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MOMpreneur Monday: The Dreamland Company

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Lynn Sasso, local mom and founder of the Dreamland Company.

Tell us a little about your background…

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Miami at the age of 11. After graduating from Emory University, I attended The University of Miami School of Law where I also met my husband, Richard.

While working at a Miami law firm, I focused on plaintiff product liability litigation making big bucks traveling the world (oftentimes via private jet). I got married in 2005 and a couple years later decided to start a family. Unfortunately, we struggled with devastating fertility issues. 

Eventually I left my job and we moved north to Lighthouse Point. We now have two healthy and beautiful children – Tyler, 7 and Stella, 5. I learned so much from surviving our fertility issues. Life is precious and short. The most precious things in life cannot be bought and finding work that you love is priceless.

Dreamland Company

What inspired you to create the Dreamland shirt?

Even though I knew I could always go back to law, I wanted to create something for women like me. Women who had real bodies – of all shapes and sizes– whose bodies may have changed after bringing children into the world, from aging or sickness or being stuck with needles during struggles with infertility.

I always loved fashion, but my nights attending red carpet events and fancy charity galas were far outnumbered by the nights taking care of my babies. After number two, I was beyond exhausted caring for a newborn daughter and a wild two-year-old son. I would sleep in whatever was around. Nothing was flattering. Nothing felt special.

Dreamland Company

Determined to find something with a bit more style, I happened upon a super cute sleep shirt at a discount retailer. There was literally one…and all of my scouring and online searching fell flat.

It was a bummer because whenever I wore it, I didn’t feel frumpy, so it became my go-to. The shirt was flattering without being tight (which was great as I worked to drop my baby weight). It was the perfect sleep shirt for a new mom, offering both comfort and style. My husband loved it. My girlfriends wanted it. That’s when the light bulb went off!

What is truly unique about your product?

I knew I could create something that would make all women, especially moms, feel special, comfortable and pretty. So the dreamshirt was born! I designed the dreamshirt (the perfect mix of a sleep shirt and a nightgown) with ruching in the front and back so it hugs the body without being tight. Made of the most luxurious cotton jersey fabric, the ¾ length sleeves and length just above the knee are flattering on all shapes and sizes. 

Dreamland Company

Most sleepwear is mass-produced overseas. It isn’t designed to fit real women’s bodies. It isn’t special or particularly well made. The Dreamland Company knows that moms run the world! It’s a little reminder that we deserve to take care of ourselves. We deserve things that make us feel strong and valued and beautiful.   

The dreamshirt comes in solid colors and prints (our first collection has 6 solids and 3 prints). The prints are unique in that they are designed by us specifically for our customers. Our signature print, Daydreamer, features clouds and hearts.

Dreamland Company

After your business get started, what challenges did you face? How did you solve them?

After deciding to launch the dreamshirt, I called upon my friend Melissa Wexler to help. I had gotten absolutely stuck searching for the perfect fabric and manufacturer. Melissa owned her own clothing line that was sold in hundreds of stores along the West coast (BJOY) and had a ton of relevant retail experience. We discussed the lack of stylish and flattering sleepwear for women like us. Just like me, Melissa also faced her own health struggles.

When her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Melissa had herself tested for the BRCA gene and it came back positive. This prompted her to have an elective, preventative double mastectomy. When in the hospital, she wished she could ditch that dreary hospital gown and have something that would serve a functional purpose and be easy to get on and off. She also craved something that would make her feel both feminine and comfortable. When I mentioned my idea of bringing something to market that fit the bill, Melissa was thrilled and has been an invaluable asset to The Dreamland Company.

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

The Dreamland Company was created by two tired moms looking for a little bedtime style. We are your readers. We live for our children, but still value looking good and feeling good. All moms can sleep well in their dreamshirts knowing each one was sewn and packaged with love right here in Florida. They can sleep well knowing that by shopping with us, they are supporting a female-owned, local small business.

Our dreamshirts start at just $50 and are packaged in a reusable drawstring bag with an inspirational note inside. They are the perfect gift for moms, teachers, co-workers, friends and family.

Dreamland Company

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

Our website launched just a couple weeks ago! We were blown away by the feedback we have received so far. We have some pop-up shops planned in the coming weeks and are in the process of designing new prints and new styles.

