Have the Ultimate Boca Raton Back-to-School Photoshoot

My thinking before becoming a mom: “I’ll just have the yearbook company take my kid’s photo every year. Done and done!” My thinking after becoming a mom: “No single yearbook photo will ever capture the essence of my magical and perfect Boca baby!!!” Ok…I’m being a tad dramatic, but a new tradition has been born in my household: the Boca Raton photoshoot for back to school!

Oh yes, add it to our holiday and Halloween family photoshoot traditions, but there was no way I wasn’t going to capture the excitement of #dailybocaavery starting preschool for the first time.

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Preschool {chokes back sobs}!!!

Luckily, newcomer to Boca Naomi Phelps of Sweet Memories Photography somehow sensed my mommy anxiety and suggested we get #dailybocaavery dressed up in her new spiffy Grandview Preparatory School uniform and organize a Boca Raton photoshoot to commemorate this big change in our lives.

Naomi, formerly of the Washington D.C. area, has photographed over 90 weddings, countless engagement, family, newborn, and maternity sessions, and has documented corporate events with speakers such as Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou, and Joel McHale.

The photos came out 10x better than I ever could have imagined.

Sweet Memories Photography Boca Raton Photoshoot: Back-to-School

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We took Sweet Memories Photography all over Grandview’s beautiful campus and captured shots in places where #dailybocaavery would spend many of her days over the next school year.

Naomi somehow convinced our strong-willed daughter to smile AND look at the camera.  No easy feat– I know this personally! She was truly lovely (and EASY) to work with on this Boca Raton photoshoot!

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We even had the opportunity to take some great family photos during the shoot! We tried to dress to represent “The Pride” in red, white and blue.

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Scheduling your own Boca Raton photoshoot with Sweet Memories Photography celebrating back-to-school is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 Boca Raton Back-to-School package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location PLUS a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as we love ours!

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MOMpreneur Monday: The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS)

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

Welcome to MOMpreneur Monday, our feature highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.MOABS on Modern Boca Mom


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...the founder of The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS), Amy Lundy!

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Tell us a little bit about your background, motherhood and what inspired you to throw the “Mother of All Baby Showers”…

I am the founder and mother behind The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) and went from running events for Fortune 500 and 100 companies all around the country to launching my own business seven years ago in Florida. I had my first child in 2010 and everything changed the minute she was born. While I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, it wasn’t until I became a parent that I found my real path—marketing and event production within the maternity and baby industries. We now have an almost seven year-old, 4 year-old and an infant (yep, we’re those crazy people with three kids AND a dog too!).

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I was inspired to create MOABS because I love connecting people and making others’ lives easier—ESPECIALLY MOMS AND DADS. I found that making connections was very tough, navigating the baby industry as an expectant and new parent required being resourceful and spending A LOT of time researching and asking a lot of questions. Connecting brands to people and people to people is at the heart of this event—and making it easier for attendees to find what they want and need, whether expecting or a parent of a newborn through preschooler.

Being a business owner has meant sacrificing a lot—it takes time away from my family, but also allows for flexibility in my work schedule. I don’t have a set salary, so financially I take a lot of risks. I often work while my kids sleep so I can be with them as much as possible during the day, and thus the cause of the dark circles under my eyes. But every day is different and I am always thankful.

How did you get started?

I started my business in Florida– Tampa Bay to be exact. It began as an upscale mommy and me program (small fry society). Every six weeks, expectant and new parents experienced different activities, different businesses, while getting to know one another. It was social and educational and a lot of fun! Demand continued to grow and I had a lot of interest from parents who couldn’t always make our “socials.” It was challenging to meet the scheduling needs of so many different parents. That’s when the lightbulb went off. I should create a larger annual event in the evening to accommodate both working AND stay-at-home parents!

The Mother of All Baby Showers was born out of a necessity to support expectant and new parents by providing education about products and services related to healthcare, safety, nutrition, travel, clothing, bathing, sleeping…and all the other necessities new families need! I am in the trenches with you, I get it, and I want to help.

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What’s unique about MOABS and why should MBMoms attend your events?

There’s nothing quite like The Mother of All Baby Showers. It’s an adults-only night out, for starters. For one night only, in seven cities and growing, parents and parents-to-be can take a night out for themselves and enjoy tasty treats from Bolay, Shake Shack, and Sweet Servings, to name a few; mini spa treatments from Belly Love; amazing education from our Presenting Sponsor Memorial Healthcare System, as well as Diono, Chicco, Evercord, Baby K’tan, Enfamil, Pottery Barn Kids and many more in our “Try It Before You Buy It” area; hands-on, fun seminars; AND $20K in giveaways.

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Parenting these days is especially challenging because new products often pop up. It can be overwhelming!

Also, new rules/recommendations go into effect year to year (think: not turning the car seat around until your child is 2 or more). We do our best to stay up to date and provide experts that we know and trust to speak on the topics in person and online. MOABS is inclusive and easily accessible. We provide so many options to explore, and the experience is truly confidence-building.

