MADE IN FL: Summer Must-Have Products

I’m not quite sure if this qualifies as a guilty pleasure, but this Modern Boca Mom, as of late, has become a HUGE fan of the ABC television show, Shark Tank.  Even summer products made in florida!

If you haven’t seen the program before, essentially businesses (large and small) pitch their product or service to the “sharks” and ask for a monetary investment in exchange for a stake in their business, so they can (hopefully) grow by leaps and bounds utilizing the sharks’ money + connections.  It’s fascinating!

I constantly think about how I could take ModernBocaMom.com on the show and ask Mr. Wonderful to invest in my “genius” blog idea to take it national…global!  Who knows?!!

Big MOMpreneur dreams.

Anyhow, I’ve recently come across three NEW products for summer that I personally think would be AMAZING on the show.  But, I have a feeling these entrepreneurs are going to do just fine on their own.  And, the best part?

ALL of these products are BASED IN FLORIDA and these summer products made in Florida.

1. shadepop

Summer products made in florida

Yes, that’s #dailybabyavery sitting by the pool…rockin the shadepop

The shadepop story, from its inventor:

Whether it’s relaxing by the pool, at the beach, or on the porch, I’m always happiest outside. One day, while laying by the pool, I reached under my chair for my drink and knocked it over … for the last time. I started thinking there’s got to be a better way to keep everything within arms reach and shaded. I wanted to make relaxing, well, a bit more relaxing. So I found a small umbrella, glued metal washers to the bottom, added a magnet and made my first prototype. It was perfect. I began my research and decided to start the patent process. After going down many different roads, I decided to have it manufactured, and peddle my brilliant invention myself. I mean who wouldn’t want the ultimate in lounge level shade?

I have to admit that I was skeptical when shadepop reached out to MBMom.  But, after trying the product today, I have to admit it’s kind of genius.  I like drinking my sippy cup of white wine out by the pool and it IS super annoying when it heats up due to South Florida’s lack of shade…or me not drinking fast enough, apparently.  

All you have to do is take the umbrella out of its handy case, open and secure it to a table using the magnets provided.  DONE!  Your drink stays cool and so does your phone (I’m definitely one of those people that hates leaving my iPhone out in the sun).

Summer products made in florida

Summer products made in florida

For $24.99, your poolside possessions can be cool too!  www.shadepop.com

2. Bronze Buffer

Summer products made in florida

Yes, this little guy can save you from a sunless tanning “mishap”

The Bronze Buffer story:

The invention of Paige Herman-Axel, a former beauty editor turned freelance beauty blogger (and fellow MBMom!), Bronze Buffer was developed to help “fix” sunless tanning mistakes or boo boos, even after the tan has developed. This innovative, sun-shaped sponge instantly removes unwanted sunless-tanner streaks and buildup.  The sponge is especially ideal for areas of the body where color can collect such as knees, ankles and elbows.  It can even be used to tone down a tan that’s too dark.

Full disclosure…I used to work with Paige back in my NYC Beauty PR days and she is one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet.  When I first moved back to Boca Raton, I was so excited to find out she was based here and was all ears as she explained her new business venture.  I have tried Bronze Buffer multiple times now on my less than perfect sunless tanning applications and it is even fantastic if you need even out leg makeup (Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs anyone?).

Picture “a deodorant sponge for your skin” and thank goodness someone finally invented that.  The only safe tan is a sunless tan and it’s a challenge to get the perfect one each time!  www.bronzebuffer.com

Guess what?  You can buy Bronze Buffer at Sephora. These Summer Products Made in Florida!

SEPHORA! 

