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A Spa Day in the Life

A spa day in the Life.

Woke up this morning, homemade raw granola with almond milk for breakfast.  Drove to the food co-op to refill the spa water jug and bought a Kale, Lime, and Apple juice drink.  Pulled into work at the spa.  It’s Farmer’s Market today so big crowd downtown and all the local shops have outdoor sales today because it is the Dog Days of Summer sale.  Dark Star Visuals, Flying Possum Leather, Swift’s Jewelers, Town and Country, Terra Tots, The Mustache.  These are the people that make up the fabric of our community.  I love them.

Went by Little Bread Company to pick up chocolate covered strawberries for a spa girl party at I.M. Spa.

Farmer’s Market with beautiful bouquets walking by, babies in strollers, dog’s on leashes.  Music on every corner.  Fresh blackberries, cause you know it’s July.  Zucchini, lettuce, TOMATOES!  Lots of tomatoes.  Good tomatoes.  Beefsteak tomatoes.  Basil and rosemary, and everything that smells like summer.  And did I mention bouquets?  Big, beautiful bouquets.

At work we did a spa party for 10 year old girls while their moms walked the market.  We did another spa party for a bride to be and 5 of her friends.  I did a foot massage for some poor sweet neuropathic feet.  I did a stress point massage for an aerial dance teacher who had no idea how tight her teres major, teres minor, and subscapularis were.  Another hour and a half massage for somebody whose 12 year old daughter conspired with relatives to buy her some spa time, how awesome is that?

Body waxes and duets happened in our space today.

A friend came by with her daughter and we dreamed about going to Tahoe for a girl’s week.  I got to see an employee whom I have not seen since she had her baby.  I love her.

Another friend came by to see if she had money on her account.  She didn’t want to use it, she’s just saving it for a rainy day.  Her baby is due soon.  She’s waiting, but she is happy  knowing she has a gift certificate.

Another woman bought $500 worth of gift certificates for 3 of her employess with gift bags of soaps as a beautiful addition.

Had C.H.E.W. (Clunk’s Hungry Express Wagon) deliver some sushi while I balanced the drawer.

11 hour day in the life of a spa girl.

Now to put on my Nursing Student Cap.  I have a test over 6 chapters of pathophysiology on Monday.  Better get cracking.

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

 

Meet the I.M. Spa Girls

Our Lovely I.M. Spa Crew at Cosmic Cafe
Our Lovely I.M. Spa Crew at Cosmic Cafe

On our work retreat Spa Girl Travel escape to Dallas, we set out to 1.  Spend many hours at a spa lounging, 2. Explore Raw, Vegetarian, or Vegan restaurants, and 3.  Spend time with each other, not passing each other in the hallway on the way to our next treatment at work (we work at I.M. Spa).

Jennie, Julie, and Katie at our Hotel
Jennie, Julie, and Katie at our Hotel

We really have a great crew.

Jennie is our quilting queen who flies the front desk and makes sure all of our appointments come together as planned.  She writes the newsletter for the quilter’s organization in Northwest Arkansas in her downtime.  And she’s a joy to everyone she meets.  She loves this picture she took outside of the Cosmic Cafe Vegetarian restaurant in Dallas when we were there.

Cosmic Cafe Smiley Face
Cosmic Cafe Smiley Face

Julie is our sports massage gal from Iowa.  She just got married, lord help her.  Hope is in the air.  It’s a beautiful thing.  She loves to upcycle old decrepit furniture and make it beautiful again, especially if she can do it with her family members.  She’s like the stealth bomber.  We never really know when she arrives at work because she’s so stealthy.  And she has an amazing smile.

Katie is our certified skin nerd.  She loves skincare, body waxing, skincare products, and anything to do with skin.  She spends her downtime traveling to awesome concerts across the country, even as far as Boston.  We have songs on our playlist in the treatment rooms at I.M. Spa that Katie and I have to control ourselves to keep from just outright dancing during a session.  So yes, while your eyes are closed during your facial or massage appointment, we might just be dancing while we work.

Lisa is our professional people poker. (Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine if you prefer).  She is so zen that sometimes I just sit next to her to catch the vibe.  She’s a no drama mama of 2 from New York who had a miraculous recovery with acupuncture, couldn’t believe that people didn’t know about it, and decided that that was what she wanted to do with her life.  Pretty cool.

Jessica Crass is our powerhouse farmgirl from Missouri who traveled the world, got an education in social work, went to massage school in New Mexico, and settled in to Northwest Arkansas to have a family farm, raise a family, and build community.  When people ask me if the therapists at I.M. Spa give a deep enough massage I tell them that Jessica drives a tractor for crying out loud.  Yep.  And she’s a Doula to boot.  Hard and soft all at the same time.

Jessica. Gotta Love a Tractor Driving Gal.
Jessica. Gotta Love a Tractor Driving Gal.

Jessica Patterson, Nora, and Andrea couldn’t make it with us on the trip to Dallas.  Nora, who’s been with me since 2006, just had her second son, so she’s tied down for a while in attachment parenting land.  Nora is solid and steady as a rock.  She’s a ‘can do’ woman who loves gardening and making tinctures, crafting, and projects (like re-upholstering a chair).

Andrea, our gymnast, Ultimate playing, massage therapist trained in Oregon is similarly tied down with her sweet one year old son.  And these days we only see her intermittently.

And Patterson, our multi-talented esthetician/massage therapist is still adapting to her move to Fayettevelle from East Arkansas and needs to put down a few more roots before any travel plans can be made.  Maybe they’ll make it with us on the next trip.

These are the amazing women who make I.M. Spa tick.  They are funny, grounded, community serving, hard, soft, loving, determined, creative, flexible, beautiful, and excellent at their jobs.  They are integral threads in the fabric of our community, and I’m honored to be able to work with them and have them in my life on a daily basis.

Fayetteville is a better place because of these women.

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

 

Be Raw! Live Long! A Raw Food Review.

We Spa Girls from I.M. Spa, as a work retreat, just traveled to Dallas to relax at the spa and discover excellent raw food and we were not disappointed!  Even though Dallas sadly only has one Raw Food restaurant (that I could find) the food there was beautiful and delicious, and the service was spectacular.

Be Raw!  Live Long.
Be Raw! Live Long.

When I’m checking out a new raw food restaurant, what I’m looking for is something that I’m not already doing myself.  What does this restaurant do that is different and awesome?  It turns out that while Be Raw covers the the standard spaghetti and meatballs, the Pad Thai, and Taco Salad, this dish, the Coconut Kale Enchiladas, stole the show.

Raw Food Coconut Kale Enchiladas
Raw Food Coconut Kale Enchiladas

Not only is it beautifully presented, but it is so yummy and complex.  Marinated Kale wrapped in coconut meat wraps, and drizzled with 2 types of raw cashew cheeses.  And yes those are green and red picos on the side.

If you have never encountered coconut wraps before let me just tell you that they are not easy to prepare at all.  To make them you have to use a cleaver to open a Thai coconut, scrape out the meat, whiz it up in a blender with your spices, and dehydrate them.  It’s a process.

I felt very decadent eating such hard work.

And for dessert?

Raw Food Brownie
Raw Food Brownie

Be Raw has some amazing desserts and this one was fantastic.  I have not yet ventured into the world of brownies with my raw food time in the kitchen, but this one certainly gives me something to aspire to.

What the other Spa Girls were having?

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Raw Food Lasagna
Raw Food Lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Food Taco Salad
Raw Food Taco Salad

 

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake!  AAAAaaauuuuuuggghhhhh!  To die for!

Raw Food Cashew Chocolate Cheesecake
Raw Food Cashew Chocolate Cheesecake
Service With Enthusiasm
Service With Enthusiasm

Our server was fabulous.  Animated, enthusiastic, and educating everybody who had never been there before about what it means to eat raw.  You can’t see his shirt completely, but it has a picture of a dinosaur on it with text that says Lacinato Kale (dinosaur kale).  And in the teeth of the dinosaur he had colored in bits of green to show that the dinosaur had in fact been eating kale.

The I.M. Spa Girls, not including me, putting a smile on even though I am keeping them from eating.
The I.M. Spa Girls, not including me, putting a smile on even though I am keeping them from eating.

