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The Boca Business That Became Hurricane Superheroes

During times of crisis is when people’s true colors really show. Although Boca Raton families dodged a bullet with Hurricane Irma, many are still dealing with major issues. The aftermath of damage to property, zero power, limited access to businesses and of course, the thousands upon thousands of evacuees who are trying to make their way back home.

And what a crazy week it has been for all of us! The hurricane preparations alone were enough to drive this Boca mom insane. Not to mention the anxiety of going through the storm. Luckily in our community of Boca Raton, we’ve seen an outpouring of kindness and strength like never before.

One particular business took home the award (in my opinion) for being Boca Hurricane Superheroes by proving that having a “pediatrician in your pocket” is now more necessary than ever. A normal day for Pediatricians Chad Rudnick, MD and Paul Gilbert, MD includes texting or emailing with patients, making house calls and being available on their personal cell phones 24/7 for parents with questions or concerns.

Boca hurricane superheroes

But throughout our Irma ordeal, the Boca VIPediatrics team proved that their services are more than just a pediatric smart office. They’re an absolute necessity for parents! That’s why they decided to open their services to the ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA during the storm.

“It’s a scary time for everyone right now, and we want to help in any way that we can,” says Dr. Rudnick, founder of Boca VIPediatrics.

5 Reasons Why this Business Became Boca Hurricane Superheroes

  1. They opened their services for FREE to the entire state of Florida during the Hurricane

Many children and parents were {literally} left in the dark this weekend with no access to their pediatrician at the start of cold/flu season. That’s why they decided to offer their services to the entire state of Florida during the storm. They offered FREE virtual visits for sick children who couldn’t access their pediatrician during Hurricane Irma. Parents were able to connect via video messaging completely free of charge if they had an urgent question or concern about their child. This makes my heart swell!

Boca hurricane superheroes

  1. Their pediatric smart office never closed

While many medical offices had to close during the storm, the pediatricians at Boca VIPediatrics never lost their most important resource: their cell phones. Because each patient has their doctor’s personal number, members of Boca VIPediatrics were always connected. They could be in touch whether they were evacuating or riding out the storm at home. 

Boca hurricane superheroes

  1. They made house calls

In the days following the hurricane, while most offices had no power and remained closed, Boca VIPediatrics Pediatricians were able to make house calls to see sick kids. This is another hallmark service they provide for their VIP families. 

Boca hurricane superheroes

  1. They utilized telemedicine that saved families from having to go to the ER

Boca VIPediatrics offers two life-changing telemedicine products to their VIP families that no other pediatric office in Florida does.

  • A digital otoscope device that clips onto a parent’s iPhone and sends secure video of the inner ear to the doctor via email. If you suspect an ear infection, you can send a video to Dr. Rudnick or Dr. Gilbert using the iPhone otoscope from anywhere in the world. Your child can be diagnosed and treated within minutes.
  • A digital stethoscope that also clips to a parent’s iPhone. It sends heart/lung sounds to the the doctors from any location. They personally saved two separate families trips to the ER by diagnosing pneumonia via the iPhone stethoscope during Hurricane Irma.

Boca hurricane superheroes

  1. They managed/treated illnesses remotely for families who evacuated

With families in over 14 different states during the largest evacuation in U.S. History, the Boca VIPediatrics team was able to arrange for prescriptions, answer urgent questions and make sure their VIP families were healthy no matter which state they evacuated to. Whether it was requesting a prescription from a pharmacy in Georgia or diagnosing an ear infection in New York, Dr. Rudnick and Dr. Gilbert worked tirelessly to provide care during this stressful time for parents.

Bottom line, whether it’s a time of crisis or not (let’s hope for NOT for the rest of the year…), Boca VIPediatrics has once again proven that their team and doctors are more than just an average medical office. They are Boca hurricane superheroes!

Boca hurricane superheroes

Their level of commitment to their VIP patients and the community is one that you just don’t find easily anymore. When your kids get sick, there is absolutely NOTHING better than knowing you have a personal pediatrician for your family who is on call for you 24/7/365…rain, shine, OR hurricane.

