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

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other fun skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and Keratosis Pilaris 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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Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own.

Get your feet sandal-ready with Amopé™! How-to pedicure. #AmopeCrowd #DoYouAmope #Sponsored

Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals…warmer weather opens the doors to both shed our winter layers and reveal some skin.

Depending on how you look at it, this can be a welcomed change, or something that you dread. I used to be embarassed to wear sandals or my favorite flip-flops out in public. It always seemed that no matter what I did, I could not reign in the cracks on my heels or the dryness on the tops of my toes. (Please tell me I’m not alone.)

Sure an amazing pedicure at one of my favorite local spas would whip my feet into shape, but only for a short time. As much as I enjoy time at the spa, it’s not always in my budget and sometimes I just can’t swing my schedule. So finding the right products to get that spa-worthy pedicure at home is something I’m always on the hunt for and I think I finally found the right mix. 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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Daily Beauty Routine #ad

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A set daily beauty routine didn’t really become a habit until I was in my 30s.

When I was a teenager, I didn’t really think long term about caring for my skin. I certainly didn’t look at cause and effect either (not washing your face = congested skin.) In my 20s, it was much of the same with a few adjustments (I knew moisturizer was a must.)

Back in the “olden days” (as my kids like to say), skin care was no frills. We didn’t have sonic cleansers or electronic pedicure files. Paper masks weren’t a thing and SPF definitely wasn’t part of your beauty routine. Read more

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How To Get Date Night Ready #spon

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

Get your feet date night ready with Amopé via @agirlsgottaspa #AmopeCrowd #spon

The key to a long-lasting relationship is scheduling time together 1:1. It can be really difficult to do, especially when you have a large family like mine.

For my husband and I, spending any quality time together typically means sleeping soundly in the same proximity in 2 hour increments until our baby wakes up for his feeding. So when we have the opportunity to actually go on a date OUT OF THE HOUSE? I am all about making sure I look great. (When you look good, you feel even better after all.) Read more

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Why Oral Health is Important #Listerine

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine

Is your mouth on your side? A healthy mouth improves confidence in your personal endevours! via @agirlsgottaspa #Listerine Sponsored

Is your mouth on your side?

Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may be surprised to learn that it also impacts your career opportunities, confidence and relationships with others.

Two people in my life immediately come to mind when it comes to how the state of their mouth affected their confidence – my son and my husband.

While my son Duncan has always conducted good oral care, he had bucked teeth for a while due to sucking on his hand (vs thumb sucking) since the time he was an infant. Eventually Duncan stopped smiling for pictures and soon enough, he felt that other kids didn’t like him because of his teeth. This led to a lot of self esteem issues. Once he was able to get braces, his smile returned and his social relationships have improved.

My husband admittedly never had a good oral care routine, which led him to have poor oral health issues like gingivitis, loss of some teeth and cavities. This, too, led him to have self confidence issues and he rarely opens his mouth when he smiles. Sometimes people have mistakenly taken this the wrong way and think that he’s in a bad mood or just doesn’t care. It’s amazing how people perceive things due to our smile. Although he has put a routine into place, he can’t reverse the damage already done and often reminds the kids just how important good oral care is from a young age. Read more

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Back to College with Schick® #Sponsored

Back to college with @quattroforwomen via @agirlsgottaspa #sponsored

As I’m about to have a baby in a week, I can’t help but think about how, two years from now, we’ll be making another transition with our family – my oldest will be going to college. It’s hard to believe that while I’ll still be changing diapers with one child, I’ll be sending off another into the world.

It reminds me of this time 23 years ago, I was preparing to start college life. Seems like a lifetime ago and I’m sure my kids would chime in that it was “back in the olden days.” But what held true back then, still holds true now. Confidence is everything when beginning a new venture. Would you agree? Read more

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Pre-Natal Massage at The Lodge at Woodloch

Pre-natal massage review of @lodgeatwoodloch via @agirlsgottaspa

Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders… if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I’m sure you can relate.

There’s so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone who absolutely loves her spa massages, pre-natal massage was something I was curious about since massage during pregnancy can have some unwanted side effects (especially if you are considered high risk, like myself.)

Before heading to your local spa to indulge in a pre-natal massage, make sure that the therapist is trained in pre-natal. There’s pressure points, etc. that are to be avoided during pregnancy because they can trigger contractions (some even say pre-term labor.) And there are certain essential oils you should stay away from. You should also get the all clear with your doctor/mid-wife first, as well. Read more

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Energize Greens Supplement Review

Energize Greens Dietary Supplement review via @agirlsgottaspa #ad

I am very much a fan of leading a healthy lifestyle.  I strongly believe that being active and eating a clean, well-balanced diet is the best way to prevent illnesses and look and feel your best and most energized.

For the most part, in addition to working out regularly, I try to avoid caffeine and sugars and instead consume foods that are naturally energizing whenever I am feeling run down and like I need an extra boost of energy.

Energize Greens Dietary Supplement is a natural supplement of nutritious green superfoods that I have been using for the past two weeks that not only boosts my energy level, but also improves my health, alkalizes my body and boosts my immune system. Read more

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