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14 Reasons Why Boca Moms Really LOVE this Pediatrician

If you’re a new, semi-new, or even a veteran Boca Raton mom, there’s one essential thing you need…a membership to Boca VIPediatrics! This Boca pediatrician phenomenon taking local parents by storm launched in 2014 as a new wave in personalized, pediatric care.

But don’t just take my word for it! Check out why Boca moms are loving on this new pediatric experience that makes life oh-so-much easier.

This Boca Pediatrician is LOVED: 14 Reasons WHY!

  1. It’s Like a Real-Life 24/7 “Doctor-In-Your-Pocket”

The mind-blowing fact is you essentially have “your pediatrician in your pocket.” If you have a question or concern, you don’t have to Google or go down the WebMD rabbit hole thinking your child has some rare form of the flu. Instead, you simply send an email or text directly to your Boca pediatrician, anytime day or night, and you get an answer back in minutes!

  1. You Don’t Have to Wait…EVER

Believe it or not, when you walk into Boca VIPediatrics, the staff is waiting for YOU and you head straight back to see the doctor. You will save HOURS (maybe even days?) by not waiting on your Boca pediatrician.

  1. You Get that Old-Fashioned Relationship with Your Doctor…

Because of their very small practice size, you get more time with your Boca pediatrician. Dr. Rudnick and their newest pediatrician, Dr. Gilbert, take the time to get to know your whole family. They know your child’s health history like the back of their hand. This helps parents to rest easy that should they need anything, they can always reach the doctor who knows their child best!

4. You Can Send a Quick Text or Email, and Get a Response Back in Minutes

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When you have the ability to send a text or email right to your Boca pediatrician, you can oftentimes save yourself and your child from a trip to the office. Whether your little guy or gal wakes up with pink eye or goes to bed with a brutal cough, you’ll get a treatment plan immediately texted or emailed back to you from the doctor. That means no more having to take a half day waiting for, or wondering if you’ll even get an appointment at another office.

5. They’re Bringing House Calls Back!

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One of the best parts of Boca VIPediatrics is that they perform house calls. For your first newborn visit after you leave the hospital with baby and for urgent after-hours care, they will make arrangements to come to your house. Wow.

6. You Will Be the Envy of All Your Mommy Friends

Imagine sitting with a group of friends at a park playdate when you notice a bug bite on your child’s arm. “OMG! Should you put something on it?”, your mommy friend asks. “No worries. I’ll just text a photo to my pediatrician and ask,” you reply.

Within minutes, you have an answer, the medication dosage, and have officially become the coolest mom on the playground. BAM!

  1. You Have a Quarterback for your Child’s Healthcare

Say your child needs a blood test, an x-ray, an MRI, or needs to see a specialist? When you are a VIP, the Boca VIPediatrics staff sets everything up for you. Whether it’s a same-day visit to see a specialist, an advocate to follow up on test results, or even top priority for lab/imaging, they have your back! Your Boca pediatrician will quarterback all care to make sure your little one is always getting the VIP treatment.

  1. There Are No Sick Kids in the Waiting Room

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Because there are no wait times and office visits are private, you won’t see a waiting room full of sick kids when you arrive. You will never have to worry about your child getting sick from a visit TO the doctor.

9. The Absolute Coolest Telemedicine Products

VIPs have access to the latest & greatest health/tech gadgets. Boca VIPediatrics has even been featured on some of South Florida’s top news networks for utilizing a digital otoscope and stethoscope that clips onto your iPhone to send video/audio to the doctor securely for review.

10. Their Customer Service is Awesome

How much do you LOVE companies with great customer service? Boca VIPediatrics is family owned and operated and has Disney-level hospitality training. You’ll be greeted at each visit with a bottle of water or cup of coffee. They’ll even escort you down to your car to help with your stroller or carseat.

Because of the small practice size, every member of the staff will know you and your family by name. But, the experience is really about your kids. Let’s just say a bubble machine goes a long way with the little ones! And, older kids love experimenting with virtual reality while getting vaccines. These things help make the doctor’s office experience less scary and more fun!

