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5 Ways to Help your Family Avoid the Flu in Boca Raton

I don’t know if y’all got the memo, but the flu is B-A-D this year. Like really bad. I’m now that crazy person that packs hand sanitizer in her kid’s backpack and makes her take a bath as soon as she gets home from school to “rinse the germs off.” (Disclaimer: I don’t know if that actually works, but I’m feeling good about it…and I get a really sweet smelling, snuggly baby afterwards…so bonus!) But, you’re probably looking for actual USEFUL advice from me on how to avoid flu in Boca Raton…or at least deal with it once you have it.

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I had so many colds before the holidays that I used up boxes and boxes of tissues! So, I’m super excited to partner with Scotties Facial Tissues, not only for the massive supply they sent me, but to also help me bring you these helpful tips and tricks on how to avoid flu in Boca Raton!

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How to avoid flu in Boca Raton

1. Get a flu shot, especially if you have a baby

Moms can’t afford to get sick, so it’s time to use every weapon in our flu arsenal including the flu shot. It may not work for every strain, but it can’t hurt considering the severity of the season.

And if you have a Boca baby, it’s a MUST! Children under 6 months old cannot receive flu shots, so it’s essential for parents/family members and caregivers to get vaccinated.

2. Tell everyone you know to STAY HOME if they are sick

If someone you know is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, hand them a box of Scotties and tell them to GO HOME. They’ll only spread what they have to others and no parent has time for that!

3. Avoid touching heavily trafficked public surfaces

If your child is anything like mine, they like to touch absolutely EVERYTHING. Public bathrooms are my kid’s absolute favorite. It’s so gross. Encourage a lot of hand washing for your little ones.

As for you, grab a Scotties tissue out of your purse to use as a barrier before you handle that doorknob. And think twice before using the coffee station at work. Everyone has touched it. Sanitize your own hands consistently and try to avoid them coming into contact with your nose and mouth.

4. Consistently disinfect your home

You don’t know what germs you or your kids are bringing home on any given day. Wipe any frequently touched surfaces in your kitchen and bathrooms, doorknobs and TV remotes with disinfectant on the regular.

5. If you do get sick, try to avoid coming into contact with those who are at high risk for flu-related complications

We live in Boca. This means SENIOR CITIZENS. According to MD Now, you should also avoid kids under 5 and expectant mothers, so take note!

Good luck and please stay healthy everyone!

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Next Time, Unless It’s Life-Threatening, I’ll Head to My Local MD Now

Why is it that our kids always seem to get hurt or sick when your regular pediatrician’s office is closed? I, for one, am not particularly fond of unplanned and unscheduled emergency room visits—sick child in tow—during nights, weekends, and holidays. But sometimes, a mom has little choice.

Thankfully, I’ve found a great solution: My Local MD Now

After doing some research, I discovered that unless you think your child has a true life-threatening health issue, it simply makes sense to take them to a respected, neighborhood urgent care center like your local MD Now. I’ve waited for hours before in the ER and I don’t ever want to put #dailybocaavery through that. Especially if it’s for something like the flu, sprains or stitches. I know she (or I, for that matter) will get quality care for any immediate problem, but in less time and at a greatly reduced cost.

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My homework shows that, at just $150-$200 per visit, the average cost for self-pay at an urgent care clinic is a grand less than the typical $1,233 price tag of an ER visit. That’s an incredible savings even before you factor in the wait time! I don’t know about you, but waiting around with a sick or injured kid in an ER setting is not something I consider fun.

Unless it’s a true life-threatening emergency, you’re not going to rank for priority status at an ER either. What does that mean? Your child will receive treatment only after any major trauma cases have been taken care of first. I came across research that shows that the average patient at an ER spends two hours waiting for treatment. Seriously? At my local MD Now, we can be in and out in under an hour in most cases. No appointment necessary, thank you very much.

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There’s also the convenience factor to consider.

As the largest urgent care provider in South Florida, MD Now has 38 locations in our area. Several are located within a five-mile radius of our home in Boca. Thankfully, they’re also all open 12 hours a day including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Regarding the quality of care, I’ve found that my local MD Now offers as good or better care than what I personally received after a long ER wait. Designated Category 1 by the Urgent Care Association of America, MD Now has a doctor on site at all times. They also have the same convenient onsite EKGs, digital X-rays, ultrasounds, and lab testing as a typical ER.

So, the next time your child is sick or injured, ask yourself, “What am I waiting for?” If someone in your family has an unscheduled minor emergency, I suggest you check out a local urgent care center like MD Now. Save those ER visits for true life-threatening emergencies.

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Here are a few more facts to consider when weighing your options:
  • Urgent care insurance co-pays are generally 20–25% less than an ER’s.
  • With more than 124 million visits annually, or 222 visits per minute, ERs are already operating at capacity.
  • ER wait times are expected to get even worse. By 2020, there will be 45,000 fewer primary care physicians in the U.S.
  • Urgent care centers in the U.S. have been around for more than 30 years. They now handle 160MM patient visits a year, and their locations continue to grow in number.