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

Having grown up here, South Florida is home. One of the best parts of becoming a mom was meeting my South Florida mom friends.  The support, advice, laughter and adventure they bring to my life is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The Dreamland Company was inspired by the women in my life and I hope our products make all women feel valued, beautiful and loved.


Dreamland Company


Connect with The Dreamland Company:

 www.shopdreamland.com

 https://facebook.com/thedreamlandcompany

 www.instagram.com/thedreamlandcompany

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MOMpreneur Monday: Koala-T time Education Boxes

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Eli Guevara, creator of Koala-T time! It’s a collection of fun and educational boxes aimed at giving parents a tool to connect with their kids.

Koala-T time

Tell us a little about your background…

I’m a mother of two wonderful boys ages 12 and 8. I earned an MBA in Finance and enjoyed a very successful career working for two global companies. During that time, I traveled internationally and managed large budgets and financial reporting for senior management. Although I truly enjoyed my career, I began to realize my days were too short.

As a full-time working mother of two, I found it very challenging to spend quality time with my wonderful boys. So, I began using our nighttime tuck-ins as a way to have fun conversations and stay connected with them. At first, the conversations were the usual questions about their day, but then I became more intentional about using those 15-20 minutes to share more about life’s journey. I’d share ordinary life happenings of course, but was always included a life lesson as key takeaway. They loved it and wanted to know more and more every night!

I began including toys and activities to help our conversations along and that was the start of something wonderful! More than just “time” together, our Koala-T time became a way to proactively build up their character and talk about family and relationships in a fun and enjoyable way. I was encouraged by my sisters and friends to share these life lessons with other parents. So, I teamed up with a group of friends and creative moms to make that a reality. 

What inspired you to create Koala-T time and what is truly unique about your product?

My boys are the inspiration for Koala-T time, a collection of fun and educational boxes aimed at giving parents a tool to connect with their kids through games and activities while teaching them valuable life lessons.

Our focus is on simplicity and life lessons. There is no cutting, no gluing, which is perfect for busy moms. Boxes include a variety of games (puzzles, mini board games, and novelties) that are easy to do, yet allow us to bring up important topics in a very proactive way.

Koala-T time

Every box includes four topics that build up character, strengthen relationships, promote work ethic, and inspire a good outlook in life. Children learn best when they’re playing. Therefore, we have designed easy and engaging activities that both kids and parents enjoy. The box also includes a fully planned out “family date” based on the monthly theme.

Koala-T time

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

With all parents, each day seems to go by faster and faster! There never seems to be time to research and find fun activities that are easy to execute and have little prep or clean up!

Our activities are designed with busy moms in mind: Everything is easily labeled. The activities are simple, yet memorable and they take less than 15 minutes to complete. Everything needed is included in the box. We realize time is precious!

Koala-T time

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

We just launched the Summer Collection! This is a set of three boxes themed: Playground, Ice Cream and Flight. The games are super fun and include life lessons on honesty, respect, and teamwork. We are super excited to make these boxes available for busy families, so they can have something fun to do together every week this summer like making ice cream, parent vs kid competitions, and kite flying.

Koala-T time
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I love living in South Florida and consider it my hometown. My parents moved here from Venezuela when I was 12. One of the things I enjoy most is going to the beach or pool anytime during the year. Plus, this is a vacation state! Most people must plan a cruise vacation months in advance, but we get to go on “last minute getaways” anytime we want! I don’t think I would consider moving anywhere else.

Koala-T time


Connect with Koala-T Time:

 www.TimeWithTheKids.com

https://www.facebook.com/koalaTTbox/

https://twitter.com/@KoalaTTbox

https://www.instagram.com/koalaTTbox/


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MOMpreneur Monday: Soft Baby Shoes

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is designer and entrepreneur Zsofia Inhauzer of Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton.

Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton

 
10% Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton coupon code only available for Modern Boca Mom Readers: “BOCAMOM10”
Tell us a little about your background:

I was born and raised in Hungary and immigrated to the US when I was 22. After studying Hospitality and Hotel Management in Hungary, I worked for years in hotels after moving to the US. In 2010, I opened a cleaning business and grew, ran and sold the business until 2014 when I found out that I was pregnant. 

What inspired you to create your company, Soft Baby Shoes?
I have been a runner and a longtime athlete, running short and long distances. Being a runner, I know just how important shoes are.
 
