Making it Work

Blogging Conferences Summer 2015

It seems as if this week is chock a block with blogging related events and while I do love to get out and meet fellow bloggers, it can be overwhelming to have a super scheduled week. Need ways to keep it together? Yes, me too, that’s why I’m writing this – I need the reminders.IMG_1424

1. Load up that calendar on your phone with the dates, times and locations of the events and the links to the tickets in the notes section. Build in plenty of travel time, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Traveling with a few events to go to? Try on planned outfits ahead of time and try to pack early and light! Nothing like finding out you are missing a button or the shirt you were planning on wearing is ripped. Comfy shoes! Seriously! You will be on your feet non-stop.

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Card design by Rugg Road Paper Company, Boston

3. Download apps like Uber and Lyft to get you where you need to be. In the city? Or grab a metro card and try public transportation – it’s the fastest way to get around.

4. Have plenty of business cards – if you can write on them all the better. You think you will remember but there’s a lot going on. Take notes.

5. Bring your smile and look forward to getting to meet other bloggers and company representatives, and that means looking up from your phone now and then.

Have fun! I’ll see you there!

 

Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20….Seriously

Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20…Seriously.

 

THE AWARD-WINNING ANTHONY DAVID SALON BURLINGTON TO HOST CUT FOR A CURE 

Supporting Sarcoma Research at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center

When:  Sunday, March 1, from 11-2

Where: Anthony David Salon

120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

 

On Sunday, March 1, from 11-2 the Anthony David Salon, Burlington, MA., will host the first annual Cut For A Cure to help raise funds for Sarcoma research.  The event was created by Marian Sales, a five year cancer survivor. Marian promised herself that on her 5th anniversary of cancer freedom she would create a fundraiser to give back to the Hospital that saved her life and the lives of many others. To honor her commitment to raise money, Marian enlisted the help of Anthony Vitale, owner of the Anthony David Salon. No stranger himself to raising funds for many worthwhile causes, Anthony immediately signed on and together they created Cut For A Cure with the hope of raising at least $5,000.

Their idea – offer amazing haircuts (valued at $65 and up) for a $20 donation. You can help by getting a great haircut or just donate online if you can’t make the event.

The super nice and talented stylists will cut your hair – and if the hair is more than six inches long it can be donated as well. Or donate directly to Cut For A Cure: Supporting Sarcoma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

All proceeds raised will support Sarcoma Research.

What’s my connection, you ask? Well, last month I visited this salon to review it ( look for it here) and was so thrilled with the results that I just made another appointment. Fantastic, talented, caring people and a lovely place.

Anthony David Salon is located at 120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA. 781 272-0002.

For more information contact:

cutforacure@yahoo.com 

or

Anthony David Salon

or

Cut For A Cure

This initiative is a registered Mass General Community Fundraiser. Mass General does not enter into direct sponsorship of this effort, provide any financial support, or assume any liability for its conduct. Massachusetts General Hospital is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. To learn more visit giving.massgeneral.org

There’s School Tomorrow…Finally!

There’s School Tomorrow! Now that you’re dug out…time to get all your errands done!

Like going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, maybe pick up some Valentine’s Day gifts. I, ahem, may or may not have eaten some intended gifts during the hunkering down time. Note to self – next year buy non-consumable items like the ones at Linden Square. Don’t worry – they have chocolate, too.

Roche Brothers and CVS are both in Linden Square which makes shopping there practical, too. Here is a lovely gift-buying guide to help you with some ideas. Just don’t get snowed in and decide you are going to keep them for yourself – more snow coming on Thursday – you may not have time to replace them, and for goodness sake, don’t get edible gifts! Check out some sweet ideas below and then scroll down to see what else is happening in the Square. I got the sweetest newsletter and copied it for you – you are welcome.

http://www.shoplindensquare.com/events/

Shop our Sweet Deals and Gift Ideas.
We promise we won’t kiss and tell. Enter our Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes
by Feb. 14 to win one $25 gift card from Sara Campbell and Tobey Grey.
No purchase necessary to enter; must be 21 years of age or older.

Body in Motion

Powerful love!

First Barfusion Class FREE and new client special $99 unlimited. Only available to new clients; expires 30 days from purchase.

CERI

Give a little Ceri love for your loved ones and receive 14% off your accessories purchase from 2/12 through 2/14.

California Pizza Kitchen

SWEET Deal for 2 just $32

One appetizer, two entrees, one dessert. Available only Wednesday, 2/11- Sunday, 2/15.

Fitness Club for Women

Give the gift of HEALTH.

Purchase a 10 Visit Class Card for only $75 (a $75 savings). Only available to first time members.

