It had been a crazy couple of weeks—with summer winding down, relatives visiting and getting ready for our upcoming family trip to Hawaii, my husband and I felt like we were ships passing in the night. So when the opportunity to stay at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa came up, we jumped on it. Literally just a couple of days before we left for Hawaii, we were looking forward to [Read more…] about Rest and Relaxation Found at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Let’s face it, the one time a mom gets five minutes to herself is usually in the shower. Why not make the most of it and indulge in a good-for-you body wash with a yummy fragrance and creamy lather? When you’re done, you’ll have that “just stepped out from the spa” feeling which will instill a calm and peacefulness within you, making you ready to tackle the next stain, diaper change, tears, runny nose. . . you get the picture.
With Mother’s Day* coming up you may be thinking of using your special day to get away and relax at the spa. But, with these economic times we want to get the most (and best) for our money, especially if it’s pure pampering. So, what treatment gives you the best value and, how do you make sure that the spa is really clean? We turned to Breezy Mama friend and spa owner Stephanie Phelan to give us the rub down on the best way to relax—because the last thing we want on Mother’s Day is the gift of infection.
What should people look for to make sure a spa has been inspected by the health department?
A Massage Establishment license is the most important. Also, all therapists and estheticians should display licenses in their massage rooms.
What is required for a spa to pass a health and safety inspection?
We are required to go through a lengthy process with the Santa Barbara (where Stephanie’s spa, Float, is located) police department to obtain a Massage Establishment License. This involves a fee, application, fingerprinting, background check and a walk-through from an officer. The officer makes sure we have sanitary stations, lockers, sinks, etc. We are also inspected by the Board of Cosmetology–they look out for the cleanliness of the Facial rooms. [Read more…] about The Spa Experience: How to Get the Best Bang for Your Buck this Mother’s Day
Here’s THE list you’ll want to forward on. Forget giving hints: if you want your day to go your way, be direct without leaving any room for a mistaken guess. Email this list to the hubby, or borrow an idea or two for your Mommy. Most important of all, may you have an amazing Mother’s Day!
|10. GPS: Sure, you might think we mothers would find it insulting to insinuate we can’t find our way out of a cardboard box, but with all these play dates, birthday parties, and mom’s nights out, we could use a little help finding our way from here to there. Click here to find it.|
9. CAMERA: This verges on breaking my NTDWKG (Nothing To Do With Kids Gifts), but if the husband implies it will be great for a romantic Hawaiian getaway, you won’t even think about how great a non-blurry photo of your wee ones will be from a camera that hasn’t been dropped yet. For big girl photos, click here for the Canon Digital Rebel. Think dropping (pun intended) $699 on a camera is too much? Check out the Canon PowerShot: Click here to zoom in.
8. STARBUCKS GIFT CERTIFICATE: I have no doubt you’ll put it to great use. Even better than just the gift card? Starbucks.com will personalize it, so yours can say something subtle along the lines of: “To the greatest woman that ever lived.” Poets may start applying their skills by clicking here.
7. KINDLE: First, you may want to request a “coupon” for a [Read more…] about Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts