Let me start off by saying that I am not typically a person that relaxes easily or well. My idea of me time is pinteresting gluten free recipes for my kids while watching TV and folding clothes. When I found out that I was going to do a one hour float therapy session at Vitality Float Spa, I was actually stressed out by the thought of sitting completely still for one hour- who would do all the things??? Then, I started googling and read that some people hallucinate during the experience... Great. I'll be floating naked and seeing/hearing things that aren't there.
With all of that being said, I did go and instantly felt relaxed as soon as I walked in. The first thing that I saw was a giant, beautiful living wall and then I was greeted by two of the kindest, most calming women, who put up with this nervous nelly asking them about hallucinating in an Epsom salt bath. Spoiler alert, do not worry about it- they explained that the "hallucinations" that some people experience are more like lucid dreams that happen right before falling asleep. I was given this wonderful chamomile tea and led back to my room where they instructed me to put Vaseline on any cuts or scrapes that I might have(to prevent stinging) and gave me ear plugs to protect my ears. I had envisioned sitting in a very small, dark pod with absolutely no sounds in the background, but was so pleasantly surprised to find out that this can be completely what you want/need it to be. Want lights and gentle music in the background? No problem. Want complete darkness and silence? Also no problem. After I had asked pretty much every question I could think, it was time to do or die ….not really, it was just time to get into the freaking water. I sat down in the warm water and instantly starting floating. I realized that I was so nervous that I was tensing up and pulling my shoulders to my ears so I had to talk myself down and remind myself to just breathe and relax. And I did. I occasionally would find my mind wondering to appointments or kids or food and I would stop myself and try to clear my mind. The hour honestly flew by and I reluctantly got out. I felt so completely relaxed and a little glowy when I left. I had some emails to send and errands to run and I realized that as the afternoon went on, I felt very clear minded and a little less tense than usual. I didn't have some insane zen experience where I saw visions or transcended to some other worldly level (thank God), but I did finally take an hour to completely quiet my mind and let go of everything and just float and it really made me realize how important it is to take more time to do that.
So what exactly is float therapy?
A large bath tub or "pod" that is filled with water that is heated to skin temperature and filled with 1000 lbs of Epsom salt, allowing you to float gently on top.
How does floating benefit you?
I can say from experience that being in this space of no distractions allowed my mind to just kind of quiet itself for a bit and have a break, which NEVER happens otherwise. While floating, around 80-90% of neuromuscular activity is decreased- isn't that crazy?!?. It has also been shown to help with chronic pain, anxiety and depression, PTSD, and athletic recovery.
What should you do before your session?
I was told to avoid caffeine for about 3 hours prior to floating. I would also suggest not eating a very heavy meal right before your session.
How often should you do it?
I was told to continue reaping the benefits, you should go at least three times a month.
Although I was a little apprehensive, I thoroughly enjoyed floating and I definitely will be adding this more frequently to my schedule. Vitality Float Spa also offers massage, cupping, Reiki, yoga, and acupuncture- pretty much your one stop shop for relaxation. You can check them out for yourself and make an appointment at www.vitalityfloatspa.com.
It's November 2nd- that day where we magically go from Halloween Town to Christmas as fast as we can rip down our spider web decorations. I'm not mad about it either, I love everything about this time of year- the movies, decorations, family gatherings,etc. But with each passing year as we have had more children and more responsibilities, I have noticed that the holidays feel much less...holiday-y than they used to and more like another job. I hear this from other women all the time; we are all already so busy and run down than when something extra comes along it just about takes us out. I'm putting myself back on my list this Christmas and I'm going to share some ways that you can too.
Keep up (or start) your fitness routine
This is absolutely crucial for me. When you aren't moving your body, you just don't feel your best. Combine that with the high sugar foods that come along with Thanksgiving and Christmas and you just end up feeling sluggish and bleh. So find something active that you love doing and make it a priority everyday. Extra points if it's a group activity, like a class or a team, which has been shown to decrease feelings of depression and anxiety.
