Shrimp Alfredo Pizza

So Sorry I have been MIA since last week. I had Healthy Travel Magazine layouts due for our July issue, Fit & Well Birmingham copy due for our June issue and my latest and GREATEST new client for my media business! Not to mention, I have 3 kids, single mom, lower back disk issue, you get the drill…. Forgiven yet? I did get the amazing opportunity to go to Sedona to experience the amazing Lauberge De Sedona this weekend (typing on my flight). I slept 11 hours the first night and 12 hours the next. The spa was AMAZING!!  I’ll tell you more in in the Sept issue of Healthy Travel magazine. Now..to the SHRIMP ALFREDO PIZZA recipe! It is AWESOME and SO easy! My 3 teens devoured it! Try it and you’ll LOVE it! Happy last week of school for us! LOVE Y’ALL! Alison

 

6 Mothers Day Spa Getaways

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the most relaxing Mother’s Day spa getaways to indulge and treat herself to the ultimate spa treatments to celebrate her special day. From Mexico to Vermont, please find suggestions below.

1. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa  San Diego, CA

This Mother’s Day, moms can get pampered at The Spa at Rancho Valencia with a unique spa treatment, The Sixth Sense Ritual, the resort’s signature body ritual beginning with a soothing bath soak to relax the body and mind, muscles and joints. A massage of mom’s choice follows including a Harmonizing Scalp Massage with organic Mediterranean Myrtle, Juniper, and organic Jojoba, Avocado and Olive Oils. The experience culminates with a hand and foot paraffin treatment, providing softer, more youthful skin.

In addition, Moms can also get pampered at Rancho Valencia with a special spa treatment offered throughout the month of May. The Spa at Rancho Valencia is offering a Essential Summer Prefix

Detoxifying back treatment facial (60 min), a Ladies bikini wax (30 min), and complete with Rancho Valencia’s signature Pedicure (60 min). As moms are getting ready for summer, this back treatment gives instant radiant-looking skin tone and finished with a soft hydrated foot treatment ready for sandal season.

2. Rancho La Puerta Tecate, MX

Rancho La Puerta is the original “fitness resort” and spa welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests who come for an entire week, Saturday to Saturday, or partial-week stays of three or four nights. It’s a unique romantic escape for women and men offering over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments and therapeutic sessions. In addition to fitness and spa experiences, the Ranch offers daily lectures and workshops to inspire guests. Each week the Ranch has visiting guest speakers, talented performers and workshop leaders—authors, politicians, musicians, artists, MDs and other leaders in their fields — to present afternoon learning experiences and evening lectures. This Mother’s Day, moms can relax and rejuvenate with Rancho La Puerta’s special Head-to-Toe Candle Oil Massage, which uses the warm, scented oil from a just extinguished massage-oil candle, then employs a gentle form of massage that involves long strokes from scalp to toes, administered with a deep, caring awareness of comfort. Soon, moms will unwind, de-stress, and feel warm and revitalized by improved blood circulation.  

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3. The MODERN Honolulu is a lifestyle hotel conveniently located at the edge of Waikiki where polished sophistication and laid-back luxury combine to create an ideal resort getaway for Mother’s Day. The 353-room urban resort is noted for its chic not overdone design, friendly service and unparalleled guest experiences near Hawaii’s most popular destination, Waikiki. The Modern Honolulu provides a relaxing island getaway for mom with a special spring spa treatment that will provide ultimate relaxation. The Spa at The Modern Honolulu is offering a unique Spring Retreat Package, which features a special 80 minute Enzymatic Facial and 50 minute rejuvenating massage package. This dynamic duo offers the best of both worlds and puts the mind and body in a renewed state for a new season ahead.

4. Topnotch Resort  Stowe, Vermont

Located in the charming village of Stowe, VT, Topnotch Resort, which boasts an award-winning 35,000 square foot spa with over 100 treatments is the perfect retreat for mothers who do it all! Mothers can fully relax and unwind at this peaceful and iconic New England resort. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Topnotch will be offering complimentary decleor hydrating eye treatments with all facials reserved on that Sunday and offering a complimentary keratase deep conditioning hair treatments at the end of all massage services scheduled.

