Kids Eating Freely in Boca Raton

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

From contributor: Modern Boca Social Mom

I’ll admit it: I am a lazy cook.

If the recipe has more than three ingredients and takes longer than 30 minutes, I don’t even attempt it. That being said, the thought of taking my young children out to a nice place to eat makes me cringe.photodune-1243096-dinner-in-restaurant-lHere are some tips to eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton.

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

(This is NOT my family…)

But, I have found a loophole! The Cafés at Boca (aka the mall food court) at Town Center at Boca Raton.

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

Like everything in Boca, this food court is not your typical fast food pit. It has a lot of great options. You can find everything from falafel pitas at Maoz Vegetarian to salads, authentic Italian pizza, seafood and Mexican. And you can’t forget about the delightful Chick-fil-A

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

This food court has really been a saving grace for me when I don’t want to cook or don’t have time to cook. My littlest, Bailey (8 months) loves to gaze up at the sky through the windows. It really hypnotizes her. And my picky eater, Ella (5 years), loves that she can sample a variety of food.

Ella is not the type of kid to just sit in her seat and be quiet. She can be her loud kid self and not attract too much attention. For the most part, this is the one place we can rely on to go and not cause a total nightmare for other diners.

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

If we want more of a challenge, we sometimes go to California Pizza Kitchen. We opt to sit outside most times. I like that there is a great children’s menu with things to color and games to play.

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

Other places that do the trick include Chipotle (multiple locations). It is fast and loud! Ella likes that she can choose her ingredients.

We also love Italio (1658 N. Federal Hwy). It is a customizable Italian kitchen that again lets you choose your ingredients. (Plus, Deals is right next to Italio, so you can get a few child distractions like coloring books for just a $1, allowing for some peace).

Also, on our list is Tijuana Flats (multiple locations). This place is great because it has a place mat that kids can color on and they offer table service, so you don’t have to keep getting up to get refills. Taco Tuesday is a great time to go because they offer two tacos, chips and salsa, and a drink for only $5.49! It is a great family place.

Don’t get me wrong, I DO parent my children in these places and usually, I don’t let them run free…depending on my mood. 😉 But, they have to learn how to behave by going to restaurants and experiencing the etiquette of it all. If you are looking for a speciffic type of resturant to treat your children to, you should check out Dandy Kat, a website that allows you to find resturants in your area and their menus!

However, there’s always going to be that one person that gives you the “look of disapproval” when you are dining with your kids. You just have to shake it off. Trust me, I’ve gotten a lot of those looks as a parent! Make it easy on yourself when eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton.


Where are your go-to places to eat for no toddler dining drama? Comment below!

MOMpreneur Monday: Gr8 Speech Therapy

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 THE online solution for speech therapy and mom of 3, Avivit Ben-Aharon! Online speech therapy courses for kids.

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One of the TV constants in my house when I was growing up was the classic soap opera, The Young and the Restless.  My maternal grandparents are French-Canadian and my mom used to tell me that when she and her family emigrated from Canada to the Bahamas (yes Freeport, Grand Bahama Island), they didn’t speak a “lick of English.”  So, they would often watch that soap to help get a better grasp on the language.

In my mom’s own words: English is hard.  And, if your child has a speech disorder, I know as a parent, you’re probably dealing with your own set of challenges.  Our featured Mompreneur this week, the Clinical Director of Gr8 Speech, has had experience with both sides, learning another language AND treating kids with speech disorders.

And, I’m sure she’s more qualified to treat your children than the The Young and the Restless!


Tell us about your background and how you got started with Gr8 Speech Therapy…

“My family immigrated to New York when I was 14 and I did not speak a word of English. Talk about bad timing! There is nothing worse than sitting in class and not being able to participate in the conversation. But, I was very determined and learned English within a year, finished high school and college and received a masters in special education. I then decided to apply for a degree in speech therapy,” said Avivit. 

“I love working as a speech therapist, but I was extremely frustrated with the inaccessibility of the process. Several years ago, I took my middle son to a local clinic for occupational therapy and in the waiting room sat a young mom with two children, desperately trying to feed one child while helping the other with homework. She shared her frustration about having to take her whole family to her son’s speech therapy sessions. The experience spurred me to think that speech therapy lent itself to an online alternative.”

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How is Gr8 Speech unique in addition to being an online alternative? 
  1. Gr8 Speech is owned and managed by a licensed speech and language pathologist. What that means for the client is clinical issues are the focus of our treatment. 
  2. The merging of technology and speech therapy offers a huge advantage for the client. 
  3. No matter where you live, you have access to specific specialists who are available to treat you in the privacy of your home, at a time that is mutually convenient.
    • Gr8 Speech consists of a team of therapists who are carefully selected because of their unique skill set and are licensed to practice in 17 states, provide therapy on three continents in multiple languages to clients, ages 5 to 85 years of age.
    • The range of treated speech disorders is broad and includes articulation, accent modification, stuttering, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, Asperger Syndrome, Autism and Alzheimer’s.

Gr8 Speech maximizes time and minimizes possible disruptions such as work-schedule conflicts (caregivers or patients), weather or forgetfulness which can all contribute to lack of progress and an overextended duration of therapy. You can continue with the same therapist if you move or the therapist moves and can even have sessions while on vacation. 

Bottom Line: The result is consistency in care and general improvement over a shorter period of time.

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What is your company vision for the next few years ahead?

Avivit explained, “We envision growth for our team, in terms of numbers of therapists and areas of specialization, as well as an increase in the number of states where we are licensed.”

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

“I love the diversity of South Florida, the wide variety of cultures and the way they blend together. And then there is the weather; I wake up every morning and see the sun…who wouldn’t be happy living here?” said Avivit. 🙂

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I love it when someone comes up with a more convenient solution to a mommy-problem!  Bravo Avivit! Online speech therapy courses for kids!

If you’d like more information, check out gr8Speech Therapy online at www.gr8speech.com.

And, LIKE them on Facebook HERE.


Now tell us, what item on your “to do list” do you wish could be more convenient as a parent?  Comment below!

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!

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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!

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