11. They’ve Just Opened their Nearly Year-Long Wait List

After nearly a year of having a wait list in almost all age categories, Boca VIPediatrics opened up a few more spots, so South Florida parents can bring their child’s healthcare to another level. {Although I’m told spots are very limited!!!}

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12. Very, Very, Very Personalized Care

Perhaps one of my favorite reasons why Boca moms LOVE VIPediatrics is their belief that there is no such thing as “one size fits all” healthcare. Every child and family is different and care this personalized actually keeps your children healthier with wellness plans and preventative care. They believe that a “parent’s intuition” plays a big role and take the time to listen and provide an individualized approach.

13. It’s More Affordable Than You Think

Just when you think everything sounds too good to be true and this type of care is going to break the bank, I’m here to tell you…it won’t. With monthly payment plans and insurance reimbursement, you’re going to pay more for your cable bill or daily latte than a membership to Boca VIPediatrics. The words “worth every penny” and “priceless” often come up in online reviews…impressive!

14. The Best Pediatricians (and the Sun-Sentinel “Best of” Award to Prove It!)

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The backbone of Boca VIPediatrics is Dr. Chad Rudnick, who certainly has won the hearts of kids and parents alike in Boca and beyond. With a slew of 5 star reviews on Facebook, and a bedside manner that’s set the town abuzz, Dr. Rudnick has become Boca’s own “Patch Adams!” Joining the team is new Boca pediatrician Paul Gilbert, MD, who comes from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

With second-to-none training at the top hospital in the U.S. and years of experience as a physician at a premier sleep-away camp in the Berkshires, Dr. Gilbert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Boca VIPediatrics family.

Welcome Dr. Gilbert! I’m sure Boca will be happy to share the LOVE!

Interested in learning more about Boca VIPediatrics for your family?
Call Boca VIPediatrics (561-923-9635) or fill out their online contact form HERE.
You’ll speak with a friendly member of the family owned & operated pediatric smart office, and they’ll give you all the details, membership highlights and amenities for joining as a VIP family.

Sponsored: This Boca pediatrician is loved 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.

Introducing REVIV: Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling

Every once in awhile, I crave a change from my usual “look.” I recently chopped my hair and have been booking regular facials every six weeks or so to keep my skin healthy and clear(ish). But, maybe you’re craving a little something more on the age-defying side of things? That’s where REVIV, founded in 2016, a Delray Beach Botox, fillers and Microneedling office comes in.

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Introducing REVIV: Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling

Founded by Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant, REVIV aims to revive and improve your skin. As a now 34 year-old mom, I’ve started researching all of my options.

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Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, Founder of REVIV in Delray Beach

Domenique excels in the art of cosmetic medicine and overall wellness. She believes in treating the whole body. Her services include Botox, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion and PRP injections, among others.

I personally met with Domenique and she is LOVELY. She puts you right at ease and is happy to go through the specifics of any procedure with you. In addition to being just overall awesome, she is board-certified by the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Medical Board of Florida. These are important things to know before you undertake any cosmetic procedure!

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Before/After Microneedling

The best part? They will customize a treatment plan that will have you looking and feeling healthy and rejuvenated. REVIV offers a truly therapeutic approach to cosmetic procedures and is nestled in an adorable medical office in Delray Beach.

Want to check them out? Give them a call below and start to look and feel your best in 2017!

15340 Jog Rd.
Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Phone: (561) 501-3177

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Hosted: This Delray Beach Botox, Fillers and Microneedling post was hosted by REVIV. 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, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

The One New Year’s Resolution Boca Moms Can Keep

It’s already mid-January. How are YOU doing with your New Year’s resolutions, Boca mamas? I can tell you the one area I’m definitely rocking in 2017 so far: saving money.

We’ve been cooking more at home. I’m making better use of existing pieces in my wardrobe and we canceled our cable. Who knew how easy it would be to put a digital antennae in our attic for network stations and simply use Hulu and Netflix to catch our favorite shows?

I’m also taking full advantage of all the new deals on my LocaLynx app. Have you downloaded it yet?! It’s the easiest New Year’s resolution for Boca mamas to keep, EVER. And the best part? The app focuses on local businesses.

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The One New Year’s Resolution Boca Mamas Can Keep

The app is separated into 12 handy categories with the top being: Dining & Drinks, Shopping & Retail and Health & Beauty. Those are also my favorite categories.

