Due to a wonderful chance to leave town for the weekend with my family for a conference, I was unable to make it to the Origin's Pampering event. But my dear friend Rachel of Simply Live Better and Revolution Thrift (opening in the fall of 2017) enjoyed the festivities. Here is what she has to say about the day.
If you haven't had the opportunity to visit Origins at La Cantera, be sure and make the effort to pop in one day while out shopping. Did you know Origins has been at La Cantera since it first opened over 11 years ago? I have to admit I had not seen the store tucked away in the northwest corner of the mall near Nordstrom. However, over a year ago it moved into a location on the main thoroughfare. It's now easy to spot near the new Mac Make-up store and across from Godiva Chocolate.
On April15th, Origins teamed up with Influenster to host a fun pampering event for he ladies. Origins provided free facials, make-overs, portrait sessions with an artist and even the ability to meet with a tea reader to have your fortune told.
When I arrived at Origins it was bustling with activity. I was greeted at the door by the Sales and Education Director, Ginger. She eagerly signed me up to participate in all the fun activities and introduced me to Charlie who shared with me a wonderful product called Sensory Therapy (TM) Peace of Mind (TM). Charlie took a small dab of this lotion and rubbed it on my earlobes sharing how this formula is fortified with nature’s best anxiety-melting ingredients: basil, peppermint, and eucalyptus which will make your muscles and worries melt away in minutes. He wasn't exaggerating. I did feel calm even in light of the constant activity in the store. This little gem will be a lifesaver on my next overseas flight!
I was able to peruse the store to learn a little more about the Origins products while drinking fruit infused water and snacking on scrumptious cupcakes provided by Saweet Cupcakes (TM) owned by Sherri and Dan Bellow.
I chatted with a few others ladies enjoying the afternoon until it was my turn to receive a facial. The experience was well worth the short wait. Alex, who has been working at Origins for 16 years, took the time to ask me about any problem spots and concerns for my skin. This helped me realize the company is truly focused on creating an individualized skin care routine for each customer. During the facial, Alex explained the product she was using and why it was used. She was also able to answer additional questions about skincare routines in general and give advice about how to make my current routine work even better for my skin type.
I asked Alex if she truly enjoyed her job since she had been with the company so long. She explained that Origins is an Estee Lauder Company and that it is an excellent organization to work for. In fact, she was one of the original employees to open the Origins store at La Cantera. Her love for the products and her work was easy to spot as she shared about the natural products her store carries.
Although I skipped the tea reading session and make-over, I did watch other ladies participating in these events. You could tell everyone was having a wonderful time. I headed outside to watch an employee of the Party Pros create sketches. These were not simple drawings hastily sketched out. These artistic sketches were done with care and looked great! I know the recipients were excited when receiving their portrait.
Last, but not least, I actually took time and chatted with some of the ladies spending time at the Origins Store. I honestly don't think we take the time to to talk with random strangers. This was an event that promoted that relaxed, fun environment to strike up a conversation with another lady who was enjoying the day. Who knows, maybe it was everyone relaxed by the Sensory Therapy (TM) Peace of Mind (TM) that created the enjoyable afternoon or maybe it was the friendly and knowledgable staff or maybe it was the fact that every woman enjoys a little time to get away and get pampered!
In any event, be sure and stop by Origins soon! Let them know you heard about them from San Antonio Housewives in the City Blog!
Written by Rachel Kelly
Bryce’s NICU Project was inspired after the founder, Brittany Boet, spent her first Mother’s Day in the NICU with her baby, Bryce. After a perfectly normal pregnancy and delivery there was no sign that anything would go wrong. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened.
Three minutes after Bryce was born his heart stopped beating, he wasn't breathing, and he had no pulse. He was quickly transferred to the NICU where doctors prepared his father, Brian, for the worst. Shortly after Brittany was rushed to Bryce’s bedside where he was surrounded by screaming nurses and doctors. The common hospital scene out of a movie had become The Boet’s reality.
With a chaplain by their side they stood in shock as they watched their baby fight for his life. In just the knick of time a nurse was able to get a line into Bryce’s flat veins which helped his heart to beat. The next few hours were very “touch and go” as a nurse put it. For three days no one gave them hope for survival but on that third day, Mother’s Day, a doctor told them that there was a chance that he might survive followed by “he will likely be a brain dead vegetable and you will need to think about his quality of life..”. It was also on this day that Brittany was discharged from the hospital and had to go home without her baby. It was a crushing Mother’s Day and not at all how Brittany had dreamed of her first Mother’s Day.
