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So You’re Thinking of Throwing a Botox Party…

OK, confession time. Who’s thought about throwing a Boca Raton Botox party? Or maybe you’ve already attended one? This is Boca after all. But honestly, appetizers, champagne…and a little “somethin somethin” to take care of those crows feet and elevens? It all sounds good to this mama!

I really do hate my elevens. ūüôĀ

DelRaydiance is a local concierge medi-spa business serving Boca Raton and Delray Beach clientele. In addition to all of their current in-office offerings, they can now help you throw a fabulous Boca Raton Botox party for you and your group of mommy girlfriends!

Boca Raton Botox party

Boca Raton Botox Party with DelRaydiance

It’s easy. Want to host a Boca Raton Botox party in the comfort of your own home? DelRaydiance founder, Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant, will come directly to you!

Boca Raton Botox party

All you need to do is confirm 10 of your friends and DelRaydiance will handle the rest! (Price is extremely competitive too- $200 per area!)


If you’re¬†curious about other rejuvenating services, you’re in luck! In addition to Boca Raton Botox parties, DelRaydiance now offers in-office:

  • Neurotoxins (i.e. Botox)
  • Dermal fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Treatment for Excessive Sweating
  • Chemical Peels
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Micro-needling
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) for tendonitis (ie tennis elbow)
  • PRP for osteoarthritis (ie knees),¬†hair loss and thinning,¬†vaginal rejuvenation and¬†erectile dysfunction

They also recently added a blog to their website with health and wellness articles, as well as interviews with other professionals. Be sure to check it out: http://delraydiance.com/

And if you’re interested in that Boca Botox party, here’s the easiest way to book:

Phone: (561) 501-3177

Email: DelRaydiance@gmail.com

15340 Jog Rd.
Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446


Hosted: This Boca Raton Botox Party post was hosted by DelRaydiance. 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, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating in 2017

It’s a good thing Disney has¬†an amazing coffee partner because this mama needs a constant¬†dose of caffeine to keep up with everything the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

(HELLO- have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee yet?! It’s not all about Starbucks, people!)

As you may have read in our Disney Cruise post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn. We were also filled in on many of the exciting developments (some even secret at the time) happening at Disney in 2017.

We already covered a few of them HERE and HERE if you want to check them out. ūüôā

For the rest, we’ve narrowed down the major excitement to 5 top items. Some of which are happening now or REALLY, REALLY soon! Check them out:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Post-film Q&A with Producer Roy Conli
1- Disneynature Born in China- Released on April 21, 2017

We had the opportunity to screen this stunning film in its entirety and absolutely loved it! Influencers were even part of a behind-the-scenes discussion post-film with producer, Roy Conli. This is definitely something the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

Narrated by John Krasinski, ‚ÄúBorn In China‚Ä̬†takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth. You will witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.


A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard‚ÄĒan elusive animal¬†rarely caught on camera‚ÄĒfaces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, on the wings of red-crowned cranes, this film seamlessly ties the extraordinary tales together. You have to see it!


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

2- MagicBand 2 + MagicKeepers Accessories

I personally think it’s been a long time coming, but Walt Disney World is finally allowing you to take your MagicBands…and conveniently wear them¬†in style!

With the launch of the MagicBand 2, which we got to try for ourselves during the #DisneySMMC, we found out that you can now easily remove the center disc. That allows you to place it in a keychain, pendant– you name it– to wear it how you want! Disney has dubbed these accessories: MagicKeepers. These are only a few of the design options Disney showed us during the conference:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

How will you wear your Magic Band 2?


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

3- Disney Springs

Modern Boca Mom¬†covered the NEW, improved Disney Springs at length in this blog post, but it’s important to note that us influencers did have a few hours of fun there during our trip!

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Lovingly gazing into Lilly Pulitzer…

Have you ever tried Disneybounding? I did for the first time during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and had a blast. It’s where you choose to dress in an outfit inspired by a particular Disney character.

Disney held a little social media contest for us and we were able to compete by either showing off our fashionable side, Disney fan side or our Disneybounding side! What do you think of my Maleficent?

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Dress x Lilly Pulitzer
You can purchase my Lilly Pulitzer dress through this LINK.

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

4- Pizzerizzo at Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood studios needed a good pizza place after Pizza Planet shuttered last year. It now has that and more in quick service restaurant Pizzerizzo located in Muppet Square!

Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking rat. The ambience is fun and casual…and you may even meet a few colorful characters…

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year
#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly

It’s also quite delicious!


5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

5- 2017 Walt Disney Studios Films

You can check out this post to see the complete Walt Disney Studios 2017 movie slate, but let’s just say we got a BIG sneak peek into a few of the films to come. Since the conference, a few new trailers have even been sent our way and we’re excited to share!

Cars 3

The best part about Cars 3 was that we were able to see the Pixar short film, Lou, that will screen prior to the movie! The director of the film was even on hand to walk us through his creative process. It was fascinating!

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

This short is about a ‘creature’, named Lou, who resides in a school’s lost and found bin. After seeing the school bully, J.J., push the¬†other kids around, Lou decides to take¬†action.

It’ll make you laugh. It will make you cry. It’ll¬†definitely be a nice visual appetizer prior to Cars 3.

COCO

COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco opens on¬†November 22nd.

Thor Ragnarok

In this Marvel Studios‚Äô film, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer. He finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok‚ÄĒthe destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization‚ÄĒat the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger‚ÄĒthe Incredible Hulk! Chris Hemsworth¬†stars as Thor and Tom Hiddleston¬†reprises his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. That is a major cast y’all! Can’t wait.

THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m absolutely giddy to be able to share with you the first official teaser trailer and teaser poster from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando!

This is where I would normally insert a film synopsis, but you don’t get that with Star Wars…please. Instead, try to insinuate what you can from this awesome trailer.

It’s going to be epic. Probably the top item the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year. December 15th¬†can’t come soon enough!


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Hosted: This 5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year post was hosted by the Walt Disney Company. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions. This 5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year post also contains affiliate links.

Cruising on the Disney Wonder with a Preschooler: Hit or Miss?

Is a Disney Cruise for preschoolers? That was the question I seriously asked myself as I accepted Disney’s wonderful invite to the 2017 Social Media Moms Celebration. I mean, CLEARLY Walt Disney World parks are¬†perfect for preschoolers¬†(as we took complete and utter advantage of our annual passes in 2016).

But a cruise? And without my mom for travel backup? I figured we’d take a chance and give it a shot anyways…

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Is a Disney Cruise for Preschoolers? Our Experience on the Disney Wonder

Like I explained in this post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands.

This year’s conference theme was Land and Sea. The sea part? Yep- a 3-night journey¬†on the Disney Wonder¬†out of Port Canaveral.

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney Wonder Staterooms

#dailybocaavery made herself at home pretty quickly as you can see. The balcony staterooms on the Disney Wonder are a really nice size with two separate bathroom spaces. You can fit 4 people to a room easily. How cool is this bed conversion?

I read a ton of blogs pre-cruise and found that passengers like to decorate their doors with magnets. I got ours on Etsy (Little Mermaid Mickey), but I know other bloggers who totally DIY’d!

People went all out as you can see below. Many families also participated in something called a Fish Extender gift exchange. I couldn’t get it together to participate this cruise, but here is a little more info on what that is from one of my fellow #DisneySMMC bloggers.

I’m also proud to report: no seasickness! I knew #modernbocadad and I would be okay as we had cruised several times before, but we didn’t know how she would react on the high seas.

MBMom Tip: I hear drinking wine is really good for seasickness. ūüėČ And Disney Cruise Line¬†allows you to pack 2 bottles of wine per person. Huzzah!

I knew in advance that I’d be pretty busy on this cruise. As soon as my family embarked, us bloggers were whisked away for lunch at the Animator’s Palate¬†while our families were invited to dine on their own by the pool (be sure to pack your swimsuits in your carry-on, so you can start swimming right away!).

Animator’s Palate

The food overall on the cruise was excellent, but this¬†particular restaurant had something special…

Animation Magic (available on 7-night and longer sailings on the Disney Magic, but conference attendees were able to experience it on the Wonder)! Try your hand at drawing your very own character‚ÄĒand then watch in wonder as your creation becomes part of the show, dancing alongside some classic Disney characters!

This activity screams Disney Cruise for preschoolers! Check out this short video featuring my “character”:

Fine, I loved it too. ūüôā Coloring at lunch isn’t just for the little ones! After, we had a few conference activities that involved champagne (!!!). I learned that the ‘tale as old as time’ (a.k.a Beauty and the Beast) is going to be enchanting the stage for the very first time in a brand new musical production¬†on¬†the Disney Dream on November 6 (2017)!

Disney’s Oceaneer Club

While I was busy doing conference stuff, #modernbocadad took Avery on a¬†tour of the Oceaneer Club¬†aboard.¬†Children 3 to 12 years old can interact with Disney characters‚ÄĒand each other‚ÄĒas they explore multi-themed magical lands like Toy Story, Frozen and Marvel!

MBMom Tip: Be sure to pack tons of costumes for your child!

I now know why parents love cruising with Disney: the complimentary child care!!!¬†Disney‚Äôs Oceaneer Lab is about learning while having fun (for the older kids) and¬†Disney‚Äôs Oceaneer Club is pure Disney fantasy for the little ones. Character-driven performances, special storytelling sessions, larger-than-life playgrounds (a HUGE hit with #dailybocaavery), dress-up opportunities and cool interactive activities make sure there’s never a dull moment for your little one.

Your child will be outfitted with a special magic band when you register them at the Oceaneer Club. They are always accounted for and can have a Disney cast member text you (of course there’s an awesome Disney Cruise Line app- they think of everything!) to come pick them up when they are done. It’s fantastic!

Night 1: The Golden Mickey’s and Tiana’s Place

Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner at Tiana’s Place and The Golden Mickeys!

We had the later seating for dinner each night, so that meant showtime was always first. I say this without hesitation: the shows were my favorite part of this Disney Cruise for preschoolers. They were excellent– even better than the ones in the parks.

The Golden Mickeys invites you to a Hollywood-style awards show.¬†You’ll¬†find out which Disney movie character wins ‚ÄúMost Heroic‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMost Romantic,‚ÄĚ and enjoy¬†familiar tunes from Disney films like:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Tarzan
  • Mulan
  • The Little Mermaid
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Toy Story 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Tangled
  • The Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast

Then it was off to dine at the brand-new Tiana’s Place, which was spectacular! You actually feel like you are IN the movie. How does Disney do that?!

Once seated at your table, Tiana herself stops by to welcome you. Then, the restaurant’s own band “The Crawfish Crooners” entertains you while you eat.

Feel free to get up and dance or even join the parade at the end of dinner! And don’t forget to order the beignets for dessert. So much fun!!!

All the kids menus are shaped like jazz instruments

Disney Princess and Frozen Meet & Greet

One complimentary activity on the Disney Wonder is the Princess and Frozen meet and greets. Be sure to register for this on the Disney Cruise Line website as soon as you book your cruise. Times fill up quickly to meet Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Elsa and Anna!

Night 2: Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic, Triton’s and Pirate Night

No, Disney Dreams isn’t about my daughter sleeping. It’s a¬†musical about the power of dreams and family, starring a cavalcade of Disney characters! This live stage show features a dazzling procession of characters and songs from some all-time Disney classics like:

  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Cinderella
  • Aladdin

An award-winning musical, this show also includes stunning special effects‚ÄĒand a very special cameo appearance by Tinker Bell. All Disney productions are under 90 minutes, so they keep the attention of little ones.

MBMom Tip: You can bring a sippy cup of wine or order from the full bar at the theater. YES.

Dinner at Triton’s restaurant was delicious and it really felt like fine dining under the sea. Disney Cruise Line has guests on a rotational dining plan, so you eat dinner at a different restaurant each night, but with the SAME wait staff. It’s great!

This night also happened to be Pirate Night on the ship, a tradition on Disney Cruises. You will receive pirate bandanas to wear in your stateroom, but most passengers go all out with costumes and outfits. We certainly did on this Disney Cruise for preschoolers.

There is a pirate party on the deck after the second seating as well as fireworks over the ocean. Amazing!

Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island

Now for the piece de resistance! Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) in the Bahamas, Disney’s own private island.¬†Castaway Cay visitors will find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure.

Amenities include sprawling beaches, sparkling lagoons teeming with curious sea life, splash-worthy water play areas, scenic walking trails, open-air BBQ dining locations serving complimentary meals, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, free tram transportation around the island and more.

