Massage Envy Review + Giveaway

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Could you imagine “more me time”? It almost seems impossible sometimes, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Health and wellness go beyond stress relief.
Having a Massage Envy membership means having easy access to massages, spa facials, Murad® products and more at hundreds of locations nationwide. Now you can enjoy less stress, more energy and improved wellness on your schedule. Best of all, the benefits of spa facial treatments and massages are cumulative. So the more you go, the healthier you feel.

Massage Envy Spas are a nationwide franchise offering an extensive range of therapeutic services including massages and facials. The Massage Envy Membership Package is really one of the best ways to make sure you schedule some monthly “me time.” The monthly membership dues are $69.99, which includes a choice of a customized monthly massage OR a Murad Healthy Skin Facial (for $10 extra), along with a myriad of other perks.

I was lucky to pay a visit to the Massage Envy in Clarendon last weekend for a relaxing, restorative deep tissue massage treatment with Yadira.

The moment I walked thru the door, the stress that I felt from the entire week slowly began to melt away. Every single detail of the treatment was ironed out and carefully considered including my preference of essential oils for the aromatherapy portion of the session. Everything about this Massage Envy was like being in a luxurious spa.

I was impressed with the cleanliness of the spa and the professionalism of the staff during my entire experience. Upon checking in, I was given a few forms to fill out, with questions that would assist my massage therapist as to what areas needed more attention and also inform her of any sensitivies, allergies or health problems I might have. I was also able to provide her with what type of pressure I wanted (soft, relaxing, or deep tissue).

From that point, I was seated in a more intimate wait area. The biggest difference between Massage Envy and more luxurious spas is that you’re not getting a fluffy robe, sauna, steam room or even a semi-private changing room. You’re expected to change in the same room that you get massaged in. The idea is to come here to keep on the path for personal wellness – take an hour or so out of your day, get recharged, and then, well – head home. I think this concept is awesome!

After getting situated in my massage room, and the lights and music were turned down, I was blissfully unaware of anything going on around me. My therapist, Yadira placed hot towels on my problem areas (my neck, shoulders and upper back) and began her magic. This was possibly the deepest tissue massage I’ve had to date! And although it was intense, I was in total bliss! This may sound cliché, but I felt healed from the inside out. I realized then that I needed to do this more often!

To get a true breather this summer, a trip your local Massage Envy is a must. Also, to give you an opportunity to get a true sense of Massage Envy is all about, I’m offering an Introductory One Hour Massage (Gift Card) to one lucky winner!

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To enter, Visit my Facebook Page at Facebook.com/likeclarendonmoms and leave a comment there letting me know why you’d like a massage this summer! This contest is open to the US and will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. I will draw the winner by Rafflecopter, and they will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification that they won.

{Thank-you to Massage Envy for partnering on this post!}

Encore Studio & Stage Presents Mary Poppins July 15-24

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Mary Poppins is a practically perfect, spoonful of sugar nanny that unexpectedly arrives in the Banks household one blustery day. Using lessons disguised as games, she helps to teach the Banks children how to be their best selves. But, is Mary Poppins’ magic enough to save this family from drifting apart? Enjoy your favorite Disney melodies and watch Mary Poppins soar across stage in this Broadway adaptation that has won seven TONY awards, including Best Musical. We recommend this musical for ages 6 and older. This production runs July 15-24, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington VA 22204).

While it may seem to some that playing an iconic character like Mary Poppins, made famous by the equally iconic film actress Julie Andrews, would be quite big shoes to fill—Ohio State University graduate student Kaely Clapper is absolutely superb. Ms. Clapper exudes the perfect amount of authority, energy and passion that the original. Her beautiful singing voice that is captivating. My children were absolutely mesmerized and inspired.

Brenna Kay and Aidan Pritchard play Jane and Michael Banks. These two are remarkably talented and pulled off a great performance during the entire show.

Breanna Kay is a ten year old who loves musical theatre. She is in her ninth production, but this is her first with Encore Stage and Studio. She is very passionate about acting and her delivery is nothing short of fantastic.

