Mother’s Day Tips and Ideas Recap

Mother’s Day always seams to catch people off guard or we’re all just procrastinators. Walking into a Walgreen and CVS yesterday was a disaster…all of the cards were pretty much cleaned right off the displays and Publix the lines were around the corner should we say.

We put together some tips that you can do for your mother next year. Here are some cool products that we thought you might like to indulge  your mother in  and of course the best spa  recommendations in town. Pull out the pen and paper because you’re going to want to remember these for next year!

Call us crazy, but although we live in paradise, there are times we want to escape the Miami scene. It’s always fast paced and hot, so for this last Mother’s Day theme, we’re leaving Miami… leaving South Florida all together… and heading to a slower, calmer place, one where mom can relax – Cape Cod.  Why not transform your home into a “Cape Cod Cottage” for an afternoon?

To achieve this classic New England country chic look, think stripes. Dress the table with yellow and white stripes, green, blue and white, pastels, etc.  Use napkins in the same colors that contrast – or mix and match.  Use big thick mugs, cobalt blue, lemon yellow, orange and white plates.  For a centerpiece, this one we want to try to keep it light and nautical. Place fresh cut wildflowers, try daisies or small sunflowers, in rustic metal pails.  Or you can even spread out sand on table, add plenty of pretty seashells, and lay some candles in the sand.

As for food… with so many potential seafood options, where do we start?? Let’s start by whipping up some classic “boil” shrimp appetizers, some small blue crabs to pick at and corn on the cob! Now I know what you’re thinking, where’s the clam chowder? Fear not, we found a simple recipe to make the famous New England Clam Chowder, which can seem intimidating to make—but isn’t!

New England Clam Chowder

slices bacon, diced

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1 1/2 cups water

4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

ground black pepper to taste

3 cups half-and-half

3 tablespoons butter

2 (10 ounce) cans minced clams

Directions

1.  Place diced bacon in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook until almost crisp; add onions, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in water and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.

2. Pour in half-and-half, and add butter. Drain clams, reserving clam liquid; stir clams and 1/2 of the clam liquid into the soup. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Do not allow to boil.

Mom has got a sweet tooth…

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

internationally acclaimed brand for fresh, handmade European style chocolates. Their  signature chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation. Their flavors are endless I’m sure one will appease your palette.

Here are a few that you will find

  • dark coconut pattie
  • dark almond cluster
  • key lime truffle
  • milk butterscotch truffle
  • cheesecake ganache
  • Italian amaretto ganache
  • dark caramel

Misha’s Cupcakes

They make cupcakes, cakes, scones,muffins and brownies, with more delicious creations to come!

Misha’s Cupcakes truck delivers to more than 30 locations, and we are always on the look-out for fabulous places where our customers will be able to enjoy our cupcakes. they cater to your needs with the coolest designs and originality.

Shari’s Berries

Shari’s berries offer chocolate covered goodness…from strawberries, truffles, cakes, to apples. These vibrant morsels are picture perfect and melt in your mouth.

Strawberries

Succulent ripe strawberries are hand-dipped with gourmet confections, and decorated with pastel swizzles and sugar crystals especially for Mom. Our delectable berries are an Unforgettable Mother’s Day Gift.

Truffles

  • 4 Dark Chocolate Cabernet Truffles
  • 4 White Confection Champagne Truffles
  • 4 Dark Chocolate Chardonnay Truffles
  • 4 Dark Chocolate Port Wine Truffles
  • Truffles arrive nestled in individual fluted-paper cups and tucked into a box
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The only thing better than wine and chocolate is the combination of both. Popped into the mouth, the flavors of decadent chocolate and wine meld into one sensual bite. Truffles are infused with non-alcoholic wine flavorings. Truffles contain no alcohol.

Cakes

Cheesecake Medley (8″ diameter, serves 12)

One bite of this deliciously creamy cheesecake could make even the most grounded person feel like they’re walking on air. This heavenly combination features: a classic New York chocolate chip cheesecake, a luscious chocolate Rocky Road cheesecake, a raspberry swirl cheesecake with a rich chocolate crumb crust and the most decadent gooey caramel swirl cheesecake topped with chopped pecans. Gravity is clearly overrated!

A Personalized Touch

This time around make it a little more personal and take your mom’s , grandmother’s or aunt’s  favorite item and turn it into a timeless treasure for them. The Personalization Mall takes about everything and lets you create your perfect moment for it.

Day of Relaxation

These Beach Spas are still having great Mother’s Day deals so if you didn’t have the time yesterday, make sure you make some time for it before the end of the month!

The Betsy Hotel

One of South Beaches exquisite hotels, the Betsy Holds an Mother’s Day Brunch…and Extends a generous offer of 15% off Guest Rooms and 50% off Grand and Master Suites, with a special amenity subject to availability; offer valid until May 30, 2010.

Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished historic landmark hotel. The Betsy’s 63 rooms and suites are private, beachside havens where sensory details, imaginative amenities and inspirational design coalesce to produce an unparalleled experience.

