Spa Week Presents: The Hot Mom Spa Squad

What It Is: Spa Week is on a mission to pamper every mom in North America. Moms are notorious for cheating themselves out of the me time they deserve, so we created this group to change all that. The Hot Mom Spa Squad is a growing list of influential moms who spread the message of pampering and wellness with tips, treatment reviews, giveaways, and other in-spa-ring stuff to come. Browse the full list of members here. If you're a mom and a blogger, and you love the spa, this is the group for you! Click here for info on how to join. Then browse some of the articles, tips, and treatments reviews below from other moms on the squad.

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Hot Mom of the Month: Kimberly Wright

Congratulations to our first ever Hot Mom of the Month, Kimberly Wright of Keystrokes by Kimberly!

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If you’re new here, our Hot Mom Spa Squad is an integral part of Spa Week Daily. We love to celebrate our most involved members, which is why we are thrilled to announce that our first ever Hot Mom of the Month is Kimberly Wright, of Keystrokes by Kimberly.

Our Hot Moms help us create the most exciting and engaging content for you, help spread the word about the wellness lifestyle, and review different spas across the country. If you’re a mommy and a blogger, check out the info here on how to join!

Now let’s get back to the woman of the hour here. Kimberly is one busy, multi-tasking mama! Mother to son Jon and Golden Retrievers Bo and Luke, she owns JonAshton PR, Breathless Moments Signature Events, Breathless Moments Travel, Breathless Moments Media, and Satori Interior Designs.

Keystrokes by Kimberly covers local events in Atlanta, reviews products, health trends and so much more, making it a must-read whether you’re based in Atlanta or not! Kimberly herself is a true survivor, having suffered a stroke seven years ago due to undiagnosed diabetes. Having overcome, she now helps spread awareness for the warning signs of stroke to others.

Stay connected with Kim for the latest and greatest updates! Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Thank you, Kim, for your efforts last month for the Hot Mom Spa Squad. We hope you’ll enjoy a relaxing massage or facial, on us!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

 

10 Mommy Bloggers Dish: “My Virgin Spa Experience”

Our Hot Mom Spa Squad spills about their first time at the spa!

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It’s confession time! We all go to the spa expecting an hour or so of bliss, but when nerves (or poor planning) get in the way it doesn’t always start out that way. Having a stranger touch you for the first time during a facial or stripping down to your skivvies for a massage can be awkward and nerve-wracking. So we asked our Hot Mom Squad to share their somewhat cringe-worthy, but oh so worth it memories of their first time.

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 Carrie Curry, Chockababy  carrie curry

 “The first time I had a facial, I was 18 and visiting my sister in New York City. She took me to Mario Badescu , which is amazing! I went in the room and the esthetician gestured for me to put on the white robe and shut the door. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, so I completely undressed and put the robe on… for a facial! Whoops! She came back in and giggled a little so I knew immediately that I was wrong, but it was too late! I felt uncomfortable the whole time and I could barely relax. Oh well, at least I got a sweet facial!”

ColleenLanin_TheTravelMamasGuide Colleen Lanin, Founder/Editor, Travel Mamas

 “I went to a spa for the first time when I was 19.  I just celebrated my 40th birthday so that was (ahem!) a long time ago!  Going to the spa was not nearly as common back in the olden days and I felt pretty nervous about it. My family is not very touchy-feely and I don’t particularly like being touched by strangers.  I confessed my secret desire for a facial to my sister and she purchased me a spa gift certificate for Christmas.  I was fairly weirded out by the extractions portion of the facial, I must say!  Ever since then, though, I have been hooked.  It feels so nice to be pampered and have time to really relax.  My husband always knows what to get me for any holiday: a spa treatment of some sort!”

Liz Coulter Liza Coulter, Views From the ‘Ville

 “I was visiting the spa for my second-ever massage and I decided that while I was there, I’d also add on a pedicure and my very first facial service.  After my toes were pampered and I was relaxed from my massage, I moved to the next room for the facial.  The process was wonderful: the room was dark with soothing music and the towels on my face between product applications were nice and warm. Everything was going great until the woman returned to the room and removed the last towel from my face.  I heard her gasp! Though it was my first facial, I was pretty sure that wasn’t a good sign.  Apparently my face was screaming red, and it took her an extra 10 minutes to calm my skin down.  In the end, it turned out fine, but I left feeling slightly less than relaxed!”