This is the second production with Encore Stage and Studio for Aidan Pritchard. He has performed in several shows with the Arlington Public Schools. The chemistry he and Kay have together as siblings is remarkably superb. Both of these young actors have incredible talent that will get them far.

The entire cast is energetic, colorful, fun and amazing to watch. The rendition of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was like watching a show in 3D. It made me and my kids want to jump out of our seats and be part of the show. It was so fun!

See the show as soon as you can!

Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military and Seniors. Performance Dates: July 15 – 24, 2016. 

For tickets and more information, visit www.encorestage.org or call the box office at 703-548-1154.

{Thank-you Encore Stage & Studio for partnering on this post}.

Experience Applebee’s New Wood Fire Grill Menu: $30 Gift Card Giveaway

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar recently launched a new menu called The Wood Fire Grill, distinguishing themselves and taking back the neighborhood in a sea of restaurants. America’s largest casual dining chain has over 27 restaurants here in the Washington DC area and recently installed new wood-fired grills in each restaurant with a revamped menu including steaks that Applebee’s hand-cuts on the premises. Applebee’s upgrade to USDA Choice beef, along with the stacks of logs outside each restaurant and the aroma of wood smoke inside, will definitely pique your interest and your taste buds!

The Applebee’s Wood Fire Grill menu includes:

  • 8 oz. and 6 oz. Hand-cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks
  • Hand-cut Bone-in Pork Chop with Honey Apple Chutney
  • Cedar-grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze Grilled chicken breast

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My family and I were invited to sample the new Wood Fire Grill menu over the weekend. My husband and I both ordered the 8 oz. hand cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak. Our steak was mildly seasoned (just like I enjoy it), cooked medium rare to perfection, and tasted exactly as if it had been cooked over an open flame on a high-end grill. It had been years since my husband and I’ve eaten at Applebee’s and this was the very first time our kids have ever been treated to the restaurant. The addition of wood-fired grills definitely imparts a sense of freshness and quality in the meals. Summer is the perfect season to get your “grill on” and we’re looking forward to our next time at Applebee’s!

I’d love for you to enjoy the Wood Fire Grill experience at Applebee’s!

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Get Smooth For the Summer at Cera Wax Studio in Bethesda

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It’s the season of short shorts, dresses, mini skirts and swimsuits!  For the ladies who are into smooth and sleek, waxing is the way to go.

My friend Leila and I visited Cera Wax Studio in Bethesda for the first time to get Beach Ready. Upon entering Cera Wax Studio, we were greeted by a very bubbly front desk associate who offered us sparkling water and soda and invited us to peruse the amazing beauty products they offer. Within minutes, we met our aestheticians and were taken to our treatment rooms. The temperature of the wax was very comfortable and our aestheticians (Jasmin and Melissa) were very gentle and professional. The customer service is superb and there is enormous passion in the care of their clientele.

I had the pleasure of meeting Monica Gomez, co-owner of Cera Wax Studio. Monica is a licensed aesthetician, runs the day-to-day operations on the premises of the third floor studio suite on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. Anna Gomez-Akers is her sister, who runs the business, “behind the scenes” from sunny San Diego. The sisters have been in the beauty industry for over 20 years collectively–and it’s clearly demonstrated in their waxing studio.

Cera Wax Studio is the waxing-only studio specializing in Brazilian Waxing using hard wax! Cera Wax Studio is dedicated to providing customized full-service wax treatments for men and women in an environment that will make you feel confident, pampered and sexy. They offer consistent results, impeccable hygiene, and treatments at an affordable price!

Here’s a quick “Go-To Guide” to Prep for your next wax visit

The benefits of shaving over waxing
When a person shaves, the hair is cut at a blunt angle causing stubble. Shaving does not pull the hair out at the root so the hair begins to grow back within hours. Waxing removes hair at the root, and after consistent waxing the hair begins to grow in finer. When you first start waxing, you do have to remember that you have a few stages of hair growth. At times, when you come in for a wax, you may be between cycles and re-growth of hair may appear quicker until we get it all on the same cycle. Once this occurs, in most cases, you should have a period of 2 weeks before your hair starts to grow back.

