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Rejoice MBMoms! It’s National Coffee Day 2015!

If there’s one thing I know…it’s that MBMoms run on COFFEE! And Monday, September 29th, is National Coffee Day!

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Sweet nectar of the mommy gods…

To celebrate, Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its premium Dark Roast with a special free offer: guests can walk into any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant across the country and receive a free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced Dark Roast Coffee (limit to one per guest).

I am an especially BIG FAN of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

I give you Exhibit A:



Yep, I was the DD Fan of the Week back in 2012 and even got my picture up in lights in Times Square.  NBD.

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I also had my first pumpkin donut of the season yesterday. YUM.

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Hey, the leaves may not be changing here in Boca Raton, but at least you can experience the flavors of fall at DD!

Happy National Coffee Day MBMoms!

Tasting Mizner Park 2015

When you get asked to taste Mizner Park…

You say YES!

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Tastemakers, the fabulous and progressive food & cocktail tasting featuring many of the center’s restaurants and live rock music, will be held on Tuesday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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As media, we had the opportunity to preview the night’s drinks and dishes and I must warn you, PACE YOURSELF. Check out all of the restaurants  participating!

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Here are just some of the tasty bites and cocktails you can expect to imbibe in once you purchase a “Dining Passport” for the event.

The press preview doubled as a wonderful date night with my blogger friend April Golightly!


Make your own date night by purchasing a dining passport to Tastemakers today! They are available for $30.00 at any participating Mizner Park restaurant.

Bon appetit!

Alligator Alley Open at the Palm Beach Zoo

At the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s Alligator Alley, guests are invited to get up close and personal with Fred and Wilma, the Zoo’s American alligators at their newly renovated viewing area.

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The first in a series of redesigned and reimagined habitats for the current Florida Region exhibit, the new, up close, viewing platform, provides a panoramic view of the lush habitat the alligators call home.

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The Zoo’s just completed renovations include the all new Keeper Talk & Presentation Platform, 360 degree viewing of the Alligator Habitat and an off-exhibit Alligator Holding Area. This project has been made possible by long time donors, Michele & Howard Kessler. Their generous support has helped continue to provide quality care for Fred, the Zoo’s 12.5-foot long male and his mate, 8-foot long Wilma, both born in 1988.

Native to Florida, the American alligator is an example of a species that has recovered thanks to careful management and conservation efforts. By the middle of the 20th century, American alligator populations were severely depleted and in 1967, were listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act.  The Palm Beach Zoo is proud to be a part of this effort and continue to educate and inform people about these magnificent creatures.

The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

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In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

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If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

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So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

MOMpreneur Monday: Artist, Brenda Hope Zappitell

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, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.Brenda Hope Zappitell

Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Brenda Hope Zappitell, a Boca Museum of Art featured artist.

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This MOMpreneur Monday feature is going to be a little different than our usual because we not only want to tell you about this amazing Delray-based artist and mommy, but she also has an event next week at the Boca Museum of Art to celebrate the launch her first solo exhibition: A Journey of Gestures.

As a Boca Museum member, I am personally thrilled for her!

Brenda Zappitell: A Journey of Gestures is showing July 25 through August 23, 2015 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The painter shares abstract expressionist works inspired by her travels, life experiences, role as a mother of three, and above all else, her meditations.

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Brenda Hope Zappitell (born 1964), Family, 2015, acrylic, flashe and cold wax on panel, 50 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist

What has emerged from her 25 years as an artist is a vibrant, energetic, and emotional contribution to the genre of abstract expressionism. “My paintings emerge from the emotion I feel in the moment my brush touches a blank surface,” Zappitell says. “I am a very physical and spontaneous painter. Moving back and forth with decisive brush strokes and dynamic gestures, I work rapidly to capture that ephemeral feeling in tangible form.”

She has now achieved national recognition for her work, with shows in New York, New Orleans, Palm Beach, and more.

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Brenda Hope Zappitell (born 1964), Infinite Possibilities, 2015, acrylic, flashe and cold wax on panel, 60 x 60 in., Courtesy of the Artist

Brenda will host BOCA Talks at the Museum to discuss her work on Thursday, July 30, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. This event is free for Museum members and $12 for the public.

For details or to RSVP, please contact Bari Arango at barango@bocamuseum.org or 561-392-2500 ext. 213.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am until 5pm, on Thursdays from 10am until 8pm, Saturdays, and Sundays from Noon until 5 PM and is closed on Mondays and holidays.  Adult admission is $12, Senior Citizens are $10, children age 12 and under and students with IDs are free.  An extensive list of programming and events is available online at www.bocamuseum.org.

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Is Your Kid Ready for Children’s Theater in Boca?

Children’s theater in Boca. The most adorable and (in my opinion) one of the best character building activities your child can have.