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Getting great, local deals is a big part of my 2017 money saving strategy! And I have some inside info–the newest January deals for you to snag on the LocaLynx app include 1 free week of classes at Ashley Sica Fitness, $10 off at Fixit Phone20% off any service Bardot Salon and BOGO free entree Rotelli’s!

I love that all of these local deals are always inside my phone. All you do is show your coupon at checkout, click the green ‘Use Coupon’ button and that’s it! LocaLynx has made it so easy to support the local businesses around me.

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What are you waiting for? Make at least one of your New Year’s resolutions super successful this year and save some cash with LocaLynx!

Save money. Shop local. Download the app for Boca mamas >>> LocaLynxVisit LocaLynx South Florida on Facebook for highlighted daily deals too!

Sponsored: This Boca moms post is sponsored by LocaLynx and 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, but 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.

The Wait Is Over…How to Snag a Spot at Boca VIPediatrics

Since 2014, Boca VIPediatrics has been providing Boca parents and their children something no other pediatric smart office currently offers…many somethings, in fact.

Whether it’s a house call for urgent after-hours care, texting/calling/emailing your pediatrician directly on their smartphone 24/7, no wait times at the office, or a virtual visit via video call. These services help parents save valuable time, allowing them them to avoid having to go to the doctor’s office for every little thing.

I noticed Boca VIPediatrics developing a cult-like following with savvy new parents in Boca Raton (and our surrounding cities) who valued personalized care, convenience, time, and an “old-fashioned relationship” with their pediatrician.

Boca VIPediatrics operates on a membership model with an extremely limited number of patients. In order to be on call 24/7 and provide all of the amenities I listed above, they have to cap their practice. This helps avoid the (sadly) all-too-familiar assembly line approach to pediatric care.

Essentially, they take on a very small number of children in each age category to make sure they are providing the best possible care to their VIPs (Very Important Patients!). Within 6 months of opening their office in central Boca Raton, several age groups quickly hit their cap.

”While I wish we could take care of everyone, it’s important that our practice maintains a small, personalized feel so I can truly make myself available to all my patients 24/7 and guarantee no wait times,” explained Chad Rudnick, M.D., founder of Boca VIPediatrics.

With Boca Raton now becoming a booming city for babies and families, word started circulating that this “pediatric smart office” was changing the game for pediatric care. There wasn’t a preschool, mommy & me class, or breastfeeding support group that wasn’t buzzing about Dr. Rudnick, the “house call doc that you can actually text!”

Pediatric Smart Office Boca VIPediatrics

So, they opened a waiting list and started a nationwide search for a visionary pediatrician to join forces with Dr. Rudnick {more on that later}. Now…

Modern Boca Mom has the exclusive word that the wait is over!
Boca VIPediatrics is opening their waiting list and will be taking on new VIPs in ALL age categories…but not for long!

Due to the high demand and limited number of spots available, you’ll want to follow this blog carefully over the next few months if you’re looking to snag a spot for your Boca kid.

Especially since Dr. Rudnick was recently named “Best of Boca – Best Pediatrician 2016” by the Sun-Sentinel…

Here’s how it works, step by step:

Step 1: Call Boca VIPediatrics (561-923-9635) or fill out their online contact form here: You’ll speak with a friendly member of the family owned & operated pediatric smart office, and they’ll give you all the details, membership highlights and amenities for joining as a VIP family.

Step 2: Schedule a “Backstage Tour.” This is when you’ll tour the pediatric smart office, meet the staff, and sit down for a ‘one-on-one’ with the Pediatrician to go over your child’s health history and learn more about the practice.

Step 3: Sign up for an annual membership and breathe a sigh of relief that your child’s healthcare is now on a whole other level.

The process of joining Boca VIPediatrics is similar to joining a health club. You’ll pay a monthly membership fee (equivalent to a Starbucks latte each day) for 24/7 access to the doctor’s cell, no wait times, house calls and private, un-rushed office visits (FYI- there are also no co-pays at the office, everything is included in your membership). They work with your insurance a little differently. Instead of billing your insurance company for visits to the office, they let you collect the reimbursement directly, which helps to offset the annual membership cost. Your child’s insurance is still used for all prescriptions, labs, imaging, and referrals to specialists.