Simplify and Delegate
We women can do it all, but we cannot do it ALL well. Try a grocery delivery service, like shop.shipt.com/ and have them arrive right to your doorstep. An even better option would be to order already made healthy meals (gluten and dairy free) through www.dailyjars.com/#mailing-list-module. I used Daily Jars while doing an elimination diet and there is no way I could have done it without them. Another great Richmond option is mynourishingkitchen.com/ . According to their website,"You’ll assemble six (6) whole-food, plant-based, organic, allergen friendly, freezer meals in less than two hours that you and your family will enjoy. Each meal serves 4-6 people, and some of our soups, and stews serve even more. All of this for as little as $4-$5 per serving!".
My husband and I do weekly date nights because we absolutely have to and I encourage you to do so as well. If you aren't married than make sure you are having regular girl's nights. It doesn't have to be expensive, just something that connects you with your loved ones. We went to the new restaurant Perch this week and we seriously left there feeling like cool, carefree twenty somethings and that's definitely NOT us. If you haven't been there, I highly encourage you to check it out( www.perchrva.com/) and you MUST get the bread pudding cake. Everything was amazing from start to finish and the space itself was so serene. Date nights allow us to step out of our crazy, hectic days and just be for an evening.
Let go of the FOMO
Fear of missing out is a real thing and I think that social media only makes it worse. Trust me, I know. There are SO many holiday activities that there is absolutely no way that you can do it all and you have to accept it. Pick just a few of your absolute favorites and ones that you will actually enjoy, not just activities that will produce cute pictures. If you fill up your schedule with events every day, you and your kids are going to end up tired and you will lose the chance to truly enjoy anything.
This time of the year is so special and we only have so many Christmases with our loved ones - I want to be truly present and happy for all of them so I know that I have to take care of myself first. Oh, and I think you can and should decorate as early as you want to so don't judge me when you see my IG pictures of my tree up next week.
I have small children so I don't get out to brunch very often (I often feel quite lucky to eat semi warm pizza standing up), but I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Sedona Taphouse.
My husband went straight for the Southwest Steak Omelette, but I'm a simple girl and can't turn away bready heaven. And yes, that is Nutella smothering my French toast....to.die.for. There really is something for everyone on their menu- from truffle fries to crab cake sliders to omelettes. They also offer a lot of gluten free and vegan options, which I can appreciate as one who has done an elimination diet in the past and realized how hard it can be to dine out with restrictions. Want to meet your girlfriends for a fun brunch? They have a super fun Blood Mary bar as well as over 200 craft beers ( I almost had to leave my husband there).
The restaurant itself is adorable, with barn wood and lots of industrial flavor. There is an outdoor seating area with a fire pit that just screams fall date nights. The atmosphere is honestly just as important to me as the quality of food and I felt very relaxed here. For Sunday brunch, they even have live jazz music. I must say that I'm not typically a huge live music person- it's often too loud and makes it hard to carry on a conversation and to be honest, I'm a chatty Kathy. However, this was not overpowering and just added to this relaxed, but cool vibe.
If you haven't tried them out, I strongly encourage you to do so-you will not be disappointed.
I have quite the unfortunate set of eyelashes, they truly are horizontal with almost no curl whatsoever. I've curled my eyelashes and tried every mascara known to man with very little success. So when I heard about eyelash lifts, I was pretty excited and wanted to try it out for myself. I went to visit Shannon Williams, who by the way is the most pleasant person to sit and chit chat to for an hour, at Deep Roots Salon. I have seriously NEVER been happier with my eyelashes and I feel like it makes such a difference. Yesterday I had to run out sans makeup, which I never do because I look like a cast member from The Walking Dead, and I kind of felt a little pulled together just because my lashes look so amazing. Since my results were so great, I wanted to share my experience with you all!
What is a lash lift exactly?
It's a low-maintenance, natural lash procedure for eye opening results by curling, lifting, and shaping your eyelashes. **Count me in!!**
How long does the process take?
