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Father’s Day Gift Guide: 2014 South Florida Edition

Father’s Day is less than a week away and Modern Boca Mom has been a little too BUSY with this blog to plan or shop for the upcoming weekend…I better get on it.

Luckily, I’ve found some fantastic (and last minute) gift-able options for the Dad in YOUR life!

So, without further ado, let’s celebrate the #modernbocadad!

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Photo Credit: Dawn Renee Photography


Face it: we live in South Florida and it’s sunny most of the time. Cheap sunglasses just aren’t going to adequately protect your eyes, especially if your #modernbocadad likes to spend his time at the beach or play any water sports!

So, when I was introduced to Hobie Polarized and Under Armour sunglasses (for the whole family- Dad isn’t the only one who lucked out!), I sighed with happiness because these glasses are stylish, sturdy, very protective and will stand the test of time.

Plus, they make a FABULOUS gift!

Since 1950, Hobie® innovations have been changing the way we live, play and compete on the water. For Hobie Alter it all started with a big dream in a small garage. What followed was a new way of life in Southern California, and a new way of looking at our watery world. Hobie® Polarized sunglasses have become an integral part of connecting sport enthusiasts to the water by providing a better kind of vision: clearer, sharper and more precise. Since 1982, Hobie® Polarized is the only choice for active water sportsmen.

I was sent several Hobie Polarized glasses to test– for myself and they are fantastic and fashionable.  You may have even seen my fancy #haveahobieday  photo on MBMom’s Instagram (if not, you should follow us!  What are you waiting for?).

This style is the HP Bondi Shiny Crystal Purple Tortoise Fade Frame with Sunset Mirror Polarized PC Lens.

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#dailybabyavery was sent a youth pair of Under Armour shades, specifically the UA Dynamo Shiny White Frame/Charcoal Gray with Blue Mirror Lens.

UNDER ARMOUR® PERFORMANCE EYEWEAR delivers superior vision, strength, comfort and adjustability.  From lens technology that provides enhanced vision edge-to-edge to revolutionary frame material that is ultra-lightweight and strong, UNDER ARMOUR PERFORMANCE EYEWEAR is built for athletes.  Whatever the conditions, and whatever your sport, UNDER ARMOUR® PERFORMANCE EYEWEAR is doing something for you: it’s making you better.  

I think #dailybabyavery embodies the above description completely.  🙂

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But, this post is supposed to be about Dad, right?  OK…

So, here is one of my favorite Under Armour styles for men modeled by my own #modernbocadad.  It’s his favorite too, the UA Alloy Satin Silver Frame with Lime Green Rubber Temple & Nosepad with Multiflection Lens:

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Looking sharp!

Check out the complete Hobie Polarized and Under Armour catalogs HERE.  


Rub a dub dub, time to send Dad to Fusion Chiropractic Spa, Delray’s Most Affordable Spa, for a full body massage!  

I sent #modernbocadad there late last month to give their NEW $35 One Hour Massage a test drive and HE LOVED IT.

I even plan to head back myself to try one of their European Facials…it’s a one stop “body” shop!  Chiropractic care, massage + beauty!

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1836 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, FL 33483

At the SW Corner of Linton

Stop by Fusion Chiro Spa to grab a gift card and make an appointment for Dad today!

Call: 561-243-0233; www.fusiondelray.com


After a relaxing massage, the next thing your #modernbocadad probably wants is an adult beverage.  Now, you and I both know that you’re supposed to drink a lot of WATER after a rubdown, but it is Dad’s Day after all!  A special occasion!  Shh!

How about selecting an option from Dad’s new 7 Bottle Bar?

