MOMpreneur Monday: The Salt Suite

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

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of Mompreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the co-founder of the Delray Beach and Lake Worth locations of The Salt Suite, Jessica Helmer! Salt Suite South Florida!

 Salt Suite South Florida


I’m always intrigued when I find a business in South Florida that I haven’t encountered in New York City previously.  I mean, Boca’s Shake Shack is soooo 2010. 😉

I, like many others, consider NYC to be the center of the universe.  Therefore, anything that’s worth anything has ‘been done’ there first, right?

I’ve sweated through boutique workouts, eaten at crazy, themed restaurants and even signed my husband and I up for interactive theater experiences (en masque)…so call me surprised when I didn’t know what the heck a “salt suite” was when a fellow MBMom and I were chatting last month.

So, I consulted my good friend Google to learn more (it’s a natural way for people to find relief from conditions such allergies, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, COPD, and stress!  Hurrah!) and happened to run into the Mompreneur behind The Salt Suite at a Musikgarten by the Beach class.  It was meant to be.

Jessica and I chatted mom-to-mom and here’s what I learned…


Tell us about your background and why you decided to launch The Salt Suite…

“I was working as a sales executive when I first learned about salt therapy.  My husband and I did about a year of research before making the final commitment to move forward.  Throughout the research process, I couldn’t believe that salt rooms were not everywhere!  Salt rooms are extremely popular in Europe and Russia,” said Jessica

We took a huge leap of faith in what we believed would be a great business venture.

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And it seems to have paid off?

Jessica answered, “Owning The Salt Suite has been the most rewarding job I have ever had.  I came from a sales background and always knew that I wanted to have my own business.  When the idea of salt therapy came to my attention, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring it to South Florida.”  

“After being open for a few months, the reality of what we are doing really hit me.  Seeing the impact that we have on people’s everyday lives is truly amazing.  I became a mom about a year after opening.  It really made a difference in how I related to our customers.  We have so many parents that come to us for a solution.  I love being a part of a small business and really knowing our customers.”  

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What exactly is salt therapy and what makes it (and your business) so unique?

“The Salt Suite[‘s salt therapy] is a natural way for people to find relief from conditions such allergies, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, COPD, and stress.  Salt therapy also helps build our immune systems to help protect us from the cold and flu.  Parents and their children are constantly battling these conditions and parents work hard everyday to keep their kids healthy,” said Jessica.

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“We are the first salt room in South Florida.  We take pride in offering a completely unique service that offers a 100% natural alternative in finding relief from sinus and respiratory conditions.  We have a children’s salt room where they play in the salt as if at the beach.  We provide many toys and books to play with.”

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Jessica continued, “The adult room is what we like to call a salt oasis.  We can hold up to 7 adults each with comfortable recliners, headphones and their own private space to relax.”

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And, I know you had a very exciting grand opening in 2014…

“Yes!  We opened our second Salt Suite location in July in west Lake Worth at the northeast corner of Lantana and 441 in front of Super Target,” said Jessica.

I just love this picture of her sitting on (literally) tons of salt at their new location!

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And I always end Mompreneur Monday with this question: What do you love about living and working in South Florida?  

Jessica said, “I am a native Floridian and love every moment of being a business owner in South Florida.  I grew up in Parkland and have lived in Florida all my life.  I couldn’t ask for a better community and environment to run The Salt Suite and raise a family.”  

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Congratulations on the opening of your second location, Salt Suite!  The growth you’re experiencing is really admirable!

MBMoms, if you’re curious and want to learn more about salt therapy at The Salt Suite South Florida, I have great news for you: your first session is complimentary.

What do you have to lose?


If you’d like more information, check out The Salt Suite’s website at: www.thesaltsuite.com.

And, LIKE them on Facebook HERE.


Now tell us, what other natural remedies have you tried now that you’re a parent?  Comment below!

5 Toning & Tightening Exercises You Can Do WITH Baby at Home

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As a mom, especially a new mom, it can be difficult to find time for a workout.  Even when you have the motivation and you WANT to workout (for your sanity, well-being and your waistline!), there’s a new obstacle in your way: you have no one to watch your child.  It’s an all-too-common problem! There are exercises you can do with a baby!

But what if you could workout WITH your baby, without the need for child care, and in the comfort and privacy of your own home?  Problem solved!  You can get your sweat on, your workout in and some bonding time with your little bundle of joy!

Check out these 5 awesome and effective exercises to tighten and tone!  You can perform them with (or without!) your baby in tow!

