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How to Have the Most Fun, Hardcore Boca Birthday Party Ever

My new kind of Boca birthday celebration

I taught my first Pound class to my friends at my 35th birthday part. Photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

I taught my first Pound class to my friends at my 35th birthday party. Photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

Aren’t you and/or your partner getting tired of going to the same birthday dinner over and over again? My waistline and my wallet are pretty much over it.

Kids birthday parties are one thing (and take up enough of my valuable weekend time, am I right?). But I’m really starting to feel strongly that I don’t need to go overboard every year celebrating the big “36” or “43” (no offense) on a busy Friday or Saturday night. I know I might sound overly cranky, but family time is precious these days!

Champagne and cupcakes after our workout! Photo courtesy of Sweet Moments Photography.

Champagne and cupcakes after our workout! Photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

That’s why for the past three years, I’ve subbed in a rockin’ workout class for my birthday celebration in lieu of an expensive and time-consuming dinner. And I serve champagne and cupcakes afterwards … which are essentially guilt-free indulgences since we just worked out.

My celebratory workout of choice? Pound. Rockout. Workout. Pound is a 45 minute, full body cardio and strength class that utilizes Ripstix, a weighted set of drumsticks. It’s inspired by the infectious and energizing fun of playing the drums.

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Connie Mullen and me. Photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

I typically hold my birthday class at Organic Movements in east Boca Raton under the instruction of Connie Mullen Fitness. She’s fantastic and even inspired me to get my own teaching certification this past spring. And I taught my first-ever Pound class on my 35th birthday this year! I figured it would be a great mid-30’s exercise (pun intended) in stepping out of my comfort zone. And it went great!

Some motivational drinking vessels. Photos courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

Some motivational drinking vessels. Photos courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

We rocked out at 6 p.m., toasted with champagne and cake at 6:45 p.m., and were home to our husbands and children by 8:30 p.m. on a Monday evening. It was the perfect Boca birthday celebration in my book.

If you want to rock out and hold your own “Pound and Pour” fitness party for a birthday or bachelorette like I did, be sure to check out ConnieMullenFitness.com for more information.

Me and my girlfriends pre-party-workout. Photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.

Me and my girlfriends pre-party-workout. Photo courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography.


Visit www.modernbocamom.com for even more fun celebration ideas! And be sure to subscribe to Modern Boca Mom’s weekly e-newsletter: http://bit.ly/mbmsubscribe.

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
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Testing Vapour Organic Beauty’s Free Makeup Shade Consultation

We featured Vapour Organic Beauty in our July/August 2017 issue. To see more stories like this, subscribe to the magazine.


Hi there, beauty fans! We spoke with Vapour Organic Beauty co-founder, Krysia Boinis in our July/August issue of Boca. Unlike other organic beauty lines, each Vapour product is made of 70 percent organic ingredients and 30 percent natural pigments and essential oils. There are tons of color options for lips, eyes, and face. However, if you’re like me, sometimes it’s overwhelmingly difficult to pick just the right shade to match your skin complexion. Luckily, Vapour has a Free Shade Consultation that helps users get the best shade for their skin tone. I tested it out, and with the help of Boca’s web editor, Shayna, we documented the results below.

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Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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10 Summer Skincare Staples For Beautiful, Flawless Skin

Summer Skincare SecretsIs it safe to say that the rain and stormy weather is behind us? We really hope so! In the spirit of wishful thinking, we’re jumping into the summer frame of mind this week by featuring some of our favorite products and tips that will keep your skin healthy during the season of sunburns.

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Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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How to Silence Your Internal Critic and Stop Self-Sabotage

While I write mostly about healthy eating, I have been recently asked to address the challenges that many of us face when it comes to making changes. Especially when it comes to self-sabotage.

This is mainly because we have an internal critic that tells us how to eat, how to talk, and how to feel. This is a completely normal part of us. It becomes a problem when that critic takes over and is running most of our lives. It is so subtle, that we don’t even realize it. I took some time to discuss this issue with Margie Mader, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hypnotherapist and psychotherapist who has been specializing in working with body image issues for over 20 years.