Our family has firsthand experience with this. #modernbocadad was active in musical theater in high school. (I guess we’ll find out if he reads MBMom regularly based on the posting of his cast photo from Grease.) As a result, he’s a great public speaker and singer. I attribute the honing of those skills to his theater days.

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As Kenickie in Grease

He was also pretty cute in high school, right?

Our town has a pretty fabulous children’s theater in Boca conveniently located in Royal Palm Place in East Boca: Showtime Performing Arts Theatre.

I took #dailybocaavery to see a production of Beauty & the Beast earlier this season and she absolutely loved it!

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I can’t wait for the day she’s old enough to take some of the amazing classes they are offering this summer. And FYI- that will be SOON. Did you know you can start as early as age 3 at Showtime?

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How lucky are we to have the opportunity to expose our kids to live theater at such a young age? Boca’s the best.

For more information visit: www.showtimeboca.com

Best Summer Camp in Boca Raton &
Best Kids Activity/Entertainment
~ Sun Sentinel Readership

Best Children’s Theatre in South Florida
~ South Florida Parenting KIDS CROWN “Best Kept Secrets” Award

Best Theater Group for Kids
~ Nickelodeon Parents Picks Awards

Best of South Florida
Children’s Acting, Dance and Music Classes
~ Boca Life Magazine, Gold Coast Magazine

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Showtime Performing Arts Theater Boca Raton. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

We Hope You Cooled Off at Carvel’s FREE Cone Day April 30th!


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Carvel … America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, is celebrating Free Cone Day on Thursday, April 30 from 3-8 p.m.  Participating Carvel® shoppes (including the East Boca location) will treat guests to a FREE junior cone filled with their choice of freshly made vanilla, chocolate or the limited-time soft ice cream made with Ferrero’s Nutella® hazelnut spread.

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#dailybabyavery and I tried it and it was pretty much life changing. There’s just something about Nutella…

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In addition to enjoying FREE soft ice cream, you can help raise money for the American Red Cross on Free Cone Day. Throughout the day, Carvel will offer a $2 coupon book worth more than $20 in savings. All proceeds from sales of the coupon books will go toward a $20,000 donation to support the organization’s disaster relief efforts.

So get out of the scorching South Florida heat on April 30th and cool off with your kiddos at the East Boca Carvel!There’s a FREE sweet treat there with your name on it. 🙂

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Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Carvel. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Tis the END of ‘Season’: MBMom Reviews Boca Bacchanal & SHUZZ Art Fashion Show 2015

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Twas the beginning of spring and all through the town, Boca’s fab social season was winding down;

The wine had been drunk, all the food tasted, the fashions shown off, and no one’s time wasted;

Raising money for charity was the name of the game, but this Boca Mom is exhausted all the same!

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Editor’s Note: Tis best to be an exhausted mom on a private plane at the Boca Raton Airport in a dress courtesy of Lord & Taylor…just take my word for it.

Modern Boca Mom is thrilled to report that the Boca Raton social season ended with a bang this year with two amazing events less than a week apart: Boca Bacchanal & SHUZZ Art Fashion Show.

MBMom attended both events last year and has the inside scoop on how both went down in 2015.


First up…

Boca Bacchanal

Despite the pouring rain on Friday night, 1,500 guests joined the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum for a Boca Bacchanal weekend unlike any before.

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Bacchanalia, held March 27, for the first time at the Boca Raton Airport Hangar, wowed guests from the moment they arrived on the red carpet with views of private jets, gorgeous Ferraris, the signature Boca Bacchanal car and a spectacle of live entertainment.

Once inside (and dry), guests experienced tastings from 40 South Florida restaurants, over 140 varieties of wine from top vintners across the world, chef demonstrations from three of Bacchanal’s notable chefs, a luxurious pop-up shop from Saks Fifth Avenue (which #modernbocadad thoroughly enjoyed) and unique offerings from local businesses and sponsors for guests to enjoy.

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History went high tech this year with a live social media stream (attendees who posted with the hashtag #BocaBacchanal could see their posts on the main event screen) and models in video vests streaming footage of the Boca Raton Historical Society programs and preservation projects who walked the event taking donations for the new Welcome Center at Town Hall.

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Celebrity Kathie Lee Gifford, representing GIFFT Wines, was also a presenter at Bacchanalia and a Vintner Dinner in Boca Raton.

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The GIFFT rosé was delish, but I also enjoyed the offerings from good ol’ Cupcake Wines, one of my NYC liquor store staples.

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SHUZZ Art Fashion Show

I’ll let my good friend and fellow South Florida blogger April Golightly take you through all of the specific fashion details from the SHUZZ Art Fashion Show at Mizner Park Amphitheater featuring designs from Haute Hippie (click HERE), but needless to say it was a ton of fun and again, for a great cause!

SHUZZ (pronounced shoes) is a South Florida based non-profit organization that functions off of support from volunteers only, existing to provide new shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas around the world.