For the Bourbon Drinker

Nothing says, “thank you, Pops” quite like a bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon – awarded the 2012 Ultimate Recommendation, 95 Points, in the Ultimate Spirit Competition. With hints of ripe plum and cherry, spicy aromas, maple syrup and cocoa, this Kentucky born single barrel bourbon is both a thoughtful and delicious present.  [SRP:  750ml, $35.99]

Preference for Premium Vodka

With an edgy and eye-catching bottle and an award winning taste, Crystal Head Vodka is the perfect gift for the dad who appreciates ultra premium vodka that’s as much art as it is legend. Created by actor Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka is an award winning “pure spirit” with no added glycerin, citrus oil or sugar.  [SRP: 750ml, $49.99]

Rye Wise Guys

Give a nod to the past and help your old man kick back with a glass of “The Good Stuff.”  Based on the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.  [SRP: 750ml, $35.99]

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Teeling Whiskey

Simply stated, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Small Batch Teeling Whiskey. Since 1782, The Teeling family has been notorious for their vision of doing things differently and with an entrepreneurial spirit. The influence of a Zacapa rum cask during the final aging  and a higher percentage of alcohol gives Teeling Small Batch a unique smooth, sweet, slightly woody flavor that dances on the tongue.  [SRP: 750ml, $39.99]

Rum Lover

Reserva Exclusiva

The finest gold rum today is Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum. Bold and complex flavors make it the ultimate gift for the father who’s a rum enthusiast. The rum is first distilled in column stills and then again in copper pot stills and is aged in re-used bourbon and whiskey casks for eight years – giving it that inimitable rum character and making it a favorite for anyone who tries it. [SRP:  750ml, $35.99]

Tequila Enthusiast- for the #modernbocadad Wish List!

The new Casa Noble Santana Barrel is the perfect score for dads, uncles and brothers this Father’s Day. Aged for five years in Taransaud French Oak Barrels, the tequila achieves a golden amber color and an elegant taste with notes of vanilla, orange peel, flowers and spices. Carefully selected by Carlos Santana himself, there are just 500 handcrafted bottles being offered worldwide. Proceeds received from this exclusive experience go to support The Milagro Foundation.  [SRP: $500.00]

Taste for Excellence- for the #modernbocadad Wish List!

NEW last drop

This year, award your father with an extraordinary experience that is guaranteed to put a smile on his face.  The Last Drop’s 50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky is not just any blend.  More than 82 whiskies went into the original marrying vat, 50 years ago, many from distilleries long ago closed and forgotten.  The 50 Year Old is the smallest offering of The Last Drop Distillers with only 388 bottles produced.  Jim Murray, the world authority on whisky, awards it 96.5 – among the World’s top 20 whiskies.  [SRP: $4,000]

#modernbocadad had the opportunity to try the Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum and he described it as “beautifully crafted and full of flavor.”

I will also go on record that when it arrived in the mail, it was all he could talk about: OPENING THE RUM.

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Definitely an early Father’s Day gift WIN for Modern Boca Mom!  

Purchase any of these bottles to make a 7 Bottle Bar for Dad at:  Total Wine & More


Now, let’s say that #modernbocadad accidentally spills one of his cocktails…how about a beach towel to clean it up?  

Just kidding.

You wouldn’t want to use one of THESE for anything but the beach or pool!

Introducing Vertty, a completely new brand of designer beach towels. With a unique zigzag design and a rainbow of options to choose from, Vertty reinvented the beach towel, transporting the city’s sophistication to the casual environment of the beach.

Kind of sounds like my mission at Modern Boca Mom!  🙂

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P.S. Doesn’t this guy look like Prince Oberyn from Game of Thrones?

Vertty towels are 4 inches larger and 30% lighter weight than most other towels on the market. Because of the towel’s innovative fabric, Ketten (90% cotton and 10% polyester) they dry faster, while also having a brilliant waterproof pocket to hold your smart phone.

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Vertty towels are handmade with its production meeting the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Translation? All materials (chemical and textile) used to make them are eco-friendly.

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You can purchase them online at www.tryvertty.com; SRP $89.90.