When I had my son, Mátyás, I knew I needed to provide my sweet little baby with a pair of shoes that would help him develop healthy feet! But when he began to walk, I could not find a pair of shoes that would stay on. His feet could not tolerate the restrictive hard-sole shoes we tried on him. I knew I had to find a solution.
What went into the design of Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton?
My husband and I did some research asking our chiropractor and our pediatrician what to do. They both came up with the same answer: buy soft sole shoes. 
I started doing research online for soft-soled shoes. As a first time mom, I wanted the best of the best for my baby. But, the search proved more difficult than I originally thought. As a vegetarian, I hated the idea of using real leather. Unfortunately, after purchasing a non-leather pair, we even hated them more. It turned out the non-slip faux leather sole was actually really slippery. The other problem I discovered was that the ankle straps were either too tight, cutting into his skin and leaving a mark, or too loose that he would lose the shoes while walking.
 

So, I created the first pair of what would be Soft Baby Shoes. I borrowed a sewing machine, made a pattern, cut the fabric and started to sew them. The first one took about two days and it looked horrible. It not only didn’t fit well, it was too thick. While making the next one, I corrected those issues. I got a little addicted to the fabrics and the process so I made even more samples until they looked perfect.

What made you decide to create a business out of this?
My son started to wear my shoes everywhere and friends and other moms started to ask me about them. When my friends found out that I made them, they all wanted a pair. I then started listing them on Etsy and we grew from there!
What is truly unique about Soft Baby Shoes?
Soft Baby Shoes aren’t just the best soft-soled shoes available, but with an adjustable strap, they give moms the opportunity to adjust the length and width of the shoes as baby grows. This way, Soft Baby Walking Shoes last up to 6-8 months! Soft Baby Shoes saves moms from having to measure, re-measure and buy shoes every 2 months. 
 
Why should Modern Boca Mom readers become your customers?

Our shoes are made here locally in South Florida. The shoes contain no toxic glue or any other chemicals. We like to be environmentally conscious.

They are all individually sewn and handmade and are stylish and perfect for Florida weather. They have a non-slip, non-skid sole that helps babies to walk and build confidence.
 
Here are a few additional reasons why you will love Soft Baby Shoes:
  1. Lightweight, designed for Babies and Toddlers.
  2. Soft Sole, grippy non-slip non-skid sole material.
  3. Stay-on with the 360° Elastic System.
  4. Adjustable Ankle Strap® for the perfect fit. Mom can simply adjust the shoes so they are the right length and width with one single knot.
  5. Flexible: provides freedom of movement of the foot, which is crucial for healthy bone and muscle development.  
  6. Easy to slip-on.
  7. Breathable, machine-washable.
  8. 0% Zero Heel-Toe Drop.
10% Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton coupon code only available for Modern Boca Mom Readers: “BOCAMOM10”
 
What exciting things are coming up with your business?
Our spring collection was introduced in March, and now we have our Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton Spring Sale going on! Keep an eye out because we are planning to have a huge blowout sale from June 1-10. We will exhibit a new “back to school” design in August and introduce Fall Collection in September 2017. In addition, coming in September, we will be introducing an ambassador program.
What you love about living and working in South Florida?
I love the weather and the opportunity to know and enjoy the diversity of cultures.
soft baby shoes Boca Raton

Connect with Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton:
South Florida moms can meet me at FAT Village Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale and try the shoes on once per month. Please be sure to check out our website for farmer’s market update as well! 
 

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MOMpreneur Monday: Author & Entrepreneur Tweedy Katz

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

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


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is local children’s book author, Tweedy Katz!

Tweedy Katz

Tell us a little bit about your background and how your journey started…

My journey started when my twin daughters at the age of 5 had to wear eye glasses.  Back in the 1980’s, a few things occurred that I felt I needed to change for children. I decided to create a line of eye wear that was bright and colorful for girls and each pair of glasses came with a matching bracelet.

What inspired you to create this line?

I wanted my girls to feel good about themselves when they put their glasses on and they did. From a doodle, I created “Specky” and he eventually became my logo. It was then I decided to create a whole world of characters and stories for my daughters.

How has being a mom shaped your business?

My daughters were my inspiration for my book! Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars Book 1. I feel very strongly against violence which motivated me to make sure the villains I write about are comical.

Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars is about Specky being teased as a child because he has to wear glasses. When he grows up, he decides to make a pair of magical Spin-Oculars and deliver them to a child who needs to see the difference between behaving well and not so well. Specky wants them to make the right choice.

What should MBMom readers know about you and Specky?

Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars Series 1 is different than any other book for children ages 3-7 because the characters I created are new to this world. They are very colorful and fun. My book series sends out a learning message visually and verbally and children love hearing the story over and over again! 😊

What do we have to look forward to from Specky and Tweedy Katz?

I am working on my second book now which will introduce Specky’s friends and explain what they do. My third series is about bullying. I am very excited about making it easier for children to see the difference between behaviors through reading, but enjoy the book at the same time. As an author, I would love to have my books animated because children just love the characters. I am also in the midst of creating games from Specky and His Magical Spin-Oculars for children to play on their tablets.

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

I love living and working in South Florida because the sun is always shining around me! When I am stuck in my writing, I run off to the beach and sit by the water and always get my answers.

It was wonderful raising my daughters in Boca Raton. We didn’t have to be concerned anymore with snow and cold weather. They grew up outdoors and enjoyed living in beautiful nature!


Connect with Tweedy Katz:

www.spinoculars.com signed by me 😊

Amazon.com

Facebook @magicalspinoculars

Twitter @crabbywabby


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MOMpreneur Monday: Meet the Author of Restless in L.A.

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Robin Finn,  Creativity Coach,  Advocate and Writer of the book Restless in L.A.!

 Restless in L.A.


Tell us a little bit about your background and how your journey started…

My author journey started when I began writing personal essays about parenting a child with ADHD and special challenges. To my surprise, when these essays appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and other outlets, my inbox was flooded with emails from parents having a similar experience. So I kept writing.

What inspired you to write your book, and how has being a mom shaped your writing?

My first novel, Amazon-bestseller RESTLESS IN L.A. felt like a natural evolution. Advocating for a child with special challenges, writing essays about that experience, and then writing a novel about a mom of three struggling with these same issues were all different paths of exploring a similar theme.

Raising a child with significant challenge creates a parenting experience unlike everyone else’s. It’s unlike anything you may have ever imagined. Because the book is fiction, I set this experience in the larger context of Alex’s 40th birthday. Then, I added the steamy complications of re-connecting on Facebook with her old love from college. Think of RESTLESS IN L.A. as: Trader Joe’s meet Fifty Shades with an ADHD child, a life coach, and an online flirtation with ‘the one that got away.’

Restless in L.A.

How did you get started with your writing?

For me, it’s true that we ‘write what we know.’ I laughed and got teary as the main character, mother-of-three Alexandra Hoffman, struggled. She struggled with her kids, her son with ADHD, her husband, the school, other parents, and herself. Certainly, Alex’s battles at school were inspired by situations I had faced in my own life.

One of the hardest parts of raising a child who is different is the JUDGMENT. I spent two years studying at a Los Angeles spirituality school learning to cultivate a “spiritual perspective” on my life. This ultimately meant learning to not take anything personally. After all, what’s more personal than your kids? This perspective comes through in the novel.

What should MBMom readers know about you?

As a mom-writer, I understand the difficulties of balancing work and momlife. Writing Restless in L.A. not only gave me an outlet for my bottled-up frustrations, hopes, upsets, and imagination. It also forced me to reclaim myself as a writer. In order to get the book done, I had to commit to mercilessly carving out time to write. Of course, this was in the middle of soccer practice, carpools, field trip chaperoning, and all the other tasks that come with being a mom of 3.

There is a popular misconception that being a good parent means devoting every waking moment to your children. I found that not to be true. It simply made me an exhausted parent. Being an effective mom turned out to be inextricably linked to taking care of myself first. It’s like the old adage, “put on your own oxygen mask first.”

Writers write. Writing fills my tank. Whether I am working on a novel or an essay, I am definitely a happier, calmer and more patient mom when I balance my time between my family and my work. This is regardless of how complicated and crazy that can sometimes be…

What new and exciting things are coming up for you as an author?

Restless in L.A. and I were just featured in The Los Angeles Times. We had an amazing book launch at the iconic Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA. Now, I am traveling around the country visiting friends in places like Orange County, Philadelphia, and New York, and doing book clubs. I grew up in South Florida and would love to visit book clubs in Boca Raton as well!

