MBMom’s ‘Night Out’ Ideas: Perfect Date Edition


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When #moderbocadad and I have the opportunity to organize a date night like most parents, we jump on it.

Typical fare: dinner and a movie.

Not the most original line-up I know, but we tend to keep it simple since it’s usually last minute planning. Story of a parent’s life, right?

Luckily, as a Modern Boca Mom-my Blogger, I am presented with opportunities to try new things out on a regular basis. I love it when a company or brand approaches me with something that I know will totally click with my readers. It’s not always a fit (our focus is South Florida after all), but last month I experienced two things that I’m convinced equal the perfect date night whether you have a babysitter or not.

First up:  16 Handles in Boca Raton’s University Commons.

Who needs dinner? Go straight for dessert I say!

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This was actually my first time at 16 Handles and I loved it!

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I really like that you do everything yourself, from picking out your yogurt (Cake Batter), to choosing your toppings (Chocolate Chips/Sprinkles/Cookies) and you just pay based on the weight of your final dessert.

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Even more perfect date night tip: Walk over to Whole Foods Market down the plaza and grab a bottle of wine.

Then head home for…

Date Night Part 2:  Zeel. 

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Zeel is a revolutionary way to book same-day, in-home massages with licensed and vetted therapists. Picture: UBER (the car service app), except for massages.

All you have to do is download the Zeel app, tell them your location (they cover all of Palm Beach County), what kind of massage you prefer (soothing Swedish or invigorating deep tissue), appointment length (60 or 90 minutes), preferred Zeel Massage Therapist (ZMT) gender (male, female or no preference), and available appointment times.

You’ll receive a confirmation text from Zeel confirming your appointment time and therapist, usually within minutes.The ZMT comes to your location for the massage with a massage table and other necessary stuff.

You only need to provide linens, a towel, a pillow, and a little space for the massage table. Your credit card will be charged after the massage is completed with tip included. It’s so easy!

#modernbocadad and I booked a couples massage right in our family room, scheduled to start exactly 30 minutes after #dailybabyavery’s bedtime.

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It was 60 minutes of heaven and so nice not to have to leave the house.

Post-massage, the ZMT’s packed up their tables, I threw the linens in the wash and #modernbocadad cracked open that bottle of wine and we dove into a movie completely relaxed.

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The perfect date night.

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Sponsored: Modern Boca Mom was provided with a complimentary massage from Zeel and a gift card from 16 Handles Boca Raton in exchange for a review. 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. I have been compensated or given a product or service free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinion.

MBMom’s 2014 Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide!

The time leading up to Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas is like the perfect storm for me.

Every. Single. Year. And now I have a little one to add additional (cute, though) chaos.

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A very tired #dailybabyavery in 2013

#modernbocadad and I usually prepare for a trip to Maine somewhere in the November/December time frame to visit the in-laws, which means early holiday presents for all of our family (and extended family) up north. (Oh yes- Delta gives us 4 FREE bags with every trip, so MBMom takes advantage to save on shipping!)

So, MBMom has lovingly (and quickly) prepared a comprehensive 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, so you can take advantage of my madness. Hey- someone needs to!!!

Read on to find the perfect gift for MBMom, MBDad, your #BocaKid and everyone in between…

Gifts for the Modern Boca Mom

  • The Skinny Skort. The “Skinny Skort” is a wardrobe essential that provides a slim and shapely appearance by minimizing women’s lumps, bumps and muffin-tops. This unique skort is equipped with built-in compression shorts (think Spanx) that deliver smoothing support, instantly producing an improved body shape. It’s an effortless, everyday throw-on and a slenderizing confidence builder. Excellent for leisure, sports and travel. I even rocked one when I went shopping at Omaha Steaks recently! Get 20% off + FREE shipping with code: MBM20. Price, $98.00. Shop here: http://www.kikic.com/


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  • Sitota Collection Candles. The Sitota Collection’s luxurious home fragrance line offers the perfect gift this holiday season. The Petit Excursion Candle Quartet explores the exotic scents of Havana, Aigyptos, Blue Nile and Coco Noir. This high quality, on-trend candle collection features four captivating and sensual fragrances that invigorate the senses to awaken memories most treasured during the holiday season. You better believe these have been burning in our house this fall! Price, $65.00 for a set of four. Shop here: www.thesitotacollection.com