Skip shaving for a while before your appointment

Let the hair on your bikini line to grow to about a quarter of an inch to a half inch (no more) before your appointment. This allows the wax to grasp the hair and completely remove it from its follicle, so the result is a super-smooth body—that is ultra soft to the touch.

Exfoliate before your appointment

You should exfoliate to reduce ingrown hair and unclog the pores.

Hydrate with plenty of water

For the silkiest-smooth results ever, stay hydrated—inside and out.  Drink lots of water and you’ll ultimately moisturizing your body from the inside out, which can make for a better hair removal experience.

Know what you want before your appointment

Decide if you want a full Brazilian, partial or a landing strip. Decide just how much or how little you want your hair to be removed before the appointment so that you’re happy with the results when you leave.

Moisturize your skin post wax 

Moisturizing with an emollient Sun protection lotion is always recommended when exposing your newly-bare skin to the sun, but it is especially important in the first 24-hours after waxing.

Special Offer: Clarendon Moms Readers receive a 10% Discount simply by mentioning this article when you call to schedule your appointment! Get Beach Ready today with Cera Wax Studio!

To learn more about Cera Wax Studio, visit www.cera-studio.com and be sure to follow Cera Wax Studio on Social Media!

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{Thank-you to Cera Wax Studio for partnering on this post! All opinions are my own.}

 

Foreo Issa Silicone Electric Toothbrush: A Luxury Toothbrush For The Entire Family

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Foreo recently took the beauty industry by storm with their LUNA™ line of T-sonic™ facial cleansing and anti-aging devices. The Sweden-based brand offers a simple beauty promise: to deliver a newly found confidence through innovative beauty solutions that work.They recently launched the eye-catching ISSA™—the first silicone electric toothbrush created for both adults and children over the age of five.

The Foreo Issa was created as a brand new concept electric toothbrush. The brand doesn’t just “make over” an already existing product. The company really differentiated themselves from the makers of what has become the “standard electronic toothbrushes”. The Issa uses the same high quality antimicrobial silicone as Foreo uses for the LUNA cleansing devices.

Like LUNA, Foreo Issa comes with a certificate of authenticity. By registering your toothbrush online you will gain access to various member perks and warranty benefits. What’s even cooler is that all of the toothbrushes come with a 2-year warranty and 10-year quality guarantee.

Traditional electric toothbrushes require you to replace the brush heads every two to three months, but the ISSA doesn’t need any replacements for up six months. It’s not only more durable than standard electric toothbrushes, it’s super lightweight, compact, easy to travel with and super stylish!

Most electronic toothbrushes have to be recharged like every three to five days and it takes forever! One of my favorite features about Foreo is that the ISSA’s integrated battery can last up to 365 uses per full charge, with charging taking only an hour—minutes compared to hours. That’s six months of brushing on one battery charge! There’s a USB cord to use to charge the toothbrush instead of a bulky charging station.

ISSA features soft and flexible silicone that’s nonabrasive, making it impossible to put to much pressure on your teeth, thus preventing gum recession and sensitivity. Forget about having to find soft or medium brushes for your children’s sensitive teeth and developing gums. The silicone bristles, combined with high-tensity pulsations, will provide ultra-gentle dental care for you and your children while being safe and effective to use every day.

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After a couple of weeks of using the original ISSA exclusively, I wasn’t 100% ready to give up my manual toothbrush or my old electronic toothbrush. The ISSA is absolutely minimalistic and simply gorgeous aesthetically, but I felt I needed thinner bristles to “feel the clean”. The ISSA is an excellent gum massager and provides gentle cleansing for those with sensitive teeth and gums. My children love it because of it’s “cool factor”. However, I just recently ordered the Hybrid Replacement Brush Head created with PBT polymer bristles that promises to deliver more vigorous cleaning while the silicone bristles remain gentle and easy on the gums.

I’d love for you to win one of these and share your own review!

Enter to win One Foreo ISSA Mini for your little one!

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Instacart: $20 Off & Free Delivery On Your First Order

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Save yourself that trip to the supermarket — Instacart delivers groceries in as little as an hour! They connect you with Personal Shoppers in your area to shop and deliver groceries from major retailers like Whole Foods and Costco.

I live within a few blocks of Whole Foods. And I find myself running to the store almost daily to grab a few items. Sometimes I wish I had a personal mommy assistant to do it for me!