 

Margie, where does the internal food and body critic come from?

It can come from many places. When we are babies, we see ourselves as perfect. We are in awe of our bodies. I remember one of my daughters rubbing her belly in the mirror, at 2-and-a-half years old saying “Mommy, I love my belly.” But, as we get older we begin absorbing all the verbal and nonverbal messages around us.  Women talking about dieting, men eating a certain way, the comments people make about their size­—that is when the internal critic is born.

 

So, what would be some steps to deal with the internal critic?

The first thing you want to do is notice it within you. When I ask my clients to identify the internal critic, they think it’s them. I always say, “The real you would never say mean things to you, judge you, or do anything except love you unconditionally. If you’re not feeling good within, chances are the internal critic is running the show.”

Now that you’ve distinguished it as separate from you, you want to start questioning its point of view. “I look fat,” the internal critic says. The authentic you would actually say, “I don’t feel comfortable in this outfit. I should get a different one I love.” Or “My digestion doesn’t seem to be serving me. I should look at how to eat differently to feel better.” The authentic you doesn’t put you down. That’s how you know this is the internal critic talking, not you. Don’t take what it says at face value. When you question the internal critic, you’re essentially looking for a different point of view within, not taking what it says as the “Only Truth.” Challenge it by saying, “Hmm, is that how I would feel if I was a 2 year old? Is that what I would say to myself?”

The next, and most exciting part of this journey is to begin to talk back to it. “I’m not fat. Stop putting me down.” Allow yourself to get angry, yell at it, journal, punch pillows, cry. These are feelings that are real and are way to release its hold on you. The more you practice talking back, the more you reclaim yourself.

This is not an overnight process, but one that takes practice and patience with yourself. I can assure you, it definitely works. I have helped thousands of clients reclaim their voice, their life and themselves as a result.

 

So, there is hope to actually make that judging part of us go away?

Definitely. it won’t go away completely, but it won’t run your life. When you hear it, you will be able to avoid reacting to it and will be in command of your life. What comes next is you get to create who you want to be. This is where positive affirmations are key to molding the new you. My personal favorite is, “I am a self-expressed, powerful leader who lives an authentic, miraculous life.” There is no way an internal critic will mess with that.

Margie Mader, LMFT, C.Ht., is the owner and clinical director of Growth and Healing Wellness Center, a private practice located in Fort Lauderdale. She also specializes in working with trauma, divorce, life transitions, eating disorders and self-empowerment. Her approach is holistic and experiential.

 

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week: Allison and Portia’s Top Picks

It’s that time of year again: Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week is in full swing at Town Center mall. Although the event started Sept. 16, it continues until the 24.Boca Mag sent us to Nordstrom’s early this week to check things out, and there’s a ton of great products and activities. Plus, you can sign up for skincare and beauty consultations. Here are our top 5 picks for this year:

 

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum, 3 oz., $122

Ladies, put this one at the top of your holiday wish list. Both Portia and I loved this warm floral perfume. The Datura flower is one of the strongest aspects of the fragrance, which gives it a sensual yet sophisticated style. Hints of pear, jasmine sambac, raspberry, white musk and white peony add a soft element. Sa-woon.

 

MAC’s Little $10 Display (items all $10/ea.)

Who doesn’t like high-quality makeup options, especially at reasonable prices? This “bargain tree,” so to speak, was something I liked because it gives consumers the ability to try new products without breaking the bank. Look for a new shade of lipstick to wear out this weekend. Try a new mascara or pick up some cleansing facial wipes. The options are endless and make great stocking stuffers, too.

 

Bodega Venetta Knot Eau de Parfum, 75ml, $160

Someone sprayed this as they walked past us, and I had to know what it was. Not only is the design simply elegant, but so is the fragrance. Clementine, lavender, rose and peony blend to create a floral scent that conjures memories of summers overseas. Wear it when you want to leave a lasting impression, or for a wonderful evening out.