Nail Services

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Amanda Price Amanda Price, A Day in the Tangled Skeins of My Life

 “Before I was 28, I had never had my nails done, other than by my children. I was working as a cashier at a gas station and my manager and assistant manager talked me into going with them to get our nails done. I thought, ‘Why not?’ It sounded like fun. But, it turned out to be the most awkward experience of my life. I have never been accustomed to touching strangers and even my family is not very touchy-feely. I didn’t think about that before agreeing to go with them. When I got there, sat down, and the man grabbed my hand I had to fight not to jerk it away from him. For the next however long (it felt like hours!) I sat there while a stranger held my hands and played with my fingers. I didn’t know where to look or what to do. He hardly spoke any English, so there was very little chit chat. The ladies I went with were all the way on the other side of the room. Luckily, I eventually got used to sitting there, holding hands with a stranger. It turned out to be strangely soothing towards the end. I relaxed and let him do twist my hands this way and that, work on my horrid cuticles, buff the nails and moisturize my hands. Altogether, after the awkwardness and tenseness had left me, I found that this could be very addictive. I started going in every two weeks to get my nails done. I am very glad that I let them talk me into it that first time!”

Amy Bizzarri Amy Bizzarri, Travel Writers

 “My mom took me for my very first mani/pedi when I was a young teen. I felt so awkward during those teen years, but that afternoon, I felt like a princess. I remember choosing my nail color—hot pink!—and feeling pampered, relaxed and connected to my mom. To this day, I still get weekly mani/pedis. They are now my treat to me! And I look forward to taking my daughter for her first mani/pedi one day soon!”

 Chelle Wiley, Oh Just Stop Alreadychelle wiley

 “My first time getting a full set of acrylics turned into a blood bath of the cuticles. No way to hide it, I was being cheap when I hunted out the least expensive place possible.  After what seemed like an eternity of bleeding from the drill tool, constant yelping from me, and lots of disapproving looks, the lady finally stopped. I had bright red, cut up cuticles and my nails. Oh my poor, poor nails. No two were alike. Some were thick, some were thin. There were lumps and air bubbles galore. I asked questions during the appointment and was repeatedly reassured that they were okay and looking pretty. By the time she was done, my wallet was gouged and my heart was broken. It was my first time getting my nails done and they were horrible. At just 16 years old, I hung my head and sat in the car wishing I had never stepped foot into the place. Never again will I skimp!”

Massages

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Keiunta Dixon Keiunta Dixon, Social Media Manager/Blogger, Free and For Me

 “My ‘virgin spa experience’ was when I went to the Pasadena Ritz Carlton for a spa day about 15 years ago. I started out with a massage which was great! Then it was suggested that I get into the hot tub. Many thoughts started running through my mind. As I walked down the hall, I wondered where the locker room was. I did not know how I was going to get in the tub without my bathing suit. Well, my questions were answered. When I arrived in the room with the hot tub, there were about four elderly women in the tub and a couple of them walking around—completely naked.  I wanted to get out of there.  I had not seen anything like this in my life!  Now, new thoughts were running through my mind, like was this sanitary? Was I supposed to get in there naked as well? It felt like everyone was watching me. Not wanting to seem inexperienced I got in despite all of my reservations and concerns. I stayed in for a short while and then I left.”

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 “I actually got my first massage ever in August! Why I waited so long, I have no idea. I didn’t know what to do. What to take off, what to leave on. Do you talk or pretend to sleep? It was a great experience but I did feel a bit silly not knowing what I was supposed to do!”

Kim R Omaha Kim R., OhMyOmaha.com

 “Everyone knows the drill when you get your hair done: color, rinse, lather, rinse again, cut, style, goodbye. I was fresh out of college with a new job and feeling all fancy pants, so I upgraded to a trendy salon. During my first visit, things were going as they should. We walked over to the sink, I sat and she began rinsing, then worked in some shampoo. All normal. I sat up and she starts to towel dry my hair, taking the time to really massage my head. Then she starts to massage my shoulders. Whoa whoa whoa, I wasn’t expecting that. Caught off guard, I couldn’t relax right away. She’s rubbing my shoulders! Whaaaat? And then I realize how good it feels and I tell myself to calm down already. And then it’s over. Once you get your first mini massage at a hair salon, it’s hard not to expect it every time. Pamper me, dear hair lady, pamper me.”

