YES YOU DID! Patricia Moreno’s Daily Affirmations Challenge: Completed

Sunday marked the last day of Empowered Living Expert Patricia Moreno’s YES I CAN! Daily Affirmations Challenge. Patricia, founder of The intenSati Method, challenged us to do one of the most important things we can do: be nice to ourselves. She urged us to get up every day and say positive affirmations out loud. It was that simple, so why is this so challenging?

Patricia’s challenge helped me take my already-positive outlook on life to the next level. It’s easy to point out all the things that are not perfect in your life, but complaining won’t make you thinner, more confident or change the situation you are in. More than ever lately, thanks to Patricia’s Challenge (and my friend Michelle who introduced me to Patricia and the intenSati phenomenon), I’ve come to the realization that I can accept myself as “perfect” just as I am. I’ve always made goals but I had never made a goal to just be me.


Everything can completely change in a day so if you don’t appreciate who you are and what you have today, you may miss out on letting the one person who most needs to hear that you love them – yourself. After getting up each day and telling myself the things I may have not usually said out loud, but they were the things I needed to hear, I started to feel more empowered. They became truths sewn into my being. Now day by day,  I see all the possibilities of positivity and all of the possibilities of being me. I am in control. And to think I could heal my mind with my own mind all along! What I give is what I get. And  the more I give myself, the more I love myself.

On the last day of the Challenge, Patricia hosted a record-breaking intenSati class aboard the USS Intrepid; over 150 of her intenSati Warriors dressed in bright, happy colors and shouted affirmations from the landmark vessel, echoing across the Hudson River. Imagine the collective empowerment felt with everyone – as ONE – getting a full body workout in tandem with affirmations such as:

Yes I am ready!
I will act now
I challenge myself to reach for something better
All negative thoughts STOP right now!
I set my self free with positivity!
I am a magnet for success I now lay my fears to rest
I am activating excellence
I am divine light
I have what it takes, I am perfect in every way


While the challenge is over, this is one challenge that we hope you continue to pursue. Thank you to all those who shared and expressed your favorite of Patricia’s affirmations and we were truly inspired by the participants who shared their own affirmations and motivators.

Rob C: Focus creates perfection.

Lisa D: Focusing on the positives! My mother and I keeping each other accountable and are making sure we don’t get negative!

Desiree T: Making progress is my number 1 priority! I have the courage and confidence to pursue my dreams!

Suzette M: It’s all working out, I suspend my doubt. I am never giving up, I am in it to win it. I have the courage and the confidence to pursue my dreams.

Lori C: I have the courage and confidence to pursue my dreams!! – you bet cha!

Sam W: staying focused. allowing my new promotion. spreading the word thru new classes and with new faces. enjoying our peace at home. the good I desire…

Renae B: Right now its all working out, I suspend my doubt!

Elaine M: I am full of energy and love!!!

Maria F: think as if and i become…

Mara H: I am a magnet for success I now lay my fears to rest

Janine M: I appreciate this day, I am grateful in every way!

Karissa B: “I choose to know the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is.” Wow! It’s amazing how quickly affirmations start working their magic.

Geri D: “Every day, in a very true way, I co-create my reality.” I put this affirmation on my bathroom mirror to remind me how I can change daily. I lost 106 pounds but then had a serious injury and have just undergone knee replacement. This affirmation helps me every day get back on track and work towards my goals.


And now to award the winner of the YES I CAN! Challenge with a $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Cards

Cassandra M: I breathe in Positivity and I breathe out Negativity! Every step is a victory and every fall is a lesson. I appreciate this day, I am grateful in every way!

Thank you for all sharing your words of self-love and don’t forget to keep telling them to yourself!



Winners, please contact daily(at)spaweekmedia(dot)com within 3 business days to redeem your prize.

Eat, Pray, Love – At the Spa

In Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular memoir Eat, Pray, Love (the movie version, starring Julia Roberts, comes out this Friday!) the author faces a turning point in her life by spending a year in Italy, India, and Bali – in Italy she focused on the small pleasures of life by immersing herself in food and cooking, while in India she devotes herself to her neglected spiritual side. Finally, she ends her journey by falling in love in Bali.

While we can’t provide the money or the year off work for you to jaunt around the globe finding yourself, we have put together a little spa journey so that you can do a little Eat-ing, Pray-ing, and Loving yourself – Spa Week style!


Gilbert developed an appreciation for the pleasures of fine food in Italy – you can do the same by enjoying a spa treatment that indulges your senses of taste, smell, AND touch!

Verabella Skin Therapy
301 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Choice of 90 Min Gourmet Facial including Rose and Chocolate Facial, Cool as a Cucumber Facial, Hot Mama Facial, 24 Carrot Facial, Yogurt Cherry Berry Facial or Fall on Your Face Facial for only $125, normally $155

Boston Plastic Surgery Associates
131 ORNAC John Cuming Building, Suite 700
Concord, MA 01742

Apple Crumble Peel: includes Vitamin C Peel that removes dead skin cells and stimulates Collagen for $60


While you may not be able to find your center in an ashram in India like Gilbert did, you can get 90 minutes of meditation in with these holistic, spiritual deals.

Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Health Center & Spa
215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Choice of 90 Min Hypnotherapy for $105, normally $120, or 60 Min Inner Sound Therapy for $75, normally $85. Hypnosis has been shown to be a safe and effective way to help improve mental and physical well-being and has been endorsed by the American Medical Assocation as a valid Therapeutic Tool since 1958. Inner Sound Therapy is a medium by which sound heals in relation to the body and its systems. The human body can incorporate, and in fact needs to move within, its natural frequency to attain and maintain a state of harmony and health.