You essentially have “your pediatrician in your pocket!”

And remember, you don’t have to visit their pediatric smart office for EVERY. LITTLE. THING.

  • If your little one has a rash, you can text a photo.
  • Suspect an ear infection late at night? You can send a video using Boca VIPediatrics’ Oto Home iPhone attachment, which clips onto a parent’s iPhone to send secure video of the inner ear directly to Dr. Rudnick for his review.

  • Hear a cough that doesn’t sound right? Either send a video or use the virtual stethoscope they offer VIPs that clips to your phone and sends secure heart/lung sounds right to the doctor.

Grab your spot while you can — you don’t want your children to be waitlisted for this type of quality, concierge care!

Spots are extremely limited and will fill up soon at Boca Raton’s pediatric smart office. For more information on how it all works, visit or call 561-923-9635. 

Sponsored: This pediatric smart office 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.

MOMpreneur Monday: Sydney’s Sweet Soaps

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 entrepreneurs are...Erin Jacobs & Jennifer Gressman, managing partners of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton

Erin: I have a professional background in retail, marketing and public relations where Jenn has an extensive background in business analysis, e-commerce development and online marketing. Together, we make the perfect combination for starting a retail and online business!

Jenn and I came up with the idea for our business because we wanted to launch products that simply make people happy! Not one person, young or old, leaves without a smile on their face or their day a little brighter.

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We are thrilled to be in Boca Raton! Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca products are also available online and shipping nationwide. We feature dessert themed soaps, bubble bath, bath bombs, scrubs, shower bombs and more. Our business prides itself in offering the finest ingredients in bath time treats. Made in the USA, each bath confection is hand-crafted with exploding fragrance and delicate details.

Some of our favorite selections from our Bath time Bakery include:

  • Large Soap Cupcake, Huckleberry
  • Chocolate Chip Soap Cookie
  • “Bubbling Fool” Bubble Bath Ice Cream Scoop
  • Sweet Macaron 4-Pack
  • Shower Truffle Bombs
  • Soap Cupcakes (Large & Mini)

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What challenges have you faced in opening up Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton?

Currently, our challenges are learning what products work (or don’t work) and really listening to what our customers are responding to. From there, we adjust!

Sydney's Sweet Soaps Boca Raton

What is truly unique about your business and products?

We definitely think our products make unique gifts and they certainly intrigue people when they first see and smell them! All of our products are made with HIGH quality ingredients, at a very reasonable price point.

We know moms out there are often shopping on a budget and when we hand selected our products, we priced each item extremely competitively for our customers.

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Why should MBMom readers become your customers?

Don’t your readers want to be happy? 🙂 Kids absolutely LIGHT UP when they come to our kiosk and smell our dessert soaps. First, they can’t believe it’s soap. Then, when they realize it is not actual dessert, they want to smell and touch everything! We really pride ourselves in offering a well-rounded customer experience.

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What new and exciting things are coming up for Sydney’s Sweet Soaps?

We are creating custom gift baskets for the holidays and have some delicious holiday scents like candy cane, peppermint patty gingerbread and more! The exciting part about this product and business is it will always be changing. Between scents that are popular and desserts that are popular, we will be constantly updating and evolving the products we carry. Sydney’s Sweet Soaps Boca Raton works VERY closely with our ‘mom & pop’ manufacturers on what we want to create for the store.

Sydney's Sweet Soaps Boca Raton

Also, we are in it to grow. Whether Sydney’s Sweet Soaps turns into 50 kiosks or even full line stores in the long run, we are both along for the ride. Our goal is to turn this into something HUGE – that makes people happy at the same time!

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

We love that tourism is always a huge factor and we get to meet so many people from all over the country. The different reactions to our products are always exciting for us. In South Florida, people follow trends and definitely want to be involved with the next big thing – and we believe that is us!

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6000 Glades Road

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MOMpreneur Monday: Simply Beautiful Skincare Studio Coral Springs

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

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

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Pam Goodchild, founder of the Simply Beautiful Skincare Studio in South Florida!

