Category Archives: MBMOMS-TO-BE

Belly Love Has a Whole New Meaning…

When I was pregnant with #dailybabyavery in NYC, I was thrilled to discover (what I nicknamed) the “Disney World of Maternity,” located conveniently on 57th Street and Madison Avenue (4/19/16 UPDATE: It is now closed, I just found out. Completely devastated for my pregnant NYC friends).  I knew now I had to find a South Florida Pregnancy spa. 

It was a Destination Maternity complex that included two stores, a fitness studio and a spa. A one-stop shop if you will for anything pregnancy-related. I could buy a formal maternity dress, get fitted for a nursing bra, take a Pilates class and get a facial all in one building. Genius!

Now as a former spoiled New Yorker, I tend to look down upon South Florida when I can’t find similar amenities in the area. I’m sure I’m not alone. Not that I’m pregnant right now, but I like to know what pampering maternity options are available to me (or my friends) if the situation were to arise! 

Problem —–> Solution: Belly Love Spa

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

Located in Parkland, Belly Love pregnancy spa offers “a special collection of therapies to help the body, mind and spirit prepare for and acclimate to motherhood.  From prenatal massage to balancing facials to pampering pedicures, Belly Love Spa can reduce discomfort, counteract hormonal effects and enhance the natural glow of pregnancy.” 

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

They even have a 4D Ultrasound Center IN the facility.  Cool right?

“Using the latest 4D ultrasound technology, their RDMS medical sonographers can perform a limited diagnostic scan that will allow you to see how your baby and the placenta is positioned, measure fluid level, see the heartbeat and watch him/her move. You can even see your baby’s facial expressions and count his/her fingers and toes for the first time! You are invited to bring those closest to you to participate in the experience and even take home pictures or a DVD of your complete session.” 

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

The very much postpartum Modern Boca Mom was invited to experience three of Belly Love Spa’s signature services last month. The day was magical and relaxing thanks to the spa staff and beautiful setting.  I had the:

Belly Love Spa Chocolate Cherry Indulgence Pedicure

75 min – $80 

Chocolate cravings? We have a cure! Start with our Signature Hot Stone Pedicure and then sweeten it up with a hot chocolate foot soak. We then exfoliate with our cherry puree mask, soothe with a therapeutic foot massage, and finish with a vitamin C & E enriched chocolate paraffin treatment to leave your feet soft and satisfied. And…..you’re sure to get your chocolate fix with a delicious chocolate treat.

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

Well, my legs certainly look pregnant…

Belly Love Spa Swedish Massage

50 min – $75 

For anyone that is not pregnant. Our Swedish Massage is a gentle, full-body massage incorporating long, fluid movements.

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

Belly Love Spa Get That Glow Facial at this South Florida Pregnancy Spa

50 min – $79

This intensive facial nourishes and replenishes, resulting in healthy looking skin. Enjoy a massage of the face, neck and shoulders followed by steam to open the pores, extract, and exfoliate. And of course you’ll receive a relieving foot massage too!

All of the treatments were top notch, but my favorite by far was the Chocolate Cherry Indulgence Pedicure.  The dessert plate alone was worth it!  

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

Yum.

Belly Love Spa would be an amazing spa experience whether you’re pregnant or not, but wow- giving your Belly some Love has a whole new meaning after this!  

Forget the traditional baby shower gift; get your next expectant mom a BELLY LOVE GIFT CERTIFICATE IMMEDIATELY to this South Florida Pregnancy Spa!  

And bonus?  There’s a Belly Love Spa Boutique two doors down for all of your maternity shopping needs.  It’s the one-stop shop I’ve been searching for!

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

South Florida Pregnancy Spa

Visit: www.bellylovespa.com to book your appointment at the South Florida Pregnancy Spa!


Disclaimer: Modern Boca Mom received a complimentary spa treatment package from Belly Love Spa in advance of this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Sunny with a Chance of Cloud 10

When I was in early labor with #dailybabyavery in NYC, I had a unique moment of beauty clarity.  I decided to walk over to the nearest blow dry bar to get my hair done, so I wouldn’t have to worry about turning into a grease ball during my hospital stay. Granted, that was the least of my worries when it came to my childbirth experience, but don’t judge!  There are a lot of photos taken of you with that new baby…so why not start at a Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar?

So there I was, having (mostly mild) contractions while being reassured by the stylist that I was NOT the first Manhattan mommy-to-be to do this, getting my hair blown out (my nails were already done, obviously) and thinking to myself that this would be one of the last times I’d get to enjoy this convenient city luxury.

I’m happy to report I was wrong.

My (and soon to be your) new South Florida blow dry fix?  Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar & Hair Salon

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar & Hair Salon (with locations in both downtown Delray Beach and Boca Raton) was founded by Jodi Dery, who has an extensive background in providing spa services, most recently at the world renowned Boca Raton Resort’s Spa Palazzo.  Before launching the first Cloud 10 in Delray, she visited more than 30 blow dry bars throughout the U.S. and then selected the ‘best of the best’ in products, services and ambiance for Cloud 10.

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

These chairs reclined and had massage settings.  HEAVEN!

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

The adorable waiting area at Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

Modern Boca Mom was invited to experience a blowout and the “5-Minute Makeover” at the downtown Boca location and I can’t tell you how perfect it is for the time crunched mommy.

$40, 45 minutes or less, and your hair is DONE for a formal or business location (PLUS complimentary wine or champagne!).