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  • Shani’s Boutique Jewelry. If you’ve seen me at a recent MBMom event, I’ve probably been wearing this designer’s fab jewelry! My favorite are her statement necklaces, but she has gorgeous bracelets and earrings as well. Her pieces are beautiful and always on-trend. Prices vary (this look is $45.00). Shop here: http://www.shanisboutique.com/
  • You might also consider getting a gift of a watch this christmas, everyone loves receiving jewelry and you can learn more here.

  • Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. Everybody’s doing it! Even MBMom…(I love rose gold!). Origami Owl Custom Jewelry makes the perfect gift! You can personalize a look for your grandmother, mom, sister, aunt, daughter or friend that tells a story she’ll keep close to her heart. When you order your locket, you’ll also receive a Holly Jolly Box of Happy to wrap up your gift! Plus ALL Orders of a Locket and Chain will receive a FREE Jewelry Cleaning Cloth, and all orders from now thru Nov 30th of $100 or more will receive another FREE Gift too! Prices vary. Shop here: www.mycharmingtrinkets.origamiowl.com



Gifts for the Modern Boca Dad

  • Beau Ties. Innovators in their field, each individual ‘Beau Tie’ is handmade and stitched in Vermont to ensure unmatched quality and craftsmanship. Modern Boca Mom received not only Beau Ties for “Dad” for review, but also men’s socks and a little boy’s bow tie as well! Too cute! They are fantastic quality and so unique. They even have an awesome holiday collection. Price, $35.00 and up. Shop here: http://www.beautiesltd.com/

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  • GENESIS Wine Preservation System. Well, I suggested wine as a gift for MBMom, but I like to leave the wine GADGETS to #modernbocadad! The GENESIS wine preservation system uses a unique intellicork technology to preserve bottles of wine or champagne after opening. This is the FIRST at home system that works for both wine and champagne, letting wine lovers have “just a glass” and not worry about finishing the bottle. Price, $499.00. Shop here: http://www.genesispreserve.com/products/genesis

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  • Omaha Steaks. Their holiday catalog is mouthwatering and affordable! Check out my complete review here. Prices vary. Shop here: http://www.omahasteaks.com/products/Gift-Center

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Gifts for Your Boca Kid- BOY

  • Big Hero 6 Toys from Bandai. I cannot wait to give these to my nephews! Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. If you have kids over the age of 4, I’m sure you’ve already seen this movie.

    Deluxe Flying Baymax

    Large and in-charge, this massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features. Towering at 11” inches with a soaring 18-inch wingspan, the Deluxe Flying Baymax features 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds and other fun features such as a launching rocket fist. Baymax comes with a 4.5” Hiro Hamada figure, which when attached to Baymax’s back unlocks additional flying sounds that vary depending on whether Baymax is flying up, or down. Price: $39.99. Shop where Bandai toys are sold.

    Baymax Rocket Fist

    Put the power of Baymax in your hands with the Baymax Rocket Fist. Easy reloading and fun launching up to 10 feet in distance – and soft material on the fist makes it safe, and fun to play! Price: $19.99. Shop where Bandai toys are sold.



  • SprüKits. The new poseable action figure model kits require NO GLUE, NO SCISSORS, NO PAINT. The next evolution in the original Japanese toymaker’s best-selling model kits, SprüKits are designed with the most advanced injection molding technology available, parts snap together without glue, paint or scissors, as is typically expected in a model kit. For beginners to those seeking an intense challenge, three different levels offer construction play for all skills with increased complexity and build time, delivering a larger figure with sharper details, increased articulation and poseability. From Batman, Superman, and the Joker, in total there are 13 characters from DC Comics, Microsoft’s Halo® and TV Tokyo’s mega hit LBX franchise. Prices range from $9.99 to $54.99. Shop where Bandai toys are sold.



