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Media Maven’s 7 Spa Deals for Deserving Dads + Spa & Wellness Gift Cards on Sale

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Hello Mavens,

It is I, Sapphire, your Elite SPAlista…with another SPAtacular Find!

Show Your Appreciation… With Spa!

Skip the balloons, generic cards, boring ties, and golf clubs… What Dads and Grads really want is SPA! After all of that hunched over cramming for finals and way too much overtime at the office, what better way to show your hard-working loved ones that you care than by getting them the muscle-melting massage of their dreams?!

From now until June 18th, you and your readers can purchase a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week® for just $85 on Plus, all other gift cards are on sale too!

The best part: Spa & Wellness Gift Cards are accepted at over 5,000 spas and wellness locations across the country and they never expire!

Tweet Cheat:  Forget the balloons and ditch the tie, get dads and grads what they really want: $100 @SpaWeekGiftCard on #sale for $85

So now that you’ve gotten Dad a Spa & Wellness Gift Card, make sure he gets the most bang for his buck. Have Pop treat himself to a Spa Deal offered by thousands of our Spa Partners who also accept the Spa & Wellness Gift Card… that’s double discounts, ya’ll! Here are some great options for Dad to choose from:

7 Spa Deals for Deserving Dads

$98 90 Min Father “Heal” Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage at Elizabeth Adam Salon And Day Spa in Chicago, IL. (Was $156)

$80 Gentlemen’s Ultimate Customized Facial with Scalp Massage or Brow Cleanup at Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa in Princeton, NJ.  (Was $105)

$100 “Dad’s Day Off” Package, includes: 60 Min Swedish Stress-Reducer Massage, Mini Men’s Facial, Foot Exfoliation, Massage, and Warm-Towel Wrap at Touch Of Tranquility Massage in Gilbert, AZ. (Was $150)

$92 50 Min Gentlemen’s Custom Organic Facial at Bella Tosca Day Spa and Salon in San Diego, CA.  (Was $115)

$95 2 Hour Dad’s Relaxation Package, includes: Deep Tissue Massage, Manicure and Pedicure at Northshore Nails and Day Spa in Glenview, IL. (Was $125)

$80 50 Min Adonis Men’s Facial at Jamachi Medi-Spa in Silver Spring, MD.  (Was $100)

$150 Just For Dad Package: 60 Min Xanadu Massage, 60 Min Gentlemen’s Facial and Spa Access  at Spa Xanadu in Arcadia, CA  (Was $190)

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Media Maven’s Top 11 Indulgent Mother’s Day Spa Deals

Lovely Mavens,

Spa Week $50 treatments may only come twice a year, but did you know that Spa Week Deals, found at, features hundreds of spa deals across North America each month, ALL year round? These deals don’t disappear in 48-96 hours like most deals these days; spa is about RELAXING, and that’s how you should feel when choosing a spa and wellness experience.

Featured this month…

11 Amazing Mother’s Day Spa Packages & Deals

All found exclusively at – click for more Mother’s Day packages and spa deals in your city!

Millennium Medi Spa – New Braunfels, TX

4 Hour Mother’s Day Package: includes 60 Min Massage, 60 Min Spa Pedicure, Facial with Vibradermabrasion, Pedi Couture Slippers and Lunch. WAS $350, NOW $210 

Angel’s Touch Skincare & Wellness – Greenbelt, MD

Mom and Daughter Spa Day for Two: includes 60 Min Massage and 30 Min Infrared Sauna. WAS $250, NOW $120 

Allure Pilates Spa - Los Angeles, CA

Unlimited TRX Group Classes with Celebrity Trainer Raul Rodriguez. WAS $250. NOW $99

Love Skincare Center – Centennial, CO

90 Min “Champagne and Roses” Microdermabrasion and Glycolic Facial + Sugar Butter Lip Treatment. WAS $95. NOW $50

Oxygen Spa Studio, Chicago, IL

60 Min Couples Massage. WAS $160. NOW $100

Bocu Salon and Spa – Commack, NY

60 Min Exfoliating Body Treatment with Vichy Shower, Aromatherapy Steam Room Session with Salon Blowout with Select Stylists. WAS $183, NOW $50