You can book excursions for an additional fee, but honestly, we were there the whole day and were completely entertained by all of the complimentary amenities. It was heavenly!

MBMom Tip: There’s also an Oceaneer Club on the island that serves lunch in case you’re craving a bit of adult time.

Buy this $26 swimsuit through my affiliate link HERE.

#modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery both went on this slide! I took a nap!

Night 3:¬†Frozen, a Musical Spectacular and Animator’s Palate

These are the faces of three people who had a great day at Castaway Cay.

How could this cruise get any better? Well, it could be 4 days longer, but that’s for another time. The only negative thing I have to even say about this Disney Cruise for preschoolers is that I felt it was too short.

Typically, when I cruise, it’s¬†for 7 days minimum. Since I was so busy with conference activities, it felt even shorter, but it made us want to go again. That’s the point right? ūüėČ

On our last night, we saw the new Frozen, a musical spectacular. I don’t know how they are going to do better when it comes out on Broadway!¬†Traditional theatrical techniques, state-of-the-art technology and classic Disney whimsy make this original stage show a flurry of fun. Avery was absolutely mesmerized.

Our last dining rotation sent us back to Animator’s Palate. It was the first time my whole family got to experience Disney black and white drawings come to life throughout our meal. At the end, Mickey even made an appearance in his Fantasia finest!

Our experience was a great one and jam-packed for 3 nights! There were so many things I didn’t even have time to experience like the spa, Royal Court Royal Tea, Bibbity Bobbity Boutique,¬†the adult bars and clubs and movie theater on the ship. Whew! And of course, the conference topics require their own separate blog post. ūüôā

Now I want to hear from you. Do you plan on taking a Disney Cruise? Comment below!

Hosted: This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post was hosted by the Walt Disney Company. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are 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 given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions. This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post also contains affiliate links.

Choosing a Boca Raton Newborn Photographer for Your Family

If you follow MBMom’s¬†Instagram account or read this Publix Aprons Baby Shower post, then you probably saw that my sister had a baby! A healthy, happy little boy: Aden Thomas. I am a proud Modern Boca AUNTIE! So proud, I even had a welcome home message installed in their front yard…twice…and hired an amazing Boca Raton newborn photographer¬†to shoot my nephew about 10 days after he was born.

Thank you so much to local (mom-owned) business, Event YardCard!

I’d so been looking forward to torturing…er, I mean shooting my adorable nephew, so I called upon my go-to Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, for the occasion!

Owner Naomi Phelps will come to your house at your convenience to take memorable photos of your baby and family a few days after birth. That way, you have time to rest, recover and gather the necessary (read: adorable) props to include in the photo shoot.

Clearly, my brother-in-law’s mind was on March Madness! ūüôā

Can you BELIEVE my nephew has the same red hair as my sister? It’s actually harder to tell in person, but these photos make them look like twinsies. Cuteness overload!

 

I love these shots by the pool. Mr. Aden is even wearing the lobster swim shorts his Auntie purchased for him. I see many summer Maine trips in his future!

And, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get these first photos of the cousins #adenandavery! Of course, they already have their own hashtag…

Scheduling your Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 newborn photo shoot¬†package and mention ‚Äúmodernbocamom‚ÄĚ for an additional 15% off!¬†Package includes:¬†One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There‚Äôs 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 my family loves these!



Hosted: This Boca Raton newborn photographer post was hosted by Sweet Memories Photography. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

iFly With My Family | NEW Indoor Skydiving in Ft. Lauderdale

So…I took my 3 year-old SKYDIVING. Indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale that is, at the brand new iFLY! ¬†

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Judge me if you will (try not to though), but it was one of the most amazing family activities we’ve ever done together! Indoor skydiving was exhilarating, totally unique…and you pretty much look ridiculous doing it together. As a parent, I call ¬†that #WINNING¬†whether you have a toddler or a teenager!

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

Indoor Skydiving in Fort Lauderdale: iFLY

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers age 3 to 103 in South Florida. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment without having to jump out of an airplane.

PTL¬†because I ain’t doing THAT. Nor am I letting any close family members do THAT.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Sporting my LL Scene Swag. I am a smart blonde! ūüôā

iFLY is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow you to fly on a smooth cushion of air.

In layman’s terms: you hover over a giant fan in a big, glass tube.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Yep, that’s me!
How does it work?

