Burke Williams Day Spa: A Suburban Retreat

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The car is too quiet.

No one is demanding a different song on the CD. No one is asking for a snack. What is going on?

I am in the Mission Viejo Kaleidoscope center parking structure. As I wind up, I automatically think, “Am I going to Jump N’ Jammin? Did I pack a change of clothes in case newly potty-trained Morgan needs them?”

But wait, no one is in the car except ME.

When I pull into the Level 5 parking lot, I see the lovely doors and the gold BW sign calling to me…whispering….no one needs you for a few hours…relax…unwind…breathe. I remember why I am there, I open the doors and exhale.

Welcome to Burke Williams Day Spa, an idyllic suburban retreat where OC moms can escape and enjoy some well-deserved time to do nothing but focus on yourself. Imagine that!

I had the pleasure of going last Friday afternoon and got four solid hours of relaxation to enjoy every aspect of the lovely Burke Williams Mission Viejo.

From the moment you enter the elegant foyer, the soft lighting and soothing music transport you to another world.

The facility is spacious and heavenly.

Prior to your treatment you can enjoy amazing amenities like the steam room, sauna, expansive jacquzzi and cool mist room.

[Photo credit: Burke Williams]

No cell phones, cameras or computers allowed. Turn ’em off and leave ’em in the locker. It is a time to unplug and reconnect in a different way.

What impressed me the most about Burke Williams were the details!

To me, it’s the little things that all add up to make a seriously phenomenal experience. It seems like Burke Williams is committed to making your stay as comfortable as possible.  Let me tell you my favorites…

My floor length locker, cozy hooded bath robe, full size bath sheets, hair ties, toothbrush & toothpaste available on request, geranium & mint infused washcloths, bathing suit bags, products galore, fresh water & lemonade…pretty much anything you would need to make your pampering day just all around delightful.


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You can’t go wrong with a Montage gift card.

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My husband is a little challenged in the gift giving arena.  I wrote about him here.  Which is funny to me because women seem so simple to buy for! Am I right ladies?

To me, there are a handful of things that most women would love on any special occasion. And one of these things is some sort of gift card to be used for a little guilt-free pampering. To me, that gesture says, “you deserve it mama!

So if you are in the need for a gift for special someone in your life this holiday season, consider one from Montage Resorts, which really is the ULTIMATE gift card to receive!

There are several unique things about their gift cards, allow me to highlight for you…

1. They have made it so simple to do online. Click HERE to go to the gift card page with all the info on ordering.

2. Your recipient can use the card however they’d like to… for a spa or salon service, fine dining for a special meal, or to be put towards a stay for a weekend getaway.

3. The recipient can use the card at any Montage property! Whether they are looking for an urban escape in the heart of Beverly Hills or a seaside retreat in beautiful Laguna Beach – they get to choose!

4. You can register and protect your card online so that you never have to worry about a misplaced card.  Although if I was lucky enough to receive one of these gift cards I might sleep with it under my pillow.

So ladies, if you have a hubby like mine, you might want to accidentally forward this post as a little *hint.*  Or leave it up on your computer so when he checks his fantasy football scores he can get Montage on the brain. Subliminal hints never hurt.

Happy holidays friends! I hope Santa has one of these little cards under the tree for you this year…

{Disclosure: Montage is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Frecklebox Makes Wishes Come True

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Frecklebox, my absolute favorite online shop for personalized gifts, is making wishes come true this holiday season.  Place your order between now and December 25th, 09 and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation AND discount your order 10% for helping to contribute to this worthy cause!  ENTER PROMO CODE WISH10 UPON CHECKOUT!  What a great way to stock up on darling holiday gifts, save money and contribute to helping someone’s wish come true. 

Here are some cute ideas for holiday gifts (click on the image for more info!):


These cute growth charts come in all different styles and colors and are personalized with the child’s name.  Perfect gift for parents with a new baby or a toddler.  It is so fun to mark just how fast the little kiddos grow. A forever keepsake.


They have a huge selection of personalized books with stories incorporating the child’s name.  There is nothing more fun for a kid than reading a story featuring YOUR name!


The personalized coloring books make for a fun activity for your own little princess!

thumb-funky-monkey-personalized-lunch-box Their personalized lunch boxes are sure to be a hit on the school yard!


So much fun to return to school with a fresh, new personalized notebook!

…and shop many more fun gifts including

Stickers * Party Favors * Place Mats

* Posters * Journals * Clipboards


Happy Friday everyone!  You still have time to enter Monday’s giveaway to win a free private pilates session!  Click here for details!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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