I’m breaking up with you. By the time you read this letter I may already be gone.
You see, for all these years you have been a constant for me. An ever-present and willing partner. Dutiful and diligent in your pursuit of me, and our toxic affair. And while at times you may have prevented me from getting into some pretty sticky situations, like any bad relationship; you’ve become unmanageable in my life. The moment I forget about our relationship and begin to have a little fun, you remind me in only a way that you can, that we are indeed still attached.
The truth of the matter is I’ve met someone else. LOVE.
LOVE and I have found a connection unmatched by anything else I’ve experienced in this lifetime. Love has taught me so much about myself and others, and it just feels so right. I’ve discovered my own center and found peace with the things that once drew me towards you. Once you’ve experienced LOVE like this, it’s impossible to go back to the matrix that is us, and I can no longer sustain this unhealthy tango I’ve danced with you for far too long.
You are coming in between my relationship with my husband, my children, and even the outside world. You’ve secluded me at times from those who’ve wished me well in an attempt to keep this stronghold over me, and I can’t have it anymore. With you, I question myself on a constant basis, and all that I know to be true. I couldn’t enjoy a peaceful moment with my kids without you invading my mind with thoughts of our own delicate mortality. Incapable of the delight of a hug from my husband, without the reminder of how fleeting life is. You’ve convinced me not to resolve important issues with key people in my life, and stolen years of joy. Yet, I still welcomed you time and time again. Well, not anymore.
You see FEAR it’s simple, I’ve grown out of you and there is no longer any space for you in my life. No room for the poison you bring with you, or the terror you are intent on selling. Like all poisonous relationships, this must come to an end. I’m only sad it took me this long to release myself from your consternation.
So I bid you farewell, and ask that you don’t keep in touch. Please don’t write or call, don’t stop by just to say hello. There simply isn’t any room for you anymore.
This is a sponsored post. I have received complimentary services in order to facilitate my honest review. As always, all opinions expressed here are completely my own.
As I get older, I realize the importance of self-care. Understanding your own needs help you to focus and give freely to other areas in your life such as motherhood, your career, and being the best partner you can be. I’ve only come to understand the importance of giving myself the gift of me-time since having children. Never more in my life has the needs of others had to come before my own. Only when the inevitable “mother burnout” kicks in do you realize you are truly doing yourself, and your family, a disservice by ignoring your own needs.
Aside from needing a good massage, alone time is a huge factor for me. I quite enjoy being alone, and even sometimes prefer it. A good book, listening to my favorite playlist, and taking the time to center myself and remember a bit about what I was like pre-kids. It’s a glorious feeling to come back to yourself and realize you’d been there all along waiting for some self-love and attention. I recently learned that the perfect place to do just this in Palm Beach, is the National PGA Resort & Spa.
I was lucky enough to be invited amongst great company and enjoy some of their signature spa treatments in celebration of Spatober, a month-long promotion highlighting an array of wellness-focused offerings designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Available exclusively at limited-time prices available only throughout the month of October 2017. I sat poolside in a cabana with a few blogger friends sipping some champagne and catching up.
What’s a little indulgence without a little karma deposit as well? In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all participating businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
The following Spatober treatments are offered at the PGA Resort & Spa:
Cost: $89 per treatment
Tickled Pink Menu
- Roses Facial (50 minutes): Breathe in the sweet scent of rose and experience the softness of natural marine and plant extracts for a sensory, soothing facial experience by Phytomer. After a rose-mineral mist, the complexion is polished with an AHA scrub for a petal-soft texture, then anointed with Rosee Soin rose oil to detoxify and strengthen skin. Includes a mini bottle of Rose Prosecco.
- Blushing Pink Rose Massage (50 minutes): Allow us to infuse your skin with a serum infused with roses and mixed with a nourishing oil featuring organic sunflower seed oil.Includes a mini bottle of Rose Prosecco.
- Pretty in Pink Manicure and Pedicure (75 minutes): Immerse in a refreshing bubbling soak that both relaxes and invigorates. A sprightly sugar scrub made with Square One organic vodka and raspberry extract thoroughly banishes dry skin and hydrates deeply with natural oils. A light drizzle of softly scented melted shea butter, cocoa and mango butter make for a lavish finale. Follow up with a full nail care and polish in the color of your choice. Includes a mini bottle of Rose Prosecco.
Specials are valid Sunday through Friday. Tax and gratuity will be added. For each Tickled Pink treatment booked, $5 will go toward a breast cancer charity.
I personally experienced the Roses Facial (intoxicating!) and the Blushing Pink Rose Massage just after a dip in the Waters of the World adult-only pool. This was an excellent start to our spa treatments and the perfect place to unwind sans kids. This salt-water pool made with Dead-Sea salt was detoxifiying and invigorating.