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Image shot at Organic Movements Inc. by Paulina Splechta Photography

1.  Plank.  The plank is a great total body exercise, especially for that core!  Place your baby on his or her back on the floor.  Position yourself over your baby, nose-to-nose, balancing yourself on your forearms and your toes.  Keep your core engaged, your back flat and your tush down – there should be a straight line from your shoulders all the way to your heels!

If you’re feeling unstable or you’re not comfortable balancing over your baby, place the baby lying or sitting directly in front of you.  You can gaze at your beauty as you’re struggling to hold that plank position.  Try to hold it for 30 seconds, and repeat 3 times if you can!
Exercises you can do with a baby

2.  Squats.  A weighted squat is a great lower body exercise and having the weight of your baby also really engages your core!  Hold your baby snugly against your chest, or if you have one, strap the baby in a carrier on your front or your back.  Remember to keep your head up and chest out, and with a flat back bend your knees and squat down.  Try to keep your knees behind your toes throughout the entire movement (tip: push your tush back as if you’re about to sit in a chair)!

Try for 10-15 reps, and repeat this 3 times if you can!
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3.  Push-ups.  The push-up is a great upper body and core exercise!  You can put your baby in the same positions as discussed in the Plank section above. Start in an extended arm plank position.  Bend your elbows to lower your body down, then push with the chest and shoulders to extend the elbows and push your body back up!

You can also do this on your knees, rather than on your toes, to make the exercise a little easier. (Don’t forget to steal a kiss each time you lower down!)  Try for 10 reps, and repeat 3 times if you can!
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4.  Lunges.  Walking lunges are another great lower body and core exercise! You can put your baby in the same positions as discussed in the Squats section above.  Remember to take nice long steps and don’t feel silly doing them in your living room or around your dining room table!  If you don’t have enough room, you can simply lunge forward and then bring that same leg back to the starting position, then lunge the other leg forward, and so on.

Both knees should be at 90 degree angles while in the lunge position and, again, keep the knees behind the toes!  Try for 6-10 lunges on each leg, alternating, and repeat 3 times if you can!
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5.  Lying leg raises.  This is a great exercise to target those lower abs!!  Lie on your back and place your baby sitting on your stomach facing you or lie them down chest to chest.  Hinge at your hips to lift both legs straight in the air, then slowly lower them down to almost touching the floor (you can rest them on the floor if you need to!) and then bring them back up again!

Try for 10 reps, and repeat 3 times if you can!

Exercises you can do with a baby

Remember to have fun, do what you can and enjoy this special time with your baby!!


What are some exercises you can do with your baby, MBMoms?


(Disclaimer: Always consult a physician before starting any exercise program.)


Modern Boca Mom contributor Samara is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for health, fitness, and social media. In her “downtime” from mommy-ing two boys, she is an account executive for a boutique social media firm and the founder of healthy living blog, Peace, Love and Ice Cream!

Kids Eating Freely in Boca Raton

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

From contributor: Modern Boca Social Mom

I’ll admit it: I am a lazy cook.

If the recipe has more than three ingredients and takes longer than 30 minutes, I don’t even attempt it. That being said, the thought of taking my young children out to a nice place to eat makes me cringe.photodune-1243096-dinner-in-restaurant-lHere are some tips to eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton.

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(This is NOT my family…)

But, I have found a loophole! The Cafés at Boca (aka the mall food court) at Town Center at Boca Raton.

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Like everything in Boca, this food court is not your typical fast food pit. It has a lot of great options. You can find everything from falafel pitas at Maoz Vegetarian to salads, authentic Italian pizza, seafood and Mexican. And you can’t forget about the delightful Chick-fil-A

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

This food court has really been a saving grace for me when I don’t want to cook or don’t have time to cook. My littlest, Bailey (8 months) loves to gaze up at the sky through the windows. It really hypnotizes her. And my picky eater, Ella (5 years), loves that she can sample a variety of food.

Ella is not the type of kid to just sit in her seat and be quiet. She can be her loud kid self and not attract too much attention. For the most part, this is the one place we can rely on to go and not cause a total nightmare for other diners.

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If we want more of a challenge, we sometimes go to California Pizza Kitchen. We opt to sit outside most times. I like that there is a great children’s menu with things to color and games to play.

Eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton

Other places that do the trick include Chipotle (multiple locations). It is fast and loud! Ella likes that she can choose her ingredients.

