The Perfect Travel Case for Tech-Savvy Dads

The Perfect Travel Case for Tech-Savvy Dads

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Product was provided by the client for review; however, all opinions are mine alone. #WorldsSmartestToothbrush #CollectiveBias

Gift giving can be a bit taxing, particularly for the person who wants little and has just about everything. Years of marriage has taught me to pay attention to details all throughout the year to better gauge what would be a good gift for my husband. However, there is one route that can never steer me wrong. Anything tech-driven seems to be a hit.

Me personally, I’m an analog girl in a digital world. But eh hubs? He’s usually on top of all the trends and typically impressed by the newest gadget on the market. This year we’ve been practical gift-givers and gifting each other with some cosmetic dentistry we’ve both been wanting for years. We’re focusing on enhancing our lives with intentional buying and gift-giving. So when I learned about the new Philips® Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart Electric Toothbrush, I knew I had a winner on my hands.

Phillips Sonicare

We switched over to Sonicare brushes for the entire family last year at the request of our hygienist and it has made all the difference! I decided the hubs travel case could use a makeover and why not amp it up with a fancy new toothbrush for his pearly whites? This #1 dental recommended brush is jam-packed with enough technology and conveniences to make any tech-savvy dad geek out. With four brushes to take care of your teeth, gums, and tongue, it’s your one-stop shop for oral care.

Its sleek style is by far the best-seller AND the reason I was able to sell my husband onto this new travel case I put together. If left to his own devices he can continue to travel with clear plastic bags forever (you know the kind). I lured him in with this top of the line toothbrush that charges (you ready for this?) in a modern style glass. Yup, it’s charging looking all fancy…

Hover over the image above to start shopping for your tech-savvy dad!

The appeal of this modern Bluetooth technology was enough to sell my husband on “upping” his travel game. I’m proud to say he is now onboard with all of my travel additions! Here are a few items to include in the Tech-Savvy Dad Travel Kit:

  • Fancy toiletry case/bag, a big improvement from a sandwich baggie.
  • Facial Scrub – exfoliating is important, and once he gets a feel for that baby soft skin, he’ll be sold!
  • Facial Serum – Especially important for the man that has trouble staying hydrated.
  • Beard Brush – for the burly mountain man in your life.
  • Face cream – I pick one with SPF so we can pull double duty.
  • Pomade – Since upgrading from a gel, a pomade can change a man’s outlook on life.

Tech Savvy Dad

I’m convinced Sonicare can make anything happen!

Phillips Sonicare

You can find the Phillips Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart Electric Toothbrush at your local Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Tech-Savvy Dad

Essentially yours,

Erika

Mooove Over, Organic Dairy Farming = Big Business

Mooove Over, Organic Dairy Farming = Big Business

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” We’ve all heard that expression before, but, I’m not sure that’s even true. I don’t know why I started with that.

Let’s start again…

Dairy farming. Oh yeah, that’s why we’re here. Most folks know the conventional dairy-farming industry to be highly controversial. As an organic family and conscious buyer, I have made it my quest in life to make better choices for my family (it all comes back to family at the end of the day, but I’m getting ahead of myself here). When you know better, you do better, right? Well, unfortunately, it isn’t always the case. While there are different ways to run a dairy farm, they aren’t all created equal, and they all certainly won’t be able to survive…

Organic Dairy Farming

I was recently invited to tour the Stonyfield Farms and learn about their organic dairy practices. Well, I got a whole lot more than I bargained for. I signed up for the New England fall foliage and walked away with a wealth of knowledge, a ton of inspiration, and a hankering for some yogurt. We spent three days immersing ourselves in the Vermont culture and even walked in the rain, up a steep hill, (get where I’m going with this?), and met with the families that live and work alongside Stonyfield to provide organic dairy to organic families just like mine.

Stonyfield

What is Organic Dairy Farming?