We all loved our food and  Jessica and I were still stuffed when we arrived home 5 hours later.  We also went to King Spa and Cosmic Cafe during this trip.  Details yet to come!  Fun Fun!

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

 

High Blood Pressure? Relax. It takes Practice.

Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States, and High Blood Pressure is very often a precursor to heart disease.  Yikes!  What does it mean to live with high blood pressure?

As many of you know, I’m in Nursing School and this summer I’m taking Pathophysiology–the physiology of disease.  The class is amazing and I love it.  I wish I could just download the whole book right into my head.  The same thing that makes me bad at winning Scrabble, a love of long beautiful words and not enough love of scoring points, makes me a horrible student.  No I didn’t make many points on that word, but look at it.  Isn’t it a beautiful, luscious word?

My Beloved Pathophysiology Book
My Beloved Pathophysiology Book

I want to know the whole patho book, frontwards and backwards.  I go on tangents, looking up research on conditions and compare it to other conditions I’ve heard of, watching Khan academy videos, and Ted talks.  There just aren’t enough hours to study the way I want to and still do well on the tests.  I find myself continually having to reel it in and focus on the high points that we might be tested on.

I know.  My life is pretty amazing if that’s all I have to complain about.  How awesome that I get to spend all my time geeking out about how incredibly beautiful and complex the human body is. The past couple of weeks we have been studying Cardio Pathologies.  Hypertension is particularly interesting to me since my mom has been learning what it means to live with intermittant high blood pressure.

One in three Americans has hypertension, and more than 2/3 of those older than age 60 are affected,” Understanding Pathophysiology.  Those are some crazy numbers! How to manage your high blood pressure?  Eat more vegetables, exercise regularly, MANAGE YOUR STRESS, don’t smoke, and don’t drink (actually the American heart association says limit alcohol.  But I’m in the camp of, “if it’s not good for us then why are we doing this?”)  I’m not going to focus on the eat more vegetables and stop smoking issues today.  I just want to talk about managing stress.

I don’t understand why the American Heart Association says “stress is not considered a risk factor” for high blood pressure.   Especially since we know that stress, fear, and anxiety cause our body to react with high levels of cortisol (a stress hormone), as well as causing the sympathetic nervous system to release epinephrine and norepinephrine–2 powerful vasoconstrictors that cause your heart rate to go up under stress.  Maybe they say that because it is so hard to quantify ‘stress.’  Everybody has a different tolerance for stress.

Think of a stressful situation that you have been in recently.  How did your body feel when you were in the situation?  Were your shoulders tight?  Was your breath short?  Did your whole body feel contracted?  Was your stomach upset?

I lied.  I said I wouldn’t talk about food.  But I found this article about salt intake from the Yale Heart Study and I couldn’t control myself.  Salt is a huge contributor to high blood pressure.  And this article talks about the high salt content of so many of the meals at popular big chain restaurants.  It’s interesting to note that daily recommended intake of 1500mg is easily achieved in one meal at a big chain restaurant like Red Lobster or Kentucky Fried Chicken.  And it’s easy to find meals in the 5,000mg range.  Hmm.  That’s more than the daily recommendation of 3 days combined. But that’s a whole other deal.

What I really want to say is that Relaxing takes practice.  Here in the U.S. we’re not used to relaxing.  It is not something our culture values.  In European cultures it is common to see people on holiday for a couple months at a time.  Vacations are encouraged.  Down time is valued.  Here in the states we feel guilty for taking time off.  We work ridiculously long hours and even when we are off of work at home we are moving 100 miles a minute with activities for our kids and lists upon lists of things to do at home, and most of them don’t include sitting on the porch watching the kids play while sipping lemonade.

My mom has had to learn how to slow down, to listen to her body when it is spiraling out of control.  She has had to learn how to pay attention to repetitive thought patterns that send her blood pressure through the roof.

Things you can do to relieve stress on a daily basis?

