Gift Cards for Greater Good: 9-Inch Hair Donations

Massages, facials, Pilates and mani-pedis… there are countless ways to use Spa & Wellness Gift Cards. But Sara M., the lucky grand prize winner of our #12daysofwellness Tweet-a-thon, and her daughter took their $100 gift card prize over to Splash Salon & Spa in Bridgewater, NJ, one of the 5,000+ locations in North America that accepts our gift card, to cut off nine inches of hair.

My daughter & I have both been growing out our hair super long for a few years now because we wanted to donate our hair to Pantene’s “Beautiful Lengths” program. We decided we’re going to use the $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card (prize) to go to the salon/spa at the mall & get our hair cut for donation. I feel so blessed, it’s our way of “giving back,” Sara told us last month.

Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society that has donated thousands of free, real-hair wigs to women living with cancer. “Our stylists Jen & Marissa did a fantastic job,” Sara told us. ”We will definitely be recommending this salon to friends & family. Glad they are in your network!”

Thank you, ladies, for sending us these GAW-JUS before and after pics of you both. Even more so, THANK YOU for letting Spa Week be part of your story!

“My daughter Amanda is turning 16 this month and donating her hair has been a dream of hers for many years now,” Sara continued. “This was her idea & I’m so glad we did it.”

Have you ever donated your hair? Share below!

We Love Our Winners!

Here at Spa Week, there’s nothing we love hearing more than that we were able to change someone’s life for the better. Since 2004 we’ve prided ourselves on introducing millions to the healthy spa lifestyle, making it affordable with biannual $50 Spa Week treatments. Our Health Challenges are a way to make small lifestyle changes for a great impact (and also to win gift cards!). We hear from readers and consumers all the time that Spa Week has changed the way they think about wellness!

And as you probably know if you check back often, we also love giving deserving people life-changing experiences, such as luxurious vacations to wellness destinations paired with at-home nutrition regimens. It’s also the little things – like giving away beauty and wellness products, or a $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Cards at random to turn someone’s blah day upside-down. Remember when we sent a gift card to Anna who was stuck in the hospital for Christmas? We just love spreading joy and wellness wherever and whenever we can.

In December we hosted the #12daysofwellness Tweet-a-thon, giving away a prize a day on Twitter. It was a lot of fun seeing the tweets of excitement at midnight as each winner was announced! There was ONE lucky winner, Sara M. from New Jersey, who got all 12 prizes – including a SodaStream, a Youngblood lipgloss package, hair products, dark chocolates and more, plus a $100 @SpaWeekGiftCard. We were so thrilled at how much this meant to Sara and her family – that’s really what it’s all about. Here’s what she wrote to me:
Seriously Michelle, I can’t tell you how exciting it actually is. We have 4 kids; ages 2, 4, 15 & 17 and there haven’t been many “extras” recently. My husband & I didn’t even exchange gifts this year – it was all for the kids. So this package is now our “Christmas gift” and I can’t thank you enough. Can’t wait ’til it all arrives!
- Sara, @NJMomCooks
Wow, she just received the package and we here’s email she just sent us! This is fantastic – you are incredible, Sara!
Hi Michelle! Got the package today & I love everything. The soda stream & the Elizabeth Grant perfumes came separately. Haven’t gotten the chocolates yet but I’ll let you know when I do.
We can’t wait to put it all to use! My daughter & I have both been growing out our hair super long for a few years now because we wanted to donate our hair to Pantene’s “Beautiful Lengths” program. We decided we’re going to use the $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card to go to the salon/spa at the mall & get our hair cut for donation. I feel so blessed, it’s our way of “giving back.”
Here’s the package right before we shipped it… enjoy it all, and MERRY HAPPY, and thank you for paying it forward and giving back!

Check back on the blog, spaweek.com, our facebook and twitter pages often for new giveaways and promotions, because we really REALLY love making your day.