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

My view during the blowout at Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

My other view: digital hairstyle & makeup menus. You can also read magazines!

Then, for $15 and 5 minutes of your time (with or without a blowout), you’ve got your basic makeup look.  I would recommend arriving with your foundation on for this speedy service.  And, did I mention the complimentary champagne??  You know how I feel about the bubbly!

Mommies- they even take walk-ins if you forget or don’t have time to make an appointment.  Just beware of the weekends which tend to get busy.

If you hair needs even more help, Cloud 10 has recently expanded to offer a full array of hair services, including cuts, color, extensions, and more.  They also have a cool Rewards Program where customers can earn points for their first service, sharing reviews on social media, friend and family referrals, and more. Upon accumulating 1200 points, members receive complimentary blowouts or credit towards any other salon services.  Not bad!

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

Cloud 10 Hair + Makeup =

Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar

The finished look!


Appointments can be made by calling 561-303-3000 (Delray location) or 561-465-3900 (Boca location) or reserving online at Cloud10USA.com.

Disclosure: MBMom was given a complimentary blowout and makeup application at the East Boca location.  As always, opinions and reviews are my own.

MOMpreneur Monday: aquaBelly® Fitness

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

Welcome to MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Florida Mommas!

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Today’s featured MOMpreneurs are…Samantha Bense and Kristy Wexler, co-founders of the South Florida chapter of aquaBelly®, water fitness for Moms & Moms-to-Be.  A great pregnancy aqua aerobics workout!

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

The concept of the fitness program was born while Kristy and Samantha were teaching swimming lessons to young children. They noticed that expectant mothers had a hard time keeping up with their toddler-aged children poolside. This observation coupled with Kristy’s personal experience with high-risk pregnancy (i.e. being permitted by her Perinatologist to exercise in the water  because of the buoyancy and forgiving environment– she now has 3 little ones!) created the foundation of aquaBelly®.

Kristy and Samantha obtained their exercise credentials and soon offered water fitness classes to Moms and Moms-To-Be in Boynton Beach. In 2012, aquaBelly® expanded its target demographic to include classes like aquaBootyaquaBelly Baby and aquaGrand which not only focused on Moms and Moms-to-Be, but Active Adult Women as well (I like to call them the #modernbocagrandmoms).  Now, aquaBelly® is a national fitness and healthy living brand.

Wow!

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

MBMom personally took an aquaBelly Baby™ class earlier this month with #dailybabyavery and we had a great time. Avery probably had even more fun than I did as evidenced by the 2.5 hour nap she took after class!

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

aquaBelly® classes are unique because they are all conducted in the water (heated pool- check!) although you don’t need to know how to swim.  Classes mix yoga, pilates, dance and aerobic exercise to give students a well-balanced, full-body fitness experience each time.

I wore a Lycra exercise tank and shorts in the pool.  I didn’t have water shoes, but I would recommend getting a pair for a better grip on the pool floor.  Babies must wear a swimsuit and swim diaper.  A cute poolside lounging outfit is optional.

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

This particular class would be great for moms easing back into exercise post-baby.  It is nowhere near as high impact as a Flywheel or Stroller Strides class which is especially helpful when you’re just starting out.  #dailybabyavery is very “squirmy” at her 11 months of age, so keep that in mind since the goal is to not only bond with your baby in the pool, but use him or her as a resistance weight during the class.  At least she looked adorable in her little swimsuit (and she clearly loved the colorful puppet Samantha used to demonstrate all of the moves in class)!

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

I also really appreciated that the aquaBelly® instructor kept a close eye on the form of each student. Everyone received individualized attention in the safe, low-impact arena while getting a good workout (without the sweat).  Did you know water provides 12x the resistance of air?

I always like to ask my fellow Mompreneurs the tough questions: why should Modern Boca Mom readers participate?

Classes are conveniently located at the Boca Raton Peter Blum YMCA (no membership required), at the beautiful Canyon Springs Community and will soon be offered in Delray Beach and central Boynton Beach.  Tons of class times are available to fit any schedule and prices range from $15-$17 per class.

Kristy and Samantha even offer fitness evaluations, coaching, nutrition and meal planning, breast feeding coaching, as well as instructor training in case you have interest in becoming an aquaBelly® teacher!

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

Pregnancy aqua aerobics

Samantha and Kristy also LOVE working in South Florida.

They told me, “Not only do we live in paradise, but we also [get to] work in paradise!  We feel truly fortunate to get to work and exercise in nearly 365 days of beautiful weather.  Waking up to jump in the refreshing pool & feel warm breezes listening to the sound of palm trees is an incredible way to get a workout session in.  During the hot summer days nothing can top cooling off when you exercise.  South Florida moms are friendly and so many of our participants & their families have become lifelong friends!  Getting to know each of the mommies while they are pregnant and watching their babies grow up is priceless!”

I think so too. 🙂

I definitely plan to try an aquaBooty™ class in the future sans #dailybabyavery.  I’d like to fully experience the resistance that the pool can offer.  Plus, working with Samantha is a lot of fun!


Great news MBMoms!  If you’d like to try any aquaBelly® class for yourself, just mention “Modern Boca Mom” and your first one is FREE!
Contact aquaBelly® directly by clicking HERE.

Disclaimer: MBMom received a complimentary class for this review.  As always, all opinions and comments are my own.