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I especially liked this Haute Hippie design (photo by Brooke Strange):


I drink wine because I don’t like to keep things bottled up 😉

Cirque Dreams kept guests entertained pre and post-Fashion Show and NYY Steak provided food in the VIP lounge area. So yummy!

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Both of these events are MUSTS during the Boca “Season.” If you missed out this year, make sure you put them on your calendar for 2016!


Modern Boca Mom’s 1st ‘Blogger-Versary’ Party at California Closets: Event Album


It’s true: Modern Boca Mom is officially 1 year old. We’re a toddler now (who can drink champagne)!


And what’s a 1st birthday without a big party? California Closets Boca Raton sponsored MBMom’s 1st “Blogger-versary” Party on Wednesday, March 18th in their luxury showroom in Royal Palm Place.




Thank you Lori from California Closets for being our presenting sponsor!

The champagne flowed and desserts were devoured, lovingly and creatively prepared by Brandy’s Bites. 



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We truly wanted to thank everyone who has supported the blog in our first year and were thrilled to have so many amazing South Florida businesses and friends in attendance. Cheers!

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Michelle Olson-Rogers, April Erhard (www.aprilgolightly.com) and Diana Rush of Musikgarten by the Beach

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Lily Ojea & Erin Branham of Apt. 2 Events

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With Samantha Bense of aquaBelly Fitness

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#modernbocadad, #MBMom, Diana & Shawn Rush


With Shani Marcos of Shani’s Boutique


With the Mullen Family: Erin, Courtney, Connie & Jim from Organic Movements


With Erin Simpson-Krar of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum & Kristine Keshishian of Embracing Education


With Rose Heard


With Melissa Wilson of Autotrader.com


With MBMom contributors, Erika Villolobos (Essentially Erika), Casey Stone Philbrick (Hunting for Rubies), Margaret Schaffer (ReStyle Home Staging) and Kellie Michelsen


Erin Branham, Tracy & Wayne Augustin (2 Forks & a Cork) and Greg Miseyko


Stephen & Lauren Ricks of Tilson PR


Dr. Chad & Ashley Rudnick of Boca VIPediatrics


Brittany Millner and Emily Seward of the Waterstone Boca Raton


With Susan Welsh of the Farmer’s Table/Wyndham Boca Raton, Amber Clark & Meagan Killinger of KCC Sitter Source


With Heather McMechan of localmomscoop


Shani Marcos & MaSyh Crudup of 24/7 Concierge Services


With Courtney & Connie Mullen of Organic Movements


With Matt Cimaglia of Cimaglia Productions










Thank you to all of our supporting raffle sponsors! Cheers to Year 2!

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Delray’s Fabulous Fashion Week: Our Favorite 2015 Looks

FASHION WEEK! I love it. I miss it.
And since it’s unlikely I’ll make it back for a show in NYC anytime soon, I am so happy that I was able to attend the finale at Delray’s Fabulous Fashion Week.
When I attended my first BIG show at the Bryant Park tents in the city, my friend Nic (@nixcruz), a fashion editor in Manhattan, gave me this LOL-worthy gem of advice:
Mkay so here is the deal: arrive 15 to 10 mins before the show but they NEVER start on time — usually 20 after the start time. Walk in the tents and act like you know where you are going. There will be signs either to the left or right that say “[designer]” the people waiting around will not have their seat assignment or are standing … You will have a seat so scoot to the front and flash them that shit. When I send you your seat asst, write it on the invite so they see it and wont annoy you at the entrance. Then sit in your seat and act like EVERYTHING. Wear your shades indoors, don’t smile, don’t be nice to the person next to you, look constipated & you’ll blend. Teehee.
I tried channeling it in Delray. Did we succeed? 😉

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#modernbocadad: “That’s a lot of powerful moms right there.” 

To quote our fashion-forward friends in the front row, the LL-Scene Girls: Delray Beach is continuing to flourish right before our very eyes, and we’re loving every second of it. From their award winning restaurants to the adorable boutiques popping up on the Ave, we couldn’t be happier about the ongoing buzz being created around Delray Beach. It’s not just ‘up and coming’ anymore, it has come, conquered, and is here to stay. Delray’s Fabulous Fashion Week gave local and international designers and stores the opportunity to spotlight and create awareness down the middle of Atlantic Avenue in front of thousands of customers and fans.
How great is that? So without further ado, here were my favorite looks for the fashionable (and realistic) MBMom (and daughter!) from the “Gypsies to Jetsetters” finale show:

The House of Perna

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Favorite date night look

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Favorite fundraiser event look

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Favorite post-pregnancy goal weight look 🙂

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Lilly Pulitzer

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Favorite Easter/Spring look

And these beauties…

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Favorite Spring wedding look

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Until next year…I’m off to hit the Ave!