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.
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!
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.
Let’s face it. Your kids haven’t quite reached Carrie Bradshaw shoe shopping status yet.
Choosing shoes for your growing child might seem like a no brainer, but it actually involves a lot of thought and preparation. What doesn’t these days as parents?
Many parents forgo lengthy fittings and opt for whatever is stylish, affordable or readily available. This approach is fine while a child is still young enough to only need shoes on occasion and spends more time out of their shoes then in them, like in their toddler years.
However, around the age of 5, children will need to wear shoes a lot more often, especially if they are attending full time school or daycare programs. This is when it’s really important to ensure that children are wearing the best footwear for their individual needs. Proper shoes also promote good foot health and hygiene, both of which are important throughout life.
Some things to consider when choosing shoes for your growing child include fit, material, shape, brands and of course, cost. Often children end up with improper shoes because they are poorly made, or just because they are a brand name and popular.
There are some great Target coupon deals that can be used to save on well-made shoes for your children, but remember to research the brands (online or otherwise) to make sure you get the best value!
Proper shoes for kids should have certain characteristics depending on their age.
For instance, children that are new to walking should have soft-soled, non-slip shoes. Older children will need sturdier and more protective foot cover. Check the quality and shape of the shoe. Young children need footwear with straight soles, not curved ones (their little feet aren’t curved yet!). We need to make sure that the shoe will not affect the shape of our little ones’ feet.
Who knew how vital choosing the proper width and toe shape was?
Shoes should also be wide enough to accommodate the foot without pinching and narrow enough to keep the feet from slipping around inside. It is also important to choose a shoe with a toe box that allows the toes to move and does not press down on the toenails. The heel cup should be firm and closed to avoid slipping with improper support.
Additionally, it is important to ensure that the shoe itself is flexible. It should bend near the toe, much like the foot. Thick chunky soles can hinder movement. Finally, choose leather shoes over vinyl or canvas, as they mold to the foot and do not push or pinch like most other materials.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked by readers lately:
What do you do all week with #dailybocaavery?
How do you get stuff for the blog done with a toddler?
Are you going to have a second Boca kid?
Well, I’m not willing to answer that third question, quite yet ;), but I thought I’d showcase a typical ‘week in the life’ of this Boca mom, especially now that we have more of a “school year” routine set (FINALLY!) in our household. Enjoy!
9:30-10:00 a.m. Baby Ballet at Organic Movements Dance Studio (2.5-3 yo). We love the teacher, Miss Courtney, and this MBMom loves being able to watch the class from the comfort of the studio lobby. There are monitors broadcasting a live feed of the class for parents while the ballet students get their independent dance time.
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Playtime at We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton. We like to head over to “We Rock” for some playtime (especially during the hotter, rainier months) and to see Miss Gayle. She’s usually planning another Disney or Sesame Street character party, so we always make sure to sign up! $10 per session.
ALTERNATE PLAN: Session at The Salt Suite. We both had runny noses the following week and this helped SO MUCH!
LUNCH, NAP & ERRANDS
4:00/4:35 p.m. Musikgarten for Toddlers or Preschoolers at Organic Movements Dance Studio. Yep, it’s back to OM for us! There are several Musikgarten by the Beach class options depending on the age of your child. #dailybocaavery borders on the Toddler/Preschooler line, so we opted for the older class this fall. We miss our friends in Toddlers!
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Because we are members of the Boca Museum of Art, we think it’s important to expose #dailybocaavery to culture as much as we can. We like to grab a bite to eat at Mizner Park and then stroll through the Museum and Sculpture Garden for a bit afterwards. It’s stroller-friendly and FREE until the end of August!
10:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Indoor playground time atKids Choice Sports, Dance, and Fitness.Your kids (Walking- 4 yo) can swing on the bars, balance on the beams, roll on the mats, and bounce on the trampoline & in the bounce house. Open year round. Pay as you go! $12.00 for non-registered guests; $10.00 for registered students.
LUNCH, NAP & ERRANDS
12:30-1:15 p.m. OR 3:00-3:45 p.m. Sensory Art for Tots at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. For younger artists (1- 4 yo), art is all about the process, not the product. Children learn, play, explore and fill their senses with fun and kid-safe art experiences at this class. Dress for a mess! $10 per family; $5 for members.
It’s World Breastfeeding Week 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.
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. Case in point, Donald Trump’s latest comments describing the need to pump in the middle of a deposition “disgusting,” landing him in hot water. This campaign hopes to eradicate this sort of thinking and help to normalize public breastfeeding.
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 breast-feeding 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 is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.
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 Leaguewho 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 hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.
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... thenthat may just be creepy…
Modern Boca Crunchy Mom
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.
Feeling hot, hot, hot? Cool off and get cultured by strolling through the Boca Museum of Art this summer!