Starting right now, with our 27 prizes up for grabs in our January/February Monthly Giveaways. Look how much you can win! Or follow @SpaWeekGiftCard and you just may be the $50 eGift Card winner when we reach 1000 followers. Let us make your day too… please?

Spa Week Daily’s Top 11 Moments of 2011

Whoah, 2011, where have you gone!? It’s been quite the exciting year here at Spa Week. Our gift cards just launched in over 17,000 retail stores, the company is expanding quickly, our Facebookers and Tweethearts have doubled (and are better than ever – we love you!), and Spa Week Daily has taken on a real life of its own.

Kick back and let’s reminisce: After analyzing all the blog stats from 2011 along with social media impressions, we’ve compiled the most popular blog posts, memories, and moments of this incredible year. THANK YOU times a million to every single one of you who reads Spa Week Daily. You know – on those days it seem like we’re blogging into oblivion (fellow bloggers, you know what I’m talking about), it’s YOU, our wonderful readers, who keep us going. Thanks for the memories, the likes, the tweets, the comments, the suggestions and the LOVIN’ – we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2012!

11. YOU DITCHED SODA

Joy Bauer challenged Spa Week Daily readers to quit drinking soda for two weeks, and look how much healthier you are now! Yes, one of the major blog features we launched in 2011 were our Health Challenges hosted by industry experts – little lifestyle changes to try out for two weeks to make you feel your best. Out of all seven thus far, ditching soda remains #1 in terms of traffic and participation. Click through our growing Panel of Experts to your right, my left, to see each expert’s priceless life tips along with their challenge. Stay tuned for more fun in 2012!

10. FEATHERS IN YOUR HAIR

Did you fly away with the hottest hippie hair trend of 2011? Pheasant Feathers, those long, skinny pops of color that began infiltrating everyone’s hair last winter and spring, were featured right here on Spa Week Daily before they hit the bigtime. Stacey Gersten, who was later featured in the New York Times for her red-hot feather business out of her studio apartment, gave you the Pheasant Feathers How-To right here first. This beauty phenom was certainly not one for the birds!

9. THE NO POO MOVEMENT

Speaking of hippie hair trends… women from all walks of life joined together for the No Poo Movement in 2011, ditching their trusty, but often too harsh, shampoos in the name of healthier, smoother and more lustrous locks. The theory is: that annoying “grease” that builds up is actually good for your tresses, and if you can hold off from cleaning it for a bit, it’ll do you good. Some managed for two whole months, while others, like Michelle, experimented for just a week. See how she fared for 7 days with the help of hair tools, products and accessories, and YES it was totally worth it!

8. SPA WEEK JOINS FORCES WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN WELLNESS

First came our Get Fit For Summer sweeps with America’s toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels, then Today Show nutritionist Joy Bauer co-hosted our Fast Track to Health giveaway. Then we gave away spiritual leader Deepak Chopra‘s brand new Leela video game along with an Xbox + Kinect. Now, we’ve partnered with nutrition expert and author Keri Glassman to give away a grandiose nutrition package and a lavish trip to… WAIT, you didn’t see it yet!? It’s time to change that.

7. THE HOT MOM SPA SQUAD GOT HOTTER

Although born in 2010, 2011 was really the year our Hot Mom Spa Squad caught fire. In an effort to encourage moms everywhere to trade in Pampers for pampering, our squad is filled with mommy blogging influencers, blogging about spa and spreading the wellness word.  We’ve got nearly 100 (VERY HOT) moms involved so far, and our squad is expanding all the time. We also hosted our first ever big Hot Mom Spa Night NYC. There were much-deserved massages, mini-facials and perfect eyebrow waxes for all, and check out the video… your kid did WHAT!?