Summer products made in florida

Summer products made in florida

3. safeHands

Summer products made in florida

The safeHands story:

The safeHands brand began as a dream of Founder & CEO, Dr. Jay Reubens (known as “Dr. J” and inventor of the first touch-free dispenser) when he set out to develop a safe and effective alternative to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  Dr. J’s goal was to ensure that his foam-based hand sanitizer not only killed over 99.99% of germs – but that it helped soothe, nourish and preserve the skin’s natural oils. It dawned on Dr. J, as he successfully tested the product with his friends and family, that a sanitizer that could be used frequently throughout the day without the harsh effects of alcohol on the skin, would be a product that people would love to use, would use more frequently and would in turn, lead to a decrease in the escalating infection rates. As safeHands products became a reality, it has become Dr. J’s mission to educate about the benefits of alcohol free hand sanitizer, one hand at a time.

As a mom, hand sanitizer is my LIFE.  Between changing diapers, blowing little noses and various other not-so-cute parental duties, I take every measure to make sure my hands are germ-free…yet moisturized.  I thought in Florida that I would no longer need hand cream like I did in NYC!  I was wrong. All of these are Summer Products made in Florida.

These hydrating, skin-soothing, foam-based, non-toxic hand sanitizers kill more than 99.99% of germs on contact and are scientifically proven to be as effective as alcohol-based hand sanitizers. safeHands battles germs, not your skin, so you can sanitize while keeping your hands silky smooth.  

I appreciate the concept.  I’d certainly rather have the alcohol in my cocktail, not on my skin.  It also smells good and is non-toxic.

safeHands is based right here in Boca Raton, FL!  www.safehands.com

You can purchase the products by searching for a local retailer HERE.

Here’s to Summer MBMoms and summer products made in florida!

Disclaimer: Modern Boca Mom was given complimentary product samples for review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

MBMom’s Night Out 2014 at Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton

Fantastic!  

Thank you to all who joined us for our inaugural MBMom’s Night Out at Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton!  We had a lovely evening of champagne and ‘lite bites’ while learning about:

3 Steps to Perfect Skin by Clinique and Clarisonic 
Eyes and Lips that pop by Bobbi Brown 
Flawless Foundation tips by Laura Mercier

All steps were designed by the professionals at Bloomingdale’s to facilitate Flawless Beauty in a Flash!  

The evening was topped off by DELICIOUS pink lemonade cake pops from Lollicakes Gourmet and great company.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Kelli-Ann and the beauty team from Bloomingdale’s, the folks from Signsations (who made my beautiful MBMom signs!) and Stacie from Lollicakes Gourmet for helping to make this evening happen for some fabulous moms.  Isn’t her cake pop table just amazing?

Lollicakes Gourmet
Lollicakes Gourmet

We hope you can make our next MBMom Social Event on Sunday, June 1st…details to be announced next week!

In the meantime, here are some lovely Modern Boca Moms (well, except my sister in the middle, who is a Modern Boca Aunt!) who were made over during the event.

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xo,
MBMom

Have You Tasted Blue Apron?

Honesty time: I may be a Modern Boca Mom…but I am the furthest thing possible from a Modern Boca Chef. Why not Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery!

I don’t mind shopping or cleaning up (I’m quite good at both), but cooking absolutely stumps me.  NYC just enabled me even further the past few years by having the most amazing takeout and delivery options available (miss you so much Seamless!).  So, here we are in Boca-burbia having to find recipes and shop for 7 evening meals per week for our family of 2.5 people.

MBMoms, aren’t you tired?  I’m exhausted.

The last thing I want to do after working and taking care of #dailybabyavery all day is search through cookbooks and drive to Whole Foods or Publix.  That’s why I’m so glad a friend of mine introduced me (and #modernbocadad) to Blue Apron.

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery is simply a better way to cook.  It’s a weekly recipe + ingredient delivery service that you subscribe to (yes, it’s national!  I thought it was just in NYC at first) for approximately $60 per week for two people ($9.99 per person per meal; quantities/prices go up from there).  They plan, shop, measure and deliver ingredients for 3 surprise recipes that get delivered to your door each Wednesday.

That means our delivery is arriving today- yay!  I love getting the menu emailed to me in advance of each week and looking forward to the unique dishes.

Each week is typically one beef, seafood and chicken dish-  FYI.  You can also get vegetarian meals if you like.  The reason I like it so much is because it takes the THINKING out of 3 dinners per week.  That’s a nice little break.  It also makes for a fun date night at home!