Shonda Brewer Shonda M. Brewer, Lifestyle & Fashion Blogger, A Chic Mom

 “This was my first time having a massage and it just happened to be a week before my wedding. If you or anyone you know has planned a wedding, it can be extremely stressful (I. e. choosing the dress, finding the perfect location, etc.). I thought a spa day would be a perfect treat! Since none of my relatives could recommend a spa to visit, I purchased one of those bridal magazines, to see if they offered any suggestions.  Once I found the spa I wanted to visit, I made my appointment and I was extremely eager to go. I arrived about ten minutes early and from the outside, the place was located in a nice loft-type building.  Once the receptionist checked me in, I was taken to my room, told to put on a robe and wait for my massage therapist.  After five minutes my masseuse knocked on the door. He was a nice middle-aged man named James (after 14 years I still remember his name).  We conversed for a few minutes before I laid face-down on the table.  Okay, let me be honest, I was extremely nervous, because a strange man was going to put his hands on my body, however, James could sense my nervousness and assured me that this was going to be the best and most relaxing massage I ever had (good thing because I had no comparison).  James did not lie. He began to talk to me about where he was going to touch me. Between him talking and listening to the soothing music, my stress seemed to melt away.  As James moved down my arms, I could feel heat actually exiting my body through my fingertips! This shocked me, and I told him I felt like I was going to start ‘glowing’ like Bruce Leroy in the Last Dragon movie. James chuckled, assured me it was normal and told me I would be glowing after my massage. James was so right on…he gave me the best massage EVER! As I was leaving the spa the receptionist remarked that I looked like I was positively glowing! I’ve had a number of massages since then, but it has a very special place in my spa history as one of the most memorable, relaxing, and ‘glowing’ experiences!”

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Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Mommy Blogger Roundup: Why Do You Spa?

Our Hot Mom Spa Squad tells us why they’re counting down the days to$50 services during Fall Spa Week.

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We bet every woman can think of a thousand reasons to treat themselves this Spa Week. Some of us want to relax, while others are looking to relieve aches and pains, or receive a fabulous beauty treatment. One thing we all have in common is that going to the spa makes us happy and we feel better about ourselves. The touching responses we received from our Hot Moms have us wanting to hit the spa right now!

Don’t deprive yourself of that feeling of euphoria. Book your $50 appointments now on SpaWeek.com!

Read What’s Your Favorite Spa Treatment?

Emily Dickey 1 Emily Dickey, BabyDickey

 “I go to the spa simply to save my sanity! I’m a mom of two toddlers and the spa is the BEST getaway for some much needed rest and relaxation.”

Jeanine Ludwikowski 1 Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage

 “I spa because I’m always on the go and would never take time to unwind if I didn’t schedule it myself.  After spending some time at the spa, I’m refreshed, have more energy for my kids and work, and sleep better!  It is important to care for and treat yourself to continue to feel great and look your best!”

Maggie Smith 1 Maggie Smith, Dexter’s Super Savvy Mommy

 “I spa because I am a woman, wife, mother, employee and friend.  I have a lot of stress in my life and by taking care of me and getting some relaxation from time to time, I find that I am a better person all around!”

Charmin 1 Charmin Calamaris, The Momiverse

 “I’m a busy mom who runs a business from home, has two active little boys and a husband who travels frequently for work. While my mission through TheMomiverse.com is to encourage other moms to take care of themselves, I’m sometimes guilty of pushing myself too hard for too long. Going to the spa is a treat. Moms don’t always have the luxury of time, but we do need to fit time for ourselves into our calendars. Whether that scheduled time is for exercise, reading a book, taking a nap, calling a friend, or going to the spa, such moments are necessary for our health and well-being. The question is not ‘To spa or not to spa?’ but rather it’s ‘When do I spa?’ Make yourself a priority and fit spa time into your schedule. Your mind, body and soul will thank you. A happy mom makes a happy family.”

