As a busy working mom, if I don’t make my health and wellness a priority, who will? So when I find a hidden gem that not only can help me relax but has tons of benefits, I have to share it with all my friends. Radiance Float + Wellness offers so much for all of you ladies out there.

I started going to Radiance this winter because I’m always freezing! I work in and out of my car all day long, so during the long winter months I crave warmth. I discovered Radiance’s infrared sauna, and it is heaven. The sauna is a dry heat, making it easier to withstand the high temps of up to 140 degrees. It’s one of the only ways I feel like I can get warmed up after a long winter’s day.

The infrared light penetrates several inches into your body which creates heat, resulting in hyperthermia on a cellular level. This makes you sweat, but instead of the air around you being hot, your body is, allowing you to be more comfortable than in traditional steam saunas. If you have been wanting to give the sauna a try, book your appointment with code: 50Sarah for 50% off.

The sauna has many benefits, such as:

  • Weight loss. One hour in the sauna can burn up to 600 calories.
  • Detox. A session helps to rid your body naturally of harmful toxins.
  • Reduces pain.
  • Decongests. I used the sauna before I had an important flight. I was sick and congested and was worried about my ears hurting on the plane. The sauna totally helped me to decongest so I was ready for my flight.
  • Reduce stress. During a session you can read or simply relax with zero distractions.

Radiance also offers many other services for total body wellness. Some of my favorites are the relaxing salt room and the oxygen bar. I was recently congested and was taking a flight the next day so I opted to give these a try and what a difference they made. My ears were thanking me on that flight. The eucalyptus and peppermint scents are my favorite.

For the approaching summer months I decided to try the cryo-slimming to help me get a boost on losing some extra winter weight. I’m not proud of it but every winter when I go into hibernation mode. I put on a few extra pounds!

Cryo-slimming is a new service that was created in Paris, France which peaked my interest. It sounded like a great solution for those hard to treat places on your body you might need a little extra assistance with. So after some research and talking with people about it, I decided to try the cryo-slimming on my stomach.

Cryo-slimming uses thermal shock to cause the death of fat cells, without damage to your skin. The treatment takes 28 minutes, and begins with 4 minutes of heat at 104 degrees, followed by 24 minutes of cold at 17 degrees. The heat causes the fat cells to migrate towards the surface of your skin, where they are then blasted with the cold temperatures. The dead fat cells then exit your body naturally over the next two weeks.

Cryoslimming. What to expect: It’s a little bit of a process, although the procedure itself is quick. I started with the cryo-slimming, which you can do every two weeks. Then two days after, I would hit the sauna which helped my fat cells leave my body. Then in the third week, I would do the cryo-toning, which helps to tone the area. I lost one inch in my first session! #Hallelujah

cryoslimming

When I posted videos of this process I would get a lot of questions so I thought it would be helpful to list all the questions based on my experience below:

1. Is it miserably cold?  

No. I was nervous about this too, especially since I’m always cold but after a few minutes it numbs the area and you don’t feel much. I promise it was tolerable.  

2.  Did you see results?  

YES! I lost 1 inch in the first session alone and and once I was done with all of my sessions I was down 2 inches around my waist and below my belly button.  

This was in combination of a healthy diet and consistent exercise.

3.  Can you see results with one treatment?  

I think every person will be different.  For my goals I knew I would need more than one treatment and Radiance put together a package for me based on my needs.  If you don’t have a lot to lose one treatment may be enough but I’d consult with them first. You may want to try just the toning treatment if you just want to tone a certain area.  

4.  Is there down time?  

No. I was worried about this too and many days I would stop in on my lunch hour.  There is no down time. For the slimming treatment it takes 2 mins for the warming, 12 mins for the cooling on both sides of the stomach. Then you spend 10 mins on the total vibration machine and you’re done.  It is quick and painless.  

5.  What does it feel like?  

To me it felt like getting an ultrasound. Painless.

6.  What are the best body parts for the cryo-slimming?  

Stomach for me, but I also talked to people that had it done on arms, bra fat, and chin. They also have a cryofacial you can get for anti aging on your face.  

