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Family Estate Planning: Why the Holidays are an Ideal Time to Get it DONE.

From Special Guest Contributor: Elise Rodriguez, a South Florida attorney who focuses on helping families preserve their legacies through estate and family planning.

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The holidays have arrived! Festivities are already in full swing, trips to the toy store will start to happen as often as visits to the grocery store and family trips are booked! You might even be considering looking into title loans Orlando with how many “Very Mickey” Disney World trips you have on the calendar.

But in the midst of all the merry chaos, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on where you are as a parent and how your family has evolved throughout the year. As we gear up to embark on another year of life changes, reflection can help us better prepare for the future of our families- both in the short term, and the long term, like family estate planning.

Certainly, the near-future is at the forefront of our minds: How will our finances look next year? How will the kids do in school? How will life be different after the baby arrives?

These concerns are all valid, and naturally a part of being a parent and caregiver. But what about the long-term?

Who do you want to be as a parent?

How will you transfer all of your important values and lessons to your children?

If something happens to you, who will ensure that your children are taken care of and your values passed on?

So before the festivities begin, take a moment to sit down and reflect on your values as a parent. Notice how your values have changed or developed this year. From disciplinary methods to financial values to education and community- what impression would you like to make on your children?

Then ask yourself how you plan on infusing your family unit with these values.  Will you go on family trips or have a weekly game night? And if for any reason you can’t pass these values on yourself, who will?

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One of the greatest advantages of reflecting during the holidays is that everyone comes together.  This is a prime opportunity to take a look around and see where your loved ones are in their own lives- notice who is most like you when it comes to parenting and who you could trust with the task of passing on your values if you couldn’t be there for your kids. On the other hand, is there someone in particular you wouldn’t want to raise your kids?

Once you’ve taken the time to reflect, put your intention into action.

For the short term, start planning your family trip for the year and schedule quality time together. For the long term, make sure your estate plan is up to date, that you have considered planning for college and retirement, and most importantly, nominate legal guardians for your children.

Even though you’ll also be planning for the distant future or an eventuality that may never happen, you’re parenting readiness will be immediately strengthened. When you clarify the way you want your children raised and the beliefs you want them to carry into the world, you naturally become more conscious about your relationship with your children now.

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Embark on the New Year with the right mindset and intention of practicing, preserving, and passing on your values as a parent in your family estate planning! Your family will benefit greatly.


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Elise Rodriguez is a South Florida attorney who focuses on helping families preserve their legacies through estate and family planning. To learn more about planning for your family’s future, call (305) 860-8338 and mention Modern Boca Mom to schedule a FREE Family Wealth Planning Session with Elise (worth $750).

For more about family planning visit www.lifelonglaw.com.

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:

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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!

MOMpreneur Monday: COOL KIDS Buckle Covers

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.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Rosalie Farnsworth, creator of COOL KIDS buckle covers.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rosalie, and why you launched COOL KIDS™

As an veteran “MOMpreneur” with a marketing background, my passions for parenting (I have an 18-year-old and a preschooler), health education and hands-on problem solving can be seen in my everyday life. I try to find fun ways to teach my children that innovation can be found hiding in plain sight.

Building a business around something you love brings challenges in line with being a parent – the rewards are immeasurable as you watch it grow.

Living in sunny South Florida can be brutal sometimes – not just in summer. It can truly feel like your insides are baking. In a rush one suffocatingly hot day, I moved the buckles out of the way so I could put my young daughter in her car seat and immediately burnt my fingertips – I am usually careful about this, but was glad it wasn’t her tender skin.

I had previously tried full-cover sunshades, but quickly found them to be cumbersome – I wanted one less thing to juggle when exiting a car with my arms and mind full. Florida children wear short clothing with their legs exposed almost year-round – I was tired of worrying about that scalding metal buckle.

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I began thinking: What other options existed?

I began searching for a solution that tackled the problem at its source, the actual buckle. Unable to find a practical product in the car seat aftermarket (accessories), I sketched out a pattern for what I envisioned: A type of cover that would stay in place to protect the entire car seat buckle without interfering with its restraint function, or the bustle of my day.

