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

clams

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 1 of 2)

Reveal your vibrant, healthy side this spring!

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and it’s warming up outside.  Finally, spring is here!! What a perfect time to jump start a complete tune-up of your body, mind, and soul as you prepare for the carefree months ahead! Read on for tips to get healthy…inside and out. 

  •  Eliminate bad habits. We all have those annoying little habits that need to be addressed.  Do you procrastinate?  Do you overspend when you hit the mall? Have you been sliding into work a few minutes late?  Take this opportunity to recognize your areas of weakness and make the necessary adjustments to rid yourself of these pesky behaviors. Achieving self- discipline is a great way to boost your self-esteem.
  • Give your diet a complete overhaul.  Eating well is not just about losing weight.  It’s about being healthy. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats is essential for good health.  It’s a lifestyle, not a weight-loss fad.  When we put healthy food inside of us, we feel better and we look better.  Go ahead and commit to being healthy!
  • Make fitness fun!  Shed winter weight gain.  It’s a fact, most people gain at least a pound, if not more, during winter.  If you choose an activity you enjoy doing, you are more likely to stick to it.  Involve the whole family or perhaps a friend.  Go bike riding together or take a walk together a few times a week.  Get together for a game of touch football or basketball.  You don’t have to go to a gym to be fit.  Gather family members or friends and get moving!

Part 2 coming soon

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!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Month Long! (Part 2 of 2)

Do a little wine tasting.

Head to the nearest winery and sample wines together. You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate a fine glass of wine. Pick the wine you both like the most and buy a bottle to take home. You can look forward to sharing it together one romantic night in the near future.

Go horseback riding.

What a fun way to spend time with your sweetie! Riding horses brings out the kid in all of us!! Are you near a beach? Check local websites for horseback riding on the beach. This is an adventure you can take advantage of any day of the week!

Watch the sunset.

Choose any afternoon, grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and cheese, and lay back while nature does its thing. You can even prolong your date with a relaxing evening under the stars. Don’t forget the  camera. You’ll definitely want pictures of this!!

Schedule a day  at the spa.

Indulge in a couple’s massage followed by a mani/pedi as you sip on champagne and enjoy a tasty snack. Your spa team will make the arrangements so you and your  significant other can experience a relaxing day together and leave all your worries behind. For that extra special touch, purchase a spa gift card  for your sweetie so they can stop in and relax  by themselves one day after work.

Stop talking about it and just do it!

Do you both keep talking about something you want to do, but never get around to it? The month of romance is the perfect time to pull out all the stops. Go ahead and plan that special trip. You’ll both enjoy making lasting memories with each other.

 

Most importantly, don’t get stuck showing your special someone how much you love  them on Valentine’s Day only. Express your love all month long.

Want to look extra special for that romantic night out? Call us today to schedule a facial and makeup application. You’ll look and feel fabulous!