For a long time, Mother’s Day was just another Hallmark holiday to me. Time to buy the obligatory bouquet and card, right? That is until I had my son, Westley. Only then did I understand what a difficult (and rewarding) job motherhood truly is. Now that I’m a proud (and exhausted) mom of two, Mother’s Day holds even more meaning for me.
So do me a favor…this Mother’s Day, I want you to spoil the mothers in your life. It’s okay if your wallet is a little light. We moms appreciate a home-cooked meal, a thoughtful email/text message and – yes – the obligatory bouquet or card. But in case you’re feeling generous this year, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Mother’s Day gift suggestions.
As many of you know, I’m a working mom of two little ones…and I miss them terribly when we’re apart. So for Mother’s Day, I would love to receive a “mom necklace” with their names – so that they can always be close to my heart.
I’ve been browsing GracePersonalized, an Etsy shop with beautiful custom jewelry. Every piece they make is so lovely, it’s hard to choose just one!
One of my favorite things in life is to de-stress with a relaxing massage. But sometimes, a massage can be downright stress-inducing. At many popular spa/salons, massage appointments can book up pretty far in advance – so you have to schedule weeks, even months, ahead of time. And if something comes up and you have to reschedule, well, you get the picture. Getting to your massage can be stressful if you live a good distance from the spa and/or take public transportation. And then after your massage, there’s only a finite time you can sit there in a robe and slippers before it’s time to hit the road, Jack. First world problems, I know.
But what if I told you that there’s a service that provides massages without all of the hassle – in the comfort of your own home?
Soothe is a same-day, massage-on-demand service that delivers a licensed, vetted and certified massage therapist to your home, office or hotel room, with as little as 60 minutes advance notice. Services include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Couples massage. Appointments are offered between 8 a.m. and midnight every day of the week, with fixed prices of $99 (60 minute), $139 (90 minute), and $169 (120 minute) per person, regardless of the type of massage selected. And gratuity is included!
Last month, Philadelphia became the 20th city serviced by Soothe and the company reached out to see if I’d like to review for Spoiled Pretty. I’m not sure what kind of dummy would turn down a complimentary rub down, so I said yes. And let me tell you – the experience was stress-free from start to finish. (more…)
Earlier this month, when I was in New York for Fashion Week, I got my hair did at Red Door Spas Blogger Lounge at the W Hotel in Times Square. My friend (and Fashion Week roomie, above), Lianne, partnered with Red Door Spas to create space where bloggers could stop – between shows, meetings and events – and relax, recharge (phones too) and get all gussied up.
Thanks to ZahirZihani, Creative Director of the Red Door Spas, and his team (including the adorable and amazingly talented Billy Dee Williams, who did my hair), every gal left there with head-turning hair. Forget reporting from backstage…we looked like we were ready to sashay down the runway.
Me and Billy Dee
A rear view of my do
Marina‘s side updo definitely made the best-tressed list.