Read Get Fab & Go with Giuliana Rancic

Dawn Smith 1 Dawn Smith, Not Just A Mommy 

 “As a mom of elementary and middle school boys, a full-time student and blogger, I seriously have no ‘me time.’ But it’s hard to overcome mom guilt to even have ‘me time’ because I feel I should be doing something else. And then I turn that voice off and say, “I love to spa…even if I only get to maybe once a year for my birthday or Mother’s Day.”

Stephanie Anderson 1 Stephanie Anderson, Modern Day Donna Reed

“I spa because it makes me a better person. Sound extreme? Maybe it is, but when I entered the realm of motherhood a few years ago, my priorities changed. I started putting my daughters first. I couldn’t eat, sleep, shower or pee if it wasn’t part of their schedule. Until one day I looked in the mirror and realized that while it was good to put my family first, I was doing everyone a disservice by putting myself LAST. I was haggard. I didn’t like who I saw in the mirror. I was overtired. Moms struggle to take time out for themselves. But friends, when we take time out for US, it makes us BETTER for everyone else: our spouses, our kids, our friends, our communities. When we have those few moments to unwind and relax (maybe even indulge!), we have a chance to reenergize and refocus. When I spa, it helps me look at the world fresh again. And I know I am better for it!”

Sheila Hill Sheila Hill, Founder and Creator, Pieces of a Mom

 “For me, spa-ing is another means of taking care of myself. Just as I eat well and exercise, indulging in spa treatments is a way of maintaining my health and well-being. Relieving my tension with massages and caring for my skin with facials are just my ways of paying attention to the ‘outside’ me.”

Nicole Kempka Nicole R. Kempka, Red Lotus Mama

 “Spa time is ‘me time.’ It gives me a chance to decompress from the stress of single motherhood, working and dating. It is a chance to give my body some much deserved attention.”

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Ava Roxanne 1 Ava Roxanne Stritt, Freelance Writer, Spa Travel Gal

 “I take time to spa because spa, travel and skincare experiences are a not a luxury, but they’re essential to a healthy body and mind. Also, if mom does not get her Zen time then no one is happy!”

 Chelsea Day 1 Chelsea Day, Someday I’ll Learn

 “I spa because I spend the REST of my time juggling! Whether it’s work, kids or the house, us moms spend a lot of time taking care of other issues. We need to remember to pamper ourselves once in a while.”

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 “My favorite time to head to a spa is at the beginning of ‘back to school’ time. Nothing shouts ‘GO GET A PEDICURE’ more than sending the kids off on a school bus! Alone time when your mommy-brain needs it most.”

Denise Wei-Vital 1 Denise Wei-Vital, Boyz Rule Our World

“I love to spa because I can get away from all my daily stresses AKA my husband and son! I love having the knots rubbed out and falling asleep. It’s really my Calgon ‘Take me away moment.’”

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Hot Mom Spa Squad Blogger Roundup: What’s Your Favorite Spa Treatment?

In honor of Spa Week’s $50 Services, we asked the hardest working women we know—moms—to tell us their fave spa treatment. 

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Spa Week is back and so are $50 spa treatments! Our Hot Mom Spa Squad is pretty excited for the event. So, we had to ask what some of their favorite spa treatments are. From massages to facials and reflexology, our hot moms have a wide variety of preferences. But after catering to their kids day in and day out, they have one thing in common: They all love (and deserve) a day at the spa!

Fall Spa Week is October 14-20. Find a participating spa near you on SpaWeek.com and book now!

Read Get Fab & Go with Giuliana Rancic

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Donna Biroczky1 Donna Biroczky, Dangerous Cupcake Designs

“I’d have to go with a massage. Facials, hot stone treatments, clay baths—I love them all! But there’s something about a massage that just hits the spot. It rejuvenates me and gets me refreshed so I can deal with all the things that moms have to worry about on a regular basis.”

Georgette Gilmore1 Georgette Gilmore, Editor in Chief, Barista Kids

“I recently experienced a compression therapy tension relief massage. I climbed into a compression therapy suit on a massage table–think of a body-sized blood pressure cuff–and it started squeezing and rolling all along my body. At the same time a massage therapist massaged my head, neck and shoulders.  I’ve been feeling amazing ever since.”

Elizabeth Pyo Elizabeth Pyo, Being MVP

“My favorite spa treatment is a deep tissue massage because after carrying around two tots all day, my back is in deep need for some relief.”

