Feet First: Sheva Thai Spa New York

Did you know your feet are one of the most vital parts of your body and that the overall health and wellness of your body really begins on the bottom of your feet? Many illnesses can be diagnosed with just what’s going on with your feet; foot or heel pain not caused by heels, swollen feet, burning sensation in your feet, foot spasms, and other factors can be indicators of bigger problems happening in your body because nerves in our feet are connected to different areas of our bodies. These sudden foot indicators can highlight poor blood circulation, dehydration, or imbalances in our nutrient levels, plus all our body’s weight is put on our feet, so it’s very important to take care of them. As Spa Week approaches, we want to introduce you to Sheva Thai Spa New York, a stunning spa which boasts heavenly, traditional Thai spa treatments that will rid your body of all tensions and stress.

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If you’re like us, then you love walking the city (we’ve been known to walk 20+ blocks just enjoying being out and about taking in the sights), or maybe you work on your feet all day, or maybe you’re an avid runner. If any of these sound like you, then you need to visit this amazing spa. We had the pleasure of partaking in an indulgent (and much needed) Signature Sheva Foot Treatment with Thai Foot Soak at Sheva Thai Spa New York.

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Get ready to enjoy a Thai foot soak using the finest blend of sea salts and essential oils to soothe achy muscles and joints to condition and soften the skin, followed by an organic sucrose and seed oil scrub to facilitate skin renewal and hydration followed by a detoxifying foot masque and hot towel wrap to eliminate toxins. This Signature service ends with a 35-minute foot, hand & arm massage, utilizing ancient Thai techniques with the therapist targeting and relieving all your muscle tightness and discomfort, promoting full mind and body relaxation.


We had the pleasure of not only enjoying this decadent foot massage and treatment but also meeting and speaking with Naomi Hurvit, the elegant owner of Sheva Thai Spa. You can see this interview below:

As we mentioned, Spa Week begins in a few days, April 11th to be exact, and what better time to try out one of the wonderful $50.00 spa treatments Sheva Thai Spa New York is offering. Below are the three services you can luxuriate in during Spa Week

  1. Sheva Facial with Organic Enzymes and Light Extractions 60 Minutes $50
  2. Month of Unlimited Nam Manicures $50
  3. Signature Sheva Foot Treatment with Thai Foot Soak 45 Minutes

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This New York flagship, located at 500 Lexington Avenue, is the luxury Thai Spa’s first expansion outside of Asia. This express model of the spa is specifically designed with traditional Royal Thai method treatments, customized and abbreviated to service the busier schedules of New Yorkers while still providing the same level of relaxation and benefits of its Asian location.

Could your feet use a bit of pampering? Will you be taking advantage of Spa Week’s $50 treatments at Sheva Thai Spa New York?

Spa Week Event: Pamper Yourself with #50dollartreatments

Hello fellow budget tracking readers, it’s springtime so you know what that means, it’s time for a little spring pampering. Did we say pampering? We meant affordable pampering, thanks to the biannual Spa Week event. That’s right, its time once again to enjoy in luxurious spa treatments at a budget-friendly price. Thanks to Spa week, hundreds of spa, wellness, and fitness facilities across the country are offering premium full-service treatments at the major discount of $50 each (these treatments are priced at $100-$500).

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Set your calendars for April 11th, ladies and gentlemen, because that is the beginning of the week-long Spa Week event where you can select your favorite spa treatments from the participating locations and book your appointments for what we’re sure is some much-needed pampering. Several spas are offering to die spa treatments. For those of you inundated with technology burdens, Haven Spa in New York City offers a unique Geek Massage (Reg. $100) that was created to relieve the stress from hours of computer usage, and clogged pores from having your phone connected to your face all day; Holistic Touch in Virginia is offering a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (Reg. $130) to improve your skin’s tightness, clarity and evenness of tone; the Holistic Touch in Illinois will indulge you in their Spa Oceana Stress Relief Treatment (Reg. $100) as stress-relief body treatment; KUR Skin Lab in New York City has an Office Relief Massage (Reg. $125) to help relieve your tight muscles and tense necks; and all Red Door Spas are offering a De-Stress Body Treatment with exfoliation (Reg. $255), an aromatherapeutic body wrap and a relaxing scalp massage to melt stress away and rebalance your spirit.

