The Importance of Self-Care + Spatober in The Palm Beaches

The Importance of Self-Care + Spatober in The Palm Beaches

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 was in the Palm Beaches, at the National PGA Resort & Spa.

The Palm Beaches 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.

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

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:

PGA National 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.

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

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.

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort

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 Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

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!

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

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.

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

We wrapped up this wonderful trip the best way I could possibly imagine… joined by my family of course!

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa
They had fun I swear. Maybe not as much fun as me though… 🙂

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 Palm Beaches 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.

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

Here are a few of the other spa deals going on throughout the Palm Beaches, just to name a few…

Palm Beaches Spa Treatments

Beauté Therapies Medical Spa at 360 Beauty, Health, Wellness

Cost: $99

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 Breakers Palm Beach

Cost: $99

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

Cost: $99

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.

Eau Spa

Cost: $150

The Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage: In the Palm Beaches 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.

Elements Massage Boca Raton

Cost: $99

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.

Elite Skin & Beauty

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.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Cost: $160

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.

Kaffee’s Garden Spa

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.

Seven Elements Spa

Cost: $125

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

Wellness Offerings in The Palm Beaches

Blueline Surf & Paddle Company

Cost: $20

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.

Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County

Cost: $15

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.

nSpa at the Delray Beach Marriott

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 266–8 p.m. $25 per person includes a healing crystal from Tia.

The spa will donate 10 percent of each ticket to charity.

Om Yoga & Wellness Studios

Cost: $59

Summer Wellness: Unlimited yoga membership for $59 includes yoga, Pilates and meditation. Fifty percent of the cost will go to the American Cancer Society.

South Florida Paddle

Cost: $20

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.

Visit Palm Beach

Cost: $15

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.

Restaurant Offers in The Palm Beaches

Bolay Restaurant

Cost: $12

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.

Serenity Garden Tea House & Café

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.

Palm Beaches Accommodation Package

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

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 or follow @palmbeachesfl on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information visit for details.

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The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

The Palm Beaches PGA Resort & Spa

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts spanning more than 2,200 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches.” Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries, generating $4.6 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting more than 66,000 jobs with an economic impact of approximately $7 billion. Once recognized as a tropical escape for elite travelers in the late 1800s, America’s First Resort Destination® is making its resurgence as The Best Way To Experience Florida®, welcoming a record-breaking 7.35 million people in 2016. The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, more than 150 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants, and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 arts and culture organizations. For more information about The Palm Beaches, visit and connect on social media via FacebookTwitter andInstagram @PalmBeachesFL, YouTube at Discover The Palm Beaches and the hashtag #ThePalmBeaches.

Be The Change, Be The Match

Be The Change, Be The Match

This post was written in partnership with Be The Match.  Real patients like 11-year-old Kamryn are currently searching for a life-saving marrow donor. Learn more and sign up for the Be The Match Registry® at

There is no bond like that of a parent and child. From the moment they are born, the overwhelming love is unmatched by any other experience in life. We do our best from the very start to ensure we are doing our best to keep them from harm, keep them healthy, and protect them at all costs. I can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like to not be able to protect them from a debilitating disease that is attacking their body. We count our blessings each day that we have two healthy and active boys. Although, that just doesn’t feel like enough at times.

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I remember being a young teenager and feeling helpless, watching the doctors scour our family members asking for blood. My dad was involved in an accident, and desperately needed transfusions. At the time, I didn’t know my blood type, and I was unaware that I was a match for his rare O-Negative blood type. This has always been a deep regret of mine, and has always effected me. My father would eventually succumb to his injuries, and our lives were forever changed.


The moment I turned eighteen, I made a few very important adult decisions. One of those key decisions was to donate blood as quickly as I could. I wound up donating platelets as well. Seeing the need for my blood type and having been through my own experience with my father, I began to dive more deeply into donating in different ways. Changing the lives of real patient’s like 11-year-old Kamryn, suddenly became a possibility.

Joining the marrow transplant donor list was one of the most profound decisions I could make as an adult. Be The Match makes is possible for donors like myself can have a profound life-changing effect on people’s lives like young Kamryn. Marrow transplants can provide life-saving treatment for over seventy diseases. It may be hard to believe but most marrow transplant patients don’t have a match within their own family, and rely on organizations like Be The Match to help connect them with their donor match. While I am older now, I am glad I signed up when I was young. The younger a person, the healthier their marrow, which means they will more likely be a match for more patients, and change more lives.

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Signing up is as simple as a three-second cheek swab to get you in the system and see if you are a match for anyone like Kamryn, who currently doesn’t have any match just yet. The procedure can be simple and painless, or require a bit of recovering in a few cases, a small price to pay for saving a young life,  like Kamryn’s. You can learn more about her story and sign up to join the registry at

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Give a Gift That Changes The World

Give a Gift That Changes The World

Holiday gift giving is a personal choice. I’m a big believer in putting your money where your mouth is. Creating the world you want to see. Putting your power to work in the world. You get the picture… Buying power is the most underutilized force in the world. Or shall I say, positive buying power.

For so many years we buy the crap that commercials peddle to us on a daily basis. Consumerism is at an all time high, and what’s worse, it’s gotten to our kids. You can’t watch five minutes of “children’s programming” without being sold a plastic toy that they will only play with for five minutes and ends up broken or decapitated in a box I’ve aptly named, the toy graveyard.

I prefer to put my money to use in all facets of my life, including gift giving. Sure, it’s nice to give toys to kids at Christmas time so they have something to open. But what’s important, is giving kids a chance. A gift that can feed them and provide milk for an entire year. Giving them buying power of their own. Empowering young women who would not otherwise have a choice or a chance. Now that’s a gift for change!

holiday gifts is an excellent organization with over seventy years of experience, and they are dedicated to empowering young women all over the world. Girls like Maliyana, a 13 year-old girl who wants to be a doctor, and buy her mother, Magret a house. The CARE Gift Catalog allows you to donate either $75 or $150 to purchase one or two goats for her family. A goat that will provide nourishing milk, and is also a vital source of income when and if they decide to sell some of that milk.

Giving the gift of piglets can help farmers to sell for profit, or a cow that is a valuable investment for a family. There are even options to pay for the sharing of a cow. This could change the life of a girl named Alinafe, a 7th grade student from Malawi that wants to be a teacher.

Holiday gifts

holiday gifts

There are also other packages you can purchase in the CARE catalog such as school supplies, uniforms, or chip in to build a school. Water wells so young girls don’t have to spend a day fetching clean water. Lifesaving medicine can be purchased, a community garden, emergency food, and fruit trees. These are the gifts that truly matter and can change the world. I’ve requested that all of my family members shop for me in the CARE catalog that you can find online.

I sat with my boys and asked which gift they would like to choose so that I can share in this incredible opportunity and allow them to feel the same sense of gratitude. Becoming a part of the change that we wish to see in this world, that’s the message I want to impress upon my children at holiday time, and throughout the year. We buy the world we wish to be a part of, and where we put our money is what will manifest. If we keep dumping money into a gazillion toy companies, we can complain about the greed or disconnectedness of our youth.

I encourage you to consider these young girls in your holiday shopping this year by visiting CARE.ORG/GIFTCATALOG and contributing whatever you can to helping their dreams come true. You can provide a three month supply of water for only $30!

Who runs the world??? 


holiday shopping

These inspiring young women are sharing their stories with the world on Facebook Live at from December 5th – 16th. Tune in to hear their stories and interact with them live.

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