Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month! –

4. Enjoy a long weekend. Schedule a Friday off and head out of town for the weekend with your bestie for a mini vacation to recharge your batteries. Find a B&B and schedule a wine-tasting tour at a local winery.  You’ll be relaxed and ready to take on the world!

5. Reach for Aromatherapy. Calm your nerves quickly by utilizing essential oils. Bergamot, lavender or peppermint oils are sure to eliminate your stress in no time. Make a cup of herbal tea, light some scented candles with essential oils, and relax your cares away.  Stop by the spa to pick up your favorite scents so you can get rid of all that stress today!
6. Lend a helping hand.  Helping others can take the focus off of your own challenges for a while.  Not only that, but doing the right thing by being nice to others is a great self-esteem booster and helps to put your own worries in perspective.  It’s a win-win for all!
7. Get a massage!  Nothing is more relaxing than experiencing a much-needed massage to rid your body and mind of tension.  In fact, go ahead and make a day of it!  You’ll feel rejuvenated and stress-free!
Managing stress is all about taking charge of your daily activities and thought processes. You can reduce stress in your life by valuing yourself. It’s important to make time for fun and relaxation so you can be in a better position to deal with life’s stressors.

Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month! (Part 1 of 2)

stress_awareness7 ways to reduce stress so you can be healthier and happier

Everyone experiences stress from time to time.  If left unchecked, stress can lead to health problems such as anxiety, depression, and heart attacks among other ailments.  In celebration of National Stress Awareness Month, take steps this month to reduce stress so you can feel your best!

  1. Decide to get healthy.  Taking control of your health can impact the level of stress you experience. Improve your food choices and add an exercise routine to your day.  Even 30 minutes of brisk walking each day combined with a healthier diet will make you feel so much better!
  2. Laugh!!  Laughter truly is good for you.  In fact, laughter has been known to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and increase alertness and creativity.  So, laugh away!  It really is the best medicine!
  3. Write it down. No matter what obstacles you face each day, do your best to put a positive spin on them.  At the end of the day, take a few minutes to list 2 or 3 things about that specific day that made you happy.  Keep the lists in a journal so you can go back and read them.  Reflecting on positive moments in your life are sure to reduce stress and bring a smile to your face!

Part 2 coming soon

Neck and Décolleté Neglect

neck_neglectAre you paying attention to these special areas?

 

Spring is here, which means we finally get to pack away the sweaters and flaunt the tank tops and sundresses! But, many of us still try to cover up during this hot, humid time of year to hide unsightly brown spots and wrinkles on the neck and chest area, causing us to be uncomfortable and insecure.  It doesn’t have to be that way this year!  Read on to learn how to get your delicate neck and décolleté areas ready for some outdoor fun!

 

The neck and décolleté areas are the most neglected areas when it comes to skincare, yet they are extremely vulnerable to wrinkles and require special care. These sensitive areas must be cared for just like your face and body if you want beautiful skin all over.

 

While acne and other skincare issues are not prominent in these areas, the lack of care is eventually revealed through dark, dry, flaky skin, dark spots, and deep wrinkles.   Your esthetician can create a program to help restore soft, vibrant skin.  Call today to reserve your consultation.

 

To reveal glowing, healthy skin in the neck and décolleté areas between spa visits, follow these tips:

 

  • Moisturize!! Be sure to include the neck and chest areas when completing your daily face and body moisturizing regimen.
  • Use a thicker night cream before bed to restore firmness and softness.
  • Be sure to exfoliate weekly at home between spa visits to keep skin soft and supple.
  • Most importantly, ALWAYS use sunscreen with a high SPF when outdoors to avoid the sun’s damaging rays.

 

For best results and to keep your skin looking healthy and young, be as consistent as possible with your skincare routine while following your esthetician’s recommendations.

 

Here’s to healthy, vibrant skin all season long!

Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes

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Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 slices apple wood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers from jar
  • 6 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions

  • Heat large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add bacon and onion.
  • Sauté until bacon is crisp around edges and onion starts to brown, stirring, about 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic. Stir 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes with juice and peppers. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
  • Add clams, cover, and boil until clams open, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes (discard any clams that do not open).
  • Stir in 1/4 cup parsley.
  • Divide among shallow bowls. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons parsley.

Serve with buttered (low-fat and heart-healthy, of course!) wheat linguine and side salad for a unique and tasty meal.

Spring into Action! (Part 2 of 2)

Family walking on beach

  • Get your Zzzz’s.  We are all guilty of not getting enough sleep from time to time.  But did you know that poor sleep habits affect many, if not all, areas of your life?  When we don’t get enough sleep, we simply aren’t running at full capacity.  We’re not giving our best to our jobs, families, or even to ourselves.  Turn off the television at night and head to bed.  Isn’t it worth it if it makes you better in every aspect of your life?
  • Reveal radiant skin!  The winter months wreak havoc on our skin. We are exposed to freezing temperatures when we are outdoors followed by dry heat when we step inside.  This is a recipe for dry, scaly, itchy skin.  As the weather is warming up, take this opportunity to get your skin in shape.  You must exfoliate and moisturize to reveal youthful, dewy skin.  Your esthetician can create a skin care regimen for you and recommend the appropriate home care products to keep your skin glowing this spring.
  • Don’t forget about your lips. Your lips suffer from the harsh winter weather just like the rest of your body does. Again, exfoliating and moisturizing are key to revealing smooth, moist lips.  Visit the spa so we can show you what products are best for you.