  • 5 minute yoga/stretch breaks at your desk (I get a lot of great 10 minute yoga classes at YogaGlo).
  • daily 10 minute meditation before getting your morning tea (YogaGlo can introduce you to meditation too).  And no, you probably shouldn’t do that coffee because it’s a stimulant-trade it for something else warm and yummy like tea.
  • daily 10 minute meditation before going to bed
  • running/walking daily (Run Keeper has a great app to map out your walks/runs, track your miles, and help you with your goals).
  • massage regularly (massage releases endorphins=pain relief, stress relief, yay! love them).
  • Breathing deeply, consciously in your daily activities.  So easy to breathe deeply in traffic, at stop lights, while working at the desk, any time you find yourself holding your breath.
  • Set a timer for a 20 minute siesta when you are experiencing that low energy part of the day.

At the spa we see people on the massage table all the time who are so unaccustomed to relaxing that it takes several sessions before they learn how to be a noodle on the table.

It’s okay.  It takes time.  It’s important.  It gets easier.  You don’t have to feel guilty about taking time for relaxation.

Your body needs you to take time.  Your heart needs you to listen.  It needs you to relax.  It needs you to play.

The people around you who care about you need you to relax.  They need you to play.

Taking time to relax every day could very well save your life. Schedule a massage appointment at I.M. Spa:  479-251-7422

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

Spa Girls Travel to Dallas!

To celebrate our sweet little business making it through the challenges of me being gone most of the time during my first semester at nursing school, we Spa Girls at I.M. Spa piled into the minivan and travelled to Dallas for a couple of days of Spa travel, foot massages, and raw food–my favorite things!

We Made It!
We Made It!

There was much discussion in the weeks before we left for Dallas about the fact that the spa we were going to required that you get naked and shower before getting into the hot tubs or advancing on to the saunas.  I had no idea that people felt such an aversion to locker room nudity, but then I am a veteran of Esalen and Breitenbush where co-ed nudity is common at hot spring bathing areas.  I think I’ll have to give an entire post to spa nudity in the future.  Needless to say, the spa girls survived the nudity and hopefully are minimally scarred for life.

In Front of Cosmic Cafe, Dallas
In Front of Cosmic Cafe, Dallas

Our first stop was in Frisco, just North of Dallas, where some of my family from Texas met with us for foot massages at this place called Shuang Feng Foot Massage.  I’ll fill in more pictures and details in future posts, but this is a quick rundown of where we went.  After foot massages we had lunch at Cosmic Cafe vegetarian restaurant.  By then it was 2 o’clock and we headed over to King Spa where we relaxed, steamed, sauna’d, and dozed (one of us studied–a lot) until midnight.  Yes you can easily spend 9 hours lounging in the spa.  We stayed at Hilton’s Doubletree in Farmer’s Branch and Lisa and I woke up in the morning, and rather than finding a yoga studio, decided to do a YogaGlo class before we headed to Be Raw–the only raw food restaurant in Dallas.  But man it was amazing!

After lunch at Be Raw we headed home to Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The girls watched Casanova with Heath Ledger and Pitch Perfect and we made it home by 7.  I was still full from lunch by the time I made it home.  A lovely weeked of spa travel–yum!

Last Chance to Win $100

We are so excited to be traveling to Dallas this weekend.  And this is your  last chance to win a reward for helping us find

The wonderful ladies of I.M. Spa!
The I.M. Spa Staff. Our Dallas Spa Seeking Travel Crew!

Our Road Trip Crew to Dallas!

great local places to spa and eat healthy.  Enter into the drawing for $100 spa services at I.M. Spa when you:

1.  Tell us in a comment at the end of this post where we should go in Dallas on our raw food, spa, relaxation Road Trip this weekend…

2.  Your Name will be entered in our drawing for $100 in Spa Services or Product when we get back from our trip on Tuesday the 1st of July!

3.  Follow us at #itouchpeople on twitter (@imspa) and @itouchpeople on instagram to see where we go and find out if you win!

4.  Find out more about our trip here.

$58 Eminence Skin Care Giveaway

This week we did a #giveaway for some Red Currant Balancing Concentrate serum from Eminence, a $58 value.  We asked our clients what was their secret #superpower, and this is what they told us.