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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start your  business…

I’m a licensed esthetician that created Simply Beautiful Skincare Studio Coral Springs. It has been open for almost a year and a half now! I honestly opened my own skincare studio so I could be in control of the products and protocols I use.

There are so many products and treatments out there and that tends to be confusing for most women. We’re all so busy doing everything for everyone! My motto is: If you’re going to make healthy skincare treatments a part of your routine, it has to be easy to tuck it into your existing daily life. The products also have to be effective.

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How did Simply Beautiful Skincare Studio Coral Springs start?

I created Simply Beautiful based on what I would personally want to find in a skincare studio. This included a meticulously clean studio in a location close to where we eat, live and shop. I wanted an esthetician with extensive training and knowledge of ingredients who thrives on learning not just what’s new but what really works.

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What’s new at Simply Beautiful?

This fall, I introduced Peel sets and they’ve become really popular! My clients have been really pleased with the results that a series of 4-6 peels does for their skin. I customize them based on their strength and skin issues and follow up almost every peel with a potent dose of peptides and other collagen building ingredients. This really helps to kickstart the “post-peel progress.”

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

South Florida has been so good to us!  In just a couple of years, we’ve built an amazing Florida family. My husband and I have spent countless volunteer hours with our kids’ marching band each season—making memories, supporting the kids and building our band family.  Being able to balance our passions has been a blessing.

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4376 N State Rd. 7, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL, USA 33073
Inside Phenix Salon Suites

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So, I Got My Brain Assessed at Neurocore Boca Raton…

Last Friday, I got my brain assessed at the NEW Neurocore Boca Raton (2301 Glades Rd Suite 700, Boca Raton). Sounds cool, right?

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Why did I do this?

I’ll be honest. I never write about a product or service, or therapy in this instance, that I haven’t experienced myself firsthand.

The NEW Neurocore Boca Raton Center uses the latest in applied neuroscience and technology to offer custom, drug-free solutions for children and adults of all ages.

The company approached Modern Boca Mom earlier this year and told me they were opening their first Brain Performance Center outside the state of Michigan.  I was intrigued, especially since they chose Boca Raton as the first location. Despite the description above, I still didn’t really understand what a brain performance center was. So, I made an appointment to see it for myself.

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Here’s the deal.

Imbalances in your brain’s electrical activity can result in persistent challenges with things like memory, insomnia, anxiety, depression or ADHD. As someone with persistent “mom brain”, I really wondered if my assessment would give me an idea as to how much multitasking I was attempting to do on a consistent basis.

Spoiler alert: It did and I now have the pictures to prove it/show my husband.

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My brain waves!

Neurocore uses state-of-the-art, proven neurofeedback protocols to help people (including children, ages 5+) optimize their brains, so they can function at their best and lead healthier, happier lives. Did you know that through reward-based training, your brain can actually learn better habits and create stronger neural pathways? This helps to eliminate unwanted symptoms and prevent cognitive decline naturally, without medication.

Any therapy that doesn’t use medication (especially when it comes to kids) is worth trying in my opinion.

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First impressions of Neurocore Boca Raton

Neurocore is not your typical “therapy center.” It’s modern and airy. It actually kind of felt like a cool coffee shop on Glades Road!

Your initial assessment will include several questionnaires (some of which you can fill out prior to your visit). You’ll be taken through an integrated “visual and auditory test of attention” on a computer. A breathing and heart profile will also be taken. Then, a Neurocore staff member(s) will scan and measure your brainwaves by utilizing a special cap with sensors.

MBMom Tip: The sensors in the cap require a special gel to scan your brain properly. Even though it’s water soluble, I don’t recommend getting your hair done prior to your visit. 😉

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What happens next?

After all the testing and scanning, Neurocore will put together a comprehensive report of your results and take you through them page by page before recommending a treatment plan, if needed.

How does their treatment work?

Well, you or your child will come to the Boca location for an average of 30, 45-minute sessions in Neurocore’s hi-tech brainroom. Every client gets hooked up to a computer with a large display via these sensors.


You’ll select a movie of choice and watch it for the duration of the session. It will pause briefly (but not too obviously) if your brain loses focus or wanders off. This method helps to train it to keep focus on the content being shown. Over time, the sessions act like “strength training” for your brain!