 

Classic Maison Candel in Prosecco Bellini, Voluspa, $29

Portia really has this thing for scents. (Ok, we both do a little.) But she REALLY has a thing for candles—Voluspa candles, actually. Nordstrom has a great selection of them, and when we found the display, it was hard to pass up. Her favorite candle is the Prosecco Bellini: 12 ounces of coconut wax with evidence of peaches, apricots and sparkly Prosecco. It’s perfect for the in the kitchen or the outdoor patio.

 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, 1.7 oz., $27.50

This 24-hour moisturizing cream is great for a variety of skin types and can be applied in the morning or at night. It’s light, has a clean scent and leaves skin soft and smooth after regular application.  Make this a part of your regular skincare routine.

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Tropical Triathlon

This is the 19th year for the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon in Lake Worth. The sprint distance triathlon, which is a quarter-mile swim, 13-mile bike and 5K (3.1-mile) run, starts at 7 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at Lake Worth beach (10 S. Ocean Blvd., at A1A and Lake Ave.).

The cost for an individual entry is $100. For high school students, it’s $60. Relay teams can participate, too. All participants get breakfast after the race.

Nadine Burns, who is the contact for the race, tells bocamag.com that proceeds from the Tropical Triathlon help to buy road bikes for local high school triathlon clubs. Two high schools are on board so far: Lake Worth High School and Santaluces High in Lantana. Each school has a six-to-eight member tri club. Thanks to the not-for-profit Friends of Lake Worth High School organization, each school got six road bikes, which each cost thousands of dollars to buy retail. Burns helped lead the program to give schools incentive to start tri clubs.

U.S.A. Triathlon Association (USAT) has taken notice and plans to attend the Lake Worth event to use the program as a model to encourage high school based tri clubs, Burns says.

“It’s real simple. These bikes are expensive, so in order for the kids to have them the easiest way around that is to get a sponsor. Our organization sponsors it. We raise money and … get them six road bikes. We donate them to the school, to the tri club. That way the bikes are always secure there and available to the students, so they can train and compete,” Burns says.

Schools can reach Burns by calling 561/358-8501 or emailing her at[email protected] to get the tri club ball rolling.

The organization does this, in part, through donations that race participants can make when they’re signing up for the triathlon. Or if you like the idea and want to give but don’t want to participate in the upcoming tri, contact Burns about making a donation.

“Our goal is to have a tri club at every Palm Beach County School …,” Burns says.

To register for the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon, click here. 

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

21 days to fitness

Might a 21-day weight loss challenge be the tune-up you need before indulging in the holidays?

The folks at the Institute of Human Performance (IHP) Fitness in Boca Raton think so.

IHP, at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., is starting its 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge in early October. The full 21-day package costs $360 and includes a month membership at the gym, nine one-hour personal training sessions, three weeks of nutritional guidance, body measurements and fitness programming.

The fittest male and female the end of the 21 days (by weight lost) each wins a free full-year IHP gym membership.

The $360 is a highly reduced rate, considering one-hour individual personal training sessions at IHP are $90.

How can you get in on the weight loss action? Contact IHP at 561/620-9556 or visit www.IHPFitnes.com. The initial orientation for the 21-day challenge is October 6 at 6 p.m. at the gym. Space is limited.

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Digital marketing and communication professional with over 20 years experience and comprehensive understanding of platform development, content marketing, online media buying, and brand management. Successfully launched digital platforms for numerous start-ups to rebranding fortune 100 companies. Leadership style is a native driver with analyzing and collaboration as key components to achieving success. Can work both as a technologist and technician at many levels for marketing and development.
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Save the Jaguar 5K

Animal lovers get ready to lace up Sept. 3 for the Save the Jaguar 5K at the Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach).

The start time is 7:30 a.m. for this 3.1-miler that will take runners through Dreher Park and into Palm Beach Zoo.

The race’s tribute to jaguars is timely. The jaguar population used to flourish in the Southern U.S., but humans forced them out of North America. Now, they’re left to roam only in South and Central America, according to the race website.

To help save the jaguars, the Palm Beach Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society have worked together to support species and habitat research and protection atMadidi-Tambopata Landscape in Bolivia.