Imagine how happy I was to discover that Instacart actually provides that “personal assistant” style service with just a few clicks of your mouse or a couple taps on an app!

About Instacart

 How it works: Instacart can be downloaded as an app or accessed on your home computer. The website and app allows you to shop from local grocery stores online, by sending a personal shopper to pick up and deliver your order to you on the same day within hours of placing your order.

The personal shopper goes to the store, hand picks everything on your list, and then drives it to you in their own car. How cool is that? Such a time saver and makes great financial sense.

Cities it serves: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Seattle & Washington D.C. areas

Stores it partners with: Whole Foods, Costco, HMart, Safeway, Harris Teeter and Petco Now and other grocery stores local to your area.

Delivery costs: Delivery is free for your first order. After that, it starts at $3.99 for two hour delivery and $5.99 for one hour delivery when you spend $35 or more. Delivery prices for your individual order are shown at checkout. There’s also an option to join the Instacart Express membership club, which offers free delivery on 2 hour and scheduled grocery deliveries over $35 for $99/year, after a free 2-week trial. Tips for your personal shopper optional but encouraged.

The Review

I’ve tried Instacart several times and am very impressed. If you’re someone who craves feedback, your personal shopper will text you and let you know when an item is out of stock and has been replaced. You can also customize exactly how you’d like your personal shopper to proceed if an item is out of stock. As an example: you could just request a refund or suggest another brand or type of item as a substitute.

I enjoy shopping with Instacart because of it’s promise to deliver within an hour to three hours of purchasing. There are days when I need to squeeze just a little bit more time to do other things and Instacart has given me a way to maximize my time and get my shopping done at the same time! I love it!

Special Offer: Get time back to do what you love! Enjoy $20 OFF and FREE Delivery on your first order! Use the coupon code: CMOMS20 and share it with your family and your friends!

Happy Shopping!

{Thank-you to Instacart for partnering on this post!}

Treat Dad to Shake Shack for Father’s Day!

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Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a sweet treat from Shake Shack!

On June 19th all dads who stop by any DC, Maryland, and Virginia Shake Shacks will receive a free custard!

Try out the special flavor of the week, Cherry Streusel, or choose to make a meal out of it with Shake Shack’s newest addition to the menu, The Bacon CheddarShack (6.89 for a single, $9.69 for a double).

For more information, visit www.shakeshack.com. 

Do More Awesome With Awesome DC.org!

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Giving back to the local community is dear to my heart, but sometimes as a busy mom I feel as if I don’t have the time. I am truly passionate about the area, so I search for ways to contribute to causes that impact the area. Recently I had the pleasure of being invited as a guest trustee for Awesome DC, an amazing local philanthropy.

Awesome DC is the local chapter of The Awesome Foundation, a foundation that gives away a $1,000 microgrant every month to causes and charities in the area. These causes support the arts, the local community, the environment, and much more! The DC chapter was founded in 2010 and has already given more than $43,000 to the community. Also, 96.7% of all funds paid to Awesome DC in 2015 went directly to grants funding!

The meeting was comprised of 12 board members who volunteer their time every month to finding a recipient for the microgrant. The board reviews applications and votes each month on the recipient. Each board member also graciously donates $100 every month, which contributes to the microgrant fund — meaning the nonprofit is entirely self-funded by the trustees.

While looking through applications, the board used four simple questions to find a recipient:

#1- Is it awesome?

#2- Does it directly benefit the DC area?

#3- Will $1,000 make an actual impact?

#4- Is it immediately actionable?
I was amazed to see how many creative and inspiring causes exist in the D.C. area. Some past recipients include Funk Parade, The DC Wheels, and Comedy Hackathon. One organization that was awarded an Awesome DC microgrant is Code+Yoga. The organization teaches kids digital literacy and technology while incorporating the teachings of mindfulness and meditation! How cool is that? I’m always mindful about screen time with my kids. Another recipient is Uptop Acres, an organization that is rethinking farming. Uptop Acres is building sustainable rooftop gardens around D.C. for teaching, events, and eating.
I have to say that it was such an honor to be able to sit in on an Awesome DC meeting and contribute to such a worthy cause. There are so many ways to give back in D.C., but Awesome DC really stands out from the rest. It was a great opportunity to give back to the community I am so passionate about!