Restless in L.A.

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

I had the best childhood! I grew up in Coral Springs. When “Restless in L.A.” launched, I started a Facebook page called “Restless in Coral Springs,” for all of my childhood friends. They’ve all been ordering the book, posting pictures of themselves holding it, and leaving fantastic reviews. I feel so lucky to have grown up with such supportive and amazing friends, Decades later, we are still there celebrating and supporting each other!


Connect with Robin:

You can buy her book HERE.

www.robinfinn.com

Find her on socials:  @RobinFinnAuthor


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MOMpreneur Monday: The Lomnitzer Law Firm

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Lorri Lomnitzer, founder of the Lomnitzer Law Firm in Boca Raton!

Lomnitzer Law


Tell us a little bit about your background and how you started Lomnitzer Law…

Before I started law school, I had worked for a record label and really enjoyed it! So when I decided to go to law school, I made it a point to study entertainment and intellectual property law. I also worked in the High-Tech Crimes Unit for the District Attorney in LA and learned a lot about trademarks and anti-counterfeiting while I was there.

After that, I worked for a midsize and a large firm before going out on my own. I started this firm before I had my son, so I have a long-running joke with clients that the firm is my “first baby!” And the truth is, I don’t work much less since he was born. If anything, he’s given me more drive and more of a sense of purpose.

“Like every mom, I want to be a good parent and provider… and I admit, I want my son to see how much I love my work, so hopefully he’ll decide to become a lawyer too!”

Lomnitzer Law

Throughout my career, I have gained experience in various areas of the law, including corporate law, business and civil litigation, employment law and insurance defense. During most of my career, a majority of my client base was large corporations.  However, I began to notice more and more that small businesses and entrepreneurs were unable to obtain the legal services that they needed at an affordable cost.

I found myself drawn to working with small business clients and decided to be the one to offer them quality legal services at a manageable price.

Now, I’m an intellectual property and entertainment law attorney and the founder of The Lomnitzer Law Firm, a boutique law firm in Boca Raton. We cater to businesses, start-ups, inventors, and individuals who are looking for high-quality legal services at a reasonable price.

How have you grown since since starting your law firm?

My client base has grown really organically. Word spread among my old record label contacts that I’d become a lawyer, and people I’d known from my music business days began to contact me.

They became my clients and working with them made me realize that there was an unfulfilled need in the marketplace for a boutique law firm with a focus on intellectual property and entertainment law. Many people don’t understand that every business owns some intellectual property and that it’s an asset to be protected.

I decided that I should be the one to solve the problem. To be able to help my clients as much as possible, we do both contracts (transactions) as well as litigation. We’ve also expanded to provide corporate and business counsel.

What is truly unique about the Lomnitzer Law Firm?

We are unique in that we are one of only a few firms in South Florida that focus on intellectual property and entertainment law. We do both transactional law and litigation. And we always consider how the decisions we make with our clients now will impact their businesses down the road.

Why should MBMom businesses become your clients?

We help our clients protect assets they may not realize are assets. And though some of our lawyers have big firm experience, our services come at small firm prices. We deliver specialized attention to every client, whether you’re an individual or a huge corporation. We’d love to help service Modern Boca MOMpreneurs and local families!

What new and exciting things are coming up for the Lomnitzer Law Firm?

We’re growing! We’re hiring some new attorneys and continuing to expand our practice areas. Also, I’m speaking at an Orlando Film Festival in February and helping plan the Florida Bar 8th Annual IP Symposium which is taking place in Fort Lauderdale in March 2017.

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

Living in South Florida is like living in paradise! My son loves the parks and I love the weather. Not to mention that it’s a great location to do business. Our Boca Raton office allows us to easily work with clients from Miami to Palm Beach as well as overseas.

Lomnitzer Law


Follow Lomnitzer Law Firm:

7999 N. Federal Highway, Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Phone:  561-953-9300

Email:  Lorri@Lomnitzerlaw.com

Website-Lomnitzer Law Firm


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MOMpreneur Monday: Jennifer Bishop Counseling

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Jennifer Bishop, Owner of Jennifer Bishop Counseling in Boca Raton!