A portion of the registration fees of $25 for adults and $20 for runners 17 and younger will help to fund that support, according to the Save the Jaguar 5K website. Note: registration fees go up as you get closer to the event.

Runners and walkers who participate will pass the zoo’s tigers, wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots and the howling primates siamang gibbons on their ways to the finish. The cost of registration also gives participants a free admission that day to the Zoo.

To sign up, click here, and learn more here.

About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Digital marketing and communication professional with over 20 years experience and comprehensive understanding of platform development, content marketing, online media buying, and brand management. Successfully launched digital platforms for numerous start-ups to rebranding fortune 100 companies. Leadership style is a native driver with analyzing and collaboration as key components to achieving success. Can work both as a technologist and technician at many levels for marketing and development.
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Boca Teen Wins CrossFit’s “Fittest Teen on Earth”

Boca Raton resident Kaela Stephano, 15, went to compete in the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., last month and came home as the “Fittest Teen on Earth” in her age group.

Stephano, who works out at CrossFit HYPE in Boca Raton, was one of ten teenage girls her age in the world to make it to the Reebok CrossFit games. She competed in Carson, Calif., from July 19 to the 21 this year.

“I competed against the other top 10 girls in the world. We had seven workouts over the course of three days. I took first place in two of the workouts. I excelled in the strength portions of the workouts and many of the gymnastics movements. By winning the last workout, I received enough points to be awarded the fittest 14/15-year-old girl in the world,” Stephano tells bocamag.com.

She has been doing CrossFit for 2.5 years.

“… I started because my mom and my sister were at CrossFit and I wanted to get in shape,” she says.

Stephano says she likes that CrossFit workouts are constantly varied because she doesn’t get bored with the training. Her favorite CrossFit exercise is the ring muscle up. It was the toughest movement for her when she started and, she says, she has to work hard to master the exercise.

The local teen inspiration is a Boca Raton native, who is homeschooled. Stephano is not only fit, but she’s also smart. She tells Bocamag.com that she will be entering her senior year taking all college classes through dual enrollment.

“When I graduate in June, I will be 16,” Stephano says.

Stephano’s fitness journey continues. She was invited to and attended the girls’ weightlifting camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., just last week.

“Also, in June, I became the national champion in weightlifting for the 58 kg weight class. That accomplishment earned me a place on the U.S. team that will travel to Guatemala in September for the Pan Am games. This will be my first international competition,” she says. “In the fall, I plan on continuing to compete in CrossFit competitions. I also am planning on trying to compete at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit games, as well.”

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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A first for local heart patients at Bethesda Heart Hospital

Bethesda Heart Hospital, in Boynton Beach, announced July 25 that it was the first hospital in Palm Beach County to use a sutureless valve for aortic valve replacement surgery.

The Perceval valve for aortic valve replacements allows surgeons to replace diseased valves without the use of sutures.

“With more than 60,000 surgical aortic valve replacement procedures every year in the U.S., we are faced with a challenge to better treat patients with a simplified procedure approach with superior patient outcomes,” Dr. Juan Montoya says in a hospital press release. “As a new option for surgical aortic valve replacement, the Perceval sutureless valve helps reduce the complexity of an aortic valve replacement procedure by optimizing the speed and efficiency of the operation.“

Among the benefits for these patients, according to the release, is that compared to valves that have to be sutured in place, sutureless aortic valve replacement reduces the time needed to stop the heart from beating as surgeons position the new valve. Patients, as a result, spend less time under anesthesia and on the cardiac-lung bypass machine. This can lead to faster recoveries and fewer complications.

“I am delighted with the outcome of our 63-year-old patient today,” Dr. Montoya says. “This biological valve makes it possible for her to avoid taking blood thinners for the rest of her life. We expect this new valve will last her 15 to 25 years.”

Dr. Montoya’s father and fellow cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Alvaro Montoya assisted in this first such case in Palm Beach County. The elder Montoya is a Miami-Dade surgeon and has done research on the Perceval device. The father and son team has performed more than 1,500 cardiovascular surgeries together in South Florida since 1999.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.