5. Rancho Bernardo Inn  San Diego, CA

The award-winning Spa at Rancho Bernardo features an outdoor spa garden and patio area with treatment casitas in which guests can receive treatments outdoors. A saline Spa Pool is adjacent to the garden area and features seven cabanas for relaxation. In 2008, readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the best resort spa in North America. This Mother’s Day, guests can indulge in the bounty of spring with the seasonal “Citrus Cherry Bliss” Made Fresh Daily Treatment, which incorporates specially selected scents and ingredients that complement the seasons of the year. Each Made Fresh Daily experience includes a body wrap, scrub and massage as well as a food and beverage offering and a take home recipe to recreate the spa experience at home.

6. Laniwai, the Spa at Aulani  Ko Olina on Oahu, Hawaii 

Laniwai is a place where moms can experience wellness along with their family. One of the only true luxury, family wellness retreats, Laniwai offers spa, relaxation and spectacular Hawaiian experiences for ages newborn and up. The Hawaiian word laniwai (lah-nee-vai) means “freshwater heaven,” and the spa lives up to its name with more than 150 treatments, including the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on the island of Oahu. With 18,000 square feet indoors and 5,000 square feet outdoors, the area includes a 2,000-square-foot Lift Fitness Cardiovascular Center, 15 treatment rooms and a full-service salon for hair, makeup and nail services.

Laniwai offers 15 treatment rooms including a couples room and a flex room for treatments for two-plus guests, including families. Treatments include body polish, vitality baths, massage, body treatments, facials, outdoor treatments. Signature therapies include Lomilomi massage incorporating lomilomi “pressure point” sticks and warm river stones; and Kilikili, including exfoliation and massage with coconut oil under streaming jets of warm waters.

Experiences that children can delight in include the ‘Ohana: Designed for 3 to 6 family members, this experience utilizes the healing touches of lomilomi (ages 5 and up) and The Makana: During this soothing therapy for parents and their infants (one-year-olds and under), one parent enjoys a treatment while the other learns the art of baby massage from a certified practitioner.

Moms and their and children will also enjoy the The Pulu Bar, which allows guests to create their own signature body polishes and scrubs by blending authentic Hawaiian fragrances, sugar cane sugar, sea salt and oils, like macadamia, kukui, and jojoba.Parents can relax in O’ahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden – Kula Wai at Laniwai. Kula Wai features herbal pools, reflexology path, six rain showers, cold and hot whirlpools, as well as “Nature’s Soaks,” 25-minute vitality baths infused with flowers, fruits, herbs and oils. Let’s go!

Being Green Juice for St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day is widely known for being one of the most fun, spirited holidays of the year but often leaves partygoers feeling like they overindulged the next day. Whether you’re looking for a healthy (but still celebratory) alternative to the typical St. Patty’s adult beverages this year or preparing an evening cure for your day drinking hangover, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has created a juice to help folks join in the holiday spirit and feel like they have the luck of the Irish in beating .

Being Green Juice is a nutrient-rich mixture of cucumber, celery, spinach, kale and lemon that’s  packed with  iron and Vitamin K to provide the much needed energy boost to either join in the festivities with fellow revelers or nurse your body back to health after a long day of celebrating. Kimpton is the first hotel brands to offer a fresh juice menu companywide and will offer this healthy perk at all properties by the end of 2014. I love them!!!

Coconut Crusted French Toast

My summer has been amazing, and last week I was beyond lucky to be in the British Virgin Islands at Peter Island Resort & Spa. It was definitely a bucket list trip, and one of the most relaxing and incredible places I have ever been. The beauty, service, and food at Peter Island is indescribable. On my last day, I had to try their signature breakfast dish, Jean Kelley’s Coconut Crusted French Toast.  When I got home, I asked for the recipe, and I could not wait to share with y’all. Jean, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has been with Peter Island Resort for over twenty years. Jean embodies the soul and passion of the true Peter Island service. Jean never forgets a guest regardless of how many years have passed between their visits. They say if  you leave Peter Island without trying one of Jean’s Coconut Crusted French Toast or cookies, you haven’t really experienced the island. Jean is also told by many repeat guests that she keeps them coming back year after year. Peter Island is fortunate to have employees like Jean who shows their dedication to delight every guest ever day, one at a time. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I did, and put Peter Island on your travel list!