From start to finish it took about an hour, but it's a very comfortable process. You are able to sit with your eyes closed the entire time and just relax.
How do you take care of them ?
I was told to avoid getting them wet for about 24 hours and after that, resume normal skin care.
How long do the results last?
Between 6-8 weeks. Shannon recommended scheduling your next appointment after about 8 weeks. You guys, an hour every 2 months to have these kind of eyelashes?!?! That is ahmazing.
How much does it cost?
Just a lash lift is $65 and if you add a lash tint it is $80. Seriously, it is worth every single penny especially when you compare that to getting eyelash extensions, which will set you back a cool $200 an appointment.
To schedule your own appointment call Deep Roots Salon at (804)559-4247 AND if you schedule your appointment anytime in November and mention RVA Housewives you get %20 off! I highly recommend checking out some insane before and after pictures at https://www.instagram.com/shannon.deeproots/.
When I got engaged I had no idea the importance of picking a photographer. I mean, it's someone taking a picture- I take pictures with my phone all day long right??? *Insert eye roll at my 22 year old brain*. Thankfully a good friend of mine recommended Shot With A Bow photography and I began my long relationship with the woman who captures all of my family's important moments.
On our wedding day Mary Alice kept me calm and gave me space to choose what I really wanted. Later when I was a brand new mama with two wild boys she didn't bat an eye when they couldn't sit still for longer than 2.5 seconds. After I brought home my baby girl from a lengthy NICU stay and just felt like I was missing all of the motherly moments, she showed up ready to take her newborn pictures so that I could send out her birth announcements and have some sense of normalcy. See, when you are choosing your photographer you are really choosing a lifelong friend who will always do their best to help you remember these amazing times (even when it's really you sweating to death chasing after your twin two year olds).
Call me the most basic girl of all time ,but fall is my absolute favorite time of the year #sorrynotsorry. The weather is PERFECT and there are so many fun family things to do outside, especially here in Richmond. Every year on the top of my family's fall activity list is to visit a pump patch (or 2 or 3), so I wanted to share my favorite ones with you!
Chesterfield Berry Farm
This one is a bit of a hike for West Enders and those right in RIchmond, but I think it's well worth it. There is really something here for everyone. For the younger ones you have super fun barrel train rides, a petting zoo area, a corn sandbox (no clue the real name for this),a kids corn maze, and a hay bale play area complete with swinging ropes and slides. For the older kids there is paintball and a Scary Fun Barn.
Hanover Vegetable Farm
My family has always had the absolute best time here and I have to say I think this is the most relaxing pumpkin patch that we have ever visited, which is important when you have three children in tow. They have so many animals to feed and ohh and ahh over- horses, bunnies, goats. There is a big corn maze for the older crew and a little pallet one for the younger kiddos, a cornhole set up, a giant sand pit, and face painting.
LLoyd Family Farms
We make it a point every year to visit Lloyd Family Farms. They have the biggest pumpkin patch and there is such a great variety in pumpkin types-not just your typical orange. They offer horse rides, face painting, a giant sand pit, a small petting zoo, and they have a ton of food trucks come in every weekend (let's be honest- that's what we parents are really interested in). I love the down home farm feel that they have here and I have always found the employees to be so kind.
No matter which one you choose or if you visit all of them, I hope that you all have a great time enjoying this wonderful season with your families!
Hello and thank you for finding your way here! I am Courtney and I am so excited to relaunch the Housewives In The City and our Girl's Night Outs here in Richmond. I'm a Southside Virginia native who transplanted here and is now I'm a RVA lifer.
I'm a momma of 5 year old twin boys and a 3 year old little girl. My day to day favorite activities include questioning all of my parenting choices, finding new fun things to do, and wondering where on earth I put my diet coke(which I can't live without).
I love meeting new women and find that no matter our backgrounds, we all have so much more in common than we think. I hope to create a wonderful network of women who love to have fun at our events!
