Mommy had a day off y’all! Quite literally. A day off from work, hubbie and baby. With Morgan approaching one year, I’ve finally found my stride. We are operating like a well -oiled machine these days. Everyone has a role and we are fulfilling them to the best of our abilities. It all seemed like the appropriate time for Mommy to have a mini melt down. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. It wasn’t quite a melt down as much as it was me realizing that I had let go of some of the things that made me feel happy. I am certainly not complaining but there are only 24hrs in a day and I would rather snuggle my little person than get a manicure any day. However, when my nails are chewed to the bit and my eyebrows have taken on a life of their own, it’s time for an intervention, albeit a self-imposed intervention.
Here is one thing that you should know about me, I am probably the most frugal person you will ever meet. I am not cheap because I think that cheap people buy things based solely on the dollar amount. I base my purchases on a number of things but I will not make a purchase over $100 unless I’ve thought it through thoroughly. I am a sucker for a label because lets face it, quality comes from labels and not their knockoffs. So I will do my research, find a good deal and then make a purchase. I took the same route for my Mommys Day off. With the help of Groupon I was able to enjoy luxe services for less. I have had great luck with Groupon deals. Most require that you mention the Groupon at the time of reservation (from a business perspective I understand and respect this. To fill your days with a bunch of Groupon deals isn’t going to meet the bottom line. Groupons are a great way to introduce folks to the brand not make money).
My day started out with breakfast at an NYC local coffee house, Birch Coffee. I live for a good coffee house. Upon, entry the space is small but cozy. I arrived a little after 10am and they weren’t pack but busy. Finding a seat was easy but the tables in the library go quickly. I snagged a seat by the window (I like to people watch) and ordered their breakfast sandwich, Eggs, Cheddar and Avocado on Sourdough and a macchiato. Food was quick, tasty and the macchiato quite strong. Later my company arrived and we ordered the cappuccino. Also, quite tasty. The best part of Birch Coffee is the friendly atmosphere. I sat next to perfect strangers and we quickly struck up a conversation. Perhaps the close quarters encourages this sort of conversation? Well yes. They also have talking points. If you are in need of a little conversation, they provide conversation starts to place on your table. The idea is that the environment lends itself well to meeting new people. Easily one of my new favorite places.
Next, I had an appointment at Oasis Day Spa. I booked the signature 60 minute facial and 60 minute massage. My aesthetician was Eifa and my masseuse was Joanne. Both were wonderful. I had the massage first. As normal spa protocol dictates, I left my things in a private locker, sat in the waiting area with dim lights, soft music, plush sofas, beverages and snacks. Joanne lead me to the private room where she began my massage. She checked to make sure that the pressure was okay for me and maintain it throughout. I often find that you don’t feel the effects of a massage until a few hours later but when I got up, I was lightheaded… delightedly so. After being lead back to the waiting area, Eifa my aesthetician, lead me to the facial room. She did a good job of assessing my skin, modifying her routine to my specific needs and providing a written regimen for me to do at home. She also gave me some samples of products that would help my troubled areas. Little touches like this go a long way for me. I spent a majority of the afternoon there as I took full advantage of the sauna and showers. I walked out looking like hell (facials are brutal the first day) but feeling like clouds!
Next up was my appointment with the brow man himself, Sebastian of Brows by Sebastian. When I said that my brows had taken on a life of their own, I meant it. I’ve come to realize that the wax lady at my local mani/pedi salon just isn’t cutting it anymore. The brow hairs on my face are delicate and frame my face. I need to be proactive about the care that I give them. Sebastian was wonderful! He educated me on the dangers of over-waxing, and shared a little of his story with me. I ended up getting an eyebrow tint, along with my shaping. I saw a difference immediately. I’ve worked around sales people all of my adult life, so I am pretty aware when someone is just trying to sell me something but the proof is in the pudding. My eyebrows did a complete 180 once he was done with me.
Birch Coffee- $15
$164 not including gratuities
I would say that $164 is quite the steal for a full day of pampering and feeling good. I went home to my family feeling good. I often hashtag my post with #BetterMommy #BetterMorgan and truer words have never been spoken. I absolutely love being a mom, there is no doubt about that. Anyone who follows me on Instagram can tell that it brings me great joy to share information when it comes to food, toys, products, etc. In order for me to support her well, I need to feel well, mentally, physically and spiritually. Mommy’s Day off was well needed and Morgan and Hubby will reap the benefits.