Wine and Culinary Tennis Camp

When I heard about the The 5th Annual Wine & Culinary Tennis Camp at the Broadmoor in Colorado, I had to share. A tennis camp with wine and cooking? It sounds amazing! The three-day event features 9 quality hours of tennis instruction with a 4:1 student-to-pro ratio, complimentary court time and matches arranged daily, hand-on grilling demonstrations, and exclusive wine tastings. Led by The Broadmoor’s award-winning coaches, this camp will include focus on stroke production, fast-paced drills, video-analysis, and supervised match play. Guests have the opportunity to revitalize their game amid the resort’s legendary hospitality, and experience the Broadmoor

The weekend is Friday September 6-8, 2013 with the first of three 3-hour tennis sessions led by The Broadmoor’s award-winning coaches, followed by a private wine tasting led by a Charles Court’s sommelier on the Mountain View Terrace. For more information and reservations, please call 719.471.5847 or email tennis@broadmoor.com. Who wants to go? ME!

 

Healthy Travel June Issue

Since a few of you have reached out and asked me what I have been up to lately, this pretty much says a lot of it. The June (and the 2nd issue) of Healthy Travel released on the newsstands in late May, and I am really proud to be the Founder and Editor-in-Chief. I am already buried in copy for our next Fall issue which will out in September. It’s looking great, and I am so excited about the destinations and topics we will be covering. Here’s a look at the digital version of the magazine so click here and let me know what you think. Happy weekend and here is to healthy traveling! 🙂

Summer Travel Family Traditions at St. Regis Aspen

I have a great idea for summer travel! The St. Regis Aspen introduces a unique Family Traditions program, offering thrilling, adventure-packed family “experiences”, and a variety of family-friendly amenities and services. The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Traditions summer program features three seasonal “experiences”, comprised of captivating outdoor activities and adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness, to engage children and parents alike and creating everlasting memories and traditions to come. I want to go!

Summer Family Traditions Experiences Include:

  • Backcountry Sunset Jeep Dinner: Explore the great outdoors on a four-hour, off-road Jeep tour to the historic Burlingame Cabin on Snowmass Mountain, featuring a fun-filled campfire BBQ with live music and singing at the destination.
  • Fly Fishing: Escape to the valley’s gold medal trout waters for a day of private fishing, equipped with Aspen Outfitting Company’s extraordinary certified guides and gear.
  • Rafting: Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Arkansas rivers—from float trips to Class V rapids, half days and whole days. YES PLEASE! This is summer travel at its best!
Upon arrival, each child is greeted with a tasty welcome amenity, such as fresh fruit and gummy worms hidden in chocolate “dirt”, as well as housemade lollipops. Turndown amenities prior to departure include rich hot cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate coins and cookies. My kids would love this!

During their stay, children can enjoy special access to The St. Regis Aspen’s esteemed culinary team, as well as access a newly-created children’s library. I love this idea!

Children’s Programs Include:

  • Budding Chef Program: Aspiring young chefs are invited to partake in culinary fun alongside The St. Regis Aspen’s impressive culinary team with a one-hour cupcake and cookie decorating class and a one-hour vegetable art class.
  • Children’s Library: Children can check out story books to read at bed time, alongside a warm glass of milk and honey.

About The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort and has been named aPlatinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings magazine. With elegant décor, unrivaled luxury and the trademark bespoke service for which The St.Regis group of hotels is known, guests enjoy an unparalleled experience at this quintessential mountain retreat. Resort amenities include the newly opened Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant, Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, Remède Spa, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.  For reservations or more information, call 1.888.454.9005 or 970.920.3300 or visit the website at www.stregisaspen.com.

Launch of Healthy Travel Magazine: Tuesday Travel

Yay it’s finally here. I am so excited to share with you the new launch issue of Healthy Travel Magazine, my 10-year idea that finally has come to fruition. This magazine covers all of my passions, travel, health, fitness, and more. Our new magazine will be found in print inside the March issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine which is sold in Barnes and Noble stores. We will be printing 4 issues in 2013 so stay tuned to more. For a look at the first issue in digital version, click here. Let me know what you think. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates. Thank you for all of your support!

Saint Lucia “Health and Wellness Retreat”: Travel Tuesday

How awesome does this look? I want to go to “Elevate Yourself” the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Retreat” in Saint Lucia on October 4th-7th, 2012.  Leading experts will offer tips and advice during wellness seminars, beachside fitness clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations and even sunrise mediations.