Spa Week April 11th-17th, 2016 countdown

The countdown to the Spa Week event has begun and the complete list of treatments and spa and wellness locations became available on www.spaweek.com on March 21st, so you can book your $50 treatment now (we advise you book your treatment in advance). You also have the opportunity to spread the gift of wellness by purchasing a Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week, which is accepted at over 8,000 spas and wellness locations across the US. The best part about the Spa & Wellness Gift Cards is that it can be used during Spa Week or any time of the year, without expiration.

Will the Spa Week $50 treatments encourage you to treat yourself to a bit of pampering? What spa treatments are you most looking forward to enjoying?

Travel With Us: Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos Mountains

If you’re a child of the late 80’s then you certainly remember those famed commercials for “beautiful Mount Airy Lodge”, where all you had to bring was your love of everything. Today’s Mount Airy Casino Resort is still beautiful and just like before, wants you to bring your love of everything, from gambling, to luxurious spa treatments, your foodie appetites, love of concerts, worldly music and performances, and your love of giveaways. We had the pleasure of a wonderful and much-needed weekend escape to Mount Airy Casino Resort, located in the picturesque Poconos Mountains, right after NYFW (we had an amazing view of the frozen lake outside our window).

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If you’re expecting to see the old Mount Airy from the old commercials, you will be very wrong, the original Mount Airy Lodge which closed in 2001, was completely torn down, and the new Mount Airy Casino Resort was built from scratch. The old honeymoon hideaway is gone and has made way to be a family-friendly casino resort. The only thing that remains of the old Mount Airy, is the name. Gone are the heart-shaped tubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, velvet canopy beds, and the other old remnants the old hotel was known for. What replaces the old decor are modern design elements that are both stunningly elegant and rustic. The hotel’s interior boasts boldly stated panache that’s breathtaking to behold. Every bit of design detail was personally chosen by the new family of owners, who are obviously blessed with great taste.

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From its architectural influences, cubism-inspired design details, its mix of rugged and glamorous embellishments (we especially love the stunning crystal chandelier directly over the stone waterfall in the lobby), stunning, spacious bathrooms, and plush pillow-top beds, one can’t help but fall in love with the resort’s modern and sophisticated decor. Our Deluxe King room (pictured below) was exquisitely decorated with subtle tones and hues that beautifully played up the various prints and patterns of its decor.


As we stated before, the Mount Airy Casino Resort is a family-friendly casino. This means that if you are a fan of online gambling websites and enjoy playing Poker Online, this could be the perfect vacation destination for you. However, if you don’t like to gamble, or if you’re not yet of age, there’s still so much to enjoy. A feature we particularly enjoyed at the resort was that the gambling areas didn’t encroach on the other available amenities. There’s no threat of hearing the telltale noises of slot machines and other gambling noises to disturb you from enjoying the amazing food from Mount Airy’s onsite restaurants, the wonderful, full-service spa, the Xanadu-esque Get Wet pool area, golf, horseback trail riding, and skiing. In fact, once you are away from the gambling areas, you’d swear you were just at a wonderful We completely indulged our foodie souls at Mount Airy. The hotel’s main restaurants include the upscale Bistecca by Il Mulino (pictured below), casual Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen, the Pan-Asian Lucky 8 Noodle + Sushi Bar, and The Buffet (pictured below).

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Our favorite foodie escape was Bistecca by Il Mulino, a world-class Italian restaurant where we indulged in the most decadent and unforgettable meal.We’re still relishing in the memory of the flavorful Grilled Octopus with White Beans and Tomato appetizer, delicious handcrafted cocktails, and the perfection that was the Capellini Ai Frutti di Mare.


No matter the season, lounging in one of the Get Wet private luxury cabanas (which boast day beds and televisions) or dipping into the heated, 51,000 square foot, indoor/outdoor Get Wet Pool, Bar & Nightlife is a wonderful way to enjoy a care-free day or enjoy some after-dark entertainment when the sun goes down. You can enjoy a drink or some light dining while you relax inside or relish in the scenic views of the resort’s lake and golf course on the outdoor deck.