This is where the magic happens: The brainroom.


I highly encourage you to visit Neurocore Boca Raton and take a tour of their state-of-the-art facilities. You can register to take your own (or your child’s) brain assessment HERE.

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Neurocore Boca Raton. 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 and received a complimentary brain assessment, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Outsmarting Your “Threenager”: How to Survive & Thrive

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers Easy Ups. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

There is no question. I have a “threenager” (a 3 year-old who acts like a moody teenager). This stage is haaard! Just when I thought I avoided the “terrible twos,” my husband and I are challenged day in and day out by a little lady who has her own, personal (and sometimes super-confusing) agenda. Let’s just say we are very thankful for wine.


Outsmarting Your "Threenager": How to Survive this Age & Stage

One of our biggest ongoing battles with our threenager is about going to the potty, especially before we leave the house. She has been daytime potty-trained for almost a year, but gets easily distracted and still has occasional accidents.

What about nighttime?

Nighttime, forget it. We’re just not there yet. One of things we can actually agree on though is how much we love NEW Pampers® Easy Ups™ Training Underwear, designed to help little ones and their families during their “Underwear Training” journey (available nationwide in sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, and 4T-5T). They are the softest things ever and feel like real underwear to our little threenager.

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New Pampers Easy Ups have a 360° stretchy waistband for an underwear-like fit that’s easy for your child to pull up and down. Easy Ups also tear easily at the sides just in case you need to remove them quickly. That came in handy during our earlier days of underwear training!

What do parents want most out of training pants?

Did you know that in a recent survey, Pampers found that nearly 100 percent (93%) of parents who use training pants think it’s important for them to feel more like underwear? And 1/3 (34%) of parents wish their child’s training pants didn’t leak so often?


Good thing that Easy Ups are the only training underwear with Pampers exclusive Extra Absorb Channels™, which provide outstanding protection against leaks during the day AND night. Dual Leak-Guard Barriers™ around the legs help prevent leaks that can happen when your threenager is on the move. Like this perhaps?


A threenager looooves his/her character designs…

The Thomas the Engine™ and Dora the Explorer™ designs on Easy Ups help make potty training fun for both boys and girls. Our daughter loved Dora. Easy Ups is now rolling out new Hello Kitty™ designs too!


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Eau My! How I Spent my Birthday at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

So, this Boca mommy turned 34 in August. In my book, not exactly a major milestone year to celebrate. Coincidentally, the Eau Palm Beach in Manalapan (15 minutes north of Boca Raton) invited me to experience the Eau Spa for the first time. So, I scheduled my visit for my birthday weekend, kissed #dailybocaavery and the hubs farewell and had quite the amazing solo spa day…

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If you haven’t been to the Eau Palm Beach yet, it’s simply amazing. You can’t visit the resort without indulging in their amazing ocean views. So, I started off my birthday spa day at their newest oceanfront restaurant (also, right by the pool): Breeze Ocean Kitchen.

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Eau Palm Beach Breeze Ocean Kitchen

At Breeze Ocean Kitchen, I experienced a celebration of Floridian cuisine featuring Latin, Caribbean, Asian and American flavors while I enjoyed a tropical cucumber cocktail…and the amazing views.

I was initially concerned about sitting outside in the South Florida summer heat, but the roof of the restaurant closes and opens, so the sun is never bothering you and they have outdoor a/c!

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Let’s just say I didn’t suffer while enjoying my crispy Key West rock shrimp appetizer, Maine lobster roll and key lime CAKE POPS. This lunch was indulgent!

HydroPeptide Active Body Scrub

After lunch, it was time to head to Eau Spa! Prior to my visit, I test-drove one of the products the spa regularly features, the HydroPeptide Active Body Scrub.

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This mild exfoliator ($48), made of volcanic pumice rock and Tahitian black sand, is heavenly. You can be a little aggressive with your scrubbing, but it still leaves your skin in tact.

If you like to work out like me, it is definitely effective at making your muscles feel invigorated. It also contains peptides, like Pentapeptide-25, which releases energy as heat and has been shown to decrease fat and cellulite. AND the Acetyl Terapeptide-2 peptide, which has been proven to increase collagen and elastin, helping to lift and tighten the skin. Take THAT, thighs! I’d also recommend it prior to sunless tanning.