Eminence Organics
Organic Skin Care Giveaway
  • Able to find comedy in almost any situation
  • Surviving 3 boys as a single mom???special needs??? Survival is a superpower.
  • My super wonderful fiancé that schedules massages for us! This week!!!
  •  Exercising restraint and growing kale.
  •  Finding the needle in the haystack!
  •  Multi-tasking. There isn’t enough time in a day if I don’t.
  • Being a mom. All moms have a multitude of super powers because we are just that… Super MOMS!!
  • Being authentic at all times. Be yourself, no matter what!
  • Able to carry a baby take care of a 3 year old and my big baby (hubby) all while maintaining an extremely clean house and preparing yummy meals daily! Yup I’m a mom.
  • Ability to sense when one of my boys are up to something.
  • Ability to keep 1 tube of chap stick until the end without ever misplacing it. Hey, it’s kind of a big deal.
  • Being irrational. Only if the situation demands.
  • Intuition is my super power. Nothing is really lost until mom can’t find it.
  •  Anticipating where everything is before anyone in my family asks for it!
  • Telekinesis!
And the Winner Is...
And the Winner Is…

I have to say this has been one of my favorite giveaways and I’d love to hear the stories behind some of these superpowers.  I know that the ‘needle in the haystack’ superpower is our friend’s modest way of saying she saves people’s lives by finding tiny little abnormalities of cancer on x-ray and ultrasound images.

Staci Earnst Bell is the winner of our Eminence giveaway drawing this time.  Her superpower is “Telekinesis!”  I seriously want to know the story behind that one.

What’s your superpower?

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

Keep on Strolling-Junk Food and What is Normal in our Culture

Made it through the first round of tests at school with all A’s but one B (88% bah!).  I’ve got all my business taxes taken care of and just need to finish my personal taxes.  The spa is trucking right along.  We made it through an amazingly busy Valentine’s week and had the biggest grossing day in the history of the business.  (I think everybody getting released from the ice and snow helped push that along).  I did 22 massages that week and it was the week I had 3 tests.

9 more days till March and about 2 and a half months till final exams.

With the weather change I’ve been able to run everywhere with my stroller.  Today I had to eat at the Union because I didn’t pack enough food and a woman stopped me before I could get out because she wanted to ‘see the baby.’

There is no baby.  Yes I push a jogging stroller everywhere I go, and the baby is my baccalaureate of science in nursing.  So if you see me in public, I’m the weird lady pushing a stroller full of business clothes, computer, school books, and raw food.  Cuz when I leave the house in the morning I have many hats to wear, and they all gotta come with me.

Zachary got his braces off this week.  He’s so happy.  And his teeth are so straight.  While I was waiting for him to get done with his 2 hour appointment, I watched Khan Academy videos about Metabolism and tried not to fall asleep.  When Zach came out he had a bag of ‘goodies’ for doing such a great job.  In the bag?  Candy.  Tons of Candy.

Yes, I was speechless.  No, I don’t want to be the food Nazi, but seriously?  The reward for getting your braces off is that you are now free to destroy your health as efficiently as possible.  Congratulations.  No thank you.

I took Zach to Penguin Ed’s, a local restaurant, for one of their homemade cookies as a consolation prize for giving all the junk food back to the Orthodontist.

I think I will forever be known as the weird unstable mom in that office whenever I go back again.

It’s very surreal living in this culture, knowing what I know about food and clean burning fuel for my body, and jogging with my weird jogging stroller past these ‘normal’ stores that probably don’t have one piece of fresh, real food in them, but are filled with snickers bars, cheetos, m&ms, kellogg’s nutri grain bars, etc. etc.  Walls full of garbage, stores full of poisonous fake food.  It’s surreal living in a culture where it is normal to reward kids, actually today one of my teachers actually rewarded our class–a class of adults, with candy.  It’s surreal living in a culture where I feel strange drinking strawberry, banana, coconut oil, cashew, and dates out of a mason jar, but I would feel ‘normal’ if I had a throw away Starbucks cup and a Snickers.

Wow, I had no idea that huge soap box was just going to jump right out on the page, but there it is.

Keep on strolling.

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

Cramming it all in!

I don’t want to be obnoxious about posting what I’m doing on a day to day basis, but the thinking behind it is that when I’m old and decrepit I can entertain myself by how I used to wile away the hours.

6:00 a.m.   Get up and make pineapple, cilantro, lime, and ginger smoothie for breakfast, make oatmeal for the kids, make raw marinara sauce and rice pasta for the kids and spiralized zucchini pasta for me and Craig, also make almond milk, and a strawberry, banana, cashew smoothie for a snack later.

