Piscataway Welcomes Massage Envy




Guess who just opened up in Piscataway, NJ? Massage Envy!

I am a huge believer in massage and think everyone should get them on a regular basis. Facials too (although I’m not the best at getting them on a regular basis). So when I heard that a Massage Envy was moving into my town I was super excited. Getting a massage on a regular basis (at least once a month) is so good for you. It’s not only good for your body and makes you feel good, but its good for you mentally. It helps with stress and anxiety as well as your physical pains.


I made an appointment with Keisha for a relaxing massage. When I arrived I was greeted by the front desk and I filled out some paperwork. Then one of the ladies at the front desk sat down with me to review the paperwork and find out my problem areas and explain how my experience would be. Keisha came out and we walked into the back and she asked me my problem areas. I always have issues with my scapula and near my shoulder blades. Probably from being at a computer and using my phone all day. There was a large poster on the wall of the body so she marked on it with the spots that were bothering me. Keisha did a great job and it was definitely a very relaxing massage.

After chatting with the salon manager she invited me back to do a face scan. Which I will admit I was terrified of. The machine wasn’t in the office that day which is why I scheduled an appointment to go back.

When I came back I met with Briana. She brought me back and had me sit down at a machine. Then I put my chin in and WOW you see EVERYTHING! It’s like a black light and there’s a mirror so I was able to see all the spots as well as her. This girl needs some eye cream STAT! My under eyes were super dry. That was the worst of it. Other than that it was better than I had anticipated but when I looked in the device under my eyes were just bags of dark purple and was a little freaky. But I’m glad I did it because now I know I need to use eye cream every day. I’ve been a religious moisturizer user for years but have never really used eye cream much.

Comment below and tell me if you get massages or facials regularly.

Also, what eye cream must I start using?

Book Your Stay At The Library Hotel

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Every company needs to send their staff to the Library Hotel in NYC to see what customer service is. All companies should set their standards to the level that which the Library Hotel has. Their customer service is impeccable. I can’t say this person was good or that person was fine. Every single person that works there is exceptional. Every single one. It’s unbelievable.

First of all the establishment is adorable and library themed as you can sense from the name. We were greeted with a smile when we arrived and felt right at home immediately. We came to the Library Hotel to celebrate my husband Nick’s 40th birthday. He’s a self-proclaimed “book nerd” and had been dying to stay here. So we booked a stay (during the Hemmingway exhibit at the JP Morgan Library so we could attend that).

Our room was super cute and we were on the 9th floor in a 20th century history inspired room. They even surprised us with a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate. The amenities there are great. It’s the perfect place for business people to stay because breakfast is included plus a wine and cheese reception.

The first day we were there we checked out the Hemmingway exhibit then headed back to our room. We then went to the 2nd floor for the wine & cheese reception from 5-8pm. Yes its 3 hours! They had an incredible spread of cheeses, crackers, fruits, nuts and snacks as well as wines and prosecco. We walked in, made a plate each and ordered our drink. After that the girls that work there would come around constantly to all the guests to fill their glasses. I swear they try and get you drunk. They are so accommodating and so service oriented. Even if your glass is half full they would fill it up for you right away. So we had some snacks and a couple glasses of Prosecco then we headed off to dinner at the 21 Club.

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When we came back we headed up to the 14th floor to the Rooftop Bar and Lounge which is amazing. They have a couple different rooms to sit in that include fireplaces and of course more books. There are books in every single room there. We enjoyed a little night cap there and then headed up to our room. When we arrived turn down service had occurred. Which we knew happened but never to this extent. Yes the bed was turned down and chocolates left for us. However they also gave new towels and freshened up the room. But the incredible part was that they set mood lighting so you walk in and the room is lightly dimmed and they put the radio on to light jazz. Imagine yourself walking back to your room perfectly lit with light jazz playing. Never had we experienced this anywhere. Their little touches like this were consistent throughout our 2 night stay.

The next morning we woke up and enjoyed a continental breakfast which again was far more than we could have imagined. Tons of pastries, every kind of bagel, fruit, and Nutella packets you name it. Oh did I mention they have a full on coffee/tea station? You can have a latte, cappuccino, Americano, you name it you can make it in their machine and they were wonderful. Coffee, tea and cookies are available 24-7 on the 2nd floor so you can get your coffee fix any time.After breakfast we read a little on the 14th floor and just relaxed in the hotel for the day. Then we went up around 6 for the wine and cheese reception and then headed to dinner.

We were so sad to leave the following day. Everyone made us feel like it was our home and so amazing. My husband said he’s never stayed at the Plaza but thinks the Library Hotel has got to be better. They are truly top notch.

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I’m fearful that by writing this the prices will go up and I’ll never be able to get a room here again because it will always be booked. Which they deserve. Good for them, bad for me.

Special thanks to Rob, Arman, Bryan, the other doorman (sorry I forgot your name), Jessica and the 2 guys at the front desk I asked about nail salons. You all made our stay extra special.

Check out this awesome video of the Library Hotel!

I Love Best Buy!


