Milk – does the body good

I recently tried Organic Valley single serve milk as my daughter is learning to drink milk from a variety of different containers.

They offer this product in whole milk, 1%, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry although it has been difficult to find either the whole or 1% milk in retail stores. Parents must be preferring the sugary flavors to the plain, natural milk for their children.

I have written about Organic Valley in previous posts as I truly like this brand and what it has to offer. We are always stocked with a variety of their products in our fridge at any given time.

Offering these single serve milks with the straw have been very popular with my daughter.

Inspiration from Jessica Alba: interview with Honest Co Founder

Inspired Mom of the Month: Jessica Alba | StrollerTraffic | Every City.

Enjoy this interview showcasing Jessica Alba’s inspiration for her amazing all natural parenting line of baby products, cleaning products, skin care and more!

We began using Honest diapers about 8 months ago with our daughter and have fallen in love with the fit, comfort, absorbency & ingredients!  The customer service has been spot on & very helpful.  We are so glad to have these diapers ready for the arrival of our new baby this Fall.  Thankful to not need to use mainstream diapers with chemicals and toxic ingredients.

Next on my list to try is their newly launched vitamins and toothpaste.

 

Kleen Kanteen’s Bring Your Own Steel Reusable Cups

I just received my stainless steel BYOS (Bring your Own Steel) from Kleen Kanteen and love them!  I was searching for an alternative to glass cups for water consumption at home.  Now that we have a toddler running around, glass is not ideal for our household.  I was originally looking at BPA free plastic tumblers although was not truly thrilled with drinking from plastic all the time.  When I came upon Kleen Kanteen’s offerings, I knew their stainless steel tumbler would be a great option for us.  We are already big fans of their products as our toddler just loves their sippy bottle and I have a must bring to yoga water bottle from them I have had for years.

I am thrilled to be supporting their mission of “Go Forth & Refuse Single Use Plastic”

 

 

Ringing in the New Year with Elements

I decided a massage was a great way to ring in the New Year and decided to see what Elements Therapeutic Massage had to offer in Henderson, Nevada.  I phoned the boutique spa and was greeted with a warm hello.  As it was a holiday, the spa was closing early and was therefore given one option to book.  This was not ideal although I was pleased I was able to secure a booking with less than 24 hours notice.

The reservationist was pleasant yet informal and secured my booking quickly.  I was able to review the profile of my therapist online which was a nice touch and allowed me to mentally become prepared for my massage.

The day of my arrival, the ladies at the desk were very warm and greeted me with big smiles.  I instantly felt at home and my shoulders began to drop and melt away from my ears.  The informal theme however continued in person as well.  I was escorted to the waiting area which was warm, dressed for the holidays and offered a fruit infused water and mixed nuts to snack on prior to my service.

My therapist greeted me, using my name, handshake and a warm smile.  Off we went to the treatment room.  The treatment rooms were warm and nicely decorated, the massage table was warm from the heated blanket, and I was looking forward to getting started.  Even though I arrived early for my treatment, we started 10 minutes late, which was disappointing although did not detract from the relaxation already settled upon me in anticipation of my massage.  The therapist was kind and delivered a nice, relaxing massage.  A few service standards were missed along the way, and voices could be heard from the next room over (possibly the dispensary?).  Overall the massage delivered what I was expecting and that was a relaxing, decompressing, and rejuvenating experience.

Following the massage, I was greeted in the hallway by my therapist with water and a chocolate, and a recommendation for at home therapy to enhance my experience further.  I was pleasantly surprised  at how comfortable the checkout experience was as this was a membership type day spa.  I was expecting a hard sell to sign up for membership and this was not the case at Elements Therapeutic Massage. I absolutely would return for another massage and was pleased with my overall experience, although do hope for a full 55 minutes next time.

 

Spa Mio’s 12 Days of Christmas Spa Event

I recently stayed at The M Resort in Henderson, Nevada and was looking forward to some spa time at their in house spa, Spa Mio, a Forbes Four Star Spa.  I was delighted to see that I would be visiting the spa on their 6th day of the 12 Days of Christmas Spa Event (what a great idea by the way!) and all services were 30% off that day!

I was past due in getting my nails done so opted for their Spa Mio mani/pedi. The receptionists checking you in were delightful and welcoming.  They even informed me that locals receive 25% off services, what a deal!  The nail area is very private and not overwhelming as one would imagine in a casino spa.  I felt very comfortable and private in their nail area with curtains separating you from the next guest.  What a delight it was to spend time with my manicurist and completely relax while sipping lemon/cucumber water and reading up on the latest gossip.

The Spa Mio mani/pedi utilizes Salt of the Earth salt scrub and OPI polish.  I was excited for a bold holiday color and chose the lush purple color Suzi & the 7 Düsseldorf (just love the names OPI creates!), it made my toes sparkle.

Afterward, my manicurist gave me a tour of the spa as I had inquired what amenities they had if I were to return for a massage or facial.  That was very thoughtful of her, although they were very slow this day so do not imagine there was someone booked right after me as I was a walk in and got right in with no wait time.

I just love their holiday savings and my mani/pedi looks amazing, is lasting quite well, and was very relaxing.