Beach’n with the Kids…MBMom-Style!

Best tips for kids at the beach in Boca

It’s summer! Glorious, hot, sunny (albeit rainy in the afternoons!) summer!  Although we live in paradise year-round, the summer is definitely a great excuse to schlep the family to the beach for some fun-in-the-sun memories! We have the best tips for kids at the beach in Boca.

Remember the days when all you needed was your towel and a good book?  Those days are long gone sisters!  A day of beach’n now requires a laundry list of supplies, some serious planning and an abundance of patience!  It could be a pretty daunting task!

But ladies, have no fear!  MBMom is here with 5 simple tips to make your beach day with the kids an enjoyable one!  We promise it will help keep your stress level down while pumping your fun meter up!

Best tips for kids at the beach in Boca

Check it out….

Tip #1: Go early!

The kids are up and the house is rockin’, so you might as well just head on out!  You’ll get a great parking spot, have your pick of the beach to set-up shop and you can get in a few good hours before the temperature really rises!  (The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10AM and 4PM!)

Tip #2: Sun Protection comes in many forms!

Sunscreen.  Apply it to everyone before you even get in the car so you’re all ready to go by the time you arrive at the beach.  And here’s a suggestion: When shopping for said sunscreen, look for one that comes in a spray bottle*….your hands will be full of sand when it comes time to reapply and it will be hard to rub in lotion.  Also, buy the biggest one you can find because you will need to reapply it ALL.DAY.LONG!

Umbrella.  A shady spot to cool off is a must!  Don’t have a sturdy beach umbrella? That’s OK!  Just remember to bring some cash – most beaches offer umbrella rentals by the hour!

Clothing. Look for bathing suits and swim shirts that have a sticker or tag with its UPF rating, which means that the fabric itself has UV protection (50+ is the highest rating!).

Tip #3: Sand toys can be simple!

Disposable cups, Tupperware of all sizes and a plastic spaghetti colander are all awesome sand toys – and probably things you have in your kitchen already!  No, we’re not cooking….we’re playing at the beach!  Look around your house and be creative – think digging, shoveling and building!

Tip #4: Bring a cooler.

Kids are always hungry.  It’s just in their DNA!  When you think you’ve packed enough, pack a little bit more!  A cooler is great because none of your snacks will melt and your water will stay chilled, making it extra refreshing!  Ice pops, frozen candy bars and frozen fruit (especially grapes!) are some yummy snack ideas for a hot beach day!

Tip #5: Get a great beach bag!

Try to find a large, deep one with long, sturdy handles.  It will fit a ton of stuff and you can throw it on your shoulder so your hands are free to hold on to more important things :).

Some key items you’ll want to have IN the bag: towels, a change of clothes for everyone, wet bags (these have a waterproof lining making them perfect for transporting wet towels and suits) and a large ziploc to store your phone, wallet and keys so all of your important items are in one easy-to-find, zipped-up place!

We hope you find these tips helpful for your next family beach day!!


Do you have any beach’n tips to add? Comment below!

*Disclaimer: The FDA has had an ongoing investigation regarding the safety of spray sunscreens since 2011.  Consumer Reports recently issued a warning to parents to avoid using spray sunscreens on their children until a verdict is reached by the FDA.  See the full article here.


MBMom Contributor Samara is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for health, fitness, and social media. In her “downtime” from mommy-ing two boys, she is an account executive for a boutique social media firm and the founder of healthy living blog, Peace, Love and Ice Cream!

MOMpreneur Monday: ihelpmoms.com

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 founder of ihelpmoms, the ultimate online Rolodex for moms, Michelle Brown!

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When I became a mom, I had no idea how much “help” I was going to need.  Like most new mothers, I was pretty naive and never thought I would require things like a “qualified lactation consultant” or a “mother’s helper” post-partum.  My brain just never made it past the labor and delivery part of child rearing!  Pretty typical…

I was lucky enough to have my own Mom with me in New York City for that first week of motherhood and then, of course, we moved down to Boca five months later. But, I know that not all parents have the luxury of having ‘Grandma & Grandpa’ close by.

That’s exactly the situation the founder of ihelpmoms.com faced when she decided to launch a FREE online tool for moms by moms to make motherhood easier.


Tell me a little bit about your business background and how ihelpmoms got started…

“My whole life, I have always had a heart for helping people and making people happy.  I spent nine years working in customer services, sales and marketing for the NBA, PGA and NHL in professional sports teams’ front offices. My career centered around creating memorable and exciting experiences for sport fans,” explained Michelle.

“In 2012, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl [Ed note: and a second girl in 2014] and I realized there was an enormous need in today’s hectic world for moms to get a well deserved helping hand from talented professional providers, to find affordable, local baby gear and to connect with mommy groups to fight things like post-partum depression and to get out of the house with like minded moms.”