6. AND YOU THOUGHT VAJAZZLING WAS DEAD…

“Vajazzle.” “Vajazzling pics.” ”Vajazzling during sex.” ”Vagazzle” spelled wrong, although it does admittedly make more sense that way. Although in 2011 we’ve hardly let out a peep about that infamous break-out beauty trend of yesteryear (landing #1 on our 2010 roundup), we still get a significant number of curious folks Googling their way to Spa Week Daily to get the lowdown on putting sparkly crystals on their lady parts. If our organic blog traffic is any indicator, vajazzling is not dead, my friends! (Even though vajazzling trendsetter Cindy Barshop’s reality TV career is.) On a more 2011-y note, the boys have hopped on the bandwagon too. Our Pejazzling photo shoot is where it’s at.

5. TWEETING YOUR LITTLE HEARTS OUT

In July we launched our first ever “Tweet-a-thon,” a fun, fast-paced product-a-day giveaway called #WinDailyWinItAll, where the grand prize winner literally won it ALL. The theme was “summer fun,” so graphic yoga mats, sunglasses and popchips all made the hot list. To close out the year, we twisted the tweet-a-thon and wrapped it in tinsel for the holidays – have you checked out #12DaysOfWellness yet? It’s gotten thousands of twitterbirds singing, come join in the fun!

4. A 9/11 NOD TO FREEDOM

This year we held hands and held our heads high as the ten-year anniversary of the saddest day in recent American history came and went. We were thrilled to be able to feature an exclusive look behind the rebuilding of Ground Zero, from the point of view of one of the construction workers on the job. Check out Stephanie’s exclusive interview and close-up photos from One World Trade Center, proudly one of our post trafficked posts of the year.

3. HERE COMES THE BRIDE, THERE SHE GOES VIRAL

Whether you’re getting married soon or not, our Wedding Wednesday column has proven to be fun for all. We’ve posted a handful of wedding diddies this year that got quite the resounding I DO. Take a walk back down the aisle with the top wedding posts of 2011: The most epic wedding video ever (Dirty Bit!), that phat throwback 90s wedding music video invitation (saved $1000, yeah don’t be jealous!), 12 adventurous cake concepts, and how to be super creative about announcing your engagement on Facebook.

2. EATING FOR BEAUTY

Amazing, healthy skin is something we all strive for, and understandably one of the main reasons many of you visit Spa Week Daily in the first place. Well, one of THE most popular blog posts of 2011 was Michelle’s triumphant skincare diet experiment: Dr. Perricone’s 3-day “Eat for Beauty” Skincare Diet. In 3 days this strict diet made her skin glow like no other, and made us all believe that salmon, eggs, greens, olive oil and a handful of other specific natural foods could trump any serum or scrub in your beauty cabinet. In fact, Dr. Perricone made this diet his Spa Week Daily Health Challenge. If you haven’t yet, try it for your next big event!

1. ALL YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW: WHEN IS SPA WEEK!?

In the ranks of our most trafficked posts, it makes us smile that the Official Announcement of the Spa Week 2011 Dates came out in the top of the top! Those $50 spa treatments are the core of our company, indeed. Between social sharers and Googlers, it’s a fact: Everybody wants to know when Spa Week is. So, what are the Spring and Fall dates for 2012, you ask? You’ll just have to wait for the official blog post to come in the New Year! Blog traffic aside, we can’t wait to spread word about Spa Week’s flagship event; to pamper North America once again in $50 relaxation, beauty, health and wellness.

Here’s to another great year – see you in 2012!

2011 Holiday Tweet-a-thon!

*** EDITOR’S NOTE: This contest has ended! Are you looking for this year’s 12 Days of Wellness giveaway? Click here for the 2012 giveaway. ***

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2011 12 Days of Wellness giveaway [EXPIRED]:

Happy Spalidays, darling Twitterbugs! You may remember our #WinDailyWinItAll Tweet-a-thon back in July… well, now we’re twisting the tweets and wrapping them in tinsel for holiday time. Spa-la-la-la-la… get ready for #12DaysOfWellness!

From December 5 – 20you’ll have the chance to win one – or ALL – of the prizes you see below, plus a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card – that’s over $1300 of goodies! Read on for how to enter, along with more info on the makeup, skincare, hair products and delicious treats that could be all yours this holiday season.