We also love Italio (1658 N. Federal Hwy). It is a customizable Italian kitchen that again lets you choose your ingredients. (Plus, Deals is right next to Italio, so you can get a few child distractions like coloring books for just a $1, allowing for some peace).

Also, on our list is Tijuana Flats (multiple locations). This place is great because it has a place mat that kids can color on and they offer table service, so you don’t have to keep getting up to get refills. Taco Tuesday is a great time to go because they offer two tacos, chips and salsa, and a drink for only $5.49! It is a great family place.

Don’t get me wrong, I DO parent my children in these places and usually, I don’t let them run free…depending on my mood. 😉 But, they have to learn how to behave by going to restaurants and experiencing the etiquette of it all. If you are looking for a speciffic type of resturant to treat your children to, you should check out Dandy Kat, a website that allows you to find resturants in your area and their menus!

However, there’s always going to be that one person that gives you the “look of disapproval” when you are dining with your kids. You just have to shake it off. Trust me, I’ve gotten a lot of those looks as a parent! Make it easy on yourself when eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton.


Where are your go-to places to eat for no toddler dining drama? Comment below!

MOMpreneur Monday: Gr8 Speech Therapy

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

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of THE online solution for speech therapy and mom of 3, Avivit Ben-Aharon! Online speech therapy courses for kids.

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One of the TV constants in my house when I was growing up was the classic soap opera, The Young and the Restless.  My maternal grandparents are French-Canadian and my mom used to tell me that when she and her family emigrated from Canada to the Bahamas (yes Freeport, Grand Bahama Island), they didn’t speak a “lick of English.”  So, they would often watch that soap to help get a better grasp on the language.

In my mom’s own words: English is hard.  And, if your child has a speech disorder, I know as a parent, you’re probably dealing with your own set of challenges.  Our featured Mompreneur this week, the Clinical Director of Gr8 Speech, has had experience with both sides, learning another language AND treating kids with speech disorders.

And, I’m sure she’s more qualified to treat your children than the The Young and the Restless!


Tell us about your background and how you got started with Gr8 Speech Therapy…

“My family immigrated to New York when I was 14 and I did not speak a word of English. Talk about bad timing! There is nothing worse than sitting in class and not being able to participate in the conversation. But, I was very determined and learned English within a year, finished high school and college and received a masters in special education. I then decided to apply for a degree in speech therapy,” said Avivit. 

“I love working as a speech therapist, but I was extremely frustrated with the inaccessibility of the process. Several years ago, I took my middle son to a local clinic for occupational therapy and in the waiting room sat a young mom with two children, desperately trying to feed one child while helping the other with homework. She shared her frustration about having to take her whole family to her son’s speech therapy sessions. The experience spurred me to think that speech therapy lent itself to an online alternative.”

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How is Gr8 Speech unique in addition to being an online alternative? 
  1. Gr8 Speech is owned and managed by a licensed speech and language pathologist. What that means for the client is clinical issues are the focus of our treatment. 
  2. The merging of technology and speech therapy offers a huge advantage for the client. 
  3. No matter where you live, you have access to specific specialists who are available to treat you in the privacy of your home, at a time that is mutually convenient.
    • Gr8 Speech consists of a team of therapists who are carefully selected because of their unique skill set and are licensed to practice in 17 states, provide therapy on three continents in multiple languages to clients, ages 5 to 85 years of age.
    • The range of treated speech disorders is broad and includes articulation, accent modification, stuttering, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, Asperger Syndrome, Autism and Alzheimer’s.

Gr8 Speech maximizes time and minimizes possible disruptions such as work-schedule conflicts (caregivers or patients), weather or forgetfulness which can all contribute to lack of progress and an overextended duration of therapy. You can continue with the same therapist if you move or the therapist moves and can even have sessions while on vacation. 

Bottom Line: The result is consistency in care and general improvement over a shorter period of time.

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What is your company vision for the next few years ahead?

Avivit explained, “We envision growth for our team, in terms of numbers of therapists and areas of specialization, as well as an increase in the number of states where we are licensed.”

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

“I love the diversity of South Florida, the wide variety of cultures and the way they blend together. And then there is the weather; I wake up every morning and see the sun…who wouldn’t be happy living here?” said Avivit. 🙂

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I love it when someone comes up with a more convenient solution to a mommy-problem!  Bravo Avivit! Online speech therapy courses for kids!

If you’d like more information, check out gr8Speech Therapy online at www.gr8speech.com.

And, LIKE them on Facebook HERE.


Now tell us, what item on your “to do list” do you wish could be more convenient as a parent?  Comment below!

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