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pamper thyself...

When I'm home, I don't really relax.
I'm always busy doing something...
even when all the kids aren't home..

Thanks to my in-laws who gave me gift certificates for my 45th birthday,
this past week was dedicated (sort of) to pampering Jenjen!

Since my two young adults are either working or vacationing in San Diego,
and my two younger ones are in South Jersey at Camp Grandma-Grandpa…

A manicure-pedicure...
And I don't know how - but what did I do to deserve such luxury?

A day at a spa at Short Hills Hilton’s Spa Chakra was just what the doctor ordered!

While I'm getting my massage, dh is hanging out by the pool!

A complimentary 15 minute foot massage while sipping chamomile tea...
A remedial one-hour massage at Short Hills Hilton’s Spa Chakra!
(Boy! That was awesome!)

A relaxing hour at the pool while sipping ice cold water and

Reading a very interesting thriller-book;

An hour work-out with dh that allowed me to burn just enough calories for a 100-calorie bagel and crème cheese;

Another hour of just relaxing by the outdoor pool…

A few minutes in the sauna…

And headed back in time for a great dinner and Sangria at Cranford’s Garlic Rose (yummy!)

(The above photos where taken with my Verizon env2 cellphone...)

Below are some pictures from the Short Hills Hilton's website...

You can get a massage or spa treatment while your dh enjoys the facilities for a fee.


this is where you get the foot massage...

the indoor pool...

the spa-treatment room...

the fitness center...

Mothers always take care of everyone and don't have enough time for themselves.
Even when shopping for clothes or food, our first priority is the children or the husband - before ourselves!
A few hours here and there just to hang that "DO NOT DISTURB" sign,
Does not have to be fancy, just a few time for yourself - and yours alone!
A short visit for a mani-cure and pedi-cure or even a quiet moment at Barnes and Noble - can be relaxing!
Supportive, generous and loving family members always help make life easier...
A happy and relaxed mom, is a happy and relaxed family!
Just counting my blessings...

When was the last time you pampered yourself?


  1. That sounds amazing!!! I am finally getting my hair done this weekend... is is way overdue. The last time I got my hair done was 2 days before my daughter was born!

  2. You deserve this and SO MUCH MORE JENJEN!


  3. Wow, that sounds awesome. :)

    I would love to get a body massage after next week, when the kids have more or less settled in school, guests have left... and life returns to normal.

  4. You deserve this, Jenjen!!!

    I don't remember when I last pampered myself but it must be something to do with food. You know how I live to eat!

  5. Honey,
    Dad and I are so happy that this repeat performance was a great second act!!
    We are thrilled that you enjoyed the day.
    We love you, Mom and Dad

  6. Loooove the mani-pedi! :-) I'm glad to hear you had a super relaxing day!

  7. It's great to have a break. And through that period, you are energized and ready again to face the world. Glad you had a wonderful time!!!Blessings.

  8. That looks like an awesome day. Glad you had a great time.

  9. JenJen it sounds like a GREAT day! And how fabulous that you got to enjoy it with your hubby too. What a gorgeous spa.

    And it is important to take time for ourselves. You are right, moms need to do it more often. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. What you did to deserve such luxury is to be one of the world's best mommies, wife, daughter, sister and friend to all of us who love and know you. What you had was not even close to what you deserve. You deserve all the beauty that life can give you.
    Love from your sis...

  11. Wow, that looks glorious! So glad that you got spoilt for a day!!

  12. Thank you! We all deserve to get that time off ...
    Have Fun!

  13. Wow, Jen! You are a lucky girl! Good for you. You deserve it. ;0) You are right. Moms don't take the time for themselves that they need.

    The last time I pampered myself was by having a girlfriend weekend to a Women of Faith conference in Tampa a couple of weeks ago. No kids, just girl talk and a lot of laughing. That does wonders! ;0)

    Sorry I've been MIA lately. The combination of sickness and busyness is not good!


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