Organic farmers in general, focus on natural pest control, open grazing, and planting certain breeds to discourage pests from eating their crops. Their responsibility is first and foremost to the animals and helping to create a happy, healthy, and stress-free environment for them. Organic soil has 26% more CO2 storage and improves soil health and mitigating climate change. Enter carbon sequestration! The more CO2 that stays in the soil and out of the environment, the better off our planet is. The NRCS has reported that planting cover crops improve soil structure, and provides greater moisture retention. Cover crops also reduce soil erosion and runoff. You can see more on cover crops here.

The Stonyfield Difference

Have you ever met a person so very present and connected that they immediately raise your own vibration? Yea, that’s Julie Wolcott. We started our farm tour at Green Wind Farms. Julie is one of Stonyfield’s conventional recruits. Stonyfield has created a program to work alongside and help “groom” young and experienced farmers alike to become a successful organic dairy farm. Providing resources, information, and on-site assistance in some cases to ensure each farm gets the best product possible. Stonyfield Farms currently gets 80% of their dairy from Organic Valley. Direct supply from local Vermont farms now provides 20% of their total supply.

Again, I’m getting ahead of myself. Back to Julie, and her faithful sidekick, Coltrane.

Julie currently owns 25 cows and lives in a charming cottage on her dairy farm. While she also has a sugar house and sells homemade Vermont maple syrup, dairy-farming is her bread and butter (pun intended). She names all of her cows and knows each family and their specific traits. She has quite possibly the best naming technique I’ve come across, naming each family according to famous musicians, poets, writers,etc.. Julie is a warm spirit with two lifetimes of experience to share, and she opened up her heart and her home to us.

Organic Dairy Farming

Organic Dairy Farming
I’m pretty sure she hasn’t met an animal that doesn’t love her.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Since converting to an organic farm, (a process that takes up to three years) Julie has greatly reduced her veterinarian bill (down to almost nothing) and increased her profits to the point where she is ready and able to retire. We later learned that conventional dairy-farming is rather erratic and wouldn’t otherwise afford Julie this opportunity. You can read more on that here. Her cows graze on a rotating system on land she has sectioned off into ‘paddocks.’ This allows maximum grazing time for her cows (even some in winter months), and include naturally grazing the locally grown plants to aid in digestion and even cure common illnesses. There is a science to this sort of grazing and it works to not only provide optimal nutrition for each nursing cow, but also the proper types of nutrition. Cows need to graze at a certain height, so grass needs to be maintained at a regulated height, all made possible by the natural process of open grazing, and manure pads left by her cows. This cycle of life, once harnessed for the power of good, can only mean success for everyone; including the cows. We watched as these beloved Jersey cows grazed at their leisure, and chewed on some cud. Cud, we learned is partly digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminants to the mouth for further chewing. A process that brings these cows joy and comfort. They are at peace and enjoying their chew time. Which made me wonder if this is a right denied to cows on a conventional dairy farm.

Organic Dairy Farming

Manure is Money, Folks

The key to this natural rotational pattern is the fact that the cows are able to provide the best fertilizer to help this lush grass grow back so quickly and so hearty. I mean, look at this lush landscape! I’m obsessed with Vermont in the fall.

Vermont

Organic Dairy

After walking these lush paddocks, getting to know these “bossy cows” and learning the benefits of natural grazing techniques, we were invited to break bread with Julie and her lovely family. That bread came with a whole lot of dairy. We sipped on hot coffee (a nice respite from the cool rain we endured on our walk. Uphill.  Did I mention it was raining?), with delicious fresh cream and enjoyed fresh homemade bread with delicious butter. The spread was phenomenal and fed our bellies after feeding our hearts and minds all morning. It was charm overload in this cozy cottage, only matched by the amount of love that is weaved into the fabric of this farm, and it’s family.

Organic Dairy Farm

When I asked Julie, what her “why” was. “Why move your family in the middle of nowhere and start a farm without any experience?” She responded warmly with, “for my family.” She went on to explain that she wanted to live a simple life and pass on these profound experiences to her children. Live off the land and find a way to make a home here with her livestock. Julie is deeply connected to this farm and every animal who graces her presence. Family is at the heart of every ask connected to Stonyfield Farms, you’ll see why later.