For information about becoming a member of Boca VIPediatrics, visit www.BocaVIPediatrics.com or call (561) 923-9635.


Sponsored: This Boca hurricane superheroes post was sponsored by Boca VIPediatrics. 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 was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.

How to Power Up Your Savings Each Month with FPL

Why is it so hard to stick to a budget, mamas? There’s always some amazing clothing sale or impulse purchase that sucks me in. And monthly bills? Hardly any companies actually provide you with ways to SAVE money. Except for one. Here’s how I power up my savings each month with FPL:

How to Power Up Your Savings Each Month with FPL

1. Monitor your air conditioning

Have you seen those “Your Wife is Hot” (better get the A/C fixed) billboards on the side of I-95? They crack me up every time, but #TRUTH! I would pretty much pay anything to keep cool during South Florida’s scorching summer months.

Did you know the average A/C unit lasts about 15 years in Florida? According to FPL, over time your A/C will lose efficiency. However, yearly service and maintenance can help extend its life. If your current air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, has needed frequent repairs, or if you have noticed that it is running longer to keep your home comfortable, it may be time to consider buying a new one. Yikes.

Purchasing a new A/C is a big (and expensive) decision. But if you are thinking about replacing your A/C before it stops working, you may be eligible to take advantage of FPL’s $150 rebate toward the purchase of a new qualifying unit. A new energy efficient cooling system could save you $ on your energy bill! Time to power up that savings!

Visit FPL’s Residential Air Conditioning program page to learn how to qualify.

savings each month with FPL

2. Download the new FPL app

FPL just released a fantastic mobile app that helps you manage your home energy bills with a tap of a finger! FPL customers can use the app for:

  • On-the-go, instant access to monitor energy usage
  • To see how weather impacts their bill
  • So they receive important alerts and reminders
  • To report an outage
See energy-saving tips + download the app on FPL.com

Seeing the secret inner energy workings of my house is totally satisfying. Download it today!

savings each month with FPL

3. Power down when you’re not home

The amount of money I save on energy while away may not be life-changing, but every little bit helps right? Here’s a tip: Before you head out on vacation, make sure you leave your A/C on, with the fan switch in the “auto” mode and set the thermostat to 82 degrees or higher. The A/C alone can account for over 50% of your energy usage.

If you have a pool, your pool pump can be the second biggest energy user. FPL suggests running your pool pump four hours per day in the winter, and six hours per day in the summer. If you have a multi-speed pump, be sure to talk to a certified or registered pool contractor on how to set it while you are away.

The third biggest energy user? A traditional, tank-style electric water heater keeps your water hot day and night so it’s available when you need it. If you’re not going to be home, you’ll save energy by turning it off. See how to look for your tank’s on/off switch. If you’re going to be away for an extended period and don’t have an on/off switch, you may want to turn off the circuit breaker to the hot water heater.

savings each month with FPL

Lighting can be the fourth largest energy user for homeowners. Make sure to turn off your lights when you leave for vacation and consider using automatic timers.

Perhaps now you’ll get inspired to power up your savings each month with FPL! Hope you liked these tips, MBMoms. 🙂


Sponsored: This powering up your savings each month with FPL was sponsored. 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 was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Spatober in Palm Beach County to Feature Major Pampering Deals

Have you ever heard of Spatober? Me neither, until I had the pleasure of experiencing a couple of child-free and relaxing days with some of my blogger girlfriends at the PGA National Resort and Spa. The keyword being: SPA.

Special thanks to Discover the Palm Beaches for hosting me!

Spatober in the Palm Beaches

Spatober is a month-long promotion highlighting an array of wellness-focused offerings available throughout America’s First Resort Destination®. Designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul, featured spa therapies, wellness experiences and healthy treats are available at exclusive, limited-time prices only throughout October 2017.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all participating businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Cancer Society.