Looking back, Brittany says there was a moment that day that lifted her spirits. A nurse came to her and brought her a scented hand sanitizer in a holder and said that it was a gift from a mom who had previously spent her Mother’s Day in the NICU. Brittany received gifts from her family but she said there was something about that gift that was different. It touched her heart deeply to know that a complete stranger went out of their way on their special day to do something nice for her.
Bryce ended up making it out of the hospital a perfectly healthy and happy baby with absolutely zero residual effects of what he endured, an absolute miracle! As Mother’s Day rolled around the next year, The Boet’s remembered how profoundly the stranger's gift had impacted them and they knew they had to go back to do the same. For the past two years they raised money to provide gift bags and lunch to all the parents with babies in the NICU at both Methodist Main and St. Luke’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
This year they are striving to reach all 11 NICU’s in San Antonio on Mother’s Day as well as every other major holiday. They are also hoping to be able to raise money to buy journals with pens for all the NICU’s to have available as gifts year round for every parent who comes through.
The big dream of Bryce’s NICU Project is to expand nationwide allowing every NICU parent to know that someone is thinking about them, someone knows what it’s like to be in their shoes, and someone cares enough to try to shine some light into their darkness.
San Antonio Housewives is partnering with Bryce’s NICU Project this April 26th at the Fiesta!! Girls Night Out. If you would like more info or want to be a volunteer this Mother’s Day to help Brittney will be at the event with this info.
Let’s show this grassroots charity how supportive San Antonio can be and bring the following items to the the GNO
Hand Sanitizer with holder (Bath & Body Works)
Purse size lotion (pretty scents)
Get FREE tickets to the Girls Night Out here.
Written by Brittany Boet
I am the mother to five kids. Eating out can often be a glorious occasion of no cooking or cleanup partnered with a fun food experience. Other times eating out can be daunting and embarrassing if my children have left their manners at home. The great thing about restaurants in San Antonio is many of them have playscapes.
This has allowed me to actually get down all my food even if my kids have scarfed theirs. They can be off sliding and swinging while I enjoy conversation with my Mom or a friend. When I was in “mountain town Colorado” this was never the option so it is a welcomed additive to our eating out adventures.
So here are 4 of my favorite four restaurants that are kid friendly and my favorite things to get on the menu. (in no particular order)
The Cove: 606 W. Cypress St., 210-227-2683Texas Monthly named this one of the best burgers in the state but there is so much more to this eclectic, family-friendly joint. It’s a must see when visiting San Antonio with children, or if you have laundry to do or need your car washed. Come see for yourself and try my fav the fish tacos with sweet potato fries. Or Warm Beet Salad *Bonus* this place have vegetarian and gluten-free options too.
Big’z Burger Joint :Near Seaworld 10106 State Highway 151 S. San Antonio, Texas 78251 (210) 543-2029Be sure to bring a ball or frisbee for this large turf-filled playground. It is perfect for a game of catch while enjoying a burger. If you need a private event there is a Party Barn for rent. There are so many burger toppings to pick from but our favorite is pineapples and jalapenos. There is also a location north of town as well (1604).
Two Brothers BBQ Market: 12656 West Ave San Antonio, TX 78216 210-496-0222This is Texas BBQ at its finest! It doesn’t get any tastier than Two Bros BBQ Market. Just off the N 281 and West Ave with a large playground and sandbox surrounded by picnic tables. If you have a large group for dining, this is the place. There prices are spot on. We can feed a family of 7 (Dad, Mom and kids from 15 to 2) for $50 and have leftovers with the 4 Bro’s meal, with a free refills of lemonade, tea and purple kool-aide, that’s our recommendation.
El Machito: 7300 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio TX 78209A Mexican bar-be-que experience, El Machito (a "brother" restaurant to La Gloria on the river) is a unique BBQ with decor straight from Mexico but an outdoor playground perfect for all children. With a large patio, the kids can play while you enjoy some meat taco’s, with side of meat salad, and meat platter.Ha! No joke. It’s a meat eater's paradise.
Thankfully most of the times my kids are really good when we go out to eat. They enjoy the experience as much as I do and they know that if Mama gives "the look" they better straighten up.
Do you like dinning at places with playscapes? Do you have any you would add to my list?
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