Pack up school books and lunch.  I’m driving today, so no running gear.  Hang out with kids while we’re all getting ready.  Let Sean, my 15 year old, drive us to school.

8:00 a.m.  Get to work.  Get set up to do massage.  Answer phone messages.  The day before Valentine’s Day is one of our biggest grossing days at the spa.  TONS of gift certificates.  Nonstop.

8:30 a.m. Do a massage.

9:45 a.m.  Hitch a ride with a friend to Nursing Class.  Work on getting caught up on my notecards.

11:00 a.m.  Informatics in Nursing class with a quiz.  I really like the teacher in this class.  Very clear dissemination of information.  Nice.

1:00 p.m.  Catch the bus back to main campus and my statistics class.  Eat lunch and work on notecards while I’m waiting for class to begin.

2:00 p.m. Statistics Class.  Got my Quiz back and graded 99%.  Yay!  I love a solid A.

3:15 p.m.  Craig and Ben (husband and 8 year old son) pick me up and take me back to work.

3:30 p.m. Do another massage for an hour and a half.  I have the best clients.  Absolutely love them.

5:00 p.m.  Run down the street to my church (St. Paul’s Episcopal) and pick up Zach (my 12 year old) and Ben from choir and bring them back to work with me.

5:15 p.m. Do a half hour massage.

6:00 p.m.  Do a facial.

7:30 p.m.  Balance the end of day drawer.  Dang it was sooo busy!  Poor Jessica!  Tons of gift certificates sold today.  She must be exhausted.  Put in a load of laundry, dump the trash, and wash the last of the dishes.

8:00 p.m. Go home.  Wash our dishes.  Heat up veggie stir fry Craig made a day or two ago.  Hang out with the guys.  Dance to Ben Harper and be silly and loud.  Zach’s car won the first heat of his races at school today.  It’s awesome.  He was singing, “I got a car!  I’m an engineer!  I got a mouse trap!”  Hahaha.  Most excellent.  Ben went to sleep without snuggling.  Not cool.  I snuggled him anyway.

 10:00 p.m.  Study for Microbiology Test and Lab Test for tomorrow.

9:50 p.m.  Said good night to Sean over and over and over.  I love visiting with him at night.  He’s such a cool guy.  He’s scheming ways he can make money in the summer.  (Earlier in the evening as he was sitting at the computer he informed me that he needed to be 18 years old and 5 foot 6 to wear the Chik Fil A Cow.  Which inspired the discussion of, “Why don’t you look for a job with a local business.”  You know me.  I told him he should just go be the Chuch E Cheese mouse (not a local biz, but it’s a funny concept) and get punched in the tenders by a bunch of over sugared small people.  This kid’s gonna be good with money.  Always scheming.

10:30 p.m.  Write a blog post.

11:00 p.m.  Get ready to run to school tomorrow (Friday) with my stroller, take my Micro test, run to work, work till 5, run back to school, take a lab test, and maybe get a ride home at about 9p.m.

11:10 p.m.  Go to bed early (hopefully).  Been going to bed at 1a.m. for the past few nights.  No bueno.

It’s a busy world.  But I do think the Fall semester is going to be the butt kicker.

One foot in front of the other, eh?

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

 

 

15 Things to do Before a School Day in January

What I did before school today mom!

  1. made oatmeal for breakfast and woke the kids up
  2. made raw marinara and spiralized zucchini pasta for kids (and parents’ lunches)
  3. made strawberry banana smoothie for lunch snacks
  4. let Sean, my 15 year old, drive himself and Ben, my 8 year old, to school (I still get to be in the passenger seat).
  5. printed out W2s
  6. printed payroll checks
  7. paid mortgage, AMTA membership, spa rent, postage stamps, and other bills
  8. updated quickbooks files
  9. dropped off payroll checks at work
  10. ran by the bank
  11. printed W3, 1099s, and 1096
  12. moved 2 dental appointments
  13. gathered end of year tax documents (inventory, accounts receivable, etc)
  14. made and ate guacamole
  15. studied statistics for school
  16. Caught the bus to the University at 1–in class till 6.