Jennifer Bishop Counseling Boca Raton


Tell us a little bit about your background and how you started Jennifer Bishop Counseling…

In 2001, I graduated with my undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in Communication. After that, I obtained my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. My graduate internship focus was on children and family systems. In 2007,  I became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida.  And in 2010, I became a Qualified Supervisor, supervising Registered Interns toward obtaining their licensure while continuing my work and becoming a Certified Experiential Trainer.

In 2015, I decided to start Jennifer Bishop Counseling, Inc. where we specialize in working with children and families in Boca Raton.

Jennifer Bishop Counseling Boca Raton

Families are in a constant state of change or transition. This means when one part of a system changes, the entire system is changed. Staying grounded and present during these transitions can be challenging for any child, parent and family, no matter what their situation. When even one member of a family comes in for support, the entire family will benefit.

“Our team integrates a holistic approach for the family, focusing on just that, family relationships.”

Jennifer Bishop Counseling Boca Raton

What challenges have you faced since starting your counseling services?

There are always challenges in our line of work. We walk through the maze of life with others, but each and every one of us is different. We have different backgrounds, face different trials, and react to situations differently. Therefore, we all require individualized approaches to healing. As a Boca Raton mental health counselor, I’ve dedicated countless hours to gaining expertise in a wide variety of therapy techniques, so that I may have the ability to help children and adults find empowerment, no matter the issues they are tasked with overcoming.

What is truly unique about your counseling services?

What makes Jennifer Bishop Counseling unique is that my approach is not focused simply on reducing symptoms, but on supporting clients overcoming their self-limiting beliefs, increasing their self-esteem, increasing awareness and improving relationships.

We draw on the strengths of each individual, so that every client recognizes their importance and sets realistic expectations so they can thrive.

Why should our readers become your clients?

My specialty is working with children under 12 and with their parents. Parents often have a lot of influence and are more powerful than they think. Most emotional and behavioral issues can be resolved through parental intervention.

We provide an eclectic approach and use established methods and modalities, including;

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotive Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Parent-Child Interactive Techniques
  • Experiential and Expressive Therapies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Movement
    • Drama
    • Yoga/Meditation

“We believe that when even one member of a family comes in for support, the entire family will benefit.”

What new and exciting things are coming up for Jennifer Bishop Counseling?

We have three great meeting groups now available!

MOMS Group: meets Tuesdays from 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Are you a loving mom struggling to cope? Do you feel overworked and underappreciated? Are the demands of your family taking a toll on your relationship? Do you worry all the time? Do you know something needs to change but you don’t know what or how?

MOMS Group will create a safe place for you to develop a connection and relationships with other moms and to gain feedback, tools and tips on parenting, relationships, boundaries and much more!

GIRL POWER!!!! A group designed just for girls, ages 5-8!

This is a social skills group geared toward anxiety for girls! Supporting these young ladies with anxieties and worries they have around school, home and social-related issues. This group also helps those who may have some self-esteem issues.

DAY/TIME – TBA

BOYS SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS (boys in 1st through 3rd grade): meets Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Who is ready to gain confidence, master social interactions, build self and social awareness, decrease social anxieties and be a team player? This group is unlike any other Social Skills Group! WHY? We are interactive, experiential and SO much fun!


Follow Jennifer Bishop Counseling, Inc.:

6971 N Federal Highway
Suite 301
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Phone:  561-408-1098

Email:  jennifer@mysouljunkie.com

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MOMpreneur Monday: Cobbe Law

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Melody Cobbe, founder of Cobbe Law Firm in Boca Raton!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and starting Cobbe Law Firm in Boca Raton…

I’ve been a lawyer since 1999 and throughout my career, I have gained experience in various areas of the law, including corporate law, business and civil litigation, employment law and insurance defense.

During most of my career, a majority of my client base was large corporations.  However, I began to notice more and more that small businesses and entrepreneurs were unable to obtain the legal services that they wanted at an affordable cost.

I found myself drawn to working with small business clients and decided to be the one to offer them quality legal services at a manageable price.

What challenges have you faced since starting your law firm in Boca Raton?

Around that time, my daughter had started kindergarten and my son entered 3rd grade. With both children in school full-time, the demands of homework were increasing, not to mention shuffling the children to their various extracurricular activities. I was also not taking any time off. Like many mothers, I was struggling to find the balance between work and home and felt like there was no balance. I was either at work and not spending any time with my family or at home feeling like I was neglecting my clients.

