MOMpreneur Monday: Mom, Baby & Beyond NOW CLOSED

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

Each week, we highlight Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow mommas!


Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of Mom, Baby & Beyond, your South Florida source around all things…well…mom, baby and beyond!  Meet Melissa!

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If you’re a South Florida Mom…then I HOPE you’ve already purchased your VIP tickets to the upcoming “Ultimate Mom’s Night Out” on 9/23/14. It’s a must-attend evening for moms! But, Mom, Baby & Beyond, the company, is so much more than a single night out with your mommy girlfriends. It’s your South Florida source for parenting events of all types. And, it was founded by a MOMpreneur.

I met Melissa at a blogger dinner a few months back and we immediately hit it off. I think it was because we both have the same, definitive mission when it comes to what we do: Building a community of moms. Or, we both like wine. Either way…

Read on to find out how she’s not only serving local families (does Turtle Power for James Edwards ring a bell?), but empowering moms to learn how to be the best they can be…while having a little fun in the process.

Tell us about your background and how becoming a mom helped launch your business…

This may sound cheesy, but being a mom is the main thing I ever wanted to do for most of my adult life. I couldn’t wait to become a mother. My journey to getting them was less than ideal, and it took four years with multiple losses, including a 30 week stillborn son, to finally have my two living boys. I gave birth to 3 boys in the short span of 25 months. 

They have made me want to be the best mother and role model that I can be. When my older son was a baby, there wasn’t a lot of new moms in my existing circle of friends. I had no idea how to find new mommy friends with babies similar in age to my new baby.


So, I took to social media and created a Facebook play group for moms in my local area. The group grew, and we had fun playdates for our kids, and ourselves, too. It felt great to get out of the house with women who understood exactly what I was going through at that time.

Cranky baby? Me, too. Didn’t sleep last night? Me, too. Two years later, some of my closest friends are moms I met online through my play group, which is still active with approximately 200 members. 


How did Mom, Baby and Beyond get started?

I took the idea of my play group, and turned it into something larger when I launched Mom, Baby, & Beyond earlier this year. In my previous life, before kids, I planned corporate events. I kind of took the concept of a play group and more formal events, and blended them together. 

Mom, Baby, & Beyond is now a social event networking company for moms and moms-to-be in South Florida.

What is different about your business?

We host exciting events for everything “mom, baby, and beyond” that connect local parents and parents-to-be to each other, as well as many exciting brands and businesses that will enhance their lives in South Florida. They leave the events with new friends, new information, and a gift bag filled with goodies and exclusive offers from our sponsors and partners…oh, and some awesome raffle prizes, too!

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Why should MBMoms become a part of Mom, Baby and Beyond?

On September 23rd, Mom, Baby, & Beyond is hosting South Florida’s premier event – The Ultimate Mom’s Night Out – at the Heron Bay Marriott in Coral Springs.

There will be over 55 unique vendors and exhibitors, a fashion show, food, drinks, and amazing gift bags and raffle prizes. Moms and moms-to-be can come with their friends and shop, relax, and enjoy a night to remember!

100% of the raffle prize proceeds and a portion of the ticket sales are going to the Edwards family to help 2-year-old James with his continued recovery from his near drowning accident in their family pool in Coral Springs on May 30th.


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

I love being able to bring moms together. South Florida is such a wonderful place to raise a family. We have the ability to be outdoors and doing fun activities year-round with our families.

Mom, Baby, & Beyond will continue to serve local families, and showcasing what South Florida has to offer for “mom, baby, and beyond.” 


Now tell us, what’s an essential part of an “ultimate mom’s night out?”  Comment below!

Learning to Embrace Teachable Moments…

Benefits of teachable moments

From our educational contributor: Modern Boca Teaching Mom-benefits of teachable moments.
As the summer continues to fly by, I am truly awakened by how much my life has changed in the last year. Instead of browsing the Sunday advertisement flyers looking for the best deals on folders and glue sticks for back-to-school, I’m perusing the web for “first birthday party ideas” and deals on diapers.
Benefits of teachable momentsOK fine, neither one is that glamorous.
But, for those of you who do not know me, I’ve pretty much prided myself and based much of my identity on being a teacher. I started volunteering at a preschool when I was fourteen and have been in the education field ever since.
Now as a mommy to my amazing baby girl, I find that I’m still creating lessons, speaking in my teacher voice, and reading lots of stories, but this time it’s for my OWN CHILD. As I write this my eyes begin to fill with tears. Being L’s mommy is the most incredible and rewarding experience I’ve ever known…and yes, the salary is even less than what I made as a teacher, but I’m OK with that.

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Back in my teacher days…

Going back to how I’ve always identified myself as a teacher, that title came with many expectations- to behave in public (what if a parent sees me?), always being ‘in the know’ with educational theories, curriculum and politics (apparently people really are interested in education), and of course giving advice to family and friends with children.

Benefits of teachable moments

Since my title has become teacher AND mom, I find that I’m held to even higher expectations- which can be intimidating at times, after all I am a first time mom!
However, I do believe that being a teacher does give me a different perspective as a mother. I do feel that the teacher in me still lives and is still yearning for the opportunity to educate.
As an educator of young children, I was always trying to find ways to sprinkle in the learning when the kids least expected it. Children are naturally curious, so even when I’m doing the most mundane task, I know deep down that my baby has never experienced this before and would like to observe and be a part in whatever it is that I’m doing.
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Which leads me to finding teachable moments.  A teachable moment can happen almost anytime, anywhere – in the grocery store, going to the beach or preparing dinner.