Determined to bring my idea to life, I retrieved the brand-new sewing machine I had bought years before from a high shelf in a closet, searched YouTube tutorials on how to sew, cut up an old t-shirt and stitched the very first pair of COOL KIDS Buckle Covers – the only ones I ever wanted to make!

The design features a pocket with a small collar and snap that fastens to the strap right above the two buckles. It stays securely in place for constant use but can be easily removed by an adult when necessary. To use, a parent simply pulls the pocket over the buckles while the restraint is disconnected.

To unshield the buckles, just pinch the bottom of the pocket with two fingers and pull up – the buckles pop out ready for use (you can watch the video above for a complete demo).

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I fastened what became our prototype to my daughter’s car seat harness and began “testing and telling.” Soon, other parents wanted me to make a set for their kiddos.

So I did…

Suddenly, I imagined there could be a marketable interest in the design.

What challenges did you face when starting your business?

When I decided to put them for sale online – they did well! I couldn’t keep up. Months later, we took a few more serious steps: we have a patent pending, hired a manufacturer, showcase 20 stylish patterns, and continue to sell our functional, fashionable car seat safety accessory online.

Our new website, www.coolkidsusa.com, will be launched in November 2015.

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What is unique about your product and why should MBMoms purchase it?

COOL KIDS™ fit practically all domestic car seat brands and are, of course, machine washable.

You can match them with other accessories: strap covers, seat covers or pads, head supports, a favorite dangly toy, bibs, blankets…virtually anything! Give them as part of a baby shower gift or newborn starter pack.

Really, any child who uses a car seat could benefit from COOL KIDS™. Car seat buckle covers are a straightforward product like non-skid baby socks and many other children’s safety items.

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

We’ve begun to garner interest from baby product retailers. COOL KIDS™ buckle covers are a contemporary product that will certainly perform best at point of purchase while the market becomes familiar with them.

The future is open. We’ll continue to build the business and product line, form partnerships and collaborate with other baby gear MOMpreneurs. One day, we hope to be in a position to donate a portion of our proceeds to medical facilities that aid burn victims.

For instant access to updates and promotions, it is best to monitor our social feeds. We really look forward to hearing what your readers think about our ‘accidental’ business!

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We now know what you don’t like about South Florida, but what do you love?

My family and I are proud to call Delray Beach home.  We live near the ocean and love experiencing the fresh energy of a fast growing, All-American town.

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Follow COOL KIDS™ on Facebook HERE.

Instagram: coolkidsusa

Visit their online store: https://squareup.com/market/coolkidsusa

COUPON CODE: MBM10 for 10% OFF (ALL STYLES) of Cool Kids Buckle Covers for Modern Boca Moms until December 31, 2015.


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MOMpreneur Monday: Moms Pump Here App

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.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Priya Nembhard, co-founder of the Moms Pump Here app.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you launched the Moms Pump Here app

I’m a serial entrepreneur who still believes I can change the world. Being a mom is probably one of the biggest reasons why I pursued entrepreneurship.

I want to leave a legacy for my children and be a role model for them, so they believe in their hearts that they too can change the world.

So my sons know what a strong, positive woman looks like and so my daughter has a template she can look up to. Although entrepreneurship is very much about taking risk, the biggest risk would be not risking it for them. Being an entrepreneur also means flexibility– to be present in their lives, to do homework, take them for mommy dates and be there for them when they need me.

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In addition to Moms Pump Here, I also co-founded a non-profit in Miami, The EDGE Charitable Foundation, because I wanted the world to be a better place for my children (all children).

What challenges did you face when starting your business?

My business partner, Kim Harrison, and I are both moms of 3. We both breastfed and breast pumped for our children.

Kim contacted me one day complaining about the horrible experience she had looking for a place to pump at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, while attending a conference (I was living in Miami at the time). She had to resort to using a bathroom stall. We both thought that no mom should have to go through that.

No one would even think of eating in a bathroom, so why should moms have to nurse their children or prepare their food in one? So, we committed to finding a solution for moms like us and Moms Pump Here was born!

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(Note: Kim has gone back every year since 2012, when we were founded, to the Javits Center and little by little, it has gotten better. Most recently they had a small dedicated space, not a 5 star arrangement, but someplace a mom could nurse or pump.)

