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Attention Brides! Washington Wedding Experience- Jan. 12th

Attention Brides! Washington Wedding Experience- Jan. 12th

Don’t stress yourself out doing all your own wedding research. Make life easier and attend the Washington Wedding Experience bridal show. Why waste your time doing all your wedding research when you can go to a bridal expo and find all the help you need! Wedding dresses, photographers, music, flowers, fitness, favors and much more! Buy your tickets today!

Benefits of Massage

Did you know?

According to the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), 44% of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2010 and July 2011 received it for medical or health reasons compared to 35% the previous year.


Of the people who had at least one massage in the last five years, 40% reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness.

Massage is not just for relaxation. So the next time you reach for your Advil or other pain medication, consider making a massage appointment instead.  Feels great and the benefits are all natural!

7 Ways to Get More “Me Time” In Your Life

During spa parties I often hear, “I am way too busy. I wish I could have you guys over every week!” Of course most people would LOVE to have a spa professional pamper them at home on a regular basis, but what is the real issue here? I probe, “How much “me time” do you set aside in general for yourself?” I hear crickets…

In our fast-paced society it can be challenging to take some time out for YOU. With work, kids, significant others, businesses to run and friends to entertain, there seems to be a never-ending list of scheduled activities throughout your day. I totally understand!

What I learned is that spending time alone not only allows you to get to know yourself better, but it brings about so much clarity and results in you being more focused and having more direction in life.

Don’t believe me? I challenge you!

Here a few ways to steal a little “me time” for yourself. It might seem hard to fit these in your day at first but, with time (and when you accept the fact that you deserve it), you’ll come to really look forward to and cherish your times of solitude.

1.      20 Minutes for Mommy. This is a wonderful rule for anyone with a busy home life. It’s a rule that allows you 20 minutes of “me time” as soon as you get home. No one can tell you about their day, ask you to sign a permission slip or hound you about what’s for dinner until after you’ve had your 20 minutes to decompress from a long day at work. You don’t have to be a mom to have this rule either. Works great for roommates and family members too!

2.      Morning Ritual. This one is tough for me because I’m trying to be more of a morning person but, for you happy early risers out there, you get to enjoy an extra hour or so to think, read or exercise before work. This process can also give you time to focus yourself before the day starts

3.      Park the Car. For the super busy folk, enjoying “me time” can be as simple as parking your car. Your job is hectic, your house is always noisy, sometimes you just need to park your car somewhere quiet and collect your thoughts. This can guarantee you some alone time to think, read or plan out your goals. Don’t forget to put your phone on silent though!

4.      Read. Adopt a reading habit and use books as a way to enjoy your own solitude. Be sure to read books that truly relax you and put your mind at ease. Sometimes when I read self-improvement or industry books it gets my mind racing and all excited and I want to start working again! Reading a good novel always does the trick to calm me down. Plus it’s a brief escape from my hectic life.

5.      Turn off the Tube. This is the BEST way to enjoy “me time” in my opinion. Television can be huge time waster and it’s easy to get caught up in reality shows and movies. Try turning the TV off and enjoying the silence of your home. Added bonus: If you have kids, turn the TV off and see what constructive and interesting things they think of to pass the time. You’ll be amazed!

6.      Five-Minute Thought Breaks. The next time you feel the urge to check your e-mail, spend five minutes just thinking instead. Focus on your current surroundings or the work you plan to do next.

7.      Stop the Music. I love listening to music. But silence can be better for focusing your thoughts. Turning off the iPod or radio for a few minutes during your commute can give you a chance to think.

Try one (or all) of these today and write back to let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear from you!

Take care of yourself & stay pampered,

Sorority Gives Back at Community in DC

VIP was there to support the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on Saturday, August 10th at THE ARC in SE, DC. There was food, face painting for the kids, health screenings, and we provided free chair massages! Free school supplies were also given to all the kids in preparation for the upcoming school year.

The Deltas put on a fabulous event and we look forward to working with them again next year!

  Photo: She supposed to be helping!



It seems there are more and more people fighting the battle with acne. Here are some tips to help win the battle:
The best way to treat acne is by changing your diet and getting rid of acne-causing ingredients such as fried foods.
A healthy diet rich in natural whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans is the first recommendation for treating acne. Foods containing trans-fatty acids, such as milk, milk products, margarine and other synthetically hydrogenated vegetable oils, should be avoided. It seems the prevalence of acne in today’s world is built into the typical modern life diet. We tend to eat fried foods in large quantities, usually cooked in the most harmful of fats and oils.
Acne cannot really be cure by only using creams and soaps because the root of the condition lies beneath the skin. Pimples and blemishes are caused by bacteria and other irritants embedded underneath the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles, which are generally caused as a result of improper hygiene and poor diet.
A skin-healthy diet emphasizes raw and lightly cooked vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables that contain valuable trace minerals and are rich in fiber. Also include lean protein sources and complex carbohydrates, such as rice, whole-grain bread, and potatoes.
Foods rich in vitamin A, like apricots, watermelon, and broccoli, as well as foods like lean beef, nuts, beans and whole grains that are rich in zinc can also be helpful in reducing acne breakouts.  Once again, it is imperative to drink LOTS of water to help flush the toxins out that contribute to acne breakouts.