After our treatments, we were whisked away to enjoy dinner SATC style at Ironwood Steakhouse. Donning our new Kendra Scott chokers from their new location in Palm Beach Gardens Mall, we were ready to strut our stuff! I’m pretty sure as we passed folks by they got a whiff of all the rose in the air from our facials and massages. Hey, it’s possible.
We drank and dined on some of the fines fare I’ve seen in a while. We may have been dainty rose-smellin’ ladies in the lobby, but we sure put away some protein at dinner. Rumor has it there may have been a T-Bone steak larger than my head at the table.
We finished the night off with a nightcap and headed straight for our rooms to put our newfound beauty to rest. I fell asleep to the sweet smell of essential oils diffusing in my room, a sweet gift from the resort!
The next morning we were all treated to a fantastic smoothie bar and full-on glam session. I can’t tell you the last time I had my makeup professionally done. After that, we headed straight for the golf course on a personal tour. We learned all about the infamous bear trap and got a first-class tour of the luxurious grounds. I’m no golfer, but even I wanted to get on the course and give it a try!
After our tour we were famished and ready to chow down once again (the food at this resort is incredible!). We enjoyed some brunch in the cafe along the golf-themed walls, it’s really all about the details people.
We wrapped up this wonderful trip the best way I could possibly imagine.. joined by my family of course!
As much as I love my own personal time to myself, it really only prepares me to want to be surrounded by the folks I love the most, my family. The PGA Resort is family-friendly and we were able to spend an evening enjoying yet another fabulous meal, and some fun family time by the main pool.
Here are a few of the other spa deals going on through Palm Beach, just to name a few…
Beauté Therapies Medical Spa at 360 Beauty, Health, Wellness
The Black Peel Facial: This new facial from Dermophisiologique uses a carbon mask rich in natural actives such as kaolin and microspheres of active charcoal that provide deep cleansing. It absorbs skin impurities such as sebum, microorganisms and pollutants from the environment, while olive kernel powder exfoliates dead skin cells mechanically, favoring skin regeneration and promoting a natural glow. The spa will donate 5 percent of each service booked to the American Cancer Society.
The Power of Pink Scrub: Reserve a 25-minute OSEA Body Scrub featuring a fragrant, organic bio-scrub of your choice to gently exfoliate and soften your skin, and 25 percent of the net proceeds from the service will be donated to charity. Rate does not include service charge and tax and may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Other restrictions may apply.
Cosmo and Co. at 360 Beauty, Health, Wellness
SilkPeel Facial: SilkPeel Dermalinfusion or hydrodermabrasion skin treatments combine noninvasive exfoliation with the infusion of skin-specific topical solutions to improve and revitalize the skin. An advanced form of microdermabrasion, SilkPeels are unique because they do not use crystals. One treatment per person. Twenty-four-hour cancellation required. The spa will donate 5 percent of each service booked to the American Cancer Society.
The Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage: In Palm Beach this Halloween night, the sand witches will unite for a spooky and kooky evening of sweet treats and pure delight. There is a potion in our lotion that will cause a great commotion, so call for your appointments before there is a line out to the ocean. Enjoy a 60-minute massage Monday through Thursday. A 20 percent gratuity will be added (the gratuity may be adjusted at guest’s discretion). Specials may not be applied to gift cards or certiﬁcates. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, discounted gift cards or promotions. Eau Spa will donate 10 percent of each Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage to charity.
Therapeutic Massage: This 90-minute massage with Himalayan salt stones can help stimulate circulation, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, improve overall sense of well-being and reduce the signs of aging. A Himalayan salt stone massage integrates the philosophies of Eastern medicine, Swedish massage, thermal therapy and salt therapies. Himalayan pink salt stones also offer 84 naturally occurring minerals and salts that replenish the body and are naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial.
Pretty ‘n’ Pink October menu
Cost: from $89
- NovaLash Lash Extensions are a glamorous way to extend the length and thickness of natural eyelashes. A convenient alternative to mascara, lash extensions can be worn daily, without nightly removal. Because each tapered, synthetic lash is bonded to a single natural lash, the final effect is of effortless glamour that is difficult to detect even up close. $150 (classic look only).
- Elite Lash Lift is one of the easiest and fastest ways to enhance and lift your entire face. A beautiful alternative to eyelash extensions, it is one of the top trending eyelash treatments chosen by many celebrity makeup artists, which can give that stunning wide-eyed look to your natural lash. $89.