Here are MBMom’s Top 5 Reasons to Visit…NOW:
1. Warhols & Wine. Drop by Max’s Grille for a glass of vino & then walk over to the museum for an hour or two. The Boca Museum has works from many notable artists.
2. The museum is STROLLER FRIENDLY.
3. The Sculpture Garden is divine. More than 20 significant works by internationally-known artists are installed on the Museum’s exterior grounds as well as in their walled sculpture garden.
4. The museum also has permanent pieces of art from Picasso, Matisse & Roy Lichtenstein. IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA– no need to travel to NYC this summer!
5. You’ll culture yourself AND your kids(if you choose to bring them– I did!). Bonus points to the museum for 1) free admission for kids under 12 and 2) having a cell-phone audio tour for several pieces in their collection. No more having to rent headsets & sharing handheld devices with strangers. Ick.
More information on admission prices & hours is available HERE.
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“Renowned chef Sherry Yard has earned the praise of her critics and peers with multiple accolades awarded throughout her illustrious career including two James Beard Awards for ‘Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year’ and ‘Best Baking Book’ for her cookbook debut “The Secrets of Baking.” In 2014, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” for her significant contributions to the pastry profession. Chef Yard served as executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck for nearly 20 years, opening new restaurants and mentoring a generation of pastry chefs.”
This is who’s now running the kitchen at Tanzy Boca Raton.(Her official title is: vice president of culinary development for iPic Entertainment.)
Known for serving award-winning artisanal Italian cuisine in Mizner Park, Tanzy Boca Raton is debuting a tantalizing new lunch, dinner and brunch menus, designed to please longtime guests and newcomers alike.
Complementing existing menu favorites, fresh new appetizer and entree choices, with a focus on premium ingredients and authentic flavors, have been added to all three menus in an effort to refresh and diversify the restaurant’s signature cuisine. Guests will find a selection of heartier items as well as lighter options.
Guests can accompany their lunch, dinner or brunch with a selection of hand-crafted farm-to-glass cocktails or fine wines by the glass or bottle, curated by nationally lauded Master Mixologist and Advanced Sommelier, Adam Seger.
He is quite the talent! Our raspberry mojitos were to die for.
#modernbocagrandmom and I were invited to a media event to test drive Tanzy’s new dinner menu (as well as some cocktails, obvi) and boy, were we in for an experience! The best part? Chef Sherry and Adam Seger were both there in the driver’s seat leading the dinner experience.
Here are the highlights from the night:
You can’t go wrong with this new menu, whether you’re a seafood aficionado or a beef devotee. I would have to say that the pasta course was my absolute FAVORITE, with the Fiocchi coming in first place.
Oh, and did I mention Chef Sherry and Adam Seger are developing the food and drink menu IN the iPic as well?
Time to get your next date night on the calendar!
Tanzy Restaurant Boca Raton is located at 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, in Mizner Park. For more information or reservations, visit www.tanzyrestaurant.com or call 561-922-6699.
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!
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.
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.
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 #modernbocadadthoroughly enjoyed) and unique offerings from local businesses and sponsors for guests to enjoy.
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.
Celebrity Kathie Lee Gifford, representing GIFFT Wines, was also a presenter at Bacchanalia and a Vintner Dinner in Boca Raton.
The GIFFT rosé was delish, but I also enjoyed the offerings from good ol’ Cupcake Wines, one of my NYC liquor store staples.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…well…me!
It’s official: ModernBocaMom.com has been in business for ONE year (as of March 18, 2015) and I thought I’d introduce myself to Modern Boca Mom’s newest readers and provide a little update to those who have followed “MBM” since the beginning.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…and of course, why you decided to become a MOMpreneur.
Well first off, it’s a little weird that I’m answering questions for myself from myself, but here’s the truth: I’ve always wanted to run my own business.
I initially thought that would happen by me taking over an existing company in NYC. In fact, I worked towards that very goal up until March of 2014. But, the best laid plans don’t always work out. Sad, but true. I learned the hard way that you can’t always depend on others for your own success.
So, when life gives you lemons…you take on a new project. I had the seed of an idea growing in my head since we moved from NYC back to Boca when I was struggling to find educational activities to do with 5 month old #dailybabyavery. Luckily, I found Musikgarten for Babies via the Boca Raton Children’s Museum, but the museum’s website was terrible. And at the time, that was the only local place for kids I knew about.
Where was that “go to” site for moms like me to find out what “cool and city-oriented” things were going on for families in Boca Raton and beyond? There was no site, so I decided to create it myself.
How did your business get started? Did you have many challenges along the way?
Well, I had no start up capital which I would see as a pretty big challenge, so my good friend Matt, who is very web savvy, developed a site template for MBM in less than a week.
#modernbocadad is handy with Photoshop, so he created my first set of graphics after I described the palm tree/pacifier concept to him. From there, I put my PR and social media skills to work and started attending local mommy activities and writing, writing…and writing some more to start filling the blog with local content and grow a mommy following on Facebook.