Organic Dairy Farm

The partnership between Stonyfield and farmers like Julie is possible through their program, and with help from folks like Kyle, who grew up on a farm, eventually purchased his own,  and learned firsthand what it takes to run a successful dairy farm.

Stonyfield

We heard from Sarah Flack, an expert in grazing and author of “The Art & Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals & Farm Ecosystems. Sarah has lived on a Vermont farm her entire life, and works with Julie and countless others to spread knowledge not just about the benefits of this type of farming, but the NECESSITY for it. In sitting down with Gary Hirshberg, owner and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Organics, and author of “Stirring It Up,” over dinner at Philo Farms (more on that later), we learned that by honoring the organic farming process and working with our own eco-system (in its current state), we can overcome soil degradation and re-build literally from the ground up. By the way, if you ever want to be inspired I recommend having a sit-down conversation with Gary Hirshberg. Few CEO’s harbor as much passion and dedication to their craft as he does in such a humble manner. He commands the room in a way that isn’t overbearing and steers the conversation toward common-sense practices that almost have you feeling as though you invented them yourself. It’s an admirable trait and the reason Stonyfield is so successful today.

Windy Hill Farm

Yes, while it’s true we may have hit the point of no return and too much damage has been done, it isn’t feasible to turn back the hands of time and erase the damage that factory farming has done to our planet. But we can work with what we’ve got and make that profitable AND inhabitable for all living creatures to co-exist. THIS is the future ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our next farm, Windy Hill Farm.

Windy Hill Farm
Future isn’t lookin’ so bad is it folks? You were thinking it, I said it… so there.

Meet Brenden Schreindorfer, owner of Windy Hill Farm. Married (sorry ladies) to his lovely wife Marcy Schreindorfer, and father to two adorable kids. They took us for a walk on their farm, a bit larger scale than the previous farm, driven by the same “why.” Brenden houses about 100 Holstein cows, slightly different demeanor as the Jersey cow, same great dairy. Brenden was raised on dairy farms all his life and got into the business pretty organically (ha, ha, get it?).

Windy Hill Farm is one of the latest farms to go from conventional to organic with the help of Stonyfield, and they are hoping to grow in terms of production. Brenden is looking into robotics as an option to help increase milking time for his cows. He can spend up to 5-6 hours a day milking all of these hot Holsteins. Did I mention they need to be milked twice a day? That’s an average of 10-12 hours a day just milking, not including any of the other farm chores that demand his attention. Robotics is the future in dairy-farming, allowing cows to walk up to be milked as many as four to five times a day. That nursing letdown is real, am I right ladies?

Organic Dairy Farm

The Schreindorfer family lives in an adorable house on the farm and hopes that with the investment of robotic engineering they will be able to spend more time as a family. There goes that “F” word again. They adhere to the same organic grazing rotation, allowing their Holstein cows to live 80% grass-fed and 20% on grains (typically during cold winter months).

Walking along these paddocks (again, in the rain) and watching as these cows were naturally just grazing together and chewing the cud, I’m not sure if anyone else noticed but it didn’t feel like we were walking amongst manure. It didn’t reek the way I’d remembered other farms smelling. I can only imagine this natural and organic lifestyle lends to the health both inside and outside of these cows.

Organic Dairy
Just to the right of this stable was a huge ring where manure is collected, stored, and even traded among farmers. I told you manure = money around here folks, it’s like gold in these hills!

Philo Ridge Farm

After leaving Windy Hill Farm, we retreated back to our hotel room to prepare for dinner at Philo Ridge. A quaint farmhouse built in the 1840’s, and completely restored by Diana McCargo and Peter Swift. Diana, friend and former student of Gary Hirshberg, hosted us for dinner that evening. We dined on an incredible feast, all completely organic, and completely grass-fed beef. We sat and talked about the state of our food sources today, and learned all about how Philo Ridge is looking to help change the game.

