Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine. Dear new and soon-to-be moms, It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking Read more

A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

Since having Ethan last year, and a few months prior to his birth, sleep has eluded me. Before getting pregnant, I would take melatonin or unisom before bed because my insomnia was so bad. Although Ethan is 1, he still doesn't sleep through the night, which means I can't be Read more

Vole Hair System Review

Don't miss the 20% off promo code below!! My hair has not been at its best this summer.  Sun, salt water, humidity and heat, plus constant styling to battle the heat and humidity all tends to strip my hair leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull. This may sound a bit dramatic, Read more

Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Health

Ratatouille with Herbs de Provence Recipe

Recipe: Ratatouille with Herbs de Provence from @lodgeatwoodloch via @agirlsgottaspa

If you ever have the chance to visit The Lodge at Woodloch either for a Pocono getaway, or locally for a spa day, you won’t want to miss the chance to eat at TREE. Woodloch’s TREE is literally a delight to your tastebuds. Everything comes fresh from their garden and/or locally sourced farmers. It’s always healthy and absolutely delicious.

Below is the recipe for their mouth-watering Ratatouille with Herbs de Provence. I think you’ll love it! Read more

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A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

8 tips for better sleep from a meditation expert via @agirlsgottaspa

Since having Ethan last year, and a few months prior to his birth, sleep has eluded me.

Before getting pregnant, I would take melatonin or unisom before bed because my insomnia was so bad. Although Ethan is 1, he still doesn’t sleep through the night, which means I can’t be groggy and need to be able to get up and take care of him if need be.

Right now I use my Gurunanda Aromatherapy Diffuser and switch between their Calming Sleep and Tranquility essential oils. I can tell you this has worked wonders. (Right now I have their Focus blend going so I could concentrate enough to write this post!)

When I heard that meditation expert, Emily Fletcher, also used to suffer from insomnia, I couldn’t help but wonder what magic she worked to cure it. Since I can’t make her meditation retreat she has coming up at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, I asked her to lend some tips that we could all benefit from. Below is directly from Emily herself! Read more

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5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

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You’ve probably experienced this scenario yourself – you’re in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it’s something simple, like a bath or it’s something a little more dramatic (like chopping your long locks.) Regardless of the act, it suddenly gives you that restoration of spirit you needed and that spring in your step is back.

Happiness and confidence go hand in hand. When I am happy, I feel my most confident and like I can achieve anything. When I’m feeling down, it often feels like my goals are not within reach. We’ve all been there.

So what can you do to give yourself a kick in the pants? You want my honest answer? Self care. Pampering yourself is is the most natural mood booster I know. It’s not selfish by any means, it’s transformative.

Here are 5 tips for pampering yourself to boost your mood (and confidence):

Get a haircut. There’s something therapeutic about cutting off what’s weighing you down while venting to your hairstylist. Other things I love about it – the head massage, the hum of the hair dryer, the eventual amazing hairstyle that I can never duplicate at home.

I recently decided to chop my long hair. It felt like magic and all of the compliments I got just made me feel really, really good. Read more

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Aromatherapy Diffuser: Gurunanda Essential Oils

Gurunanda Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser and essential oils review via @agirlsgottaspa

One of the main things I love about walking into a spa is the calming scent that fills the air. It’s like instant relaxation before your spa treatment has even begun.

When I was younger, my sister used to burn incense sticks. It was all the rage back in the early 90’s. To be honest, I would make fun of her for it. All these years later, I didn’t realize that it was a form of aromatherapy… and now I love it, just in essential oil form.

I recently received the Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, and honestly, I’m so in love.

Some of the benefits of this aromatherapy diffuser: Read more

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Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

Get swimsuit ready with these amazing smoothies from some of the best spas! via @agirlsgottaspa

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we’ve compiled a list for you!

So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies!

Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort fuses tropical fruits from Costa Rica in its SIBO Smoothie. Crafting a potassium-packed concoction, the smoothie features papaya, banana, pineapple, spinach, beets and orange juice.

Smoothie Recipe:

1 Tbs Pineapple

3/8 cup Banana

1 Tbs Papaya

1 Tbs Spinach

¼ cup Beets

6 oz Orange Juice

1 scoop ice Read more

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Must Have Aloe Vera Beauty Products

Must-have aloe vera beauty products via @agirlsgottaspa

Aloe vera has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Anyone who has had a sunburn knows that aloe vera is a must-have beauty staple.

I’ve begun to notice that lately aloe vera is in everything from beauty products to juices and supplements – I’ve even seen it frozen in ice cube trays, which makes complete sense since the benefits of aloe vera seem never-ending.

Some of the many advantages to incorporating aloe into your beauty routine are:

  • When taken in a supplement or drink, it helps to support a healthy digestive system, a healthy immune system and normal muscle and joint functions
  • It reduces toxins in the body, aids in digestion and has an alkalizing effect on the body
  • It is high in amino and fatty acids as well as vitamins and minerals
  • It’ss great for applying topically to burns, abrasions, psoriasis, bug bites and sunburnt skin
  • Since aloe is has a high water content, it is a great way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate skin
  • Aloe increases skin elasticity by making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair
  • Aloe is also an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin
  • It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin

With all of these amazing benefits, it’s no wonder we’re finding it in more skin care products.

Below are some of my favorite aloe vera beauty products: Read more

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An Easy Way to Squeeze in Fitness




Zobi fitness review via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m one of those people who truly enjoys working out. I absolutely love how I feel after a workout and actually dread missing my gym time.

There are those times though, when life happens and my hectic schedule just does not allow for driving to the gym and putting in an hour plus long workout.  During those times I still try my best to incorporate some form of fitness into my day, which is where the Zobi comes in very handy. Read more

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Does Drinking Collagen Really Work?




Docollagen drinks and supplements really work? via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m trying to be OK with this aging thing.

I’m trying not to care about every new wrinkle that emerges (which literally feels like it happens daily.) I’m trying not to notice the loss of elasticity in my face when I see drooping in places that didn’t droop yesterday.

But here’s the thing – with social media basically demanding selfies, it’s hard NOT to notice. Especially over time. We’re all used to looking at ourselves in the mirror daily, but when you suddenly have a papertrail of photos that basically full-on detail how you’re aging, all I can say is UGH.

So when new “revolutionary” products come to market that claim to combat the signs of aging, I’m always intrigued. Skeptical, but intrigued. The latest being collagen drinks and supplements. Read more

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Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

Probiotic skin care - miracle ingredient or marketing hype? via @agirlsgottaspa

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we’re all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything?

For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most amazing lashes… until the FTC made them disclose that the lashes you saw were really lash extensions with mascara and a healthy dose of photoshop. And sidebar – prior to this disclosure I always thought something was just plain wrong with me because I couldn’t duplicate those lashes using that miracle mascara.

Every year there is a new fad ingredient for skin care and cosmetics. Some of them, like argan oil, truly deserve the praise and promotion. While others deserve to be looked at with skepticism.

Enter probiotics. Read more

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Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

Tips for gray hair (ways to slow it down or cover it up!) via @agirlsgottaspa @grayawayeverpro

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true.

When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be able to avoid it, you can slow it down or simply cover it up.

Slow Gray Hair Growth with Vitamins and Minerals:
Eating healthy benefits you in more ways than one, and that includes gray hair! When you have a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals, it can not only affect the strength and sheen of your hair, but your hair color, as well. Read more

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