MOMpreneur Monday: The Shine Collection

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

Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...the founder of The Shine Collection, Dianne Brickman!

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Tell us a little bit about your background, motherhood and what inspired you to start The Shine Collection…

I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University. I graduated with a degree in Retail Management and spent several years in New York City working in both marketing and management. I worked for iconic brands like Barneys New York, Nike and DKNY Coats. I loved the excitement of living and working in Manhattan, but when I met my husband, I relocated to be with him in Washington, DC.

We started a family and I chose to become a stay at home mom for many years. As our children grew up, I decided to launch a business that would allow me flexibility, but enable me to indulge my love of style and selling.

The Shine Collection started in 2013 with just one style, our Classic Tunic. I had been wearing tunics that I purchased from a website and found that I was getting compliments from women of all ages! I thought that if this style appealed to women in their teens to those in their 60’s, I wanted to make my own. I love that tunics flatter women of all ages and shapes. They can be worn over a bathing suit or with a pair of white jeans for a fresh, sophisticated look. Since the launch of the business, we have added additional styles (including lounge wear), but always kept the focus on casual fashion.

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What’s unique about The Shine Collection and why should MBM readers purchase your clothing?

What’s unique is that all of our Shine Collection garments are designed with hand blocked cotton fabrics made in India. Hand block printing is an old Indian art form. It uses hand carved teak wood block that is dipped in natural dyes and stamped by hand onto cotton. The subtle differences in the fabrics add to the unique style making each garment, one of a kind, just like the woman who wears it.

The line is perfect for the South Florida lifestyle. Colorful, casual styles that can be worn to the beach or a backyard BBQ.  With a boho, preppy style, The Shine Collection line appeals to the young and young at heart.

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What new and exciting things are coming up for your business?

I’ve always had a strong commitment to giving back to the community. During the past year, I have participated in events from Miami to West Palm Beach. I am always on the lookout for ways to promote The Shine Collection and help raise money for local charities in the area. We are excited to support the community around us.

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

I am coming up on my one year South Florida-versary! The weather is amazing and we love taking advantage of the Florida lifestyle. Golf, tennis and hanging out on the beach is for us. Our motto is, “Beach days are the best days!” I’m glad we can combine Florida living with our working lifestyle as a family.

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Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover

It’s amazing what a little color and styling can do to improve the look of a room. If you follow @modernbocamom on Instagram, you may have noticed that we’re working on redecorating our house this year (one room/space at a time). I’ve been lobbying for a Boca Raton guest bedroom makeover, but it was rather low on the house priority list because of the expense of our recent pool and patio renovation.

But when you happen upon an unbelievable Memorial Day weekend bedding sale, you have to go for it right?

Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover: BEFORE

Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover

Lovely, but sooooo beige….

Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover

I hung up our silk floral monogram from our wedding…which I kind of dug. Most of our houseguest entertaining involves people who attended our 2011 nuptials, after all. 🙂



Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover

  • We purchased new queen size bedding for the guest room from Sears (of all places!).
  • I re-styled the existing bedroom accessories.
  • I hung up my “works of art” from all the Wine & Paint Nights I’ve attended at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum on the walls.

It was easy, but made such a difference!

Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover

Boca Raton Guest Bedroom Makeover
So cozy! I really loved the layers in this bedding set…


What do you think? The room now has some nice color contrast (floor/furniture/walls vs. bedding & accessories) and looks much sunnier, in my opinion.

It also has its own bathroom and this not too shabby view, so we expect to have a good amount of visitors this coming winter.

Boca Raton guest room makeover

Our living room renovation (which was a big one) and #dailybocaavery’s “Big Girl Room” are up next on my home to do list!

Happy summer (re)decorating Boca Raton!

Never Run Out of Water Again with ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé®

Thank you to ReadyRefresh ℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Living in South Florida, having a steady supply of water at the ready is ESSENTIAL for my family, especially during the summer months. In fact, we have a mini bottled water fridge in our garage, so we are always ready to grab water whenever we head out (as long as #modernbocadad remembers to refill it!!). 

Not only does it help keep us hydrated, but bottled water is a healthy alternative to soda and juice. Did you know that by replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water each day for a year, you can cut more than 50,000 calories from your diet? I don’t know about you, but if there’s ever an easy way to cut calories, then count me in.

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Since we started using our “bottled water fridge”, we’ve had to stock up more and more often. I’ve found that when cold water is convenient and ready to drink, we consume more. And if we run out…cue angry Boca mom.

But buying bottled water by the individual bottle means you’re spending way too much time restocking at the grocery store. Buying in bulk keeps your shopping trips infrequent, but those cases are so heavy, and big box stores are energy-sapping circuses. With that dreaded trip to the store looming, a sense of anxiety takes over. As your bottled water supply dwindles, you begin to hoard those last few bottles for your kids, your spouse, or even just a thirstier moment. This is a phenomenon referred to as The Fear of Running Out aka FORO—denying yourself and your family the bottled water they want just so you don’t have to go back to the store or add another inconvenience to your day.