What is unique about your app and why should MBMom readers download it ASAP?

We are the first online GPS resources for moms to find, rate and share places to breastfeed and breast pump. Created by moms for moms, Moms Pump Here app, provides moms with choices.

It’s a woman’s natural and federal right to breastfeed in public and private places anywhere she is allowed to be. With Moms Pump Here app, a mom can breastfeed in public or look for one of our locations. Additionally, she can also breast pump in private. All locations have a short review about what is available at each location or if nothing is available.

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Using GPS, moms can search nursing room locations within a 200 mile radius of where they stand or in areas they may be traveling too. The locations include retail stores, sports complexes, airports, hospitals, universities and more.

In addition, they can also add a nursing room location via the app by submitting an image, details and contact information for the location. All new or submitted locations are vetted by our team through, research, calls and mom forums.

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

We are rolling out international locations such as Canada and Australia this fall. We will also be at the Expecting Parent and Baby Expo in New York in October and will be updating the App with new mommy friendly features in the near future.

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What did you love most about living in South Florida?

I loved the weather, people and laid back lifestyle. Grateful for the experiences and the people I had the pleasure of working with. We lived in Miami for 8 years and moved to New York City following the death of my father to care for my mother. We anticipate moving back to Miami in a few years. My three children miss it tremendously and ask frequently when we are coming back.

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Our earliest press came from South Florida (Miami Herald and Miami Community Newspaper)! And, I frequently travel back for my foundation.

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A Typical Week in the Life of Modern Boca Mom

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!

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Monday

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.

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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!

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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!

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6:30-7:15 p.m. This is MBMom’s personal time to ROCK OUT and work out at POUND at Organic Movements Dance Studio. 3 trips in one day? No big deal! $15 per class/First class FREE.

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Tuesday

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MBMom WORKS! #dailybabyavery attends “Tot Time” at a local school 2 mornings per week.

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5:00-5:45 p.m. Swim Lesson. Check out more info on swim HERE.

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6:30-7:15 p.m. FXP Hoop Fitness at Organic Movements Dance Studio. This is MBMom’s personal time to hoop it up at our other favorite workout! So fun! $15 per class/First class FREE.

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Wednesday

10:00-11:00 a.m. Mommy & Me Dance at Organic Movements Dance Studio (6 weeks- 2 yo). Even though #dailybocaavery is in ballet, I still like to dance with her once a week! $15 per class/First class FREE.

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9:45-10:20 a.m. Gymnastics class at Kids Choice Sports, Dance, and Fitness. We are going to take a trial class shortly. Stay tuned for a review!

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Playtime at Boca Raton Children’s Museum. They recently changed their hours, so this is our chance to use our membership!

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Afternoon PARK TIME! Check out one of these great local options that we love: PBC Parks Roundup or Boca’s Poshest Playgrounds.

7:00-9:00 p.m. Time to paint something at Uptown Art Boca RatonI like to grab my sister or best girlfriends and let my inner artist shine…with some BYO wine. 🙂

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Thursday

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MBMom WORKS! #dailybabyavery goes to “Tot Time” at a local school 2 mornings per week.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. It’s time for “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class at Grandview Preparatory School a.k.a. #grandviewmoms! We occasionally host this class on Tuesdays as well.

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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!

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Friday

10:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Indoor playground time at Kids 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.

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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.

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6:30-7:15 p.m. End your week with a workout (under party lights) at CLUB POUND at Organic Movements Dance Studio. $15 per class/First class FREE.

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And that’s our week!

Throw in the occasional professional networking or social event and things get a little hairy, but we love our life here in Boca Raton and supporting many of the same businesses week after week.


What are some of your favorite activities to do with your kids during the weekdays? Comment below!

Toddler Training: How to Transition to a Toddler Bed…Successfully!

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I feel like I’ve failed at an epic level recently at certain “Toddler Training” tasks. I’m a little frustrated with the progress #dailybocaavery is (not) making at swim class and our first try at potty training didn’t exactly pan out.

But one thing we’re #winning at? The TODDLER BED TRANSITION.

