Jennifer Barnes

Raw Food Movement

Teach clients how to incorporate raw food in their diets
The Big Game is less than a week away now and I can’t wait to host a watch party filled with delicious snacks and chili. It’s not the only food themed weekend coming up in February for foodies out there, Deer Lake Lodge and Spa (Montgomery, TX) , a boutique wellness resort and holistic spa, will host a raw food...

Get Fit in the Tropics

Learn how one island resort encourages fitness
Newsflash, it’s freezing across most of the country. Again. The weather is working against all activity resolutions and begging even those of strongest resolve to give in to comfort foods. Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is helping guests get back on track and warm up with the Get Fit package (starting at $925/night). This four-night getaway for two includes exhale core...

Festival Season in the Spa

Bring in more guests with celebratory treatments
Spa-goers in Trinidad can revel in Carnival celebrations without missing a beat in their spa routine. Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s Spa Esencia (Port-of-Spain)is seeing to that with a selection of treatments worthy of the colorful and festive environment. Costumes and a bright beauty look are top priorities at the Carnival scene, and guests can choose from manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyelash extensions,...

Search for Happiness

Learn new satisfaction stats to help your spa
Bliss. Contentment. Serenity. For many spa-goers, it is an ongoing search for happiness that keeps them coming back to your spa. These are the lucky ones, since a majority of people seek happiness through chemical dependencies according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study, which found more than 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug. Here's a...

Beauty Swap Meet

Find out where to swap beauty samples now
Our American Spa team gets the luxury of testing out the latest and greatest in beauty and skincare products, but companies like Birchbox, Ipsy, Julep Maven, and more make this a reality for both you and your clients. It’s pure bliss for the beauty obsessed, but in case not every box is your style eDivv.com can help. On eDivv, a...

Grain of the Month

Learn about the beauty benefits of oats
Thanks to the Whole Grains Council, I’ve learned a lot about this month’s grain of choice, the oat. Far more versatile than just as a breakfast table staple, it offers a bevy of health and beauty benefits. Here are a few to sink your teeth into: Eating oats helps lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Oats...

Renewed You Photo Contest

Check out a creative photo op contest from the The Spa at Four Seasons
Little did I know that 2014 would bring with it a bevy of contests. I may have been searching for sweepstakes this week in hopes of winning tickets to the big game on Feb. 2, but even more have found their way into my email inbox. Each seems to be more creative than the next. The Spa at Four Seasons...

Celebration for Year of the Horse

Learn how one resort rings in Chinese New Year
Though the ball drop may feel like old news, the Chinese New Year is still something to look forward to for spa-goers in search of a celebration. La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (CA) honors Chinese traditions in style on Feb. 1 and offers a special Package of Good Fortune (from $308/night), which includes accommodations, breakfast for...

Contest for Small Business Owners

Enter to win $5,000 from Fora Financial this month
It’s not too late to enter to win $5,000 from Fora Financial, which aims to foster and support the small business industry. The company launched a Facebook contest, called Project Small Biz, at the beginning of the month that runs through January 19 for fans of the page. The small business with the most likes wins the grand prize, which...

Wellness Weeks

Start out the New Year right with spa fitness packages
When a new fitness regimen is wrapped up in a relaxing spa package, it’s so much more appealing and easier to stick with weight loss resolutions. The Oaks at Ojai (CA), a fitness destination spa, is doing just that with its discounted theme weeks throughout the first half of 2014. It kicks off this month with yoga, Pilates, tai chi,...

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