Benefits of teachable moments

Chances are that many of the valuable moral lessons that you learned as a child were not consciously taught at all. They were rather learned in the midst of casual moments in your real life. It is now my mission to bring learning into my baby’s life and share those moments with other parents.
Real life is not something strategically planned out and executed, so why should learning be?

Now, we want to hear from you MBMoms! What has been your biggest ‘teachable moment’ so far as a mom? Comment below!

Kristine Keshishian, M. Ed. founder of Embracing Education, truly believes that education begins at birth and parents are a child’s teacher for life. No matter what educational philosophy one identifies with, we can all “embrace our children’s education” from early on to grow life-long learners!  Check out her upcoming fall class calendar HERE.

17 Necessities for Back-to-School


How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

And I’m not talking about backpacks and notebooks…

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Congratulations MBMoms! You’ve made it to the midway point of the first week of school OR it might be the first day for your older kiddos (you old pros!). I just love seeing everyone’s sweet pictures on Facebook! It makes me feel equally excited and terrified for #dailybabyavery’s first day of school down the road…

I used to love back-to-school time as a kid…crisp school supplies, new clothes, a fresh lunchbox and backpack. But, I was definitely forgetting about the 17 REAL back-to-school necessities. Also, how to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school.

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

Yep, 17 essential VITAMINS and MINERALS! 

MBMom is excited to welcome alternaVites Kids® to Florida, available in Wal-Mart stores.  

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

Kids vitamins no longer need to be the chalky chewable we grew up with or a sugary gummy that’s often missing nutrients and is prone to sticking to your child’s teeth. Now, your kids can get their daily vitamins the coolest (and easiest) way possible!

alternaVites Kids® is an amazing multivitamin & mineral specially designed for children ages 4 and up (and lovingly tested by my nephew John, age 5, below). 

Parents can rest assured they’re giving their children a high quality, potent multi loaded with the nutrients they need and without the additives they don’t. And, kids will be thrilled not only with the delicious taste, but because it’s also really cool to take!

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

Ever eaten a Pixi Stix? Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school? Unlike typical children’s vitamins, alternaVites Kids® is:
  • Extremely versatile: Melt in your mouth or mix into smoothies, yogurts, puddings, shakes, or even sprinkle on to fruit… The options are endless!
  • Available in two awesome flavors: Strawberry Bubblegum & Raspberry Cotton Candy
  • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)
  • No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners
  • Does not contain the major food allergens (egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish)
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Certified kosher
How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

It can be taken in so many ways!

1.  Simply sprinkle alternaVites Kids® onto the tongue where it melts quickly. (Secret tip: Remember to pour a small amount slowly and gradually onto the front of the tongue and the powder will dissolve in seconds. Repeat until the stick pack is empty.)

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

2.  Mix alternaVites Kids® into yogurts, puddings or smoothies…it’s delicious!

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3.  Sprinkle it on top of fruit, lick it off a spoon- or be creative!

You can also download a money-saving coupon for your next alternaVites Kids® purchase by clicking on the image below.

Have a healthy and happy school year MBMoms!

How to choose vitamins for kids to go back to school

Family Visit to Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach

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How can I describe the Green Cay Nature Center???

It’s a walk… Okay, it’s a long walk.

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But, this place is a Nature Lover’s Dream!!

There are few places in South Florida that give me the feeling that I’m completely off the grid, without the off-the-grid travel time.

  • If you are looking to tire out the kids with a wonderful walk, THIS is the place for you!
  • When you are looking for a space to clear your head, THIS is the place for you!
  • If you’re just looking for a beautiful backdrop for some pictures while learning a little about nature, then THIS is also the place for you!

The Green Cay Nature Center has something to please everyone. This gem overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland, it features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk.

Along the boardwalk there are interpretive educational signs about the habitat to help make this a learning experience

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If you have boys like I do, then you are going to LOVE the open space. They felt free to roam (safely) ahead of me.

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That is, until this city slicker (me) realized there were actual gators in the water…

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“Off the rails!”

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Seriously, if I so much as hear a lizard rustling in a bush my NY heart skips a beat! Needless to say, we kept them close the rest of the way. I’m still learning!

There’s no shortage of spectacular views here, its a photographer’s dream…

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Green Cay Nature Center

Now, we did brave this place on a hot summer day. So about a gallon of sunblock was required!

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I would recommend waiting to go until summer is over at least, you know like February?? Good job Florida!

The boys loved stopping at all of the signs and learning about what wildlife lived in that region, then searching high and low on a scavenger hunt of sorts to try and spot them.

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There was even a little spot for us to stop and have a snack and get hydrated.

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“No, you cannot feed the gators!” Gulp!

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The Nature Center inside is a welcome air conditioned break with lots of cool and informative exhibits. We hit this on the way back for a well deserved break.

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Although the Green Cay Nature Center exhibits are closed Sunday – Tuesday (Open from 9AM-3PM Wed – Sat), the boardwalk is open daily from 7AM – sunset. Awesome sunsets in the summertime!

Overall, the Green Cay Nature Center was a total score for our family. Any time that we can slow things down and take time to just enjoy the simple things like a walk with your family, is time well spent. In these busy times, where it seems social demands have a larger stake in our everyday lives, it’s great to just “disconnect” in order to “reconnect” with what really matters.

Being out in nature at the Green Cay Nature Center without any (wait for it, wait for it…) battery-operated devices gives you the opportunity to truly reflect on what is important to you (you folks know me so well). Plus, research proves it’s great at relieving stress and good for the “crunchy” mind/body & soul!

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Until next time…

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

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