7.  Do you have to eat a certain diet?  

To maximize results I think you need to be trying to live a healthy lifestyle with eating and exercising.  They do recommend not eating carbs or sugar for 4 hours after the treatment and drinking lots of water to flush out your system.  

8.  How much does it cost?  

Depending on your needs they will create a package for you.  This is how my treatment worked.

Day 1: Cryo-slimming
2 days later infrared sauna session
Day 7: Cryo-toning
I repeated this schedule and had 3 cryo-slimming sessions.  

So your package may look different based on your needs but they are offering 25% off packages for the cryo so if you are interested I’d book quickly!

Overall, I loved my experience and got the results I needed to keep me motivated to getting summer and pool party ready.  

Have you heard of cryo-slimming or have places on your body that won’t get better no matter how many sit ups you do?  Tell me about your experience and feel free to send questions if you have them!

** I partnered with Radiance float and wellness on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have heard many great things about Sedona, so we decided to explore the town and stay overnight. You could easily take a day trip to and from Flagstaff if you wanted. On the main street in the downtown area there were many places to explore, such as charming shops, restaurants, and the visitor center which featured different tour companies. We strolled up and down the streets but couldn’t leave without adding a new stuffed animal to the boys’ collection to remember Arizona! I also picked out a Christmas ornament, which is my favorite kind of souvenir to remember our trips together.

What We Did

Red Rock Magic Trolley

In Sedona, we took the Red Rock Magic Trolley, which is a great way to see all the red rock formations and to get acquainted with the downtown area. It’s also a super relaxing ride and they even give out cookies halfway through the tour (the boys favorite part)!

In the area there are also multiple hikes you can do. I recommend the Courthouse Vista Trailhead for kids. Although the city is famous for the Devil’s Bridge, I decided not to take the boys on this one due to the complexity of the hike but I’m dying to check this hike off my bucket list.  Another unique site in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  

Pink Jeep Tours

A Pink Jeep Tour was a must for Sedona. This turned out to be Logan, Mason, and Grandma’s favorite part of our trip! Our driver Sean was a fantastic tour guide, taking pictures of us and giving us lots of interesting information about the area. The tour took us off-roading down the gulch in a bright pink open jeep. Because it was a little chilly that day, they even provided us with blankets.

Sedona Airport Overlook

Our tour guide also told us that for amazing views and photo opportunities that we should drive up Airport Road. I would highly recommend this. They also have an overlook where you can pay $3 to get an ariel view. There’s even a restaurant if you want dinner with a view.

Where We Stayed

While in town, we booked an Air B&B and stayed right on the main strip at Sedona Uptown Suites. It was the perfect size and location for all of us, and was clean and updated with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Where We Ate

While you’re in town, I recommend grabbing a healthy lunch at Wildflower. They have tons of yummy choices to pick from. Or if you’re looking for a unique pitstop, give the famous Cowboy Club a try. They have grilled rattlesnake and cactus fries! If you still have room for dessert, indulge your sweet tooth at Sabrina’s ice cream.

Don’t miss our Phoenix and Flagstaff posts too. Have you been to Arizona? What’s your favorite part?

Flagstaff is a great place to stay in Arizona if you want to visit iconic attractions such as the Grand Canyon!

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Out of Africa

On the road trip from Phoenix to Flagstaff, we stopped at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde.

This park has a lot of exhibits and shows you can check out, but the African Bush Safari is a must-see! Visitors get to ride in a large open window bus where you can see tons of different kinds of animals, such as zebras and giraffes, roaming around.

They also have walking areas and free trams that go through the park where you can check out the exhibits. My boys love to see animals, so this place was a perfect stop on our way to Flagstaff.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Another potential stop at the same exit is the Montezuma Castle National Monument. It is an 800 year old building made of limestone, and it is the best preserved cliff dwelling in North America.

Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon

Horse Shoe Bend

As a homebase during this portion of the trip, we stayed at the Flagstaff Drury Inn and Suites. From there, day trips to Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon were an easy feat. Horseshoe Bend is an absolutely stunning view where the Colorado River bends into a horseshoe shape. There, they are currently building a parking lot for future travelers to park and walk to the bend, but in the meantime, we parked a distance away and a bus dropped us off. From there we walked half a mile over some sandy and rocky terrain where the best pictures can be snapped of the Bend.