- Diamond Microdermabrasion: This skin resurfacing treatment removes the topmost layer of skin, leaving it more supple and vibrant (includes cherry light enzyme peel). It is noninvasive, painless and requires no down time. Diamond microdermabrasion may improve discolored skin, acne-prone and scarred skin, and wrinkles. $99.
The spa will donate 10 percent of the price for each service booked to charity.
Wellness Quench: A relaxing and invigorating afternoon at the five -star, five-diamond oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach to include: a 50-minute wellness treatment (a 30-minute detoxifying body scrub and 20-minute relaxing massage); access to the spa’s saltwater Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, high-performance showers and relaxation rooms; your choice of one fitness class, including beachfront yoga, in October; and valet parking. The resort will donate $10 per package booked to charity.
Cost: $140 (massage and manicure); $225 (massage, manicure and facial)
Discover Spa and Wellness: Start your spa and wellness experience with a 45-minute massage using warm Himalayan salt stones in our serene and beautiful Salt Room while inhaling the healing benefits of dry salt therapy. Next receive an expert manicure in the Garden Salon. Guests have the option to add a 50-minute facial treatment, which includes a skin analysis, deep cleanse, light exfoliation, essential oil-infused facial compresses, mask and rehydration. Gratuity included. The spa will donate 5 percent of each service to charity.
Summer Spa Package: Begin with a glass of pink champagne and raspberries, followed by a relaxing 50-minute Swedish massage. Next, a detox facial massage (25 minutes) uses all-natural products to cleanse, tone and detoxify your face and give you a natural “face lift” by massaging specific reflexology points. The sweet smell of Seven Elements essential oil aromatherapy will enhance your already relaxed state while you check out. Fifty percent of the cost of services will be donated to charity.
SiSpa at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island
Cost: from $45
Comfort Care Classics: SiSpa’s entire staff has been trained to perform a variety of spa services specifically designed for guests being treated for or recovering from cancer. During the month of October, 10 percent of the proceeds from the following Comfort Care Classic services will be donated to charity.
- Comfort Care Classic Manicure (40 minutes): A gentle exfoliation, massage, nail cleanup and polish. $45
- Comfort Care Classic Pedicure (40 minutes): A gentle exfoliation, massage, nail cleanup and polish. $55
- Comfort Care Classic Massage (50 minutes): Full-body relaxation massage using light to medium pressure. $115
- Comfort Care Classic Facial (50 minutes): European facial featuring a re-mineralizing scalp treatment. $115
- Comfort Care Classic Dilo Body Wrap (50 minutes): A supercharged healing cocktail for the skin, the Dilo Rescue Gel used in this treatment is high in vitamins A, C and E, and is combined with coconut oil and aloe. $115
- Comfort Care Classic Reiki (25 or 60 minutes): Light- to no-touch energy to aid in relaxation and promote healing. $60/$115
Rejuvenate at Si: This 80-minute ritual includes spa-flexology, the choice of a full-body Swedish Massage or a Classic Signature Facial, and facial massage with moisturizer specifically chosen for skin type. The spa will donate 10 percent of all Rejuvenate at Si services in October to charity. $150
Blueline Goes Pink for the Cure: Take to the calming waters in your pink to support breast cancer awareness during the month of October with a one-hour paddleboard yoga class or a one-hour paddleboard rental. A donation of $5 from each rental will be made to charity.
Yoga in the Garden: Relax, refresh and reflect while practicing yoga in the tropical landscape of Mounts Botanical Garden. This all-levels class includes infused waters with herbs and spices from the garden. Classes run 8–9 a.m. each Sunday.
Cost: from $25
- Soulful Breathwork: This form of conscious breathing activates the body’s natural intelligence to release old beliefs and clear obstacles to being your most authentic self. Led by award-winning author and teacher Christian de la Huerta, the therapy can help reduce stress, increase longevity and create a happy lifestyle. An 18 percent service charge will be added. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount. This price is only available Monday through Friday during October. $40.
- Happiness Coaching Series: This transformational coaching series with international coaches Andrea and Lee Vallely will provide participants with a personal blueprint, clarity on their true selves, and tools to eliminate stress and create more abundance and happiness in life. Wednesdays 6–8 p.m. $25 per class; $80 for package of four classes.
- Chakra Balancing & Healing with Tia Crystal: World-renowned artist and jewelry designer Tia Crystal will teach the essence and energy of inner peace and how important it is for individuals to have the colors of their chakras in balance from root to crown. October 26, 6–8 p.m. $25 per person includes a healing crystal from Tia.
The spa will donate 10 percent of each ticket to charity.
Summer Wellness: Unlimited yoga membership for $59 includes yoga, Pilates and meditation. Fifty percent of the cost will go to the American Cancer Society.
