Let’s Talk About Flywheel Boca

Full disclosure: I have a love/hate relationship with exercise.  My “must haves” if I’m going to get sweaty on purpose are air conditioning, a workout buddy, a cute outfit and variety.  Especially variety.

But, since I had #dailybabyavery, I’ve made it a point to TRY to fit 2-3 sweat sessions in per week– if anything, to keep my energy up and stress down.  I typically alternate between a Pure Barre class, Pound, Stroller Strides and NYC fitness craze: Flywheel.

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This 45-55 minute spinning class slash ‘workout way of life’ has a HUGE following of devotees, not only in NYC, but in South Florida as well.  ALSO SEE: SoulCycle (which has yet to reach South Florida).

They also have a barre version of their class, appropriately branded Flybarre, which I have yet to try personally.

Flywheel has outposts in both Boca and Miami Beach and if you like loud music, hi-tech workout tracking (I’m obsessed with my “power”) and cycling your little heart out (mind you, at your own pace despite the instructor pushing you), this fitness option is for you!  Plus, you get really cute spinning shoes.

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Word.

Flywheel has definitely capitalized on tech use…and gear.  They sell brightly colored workout clothing right in their studio and let me tell you, it’s tempting to give in…and this is why.  Look what they recently posted on their Instagram?!

Flywheel Kid

Cuteness overload.

A single class goes for $25 (first class FREE) and unlimited spinning at Flywheel Boca runs $180 per month.  You can sign up for everything including payments and your bike placement right online and they also recently released an app, so you can book classes on the go.

Find out more information at: http://florida.flywheelsports.com/

A Walk in the Park: Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Let’s talk about Patch Reef Park in Boca…but first: I really miss throwing all of my baby gear into the basket under the stroller, walking out of my apartment and powering along the paths of Hudson River Park in NYC (in the spring/summer, obvi) with beautiful city views and #dailybabyavery smiling in the sunshine!

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It sounds so idyllic…

The reality was that I had to squeeze our big stroller through our tiny apartment door, carry it down a bunch of stairs and then bump it and #dailybabyavery along over multiple broken sidewalks to even get to the park in the first place. It’s easy to mentally block out that stuff.

Yesterday, I took my baby to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. I had heard through the grapevine that there was a paved, fitness trail at the park, so I threw my jogging stroller easily in my trunk, grabbed a couple waters and a snack and drove the short distance to check it out. No squeezing through doors and broken sidewalks for suburban MBMom!

Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL

Patch Reef Park in Boca has 55 acres of passive and active recreation facilities. Park facilities include a community center, softball and baseball fields, soccer/football fields, basketball courts, a fitness trail, a children’s playground, picnic pavilions and tennis courts.

I parked at the tennis center (which was beautiful and had a restroom- score!) and hit the trail…

Patch Reef Park in Boca

It was a smooth trail and the majority of it was shaded, so it doesn’t get too hot.  I also packed a blanket, so we could stop and play (and MBM could check her emails).

Patch Reef Park in Boca

I would love to come back another day with #modernbocadad or a friend to take advantage of the fitness stations.  They look challenging (enough), but aren’t intimidating. And, it’s a free way to exercise!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

Patch Reef Park in BocaLast but not least, there is a killer playground called Pirate’s Cove with water features. It was built on a bouncy, cushioned, poured-in-place surface. I know that Avery will love it when she gets older!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

For my tennis aficionados, I checked out the programs that Patch Reef’s Tennis Center offers for kids. These are the two classes that really stood out to me. Cardio Tennis for Kids and they even have a Mommy and Me program for children 2-5 years old.  How cute would that be?  Where do you even buy a tiny tennis racket?

It was a great day in the park!


Now it’s time to hear from Modern Boca Moms: What’s your favorite park?  Post in the comments below!

The Great Party Invite Debate: Paper vs. Online Party Invitations

Paper vs Online Party Invitations…or is either fine?

I am in the early stages of planning #dailybabyavery’s 1st birthday party, yet I feel like I’m woefully behind for a Modern Boca Mom…and a blogger. I’m a big online reader and let me tell you, some of these mommy bloggers are intimidating, especially when it comes to planning and capturing images of their kids’ parties. How can I compete?

Well, NYC Michelle would have thrown some money at the situation and hired professionals to handle the execution side of party planning, but SOFL Michelle is on more of a budget and despite the time crunch, I’d really like to plan this party myself.

“1” is a huge milestone, right? It may not end up being picture perfect, but Avery is my baby. She deserves a celebration from the heart.

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First Up: Paper vs Online Party Invitations

Because Avery’s personal hashtag has become such a part of her “baby image,” I decided to theme her birthday party around it.

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So, when I was perusing Pinterest for inspiration on paper vs online party invitations, I came across this gem:

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However, the thought of duplicating 30 of these by hand while Avery crawls around stealing felt circles and eating rainbow ribbon gave me heart palpitations, so I thought what’s the harm is making a digital version?  Less waste, no stamps needed.

It may not be “Pinterest crafty,” but this is the ‘almost-finished, still needs some tweaks’ product.  What do you think?

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I want to hear from YOU, Modern Boca Moms: what are your invitation preferences and why?  Comment below!

#dailybabyavery is Turning 1! 30-Day Countdown

I’m sure a million moms have said what I’m about to say:

I can’t believe my baby is turning 1.

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I’m sure that goes for “I can’t believe my baby is turning 2, 3, 18 and 21” as well, but this is also a first for ME since my membership in the ‘mommy club’ only extends back to May 1, 2013.

Breathe…

Anyhoo…we have some exciting things coming up on the site to count down to #dailybabyavery’s 1st Birthday!

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Le Macaron French Pastries Adds Yum to Mizner Park

Have you heard about Le Macaron Boca Raton? I’m not going to lie. I am a bit obsessed when it comes to macarons. I remember when I was 9 months pregnant with #dailybocaavery and I waddled all the way to the Upper East Side in Manhattan (from Hell’s Kitchen) to visit the first U.S.-based Ladurée shop (the macarons are actually flown in from Paris each day). Big mistake. I have been spending my hard earned dollars on those teeny, colorful, delectable pastries ever since!

I read that a Ladurée “house” opened recently in Miami (the second U.S. location since New York), but I thought because of the distance, it would be best saved for a special occasion. I don’t drive to Miami for just anything mamas.

Enter Le Macaron French Pastries in Mizner Park. I have been walking by the space (next to Sloan’s) for months now and it FINALLY opened! Little did I know there is one in Delray Beach as well.

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Le Macaron Boca Raton

And the wait was worth it.  Le Macaron Boca Raton definitely knows how to make its namesake and then some. I am normally a huge fan of the standard Vanilla macaron (Ladurée wins that bakery battle), but the Gingerbread flavor was unique and pretty darn delicious. Pair that with one of their handcrafted chocolates and you are in for a TREAT.

Mind you, a box of 6 costs $13.80 + tax, so it’s probably not going to turn into your daily family dessert, but for special occasions, parties or a beautiful Friday night walking the Mizner Park, I highly recommend.

Full Le Macaron Boca Raton menu below…enjoy!

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Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Disney on Ice South FL: Should You Take Your Baby?

Should you take a 10 month-old to Disney on Ice South FL?

That was the burning (freezing?) question when offered a complimentary ticket to ‘Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After.’

The answer…

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YES! At least until Beauty & the Beast comes on.

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#dailybabyavery had a great first ever Disney experience. #modernbocadad had the honor or escorting our own princess to BB&T Center and reported back that she was very much engaged…until ‘hangry’ lunchtime hit and then it was time to bolt.  Sorry Belle.

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Happy baby at Disney on Ice South FL

The only incident to report was a 3 year-old girl falling backwards through the “hole” of her folding chair near #ModernBocaDad’s seat. He said it looked painful. She cried and Mickey didn’t help apparently.  Sorry little girl.

Overall, the show was fun and featured all of the favorite Disney characters. It is a little long for short attention spans, but overall enjoyable, even if you leave early.

We’ll keep you posted when the next show comes to South Florida!

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Rapunzel at Disney on Ice South FL

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Smiling baby at Disney on Ice South FL

Stroller Fitness Boca: Strollin Towards Skinny

Since moving to South Florida, I had been SEARCHING for fun (and affordable) exercise options; bonus points if they included #dailybabyavery!

Stroller Fitness Boca Raton: Fit4Mom Stroller Strides

Enter the Fit4Mom Boca Raton & Deerfield Beach – Stroller Strides program. For just $16 (or less if you choose a larger package), you can join other Modern Boca Moms like yourself and their kiddos and stride, sweat & chat your way back to your pre-pregnancy size. They even have a new barre class I hear…

I love this group of fun, fit-oriented mommies!  I attended stroller fitness Boca sessions (M/W/F) at Town Center at Boca Raton (yep, we work out in the mall) & they are fun…while appropriately challenging. And there’s no risk to try it out- your first class is FREE!

Get more info & sign up  for stroller fitness Boca Raton classes HERE.

Stroller fitness Boca Raton

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