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Did the need for a tool like ihelpmoms.com grow from your own personal experience with motherhood?

“I truly believed before having my daughter that I would be up and good to go after giving birth.  But, it just didn’t happen that way for me.  I found myself 3,000 miles away from my family and friends [Michelle is from the West Coast], I was unable to get out of bed for weeks! I wasn’t even well enough to pick up my newborn baby girl and then I had to go in for surgery post-delivery and my husband had to go back to work.  In those desperate moments as a new mom, I vowed to turn my helpless feelings into hope for moms everywhere,” said Michelle.

I am truly on a mission to make motherhood easier and to ensure that no mom has to go through motherhood isolated and alone. 

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What makes your website unique and different?

ihelpmoms.com is designed for moms by moms.  It is literally a one stop solution for moms to SEARCH for help, SHOP for affordable baby gear, and SHARE with like minded moms groups. This site is revolutionizing the way that moms can get the resources they need to be healthy and happy in one location.  As a busy mom myself, online accessibility is what I prefer and now moms have a central location to find ALL things relating to ‘mom,” answered Michelle.  

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Why should Modern Boca Moms (and beyond) become part of the ihelpmoms.com network?

“Modern Boca Moms have a great editorial resource on your amazing website to discover shopping, family activities, fitness and how to enjoy the Boca/South Florida lifestyle!  I believe ihelpmoms.com would be an excellent extension for those readers who want to find things like a mom-recommended lactation consultant, pediatrician, family dentist, fitness  trainer, hair stylist, swim instructor, etc…and those moms who have baby products piled in their house they no longer need and would like to sell it to a local mom to make some money back.  ihelpmoms.com loves Modern Boca Mom and is here for your readers who are looking for how they can Make Motherhood Easier.”

What exciting things do you have coming up for your business?  

Michelle said, “MOVE OVER ENTOURAGE….THE MOMStourage is coming! Have you ever wished that you could make money from home, while you enjoy being a mom?”

“With a 6 month old and a two year old, I am running around all day from activities, school, camps and play-dates.  I also know what it is like to juggle all of the house work, cooking and laundry and work to enjoy a great marriage with my husband.  Like many moms my daily life brings an abundance of joy, but I wanted to contribute to household income.”

“I like creating my own “Mommy Money” to enjoy girls nights outs, pedicures, clothes etc. I wanted to create a way to be a mom and have something of my own to enjoy.”

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How does ihelpmoms.com MOMtourage Program work?

“Moms simply make money by being a mom and doing their everyday activities! All families have a beloved Doctor, Dentist, Preschool, Fitness Trainer, Activity Center, Birthday Party Venue, Kids Camp, OB/GYN, House Cleaner and MORE.  When moms refer a provider to create an active ihelpmoms.com provider account, they will be rewarded with a recurring direct deposit payment into their Paypal Account!” Michelle said.

“I moved to Florida from Oregon not knowing anyone.  I know how it feels not to know where to go to give my kids the best care.  Now moms can HELP other moms by referring their favorite family providers and I want to thank moms by paying them!” 

What is your ultimate vision for ihelpmoms.com Momtourage Program? 

Michelle said, “My dream is create an easy way to moms to make money, have more fun, be a great mom and work from home.  I know that being a mom is an incredibly busy and demanding job that I think moms should be paid for, so I am going to do just that!”

“My future vision is that moms will unite to grow our MOMStourage network so I can hire moms to do public relations, social media outreach, conference event planning, mom bloggers, television and radio shows ALL FEATURING MOMS working from home!” 

How can moms join the MOMStourage Program?

Simply log on to www.ihelpmoms.com and join FOR FREE! And THANK YOU for joining the mission to Make Motherhood Easier!


So what are you waiting for?  SEARCH, SHOP and SHARE on ihelpmoms.com for FREE today!

Fun at the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum & Learning Center

My two boys and I recently visited The Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum & Learning CenterMy sons just LOVE this museum because their Train Exhibit is second to none. Any #trainobsessed youngin’ is bound to be impressed!

I’m getting ahead of myself here…

Let’s start up front. This is where you are graciously greeted by the lighthouse manager, Hannibal Pierce. Some of the little ones may be a bit intimidated. It took a few visits for my boys to warm up to him.

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He is a wealth of knowledge on all things concerning Boynton Beach, including where its name originated.

We hit the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum first floor exhibits to learn all about farm life. The boys were able to milk the cows and drive the tractor. This is while they are learning all about fresh farm produce and its benefits. (My hippie heart skips a beat!)

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Lo and behold, we always spend a large bulk of our time at the awesome Train Exhibit.