There are so many options available and I’ve included my favorites from the Spatober 2017 listings below. But take it from me, put The Spa at PGA National at the top of your wish list! I experienced the Blushing Pink Rose Massage and Roses Facial during my visit and the treatments were amazing. So were the newly renovated spa facilities. STUNNING.

Spatober in the Palm Beaches
The Spa at PGA National

Waters of the World at The Spa at PGA National

Here’s what they’re offering for Spatober:

PGA National Resort & Spa

Cost: $89 per treatment

Tickled Pink Spatober Menu (all include a mini bottle of Rose Prosecco)

  • Roses Facial (50 minutes): Breathe in the sweet scent of rose and experience the softness of natural marine and plant extracts for a sensory, soothing facial experience by Phytomer. After a rose-mineral mist, the complexion is polished with an AHA scrub for a petal-soft texture, then anointed with Rosee Soin rose oil to detoxify and strengthen skin.
  • Blushing Pink Rose Massage (50 minutes): Allow us to infuse your skin with a serum infused with roses and mixed with a nourishing oil featuring organic sunflower seed oil.
  • Pretty in Pink Manicure and Pedicure (75 minutes):  Immerse in a refreshing bubbling soak that both relaxes and invigorates. A sprightly sugar scrub made with Square One organic vodka and raspberry extract thoroughly banishes dry skin and hydrates deeply with natural oils. A light drizzle of softly scented melted shea butter, cocoa and mango butter make for a lavish finale. Follow up with a full nail care and polish in the color of your choice.

Specials are valid Sunday through Friday. Tax and gratuity will be added. For each Tickled Pink treatment booked, $5 will go toward a breast cancer charity.


As for some of my other favorite spas in Palm Beach County:

SPATOBER 2017 SPA TREATMENTS

The Breakers Palm Beach

Cost: $99                              

The Power of Pink Scrub: Reserve a 25-minute OSEA Body Scrub featuring a fragrant, organic bio-scrub of your choice to gently exfoliate and soften your skin. 25% of the net proceeds from the service will be donated to charity. Rate does not include service charge and tax. It may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Other restrictions may apply.

Eau Spa

Cost: $150            

The Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage: Enjoy a 60-minute massage Monday through Thursday. A 20% gratuity will be added. Specials may not be applied to gift cards or certificates. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, discounted gift cards or promotions. Eau Spa will donate 10% of each Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage to charity.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Cost: $160       

Wellness Quench: A relaxing and invigorating afternoon at the five -star, five-diamond oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach to include: a 50-minute wellness treatment (a 30-minute detoxifying body scrub and 20-minute relaxing massage); access to the spa’s saltwater Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, high-performance showers and relaxation rooms; your choice of one fitness class, including beachfront yoga, in October; and valet parking. The resort will donate $10 per package booked to charity.

nSpa at the Delray Beach Marriott

Cost: $250

Our Village by the Sea: Combine a 50-minute head, neck, shoulder and scalp massage with a 50-minute Sea of Life facial. It infuses your skin with repairing ingredients formulated with antioxidants, organic seaweed extracts, Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Both services must be received on the same day by the same person. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or discounts. An 18% service charge will be added. The spa will donate 10% per package to charity. 

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

Cost: $150

On Cloud Nine: A relaxing neck, back and shoulder massage using pink hibiscus oil melts away tension and soothes sore muscles. Face, scalp and feet are then treated, enhancing tranquility. ESPA’s Pink Mud nourishes hair while ELEMIS Rose Absolute and Moringa Oil hydrate and detoxify skin with a decadent lifting facial massage. A hot-towel foot cleansing ritual followed by the stimulation of pressure points on the feet encourages the release of blockages and increases energy flow. This package consists of three 25-minute treatments. Gratuity is not included. A donation of $10 per package will be made to charity.