Priced at US $750 per person, daily spa treatments, classes, receptions and transportation from select hotels are included. Several area resorts are also offering specially priced packages starting at US $75 per night.  For a complete schedule and more information visit www.stlucianow.com/hw

The diverse program will be led by renowned experts in the wellness field. Here’s the lineup:

·         Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert for The Today Show, will present her top ten tips for “Losing weight and keeping it off’” and share information on how to find the fountain of youth in your grocery cart.

·         Lindsay Wagner, actress and best-selling co-author of The High Road to Health, will lead a sunrise group meditation and teach how to “Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart” by releasing thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs of negative emotions.

·         John Schumacher, founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center and one of only 13 certified advanced lyengar yoga teachers in the U.S., will lead daily yoga sessions on the basic postures and breathing exercises that energize and center the body.

·         Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts in Tucson, AZ, will speak about the “Optimal Wellness” -achieving health through exercise, nutrition, behavioral modification and mental awareness.

·         Dani Devaux, creator of Blood, Sweat and Tears fitness program, will lead multiple sunset beach boot camps based on her high intensity interval training program, designed for all fitness levels.

Each day guests will find a choice of seminars, activities such as guided Rain Forest hikes, beachside Tai Chi and Yoga, and healthy cooking demonstrations.  Also included are daily spa treatments at participating resorts, including the newly relaunched Body Holiday – Le Sport among others, as well as the opportunity to indulge in the natural therapeutic benefits of Soufriere’s mineral and mud baths.

Special hotel packages include breakfast and are available at the following participating properties:

·         Bay Gardens Resorts rates start at US $150 per night for a deluxe pool view room

·         BodyHoliday-LeSport all-inclusive, per person rates start at US $275 per night

·         Cap Maison rates start at US $230 per night for a one-bedroom studio

·         Coco Palm rates start at US $75 per night at the Coco Palm Kreole Village

·         Sandals Grande Beach Resort & Spa start at US $350 per night

·         The Landings St. Lucia rates start at US $269 per night for a one-bedroom Harbor Suite

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800-456-3984, or visit www.saintlucianow.com or become a fan at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard

 

Tuesday Travel: Turnberry Isle Miami Triathlete Program

Wow this really caught my eye. I have always wanted to attempt a triathlon. Honest! When I saw this awesome training program from Turnberry Isle Miami, it really got my even more interested. Turnberry Isle Miami offers a new fitness program designed to train beginner and amateur triathletes. A first of its kind at a South Florida resort, the new Tri-Turnberry program was designed by lead Fitness Director Tait Smith and Spa Director Kirstie Bolitho—who are both avid triathletes—to cater to one of America’s fastest growing sports. This program combines new Schwinn bikes, a tranquil lap pool, winding paths around two championship golf courses and a scenic 2.9 mile jogging trail, “We thought about all the beautiful surroundings at Turnberry Isle and asked ourselves how we could incorporate all the features into a workout that’s suitable for all fitness levels,” said Smith. “For triathletes, this is a course that is sure to test physical endurance and will get proven results.”

The cost to participate is $25, and triathletes can choose difficulty and speed from three different categories: Elite, Sport and Beginner. With admission, participants also receive unlimited classes and compete in a final race held at the end of each month.

For die-hard cyclists, the resort also has introduced a new Tour de Turnberry program, which takes place at the Fitness Center on New Tour de France bikes powered by Google maps with 21 stages of the tour. The bikes feature tilting mechanism and a simulation of hugging tightly to the road.

It’s $200 to participate in the Tour de Turnberry program and each participant has 30 days to complete the program and can earn prizes at each stage, such as the popular yellow and king of the mountain polka dot jerseys normally associated with the Tour de France, for having the fastest time or best climb.

Two spaces are available at the top of every hour, Monday- Friday, and then between a period of four hours on Saturday and Sunday. For inquiries, call 305-933-6930.

 

Tri-Turnberry Class Categories:

ELITE CLASS: 20 laps in the pool, 18-mile bike ride and 5k run

SPORT CLASS: 12 laps in the pool, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run

BEGINNER: 8 laps in the pool, 8-mile bike ride and one-mile fun run