Elegant, but relaxed tropical interiors and an intimate courtyard pool, maintain an aura that is passionately low-key. The Deck at The Betsy, an expansive rooftop with sweeping views of the Atlantic, offers a Wellness Garden with a full range of spa treatments, therapies and yoga. Specialty cocktails and light fare are offered on The Deck and at the exquisite lobby bar, or one may prefer fine dining at Laurent Tourondel’s new take on the modern American steakhouse – BLT Steak at The Betsy. Designed with a hint of vintage glamour, B Bar offers an exclusive and discreet version of Miami nightlife, accessible by invitation only.

Make your Reservation today: 305.531.6100

Ritz Carlton

Escape to a South Beach, FL, spa that offers an elite menu of La Maison de Beauté Carita treatments alongside an extensive menu of European wellness and beauty rituals. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach topped the 2008 Allure magazine’s A-List recognized by readers as the Best Day Spa in Miami. Featuring 14-treatment rooms, luxurious relaxation lounges, a full-service salon and two couples suites, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach hotel and spa is home to the exclusive Astro Balance Massage; a unique massage treatment based on your birth date and astrological sign.

Reservation 786 .276.4000

Mommy and Me
A perfect way to say I love you … The Mommy & Me Mother’s Day package is designed for mothers and daughters to bond over a relaxing visit to the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach, enjoying the following services:

* A Citrus Manicure and Pedicure for mother and daughter
* A mimosa for mom and a mocktail (a fruity beverage) for daughter

$168 including gratuity, complimentary parking included. Offer available throughout the month of May. Please take note it cannot be combined with any other special promotions.


Viceroy, Brickell

Viceroy Miami presents sophisticated international travelers and discriminating South Florida denizens with a glamour-infused Miami resort hotel created for business and leisure pursuits in the city’s burgeoning downtown.

Designed by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, this luxury Miami hotel on Brickell Avenue deftly juxtaposes elite residential necessities with scene-making dining, roof-raising lounging and the intuitive service and unexpected delights recognized as Viceroy signatures.

Set within the ten-acre Icon Brickell enclave, the Viceroy is the quintessential Miami luxury hotel, located at the center of this urban resort replete with skyscraping residential towers, two parks, a 28,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a two-acre outdoor living room bedecked by a 300-foot long pool, oversized outdoor fireplace, and more lifestyle flights of fancy.

Reservation: 305. 503 .4400

The Biltmore, Coral Gables

A sanctuary for the senses in the center of Miami, a place that offers peace, inspiration and profound relaxation.  Perched on the 7th floor of the iconic Biltmore Resort, with spectacular views of the golf course, the Biltmore Spa relaxes and tunes the mind and body while stimulating the senses. The timeless feeling of the Historic Landmark hotel, rich stones and warm wood, were used throughout the Spa to create a serene and restful ambiance. Here in the contemporary elegance befitting the Biltmore’s distinguished past and new splendor, each therapist is driven by a deeply personal vision of well-being.  The Biltmore Spa offers a wide array of nourishing and balancing personalized treatments from around the world and seeks to capture a connection with each guest.

Marvelous May

Take a Spa Escape at 9am or 2pm with our Signature Chardonnay 70-minute massage and pay for the price of the Signature Chardonnay 50-minute massage. Add any facial and receive 20% off your facial treatment.

*This promotion is not valid with gift card purchases or any other discounts or offers. Promotion must be mentioned upon booking and has limited availability so we encourage you to book well in advance. Promotion is available on only 70-minute Chardonnay massage reserved for 9am or 2pm. Facial treatment must be received the same day by same guest to qualify for 20% discount. Promotion is not available on Saturdays or Holidays and expires on May 31st.

Harmonize: The Art of couple’s massage

This 70-minute session enables couples to learn diverse massage techniques in the luxurious Zen Spa suite. Your massage therapist will start the session by introducing you to the benefits of aromatherapy oils and massage as a unique tool to de-stress and reconnect with each other. Each participant will be given the opportunity to choose which area they would like their partner to focus on – full body, back, hands or feet. Your therapist will then show you various techniques, before you and your partner spend time practicing on each other under the watchful eye of a professional guiding you to perfection. This is the perfect way for you and your partner to learn the art of massage, share a magical moment together and take home some valuable relaxation tools.

Cost:70 minutes Session $190 per couple

*18% gratuity not included

Consultation & Acupuncture Treatment

A comprehensive initial consultation, evaluation and extended acupuncture session utilizing sterile, disposable acupuncture needles, and topical herbal applications or other adjunctive acupuncture techniques. Herbal, dietary and/or lifestyle recommendations may also be included.

Cost: 90 minutes $150 (regular price $200)

*This promotion is available Monday through Friday and not valid with gift card purchases or any other discounts or offers. Promotion must be mentioned upon booking and is based on availability.

Happy Hands and Feet

Mango Manicure and Pedicure

Cost: $80 for 70 minutes. Reservation required.

*This promotion is available everyday  and not valid with gift card purchases or any other discounts or offers. 18% gratuity not included. Promotion must be mentioned upon booking and is based on availability.

Reservation 305.913.3187

Hope these ideas help you to get into the VIBE next year and for those few events that are still going on till the end of the month.


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