Ai Spa – Calabasas, CA

2 Hour Mother’s Day Package: includes 60 Min Clarifying Facial and 60 Min Swedish Massage. Moms only please. WAS $300, NOW $140

Belleair Day Spa – Clearwater, FL

2 Hour Mother Glows Best Package: includes Botanical Body Scrub, Herbal Body Wrap, Hydrating Facial and Reflexology. WAS $265, NOW $200

Facelogic Spa – Encinitas, CA

Mother’s Day Package: includes Signature Facial with choice of Eye or Lip Treatment Mask. WAS $99, NOW $59

Gurney’s Sea Water Spa & Thalasso Center – Montauk, NY

Mother’s Day Package: Includes 60 Min Swedish Massage, OceanView Manicure, OceanView Pedicure Plus Free SpaRitual Nail Lacquer. WAS $250, NOW $200

Jurlique – 3 locations in Manhattan, Santa Monica or San Francisco

Three 50 Min Facials (Choice of Signature Revitalizing, Skin Soothing or Skin Purifying). WAS $345, NOW $230

REMINDER: Spa & Wellness Gift Cards are on sale through Mother’s Day, and can be redeemed at over 5,000 spas in North America. They can be applied to to any Spa Deal at spas that indicate they accept our cards.

Also – a fun and easy giveaway for all my Intsa-friends… enter Spa Week’s Insta-Mom contest! Just upload a photo to Instagram anytime in May illustrating: “What does mom mean to you?” with hashtag #spaweekmom. Grand prize wins a $300 gift card.

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Fiverr Funds Summer Travel, Tuition & Bills With $5 Gigs


With summer approaching, travel and vacation plans is in full swing, haunting minds. After paying taxes and let’s not forget the high cost of gas…the cost of the “coveted escape” could outweigh the desire to get away. Yet, we caught up with a taste-maker who gets creative to make some vacation money…and it promises it can pay off.  I present too you,— a great way for anyone to pay for their travel expenses by completing micro-tasks (or “gigs”) online. Fiverr is changing the way we “work” by providing a global marketplace for buying and selling services for as little as $5—and currently lists 500,000+ gigs in 200+ countries.

Divas, you will find passionistas selling services on Fiverr who are exploring their passions and untapped talents – and getting paid for it. Web designers, cartoonists, writers, singers, voiceover artists, random people in banana suits and many more shades of “micro entrepreneurs” are paying for travel, funding school tuition, covering their bills, or even making Fiverr their full-times jobs. They love it because the work and hours are on their terms. Fiverr is great for people looking for work freedom – you can complete gigs from anywhere, get paid via PayPal in US dollars, and the money can go an especially long way when you’re overseas.

In fact,  Marko Williamson and Annie Cheney, two world travelers currently funding their globetrotting adventures with Fiverr gigs. They’ve collectively made over $10,000 in just FOUR months selling a range of services from proof reading, transcribing, photographs, and web/logo design – to help pay for their ongoing traveling lifestyle (17 countries and counting). Check out their awesome adventures on their blog –

Dog Vacay; A Traveling Dog Owner’s Dream

Hello Lovelies,

Leaving your dog at a kennel can be distressing, and asking a friend or family to dog-sit can feel too imposing. So what is a vacationing dog owner ‘s alternative?

Memorial day is right around the corner, If you want to find amazing people in your neighborhood to give your dog undivided attention and love, look no further, new site called Dog Vacay, will help you find a local home for your dog while you’re away. Pet owners who take their dogs along on trips may also use the service to find sitters or host homes in cities they visit- a great alternative if your hotel doesn’t accept pets, or if you don’t want to leave your dog in the hotel room all day.

Dog Vacay is helping thousands of dogs find their own vacations while their families travel. Dog Vacay gives people an alternative to caged kennel boarding by matching dogs with awesome home-based dog boarding where Fido will feel warm and comfy. The online community that’s free to use, matches dog owners in need of pet-care services with amazing qualified animal caregivers, all a cost of half the average kennel stay, that will keep all tails wagging.