Spring is a time of renewal.  It’s time to get rid of the winter blues and breathe in fresh, clean air.  Make this season your time of personal regeneration. Go ahead and try these tips for a month.  We are confident you will experience an extra spring in your step!!

Lash Extensions…Are They for You?

eyelashesWith today’s hectic lifestyles, most women don’t have the time to apply fake eye lashes every morning, yet we still want those long, lush lashes that make our eyes pop! So, it’s no surprise that eyelash extensions have become the most recent beauty rage.

Eyelash extensions are enhancements applied to the natural eyelashes to increase volume and length in an effort to emphasize the eyes. 
Here are some things to keep in mind when exploring lash extensions.
The lash extension application process takes about 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the look you want to achieve. The procedure is painless and lash extensions last approximately three to four weeks. 
You’ll have beautiful, full lashes without mascara! In fact, some women feel they need less makeup altogether when wearing extensions.

One of the biggest myths is that lash extensions damage your natural lashes. This is, in fact, a myth. When applied correctly and properly cared for, they are safe and your natural lashes will stay healthy.

Keep in mind, your beautiful lashes will require maintenance. Most women require touch-ups every two to four weeks.

A word of caution…some people may experience sensitivity or an allergic reaction to the adhesive used to attach the lashes, which generally requires removal. That is why you have to be careful who you go to for this procedure.

Also, DO NOT use waterproof mascara because it is difficult to remove and can damage your extensions. And be sure not to rub your eyes or pull on the extensions because this can lead to loss of lashes and damage your natural lashes.

Other Options: Lash enhancement serums such as RevitaLash and Latisse are additional options for longer, fuller lashes. These products have been known to cause brown pigmentation of the eye as well as other bothersome side effects to some people. However, many women do very well with these serums. They do not provide immediate enhancement, but increased length and fullness is noticeable over time.

The Verdict: While eyelash extensions may not work for everyone, they are certainly the ideal choice for today’s busy woman who wants to look fabulous without the hassle. When correctly applied and properly cared for, lash extensions are effortless as well as beautiful! They provide that extra special touch for a special night out, but accentuate your natural beauty when you are at the beach or relaxing at home.

Still have questions? Call us today to discuss your options with your spa expert.

Charity as an Expression of Love (Part 2 of 2)

charity-imageIn 2013, soccer player, David Beckham announced that he would donate his entire salary to charity.

Did you hear about the little girl in Tampa, Florida who collected over $100.00 in pennies from friends and families and donated it to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay? What an amazing act of love for a child!

And then there’s the Roswell High School football team who recently expressed many acts of kindness to a 9-year old fan battling leukemia.  Not only did they offer continued encouragement by sending cards and organizing fundraisers, but they also rallied together and named her their Homecoming Sweetheart!  Now, that’s teamwork at its finest!

You don’t have to be famous or have a lot of money to assist those in need.  In many cases, simply contributing your time can be the most worthy donation of all.

Want to help, but don’t know where to begin?  Check out the following organizations for opportunities to assist both financially and/or by volunteering your time:

  •  Salvation Army
  • Give Kids the World
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society

Make this a Valentine’s Day to remember.  Follow your heart and assist someone less fortunate than yourself.  You’ll be so glad that you did!

Charity as an Expression of Love! (Part 1 of 2)

Celebrate the Month of Love through Acts of Kindness

Love is in the air this month!  We’ll see happy couples exchanging gifts, making plans for Valentine’s Day, and stampeding their favorite florists for the perfect flower arrangement.  But, this year, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be for couples only.  We all can show our love by helping others this month.

Whether you volunteer your time, or donate funds to a cause in need, providing assistance to charities is a thoughtful way of expressing your love for your family, your friends, and your community.

Read on for recent acts of kindness by celebrities, as well as one little girl in Florida and an entire football team in Georgia:

Singer, Taylor Swift surprised a 10-year old fan at her hospital bedside in March, 2013. The child’s family had previously made a YouTube video requesting the pop star’s visit.

Actor Bradley Cooper and NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman visited a fan who was recovering from surgery after suffering injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing last year.

PART 2 COMING SOON

Happy Valentine’s Day from Spa Mariana

Valentine’s Day Steak Dinner for 2!

DinnerPlan a luxurious evening at home with this succulent meal!

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
4 scallions, washed and cut in 1/2
2 large cloves garlic
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 pounds inside skirt steak, cut into 3 equal pieces
Special equipment: blow dryer

Directions

1. Heat charcoal until grey ash appears.

2. In a blender, mix oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic, lime juice, red pepper, cumin, and sugar and puree.

3. Place pieces of steak in a large Ziploc bag and pour in marinade. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Allow steak to marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.

4. Remove steak from bag and pat dry with paper towels.

5. Using a blow dryer, blow charcoal clean of ash.

6. Place steaks directly onto hot coals for 1 minute per side. When finished cooking, place meat in aluminum foil, wrap, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

7. Remove meat from foil, reserving foil and juices.

8.  Slice thinly across the grain of the meat. Return to foil pouch and toss with juice.

 

Serve with your favorite red wine and side salad for a delightful, romantic meal!