Vertty towels are offered in nine hue-drenched color choices: Classic Orange, Classic Blue, Classic Green, Classic Yellow, Midnight Blue, Coral, Enigma, Savvy, and Jade.


Now, we wouldn’t want to forget the ‘Dad-to-be,’ would we?  

BellyLove Maternity Boutique is offering a 20% off special on “DaddyScrubs” at their Parkland  store location.  How great are these?

Ideal hospital attire for when the new little one arrives…perfect for those first family photos.

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Last but not least, how about a little culinary treat with a twist for Dad?

Have you ever heard of a DRUNCH???  The folks at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa have planned a day that will add a little “old spice” to a typical fathers day outing.

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You’ve heard of Brunch?  Breakfast and Lunch combined into one meal.  Well, Drunch takes it one step further – Drinks plus Brunch combined into one meal.  Now that’s what I am talking about!

P.S. I think this was a regular Sunday for us back in our pre-baby NYC days…

Fathers will be treated to a Whiskey tasting featuring “High West” Whiskey, an award-winning whiskey line out of Ohio.  In addition, Fathers will be sampling our own “The Whisky Bull” a modern twist on the Bloody Bull using Campfire Rye Whiskey/Scotch Blend and our own house recipe of Mary.

Don’t worry, mom, kids and the rest of the family, there will be plenty of (non-alcoholic) treats for you to indulge in as well!

Contact restaurant reservations by calling 561-540-4924 to save your table today!


Happy Father’s Day everyone!!!

Disclaimer: Modern Boca Mom was given complimentary sunglasses, a massage and bottle of rum to review for this gift guide.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Becoming a Mom on a Mission Only Takes 60 Days!

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We live in South Florida.

Which means it’s HOT most of the year.

Which means it’s essential to COOL OFF at the beach or pool.

Which means you’re required to wear a SWIMSUIT.

Which means…

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…if you’re a relatively new Modern Boca Mom, the above probably seems pretty daunting at the moment.  When I was pregnant, I read books that told me baby weight was supposed to be 9 months ‘on’ and 9 months off.

B.S…

I’m still working hard at it 15 months postpartum!


Moms On A Mission (M.O.M) is a 60-Day Nutrition & Fitness Program designed SPECIFICALLY for MOMS.  The program was founded by two tenacious, local MOMpreneurs who wanted to do something a little different when it came to exercise.

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WHAT IS MOM ON A MISSION (M.O.M)?

This 60 day program is designed for newer moms; moms with at least one child who is 2 years of age or younger. M.O.M. is designed to boost your metabolism, conquer the post-pregnancy hormones, blast away the extra fat and provide knowledge to continue to live a healthy & fit lifestyle.

Moms on a Mission caters to the “stay at home mom”. Specialized M.O.M. fitness classes will be held three times per week.

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The best part?  CHILDCARE is INCLUDED in the cost of the  program.  Childcare will be available during all specialized M.O.M. Fitness Classes.  And a bonus?  The Mom on a Mission program also includes 60 DAYS of UNLIMITED EVOLUTION FITNESS GROUP FITNESS CLASSES at ANY Evolution Fitness location!

Other important information to note: the Meal Plan & Nutrition Manual has been designed for breastfeeding and non breastfeeding moms.  Rachel Feldman, their Nutritional Consultant, specializes in detox and weight loss.  No weight loss pills, shakes or shots; Rachel will teach you how to build a long term healthy lifestyle for you and your family.

Get ready to rock that swimsuit with confidence!  Remember, it only takes 60 days to become a M.O.M.!


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MOMpreneur Monday: Musikgarten by the Beach NOW CLOSED

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.

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Today’s featured Mompreneur is the owner of Diana Rush Piano Preparatory Program and the co-founder of Musikgarten by the BeachDiana Rush!

You may know her from the fantastic Musikgarten Classes for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers at Organic Movements OR you might be considering having your child take private piano lessons with her.  Either way you can’t go wrong!  I am of course talking about magical music teacher, Diana Rush!

