I Can’t Believe It!

Seriously! I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my husband and I married. Our official wedding date is September 6th. This post comes so late because I’ve been super busy with life & kids I haven’t had a second to write up what a wonderful 1 year anniversary we shared.  First off, we went to Kailua-Kona, HI the weekend before our anniversary (which is actually Labor Day weekend). We had such a wonderful time on that island. I have tons of pictures to share but I’ll do a separate post on that soon.

As we continue to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, we came back to he hotel where we got married – The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, CA.  Upon arriving to the hotel we stopped and picked up a replica of the top tier of our wedding cake. Of course we didn’t freeze it…gross!  Our cake came from Rossmoor Pastries in Signal Hill, CA. We loved loved loved our wedding cake.

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We arrived to Suite 726 (which was actually the same suite we didn’t get to enjoy on our wedding night because we were rushed away to the airport & off to our honeymoon in St. Thomas, VI. No complaints here!) and there was this waiting for us…

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No! Not the Ciroc & cranberry juice LOL. The bottle of wine next to it + the cheese, grapes, orange, & crackers (not pictured).

Along with a nice card from our ever sweet wedding concierge Vanessa.

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The view from from this room is spectacular.

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We we enjoyed dinner at Shades Restaurant & Bar on property… of course the salmon was mine.

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then came back back to the room to cut into the cake…

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OMG! Yum! This flavor is California Sunrise

We took a nap, woke to watched a complimentary movie “The Shallows” then ate more cake.

It was a great night! Cheers to Forver!

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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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