*Mom Tip: If your kids are brave like mine, I’d keep tight reins on them or avoid this place. The rail for safety is pretty tiny. My heart was racing the whole time, worrying that my boys might get too close!

After we saw the Horseshoe Bend, we visited the Antelope Canyon. I cannot recommend enough Dixie’s Lower Antelope Canyon Tours. Our tour guide Raymond was phenomenal. He showed us all the good photo opps and even helped us set the camera to get the best shots.  We even got to see a velociraptor footprint at the end of the tour!

Lower Antelope canyon
Lower Antelope canyon

I’d recommend having reservations before you visit this canyon. We drove from Flagstaff, so I was devastated when I was turned away by some other tour companies. In addition, some other tour companies may not be the best pick for you and your family, so do some research before paying a visit. Upper canyon tours end early and don’t get as much light. Others don’t take cash or do not allow children.

From the office of the tour company, you can walk to the canyon and weave in and out of all the amazing rock formations. There were steps and ladders getting in and out of some places, but my boys didn’t have a problem.

Lower Antelope canyon
Lower Antelope canyon
Lower Antelope canyon
Lower Antelope canyon

The majestic beauty and sheer wonder of this canyon is indescribable. I have never seen anything like it! Mason and Logan loved the canyon as well, even pretending to be little Indiana Jones. Definitely make a visit to Antelope Canyon if you’re planning a trip to Arizona.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

From Flagstaff you can also take a day trip to The South Rim of The Grand Canyon, which speaks for itself and can’t be missed if you’re in the state. The spectacular geology will take your breath away, not to mention make for some pretty amazing photo ops. This was my third time to the Grand Canyon, and it is absolutely amazing.

The grand canyon

Once you are in the park there is a visitors center that can guide you to what you’d like to see. We opted to ride the shuttle around the park and hop on and off to eat lunch and check out different areas. We saw lots of wildlife eating alongside the road too. There are several hikes, biking, shopping and eating options.

The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

Bearizona Wildlife Park

Bearizona

Another place we checked out on our way to the Grand Canyon was Bearizona Wildlife Park, which has wolves, birds of prey, barnyard animals, bison, and you guessed it, bears. They have an area where you can walk to see smaller critters, an area that you can drive through in your car, and a bus ride with open windows that goes through the bear area. They also have shows such as the birds of prey show. If you and your family love animals as much as we do, this place is definitely worth checking out.

Bearizona was the perfect stop to break up the driving from Flagstaff to The Grand Canyon.

Bearizona

Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff

Drury Flagstaff

We stayed at Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff, located in the quaint downtown area of Flagstaff, which had tons of shops and restaurants to explore all within blocks of our hotel. Our room was a super cute double queen suite, that had a stunning view from the balcony of the San Francisco mountain peak. We absolutely loved staying in Flagstaff! This Drury was one of our favorites. The best part is we know what to expect when we are at a Drury hotel. Amazing locations, suite options for family space, free breakfast, free kickback hour (3 free drinks per parent), snacks, popcorn, a pool, laundry, Wi-fi, and friendly staff. I have not found this at other hotel chains so consistently!

Drury breakfast

Our next stop is Sedona, AZ. If you missed Phoenix, check it out here. Have you been to Arizona before with kids? If so, tell me what your family loved?

Click here to check out my other posts from Arizona!

Fun in the Valley of the Sun! We headed out west for some outdoor fun on Spring Break. When we first arrived in Arizona, we stayed in Phoenix for a few days.

Lost Dutchman State Park

While we were in Phoenix, our goal was to be outside as much as possible. First on the list was the Lost Dutchman State Park. My boys and I love hiking. The Superstition Mountains were highly recommended for having scenic views and being kid-friendly. There is an entrance fee of $7 and a map is provided upon arrival. The park has many hiking trails that cut through the spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert landscape. We decided on the Treasure Loop Trail, but it was more challenging and advanced than we had expected.

Take a pic of map

Logan’s tip: When hiking, take a photo on your phone of the map. I cannot tell you how many times we had to reference it. The last thing you want is to get off on the wrong trail with little hikers.