To prepare for your¬†flight¬†experience, you’ll complete a short training class guided by one of iFLY‚Äôs flight and safety instructors. Then, you’ll suit up in your flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

MBMOM TIP:¬†Mommas, put your/your child’s hair in a low bun or braid if you can. I can’t tell you how many intense tangles I had in my (short) hair post-flight! I also recommend going for the full face helmet as it helps restrict the airflow around your head. This momma drooled like crazy, LOL! Real cute.

With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, you’ll actually learn to fly and control your body in the air. And it is tricky! Check out these videos:

We each flew 2x for one minute each time. The first flight…you’re pretty much getting your bearings. It’s shockingly a lot of core work and frankly just feels weird. The second time, you can add a “high flying upgrade” to your family flight package and really soar! I definitely recommend it as you’ll feel more comfortable the second time around AND have a lot more fun knowing what to expect.

MBMOM TIP:¬†After donning all the flightgear, my daughter started to get a little nervous. I told her she only had to try it once and she totally did it…but only once. Make sure you get all of your photos/video on the first try in case your kiddo chickens out of round 2. iFLY also takes amazing professional photos and videos that you can purchase for a small fee at the checkout kiosks post-flight.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA*) certified instructor.

You can read all about the iFLY packages available to you HERE.
Birthday Parties at iFLY Fort Lauderdale

Did you know you can also host your next adult celebration or BIRTHDAY PARTY at iFLY?! Not to mention, send your child’s class on an awesome STEM field trip.

The party rooms are amazing and guests can watch all of the high flying action courtesy of flat screen TV’s in each room. CLICK HERE for more events info.

indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Conference Room/Adult Party Room
indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale iFLY
Party Room

11690 West State Road 84 in Davie

*The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale instructors. All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards. 


Hosted: This indoor skydiving in Fort Lauderdale post was hosted by iFLY. 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 was given complimentary flights and media for this review, but all opinions are mine.

Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

Being a blogger is filled with many¬†ups and downs. For example, applying for a sponsored campaign¬†with a big company¬†and getting it: that’s an up! Thinking a brand or business would be an ideal client to work with…and then they don’t return your emails or calls: that’s a down. Getting invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and driving to Orlando in a brand new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE: that’s a BIG UP! It’s probably the biggest up for the Modern Boca Mom blog to date, honestly.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Thanks to American Tourister and the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, C3PO traveled with us in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference put on by Disney where digital/social media influencers and bloggers like myself are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands. You have no idea you’re going to be invited until you receive “pixie dust” in your email box. It’s pretty exciting, especially if you love Disney like I do!

And this year, it was a “Land and Sea” conference, which meant 2 days at the Walt Disney World parks and 3 days on Disney Cruise ship, The Disney Wonder. I HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE! So, this was pretty much the most amazing news ever…

How did we get there? By driving the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

My family (up to 3 additional people this year) was invited to join in on the #DisneySMMC fun, so we packed for Orlando using our awesome C3PO suitcase from American Tourister (as well as other bags- lots of them, ha ha) and hit the road!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE is a fantastic SUV.  We reviewed the 2015 Sport model last year and really loved that it offered dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment.

However, the 2017 SE model that we test drove starts at $24,495 and offers seven passenger seating with its standard third row. It even has heated seats which can come in handy this time of year!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE features sophisticated upgrades like available heated front seats and steering wheel, front dual-zone automatic climate control and premium Rockford Fosgate¬ģ surround sound.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Per usual, I also loved the Multi-View Camera System that allows you to see a 360 degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle as you back out of your driveway or a parking spot. I need as many eyes as possible!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

We¬†also loved the sunroof as our current family vehicle doesn’t have one. Car jealousy. Thanks DriveShop USA.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Nice view, eh?

You can learn all about the Mitsubishi Outlander SE on the Mitsubishi website. Also, be sure to connect with Mitsubishi on your favorite social media sites! Like them on Facebook and Follow Mitsubishi on Twitter to stay updated on all of their latest car trends and special offers!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: The Land Portion

Once we arrived at the conference, I literally hit the ground running. We checked into Port Orleans Riverside, which was gorgeous, and I sent #modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery off to the parks while I unpacked and sorted through the itinerary!