Diana is also an original Modern Boca Mom advertiser and I highly recommend you check out her piano program:

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P.S. That is her adorable son Aiden when he was just a baby!  Isn’t he the sweetest? 


Diana began her piano studies at age 9 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Miami where she also received her Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.  While attending the University of Miami, she was awarded a full scholarship, teaching assistantship and was a faculty member of the UM Piano Preparatory Program.

“As a faculty member of the UM Piano Preparatory Program, I taught group piano, applied piano, music theory, music history, and eurhythmics leveling from age 4 to 14.  I have also taught group piano and music theory at the high school and collegiate levels.  For the past 7 years, I worked at the Sagemont Lower School teaching general music at the Elementary School Level,” said Diana.

Musikgarten by the Beach Boca RatonDiana currently teaches Musikgarten classes for babies and toddlers at several locations around Boca Raton and Delray Beach and also offers private piano lessons.  She has been giving piano instruction for 11+ years.

“I hope to instill a love for the arts that will last a lifetime in my students.  I believe in making music fun!  During piano lessons, my students will learn proper piano technique, play varied repertoire, learn music theory and ear training, read notes, explore different composers and musical time periods, but enjoy doing it,” explained Diana.

Then came baby…

“After becoming a Mom, I knew I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my baby. I am so grateful that God has blessed me with an amazing talent that I am able to give music lessons and bring my child with me. I decided not to return to my full time music position at Sagemont Lower School (even though I miss my students dearly!) and dedicate my time to building up my piano students and teaching Musikgarten by the Beach classes,” said Diana.

Now you have such a big “Mommy Music” following!  How did Musikgarten by the Beach get off the ground?

Diana explained, “The University of Miami has an amazing Musikgarten Program called Music Time.  My colleague, Sarah, and I met at UM in a music fraternity and remained friends after college.

She started Musikgarten by the Beach in Boca and Delray three years ago and I joined her and began teaching once I had Aiden.

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“I think it has grown such a following because our approach to music education is fun for children, parents and teachers.  To foster music literacy, Musikgarten offers a comprehensive early childhood program that spans the first nine years of a child’s musical development.  Children love the progression from semester to semester, as patterns and songs are repeated and built upon, addressing students’ needs at each level.  The Musikgarten experience culminates in group piano lessons.”

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Diana further explained, “Our Musikgarten by the Beach program is also unique because of the age group it reaches.  Early music education is so important!  Not only does it help with all areas of development, it creates a special bond with the family.  When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life.  Language development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education.  What’s more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development – creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, confidence, emotional development – are also positively impacted.”

Wow!  Music is great in so many ways!  What makes your piano instruction unique?

“During piano lessons, I try to make the lessons fun and appealing.  Not all students respond well to traditional classical music.  We play songs from Journey to musicals– we make our own compositions and play songs from the radio sometimes,” said Diana.

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What exciting things are coming up?

Diana responded, “I envision offering more Musikgarten classes for all ages, offering group piano and theory classes, having my students participate in piano competitions and opening a music school for students with special needs.”

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What do you love about living and working in Florida? 

Diana said, “I am a Florida native.  I LOVE that my family is close by.  It is wonderful that my son gets to grow up with his extended family.  I love the beach and the South Florida heat.  I enjoy all of the food from the diverse culture/melting pot.  The people here are amazing.  I have learned so much from the many cultures.  And, It is a GREAT place for a musician.  There are many concerts to attend but also varied musical genres to listen to; from Latin to Jazz, Reggae and Rock.  It’s just a great place to live!”

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#dailybocaavery just LOVES her weekly Musikgarten classes.  She has been going since she was 5 months old and absolutely loves “Miss Diana.”  They are the best!

And, I can’t wait until she’s old enough to take private piano lessons!

If MBMoms with younger kids haven’t joined us for a Musikgarten by the Beach session yet, what are you waiting for?


