I hope all my mamas out there had a beautiful mother’s day weekend! So did you take a day to sit in silence? Enjoy breakfast in bed? Squeeze in some well deserved pampering? How about a CAKE?! haha I live for the cake! I think as mothers … as women, often times we’re doing so much for other people that it can be difficult to schedule in our own time. ‘Me’ time is so important and something I’m working on more this year, to practice self-care and take time off from wearing all the hats. I love it because it makes me a better person, a better mother, a better wife- just better.
I had the pleasure of celebrating this Mother’s Day with Joe and Corrine on Catalina Island sponsored by one of my all time favorite brands, OSEA Malibu in partnership with Island Spa Catalina. We were so excited because it’d been a year since our last trip to Catalina with my mother-in-law and came at the perfect time, my birthday AND Mother’s Day!
Our itinerary included a day of island explorations and for Corrine and I to receive special mother/daughter facials featuring the OSEA line. You know you’re officially on vacation when you’re handed a beverage and snack when you board the Catalina Express!
We took the trip out of Long Beach and sat on the upper deck to enjoy the beautiful view and our complimentary refreshments in the Commodore Lounge. After a quick 45 minute boat ride we docked at Avalon and made the scenic walk up to The Pavilion Hotel to check in and grabbed lunch on the patio. The Pavilion Hotel is right on the beach, holds a daily wine and cheese hour (ummm yes please), and comes complimentary with a delicious breakfast to start your day. This isn’t your run of the mill ‘muffins and cereal’ kind of breakfast either, it’s a ‘build your own omelet, frothy latte, fancy feast’ kind of breakfast.
After our first night in Catalina we enjoyed breakfast in bed and headed over to Island Spa Catalina for our day of pampering and relaxation. Who was practically sprinting to the spa, hair flying in the wind? THIS MAMA! The spa itself is just breathtaking with its historic architecture and spanning island views, and the experience it offers is unparalleled. From the moment you walk through the entrance you’re surrounded by soothing music, beautiful landscaping, and the most welcoming staff.
We arrived at 9am when all you could hear were waves crashing and birds chirping. You know who was stoked to nap outside, birds chirping and all, before our treatment? THIS MAMA! We got into our robes, enjoyed the complementary fruit infused water and snacks, and bronzed a bit from the spa’s ocean view balcony. While we were soaking up the sun, Joe took the opportunity to dip into the pool and jacuzzi before I put him to work with his photography skills!
Our esthetician Amber guided me into the treatment bungalow where I made myself comfortable and placed all of my jewelry onto this turquoise ceramic starfish. After an hour of soothing music, warmed OSEA products (warm products on your skin during a facial is a GAME CHANGER! So relaxing!), and some information on how to best treat my skin, I wasn’t ready to leave!
Once my customized facial was complete I had so many questions for Amber like, is my skin really dry? What was that miracle mask used? How can I combat the texture I was feeling on my face and the recent bout of breakouts? Even with my 101 questions, she was so patient and explanatory. I learned that I in fact DO NOT have dry skin, I just need to properly cleanse and exfoliate it. I became obsessed with the White Algae Mask that she’d used during the treatment, and she told me that deep hydration would cure me of the texture and annoying breakouts.
I’ve always loved OSEA but this experience ignited a new found love for each of the products, I know that sounds dramatic! Trust me though, just enter the giveaway we’re doing and you’ll see for yourself, promise. How it happened was, I reached out to them after we got home and asked them to send over the White Algae Mask to share with you, that’s how excited I was over it. They generously sent my top 3 favorites just to gift you with! This giveaway includes the White Algae Mask, Ocean Cleanser, and Atmosphere Protection Cream!
To enter simply:
- Follow OSEA Malibu and Island Spa Catalina on Instagram (ahem and follow me too if you aren’t already 😉
- Go to my last Instagram post and comment “OSEA“
- I’ll pick a winner at random on Saturday and announce them on my stories so stay tuned!
Good luck and thank you for entering! And a big huge thank you to my handsome partner in crime, my stud-muffin-puffin-husband Joe! He took all of these beautiful photos and followed Corriney and I around taking our pictures and not complaining once! Here he is in his element…an Instagram model LOL! For more JoeNation IG Model poses follow him!
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day celebrating that special mama in your life and celebrating yourselves. You’re all queens!
How did you spend your weekend and what’s the one thing you do to pamper yourself?
Please enjoy this PSA on my current skincare routine, what I thought my skin was, and what it actually is now 😉