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 Nicole Hughes, Founder/Editor, SoCal Savvy Mom

 “My favorite spa treatment is a massage with reflexology because it makes your entire body feel totally relaxed.”

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 Kia Morgan-Smith, Editor, Cinco Mom

 “My favorite spa treatment is a foot massage. I absolutely adore getting my feet massaged and it’s actually more relaxing to me than a back massage. As a busy mom, I run around a lot with my kids and a foot massage is oh-so-soothing. It gets me on the right foot–literally!”

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 Fatima, Baby Teems

 “My favorite spa treatment is a deep tissue massage. It’s a great stress and tension reliever as I relax my mind and muscles. I always feel like a new person afterwards.”

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 Trina Finton, CEO/Founder, Gaming Mom

 “My favorite spa treatment has to be the hot stone massage. The heat is incredibly relaxing and I always feel better afterwards. It’s definitely my splurge treat!”

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 Brianne Grajkowski, Creative Director, BriGeeski

 “My favorite spa treatment is a full body massage. It took me a little while to fully warm up to having a full body massage but now that I have, I find them to be so relaxing. I really enjoy getting a massage at a day spa so I can take a little extra time to be alone and enjoy the whole place. I find the calming music, fountains of water and zen-like decor to be so rewarding.”

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 Kathleen Kennedy-Leon, Founder/Co-Owner, My Best of Both  Worlds

“My absolute favorite spa treatment is a deep tissue sports massage.  I play catcher for our softball team and love the firm pressure that is applied during these treatments along with the great stretches.”

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 Cassandra Looper, Writer, So Cal Coupon Mommy

 ”I love relaxing massages, however a good mani and pedi can be amazing too.”

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 Lisa Martin, My Thoughts, Ideas and Ramblings

 “A facial has to be my favorite spa treatment.  Why?  I always learn about new products for my face to help my skin look better (and younger!).”

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 Diane Sullivan, Founder, 3 Decades 3 Kids

 “My favorite spa treatment is a facial. I love to treat my face to a bout of happiness!”

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 Kate Hamernik, Catching Up With Kate

 “My favorite spa treatment is a facial.  The treatment always feels amazing, but it is really how it makes me feel for weeks after that makes it a favorite in my book!  I love how a facial helps keep my skin looking as young and clear as possible.  It is always an awesome hour having the treatment, but I love hearing, ‘Your skin looks awesome,’ afterwards!”

If you’re a mommy blogger and you’re interested in joining Spa Week Daily’s Hot Mom Spa Squad, email us at daily@spaweekmedia.com.

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

We Spa-Napped a Reader! Watch the Video.

In honor of The Month of Moms, I reached out on Facebook last week to learn some tried and true mom wisdom, and with that, I put the call out for a mom who was long overdue for a day at the spa. Two days later, the spa-napping went down. Watch what happened when winner Jenny Gill got a little taste of her own medicine…

“His mind is in motion and his body is in motion,” New York mom Jenny told me of her 2 year old son, Jack, as we sipped rose at Estancia 460, a restaurant on the cobblestone street next to TriBeCa Spa of Tranquility. “He’s crazy smart and physically advanced. He constantly wants to play a sport, sing the ABC song and tell you about his day. To get him to slow down and understand that you have to sleep, is a big struggle. The just kid doesn’t have time for sleep in his life.”

Although, what Jenny likely didn’t realize in speaking about her son’s misunderstanding of sleep, she was painting a pretty clear picture of her own misunderstanding of relaxation: Jenny has not been to the spa since before Jack was born. Yikes!

Jenny, who happens to be a member of Spa Week’s Hot Mom Spa Squad, clearly knows the importance of recharging your mind and body—so it’s time to give her a taste of her own medicine. How many moms out there dole out wisdom but neglect to follow it themselves? I could say: “To get Jenny to slow down and understand that you have to spa, is a big struggle. The girl jut doesn’t have time for spa in her life.”

Exactly.

When Spa Week reached out to TriBeCa Spa of Tranquility about this great public service for the sake of mom, the acclaimed wellness facility and celebrity hotspot offered up two massages for the cause.

JENNY GILL, You’ve Been Spa-Napped!!!