Then, conference attendees were invited to shop with the¬†Hanes¬†brand at a special suite at the hotel. I ended up LOVING their products! Who needs Victoria’s Secret when you can have a super soft bra from Hanes? I literally wear the¬†t-shirt I won at the conference every night now. #happyinhanes

Later, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

That evening, conference attendees were shuttled to Animal Kingdom to a special cocktail party held at Festival of the Lion King. I love that show, so I couldn’t believe were having drinks in the middle of the auditorium. Surreal!

We were there because Disney had just announced the opening date of Pandora: The World of Avatar. We even got to peek at the model.

Pandora will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s epic film AVATAR. Pandora opens May 27, 2017!

#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly posing by the Pandora signage at dinner sponsored by GoGo squeeZ

I wrote about Pandora and the launch of what we saw next on BocaMag.com¬†recently¬†(did you know I contribute a column to the magazine 2x per month. It’s called “Boca Mom Talk”- check it out!).

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There‚Äôs a new show after dark at Walt Disney World‚Äôs Animal Kingdom, and we got to see a sneak preview!¬†Now open, Rivers of Light is an elaborate theatrical production that takes guests on a breathtaking emotional journey‚ÄĒa visual mix of water, fire, nature and light all choreographed to an original music score.

It was so impressive! The new 15-minute show is the latest addition to the lineup of nighttime experiences at Animal Kingdom.

Celebrating the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world, the performance combines live performers, beautiful floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and authentic animal imagery projected on giant water screens. We even found out that all of the scenes projected are from past Disney Nature films! Rivers of Light will be performed on select nights. It’s a must-see, MBMoms.

The night wouldn’t be complete without viewing the light show at the Tree of Life! So beautiful!

And that was only #DisneySMMC DAY 1!!!

I started to cover a little of Day 2 in this post, but barely scratched the surface. I’ll be back with all of the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration details along with why I’ll never take a 3-Night Disney Cruise ever again later this month!


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Boca Bacchanal 2017 Preview

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum‚Äôs biggest¬†fundraising event, the 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal 2017¬†Wine & Food Festival, is back this month! It’s Boca Raton‚Äôs premier wine & food festival¬†and the signature community event for the Historical Society.¬†There’s more¬†wine, more food and later hours for all the night owls to make it a truly unforgettable weekend.

Boca Bacchanal’s two-day event begins with the exclusive Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 24th, 2017 with a never-before-held Spirits Dinner followed by Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25th!

Boca Bacchanal 2017
2016 Boca Bacchanal Event
WHAT’S NEW AT BOCA BACCHANAL 2017?

Taste Your Favorite Wine (or Spirit) and Order it On Demand

This year, the exclusive vintner dinners will be held on Friday night with two of the six dinners taking place at historic sites in Boca Raton ‚Äď The Boca Raton Resort & Club and The Addison. For the first time ever, they¬†will have a Spirits Dinner held at The Addison! In addition to the wine and champagne served at this dinner, guests will also enjoy tastes of spirits and liquor cocktails made by a master mixologist. It‚Äôs the best dinner you won‚Äôt remember!

Find the dinner that matches your style. A Crown Wine & Spirits representative will be in attendance at each dinner so guests will be able to place an order for their favorite wine of the night.  Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton will also have an exclusive silent auction item at several dinners that guests will be able to bid on.

Boca Bacchanal 2017

Bacchanalia Goes Later than Ever

Everyone loves a good party and Bacchanalia never disappoints. With live entertainment and plenty of food and wine to go around, it‚Äôs hard to improve on perfection, but the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has done it! This year Bacchanalia will be held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater and will go later than ever ‚Äď until 11pm. In addition, the Hope family winery will be bringing a half of yacht to showcase at Bacchanalia. Unique selfie spots will be available throughout the event, including a selfie spot by founding sponsor Boca Magazine, as well as unique car displays and a fun BikeCruz experience at Bacchanalia!

Boca Bacchanal 2017

THE MAIN EVENTS

The Exclusive Event ‚Äď The Vintner Dinners
These intimate dining experiences each feature a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a magnificent 5-course meal. Guests attending the Vintner Dinners will also have the opportunity to meet their chef and vintner and learn more about the wine and food pairings of the evening. Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 per person. 

