It’s My Birthday!

Today is the Sixth Day of the Sixth Month of the Year in 2016 & it’s my BIRTHDAY! Today i’m 35 years old & I still feel like I’m 28. I wasn’t able to celebrate with my friends & family because I (like always) am Last Minute Lucy so no one was available. I did however, receive a plethora of love from family & friends via Insta, FB, Phone calls, & text so that felt great.  My Mom& Dad both gave me Apple gift cards because they know I want to purchase a MACBook.  My mother-in-law bought me a beautiful birthday charm for my Pandora bracelet.  My hubby gave a birthday card! Which he never does, but this was my first birthday as “wifey” so I can really get used to the “Wife Life” I ordered my birthday cake from Portos Bakery  it was an eight inch Strawberry Shortcake. Delish!

Yesterday, I went back to Burke Williams simply massage…ahh! Need I say more? I decided yesterday it was my motherly & wifely duty to become a BW member so I can rejuvenitate once a month in order to give my family the best me possible.

Saturday, I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Barton G with my always & forever. We had the most amazing time! I purchased a sexy new black dress from BEBE that blew my hubby’s mind. That dress was for his eyes only. Just Kidding, I just forgot to take a picture. Smh.

Barton G, in my opinion, is a boutique restaurant with a really sexy ambiance. It’s located on La Cienega in Los Angeles (right next to Nobu, where we plan to go next).  Each item on the menu is served as an intriguing presentation. We had the Mouse Trap Mac & Cheese to start & it was THE best Mac & Cheese I’ve ever eaten at a restaurant…hands down. I can literally go just to eat this & be happy about it. Ha! See the mouse trap!

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For my celebration cocktail I chose the Cotton Candy Martini. It’s not on the menu but our waiter suggested it and it was a real treat. You’d think it would be super sweet but it wasn’t. With the added nitrogen & sexiness of the cocktails, the Hubby opted for a manly top shelf tequila shot. Boo!!! Eventually, I would like to try all their other fancy cocktails. I’m just saying.

You can check out my Nitro Cotton Candy Martini on Instagram

Our dinner presentation…the super large fork & the Lured Salmon…cute!

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The bread donuts were very different but tasty. I enjoyed the cheese bread/donut more than the Mushroom & Basil.

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For dinner I had the Lured by Salmon…oh! The crunch on the top layer was delicious! It was served with Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, & Chimichurri.  I warmed it up the next day. Shouldn’t have covered the entire piece in foil because it got mushy. Next time, I’ll put in the foil uncovered to keep the crunch.

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Hubby had the Rib Eye.  Even though he ordered it well done, it was very juicy & sliced like butter. It was served with a Bone Marrow butter for dipping and he lost his mind. & Those truffle fries! Oooh weee!

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Sorry, he took this picture while his fork & knife photo-bombed.

All-in-all “The Damage” wasn’t too bad.  It was well worth the price & I definitely look forward to going again.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

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Review: Burke Williams – Simply Massage

Photo Credit: NWR

Burke Williams simply massage

Address: 13400 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA

Have you ever needed JUST a massage without all the spa hype?  Usually, when you think of getting a massage, you think of “spa day” with the girls, or couple’s massage with the Mr. because going to the spa alone is definitely a faux pas.  Then there’s an entire day catered to sauna’s, mud bath’s, and cucumber water, when you only require a deep tissue massage to help you unwind from a hectic week.  Please don’t misread this – I love a day at the spa!  There’s no better escape from the world of calendar’s and kiddies than a day of facials, reflexology, & hydrotherapy.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being one of the first to experience Burke Williams’ simply massage location in Marina del Rey.  The idea behind the simply massage locations is that, like me, with a hectic lifestyle, being a full-time Secretary (Senior Secretary III to be exact), Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, BFF, you name it, I can never find time to make an all-day trip to a spa.  However, what I do have is an hour – hour 1/2 to stop by Burke Williams simply massage for a quick unwind to help me be a better all-of-the-above.  Let me just say, I went shopping at Costco (across the street) before going to my session. Ha!

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The ambience in the location was very relaxing.  The smell was delightful, the paint was a beautiful light turquoise with different hues of blue to bring in the closeness of the ocean.  There are also Burke Williams products for purchase if you’re into their skin care line.  My typical routine is Neutrogena (bar soap) & Ponds Dry Skin Cream so…I will not go in depth on their products right now.  hmmm…maybe I should try them out?

Upon receiving my massage, my masseuse (male) was very friendly & welcoming.  The room was dimly lit, the bed & covers were heated!  *sigh*  Quietude!  Just me, my warm covers, my masseuse & all my worries at a halt.   I definitely plan to becoming a member of Burke Williams Simply Massage.  I don’t think I can find a better way to spend $59 per month.  It’s cheaper than my $5 a day starbucks habit at $150 a month.  OMG! Was I really paying that much for coffee?  that explains a lot.

 For more details on Burke Williams simply massage & how to become a member, visit their website.

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