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For those of your who need a bit more in the way of relaxation, the resort’s Spa and Salon will finish you with an afternoon or early evening (the spa closes at 8 pm Mon-Sat) of luxurious pampering, which includes massages, nail and body treatments, hair and makeup, spray tanning, etc. We had the pleasure in indulging in the Mount Airy Signature Massage which left our muscles feeling wonderfully relaxed and tension-free. The 55-min massage exactly what was needed to relieve the stress from the craziness of NYFW.


Our weekend escape ended with a night full of fun-filled entertainment at the onsite nightclub, Gypsies Lounge, where we were treated to a night of Vietnamese pop music. The eye-catching nightclub offers a vast array of entertainment including singers, dance performances, comedy shows, and celebrity appearances and performances, as you sip on cocktails or dance the night away. Upcoming shows include Sinbad, Berlinda Carlisle, Gilbert Gottfried, Richard Marx, and Gary Owen.

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Those who prefer to enjoy their drinks on the gambling floor or are looking for a place to “pre-game” can do so at The Glass Bar, centrally located right in the middle of the Mount Airy Casino Resort floor. If you rather gamble on your golf game, the famed Mount Airy Golf Course will officially open for the season on March 21st, 2016. *Quick golf side note, the PGA of America celebrates its Centennial this year and a round or two of golf is a great way to not only enjoy the outdoors but playing the game has amazing health and wellness benefits. The Mount Airy course was inspired by Sports Illustrated’s “Best 18 Holes in America”, the course is known for its distance drives and 6,500 yards of manicured greens.

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Before and/or after your golf game, relax in the Mount Airy course’s clubhouse, Drinks & Links, and the Golf Pro Shop. Enjoy the clubhouse’s full-service bar, restaurant and lounge amenities: outdoor deck overlooking the Pocono Mountains, state-of-the-art locker room, and shower facility, and the pro shop’s full selection of apparel, clubs and accessories, book a golf lesson or a group outing, or just do like we did and just enjoy walking the grounds taking in its beauty.

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We truly enjoyed our weekend at the Mount Airy Casino Resort, it was a wonderful experience. We can’t wait to revisit the resort again sometime during the summer to either enjoy their July 4th festivities or one of their outdoor celebrity concerts. If you’re planning on any weekend getaways or extended trips away, we recommend adding the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos Mountains. Whether you’re a gambler, golfer, or foodie, you’ll enjoy every moment.

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Counting Down to the Spa Week $50 Treatments

As you can probably tell by all the tweets, Instagram, and Facebook posts, New York Fashion Week is upon us. This is the season where we give up our lives for a week or so to worship the Spring collections of the fashion gods, and would-be gods (shout out to the upcoming designers). As you can imagine, the strenuous activity of running all over New York from show location to show location in heels (and this unbearable heat) can take a toll on one’s skin, body, hair, etc. This is why we’re so looking forward to some pampering during the upcoming Spa Week, October 12th – 18th, which can’t get here soon enough. Are you ready for the Spa Week $50 Treatments?

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Spa Week has been around for eleven years, so we’re pretty sure you are familiar with it, but just in case you’re not, here’s a little insight: Spa week is a week-long event that happens twice a year and offers some of the most indulgent spa treatments, from facials to massages, hair removal, waxing, and so on, for only $50 each.  Every April and October, hundreds of spa and wellness locations across the US provide two to three full-service spa treatments at this wonderfully low price. This limited time discounted rate offers everyone access to luxurious pampering that they possibly couldn’t afford at their regular rate. This is the perfect time to treat yourself or a loved one to a few hours of pampering. A Spa Week treatment makes a wonderful gift for anyone without destroying your budget.

With thousands of spa & wellness facilities nationwide, finding a spa near you is easy. Log on to the Spa Week website to search for $50 spa treatments using your city and state or zip code, book an appointment for your favorite Spa Week $50 treatments online at www.SpaWeek.com, or by calling your spa of choice, go in for your appt, and enjoy your treatment…it’s that easy. You may find yourself taking advantage and booking more than one treatment. At this low price, that’s a wise decision. Once we’re done with New York Fashion Week, we may need a massage, pedicure, and facial; the fact that we can get all three for less than the price of a great facial is amazing in itself.