Pink in the Sunshine Two-Hour Paddleboard Rental: Wear your pink gear in support of breast cancer research and enjoy a discounted two-hour paddleboard rental. A complimentary picture of your group in their pink attire will be taken and emailed to all guests. The offer is also valid for those guests who opt not to wear pink, but we will be encouraging all guests to dress in pink for the month of October. Online promotion code is THINKPINK. Of each $20 rental, $5 goes to charity.
Pink Power Paddling: Every Saturday in October, wear pink and join Visit Palm Beach for a morning sample paddle of the South Cove Estuary in downtown West Palm Beach. Choose a single or double kayak or SUP (stand-up paddleboard). Available 9:30–10:15 a.m. Space is limited. Reserve online. Must be wearing pink to receive the $15 rate. Of each $15 rental, $5 goes to charity.
Pink Power Bol: Anytime in October, visit Bolay and order the Pink Power Bol for $12; $1 of each order will benefit breast cancer research.
Cost: from $11
Lunch at Serenity: During October, enjoy a healthy lunch served with a selection of organic teas, and 10 percent of the cost will be donated to charity.
Cost: from $325 per night
Spa & Wellness Month Hotel Package: Includes a one-night stay in deluxe accommodations (either a deluxe king or deluxe queen room) paired with the “On Cloud Nine” spa package for one guest. Rates are subject to a $30 resort fee and 13 percent tax. Spa gratuity is not included. A donation of $10 per spa package and $25 per hotel package will be made to charity.
For more information about Spa & Wellness Month and to obtain an update on available offers for this promotion, visit thepalmbeaches.com or follow @palmbeachesfl on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
For more information visit www.Spatober.com for details.
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October is slowly becoming one of my favorite months. Now that the boys are getting older I’m having a bit more fun preparing and decorating for Halloween. I’m spending more and more time preparing new and fun recipes for this spooktacular season. I take great joy in exploring all of the spooky sides to me that perhaps wouldn’t otherwise be expressed.
Putting together fun tablescapes that are easily created to anchor your Halloween party is so much fun to me. I often find it tough to stick to just one theme since there are so many fun ways to celebrate All Hallows Eve. Because I’ve spent a good chunk of my time keeping it kid-friendly the past few years, I’m excited to get a little creepier this year. The boys have a healthy attitude around these festivities, and as they grow they push the scare-factor up a bit more. This year I’m flirting with witches and monsters as opposed to the gruesome zombie brains and eyeballs of last year.
The new Canada Dry mini monster cans available at Walmart are perfect for this easy Monster Martini. Served in a martini glass with a few spider friends to accompany it makes it just the right amount of spooky for your Halloween party. Extra points if you can add some dry ice and really raise the creep-factor.
These mini monster cans are available at your local Walmart until October 31st. Their convenient size means they are perfect for easy placement in a cauldron or other decorative bowl on your tablescape. You can incorporate these mini monster cans into your recipes as well.
The Mini Broom Bites are a fun snack for the witch in your life. These light and fluffy cupcakes are made using 7UP mini monster cans and have the perfect moist pound cake consistency. That hint of lemon-lime pairs well with the airy, light consistency, of the vanilla buttercream frosting.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- Three sticks of butter
- Three cups of sugar
- Five eggs
- One teaspoon butter flavoring
- Two teaspoons lemon flavoring
- Three cups all-purpose flour
- One cup of 7UP
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Whisk butter until creamy. Add sugar (1 cup at a time) mixing after each addition. Add eggs (1 at a time) mixing after each addition. Add butter and lemon extracts and mix together. Add flour (1 cup at a time) mixing well. Add 7UP, then mix together until combined. Pour into a greased muffin tin and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until stiff.
Add buttercream frosting and top with candy corns.
Mini monster cans are perfect for every Halloween party and right now, they have a special Snapchat Snap Code that unlocks a special Snapchat filter for 1 hour.
Scan the ghost icon on the cans by holding your phone (with Snapchat open) over the ghost icon. Press the ghost icon on your screen (this does not require a video or picture taken). This process unlocks the Snapchat geo filter for one hour!
Each year as I’m planning fun new recipes it begins to take on a life of its own. The creativity starts flowing and before you know it I’m dreaming up ideas for next year. I can’t wait to explore this holiday with my family over the next few years and share more fun recipes and party ideas.
For more recipe inspiration visit www.TheCraveyard.com and get your own creative juices flowing!
** All products used in this post were purchased at Walmart. They have a huge selection of fun and affordable Halloween decor and supplies. It’s easy to get in the spirit of the season when you are able to stay within your budget. I hope you enjoy these cupcakes and fun Halloween theme as much as we did.