I WON A HUGE GIFT from BEST BUY! Like HUGE!!! Best Buy has a new wedding registry within their stores and during Blogher this summer they had a booth featuring the new wedding registry. Each day they had celebrities stop by their booth for photo opps. If you tweeted you could possibly win one of the prizes featured in their booth and one person would win everything in the booth. The whole enchilada! And I love enchiladas!

That moment when Kenny Lattimore proposes to you. Priceless!

That moment when Kenny Lattimore proposes to you. Priceless!

I was completely obsessed with how cute these chairs and sofa were in their booth. Love!

I was completely obsessed with how cute these chairs and sofa were in their booth. Love!

My hubby and I had been dying to try the Nespresso. I personally think it’s because of his love for Penelope Cruz. So when I tweeted I always mentioned Nespresso because that’s what I was hoping to win. Shortly after the conference I got an email asking me for some information and that I might be a potential winner from Best Buy. Yippee! A Nespresso! Boy was I surprised when I received a follow up email that I won the whole enchilada. Like the enchilada platter! My hubby and I were at dinner when I found out and we both freaked out. I was sooooo excited.

So what did I win you ask?


Are you drooling? I know, right? CRAZY! The TV arrived just in time for football season (mind you I know nothing about football) as well as the MLB playoffs, so my hubby was thrilled (as well as my neighbors). I arranged for the Geek Squad to come install it. That was part of my winnings for them to install but I had them bring a mount for our wall and we moved another TV to another location. I paid for those services out of pocket but I have to tell you, the cost was FAR less than that of quotes I received from electricians. We wanted to have a TV mounted in our bedroom (well I did, someone hates a TV in the bedroom) but the cable had to be run from the attic. Best Buy did it all at a super low cost. Plus the 2 gentleman that came were so nice, respectful and helpful. They made great recommendations on where to put things and we are absolutely thrilled.

We have used a few of the items already but not all of them. Stay tuned as I will be writing individual posts on these items.


*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. I did win these items at a conference. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Keep Your Nest Comfortable Year Round with the Nest #ad

6913825an_0For a while my hubby and I had talked about getting the Nest for our home so that we could change our thermostat while we are away. Everyone hates coming home to a hot house or a cold house for that matter. Especially after a long travel day.

So when Best Buy reached out to me to review the Nest I was thrilled. Not only did they send me a Nest but they sent me a Netgear Nighthawk DST Router as well so I never have a dead spot in my home.


Let me talk about the Nest first. It’s pretty. I mean really pretty and super sleek. As I mentioned above I love that I can change my thermostat from anywhere. It also learns your habits and adjusts accordingly. It’s super smart! This helps save energy and money. It recognizes when you are home and away. When I walk past the Nest it lights up for a moment and lets it know I am home. How cool is that? It is super easy to set up too. There is an app for you to download which allows you to control the temperature. The app allows you to see all your energy usage which is really cool.

The Netgear Nighthawk DST Router is also a nice new treat as well. We have a few dead spots in our home and right outside of our home. So now I am able to work on my front porch or back porch without losing a signal or Wi-Fi which is so annoying.

I love that our home is becoming super tech savvy. I guess it makes sense since we are but it really is pretty cool that we have so many devices in our home that we are able to control via an app on our phone. (Stay tuned because I have a few articles coming up about other awesome devices for our home.)


*Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Allergy Season Has Begun


So it’s begun… allergy season. Both my husband and I have horrible allergies. He’s worse than me. Since we have moved we have noticed fewer allergies in the spring/summer. We thought maybe we were off the hook for the fall but alas it has begun.

There are a number of ways to control your allergy symptoms such as: Nasal saline, decongestants and over the counter or prescription antihistamines.


Ragweed is vastly becoming one of the worst culprits as it continues to get stronger each year in the US. Here’s the 411 on this sneaky troublemaker!

  • Ragweed is nearly impossible to avoid, so it’s best to learn how to protect yourself from the symptoms it causes. It is estimated that a single ragweed plant can release 1 billion pollen grains during the fall season.
  • Ragweed is a plant of the daisy family. Its green flowers produce abundant amounts of pollen so it is best to learn how to protect yourself from hay fever.
  • Ragweed allergy season seems to begin in early August, through mid-October.
  • There are 17 different species of ragweed in the U.S.

Some more tips on how to deal with allergy season:

  • Check out a previous article I wrote on the differences between Colds Vs. Allergies HERE!
  • In the early fall, keep your windows closed from 10am to 4pm. This will reduce your exposure to allergens like ragweed.
  • Clean and change air filters every three months to reduce the amount of dirt, debris, and allergens that you come in contact with every day.
  • Avoid window fans! While convenient, they tend to bring in unwanted pollens or mold spores.
  • In the fall, we start pulling out cozy quilts when it gets cold. But these can be the home to dust mites, causing your allergies to become enflamed. Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms.


CVS’s MinuteClinic website has tons of information on allergies among other things. To find a MinuteClinic near you or to learn more visit HERE!

*Disclosure – The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was provided a CVS gift card as compensation for this post.