Stay tuned as I explore our beautiful city and come enjoy our first event in November!
INTERIOR DESIGNER VERN YIP OF TLC'S "TRADING SPACES" HEADLINES THE 2018 SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW IN RICHMOND
***The Premiere Shopping Event for Southern Women Returns March 16 – 18***
Richmond, Va. - Nationally known designer, author and TV host Vern Yip, best known from HGTV and for his four seasons on TLC’s popular design-swap reality show, “Trading Spaces,” is the featured headliner at the 2018 Southern Women’s Show in Richmond. “Trading Spaces” aired from 2000 to 2008, and now the show is being revived for a spring 2018 return to TLC, featuring Yip and many of the original cast of designers.
Yip has also appeared on NBC’s “Home Intervention” and is one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers, most notably as host of “Deserving Design,” “Urban Oasis,” and “Live in Vern’s House,’ and as a judge on “Design Star.” He is the author “Vern Yip's Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home.”
Yip will appear on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage Saturday, March 17 at 1:00PM at the Richmond Raceway Complex, and share design advice, home décor tips, and stylish living inspiration, and offer a glimpse into what viewers can expect from the new season of “Trading Spaces.”
Other guest celebrities and personalities appearing at the 2018 Southern Women’s Show in Richmond include:
• Richmond nonprofit Dress for Success Central Virginia will present a fashion show curated by popular local fashion stylist Jonathan Copeland on March 17, featuring professional and stylish looks with the donated attire they receive. DFS’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. (centralvirginia.dressforsuccess.org)
• Claire Hollingsworth, the 12-year-old Powhatan County, Va.-based food scientist, STEAM advocate and founder of Claire’s Cooking Lab, will showcase her love of science and cooking with natural foods as well as her new patent pending invention, “No Fear Oven Mitt Sleeves.” At age nine, Claire became Food Network’s youngest “Chopped Junior” champion. (clairescookinglab.com)
• The show will host two super-hot Firefighter Fashion Shows, one on March 16 and one on March 17, featuring the Virginia State Firefighters Association. Bring your friends and watch these hotties strut the Fashion & Entertainment Stage in their bunker gear! Don’t be shy – it’s all for a good cause. All donations go to support their Scholarship fund. (vsfa.org)
• Author Dwayna Litz will offer relatable insights from her book, "Happiness, No Man Required: 50 Tips for Single Women to be Happy ...With or Without a Man." Dwayna stresses why it’s important for women to realize that being single or married doesn't have to hold you back from pursuing your dreams or discovering inner happiness. She'll dispense inspiring tips for shifting the quest of finding romance to first discovering how to become at peace from within and lead a fulfilling life. (dwaynalitz.com)
• Evidential psychic medium Tamara Caulder Richardson, a.k.a. the “Southern Belle Medium,” will offer select attendees healing messages from loved ones who have crossed over. A respected mental, physical and trance medium and highly developed clairvoyant, she will perform live medium demonstrations on our Fashion & Entertainment Stage, and she can be found at Booth #229. (southernbellemedium.com)
• Last, but certainly not least, the show features SHOPPING GALORE. More than 300 exhibitors, vendors and boutiques will be on hand, from the Dillard’s Pavilion, Food Lion Cooking Stage, and Virginia’s Finest Pavilion, to local specialty merchants like Let’s Talk Towels (Peshtamel Turkish towels, robes, blankets), ABC PetWear (pet accessories), Virginia Soaps & Scents, Bungalow Décor, fashion designer Nashona (African clothing, accessories), Keep It Simple Syrup, Color Street Nail Art, JJ King's Secret Sauce, and LOTS MORE.