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Equipped with all the “bells and whistles” (pun intended), there is a station where you may purchase your tickets and climb aboard! Needless to say, this is where the action happens.

The kiddies are able to shovel coal, greet passengers and even ring the bell! The train table is where the fun is. All the kids scramble to take their place at the table. And, all the “helicopter” parents claim their spot to keep a watchful eye on their tots.

I say this with love, I too was once a “hovercraft” myself, but I’ve now since been reformed.

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This is what happens when you let them figure out how to share on their own. No hovering necessary!

Fun fact: The term “Helicopter Parent” was actually coined by the (in)famous Dr. Haim Ginott, child psychologist. He is also the author of “Between Parent & Child,” a book that reads like a parents’ love letter to children. It encourages Mom and Dad to communicate with their kids on a platform of mutual respect and dignity. He’s sort of the “Godfather” of the “gentle”, “conscious” or “human” style of parenting that is growing in the natural community today. You can find more on that topic HERE.

The Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum fun isn’t over yet though. There’s more to be had upstairs!

Upstairs is filled with more enjoyment for kids and parents alike. There is a tube maze for the little ones to run and play and learn all about amphibians. There are comfy seats for parents too. There’s also plenty of sailing fun at the boat exhibit and even a puzzle/sensory area for the really tiny tots.

Across the way on the second floor is a grocery store, gas station, post office and doctor’s office ready for imaginative play.

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Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum

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This is usually a big hit, but on this day, the boys were ready for lunch!

There is no eating or drinking in the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum, so we headed to the “Stage” area outside. My kids were happy to pause and have a snack. There are plenty of cool spaces, benches or picnic tables in the surrounding parks around the museum. But, who can eat while looking at this????

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We usually end our museum visit with a good time at the Kids Kingdom Playground with lots more imaginative and playful fun.

Growing up in today’s “tech age”, there are plenty of kid zones and play places that have battery operated toys, TV’s and even video games. Not to take away from the fun at any of these locations, but with the current over-saturation of “device-led play” and the addiction to said devices (said the mommy blogger…), it’s refreshing to find “plug free” zones where the possibilities are endless and imagination can run wild.

My goal at #CampMom this past summer has been to find as many of these natural playscapes as possible. It can be a bit tricky as it gets unbearably hot in the South Florida sun! But, places like The Schoolhouse Museum and their affordable Family Member Package make that possible. A membership purchased at the Schoolhouse Museum will also get you into a list of “sister” museums nearby such as:

• Boca Children’s Museum, Boca Raton
• Explorations V Children’s Museum, Lakeland
• My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum, Plantation

Hopefully we will see you there next time!

Essentially Yours,

Erika

The Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Have you been to the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Museum & Learning Center?  Comment below about your experience!

NICK’S New Haven Invades Coral Springs

NICK'S New Haven Pizza

As a Modern Boca Mom about town, you and your family are probably familiar with the East Boca location of Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar.  It’s delish!  Where else can you get a brick oven, coal fired New Haven-style pie without taking a flight to Connecticut? You have to try NICK’S New Haven pizza!

South Florida locals (and seasonal visitors from the northeast) LOVE Nick’s special “APIZZA” so much that they recently expanded their restaurant concept into a second location in Coral Springs.

MBMom was invited to a press dinner at the newest Nick’s to sample some of his signature Italian fare…and while I usually don’t mince words, I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking in this blog post.

WARNING: do not read any further if hungry for NICK’S New Haven Pizza!

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NICK'S New Haven Pizza

NICK'S New Haven Pizza

NICK'S New Haven Pizza

NICK'S New Haven Pizza

FUN “NICK’S” FACTS:

– launched in Boca in 2011

– import a lot of ingredients from CT

– brand sauce in CT

– style of pizza in CT is a brick oven, coal fired pizza. Dough is more of a bread dough vs. a pizza dough. Flour, water, salt.  It goes through a double rise process like NY pizzas

– ovens were crafted by Nick himself; ovens patented & built on site

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But is Nick’s Pizzeria & Bar in Coral Springs truly Mommy AND child-friendly?
Here are your Modern Boca Mom stats:
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Stroller friendly: YES.  Inside and out.

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Restroom: No changing table, but large enough to bring a stroller inside.

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Kids menu: No, but according to Nick himself, they will do anything for the kids– you don’t even have to order off the menu.


Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar in Coral Springs is open NOW!  Be sure to visit either location for some of the best Italian food in South Florida.

Nick’s New Haven Pizza Coral Springs: 2444 N. University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065; 954-800-7603

Nick’s New Haven Pizza Boca Raton: 2240 NW 19th St., Ste. 904, Boca Raton, FL 33431; 561-368-2900

www.nickspizzeriabar.com


Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company or business.  Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product/meal free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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