Best Birthday Present!

Monday, after Mr. T got his permit he drove us home and I took the keys and headed right back out to enjoy one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever received.

Shortly after Lee passed away I received a coupon for a spa package, five treatments for $19.  I called mom and asked if she wanted to do a spa day with me as I thought we both needed one.  She agreed, and then decided she wanted to get my sister and me the package as her gift to us.  So, for our birthdays, in June, my sister got her package and in July I got mine.  I knew mom wanted us to do this together so I waited and waited, and then waited some more.  It’s not easy to get us all together, and even harder when my sister lives in Dallas and just had a baby…


Baby Bella was happy to see Aunt Kate!

Eventually time was running out, so I told mom I was going to go do it before it expired.  Apparently that was all the motivation my mom and sister needed.  My mom started her spa treatments last Wednesday and finished up on Friday evening.  My sister started hers Friday evening and finished up Saturday.

See what a bonding experience that was?  We totally did not do it together!  We (they) waited so long and appointments were already booked.  I had mine scheduled to start on Saturday and on Friday I called to cancel.  There was no way I could help with the yard work at mom and dad’s, go do the spa treatments, go back to my parents to do more yard work and move furniture, then leave to get the cake and food and then do T’s party.  That was just asking for trouble.

Instead, I scheduled my time for Monday.  Yup, I took a couple of hours off work and went and had my birthday spa treatments!


My idea of a spa.

This was a contemporary spa.  Now, since I’ve never been to a spa, contemporary or non-contemporary, I was pretty clueless.  I had gathered from their website that it was all automated.  We aren’t talking about Fabio massaging you – nope, it’s all done by machines.  This actually intrigued me!


The reality of a contemporary spa.

So, I arrived and got started.  First up was a slimming capsule.  It is a dry heat and is supposed to burn up to 500 calories.  It burned 488.  And I lost one pound.  This was only disappointing because mom lost 4 pounds!  Of course, it’s water weight, but that’s not the point!!

Next was the hydration machine.  This is a wet heat and I’d been cautioned that I should put a towel on my tummy because it gets really hot.  They weren’t kidding!!  I had that towel covering more than just my tummy!  And, I kept opening the capsule to release some steam!

Afterwards, I went and bought a bottle of water.  As I had forgotten my tanning lotion, I picked one off the clearance rack.  Water and lotion – $9.  Yup.  I forked it over.  I had a $20 on me to tip them with… well, yeah, they didn’t get that much after I spent $9 and some change on a single serving of tanning lotion and a bottle of water!!

Then it was time for my massage.  Now, I wasn’t sure how an automatic massage would work, but it was pretty awesome! Really powerful water jets were underneath me and rolled up and down my body.  I had on head phones with relaxing music and the lights were out.  It was heaven!


Next up was the tanning bed.  Now, I am an outdoor person, I spend an insane amount of time in my swimsuit out in the sun every year.  There have been several years that I’ve also used the tanning bed, so I’m no stranger to this.  When they asked me how long I wanted to tan, I was like “12 minutes, that’s the max I can do, right?” and she asked if I was sure.  Of course I’m sure!  My skin is already very tan from the summer, this is nothing! So, after putting on my insanely expensive lotion, I hopped on the bed and let the lights go to work.

Last item on the agenda was back to the massage bed! I laid down and just let it run all over me. Perfect way to end the experience!

I thanked the ladies and left a $10 tip and headed home.  I felt awesome!  That was one of the best presents I’ve ever gotten.

Until a few hours later… and I realized I was uncomfortable.  I was adjusting my shorts when I realized, you guessed it, I burned my belly in the tanning bed.  Not just a little, but bright pink hurts to touch kind of burned.  When I was thinking that I was so smart and could easily do the 12 minutes, I totally forgot that parts of my body had not been exposed to the sun!!! Just totally forgot that my tummy is always covered and exposing it in the tanning bed would not be a good idea!

I’m still hurting!  I’ve been putting Calendula lotion on it several times a day and changing into my elastic waist shorts as soon as I’m home to help relieve some of the pain!

Yup, that happened – and someone please tell me I’m not the only one that this has happened to!  Please!! 🙂

31 thoughts on “Best Birthday Present!

  1. First off…don’t you love spa packages! Dallas…just a few hours from me, that’s cool! As for the tanning, I never do tanning, I am irish and burn to a crisp passing through sunshine so I wouldn’t attempt them although I have had some friends experience that problem on areas they normally keep covered. All in all sounds like a great present..except the burn!

  2. I have never done tanning in spas.. most people here tan on the beach. Is there a difference in terms of tanning quality and which is more enjoyable? Most Chinese here in Asia love white and we slab on whitening lotion and products like nobody’s business.

    • You get a more even tan in the bed, but it’s much more fun when we are at the lake or in a pool! Down here (Texas) tanning beds are mainly used to get a base tan started so that we don’t burn in the sun OR to get our legs tanned since they are always stuck in the pool or lake water and don’t see the sun like our arms and upper body do! 🙂
      We go through tons of sunscreen each year, but when you are out as much as we are, you can’t help but get some color!

  3. A Strong New Me says:

    I’ve never been to a spa either, but the massage sounds wonderful. I would trade in all the rest and spend all day getting massaged, ha ha.

  4. I’ve never had any kind of spa treatment, so that sounds good! Except getting burned. I’ve never been in a tanning bed. I’m sure I’d burn there, though! What a funny story! Hope you are healing up nicely, though! Maybe the burn will turn into a tan! 🙂

    • I bet you are super white! But, the good part of that is that it is the healthiest for you! I layer myself in sun screen during the summer and always have it on my face, even in the winter, due to the strength of the sun down here – some days I’d love to live somewhere cooler, but then I remember how much I loathe the cold!!

      • LOL, I tell people I have Irish colouring – light skin, dark hair. I break out in a rash in the sun when we’ve visited Florida and Texas so it’s no better for me there!

      • Up here you layer and deal with the cold. It’s not even that cold where I live. We have fairly mild winters compared to the rest of the country. You’d survive a southern Ontario winter just fine.

      • I have no clue how close you are to Vancouver, but my Twitter is alive with Vancouver Comic Con info and yesterday I was like “oh my! I could have gone and just stayed with Holly!!” And then I remembered that I had a real life and responsibilities… but it was a nice dream!

      • I’m about as far from Vancouver as I am from Texas so you could have stayed with me. Not sure how helpful it would have been. I’m only a couple hours away from Toronto though.

  5. Wow, that sounds like some spa experience. Never heard of an automated one! Got the giggles out of them dehydrating you, then rehydrating you, then burning you and squeezing you. Gotta love women and our spas. I’m a glutton for it but when you think about it, it’s kind of abusive. 😜

  6. That sounds like a lovely day, up until the burning! I didn’t realize it was possible to burn in a tanning bed, but I guess it makes sense. Aloe maybe?

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