Bye bye crib! Hello tiny bed.

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We found this bad boy on sale at Target (you can find it for $69.99 on Amazon.com HERE) and #modernbocadad couldn’t resist the purchase. The mattress FYI- is directly from the crib.

I had originally wanted to keep #dailybocaavery in her crib (cage?) as long as possible. We have a two-story house and my mind went to the darkest, worst possible scenario in terms of transitioning her.

No, I wasn’t worried about her stumbling in the dark and falling down a flight of stairs in the middle of night. I was terrified of the access she would now have to our bedroom.

A tiny person staring you down in silence in the middle of the night is actually quite terrifying.

Lucky for us, Avery is a loud walker (a stomper essentially), so we hear her coming a mile away. And she loves being able to get into and out of her bed on her own. She was ready.

So, how did we transition her?

1. We made a big deal about the “Big Kid Bed.”

Let your child help pick out new bedding and choose which stuffed animal(s) they want to sleep with. This amazing “bed in a bag” set is from aden + anais and I am obsessed.

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Why you ask? First off, the top sheet is attached to the fitted sheet, so your child cannot tear apart the bed in his/her sleep. Little did I know that would be a key selling feature.

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See? The bottom is attached.

Secondly, it comes with a training pillow. This set comes with a small, flat one, so it’s a good starting point.

The comforter is also very lightweight. That’s a South Florida win in my book!

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The set is made with 100% cotton muslin– guaranteed you received one or more of those aden + anais blankets when your child was a baby.

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The aden + anais classic toddler bed in a bag retails for $149.95 and the organic version runs for $169.95. You can purchase HERE.

2. We read about Elmo’s experience.

Our daughter, like many toddlers and preschoolers out there, relates to Elmo on so many levels. Reading about his “Big Kid Bed” transition was a great idea and explained the why’s and how’s at her level.

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MBMom Tip: Make sure to read this book WHILE your child sits in their bed. Stay consistent. Once per night is great until your kid is comfortable in his/her new digs. 🙂

3. We installed a night light.

If our daughter does get up in the middle of the night, I’m now confident she can find her way to our bedroom without crashing into a baby gate head first.

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Not saying that this happened to her/us, but…yeah, that happened to us. Oops.

Along with a lot of love + patience, your child should be sleeping (and hopefully staying) in their new bed before you know it.

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Sweet dreams!


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MOMpreneur Monday: Doctor Gena Chiropractic

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 sometimes…fellow Mommas.
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Today’s featured entrepreneur is…Dr. Gena Bofshever, founder and owner of Doctor Gena Chiropractic in Plantation.

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I personally know you through our fabulous Femfessionals community in Ft. Lauderdale. But for my readers who haven’t met you yet, tell us a little bit about yourself and your professional background…

I was raised on Long Island, NY before earning my degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. After graduation, I worked as a fitness trainer at New York Sports Club and wanted to continue working in the health industry. So, I decided to go for my doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University. 

I especially love working with children and pregnant women and I am actually one of the few chiropractors in Broward county certified in the Webster technique, which restores balance to the pelvis in regards to labor and birth.

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While I have not yet birthed any babies personally, I get to spend my days around babies and kids near and dear to my heart.  My post-graduate training in pregnancy and pediatrics helped me create an office full of babies, giggles, smiles, (sometimes tears) and laughter.

As a health care provider, there is nothing more rewarding than having a mom bring me her infant to have his or her spine checked. I have been invited to attend home births of my patients and blessed with the pleasure of taking care of up to 4 generations in a family at a time.

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How did your business get started and what makes it unique?

I picked up a ton of experience right out of school, before moving to South Florida, in Pennsylvania. My practice at the time saw between 500-600 patients per week, with 40% of the patients being pregnancy and pediatrics. Hiking and skiing are some of my favorite hobbies, so you can imagine it was not an easy choice to move to the flattest and hottest state in the country.

I moved to South Florida to be closer to my amazing family. 

At first, I worked as an office coverage doctor in 11 different practices. I got to experience different office protocols and techniques, while figuring out which community I wanted to work in, which was really helpful.