We’d love Modern Boca Moms and Dads to attend because you deserve a night out that is all about learning and laughing. The event offers so much to do and see and it’s incredibly affordable. Tickets range from $15/ticket for a general attendee or $60 for a VIP ticket. VIP comes with an amazing Baby K’tan carrier, $25 gift card to Fitlife Foods, 50% off a Shipt membership swag bag and earlier admission to the event. Use code MBM for a FREE general ticket or $15 off the VIP ticket, through October 1.

Ticket proceeds will benefit Miami Diaper Bank, where 100% of all donations will go to purchasing diapers for babies and families in South Florida who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Register for MOABS 2017

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What new and exciting things are coming up for MOABS?

MOABS continues to expand every year and we are excited to host all of you! Since 2012 we have hosted events in South Florida, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. New cities for 2018 will be announced soon.

This year’s South Florida event is sure to be a blast and valuable for everyone involved, and we’re excited to feature some new elements, including La Croix’s tasting station and Shipt’s grocery delivery service. We have new partners in virtually every category! Join us in person on October 6th at Young At Art Museum! Click here to register.

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

I’ve moved 10x in my adult life and the best decision I ever made was moving home to South Florida. I felt so lucky to have my third child delivered at Memorial Hospital in Pembroke Pines, as I am also a Memorial Healthcare System baby!

I love it here because of the supportive community, the warm weather (who doesn’t?!), living close to family and old friends and meeting incredible local business owners with whom I can create collaborations. I truly know I am lucky to be a South Florida MOMpreneur. I encourage other MOMpreneurs to get in touch with me anytime as I would love to help you in any way I can.

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Zipping Around Boca in the 2016 Mazda CX-3

For the first time in 12 years, I’m actively preparing for back-to-school and I’m EXHAUSTED! How does a 3 year-old need so many supplies? Mucho props to all the moms out there who have multiple kids…and school supply lists. Seriously, MAJOR KUDOS! Luckily, the week I ended up ordering uniforms and making (multiple) trips to Office Depot also happened to be the week I tested out the new 2016 Mazda CX-3.

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What a zippy car! That’s what I nicknamed the Mazda CX-3 that week: Zippy.

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Even though my bulky toddler car seat was a bit of a tight fit in this “not quite a car, not quite an SUV” subcompact crossover, we still managed to make it work and fill up the trunk space with tons of school stuff.

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Plus, I didn’t feel guilty driving all over town (multiple times, mind you) because the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is engineered with breakthrough SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. It delivers unmatched driving dynamics right alongside outstanding fuel economy.

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This is not the first Mazda I’ve test-driven in the name of blogging. You can read several of my other reviews HERE and HERE.

I really like the brand and have not been disappointed by their different sized models.

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You may have noticed that some of my photos in this post look a bit rainy. Well, that’s because it’s summer in South Florida and I couldn’t manage to time my shoot correctly. BUT, we all know that on the road, the weather can change in an instant. Mazda’s uniquely smart ACTIV AWD® system monitors conditions and adjusts your power to help give you ideal traction before wheels have the chance to slip. Safety first for my family!

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 has my favorite MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with bluetooth and commander control knob.

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It also has a killer leather interior that made me feel way cooler than the basic Boca mom that I am. 😉  Look- red leather!!!

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2016 Mazda CX-3

All in all, I was a happy driver that week…albeit a very tired one. Thanks Mazda for letting me take one of your babies out on the Boca roads!

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Hosted: Modern Boca Mom was loaned a 2016 Mazda CX-3 for the period of one week for consideration in this review.

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Boca Beth El Early Learning Center: Sensory Mommy and Me Classes

This Modern Boca Mom LOVES her a good Mommy & Me class. Lucky for my readers with babies or toddlers, Boca’s Beth El Early Learning Center is launching a NEW sensory Mommy & Me class starting September 6th!

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Boca Beth El Early Learning Center Presents Mommy & Me with Miss Sam

A new take on Mommy and Me, this class puts and emphasis on sensory play. Sensory activities encourage exploration and facilitate learning organically. This program will provide your toddler with a sense of self as they grow and develop in the warm and nurturing environment that the Boca Beth El Early Learning Center provides.

A strong foundation will be set for these young toddlers as they learn to share, play cooperatively and respect their peers through stories, songs, music, art and movement!

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Mommy & Me with Miss Sam Class Details:

DATES: Mommy & Me with Miss Sam classes start September 6, 2016. Two options are offered for different age groups.

  • For babies 12-18 months with parent or caregiver – Tuesdays from 11:00 -12:30 p.m.
  • For babies/toddlers 18-24 months with parent or caregiver -Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

COST: $360 class fee includes 15 one and a half hour sessions. The first class is FREE!

REGISTER: http://bethelearlylearningcenter.tbeboca.org/beth-el-babies

About the teacher: Samantha Barhai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. She has taught at the Beth El Learning Center since 2014, and brings a unique sense of warmth and fun to her classroom.


Boca Beth El Early Learning Center at Temple Beth El Beck Family Campus is a place where children and families thrive in an atmosphere of friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, Jewish values, joy and respect. Where enriching education and stimulating curriculum lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Where each child’s individual potential is fostered and developed to be the best it can be. And Boca Temple Beth El Beck Family Campus is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified education facility! This is not only beneficial for the environment, but for the children that learn and play there every day.

Please contact the Beth El Early Learning Center at 561-391-8901 for more information, or visit the website.


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