With Blue Apron, you receive:

Original Recipes from Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

  • Complete meals with 500-700 calories per serving
  • 35 minutes to prepare on average
  • Pre-portioned ingredients to save time and reduce waste
  • Easy to follow beautifully printed recipe cards

Here are some photos of recent Blue Apron meals we [read: #modernbocadad] created!

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

A typical delivery box

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Ingredient organization

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Prep

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Roasted Chicken with Jalapeno-Herb Salsa, Mixed Citrus & Cracked Wheat Berries- YUM!

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

3-Chile Beef Chili with Red Kidney Beans & Pepper Jack Cheese- SPICY & DELISH!

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole with Gouda Bechamel-

HEARTY WITH PLENTY OF LEFTOVERS

Everything is delivered fresh to your door and there is literally zero ingredient waste!  And, we’ve pretty much had extra portions with every meal which makes the price even more desirable.

Learn more about or sign up for Blue Apron HERE.

Bon appetit MBMoms!

1st Birthday Party: #dailybocaavery Celebration Recap

It’s my baby girl’s first birthday celebration! Once upon a time (on May 1st, 2013), there was a beautiful baby girl who was born on the island of Manhattan.  On the day of her birth, she was showered with love, flowers and adoration and given a special social media moniker:

#dailybabyavery (now #dailybocaavery)

Modern Boca Mom very much wanted to come up with a 1st Birthday Party theme for her that was cute, original and featured her very popular social media #hashtag.  She scoured the internet and came across Kara’s Party Ideas’ Instagram-themed birthday blog post and used it for her 1st baby girl’s first birthday celebration!

MBMom does not claim to be as crafty as other fantastic bloggers out there, but she did her best to be creative and cost-conscious and designed #dailybabyavery’s birthday party around the theme: “A Year of Firsts.”  

Disclaimer: Much chalkboard paint was used in the design of this party.  Enjoy!

My baby girl’s first birthday celebration: A Year of Firsts

Party Setup:

DECORATIONS: a combination of Party City (tablecloths, napkins, cups, streamers, party hats, balloons). Michael’s (crafting tape, wooden stars, ribbon for banner). Office Depot (camera sign, printed goods) and creative sourcing through friends (wooden “party” sign and giraffes, #dailybabyavery banner and polka dot bathing suit and ‘1’ crown).

FOOD: “Make Your Own Panini Bar!”  We set out a variety of breads, cold cuts, cheeses, sauces and garnishes (with #hashtag explanations) and let guests press their own sandwich concoctions on two panini presses.  We also had a strawberry and spinach salad, appetizers and a fruit platter for sides.

DRINKS: my sister and I broke out our large beverage dispensers and made fresh lemonade, water with lemon slices and a signature #dailybabyavery cocktail, Sparkling Peach Sangria.  The drink recipe can be found HERE.

CAKE: I can’t say enough good things about The Yellow Rose Cakery. They designed a cake IN THE SHAPE OF A HASHTAG, decoupaged with sugar photos of Avery throughout her first year.  It was beautiful and tasty (strawberry cake- yum!) and was the centerpiece of the party table.  They also provided a complimentary smash cake.

ENTERTAINMENT: Well, it rained the day of the party, so swimming in the pool was limited unfortunately.  My best friend did some face painting on the older kids, which was a big hit.  And, we screened a little Birthday Slideshow from 12welve 05ive Productions that was unbelievably cute and touching.  Tears were definitely shed by this MBMom!

In the end, MBMom, her family and friends survived her birthday celebration, savored the precious memories of #dailybabyavery’s initial year of life and lived happily ever after!


A BIG THANK YOU to #dailybabyavery’s MorMor & Grandpa Norm, Auntie Lo & Uncle Stephen, her NYC Aunties & Uncle Jonny, Auntie Rose, Uncle Steven , Aunt Monica and #modernbocadad for all of your help!  The party would not have happened without you.  Until next year!  xo

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