Suspicious mountains
Logan photos

Mom’s tip: Remember to always bring a First Aid Kit when you’re hiking with kids! Both of my boys wiped out on this trail. Thank goodness for the good Samaritans we met along the way. Also, be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Don’t forget sunscreen! All that being said, the trail was very beautiful and provided great views of the scenic Superstition Mountains.

Suspicious Mountains

Goldfield Ghost Town

Goldfield Ghost town
Goldfield Ghost town

We also visited the Goldfield Ghost Town, which is just minutes from the
Superstition Mountains. Built in 1893, this old mining town is a must destination for any kids interested in westerns. There are all kinds of shops and restaurants to explore, including a museum and a train ride. In its hay day, the town had three saloons, a brewery, a general store, a blacksmith, a boarding house, a school, and a meat market. Visitors can get a feel of what life was like in a boomtown in the wild west. Another fun thing this destination features is a live reenactment of gun fights, just like an old Western.

Desert Breeze Park

In Chandler, we visited Desert Breeze Park, which was near our Drury Hotel. This park has a lake with ducks, bathrooms, picnic tables, shaded pavilions, a huge playground, and even a little train that goes around the park that you can purchase tickets for. The kids had tons of fun running around here, getting all of their energy out. It was a great last stop.

Other Recommendations in the Phoenix Area

A couple of other places that were highly recommended in the Phoenix area that we didn’t get to visit were:

  • Odysea Aquarium
  • The Cactus League – If you are a baseball fan, you may want to check out spring training baseball games. We met tons of families checking out their favorite teams at spring training.

Drury Inn & Suites

Drury Chandler AZ

When we were in Phoenix, we stayed at Drury Inn & Suites in a friendly suburb in Chandler. As always, they have all the perks we are looking for when traveling with the family and looking to maximize our vacation budget. Free, hot, delicious breakfast before setting out every morning is a great bonus that they provide. They have pretty much every breakfast item under the sun, but Mason’s favorite is by far the lucky charms and powdered donuts!

Drury breakfast

They also offer the crowd pleaser Kickback Hour every night from 5:30 to 7 PM, which includes three free drinks for adults and tons of snacks, such as hot dogs, nachos, tacos, and more. For my family, the snacks are more like a meal and provide a cheap but tasty alternative to going out to a restaurant every night for dinner.

The hotel also has free Wi-Fi for all of your vacation needs, like downloading movies or audiobooks for the plane ride. Plus, their suites are the perfect way for my family to travel because you can close the doors of the separate bedrooms when it’s time for the kids’ bedtime.

Our next stop is Flagstaff, my personal favorite of the trip.  Stay tuned!

Bissinger’s chocolate and a party – two of my favorite things! If you know me, you know I’m practically obsessed with Bissinger’s chocolate. Bissinger’s is a premium chocolate company located right here in St. Louis, and I was excited about the opportunity to partner with them. They supplied several different types of chocolate for a tasting bar for our recent brunch. I was thrilled to be able to partner with such a great company. Plus, when you love chocolate sharing is caring. 🙂

The Tasting Bar

Bissinger's chocolate tasting

I wanted to come up with a super special way to display the chocolate tasting bar so it would stand out and be the highlight of the event. I commissioned Gladly Designs to create this beautiful “Chocolate Tasting” sign to display. Then, I labeled each type of chocolate on the platter with a marker.

Bissinger's chocolate tasting

Five Types of Chocolate

Bissinger's chocolate tasting

Bissinger’s supplied us with the following drool-worthy types of chocolate and, you guys, the experience was decadent. These descriptions were taken directly from my contact at Bissinger’s because there’s no way I could describe them any better! They are:

  • Coffee Toffee – Roasted coffee mingles with our signature 60% dark chocolate and topped with crunchy crumbles of almond toffee for a classic, robust coffee and chocolate flavor combination.
  • Strawberry Caramel & Peanut – Savor the sweet perfection of ripe California strawberries, delicately pureed in creamy caramel and surrounded by rich chocolate. We add a sprinkling of chopped, roasted peanuts for a sophisticated take on a classic flavor combination.
  • Caramelized Blood Orange Bar- While Bissinger’s has been crafting confections since the 1600s, we never stop innovating—and this decadent chocolate bar is a perfect example. The deep, dark blood orange caramel is perfectly balanced with a touch of rosemary to elevate the experience for a more sophisticated palate. Toasted hazelnuts and cocoa nibs add dimension and texture for a luxurious finish.
  • 38% Milk Chocolate Bar – A milk chocolate lover’s dream. Crafted by master Chocolatiers, our proprietary milk chocolate offers a full chocolate flavor because, unlike other European milk chocolate recipes that use 32% cacao, ours boasts a 38% level. It’s a luxuriously creamy taste with soft caramel nuances for a lush, round tasting experience.
  • Wine Grapes – Most wine grapes make their way into a bottle of wine, but a limited supply is reserved exclusively for this award-winning confection. Infused with Shiraz and covered in smooth, dark chocolate, each grape offers a burst of impeccable flavor: rich chocolate taste, accented by the finish of the smooth red wine.

Guests were invited to take notes on each type of chocolate as they tasted it, similar to a wine tasting.

Bissinger's chocolate tasting

Thank you to Bissinger’s for making this a sweet event. I had each person vote on their favorite chocolate, and the overwhelming crowd favorites were the Coffee Toffee and 38% Milk Chocolate Bar.

If you want to try any of these chocolates yourself or host your own tasting party, check them out online or head to one of their stores. You won’t be disappointed.

Did you know Bissinger’s also gives tours? They are so much fun, but make sure you reserve your spot.

For more party posts check them out here:
Brunch
Swag bag party (favorite things)
Selfie Scavenger Hunt


When it’s cold and dreary outside, all I want to do is pack my bags and head south. I think to get through the winter months we all need a little something to look forward to from time to time. To get out of this slump, this past long weekend, the boys, grandma and I hopped in the car and headed for Memphis, Tennessee. It was also my mom’s birthday weekend, and given that she went to business school in Memphis, we decided to surprise her with a little trip to a city that holds a special place in her heart.

We had an absolute blast exploring all the things Memphis had to offer. For any STL mom looking for a little vacation to a vibrant city full of kid-friendly haunts, good eats, and is only a short road trip away, then Memphis is a perfect weekend getaway.

I love Memphis
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There’s no better way to unwind and recharge than with a massage at Massage Envy at Webster Rock Hill. What you may not know is that Massage Envy also offers an array of services dedicated to total body health such as stretches, facials,  skincare products, and peels. What’s more is that Massage Envy features affordable prices and high quality service, so you always know you’re getting the best treatment. Their services are perfect for the busy mom looking for a refresh and a little pampering. I wanted to share with you a few tidbits you might not know about Massage Envy–and reasons why I love them!

  • The  Hydrafacial.   This is not your typical facial,  It is a multi-step process to rehydrate the skin.  The final step of this facial your skin becomes infused with ultra-hydrating serums.  If you’re planning on attending an event like a wedding, reunion, or special occasion it’ll have your skin looking and feeling its best.  J.Lo gets this facial.
Massage Envy Hydrafacial
  • Total body Stretch. Before I recently ran in a 5K, I decided to give it a try and was so happy that I did! They helped me stretch from head to toe.  I felt amazing afterward. The experts work with a large number of athletes, older clients, runners, golfers, etc. so I knew I was in the right hands.
Massage Envy Stretch
  • Customized facial. Taking care of your skin is important to feel radiant and rejuvenated. My favorite is the relaxing hand and arm massage that comes with it!
Massage Envy Facial
  • HSA Accounts: If you choose to get a Massage Envy membership, most HSA Accounts will allow you to pay for your body/skin services. Double check with your specific plan first, but what a deal!
Massage Envy HSA
  • Massage Envy offers Murad Skin care products. After your facial, your esthetician can consult you on a skin care treatment regime. All the products were created by a dermatologist and are customizable for your skin. I have a combo for anti-aging and adult acne.   
Massage Envy Murad Skincare
  • You can book appointments anytime, day or night through their app. Sometimes I get the urge in the early morning hours when I’m tired and groggy that I’m in need of some total body care. The app makes it easy to book or cancel your services anytime you want.
  • Peels. I love taking care of my skin, so once I was confident in Massage Envy’s skin care services, I decided I wanted to take action with my adult acne as well as promote anti-aging. After a consultation and some hand holding, I tried my first peel. The results were amazing! Afterwards, they sent me home with a post peel kit which featured products to enhance the service.
  • As I mentioned before, the services at Massage Envy are super affordable. Where else can you get your first facial or massage for just $50?  I’m all about maximizing my budget and I have loved all the services and results I have gotten from ME.
Massage Envy
  • Lastly, I will always give my business to places where the people are friendly, welcoming, and experts of their craft. Massage Envy has always made me feel welcome and relaxed.