I decided to open an office in Plantation, since it’s close to the action of Ft. Lauderdale, close to my family and full of families I would be able to take care of in my office. I rented space out of an existing practice and spent my first three years down here making connections and building relationships with the awesome South Florida people. In May of 2015, I finished the build-out of a new, modern, state-of-the-art, spacious facility to better meet the growing needs of my practice!

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Congratulations! That’s a huge step! Why should MBMom readers become or recommend you patients?

The most common ailments to make their way through my doors are kids with frequent ear infections, constipation, torticollis and bed wetting.

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We provide a non-invasive, gentle service, through chiropractic care. We have seen many of our patients come off of medication, reduce their dosages of prescription drugs, smile more often and avoid surgeries.

While there is a time and place for medical intervention, our office strives to focus on that which allows our patients to be a better expression of health.

We work with the body as a whole, in helping you eliminate the effects of chemical, physical and emotional stresses you face on a daily basis. The mission at Dr. Gena Chiropractic is to motivate and inspire people to live life to its fullest potential!

Chiropractic is a fantastic venue to make this happen.

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What exciting things are coming up at your practice?

The most exciting news regarding our practice is the recent move we took in May of 2015. We recently purchased CLA Insight equipment which we will be incorporating into our examinations and re-exams going forward.

The Insight scanner is a Certified Space Technology tool which helps detect hidden patters of stress and tension in the body, allowing us to better care for our patients.  We have been training in the use of this new equipment and are excited to track our patients’ progress and shed light on the effects our lifestyle has on our bodies.

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Now that you’ve lived in South Florida for some time, what do you love most about our area?

While moving to South Florida was never my first choice, since coming down I have been thriving!

What’s not to love about winter down south? 

I can drive to my yoga class with the windows down, on the way to the beach, in December! There are also tons of outdoor events going on most of the year. I love that the people of South Florida tend to be more active and spend lots of time outdoors and at the beach. It’s great to be able to wear flip flops all year long.

I also love that there are so many networking events and business opportunities, many of which are health-centered down here. Moving to Florida has been one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

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Follow Dr. Gena Chiropractic on Facebook HERE.

Visit their website: http://www.FavoriteChiropractor.com/


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5 Ways to Ease Your Kids into Back to School

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The Palm Beach County School Year is starting earlier than ever this year.

Umm…hurray?! It’s back to school!

Are you prepared? I’m still in summer camp mode, so I reached out to Susan Rose, the Personalized Learning Coordinator at Grandview Preparatory School for some ways to get our children ready and  more importantly…EXCITED for the big school year ahead.

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1. Supply Shopping

  • Supply shopping usually involves a list, but letting your child be part of the process makes it more fun and motivating.  Let them choose what they like. They can help parents locate the best deals, either at the store, in newspaper flyers, or online, and perhaps you can even consider buying them a little something extra with all the money they saved you. 🙂
  • Personalizing school supply items can increase a child’s desire to use them. More artistic students may have fun doing this themselves, while others may love something simple like a  backpack with their name embroidered on them.
  • When shopping for new school supplies, let your child also pick out some supplies for their school’s school supply drive for students in need. Shifting the focus to helping others may go a long way in easing any back to school blues.

2. Makeover Day

  • Set aside a special day to get ready for school.  Your child may or may not love getting a haircut or shopping for school shoes and clothes. Intersperse shopping activities with lunch at a favorite place and something fun at the end of the day.  

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3. Back-to-School Party

  • Invite old friends and kids new to your child’s class if possible for a little pre-school get together.  Create a game in which they do a show & tell about highlights from their summer. Not only can this activity prime them for the inevitable back to school essay or journal entry ….”What did you do this summer?”, it can also help remind them that they actually DID have a fun and eventful summer!

4. Plan for Extracurricular Activities

  • Play up excitement about the upcoming school year by reminding your child of the fun opportunities for extracurricular activities.  Show them brochures for sports, music, arts, science and nature offerings in your area and let them help plan out their weekly calendar.
  • Remember not to over-schedule your child, as is often the trend these days.  Over-scheduling can squelch creativity. The brain needs down time to process new information.  A little boredom can be a very good thing, giving kids the time to come up with new and creative ideas.
  • When scheduling extracurricular activities, remember that “strengthening their strengths” is the best gift you can give your child. Help them discover their passions and talents by trying a variety of activities, and then give them the opportunity to grow the ones they love. Try not to insert your preferences or dreams for your child into the equation…even though that’s probably easier said than done sometimes.