Pets can “vacation” conveniently in the capable hands of hosts at a nearby home with a big backyard for a husky, or a one-bedroom apartment for a Chihuahua, for example, while their owners are free to enjoy a guilt-free vacation knowing their best friends are being well cared for and not missing their usual comforts of home.

Dog owners will also experience the peace of mind that comes with pre-qualified hosts, daily photo updates, 24/7 support, vet care, the Dog Vacay Concierge who can set up massages and other goodies as well as insurance coverage. A dog’s life isn’t so ruff!

Industry statistics:

•  77 million dogs are owned by 46 million U.S. households (National

Pet Owners Survey)

•  82.2% of dog owners board their animals in kennels while they

Vacation (30 million owners use 9,000 kennels every year – according

to Profile America)

•  6.8% of dog owners board their pets in kennels in order to meet

work obligations (Profile America)

•  1.5% of dog owners board their pets in kennels to attend to

emergencies (Profile America)

•  Women outnumber men three to one as kennel customers

•  62: Average number of dog enclosures at a mid-sized boarding

facility (American Boarding Kennels Association)

• Average pet owner spends $273 per year on boarding (APPMA,


Suit Up for Spring with Trina Turks & Caicos

Hello Darlings,
Trina Turk offers a fresh splash of color and elegant fit with her bright Spring dresses. Her lemon, watermelon and blueberry palette make for an artful and refreshing dress silhouettes – perfecto for your Spring wardrobe!

Shop Trina Turk!

And FYI…Grace Bay Club has teamed up with the quintessential California women’s designer to launch a limited edition capsule collection in a bright, new print conceived and created exclusively for the resort.


With the Trina Turks & Caicos collection, women can rest easy knowing the limited edition line is available in a number of styles that are perfectly suited (no pun intended!) for all shapes and sizes.  The halter one-piece offers full support and coverage for women looking to reveal little, while the string bikini is best for the not-so-shy.  The halter bikini with hipster buckle bottom is a sultry combination of both, offering support but minimizing those pesky tan lines.  And of course, for those who prefer to protect their skin from any of the sun’s damaging rays, Trina Turk also designed two tunic styles for the collection.

Shop Trina Turk!

Is the Romance of Traveling Gone?

Hello Darlings,

Expensive air fares for cramped planes, irritating baggage fees and exhaustively long security lines – traveling isn’t what it used to be in that bygone era when boarding a plane for exotic destinations held the imagination. But world traveler and writer Henry Biernacki says travel doesn’t have to be a trauma – it just depends on how you approach the journey.

For Biernacki, a luxury airline captain who has explored the world on meager means and reaped a lifetime of experience, it truly is about the journey as much as the destination. Biernacki is the author of the recently released novel No More Heroes (, which explores the inner journey of a young man who finds deeper joy in life, spiritual growth and love as he crosses borders.

“Travel allows people to live with intensity, follow their interests and enjoy the fleeting moments of each passing day spent with people they care about,” says Biernacki. “People are genuinely attracted to unknown parts and far off countries. Who cares about being lost? That is where you find the best experiences.”

Biernacki has been traveling with his rucksack since he was 17 and boarded a Greyhound bus for a journey from Colorado to Mexico. In 1997, he traveled around the world, sleeping in the streets and living amongst the humblest people, spending a scant $3,700 to circle the globe. On that journey, though, he experienced one of the most significant moments of his life:  meeting Mother Teresa just three days before her death.

He has traveled to 120 countries, including such difficult locales as North Korea, never staying in anything more luxurious than a guest house and carrying only a small rucksack and a few plastic zipper bags as luggage.

Surprisingly, it is Biernacki’s profession that gives him such an unusual perspective on travel: He’s an airline captain for Virgin America Airlines, an airline most travelers associate with the height of luxury.

His novel explores the inner journey of Niklas, a man searching for deeper meaning in his life when a series of unexpected friendships sends him to an exotic and difficult destination. The novel has been praised for its rich detail and sensitive exploration of the innately human need to connect with others, no matter where they happen to be.

“Traveling makes people adapt to new situations and open their minds to new cultures and people in a way that can’t be achieved by staying with what is familiar,” Biernacki said. “It is because it’s uncomfortable, unusual and there are strange sights and new foods you’ve never seen before that it opens up your mind and your soul to others.”

