. It was true love. Avery has since watched EVERY High School Musical cinematic masterpiece along with Sharpay’s Big Adventure. Thanks Netflix.

So, after the annual meeting of the Easter Bunny with her cousin in front of Nordstrom at Town Center, Avery requested to walk over to Claire’s to simply look at the earrings. I knew she was curious and agreed. Before I knew it, my 4 year-old force of a daughter had informed the closest employee that she would like her ears pierced…today.

I consented to this ear piercing in Boca Raton, but shiz has changed big time, mamas. Remember when it cost $19.99 to adorn your lobes? Now, if you want white gold studs in your “ear piercing starter kit,” plan to fork over close to $70 bucks at Claire’s. That was a fun revelation. Ouch for me and her.

So, my baby climbed into my lap and braced herself. I even thought she might back out as the stealth Claire’s ear piercing specialists loaded their guns and attempted to hide them from sight. They approached my kid on both sides and did the deed– both ears at the same time. (Both ears is key, by the way.)

There was shock. There was crying. And that was just me! Okay, Avery too…but she was fine in about 90 seconds and so, so proud of herself.

ear piercing in Boca Raton
If you zoom in…you can see the single tear in the corner of her eye. <3

It made my heart hurt and swell at the same time. But that’s being a mom, right?

P.S. This post is not an advertisement. However, I highly recommend Claire’s at Town Center at Boca Raton! They did a fantastic job and have always been my go-to for ear piercing in Boca Raton.