A Walk in the Park: Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Let’s talk about Patch Reef Park in Boca…but first: I really miss throwing all of my baby gear into the basket under the stroller, walking out of my apartment and powering along the paths of Hudson River Park in NYC (in the spring/summer, obvi) with beautiful city views and #dailybabyavery smiling in the sunshine!

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It sounds so idyllic…

The reality was that I had to squeeze our big stroller through our tiny apartment door, carry it down a bunch of stairs and then bump it and #dailybabyavery along over multiple broken sidewalks to even get to the park in the first place. It’s easy to mentally block out that stuff.

Yesterday, I took my baby to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. I had heard through the grapevine that there was a paved, fitness trail at the park, so I threw my jogging stroller easily in my trunk, grabbed a couple waters and a snack and drove the short distance to check it out. No squeezing through doors and broken sidewalks for suburban MBMom!

Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL

Patch Reef Park in Boca has 55 acres of passive and active recreation facilities. Park facilities include a community center, softball and baseball fields, soccer/football fields, basketball courts, a fitness trail, a children’s playground, picnic pavilions and tennis courts.

I parked at the tennis center (which was beautiful and had a restroom- score!) and hit the trail…

Patch Reef Park in Boca

It was a smooth trail and the majority of it was shaded, so it doesn’t get too hot.  I also packed a blanket, so we could stop and play (and MBM could check her emails).

Patch Reef Park in Boca

I would love to come back another day with #modernbocadad or a friend to take advantage of the fitness stations.  They look challenging (enough), but aren’t intimidating. And, it’s a free way to exercise!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

Patch Reef Park in BocaLast but not least, there is a killer playground called Pirate’s Cove with water features. It was built on a bouncy, cushioned, poured-in-place surface. I know that Avery will love it when she gets older!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

For my tennis aficionados, I checked out the programs that Patch Reef’s Tennis Center offers for kids. These are the two classes that really stood out to me. Cardio Tennis for Kids and they even have a Mommy and Me program for children 2-5 years old.  How cute would that be?  Where do you even buy a tiny tennis racket?

It was a great day in the park!


Now it’s time to hear from Modern Boca Moms: What’s your favorite park?  Post in the comments below!

The Great Party Invite Debate: Paper vs. Online Party Invitations

Paper vs Online Party Invitations…or is either fine?

I am in the early stages of planning #dailybabyavery’s 1st birthday party, yet I feel like I’m woefully behind for a Modern Boca Mom…and a blogger. I’m a big online reader and let me tell you, some of these mommy bloggers are intimidating, especially when it comes to planning and capturing images of their kids’ parties. How can I compete?

Well, NYC Michelle would have thrown some money at the situation and hired professionals to handle the execution side of party planning, but SOFL Michelle is on more of a budget and despite the time crunch, I’d really like to plan this party myself.

“1” is a huge milestone, right? It may not end up being picture perfect, but Avery is my baby. She deserves a celebration from the heart.

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First Up: Paper vs Online Party Invitations

Because Avery’s personal hashtag has become such a part of her “baby image,” I decided to theme her birthday party around it.

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So, when I was perusing Pinterest for inspiration on paper vs online party invitations, I came across this gem:

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However, the thought of duplicating 30 of these by hand while Avery crawls around stealing felt circles and eating rainbow ribbon gave me heart palpitations, so I thought what’s the harm is making a digital version?  Less waste, no stamps needed.

It may not be “Pinterest crafty,” but this is the ‘almost-finished, still needs some tweaks’ product.  What do you think?

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I want to hear from YOU, Modern Boca Moms: what are your invitation preferences and why?  Comment below!

30-Day Countdown to #dailybabyavery’s 1st Birthday

I’m sure a million moms have said what I’m about to say:

I can’t believe my baby is turning 1.

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I’m sure that goes for “I can’t believe my baby is turning 2, 3, 18 and 21” as well, but this is also a first for ME since my membership in the ‘mommy club’ only extends back to May 1, 2013.

Breathe…

Anyhoo…we have some exciting things coming up on the site to count down to #dailybabyavery’s 1st Birthday!

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Le Macaron French Pastries Adds Yum to Mizner Park

Have you heard about Le Macaron Boca Raton? I’m not going to lie. I am a bit obsessed when it comes to macarons. I remember when I was 9 months pregnant with #dailybocaavery and I waddled all the way to the Upper East Side in Manhattan (from Hell’s Kitchen) to visit the first U.S.-based Ladurée shop (the macarons are actually flown in from Paris each day). Big mistake. I have been spending my hard earned dollars on those teeny, colorful, delectable pastries ever since!

I read that a Ladurée “house” opened recently in Miami (the second U.S. location since New York), but I thought because of the distance, it would be best saved for a special occasion. I don’t drive to Miami for just anything mamas.

Enter Le Macaron French Pastries in Mizner Park. I have been walking by the space (next to Sloan’s) for months now and it FINALLY opened! Little did I know there is one in Delray Beach as well.

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton

And the wait was worth it.  Le Macaron Boca Raton definitely knows how to make its namesake and then some. I am normally a huge fan of the standard Vanilla macaron (Ladurée wins that bakery battle), but the Gingerbread flavor was unique and pretty darn delicious. Pair that with one of their handcrafted chocolates and you are in for a TREAT.

Mind you, a box of 6 costs $13.80 + tax, so it’s probably not going to turn into your daily family dessert, but for special occasions, parties or a beautiful Friday night walking the Mizner Park, I highly recommend.

Full Le Macaron Boca Raton menu below…enjoy!

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton

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