Check out the photos from our fun event Massage Envy put together! All the attendees got to try out mini services and went home with SWAG from these great local businesses. If you are thinking about total body health services, check out Massage Envy in Rock Hill.  Use the code SarahOutandAbout for free enhancements to any service. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

Last year was filled with road trips for my family.  I have set a goal to get my boys to all 50 states by the time they graduate high school so we hit the road and created loads of family memories doing it.  

My parents were avid travelers so I learned at an early age there is so much to explore in this beautiful country and I want my boys to experience that as well.  One of my biggest passions is traveling and I am thrilled to share all the places we would recommend with you is to hopefully make your travel planning process easier.  

Here are the most popular travel destinations from last year.  Click the link below each pic for all the scoop on where we stayed, what we did and where we ate.  

Nashville mural
Nashville
Gulf Shores
Mobile AL
Gulf Shores, AL
Branson Road Trip with Kids #notyourgrandmasBranson! #
Branson, MO
Cape Girardeau MO
Cape Girardeau, MO
STL Staycation at the Ameristar
St. Charles, MO
St Louis Arch
St. Louis Arch Staycation
Echo Bluff
Echo Bluff
Echo Bluff State Park
Kozy Kaboose
Kozy Caboose, Eureka, MO
St Charles Christmas Traditions
St. Charles, Holiday Staycation

We had so much fun on all these trips. I want these trip posts to be a valuable resource for you because I know the time it takes to plan a vacation. Please let me know anything else you would like to see that would be helpful. I’d love to know where your traveling to this year.

XOXO Sarah~

Mom to Mom:  Coach Gayle WhyPowered Coaching

Tell us about your background.

I’ve worked as a certified whole health coach and personal fitness trainer for four years. I’m a native St. Louisan (Parkway North, lol) but lived elsewhere for 15 years (Italy, Austria, Boston, Boulder, and Seattle). I’ve been back in the Lou for 5 years now and have one son who I gave birth to in Italy.  

I founded WhyPowered Whole Health Coaching to help women struggling to maintain a healthy weight by offering personalized support and accountability for making lifestyle and mindset shifts toward healthier living. I coach individuals and groups for finding their personal ‘whys’ for eating cleaner, exercising regularly and proactively managing stress. No gimmicks or quick fixes; just real and lasting change.    

Social handles:  

IG:WhyPoweredCoaching

FB:facebook.com/WhyPoweredCoaching/

Email:Gayle@WhyPoweredCoaching.com

Coaching questions:

What made you want to be a health coach?  

I’ve been passionate about health most of my life, but in my early 20s, I was carried an extra 20 pounds and felt miserable. I smoked and drank and just couldn’t seem to get untangled from it. Once I did, everything shifted positively.   

What type of person would benefit from working with a health coach?  

Anyone who has moved past the diet quick-fix mentality of weight loss.  

What created your passion in a healthy lifestyle?  

Personally moving out of an unhealthy and stuck place and having life open up as a result.    

What is your favorite thing about coaching?  

The positive life-changing impact it offers, especially for those who’ve struggled for years to find peace with food and for shifting to healthy lifestyles habits. 

What is your biggest challenge?  

Not enough hours in a day.  

Advice you would give someone wanting to make healthy changes in their life?  

Don’t go it alone.  Working with an accountability partner makes a huge difference—whether  with a professional coach, a friend, colleague or family member, when you have support systems to keep you in-check and cheer you on and help you right yourself when you get off-track, you’ll go farther than you would going it alone. 