  • My Awesome Book. This award-winning book-making kit nurtures creativity, strengthens literacy and builds self-esteem. These kits allow children to create and share their imaginative stories while honing in their communication skills. Lulu Jr. helps children unlock their inner creator and realize their potential as an author and artist. The kit comes with everything your child needs to create and illustrate his or her story, including markers, a quick start guide and a pre-paid envelope. A full-sized professionally-bound 8.5” x 11” hardcover book with your child’s bio and author photo is returned. You can even order extra copies for Grandparents! Price, $39.99. Shop here: http://lulujr.com/MAB.php#.VGq9RPnF-So


Gifts for Your Boca Kid- GIRL

  • Tamagotchi. Remember these from when we were kids? Take care of your Tamagotchi Friend! This fun, interactive fun will grow and develop differently depending on how well you take care of it. Once your Tamagotchi egg has hatched, feed it food when it is hungry, give it medicine when it is sick, potty train it, bathe it and play games to earn Gotchi Points. For the first time, you can ‘bump’ with other Tamagotchi Friends to send text messages, send gifts, and even go on a playdate. The more you ‘bump’ the more points and rewards you will earn, and the higher your best friend meter will go. Then use your points to buy meals, snacks and jewelry. Price $19.99, ages 6-10. Shop where Bandai toys are sold.

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  • Click-eez Bracelets. A new line of clickable, stackable bracelets, they are great for young fashionistas! They also come with the added bonus that their theme is Click not Clique and they are working to make a difference in cyber bullying with their bracelets that are designed to be traded and shared. A pack of five bracelets is priced at $9.99. Shop here: www.click-eez.com


  • Hanukkah Nail Decals. The Miracle of Hanukkah is at-hand! As the Festival of Lights comes closer, (Dec. 16 – Dec. 24, 2014) so does the biblical problem of what to buy for nice Jewish girls. Midrash Manicures offers the perfect option – Hanukkah Nail Decals! Each package includes 49 decals and, just like the oil, will last for up to 8 days! Price, $11.99. Shop here: http://www.midrashmanicures.com

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  • Are You Kidding? Socks! You might remember Sebastian’s story from a Mompreneur Monday post that we featured this summer, but here’s a little refresher. Socks by Sebastian came to mind when Rachel Martinez, President of Are You Kidding, had a thought about her 5-year-old son’s obsession with socks. His passion for collecting fun, crazy, and colorful socks gave her an idea to ask Sebastian if he would like to share his love for socks by creating his own designs that other kids can enjoy along side him. After a lot of hard work he helped create a sock line that would combine this creativity allowing other kids to “look cool” as he describes it. Today, Sebastian owns over 100+ socks and is constantly thinking of his own personal designs to share his passion with other kids. Price, $15.00 for a 3-pack. Shop here: http://www.areyoukidding.net/


Gifts for your Boca Baby

  • Coolibar. Hey, we live in the Boca Raton area after all! Coolibar makes excellent sun protective clothing for the whole family that is stylish and comfortable. Locals and visitors alike will all be enjoying South Florida’s outdoors this holiday season. Whether it’s the beach or a hike, or even just running errands, sun protection in Florida is always a necessity. All of Coolibar’s sunhats, garments and swimsuits are guaranteed to have an ultraviolet protection factor of at least 50. Oprah was so impressed she has selected Coolibar for the past two years as some of her favorite things. Coolibar will also be offering holiday shoppers free shipping with no minimum Nov. 28 through Dec. 1. Even this holiday season, sun protection in Florida is a must! Prices vary. Shop here: http://www.coolibar.com/category/Girls/Baby-3M-3T/pc/2220/2255.uts

  • Box Full of Love Baby Hats. Designed by a SoFL stay-at-home mom, these hats were made for her own daughter when she was born and then the founder got inspired to make them for other babies! “Those hospital hats make every baby look the same, so I wanted to do something to make them stand out and make every baby have their own individual style.” Price, $20.00. Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoxFullofLove

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  • Merry Stirring Mice by Cynthia Dreeman Meyer. Find out what really goes on the night before Christmas in this delightful turnaround on the claim, “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Watch Mama Mouse and Papa Mouse show their kids, Max and Molly, how to prepare for the MAN. “Help your sister stir the candy cane mix,” Mama Mouse begins. Soon come the sugarplums, the candy canes, and finally the note that says “For Santa.” Add to the fun by searching for the mischievous spider capering through every illustration. This book was so much fun and got #dailybabyavery and I in the holiday spirit! Price, $15.37 on Amazon.com. Shop here: http://www.amazon.com/Merry-Stirring-MIce-Santas-Secret/dp/0982794347

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Gifts for the Modern Boca EVERYONE!