If you want to learn more about Awesome DC or want to learn how to contribute, click HERE.

{Thank-you to Pivot Point Communications for partnering on this post!}

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort: Blissful Family Getaway Near DC

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In need of a quick getaway just a short drive from the Washington DC area? Seclusion and adventure can be had at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort in Cambridge, Maryland.

Blissful and quality family time prevails at this generously proportioned waterfront resort. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers large marina, pool or Choptank River-view suites with private terraces, a quaint sandy beach, three large pools, a huge water slide a hot tub, seven restaurants and lounges, a day spa and lots of activities including a game room and fitness club, as well as opportunities for leisurely inactivity. Special packages are available if you want to play 18 holes at River Marsh Golf Club, a championship course designed by Keith Foster.

The game room includes air hockey, ping-pong, foosball and arcade games. Just down the hall, there’s even a game room that has an Xbox with several games.

While relaxing and recharging is the focus, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers parents a wonderful opportunity to get a break and enjoy a romantic date night. Camp Hyatt offers babysitting services at a reasonable rate. Hire them to entertain the kids with indoor activities like coloring and games as well as outdoor activities like a playground, beach, Frisbee golf and swimming pool. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort even has a movie night at the swimming pool—appropriately named “Dive-in Movies”. This place really does have it all! And for those of you with canine kids, there’s even a kennel for your beloved dogs.

The rooms are simply decorated with carpeted floors and plush, luxuriously comfortable beds with arched headboards and crisp white billowy comforters. Flat-screen televisions with a ton of cable channels, complimentary wi-fi service, and sliding glass doors to the outdoors are just a few amenities The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers. There are over 400 rooms , some have small terraces opening to the waterfront view.

You’ll feel yourself relax with the sweeping views of the stunning Choptank River from any seat in the lounge or the open balcony. Catch up on your shows on the television sets or enjoy a background of soft music in front of the fireplace inside the lounge or outside beside the infinity pool. Need to check on emails or look something up? Remain productive in a spacious separate work area or the library.

Getting in touch with nature here is effortless too! Without any more effort than a stroll along the boardwalk and around the quaint beach or even across the grounds to the hotel pool, you can see crabs, various types of fish, butterflies, and a variety of birds—all in the wild, in their natural habitat.

Overall Review

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort is a complete Eastern Shore refuge that is magical and relaxing and is less than a 2 hour drive from Washington DC. This resort is truly one of Maryland’s best kept secrets!

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort is located at 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Maryland, USA, 21613. For rates, bookings and more information, click here.

Check out our family’s Facet/Tastemade video recap!

{Thank-you Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort for partnering on this post! It was an honor to be part of the Blogger FAM weekend!}

Hello Happy: HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5

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I often ask my kids to tell me 5 things that happened during the day that made them happy. I often write them in my daily journal and also in some of the photo books that I’ve begun creating for gifts to my parents. In honor of the sweet and simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and the sweet and simple memories that it inspires, Hershey’s wants people to share the sweetness in everyday moments. So, I’ve asked my husband and our kids, Ella and Logan, to take a moment to “stop and smell the chocolate” and share their #Simply5 – a five word recount of what makes their day sweet. Summing up their joy using five words add a nice unique twist to my every day request.

Hershey’s Chocolate syrup makes me happy” was my husband’s #Simply5. Ella and Logan decided together that “Spending the summer climbing trees” made for their #Simply5. And my #Simply5 is: “Time spent with my family”—5 simple words, but so true.

Last week, I posted the recipe for our family’s Sunday sundaes. If you haven’t had a chance to try it, check out the recipe here. The main topping for the sundaes features HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, which has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients.

HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup is simply delicious, with only 5 ingredients. You can find it in 21.8 ounce sizes at grocery stores nationwide and in 48 ounce sizes at Costco. For more information on HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the delicious scoop on their yummy products.

What’s your #Simply5? Share on social media using the hashtag #Simply5.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via Mom Trends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or MomTrends.}