So take it from us, you don’t want to miss out. We highly recommend you take full advantage of this week of affordable decadence, your body, mind and spirit will thank you; so book your appointments now! We’re really looking forward to these treatments and can’t wait to indulge. Are you looking forward to Spa week? What Spa Week $50 treatments would you get?

MUST SEE SPA | Red Door Spa at The Chatwal Hotel

Red Door Spa at The Chatwal Hotel

At 2,400 square feet, the new Red Door Spa at The Chatwal Hotel in NYC boasts three expertly appointed spa rooms, three private changing suites with steam showers and a manicure and pedicure studio. An all encompassing spa menu of renowned signature services, enhanced specialty treatments and wellness recommendations, offers skincare, massage and body treatments as well as nail care and Arden’s renowned wax services.

The Red Door Signature Facial with PREVAGE® restores radiance to all skin types, the Oxygen Infusion Facial, provides a one-two punch of oxygen and collagen to replenish and hydrate skin. This fab new spa also boasts a Jacuzzi spa and a saltwater lap pool designed to simulate through natural water currents. To escape to indulgence, check out the Red Door Spa at http://www.thechatwalny.com/Spa-Fitness.

Spa Week is Back | Book Your Facials, Massages, etc, Today!!

Oh you hard working ladies and gentlemen it’s time again to indulge in some pampering – it’s officially Spa Week. This time around, April 15th is not just reserved for Tax day, it also marks the beginning of the week that allows you to take advantage of the amazing spa and wellness treatments including facials, massages, hair removal, eyelash extensions, hair cuts, body scrubs, etc for only $50.00.

That’s right, from April 15th until April 21st, we over-stressed NYC locals and visitors can forget our worries as you get the relaxing services at spas like the Revive Spa at the Out NYC Hotel. Visit http://www.spaweek.com/ to book your $50 treatment now!

The Spa at the Out NYC Hotel

The 5,000 square foot Spa at the Out NYC Hotel (pictured directly below), who offers a full menu of spa treatments for men and women, includes an expansive glass-covered atrium and a 15-foot waterfall that sets the stage for relaxation. Your spa experience starts with our custom changing room with steam and sauna, and leads you to our spa facilities including full-service spa, Deck and Gym.

Amongst the atrium and waterfalls, you will find everything from cabanas and lounge areas to hot tubs and cooling showers. We are excited to take great care of you through our menu of custom crafted massage, facials, body treatments, men’s grooming and Sugaring hair removal. Follow up your treatment with hydrotherapy baths, or continue on to our Yoga classes and personal training in our private members only gym. To visit this oasis in Times Square, go to http://theoutnycspa.com/.

Spa at Home With Moen Showerheads

In this economy, we’ve had to make some great sacrifices. I’m not just talking about the major luxuries like dinner out a few times per week, the “you’ve had a bad day” retail therapy, etc. I mean the new essentials like gym memberships and the once in a while spa visits to de-stress from working so hard. Fear not though, fellow rat racers because with companies like Moen, you can indulge in a spa experience at home. One of Moen’s amazing products is the Banbury® Spot Resistant Five-Function Combination Showerhead with Handshower in Spot Resist Brushed Nickel

Moen’s Banbury Collection highlights timeless nostalgia for traditional versatility with both a classical and sensible tone. This particular dual showerhead features Spot Resist™ brushed nickel which resists fingerprints and water spots (this also makes for easy, worry-free cleaning). Both the showerhead and the handshower have five settings that are sure to ease those tired muscles, whether you need a Relaxing Massage, Energizing Massage, prefer a Wide Spray shower, Wide Spray & Relaxing Massage combo or a Wide Spray & Energizing Massage combo. Each setting are easy to change, so there is absolutely no stress involved. What’s my favorite feature about this amazing shower experience (besides the money I’ve saved on massages), the fact that both heads are able to function at the same time

So take advantage and enjoy a combination massage experience – energize and relax your body at once or target two specific areas at the same time. My problem areas are usually my shoulders and lower back, with this beauty, I am able to target them at once. Moen Showerheads, faucets and all its products are available nationwide at such retailers as Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc and online at Faucet.com.