Boca Bacchanal 2017
Boca Bacchanal 2016 with #modernbocadad

The Community’s Party РBacchanalia
Bacchanalia is known as the longest running, must-attend community wine and food event combining incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with world-class vintners showcasing their wineries‚Äô best ‚Äď all for attendees to sample. DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock will keep the party going until 11:00 p.m. by pairing his lively music with the wine and food offered. Guests will also enjoy a high-tech auction with unique wine & food experiences and much more! Tickets to Bacchanalia is $125 per person.

Boca Bacchanal 2017
My favorite wines from Boca Bacchanal 2016

ATTENDING BOCA BACCHANAL 2017 VINTNERS AND CHEFS 

Astonishing Vintners

  • Chris Silva: St. Francis Winery ‚Äď Sonoma, CA
  • Miles MacDonnell: Round Pond Estate Winery ‚Äď Napa, CA
  • Claudio Andreani: Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari ‚Äď Italy
  • Luciano Castiello: Banfi Vintners ‚Äď Glen Head, NY
  • Cuvaison & Brandlin ‚Äď Napa, CA
  • David Ortiz – Mixologist

Celebrated Chefs

  • Brian and Shanna O’Hea: The Kennebunk Inn ‚Äď Kennebunk, ME
  • Jacob Cureton: Annunciation and Ryan Haigler: Grand Isle ‚Äď New Orleans
  • John O‚ÄôLeary: Naples Yacht Club ‚Äď Naples, FL
  • Patrick Duffy: The Addison ‚Äď Boca Raton, FL
  • Regina Charboneau: Twin Oaks ‚Äď Natchez, MS
  • Annemarie Stenfors: Alma Nove ‚Äď Hingham, MA
To purchase tickets and for more information about Boca Bacchanal 2017, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

Boca Bacchanal 2017


Modern Boca Mom and several other amazing local bloggers are teaming up to give away 2 tickets to the 2017 event. Enter below!

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Giveaway rules:

  • 4 lucky followers will win 2 Tickets To Boca Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25.
  • Void where Prohibited
  • ¬†Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com
  • ¬†Giveaway ends Friday, March 10, 11:59pm
  • Winners will be notified via email.
  • Winner will be contacted by email and ¬†will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Boca Raton Historical Society is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 21 years or older to enter.
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  • Good Luck!

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Ready for the Best Time Ever?! KIDZ BOP Coming to Miami Beach 8/17

Are you ready for the best time ever? Then get ready for the best news ever: KIDZ BOP COMING TO MIAMI BEACH

Yes, the ‚Äú#1 Kids‚Äô Artist‚ÄĚ in the U.S.A. is coming to the Fillmore Miami Beach¬†at the Jackie Gleason Theater for KIDZ BOP¬†Live on August 6th (2017)!

This multi-talented group of kids sing and dance to today’s most popular music hits! They also take current pop songs and make them kid-friendly and parent-approved.

KIDZ BOP coming to Miami Beach

And our friend Kimberly at Growing Up Glad blog has the concert details!

For my family, it was the first pop music my girls listened to when we graduated from Nursery Rhymes and The Wiggles.

They slightly alter the music to eliminate any questionable words or innuendos. Kidz Bop also has their own SiriusXM station-KIDZ BOP Radio on channel 77 and it is always on in our car. Sometimes I realize the station is still playing even when I’m alone!

Along with their radio station, they have music videos, a YouTube channel and best-selling compilation CDs featuring today‚Äôs biggest hits ‚Äúsung by kids, for kids.‚ÄĚ Their videos are filmed at fun locations and the kids wear colorful, age-appropriate clothes as they sing and dance. My girls are mesmerized when they watch their videos.

BREAKING: KIDZ BOP Coming to Miami Beach

The Kidz Bop Kidz also tour live in concert¬†and we’re so excited they’re coming to the¬†Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

It was also my older daughter’s first ever concert. This one coming up will be my younger daughter’s first concert experience. It was a great show that opened up with talented local children on stage. They were from different dance schools and performed/warmed up the crowd before the show. Then the Kidz Bop kidz came on and danced and sang to the most current pop hits!

I felt the concert was timed appropriately to keep the attention of the young audience.

So, if you‚Äôre ready to have the BEST TIME EVER, it‚Äôs time to get your tickets to the new Kidz Bop concert coming to Miami Beach! I know we’ll be there!

