Pure…BLISS. All About Pure Barre Boca Raton

Until I took a class at Pure Barre, I thought that the only “tuck” that this Modern Boca Mom would ever get would be surgical.  Eventually (wink, wink).

Little did I know that the word would enter my regular vocabulary under a completely different meaning.  Ballet fitness!

And now, there are two Pure Barre fitness locations easily accessible to both East Boca (in Royal Palm Place) and West Boca residents alike. Pure Barre West Boca, is located at 9834 Glades Road (at 441 in the Home Depot plaza) and is one of 200 studios nationwide.  Yes, it’s also a fitness staple in New York City.

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Pure Barre West Boca

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Pure Barre East Boca

According to the PB website, in just 55 minutes you will achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up!

See?  Tuck!

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Classes should be taken in comfortable clothes and I highly recommend purchasing “sticky socks,” so you can easily grip the floor during class.  I LOVE mine!

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Don’t expect dancing at Pure Barre though.  Movements in class are controlled and deliberate.  I had no idea that such tiny exercises (standing on my tip toes no less) would cause so much blissful muscle soreness the next day.

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Single classes cost $23 each. Package pricing is available and PB West Boca is offering a new client special: 1 month of unlimited classes for $99.  To register, click HERE.


Disclosure: MBMom was given an assortment of Pure Barre branded merchandise from the West Boca location.  As always, opinions and reviews 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 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.

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These chairs reclined and had massage settings.  HEAVEN!

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The adorable waiting area

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!).

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My view during the blowout

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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!

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Cloud 10 Hair + Makeup =

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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.

NYY STEAK Coconut Creek Hits One Out of the Park

Yankee Stadium.  New York City.  Coconut Creek. What could these places possibly have in common?

NYY Steak Coconut Creek, of course!

Apparently, one of the best steakhouses in South Florida is at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.  Who knew?  I dragged (read: he was willing) Mr. Red Sox fan a.k.a. #modernbocadad to the southernmost outpost of NYY STEAK on Saturday night.

Our date nights typically keep us in the Boca/Delray/Deerfield areas of SOFL (Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Beach if we’re feeling extra adventurous), so I was surprised that a 15-20 minute drive southwest of Boca landed us back in New York.

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Around every corner, you’ll find signature Yankee touches like an autographed wall of past and present players, memorabilia and baseball diamond-shaped dishes marked with retired Yankee numbers.  Even #modernbocadad had to admit they were clever…

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(These were the delish garlic mashed potatoes.)

Out of NYY Steak Coconut Creek ‘s award-winning, open kitchen (it’s made of glass– so is the butcher “shop” when you walk in), the finest dry aged USDA Prime steaks, seafood and desserts are presented to customers in top form.

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NYY Steak Coconut Creek- Modern Boca Mom #MBMdining

We ordered a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir, Blue Point oysters (yum), onion rings (which were as big as glazed donuts, I’m not kidding- see the photo below), the previously mentioned garlic mashed potatoes and split a 12 oz New York Strip (cooked medium rare and dry aged for 21 days).  We were stuffed.

However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to NYY STEAK Coconut Creek ‘s dinner menu which can be viewed HERE.

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NYY Steak Coconut Creek

If you’re looking to dine al fresco, NYY STEAK also features an outdoor dining area and their indoor Legends Lounge offers a chic option to enjoy live entertainment and amazing drinks with friends if you’re not craving a huge meal.

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MBMom’s experience at NYY STEAK Coconut Creek was overwhelmingly positive and definitely quelled some of the NYC homesickness #modernbocadad and I been having lately (now that warm weather has arrived in the city, of course).

The only negative I would HAVE to point out is the restroom location for the restaurant.  It’s located in the main casino, which is fine, but I didn’t love that I had to leave the restaurant to use it.  A small price to pay for a great dining experience and date night…even if your husband is a Red Sox fan!


You can make reservations for NYY STEAK directly on Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Facebook page OR on their website: http://www.nyysteak.com/coconut-creek/

Disclosure: MBMom was given a gift certificate to taste the restaurant cuisine.  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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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)!

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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!

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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.

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