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5. Get Back Into a Sleep Routine

  • Dim the lights and light a few candles an hour before bedtime.  Put on calming music and try to lower the energy level in the house.
  • Set the tone for settling down in the evening.
  • Start getting your kids back into a normal sleep routine at least two weeks before school starts.  To do this…
  • Create a routine just before bed that does not involve the use of a screen. The light emitted from the screen is thought to have a detrimental effect on circadian rhythms, thus disrupting sleep.
  • Reading to your children or telling them stories at bedtime will create a calming routine for sleep. This is also one of the best methods for increasing a child’s literacy skills.

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A few bonus tips…

    • Show your own excitement about the fun activities the school year will bring!  Look through the calendar and talk about all of the fun events your school will host such as Fall Festivals, Winter Concerts and Spring dances.
    • Set a few goals for the year based on your child’s strengths, rather then their weaknesses. For example, for the student who struggles in math, but loves writing, set a goal of entering a poetry contest or writing an essay that makes the teacher laugh. Strengthening strengths will increase motivation, and increase confidence needed to improve in areas that don’t come so naturally.

August 17th is right around the corner MBMoms! Time to get started…because ready or not, here the school year comes…YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂


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Susan Rose is the Personalized Learning Coordinator at Grandview Preparatory School.  Her role at Grandview involves a variety of responsibilities geared toward individualizing the learning experience for the student.  She believes the best gift we can give students is to help them realize and strengthen their strengths.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University,  Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Kentucky, and an Educational Specialist degree in Brain Based Learning from Nova Southeastern University.  


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The Boobies (were) OUT in Boca!

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

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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.

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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. 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.

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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 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.

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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 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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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.

How to Save Money During Your Pregnancy (and After)

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If you are a first time MBMom-to-be…or even if you’re about to have your second or third child, you might have recently realized that this whole “having a kid thing” costs a bit more than you anticipated!  (Spoiler alert: It only gets more expensive. Eek!)

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All of those cute little clothing items, diapers, baby furniture (and so on) add a lot of pressure to your wallet. That is why it is so important to find some new ways to get all of those necessary items, but save some money at the same time.

Modern Boca Mom is here to help and inspire you with some tips on how to stay within your budget and how to save money during your pregnancy (and after)!


Don’t Rush To Buy a Breastfeeding Wardrobe

One might think that soon after the baby is born, or even before he/she is, it is super essential to shop for breastfeeding wardrobe items like bras or tops.

Not at all!

It is actually much better to wait a little bit – maybe a week or two after the baby is born, or even more – and shop after that. It’s impossible to tell whether or not you will be able (or want) to breastfeed your baby for a lengthy time, so you should definitely consider that factor before buying a whole new nursing wardrobe.

Use Various Coupons for Discounts

Coupons can obviously reduce the price of many items or products you want to buy for baby. There are countless coupons available in newspapers, magazines and online, so seek out the best ones for you and save instantly.

Stores like Target, which have a huge assortment of products for infants, also offer many discounts with coupon. Promo codes will always be free to use and can help you save a lot of money. Shop smart!

Don’t Buy Baby’s Clothes too Far In Advance

Because babies tend to grow pretty quickly, don’t even try to plan out his or her wardrobe too far into the future! Buy clothes for the season you are living in right now (which is much easier in SoFL) and spread out those cute shopping trips. I can’t resist adorable baby clothes in the moment! Can you?

Shop at Second Hand Stores

Clothing and baby furniture from local consignment stores can obviously be purchased much, much cheaper than what you would pay for those items at retail.

You might even find some unique and one of the kind pieces too! Consider visiting your local store (perhaps one owned by a local MOMpreneur?)– just be sure to wash everything again once you get home.


What are, or were, your ways to save money while preparing for baby? Share in the comment section below!

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by ChameleonJohn.com. 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.