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

You can also enter our giveaway below for your chance to WIN 4 Tickets to the August 6th show at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater!

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Why I Love Taking Houseguests to BRIO Boca Raton

Tis the season for house guests, MBMoms! Well, at least it is for us, having lived in NYC for ten years and with #modernbocadad’s family being from New England. We enjoy having everyone come down and it gives us a great excuse to go out to eat! One of our favorite places is BRIO, located in Boca Center (which is pretty ‘sceney’ and fun for locals and visitors) and quite delicious. The NEW¬†BRIO¬†Boca Raton menu is top notch!

BRIO Tuscan Grille is bringing new seasonal flavors to its guests with the ‚ÄúFlavorful Features‚ÄĚ menu, available daily on the dinner menu. We experienced the¬†WHOLE. DARN. THING. and it was worth it. ¬†ūüôā

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Appetizers:
  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Burrata & Prosciutto Bruschetta: Red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley ($11.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Entrees:
  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Chicken Saltimbocca Risotto: Provolone, crispy pancetta, fried sage, and butternut squash risotto ($16.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

  • Sea Scallops & Ratatouille Risotto: Seared sea scallops served over risotto with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, tomato compote, basil and Reggiano ($21.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

  • Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Broiled Maine Lobster Tail: Orzo, farro, zucchini, red peppers, asparagus, and lemon butter sauce ($25.95)– my guests were from Maine and they approved of this dish!

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Dessert:
  • Butterscotch Budino: Italian for ‚Äúpudding,‚ÄĚ this dish features Marcona almonds, caramel, and vanilla whipped cream ($3.95)

Per the recommendation of our awesome waiter, we ended up trying¬†most of the dessert “samplers” and favorites on the menu. ¬†We couldn’t say no to chocolate and cheesecake!

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

The perfect complements to the ‚ÄúFlavorful Features‚ÄĚ are delicious wines and cocktails. These include:

  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Sketchbook Pinot Noir: A light, fruity and elegant red blend (Mendocino, California) ($9.95/glass)
  • Benzinger Family Wintery Chardonnay: A lush and silky wine (Sonoma, California) ($9.95/glass)

BRIO Boca Raton also has some great cocktails! We thoroughly enjoyed their take on a “Moscow Mule” and a margarita.

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

All in all, an amazing dinner with our January houseguests! I highly recommend trying the “Flavorful Features” menu while you can this season.

BRIO has a special Valentine‚Äôs Day promotion coming up! The restaurant is offering a two-course prix fixe menu Friday, Feb. 10 ‚Äď Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The menu will feature soup or salad choices, plus one delicious entrée. The price of the two-course meal with the Chicken Saltimbocca entrée is $20.95 and the Scallop Risotto entrée is $26.95; with the Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Lobster Tail is $29.95 and with the Center-Cut Filet Mignon is $28.50.

Guests can now make reservations online for all BRIO restaurants by visiting www.BrioItalian.com and for a list of locations, please visit www.BrioItalian.com.

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My Favorite Family Moments from Holiday Break 2016

YAY, the kids are going back to school this week!!! BOO, the kids are going back to school this week. Sure, I am excited for my daughter to get back into her preschool routine. But, it’s also been so nice to spend quality time together over the past two weeks.¬†We’ve truly had some amazing mother/daughter and family moments. From visiting local museums like MODS to a trip to the 2016¬†Disney Candlelight Processional, this holiday break was one for the books!

We visited the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) in Ft. Lauderdale  #hosted

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We played dress-up at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum

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We traveled to Epcot for the 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional  #hosted

Modern Boca Mom was¬†invited to¬†let the memories begin¬†during Epcot’s Holidays Around the World this season. Disney transformed their beautiful park into a holiday spectacular, featuring festive decor, diverse storytellers, spectacular shows and a Gospel choir.

We attended the Candlelight Processional (my first time!), a spectacular and wondrous show of pageantry that unites people from around the globe. Special guest stars like our narrator, Jodi Benson, recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song featuring a 50-piece orchestra and amazing choirs. It was spectacular.

Check out some of my photos and a short video from the show:

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

¬†We threw a New Year’s Eve soiree for friends with kids

We survived winter in Florida!!!

All in all, it was a fantastic winter break. We hope you and your family enjoyed a great start to 2017 like we did!


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