In retrospect, I think the smartest thing I did when starting MBM was to treat it like a business. Trust me, I didn’t generate even small revenues for several months (thanks Operation Fit Moms for being my first ever blog client!), but treating the blog like a business allowed me to make smart decisions from the onset.
Challenges, yes. I still think online advertising and social media promotion are new concepts to many businesses in South Florida, which makes selling paid promotion on a local blog sometimes tricky. MBM is also very time consuming; feeding the blog with new content 4-5 days per week, learning how to do it properly along with SEO, learning Quickbooks, developing event concepts, attending events, networking with other bloggers and business owners and raising a toddler. I’m sure many moms can relate (at least to that last part).
I brought on paid contributors to lighten the load pretty early on and those ladies have been amazing in helping to create so many different and smart voices on the site. I also lean on other, more experienced bloggers to teach me tips and tricks and share business leads. I’m always willing to collaborate and think it’s key in this industry. I’m an active member of Femfessionals as a result.
What is truly unique about Modern Boca Mom?
Modern Boca Mom is the only localized lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy that focuses solely on commerce, business, MOMpreneurs, events and amenities available to Boca Raton and surrounding area families.
I am also frequently hired to host, emcee and develop custom MBM events for businesses in the area, bringing in a targeted audience of local moms and kids to that retailer, school or business. I love the events side of MBM. It’s not something I was really expecting to be doing, but I really enjoy interacting with my readers and their beautiful children!
My one folly: remembering everyone’s name. Don’t take it personally- that’s where my “mom brain” really kicks in! Drives me nuts.
What exciting things are coming up with Modern Boca Mom?
Well, busy doesn’t even begin to describe what I am lately…but I love it!
After the New Year, I completely overhauled my graphics and site layout…both on desktop and mobile. I’m excited that the re-brand went pretty seamlessly.
I will be attending TEDxBocaRaton as a Social Media Influencer on Thursday, March 26, 2015. It’s my first year being involved with TEDx and I expect it to be a one-of-a-kind event.
I’m looking forward to my annual pilgrimage to Boca Bacchanalbecause it is so darn fun and delicious and benefits the Boca Raton Historical Society, which is an organization that I am a fan of. There are a lot of new things coming up this year and it’s also being held at a new venue, the Boca Raton Airport, so I am excited.
Earlier that same day, I will be emceeing the Promise Garden Luncheon & Spring Fashion Show benefiting the Alzheimer’s Boca Walk.
Oh yes, and I have been hired (woot!) as a regular contributing blogger at BocaMag.com and will be writing two “Boca Mom Talk” articles per month for the foreseeable future…hopefully they keep on liking what they see! I hear they might be including me in the next print issue as well…stay tuned.
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
I am a Boca Raton native and although I enjoyed my pre-Mommy/post-college years in New York, I always knew in my heart I’d be back…at the very least, part time.
My family is here and now I have a wonderful set of old and new friends to hang out with. And we are SO LUCKY to have the things we do for our children here. I truly had no idea.
And, I’m just glad I could convince my Maine husband to become a South Floridian! #dailybabyavery seems to have adapted no problem though…
Here is an update on MBMom’s “progress” by the numbers thanks to loyal readers like YOU:
Happy 30th Birthday #modernbocadad!Yes, I am married to a younger man. Isn’t that Boca’s mantra though? 😉
Even though his official birthday fell on a Monday this year, we decided to celebrate on the Saturday evening before at Merlino’sin east Boca Raton, a new restaurant Modern Boca Mom was invited to try, with our good friends who were visiting from Boston.
“Do you want to go hunting or fishing?” was the question we were asked by Merlino’s head chef.
What a way to start our meal! We all chose “fishing” except for #modernbocadad, who wanted to hit the ground running with nice piece of veal.
I’ll let my photos do most of the talking in this post, but of course we had to start out with some signature cocktails.
According to the Merlino’s website: Considered a Beverage Scientist, Lee Hoechstetter’s signature cocktails will visually amaze and provide customers with tastes that will blow them away. “I’ve designed cocktails that customers will remember forever. We are only using the freshest ingredients and are creating a true supper club.”
A SPECIAL that evening: Chilean Sea Bass with asparagus
According to Merlino’s manager, John Wyner, “Merlino’s is a destination for food lovers all over the world. By combining old world recipes with South Philly flavors we are changing the Italian restaurant landscape here in Boca Raton.”
It seems to be working because by the time we left the restaurant Saturday night, it was PACKED. Make your dinner reservations early MBMoms!
We had an absolute blast dining at Merlino’sand they were so kind to top off our night with a little birthday treat celebrating #modernbocadad!
Cheesecake, Cannoli & Tiramisu- classic Italian desserts!
So happy 30th to my love and a huge thank you from Modern Boca Mom to Merlino’s for making this night a celebration to remember. Cheers!
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