Seven Elements Spa

Cost: $125

Summer Spa Package: Begin with a glass of pink champagne and raspberries, followed by a relaxing 50-minute Swedish massage. Next, a detox facial massage (25 minutes) uses all-natural products to cleanse, tone and detoxify your face and give you a natural “face lift” by massaging specific reflexology points. The sweet smell of Seven Elements essential oil aromatherapy will enhance your already relaxed state while you check out. 50% of the cost of services will be donated to charity.


Hosted: This Spatober post was hosted by Discover the Palm Beach 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, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Considering Feminine Rejuvenation? Here’s What You Need to Know

After having kids, things are never quite the same downstairs — and I know my Boca moms can probably relate. I have two words for you: jumping jacks. Even women who don’t have children may start to notice that the aging process creates a “less-than-desirable transformation in our most intimate area. In addition to things not quite feeling the same, they just don’t look the same either. It’s enough to make some moms self-conscious (or totally awkward even writing this article, for instance), and for others, it can interfere with their love life, self-esteem and daily activities. Luckily, we have options. Cosmetic surgery procedures like feminine rejuvenation are now widely available to help you love your lady parts.

These treatments have become increasingly popular, and statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) prove it. According to their * 2016 report, the number of women getting labiaplasty (a type of vaginal rejuvenation) increased 39% from 2015–2016. ASPS President, Debra Johnson, attributes the rise in popularity to a more accepting attitude toward plastic surgery in general (hello, we live in Boca Raton), which opens the door for everything from facelifts and fat removal to other areas of the body.

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How Boca Moms Really Save their Energy

OK, truth time. It seems like all I heard from my South Florida moms this summer was how broke and exhausted everyone was. Sure, there were sunny vacation days and happy moments according to social media. But for many, sleepless nights with babies (and/or toddlers), work, camp, home improvement projects, family expenses, trips and activities made most weeks feel like a tiring race to the finish line.

Everyone seems to want two things as we head into the fall: MORE energy and to spend LESS money.

Aside from recommending a reputable housekeeper and babysitter…and perhaps a regular fitness class, I really can’t help you too much with your physical energy. However, I can help guide you with ways to spend less money on your home’s energy courtesy of my friends at FPL. 🙂 There’s also a really cool giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!

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The ABC’s of Back-to-School Comfort with Hanes

Heading back to school can often be anything but comfortable for our kiddos. It’s typically a new environment with new people…and you can’t forget your child’s new teacher! If you really think back mommas, school was probably quite intimidating when you started. My daughter is starting Pre-K this year and luckily, quite comfortable save for the fact that Ms. Fashionista Extraordinaire has to wear *gasp* uniforms. This Modern Boca Mom loves it. Bubs hates it. But, at least I know I can send her back to school in comfort with Hanes this year courtesy of their amazing undergarments and accessories.

back-to-school comfort with Hanes

Underpants, socks, tights– I’ve been stocking up to keep #dailybocaavery cool and fresh for the school year ahead! (And you can’t forget about their leggings for mom- YOU can also head back to school in comfort with Hanes!) Because, let’s be honest. I always follow the ABC’s of back-to-school comfort.

A:  Always

B:  Be

C:  Comfortable

It’s that simple. 🙂

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OMG, My Kid Broke his Tooth! What to Do Next?

When #dailybocaavery was 3, she thought it would be a great idea to climb atop her bathroom counter to get her toothbrush by herself. Of course, that little stunt didn’t go as planned and she slipped and hit her mouth right on the sink faucet. I inspected my child for damage and boom: chipped tooth. I was upset…but also relieved. There was no blood. Minimal tears. It could have been so much worse. At the time, I didn’t have Dr. Drew Popper, my handy Junior Smiles dentist in my life! Luckily, he’s now my go to resource in Boca Raton for pediatric dental emergencies. (And hint hint, he should be YOURS too!)

This month’s touchy topic? OMG, My Kid Broke his Tooth!

