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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.

5 Reasons Miami is Great for Families

When you think of Miami, what do you picture? South Beach, classical inspired villas and luxury hotels with in-ground pools? While Miami may have all of these things, it has so much more to offer. From fun-filled Jungle Island to the magnificent Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (I still need to go!), metro Miami is not just reserved for young college grads. It’s also a great place to raise a family and look into Miami real estate.

The most populated city in Florida, Miami-Dade County’s population continues to grow at 2.1% per year. What attracts people to Miami is not just the beautiful weather year round, but the culture and opportunities it provides for young people. Here are just 5 more reasons why Miami is a great place for families and children.

Miami real estate

Miami is Massive

As with all big cities, affordability will become an issue in your search for a home. With over 2.5 million residents and 1,898 square miles of land, there are plenty of places to spot deals on Miami real estate. Even if you can’t find affordable housing in the city, there are plenty of cities and suburbs surrounding the area that offer affordable Miami real estate.

Brownsville and Liberty City inside Miami are rated as some of the best neighborhoods to raise a family. They’re also considerably more affordable than downtown Miami apartments or housing. No matter where you live in Miami-Dade County, you’ll never be more than a half hour or 45 minute drive to downtown.

Amenities are Endless

Look, as parents, a lot of us like to idealize the nice, tranquil suburban life for our families. But, a lot of us also crave that big city lifestyle and Miami offers the perfect mix of both. When you take advantage of Miami real estate, you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of local amenities. With over 260 parks, the famous Miami Seaquarium and Zoo Miami, there’s endless stuff for you and your kids to enjoy.

There’s Some Great Schools

With such a massive land area, Miami offers many choices in terms of schooling. While many Miami school districts have taken a hit lately in the press, there are plenty of great schools if you know where to look. Academies, such as the School for Advanced Studies and George Washington Carver Middle School continue to be recognized as some of the nation’s best. In total, Miami offers 239 public schools. And, there are 185 private schools and growing.

Miami is a Cultural Hub

Between the Wynwood Art Walk, pop up art deco exhibits across downtown, and the famous Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the arts truly do come to life across Miami. Just taking a stroll through the unique street art of Wynwood and the winding villages across downtown Miami will give you an idea of how unique and eclectic Miami’s art scene remains.

Of course, we can’t make a list of anything Miami without including Little Havana. If there’s one reason to take your family on the next train down to visit Miami, it’s the Cuban food. Also, there’s Miami’s amazing seafood! With a touch of several different cultures leaving its mark on Miami, the city remains a great place to expose children to different cultures of the world.

The Beaches

Finally, this should almost go without saying, but I have to say it: South Beach. If there’s one thing the family will always cherish in Miami, it’s year round beach weather. If you’ve grown up in the north, you’ll understand how truly precious this is. Miami Beach is absolutely gorgeous and continues to attract people from all over the world each day.  

MOMpreneur Monday: Lulo Design Kids 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 businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas!

Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneurs (yep- three this week!) are Catalina Moscoso, Natalia Gutierrez & Paula Salazar, Partners of Lulo Design Kids Boca Raton!

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Chic Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

Living in New York City, our apartments never had more than one bathroom. Then we moved to Boca Raton and poof! Our fixer-upper house comes with 3.5. You might see this as a blessing…I saw it as 3.5 expensive intimidating projects (and more to clean- yuck!). The two bathrooms upstairs are simply sitting there in their full 1980’s glory…seashell shaped sinks, a bidet, brown fixtures…we’re pretty much the only people who see them (luckily). However, the 1.5 downstairs needed to be renovated…like yesterday, especially when we have guests over. So over holiday break, we decided to start with our powder room and give it the chic Boca Raton bathroom makeover it deserved…on a budget.

Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover
Powder Room BEFORE

#modernbocadad thought himself capable of tackling this project himself. (BTW, it’s appropriate his name is Andy…like “Handy Andy.” Get it??) And, I was game since all of the holiday shopping and hosting were rather rough on our budget this year. What could go wrong?

Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover

Well, quite a bit, but luckily my husband was able to handle it. You tend to find a lot of surprises when you re-do a house built in 1981! Loose electrical wires, poorly done drywall. It’s so much fun!

After a tiny bit of assistance from our plumber, Andy installed this Kohler toilet. I love that it has a low back and is all one piece which equals easy to clean. And at night it becomes a “disco potty” courtesy of this awesome seat that you can add to any elongated toilet in your home! 🙂 You’re welcome.

The shelves (only $33!!!) were purchased on Amazon along with the matching oil rubbed bronze toilet paper holder.

Boca Raton bathroom makeover
Powder Room AFTER

Next was the Kohler pedestal sink. Ours isn’t available online, but this one is pretty close. I’m also pretty proud of the mirror we chose to hang over the sink. It’s an antique frame that I simply had a local glass company replace the broken mirror inside it for $30 bucks. I love re-purposing household objects!

I ordered this towel ring and matching waste basket to round out the look of the powder room. So what do you think? Vast improvement right??

Boca Raton bathroom makeover
Powder Room AFTER

Here’s the side by side Boca bathroom makeover “Before & After” shot: Boca Raton bathroom makeoverCan’t wait to tackle the guest bathroom next!

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