If I liked a product this much, I was sure to be in for a treat at the actual spa!

Eau Palm Beach Spa

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It is a magical spa playground. First, my very own Spa Fairy had me make a wish in the spa’s wishing well. Then, she took me on a tour of the facilities and showed me where the snacks and ‘Scrub & Polish’ bar were.

And by snacks, I mean Jodi’s Cupcakes.

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I was booked for a facial, so I changed into my comfy robe and slippers in the spa’s luxe locker room, grabbed a (complimentary) glass of champagne and curled up with a book in the cozy Relaxation Lounge until my appointment. Truly, that’s all I wanted for my birthday– to read the new Harry Potter book in peace while drinking some bubbly. 😉


In addition to facials, you can choose from an array of body and skin treatments that will leave you in a sheer state of bliss.

  • Massages
  • Body Treatments
  • Body Treatments Add-Ons
  • Skin Care

My facial was perfect and my facialist, Lorraine Ruggiero, was fabulous. She even remembered it was my birthday and brought in some extra cupcakes into my treatment room!



The blue light was very relaxing, by the way.

Last, but not least, it was off to the Bath Lounge! It’s quite famous, I’ve heard. My photos don’t do this place justice.


I spent my last 45 minutes soaking and reading on the heated lounge chairs. Heaven.

A huge thank you to the Eau Palm Beach for hosting me! What a wonderful way to spend your birthday…

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What’s coming up at Eau Palm Beach’s Eau Spa?

On Saturday, September 10 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Eau Spa guests will have more than one reason to glow.  The Forbes Five-Star spa is busy “nesting” in anticipation for some very special guests – moms-to-be.  The inaugural event is in honor of expectant mothers and will offer tips about pregnancy-safe products, services, health and fitness.

Guests will be treated to samples of pregnancy-safe spa products; prenatal mini treatments; a mini prenatal yoga class; baby shower games and raffles to win spa prizes; a diverse panel of speakers on prenatal health and wellness; gift bags; and discounts on prenatal spa services.  Participating vendors to-date include Comphy sheets, Redflower, FarmHouse Fresh and Luka cosmetics.  Breakfast bites are included and children aged 5 and older are allowed free access to AquaNuts, the Resort’s over-the-top children’s programming.

Spa Garden Swing

Access to the event, which comes with a day pass to Eau Spa, is $25 with the donation of a pack of 120 diapers. The diapers will be donated to the Junior League of Boca Raton’s diaper bank.  Without a donation, access to the event and spa facilities is $60.

Eau Spa is located at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa at 100 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach.  Reservations are required.

For more information or reserve a spot, please call the Eau Spa Fairies at 561-540-4960 or email

Follow Eau Spa on Facebook @ILoveEauSpa, on Instagram @EauSpa and on Twitter @EauSpa.

Big Luvs Diaper Savings in the Sunday Paper 8.28.16

This Luvs diaper savings review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Boca mom coupon alert! Besides wine, home decor and clothes, do you know what I love saving money on most?

Answer: DIAPERS.

Big Luvs Diaper Savings #ShareTheLuv

There’s no way around it, parenting is crazy expensive! Yes, #dailybocaavery is potty trained during the day now, but I’m still shelling out diaper money for overnight use. So, I was thrilled to get the news that there will be big Luvs savings in this Sunday’s paper (August 28, 2016)!

Get your scissors out because there will be a high-value coupon offering of $2 off any one diaper pack. Use this coupon at any mass, discount or grocery store where Luvs Diapers are sold.

Additionally, in partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $5 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs diapers, 54ct. box or larger.

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Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening (KEY!), ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee, Luvs Ultra Leakguards with Nightlock Plus™ provide the high-quality features baties and parents need for less cost than premium brands.

If you don’t happen to be a newspaper subscriber, download the FREE Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android, and search “Luvs” to unlock an exclusive $5 rebate!

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  • Go shopping for your Luvs diapers at any participating store.
  • Verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt.
  • Save money and earn cash back! Your $5 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

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I’ll take savings any  way I can get it these days!

Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, feature fun designs in every pack, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

For more information on Luvs diapers, visit or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.