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ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé® believes that your hydration should never hinge on the inconvenience of restocking your bottled water supply. Having your favorite bottled water on hand, without hassle, keeps you in control of what you drink, and when. Because when you’re thirsty, you should get to drink your beverage of choice—not fall victim to Fear of Running Out.

The Fear of Running Out aka FORO is REAL. 

Not just with bottled water, but other household items too! I personally feel FORO most with coffee pods and paper towels. 🙂 Nestlé even conducted a study about it. Some of the results they found included:

  • More than half of all surveyed (52%) experience FORO at least once a week.
  • 69% of survey respondents run low on everyday household items at least once a week.
  • Nearly half of all full-time working parents (46%) surveyed say they ration or replace everyday household items with a less desirable alternative at least once per week, in order to avoid running out completely.

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About ReadyRefresh

When it comes to your home, you want to feel confident that you are always making the best choices for you and your family, especially when it comes to health. Now there’s an easy way to bring a little more health into your home – ReadyRefresh – a customizable beverage delivery service that provides your family with a variety of leading bottled water brands in assorted sizes and flavors like Zephyrhills (still and sparkling), Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier, San Pellegrino, and Acqua Panna.

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With ReadyRefresh there is something for everyone in the family! With just a few clicks, or a few taps on your mobile device, through, you’ll quickly customize your order for thirst-quenching beverages delivered right to your door.

I need this.

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Make Every Weekend a Boca Holiday Weekend at the Waterstone

We live where you vacation. I love to say that to non-Floridians, especially when a summer holiday weekend is on the horizon. 😉 And now after our third visit, I’ve decided there are few places better to stay-cation during a Boca holiday weekend than at the Waterstone Resort and Marina.

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The views are to die for…

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

I mean, the daily champagne reception from 4-7PM should be reason enough in itself!

Boca Holiday Weekend Champagne

Like I mentioned, my family and I have stayed at the Waterstone Resort & Marina before, but Boca holiday weekend times are my absolute favorite because you get that little bonus day to enjoy the resort’s MANY amenities.

This visit, we were invited to bunk in a suite. It is so much easier when we have a separate snoozing space for #dailybocaavery, so us parents can hang out after she goes to sleep. Game of Thrones isn’t going to catch up on itself.

This room was so freaking beautiful. That bathtub…

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Avery easily fell asleep on the suite’s pullout couch, snuggling with Morty, the Waterstone’s manatee mascot… 

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

…while we enjoyed the welcome spread. Ok fine, we did share the cookies and milk with our daughter.

We live where you vacation. I love to tell non-Floridians that, especially when a summer holiday weekend is on the horizon. ;) And now after our third visit, I've decided there are few places better to stay-cation during a Boca holiday weekend than at the Waterstone Resort and Marina.

We had a big Boca holiday weekend itinerary ahead of us at the Waterstone!


Whether you’re eating inside at Boca Landing or outside with a view, the Waterstone’s buffet breakfast has something for everyone.

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You can also eat breakfast and lunch out by the pool or order food to bring up to your room. SO NICE when your kids need an a/c break.

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Next up: POOL TIME

The Waterstone’s pool has a front row seat to the Boca Raton bridge and intracoastal waterway leading out to beautiful Lake Boca. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a frozen cocktail or two with friends and celebrate a Boca holiday weekend!

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

The weekend we stayed happened to be Father’s Day weekend. Let’s just say that I scored major points towards my birthday in August with this fabulous stay-cation…

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone


Our Boca holiday weekend at the Waterstone overall was absolutely amazing. But, I would have to say that my favorite part was renting and taking out their electric boat on Lake Boca. It was so much fun!

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

#modernbocadad was obviously the captain of our vessel (even though us moms sported the captain’s’ hats). We grabbed some drinks and snacks and hopped aboard!

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

The boat was really easy to maneuver (I promise- not complicated at all!) and we were even able to find a cool spot to let the kids swim around in the lake. It was hot, so they were really excited to cool off.

You can find more information about boat rentals at the Waterstone HERE.

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

Boca holiday weekend Waterstone

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After our boat ride, it was time to cool off in the pool and get ready for dinner. My mom’s Father’s Day gift to my husband was watching our daughter that night, so we could have an adults-only dinner at Boca Landing. However, we could have also very easily eaten as a family outside at Waterstone Bar & Grill.


Ever eaten a lionfish? How about the freshest fish dip in South Florida? You can find it all at the Waterstone’s modern on-site restaurant, Boca Landing.

We indulged in so many wonderful dishes including a peanut butter & jelly cake finale (yum!) featured in the gallery below:

It was hands down, the best Father’s Day weekend we’ve ever spent together. And that’s the best part– we spent it TOGETHER as a family at a beautiful resort close to home in our own little vacation paradise: Boca Raton. Thank you Waterstone Resort & Marina.

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