The Disconnect From Food

It’s true that many people still do not understand the need for organic farming or production. This is true partly because of society’s disconnect from our food and its source. When is the last time you had to look your dinner in the eye? The running joke is that if you’d ever seen your food before being packaged, you’d never eat it. Our planet is not set to sustain the current conditions of factory farming, and it’s no longer the profitable business people are banking on it to be. With the market as unstable as it is it seems we can’t possibly survive living and eating this way much longer. The difference in organic farming is clear, the science is there, and yet; it’s still a mystery to some folks.

With companies like Stonyfield paving the way and working with the small farm families to bring quality organic dairy to your table, there is hope for a future free from disease and financial destruction. Inspiring large and small companies alike to adopt the same practices and develop new innovative practices all with the same goal in mind; sustainability.

Philo Ridge Farm has opened a fully organic farmstand and looks forward to creating a community center and even tours on this lovely farm. Braving the wilderness and willing to be a beacon of light for this community in hopes of inspiring others to think about our future as well. It seems it’s contagious folks…We sat for hours gaining insight into conventional farming methods, their rise, and their inevitable fall. Learning what we can do to change the tide and help create conscious consumers.

What You Can Do:

  • Eat organic WHENEVER possible. The benefits are obvious, the science is there, the power is in the consumer’s hands! Did you know that the organic industry is a 50 billion dollar a year industry? Yet it still only represents 4% of the market. Buying / eating organic in your daily life is casting a vote for the type of world you want to live in. Turning the tide in our favor will allow these choices to be made available to all walks of life, not just the elite.
  • Support organic and local movements. Supporting your local farms and putting money back into the hands of your community is a grassroots movement that will never go out of style.
  • Spread the word. Not in that annoying and self-righteous kind of way (don’t be that guy). We’re all masters in training, right? Have patience and understand that lack of knowledge about these studies is usually the case. The human race has the innate need to survive, once educated on the facts they usually tend to lean towards what will sustain them in the long-run. Humor goes a long way with folks, and research shows that there is 40% of truth in all humor. So crack em’ up!
  • LIVE it. “Green” is a verb. It isn’t a day or way we live. It’s the constant choice and forward-thinking towards sustainable living. It’s leading by example for your family to witness, it’s raising your children (the folks who will be voting for our future) to be educated on these topics, and make informed decisions.

Resources:

5 Reasons To Eat Organic

NPR’s How I Built This: Gary Hirshberg

The Organic Center

Studies of Higher Antioxidants in Organic Fruit

The Study of Organic Milk Nutritional Quality

Organic: Why It’s Worth It – Animal Health & Welfare

The Future of Organics

Family is the word that seems to tie it all together. What I’ve learned from our time on these farms is that we’re all looking to create the best life possible for our families. When we can all work together towards that common goal while respecting our planet and all living animals, incredible things can happen. The foresight and innovation born from necessity and the will to live freely can fuel our ability to overcome factors such as greed, political agendas and such… it can save our planet.

My time on the farms in Vermont with Stonyfield was profound and something I will treasure for years to come. I look forward to the future with forward-thinking companies willing to break through conventional barriers and share the secret to success. Not only is organic dairy-farming better for people, and our planet, but it’s better for business. If there is one thing that will convince the world that it needs to get on board the organic train, its good business. The answer can’t be found in looking back and wishing we had made different decisions or knocking each other down for the decisions that have long been made, but on looking forward and learning to work with what we’ve got.

I was very fortunate to spend time with these inspiring women: Bev of Bev Cooks, Claire of The Kitchy Kitchen, Emily of Small Fry Blog, Gabby of Design Mom, Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers, and Sonja Overhiser of A Couple Cooks. Of course, we didn’t go away without some pretty inspiring swag as well! You should definitely check out the newest work to come from the Hirshberg family, Ethan’s flavored Apple Cider Vinegar Shots & Peak Organic Beer.

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Essentially yours,

Erika

 

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 thepalmbeaches.com or follow @palmbeachesfl on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information visit www.Spatober.com for details.

Essentially yours,

Erika

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


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