So with holiday travel, vacation or business, Biernacki advises travelers to enjoy the unexpected. Doing that allows them to enjoy the journey and the destination equally.


About Henry Biernacki

Henry Biernacki has traveled to more than 120 countries and continues to travel as a pilot for Virgin American Airlines. A four-sport letterman in high school and a two-sport letterman in college, Biernacki holds a Bachelor of Arts in romance languages and international affairs. He lived in France, Germany, Taiwan, the West Indies and Mexico before settling in his current home in San Jose, California.


FlipKey’s “’Flippin’ Awesome Vacation Giveaway”


Enter for a chance to win a 7-night stay in your choice of 3 incredible vacation rentals

Quick Facts 

  • Who: invites all US residents over 18 to enter
  • What: The chance to win a 7-night stay in your choice of three luxury vacation homes in Bali, Costa Rica, or Tuscany
  • When: Entry is open Nov. 15th – Jan. 10th
  • Where: Enter online at
  • Why: Because these homes are so amazing that we just can’t help ourselves!

About The Homes

We’re offering a week in three epic vacation homes and inviting the winner to stay in their selected home with up to 10 friends. These luxury homes put 5-star hotels to shame with their attention to detail, amazing amenities and unbeatable locations. Pick your favorite for your chance to win the vacation of your dreams!

Villa Les Rizieres, Bali

  • 2 swimming pools
  • Private tennis court
  • Private cinema
  • Car and driver

Within driving distance of the “Best Golf Course in Asia,” this Balinese villa puts luxury and convenience at your fingertips. The house is surrounded by a tropical walking garden, and the grounds come complete with a tennis court and both indoor and outdoor pools.

Punto de Vista, Costa Rica

  • Breakfast included daily
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Butler and staff
  • Secluded beach
  • Swimming pool

Seeing is believing when it comes to the incredible panoramic views at Punto de Vista. This rainforest mansion overlooks a gorgeous golden-sand beach, and the local flora and fauna come right up to your door. Ten bedrooms provide enough space for you and your friends.

Villa Ferraia, Tuscany

  • Infinity pool
  • 3 stone soaking tubs
  • Private observatory
  • Professional-grade kitchen
  • Sauna

This incredible estate in the beautiful Tuscan countryside can accommodate all your guests in comfortable suites that overlook impeccably landscaped grounds. Enjoy a private pool and roman baths, as well as a restaurant-grade kitchen where you can practice your favorite Italian dishes.

How to Enter

The sweepstakes is completely free to enter. Simply go to FlipKey’s Facebook page and follow the prompts.

Check out photos of all three prizes and then choose your favorite. The winner will be awarded their choice of the three prize packages!

Get Extra Chances to Win

These prizes are awesome and they’re even better when you share them with your friends. Invite your friends on Facebook and you’ll get an extra entry for each friend who accepts your invitation and enters the contest as well.

Best of all, you already get an extra chance to win just by entering through this link: {INSERT SPECIAL LINK}

About FlipKey

With over 150,000 vacation rentals around world, FlipKey makes it easy for you to enjoy the space, privacy and amenities of home wherever you go. Whether traveling for a few days, a week, or even longer, rental homes provide exceptional value as compared to hotels.

FlipKey’s comprehensive inventory of vacation rental properties, extensive verification processes, and easy-to-use website make it simple and safe to find the perfect vacation rental. Travelers can search FlipKey’s property listings and connect directly with rental property managers and owners for free. Travelers can also review property details including photos, rates and guest reviews to identify the best accommodations for their next vacation.

Our dedication to providing a high-quality, valuable service has won widespread customer approval and media attention. FlipKey has been named a “Top Vacation Rental Site” by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2008 and 2009 and was ranked one of the top 10 travel websites for 2010 by the New York Post. Additionally, FlipKey has been mentioned across a wide variety of top tier media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesUSA TodayMSNBCSmartMoney, and theLA Times.

More Information

For more information, check out the sweepstakes page here or contact . You can also read the Official Rules.