  • Cliffton Dry Premium Cider. A uniquely refreshing beverage crafted from the finest local ingredients, Cliffton Dry Wine-Style Sparkling Cider presents a wonderfully delicate and pure, organically produced beverage. Cliffton Dry offers a low alcohol (5.5%), low-calorie and gluten-free bubbly that serves as the perfect standalone refreshment or accompaniment to the finest farm-to-table meal. The enticingly smooth, sparkling beverage pairs beautifully with fresh delicacies collected at a farmers market, or a delicious, healthy meal crafted from local ingredients. It could as easily be found taking the place of a fine sparkling wine at a restaurant, as it could in-hand on the deck of a beach house or boat on a warm summer’s day. All in all, it’s DELISH. I’ve been drinking a bottle while writing this entire gift guide! 😉 Where to buy: Whole Foods Market


  • Zeel Massage On Demand. #modernbocadad and I tried this a few weeks ago and it was amazing. I don’t want to spoil the story of our experience (coming up later this week on MBMom), but this is a GREAT GIFT. Zeel Massage On Demand is the perfect gift for everyone on your list— significant others, Mom and Dad, Ivanka Trump. Choose between a single session, a couples massage, or the Zeelot starter kit (includes a professional massage table). Doesn’t everyone on your list need a little instant relaxation and pampering? Price, $25.00 and up. Shop here: https://www.zeel.com/massage-gifts

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  • iPic Gift Card. Holidays are about creating special memories with friends and families. What better way to impress loved ones than by giving the gift of a memorable luxury theater experience? iPic Theaters provide the ultimate movie experience for movie lovers and make wonderful gifts during the holiday season to amaze loved ones. iPic prides itself on delivering “superior comfort with exciting affordability” as well as offering the first leg-reclining seating option in the nation! iPic features revolutionary movie-watching comfort with reclining leather seats, service call buttons at your chair, sterile pillows and blankets for movie watchers. In addition to innovative cocktails prepared by world-renowned mixologists, iPic offers chef-driven cuisine that is a distinctly different culinary experience which can be served or brought directly to your seat. iPic interiors are the definition of luxurious and resemble nothing similar to an ordinary theater! Price, $25 to $500. Premium seating is priced at $14.00 and premium plus seating is priced at $24.00. Shop here: http://www.ipic.com.

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Why Disney Hollywood Studios is One of My Favorite Parks

From our newest contributor, Modern Boca DISNEY Mom!

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When I was a young girl, and Disney Hollywood Studios was still MGM, it was my favorite park at Walt Disney World.

I know, weird, right?

It wasn’t the most exciting park, although The Tower of Terror will surely knock your socks off. But, there was something about the glamour and nostalgia of Old Hollywood, the magic of filmmaking, and the homage to a time when my grandparents were still youthful that appealed so much to me. The old black & white movies, 1920’s fashions, and fantasizing about what Sunset Blvd. was like during the Classic Hollywood era are the reasons why I moved to Hollywood after college to work in the Movies. Disney Hollywood Studios made that tangible, even if it was made of the same facade as the New York City Streets on any backlot.

There is something that happens when you work in the movie industry though. After a while, the sparkle goes away. You can’t help but think about the process, the behind the scenes, and the reality of the illusion, rather than get captured up in the bright lights and shimmer that makes the Magic. And, Disney is all about the Magic!

I guess you can say that I came home from California a little bit jaded.

And even years after leaving Hollywood, the dimmer was still on in those first few trips back to now, Hollywood Studios. It went from being my favorite of all the parks to my least favorite at Disney World. I didn’t think that way about the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Animal Kingdom. It was only Hollywood Studios that I found boring.

