I knew things were going to get crazy toward the end of the summer so a few months ago I planned a little get away to reward myself and decompress.
I ended up doing a solo spa day at The Salamander Resort and it was exactly what I needed. This place is like a little piece of heaven 45 minutes away from my house. Amazing.
Nick took on daddy duty all day and I booked a blueberry facial for 10:30am. I showed up a few hours early so I could use the other spa amenities.
Guys, I've never been to a spa before. I was actually a little bit clueless when I walked in but I think I picked the right one for my first experience.
I got my own soft cushy robe and a locker. I was able to shower first and shave my legs (I don't have time for even that lately, poor Nick). I soaked in this "vitality pool" for awhile and let the waterfall massage my shoulders.
My favorite part was the aroma steam room. It's right behind these "tepidarium loungers" (what?) which means heated chairs that relax your muscles.
I was a little claustrophobic in the steam room at first but I tried my best to think meditative thoughts and stare into the glowy planetarium like lights on the ceiling and breath in the lavender mist. Eventually I was completely calm. I feel relaxed just thinking about it again.
Since I got there so early I had the place all to myself. It was quiet and tranquil and everything, I repeat everything, I've been needing.
This is the "relaxation room" at the Salamander. I sat in here while I waited for my esthetician to get me for my facial. They had cucumber water and almonds and other little healthy snacks and a view of the spa pool.
After my amazing 90 minute facial I sat out at the pool for a good 3 hours and read magazines. I forgot that 12 noon is nap time for Austin. I forgot about all the house chores I try to rush and get done during nap time. I forgot about making a million jello shots for the book or what I needed to plan for my work week.
I ordered a strawberry, watermelon sangria and totally zoned out.
After about an hour of laying there someone from the resort brought me a cold "summer scented" face towel. I felt like a queen.
Seriously people, everyone needs to really treat themselves to this type of experience at least once in your life. It was definitely a splurge for me but worth every penny.
Back to real life.
Austin has been loving bananas lately. If he could eat anything he wanted it would be cheese and bananas all day long.
He has been so much fun lately and loving to cuddle with me before bed and when he wakes up. It makes it harder to get out of bed when this little cutie just wants to lay his head on you.
I think I am going to continue my little blog break for the next week or so and spend some more time with Austin. We have been trying to soak up every last bit of summer.
School starts next week in our area. Can you believe it? Not ready to give up my tiki torches and sangria on the back deck yet.
Might have to work on a good fall themed sangria to take over for my mango moscato.
P.S. That's so Michelle is getting a MAJOR redesign. I am still a few months out from going live but I am super excited. Can't wait for you to see it!