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“I felt as if there had to be some way “to have it all”.  I had worked extremely hard to establish my legal career, but also did not want to miss seeing my children grow up by choosing my profession over my family.

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So, I decided to take a leap of faith and open my own practice with a focus on small business and entrepreneurs. By having my own practice, I would not say that I work any less than I did when I worked for someone else. But instead, I work differently. My law firm in Boca Raton allows me to have the flexibility to manage both my practice and my family needs.

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What is truly unique about Cobbe Law?

Cobbe Law takes a concierge approach with its clients and offers a one-stop shop for small business and start-ups.  My background in the different areas of law, as well as my litigation experience, provides valuable insight for my corporate clients.

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Why should MBMom businesses become your clients?

When you are a client of Cobbe Law Firm in Boca Raton, I personally handle your legal matters. And, if it is outside my area of practice, I work with you to locate someone to assist you. I also offer a variety of payment structures ranging from a flat fee to hourly rates and can also serve as a part time in-house counsel for your company.

What new and exciting things are coming up for Cobbe Law?

I’m very excited to for this year and expect to have more speaking engagements beginning with being a speaker at the FemCity Boca Raton Fem-Fab-Five Luncheon held on January 27th.

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

I moved to South Florida from Brooklyn over 10 years ago! South Florida provides a wonderful lifestyle for me and my family.  We are able to be outside year-round-– what can be better than that?! We take full advantage of the South Florida weather and go to the beach often and love riding our bikes.

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Follow Cobbe Law:

980 North Federal Highway
Suite 110
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone:  561-922-9661

Email:  mcobbe@cobbelaw.com

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MOMpreneur Monday: April Golightly

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...April Castoro Erhard, founder of April Golightly in Boca Raton!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start April Golightly

I practiced law for 5 years before leaving to work full-time on April Golightly. During my time working as an attorney, I craved a creative outlet where I could write about the things I was passionate about. Blogging was something that I started with pure passion and it was something fun to work on after being in court all day and spending late nights and weekends at the office. I never dreamed that it would become a full-time business with employees and huge brand contracts!

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My last year practicing law was spent working part-time at home while I was pregnant with my daughter. I tried to quit my job, but my boss would not let me leave when I told him I was quitting to work on my blog. He kept me on part-time from home until my daughter was born. When my daughter was born, I became a full-time stay at home mom and blogger.

Luckily, my little daughter was a great napper! It gave me time to work on the blog while she took her 4 naps per day. My husband handled the evening feedings and bedtime, so I could work during that time too. It was a team effort and the blog would not be where it is today without my husband’s support.

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What challenges have you faced since starting April Golightly?

April Golightly, as a business, started with a help of a friend and mentor who explained the business of blogging to me over lunch. I had known her for years while I was studying in Miami and found out she had quit her job to blog full-time. This blew my mind and I had to know more. I took her to lunch and she sent me home with a gameplan. That advice helped me make April Golightly into the thriving business it is today.

The one piece of advice that I wish I had taken right away was switching from a Fashion to Lifestyle blog. It took me several years to make this change. As much as I love fashion, it was challenging writing about only one topic.

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What is truly unique about your blog and business?

I feel that April Golightly is a unique blog because it brings women everyday luxury that they crave. You can be an awesome mom to your kids, cook dinner and look fabulous at the same time. If I can do it, so can you. I want to give women the confidence to wear what they want, be a good mom, and live the luxurious life that we all dreamed we would. I feel like a lot of moms surrender their lives to their children (my mom was like that), letting life’s little luxuries go– beauty, fashion, travel and great food.

The lifestyle of April Golightly gives you permission to be a good mom and still enjoy the good things in life.

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Why should MBMoms become your readers?

I adore Modern Boca Mom as a person and as a website and truly am a Modern Boca Mom! We live in Boca Raton and love it so much. Living in Boca helps make everyday luxury easy and we have so many great restaurants, hotels, spas, and the shopping is, of course, the best!

Also, the moms here are so sweet and welcoming that I want to get to know all of them! If more Modern Boca Moms became my readers, we would get to run into each other frequently around town. How cool would that be?

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What new and exciting things are coming up for April Golightly?