This was probably because we weren’t watching a ton of Disney Junior quite yet, and Sophia The First had just premiered (truth be told, I probably like Sophia as much as my daughter). The Tower of Terror and Rock’n’Roll Rollercoaster were too old for my infant and toddler. American Idol was not a draw for me. The kids didn’t have the attention span for MuppetVision. There just didn’t seem to be a lot of age-appropriate activities or interests for us to explore. And, walking down Sunset Blvd. or being on the backlot wasn’t exciting for me in the least, when the real thing was my reality every day for years.

Now, you might be inclined (or not) to say “Let It Go”, and I am happy to report that I have!

I am singing a different tune (just not the one above)! My kids are a bit older (ages 2 and 3) and it’s been many years since I lived in Los Angeles, and I might even go as far as to say I am nostalgic for the City of Angels from time to time. So, my eyes are opening up to the amount of sites that there are to see, for all ages, at Hollywood Studios.

Disney is making some really smart changes, capitalizing on the popularity of Frozen and Star Wars, ditching the American Idol attraction and Indiana Jones (for the record, I was always a fan of “Indie”). They are obviously making room for some new permanent attractions, and by next year I wouldn’t be surprised if MGM…I mean, Hollywood Studios, competes with being one of my favorites!

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Our Current Favorite Attractions at Hollywood Studios:

  • New Wandering Oaken’s Frozen Snowground – Get all your Frozen needs at the Trading Post and then build a snow castle at the Snowground. For my Floridian children, playing in the snow is a super treat!
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure – Classic! Kids can run around the play area as if they are the size of a bug. Run through giant blades of grass, slide on a film strip (would they even know what that is?), sit on a bumble bee and ant bigger than they are, and go through huge root tunnels. Awesome!
  • Beauty and The Beast – I just love the costumes and dancing of the live version from Belle and Beast in the faux Hollywood Bowl.
  • Disney Junior – Any little fans of Disney Junior will love seeing Mickey and the Gang up on stage with Jake and The Neverland PiratesSophia the First, and Doc McStuffins.
  • Hollywood & Vine Character Breakfast and Lunch with Disney Junior – Good food, and you get to dance with Jake, Doc, and Sophia.
  • Star Tours – A little too rough for the kids, but the galaxy fighting simulation is great fun for me and my husband.
  • Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights – If you are at Disney during the holidays, don’t miss the coordinating Holiday lights on the New York City streets of Hollywood Studios.


Attractions We Look Forward To:

  • Toy Story Mania – This 4D shooting game is probably the most popular ride at the park. You need to get to the park at opening and make a beeline for this ride or get a FastPass. I am going to prioritize this one the next time we go.
  • Fantasmic! – This firework and light show  are supposed to be…well…fantastic! We never stay at the park late enough to attend, but its on our list next trip. I think we will do a FastPass for this one. There is a Dining Package that you can book for priority seating options as well.

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  • Cars Land – My Kids would flip! They have seen video of Cars Land in Disneyland’s California Adventure and ask to go all the time. Too bad we live not the opposite Coast. There is a lot of inventory with the closing to The Backlot Tour, so it would just make sense to bring a Cars ride, let alone Land to Disney World.
  • More Star Wars – You know Star Wars fans would flock to Hollywood Studios with more Star Wars attractions, so why wouldn’t they expand the already popular Star Tours and Jedi Training Academy?
  • Frozen – I think it is safe to say that this summer’s Frozen themed ice skating rink and sing-along was a big draw for Hollywood Studios. I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney creates another Frozen attraction with all the changes being made at Hollywood Studios.

Regardless of what Disney has in the blueprints for Hollywood Studios, they are on point with the changes being made, and I am excited to see what they are building. With fresh rides and shows, we look forward to visiting Hollywood Studios a lot more in the future!

Casey has traveled to 47 out of the 50 States, and Disney World probably as many times. The mom of Irish Twins, she runs a blog called Hunting for Rubies that focuses on Family, Travel, and Adventure here in South Florida and beyond. Interested in travel tips and fun adventures to be had, follow Hunting for Rubies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

MOMpreneur Monday: Cender Scholars Tutoring

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

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms!  Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

MOMpreneur Monday Cender Scholars Tutoring

Today’s South Florida MOMpreneur is Erica Cender, founder of Cender Scholars, a tutoring company with instructors who guide students to help develop organizational, study, sports and music skills, while helping them cultivate self‐discipline and self‐confidence about their academic abilities.