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Why Your Child Should Get their Back-to-School “Do” at Cartoon Cuts

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Cartoon Cuts Coral Springs. As always, all thoughts and opinions are this busy Boca mom’s! #ad

It’s time for back-to-school! Whether you (or your kiddos) are excited (or not), it’s coming…along with the dreaded checklist of parental “To Do’s”.

For our family, this typically means shopping for school supplies, uniforms and getting a haircut. All of which, I have to get done in the two-week crunch between vacation in Maine and orientation. No pressure! Just add it to my never-ending mommy list…

So, when you find out about an awesome salon just for kids that can fit your child and her best friend in on a Friday afternoon AND you happen to be free? You jump at the chance!

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Spa Celebration at Eau Palm Beach: Perfect for Any Occasion

When my sister and I met up for coffee last month, we realized our mom had a big birthday coming up…and fast. It wasn’t just any ol’ birthday either– it was her 65th! A very special day. We knew our mom didn’t want a party and couldn’t get away for a trip (unfortunately), so we decided to officially dub June 3rd “Mormor Day” and whisk her away for a spa celebration at Eau Palm Beach Resort!

Who or what is a Mormor, you ask? Mormor is “mother’s mother” in Swedish and what my daughter calls her grandmother. The nickname has spread like wildfire throughout my family and now, no one calls her anything but that. 🙂

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MOMpreneur Monday: Chelle & Mi Fashion Clutches

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 Michelle Agulansky, local mom and founder of Chelle and Mi fashion clutches!

Tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to create your Chelle and Mi fashion clutches…

Raised in Herzlyia, Israel, I moved to Boca Raton when I was 13. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, I started designing and selling jewelry and handbags to major boutiques throughout South Florida. I loved picking designs that my customers were excited to wear!

The idea of an interchangeable purse first came to me when I was going to an event, but my clutch didn’t match my outfit. I didn’t want to change my whole look just to accommodate my purse. So, I decided it was time to create a handbag that could match every outfit. I ran my idea by a few local boutiques I worked with before and found that shoppers were also looking for a versatile and functional bag that could accompany them to various events. My goal was to create a bag that gave you the freedom to express your personality.

Chelle and Mi

During this time, I met my husband. Soon after, I was pregnant with my first child Daniella and I launched my online retail store. Being a new mom and juggling a business have given me some of the most empowering and challenging moments of my life. I have an abundance of motivation to teach my daughter about perseverance. I’ll teach her to follow her dreams no matter what challenges stand in her way.

Chelle and Mi

What is truly unique about your fashion clutch?

Chelle & Mi is a modern, bold and functional clutch that allows the wearer to change the clutch’s entire look by swapping out the front flap. With 75 different combinations, you can choose various designs and colors to create your own distinct look. With the detachable metal strap, you can wear it as a clutch or as cross-body bag. This is the ultimate accessory for traveling ladies and mommies who need different purses to accommodate any occasion.

Chelle and Mi

Why should Modern Boca Moms become your customers?

Chelle and Mi was created to make women look and feel good by choosing their favorite clutch combination for that day. It is meant to give you the freedom to express your individual taste. For brunch with your gal pals, you can wear your beige flap. At night, just switch the flap to zebra to make a bolder statement!

Chelle and Mi clutches are crafted with beautiful Italian leather. The clutch retails for $175 and the extra flaps retail for $35. Packed in a luxurious dust bag and box,  it makes a great gift for all the important ladies in your lives!

Chelle and Mi

What exciting things are coming up for your business?

We are very excited about launching our website! I have a few pop-up shops and trade shows lined up across Florida. I’m really excited to introduce this beautiful bag to the South Florida community.

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

My family and I love any activities that involve the water and South Florida is the best place for that! We take full advantage of the amazing Florida weather to go swimming or snorkeling in the ocean, and canoeing in the intracoastal.  We feel very blessed to wake up to sunshine (almost) every day!

Chelle and Mi Boca Raton


Connect with Chelle & Mi :

 www.chelleandmi.com

 https://www.facebook.com/chelleandmi/

 https://www.instagram.com/chelleandmi/


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