Kenzie

Gifts from the heart

Lemon Tee Shirt with Sparkle Heart, sizes 7-14, $46
Ribbon Bracelet with Heart Clasp, tween sizes, $26
Gold Foil Heart Poster from Natural Curiosities – Call for pricing and details 781.237.3666

Impulse by Adamas Fine Jewelry

Shower her with hugs & kisses

Heather Moore “I love you” Charm, Sterling Silver and 14k Yellow Gold $1,040
Private Collection 14k Yellow Gold and Pave Diamond “X” ring $1,410
Rebecca Lankford Yellow Gold and Pave Diamond “XO” Bracelet $385
Suzanne Kalan 14k Pink Topaz and Black Diamond Studs $616

Pinkberry

A sweet for your sweetie!

#SharetheLove with a Pinkberry Gift Card

Qdoba

Get Saucy on this Valentine’s Day!

On February 14, Buy One Smothered Burrito, Get One Smothered Burrito Free — for just a kiss!

Salon Maleah

Love is in the hair. Give the gift of style.

Foil Highlight, Cut & Blow Dry & Conditioning Treatment for $200.
Blowout Bundle – Buy 4, get one FREE for $140.
Marula Products $25-40

Tobey Grey Boutique

Put a ring on it!

Printed Village Scarves, the perfect price points $38
Vita Frede Bracelets and Rings ranging from $154-$460
Joie top, sexy and comfortable $298

Tiny Hanger

First crush

Wee One’s Valentine’s Day Bows $7-10
Tiny Hanger Heart Shirt & Heart Luna Leggings $28 & $46
Valentine’s Day Trumpette Socks $12.50
Bambeeno Heart Cashmere Sweaters $70
Tiny Hanger Heart Shirt & Heart Tutu $28 & $28
Rock Candy Bracelets $16
Tiny Universe Valentine’s Day Dress $62

Unleashed by PETCO

Decorate your own heart-shaped cookie for your furry friend.

Come in 2/14-2/15; while supplies last.
or call 781.416.1800.

 

The Best Present and an Easy Resolution to boot

The Best Present and an Easy Resolution to boot.

The short answer is health.

The longer answer includes taking care of yourself and your family, and while there are many factors out of your control, there are a lot of things you can do to keep everyone healthy and not so stressed out. My family had some health issues this holiday season, some minor and some not so minor, and staying healthy and unstressed is my goal for us in 2015.

Obviously – the basics always apply. Eat healthy food. Exercise regularly.

Okay, sure, sounds good. What I wasn’t considering was additional body work that affects your overall heath. So while there is no shortage of options and everyone has a favorite, here are a few suggestions –  yoga for working on your core and calming down, Reiki and/or meditation for even more calming, and stretching and massage for overall wellness.  And I love getting a massage, I just don’t do it very often, maybe it’s the frugal thing I have going, or a concern that it takes so much time. But I learned that it doesn’t have to be expensive and a whole day spa experience, it can be a built in wellness appointment that you make for yourself.

IMG_1462Two weeks ago I received a gift card to Massage Envy on Needham Street in Newton, and I made an appointment. While I drive by it on the way to my usual places (Home Goods, Marshalls or T.J. Maxx), I had never been in. And when they called the day before to confirm the appointment, it occurred to me to find the gift card. Sadly, this thought was not acted upon. Fast forward to the next day (surprise) when I realized that I had no idea where the gift card was – great.

I called Massage Envy and left a possibly frantic voice-mail about not being able to find the card – should I reschedule? They called back while I was still in my driveway assuring me that it was fine and to head on over. I’m so glad I did! Obviously my holiday stressed self really needed a re-set and this was the perfect way to recharge, reflect and slow the heck down.

The waiting room was warm, comfortable, quiet and welcoming with sunlight streaming through the huge windows. While I filled out a Massage Wellness Chart, the wonderful people behind the desk gave me a warm neck wrap and some spring water to keep me hydrated. Not a bad start.

Then my massage therapist and I talked about specific areas in which I might be experiencing pain, or would like to address during the massage. The treatment room was clean and pleasantly lit, and the heated massage pad on the table was an unexpected bonus. But the biggest bonus was how I felt post-massage – terrific, calm and centered and much less scattered and anxious. Also, my neck and shoulders felt completely tension free. Evidently I hold some tension in my neck. Go figure.

Massage Envy in Newton has an extraordinarily lovely group of professionals working there, which is evident  in their kindness, energy, and ties to the local community. From the Toys for Tots donation box in the waiting room to the well wishes cards taped to the wall behind the desk, you can just tell this caring group of people will do their best to make you comfortable. Check out the monthly plans – don’t worry, you don’t pay if you don’t go – the session rolls over to the next month or you can gift it to someone else which is nice, too.

From the Massage Envy website:

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management.

There are over 1,000 Massage Envy locations across North America. So, to find one near you, find them on Twitter or Facebook or go to the website. I think I’ll be better served health-wise if I make this a regular stop on my route. This is a prescription for health that’s going to be easy to fill!

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate for a massage to facilitate this review. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

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