Chuan Body + Soul Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110

90 Min Chuan Harmony Massage. Take a break from the heat and enjoy our most popular treatment at a special price. Designed to stimulate meridian harmony, this unique mind, body and soul experience combines therapeutic elements of Acupressure with various relaxation Massage techniques to induce a deep sense of calm, well-being and relaxation. Special: $150; Originally: $180



Gilbert ends her journey by finding love on the beaches of Bali. Create your own tropical paradise with these beachy treatments!

Transcend Spa
1116 Sycamore Avenue, Suite B
Vista, CA 92081

Summer Splendor Package: includes 45 Min Massage with Warm Coconut Oil and 45 Min Facial with Creamy Coconut Mask for $99.

Ciao Bella Day Spa
2559 West Main Street
Littleton, CO 80120

30 Min Beach Vacation Sugar Scrub: includes Customized Sugar Scrub scented with Sea Spray, Water Lily, Freesia and Sandalwood, followed by a Steam Shower to reveal your body’s healthy glow. Special: $45

From The Spa to Your Cocktail: Mango, Lavender, Tomato and Beyond

We asked you to fill our heads with quenching happy hour cocktails and unbelievable spa treatments in order to win a 6-month supply of ZICO coconut water…and boy did you deliver!

In order for your entry to qualify, you had to identify a single edible ingredient that’s already a true multitasker and give us an example of a tasty cocktail and a spa treatment it stars in. We had a lot of fabulous entries, and quite a few of you provided the recipes for your concoctions. Below, some of our favorite recipes, and the lucky winner!

Cucumbers for puffy eyes and in a Pimm’s cup!

2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1

7UP, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale

Slice of lemon

Slice of cucumber

Pour the Pimm’s and 7UP into a chilled highball glass or metal cup over ice. Squeeze a slice of lemon well as you drop it in the glass; then stir gently and garnish with a cucumber slice. – Brenda

My favorite spa treatment is the Coconut and Pineapple Paradise scrub and YES coconut is my favorite ingredients of all times!

Coconut Caipirinha

1/2 lime cut into wedges

2tsp. sugar

1 1/2 oz Leblon Cachaca


Muddle 1st 3 ingredients in a glass fill to the top with coconut water garnish with a lime wheel. – Marc

my very very favorite ingredient for both cocktails and spa treatments is:: LAVENDER!

its not commonly used in cooking, but when used right, its amazing and especially good with lemon.

Lavender Lemon Drop

2 oz Lemon Vodka

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp lavender simple syrup

lavender sprig for garnish

Lavender essential oil can be used in just about spa lotion or potion

I love a good, old-fashion lavender aromatherapy massage and maybe a lavender sugar scrub. – Karen

My ingredient is Vanilla

Vanilla rose wrap – They massage your skin with rose oil , while you lay on rose petals. Then you are wrapped with warm blankets, that have been steeped in crushed vanilla beans, cloves and cinnamon. AMAZING!

Chocolate Snow Bear

1oz Amaretto

1oz Creme de cacao

5oz VANILLA ice-cream

1/4 oz chocolate syrup

2 dashes vanilla extract

Combine all ingredientsin a blender in low speed. – Hellen Araujo


Tomato would be mine for a good ‘ol fashion Bloody Mary because they are refreshing anytime of day and then when my skin breaks out a good ‘ol Tomato Blemish Treatment refreshes my skin and makes it glow again.

Bloody Mary Recipe:

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) vodka

1/2 cup tomato juice

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Worcestershire sauce to taste

Tabasco to taste

1 celery stick for garnish

1 lemon wedge for garnish

Combine the vodka, the tomato juice, the lemon juice, the Worcestershire sauce, the Tabasco, 1 cup ice cubes, and salt and pepper to taste, shake the mixture well, and strain it into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish the Bloody Mary with the celery stick and the lemon wedge.

Tomato Blemish Remedy

1 tomato, ripe, chopped

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tablespoon instant style oatmeal or old fashioned rolled oats

Blend all ingredients until just combined, in a paste. Apply to blemished skin, making sure the mixture is thick enough to stay in place. Leave in place 10 minutes. Remove with damp washcloth, and rinse and tone. – luv_mydachsund

You can read all the fabulous entries in the comments here (there are enough recipes to take care of your happy hours for the next month.) And now, our coconut water-loving winner!

Angela – many mango loving congratulations! E-mail michelle(at)spaweekmedia(dot)com to claim your prize.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Home Decor Courtesy of a Mad Man

Your dad may roll his eyes at thrifting, pillow matching, and antiquing – which is fine! Not everyone in your family has to share your love for fine home decor. But just because you think he doesn’t notice your carefully selected wallpaper, drapes, and tchotchkes, doesn’t mean he wouldn’t jump at the chance to furnish a room of his own with a real man’s taste – a Mad Man, to be exact.

Actor Bryan Batt (better known as Sal on Mad Men) owns his own home decor shop, Hazelnut, on New Orleans’ stylish Magazine Street, inspired by the inimitable soul of NOLA. Batt even designed a limited edition sofa inspired by the Playboy Club of the 1960s – the piece is called “The Hef” and can be yours for a mere $15,000.

If that’s a bit out of your Father’s Day price range, never fear. Hazelnut carries dozens of other hand-selected gifts from craftsmen all around the world. Try this Lion’s Head Gold Barware Set – sure to please the Don, Sal, or Roger in your home.

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