TWO WAYS TO WIN

WIN DAILY (12 winners, 1 announced each day)

  • FOLLOW @SPAWEEK and our brand new Twitter sister @SpaWeekGiftCard.

  • TWEET the message below each day to enter to win the daily prize.

WIN IT ALL (1 lucky grand prize winner)

TWEET:

Holiday Tweet-a-thon! Follow @SPAWEEK & @SpaWeekGiftCard and tweet to #win ONE or ALL 12 prizes! bit.ly/12wellSW #12DaysOfWellness

Now, see what you can win! Let’s get this party started riiiiiiight…

DAILY PRIZES:

Monday, December 5

@YbCosmetics | Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Lipgloss Party Mix – $75 A limited-edition set containing five full-size glosses. The non-sticky, lip-plumping formula helps create shiny, fuller-looking lips. Check out Youngblood’s Endless Beauty event!

Tuesday, December 6

@EGSkincare | Elizabeth Grant Favourite Perfume Collection – $95 Gift set includes three uniquely inspired scents to set the mood for any occasion: Heavenly, Emotion, and Graceful Angel.

Wednesday, December 7

@SkinSync | Skin Sync Pro T Target Solutions Retinol Face Treatment and Pro T Target Solutions Retinol Eye Treatment – $120 Treat yourself to skin cell renewal and beautiful skin this holiday season with these age-minimizing retinol treatments from Skin Sync.

Thursday, December 8

@sodastreamusaSodaStream Genesis Home Soda Maker – $100 Fresh, fizzy homemade soda and sparkling water in seconds! Save money and the environment with Soda Stream USA.

Friday, December 9

@Ouidad | Ouidad, The Curl Experts Ultimate Gift Set – $135 The Ultimate Gift Set includes all of Ouidad’s favorite products to take you from shampoo through styling your curls perfectly every time. Read more about taming the mane with Ouidad!

Monday, December 12

@eveechoinc | Eve Echo Gift Pack of Entire Eve Echo Product Line, 4 fragrant Hand Soaps & 2 Sanitizers – $77 Join hands and create an #EchoEffect. Eve Echo loans 100% of profits to FINCA to help the world’s poorest women attain financial independence. Read more about Eve Echo!

Tuesday, December 13

@YourNamePro | Your Name Professional Brands Holiday Survival Kit – $145 Your Name Pro presents the Holiday Survival Kit packed with miracle products that maintain your fresh-faced glow from morning till night. Check out Your Name’s exciting Calling All Makeup Artists competition!

Wednesday, December 14

@NudoItalia | Two Nudo Olive Oil Sets, The Emperor’s Herbs and The Citrus Club – $76 An Italian artisanal extra virgin olive oil company from Le Marche supporting small, local producers.

Thursday, December 15

@ManeBoost | Full set of Mane Boost volumizing products per winner – $96 Feeling frazzled this holiday season? No need to look it – Mane Boost volumizing line offer sexy volume with healthy hair protection.

Friday, December 16

@skinresearchlab | NeuLash Holiday Gift Set – $180 Get the gorgeous lashes you’ve always wanted and deserve. Gift set includes 6 ml NeuLash, 3 ml neuveauBrow and Brow Defining Pen.

Monday, December 19

@ShopCoobieCoobie Seamless Bras 4-Pack – $85 Coobie Seamless Bras are an ultra-comfortable, one size (32A-36D) bra that can be worn in place of a camisole or tank top.

Tuesday, December 20

@EMChocolatier | Edward Marc Chocolatier Pearl Tower of Dark Chocolate Sweets – $80 A special Edward Marc Chocolatier Pearl Tower of Sweets containing an assortment of hand made gourmet dark chocolate.

Grand prize winner will receive ALL of the above, and also a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card. (Which, by the way, are ON SALE for great wellness gift-giving this holiday season!)

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