• Also returning is Girls Night Out (March 16), when admission is only $5 after 5pm, Mother-Daughter Day (March 17), and Teacher Appreciation Days (March 16-18), when educators and staff who present valid ID at the box office get free admission for THE ENTIRE SHOW! We are also Saluting Women Veterans by offering FREE admission throughout the show with military ID at the box office. Starting February 15, advance discount tickets to the show may be purchased at local Walgreens’ stores.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW - RICHMOND
Shop, sample and share the fun at Richmond’s favorite event for women – the Southern Women's Show. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love! Happening March 16-18, 2018 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. 2018 show sponsors are Chevrolet, Food Lion, Walgreens and Richmond Times-Dispatch. Visit southernshows.com/wri or facebook.com/SouthernWomensShowRichmond for show updates.
What: 27th Annual Southern Women's Show - Richmond
When: Friday, March 16, 2018 – Sunday, March 18, 2018
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Adults: $12.00 at the door; $15 for a Three-Day Pass
Youth (6-12): $6.00 at the door (children under age six FREE with paying adult)
Walgreen's Advance: Discount tickets available at Walgreens - $8.00 for Adults / $6.00 Youth (Ages 6-12)
Online Advance: $10.00 each / Youth: $6.00 each
Group: (10 or more; advance ONLY) $8.00 each
Re-Admission: Tickets for 2nd day admission can be purchased for $6.00 during your initial visit (with your ticket stub) at the Show Office.
$5 After 5:00pm: Attendees enjoy $5 admission Friday, March 16 after 5pm.
Friday: 10am - 8pm
Public Contact: 800-849-0248 / www.southernshows.com/wri
Tish Atkins, Executive Show Manager
1-800-849-0248 Ext. 110
Jennifer Pullinger, Publicist
More than 150 home improvement experts including 40+ new vendors, Tiny Home Village, Pub Shed, Homegrown Virginia marketplace, Hero Day, and so much more.
Calling all homeowners, DIYers, greenthumbs, and honey-do list tacklers! The Virginia Home Show Presented by Trane (vahomeshow.com) returns January 27-28, 2018 at the Farm Bureau Center at Meadow Event Park.
This exciting two-day event offers attendees a convenient chance to shop, compare, and save with hundreds of experts in remodeling, kitchen and bath, flooring, and more all gathered under one roof.
Tickets are available online (vahomeshow.com/buy-tickets) and at the door on the days of the show. Adult admission is $5 and attendees 16 and younger get free entry. Parking is free.
Features of the show:
Virginia Home Show Presented by Trane
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Farm Bureau Center at Meadow Event Park
13048 Dawn Blvd.
Doswell, VA 23047
Tell us about your business:
LipSense provides so many options for individually expressing oneself through makeup, from lip color to eye shadows. SeneGence, the company, offers chemical-free products that are less damaging to various skin types. It offers such a great way to be your best, unique self.
Jamberry offers people the opportunity to express themselves through nail art/fashion, which is amazing... and the products are 8-free meaning they're helping strengthen your nails at the same time.
Describe yourself in three words:
Empowering, Humble, Motivated
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I already have it in my full-time occupation - I get to work with homeless Veterans (and the staff supporting them) in the employment realm.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Not giving up, pushing through negative thinking, keeping motivated even when goals aren't met (I'm super hard on myself)
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Stepping out of my comfort zone to start a small business (I'm an introvert by nature)
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It's challenging. I have to remain constantly aware of how I'm organizing my time, which is difficult because I'm a worrier. I tend to wake up thinking of how I could've done something differently of planning my to-do list.
What websites do you visit every day?
Etsy, Facebook, Jamberry, LipSense
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Visit at the local eateries like Millie's Diner, The Egg & I, The Roosevelt, and Dot's Back Inn.
What is your goal for retirement?
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Take a deep breath and be accepting of the idea that success doesn't happen overnight, but in time and with planning, tears, successes, and some failures. It's all about learning and growing. Know that you ARE strong enough!
Any final comments?
Enjoy the experience, ask questions, be your unique self (it's beautiful), and thank you for supporting my small business!
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Hi there! I'm Courtney . I am a mom of three ,a group fitness instructor, and a blogger. My favorite thing to do is to explore new fun things in the Richmond area with my family. I look forward to connecting with you through our Girl's Night Out events and social media.