What are healthy qualities you try and role model for your son?  

Moderation in all things– except love.  

What are some kid friendly healthy snacks you’d recommend for kids? 

Sliced apples coated with lemon juice (to prevent browning) and cinnamon

Fresh sugar snap peas

What are the best ways to keep kids active if they don’t play sports?  

Being outside in nature is fantastic, whether hiking or flying a kite or riding a scooter or a bike.  

What would you tell your younger self? 

Dream big and always invest in yourself.  

Advice you’d give to other working moms to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Keep your self-care and well-being high on your priority list. It’s not selfish—it’s vital.  When your ‘cup’ is full, you have so much more to give. 

Personal:

What is your guilty pleasure? 

Dark chocolate (70% or greater for the antioxidants)

Favorite beauty tip?

Exercise—it’s the number one way to control how you age.

Favorite beauty product?

Moisturizer with sunscreen (and smiling!)

What is one thing you cannot go to bed without doing?

For stress-management I prioritize a practice of nightly gratitudes. In a bedside notebook, I record 2-3 things that either made me smile that day or generally I feel grateful for. It’s had a profound impact on my ability to see the silver lining in challenging times and keep my optimism meter set on high.  

Best place in the world you have been?  Bucket List travel spot?

Tuscany.  I lived in northern Italy for 4 years, so I was blessed with being able to spend quite a bit of time there.  It’s dreamy– especially the food!

Bucket list travel destination is…

Too many to list.  I’ve experienced lots of Europe, but never Asia or Africa, so somewhere on those continents.  

Favorite App 

SworkIt 

Anything else you want people to know? 

Diets don’t work.  The industry has 95% failure rate. Learn to trust your body and yourself.     

The Grinch at Stifel Theatre

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is making lasting memories my boys will remember forever. We love Christmas, and everything that comes with it, so it’s the perfect time to have some festive fun. Seeing Santa Claus is always a fan favorite, but who could forget our most lovable green Christmas villain, the Grinch! This year, I surprised my boys by taking them to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at Stifel Theatre in downtown St. Louis for a special holiday night.  The show was magical. Logan loved the Grinch and all his funny antics.   Mason thought Cindy Lou Who was pretty and I loved watching the excitement on my boys faces.  

Logan and Mason love the Grinch, and I loved dropping little hints that we were finally going to see him. They saw the commercials on TV for the musical, and kept asking me if we could go, so I decided to have some fun and build the excitement. I went for whipping up some delicious green Grinch themed smoothies for breakfast, that they not only loved but were also a super healthy way to start our mornings. We also made Grinch themed cookies, which were dark chocolate and mint. They were seriously tasty. When the night finally arrived, I couldn’t wait to tell them the big news that we were finally going to see one of their favorite Christmas characters on stage. They were so excited!

Grinch theme breakfast smoothies

I wanted to include some helpful tips below, in case you and your family decide to pay the Grinch a visit this holiday season. Tickets are still available. Not only is it a great way to spend a night out on the town (who doesn’t love going to the theater), but also a great Christmas memory to make with you and your loved ones. The show was so fun!

  • The show runs for four days, starting the night of December 13th.
  • If you purchase your tickets at the box office you save money on the added fees.  
  • For most shows, Abram’s Garage offers parking passes for purchase, which is right next door to the Stifel Theatre.
  • If you don’t pay for advanced parking, there is also parking available for $10-$20 at the Kiel Center Garage (owned and operated by the city of St. Louis) which is attached to the Enterprise Center. If you take the back exit, it leads straight to the venue.
  • I suggest coming early! The doors open one hour before the start of the show.  There are fun photo opps.  
  • If you need ADA tickets, give the Box Office a call. The staff at Stifel is happy to accommodate you.
    • A sign language interpreter may be requested through the Box Office.
    • For select shows, Stifel partners with MindsEye to provide audio description for those who are visually impaired.
  • Booster seats are also available for your littler ones. Ushers will provide them upon request.
  • This show does not have an intermission.  

So those are my tips to make the most out of your visit to Stifel! I’d love to hear about your experience seeing the Grinch, and as always, Happy Holidays! Tickets are still available here.  

Photo courtesy of Stifel theatre

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