The numbers don’t lie. Visit MD Now’s website by clicking here:

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Calling All Fashionistas…2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week is Here

Happy 5th birthday DBFW! For those not in the know, I’m talking about the 2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week. It’s coming up later this month when downtown will come alive with style! We attended several of the events last year and had a blast! I even found a dress for a gala. 🙂

From January 24-28 (2018), get ready to experience spectacular fashion, local designers, art and beauty at this special event created by the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown merchants. The local designs and diverse fashions will take center stage at the fashion runway events, Downtown fashion designers and hair show, fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race and the Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique Shopping Event.

2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week

MBMom Tip: Events will take place throughout Downtown Delray Beach. Two of the runway fashion shows are free to the public to stand and watch.

5th Anniversary VIP Pass and reserved 2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week runway show seat tickets are available at www.DelrayFashionWeek.com100% of ticket proceeds throughout Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children.

The 5th Anniversary VIP Pass is $165. It’s limited and includes a front row reserved seat at all 2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week runway shows, receptions, luncheon and a signature Amanda Perna tote with swag from Downtown merchants. Runway show reserved seats range from $25-$50. Um, I need that Amanda Perna bag…stat.

Here’s the full 2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week lineup:

Events details will be updated on

As of 01.05.2018

2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week
The iconic Colony Hotel
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018:  An Evening Downtown – Evening Wear Runway Show           

Location: The Colony Hotel, 525 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

  • 6PM- 8PM: Live jazz entertainment; Artist on display, Silent Auction, Beauty Bar
  • 8PM SHOW: Evening Wear Runway Show
  • Emcee:  Amanda Perna
  • Recommended attire: Cocktail Attire
  • Tickets: $30 per seat for runway seating benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch
  • Ticketed runway seating, Downtown Merchant Tent, Red Carpet – Step and Repeat, Live Entertainment from Fred Astaire Delray Beach Champion Dancers and Achievement Centers Dance Team and more.
2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week
2017 #dbfw selfie in front of the runway!
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018:  Delray on the Runway Designer Fashion Show & Hair Show

Location: ARTS GARAGE, 94 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

  • Theme: Shades of Blue – blues music & attendees encouraged to wear blue – “Blue Party” !
  • 7-8 PM: Reception and Entertainment
  • 8 PM:  Designer Runway Show and Hair Show
  • 9 PM:  Entertainment and Meet the Designer post reception
  • Emcee:  Amanda Perna
  • Recommended attire: Creative, blue cocktail attire
  • Tickets: $50 per person benefiting the Arts Garage Art and Education Programs for Children.  Includes: Reception (2 drinks and passed apps), silent auction and Fashion Show
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018:  Tropical Paradise Luncheon & Fashion Show

Location: CHE!!! Restaurant, 900 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

  • 11:30AM – 12:15PM: Entertainment, Lunch, Raffle
  • 12:30PM: Fashion Show begins
  • Following the event – shopping Downtown!
  • Emcee:  Suzanne Boyd, WPEC CBS 12 Morning Anchor and Delray Beach resident
  • Recommended attire: Resort wear
  • Tickets: $40 to include lunch and the fashion show; Benefiting Achievement Centers for Children and Families
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018:  6th Annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race

Location: Old School Square Pavilion and Park, NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

  • 5:30-7:30 PM  
  • Costs: $25 entry fee per runner; ($35 day of the race) Benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families
  • Produced by the ACCF

2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018: Swim & Surf Runway Show

Location: Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

  • Theme: Celebrate the tropics
  • 7 PM – 8 PM: Fun Music, Beach games, vendor tables
  • 8 PM: Swim Wear Runway Fashion Show
  • 8:45 PM: Thank you ceremony and final walk
  • Emcee:  Suzanne Boyd, WPEC CBS 12 Morning Anchor and Delray Beach resident
  • Recommended attire: Tropical
  • Tickets:  $25 per seat for runway seating – benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch
 Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018:  Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique

Location: Old School Square Fieldhouse, 51 N Swinton Avenue (entrance off of NE 1st Avenue), Delray Beach

  • 1 PM – 4 PM   
  • Cost: Free to attend
  • Shop the runway looks that you loved during Delray Beach Fashion Week at this convenient, one-stop-shop, pop-up boutique at the Old School Square Fieldhouse. Join us at the Fashion Week Boutique for the ultimate shopping experience featuring 18 participating Fashion Week retailers, light bites, libations, music, a step & repeat, and more.

MOMpreneur Monday: Elena Carissimo of Lang Realty Delray Beach

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 businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas!

Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Elena Carissimo, a Realtor at Lang Realty Delray Beach!

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