This year, I’m working on producing more videos. I shot 5 videos over the holidays and will be rolling them out over the next few weeks. We are going to be focusing on creating easy-to-make recipes with detailed instructions, so you cannot mess it up!

Here is a tasty Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe.  We are really working on easy recipes that can be made in one pot or pan, so you don’t have a ton of clean up. This means more time for fun things like spending time with family, makeup and fashion!

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

South Florida is such a lovely place to live. It is fantastic being minutes from the best grocery stores and Town Center Mall. Dangerous, but fantastic for a shopper like me. 🙂 I have to mention the perfect weather and the expertly manicured landscaping. It makes me smile every day! The people here in Boca are so nice and they have embraced us. My daughter and I have a ton of friends and love spending time with family.


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MOMpreneur Monday: Jasmin Boutique Boca Raton

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Jasmine Otero, owner and founder of Jasmin Boutique of Boca Raton!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start Jasmin Boutique Boca

I was born in Puerto Rico. raised in Orlando and have a passion for style, travel & design. Moving to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University cemented my decision to make Boca Raton my home. After spending a semester in Shanghai studying Business Law, I discovered my love for retail.

Upon returning to the states, I started a career in real estate and the only thing I could really focus on was what my clients were wearing. I attended a Women in Business Luncheon one evening and when it was my turn to speak, I realized I talked about fashion more than I did real estate.  It was one of those, “AH-HA!” moments and I knew that if I didn’t change my career, I would one day regret it.

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Fashion was where I wanted to focus and I was determined to accomplish my goal. After expressing my dreams with my fiancé, Brad, he and I decided to put a plan together. With his extensive background in textiles and my keen eye and appreciation for the confidence fashion can give a woman, we combined our talents to create the ultimate luxurious shopping experience for today’s modern woman. We envisioned taking her from work to date nights to family adventures.

While I love my career, my family always comes first. I was a single mother to my now 12 year-old daughter for many years before meeting my fiancé. He has two daughters and together we have a 2 year-old son. As a mother to four children, I feel like I am also a role model. I hope that seeing my hard work inspires them to also work hard, follow their hearts and always do the right thing.

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What challenges have you faced since opening Jasmin Boutique Boca Raton?

As with any business, financing, making the right decisions and ultimately execution were all challenges.

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When you visit Jasmin Boutique Boca Raton, you will see the culmination of these challenges come to life with collections that reflect a timeless, ageless, elegance.

My most notable quote is my personal motto, “A Woman Dressed with Confidence Impacts the World,” which is the driving force on all of my buying trips. I am thinking of the woman at work, the mother at her child’s school activity or at a social event.

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What is truly unique about your business?

The concierge concept in business is not new, however it is certainly less common today. We believe in bringing back this approach to provide our customers with an exceptional experience. Jasmin Boutique Boca Raton is a full service vendor happy to accommodate clients’ needs if those needs are special order requests, extended hours, private or personalized shopping. We also host events and give style tutorials via social media.

Our staff includes skilled stylists who will make certain our clients will look their very best when they shop Jasmin Boutique.

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Why should MBMom readers become your customers?

All shoppers are unique. We see people who come into the shops as clients, not only customers, and give them personalized attention. Our goal is to connect with our clients and create long term relationships. We know their name, story, and style so we can help them build a wardrobe that complements their lifestyle.

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What new and exciting things are coming up for Jasmin Boutique Boca?

Currently, we feature brands such as Alice & Olivia, DVF, Elie Tahari, J Brand Jeans, Joie, Schoen by Yu, Ted Baker, Wolford, and Yumi Kim just to name a few. For the first year, my focus has been on buying from the east coast. This coming year, I look forward to expanding to the west coast.

Each season, we bring in new lines of high quality, competitively priced mid to high-end luxury lines to suit everyone’s budget and lifestyle.

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I have also recently started managing a men’s clothing store, Swatches and Rags, located in Delray Beach. We plan to introduce men’s fashion to my Boca location later this year.

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

Living in South Florida has given me the opportunity to interact with women from so many walks of life. As an active member of the Junior League, I have the privilege of volunteering and helping others while being surrounded by smart, supportive and kind women. Plus the 80 degree weather!

Jasmin Boutique Boca Raton

101 Plaza Real South, Suite C

Boca Raton

561-235-8270

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