Learn about Musikgarten by the Beach HERE and Diana Rush Piano Preparatory Program HERE.

And, be sure to LIKE both pages on Facebook for all of the latest musical updates!

Belly Love Has a Whole New Meaning…

When I was pregnant with #dailybabyavery in NYC, I was thrilled to discover (what I nicknamed) the “Disney World of Maternity,” located conveniently on 57th Street and Madison Avenue (4/19/16 UPDATE: It is now closed, I just found out. Completely devastated for my pregnant NYC friends).  I knew now I had to find a South Florida Pregnancy spa. 

It was a Destination Maternity complex that included two stores, a fitness studio and a spa. A one-stop shop if you will for anything pregnancy-related. I could buy a formal maternity dress, get fitted for a nursing bra, take a Pilates class and get a facial all in one building. Genius!

Now as a former spoiled New Yorker, I tend to look down upon South Florida when I can’t find similar amenities in the area. I’m sure I’m not alone. Not that I’m pregnant right now, but I like to know what pampering maternity options are available to me (or my friends) if the situation were to arise! 

Problem —–> Solution: Belly Love Spa

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Located in Parkland, Belly Love pregnancy spa offers “a special collection of therapies to help the body, mind and spirit prepare for and acclimate to motherhood.  From prenatal massage to balancing facials to pampering pedicures, Belly Love Spa can reduce discomfort, counteract hormonal effects and enhance the natural glow of pregnancy.” 

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They even have a 4D Ultrasound Center IN the facility.  Cool right?

“Using the latest 4D ultrasound technology, their RDMS medical sonographers can perform a limited diagnostic scan that will allow you to see how your baby and the placenta is positioned, measure fluid level, see the heartbeat and watch him/her move. You can even see your baby’s facial expressions and count his/her fingers and toes for the first time! You are invited to bring those closest to you to participate in the experience and even take home pictures or a DVD of your complete session.” 

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The very much postpartum Modern Boca Mom was invited to experience three of Belly Love Spa’s signature services last month. The day was magical and relaxing thanks to the spa staff and beautiful setting.  I had the:

Belly Love Spa Chocolate Cherry Indulgence Pedicure

75 min – $80 

Chocolate cravings? We have a cure! Start with our Signature Hot Stone Pedicure and then sweeten it up with a hot chocolate foot soak. We then exfoliate with our cherry puree mask, soothe with a therapeutic foot massage, and finish with a vitamin C & E enriched chocolate paraffin treatment to leave your feet soft and satisfied. And…..you’re sure to get your chocolate fix with a delicious chocolate treat.

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Well, my legs certainly look pregnant…

Belly Love Spa Swedish Massage

50 min – $75 

For anyone that is not pregnant. Our Swedish Massage is a gentle, full-body massage incorporating long, fluid movements.

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Belly Love Spa Get That Glow Facial at this South Florida Pregnancy Spa

50 min – $79

This intensive facial nourishes and replenishes, resulting in healthy looking skin. Enjoy a massage of the face, neck and shoulders followed by steam to open the pores, extract, and exfoliate. And of course you’ll receive a relieving foot massage too!

All of the treatments were top notch, but my favorite by far was the Chocolate Cherry Indulgence Pedicure.  The dessert plate alone was worth it!  

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Yum.

Belly Love Spa would be an amazing spa experience whether you’re pregnant or not, but wow- giving your Belly some Love has a whole new meaning after this!  

Forget the traditional baby shower gift; get your next expectant mom a BELLY LOVE GIFT CERTIFICATE IMMEDIATELY to this South Florida Pregnancy Spa!  

And bonus?  There’s a Belly Love Spa Boutique two doors down for all of your maternity shopping needs.  It’s the one-stop shop I’ve been searching for!

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Visit: www.bellylovespa.com to book your appointment at the South Florida Pregnancy Spa!


Disclaimer: Modern Boca Mom received a complimentary spa treatment package from Belly Love Spa in advance of this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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