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Welcome Erica! I know when we spoke on the phone recently, you reminded me that although you’re an entrepreneur, you’re not a MOMpreneur quite yet…

I’m not a mommy yet, but I am proud aunt of a beautiful baby girl!

I do know that when the time comes and I do have a child of my own, I will jump through hoops to provide my baby with everything he or she needs as far as their education is concerned.

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Tell us MBMoms a little bit about your professional background?

I have been an educator for over 4 years now. I earned my Masters in Education from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). But, I immediately became a classroom teacher.  Well, after spending a year volunteering in Israel, of course.

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I moved back to Delray Beach where I became a full time 2nd grade school teacher in Boynton Beach. Now, I am happily married and looking to start a family soon, so…I started thinking to myself now would be a perfect time to create my tutoring company.

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My passion has always been teaching children. Seeing that spark in their eye when they discover something new is one of the greatest feelings.

What I love about being an educator is that you are able to see your students grow and learn. Each and every child has their own learning pace, style and study habits. Some are more advanced than others and some need additional help of a tutor.

With that hard work and dedication, I decided to make my dream a reality and start a tutoring company of my own, Cender Scholars tutoring.

Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?

As you may know, teachers surely do not have the money trees flourishing in their backyards. During my exquisite summer vacation, I put the pedal to the metal and launched my company off the ground. 

My vision was to create a site for busy parents to quickly hop on and arrange their tutor in an instant. The PayPal shopping cart feature on the site makes it incredibly simple to book a tutor. You can arrange a session straight from your phone while you are in line at Starbucks or in between soccer games.

Then you will receive e-mail confirmations of your appointments, which you can also store as reminders in your Google calendar. 

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What sets Cender Scholars apart tutoring from other tutoring companies?

I believe the unique quality about the Cender Scholars tutoring service that we offer is the personalized touch that we guarantee for all of our students. As a classroom teacher, I am constantly in communication with parents and fellow teachers. I recognize the importance of keeping an open line of communication with teachers and parents.

Communication with students’ teachers and parents will ultimately help a child succeed.

Some parents may be led to a big tutoring company that guarantees a success rate for the children but I feel that a successful match for a child is based around an individualized, personalized educational plan. I encourage my tutors to develop a good rapport and working relationship with their students. I value educators who will make a connection with the students that they work with.

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What challenges have you faced as a new entrepreneur so far?

I will definitely say one challenge has just been the struggle to get the word spreading like wildfire. Patience is a virtue and I know all good things come to those who wait but I am eager to get my tutors up and running!  

Another challenge that I have come across while launching my business is the competition in this tutoring industry. I will say I have no doubt in my mind that we will set ourselves apart from the competition because as an educator myself, I see the value of keeping a close connection between the teachers and the parents.

Many learning centers work with kids either in a group setting or they have a set curriculum to work with for the children. In my eyes, an education is not ‘one size fits all’ and it must be carefully tailored to fit each child for their own set of goals and needs.

What exciting things are coming up for Cender Scholars tutoring?

An exciting new avenue for my business is adding a mental health & counseling professional to our company.  A very experienced and qualified counselor that many refer to as the “child whisperer” has joined our team, Ellie Boyarski.  As a classroom teacher, I see the value of counseling services for a variety of different reasons and I am elated to have this fantastic specialist as a part of Cender Scholars.

Now that you’ve launched your business, what would you say to your “younger self?”

Growing up, school came very easy to my brother but not me; I had to work a bit harder, homework took longer and I had to put forth my personal best day in and day out to make the grades.  I still remember the endless fights I had with my mom while working on homework as a student. 

Flash forward 20 years later and I am a 5th grade teacher who has just opened her own tutoring company.  Mom, look at me now! 😉

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Connect with Cender Scholars tutoring on Facebook and Twitter!

Learn more about this company at: www.cenderscholars.com.

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